Tonight, Tuesday, I'll be joining Sean Hannity coast to coast on Fox News at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. If you are within range of a receiving apparatus, I hope you'll dial us up. Tomorrow morning I'll be north of the border with Toronto's Number One morning man John Oakley, live on AM640 at 8.30am Eastern.
Three weeks ago, I was on air with Sean during the second Republican debate and suggested to him as follows:
As far as Carly Fiorina "winning" the debate, that may be true - in debate terms. Whether it translates into any significant poll movement in Iowa and New Hampshire, I'm more doubtful.
I reiterated the point to debate moderator Hugh Hewitt a couple of days later:
I think we should be very wary of whether the consensus that Carly Fiorina won actually gives her anything more than two or three points in Iowa or New Hampshire.
In the first poll of October, Carly is at nine per cent. Granted, in the Granite State, she's in double digits and second place. But the most recent Iowa poll has her at eight - or a third of what Trump has and less than half of Ben Carson, who was universally agreed to have under-performed to the point of near invisibility and total irrelevance in that second debate. Yet, mysteriously, Carson, not Fiorina, has been the beneficiary of Trump plateauing out. The acclaim of the pundit class, never mind the castration fantasies of my old friend Rich Lowry, is not translating into a Carly "surge".
~Canadian poll watch:
Liberals 35 per cent;
Conservatives 31.5 per cent;
NDP 23.1 per cent.
You have to feel sorry for the NDP's Thomas Mulcair. On the day the writ was dropped, he could have won the election. Unfortunately, he couldn't win the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Tories continue their totally outrageously outrageous campaign of hate:
Jason Kenney Under Fire for Praising 'Perfect, Unaccented English...'
CALGARY – Canada's Minister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, caused an uproar Monday after praising an 11-year-old Iraqi refugee who "already speaks perfect, unaccented English" after arriving from Syria last year.
By "under fire", Global News means nine Tweets from shrill hair-trigger offence-taking hysteria queens with nothing better to do. Uproarious indeed. Back in the real world JJ McCullough observes:
If the Conservatives win re-election it will be in part because the left has so overplayed their hand on the political correctness front.
Mark Steyn's most recent book, A Disgrace to the Profession" - The World's Scientists In Their Own Words on Michael Mann, His Hockey Stick and Their Damage to Science, is an expose on the scientist who proposed the idea that earth's temperatures remained stable for 900 years, then suddenly began warming in the 19th century.
Steyn compiled the writings and comments of one hundred scientists from around the world into what he is calling Volume I, promising to issue another volume that includes another one hundred.
He quotes Nobel Prize winner Ivar Giaever, who said, "in pseudoscience you begin with a hypothesis which is very appealing to you, and then you look for things which confirm the hypothesis..."
That, alas, is a recurring problem in climate alarmism...
Other scientists quoted in the book have a similar view toward the hockey stick curve. Dr. Hamish Campbell, PHd and geologist and paleontologist, said that "Mann's 'hockey stick' has indeed been substantively discredited." Professor Jonathan Jones, DPhil, a professor of physics, said, "Do I expect you to publicly denounce the hockey stick as obvious drivel? Well, yes." And there are many more similar quotes.
I'm glad that Randy Wright found time for this additional quote from Professor Giaever:
He added, "In the last 150 years, the Earth has got warmer according to these people. But human health has got better, the social system is better, everything is better... Why is it suddenly getting 'worse'?"
As I often note, the entire political, cultural and economic development of my own country (and its rise from thinly populated colony to G7 status) took place during - and was only possible because of - the emergence of the world 200 years ago from the Little Ice Age.
Among the benefits to mankind from the previous period of "global warming" - the Medieval Climate Optimum - was Magna Carta. I'm honored to be part of a brand new book, with Chris Berg and John Roskam, celebrating the 800th birthday of the Great Charter of Liberties. If you'd like a copy personally autographed by yours truly, they're exclusively available from the SteynOnline bookstore.
~Following last week's Sinatra song, Jim Warshauer writes:
My friend Jerry Bergonzi, a world class saxophonist, was as a teen playing in a Mafia bar in Revere, Mass.
One of the goons approached him between songs. 'Hey kid, da Boss wants to here Come Rain or Come Shine. If I woz you I'd play 'em both...'