Impeachment Chatter; Gore Don’t Need A Weatherman; NM Court Says Businesses Can’t Choose Their Customers; Greenwald’s Government Persecution Starts; Black Dahlia Solved? – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 8-23-2013


Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.


  • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) joined with a handful of other Republican politicians Wednesday, warning the President that his impeachment could be near. According to Tulsa World, at a convention in Muskogee, Okla., Coburn said Wednesday that the president was “getting perilously close” to the Constitutional standard for impeachment. He also called the Obama administration lawless and incompetent, the news site reported, although he acknowledged the president as a “personal friend.” Source: POLITICO…


  • A Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) expert says Al Gore goofed during his widely circulated Washington Post interview on global warming. Gore, noting stronger storms fueled by climate change, told the paper “the hurricane scale used to be 1-5, and now they’re adding a 6.” But in fact, there’s no new scale, the Union of Concerned Scientists representative said on Thursday. Source: The Hill…


  • The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that, by refusing to photograph a gay wedding, a photography studio violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA). Source: National Review… 


  • British counter-terrorism police say they have opened a criminal inquiry against David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald. The two men have been instrumental in publishing and investigating the data released by the fugitive former CIA contractor Edward Snowden. Source: Euronews…


  • A former LAPD homicide detective unveiled new evidence Thursday that he says reveals it was his own father who killed the Black Dahlia. George Hodel, a doctor, was booked in 1949 for incest and child molestation. He was also a prime suspect for the 1947 never-solved Black Dahlia murder. Authorities long believed someone with medical knowledge committed the gruesome torture and slaying. Elizabeth Short, an aspiring actress, was cut in half with medical precision in January 1947. Source: CBS Los Angeles…   


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  • Jeff

    The Category 6 has been proposed but not yet adopted. Al Gore did not make it up as your “reporting” implies.

    • hardhat40

      Gore, who is no stranger to tall tales, implied that the decision had been made – it has not. Its a non sequitur anyhow, our ability to “measure” storms is constantly changing. No area of science is static – especially “climate science” – and were Gore a scientist he’d understand that.

      • Jeff

        It’s not the measurement capacity that’s changed but the power of the storms and the frequency of the most powerful storms hitting populated areas. What tall tales are you referring to? The Fox nonsense about his claim he “invented” the internet? What nonsense. He was part of a group in Congress that pushed through legislation beginning research into the creation of the internet. To a moron, that’s the same as “I invented the internet.”

        • hardhat40

          If you don’t think our ability to measure the strength of a storm hasn’t improved in the last 100 yrs, then allow me to suggest you have no idea what you’re talking about. “Populated areas” is yet one more one more standard that has changed over the last 100 yrs.

          There’s a plethora of tall tales in Al Gore’s resume. You picked the “internut” story, and made a logically irrelevant reference to Fox news. Gore’s quote: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet” Now you can interpret that any way you want Jeff, but only a moron would accept that as being true when the internet was already created BEFORE Gore got to Congress. Perhaps if you watched Fox News you’d know that. You want me to continue??

          • Jeff

            100 years? Of course. Everything has totally changed in the last 100 years – except conservative economic ideas. I was talking about the very recent past, the time period during which the “discussion” about the hurricane ratings would take place.

            As for the internet, it really does not pre-date Gore’s service in Congress:

            “The origins of the Internet reach back to research commissioned by the United States government in the 1960s to build robust, fault-tolerant communication via computer networks. While this work together with work in the United Kingdom and France lead to important precursor networks, they were not the Internet. There is no consensus on the exact date when the modern Internet came into being, but sometime in the early to mid-1980s is considered reasonable.

            The funding of a new U.S. backbone by the National Science Foundation in the 1980s, as well as private funding for other commercial backbones, led to worldwide participation in the development of new networking technologies, and the merger of many networks. Though the Internet has been widely used by academia since the 1980s, the commercialization of what was by the 1990s an international network resulted in its popularization and incorporation into virtually every aspect of modern human life. As of June 2012, more than 2.4 billion people—over a third of the world’s human population—have used the services of the Internet; approximately 100 times more people than were using it in 1995.[1][2]”
            Since Gore served in the House from 1977-1985 and in the Senate from 1985 until sworn in as V.P. in 1993, he would appear to have been in Congress exactly when it funded the National Science Foundation.

          • hardhat40

            UUCP – Unix to Unix copy, the program to facilitate remote file sharing and email through phone lines, was in use nationally by 1978. One can hardly claim “taking the initiative” in creating that which has already been created long before. By your own admission, the creation of the internet dates back to the ’60s… THEY took the initiative – lets be fair. Theres a huge difference between funding an existing program, and being as an individual the “initiative” behind creating the internet.

          • Jeff

            Everything relates back to something earlier, but the articles I posted definitely indicated that the earlier attempts of the 60s and 70s did not lead directly to the modern internet. But it really doesn’t matter. If it floats your boat to call Gore a liar, go right ahead. He was involved in the legislation leading to the modern internet. Was he the original engineer who invented it? Of course not. The difference involves the ability to interpret language like a person and not a computer.

          • hardhat40

            Initiative (n) the first steps. If it floats your boat to believe that he took the first steps in creating the internet (his words, not mine) then drink up! If you interpret the language as a thinking person would, I suggest you’d come to a different conclusion. If email and remote file sharing over phone lines weren’t the “first steps” of the internet, then what were? If you’re trying to draw the distinction between the internet then and the internet now, well Al can’t as an individual take much credit for that either. The commercialization of the internet in the 90’s has done more to shape what the internet is today than anything Gore personally did.
            I didn’t call Gore a liar – I said he had a propensity for tall tales. This is but one example of that. When he suggested that the artic could lose 75% of its ice mass in 5-7 yrs, that was a wild exaggeration unsupported by science. His claims about the Antartic losing ice mass are similarly unsupported. No legitimate scientist could, with confidence, blame a singular weather event like Katrina on global warming like Gore did. Polar bears are not drowning because of global warming; Lake Chad did not dry because of GW, and there is almost no chance that GW will halt the flow of the gulf stream and return Europe into an Ice Age. He was NOT the inspiration behind the main character in the film Love Story, and frankly I do not believe him when he said that he was unaware that his appearance at a Buddhist temple was a fundraiser because he drank too much iced tea and was in the bathroom during that part of the meeting.

          • Jeff

            And if it takes 20 years for the Arctic to lose 75% of its ice – is that a lot better? No one knows for certain how much or how quickly the planet will warm, but it is clear if we continue burning fossil fuels, it will continue to warm, sea levels will rise, and much of the human population will be negatively affected. It’s a question of decades, not centuries or milennia. 30 years? 50 years? Do those details really matter that much?

            When Gore ran against W, the press had a narrative. Gore was the smart one against W the Idiot. Gore was prone to exaggeration while W was too dumb to lie. Well, Gore ran a pretty stupid campaign. Had he not divorced himself from Clinton, he’d have won big enough that Brother Jeb couldn’t have stolen it. And when it came to exaggeration, if Gore added 2 and 2 and got 4.5, the press was all over it. W added 2 and 2 and got 22,000. The press thought questioning him about it was like picking on the retarded kid in class.

          • Jeff

            Here’s some more on the history of the development of what is now the internet. Notice how the modern internet is differentiated from earlier attempts at networking in the 60s and 70s:

            “In 1982, the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) was standardized, and consequently, the concept of a world-wide network of interconnected TCP/IP networks, called the Internet, was introduced. Access to the ARPANET was expanded in 1981 when the National Science Foundation (NSF) developed the Computer Science Network (CSNET) and again in 1986 when NSFNET provided access to supercomputer sites in the United States from research and education organizations. Commercial Internet service providers (ISPs) began to emerge in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The ARPANET was decommissioned in 1990. The Internet was commercialized in 1995 when NSFNET was decommissioned, removing the last restrictions on the use of the Internet to carry commercial traffic.”
            If Gore pointing out that he was a part of this effort means he was bragging about creating the internet in his basement at night, then I guess you also believe W used to “put food on his family.”