Sunday, December 27, 2009

Stalinism and Taxpayer Robbery

James Lewis points out the similarities between Stalinism and the "Environmental Movement" in a piece in the American Thinker today entitled Stalinism is Back. A quote to set the stage:

Green Stalinism is what we are seeing today, but the color is purely decorative. It has nothing to do with real environmentalism; after all, Eco-Icon Rachel Carson got DDT outlawed on totally phony evidence, thereby saving hundreds of millions of tsetse flies in Africa at the cost of millions of African children. How is that for really evil racism? How many deadly flies would you trade for the life of a child? Maybe that's what environmentalism really comes down to, but in that case, how do you tell eco-freaks from Stalinists or Hitlerites? You shall know them by their deeds, and their deeds show no difference. The whole intention behind Fraudenhagen was to impoverish the West and to hold back the developing world from creating prosperity for its people. Even Stalin destroyed Soviet agriculture only inadvertently. These folks want to do it with malice aforethought.
Of course, the hallmark of the original Stalinism was that it was a rare case of the international conspiracy. So this makes perfect sense:

What makes Green Stalinism more than a mob fad, and more than Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, is that it shows every sign of international collusion in fraud, data manipulation, and hundreds of billions of dollars of carbon credit bribes and payoffs. The media have been mired hopelessly in this cesspit for a long, long time. To their eternal shame, so has the scientific establishment, including the great science journals -- like Nature, which was founded by Isaac Newton, and Science, established to rival Nature for publishing first-class science. Scientific American used to be a fine, credible journal, but now it is disgusting. National Geographic used to be wonderful, but it has become poisoned beyond retrieval. Need we say anything about the unspeakable BBC, the mafia-like New York Times, and the macaca-dropping Washington Post? This is all corruption -- the deepest betrayal of the role of independent media in a democratic land.
Mr. Lewis' call, therefore, for investigations and possible trials, sounds a little like revenge. Maybe, but I honestly feel that unless we have investigations, and prosecutions of at least the most egregious actors in this conspiracy, we won't be rid of it. But we must be rid of it. We can not let these people simply go underground for a few years, until we all forget, then come back on the scene with a new version. Unfortunately, these peoples reputations must be ruined for at least a generation in order to protect the rest of us from them. They must be seen to be punished in order to show the world that what they did truly was heinous. Otherwise, they will just come back later, as Paul Erhlich has continually done over the years.

For the Fraudocrats things can only go down from here, because tens of millions of technically savvy people around the world now have access to the HadCRU emails and computer files -- 162 Megabytes of them. They have only begun to work through the computer code. If the crooks responsible are prosecuted, as Lord Monckton has demanded, the evidence for fraud, theft of government property, and conspiracy to defraud hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Carbon Credits will be right in front of the public. The scientific community often boasts about its ability to detect and punish frauds; well, here is a real chance to prove it.
Paul Driessen also has something to say on the topic in an article at today entitled Taxpayer Robbery Gate. Driessen's venting of spleen is a little more focused on Senator Barbara Boxer's part in trying to divert attention away from the Climategate scandal. Here's a quote:

Senator Barbara Boxer is an exception. Not only does she ignore the obvious. She is doing her best to divert attention from the scandal, circle the alarmist wagons, cover up the fraud, obstruct justice – and ram through yet another legislative power grab.

“This isn’t Climategate,” the California Democrat insists. “It’s email theft gate.” The problem isn’t the fraud; it’s that a hacker or whistleblower revealed the fraud.

Wrong, Senator. It’s not theft gate. It’s Taxpayer Robbery Gate.

We, the taxpayers, We the people – paid for this “research.” We paid billions of dollars for it – and providing the data, computer codes and analytical methods is a condition of the employment and research grants for these scientists. The work belongs to us. We own it.
So, there's the place to start, if anyone has the political will to do something.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

It is Christmas Eve. Soon, we will be going over to the daughter's for a Christmas Eve get together, and then I will be going to the church for a midnight Christmas Eve service. Tomorrow, we will again go to the daughter's place early, where the grand kids will be opening gifts. Grandma likes to spoil them rotten.

All this activity is to celebrate the birth of the greatest gift God could give to mankind, Jesus. So it was with trepidation that I read Cal Thomas' piece, Jesus the Socialist, in today's A quote:

Speaking Monday afternoon to a group of children from the Washington, D.C., Boys and Girls Club, the president delivered a mini sermon on "why we celebrate Christmas." He asked the children if they knew. One piped up and said "The birth of baby Jesus."...

The president spoke of what Jesus "symbolizes for people all around the world," which he said, "is the possibility of peace and people treating each other with respect." And then, in the best tradition of a community organizer, the president said Jesus is about "doing something for other people." Even the "three wise men" were invoked to support the president's idea of wealth redistribution: "...these guys ... have all this money, they've got all this wealth and power, and they took a long trip to a manger just to see a little baby."

And what conclusion should be drawn from that journey? The president told the children, " just shows you that because you're powerful or you're wealthy, that's not what's important. What's important is ... the kind of spirit you have."
All of that is true, as far as it goes. But, Jesus never said that having wealth, and pursuing power is wrong, rather it is the kind of spirit you have while pursuing those things that matters. Jesus also does not give a grant for government to take from the productive, and give to the nonproductive (after taking a cut for themselves of course) at gun point. Rather, giving, whether it be money, or food and clothing, or time and talents, needs to be given of each person's own free will. To be forced to give charity is not charity at all. Charity, done correctly, breeds gratitude on the part of the receiver, and a desire to become able to give back to the community themselves. But government "charity" only breeds a sense of entitlement from those who receive it, and resentment from those from whom it is taken.

In the end, then, Obama and the Leftists have it all wrong. They have managed to corrupt the idea of charity, as they corrupt everything they touch.

To my two readers though, have a Merry Christmas, and a Prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The "Environmental Movement" exposed

Some mistake my disdain for the "environmental movement" for a belief that we can simply trash the place. Nothing can be further from the truth. God calls on man to be a good steward of the resources he has given us. But stewardship involves wise use of those resources, not keeping them in some sort of pristine lockbox, as if the earth was a museum. More pointedly God expects us to use these resources to help our fellow man. Most people do not know the thinking going on in the warped, nihilistic heart of the "environmental movement." But sometimes, an article reaches into the mainstream press that exposes that heart for all is horrors. Such an article is In Pursuit of Death by Joe Herring over at the American Thinker. A quote:

In a speech to the Catholic group Call to Action, Ruether tells us we need to return to the population levels of 1930. The earth harbored about two billion people then and boasts more than six and a half billion currently, leaving four and a half billion people left standing without a chair when the music stops. What remains unsaid is how to deal with what Scrooge called "the surplus population."

In the same July-August 2000 issue of the New Oxford Review, Penn elaborates on the stated goals of the movement:

For several decades Barbara Marx Hubbard has predicted "personal extinction" for people who will not get with the New Age program: "A Quantum Transformation is the time of selection.... The species known as self-centered humanity will become extinct. The species known as whole-centered humanity will evolve." At this time, "humans capable of cooperating to self-transcend will do so"; "elements" maintaining "the illusion of separation will become extinct...just as Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal humans became extinct." Hubbard warns that if the selection comes, it will be violent: "Either the good will prevail...or the violent selection of the self-centered will begin." For her, Satan is "part of the selection process...that will bring forth the self-elected from the self-rejected, so that...only those connected to the whole survive."

Note the use of the word "species" when referring to people of differing attitudes. Only in the repugnant world of the hard left would human beings who disagree be classified as entirely different species from one another. A brief visit to Ms. Hubbard's newly launched website will be sufficient to keep your hair curled for months.
Believe me when I tell you that achieving 2 billion people will not be the end. No, it will only be how would they put it?...a good first step. Meanwhile, this vanguard, these self anointed elites do not plan on offing themselves. Rather, they expect the rest of us to do the dying. Well, I am not buying it.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

White House Blackmailing Senator to Vote for Socialized Medicine

Per Theo Sparks, Glenn Beck has reported that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) has been threatened by the White House that if he doesn't toe the line on health care, then Offutt Air Force Base will be put on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list. Offutt is the home of the Strategic Command, formerly the Stategic Air Command.

Beck claims to have three independent sources, and he has generally been quite accurate, so I take this seriously. As Beck says, if true, this sort of thing borders on treason. It is certainly disgusting and despicable to use our military, and the security of the United States as pawns to get an agenda through that now 60% of Americans do not want.

Meanwhile, to understand what it is about socialized medicine that so offends the average American you must read Why America Hates Universal Health Care: The Real Reason. The post is very un-PC, calling fat people...fat(!!). It says that we should all just grow up and take responsibility for our own lives. Apparently hell has finally frozen over, because someone is actually telling the truth:

Now, I really don’t care if you overeat, smoke like a chimney, hump like a bunny or forget to lock the safety mechanism on your pistol as you jam it in your waistband. Fine by me. And as a laissez-faire social-libertarian live-and-let-live kind of person, I would never under normal circumstances condemn anyone for any of the behaviors listed above. That is: Until the bill for your stupidity shows up in my mailbox. Then suddenly, I’m forced to care about what you do, because I’m being forced to pay for the consequences.
Of course, there are all the other reasons to oppose this bill: That it will drive up costs, ration care, and represents a massive power grab by a government that is already too powerful. But at it core, this is the reason most Americans recoil: Those who have worked hard, payed taxes, and played by the rules all their lives will now have to pay for some idiot who hasn't. That's just un-American.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Congress Irrelevent?

Congress is making itself irrelevant if they don't watch out.

Congress is unlikely to pass Cap and Tax this year. Due, in part to Climategate, a binding agreement coming out of Hopenhagen appears also unlikely. In any case, the Senate would probably not ratify any such agreement. But still, the threat of massive regulation remains because of the Obama Doctrine: govern by decree. Henry P Wickham, Jr. has an article over at the American Thinker today that you must read about the EPA's finding that CO2 is a pollutant and must be regulated. Congress could still make itself relevant by putting a line in the EPA's appropriations bill to the effect that no funding could be used to regulate CO2 or carbon, but I doubt that will happen, considering that the House already passed Cap and Tax, and that all funding bills must originate in the House. The only way to reverse this is to get rid of those members of Congress who are not listening to the people in 2010.

If you want to know why all this is happening, please read On the brink by Victor Volsky at American Thinker today.

In fact, he had little choice. Obama came to power in no small measure thanks to an economic collapse. But it is this very recession that makes his window of opportunity extremely narrow, at most ‘til the beginning of the 2010 election campaign. Off-year elections nearly always deal a blow to the ruling party, most certainly during economic downturns. Come election time, Obama's honeymoon will be long since over and the electorate will be sure to take out its frustration and anger on his party, further undermining the president's clout. Just ask Bill Clinton after the 1994 electoral debacle of the Democrats.

Given the political landscape the left decided on a drastic approach: President Obama and his Congressional allies would take advantage of their temporary preponderance and go all in on their program to take control of three major sectors: health care, education and energy. Speed was of the essence; while the Republicans are in post-electoral disarray, attack, attack, attack, overwhelm the enemy's defenses, give him no time to regroup, and push through the coveted legislation. All the chips were placed on a blitzkrieg. Using a football analogy, the Democrats threw a Hail Mary pass into the enemy's end-zone, pinning all their hopes on one daring toss.
And the remedy?

The only hope of Obama and his allies is that the American people, unaccustomed as they are to prolonged activism, will soon get bored and go back to slumber. Will the enraged electorate have the stamina, the staying power to continue the fight to the bitter end, until the internal aggression is beaten back? If it does and the socialist conspiracy is decisively defeated, the radical left will be dealt a crushing blow from which it might take decades to recover. If not, America as we know it, in all likelihood will be finished.
Or, in simpler terms, the Democratic party has to go. Democratic Members of Congress must be replaced with people who are willing to follow the Constitution, and work to unburden government of the unconstitutional duties it has arrogated to itself.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton just announced that the Obama administration would be working hand in glove with the UN on the "Small Arms Treaty." John Bolton threw a monkey wrench into this treaty during the Bush administration, but with Obama now in office, the way seems clear for him to sign onto this abomination. Once again, the Senate is unlikely to ratify the treaty, but that won't prevent the administration from writing regulations in support of the treaty anyway, the Second Amendment be damned.

Election 2010!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

When Do Climate Criminals Go To Jail?

A great posting over at Watts Up With That! shows the dangers of looking too closely at recent global warming. The first graph does indeed show the "hockey stick" starting from around 1400 AD. But the next graph shows the time stretched out to 800 AD, and the MWP suddenly shows up. Clearly the MWP was greater than the present-and nothing happened! But wait, there's more. If we go back to 3000 BC, it becomes clear that the world was much warmer at around 1500 BC than even the MWP. What's going on? One of the things the IPCC has done is chose over what period of time to show you temperature data. It was part of the data manipulation that went on.

These records are taken from the NOAA Greenland Ice Core data, and have not been "corrected" or "adjusted." Any climate scientist would have been aware of this data all along. The earth has been much warmer, within historical times, than it is today, without human activity to drive the planetary warming. This makes climategate all the more criminal, as these scientists were aware of the information, but chose instead to push their phony hoax on the rest of us. And when I say criminal, I really mean that those who have pushed this hoax should be prosecuted and sent to jail, particularly the "scientists" who had to have known of the availability of this information, but ignored it.

I watched the new Stossel show the Fox Business Channel last night. Yes, I know it came on the night before, but I TIVOed it, so watched it last night. The show was about climate change. Stossel had some young people in the audience who claimed to be environment students of various stripes. What appalled me was that these students had apparently gotten the complete propaganda on the CO2 theory, but seemed unaware that there are other theories out there, or that there are other temperature records, such as ice cores from Greenland. Apparently the schools have turned away from teaching students how to think, and are just teaching them what to think.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Left Takes Down U. S. Economy

When I was assigned to by NAVFAC's "expert" on goofball wormening I said to my boss, "This is just an attempt to shackle our economic power and make Europe more competitive." At last, the cat is out of the bag, with an IBD Editorial published Monday entitled Greens' Real Target: U.S. Economy A quote:

What goes little commented on, however, is the reason for the vehemence of these calls for CO2 sacrifice on the part of the U.S.: a desire to take our economy down.

Having decisively lost the great debate between capitalism and socialism, the only way the global warming socialists can do this is by imposing restrictions on U.S. output in response to the ginned-up "emergency" of global warming.
It is childish, I know to say "I told you so." But sometimes, one needs that recognition.

Paul Valone on Self Defense

Paul Valone, the Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner, has an excellent article up today entitled Guns and the Law: The Use of Deadly Force, Part 1. The article involves an interview with Thomas Faulk, author of Firearms Laws of North Carolina. If you are a gun owner, and routinely carry a gun, you should go read the article, and obtain a copy of the book. It could save your life, or keep you out of prison.

Paul is also the President of the group Grass Roots North Carolina that agitated for, and eventually got the North Carolina "Shall Issue" law in place. One of my own efforts is manning the table for the GRNC at the Raleigh gun shows.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

As Evidence Crumbles, Warming Alarmists Double Down

David Limbaugh has a piece on the Goofball Wormening front and the Copenhagen meeting at today entitled Defenseless Enviro-thugs Go On the Offensive. You should stop over and read it. It doesn't have much technical detail, but then you can go to Watts Up With That! for technical detail. Rather, this report summarizes why this is all happening:

As British columnist Christopher Booker says: "What has become arguably the most influential set of evidence used to support the case that the world faces unprecedented global warming, developed, copied and promoted hundreds of times, has now been as definitively kicked into touch as was (Michael) Mann's 'hockey stick' before it. Yet it is on a blind acceptance of this kind of evidence that 16,500 politicians, officials, scientists and environmental activists will be gathering in Copenhagen to discuss measures which ... would ... utterly (transform) the world economy."

Perhaps the culpability of many rank-and-file leftists should be understood in light of their mind-numbed credulity over the alarmists' claims and the Draconian solutions they offer to avert their mythical Armageddon. These leftist sheep seem engaged in a chimerical search for significance apart from God, whose existence their worldview rejects but for whom their hearts cry out in a self-muted cacophony.

Meanwhile, the EPA has now found out that CO2 is a pollutant. Go over and check out Atlas Shrugs for the details. A quote:

"CO2 for different people has different attractions. After all, what is it? - it’s not a pollutant, it’s a product of every living creature’s breathing, it’s the product of all plant respiration, it is essential for plant life and photosynthesis, it’s a product of all industrial burning, it’s a product of driving – I mean, if you ever wanted a leverage point to control everything from exhalation to driving, this would be a dream. So it has a kind of fundamental attractiveness to bureaucratic mentality." - Richard S. Lindzen, Ph.D. Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
What this means is that the Obama Administration is prepared to go forward with Cap and Tax whether the Congress gives him the legislation or not, or whether the Senate ratifies a treaty out of Copenhagen or not. The only way this can be stopped is if the Congress stops it. While there may not be the votes to pass Cap and Tax, there are also not the votes to stop EPA either.

"So, if it is not CO2 that is causing the climate to change, what is?", you might ask. Don Easterbrook, a retired Geology professor at Western Washington University has a theory that seems to correlate well over time, and explains the Medieval Warm Period, the Maunder Minimum, the warming of the last third of the 20th century, and the current cooling. Unfortunately, if Professor Easterbrook is correct, there really isn't anything we can do about it. Of course that means everyone can go about using fossil fuels as before. Indeed, there is no need to bring the industrial revolution to a halt and return mankind to primitive hunter-gatherers, living in grass huts. No need for a global governance. No need, in other words, for the leftists who have brought this silly idea to a head in Copenhagen.

One of the interesting things about our current standard of living is the built-in assumption that our time is worth more than things. Our society is a "disposable" society because "things" are worth less, and our time is worth considerably more. Cap and Tax would reverse that trend. Suddenly, the car you own now might be the last you buy, because to produce them is so expensive. All kinds of materials become recyclable because the energy to produce new is so expensive. You probably would go back to taking a bath maybe once a month (utility prices would skyrocket.) Clothes would be worn until they were really dirty, and then washed by hand. Because of the high cost of new clothes, someone in your family would have to figure out how to repair them until they could not be repair anymore. Does your wife know how to sew? Mine doesn't. Food would become a major part of your budget, because of the transportation costs to bring it to you, and your diet would necessarily get a lot simpler. Oranges might be a Christmas treat, rather than staples. Try to imaging the life of someone in your area living in 1875, but without the freedoms they enjoyed, and you pretty much have what your life, and that of your children will be like. If it were necessary, I wouldn't say a word, but it is not. The fact is that the world will warm, the world will cool, and we have nothing to do with it. All we can do is adapt when it happens.

Are you mad enough yet?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day of Infamy

Today is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Like 9/11, today is a day we should never forget.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Understanding the Decline

Marc Sheppard has an excellent article explaining in detail exactly what was at stake in the climategate emails at American Thinker entitled Understanding Climategate's Hidden Decline. A quote to give you a flavor of the report:

Remember, all of the temperatures prior to 1850 were estimated by computer algorithms and no actual readings exist to prove or disprove those figures. So a relatively short window of opportunity exists to test the programs against observations. Had 20th century measured temperatures continued to align with those recreated as smoothly after 1960 as they did previously, then the programmers could declare their code and hence their millennial temperatures sound. But the divergence, if allowed to stand, instead revealed serious design flaws in the proxy reconstructions. Which suggests that just as the decline was dealt with through trickery, so was the MWP.

And it seems that each time the trick was used, its involvement would be more deeply concealed.
So, this report is pretty technically oriented, telling us exactly what was done to what data to make the data say what was presupposed to have actually happened. In this case, the CRU "scientists" were trying to hide the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), and the Little Ice Age (LIA). But the more pressing problem was the MWP, because if this period in history was allowed to stand, the recent warming would be seen to be within normal limits. And it's hard to stampede the world into giving alarmists trillions of dollars for something that happens normally after all. That's what all this goofball wormening, cap and tax business is all about: transferring trillions of hard earned dollars from their rightful owners to cheats and liars, and kleptocrats at Goldman Sachs and other similar firms, and greedy third world kleptocrats.

The Earth's Next Last Chance

George Will sums up the current status of the goofball wormening debate in The Earth's Next Last Chance at today. A quote:

Barack Obama, understanding the histrionics required in climate change debates, promises that U.S. emissions in 2050 will be 83 percent below 2005 levels. If so, 2050 emissions will equal those in 1910, when there were 92 million Americans. But there will be 420 million in 2050, so Obama's promise means that per capita emissions then will be about what they were in 1875. That. Will. Not. Happen.

So why threaten it? As cover for ObamaCare perhaps? Will doesn't say, but in any case sums things up nicely with:

Copenhagen is the culmination of the post-Kyoto maneuvering by people determined to fix the world's climate by breaking the world's -- especially America's -- population to the saddle of ever-more-minute supervision by governments. But Copenhagen also is prologue for the 2010 climate change summit in Mexico City, which will be planet Earth's last chance, until the next one.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Climategate Roundup Number 3

Chris W. Bell has an article in today's American Thinker entitled Save the Planet by Banning Ice Cream. The article talks about the environmental movement, as illustrated by goofball wormening's true believers. But in reality, Bell is trying to show where the logic (or lack thereof) of goofball wormening leads, if taken to its illogical conclusion. Taken to its conclusion, goofball wormening leads us back to being primitive hunter gatherers. Forget the industrial revolution, forget the agricultural revolution that took place 10,000 years ago. A quote:

For now, the environmental movement is asking us to give up a small amount of our creature comforts so that our environment can be saved from global warming. I submit that we must project this movement to its logical end. If it is good to use energy-saving light bulbs, is it not better not to use light bulbs at all? If it is good to drive a small car, then it must be better to not drive a car at all. If we seek to eliminate unnecessary energy usage, why should we stop at light bulbs? If saving the environment by not burning fuel is your goal, then it is better to eat raw food than it is to eat cooked food because you save the energy required to cook your food.

The discretionary use of energy for things like vacations, music, frozen foods, and air conditioning, must, by the modern environmentalist standards, be eliminated. Imagine how much energy it takes to support ice cream. We must feed and water the cattle that are raised for the cream. We must supply the energy to make and freeze the ice cream, we must use energy to make the containers to pack the ice cream, and we must use energy to transport the ice cream from the dairy to the store. We must use energy to keep the ice cream frozen in the market, we must use energy to drive to the market, and we also use energy to power our freezers where we store the ice cream. Just think of the energy we could save if we just got rid of ice cream.

How can we sit by and watch ice cream being made if we believe its production is contributing to the doom of mankind? Every scoop pushes the hand of our doomsday clock that much closer to midnight. This reasoning can, and eventually will, be used to demonize virtually all of modern society. How can we justify watching a television show when the burning of the fuel that powers the TV is destroying our environment? How can we justify using energy to create a computer when that energy use will destroy us? How can we justify powering our air-conditioner when we could survive without it, as billions before us did?
Ben and Jerry, call your office!

Meanwhile, Clarice Feldman reports in AT that AWG not stopped yet by Climategate. I agree with her. The facts don't matter to people who believe the narrative. Indeed, in this case, the facts are so complicated, that it is just far easier to keep believing the narrative, even if the narrative was supposedly based on the facts.

C. Edmund Wright reports in AT that Sarah Palin weighs in on climategate. Good for her. Reading through her statement, she hits just the right notes, again.

Anthony Watts has a great post here. Read through the entirety and enormity of what the "climate scientist" commented. This is at the heart of the problem. This is why I get so frustrated with people who say that climategate doesn't matter. The whole premise if goofball wormening, of alarming the public, of scaring the children, is that science tells us so. But now if the science doesn't tell us anything of the sort, shouldn't goofball wormening swept into the dustbin of history, along with Piltdown Man?

I'd love to keep working here, but once again, I have to run.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Climate Gate Roundup Number 2

Rosslyn Smith has an article in the American Thinker comparing Global Warming's New Clothes to the Emperor's New Clothes, penned by Hans Christian Andersen, ironically of Copenhagen. The metaphor is a perfect fit.

Clarice Feldman reports that Michael Mann is throwing CRU's Phil Jones Under the Bus.

Andrew Walden points out that there are other absurdities in the GHG movement, such as placement of Greenhouse Gas Observatories Downwind from Erupting Volcanoes.

In Assessing Pre-Blame for Climate Summit, Jonah Goldberg writes at that the wheels are coming off the car because of other nation's self interest, and speculates that any treaty coming out of Copenhagen will not be ratified by the US Senate. With due respect to Mr. Goldberg, lately, I have lost faith in the common sense of our so called "Representatives" in either House of Congress. If they can pass ObamaCare, I wouldn't put any destructive nightmare these guys.

David Harsanyi says that Sen. Boxer wants to change the subject in "We-don't-want-to-talk-about-it gate" at

As usual, go read Watts Up With That and click on the video. The title says it all: "You wouldn't accept that from a grade 9 science fair."

Got to go to work. More tomorrow.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Climategate Roundup

I have decided today to just do a roundup of the news on "climategate" as more and more folks get into the act. Perhaps I will do this for a few days, and see where it goes. But for now, here's the latest:

First up is Ann Coulter writing in today's entitled Do Smoking Guns Cause Global Warming Too? Ms. Coulter applies her usual acid wit to the climategate scandal. It's a must read.

Next up is Jonah Goldberg, also in today's in a piece called Groupthink and the Global Warming Industry. Goldberg is more cautious on calling the growing scandal a fraud, but I am not. Common sense says CO2 was never the "cause" of either global warming or cooling, and there is research now that makes the case that the rising and falling of CO2 levels was actually caused by the change in temperature, and not the other way around.

Larry Elder has a great takedown of National Public Radio (NPR) on today in a piece entitled Climategate: NPR Sees a Silver Lining. I can't help getting a smirk whenever I hear someone say they get all their news from NPR. These people have never reasoned through to see the conflict of interests that a government funded news source represents.

Jillian Bandes reports on some Senate committee in-fighting in Democrats Censor Climate Skeptics in Congress.

Representative John Linder (R-GA) has a article in the American Thinker entitled simply Climate Challenges in which he makes the point that Obama should not be going to Copenhagen, should not sign away our sovereignty, over a completely unproven "theory" that man is causing catastrophic global warming. It is a well written article. Incidentally, I did not know that the Nile river froze in 829 A.D.

Secrecy News reports on a little known Congressional Research Service report that a number of countries are making their GHG laws more stringent at a time when the argument for goofball wormening is falling apart.

William Zeranski reminds us in American Thinker that when government is involved science is ultimately corrupted. A point that bears repeating, perhaps by having each new Congresscritter write it on the blackboard 100 times.

Anthony Watts site Watts Up With That? provides an excellent round up of climate news on a daily basis. You should bookmark this site, and check in regularly, but this post is especially interesting. Christopher Monckton is the Thatcher advisor who warned the world what was at stake in Copenhagen last month.

The Washington Times reports Researcher: NASA Hiding Climate Data. The Washington Times reports that Chris Horner plans to sue if NASA doesn't come clean by the end of the year.

ObamaCare will not be Good for Gunowners

Larry Pratt and the Gun Owners of America have a press release on the ObamaCare bill now being debated in the Senate here. As you read it, keep in mind that the outcomes he discusses are not necessarily those that will come about, but very well could if the bill passes, based on past experience with other laws at other times. What many people do not know is that laws are not just created by Congress, but also by Executive Branch regulators (such as the BATFE or any of the new bureaucracies created under the ObamaCare bill) or by courts. The courts make laws through the interpretation of existing law. The way that they have corrupted the law is fairly well understood. Less understood is the how regulators extend, and in some cases, completely stand the law on its head. That is what Pratt is discussing here. Everything he mentions is very possible with an administration hostile to gun rights, as this one is.

Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Thomas Sowell, and others, in different ways have been saying all along that ObamaCare is a huge grab at the liberty of the American people. Larry Pratt makes explicit what they have all implied. Rather than pass a law saying "turn in your guns or go to jail," they will use the various provisions of ObamaCare to make certain classes of people "prohibited persons." At first, the classifications of people would sound reasonable, if one didn't know the circumstances. For instance, just because a veteran suffers PTSD doesn't make him dangerous, or likely to "go off." Thousands of men, returning home from all the previous wars have also suffered what is now termed PTSD. That we now have counselling for these men is a great boon for returning soldiers, but it should not mean the loss of Constitutionally guaranteed liberties absent the actual commission of a felony. But soon more classifications will be made "prohibited" on various specious grounds. But the problem at that point is that we will not be arguing the basic principles of the law but nibbling around the edges hoping to keep our individual ox from being gored. You do not want to go there!

So, while you are checking out the latest presser, why not fill out the form, and send an email to your Senators again. It couldn't hurt, and who knows, if enough of us make our wishes known, they might just get the message to stop the madness.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

So, "most people" believe in Goofball Wormening

So, Obama is going to Copenhagen because "most people" do not dispute the existence of goofball wormening. What, is this guy in the fourth grade?

My mother would have had a saying for that. She would have asked "So, if most of the kids were jumping off a cliff, would you do it too?"

By the way, most of the people do not want the government to involve itself in health care, but that is not stopping The One from pushing that horrible idea. When did he ever care what "most people" want?

A Trio on Goofball Wormening

I have been keeping what little track of the expanding scandal that is the Hadley Climate Research Unit's hacked e-mails as I can over the holidays and into this week. The American Thinker has had several good articles on that scandal over the last several days. First up is James Lewis, writing yesterday, in a piece entitled Obama and the CRUddites of Britain. Likening the CRU to the 18th century Luddites, who tried to destroy the most advanced technology at the time, he takes a whack at the CRUddites. But the juicy parts are where Lewis brings Algore, Phil Jones, Michael Mann, James Hansen, the BBC, the Guardian the Times, the Daily Mail and Obama himself under the lens, then backs off and lets the sun do the sizzling. The most remarkable has been Obama. Why would he decide to go to Copenhagen after the scandal broke, and he could see that the jig was up? According to Lewis, it is because he has ties to the folks in Chicago who stand to make billions of dollars from Cap 'n Tax. But this is sheer lunacy, and he has to know that he is committing political suicide, or does he? Go read the whole thing, though, for the fantastic number of ways Lewis uses to describe "fraudulent."

All that aside, Peter Landesman has an article explaining why the climate models are fundamentally flawed, and it has to do with the Mathematics of Global Warming. Anyone who has ever watched the television show "Numbers" no doubt has an exaggerated view of what can be done with mathematics. What isn't shown, or is glossed over, is the simplifying assumptions that have to be made to solve many of the problems in the time necessary to catch the miscreant du jour. It's all very entertaining television, and I like it because it puts mathematics in a starring role instead of the usual brute force types. But as you will see in Landesman's piece, there really are mathematical problems that are beyond our ability to solve, and forecasting global climate is one. When I first read about climate models predicting that our world would heat up, my first reaction was to ask what they had used to verify that the models worked? I asked how they explained previous warming when no one was about, much less driving SUVs? I was told that I was asking the wrong questions (and of course that the sciences was settled, and I should just sit down and shut up.) I never learned what were the "right" questions, so I continued to ask. Turns out, I was asking the right questions.

Then there is Bruce Walker's The Ghost of Lysenko to remind us all of what happens when ideology is used to determine evidence, rather than letting the evidence inform our ideology. Just go read the whole thing. It isn't that long.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The War on Guns: Chicago Gun Case Brief Shows Prohibitionists Unreasonable

The War on Guns: Chicago Gun Case Brief Shows Prohibitionists Unreasonable

The Brady Bunch is at it again in the Chicago case, claiming there is no difference between "shall not be infringed" and a total ban. At least the Joyce Foundation recognized defeat and withdrew funding for Saul Cornell's OSU 2nd Amendment Center. But of course, the Bradys are dedicated to subverting our Constitutionally guaranteed rights, and will never stop trying.

The Global Warming Fraud Destroys Science

J. R. Dunn has an excellent think piece on what the ramifications of the Global Warming Fraud and the Future of Science in today's American Thinker. It is long, but well worth the read, and then contemplate for yourself what you think this will mean for future scientific endeavors. A quote to give you a flavor of the article:

As Paul Johnson has pointed out, a technological breakout appeared imminent at a number of points in the past millennium. Consider the anonymous Hussite engineer of the 15th century who left a notebook even more breathtaking than that of Leonardo, or the revolutionary English Levelers of the 17th century who dreamed of flying machines and factories. If a breakout had occurred at those times, the consequences would have been unimaginable. But the Hussites were destroyed by the German princes, the Levelers by the reestablishment of the English crown. It required the birth of a true democratic republic in the late 18th century to provide the setting for a serious scientific-technical takeoff, one that after 200 years has brought us to where we stand today, gazing out at the galaxies beyond the galaxies with the secret of life itself within reach.

It is this, and no less, that scientific fraud threatens. This is no trivial matter; it involves one of the basic elements of modern Western life. When scientific figures lie, they lie to all of us. If they foment serious distrust of the scientific endeavor -- as they are doing -- they are creating a schism in the heart of our culture, a wound that in the long run could prove even more deadly than the Jihadi terrorists.
J. R. Dunn asserts in the article that our democratic republic, and free scientific inquiry go hand in hand, and that to destroy one of these pillars is to seriously weaken the other. When stated explicitly, one recognizes that what he is saying must be true. Our democratic republic was designed to give men the maximum freedom to make of their lives what they would. Some of these men had a talent for, and chose to become great captains of industry. But other men had a talent for, and chose to delve into science and technology, from which we all have benefited. If we lose that, who knows what great improvements to our lives will be lost to this generation?

Dunn also points to the real problem, which is not scientific inquiry, but government funding of scientific research for ideological reasons. It seems so benevolent: government gives grants for scientific research to scientists and all they expect in return is results. Except, of course, that if the results matched up with their own preconceived notions, wouldn't that be truly nifty? It is only a short distance from that attitude to attempting to control the outcome by giving research grants if the results match preconceived notions, and withholding those grants if they do not. Like so many areas in which government gets involved, it soon corrupts the process, and if it continues, eventually will kill the victim. Like everything else, the answer lies in returning to Constitutional principles, and concentrate on those specific areas granted by the people as government functions.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

RNC Proposes Conservative Litmus Test

Jillian Bandes reports on a proposal that represents a pretty good start in today's The start? The GOP is proposing a conservative litmus test for candidates to receive party funding.

The right to keep and bear arms is number 10 on the list. That is fine as far as it goes, but as David Codrea has pointed out, even Obama supports the "right to keep and bear arms" while his policies would deny arms to almost every American. What is needed is further probing to determine such things as what Unconstitutional laws would a candidate be willing to work to repeal? Still, I am happy to see at last that the RNC has decided it wants our votes after all, even if we are an embarrassment.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The True Agenda of the Green Movement

Time for one more, again from today's American Thinker. J.R. Dunn takes a look at
Climate Fraud and the Environmental Agenda. In the process, he says explicitly what few others have been willing to point out so boldly. Namely that the real goals of the Environmental Agenda are a lot fewer human beings on the planet. But let Dunn tell it:

Environmentalism is a revolutionary ideology, deriving much of its thinking, rhetoric, and practice from the left. Like other left-wing cults, it is explicitly anti-capitalist. But environmentalism goes one step further -- while the left wishes to remake industrial society according to the Marxist model, the Greens wish to simply abolish it and return to a mythical "natural" state. What easier way to accomplish that then to cut the West's energy lifeline?
Or this juicy bit:
The Greens like to reverse the formula, speaking instead of what the optimal human population of earth might be. The numbers vary -- a billion, half a billion, a 100 million, or a little over 1% of the current world population. There's even a Voluntary Human Extinction movement, which holds that the human race is an evolutionary failure that would be better off extinct.

But the impulse is the same. The question remains on how to reach the goal. In the past, Greens have spoken of outside forces doing the job for them, of population crashes caused by overpopulation, pollution, resource depletion, or lately, by global warming. But there has always been a more typical leftist undercurrent as well, common among Earth First! and ecofascist groups, that if nature fails, the Greens should step in. Such concepts as tailored viruses designed to cut the population through sterilization or more final effects have been discussed in Green circles with considerable seriousness.
Classy guys, those Greens. As we get together with our families and friends this Thanksgiving, let us pray that this nihilistic philosophy be finally shown to people for what it is, and that there is a spiritual reawakening as a result.

Goofball Wormening Fraud Gets No Coverage

Brent Bozell makes a very good point in today in an article entitled When the Press Favors Secrecy. Bozell is asking where are all the press reports about the documents released from the Hadley Climate Research Unit, since these are so damaging to the Goofball Wormening crowd. A quote:

The e-mails prove just how dishonest this left-wing global warming agenda truly is. And now suddenly, The New York Times has found religion and won't publish these private e-mails. Environmental reporter Andrew Revkin, who's more global warming lobbyist than reporter, quoted -- sparsely -- from the e-mails, but declared he would not post these texts on his "Dot Earth" blog on the Times website: "The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won't be posted here."

That rule didn't apply to things like the disclosure of the SWIFT global bank monitoring program against terrorists.
The hypocrisy of the New York Times here is breathtaking. Who doesn't think that if a bunch of secret e-mails revealing fraud and deception were to be hacked from a anti-global warming group, that these would be trumpeted far and wide. Yet, there have been no stories out of any of the networks. Only Fox has covered this stuff. But this is an important story. Oh, not the fact that the pushers of goofball wormening are petty and small. No, what is important is that goofball wormening now has been shown to be a fraud, perpetrated on the world by leftists Gaia worshipers for money. They really should be prosecuted and spend many years behind bars! The NYT can not hide behind its editorial sense of what is and is not news here. Neither can the networks or the cable "news" channels.

Here's the other thing that goes down with this story. The illusion of scientific integrity. Science was, at one time, pretty much nonpartisan. Scientists used to report their findings. Others try to replicate those findings, and if they can, help prove a theory, or if they can't, cast doubt on it. Scientific data was freely exchanged to help this process along. Science didn't care who's ox got gored, and scientists were supposedly searching for the Truth. All that goes away. Most of the things the movement environmentalists have been pushing also goes away. After all, who knows what other lies they have been perpetrating on us?

Update: Marc Sheppard, in today's American Thinker gives us some technical information on
CRU's Source Code: Climategate Uncovered. Sheppard points to specific fraudulent data manipulations in the Climate Research Unit's released papers. Gotcha!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cloward-Piven and the Governmental "Crises"

James Simpson has an excellent expose of the Cloward-Piven strategy in action as wielded by the Obama administration and current Congress, at the American Thinker today. You wonder why you feel you are not being represented anywhere in government? Read the article. A quote:
It should be clear to anyone with a mind and two eyes that this president and this Congress do not have our interests at heart. They are implementing this strategy on an unprecedented scale by flooding America with a tidal wave of poisonous initiatives, orders, regulations, and laws. As Rahm Emmanuel said, "A crisis is a terrible thing to waste."

The real goal of "health care" legislation, the real goal of "cap-and-trade," and the real goal of the "stimulus" is to rip the guts out of our private economy and transfer wide swaths of it over to the government to control. Do not be deluded by the propaganda. These initiatives are vehicles for change. They are not goals in and of themselves except in their ability to deliver power. They and will make matters much worse, for that is their design.

This time, in addition to overwhelming the government with demands for services, Obama and the Democrats are overwhelming political opposition to their plans with a flood of apocalyptic legislation. Their ultimate goal is to leave us so discouraged, demoralized, and exhausted that we throw our hands up in defeat. As Barney Frank said, "the middle class will be too distracted to fight."
We must regain the political power to stop this, or to repeal it if it passes. Otherwise, our children, and grandchildren will be slaves. Do you really want to be known as the generation that gave up freedom in America? I don't advocate abandoning principles, but sometimes fire has to be fought with fire. We need to learn, and fast, to turn leftists methods against them. Polls show we are in the majority, and if we all work together, we can make this happen, before it is too late.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Universal Helathcare as Good as a Done Deal

Jillian Bandes has the scoop on last night's vote to for cloture in the Senate at today.

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's vote in favor of Obamacare was purchased for $300 million on Saturday, giving Democrats the 60-vote supermajority that will, barring a miracle, pass health care reform that will possibly include a public option and abortion coverage.
The emphasis is mine. I would note that passage will be over the objections of the majority of Americans. We have no representation in Congress any more. None. Instead, those being represented are Big Labor like SEIU. Those bought off include Big Pharma, and evidently Mary Landrieu. I would note that inflation has firmly taken hold. At one time such betrayal only cost 30 pieces of silver.

Judging by this administrations incompetence in such things, Mary Landrieu will be lucky to get a pittance of what was promised. Big Pharma will find that sooner or later, they will be eaten too. Only Big Labor will get what they paid for.

Goofball Wormening going down (I hope)

This post will conclude my Sunday blogging. The Curmudgeon Emeritus over at Eternity Road has a great post on The Leak.

The Goofball Wormening crowd has been dealt a disastrous blow by the leaking of internal documents from England's Hadley Research Unit. Go take a peak. I've got to get ready for Church.

The War on Guns: Holder Tells Senate Committee Justice Department Supports More 'Gun Control'

The War on Guns: Holder Tells Senate Committee Justice Department Supports More 'Gun Control'

Go and check out this story. This is scary stuff. The NRA, for all their compromising and playing games, has long opposed this sort of thing, and for good reason. Wherever gun registration has occurred, gun confiscation has followed within a few years.

When you realise that few criminals obtain their guns through legal channels, then you have to wonder just who the gun registration is supposed to catch? If you concluded it is law abiding gun owners, you are correct. That means that the future confiscation will be of guns owned by law abiding gun owners, the real target, and not those using weapons illegally.

Now do you see why there has been a huge run on guns since Obama took office?

Light Blogging Ahead

I apologize for the light blogging in advance. The Holiday season is rapidly upon us. We will be having family in this week. My daughter is expecting her second child this week, and there will be many other demands on my time during the next 4-6 weeks or so. I will try to keep in touch in any case, but if I don't, you'll understand.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Judge David Hamilton

One of my Senators, Sen. Kay Hagan, has already e-mailed me that she intends to vote for the confirmation to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge David Hamilton. I haven't figured out how to put the entire e-mail up, so I will quote the relevant part:

Judge Hamilton was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in 1994, and he was named Chief Judge of the court in 2008. He has served with distinction, leading the American Bar Association to unanimously rate him as well-qualified, which is the highest rating given by this non-partisan group. Given Judge Hamilton's extensive legal experience, impressive background, and reputation as a moderate, I expect to support his nomination once it reaches the Senate floor. He has already been enthusiastically endorsed by both Senators from his home state of Indiana, Senators Richard Lugar (R) and Evan Bayh (D), and I expect his nomination to be further supported by a bipartisan majority of Senators.
I do not wish to fisk that little paragraph viewpoints. So, I'll just say that I am sure that Hagan is aware of the issues surrounding Judge Hamilton, but in case she isn't, some of them are outlined in Mario Diaz piece on today entitled Like a Blind Man in the Watch Tower. A quote from Diaz article:

Hamilton also issued a series of rulings for over seven years that prevented the state of Indiana from enforcing its informed-consent law. Yet, while that law was virtually identical to a Pennsylvania statute the Supreme Court had already upheld in an earlier case, Judge Hamilton ignored the precedent in order to advance his biased personal views. But that’s not news.

Even before being a judge, Hamilton had shown his true activist colors as a board member of the Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and as a fundraiser for the discredited liberal activist group ACORN.
So, Obama wants to turn the Seventh District into something of a Ninth District. The Ninth has the reputation for being the most overturned District Court. Nice.

Then there is this warning from the Gun Owners of America:

Of course, we have seen this pattern time and time again. Judges ignore the clear wording of the Constitution -- in essence, amending the Constitution through each new case they decide.

The courts then become the vehicle for rewriting the Second Amendment!

Not surprisingly, Judge Hamilton's politics are to the extreme, far left. He spent a brief stint as a fundraiser for ACORN, the organization that was an aggressive supporter of Barack Obama in the presidential election. In addition to all the evils surrounding ACORN is the fact that the organization has lobbied against Second Amendment rights -- as seen by the New Jersey chapter supporting a one-gun-a-month ordinance in Jersey City.
I would add that this year, the NC ACORN chapter (see here) supported a bill to require people to get a permit from the Sheriff each and every time they wanted to purchase ammunition.

I would have expected a lively debate, on the order of, oh...say...Robert Bork, to ensue. There is that much smoke and flame around this candidate. This man is not even in the, what is euphemistically called the "mainstream" of legal thinking. That it doesn't appear to be in the cards is appalling.

Once again, dear reader, into the breech! If you haven't contacted your Senator, do so now. Make sure they know you are watching.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Narrative vs. The Facts

George Will has an interesting article today at entitled A Picture Can Lie, that takes a look at a photo taken in during the Spanish Civil War. The photo in question was taken by famed photojournalist Robert Capa, and appeared in the September 23, 1936 issue of the French publication "Vu," entitled "Falling Soldier."

The photo purports to show an anti-fascist soldier at the moment he was struck down by a shot from a Franco soldier in fighting near Cerro Muriano. But controversy has raged for decades as to whether the photo is indeed genuine, or was staged at some later time. Certainly at the time, the photo stirred up much anti-fascist sentiment in Europe. But let Will tell it:

It supposedly shows a single figure, a loyalist -- that is, anti-fascist -- soldier, at the instant of death from a bullet fired by one of Franco's soldiers. The soldier is falling backward on a hillside, arms outstretched, his rifle being flung from his right hand. This was, surely, stunning testimony to photography's consciousness-raising and history-shaping truth-telling, the camera's indisputable accuracy, its irreducibly factual rendering of reality, its refutation of epistemological pessimism about achieving certainty based on what our eyes tell us.

Probably not. A dispute that has flared intermittently for more than 30 years has been fueled afresh, and perhaps settled, by a Spanish professor who has established that the photo could not have been taken when and where it reportedly was -- Sept. 5, 1936, near Cerro Muriano.

The photo was taken about 35 miles from there. The precise place has been determined by identifying the mountain range in the photo's background. The professor says there was no fighting near there at that time, and concludes that Capa staged the photo.
But, of course, there are people who say that even if the photo was faked, the story it tells is still true.

Capa was a man of the left and "Falling Soldier" helped to alarm the world about fascism rampant. But noble purposes do not validate misrepresentations. Richard Whelan, Capa's biographer, calls it "trivializing" to insist on knowing whether this photo actually shows a soldier mortally wounded. Whelan says "the picture's greatness actually lies in its symbolic implications, not in its literal accuracy."
There it is. The old narrative vs. facts argument. The thing that got Dan Rather into trouble was believing the narrative to be true, the facts be damned. The whole Left vs. Right, Gun Control vs. Gun Rights, Goofball Wormening vs. those who do not believe it controversy can be boiled down to this one thing: Do you believe the narrative or are do you use facts to inform your narrative.

Those of us on the Right often use facts in our arguments to the Left, and are just as often rebuffed by people who don't want to hear facts. Their minds appear to be made up, and no facts will be allowed to shatter the narrative already woven in their heads. I have read literally hundreds of debates on gun control in which the gun rights advocates cite statistics and facts, only to be rebuffed by the gun grabbers. They simply feel that the solution to crime is to take away all the guns. The experience in England and Australia with gun grabbing seems to have no effect. The obvious fact that if they magically achieved their goals, that knives, baseball bats, or as recently seen in Chicago, a handy piece of 2x4 make excellent weapons, also fall on deaf ears. Citing the massive statistical analysis done by John Lott in "More Guns, Less Crime" is dismissed out of hand. Their minds are made up, and so the debate soon runs its course, nobody involved in the debate has a "eureka" moment, and the whole debate slides to another board or blog where it is taken up again. It is very unsatisfying.

More curious still is the way that many on the Left live their personal lives very conservatively, yet publicly espouse Leftist views at odds with how they live. I can't tell you how many global warming fanatics I have encountered who drive SUVs or pickup trucks. When confronted, they give excuses like they need the extra protection because they have a family, or they drive a pickup because they haul stuff all the time. So I ask them "Don't you think other families have the same needs?" or "Don't you think others make similar decisions for the same purposes?" But they usually do not have a good answer to these questions. So what explains the disconnect?

I think it is the narrative. Leftists have been taught a certain narrative, often at an early age, and they have believed it. Subsequently, everything they see that seems to fit the narrative, confirms it, while everything they see that seems to defy the narrative is dismissed. By the time I encounter them in debates, the belief in the narrative is so hardened, they are unlikely to change it. Indeed, unless something powerfully personal happens in their lives, they are likely to carry the narrative to the grave.

Those on the right believe that the narrative you carry in your head derives from facts, and it is changeable over time as new facts come to light. There is an old saying the photographs don't lie, but they also don't tell the whole truth either. One must always be open to new facts, and going with the evidence, wherever it leads.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another Loss of Freedom to Satisfy Socialists

Thanks to Western Rifle Shooters Association for this post.

Ace of Spaces has a great post taking apart Pelosi's claim that it is indeed fair to jail people who do not buy health insurance. A quote or two to whet your appetite:

The left continues pounding the table, insisting that right-wingers are "paranoid" and "extremist" to call Obama a socialist, or to use totalitarian imagery in posters to protest his agenda. Why, it's just so not true! they bleat. You'd have to be a maniac like Sarah Palin to make these delusional claims! Why, it's like bad science-fiction!


Socialism never attends a party without an escort of coercive state behavior. It is a historic fact -- indeed, an economic fact -- that as the state seeks to regulate and control more and more economic activity, they must, of course, control more and more human activity.
And this:
Back to this leftist insistence that we're all paranoid to even think this way, to even define "freedom" in an antique, right-wing fashion, meaning "stuff you are permitted to do or not do without penalty and coercion from the state:" It is especially risible to me, in gallows-humor way, that the left continues to call us lunatics for fretting about increasing state control and increasing state coercion and increasing state outlawing of previously-legal behavior and freedoms even as, in their very first bill out of the socialist box, they propose jailing Americans for engaging in unobjectionable behavior which no one ever before dreamt of being a crime.

Think about this.

The left says: You are crazy to claim your so-called freedoms are being taken away, and you are a lunatic to scream about an overly powerful state which will use violent coercion (no one goes to jail without the threat of violence if he doesn't, after all) to enforce its notions of the "economic good."

And with the next breath the left says: By the way, you shall either buy health care insurance or we will throw you in prison for two or three years.
Of course, this has been going on for decades. For a long list of all the ways we have been losing freedom by making previously legal behaviors crimes, see James Bovard's "Lost Rights." But in the past most of these lost freedoms were only practiced by a minority of people in the first place. Think smoking bans, for instance. It is easy for people to make something a crime when they don't see their own ox being gored, and when the minority isn't particularly liked. But the story changes when everyone is under threat. The one time they tried to outlaw a previously legal activity that was practiced by the majority was when Prohibition was passed. Ten years later it was repealed because it was so widely flouted. In that case, people could see the failure of the law. In this case though, they are building in such a constituency of people (111 new bureaucracies!) to continue agitating for it, that Obamacare will never be repealed.

But I'm a paranoid and extremist to take notice of the fact that what was once my freedom in 2009 shall become a cause for imprisonment in 2010.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Life After Death

Dinesh D'Souza has an article on today entitled Life After Death: The Message of Evolution that provides and entirely different analysis of the message of evolution.

I had read D'Souza's two other books, "What's So Great About America" and "What's So Great About Christianity." The first was a rousing read, but the second gave me a number of new ways to think about my faith. So, I am anxious to read his latest "Life After Death: The Evidence." D'Souza has a way of making complex philosophical and scientific concepts accessible to the average person, and thus is a treasure to the busy reader who nevertheless wants to join in following the debates. To show you his style, here's a sample quote from the article:

Strikingly Duve speaks of an “arrow of evolution” that makes this progression virtually inevitable. Duve speaks of biological history as proceeding through successive ages, from the “age of chemistry” to the “age of information” to the “age of the single cell” to the “age of multicellular organisms” and finally to the “age of the mind.”

The age of the mind: an arresting concept. It reveals that evolution has gone beyond increasing complexity; it has provided the catalyst for a new order of being in the world. Through the human mind, the cosmic code has finally produced a mechanism for its own detection. Surely this is a fact of fundamental significance. Not only has matter somehow generated life, it has also generated awareness and understanding.
It is certainly not the first time that someone has argued that the very fact that we can discover and appreciate God's creation is, at the very least a marvel, and indeed is key evidence in proving the existence of the Creator. But in my limited reading, I have not encountered an argument (though I'm sure they are out there) that attempts to use this fact as evidence of our continuation after death.

Go read the whole thing. It is well worth it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ft, Hood: Gun Free Zone

A great read from Jacob Sullum on today entitled The Folly of Unilateral Disarmament brings to light the stupidity of "Gun Free Zones."

If you have not served in the military, or like me, worked as a civilian employee of a military department, you may not realize that Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen are not allowed to carry guns on base, except for specific training purposes. When they do, they are unloaded, and ammunition is allotted very sparingly for the purpose at hand. Otherwise, guns are kept locked up in armories. Further, while I have never been to Ft. Hood, I have been to a number of military installations, and none are what you would think of as "heavily fortified." I doubt Ft. Hood is any different. A quote:

Neither Smith nor the other victims of Hasan's assault had guns because soldiers on military bases within the United States generally are not allowed to carry them. Last week's shootings, which killed 13 people and wounded more than 30, demonstrated once again the folly of "gun-free zones," which attract and assist people bent on mass murder instead of deterring them.

Judging from the comments of those who support this policy of victim disarmament, Smith's desire for a gun was irrational. According to Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, "This latest tragedy, at a heavily fortified Army base, ought to convince more Americans to reject the argument that the solution to gun violence is to arm more people with more guns in more places."
Except that is exactly the thing shown by John Lott's book "More Guns, Less Crime," and it is easy to see why more guns in the hands of responsible citizens equals less crime. Criminals may be amoral, and often not the sharpest specimens of humankind, but they are generally not deliberately suicidal. When shall issue concealed carry is allowed, the criminal planning on mayhem must calculate the unknown; "which of these people might be armed and stop me, or kill me outright?" So, if a criminal had to choose weather to hold up a convenience store with no posting of "no guns" and a liquor store with such a posting, all things being equal, which one do you think he is going to pick for a robbery? If you guess the liquor store, you would be right. Back to the Ft. Hood shooting:

The first people with guns to confront Hasan, two local police officers, were the ones who put a stop to his rampage. And while Sgt. Kim Munley and Sgt. Mark Todd acted heroically, they did not arrive on the scene until a crucial 10 minutes or so had elapsed and Hasan had fired more than 100 rounds.

If someone else at the processing center had a gun when Hasan started shooting, it seems likely that fewer people would have been killed or injured. Furthermore, the knowledge that some of his victims would be armed might have led him to choose a different, softer target in order to maximize the impact of his attack.
Exactly right. But this lesson will be another that will be ignored by those who will shortly be performing a "Lessons Learned" drill.

The Unconstitutionality of Obamacare

The American Thinker has a great article today entitled To Hell With the Constitution by Jon N. Hall. Another writer seems to be getting it. The Obamacare bill that passed the House last Saturday night is not Constitutional. The bill violates the 9th and 10th Amendments. The Commerce Clause can not be used to provide a fig leaf with which Congress may cover itself. The General Welfare never meant what Steny Hoyer implied in his news conference.

But now Congress is ramming through their abortion of a bill by the thinnest of majorities. The House just passed its version 220 to 215 -- a 3-vote margin to pass the "mother of all entitlements." The Senate is considering its options, among them the "nuclear option" (called "reconciliation"), which would allow them to get around a filibuster.

If Congress were to do the right thing and initiate an amendment to enshrine the "individual mandate" in the would fail miserably. If America is still America, Americans will not tolerate being told they have to buy something, especially if it's for no other reason than that they exist. If ObamaCare becomes law, folks will drop their insurance out of principle. They'll file suits against the feds. The states will resist, perhaps rebel. And great will be the tumult thereof.

I'm afraid Congress has not only misread the Constitution, but they've also misjudged the American people. Or maybe they just don't know what country they live in.
Or, they are trying to change the country into one they would rather live in, just so long as they are in charge.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dedicated_Dad: Open Mouth, Insert,..?

Dedicated_Dad: Open Mouth, Insert,..?

Thanks to David Codrea of the War on Guns, and to Western Rifle Shooters Association. A must read.


The Sipsey Street Irregulars (see here) has coined a great name for the people who passed the Obamacare in the House. There henceforth to be called A.I.N.Os, for Americans In Name Only. I like it. As an interesting coincidence, one of the commenters notes that ainos is Spanish for anus. Fitting.

Another Note From the Former USA

Matt Patterson has a great article today in the American Thinker entitled Losing Our Republic. In particular, the article asks if the TEA parties were too tame?

It left me wondering about the tea party movement, and how much effect they have really had in this whole affair. There was much chest-thumping in conservative circles after the August town hall uprisings, much talk that the demonstrations had put the fear of God into congressional Democrats. Maybe. And yet since then, liberal health care bills and plans have continued to coalesce on Capitol Hill, and now one has passed the House. The momentum it seems, is with the President and his party.

For two reasons, I think. One, as I was coming to work in downtown Washington D.C. on Thursday morning, the day of the "House call" protests, I emerged from my train and into Union Station and beheld the protesters, who were then gathering and preparing for their march on Capitol Hill just a few blocks a away.

I spoke to a number of them. They were uniformly middle-class, middle-American folks, whole families, whole neighborhoods of them. They looked, and acted, so nice. The kind of people who would bake you a tray of brownies if you weren't feeling very well. In other words, not intimidating in the slightest.
Apparently, to hardened Democrat Congressmen, we needed to "act out" more. We need to do something dramatic to get their attention. They do not fear us, and fear is the only thing that will, evidently, get them to back off.

So, what's the solution?

Interestingly, another article, by James Lewis, also in today's American Thinker seems to have the answer.

Conservatives are individualists, so we have to do something unusual: organize, organize, organize. Local and national. Even international. Some of our friends are in the British media, where they are looking for us to stand up and defend civilization, just as they stood up against Hitler when we were still dithering. Some of our friends are in Australia, in Canada, and yes, in France. Around the world there are millions of people who get it. We can be American patriots with allies all around the world. They need leaders and vocal support just as much as we do.

And we must militantly defend the freedom of the web. The Stalinoids will attack it viciously, just as they will attack talk radio and Fox News. We are fighting the same enemy Ronald Reagan fought. We have to do it just as intelligently and vigorously as he did.

The word "activist" used to be a media word for the Left. It's high time to make it work for American conservatives.
Organizing is indeed necessary, but we must also be perceived as dangerous to cross, just like the Left. What a sad world this is coming to.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Dark Angel: Tim Hawkins Sings the Truth#links

Dark Angel: Tim Hawkins Sings the Truth#links

Check out this video over at Dark Angel. Tim Hawkins sings the utter truth.

The Worst Bill Ever

The Wall Street Journal has the scoop on the Worst Bill Ever passed by the House since the New Deal. A quote:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she's prepared to lose seats in 2010 if that's what it takes to pass ObamaCare, and little wonder. The health bill she unwrapped last Thursday, which President Obama hailed as a "critical milestone," may well be the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced.

In a rational political world, this 1,990-page runaway train would have been derailed months ago. With spending and debt already at record peacetime levels, the bill creates a new and probably unrepealable middle-class entitlement that is designed to expand over time. Taxes will need to rise precipitously, even as ObamaCare so dramatically expands government control of health care that eventually all medicine will be rationed via politics.

Yet at this point, Democrats have dumped any pretense of genuine bipartisan "reform" and moved into the realm of pure power politics as they race against the unpopularity of their own agenda. The goal is to ram through whatever income-redistribution scheme they can claim to be "universal coverage." The result will be destructive on every level—for the health-care system, for the country's fiscal condition, and ultimately for American freedom and prosperity.

Read the whole thing, then realize that the costs of this monstrosity will eventually hit middle class Americans. By one estimate, we will be paying 199%, through premiums and tax increases, what we are paying now for health care. How's that hope 'n change working out for you?

I know that Ms. Pelosi wanted to get this through. But I would have hoped there were more adults in our House of Representatives than there turned out to be. How sad.

Does this qualify as an Intolerable Act?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Scholar Looks at Islam and the Practical Effects

Are Judaism and Christianity as Violent as Islam?,by Robert Ibrahim in the Middle East Quarterly is a scholarly look at the Koran, the teachings of Muhammad, and how these have been interpreted and carried out by Muslims over the years. It is long, but go check it out.

Then ask this question: How can this "religion" and the Constitution possibly be made compatible. The Constitution recognizes individual rights, individual freedom and liberty. Islam, on the other hand, requires submission. The two philosophies run counter to each other. But, if you need more proof, please read
Tolerance and the Other American Muslim Tragedy in today's by Austin Hill. A quote:

By now, the horrific profile of Army Major Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is widely known. And despite President Obama insisting that we must not “jump to conclusions” about this American Muslim man, the picture is still horrifying: an American soldier who openly disagreed with the policies of two American Presidents (the “Hawk” George W. Bush and the “Dove” Barack Obama), who complained about deployments, and made “outlandish statements” against his nation and its government, was nonetheless allowed to rise through the ranks of the U.S. Army.

The obvious question – the “elephant in the living room,” to use a term from the world of family psychology – is “why was this kind of behavior tolerated and apparently overlooked?” And the only obvious answer, at least at this point, is simply “because he is a Muslim.”
Muslims, of course, are notoriously sensitive about anything that smells of a criticism. Why would that be? Why the defensiveness? This is just a theory, but I think it's because they know their actions will not stand up to scrutiny. Outside of the hermetically sealed Muslim world, where Sharia is recognized, they have no way to justify their actions. And they know that. Another quote:

Before dying, Noor was hospitalized and remained in a coma for several days. And just like the Muslim men we have seen on video recordings who hide their identities with masks when beheading “infidels,” Faleh Hassan Almaleki sought to “hide” by fleeing the country after he ran over his daughter.
One who is forced to change his opinion on the outside, will still hold to that opinion in his heart. This is true for Christians, Muslims and anyone else. A person must see the light for himself. So, while Obama can make all the nice speeches he wants, I don't think Muslims should be allowed to immigrate to the United States unless, and until, the "moderate" Muslims renounce Jihad. They can not be allowed to continue to spread their teachings by the sword.

First Frost

For those of you keeping track of the weather, today was the first hard frost in our neighborhood. The sun came up to white stuff on the ground.

I had just mowed the yard yesterday.

Are there any Americans Left

Bill Murchison has an article in today's entitled simply
The Fort Hood Massacre that questions whether the things being said about the murderer are in fact true. He points out that claims of "harassment" are unlikely, since he is an officer, and soldiers don't harass officers. He also points to the gunman yelling "Allahu Ackbar" just before beginning to fire. This is the cry of all Islamic terrorists before they begin their bloody work. Murchison's point is that we should look closely at whether this treasonous SOB's "religion" should be taken into account when trying to figure out what went wrong.

But right now, we are not. We are being told that this was not an act of terrorism; in essence to "move along, there's nothing to see here."

So Francis W. Porretto's post entitled Where Are the Americans over at Eternity Road came as a relief. It's a relief because I had begun to believe that everyone was crazy. The government and the media would rather not offend Muslim's delicate sensibilities by telling the truth, straight up, American style. Of course, the government has been trying to convince us that Islam is a "religion of peace." Rather than call the current war by it's real name, the Bush administration coined the term "War on Terror." More apt might have been "War on Terrorists," but only slightly. Then came the Obama administration to downgrade even that tepid statement of purpose to simply dealing with "man caused disasters," as if having 3000 Americans killed on 9/11 was merely some accident. A couple of planes simply got their wires crossed, and suddenly there was a "man caused disaster."

Look, Islam is not the "religion of peace." Indeed, it is not a religion at all, unless one counts the Thugee of India, who reputedly worshipped Kali as a "religion." Porretto concludes with:

Time was, the slogan: "America: Love It Or Leave It!" was on many lips. Those who used it probably meant it sincerely. Who could use it sincerely today?

Not our president, who thinks abasing our country before foreign tyrants is the right way to conduct American foreign policy.
Not our news media, who routinely slant their offerings, both reportage and commentary, to conduce to the greatest possible harm to the United States.
Not the spokesmen for the FBI, who repeatedly issue proclamations designed to deflect attention from the near-perfect correlation of Islam and terrorism.
Not Nidal Malik Hasan's superiors at Fort Hood, who permitted him to remain there, a place bristling with weapons and men intended to wield them, despite his long-obvious animosity toward the United States.
Not the Quislings and spineless ones of the Left, to whom this is more of an indictment of the United States -- in the person of the Bush Administration, of course -- than a fresh new data point about the dangers of having Muslims among us.

Where are the Americans?

Where, indeed.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Obamacare Unconstitutional

Another article on Obamacare that brings up the point that the Constitution does not grant power to Congress to force that upon us. Larrey Anderson has No Health Care in the Constitution up today at the American Thinker. Go read the whole thing.

Also, check this post from last week.

If Obamacare passes, it will likely by appealed to the Supreme Court almost immediately. Will the Supremes side with Big Government, or with the true meaning of the Constitution? The fact that I ask that question is sad commentary on the legal profession today.

Scozzafava Shows True Colors

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs has an article today on the American Thinker entitled Bye Bye RINO. Apparently, Ms. Scozzafava pulled out of the NY-23 race Saturday, leaving Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in good shape. Then, Sunday, she endorsed the Democrat candidate. So much for party loyalty. It one wonder if my scenario might truly have happened?

I also heard that Michael Steele, RNC Chair, had endorsed Hoffman. Better late than never. But it would have been better for Steele to show some guts and have endorsed Hoffman from the start, thus setting up the notion it won't be business as usual for the Republican party.

Incidentally, Palin is beginning to look like a master politician, and this incident only feeds that image. Newt, on the other hand, looks more and more like a tool.

And go check out War On Guns for David Codrea's take on the NRA's shameful performance in this affair.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Stop Climate Change Treaty

Jed Gladstein explains today in the American Thinker that Power Derives from Lawful Authority, and not one supposes simply from the barrel of a gun. So, will the President's signature on the climate treaty therefore make that a legitimate treaty? One wonders.

On the one hand, the Supreme Court has acted as if the fact of Constitutionality is whatever they say it is. If that is the case, though, then the rule of law becomes a joke, and everything the rest of us do is at the sufferance of 9 unelected people wearing black robes. One thinks the founders could not have meant to play such a prank on posterity. So, looking the other way, the Constitution itself can not be violated by a treaty, since to change the Constitution requires approval of 2/3 of both houses, and 3/4 of the States, whereas a treaty only requires 2/3 of the Senate alone.

Except it can.

Article VI of the Constitution makes it clear that treaties are to be the higher law, notwithstanding whether or not they conflict with the Constitution.


Here is how Gladstein see it:

The President of the United States has no more legal right to sign a treaty that turns legislative, executive, and judicial functions of our national government over to the United Nations than he has to declare the United States an Islamic Republic and its people henceforward subject to Sharia. Nevertheless, that would be the effect of the proposed United Nations Climate Change Treaty awaiting Mr. Obama's signature in Copenhagen this coming December.

The proposed treaty authorizes the establishment of a "government" to transfer wealth from industrial nations to non-industrial nations in payment of a "climate debt" which, the treaty declares, the industrial nations owe on account of burning carbon-based fuels. The newly created international government is to have the authority to decide issues relating to carbon emissions in signatory nations, the power to levy what amounts to carbon taxes on signatory nations, and the power to enforce its levies without reference to the will of the people who live in the signatory nations.
I think Mr. Gladstein should change his statement to say that the President has no moral right to sign the treaty, but he has every legal right. I am surprised no one has ever tried it before. Just sign a treaty with a foreign power ceding sovereignty to them, resign as President, then take your rightful place in the foreign power as Dictator. Sounds simple. Look, the reasons this country revolted from England were many, but taxation without representation was certainly one of them. Obamacare simply won't die, despite a very public demonstration of its unpopularity. Cap and Tax remains on the agenda, and Democrats will no doubt try to sneak that one through by hook or crook as well. Out here, the public is at a boiling point. Could this be the last straw?

You have probably seen Christopher Monckton's impassioned plea that we stop this treaty from going through, but if you haven't, it is here. Go read the article, then watch Monckton's video. We must get on the phone to our Senators and be sure they understand that we will not allow this President to sign away our Sovereignty.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The War on Guns: Does Denying Guns to 'Prohibited Persons' Ensure Public Safety?

The War on Guns: Does Denying Guns to 'Prohibited Persons' Ensure Public Safety?

I am late getting to this item, but it is important enough to bring to your attention.

I have been a gun owner for thirty years, but I have been an activist for only a few. Once I became activist, I started reading and thinking on the subject pretty regularly. One of the things that bothered me was that felons (and as it turns out, other too) are denied their rights to own and carry guns, but are none the less allowed out to roam freely. Now, a true hardened criminal will not obey a law if it interferes with his plans. In the old days, such a micreant would have been hanged, and no prohibition was needed. But over the years, more and more infractions have been made into felonies, despite the fact that these people are not violent. Are we perhaps allowing our views on their behavior to cloud our judgement? Is it just that prosecutors want an extra tool in their arsenal? But why is that a problem for which a free people should give up some of their rights?

In the end, I tend to agree with David here that if a person can not be trusted with a gun, he should not be allowed out. All others should have available the means of self defense.

The Liberty Sphere: How Did We Get Here and What Will Change It?

The Liberty Sphere: How Did We Get Here and What Will Change It?

The above is a must read article. It is a necessarily a short history of how we got to where we find ourselves. Then it offers some actions that we might take to begin to reverse what is happening. I especially like the idea of occupying the floors of Congress. On the one hand, it would be a demonstration reminiscent of when these same radicals occupied buildings on campuses in the 60s. It could also be seen as a "peoples filibuster." Of course, it's just a thought.