Friday, January 22, 2010

John Coleman Speaks

01/22/2010: You might recognize John Coleman, a former TV weather man out of Chicago, who went on to became the original TV meteorologist on ABC's Good Morning America when it debuted back in 1975. He hung his hat with that highly-rated show for seven years, which, as you may recall, was primarily hosted successfully for years by David Hartman, and who was eventually scripted along with a full co-host, Joan Lunden after she joined the show a few years later.*

As pointed out on the Wiki post, linked above, in 1981, Coleman got together with a "communications entrepreneur" named Frank Batten, and they became the founders of the Weather Channel. Coleman is now no longer affiliated with that organization.

Though at 75, he is semi-retired, John still does the weather for an independent TV station out in San Diego, KUSI-TV. If you would like to view more of John Coleman's clips on global warming, links are posted here on their site.

As he will tell you in the following clip, John's been doing this for 55 years.

John believes that global warming is a scam. Here is his pitch on the topic.

ht to reader, Jake, who kindly sent the link along to me. Thanks Jake!

* Years later, after Hartman retired in 1987, Joan Lunden and Charlie Gibson went to to become the network's top-rated team on the show, overtaking the Today Show for a stint.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Clunker Central!

01/18/10 -- Unbelievable. From a story today about the United States Senate race in Massachusetts, published across the pond . . . in the Telegraph. (ht, Allahpundit at HotAir, here)

On Republican candidate, Scott Brown campaigning in Boston:

On Friday he did a walk-about in Boston’s Little Italy, a Democrat stronghold. Asked how he felt about possibly winning the seat, he replied to loud cheers: "It’s not the Kennedys’ seat. It’s not the Democrats’ seat. It’s the people’s seat."

A number of women had brought along their dogs. Donna, a dentist, had brought her fox terrier Razzie. "I always voted for Kennedy but this guy is refreshing," she said. "Washington has forgotten the middle class and he’s the way we can stop it."

Don't tell me! Did Coakley miss yet another big fat opportunity here?

In addition -- as William Jacobson at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion notes -- to snatching away chunks of virtually every other imaginable demographic, Scott Brown now walks away with the dog-lovers vote too? No one in Coakley's campaign was smart enough to urge the President to bring along his pooch, Bo? For crying out loud, the dog was a gift from Teddy!

Imagine the possible visuals! Just put a little piece of chicken liver behind Marcia's . . . I mean Martha's ear and the pooch would have gladly, and very personally endorsed her . . . all on his own!

Heck, they could have loaded him up in the back of a pick-up, and she could have driven it across the parking lot, symbolically arriving in an American icon!

Instead, they opted for derision -- from the POTUS himself . . . this:

" . . . Forget the truck. Everybody can buy a truck."

Really? They can? And you mean, as Gateway Pundit has pointed out, like Scott Brown's American-built GM pick-up? The one with 200,000 miles on it from having driven throughout the state campaigning?

So, let's all take a guess at who the real political "clunker" is now! Or, as Dan Riehl has put it, out of gas!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Past Promises From The Pointer!

UPDATED (3), below: 01/07/10

Naked Emperor News, ht, Brietbart·TV, here.)

UPDATE: And here is the Presidents mouthpiece, Robert Gibbs, refusing repeatedly to answer any reporters questions about what happened to the President's repeatedly expressed commitment during the campaign to ensure there would be open C-Span coverage of the development of the healthcare "reforms" as they proceeded through the Congress.

And here is C-Span CEO, Brian Lamb, in an interview expressing the view that C-Span was used as a political football during the campaign. And he further notes that there has only been one hour of the White House part of healthcare coverage by C-Span that has been permitted by the White House, and readily concedes that it was merely for a staged event in the East Room.

Finally, here is Brian Lamb's personally expressed view of why he believes the the process should be televised, and why C-Span made the request to have the remaining healthcare negotiations and debate televised.

Notwithstanding Mr. Lamb's expressed modesty, could it possibly have been put a better way? I can't imagine how!

"The American people pay for all of this that goes on in this town. It's always been my contention, and it's not a sophisticated, intelligent position. It's just a gut reaction -- that if we pay for something, and it's the public's business -- we ought to be able to see how it's done. It's just that simple. Has nothing to do with this particular fight right now."

UPDATE 2: 01/07 -- At the Washington Examiner, Byron York posted late yesterday, exposing the Wednesday dissembling by Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs at the daily briefing, during which he made a pathetic attempt to disembroil the White House from the C-Span story.

The reporters questions naturally arose in light of the stories regarding the "secret negotiations" over the healthcare bills, and following the release of the viral video (embedded above) stacking the eight clips of Mr. Obama repeatedly promising back during the campaign to ensure wall-to-wall C-Span coverage of the healthcare debates and negotiations. In his post, York included a transcript from Tuesday's press briefing, featuring a recreant Mr. Gibbs pleading he had not had an opportunity to read Mr. Lamb's letter, and would therefore be unable to fully respond.

Byron then noted that at Wednesday's press confab, when the questions came back about the President's campaign promises about openness and transparency, Gibbs simply balked at giving the reporters any answer at all, and actually referred their fresh questions about the several Obama campaign commitments, back to his Tuesday non-answer!

Here is how Byron York aptly summed it up:
And that was the end of that. If the public wants to know why President Obama didn't keep his pledge to hold televised health-care negotations, they'll have to look for answers elsewhere. The White House isn't talking.
UPDATE 3: 01/08 -- Newt Gingrich agrees with President Obama . . . or at least candidate Obama!

Me too! I think I'll tell him. And so can you. That was easy.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Pointer in Chief?

January 5 -- Just as he had just finished pointing fingers at the intelligence services for a major "screw up" that he finally recognized could have been disasterous, President Omama, further pointed out that he would not tolerate any finger pointing on the topic!


"This was a screw up that could have been disastrous," the president said during a meeting in the White House situation room, according to the White House media office. "We dodged a bullet but just barely. It was averted by brave individuals not because the system worked and that is not acceptable. While there will be a tendency for finger pointing, I will not tolerate it."
Does that count for comments by Administration officials made about critics?

Hmmm . . . maybe that would explain why Vice-President Joe Biden has been keeping his hands in his pockets lately?

White House photo.

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