Global Warming Update: There is a new time lapse depiction of the Arctic Ice Melt on Youtube. You need to check it out here. It’s pretty cool and looks to me as if there are some minima about 15 years ago that are close to those of the past few years. But the maxima of ice seems to be pretty consistent. Seems to me that if Global Warming were going full bore, then the maxima of ice would also be affected as noticably. I bet there is something else afoot. Anthony Watts explains fully. Regardless of where you are on the issue, I’d suggest that you click here for an explanation of the potential other factors at work.
Pro-Life? The guy who killed the doctor who performed late-term abortions in Kansas, Dr. George Tiller (story), no doubt thought of himself as being pro-life. Yet, he killed a guy. No consistency. Most people who are in the pro-life movement in no way would condone this yet, the actions of one loon is being broad brushed by the opposition to show the justification for their position. Nonsense. They are doing the same thing that they object to when their opponents try to say that pro-choice advocates want everyone to get abortions. This is a tragedy on many levels and it’s getting more and more difficult to find responsible debate in this country on almost any topic. Alan Colmes says Dr. Tiller was an American Hero. Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry says that Dr. Tiller was a mass murderer. But is this any different than the past? You see…vile political attacks on all subjects have actually gone on for a long time in this country….
Let us take a look at Big Daddy Grover Cleveland. Grover Cleveland was the only president to serve two terms as president non-consecutively. So, you will see he is commonly listed as the 22nd and 24th President. In his first campaign, there was much mud-slinging between he and Republican James G. Blaine. The accusations against Blaine were pretty pedestrian. They claimed that he took bribes. Cleveland was accused of fathering a child with a woman to whom he was not married! Cleveland’s defense? Guilty as charged. He acknowledged the legitimacy to the question and was promptly elected. Goes to show, all you need to do is tell the truth! Would he have gotten elected had he denied it? Would he have gotten elected had the woman had an abortion?
Now, Cleveland was an attorney by trade and he had a partner in practice by the name of Oscar Folsom. Folsom died in 1873 following an unfortunate carriage accident and left his old friend Grover to manage the estate. And manage he did! No, he didn’t marry his good friend’s wife…he married his daughter. Frances Clara Folsom was but 9 years old when her father died but Cleveland made sure that she and her mother’s finances were in order. After she graduated from Wells College, he proposed marriage. Frances was not one to make a rush decision so she took a trip to Europe to clear her mind. When she returned, no doubt some thought she had lost it because the On This Date in 1886, President Grover Cleveland became the first president to be married in the White House to Frances, who was 27 years his junior. I wonder if when she was growing up she called him “Uncle Grover.”
They had several children, one of which was Ruth. The official story by the maker of the “Baby Ruth” candy bar was that it was named after the President’s daughter. Somehow, a judge sided with the company in a lawsuit it brought against the makers of the “Babe Ruth Home Run Bar” saying the competitor’s name too closely resembled “Baby Ruth.” Trouble is, Ruth Cleveland died in 1904, the candy company wasn’t in existance until 1916 and the “Baby Ruth” bar wasn’t born until 1921…or about the time that a certain George Herman Ruth was beginning to make a name for himself. But, the makers stick to the story to this day and, to this day as far as I know, the estate of Babe Ruth has not gotten a dime from the makers of the bar.
Weather Bottom Line: This little hot spell won’t last much longer and the temps close to 90 from Monday and Tuesday will make the highs on Thursday in the low to mid 70′s feel even that much cooler. I know the forecasts are all calling for a bit warmer temps but I tell you ,the models are suggesting not even 70′s. I suspect, as most things, the truth will be somewhere in between. We’ll have a front sliding down and approaching on Wednesday. There will be plenty of warm moist air to work with so there should be a fair chance for t’storms. Some modeling data suggests that we get overrunning on the slow moving front so we still have a threat of showers on Wednesday night into early Thursday. That too should keep a lid on the temperatures…if not rain then some clouds. Friday back to the mid to upper 70′s. Look for some people on Thursday and Friday mornings to see temps in the 40′s.