Quote Of The Week: “It isn’t helpful to anybody to exaggerate the situation. It’s scary enough as it is.”

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Said by Vicki Pope, top Met Office climate hypocrite scientist kvetching about why no one believes in Global Warming anymore. Too many people exaggerate, she says. Problem is, her name is attached to articles with titles like this:

Met Office warn of ‘catastrophic’ rise in temperature

And she is prone to leaning on the “worse case scenario” herself:

Dr. Vicky Pope, head of climate change predictions at the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre says that:

In a worst-case scenario, where no action is taken to check the rise in Greenhouse gas emissions, temperatures would most likely rise by more than 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Her point is correct though, there is too much exaggeration. Problem is, when any scientists notices a problem who’s cause can’t be immediately explained, anthropogenic global warming is the fall-back position. Google “bee rapture” or “deformed frogs”, both of which were initially blamed on global warming, but have since been shown to have completely unrelated causes. And it gets worse than that. Some scientists purposely want to pin the blame of anything and everything on global warming. Did you know that global warming will cause more kidney stones? It’s true! It was published and peer reviewed!

And here’s a whole bunch of other stuff blamed on or caused by global warming, including More SEX!!! Don’t believe me? Here’s a video:

You’re Oppressing Me!

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Stolen From: Insta-P

Doug Hoffman – Two Lines Of Though.

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For those who have no idea who this is, he’s an independent candidate running for New Yorks 23 District Congressional seat. The official Republican candidate is not to the liking of many in the conservative wing of the party, and they are abandoning her in droves to support the guy who they feel better represents a more true conservative philosophy. On the one hand – good for an average citizen for standing up and running for office. I just watched a couple of interviews and he is definitely not your typical politician. In fact he doesn’t come off as a politician at all. He’s very quiet and unassuming. Boring even. His web site is boring! He’s never run for office before. Here is how he describes his career:

At 27 I was hired as controller of the organizing committee for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Three years later I bought the accounting firm that employed my mother. Now I have six offices spread across the northern reaches of New York and a dozen other small businesses in the Adirondacks that employ my wife, children and hopefully someday, my grandchildren.

With the exception of a smattering of the phrase of “The American Dream” on his web site and in his interviews, you wouldn’t know he was really running for something. I suspect you saw quite a few candidates of this quiet and unassuming type  emerge from rural areas all over the country in the days before the advent of mass media pollution of the political process, especially TV. Photogenics, not intelligence, has become the most important asset of the modern politician. You know the type; the almost nauseating sparkling personality (usually fake) the ability to recite a catch phrase with the ease of a pitchman, and have a big smile and look good for the camera – John Edwards anyone? Could we have elected an Abraham Lincoln in todays political environment?

Anyway, even though I’m not philosophically in line with what passes as “true conservatism” in the current political environment (social conservatism is still more important than fiscal conservatism), I instinctively like what the guy is doing. I wish we had more ordinary / qualified citizens running and winning.

I have one big concern.

Is he up to the job. The problem with having ordinary citizens run for office is that they don’t know what they are getting themselves into if they win. They end up way way over their head! Though he was selected and not elected, here is a perfect example of a guy who is way way way over his head. Read the whole thing. It’ll make your brain hurt, and you’ll be grateful that you don’t live in the district he represents. This guy also often looks as if he’s in way way way over his head, but that’s fodder for a different post.

Starving Farmers of Water… For Nothing.

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Well, the results are in. The scientific opinions that recommended that the way to save the Delta Smelt was to shut off the water supply to the West San Joaquin Valley farmers…  Didn’t work. As farmers were forced to watch as their fields dried and went fallow,  shutting off the pumps that divert the water from the Delta to the San Luis Reservoir did nothing to help the endangered fish. It’s population continued to decline.


Now maybe the feds will look at the more obvious reason why the fish are dying – pollution in the Delta.  But that would mean that the folks in the state capital, the spineless liberal pseudo-environmentalist legislators who did nothing while farms were going dry and farm hands and ag related business were going bankrupt, might have to finally have to enforce some tough regulations on their constituents in the surrounding communities, instead of farming the pain out to those who didn’t vote for them.

PS. As I mentioned in a previous post, one of my customers runs an agricultural spraying business, spraying crops with pesticides and fertilizers. Their business was down 75% this year. They will not survive next year if the feds shut off the water as they did this year.

Caption This Bait! – Climate Change Is Sooo Gay!

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Here’s the rest of the story.

Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream…

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So here I am, Saturday morning, at Greg’s sisters house. As sometimes happens when sleeping in less familliar surrounding, the sleep was fitfull. It may be the setting, or it may be Greg’s fault. I get to that in a few.

The dream?

Greg and I were traveling to the top of a very high mountain. We were not driving a Subaru, but a Mini Cooper instead. That should have been the first warning that the dream was not going to go well. So, were at the peak, and we see one of my old best friends, Mike Sheber. Mike and I were best friends during our early teen years, but lost touch after he moved away. We found each other ten years later, but the connection we once had had faded, we had grown too far apart  with very different interests, and the bond of friendship just wasn’t the same. Since then I haven’t talk to him in about sixteen years.

So, as the dream unfolds – there he is, on top of the mountain. I try to appoach him, but he is alloof and dissapears. Well, I really want to reestablish the friendship, so the trip to the top of the mountain becomes a mission to find my long lost friend. I talk to many of the townfolk, and they warn me to stay away from my former friend. Frustrated by the lack of cooperation, I start driving down the road, stewing in my frustration, when  a car cuts me off. Being in a Mini Cooper and not in my superior Subaru, I go sliding toward the edge of a very steep cliff. Just when we about to go over the cliff and meet our doom, we are saved, by a Pterodactyl creature that swoops down and clutches the little car. At that point, we pass out.

we wake up the next morning in a hotel room. We don’t remember how we got there, but do remember the Pterodactyl. We realize, with absolutely certainty, the kind of absolute certainty that you only have in a dream, that the Pterodactyl that saved us… is actually my former friend Mike Sheber. He is a Pterodactyl Man. This is why the town folk shun him. The rest of the dream was a quest to find my Pterodactyl former best friend.

That’s the cool part of the dream. There was a down-side.

The dream was not a continuous affair. There were interruptions. Unpleasant interruption.

You see, before we went to bed, Greg was channel surfing last night before we went to bed. For some reason, he stopped on the Fox News channel, just as the Glenn Beck Show was starting. Beck imediately starrted ranting about Obama and “The Chicago Way”, swinging a bat just as Al Copone did in the movie “The Untoucheables”. My drream was constantly interupted by this immage of Beck screaming and yelling and carrying on.

It was very unpleasant. And it’s all Greg’s fault!

Soupy Sales Says “So Long”

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Don’t know if he actually said it, but if he didn’t, I’ll say it for him. He elevated the pie-in-the-face gag to an art form. He was 83. I give him an honorary pie in the face.

PS. I was going to name the post “Dr. No Is No More”, as the actor that played Dr. No in the first Bond movie has died. But when I went to look for info on him, I also found that Soupy’s time had come, and ,well, Dr. No got bumped from the headline. Sorry man, your villainy is no match for a puppet weilding, pie throwing comedian.

No Comment, Just Boobs.

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Points To Ponder.

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As Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity becomes more popular, increase their ratings…..

You Miss MY Deadline, And You’re ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!

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Good God, do politicians EVER listen to themselves? Form this BBC article:

The UK faces a “catastrophe” of floods, droughts and killer heatwaves if world leaders fail to agree a deal on climate change, the prime minister has warned. Gordon Brown said negotiators had 50 days to save the world from global warming and break the “impasse”.

You know, this “DO IT NOW!” strategy worked soooooo well for Obama on health care reform. Lets hope Brown meets with similar success.

PS. BTW, where’s the global warming…

no warming

PS. HaHa!