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Comment: Re:Hottest quarter? (Score 1) 552

by pastafazou (#47468273) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record
Hmm....highway melted due to forest fire correlates to weather temperatures?* Current temperature in Sachs Harbour, NT is 2, compared to the normal range of 3 to 11 for this time of year. Source: Yellowknife, on the other hand, is 21, at the upper end of the normal range of 13 to 21 for this time of year. Source: Norman Wells, which lies about an equal distance between the two, is 17 where normal range is 11 to 23. Source: Whati, which is relatively close to Yellowknife, is at 17 where the normal range is 12 to 22. Source: So unless today is much cooler across NT than at the time of your posting, it seems the region is well within normal bounds overall (based on small sample size of 4), with only Yellowknife reporting a high in the upper bounds of normal. It also seems that the north end of the territory is actually pushing the boundaries of unusually cold, while the southern most region is in the upper half of normal. *Drought is not necessarily a result of warmer atmosphere. It's even possible that the extremely long and cold winter is the cause of the drought. Delays in melting of snow in the higher altitude regions results in a decline and/or delay in spring flooding. Manitoba is currently experiencing a very late seasonal flood for this reason too.

Comment: Re:How deep is the rot in Washington? (Score 1) 682

by pastafazou (#47281423) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive
You know what the 5th is, right? From Wikipedia: The Fifth Amendment protects individuals from being forced to incriminate themselves. Incriminating oneself is defined as exposing oneself (or another person) to "an accusation or charge of crime,"
Your conclusion that " If pleading the Fifth were considered evidence of guilt, it'd be completely useless." is wrong. Clearly, by it's nature, the 5th is an indicator of a wrongdoing.

Comment: Re:How about the DOJ? (Thanks, Bush!) (Score 1) 682

by pastafazou (#47274349) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive
I apologize for my last reply. I agree with you that Bush put people he preferred into the DOJ with political opinions oriented to his. But that's exactly what happens with every administration, so I assumed you were putting up a "Ya, but Bush!" argument to downplay the seriousness of the IRS becoming politically oriented.

Comment: Re:How deep is the rot in Washington? (Score 1) 682

by pastafazou (#47272927) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive
Wow, you clearly aren't following the facts in this story at all, or you're wearing your Democrat polarizing glasses. First, I don't watch fox news because I don't get fox news. I live in Canada, and don't subscribe to your fantasy world of Democrats good - Republicans bad. They're all politicians, therefore they're all liars motivated by self-interest. That being said, there's no doubt that the IRS has been steered to target potential Republican funding sources. Lerner pleaded the 5th for a reason. You don't need to do that if you didn't do anything wrong. But please, just for the record, explain why the IRS did nothing wrong, this is not a scandal, but Lerner needed to plead the 5th anyway.

Comment: Re:He picked the wrong moment to support amnesty (Score 1) 932

by pastafazou (#47214619) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary
Um, yeah, politicians pushing for amnesty has nothing to do with border security. When word spreads through Mexico and central America that the US is possibly granting amnesty to any illegals in the country, you don't think a very large number of those people are going to want to get themselves inside America in order to take advantage if amnesty actually happens?

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