Waving Bye-Bye to Common Sense

I happen to believe that the whole notion of man-made global warming is a load of hooey. After all, it’s a matter of record that temperatures were rising and falling long before the Industrial Revolution took place, and have continued to fluctuate even after the advent of the internal combustion engine.

Furthermore, I believe that Al Gore and the various grifters who have promoted the notion that we could control the weather if only we would agree to return to the Stone Age are only looking to line their pockets by scamming the rest of us. Still, I’d be lying if I said they haven’t wormed their way partially into my heart by providing me with more than a few laughs.

For instance, in 2009, they decided to hold the week-long U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. In December, no less, when the temperatures hovered in the low 20s and there were four inches of snow on the ground. And yet some people insist that God doesn’t have a sense of humor.

More recently, the Russians sent a ship down to the South Pole to report on all the melting ice that was leaving thousands of penguins homeless. As you may have read, the ship became icebound and the crew had to be rescued by Chinese helicopters. Even the penguins were chuckling. I swear you can’t make this stuff up.

What’s more, these folks whose deity is Chicken Little never tell you what would be so terrible if the earth did warm up a bit? Would it be so awful if grapes could once again be grown in England or if baseball season could finally get underway in April without all that damn snow on the ground?

The one doomsday story they seem to enjoy dragging out is that if all the polar ice disappeared, it would raise the level of the Pacific Ocean, and liberal haunts such as Seattle, San Francisco and L.A., would wind up under water. And they actually think that’s a bad thing!

In case you missed the news, Eric Holder, a fellow not widely known for his sweet nature, has decided to grant compassionate leave to lawyer-cum-terrorist groupie Lynne Stewart, who was supposed to stay behind bars until 2018. It seems that she has cancer and is not expected to live much longer.

As a rule, I’m not opposed to compassion, but this is the woman who achieved public notoriety as the lawyer for Omar Abdel-Rahman, aka the Blind Sheik, the mastermind behind the bombing of New York’s World Trade Center in 1993 and any number of other murderous attacks. Osama bin Laden regarded him as a role model and often sang his praises.

Although it is troubling enough that an American would volunteer to be Abdel-Rahman’s mouthpiece, Mrs. Stewart’s efforts far exceeded providing him with a defense for the indefensible. She also served as his conduit, using her status as his lawyer to pass along the Sheik’s marching orders to his followers. It was for aiding and abetting a convicted jihadist that she was tried and sentenced.

I can’t help recalling that the last time compassion was the flimsy excuse for springing a terrorist, it was Abdelbaset al-Megrehi, the man responsible for blowing up the airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 290 people. He, too, was allegedly on his last legs when the English sent him on his way, but he somehow managed to hang on for three more years. Perhaps it was the hero’s welcome he received upon landing in Libya that gave him a new lease on life.

Aside from the way that Barack Obama was sold to the American public, there has probably never been a more remarkable example of successful marketing than the way that sodomy has been re-packaged. Both in movies and on TV, homosexuals have been promoted as asexual beings, sort of like large teddy bears who just love to hug and cuddle, with nary a mention of anal intercourse.

One needn’t be Phil Robertson to be revolted by the disgusting practice. I mean, honestly, if you knew that a friend, co-worker or neighbor, made a habit of, say, sticking his fingers in poop, would you be okay with it because what people do behind closed doors is none of your business, especially if done in the name of love, or would you feel you had the right to think it was filthy and abnormal behavior?

Might you at the very least find yourself reluctant to shake hands with them?

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Wheels55

    If Al Gore and his fellow Global Warming alarmists what to help, then stop producing all that hot air (shut up), have one totally green home, use only mass transportation, donate all money made from their alarmist activities to the cause and stop eating beans.

  • Concernedmimi

    I agree with Phil Robertson, ‘It’s just not logical’…and perverse to say the least! Democrats with their PHONY crisis’ and PHONY outrages!!!! Heck, democrats cannot talk without using a thesaurus. Words that have many meanings so they can keep fooling the naïve. Obama is the biggest sinner of this. One has to read between the lines to get his meaning. Pay close attention on Tuesday’s State of the Union Address!!!!! Especially when he talks about all Americans, he means his nutty liberal supporters.

  • legal eagle

    Another example of mental masturbation by a senior citizen ideologue….I hope he gets back on his meds in the near future…

    • Mike

      Apparently, Burt hit a nerve…

      • Porkbevr

        Burt routinely hits the nerves of legal eagle. Just one of the many reasons I enjoy reading Burt’s writings. The eagle is an authority on medication and masturbation.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Uh, legal… YOU’RE a senior citizen ideologue, remember?

  • Josh

    There are quite a few different “schools” on this, for lack of a better word.

    In one corner, you have the folks who claim it’s hubris to believe that mankind can cause the planet to change, yet the underlying reason they believe that is because they believe their deity is in control and has the say.

    Then there’s the folks standing in another corner who believe the sum total of fossil fuels used by man is somehow in harmony with natural changes and fluctuations.

    Then there’s the folks who buy whatever’s said by any pundit or politician, for or against, because they’re easily led around by their short ‘n curlies.

    Then there’s the folks who are put off by the fact that the Al Gores of the world are self-interested charlatans looking to seize money and power by scaring the snot out of everyone on the planet with their dire predictions. (I fall into this one primarily.)

    And then there’s etc, etc…

    Personally, I simply don’t know if man is emitting enough carbon into the atmosphere that we are responsible for any drastic changes, positive or negative, as it relates to an increase in the greenhouse effect and subsequent stronger weather patterns, higher ocean levels, etc. I don’t know if it’s causation or coincidence.

    Like it or not, our planet is most likely going to experience another ice age. It’s most likely going to experience different ocean levels and temperatures, stronger and weaker weather patterns. Our planet is alive. The continents will continue to drift and collide and form new land masses and mountains. Species will continue to evolve and suffer extinction.

    In some areas, we help or hurt. In other areas, we’re nothing but passengers on the train hoping that it doesn’t derail until we get off.

    But a serious question for people who take the stance that “global warming” (as bad and misleading a name as it is) is a myth: Isn’t it safer and more responsible to view the science on the subject rather than allowing crook politicians to paint the picture?

    IMO, the Al Gores and power-hungry politicians of the world should be ignored. Whenever they say something, tune them out. Look to a science journal and view what people who actually study the direct field have to say about it.

  • John

    Isn’t it ironic that the same libtards who push the global warming nonsense also are for the legalization of marijuana and yet those same people are against trans fat and tobacco. They don’t even recognize how ridiculous they look and sound in the face of irrefutable facts.

  • Skip in VA

    I believe in climate change, because I believe the climate is always in flux. I don’t believe in “global warming” but if I did, I would point out that it’s not our (the USA) fault. I would point a finger at China and India who don’t give a ruby red rats butt about it. They proceed on without fear while we constantly shoot our selves in the foot over this alleged problem and they continue to take our money, climate be damned.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    Manufactured liberal “crises” are a common recognized political tactic.

    From “The Vision of the Anointed” by Thomas Sowell, 1995
    Page 5:

    QUOTE
    Despite the great variety of issues in a series of crusading movements among the intelligentsia during the twentieth century, several key elements have been common to most of them:

    1. Assertions of a great danger to the whole society, a danger to which the masses of people are oblivious.

    2. An urgent need for action to avert impending catastrophe.

    3. A need for government to drastically curtail the dangerous behavior of the many, in response to the prescient conclusions of the few.

    4. A disdainful dismissal of arguments to the contrary as either uninformed, irresponsible, or motivated by unworthy purposes.
    UNQUOTE

    Does any of the above look familiar? Even now in 2013? Sowell goes on to describe the 1. part as “the crisis” which is a very very overused word in the current administration for obvious reasons.

    • cmacrider

      excellent comment … thank you

    • NiCuCo

      “Does any of the above look familiar?”

      McCarthyism?

  • Buck Rodgers

    Liberalism is all about money and power for the chosen few,It starts with a couple of snake oil salesman and it ends with a bunch of clown journalist who keep repeating the lie over and over again in unison,but in the end it’s still a lie, You have Al Gore selling out the Polar Bears for a billion dollars, you have Bill Mahr telling the world that he wants to pay more in taxes, then he turns around and hires the best tax accountants money can buy to keep more of his money in his own pocket and then you have people like Tom Hanks, a big supporter of President Obama and civil rights, until a white man with a blackface joined him on stage during a benefit show at his kids all white school, it’s easy to ask other people to save the planet, as long as it does not affect the way you live, but if average Americans start to complain then just get together and blame Republicans, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News who refuse to become a bunch of mind numb robots and join the liberal team.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    The collectivists have been at it since the tower of Babel. Man made global warming (read disaster needing immediate remediation) is just the latest ploy. Kyoto was designed NOT to cool the planet, but to rule the planet.

  • Porkbevr

    I usually manage to quiet those who believe warming caused by man is responsible for the polar melting by asking them why the Martian polar caps are also melting……….

    • Icarus62

      Most people regard what’s happening on Earth as rather more important. Human activity is now the dominant influence on global climate and responsible for all of the global warming of the last half century. We can see from the data that global warming is accelerating, and straightforward physics tells us that there is a lot more warming yet to come. We’re already seeing dramatic melting of ice sheets and glaciers all over the world, contributing to sea level rise. Extreme heatwaves now affect 10 times more of the Earth’s land surface than they did just 50 years ago. The Arctic is warming at the rate of 1°C every 20 years, and Arctic summer minimum ice volume has already declined by 75% in just 30 years. Both models and observations indicate that the subtropical dry zones are heading polewards and will continue to do so, threatening agriculture in southern Europe and the southern USA, amongst other areas.

      So this is pretty serious and all the indications are that it’s too late for us to have much realistic chance of stopping the global warming that we’re causing now. The best we can hope for is to adapt to some extent. It won’t be easy, and it won’t be cheap.

      • Integrity

        How many years do we have left? About 8 years ago, the honorable Al Gore said we only had ten years left before our lovely planet turns into a total frying pan. Given that, my guess is that we now only have about two years left before Earth becomes a hot mess. Now that you have proven that there is not much we can do to stop global warming, I can stop worrying about it and spend what little time I have left with my family. I will take global warming seriously when President Obama and former Vice President Al Gore take it seriously. Your narrative is dated – it is now called climate change. Were you unaware of this? If not, did it ever occur to you to question why the narrative has changed? QED

        • Josh

          Part of the reason for the name change, as it relates to public relations, is that many Americans were unable to grasp the fact that the planet has different hemispheres and northern and southern hemispheres experience opposite seasons.

          So when it’s called “global warming” and a bitterly cold winter day settles in, you have Joes and Janes in the US yelling “I don’t buy it! It’s cold outside!” without realizing for other locations that exist on the planet, it’s quite the opposite and unseasonably hot — record highs and droughts and no bare feet on sidewalks.

          That was on full display with the recent polar vortex bit. A lot of pundits and average folks were laughing their butts off. “Global warming my a$$!” But perhaps they don’t own a globe or simply neglected to think about what others were going through, or what “global warming” actually means in the grand scheme as it relates to the greenhouse effect (not summer in the wintertime).

          In many respects, calling it “climate change” was an attempt to dumb it down. Insulting I think, but that’s what happens when hordes of people shout “NO!” every time the weather was the opposite of warm.

          Though that’s for coined phrases in popular vernacular. The actual phenomenon has been called many things, such as “climatic change” since the ’70s.

          But for the Gores and Obamas, they’re going to call it whatever earns them the most support.

          • cmacrider

            balderdash … the reason that it was changed is because “they couldn’t hide the decline”. do some reading on the topic.

          • Josh

            Who are “they”? What “decline”? And where should I read?

          • Porkbevr

            Since you fancy yourself an authority on the subject you know exactly where to read, though with your head in its current location you may need a flashlight.

          • Josh

            Yeah. Because it’s clear from what I write that I present as the go-to source for all global warming information. It’s clear from my first response onward.

          • Porkbevr

            What a condescending tone to take. I doubt anyone thinks more of your opinion than you, yourself.

          • Josh

            I suppose people who think global warming means summer in the winter would find that condescending.

            That’s not my problem.

          • Integrity

            The Gores and the Obamas are going to do what they do best in order to support their cause – continue to lie. These fat cats, and others like them, continue to live their opulent lifestyles and have the nerve to tell me that I am destroying the planet. Sorry, but an educated populace is their worst enemy. I have a solution to global warming. How about we go back to using the aerosol cans that were causing global cooling in the 70s? The coined phrases may change, but the lies remain the same. QED

        • NiCuCo

          ” Your narrative is dated – it is now called climate change.”

          How about the 1975 article in the Journal Science “Climatic Change: Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?”

          • Integrity

            How about it? Perhaps proof that the “narrative” keeps changing. I have extensively researched climate change articles dating back to the 70s. Some caution against global warming, others against global cooling. I will take it more seriously when Al Gore emulates Ed Begley Jr. QED

          • NiCuCo

            Look at these two discussions on the myth of the 1970s climate-change communitiy’s prediction of an immenent ice age.

            “The Old Ice Age Myth Put to Rest”

            “In the 1950s the upward trend in global temperatures unexpectedly halted and temperatures declined somewhat. This led some to become concerned about global cooling, and, in turn, newspaper headlines proclaimed an imminent ice age. Climate skeptics often point to that period as evidence that climate scientists are not to be trusted – warnings of global cooling back then, warnings of global warming now. (It is ironic that many climate skeptics are now beating the warning drums of an imminent new ice age.)

            “What the skeptics fail to admit is that within the scientific literature — as opposed to the mainstream press — there was no consensus that global cooling would be a long-term trend and global warming remained a serious concern.”

            http://blogs.nicholas.duke.edu/thegreengrok/aerosolsandcooling/

            “The Myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Scientific Consensus”

            “…the following pervasive myth arose: there was a consensus among climate scientists of the 1970s that either global cooling or a full-fledged ice age was imminent (see the “Perpetuating the myth” sidebar). A review of the climate science literature from 1965 to 1979 shows this myth to be false. The myth’s basis lies in a selective misreading of the texts both by some members of the media at the time and by some observers today.”

            http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/2008BAMS2370.1

          • Integrity

            Thanks, but I was already aware of both of them. I could respond by posting several links discussing how global warming and climate change are a hoax. This would be pointless. The problem is that the issue has been politicized and subsequently, the scientific process has been tainted. Believe what you want, but I remain unconvinced. If climate change is such a serious problem, then why aren’t Al Gore and President Obama changing their lifestyles? Why do you keep ignoring that point? QED

      • Porkbevr

        If human activity is “now the dominant influence”, why the Martian polar melt?
        Are you folks so thick that you can’t see that the fact the Martian caps are melting means that man has nothing (or little) to do with the earth’s polar cap melt.

        • Icarus62

          If you explain your reasoning, I’ll point out the flaw in it for you.

          • Concernedmimi

            Why don’t you go give Al Gore all your money and that should ease your conscience. I’ll keep mine, thank you!!

        • Brian Fr Langley

          The problem you’re having is simple. Our ice, is melting due to CO2, while the martian ice, is melting from say, increased solar radiation. I mean what could they possibly have in common??? As liberals like to say “nothing to see here, so move on” LOL.

      • Concernedmimi

        Maybe you’ll have more time on Mars!!! Better hurry, times awastin!!!

    • Josh

      They may, like me, wonder what that question has to do with anything. It certainly makes me think, and thus that does quiet me down while my little big wheels get to churning.

      What I come up with is the realization that I cannot answer that question the way it’s formed. In other words, I find it to be malformed. But maybe that’s just me, of course. I’ve never pretended to be the sharpest bulb in the drawer.

      What would anyone say? “Ice melts”? Seems a nonstarter.

      I would ask different questions to help me understand your question, like the rate of melting for each; the size of the polar caps; the difference in average planetary temperatures; whether or not Mars has acted in concert with the Earth in any other atmospheric respect; if the atmosphere changed at all (because they’re not the same atmospheres obviously), and other little odds and ends to help me see the potential similarities.

      • Porkbevr

        For all your big words you still can’t tell me why, if man causes polar ice melt on earth, the Martian caps are melting. Man obviously isn’t causing that, yet it is occurring simultaneously with the earth.

        • Josh

          The biggest word I see there is “realization,” which I woulda thought wasn’t a big word. So….huh?

          And my questions still stand. If you’re looking for an actual correct answer to your question, then wouldn’t you want to know just how similar the situations are in the melting, the caps, the atmosphere, etc?

          Unless, of course, it’s just an attempt at a gotcha because, hey, “ice melts!”