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Monday, April 11, 2011

Ted Danson Is Coming To Virginia

Can't we stop him?

This "Cheers" actor, after all, is the guy who famously predicted that the planet's oceans would be dead in ten years because we are/were polluting them.

A prediction he made twenty-three years ago.

So now Danson is coming to Virginia to .. what?

To promote a book about ... you guessed it:

Our endangered oceans.

Expect predictions to be handed out ... liberally.

May God have mercy.

Gulp

I can just picture the newsroom at the New York Times coming to a standstill when the news that Donald Trump was sending an investigative team to (do the work that reporters are paid to do, ahem, and ...) find Barack Obama's birth certificate in Hawaii.  Because, up to this point in time, those paid to find and report the news have, in this strange case, chosen to fight savagely to not know the news.

And with Trump's ongoing battle with the media being a thing of legend, he must be laughing at the reaction that has come - en masse - from those who ... refuse to know.  They attack him - usually derisively - for having the audacity to ask questions they should but won't.

Great stuff.  We laugh along with him.

Seth Forman gets to the nut of it in "Donald Trump Scores an Important Victory... Over the Media":
One of the functions of the media is to protect the public from fraudulent statements made by public figures. The unwillingness of the media to fulfill this role in the case of Obama has led to significant, and probably needless, public tension. Obama's resistance to releasing the long version of his birth certificate, has served not only to raise legitimate speculation about the circumstances surrounding his birth, but to give fodder to anti-Obama extremists.

Gail Collins, the New York Times's most reliably uninteresting liberal attack dog, questioned Trump's sanity just for raising the birth certificate issue. But would she say the same about famed black Vanderbilt University Law Professor and Obama supporter Carol Swain? Swain has said "I think that by not releasing it [the full birth certificate], it makes people much more passionately opposed to the president. Moreover, for a president who was elected on the basis of his personal background, it is troubling that Obama himself would want to withhold such basic information."

The media's curiosity about the background of those running for national office seemed to know no bounds when it came to George W. Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard or the sexual behavior of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's daughter. But during and since the 2008 campaign a virtual wall of silence has been constructed around Obama.
I think Donald Trump has probably sent his investigators on a wild-goose chase.   Chances are great that they'll get little cooperation from Hawaiian officials (they're all Democrats and they don't want to know either) and chances are even greater that Obama's birth certificate is, by now, so deeply buried in some archive that no one is going to find it.

Which makes the whole thing little more than an odd distraction.  Albeit it an entertaining odd distraction.

But oddities are what major news stories are sometimes made of.  Do the words "Watergate" and 'break-in" ring a bell?

The "news" media have acted dishonorably in this instance.  Donald Trump has made news of that fact.

And they howl because of it.

Amusing.

Enlightening.  And amusing.

Uh, I Think They've Won This One, Fellas

Find anything bizarre about this headline in the Washington Post?


Since Wal-Mart stores are all over the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, it can mean only one thing: City residents won't have to take the Metro to get great prices on quality merchandise any longer. Wal-Mart will be just down the street.

The irony: as union members shop at the Wal-Mart stores in Manassas (2), Woodbridge, Leesburg, Fairfax, Sterling, Alexandria, Warrenton, Woodstock, Landover Hills, Laurel, Bowie, out to Germantown and Winchester, union bosses are trying to prevent ... well, no, they won't be preventing anything. They're simply trying to make it as difficult as possible for their members to shop at their favorite retailer.

A bit bizarre.

But then so are they.

Imprison All The 'Climate Changers'

They are detrimental to our embattled way of life.

This is just sick:
Debate stirs over 1st major US tar sands mine
By Chi-Chi Zhang, Associated Press

Salt Lake City (AP) — A debate is brewing in the rural hills of eastern Utah as a Canadian company eyes the region for new domestic oil supplies.

Alberta-based Earth Energy Resources Inc. aims to begin by mining roughly 62-acres to produce bitumen, a tar-like form of petroleum, from oil-soaked sands. Canada has been producing oil from its sands for years and is now the No. 1 foreign supplier of petroleum to America. The country's sprawling deposits are the second largest oil reserves in the world outside of Saudi Arabia. The operations have been blamed for increasing greenhouse gases and producing toxic waste.

The proposed Utah mine would be America's first commercial operation of its kind, and while the company says it can do it without polluting the land, environmentalists are mounting a challenge. [link]
The "challenge" will be based on that mythical "climate change" argument, and on the fact that trace elements of certain toxic metals will be found in the sand after the oil is extracted. 

The Canadians are well on the way to perfecting the process of separating that sand from the oil embedded in it.  A process that is relatively cheap and would, once production begins, make the U.S., which is ever more starved for energy, a bit more self-sufficient.

But of course the tree-huggers will be opposed to it.  They still chase windmills.  And rainbows.

Worse still, they may win this fight.

Can you say ANWR?

Can you say $7 gasoline?

I Should Mention ...

Since the tree-huggers will use increased levels of "greenhouse gases" to make their argument that extracting oil from the sands of Utah will have a deleterious effect on the planet, what with serious concentrations of carbon dioxide being emitted from the process, the theory that backs up the claim needs to be addressed.

For that we turn to those who have studied the subject in great depth. Here's David Evans, PhD:
"Let's set a few things straight. The whole idea that carbon dioxide is the main cause of the recent global warming is based on a guess ...

"Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, and other things being equal, the more carbon dioxide in the air, the warmer the planet. Every bit of carbon dioxide that we emit warms the planet. But the issue is not whether carbon dioxide warms the planet, but how much.

"There are now several independent pieces of evidence showing that the earth responds to the warming due to extra carbon dioxide by dampening the warming.

"Even if we stopped emitting all carbon dioxide tomorrow, completely shut up shop and went back to the Stone Age, according to the official government climate models it would be cooler in 2050 by about 0.015 degrees. But their models exaggerate 10-fold — in fact our sacrifices would make the planet in 2050 a mere 0.0015 degrees cooler!" [source: C. Jeffrey Small]
Doctor Evans goes to great lengths to separate out "guesses" that have been made based on computer models that were originally set up beginning in 1980 from empirical data gathered over the thirty years since.  Those data disprove the theory that carbon dioxide influences the Earth's temperature in any significant way.

The facts won't stop the hysterics among us.  But they should give pause to the sane.

Yes, we are all going to die (!).  But not from heightened levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.  Not now, not ever.  So relax.  Enjoy the day.

Headline of the Day

From the Wall Street Journal:

Obama opposes spending cuts right up to the time he calls them historic.

Classic.