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Go Vegan to Stop Climate Change!

Blame it on the cows!

The sky is falling, the ozone is fading and the earth is warming. And who is the biggest culprit in this fiasco? Cows. That’s right. Cows. C-O-W-S! Freakonomics has an incredible article with the details.

Turns out, veganism offers the single most effective path to reducing global climate change. Eating less meat means fewer animals in the stockyards and fewer animal “emissions” means less global warming. Overall, the point seems pretty strong: global veganism could do more than any other single action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Vegans are still considered as sort of “out there,” a fringe group of animal rights activists with pasty skin and protein issues. However, as a recent report from the World Preservation Foundation confirms, ignoring veganism in the fight against climate change is sort of like ignoring fast food in the fight against obesity.

Forget ending dirty coal or natural gas pipelines, stop eating meat.

Turns out I am a person that is easily offended by double-standards. If you accept the conventional wisdom of man-made global warming caused by greenhouse gases, you should unequivocally embrace veganism. If you are unwilling to do that, then you must admit that hamburgers are more important to you than the environment. And climb down off your moralizing hobby horse while you’re at it please.

The Obama Infomercial

The recent Infomercial was polished, poignant and compelling. It is everything you would expect from what may be considered the most hip media campaign in history. However, the abundance of style could not cover up the lack of substance. Obama has repeatedly made promises and accusations that have gone largely unchecked until now.

Obama is not telling the truth says Calvin Woodward of AP.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.

CBS, in an article titled Reality Check, points out a series of Obama inconsistencies. Take for example Obama’s plan to spend savings from the war in Iraq.

Most of the time he spends the Iraq savings in the context of the roads he wants to build; sometimes it’s for the teachers he wants to hire. Tonight, he riffed rhetorically on the savings, asking how many scholarships could be funded, or how many schools could be built. In the end though, presuming he really saves $90 billion, he can only spend it once.

Remember he also mentioned rebuilding the military ($7 billion/yr); his education initiative ($18 billion/yr); and his energy initiative ($15 billion/yr). He did not mention the $188 billion that he would spend on the brand new stimulus package he has proposed.

If he closes every loophole as promised, saves every dime from Iraq, raises taxes on the rich and trims the federal budget as he’s promised to do “line by line,” he still doesn’t pay for his list. If he’s elected, the first fact hitting his desk will be the figure projecting how much less of a budget he has to work with – thanks to the recession. He gave us a very compelling vision with his ad buy tonight. What he did not give us was any hint of the cold reality he’s facing or a sense of how he might prioritize his promises if voters trust him with the White House.

Larry of My Take has a great article on my favorite topic (the old MSM double-standard) pointing out the “too little, too late” fact checking of the MSM.

Will wonders never cease? One of the main complaints I have had with this election cycle is how the mainstream media has given Barack Obama a pass when it comes to questioning his facts and what he plans to do if he wins this election. They have refused to question him on his past relationships with William Ayers or ACORN and tried to sweep it under the carpet when he made his “spread the wealth” statement to Joe the plumber. It appears that for the time being, at least, they have decided to call him out on some of his facts.

It seems the media is hoping to finally do their job in a way that will not damage Obama too much but give them enough credibility to claim they actually did their job. The nation is the biggest loser here.

Joe Biden Gaffes Again

Joe Biden has gaffed it again. The Democrat vice presidential candidate guaranteed that if Barack Obama is elected president, there will be an international crisis within six months. I was especially curious to see how the Obama-loving media would report this potentially huge verbal faux pas by the Delaware senator.

As I expected, hardly a ripple in network television and the news above the fold focused on Britney Spears new hairstyle but no mention of Joe Biden and our impending international crisis. The old double standard was working overtime. I found myself wondering how the MSM would have treated Sarah Palin if she had said something the same thing.

Dan Rather to the rescue.  Occasionaly, someone in media remembers that fair and balanced is not just a network tagline. In this video, Dan Rather is talking with Joe Scarborough and calls the media whitewash exactly what it is; a double standard. Take a look

Newsbusters has a transcript

Voting For McCain is Racist

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article that reflects my concerns over the Democrats persistent use of the race card. I am exhausted by the repetitive, unsubstantiated charges of racism against John McCain’s campaign specifically and Republicans in general. Anyone not voting for Obama must be a racist.

Things are supposed to be looking rosy for Democrats this November. But in case Barack Obama loses the Presidency, an excuse is all ready to go: America’s too racist to elect a black man. Not even, in his Vice Presidential pick Joe Biden’s inimitable description, one so “articulate and bright and clean.”

This narrative has gained traction with the Democratic Presidential candidate’s recent setbacks in the polls. We hear it from the convention crowd in Denver and liberals in the press. The older, poorer, white, often Hillary voter who sounds ambivalent about the Obama coronation is an enticing scapegoat.

“Call me crazy, but isn’t it possible, just possible, that Obama’s lead is being inhibited by the fact that he is, you know, black?” wrote John Heilemann in New York magazine earlier this month. “What makes Obama’s task of scoring white votes at Kerry-Gore levels so formidable is, to put it bluntly, racial prejudice.”

In this week’s Newsweek (and on Slate), Jacob Weisberg reasoned that only some “crazy irrationality over race” could prevent Mr. Obama from winning the White House. If he does win, America will have reached post-prejudice Nirvana. “If Obama loses, our children will grow up thinking of equal opportunity as a myth,” Mr. Weisberg continued. “To the rest of the world, a rejection of the promise he represents wouldn’t just be an odd choice by the United States. It would be taken for what it would be: sign and symptom of a nation’s historical decline.” Wow. Vote for Barack, or America is as irredeemable as many foreigners believe.

The Racism Excuse – WSJ.com.

CNN Cracks ACORN Again

I have been very critical of the MSM regarding their overt bias and over/under reporting. I am always glad to give a hat-tip to CNN when they do a good job.

…the detail about the 2,100 phony registrations in Indiana is recycled from the segment Ed posted on Friday but the close-up of the registration forms and the extended interview with ACORN’s lawyer are new, proving that not only is CNN sticking with this story but they’re actually building it out. And not just this one. Remember, Drew Griffin’s also responsible for that clear-eyed, bolt-from-the-blue look at Obama’s relationship with Ayers. What on earth’s going on over there? Are they worried that MSNBC will be the Obama administration’s mouthpiece of choice so they’re slapping him around a bit as a warning not to make enemies of them?

Serious exit question: How, precisely, do people think ACORN’s going to influence the election? The worry, as I’ve understood it, is that the race will narrow and we’ll end up a la 2000 in a cliffhanger with one or two counties in some swing state deciding who wins. In that scenario, a few thousand phony votes would be monumental. Judging from some of the e-mail we’re getting, though, true believers think something bigger’s going on, as though an Obama win by a few percentage points — which would mean a margin of a few million votes — would be inherently shady. Explain to me how ACORN’s supposedly planning to convert these bogus registrations into actual bogus votes on a mass scale.

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Video: CNN hits ACORN — again — for bogus voter registrations.

Rage On The Front Page

Just when I was gaining some confidence that the MSM was exercing a bit of fairness.

faith and factsAlert Paul Krugman and Frank Rich! There’s another outbreak of campaign-induced rage to report. Dissent has been stifled. Free speech is under assault.

By Democrats.

Oh, never mind.

If it were a Republican mob, you know this would be front page on the NYT and echoed on MSNBC, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, etc., etc., etc….

Michelle Malkin » More Democratic rage not on the front page.

Obama Makes False Claim to Cut Spending

Only in the weird world of Quantum Mechanics can math like this be explained. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an independent, group analyzed Obama’s tax and spending plans.

They result in a net increase of spending of $281 billion.

The claim that, “Actually I’m cutting more than I’m spending so that it will be a net spending cut” is totally false.

How did the morning shows in the MSM confront this? They ignored it.

NewsBusters highlights this problem while AP takes issue with both candidates on factual errors.

CNN Says Obama Is Lying About Ayers

Give a hat tip to CNN and Anderson Cooper for reporting on the link between Barack Obama and unrpentant domestic terrorist William Ayers.

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know how abhorent double-standards are to me. I regularly criticize the media, and anyone else, for praising one person and condemning another person for exactly the same action.

On that rare occasion when a regular transgressor gets things right, I am glad to call attention to their good deed.

Barack Obama has been lying about his relationship with William Ayers. Obama claims to have barely known Ayers even though Obama served on two non-profit boards with Ayers, put on a major fundraiser with him, and arranged grants to schools at Ayers direction.  Anderson Cooper calls this “dishonest” in his report.

Way to go Coop!

Check these blogs with additional info:

Obama and Ayers: Radical Collaborators

The Obama Ayers Relationship

CNN: Obama Lying About Ayers

Judge Right has an extensive post

LA Times edits out McCain’s remarks on economy

Yesterday, McCain blasted Obama and the Democrats for the mess we are in. How does the LA Times cover the story? They pretended he never said anything about the !

Right Voices.

Double Standard of the Day

Sarah Palin is a dolt says Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball.  She looked into the camera during the debate and it made her look like a dolt.

Just a few days earlier though, when Barak Obama looked into the camera to answer debate questions Matthews judged the moved as forceful and direct.

A clear case of Chris Matthews allowing his bias and personal preferences to overshadow his reporting.

While everyone has their personal preferences, public news media is supposed to have a bare minimum of even handedness. This grows out of the fact that the public airwaves are, well, public. They exist to serve the public good.  Extreme partisanship has no place in standard news reporting. That is why Newspapers have OpEd pages.

Mainstream Media has blurred the line between news and opinion these days.

Today’s Double Standard Award.

Here are the Matthews quotes:

You know what I think of people when they come on “Hardball,” and they look at the camera, I think they’re dolts.

The differences were in no small part stylistic and visible with a glance to the stage: a 47-year-old black man who has been in the Senate for nearly four years standing at one lectern, facing a 72-year-old white-haired fixture of the Senate standing across from him. In many ways, Mr. Obama was a very different candidate than he was during the primary battles. He answered questions directly and affirmatively, typically looking right into the camera as he spoke.

Newsbusters and Michelle Malkin have addtional material you may like.