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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Videos - A Brief Explanation of the Recent Global Warming Email Scandal

As I don't watch much MSM "news", I don't know if they are covering this or not. To its partial credit, the NYT has done some stories, but they won't reprint the emails. Something is better than nothing.

There is more to read at Climate Audit blog, including this entry. As costly laws, regulations, and treaties stand to be based upon this manipulated data, you need to listen to Glenn Beck's explanation several times. This is far more useful than anything you will ever get from Brian Williams or Katie Couric.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Al Gore, Wrong to the Core

As you may have heard, Al Gore really outdid hisself on Conan O'Brien, according to this NewsBusters piece, as well as other sources. While in a discussion about geothermal energy, St. Algore states that the interior of the Earth has temperatures of "several million degrees".

He also made it sound like getting geothermal energy was just a matter of drilling down two kilometers in most places to find incredibly hot rock. From the NewsBusters piece:

...."On Tuesday, National Review's John Derbyshire noted:

The geothermal gradient is usually quoted as 25-50 degrees Celsius per mile of depth in normal terrain (not, e.g., in the crater of Kilauea). Two kilometers down, therefore, (that's a mile and a quarter if you're not as science-y as Al) you'll have an average gain of 30-60 degrees - exploitable for things like home heating, though not hot enough to make a nice pot of tea

In other words, drilling 2 km down through the Ga. Piedmont or the Texas Edwards Plateau ain't gonna get you hot enough water to do much good. Part of the problem for the United States is that most of the good geothermal sources (as in young volcanic terrains) are far away from major population centers, unlike Iceland, which sits astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (rift zone), where there are volcanoes galore.

Generally accepted, estimated temperatures for the Earth's core range from 5,000 to 7,000 degrees Celsius. Not several million.

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When Political Correctness Kills and Maims

Atlas Shrugs has this post on the murderous, treasonous Major Nidal Hasan (aka the Fort Hood Muslim killer). The Dallas Morning News had the original post.

While in de facto training for his own personal jihad, Hasan was doing his part for the enemy. When returning Middle Eastern war vets sought treatment from this lousy excuse for a doctor, Hasan wanted to use the confidentially-revealed information in war crimes trials.

So much for doctor-patient confidentiality.

We have to remember that we are fighting an enemy that observes no rules (rather they are fighting us, we are losing our leadership spirit). Maybe there is a reason for that (see yesterday's video).

It is up to moderate, patriotic Muslims to clean their own home. Their brethren have created any climate of suspicion with which American Muslims are regarded. We can't help that there may be hint of doubt as to their loyalties.

That is prejudice, but it is prejudice with reason. Prejudice with reason is a form of self-preservation. [Sort of like deciding not to wear a Kawasaki t-shirt into a biker bar. You are practicing prejudice, but that prejudice will probably keep you from getting your ass beat in the bar, by folks that have an intense dislike for Japanese motorcycles.]

We can't quiver and crumble with a liberal stamps their foot and accuses us of racism or hate. If you know that deep-down you are not a bigot, you have to let those accusations roll off your back, then attempt to explain your viewpoint. Though it may do no good, it is good practice and a good explanation might sway a sensible bystander.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Videos are Back

In his own words.

Don't yammer at me about context, there are enough diverse clips here that it should be pretty evident where his loyalties are.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I Am Not Ignoring You...

I have just been busy.

If the good Lord's willing and the creeks don't rise (any further), I will be going to Austin, TX fora business trip. If my training schedule allows, I may do a little Hill Country driving in Friday afternoon.

And I may try to find something to rant about, there is an abundance of stuff guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of any thinking person.

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