The Global Warming Religion

The Global Warming Religion

Posted By Walter Williams On January 20, 2010 @ 12:02 am In FrontPage | 30 Comments

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Manmade global warming, for many, is an Earth-worshipping religion. The essential feature of any religion is that its pronouncements are to be accepted on the basis of faith as opposed to hard evidence. Questioning those pronouncements makes one a sinner. No one denies that the Earth’s temperature changes. Millions of years ago, much of our planet was covered by ice, at some places up to a mile thick, a period some scientists call “Snowball Earth.” Today, the Earth is not covered by a mile of ice; a safe conclusion is that there must have been a bit of global warming. I don’t know the cause of that warming, but I’d wager everything I own that it was not caused by coal-fired electric generation plants, incandescent light bulbs and SUVs tooling up and down the highways.

The very idea that mankind can make significant parametric changes to the Earth has to be the height of arrogance. How about a few questions because temperature is just one characteristic of the Earth. The Earth’s orbit is another. If all 6.5 billion of us, all at once, started jumping up and down for a little while, do you think we’d change the Earth’s orbit or rotation? Do you think mankind could change the direction and timing of the ocean’s tides? Is there anything that mankind can do to stop or start a tsunami or hurricane? You say, “Williams, it’s stupid to suggest that mankind could change the Earth’s orbit or rotation, ocean tides or cause or stop a tsunami or hurricane!” You’re right and it’s also stupid to think that mankind’s activities can make globalized changes in the Earth’s temperature.

Nonetheless, there is much at stake in getting people to subscribe to the global warming religion. There is so much at stake that some scientists, using government grants, are fraudulently manipulating climate data and engaging in criminal activity, as revealed in what has been called “Climate gate.” One of the most dangerous features of the global warming religion is its level of intimidation of heretics or would-be heretics.

A few years back, Dr. Heidi Cullen, the Weather Channel’s climatologist, advocated that the American Meteorological Society (AMS) strip their seal of approval from any TV weatherman expressing skepticism about the predictions of manmade global warming. Scott Pelley, CBS News “60 Minutes” correspondent, compared skeptics of global warming to “Holocaust deniers.” Former Vice President Al Gore called skeptics “global warming deniers.” But it gets worse. On one of her shows, Dr. Cullen featured columnist Dave Roberts, who, in his Sept. 19, 2006, online publication, said, “When we’ve finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we’re in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards — some sort of climate Nuremberg.”

As a result, many climatologists have been intimidated into silence. That means the public is not informed about counter-alarmists facts such as: Over long periods of time, there is absolutely no close relationship between C02 levels and temperature. Humans contribute approximately 3.4 percent of annual C02 levels compared to 96.6 percent by nature. There was an explosion of life forms 550 million years ago (Cambrian Period) when CO2 levels were 18 times higher than today. During the Jurassic Period, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, CO2 levels were as much as nine times higher than today. Contrary to what educators are brainwashing our children with, polar bear numbers increased dramatically from around 5,000 in 1950 to as many as 25,000 today, higher than any time in the 20th century.

Political commentator Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) warned that “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” That’s the political goal of the global warmers.

Sarah Palin: Mr. Brown Goes to Washington… In a Pick-up Truck, No Less!

Sarah Palin: Mr. Brown Goes to Washington… In a Pick-up Truck, No Less!

Mr. Brown Goes to Washington… In a Pick-up Truck, No Less!
 Yesterday at 6:35pm
Congratulations to the new Senator-elect from Massachusetts! Scott Brown’s victory proves that the desire for real solutions transcends notions of “blue state” and “red state”. Americans agree that we need to hold our politicians accountable and bring common sense to D.C.

Recent elections have taught us that when a party in power loses its way, the American people will hold them accountable at the ballot box. Today under the Democrats, government spending is up nearly 23 percent and unemployment is higher than it’s been in a quarter of a century. For the past year they’ve built a record of broken promises, fat cat bailouts, closed-door meetings with lobbyists, sweetheart deals for corporate cronies, and midnight votes on weekends for major legislation that wasn’t even read. The good citizens of Massachusetts reminded Democrats not to take them for granted.

Americans cheered for Scott Brown’s underdog campaign because they viewed his candidacy as a vote against the Democrats’ health care bill. You know that there’s something wrong with this legislation when opposition to it inspired a Republican victory in a state that currently has no Republicans in Congress and last sent a Republican to the Senate nearly 40 years ago.

Clearly this victory is a bellwether for the big election night ten months from now. In the spirit of bipartisanship, let me offer some advice to the Democrats on how to stem this populist tide. Scrap your current health care bill and start from scratch. We all want true reform, but government mandated insurance is not it. Scott Brown campaigned against this top-down bureaucratic mess. We need common sense solutions like reforming malpractice laws, allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines, giving individual purchasers the same tax benefits as those who get coverage through their employers, and letting small businesses pool together to provide insurance for their employees. Focus your efforts on jobs, not on job-killing legislation. Such a change in approach would show Americans that you’re listening.

My best wishes to Senator-Elect Brown. When you go to Washington, may you never forget the ordinary citizens you met while driving that truck through the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

- Sarah Palin

Just Words: Cartoon

Just Words: Cartoon

January 20th, 2010

Socialist Agenda Continues Under Obama

Socialist Agenda Continues Under Obama

January 20th, 2010

By Dick Morris, Newsmax

 After Healthcare Obama has other socialist proposals in mind

After Obama succeeds in jamming healthcare changes down the collective throats of his embattled constituents, his next move will be to bring overt socialism to the United States in the guise of regulatory reform.

The legislation he seeks to pilot through the Senate (it already passed the House) literally gives the Secretary of the Treasury the power to seize any company in any sector which, in his judgment, is in danger of insolvency and whose failure would cause systemic damage to the national economy (aka too big to fail).

Once the government has seized a private business under this horrific law, the Secretary of the Treasury is empowered to fire its management, replace its board of directors, wipe out the equity of its shareholders, and close any divisions or parts of it he wishes. Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez would envy such power.

Exploiting concerns that another global meltdown might be around the corner, the Obama legislation effectively brings socialism to the United States.

There’s no other term for it.

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The President Hits New Lows

The President Hits New Lows

January 20th, 2010

By Jon Kraushar, FOXNews

 Obama hits new depths as MA voters reject his agenda

As President Obama arrives at the one-year anniversary of his inauguration on Wednesday, his job approval rating has plummeted from the thrill of 68% after his first week in office to the agony of 46%, the lowest level yet recorded in a recent CBS News poll. In tomorrow’s special election for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, according to Public Policy Polling, Democratic candidate Martha Coakley “is actually more popular than Obama—she has a 50% favorable rating while he has a 44% approval rating.”

This fall from grace reflects a squaring with reality that has hit the public, but not Obama. He continues to have the audacity to compare himself flatteringly to past presidents, by invoking their words or deeds.

On January 7, speaking of the intelligence and security breakdowns related to the “underwear bomber,” Obama used a slight variation on a phrase made famous by former President Harry Truman. Obama said, “Ultimately the buck stops with me. When the system fails, it’s my responsibility.” Truman had a sign on his desk, “The Buck Stops Here!”

Obama also used Truman’s pledge, “The buck stops with me,” on March 18, 2009 when discussing the outrage over executives from AIG reaping $165-million in bonus pay after a $180-billion taxpayer bailout of the insurer. “Ultimately I’m responsible,” Obama continued. “I’m the president of the United States. And my goal is to make sure that we never put ourselves in this kind of position again.”

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Brown In

Brown In
By the Editors

Scott Brown didn’t just defeat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts Senate race. He also defeated a hardy band of political clichés. That Republicans can’t win Senate races in deep-blue Massachusetts. That the state is devoted to “the Kennedy legacy.” That the Republican party has become hostage to extremists who would rather lose than support a pro-choice candidate. That the GOP has become a southern regional party. That what Democrats call “health care reform” is a fait accompli. That President Obama has magical powers of persuasion.

Democrats are blaming Coakley for running a bad campaign. Actually, it was a terrible one. But she had won statewide before, and the local party establishment expressed no alarm when she won the nomination. Either they didn’t see her flaws or thought that in Massachusetts it wouldn’t matter. What made a weak candidate a losing candidate was the national environment.

Liberals — some of the same people who chalked up Obama’s win to the public’s new zeal for progressivism — blame the economy for the public mood. But is it really high unemployment that has moved the public against the health-care legislation, abortion, and gun control? Remember that just a few months ago the conventional wisdom was that a weak economy would build public support for Obamacare. The Massachusetts race was as close to a referendum on that legislation as can reasonably be imagined, and it lost.

So another Democratic excuse is making the rounds: Massachusetts is a special case, since it already has near-universal coverage and thus has more to lose than gain from the legislation. But a lot of states, and indeed the whole country, will lose more than gain, and know it. Some Democrats have talked about putting Obamacare into law by having Democratic appointee Paul Kirk vote for it before Brown can be seated. We suspect that move would be too disgraceful to work. But to push the Senate bill through the House and make it law that way would also be to ignore the clear will of even blue-state voters. Democrats will deserve the thrashing they will get if they follow this course.

We have no doubt that NR will have friendly disagreements with Senator Brown on many issues. But Brown ran on tax cuts, tough interrogations of terrorists, and opposition to a federal takeover of health care and a bank tax. If that is a winning platform in Massachusetts, it will surely be one elsewhere.

 


National Review Online – http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MTg0MWE5NzI1NTNkMGViMWU4YTAyZjk1NDViNmViMTQ=

The Democrats’ Massachusetts meltdown

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The Democrats’ Massachusetts meltdown

By Michelle Malkin  •  January 20, 2010 04:17 AM

Good morning, readers. Hope you didn’t party too hard last night. If you went to bed early (as opposed to those of us who never went to sleep!), you can catch up on all the election live-blogging fun here. My syndicated column today dissects the twin meltdowns of Bay State and Beltway Democrats. But even with Scott “41!” Brown’s victory, the battle over Demcare has only just begun. The health care takeover-peddlers are looking for a back-up plan. If they can’t get their full “public option” Trojan Horse through the gates, they’ll settle for Trojan Ponies.

In “Paul Revere’s Ride,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote of “the muster of men at the barrack door.” Today, it’s the muster of men at Barack’s door who must be met with “a cry of defiance, and not of fear.” The nutroots are cranking up the pressure on congressional liberals to cling to the most radical form of Demcare and “fight harder for change.” What part of Coakley/Obama’s epic fail doesn’t the party in power understand?

Tea Party activists must stay vigilant and crank it up even louder to warn of the coming big government perils.

Side note: At a church pulpit on Sunday, President Obama declared that Demcare’s passage would be “a victory for dignity and decency, and for our common humanity.” Since the voters of Massachusetts effectively killed Obama’s plans to ram the bribe-laden Demcare package down taxpayers’ throats, will he now declare them all enemies of dignity, decency, and common humanity who are spitefully flipping the late Ted Kennedy the bird?

Oh, wait. Garrison Keillor and Roger Ebert already did it for him.

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The Democrats’ Massachusetts meltdown
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

By early afternoon on Tuesday, several hours before the polls closed on the special Senate election in Massachusetts, the Democrats had already thrown in the towel and started throwing punches. At each other. There was more finger-pointing among Bay State and Beltway Democrats than a Three Stooges TV marathon. More back-stabbing than all of the Real Housewives combined.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs confessed that President Obama was “frustrated” and “not pleased” by the closeness of the race after his salvation mission to Boston over the weekend. Operatives lashed out at Democrat candidate Martha Coakley’s listless, gaffetastic campaign. Capitol Hill buzzed with rumors that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was blaming the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and liberal pollster Celinda Lake for ignoring electoral alarm bells.

In response, Coakley’s team leaked a memo blasting national Democrats brethren for failing to aid them “until too late.” Another Democratic Party official counter-jabbed to Politico.com that Coakley had “been involved in the worst case of political malpractice in memory.”

On the sidelines, Democrat Rep. Barney Frank took to the airwaves to call for sabotaging Senate rules and ending the filibuster in anticipation of losing the magic 60th vote for the government health care takeover plan. Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer trotted out the old blame-the-GOP card – incoherently arguing that GOP candidate Scott Brown’s surge among conservatives, independents, and once-reliable rank-and-file Democrat voters in the deep-blue state of Massachusetts was a backlash against Republican obstructionism.

“I think what the public is angry about is they see, first of all, an opposition for opposition’s sake,” Hoyer told reporters in D.C. If Democrats continue to cling to that outer-space nonsense, the shock they will suffer in the November 2010 elections will make January 19 look like a spa day.

GOP candidate Scott Brown’s surge is an unmistakable victory for Tea Party activism. Online fund-raising over the last few weeks buoyed the campaign and put Brown in the national spotlight. Buzz over a possible “Massachusetts Miracle” persuaded national Republican organizations to belatedly transfer funds for phone and mail get-out-the-vote operations targeted at independent voters.

There was nothing particularly “clever” about GOP candidate Scott Brown’s election strategy, as White House senior adviser and Astroturf master David Axelrod put it, or “radical,” as hysterical Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry put it. Brown ran a simple, mainstream Republican campaign aided by grass-roots support nationwide. The Tea Party movement once derided as “tiny” and “fringe” reportedly filled Brown’s coffers with small donations totaling $1 million a day over the last week, according to TheDailyCaller.com. He didn’t have to solicit their support. He earned it by reflecting the mood of Massachusetts voters who have turned against the Demcare scheme and its backroom deals.

An Army National Guardsman, Brown also drew sharp contrasts between his support for a robust, proactive national security stance and Coakley’s law enforcement approach endorsing civilian trials on American soil for jihadi suspects. Her cluelessness about the presence of Taliban in Afghanistan didn’t help her soft-on-terrorism image.

In short, Brown ran on core issues fiscal responsibility, limited government, and a strong national defense, while appealing to a broader swath of voters by emphasizing integrity, independence, and willingness to stand up to machine politics. After a year’s worth of Democrat stimulus giveaways to cronies, reneging on transparency pledges, and Cash for (fill-in-the-blank) bailouts, voters have had enough of the enablers and water-carriers. Brown channeled the energies of taxpayers of all stripes who are disgusted and angry — yes, ANGRY! – with the culture of corruption Washington. That is how Brown has struck common ground with his insurgent center-right-indie coalition: By stepping up to oppose the Dems’ plans to rig the game and undermine representative government, instead of sneering at “Teabaggers.”

While a self-satisfied and entitled Coakley vacationed or partied with D.C. lobbyists, Brown drove around in his GM truck, shaking hands in the cold outside Fenway Park – earning the scorn of Coakley and President Obama, who mocked Brown’s truck six times at the Boston rally this weekend to the delight of blue-nosed Democrats.

Barney Frank griped at the Coakley-Obama rally that Coakley “let it become a personality contest and that was a mistake.” The supreme irony in hearing Beltway Democrats snipe at Coakley over her effete, out-of-touch attitude is that their commander-in-chief at 1600 Pennsylvania suffers the same fatal flaws. Exactly one year after Obama was inaugurated, the Massachusetts meltdown mirrors the White House meltdown. For the sake of their political survival, Democrats need to stop promising change and start promising self-correction.

What Has Brown Done For Us?

What Has Brown Done For Us?

By C. Edmund Wright

“I bet they can hear this cheering all the way in Washington DC.” – Scott Brown’s opening statement last night.  “It’s just the beginning…when there’s trouble (for the Dem machine) in Massachusetts, there’s trouble everywhere. Rest assured they know it.”
What has Brown done for us?  He just administered a stunning “Tea Party Republican” thrashing to the “Kennedy Liberal Democrats” in Massachusetts — with Obama care front and center as the core issue at hand. That’s what.
Forget any other spin you hear, that is what just happened.  That Brown did not stress the party or the term tea party does not matter.  His issues were right off of the tea parties’ posters and out of the official GOP platform manual. 
Sure, Martha Coakley ran a horrible campaign.  But Democrats win safe seats with horrible campaigns all the time.  Brown ran a great campaign, but good candidates lose uphill battles all the time in places like Massachusetts. 
And no MSNBC, this was not a Tip O’Neil “all politics are local” referendum on potholes and such.  Thanks to big government liberals, NO politics are local any more.  Not even an obscure congressional district known as NY 23. 
Every single seat now may hold the key to Washington’s ability to reach into the homes and wallets and lives of every American for any reason they deem necessary.  And THAT’S what this was about, with health care the key issue but only one of many such concerns about intrusive government.
This was without a doubt another crest in the wave that started when Rick Santelli put CNBC and the term “tea party” on the map in February 2009 — an anti-big government rant that went multi-media viral thanks to the Rush Limbaugh Show and red “end of the world” headlines on the Drudge Report.  It built with April 15th tea parties around the country and through the town halls of August and September.
It even survived the misguided effort to dub a pro-union thug song called “Shuttin Deetroit Down” as the official anthem.
It was palpable.  And this wave continued to rise in November as Republicans — yes Republicans — rolled to stunning wins in New Jersey and in Virginia.  This wave was obvious to anyone and everyone not occupying office in Washington and certain pundit chairs in the DC-Manhattan corridor.
The message was consistent.  Washington was trying to “fundamentally change” America — and beyond their notice — Americans were waking up to what that means and were shouting not “no” — but “hell no.
And no bigger “hell no” can be remembered in decades than the one given in the Bay State last night.  This is Masschusetts!  Even McGovern won Massachusetts!  Obama won Massachusetts by 26 points in 08.  Last night, Coakley – and Obama – lost that same population by roughly 6 points.  In round numbers, that’s a third of the state that has shifted.  Simply seismic!
Brown may have won the “people’s seat,” but moreover the Democrats have just lost “the Kennedy seat.”  Yet it is still not clear how they would answer the question: “can you hear us now?”
Obama’s 365 days
A year ago today, Barack Obama was all too anxious to accept his victory and to read deep meaning into it.  Today, it appears like he is not even willing to acknowledge his incredible defeat of last night, let alone learn from this teachable moment.  This is especially true as it relates to his legislative agenda.
Regarding health care, some folks have opined that Brown just slammed the brakes on it.
To hear others however, he has merely steeled the Thelma and Louise off the cliff strategy of the Democrat party vis a vis Obama Care.  This is the message consistent with the vibe coming from both the White House and Speaker Pelosi’s offices.
Either way, Scott Brown has done a lot for us.  And by us, I mean America. Stopping health care now – or making even more nakedly (or nekkidly) obvious the raw socialist power grab of the Democrats – are both tremendous gifts.
No Rino win
This was also not a win for the “reach across the aisle” Rino Republicans or the David Brooks Republicans.  Not at all.  Brown ran at every rally as the “41st vote to stop health care reform” and in no way was looking for an Olympia Snow style accommodation.
He was not, in the words of Bob Dole, trying to figure out a way “to pass a bill.”  He is not looking to “reach across the aisle.” And certainly, after being cooped up in a pick up truck for 200 thousand miles, he does not have a “pant crease” sufficiently crisp to win over Brooks.
His final points last night were a Reaganesque litany of low taxes, national defense and national pride. Chants of U-S-A broke out several times.  The Kennedy name was praised, but the only Kennedy ideas that were praised were the fiscally conservative ideas of JFK.  There was no remorse over “unfettered capitalism” anywhere to be heard.
The only thing that might appeal to Teddy was the tongue-in-cheek implication by Brown that his two comely daughters might be available.  Other than that, it was a show of belief in limited government and a hard line against terrorists.  The best line was that American tax dollars “should be used for weapons to fight terrorists, not lawyers to represent terrorists.”  The crowd roar at that was tremendous. This was not exactly McCain sniffling about on water boarding.
Make no mistake about it: last night was a fabulous victory for the ideas of the tea party movement, the core beliefs of the conservative base voter and of the GOP official platform.  Those ideas thrashed the ideas of liberal Kennedy-Obama politics and policies.  Period.  Apply the “duck test.”
It matters not for the moment that Brown did not stress those terms – or that far too many GOP office holders have not gotten it often enough.  As Brown said late in his speech:
“Across this country — to all those folks who are listening — if you’re covering me — we are united by basic convictions that only need to be clearly stated to win a majority – and if anyone doubts that in this next election season that’s about to begin – well let them take a look at what happened here in Massachusetts.  Because what happened here in Mass can happen all over America.”
Scott Brown, we were listening.  We saw what happened in Massachusetts.  And we do definitely hear you now!

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