Gregory:   Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?

Sherlock Holmes:  To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.

Gregory:  The dog did nothing in the night-time.

Sherlock Holmes:  That was the curious incident

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Sliverblaze

Today in Mark Steyn’s latest update on his court fight vs Michael Mann includes a non-event of great significance.

Well, yesterday was the deadline, and not a single amicus brief was filed on behalf of Mann. Not one. So Michael Mann is taking a stand for science. But evidently science is disinclined to take a stand for Michael Mann. The self-appointed captain of the hockey team is playing solo.

Liberals like Paul Krugman might be willing to put out screeds calling those fighting Mann “evil” and the NYT might be willing to put such declaration on their website but apparently that not the same as putting one’s reputation on the line in a court brief.

This is in stark contract to Steyn who case has received amici briefs from both left and right

Regardless of the reason if this case goes to trial and Mann loses (and given the unwillingness of his Climate Change allies to defend him the likelihood of that seems ever-increasing) the reverberation of such a defeat is likely going to be huge for those pushing the Global Warming/Climate Change/Give me your tax money agenda.

And don’t think for one second it’s not about getting your money as Roger L. Simon reminds us:

Allow me to share a personal experience.  I went to Copenhagen in 2009 for this website to cover another UN climate conference (COP 15), then considered to be extremely crucial.  Several islands — Micronesia, I think — were supposedly about to go under from the rising tides.  I ran into the representative from one of those islands and asked him if he was worried.  He started to laugh and shook his head.  So I asked him what he was doing at the conference.  I want the money, he said.

and as long as they can credibly trick fools out of cash they will.

If I was the Climate Change mob I’d have Mann settle out of course on 1st Amendment grounds because if this gets to court the days of wine and roses are over, but I suspect Steyn will not let him off that easy.

Still on the bright side for the international leaches looking for their next wine filled conference, I’m sure given how easily the media climbed aboard this bandwagon they can come up with a new catastrophe to soak the gullible long enough to keep them living comfortably.

By A.P. Dillon

Last week I covered the The Unintended Transparency Of Obama’s DOJ and here we are a week later and it turns out the State Department has had transparency issues of their own.

Add this latest ‘filtering out’ to the pile of questions I’ve accumulated while writing about Benghazi. Via the Daily Signal’s article by Sharyl Attkisson, Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review:

“As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.”

Reminder: The ARB did NOT interview Hillary Clinton because, according to Admiral Mike Mullen, the ARB decided that she did not play a role in the decision-making. Arguably one can draw the conclusion this was a plausible deniability move to protect Clinton. Similar moves were made regarding the now famous ‘talking points‘.

Reminder: Obama blasted the probe at the time and called it a “political circus,” a “side show” and said there’s “no there, there.”  Apparently, there was “no there, there” because Hillary Clinton’s State Department pulled a manual version of Lois Lerner’s hard drive.


Just yesterday at the first meeting of the Benghazi Select Committee, a former Obama DHS Official, Todd Keil, faulted the State Department for not prioritizing Benghazi security requests (September 17, 2014). Gee, were these requests also ‘filtered out’?  Testimony also hit on the ARB and being ‘fiercely independent’…or not.

Sharyl Attkisson tweeted quite a bit yesterday during that Select Committee hearing, this was one of her first:


But what difference does it make?



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Gandhi: Mr. Kinnoch, I beg you to accept that there is no people on Earth who would not prefer their own bad government to the good government of an alien power.

Gandhi 1982

12th Doctor: It’s good I’m Scottish. I’m Scottish. I am Scottish. I can complain about things, I can really complain about things.

Doctor Who Deep Breath 2014

I’ve written nothing about Scottish independence to this point and other than security I don’t really care one way or the other.   As far as I’m concerned as long as the Scots don’t ally themselves with our enemies or suddenly decide to invade England or send the Black Watch to fight on the side of ISIS  it doesn’t matter to me one jot if the Cross of St. Andrew or the Union Jack flies over Edinburgh Castle.   The Scots are a first world country, highly educated, schooled in democracy and if they want to govern themselves I see no reason why they shouldn’t have a go at it

There is however one suggestion that I would make to our Scottish friends.  I’d ask for a clause in any separation deal that calls for a 2nd referendum in 40 years on reunification with England.

Because right now the left and the greens are likely going to be running your new country for a while and given their proclivities, your primary assets of Oil & Whiskey  are most certainly going to be used to create a socialist welfare state which will become a magnet for those seeking relief.  It will be the ultimate test of the wisdom of the Socialist / Green agenda for the entire world to see.

Meanwhile on the other side of Hadrian’s wall we will see the exact opposite.  Without their kilted collection of votes England will most certainly move farther to the right on all kinds of issues.  With luck you might even see some of the excesses of  the welfare state rolled back.

I think it would be a grand experiment on both sides of the border and the results will say plenty.

Now I suspect the Scots, being a sensible if quarrelsome people will only need a few election cycles to figure out that however nice socialism is when paid for in English pounds, if it’s paid for in Scottish pounds I’ll wager it will be a different story and I doubt the far left would be able to repress them a/la Venezuela if they choose to say enough!

It it turns out however I’m wrong, if the Scots don’t figure it out or are too stubborn to let it go they might want to have that 2nd referendum available so they can decide to rejoined the British fold as one United Kingdom.

The real question at that time is this:  Would an England freed of a large block of the Socialist labor vote choose to have them back?


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