National Review Writer Says "Global Warming Is Great"

James S. Robbins (the S stands for shitbag and stupid, depending on the article)
You know, because he’s a moron. [From National Review via ThinkProgress]

Personally, I don’t know what all the shouting is about. Global warming is great. Granted, maybe it isn’t really happening, and if it is there are strong reasons to doubt that humans have anything to do with it. But if the world is warming, I say ‚”bravo.” People in most parts of the globe should have no objection to a warmer, wetter climate. If the aliens were watching they’d conclude we were making our planet more habitable on purpose.

Katrina was *great* too! And who doesn’t love a little good, old fashioned, apocalyptic disaster? The National Review is typically pretty retarded if not insidious, but this takes the cake.

To Do Tonight: The French Connection At McCarren Park

Tonight there will be a free showing of the classic 1971 film The French Connection at McCarren Park. The weather should be nice so check it out. It’s scheduled to begin at 7pm.

1000 Pound Manatee Spotted Near Chelsea Piers

Insert your own fat joke here. From NY Times.

Over the past week, boaters and bloggers have been energetically tracking a manatee in its lumbering expedition along the Atlantic Coast and up the Hudson River…
The manatee has been spotted at 23rd Street near Chelsea Piers, West 125th Street, and later in Westchester County. It appeared to be healthy.
Randy Shull, a boater from Ossining, spotted the manatee about 4:30 p.m. yesterday while his 21-foot boat was floating at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow.
‚”It was gigantic,” Mr. Shull said. ‚”When we saw it surface, its back was just mammoth.”
It is unusual, but not unprecedented for manatees to travel this far north — the seaweed-munching sea creatures are commonly associated with the warm waters of Florida.

Monday Morning Neko

The always reliable RBally has a great Neko Case show available for download. Check out Neko Case at Mojo’s in Columbia, MO, July 10, 2002 here. [Thanks Kevin]

The August 2006 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
Talladega Nights
Given that, movie-wise, August is usually the January of the summer, this month’s selection doesn’t look all that horrible.
August 4
Anchorman, but with NASCAR.
Early buzz is good, and that’s not surprising given the fact that the same team behind Anchorman reunites here. Ferrell and director Adam McKay once again share writing duties, and the supporting cast includes such Frat Pack stand-bys as Gary Cole and David Koechner and adds to them Michael Clarke Duncan, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams, Sacha Baron Cohen, Andy Richter and, of course, Elvis Costello and Mos Def (!?)
With audiences maxed out on CG by the time Barnyard comes out this week, there’s really no other competition, and I think people miss Ferrell in form. $99mil.
Indie thriller with Robin Williams investigating the claims of an unusual story involving a young boy and his mother (Toni Collette).
Early buzz is mixed, though critics seem to be preferring it to audiences, in an unusual twist. It seems strange, given the fact that Armistead Maupin is co-adapting his own novel here, and having it directed by The Business of Strangers helmer Patrick Stettner, but that’s how it turned out. I also like Bobby Cannavale in the cast, but that’s just me.
It’s a nice bit of counter-programming – this feels like a fall movie. However, I don’t know if that will be enough to defeat mediocre buzz, especially in wide release. $10mil.

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Right Wing Crazy Woman Loses Her Shit On The View

Former Survivor star and host of The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck freaked the fuck out this morning discussing the morning-after pill. Evidently, taking the pill is a sin, even if your dad rapes you. Hasselbeck delivered a primetime speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention, which, of course, is the true sin. [via Gawker]

"The wartime stock market is saying that things might be better than most people believe"

Larry Kudlow: Prioritizing The Cost Of War For The National Review
Greed and callousness at its worse [from the National Review]

At the close of business last Friday — after another violent week in the Middle East — Bloomberg chronicled the impressive performance of world stock markets: U.S. share prices had their best gain since November 2004…
The wartime stock market is saying that things might be better than most people believe.
Think of it: On the world stage, there is more capitalism, free trade, and economic interconnectiveness … than ever before. Because of this, literally hundreds of millions of share-owning investors are voting daily on the great issues of war, peace, prosperity, and hope for the future. And their vote is optimistic…
If freedom, democracy, individual liberty, and economic liberalization are all vital cornerstones of the successful City on the Hill experiment that is the United States, campaigns such as Israel’s only mark an expansion of this freedom. Israel may be a relatively small hill in global terms, but the battle it is waging is incalculably large on the world stage. As Israel inflicts more punishment on Hezbollah, the more Syria and Iran will have their Axis of Evil ears pinned back. This is a huge positive step for democracy and a big potential defeat for totalitarianism. Does the global investor class get it? How could it not?
For a long two weeks Israel and Hezbollah have been going at it hard, and world stock markets have chosen to climb. The backward-looking media pessimists won’t see this, but the real world, real money votes of the global investor class should be noted and digested by all the rest of us. Indeed, I believe world investors are thankful for Israel’s courageous efforts in the cause of freedom, independence, security, and hope for the future.
Of course, the stakes are very high in this game. But that is exactly why global investors are cheering Israel’s advance.

Two words: Unbelievable. Disgusting.

When All Else Fails, Call Clinton

Since the Bush administration lets big business and the book of Revelation formulate their environmental policy, it’s comic (if not a little sad) that climate initiatives have to be spearheaded behind their back:

[From Washington Post]
Twenty-two of the world’s largest cities announced yesterday that they will work together to limit their contributions to global warming in an effort led by former president Bill Clinton.
The Clinton Climate Initiative — which will create an international consortium to bargain for cheaper energy-efficient products and share ideas on cutting greenhouse gas pollution — includes Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York as well as Cairo, Delhi, London and Mexico City. While the group is not setting specific targets for reducing emissions, Clinton said he is confident the effort will both cut pollution and create jobs in the cities that contribute most to higher temperatures.
“It no longer makes sense for us to debate whether or not the Earth is warming at an alarming rate, and it doesn’t make sense for us to sit back and wait for others to act,” Clinton said, speaking at a Los Angeles news conference with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) and London and San Francisco city leaders. “The fate of the planet that our children and grandchildren will inherit is in our hands, and it is our responsibility to do something about this crisis.”
The endeavor comes on the heels of Monday’s announcement by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) that he will work with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to trade carbon dioxide emissions and share clean-energy technology. [read it all]