Sunday, February 28, 2010

Al Gore's Delayed Return

Where is Al Gore? He is at the New York Times, the flagship newspaper of the liberal media, defending as best he can his discredited global warming hysterics.

Why did he delay so long in responding? While he hid, his reputation took hits from formerly friendly quarters who are now fearful of associating themselves with someone who is an international laughingstock.

He hesitated so long because he had to. And he responded with an essay because it saved him from having to answer in-person questions. Gore has an "expert staff" of global warming enthusiasts who supplied him with his latest talking points. He had no choice but to wait for them to deliver something to him before he could issue a written statement.

And the statement itself is pure Gore. The advocacy of unproven science that fits his own personal goals garnished with a huge dollop of emotional attacks against his political enemies. When he mentioned media "showmen" I wondered if he wasn't talking about MSNBC's band of clowns, such as Ed Schultz and Chris Matthews. But no, he made it clear that he didn't mean them, but anyone and everyone at Fox News.

And what about the "science"? His scaremongering about vanishing polar bears, himalayan mountains and the Amazon rainforest were a deliberate attempt to falsely claim the "science is settled" when in fact it never has been.

The United National Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave special prominence to those scenarios in their notorious 2007 report.

Gore now finds himself facing the Institute of Physics, which issued a statement condemning the unscientific research handed down to the entire world from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. Perhaps the IOP aren't real scientists, Al?

The corrupt IPCC certainly has no intention of backing down and has issued a statement standing behind its conclusions while announcing an "independent" panel to review its own procedures. Any such panel would naturally return a heavy indictment against them.

Gore has no choice but to ride out his climate change horse wherever it may tread. It isn't as if he can just walk away from it as he is inextricably bound to it more than any other person in the entire world.

But is he having second thoughts? Surely there was a time he once didn't doubt man-made global warming but his delay this time and his deliberate avoidance of uncomfortable questions is indicative of a former believer who now privately entertains serious doubts about his religion. And that must be difficult when you are the messiah.

Friday, February 19, 2010

FBI Closes Anthrax Letters Case

The FBI investigation into the 2001 anthrax letters case has been formally concluded, the Justice Department said today.

The investigation found that Bruce Ivins acted alone in planning and executing these attacks.

As written here earlier, there is no doubt that Ivins was responsible for the letters and the deaths resulting from them.

Unfortunately, some people have been suckered into believing otherwise (within the pages of the Wall Street Journal no less), promulgating some sort of conspiracy theory, Sen. Pat Leahy among them.

The report concluded that the anthrax was not weaponized as some have written. Here is the excerpt from the report:

Throughout the course of the investigation, repeated challenges have been raised to this finding that the spores were not weaponized. The challenges have their root in an initial finding by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (“AFIP”) that, upon gross examination, the spores exhibited a silicon and oxygen signal. However, subsequent analysis of the spores by Sandia National Laboratories, using a more sensitive technology called transmission electron microscopy (“TEM”) – which enabled material characterization experts to focus its probe of the spores to the nanometer scale – determined that the silica was localized to the spore coat within the exosporium, an area inside the spore. In other words, it was incorporated into the cell as a natural part of the cell formation process. “The spores we examined lacked that fuzzy outer coating that would indicate they’d been weaponized,” stated Dr. Paul Kotula of Sandia, who personally examined the spores from the 2001 attacks. When presented with these results, Dr. Peter Jahrling, a USAMRIID scientist who had reviewed the initial AFIP results and stated publicly in late 2001 that the spores had been weaponized, retracted his earlier statement, telling the Los Angeles Times on September 16, 2008, “I believe I made an honest mistake.”

The report at the Justice link above makes note of new information about Ivins' strange habits which is interesting reading for those who need more reassurance that he was the man.

I suppose some will continue believing Ivins wasn't the culprit, but it serves us no purpose to ignore the truth and invent alternate realities.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tiger: Shut Up and Play

Tiger Woods will speak publicly for the first time in 3 months tomorrow in front of millions watching on TV.

Apparently he has something to say about his marital infidelity, hi sexual issues, and perhaps his current preferences among his wife and various bimbos he has been associated with lately.

An apology will be offered--probably not to the aforementioned bimbos but to the fans, his publicist suggested.

Golf? Will he discuss golf? Unsure.

But why is Tiger saying anything at all? Does he really owe the fans an apology? Are the fans entitled to know anything about his personal life anyway?

Yes, Tiger is a hypocrite, playing the faithful family man to the adoring, gullible fans, but those of us in this modern world know that is usually a lie and not to be taken at face value. Phony marketing surrounds all celebrities.

Tiger should just shut up and play. No more about his bimbos. No more about his unquenchable sexual desires. Let the golf clubs do the talking.

He needs to play again so when other golfers win tournaments, there won't be an asterisk next to their name (*Tiger Woods didn't play!).

Tiger owes us, the fans, nothing but golf. Let's not allow the marketing vampires, the sponsors, the advertising schmucks, or Tiger himself lead us to believe anything else.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

No Global Warming Since 1995

Phil Jones, the professor at the center of the Climategate affair, has admitted that there has been no "statistically significant" global warming for the past 15 years.

The world may have been warmer during medieval times as well, he said.

Meanwhile, skeptics are outraged that President Obama plans to dramatically increase funding for global warming research despite all the scandals.

The science is not settled. Has anyone seen Al Gore lately?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Greatest American Literary Generation

Mark Lawson, an Englishman, has written with typical Brit incomprehension about American literature, claiming, absurdly, that the generation of writers represented by the recently deceased Norman Mailer, J. D. Salinger, and John Updike, may have been "the greatest literary generation the country has ever seen or ever will see."

Lawson wouldn't know it, but this generation always knowingly stood in the shadow of the previous generation represented by the likes of William Faulker, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, et cetera. That generation of writers towered above Mailer and his peers. It's not even close, and Mailer and the others knew it.

And then there are those 19th Century giants--Melville, Hawthorne, Poe, Whitman, Twain, and James. Is Lawson really so clueless that he thinks Mailer et al were a greater generation than them? And how does Salinger fit in, not having published anything in decades?

I've come to expect nonsense whenever Brits talk America, but this takes the chapbook. Apparently they need to live with their distorted dreams about our country as they still can't face reality. How else to understand so much misunderstanding?

Mailer's generation is the weakest and one must ask why that is, not pretend that it was the best! Can our giants from days gone by never be matched again? Is it all downhill from here?

Surely there are great writers today, but the emphasis creeps inexorably away from "serious" literature and toward the mass appeal "genre" stuff, primarily because economics dictates it, and economics is king of this world.

It's sad that the recently departed writers are no longer here, but let's dry the tears and properly understand their place in the American pantheon of letters.

E-Book Piracy to Follow MP3s

With the cost of e-books rising from Amazon's former $9.99 standard, the only logical result will be a burgeoning and thriving piracy culture, the same that exists for music mp3s.

Some e-books are priced near $15 for the Kindle edition, and many people just won't pay that and will look for alternatives, either a pirated edition of the same book, a different but cheaper e-book, or no e-book at all.

A Wharton professor is quoted in a recent news article that "I would be scared to death about a culture of piracy taking hold. I wouldn't mess around with price increases."

But book publishers aren't listening, and from what I've seen at recent BookExpo America conferences, they aren't rational about the entire issue and are heading for a massive pushback that they will quickly regret.

Piracy is the biggest threat to the book publishing industry. What is being done to thwart it or even consider what might be done about it? And here it comes with those higher prices publishers are demanding without thought to the consequences.

The book publishing industry, with MP3s in mind, locked up the e-books with DRM. But that's like Prospero trying to lock his abbey from the Red Death.

Anyone can quickly and easily digitize a print book and make that file available on the internet. Happens all the time, and it's coming to a bestseller near you.

Liberal Media: Blizzards or Not Prove Global Warming

It doesn't matter if there is less snow, as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. predicted for Washington DC, or if there are historic blizzards of the kind visited upon the nation's capital this week.

It all equals global warming, and the liberal media and liberal scientists sing from the same climate change church hymn book. Their belief in the religion of global warming is as unshakable as Osama bin Laden's belief that God is a terrorist.

Time magazine, a true believer, tells us the freezing blizzards don't disprove global warming but are actually consistent with it.

With Al Gore hiding in his igloo until the snow melts, the New York Times exalts Jeff Masters, a meteorologist with a prominent blog, as their champion on the "science" of global warming. Quoting from his blog, the old Times notes that a recent government report (yes) concluded that in the coming years we will see more snow in the Northeast and less in the Southeast.

There you have it, from the leader of the old media, north is cold and south is hot, and the government, having spent your tax dollars, says so.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Where is Al Gore?

Washington, DC and the East Coast are currently in the grip of an historic snowstorm, which seems to contradict Al Gore's global warming scaremongering.

Why isn't the mainstream media interviewing him, demanding that he explain the discrepancy? Why isn't he appearing on every nightly cable news show? Has anyone seen Al Gore?

His deafening silence suggests he has no answer to the freeze, and secretly knows he is perpetrating a scam. Otherwise he would be demanding airtime to calm his supporters and assure them that all is well and the cold weather means nothing in the greater scheme of things.

The entire concept of global warming has taken many hits lately as climate scientists admit they fudged their numbers. Researchers who previously believed the numbers proffered them in the scholarly journals now aren't so sure.

Gore picked global warming as an issue he could ride as the Earth's top guru and messiah. Leading a religion beats political office any day.

Are the news shows trying to reach Gore for some statements? Is he hiding in an igloo? Where is Al Gore? Come out, come out, wherever you are!

He is on the phone, at this moment, demanding from his "experts" rationales he can spout, not only explaining away the blizzards, but providing him with plausible-sounding reasons why the snowstorms are additional proofs of global warming!

Miss Me Yet? Bush & Obama

George W. Bush left the White House as an unpopular president because hostilities in Iraq dragged on and on and our soldiers kept losing their lives to IEDs years after the Iraq army had been defeated.

If everything had been mopped up quickly, despite the lack of WMDs, Bush's popularity wouldn't have suffered as it did.

Obama is becoming more and more unpopular for different reasons. The economy is reaching historic lows and voters gradually understand that he isn't up to the job, which should have been clear to all before he was elected. Obama's ideas for improving things are misguided; he is a Socialist out of step with the vast majority of Americans.

More importantly, he killed a lot of people's dreams. They romanticized about him and vote for him based on those rosy reveries. Betray someone's dreams and you can expect retribution.

Many people who voted for Obama thought "no one could be worse than Bush." They know better by now, don't they? They miss Bush, not because Bush was a great president but because he was better than Obama.

Given the above, the billboard near Wyoming, Minnesota makes sense only as an indictment of Obama. If the country were traveling in the right direction and if Obama was hugely popular, then the billboard would rightly be viewed as an indictment of Bush (but why anyway at this point in time?).

The election of 2008 represented a breakdown of the entire process. Obama, unqualified and far too liberal, had no business being nominated by the Democrats. And John McCain was not even close to being the most desired candidate on the Republican side. Two mistakes vying for the most powerful office in the land.

The voters didn't do their job. The reason Congress has the lowest approval rating in history and the reason incompetent leaders rule over us is because the voters are incompetent as well. No one wants to talk about the role voters play in all this, but the horrific results of every election are their fault.

What we really "miss" are good citizens doing their job and electing quality politicians. We aren't there yet, "miles to go before we sleep." Change the system? Voter education? This won't be solved anytime soon. Enjoy the ride.

Update: As I said above, the billboard is pro-Bush. It's a conservative t-shirt.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Dubai Can't Keep Its Tower Up

The world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has closed only a month after it opened.

But even when it was open, the building was largely empty of tenants. Why was the tower built? Not for tenants and not for tourists.

Large skyscrapers and towers are often called "phallic symbols" because the underlying reasons for their construction are tied not to necessity or economics, but to salve psychological wounds and uplift sagging psyches.

Muslims have been busy lately spending oil revenue not on improving the lives of Muslims but instead erecting giant skyscrapers and mosques that look down on the smaller towers and churches of the Christian West. Not just in the United Arab Emirates, but increasingly in countries such as the UK and US.

Islamic culture has been outshone and surpassed by the West over the past millennium. Arab morale has taken a beating all these years and the oil reserves beneath their land, which need only to be brought to the surface, provide the means to enlift those ragged spirits. Giant edifices are a visual way to give the appearance of competing and besting the West at their own game. No matter that the large structures are a sham.

Hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world supported Osama bin Laden after 9/11. Finally they had won a battle against the dominant Crusaders!

And now an Islamic country builds the biggest skyscraper and, shazzam! Psychic rejuvenation for an entire culture. The submerged worry, of course, is that Muslims know they've already lost and it's all over.

But if oil fuels the worldwide Islamic ego, what happens when the wells run dry? Arab nations want to diversity their economies so they aren't so dependent on oil, but that goal remains to be attained. Can Islam sustain its place without oil? And if it can't, will Islam dry up as well? Will it shrink back to its former role before the West filled its coffers?

The Muslim skyscraper is empty and no one knows when it will open.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Christopher Hitchens, Ex-Dauphin

Christopher Hitchens has written recently that he noticed a change in Gore Vidal after 9/11. The old subversive man of letters became a crackpot, having said that the terrorist attack was probably an inside job engineered by George W. Bush.

Vidal had anointed Hitchens as his dauphin, but without the same blood, it all trickled down the drain. Another literary marriage doomed to divorce.

The truth is that Hitchens had never acknowledged or understood that Vidal was a crackpot until after 9/11, either choosing to ignore the obvious or keeping those thoughts below the surface.

Vidal has always promoted bizarre ideas that suit whatever his current agenda might be. For example, back in the 1970s, in an essay for the New York Review of Books, he equated Norman Mailer with Charles Manson. Vidal doesn't choose to reprint that one much these days, if at all.

Hitchens has noted that Vidal doesn't reprint certain essays that he thinks might prove embarrassing, such as some of his 9/11 baloney, suggesting he may not really believe what he writes and is merely trying to goad the unwashed masses. It has always been Vidal's modus operandi to float dubious ideas as if they were settled truths that conservatives refuse to accept.

Vidal for his part, has in so many words withdrawn Hitchens' dauphincy, or un-dauphined him, claiming that Hitchens wanted to be his heir but became frustrated when Vidal chose not to expire in a timely manner.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

DHS Releases Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

The Department of Homeland Security released its first ever Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) today.

The purpose is to "outline a strategic framework to guide the activities of participants in homeland security toward a common end."

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (Democrat), praised the report, and James Carafano, a conservative with the Heritage Foundation, called it "an incredible achievement."

There is no mention of the words such as "Islam" or "Muslims" but instead "violent extremism" is used.

Some Highlights:

Threats & Hazards
• High-consequence weapons of mass destruction
• Al-Qaeda and global violent extremism
• High-consequence and/or wide-scale cyber attacks, intrusions, disruptions, and exploitations
• Pandemics, major accidents, and natural hazards
• Illicit trafficking and related transnational crime
• Smaller scale terrorism

Global Challenges & Trends

• Economic and financial instability
• Dependence on fossil fuels and the threats of global climate change
• Nations unwilling to abide by international norms
• Sophisticated and broadly available technology
• Other drivers of illicit, dangerous, or uncontrolled movement of people and goods

The 5 DHS Missions:

Mission 1: Preventing Terrorism & Enhancing Security
• Goal 1.1: Prevent Terrorist Attacks
• Goal 1.2: Prevent the Unauthorized Acquisition or Use of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Materials and Capabilities
• Goal 1.3: Manage Risks to Critical Infrastructure, Key Leadership, and Events

Mission 2: Securing & Managing Our Borders
• Goal 2.1: Effectively Control U.S. Air, Land, and Sea Borders
• Goal 2.2: Safeguard Lawful Trade and Travel
• Goal 2.3: Disrupt and Dismantle Transnational Criminal Organizations

Mission 3: Enforcing & Administering Our Immigration Laws
• Goal 3.1: Strengthen and Effectively Administer the Immigration System
• Goal 3.2: Prevent Unlawful Immigration

Mission 4: Safeguarding & Securing Cyberspace
• Goal 4.1: Create a Safe, Secure, and Resilient Cyber Environment
• Goal 4.2: Promote Cybersecurity Knowledge and Innovation

Mission 5:Ensuring Resilience to Disasters
• Goal 5.1: Mitigate Hazards
• Goal 5.2: Enhance Preparedness
• Goal 5.3: Ensure Effective Emergency Response
• Goal 5.4: Rapidly Recover

CIA Moonlighting Policy Under Scrutiny

The CIA's policy of allowing employees to moonlight for private companies has been revealed in a new book, "Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy."

According to a Politico report, Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein wants answers, and CIA watchers were surprised to hear about it.

Each request is taken on a case-by-case basis, a CIA spokesman said. Other Intelligence Community agencies also allow outside employment with prior approval.

The policy allows employees to make extra money, prompting them to stay instead of leaving for more lucrative private jobs.