Sunday humor

November 23, 2008

Forwarded by a friend, a list of classy, witty insults to add to your armory for those times when a simple middle finger won’t do:

Exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, "If you were my husband I’d give you poison," and he said, "If you were my wife, I’d drink it."

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease." "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy." – Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." – Winston Churchill

"A modest little person, with much to be modest about. " – Winston Churchill 

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great
pleasure."   Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
– Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it." – Moses Hadas

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know."  -  Abraham Lincoln

"I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." – Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." – Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend…. if you have one." – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one." – Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here." – Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." – John Bright

"I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial."
– Irvin S. Cobb 

"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others." – Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." – Paul Keating

"There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure." Jack E.
Leonard

"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt." – Robert Redford

"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." – Thomas Brackett Reed

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." – Charles, Count Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." – Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" – Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." – Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." – Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination." – Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh’s ear for music." – Billy Wilder

"I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it." – Groucho Marx

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt." – Abraham Lincoln

Hee hee

 

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Most ethical Congress, ever!

November 23, 2008

Remember Nancy Pelosi’s promise? It seems Charlie Rangel (D-Tax Fraud), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, didn’t get the memo.

I’m sure Nancy will get right on this. Waiting

(via Instapundit)

 


How a French soldier sees his American comrades

November 23, 2008

Via Tigerhawk, a French infantryman in Afghanistan gives his opinions on the American soldier. What you read might surprise you.

Vive la France!

 


What we’re fighting for

November 23, 2008

Heidi Klum. Guitar hero. Lingerie. Need I say more? Big Grin

Anything with the potential to make heads explode among both jihadis and Right-wing culture warriors is a Good Thing(tm).

 


Victory in Iraq Day

November 22, 2008

VID

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, blogger Zombie has decided that, since no one "official" seems to want to acknowledge that we’ve won in Iraq, we should do it ourselves, marking today as Victory in Iraq Day. Therefore…

We have defeated al Qaeda in Iraq, toppled a murderous and barbaric government, and given 27 million people a chance to build for themselves a real future.

We won!  Dancing 

Below are some thought on the war and winning (and almost losing) it. Read it if you wish, ignore it if you will. For the Reader’s Digest version, let me say this:

Congratulations and eternal thanks to President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, General David Petraeus, General Tommy Franks, and all the men and women of the United States, British, (new) Iraqi, and Coalition militaries, diplomatic services, civilian workers, and independent contractors. Through good and bad (and even worse), you were determined that the side of civilization would not lose. Our nations and, indeed, the world, owe you a debt of thanks that cannot fully be repaid.

Well done. Applause

The rest is the extended entry.

The decision to invade:

I believed it was the right thing to do in 2003, I believed it was the right thing to do when things turned very bad in 2006 and 2007, and I still believe it was the right thing to do. I cannot imagine being convinced otherwise by any rational argument.

Consider the situation in 2001-2003, up to the date of the invasion. The United States had been hit hard by an enemy who had shown himself willing to kill thousands for his maniac vision of religious duty. While we had traveled to the other side of the planet to a landlocked country in pursuit of those jihadis and their allies (and, in an amazing feat, conquered the country), it wasn’t enough. The jihadist movement was widespread, and there were nations hostile to us that were willing to give them aid and succor to advance their own goals — Saddam Hussein’s Iraq chief among them. Ken Pollock made the case for invading Iraq in his book, The Threatening Storm, and it’s still worth reading today. Three justifications stand out for me:

  • Weapons of mass destruction. Yes, I know this is a subject of derision among the anti-war crowd, and, yes, I know no WMDs were found in Iraq. But, at the time in question, all the world’s major intelligence services believed Iraq had an active WMD program. Saddam’s hostility to the US was legendary, and we simply could not afford to let him develop these weapons either to use himself or to supply to our jihadi enemies. And, while we now know he had no active WMD program, the Final Report of the Iraq Survey Group establishes conclusively that Saddam was ready to restart that program the moment UN sanctions were ended. Given his personality, there is no doubt he would have done just that and sought to use these weapons against us. This alone, I am convinced, left us no reasonable choice but to invade.
  • Geostrategy. We are abjectly dependent on oil from the Persian Gulf region. Already facing the threat of catastrophic attacks from al Qaeda, we could not afford to let Saddam rise again as a threat to the oil we needed from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. Faced with other dangers, we had to eliminate Saddam. Yes, it’s "blood for oil," but this is the real world. Deal with it.
  • Humanitarianism: Unleashing armies may seem an odd way to "do the Lord’s work," but that was just the case in Iraq. Hussein’s savage massacres against almost every group in Iraq outside his own tribe, the near-genocides, the rapes, tortures, murders, gassings, the millions dead from his war with Iran … I firmly believe that invading Iraq was an act of mercy and salvation for the poor people of that country and that, if we never again do anything else right as a nation, we deserve praise for that. Yes, there are other humanitarian nightmares in the world, and we can’t intervene in them all, but Iraq was a case where our strategic interest was consonant with the moral thing to do.

There were other reasons, of course, but that sums it up for me.

The occupation and reconstruction:

There’s no doubt: we screwed this up. Lots of books have been written about the mess made in Iraq from 2004-2007, including some good ones. Perhaps Bremer erred in disbanding the Iraqi Army after the conquest of Baghdad, though I have some doubts. Certainly it took too long to get an Iraqi government in place, though I have to wonder where we would have found good candidates before the emergence of a viable Shiite coalition. And there was little we could have done to prevent the Sunnis from boycotting the 2005 round of elections, by which they denied themselves a voice equal to their weight in the new government. In short, I think too many people look at Coalition errors and say "you should have done otherwise" without remembering the Iraqis had to reach a state in which they were willing to help themselves, too, and to see that cooperating with us was in their best interest. Here are things I think went wrong and right:

  • The initial occupation strategy – internal. Devised by Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Generals Casey, Sanchez, and Abizaid, it was too passive. We would stay on big bases and go out to fight al Qaeda and other insurgents, we helped set up the new government, but Iraqi society was otherwise left to settle things on its own. We sat on this for too long, a mistake. Brutalized by 30 years of Saddam’s rule, invaded by Muslim religious fanatics seeking to wage jihad and create a caliphate, and with various groups ready to take revenge on each other, Iraqi society was, as an Iraqi identity, almost nonexistent. It needed the time and breathing space that military security would provide to work out new arrangements, to learn to trust each other again. The groundwork to do just this had been laid in places by our soldiers on the ground in places like Tal Afar in 2005, but it wasn’t until General Petraeus took command and implemented his counterinsurgency strategy nationwide at the beginning of 2007 that it really began to work. The progress in Iraq since then has been amazing.
  • The initial occupation strategy – external. In 2003 and 2004, we held the initiative in the Middle East. Iraq’s hostile neighbors, Syria and Iran, couldn’t be sure what we would do next, and so were circumspect in their efforts against us. But, as time passed and it became clear we wouldn’t punish them for aiding the rebels, they became bolder — and Americans and Iraqis died for that passivity. We should have acted aggressively against both nations through covert operations and over raids, since what dictators understand is force and the credible threat to use more. I’m glad to see that, finally, we’re starting to do so. At least as f
    ar as Syria
    is concerned.
  • Getting it right. I don’t think it’s going too far to say that President Bush, in appointing General Petraeus to command operations in Iraq, found his version of Lincoln’s Grant or Truman’s Ridgway — the general who saved a war. The turnaround in Iraq in the last 18 months since the implementation of the "surge" strategy, which provided the physical security Iraq needed to restore civil society, has been nothing short of remarkable. Now it is a fully sovereign partner with whom we negotiate, not dictate to. It’s economy is growing and, if Baghdad resists statist impulses, should become the most vibrant of any Arab state. Consensual government, though still fragile, is solidifying as Iraqis learn how to work within it and as authority devolves to the provinces. And the military and police are becoming more and more competent, now taking the lead in most security operations. All this, it is fair to say, is due to the change in strategy under General Petraeus, and President Bush’s and Senator McCain’s determination to push for it.

Responsible opposition:

There’s a right way and a wrong way to oppose government policy in a war, as I’ve written before. In brief, one can oppose going to war, but, once the vote has been taken and the decision made, to work against your own country’s victory, indeed, to try to break our morale and get us to surrender when winning is still possible, is churlish and craven. It is possible to oppose war policy while staying within the context of winning the fight, as Senators McCain and Lieberman showed, but the Democratic Party, the major media, and their anti-war allies overall have disgraced themselves over the last several years. It will be a long time before I trust them again.

Americans and Iraqis:

On the other hand, I’ve been impressed to no end by the average American and the Iraqis who chose to side with us.

The American fighting man (and woman) entered an alien land in March, 2003, and, unlike the Democratic leadership, conducted themselves mostly with honor, courage, and ingenuity. They were not only warriors, but diplomats, mentors, politicians, and whatever else was needed to bring about victory. Many went back for multiple tours of duty, not willing to give up on Iraq or Iraqis, or to concede that their comrades’ lives had been wasted in a futile effort. Because of them, those sacrificed lives have meaning and Iraq has a chance at a future.

The American civilian did his part, too, by refusing to give up on Iraq in 2004. Unhappy with how things were going, they were yet unwilling to listen to the siren call of self-defeat coming from the Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, John Kerry. Instead, we told the administration, "We don’t like what’s going on, but we hate losing worse. Win this thing." And, after sending them an even harsher message in the 2006 elections, the government figured out a way to do just that. But, without the oft-derided patience of the American people, we might not ever have found the right general and the right strategy.

The Iraqis, too, deserve a lot of credit. Tormented physically and psychologically for decades by Saddam, his family, and their henchmen, more and more of them took the chance the Coalition invasion gave them. I remember the awe I felt as I saw footage of Iraqi men and women lined up by the thousands to vote, exposed to suicide bombers and insurgent attack, all for the chance to choose their own rulers — most for the first time in their lives. The image of Iraqis giving tyranny the purple finger will stay with me forever:

purplefinger

Of course, Iraqis, particularly the Sunnis who had formerly dominated the country, had their own demons to exorcise before this day could arrive. The various groups had to learn to trust each other, and the Sunnis had to learn they were no longer masters of the land, but just one group among many. And all had to learn that the totalitarian temptations of Sunni and Shia radicalism were not in their interests, but that cooperating with us was, even if it meant nothing more than we would go home sooner.

The new Iraqi Army and National Police deserve special praise. Starting from miserable beginnings, they’ve become largely reliable partners in the fight against al Qaeda and, perhaps more importantly, they’ve earned the respect and trust of their own people. Once a pathetic force riddled with corruption and infiltrated by militias and prone to breaking under fire, they’re increasingly competent and professional and now can take the lead in defending their own country. Notwithstanding the insults hurled at them by the Democrats who say the Iraqis "need to take more responsibility for their own security," they have done just that, dying in the hundreds and thousands in the fight to rid their land of our mutual enemy — the Sunni jihadists and the Shiite creatures of Iran.

This is their victory day, too.

The end:

And so, even though neither our own government, the media, nor the moonbat Left will say it, let’s ourselves do it. Let’s admit it. Let’s say it openly and proudly.

We’ve won. And a damned good thing it is for the United States and Iraq.

Happy Victory in Iraq Day! Flag

LINKS: Zombietime, Confederate Yankee, Gateway Pundit, The Cool Blue Blog. Jules Crittenden: "Say thank you, Mr. President-elect."

 

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Friday link fiesta!

November 21, 2008

Another busy day here at the ranch, folks, but here are a few links to keep you entertained:

Own a gun? Then forget getting a job in the Obama Administration, it seems. Ed Morrissey blogs on the now-infamous Question 59. Since when did exercising one’s constitutional rights become a red line for getting a job?

Speaking of our rights and liberties, the Organization of the Islamic Conference is lobbying the UN to push member states to make criticism of Islam (including any honest discussion of jihad or the Islamic supremacist ideology) a criminal offense. What was that nonsense about free speech? And what does our likely next Attorney General think of this?

Here are two articles by Jonah Goldberg, author of Liberal Fascism, the first saying "been there, done that" to a presidency of experimentation, the other looking askance at the efforts to cast Barack Obama as a latter-day FDR or Lincoln. What is it about liberals that they’re always looking for some sort of larger than life savior? of course, the same thing could be said for conservatives who are desperately seeking Ronnie.

Gerard Baker thinks it’s insane to think any Obama Administration that includes Hillary Clinton in the Cabinet would be drama-free.

Finally, the great Victor Davis Hanson meditates ruefully on a society in which failure is not allowed.

I’ll be back later. Happy

 


The pet-rock presidency

November 20, 2008

Work is busy today, so there’s not much time for posting, but I want to share this link: AJ Strata has a post today that looks at Obama’s stands on two issues, national security and climate change, and concludes he’s an incoherent follower of fads who uses them to push liberal policies — sometimes openly, sometimes in the background. The key quote:

So what is the pattern we are starting to see here for President-elect Obama? Well, it seems to mirror the Clinton model. The man who promised change is filling his cabinet with liberal democrat retreads. He is a Kool-Aid swilling liberal who wants to push the country left.  He is not being bold, he is seeing what can be poll tested successfully. He is the man of fad. Whatever is popular he is for, whatever is not he claims no position.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

 


Quote of the day

November 19, 2008

Jim Geraghty on Barack Obama’s appointments so far:

So Joe Lieberman is keeping his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee on the say so of 42 Senate Democrats AND President Obama; his Secretary of State might be Iraq War supporter and preconditionless-summit opponent Hillary Clinton; no one will be prosecuted for waterboarding, Bush’s guy John Brennan may take over at CIA and Bush’s man Robert Gates may stay on as Defense Secretary.

I don’t know how the liberals feel, but so far the Obama administration rocks.

I’m sure heads are exploding at MoveOn, even as I type this. Hee hee

 

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Celebrating Victory in Iraq Day

November 19, 2008

Since neither President Bush, President-elect Obama, Congress, or the media will do so, it’s up to us to acknowledge the obvious:

We’ve won in Iraq.

Blogger Zombie of Zombietime has decided that November 22nd shall be known as VI Day. On that date, he (or she) has asked that all bloggers of all persuasions who are willing to proclaim the truth do so on their blogs.

Count me in. Party

VID

I’ll be back with more on Saturday. Flag

(hat tip: Exurban League)

 

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That’s how you handle the problem

November 19, 2008

Indian navy sinks suspected pirate ‘mother ship’

An Indian naval vessel sank a suspected pirate "mother ship" in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night, officials said Wednesday, as separate bands of brigands seized Thai and Iranian ships in the lawless seas.

The owners of a seized Saudi oil supertanker, meanwhile, negotiated for the release of the ship, anchored off the coast of Somalia.

A multinational naval force has increased patrols in the waters between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, where pirates have grown bolder and more violent. The force scored a rare success Tuesday when the Indian warship, operating off the coast of Oman, stopped a ship similar to a pirate vessel described in numerous bulletins. The Indian navy said the pirates fired on the INS Tabar after the officers asked to search it.

"Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of this vessel with guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers," said a statement from the Indian navy. Indian forces fired back, sparking fires and a series of onboard blasts — possibly due to exploding ammunition — and destroying the ship.

They chased one of two speedboats shadowing the larger ship. One was later found abandoned. The other escaped, according to the statement.

It used to be that pirates could be hanged on the spot, but the situation under international law has grown so ludicrous that the Royal Navy has been told not to capture pirates for fear they might claim asylum.

The other problem is that the piracy off East Africa is not done just for the money itself, but to fund jihadjihad al-mal, or "monetary jihad." At least some of the ransoms they are paid find their way to al-Shabaab, a Somali jihadist organization that has close ties to al Qaeda. Thus ship owners buying back their vessels are giving alms to our deadly enemies. Smart. Very smart. Doh

Of course, piracy in the name of Allah is an old Islamic tradition. Back in Jefferson’s time, we knew how to handle it. The Indian Navy has given us a needed reminder.

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)

LINKS: Ed Morrissey; Everett Pyatt calls for a surge against piracy.

 


Stuck on stupid, Detroit style

November 19, 2008

So, the chief executives of the Big Three dying dinosaurs automakers went hat-in-hand to Washington to beg for a federal bailout. How did they go there? In their expensive private jets:

The CEOs of the big three automakers flew to the nation’s capital yesterday in private luxurious jets to make their case to Washington that the auto industry is running out of cash and needs $25 billion in taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy.

The CEOs of GM, Ford and Chrysler may have told Congress that they will likely go out of business without a bailout yet that has not stopped them from traveling in style, not even First Class is good enough.

All three CEOs – Rick Wagoner of GM, Alan Mulally of Ford, and Robert Nardelli of Chrysler – exercised their perks Tuesday by flying in corporate jets to DC. Wagoner flew in GM’s $36 million luxury aircraft to tell members of Congress that the company is burning through cash, asking for $10-12 billion for GM alone.

"We want to continue the vital role we’ve played for Americans for the past 100 years, but we can’t do it alone," Wagoner told the Senate Banking Committee.

While Wagoner testified, his G4 private jet was parked at Dulles airport. It is one of eight luxury jets in the GM fleet that continues to ferry executives around the world despite the company’s dire financial straits.

"This is a slap in the face of taxpayers," said Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste. "To come to Washington on a corporate jet, and asking for a hand out is outrageous."

Wagoner’s private jet trip to Washington cost his ailing company an estimated $20,000 roundtrip. In comparison, seats on Northwest Airlines flight 2364 from Detroit to Washington were going online for $288 coach and $837 first class.

After the hearing, Wagoner declined to answer questions about his travel.

Well, after all. It’s not polite to talk with your mouth full of Dom Perignon champagne and beluga caviar. Paid for by the company, of course.

I think it’s safe to say that this example of utter, mindboggling cluelessness has earned these corporate pigs at the trough this month’s General Russel L. Honoré Commemorative Stuck on Stupid Award.

Well done, gentlemen, well done! Enjoy your richly deserved bankruptcy. Applause

LINKS: More from Ed Morrissey and Ace of Spades.

 


War porn

November 18, 2008

The A-10 vs. the Taliban motorcycles. Guess who wins?

 

Dig it! Medieval psychos sent to an early meeting with Allah. Yeah! Big Grin

(via The Jawa Report)

 

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The more things change

November 18, 2008

We’re not the first to face a credit crisis requiring a government bailout: the Romans had their own in the time of Emperor Tiberius, 2,000 years ago.

(hat tip: Tigerhawk)

 


There are times

November 18, 2008

I'm a great believer in democracy and universal adult suffrage, but there are moments that try my faith.

Like this one:

 

Excuse me while I go find a brick wall to beat my head against. I know I promised not to act as liberals did toward Bush voters in 2004, but … damn. Time out

LINKS: Ed Morrissey connects this to a Zogby survey to show that this is no joke. Sister Toldjah wonders what we can do to get voters to actually pay attention. (Not much, probably. It's the curse of democracy.) More at Ace of Spades.

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Obama born again?

November 18, 2008

Literally, that is. As in reincarnation. According to Walter Semkiw, a physician in (of course) San Francisco, President-elect Obama is the reincarnation of Lyman Trumbull, a Democratic US Senator and Lincoln ally from Illinois, and co-author of the Thirteenth Amendment, which banned slavery.

Lyman_Trumbull_-_Brady-Handy   barack_obama

 

I see the resemblance, don’t you?

Oh well. I suppose it’s only fitting that a Lightworker also be reincarnated.

I wonder if he’ll draw any Cabinet members from the invisible beings of Mt. Shasta? Silly

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)

 


Someone actually fell for this?

November 17, 2008

An Oregon woman fell for the infamous Nigerian 419 scam and lost $400,000 — her husband’s entire retirement savings.

I predict a divorce in her near future…. Doh

(hat tip: Ace of Spades)

 


Oh, this is going to hurt

November 17, 2008

A top NATO official from Estonia has been identified as a deep-cover Russian spy. Among his areas of expertise are missile defense and cyber-security.

Ouch.

A spy at the heart of Nato may have passed secrets on the US missile shield and cyber-defence to Russian Intelligence, it has emerged.

Herman Simm, 61, an Estonian defence ministry official who was arrested in September, was responsible for handling all of his country’s classified information at Nato, giving him access to every top-secret graded document from other alliance countries.

He was recruited by the Russians in the late 1980s and has been charged in Estonia with supplying information to a foreign power.

Several investigation teams from both the EU and Nato, under the supervision of a US officer, have flown to the Estonian capital Tallinn to assess the scope of what is being seen as the most serious case of espionage against Nato since the end of the Cold War.

“The longer they work on the case, the more obvious it becomes how big the impact of the suspected treachery really is,” according to Der Spiegel magazine. A German official described the Russian penetration of Nato as a "catastrophe".

More so than the information on missile defense, which has yet to be deployed in Europe, Simm’s betrayal has major implications for computer and network security. Estonia has been an IT leader in Europe and has been pushing NATO to make cyber-security a major piece of its overall strategy. In fact, Estonia was the target of Russian cyber-attacks in 2007 that took several government departments offline, giving a real-life example of the need to protect government and military Internet systems. Simm could have hurt Western cyber-defenses in two ways: by revealing our plans to defend these networks, and by revealing how much we know of Russia’s (and other countries’) offensive and defensive plans. NATO has to start with the assumption that he told his paymasters everything and work backward from there.

"Catastrophe" may be too mild a word. It will take a major expenditure of time and money to figure out the damage he’s done, let alone rectify it. And some can likely never be fixed.

The article reports that Simm is facing between three and fifteen years in prison. Too bad he’s not facing a firing squad, instead. Angry

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)

 


Change you can believe in

November 17, 2008

Just wait until you get a load of President-elect Obama’s choice for White House Counsel, the president’s top legal adviser.

Among his more illustrious clients is Ronald Reagan’s assassin.

What’s next? Squeaky Fromme as head of his Secret Service detail? Raised Eyebrow

Change, Chicago-style!

LINKS: Sister Toldjah. More on the new White House Consigliere Counsel and his colorful career at The Weekly Standard.

 


Alarmists lied, global warming died!

November 16, 2008

If you’ve been following my posts on climate change and the theory of anthropogenic global warming, you’ve probably noticed that I tag it as junk science.

Little did I know how right I was: The world has never seen such freezing heat

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 (GISS), 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.

This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.

So what explained the anomaly? GISS’s computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. 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.

The error was so glaring that when it was reported on the two blogs – run by the US meteorologist Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre, the Canadian computer analyst who won fame for his expert debunking of the notorious "hockey stick" graph – GISS began hastily revising its figures. This only made the confusion worse because, to compensate for the lowered temperatures in Russia, GISS claimed to have discovered a new "hotspot" in the Arctic – in a month when satellite images were showing Arctic sea-ice recovering so fast from its summer melt that three weeks ago it was 30 per cent more extensive than at the same time last year.

(Emphasis mine.)

In other words, the shrieks we keep hearing to DO SOMETHING NOW! about global warming are based on conclusions drawn from "data" that has no bearing on reality. And then, when the Russian mistake is uncovered, Dr. Hansen, one of the chief priests of the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming, invents more "evidence" to paper over the worthlessness of the first batch.

In other words, it’s all a lie.

Skeptics have been arguing for years that global-warming alarmists are basing their predictions of disaster on computer models that can’t hope to accurately model something as complex as the Earth’s climate system, and that they ignore both empirical evidence from the geologic record that shows the current climate is not out of line with the past, and alternate theories that indicate climate change follows natural cycles.

This revelation should be a disaster for the global-warming cult, but I have to wonder if the press will largely ignore it the way they ignored so much of Barack Obama’s background. Not only does this make fools of those who called last October the hottest on record, but it should call into question all the data used to feed the computer models that climate-change alarmists tout as proof of man-caused global warming.

What’s truly scary is that policy-makers who have bought into the Climate Change Party’s line are willing to take measures to fight something that can’t even be shown to exist, and yet such measures will do great damage to the US and world economy — just as it’s stumbling into a major recession and potential depression. And, where implemented, those anti-greenhouse gas measures don’t even work.

It’s time for the global-warming alarmists to admit that they have been playing the part of Chicken Little yelling that the sky is falling. More and more, real evidence is revealing their claims to be worth less than a Fannie Mae-backed mortgage.

LINKS: More at Hot Air, Fausta, Ace, Power Line, AJ Strata, and Blue Crab Boulevard.


Bail out Detroit or no?

November 16, 2008

Instapundit has a poll.

I voted "no." Not talking

 

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