Open Thread, Friday 10 May 2013


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26 Responses to Open Thread, Friday 10 May 2013

  1. freedom1781 says:

    Last night, my daughter’s school held an art show showcasing the best works from the students in K-2nd. The art show for 3rd-5th is next week. Well, while milling about in the art room, I noticed some of the work from the older kids which was being organized for next week’s show. Right on top was a very large collage depicting a battle from the Civil War. (Virginia is huge into Civil War history, especially in my county.) The artist drew, colored and pasted soldiers from both sides onto a green backdrop complete with trees–I guess the battle is in the woods. The soldiers all had guns pointing at each other. A few were using modern day guns, one Union soldier had a giant AR-15. I’m not the least bit surprised that this collage will be showcased on one of the hallway walls next week.

    There are liberal teachers at the school, but they are proud conservative blue dogs who love God and their Bible and their guns. None of the teachers have issues with the kids playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians. Even though there are posters all over the place about “diversity,” and such, there’s none of the liberal nonsense that is seen in other schools. Like this nonsense from Suffolk….

    Boy who held pencil like gun suspended

  2. freedom1781 says:

    BREAKING: Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Body Was Buried In Muslim Cemetery In Doswell, Virginia…

    Awwww… They should not have released this info. People will travel there to pour Smithfield bacon grease on the grave.

    • barnslayer says:

      What a coincidence that the Beantown Pig Fancier Society is scheduled to have it’s first annual Pigala down in Virginia. Best in show gets to crap on tamerlan’s grave. All others have to wait their turn.

    • I just hope they don’t waste any good hog parts on it. Maybe a few dozen hogs heads would be ok, or a few dozen gallons of rendered grease, like you say. But no usable bacon. That would be a terrible waste.

  3. freedom1781 says:

    GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe: Obama Could Be Impeached Over Benghazi Coverup…

    Won’t happen. I’d rather have him impeached in 2016, with a new crop of senators in office, than right now with the current Senate. The current crop of senators won’t touch this with a 10-ft. poll.

  4. barnslayer says:

    Today’s pic Zurich Mike’s house? All that’s missing is the guy with the huge horn for the Ricola ad.

  5. The same thing works for liberals, but you have to put a _______ in the box.
    A. EBT Card.
    B. Burka Fashion Catalog.
    C. Coexist Bumper Sticker.
    D. Copy of Michelle’s Gardening Book.
    E. Weed.
    F. Frank Marshall Davis’s P0rn Collection.
    G. ?

  6. Harvey says:

    Saw this at AoS and ain’t it the truth:

    David Burge @iowahawkblog

    Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.

  7. From Chrissy:

    Anybody else know about Hillary getting fired for being a devious, lying bitch during the Watergate hearings? Also from Chrissy:
    Good stuff!
    ‘A lifelong Democrat, Mr. Zeifman supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.’
    “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.’

  8. Knight4GFC says:


    So… your saying that I’m hot! Well, thank you for the compliment! 🙂 What! You mean that I’m making it hot in here? Oh come on! I’m having fun here! 😀




    “Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears
    The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years… The new measurement came from analyzers atop Mauna Loa, the volcano on the big island of Hawaii that has long been ground zero for monitoring the worldwide trend on carbon dioxide, or CO2. Devices there sample clean, crisp air that has blown thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean, producing a record of rising carbon dioxide levels that has been closely tracked for half a century.

    Carbon dioxide above 400 parts per million was first seen in the Arctic last year, and had also spiked above that level in hourly readings at Mauna Loa.

    But the average reading for an entire day surpassed that level at Mauna Loa for the first time in the 24 hours that ended at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday. The two monitoring programs use slightly different protocols; NOAA reported an average for the period of 400.03 parts per million, while Scripps reported 400.08″.

    “Carbon dioxide level breaks 3-million-year record
    The proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere broke 400 parts per million Thursday, according to one of the best climate records available”.

    You know, I find it funny how they dramatize this which they don’t fully and obviously understand. I must say that even though the local geologists claim that the readings have nothing to do with the volcano here (…”don’t blame the volcanoes say geochemists who work on Kilauea.

    “The amount of carbon dioxide coming from volcanoes being less than 1 percent of human activity it’s a fairly insubstantial amount,” said Jeff Sutton, Research Geochemist at USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. “The number of active volcanoes has been relatively constant but the amount of human activity and human activity that generates carbon dioxide has increased greatly since 1900.”

    The majority of CO2 comes from humans burning oil, coal and natural gas. China produces the most carbon dioxide followed by the United States.

    As to the skeptics, scientists point to the melting arctic ice caps at the North Pole…”, according to this guy, Timothy Casey, a consulting geologist, he claims that there is major discrepancies in their claims. In this article by him, Timothy says these things:

    “Volcanic CO2 emission raises some serious doubts concerning the anthropogenic origins of the rising atmospheric CO2 trend. In fact, the location of key CO2 measuring stations (Keeling et al., 2005; Monroe, 2007) in the vicinity of volcanoes and other CO2 sources may well result in the measurement of magmatic CO2 rather than a representative sample of the Troposphere. For example, Cape Kumukahi is located in a volcanically active province in Eastern Hawaii, while Mauna Loa Observatory is on Mauna Loa, an active volcano – both observatories within 50km of the highly active Kilauea and its permanent 3.2 MtCO2pa plume. Samoa is within 50 km of the active volcanoes Savai’i and/or Upolo, while Kermandec Island observatory is located within 10 km of the active Raoul Island volcano…” And; “This has been a wild ride upon ricketty speculations about a subject, of which, we know far too little. This year has seen a couple of publications which shine a spotlight on the great divide between officially sanctioned conjecture and the facts determined from actual research. Moreover, it is these two publications which establish the profoundly fraudulent nature of any further claims that “the science is settled”. Speaking for the United States Geological Survey, Gerlach (2011) continues to underestimate the statistical limitations of his conclusion. In fact he had this to say:

    “Humans currently live in a time of volcanic quiescence [Plimer, 2009, pp. 149, 211, 225]. But if the Earth’s volcanoes were emitting more CO2 than present-day human activities, volcanic quiescence would be a rare experience.”
    Sic. (The incorrect use of square brackets, in this quote, is not mine. This error is either Gerlach’s or, worse still, his editor’s)

    Gerlach, in this statement, seems to have forgotten the elementary role of volatiles in volcanic eruptions. In fact, volatiles play a pivotal role in determining the violence and explosivity of volcanic eruptions. This is because it is the accumulation of volatiles, such as water vapour and carbon dioxide, which dicates the amount of internal pressure and this, in turn, dicates the explosivity of a volcanic eruption. The only reason we are experiencing a period of volcanic quiescence is because volatiles, such as carbon dioxide, are being released to the atmosphere instead of being bottled up for an eruption. Volcanic quiescence, thus, dictates greater volcanic emission of carbon dioxide – and it is only when that emission is hampered by conditions that we enter a period of more “active” or, rather, violent volcanism. As we have seen, Gerlach (2011) says precisely the opposite.

    It seems that Gerlach (2011) drew his interpretation (quoted above) from a preference for the “global” “magmatic” carbon dioxide emission estimate of Marty and Tolstikhin (1998) which was devoloped from the generalisation of isotope ratios across provinces of varied geochemistry. This multimodal generalisation, as I have shown in the example of Laki (Section 2, above), can be spectacularly inaccurate. Gerlach reports this figure in the following contrastive statement:

    “The projected 2010 anthropogenic CO2 emission rate of 35 gigatons per year is 135 times greater than the 0.26-gigaton- per-year preferred estimate for volcanoes.”

    In the units I am using here, that translates to a “preferred” estimate of worldwide volcanic carbon emission at 0.071 GtCpa. At this point, I think it worth contrasting this with a quote from Cardellini et al. (2011) who are actually engaged in some real research:

    “Quantitative estimates provided a regional CO2 flux of about 9 Gt/y affecting the region (62000 km2), an amount globally relevant, being ~ 10% of the present-day global CO2 discharge from subaerial volcanoes.”

    That 9GtCO2pa translates to 2.45 GtCpa for just one region, which is more than 34 times the latest personally “preferred” “global” estimate offered by Gerlach (2011). One may well be keen to ask how it is possible that anyone would prefer to propagate a “global” estimate which is almost 35 times smaller than only one of the many provincial figures that must be summed in order to arrive at a worldwide estimate in the first place?” Read more here:

    Anyways… I feel bad for contributing to your difficulty to breath. So I broke down and bought a prius.



    • Ah darn it Knight. You didn’t have to go and show it off! Where can I buy one for Grunt? He needs one up there in Colorado for all those snow drifts them yatzee left wingers got to drive through!!! Now all we need is one on surf boards!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 . So we don’t have to paddle so hard.

    • This is a good article, Knight. They’re pretty good at hyping these “feared” levels of CO2, but not very good at pointing out that those levels are still fluctuating within “normal” ranges and SMALL. The level of CO2 that traps heat on Venus is 96.5%. That’s 96.5% of the ENTIRE atmosphere. It’s practically nothing but CO2. Guess what Earth’s is? 0.035% But they want us to be terrified that the CO2 is 400 parts per million.

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