In the first place we have John Hitchcock on Truth Before Dishonor, who tells us, “Hey Middle Class: I’m Baaack!”
Our favorite pirate noted that there’s yet another explanation as to why the settled-science climate change models have been wrong so far, and failed to anticipate the 17-year-hiatus in increasing global temperatures.
Warming “Pause” Excuse #9: It’s All A Coincidence
By William Teach February 28, 2014 – 8:07 am
We can add it to the list, via Climate Depot
Climate Depot Analysis: ‘There have been at least nine separate explanations for the standstill in global warming’ – 1) Low Solar Activity; 2) Oceans Ate Warming; 3) Chinese Coal Use; 4) Montreal Protocol; 5) Readjusted past temps to claim ‘pause’ never existed 6) Volcanoes 7) Decline in Water Vapor 8) Pacific Trade Winds 9) ‘Coincidence’
Remember, Warmists call this “science”
Mr Teach notes Bishop Hill, which cites a new paper by Gavin Schmidt and colleagues in Nature. These two paragraphs are laughers:
We conclude that use of the latest information on external influences on the climate system and adjusting for internal variability associated with ENSO can almost completely reconcile the trends in global mean surface temperature in CMIP5 models and observations. Nevertheless, attributing climate trends over relatively short periods, such as 10 to 15 years, will always be problematic, and it is inherently unsatisfying to find model–data agreement only with the benefit of hindsight. . . .
We see no indication, however, that transient climate response is systematically overestimated in the CMIP5 climate models as has been speculated, or that decadal variability across the ensemble of models is systematically underestimated, although at least some individual models probably fall short in this respect.
Cutting through the bovine feces, it says: Yes, our models failed to predict what actually happened, and a couple of them might be poorly put together, but, overall, we are right — even though we haven’t been right yet — and you’ll see, soon enough.
L D Jackson asks if our Christian beliefs have any place in our public lives.
On the Victory Girls, Kit Lange has A Message to the Patriots in Connecticut. The nutmeg State has passed a law which requires gun owners to register their guns with the state, and many people have declined to comply.
Karen, the Lonely Conservative, noted that the school lunches in school to which her children go are terrible, and that, now, the General Accounting Office has also concluded that:
The federal government’s changes to school lunch menus have been disastrous, causing problems for cafeterias trying to comply with the rules and leaving the menu so expensive or unpalatable that more than 1 million students have stopped buying lunch, according to a government audit released Thursday.
I think that Karen missed something here: this is actually a win-win for the nanny state. If the students keep bringing their lunches, the schools will save money on providing lunches, and, if the government wants to get really strong-armed, schools can just ban lunches brought from home:
At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.
Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.
“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”
Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common.
Emphasis mine. I am just amazed that the human race survived at all in the time before the government was there to tell us how to rear our children.
Donald Douglas noted that ‘The vast majority of uninsured Americans do not know they must sign up for health insurance by March 31 or pay a fine, according to a new poll…’
From Protein Wisdom:
University of Iowa president apologizes to precious snowflakes for mentioning reality
By Darleen Click
That Sally Mason didn’t tell them to “grow up” should be firing offense.
In an interview published Feb. 18 in The Daily Iowan, President Sally Mason said she was dismayed by the reports of sexual assaults. She said “the goal would be to end that, to never have another sexual assault. That’s probably not a realistic goal just given human nature, and that’s unfortunate. …”Criticism erupted over the phrase that includes “human nature.”
The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Mason apologized during a President’s Forum on Tuesday.
Mason said she’s been told by several people in the campus community that her remark was hurtful. She said she was “very, very sorry for any pain that my words might have caused.”
The conceit that humans are basically good is a modern, secularist belief that has allowed for some of the greatest evils of the 20th Century by “Utopianists” who have no compunctions about spilling blood of those who stand in the way of the “perfect society.”
More at the link.
Years ago — fourteen of them, as it happens — I was on the “management team” at a large concrete company, and one of our measurable goals was to have a certain number of accidents. For anyone with common sense, that meant to reduce the number of accidents which were happening, with the new goal as the set point at which we could say that policies had reduced accidents. Naturally, some of us joked that if we were below our accident quota, we’d have to make sure we reached our goal, but we knew it was a joke.
And common sense would tell anyone that Sally Mason would certainly like to see zero sexual assaults on her campus, but that while policies could be put in place to reduce that crime — or any crime, really — it was foolish to believe that crime could be reduced to zero. Those who said that they were “hurt” that Dr Mason said that it was human nature that crimes would always occur have proved that common sense is not one of their strong points.
From Patterico’s Pontifications:
Federal Court: Kids Wearing American Flag T-Shirts Must Take Them Off, Because People Threatened to Beat Them Up If They Didn’t
Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:53 pm
Just wait. That’s not the best part.
THE RULING: Kids wearing American flag T-shirts in school can be forced to take them off, because Mexican students threatened to beat them up if they didn’t. Meanwhile, kids wearing Mexican flag T-shirts are allowed to keep them on. Why? Because, silly! Nobody threatened to beat them up!
More at the link. But the underlying issue is simple: to wear the American flag is to announce that you are patriotic, and patriotism is simply at odds with liberalism. It shouldn’t be. It should be the case that liberals can be just as patriotic, just as American, love their country just as much as conservatives, but it just hasn’t turned out that way.
Finally, Robert Stacey Stacy McCain noted that Sarah Palin was right all along on Russian and Ukraine.
Palin Vindicated on Russia, Ukraine: ‘I Could See This One From Alaska’
Posted on | March 1, 2014 |
She who laughs last:
Sarah Palin may be having a bragging rights moment.
In 2008, when she was the GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin questioned in a speech whether then-Sen. Barack Obama would have the foreign policy credentials to handle a scenario in which Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.
“After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence — the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” she said in Reno, Nevada on October 21, 2008.
The former Alaska governor was happy to highlight her prediction on Friday and scold those who criticized her 2008 comments.
“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” she said on Facebook. That remark was a reference to a 2008 interview in which Palin argued that Alaska’s proximity to Russia helped boost her foreign policy experience.
Saturday Night Live parodied her remarks in a now-famous sketch with Tina Fey, who played Palin on the show, saying “I can see Russia from my house.”
On Facebook, Palin continued to explain how she anticipated a growing crisis between Russia and Ukraine, where there has now been an uncontested arrival of Russian military forces by air at a Russian base in Ukraine’s Crimea region. They are believed to be Russian land forces, according to a U.S. assessment.
More at the link. And the story:
Kremlin Clears Way for Force in Ukraine; Separatist Split Feared
By Alison Smale and David M Herszenhorn | March 1, 2014
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — As Russian armed forces effectively seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on Saturday, the Russian Parliament granted President Vladimir V. Putin the authority he sought to use military force in response to the deepening instability in Ukraine.
The authorization cited a threat to the lives of Russian citizens and soldiers stationed in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine, and provided a blunt answer to President Obama, who on Friday pointedly warned Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty.
Even before Mr. Putin’s statement in Moscow, scores of heavily armed soldiers had tightened their grip on the Crimean capital, Simferopol, surrounding government buildings, shuttering the airport, and blocking streets, where they deployed early Friday.
Large pro-Russia crowds rallied in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donestk and Kharkiv, where there were reports of violence. In Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, fears grew within the new provisional government that separatist upheaval would fracture the country just days after civil unrest ended in the ouster of President Viktor F. Yanukovych, a Kremlin ally who fled to Russia.
In Crimea, in the south, scores of heavily armed men fanned out across the center of the regional capital, Simferopol. They wore green camouflage uniforms with no identifying insignia, but they spoke Russian and were clearly part of a Russian military mobilization. In Balaklava, a long column of military vehicles blocking the road to a border post bore Russian plates.
The Russian mobilization was cited by American military and intelligence analysts as the basis for Mr. Obama’s warning that “there will be costs” if Russia violated Ukrainian sovereignty.
Much more at the link, but I’ll quote the next two paragraphs as well:
On Saturday morning, there was no immediate response from the White House; officials had acknowledged on Friday that Washington’s options were limited.
There was also limited response from Europe. Carl Bildt, the Swedish foreign minister, issued a statement saying that Russia’s actions in Crimea were “contrary to international law and the principles of European security.”
Gee, I wonder if anyone said, before this happened, that “if Vladimir Putin decides to invade and conquer the Ukraine, perhaps setting up deposed President Viktor Yanukovych as his puppet, the United States, and NATO, and everybody else, will bluster and fuss and stamp their feet, but won’t actually do anything about it.”
That’s all for this week.