Discredited Scientific Theory Receives Yet Another Blow

January 26, 2010


Those poor AGW “scientists” and their supporters. The whole ClimateGate scandal was bad enough, with the embarrassing release of emails from the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit which strongly suggest that scientists there conspired to hide research results detrimental to the claims of man-made global warming, and to discover ways to “fix” the outcome of experiments to support the agendas of  major global-warming advocacy groups desperate to show that global warming is real.

Then came GlacierGate:

…in which it is revealed that a prediction in the last international panel report that the Himalayan glaciers could all disappear by 2035 was wildly exaggerated. Some of the biggest glaciers in the Himalayas are so massive and so high it would actually take them 300 years to melt.

It was a grievous error, and the way it got into the panel’s 2007 report only compounded the offence. It was based on a casual remark by a single Indian scientist, Syed Hasnain, that found its way into a World Wildlife Fund study (which gave it the respectability of appearing in print), and thence into the panel’s 2007 report.

To add idiocy to the insult and injury above, we now have AmazonGate! James Delingpole of the Telegraph reports that:

…not content with having lied to us about shrinking glaciers, increasing hurricanes, and rising sea levels, the IPCC’s latest assessment report also told us a complete load of porkies about the danger posed by climate change to the Amazon rainforest.

Amazingly Predictably, the path leads right back to ClimateGate and the IPCC (support the agendas of major global-warming advocacy groups) as well as to GlacierGate (using an advocacy group’s suspect “report” as a basis for scientific conclusion).

And just what is AmazonGate? Within the IPCC report is an alarming claim that as much as 40% of the Amazon rainforests could be affected (adversely, of course) by even a slight reduction in precipitation. While this claim sounds both drastic and sweeping, it turns out that this claim is from another WWF study. Written by learned climate scientists? Of course not! Written by a policy wonk and a freelance journalist, to advance a specific agenda, with no scientific basis at all.

How long will it take for the sheer ineptitude of these so-called “climate scientists” to pull down the whole “global warming” scam? I mean, even Al Gore isn’t this stupid. Is he?


UPDATE: HotAir is on the case as well.

UPDATE II: More excellent information on AmazonGate can be found at EU Referendum here and here.

H/T: FreeRepublic

Bipartisan Commission Gives Obama “F”

January 26, 2010

 Obama Gets “F” For Failing To Protect U.S. From Bio-Terror 

"It's Not About Me..."

 President Obama’s failure as POTUS is now documented by a bipartison commission. In an article published today on  Fox News,  Judith Miller writes:

 In a 19-page report card being published Tuesday, the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism, chaired by former Senators Bob Graham, a Democrat from Florida, and Jim Talent, a Missouri Republican, gives the new administration the grade of “F” for failing to take key steps the commission outlined just over a year ago in its initial report.

Say, isn’t that a rather important part of his job? Maybe if he wasn’t spending so much time:  

  • Picking Czars and Czardines in order to bypass those pesky Senate confirmation hearings 
  • Trying to spend us into oblivion with a pork-riddled stimulus package nobody read before signing 
  • Nationalizing banks and automakers
  • Scheming behind closed doors how to force-feed us a Health Care Reform program the vast majority don’t want
  • Attempting to shove Cap and Trade down our throats
  • Traveling around the world embarassing us with the SAY WHAT tour (Symbolic All-Year World Healing Apology Tour)
  • Reminding us in speech after speech that it’s not about him…

 …perhaps he’d have had time to follow the recommendations that were provided to him last year: 

Specifically, the commission concludes that the Obama administration… has failed to pay consistent and urgent attention to increasing the nation’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to a germ attack that would inflict massive casualties on the nation. 

In fairness, the commission faults the past three administrations (Both Bush administrations and the Clinton Administration) for having “failed to pay consistent and urgent attention to increasing the nation’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to a germ attack that would inflict massive casualties on the nation.”

  But Obama’s administration was the first to have the benefit of a report with recommendations to be followed. None of the recommendations were acted on.

 In, perhaps, the most chilling condemnation of the report, the commission states:

“[U]nless nations acted decisively and urgently, it was more likely than not that a WMD will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013, and that the terrorists’ weapon of choice would be biological, rather than nuclear.” 

The commission cited how the Obama administration’s delayed response to the H1N1 virus demonstrated that the U.S. was “woefully behind in its ability to rapidly produce rapidly vaccines and therapeutics, essential steps for adequately responding to a biological threat, whether natural or man-made.” 

The report also mentioned that, even though Obama’s administration had time to prepare, the epidemic peaked “before most Americans had access to vaccine.” Considering that a bio-terrorist attack would likely provide no warning, this is not very comforting.

 I doubt we’ll hear POTUS address this during his State of the Union message. 

 Several days ago, while addressing a jobs and economic town hall meeting in Elyria, Ohio, President Obama insisted, ‘It’s not about me, folks…” as he repeatedly referred to himself throughout what amounted to just another empty campaign speech. 

 Well, when it comes to failing to protect our country, it IS about you, Mr. President.  Read the report. And this is one failure you can’t try to palm off on George W. Bush. That dog just won’t hunt anymore.

 This report is all about you, Mr. President.

 Gerry Ashley

Aid To Haiti: Heroes And Villains

January 26, 2010

Where’s Hugo when he’s really needed?

There are those who step up to the plate in times of crisis. Then there are those who simply turn their heads and pretend not to see. This is what separates the “Do-ers” from the “Talkers.”

Case in point: When Haiti was struck by the devastating 7.0+ Earthquake on January 12th, the United States was amongst the first to respond with aid in the form of search and rescue, medical and food–as usual. Other countries were also quick to respond, but the bulk of the assistance arrived from the U.S. This should come as no surprise, given our response to the tsunami victims several years ago as well as all the other international tragedies requiring humanitarian response. It’s what we do.

It should also come as no surprise that there are those who are eager to criticize us. The man President Obama wanted so desperately to be buddies with in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, wins the prize as the world’s biggest absentee and hypocrite. 

To date, Venezuela has donated absolutely nothing to the relief efforts in Haiti, while the Unites States has made the largest contribution in money, food, supplies and military support. The military support is for the sole purpose of helping to provide security in the stricken area where desperation has caused people to resort to unspeakable brutality on each other as they scramble for food, shelter and aid.

Here’s a breakdown of the top countries making donations to the relief effort:  Read the rest of this entry »

One More Broken Promise… Just Add It To the List

January 25, 2010


Yup, yup, yup… Does the following sound familiar?

“I will finally end the abuse of no-bid contracts once and for all,” the senator told a Grand Rapids audience on Oct. 2. “The days of sweetheart deals for Halliburton will be over when I’m in the White House.”

That was from an Oct. 2nd speech in Grand Rapids from none other Barack Obama. Well… It’s no great surprise that he broke this promise too… From Michelle Malkin:

“No corruption-scented no-bid contracts…except for Barack Obama’s own cronies, that is…”

So let’s just add that to the list (I know I’ve forgotten a few items):

  • POTUS promised not to sign a bill until folks had five days to read it… Not so with SCHIP and so many other initiatives
  • He promised to stop torture, but continues to use rendition
  • What happened to transparency and C-Span?
  • Back in April 2009, the White House claimed that Obama was unaware of the Tea Parties… You have got to be kidding.

And so it goes. Hey liberals of the nation… Is this the change you were expecting? Liberals, if you could go back to early November of 2008, before the presidential elections, and gaze into that crystal ball and see the stuff above, would you still have put Obama in office? FWIW… You might be wise to follow our lead here in Massachusetts in the future.

Alan Speakman

That’s Got To Hurt!

January 25, 2010


From Joe Fitzgerald in today’s Boston Herald:

Do we look at Janet Napolitano and feel safe? No.

Do we look at Tim Geithner and feel prosperous? No.

Do we look at Eric Holder and feel united? No.

When we look at our borders, our economy, our troops in harm’s way, do we then look at this president and the people who surround him and feel we’re in good hands? No.

It’s finally dawning on him that we can no longer be appeased by the turning of a clever phrase.

He [Obama] came here a week ago yesterday expecting to sweep us off our feet in behalf of Martha Coakley, only to find that for the third time in recent months – four if you count his failed Olympic plea – his endorsement meant nothing.

Truth be told, when it comes to political coattails, this president’s now wearing a tank top. [emphasis mine]

Well, even if the MSM isn’t up to actual reporting, it’s good to see a writer get in a bit of snark every once in a while.


H/T: Commenter Josie

Doing The Job The MSM Won’t Do

January 25, 2010


Bloggers: doing the job the mainstream media won’t do.

Today’s Inside the Beltway column at the Washington Examiner reports that in 2009, mainstream media outlets proved to be far more interested in protecting President Obama from criticism than actually reporting on his policies and decisions.

“Instead of acting as government watchdogs holding the people in power accountable, the nation’s broadcast news networks deliberately suppressed and de facto censored embarrassing scoops — at least until President Obama or Congress took action and made them impossible to ignore,” says Tim Graham of the Media Research Center, which publishes a lengthy study of the trend Monday.

“This resistance to real news extended even to newspapers like the Washington Post and the New York Times, which are supposed to be more substantive and thorough than highly paid TV news talking heads or unpaid bloggers,” Mr. Graham says. “The news was not only slow in arriving, it was fast in disappearing.”

And so it fell to the bloggers to report on news like communist Van Jones, the weird science of ClimateGate, ACORN’s assistance to pimps and prostitutes, and the cult of Mao admiration in the White House.

And now in 2010, bloggers continue to push stories that the mainstream media won’t touch, beginning with the Ellie Light Astroturf story which broke last week, and has been covered in depth so far only by blogs, whose astute readers and commenters have added reams of information to what was originally simply an odd story published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

An army of Davids have been busily looking for Ellie Light, and while they haven’t found her in person, they have found her identical pro-Obama letters to the editor in newspapers in 31 states; in each case Ms. Light claimed to be a resident of the circulation area of the newspaper to which she wrote.

And while they were looking for Ellie Light, they also found Mark Spivey, Lars Deerman, Jen Park, and Jan Chen, among others, all of whom have had identical letters published in various newspapers around the country.

Does this remind anyone of the almost miraculous instance of over 200 newspapers publishing articles with nearly-identical headlines within a 24-hour period that occurred last April? Yep, more astroturfing not covered by our stalwort mainstream “journalists”.

One can only wonder what other stories are being ignored by our third-rate fourth estate. What do you say we try to find out?


The Revolution Will Be Photographed

January 23, 2010

Here in Massachusetts, the revolution continues to bubble. While most Coakley signs are gone from yards, a few Scott Brown signs remain. This one is from a yard down the road that, back in October of 2008, had an Obama sign proudly planted:

Rest assured, Massachusetts (and by extension, America) is not resting on its laurels. Flushed with victory, the grassroots movement has learned its power and is ready to flex its muscles. Give us more good candidates and we will support them in every way we can. It’s not just a Massachusetts thing. By November, perhaps President Obama will get the message:

“…this man doesn’t really understand what the public is telling him. He just thinks we’re “angry.” He’s wrong – we’re furious and we’re furious because he blames everyone but himself and seems psychologically incapable of taking responsibility.

How on earth does such a popular president who has majorities in both houses of Congress (including a supermajority in the Senate) manage to so alienate so many people that the mid-term elections this year are likely to be a disaster for him and his party? Rhetorical question, no answer necessary.

Good people of both parties have had it. There are plenty of places where we can channel our anger constructively — by voting out some bad guys and voting in some good ones. There are a lot of seats at stake here, and some really good contenders. Now that Mr. Brown is going to Washington, we’re looking for a few more good men and women to support.

If you can’t hear us now, you will in November.