Richard Branson Compares His Company to Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan

Well, the Virgin Atlantic founder and billionaire didn’t literally say what the title implies, but is there any other way to take a statement like this from a man who made his fortune spewing jet fumes into the atmosphere?

From Time:

“There are some of us who believe that the problem of warming is as bad as the First and Second World Wars combined,” Branson told TIME in a recent interview at the climate summit in Copenhagen. “It’s that serious, and you know the key is carbon, [but] there’s no war room coordinating the attack on carbon.

“So, Branson has taken it upon himself — unsurprisingly — to lead the charge against carbon

A Jew in a concentration camp — watching Al Gore fudge the numbers and harping about global warming during a blizzard while Richard Branson rakes in cash from a business that spews carbon into the atmosphere and saying we need to find a way to get rid of carbon emissions — might disagree that the problem is as bad as both world wars combined.

And how exactly is Branson taking it upon himself to lead the charge against carbon? By shutting down his airline? Oh hell no — with the Carbon War Room — another circle-jerk think-tank with members hell-bent to solve a “crisis” of questionable validity at best while not altering their own behavior and passing the expense of whatever it is they come up with on to you.

The world is growing more skeptical by the day of these environmental saviors who speak of sacrifice but refuse to offer any real sacrifice of their own — and I don’t consider paying a few bucks so somebody can plant a tree in their carbon honor to be “sacrifice.”

Besides, “carbon offsets” is always a one-way street. For example, can we all write to Richard Branson and tell him to ground all his flights for one day so we can mow our lawns and run our leaf-blowers? That would be an “offset.” But no — offsetting Richard Branson and Al Gore’s carbon emissions is your responsibility as a global citizen. Asking them to offset yours is… proof-positive you need to cut back on your energy consumption.

Sir Richard, if the man-made global warming problem is as bad as you say it is — and two World Wars and millions dead is a pretty scary comparison — then you will ground all Virgin flights effective immediately in the name of mankind until a cleaner fuel is developed. If your comparison is valid, then you continue to spend your professional life not only aiding and abetting Kaiser Wilhelm, the Nazis and Imperial Japan, but wildly profiting from doing so.

What the Richard Bransons and the Al Gores of the world need to do to convince more of us that there’s a very real and urgent threat that could render mankind extinct is simple: Behave as if they believe their own doomsday story. So far, they don’t appear to. It’s also bad salesmanship. If Chicken Little is going around in a panic telling everybody that motor scooters are making the sky fall, more people will believe him if he doesn’t make those claims while riding a motor scooter.

In the spirit of post World War I sentiment, let’s make Sir Richard Branson and Al Gore the “Hypocrites to End All Hypocrites” — but we can’t do it without their help. Don’t hold your breath (wait, on second thought, do hold your breath).

Rush Limbaugh Released from Hospital; Women and Minorities Hardest Hit

The above is of course the predicted New York Times headline.

A few hours ago, Rush was released from the hospital. They found nothing wrong with his heart and so far can’t explain the pain he had, but Rush did take the time to make a statement and give an appreciative nod to the care he received and those who offered it.

Sad, sad day for the Limbaugh death wishers.

Second City in Chicago is happy to hear this news though, because “Rush Limbaugh: The Musical” is still a go:

Where’s Hillary?


Jennifer Rubin observes that we haven’t heard from Hillary at all since the undiebomber’s terrorist attack, in spite of the State Department’s role in the security breakdown.

Where and why is the most admired woman in America keeping on the public downlow?

My own guess is that she and her husband are behind closed doors advising Obama and the DHS on the Flight 253 incident — after all, nobody knows more about the potentially lethal political ramifications of improperly handled underwear explosions than the Clintons.

Update: Here’s the link to the interesting story Nanny mentioned in comments of a passenger who was on the plane. If all that ends up holding water, it’s no wonder some government officials are AWOL on this. The first person shoved in front of the camera was Napolitano, so there’s a good chance she’ll end up being the convenient “fall guy.” Not that it would be undeserved. Contrary to some opinions, Hillary will emerge unscathed. If anybody knows how to side-step political land mines, it’s a Clinton.

Napolitano Returns to Politics of Fear, Uses ‘T’-Word, May Be Stripped of PC Crown

In March of 2009, Homeland Security Director Napolitano told Spiegel this in an interview now famous for its politically-correct feelgood libfluff:

“SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word “terrorism.” Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

“Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

Frankly, I never thought the term “man-caused disaster” was worthy of a politically correct bureaucrat, because it profiles men (the proper term should be “person-caused disaster”), but how far Napolitano has fallen from her core PC principles since the Fruit of the Doom undiebomber’s attempted man-caused disaster:

“As part of the ongoing review to determine exactly what went wrong leading up to Friday’s attempted terrorist attack, we are looking not only at our own processes, but also beyond our borders to ensure effective aviation security measures are in place for U.S-bound flights that originate at international airports,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement Thursday.

Oh my — the “T” word! But Janet hasn’t totally sold our her PC principles, because it’s still only an “attempted” terrorist attack. What was “attempted” about it? It was a terrorist attack — just because the guys skivvies didn’t fully explode and the plane didn’t explode in mid air doesn’t mean it wasn’t a terrorist attack. It was attempted murder, but it was an actual terrorist attack.

But anyway, looking back at Napolitano’s interview with Spiegel in March, she assumed her agency was much more competent that it really was:

“Napolitano: Our policies will be guided by authoritative information. We also have assets at our disposal now that we did not have prior to 9/11. For example, we are much better able to keep track of travelers coming into the US than we were before. The third thing is to work with our international partners and allies to make sure that we are getting information and sharing information in an appropriate and real-time fashion.”

Uh, yah!

Politically speaking, Napolitano is now the most explosive pair of underwear in Obama’s cabinet, so rumors are swirling that he’ll light the fuse on her shorts and kick her out the door.

In the meantime, David Broder is not only trying to single-handedly save Napoltano’s job, but he seems to be saying that she should run for president or something. Wow, now that would be a “people-caused disaster”!

Broder’s column confirms two things: 1) he’s an idiot, and 2) he wasn’t on Northwest flight 253 on Christmas day.

(h/t Cypress Times)