Another Cute Lefty Hoax

This time on Global Warming.

An emailer to Blue Crab Boulevard “tipped” the blogger to a hot new website, supposedly written by academics, that shatters the theory of ‘manmade global warming’:

I’m not going to publish the link, but the sender(s) constructed an elaborate website, complete with editorial, article, contacts, logo, etc. A couple of things set the alarm bells ringing…

Gaius, of Blue Crab Boulevard did a little investigating, and soon discovered the truth:

The site is five days old. There is no Daniel Klein at the University of Arizona. There is no search engine presence for a Climatological Department, Okinawa University. Cyberium.co.uk is a web designer that appears to work on “green” things pretty much exclusively. And there appears to be someone with entirely too much time on their hands and an agenda.

At least One blogger appears to have been taken in by the hoax, for a few hours, but then quickly updated.

Rush Limbaugh fell victim, as well.

Roy W. Spencer, PHD, a Principle Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, whom Rush consulted about the research findings, tried to warn Rush before he went on the air, but his email was unclear, and he blames himself for the confusion. 

Spencer noted:

David’s views on life are quite interesting. These include “There’s no such thing as evil”, and he lists as one of his heroes, “anyone and everyone who stands up for freedom, social justice and the environment against power, greed and capitalism!”

The website, “Journal of Geoclimatic Studies” is now down, or I would link to it, myself.

The whole idea of the hoax, of course is to make man-made global warming skeptics look foolish. You email a conservative about a very professional looking website that purports to debunk man made global warming, and see if they take the bait, so they can laugh and point fingers later on.

This is nothing more than a “Moby”, but on a much grander scale.

I would submit that hoaxes, like this, just make the hoaxsters, like David Thorpe look foolish.

But what is a pathetic, and foolish hoax to one person, is an “impressive web-based spoof”, to another.

H/T: Gateway Pundit

Republicans Getting Smart On Immigration

Finally.

House Republicans are starting to push bills that oppose the plan of N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants:

The most far-reaching measure is being sponsored by Representative Peter T. King of Long Island, the ranking Republican on the House’s Homeland Security Committee. It would prohibit New York and other states from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

In an interview, Mr. King said that the Spitzer plan would raise national security concerns and grant a privilege to illegal immigrants as federal authorities are trying to stem illegal immigration. He said he plans to introduce the measure next week and circulate it among members of both parties to build support.

Mr. Spitzer had initially proposed a blanket program that would allow illegal immigrants to apply for full-fledged driver’s licenses. But after coming under fire, he backed off and proposed a three-tier system that would provide government-issued identification for illegal immigrants that would allow them to drive legally, but could not be used to board planes or cross borders.

Naturally, it’s all Bush’s fault because he failed to pass Immigration Reform earlier this year, that Spitzer has to propose this “practical” measure.

Christine Anderson, a spokeswoman for Mr. Spitzer, chastised the Republican efforts on Thursday, and said that the governor was trying to fill a void created by the federal government’s failure to enact new immigration policies to deal with the millions of Democratic voters people who have entered the country illegally.

Mr. King said he was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, on the issue, and predicted that it could hurt Democrats in 2008. “This could have an absolutely devastating effect on the Democratic Party,” Mr. King said. “That is why the governor is out there on his own. He is so politically tone-deaf.”

Kinda like the Republicans were, in ’06?

Well, they’re slow learners. But at least they do learn.

H/T: Lucianne

Funny Guy Tom Wilson

I heard this guy on the Rusty Humphries Show, (Rusty, by the way is in the middle of doing his own fundraiser for another worthy cause; the VFW’s Unmet Needs) Thursday evening as I was coming home from choir practice.

Most people know Tom Wilson as Biff, the big, lunk-headed bully in the Back To The Future films.

He’s also a comedian, devout catholic, musician, and all around nice guy with a Conservativish blog.

When Rusty started to ask him what Michael J. Fox was like, he launched right into this:

I’m sure it’s old, but I’ve never seen it before.