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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Peter Gleick Fits The Mold

It somehow seems fitting.  To many of us who have followed the ongoing "global warming" debate - such as it has been allowed to be a debate by the open-minded Left in this country - the theory that took on a life of its own and - somehow - became a social and political movement (call it "global warming" or "climate change " or "hey, we got weather") is based on a fraud.  Manipulated (and discarded) data.  Wild, unfounded, now-discredited computer models.  Ever ... evolving ... predictions of certain planetary doom.  Obfuscations.  Recriminations.  Plotting.  Deceiving.

A fraud.

Now we find out that one of the theory's/movement's leading proponents, Peter Gleick, is himself a fraud.

See "Peter Gleick Confesses to Obtaining Heartland Documents Under False Pretenses."

And be ashamed for the scientific community.

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As for the Heartland Institute, its leadership knows how to deal with fraudsters:
Statement by The Heartland Institute on Peter Gleick Confession

"Earlier this evening, Peter Gleick, a prominent figure in the global warming movement, confessed to stealing electronic documents from The Heartland Institute in an attempt to discredit and embarrass a group that disagrees with his views.

"Gleick's crime was a serious one. The documents he admits stealing contained personal information about Heartland staff members, donors, and allies, the release of which has violated their privacy and endangered their personal safety.

"An additional document Gleick represented as coming from The Heartland Institute, a forged memo purporting to set out our strategies on global warming, has been extensively cited by newspapers and in news releases and articles posted on Web sites and blogs around the world. It has caused major and permanent damage to the reputations of The Heartland Institute and many of the scientists, policy experts, and organizations we work with.

"A mere apology is not enough to undo the damage.

"In his statement, Gleick claims he committed this crime because he believed The Heartland Institute was preventing a "rational debate" from taking place over global warming. This is unbelievable. Heartland has repeatedly asked for real debate on this important topic. Gleick himself was specifically invited to attend a Heartland event to debate global warming just days before he stole the documents. He turned down the invitation.

"Gleick also claims he did not write the forged memo, but only stole the documents to confirm the content of the memo he received from an anonymous source. This too is unbelievable. Many independent commentators already have concluded the memo was most likely written by Gleick.

"We hope Gleick will make a more complete confession in the next few days.

"We are consulting with legal counsel to determine our next steps and plan to release a more complete statement about the situation tomorrow. In the meantime, we ask again that publishers, bloggers, and Web site hosts take the stolen and fraudulent documents off their sites, remove defamatory commentary based on them, and issue retractions."  [link]
It would be sweet irony if the Heartland Institute, under attack in recent days for being "exposed" as getting its funding from right-wing (think Big Oil and the Koch Brothers!) slugs, obtains funding in the future from left-wing zealots like Peter Gleich and his Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security through the court system and a successful defamation suit.

Here's to the Heartland Institute and a successful scorched earth* legal crusade.

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"A mere apology is not enough to undo the damage." Get your wallet out, big guy.

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This speaks volumes.  Until days ago Peter Gleick was chairman of the Taskforce on Scientific Ethics.

Hilarious.  In a shaming sort of way.

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Megan McArdle (herself a global warmist): "Gleick has done enormous damage to his [she means "our"] cause and his own reputation, and it's no good to say that people shouldn't be focusing on it. If his judgement is this bad, how is his judgement on matters of science? For that matter, what about the judgement of all the others in the movement who apparently see nothing worth dwelling on in his actions?"

Second thoughts, Megan? Suddenly concerned about the company you keep?

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* I love words!

Who Says We Don't Honor Them With a Parade?

No, you'll not see our Iraq War veterans respected by the mayors of New York City, Baltimore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, or Philadelphia - Democrats all* - with parades down their cities' main thoroughfares.

But that's not to say that America isn't honoring them with showers of affection as our brave troops return triumphant from a long and costly - and victorious - war.

Via Michelle Malkin - a video capturing the mightiest fighting force ever known to humankind receiving a hero's welcome on their return from the front:

"The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
  -- John Stuart Mill --

Here's to those who have proven themselves to be better men - and women - than the mayors -scoundrels, lowlifes, and worms all - of all those cities.

* New York's mayor is Michael Bloomberg.  Like I said ...

He's Risen Above His Office

Can you imagine any other governor in the country putting together a video like this?

Chris Christie - the slayer of dragons, union officials, and news media types - has become larger than life.*

* Figuratively and literally.  Someone needs to tell him to lay off the Krispy Kremes.

What, Americans Aren't Fleeing Fast Enough?

Good God:

President Obama's 2013 budget is the gift that keeps on giving—to government. One buried surprise is his proposal to triple the tax rate on corporate dividends which, believe it or not, is higher than in his previous budgets.

Want to collect those higher taxes, Barack?  You might, then, want to stop downsizing the Navy.  You're going to need it if you're going to pry those dollars out of the hands of America's wealthy former citizens who have moved to the Caymans.

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By the way, I'd love to hear our president square that plan with this one:

Obama to propose lowering corporate tax rate to 28 percent

What, he wants to lessen the burden on corporations but triple it for those who might earn dividends from them?

The Obama years will be characterized by historians as being years of profound chaos brought about by executive ignorance.  Those years will certainly include 2012.

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What Obama is too stupid to grasp: From the article, "Obama's Dividend Assault":

"Keep in mind that dividends are paid to shareholders only after the corporation pays taxes on its profits. So assuming a maximum 35% corporate tax rate and a 44.8% dividend tax, the total tax on corporate earnings passed through as dividends would be 64.1%. "

Who wouldn't want to get a piece of that action by risking their entire worldly savings on an investment in a corporation with an effective tax rate - if all goes well - like that?

Singapore, here our money comes!

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Obama could learn the lesson the Brits are learning right now.  He won't but he could:
50% tax rate 'failing to boost revenues’
London Telegraph

The Treasury received £10.35 billion in income tax payments from those paying by self-assessment last month, a drop of £509 million compared with January 2011. Most other taxes produced higher revenues over the same period.

Senior sources said that the first official figures indicated that there had been “manoeuvring” by well-off Britons to avoid the new higher rate. The figures will add to pressure on the Coalition to drop the levy amid fears it is forcing entrepreneurs to relocate abroad. [link]


What do you want to bet, the geniuses at the Washington Post can find a distinction to make here:

WashPost Runs Cartoon Depicting Drunken Bishop, Refused to Run Strip by Same Artist Mocking Muhammad

I'll do their work for them.  Here's my reasoning: Christians are generally a peace-loving people. They wouldn't drive over to Washington D.C., drag the editors of that rag out into the street, and cut the heads off of those who have no problem blaspheming God.

I guess their reasoning cowardice is understandable after all.

Comedy Central

[Obama spokesman] Jay Carney: Hey, Obama didn’t cancel the Keystone pipeline, Republicans did

Kaine Want Virginia To Be California

A fiscal basket case, in other words.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has weathered the Bush/Obama economic storm better than any other state in the Union.  Especially those that had been - and in the case of California, still are - burdening their citizens with exorbitant taxes that stifled any opportunity for growth.  Democrat states.  Illinois.  Michigan.  Oregon.  Rhode Island.

So what does Senate candidate Tim Kaine propose that the Commonwealth do to take it to the next level?

Kaine: Be like Illinois and Michigan and Oregon and Rhode Island - and California - and raise taxes.

And like the United States of America, a nation in fiscal peril.

Because high taxes made life so swell for the people living in those states of chaos and despair.

We don't need any more Kaines in Washington.  The city that made the mess America find itself in is full of them.