U.S. Temps in December and January Among Lowest in 30 Years; Portly Tree-Ring Grifters Hardest Hit

I wonder how the matched set of rather corpulent climate grifters are going to try to spin this particular news?

Yes, Virginia, it really has been a cold winter.

The winter months of December 2013 and January 2014 averaged over the contiguous 48 United States were the 3rd coldest Dec/Jan in the last 30 years…

Here’s a plot of the Dec/Jan averages for the last 41 years:

…An interesting feature is that 5 of the last 7 years have been below the 41-year average, which has happened only one other time in the 41-year period…

So, does the cold winter disprove global warming theory? No more than an unusually warm winter proves the theory. It’s just what we used to call “weather”.

Why are tree ring-based temperature “reconstructions” — like those of Michael “Limp Hockey Stick” Mann — so particularly galling? As the late John L. Daly explained, “The tree ring is a composite of [many] variables [including sunlight, pests, cloud cover, rainfall, and snow-packing], not merely of temperature. Therefore on the [scant] 15% of the planet covered by trees, their rings do not and cannot accurately record temperature in isolation from the other environmental variables.”

Exactly. And it turns out some scientists are now warning we may be witnessing the onset of a new ice age, in which case the blubber of certain portly faux scientists may come in handy.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

I GUESS WHINY, DEPRESSING LIARS AREN’T GOOD FOR RATINGS: State of the Union Nielsens Lowest Ever

An anonymous tipster writes, “…according to Niesen, Obama’s 2014 SOTU registered only a 20.7 household share rating… and according to the chart in the story below which goes back to 1993, no President has had a lower rating. I don’t know how far back you’d have to go to find a lower rating, but it is at least the lowest in over 20 years. He’s now historically boring and tough to watch.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 President Barack Obama delivered his second State of the Union address of his second term in office. The address was carried live from 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on 13 networks and tape-delayed on Univision. The sum of the average audience for those networks was 33,299,172 viewers with a combined household rating of 20.7. The networks carrying the address live were CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2.

Networks Combined Household Ratings No. of Households No. of Viewers (P2+)
CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision, Mun2, UNI* 20.7 23,949,843 33,299,172
Source: Nielsen

*Tape delay.

Below is a historical look at past State of the Union addresses.

Historical State of the Union Addresses

Date Networks Combined Household Rating Combined No. of Households Combined No. of Viewers President
2/12/2013 FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Azteca, UNI, MFX, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Current, Centric, GALA 21.8 24,767,047 33,497,607 Obama
1/24/2012 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, TF, UNI, CNBC, CNN, FBN, FOXNC, GALA, MSNBC and MUN2 24 27,569,423 37,752,613 Obama
1/25/2011 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNN, Centric, CNBC, FOXNC, and MSNBC 26.6 30,871,688 42,789,947 Obama
1/27/2010 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNN, BET, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 29.8 34,182,725 48,009,595 Obama
2/24/2009* ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO, UNIVISION 32.5 37,185,000 52,373,000 Obama
1/28/2008 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO^, UNIVISION 24.7 27,702,000 37,515,000 G.W Bush
1/23/2007 ABC, CBS, FOX**, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO**, UNIVISION ** 29.6 32,968,000 45,486,000 G.W. Bush
1/31/2006 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 26.9 29,578,000 41,699,000 G.W. Bush
  TELEMUNDO, AZTECA AMERICA, TELFUTURA, TELEMUNDO 8.4 950,000 1,480,000  
2/2/2005 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 25.2 27,699,000 38,382,000 G. W. Bush
  TELEMUNDO, TELEFUTURA 6 660,000 1,050,000  
1/20/2004 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 28 30,286,000 43,411,000 G. W. Bush
1/28/2003 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 38.8 41,447,000 62,061,000 G. W. Bush
1/29/2002 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 33.6 35,547,000 51,773,000 G.W. Bush
2/27/2001* ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 27.6 28,201,000 39,793,000 G.W. Bush
1/27/2000 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 22.4 22,536,000 31,478,000 Clinton
1/19/1999 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 31 30,700,000 43,500,000 Clinton
1/27/1998 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 37.2 36,513,000 53,077,000 Clinton
2/4/1997 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN 28.4 27,600,000 41,100,000 Clinton
1/23/1996 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN 29.6 28,400,000 40,900,000 Clinton
1/24/1995 ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN 29.5 28,100,000 42,200,000 Clinton
1/25/1994 ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN 32.9 31,000,000 45,800,000 Clinton
2/17/1993* ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN 44.3 41,200,000 66,900,000 Clinton
Source: Nielsen

I wonder if Chris Matthews got a thrill up his leg when he saw the ratings?

The science is settled: Americans are tuning this colossal failure of a would-be president out.

Doug Ross @ Journal

THE GENIUS OF DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP: Illinois Credit Rating, Already Lowest Among the 57 States, Will Fall Further–Moody’s

I could point out that Illinois is on the road to becoming a giant version of Detroit. But I won’t. I’ll simply point to this ominous report from Crain’s Chicago Business.

Illinois’ credit rating with Moody’s Investors Service, already the lowest of any state, could fall if there is no legislative fix to address the state’s huge public pension problem, an analyst at the credit rating agency said on Friday… “Our view is that failure to enact pension reforms could drive the state’s general obligation bond rating lower from A2, which is already the lowest level for a U.S. state,” said Moody’s analyst Ted Hampton.

…House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton are at odds over how to approach reform. Madigan’s bill opts for unilateral cuts in retirement benefits for current and retired state workers, teachers, legislators, and college and university employees to reap the maximum cost savings.
Cullerton is pushing a bill passed by his chamber that would generally allow workers to retain access to state-sponsored healthcare in retirement if they opt for pension concessions.

Cullerton’s plan, which has the backing of public labor unions, would shave the state’s nearly $ 100 billion unfunded pension liability by only $ 9.13 billion. Madigan’s bill, which the unions have vowed to challenge in court on constitutional grounds, would cut it by $ 21 billion, according to actuarial analyses by the state’s pension funds.

…A lower credit rating would raise Illinois’ cost for borrowing in the U.S. municipal bond market, where investors already demand hefty yields for the state’s general obligation bonds… Illinois’ so-called credit spread over Municipal Market Data’s benchmark triple-A scale for the muni market was 140 basis points in the latest week. That is the second widest spread after Puerto Rico among major muni debt issuers tracked by MMD. The credit spread for California, which has taken steps to deal with its financial problems, is roughly a third the size of Illinois’ at 46 basis points.

When the final collapse of the Illinois state government comes — and it’s when, not if — the war between the public sector unions and their Democrat sponsors will truly be something to behold. The union rank-and-file will never, ever get all of the insanely rich benefits they were promised in exchange for their votes. And the Democrats will try to evade responsibility for the fiscal tsunami that they’ve unleashed on their voters.

When that happens, you can look for me here. I’ll be the one making popcorn.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal