Mr. Punky Kitten
Speaking truth to old-stream media bias.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
1953 address by Admiral Ben Moreell
Engineers, Scientific and SocialBy Jim Gammon & Admiral Ben Moreell
"Our great error is a lack of confidence in the voluntary acts of free people."
On January 14, 1953, the chairman of Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. spoke at the annual meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers in Detroit. He was Admiral Ben Moreell, and in 1953, most people in the audience would have known him as a founder and leader of the Seabees -- the U.S. Navy component that built the docks, the airports, and just about everything else our military forces needed to fight and win World War II, often working under fire.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Memories from Dopenhagen
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Hiding the Medieval Warm Period in Wikipedia
If you needed any more reason to avoid Wikipedia as a legitimate source of information, look no farther.
Connolley took control of all things climate in the most used information source the world has ever known – Wikipedia. Starting in February 2003, just when opposition to the claims of the band members were beginning to gel, Connolley set to work on the Wikipedia site. He rewrote Wikipedia's articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling. On Feb. 14, he began to erase the Little Ice Age; on Aug.11, the Medieval Warm Period. In October, he turned his attention to the hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the band. Richard Lindzen and Fred Singer, two of the world's most distinguished climate scientists, were among his early targets, followed by others that the band especially hated, such as Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, authorities on the Medieval Warm Period.
All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn't like the subject of a certain article, he removed it — more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred — over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions. Acolytes whose writing conformed to Connolley's global warming views, in contrast, were rewarded with Wikipedia's blessings. In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement.
National Review's Edward John Craig described it today as "Wikipedia Thuggery". How appropriate. The climate cultist conspiracy has repeatedly and systematically acted to hide any evidence that disproves their bizarre and unproven theories. The Climategate emails are the gift that keeps on giving to the cause of revealing the truth about these nutjob zealots.
In the process, this episode has shown that Wikipedia has become little more than yet another leftist-infested propaganda machine.
(Read more here).
Whoopee: Free Health Care for all!
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Wall Street Journal notes this morning that according to the National Journal's composite of all health polling, some 51 percent of the public is now opposed to this scheme.
Twas the night before Christmas
Monica Crowley offers up (with her apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) a timely health care twist on the timeless classic:
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House
Not a Democrat was stirring, not even Nancy Pelosi, the louse.
The health care bill was hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Senate Democrats soon would be there.
The American people were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of defeating Obamacare danced in their heads.
But Pelosi in her kerchief, and Harry Reid in his cap,
Hoped their caucus wouldn't bolt home for a long winter's nap.
When out on the Hill there arose such a clatter,
Reid sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.
Away to his office he flew like a flash,
And threw himself on the bill, which was done slapdash.
All 2,000 pages looked like the new-fallen snow.
"What's really in the bill? No one will ever know!"
When, his wondering eyes filled with mist
At the eye-rolling sight of eight tiny extortionists,
Reid jumped up, so lively and quick,
He knew in a moment their payoffs must click.
More rapid than eagles his bribers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now Landrieu! Now Lincoln! Now Lieberman and Nelson!
On Dodd! On Feingold! On Sanders and Levin!
Here's your payoff! Now go do the deed!
And vote for this sucker in our hour of need!"
He told them that his back was to the wall,
And he told them, "Now go! And dash away all!"
So back to their states the extortionists flew,
With their hundreds of millions, and other goodies, too.
And then, in a twinkling, Reid heard on the roof
Pollsters showing him the extent of his goof.
As he drew in his head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney President Obama came with a bound.
Having done no heavy lifting, he looked rested and ready
To sign this monstrous bill, even without Teddy.
A bundle of political threats he had flung on his back,
And he looked so smug, the thug, as he opened his pack.
His eyes, how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
He knew his fellow Dems; he knew how it'd go.
He was thin and skinny, not at all a jolly elf,
And Reid laughed when he saw him, in spite of himself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon told Reid he had nothing to dread.
Obama spoke not a word, which was unusual for him,
Ready to sign a bill that will make health care more grim.
"Higher premiums! Fewer doctors! Higher taxes and fees!
And this bill's just the beginning - oh, what a tease!"
He sprang to his feet and bid Reid goodbye,
And went back to the White House in the bat of an eye.
But Reid heard him exclaim, and it sounded like a prayer:
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all ruined health care!"
Jane Hamsher Defects To FOX
Jane Hamsher DEFECTS TO FOX: "Forget the junior Congressman from Alabama who is defecting to the Republicans. The big defection of the day was the decision by Jane Hamsher, proprietor of the left-wing Firedoglake group blog and organizer of the Hadassah Lieberman boycott, to appear on Fox News to call for the Democratic health care proposals to be defeated. While Hamsher is ultra-liberal, she points out that the Senate bill will lead to increased costs on the middle class."
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Unbelievable! The absolute gall of Obama
Ha. Ha. Ha-ha ha ha
President Obama said this on the same day that democrats spent $1.2 billion to bribe fellow democrats for to vote for Obamacare!
On the same day that democrats voted for the largest expansion of government in decades.
Brown for Senate
There's a senate election for Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts in about a month.
They need all 60 seats to pass this expensive boondoggle.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Read The Bill!
- Mr. Punky Kitten
December 17th, 2009 at 1:44 pm
My message to Democrats: Yes, do read the bill, because we have no idea what is in this bill. 60% of the Americans polled are against this bill, and that's despite the fact that this bill has been crafted in secret.
My wish list for Christmas: Tort Reform and Cross-State insurance competition. I'll warrant neither are in your bills. Instead, there are rumors of an individual mandate (where is that in the constitution) and a hidden tax increase in the form of forcing insurers to insure people with pre-existing conditions.
When people get free health care, there is disincentive to work.
It's really quite simple. People on the margins now have INCENTIVE to work because of the health insurance provided by businesses. Without that incentive, some will opt to forgo work. That can't be good for our economy.
I think instead of your bill, I'd rather have a lump of coal in my stocking.
Reuters: Greenspan warns of threat from record deficit
Let's fix the problem, STOP SPENDING!
Greenspan warns of threat from record deficit
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Thursday backed a call for creation of a bipartisan commission to make the tough calls needed to cut the record .
In testimony prepared for delivery before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Greenspan warned that the United States faces the threat of an unprecedented "fiscal crisis" because of record red ink.
Greenspan called a proposal by Democratic Senator Kent Conrad and Republican Senator Judd Gregg for a bipartisan task force on deficit reduction "an excellent idea."
"I trust any such taskforce will address the very thorny issue of the asymmetrical consequences of too much or too little fiscal restraint," Greenspan said.
The homeland security committee is examining the proposed commission amid mounting public concern about the record deficit.
The 18-member commission would weigh tax increases, spending cuts and other approaches needed to prevent the ballooning national debt -- currently at $12 trillion -- from compromising the United States' long-term strength.
The commission -- a tried-and-true Washington tactic for politicians to offload painful choices -- could make it easier for lawmakers to sign off on unpopular measures like trimming retirement spending or raising taxes to get the budget back in line.
(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Obama and the Dems are about to push us all over the edge of a precipice
OBAMA, yesterday, on Health Care: "From the discussions we had, it's clear that we are on the precipice of an achievement that has eluded Congresses and presidents for decades..."
Precipice: [pres-uh-pis] -noun 1. a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face. 2. a situation of great peril.
Sounds about right. Obama and the Dems are about to push us all over the edge...
We all have to suffer the great peril of big government!
from 'Kuwaiti oil fires' to 'Iraq Auctions Rights to 7 Oil Fields'
NYT: Iraq Auctions Rights to 7 Oil Fields
One more good reason we brought democracy to Iraq.
Plus, remember when Hussain set fire to the oil fields of Kuwait after the first Iraq war? That was reason enough to get rid of him and bring democracy to Iraq and Kuwait. We can't have a dictator doing those kinds of things to the environment.
The Kuwaiti oil fires were a result of the scorched earth policy of Iraqi military forces retreating from Kuwait in 1991 after conquering the country but being driven out by Coalition military forces (see Gulf War).
The resulting fires burned out of control because of the dangers of sending in firefighting crews. Land mines had been placed in areas around the oil wells, and a military cleaning of the areas was necessary before the fires could be put out. Somewhere around 6 million barrels (950,000 m3) of oil were lost each day. Eventually, privately contracted crews extinguished the fires, at a total cost of US$1.5 billion to Kuwait. By that time, however, the fires had burned for months, causing widespread pollution.
The byproducts of the petroleum burn caused pollution to the soil and air, and the oil fires have been linked with what was later called Gulf War Syndrome. Whether this syndrome has been caused by the oil fires, by chemical attack, or other causes has not been determined, and the longterm environmental effects of the fires have yet to be fully understood.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Climategate: Hide the Decline
The "trick" used to "hide the decline," which alarmists have claimed was taken out of context, is actually worse when the context is included.
This figure shows the famous "hockey stick" — a sudden increase in temperatures starting after 1900. What McIntyre had already observed was that this figure had a peculiar feature — the Briffa reconstruction line (green) stopped rather suddenly:
With the Climategate data, however, McIntyre was able to reconstruct the complete Briffa series, which turns out to look like this:
The green line is the version we saw above as part of the IPCC report, and the red line is the full series — which goes down rather dramatically, instead of up as the story suggested. If the full Briffa series had been included, the figure would look rather different. The hook upward, the blade of the hockey stick, would have been much less dramatic, the implied global warming much less significant. By truncating the data as they did, the global warming looks much worse.
And as the Climategate emails show, this was the result of a long discussion of how to best deal with "pressure to present a nice tidy story." A story that fit the IPCC's political goals, whether it suited the science or not.
USAToday: Federal Employees Raking Big Bucks During Recession
Now more than ever, it pays to work for the government:
The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.
Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession's first 18 months -- and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.
The trend to six-figure salaries is occurring throughout the federal government, in agencies big and small, high-tech and low-tech. The primary cause: substantial pay raises and new salary rules.
While some 7.3 million jobs have been lost in the private sector during this recession, the massive expansion of government we have seen in the last two years is certainly making some folks cozy for Christmas. One of the largest contributers to Federal Spending is the number of government employees and their bloated salaries. And just what do these people do? Is it worth it? Is that sustainable in the long run: I don't think so. So now tell me how that Obama thing is working out for your?
It's the economy, stupid Obama and Dems
Democrats are focused on 2010 already. They know what they need to work on before the election .. jobs and the budget deficit.
A bipartisan group of former lawmakers and budget officials say that we need to rein in our deficit. Preferably sooner, rather than allowing it to drag down our economy.
The Heritage Foundation explains why the debt and the debt limit matter. When is enough going to be enough for Washington?
Inconvenient truth for Al Gore as his North Pole sums don't add up
Inconvenient truth for Al Gore as his North Pole sums don't add up
Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years.
However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.
"It's unclear to me how this figure was arrived at," Dr Maslowski said. "I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this."
The embarrassing error cast another shadow over the conference after the controversy over the hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, which appeared to suggest that scientists had manipulated data to strengthen their argument that human activities were causing global warming.
What do you call it again when you don't tell the truth?
Gov. employees avg. pay $72K dwarfs business/industry
Monday, December 07, 2009
Handy Dandy Stimulus Flow Chart
COPENHAGEN CLIMATE SUMMIT: 1,200 LIMOS, 140 PRIVATE PLANES...
VIDEO: Climate Change Delegates Begin Arriving...
Spews More CO2 than 60 Countries do in Entire Year -- COMBINED...
Saudi Arabia calls for 'climategate' investigation...
Dem Senator warns Obama on taking action in Copenhagen...
UN film shows 'children of the future facing an apocalypse'...
EPA: Greenhouse gases endanger human health...
Gore turns to poetry: 'The shepherd cries, the hour of choosing has arrived'...
Major winter storm to wallop central USA...
Gallop: Obama hits new low at 47%...
Friday, December 04, 2009
Black unemployment reaches Great Depression levels
I would say that a certain voting block (a block that voted 90% for a single candidate) should realize that votes matter.
Our lack of Job creation is due entirely to a false stimulus, rather than business tax cuts.
Black unemployment reaches Great Depression levels: BVN
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Reality: CO2 only 4% of Greenhouse Gases
Dr. Tim Ball, a for-real climatologist and AGW skeptic, makes an important point that is being missed as the whole ClimateGate story unfolds: It's NOT the CO2, Stupid!
Several scientists have known for years the science was wrong and the CRU with a few others were doing things beyond normal scientific techniques to mislead the public. We couldn't compete with the deliberate media misinformation, personal attacks and frightening orchestration disclosed in the hacked emails. Now we have the weapon but it is an atomic bomb ignored by the mainstream media and the politicians.
The key was CO2 and why it received so much attention? It's less than 4 percent of the greenhouse gases and a minuscule part of the total complexity that creates weather. Yet it's the sole focus of all climate and energy policy when it doesn't cause global warming or climate change. In fact, in every record of any duration for any period in the earth's history temperature increase precedes CO2 increase.
Recall Al Gore's oft-shown CO2 and temperature graph? It's been known for years that this cause-and-effect relationship between planet temperature and atmospheric CO2 was not nearly as simple as that. In fact, it's the opposite of what Gore contends:
For those not aware of the issue, ice core data, like that shown by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth, initially showed a very strong and compelling correlation between CO2 and temperature. Not only did CO2 look like a driver of climate, it looked like the driver. But Gore is very careful how he presents this chart in his movie (one of his Really Big Charts). The reason is that by the time of the movie, better instrumentation and lab procedure had shown that temperature increases in the ice core data actually preceded CO2 increases by 800 or more years. CO2 was being increased by heating of the oceans and outgassing of CO2 from them, not the other way around.
Dr. Ball continues:
The only place where CO2 causes temperature increase is in the doctored computer models of the CRU and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). People involved in climategate also controlled key chapters of the IPCC Reports including those on atmospheric composition; paleoclimates (reconstruction of past climate); computer models and the Summary for PolicyMakers (SPM). Manipulation of data, falsification of temperature graphs, control of publishing and peer review, selective inclusion of variables and mechanisms in computer models were all designed to make it appear CO2 was the sole driving mechanism of temperature.
They've moved the goalposts again as they did when global warming became climate change and carbon credits became cap and trade. The focus is Climategate when it should be how even excluding rigged data the science is wrong. Scientists involved in the 'climategate' scandal have successfully diverted attention from the real issue with their denials. The mainstream media whose silence is either deafening or defensive have enabled them.
Disclosure of the extent and degree of the scandal leads to the obvious question. "What's the motive?" There are two streams, the political and the scientific, which appear separate but are closely conjoined. [...] The 1974 report of the Club of Rome titled, Mankind at the Turning Point says, "It would seem that humans need a common motivation…either a real one or else one invented for the purpose...In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself." (my emphasis).
H. L. Mencken's comment that, "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule" is validated.
Predictions of disaster are in the Report of Working Group II of the IPCC are based solely on the false science prepared by Working Group I controlled by the CRU gang. This provides the emotional leverage to support Strong's objective of shutting down industry, establishing equalization of wealth and one world government.
It's all about control. By the elite Euro-Liberal-Socialist Ruling Class over You and Me, the Stupid Folk.
what to believe, if anything, from Obama
Trying to please everyone while having it both ways...
From a new item up at CBS:
After the briefing, Gibbs went to the president for clarification. Gibbs then called me to his office to relate what the president said. The president told him it IS locked in – there is no flexibility. Troops WILL start coming home in July 2011. Period. It's etched in stone. Gibbs said he even had the chisel.
Back to an item I posted earlier via CongressDaily. McCain was challenging Obama on the very same point.
These sources said the president responded to McCain by promising that the withdrawal would be based on conditions on the ground.
Talk about trying to please everyone while having it both ways.