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Mr. Blunt and Cranky heard something remarkable today: shall he share it? Why yes, yes he shall: 97% of scientists actively working and publishing in the field of climatology agree that man-made global warming is an established fact. Ninety-Seven Friggin’ Percent. When was the last time you saw that kind of unanimity among humans on any topic? Hell, there’s not that much agreement on the validity of the moon landings.

If an international group of contentious, contumacious brainiacs can agree on Global Climate Change, we should treat it as a fact.  That means that anyone who bleats and blathers against the facts is a liar, because they choose to ignore reality and spew falsehoods.

“Oh, but Cranky One,” we hear you cry, “they are entitled to their opinion”. To which the response must be, “facts don’t give an armadillo’s fart about opinions”. Americans have gotten waaaaay too tolerant of fools and liars, and too invested in the silly-arsed, school-of-fluffy-bunnies-and-magical-rainbow-ponies  notion that everyone’s opinion is of equal value and deserves equal time and consideration.  Sorry, but that is not the case.  Some people simply have more information about a given topic than others, and their knowledge is worth more than the opinions of the ignorant.

This writer might opine that that all the gold in Fort Knox belongs to him, but he’d get a rude shock if he tried acting as if that opinion were true. Try having an “opinion” on gravity. Or how hot that stove burner is. Or how sharp a crocodile’s teeth are. No matter what you may believe, you’ll be bruised, burnt or dismembered when you encounter reality.

Climate change deniers are causing great harm because of their lies, and the first step in solving the problem is to call them out as the liars they are. Not “mistaken”; not “presenting a minority view”; not “stating an opinion”; no, these are liars. They should be forced to wear their Crowns O’ Polished Turds in public, the better that we may know to ignore anything that comes out of their mouths.

Monday: Reasons conservatives should acknowledge Climate Change and work to reverse it (yes, there are such reasons).

Mr. B & C

Think for a minute: Imagine Mr. Blunt and Cranky saying to you, “I promise to be nicer”. How much do those words weigh, traveling through the air? If you answered “nothing”, you’d pretty much be right. So gold times zero equals….yep, zero. So, that’s how much a promise is worth.

In addition, what does “nicer” mean? Kind of vague, you might say, and again you’d be right. So, in addition to being worthless, that hypothetical promise means nothing. Plus, given his track record, do you really believe he’ll be less blunt and cranky? One would hope you don’t.

While reading the fact-check websites from last night’s debate, this writer is reminded of the old adage  quoted in the title of today’s post: Romney made many promises, and they pretty much exemplify both the weightlessness and vagueness that gave rise to the adage. He also is looking pretty crap on the fact-checking websites (more on that tomorrow), which makes his promises even less valuable.

Obama, on the other hand, proved (once again) that he is an inept debater when it comes to style, but told fewer whoppers and made far fewer promises. And of the promises made in 2008?  is a good list of them, and shows that he has actually done pretty well; indeed, some of the promises not kept were due to congressional squabbling and not because the Prexy did not push them.

Promises, promises. We all make them, and their only worth is in how they are kept. Romney has changed positions, lied, blown off fact-checkers and made promises that mathematics prove cannot possibly be kept. Obama has tried to keep his promises, and (so far) at least kept the majority of them.

Mr. B& C