Monday, 20 October 2008


Ken Berwitz

As we go through another year of "knowing" that manmade global warming is about to fry us all, I thought you might be interested in seeing serious evidence that, in sanitized form, we are being subjected to a hot, steamy crock of excrement.

Here it is, courtesy of Lorne Gunter, writing for Canada's National Post:

Lorne Gunter:
Thirty years of warmer temperatures go poof

In early September, I began noticing a string of news stories about scientists rejecting the orthodoxy on global warming. Actually, it was more like a string of guest columns and long letters to the editor since it is hard for skeptical scientists to get published in the cabal of climate journals now controlled by the Great Sanhedrin of the environmental movement.

Still, the number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly. Because a funny thing is happening to global temperatures -- they're going down, not up.

On the same day (Sept. 5) that areas of southern Brazil were recording one of their latest winter snowfalls ever and entering what turned out to be their coldest September in a century, Brazilian meteorologist Eugenio Hackbart explained that extreme cold or snowfall events in his country have always been tied to "a negative PDO" or Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Positive PDOs -- El Ninos -- produce above-average temperatures in South America while negative ones -- La Ninas -- produce below average ones.

Dr. Hackbart also pointed out that periods of solar inactivity known as "solar minimums" magnify cold spells on his continent. So, given that August was the first month since 1913 in which no sunspot activity was recorded -- none -- and during which solar winds were at a 50-year low, he was not surprised that Brazilians were suffering (for them) a brutal cold snap. "This is no coincidence," he said as he scoffed at the notion that manmade carbon emissions had more impact than the sun and oceans on global climate.

Also in September, American Craig Loehle, a scientist who conducts computer modelling on global climate change, confirmed his earlier findings that the so-called Medieval Warm Period (MWP) of about 1,000 years ago did in fact exist and was even warmer than 20th-century temperatures.

Prior to the past decade of climate hysteria and Kyoto hype, the MWP was a given in the scientific community. Several hundred studies of tree rings, lake and ocean floor sediment, ice cores and early written records of weather -- even harvest totals and censuses --confirmed that the period from 800 AD to 1300 AD was unusually warm, particularly in Northern Europe.

But in order to prove the climate scaremongers' claim that 20th-century warming had been dangerous and unprecedented -- a result of human, not natural factors -- the MWP had to be made to disappear. So studies such as Michael Mann's "hockey stick," in which there is no MWP and global temperatures rise gradually until they jump up in the industrial age, have been adopted by the UN as proof that recent climate change necessitates a reordering of human economies and societies.

Dr. Loehle's work helps end this deception.

Don Easterbrook, a geologist at Western Washington University, says, "It's practically a slam dunk that we are in for about 30 years of global cooling," as the sun enters a particularly inactive phase. His examination of warming and cooling trends over the past four centuries shows an "almost exact correlation" between climate fluctuations and solar energy received on Earth, while showing almost "no correlation at all with CO2."

An analytical chemist who works in spectroscopy and atmospheric sensing, Michael J. Myers of Hilton Head, S. C., declared, "Man-made global warming is junk science," explaining that worldwide manmade CO2 emission each year "equals about 0.0168% of the atmosphere's CO2 concentration ... This results in a 0.00064% increase in the absorption of the sun's radiation. This is an insignificantly small number."

Other international scientists have called the manmade warming theory a "hoax," a "fraud" and simply "not credible."

While not stooping to such name-calling, weather-satellite scientists David Douglass of the University of Rochester and John Christy of the University of Alabama at Huntsville nonetheless dealt the True Believers a devastating blow last month.

For nearly 30 years, Professor Christy has been in charge of NASA's eight weather satellites that take more than 300,000 temperature readings daily around the globe. In a paper co-written with Dr. Douglass, he concludes that while manmade emissions may be having a slight impact, "variations in global temperatures since 1978 ... cannot be attributed to carbon dioxide."

Moreover, while the chart below was not produced by Douglass and Christy, it was produced using their data and it clearly shows that in the past four years -- the period corresponding to reduced solar activity -- all of the rise in global temperatures since 1979 has disappeared.

It may be that more global warming doubters are surfacing because there just isn't any global warming.

National Post


Take heart, Al Gore.  You've become hugely wealthy on the manmade global warming scare already.  Now, if it turns out to be the crock it may well be, no problem -- you've already got yours. 

Anybody want to buy a carbon offset?  Soon to become a collector's item....

Zeke No, No, No - You don't understand: LOWER temperatures PROVE there is Global Warming. Kindly do not let the FACTS get in the way of Mr Gore's Inconvenient Lies. (10/20/08)


Ken Berwitz

I will write more on this at a later time. 

But, based on 2 1/2 months of utter frustration in trying to get money of mine back from them, I urge anyone reading this to think long and hard before taking on a Chase credit card. 

The short form of what happened is:

-I had a Chase Master Card which I cancelled almost a year ago.  One of the charges on that card was a $500 deposit to Royal Carribean Cruise lines for a cruise my wife and I intended to take with another couple. 

-Circumstances changed and we are going on the cruise next year.  So we requested our deposit back from Royal Carribean.  On  May 29th they returned $500 to the Chase Master card account.

-Since the card had been cancelled, Chase either could send the $500 back to Royal Carribean who then would have forwarded it directly to our travel agent, or they could have sent it on to us. 

-Chase did neither.  It just kept the money. 

As I mentioned, this is short form.  The long form involves dozens of calls, the detailed letter Chase demanded, the dozens and dozens of people I have spoken to in call after call, every one of whom has either been unable to help me or who has told me things that turned out not to be true, etc. etc. etc.

My bottom line to you is that Chase is a very bad company.  Based on this unbelievable expereience, I conclude that it has an internal structure intentionally geared to keeping customers' money, and making it so hard for them to get it back that they are likely to stop trying and just give up.

I warn you that what happened to me can happen to you, and therefore urge you to think twice, and then twice again, before getting a Chase credit card.



Ken Berwitz

My cousin Audrey sent me this essay. 

It purports to have been written by David Letterman (though neither of us believes that it was).  And several of its references suggest that what we have here is an updated version of material which was written some time ago.

But regardless of its origin, the essay contains enough worthwhile content that I felt you should have the opportunity to read and think about it.

Here is the essay:

' As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark 'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of  the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?''

A.. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B.. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C.. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D.. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E.. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state?

F.. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G.. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I.. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J.. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K.. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss .

L.. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M.. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day. Make no mistake about it.

The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable' ' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage.  Then start being grateful for all we have as country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.


Ken Berwitz

Al-Jazeera, the home media base for osama bin laden and his pals, has made very clear who it is supporting in this year's presidential election.  It has done so for a while now, but this latest example is egregious enough to single out.

Here are the particulars, excerpted from an article in the Canada Free Press:

Al-Jazeera for Obama

 By Cliff Kincaid  Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powells predicted and expected endorsement of Barack Obama was transformed into big news by the pro-Obama media. But Arab propaganda channel Al-Jazeeras intervention in the U.S. presidential contest is also extremely significant. Al-Jazeera, a mouthpiece for enemies of the United States, aired a Moammar Gadhafi speech praising Obama and followed with a story depicting supporters of Sarah Palin as white racist Christians. The channel is subsidized by the oil-rich Sunni Muslim plutocracy/dictatorship in Qatar

The Al-Jazeera reporter who did the hit piece on Palin was Casey Kaufmann, who surfaces in Federal Election Commission (FEC) records as a $500 contributor to the Obama-for-president campaign and is based in Doha, Qatar.

The first plank in Al-Jazeeras code of ethics includes a statement about giving no priority to commercial or political considerations over professional ones, which would seem to preclude political activities and contributions.

Kaufmann apparently didnt get a copy of the ethics code when he was hired by the terrorist propaganda channel and made his $500 contribution to Obama. The contribution was recorded by the FEC back in February, before he made his way to Ohio to a Palin rally in search of ways to smear the GOP vice-presidential nominee. Its no wonder that former ABC newsman Dave Marash, once considered the American face of the English-language version of the channel, quit in disgust in March. He cited anti-American bias and other factors.

Al-Jazeera is the mouthpiece for al Qaeda and other terrorist groups and inspires foreign Muslim fighters to go to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to kill Americans. Accuracy in Media produced a documentary about the channel, warning U.S. cable and satellite providers to beware of its incendiary programming. Our video showed clips of terrorists saying they went to Iraq to kill Americans because of what they saw on Al-Jazeera.

Among other things, we noted that Al-Jazeeras first managing director was an agent of the Saddam Hussein regime and that one of its Afghanistan reporters, Tayseer Alouni, went to prison in Spain on terrorism charges. Al-Jazeera paid Alounis salary, legal fees and related expenses during his trial and continues to defend him.

Judea Pearl, father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, has called Al-Jazeera todays greatest recruiter for terrorism. Pearl was murdered by al Qaeda.

In July of this year, Pearl notes, Al-Jazeera threw a birthday party for Samir Kuntar, a released terrorist who had smashed the head of a four-year-old girl with his rifle butt in 1979 after killing her father before her eyes. Kuntar had been released by Israel in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, who were kidnapped by Hezbollah in 2006.

Kuntars birthday party was initiated and choreographed by Al-Jazeeras bureau in Beirut and aired on Al-Jazeera TV July 19, Pearl noted.

Brother Samir, the interviewer says, we would like to celebrate your birthday with you. You deserve even more than this. I think that 11,000 prisoners―if they can see this program now―are celebrating your birthday with you. Happy birthday, brother Samir.

One of the regular personalities on Al-Jazeera is Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has inflamed Sunni-Shia tensions in the Muslim world, in addition to encouraging suicide bombings against Americans. He has been banned from entering the U.S.

Now the terrorist channel has turned its sights on the American presidential election, intervening in an effort to make those in the U.S. opposed to Obama appear to the outside world as white Christian racists. The YouTube video of Kaufmanns report has been viewed by more than one million people.

In another interesting video that has surfaced on Al-Jazeera, Libyas Moammar Gadhafi is shown giving a speech in which he describes Obama as someone with an African and Islamic identity running for president of the U.S. with Arab and Muslim backing.  WorldNetDaily was the first national website to highlight these comments, which were monitored by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man [Obama] [and] may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to his campaign, said Gadhafi. The Libyan dictator described Obama as a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia.

The Gadhafi address aired on Al-Jazeera TV on June 11, 2008.

Al-Jazeera has the right to produce such trash and distribute it around the world. But the Kaufmann report will serve as another reason why major U.S. cable and satellite providers should have second thoughts about putting this propaganda on the air on a regular basis.

Why would a sickening venue like Al-Jazeera be working at electing Barack Obama President of the United States? 

I certainly do not think it is because Mr. Obama is a supporter of al-qaeda, or khaddafi, or sami kuntar.  But I do think it is because Al-Jazeera feels he will be less of a hardliner against them.  I suspect they believe he does not have the strength or the desire to act against them the way a McCain/Palin administration would.

What do you think?


Ken Berwitz

This account of a confrontation between David Corn and several legal immigrants to the USA comes to us from John Hinderaker at

See if it is as inspiring to you as it is to me:

"I Was Born in Colombia, But I Was Made in the U.S.A."

October 20, 2008

Don't miss Byron York's wonderful account of a McCain rally in Virginia, and his encounter with Tito Munoz, the owner of a small construction business who is irate with the media's treatment of Joe the Plumber:

Someone asked why Munoz had come to the rally. "I support McCain, but I've come to face you guys because I'm disgusted with you guys," he said. "Why the hell are you going after Joe the Plumber? Joe the Plumber has an idea. He has a future. He wants to be something else. Why is that wrong? Everything is possible in America. I made it. Joe the Plumber could make it even better than me. . . . I was born in Colombia, but I was made in the U.S.A."

Then there's Connie, an immigrant from Antigua:

"I immigrated to the United States over 20 years ago," she told me. "It's my home. America has become my home. I came here freely of my own free will because I loved it, and I loved what it had to offer, and I don't want to see it ruined."

Tito and Connie teamed up on left-wing journalist David Corn:

The scene turned into a mini-fracas when David Corn, of Mother Jones, defended press coverage. Munoz was having none of it. Why, he asked, would the press whack Joe the Plumber when it didn't want to report on Obama's relationship with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber? "How come that's not in the news all the time?" Munoz said. "How come Joe the Plumber is every second? I'm talking about NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN." A black woman with a strong Caribbean accent jumped in the fray. "Tell me," she said to Corn, "why is it you can go and find out about Joe the Plumber's tax lien and when he divorced his wife and you can't tell me when Barack Obama met with William Ayers? Why? Why could you not tell us that? Joe the Plumber is me!"

"I am Joe the Plumber!" Munoz chimed in. "You're attacking me."

Connie was probably smart not to give her last name. You never know what's going to happen to those who dare to criticize The One..

These are the people who came to the USA not for the goodies they could get from it but for the opportunity it provided them to succeed.

They are not the takers, they are the producers.  The people who can make a great country even greater.

May their voices be heard.  Loud and clear.


Ken Berwitz

The Rasmussen daily tracking poll now has Barack Obama ahead by 4% (50% - 46%).  A couple of days ago it was 6%.

The Battleground Poll (jointly conducted by Republican Ed Goekas and Democrat Celinda Lake) also has Barack Obama ahead by 4% (49%-45%).  But four days ago it had Mr. Obama ahead by 13% (53%-40%).  That's a 9% move in a half a week.

I don't know if either of these polls is correct.  But I do know that they, along with a couple of others I've mentioned in recent days, are showing a closing of the gap between Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama.

Anyone who thinks this election is over had better think harder.


Ken Berwitz

Charles Johnson of gives us an insightful glimpse into how some Ohio Obama supporters feel about their candidate, and about McCain having supporters of his own. 


Obama Supporters Getting in Faces in Ohio

Politics | Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 7:28:41 pm PDT

Barack Obama told his followers to get in their faces, and thats exactly what theyre doing in Ohio.



Ken Berwitz

Feeling Solomonic today?  Ok, then you tell me what to do about this.  It comes to us from USA Today:

Police: 89-year-old won't give kids' ball back

BLUE ASH, Ohio (AP) Police in Ohio say an 89-year-old woman is facing a charge of petty theft because neighborhood children accuse her of refusing to give back their football.

Edna Jester was arrested last week in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash.

Police say one child's father complained that Jester kept the youngsters' ball after it landed in her yard. Police Capt. James Schaffer says there has been an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood over kids' balls landing in the woman's yard.

Jester said Monday she has received many calls and didn't have time to discuss the matter any more.

Jester is to appear in court next month. The maximum penalty for a petty theft conviction in Ohio is six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Where do you go with this one? 

Kids play ball and their balls sometimes go into other people's yards.  Homeowners have a right to privacy and have a right not to have objects - children's balls or otherwise - constantly flying into their yards.

Is it really necessary to put an 89 year old woman through the court system for the "crime" of wanting her own privacy?

I can't help thinking there is some other way to resolve this problem.  I hope they find it.

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