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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Why The Global Warmists Have No Argument

I'll let Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan professor of atmospheric science at MIT, explain it:
To a significant extent, the issue of climate change revolves around the elevation of the commonplace to the ancient level of ominous omen. In a world where climate change has always been the norm, climate change is now taken as punishment for sinful levels of consumption. In a world where we experience temperature changes of tens of degrees in a single day, we treat changes of a few tenths of a degree in some statistical residue, known as the global mean temperature anomaly (GATA), as portents of disaster.

Global warming enthusiasts have responded to the absence of warming in recent years by arguing that the past decade has been the warmest on record. We are still speaking of tenths of a degree, and the records themselves have come into question. Since we are, according to these records, in a relatively warm period, it is not surprising that the past decade was the warmest on record. This in no way contradicts the absence of increasing temperatures for over a decade.

One may ask why there has been the astounding upsurge in alarmism in the past four years. When an issue like global warming is around for more than 20 years, numerous agendas are developed to exploit the issue. The interests of the environmental movement in acquiring more power, influence and donations are reasonably clear. So, too, are the interests of bureaucrats for whom control of carbon dioxide is a dream come true. After all, carbon dioxide is a product of breathing itself.

It is probably no accident that Al Gore himself is associated with such activities. The sale of indulgences is already in full swing with organizations selling offsets to one’s carbon footprint while sometimes acknowledging that the offsets are irrelevant. The possibilities for corruption are immense.
Are we experiencing global warming?  Maybe.  And, if so, is that warming caused by human activity? Maybe.

The zealots among us want global policy relating to that activity regulated, with the basis for doing so resting upon nothing more than maybes.

That ain't gonna fly.  Now or ever.

Never Forget The Agenda These Guys Bring To Their Work

The New York Times, in an editorial dated August 18, 2006, entitled, "Ruling for the Law":
Ever since President Bush was forced to admit that he was spying on Americans’ telephone calls and e-mail without warrants, his lawyers have fought to keep challenges to the program out of the courts. Yesterday, that plan failed. A federal judge in Detroit declared the eavesdropping program to be illegal and unconstitutional. She also offered a scathing condemnation of what lies behind the wiretapping — Mr. Bush’s attempt to expand his powers to the point that he can place himself beyond the reach of Congress, judges or the Constitution.

The ruling eviscerated the absurd notion on which the administration’s arguments have been based: that Congress authorized Mr. Bush to do whatever he thinks is necessary when it authorized the invasion of Afghanistan.
And on the recent news that President Obama has authorized the assassination of American citizens who he deems enemies of the state (without due process), a truly absurd - and reckless - and foreboding - notion, that same New York Times editorial page has this:

Not a word.

Eavesdropping on Americans' phone conversations is apparently beyond the acceptable.  Killing them isn't.

You figure that one out.

A Memo To President Obama

Your mother should have warned you.  Don't ever go after someone who buys his or her makeup by the gallon.

Score this one Sarah Palin 1, Barack Obama 0:

Obama on Palin's lack of experience in foreign affairs:

“Last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues."

Sarah's response:

"Now the president, with all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a community organizer, and a part-time senator and as a full-time candidate, all that experience ..."

Ouch.  That had to hurt.  You go, girl.

Well, Okay

I was going to ask the editorialists at the Roanoke Times if they were going to go after the Bergen County, New Jersey Teachers Union for fomenting violence when I read this headline ...


... but the details are actually amusing:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's take-no-prisoners demand for education cuts got him a whole lot more than he bargained for -- a death wish.

The e-mail in question was sent by Bergen County Education Association president Joseph Coppola in the form of a prayer, which said:

"Dear lord,' this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor." 
 I'm sure there'll be a lot of people who'll get their undies in a bunch over this.  But it's actually quite creative.

Still ...

Liberalism Isn't An Ideology?

Well, no. If you're a liberal, it's simply the natural order of things.

Get this:
Court's liberal lion steps down
By James Hohmann, Politico

Justice John Paul Stevens, who opened his long career on the Supreme Court pegged as a moderate conservative, now closes it as the court’s liberal lion.

He is a champion of abortion rights, of separation between church and state and of limits on executive power.

Yet he has always been considered independent-minded and non-ideological. [link]
The old goat is about as liberal as they come.  Right down the line.  And everyone knows it.

But his liberalism is ... non-ideological?  If he's non-ideological, the word "ideology" (an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation) has no meaning.

Speaks volumes about this reporter's point of reference.

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And if that's not bizarre enough, try this:

"The court that convenes on the first Monday in October is apt to be more conservative than the one we have now."

And frogs will sprout wings ...

Democrats Have Such Class

And they demand our respect ...
On Thursday April 8th I was attending a meeting of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee at a Perkins Family Restaurant in Windermere. About 30 Republicans were meeting when [Florida] Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson barged into our meeting ranting about how we put spies into an Organizing for America meeting.

Grayson yelled at me for interrupting him when I reminded Grayson he was interrupting our meeting.

The conflict was caught on video showing Alan Grayson, a U.S. Congressman, standing in the middle of a family restaurant screaming at his constituents.

I am in awe of the lack of respect he showed for the customers of this restaurant and his constituents.”
Lack of respect for his constituents.  Reminds me of the vote that he and his fellow travelers cast in favor of ObamaCare.

Thanks go out to Michelle Malkin for that one.

The ObamaCare Vote Claims Its First Victim

From a Tea Party Express press release on the announced retirement of Congressman Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat who abandoned his principles at the last minute and voted for that monstrous health care bill that Obama has now forced upon an unwilling country:

"The surprising announcement that Congressman Bart Stupak is abandoning his campaign for re-election shows the power of the tea party movement. Stupak was no longer able to hide his betrayal of conservative principles because the tea party movement was organizing the voters in his district to fight back and defeat Stupak.

"During the past few weeks the Tea Party Expresss put together a formidable campaign to defeat Bart Stupak. Two days ago we began a $250,000 TV and radio ad blitz. For weeks we've been organizing tea party rallies specifically targeting Stupak for defeat.

"Last night in Ironwood, MI some 400+ people turned out for a rally against Stupak, which is almost 10% of the city's population. We are currently en route to Escanaba, MI where a giant rally is planned.

"People in this district are furious with Bart Stupak. He betrayed his constituents and his own principles. Those who helped him win electoral victories of more than 60% in the past were now working to defeat him.

"Just as Scott Brown was propelled to victory in the U.S. Senate thanks to the tea party movement, now Bart Stupak appears to have succumbed to the movement's strength as well.

"Our movement is real - it is not Astroturf, and we're not going away. November 2010, here we come!"
As you can see, confidence rides high.  And for good reason.

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The ever-insightful John Fund:
While Mr. Stupak has expressed frustration at the anger directed against him, the political calculus of his district probably played a more important role in his decision today to retire.

Mr. Stupak is known to have taken a private poll of his district since his health care vote, and his retirement announcement is a likely indication that he feared he might lose to a Republican challenger this fall.

Whatever political bounce Democrats thought they would get from passing health care isn't showing up in national polls. In districts like Mr. Stupak's health care appears to be a distinct liability.
Without doubt.

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Glenn Reynolds hints that Stupak might have received some kind of payoff in return for his suicidal ObamaCare vote.  An ambassadorship?  An appointment to some cushy position in the Department of Agriculture?

Guess we'll soon find out.