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Sunday, October 25, 2009

It Must Be The Booze

Dan Radmacher, editorial page editor of the Roanoke Times, on August 2:
I'm getting awfully frustrated with Creigh Deeds' dance on transportation.

[snip]

"Maybe it's well placed, but Deeds' shy-on-specifics strategy demonstrates a fundamental lack of faith in Virginia's electorate. He doesn't trust the people of this state to listen to straight talk and make rational decisions."
The same Roanoke Times editorial page this morning, in its endorsement announcement of Mr. Shy-on-Specifics:

"The longtime senator is the candidate for governor who is serious about the most pressing issue facing Virginia: transportation."

What to make of this?

That must have been one "serious" "dance" Mr. Deeds was performing for ol' Dan.

One serious dance indeed.

Fizzzzzle

Wow.  It looks like the environmentalists have really mobilized their base to get out there and promote efforts to combat "climate change."  Apparently rallies were held in hundreds of cities across the globe yesterday to raise global warming awareness.

In this morning's Roanoke Times:
Call to climate awareness
International Day of Climate Action was observed around the world Saturday, including in Southwest Virginia.
By Neil Harvey

The plan in Albuquerque, N.M., was for 350 people to bang 350 gongs.

In Nashville, Tenn., volunteers hoped to distribute 350 shovels of organic compost to urban gardens.

And 350 residents of Boise, Idaho, were scheduled to have their pictures taken for a collage while standing on the banks of the state's Sawtooth Lake.

These and many other number-themed environmental events were slated to occur in more than 1,000 communities around the world Saturday, including the Roanoke and New River valleys, according to the Web site 350.org, a movement that seeks to raise environmental awareness. The organization assembled the events for this weekend as part of its International Day of Climate Action.

The "350" theme stems from climatologist James Hansen's studies regarding effects that occur when the carbon level in Earth's atmosphere exceeds 350 parts per million. Hansen, who heads NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said the atmospheric carbon level currently sits at about 390 parts per million. [link]
Gosh.  Demonstrations in over a thousand communities.  This must be a force to be reckoned with.  And something that should concern us all.

Or not.

Let's read that article again, with emphasis on that which redefines the whole story:
The plan in Albuquerque, N.M., was for 350 people to bang 350 gongs.

In Nashville, Tenn., volunteers hoped to distribute 350 shovels of organic compost to urban gardens.

And 350 residents of Boise, Idaho, were scheduled to have their pictures taken for a collage while standing on the banks of the state's Sawtooth Lake.

These and many other number-themed environmental events were slated to occur ...
This isn't a news article.  It's a press release.  A public relations announcement.  Propaganda.  Probably originating in the form of a fax from this bunch.

So.  Big plan.  Any action?

Here's a tell-tale warning sign that the event(s) didn't come off as anticipated.  From that same Times article:

"The [350] she hoped for, however, did not materialize. In the end, 45 guests signed the event list and only about a dozen of the [symbolic kites] were in the air at the same time ..."

Hmmm.  So the event was a bust here in Southwest Virginia.

But what about those other cities cited as scheduling big hoopdedoos?

Albuquerque?  the city's largest paper, the Journal, has nothing on the event this morning.

Nashville?  Search The Tennessean and you get this from today's news: "Your search - 'International Day of Climate Action' - did not match any documents."  Nothing. (The paper even has an "Environment" section and, although it does have an article dealing with radioactive rabbit poop, it has nothing on the International Day of Climate Action event, if one took place.)

Boise?  My Yahoo search of the site brought this response:
We didn't find any Web pages containing "International Day of Climate Action".
Please refine your query and try again.
Suggestions:
- Check your spelling.
- Try different words.
- Try words that mean the same thing.
- Try fewer words.
Nothing there either.

So where did this great outpouring of concern for "climate change" actually occur if it didn't take place in those cities where rallies were "planned," "hoped for," "scheduled," and "slated"?

In the minds of those who believe in "climate change." That's where.  The land of illusion. The land of make-believe.

The Roanoke Times.

A Question For Mr. Gore

Boy, the truth can sometimes be ... an inconvenient truth:
Where are the Hurricanes Mr. Gore?
By Alan Caruba, Warning Signs

That god among men and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Al Gore, told us in “An Inconvenient Truth”, his Oscar-winning documentary, that we had to brace for increasing numbers of hurricanes as the result of global warming.

So, where are the hurricanes of 2009, Mr. Gore?

The hurricane season that runs from June through October is about to end with nothing more than one weak to borderline moderate tropical storm that hit Florida’s panhandle, but there have been NO hurricanes. [link]
Just one of the many falsehoods* told by Crazy Al in his Oscar winning piece of fiction.

* Al Gore, in predicting a surge in hurricanes, proved himself to be wrong.  That does not make his pronouncement a lie.  I bring this up so that the boneheads who claim that then-President Bush's predictions of the existence of Iraqi WMD constituted a lie understand the difference between lies and things that ultimately prove to simply be inaccurate.

Quote of the Day

Ed Morrissey:
Now who’s the go-it-alone cowboy?  Obama has damaged relations with the UK, France, the Czech Republic, and Poland, which even Joe Biden was forced to admit yesterday.  Instead, Obama has focused his friendlier attention on Russia and Iran.  What has Obama and the US received in return?  Laughter over Hillary Clinton’s amateurish “reset button” and zero cooperation on Iranian nuclear weapons.  And this is “smart power”?
"Who lost France?" Hot Air, October 24, 2009

H1N1, The Hurricane Katrina of 2009

Sorry. I just wanted to tweak those on the left with that headline. For if George W. Bush had still been at the helm and America's response to the H1N1 virus had been so screwed up, you'd bet the mainstream press would be howling "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

But Obama's in charge. So ...
Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
By Philip Elliot, Associated Press

Washington – President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.

The declaration, signed Friday night and announced Saturday, comes with the disease more prevalent than ever in the country and production delays undercutting the government's initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses of the vaccine could be available by mid-October.

Health authorities say more than 1,000 people in the United States, including almost 100 children, have died from the strain of flu known as H1N1, and 46 states have widespread flu activity. So far only 11 million doses have gone out to health departments, doctor's offices and other providers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. [link]
This may be the laugher of the day:

"Administration officials said the declaration was a pre-emptive move designed to make decisions easier when they need to be made."

When decisions need to be made? When are they planning on making them? Some time after a freaking national emergency has been declared?!

Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job indeed.

Well, someone's gotta say it.

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For the record, I think the story, in the end, will be that the problem with the virus, though serious, is no more serious than in any other flu season.  The crisis mentality is what's worth watching develop.

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Looks like I'm not the first to make the connection to Hurricane Katrina.  See "Swine Flu Update."

Always Been Attracted To The World of Trains?

You're going to love Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland:



10,000 HO scale train cars running on 6.8 miles of indoor track.

Something to behold.