December 29, 2008

"The people who make the lists turn out to be wrong about nearly everything..."

David Warren has a pretty good piece on those "person of the year" thingies in the Gasping Media. (Of course the whole idea behind "Person of the Year" stories is garbage, since it presupposes that people who possess wisdom and insight are likely to become "journalists.")
...As noted above, global warming alarmists are going out of fashion, owing to the collapse of their tenuous evidence, and the global cooling alarmists have yet to organize their fans. This eliminates all the leading climatologists except Reid Bryson.

The pioneer of modern climatology, Prof. Bryson has been blowing holes in man-made climate-change alarms for decades. He is the man who replied to the "retreat of the Alpine glaciers" hysteria by asking, "And what did you find when the snow melted?" (A silver mine, with all the tools stacked up for the next spring: i.e. the glacier was recent.) He should have been man of the year around 1999.

Among other leading "scientists and thinkers," it is the same story, endlessly repeated. The people who make the lists turn out, nearly invariably, to be wrong about nearly everything; the people who have been fairly consistently right never make the lists. It was typical of the year in which the Large Hadron Collider debuted as the most expensive dysfunctional white elephant in history, that the Nobel physics prize went to three particle physicists...
Do they still DO particle physics? Talk about clinging to the past!
....That is probably enough drumroll. We must get to business. Pass myself the envelope, please.

My selection for "Man of the Year 2008" is: Sarah Palin.

The citation reads: "For a politician of real accomplishment and promise, who has somehow managed, for the first time since Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, to cut through the verbiage and posturing of an election campaign, and look an electorate in the eye; a politician whose policy instincts are sound, whose wits are sharp, and whose moral vision is unclouded -- who drives all the right people crazy, across party lines."...

I'm looking forward to years of having her drive all the right people crazy!

She's a "living treasure" just for the way she reveals who is UNSOUND. The easy way to detect the phonies, on either the Left or the Right, is to note who hates Sarah.

I'm not referring to those who disagree with her, but to the multitudes who felt an instant visceral dislike. The kind of "conservatives" who suddenly discovered the importance of rule by Ivy-League elites. Or the "liberals" whose guilty consciences "saw" a Palin campaign focussed on abortion--which in fact I don't think she even mentioned on the campaign trail.

Posted by John Weidner at December 29, 2008 8:48 AM
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