Jon Huntsman: Of Course I Believe in Global Warming!

Actually, Huntsman’s remark is dumber, because he says he believes in “climate change”. As Ed Morrissey says, that’s a meaningless term. The climate is always changing and always has been changing. Which is why we’ve had ice ages and then, you know, not.

The question is whether the climate is changing because of human activity. Huntsman seems to believe that it is, at least judging by his previous support for the job-killing cap-and-trade legislation that even many prominent Democrats can’t bring themselves to support.

Explaining his belief, Huntsman says:

This is an issue that ought to be answered by the scientific community; I’m not a meteorologist. All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer we’d listen to them. I respect science and the professionals behind the science so I tend to think it’s better left to the science community – though we can debate what that means for the energy and transportation sectors.

First, he provides absolutely no evidence to back up his 90% claim, and I can quickly and easily provide evidence to the contrary. In fact, ClimateGate came about because scientists couldn’t back up their claims so they needed to twist data to “hide the decline”. Huntsman doesn’t address ClimateGate or what it demonstrated, either.

In fact, just last week we learned that a prominent man-made global warming alarmist has become a skeptic. David Evans, who holds six university degrees and has advised governments on global warming, was once an alarmist. Now:

The debate about global warming has reached ridiculous proportions and is full of micro-thin half-truths and misunderstandings. I am a scientist who was on the carbon gravy train, understands the evidence, was once an alarmist, but am now a skeptic.

In the article announcing his conversion, Evans — a scientist himself — goes about destroying the twisted climate models and claims of the alarmists. One excellent aspect:

This is the core idea of every official climate model: For each bit of warming due to carbon dioxide, they claim it ends up causing three bits of warming due to the extra moist air. The climate models amplify the carbon dioxide warming by a factor of three — so two-thirds of their projected warming is due to extra moist air (and other factors); only one-third is due to extra carbon dioxide.

That’s the core of the issue. All the disagreements and misunderstandings spring from this. The alarmist case is based on this guess about moisture in the atmosphere, and there is simply no evidence for the amplification that is at the core of their alarmism.

Let’s face it: Most global warming climate scientists are no longer scientists primarily. They’re fearmongers who need to keep people scared in order to keep the grant money flowing.

Tell people that everything is going to be okay and governments will stop sending you tons of money. Tell people that everything is going to be okay and the gravy train will come to a halt. Keep the fear going — pump it up even — and governments will spend whatever it takes to stop something you created in the first place.

Judge Who Blocked Wisconsin Union Law Has Union Activist Son

The judge who blocked an anti-union law passed by Wisconsin’s state legislature has a union activist son.

Jake Sinderbrand, son of Judge Maryann Sumi and her apparent husband Carl Sinderbrand, has worked for the AFL-CIO and SEIU.

He has developed his professional political experience serving as a lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and as data manager for the SEIU State Council through the 2008 election cycle.

That’s from his profile at the appropriately-named Left Field Strategies.

Sinderbrand also has a Facebook page. His profile picture there is a parody image of Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) with the words “DOPE” as a caption. His wall consists mostly of pro-union shilling and anti-Republican attacks. He calls Walker stupid, slams the Tea Party, refers to Republicans as “fuckers”, and counts down the days until Walker is “recalled”.

Perhaps this provides a bit of context for his mother’s decision to block the law. Wisconsin Republicans insist they followed procedure when following the law, and in fact consulted parliamentarians and lawyers before voting. Sumi went and blocked the law, insisting they pass it again — now that the fleebaggers have returned — before she considers letting it stand.

Sumi has a clear conflict of interest. The national media should be inquiring as to whether she’s really in a position to be blocking laws her closest family members clearly despise and want thrown out for political and economic interests.

Pentagon: New York Times Working With Wikileaks

Two questions:

1) Why isn’t Julian Assange room temperature?

2) Why isn’t the New York Times taking flack for helping to release confidential national security documents that place American lives at risk?

The Pentagon has also told the US Senate and House armed services committees that the New York Times, the Guardian and Der Spiegel “are each currently working with WikiLeaks to co-ordinate the release of the documents”.

Do note that all three outlets are leftist publications. Isn’t it odd how you can always count on left-wingers to be there when information damaging to the entire United States is being leaked? Funny that.

Obama Fires Americorps IG Who Investigated Friend

The Associated Press reports this morning what we had long expected: President Obama has brought his Chicago Machine politics with him to the White House. According to the newswire, Obama has fired the inspector general of Americorps after he began looking a little too closely at a friend of the president’s:

President Barack Obama says he has lost confidence in the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position.

Obama’s move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star, into the misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group that Johnson headed.

Walpin was criticized by the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento for the way he handled an investigation of Johnson and St. HOPE Academy, a nonprofit group that received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants from the Corporation for National Community Service. The corporation runs the AmeriCorps program.

Yes, because if there’s anything Obama can’t stand, it’s having a supposedly incompetent IG at, er, Americorps. According to Byron York, the White House called Walprin and told him to resign within the hour or get fired. Suddenly, after calls to Congress, the WH appeared to back off:

After last night’s call, Walpin got in touch with Congress, and it appears the White House has backed off, at least for now.  This afternoon, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, who is something of a guardian angel for inspectors general, fired off a letter to the White House about the affair.

“I was troubled to learn that last night your staff reportedly issued an ultimatum to the AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin that he had one hour to resign or be terminated,” Grassley wrote.  “As you know, Inspectors General were created by Congress as a means to combat waste, fraud, and abuse and to be independent watchdogs ensuring that federal agencies were held accountable for their actions.  Inspectors General were designed to have a dual role reporting to both the President and Congress so that they would be free from undue political pressure.  This independence is the hallmark of all Inspectors General and is essential so they may operate independently, without political pressure or interference from agencies attempting to keep their failings from public scrutiny.”

Grassley said he was “deeply troubled” by the Walpin matter and closed by asking the president “to review the Inspector General Reform Act you cosponsored and to follow the letter of the law should you have cause to remove any Inspector General.”

President Obama doesn’t like the fact that Walpin had investigated one of his high-profile donors corruption, so figured he’d just remove him from the post. A note to future IGs: If you dare investigate Obama’s political allies, be prepared to search for new employment. He won’t tolerate the holding of his allies’ feet to the fire.

Update: Youth Today has more information. It would appear that Walpin was blowing the whistle:

The inspector general (IG) of the Corporation for National and Community Service is being removed by President Barack Obama, a week after the IG questioned the eligibility of the largest and most expensive AmeriCorps program, and while the IG was contesting the “propriety” of a settlement made with a mayor for alleged misuse of AmeriCorps funds.

…Funding for the largest AmeriCorps program – the Teaching Fellows Program, run by the Research Foundation of the City University of New York – is in abeyance pending resolution of widespread problems identified in a recent audit. Although Walpin recommended that funding be curtailed and that previous funds (perhaps as much as $75 million) be repaid to the corporation, the corporation has said it will take no action on that matter.

Walpin concluded that nothing was being gained by the grants to CUNY and that the money was simply being used to subsidize an existing and funded program.

Obama: I Chose My Friends Carefully… Marxist Professors and Structural Feminists

In his memoir Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama admits that he chose his friends carefully. He even says that those friends included Marxist professors. I’ve included the transcript immediately below and the video below that:

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists.

The video (audio, actually) runs 17 seconds in length. I’m sure his supporters will insist that because it’s not an hour and a half long, it’s out of context. They’ll always claim that of something potentially damaging to The One.

So he takes issue with reporters connecting a stance of his to Marxists, yet admitted that he actively sought out Marxists as his friends and associates?

CNN Tells Journalists to Be Kind to Castro

Yes, that Castro. The Natural Truth had earlier reported on it, and now Babalu Blog has the full email.

From: Flexner, Allison
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:46 AM
To: *CNN Superdesk (TBS)
Cc: Neill, Morgan; Darlington, Shasta
Subject: Castro guidance

Some points on Castro – for adding to our anchor reads/reporting:

* Please say in our reporting that Castro stepped down in a letter he wrote to Granma (the communist party daily), as opposed to in a letter attributed to Fidel Castro. We have no reason to doubt he wrote his resignation letter, he has penned numerous articles over the past year and a half.

* Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration. in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.

* Also the Cuban government blames a lot of Cuba’s economic problems on the US embargo, and while that has caused some difficulties, (far less so than the collapse of the Soviet Union) the bulk of Cuba’s economic problems are due to Cuba’s failed economic polices. Some analysts would say the US embargo was a benefit to Castro politically – something to blame problems on, by what the Cubans call “the imperialist,” meddling in their affairs.

* While despised by some, he is seen as a revolutionary hero, especially with leftist in Latin America, for standing up to the United States.

Any questions, please call the international desk.

Allison

Allison Flexner is, as confirmed by a Google search, a producer for CNN. She’s covered Cuban events before, and has been seen elsewhere at CNN. Here’s a profile at Spoke, which confirms Flexner’s employment at CNN in Atlanta.

Wouldn’t want to portray a dictator in a negative ligh, now would we?

NASA Revises Temperature Data; 1998 Now Behind 1934 as Hottest

Well, it turns out, according to the NASA GISS database, that 1998 was not even the hottest year of the last century. This is because many temperatures from recent decades that appeared to show substantial warming have been revised downwards. Here is how that happened (if you want to skip the story, make sure to look at the numbers at the bottom).

One of the most cited and used historical surface temperature databases is that of NASA/Goddard’s GISS. This is not some weird skeptics site. It is considered one of the premier world temperature data bases, and it is maintained by anthropogenic global warming true believers. It has consistently shown more warming than any other data base, and is thus a favorite source for folks like Al Gore. These GISS readings in the US rely mainly on the US Historical Climate Network (USHCN) which is a network of about 1000 weather stations taking temperatures, a number of which have been in place for over 100 years.

Anyway, McIntyre suspected that one of these adjustments had a bug, and had had this bug for years. Unfortunately, it was hard to prove. Why? Well, that highlights one of the great travesties of climate science. Government scientists using taxpayer money to develop the GISS temperature data base at taxpayer expense refuse to publicly release their temperature adjustment algorithms or software (In much the same way Michael Mann refused to release the details for scrutiny of his methodology behind the hockey stick). Using the data, though, McIntyre made a compelling case that the GISS data base had systematic discontinuities that bore all the hallmarks of a software bug.

Today, the GISS admitted that McIntyre was correct, and has started to republish its data with the bug fixed. And the numbers are changing a lot. Before today, GISS would have said 1998 was the hottest year on record (Mann, remember, said with up to 99% certainty it was the hottest year in 1000 years) and that 2006 was the second hottest. Well, no more. Here are the new rankings for the 10 hottest years in the US, starting with #1:

1934, 1998, 1921, 2006, 1931, 1999, 1953, 1990, 1938, 1939

Three of the top 10 are in the last decade. Four of the top ten are in the 1930′s, before either the IPCC or the GISS really think man had any discernible impact on temperatures. Here is the chart for all the years in the data base.

1998 used to be considered the hottest year in “1000 years”. It’s now at number two behind 1934. 2001 was the eighth – it’s not even in the top ten anymore. 2006 wasn’t as hot as 1998. 1934 was the hottest year in not only the last 100 years, but as far back as NASA can find.

Iranian Despot to Speak at Columbia University

Why, of course. The kids there probably consider him a reasonable voice against the “Jewish lobby”, Bush’s “fascist state”, and the “wars we’re fighting for the Zionists”.

Also today, the president of Columbia University, Lee C. Bollinger, announced that Mr. Ahmadinejad would speak at the university on Monday.

Last year he withdrew an invitation for the Iranian despot to speak:

In September 2006, the dean of Columbia University’s school of international and public affairs invited Mr. Ahmadinejad to speak at the school’s World Leaders Forum, but the university’s president, Mr. Bollinger, withdrew the invitation, saying he was not certain that an appearance by Mr. Ahmadinejad would “reflect the academic values” of the event.

Apparently having a man that denies the Holocaust, calls for the extermination of Jews, sends weapons to Iraq to kill our troops, funds terrorist groups and is considered a state sponsor of terror, fits this year’s event.

However, if fellow American citizens call for our immigration laws to actually be enforced, they’re driven off of the stage.

Pentagon Shooter Was 9/11 Truther, Anti-Bush

I say was because he’s dead. Just goes to show you opening fire near the main entrance to the center of the world’s most powerful military isn’t a good idea. But then again, this guy was a nutjob.

His name was John Patrick Bedell, 36, and he was a 9/11 Truther and anti-Bush nut. Here’s a posting from him back in 2006:

This criminal organization would use its powers to convert military, intelligence, and law enforcement bureaucracies into instruments for political control, and the domination and subjection of society, while discrediting, destroying, and murdering honest individuals within those services, that work to root out corruption, and faithfully serve their fellow citizens. This organization, like so many murderous governments throughout history, would see the sacrifice of thousands of its citizens in an event such as the September 11 attacks, as a small cost in order to perpetuate its barbaric control. This collection of gangsters would find it in their interest to foment conflict and initiate wars throughout the world, in order to divert attention from their misconduct and criminality. The true nature of such a regime would find its clearest expression in the satanic violence currently ongoing in Iraq.

To point out the dreadfully obvious, this posting was under the Bush Administration. So he’s blasting President Bush and the war in Iraq. He’s also blaming the former for perpetrating the 9/11 attacks.

Furthermore, Patterico found his Amazon wish list. Amongst the books Bedell desired?

The Immaculate Deception: The Bush Crime Family

and

Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America

In case you couldn’t tell, both pieces of “literature” are vehemently anti-Bush. This guy was no Tea Partier, though the media will undoubtedly attempt to paint him as one.

There’s good news to report out of this whole mess. The only individual who’ll spend a night in the morgue is the shooter, Bedell, himself. The two officers were taken to GWU with non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recovery.

David Gregory Rushes to Defend Obama, Fails Utterly

The new Meet The Press host rushes to defend Barack Obama from charges of stabbing Israel in the back. He says Obama’s position reflects “prominent views” in Israel of what the country ought to accept (1967 borders). So Joe Scarborough asks Gregory to name a single public figure in Israel who has backed up the president’s position.

Response: Stuttering.

Gregory can’t name a single public figure in Israel who takes the same position as Barack Obama. He instead reverts to unspecified “commentary” in the unspecified “press” within the country. Examples offered? None. Not one.

Here’s the transcript:

DAVID GREGORY, “MEET THE PRESS” HOST: I just want to make a point here. Joe, I disagree with you. This is not just the view of the White House in terms of what they think Israel ought to accept. This also reflects prominent views within Israel that this speech was actually good news for the Israeli government for some of the points that have already been laid out here…

JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: Obviously, we talked about earlier, on the minds of a lot of people inside the White House and the state department is the U.N. vote coming up this fall, David, and this is seen as leverage obviously for that. We’ve talked about that. But you said this is also seen as good news for some in Israel. What major Israeli public figures have come out supporting the President’s speech?

GREGORY: Well, I (stammers), I don’t think there have been major public figures that have, but some of the commentary that’s coming out of (stammers) the commentary in the press there and others who are looking at the situation are, are recognizing that some of these factors diplomatically are actually positive for Netanyahu.

“Some of the commentary” that’s coming from unnamed “press”. Why, that’s exactly like “prominent views”. Except, you know, not.

Gregory is in such a rush to cover for his boyfriend’s failings that he steps in a pile he can’t pull himself from. In fact, Gregory even admits that he doesn’t think there have been major public figures backing Obama’s plan, and in fact it’s just some people in the unspecified “press”. He ends up looking like a fool.

Meanwhile in reality, longtime Democrat Ed Koch says he’s done with his party, thanks in no small part to Obama’s abandoning of Israel. But don’t worry, because David Gregory says “prominent” individuals in Israel support Obama’s plan. Spoiler alert: Those “prominent” people exist only in David Gregory’s head.