It’s a busy, busy day, today. (Why is it the day before a vacation is so hectic? ) So, in lieu of a real post, here are some links to keep you amused, enlightened, and on the White House enemies list:
Global Warming Climate Change Junk Science Watch:
One of the major problems with the computer models cited by global-warming alarmists is their utter failure to accurately model the past or predict the future. Ron House at Watt’s Up With That? looks at one, the failure to find the predicted atmospheric red spot. For more background on this, check out David Evans’ 2008 article in The Australian: No smoking hot spot.
Guess what? The sun and variations in the Earth’s orbit are the cause of ice ages, not CO2.
More on CO2 and climate change: it’s a trailing indicator, not a cause.
On the Svensmark theory that cosmic rays influence the Earth’s cloud cover and thus Earth’s climate:
- A link between the Sun, cosmic rays, aerosols, and liquid-water clouds appears to exist on a global scale.
- Lubos Motl on the possible confirmation of Svensmark’s cosmoclimatology. (via Heliogenic Climate Change)
Sarah Palin Watch:
The former Alaska governor last week denounced the proposed health-care reform plan as evil. That caused a predictable firestorm, even on the Right. Rick Moran, normally a level-headed writer, denounced her for outrageous demagoguery. Smitty at The Other McCain, on the other hand, drew his sword to defend Mrs. Palin and denounce Mr. Moran as a blowhard. In this case, I’m with Smitty. Palin may have engaged in a bit of hyperbole when she used the words “death panel,” but, as Despina Karras shows, she wasn’t all that far off the mark. Legal Insurrection points out the underlying accuracy of her words, too.
Fishy Activities Watch:
Opposition to ObamaCare continues to grow, despite the Democrats best efforts to clap their hands to their ears and scream “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”:
First, believe it or not, President Obama wants you to just shut up.
Meanwhile, enjoy this video of peaceful, unionized supporters of health-care reform kicking the crap out of a conservative Black man who dared to voice dissent. (More from Fausta and Hot Air.) And here’s a video of the victim attending a protest in a wheelchair a couple of days later outside of the local headquarters of the ever-peaceful SEIU, whose goons administered the beating. Why does this ring a bell?
More on SEIU’s commitment to democracy.
Meanwhile, did you know that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, the woman second in line for the Presidency, and the House Majority Leader both think that vocal opposition to ObamaCare is un-American? Way to build that majority, Nancy and Steny! I’m sure slagging large swathes of the American people will bring loads of new voters to the Democratic banner. Minority Leader Boehner, on the other hand, takes predictable (and justifiable) exception to their editorial.
And, hey, if you object to being called un-American, how about being compared to Oklahoma City-bomber Timothy McVeigh? Niiiice.
I always like to end linkapalooza posts with some humor. Tito found this hilarious blast from the past, Don Rickles roasting then-Governor Ronald Reagan. Enjoy.