Nuke Seattle?

June 1, 2009

I’m sure all us who use Microsoft products have found that a tempting idea at one time or another, but, for the first time since the height of the Cold War, it’s one of several scary but realistic scenarios. As the heritage Foundation points out, North Korea’s Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile has an estimated range of 6,000 miles, while Seattle is around 4,700 miles from the World’s Largest Prison Camp North Korea. At their web site, Heritage has provided a disturbing graphic of what one bomb the size of the one we dropped on Hiroshima could do:

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Given the real danger posed by having the western United States within reach of nuclear weapons possessed by a fruitcake like Kim, President Obama wants to cut missile defense? Tito? Where’s that clip from last year? Ah, good.

Some smart people, however, such as former Defense Secretary William Cohen, think this is a very bad idea.

Hmmm… I wonder if Mr. Cohen would want to return as Defense Secretary for a possible future president who takes the threat seriously? Thinking

RELATED: Mark Steyn is just disgusted with the Administration’s weakness: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Teleprompter

 

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300,000 deaths per year from global warming?

June 1, 2009

That's what the United Nations would have us believe, in their continuing campaign to convince us that global warming is real and that something must be done about it NOW. (Said something including crippling the most productive economies in the world and giving national and international bureaucrats more power.) Here's what Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and head of the Global Humanitarian Forum, had to say:

A report by the Global Humanitarian Forum, led by Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General, says that the effects of climate change are growing in such a way that it will have a serious impact on 600 million people, almost ten per cent of the world’s population, within 20 years. Almost all of these will be in developing countries.

“Climate change is the greatest emerging humanitarian challenge of our time, causing suffering to hundreds of millions of people worldwide,” Mr Annan said.

“As this report shows, the first hit and worst affected are the world’s poorest groups, and yet they have done least to cause the problem.”

What gets buried at the end of the article is this:

Mr Annan said the report could never be as rigorous as a scientific study, but said: “We feel it is the most plausible account of the current impact of climate change today.”

Emphasis added. In other words, the report is guesswork – garbage. It is a fraud, the sole purpose of which is to get people to agree to the climate-change alarmists' agenda either through fear or guilt: "If we don't do something now, all these deaths will be on our hands!" If global warming is a problem and if it is anthropogenic in origin, both of which leave me gravely skeptical, this "report" contributes no light to the debate, just smoke and heat. It is worse than useless, it is misleading, dishonest, and potentially harmful.

Of course, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the GHF would issue a report that essentially makes up facts to further the agenda of transnationalist bureaucrats. Its head is, let me remind you, Kofi Annan. Yes, that Kofi Annan, under whom the UN was wracked by the Oil-for-Food scandal, scandals involving sexual abuse by peacekeeping troops, and a Human Rights Commission that had become an international farce.

And we're supposed to trust him now? Not talking

(hat tip: Watt's Up With That)