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Global Warming Guru Looks to the Heavens for Inspiration

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Cry for Help

The woman leading United Nations climate change talks this week in Mexico is looking to an interesting source for help.

The panel's executive secretary invoked the Mayan goddess of the moon, creativity, reason and weaving, telling delegates -- quote -- "may she inspire you, because today you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools. Weaving this tapestry is urgent."

A climatologist with the Cato Institute wasn't surprised by the appeal because -- quote -- "remember all those news stories about how their last climate report was made up out of whole cloth?"

Free Ride

One perk for California lawmakers is raising eyebrows as the state battles a $6 billion budget shortfall.

The Associated Press reports lawmakers get subsidized leases from the state for cars to drive around the capital and their districts. The latest group of vehicles includes a Cadillac sedan and a Lexus hybrid and costs more than $5 million.

Cash-strapped California has already cut dental care programs for adults and health care for children from low-income families.

War Games

And finally, New York Giants' safety Antrel Rolle has apologized for comparing the dangers of professional football to those faced by soldiers fighting in war -- quote -- "we risk ourselves out there on the field each and every day also. When soldiers come home from Iraq, you don't boo them. I look at it the same way."

Rolle later called that an inappropriate example of how seriously he takes his job. Then he blamed his mom saying -- quote -- "I am not a politically correct guy. It's my mother's fault."