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My post on Heartland Institute has generated a great deal of comment both on the comment section and around the blogosphere. See Heartland Panics Over Leak: 71 Year Old Vet, Young Mom Fire Back at Threats [2].

Most of the comments are positive, several are attacking, but I approve all that do not have offensive language. So far everyone has been relatively civil compared to what I read at other sites. I want to thank you all for that.

Two comments have come in by email and I will share those here a Letter to the editor

The first was to Heartland president Mr. Bast and copied to me. Reprinted with permission:


Mr. Bast.

You, sir, are, in my opinion, a turd.  Your organization is a cesspool.  Please forward this to the FBI.  I’d love my opinion of you and your organization to be on file somewhere.  Then let history judge.



p.s.  I’d love as well for you to contact my attorney.  His name is Jeff Ruch.  He is executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.  His email is jruch@peer.org [3].  You might be hearing quite a lot from him and his organization in future.  I certainly hope so.

Dr. Kelly Anspaugh
Department of English

I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and seeks her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.  –John Milton

The second letter scolds me. It is from a Mr. Dave Burton who follows his name with an impressive series of letters and numbers that are meaningless to me. Perhaps someone can decode for me. It appears that he uses IPCC to try to attach him self to that organization, but the “Expert Reviewer” makes me think he is a denier who reviews the work of IPCC to discredit it. Any helpers here. In my carear as a pilot, FOD meant Foreign Object Damage. I wonder if that is what it means here. Any suggestions on how to respond to Mr. Burton. At least he had the politeness to address me by my title.

Dear Col. Wamsley,

It seems to me that if you were a decent sort of fellow, you’d apologize for believing the forged document, for jumping to a conclusion which wrongly assumed the worst about Heartland, and (of course) for accusing the good folks at Heartland of treason, ofdestroying our nation, and of destroying the planet. Really, after tossing off such outrageous insults, the surprising thing is that the reply you received from Bast was as gentle as it was.

I do agree with you that such insults, vile as they are, aren’t threats.  Bast was wrong to so characterize them.  But if someone accusedyou of treason, of destroying our nation, and of destroying the planet, how gentle do you think you would be in your reply?

I also think that you should show some gratitude to Heartland and their donors for the wonderful work they do, which benefits all Americans.  Have you actually read any of their work?  It is excellent!  I highly recommend to you that you invest the time to study some of it.  If you do, you will surely learn a great deal.

Sincerely yours,

Dave Burton

IPCC AR5 WG1 FOD Expert Reviewer
Member, NC Sea Level Rise Impact Study Advisory Committee

Here is another interesting link. When James at Pathteacher sent an email to Heartland questioning their 5o1(c)3 status he got a most interesting answer from Dian Bast. Insulting rather than threatening. This post give additional credence to the plan to brainwash teachers.

http://pathteacheroneword.blogspot.com/2012/02/heartland-institute-more-lobbyists-with.html [4]