Weekend Whiskey & Cigars Open Comments

Richard Overton, 111 years old, on his front porch in Austin.

AUSTIN — Richard Overton is right where he wants to be.

He’s sitting in a lawn chair on the front porch of the Austin home he built nearly 70 years ago, working on his fifth Tampa Sweet cigar on a 91-degree sunny day. The smooth tunes of the Isley Brothers flow from a portable speaker. Birds are chirping in the late afternoon breeze.

“I’m feeling pretty good today,” Overton says, emphasizing the word pretty, because any day spent on this porch smoking cigars is a pretty good day for the 111-year-old.

They also keep track of his visitors, because people stop by all the time at the house on Richard Overton Avenue. That’s right. On his 111th birthday on May 11, the town renamed his street. Some 200 people came out for the party on his front lawn, lining up to take a photo with Overton like kids waiting to meet Santa Claus.

Many brought gifts, like fancy cigars and bottles of whiskey. That’s his drink of choice — a whiskey and Coke — and when his caretakers are pouring, it’s always more Coke than whiskey. His cousins estimate he received more than 40 bottles that day, now dispersed throughout his home in kitchen cabinets, a bedroom closet and dresser drawers.

Thursday Cheats & Liars Thread


John Hinderaker:

I usually try to give global warming hysterics the benefit of the doubt–sincere but misguided, not good at math, unacquainted with the Earth’s highly variable climatic history, and so on. But sometimes data come along that make that sympathetic attitude hard to sustain.

Like this paper by Dr. James P. Wallace III, Dr. Joseph S. D’Aleo, and Dr. Craig D. Idso, which was published last month. Its title is “On the Validity of NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU Global Average Surface Temperature Data & The Validity of EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding.” You should read it all, but one portion that struck me related to the changes that the alarmists who are in charge of the temperature record have made to the temperatures that were actually recorded by thermometers in past decades.

Mac Slavo:

As world leaders, namely in the European Union, attack President Trump for pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement which would have saddled Americans with billions upon billions of dollars in debt and economic losses, a new bombshell report that analyzed Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data produced by NASA, the NOAA and HADLEY proves the President was right on target with his refusal to be a part of the new initiative.

According to the report, which has been peer reviewed by administrators, scientists and researchers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and several of America’s leading universities, the data is completely bunk…


And what is happening in the USA ?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently reported that U.S. CO2 production fell 1.7% in 2016 after declining 2.7% in 2015. Since 2005, energy related CO2 emissions in the U.S. have plunged a whopping 13.8%. We’re not talking about reducing emissions or issuing feel-good proclamations, we’re actually doing it.

As the climate-skeptic, but science-based, Watt’s Up With That website aptly put it, “These nations’ actions clearly show the Paris Climate Agreement is meaningless in addressing global emissions and that President Trump was very wise to reject its oppressive provisions that were imposed on the U.S.”

Thank a fracker when you see one.

Wednesday Open Comments

Paging Dr. Gordo!  Paging Dr. Gordo!

With “repeal and replace” dead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did the right thing. After offering up a bill insufficient to earn conservative support, he announced he would allow a vote on the House bill passed in May with an instant amendment: full repeal.

At last, an opportunity for clarity. The stage was set for a vote that would shine immediate light on which senators were willing to deliver on what Republicans have promised for years, and which were not.

Hours later, the curtain fell, and the stage went dark. Conservative senators who would have embraced full repeal, including Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, were negated by three senators who announced they would oppose it: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia and Susan Collins of Maine.
But what about the children, Senator McConnell???