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Friday, May 23, 2008

Global Warming House Of Cards ...

... crumbles:
Chill out on global warming
Washington D.C. Examiner editorial

Washington - Al Gore’s cinematic sermons on inconvenient truths to the contrary notwithstanding, it is becoming clearer by the day that major cracks are appearing in the supposed consensus among scientists that global warming caused by carbon emissions is an urgent problem that government must address with drastic measures. Among the most significant cracks are these:

- New data produced by more than 3,000 sophisticated ocean buoys scattered across the world’s oceans indicate average water temperatures have been decreasing since 2003, not increasing as would be the case in Gore’s globally warming world. NASA’s Josh Willis, who studies the output of the sophisticated buoys that take temperature readings from thousands of feet below the surface, says the significance of the new data is unclear.

- The average land temperature of the globe dropped precipitously last year, according to the Hadley Center for Climate Prediction. The temperature drop — more than enough to “wipe out most of the global warming of the past 100 years,” according to the online technology publication Daily Tech — was also recorded by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

- The severity of this global temperature drop was reflected in the fact the average U.S. temperature in January was lower than the average for the previous century, according to the U.S. Climactic Data Center. Also, the Canadian Ice Service reports the Arctic ice pack is 10 to 20 centimeters thicker in many places this year than it was in 2007.

- Professor Oleg Sorokhtin of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences is advising people “to stock up on fur coats” because he expects an extended period of global cooling, an assessment that is echoed by Kenneth Tapping of the U.S. National Academy of Science’s National Research Council. Both scientists contend solar activity explains most of the temperature variation in the Earth’s atmosphere.

At the very least, these developments ought to give pause to legislators and policymakers who are otherwise hell-bent on accepting Gore’s apocalyptic warnings and imposing on the U.S. draconian measures designed to stall or reduce economic growth; forcing widespread conversion to unproven alternative fuels for transportation, home and commercial uses; and severely limiting or even stopping suburban new-home construction. Adopting such measures would mean the loss of millions of jobs and a significantly reduced standard of living for most Americans. It’s time to take a step back on this issue. (link)
John Warner and John McCain and the entire Democratic Party are going to pass draconian laws based on this? I don't think so.

Despite Growing Evidence ...

... environmentalist groups are not going to give up on their favorite cause célèbre easily:
Bay at risk from global warming
By Lawrence Latane III, Richmond Times-Dispatch

The National Wildlife Federation predicts that rising sea levels caused by global warming could drown half the Chesapeake Bay's beaches and swamps by 2100.

A report released yesterday by the Reston-based conservation group endorses the United Nations' call to cut worldwide greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050.

Patty Glick, the federation's senior global warming specialist ... said the computer model the group used provides what she calls the most comprehensive and detailed analysis to date on how global warming will affect the region. (link)
Ah, yes. That infamous "computer model" again. The one that is being rapidly adjusted to fit current data - statistics - facts - coming in that shows the planet cooling, not warming as their model has all along predicted.

But this gal, whose livelihood depends on wild predictions about global temperatures rising (she is, after all, the "senior global warming specialist") (she's going to admit that it's cooling?), won't change her tune. When the planet freezes over, her schtick won't change.

"We're all going to die. My research says so. Where's my paycheck?"

A Look Into The Past

This is interesting:

Map from 1830s aids research, excavation
By Carlos Santos, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

With the help of an early-19th-century insurance map, archaeologists are having an easier time than usual in excavating an important historical site near Montpelier.

The researchers, including 17 students from James Madison University, are unearthing the South Yard, a residential complex where President James Madison's domestic slaves lived and worked.

The insurance map, which came to light in 2002, is proving invaluable.

"It was a perfect roadmap for us," said Jennifer Gullette, a spokeswoman for Montpelier. "The map basically gave us the site's dimensions and location from the house measured out in feet."

About one year after Madison's 1836 death, his wife, Dolley, insured the 27-room mansion and nearby outbuildings. The map detailed the location of the South Yard's two smokehouses and three residences -- each a duplex for two slave families. The slave complex also included a kitchen and a stable. (link)

Another great story about Virginia's rich - and sometimes disquieting - history.

Theater Of The Absurd

Congress. It's gotten this bad:

Farm-Bill Veto Overridden Despite Glitch
By Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post Staff Writer

With an overwhelming 82 to 13 vote, the Senate yesterday completed the override of President Bush's veto of a comprehensive farm bill, shrugging off Republican concerns about an embarrassing legislative glitch to make the $307 billion bill the law of the land.

House GOP leaders continued to grumble that Democrats had violated the Constitution by pressing forward with the veto override after they discovered that a whole section of the bill on trade policy had been inadvertently dropped from the version vetoed Wednesday.

But Democratic leaders said ... (link)
For the record, James Webb (D-Virginia) did as he was told and voted for this disgraceful piece of legislation. John Warner (D-once of Virginia) did as well. The wealthiest of Americans thank them for their fealty and largesse.

What the hell, it wasn't their hard-earned income.

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And I ask you, do you suppose these jokers really give two squirts about this?

Error on farm bill mortifies lawmakers

I'll just bet it ruined their day.

Making It Up As He Goes Along

Here's the problem that arises when an unprepared candidate for high office tries to deal with the complex issues of the day: His rock-solid principles kinda shift. Like a windsock.

Charles Krauthammer:
When the House of Representatives takes up arms against $4 gas by voting 324-84 to sue OPEC, you know that election-year discourse has entered the realm of the surreal. Another unmistakable sign is when a presidential candidate makes a gaffe, then, realizing it is too egregious to take back without suffering humiliation, decides to make it a centerpiece of his foreign policy.

Before the Democratic debate of July 23, Barack Obama had never expounded upon the wisdom of meeting, without precondition, with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bashar al-Assad, Hugo Chávez, Kim Jong Il or the Castro brothers. But in that debate, he was asked about doing exactly that. Unprepared, he said sure -- then got fancy, declaring the Bush administration's refusal to do so not just "ridiculous" but "a disgrace."

After that, there was no going back. So he doubled down. What started as a gaffe became policy. By now, it has become doctrine. Yet it remains today what it was on the day he blurted it out: an absurdity.
"Obama's Metastatic Gaffe," The Washington Post, May 23, 2008

So What DO They Believe?

Don Surber on the oft-cited knack the Democrats have for speaking out of both sides of their mouths:
In 1988, Democrats denounced Dan Quayle for serving in the National Guard.

In 1992 and 1996, Democrats praised Bill Clinton for not serving.

In 2000, Democrats praised Al Gore for his Vietnam service while, again, ridiculing the National Guard, which Geeorge Bush served in.

In 2004, Democrats praised John Kerry for his Silver Star in Vietnam.

In 2008, Democrats mock John McCain for his 5 1/2 years in a North Vietnamese prison. Jay Rockefeller said (and apologized for) McCain lacks compassion for people because he was a jet pilot. Tell that to Bridget McCain. Tom Harkin called McCain too militaristic.

I wish they’d make up their minds.
"Bringing the nation together … ," May 22, 2008

A Wrong is Righted

As you know, I've had serious misgivings about the way that polygamist family in Texas was treated. It appears, I'm not alone:

Texas seizure of polygamist-sect kids thrown out
By Michelle Roberts, Associated Press Writer

San Angelo, Texas - In a ruling that could torpedo the case against the West Texas polygamist sect, a state appeals court Thursday said authorities had no right to seize more than 440 children in a raid on the splinter group's compound last month.

The Third Court of Appeals in Austin said the state failed to show the youngsters were in any immediate danger, the only grounds in Texas law for taking children from their parents without court action.

Every child at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado was taken into custody more than six weeks ago after someone called a hot line claiming to be a pregnant, abused teenage wife. The girl has not been found and authorities are investigating whether the calls were a hoax. (link)
It's going to be difficult - if not impossible - to heal the wounds created by the heavy-handed state of Texas. Created, when you get down to it, because people think the sect members are weird. Not a good enough reason said the court.

It's a good day in America.