American Elephants

A Very Happy Anniversary! by American Elephant
December 13, 2008, 10:05 pm
Filed under: History, Iraq, Military, News | Tags: , , ,

Five years ago today, Saddam Hussein was captured by US military forces nine miles south of his home town of Tikrit, hiding like a rat in a six- by-four foot hole in the ground.   The announcement (above) was met with jubilant cheers from Iraqi reporters, who leapt from their seats shouting,  “Death to Saddam!” and, “go to hell, Saddam!” Upon hearing the news, Iraqis took to the streets, dancing, honking their horns and firing  shots into the air in celebration.  And they celebrate today, in freedom and very hard-won stability.

War may be hell, but so was life under Saddam’s murderous tyranny. Today, both are over — the latter because of the former.

(h/t Hot Air)

Just because it is beautiful… by The Elephant's Child
December 13, 2008, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Entertainment

Andreas Helgstrand and Blue Hors Matiné.  Stunningly beautiful dressage.

Another scientist checks in on global weather. by The Elephant's Child

President-elect Barack Obama has recently declared his intent to ‘control’ global warming by enacting a cap-and-trade policy that would reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050.  The last two years of global cooling have erased the past 30 years of slight temperature increase.  To the extent that global warming was ever a problem, it is now officially over, says David Deming, a geophysicist and adjunct scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

  • By the end of January, 2008, cold weather and blizzards had killed 60 people in China, millions had lost electric service, airports closed and Hong Kong had the second-longest cold spell since 1885.
  • In Vietnam, in February, cold in the northern half of the country wiped out 40 percent of the rice crop and killed 33,000 head of livestock.
  • In India, the city of  Bombay recorded the lowest temperatures of the last 40 years.
  • International Falls, Minnesota set a new record low temperature of minus 40 degrees F. breaking the old record of minus 37 (1967).
  • Glaciers in Alaska grew, and Alaska suffered an unusually cold summer.

In the United States, politicians are still trying to enact solutions to a non-existent problem. Climate change and weather are natural processes that are beyond human control.  A cap-and-trade program may make some people much richer, but it will have no measurable effect on global temperatures.

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