So now global warming can reach through time?

July 24, 2012

I can’t wait to see how the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming rationalizes this:

Polar bears split from ancient bears more than 4 million years ago, suggests ancient DNA and the gene maps of multiple bears.

The polar bear genome finding reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal contradicts earlier gene studies finding much more recent times for the ancestral split, within 600,000 years, between polar bears and grizzly bears, which can still mate and produce viable offspring.

What’s more, the report suggests that polar bear numbers have been on the decline for at least 500,000 years, driven by climate fluctuations.

Y’see, all that CO2 we’ve been dumping into the atmosphere is so powerful that it can cross time and space to induce climate change before it even existed!!!

You laugh, but I half-expect some cultist to seriously offer that explanation.

My take on the article is that natural, probably cyclic, climate change has expanded and contracted the polar bears’ range, sometimes reducing it considerably. In those times, more polar bears were forced to live on land and wound up mating with brown bears, a related species from which they split about 4-5 million years ago, but can still breed with. Hence, as we are in a gradual warming from the last ice age (and from the Little Ice Age that ended around 1850), their range is shrinking again, and there is some risk of them inter-breeding out of existence.

Perhaps, but, for now, their numbers seem to be rising.

Meanwhile the climate alarmists may need to get a new poster-animal.

via Jeff Emanuel

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Goat Man of Utah identified?

July 24, 2012

An end to the mystery that has captivated America?

State wildlife officials have identified the man who has been spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah.

Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Monday the mystery man is a 57-year-old hunter from Southern California.

Douglass told the Standard-Examiner that the hunter called officials and provided enough information to put their curiosity to rest. Douglass says he didn’t ask for a name.

The man told Douglass he was preparing for an archery hunt of mountain goats next year and testing a goat suit.

Uh-huh, sure. Just what are they really hiding up there? Goats? I didn’t watch all those 70s horror movies for nothing, y’know!

(And, naturally, he’s from California… )

via Vermontaigne

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

“Blame Bush” card played out

July 24, 2012

It took longer than I thought, but Obama and the Democrats’ ability to avoid responsibility for the nation’s economic woes by blaming George W. Bush has finally worn out:

Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill.

It found that 66 percent believe paltry job growth and slow economic recovery is the result of bad policy. Thirty-four percent say Obama is the most to blame, followed by 23 percent who say Congress is the culprit. Twenty percent point the finger at Wall Street, and 18 percent cite former President George W. Bush.

The results highlight the reelection challenge Obama faces amid dissatisfaction with his first-term performance on the economy.

These are numbers that should terrify Democrats. The result of “bad policy?” Well, gee, who was the author of those policies? Couldn’t have been George W. Bush; he’s been out of office since 2009, and was really in no position to make long-term policy after the election in 2008. So, who could it have been? Hmmm…

Oh, yeah. That guy.

I’ll willingly grant that Obama came into office facing a terrible mess, and that President Bush had made serious mistakes in dealing with the financial crisis that began in late summer of 2008. But Obama became president in January, 2009, and and enjoyed a nearly unbeatable majority in Congress. At that moment, the responsibility became his and theirs alone. And what a record they’ve accumulated:

  • Unemployment at over 8% for over 40 months, the longest stretch since the Great Depression. Remember, in return for borrowing nearly a trillion dollars for Obama’s centerpiece stimulus program in 2009, we were assured unemployment would be below 5% by now. How did that work out?
  • And speaking of borrowing, our current national debt is almost $16 trillion dollars. It was about $10 trillion when Obama took office. Bad enough, but he has done nothing to even slow its growth, let alone bring it under control or reduce it.

The public’s patience with excuses has run out. No more blaming “headwinds from Europe,” or natural disasters in Japan, or obstructionist Republicans… or even the demon “Bush.”

American voters have started holding President Obama and the Democrats accountable, and that account will be settled in November.

via Moe Lane

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)