Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Black. White. Gray.

William Gray has forecast tropical storms and hurricanes at Colorado State University for the past 25 years. That gig may be coming to an end as punishment for the crime of being a man-made global warming skeptic. Of course, the officials there say otherwise. They say that media inquiries as to Gray's forecasting has become distracting and "detracts from efforts to promote other professors' work".

Sure. If there is one thing that really upsets major universities and research centers that are dependent upon grants and contributions, it's that pesky media attention. Maybe Gray will be let back in the back door, like former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill. Remember him? He's the guy who called 9/11 victims "little Eichmanns". He's still teaching there! "We feel Ward has a right to say what he wants to say," Aaron Smith, a political science and ethnic studies senior, told FOXNews.com.

Somehow, I don't think Gray can expect the same forgiveness for his "sin".

Gray is a fellow global warming denier. In fact, he predicts the onset of global cooling! He has upset the algorists with comments suggesting that global warming scientists are "brainwashing our children." His unabashed criticism of the "consensus" evidently cannot go unpunished.

Blacklisted. Reminds me of the plight of the conservatives in Hollywood. (Are there more than 3 of them?) Admittedly, conservatism in Hollywood will always be in the minority because of the profession itself. Fame, riches, and a constant dose of fantasy tends to distort perspectives. Reality becomes what you wish it to be. (see Ninth Amendment). It's you other liberals who are not insulated from reality that have no excuse.

An actor who has yet to attain superstar status would do well not to make their political views known or risk never working in that town again. I couldn't do it - I'm too hard-headed. Good thing I'm not an actor or a hurricane forecaster.

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