Music To My Ears

Al Gore is ranting in frustration that no one buys his climate BS any more.

[Mid-morning update]

Climate skepticism isn’t a fringe phenomenon:

CC. To what extent did you feel like you were standing alone in resisting the man-made climate change theory back in the 1990s?

“It was difficult. I knew that many of my colleagues at the Association of State Climatologists agreed with me. But many of them wouldn’t say anything because they were worried about losing their jobs or just plain having their professional lives made difficult. Frankly there’s a lot more money supporting the other side. Things would be easier if you just go along with them.”

CC. “You’d say that now there’s a lot more money supporting the man-made climate change side of the issue than there is on the side of the skeptics?

“Oh yes, it’s been that way for a long time.”

Yes, though you’d never hear it above the din of the screams about oil money.

[Update late morning]

Climate Depot responds to Gore’s rant.

[Bumped]

Interesting Space Tweets

Ed Ellegood is covering a Space Club speech by Bill Posey:

Rep. Posey said commercial space providers are our best hope for getting U.S. astronauts back into orbit.

Rep. Posey again spoke of space as a military “high ground” that the U.S. seems to be giving up to adversaries in China and Russia.

Overheard: Sen. Mikulski (D-MD) wants to cut NASA’s commercial spaceflight investments in order to save the Webb Telescope.

Overheard: Sen. Mikulski, meanwhile, is supporting an earmark to develop a processing facility at Wallops for use by Orbital’s Taurus-2.

There’s going to be an ugly battle over NASA appropriations in the Senate this fall.

Heresy

I agree with Bret Stephens — politically incorrect though it may be, the simplest explanation for the past two and a half years is that the president just isn’t that smart:

Much is made of the president’s rhetorical gifts. This is the sort of thing that can be credited only by people who think that a command of English syntax is a mark of great intellectual distinction. Can anyone recall a memorable phrase from one of Mr. Obama’s big speeches that didn’t amount to cliché? As for the small speeches, such as the one we were kept waiting 50 minutes for yesterday, we get Triple-A bromides about America remaining a “Triple-A country.” Which, when it comes to long-term sovereign debt, is precisely what we no longer are under Mr. Obama.

Then there is Mr. Obama as political tactician. He makes predictions that prove false. He makes promises he cannot honor. He raises expectations he cannot meet. He reneges on commitments made in private. He surrenders positions staked in public. He is absent from issues in which he has a duty to be involved. He is overbearing when he ought to be absent. At the height of the financial panic of 1907, Teddy Roosevelt, who had done much to bring the panic about by inveighing against big business, at least had the good sense to stick to his bear hunt and let J.P. Morgan sort things out. Not so this president, who puts a new twist on an old put-down: Every time he opens his mouth, he subtracts from the sum total of financial capital.

Then there’s his habit of never trimming his sails, much less tacking to the prevailing wind. When Bill Clinton got hammered on health care, he reverted to centrist course and passed welfare reform. When it looked like the Iraq war was going to be lost, George Bush fired Don Rumsfeld and ordered the surge.

Mr. Obama, by contrast, appears to consider himself immune from error. Perhaps this explains why he has now doubled down on Heckuva Job Geithner. It also explains his insulting and politically inept habit of suggesting—whether the issue is health care, or Arab-Israeli peace, or change we can believe in at some point in God’s good time—that the fault always lies in the failure of his audiences to listen attentively. It doesn’t. In politics, a failure of communication is always the fault of the communicator.

In some ways, Forrest Gump was smarter. At least he was aware of his intellectual limitations. I was never as impressed with the president’s intelligence as some have demanded that I be. And now, finally a lot of others are starting to catch on, as the scales fall from their mesmerized eyes. The delicious thing is that the Democrats and their media enablers have thoroughly screwed themselves for next year. He’s a loser, but they can’t primary him because it would be party fratricide, and the blacks, in a best-case scenario, would stay home on election day.

[Update a while later]

Gee, ya think? It turns out that Barack Obama wasn’t Abe Lincoln, after all.

[Update a few minutes later]

The chickens are coming home to roost.

Letting The Police “Do Their Job”

Thoughts on the insane policies in the UK:

The trouble with “letting the Police do their job” is that in the precise spot in which you happen to live, or used to live, their job probably won’t start, if it ever does start, for about a week. In the meantime, letting the Police do their job means letting the damn looters and arsonists do their job, without anyone laying a finger on them, laying a finger on them being illegal. This is a doomed policy. If most people are compelled by law to be only neutral bystanders in a war between themselves and barbarism, barbarism wins. The right to, at the very least, forceful self defence must now be insisted upon. The Police, as we advocates of the don’t-disarm-the-victims-of-crime policy have been pointing out for decades, can’t be everywhere. They cannot instantaneously attend every crime, and magically prevent it. Only the potential or actual victims of crime can sometimes immediately prevent or immediately punish crime, provided only that they not [be] forbidden to.

When seconds count, the police are only a week away.

[Update a couple minutes later]

More British riot links at Instapundit.

[Update a while later]

More thoughts from Andrew Stuttaford:

The British state lectures, hectors and micro-manages the law-abiding. When it comes to defending them, it is, all too often, AWOL.

I wonder what the political ramifications of this will be?

[Update a while later]

Jeez. They can’t stop the riot, but they can stop the cleanup:

About 20 residents with dustpans and brushes offered small businesses help cleaning up their destroyed stores.

But people waiting to clean up Clapham Junction have been told they cannot help because of health and safety issues.

Even in the midst of social catastrophe caused by it, policy insanity reigns.

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