Crank up the AC, Babs, I have a pusillanimous poltroon to pillory!
It is with inexpressible pleasure that I reply to the attack on me this week by Dr. Michael Mann, the discredited harpy of the now almost defunct global warming movement…. The “hockey stick,” the most important graphic in the entire climate debate, held that the world’s average temperature proceeded along for centuries in a straight line like the shaft of a hockey stick lying flat, but had begun a sharp 45-degree climb like the up-raised blade of the stick. Of course, as I will show, this theory has been exposed as complete bunk…. Scientifically renowned skeptics on the subject have virtually shut down the original zealots, and Mann is clinging to his hockey stick like a passenger on the Titanic grasping a raft.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Post, Sept. 26, 2015.
The efforts of deniers to find fault were swamped and obliterated by science itself. All the following research showed the same big picture. In recent years global surface temperature has been rising faster than at any time in the past two thousand years. [G]lobal surface temperatures are approaching or exceeding those of any time since civilisation began, more than 10,000 years ago.
—hotwhopper.com, Aug. 12, 2105.
Libel chill good, defamation chill bad
[Dr. Michael Mann] neglected even a hint of events subsequent to my initial conviction, including the fact that I collected the largest libel settlement in Canadian history, $5 million, from the sponsors of the initial allegations against me…. Mann has sued [Mark] Steyn (disclosure: a good friend of many years) for defaming him… Mark didn’t write much more scornfully about [Mann] than I did, so let me be clear that in these matters Michael Mann is a sleazy charlatan, and he is welcome to try the same legal trick on me, in Canada, where there is a civil legal sanction against defamation, for which, as for much else in this country, I am grateful. Only in America could the asphyxiating legal cartel reduce the right to justice to such a procedural quagmire…. All supporters of freedom of expression…should hope that [Steyn] does persevere and does win…. Shame on Michael Mann and shame on those responsible for the tenebrous legal jungle in which he hides, and which is strangling the Sweet Land of Liberty.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, op. cit. National Post, Sept. 26, 2015.
By sundown it was suddenly clear, and made perfect sense, why Toronto Police fired at least 14 bullets into a stolen car with a driver at the wheel…. Count me among those who aren’t too worried about the technicalities of what the investigation reveals because in my mind I already think the officers who stopped this menace from doing God knows what are heroes. This was great police work in my view. Count this as a win for the good guys.
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, Sept. 16, 2015.
Hey, guess who got a ticket
Don’t look now but 100 people have been wounded by bullets in Toronto so far in 2015. It’s a shocking milestone and way more important than the so-called epidemic of vehicles blocking roadways…. Instead, while so many killers are on the loose, Mayor John Tory and Chief Mark Saunders were at City Hall Wednesday pushing their latest revenue generating tag-and-tow campaign…. “We don’t tolerate this,” Tory said adamantly. “This is not acceptable behaviour.” He was talking about the traffic blockers. The gangsters must laugh. The city’s target should not be regular people coming to and from work, or those participating in Toronto’s commerce, but on the murderous underground thuggery that lurks and kills here…. Perhaps the best idea is to declare war on the armed and dangerous gangs instead of on the delivery trucks.
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, Sept. 25, 2015.
Stop! You had us at watermelon salesman!
How did you meet Toula?
I was a bachelor in Toronto, and one day my father put me on a plane to Greece and told me to find a wife. My uncle, a watermelon salesman, took me into the mountains, where I saw her: an angel. Sorry, I think I’m going to cry.
— Toronto city councillor Jim Karygiannis, from a Q&A with Malcolm Johnston, Toronto Life, Sept. 29, 2015.