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My science is bigger than your science

Climate skeptics have called out the true believers at AP. (Via Amy Ridenour’s blog)

The June 27, 2006 Associated Press (AP) article titled “Scientists OK Gore’s Movie for Accuracy” by Seth Borenstein raises some serious questions about AP’s bias and methodology.

AP chose to ignore the scores of scientists who have harshly criticized the science presented in former Vice President Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”

In the interest of full disclosure, the AP should release the names of the “more than 100 top climate researchers” they attempted to contact to review “An Inconvenient Truth.” AP should also name all 19 scientists who gave Gore “five stars for accuracy.” AP claims 19 scientists viewed Gore’s movie, but it only quotes five of them in its article. AP should also release the names of the so-called scientific “skeptics” they claim to have contacted.

That reaction has the moonbats spitting mad and they’re launching another one of their hysterical “HE WORKS WITH INDUSTRY” smear attempts. Sadly, however, the only people who really fall for this type of scare and smear routine are those who hang around the far-left blogs and endlessly repeat their latest theories on the Rove/Zionist/Halliburton plots to take over the world.

While one may understandably want to pay closer attention to the work produced by someone in the group(s) on the opposite side of your chosen issue, simply claiming that they “vote Republican/Democrat” or “they work in industry/government” is a horribly weak-minded attempt to disregard their work.

The press guy working this story for the Senate Committee on Enviroment and Public Works is Marc Morano.

Morano just got this job working for Sen. Infofe’s committee. Here is his background. …

A suggestion for the people at Daily Kos, try reading something from another opinion or viewpoint. Try and wrap your heads around the fact that your extreme left opinions actually occupy a miniscule area in the broader bell curve of political and philosophical ideas. You can tell yourselves and your little group that you are THE bomb and every conspiracy theory and environmental scare you create are gospel truth, but there are always more opinions and scientifically/philosophically defensible theories out there.

Another amusing thing about the DKossian’s bandying about their concepts of the “facts” on global climate change is that many respected – non-industry – climate scientists have already spoken up and have given detailed descriptions of the many factual flaws and the weak “science” Gore used.

Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: “Gore’s circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention.” …
Appearing before the Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development last year, Carleton University paleoclimatologist Professor Tim Patterson testified, “There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth’s temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years.” Patterson asked the committee, “On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century’s modest warming?”

Patterson concluded his testimony by explaining what his research and “hundreds of other studies” reveal: on all time scales, there is very good correlation between Earth’s temperature and natural celestial phenomena such changes in the brightness of the Sun.

No sensible scientist claims to have solved the issue of global climate change. Anyone who tells you the science is absolutely established and that there is solid proof climate change is caused by human activity is likely looking for some headline-based media attention and fame to help with their next research grant submission, or campaign.

You can disagree with what they say, but take the time to honestly look into their assertions before you do like the DKossians do. Don’t run around, Chicken Little-style, waving your arms, and spritzing your screams of “THEY WORK WITH INDUSTRY!!!!!” with a self-reassuring mantra of “I’m right, you’re wrong,” “Karl Rove – Halliburton,” and “the overwhelming scientific consensus.” You come off looking sub moronic when you do.

Hillary runs for sainthood

Our Lady of Blessed protection for “migrant” workers spoke earlier this week, offering up a story more than slightly reminiscent of her husband’s uncanny ability to make the story – ANY story – all about him.

Appearing before a religious conference earlier this week, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) told the audience that as a child attending Sunday school she would baby-sit the children of migrant workers so that their older siblings could join their parents at work.

“I was fortunate that at an early age, through my church, I was given the opportunity to expand my horizons,” Clinton told the 600 adults and teenagers attending the Sojourners “Covenant for a New America” conference.

As the article continues, it notes that speaking at the conference allowed the Democrats to begin to tailor their message to fit the “religious” voter and allowed Hillary to admit to her own “spirituality.” Her topic also allowed her to blend those ideas with the above theme of her early willingness to aid in advancing the cause of our “migrant” worker population as they struggled under the abusive Republican regime of low minimum wages.

Truly people, Mother Theresa was a heartless brute compared to Hillary, the compassionate.

And yes, I do feel my breakfast starting to rise up the back of my throat. She baby-sat the youngest kids of migrant workers, so their older siblings could go to help their parents on the job? Does anyone else think this story is a little too perfect and a little too contrived? Does anyone else think that she is trying a little too hard to position herself as a strong supporter of illegals, while still trying to pretend that she is willing to defend our borders? Does anyone else think that someone with this many profound contradictions in their internal makeup should be allowed anywhere near the nuclear football?

Lastly, can either Bill or Hillary speak on any issue without trying to make it seem like they are the sole reason that anything good has ever happened in this country.

Speaking at a religious conference, about attending Sunday school, and baby-sitting the kids of “migrant” workers (he says laughing and shaking his head). No doubt she kept the kids in line by floating six inches off the floor, letting her halo glow, and turning on the blood flow to her stigmata.

Special time for Muslims, GREAT!! Time for Christians, BAD!!

If a municipal government wants to allow special swim times for Muslims at public pools, suggesting that they are necessary to ensure Muslim conceptions of modesty are respected, no one (in government) seems to have any real difficulties with it. However, if a private skating rink in New York wants to hold a “Christian Music Skate,” the politcally correct among us are not going to allow that to happen. Not surprisingly, the anti-Christian brigade is claiming that this private business is “discriminating.”

The Traditional Values Coalition asked New York Governor George Pataki to rein in a state agency which is threatening legal action against an Accord, New York skating rink because it plays Christian music during a “Christian Music Skate” party.

The New York Division of Human Rights threatened Len and Terry Bernardo, owners of the Skate Time 209 rink in Accord, with an investigation because the rink plays Christian music during certain hours. The agency also threatened to charge a local newspaper which advertised the event for “aiding and abetting” unlawful discrimination.

What makes this move even more bizarre is that – to the average listening ear – there is very little to no substantial difference between “Christian Contemporary Music” (CCM) and most other forms of rock music. The people playing the guitars and drums are playing the exact same chords and beats as your standard issue rock musicians.

Even when Christians go out of their way to be as much like the world as is humanly possible – while only trying to keep the slightest film of “Christianity” glazed over top of their activities and music – the world still hates them.

Pork is pork no matter what side of the aisle it comes from

One would think that people would be ashamed to so blatantly pad their own interests with our tax dollars.

Some guys give their wives jewelry or flowers. Ralph Regula gave his wife a national park.

Regula, a Republican congressman from Ohio, is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. In 2000, his subcommittee created the First Ladies National Historic Site in his district in Canton, Ohio.

Regula’s wife, Mary, is the founding president of the nonprofit National First Ladies’ Library, which operates the historic site for the National Park Service. She draws no salary.

It is all well and good that the Mrs. does not draw a salary, but remuneration comes in more ways than just cash. The prestige and influence associated with having your pet projects funded to this degree would be a draw for most people.

They voted for the program, before they voted against it

Interesting to see that just a few years ago, the New York Times was demanding that the Bush administration come up with a secret program to track the financial actions of islamofascist terrorists around the world. By doing so, they argued the Bush administration could ensure the safety of Americans.

Organizing the hijacking of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon took significant sums of money. The cost of these plots suggests that putting Osama bin Laden and other international terrorists out of business will require more than diplomatic coalitions and military action. Washington and its allies must also disable the financial networks used by terrorists.

The Bush administration is preparing new laws to help track terrorists through their money-laundering activity and is readying an executive order freezing the assets of known terrorists. Much more is needed, including stricter regulations, the recruitment of specialized investigators and greater cooperation with foreign banking authorities. There must also must be closer coordination among America’s law enforcement, national security and financial regulatory agencies. …

The Treasury Department also needs new domestic legal weapons to crack down on money laundering by terrorists. The new laws should mandate the identification of all account owners, prohibit transactions with “shell banks” that have no physical premises and require closer monitoring of accounts coming from countries with lax banking laws. Prosecutors, meanwhile, should be able to freeze more easily the assets of suspected terrorists. The Senate Banking Committee plans to hold hearings this week on a bill providing for such measures. It should be approved and signed into law by President Bush.

So they got what they wanted and that appears to not have been good enough.

The more I read and hear about this leaking of secret information by the New York Times, the more I am convinced that this is about their perception of their role in this country. While it is certain that the publication of this sensitive information was – in part – driven by their palpable and intense hatred of George Bush, there is something bigger that – I believe – is driving their activities.

I am convinced that the people at the New York Times see themselves as being equally important and equally (or perhaps more) powerful than any level or department of government. They see themselves as the final arbitrer of what is acceptable for people to know and not know.
It is this self-importance that encouraged them to ignore weeks of discussions with the Bush administration and the fact that revealing the details of this program would make it more difficult for the police, government, and military to protect Americans from islamist terror. This self-importance also allows them to ignore basic economics and their rapidly falling subscription rates and encourages them the go ahead to print such a story.

I believe that they seriously don’t care if their articles cause difficulty or claim American lives. I would suggest that they don’t really even care about getting information out to the public. All of those concerns are secondary to their – far more important – ability to be the controlling factor on public information.

It’s all about them and their power – it has little, if anything, to do with national security or the public’s “right to know.”

Katrina Fraud worse than than the Canadian firearms registry

$2 billion in waste, graft, and outright fraud. If it weren’t for the title (above) most people would think I was writing about the embarassing sinkhole that is the Canadian firearms registry. However, recent reports indicate that little ole’ Louisiana (and a few others) have managed to waste and abuse a huge portion of the money they were given to aid in rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

Among the many superlatives associated with Hurricane Katrina can now be added this one: it produced one of the most extraordinary displays of scams, schemes and stupefying bureaucratic bungles in modern history, costing taxpayers up to $2 billion. …

The tally of ignoble acts linked to Hurricane Katrina, pulled together by The New York Times from government audits, criminal prosecutions and Congressional investigations, could rise because the inquiries are under way. Even in Washington, a city accustomed to government bloat, the numbers are generating amazement.

“The blatant fraud, the audacity of the schemes, the scale of the waste — it is just breathtaking,” said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, and chairwoman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

As I have noted before, these people may as well have walked in your house and picked the money out of your wallet or pocket. Every penny of that $2 billion came from you and me and the rest of the American taxpayers.

Seriously, is there anyone out there that thinks that money could not have been better spent on food, health care, or clothes  for you or your family? Next time the lefties in government tell you that the country can’t afford to allow you to have another tax cut, tell them to get that $2 billion back first, and then you might listen to them.

Deja vu all over again

Sort of.

It’s funny to see how both parties will spin any setback as a positive.

While the Dems were gleefully rubbing their palms together and salivating at the thought of dissention in the ranks of Republican Party over the past few months (with the Harriet Miers confusion and contention over the immigration issue), the Republicans were retorting that the “dissention” was just a sign of healthy debate in the party. Nothing was wrong, this was all normal.

Now that the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak, the Democrats are making the exact same argument. The Democrats have no clear idea of how to proceed with the war in Iraq. Kerry & Murtha are tripping over themselves to see who will be the one to cut and run first. Hillary is pretending that she has found a new and improved way to cut and run, but not cut and run. The rest of the party is busy running into each other and trying to pretend that they even understand that it is post 9-11.

To cover their rear end, however, Hillary is repeating the Rush Limbaugh – disunity in the party is healthy – argument.

New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton Friday said the lack of consensus in the Democratic Party on several issues, including the war in Iraq, is good for the party and for American democracy.

“Although unity is important, it is not the most important value,” Clinton said in a speech to the New Democrat Network conference in Washington, D.C. “It is, I think, a tribute to the Democratic Party at this moment in time that we are honestly and openly struggling with a lot of the difficult issues facing our country.”

Clinton criticized Republicans for what she called their unified decision to “blindly follow the president, to ask no questions, to raise no concerns.” She said Democrats disagree on how to succeed in Iraq, but “we are together, unified in fulfilling our constitutional responsibility to engage in a legitimate debate, to ask the difficult issues and to offer honorable, responsible positions.”

To those who tend to hold ‘their party’ up as the be all and end all and defend them no matter what happens, this attempt to spin a bad situation is a good reminder that these people are every bit as fallible as the rest of us. When they’re in a bad stretch, they are going to find any bit of dry land and cling to it for all they’re worth.

Trying to tag the Republicans willingness to finish the job and win the war as “blindly following” is a pathetic ploy to divert attention from the complete lack of foresight and commitment to any idea in the Democrat Party. When those same Republicans were railing against Bush’s Harriet Miers nomination, Clinton and her party members were yucking it up over the cracks in the Republican’s ability to govern. So which is it Ms. Clinton?

Dancing around the world

I thought this site was kind of stupid when I first landed on it. The guy dances even worse than I do. However, as you watch the video, its almost impossible to not get a smile on your face.

It’s amazing the number of places that this guy has travelled to – and he danced everywhere he went.

Compared to someone like Matt, I have not travelled all that much – just done the route around most of the U.S. and Canada and a month and a bit in Singapore and Australia. However, watching those videos brought back a lot of memories and and a powerful urge to travel.

This is torture

The drive-by media and Democrats in the Senate have always reacted hysterically to any stories of “abuse” by American soldiers. The slightest unsubstantiated rumor of impropriety on the part of the U.S. military is enough to send them into paroxysms of self-loathing and anti-American fervor. They immediately start into the caterwauling and screeching of “torture” when a terrorist detainee has women’s underwear put on his head or when another terrorist is forced (GASP!!!) to sit in an air-conditioned room – oh the humanity! And Allah and his “prophets” help us if a report ever comes out that one of our ‘infidel’ service men or women has the temerity to touch the great and holy Qu’ran without their fancy white gloves on.

One wonders then if the reports coming out about the horrific deaths of two U.S. soldiers, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca of Houston and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker of Madras, Ore, will help the MSM to understand the difference between real torture and what they so blithely try to pass off as “torture” in their reporting. For the remainder of us out here, the distinction between the what goes on at Gitmo and the brutality and outright evil of the enemy we face in islamist terrorists is abundantly clear.

What follows might disturb some people, however, I believe that it is necessary to get this information out as a beginning step in balancing the flood of Abu Ghraib photos that polluted every paper and MSM news broadcast for several months last year. When you read this, remember that these two service men were so badly disfigured by islamist terrorists that their bodies needed to be shipped back to the U.S. for DNA testing to actually confirm their identities.

The two servicemen that were found suffered the following attrocities – despite the fact that they were protected by the same Geneva convention that the MSM and the Dems constantly hold up, declaring that we must treat un-uniformed, islamist terrorists with kid gloves:

  1. Their hearts were cut out of their chests
  2. Their testicles were cut off
  3. Their penises were cut off and stuffed in their mouths
  4. Their arms were described as “contorted,” which means that they had had their shoulders and elbows (at the very least) dislocated.
  5. Their eyes were gouged out
  6. Various reports are indicating that they were then beheaded.
  7. To finish their work, the terrorists then surrounded the two bodies with booby traps and explosives to try and injure or kill those who they knew would come to reclaim the bodies

To those who would dare to try and draw some type of comparison between what happened at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo and this brutal murder of uniformed American servicemen, I suggest that you need your head gear cleaned out. My immediate response was far less polite, but since this is a family friendly blog, I held off until I could refrain from typing profanity.

No sane individual can look at this clear case of torture and claim that underwear on your head is remotely similar. Those who try need to be immediately and loudly derided as foolish and not worthy of this country’s attention.

Classic Hillary

For those who may have not heard Hillary trying to wiggle herself into the appearance of remaining strong on her support of the war on terror, but still keep the support of the moonbat left, she is reprising her husband’s (in)famous method making a bold statement that support both sides and neither side.

Her latest statement on the war in Iraq is easily as unintelligible as Kerry’s “I voted for the $87 billion … before I voted against it.”

To make it clear to the rest of the world, there are two positions on this issue – despite Hillary’s attempts to make it look like a third option exists. First, we can finish the job – make sure the Iraqis finish training their army and are able to take over their military and security situation. Second, we can cut and run, before the job of ensuring the Iraqis are ready to take over is completed. (As an aside, option #2 is the one that seems to capture the imagination of the liberal/socialist left. Sadly, they appear to yearn for another photo-op of American helicopters pulling the last Americans off the roof of the American embassy.)

Just like Kerry’s on again – off again support of Iraq, Hillary’s latest speech on the issue is coming down squarely on the fence and committing to nothing at all.

“I do not think it is a smart strategy, either, for the president to continue with his open-ended commitment, which I think does not put enough pressure on the new Iraqi government. Nor do I think it is a smart strategy to set a date certain. I do not agree that that is in the best interests.”

Remember folks, this is the considered opinion of the smartest woman to have ever walked the face of the planet. This is the wisdom imparted by the woman who has a natural right to lead the United States. No person on this planet can touch her intellect, wisdom, foreign and domestic policy know-how, etc. etc. etc. No person on the planet is better suited to leading the military out of the situation in Iraq.

Remember those “truths” when you try to figure out what policy direction would come from such a clearly stated, focused, commited … Oh never mind! She’s just smarter and more nuanced than you could ever be, so stop asking questions, shut your mouth, and accept the fact that she knows better than you do.

There are NO WMD’s

I don’t care if they did find WMD’s in Iraq, there were NO WMD’s in Iraq – even if they did find them … in Iraq … they don’t exist … even though they do – they don’t.

The United States has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003, and more weapons of mass destruction are likely to be uncovered, two Republican lawmakers said Wednesday.

“We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons,” Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.

Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: “Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.” …

Hoekstra and Santorum lamented that Americans were given the impression after a 16-month search conducted by the Iraq Survey Group that the evidence of continuing research and development of weapons of mass destruction was insignificant. But the National Ground Intelligence Center took up where the ISG left off when it completed its report in November 2004, and in the process of collecting intelligence for the purpose of force protection for soldiers and sailors still on the ground in Iraq, has shown that the weapons inspections were incomplete, they and others have said.

“We know it was there, in place, it just wasn’t operative when inspectors got there after the war, but we know what the inspectors found from talking with the scientists in Iraq that it could have been cranked up immediately, and that’s what Saddam had planned to do if the sanctions against Iraq had halted and they were certainly headed in that direction,” said Fred Barnes, editor of The Weekly Standard and a FOX News contributor.

It’s all just a Bush, Rove, Halliburton / Zionist plot to 1) put the Dems off their game, 2) make the MSM look silly by damaging the believability of their “Bush lied – NO WMDs!!!! – al Qaeda is made up of freedom fighters” template for “news,” 3) influence the upcoming election, 4) try to win popular support for the war in Iraq, 5) to make John Kerry’s cut and run (sorry) “redeployment” plan look bad.

Some good top 10 lists

From the good people at Human Events Online

Ding dong the witch is dead

Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!

With Dan Rather’s departure from CBS News, the tectonic plates of TV journalism have shifted on a historic scale.

But does anybody feel it? Or care?

Well, CBS cares. It comes out ahead. With a minimum of fuss, it is freed from Rather — scourge of the right wing; proselytizer of Murrow-era ideals on which CBS is all too happy to close the book; and, at 74, a senior citizen in a business where youth is revered. …

“I see myself as a reporter,” he added, “moving to what is basically another reporting job.”

That was the way Rather wanted to see it. He had always spoken of himself as a reporter who loved roaming the world for a great story, and he chafed at being chained to the anchor desk. Yet he fought to be Walter Cronkite’s successor in 1981, and, once he had the job, couldn’t let it go.

As he was maybe the last to see, he kept it too long.

Waaaay too long.

Bush creates world’s largest marine protected area

Do you think that the extreme left will remember to give Bush credit for this when they are preparing their Photoshop images of Bush’s face on Hitler’s body?

President Bush will create the world’s largest protected marine area today, designating as a national monument a 1,200-mile-long chain of small Hawaiian islands and surrounding waters and reefs that are home to a spectacular array of sea life, senior administration officials said last night.
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In his second use of the 100-year old National Antiquities Act, which empowers the president to protect important cultural or geological resources instantly, Mr. Bush will enact a suite of strict rules for the area, including a five-year phasing out of commercial and sport fishing, officials said.

I don’t know all the politics of this particular situation, but you would think that environmentalists and the far left could just be pleased with this designation. The new protected area is described as being the same size as California – CALIFORNIA!! Despite admitting they were happy, the drive by media and environmental groups still had to take a shot at Bush.

Some environmentalists noted yesterday that the extra protection was an easy call for the administration, in part because there was little significant opposition in Hawaii or Washington. The move could also help the re-election prospects of Linda Lingle, Hawaii’s Republican governor, who last fall banned commercial activities in state waters in the area and endorsed the federal sanctuary plan.

They noted that there were only eight commercial fishing boats licensed to fish in the remote islands, and that rising fuel costs had made such trips less and less profitable.

They refuse to allow themselves to admit that Bush might have done something they agree with. They want to hate Bush so fervently that it apparently does not matter what he does. Just try and imagine the New York Times headlines if a Clinton or Kerry administration had done this, it would be front page news and left of center groups around the world would be putting them up for sainthood. They would dwell on this for months and they would push it as a means of getting Dems re-elected for the next several election cycles. However, when Bush does it, it’s an easy call for them, didn’t really take any backbone and – when looked at in the bigger picture – it was really just a cynical ploy to get a Republican elected.
As another example of the MSM’s and the left’s refusal to admit when Bush does something they would normally support, I had never heard of this National Antiquities Act designation either. One would think that the left would have cut Bush some slack for this as well, but it remains largely unreported.

Only once before, in February, has Mr. Bush created a national monument: at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. Some 400 remains of enslaved and free Africans from the 17th and 18th centuries were discovered there in 1991.

Notice that the burial site was found in 1991, but it was not designated by the Clinton administration. Compare that with another one of Clinton’s demolition projects when he was trying to get his Presidential library finished.

USA vs. Italy

Not a bad game. Nice to see the U.S. actually playing today.

Must be nice, for the Italians, to have the refs rooting for you.

How many calls do you folks think this ref could have botched? How many more red cards could he hand out? How much more of the game could he slow down or confuse. At least he did manage to catch that wicked elbow by De Rossi. Kind of hard to miss when the blood was streaming down McBride’s face though.

That match should have been 2-1 (at least) for the U.S.

You do your thing and I’ll do mine

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

– Thomas Jefferson (Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 17, 1782)

Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (285)

The moonbat left is ticked that Fitz isn’t stringing Rove up

The denizens of the dark, moldy cellars at “The Raw Story” are losing it over the news that Rove will not be indicted by Fitzgerald. Working off of Joe Wilson’s lawyers, they are advancing all sorts of conspiracy theories – Rove is turning states evidence on Cheney, the Bush admin bought off Fitzgerald … it gets worse.

Here’s a few of the better comments for you.

Karl Rove is a PIG! REPUBLICANS Are PIGS!

We do not live in a nation of laws anymore. Our system has been hijacked by criminals…and they are called Republicans.

If Rove is off the hook, he probably gave up a bigger fish. If he backs out of any deal at any time, he ceases being off the hook. If Rove was involved, though, Libby will out him now that Rove is a likely stoolie. At that point, Rove goes back on the hook…

Rove isn’t off the hook yet, as who knows what will come out when Libby sings, and you get Cheney and Co. testifying under oath. I don’t think these guys are smart enough to keep whatever cover story Rove concocted straight under pressure from a DA in a court of law.

Fitzgerald is a loser; Marcia Clark could have got Rove indicted, his guilt in simple perjury is painfully clear. Maybe Fitzgerald needs to be investigated for corruption because he’s obviously been compromised.

Rove DID leak Valerie Plame. And she WAS a covert CIA operative. Welcome to the New World Order.

The last one is the most amusing. Keep saying it over and over again and you’ll convince yourself that Plame was covert. The rest of us in the real world recognize that no law was broken, Plame was most certainly not covert, and the government did not “out” Plame (actually she and her husband appear to have done that with their own lose lips).

Perhaps those facts are a good indication of why Fitzgerald did not indict Rove and could only indict Libby on charges that arose as a direct result of the investigation (not because of any crime being committed in relation to Plame’s alleged “outing”).

Update on the Lenovo snubbing Linux entry

Further to my post on Lenovo snubbing Linux, the folks at Lenovo (IBM) are repudiating the recent story that suggested they would snub Linux in favor of M$ products (Windows XP and Vista).

An editorial on the issue noted:

Chinese computer supplier Lenovo has denied a report that it is planning to stop offering Linux on its range of PCs and laptops.
On Friday, CRN reported that Frank Kardonski, Lenovo’s worldwide product manager for its 3000 series, had indicated that Linux support was being dropped.

“We will not have models available for Linux, and we do not have custom order, either,” he told the reseller newspaper. “What you see is what you get. And at this point, it’s (Microsoft) Windows.”

But Lenovo made strenuous efforts on Monday to set the record straight, emphasizing that Kardonski provided incorrect information to CRN and that the company plans to continue to offer Linux on ThinkPads.

“There has really been no change in the support and commitment to the Linux community and to our customers and business partners,” Marc Godin, vice president of marketing for Lenovo’s notebooks, told CNET News.com.

Additionally, a recent post in a local LUG e-mail group reprinted a reply from the folks at Lenovo on this issue.

Thank you for contacting Lenovo, the makers of ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PC products.

Lenovo maintains its commitment to Linux distributions and the Linux community at large. Through the independent testing and certification of ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and Lenovo 3000 product lines as well as the close collaboration with industry leaders such as ATI and Intel – Lenovo continues to take steps to ensure Linux can be deployed in a manner consistent with customer needs. In fact, over the coming months this commitment will be strengthened even further as new capabilities and support emerge.

In addition, as part of a continued close partnership with IBM, a host of offerings are available to assist customers in the assessment, testing, deployment and support of Linux distributions.

For more information and a listing of Linux distributions certified on Lenovo hardware, please visit: http://www.lenovo.com/linux

Thank you for visiting our site and contacting Lenovo.

Regards,
Electronic Response Center
ERC Feedback Focal
IBM.com, Americas
ercfeed@ca.ibm.com

That seems a pretty solid response by Lenovo and it would also seem that IBM products are once again safe for Linux users.

What do climate scientists think of the global warming issue

Tom Harris has recently published a few excellent editorials on global climate change and Al Gore’s attempts to dredge the issue up once again.
I am glad to see that some common sense and “science” (qua science) is starting to trickle into the mainstream media. As more of this information gets into the public, we will begin to move beyond hysteria and fear mongering toward rational discussion on climate change policy.

When we stop focusing so intently on the well-intentioned, but often misguided claims of politicians, bureaucrats, and fruit fly geneticists, we can start to listen to the actual climate scientists. Tom supplies comments from a few

“Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it,” Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film “An Inconvenient Truth”, showing at Cumberland 4 Cinemas in Toronto since Jun 2. With that outlook in mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his movie?

Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: “Gore’s circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention.”

But surely Carter is merely part of what most people regard as a tiny cadre of “climate change skeptics” who disagree with the “vast majority of scientists” Gore cites?

No; Carter is one of hundreds of highly qualified non-governmental, non-industry, non-lobby group climate experts who contest the hypothesis that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are causing significant global climate change. “Climate experts” is the operative term here. Why? Because what Gore’s “majority of scientists” think is immaterial when only a very small fraction of them actually work in the climate field.

Even among that fraction, many focus their studies on the impacts of climate change; biologists, for example, who study everything from insects to polar bears to poison ivy. “While many are highly skilled researchers, they generally do not have special knowledge about the causes of global climate change,” explains former University of Winnipeg climatology professor Dr. Tim Ball. “They usually can tell us only about the effects of changes in the local environment where they conduct their studies.”

This is highly valuable knowledge, but doesn’t make them climate change cause experts, only climate impact experts. …

Here is a small sample of the side of the debate we almost never hear:

Appearing before the Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development last year, Carleton University paleoclimatologist Professor Tim Patterson testified, “There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth’s temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years.” Patterson asked the committee, “On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century’s modest warming?”

Patterson concluded his testimony by explaining what his research and “hundreds of other studies” reveal: on all time scales, there is very good correlation between Earth’s temperature and natural celestial phenomena such changes in the brightness of the Sun.

There’s plenty more in this article. Tom’s other article has even more information for you, if you’re seriously interested in getting to some sensible policy development on environmental issues.

Hurricane relief used for porn, booze, and trips

Although it is described as “shocking,” this news is really not all that surprising. When you write an unlimited government check, send it into an area that has relied on welfare and corrupt government control for the past 40 years, and then provide little or no oversight on how it is spent, you end up with the following.

In a shocking rip-off of taxpayers, federal hurricane relief bought “Girls Gone Wild” videos, Caribbean vacations and French champagne, as thousands of brazen scam artists bilked the government out of $1.4 billion, a bombshell report reveals.

Although the aid was intended to shelter and clothe thousands of devastated families from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the audit to be presented to Congress today shows a widespread criminal splurge of debauchery and excess while the feds were asleep at the switch.

One evacuee scammed a luxurious $1,000 vacation at Punta Cana, a resort area in the Dominican Republic.

Another spent $300 on “Girls Gone Wild” videos at a Santa Monica, Calif., store.

Some opted for live entertainment: An evacuee spent $600 at a “gentlemen’s club” in Houston, and another doled out $400 on “adult erotica products” at a Houston store called The Pleasure Zone.

I have posted on this issue previously and the response to it is simple. The government has proven, over and over again, that it is incapable of dealing with this type of tragedy and disruption. Therefore, only a fool would continue to give responsibility for these situations over to the government.

Allowing the government to have a say in how disaster relief is provided is a recipe for waste and damage. Private charities perform these duties far more efficiently and effectively.

On top of this, those who are found to be involved in this fraud need to be made to pay it back. Everyone of those bottles of wine and porn videos was stolen from your pocket, just as sure as if those people kicked down your door, walked into your house, and then reached into your wallet themselves. The fact that the federal government acted as the middle man and did the plucking makes the theft no less offensive.