Don’t confuse me with facts

Al Gore is the driver who refuses to stop to ask directions.

“Honey, we were supposed to be in Syracuse ten hours ago. The last sign we passed said Cincinnati five miles ahead.”

“Relax, dear. You can’t believe every sign you read. I know we’re on the right road.”

The driver won’t ask for directions because this would show he was wrong. His ego cannot take that. I think this is why Al Gore insists the record cold spells and snowfalls are evidence of global warming. Just as the heat waves were. Many glaciers are growing. But Al tells us they prove the earth is warming. Just as the glaciers melting were.

In other words, his mind is made up. We have global warming. Anything that happens – ANYTHING! – is evidence of global warming. Welcome to Cincinnati.



My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with facts is a laugh line. It is also reality.  Various influence peddlers fall victim to it. They build careers on theories. If facts come along to spoil the theories they cling more fiercely to the faulty theories. They have to. They have staked their careers on them. They maybe make lots of money in the process. So they cannot afford to say “The new facts show I was wrong.”

We still have college professors who insist communism works. The death toll from communist dictators may reach 50 million poor sods. The rubble of economies communists ruined may be documented beyond doubt. Still, the profs tell their students communism was working. Or would have worked with a bit of tweaking.

No matter the facts, they cannot afford to change their minds. They authored books that raved about communism. They wrote articles for prestigious academic journals. They won grants to do research that showed communism was hunky dory. They grew famous in their field. As the guys who predicted communism would prevail over capitalism. As the guys who promised Cuba would prove that communism is Nirvana.

After all that, how can they climb down off their pedestals? How can they remove their crowns and halos and admit they goofed? They cannot. Their egos won’t let them.

Over the past several years we have had many indications of global cooling. We have discovered warming experts tampering with data to “hide the decline” in temperatures. We have found other experts were, well, uh, basically, uh, LYING TO US! We have been smothered with record snowstorms and ice after “experts” predicted the opposite would occur.

So what does Al Gore make of all this? “Well, shucks. It’s more evidence of global warming. Maybe I can write a new book and create a new movie about it all.”

These days, Mr. Gore’s predictions are good for laughs. However, he has had the last laughs. And they have erupted on his way to the bank.

From Tom ... as in Morgan.                  

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