Archives for the month of: March, 2012

How quickly we forget.

Unfolding today A miracle play This Indiana morn

The father–he sighs She opens her eyes Their baby boy is born

“We don’t understand He’s not like we planned” The doctor shakes his head

“Abnormal” they cry And so they decide This child is better dead

I bear the blame Believers are few And what am I to do?

I share the shame The cradle’s below And where is Baby Doe?

A hearing is sought The lawyers are bought The court won’t let him eat

The papers applaud When judges play God This child is getting weak

They’re drawing a bead Reciting their creed “Respect a woman’s choice”

I’ve heard that before How can you ignore This baby has a voice

I bear the blame Believers are few And what am I to do?

I share the shame The cradle’s below And where is Baby Doe?

Where will it end?

It’s over and done The presses have run Some call the parents brave

Behind your disguise Your rhetoric lies You watched a baby starve

I bear the blame The cradle’s below And where is baby


Also, I thank God I know Sam.

After the Nazis we were baited by the Russian bear Our “liberators” wanted Poland for a thoroughfare

I was a victim of December 1981 I took a final beating from the blunt end of a Russian gun

You plant your missiles while our people wait in line for bread You hang an army tank above us by a bloody thread

You bought our government they crawl like bleating sheep to you We know from history that human life is cheap to you

Over my dead body Redemption draweth nigh Over my dead body I hear a battle cry

Try and blow out the fire You’re fanning the flames We’re gonna rise up from the ashes ‘Til we’re ashes again

You make a mockery of all that we hold sacred here You drive us underground in hopes that we will disappear

We seek our sanctuary where the altar candle burns Our dignity’s a legacy the cross of Jesus reaffirms

Over my dead body Redemption draweth nigh Over my dead body I hear a battle cry

Try and blow out the fire You’re fanning the flames We’re gonna rise up from the ashes ‘Til we’re ashes again

After the Nazis we were baited by the Russian bear Our “liberators” wanted Poland for a thoroughfare

Rise up my brothers don’t despair the Iron Curtain’s rod Someday we’ll draw the string assisted by the hand of God

I was a victim of December 1981 I took a final beating from the blunt end of a Russian gun

You made a memory–the memory will multiply You may kill the body but the spirit–it will never die

Over my dead body Redemption draweth nigh Over my dead body I hear a battle cry

Try and blow out the fire You’re fanning the flames We’re gonna rise up from the ashes ‘Til we’re ashes again

Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.

Henry Miller

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Justin Pulliam wrote a description of a recent Lord Monckton presentation for Anthony at WUWT. Long, but well worth the time. Here is his closing statement:

Lord Monckton’s reply was moving. Gently, and sadly, he said, “We shall lose the West unless we can restore the use of reason to pre-eminence in our institutions of what was once learning. It was the age of reason that built the West and made it prosperous and free. The age of reason gave you your great Constitution of liberty. It is the power of reason, the second of the three great powers of the soul in Christian theology, that marks our species out from the rest of the visible creation, and makes us closest to the image and likeness of our Creator. I cannot stand by and let the forces of darkness drive us unprotesting into a new Dark Age.”

via Monckton’s Schenectady showdown | Watts Up With That?.

Farther down the page in Comments, Lord Monckton provides this response to a critical comment:

Another commenter has asked why I insist on the use of reason in science and then admit that I believe in a Creator. Many leading scientists, including Professor Antonino Zichichi (president of the World Federation of Scientists) and Lord Kelvin (for whom the scale of absolute temperature is named) have been believers in Christianity. Thanks to Max Planck, it is now demonstrated that the laws of physics did not come into being until a fraction of a nanosecond after the Big Bang, from which it follows that no amount of ingenuity on our part can reveal to us what (or Who) said “Let there be light” and blazed the Universe into glorious existence.

In short, it is scientifically and rigorously proven that the assertion of Christianity that there is a Creator cannot be disproved (and, by the same token, that it cannot be proved either). Therefore, it is permissible for me to say I believe in the truths of the Christian faith, though it would be impermissible for me to say I could prove them to be true. On the other hand, many of the beliefs of the climate extremists can be demonstrated to be false. Their belief system, therefore, is appropriately classified not as a religion (which can neither be proved nor disproved) but as a superstition (which can be and has been disproved).


Many of the comments are worthwhile as well.

Since Willis wrote it, it is obviously worth reading. Also, it goes with my recent comments on perspective. 33 years is a long time in our world, in our lives. It is amazing to think how far computers have advanced in my life time. It is discouraging that software stays ahead of the computing power. (My poor eight year old machine can hardly load typical web pages anymore.) So, I post a bit of perspective with regard to human understanding of the atmosphere of our planet. The bottom line is we may not even have started thinking about it properly yet. I do think we under estimate the effects associated with living organisms. Yet our pride makes us over estimate the effects we humans have, and we tend to grossly over estimate how much effect we can determine to have.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Under the radar, and un-noticed by many climate scientists, there was a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), commissioned by the US Government, regarding climate change. Here is the remit under which they were supposed to operate:

Specifically, our charge was

1. To identify the principal premises on which our current understanding of the question [of the climate effects of CO2] is based,

2. To assess quantitatively the adequacy and uncertainty of our knowledge of these factors and processes, and

3. To summarize in concise and objective terms our best present understanding of the carbon dioxide/climate issue for the benefit of policymakers.

Now, that all sounds quite reasonable. In fact, if we knew the answers to those questions, we’d be a long ways ahead of where we are now.

Figure 1. The new Cray supercomputer called “Gaea”, which was recently installed at…

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Amazing! The information presented and the references given could take years to appreciate. I re-emphasize the reference to Dr. Christopher Scotese ( Awesome web site. “During the last 2 billion years the Earth’s climate has alternated between a frigid “Ice House”, like today’s world, and a steaming “Hot House”, like the world of the dinosaurs.” Dr. Scotese. Most of earth’s history has been significantly warmer than today, but it is also worth noting that on an absolute scale, the earth’s temperature has changed very little for over two billion years!

Watts Up With That?

Guest post by Mark Hladik


In a 31 August 2011 article A blast from the gas in the past, Anthony Watts and company at Watts Up With That discussed a new paper by Montenegro et al titled, “Climate Simulations of the Permian-Triassic Boundary:  Ocean Acidification and the Extinction Event”.  This paper places the blame for the extinction event on the ‘demon’ gas carbon dioxide which supposedly made the oceanic environment too ‘acid’ for marine critters to make their calcite/aragonite shells.

Standard boilerplate ‘carbon dioxide is dangerous’.  Nothing new here.  Many valid rebuttal points were made by the participants in the ensuing WUWT discussion thread.

In the course of researching this missive, the author found a very similar paper:  Saunders, A.; Reichow, M.; 2009; The Siberian Traps and the End-Permian mass extinction:  A Critical Review; Chinese Science Bulletin v. 54  # 1  pp 20 – 37, (hereafter SR2009).  …

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“When it comes to global warming, the ends apparently justify the means. People from all political persuasions do stupid things to advance their cause, but what bothers me most are respectable people who justify behavior they would never tolerate from their foes. That type of ideological fanaticism is corrosive of our democratic society.”

via Steven Greenhut: What’s a little fraud to save the Earth? | gleick, heartland, global – Opinion – The Orange County Register.

Quote of the Week – alarmists missing targets

via Quote of the Week – alarmists missing targets | Watts Up With That?.

Where Do Gleick’s Apologists Draw the Line?

via Where Do Gleick’s Apologists Draw the Line? « NoFrakkingConsensus.

This post at WUWT is worth reading, and the comments, even more so. Brown is a rather sharp fellow.

“Robert Brown says:

March 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

For the general public that does not have an objective scientific bend, how do you tell virtual reality from the real thing?

That’s a serious problem, actually. Hell, I have an objective scientific bend and I have plenty of trouble with it.

Ultimately, the stock answer is: We should believe the most what we can doubt the least, when we try to doubt very hard, using a mix of experience and consistent reason based on a network of experience-supported best (so far) beliefs.

That’s not very hopeful, but it is accurate. We believe Classical Non-Relativistic Mechanics after Newton invents it, not because it is true but because it works fairly consistently to describe Kepler’s purely observational laws, and…”

via Climate Science and Special Relativity | Watts Up With That?.

In Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)

via » In Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012).

T-Bone The Hoodlum’s Testimony
6. Tomorrow’s Not Promised
It’s 3 in the morning
I’m awaken by the sound of the doorbell
Thoughts going through my mind
Pitch black, my eyes are blind
So I’m getting up to see whats happening
I’m hearing voices so I’m creeping slowly
Just in case they gets to capping
I walk asleep to the door
Next thing I know these fools jumping out of my bushes
and got me face down on the floor
Now I’m getting hit, kicked, and pistoled with
and the only thing that I see was all this blood flying in my spit
Oh my God they’re trying to kill the T
And worst then that all these G’s were smoked down on PCP
They threw me in my bathtub where I lie in blood
These homies must be thinking I live the life of a thug
They full of hate Beating me with pipes and weights
And I’m looking for a way out but it seems that theres no escape
Dear God, I’m wondering can you save me
But maybe I should die because this world got me going crazy
Now what am I to do
I’m sad and confused
I’m thinking about my family, friends, and my baby boo, too
Gee, tears run down my eyes as I start to cry
I’m wondering to myself why do the good always have to die

(Chorus)x2 Tomorrows not promised to me or to you
Death is knocking at your door what you gonna do

Man they finna kill me
they tripping and pulling me out of my bathtub
dragging me through my house
hollering cus I’m getting shocked in my mouth
they stealing my possessions
gapping everything I owntook my VCR and got away with 4,000 bones
I’m outside
They got me at gunpoint
Trying to jack my ride
And if I try to run God knows it would only be suicide
So I better stay
But they still gonna try to pull my car
So I better think fast cus if I don’t blast
I can’t let down my guard
I’m praying to God someone would call one time,
bu nobody called one time
So I’m stuck in the midst of this crime
He’s cursing at me asking me what my combination be
And if I don’t tell him homie you know better
This be killing
so I told him
Lock numer 8 3 11
It’s the 2 11
but I don’t want to end up in the 1 8 7
I’m 21 but will I live to see 22
And witness the birth of the organized Rhyme Crew


Oh no
Here comes they homies in a van
rolling 12 deep
and I’m thinking to myself how much longer will I be getting beat
The man behind me shouts out that’s it I’m killing him
Thats when I finally came to my senses and said I’m stealing then
I socked the man in his grill then I watched him drop to the pavement
I had to run or I knew that I’d be gettin popped
So now they on a chase hunt to try and capture me
Hoping to leave me dead like a menace to society
Now I finally realizing and that its true when God says
“Tomorrow’s not promised to you”

Watts Up With That?

According to Dr. Clive Best, A key prediction from the 2007 IPCC WG1 report fails statistical tests.

Abstract: Global temperatures measured since 2005 are incompatible with the IPCC model predictions made in 2007 by WG1 in AR4. All subsequent temperature data from 2006 to 2011 lies between 1 and 6 standard deviations below the model predictions. The data show with > 90%  confidence level that the models have over-exaggerated global warming.

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“If the rock of doom requires a gentle nudge away from Gaia to prevent a very bad day for Earthlings, NASA won’t be riding to the rescue. These days, NASA does dodgy weather research and outreach programs, not stuff in actual space with rockets piloted by flinty-eyed men called Buzz.”

via Space rocks and red tape « The Daily Bayonet.

Remember that it will be something big, like a megavolcano or an asteroid that causes a global catastrophe, not something small like CO2.

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