Saturday Silliness – Speak softly and carry a big Hockey Stick to the Senate

Since there was so much coverage of Mark Steyn’s take no prisoners testimony at the Senate hearing this week, (full text and video) I commissioned Josh to create a cartoon that sums up what went on. It will be in our upcoming U.S. (and Canadian) edition of the Josh -WUWT climate calendar, look for it to be announced very soon – Anthony

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kokoda
December 12, 2015 9:58 am

I’m up for the Calendar.

PaulH
December 12, 2015 10:02 am

Can’t wait for the calender! 🙂

Marcus
December 12, 2015 10:03 am

Steyn didn’t hold anything back, He gave them both barrels !

Marcus
Reply to  Marcus
December 12, 2015 10:04 am

I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present !!!

December 12, 2015 10:05 am

Love the expression on Judith Curry’s face.

Stephen Richards
Reply to  Richard Drake
December 12, 2015 11:25 am

I love judith all of her

rogerknights
Reply to  Stephen Richards
December 12, 2015 10:51 pm

A natural aristocrat–vs. mass mann Markey.

Janice Moore
December 12, 2015 10:27 am

Well done, Josh! Thankful at Christmastime…. for: YOU.
(and way to go, Anthony, making that happen)

Bruce Cobb
December 12, 2015 10:35 am

He pwned them. And another home-run, er slam-dunk, um slap-shot for Josh!

Oldseadog
December 12, 2015 10:36 am

Not fair – my calendar arrived yesterday.
I suppose I’ll just have to print off the cartoon from here

Janice Moore
December 12, 2015 10:55 am

And as a thank you to Mark Steyn for his hours of effort on behalf of truth in science, a little free publicity!
“Christmas Glow Worm” (Mark Steyn and Judith Curry (played by Jessica Martin))
(you can buy it via Steyn’s website or Amazon)

(youtube)
Of COURSE that is Dr. Curry in the green dress! Do you think she could dress like that on the job and get taken seriously?? She has twenty such lovely outfits!

Lewis P Buckingham
Reply to  Janice Moore
December 12, 2015 10:19 pm

‘This video is not available’

Wun Hung Lo
December 12, 2015 11:01 am

Haha, yes and the hapless
Rear-Admiral Donkey-Sycophant,
papers a-flying. The poor soul
didn’t have a clue. He has bluffed
his way throughout his whole Navy
career probably, by keeping his head
down and saying aye-aye. Now he has been
forced to appear and waffle before the Senators,
he is entirely out of his depth against real scientists.
Said he; “I am just a simple sailor” ? … in a pig’s eye !

Phaedrus
Reply to  Wun Hung Lo
December 12, 2015 11:34 am

He was as “humble” as he was coached to be! If there had been robust cross examination then the house of cards would have fallen.

RD
December 12, 2015 11:22 am

I’ll be buying some swag from Steyn, again, to support his lawsuit with the ever mendacious Mikey Mann.
Love this parody of Mikey Mann.

John Whitman
December 12, 2015 11:27 am

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” – Wayne Gretzky

Well, yes, Steyn is a great hockey-stick player. He knows where the hockey-stick is going to be. : )
He is second only, in my opinion, to Lindzen. I’ve see Lindzen in dialogues where he anticipates where his antagonist’s argument and focus is going and then Lindzen pre-empts it before the antagonist gets to his/her punch line. Steyn does it in a boisterous manner, Lindzen does it in a low-keyed even toned manner . . . the effect is the same in the end.
John

RD
December 12, 2015 11:27 am

You tube is trying very hard to disappear this parody of Mikey. As is google.

Reply to  RD
December 12, 2015 11:50 am

RD I have to tell you they aren’t making a very convincing job of vanishing it. 14,800 hits on YouTube and about 34,000,000 on Google for “hide the decline”.

RD
Reply to  cephus0
December 12, 2015 5:11 pm

Youtube definitely lowers and obfuscates its search results for skeptical results as does google.
(411: Speaking of hits, this is reader comment # 1,667,000! That’s more comments than all alarmist blogs combined. –mod.)

RD
Reply to  cephus0
December 12, 2015 5:32 pm

Thanks Mod! I win!
1,667,000!
Seriously, congratulations to WUWT.
To celebrate I’ll avoid stuff and take the wife and Cavaliers to the beach and toast WUWT friends.

Gunga Din
Reply to  cephus0
December 13, 2015 11:03 am

(411: Speaking of hits, this is reader comment # 1,667,000! That’s more comments than all alarmist blogs combined. –mod.)

“Speak honestly and you’ll deliver the big hits.”

Reply to  RD
December 12, 2015 12:01 pm

Also “Hide The Decline II – The Sequel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrd3HYU80Dk

Julian Williams in Wales
Reply to  cephus0
December 13, 2015 6:27 am

I find you video very funny – thanks for brightening my day

Aphan
Reply to  RD
December 12, 2015 12:20 pm

Curse you! I will not get this earworm out my head for days!

Janice Moore
Reply to  Aphan
December 12, 2015 12:23 pm

Here ya go, Aphan (at the risk of blowing your cover…), the antidote:
Dean Martin 😉

(youtube)

Aphan
Reply to  Janice Moore
December 12, 2015 1:04 pm

I wish ol Dean was the anecdote to so many more things…lol I made my kids watch the videos of him and Foster Brooks the other day…they were weeping with laughter.
Whatever cover I may have had was completely unintentional. 🙂 unlike your repeated efforts to “not” blow it lol!

Janice Moore
Reply to  Aphan
December 12, 2015 2:14 pm

#(:))
Glad to hear that your kids inherited your great sense of humor.
And I just prayed that God, Who can supply all the antidotes we need, will take care of what Dean Martin’s singing cannot.
Take care.

RD
Reply to  Aphan
December 12, 2015 5:25 pm

🙂
Here’s a real scientists destroying Mikey’s hockey stick.
Richard Muller, Professor of Physics, Berkeley. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BQpciw8suk
Judith Curry, Professor Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Ga Tech: http://judithcurry.com/2011/02/22/hiding-the-decline/

Rob
December 12, 2015 11:36 am

Same week as COP21 comes this from the Group of Gloom and Doom…Shakun and Clark and Marcott, oh my! (To the tune from Wizard of Oz)….From the report, “….glaciers had largely retreated from the area during the earliest stages of the last termination and before the onset of the deglacial CO2 rise and increase in tropical sea surface temperatures” and “but the trigger for early deglaciation of the tropics remains unclear.”…..Of course it remains unclear, their research couldn’t be massaged enough to show even the slightest conection, and of course, they will need more funding to “help” make the conection clear….smh…. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jqs.2822/abstract

Klem
December 12, 2015 11:48 am

My favorite Mark Steyn comment regarding Manns false Nobel prize:
“But, it is revealing– it is this misrepresentation of credentials by people falsely claiming to be Nobel Laureates –is revealing because it gets to the heart of the problem here that they are attempting to cloak the science [of climate] in an authority that it does not in fact possess.”
-Mark Steyn

Robert
December 12, 2015 12:05 pm
MJSnyder
Reply to  Robert
December 12, 2015 12:41 pm

Robert – if there is anyone who can come close to matching Mark Steyn for wit/wisdom/words surely it must be Rex Murphy.

Aphan
December 12, 2015 12:22 pm

Josh, I put your name up there with all of my climate heros!

John in Oz
December 12, 2015 12:23 pm

Unfortunately, no-one on either side changed their point of view.
The majority of the time was given over to the CAGW side with senators asking Admiral Titley loaded questions that he dutifully answered with the Government’s prepared responses.
It looked like a waste of everyone’s time and effort as no change will come from it.

Aphan
Reply to  John in Oz
December 12, 2015 1:06 pm

Kind of like COP21, only cheaper and without people dressed as spoons!

Reply to  John in Oz
December 12, 2015 2:29 pm

John from Oz, my US centric perspective differs. Inhofe is not a serious player; his book is pure den1al, and he even wrapped it in evangelical Christian overtones. Wrote about that in the opening section of the climate chapter of my ebook The Arts of Truth. Weakens rather than strengthens AGW opposition legitimacy, cause hands more ammunition to the ‘3% flat earthers’ meme.
Cruz chairs a subcommittee with legitimate jurisdiction over the climate science, and is trying to get that on record. The written submissions are not political theater like the hearing, they are facts the subcommittee is obligated to consider. Plus Cruz is presently the second most popular Republican presidential candidate. And Don Trump cannot be taken seriously (I hope).
Ditto Lamar Smith’s House committee, subpoenaing NOAA for the emails behind the Karl abomination. NOAA and the Commerce Secretary so far committing very clear obstruction of congress, both a civil and criminal offense. Which shows Smith is onto something, especially since he is going on whistleblower information. What you are witnessing is the beginning of serious US political hardball by skeptics. About time.
The other thing to read is Harvard Law’s Prof. Larry Tribe court brief on the constitutionality of Obama’s Clean Power Plan. He says it isn’t. That court fight is only beginning, but I put my money on Tribe. The most inspiring, best informed con law professor in the country. Glad I took it from him early in his career. And he is a liberal in a warmunist university who just happens to think the US constitution is more important than Obama’s global warming crusade.
Hope this missive cheers you up a bit. As Churchill said in 1942 at the end of the Battle of Britain (I paraphrase), “It is not the beginning of the end. But it is the end of the beginning.” We skeptics and lukewarmers (I think the most rational position) are on a long march to victory. We have Ma Nature on our side (Curry and Wyatt Stadium Wave, Akasofu Arctic cyclicality, the Pause…). Takes a long time to overcome 25 years of political momentum when the other side’s motives have little to do with actual climate change. Like the failed $100 billion/year GCF that poor Tuvalu and Kiribati will not be getting from COP21. That is another skirmish victory in a long war.

RD
Reply to  ristvan
December 12, 2015 5:04 pm

Thanks ristvan

rogerknights
Reply to  ristvan
December 12, 2015 11:33 pm

Ristvan: “We skeptics and lukewarmers (I think the most rational position) are on a long march to victory. We have Ma Nature on our side (Curry and Wyatt Stadium Wave, Akasofu Arctic cyclicality, the Pause…).”
I think so too. Depending on how hard Nature spanks us with a cold period, and how soon, the defeat of Climatism will deeply discredit persons, parties, and persuasions (like environmentalism) associated with it, just as the defeat of the Germans discredited those 3 Ps associated with fascism. Then it will be our turn to say, “This changes everything.”
Today’s proud parade has reached its peak–“whence every road leads downward.”:
The unaffordability and unreliability of renewables will become undeniable in 2016 in Europe.
Populist parties will win elections there.
The CO2 satellite will reveal emissions and absorption patterns that conflict with warmist doctrine.
A major recession cum financial crisis will cut down on contributions to the UN’s green fund.
(And maybe Rossi’s E-Cat gadget will make the whole matter moot–I’m hoping but not hopeful, though.)
Nit: “As Churchill said in 1942 at the end of the Battle of Britain (I paraphrase), “It is not the beginning of the end. But it is the end of the beginning.””
Actually, that was after the victory at El Alamein. (The Battle of Britain ended in 1940.) Later he said, “Before El Alamein we never had a victory. After, we never had a defeat.”

philincalifornia
December 12, 2015 12:41 pm

Does Senator Inhofe have any role in this? Forgive me if I missed it. He seems to be quiet these days.

Aphan
Reply to  philincalifornia
December 12, 2015 1:09 pm

Senator Inhofe doesn’t sit on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

commieBob
Reply to  philincalifornia
December 12, 2015 1:22 pm

He seems to be quiet these days.

He was born in 1934 …

RockyRoad
Reply to  commieBob
December 12, 2015 10:12 pm

Wasn’t that the hottest decade on record?

Janice Moore
Reply to  philincalifornia
December 12, 2015 2:30 pm

Senator Jim Inhofe is alive and well!
And still speaking out against AGW:

Republicans in Congress had a decidedly different response. Almost uniformly critical of President Barack Obama’s efforts on the national and international stage to address climate change, early reactions dismissed the news of the agreement Saturday.
“What is significant for the United States is that we can expect the administration to cite this ‘agreement’ as their excuse for establishing emission targets for every sector of the U.S. economy not only including utilities, but petroleum refining, all manufacturing, agriculture, and others,” Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, Republican Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, who has dismissed climate change as a “hoax,” said in a statement.
Inhofe and others have sought to force the Obama administration to submit the agreement to the Senate for approval. The White House and a range of legal scholars, however, say the accord – because its language is largely vague – amounts to an executive agreement instead of a treaty, and therefore does not require the advice and consent of the Senate.

{Note: the U.S. Constitution clearly required that such an “agreement,” to be binding on the American people, must be ratified by the U.S. Senate. Otherwise, it is “words, just words”(B. Hussein O.); the above legal scholars are just as trustworthy as the scientists touting AGW — paid-to-l1e (mainly by “special interests”).}
(Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015-12-12/nations-sign-historic-climate-change-agreement )
{Emphasis mine}

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
December 12, 2015 2:31 pm

“U.S. Constitution clearly requires… .”

December 12, 2015 12:57 pm

Great! Mark Steyn tells it like it is, and the truth hurts the conniving alarmists.

December 12, 2015 12:59 pm

I forgot.
Thanks Josh for the very dynamic cartoon!

Reply to  Andres Valencia
December 12, 2015 2:30 pm

Seconded.

LewSkannen
December 12, 2015 3:37 pm

Nice drawing. Mann gets pukked.

Aphan
December 12, 2015 4:41 pm

Says you.

u.k.(us)
December 12, 2015 4:42 pm

Myself, being descended from a couple of Canuck’s, I fear that the term “Canuck” may cause consternation in certain individuals (mostly those unluckily of another persuasion), and there might be hell to pay.
Then again, “Canucks” are pretty forgiving when not playing the Chicago Blackhawks.

Reply to  u.k.(us)
December 12, 2015 5:23 pm

Your comment would have been even funnier if you had said “playing the Boston Bruins” instead of Chicago. But given that Chicago is the home of you know who and we have been called “Canuckistan” in the past, no insult is possible. We’re usually too busy trying to keep warm this time of year to worry about what we are called. Put another log on the fire, Martha, and cook me up some bacon and some beans …. Love that C&W. Thanks for the chuckle.

December 12, 2015 5:26 pm

Ref. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/riots-erupt-in-vancouver-after-canucks-loss-1.993707
sorry , meant to post the reference to the Canuck/Bruins fiasco. We can embarrass ourselves over hockey. No assistance required.
Wayne from the Great White North. And boy is that white global warming ever coming down right now. Ski time.

u.k.(us)
Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
December 12, 2015 5:41 pm

Have fun.

RD
December 12, 2015 5:44 pm

And keeping on topic, eg, Saturday Silliness…parody, a liberal tries to explain why she thinks the world will end, and what should be done about it.

Tim Keller
Reply to  RD
December 12, 2015 8:08 pm

This was just awesome. The scariest thing from that whole event was the poster from obama’s website telling people to go after and report deniers. The normal rule of arguments over the internet is that the first person to call the other a nazi loses, but that poster could have been pulled from ‘The rise and fall of the third reich’ (a long and excellent history on Nazi Germany). The reports of children turning in their parents for speaking out against the regime. The government urging citizens to report their neighbors.
I wasn’t aware of that, and am quite frankly in shock. A sitting President should be impeached for endorsing that kind of rhetoric, it goes against everything we sacrificed in WW2 to prevent. For the first time in my life I’m ashamed to be an American, to see our values so easily trampled after so much sacrifice to preserve them.

December 12, 2015 6:54 pm

Canada loves WUWT! Leo DiCaprio was the laughing stock of Canada yesterday cuz he claimed he watched climate change in action when filming a movie in Calgary. He said he watched a warm wind blow and melt, like 8 feet of snow. Firstly, Calgary has never had 8 feet of snow, and he was clearly referring to one of “Chinook winds.” The main stream media reported widely on it, and cast him out to be pretty stupid.

Patrick MJD
December 12, 2015 11:15 pm

What’s that saying about hockey…”went to see a hockey game and a boxing match broke out”!!!

rogerknights
Reply to  Patrick MJD
December 12, 2015 11:59 pm

No it’s the reverse: “I went to a boxing match and a hockey game broke out.”

rogerknights
December 12, 2015 11:50 pm

Yes, it was somewhat “disconnected and random”–but he was fighting fire with fire–and it was effective in trumping Markey, where sweet reason wouldn’t have been. (What a world.)

December 13, 2015 12:23 am

I thought the most brilliant part of Mark Steyn’s presentation was not during the initial testimony but very near the end when he asked permission to respond to what the admiral had to say about why the Pentagon is preparing to address the threat of climate change.
As I recall, Steyn reviewed what he sees as the main security threats and then told the admiral that the Pentagon’s approach was a complete and utter waste of time.
I though that Senator Cruz failed in his heroic effort to suppress a smile but did succeed in suppressing a laugh.
I wonder if the admiral secretly agrees with Steyn. I noted the admiral did not respond in a direct way when Senator Cruz twice asked him point blank if he agrees with the President’s views about climate as a security risk that the Pentagon must prepare for as a priority concern.

Marcus
December 13, 2015 3:03 am

They couldn’t find a way to tax the air we breath in, so they decided to try and tax the air we breathe out . It’s called ” Cap and Trade ” or ” Carbon Tax ” !! ….Don’t be fooled again !!

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