Sunday, December 28, 2008

Global Warming Just Isn't Happenning

Brits now claim that global warming is disproven? What will Al Gore do now?
Ever shriller and more frantic has become the insistence of the warmists, cheered on by their army of media groupies such as the BBC, that the last 10 years have been the "hottest in history" and that the North Pole would soon be ice-free – as the poles remain defiantly icebound and those polar bears fail to drown. All those hysterical predictions that we are seeing more droughts and hurricanes than ever before have infuriatingly failed to materialize.

Even the more cautious scientific acolytes of the official orthodoxy now admit that, thanks to "natural factors" such as ocean currents, temperatures have failed to rise as predicted (although they plaintively assure us that this cooling effect is merely "masking the underlying warming trend", and that the temperature rise will resume worse than ever by the middle of the next decade).

With so much at stake and proof seems to indicate that there is a lot of global cooling going on, What are the Gore folks gonna do? "Fudge the figures of coarse!"
A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.
This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.

So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Merry Christmas.

I hope that all find a little extra Joy this Christmas. It was many years ago when I heard this, and it is as beautiful today as it is was then.

"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid ... And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ, the Lord."

"And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men."

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." - Linus Van Pelt

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jerry Patterson Announces Unexploratory Committee

As our attention drifts away from the 2008 Presidential politics, we start to focus, on 2010 Texas politics. The 2010 round promises to be interesting and fun. Governor Rick Perry will once again face challengers. There is Houston's Mayor White. His main claim to fame is that he isn't brown. Any one taking the office of mayor after Lee Brown was sure to look good. But he is still well known as a leftist city mayor, and probably doesn't stand a chance. There is Senator Kaye B aily Hutchinson. She is serving her third term as Senator even though she promised to seek two terms. Kaye anounced that she will be joining the fray by creating an exploratory committee Kaye jumping into ring puts the Senate seat up for grabs. Jerry Patterson who now serves as Land Commissionor (a statewide office) made a statement about his thoughts for his political ambitions.

(AUSTIN) The latest in a long line of officeholders announcing their intentions to seek the U.S. Senate seat that might be vacated by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in her run for Governor, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today made his decision public.

"After a great deal of consideration, and much soul-searching, I am today formally announcing my intention to join many of my fellow elected officials and not seek the U.S. Senate seat," said Patterson. "I have been urged by many of my fellow Texans to seek this seat . . actually only a few Texans . . . truthfully just a couple members of my staff and a few other officeholders who want my job . . . so I'll sit this one out."

"I will form an unexploratory committee to be sure," said Patterson, " but my heart tells me that I am deeply ambivalent about being a U.S. Senator."

"After all," said Patterson "I don't want to share statewide office with anyone, and D.C. is a tough commute for my thirty-year-old single-engine fabric-covered aerobatic airplane."

Despite the recent D.C. vs. Heller case before the Supreme Court that ruled Washington's prohibition against handguns was unconstitutional, Patterson said he could not live in the Nation's Capital. Patterson is author of the Texas Concealed Handgun Law and a known gun advocate.

"Just like Johnny Cash, I'd definitely take my guns to town," Patterson said. "Living in D.C. would be tough only because of the lack of gun ranges and available ammunition."

Paraphrasing his quote from a recent West Texas land controversy, Patterson added "No guns, no hunting, no Senate."

By removing himself for consideration for Senate, Patterson says it will affect his health.

"I'll live longer." Patterson said. "When Gov. Pappy Lee O'Daniel appointed Sam Houston's youngest son Andrew Jackson Houston to fill an empty Senate seat in '41, Houston went to one committee meeting then died. Of course, he was 88. I'm sure it was mere coincidence that O'Daniel subsequently ran himself to fill Houston's Senate seat."

Similarly, Patterson pointed out, those officeholders who lose the U.S. Senate race could also face ill-effects on their health.

"After former Republic of Texas president Anson Jones was passed over for an open Senate seat in 1857, he blew his brains out." Patterson said. "No one should need to go to Washington that bad."

The battle for Kay's seat will be interesting even if Patterson stays out of it.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

What's Up?

Haven't written much, I keep promising myself I will post more, and keep finding excuses not to post. I was disappointed in the Obama win, but lets face it he is showing some moderate tendencies. I'm not even convinced that he is any more leftist than than that traitorous McCain. I understand that we are in for some rocky times, but we will survive.

Computer wise I'm recovering. Losing every computer one owns is hard to recover from, its not the loss of the computers or the cost to replace them, its all about the software configurations and passwords. We now have two computers the Sony VAIO VGC-LT32E which is a TV computer media deal combination, kinda nice and doesn't take up much room in our apartment. Its plenty powerful enough to meet our demands. The price wasn't to bad and it serves well for Equality and my needs.

On Black Friday we went to Sam's Club and picked up one of those little Acer Aspire Ones. It comes in several flavors,. I have the 1 GB of memory 120 G hardive version. While it isn't the most powerful puter in the world it seems adaquete enough for most anythiny I need to throw at it. Anyone one who has ever checked into a hotel room or caried onto a plane a real laptop will apreciate the 2 lb weight.

At any rate I don't have much of an excuse not to keep up the blog.