Wednesday, May 12, 2004

"Advancing our scientific knowledge"  

Finchy writes:

Yet another sign of how ridiculous things have gotten: even an offensively
salacious disaster film about global warming avoids use of the words "global
warming" in its website for fear of offending the Bush administration's
pollution-friendly environmental policy. Kudos to the New York Times for
comparing the current state of media cowardice and self-censorship to the
McCarthy era.

Blicero asks: Is Laurie David (of the NRDC) related to Larry David (whose fictional wife on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" works for the NRDC)?

Oh, and a nice little connection between the global warming "debate" and the current prisoner-torture catastrophe. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is the courageous, iconoclastic congressman who had these comments yesterday:
``I'm probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment,'' Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican and an outspoken conservative, told a U.S. Senate hearing probing the case.

In heated remarks at odds with others on the Senate Armed Services Committee who criticized the U.S. military's handling of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, Inhofe said American sympathies should lie with U.S. troops.

``I am also outraged that we have so many humanitarian do-gooders right now crawling all over these prisons looking for human rights violations, while our troops, our heroes are fighting and dying,'' he said.

``These prisoners, you know they're not there for traffic violations,'' said Inhofe, whose senatorial Web site describes him as an advocate of ``Oklahoma values.''

``If they're in cellblock 1-A or 1-B, these prisoners, they're murderers, they're terrorists, they're insurgents. Many of them probably have American blood on their hands and here we're so concerned about the treatment of those individuals.''
Well, Inhofe is the same dude who has taken a similarly brave and coventional-wisdom-debunking stand on global warming, as covered in the AmCop post "Shit, Lies, Death" (12/10/03):

US Senator James Inhofe , who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, says it is inconsistent with freedom, prosperity and environmental policy progress.

"I'm becoming more and more convinced... that global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people and the world ," he told a conference briefing.
Global warming, prison torture...one "hoax" after another...


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