Idiot HuffPo Contributor Displays Lack of Command of English Language and Counting Beyond Ten

James A. Shapiro, like many alarmists are upset at the Wall Street Journal for publishing the op-ed piece, entitled “No Need To Panic About Global Warming” Specifically, the item which has his panties in a wad is a statement in the piece which stated, “Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now.” 

Hysterically, Mr. Shapiro attempts to refute this assertion by quoting NOAA, which states, “This year tied 1997 as the 11th warmest year since records began in 1880…”, adamantly asserting we should panic.  Apparently, Mr. Shapiro doesn’t understand the concept of the suffix “-ing”  Or, perhaps he doesn’t understand the concept of “10 years”.  More likely, given his attempt at refutation, he’s having difficulties with both.  He also quoted the incomplete BEST study, which last temp data point is March of 2010, nearly two years ago.

Thinking I could be wrong, I took my shoes off and counted just to be sure.  And, yep!  1997 was longer than 10 years ago!  I checked several dictionaries and grammar sites.  Apparently, in this context, when using a root word such as warm with the suffix “ing”, it creates a thingy we like to call a present participle!  For instance, if I say I’m running, it means I’m actively(presently) engaged in the idea conveyed by the word run.  So, warming means presently warming.  Not, that it once warmed, or that it may warm, but rather it is currently warming.

To review:  More than 10 years ago, the globe quit warming……


The globe had warmed before this……….


BEST graph!  Please note:  BEST data is land only and shouldn’t be used for global temp study.


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22 Responses to Idiot HuffPo Contributor Displays Lack of Command of English Language and Counting Beyond Ten

  1. Latitude says:

    but but but….

    “The supposed “consensus” on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

    Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.”

  2. OT

    Now that it looks like Romney will be the nominee who do you think will be his running mate? You still think he should take Rubio?

    • suyts says:

      He’d be totally loony if he doesn’t at least try. Or someone with similar appeal to the conservative base in a populated state.

      I’m not sure I’m ready to call it, yet. But it is certainly his to lose. I’ll probably have a post on the Florida primary. If Gingrich shows poorly, I think he’s done. At this stage in the game, I don’t wish to be too critical, but I thing Gingrich took negative campaigning to a new level this week. I think he crossed a line with many voters. I think it was a poor political gamble. Santorum will play better in the plains states, as we saw with Iowa. If Paul squeezes out some wins that detract from Romney as opposed to Santorum, then we could still see something different. For instance, I understand Paul is working on Maine. Maine, in my estimation would default to Romney, but they’ve a bit of an independent streak which Paul can take advantage. Nevada, the same but to a lesser extent. Though, there, denominational religion may come into play.

      The thing to look for in a running mate, would be someone who favorably contrasts with the candidate and has no baggage, from a populated state which helps for the win. Romney fits the classical definition of establishment Republican. Rich old white guy. Though they’re typically seen as WASPs. Rubio fits all of the desires. Further, he hasn’t said anything, that I’m aware of, which could be construed as inflammatory towards Romney. Kudos for Rubio. This vitriol being stirred between Romney and Gingrich supporters is pissing me off. Negative is one thing……

      • Latitude says:

        and on another page….

        Obama has lost the kids, blacks, and liberals…
        …and now he’s lost most of the Catholics too

        he’s toast

        • suyts says:

          Yes, again, it is the Republicans to lose. They just need to make sure they don’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

        • Latitude says:

          What to watch is the combined scores of Newt, Ron, and Rick…..that’s the conservatives
          They are splitting the vote three ways………….

          Miami went ~65% Romney…
          ..and the Keys went ~50% Romney

  3. suyts says:

    The dynamics are interesting. I think Rubio intervening on Romney’s behalf threw Miami to Romney over that immigrant ad. The thing which is getting me is that Newt isn’t a classic conservative. Although, I suppose there is a perception out there. And, I suppose he’d be classified as “more” conservative than Romney. (In my estimation) The thing about the Paul/Santorum supporters is that they are less likely to support one or the other because of the social issues, even though the fiscal policies are probably closer together than any other of the candidates.

    • Latitude says:

      I said that wrong….
      I meant the anti-Romney…Newt, Rick, and Ron are splitting the anti-Romney vote.

      Rick and Ron have a combined 20%…
      …add that to Newt’s 37%…and he jumps way ahead of Romney

      Rick, and Ron are putting Romney in the whitehouse

    • suyts says:

      Well, I look at it as Newt is putting Romney in the White House. If Newt’s rhetoric would have won in Florida….. ie… Romney should be hated because he’s a successful capitalist or that Romney(and his ilk) is religiously intolerant, the Repubs would have lost the general election.

      No Republican candidate can win using that rhetoric. I understand Newt had to respond to Mitt, but that wasn’t the way. He needs to get back to what propelled him. He’s going to slip underneath Santorum soon if he doesn’t change. Newt understood the importance of the South, but apparently he doesn’t understand the differences of Florida. You know better than I that north Florida is an entirely different demographic than south Florida and the middle is even different than that.

  4. PhilJourdan says:

    I wonder if the Huffpo writer is the same fellow I ran into elsewhere. He was also trying to argue that “warming” was the same as “warm”. I pointed out to him that it may be “warm”, but that does not prove it is “warming”. And he went to pieces (typical religious zealot reaction when his dogma is threatened).

    Huffpo is a parody. Even the rational warmists and leftists do not argue that point. If they trot out a link to it, and you challenge it, they quickly back down. With shoddy writting like the article you highlighted, it is no wonder.

    But just remember, that as much as the OWS crowd would like to believe otherwise, you still get what you pay for. So that explains the lack of quality at huffpo – since they are not getting paid.

    • suyts says:

      lol, too true. I just get tired of seeing that meme in print, and it’s always fun to poke fun at the HuffPo loons.

      I do blame our education system for not teaching these people basic concepts of grammar and time.

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