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Cheap Seats: Obama’s Messy Missile Issue

July 25, 2014

Obama and Medvedev

Obama and Medvedev

Cheap Seats Quiz, identify the speaker and the circumstances:

“My concern is obviously that there’s been a lot of misinformation … This should snap everybody’s heads to attention and make sure that we don’t have time for propaganda, we don’t have time for games, we need to know exactly what happened, and everybody needs to make sure that we’re holding accountable those who — who committed this outrage.”

If you guessed Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina discussing IRS intimidation of President Obama’s political opponents, you would be right — in principle.

Gowdy didn’t say it, though Cheap Seats is reasonably sure the statement sums up his sentiments on the subject.

The actual answer is Obama himself, on the subject of just exactly who was responsible for shooting down a passenger-filled jumbo jet over Ukraine and killing all aboard. Read more »

Cheap Seats: The Cooling of Global Warming

July 24, 2014

That cold chill you feel when Sen. Mark Udall talks about “climate change” is more than a figment of your imagination.

It’s actually getting colder.

That’s not just Cheap Seats saying it, that’s the official word from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA’s Climate Reference Network went to work in 2005 reading thermometers at what it humbly described as 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the U.S.

The network’s temperature readings show that the U.S. has been getting cooler over the past decade, down about 0.4 degrees Celsius.

That’s not terribly surprising given the geological belief that the earth is entering a new Little Ice Age.

Consider that the Great Lakes last winter froze over for the first time since 1979, when all the rage was the coming Ice Age. Read more »

Polis asked to Pull Anti-Fracking Initiatives

July 23, 2014

DENVER — Colorado’s business community is making one last push to convince Democratic Rep. Jared Polis to drop his anti-fracking ballot campaign.

A coalition of pro-business organizations led by Vital for Colorado sent a letter Tuesday to Polis asking him to “stand down” and withdraw his ballot measures, Initiatives 88 and 89, aimed at cracking down on the oil and gas industry.

“We are writing to respectfully ask that you withdraw your support for all proposed ballot initiatives that would add language to our state constitution which will overly restrict the practice of hydraulic fracturing, limit energy development in Colorado and, as a result, create devastating consequences for our state,” says the letter.

The coalition includes about 25 pro-business groups as well as individuals such as Kelly Brough, president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Tamra Ward, president of Colorado Concern, and Glendale Mayor Michael Dunafon. Read more »

Cheap Seats: Bad Moonbeam on the Rise

July 22, 2014

There once was a time that the governor of California was automatically considered a presidential contender, what with being the top dog in the nation’s most populous state and all.

A procession of ne’er-do-wells and charlatans — we’re talking to you, Gray Davis and “Aahhnuld” — have tended of late to cloud that basic political reality.

But now fundamentals are reasserting themselves and that can only mean Gov. Moonbeam is trying to muscle in on the presidential action.

And indeed, Gov. Jerry Brown is making it known that Dems ought not limit themselves to those who have failed upward in the past — Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren leap to mind — when he is so readily available.

Does Bayer even make enough aspirin to deal with that quadruple-threat headache?

Brown, having papered over what remains of the California economy with mounting debt, has led a quixotic effort to build a high-speed train to Sin City so his entitlement-loving constituents can continue enriching a neighboring state with their EBT cards. Read more »

Yo Bloomberg! We’re Out of the Wilderness

July 14, 2014

Downtown Colorado Springs

Downtown Colorado Springs

Cheap Seats simply cannot let pass Mike Bloomberg’s jibe against Colorado.

What does the Bloomster think of these big square states? That they’re all roadless?
Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, oh goodness, what must Bloomie think is in Montana?

Does he think they’re wilderness?

They don’t have roads, according to the former erstwhile mayor of New York City, acquired from the Indians for beads we’re told were worth about 24 bucks.

Funny, inflation never affects that number. Maybe because the Indians are starting to think they got the better deal.

More seriously, if Bloomberg thinks that Colorado has no roads, doesn’t it stand to reason in what passes for his mind that the gun bans he favors would be out of place in the wilds of Colorado? Read more »

Cheap Seats: The Cooling of Global Warming

July 4, 2014

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and the belief in anthropogenic global warming have more in common than proponents of either might care to admit.

Global warming is, of course, all the rage among the simple-minded folk whose critical-thinking skills have never advanced past the ProgLuddite level. Yes, we’re talking to you Sen. Mark Udall and wife Maggie Fox, and the megabucks she hauled in from Al “Love me some petrobucks” Gore and the Climate Reality Project (CRaP.)

The swimsuit issue enjoys a similar attraction: its fans aren’t so much interested in the design of the swimsuits, if indeed they can be called “suits,” or the backgrounds against which they’re photographed, as they are in checking out the occupants of said “suits.”

It’s pretty basic stuff, show guys some skin and they’ll reach for their wallets.

Warmists have been employing a similar approach: act as though the sky is falling and people who don’t give much thought to things (okay, maybe they’re not exactly capable of that level of thinking) will hand over money so they can feel better. Read more »

Cheap Seats: Aiming for EPA’s Toilet Seats

June 30, 2014

The sanctimonious charlatans at the Environmental Protection Agency – those halfwits who insist that Americans are fouling the global nest by generating electricity — really don’t get the “fouling the nest” stuff.

Seems as though the higher-ups have had to send out a memo to the underlings in the Denver Region 8 office telling them that it was unseemly to poop in the hallways.

Yes, you read that right.

EPA types have been dropping trou and doing business in a government office building public area, not in the sumptuous taxpayer-funded facilities.

It’s almost as if these charmers are part of the Occupy movement. Emphasis on “movement.” Read more »

Beauprez, Buck Win Hard-Fought Republican Primaries

June 24, 2014

DENVER — Bob Beauprez won the Republican gubernatorial nod in Tuesday’s primary election, while Ken Buck took the party’s nomination for the 4th Congressional District, according to Colorado Republican Party projections.

A former congressman, Beauprez emerged as a victor in the tough four-candidate primary despite entering the race March 4, only weeks before the vote and months after the other contenders had launched their campaigns.

“Bob ran a disciplined primary campaign, and we’re proud to have such a fine leader, family man, and small businessman as our nominee for governor,” said Colorado Republican Party Chair Ryan Call in a statement.

Beauprez, who lost a previous bid for governor in 2006 against Democrat Bill Ritter, will face Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in the Nov. 4 general election.

With 39 of 64 counties reporting, figures from the Secretary of State’s office showed Beauprez with 30 percent of the vote, followed by former Rep. Tom Tancredo with 27 percent, Secretary of State Scott Gessler with 23 percent and former state Sen. Mike Kopp with 20 percent. Read more »

Cheap Seats: Pesky Volcanoes Melt Global Warming Theory

June 23, 2014

Antarctica is doing something strange — it’s both shrinking and growing.

It was only a few months ago in January that 52 scientists — and we use the word advisedly — were looking for proof of global warming when they found themselves trapped in rapidly expanding ice.

Uproarious as the image of hard-bitten climate warriors trapped in deep ice might be, what’s truly disturbing is that the “scientists” actually had a point. Sort of.

While they were looking up to find proof that global warming is caused by humans just trying to heat themselves and fire up some electricity, the “scientists” should have been looking down.

Turns out that Antarctica is indeed melting — because of volcanoes hidden below the ice, boiling water and slowly eating away at the ice cover to such an extent that only highly trained, hard-working, grant-dependent “scientists” could miss it.

The volcanic activity beneath Antarctica leaps to mind as Sen. Mark Udall is campaigning to hold onto his spot at the public trough by complaining loudly about “global warming.” Read more »

Boulder’s Mistake to Cost $1 Billion

June 16, 2014

Legal genius

Legal genius

The ever-so precious denizens of Colorado’s Crackpot County, aka Boulder, seem to have racked up a billion-dollar tab with their precious ban on hydraulic fracturing.

While Boulderians were patting themselves on their collective backs for banning the technology that has reinvigorated American industry and slashed carbon emissions, the people who actually have something at stake have been busy.

It turns out that Boulder’s ban will actually cost its residents about $1 billion in lost revenues, according to a new study by the National Association of Royalty Owners.

That’s right, the fracking ban has exposed the back-patting Boulderians to takings claims by owners, who by the way deserve compensation for being denied the use of their private property. Read more »

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