Patterico's Pontifications

12/16/2013

My, What Large Tin Ears You Have, Mr. Obama!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:14 am

From the White House Twitter feed moments ago:

I think that is the perfect Monday morning message for citizens facing an actual commute. Don’t you?

50 Comments

  1. Ding!

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 12/16/2013 @ 7:16 am

  2. it’s like they’re in a whole different world from the one we live in, no?

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 12/16/2013 @ 7:19 am

  3. About 1/3 of the country has been dumped on with snow over the last 4 days. We woke up to a new coating of global warming. This is how Teh Won roughs it prior to his 2 and a half week Hawaiian vacay.

    Comment by JD (5c1832) — 12/16/2013 @ 7:29 am

  4. The Secret Service maybe wouldn’t let Obama’s official photographer get any closer.

    Or maybe the National Intelligence Director insisted he be ket out of earshot.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (9fe80b) — 12/16/2013 @ 7:31 am

  5. Comment by JD (5c1832) — 12/16/2013 @ 7:29 am

    We woke up to a new coating of global warming

    Also the Middle East. Biggest snowstorm in Jerusalem in around 20 years and Kerry almost got stuck on the West Bank, because the crossings were going to be cloed on account of snow. Egypt had its biggest snowfall in 100 yars. The Syrian Civil War in Aleppo was snowed out. Refugees in Lebanon are freezing.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (9fe80b) — 12/16/2013 @ 7:35 am

  6. This is one of those cases in which I won’t criticize the White House; everyone knows that the President doesn’t have to drive to work.

    And, quite frankly, after Winter Storm Elaine Electra totally fouled up things obver the weekend, the roads have been taken care of in my neck of the woods. The Borough of Jim Thorpe and PennDOT did a fine job. The Borough of Lehighton, on the other hand, did their usual lousy job.

    Comment by The realistic Dana (3e4784) — 12/16/2013 @ 7:41 am

  7. Do you think that it’s possible that the Levant had such a snowstorm because Secretary of State Kerry was there giving them a snow job?

    Comment by The snarky Dana (3e4784) — 12/16/2013 @ 7:42 am

  8. Wasn’t Kerry over there to talk about Global Warming?

    Comment by JD (5c1832) — 12/16/2013 @ 7:46 am

  9. They misspelled “commune”.

    Comment by Icy (fc44ff) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:01 am

  10. Their answer (in the vein of “Buy a new car”)? “Maybe you should move closer to work.”

    Comment by Kevin M (536c5d) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:02 am

  11. Maybe the Gore Effect also works for other Democrats who lost to G. W. Bush?

    Comment by Dr. Weevil (dba112) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:02 am

  12. They misspelled “commune”.

    Or “Canute”.

    Comment by Kevin M (536c5d) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:03 am

  13. There is something of old Louis in this fellow, isn’t there?

    “L’État, c’est moi”

    And the sad part is how much Left loves this particular aristocrat. It’s yet more narcissism; they think he is like them.

    When the truth is, this fellow thinks he is better than they are.

    The term “useful fools” comes to mind. It turns out that wily old Ulyanov never actually wrote that. Ludwig von Mises used the term “useful innocents,” which is kinder.

    But “fools” is more accurate. “Hey, Rube!” as Glenn Reynolds often reminds BHO voters.

    Comment by Simon Jester (ccd968) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:05 am

  14. I bet he dreads his commute these days.

    “How many more days do I have before we can go home, Valerie?”

    Comment by Patricia (be0117) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:13 am

  15. Sometimes I think they’ve hired propaganda specialists from North Korea.

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:23 am

  16. “How many more days do I have before we can go home, Valerie?”

    Faster.

    Comment by Kevin M (536c5d) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:28 am

  17. Commute his term.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 12/16/2013 @ 9:44 am

  18. He might as well have labeled it “Eat my dick your muffafukahs!”

    Comment by Rodney King's Spirit (11dcd5) — 12/16/2013 @ 11:20 am

  19. Commute his term.

    i’m thing “life w/o parole” in Supermax….

    does that w*rk for everyone else? 8-)

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 12/16/2013 @ 11:26 am

  20. You have to wonder what the conversation that takes place when deciding what pictures of the zipster will be released, and what the caption will read.

    [taking big hit off joint]
    Dude, the president can walk to work!

    Whoa, I never thought about that. That’s like the coolest thing ever!

    Comment by Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba) — 12/16/2013 @ 12:38 pm

  21. i’m thinking “life w/o parole” in Supermax….

    FTFM!

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 12/16/2013 @ 12:47 pm

  22. Not only did He make the oceans stop rising, but He also stopped the snow from falling.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 12/16/2013 @ 1:21 pm

  23. Oh, please. These days, fewer people than ever have to commute to work*, so it is hardly tin-eared to make the joke.

    *Because they don’t have jobs, but that is beside the point.

    Comment by bridget (eed13e) — 12/16/2013 @ 6:04 pm

  24. 18. ‘Tin ear’ is being kind to a fault.

    http://minx.cc/?post=345762

    I’m sure the Whig’s anointed will win most of their primaries. I just don’t think they can close the deal.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:04 pm

  25. Morning commute.

    “Let them eat cake.”

    Comment by Mark (58ea35) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:08 pm

  26. 3. Old news, but Cairo had its first snow in 112 years.

    Arctic ice for this date up 50% over last.

    Oz is seeing significant snow on their ski hills. That is not like snow in Boulder around June 16. These are only hills.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:09 pm

  27. http://washingtonexaminer.com/the-republican-establishment-and-insurgent-groups-brace-for-all-out-war/article/2540722/comments#disqus_thread

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:10 pm

  28. 27. http://riehlworldview.com/?p=32496

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:24 pm

  29. Why doesn’t he walk down a hall? It’s December.

    Comment by Ag80 (eb6ffa) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:24 pm

  30. 3. Cont.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/12/15/over-half-the-usa-covered-in-snow-the-most-in-11-years/

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:25 pm

  31. I think there is 3% to 5% more dihydrogen monoxide in the atmosphere than there used to be.

    It is created by burning natural gas and oil, but not coal.

    This is an extremely potent greenhouse gas.

    But at temperatures just below freezing, tends to fall to the earth as snow.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (9fe80b) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:40 pm

  32. Sammy, you sure that gas isn’t filling the room your in?

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:57 pm

  33. At least he didn’t go in until after 10am. Saved the country from 2 hours of executive orders.

    Comment by Mike M (a7a4f2) — 12/17/2013 @ 5:49 am

  34. Sure, just a misunderstanding;

    http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/classy-shady-david-brock-groups-stalks-kelly-ayotte-at-a-new-hampshire-memorial-service/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 12/17/2013 @ 7:08 am

  35. I actually like this picture very much – the angles and the composition – and the clouds and the bare tgrees and the green on the ground- but the two small figures in the background detract somewhat from it.

    Is that really supposed to be President Obama and an aide?

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (9fe80b) — 12/17/2013 @ 7:21 am

  36. 31. The last figgers I’ve seen are 1.5-2% more water vapor. The primary climatic effect of this increase is increased cloudiness increasing the Earth’s albedo reflecting more Solar energy into space.

    The energy that reaches the surface is re-emitted as longwave infra-red wavelengths which greenhouse gases, low-pressure, low-temperature gases promptly share with their surroundings as kinetic energy. Water and CO2 increase their molecular bond length vibration on absorption.

    Dirt and green leaves have 500 times the emissivity of these low-pressure gases, i.e., will re-emit the energy in 1/500th the time(as a coefficient in the physical expression) that the gases require.

    Moreover the low-pressure gases, primarily nitrogen and oxygen, will re-emit at another secular frequency than that which the greenhouse gas absorbed the energy.

    The upshot is the direction of the flow of evolved energy from the Earth is overwhelmingly from the surface through the atmosphere back into space. The atmosphere only heats the surface when it is warmer and primarily by conduction.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/17/2013 @ 7:28 am

  37. 32. Comment by mg (31009b) — 12/16/2013 @ 8:57 pm

    Sammy, you sure that gas isn’t filling the room your in?

    No, even though I think I sometimes can hear some heated dihydrogen monoxide hissing. You never seem to notice it though. You usually hear it around 6 am in the morning or earlier.

    You never see a high concentration, except on very foggy days, and that only outside, and it usually dissipates pretty quickly. I think this happened one morning last week.

    When that happens, you’re in a cloud.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (9fe80b) — 12/17/2013 @ 7:28 am

  38. 36. Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/17/2013 @ 7:28 am

    Water and CO2 increase their molecular bond length vibration on absorption.

    Is that a way of saying it’s temperaature rises, or is something else going on?

    I read that the average bond angle of water can change with temperature and other things) and that affects ioits ability to dissolve everything..

    If the main effect of H2O in the atmosphere is to cool the planet, why is it called agreehouse gas, and more potent than CO2. I thought maybe H2O has opposite effects depending on what state it is in.

    The upshot is the direction of the flow of evolved energy from the Earth is overwhelmingly from the surface through the atmosphere back into space.

    Yes, it is radiated back out and the higher you go, the cooler the temperature.

    I just read that in the stratosphere, at the altitude of a jetliner, the temperature is minus 30 degrees, and someone recommended (in a newspaper) not to sit by a window or wear a sweater, because the air leaks a little. (!) I know the inside pressure is kept to the equivalent of 8,000 feet.

    The atmosphere only heats the surface when it is warmer and primarily by conduction.

    When warm air is blown over. It is harder to change the tempeature of water than air so the oceans tend to say at around the same temperature during an average day.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (9fe80b) — 12/17/2013 @ 7:36 am

  39. 36. Is that a way of saying it’s temperaature rises, or is something else going on?

    Temperature is a measure of average collision energy of the gas and here the greenhouse gases are a minor component of the whole. They rapidy share their vibrational energy in collisions with the major components raising not their temperature, per se, but that of the gas they comprise.

    Water is unique in existing in our environment and experience in one of three states. As a solid on energy absorption, that energy is communicated instantly via the crystalline lattice, and changes in bond angle and length are restricted.

    The emissivity of liquid water is only 60% that of dirt, set its specific heat, the amount of energy it can store is twice that of dirt.

    The result is that the Southern Ocean is the Earth’s heat reservoir and the Northern Hemisphere the Earth’s radiator fins, metaphorically.

    It is harder to change the tempeature of water than air so the oceans tend to say at around the same temperature during an average day.

    Harder because the heat capacity of a unit of water is on the order of 1000 times that equivalent mass of the atmosphere.

    Still, the Earth, via the Stephan-Boltzman relation, is evolving heat all the time at the fourth power of the temperature, but while it is being heated at the fifth power.

    This in turn results in atmospheric concentrations of CO2, in particular, changing by 10% over the oceans during a 24-hour period, because by Hansen’s Law, colder water at low pressure absorbs CO2, at higher temperatures it evolves out of solution into the air.

    At the bottom of the oceans, at cold temperatures and very high pressure, CO2 precipitates out of solution as salts of Calcium and Magnesium, which we ingest for acid indigestion.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/17/2013 @ 8:06 am

  40. “yet its specific heat”, Doh.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/17/2013 @ 8:11 am

  41. Thanks be to God that they had someone there to open the door for O’bumbles, or he might still be standing there bumping against the closed door.
    Which might be the best thing for the Nation.

    Comment by firefirefire (b0457e) — 12/17/2013 @ 8:58 am

  42. Sometimes I think they’ve hired propaganda specialists from North Korea.

    Comment by Mark (301cd6) — 12/19/2013 @ 5:39 am

  43. We woke up to a new coating of global warming

    Comment by Hoang (301cd6) — 12/19/2013 @ 5:40 am

  44. Dirt and green leaves have 500 times the emissivity of these low-pressure gases, i.e.,

    Comment by Hoan (301cd6) — 12/19/2013 @ 5:40 am

  45. will re-emit the energy in 1/500th the time(as a coefficient in the physical expression) that the gases require.

    Comment by Tom (301cd6) — 12/19/2013 @ 5:40 am

  46. Temperature is a measure of average collision energy of the gas and here the greenhouse gases are a minor component of the whole.

    Comment by Tony (301cd6) — 12/19/2013 @ 5:41 am

  47. The emissivity of liquid water is only 60% that of dirt, set its specific heat, the amount of energy it can store is twice that of dirt.

    Comment by Trang (301cd6) — 12/19/2013 @ 5:41 am

  48. This is an extremely potent greenhouse gas.

    Comment by Tien (301cd6) — 12/19/2013 @ 5:42 am

  49. Arctic ice for this date up 50% over last.

    Comment by Tu (301cd6) — 12/19/2013 @ 5:42 am

  50. “How many more days do I have before we can go home, Valerie?”

    Comment by T.A (301cd6) — 12/19/2013 @ 5:43 am

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