Winter is coming won’t go away

Alas and alack, the gastric unhappiness that began last month (March actually) continues to slow me down. Add to that the fact that this May has started out as the coldest since my childhood, and it’s been raining for four days – you’ve got my mood.

It’s just the weather folks. Some years are colder than others. Some years are hotter than others. Some wetter. Some dryer. It’s just weather. However, for my personal amusement (I really need something to cheer me up) I’ll link to this old 1975 article from Newsweek archived by Sweetness & Light that predicted an impending Little Ice Age. The horror! We’re doomed! We’ll starve! We’ll freeze! Watch the liberal Gorite’s little heads explode!

Another factor, though not one that drags me down, is that I’ve been playing the part of Florence NightingMom. Friday NotSoWeeHighlander had his wisdom teeth removed. I wasn’t worried about the surgery, he’s a tough kid. And so far, so good. Very little swelling. Moderate, but manageable pain levels. Milk shakes and soups. Maybe I can get a grilled cheese down him later today. Since he’s recuperating, I have to stay close. We’ve been watching the first season of Game of Thrones.

Even though it seems our winter won’t go away, I’m very thankful our winter doesn’t last ten years.

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Tree Rings Cannot Lie OR Why Al Gore Hates the Ents

This is rich. (h/t Instapundit)

Inconvenient findings from fossilized tree rings. It seems temperatures were higher in Roman and Medieval times and that the Earth has been cooling for over 2000 years.

I’d said before (can’t find the post, maybe it was a comment somewhere) that if the Earth happened to be warmer that day, then “It’s the Sun, Stupid.”

In general the scientists found a slow cooling of 0.6C over 2,000 years, which they attributed to changes in the Earth’s orbit which took it further away from the Sun.

See? The orbit? The Sun? Distance to Earth? Simple geometry. C’mon fellas, this isn’t rocket science.

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Now The Aliens Are Out To Get Us

After a hectic week of post-RedState decompression and moving the Wee Highlander back up to college, this is what greets my bleary eyes this morning:

Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a Nasa-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.

Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa’s Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity “prepare for actual contact”.

Really? Oh, it gets better.

“Green” aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet. “These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets,” the authors write.

“Green” aliens? Really? I always thought they were green. Or greyish-green. And short. Unless they had white hair, blue-ears and tin-foil bikinis especially designed to lure James T. Kirk to the surface. Or do they mean “green” as in forcing humans to use light bulbs that will kill them, eschewing modern hygiene products such as toilet-paper and deodorant, and limiting our diet to steak-flavored tofu to reduce the bovine population because they fart too much?

In fact, I wonder how much was spent on this ground-breaking report. Did they come up with this one on their own with banks of computers and reams of research data, or did they have this delusional vision after a marathon week of Battlestar Gallactica? After all the Cylons wanted to kill all the humans, too. And they almost succeeded. In reality, my bet is that if ET does make a stop here, it’s only for a shopping spree. They’d wipe out every breathing life form, strip the planet bare of resources, leave it a dead rock, and send a postcard back home outlining all the goodies they’d picked up. Just like all the planets before other vacation spots they’d visited in their travels.

That chip in Al Gore’s neck must be beaconing. Heh.

P.S. On the bright side, Allahpundit has the exit question:

Exit question: Wouldn’t solving our climate-change problem freak out E.T. even more than the problem itself? If the atmosphere’s changing in a way that endangers human life, that suggests we either haven’t figured out how to fix it or are too divided to do so. That makes us weak. Good news for E.T.! But once we band together and figure out how to control our climate, that makes us much more of a threat. In which case, it’s Alderaan time. For the sake of the children, then, we’d better keep those emissions coming. See how fun and easy it is to import an agenda into dopey pie-in-the-sky hypotheticals?

That Sound You Hear Is Al Gore Gnashing His Perfect, Sustainable Teeth

Global-warmies will unite in their deep, sprout-rending despair when they learn that paper plates not only exist, but flourish in the future….(proof below the fold)…
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Hothlanta

What’s a snowed-in Jedi do when there is no way out the driveway and the interstates are closed? Pull out the Legos, of course! Luke Thornton has the right idea.

“Hothlanta” is a more appropriate nickname for Atlanta than the tired, old has-been “Hotlanta.” Hotlanta conjures up visions of the BeeGee’s in tight polyester shirts, even tighter pants and platform shoes. Muddled memories of dancing on the speakers at The Limelight and other such activities that shouldn’t be repeated around little ears are all tangled up in the Hotlanta name. It’s best to close that door and embrace our new reality.

Al Gore has bought a condo in Midtown and cursed us all. He collected the discarded silverware at the Wild Hog Supper and plans to use the harvested DNA for his nefarious purposes. He’s building a secret clone army in the basement of the Cheetah.

And, he’s the one who put the english peas in the brunswick stew at the Wild Hog Supper. Oh, the horror!

As you can tell, I have a touch of cabin fevah.

For more geeky Star Wars fun, check out the rest of Luke’s pictures on Facebook.

Impressive. Most impressive.

Just Plain Stupid

The 10:10 uber-environmentalist video that everyone is talking about is just plain stupid. Stunningly stupid. (Warning – not for little eyes.)

And Ed has the EyeBlast version, in case this one gets pulled by the inconsistent YouTube folks.

What makes this fascinating is that the people who produce this dreck have no clue as to just how far removed they have become from normal human sensibilities, or at least they didn’t until the video began provoking the fully-predictable reaction. They have become so wrapped up in Gaia that they seem to have little connection to humanity.

The other, mainly unrelated point that comes to mind is that this represents a reductio ad absurdum of the view from the hard Left about how dissent gets treated by the mainstream American populace, vis-a-vis the Iraq war especially. Can you imagine the reaction had an organization like Move America Forward produced a video like this, where those who didn’t support a robust strategy for the war on terror were blown up by a button-pushing advocate for the strategy? Especially children in a classroom being terrorized by their teacher into compliance with the groupthink?

UPDATE: Verum Serum gets the nod for the most pun-ful post title – Climate Fanatic’s Cult of Gore. Surely Smitty, the Galactic PunMeister, is still recovering from his birthday celebration yesterday, otherwise he’d have had an entry or two.

Pretty in Pink

Gerard is channeling his inner Sheeple with his latest creation.

Don’t look. You’ll need a mind-wipe afterwards.

Told ya.

Back to the Salt Mines

Seems every time I go out of town, things go to hell in a hand-basket. Let’s see if we can get this old boat cranked back up…

Real news.

“Historically illiterate.”

The Rep. Hank Johnson Segregated Forum, and you know who is NOT invited. [UPDATE: More here]

“Everything that I know and love is at risk.”

Guatamala’s hole to China

“He may win the DADT battle, but he will lose the war.”

The Gore’s Blame Bush for their separation, but not before buying a huge carbon footprint beach house.

“Obama’s true agenda is so insidious that even his inability to handle a crisis serves his greater strategy.”

Nashville, We Feel Your Pain

And all the other flooded areas as well.

Remember last September, we saw 20+ inches of rain in less than 48 hours. I’m surprised the house didn’t float away. We are still dealing with the aftermath of repairs and clean-up. Our previously ruined soccer fields, well, they’re ruined by flood waters again.

Our Nashville pal, Perry, was stuck in the ATL airport for a while, but managed to get home in the wee hours of the morning. His house was in better shape than he expected.

Still haven’t heard from our Louisville friends. Or our Chattanooga friends. Facebook has become invaluable for status reports.

Our prayers are with all the flood victims. You will find the strength to get through this.

Help Us, Glenn Reynolds, You’re Our Only Hope

What fresh hell is this?

Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore will be honored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with only the third honorary degree granted by the campus. The degree was approved by the UT Board of Trustees at their meeting today.

Gore will receive the degree — an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology — at the spring commencement exercises of the College of Arts and Sciences on May 14. He will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, addressing graduates and their families along with the gathered faculty.

“Vice President Gore’s career has been marked by visionary leadership, and his work has quite literally changed our planet for the better,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “He is among the most accomplished and respected Tennesseans in history, and it is fitting that he should be honored by the flagship education institution of his home state.”

Good grief.

Yesterday, The Anchoress noted Gore was a “toothache of a man.” Rightly so. I am so tired of this man and his fraud, deceit and empty blustering.

Help Us, Glenn Reynolds, You’re Our Only Hope. Please tell us this is some kind of April’s Fool joke, just early.

I just hope it doesn’t snow on the UT-K commencement this spring.

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers! While I’m not a Vols fan (duh), I’ll unite with my SEC brethren in protest of this travesty! First Kiffin, now Gore. Saints preserve us.

God Has a Sense of Humor Because He’s Laughing at Al Gore

Let’s see. It has snowed 5 (FIVE, count ’em, FIVE) times on Metro Atlanta this winter. That’s more than the last ten years combined.

It’s the global warming, stupid.

Al Gore (a favorite ’round here, see this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this) hood-winked the world. If he had any decency, he would return his Nobel Prize. Wanna lay bets?

Jill alliterates on Gore’s Full Bore.

Scientists hid data that didn’t support their politicized agenda. In fact, the science is so settled, I can’t wait until this summer’s hurricane season. With this track record, what could go wrong?

Speaking of winter, Obama jinxed the US Men’s Hockey final. Is there a statistician in the house? Can someone explain to The Won that his endorsements are the kiss of death? This joke from today’s mail-bag is too funny:

Startling news out of Vancouver! International Olympic Committee judges have retracted gold medal which he won today for the US team in the downhill slalom.

Instead, they gave the medal to Barack Obama, correctly pointing out that Obama is going downhill much faster than .

Frank Rich thinks he’ll get a medal, too, just for being the Presidential water-boy.
That’s an athletic contest, right? These people just slay me…

UPDATE: The Anchoress says the press deserves its Darwin Award over Global Warming,

The press went “all in” on Global Warming hysteria specifically to give Al Gore an international platform that would act as both a “consolation prize” for his “stolen” presidency and a means of constant rebuke to President George W. Bush. Global Warming was a surfboard of hate the “global left community” could all ride together, and if the wave broke in favor of the accumulation of entrenched and far-reaching powers, internationally, all the better. [Emphasis – Admin]

Something Rotten in Denmark

That stench is the exhaust from all the politicians and “scientists” and activists and tree-hugging groupies pretending to be all eco-conscious for the cameras. Or it could be the hot air from their yammering pie-holes. Really, if they really believed the tripe they peddle, they’d be behaving much differently, wouldn’t they?

Just in time for the GlobalWarmingGooeyCampfireInSnowyCopenhagen MosEiselyInDisguise, the Obama administration plans to announce they plan to further regulate greenhouse gases as a threat to our well-being. The timing is so adolescently predictable – make Big Zero look all greeny for the popular kids. In the meantime, the climate change scientists look more stupid by the minute. Gee, wasn’t it in 5th grade science that we learned that trees need CO2 to survive? Why does Obama hate the trees?

Finally the Obama administration finds a problem they can solve. Unfortunately it is one that doesn’t exist.

The din begins. If you don’t believe, you’re a heretic. Let the auto de fé begin!

Al Gore, Inventor of the Internet and Weathermaking Wizard, is now a poet, and wants you to know it. I wonder if there is a merit badge for that, that his mom could sew on his High Priest robe/sash/snuggie?


(cartoon shamelessly swiped from MarySue)

The 1000th Post

So what should I talk about?

How about TeaPartyGirl takes on Mutant Nostril, and wins?

Or The Daily Show is actually reporting stuff the LameStreamMedia ignores?

Or Zippers, A Man’s Best Friend? Georgia Edition. Florida Edition.

Or Obama’s Safe-School Czar pushing child-porn? Why is this a surprise?

Or Madam Boxer, confused again?

Or Obama refuses to be photographed with world-class lawnmower? Oh wait, that’s an F-22, but how would he know?

Or The Goracle was sooo looking forward to Copenhagen, when, ooohhh nooooo, run away! Run away!

Or Lance and Duane are both nice guys?

Or Erick the Erickson wins a much deserved award?

Or, I don’t know, some football game tomorrow?

So much to talk about. So many people talking. About anything and everything. But a 1000 posts later, I’ve made some good friends, had some great late night talks and even won an award once.

Awww shucks! Group hug! Here’s to the next 1000 posts!

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Too Good to Check

Via Gerard, who knows a thing or two about proofreading (Charles Martin/PJM):

1. UNESCO, Paris (IHP-IV Project H-4.1). 78p estimates 2350 as the year for disappearance of glaciers, but the IPCC authors misread 2350 as 2035 in the Official IPCC documents, WGII 2007 p. 493!

In other words, it appears that the immensely rapid decline of the Himalayan glaciers, so widely reported to be coming in 2035, was originally reported not to happen until 2350.

Typo. Typo. Typo.

Goes hand in hand with another four-letter word. FAIL. FAIL. FAIL.

Now the sad, [non-]endangered polar bears will be able to frolic freely on glaciers worldwide!

Magic Words Are Like Magic Beans

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