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  • durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 9, 2014 1:22 PM Flag

    Hilarious yet again - you've made a glaring error in your statements as the average temperature of the planet has not changed in 18 years. This is a proven fact based on studies by scientists with degrees you couldn't even spell. Yet you support a President / scientists who says the debate is over? Scientific study is rarely over and, as proven through research, is always evolving.

    Where have I even mentioned the Bible? The only time I ever bring up religion on this board is in regards to the President trampling people's Religious freedom supported by the US Constitution. But as usual, when you are wrong you change the subject or use personal opinions. Good work!

  • Reply to

    Pinocchio Moon Walking Again

    by fred357mag2000 Sep 8, 2014 7:51 PM
    durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 8, 2014 8:21 PM Flag


  • durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 8, 2014 6:59 PM Flag

    That's hilarious - you have previously been upset about my posts on a specific season holding steady at a particular temperature saying I wasn't using a broad enough time period. And now you are talking about some 120 degree days in Australia as opposed to 18 years of steady global temperatures? Why does your hypocrisy not surprise me...

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    by durrett.scott Sep 8, 2014 6:17 PM
    durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 8, 2014 6:17 PM Flag

    Columnist Peggy Noonan: "People say Mr. Obama hasn’t spoken on the Islamic State with sufficient 'passion,' but the world at the moment probably doesn’t need more passion. He needs to speak with clarity, conviction and most of all credibility. Politicians always think they have to reach people’s hearts. They have to reach their minds. ... Is the administration’s foreign-policy apparatus as rudderless, ad hoc and faux-sophisticated as it looks? Is the president starting to fear, deep down, that maybe he is the junior varsity? ... The problem is really not that the president, as he said, does not yet have a strategy. It is that the world doesn’t know and the country doesn’t know how, deep down, he thinks about the Islamic State."
    Humorist Frank J. Fleming: "The problem for a modern day military is figuring out how to destroy an evil enemy without hurting their feelings."

  • durrett.scott by durrett.scott Sep 8, 2014 6:17 PM Flag

    The Gipper: "I urge you to beware the temptation ... to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of any evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil."

    Columnist Arnold Ahlert: "[D]espite the Obama administration and Democrats bewailing income inequality, it is their steadfast determination to expand government and continue embracing Keynesian economic theories that have done more than anything else to exacerbate that inequality. Without getting into the eye-glazing details, understand that this bunch fervently believes that shoveling trillions of dollars into the economy ... is the ultimate solution to all of our economic problems, because it will create a 'wealth effect' that in turn will spur the consumer spending necessary to 'jump start' the economy. Six years and $7 trillion later, we're still waiting for liftoff. ... We're amassing the largest 'bar tab' in the history of mankind. And the only reason we're still getting beer is because entities like the European Union, China and Japan are running up their own tabs, and we look like less risky drunks by comparison. Why don't we stop? Because no one wants to deal with the pain of getting 'sober,' aka living within our means."

  • The global warming hiatus continued through August, extending "the longest continuous period without any warming in the global instrumental temperature record since the satellites first watched in 1979," says journalist Christopher Monckton. The pause, now 17 years, 11 months old, "coincides with a continuing, rapid increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration." Earlier last week professor Dr. Ross McKittrick published his own study that revealed no warming for "19 years at the surface and 16-26 years in the lower troposphere depending on the data set used." But regardless of which "value one adopts," Monckton says, "it is becoming harder and harder to maintain that we face a 'climate crisis' caused by our past and present sins of emission." It also shows the absurdity of basing climate policy on computer projections. "[T]he length of the Great Pause in global warming, significant though it now is, is of less importance than the ever-growing discrepancy between the temperature trends predicted by models and the far less exciting real-world temperature change that has been observed," Monckton adds. Then again, this was never about searching for the truth.

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    More on jobs report

    by durrett.scott Sep 8, 2014 1:18 PM
    durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 8, 2014 1:19 PM Flag

    The news was all the more surprising following a report on Friday from ADP, the US's largest payroll firm. According to its monthly tally of private sector hirings the US added 204,000 jobs in August, the fifth straight month of employment gains above 200,000.
    While the monthly number was disappointing, the longer-term trend remains positive. Gains now average 207,000 over the last three months.
    July's gain was revised up slightly to 212,000 from an earlier estimate of 209,000, though June's gain was revised down to 267,000 from an earlier estimate of 298,000.
    Brian Jones, US analyst at Société Générale, said the weak jobs figures would allow the Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen to keep critics of the central bank's low interest rate policy at bay.
    "The lack of any pickup in headline wage growth, combined with the more sanguine inflation readings over the summer, suggests no urgency to revise the statement just yet.
    "[Yellen] may acknowledge that a large part of the decline in the participation rate is structural, but is unlikely to abandon her longstanding thesis that there is still significant cyclical slack in the labor market," he said.

  • durrett.scott by durrett.scott Sep 8, 2014 1:18 PM Flag

    The US added 142,000 jobs in August, the lowest figure this year and one that ends a streak of months in which the economy added more than 200,000 new positions.
    The labour department's figures came as a surprise. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a gain of about 225,000. They correctly anticipated that the unemployment rate would fall to 6.1%, down from 6.2% and close to a six-year low. The US had added an average of 212,000 jobs each month over the prior 12 months.
    August's growth also did little to impact those worst hit by the recession. The unemployment rate for African Americans remained unchanged at 11.4%, more than twice the rate for white people, and Hispanic unemployment stayed flat at 7.5%. Teenage unemployment remained at 19.6%.
    The labour-force participation rate – which measures the percentage of the US population who are either working or looking for work – fell to 62.8% in August from July's 62.9%.
    The August rate matches the lowest level since the late 1970s and suggests many people may have given up looking for work. The dip is the likely explanation for the marginal fall in the unemployment rate.
    Investors reacted by selling shares and sending stock markets into reverse. The falls, while modest, ended a month-long surge in values in the US and across Europe. The FTSE 100 finished down 25 points at 6852. The US Dow Jones index fell to 17053 in early trading, down 16 points at 1700 BST.
    A two-month slide in the value of the dollar against a basket of currencies continued in response to the figures. Against the pound the dollar slipped to $1.63 compared to a year high of $1.71, which followed a 1.6% dive against the euro on Thursday to $1.29.

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    Value Investing

    by walrath.craig Sep 5, 2014 5:48 AM
    durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 5, 2014 4:08 PM Flag

    I will admit that I do enjoy pointing out his repeated contradictions...

  • durrett.scott by durrett.scott Sep 5, 2014 2:58 PM Flag

    Just when the media was ready to fire off the confetti for another month with more than 200,000 jobs created, the realities of Barack Obama's "recovery" put a damper on the party. CNBC reports, "Job growth cooled in August, with nonfarm payrolls adding just 142,000 even as the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, according to the Labor Department." The July headline rate was 6.2%. CNBC notes the reason for the decline: Fewer people in the labor market. "The fall in the headline rate came as labor-force participation fell, declining to 62.8 percent, tying the 2014 bottom and remaining at the lowest level since 1978." Some 268,000 people left the workforce, and jobs numbers from June and July were revised down by 28,000, as well. On the other hand, the U-6 rate, a broader measure that includes those who have given up looking for a job, fell to 12% from 12.2% in July, and the number of long-term unemployed dropped to its lowest since January 2009. It's not that the economy isn't recovering at all, it's that big government has made the recovery far too slow.

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    Higher electricity prices...nothing new here

    by durrett.scott Sep 3, 2014 3:14 PM
    durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 5, 2014 2:52 PM Flag

    You have once again completely missed the point of the post. I am not sure I could explain it any clearer. My post was addressing the fact that China will do whatever they want without regard to the environment and Oregon shouldn't lose the business for personal reasons.

    I understand your opinion on coal and there is validity to it. But nobody is forced into the industry. I would like to see some sort of proof that these businesses force people into 'slave labor'. People always have a choice. If they don't have an education to do something else, who's fault is that? There are plenty of quality public universities in WV and/or trade schools that are more than affordable or offer financial aid/scholarships. I've witnessed it myself here in Los Angeles. Kids from the inner city or single moms heading to a junior college, working hard to get their AA, and transferring into a 4 year school with a full ride. There is plenty of opportunity out there if you work for it. It's a cop out and lazy to say there isn't a choice.

  • Reply to

    Value Investing

    by walrath.craig Sep 5, 2014 5:48 AM
    durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 5, 2014 2:41 PM Flag

    Don't you always gloat about your AGNC position? How is that a sustainable yield when they've consistently cut their divy the last few years? I am heavy in mortgage REITS but am slowly phasing out as there will be diminished returns when rates start to climb (which they should do in mid 2015).

    Your statement that the best investors are value investors is a silly one as it's not always true. Investors have been successful (or unsuccessful) using many different strategies. I believe in value investing as well but wouldn't put all my eggs into once basket.

  • Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University, a long-time Obama supporter, warned recently, “We are seeing the emergence of a different model of government, a model long-ago rejected by the framers.” Turley added that we have "a system that is in crisis." In fact, he argued, "The president’s pledge to effectively govern alone is alarming, and what is most alarming is his ability to fulfill that pledge. When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, which is precisely the danger the framers sought to avoid.”

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    Higher electricity prices...nothing new here

    by durrett.scott Sep 3, 2014 3:14 PM
    durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 4, 2014 6:00 PM Flag

    It seems to me that most of the libs on this board are very effective at either missing the point, dodging the question, or are just slow. The point wasn't to argue that the major cities in China are sh*tholes full of smog. Nothing will change that. The point is that Oregon's economy is being punished for a politician pandering to his base instead of thinking of the hard working blue collar folks in the state.

  • durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 4, 2014 4:04 PM Flag

    I would very much like to understand the liberal mindset on this. Perhaps an ACA and/or Obama supporter could answer a few questions?

    Why must my PPO that covers myself, my wife, and my daughter be cancelled when we like the plan and it's very affordable through my company?

    Why was Obama so critical of the Republican plan saying it would "lead to the unraveling of the employer based health care system"? He obviously knew Obamacare would lead to the 'unraveling of the employer based health care system'. Unless he thinks 80% (or more) of these plans will be cancelled in the next 10 years is not 'unraveling'.

  • durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 4, 2014 3:49 PM Flag

    In another column, Barone notes, "A freer market in health insurance means eliminating this tax preference, presumably through a tax credit for those purchasing health insurance on their own."
    This is what Sen. John McCain suggested in 2008 when Obama accused him of yanking the string to unravel employer-based coverage. Which brings us exactly to where we are today thanks to ObamaCare: the unraveling of employer-based coverage, only this time, dishonestly and covertly.
    As imperfect as this coverage may be, it’s undoubtedly better than the debacle we are only really beginning to suffer, and eliminating employer coverage is hardly how Obama billed his plan. Then again, his advertising isn't known for accuracy. Far truer were the warnings that from the beginning ObamaCare was little more than a Trojan horse for a single-payer system. Just watch out. As things on the health care front get even worse, the Left will undoubtedly swoop in with the "real" fix. Forget Greeks bearing gifts. Beware of Democrats bearing promises.

  • durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 4, 2014 3:01 PM Flag

    I would very much like to understand the liberal mindset on this. Perhaps an ACA and/or Obama supporter could answer a few questions?

    Why must my PPO that covers myself, my wife, and my daughter be cancelled when we like the plan and it's very affordable through my company?

    Why was Obama so critical of the Republican plan saying it would "lead to the unraveling of the employer based health care system"? He obviously knew Obamacare would lead to the 'unraveling of the employer based health care system'. Unless he thinks 80% (or more) of these plans will be cancelled in the next 10 years is not 'unraveling'.

  • durrett.scott durrett.scott Sep 4, 2014 2:41 PM Flag

    Alas, a lot can happen between campaign promises and government takeover. And politicians developing a penchant for truth-telling typically isn’t one of them.
    The reason so many employer-based plans will be going the way of Obama’s campaign promises is, under ObamaCare, companies pay a $2,000-per-employee penalty for not providing a government-approved health care plan -- far less than the cost of actually providing coverage. But that’s okay, supporters argue, because those who lose their employer-provided coverage will be dumped into the ObamaCare exchange. Of course, that's exactly where Democrats planned for them to be all along -- a government run health care system with “more choices," as long as those choices are within the limits of what the government deems Americans should want to choose. It's for your own good.
    That truth made it all the more laughable when Obama declared, "[P]eople want more control over their lives, not less." He's the one taking that control away.
    This isn’t to say employer-provided insurance plans are perfect. Written into our tax law for the past seven decades is a provision (born from Word War II wage freezes) that gives tax preference to employer-provided insurance, making the cost of the insurance deductible for employers and not counted as income for employees. The problem, as political analyst Michael Barone points out, is this: "High-earning employees with gold-plated, employer-provided health insurance get deductions that are worth many thousands of dollars. Those without employer-provided health insurance, or low-earners who are among the 40 percent of earners who do not pay income tax, get exactly zero."

  • But it looks like I have a good chance of losing it in the next 10 years thanks to BO and his cronies.

    When then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously declared in 2010 that Congress had to pass ObamaCare in order "to find out what’s in it," who knew that the contra-factually named Affordable Care Act would be the unwanted gift that just keeps on giving (or, rather, taking)? Well, actually, everyone who opposed the bill knew -- and warned against it. But it’s become increasingly obvious that even the ObamaCare-loving Democrats knew. Only they lied about it. And that’s putting it nicely.
    According to Ezekiel Emanuel, a former White House special adviser on health policy who was in the inner circle of designing ObamaCare, 80% of employer-provided health coverage will be gone within the next 10 years. And according to research by S&P Capital IQ, that number will be closer to 90%. This isn’t an "oops" side effect of Obama’s health care plan -- it was the plan all along.
    Of the disappearing health plans, Emanuel, “It’s going to actually be better for people. They’ll have more choice. Most people who work for an employer and get their coverage through an employer do not have choice.” Of course, what he leaves unsaid is that Barack Obama’s White House firmly believes the government knows what’s "better" for Americans more than Americans do.
    Recall, if you will, that Obama criticized a Republican health care proposal during his first campaign, arguing it “would lead to the unraveling of the employer-based health care system. That I don’t think is the kind of change that we need.” Then again, he also repeatedly said, "If you like your plan you can keep you plan." And we’ve all seen how well that turned out.

  • The assault on the Second Amendment is prompting thousands of business owners across the nation to launch a counter move of their own -- openly welcoming gun owners to their establishments. Bryan Crosswhite, a Virginia restaurant owner, hosts Second Amendment Wednesdays and tells The Washington Times, "We definitely see more traffic since we started this. It's been an overwhelming response." But White has taken his activism beyond the local establishment, the result of which is a vast and growing group of business owners proudly showing support for gun rights. "Mr. Crosswhite has started an organization that lists other pro-Second Amendment companies nationally, called www2amendmentorg," the Times continues. "He started the venture this winter and already has 57,000 businesses signed on." And it's paying handsome dividends for folks like "Sharma Floyd, owner of Shiloh Brew & Chew in Maryville, Tennessee," the Times explains. Floyd "has gained national media attention by putting a sign in the window of her restaurant welcoming firearm owners with permits, and business has been booming." Which option do you think deters more crime: A business packed with lawfully armed citizens, or the "gun-free zone" next door that prohibits guns altogether?

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