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CLIMATE, GEARS CHANGED

Snow falls on Baghdad for the first time in memory! Of course, this is due to global warmi ... er, climate change. Locals aren’t complaining:

“It is the first time we’ve seen snow in Baghdad,” said 60-year-old Hassan Zahar. “We’ve seen sleet before, but never snow. I looked at the faces of all the people, they were astonished,” he said.

“A few minutes ago, I was covered with snowflakes. In my hair, on my shoulders. I invite all the people to enjoy peace, because the snow means peace,” he said.

It’s a snow surge! Another positive development - Baghdad motorcycle racing:

Ali Imad, a 24-year-old motorcycle mechanic who takes part in the races, said he has an “odd love” for motorcycles and simply enjoys the recreation, especially popping wheelies for the crowd.

“Life is difficult and hard and suffering. We had sectarianism. Thanks be to God, we overcame that,” he said.

In the parking lot amid the whirl of engines, he said, “People are happy and comfortable.”

Outstanding.

UPDATE. “You people are fooling yourselves,” chides Penguin. “That is the warmest snow to ever fall on Baghdad since records have been kept.”

Posted by Tim B. on 01/12/2008 at 01:21 PM
  1. Ali Imad, a 24-year-old motorcycle mechanic who takes part in the races, said he has an “odd love” for motorcycles and simply enjoys the recreation, especially popping wheelies for the crowd.

    Hmmmm….

    Sounds like a budding “Evel Imad”.  Get the man an Elvis suit and helmet!!

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2008 01 12 at 01:28 PM • permalink

  2. I understand the “odd love” for bikes.  I’ve bought four during the last decade.

    Oh, and any freaky weather is just more proof of “climate change” silly.  Otherwise the climo-tards couldn’t have it their way all the time.  It’s a lose/lose scenario… for all mankind.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2008 01 12 at 02:23 PM • permalink

  3. In the parking lot amid the whirl of engines, he said, “People are happy and comfortable.”

    Is there any part of that sentence that doesn’t make a lefty cringe?

    Posted by Dave S. on 2008 01 12 at 02:53 PM • permalink

  4. But… but… Quagmire!  Hundreds of thousands of deaths and displacements! The Evil Grab for Oil by Chimpy McHitlerburton!  Pain and suffering, and… and…

    It must hurt to be a lefty these days.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 12 at 03:07 PM • permalink

  5. Bahh.  Nothing has changed in Iraq.  It’s just quiet ‘cuz of the writers strike leaving journalists hanging in the wind.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2008 01 12 at 03:12 PM • permalink

  6. Is there any part of that sentence that doesn’t make a lefty cringe?

    Nope. I’m amazed that this line was actually published by CNN.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 12 at 04:12 PM • permalink

  7. Pray forgive me for going off topic this early in the thread, but I thought you may find some satisfaction from watching Ezra Levant sticking it to the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

    Levant was the publisher of the now-defunct Western Standard magazine when they published the Khartoons; as the result of a complaint from some whining little asshole, he was haled before the Commission. Here’s the video he posted on his website.

    Opening statement

    “What was your intent?”

    Posted by Mambo Bananapatch on 2008 01 12 at 04:13 PM • permalink

  8. #5, excellent, aaron!!  still laughing here

    Posted by missred on 2008 01 12 at 04:25 PM • permalink

  9. Are we sure that The Snow Queen Shrillary is not making a pre-presidential visit there in secret?

    Posted by Barrie on 2008 01 12 at 04:53 PM • permalink

  10. #7 Great link Mambo.  Everyone should hear this fine speech.
    I loved the way the bureaucrat crossed her little arms in denial when he said the prosecution was brought by an Egyptian imam from a clearly antisemitic university!

    Posted by Barrie on 2008 01 12 at 05:05 PM • permalink

  11. While we mull over the prospects for peace (snow or no snow) the number crunchers have been at it again and now revised the death count down to 150,000. Has this been further subdivided into
    (a) those civilians who are not insurgents or engaged in some nefarious activity killed by coalition forces,
    (b) isurgents/mahdis/jihadis etc killed by coalition forces, and
    (c) people of all sorts killed by insurgents/jihadis/mad mahdis etc?

    Posted by blogstrop on 2008 01 12 at 05:15 PM • permalink

  12. “Life is difficult and hard and suffering. We had sectarianism. Thanks be to God, we overcame that,” he said.

    I get so sick of hearing that “life is hard” talk.  Listen Iraqis, and your fellow Arabs and Muslims.  Life is hard for everyone.  You do your best to deal with it.  Hopefully without blaming America, Britain, and the West in the process.

    /bitchiness

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 01 12 at 05:29 PM • permalink

  13. Raad Kamal, another spectator, echoed that sentiment. “I expect anything, car bombs or suicide bombers. But if I decided to stay in the house all the time, then it means I am a dead man, and I do not want to be a dead man. I decided to go outside and live my life.”

    Raad...WE have a State here in the U.S. who’s MOTTO IS: Live Free or Die.

    The motto comes from a statement written by the Revolutionary General John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington.

    New Hampshire

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 01 12 at 06:10 PM • permalink

  14. Ummm…Whose.

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 01 12 at 06:13 PM • permalink

  15. #7, excellent and inspirational link, Mambo.  I wish Mr. Levant good luck in his endeavors and applaud him for standing up to the small-minded thought police.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 12 at 07:12 PM • permalink

  16. As our friends in Iraq start to enjoy their new freedoms, we should fully support those like Mr Levant who are fighting to keep the freedoms we have enjoyed for 800 years.

    Posted by Skeeter on 2008 01 12 at 07:20 PM • permalink

  17. #7 Mambo Bananas

    The real violence in Edmondton is worth a look, too.

    Thanks for those links. He’s Ezra Levant is correct.

    I hope he wins the good fight.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 12 at 07:24 PM • permalink

  18. Where did that extra he’s come from? Sorry.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 12 at 07:25 PM • permalink

  19. Lots of good news about this morning.

    Student unionism ‘on brink of extinction.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 12 at 07:46 PM • permalink

  20. #19 CL

    Mr McFarland says the future for many* is bleak.

    *that’d be the many unionist wannabe lefty pollies who were hoovering up the obligatory student union fees and advancing their own political career and “cause” barrow, no matter how obscure or foolish.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 12 at 07:50 PM • permalink

  21. ...small-minded thought police.

    You’re being awfully generous there, Rebecca, in describing their IQ.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 12 at 08:00 PM • permalink

  22. It is really quite humbling to see how enthusiastic the Iraqis are about things which are, to us, easily accessible.

    It is a good reminder for me, and should be a lesson to the “quagmire” brigade - who ironically are in an ideological quagmire of their own.

    Posted by Toiling Mass on 2008 01 12 at 08:02 PM • permalink

  23. “Life is difficult and hard and suffering. We had sectarianism. Thanks be to God, we overcame that…”

    ...and praise be to Allah, I am now the proud and envied owner of a Fat Hog!!

    I mean…

    ...a motorcycle!!

    Posted by zeppenwolf on 2008 01 12 at 08:09 PM • permalink

  24. You people are fooling yourselves. That is the warmest snow to ever fall on Baghdad since records have been kept.

    Posted by Penguin on 2008 01 12 at 08:49 PM • permalink

  25. Cruisin’ Esky

    Cheers

    Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2008 01 12 at 08:56 PM • permalink

  26. Meanwhile in the national socialist areas of the world, we have unreported death and chaos. Who remembers Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia? Gareth is now Crisis Group’s President & CEO. A national socialist leading the Crisis Group working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict? What did they do in Iraq?

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 01 12 at 09:03 PM • permalink

  27. ‘;;’‘;’;’;’;

    ;’‘;’;’;’;’;

    snow

    Posted by 1.618 on 2008 01 12 at 09:13 PM • permalink

  28. Son is over in Iraq right now, I think(unit moved and he wasn’t free to say exactly where) somewhere north of Baghdad.  Hadn’t heard from him for almost three weeks, then his mother got an e-mail the other day.  Entire message:
    “It’s snowing.”

    I’ve heard of brevity in communications, but that was a bit much.

    Posted by Firehand on 2008 01 12 at 09:44 PM • permalink

  29. Firehand

    Bless your son.

    “It’s snowing.”

    Kids, aren’t they somethin’...:).

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 01 12 at 10:14 PM • permalink

  30. Firehand; You must have raised him right. (via samizdata)

    Posted by dean martin on 2008 01 12 at 10:20 PM • permalink

  31. #26 Evans being the knumbskull who scrambled an RAAF Mirage fighter to Tasmania in 1983 during the Franklin Dam brouhaha. Rather like Horatio Rudd nowadays, wanting to dispatch the navy to protect whales. Send Australian soldiers to protect human beings in Iraq, however, and it’s a misuse of defence forces.

    Labor never changes.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 12 at 10:32 PM • permalink

  32. And Saddam and his two boys are no longer around to play in the snow!.

    Boohoo!

    Posted by Dave Wane on 2008 01 12 at 10:53 PM • permalink

  33. An alternative “snow-based” execution for Saddam. How to kill Saddam Husein.

    Posted by Dave Wane on 2008 01 12 at 10:58 PM • permalink

  34. But Global Warming is still happening, MSNBC says so!

    Study: Winters in Northeast warming quickly
    From 1965 to 2005, winter temps increased 2.5 degrees, research shows

    “Winter is warming greater than any other season,” said Elizabeth Burakowski, who analyzed data from dozens of stations for her master’s thesis

    Wait…  MSNBC is referencing students’ master’s theses now?

    Posted by spot_the_dog on 2008 01 12 at 11:49 PM • permalink

  35. #28 Firehand,
    May the Lord watch over your son and bring him safely home.

    Speaking of snow and brief messages, after the Battle of Eylau in 1807 Marshal Ney sent to Napoleon Bonaparte a report on the role his corps had played in the battle:  “Engaged Russians at Preussiche-Eylau.”  One of the Emperor’s secretaries sent it back to him with the suggestion that it was too short and that the Marshal ought to elaborate on it.  Ney returned this: “Engaged Russians at Preussiche-Eylau.  Snow.”

    Posted by Michael Lonie on 2008 01 12 at 11:54 PM • permalink

  36. From 1965 to 2005, winter temps increased 2.5 degrees, research shows

    Considering that from approximately the mid-‘40’s to the mid-‘70s, we were in a cold period, that’s hardly surprising. If the bint had looked at winter temps from, say, 1935 to 1975, she would have seen them falling. Like the Newsweek folks did. When they declared pollution was causing global cooling.

    Cherry-picking fucktards.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2008 01 13 at 12:26 AM • permalink

  37. Dave S., this .pdf has a collection of “New Ice Age” and “Global Warming” articles, headlines and magazine covers from the past 100 years.  Some of them are a real hoot. 

    Have a look at the illustration on the cover of the March 1, 1975 “Science and News” magazine (page 4 of the .pdf)

    By the way, you’ve been quoted (your comment #3 here) over at El Cid’s.  Hope you don’t mind.

    Posted by spot_the_dog on 2008 01 13 at 01:45 AM • permalink

  38. May Student unions unravel completely. Never has there been a starker “We want it but you pay for it.”
    Trouble is of course that now the intellectual-flavoured robber barons are back in they might just prop them up.

    Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 01 13 at 02:19 AM • permalink

  39. o/t -

    Obama’s plane involved in a minor collision with another aircraft.  Nobody hurt, but brace yourselves for a Cat 5 conspiracy storm.

    Posted by Achillea on 2008 01 13 at 03:12 AM • permalink

  40. #39 The eeeeeeeevil BusHitler neocons are trying to kill off the US’s only hope!!! Oh No!!! They must be stopped!!!

    [/moonbat][start shower]

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 13 at 03:18 AM • permalink

  41. Mambo - awesome links - thanks!

    I can imagine Steyn doing something similar to rip them a new ....

    Posted by peter m on 2008 01 13 at 09:10 AM • permalink

  42. #41 Peter, there are links to more of those videos here (in post & comments)
    (via El Cid)

    “She’s a thug.  You’re a thug.”  Pretty awesome indeed!

    Posted by spot_the_dog on 2008 01 13 at 09:20 AM • permalink

  43. Dave S., this .pdf has a collection of “New Ice Age” and “Global Warming” articles, headlines and magazine covers from the past 100 years.  Some of them are a real hoot.

    I can’t thank you enough for that. It’s in the “Ammo” folder. And it will be printed out and left prominently at work.

    By the way, you’ve been quoted (your comment #3 here) over at El Cid’s.  Hope you don’t mind. 

    Hell, no. I’m an attention whore.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2008 01 13 at 10:26 AM • permalink

  44. Dean, both he and the daughter got the ‘right’ stuff growing up.  Like my old Cub and Boy Scout manuals that hadn’t been edited to remove stuff on campfires and knives and such.

    I ask you, when the kids decide to play elf, and elves have spears(as everyone knows), how could I not make spears for them? 

    When he was in Basic, he wrote that the DI was a bit surprised when they issued the cleaning gear: “Drill Sergeant, do we have anything better?”
    “What do you mean better?”
    “A one-piece rod, some really good bore cleaner?”
    Sniff.  He really did listen when he was growing up.

    Posted by Firehand on 2008 01 13 at 10:52 PM • permalink

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