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IS THERE NOTHING THAT GEORGE W. BUSH’S INFLUENCE CANNOT TOUCH?

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 2, 2010

I have taken to the ever-growing national past time of blaming former President George W. Bush for every malady, affliction and woe in my life. It just seems to make everything better somehow. Whether it is a physical impediment, an emotional burden or a natural occurrence beyond my control, it feels good to place the blame on the last pre-Messianic Age President ever to serve in the White House.

And it really does feel good – like finally making it to the restroom after holding it for so long.

It’s a relief.

Thus, as I take inventory of all the ills and imperfections on and around me, big and small, the unseemly weight of personal responsibility and accountability is thrust off my sagging shoulders.

Freedom never felt so good.

Those hangnails that sit like surf boards off the side of my big toe can now be blamed on former President Bush. Cracked molars that absorb the cold of ice cream with the subtlety of an anvil to the skull can be attributed to the man who couldn’t say “nuclear.” Volcano eruptions, twelve-car pileups, fragrant flatulence, unsweet cantaloupes and canker sores can all be laid at the feet of the Crawford, Texas King Daddy … and I can finally kick back and focus on writing poetry and complaining about stuff.

Even divorce can be blamed on “W.”

The news of the separation of climate god, Al Gore, and his wife, Tipper, has spread like wild rice on a tea saucer.

It was the latest chapter in the BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) anthology.

From CBS News, via Real Clear Politics, via Zip, at Weasel Zippers:

“It’s been ten years since that oddly public passionate kiss at the Democratic convention. That was followed by Gore winning the popular vote for President but losing the electoral vote. Family friend Sally Quinn says that may have done the marriage irreparable harm.”

QUINN: He obviously suffered a lot. And still is suffering. He’ll never get over that, and neither will she.

George Bush’s election in 2000 did irreparable harm to the Gore’s marriage?

I’m willing to be a sport and accept that there are a host of things that can be pinned to the juggernaut that was the evil of George W. Bush – hail storms, gas pains, in-grown hairs, muscular dystrophy, Keanu Reeves – but the break-up of the Gores?

Sure, I can see blaming Bush for the Gulf oil spill, the Tennessee floods, chronic halitosis, third-world hunger, seasons seven through eleven of M*A*S*H and painful rectal itch, but this too? Al and Tipper’s marital demise?

Very well.

Who am I to say any different?

However, reports that cancer is now being linked to Bush cannot be confirmed.

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AND IT DIDN’T EVEN RHYME

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 17, 2009

It wasn’t exactly an appearance by the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, but CBS’s Harry Smith probably needed to put a towel down, or have an extra change of clothes handy. Not unlike a Frankie-crazed bobbysoxer at the Paramount, or a poodle-skirted Elvis devotee, he was mesmerized, caught in the spell of the hypnotic cadence of Al Gore’s exquisitely haunting  lyrics (or is that hauntingly exquisite?).

True, Smith didn’t scream like a teenaged girl; rather, he seemed almost too anesthetized by Gore’s animal charisma to much more than sigh. It isn’t often that a bona fide journalist (for the want of a better word) has the opportunity to allow himself to succumb to the lilting liquidity of free-verse poetry by a former Vice-President on the air. It was reminiscent of two teenagers sitting at a Denny’s late on a Saturday night – the guy is sitting there, brooding, moody, painfully artistic, reading his poems (or song lyrics) to the girl, who is sitting transfixed, heart fluttering, occassionally finding the composure to mutter an awe-inspired “wow,” thinking how amzingly cute and deep he is.

Such was the case on CBS’s Early Show yesterday when Al Gore sat down with the enchanted Harry Smith and read one of his poems.

Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters writes:

…The 23-year CBS veteran journalist, almost like a teenybopper swooning as she approaches a rock star for an autograph, actually asked the former Vice President to read it to him.

When the Global Warmingist-in-Chief was done, Smith said breathlessly, “Wow. I’m so glad you read that…I’m happy to hear it in your voice.”

Readers are advised that Gore is WAY too busy to discuss climate change with John Stossel, and is WAY too busy to answer questions about ClimateGate.

However, he’s NEVER too busy to read poetry to journalists.

When there are no more arguments to make because the theory of a man-made global warming doomsday has been shot full of holes; when your credibility has disintegrated faster than President Obama’s approval ratings; when you are a laughing stock (even among the scientific community); when the sound most associated with you is that of scornful laughter; when almost no one (outside of the hysterical) wants to hear what you have to say anymore, what can you do?

Go on a TV show and read a poem about how you feel about global warming.

What else?

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HOW MANY YEARS IN A “SEVERAL,” MR. GORE?

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 15, 2009

At the risk of sounding naïve to some, I honestly do think Al Gore believes in the man-made global warming myth that is so associated with him.

I do.

I believe he has thoroughly bought into the poppycock that human beings have the ability to literally alter climatic patterns on the Earth, and that the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. He has so succumbed to the hysteria, there is nothing – including the coming of another Ice Age – that could sway him otherwise. He believes what he believes, no matter what the data truly reveals. Whatever has to be done to relate the urgency of the matter to the rest of the world, he will make sure it gets done. To him, and the other enviro-fascists, the end always justifies the means.

Think about the “ClimateGate” scandal for a moment. Is there anyone who truly thinks that the overlords of man-made global warming – Phil Jones, Michael Mann, et al – don’t believe in the impending doom of man-made global warming? Does anyone truly believe they are completely faking their belief in the whole thing? That they are making it up? Or is their conviction so deep – so ingrained – that when data is collected that tends not support their doomsday theories, they harbor no guilt or feel no ethical dilemma whatsoever in making whatever adjustments are necessary to help corroborate what they already accept as fact. That the data may not be temporarily cooperating should never keep a good crisis from going to waste.

As certain as Al Gore is that human beings are destroying the planet, regardless of the reality, he still could use a decent fact-checker or continuity director, or at least someone who is willing to stop him before he makes an ass out of himself.

Again.

The former Vice-President, while speaking at Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, informed the audience that Arctic ice could be a thing of the past in as little as five years. The world is warming at such a frightening clip, he warned, that the North Pole could be nothing but water in a half-decade’s time.

Hannah Devlin, Ben Webster, Philippe Naughton of the Times Online write:

Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years. In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”

However, the climatologist whose work Mr. Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast. “It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.

As one blogger at the Times Online noted: “Antarctica has added nearly two million square miles of ice in the past 30 years. Why is it that Gore never mentions that?”

The fact that Dr. Maslowski publicly embarrassed Gore is one thing. But what immediately struck me about this hyper-gaffe is Gore’s claim that the ice caps will be gone in five to seven years from “ballpark” information he received from Maslowski “several years ago.”

Several years ago?

So, several years ago, the Arctic ice was supposed to be gone in several years?

How many years in a “several”?

Shouldn’t the fact that there is still ice up there “several” years after the fact set off any bells in Gore’s head?

That was a dumb question. Scratch that.

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TAKE IT BACK FROM AL

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 4, 2009

Pairing the words “Hollywood” and “conservative” is probably enough to send most minds into hourglass mode. To even hear the two used together can trigger cognitive discombobulation. But believe it or not, there are people in the motion picture industry right of center – just like there are players on the New York Mets who can play baseball, and people who do watch MSNBC for pleasure.

With Climategate blasting holes in the already flimsy veneer of man-made global warming, two of those Hollywood “righties,” have spoken up. They are asking that the Oscar won by ex-Vice President (and curator of the Man-Made Global Warming Fraud Workshop), Al Gore, be taken back.

From the Los Angeles Times:

No, it wouldn’t do anything for the environment.

But two Hollywood conservatives (yes, there are some) have called on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to rescind the prestigious, profitable gold Oscar statuette that it gave ex-Vice President Al Gore two years ago for the environmental movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd, both Academy members, are among a small, meandering pack of known political conservatives still believed to be on the loose in the liberal bastion of movie-making.

In 2007, the Academy sanctified Gore’s cinematic message of global warming with its famous statue, enriched his earnings by $100,000 per 85-minute appearance and helped elevate the Tennessean’s profile to win the Nobel Peace Prize despite losing the election battle of 2000 to a Texan and living in a large house with lots of energy-driven appliances.

Chetwynd and Simon were prompted to make their hopeless demand this week by the leak two weeks ago of a blizzard of British academic e-mails purporting to show that scientists at the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit systematically falsified data to document the appearance of global warming in recent years.

And now that he has cancelled his appearance at next week’s “We Can Still Save The World Even Though Nothing’s Wrong With It” Summit in Copenhagen, I am left with a disturbing image of Al Gore sitting in one of the corners of his vast greenhouse gas emitting home, rocking back and forth, clutching his Oscar in one hand, his Nobel Peace Prize in the other, mumbling to himself, “I know it’s getting warmer, I know it’s getting warmer. . .”

On the list of things that will never happen, only “reasonable dialogue with terrorists” and “liberal common sense” rank higher.

But it’s a nice thought.

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GORE SAYS HE’S NOT GOING

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 4, 2009

Something came up?

From the “I’m Just Sayin’” file …

I’m not insinuating anything, nor am I drawing any conclusions based on incomplete data – which means I could never be on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I’m not connecting any dots or making claims I can’t substantiate. I’m only saying that it is interesting – I say, interesting – that with only a few more days to go before the World Climate Summit in Copenhagen that the man who made the phrase “global warming” t-shirt worthy, Al Gore, has had a change of plans.

He won’t be going to Copenhagen.

That the inventor of the internet, and the foremost man-made global warming doomsaying non-scientist on two legs, has cancelled his appearance at what would seem to be the defining event of the year for climate change warriors like himself is … well, odd.

But I’m not insinuating anything … and I haven’t used the word Climategate once (except for right there).

Jennifer Harper from the Washington Times writes:

Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday abruptly canceled a Dec. 16 personal appearance that was to be staged during the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which begins next week.

As described in The Washington Times’ Inside the Beltway column Tuesday, the multimedia public event to promote Mr. Gore’s new book, “Our Choice,” included $1,209 VIP tickets that granted the holder a photo opportunity with Mr. Gore and a “light snack.”

Berlingkse Media, a Danish group coordinating ticket sales and publicity for the event, said that “great annoyance” was a factor in the cancellation, along with unforeseen changes in Mr. Gore’s program for the climate summit. The decision affected 3,000 ticket holders.

“We have had a clear-cut agreement, and it is unusual with great disappointment that we have to announce that Al Gore cancels. We had a huge expectation for the event. . . . We do not yet know the detailed reasons for the cancellation,” said Lisbeth Knudsen, CEO of Berlingske Media, in a statement posted by the company.

The ClimateDepot.com, an online news aggregator that tracks global-warming news reports, referred to the situation as “Nopenhagen,” and evidence that popular momentum for the Copenhagen conference “is fading.”

One blogger at the Washington Times website equated this to the Pope deciding not to show up at Christmas Mass.

Nice.

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NEVER BEFORE, SAYS GORE … EVER

Posted by Andrew Roman on October 12, 2009

GoreIt isn’t uncommon for malevolent e-mails to find their way into my ever-unsuspecting “inbox.”

I am regularly asked why I have the effrontery to use the offensive phrase, “liberals and other children” in my hate-filled screed.

Admittedly, I use the expression, in small part, for effect (knowing it will trigger responses). It is rooted, however, in what I feel is an undeniable truth – namely, that liberals don’t bother thinking things through beyond the initial “feel good” step of whatever policy they’re advocating. They don’t bother asking the question, “What happens next?”

It is the sort of unsophisticated, undisciplined, unnuanced approach one would expect from the undeveloped, uncritical, unanalytic mind of a child. While adulthood is about dealing  with, and understanding, consequences, liberalism is almost always about what feels good now.

The great Thomas Sowell calls it a lack of “Stage Two Thinking.”

The other thing that is indicative of modern liberalism is the notion that whatever is happening now is the worst ever seen by human kind. Whatever the situation or circumstance, no matter what has happened before, or what history has shown us, today’s challenges are commonly portrayed as the most extreme ever faced by Americans. Today’s complications and predicaments are unprecedented or unheard of.

Such is the reality when it comes to man-made global warming – or climate change – or whatever the phrase of the month is for liberalism’s latest disaster-to-end-all-disasters fairy-tale.

Last Friday, former Vice President Albert Gore spoke to 500 environmental journalists in Madison, Wisconsin. (I assume these environmental journalists rode their bicycles to the conference, used pens made out of cypress mulch and pomegranate juice, paper made out of regurgitated bovine saliva, and communicated with cups and strings instead of cell phones and lap tops).

Said Gore:

“We’re very close to that political tipping point. Never before in human history has a single generation been asked to make such difficult and consequential decisions.”

***Liberals and other children ALERT***

Words mean things.

“Never before” in all of human history has a generation had to make such difficult decisions.

Never!

In human history!

Powerful stuff, Al.

Whether it was the American Civil War ravaged generation of the 1860s, the American Independence seeking revolutionaries of the 1770s, or the Nazi and Imperial Japan fighting generation of the 1940s, no one in all of recorded existence has had to face the challenges or the “consequential decisions” that the squiggly light bulb generation is having to deal with today. The invasion of the European continent by the Allies in June, 1944 seems so inconsequential compared to the inherent dilemmas of paper or plastic. The decisions that led to the defeat and subsequent demise of the Soviet Union pale in comparison to the perplexities of multi-ply or single-ply toilet tissue. And if there is as mystifying an issue as to whether or not to succumb to the evil of notching up the thermostat during the winter, I am not aware of it.

Also interesting to note from the Gore chat is this little exercise in open and honest debate. From the Wisconsin State Journal:

Gore has been criticized for not publicly debating his position since the release of his 2006 Oscar-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

In what organizers said was a rarity, Gore took half a dozen questions from journalists, including one from Phelim McAleer, an Irish filmmaker who asked Gore to address nine errors in his film identified by a British court in 2007.

Gore responded that the court ruling supported the showing of his film in British schools. When McAleer tried to debate further, his microphone was cut off by the moderators.

You don’t say.

Cut off by the moderators?

Has this been fact-checked?

Maybe it was a loose wire.

Or someone on Dick Cheney’s payroll.

In other news, record-low temperatures are threatening to destroy some of this season’s crop of potatoes in Idaho; record cold temperatures are being seen in Western Montana; and even in Austria, they are seeing the earliest snowfall ever recorded there.

Dammit, pay attention to your carbon footprints, people!

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AN INCONSISTENT TRUTH

Posted by Andrew Roman on March 31, 2009

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Is there a word more overused – or rather, misused than “hypocrite?” Somehow, worse than almost anything else that a human being can do or be, there is practically nothing that can compare morally, or is as downright ugly or unforgivable as being a hypocrite. Once that label has been given to someone, it clings insistently, like being labeled a racist, a homophobe or an environmental crusader (which, by the way, carries more weight than being a hypocrite, as I will explain momentarily).

Without equivocation, I despise genuine hypocrisy as much as anyone. With equal fervor, however, I hate seeing the excessive maltreatment of the word by people who don’t know how to make a cohesive and substantive argument otherwise. Governor Sarah Palin is a strong and steadfast conservative, and the very fact that her teenage daughter became pregnant out of wedlock and has since “broken up” with the baby’s father has propelled the laptop hammering left into action. Liberal blogs everywhere have unleashed on the Palins, attacking them incessantly as hypocrites.

So much for the party of compassion.

The distinction needs to be made between being inconsistent and being a downright hypocrite. Indeed, I have done things – as has each and every human being in existence – that are inconsistent with my values. It is intrinsic to being the flawed creatures we are. To veer away from paths we know are wrong for us, or are contrary to personal convictions, is not always possible.

That’s the way it is.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to the human being. I’d like to introduce you to inconsistency.

To be inconsistent does not mean the value system being compromised is invalid. It means that human beings are not perfect. Unfortunately, the ever-adamant smear merchants who exist in the blogosphere and elsewhere are quick to pounce on a human failing and run with it. If a flaw exists in someone, they reason, then all of the positions and advocacies associated with that person must also be contradictory. By that logic, if someone robs a convenience store knowing that theft is against the law, the law is invalid and should then be repealed.

Sometimes, the strength of a good message cannot adequately dissuade the bad behavior of those that wish to adhere to it. An evangelist, for instance, who weakens and seeks out sexual pleasure outside of marriage could be called inconsistent (and certainly an adulterer), despite all the good he does preaching to the contrary.

If, for the sake of argument, talk show host Rush Limbaugh, during the time of his addiction to pain killers, continued to speak passionately about the evils of doing drugs, as he always had, but instead of trying to deal with the addiction and admit his weakness, tried to rationalize his narcotic use on the air and get himself off the hook with his listeners, wouldn’t that be indicative of more than sheer inconsistency? In other words, if Rush played the “It’s okay for me, but not for you” card, wouldn’t that be a true hypocrite?

I think a good case can be made for it.

As I alluded to earlier, as much as the word “hypocrite” will stick with someone once the label is given, to be called an environmentalist crusader will trump even that.

Climate Lord Al Gore, forever saturated in his tempest of carbon credits and looming global disaster, is the text-book definition of a hypocrite – complete with his fossil-fuel burning jets that whisk him around the world, his home that consumes more energy in a month than some entire neighborhoods, and his quickness to tell everyone else to curb their own energy consumption while spreading the word to the four corners that saving the planet is the greatest battle of our time. That goes way beyond inconsistent. In his case, it is truly a case of, “It’s okay for me, but not for you.”

In the case of the pregnancy of young Bristol Palin there was not so much as a hint of, “This is okay for me, but not for you.”

How ironic it is, in this case, that if the pregnancy would have been terminated, the left would not have given a second thought for the child that was killed, but would have spent all its time going on and on about hypocrisy of the act – and would have actually been correct this time.

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QUICK FOLLOW UP – IRREVERSIBLE GLOBAL WARMING IS HERE

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 28, 2009

As the Earth spirals violently to its demise as a result of irreversible man-made Global Warming, snow storms have taken the lives of at least nineteen people and have left nearly a million without electricity across the country. Meanwhile, Al Gore is braving the wintry mess to tell Congress that the current financial crisis should not draw attention – or funding – away from the fight against Global Warming.

There is no better example of irony – or idiocy – available.

From Fox News.com:

A destructive winter storm that has left more than 800,000 customers in the dark barreled into the Northeast on Wednesday, delaying flights and turning the morning rush into the morning slush as communities braced for the worst.

The storm has been blamed for at least 20 deaths and a glaze of ice and snow caused widespread power failures from the Southern Plains to the East Coast. Authorities said it could be a week before some communities have electricity again.

Tree limbs encased in ice tumbled onto roads and crashed onto power lines in hard-hit Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma on Tuesday and overnight. In Arkansas — where ice was 3 inches thick in some places — people huddled next to portable heaters and wood-burning fires as utilities warned electricity may be out for a week or more.

Recall that the effects of Global Warming have been officially declared “largely irreversible” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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ON GLOBAL WARMING, ONE QUESTION FOR OBAMA

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 5, 2009

the quest to end denial

the quest to end denial

To start off, let me point out that, as of this writing, it is minus-36 degrees in Fairbanks, Alaska. The high temperature today was minus-28.

Just thought I’d throw that in.

Anyway…

Remember when Barack Obama vowed to end Global Warming denial? (Not just the “earth on the brink of death” ill-effects of the warming itself, but the denial of it).

Back on December 9th of last year, the next President of the United States met in Chicago with the guy who used to be the next President of the United States (and Joe Biden, too) in order to chew on some stale Global Warming snack crackers and reaffirm what will be the Obama Administration’s official policy on hysteria – that the battle against those who continue to deny that the planet is in danger must be swift, vigorous and unrelenting.

The hour-long get-together with Al Gore and Biden prompted The One to say:

“All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over. The time for denial is over. We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. That is what I intend my administration to do.”

A month before that, at an event hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (who famously said “We simply must do everything in our power to slow down global warming before it’s too late”), Obama (in a pre-recorded video message) proclaimed:

The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We’ve seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season.

That sea levels are rising at the same rate they have been for three hundred years shouldn’t be allowed to cloud the issue, of course.

And as Christopher Booker – journalist and author who has sharply criticized the claims of global warming alarmists – wrote in the UK’s Telegraph in November:

Far from global warming having increased the number of droughts, the very opposite is the case. The most comprehensive study (Narisma et al, 2007) showed that, of the 20th century’s 30 major drought episodes, 22 were in the first six decades, with only five between 1961 and 1980. The most recent two decades produced just three.

Recall back in October, 2007 when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blamed the California wild fires on global warming:

“As you know, one reason that we have the fires burning in Southern California is global warming. One reason the Colorado Basin is going dry is because of global warming.”

And who can forget this golden nugget from February of last year, spoken by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

Terrorists kill people, weapons of mass destruction have the potential to kill enormous numbers of people, global warming has the potential to kill everybody. This is really just as lethal, it’s just that the results are something we will face long term.

It looks like terrorism is number two with a bullet on the Bloomy Hit Parade.

All of this certitude is setting up a whole lot of people – including the next Chief Executive of the United States – to fall like Niagara flat on their panicked kissers.

My one question, if afforded the opportunity to pose it to our next Commander-In-Chief, would be: Have you, sir, ever actually read any peer-reviewed articles, heard any counter-arguments from any of a multitude of respected scientists, or reviewed any position papers that question the entire man-made global warming position?

Fair question, no?

To this day, there is no scientific evidence of any kind proving that increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere lead to warming. In fact, there is more to suggest the reverse is true – that higher CO2 levels have historically followed temperature increases.

In Canada, according to Barry Cooper of the Calgary Herald, the hysteria of Global Warming may be entering a new phase:

globe_2025jan06As James Peden, an atmospheric physicist, said, many scientists “are now searching for a way to back out quietly” from global-warming fearmongering, “without having their professional careers ruined.”

The crux of it is that major research grants and, in this country, prestigious Canada Research Chairs, have been awarded on the assumption something must be done to stop CO2 from destroying the world.

There was even worse news for those who believed in human-caused climate change. Up to now most of the debate, including the notorious intellectual swindle of the hockey stick graph, amounted to what paleoclimatologist Ian Clark called “wiggle watching” –matching the ups and downs of temperature with the ups and downs of CO2 or, say, sun spots. Until recently there was no experimental evidence to decide which wiggle was worth watching.

In 2006, experiments at the Danish National Space Center provided evidence that changes in the magnetic field of the sun can affect not CO2 but water vapour–clouds–which are responsible for up to 95 per cent of the warmth that keeps Earth habitable. Last year the implications finally sunk in.

One has to wonder how long it will take until the community of squiggly-light-bulb green-o-crats, Kyoto knuckleheads, and hysteria-starved mercury jockeys realize that two plus two does not equal twelve – and that includes The One, Senator John McCain, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paris Hilton, the dolts who run NBC, Elmo from Sesame Street and anyone else mule-headed enough (insert “dumb,” if you like) to stick with this crap.

Like the screeching delirium caused by the threat of homosexual AIDS wiping out large portions of the American population or the shutdown of the entire Western Hemisphere due to the apocalyptic “Y2K” bug, today’s madness – “Global Warming” (or “Climate Change” or “Doomsday – Part Eighteen”) – will be, within most of our lifetimes, exposed as the profound and ridiculous fraud it is, one of the greatest snow jobs (pun intended) ever contrived.

A nice try by the anti-technology, anti-industry, anti-capitalist, anti-big business carbon-credit counters, but it won’t fly for very much longer – except, of course, in universities, public schools, on television, in popular music and motion pictures and anywhere where idiocy is encouraged.

In the meantime, until such a time when the Gore Contingency becomes the fringe on this issue (yeah, right!), people like the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, who believes the man-made global warming disaster is a myth, will be ostracized and kept from the EU mainstream as much as possible, as recently depicted in the Times Online:

The European Union’s new figurehead believes that climate change is a dangerous myth and has compared the union to a Communist state.

The views of President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, 67, have left the government of Mirek Topolanek, his bitter opponent, determined to keep him as far away as possible from the EU presidency, which it took over from France yesterday.

The Czech president, who caused a diplomatic incident by dining with opponents of the EU’s Lisbon treaty on a recent visit to Ireland, has a largely ceremonial role.

But there are already fears that, after the dynamic EU presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy – including his hyper-active attempts at international diplomacy over the credit crisis and Georgia as well as an historic agreement to cut greenhouse gases – the Czech effort will be mired in infighting and overshadowed by the platform it will give to Mr Klaus and his controversial views.

That last sentence is critical.

Note that it is Mr. Klaus’ view – that humankind’s activities are not leading to catastrophic climactic consequences – deemed the controversial position. It is a “consider the source” moment. The “community” viewing him as out of step is, of course, the European Union.

Enough said.

(For those familiar with it, a very famous Twilight Zone episode from 1960, “The Private World of Darkness,” comes to mind).

I wonder if Barack Obama has a backup plan – a “jettison” option, if you will – on any references he may make to “global warming” during his inaugural speech – just in case wind chills are hovering around zero on January 20th.

No need to look silly on your first day.

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ON GLOBAL WARMING, ONE QUESTION FOR OBAMA

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 5, 2009

the quest to end denial

the quest to end denial

To start off, let me point out that, as of this writing, it is minus-36 degrees in Fairbanks, Alaska. The high temperature today was minus-28.

Just thought I’d throw that in.

Anyway…

Remember when Barack Obama vowed to end Global Warming denial? (Not just the “earth on the brink of death” ill-effects of the warming itself, but the denial of it).

Back on December 9th of last year, the next President of the United States met in Chicago with the guy who used to be the next President of the United States (and Joe Biden, too) in order to chew on some stale Global Warming snack crackers and reaffirm what will be the Obama Administration’s official policy on hysteria – that the battle against those who continue to deny that the planet is in danger must be swift, vigorous and unrelenting.

The hour-long get-together with Al Gore and Biden prompted The One to say:

“All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over. The time for denial is over. We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. That is what I intend my administration to do.”

A month before that, at an event hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (who famously said “We simply must do everything in our power to slow down global warming before it’s too late”), Obama (in a pre-recorded video message) proclaimed:

The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We’ve seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season.

That sea levels are rising at the same rate they have been for three hundred years shouldn’t be allowed to cloud the issue, of course.

And as Christopher Booker – journalist and author who has sharply criticized the claims of global warming alarmists – wrote in the UK’s Telegraph in November:

Far from global warming having increased the number of droughts, the very opposite is the case. The most comprehensive study (Narisma et al, 2007) showed that, of the 20th century’s 30 major drought episodes, 22 were in the first six decades, with only five between 1961 and 1980. The most recent two decades produced just three.

Recall back in October, 2007 when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blamed the California wild fires on global warming:

“As you know, one reason that we have the fires burning in Southern California is global warming. One reason the Colorado Basin is going dry is because of global warming.”

And who can forget this golden nugget from February of last year, spoken by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

Terrorists kill people, weapons of mass destruction have the potential to kill enormous numbers of people, global warming has the potential to kill everybody. This is really just as lethal, it’s just that the results are something we will face long term.

It looks like terrorism is number two with a bullet on the Bloomy Hit Parade.

All of this certitude is setting up a whole lot of people – including the next Chief Executive of the United States – to fall like Niagara flat on their panicked kissers.

My one question, if afforded the opportunity to pose it to our next Commander-In-Chief, would be: Have you, sir, ever actually read any peer-reviewed articles, heard any counter-arguments from any of a multitude of respected scientists, or reviewed any position papers that question the entire man-made global warming position?

Fair question, no?

To this day, there is no scientific evidence of any kind proving that increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere lead to warming. In fact, there is more to suggest the reverse is true – that higher CO2 levels have historically followed temperature increases.

In Canada, according to Barry Cooper of the Calgary Herald, the hysteria of Global Warming may be entering a new phase:

globe_2025jan06As James Peden, an atmospheric physicist, said, many scientists “are now searching for a way to back out quietly” from global-warming fearmongering, “without having their professional careers ruined.”

The crux of it is that major research grants and, in this country, prestigious Canada Research Chairs, have been awarded on the assumption something must be done to stop CO2 from destroying the world.

There was even worse news for those who believed in human-caused climate change. Up to now most of the debate, including the notorious intellectual swindle of the hockey stick graph, amounted to what paleoclimatologist Ian Clark called “wiggle watching” –matching the ups and downs of temperature with the ups and downs of CO2 or, say, sun spots. Until recently there was no experimental evidence to decide which wiggle was worth watching.

In 2006, experiments at the Danish National Space Center provided evidence that changes in the magnetic field of the sun can affect not CO2 but water vapour–clouds–which are responsible for up to 95 per cent of the warmth that keeps Earth habitable. Last year the implications finally sunk in.

One has to wonder how long it will take until the community of squiggly-light-bulb green-o-crats, Kyoto knuckleheads, and hysteria-starved mercury jockeys realize that two plus two does not equal twelve – and that includes The One, Senator John McCain, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paris Hilton, the dolts who run NBC, Elmo from Sesame Street and anyone else mule-headed enough (insert “dumb,” if you like) to stick with this crap.

Like the screeching delirium caused by the threat of homosexual AIDS wiping out large portions of the American population or the shutdown of the entire Western Hemisphere due to the apocalyptic “Y2K” bug, today’s madness – “Global Warming” (or “Climate Change” or “Doomsday – Part Eighteen”) – will be, within most of our lifetimes, exposed as the profound and ridiculous fraud it is, one of the greatest snow jobs (pun intended) ever contrived.

A nice try by the anti-technology, anti-industry, anti-capitalist, anti-big business carbon-credit counters, but it won’t fly for very much longer – except, of course, in universities, public schools, on television, in popular music and motion pictures and anywhere where idiocy is encouraged.

In the meantime, until such a time when the Gore Contingency becomes the fringe on this issue (yeah, right!), people like the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, who believes the man-made global warming disaster is a myth, will be ostracized and kept from the EU mainstream as much as possible, as recently depicted in the Times Online:

The European Union’s new figurehead believes that climate change is a dangerous myth and has compared the union to a Communist state.

The views of President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, 67, have left the government of Mirek Topolanek, his bitter opponent, determined to keep him as far away as possible from the EU presidency, which it took over from France yesterday.

The Czech president, who caused a diplomatic incident by dining with opponents of the EU’s Lisbon treaty on a recent visit to Ireland, has a largely ceremonial role.

But there are already fears that, after the dynamic EU presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy – including his hyper-active attempts at international diplomacy over the credit crisis and Georgia as well as an historic agreement to cut greenhouse gases – the Czech effort will be mired in infighting and overshadowed by the platform it will give to Mr Klaus and his controversial views.

That last sentence is critical.

Note that it is Mr. Klaus’ view – that humankind’s activities are not leading to catastrophic climactic consequences – deemed the controversial position. It is a “consider the source” moment. The “community” viewing him as out of step is, of course, the European Union.

Enough said.

(For those familiar with it, a very famous Twilight Zone episode from 1960, “The Private World of Darkness,” comes to mind).

I wonder if Barack Obama has a backup plan – a “jettison” option, if you will – on any references he may make to “global warming” during his inaugural speech – just in case wind chills are hovering around zero on January 20th.

No need to look silly on your first day.

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TOO COLD TO BE ANYTHING BUT GLOBAL WARMING

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 21, 2008

global_warming_or_global_coolingAdmittedly, the ornery side of me wonders if every now and again, from the privacy of his organically constructed eco-friendly multimedia room, Al Gore lets loose with a “Dammit!” or two (or maybe something with a little more octane) when he hears about the debilitating ice storms plaguing entire sections of the country.

You’d think Gore would be grinding the enamel off his teeth when stories about snowstorms in Las Vegas and New Orleans cross the wire. I could even see him pouting like a baby aboard his private jet (the one that whisks him from disaster seminar to disaster seminar) after reading about record-breaking low temperatures being reported across the globe.

Poor Tipper.

I pray she isn’t left to take the brunt of his frustrations as the frosty repercussions of a planet on the brink of Global Warming calamity continue to mount.

“Can I get you anything, Al, honey?

“Dammit, bring me my maps, Tipper!

The fact is … Global Warming is producing one hell of a wintry weekend from sea to shining sea.

Damn you, Global Warming! Why do you smite us?

Of course, I am way out-of-step.

I’m still stuck in the moth-eaten age of “Global Warming.” We’ve now evolved into a new heterogeneous era of “Global Climate Change,” where every conceivable computer model predicts every conceivable meteorological scenario to be the result of man’s inhumanity to the environment – even if it isn’t warming, and even if it isn’t global.

That way, human beings can feel guilty about themselves no matter what they do.

The reality is … the hysterical left (along with a few in the McCain/Schwarzenegger wing of the Republican Party) doesn’t bother with the observable to draw conclusions. They know that the debate is over. The Messiah himself has said so. Climate change is real, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it, even though it’s in our best interest to act quickly before it’s too late, regardless of the fact that we’re helpless to save ourselves, unless we start thinking green right now.

How exactly will the warming affect us on Sunday?

Through Sunday, 3 to 6 inches is forecast in Minnesota and lower Michigan and up to a couple of inches in northern Illinois, with cold winds gusting to 40 mph creating areas of blowing and drifting snow that will reduce visibility and create hazardous winter driving conditions.

The storm will intensify on Sunday as it moves to the East Coast, producing heavy snow across the Northeast interior. As much as a foot of snow will fall from northeast New York into northern New England and Canada’s Maritime Provinces.

Boston will get another blast of heavy snow, with 3 to 6 inches forecast in the city, before a change to rain at the height of the storm.

The New York City metropolitan area will likely get a mix of snow, ice and rain, while Philadelphia will deal with an icy mix changing to rain in the morning. After getting mostly rain on Friday, Pittsburgh will be hit with up to a few inches of snow Sunday.

Parts of the Upper Midwest are expected to experience wind chills in the -40 degree range. Even Chicago is expected to feel like it’s below zero.

Is there anyone out there, by a show of hands, who wouldn’t like a little bit of genuine global warming right about now?

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FIVE AND OUT

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 14, 2008

global stupidity

global stupidity

Someone really ought to inform Santa.

Expect a flood of refugee elves to inundate cold climate cities across the globe.

It would behoove Snow Miser to start pricing condos in Antarctica.

There are less than two-thousand days left in the life of the Northern Polar Ice Cap. According to internet-creator and carbon-credit-crunch-immune climate guru Al Gore, the Arctic ice cap will be gone in five years. For those who have been planning any sort of getaway to the great top-of-the-world ice sheets, you best make those arrangements now. There isn’t time to waste.

Gore was across the pond in Germany, at a natural history museum, in front of an audience of excited doomsdayers and model dinosaurs, all of whom were eager to hear about the world’s imminent destruction from the man himself.

They weren’t disappointed.

Humans will apparently undo in five years what Gore says nature hasn’t been able to do in three million – rid the planet of North Pole ice.

(It’s difficult to hear, but you can see the short clip here. There’s a German translator speaking over Gore. He never sounded so good.)

I don’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing Gore flew to Germany in a private jet and was delivered to the doomsday seminar via stretch limo. Of course, that’s just me being my cynical, holocaust-denying, uncaring, right-wing, long-live-greenhouse-gasses self.

I really do need to pay better attention to these things and get my death-calendar in order …

I was under the impression that the ice-caps were supposed to be gone by 2006. I goofed. I mistakenly dated the complete submergence of the North American Atlantic Coast under water, inland to about one hundred miles or so, as occurring by 2011. I also said polar bears would be roaming the streets of Des Moines, looking for ice chips by 2014.

I’m all mixed up here.

Meanwhile, I’m still trying to square away all of the other models of leftist hysteria that I’ve been confused about.

When did we run out of natural resources and precious metals? Wasn’t that going to happen in 1990 or thereabouts?

I missed the heterosexual AIDS epidemic that was to sweep across America. Wasn’t that supposed to wipe out tens of thousands of straight folks by 1988?

When was it that we ran out of land to accommodate the over-populating human race? I thought there would be no more room left to put anyone by the year 2000.

My recollection was that food supplies were going to dwindle to nothing by the year 1997.

Maybe I misunderstood.
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MORE GORE

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 20, 2008

breath mint?

breath mint?

In his online journal on Wednesday, Al Gore cited a new study suggesting that “the Mayan civilization might have collapsed due to environmental disasters.”

Mr. Gore writes:

” ‘These models suggest that as ecosystems were destroyed by mismanagement or were transformed by global climatic shifts, the depletion of agricultural and wild foods eventually contributed to the failure of the Maya sociopolitical system,’ writes environmental archaeologist Kitty Emery of the Florida Museum of Natural History in the current Human Ecology journal.

As we move towards solving the climate crisis, we need to remember the consequences to civilizations that refused to take environmental concerns seriously.”

I’m confused.

I thought pre-Columbian North America was a veritable paradise of human civilization, where indigenous peoples were at one with both the land and sky, tending to Mother Earth’s tender balances, free of the material selfishness and moral evil that would define the soon-to-come destructive European invaders.

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SO HOT, IT’S COOL

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 16, 2008

open up your ice cap and say "ah!"

open your ice cap and say "ah!"

It was the hottest October on record we were told. It was yet another indication of the world’s steady and catastrophic plunge into the depths of climate change (formerly known as global warming) hell. At least that was the word from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) last Monday.

The hysterical left (redundant) went nuts, like their team had just won the World Series – but only because the other team’s plane had crashed. A strange kind of “See? I told you the planet was on the brink of death” smugness settled in.

It was sweet vindication.

The only problem was … it wasn’t true.

They goofed.

The UK’s Telegraph website explains:

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which is run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

I suppose that while initial reports of the hottest October ever had the boys in the newsroom in a collective euphoric state, it became unnecessary to pay attention to some of the “incidental” data coming in.

October, for instance, saw the “worst snowstorm ever” slam Tibet. Here in the United States, NOAA reported sixty-three instances of record snowfall last month as well as 115 record-breaking “lowest temperature” readings. In 114 years of stat-gathering, October, 2008 was the 70th warmest ever.

It’s fortunate for me that the mistake was caught when it was.

I was just about to list all of my incandescent light bulbs and electricity-dependant items on E-Bay, so that I might get my carbon-credit house in order … except the computer, of course.

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