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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Look It Up

I have to work overtime to keep these guys straight.

I'm minding my own business last night, surfing the net, and came upon this, written by Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal, in the Times's "Roundtable":
George Will vs. climate change

On Sunday, we ran a column in our Horizon section by George Will. In it, he argued that climate change is a bunch of bunk. Turns out the real bunk was his research.

Over at Talking Points Memo, they've been trying to pin down where, precisely, Will came up with some of his claims. For example, he reported that the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center says that global sea ice levels are now the same as they were in 1979. The organization has disavowed any connection to Will's claim and in fact reportst hat sea ice levels have indeed declined over 30 years.

No word yet from Will or the Washington Post apologizing or admitting he was full of it.

Hmm. I remember posting on this very subject when the news came out. But it wasn't George Will's article that I linked to (I don't believe). It was this from Daily Tech: "Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979." Here's the lede:

Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.

Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but rapidly recovered in the last quarter. In fact, the rate of increase from September onward is the fastest rate of change on record, either upwards or downwards.

The data is being reported by the University of Illinois's Arctic Climate Research Center, and is derived from satellite observations of the Northern and Southern hemisphere polar regions.

Sure enough. The University of Illinois Arctic Climate Research Center is mentioned as the source.

So, are George Will and Daily Tech wrong? Is their allegation "bunk"?

Let's go to the source - The University of Illinois Arctic Climate Research Center (as the niwits at Talking Points Memo might have done, before making fools of themselves). After reading a disclaimer that Mr. Will did not get his facts from them, we find in something entitled, "Statement related to Daily Tech article of January 1, 2009," the following:

"Observed global sea ice area, defined here as a sum of N. Hemisphere and S.
Hemisphere sea ice areas, is near or slightly lower than those observed in late 1979, as
noted in the Daily Tech article." [my emphasis]

Yeah, it doesn't say that sea ice levels in 2008 were the same as they were in 1979. But they are NEAR the same. Nearly the same as in long-ago 1979. On a dangerously warming planet. This after environmentalists and global warming alarmists used the melting ice cap line to bolster their rapidly melting argument that the planet is warming. How is that possible?

Don't write. I'll tell you. They argue that computer models predicted it.

I kid you not:

Almost all global climate models project a decrease in the Northern Hemisphere sea ice area over the next several decades under increasing greenhouse gas scenarios. But, the same model responses of the Southern Hemisphere sea ice are less certain. In fact, there have been some recent studies suggesting the amount of sea ice in the Southern Hemisphere may initially increase as a response to atmospheric warming through increased evaporation and subsequent snowfall onto the sea ice.

What?

There's no possibility that these "scientists" have constructed their computer models to fit the situation on the ground as it's actually unfolding, is there?

"The planet's ice caps are melting - as predicted.

"Uhh ...

"Except for one of the planet's two ice caps, which is growing.

"Which we predicted."

Gimme a break.

And you, Mr. Trejbal, who claims to be a journalist, you should be better than this.

Tsk. Tsk.

To Reinforce The Point ...

... here's a suggestion to President Obama from Investor's Business Daily:
War Over The Climate Heats Up Even As Climate Itself Cools Down
editorial

President Obama will be hard put to satisfy his several campaign promises: to restore prosperity and jobs, to conduct a foreign policy backed by a strong economy and to satisfy environmental demands to "save the planet." His job will be much easier if he listens to independent advice on climate science.

Last year, 100 prominent climate scientists signed a letter to the U.N. secretary general, warning against accepting the IPCC results. So far, 650 climate scientists have expressed their skepticism about anthropogenic global warming. And 31,000 scientists, about one-third of them with Ph.D degrees, have signed the Oregon Petition against the Kyoto Protocol.

In the U.S., the "cooler heads" seem to be gaining ground. [link]
And unlike those in the academic community who are pushing the notion that we are all going to die from human-induced global warming, those 650 climate scientists are CLIMATE SCIENTISTS and not computer modelers, geologists, or biologists.

Obama would do himself - and us - well to listen to those voices most knowledgeable on this subject and avoid making another huge blunder.

He won't, of course. But he should.

I Get It

I don't know Delegate Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) but I gather he's a fun-loving guy who likes to thwack boneheaded liberals every chance he gets, just to hear them howl. I can't come up with a better explanation for his having introduced - and gotten the House to pass - a rather goofy bill to have Virginia localities that run gun buyback programs be forced to sell the "weapons" they collect to licensed gun dealers. I put the word "weapons" in quotation marks because history tells us that most of the "guns" that are turned in for cash to the police in these worthless - but expensive - liberal feel-good programs can more properly be described as scrap. Junk. Boat anchors.

I say that because, in response to Mark Cole's efforts, howl they do:
Don't micromanage gun buybacks
Roanoke Times editorial

Del. Mark Cole sheds a tear whenever a gun dies. Every shiny pistol brought home by someone who does not realize the responsibility of owning a firearm. Every cute rifle never given a real chance to become part of the family. They wind up in local gun-buyback programs where they are destroyed, and Cole weeps.

So he has sponsored legislation to save them.

Perhaps gun rights advocates have accomplished everything they ever wanted in Virginia, and only this manufactured issue remains for lawmakers like Cole to exploit to burnish their firearms credentials. Other lawmakers who prefer to leave local matters to local governments should not compel them to supply firearms to dealers. [link]
"Perhaps gun rights advocates have accomplished everything they ever wanted in Virginia"? Perhaps. But I like my explanation.

The very liberal newspaper that calls on the state of Virginia to pop into every bathroom and employee break room at every Shoney's restaurant in the commonwealth to make sure no one is lighting up a cigarette - Oh, the humanity! - now calls for the state of Virginia to stay out of that which can best be handled by local municipalities in dealing with non-functioning and rusted former weaponry.

I gotta tell ya, it don't get better than this.

Mark, this Bud's for you. Make 'em squeal, man.

Quote of the Day

From Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) on the Democrats' stimulus colossus:

"Never have so few spent so much so quickly to do so little."

Amen to that, brutha.

Don't Forget Who's Boss, Chump

I have a message for our new Attorney General, Eric Holder:

Shut up and get back to work.

It would do him well to remember that he's nothing more than one of our employees, an insolent one at that, and holds his lucrative position only with our benevolent sufferance.

Want to start your new career by insulting us? Collect your pay and be gone, twit.

We don't need - nor will we accept - this:
Holder: US is nation of cowards on racial matters
By Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder described the United States Wednesday as a nation of cowards on matters of race, saying most Americans avoid discussing unresolved racial issues.

In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.

"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," said Holder, nation's first black attorney general.

Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, Holder said, but "we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race." [link]
What?! We've been beating that horse for forty years, man. Forty freaking years! Your kind have been telling my kind for four decades - and counting - all about that which "we" did to "you."

I got tired of talking about it in, oh, 1980. Partly because I knew it was just that - beating a dead horse. Partly too because our side of the discussion was falling on deaf ears. You didn't want "dialogue." You wanted groveling. An apology (and some of you wanted cash). No, that's not right. You wanted apology after apology after apology because someone unknown by, and unrelated to me did bad things to people you've never met and know virtually nothing about. 250 goddam years ago. Partly too because one can be called a racist only so many times - I speak only for myself but I became numb to the name-calling after the first 180 instances or so - and then it becomes nothing more than another appellation.

"Hi, racist."

"Hi, Suzie."

But mostly because I came to accept the words - and live by them - of a much better black man than you'll ever be.

I judge a man by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin.

I moved beyond race long ago. Chump.

That having been said, it's a whole nuther thing to have to take this from a paid hireling. You, sir, weren't put in that job to call me names (either coward or racist) and lecture me on my responsibilities to your ancestry. You're paid to uphold the laws of the land. Nothing more.

So get to it. And leave us the hell alone.

Recession? What Recession?

Obama expected to wreck an already teetering economy:

E.P.A. Expected to Regulate Carbon Dioxide

Cost of doing business expected to rise dramatically.

Consumers expected to pay much higher prices.

What Federal 4473 Form?

While Democratic lawmakers (and the Washington Post) battle with everything they've got to close that gun show loophole that isn't open, and isn't a loophole, lawmakers in Montana take a different attitude toward We The People:
House shoots down federal gun controls
By Kahrin Deines of the Associated Press

Helena (AP) - Montana lawmakers fired another shot in battles for states’ rights as they supported letting some Montana gun owners and dealers skip reporting their transactions to the federal government.

Under House Bill 246, firearms made in Montana and used in Montana would be exempt from federal regulation. The same would be true for firearm accessories and ammunition made and sold in the state.

“I would hope that our U.S. Supreme Court would begin to retreat from what I think is an abusive interpretation of our interstate commerce clause,” said Rep. Deborah Kottel, a Democrat from Great Falls who supports the measure. [link]
Interesting. It's hard to argue that the Commerce Clause, sometimes referred to in this context as the Interstate Commerce Clause, would supercede this state law since the state law only deals with intrastate matters.*

That won't stop Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her ilk to ignore the longstanding intent of Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution and make up a new set of "understandings." But imagine ...

Are there any firearms manufacturers here in Virginia? If not, will there be soon?

No more dopey - and intrusive - questions to be answered at time of purchase like:

"Are you a fugitive from justice?"

"Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana ...?"

"Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective ...?"

Here's to the good people of Montana.

* It's fair to assume that the argument will be that those firearms originally purchased in Montana might someday be sold to someone from out-of-state.

** The 4473 form cited in the header, for those not familiar with it, is the ATF questionnaire that must be filled out when you buy a firearm from a licensed dealer.
Unless you live in Montana. Perhaps.

Another Day, Another Quarter Trillion

Out of control ...

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