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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

More on Global Warming 'Facts'

David Ignatius, writing in today's Washington Post, looks down upon the rest of us and pronounces us hopeless:
The Planet Can't Wait
Climate Change Is Real and Must Be Addressed Now
By David Ignatius


The warnings are coming from frogs and beetles, from melting ice and changing ocean currents, and from scientists and responsible politicians [!] around the world. And yet what is the U.S. government doing about global warming? Nothing. That should shock the conscience of Americans. (link)
Well, it should either shock the conscience or inspire one to look beyond Ignatius' reliance on frogs and beetles, and to do a bit more reading on the subject. Today's American Thinker would be a good starting point:
Global Warming "Evidence" Questioned
By Charles Martin

The scientific argument that humans have caused global warming – a major underpinning of the “Kyoto Protocols” – suffered a major blow last week, with the publication of a new study. The implications have not yet spread very far beyond the rarified circles of specialists, but the gospel of “anthropogenic” – human-caused – global warming has lost one of its intellectual foundations. (link)
That foundation has to do with computer "models" that determine what the earth's temperatures were in previous centuries based upon, among other things, the width of tree rings. Established models have shown a marked increase in 20th century temperatures - as we have all heard and read ad nauseum.

A statistician recently set up a similar computer model using identical methodology - and obtained remarkably similar results (see the details here). The only difference between this latest attempt at modeling the earth's temperatures and the accepted models from the past is in the fact that this model used random numbers instead of tree ring "data."

In other words, with the criteria used, it is possible that any random data set can provide results identical to those obtained in the model that global warming theorists have been touting for several years. Meaning - the model is, in and of itself, worthless.

So, David, before you go demanding that America wreck its economy and throw millions of people in this country into poverty, get your facts straight. Come back when you and your studies can be trusted.

Kaid & Jayla's Excellent Adventure

Think of all the adventures that lie ahead.

Among the many (fourth) birthday gifts Paula and I heaped upon the twins last week were two new bicycles. Although it wasn't quite warm enough this past weekend to be out in short sleeves (ahem!), it was warm enough for Kaid and Jayla to take their first bike lesson ever.

This week they conquered the bike. Tomorrow a cure for cancer. A walk on Mars. Raising families of their own.

Such wonders.

A Lesson Virginia Is About To Learn The Hard Way

The state of Michigan is hoping to attract new industries in order to offset the loss in recent years of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs. Where once auto manufacturing was king, planners now look to high tech for the state's salvation.

But it ain't gonna happen:
High taxes and low skills dim state's high-tech dream

Michigan is seeking to create new-economy jobs with $1 billion in seed money it hopes will attract life sciences and biotechnology companies.

But a new survey suggests the state is putting the cart before the horse. It hasn't created the tax and education climate that new-economy job creators value.

"Michigan is not a new-economy powerhouse," Judith Bailey, president of Western Michigan University, said Tuesday, stating the obvious.

The university commissioned the poll by EPIC-MRA of Lansing, and Bailey unveiled it at an Inforum luncheon in Dearborn. It asked business executives in five states -- Michigan, California, Massachusetts, Illinois and Ohio -- to rank the most important attributes for a state hoping to draw life science businesses. (link)

Now pay close attention to the results of the survey because the information provided by the business executives polled spells impending doom for the commonwealth of Virginia:
Topping the list is taxes, and the executives rank Michigan near the bottom in favorable tax policy.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has resisted tax cutting, clinging to the argument that a state's tax structure is not a detriment to attracting business.

The state would do better to invest the $1 billion in dramatically reducing the business tax burden or slashing tuition cost so that everyone has ready access to a college education. Or both.

But trying to build a technology and science economy without first constructing a solid tax and education foundation is folly.

Here in Virginia the leaders of our two political parties are falling all over themselves, competing to see who can come up with the most creative ways to raise as many taxes as possible, the result of which will assuredly be the end of a once-favorable economic climate.

Businesses are already fleeing Southwest Virginia in droves because the costs of doing business - including the state tax burden - are too high. And we are about to raise a whole host of taxes again.

Fools.

Spanking The Law Professors

George Will has this to say about the Supreme Court's "military recruiters on campus" decision:
LAW PROFS' ROUGH LESSON

March 8, 2006 -- THE institutional vanity and intellectual slovenliness of America's campus-based intelligentsia have made academia more peripheral to civic life than at any time since the 19th century. On Monday, its place at the periphery was underscored as the Supreme Court unanimously gave short shrift to some law professors who insisted that their First Amendment rights to free speech and association were violated by the law requiring that military recruiters be allowed to speak to the professors' students if the professors' schools receive federal money.

[Chief Justice John Roberts, writing the majority opinion, said] "We have held that high school students can appreciate the difference between speech a school sponsors and speech the school permits because legally required to do so, pursuant to an equal-access policy." Then, Roberts' tartness: "Surely students have not lost that ability by the time they get to law school."

The law schools and faculties earned that sip of the chief justice's vinegar by bringing this case to court. The professors deserved - no, let us just say they needed - better legal advice than they were able to give themselves. (link)
"Surely students have not lost that ability by the time they get to law school." I'm beginning to like this Roberts guy.

Why Did It Come To This?

Are Christianity and one's deeply held animus - call it hatred - toward others incompatible? Apparently in the Church of England they are.

Too bad ...
Vicar refuses to forgive, steps down at parish
By Kate Holton, Reuters News Agency


LONDON -- A female vicar whose daughter was killed in the London suicide bombings last year has stepped down from her parish role, saying she cannot and does not want to forgive the killers.

The Rev. Julie Nicholson said she made the difficult decision after her 24-year-old daughter, Jenny, died in the July 7 bombings on the underground transport network.

She said she could not reconcile her faith with the feelings of hatred she has toward the killers.

"I rage that a human being could choose to take another human being's life," she told a regional British Broadcasting Corp. show. "I rage that someone should do this in the name of a god. I find that utterly offensive.

"Can I forgive them for what they did? No, I cannot. And I don't wish to. I believe that there are some things in life which are unforgivable by the human spirit."

Mrs. Nicholson was the vicar at St. Aidan in Bristol, western England. (link)
"Peace and love" and pacifism to the point of cowardice (and irrelevance) are concepts that have gained prominence within certain strains of the Christian faith only in recent years. It wasn't that long ago that "men of the cloth" could be found sharing foxholes with GI's in France, harboring the same animosities toward their shared enemies, all having the same goal - to kill every Nazi on the European continent as quickly as possible. They weren't ashamed of it and they didn't feel that it conflicted with their belief system. Nazism was evil. Those who promulgated it deserved to be punished.

To my way of thinking, we need more Christians to act like Mrs. Nicholson and to be upfront about those who are plotting to slaughter our children and grandchildren - and who indeed succeeded in killing her beloved daughter. Why is it wrong for Christians to denounce Muslim terrorists and to assist in dispatching every one of them to the infernal regions?

Personally, I think they should make Julie Nicholson Archbishop.

Petty Politics

Of all the battles that need to be fought, the Virginia House Republicans choose this one:
Virginia Republicans reject Kaine nominee
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times


RICHMOND -- House Republicans yesterday rejected Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's nominee for secretary of the commonwealth, voting down a gubernatorial secretary appointee for the first time in the state's history.

The House voted 55-42 along party lines to strip Daniel G. LeBlanc from a measure confirming Mr. Kaine's 34 agency head appointments and his chief of staff. (link)
Of course, Governor Kaine reacts with what can only be described as inanity:
Mr. Kaine, a Democrat, was visibly angered, saying the vote was reminiscent of "McCarthy-style politics"
Actually its reminiscent of Congressional Democratic Party politics going back to the days when Republican Senator John Tower was rejected on a party-line vote because it was rumored that he drank more hard liquor than all the Democrats who voted against him did.

In any case, this was not a state precedent that needed to be established. You can count on the Democrats responding in kind first chance they get (by my calculation, that'll be after the next election when the Republican Party deservedly loses its majority in both houses).

For the love of God.

Keep The Day Job

The first rule in posting information to a website for all the world to see: If you're going to call someone stupid, don't come across as being ... stupid.

From The New York Post:

SHE CAN 'C' FOREVER

A woman whose various views range all the way from far left to, um, even farther left regularly spells them out at her Web site, barbrastreisand.com.


Though "spell" might not be precisely the correct word.

As The Drudge Report notes, Streisand's latest anti-Bush rant features 11 misspelled words, including "Irag," "curruption," "subpoening," "desperatly" and "warrented." A sample: "The arrogance of this C student who maligns his opponents' crediblity [sic] by calling them flip floppers . . ."

Oh, those arrogant C students!

This is not the first time one of her missives was found to be riddled with poor spelling - though 11 errors may represent a personal best.

After the news got out, Streisand's people (who are the most beleaguered people) quickly raced to correct the typos. (link)

If you ask me, her spelling is no worse than her acting ability ...

Where Do We Hide?

I guess the Democrats will propose that we get our troops out of India now too since there appear to be terrorists there as well as in Iraq:
Bombings kill 20 in Hindu holy city
By Matthew Rosenberg, The Associated Press


NEW DELHI -- A series of coordinated bombings rocked a packed railway station and a crowded Hindu temple yesterday in the holy city of Varanasi, killing at least 20 persons and injuring dozens in an attack that raised fears of communal violence. (
link)
We cannot run from this scourge. It has become a global problem and anyone who thinks our withdrawal from Iraq is going to put an end to terrorism is blind.

Time To Put a Stop To This

I have no major problem with the White House police shooting every one of these sunsabitchas:
Protesters Urge 'Storm the White House'

An anti-war group that belongs to the umbrella organization United for Peace and Justice (UPJ) has announced that it intends to topple the Bush administration during a March 15 Washington, D.C. protest.

In a message headlined "Storm the White House" that appears on the UPJ Web site, the group Political Cooperative is urging its members:

"TAKE THE WHITE HOUSE BY STORM, Stop Genocide, Torture and Occupation."

The message goes on to explain:

"We will not allow the Slave Holders that Still Prevail in this Country to Rule us any longer . . . The Administration is Criminal and if they will not step down, we must storm in, show them how many of us do not accept a criminal government."

Bush-bashing filmmaker Michael Moore apparently endorses the coup plan, linking to the "Storm the White House" message on his Web site. (link)
Human waste.

It's time their fun was brought to an end.