Shelby Steele's WSJ column today is a must-read

© 2016 Jim Spence - Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day. It is a day when millions of Americans celebrate one of our nation's greatest heroes.
Every now and then you read a column that is so profound, so chocked full of wisdom, you just feel compelled to share it. This morning as I perused the weekend version of the Wall Street Journal online, I noticed a column written by Shelby Steele. You can click on the link at the end of this column to read the article.
Steele received the National Book Critic's Circle Award in 1990 in the general nonfiction category for his book, “The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America.”
Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. He was appointed a Hoover fellow in 1994.
Shelby Steele
Shelby Steele
Steele has written extensively on the consequences of contemporary social programs on race relations. In 2006, Steele received the Bradley Prize for his contributions to the study of race in America. In 2004, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In 1991, his work on the documentary, "Seven Days in Bensonhurst," was recognized with an Emmy Award and two awards for television documentary writing—the Writer's Guild Award and the San Francisco Film Festival Award.
Steele has also written extensively for major publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. He has also spoken before hundreds of groups and appeared on national current affairs news programs including Nightline and 60 Minutes.
Steele holds a PhD in English from the University of Utah, an MA in sociology from Southern Illinois University, and a BA in political science from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Shelby Steele should be an icon in the African American community. However, like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and many others, far too often Steele gets ignored.
For enlightenment click this LINK, and partake of the latest profound wisdom of Shelby Steele.


Watergate Hotel or Trump Tower, burglary is still burglary

© 2016 Jim Spence - It all becomes pretty clear if you only take a little time to connect the dots. However, before we connect the 2018 dots, let’s flash back to All the President’s Men, the ultimate story of the depths of corruption at the Nixon White House more than forty years ago.
At the core of the Nixon White House corruption was the same old story. The Nixon paranoia and thirst for power corrupted almost everyone around him. In the mind of Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell and Richard Nixon himself, the end (GOP power) justified any means used. Flush with so much incoming campaign contribution cash, John Mitchell approved a scheme to get this…….because it will repeat itself…..eavesdrop on Lawrence O’Brien, who just happened to be the head of the Democratic Party. Burglars were hired by the Nixon re-election team with money donated to Nixon’s campaign. These burglars were caught breaking in to Mr. O’Brien’s office with electronic bugging devices in hand, at the Watergate Hotel building. The rest as they say is history.
As Nixon departed the White House, after resigning in disgrace, he lamented his hating of his perceived enemies. Nixon noted that when you hate others, you hurt yourself much more than you hurt them. If you are a corrupt GOP president this seems to be true. With Democrats, not so much.
Let’s have a peek at 2018. Is there a rational human being anywhere who cannot detect visceral hatred of Donald Trump coming from every nook and cranny of the Democratic Party and their friends in the news media and Hollywood? Just last night, actor Robert De Niro felt he had a license to go off on a profanity-laced rant attacking Trump at an awards ceremony. Who does this at an awards ceremony? The answer is simple.....Democrats.
And so with this backdrop, we have the fertile ground from which a scheme was hatched in 2016 that is woefully mindful of Watergate. The amazing thing about this particular White House scheme, which was to listen in on all digital conversations of political opponents, is that no burglars were needed. Technology being what it is these days, Obama's NSA was already recording and saving every telephone call, text message, and email in 2016. All the Obama political schemers and the DOJ needed to do, was gin up an excuse to get access to this private information that was already being captured and stored.
How to circumvent the constitution and seize this information? Not a problem. The Obama White House used an opposition research piece that was bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee (the Steele dossier). The hit piece accused Trump of everything except child molestation. Obama officials then couched the Russian collusion accusations in this bogus dossier as information that had been obtained.....not from political cronies........but by non-partisan agents working at the CIA and FBI. All of this fiction was offered to the FISA court, a secret court set up to protect Americans from unlawful searches and seizures of such communications. It turns out if you have no integrity, a scam like this can work like legal magic. A legal warrant was obtained from the FISA court that allowed get this.......the reading of transcripts by Obama political operatives of every digital communication made by people in the Trump campaign.
Astonishingly, the chief burglar in this scheme was White House confidant Susan Rice. Rice along with others, worked directly inside the Obama White House and/or DOJ.
The only difference between Rice and company and the Watergate burglars seems to be who paid them. Instead of the Clinton’s campaign funds paying for everything, it only paid for the pack of lies in the dossier. Our own federal government, under Obama’s totalitarian control, paid for the rest, when it chose to act as if the federal government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.
The bottom line is simple. The Obama team knew it only had to dupe a FISA court to successfully intercept all Trump campaign messages captured by the NSA. So it did so. The end justifies the means a la Nixon.
More amazing than the fact that so far the Democrats have gotten away with these felonies, is the fact that even with the amazingly flawed Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, and the Clintons having access to every digital communication their opponent's team made, Hillary still lost, and lost big in the Electoral College. Now that is a weak candidate.
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has lamented how sad it is that few Americans seem to care that the federal government is being used to spy on citizens for political purposes. One would think that every freedom loving American would be objecting to this story. But very few Americans are actually connecting the dots, since there is no Woodward and Bernstein to spoon feed them the information.
The same kind of infinitely corrupt behavior that once shamed Richard Nixon into resigning, has instead been obfuscated and legitimized by Democrats.
My questions are troubling. Do Democrats want GOP presidents using the NSA to spy on them in the 2018 mid-terms and 2020 election? I don't. Where is the ACLU and what are they thinking about when it comes to civil liberties? This crap should transcend all partisan bickering. But it does not seem to anymore. What a pity.


Political Anatomy 101


Give Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" a Frozen Globe award for the greatest Crockumenatary ever made

© 2016 Jim Spence - P.T. Barnum couldn’t be more proud of "an inconvenient truth" scammer Al Gore, as record breaking cold temperatures grip much of the U.S. 
Basic logic suggests to anyone with a lick of sense that if there is an overall “warming trend,” we surely would not be seeing cold temperature records being shattered all over the nation. The temperature data itself denies any trend towards warming.
Consider what Al Gore said a few years ago. Gore’s Crock-umentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” was hardly a film predicting record cold temperatures a dozen years into the future. In fact, Gore suggested quite the contrary to his gullible viewers in 2006. He said temperatures were going to be so mild in the winters that the warmth would completely disrupt civilization. Gore never mentioned increasing snowfalls as a consequence of man-made global warming. Instead, Gore was screaming at the top of his lungs that there would soon be a complete lack of snow. He was emphatic in asserting that the lack of snow would be the evidence we needed to look for to realize that there was a huge trend towards man-made global warming.
Gore is not the only climate change/global warming hack who warned us of higher temperature trends in all seasons and less snow in the winter. The U.K. Independent quoted "scientists" who suggested that, “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past” and “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”
Oh really? I am thinking children all over the U.S. remain intimately familiar with snow in early 2018.
OK, enough of the old BS predictions of Gore. Let's fast forward to earlier this week and see how this hyperbole-addicted blowhard has changed his predictions by exactly 180 degrees (no pun intended). Gore has radically altered his doomsday rhetoric to match the cold temperature data, even if what he says about cold temperature data makes no sense whatsoever. Late this week Gore, with a straight face said, "bitter cold is exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis."
Sorry folks, we do not have a climate crisis. What Al Gore has is a credibility crisis. And it is getting acute as his con gets exposed more frequently than Harvey Weinstein's ying-yang.
So here is the "new" deal according to Gore. The climate is still in crisis, except now the crisis comes to us in the form of harsh lower temperatures and tons of snow.......instead of harsh higher temperatures and no snow. Just a little modification to the predictions proving his theory.
Here is Gores’s tweet from January 4, 2018: “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis.”
Gore linked to an article on the brutal winter weather written by the disgraced Mann.
In the Gore-touted article, Mann had the balls to connect the harsh cold temperatures and tons of snow to “climate change.”
So we have gone from hearing Gore hype the lack of snow as evidence of man-made global warming to hearing him hype the over-abundance of snow as being “exactly” what we should expect to prove his theory. So it must be, according to Gore, that no matter how bogus his predictions are they prove his theory.
The problem Gore has seems to begin with how he defines the term “exactly.” It seems that while most people think that "exactly" is a precise term, Gore wants us to believe that exactly means no snow OR tons of snow and also means extremely high temperatures or extremely low temperatures.
One thing is for sure, this crock of dung is being fed to every K-12 and college student in the world. It is one more thing they will need to un-learn in the real world.

The car he sold you did not break down, it is just resting.

© 2016 Jim Spence - Thirty-one years ago the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing. The politicians wanted a few scientists to address the impact of so-called ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and global warming. It turned out to be a great opportunity for Democrats to start an effort to turn the nation and the world against fossil fuel. To boot, they figured to secure hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer dollars for global warming research in the decades to come. James Hansen, who was supposedly a leading climate modeler with NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies at the time, emptied his gun at the hearing when he made remarkably apocalyptic predictions.
Let’s see how Hansen’s forecasts turned out.
This weekend Niagara Falls pretty much froze solid. Sharks that apparently froze to death in the extraordinarily chilly waters in the Northern Atlantic last week were washing up on the Massachusetts shores. The northern polar ice cap has been expanding for three consecutive years. The southern pole ice cap has expanded to such an enormous size over the last decade that researchers are wondering if it has ever been larger. All of these grim realities of a trend towards colder global temperatures since 1997 are completely contradicting the dire predictions made by the anti-fossil fuel “scientists” thirty-one years ago.
In 1986, James Hansen was very specific about his model. He predicted that “global temperatures should be nearly 2 degrees higher in 20 years." Hansen went farther. He also predicted an acceleration of the trend with an increase of, “an additional 3 or 4 degrees sometime between 2010 and 2020.
Though this is the most under-reported fact on this era, Hansen and so many of his colleagues have not just been wrong, they have been spectacularly wrong. According to the NOAA calculator, the average temperature trend has been falling at -0.06 F degree per decade since Hansen predicted temperatures would rise much more sharply. Hansen’s scientific prediction that the Earth would be the warmest it has been in the last 100,000 years should actually be the subject of ridicule based on the how emphatic he was thirty-one years ago. Thanks to the bogus news media, Hansen gets a pass.
One must recall that even the faux scientists slurping up taxpayer dollars in exchange for forecasting global warming began to realize they needed a new line of bull quite some time ago. To mask all of their absurd forecasts never materializing, Democrats in the global warming crowd actually coined new words to help themselves to more research dollars. The phrase they coined to replace “global warming” was “climate change.”
Climate change is a wonderfully useful term, particularly for those interested in deception. Because it is so vague, it can be bent to fit any trend that shows up in the real data. The trouble with predicting ”Global Warming” was obviously more tricky than previously thought thirty-one years ago because……..the data needed to show that the globe was actually…um…warming.
The term “Climate Change” is infinitely more flexible. With Climate Change, every outside of “normal” weather event can be blamed on the use of fossil fuel. The trend of the data does not matter. And of course, all those old pesky apocalyptic predictions about crop failures, seas rising, and the end of civilization, well, the “scientists” cashing grant checks are now telling all of us to just forget about those warnings and heed their latest warnings, more important warnings.
So, what has the discredited global warming alarmist James Hansen done lately in the way of forecasting new dire warnings that require billions more in research dollars? Well, it seems that Hansen has now published a paper that suggests global warming will get this………. trigger an “ice age” in the near future. No, I am not making this up.
Thirty-one years later, after tons of temperature data has been collected that shows Hansen is a boob, now he says we need to forget about temperature measures as a way of proving temperatures have changed or will change. Instead he says, pay attention to, “Global Energy Imbalance.” He says this vague and strangely indefinable concept is a more meaningful measure of planetary status. Hansen sounds like a used car salesman explaining that the car he sold you did not break down, it is just resting.
What are we taxpayers to make of all this? It is important to understand that Global Warming/Climate Change was always a Democratic Party political agenda dressed up as science. Real scientists would have never conspired to squelch debate like the parasites angling for research grant dollars have done in this particular space. So, after a cascading avalanche of bad predictions have exposed the folly of their claims, the only way for people like James Hansen and thousands of others to get more and more research dollars, is to embrace a line of bull that is infinitely more flexible and unscientific. Yet somehow those exposing this amazing scam are called “deniers.”
As 2018 begins, we are now to believe that because of global warming, we are facing an “ice age.”
You have to hand it to these con artists. No matter what happens to global temperatures, the climate explainers provide a ridiculous explanation that blames all bad weather on the sin of using fossil fuel. Never before has there been such an infinitely adaptable ruse that, with a straight face, is still referred to as, “science.” If we have a bout of warm weather this confirms their already discredited predictions. If we have colder temperature data trends they are routinely dismissed.
It does not matter to any Democrat that Al Gore predicted that the polar ice cap would be GONE by 2014. We have to save the planet from incinerating or freezing, or whatever.