VDH on war, Iraq, and History

December 11, 2007

It’s no secret that Victor Davis Hanson has become one of my favorite Classical historians and analysts of modern affairs. In a series of video interviews at National Review Online, he talks about our war with Islamic fascism and our intervention in Iraq. The main page is here, which currently links parts one and two. I assume parts three through five will go up one each day for the rest of this week.

I don’t plan to miss an episode. Neither should you.

(hat tip: LGF)

Is global warming a front for control freaks?

December 11, 2007

What is it with climate-change alarmists that they feel a deep-seated need to regulate, limit, and tax all we do — including our children?

A WEST Australian medical expert wants families to pay a $5000-plus "baby levy" at birth and an annual carbon tax of up to $800 a child.

Writing in today’s Medical Journal of Australia, Associate Professor Barry Walters said every couple with more than two children should be taxed to pay for enough trees to offset the carbon emissions generated over each child’s lifetime.

Professor Walters, clinical associate professor of obstetric medicine at the University of Western Australia and the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, called for condoms and "greenhouse-friendly" services such as sterilisation procedures to earn carbon credits.

And he implied the Federal Government should ditch the $4133 baby bonus and consider population controls like those in China and India.

Professor Walters said the average annual carbon dioxide emission by an Australian individual was about 17 metric tons, including energy use.

"Every newborn baby in Australia represents a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions for an average of 80 years, not simply by breathing but by the profligate consumption of resources typical of our society," he wrote.

I wonder if he’s willing to pay back taxes for all the damage he’s done to the planet so far by living? Shouldn’t he have done what this self-hating nitwit has done to herself? Maybe he should drop the pretense at rational policy and become the spokesman for these guys?

Meanwhile researchers publishing in a major scientific journal* have looked at the predictions based on models of atmospheric warming and have found no connection to greenhouse gas emissions — in other words, no evidence of man-caused global warming:

We examine tropospheric temperature trends of 67 runs from 22 Climate of the 20th Century model simulations and try to reconcile them with the best available updated observations (in the tropics during the satellite era). Model results and observed temperature trends are in disagreement in most of the tropical troposphere, being separated by more than twice the uncertainty of the model mean. In layers near 5 km, the modelled trend is 100 to 300% higher than observed, and, above 8 km, modelled and observed trends have opposite signs. These conclusions contrast strongly with those of recent publications based on essentially the same data.

Maybe they just want to avoid paying the baby tax.

LINKS: More at Contentions.

*(article citation:

AU: David H. Douglass, John R. Christy, Benjamin D. Pearson, S. Fred Singer
TI: A comparison of tropical temperature trends with model predictions
SO: International Journal of Climatology
VL: 9999
NO: 9999
PG: n/a
YR: 2007
CP: Copyright © 2007 Royal Meteorological Society
ON: 1097-0088
PN: 0899-8418
AD: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA; Department of Atmospheric Science and Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899, USA; Science and Environmental Policy Project, Arlington, VA 22202, USA; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
DOI: 10.1002/joc.1651
US: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/joc.1651)

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the article that’s not hidden behind a subscriber wall.

(hat tip: LGF and Power Line)

Feeling even more secure

December 11, 2007

Yesterday’s terrorist attack on a Pakistani Air Force base that may contain nuclear weapons was not the first: it was part of a campaign, according to The Long War Journal:

The spate of attacks at military bases has largely targeted officers, new recruits, and the families of those serving. The Taliban and al Qaeda’s objective may be two-fold: intimidate officers either on the fence or who do not support the Islamists, and erode the military’s capacity to defend nuclear installations if the Taliban and al Qaeda can mount a raid to seize nuclear weapons. While the Pakistani nuclear weapons are under tight security according to the government, US intelligence officials have repeatedly expressed concerned over the safety of Pakistan’s arsenal.

Sleep well!


Well, they once had Rosie on staff, too

December 11, 2007

So what do you expect?


THE new co-host of “The View,” Sherri Shepherd, yesterday insisted Christianity was older than ancient Greece, and even Judaism.

Shepherd – who said earlier this year that she didn’t know if the world was flat or round – said during a short-lived discussion of Greek philosophy on yesterday’s show that she was pretty sure nothing “predated Christians.”

Someone wasn’t paying attention during freshman History….

The Religion of Peace strikes again

December 11, 2007

This time in Algeria, where brave, brave jihadis of "Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb" set off multiple car bombs attacking the Algerian Constitutional Court and the headquarters of the UN refugee agency in Algeria:

A pair of car bombs in the Algerian capital of Algiers has killed at least 47 and wounded an unknown number of people. The death toll is feared to be over 60. The bombings occurred in front of the Constitutional Court and the UN refugee agency and a police station in different neighborhoods in Algiers. Reports indicate the bombs were detonated within ten minutes apart. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which has taken credit for similar attacks in the past, is the culprit.

The blast in front of the U.N. refugee agency and police station is believed to have been a suicide bombing. "The explosion occurred around 9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. EST) and blew off the front off the U.N. refugee agency building," UNHCR chief spokesman Ron Redmond told the Associated Press. "It apparently caused even worse damage to the main U.N. building housing the U.N. Development Program and other agencies diagonally across the street."

These "knights of God" killed at least ten UN workers and blew up some school busses, once again using children as delivery vehicles. It’s a habit with al_Qaeda.

The Long War Journal has the full story, including background on Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

LINKS: More at Captain’s Quarters.