By: George Noga
& Alfred Tennyson
As 2010 fades, let’s take a final waltz down memory lane with Obama, Bush, Gore and The New York Times. Let’s ring out the false and ring in the true with stanzas from an 1850 Tennyson poem.
Ring out the old; ring in the new,
Ring happy bells across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false; ring in the true.
Policies of Obama and Bush; What’s New? What’s Old?
Let’s compare important policies of Obama and Bush to see what is new and what is old. Surely Obama has reversed the Bush-Cheney policies he lambasted during the election.
- Obama and the Dems promised to close Gitmo by the end of 2009. In December the Democratic Congress voted overwhelmingly to defund any effort to shut down the prison at Gitmo. It seems the heavily Democratic Congress ratified Bush’s policy.
- Obama and Holder vowed to try terrorists in civilian court instead of military tribunals favored by the Bush/Cheney duopoly. In November Ahmed Ghailani was acquitted of over 280 counts and convicted only of one count of conspiracy. You could convict a ham sandwich of conspiracy. Now Schumer and Bloomberg are dead against further trials in New York. Even Holder conveniently has postponed the trial of KSM to after the 2012 election. And the Democratic Congress just voted to barr the Justice Department from transferring detainees from Gitmo to the USA for trial.
- Obama’s most seething criticism was reserved for torture, i.e. water-boarding; surely he is acting in a more humane, moral manner. Bush permitted water-boarding 3 terrorists under strict safety protocols which resulted in actionable intelligence that saved lives. Today those 3 terrorists are alive, healthy and receiving due process of law. Obama uses Predators to kill possible terrorists along with their wives and children with no due process and no intelligence gathered. Brookings estimates that Obama has killed over 600 people of which only 60 were possible terrorists; the other 540 were innocent civilians. None of the 600 is healthy, alive or receiving due process. The UN human rights commission has expressed concern. Who is the more humane; moral – Bush or Obama?
- Surely Obama never would continue the Bush tax cuts he so reviled. Oops – he just agreed to a 2-year extension for everyone and he supported the extension for 98% of taxpayers.
- At least Obama is more popular than the besmirched, execrated former president. Heavens to Mergatroid; a new Gallup poll has Bush’s popularity higher than Obama’s.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Al Gore: Epiphany About Ethanol
Even if Obama is following Bush’s policies, certainly Al Gore is steadfast about global warming and ethanol. Sacre Bleu; Gore had an epiphany! He now says he made a mistake because he over-relied on farmers in Tennessee and Iowa. Gore now asserts it is bad policy to have massive subsidies for ethanol and that its benefits are “trivial”. This month 17 senators led by Dianne Feinstein signed a letter not to extend ethanol subsidies; even Energy Secretary Chu now has religion. The MLLG Foundation came out against ethanol subsidies in 2007.
The final shoe to drop will be the global warming myth. Since I began this foundation in 2007 I have staked my reputation on the belief man-made warming is a total myth. In recent years reduced sunspot activity makes any warming, man-made or natural, doubtful. Now, some of the smartest folks I know believe we may be headed toward global cooling. Stay tuned.
Ring out the false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Media Watch: The New York Times
On November 20, 2009 the Times wrote the following about the leaked emails from Climategate: “The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that never were intended for the public eye, so they won’t be printed here.”
Nearly exactly one year later on November 29, 2010 the Times, addressing the Wikileaks matter, wrote: “The Times believes the documents serve an important public interest, illuminating the goals, successes, compromises and frustrations of American diplomacy in a way that other accounts cannot match.”
As if the above weren’t enough, the Times uses highly pejorative terms to describe the Climategate leak and sanguine terms for Wikileaks. They call the Climategate informant a “hacker” and the Wikileak person a “disenchanted analyst”. They refer to the Climategate materials as “purloined” but Wikileaks as “obtained”. The Climategate documents were “uploaded surreptitiously” while with Wikileaks “they were given access”. For Climategate the Times said the documents were obtained “illegally” but makes no such claim about the clearly stolen Wikileaks data.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.