Friday, March 23, 2007

Are You Smarter Than a Sixth Grader?

It's good to know that some kids are still being taught to think critically for themselves, and the result was a jury of sixth graders concluding that human beings don't cause global warming.

There are so many wonderful things in this article that need to be pointed out.

First, and most timely, is the heated exchange at the climax of the trial. Whereas those defending Global Warming Alarmism "slapped" cute charts onto the prosecution's table and blustered loudly, "We've proven you wrong!" the prosecution simply gave a rational rebuttal to an emotional argument by pointing out that the data was unreliable when taken out of its context.

Second is what followed the first point: the rational argument won the day.

Third is the fact that the teacher and his assistant, who held views against and for Global Warming Alarmism respectively, presented the issue objectively to the class and allowed them to make their own decision based on the facts. It's much more often the case that one side is presented as fact while the other is presented as a competing and untenable theory (if it's presented at all).

Fourth is the obvious concern of one parent over what their child was being taught, to the extent that they were willing to restrict their child's participation if the issue was going to be taught unobjectively.

And of course the final point is that this teacher, in addition to rejecting the religion of Global Warming Alarmism also rejects the religion of Darwinian Evolution. He's a teacher after my own heart :)

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Another Reason I Love Ann Coulter

Many people, even conservatives, really dislike Ann Coulter for her unabashedly harsh and direct tone. Say what you will about her, she's usually dead on with what she says even if you disagree with the way she says it.

On the heels of Pope Gore's appearance before Congress to further prosyletize on behalf of the Church of Global Warming, Ms. Coulter mused upon one of my (obviously) favorite themes: that Global Warming has taken on religious aspects. Of course, she couldn't miss an opportunity to point out a proportional growth between Gore's liberal influence and his physical girth.

Among the other gems from Ann was a brilliant comparison of Gore's hypocrisy in his own energy usage to the abusive practices of the medieval Catholic Church:

"As has been widely reported, Gore's Tennessee mansion consumes 20 times the energy of the average home in that state. But it's OK, according to the priests of global warming. Gore has purchased 'carbon offsets.'

It took the Catholic Church hundreds of years to develop corrupt practices such as papal indulgences. The global warming religion has barely been around for 20 years, and yet its devotees are allowed to pollute by the simple expedient of paying for papal indulgences called 'carbon offsets.'"

Comparing "carbon offsets" to papal indulgences brought a huge smile to my face because it is so incredibly appropriate. The notion is that you can do whatever you want and then buy your way out of it. And of course the Church is the keeper of the "treasury of merit" in this case. The further comparisons to the historical Catholic Church alone make this article an entertaining read.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Catching Up on Global Warming

I've been very busy lately, so it's been difficult to keep up with all the Global Warming news. I had half a dozen draft blog posts that I'm just going to merge into one big update.

First, and perhaps funniest, is an article from back around Valentine's Day warning of the dire consequences of Planet-Killing Roses. That's right...Global Warming Alarmists are now tracking "flower miles" and decrying the evil means of commerce used to deliver them.

Next we have the unexpectedly straightforward admission that balance and objectivity hurt the acceptance of Global Warming. According to Mr. Gore, the mainstream media have chosen "balance as bias." Rather than just accepting the Global Warming Whopper hook, line and stinker, the media is actually doing it's job by reporting both sides of the story. That continues to be a foreign concept to ultra-liberals like Gore.

Canada's National Post has a series entitled Climate Change: The Deniers (gee...which side do they fall on?) which in one segment details the 'defection' of French Socialist Claude Allegre, one of the first scientists to sound the alarm on Global Warming who now sees it as "over-hyped and an environmental concern of second rank."

Life Style Extra posted an interesting review of a new documentary called The Great Global Warming Swindle which challenges the persistent and misleading claims of Global Warming Alarmists. The article describes the documentary as "essentially a polemic... [expected] to cause trouble" and quotes scientists who refers to Global Warming Alarmism as "almost a McCarthyism movement in science where the greenhouse effect is like a puritanical religion." Amen!

In keeping with that theme, Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus recently declared environmentalism a religion that "seeks to reorganize the world order as well as social behavior and value systems worldwide." Former climatology professor Timothy Ball would agree, having received at least five death threads for being a Global Warming Denier. He for one is tired of being compared to Holocaust deniers, which he calls "an obscenity...really nasty and personal."

And finally, just recently scientists have continued to speak out and add to the growing skepticism of Global Warming Alarmism. Researchers at esteemed places such as the Niels Bohr Institute cast doubt on the "global temperature" as a "
concept [that] is thermodynamically as well as mathematically an impossibility" and basically describes it as an average without any real meaning. Meanwhile, other scientists are decrying the use of Hollywood fear-mongering to increase public concern over Global Warming, and (predictably and hypocritically) it was revealed that a scientist who claimed the Bush Administration muzzled him has done over 1400 interview opportunities to spread his Alarmist views.

Global Warming has definitely become the current battle ground for socialist liberalism, and I shudder to think what's going to happen should one of these radicals be put in the Oval Office next year.


Friday, March 09, 2007

Just Another Reminder...

The liberal community went nearly apoplectic when Ann Coulter used the "f-word" (no, not that one...the term used as a substitute for "gay") in a recent speech. The Human Rights Campaign went ballistic. The people at GLAAD tore their rainbow robes. Many liberal bloggers decried it as vile and organized a campaign to get companies to pull their ads from Ms Coulter's site.

Only one little problem here. As it turns out, many of these folks have used the very same term on their sites and elsewhere and have gotten away with it.

Just another reminder of the double standard you will always see with liberals when it comes to dealing with conservatives vs dealing with their own.