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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Worthy Cause

Elizabeth Strother, writing in the Roanoke Times:
For those who have too little

In our part of the country, the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank reports 20 percent to 30 percent increases over the last two years in the numbers of people getting emergency food assistance from the 360-plus partner programs it serves.

They help an average of 111,000 people every month, the regional food bank's president and CEO, Pamela Irvine, says. Just some of the 362,747 individuals -- our neighbors -- who live in poverty in Southwest Virginia.

The Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank is in the midst of its Holidays From the Heart food drive. Other nonprofits too numerable to mention kick into high gear at this time of year to feed the poor.

They are in continual need of donations, especially in these hard times.
It's that time of year.

* I met my first (as always, cheerful) Salvation Army bell ringer at the bank the other day.  The bell pealed as the pot clinked.  A sweet sound.  A good feeling.

* Does Target still ban the bell ringers from in front of its stores?  Since I began my boycott several years ago, I've lost touch with the scrooges there.  I hope they've found it in their ice-cold hearts to reverse their decision.

* It's going to be a cold winter.  And we have a lot more people out of work now who will be needing assistance.  Second Harvest Food Bank, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross all need our help.

Have a merry holiday season, by the way.

Headline Of The Day

Isn't this how these stories always turn out?

First you get the wild-eyed wienies on the left screaming about some right-wing conspiracy and then ...

... the truth comes out:

As it turns out, the census worker murdered himself.

And speaking of goofballs, here's what Andrew Sullivan, writing in The Atlantic had to say about this incident back in September:
No Suicide

That's the one thing we know for certain now in the case of the Kentucky lynching ...

If this was a revenge murder for stumbling upon a meth lab or pot plantation, it's hard to understand why such a big deal would be made out of his census identification card. It's possible, I suppose, that anger at the feds in general could make a drug dealer murder a census worker. But the most worrying possibility - that this is Southern populist terrorism, whipped up by the GOP and its Fox and talk radio cohorts - remains real. We'll see.
Well, as it turns out, this turd was wrong on all counts.

1) The census worker was not murdered.  He committed suicide.

2) "Southern populist terrorism" "remains real" only in the warped and frenzied minds of left-wing nitwits.

3) Neither the GOP nor Fox nor talk radio ... oh, why bother.

An apology to all the above is forthcoming.  I'm sure.

Quote of the Day

Charlie Martin on those global warmists who have been caught fudging their work:

"Simply put, scientists aren’t software engineers. They don’t keep their code in nice packages and they tend to use whatever language they’re comfortable with."

While possibly true, it's not right.

If a scientist is basing his findings on computer models and not on empirical data, that scientist sure as hell had better be both a statistician and a code expert ("software engineer"). 

Otherwise, he's quickly muddled in a morass of meaningless muck.

Oh, wait.  I think we've just pegged the problem with all this global warming nonsense.  It's not necessarily a matter of villainous intentions.  It's the fact that these geniuses didn't know what they were doing.

Unqualified amateurs.  My God.

On The Science Scandal of the Millenium

Here's where those purloined emails are leading the (new media) investigation.  The scientists who gave us global warming had to seriously distort their own data in order to reach their pre-established conclusions.

Charlie Martin:
I think there’s a good reason the CRU didn’t want to give their data to people trying to replicate their work.

It’s in such a mess that they can’t replicate their own results.

This is not, sadly, all that unusual. Simply put, scientists aren’t software engineers. They don’t keep their code in nice packages and they tend to use whatever language they’re comfortable with. Even if they were taught to keep good research notes in the past, it’s not unusual for things to get sloppy later. But put this in the context of what else we know from the CRU data dump:

1. They didn’t want to release their data or code, and they particularly weren’t interested in releasing any intermediate steps that would help someone else.

2. They clearly have some history of massaging the data — hell, practically water-boarding the data — to get it to fit their other results. Results they can no longer even replicate on their own systems.

3. They had successfully managed to restrict peer review to what we might call the “RealClimate clique” — the small group of true believers they knew could be trusted to say the right things.

As a result, it looks like they found themselves trapped. They had the big research organizations, the big grants — and when they found themselves challenged, they discovered they’d built their conclusions on fine beach sand.

But the tide was coming in.
A tide that has swelled into a tsunami.

Was it money or fame that drove these "scientists" to do the dastardly things they did?  Was it an all-consuming need to "save the environment" no matter the cost?

Whatever it was, their actions will certainly reserve for them a hallowed place in the Science Hall of Shame.

Our War-Time Commander

Tick tock.  Tick tock.  Tick ...

After eight years, some of those years in which we did not have, I think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my intention to finish the job."

“And I feel very confident that when the American people hear a clear rationale for what we're doing there and how we intend to achieve our goals, they will be supportive.”

When asked at what point the American people will hear his clear rationale, Obama responded:


Give it a week.

There are more pressing things going on:

Wayne's World! Wayne's World! 
Party time! 

Meanwhile, in a land far, far away:

Party on, Wayne.

Party on, Garth.

- - -

What a difference an election makes.

Here's the BBC back when George Bush was reelected:
The lavish dinners, parties and fireworks began on Tuesday and will continue through his swearing-in on Thursday, followed by a parade and nine official inaugural balls.

Some have criticised the expense, questioning the propriety of a flashy celebration as US troops are dying in Iraq and South Asia still recovers from last month's deadly tsunami.
"Some" don't seem to be criticizing Obama for doing the same thing today that Bush did back then.

How odd.

Photos courtesy of AFP and Yahoo.

Things Are ... Heating Up

Expect to see a lot more activity like this as concerned citizens try to get a better handle on the nefarious activities of those climate alarmists who perpetrated the worst - and most damaging - hoax in the history of mankind:
Competitive Enterprise Institute Sues NASA in Wake of Climategate Scandal
by Christopher Horner, PJM

Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute filed three Notices of Intent to File Suit against NASA and its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), for those bodies’ refusal — for nearly three years — to provide documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

The information sought is directly relevant to the exploding “Climategate” scandal revealing document destruction, coordinated efforts in the U.S. and UK to avoid complying with both countries’ freedom of information laws, and apparent and widespread intent to defraud at the highest levels of international climate science bodies. Numerous informed commenters had alleged such behavior for years, all of which appears to be affirmed by leaked emails, computer code, and other data from the Climatic Research Unit of the UK’s East Anglia University. [link]
For years NASA has ignored them.

My guess is, those seeking the truth won't be ignored much longer.

Try Again, With Feeling

If bowing before foreign rulers is a sign of respect ...

... why isn't anyone bowing before the Great and Powerful O?


Are they all then being disrespectful?

Looks Like I'm Not Alone

A record number of people polled by Rasmussen are now strongly disapproving of the job performance of Barack Obama.

If only they had listened when it counted.

The latest:

-15 and dropping.

I guess talk of hope and change will only wear so well.  Then people start expecting something more.

Unfortunately, as Americans are finding out, there is nothing more there.