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Romney busted for faking hurricane relief event:

the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal-Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer.

"You need a donation to get in line!" Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, "What if we dropped off our donations up front?" The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. "Just grab something," he said. Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their "donations" to Romney.

Full ridic, here

Australian millionaire busted while partying in newly ice-free Arctic. A sign of the times, the businessman chartered a yacht stocked with young girls, booze, and fireworks to cruise around the Arctic circle apparently just because he can. Canada seized illegal fireworks and fined him $10,000CA, which really is a water-drop in an  ocean of cash for this tycoon. He posted several pictures on his website, which were taken down early this week. I found the above thanks to google cache!

Aussie tycoon fined for using fireworks in Arctic 

An Australian millionaire has been fined $C10,000 ($9900) by Canadian authorities after a booze-fuelled party cruise in the Arctic.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police boarded a 34-metre, seven-stateroom luxury yacht moored in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut on September 7 and charged its owner, Paul McDonald, 51, with providing liquor to a minor and being in possession of liquor without a permit.

The federal police seized 200 bottles of liquor, as well as illegal fireworks, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police statement, issued on Tuesday, said.

The Nunatsiaq News said the resource businessman from Noosa, Australia, and his crew ignored warnings not to shoot off fireworks in the pristine Arctic environment and harassed musk ox and allowed a girl to dive off the boat.

Mr McDonald said in a statement that he regrets he was not familiar with the local laws or the restriction on fireworks or liquor at the time of the alleged incident.

Photos on the ship’s blog trackingfortrus.com showed the Fortrus crew jet-skiing among large chunks of ice near Canada’s Cornwall Island, lying on icebergs and posing with wild animals.

"This is the first time we’ve ever had this kind of thing happen," a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Mr McDonald, who is leading the yacht on a circumnavigation of North America, is scheduled to appear in court on November 15, in the Nunavut community of 1500 where alcohol is banned.

Ballarat-born Mr McDonald made headlines in Queensland last year when concrete company Boral bought his Sunshine Coast Quarries business for an estimated $81.5 million, the North Queensland Register reported last month.

The article described him as a “wealthy and publicity-shy” man, who recently acquired a cattle stud.

The Fortrus blog says the yacht entered the Pacific Ocean via the Bering Straight one week after leaving Cambridge Bay and traversing the famed Northwest Passage. It is now headed for the Panama Canal.

'...After repeated denials, Paul Ryan has admitted he requested stimulus cash even after sharply criticizing the program.'

Totally busted. Ryan requested federal stimulus for energy conservation projects. He took taxpayer money and transferred it to private businesses. As recently as Wednesday (yesterday) he denied requesting the funds from Obama. But, he lied.

His letters requesting stimulus funds were discovered by the Wall Street Journal from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

This matters because he built his career attacking the stimulus funds and attacking environmental policies. This goes beyond hypocritical - it’s flat out lying to Americans.

What else has Paul Ryan lied to the American people about? If he blames his memory, why would we elect someone who can’t remember what he does AS A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF HIS JOB?

In 2009, Ryan wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking for stimulus money to cover costs on two energy conservation projects in his home state of Wisconsin. In the letter, Ryan said the funds would help create jobs and reduce “energy consumption” in the state. At least one of the companies received the requested cash.

The letters were first obtained by The Wall Street Journal through the Freedom of Information Act back in early 2010.  The Boston Globe turned them up for the first time during this campaign season Wednesday. At that point, a Ryan aide referred ABC News back to what a Ryan spokesman said when the letters first went public.

“If Congressman Ryan is asked to help a Wisconsin entity applying for existing Federal grant funds, he does not believe flawed policy should get in the way of doing his job and providing a legitimate constituent service to his employers,” the spokesman told the Milwaukee (Wisc.) Journal Sentinel.

Thursday, Ryan responded to the questions himself.

“ Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Heartland documents was what they did not contain: evidence of contributions from the major publicly traded oil companies, long suspected by environmentalists of secretly financing efforts to undermine climate science. ”

—    NYTimes reporters Justin Gillis and Leslie Kaufman in, “Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science,” where the Heartland Institute is plainly busted in its climate denial stance. Must read, here. See also intrigue by Andrew Revkin.
Busted: Leak exposes how Heartland Institute works to undermine climate science. Libertarian thinktank keeps prominent sceptics on its payroll and relies on millions in funding from carbon industry, papers suggest.

The inner workings of a libertarian thinktank working to discredit the established science on climate change have been exposed by a leak of confidential documents detailing its strategy and fundraising networks.

DeSmogBlog, which broke the story, said it had received the confidential documents from an “insider” at the Heartland Institute, which is based in Chicago. The blog monitors industry efforts to discredit climate science.

The scheme includes spending $100,000 on commissioning an alternative curriculum for schoolchildren that will cast doubt on global warming.

It was not possible to immediately verify the authenticity of the documents. “There is nothing I can tell you,” Jim Lakely, Heartland’s communications director, said in a telephone interview. “We are investigating what we have seen on the internet and we will have more to say in the morning.” Lakely made no attempt to deny the veracity of information contained in the documents.

The Heartland Institute, founded in 1984, has built a reputation over the years for providing a forum for climate change sceptics. But it is especially known for hosting a series of lavish conferences of climate science doubters at expensive hotels at New York’s Time Square as well as in Washington DC.”

Read more at DeSmogBlog, and The Guardian

Rick Perry’s goons busted for editing climate reports

Rick Perry seems to copy Bush on everything, including editing style on climate reports. Perry’s censorship. Bush’s.

Breaking: “#1” Climate denier lied about college degree, Minnesota State Senator Michael Jungbauer

Looks like another politician got caught lying today. This time a climate denying state senator from Minnesota got busted for lying to the public about his resume, his “college degree,” and for taking science classes. He used these “facts” in a manner to shape policy in Minnesota. But, really, who cares? I highly doubt that he’ll be forced to resign for lying about his credentials. After all, it’s not a scandal that rises to such incredible national significance as tweeting your dong.

Jungbauer, who sits on the state’s Senate Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee, proudly calls himself the “No. 1 global warming denier in Minnesota.” He also claims to have a bachelor’s degree from the Moody Bible Institute with a “background in biochemistry.” The first claim is easy enough to believe, but as for the second, MinnPost reported yesterday that Jungbauer never graduated, and that the closest thing he has to a bachelor’s of science is a ministerial ordainment from Christian Motorsports International, which provides “chapel services” at “races, car shows, cruise-ins, and tractor pulls.”

Source: MJ