Friday Funny – Mann's Hot Seat

A couple of days ago, I was sent this satirical cartoon totally unsolicited by SFO Bay Area artist Tim Sheppard who said he was troubled by the free speech issues surrounding the Mann-Steyn lawsuit. He sends it with a disclaimer:

DISCLAIMER:  The following editorial cartoon contains satire, parody, exaggeration and uncensored imagery of balding public figures projected to be completely hairless about the north polar region by the year 2020.

It is not peer reviewed.  It makes no claims to absolute undeniable, settled truth, while it does depict a very plausible scenario wherein  catastrophic warming might cause pants to combust and hockey sticks to break spontaneously.

No actual polar bears were harmed in the production of this cartoon.

Free speech is the issue.  The answer to discomforting free speech is even more free speech.


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February 28, 2014 5:07 am

it’s merely a metaphor for being in the hot seat.

February 28, 2014 5:14 am

Or Liar, Liar pants on fire.

February 28, 2014 5:21 am


Richard Lawson
February 28, 2014 5:23 am

Great cartoon but his head is out of proportion. It’s way too small!

February 28, 2014 5:30 am

The disclaimer!

Pamela Gray
February 28, 2014 5:33 am

I am sure the dear Mann would appreciate the special hat you get when awarded a Not-bel Prize be added to the drawing. Out of respect for the mann and his prize, I would agree. Don’tcha think?

juan slayton
February 28, 2014 5:37 am

Tim, we’ll contribute to your defense fund….
: > )

Steve from Rockwood
February 28, 2014 5:39 am

Not sure how he got into my home-made chili.

February 28, 2014 5:39 am

heh heh heh . . nice one centurion.

Coach Springer
February 28, 2014 5:42 am

Richard Lawson says:
February 28, 2014 at 5:23 am
Great cartoon but his head is out of proportion. It’s way too small!
He’s pretty much all the other end to me.

February 28, 2014 5:43 am

LOVE the disclaimer…

Bryan A
February 28, 2014 5:44 am

Perhaps M Mann will be subject to the Streisand Effect
One can only hope for a satirical frenzy

February 28, 2014 5:46 am

Tim Sheppard can write as well as draw. Respect.

February 28, 2014 5:47 am

Good cartoon, great disclaimer!

Aanthanur DC
February 28, 2014 5:47 am

haha very funny.

Sweet Old Bob
February 28, 2014 5:52 am

Mikey likes it hot! Umm…are those horns starting to grow out of his head? Or just cow (bull) licks?
Lots of other bull stuff from Mikey…hard to tell.

February 28, 2014 5:54 am

It’s a bum rap, your honour…..

February 28, 2014 6:09 am

Is he going to mann up?

Eugene WR Gallun
February 28, 2014 6:10 am

There was a crooked Mann
Who played a crooked trick
And had a crooked plan
To make a crooked stick
By using crooked math
That favored crooked lines
Lysenko’s crooked path
Led thru the crooked pines
And all his crooked friends
Applaud what crooked seems
But all that crooked ends
Derives from crooked means
Eugene WR Gallun
I have to write a poem about Phil Jones but am
starting to think Mann deserves two poems.

February 28, 2014 6:10 am

Mann simply objects to being the butt of anyone’s humor.
Perhaps a suggested caption:
“Ok, so I’ve taken my head out of my ass, now what?”

February 28, 2014 6:17 am

Nice to start the day with a laugh. Thanks!

Alan Robertson
February 28, 2014 6:21 am

Teapot Dome Scandal? No, Crackpot Dome…

February 28, 2014 6:21 am

I think a subtler attack would draw more smiles. This could have been achieved by showing just the pant’s cuffs aflame–smoldering.

February 28, 2014 6:22 am

for Eugene WR Gallun :

With best wishes

February 28, 2014 6:25 am

Make the flames blue & yellow and Mike will demonstrate a methane ghg emission.

February 28, 2014 6:25 am

PS: And how about showing the hockey stick wrapped around his neck, like an albatross?
The boy stood on the burning deck
Whence all but he had hotfooted

February 28, 2014 6:32 am

Eugene WR Gallun says:
Very apt. Parody below.
Mann the greater
Mann the higher
Mann the pumps
The world’s (*rs*) on fire
With apologies.

February 28, 2014 6:40 am

When A Mann Loves A Warming

1:50 in

John s.
February 28, 2014 6:42 am

Eugene WR Gallun’s poem has the seeds of greatness… Though after the Lysenko line, the poem loses momentum. Re-write a few lines and it will be genius!

February 28, 2014 6:45 am

@eysonu – ROFL!

Lloyd Martin Hendaye
February 28, 2014 6:48 am

We’d prefer a Mann facsimile supine on the floor of his Green Gang’s “Last Chance Saloon”, waving carb-battened arms-and-legs in the air while Warmist bumwads –Briffa, Hansen, Jones, Trenberth et al.– caper around him singing out “Dead Bug!”

February 28, 2014 6:50 am

The Hockey Stick Blues
– Ken Coffman
Guitar and Vocals: Rob Fowler
Bass: Randy George
Drums: Dan Lile
I’m the Mann, you know what that means
Give me a proxy, I’ll squeeze ‘til it screams
It screams loud—and gives up its stick
I got consensus, built through the years
The media loves me and gives me their ears
Oh yeah.
Top o’the world, fame and dough, lots rolling my way
You know how that feels—it feels good
Oh baby, it feels real good.
Principal components, you know that’s my thing
Invert a proxy and downplay inconvenient strings
We don’t need that garbage, come on, let’s get real
Peer review—you know the drill
All of my friends—I can count on to shill
Top o’the world, fame and dough, lots rolling my way
You know how that feels—it feels good
Oh baby, it feels real good.
Oh, yeah—I think I’ll just play my guitar…
[The moderators disclaim any responsibility for the behavior of any CAGW groupies before (or after) the airing of this song. Mod]

February 28, 2014 7:01 am

If the global warming is in his pants and hot enough to combust his pants, we should really find some water because he is the last person I want to see moon me or anyone else!
That would even traumatize an ER nurse!

Harry Passfield
February 28, 2014 7:05 am

Broken stick? That’s what comes from playing a SLAPP shot – and hitting the ice.

David Harrington
February 28, 2014 7:09 am

Love it

Steve Keohane
February 28, 2014 7:19 am

A Mann and his stick:

February 28, 2014 7:24 am

The artists has got it wrong –
There is a Human Head where there should be –

February 28, 2014 7:27 am

Nice reminds me of this.

Jim Brock
February 28, 2014 7:27 am

Years ago I read a book called “Dr Panto Fogo” , or Dr pants afire. It was written by an engineer from South Africa who, on a train in central/south America, sat by an open window, napping. Now, these were old-style locomotives which ran on coal and emitted numerous flaming sparks that could (and in this case, did) sweep into the passenger cars. He awoke to find his pants smoldering from one such ember much to the enjoyment of his fellow passengers . Who gave him the sobriquet “Dr Panto Fogo”.

February 28, 2014 7:29 am

Eugene’s Poem is genius in Iambic hexameter…

R. Shearer
February 28, 2014 7:37 am

I don’t believe that methane gas smokes like that.

February 28, 2014 7:41 am

Only thing better than parody is inadvertent self-parody
Moar reserach!

February 28, 2014 7:59 am

What a piece of work is Mann!

February 28, 2014 8:01 am


February 28, 2014 8:02 am

Clearly, this isn’t Michael Mann in the cartoon.
The fire would be coming from his ears, if that was the case.

Mark and two Cats
February 28, 2014 8:10 am

Free speech is the issue. The answer to discomforting free speech is even more free speech.
Hear! Hear!

February 28, 2014 8:18 am

elmer says:
February 28, 2014 at 7:27 am
You guys rock.
I could enjoy joining one of your brainstorming sessions!

February 28, 2014 8:18 am

Charlie Johnson (@SemperBanU) says:
February 28, 2014 at 7:41 am
“Moar reserach!”
Reserach we much.

February 28, 2014 8:19 am

Lessig v Liberation Music has just settled their fair use dispute with Liberation Music paying Lessig damages.
Briefly, Liberation Music discovered that an individual named Larry Lessig had used a portion of one of their copyrighted songs in a presentation that Lessig gives. Liberation Music’s lawyers fired off a letter to Lessig threatening to sue. Apparently these lawyers were not the sharpest tool in the shed and didn’t realize that Larry Lessig is Harvard’s Professor Lawrence Lessig, one the country’s top copyright lawyers and scholars. Lessig fought back. Per the article:

Liberation Music eventually backed down. But Lessig decided to invoke another part of the copyright law, “which basically polices bad-faith lawsuits,” he says — threats made fraudulently or without proper basis.

So Lessig sued Liberation for money damages and eventually Liberation Music settled and is now paying Lessig big bucks for their misadventure.
Not good for Mann. From the settlement:
“Too often copyright is used as an excuse to silence legitimate speech. I’ve been fighting against that kind of abuse for many years, and I knew I had to stand up for fair use here as well. Hopefully, this lawsuit will send a message to copyright owners to adopt fair takedown practices — or face the consequences.”

February 28, 2014 8:22 am

Just beautiful. ‘Nuff said.

February 28, 2014 8:26 am

@ R Shearer
I stand corrected. He would actually be converting one ghg to 2 others, C02 and H20 in the form of water vaport, I believe.

February 28, 2014 8:27 am

@Steven 7:59 am
What a piece of work is Mann!
The huge hockey stick bears him high.
– Sophocles, kinda sorta

February 28, 2014 8:55 am

But I feel that overwhelming ego, the way it weighs the mann down, needs representation.
One must be careful in todays poisonous political correctness, failing to give the manns overwhelming ego equal time, will have it suing one and all.
Sadly that comment does not require a sarc tag.

Eugene S
February 28, 2014 9:03 am

Ha ha, absolute genius! Thanks Tim, thanks Anthony 😀

February 28, 2014 9:11 am

“Antarctic is warming. That is the conclusion of scientists analyzing half a century of temperatures on the continent, and the findings may help resolve a climate enigma at the bottom of the planet.” –NYT article, January 21, 2009
Turns out, it wasn’t the entire bottom. Just the peninsula. Ouchie!

February 28, 2014 9:26 am

Tim Sheppard,
Nicely portrayed. I would entitle your work of art ‘The Mann as portrayed by his own (inept) myths’

February 28, 2014 9:40 am

This poor fellow has painted a large target on himself. However he absolutely deserves reaping what he has sowed.

February 28, 2014 9:49 am

The art of Tim Sheppard inspired this adaptation of Percy Bysshe Shelly’s poem ‘Ozymandias’

‘Ozymandias’ ‘Manndias’
“I met a traveller from PSU land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear —
“My name is Manndias, a science king:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed doing it. Apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelly.

February 28, 2014 10:06 am

That’s not Mann, that’s Gavin Schmidt

February 28, 2014 10:08 am

Professor Mann is clearly suffering from the effects of a badly performed humorectomy.

February 28, 2014 10:15 am

I hope that a balding public figure with pants on fire is enjoying all of this as much as I am.
My apologies to Homer Simpson if he should think it reflects a likeness of himself. Homer deserves much better.

February 28, 2014 10:17 am

Hans Erren says:
February 28, 2014 at 10:06 am
That’s not Mann, that’s Gavin Schmidt
I donno, could be James Hanson.

Bryan A
February 28, 2014 10:24 am

RHS says:
February 28, 2014 at 7:01 am
If the global warming is in his pants and hot enough to combust his pants, we should really find some water because he is the last person I want to see moon me or anyone else!
That would even traumatize an ER nurse!
Thanks RHS
Now I will have to go and wash out my minds eye with Bleach

February 28, 2014 10:45 am

The FutureScan PhotoStream Machine returned this image of a certain “famous, yet somehow-non-public-figure” climate guru twenty years from now.
Note: Apologies to hard-working circus folk the world over.

Cory Zupfer
February 28, 2014 10:50 am

Looks like he finally got that rectalcephalectomy….

February 28, 2014 11:27 am

Cory Zupfer says:
February 28, 2014 at 10:50 am
Looks like he finally got that rectalcephalectomy….
Cephalectomy is the surgical removal of the head (decapitation).
All those big words make me google.

Mac the Knife
February 28, 2014 11:40 am

Charlie Johnson (@SemperBanU) says:
February 28, 2014 at 7:41 am
Only thing better than parody is inadvertent self-parody
Nothing confounds many conservatives like #science and #reserach. Someone should do a study on this.—
David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 27, 2014

Moar reserach!

Oh, that is soooooo schweet!!!!

Jim Bo
February 28, 2014 11:49 am

As long as the subject is humor…
Deer in the headlights dumbstruck.

Vinnie Macaroni
February 28, 2014 12:30 pm

“Build a man a fire, and you’ll keep him warm for the rest of the evening. Set a man on fire and you’ll keep him warm for the rest of his life…..

February 28, 2014 1:34 pm

Vinnie Macaroni says:
February 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Never heard that one but I repeat it. LOL

Gunga Din
February 28, 2014 2:40 pm

Roy Spencer says:
February 28, 2014 at 5:07 am
it’s merely a metaphor for being in the hot seat.

A hot seat of his own making.
Sitting on a hockey stick can’t be comfortable.
(I wonder if the “H” in “Preparation H” stands for “Hockey”?8-)

Eugene WR Gallun
February 28, 2014 4:43 pm

Understanding OZYMADDIAS
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on those lifeless things
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed
These have always been difficult lines but seem to say this —
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Stamped on those lifeless thing, which (in living beings) yet survive
The (passion of) the hand that mocked them and the (passion of) the heart that fed (on such egomania)
So it seems to be statement that the world is still filled with Ozymandias’ and with artists who through their art mock them.
Considering Shelly’s politics i am reasonably certain that was his intended meaning for those difficult lines
Eugene WR Gallun

Bill H
February 28, 2014 6:04 pm

Why did the song we sang as kids instantly come to mind…….
Liar, Liar pants on fire!
Very nice rendition Josh!

February 28, 2014 6:22 pm

Eugene WR Gallun on February 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm
Understanding OZYMADDIAS

– – – – – – –
Eugene WR Gallun,
My interpretation of the poem is that hubris is absurd.
Mann has an immense amount of it, therefore absurd. Therefore my adaptation.

February 28, 2014 6:51 pm

no appropriate thread for the following, so posting it as a funny. apparently some amusement in the comments, but they won’t even show for me, so i leave it to others who can access them:
28 Feb: Guardian Science: Rescue from Antarctica
After a month aboard a Russian research ship, Alok Jha and Laurence Topham found themselves trapped in the grip of the ice – and an international row over whether the expedition should have been there in the first place
• As Antarctica opens up, will privateer explorers be frozen out?
• Australian Antarctic Expedition – in pictures
Report: Alok Jha, video and photographs: Laurence Topham
What caused the massive breakout of old ice from the edge of the continent, which moved and trapped the Shokalskiy, is still unclear. “We’re looking at the satellite information, we’re working with colleagues in Germany and elsewhere to try and get a feeling for what happened there,” says Turney. “Whatever it was, something happened which mobilised this massive amount of very old thick ice, and then basically caught us and then built up progressively over the next 40 hours.”
But for veterans, the unexpected nature of Antarctica is part of life there. “We were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mortimer says. “We were not in that situation irresponsibly; we were in that situation wittingly. And we have dealt with it extraordinarily well, with ship, crew and passengers sane and healthy. It’s hard, sitting in your lounge, in a gentle part of the world, to understand the forces that are at work. But they’re much bigger than puny human efforts. They have been in the past, and they will be in the future.”…

February 28, 2014 7:01 pm

28 Feb: Bloomberg: Jim Efstathiou Jr: Warming Pause Doesn’t Reverse Scientific View on Climate
“Our expectation as scientist always was to see very complex changes in the average temperature of the planet, and that’s exactly what we see,” Benjamin Santer, research scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, said at a briefing today. “The key point is that the stasis, slowdown as people have termed it over the last 15 years, does not fundamentally invalidate our understanding of the human effects on climate.”…
“There will always be cold nights and cold days, but what we expect is that they will be rarer and rarer,” Fung (Inez Fung, professor of atmospheric science at the University of California, Berkley) said…

February 28, 2014 7:20 pm

looks like no-one’s listening to Mann & Co any more:
28 Feb: Reuters: Barbara Lewis: EU summit to focus on industry rather than climate-draft
A European Union summit in March billed as a step in the bloc’s efforts to combat climate change will focus on strengthening Europe’s industrial base, a draft document seen by Reuters shows.
The draft is likely to increase worries among the environmental lobby, which fears its argument that green jobs are the best way to shore up Europe’s fragile economy is being ignored.
The summit “will seek ways to enhance the European industrial base as a driver for economic growth and jobs,” the document says, and adds that concerns about EU industrial competitiveness should be woven into debate on all policy, including climate…
“The regulatory framework both at European and national levels must be made more conducive towards investment and innovation and the reshoring of manufacturing jobs,” the document adds, referring to a drive to reverse a trend of losing employment to other regions of the world…
Germany is a major exception as its industry generates nearly 22 percent of economic output and it has led calls for the manufacturing base to be protected…
The renewable sector, meanwhile, says it will suffer and green jobs will disappear without stronger policy…

February 28, 2014 7:56 pm

Mann’s “Ring of Fire” !!

February 28, 2014 8:51 pm

We’ve found the missing heat!

February 28, 2014 9:01 pm

Vinnie Macaroni says:
February 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm
truly one of the funniest things Ive read in a long time. thanks for making us laugh

Eugene WR Gallun
February 28, 2014 11:50 pm

John Whitman 6:22pm
Mr. Whitman, I apologize. Your post consisted of a fun use of Shelly’s poem that mocked Mann. I enjoyed reading it.
My post was not referencing to your post at all but to Shelly’s original poem. I went off on a topic that had nothing to do with your use of Shelly’s poem. I have always had an interest in figuring out what some of the lines which our older poets wrote actually meant. What I wrote was “way off topic” for this thread. The topic of this thread is Mann not Shelly’s poem — and I wrote about Shelly’s poem. i let my own parochial interests come to the fore when I should have just given your post a thumbs up and kept my speculations to myself about what those old lines of Shelly meant.
I apologize again.
Eugene WR Gallun

March 1, 2014 3:15 am

Simply wonderful stuff. Made my day. Thanks all. 🙂

March 1, 2014 3:34 am

Is the anti-abortion video by Admad at 6.22 relevant to this post?

March 1, 2014 6:53 am

Eugene WR Gallun on February 28, 2014 at 11:50 pm
Whitman 6:22pm

– – – – – – – – –
Eugene WR Gallun,
I found your interpretation very enjoyable. Please, no need for any apology to me.
I do not think your interpretation was off topic in any way.
Poems can teach us a lot.

Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
March 2, 2014 7:39 pm

Wonderful cartoon and disclaimer! I know I’m a little late to this party, but I’d like to add a modest contribution to the growing poetry collection, ICYMI on twitter.
On Feb. 28, I had tweeted a link to Mark Steyn’s eminently readable:
Every Quote Ever Uttered By Anyone Exonerates Michael E Mann
which in turn prompted the following from @oldmanrivers999:
For all the investigations of many a nation
Not one has found me guilty
And so my friends
Thro’ their omissions
I claim exoneration!
which prompted me to reply:
In the battle of emissions
For that is what it’s all about
Only Mann would claim omissions
Would give him an easy out!

March 12, 2014 3:21 pm

that’s what happens when you speak from the wrong end in close proximity to a flame …

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