Deja Vu All Over Again

Rand Simberg bemoans the fact that, in view of yesterday’s failed bombing of NW Flight 253, our politically correct government obviously hasn’t learned anything from 9/11.

This all has a feeling of deja vu to it. We are going to spend the next days and weeks discussing all the things that we discussed eight years ago. The same stupid arguments will be made that are refuted by politically incorrect reality, but at the end, airline travel will be even more onerous, fewer will choose to fly for short trips, the airlines will take it in the shorts again (and probably need another bailout), and the incompetents at the TSA will be rewarded. We will be less free and, in that hoary old phrase, the terrorists will have won, without blowing up a single plane.


This Is a Real Motivator

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

From Russ Vaughn, a new version of the classic Christmas tune, dedicated to Al Gore, climate maven extraordinaire: 

Oh the weather in Denmark’s frightful,
But the irony’s so delightful,
That everywhere Al Gore goes,
It just snows and it snows and it snows.

When will Al ever see the light?
Will he ever go out in the storm?
Or does his tin hat still fit too tight?
And he still thinks the world’s gettin’ warm.

The conference is slowly dying,
And the moonbats are all good-bying,
Global warming has no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Al Gore Catches the ClimateGate Spirit

As if ClimateGate has not already done enough damage to the AGW movement, Al Gore adds his own made-up numbers to the mix.

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.”

Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.

Gore just can’t help himself. He’s been throwing out wild numbers like this for so long — and getting by with it — that it’s the only thing he knows to do. Unfortunately for him, the rubes are finally beginning to catch on to how the game is played, and his extreme assertions are now met with raised eyebrows rather than gasps of horror.

Tiger: The Metaphor

Lisa Schiffren sees the shocking implosion of Tiger Woods’ persona as a metaphor for what’s also happening to Barak Obama. Both men were carefully groomed by outside interests who had a lot to gain by having them succeed. But eventually the mortal failings of both men came to light, in entirely different ways, and the carefully constructed images fell apart. And the betrayed public will exact a terrible revenge.

If I were watching the public disgust with the newly revealed Tiger Woods from an office in the West Wing, I’d be concerned. Because Barack Obama is about as completely manufactured a political character as this nation has seen. His meteoric rise, without the inconvenience of a public record, or accomplishments, and the public’s willing suspension of critical evaluation of his resume allowed his handlers and the media to project what they wanted to on his unfurrowed brow. . . .

Voters who believed in the Obama magic — both from the center and from the far left, are increasingly dismayed watching the human god fall to earth. This is a major problem because . . . the impulse of the betrayed is to tear their fallen deities to shreds.

I would offer one caveat to this outcome. A contrite confession, followed by genuine repentance (change), can go a long way toward rebuilding a tarnished reputation. Maybe Tiger can do it; I have serious doubts about Obama.

Climategate and the Media

John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel, doubts that we will ever hear anyone in the MSM utter the three most important words in character-building: “I was wrong.”

He predicts the media will stubbornly stay quiet on the Climategate story until it fades away. But there is one possible development that will make this story so huge that it will overwhelm them.

Read the article to learn more . . . .

The Gore Effect Strikes Again

There was a lecture on global warming scheduled for today at the University of Texas in Austin. Unfortunately, it had to be postponed — due to snow. Blame the Gore Effect!

How about “Why it’s snowing in South Texas and making us look retarded” as a topic of discussion?