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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A Pack Mentality

Despite a blazing hot summer here in the mid-Atlantic area, and despite the brazen attempt by seemingly smart people who should know better to fling alarmist rhetoric around with the purpose of making newspaper headlines, the wind seems to have gone out of Al Gore's global warming juggernaut of late. Particularly since the Live Earth debacle blew up in his face.

It's a good time to step back and reflect on what Al and his ilk have wrought:
Global warming insanity
Paul Driessen, writing in the Washington Times

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority," Marcus Aurelius opined, "but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." An even worse fate would be to end up in minority status and an asylum. Recent developments suggest this might become the destiny of climate change alarmists.

The response of climate alarmists [to counter-arguments from those who question the data, methodology, and conclusions of the majority] is fodder for psychological textbooks. Greenpeace says cataclysm skeptics are "climate criminals." Grist magazine wants "Nuremberg-style war crimes trials." Robert Kennedy Jr. says we should be treated like "traitors." And Rep. Jim Costa walked out on a witness who noted that proposed legislation would raise energy and food prices, cost millions of jobs, and severely hurt poor families — while doing nothing to stabilize global temperatures.

Alarmists have blamed global warming for hurricanes, tornadoes, malaria and even the Minneapolis bridge collapse, teenage drinking, terrorism, suicides and "irritability" in mice.

When it comes to climate change ... many seem unable to separate science from science fiction — or even distinguish between headline-grabbing pronouncements, preposterous disaster flicks like "The Day After Tomorrow," and pseudo-documentaries like "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The 11th Hour." Instead of fostering rational discourse and responsible action, alarmists insist we "do something" immediately to prevent climate cataclysm. (link)
When scientists become activists, the science becomes circumspect. At least. Global warming "science" has gone beyond circumspect. It is now absolutely worthless.

Telling It Like It Is

From this morning's New York Post:

Smearing a Hero

September 12, 2007 -- It's hard to decide which was the more disgusting: Monday's New York Times ad slandering Gen. David Petraeus, or the newspaper's decision to publish it in the first place.

Or was it the refusal of Sen. Hillary Clinton - who aspires to become commander-in-chief - to condemn it?

The ad, placed by the hard-left paranoiacs at MoveOn.org, libeled a genuine American hero while further debasing the political debate in America - no mean feat, but all in a day's work for the social termites at MoveOn. (link)

Hillary. Commander-in-Chief.

How low can we go?

Comes a Reckoning

Tax the living hell out of the middle class and the middle class - and related jobs - flee.

That message isn't all that explicit in this article, but the implications are profound:
Census Shows More Black Residents Are Leaving New York and Other Cities
By Sam Roberts, The New York Times

After shrinking for decades, the proportion of New Yorkers who are white and non-Hispanic appears to have leveled off since 2000 and may even have risen slightly in 2006, the latest year surveyed by the census, according to results released yesterday.

If that trend is sustained, it would make New York one of a handful of major cities — with Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco and Washington — where whites had become a minority, but where black flight has exceeded the departure of whites since the beginning of the decade. In Boston, the figures indicate that whites became a majority again in 2006.

According to the latest census count, more than 27 percent of New Yorkers are of Hispanic origin, nearly 24 percent are black and almost 12 percent are Asian.

David R. Jones, president of the Community Service Society, a liberal research and advocacy group, said: “The city is becoming so attractive to upwardly mobile young people who are not predominantly minority that you’re seeing a blip. This is what a healthy city sees when it’s prosperous. At the same time, we have to cushion the blow for the working poor.”

William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, said that the trend since 2000 confirmed “black and other minority flight away from many cities” that attract young professional and high-income whites. (link)
Interestingly, New York City, with the highest combined tax rate in the USA, offers tremendous opportunity to those "upwardly mobile" young people in part because the yuppies can obtain compensation for the high taxes through negotiated salaries. High-end salaries.

By the same token, poor blacks, whites, and Latinos have no reason to flee - they pay no taxes - and every reason to stay. Government largesse is lucrative and very attractive.

So it's the middle-class - especially the growing black middle-class - that seeks relief. By moving to less harsh environments.

Where will this end? In the case of New York City, as long as it remains the financial capital of the planet, the good times will continue to roll. And middle-class New Yorkers will continue to out-migrate in droves.

Someday though there will come a reckoning. Urban economic apartheid, which is where these major (very liberal) cities are headed, cannot sustain itself for long.

Damage Control

The New York Times this morning offers up an excuse - on its front page - for Hillary Clinton having taken what will turn out to be ill-gotten campaign donations from that Norman Hsu character.

And it's beyond pathetic:
Clinton Sees Fear Realized in Trouble With Donor
By Patrick Healy, The New York Times

Of all the possible vulnerabilities facing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton has long believed that the one of the biggest was money, friends and advisers say. Some sort of fund-raising scandal that would echo the Clinton-era controversies of the 1990s and make her appear greedy or ethically challenged.

As a result, Mrs. Clinton told aides this year to vet major donors carefully and help her avoid situations in which she might appear to be trading access for big money, advisers said. Also to be avoided, the senator said, were fund-raising tactics that might ... (link)
Get the feeling this was written by a Clinton staffer?

The last time I saw Hillary's name and the word vulnerabilities used in the same sentence, she was caught up in cattlegate. Suddenly the Black Queen became Cinderella. Expect her to appear in a press conference soon - hair pulled back, pink dress deployed.

Vulnerability, thy name is Hillary.

And the New York Times will be there to make magic of it.

They Think THAT's a Wasted Earmark ...

A story about government waste.

And, no, it doesn't have to do with that horseback riding trail down in Scott County.