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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Please Retire

Our senator, the old one, is at it again:
Party Shift May Make Warming a Hill Priority
By Charles Babington, Washington Post Staff Writer


Dramatic changes in congressional oversight of environmental issues may pump new life into efforts to fight global warming, activist groups and lawmakers said yesterday.

Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) announced his intention to become the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, now headed by Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), who has said that global warming is a hoax. Warner has called for action against climate change, and his ascension to a leadership post would accelerate significant changes already underway. (link)
That's just swell. Of all the issues that Warner could focus his senesced attention and our hard-earned tax dollars on, he's going to tackle a problem that doesn't exist.

Somebody strangle me.

Idiocy In Academe

Men, do feelings of exclusion overwhelm you knowing that women's bathrooms have toilets but no urinal? Well, apparently the College of William & Mary's president is there to protect you:
College president stands by removal of chapel cross
The Associated Press

Williamsburg (AP) -- College of William & Mary President Gene Nichol stood by his decision to remove a cross from permanent display at the public university's chapel, despite a petition with 1,400 names of people who want the cross put back.

Last month, Mr. Nichol ordered the 2-foot-high century-old bronze cross to be kept in a sacristy of the chapel so the sanctuary would be more welcoming to all faiths, not just Christians. (link)
Would someone tell this mental giant that the overt act of removing the Christian cross from the college's chapel is not welcoming. It is, by definition, an act of exclusion; the opposite of his intentions.

For the love of God.

Quote Of The Day

There should be two Supreme Courts, one to reverse the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the other to hear all other cases. Last term, more of the Supreme Court's caseload - 18 of 82 cases (22 percent) - came from the liberal 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, than from any other circuit, and the 9th was reversed in 15 of the 18.

George Will, "The Death Penalty Farce," The New York Post, November 18, 2006

Can't Have It Both Ways

The New York Times has been trying to use as evidence in a defamation lawsuit information obtained from two FBI agents. Seems fair. In a bizarre twist, though, the Times refuses to name those two agents. The judge listens and responds (in so many words): "What, do I look like an idiot?" The Times apparently thought so:
Judge’s Ruling Bars The Times From Using Sources’ Information in Defense Against Suit
By Neil A. Lewis, The New York Times


Washington, Nov. 17 — A federal magistrate judge ruled on Friday that The New York Times may not rely in any way on information its columnist, Nicholas D. Kristof, may have received from two Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in its defense of a defamation suit brought by a former government scientist.

The judge, Liam O’Grady, issued the ruling as a sanction against The Times for refusing to disclose or force Mr. Kristof to disclose the identities of the two confidential F.B.I. sources he used in writing a series of columns about the investigation of the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001. (link)
Had the Times been successful in its attempt at deploying this legal legerdemain, every defense attorney on Earth would want to use it in future cases:
Your honor, I have a witness who vouches for the whereabouts of my client on the night of the murder but I won't divulge his identity.
The judge had to be scratching his head ...

Humans Are Such Fools

You want to know why I sit back and calmly pooh pooh the global warming hysteria that grips the entire freaking planet? Because of "the scientific community's" track record. Another shameful example:
F.D.A. Will Allow Breast Implants Made of Silicone
By Stephanie Saul, The New York Times

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday lifted a 14-year ban on the use of silicone gel breast implants in the United States after decades of contentious debate and litigation over their safety.

The decision appeared to end a controversy over the safety of silicone implants that lasted more than two decades and resulted in thousands of lawsuits by women who claimed the implants leaked and caused a number of diseases, including cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. The dispute led to the bankruptcy of the manufacturer Dow Corning, a federal moratorium on the use of the implants, and, finally, findings by both the Institute of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration that the devices do not cause major illnesses. (
link)

How deplorable. "Scientists" were absolutely certain that silicone breast implants caused cancer and they announced to the world that everyone was going to die. Subsequently, the implant industry was destroyed by lawsuits as billions were paid in damages to tens of thousands of women who were enriched by the findings of the "scientists." And the "scientists" now declare the implants to be perfectly safe after all.

"Oops. A rounding error. We goofed."

At the same time, "scientists" (probably the same ones) publish studies relating to global warming with the most fantastic guesses and preposterous predictions ever devised by man. We, once again, folks, are all going to die. And humans are, once again, buying into it.

They have a term for gullible people like that. It begins with fo and ends in ol.

Nothing But Hot Air

What ever became of that profligate global warming conference being held in Kenya at which millions of dollars were being wasted and tens of thousands of tons of carbon-based emissions were being released into the atmospere? Nothing, as it turns out:
Big Conference on Warming Ends, Achieving Modest Results
By Jeffrey Gettleman and Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times


Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 17 — The yearly United Nations conference on climate change ended Friday with only modest results after delegates failed to establish a timetable for future cuts on pollution linked to global warming.

Despite nearly two weeks of meetings, which drew 6,000 participants to Nairobi from around the world, the delegates could not agree on a number of issues, especially how to move beyond the Kyoto Protocol, which requires cuts in emissions by most industrialized countries but expires in 2012. (link) [my emphasis]
I'm sure it wasn't a complete waste of time and U.S. taxpayer dollars. I'll bet a sizeable number of delegates got to know and exchange pleasantries with the local hookers. And then there was all that expensive booze.

Lest we forget, it's an annual conference. I hear next year's gathering - just 50 short weeks from now - is being held at Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion in Chicago, where the same 6,000 partygoers will once again attempt to defeat that global warming menace, by hook or by crook.

You know, under these circumstances, I could be a big opponent of global warming. How do I get in on this action?

Uh Oh.

Good God. It appears I'm going to have to say something nice about Ben Tribbett.

Let me think on it ...

Want Another Example?

More evidence that scientists are not to be trusted:
Hurricane Season Defies Predictions
Atlantic Forecasts Were Way Off
Reuters


Miami, Nov. 17 -- The noted hurricane-forecasting team led by William Gray at Colorado State University has not missed by this much in a long time.

On May 31, they predicted that there would be 17 storms this year, and that nine would be hurricanes.

In the end, the 2006 season managed to produce nine tropical storms; five became hurricanes. None of the hurricanes hit the United States.

There are still two weeks to go, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center said there is little sign of action in the Atlantic. (link)
How could these experts have been so wrong?

It doesn't take a scientist to answer that question. They got caught up in the Hurricane Katrina hysteria and based their judgements upon it.

So we have Al Gore out there ...