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Month: November 2008

Number 43

Militant, Ignorant Stupidity And The President-Elect We have heard it before: “Don’t stand up to them, it will just make them angry.” By now this inane advice should have been packed away with slave auctions and smallpox, but every so often some idiot resurrects the antique cant. Like this: The hamfisted tactics favored by George W. Bush, including his ill-fated invasion of Iraq, were a gift to al-Qaida and its recruiting efforts. They allowed bin Laden and Zawahiri to paint the U.S. government as an imperial power bent on a 21st-century crusade against Islam. However, that’s a more difficult argument to make when the Oval Office is occupied by a black man whose Kenyan grandfather was Muslim and who played with Muslim friends during his childhood years in Indonesia. Yes, you read that right. This reminds of the comment made by a Thai English-language “newspaper” that John McCain was a friend of Southeast Asia because he had spent a lot of time there. “Obama’s election has taken the wind out of al-Qaida’s sails in much of the Islamic world because it demonstrates America’s renewed commitment to multiculturalism, human rights and international law,” former National Security Council staffer Richard Clarke said. “It also proves to many that democracy can work and overcome ethnic, sectarian or racial barriers.” Amazing. If this is the sort of thinking we can expect from the...

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Number 42

The Biggest And Most Dangerous Enemy Of The USA China. No, it’s not just a matter of the contaminated food that killed your beloved dog, nor of the toy that forced you to subject your toddler to a lengthy and expensive course of treatments to remove lead from his brain; it’s not about the adulterated milk products turned back at the border, nor is it a fuss over fake pharmaceuticals or those consumer goods that last only a few months after their warranties expire. As bad as those felonies, frauds and flim-flammery are, the threat to be limned here is far worse. How do you define the word “threat”? However idiosyncratic your understanding of the word might be, China qualifies as a threat. If, in spite of the best efforts of this newsletter, you still believe in anthropogenic global warming, you must consider the climate threat from China a huge problem. China is desperately hungry for fuel of all sorts, and its pollution controls are an international joke. Even if you understand the facts regarding the human impact on climate, you should know that manufacturing in China is literally out of control — and ravaging the environment. If you agonize over human rights, you have to hate China for its totalitarian ways. The nation is blatantly unfree. Are you a pro-labor partisan, in love with unions? Chinese sweatshops are...

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Number 41

Anthropogenic Global Warming Takes Another Body Blow A recent article adds another chapter to the chronicle of the collapse of junk science. Quotes: …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. That may come as a surprise to those who have spent much time out of doors, but then as we know, when it’s hot, that’s global warming in action — and when it’s cold, that’s global warming in action. The problem this time is a blunder that just may have been deliberate, however. …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. The error was so glaring that when it was reported on the two blogs – run by the US meteorologist Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre, the Canadian computer analyst who won fame for his expert debunking of the notorious “hockey stick” graph – GISS began hastily revising its figures. You will recall the “Hockeystick graph” hoax from PenPo Number 24, and Hansen was dealt with in Numbers 14 and 22. The weblogs that blew the whistle on the hoaxers are here and...

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Number 40

This Number Of The Penguin Post Is Exclusively Devoted To A Consideration Of The Fairness Doctrine”I think we should all be fair and balanced, don’t you?” That’s Democrat Chuck Schumer talking. He’s a Senator representing New York. A lot of VIPs agree with him. Here is a representative sample of their heartfelt sentiments: “It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.” Those words come from Democrat Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, representing Illinois. “I believe very strongly that the airwaves are public and people use these airwaves for profit. But there is a responsibility to see that both sides and not just one side of the big public questions of debate of the day are aired and are aired with some modicum of fairness.” Democrat Diane Feinstein, Senator from California, holds those views. Here’s the source for the above quotes. The fairness doctrine: think of it as the bureaucrat’s way of officiating over a political debate broadcast on the radio. No, not moderating the discussion, but drafting the rules by which all political discussions on the radio are broadcast, making sure one side does not dominate. This is done in the public’s interest, or so the story goes. It’s not in effect now, so radio stations are...

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Number 39

This Is Bizarre Background: in Number Thirty, the PenPo pointed out that either (a) Obama was referring to Sarah Palin when he made a wisecrack about a pig, or (b) he was an idiot (because only an idiot would have failed to see how his words would be understood). There was no third option. Now the world learns that a San Francisco newspaper conducted a long interview of Obama, and that in that interview, the candidate stated bluntly that he planned to bankrupt the US coal industry. Amazingly, the newspaper ignored that statement, and reported absolutely nothing on it. Selected quotes from this source: If the news industry wasn’t a collective Victorian Gentleman, then Obama’s quotes on coal would be screamed in 48-point Times Roman Type on every newspaper’s front page–if only because it’s an incredible story, no matter what your thoughts on the environment. …the Chronicle uploaded the video of their interview with Obama to their Website under the narcoleptic headline of “Obama’s straight-ahead style”–meaning they couldn’t stumble over anything the senator said that they want to highlight in their headline. Which means either the writers at the Chronicle don’t know a killer story when they see one–or they’re willing to bury such a story if it helps their man get into office. Will this move any voters from the undecided category to the McCain camp? In some...

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