Sunday, May 22, 2005

Week 2

Smart Retort

Week 2

(In response to this, with an Accuweather follow-up.)

Well, here we go again. Nothing like beating a dead horse, right Gil? The other week, Santorum was in league with the devil (ie. Wal-mart, originally spelled with a tilde or asteriks, I've been told). This week, it's AccuWeather!

For starters, Gil's bash on Santorum (this week) appears to be a response to this press release from Santorum titled "Santorum Proposes to Modernize National Weather Service to Better Serve Public" from April 14, 2005.

Here is the legislation called the National Weather Services Duties Act of 2005 (Introduced in Senate) S 786 IS1S.

Well, OK. Maybe I am giving Gil too much credit. He probably only read these links:

or one of the other various (and numerous) "moonbat" BLOGS on the Internet.

Because, obviously, if you read the Santorum Press Release or the Accuweather Mission Statement, or the actual Bill -- you wouldn't be dumb enough to write an article such as this (unless you only read the BLOGS or think you're Smart enough?).

Barry Myers, Accuweather's executive vice president, said if the bill were to pass, the public would likely notice little difference, and it could in fact benefit.

"Encouraging that activity in the private sector is a much better way" to encourage innovation "than having the government try to do it," Myers said (Source:Santorum's bill would change National Weather Service offerings). (Santorum's bill puts weather in the hands of the private sector.)

"Ninety-five percent of all the forecasts that make their way to the public come from the private sector, not the government," said Barry Myers, AccuWeather's executive vice president.

Santorum's bill would restore a noncompetition and nonduplication policy the weather service adopted in 1991 and rescinded in December [2004]. (Source:Santorum's bill could rain on National Weather Service)

Under the proposed legislation, the National Weather Service would be allowed to offer particular types of services only if the private sector does not offer them � a provision similar to rules the agency was guided by for 14 years until last year.

When the rule changed, the weather service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expanded into areas already served by the commercial weather industry, according to Santorum's office.

The bill would protect the 14 private weather service companies in Pennsylvania � including AccuWeather in State College, Pa., which employs 340 people, Santorum spokeswoman Chrissy Shott said. AccuWeather provides weather data to a variety of outlets � including media organizations such as The Associated Press.

"This is about job retention in Pennsylvania," Shott said. Severe weather information would still be issued by the [National] weather service, she said.

Hmmm, some interesting info Gil neglected to tell us in his, article?

It makes one wonder; did he check any of the facts to this "story"?

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