Tuesday, May 31, 2022

End Gun Free Zones. They Don't Work As Advertised

Today, there are many good articles looking at the Uvalde shooting in particular, and the general issue of the role of guns in society.  I would note, and you can read about it elsewhere, that Canada seems to be going for the banning of all handguns, and of course heavily restricting long guns.  Canada's Prime Minister plans to bring the Great Reset to his country, handing control to that German Dr. Evil wannabe.

I intend to highlight two articles, both from the American Thinker. The first article, by Brian C. Joondeph, entitled School Shootings - Beyond the Hype and Spin takes a look at the many failures, none of which have anything to do with guns themselves. Rather, society's treatment, or lack thereof of mental health and of course the fact that schools are a target rich killing zone for a mass shooter. The other article, by Patrick J. Gibbs entitled It's Time to Bring an End to 'Gun Free Zones' deals specifically with the fact that schools in particular, but in reality, all so-called 'gun free zones,' are automatically soft targets. If someone intends to kill someone in a gun free zone, will he be deterred by a law against carrying a gun there?

Taking the first article first, Joondeph quickly debunks some misinformation currently circulating on the Left. For example:

Start with the spin. President Joe Biden, in prepared remarks after the Uvalde shooting, asked, “But these kinds of mass shootings never happen with the kind of frequency that they happen in America.” Actually, the opposite. The five worst mass shootings worldwide occurred outside the U.S. as did 32 of the top 50, contradicting Biden’s assertion.
Or this:
President Biden claimed, “When we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings went down. When the law expired, mass shootings tripled.” Yet a Department of Justice-funded study reported: “The decline in assault weapon use was offset throughout at least the late 1990s by steady or rising use of other guns equipped with large capacity magazines in jurisdictions studied.”
In other words, ban one type of gun and a different one will fill the void. After all, it’s not the gun itself that chooses to murder people but the person holding the gun, knife, bat, or other lethal weapon of choice.

Joondeph devotes a substantial amount of his article to the lack of mental health treatment in our country. It is true that some of our past practices in mental health seem barbaric to people today. But we have gone too far the other way, attempting to "mainstream" people whose behavior is decidedly antisocial. I am no expert on the treatment of mental health, but too many times the police find themselves shooting someone who is threatening them, and endangering the public, only to discover that his family claims mental health issues. How are the police to know that, or to know what they perhaps should have done?

How many mass shooters are mentally ill, untreated, or inadequately treated, due to deficiencies in our mental health care system? A Stanford University team: “Studied 35 mass shooting cases that occurred in the United States between 1982 and 2019 and involved shooters who survived and were brought to trial.” They discovered that “28 had mental illness diagnoses. Eighteen had schizophrenia, and 10 had other diagnoses including bipolar disorder, delusional disorder, personality disorders and substance-related disorders.” America’s mental health system is fragmented due to politics and money. For some administrations, mental health is a priority and for others a pot of money that can be spent on other initiatives. Inpatient hospitalization has given way to outpatient therapy, which may not be enough for some. Clearly, those that need help are not getting it.

Meanwhile, Patrick J. Gibbs discusses the abject failure that 'Gun Free School Zones' represent. This failure was predicted, but Democrats insisted on passing it, and they, along with their Republican allies have refused to get rid of them. Since they seem poised every time there is a school shooting to propose their favored solution, gun control, it seems as if they want to make school shootings easier.

Gibbs starts by contrasting two church shootings. The first, at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, where 26 people were killed, was a virtual gun free zone, with the consequences you would expect. The other church, the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, had a volunteer security force comprised of members of the congregation. They were able to spot the killer and engage him such that only two members were killed. The contrast is stark:

The church in Sutherland Springs was by design or by accident a gun-free zone that Sunday. The church in White Settlement was not. The difference in casualty count was 24. That many people would have had a better chance of surviving if there had a “good guy with a gun” ready to stop the attacker.
Turning to mass shootings in schools the first thing to understand is that, contrary to the hysteria in the mass media, they are rare. There have been 13 incidents since 1966 (over 55 years). Those crimes claimed 146 lives. That is one-fifth the number of homicides in Chicago during 2021.
And the solution?
The practical solution to school security may require the passage of only one law in most states. It would be based on the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” passed by the Missouri legislature in 2014. It allows teachers and school administrators to carry concealed guns after receiving 112 hours of training with an 18-hour annual refresher course. To date 24 school districts have participated and 52 people have completed the training. School districts can and do still retain SRO’s on their staff.
A program to train teachers and school staff in armed self-defense has many advantages. It hardens the defenses of what would previously be classified as a “soft target.” A teacher would not have to cower in fear, but could take a position in her classroom to ambush any attacker. The trained “School Protection Officers” are likely to be motivated to maintain their firearms proficiency. Their lives literally depend upon it.
There must be a few teachers in every school that are brave enough and dedicated enough to carry a gun to protect the charges under their care. It has the added benefit that if the situation is widely publicized, there will be fewer attempts in the first place. And that may be the whole point. While these killers are obviously mentally disturbed, they are neither stupid, nor irrational in persuing their twisted goals.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Everybody Wants To Rule the World

There is an 1980s song by the pop group Tears for Fears entitled Everybody Wants To Rule The World. It seems the scavenger class, we call our "elites" believe they have the power to make themselves our rulers. At American Action News Ben shapiro has an article detailing Tje Elitists Who Want to Rule The World. Of course those people include Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.

Klaus Schwab is the head of the World Economic Forum; he founded the organization in 1971. Each year, the WEF hosts a massive conference in Davos, Switzerland, with thousands of world leaders, diplomats and experts on various topics gathering to trade ideas about how best to cooperatively run the world. Lest this characterization be seen as overstating the case, Schwab himself said as much this year in opening the conference: “The future is not just happening. The future is built by us, by a powerful community as you here in this room. We have the means to improve the state of the world. But two conditions are necessary. The first one is that we act all as stakeholders of larger communities, that we serve not only self-interest but we serve the community. That’s what we call stakeholder responsibility. And second, that we collaborate.”
This is the call to action for elitists the world over. They appoint themselves the representatives of global interests — without elections, without accountability — and then create mechanisms of national and international order to control citizens over whom they claim to preside...
We would not be in this position if so many of our so-called leaders had not sold out to these fascist and Marxist totalitarians. We must find the will to kick them to the curb. Otherwise, we will lose everything.

Maybe We Should Try Something Else?

 Kylee Zempel notes that A Culture That Celebrates Dismembering Children In The Womb Can't Understand Why It's Afflicted With Mass Shootings. Zempel says that we are all in shock over this, which is true, and we are all asking "Why?"

Why would any person march into an elementary school and open fire on innocents? And why can’t we overcome such evil?
She points out that for the Left, the answer is guns. If we just took away the guns, then nobody would die again. But as everybody on the right has pointed out until we are blue in the face, guns are not the answer. Even if we could, and we can not get rid of all the guns, people would find another way to murder each other. After all, if not guns, then knives, swords, spears, boomerangs, as well as rocks, fists and feet, the list of potential weapons is seemingly endless. So if not guns, then what can we do?
If Uvalde, Texas, is a tree, this culture of death is the forest. This environment of nonchalant killing is the biome that incubates and grows the most inhumane of humans, who have zero regard for life and bear the nasty fruit of that moral indifference in the form of violence and rape and murder.
It’s the sickest of ironies that the Texas tragedy interrupted the left’s mental breakdown upon learning that their contrived “right to abortion” looks to be ending. After the leak of the draft opinion of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, demonstrators harassed and threatened Supreme Court justices outside their homes, sang “Thank God for abortion,” and threw Molotov cocktails into pregnancy resource centers to burn them. Biden and others admitted that abortion kills a “child.”
A few months before that, on the steps of the Supreme Court, abortion activists chanted “Abortion! Pills! Forever!” — all while laughing and dramatically popping pills to symbolize the lethal chemicals that kill human life in the womb. The corporate media routinely suggest that babies would be better off dead than poor.

You have to wonder if these people can even hear themselves? I mean, it may be that a woman who is pregnant may feel there is no other option, but to celebrate the killing of an innocent child? What kind of people do such things?

Keep in mind that except for rare circumstances, the woman took positive actions that eventuated in her becoming pregnant. Neither the woman, nor the man involved in the pregnancy is innocent. Only the child is innocent. How can what is in effect the execution of an innocent person be justified?

This culture is much deeper than abortion, though. That barbaric ritual is in many ways just another piece of rotten fruit from the same Godless tree. It’s in rejecting the Creator’s authority and the truth that He made every human being in His own image and for His glory, not our own, that our society embraces death.
After all, if there is no God who assigns value to human life, we really are nothing more than aimless clumps of cells without worth or eternal purpose. In the name of liberation and rationalism, we’ve instructed our children, who have instructed their children, to believe this. You can be anything you want to be. You can do anything you want to do. And you don’t answer to anyone.
Ah, so Zempel has identified the real problem at the heart of not only school shootings, but pretty much every other pathology of mankind: we insist on being our own gods. We insist on doing things our own way, and reject the advice of the one who already knows where our efforts will end.  We have broken the First Commandment, and have reaped the curse of death. And here is where I disagree with Zempel, who paints us as permanently lost. But I do believe in the salvation that Christ died to give us. If we humble ourselves, and submit to the authority of the One Who Created us, I believe we may be forgiven. Maybe it is time we tried something different.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Pray For Our Nation, Pray For the Families Who Lost Children in Uvalde

James Simpson tells us the Best Way to Prevent School Shootings at the American Thinker today. As he says, Joe Biden won't like the answer, but he is correct. In On June 25, 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that state sponsored prayer in schools was Unconstitutional. That did not make prayers, including prayers by teachers and football coaches and students that was voluntary Unconstitutional. That was the result of many lower courts. But the damage was done. Simpson argues that we need to return God to His rightful place in our schools, and in our lives.

Pray for the families who lost children in the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. Their grief cannot be imagined or measured. Pray also for the families of those two brave teachers who died protecting their students. Their loss is tragic, and their families' lives have been shattered.
But pray for our nation, too. Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus correctly identified the problem Tuesday night on Fox when he said that we as a nation have abandoned God. Absolutely correct.
Fifty years ago, it would have been inconceivable for any young person to do such a thing. Kids could and did mail-order rifles, and their parents either taught them how to shoot or enrolled them in a program that did. These kinds of school shootings just didn't happen.
What happened?
Gaining momentum in the '60s especially, we turned from God, churches, and prayer and to strictly temporal things. No longer were businesses closed on Sundays. Church attendance became just a routine or was abandoned except for holidays, and then not even holidays, for many people.
Churches were increasingly infiltrated by leftist ideologues who no more believed in Christ than they believed in life on Mars. Families broke up. The Sexual Revolution evolved into an epidemic of divorce and moral degeneracy, where pedophiles are now called "minor-attracted persons" and we are told this should be acceptable behavior. Children were raised in single-parent households, mostly by mothers. Discipline in school and at home increasingly broke down. This snowballed into the cultural trend that now has become the deadly morass we have today.
James Madison said it fairly well. Our Constitution was designed for a moral people, and it is unsuitable to any other. Our Constitutional system assumes the people will largely be able to govern themselves. That means each of us must maintain our selves in sober mental condition, following Christ's teachings, following the 10 Commandments. The "Law" of God was designed to grant us freedom, whereas a sinful life leads to a hell on earth. Please read Simpson's piece, and then pray that for our nation.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Is there time to stop the Great Reset?

 The so-called "Great Reset" is happening at a rapid rate.  With the Biden administration having a strangle hold on power, it may be too late for us.  Currently, the Biden administration seems intent on handing over our sovereign self government to the World Health Organization.  How this can happen without the support of the Senate seems Constitutionally impossible.  The administration also seems intent on putting in place a digital currency that will give them complete control over the average American.

Two stories today illustrate the squeeze in which we find ourselves.  The first is by J. B. Shurk at the American Thinker entitled The True Evil of the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum, or WEF is currently meeting again in Davos, Switzerland, and they are no longer concealing there true purpose. And their purpose is to enslave the world's population, turning us into slaves in service to them.

Whenever I listen to Klaus Schwab and his Davos Death Cult buddies openly discuss their plans for world domination, I always think, "Are we really going to let another power-hungry German walk us into global conflagration?" For a while there, I believed that Western allies had endured enough death and slaughter from the first two world wars to forge an informal understanding among themselves that uncontrolled German megalomania invariably leads to malignant outcomes for all. Then came German reunification, and the nation's inevitable economic dominance over all of Europe assured its status as the most powerful member of the European Union. All that effort to constrain the German empire's influence went up in smoke. It turns out that it is far easier to conquer the European continent with flowery promises of "peace," "economic integration," and "international cooperation" than it is to send jackbooted shock troops marching past the Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs-Élysées.
Still, the Americans, Canadians, and Brits would never sit idly by while German powerbrokers remake the world in their image, right? Wrong! Just listen to Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, and Boris Johnson all parroting that same Build Back Better Boobery in unison, as if they operated under the influence of some nefarious hive mind. At first, hearing world leaders squawk identical World Economic Forum talking points was disconcerting. Then it was nauseating. Now it just makes them sound like walking, talking robots all under the WEF's control. Is it possible that Ol' Klaus already lobotomized the West's putative leadership and replaced their neural CPUs with state-of-the-art, German-made "Great Reset" implants? Curse you, German engineering!
That's where we are today, as the world's 1% of the 1% celebrate their own magnificence in Davos and plot mankind's future without even the pretense of seeking mankind's consultation, let alone permission. "The future is not just happening," Schwab proclaimed to his SPECTRE-like cabal in Switzerland. "The future is built by us, by a powerful community such as you here in this room." "Good German" Klaus and his merry band of global gentry have decided to take over the planet, and they're so confident in their endeavors that they no longer deign to pretend otherwise. Yep, here are our New World Order master plans! Yes, we know we've called you guys "conspiracy theory nuts" for forty years, but you were right. In hindsight, wasn't it obvious?
In another era, World Economic Forum attendees would be rounded up and put on trial for undermining the health and security of sovereign nations. Heck, if people properly understood the WEF as an evil engine for driving Marxist totalitarianism around the planet, they might skip the trials and go straight to the sentencing. When so many of today's leaders have already handed over their nation states' keys to the aspiring dictators in Davos, however, ordinary people around the world have a real problem.
Clearly everything about the Great Reset goes against the founding principles, as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. So, one has to ask if officials who are promoting this Marxist plot are traitors? After all, didn't these people take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution? I am not a legal expert, so I am just asking, but it seems that way to this average American.

The second article is found at Townhall.com by Kurt Schlichter entitled Leftists Are About to Kill Millions of People Right Before Our Eyes

Sometimes something is so horrifying that you simply cannot process it – your brain tells you that it’s not real, that it can’t be real, but the horror now approaching us is all too real. Millions of people are likely to starve to death in the next year – we know it’s coming, we know why, and yet our garbage ruling caste is paralyzed. Inflation, particularly of fossil fuels, and the crop failures caused by lack of fertilizers (again, exacerbated by lack of fossil fuels), will mean mass starvation. Oh, when the TV is filled with pictures of skeletal kids, the regime adherents will rage at us for letting this happen, but they are the architects of this massacre. And they could stop it, if they wanted to, by opening up America’s oil tap.
But they are choosing not to act to stop it.
Not because all of them necessarily prefer that millions of people, primarily in the Third World, to die, though some are certainly not all that displeased. After all, their hideous ideology butchered 100 million people in the last century. But the elite will accept it as the cost of their rule.
Think that’s nuts? Crazy talk? Look at the prog abortion freaks, happy to kill a baby seconds before it sees sunlight if that’s the birthing parent’s whim. Look at the ones crowing about how it was the Jesus-gun people who would die from COVID. Tell me again how much they care about humans who get in their way. No, none of them is willing to do what it will take to derail the death train roaring down the tracks. What it will take is repudiating their poisonous fetishes about the climate hoax, and they can’t do it. They won’t do it. No, they will instead allow millions of sacrifices to appease the angry weather god.
While famine and starvation probably won't happen here in America, many citizens are going to go hungry, and lives will definitely be shortened. These can also be laid at the feet of the ghouls of the left. Please read both articles and think about what you might do to survive the coming tragedy. Oh, and pray for God's forgiveness on this nation established under his providence.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

In The Culture War, The Left is the Aggressor

 Casey Chalk at The Federalist says to Stop the Gaslighting. Conservatives Did Not Inflame the Culture War Over Trans Ideology

A suburban community center hosts a drag queen story hour (DQSH) for elementary school students, yet it’s conservatives who are the ones stoking the culture war by complaining about it? A Florida school board member last year chaperoned a group of elementary school children on a field trip to a gay bar and the state’s community centers promote DQSH, but it’s conservatives who are the dangerous extremists for supporting a Florida parental rights in education bill?
Drag queens do bizarre, borderline pornographic acts in front of children, but it’s conservatives who are responsible for miseducating and damaging American youth? Come on.
Yet who encouraged prepubescent children to think about myopic topics like gender dysphoria in the first place? I certainly never heard of such things when I was in grade school in the 1990s. Who told children that their gender and sexual identity were the most important thing about them, and that misidentifying or misgendering amounted to the worst possible offense? Who is making millions of dollars off lying to and emotionally damaging impressionable, easily-manipulated children?
The answer is those advocating DQSH and the many other ubiquitous forms of sexual and gender propaganda influencing millions of American youth. It is they who are deceiving — and often permanently damaging — an entire generation of Americans for the sake of their own ideological agenda, the normalizing of bizarre, pornographic behavior.
In the culture wars, the Left has consistently been the aggressors. If it is indeed a war, isn't time we start fighting it?

Monday, May 23, 2022

Has Elon Musk Been "Red Pilled" like Neo in "The Matrix?"

 Kurt Schichter has a great piece at Townhall.com entitled Target: Musk It reads like a parody of a Cold War spy thriller in which our dashing hero, Elon Musk, discovers he has been lied to, and mounts a one man war against his former employers. Well, so Elon Musk doesn't actually work for the government. But you can almost feel the anquish that Musk must have felt as he slowly realized that the Democrats did not have the little guy's interests at heart after all. Indeed, that they were the party of tyranny and oppression, not of kindness. They are also the party of slavery and racism. It must have been a sad realization.

Of course, Schlichter must be Schlichter, and so we have humorous tangential tropes thrown off like a spinning wheel, but each comes back to the point;

Look, the guy dated Amber Heard and survived with his throat unslit and his linens undefiled. This trollop's trumped-up charges are not going to take him down. The fact is that what my mother – the judge – told me after she swore me in as a lawyer in 1994 remains true: "Everyone lies." Allegations in sex lawsuits are as reliable as Jen Psaki, and even bullSchiff claims get settled.
But the truth is not the point. Obedience is. They are terrified of Elon Musk because his money – combined with his iconoclasm – makes him dangerous. The thought that Musk would take over Twitter and allow free speech, thereby utterly undoing their last stranglehold on social media, filled the unelite elite with a cold terror. They know their ideas are garbage; they can only keep power by ensuring they control the marketplace of ideas. And they control it by ensuring it is not a marketplace at all but a Supermax prison where wrongthink is locked away in solitary with a lonely cellmate named Ox.
Except Musk is not backing down. He's gone to the conservative medicine cabinet and gobbled a handful of red-pills. His Twitter feed is a non-stop chronicle of his ideological makeover. He talks about the truths he's learned since he popped the blue bubble surrounding him, he points out the hypocrisy he sees, and he refuses to back down in the face of the regime's full-court press.
Musk has announced that he's taking the next step and forming his own legal Delta Force under his personal command. Nice. There's a lot of damage you can do using the courts. His bat signal to hardcore ambulance chasers focused on lawyers who win at trial, and trials are important, but winning at trial is not optimal. That's tactical thinking; strategic thinking focuses on results, and trials are but one way to get the result you want. If you are bringing a suit, trial may be the only way to get what you want – money. If you are defending one, you want to win without trial. Why? Because in a trial, you can lose. You can't lose a case bringing motions to dismiss or for summary judgment; you can only win.
In any case, this is not a column on litigation theory but on how a rich guy is owning the libs. And owning them, he is. He has gone from green demigod to reactionary demon in just a couple of months, all because he took seriously the principles the progs posed with. Hell hath no fury like a lib disrespected, and Musk's insult is really the basis of this backlash. Musk is publicly unimpressed by the left and the mediocrities who make it up. He sees they are unaccomplished. He sees they are liars. And he sees they are stupid. In his world, you have to perform. The car goes vroom vroom, or you go bankrupt. There's no excusing the car not moving because of structural racism or the male gaze or literal shaking or any of the other crap these quarterwits kick up to obscure the truth. The progs suck, and their ideology is a non-stop series of complaints and curated posturing. Musk's world is binary in an unwoke way; you either do or do not. Their world is not about doing but about being: woke, sensitive, whatever. You are what you pose.

I am not on the Elon Musk bandwagon, but I do think he may have had an honest conversion - that he may indeed have been red pilled. For younger readers, the allusion to being "red pilled" is to the movie The Matrix, which came out 23 years ago. And if he is truly putting a team of lawyers together to use the courts to give the Left a taste of its own medicine, good for him. I will pop some pop corn and sit down to watch.

We Live by His Great Grace

 Andrea Widburg warns, at the American Thinker today that Biden seems to want monkeypox to be the next pandemic. I would here insert a second Democrat rule: the first being to never let a good crisis go to waste, the second being to make one up if none is available. Monkeypox comes along as a convenient "crisis" just in time for the midterm elections, which the Dems are supposedly going to lose big. If the Dems can gin up a sufficient amount of fear porn out of monkeypox, the thinking goes, they might be able to run some of the same plays as during the 2020 elections.

All this though betrays a certain lack of strategic thinking, and that is simply not the Democrats. They may be the party of evil, but they are not stupid. Everyone knows the old saying fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. No, I don't think they will run the same scams again, but I do think Biden is trying to distract from the apparent incompetence of his administration, and his party's complicity in it.

Widburg writes:

Preliminarily, Dr. Robert Malone has written a great post about monkeypox (“Truth versus Fearporn”), from which I’ve gleaned a lot of my facts about the disease. Let’s start with what monkeypox is: It’s a variola virus that is related to smallpox, as well as to cowpox (which led to Edward Jenner inventing the first true vaccination), and other animal poxes. Like the animal poxes, it’s not very serious for humans.
Essentially, as cowpox did to those long ago milkmaids, monkeypox makes people have the same symptoms as smallpox, only more mildly. The illness is also contagious only through person-to-person contact, which means that classic quarantining and contact tracing work to stop its spread. Symptomatic people are isolated while health agencies find their contacts, and that’s kind of the end of it. No lockdowns and changes to voting required.
Further lowering the risk of monkeypox is the fact that it’s a double-stranded DNA virus. Those double strands slow mutations, which means that immunity, once acquired is good for a long, long time. Those who have been vaccinated against, or had, any of the other poxes, are almost certainly resistant to monkeypox.
If you are as old as I am, you got a smallpox vaccination before you could attend public school. We all have a smallpox scare on our left shoulder, so us old farts will be alright in any case. But the government stopped requiring the vaccine when it was determined that smallpox was eliminated.  Still, if you are younger, you may be worried about the latest exotic disease to come out of Africa.  Therefore I should point out that: 1) Monkeypox is a mild disease resulting in very few deaths, 2) It is not particularly contagious, requiring actual skin to skin contact. Think how many times a day you rub up against someone you don't know. Doesn't happen much does it? 3) The fact that it is a stable virus that doesn't readily mutate means that normal public health methods can contain it.

Monkeypox thus falls into the category of the myriad threats to us that we daily must encounter, but to which we barely give a thought. You are taking a risk every time you hop into your car and drive down the road. You trust that other drivers will take the same precautions as you, but you know that some of them will not. You trust that the car will not break down, but you know it might. If you know the statistics, you know that 24,000 Americans die in auto accidents every year. Yet you take that risk. And it is only one of the thousands of risks you take every day without thinking about them. Monkeypox is just one more. In the end, it is all in God's hands, and we live by His great grace.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

What would Biden do differently?

 Joy Pullman at The Federalist notes the same thing I have also noted of late: If Biden Were Trying To Destroy America On Purpose, He'd Do Nothing Differently And of course she gives many examples. I will trust you to read the whole article. But the point is that if it were mere incompetence, if it were random screw ups, some of Biden's actions would have worked to America's favor. But, as it turns out, every..single..action he has taken has destroyed Americans' prosperity, education, health, security, and in some cases their lives. He has thrown away our sovereignty.  He has given our enemies sophisticated weapons.  

Many have watched Joe Biden’s feckless performance over the past 18 months and concluded he’s grossly incompetent, and so is the party that decided to put him in the White House. Yet the incompetence rises to such a level that it prompts a question: If Biden were in fact actively attempting to destroy the United States, would he be governing much differently?
It’s been 12 years since Obamacare and Republicans still have no realistic plan for making health care affordable for families. It’s been seven years since Spygate began and Republicans have issued no plan for strategically investigating and prosecuting this use of American intelligence agencies to prevent an elected president from discharging his duties of office.
The president of the United States is using federal agencies to harass his political opponents as “domestic terrorists” and ban their speech, and what is Republicans’ response? Some angry huffing and puffing on Twitter and TV! Unlike China’s ruling class, ours is completely unserious. Americans have reason to suspect there are no adults in the smoke-filled rooms of Washington DC, only cowards, hirelings, and traitors.
The last time we were in a similar situation, guess what we got? President Donald Trump. Do Republicans in Congress want Trump back? Do they want more J.D. Vances and Josh Hawleys winning Senate seats? Because they sure as heck are acting like they do. Chaos breeds desperation, and desperate people do surprising things.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Archbishop Cordileone Bans Nancy Pelosi from Receiving Communion in San Francisco

 Andrea Widburg has more on Archbishop Cordileone's banning (we used to call it excommunication) of Nancy Pelosi for her full-throated support of abortion.  The story can be found at the American Thinker and is entitled A courageous archbishop finally takes on Nancy Pelosi. As noted, the ban only applies to the San Fransico diocese. She can still receive communion in Washington, D.C.  But it is hoped that the actions of Archbishop Cordileone will give the Cardinal in Washington a little courage as well.

There are two things Nancy Pelosi has loudly and proudly boasted about for decades: Her absolute support for abortion and her staunch Catholicism. Of course, those two things are inconsistent because, even under the progressive Pope Francis, abortion remains anathema to the Church. With that in mind, it’s good news that, on Friday, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone had the courage to announce that, until Pelosi repudiates her support for abortion, she should not be admitted to Holy Communion in her home base of San Francisco nor should she present herself to receive the Eucharist.
Nancy Pelosi is not just a lukewarm abortion supporter. In 2013, Pelosi opposed a bill banning late-term abortions with the jaw-dropping statement, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me.... This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics.” She’s also claimed that videos showing trafficking in fetal body parts are fake, that unborn babies aren’t human, that pro-lifers are plagued by “this conscience thing,” and that the Church has no idea when life begins.
All of that makes for an interesting stance for a “practicing and respectful Catholic” to take. Pope Francis, who assumed that office in 2013, the same year Pelosi linked Catholicism and abortion, has been remarkably clear that abortion is an untouchable third rail, one as to which he will not show any flexibility. Over the years, Pope Francis has stated that “Abortion is murder,” likened abortion to “hir[ing] a hitman” in order to solve a problem,” called aborting disabled children a Nazi practice, informed physicians that abortion is “against the Hippocratic oath” and “is an evil in and of itself,” and said that abortion is “incompatible” with our obligation to respect the environment and creation.

Friday, May 20, 2022

The Church Finally Stands Up For the Unborn

It is sad, though I understand the reason for it, but Nancy Pelosi has been excommunicated by the Catholic Church.

“After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, [and] the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion,” Cordileone summarized in a Twitter post attached to a letter announcing the decision.
“There can be no more extreme example of … cultural depravity than when direct attacks on human life are enshrined in a nation’s law, celebrated by society, and even paid for by the government,” Cordileone wrote in the opening to the letter, published to the diocese website. “This is why Pope Francis, as much as any pope in living memory, has repeatedly and vividly affirmed the Church’s clear and constant teaching that abortion is a grave moral evil.”

Who Do You Trust?

Do you trust your doctor?  I don't.  Unfortunately, the medical profession has been lying to the public ever since pandemic started.  I had to go to a medical facility to take my wife's sleep monitor back to the office to be confronted with a mask requirement to enter.  But we know, indeed have known for years now, is that masks do not work to stop the spread of respiratory virus.  But, they say we have sick vulnerable people coming here.  Yes, I understand, but going back to fact that masks don't work, why require them?  The again say, well people feel safer with masks.  Well, yes, they do because you told them they would be safer,  But why did you do that knowing that masks don't work?  Of course, the medical profession can not answer, so they constantly deflect.

Mark Landsbaum has an article at the American Thinker entitled The Problem of Trust that makes point that when the people lose trust in their institutions and government, things to not end well.

If you don’t trust a merchant, will you do business with him? If you don’t trust a lawyer, would you rely on his advice? If you distrust a doctor, would you let him operate on you?
Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas said out loud what should by now be obvious to everyone.
“I no longer have trust in the institution,” Thomas said of the high court after the leak of a draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Thomas was appalled by the breach of the court’s tradition of keeping tentative decisions secret until they are released in final form.
Any dispassionate assessment must conclude that what’s poisoned the high court to the point of being untrustworthy long ago spread to every institution in the land.
“Whom do you trust?” Make a list. It will be short, if you’re honest. Then make a list of the people, groups, and institutions you don’t trust. Not short at all.
The nation was founded on the idea of mistrust, which is why power was distributed over three branches of government, which were strictly limited in the things delegated to them. We tend to forget that the sovereign individual states created the Federal government, not the other way around. Somehow, beginning with the turn of the 20th century, the Federal government began acquiring power at the expense of the states, and as the 21st century turned, now at the expense of the people as well. The original plan had the House of Representatives directly elected by the people. The Senators were designated by the state legislators to represent the states' interest. The President was elected by the Electoral College. The plan was both elegant, and did indeed spread power among a wide variety of competing interests. We need to return to that set up.
When people are constrained by their overlords and can’t achieve their desires within the system, they either conform or change the system. How many of you are content with efforts so far to change the system? If you cannot trust that to happen, what’s next? In our radically polarized nation, what are the odds Republicans and Democrats can trust each other to give them a fair shake?
If Americans retain any of the stuff that gave our Founders backbone and courage, will there be civil disobedience? Revolution? Another secession by those who want to govern themselves, as did the colonists? Is it reasonable to trust in a more civil resolution?

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Left Is Engaging In Spiritual Combat. The Right Better Understand It

 There was a time when those of us on the right thought that our political opponents were misguided, perhaps, but not evil.  And for decades we continued to debate the issues, and we watched as those on the Left continued to enact policies and laws that offended conservatives and the Constitution.  Of late we have seen abortion become an issue and the Left is waging an ugly war to save it.  What kind of people can justify such a thing?  But the truth is, whether it is Social Security and Medicare, or Obamacare, or guns and self-defense, too many Leftist ideas have done incredible harm to the Constitution and limited government. 

We were assured that these policies and laws were "progressive."  Yet these policies and laws looked to conservatives not as progress but its opposite, regress.  In recent years, the Left has even turned to grooming our children. teaching them that they can decide which sex to be.  Of course, this is made up magical thinking, but it has an evil purpose.

At the American Thinker today, Philip Alrich makes the connections that the rest of us have been reluctant to make. His article Liberalism and the Problem of Evil. The one bone I would pick with Alrich's article is that he mischaracterizes the Left as "liberal." Not everyone who votes Democrat is evil. But the party itself has been in thrall to evil for a very long time.  The Left has a history of racism, for example, and it continues to this day.

No one can speak of evil without mentioning its attraction to the Democrat Party, which is now the party of official racism in America. Political evil is a contagion of psychological immaturity, self-delusion, and counterfeit justification, and its virus has spread throughout America's liberal ruling class. Its influence has scoured our nation of its fundamental values, and leftists are intent upon creating a state apparatus that facilitates the separation of children from their parents, criminals from justice, and citizens from the Bill of Rights. This is a call to Marxist socialism that has no past and no possibility of a future. This is evil come to do business with the Democrat Party, and it is evil on a national scale. Civilization must protect the weakest, but leftist ideology targets and crushes those who are unable to resist the powerful forces of state coercion. There is no civilization on the far side of Marxism.
Modern liberalism is a template for the genesis of evil that is now possible in democratic systems. It is a product of the intellectual syphilis that comes of inbreeding elitist populations. Liberals have already written the script for America's decline and fall, and there is no suggestion of a democratic ending. The people are the nation: that is what democracy looks like. The people, at first, create the government they want; but at last, and by slow degrees, government creates the society it needs. It is the fate of democratic societies that allow, by their own election, the assassins of freedom into the center of government.
We have reached a point in our political affairs in which we are voting for either limited government and a free society or unlimited government and a society in chains. There can be no possible reconciliation of these differences. The appalling distance between the commonsense problem solving of conservative government and the left's radical template of compulsory thought and behavior has resulted in a degenerative condition of political stasis in which the governing party is compelled to tear down the accomplishments of the previous administration, and the governed are reduced to the status of refugees from the conflict over power. The willful destruction of our democratic institutions proves how barbaric liberals can be with the levers of power in their hands. Liberals are like Tolkien's wizards of Middle Earth: they cannot build the things that please them; they can only destroy the things that annoy them. And a constitution that tells the government what it cannot do annoys them greatly.
The children of the left want nothing to do with government or way of life they had no part in creating. They are insurrectionists. They are wrong with purpose and maliciously resolved to break the trust we hold in our democratic institutions. Before all else, this must be understood if we are to develop a social consciousness of the political evil rooted and metastasizing in liberal culture, for injustices done to us by our equals are more harmful than injustices done to us by tyranny. The urge to target, threaten, and silence, to bring harm to millions of citizens who disagree with the liberal party's deviant ideology, is characteristic of what psychiatry calls a "collective delusional system" -- a communal psychological disorder -- and the bringers of harm should be stigmatized and removed from the instruments of power.
It has been ever thus since man took a bite of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In the end, only God can end the current reign of the Left. It is our job to see to it that we are on His side, for surely, He has a side in this fight against the Evil One. Alrich lays it out for us, as plainly as anyone. For more in-depth reading, I suggest Immortal Combat by Father Dwight Longenecker. It will be eye opening.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Things Left Unsaid in the Abortion Debate

 Dustin Ashe says What Must Be Said on Abortion in an article at the American Thinker today. Spoiler alert, the thing that must be said about abortion is that it kills a human life.

For over a week now, our country has been tossed asunder once again by the abortion issue because Justice Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health was leaked and published in Politico. We knew the day was coming when the Supreme Court would issue its decision, but the leak has hastened the debate, as well as being a surprise attack on the integrity of the Court and the sanctity of our nation’s constitutional rule of law. We still don’t know whether riots, protests, and doxing conservative justices can alter the Court’s tentative decision.
We have been subjected to yet another unsolicited primer in the abortion debate from both sides. However, much has been left unsaid or deftly side-stepped. That’s because too much of the abortion question addresses the end of a baby’s life, not the beginning. Addressing those topics is critical to having a fully informed position.
But before Ashe gets to the bottom line, he explains that the problem starts with the hook up culture, and casual sex. As he writes, abstinence has proven to be 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and thus avoiding abortion. But especially in the 1960s, the issue of casual sex became a personal choice, but the solution for an unwanted pregnancy became a social responsibility. But in reality, the choice to have sex is a personal choice, demanding a personal responsibility for the consequences of it.
If a woman does not want to get pregnant, or if a man does not want his hookup, lover, or girlfriend to get pregnant, then that person can choose not to have sex in the first place or choose adequate preventative measures. The pro-choice argument ignores prevention and kicks in only when prevention fails. It then relies solely on abortion as the only viable alternative. The argument goes this way: Society must accept whatever flows from an individual exercising his/her freedom, sexual intercourse must be allowed to occur between consenting adults and, if conception and an unwanted pregnancy result, it is a societal problem and not one of personal responsibility. Those pro-choice voices demand that their birth control, abortion, or pregnancy and delivery must come free of charge because, while it’s their choice and their pregnancy, it’s still our responsibility.
Finally, Ashe gets to the horror of abortion, that it is the taking of a human life, and without dure process. A child is a gift from God, as any childless couple can tell you. Childless couples have always suffered from childlessness. See Abraham and Sarah in the book of Genesis. God commanded us to be fruitful and multiply for our own good. But he also commanded us not to kill our progeny.
There was once a fundamental understanding among people of goodwill that one’s rights extended only as far as and up to the point at which another’s rights extended. Are we no longer committed to the God-given and inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans? How can we, as free people claim that these are our national and individual rights while denying these same rights to those who do not have the power to speak for themselves?
Americans are rightly jealous guardians of the freedoms that were set forth in our Declaration of Independence as “inalienable” and “self-evident.” But what about the right to life? In the abortion debate, the rights of the individual human life in the mother’s womb are completely denied. So, who among us can honestly stand, proclaim, and affirm our “separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them,” while denying those same rights to another human life as if their personal choice and personal freedom supersede another’s right to life?

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Getting Our Heads Out Of Our Tik Toc

 Jeffrey Folks at the American Thinker today has a post entitled The Silent Invasion and War at Home in which he points out that the war in Ukraine is being used a distraction from what is a very real war at home.

It has been chilling to watch the steady number of deaths, the territory invaded, the executions and rapes, the fear and the flight. It is especially shocking because we had peace for so long, but now we see all the possibilities of evil coming out.
I'm not talking about Ukraine — I'm speaking of an invasion right here in the United States. Migrants, mostly Hispanic, are entering the U.S. at the rate of at least 2 million per year — or 20 million in the next decade — and with them come hundreds of thousands of violent gang members. Meanwhile, our own inner-city gangs are spreading out into affluent suburban areas, invading high-end shopping areas and stealing from stores and individuals, often at gunpoint and with deadly consequences. I am not being alarmist or racist. I am simply describing what is happening and pointing out the future state of affairs if we do nothing. If anything, my numbers are low, and my words cannot describe the horror of what is happening.

I would note that these thugs are indiscriminant offenders, committing crimes against all races, but they tend to prey most heavily on blacks and hispanics because of course, those are the people among whom they live. They live there because they hope to blend in, and not stand out. And of course, the wine swilling limosine liberals have the motives for these gang members crimes all wrong. They say it is society's fault. But if that were true, why doesn't everybody turn who is poor turn to crime?

The fact is that crime, like everything else, responds to incentives. If you make it more profitable by lowering the consequences, you get more of it. If you up the consequences and the risks, you get less of it. All of this is known already. Indeed, we have always known these things. 

Shakespeare's prescription, that the first thing we do is kill the lawyers is perhaps extreme. But we do need to get boot the Soros prosecutors out of office for sure. George Soros did not spend millions putting them in place for the benefit of the public.  Of course, he wanted to create chaos, and succeeded.  We also need to boot out any judges who have similar ideologies. But then we need to again not only fund the police, but back them up. And we have to tell the Leftists who romanticize cop killers as some sort of Robin Hoods to knock it the hell off. Even the real Robin Hood was not the legend of "Robin Hood." He made his living preying on the wealthy. And he preyed on the wealthy because that was where the money was.

One does not defeat an enemy by allowing it to murder, steal, and rape without resistance. The only way is to recognize that we have been invaded, and we are at war. War requires its own way of thinking and its own tactics and strategy. At present, we arrest criminals (a few of them, since 54% of reported violent crimes and more than 75% overall go unsolved), charge them with a lesser offense, release them (in many places without bail), and watch them go right back to committing crimes. That is the wrong strategy for a state of war.
It is possible to defeat our enemy, but it will take a change of attitude. We must be willing to fund our police at maximum levels, support our police in their dangerous work, and indemnify them against unreasonable prosecution in their use of force, and we must elect prosecutors who actually prosecute this army of invaders. The recall of L.A. district attorney George Gascón might be a good start.
We have been in similary straits before. Both in the 1930s crime wave, and in the 1960s spike in crimes. The solution in each case was similar. We need to recognize we are at war, and we need to get our heads out of our Tik Toc and take action before it is too late.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Ghoulish Death Cult

 I am bringing an interesting article today to gentle readers, who, I suspect are like myself, more intellectually involved in issues like abortion, and less emotionally involved.  The use of the intellect over the emotion is an important Christian concept.  God gave man the ability to reason for a reason.  Man is to use his reasoning ability to survive in the world.  Notoriously, we do not have natural weapons, like the speed of the deer, or sharp claws like the lion, or great physical power like the bear.  What we do have is our wits.

The article comes from the American Thinker today by Rabbi Michael Barclay entitled Abortion: A Jewish Perspective on a Passionate Issue. Of course, we all know the story of the binding of Issaac, Abraham's only son, and the sole guarantor of God's promise to Abraham. It was a test of Abraham's loyalty. But it was also to show the future Israelites that God did not condone child sacrifice, as the cultures around them did. This has been taken by faithful Christians to mean that abortion under all circumstances is not permitted. Yet the Jews did allow abortions in certain rare cases, and the reasons are enlightening.

In Judaism, there is a huge importance placed on pro-creation, based on the blessing found in Genesis 1:28 that we “should be fruitful and multiply” that is repeated to Jacob (Gen 35:11). But we also believe that sexuality is not only for pro-creation, but for pleasure based upon the words of Exodus 21:10, “a man must not diminish his wife’s duty of marriage”. It is accepted as far back as 2000 years ago that the obligation to pro-create is upon the man (the commandment is given to men), and not to women.
“The man is required to be fruitful and multiple, but not the woman.” (Mishna Yevamot 6:6). This is a recognition of a woman’s rights, and a man’s responsibility. It is her body, and she should not be forced to make a decision between having children or being celibate. In Judaism, while there is a commandment for pro-creation, there is also a commandment for pleasure, and so no argument can be devised against or for abortion based on human sexuality being used only for the purpose of creation (this is different than many other faiths).
So, we see that a man may not withhold his seed from his wife (that is the true sin on Onan) but can not force himself upon her either. Women do have rights! Thus the "Handmaids Tale" uniforms are for those uninformed atheists. They have no place in Christian life. (Also note the distinction with Islam, where the women have no rights.) But let's read on.
The traditional set of laws regarding abortion begin with the legal status of the fetus. The Talmud clearly states, “the fetus is regarded as one of the limbs of the mother” (Gittin 23b). This understanding is based on specific biblical understandings. If an animal is bought, and then found to be pregnant, the future animal belongs to the new owner. (Talmud Bava Kama 78a). If a pregnant woman converts, her child does not have to go through conversion upon birth (Talmud Yevamot 78a), and a fetus has no rights of acquisition (Talmud Bava Batra 142a). Most importantly, it says in Exodus 21:22 that if a pregnant woman is hurt by a man so that her unborn baby dies, the man is to be punished by paying “what the judges determine”; but if that she dies then the perpetrator is executed. The death of a fetus is a tort charge, punishable by monetary relief; while the death of a mother is a capital crime. This biblical text demonstrates that killing a fetus is criminal, although not a capital crime.
At first glance, it might seem that since the fetus has no legal rights, abortion would be allowed in any instance. This is not the case.
From the time of ancient Sages through the Middle Ages until today, it is a Jewish law that a person has no right to inflict damage upon the human body, even upon himself. We are responsible for every part of our body as a Divine gift. Based on this understanding, since the fetus is considered a “limb” of the mother; abortion by choice is forbidden because it is equivalent to hurting one’s self.

Please read the whole article. It is enlightening. And note that damaging the Divine Image is the basis of the Commandment against murder and other sins described in the Jewish law.  But the bottom line is that Jewish law does allow abortions for the cases where bearing the child to full term would cause the mother great physical harm or death. They even allow it for extreme psychological reasons such as rape and incest. Interestingly, such are the carve outs being proposed in states that generally ban abortion.

One of the most interesting discussions bears upon the "secrets of God" where the ancient Jews tried to decide at what point ensoulment takes place. This is akin to current arguments about when a fetus becomes human. The argument that from the moment of conception it can not be anything other than human is based on the obvious (I hope) fact that a man and a woman can not bear anything else. Biology doesn't work that way. Still, others see a fetus as a lump of cells, and nothing more. To me, the fetal heart beat laws are a good compromise. These laws do not permit abortion after around 12 weeks, when a heart can be detected beating in the growing child. Yet even these laws allow for abortion under very limited reasons, dealing with the life of the mother, and rape or incest.

The current crying and gnashing of teeth over the overturning of a poorly decided opinion has torn the mask off of people who have attempted to be seen as compassionate and caring. But they have proved themselves instead to be a ghoulish death cult.  It doesn't end abortion, but instead returns it to the states where it rightly belongs, and to the voters of each state, whose collective conscience should have been consulted.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

So Much Bull Sh...er...Manure

 There is a reason farmers use artificial fertilizers, as opposed to organic fertilizers like manure and compost.  Frankly, they would not be able to produce enough food to feed the world.  There simply is not enough manure in the world.  In the United States, so called "organic farming" can exist on smaller farms that have both animals and a variety of crops.  It requires letting a quarter of your land to lie fallow in any year, which is where you might pasture animals.  It requires a return to mostly small family farms, and it would require much more of our population to work at farming.

Is that the society we want?

Then there are countries with incredibly poor soil.  Fertilizers have helped to give these countries food security.  Indeed, that is what Andrea Widburg is writing about at the American Thinker entitled Sri Lanka shows what happens when we follow environmentalist principles. I doubt Samantha Power has ever grown a single vegetable in her life, let alone run a farm. And make no mistake, a farm is a business, that must make a profit by selling the produce of the farm to pay all of the expenses and hopefully bring a small profit. But I doubt Power understands that either.

Sri Lanka is facing agricultural collapse, which is a disaster in a nation that has only recently raised itself out of poverty...thanks to its agricultural growth. The cause is the outgoing government's decision to follow the environmentalist path and use only natural fertilizer. Meanwhile, here in America, Samantha Power, who is the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, is pleased that the War in Ukraine is stopping the flow of fertilizer from Russia, allowing the world to go organic.
What's so ironic about the situation is that, according to the same article from the London Times, it was synthetic fertilizer that turned Sri Lanka into a major agricultural exporter. Still, the greenies had to have their way, and now the economy is collapsing, and domestic food prices in Sri Lanka have quadrupled.
Additionally, the prime minister who spearheaded this disaster has resigned; there are running battles in the capital city and troops on the street; there are major shortages of essentials such as food, medicines, and oil; and power cuts are becoming the norm.
Many on the Left believe the world is overpopulated, which I believe is one of the reasons for their hysterical fear of the loss of abortion. It seems ghoulish, but I think they would rather see people starve to death in order to reduce the population. It is unfortunate that the world's population will contract quite naturally without their "help."

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

More good news

Here is a very interesting post that tells a very different story from the one we commonly get from the mainstream media, and that includes shows I generally like such as Tucker Carlson Tonight The article is at the American Thinker by Anony Mee (yes, a nom de plume) entitled Demographics: Deglobalization Will Fix Climate Change.

(Certainly, you should read the article itself. More interesting still, though it takes about an hour to watch, is the Peter Zeihan presentation embedded in the article. It paints a very bright outlook for the United States, if we can just avoid screwing it up ourselves.)

But back to the article itself. Mee makes the point, following Zeihan's analysis, that world wide, the population is in decline and will continue to decline throughout this century. The neo-Maltusians were wrong, as a lot of us said. Man has the unique ability to adapt to new environments. Declining population, along with inadequate fuel supplies that are easily disrupted mean that the Chinese will probably not attack us militarily. Russia is in even more of a pickle. She has lost according to news reports (which are unreliable) 10,000 troops in Ukraine. But due to population decline, Russia can not afford to lose even one trooper. (Also, what about the incompetence of Russian general staff losing 10,000 men in a fight with a smaller less militarily sophisticated nation.) While both countries remain as nuclear threats, their internal problems will keep them busy for a while at least.)

Meanwhile, on the issue of the climate:

The boogeymen of my youth—Erlich’s The Population Bomb and Toffler’s Future Shock—begat the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. That document and its spawn (Kyoto, Paris, UN 2020 and MDGs, UN 2030 and SDGs, etc.) are the base upon which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Green New Deal, and all other attempts at a massive North-to-South wealth transfer were built. As a body of work addressing “the environment,” all of this is now irrelevant.
Worldwide, the population is declining and it will continue to do so more and more precipitously for at least the rest of this century. Consumption, along with the required supporting industrialization, will contract right along with it. The population pyramid has turned into a population diamond.
I’m with Dr. Patrick Moore, a founder and former director of Greenpeace when he says that whatever anthropogenically accelerated climate change we’ve had has been a very good thing. It brought the world back from the near brink of a mass extinction event due to cold. In fact, the world has greened perceptibly since we began pumping carbon into the atmosphere. His most recent presentation digs into the science of this starting around the 12-minute mark.
The carbon currently being produced is being gobbled up by the expanding vegetation. We do not need to build massive pipelines to haul it across the nation to bury it in wells. Funnily enough, though, there is no outcry over carbon pipelines as there was for gas and oil pipelines. They are each as safe and, when buried, as undisruptive as the others.
We do not have to throw more bad money after bad money. (Remember Solyndra?) We do not have to cover square mile after square mile with solar panels and killer windmills that take more carbon to produce and install than they will ever recover in power generation. Did Biden even know what he was saying in Boulder, Colorado, after the fires? No one moves to Boulder to look at man-made monstrosities. They live there to dwell in a cathedral of God’s creation.
I would point out, though, that with declining populations, many things we enjoy today will become too expensive for the average person to afford. That is not necessarily all a bad thing. We have become much too dependent on cheap goods. Making things that last used to be the norm, so maybe a return to those times may also be a good thing. But overall, the outlook is good, unless...

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Is Destroying Our Food Supply a Bridge Too Far for the Left?

M. B. Matthews asks the question: Who is torching out food supply? As Matthews points out, once is an accident, twice is coincidence but three times becomes suspicious. But there have been 16 fires at food processing plants in the last four months! Mind you, there is no actual evidence in any individual fire. But there are the numbers. I mean...16 fires at food processing plants? Really? Like Matthews, I would like to see a statistician do an analysis of these fires.

It does seem as if the Biden administration, and indeed the Left, wants to tear down the United States as founded. Everything they do points in that direction. Destroying our food supply doesn't seem a bridge too far considering what they have already demonstrated. It would be like the ancients salting the fields to destroy their enemies. And make no mistake, we are at war, and they consider us the enemy.

Never Show A Bully Their Intimidation Is Working

 Joy Pullman, editor at The Federalist has an interview with EWTN television network in which she said that If The Supreme Court Backs Down From Overturning Roe, It Will Prove It's Politicized Beyond Repair. You should watch the whole interview, but you can read the significant parts if you are in a hurry. I found this extremely telling:

“People who are on the political left often are a little bit more clear-eyed about the fact that the eradication of Christianity and of free speech and of our constitutional and natural rights is really one of their actual goals. The two really cannot coexist,” she said. “So the natural law and the natural order that the U.S. Constitution and other rights-based democracies like Finland uphold, that is incompatible with special protections for identity groups. So it’s no surprise to me that the prosecutor has appealed this. And this case could end up going to the European Court of Human Rights, which is why this could end up affecting not only Europe but also U.S. law.”
I have long known the truth of what she said, but was shocked to hear it said out loud. This is why so many of us on the right are so insistent that we must win the culture war. It is also why we often have contempt for people who claim to be conservative, but then vote with the Left when the situation really counts. Pullman is correct though. If the Supreme Court doesn't overturn Roe, it will prove the Court is not a reliable enforcer of our laws and our rights. I suspect the Left has made a mistake in intimidating the so called conservative member of the Court. Everyone knows that you never show a bully any weakness. Never let them know you are scared, that their intimidation is working, for if you do, they will own you.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Good News Friday

 Here we are at the end of another work week, and J. B. Shurk has an upbeat article for us at the American Thinker entitled Faith and Determination Move Mountains.

Let me ask a simple question. Who is more powerful: a vast bureaucratic army of groupthink automatons all marching to the same beat and repeating the same rote lines, or a single iconoclast who refuses to submit to mass indoctrination? It is all too tempting to assume that a lone voice stands no chance against an imposing ideological force. How can one person fight back against overwhelming odds? Yet here is the interesting thing: the more uniform the consensus among conquered men, the more consequential a single dissenting voice becomes.
If you stand in a room with a hundred people all shouting different messages, you might hear only the person next to you. If ninety-nine people all say the exact same thing, you will certainly receive their message. But if one person on the other side of the room shouts something entirely different from everyone else, that message will also be heard clearly.
Small numbers have big voices. People who hear those voices ask themselves, "Why do these people not believe everything we've been instructed to believe? What makes them so certain that all of us are wrong, and they are right?" Like pebbles plunked into a pond, the ripples grow and crash into each other, share energy, build momentum, and eventually create big enough waves to reach the other shore. One rock at a time, one voice at a time, eventually, the water becomes downright choppy.
It has seemed at times that keeping the faith was a fools errand. And yet the Bible is full of examples. The Israelites waited 400 years to be rescued from bondage in Egypt. Indeed, how long did they wait for the Messiah? We only had to wait for 50 years. But of course, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, that won't be the end. Despite what the Left is screeming about, all the end of Roe will do is put it back to the 50 states. The voters of each state can then set the restrictions as their consciences dictate.
Dismantling the enshrinement of abortion as a "constitutional right" will not end abortion, but it at least takes the first positive step toward recognizing that sacrificing one human for the convenience of another is antithetical to Americans' historic commitment to life and liberty. Fifty years of dissenting voices plunking pebbles into society's pond have had their effect.
As we go through these turbulent times ahead, never forget how quickly the status quo can collapse. Great change often starts from unexpected places. Moral wrongs are righted. The powerless find inner power. The voiceless find their words. Sometimes faith and prayer and determination really do move mountains. And sometimes those mountains move much faster than most think possible.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Any Question Now About Who The Left Is?

 Jordan Boyd at The Federalist notes that The Left Is Finally Admitting That Abortion Means Killing Children. And yet they are still sure that the killing of their children is the right thing to do. It is shocking, really.

The difference between the pro-life community and the left is no longer about whether babies in the womb are indeed children. It’s that, even though Biden, Goldberg, and the ACLU seem to understand that abortion ends a baby’s life in utero, they and the rest of the abortion lobby are still advocating for the destruction of preborn lives.
Jesus said that you will know them by their fruits. Any questions now about who these people are?

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The demonic left will stop at nothing to defend its religious ritual of sacrificing babies to the god of self.

 Yesterday evening the alleged draft of a possible Supreme Court decision in the case of Dobbs that strikes down Roe vs. Wade as wrongly decided was leaked to Politico. Please note that if it is true, the Supreme Court will not make abortion now illegal. Rather, it returns the question of abortion, and what restrictions should be put on it, to the states. It may be a radical decision, but only because Roe was a radical decision. Nonetheless, the Left has once again ripped off its mask to display the hideous face yet again of the demon. Indeed, Kaylee Zemple called in correctly in her piece at The Federalist entitled The Demonic Left Will Stop At Nothing - Including Destroying the Supreme Court - To Kill Babies.

But it is not only the fact that Roe may finally be struck down (Hallelujah). It is also for the very first time in over 200 years that a draft of a Supreme Court decision that is being circulated among the Justices has been leaked. This is shocking. Of course whoever leaked it should suffer severe consequences. But we know that as probable leftists, the guilty party will be protected.

In an egregious and unprecedented move, Politico published a full draft of a leaked Supreme Court opinion indicating that the high court is about to strike down the left’s favorite ruling that fabricated a so-called “right” to abortion: Roe v. Wade.
It’s the left’s worst nightmare. They’re about to lose their grip on the bogus legal precedent from 1973 that undergirds the foundation of their platform and aims. It’s the decision that, to this day, enables them to carry out their values of convenience, population control, and pandering by dehumanizing unborn children before dismembering them and calling it “empowerment.”
There are a number of theories about who leaked the decision, written by Samuel Alito, including one that speculates that was Chief Justice John Roberts himself. Andrea Widburg over at the American Thinker suspects it may have been a staffer to Sonya Sotomayer. What is not in dispute is that leaking the document will make the work of the Court much more difficult. But what is also not in dispute is:
The demonic left will stop at nothing to defend its religious ritual of sacrificing babies to the god of self. Yesterday that meant packing the court, but today it seems to mean just burning that court to the ground.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Preparing, Not Panicking

 Andrea Widburg has an interesting post today at the American Thinker entitled Anthropogenic climate change will be a non-issue if this volcano blows. It seems that a super volcano may be developing under Antarctica. To get an idea just what such a volcano could do:

But it's the really big "supervolcanos" that should frighten us. If you've been to Yellowstone, you know that it's one of the most beautiful places on earth. But that vast, peaceful valley was once a supervolcano that erupted 640,000 years ago. Were that to happen today, the surrounding states would be covered by pyroclastic flows, while the rest of the U.S. would experience falling ash, destroying lungs and crops and obscuring the sun — and that was a small supervolcano.
Should this volcano erupt, all or part of the Antarctic ice sheet will instantly melt, and the oceans will rise by feet, not the centimeter or two that panics greenies. In addition, the sun will be obscured for years. When the Lake Toba eruption occurred, the Earth's temperature dropped — not by one or two degrees, but by 15! At the time, the human population shrank almost to extinction.
We are living in a glorious period right now, one in which we have some resilience against the worst the Earth can throw at us. We should be enjoying this era, taking advantage of the wonders of technology to control heat and cold, strengthen buildings against earthquakes, and warn us in advance of most weather conditions, even as we act as good stewards to the Earth, protecting the life upon it for the benefit of all.
Instead, the climate changistas run around squealing that the Earth is going to be boiled or frozen or flooded or dried out, and so we should all panic all the time while doing nothing genuinely useful. And we can do useful things. Because the Earth's climate has always changed and will always change, and because a grand solar minimum is heading our way, we should always use the fat years to prepare for the lean ones. Thanks to the maddened greenies, though, plus the effects of COVID and war in Ukraine, we may be facing the lean years without having done anything to prepare for them.
We have known for years that in an average year, volcanos spit out many more times the greenhouse gases than man produces.  It only seems that way to people living in large urban areas because it seems like cars, and buses and trucks are spewing greenhouse gases everywhere.  But there are vast swaths of the earth where there are no people and no SUVs.

Of course, the average joe and jane, reading the NY Times, or watching the local news end up being useful idiots.  The media manipulate them at the request of such as the UN and various politicians, who, believe me, know better. Why else did Obama buy a mansion on the water? He can't be too scared the sea will rise. They want to convert the anxiety and panic they create into money and power for themselves. The fact is that with warming, the world becomes more fertile. As Ms. Widburg points out, cold kills more than the warmth does.

Meanwhile, the things we should really be preparing for are things like the Antarctic super volcano that threaten all mankind.  But we should be preparing, not panicking.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Dinesh D'Souza's New Film 2000 Mules Proves 2020 Was Stolen

 Kevin McCollough has a post today at Townhall.com today on a New Film that Alleges 2020 Was Stolen, 2000 Felonies Prove It. To tell the truth, a number of people have proved. beyond a reasonable doubt that the election was stolen. They have used various means to do so, and all are convincing, IF you are a reasonable person. But the using of geolocation data is a stroke of genius. Naturally, the Democrats will ignore this data too.  No one will be prosecuted as long as the Democrats remain in the driver's seat.  They are never going to admit that they stole the election.  But if the Republicans win the elections, we must demand that they bring all parties to justice.  We, who have suffered under this tyranny, must have justice.  What is that saying?  No justice, no peace?