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December 20, 2009

"Then he packed his bags and flew home."

WELT ONLINE; (Google translate)

The US president BO had hardly arrived when he let it be known, "the time for talk is over." From now on, he would take over the leadership of the negotiations.

Together with German Chancellor Merkel, the heads of Russia, Brazil, Japan, the EU and other prominent countries, Obama went to work. But things didn't go like the Nobel prize winner had imagined. Only German Environment minister Norber Roettgen remained optimistic. Despite the tough negotiation, he opined, there could be a resulting compromise. "Today we throw the dice."

Instead, it turned into a fiasco. [...]

According to rumors from the Bella Center, President BO is said to have asked for a conversation with Wen jibao to bring up the matters. But O had to wait. Wen, according to the rumors, almost never left his hotel room and could not be found. Finally the US Delegation succeeded in finding the chinese premier in a conference room. An obviously angry Obama is said to have stormed into the room. "Are you ready yet to talk with me Mr Premier?" he is said to have shouted. "Are you ready now? Mr Prmier, are you ready to talk with me?" What a stage entrance for a US President.

However, Wen was not alone in the room, as Obama literally burst in, according to members of the congress. The Chinese (premier) was in the middle of talks with India's head of state Mammohan Singh and the South African president Jacob Zuma. Suddenly the group found itself forced into a conversation with the US president.

(updated translation courtesy Tom Paine)

Welt.de (original)

h/t Joe B.

Update: A translation of full text in the extended entry.

*****
US President Obama Falls from the Climate Summit

(Article introduction and summary)

The collapse of the climate negotiations in Copenhagen is a serious defeat for US President Barack Obama at the international level. He and Chancellor Angela Merkel left before achieving a serious result. Worse, he let the Chinese make him look like a fool.

(Article)

His arrival was immediately followed by a pithy presentation. Right after his arrival at the conference center, he let it be known to those present: "The time for [mere] talk is over." He would assume leadership of the negotiations.

Together with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leaders of Russia, Brazil, Japan, the European Union and of other important countries, Obama went to work. But it did not go quite as the Nobel Peace Prize-winner had imagined. Only Norbert Röttgen, Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety remained optimistic. In spite of the tough negotiations, a compromise can be found, he said. "Today the die will be cast."

Instead a fiasco had begun making itself visible and felt. It began during the night of Friday and Saturday. A small group of negotiators assembled from among the 30 important and representative countries, among them Germany, were still discussing the main features and principles to be included in a twelve-point document. It was titled "The Copenhagen Accord" and consisted of a three-page collection of vague aims, without specific legally-binding goals that were to be achieved.

Although China is among the worst climate polluters and has had a long ascent in becoming an industrial power deserving of respect and recognition, Premier Wen Jiabao was not among the participants in the talks-not that his participation was not desired. To the contrary!

According to rumors in the Bella Center, US President Barack Obama at about 11 PM, had impatiently asked to speak with Wen Jiabao in order to advance the discussion. But Obama had to wait. Wen, who, it was rumored, had rarely left his hotel room, could not be found. Finally, the US delegation located him in a room set aside for negotiations. A visibly furious Obama, according to reports, stormed into the room. "Are you now ready to talk with me, Premier Wen?" he was reported to have shouted. "Are you now ready? Premier Wen, are you now ready to talk with me?" What a scene for a US president.

Wen was not alone in the room at the time when Obama quite literally burst into the room, according to participants. At the time, the Premier was in a conversation with India's head of state, Mammohan Singh and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. Suddenly the group saw itself forced into a conversation with the US president.

At the insistence of the impatient Obama, this unplanned and coincidentally-assembled negotiating round and participants, agreed on a minimal compromise.

Obama should have discussed, coordinated with and agreed to this compromise with his closest partners: the European Union or the G77 Developing Nations. Instead, at about 10:25 PM, he called together a number of American journalists for an impromptu press conference. There he announced, the "Copenhagen Accord" as the conclusion and product of the two-week long conference. He was aware, that many countries would consider the result as insufficient and unsatisfactory. More, however, was not achievable.

He thought it a significant achievement and milestone that large developing countries like India and China had, for the first time, recognized the necessity of reducing emissions and accepted to limit warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

With that, he packed his bags and flew home. Chancellor Angela Merkel also left and went back to Berlin. Both left Copenhagen without having achieved a clear result. And, what is even more serious, without having bothered about a follow-on to what had been announced as an historic conference. Dealing with climate was left to others. It was a serious mistake that would soon make itself manifest.

Even while Obama and Merkel were on their way home, late during the night, the EU Commission, even as they gnashed their teeth, declared themselves prepared to accept Obama's minimum compromise. Unlike the Europeans, many African nations were not prepared to follow. At the plenary session, Sudan's head, Lumumba Di-Aping was beside himself. No one is entitled to destroy Africa said the Sudanese who was the spokesman for the G77 Developing Nations. He said the document would mean the death of millions. Finally, Di-Aping aroused outrage in the main meeting hall by comparing the accord to the Holocaust.

The Pacific island-states also declined to agree to the Obama document. With an eye toward the promised $30 billion in aid mentioned in the final document, the president of the Maldives declared he was not prepared to sell-out his islands for "30 pieces of silver."

The erratic and unfocused-appearing Danish president, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, at 8 AM declared that he, as president of the 193 nation-conference, could not agree to the Copenhagen Accord.

One final last-minute attempt was made to avert the total failure of the climate conference. For that reason, a negotiating session was announced. After hectic bilateral talks, at 10:30 AM, the conference agreed to "recognize the existence of" the Obama Document. With this lowest-level of diplomatic recognition, the outright rejection of the compromise by the United Nations was narrowly avoided. But no more.

***

Thanks to reader "Minuteman".

Posted by Kate at December 20, 2009 12:25 AM
Comments

Old Chinese proverb say: "Man who bow too much get no re-spect except from ass-kissers."

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at December 19, 2009 11:48 PM

Related???
......As they returned home on Air Force One, White House officials gave a detailed briefing on how Obama worked his way around a Chinese protocol officer who he thought was getting in the way of his meeting with Wen Jiabao. They also suggested the president had walked uninvited into a meeting of China, India, Brazil, and South Africa. The White House had previously thought the meeting would be a one-on-one between Wen and Obama......
....When Obama said China's stand on accountability would consign any deal to "empty words on a page", Wen walked out of the conference centre and went back to his hotel.

He later delivered an additional snub by sending a protocol officer to talk to Obama.....

Rough few days for the President. I think it was the low bow that gave away his weakness

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/20/copenhagen-obama-brown-climate

Posted by: Mark at December 19, 2009 11:56 PM

Sudan's Lumumba Stanislas Dia-ping comparing the agreement to the Holocaust. The pact, he said, was "a solution based on values, the very same values in our opinion that funnelled six million people in Europe into furnaces". It "asked Africa to sign a suicide pact, an incineration pact, in order to maintain the economic dominance of a few countries".

Yup, we are preventing Sudan from becoming a world powerhouse nation with our recalcitrant attitude toward AGW.

Yup, we are all that stands between Sudan and economic dominance.

Yup. Goes for Zimbabwe too. We are evil.

Posted by: Sylvanguy at December 20, 2009 12:09 AM

"On this return visit, the president did rather better. He flew home into a winter snowstorm in Washington able to claim that – after two years of negotiations had ended in deadlock – he had persuaded the world's biggest producers of greenhouse gases to act on global warming."

Depending, of course, on the various possible definitions of the word, "act".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_theater

What we're seeing here (and have been seeing for a looong time) is Climate* Change Disaster Prevention Theatre. It's great, because the looming end-of-the-world drop-dead goalposts are always pushed into the future.

Continuance of funding is the key motivator and sustaining MSM compliance/non-questioning MUST BE MAINTAINED or else WE WILL ALL DIE (sometime in the uncertain future).
_________________

*One definition of 'climate' is (and perhaps another reason why 'global warming' as a definition was replaced):

"A prevailing condition or set of attitudes in human affairs: a climate of unrest."

Posted by: PiperPaul at December 20, 2009 12:27 AM

It is stunning to see what an idiot Obama is. P*ssing off the Chinese isn't smart, not when you depend on them to finance your deficits.

Posted by: bob c at December 20, 2009 12:33 AM

It just keeps getting better and better. What a fool!

Posted by: Altaguy at December 20, 2009 12:40 AM

Why on earth did the American people vote the Empty Suit into the POTUS? No experience, a poor performance as a Senator, hidden records and a variety of unanswered questions, and he was voted in. Very bloody strange.

Insulting comments to China, treating it like a disobedient child? Good God, the man is a complete moron without his teleprompter and handlers.

Posted by: Pat at December 20, 2009 1:09 AM

Why the fuss? Accoring to the UN Sec'y Gen some time last Fall, Dec 11 was the last day to "Save the Planet". Since that date has passed, the planet cannot be saved. Part on dudes!

Posted by: norm at December 20, 2009 1:13 AM

Here's my quick translation of the quoted parts of the article. It's at least better than a computer could do, but not as good as a professional translator could do.

The US president BO had hardly arrived when he let it be known, "the time for talk is over." From now on, he would take over the leadership of the negotiations.

Together with German Chancellor Merkel, the heads of Russia, Brazil, Japan, the EU and other prominent countries, Obama went to work. But things didn't go like the Nobel prize winner had imagined. Only German Environment minister Norber Roettgen remained optimistic. Despite the tough negotiation, he opined, there could be a resulting compromise. "Today we throw the dice."

Instead, it turned into a fiasco.

According to rumors from the Bella Center, President BO is said to have asked for a conversation with Wen jibao to bring up the matters. But O had to wait. Wen, according to the rumors, almost never left his hotel room and could not be found. Finally the US Delegation succeeded in finding the chinese premier in a conference room. An obviously angry Obama is said to have stormed into the room. "Are you ready yet to talk with me Mr Premier?" he is said to have shouted. "Are you ready now? Mr Prmier, are you ready to talk with me?" What a stage entrance for a US President.

However, Wen was not alone in the room, as Obama literally burst in, according to members of the congress. The Chinese (premier) was in the middle of talks with India's head of state Mammohan Singh and the South African president Jacob Zuma. Suddenly the group found itself forced into a conversation with the US president.


Posted by: Tom Paine at December 20, 2009 1:17 AM

It seems to me that a little reading between the lines is in order. American president and moron pop up a lot, though I cannot decipher the rest of it. I am not sure what the Chinese really think, do you?

Posted by: gobi desert at December 20, 2009 1:19 AM

Too bad Obama's not a reader of this blog. He could translate it as I understand he speaks Austrian.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 20, 2009 1:21 AM

The way it should have played out was Wen busting into the room ,
and screaming "Where's my f@$#king money !

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at December 20, 2009 1:24 AM

Did Wen give Ohbummer the old we-should-be-meeting-more-often schtick? And if so, Wen did he do it?

Also, Hu's on first, etc. etc.

Posted by: nv53 at December 20, 2009 1:32 AM

For the Chinese delegation it's 'Wen, win'...:)

Posted by: DaninVan at December 20, 2009 1:37 AM

...or, Wen win when(Obama)whine

Posted by: DaninVan at December 20, 2009 1:43 AM

It's just not the same without his Chicago mobsters breaking legs and greasing palms while his Lewinski media "clean" things up afterward.

Posted by: John G Chittick at December 20, 2009 2:09 AM

Lord Monkton’s take:
For all the rhetoric – or the flatulence that passes for rhetoric these days – it has begun to dawn on the “leaders” of those nations that subject them to regular recall and re-election that the people no longer believe the mad scientists are telling them the truth. And the people are right.
What is more, after the failure of the mainstream news media to report what the malevolent and unpleasant scientists involved in the Climategate affair had written to one another about those with whom they disagreed, or about what they had done to invent, fabricate, contrive, fiddle, tweak, alter, massage, conceal, hide or even destroy scientific data for the sake of protecting and peddling the pseudo-science in which environment correspondents had so readily and so ignorantly believed, the people no longer trust the media.
And that is bad news for a governing class that has come to develop a far-too-cosy relationship with the mainstream media. It is also very bad news for the mainstream media themselves, which are now rapidly losing circulation and ad revenue as the people rightly desert them for the Internet, where – notwithstanding various expensive attempts by the over-funded international Left to interfere with Google and Yahoo searches – the truth is still available if you know where to look.

http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/fe-ny-how-china-saved-the-world/#more-7099

Posted by: ES at December 20, 2009 2:16 AM

Hear, Hear.

Syncro

Posted by: syncrodox at December 20, 2009 2:22 AM

Unfreakingbelievable!

Wars have been started over lesser slights than this.

Posted by: foobert at December 20, 2009 2:26 AM

Barry's big head gets in the way again eh? Awesome!

Not only does the Hopenchagen Accord die a well deserved death, its the Left's favorite dude who drives the stake into it.

I'm having a little schadenfreude overload here. It feels like one too many coffees. :)

Posted by: The Phantom at December 20, 2009 2:27 AM

"governing class" - I wonder who they might be.

Posted by: PiperPaul at December 20, 2009 2:47 AM

Obama had to wait. The Tragedy. The Humiliation. The Belittling! Wasting the golf Messiah of the Worlds time .
The Diva could not stop hiself.
Shiver me timbers, its a pirate raid.
This was too funny a post !
Poetic justice at last.
JMO

Posted by: Revnant Dream at December 20, 2009 2:57 AM

This just keeps bringing me back to the SNL skit.

Mr Obama, why are you trying to do sex to me?

Posted by: Ken in Calgary at December 20, 2009 3:12 AM

"what a performance by a US President."

God, I miss Bush. Despite the "he made the world hate us," narrative, the truth is once Chirac and Schroeder got gone, Bush developed excellent working relationships with most countries - just not the despotic ones Obama loves. People knew that when Bush said something he meant it, that he respected them, and that he respected his own office, too.

Obama respects nothing and no one, including himself.

I miss Bush.

Posted by: Thea at December 20, 2009 3:17 AM

Copenhagen may be over folks but Mexico City will be up next. There's sooooo much money behind pushing this crap through I wonder what will finally stop it?

Truth?

We all know that a LOT of truth has been revealed by Climategate but that didn't stop the liars and despots one iota.

One thing I do hope for is that this all angers enough Canadians to give Harper a majority and enough Americans to wrestle control of Congress away from the Dems.

Posted by: Robert W. at December 20, 2009 3:28 AM

Hey, give the Big O a break, everyone. I mean, come on, it's got to be hard to drag his teleprompter every he goes, all right? Have to give it a break sometimes, otherwise O would run afoul of those union rules.

And the TOTUS knows all and sees all, thus it's the new ruler of the United States - all hail the new Telepromtastic Despotic Ruler Overlords!

Posted by: Karthanon at December 20, 2009 3:30 AM

Climate change, like health care, is a gateway to tyranny, no matter how sincere the proponents' hope for a better world may be.

And here I thought that totalitarian government was a thing of the past, except for the little guys.

It's like a bump in a balloon: push it down and it pops up somewhere else.

It's frightening how few seem to object.

Posted by: pok at December 20, 2009 3:32 AM

Seems to me this graphics sums it up-

Zero brings back

zero...

http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/president_snow_copenhagen.jpg

Posted by: backhoe at December 20, 2009 3:51 AM

I just got the Chinese text for solving global warming.

If you have unwrap planet find too warm then push down smoke, drive green car, have sex only one time, report to organ donation facility if not on list exempt, swim in acid river, holes appear in limbs, be unwell, now you lie in coffin, manager be here half an hour, he speak English.

Posted by: Peter O'Donnell at December 20, 2009 4:44 AM

"Smart" diplomacy in action...

Farking idjits

Posted by: fmfnavydoc at December 20, 2009 5:29 AM

O's Da Mann narcissist*:

"*This is his sole legacy: a massive post-traumatic stress disorder."

"the man who killed
Copenhagen,".

"The president has wrecked the UN".

"But other US environmentalists were scathing of the president. Mr Obama may become known as "the man who killed Copenhagen," said Greenpeace US head Phil Radford.

And Bill McKibbon of the liberal climate change pressure group 350.org, said: "The president has wrecked the UN and he's wrecked the possibility of a tough plan to control global warming. It may get Obama a reputation as a tough American leader, but it's at the expense of everything progressives have held dear."
...-

"Barack Obama denies accusations that he 'crashed' secret Chinese climate change talks

Senior US officials insist that President Barack Obama did not "crash" a secret Chinese meeting in the final dramatic hours of the Copenhagen climate change talks.

They portrayed the President as pulling negotiations back from the brink of collapse on a day that veered between chaos and farce.

Aides said that by standing up to the Chinese on the make-and-break issue of transparency, he helped force a deal, however flimsy.

The President was desperate not to return to Washington empty-handed after his risky one-day dash to Denmark."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/copenhagen-climate-change-confe/6845952/Barack-Obama-denies-accusations-that-he-crashed-secret-Chinese-climate-change-talks.html

*O'narcissist:
http://www.globalpolitician.com/25109-barack-obama-elections

Posted by: maz2 at December 20, 2009 6:17 AM

A petty little Chicago street hustler was put in his place by China & India....What a disgraced little man-child... The Peewee Herman act of 2009… He is gone in 2012

The AGW fraud was created by the Marxists, in America & UE, as a way to global governance. The UN & Environmentalists (fronted by), Oxfam. Etc.. promised the third world countries that AGW would result in entitlements...We are Evil ..Bad Capitalism.. Wealth.. Why develop an economy when joining the EU Communists will result in wealth transfers.

EU communism is not the favorite political policy of "all" the 157 Sovereign Nations...The identifiable groups of Copenhagen will find head choppers waiting for them in some of the nations they threaten...Gore & his group’s plans for China, go directly to the Chinese people, may be considered an act of war..

The good thing is that we have identified the Enemy within our system... The Purge will be sweet & We can de-fund the scammers...

AWG = Fraud & Whacked Science
Environmentalist Groups = Marxists
EPA = Marxists
UN = Marxists
MSM = Marxists
Obama= Marxist (666)

Posted by: Phillip G. Shaw at December 20, 2009 6:23 AM

" Why on earth did the American people vote the Empty Suit into the POTUS?"

uh, because to single alternative was even worse?

Posted by: curious_george at December 20, 2009 6:38 AM

Who's Jim Prentice?

"Climate accord works for Jim Prentice"

http://www.thestar.com/news/sciencetech/environment/copenhagensummit/article/741087--climate-accord-works-for-jim-prentice

Posted by: maz2 at December 20, 2009 6:48 AM

Check out this picture from the meeting. To me Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has the look of contempt. The comments in the thread are quite enlightening:

Link

Posted by: qwerty1 at December 20, 2009 7:00 AM

when Bush said something he meant it"

well thea, a lot of what Bush said needed a certain 'translation' as well.

I wont bore you all with examples.

unless I get a personal attack.

Posted by: curious_george at December 20, 2009 7:13 AM

"Sudan's Lumumba Stanislas Dia-ping ..."

You think that maybe his mama was a co-ed at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where she met Stanislas, the Polish Man of Mystery ....?

Posted by: Roseberry at December 20, 2009 7:21 AM

Unbelievable!

And yet, all I heard on the news yesterday was how it was Obama who saved Copenhagen, it was Obama who brokered the deal, it was Obama who brought everyone together.

Can you imagine if Stephen Harper had acted like this, or GWB????

Talk about destroying an international reputation, they should look no further than their hero for how to do it.

Posted by: Alberta Girl at December 20, 2009 7:32 AM

uh, because to single alternative was even worse?

I don't think even Google translate could make this intelligible.

But I found it amusing that the German minister used the term "throwing the dice". Didn't something similar get Brian Mulroney into a lot of hot water?

Posted by: KevinB at December 20, 2009 7:35 AM

Curious..."well thea, a lot of what Bush said needed a certain 'translation' as well.

I wont bore you all with examples.

unless I get a personal attack."

You are missing the point...the fact is that when Bush said or did it, it was headline news (just as it is when SH says something) for days, the hate would drip from the airwaves.

In Obama's case...cue the crickets. Nowwhere has this appeared on any mainstream media and hence, the love-in with the Nobel Peace Prize winner continues.

The fact that you pull out GWB proves my point that if GWB had done this, it would have been all over every newspaper, every newscast and he would have been vilified.

I hope this wasn't too "personal" for you. Merry Christmas

Posted by: Alberta Girl at December 20, 2009 7:38 AM

Barack Hussein Obama: Unintended consequences.

Delicious!

Posted by: batb at December 20, 2009 7:59 AM

qwery 1, great link.

Barry: I give up ... I'm way over my head ... I'm about to have a nervous breakdown.

Posted by: batb at December 20, 2009 8:07 AM

Look at the photo referenced by QWERTY1 above together with the photo released of Obama meeting with General McChrystal.

As I recall, the pose of Obama is almost identical.

(see: http://msnbcmedia4.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/091002-obama-mcchrystal-hmed-8a.h2.jpg)

Well-choreagraphed condecension? What does this say of Obama? (rhetorical question)

Posted by: Eeyore at December 20, 2009 8:09 AM

Obama with Wen: 'Like putting a three-day-old kitten into the ring with a tiger.

Posted by: batb at December 20, 2009 8:14 AM

Re. quirty1's picture, Wen's body language says: "What could you possibly teach me!!"

Back in my days as an undergrad student, I took a couple of classes in the history of China. The Chinese have never suffered fools. They consider themselves above everyone else, from whom they have nothing to learn. That's exactly what I see in this picture.

Posted by: Louise at December 20, 2009 8:57 AM

qwerty1's Photo

MSM's candidate for President is no Alpha male. Very reflective of the West's evolution over the past 40 years.

Posted by: Cal at December 20, 2009 9:31 AM

After running down America, and demystifying the American presidency by being all Obama all the time, Obama now is missing the power that being an American President is.

By apologizing and prostrating oneself everywhere, by frittering away his power at home, others can see him as Jimmy Carter. Give it another few months and even the Europeans will be compaining, like there were with Carter....pining for a direction and consistency.

It would be funny if it werent so serious

Posted by: Stephen at December 20, 2009 9:43 AM

Chinese media headlines(?):

"Wen Wins Big, Bao Tu Lo Sinks Fast at Copenhagen".

"California Will Be Sold Cheap To China To Erase Debt".

While watching Hopenhagen coverage kept hearing the music from Cher's "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" with different "denier" lyrics in my mind. No doubt someone somewhere is hard at work on a devastating song satire given the rich material.

Posted by: Sgt Lejaune at December 20, 2009 9:46 AM

No taxation without representation. We need to remind Harper and Prentice of this. It's not a request. It's a demand.

Posted by: shaken at December 20, 2009 9:48 AM

Our public schools, our undisciplined families, our PC politicians, judicial system, and MSM, all run by anti-Christian (they’re certainly not godless!), adult toddlers, who cater to and encourage the selfish whims of our children—at the expense of authentic authority, respect, self-discipline, and maturation—are turning out mini Obamas at a terrifying rate: entitled, base, self-referential, angry, immature, omnipotent mini-MEs.

I’ll reiterate my thesis that the proliferation of selfishness and thuggery we see all around us—neatly personified in His Me-ness, Barack Hussein Obama—has everything to do with the West turning its back on its Judeo-Christian heritage, the seed, root, branch, and tree of its success. The “O” Antiphon for December 19th is: “O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign for the peoples; before you kings shall keep silence and to you all nations shall have recourse. Come, save us, and do not delay.” (Alleluia. Amen.)

When the example of the all powerful Saviour of the World—who entered it quietly, in lowly form, to serve and free mankind, not to oppress—was taken seriously: “Love thy neighbour as thyself”—the crass selfishness and blasé attitude, on view everywhere these days, was tempered in a way we’re not seeing in this present Dark Age. W.B. Yeats foresaw this, and its reason:

“The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle . . .”

Yes, the World was shaken—and still is!—by the birth and reality of Jesus. The thugs, beginning with Herod, have always been terrified of the Truth and have striven to eradicate it. I don’t believe that Obama is actually the anti-Christ, but he’s doing a fair impression!

Here’s all of W.B. Yeats’s powerful, prophetic poem, The Second Coming:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and
everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round
at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Posted by: lookout at December 20, 2009 9:54 AM

This is not a translation but the article refers to the same incidents. I'm sorry if someone else has posted this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/20/science/earth/20accord.html?_r=2&pagewanted=2

Posted by: rita at December 20, 2009 10:02 AM

O'Mann Report: O'Mann from Chaos.

AGW "strangled" by 70 year-old.
...-

"Region begins to dig out after record storm

The storm hitting the Washington region, with blizzard conditions at times, is the greatest December accumulation in more than 70 years."
(wapo)
...-

"Climate summit most chaotic show on earth

The UK's climate change secretary has said the UN Copenhagen summit was the "most chaotic show on earth" and arguments "strangled" negotiations."
(bbc)

Posted by: maz2 at December 20, 2009 10:04 AM

Wen to Obama:

I no see you. What have you done with all our monies? All your monies belong to us now.

Posted by: RW at December 20, 2009 10:14 AM

Thanks for the better translation. Does this mean The Wun was bested by The Wen?

Will we see a reversal on global warming by the US President?

Posted by: RW at December 20, 2009 10:20 AM

If Obammah has wrecked the UN, then good on him!! However, I think he only wrecked himself.

Posted by: RW at December 20, 2009 10:25 AM

You know, after reading some of the comments reporting the Left's raging reaction, and psycho-troll curiously georgelike trying one more time to pin something, anything, on GW Bush, I think this:

You asked for it, you got it, Obama!

(sung to the tune of the old Toyota commercial I now can't get out of my head.)

I am so happy Barry is on THEIR side, screwing up THEIR stuff and destroying THEIR credibility. It almost makes up for the Republican Party's complete collapse into cronyism and back-scratchery. John McCain cast as Defender of Conservatism? Its a farce!

The only thing Republican leaders have managed to do is keep their senators from SUICIDE by voting for health care nationalization. So far.

They've been removed from power as they deserve, and are unable to do anything constructive in the prevention of this unfolding catastrophe that is the Obama administration. The Dems have a majority, game over. But despite the vicious application of the electoral cluebat last November (its only been a year!), Republicans in the Congress and the Senate keep voting with the Democrats. Who are hell bent on the destruction of the USA.

If the Republican Party leadership had even an atom of spine left, they would simply decree that anyone voting with the Dems on anything was out of the party forever and good luck in 2010. That would be the least I'd expect from a conservative party, but they can't even do that.

Conservative Party of Canada and Stephen Harper please for God's sake take note: we Canadians do not need more and cleverer policies, more and better governance, ever increasingly fine grained surveillance, supervision and management by officials at all levels.

We need -less- of these things. We need a government at least one quarter of its present size and cost. Not just federal but provincial and municipal as well. We need it badly. We are choking on government. 40 years of creeping totalitarian socialism needs to be repaired, and it better not take another 40 years.

The best way to proceed is to watch carefully everything Obama's Democrats say or do, and then do the opposite twice as hard.

Posted by: The Phantom at December 20, 2009 10:50 AM

what this world needs is a "common sense revolution" but on a global scale.

Posted by: sasquatch at December 20, 2009 11:07 AM

Phantom: I agree completely with your analysis. Only problem is, PM Harper is a control freak whose single goal is a majority government. To do that, means bigger government and as much kissing up to Quebec and the GTA as possible ... that's what he's chosen to do. Our man in power is after power at all costs, and I'd wager that he will walk from his conservative values to get power. That's why he's left it up to other more courageous politicians around the world to fight Canada's fight against the IPCC ... can't offend Quebecers now, can we. That's why he's dropped Afghanistan like a hot potato and why full upgrading of the military is suddenly not so important ... can't offend the GTA and Quebec, can we. Everything Harper does makes perfect sense when viewed through the lens of kissing up to Quebec and the GTA ... he is no longer a conservative and your plea for conservatives to take note will fall on deaf ears. I speak with MPs and they are obsessed with Ottawa politics and the prize of a majority ... their single goal is to become the "natural governing party" ... and that means ditching many or most of their conservative principles if need be.

The CPC are to Canadians as RINOS are to Americans.

If it weren't for the Liberals delivering up one loser after another for leader, the CPC would get slaughtered at the polls. It's not Harper's brilliance keeping the CPC in power, it's Liberal bumbling.

Will it take a Canadian "Obama" to save Canadian conservatives?

Posted by: Paul at December 20, 2009 11:18 AM

It would be funny if it weren't so dangerous: the Chinese have taken the measure of The Man and found him wanting. They were treated with respect at COP15, had people trying to persuade them. Obama comes in, is (1) disrespectful to people who care a lot about face and (2) makes demands he is powerless to compel and (3) makes it obvious he cares more about making a paper "deal" so he can say "Look at me" on TV than the substance. Who looks like the superpower? The Chinese are going to go home and start really pushing us (and the rest of West) around because they know Obama is an emotional weakling.

Posted by: Carol at December 20, 2009 11:31 AM

The day after Obama decreed a "significant accord" would be reached, global warming ceased. The evidence is the freshly created winter-wonderland that descended on Washington D.C. Time will tell if Obama saved the world, but it is evident that HE has saved Christmas!!

Posted by: uuess at December 20, 2009 11:39 AM

Look past the Copenhagen kabuki and follow the money. Always follow the money.

"This mechanism was formally created in 1997 by the Kyoto climate treaty and started operating in a very small way in 1998 building to 78 million "credits" (or Certified Emission Reductions, CERs, as they are formally known) to 333 million this year with a projection of 1.7 billion by the end of 2012.

The "end of 2012" is, of course, the key milestone - when the Kyoto treaty lapses. And as the World Bank warned in 2008, then the gravy train could come to an abrupt halt. "Created by regulation," it observed, "the carbon market's biggest risk is caused, perversely, by the absence of market continuity beyond 2012 and this can only be provided by policymakers and regulators."

It was those policymakers and regulators who were gathered at Copenhagen for the last two weeks, their primary concern – as Booker points out in his column this week - to protect this new and very valuable business.

Thus does he say that Copenhagen was not about global warming but money. The cash that Hillary Clinton so dramatically plonked on the table, rising to $100 billion by 2020, which includes the £1.5 billion offered by Gordon Brown (money which of course he hasn't got) and which like a crazed gambler he last week upped to £6 billion (even more money he hasn't got), was merely a "sweetener" to persuade the developing countries to maintain the money-machine set in motion by Kyoto.

And that was the only really concrete achievement of Copenhagen, winning the agreement to the perpetuating of those Kyoto rules that have created this vast industry."

http://tinyurl.com/ygvz736


Posted by: Fred at December 20, 2009 11:39 AM

never bow too low when China and India are arranging to pick your pocket.

Posted by: cal2 at December 20, 2009 11:42 AM

Today I will make a prediction.Before Obamas term of presidency is over,China will take back or at least try to,Tiawan.They will do it sooner rather than later.The US needs China to finance their projected deficit.Without China's financing,there WILL be rampant inflation in the US. Germany in the 1920's repeated.The US has not got that much gold in reserve,but at $10,000,$100,000 or a $1,000,000 an ounce or more,it would have.World War 2 and th world was financed by gold at $36 an ounce.

Posted by: spike 1 at December 20, 2009 11:51 AM

Obama gains entry to several rooms where dignitaries are meeting only because he looks like hotel staff.

They really need better security 'cause that guy will destroy your economy if you give him any time at all.

Posted by: Abe Froman at December 20, 2009 12:29 PM

Only problem is, PM Harper is a control freak whose single goal is a majority government. To do that, means bigger government and as much kissing up to Quebec and the GTA as possible ... that's what he's chosen to do. Our man in power is after power at all costs, and I'd wager that he will walk from his conservative values to get power..... That's why he's dropped Afghanistan like a hot potato and why full upgrading of the military is suddenly not so important ... can't offend the GTA and Quebec, can we. Everything Harper does makes perfect sense when viewed through the lens of kissing up to Quebec and the GTA ...
~Paul

Piffle.
How many seats in Quebec and the GTA did the CPC get in the last election?
The CPC got 10 out of 75 seats in Quebec and got 1 out of ? in the GTA.

Was earning 5 Fossil Awards at COP 15 Harper's grand strategy to impress Quebec and the voter in Toronto?
No.

If the CPC is seen to pander over much to these places at the expense of the energy sector in the West, then Western voters will stay home and the CPC will lose their rock solid western base and be thrown onto the trash heap of history just like the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada was before them.
Harper knows this.
He was a founding member of the Reform Party and he saw the party built up from the grass roots in 1987 to become the official opposition in 1997.

As to Afghanistan, it's pretty obvious that the war there isn't going to be won by Obama.
Obama doesn't even talk in terms of winning in Afghanistan.
Last week, Vice President Joe Biden said that no American commanders in Afghanistan should occupy any area that couldn't be turned over to Afghan control within 18 months.

When was full upgrading of Canda's military ever the goal of any Canadian government since the end of WWII?

Military spending is down because, shocker, we are in a recession and increased spending on the military isn't going to mean spending those dollars in the Canadian economy.

Canadians can thank the Liberals for the anemic military manufacturing capacity Canada has.
It's really too bad that the CPC can't boost the Canadian economy through military spending since military defence is the core responsibility of any national government.

Posted by: Oz at December 20, 2009 12:54 PM

Our dear reader doesn't know ass from hole in ground.

Posted by: bill-tb at December 20, 2009 1:14 PM

O'Mann report update:

AGW is O's control freak? O's "pinning plastic breasts"?
...-

"Eastern US blanketed in snow

A slow-moving storm that blanketed swaths of the U.S. East Coast with nearly 2 feet (0.6 metres) of snow moved northward on Sunday, continuing its assault after causing at least five deaths, crippling travel and leaving empty stores normally crammed with holiday shoppers."
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2009/12/20/12219396-ap.html
...-

"Protestors too cold to go topless

NEW YORK - Bicyclists who planned to go topless to protest the removal of a Brooklyn bike lane switched gears Saturday, pinning plastic breasts to their jackets as they rolled into a snowstorm."
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2009/12/19/12214621-ap.html

Posted by: maz2 at December 20, 2009 1:24 PM

If the Republican Party leadership had even an atom of spine left, they would simply decree that anyone voting with the Dems on anything was out of the party forever and good luck in 2010. That would be the least I'd expect from a conservative party, but they can't even do that.

Posted by: The Phantom at 10:50 AM

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phantom


I expect this sort of nonsensicle garbage from lefties. When rite wingers start to say things like that, I worry. A elected official is accountable to his/her electorate, not the head of the party, and that is a conservative value

spike1

your take on the Tiawan situation was one of the things that went thro my mind when I saw the zero, Wen picture, could culminate into a larger war. It could also trigger a neuclear race in that part of the world, as, the Tiawanese will understand the significance of that picture as good or better than those of us in here

Posted by: GYM at December 20, 2009 1:31 PM

Continent cut O'ff*. Mann overboard?

"But the exact cause remains unclear."
...-

"Chunnel closed indefinitely

LONDON (AP) — The only rail link between Britain and France was closed indefinitely on Sunday as Eurostar investigated a series of train breakdowns that trapped thousands of people in the Channel Tunnel for hours."

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2009/12/19/12210971-ap.html

Posted by: maz2 at December 20, 2009 1:34 PM

Carol: "[the Chinese] know Obama is an emotional weakling."

Yeah, and we can add to that a moral and ethical pygmy. With the Big O, it's all about me, me, me, and me.

You've got it, lookout: mini-ME. Superb post, BTW. In addition to having forsaken our Judeo-Christian heritage, we've also forsaken POETRY. How many Canadians even know who W.B. Yeats is, let alone can take the measure of his magnificent poem:

... the best lack all conviction

... And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

We live in a society which fears nothing (there's even a line of clothing for teens labelled "No Fear") -- and that's simply because we no longer have the imagination to contemplate a "rough beast" slouching its way towards our Armegeddon; our consciences have been numbed, our collective slumber has ensured our enslavement.

Kyrie Eleison, on the eve of the coming of the One who can break our bondage and deliver us to glorious freedom.

Posted by: batb at December 20, 2009 1:53 PM

CNN reported this differently a few days ago. Don Lemon (I think it was) looked like the cat that just ate the canary - because he said that Obama deliberately didn't announce he was going to attend this meeting with Singh and Wen - then showed up unannounced to press them for an agreement, which was reached.

The account above makes more sense.

Posted by: Erik Larsen at December 20, 2009 1:59 PM

New Christmas Movie--Santa Claus 4: The Hopey-Hagen Clause

Posted by: uuess at December 20, 2009 2:05 PM

Next auction of Mann-made AGW indulgences will be in-voluntary by O'rder # 70.

The AGW fraud unravels.
...-

"BM&FBOVESPA Cancels Voluntary Carbon Credit Market Auction

The Brazilian Securities, Commodities and Futures Exchange announces the cancelation of the voluntary carbon credit market auction. The auction was scheduled to take place on December 22, at 1:00 p.m. (Brazil Time). It will not be held on this date due to the lack of participants, in accordance to the auction’s Notice of Invitation to Tender."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2411764/posts

Posted by: maz2 at December 20, 2009 2:32 PM

Mann says, don't be alarmed; but, it's true; we threw the Canadians to the wolverines.

"Steve McIntyre is missing. Ross McKittrick is missing."

...-

"A telling omission by Real Climate"

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/20/a-telling-omission-by-real-climate/#comments

Posted by: maz2 at December 20, 2009 2:42 PM

Re "qwerty"'s link; the Chinese Premier has the same look on his face one of my grade school teachers had when I tried to explain a transgression with pure BS.

Wen seems to be thinking," let's get this tiresome act over with".

The new kid on the block doesn't fare so well when he interacts with persons other than his cadre of sycophants in the U.S. and Canadian MSM.

I hate to say it, but in international relations,Obama's strictly "bush league".

No offence to any former President intended.

Posted by: dmorris at December 20, 2009 2:49 PM

its the look of a man realizing that the supposed leader of the free world has the experience of a junior senator who voted present instead of voting for or against. and his previous experience to that was a community organizer.
I think Wen was running departments when the Obamessiah was getting cut from his high school basketball team

Posted by: cal2 at December 20, 2009 2:56 PM

There is another old Chinese proverb that sort of describes The Owe's mannerisms...it goes something like this...man with hands in pockets feels cocky all day.

Posted by: The Glengarrian at December 20, 2009 3:22 PM

Ha - amateur hour, again, Mr.0.

Just imagine what Biden could have done...

Posted by: chimp station at December 20, 2009 3:24 PM

A little birdie overheard the following conversation:

Rahm Emanuel? Yeah this here's the Back Room Boys; Do you want to tell that empty suit to only read the teleprompter! Yeah he's beginning to think he is actually the President of the United States.

Posted by: Joe at December 20, 2009 3:42 PM

Merry Christmas Mr. President ... you twit!

Posted by: Abe Froman at December 20, 2009 3:50 PM

Obambi is a boy scout president, the rock-star campaigner who won on style without substance. He's in way over his head, and the rest of the world's leaders know it. The US is dropping in power and influence, and O is just the leader to speed that along. The 21'st century belongs to China.

Posted by: Dirtman at December 20, 2009 3:53 PM

Look ... OBAMA achieved the right result by failing to accomplish what he set out to do.

Be gratefull that he's a tool without a usefull edge and hope to hell that he doesn't get too involved in actually defending America.

Posted by: OMMAG at December 20, 2009 4:24 PM

google translate can translate so badly sometimes

Posted by: Zoran Djuirc at December 20, 2009 4:42 PM

Anybody noticed how CTVNews Web-site words its daily poll questions? JUST AS THOUGH "Climate Change" were a bonifide, genuine, legitimate, REAL entity, rather than the political tool the expression *is*.

I guess including the option of "Other" makes the person writing the question NERVOUS.

For example:

Today's Question
Should the provinces follow the federal government's plan for fighting climate change?

Yes

No

and...

How would you like to see future negotations on climate change happen?


International and public summits 710 votes (62 %)

Small secret working groups

Posted by: chutzpahticular at December 20, 2009 4:46 PM

OMMAG, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod are doing their best to sell the Obama administration's agenda on CNN now. CNN's John King had Axelrod on with him today.

Posted by: chutzpahticular at December 20, 2009 4:54 PM

AGW Express not boarding: Not Aboard.

AGW kills.
...-

"In Pictures

Snow Around the World

Just before official start of winter, it seems to be snowing everywhere."

"Subfreezing weather batters Europe, causing deaths

WARSAW, Poland — Snowstorms and subfreezing temperatures have battered Europe, killing 15 people in Poland alone overnight and wreaking havoc on air, train and car travellers from the Nordics to Italy on the last weekend before Christmas.

France's civil aviation authority ordered the cancellation of 40 per cent of flights out of Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports Sunday through the mid-afternoon.

In Britain, officials at Manchester Airport -- Britain's busiest outside the London area -- said its only runway was being closed for emergency snow clearance and deicing work.

Belgium's three biggest airports, Brussels, Charleroi and Liege, were completely shut, while travellers at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport faced delays and cancellations. In western Germany, Duesseldorf airport was closed because of heavy snowfall, with flights cancelled or rerouted.

There was trouble on the railways too, with trains from Belgium to Italy delayed by icy, frozen tracks." (more Choo-Choo)

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20091220/Europe_weather_091220/20091220/?hub=TorontoNewHome

Posted by: maz2 at December 20, 2009 5:08 PM

Big leap from "community organizer" to global savior. Perhaps the poor schmuck actually believes the PR his media fartcatchers churn out - obviously China doesn't watch CNN or read TNYT.

Posted by: Jim at December 20, 2009 5:23 PM

- obviously China doesn't watch CNN or read TNYT.
~Jim

Right you are, Jim.
China gets the straight skinny from their vast global network of spies, many of whom are direct funding contributors and founders of various Leftwing movements and causes.

Posted by: Oz at December 20, 2009 5:52 PM

CTV News is a joke. They compete with the CBC to see who can have their heads up their asses the farthest. The sooner they go broke the better.

Posted by: altaguy at December 20, 2009 5:57 PM

Would this be the 'important' meeting that the lazy Canadian MSM reported PMSH 'was not invited to attend'?
Twits.

Posted by: bluetech at December 20, 2009 6:00 PM

Obama looks like a big idiot in front of the Chinese. That's why they were happy he got in. There's nothing like a lightweight for kicking around.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at December 20, 2009 7:24 PM

I'm having a little schadenfreude overload here. It feels like one too many coffees. :)
Posted by: The Phantom at December 20, 2009 2:27 AM

I'm with The Phantom.

I knew a Bam Bam administration was going to be a train wreck, even before he was elected. In the lead up to last year's election I recall saying to my wife, "I almost hope Obama wins the election, because it will be quite the train wreck to behold."

But saying this administration is a train wreck is like calling an 18-car pile up on the interstate a minor fender-bender. Justice it does not do. Even I didn't foresee the complete level of ineptitude Bam Bam and his cronies would display.

Phantom, I raise my glass of Schadenfreude, and say, 'Cheers!'

Posted by: Colin from Mission B.C. at December 20, 2009 9:25 PM

Colin, I thank you and return the toast. "I told you so!" doesn't even begin to cover it, when the greenies and the hippies and the anti-war pro-abortion Israel hating Code Pink freak show and the rest of the DemocRat menagerie is standing there with their jaws hanging open, wide eyed at the wreckage.

Well kids, you gave him the keys to your shiny car and you let him drive. We told you he was going to put it into the guardrail at 100mph, we really did.

But don't worry, it'll buff out. BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Now, GYM said of my earlier comment: "A elected official is accountable to his/her electorate, not the head of the party, and that is a conservative value"

Yes GYM, I agree whole heartedly. And since the electorate has turned out to express their displeasure in record numbers, despite all manner of mainstream media propaganda and DemocRat party dirty tricks, despite weather and unemployment, I think the Republicans should heed their constituents and pound some backbone into the weak sisters and crypto-commies which clearly infest their ranks. Let the Democrats ignore their constituents and carry on with their power drunk nationalization of every damn thing in the USA, and let them WEAR IT ALL, that's what I say.

It would seem the Republicans agree with me a little bit, because the Senate vote last night to end filibuster was 60/40, no leakers. Somebody must have pulled a gun on Olympia Snow to get that vote out of her.

Let the carnage continue! Let the Democrats use their majority to get every last crumb of socialist insanity they've had their hearts set on for the last 60 years. Let 'em make the rich pay!

And let them own every last bit of it. What can be done can be UN-done given the will. There should be no shortage of will in the American electorate by November 2010, the way the Dems are going.

Posted by: The Phantom at December 21, 2009 10:08 AM

Yeah, Phantom, the Snowe vote was unexpected. Thought she was a freebie for the Dems.

Posted by: Mazzuchelli at December 21, 2009 2:01 PM

The pithy story at Belmont Club: O eats, shoots, and leaves.
Bam! Go to sleep*.
...-

"The Copencabana

Small Dead Animals has a translation of a German article which purports to describe how Barack Obama stormed into a meeting of heads of state, acting like it was a scene from a Hollywood movie. Although the Welt article has the most detail, there are collateral reports from other papers which suggest an extraordinary scene took place, although not necessarily confirming the details of Welt. The question is what happened and what did it signify.

The Welt story follows in its entirety, as translated on Small Dead Animals. But it is a strange story, with odd parts grafted together. Like the Iliad it begins with what might be called the Wrath of Obama as he breaks up a meeting in which the Chinese President, who seemed to be avoiding him, was participating. Then it suddenly becomes a sports drama. The President goes into a huddle with some of his fellow heads of state and then mounts the podium to announce an historic deal. This is the drama that has been highlighted in much of the US coverage, the part in which the President beats the buzzer with a 70 foot jumpshot from the backcourt. Finally, it becomes an escape movie. Because nobody seems to think its a deal who didn’t hear the key lines. No sooner has the President triumphed, then he leaves, with the remaining delegates open-mouthed, not knowing whether their talks have become redundant or are even in conflict with the meteoric One."

http://pajamasmedia.com/richardfernandez/2009/12/21/the-copencabana/
(*H/T Liberal Kyoto Citoyen Dionky)

Posted by: maz2 at December 21, 2009 6:36 PM

First commenter. whiskey, at Belmont Club said:

"Simply put, the Global Climate scam ran out of other people’s money."

What was that re socialism and money?

Where is it?
.....

Snopes has it: "'The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money'." (H/T M. Thatcher)

Ironically, Lady Thatcher, when she was PM, seeded the CRU, etc.

Posted by: maz2 at December 21, 2009 6:48 PM

OBAMA AVOIDS BIBLE VERSES !

Here are some Bible verses that Pres. Obama avoids:
Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): "It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury - how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!"
Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under "a servant who becomes king."
And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: "let thy words be few...a fool's voice is known by multitude of words."
Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he's destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!

(The above web thing was just discovered by me)

Posted by: Mal at December 22, 2009 12:26 AM
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