Wingnut welfare queen Joseph Bast who heads up the Heartland Institute For Making Shit Up And Cashing Big Checks received an email from retired US Air Force Colonel Gary Wamsley that read, as follows:

From: Gary Wamsley [mailto:editor@berthoudrecorder.com]
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 5:16 PM
To: Joseph Bast
Subject: Heartland Institute disinformation campaign

You should be ashamed of yourself. The United States already has a problem in keeping up with the rest of the world in science education and now you want to play a role in further destroying our nation as well as our planet.

You are a traitor to your own country. I did not spend 30 years in the military to protect the likes of you.

Gary Wamsley
Colonel, USAF, Retired

A grievously butthurt Bast responded hilariously (emphasis added):

From: Joseph Bast
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 09:46:00 -0600
To: Gary Wamsley
Cc: Jim Lakely
Subject: RE: Heartland Institute disinformation campaign

Mr. Wamsley,

I assume your intemperate comments are based on a forged memo that misrepresents our efforts in the area of global warming research education, so let me explain before demanding an apology.

The Heartland Institute is a 28-year-old national nonprofit research and education organization. We produce top-quality research and commentary on a wide range of topics, including school reform, health care, budget and tax issues, and environmental regulation. More than 100 academics and 200 elected officials serve on advisory boards, helping to write our publications and review our work. More than 1,800 individuals, foundations, and corporations contribute voluntarily to support our work.

Last week, someone stole some documents from us and forged a memo claiming to state our ‘strategy” on global warming. See our statement in response to this attack here: http://heartland.org/press-releases/2012/02/15/heartland-institute-responds-stolen-and-fake-documents .

[...]

The forged memo has been quoted in scores of articles and hundreds of blog posts. We are working to get those statements removed and retracted. Meanwhile, and regrettably, many people like you are being misled about our work and intentions.

Now that you know the truth, I ask that you apologize for your intemperate and very offensive letter. Since your letter is threatening, I’ve forwarded it to our legal counsel, forensics team, and the FBI. It is important that you not delete the email from your sent file, or any other emails you may have exchanged with other people while preparing it, since this could be evidence in criminal and civil cases.

Please write back to let me know if you will comply with my requests.

Best regards,

Joseph Bast
President
The Heartland Institute
jbast@heartland.org

The fact that they have a “forensics team” is the first indication ever that the Heartland Institute has anything resembling a real scientist on board.

If you should choose to email Mr. Bast… be gentle. Gawd knows the rest of the Heartland staff have had it up to here with his piteous weeping and sobbing and sitting up late at night in his candle-lit office listening to Sarah McLachlan’s Angel over and over again…

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t suggest that he eat a bag of salted dicks.

Bless his heart…