Curtis Dahlgren
2 Major mistakes: Killing the golden goose, and gilding the 'green' Lilly
By Curtis Dahlgren
December 17, 2009

"I can't be responsible for every under-capitalized company in America." — Hillary Clinton (on HillaryCare)

"There is a 75 percent chance that the Arctic ice will disappear in five years." — Al Gore (before being corrected on his "statistics")

WHEN A POLITICALLY-CORRECT CAUSE IS INVOLVED, THE "NUMBERS" USUALLY LIE. The Truth is just a minor detail. The Leftist dialectic thrives on lies. Lefties don't lie; they tell whoppers — with a straight face.

"YOU'VE HEARD THE NUMBERS — 10% OF AMERICAN MEN ARE GAY, 2.7 million children are abused, one in eight women develop breast cancer. Politicians, activists, fund raisers, scientists and, yes, magazine journalists routinely unload such staggering statistics on a trusting public. The numbers are presented as though they carry all the weight of scientific truth. Don't believe it . . .

"The fact is, much of today's political and social agenda is built around flagrantly flimsy figures. Statistics on crime, poverty, homelessness, joblessness, drug abuse, toxic hazards, sexual harassment — indeed, any matter concerning sex — are notoriously suspect . . .

"But too often exaggerated figures are used deliberately to mislead, raise money or advance an agenda. 'Many statistics are generated by people who have a vested interest,' notes journalist Cynthia Crossen, who is writing a book on how numbers are manipulated . .

"Environmental organizations tend to present the most alarming scenarios to pump up the threat of global warming . . . "

BELIEVE IT, or not, those words came directly from TIME magazine! April 26, 1993 ("The shrinking ten percent" by Priscilla Painton and Anastasia Toufexis)!!

Hard to believe, but
— the socio-enviro-wackos have been a-wishin' and a-hopin' for global warming for close to 20 years already! They not only have time and effort invested in the theory now, but some big bucks. They're going to hold their breaths until they get their money back. When Al Gore went to Copenhagen and made his "prophecy" about an ice-free Arctic in five years, the scientist he had been "quoting" said:

"It's unclear to me how this figure was arrived at. I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this." [I would add, especially not after seeing the global average temperature decline over the past 10 years, eh?]

The day that Truth-telling comes back into vogue, people will look back on the 90s and the "oughts" with disbelief, to say the least (though we still have one year to redeem the first decade of this century, since there was no Year zero; thus the years ending in zero are "the end of the decade"). Americans are terrible at math, and getting worse every year. It is simply surreal. On September 2, 2008 Laura Ingraham said:

"The door is opening on the Cantina scene in 'Star Wars.'"

Actually she was talking about the election campaign of 08, but the words were prophetic.

Within a week or so, right after 9-11-08, the "crisis" occured in the credit system, and we ended up with the first multi-billion dollar "Bailout." The 'October Surprise' had come early that election year. In 2009, Congress has been trying for months now to make Christmas come early. Some members of Congress are so uninformed and MIS-informed that they actually think they'd be doing us a favor by taking over our private health-care system.

An NBC poll posted Wednesday December 16th said that, "Just 32 percent say it's a good idea, versus 47 percent who say it's a bad idea.

"In addition, for the first time in the survey, a plurality prefers the status quo to reform. By a 44-41 percent margin, respondents say it would be better to keep the current system than to pass Obama's health plan."

I think there ought to be a movie made about this era that started with Ingraham's "Cantina scene." Call it "Roger and Me and Tiger and Bo" or something. It starts with a golfer trying to pick up one of the Star Wars babes and ends with the monstrously frozen winter of the early "teen years" (1912 or so).

We could title the movie "Santa Claus Goes to Washington." Or "Mr. Smith Goes to Copenhagen.." Or maybe "Honey, You Shrunk the Dollar." Or "Porkchop/Earmark Hill."

I don't know who the stars will be yet, but I have some ideas for theme music for the sound track:

- "Schmaltzing Matilda"

- "North to the Future"

- "It's a COLD World After All"

- "Take the Last Train to Nashville"

- "It's a Long Way to Tipparary"

Some of these members of Congress are so uninformed that they are beyond shame. That 1993 TIME magazine article said:

"Department of Labor figures on jobs created are boosted by the inclusion of part-time positions. Conversely, the agency's regular tallies of the jobless include so-called discouraged workers, people who have given up looking for a job . . .

"Clinton drew embarrassed laughs from members of Congress last February when he laid out his economic plan and woved to use Congress' own figures on the deficit. 'Let's at least argue about the same set of numbers so the American people will
think we're shooting straight with them,' he declared."

Again — that was 1993! Very little has "changed" except that the Mainstream news media minimize the bad economic news if a Democrat is in the White House. Like "what recession?" But some of us say, "What recovery? What global warming?"

Here's some comic relief from Prince Charles (the UK Daily Telegraph, 12/115):

"Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ministerial segment of the Copenhagen climate conference, the Prince said the "survival of the species" was in peril."

Iran's missiles and potential nukes are ignored, of course. If Tiger Woods is a convenient distraction from the healthcare "reform" debate over here, Copenhagen is a convenient distraction from World War III. I wonder if our President is fist-bumping the Iranians too (like Hugo Chavez)? Speaking of whom (from Australia's Herald-Sun, 12/17):

"[Chavez at Copenhagen] wound up to his grand conclusion — 20 minutes after his 5 minute speaking time was supposed to have ended and after quoting everyone from Karl Marx to Jesus Christ — "our revolution seeks to help all people...socialism, the other ghost that is probably wandering around this room, that's the way to save the planet, capitalism is the road to hell....let's fight against capitalism and make it obey us." He won a standing ovation.

No easier way than that to be "perfectly clear" what kind of people have assembled in Denmark to tell "lies at one table"! Our "main"-stream news media is being put to shame by the British tabloids and the alternative media, to say nothing about talk radio. For example:


Story Created: Dec 16, 2009 Great read. Here at the first ten... [begin excerpt]:

1) There is "no real scientific proof" that the current warming is caused by the rise of greenhouse gases from man's activity.

2) Man-made carbon dioxide emissions throughout human history constitute less than 0.00022 percent of the total naturally emitted from the mantle of the earth during geological history.

3) Warmer periods of the Earth's history came around 800 years before rises in CO2 levels.

4) After World War II, there was a huge surge in recorded CO2 emissions but global temperatures fell for four decades after 1940. **

5) Throughout the Earth's history, temperatures have often been warmer than now and CO2 levels have often been higher — more than ten times as high.

6) Significant changes in climate have continually occurred throughout geologic time.

7) The 0.7C increase in the average global temperature over the last hundred years is entirely consistent with well-established, long-term, natural climate trends.

8) The IPCC theory is driven by just 60 scientists and favourable reviewers not the 4,000 usually cited.

9) Leaked e-mails from British climate scientists — in a scandal known as "Climate-gate" — suggest that that has been manipulated to exaggerate global warming

10) A large body of scientific research suggests that the sun is responsible for the greater share of climate change during the past hundred years.
[end of excerpt]

Thanks, Charlie. For the other 90 reasons "climate change is natural," you can go to:

** Point numbers 3 and 4 there are biggies. Higher carbon dioxide levels during warmer periods do NOT prove causation — especially not when the high COs levels precede the warming!

As for point three, my high school reunion next year will be our 50th year reunion. We of the class of 1960 are old enough to remember the great snow storm of 1947 and others (especially those of us who were farm kids). We were out in that weather — without some of the high-tech winter gear we have now. The 50s and 60s were no piece of cake either, and the 1970s brought the "New Ice Age" predictions. And I remember bitter minus-80 wind-chill factors in Wisconsin in the 1980s.

I've worked outside, not just my whole adult life, but my entire life, and I was glad to see a little bit of moderation in the temperature by 1990 or so! I say don't quibble with a blessing such as that. Never mind what Hugo Chavez says about it!


Rush Limbaugh pointed out the other day that the politically "correct" (though factually "incorrect") in government would probably just as soon get rid of us old geezers — because we have "long memories" (which makes us harder to hornswoggle and manipulate). And that's where there's a connection between the so-called "health reform" debate in Washington and the U.N. conference in Copenhagen (give Big Brother the power to "save" you and Big Brother will also have the power to "off" you).

So there's something rotten in Denmark.

More to come.

P.S. My Calvin Coolidge quotations last time were from a review of a book with the title: "Silent Cal's Almanack" (next time I may even recall the author's name). The concluding quotation for this one is from Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue":

"illegitimi non carborundum" (which translates loosely to "Don't let the [politically correct] bastards wear you down!").

PPS: Copenhagen, Denmark experienced a virtual blizzard today, December 17th. The site of the UN "global warming" conference received 4 inches of snow, a very rare "happening" in December there. God is still in control.

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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