The Mann I Love
by Mark Steyn
I've been tied up with court matters this week, so I've only just seen the photograph at right, spotted by a reader on Michael Mann's Facebook page, and part of a campaign by a group called "I Heart Climate Scientists" to send love and "carbon-offset roses" to the Mann in their lives last Friday, Valentine's Day: "Show the Mann some..." What is that red thing? A malformed tree ring?
Ever obliging, David Appell orders up two dozen roses and a box of truffles:
Sorry to hear Mr Appell isn't passionate about Shirley Temple, but musical tastes differ. I believe David was lead singer of the Climate Girls when they had their big hit with "It's Reigning Mann, Hallelujah!" (Incidentally, when I told Steve Madely on the radio that mine would be the first legal defense in the history of American jurisprudence to be funded by sales of my disco version of "A Marshmallow World", I didn't expect Scaramouche to take it literally.)
Speaking of defamation, Robert Tracinski returns to the fray with a column whose headline captures well Dr Mann's view of these matters, "Free Speech for Mann, But Not for Thee":
Mr Tracinski goes on to quote Judith Curry, a very brave woman who has been appallingly treated by the boorish Dr Mann and his cultists:
Indeed. And look at it the way David Appell does: If a distinguished scientist is capable of having his professional reputation damaged by a mere Shirley Temple fan, how much worse must the damage be when the scientist is defamed by a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and so-called Nobel Laureate?
Meanwhile, at PJ Media, Kathy Shaidle uses the 26th anniversary of Hustler vs Falwell to discuss Mann vs Steyn, and how attitudes to free speech have changed drastically in a mere quarter-century. Back in Larry Flynt's day:
Quite so. As a concept commanding universal support, free speech is in serious retreat, to the point where one of Mann's groupies is happy to argue that, for really important issues like "climate change", free speech has to take a hike.
I'm getting a bit sick of that line. With that in mind, earlier today I filed my Answer to Plaintiff's Amended Complaint. A lot of it's very boilerplatey and eye-glazing but I think you'll find it gets more interesting toward the end.
(You can read Dr Mann's Amended Complaint - the one he filed to correct his fraudulent assertion that he is a Nobel Laureate - here.)
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