Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Pork is Corruption. How to Fix It.

December 31st, 2009

OINK! OINK! isn’t funny any more. This isn’t pork, it’s corruption of the worst and most blatant kind. It should get congress members jailed, not just ridiculed.

Here are examples of some of the $4.2 Billion of earmarks added to the grotesquely bloated $636 Billion defense budget.
From Fox News

In all, Congress added in 1,720 pet projects, including:

∙$5 million for a visitors center in San Francisco
∙$23 million for indigent health care in Hawaii
∙$18 million for the Edward Kennedy Policy Institute in Massachusetts
∙$1.6 million to computerize hospital records in Oakland
∙$47 million for anti-drug training centers around the country
∙$20 million for the World War II Museum in Louisiana
∙$3.9 million grant to develop an energy-efficient solar film for buildings
∙$800,000 for minority prostate cancer research
∙$3.6 million for marijuana eradication in Kentucky
∙$2.4 million for handicap access and a sprinkler system at a community club in New York

Our wimpy Sun God President Obama promised to veto any bill containing such earmarks. He lied! Again.

So why do our elected representatives engage in this criminality? They do it for votes. There are voters and campaign contributors behind every one of the above earmarks. They’re all done for the “good” of someone. Why would anyone argue against these good works?

Can it be stopped? Good question. I propose the following reforms to get control of our Federal Government:

  1. The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is fully enforced by the Supreme Court, throwing out the bogus use of “Interstate Commerce” as an excuse to regulate and corrupt anything and everything. All existing legislation relying on the expansive interpretation of the Commerce Clause shall immediately become null and void.
  2. Congressional bills are required to cover only a single subject with individual votes on each bill.
  3. Every bill requiring expenditure of money must specify its gross total cost and include a tax provision to fund the spending. Detailed budgets shall be the responsibility of executive department heads who will be held personally responsible for every line item of their budget.
  4. No bill, including any amendments, may exceed 50 pages of 10 point text printed on 8 1/2×11″ paper with 1″ margins.
  5. Any member of the legislative body considering a bill may object to a lack of clarity in the bill’s language. In which case the bill will be sent to the nearest (private) high school for re-drafting before a vote is allowed.
  6. Congress shall be allowed to propose no more than 100 bills per legislative year. (That’s 5,000 pages total.) After 100 bills have been voted upon, Congress shall be sent home to face the voters.
  7. All bills involving expenditures shall expire after five years, after which they must be re-introduced within the 100 bill limits above.
  8. Congress shall pass no law or regulation that does not apply equally to itself as to other citizens.
  9. Service as a congressional representative is a privilege, not a career. There shall be no retirement program for members of congress other than Social Security (if it isn’t repealed).
  10. Unionization of government employees should be outlawed. All employees serve at the pleasure of the head of their department and may be dismissed an any time for any reason. Department heads are personally responsible for all acts or failures of their department.

Short of revolution and a new constitutional convention it would be difficult to implement these reforms. But that doesn’t mean we should stop trying to limit government power and political corruption.

Political Pork is Poison.

Guarded by a Goofball

December 30th, 2009

Don’t worry folks, the system worked. The undy-bomb didn’t go off. Look at me, Big Sis. “If one of them bad things flys over, well, I’ll just shoot it down — if I can figure out where the trigger is.”

Notice all my safety equipment, glasses, ear protectors. And the gun isn’t loaded. Now that’s safety.

Anyway, it’s Bush’s fault. He let those two guys that planned the attack loose from Gitmo. Unlike us — we’re giving them a fair trial before letting them loose. Anyway, the boss says this guy was an “isolated extremist,” which makes him a common criminal, not a terrorist.

Relax. Everything’s under control.

Homeland Security is Hopeless Bureaucracy

December 28th, 2009

Bureaucratic blather about “procedures and protocols that have been in place for years” and “what happened to the screening process.” is all that President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano offered when questioned about the attempted bombing of the Northwest Airlines jet last Friday.

This is the same Janet Napolitano who publishes a booklet warning that U.S. Soldiers returning from wars and members of patriot militias, even bloggers are potential jihadists or maybe dangerous presidential assassins based on their rightest/constitutionalist beliefs. This is the same Janet Napolitano whose Transportation Safety Department (oops!) published its entire operational manual on-line. This is the same Janet Napolitano who can’t bear to utter the words Radical Islamic Terrorism.

First of all: FIRE THIS CLOWN Napolitano. Appoint someone who recognizes that terrorists are waging war. They are not isolated, petty criminals. We need to reach out and touch them — with hellfire missiles and special forces strike teams. If Maj. Hasan and young student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab can find Al Quaeda, so can we.

Second: The mission should be to go after people, not things. The Israeli security people concentrate on profiling and screening people. El Al, their airline, hasn’t had a serious hijack or bombing in years. perhaps they’re doing something right. The absurdity of current airline screening was illustrated by Bruce Schneier in an interview he conducted with Kip Hawley, head of TSA in 2007. Schneier pointed out that the banned liquids, which might contain dangerous explosives, are simply tossed into a bin in the middle of the screening area. Is this dangerous or not? Somebody isn’t thinking clearly. Hawley even joked that “Screening ideas are indeed thought up by the Office for Annoying Air Travelers and vetted through the Directorate for Confusion and Complexity, and then we review them to insure that there are sufficient unintended irritating consequences so that the blogosphere is constantly fueled. ” Can Janet top that one?

Third: The people that need to be infiltrated, monitored, screened and prevented from doing their ugly jihadist deeds are all Muslims, every one of them. In order to establish some kind of reasonable security it is necessary to monitor radical Muslim activity worldwide. Strip searching grandmothers at airports is an insane waste of energy and a slap in the face for honest travelers.

Political correctness and prissy foreign policy gets people killed.

Smoking Wreckage

December 24th, 2009

In my minds eye I visualize the current before Christmas scenery. No white Christmas and carols there. No jingle bells. I visualize a general walking across a devastated, shredded battlefield, among the dead bodies and broken machines of war, still smoking and burning. The general could be of either army, the victor or the vanquished. It wouldn’t matter to this scene.

So here we are, on Christmas Eve, and Harry Reid has battled for his vision of government control and eternal beneficence through regulatory domination of those evil insurance companies. “The peasants will understand,” he muses, “after a few have felt the sting of the lash. We’ll decorate the white house Christmas tree all in red ornaments next year, maybe with faces of Obama, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Hugo Chavez, Che and Castro. That would be joyous.” As he walks through the wreckage, hands clasped behind his back, head bowed, Harry’s cell phone rings.

It’s Nancy, breathless. “Good work Harry,” she purrs sweetly, “I knew you could do it. But now we need to start our reconciliation, don’t we? Do you know of a good place for us to hide while we carve up the booty?”

“I dunno,” replies Harry. “But we better do it quickly before the Chicago boys get into the act. They’re really greedy, you know.”

“Yes, I know.”

Over the battlefield more storm clouds are gathering. Lightning strikes in the distance. The smell of death mixes with ozone and the dust becomes pungent as the rain begins. Harry hangs up the cell phone and pulls up the collar of his great coat. “Not only that bitch to contend with,” he says between clenched teeth, “but another vote. And now that everyone knows what it cost in bribes to get this far, every soldier I have left will be demanding boodle-for-fight after reconciliation. One just can’t count on loyalty these days.”

It’s raining harder. The ground has turned muddy, somewhere sloppy, elsewhere sucking at Harry’s boots as he walks. The great coat leaks even with the collar pulled tight around his neck. Harry is feeling miserable and depressed. He contemplates the corpse of a dead enemy soldier and veers sharply to his left. “And then there’s the Supreme Court,” he whines. “Those jackals will be asked to rule on the constitutionality of our victory. We have a few allies in the court, but can we count on them? Hell no. Not yet. But maybe in the future.”

Suddenly the scene changes. Segue into a sunny courtyard. It is filled with wheel chairs and stretchers. The sun beats down though “hallelujah clouds” just like the cover of a bible school prayer book. Except for the missing limbs and grievous burn scars the occupants look normal and happy. The Federal Government has provided them with Socialized Health Care. What a blessing.

Obama: “Have a Very Mao Christmas”

December 23rd, 2009

Breitbart reports EXCLUSIVE: Transvestites, Mao And Obama Ornaments Decorate White House Christmas Tree

Obama continues to flaunt his left-wing, urban-black, lower-class credentials, even in decorating the White House Christmas tree, where ornaments feature, who else but that Yuletide loving Chinese mass murderer Mao TseDung. And for entertainment another bauble features “legendary transvestite Hedda Lettuce” (maybe somebody knows something about that). And finally — TA_TA! — the sun god as a face on Mount Rushmore.

We’ll undoubtedly be told that the fault isn’t with the Prez or the 1st lady, but with the “designer”, Simon Doonan, hired to do the display. BS! It’s the responsibility of the person hiring the designer to sign off on his work. And it’s not as if Doonan was an unknown quantity. He’s apparently responsible for numerous other disgustingly political holiday displays.

It’s just another example of Obama’s arrogance and narcissism.

Pregnant Soldiers at War?

December 22nd, 2009

A recent spat over an American army commander’s order that pregnant soldiers in a war zone should be subject to courts martial illustrates, once again, why women should not be soldiers.

When a commander has to worry about losing soldiers, not to bullets and bombs, but to pregnancy, and then has to deal with shrill feminist critics who say that he’s interfering with womens’ rights, that’s a situation that needs attention. In a war zone the commander’s primary responsibility is to defeat the enemy. But in order to do so, he’s responsible for everything his troops require. They are entirely dependent upon their commander for food, shelter, medicine, sanitation, weapons, ammunition, and leadership. All of these ingredients help to win the war. The commander should not have to be concerned about pre-natal care and diapers. These are distractions.

Women in combat are an uncivilized manifestation of a breakdown in our society’s morality and standards. The same people who promote the idea that war fighting is women’s work also deny that the goal of war fighting is to win. Although the army is, and should be egalitarian, it should not be an instrument for social experimentation at the cost of its effectiveness in war fighting.

Before anyone accuses me of being anti-female, I’m far from it. I’ve been blessed and surrounded by females all my life. My mother, sister, two happy marriages and two daughters are proof of this. I would not wish for any of these wonderful women to participate in combat, as I myself have done. Nor do I criticize the military for having wonderful female nurses in behind-the-lines hospitals, although these are sometimes still hazardous. Again, I have personal experience and complete admiration and gratitude for these angels. They are doing what women do best, nurturing and caring for people.

The U.S. is a large country. Within its 300 million population there are an ample number of young males quite able to perform the duties of soldiers. Any argument that female combatants are needed to fill out the ranks is specious on its face.

Coming: A New Congressional Chaplain

December 21st, 2009

My Washington spies tell me that Pelosi and Reid have drafted a British cleric to be the new chaplain for the U.S. Congress.

After learning that the British priest, Father Tim Jones, had advised his congregation in a Christmas sermon to engage in shop lifting to relieve them from poverty, Pelosi called Reid on the phone. “Harry,” she said, “there’s a man in Britain who embodies our most sacred social and moral ideals. We need him here.” Whereupon, Reid responded “Yes, Nancy-Dancy, your will be done. I’ll send one of my fools with a suitcase full of dollars to entice him. I’m sure Obama will let us use Air Force One to transport him. Thanks for the call.”

When the sun god heard about this he scolded whore-house Harry Reid. He said, “This is obviously a mission for Hillary and me, me, me. I, I the Sun God, I’ll arrange it and use my brilliant visage to dazzle the good priest. But I’ll take the money with me just in case I need to persuade Gordon Brown to part with this crusader for social justice, or maybe Hillary and I’ll need lunch money along the way. Just make sure you send the money in a big suitcase. No small bills. Hundreds will be fine.”

Just after 1:00 AM Airforce One lifted off from Washington. Aboard were Obama the Sun God and Hillary the goddess of lucky investing. And just for the ride, there was Gullible Al, who sat in the corner sucking his thumb. You see, he’d had a miserable week.

We don’t know for sure how the enticement/abduction/mugging will go, but we can be reasonably assured that this able team will return with their new Congressional Chaplain, no matter what it takes.

Now that’s team work.

Dear Mr. Democrat Representative

December 20th, 2009

I’m sending this plea to my Democrat representative, Rep. Raul Grijalva, who has voted for the health care takeover against my ardent advice.

Dear Rep. Grijalva,
You’re acting like a push-over. Look, Ben Nelson and Mary Lanerieu got lots of boodle for their districts. What did you get for our district? Nada! You need to tell your congressional leaders that you’ve changed your mind about the health care bill, and you won’t change it back until they pay you off, send mucho moola and mountains of goodies to your district. Don’t be a pansie. Fight for the goodies. That’s what we elected you for.

Odd Citizen

Harry Reid & Jalapeños

December 19th, 2009

The climate summit in Copenhagen collapsed under the weight of its anti-American agenda. Hooray for that! The discrediting of the AGW climate scare goes on, not so much because of the juicy emails, but because of evidence that the raw data was flagrantly cooked. A truly independent audit of this will show whether the data was dishonestly adjusted and cherry picked to support an agenda. In any case the fever-panic has subsided for a while, even if congress still believes in the fairy tale. Meanwhile the Cap & Tax bill will get the Harry Reid treatment.

The U.S. Senate, under the criminal guidance of Harry Reid continues to try and force a government take-over of the health care industry, something that a growing majority of Americans say the don’t want to happen.

In a related vein, yesterday I was busy with Christmas errands and stopped to get a bean burrito at a favorite restaurant. It was the cheapest food on the menu, but I loaded it up with free salsa and covered the whole thing with sliced jalapeño peppers. It tasted good going down, but today I’m paying the real price of the burrito.

Sometime soon, if Harry gets his way, they’ll pass the health care takeover bill. Then they’ll get to read it. Then it goes back to the back room where more salsa and jalapeños will be added. I hope the country’s stomach is stronger than mine is.

$100 Billion for Communist Backed Scheme

December 17th, 2009

So Hillary and Barack want to give $100 Billion to the people celebrated by this crowd? They’re crazy of stupid or both. Anyone who wonders where the communists went after the fall of the Soviet Union now knows that they became greenies. A curse on them and theirs. And anyone who wonders about the underlying motive of the AGW movement, just play this video.

The only good communist is a dead communist.

Monster Stalks Copenhagen

December 17th, 2009

Danish-American (1962) movie, Reptilicus, is ahead of its time. The movie shows a monster loose in the streets of Copenhagen. And where did it come from? It came from an OIL well. So now you know it’s REALLY EVIL.

(Thanks to Breitbart’s Big Government for finding this treasure.)

But don’t worry. Gullible Al is there to defend us! And Nancy Pelosi is on her way with reinforcements.

Not Settled Science

December 16th, 2009

The Copenhagen Climate Challenge produced a petition signed by 140 scientists.

The petition concluded:

It is not the responsibility of ‘climate realist’ scientists to prove that dangerous human-caused climate change is not happening. Rather, it is those who propose that it is, and promote the allocation of massive investments to solve the supposed ‘problem’, who have the obligation to convincingly demonstrate that recent climate change is not of mostly natural origin and, if we do nothing, catastrophic change will ensue. To date, this they have utterly failed to do.

140 scientists and they don’t all work for Exxon.

Copenhagen Climate Challenge Signatories
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 10 December 2009 06:53

Signed by Science and Technology Experts well Qualified in Climate Science:
Habibullo I. Abdussamatov, Dr. Sci., mathematician and astrophysicist, Head of the Russian-Ukrainian Astrometria project on the board of the Russian segment of the ISS, Head of Space Research Laboratory at the Pulkovo
Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia
Göran Ahlgren, docent organisk kemi, general secretary of the Stockholm Initiative, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden
Syun-Ichi Akasofu, PhD, Professor of Physics, Emeritus and Founding Director, International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.A.
J.R. Alexander, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Member, UN Scientific and Technical Committee on Natural Disasters, 1994-2000, Pretoria, South Africa.
Jock Allison, PhD, ONZM, formerly Ministry of Agriculture Regional Research Director, Dunedin, New Zealand
Bjarne Andresen, PhD, dr. scient, physicist, published and presents on the impossibility of a “global temperature”, Professor, The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Timothy F. Ball, PhD, environmental consultant and former climatology professor, University of Winnipeg, Member, Science Advisory Board, ICSC, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Douglas W. Barr, BS (Meteorology, University of Chicago), BS and MS (Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota), Barr Engineering Co. (environmental issues and water resources), Minnesota, U.S.A.
Romuald Bartnik, PhD (Organic Chemistry), Professor Emeritus, Former chairman of the Department of Organic and Applied Chemistry, climate work in cooperation with Department of Hydrology and Geological Museum, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
Colin Barton, B.Sc., PhD, Earth Science, Principal research scientist (retd), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Joe Bastardi, BSc, (Meteorology, Pennsylvania State), meteorologist, State College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Ernst-Georg Beck, Dipl. Biol. (University of Freiburg), Biologist, Freiburg, Germany
David Bellamy, OBE, English botanist, author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner, Hon. Professor of Botany (Geography), University of Nottingham, Hon. Prof. Faculty of Engineering and Physical Systems, Central Queensland University, Hon. Prof. of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Durham, United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award Winner, Dutch Order of The Golden Ark, Bishop Auckland County, Durham, U.K.
M. I. Bhat, Professor & Head, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Ian R. Bock, BSc, PhD, DSc, Biological sciences (retired), Ringkobing, Denmark
Sonja A. Boehmer-Christiansen, PhD, Reader Emeritus, Dept. of Geography, Hull University, Editor – Energy&Environment, Multi-Science (www.multi-science.co.uk), Hull, United Kingdom
Atholl Sutherland Brown, PhD (Geology, Princeton University), Regional Geology, Tectonics and Mineral Deposits, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Stephen C. Brown, PhD (Environmental Science, State University of New York), District Agriculture Agent, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Ground Penetrating Radar Glacier research, Palmer, Alaska, U.S.A.
James Buckee, D.Phil. (Oxon), focus on stellar atmospheres, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Dan Carruthers, M.Sc., Arctic Animal Behavioural Ecologist, wildlife biology consultant specializing in animal ecology in Arctic and Subarctic regions, Alberta, Canada
Robert M. Carter, PhD, Professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Dr. Arthur V. Chadwick, PhD, Geologist, dendrochronology (analyzing tree rings to determine past climate) lecturing, Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, Texas, U.S.A.
George V. Chilingar, PhD, Member, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow President, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, U.S.A. Section, Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Ian D. Clark, PhD, Professor (isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology), Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Charles A. Clough, BS (Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), MS (Atmospheric Science, Texas Tech University), former (to 2006) Chief of the US Army Atmospheric Effects Team at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; now residing in Bel Air, Maryland, U.S.A.
Paul Copper, BSc, MSc, PhD, DIC, FRSC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Piers Corbyn, MSc (Physics (Imperial College London)), ARCS, FRAS, FRMetS, astrophysicist (Queen Mary College, London), consultant, founder WeatherAction long range forecasters, London, United Kingdom
Allan Cortese, meteorological researcher and spotter for the National Weather Service, retired computer professional, Billerica, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Richard S. Courtney, PhD, energy and environmental consultant, IPCC expert reviewer, Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Susan Crockford, PhD (Zoology/Evolutionary Biology/Archaeozoology), Adjunct Professor (Anthropology/Faculty of Graduate Studies), University of Victoria, Victoria, British Colombia, Canada
Claude Culross, PhD (Organic Chemistry), retired, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Joseph D’Aleo, BS, MS (Meteorology, University of Wisconsin), Doctoral Studies (NYU), Executive Director – ICECAP (International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project), Fellow of the AMS, College Professor Climatology/Meteorology, First Director of Meteorology The Weather Channel, Hudson, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Chris R. de Freitas, PhD, Climate Scientist, School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Willem de Lange, MSc (Hons), DPhil (Computer and Earth Sciences), Senior Lecturer in Earth and Ocean Sciences, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand
James DeMeo, PhD (University of Kansas 1986, Earth/Climate Science), now in Private Research, Ashland, Oregon, U.S.A.
David Deming, PhD (Geophysics), Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
James E Dent; B.Sc., FCIWEM, C.Met, FRMetS, C.Env., Independent Consultant, Member of WMO OPACHE Group on Flood Warning, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
Robert W. Durrenberger, PhD, former Arizona State Climatologist and President of the American Association of State Climatologists, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Arizona State University; Sun City, Arizona, U.S.A.
Don J. Easterbrook, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Geology, Western Washington, University, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.
Per Engene, MSc, Biologist, Bø i Telemark, Norway, Co-author The Climate. Science and Politics (2009)
Robert H. Essenhigh, PhD, E.G. Bailey Professor of Energy Conversion, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.
David Evans, PhD (EE), MSc (Stat), MSc (EE), MA (Math), BE (EE), BSc, mathematician, carbon accountant and modeler, computer and electrical engineer and head of ‘Science Speak’, Scientific Advisory Panel member – Australian Climate Science Coalition, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Sören Floderus, PhD (Physical Geography (Uppsala University)), coastal-environment specialization, Copenhagen, Denmark
Louis Fowler, BS (Mathematics), MA (Physics), 33 years in environmental measurements (Ambient Air Quality Measurements), Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Stewart Franks, PhD, Professor, Hydroclimatologist, University of Newcastle, Australia
Gordon Fulks, PhD (Physics, University of Chicago), cosmic radiation, solar wind, electromagnetic and geophysical phenomena, Corbett, Oregon, U.S.A.
R. W. Gauldie, PhD, Research Professor, Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, School of Ocean Earth Sciences and Technology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Retired), U.S.A.
David G. Gee, Professor of Geology (Emeritus), Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Villavagen 16, Uppsala, Sweden
Lee C. Gerhard, PhD, Senior Scientist Emeritus, University of Kansas, past director and state geologist, Kansas Geological Survey, U.S.A.
Gerhard Gerlich, Dr.rer.nat. (Mathematical Physics: Magnetohydrodynamics) habil. (Real Measure Manifolds), Professor, Institut für Mathematische Physik, Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, Co-author of “Falsification Of The Atmospheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects Within The Frame Of Physics”, Int.J.Mod.Phys.,2009
Albrecht Glatzle, PhD, ScAgr, Agro-Biologist and Gerente ejecutivo, Tropical pasture research and land use management, Director científico de INTTAS, Loma Plata, Paraguay
Fred Goldberg, PhD, Adj Professor, Royal Institute of Technology (Mech, Eng.), Secretary General KTH International Climate Seminar 2006 and Climate analyst and member of NIPCC, Lidingö, Sweden
Wayne Goodfellow, PhD (Earth Science), Ocean Evolution, Paleoenvironments, Adjunct Professor, Senior Research Scientist, University of Ottawa, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Thomas B. Gray, MS, Meteorology, Retired, USAF, Yachats, Oregon, U.S.A.
Vincent Gray, PhD, New Zealand Climate Coalition, expert reviewer for the IPCC, author of The Greenhouse Delusion: A Critique of Climate Change 2001, Wellington, New Zealand
William M. Gray, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Head of the Tropical Meteorology Project, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A.
Kenneth P. Green, M.Sc. (Biology, University of San Diego) and a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Charles B. Hammons, PhD (Applied Mathematics), systems/software engineering, modeling & simulation, design, Consultant, Coyle, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
William Happer, PhD, Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics (research focus is interaction of light and matter, a key mechanism for global warming and cooling), Princeton University; Former Director, Office of Energy Research (now Office of Science), US Department of Energy (supervised climate change research), Member – National Academy of Sciences of the USA, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society; Princeton, NJ, USA.
Howard Hayden, PhD, Emeritus Professor (Physics), University of Connecticut, The Energy Advocate, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Ross Hays, Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas, U.S.A.
James A. Heimbach, Jr., BA Physics (Franklin and Marshall College), Master’s and PhD in Meteorology (Oklahoma University), Prof. Emeritus of Atmospheric Sciences (University of North Carolina at Asheville), Springvale, Maine, U.S.A.
Ole Humlum, PhD, Professor, Department of Physical Geography, Institute of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Craig D. Idso, PhD, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.
Sherwood B. Idso, PhD, President, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.
Terri Jackson, MSc MPhil., Director, Independent Climate Research Group, Northern Ireland and London (Founder of the Energy Group at the Institute of Physics, London), U.K.
Albert F. Jacobs, Geol.Drs., P. Geol., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Zbigniew Jaworowski, PhD, DSc, professor of natural sciences, Senior Science Adviser of Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, researcher on ice core CO2 records, Warsaw, Poland.
Terrell Johnson, B.S. (Zoology), M.S. (Wildlife & Range Resources, Air & Water Quality), Principal Environmental Engineer, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Green River, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Bill Kappel, BS (Physical Science-Geology), BS (Meteorology), Storm Analysis, Climatology, Operation Forecasting, Vice President/Senior Meteorologist, Applied Weather Associates, LLC, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, U.S.A.
Wibjörn Karlén, MSc (quaternary sciences), PhD (physical geography), Professor emeritus, Stockholm University, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Geografiska Annaler Ser. A, Uppsala, Sweden
Olavi Kärner, Ph.D., Extraordinary Research Associate; Dept. of Atmospheric Physics, Tartu Observatory, Toravere, Estonia
David Kear, PhD, FRSNZ, CMG, geologist, former Director-General of NZ Dept. of Scientific & Industrial Research, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Madhav L. Khandekar, PhD, consultant meteorologist, (former) Research Scientist, Environment Canada, Editor “Climate Research” (03-05), Editorial Board Member “Natural Hazards, IPCC Expert Reviewer 2007, Unionville, Ontario, Canada
Leonid F. Khilyuk, PhD, Science Secretary, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Professor of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
William Kininmonth MSc, MAdmin, former head of Australia’s National Climate Centre and a consultant to the World Meteorological organization’s Commission for Climatology, Kew, Victoria, Australia
Gary Kubat, BS (Atmospheric Science), MS (Atmospheric Science), professional meteorologist last 18 years, O’Fallon, Illinois, U.S.A.
Roar Larsen, Dr.ing.(PhD), Chief Scientist, SINTEF (Trondheim, Norway), Adjunct Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Douglas Leahey, PhD, meteorologist and air-quality consultant, President – Friends of Science, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Jay Lehr, BEng (Princeton), PhD (environmental science and ground water hydrology), Science Director, The Heartland Institute, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Edward Liebsch, BS (Earth Science & Chemistry), MS (Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University), Senior Air Quality Scientist, HDR Inc., Maple Grove, MN, U.S.A.
Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Peter Link, BS, MS, PhD (Geology, Climatology), Geol/Paleoclimatology, retired, Active in Geol-paleoclimatology, Tulsa University and Industry, Evergreen, Colorado, U.S.A.
Anthony R. Lupo, Ph.D., Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.
Horst Malberg, PhD, former director of Institute of Meteorology, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Björn Malmgren, PhD, Professor Emeritus in Marine Geology, Paleoclimate Science, Goteborg University, retired, Norrtälje, Sweden
Fred Michel, PhD, Director, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ferenc Mark Miskolczi, PhD, atmospheric physicist, formerly of NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, U.S.A.
Asmunn Moene, PhD, MSc (Meteorology), former head of the Forecasting Centre, Meteorological Institute, Oslo, Norway
Cdr. M. R. Morgan, PhD, FRMetS, climate consultant, former Director in marine meteorology policy and planning in DND Canada, NATO and World Meteorological Organization and later a research scientist in global climatology at Exeter University, UK, now residing in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nils-Axel Mörner, PhD (Sea Level Changes and Climate), Emeritus Professor of Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Robert Neff, M.S. (Meteorology, St Louis University), Weather Officer, USAF; Contractor support to NASA Meteorology Satellites, Retired, Camp Springs, Maryland, U.S.A.
John Nicol, PhD, Physics, (Retired) James Cook University, Chairman – Australian Climate Science Coalition, Brisbane, Australia
Ingemar Nordin, PhD, professor in philosophy of science (including a focus on “Climate research, philosophical and sociological aspects of a politicised research area”), Linköpings University, Sweden.
David Nowell, M.Sc., Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, former chairman of the NATO Meteorological Group, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
James J. O’Brien, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Meteorology and Oceanography, Florida State University, Florida, U.S.A.
Peter Oliver, BSc (Geology), BSc (Hons, Geochemistry & Geophysics), MSc (Geochemistry), PhD (Geology), specialized in NZ quaternary glaciations, Geochemistry and Paleomagnetism, previously research scientist for the NZ Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Cliff Ollier, D.Sc., Professor Emeritus (School of Earth and Environment), Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, W.A., Australia
Garth W. Paltridge, BSc Hons (Qld), MSc, PhD (Melb), DSc (Qld), Emeritus Professor, Honorary Research Fellow and former Director of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Visiting Fellow, RSBS, ANU, Canberra, ACT, Australia
R. Timothy Patterson, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology), Carleton University, Chair – International Climate Science Coalition, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Alfred H. Pekarek, PhD, Associate Professor of Geology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Ian Plimer, PhD, Professor of Mining Geology, The University of Adelaide; Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Daniel Joseph Pounder, BS (Meteorology, University of Oklahoma), MS (Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); Weather Forecasting, Meteorologist, WILL AM/FM/TV, the public broadcasting station of the University of Illinois, Urbana, U.S.A.
Brian Pratt, PhD, Professor of Geology (Sedimentology), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Harry N.A. Priem, PhD, Professor (retired) Utrecht University, isotope and planetary geology, Past-President Royal Netherlands Society of Geology and Mining, former President of the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tom Quirk, MSc (Melbourne), D Phil, MA (Oxford), SMP (Harvard), Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Australian Climate Science Coalition, Member Board Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
George A. Reilly, PhD (Geology), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Robert G. Roper, PhD, DSc (University of Adelaide, South Australia), Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Arthur Rorsch, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Molecular Genetics, Leiden University, retired member board Netherlands Organization Applied Research TNO, Leiden, The Netherlands
Curt Rose, BA, MA (University of Western Ontario), MA, PhD (Clark University), Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Studies and Geography, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Rob Scagel, MSc (forest microclimate specialist), Principal Consultant – Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Bruce Schwoegler, BS (Meteorology and Naval Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Chief Technology Officer, MySky Communications Inc, meteorologist, science writer and principal/co-founder of MySky, Lakeville, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
John Shade, BS (Physics), MS (Atmospheric Physics), MS (Applied Statistics), Industrial Statistics Consultant, GDP, Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
Gary Sharp, PhD, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study, Salinas, California, U.S.A.
Thomas P. Sheahen, PhD (Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), specialist in renewable energy, research and publication (Applied Optics) in modeling and measurement of absorption of infrared radiation by atmospheric CO2, Oakland, Maryland, U.S.A.
Paavo Siitam, M.Sc., agronomist and chemist, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
L. Graham Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Geography, specialising in Resource Management, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Roy W. Spencer, PhD, climatologist, Principal Research Scientist, Earth System Science Center, The University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.A.
Walter Starck, PhD (Biological Oceanography), marine biologist (specialization in coral reefs and fisheries), author, photographer, Townsville, Australia
Peter Stilbs, TeknD, Professor of Physical Chemistry, Research Leader, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), member of American Chemical Society and life member of American Physical Society, Chair of “Global Warming – Scientific Controversies in Climate Variability”, International seminar meeting at KTH, 2006, Stockholm, Sweden
Arlin Super, PhD (Meteorology), former Professor of Meteorology at Montana State University, retired Research Meteorologist, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.A.
George H. Taylor, B.A. (Mathematics, U.C. Santa Barbara), M.S. (Meteorology, University of Utah), Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Applied Climate Services, LLC, Former State Climatologist (Oregon), President, American Association of State Climatologists (1998-2000), Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A.
Mitchell Taylor, PhD, Biologist (Polar Bear Specialist), Wildlife Research Section, Department of Environment, Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada
Hendrik Tennekes, PhD, former director of research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Frank Tipler, PhD, Professor of Mathematical Physics, astrophysics, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Edward M. Tomlinson, MS (Meteorology), Ph.D. (Meteorology, University of Utah), President, Applied Weather Associates, LLC (leader in extreme rainfall storm analyses), 21 years US Air Force in meteorology (Air Weather Service), Monument, Colorado, U.S.A.
Ralf D. Tscheuschner, Dr.rer.nat. (Theoretical physics: Quantum Theory), Freelance Lecturer and Researcher in Physics and Applied Informatics, Hamburg, Germany. Co-author of “Falsification of The Atmospheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects Within The Frame Of Physics, Int.J.Mod.Phys. 2009
Gerrit J. van der Lingen, PhD (Utrecht University), geologist and paleoclimatologist, climate change consultant, Geoscience Research and Investigations, Christchurch, New Zealand
A.J. (Tom) van Loon, PhD, Professor of Geology (Quaternary Geology), Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; former President of the European Association of Science Editors
Gösta Walin, PhD in Theoretical physics, Professor emeritus in oceanography, Earth Science Center, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden
Neil Waterhouse, PhD (Physics, Thermal, Precise Temperature Measurement), retired, National Research Council, Bell Northern Research, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Anthony Watts, 25-year broadcast meteorology veteran and currently chief meteorologist for KPAY-AM radio. In 1987, he founded ItWorks, which supplies custom weather stations, Internet servers, weather graphics content, and broadcast video equipment. In 2007, Watts founded SurfaceStations.org, a Web site devoted to photographing and documenting the quality of weather stations across the U.S., U.S.A.
Charles L. Wax, PhD (physical geography: climatology, LSU), State Climatologist – Mississippi, past President of the American Association of State Climatologists, Professor, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University, U.S.A.
James Weeg, BS (Geology), MS (Environmental Science), Professional Geologist/hydrologist, Advent Environmental Inc, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Forese-Carlo Wezel, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Stratigraphy (global and Mediterranean geology, mass biotic extinctions and paleoclimatology), University of Urbino, Urbino, Italy
Boris Winterhalter, PhD, senior marine researcher (retired), Geological Survey of Finland, former adjunct professor in marine geology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
David E. Wojick, PhD, PE, energy and environmental consultant, Technical Advisory Board member – Climate Science Coalition of America, Star Tannery, Virginia, U.S.A.
Raphael Wust, PhD, Adj Sen. Lecturer, Marine Geology/Sedimentology, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Stan Zlochen, BS (Atmospheric Science), MS (Atmospheric Science), USAF (retired), Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Dr. Bob Zybach, PhD (Oregon State University (OSU), Environmental Sciences Program), MAIS (OSU, Forest Ecology, Cultural Anthropology, Historical Archaeology), BS (OSU College of Forestry), President, NW Maps Co., Program Manager, Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon, U.S.A.

Some People Like AGW

December 16th, 2009

Minnesotans for Global Warming brings us this holiday cheer:

Sin Bins and GLSEN

December 16th, 2009

Two stories, almost too ugly to be true … the British have a nanny Children’s Secretary named Ed Balls. He’s proposing to expand a program characterized as “Sin Bins” wherein closed circuit tv cameras will be installed in 20,000 homes of “the worst families” per a Daily Express article quoted below: (tip to TheUnbrokenWindow.com for finding the story)

THOUSANDS of the worst families in England are to be put in “sin bins” in a bid to change their bad behavior, Ed Balls announced yesterday.

The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes.

They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

This is the kind of insanity one gets when government pretends to be the ultimate nanny.

The second story has been developing for a while. Barack Obama has installed a “School Safety Czar” named Kevin Jennings. Jennings is the author of a book called “Queering of Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue About Sexualities and Schooling” advocating a gay agenda in schools. He is also the founder of GLSEN, an organization dedicated to promoting homosexuality and pedophilia among grammar school children and adults. Since Jennings became a government official GLSEN’s current activities have been exposed. These include lewd reading lists promoting homosexual activities among school kids, homosexual activities between adult men and young male children, promotion of homosexual practices such as “fisting” for children 7-12 years old, and such other descriptions which make me want to puke. (Read this material linked above, if you have a strong stomach for filth.)

I suppose Mr. Jennings and Mr. Balls are both experts in child rearing according to some twisted leftist definition. But these two stories illustrate the insanity of letting government intrude into the lives of private citizens. These “experts” pretend to know what’s best for you and your children. I cringe every time a politician starts talking about “Our Children.” Whose children?

I can’t speak to the amazing and dismaying willingness of the British to tolerate the growing surveillance society and the likes of Mr. Balls. But I can speak to the utter depravity of letting Kevin Jennings be a “Safe Schools Czar.” The fact that he was appointed and that, after what has been revealed about him, Jennings remains in a position of power speaks to President Obama’s utter contempt for his country and its citizens.

Don’t say it can’t happen here. It already is.

Bill Whittle, Spokesman for Liberty

December 15th, 2009

From time to time someone gives frustration a voice. If you’re as frustrated and depressed about where the country seems to be heading currently, please take time to view this:
Bill Whittle “The Kudzu Curse” On Pajamas TV. You may have to register, but it’s well worth the extra effort.

Mr. Whittle, for those of you who don’t know him is a blogger, screen writer, director, speech maker, pilot and campaigner for freedom. He’s a young fellow fired with obvious enthusiasm and spunk. I haven’t found any evidence of a PhD or elected office. He’s just a supercharged polemicist. In short, I admire the man and am impressed by what he has to say and how he says it.

In many respects, Bill Whittle’s passionate defense of liberty reminds me of Thomas Paine, the revolutionary polemicist who published a booklet called “Common Sense.” This was widely distributed and very influential in convincing Americans to break with Britain.

From The History Guide we learn:

Paine was convinced that the American Revolution was a crusade for a superior political system and that America was ultimately unconquerable. He did as much as any writer could to encourage resistance and to inspire faith in the Continental Army. I essays published in the Pennsylvania Journal under the heading “Crisis,” Paine attacked the faint-hearted, campaigned for a more efficient federal and state tax system to meet the costs of war, and encouraged the belief that Britain would eventually recognize American independence.

Note the positive attitude, the confidence in Americans’ ability to overcome the British and stand on their own two feet. This positive attitude and confidence are also reflected in Whittle’s speeches and writing.

With age I’ve become convinced that some of the most profound wisdom and best guidance is supplied by people from ordinary backgrounds who have extraordinary powers of observation and perception of reality, plus the ability to communicate. It has also become apparent to me that we often give too much credence to the credentialed, the famous, and the wealthy among us. In fact, the amount of balderdash emitted by experts, Nobelists, PhD’s, Celebrities and holders of high political office is mind boggling, and if taken seriously and blindly made the basis of government policy can be absolutely dangerous. In revolutionary times these people would have been the British generals, grandees, tax collectors, governors, and of course George III, himself. And we wouldn’t have had a revolution. We wouldn’t be America.

So here’s a toast to you, Bill Whittle. Keep it up. You’re in good company.

U.S. Govt. Database Complicit in Climate Data Deception

December 14th, 2009

An article in Save Capitalism blog exposes the dirty data manipulation engaged in by GHCN (Global Historical Climatology Network, a part of NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) as it pertains to temperature measurement records for Antarctica. The artcle’s author, an amateur, shows how the actual data has been adjusted to produce a bogus warming trend line. This is one of only about 3 data sets relied upon by all the climatologists, including Phil Jones of Climategate-CRU fame and our own “Dr. Doom” Hanson of NASA GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies). The article details how the temperature reports from 110 data series was reduced to essentially the data from 18, hand-picked to show a warming trend. If this isn’t scientific fraud, I don’t know what is.

From this:

To this:

The subject was then picked up and elaborated upon by The Air Vent which further suspects that the data from a single, coastal station was actually used in the “science” of IPCC climatology.

When the data is foul the conclusions are garbage. It doesn’t take a climate scientist to recognize this reality.

Another Hatchet Job on Our Wealth and Freedom

December 11th, 2009

The Pelosi-Democrats have done it again. They’ve passed a bill that is designed to hog-tie the U.S. free market to the detriment of us all. This is like Sarbanes-Oxley, the hastily assembled monstrosity that was supposed to address the problem of corporate misconduct, but which instead imposed an ugly burden on small and rapidly growing businesses by bureaucratizing corporate governance. The new, so called Financial Oversight Bill reaches out its tentacles to regulate everything from payday lenders to the operation of hedge funds and private investment companies. I’ll have to check with my bookie to see if he’s affected too. The House passed the bill with no Republican votes and 27 Democrats voting against it.

Obviously the Democrats in Congress are blaming the current economic situation on the alleged misdeeds of private finance and industry. But the current situation is demonstrably not a failure of regulation or too little regulation. It is the result of politically motivated government efforts to tip the mortgage market to favor those who couldn’t afford houses, to keep interest rates too low for too long, to force banks to make no down payment loans to opportunists and deadbeats, and to entice Fannie and Freddie into buying packaging and reselling securitized mortgages, among other misdeeds. It was then blown into red-hot fever pitch by the shouts of “fire in a crowded theater” by Bernanke and Paulson. And the regulators either couldn’t see the problem because they were incompetent and lazy, or they saw the problem and let political considerations keep them silent. Why should we think that additional regulators would be any more effective, competent and alert than the dunces we already have?

Let’s hope the Senate comes to its senses and kills this socialist cancer before it metastasizes.

What is needed is a citizen’s regulatory agency which would have the duty and the power to take a hatchet to government programs, regulations and agencies that are incompetent, lazy and unneeded. This would eventually eliminate about 80% of the existing government activities, reinvigorate the economy and make us all freer and happier. We wouldn’t even miss the rot that would be hacked out.

Of course Geithner, Cox, Frank and others would have to pay their taxes and penalties, others would go directly to jail, and Obama, Reid and Pelosi could step down to the local level and resume their work as meddlesome liberal busybodies employed by homeowners’ associations, and our congress could become part-time.

Yes, I’m dreaming, but wouldn’t that be an improvement?

Christopher Monckton on Climategate

December 10th, 2009

Here, Lord Mockton, former science advisor to the British government, discusses in some detail the implications of climategate and the Copenhagen conference which is taking place now.

Here Lord Mockton asserts that the email and document revelations from CRU are the work of an inside whistle blower, not an external hacker. Very interesting, indeed.

Urban Vs. Rural Temperature Patterns

December 9th, 2009

A Coyote scoop! This stands on its own.

Awsome Analysis of Urban Biases on Surface Temperatures

Good Enough for Government Work

December 9th, 2009

* Yucky School lunch meat – Beef that McDonalds would reject, Chicken that KFC would reject, Campbell Soup rejects – not good for anything but pet food. Our Federal Government bureaucracy sends this stuff out for consumption in school lunches reports USA Today.

*Transportation Safety Agency publishes airline baggage inspection manual – a veritable gold mine of information for terrorists bombers. Big Sis says “no harm done. We’re safe.”

*Dems vote to re-fund ACORN after congress, by overwhelming margins (Senate 85-11, House 345-75) voted to stop all funding. A federal court upheld the decision after an ACORN challenge) ACORN, a totally corrupt organization, had been supported by $53 Million in direct federal funds (and more indirectly) for “community activism,” but actually used a large proportion of the money to campaign and hustle fraudulent voter registrations for Democrats.

*Swine Flu Panic The big swine flu scare with the Feds yelling Panic and Pandemic, and Obama declaring a “National Emergency” the miserable management of the vaccine production, the hand wringing and instructions on how to cough — it turns out it will probably all a big exaggeration. A huge over-reaction by the Feds.

*Bernanke and Paulson waved a bloody shirt and spread panic and fear of economic catastrophe. TARP was supposed to save the world financial system from collapsing. With some of the $700 Billion spent on bank nationalizations and recapitalization and more to nationalize auto companies (none for its original purpose to rescue so-called “Troubled Assets”), there’s some money left. Now Obama and his gang want to use it to do a second “stimulus.” This is gangsterism and incompetence at its worst.

The Scandal of Government Health Care: An Introduction to Dr. Anna Chacko describes a real-true-to-life narration of what to expect from government run health care. Dr Chacko currently works at the VA. Don’t tell me the VA is an example of health care done right! It isn’t by any stretch of the imagination. It is a disgrace and a death trap.

This is just a sampling of one day’s news. And it goes on day after day.

What about a Government Run Health System? After all, it’s good enough for government work.

Finagling the Weather Station Data

December 9th, 2009

Forget the emails. Forget the conferences. Forget Gullible Al Gore. If the basic temperature measurements used as the basis for global warming claims are finagled to produce a predetermined result (warming), then the end result is fraud, no matter how you package it as science. Both the English (CRU) and the Nasa (GISS) basic temperature measurement data and their processing code have been subject to freedom of information requests, which the respective custodians have so-far refused to comply with. Now we have revelations from an independent Australian set of weather measurements (apparently also used by IPCC) that show clearly how valid data can be (and is) twisted to yield a predetermined result. It is this “adjusted” data on which the models of doom and catastrophe are based.

The descriptions of the data deception are fairly detailed and lengthy, but not hard to understand if you take a little time to read them. A basic chart is shown below to entice you to read the full reports.

The blue line is raw, non-adjusted temperatures. The red line is temperatures after adjustment. And the black line shows the adjustments that produced the red line.

This is just one example from one weather station. But to get the whole picture, see the two links below.

Smoking Gun at Darwin


Smoking Guns Across Australia: Where’s the warming? Looking at 16 other locations.”

This kind of analysis, in detail, is required for both the CRU and the GISS temperature sets. Then let the scientists behind the finagled data defend their conclusions.

Tracing the AGW Cheats Leading to Copenhagen

December 8th, 2009

Highly recommended See American Thinker who lays out a step by step description of how CRU fudged the data making up the basis for the Copenhagen wrecking ball now going on.

His conclusion is also worth a thought or two:

After all, the stakes are enormous: perhaps trillions of dollars and unquestionably every American’s personal liberties. Tomorrow, over 20,000 delegates from 193 nations will gather in Copenhagen to craft an agreement which would not only force American power consumption to levels equal to those of about 1910, but would also have us pay reparations for an imaginary “climate debt” we’ve accumulated by building the world’s greatest economy of all time. That debt is based on the amount of CO2 our financial growth has purportedly pumped into the atmosphere, which, according to the conclusions of the IPCC and based largely upon reports from the CRU, has selfishly imperiled the planet by inducing climate change.

When the physical measurements contradict the theory, the theory is garbage. Throw out the theory. Don’t fudge the measurements to fit the theory. It doesn’t take a scientist to know that this is true. Anyone claiming scientific truth on the basis of untestable and fudged data is committing fraud, not science.

More Scientists Call for Honest Review of AGW

December 8th, 2009

The American Physical Society is being split by a petition being circulated by some of its prominent members. Please take time to read an article about this here.

To summarize the article, it appears that about half of the members wish to revoke a statement by the society that supports the AGW hypothesis of the UN-IPCC. The society’s president won’t honor the petition or discuss it with its circulators. I’ve read other blogs in which the circulators of the petition are vilified.

It will be most interesting to follow this case and see if science can overcome politics for a thorough, unbiased, honest review of the politicized climatologist’s work.

A New Tax: Attacking Your Wealth

December 7th, 2009

The Pelosi Democrats want your wealth. A financial transaction tax,
HR-4191 is now in committee. It was introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore) and is enthusiastically backed by Nancy Pelosi.

This tax, demagogically described in the bill as the “Let Wall Street Pay for the Restoration of Main Street Act of 2009″ is claimed by its promoters to raise $150 Billion per year. The promoters say they’ll make sure that every country in the G20/G8 (or something, they say) will impose the same tax so as not to disadvantage U.S. securities exchanges vis-a-vis foreign exchanges.

The bill proposes a 0.25% tax on all financial transactions conducted on exchanges, such as the stock exchanges, the commodity exchanges, and others. It provides up to an individual $250 (joint $500) tax credit against the amount of tax paid, which makes it possible for an individual to do transact $100,000 per year with the tax rebated. Mutual funds and retirement accounts are excused from the tax.

It is not clear to me, from reading the bill, whether both sides of a transaction will be taxed. If both sides are taxed, this would be a 0.5% tax on a given trade. Or would only the buy side be taxed? Clarity isn’t a property of most legislation, let alone this bill.

According to the bill:

The United States had a transfer tax from 1914 to 1966. The Revenue Act of 1914 (Act of Oct. 22, 1914 (ch. 331, 38 Stat. 745)) levied a 0.2 percent tax on all sales or transfers of stock. In 1932, Congress more than doubled the tax to help financial recovery and job creation during the Great Depression.

(emphasis added)

So the starting point of 0.25% is liable to be just the sharp edge of the wedge.

What would this bill do?

1) It would markedly reduce stock market liquidity, since about 70% of stock market volume is from program trading, where the traders are skimming very small gains. A quarter percent hit would make a lot of these trades uneconomical.

2) It is a tax on wealth, much like the death tax, beloved by the Democrats. Wealth taxes kill off capital. Killing capital kills jobs, which kills economies.

3) It provides a convenient and stealthy way for big government to grasp and grow ever larger. The rate won’t remain at 0.25%. It will go up, perhaps before it even leaves the committee.

4) It provides an incentive for capital to flee the country. Although the House Dems. think they can make it universal, some means, and some venue will be found to trade without the drag of a transactions tax. After all, $150 Billion isn’t peanuts, even on Wall Street.

5) It hits private investment partnerships, endowments, and hedge funds. So much for not increasing taxes on the middle class.

6) It disadvantages active individual traders whose portfolios may be small, but whose volume of trading will rack up a large tax bill.

This bill is poison for the U.S. economy and for liberty. Taxes on wealth always destroy capital and reduce economic prosperity.

Write your congressman. Strangle this Bill in its cradle.

Climate Summit Free Sex

December 4th, 2009

Can it get much more silly than this? From the German Politikan, via Der Speigel, noted by Drudge, we learn that the prostitutes of Copenhagen are offering their services free of charge to delegates at the climate conference in retaliation for the Danish government’s notice to delegates discouraging use of this service. So you see, climate change does cause prostitution. The U.N. said it did.

So even if they accomplish nothing else, the (male) delegates are guaranteed a fun visit. And I learned a new word: “hetz”

I bet Al Gore regrets canceling his hand-shaking appearance. Oh well!

God’s Own Programmer at CRU

December 4th, 2009

It appears that the original programming CRU data (which was the subject of the frustration and bewilderment in the notorious Harry_READ_ME.txt file) was a PHD student named Tim Mitchell. See if Mitchell’s argument in “Christian News Worldwide”, excerpted below, gives you a warm feeling about the competence and objectivity of the CRU’s programming.

See: “Climate change and the Christian — Is global warming the end of the world or media scare-mongering?”

The climate system is made up of the earth’s atmosphere, oceans, ice, vegetation, and streams. It is both beautiful and complex. Humans have a mandate to forecast its behavior and use it (Genesis 1:28). However, we feel in awe of its destructive potential, seen in such things as hurricanes and floods, which are part of the curse inflicted upon the earth following the Fall (Genesis 3.17). Moreover, control and certainty belong to God alone (Job 38-41). So there is a possibility that our actions may affect the climate system in unexpected ways. It was claimed in the 1970s that the earth might be about to enter an ice age. The evidence for this was minimal, but the decades of painstaking research that have followed the 1970s have unveiled both the natural variability in the climate system, and the dramatic effects of human actions.


What can individual Christians do? Some, but not many, are called to be scientists and politicians. However, we all have the vote, and environmental issues ought to be among those that we weigh up carefully before casting our vote. We are also each responsible for a small part of the daily emissions of greenhouse gases. Do we use our energy-intensive cars wisely? Are we guilty of worldly attitudes to public transport? With domestic heating and insulation, do we spend more and pollute more than is necessary? The government urges us to reduce our energy usage so that we may indulge ourselves in other ways, but we have a higher motive for reducing waste (1 Timothy 6.17-19). Although I have yet to see any evidence that climate change is a sign of Christ’s imminent return, human pollution is clearly another of the birth pangs of creation, as it eagerly awaits being delivered from the bondage of corruption (Romans. 19-22).

Tim Mitchell works at the Climactic Research Unit, UEA, Norwich, and is a member of South Park Evangelical Church.

(emphasis added)

A Good, Readable Summary of Climate Fraud

December 2nd, 2009

If you really want to learn what all the noise about ClimateGate is all about, I highly recommend Christopher Monckton’s very readable treatment in “Caught Green Handed, Cold facts about the hot topic of global temperature change after the Climategate scandal” referenced here in pdf format. In this 40 page summary filled with graphs and arguments, Lord Monckton, former science advisor to the British government, lays out what he considers to be the essential lies behind the global warming fraud, as he calls it.

I don’t personally believe that the people involved in this fraud had evil intentions, but were rather caught up in a sort of mass hysteria, group-think, PC movement. They thought of themselves as planet saviors. But the implications of having their U.N. backed fantasies would become world-wide political policy would be stunningly ugly. It would involve human industrial and scientific progress and personal freedom being replaced by a philosophy of penance, penury, servitude and gloom — sort of a new Dark Ages.

So let’s can IPCC. Shelve the whole of climate hype and greenie politically influenced policy. Cancel all funding of global warming centered research. Open up all climate data to independent and objective reconstruction starting with a clean slate. Let this be done by, among others, academics in the comfort of their usual research studies, rather than by lavish government-funded, agenda driven projects. Calm down. Then, if and when the scientists and their critics can objectively and conclusively prove that there is a climate problem, and that we as a society can do anything responsible and effective about it, then we can calmly and jointly discuss mitigation of some sort.

Until then we have much more important things that deserve our attention and resources.