Sunday, April 26, 2015

Avengers: Age of Oops


This week, two of the stars of the Avengers, Chris Evans (Captain America) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), made some disparaging, sexist remarks about the character of Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson). They rightly received some negative pushback, and both apologized.

Well, one of them apologized, anyway.
“Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America,” Evans said in a statement provided to EW. “We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize.”
“I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone,” Renner also said in a statement provided to EW. “It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour.”
Notice anything about the two remarks? One is an apology, the other is a passive-aggressive deflection. One is an actual apology, the other is not.

For a good article on what makes a good apology, check out So You've Been Publicly Wrong: Anatomy of a Good Apology.


2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner


This is absolutely awesome. The President's comedic timing is just unbelievable.



Barrack Obama is easily the best President of my lifetime. There's really no contest. What a thoughtful, intelligent guy.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Do you have any idea how much it costs to operate a yacht?


Bill O'Reilly feels really sorry for America's rich. They're just so oppressed.

Read all the details of this tragic story.
This year -- 2015 -- the feds will gather more tax money than ever before, about $3 trillion.

That's because since taking office President Obama has proposed 442 tax increases, not counting 20 others associated with Obamacare.

As you may know, Americans earning more than $400,000 must pay close to 40% of their income to the federal government.

The Social Security tax has increased from 4.2 to 6.2%; all workers pay that.

And itemized deductions, which you can use to bring down your tax bill, are now being phased out for high-wage earners and profitable businesses.

In fact, the USA has the highest tax rate on business in the world.

And if you invest in business, the short-term capital gain is now close to 40%.

Long-term cap-gains up from 15 to 20%.

There's also an additional 3.8% tax on investment income to pay for Obamacare.

So you can see that taxes are through the roof on affluent Americans and business profits.

But for the rest of Americans, things are not so bad.

The bottom 60% of wage-earners pay just 2.7% of federal income taxes.

The bottom 40% actually get money from the feds; they receive payments called earned-income tax credits.
 Link
Yes, those poor, poor rich people. They have to actually pay taxes! And since they have most of the money, they end up paying most of the taxes! Waaah!!

I mean how awesome would it be to make so little money that you don't pay taxes and actually get money from the government (other than property, usage, state, local, and sales taxes, of course)! That would be awesome. The poors have it SO easy, amiright?

Later O'Reilly said, "I believe that I've cut back investing because of the heavy capital gains hit."

That is so funny! Because every poor person I know has also cut back on investing because of the high tax on capital gains. I mean, if you're investing to make millions of dollars, why even bother if the government is going to take another 5%? It's like common sense.  Geez, Obama.

The standard disclaimer: most of those stats are dead wrong. President Obama did not propose 442 tax increases and even if he had, 442 were not enacted, no rich American pays 40% of their income to the government, the Social Security tax is capped at $116,000, and the U.S. has the highest tax rate on business in the world ONLY if you ignore all their massive deductions.

How entitled and out of touch do you have to be to say any of the above?

Bill O'Reilly (actual photo)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lawyers doing lawyer stuff


I'm a lawyer, so last week I had to attend an American Bar Association event to get Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit so I can keep being a "proud" member of the Indiana Bar. I'm not especially fond of going, but everyone is very nice, I see some people I used to work with, and it's only a couple of days of listening to various speakers and panels lay out the current state of the type of law I practice. I go once a year and that's it.

The event is held at the very nice JW Marriott in downtown DC and, after years of frugality, the ABA finally started shelling out some bucks a few years ago for a breakfast spread, with beverages available all day. It's pretty nice and makes the whole thing tolerable.




The center table has coffee and tea. The side tables have danishes of various sorts, breakfast bars, and an entire table of bananas for some reason. Near the doors in the top picture you can see bagels and toasters for toasting said bagels. On each side is a refrigerator with sodas, water and juices.

This was literally the ONLY perk of going. But it was a pretty decent perk.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ipecac Eats Burgers #21 - Johnny Rockets


We have several outlets of the national chain Johnny Rockets in the area and I like their burgers quite a bit. JR's shtick is their fifties diner motif which is an aesthetic I appreciate.




This is the "Original" and the only thing unusual about it is the inclusion of relish. I never put relish on a burger myself, but this is one of those burgers on which I enjoy it. Generally I find the Johnny Rocket burgers to be juicy and just the right size, so I'm always happy to have one.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

And we'll also finally get our (coal-burning) jetpacks!


Yay! The future is FINALLY here!!

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is not the candidate of yesterday (psst, that would be Hillary Clinton), he's the Candidate . . . of Tomorrow!
“The Republican Party, for the first time in a long time, has a chance in this election to be the party of the future,” Rubio told donors in a preview of his speech. “Just yesterday, we heard from a leader from yesterday who wants to take us back to yesterday, but I feel that this country has always been about tomorrow.”
“Yesterday is over,” stated Rubio.  Link
Not only does he represent the future, but he has a firm grasp on when a particular day is over. Swoon!

Four days later, from an interview on MSNBC:
Kasie Hunt: Seventy-four percent of young Americans show in the NBC poll that they back same-sex marriage. Are you out of step with younger generations on that issue?
Marco Rubio: No—well, ultimately the decision on how we define marriage has always belonged to the states. And if in fact, as the polls indicate, a growing number of Americans believe that sex—marriage between two individuals of the same sex should be—legal, then they can petition their state legislatures and change their state laws.
And in fact, I suspect you’ll see that happen. It’s already begun to happen. So at the end of the day, I always believed marriage is regulated by states. 
What an awesome movie reference! See, having taken us into the future (where being fundamentally opposed to what 74% of what young Americans want is NOT disagreeing with them), Rubio now wants to come Back from the Future, to take us into the past!

1955 seems about right.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Metrorail Coolness


This is a big week for DC's Metrorail.

On Monday, they put all 8 car Red Line trains back under computer control. For decades, the DC system was notable for the trains being run by computer, rather than by humans. The crash in 2009, which killed 9 people, put an end to that. For the past six years all trains in the system have been run manually by their driver and, believe me, there was a learning curve.

Now, with repairs done on the Red Line, which I happen to ride, the 8 car trains are back under computer control, which means a much smoother, quicker ride. Hooray! The 6 car trains and other lines will take until 2017 to get back under computer control.

And in other news, the new 7000 series Metro cars went into service today, and I rode one! For the premier, Metro only ran a single 8 car train along the Blue Line. I usually transfer from the Red Line downtown and take the Yellow/Green to my work station. Today, I switched to the Blue/Orange/Silver line from the Red hoping to see the new train. The first train to arrive was an Orange Line, so I got on but kept my eyes open. As we pulled into my destination station, I was (way too) excited to see the new train pull in, going the other way. I ran across the platform, jumped in and rode a couple of stops back the way I came.

The new trains are much more technologically advanced than the dinosaur trains Metro has been running. They have many new displays to show where the train is and where it's going. They're also much safer in a crash and the doors are not death traps waiting to chop off a limb. To my huge relief, the high backed seats are really comfortable. The biggest surprise is that the door chimes are different and the voice announcing "Doors closing" and such is still a woman, but different. The whole experience had a more European feel to it. All in all, I'm pretty excited about the new cars which will roll out over the next few years.

So here are some pictures I took.



One of the new LCD screens.
Sorry, suspicious woman. I'm taking a photo
of the destination sign above your head.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Another victim, more blame


As you probably know, a 50 year old black man, Walter Scott, was shot in the back last week by a South Carolina policeman. Like most black victims of police violence, many people are seeking ways to blame him for his own death. In Mr. Scott's case, the cry is that if only he hadn't run from his killer, he wouldn't have been shot in the back.

This is wrong. It's wrong for any number of moral, social and humanitarian reasons. But rather than take the time spelling the reasons out here, the link below is to an excellent article explaining why, far more articulately than I ever could. The whole thing is worth a couple of minutes of your time.

Walter Scott is Not on Trial
The judicial system could have easily dealt with any misdeed Scott is accused of — failure to pay child support, failure to present proper documentation for a car he was driving, resisting arrest, fleeing — and none of those offenses, if he were found guilty of any or all, would have carried the death sentence.
Unfortunately, police officers encounter lawbreakers on a regular basis. Unfortunately, some resist arrest. Some flee. These are simply occupational conditions of being an officer — an admittedly tough job that few of us would sign up to do. But none of those offenses grant a license to gun a man down.
... 
It is tragic to somehow try to falsely equate what appear to be bad decisions made by Scott and those made by the officer who killed him. There is no moral equivalency between running and killing, and anyone who argues this obdurate absurdity reveals a deficiency in their own humanity. Death is not the appropriate punishment for disobedience. Being entrusted with power does not shield imprudent use of power. And one of the saddest and most frustrating features of our current debate about police use of force, in communities of color in particular, is the degree to which justice itself has been absorbed into the ideological struggle in this country.
Exactly. Read the whole thing.

Ipecac Endorses Dick Cheney as the Republican nominee for President


Bill Kristol, the man who is ALWAYS wrong (seriously, if this guy said it was sunny outside, I'd wear a raincoat), said this on ABC's show, This Week:

STEPHANOPOULOS: One final question for each of you, who is the most promising Republican candidate not in the race yet? […]
KRISTOL: If they get to nominate Hillary Clinton, why don't we get to nominate Dick Cheney/ I mean, he has a much—he has a much better record...
(CROSSTALK)
KRISTOL: He has a much better record...
SMILEY: God help us all.  Link
Why indeed!

Republicans, please, please, please, please, please nominate Dick Cheney as your candidate. Please!! I am begging you. That would be super-awesome and I would love you forever.

Remember, if you don't nominate him, he might shoot you in the face. Do you really want to take that chance? So, please nominate him.

Thank you.

Sharia Law?


I recently learned that a good friend of mine is worried that Muslims in America are going to implement Sharia Law. Notwithstanding that most conservatives don't know what Sharia Law actually entails (I suspect my friend does, as he's pretty intelligent), this is a long-debunked conservative idea that Muslims are gaining the power to institute Islamic religious law in the United States.

Let's take a closer look, shall we?

First and foremost, the Constitution of the United States forbids the establishment of religious law. It's that whole pesky First Amendment thing. So the issue is a non-starter. However, upholding the Constitutional separation of church and state requires a vigorous judiciary, and religious laws have made their way into United States law before and continue to do so, so let's assume that the judges are all out to lunch and we can ignore the Constitution.

The current U.S. population is approximately 320 million people. Religion-wise, that roughly breaks down into 73% Christian, 20% unaffiliated, 1.7% Jewish, 0.6% Muslim and a smattering of others. 0.6% Muslim means there are approximately 1.9 million Muslims. All of them don't want to institute Sharia Law, it's likely that a vast majority don't, but for purposes of this, we'll assume that ALL of them do. That's 1.9 million pushing for Sharia Law out of 320 million people.

What about political power? There are currently two Muslims in the United States Congress, the only two ever elected. There are no Muslim governors and only a few state representatives. So formal, institutional political power is lacking. Do we expect a wave of Muslims elected to public office any time soon? (Oh, are we counting the President as a Muslim? Wink, wink. Got it.)

What about social power? Do we even need to discuss this one? What social power do Muslims have in the United States? Whenever a Muslim sneezes in America, there are more anti-Muslim Americans peeing their pants than there are actual Muslims in America. The idea that any sort of "Sharia Law" would even be considered without being attacked by millions of Christian conservative watchdogs is absurd. (Not to mention that liberals and pretty much everyone else except those 1.9 million would also be against Sharia Law).

Meanwhile, Christians, who represent a large majority of Americans, and have a correspondingly large majority of every political body in America, from the lowest city and county governments to the Congress and Supreme Court, are actively pushing religious laws in America every single day. Whether it's the increasingly strident regulation of abortion, the anti-civil liberties policies regarding LGBT individuals, or the decades-long fight against evolution and enforcing Christian prayer in schools, Christians are constantly pushing their distinctly religious-based laws onto the rest of us.

I'm much more worried about Christian extremism than the exceedingly remote possibility that an insignificant minority, with no social or political power, is somehow going to dominate American politics and institute their particular form of religious oppression. I want none of it and the best way to fight religious intrusion into our laws is to not ignore the Christian elephant in the room over the non-existent Muslim threat.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Jurassic World


Now THIS is how you do a movie tie-in website.

Jurassic World

The web site is done as if the movie's Dinosaur Amusement Park were an actual place. I spent more than a half hour exploring the site and especially enjoyed the interactive "Disneyesque" map of the park and the Park Cams. It will be fun to see how the Park Cams change once the movie is released.

It's definitely one of the best viral efforts to promote a film I've ever seen.

Who's the moocher?


A lesson for today in hypocrisy.
Imagine that the tab for dinner and drinks for 10 executives comes to $1,600. Current tax law allows companies to deduct half of the cost of business meals — in this case, $800. With a corporate tax rate of 35 percent, each dollar of deductions yields 35 cents of tax savings — so that $800 deduction saves $280 in taxes. This means one dinner for 10 people provides more public food assistance than the $279 an average household receives in food stamps for the whole month. Link
 Remember that when conservatives and rich dudes are trying (and succeeding) to cut public assistance programs.

Friday, April 10, 2015

College visits - travel pics


Here are a few pics from our trip to take Ben to visit Berklee College of Music (Boston), College of St. Rose (Albany) and William Paterson (New Jersey). 


Lobster at Legal Seafood. 


Boston from Prudential Building. 


Hugely long corridor in hotel at Pompton Plains, New Jersey. There were also these two twin girls standing at the end of the hall but I never managed to get their picture. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Paul, Rand is running for President. Hooray.


And he's off to such a good start.
"I have a message: A message that is loud and clear and does not mince words," Sen. Rand Paul said in announcing his bid for the White House. "We have come to take our country back."
Take it back from whom? Americans?

Fuck you, Rand Paul.

The Meh Commandments


It's spring break this week so Carol and I are schlepping Ben around to several colleges. We've already visited Berklee School of Music in Boston and are now at the College of St. Rose in Albany. Tomorrow we head to William Paterson in New Jersey.

On Sunday night, as we hung out in our hotel room, The Ten Commandments was on TV, as it has been every Easter evening forever. I'm not sure why a movie about Moses is the go-to for Easter, rather than a movie about Jesus, but TV scheduling makes about as much sense as Christianity (boom!). I've seen it many times over the years and I like the amazing sets and the spectacle, if not the story, which features some real boneheadedness by every character. Since nothing else was on, I watched it. Neither Carol nor Ben have ever seen it and neither was interested.

Watching the movie as a non-believer, it really struck me how actually crazy "holy" Moses seems at first. Pharaoh's skepticism at Moses' claims of speaking for god is completely justified, and I liked the way that he thinks Moses' first attempts at miracles were mere tricks. Later, when the Nile turns red, Pharaoh actually cites the news that a mountain nearby was erupting a red fluid, thus turning the river red. I found myself rooting for Pharaoh (aside from him being a despotic douche for having slaves).

But then Moses pulls off some tricks that would be hard to explain. Calling for flaming hail minutes before it arrives is pretty convincing of his having some power as is a three-day eclipse. At that point, Pharaoh starts to look pretty stupid for continuing to fight Moses. Finally, after God kills a bunch of innocent Egyptian children, Pharaoh relents and frees the Hebrews, and then immediately changes his mind to go chasing after the departed slaves to kill them.

At this point in the story, we come to Dathan, played by Edward G. Robinson, who is a Hebrew collaborating with the Egyptians. He is thrown out of Egypt with the rest of his people but longs to return to his life of power. At every stage of the flight from Egypt, he urges return, despite striking, irrefutable evidence of Moses' power. He witnesses a tornado of fire, the parting of the Red Sea, and the destruction of Pharaoh's army, but still believes that Pharaoh (and his Egyptian gods) is right. The movie makes Dathan look like a moron just for added conflict, and when he convinces almost all of the rest to rebel when Moses goes up Mt. Sinai, it makes the Hebrews look like complete idiots. I mean, how many clearly supernatural miracles does it take to convince these dumbasses? It seriously makes you wonder how such doofuses became God's chosen people.

I always enjoy the special effects of God writing the Ten Commandments, but the commandments, themselves are mostly useless. Anti-rape and anti-slavery commandments would have been much more useful than the one about cursing. And coveting is a serious sin?  Sheesh.

When Moses returns to find his people in rebellion, he destroys the tablets to kill a bunch of them (including Dathan) and then the Hebrews spend 40 years wandering in a fairly small desert, thus demonstrating that they're not only idiots, but that they apparently have no navigation skills. There's no word on how Moses gets another set of tablets.

Finally, it should be noted that the movie is FICTIONAL. There is no archaeological evidence that Hebrews were ever enslaved in Egypt. Moses himself is likely just a myth and many Jewish scholars admit it. So anyone taking this movie as actual historical fact is as crazy as many of the characters.


Saturday, April 04, 2015

Big Brother is watching ... your lips!


Over the years, the DC transit system, Metrorail, has given away various promo items to bring attention to some policy. I've seen cup cozies, eyeglass cloths and hats. Yesterday, as part of the post-9/11 security theatre policy of "See something, say something" they were giving away this at my station.  


Yes, that's chapstick. 

Metro chapstick! It'll make your lips feel positively Orwellian!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Fun with Signs - Multimedia


After the ridiculous Tribble prank (there are still "Tribbles" in various places around the floor - I intend to rectify that tomorrow), I finally put up a new sign last week. I think it was inspired.




Not all Republicans are cray-cray


When I was young, I was a conservative Republican because that's what I learned from my family and from where I grew up. As I became more educated and better understood the world, I became a moderate Republican and then abandoned Republicanism altogether when it went completely off the rails about twelve years ago. Once out of the Conservative bubble, it was easy to throw off the decades of misinformation and contempt fed to me by Republican politicians and pundits and see that not only did Republicans themselves become bonkers, but their policies have been bonkers for decades. I didn't lose anything by casting aside wrong ideas that have never worked.

Carol's brother is the Mayor of Carmel, Indiana. He's a Republican because he's always been, but he's a realistic moderate and didn't swing to the Right with the rest of his party. He's even been working on various projects with the Obama Administration. He's a very successful Mayor and one of the only Republicans in government I respect.

Today he posted a short but awesome response to the Indiana Religious Freedom (to discriminate) law, and it is great. I'm very proud of him.

You can read it here:  Carmel Mayor


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Whiny crybaby whines and cries


How much farther to the Right can Glenn Beck go?


"The Republican Party, I've made my decision," said Glenn Beck. "I am out! I'm out! I am not a Republican. I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I am out! I highly recommend, run from the Republican Party. They are not good and you see it now. All this stuff that they ran and they said they were doing all these great things. And they were going to stand against Obamacare and everything else and legal immigration, set us up. Enough is enough. They are torpedoing the Constitution and they are doing so knowingly. They are taking on people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. And they are torpedoing them, knowingly. And these guys are standing for the Constitution. So I am done with them."  Link
First of all, I believe this as much as I believe global warming is a hoax. Who else is Glenn going to support? I'm sure Glenn thinks the Nazi party is way too liberal.

Second of all, this is pretty much gibberish (par for the Glenn Beck course) although he is right that "They are not good."

And finally, if know-nothing idiots like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are his heroes, then it's no surprise Glenn doesn't understand the Constitution. It does have a lot of big words.

Running a business in a civilized society


Apparently it's not obvious to some why Indiana's "religious freedom" law is a bad idea. I've seen posts on Facebook defending the law and, of course, every single Republican Presidential candidate is defending it. Some members of my family in Indiana think it's a good idea. After all, everyone is in favor of religious freedom, right?

Putting aside issues of morality and common decency, the reasons it's a bad law are very simple.

If you open a business to the public, you take advantage of American infrastructure. That is, your business relies on publicly constructed roads, a publicly built and funded water system and electrical grid. You rely on regulations and laws that protect your business and public schools to educate your workers. You rely on police and fire protection, as well as our court system. Without these institutions, your business wouldn't be possible.

All of these important things are paid for through taxes. Liberal, conservative, religious, non-religious, straight, gay, black, white, men, women, everyone pays taxes of some sort or another. Therefore, everyone has contributed to your ability to establish and run your business. The community, and everyone in it, has earned the right to patronize your business.

Therefore, we don't tolerate allowing businesses to close their doors to people because they don't like their gender, their sexuality, their religion or their color. It's an issue of fairness and the social contract. If you open your doors, you open them for all.

If you don't want to serve everyone, then don't open a business.

Indiana's law flouts that. The law would allow a business to refuse to serve anyone for any reason, and then claim religion as a defense. It's different than the federal law that conservatives keep citing as a defense. It straight up allows discrimination, and we can't have that and have a civil society.

That's all there is to it. It's not difficult.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Indiana - The Crossroads of Bigotry


I grew up in Indiana and most of my family still lives there. As you might imagine, I'm pretty appalled at my home state this week (more than usual).
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is set to sign into law a measure that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of "religious freedom."  Link
This is, of course, the trendy "let's allow people to discriminate against gays because they're icky" law being pushed across the country by conservative legislatures. Conservatives know they can't stop the tide of same sex marriage, which came to Indiana last year, so they want to make sure Teh Gays can't sit at the same lunch counter as them. And they justify it by claiming their religion requires the discrimination. In other words, Who Would Jesus Hate?

Of course the Christian religion also required discrimination against blacks after the Civil War, all the way through the civil rights era, and in some circles to today. Isn't it funny how religious decrees just happen to agree with these people's own prejudices?

So, my home state of Indiana, you have earned this. 



Awesomely, some caring people (openforservice.org) have stepped up and created stickers that businesses can put in their windows to show that they aren't assholes.


Eventually Indiana will get out of the dark ages. I look forward to it.

America's Education Priority


Right on.




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bam! This just happened!





Mirror, Mirror


ABC Family had a "Funday" weekend schedule (their description) last weekend and showed a lot of Disney movies. While I was lounging around on Sunday, I watched most of the 2012 Snow White adaptation, Mirror, Mirror, starring Julia Roberts and Phil Collins' daughter, Lily Collins, a movie which had never really made it onto my radar and which I had entirely forgotten.

After a few minutes I was preparing to turn it off, but the fun appearance of the Seven Dwarfs interested me enough to keep watching. I watched almost all of it, liked it, and afterwards had a few thoughts.

First, Julia Roberts was horribly miscast;  I didn't buy her as the villain at all. More annoying than frightening, she just didn't work in the role and she's the reason I almost turned it off. From the start, I immediately wanted to punch her in the face, which is generally okay since she's a villain, but I didn't want to punch the Evil Queen in face, I wanted to punch Julia Roberts. So there's that.

Armie Hammer, as the Prince, was charming and fun. He has kind of a Brendan Fraser had a child with Jon Hamm vibe going and I enjoyed every minute he was on the screen.

ANY movie can be made better by including a gang of fun, wisecracking, anti-social, little people, in this case the actors playing the Seven Dwarfs. For further evidence, see The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Time Bandits.

At one point, the King is going to marry two people and he pretty much exactly quoted the wedding vows that first Kirk used in the Star Trek episode, Balance of Terror, then Picard used in The Next Generation episode, Data's Day, replacing the word "Captain" with "King". I loved the subtle easter egg.

Finally, it occurred to me that there are now a LOT of light Fantasy movies with a modern sensibility. The grandfather of them all is the perfect, The Princess Bride. But many of the movies in this genre are quite good, including A Knight's Tale, Ella Enchanted, The Brothers Grimm, Into the Woods, Enchanted, Shrek, and the great Stardust.

So I guess I did have a Funday after all.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In a shocker, a single snowball doesn't mean we're all covered in snow


A few weeks ago, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, brought a snowball into the Senate to prove that climate change/global warming is a hoax because he is just that stupid.

The facts, from the National Climatic Data Center, show different:
The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for February 2015 was the second highest since record keeping began in 1880. Both the year-to-date (January–February) and seasonal (December–February) globally averaged temperatures were record high.
and
During February, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.48°F (0.82°C) above the 20th century average. This was the second highest for February in the 1880–2015 record. The highest temperature occurred in 1998, at 1.55°F (0.86°C) above average.
 Yeah, good job, Inhofe.