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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Quote of the Day

From New Jersey's plainspoken governor:

Chris Christie on the Super Committee: What the hell are we paying Obama for?

Uh ... to golf?

Science Wins Out

Though there are still the die-hard true-believers out there ...

It must be tough to see your entire belief system come crashing down.

Oh, yeah, we're talking about the globe that isn't, alas, warming:
The Great Global Warming Fizzle
By Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

Consider the case of global warming, another system of doomsaying prophecy and faith in things unseen.

As with religion, it is presided over by a caste of spectacularly unattractive people pretending to an obscure form of knowledge that promises to make the seas retreat and the winds abate. As with religion, it comes with an elaborate list of virtues, vices and indulgences. As with religion, its claims are often non-falsifiable, hence the convenience of the term "climate change" when thermometers don't oblige the expected trend lines. As with religion, it is harsh toward skeptics, heretics and other "deniers." And as with religion, it is susceptible to the earthly temptations of money, power, politics, arrogance and deceit.

This week, the conclave of global warming's cardinals are meeting in Durban, South Africa, for their 17th conference in as many years. The idea is to come up with a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire next year, and to require rich countries to pony up $100 billion a year to help poor countries cope with the alleged effects of climate change. This is said to be essential because in 2017 global warming becomes "catastrophic and irreversible," according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency.

Yet a funny thing happened on the way to the climate apocalypse. Namely, the financial apocalypse.

The U.S., Russia, Japan, Canada and the EU have all but confirmed they won't be signing on to a new Kyoto. The Chinese and Indians won't make a move unless the West does. The notion that rich (or formerly rich) countries are going to ship $100 billion every year to the Micronesias of the world is risible, especially after they've spent it all on Greece.

All this has been enough to put the Durban political agenda on hold for the time being. But religions don't die, and often thrive, when put to the political sidelines. A religion, when not physically extinguished, only dies when it loses faith in itself.

That's where the Climategate emails come in. First released on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit two years ago and recently updated by a fresh batch, the "hide the decline" emails were an endless source of fun and lurid fascination for those of us who had never been convinced by the global-warming thesis in the first place.

But the real reason they mattered is that they introduced a note of caution into an enterprise whose motivating appeal resided in its increasingly frantic forecasts of catastrophe. Papers were withdrawn; source material re-examined. The Himalayan glaciers, it turned out, weren't going to melt in 30 years. Nobody can say for sure how high the seas are likely to rise—if much at all. Greenland isn't turning green. Florida isn't going anywhere. [link]
You might wonder how so many learned scientists could have been lured into the pagan world of global warmism.  It's actually quite simple.  They all drew their conclusions regarding trends in climate from facts and data provided by a small handful of fact and data gatherers around the globe.  See University of East Anglia.  As it turns out, those providers of data involved a small handful of liars and knaves.  See Climategate.  So it's perfectly understandable that the scientists of the world - upon being presented with a certain set of "facts"  - latch onto the desired constructs of those presenting the "facts."

What's not understandable is why they still cling to their constructs now that the facts are pouring in and substantial evidence exists that (a) the planet is not warming, and (b) humans weren't causing any appreciable warming of the planet when it was.

Yet cling they do.

And will.

To the bitter end.

Scientists.  Tsk.  Tsk.

Useful Idiots

CNN takes time out of its busy day to eulogize the one man most responsible for the current economic malaise the United States of America is mired in today.

CNN Eulogizes 'Titan' Barney Frank

The gullible eulogizing the nefarious.

May God have mercy.

We find ourselves having to deal with any more "titans" like Barney Frank and this country will not survive.

* For more on Frank's one-man destruction of the U.S. economy, see "Barney Frank and Chuck Schumer’s Role in the Fannie Mae Failure."

** Did I mention the fact that this "titan" once had a house of gay prostitution operating in his house but says he didn't know it?

Rookie Delegates Endorse George Allen

This comes from the Allen for Senate campaign:
Newly Elected Virginia Legislators Endorse George Allen for U.S. Senate

Henrico, VA –Today, newly elected Members of the Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates from throughout the Commonwealth announced their support for George Allen for U.S. Senate, citing his Virginia values, fiscal responsibility and successful track record of implementing pro-growth policies that helped to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

[jf: Included from this area were ...]

Delegate-Elect Chris Head, Roanoke
"I have been a fan of George Allen and his Jeffersonian style of conservative leadership for years. I cheered as he held the line on spending cuts in state agencies, and brought about incredible and much needed policy reforms while he was Governor, and he served us with distinction as Senator. I am proud to give my support to his campaign and look forward to returning him to Washington!"

Delegate-Elect Nick Rush, Christiansburg
“George Allen knows how to empower entrepreneurs and small businesses to help create jobs and grow the economy. His time as Governor was known for job creation and economic prosperity, and his pro-growth policies helped to create over 300,000 net new private sector jobs during his tenure. George Allen has the right ideas and positive solutions to reinvigorate our economy and stop the reckless spending and out-of-control growth of government in Washington. In these difficult times, Virginia needs a strong, proven leader we can trust. I am proud to stand with George Allen and give him my full endorsement.”

Delegate-Elect Joseph Yost, Blacksburg
“George Allen is a proven leader. He has the courage, integrity, and character we need in Washington. As our Senator, George Allen will fight for our families, faith, and freedom. He will work hard to bring jobs to Virginia, stimulate our economy and keep taxes low."
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.