Sunday, April 08, 2007

News Roundup 4/8/07

On the ABC's World News Tonight on Saturday the producers decided to follow up a story on the (century-record breaking) cold spell across the country with their new segment, "Going Green." This week on "Going Green?" "Fresh ideas for coping with the warming planet." Irony meter: off the charts.

Global warming realist Dr. Richard Lindzen, a professor of meteorology at MIT, reminds us all in Newsweek of the real science of global warming:

There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we've seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. What most commentators—and many scientists—seem to miss is that the only thing we can say with certainly about climate is that it changes.

Mark Steyn sums up the lessons of the British hostage crisis:

Even if it were true (which it's not) that Valerie Plame's crack commando units are rappelling down the walls of every presidential palace from Sudan to North Korea, in a media age what matters is not only what's going on behind the scenes but the scenes themselves. And scenes of British servicemen fawning on Ahmadinejad along with scenes of a headscarved Nancy Pelosi doing the same to Bashir Assad project a consistent message.

Finally, Christian cartoonist Johnny Hart, creator of the B.C. comic strip, died today. In an era of liberal anti-religious cartoons in newspapers, Hart was noted for the definitive Christian themes of his prehistoric characters. Banned by such old media outlets as the LA Times, it's only fitting that his death on Easter be remembered for one such inflammatory message too controversial for major national newspapers:

Picture yourself tied to a tree,
condemned of the sins of eternity.
Then picture a spear, parting the air,
seeking your heart to cut your despair.
Suddenly—a knight, in armor of white,
stands in the gap betwixt you and its flight,
And shedding his 'armor of God' for you—
bears the lance that runs him through.
His heart has been pierced that yours may beat,
and the blood of his corpse washes your feet.
Picture yourself in raiment white,
cleansed by the blood of the lifeless knight.
Never to mourn,
the prince who was downed,
For he is not lost! It is you who are found.

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