Patterico's Pontifications

2/28/2016

Some Positivity During a Negative Time

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:38 pm

At a time like this, when the country is going insane, you have to be thankful for the things in your own life that are going right. And while it’s no fun to be a defendant in a frivolous lawsuit brought by a convicted bomber and perjurer, I’m proud to stand up for free speech, in a society where someone like Donald Trump is threatening to take that away from us. And I’m especially grateful that Ron Coleman of Archer & Greiner and the Likelihood of Confusion blog, and Bruce Godfrey of Jezic & Moyse LLC, are representing me pro bono. They continue to do yeoman’s work in a thankless task. I hope my readers continue to thank them, and continue to consider hiring them or referring friends to them.

26 Responses to “Some Positivity During a Negative Time”

  1. Ron Coleman is one of my favorite Twitter follows.

    Robert C. J. Parry (7f3a34)

  2. I’m not on Twitter. Is there any confirmation of Roger Stone’s claim that Attorneys for Ted Cruz have approached Marco Rubio with an offer to drop out of the race if Rubio will appoint Cruz to the SCOTUS if he wins the presidency?

    ropelight (9b0668)

  3. Rubio will not win the presidency. He will not win the Repub nomination, he will not have the backing to be an I candidate in the general,
    and I could be wrong.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84)

  4. Hey, there’s like 500 threads on the presidential election. Let’s dismiss the one that isn’t by immediately spreading rumors about the candidates we don’t like!

    BTW it’s awesome that Coleman and Godfrey have given so much of their valuable time and talent to make a real difference in free speech rights.

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  5. i quit twitter cause of it’s fascist and oppressive

    i’m free now

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  6. So, MD, is this the first you’ve heard of it? Or not? I just heard it about 15 minutes ago.

    ropelight (9b0668)

  7. yes they do excellent work, but I see that voldemort like michael ‘hockey stick’ mann, is still in business,

    narciso (732bc0)

  8. I have no idea what does and doesn’t trigger automatic comment moderation, and I suppose I should be happy, given how many comments I leave, that the vast majority don’t trigger it.

    But it’s frustrating when it does, even though I’ve used no profanity.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  9. Beldar, ask Patterico to email you the secret code. I had the same problem till he wised me up.

    ropelight (9b0668)

  10. No, haven’t heard of it,
    i believe no rumor

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84)

  11. There are good folk everywhere who walk the walk. But they get drowned out by yappy internet poodles.

    Thanks for the reminder of true conviction and honor.

    Simon Jester (5164ce)

  12. Well, MD, there are 2 others making the rounds. One is that Trump is talking with Newt about being Chief of Staff, and the other is that Trump is considering Christie for Attorney General.

    So far, all 3 rumors are unsourced and unconfirmed.

    ropelight (9b0668)

  13. bad doggies

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  14. I’m not on Twitter. Is there any confirmation of Roger Stone’s claim that Attorneys for Ted Cruz have approached Marco Rubio with an offer to drop out of the race if Rubio will appoint Cruz to the SCOTUS if he wins the presidency?

    Rubio would be a fool not to take that, assuming the Cruz gave a full-throated endorsement. And it would behoove Rubio to let it slip out that he was “considering” Cruz for the Court.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  15. Rubio could also use that as an opportunity to “clarify” his (now) more hardline attitude towards illegals.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  16. I also appreciate what Mr. Coleman and Mr. Godfrey are doing for Patterico. The friend of my friend is my friend.

    nk (dbc370)

  17. I thought Trump wanted Saul Goodman as AG.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  18. I am so sorry that this is going on for Patrick, and I hope that closure brings some finality to Mr Kimberlin’s vexatious activities.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  19. AWTTW, bone up on the details of the strange death of Vince Foster. It’s likely to resurface soon.

    ropelight (9b0668)

  20. Another good news story. Over on Climate Audit, SteveM has posted a nice analysis of some tree ring data that has recently been made available, just 10 years after the original publication. Needless to say, as a result of his analysis, the previous publication’s conclusions have been shredded, which is yet another nail in the AGW coffin. But that isn’t the only positive thing. As you may recall, our dear leader visited Juneau last summer and used a photo op, from a viewpoint overlooking the Mendenhall Glacier, to once again push his political agenda. But a comment left at Climate Audit alerted me to the fact that the receding glacier isn’t the real story, despite the current administration’s full court press to convince the public otherwise.

    The debris that has been left behind as the Mendenhall Glacier recedes are the remains of a forest that flourished at the spot during the Medieval Warm Period. These snags and stumps, coupled with the written history of Europe, are proof that the earth was once considerably warmer than it is today. Which undermines the administration’s position completely in almost every arena. Recall that even the unrest in the Middle East has been blamed on global warming, and of course life as we know will be gone in just a few years if we don’t surrender all powers to our betters in D. C.

    The link above mentions in closing the “danger” of sea level rising as the glaciers melt. And this is taken as a given by the elite. Why, entire islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are at risk of turning turtle and sinking if we are to believe a certain Democratic Congressman. Curiously, I was just researching earthquake-induced seiches in Puget Sound, and stumbled upon a factoid published by the modelers of a large seiche dated to about 1000 AD. Their best fit to the observed deposit of sandy sediments far about the current high water mark required that Puget Sound be 1 m lower (on average) than it is today. So when the Mendenhall Glacier was nothing but a gleam in Al Gore’s eyes, meaning all that water had yet to accumulate onshore, Puget Sound had lower, not higher, water levels than it does today.

    There’s no doubt that the Clintons and Obama are good liars. But truly great liars choose their topics with care. They stick to economics or psychology, things that few understand, and which can always be gamed by selecting your anecdote. Lying about physics, including geology, is a real gamble. There’s no way of controverting evidence that has been buried and preserved, or written records that date back a thousand years. Other than buying off the custodians of the records …

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  21. #20 –

    Another good news story. Over on Climate Audit, SteveM has posted a nice analysis of some tree ring data that has recently been made available, just 10 years after the original publication. Needless to say, as a result of his analysis, the previous publication’s conclusions have been shredded, which is yet another nail in the AGW coffin. But that isn’t the only positive thing. As you may recall, our dear leader visited Juneau last summer and used a photo op, from a viewpoint overlooking the Mendenhall Glacier, to once again push his political agenda. But a comment left at Climate Audit alerted me to the fact that the receding glacier isn’t the real story, despite the current administration’s full court press to convince the public otherwise.

    You are off topic – but to add to your commentary- over at climateaudit.org, Steve M also points out that one Dedro study from an alaskan site deleted 97% of the cores sampled because they did not fit the party lin

    Joe - From Texas (debac0)

  22. Trump reminds me of Hurricane Katrina — a big, blustery, unpredictable event that changes everything. Many people believe the rules change in such desperate times. Maybe we should be able to rob a grocery store to feed our families when cataclysmic events happen, but I’m still surprised at how many people are willing to change America’s basic rules to whatever Trump wants. I see it as an indication of how desperate many Americans are.

    DRJ (15874d)

  23. Joe, I do tend to wander. But the news is good, and if Steve McIntyre were a lawyer, we would say that all of his monumental efforts in the form of applying statistical sanity to scientific malpractice have been charged to the pro bono account. Just like Ron Coleman’s efforts to protect the First Amendment. So there are some strong correlations. We are blessed to have a few such individuals who contend so ably in different areas simply because it is the right thing to do.

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  24. Because I left Twitter, I haven’t had a chance to praise Ron lately. I am trying out GNU Social, specifically freezepeach.xyz

    SPQR (a3a747)

  25. Bravo to all concerned (except the terrorist, of course).

    Milhouse (87c499)

  26. #23 –

    Joe, I do tend to wander. But the news is good, and if Steve McIntyre were a lawyer, we would say that all of his monumental efforts in the form of applying statistical sanity to scientific malpractice have been charged to the pro bono account. Just like Ron Coleman’s efforts to protect the First Amendment. So there are some strong correlations. We are blessed to have a few such individuals who contend so ably in different areas simply because it is the right thing to do.

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

    Without opining on the validity of the AGW theory, the erasure of the MWP is one serious scientific frauds. Out of the 20-30 or so ice cores in antarctica, over half show a pronounced MWP while the remaining ice cores are neutral with only one or two showing a cooling mwp, Guess which ones are used on the temp reconstructions.
    Further the scientific explanation for the regional nature of the regional MWP is pure “lets make xhit up” ie a 300 year weather event.

    Joe - From Texas (debac0)


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