It seems many of the Liberals are outraged that President Obama included Professor Jonathon I. Katz in his “dream team” of scientists, mostly leading physicists and engineers, who’ve been charged with going† to the Gulf of Mexico to work with BP to stop the oil leak that’s contaminating the Gulf waters.
What is most telling is not that the Left is outraged but what specifically they’re outraged over in this matter.
What should be able to be considered strangely, the issue isn’t with Prof. Katz’s admitted lack of usefulness in dealing with the spill or its cleanup.
I was honored to be invited and enjoyed the experience. Did I have anything much to contribute? I think I have some ideas for how to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future, but I don’t have anything very specific to offer on the present problems. It is very much in the hands of the real pros.
— Professor Jonathan I. Katz
St. Louis Beacon Interview
If Prof. Katz’ lack of qualifications to deal with British Petroleum’s catastrophic failure was the reason for the Liberal’s outrage I would take no issue with it. From the above quote I would guess that Prof. Katz himself would not gainsay their opinions. But the Liberals’ wrath and condemnation is not about Katz’s credentials or skills; it’s about his ideology and the fact that it doesn’t match their own.
Firstly, Prof. Katz doesn’t believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) – desperately re-branded as ‘Climate Change” – any more than the majority of American people do. Nor is he overly fond of self-aggrandizing opportunists like Al Gore and his cult-like followers.
Who is stoking the alarm about global warming? There is Al Gore, an over-the-hill politician who wants to remain in the public eye. His house uses 20 times as much electricity as the average American house and he flies private jets. Obviously, he does not believe what he preaches; it must be an act. Conservation is for the little people. I’ll think about reducing my emissions after he reduces his by 95%. Then there is Jim Hansen, would-be dictator who wants to throw in jail anyone who disagrees with him or burns coal. He may wish himself another Mussolini (or worse), but people just laugh at him. And finally John Holdren, who in his younger days was prophesying disaster from the ice age then just beginning (so he said). Fictitious crises are a demagogue’s route to power.
Some of the more apocalyptic fears about global warming resemble a secular doomsday cult. Rather than God dooming mankind for its traditional sins (robbery, lust, murder, disbelief, etc.), Nature is said to doom mankind for the secular sin of carbon emission. Some (Greenpeace, and even more radical groups) think any human effect on nature to be sinful, and regard “Mother Earth” as a deity that is violated by any use of its resources for the sustenance, comfort or betterment of Mankind. Needless to say, this is opposite to the Biblical grant of the natural world to Man for his benefit.
— Professor Jonathan I. Katz
September 11, 2009
Cold Thoughts on Global Warming
Secondly, more irrelevantly to rationally minded people, but apparently much more importantly to the Liberals Prof. Katz does not in any way approve of homosexuality. He is, in fact, a self professed homophobe and seemingly proud of that fact.
In America attitudes towards homosexuality changed in the 1970’s. It went from a private, furtively practiced, vice to an open and accepted subculture. In many circles, “sodomite” ceased to be an insult. This acceptance led to the toleration, and wide practice, of gross homosexual promiscuity. HIV, falling onto that fertile soil, made the AIDS epidemic. Even before AIDS was recognized, practicing homosexuals were notorious for a high rate of venereal diseases.
The religious believer may see the hand of God, but both he and the rationalist must see a fact of Nature. The human body was not designed to share hypodermic needles, it was not designed to be promiscuous, and it was not designed to engage in homosexual acts. Engaging in such behavior is like riding a motorcycle on an icy road without a helmet. It may be possible to get away with it for a while, and a few misguided souls may get a thrill out of doing so, but sooner or later (probably sooner) the consequences will be catastrophic. Lethal diseases spread rapidly among people who do such things.
Unfortunately, the victims are not only those whose reckless behavior brought death on themselves. There are many completely innocent victims, too: hemophiliacs (a substantial fraction died as a result of contaminated clotting factor), recipients of contaminated transfusions, and their spouses and children, for AIDS can be transmitted heterosexually (in America, only infrequently) and congenitally. The icy road was lined with unsuspecting innocents, who never chose to ride a motorcycle. Guilt for their deaths is on the hands of the homosexuals and intravenous drug abusers who poisoned the blood supply. These people died so the sodomites could feel good about themselves.
— Professor Jonathan I. Katz
May 13, 1999
In Defense of Homophobia
The Liberals absolutely couldn’t stand that Prof. Katz was included in President Obama’s scientific team sent to the Gulf solely because he isn’t a Warmist but is a homophobe. It is beyond their limited rationality to see that these two facts about Prof. Katz are utterly irrelevant to whether or not he could help solve a complex applied engineering problem such as we currently face in the wake of the oil rig explosion.
All these raving and ranting fools could see was that Prof. Katz wasn’t someone who agreed with their ideology and who “should not be elevated by the President of the United States as a representative of the best minds in America” according to the queers at AmericaBlog.
What’s truly sickening is that they won.† President Obama’s administration kowtowed before the stridency of the Warmists and queers.
Some of Professor Katzís controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill. Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the Departmentís efforts.
— DOE Spokesman Stephanie Mueller
May 17, 2010
Sirius OutQ News
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t believe that Prof. Katz is any great loss to President Obama’s “dream team” of scientists. Neither he nor I think he could have added much benefit to the enterprise. But what if he could have?
Little, if any, of the complaints from the Left have mentioned Katz’s usefulness or lack of it in the efforts to stem the flood of crude oil pouring into the Gulf from the remains of BP’s oil platform. Liberals, especially the Warmists and queers, don’t sound like they’d care if Katz was critical to the mission at hand; they’d still do their best to have him removed based upon ideology and ideology alone.
I don’t care if you’re a vegan, cross-dressing, queer, communist, warmist who blames the US for 9/11; in an emergency unrelated to your beliefs,† if you have skills I need, I’ll gladly work with you.
To Liberals, only ideology matters and they have shown that they’ll take this to dangerously destructive lengths. This is why Americans must break them and destroy them as a political and social force.