President Bush Reverses “Glowball Warmening”!!

I subscribe to a chatboard about Thailand. Expats and others discuss events there and comment on them. It kind of keeps me aware of what’s happening there.

I was reading a discussion on the rise of the Thai Baht in relation to other currencies. The Thai Baht is the fastest appreciating currencies in the world right now. Against ALL currencies, not just the US Dollar. One commenter (a newbie) left the following comment.

The USA has screwed up the world, thnaks to Bush and his crazies.

There is nothing unusual about this. There are commenter’s everywhere that never miss the chance to blame Bush whenever it rains or they’re late for a job interview, whether there is any rational connection or not. (Usually not)

It occurred to me that if President Bush is to be held responsible of every fall of every sparrow, then he should get credit when good things happen on his watch. Recently, Bob Geldorf did that with an article in Time magazine about the good that Bush has made possible in Africa. This came as a surprise to many, even Geldorf. They’re so invested in finding new things they can blame Bush for that it never occurs to them that there might be things that he made better, or (perish the thought) things that he had nothing to do with at all. After all, very few people in the world base their day-to-day actions on what the President of the US thinks, whether his name is Bush, Clinton or McCain. (Though there does seem to be a lot of people that are ready to run off into the jungle to set up a new society based on worship of Barack Obama.) But, since they are convinced that Bush is at the bottom of whatever bothers them today, he has to also be at the bottom of whatever good thing that happens as well.

But there is another thing that has turned around during Bush’s Presidency. Something that is very near and dear to every Bushhater, and I think that they should not be allowed to deny him his credit just because they don’t like him. That wouldn’t be very tolerant and progressive, would it?

So, we all need to acknowledge that during President Bush’s term he has reduced and reversed “Glowball Warmening!”

From the Daily Tech

All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.A compiled list of all the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year’s time. For all four sources, it’s the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.

And it all happened on Bush’s watch, so he must be given credit.

Islamic Complaints

The man says a mouthful. We spend entirely too much time worrying about whether we’re “insulting” Islam. Their beliefs are not ours and their customs are not ours. I notice that those who call for us to tiptoe around their sensibilities don’t bother about the sensibilites of non-Muslims, men or people of pallor. It’s the old story. Everyone is equal but some are more equal than others.

Sounds Normal To Me

U.S. says Rezko paid his way in —

“Rezko parlayed his success in raising significant sums of money for Gov. Blagojevich into power by gaining access to high-ranking Illinois officials, being given deference in filing board and job positions, and by influencing how certain boards conducted business,” prosecutors said. “At base, Rezko’s power and importance flowed from his ability to raise money.”

To illustrate Rezko’s power and access, prosecutors said they want to present evidence that Rezko met regularly with Blagojevich patronage chief Joe Cini to discuss hiring in the new Democratic administration.

Prosecutors said Jennifer Thomas, a former Cini assistant, is prepared to testify that from early April through November 2003, she and Cini met at Rezko’s office to receive names and information from him about candidates for state agency jobs as well as seats on state boards and commissions.

Am I supposed to be outraged by this?

It sounds like the normal wheeling and dealing that goes on in any Democrat administration.

Is Al Gore Really That Effective?

DailyTech – Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming

Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile — the list goes on and on.

No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

Amazingly enough, this cooling trend seems to coincide to a decrease in solar activity. You don’t suppose the sun affects our weather, do you? I think the “Global Warming” scientists have been pretty clear that it doesn’t.

Though actually, I don’t know what the scientists really say. Just what the Glowball Warmening believers say they say.

But I have faith. If the cooling trend should continue, it will mean a temporary dislocation while the Glowball Warmening crowd converts to the “New Ice Age” It will, of course, require massive new programs and restrictions on business and travel to save us from the “New Ice Age.”

Because we have to believe the science, you know.

Expect A Lawsuit From Democrats If McCain Should Win

McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out – New York Times

WASHINGTON — The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president? In the case of Senator John McCain of Arizona, the issue is becoming more than a matter of parental daydreaming.

Mr. McCain’s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a “natural-born citizen” can hold the nation’s highest office.

I imagine the paperwork would be filed as soon as the results are official. The Democrats have never hesitated to pull a lawyer on you when they’re cornered.

I wonder what would happen should he be found to be ineligible after the election? A do-over or would the Vice-Presidential candidate be seated?

Lies, Damned Lies And Lies That Smeared “The Troops”

As a veteran and retired Army Sergeant, it might be a shock to you that I do not like, will not support, and will do whatever I can to reveal John Kerry as the slimeball political opportunist that her is.

Prior to “reporting for duty” in the 2004 election, John Kerry’s biggest claim to fame, other than the ability to marry money, was his testimony before Congress in 1971 as a leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW).

The VVAW was famous mostly for melodramatically throwing their medals (or in Kerry’s case, someone else’s medals) back during a march on the Pentagon. The other big thing they are famous for was the Winter Soldier Investigation in Detroit. (WSI)

Here soldier after soldier told stories of murder, rape and ruin. All done by American Soldiers and covered up by “The Brass”.

But a funny thing happened after the WSI. There was a criminal investigation started into the allegations. Well, since the actions reported by the participants of the WSI are crimes, it stands to reason that the investigation should be a criminal investigation. But the problem with bringing what essentially was hyperbole, into a criminal investigation is that a criminal investigation has standards that have to be met.

The investigators have to first determine if a crime has actually been committed. That means that vague stories of “my hootchmate’s best friend heard from his cousin that a whole bunch of people were killed and eaten” are not considered actual evidence. When investigating a crime they have to have places, dates and names, or at least unit designations. The blowhards at the WSI had none of that, and when the investigators tried to contact them or get info on the allegations, they were routinely stonewalled. This was either because giving info could have led to charges against the people making the allegations, or more likely, because they had diddley squat and didn’t want to get charged with making a false report and perjury. (Imagine their surprise to discover during the Clinton Administration that perjury is not a crime.)

Finally a report is available with the allegations, the actions taken and the results. – Army CID Investigations of VVAW War Crimes Allegations

David Ignatius Argues That Obama’s Strength Is His Inexperience.

No. Really.

Sun Sets on Cold War Mentality

We are the last major nation to make the transition from Cold War thinking to something new. China and India are rising thanks to new leadership elites that understand how to succeed in global markets; Russia is about to elect a new president whose formative experiences came after the fall of the Soviet Union; Pakistan has just rebuffed its own durable Cold Warrior, Gen. Pervez Musharraf; even Fidel Castro, perhaps the iconic survivor of the Cold War, has decided to step down. Only in America could John McCain seriously campaign for leadership as a symbol of the past.The utility of inexperience was explained to me this week by Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russia’s President Putin. He said that what’s attractive for Russians about Dmitry Medvedev, who is certain to be elected as Putin’s successor in presidential elections March 3, is that he embodies “a generation that was not shaped by the Soviet Cold War way of thinking.”

So, it’s leadership and not cheap labor that makes the Chinese and Indians so successful?

Dmitry Medvedev is going to be elected to Russia’s Presidency because he is inexperienced and not because he was handpicked by the secret policeman Vladimir Putin? Mushareff was ousted and will be replaced by someone without the connections to the Military, which everyone agrees is the only stabilizing force in Pakistan. How is this going to improve things there? And it’s not Castro’s age and ill health that is forcing his to pass the reins to Prince Raul, but some sense of being behind the times?

If that’s so, I guess we’ll have to be saying goodbye to David Ignatius, because he has been reporting and following the players throughout the Cold War and it is time to put someone less experienced in his place.

Works for me. How about you?

A Discussion Of The Science Behind “Global Warming?”

Not if the environmental lobby has anything to say about it.

Chilling Effect

[H]undreds of scientists, economists and policy experts who dissent from the “consensus” that climate change requires radical measures will meet in New York to discuss the latest scientific, economic and political research on climate change. Five tracks of panels will address paleoclimatology, climatology, global warming impacts, the economics of global warming and political factors. It will be keynoted by Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who has argued that economic growth is most likely to create the innovations and know-how to combat any challenges climate change could present in the future. (Information on the conference is here.)

The conference is being organized by the free-market Heartland Institute and 49 other co-sponsors, including a dozen from overseas. Heartland president Joseeph Bast says its politically incorrect purpose is to “explain the often-neglected ‘other side’ of the climate change debate. This will be their chance to speak out. It will be hard for journalists and policy makers to ignore us.”

Somehow the environmental lobby, which stands to gain prestige and funding if their version of “Global Warming is accepted, has captured the MSM coverage. There is no pretense to fairness, or even to exploration of common ground. Those who do not accept the narrative as given are smeared as “deniers” and stooges of corporations. The crucial measure is not their research or their reasoning, it is whether anyone one at any time has accepted funding from a source that is on the environmental blacklist.

[E[nvironmental groups have sent out their opinion to their media friends that the conference is simply a platform for corporate apologists and can safely be ignored. One group alleges the conference will have “no real scientists” present despite an impressive array of speakers such as Patrick Michaels, a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists, and Willie Soon, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Critics point out that ExxonMobil gave nearly $800,000 to Heartland between 1998 and 2005 and that the group’s board of directors include several people with ties to energy companies. The authors of the blog Real Climate don’t engage the issues raised by the conference but instead attack it as stuffed with shills. When Heartland experts tried to respond to those charges, they were blacklisted from the comments section of the Real Climate Web site

I try to join in to discussions of global warming whenever I can. But it’s difficult when the argument is not over ‘science” but whether you or I are capable of understanding “truths” that are dispensed by “scientists.”

Whenever I am faced with the assertion that “scientists has agreed” I ask who these scientists are that have agreed, when did they agree and where are the peer reviewed studies that they based their agreement on?

Most of the time that just results in my being told that I must be ignorant for not knowing, as if this were common knowledge, or I’m told about the IPCC. The problem with IPCC is that many scientists worked on the the study and none of them is responsible. Take any of the conclusions that are touted from that report and tell me the name of the scientist that made this determination?

You can’t and they won’t.

Not only that, but the scientists that worked on the IPCC report are legally prevented from expressing disagreement with the conclutions. That particular proviso puzzles me. If the study is so scientifically solid and irrefutable, why is it nessessary to make a provison preventing the authors from expressing disagreement?

After all, they’re the scientists, aren’t they?

The REAL Reason That The Dutch Are Becoming Intolerant Of Muslims

Ian Buruma, a professor of human rights at Bard College in New York state explains why the current reaction against Muslims in The Netherlands is not caused by the actions of the Muslims but are in fact the result of familiar liberal bogeymen. He has just written a book “Murder in Amsterdam: The Killing of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance” which, I guess, explains why his murder is not the fault of the Muslims.

Fear and loathing in the Western world | The Australian

There are reasons for people to feel anxious about economic globalisation, pan-European bureaucracy, the huge and not always effectively controlled influx of immigrants and the aggression of radical political Islam.
These anxieties have too often been ignored. There is a sense among many Europeans, not just in The Netherlands, that they have been abandoned in a fast-changing world, that multinational corporations are more powerful than nations, that the urban rich and highly educated do fine and ordinary folk in the provinces languish, while democratically elected politicians are not only powerless but have abjectly surrendered to these larger forces that threaten the common man.

See? The Muslims have nothing to do with it. They are just helpless pawns of the corporations and the global elite. Or at least that portion of the global elite that correctly realizes that Islam presents no threat to the west.

Oh. Well. That Settles It Then

A spry Farrakhan sings Obama’s praises

CHICAGO – In his first major public address since a cancer crisis, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the “hope of the entire world” that the U.S. will change for the better.

If he’s good enough for Louis Farrakhan, he’s good enough for me.

Glad to see he’s staying away from that racially tinged stuff. It wouldn’t do to inject race into the race.