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Weather Channel Founder: Global Warming “Greatest Scam in History” by American Elephant

Storm Clouds

As you may have already heard, the founder of the Weather Channel, an eminently qualified meteorologist in his own right, John Coleman, has come out blasting “man-made global warming” as, “the greatest scam in history“:

It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the “research” to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims. Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus.

Environmental extremists, notable politicians among them, then teamed up with movie, media and other liberal, environmentalist journalists to create this wild “scientific” scenario of the civilization threatening environmental consequences from Global Warming unless we adhere to their radical agenda. Now their ridiculous manipulated science has been accepted as fact and become a cornerstone issue for CNN, CBS, NBC, the Democratic Political Party, the Governor of California, school teachers and, in many cases, well informed but very gullible environmentally conscientious citizens. Only one reporter at ABC has been allowed to counter the Global Warming frenzy with one 15 minute documentary segment.

I do not oppose environmentalism. I do not oppose the political positions of either party. However, Global Warming, i.e. Climate Change, is not about environmentalism or politics. It is not a religion. It is not something you “believe in.” It is science; the science of meteorology. This is my field of life-long expertise. And I am telling you Global Warming is a non-event, a manufactured crisis and a total scam. [read the whole thing]

It’s gotten pretty good coverage in the conservative blogosphere (and very little in the mainstream media naturally), but given the overwhelming volume of hysterical “man-made global-warming” propaganda from Al Gore and his ilk, and liberal’s Stalinist penchant for silencing all who disagree, I think it’s important that dissent from the alarmist narrative get as much publicity as possible.

If you were unaware that there is a great deal of science-based dissent from the “man-made global warming” mantra, then I encourage you to research the issue. PlanetGore on National Review, JunkScience.com, and Senator James Inhofe’s blog (Inhofe is the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works) are excellent starting points. For more in-depth study, I invite you to read, Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, by Dennis Avery and Fred Singer, an invaluable resource documenting the multitude of holes and outright contradictions in the anthrocentric global warming arguments.

There are a great many other excellent, authoritative resources — far too many to list. I encourage you to seek them out, because the doomsday narrative pushed by envirowhackos and the liberal media is contradicted by solid science.



2008, The Return of the Republicans by American Elephant

Rudy Giuliani and John McCain

Jim Geraghty at National Review makes a point that I’ve been increasingly realizing of late: 2008 is not 2006. And despite the the mainstream media’s propaganda-blitz to the contrary — Democrats are not a shoo-in for the Presidency or even to hold onto congress.

Remember, after all, how Democrats came to power — no progress was being made in Iraq, the media was pushing wall-to-wall Tom Foley coverage, the conservative base was demoralized, and in perhaps the biggest pot-calling-the-kettle-black moment of all time, Democrats were promising to clean up the so-called, “culture of corruption.”

Instead, Democrats have taken more trips funded by lobbyists than Republicans, have spent billions more on earmarks than Republicans, and have spent the last 8-9 months usurping powers that the constitution does not grant them (commander in chief, foreign policy, administration hiring, etc.), trying to sabotage their country in wartime, and abusing their powers to launch over 300 investigations that have discovered absolutely zero wrongdoing and to try to legislate themselves into a permanent majority (amnesty, union card-check, “fairness” doctrine).

This doesn’t even account for the fact that Democrats seem dead-set on nominating the most corrupt presidential candidate since, well, her husband. A woman who is married to an impeached president, who appointed an impeached federal judge to lead her campaign, and who is getting her national-security advice from a man who stole and destroyed top-secret documents to cover-up the incompetence, negligence and corruption of her husband’s administration. Indeed, Democrats seem hell-bent on nominating her despite the fact that we seem to be picking up with the Clintons right where we left off  — with them taking illegal campaign contributions from the Chinese!

No, 2008 is anything but a lock for Democrats.

Remember also that the American people elected Democrats to make things better, and poll after poll shows Americans approve less of the Democrat controlled congress than they ever did the Republican congress. Indeed, under Nancy Pelosi (Quinnipiac favorability rating: 22%) and Harry Reid (Quinnipiac favorability rating: 9%), this congress has marked the lowest approval ratings ever recorded. Compared to Democrat congressional leaders, President Bush’s Quinnipiac approval rating of 35% is downright stratospheric.

And then there is the Democrat agenda, which is increasingly at odds with the American people’s wishes.

Hillary just stepped in it big-time because she couldn’t come out and admit that she supports givng drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. Why couldn’t she? Because voters oppose giving illegals drivers licenses by more than a 3 to 1 margin.

Charlie Rangel, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Democrat presidential candidates themselves have made it crystal clear that electing Democrats will guarantee monumental new tax-hikes.

Keep in mind also, that the surge in Iraq keeps working better and better. So much so that the GAO has declared it an official “trend,” and Democrats have opposed this winning strategy with gnashing teeth and slashing claws. And that Democrats, by playing to their pacifist base by denouncing military action against Iran have all-but promised they will practically give nuclear weapons to the mad-mullahs. This just after national polls show a majority of Americans would support military action to prevent the terrorist nation from going nuclear.

And finally, my fellow elephants, the “conventional wisdom” — which I think is neither conventional nor wise — that Democrats have 2008 locked up flies in the face of recent electoral history:

After the 1994 landslide “Gingrich Revolution,” Republicans thought Bill Clinton’s defeat in ’96 was all but a done-deal. Americans thought different. Defeated, they decided they weren’t going to do well in 98 and as such, some strong candidates decided it wasn’t the year to run. But the GOP did well in 98 and could have done even better had they not been so timid.

And Republicans are forgetting perhaps the most important point of all — that the media and the polls always say the Democrats are poised to win the next election when its this far out. Al Gore and John Kerry enjoyed the same type of early hype. But the closer the election gets, the more the American people are forced to examine the choice they are being offered, and in 2008 that contrast could be starker than ever. Democrats are almost unabashedly running a platform of socialism and retreat in the war on terror.

As Geraghty says,

Next year could be a surprisingly good one for the GOP, though it’s clearly not guaranteed. The party will need good candidate recruitment, message discipline, a clear, unifying agenda, and a bit of good luck. [read the whole thing]

But the 2008 election is hardly guaranteed to be the, “Democratic-Tsunami Part Two,” that the media are portraying it is destined to be.

I would also add that Republicans need to quit feeling gloomy, quit listening to the media and start contributing and volunteering. If we do those things, I think we stand a very good chance of not only holding our own, but doing very well indeed.

I think liberals are quite possibly in for a very rude awakening in November, 2008. And personally, I look forward to it most enthusiastically.



Loads of Good News From Iraq — Loads of Silence from the Press by American Elephant

The Weekly Standard has the latest:

SO WHAT’S HAPPENED the past several months? One thing’s for sure–you wouldn’t know the story by reading the New York Times. Throughout Iraq, Iraqi citizens have decided that the fighting must end. They have tired of the sectarian strife that made swaths of their country a killing field. Having sampled something that could be called a civil war, they have collectively decided that they would rather live in a peaceful society. This means that each sect will have to tolerate the other sects’ presence.

Throughout Iraq, ordinary citizens have tipped off American troops to the presence of not only Al Qaeda forces but members of their own sect bent on violence. They have also tipped off American troops to the presence of hundreds of IEDs, saving countless American lives. And they have done all of this knowing that they were risking death by doing so. [read more]



Caught between the guardrails of life by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi

An aphorism is a saying, a maxim, an adage; something so old and well-worn that it has become a cliché.  Such is “caught between a rock and a hard place” which is where we find the Democrats in Congress.  The angry left has made it clear that they want the military out of Iraq right now!  They want Bush and Cheney impeached right now!  No Blood for oil! 

The American people have made it clear that they don’t care to have the American military lose a war.  They want the military to come home when the job is done.  In fact, the American military ranks pretty high with the American people, higher than the media, academe, or Congress.  Oops! 

You have, perhaps, noticed Harry Reid announcing that the War on Terror is lost, just as the ‘surge’ is shown to be working.  Nancy Pelosi has announced that al Qaeda is only in Afghanistan  just as Osama bin Laden admits that the “darkness has become pitch-black”, and the situation for al Qaeda in Iraq has become dire.  Well, it’s hard to be right all the time.  But if you can’t get it right occasionally, the rock and the hard place begin to squeeze uncomfortably. For more on this story, go here.

This is, however, exactly what is meant by being caught between a rock and a hard place.

And, naturally, it all comes from the media that keeps on about the animosity and disarray to be found in the Republican Party.  I seem to remember another aphorism–something about pots and kettles.  There’s a reason why your grandmother taught you all those old sayings.  They form the guardrails of life.



British Court Rules: Al Gore is a Big Fat Liar by American Elephant

Al Gore, Nobel Prize Winning Propagandist

The truth is indeed very inconvenient to Democrats like Al Gore and their water-carriers, the “mainstream” news media.

At the very same time media giants like NBC News and Newsweek are lavishing praise on the former vice-president for his almost imminent Nobel Peace Prize, a British court has ruled that the very film his nomination is based on is a piece of political propaganda bursting with blatant falsehoods. Iain Murray at Planet Gore has the dish:

The British government decided that it would be a good idea to send copies of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth to all schools, with then Environment Secretary (now Foreign Secretary) David Miliband declaring that “the debate over science is over.” Well, it may be, but not in the way Gore portrays it. A truck driver and school governor, Stuart Dimmock, took the government to court, alleging that the film portrays “partisan political views,” the promotion of which is illegal in schools under the Education Act of 1996.

The judge has decided that this is indeed the case and that the Government’s guidance notes that accompanied the film exacerbated the problem. For the film to be shown in schools, therefore, several facts would have to be drawn to students’ attention:

In order for the film to be shown, the Government must first amend their Guidance Notes to Teachers to make clear that 1.) The Film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument. 2.) If teachers present the Film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination. 3.) Eleven inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.

The inaccuracies are:

  • The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming. The Government’s expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.
  • The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years. The Court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.
  • The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that this has been caused by global warming. The Government’s expert had to accept that it was “not possible” to attribute one-off events to global warming.
  • The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming. The Government’s expert had to accept that this was not the case.
  • The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice. It turned out that Mr Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.
  • The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream, throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant’s evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.
  • The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.
  • The film suggests that the Greenland ice covering could melt causing sea levels to rise dangerously. The evidence is that Greenland will not melt for millennia.
  • The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting, the evidence was that it is in fact increasing.
  • The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7m causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40cm over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
  • The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The Government are unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim.

This is a far better result than refusing to allow the film to be shown at all. It requires that students be told by teachers that Al Gore is factually inaccurate, misleading and – in one case – making things up.

Indeed! If only the American mainstream media (or the Nobel committee, and the Oscar committee for that matter) were as interested in presenting the truth.

But that would be inconvenient. 



Republicans Should Pull Out of MSNBC Debates by American Elephant
October 5, 2007, 1:53 am
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Chris MatthewsChris Matthews is not a journalist, he’s a vitriolic partisan hack. (As is Keith Olberman.) Republicans should stop lending him credibility he doesn’t deserve by appearing on his show or in debates which he moderates.

I’m reluctant to make such a call after Democrats ridiculous hissy fit over FOX, but there is a major difference — Matthews is a former Democrat political operative and has demonstrated an unhinged, vitriolic bias whereas Brit Hume has been objectively rated as the most balanced of all major news anchors.

And here is just the latest example of why Chris Matthews has absolutely no business in the journalim industry:

Chris Matthews had barely finished praising his colleagues at the 10th anniversary party for his “Hardball” show Thursday night in Washington, D.C. when his remarks turned political and pointed, even suggesting that the Bush administration had “finally been caught in their criminality.” …

The Clinton camp, he said, never put pressure on his bosses to silence him.

“Not so this crowd,” he added, explaining that Bush White House officials — especially those from Vice President Cheney’s office — called MSNBC brass to complain about the content of his show and attempted to influence its editorial content. “They will not silence me!” Matthews declared.

“They’ve finally been caught in their criminality,” Matthews continued, although he did not specify the exact criminal behavior to which he referred. …

Matthews left the throng of Washington A-listers with a parting shot at Cheney: “God help us if we had Cheney during the Cuban missile crisis. We’d all be under a parking lot.” [read more]

Nevermind that his accusations are ridiculous, unhinged and baseless, the man has just demostrated he is thoroughly unfit for journalism. One of the first rules of journalism it that you dont make any accusation you cant back up. And of course the Clinton adminstration never tried to pressure him, he presents their propaganda as fact on a daily basis. But no one has forgotten how the Clinton’s threatened to sue ABC if they aired “The Path to 9/11″. And it was just last week that it was reported that the Clintons threatened GQ magazine that they would never again have access to Bill if they went forward with an article unfavorable to Hillary. (They pulled the article)

Nor does Matthews say how the Bush administration supposedly tried to silence him, but I’d bet good money it didnt try to silence him at all, but only tried to appeal to him to stop his blatant and intentional mischaracterization of administration war and anti-terrorism policy.

Apparently many of the NBC News insiders that made up the audience agree with me that Matthews has shown he is not fit for journalism:

Following his remarks, a few network insiders and party goers wondered what kind of effect Matthews’ sharp criticism of the White House would have on Tuesday’s Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan, which Matthews co-moderates alongside CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo.

“I find it hard to believe that Republican candidates will feel as if they’re being given a fair shot at Tuesday’s debate given the partisan pot-shots lobbed by Matthews this evening,” said one attendee. [emphasis mine]

Of course they won’t get a fair shot. Matthews will do exactly what he’s done previously and ignore all substanative policy issues and focus entirely on trying to alienate the candidates from the base. He’ll ask Romney 20 times if he thinks people are ready to elect a mormon and focus on Giulianis abortion position and divorces. And just as in the previous Matthews debates, the candidates will get zero opportunity to address any of the issues people care about, because Matthews knows Republican policy proposals will be far better than the unadulterated socialism Democrats are serving up.

Republicans should have nothing to do with MSNBC until the network stops pretending as though Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman are anything but complete partisan hacks.



Katie Couric: Press Overwhelmingly Liberal, Biased and Ignorant by American Elephant

Katie Couric

In a rare moment of accidental honesty from the mainstream press, the anchor of the third largest network news broadcast admitted Tuesday that the mainstream news media are overwhelmingly liberal, uniformly biased and incredibly misinformed.

Addressing the National Press Club, Katie Couric made the astonishing admission that, “Everyone in this room would agree that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale of this war.”

First of all, the National Press Club is one of the largest press organizations in the country — certainly a veritable who’s who of beltway journalism. If you report on Washington, you’re undoubtedly in the club.

With such a large and diverse membership, reporting to news audiences from sea to shining sea, one would theoretically expect their viewpoints to be as vastly diverse as those of the Americans they report to.

Theoretically. But we know better.

Couric not only freely admitted that every one of the hundreds of journalists at the luncheon held exactly the same viewpoint, but that it was common knowledge and so uncontroversial that it could be openly addressed:

Everyone in this room would agree…,”she said.

But not only did Couric admit that they all held the same opinion, she confessed what that opinion is:

“…that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale of this war.”

And in doing so admitted that the press is overwhelmingly ignorant because that opinion is flatly, demonstrably, 100% contradicted by the facts.

There have now been three separate bi-partisan and non-partisan investigations that have looked at Iraq intelligence: the Senate Select Intelligence Committee Report on Pre-War Intelligence, the Robb-Silbermann Commission and the Dulfer Report (as well as the Lord Butler Report in the United Kingdom) — which interviewed everyone at every level of intelligence, from gathering, to interpreting to disseminating — all of which unanimously concluded that no one lied, no one misled, no one pressured, and no one “cooked the books.”

No, I take that back, the bi-partisan Senate report unanimously concluded that Joe Wilson is a bald-faced liar, but other than him, they all concluded that the intelligence and the processes may have been faulty, but that NO one lied.

And yet here we have Katie Couric brazenly admitting that everyone in the media believes otherwise. Are you beginning to see why Americans are so misinformed?

Furthermore, Couric claimed that among, “accepted truths,” was that the Bush administration erred by“disbanding the Iraq military.”

I’m sorry to break it to you Katie, but that’s not the “accepted truth” by a long shot.

We now know that the Iraqi police force — which never was disbanded — is so riddled with corruption that experts now argue the only chance we have to fix the police is to scrap them completely, i.e. disband them, and start from scratch. So the idea that disbanding the Iraqi army was a mistake is “accepted truth” only by liberals intent on criticizing President Bush without any regard for the facts.

And how can anyone expect the public to be accurately informed when the people disseminating the news are so woefully and willfully misinformed themselves?




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