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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review January 30, 2009 /5 Shevat 5769

A Senate gobsmack for the Oracle

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Al Gore came to Capitol Hill this week, all decked out in his earth tones, with an old scribe's tale of destruction, doom and disaster. He was rewarded not with questions worthy of the world's greatest deliberate body but with what our English cousins call a "gobsmack." Right on the mouth.


In an ordinary time and at an ordinary place, all iced in and with a wide stretch of the nation shivering in record single-digit misery, more talk about global warming - or "climate change" as we're supposed to call it now - would be regarded as a cheap and cruel joke. Since only a United States senator would leap at an invitation to go on such a snipe hunt, the Senate is where Al showed up with his graphs, factoids and PowerPoint presentation.


"We must face up to this urgent and unprecedented threat to the existence of our civilizations," he told a panel of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "This is the most serious challenge the world has ever faced. It could completely end civilization, and it is rushing at us with such speed and force." Even an old newspaperman like Al ran out of hyperbole.


But this is the kind of sucker stuff senators like. Language like this can sell schemes to other incredulous senators worth billions and billions of the dollars ordinary people work long and hard to contribute to the public till. You could see visions of sugarplums dancing behind rheumy Senate eyes.


Richard Lugar of Indiana, a Republican who gets along with Democrats better than with his own party, was moved almost to poesy, agreeing with Al that the global warming he described would cause "an almost existential impact." Existentialism, the curse of the common cause, is hard for a senator to define, but he knows it when he thinks he sees it.


John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic chairman of the panel, is a devoted wind surfer at his home in France, so he's understandably concerned that the destruction of the planet as we know it would alter wind currents aloft, even in France, making it difficult to get to dinner on time. Four-star Michelin restaurants rarely hold reservations for tardy Americans. "Share with us, if you could," the senator told Al, "sort of the immediate vision that you see in the transformative process as we move to this new economy."


"Geothermal energy," Al replied. "This has great potential, and it's not very far off." Mr. Kerry beamed a happy beam, reassured that the friendly French air might not be disturbed, after all.


Al talked his doomsday talk as if the eminent crash of Spaceship Earth is a settled fact unless the senators intervene. The senators, who imagine they have the power to order the sun to quit having sunspots, eagerly agreed.


Only when James Risch of Idaho, a Republican, asked when the last man on earth could expect to be fried, sauteed or parboiled did Al reveal an ever so slight crack in his mortal certainty.


"I don't claim the expertise to answer a question like that," he said.


Several senators paled, as if affrighted by this unexpected doubt of infallibility in Delphi. It was a particularly difficult moment for Johnny Isakson of Georgia, a Republican, who mildly challenged Al with a question about the risks and dangers in spent nuclear fuel. He would have pulled at his forelock if he had one: "I stand to be corrected, and I defer to your position, you're probably right and I'm probably wrong. I'm not questioning you, I'm questioning myself."


The gobsmacking of silly senators aside, Al has good reason to declare the debate over, even if no one else does. A growing number of eminent scientists - thousands at last count - do indeed question Al's "science," and with no tugging of scholarly forelocks.


Mr. Kerry scoffed at the snow and ice that accompanied Al to Washington as "a little snow" that "does nothing to diminish the reality of the crisis," but many weather scientists have taken due note of the severity of recent winters and the decline in average temperatures over the past decade. Al and his conspirators have changed "global warming crisis" to "climate change."


Well, if the weather changes, and most of us have seen it do that with our own eyes, why not change the language of the scam?


This manufactured crisis has cost us plenty already, hobbling oil exploration, preventing the construction of new refineries, even driving up the cost of groceries. None of these hardships touch the senators who feed so well at our expense, of course, and many of them are determined to help Al milk the public cow. The senators don't want an honest debate, either.


We must be thankful for the new hard times. Maybe we can't have Wall Street bailouts and Senate handouts at the same time. Hard times stand between us and the grim consequences of Al and his bad science.

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