Dear Readers: An interesting set of news items have been placed in my INBOX, and I wanted to share them with you. I also wanted to feature a few images from Shrine friend, Anthony Porrello — taken during the 10-10-10 Oceanside rally.
I am interested in definitions of words, and here is one I think is apt for this week: Blowback: a reaction or effect resulting from an action or cause, usually a negative reaction.
Here are some prime examples:
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (the real ones, not the PAC) battles the PAC over its endorsement of Sen. Ma’am, Babs Boxer. Real veterans do not support Boxer’s anti-defense stances, her arrogant treatment of other servicemen, or her self-serving work in the Beltway. The comments in the Hot Air post were telling: Many VFW members are rescinding their membership, not wanting dues to end up in Boxer’s coffers. It is reported that the VFW will close the PAC in an upcoming meeting (too late for 2010, but not for 2012).
Many friends have emailed me about the resignation from the American Physical Society by Hal Lewis, a a UC Santa Barbra professor and physicist with a long, distinguished career of service to the physics profession and to the country. Shine friend Lorraine Yapps Cohen has more on the letter and Lewis’ background (click HERE). As a reminder, many members have chaffed at the APS position on man-made global warming. The money quote:
I was proud of what we did in a charged atmosphere. In the end the oversight committee, in its report to the APS President, noted the complete independence in which we did the job, and predicted that the report would be attacked from both sides. What greater tribute could there be?
How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d’être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.
It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare.
What do Babs and Man-Made Global Warming have in common? They both use this as the basis of their persuasive power (from the 10-10-10 Tea Party):
Other examples of Blowback:
* White House attacks on Rove’s group lead to massive influx of donations
* Whore-gate replaces Maid-gate in CA Gubernatorial election discussions, which highlights the nasty incompetence that is the hallmark of Jerry Brown’s governing style.
* Sharron Angle’s campaign has benefited from Harry Reid’s tactics (from W.C. Varones).
* And this from the Great State of Massachusetts: “I was speaking with a prominent Tea Party member in the eastern part of the state — she has been doing the heavy work of going door to door on days off to talk to voters, passing out literature and pushing her candidates. The report I got was astounding. Over and over doors were about to be closed until the voter heard the Magic word ‘Republican’. When the voter heard that word, doors were opened, literature accepted and thumbs up given. Only one in four at best thought otherwise.”
Based on the news coming out, all I have to say November 2nd will be the ULTIMATE BLOWBACK!