Monday, November 30, 2009

Set these SEALs free, now

Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq,the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told

The three, all members of the Navy’s elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral’s mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

This scum kills 4 guys and in the process of capturing him the SEALs give him a bloody lip. Sure, let's court martial these guys - we need to show our compassion. Maybe Obama can have the SEALs tried in New York - you know, to prove how barbaric our fighting forces are.

A telling visit to a college town

I spent the Thanksgiving holiday with relatives who work and study at a large Midwestern Research University. I loved it, as I was able to spend time with my favorite people.

Friday morning I opened the daily newspaper and within the first section there were two large stories about Global Warming.

One was headlined "Obama's Climate Change Proposals Unlikely to Affect Daily Lives" . It was a story about how Obama's upcoming visit and promises to the Copenhagen Climate Council would hardly cause a blip in our daily activities but would surely advance the cause against global warming.

The second headline 3 pages later was " Attack against Global Warming will Save Lives ". I swallowed hard and read the story about how keeping the planet at its current temperature would save millions of lives. Both of these stories were in the front section, both mentioned not one word about ClimateGate which was then 9 days old.

Somehow this newspaper was able to include both stories without attribution to a news service. Is that legal? So I presume they came from AP or Reuters both known for shilling the AGW party line.

After reading this I wanted to talk to my relatives about the insanity of this but reserved judgement as I had already been warned(by the scientist relative no less!)that "Oh that email story has already been proven to be overblown." (this is the same relative who once gave me a copy of Rahm Emmanuel's book "The Plan" as a gift.)

I was in deep depression about the lack of journalism in this college town newspaper and the lack of open thought at the ivory tower that my relative worked in.

Brainwashing is not nearly a strong enough word.

You can fool some of the people all of the time and you can fool all of the people some of the time.

But you can't fool all of the people all of the time...

Eduardo Zorita thinks the Climate Goons should go. And he should know, he supplied them with data.

Why I think that Michael Mann, Phil Jones and Stefan Rahmstorf should be
barred from the IPCC processEduardo Zorita, November 2009

Short answer: because the scientific assessments in which they may take part are not credible anymore. A longer answer: My voice is not very important. ......By writing these lines I will just probably achieve that a few of my future studies will, again, not see the light of publication. My area of research happens to be the climate of the past millennia, where I think I am appreciated by other climate-research 'soldiers'.

As you must know I've been railing about this for over a year. The hockey stick graph was the first obvious outting of the very, very bad science of AGW. I thought surely that would sink this hideous ship of fools and of course it was covered up by the MSM and only fired a shot across their bow. Now I wonder if this so very clearcut evidence of wholesale fraud can be enough to do the job. If it is, it will have absolutely nothing to do with "conventional journalism" which by ignoring this story for two weeks has pronounced itself dead.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

So THAT'S why Sanjay Gupta refuses to become Surgeon General!

Remember when Obama told us that his new Surgeon General would be Sanjay Gupta the TV doc? And then it was nevermind.

Here's why Sanjay turned down the gig.

SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: About 75 to 90 percent of breast cancers are found in women who have absolutely no family history and no identifiable risk factors. If you are a woman hearing that at age 40, right now watching, 75 to 90 percent of breast cancers found with people who have no risk factors, no family history, what should they do?

LUCY MARION, PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE: I would not recommend it. I would not make a recommendation. We’re saying that the benefits are small.

GUPTA: What do you mean by that? When you say the benefits are small? Let’s not beat around the bush here. What exactly are you trying to say?

MARION: We look at it in various ways. For example, we look at life years gained by the actual screening every year or every other year. And the life years gained for that group is not very large. There are some life years gained. But it’s not very large.

GUPTA: You’re a nurse and…

MARION: And I know…

GUPTA: I don’t want to, you know…


GUPTA: … dig ourselves into a whole [sic] here. You’re a nurse, you’re in a profession of healing and compassion.

Are you comfortable with what you’re saying right now? Because what you’re saying, what I’m hearing you say is that you’re saying some lives just aren’t worth it. We — that’s why we’re changing these screening recommendations. And that is an incredibly frightening thing to hear from someone like yourself.

Is that what you’re saying?

MARION: No, I’m not saying that some lives are worth it. I do not say that. But as you know, as a physician, there are many screening tests that could save lives but could create many other issues that we made decisions about.

GUPTA: So, really, the harm that you’re saying to women, the harm that you cite is that it could cause unnecessary anxiety and worry in women who get these mammograms, for example, if they have a false positive? Do you think that it would cause anxiety in women if they are told that look, 90 percent — up to 90 percent of women who develop breast cancer never had a risk factor and now you’re not sure if you have that breast cancer because you didn’t get the test? Don’t you think that causes anxiety as well?

MARION: Yes, we know that the biggest risk factor is age. And that’s clear. And so the other — and we know other risk factors and we know that many do not have known risk factors if you don’t include age.

The Obama plan to cheap out on womens' healthcare wasn't going to work for Gupta.