Quote of the Week – Harry Reid's Cherry Blossom Picking: FAIL

Senator Harry Reid’s Press Release: Time To Stop Acting Like Climate Change Deniers Have A Valid Point Of View – They Don’t

‘If skeptics had taken a stroll along Potomac River on a 70-degree day this Feb., they would have seen cherry trees blossoming earlier than at any time since they were planted 100 years ago’

Umm, no. Let’s go to the data…

English: Japanese cherry trees (Sakura), a gif...

Japanese cherry trees (Sakura), a gift from Japan in 1965, adorn the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Washington Monument is visible in the distance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Correction for Reid: Both 1990 and 2000 had earlier blooms:

The National Park Service (NPS) has confirmed Washington, D.C.’s cherry blossoms peaked on March 20, tied for third earliest on record.

In the NPS’s 92-year record dating back to 1921, the only years with earlier bloom dates were 1990 (March 15) and 2000 (March 17) . Three other years in the record matched this year’s peak bloom date of March 20: 1921, 1927, and 1945.

You’d think with a well paid staff at his disposal, Senator Reid could at least do some fact checking before bloviating about how “deniers” have no valid point of view.

How embarrassing it must be that we mere bloggers have to point out his factual gaffes he and his staff miss.

[UPDATE: My friend, nationally syndicated radio show talk host Lars Larson has the ultimate zinger for this where he says:

You know, I think this qualifies Senator Reid of Nevada as an official “Blooming Idiot”. ]

Here is Senator James Inhofe’s Press Release on Reid’s announcement:

“He says ‘the time to act is now’ – yet Reid hasn’t brought a cap-and-trade bill to floor since 2008, & he’s the one who said cap-and-trade had been deleted from his dictionary”

“If it’s time to act on anything, it would be to stop President Obama from implementing these global warming policies that the American people have clearly rejected”

Perhaps the title should have been: Time To Stop Acting Like Senator Reid Has A Valid Point Of View on Global Warming – He Doesn’t

h/t to Climate Depot


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Senator Reid’s speech is an amazing work of misinformation. I had a hard time not tearing my screen in half and wrinkling it up like paper for the trash.
At some point “a differing point of view” crosses a threshhold, and becomes a lie.
At some point “expressing a viewpoint” becomes “inciting the rabble to riot.”
Senator Reid must be desperate, for he is straying over the line.


Still amazes me that Sen. Reid doesn’t get laughed and hooted out of any room he walks into, basically he’s the poster child for “bad senator” – unable to get a budget done in 3 years, regularly makes baseless & stupid accusations, and some how managed to parlay his 193K /year government job into a multi-million dollar fortune during his tenure.


Harry Reid is a senile, old, fool – oh, and a frakking liar.


I wonder if the NPS record will be technically “disappeared” soon… I am thinking a 404 error is in its future.


“…basically he’s the poster child for “bad senator” – unable refusing to get a budget done in 3 years…”
Better wording.

greg holmes

I do like showing the politicians up for the asses they are. Their world is sound bites not facts, once they enter an empirical environment they are stuffed, they lose their most potent weapon, Bull****.

Coach Springer

Facts. Who needs facts when you’ve got assertions?
I was relieved to find out the pederasty rumors might not be true, but worse, now it appears the guy works with Mann.


If Harry Reid can’t even get right something as 5th-grade simple as when the cherry trees blossomed… How is it that we can trust him to understand the implications of QE3 or Fannie & Freddie being forced to reduce principle??
Even funnier when you consider that an engineering laboratory has been named after him…
The Harry Reid Engineering Laboratory, so named because of the pork that funded it.


Politicians and actors are professional prevaricators. They specialize in Rhetoric (in the classical sense) – the ancient art of persuading people to believe something that just ain’t so.
They operate independently of facts, and must maintain amnesia about the lines they have previously delivered if they are to maintain the ability to recite the next line without hesitation.
This may explain why the movie industry is over-run with Liberals.
This does NOT explain why the so-called ‘news media’ are also over-run with Liberals. The explanation for that lies in the obsession with ratings that attract advertisers. The media believe that sensationalism improves ratings. I believe the media is mistaken.
In the Internet Age, *everything* is archived, and every blogger loves exposing the clay feet of our ‘idols.’ An ever-growing history of mendacity is harming the media, and will harm all those ‘celebrities’ who fail to embrace honesty and forthrightness.

“It is easier to fool people….
than to convince them that they have been fooled”….Mark Twain
Who better to fool the folks than an accomplished set of liars, fools and tools ?

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7

In contrast to the Harry Reid announcement, the link to the National Park Service page has some useful information, such as their definition for the five distinct stages of blooming and dates for each since 2004. Therein is contained another link to the history of peak blooms for two different varieties (Yoshino and Kwanzan) going back to 1921. March 20 is definitely early, but certainly not unprecedented. See here .
Maybe Willis has time to do his usual thorough job of demolishing flimsy claims like this.

Justa Joe

Even if Reid’s anecdote was correct, which it is not, some year has to be the year with the earliest bloom, and 100 years isn’t very long.


As no fan of the good senator his statement is no worse than McCain’s about the eskimos having no word for robin when McCain was a big believer is CAGW. Maybe he still is and just is quiet about it.

Gail Combs

It does not matter. Harry’s statement will be blown all over the media and the truth will never see light of day accept at “Denier Blogs”

Dirty Tricks in Political Campaigns
Sharon Begley, writing in Newsweek (Ready, Aim, Fire!; October 20, 2008) said that although negative campaign ads may repel viewers, the ones that engender fear are nevertheless likely to be remembered, simply because humans are hardwired to heed danger warnings.

That is the simple explanation for the tactics of CAGW from day one.
In poking around the internet on the subject of the Media and Truth, (can one really use those two words in the same sentence,) I found this little gem.

Conscious Media
We must find innovative ways to use the new electronic media as the mirror of our positive evolutionary story, investing in their capacity to reach across differences of generation, culture, religion, wealth, and gender to build a working consensus about our collective future.
… In the U.S. 99% of all homes have a TV set and the average person watches nearly four hours per day. Television has become our primary window onto the world and the mirror in which we see ourselves. Most people in the U.S. get most of their news about the world from television. Like it or not, television has become the central nervous system of modern society
However, the collective mind of our consumer society is dominated by the profit-making interests of the mass media and, with profits as the primary guide, our social mindset is moving out of touch with the real world. To illustrate, in the past generation in the U.S., divorce rates have doubled, teen suicide rates have tripled, a number of crime rates have quadrupled, and there is an epidemic of obesity. At a global level, physical evidence of ill health includes global warming with increasingly powerful storms, the extinction of a vast number of plant and animal species, and the rapid depletion of critical resources such as fresh water and cheap oil….

Sure sounds like implementation of Hegel’s Philosophy.
This drivel would be a lot less scary if you did not have Huffington Post, UCLA, a lot of PhDs and money behind it. Good ole’ Harry fits right in no doubt with Nancy leading the pack.
I do not know about the rest of you but I highly resent being treated as a ‘Hive Animal’ like an ant with a ‘collective mind’ seems we have been demoted from sheep to ant and they are buzy building out new Sustainable Hives in New York City.

Let’s see, early blooms in 1990, 2000 and 2012, could it be some kind of a cycle?


mkelly says:
August 8, 2012 at 8:09 am
“As no fan of the good senator his statement is no worse than McCain’s about the eskimos having no word for robin when McCain was a big believer is CAGW. Maybe he still is and just is quiet about it.”
“Senator McCain was not the first to say that there was no Inuit word for ‘robin’. Three years earlier, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had produced a radio program entitled No Word for “Robin”: Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic. The BBC World Service had also broadcast the program, but, like McCain and Revkin, without checking the facts.”
Revkin belieed it as well, it seems.


If CAGW is real; and if it causes Cherry trees to blossom earlier; how is this a problem?
Senator, you may see Man-Made global warming when you look at the lovely cherry trees, but I just see springtime. They typically bloom in spring. The earlier the better as far as I can see…


DirkH says:
“Revkin belieed it as well, it seems.”
Sorry, “believed” was intended. And I wanted to add: This goes to show that believing any warmist public radio program is a stupid mistake (which McCain doubtlessly comitted).


I read a paper this past year that showed how UHI is effecting the flora, causing longer growing seasons.
Harry should just stick to slander.


Some guy told Harry. Maybe it was in a file named Readme_Harry.

Bill Marsh

Harry Reid is not one to let mere facts interfere with a good political point.


So if the science is settled, the way forward clear, nothing in doubt etc etc how come we need all the lies deceptions and obfuscations……..


This, of course, is no surprise at all. Truth, in American political discourse, had gone the way of the Dodo. It seems only to matter that idiology and self serving policy is furthered, the truth be damned.

Reg Nelson

Pelosi said that some guy who know about cherry trees told Ried the trees blossomed in February. Some guy told him, that makes it a fact.


So during nice, warm, weather trees invest in sexual reproduction. Why not just invest in making thick tree rings?

Caleb says:
August 8, 2012 at 7:40 am

Senator Reid must be desperate, for he is straying over the line.


Steve C

At least you get the occasional politician telling you something with a vague likeness to the real world. We on this side of the Pond have six hundred-odd useless droolers in the Palace of Varieties who pretty much all come out with this sort of drivel regularly.


Harry has been busy….
He appears very much tied up in Green Energy/Stimulus nonsense – costing us taxpayers a lot of money. This entire “Green Energy / Stimulus / Political Kickback” cycle should be being torn apart by MSM. It is difficult just to keep count of the billions of $ being wasted not to mention the thinly disguised political graft.


How did this clown become a senator?
He seems barely to meet the basic requirement for a politician : “No brain required” …

He heard it from an “extremely reliable source” that the blooms were the earliest ever. “RELEASE YOUR BLOOMING TAX RETURNS!” he boomed from the Senate floor. “What do you have to hide?”.
Wait a minute….maybe I’m mixing up Dirty Harry’s issues….

Alan the Brit

Your good Mr Reid is a politician, as such he is a professional liar, you know the sort of meta-speak. “We are doing everything we can = we’re doing Sweet Fanny Adams”. “All will become clear in the fullness of time = not while I’m still alive it won’t!” “As you well know = I know more than you do”. “I am just an honest politician! = I lie my arse off when it suits me if I might get caught! Oh & there is of course, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman = Wow she was an absolute honey!” The best one? “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth = The hell I will I’m on to an absolute steal here!” You see, we have them over here in the PDRofEU satellite state of what used to be known as Great Britain, would you like some of ours, please, you can have them for nothing, they’re worth absolutely nothing to us so they are completely free, promise (not a politician’s promise). 🙂

Gail Combs

I forgot the links for NYC’s sustainable hives, the type of quarters we will be reduced to as energy prices skyrocket thanks to the EPA even without the help of ‘Ole Harry’s Cap and Trade Tax: The ‘Micro-Unit’ Mini-apartment building is Coming to New York City
New York Times: 200 Square Feet and Room to Swivel
nyc.gov Sustainable Building
“5 Super-Efficient Tiny New York Apartments”
What was the situation in the Soviet Union?

Industrialized building in the Soviet Union
…The Soviets uses a term “net living space” which refers only to the area of the living room and the bedrooms…per capita net living space in the USSR fell from 6.45m2 to 4.67m2… The housing task is admittedly incomplete…The USSR raised that 1950 figure… to …7.4m2 in 1969… and goal of 15m2 for every person….

15m2 for every person is 160 ft2, isn’t it nice we are head towards the same goal as the old Soviet Union /sarc
This is the goal towards which the “Cap and Trade” tax, the EPA, UN agenda 21 Sustainability and Obama are all driving towards.
Hansen, Reid and the Media’s job is to get the American people’s buy-in of CAGW to give legitimacy to “Global Governance” (It is a “Global Problem and therefore needs a Global Solution)
Never forget “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” ~ H. L. Mencken
So one must ask oneself exactly where they are trying to herd us.

Pascal Lamy, Director General of the World Trade Organization: Global governance is the globalization of local governance
The last challenge that I see is that of legitimacy — for legitimacy is intrinsically linked to proximity, to a sense of “togetherness”. By togetherness, I mean the shared feeling of belonging to a community. This feeling, which is generally strong at the local level, tends to weaken significantly as distance to power systems grows. It finds its roots in common myths, a common history, and a collective cultural heritage. It is no surprise that taxation and redistribution policies remain mostly local!…

Global Governance: Lessons from Europe By Pascal Lamy
Growing interdependence requires that our laws, our social norms and values, our mechanisms for framing human behavior be examined, debated, understood and operated together as coherently as possible. This is what would provide the basis for effective sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimension…
The challenge of global governance is distance — as legitimacy depends on closeness of the relationship between the individual and the decision-making process….
It also needs to provide legitimacy, which is essential to ensure ownership over decisions which lead to change — ownership to prevent the built-in bias towards resistance to modifying the status quo.
A legitimate governance system must also ensure efficiency. It must bring about results for the benefit of the people.
Finally, a governance system must be coherent…. “good” global governance — a system which offers a good balance between leadership, efficiency and legitimacy, and which ensures coherence…
Under the classical framework of legitimacy, citizens choose their representatives collectively, by voting for them. It also relies on the political capacity of the system to bring forward public discourse and proposals that produce coherent majorities and provide citizens with the feeling they are participating in a debate…. [THAT is the key folks a feeling that we have a say CG]
Since legitimacy depends on the closeness of the relationship between the individual and the decision-making process, the challenge of global governance is distance. The other legitimacy challenges are the so-called democratic deficit and accountability deficit, which arise when there are no means for individuals to challenge international decision-making.
In sum, the specific challenge of legitimacy in global governance is to deal with the perceived too-distant, non-accountable and non-directly challengeable decision-making at the international level….
each country has one vote may not be enough to create a sense of legitimacy in the actions of the organization. More is required.
National actors — political parties, civil society, parliaments and citizens — need to ensure that issues which are part of the “global level” are discussed at the “domestic level.”….
This would constitute a potent mix of leadership, inclusiveness and action to ensure coherent and effective global governance….
And this is precisely what German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed with the creation of a Charter for Sustainable Economic Activity. It is a commendable effort to provide a “new global economic contract,” to anchor economic globalization on a bedrock of ethical principles and values which would renew the trust that citizens need to have that globalization can indeed work for them….

Pamela Gray

Ummm. We had early blooms in Oregon. Which promptly froze off the twigs when a warm early Spring was followed by a freezing cold late Spring. Just evidence of normal weather pattern variations caused by the vagaries of short and long term oceanic and atmospheric oscillations. Reid opened his mouth and proved he was a fool.


If you type “sociopath” into wikipedia you get:
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM IV-TR), defines antisocial personality disorder (in Axis II Cluster B) as:[1]
A) There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three or more of the following:
failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;
deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;
impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead;
irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;
reckless disregard for safety of self or others;
consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;
lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another;
Looks to me like many/most of our rulers qualify, if not always on the issue of CAGW, then almost always on foreign policy or fiscal policies.


Do you think urban heat island effects have anything to do with later bloom dates in the middle of cities? D.C. is filled with a lot of asphalt and concrete, which contributes to the hot air there.


“… us mere bloggers have to point out…”
It should be “… we mere bloggers…”
[REPLY: Fixed. Thanks. Feel better now? -REP]


I read the whole thing. This is what passes for wisdom with this shallow, uneducated politician that is used tp pontificating, but not being bothered with facts. He is dangerous in his ignorance.

lurker, passing through laughing.

The pattern of false climate hype from extremists remains unbroken.
Self parody from our elected leaders is a bit pathetic, even when they are as entertaining as Senator Reid’s.In this one, the good senator uses phony accusations and groundless claims to make the case that skeptics are….using phony information to make groundless claims.
The larger issue- that climate change extremists rely on false accusations and hisotrical illiteracy is one that voters should be very wary of.
People like Sen. Reid, who seem to rely on misrepresenting the case and making false claims as a standard practice do not imply good will towards the electorate.
His refusal to produce budgets- the basic way to hold elected officials accountable for expenditures- and his relentless and incorrect claims about those who he dislkes politically implies a cha

Bill Yarber

Harry Reid should take a page out of Hansen’s book so we can’t check the records to prove them wrong, again and again and… Hansen, since 2000, has gone back and rewritten the temperature record to conform to his view of reality. It is good that the data and charts from his 1999 presentation are still available so we can see how he is manipulating historical data by lowering pre-1950 data and raising post-1975 data. Such actions are totally unscientific and should be cause for immediate dismissal from his position by NASA and a federal investigation into his fraud and eco-terrorists words and actions. Harry Reid is just a dolt, Hansen is much more dangerous and should have been in prison 10 years ago.

Ian W

While everyone has been researching cherry blossoms there is something far more tangible for Harry Reid to wring his hands about. From his quoted article:
Twenty-five years ago, President George H.W. Bush promised to use the “White House effect” to combat the “greenhouse effect.” Yet a quarter century later, too many elected officials in Washington are still calling climate change a liberal hoax. They falsely claim scientists are still debating whether carbon pollution is warming the planet.”
Yet a more interesting fact from AEIdeas:
Energy fact of the week: The U.S. has the best CO2 reduction record in the world
The latest bulletin on greenhouse gas emissions from the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that while total global emissions rose by one full gigaton in 2011, emissions by the United States fell by 92 megatons. But the real surprise of the bulletin is this sentence: “U.S. emissions have now fallen by 430 Mt (7.7%) since 2006, the largest reduction of all countries or regions.” Re-read that last clause slowly: “the largest reduction of all countries or regions.

So contrary to Reid’s protestations the USA is actually leading the world in reduction in generation of plant food.


Reid also asserted that Romney was not releasing his tax records because he did not pay any taxes the past 10 years.
He just shoots his mouth off with out any evidence.
And we listen to these pronouncements…why?
How about looking at 1000 years of cherry blossom data from Japan?

Rick said, “Wait a minute….maybe I’m mixing up Dirty Harry’s issues….”
Better than getting mixed up with Harry’s dirty tissues! 😉

Gail Combs

Steve C says:
August 8, 2012 at 8:46 am
At least you get the occasional politician telling you something with a vague likeness to the real world. We on this side of the Pond have six hundred-odd useless droolers in the Palace of Varieties who pretty much all come out with this sort of drivel regularly.
That means you are aware of it and ignore it. Unfortunately for some reason (Thanks MSM) Americans seem to think if it comes out of the mouth of a Democrat or a Journalist it has to be the truth and if it comes out of the mouth of a Republican they have to be lying.
ME? I think if any of them open their mouths another lie will fall out.

Darren Potter

SasjaL: “How did this clown become a senator?”
Last time around…
a) Harry Reid literally bought votes for his re-election:
“Two days ago, the Democratic Secretary of State announced that voters can be provided “free food” at “voter turnout events.” Harry Reid has been offering free food and, according to other reports, some Democratic allies such as teachers’ unions are offering gift cards in return for a vote for Reid.”
– AND –
b) Voting machines were rigged to favor Reid:
“Residents of Clark County Nevada have reported that upon attempting to vote for Angle they found that Reid’s name had already been checked. This is not surprising as widespread voting fraud has been reported since the inception of the fraudulent electronic voting machines.”
@Sen. Reid – You are Guilty based on undisclosed 3rd-parties’ statements; it is up to you to prove otherwise. ROFL


Time to stop acting like lefties have a valid point of view.


And, everything happened about a month ahead of schedule here, too. All the flowers bloomed about a month early, fruiting seasons were about a month ahead of schedule, etc. But, I am noticing that here in August, when we have a brief break in the heat, each one is getting successively cooler in terms of overnight low. This last one saw us drop barely below 60 into the upper 50s. That cooling is a bit ahead of schedule, too, even though it’s still extremely hot under the high pressure dome. I’m wondering if once that dome is finally gone, we’ll find a very cold, possibly long, winter looking back at us.
In short, I think Reid’s reports of MMGW are premature at best, stupid at worst.


This is the same Harry Reid that accused Mitt Romney of something without proof and said it is up to Mitt Romney to prove his unprovable accusation wrong.
“I don’t think the burden should be on me,” he said. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes.”
I guess Harry Reid learned nothing from the Salem witch trials. This man it a typical entrenched politician.

Gail Combs

As I read this my husband is playing this UTUBE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTHiIwxcexI
(I am afraid the song would go over ‘Ole Harry’s head)

Cherry trees in Mich bloomed early this year and got ZAPPED,:


Peeved says:
August 8, 2012 at 9:33 am
Do you think urban heat island effects have anything to do with later bloom dates in the middle of cities? D.C. is filled with a lot of asphalt and concrete, which contributes to the hot air there.
Check out papers by Japanese researcher Aono who has done extensive work on cherry blossom blooming dates. He concludes quite convincingly that they are indicative of the average temperatures (if memory serves) for about 75 days prior to the blooming date. While highly accurate in that regard, 75 days hardly represents temps for the year. That said, Aono also did extensive comparisons of blooming dates in major centres such as Tokyo and compared them to remote sites which had not been affected by urbanization and was able to not only demonstrate UHI, but to quantify it and verify it against the temperature record.
On another note, having grown up in a harsh winter climate, there’s a few things about early versus late springs that don’t get much discussion time. For example, a winter with very little snow will in general feature a LATE spring. A winter with a lot of snow, in particular if it arrives early in the winter, will in general feature an EARLY spring. While this may seem counter intuitive, it isn’t that complex. Snow is an effective insulator. Lots of snow means that the earth itself stays warmer than it would have otherwise been, and when spring weather arrives, the snow melts very quickly and results in an early spring. Very littel snow means that the frost penetrates deep into the earth, and when spring arrives, it takes a very long time to warm the earth up, and it seems like winter just drags on and on and on. I’ve no idea how these factors play into the local climate that Reid was commenting on, but I would not rush to judgment that an early spring is indicative of a warmer YEAR.