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I found these images in an e-mail, so I can’t exactly vouch for their authenticity. However, the statistics are easily researchable, and if you’re getting all your information from me, there’s already a problem, right?
So, the founder’s in their own words supported the Bible, and what it has to say for our lives. Cool.
So what do you think happens when we remove the Bible from our daily lives? Say, even, from our schools?
A brief word on absences.
Sadly, I’m bidding farewell to my occasional webmaster John. For several years he ran a family-oriented blog and sometimes put up political stuff. When he moved to San Antonio and we met (we both work in the Healthcare field here) he invited me to sometimes post on his blog, and I quickly took over the joint. John soldiered on as the webmaster (I was completely computer illiterate at the time) and we made Alamo City Pundit a small but (hopefully) interesting blog that sometimes got noted on CNN, Fox News, and other bvlog sites. We made some good friends, too.
Then two things happened in rapid succession. John had a near-death experience (he died. Cool story, but not mine to tell.) and he got attacked by gays over the “Obama Unicorn” post. (Look it up on the site.) He actually got threatened, and some of these militant gays actually called his employer and made threatening calls. Either of those things changes somebody quick.
Fortunately I was insulated by my anonymity, but John never saw the need . . . until the Obama Unicorn incident. John’s got a family to protect. So he’s decided to quit, and I wish him all the best with no hard feelings. I’ll be occasionally posting here and other places as the spirit moves me.
And when I post, it’ll be the cold, hard truth. You demand, and deserve, nothing less.
is right here:
Thanks to my old webmaster John for whipping this up. I’m not great fan of Rick Perry’s, but compared to the field as it is, he’s head and shoulders above most of them.
In 2012, Texas conservatives need to focus our energies on removing
our own RINOs from office, and keeping them off the Republican
ticket, this coming election.
It’s impossible to overstate how important this task is, on both
the state and the national levels. RINOs are poison to a
conservative agenda. There is little real difference between them
and Democrats, and once elected they use their power to sabotage
attempts to enact good conservative legislation. We’ve seen this
take place in Austin over and over. No matter how loudly
conservatives speak at the polls, and how good prospects for
conservative legislation look, the RINOs in the party often manage
to water good bills down, or block them altogether.
Anthony G. Martin at the Examiner quotes a blogger who has insider information on the coming Obama Administration scandals:
In a previous report Conservative Examiner delved into the claims of a White House insider who is feeding information to a blogger who goes by the name of ‘Ulsterman.’ The report contained revelations of the pending unraveling of the Obama Presidency due to the President’s inability to deal with growing opposition among the citizens and in the halls of Congress–and a scandal simmering under the surface that could explode at any moment.‘Deep Throat’ also claimed that Obama is so self-absorbed that he actually believes he is adored by throngs of people all over the world. The observation was also made that the President is exhibiting bizarre behavior that suggests emotional instability.1.)Indeed, there is a growing movement on the Hill by top Democrats to pressure Pelosi to withdraw from consideration as Minority Leader.
2.) Deep Throat discusses ‘the Hillary issue,’ claiming unequivocally that the former First Lady still desperately wants to be President and that the only thing needed to get her to mount a campaign to oust Obama as the Democratic nominee for President in 2012 is a continued decline in the economy.
3.) The White House insider reluctantly discusses the birth certificate issue after being pressured by Ulsterman, and suggests that the issue is simply too hot to handle.Deep Throat was quick to assert, however, that the brewing scandal at the White House has absolutely nothing to do with the birth certificate issue.Questions have been raised as to the veracity of the insider’s information. But he correctly stated weeks in advance that Summers and Emanuel would be the first to leave the Administation–which turned out to be true. He now says that Gibbs is next.
I can’t wait to see ol’ Gibbsy pack his bags and un-ass the Briefing Room. His smug obnoxiousness just reeks to high heaven. Another casualty of the Obama Administration unemployment.
Sorry for the sudden departure. I could go into great detail about the distractions I’ve had in my life the last six months that came to a head mid-March, but it would be boring, and I have no desire to imitate the POTUS by excusing my life away.
Sorry about that.
If you really MUST have a complete detailing, e-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll be glad to send you a short laundry list of my life. As always, the prayers have been greatly appreciated, and much-needed. Now if I can just get this POS Dell crap computer to work right . . .
Now where was I? Ah, yes . . .
I won’t be posting much this weekend. This is the single most important three days in the history of the world, and it seems the least I can do is dedicate some small portion of that time to prayer and worship of the One who makes it all possible.
From time to time I may “liveblog” the events of the days this weekend as they happened at the time they happened. Somehow it really seems to deepen my understanding and insight into the crucifixion when I read the crucifixion passage at 3:00 pm on Good Friday.
Your mileage may vary.
Otherwise, I’ll be out performing acts of service (my pastor needs to move today), so here’s a big hunk o’ gospel to tide you over till later.
John 18: Jesus Before Pilate
28Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.29So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”
30“If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”
31Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
“But we have no right to execute anyone,” the Jews objected. 32This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled.
33Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
34“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
35“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
36Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
37“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
38“What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”
40They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion.
Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified
1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck him in the face.
4Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
6As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”
But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”
7The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10″Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
11Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”
13When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.
“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.
15But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”
“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.
“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.
16Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read:|sc JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”
22Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
23When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24″Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”
This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said,
“They divided my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.”[a] So this is what the soldiers did.
25Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” 27and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
The Death of Jesus
28Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”[b] 37and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”[c]
The Burial of Jesus
38Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[d] 40Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
18- (b) John 18:24 Or (Now Annas had sent him, still bound, to Caiaphas the high priest.)
19- (a) John 19:24
(b) Psalm 22:18 John 19:36 Exodus 12:46; Num. 9:12; Psalm 34:20
(c) John 19:37 Zech. 12:10
(d) John 19:39 Greek a hundred litrai (about 34 kilograms)
You gotta give the squiddies credit; They do great work when they’re in their element:
NAIROBI, Kenya | U.S. naval forces say they’ve captured five pirates after exchanging fire with them, sinking their skiff and confiscating a mother ship.
The USS Nicholas came under fire early Thursday from pirates in an area west of the Seychelles.
The U.S. Africa Command said the five pirates seized would remain in U.S. custody on board the frigate for time time being. The Nicholas is home-ported in Norfolk, Va.
Experts say piracy will continue to be a problem until an effective government is established on Somalia’s lawless shores. The country has not had a functioning government for 19 years.
USS Nicholas (FFG-47), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Major Samuel Nicholas, the first commanding officer of the United States Marines. A third-generation guided missile frigate of the Oliver Hazard Perry class, she was laid down as Bath Iron Works hull number 388 on 27 September 1982 and launched 23 April 1983.
Nicholas was designed to provide in-depth protection for military and merchant shipping, amphibious task forces, and underway replenishment groups. Her 453-foot (loa) hull displaces 4,100 tons and her gas turbine power develops 41,000 shp (31,000 kW) for a single screw, giving a top speed of 29 plus knots.
Since her commissioning, Nicholas has deployed to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and North Sea, as well as participating in maritime interdiction operations and various fleet exercises. During her first four years as a commissioned vessel, she earned three Battle Efficiency “E” awards, and theBattenberg Cup as the best ship in the Atlantic Fleet. She earned the Top Ship award from Commander Battle Force Sixth Fleet during her first deployment to the Mediterranean.
You gotta be smokin’ one heck of a lot of jimson weed to mistake the “Top Ship in Two Fleets” for a freighter, buddy. Plus pile all the Brain-Addling on top of an underlying bedrock of bone-stupid to start.
One item worth noting; the Seychelles (B) are one hell of a long way from the Horn of Africa (A); actually the better part of the way to the U.S. Marine Base at Diego Garcia (C).
One almost wonders if the pirates might be basing from Madagascar now, which, as we al know who’ve seen the movie, is home of Julian, King of the Lemurs. If these pirates were lemurs, that would explain a lot.
Rasmussen Reports has released the second half of the survey they did immediately after the Gubernatorial debates last week. While interesting, it seems to mirror the results of the first half of the survey.
Texas Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted January 17, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence
1* Election 2010: Texas Governor’s Race
Rick Perry (R) 50%
Bill White (D) 40%
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) 52%
Bill White (D) 37%
Debra Medina (R) 38%
Bill White (D) 44%
This appears to reflect the trend of the country currently (and especially last night in Massachusetts) against Democrats. It’s interesting that Medina, with limited name recognition, is only 6% behind White, and still in run-off contention.
2* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.
Candidate Very favorable Somewhat favorable Somewhat unfavorable Very unfavorable Not sure Rick Perry 19% 36% 21% 21% 3% Kay Bailey Hutchison 18% 43% 27% 8% 4% Bill White 23% 26% 18% 17% 16% Debra Medina 10% 29% 20% 12% 29%
Or, if you combine the Favorables and unfavorables together . . .
Candidate Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Rick Perry 55% 42% 3% Kay Bailey Hutchison 61% 35% 4% Bill White 49% 35% 16% Debra Medina 39% 32% 29%
Perry has the largest Unfavorable ratings of any candidate, which may just be a matter of exposure and being a known quantity. However, talking with the Tea Party people here in San Antonio, I don’t think that’s all there is to it. Hutchison has the highest favorable ratings, and Medina the lowest Unfavorables.
3* Should Kay Bailey Hutchison remain in her position as senator while she is running for Governor?
21% Not sure
The more I think about this one, the more I believe the only explanation is that Texans don’t trust San Fran Nan Pelosi and Dingy Harry Reid at all, and want Kay there to B-slap them as necessary. Whether Kay will do that remains to be seen.
4* Governor Perry withdrew Texas from a federal program offering up to $700 million in education grants. He expressed concern about education guidelines from the federal government as a result of accepting the grant. Do you agree or disagree with Governor Perry’s decision to turn down $700 million in education grants.
10% Not sure
Split right down the middle, which mirrors the division voters feel about the Texas schools generally. This could very well be a ticking time bomb for Perry. I wouldn’t hitch my wagon to the star of Texas schools during the campaign if I was he.
5* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?
This figure is just a few points away from the figure for Kay Bailey to stay in the Senate. There may very well be a connection.
6* How likely is it that there will be another terrorist attack in the United States in the next year?
22% Not likely
11% Not sure
7* Should the December attempt to blow up an airliner as it was landing in Detroit be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist act or by civilian authorities as a criminal act?
68% By the military as a terrorist act
20% By civilian authorities as a criminal act
12% Not sure
Notice how the numbers on these two questions are almost identical. Not much division of thought among Texans on Terrorism.
14* How would you rate the job Rick Perry has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?
2% Not sure
If I were Rick Perry I’d be very worried right now. While he’s been Governor for two terms and has massive name recognition, yet he barely ekes out a 53% approval? He also split approval of his schools funding question at 45% as well. Plus his challenger Kay Bailey has higher approvl numbers than he has — and the no-name challenger (Medina) is generally acknowledged to have won the debate.
Really, all Rick Perry has going for him is inertia — and he seems to be running out of that, just like Kay Bailey.
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A funny thing happened on the way back from the Debate Thursday night . . .
As I noted in my previous post HERE, Texas’ newspapers seemed to have many commenters who thought Debra Medina had acquitted herself well in the debate on Thursday.
Possibly as a reaction to that apparent groundswell of support, many of these newspapers put up unscientific polls of their readers to see who they thought won the debate.
The results were surprising. The Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom website, an admittedly anti-Perry Group, shows an overwhelming vote for Medina:
CBS-11 in Dallas had a similar result:
My Fox Dallas-Fort Worth was also similar:
As well as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram too:
In fact, eight of eight polls agree:
|Source||Perry %||Hutchison %||Medina %||Medina Votes||Total|
|CBS-11 in Dallas||8||7||76||unk.||unk.|
|My Fox Dallas-Ft Worth||14||16||68||unk.||2517|
|Fort Worth Star-Telegram||14||15||62||661||1073|
|Big Country Blog||10||13||71.3||855||unk.|
This is where I put my Bachelor’s in Psychology and statistics to work. The first thing I noted is that the sample sizes seem to vary greatly. While two of the polls have the total number of respondents in the 300’s, the others var from around one thousand to around 1500 to around two thousand. Were the Medina campaign trying to taint the results by over-voting the surveys, the sample sizes would be more regular.
But some of the surveys, while including the nubmer of total votes or votes for one candidate, do not have all the information. We can infer this data by doing the math on the known variables, as I have in the revised table below. (Inferred data is in italics and starred*.)
And with a little re-arrangement for clarity, we have this:
|Source||Perry %||Hutchison %||Medina %||Medina Votes||Total|
|Fort Worth Star-Telegram||14||15||62||661||1073|
|Big Country Blog||10||13||71.3||855||1199*|
|My Fox Dallas-Ft Worth||14||16||68||1712*||2517|
|CBS-11 in Dallas||8||7||76||unk.||unk.|
As widely as the sample sizes vary, it would be impossible for a dedicated band of, say, 350 or so Medina followers to influence the results of a poll of 2,517 respondents. This lends credibility to the results, even though the people surveyed in these polls are more likely to be active politically, and more “fired up” for their respective candidates.
Interesting. So it actually appears to show a groundswell of support for Debra Medina among committed political activists.
The survey for We Are Austin.com is actually a survey about the election with ALL candidates, Republican and Democrat, included.
So according to We Are Austin.com, not only does Debra Medina place far ahead of all other Republican challengers (including the incumbent Governor), she would even beat the very popular former Houston Mayor Bill White by a 6 to one margin.
And, again, obviously not a scientific poll, but . . . . interesting.
I have it on very good source that the Rasmussen organization will do a survey of the Texas Governor’s Race this coming week. Apparently this race is generating significant “buzz” in the powers that be.
Awaiting those results as well.
Once again I’m going to beg off posting for a day or two. Those of you who are in the know about my personaland health problems — let’s just say that this week will probably be one of the most critical this month. Prayers, as always, are greatly appreciated; and e-mails are always promptly replied to if you need more detail.
Just pray hard; I’m in no shape to blog coherently just now. (Although some might say I never have been . . . )
A nice photo essay on the San Antonio Riverwalk is just waiting for me to get some news and healing. Later this week, if at all possible.
You can’t make this stuff up. Who the heck would want to? Harry Reid has blamed “exhaustion” for voting against his own Healthcare Bill:
WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history.
The 60-39 vote on a cold winter morning capped months of arduous negotiations and 24 days of floor debate. It also followed a succession of failures by past congresses to get to this point. Biden presided as 58 Democrats and two independents voted “yes.” Republicans unanimously voted “no.”
An exhausted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., initially cast a “no” vote by mistake, then quickly corrected himself as fellow senators burst out laughing.
Freudian Slip, perhaps, Harry? I’m laughing at you, myself. Did you notice the snarky crack about the “failure of past Congresses” remark? NOTE to the Associated-freaking-Press: Most of us here in Flyover Country consider this Healthcare Legislation to be the real “Failure” here.
This is perhaps the single greatest listing of reasons why the entire Global Warming/ Global Cooling / Climate Change brouhahah is nothing more than a bunch of worrywart ninnynannies panicking over . . . the weather. It’s also a pefect encapsuation of why Albert Gore Jr., former Vice-President and Noted Sore Loser, the man who literally grew up in one of the poshest hotels in the Washington D.C. area and has never held an actual paying job in his life . . . is a moron unparalleled in modern times.
And as my grandma used to say, “panicking over a change in the weather is a good way to show people how stupid you really are.”
From the U.K. Daily Express:
CLIMATE CHANGE IS NATURAL: 100 REASONS WHY
HERE are the 100 reasons, released in a dossier issued by the European Foundation, why climate change is natural and not man-made:
1) There is “no real scientific proof” that the current warming is caused by the rise of greenhouse gases from man’s activity.
2) Man-made carbon dioxide emissions throughout human history constitute less than 0.00022 percent of the total naturally emitted from the mantle of the earth during geological history.
3) Warmer periods of the Earth’s history came around 800 years before rises in CO2 levels.
4) After World War II, there was a huge surge in recorded CO2 emissions but global temperatures fell for four decades after 1940.
5) Throughout the Earth’s history, temperatures have often been warmer than now and CO2 levels have often been higher – more than ten times as high.
6) Significant changes in climate have continually occurred throughout geologic time.
7) The 0.7C increase in the average global temperature over the last hundred years is entirely consistent with well-established, long-term, natural climate trends.
8) The IPCC theory is driven by just 60 scientists and favourable reviewers not the 4,000 usually cited.
9) Leaked e-mails from British climate scandal scientists – in a known as “Climate-gate” - suggest that that has been manipulated to exaggerate global warming
10) A large body of scientific research suggests that the sun is responsible for the greater share of climate change during the past hundred years.
11) Politicians and activiists claim rising sea levels are a direct cause of global warming but sea levels rates have been increasing steadily since the last ice age 10,000 ago
12) Philip Stott, Emeritus Professor of Biogeography at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London says climate change is too complicated to be caused by just one factor, whether CO2 or clouds
13) Peter Lilley MP said last month that “fewer people in Britain than in any other country believe in the importance of global warming. That is despite the fact that our Government and our political class—predominantly—are more committed to it than their counterparts in any other country in the world”.
14) In pursuit of the global warming rhetoric, wind farms will do very little to nothing to reduce CO2 emissions
15) Professor Plimer, Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences at the University of Adelaide, stated that the idea of taking a single trace gas in the atmosphere, accusing it and finding it guilty of total responsibility for climate change, is an “absurdity”
16) A Harvard University astrophysicist and geophysicist, Willie Soon, said he is “embarrassed and puzzled” by the shallow science in papers that support the proposition that the earth faces a climate crisis caused by global warming.
17) The science of what determines the earth’s temperature is in fact far from settled or understood.
18) Despite activist concerns over CO2 levels, CO2 is a minor greenhouse gas, unlike water vapour which is tied to climate concerns, and which we can’t even pretend to control
19) A petition by scientists trying to tell the world that the political and media portrayal of global warming is false was put forward in the Heidelberg Appeal in 1992. Today, more than 4,000 signatories, including 72 Nobel Prize winners, from 106 countries have signed it.
20) It is claimed the average global temperature increased at a dangerously fast rate in the 20th century but the recent rate of average global temperature rise has been between 1 and 2 degrees C per century – within natural rates
21) Professor Zbigniew Jaworowski, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection in Warsaw, Poland says the earth’s temperature has more to do with cloud cover and water vapor than CO2 concentration in the atmosphere.
22) There is strong evidence from solar studies which suggests that the Earth’s current temperature stasis will be followed by climatic cooling over the next few decades
23) It is myth that receding glaciers are proof of global warming as glaciers have been receding and growing cyclically for many centuries
24) It is a falsehood that the earth’s poles are warming because that is natural variation and while the western Arctic may be getting somewhat warmer we also see that the Eastern Arctic and Greenland are getting colder
25) The IPCC claims climate driven “impacts on biodiversity are significant and of key relevance” but those claims are simply not supported by scientific research
26) The IPCC threat of climate change to the world’s species does not make sense as wild species are at least one million years old, which means they have all been through hundreds of climate cycles
27) Research goes strongly against claims that CO2-induced global warming would cause catastrophic disintegration of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets.
28) Despite activist concerns over CO2 levels, rising CO2 levels are our best hope of raising crop yields to feed an ever-growing population
29) The biggest climate change ever experienced on earth took place around 700 million years ago
30) The slight increase in temperature which has been observed since 1900 is entirely consistent with well-established, long-term natural climate cycles
31) Despite activist concerns over CO2 levels, rising CO2 levels of some so-called “greenhouse gases” may be contributing to higher oxygen levels and global cooling, not warming
32) Accurate satellite, balloon and mountain top observations made over the last three decades have not shown any significant change in the long term rate of increase in global temperatures
33) Today’s CO2 concentration of around 385 ppm is very low compared to most of the earth’s history – we actually live in a carbon-deficient atmosphere
34) It is a myth that CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas because greenhouse gases form about 3% of the atmosphere by volume, and CO2 constitutes about 0.037% of the atmosphere
35) It is a myth that computer models verify that CO2 increases will cause significant global warming because computer models can be made to “verify” anything
36) There is no scientific or statistical evidence whatsoever that global warming will cause more storms and other weather extremes
37) One statement deleted from a UN report in 1996 stated that “none of the studies cited above has shown clear evidence that we can attribute the observed climate changes to increases in greenhouse gases”
38) The world “warmed” by 0.07 +/- 0.07 degrees C from 1999 to 2008, not the 0.20 degrees C expected by the IPCC
39) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says “it is likely that future tropical cyclones (typhoons and hurricanes) will become more intense” but there has been no increase in the intensity or frequency of tropical cyclones globally
40) Rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere can be shown not only to have a negligible effect on the Earth’s many ecosystems, but in some cases to be a positive help to many organisms
41) Researchers who compare and contrast climate change impact on civilizations found warm periods are beneficial to mankind and cold periods harmful
42) The Met Office asserts we are in the hottest decade since records began but this is precisely what the world should expect if the climate is cyclical
43) Rising CO2 levels increase plant growth and make plants more resistant to drought and pests
44) The historical increase in the air’s CO2 content has improved human nutrition by raising crop yields during the past 150 years
45) The increase of the air’s CO2 content has probably helped lengthen human lifespans since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution
46) The IPCC alleges that “climate change currently contributes to the global burden of disease and premature deaths” but the evidence shows that higher temperatures and rising CO2 levels has helped global populations
47) In May of 2004, the Russian Academy of Sciences published a report concluding that the Kyoto Protocol has no scientific grounding at all.
48) The “Climate-gate” scandal pointed to a expensive public campaign of disinformation and the denigration of scientists who opposed the belief that CO2 emissions were causing climate change
49) The head of Britain’s climate change watchdog has predicted households will need to spend up to £15,000 on a full energy efficiency makeover if the Government is to meet its ambitious targets for cutting carbon emissions.
50) Wind power is unlikely to be the answer to our energy needs. The wind power industry argues that there are “no direct subsidies” but it involves a total subsidy of as much as £60 per MWh which falls directly on electricity consumers. This burden will grow in line with attempts to achieve Wind power targets, according to a recent OFGEM report.
51) Wind farms are not an efficient way to produce energy. The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) accepts a figure of 75 per cent back-up power is required.
52) Global temperatures are below the low end of IPCC predictions not at “at the top end of IPCC estimates”
53) Climate alarmists have raised the concern over acidification of the oceans but Tom Segalstad from Oslo University in Norway , and others, have noted that the composition of ocean water – including CO2, calcium, and water – can act as a buffering agent in the acidification of the oceans.
54) The UN’s IPCC computer models of human-caused global warming predict the emergence of a “hotspot” in the upper troposphere over the tropics. Former researcher in the Australian Department of Climate Change, David Evans, said there is no evidence of such a hotspot
55) The argument that climate change is a of result of global warming caused by human activity is the argument of flat Earthers.
56) The manner in which US President Barack Obama sidestepped Congress to order emission cuts shows how undemocratic and irrational the entire international decision-making process has become with regards to emission-target setting.
57) William Kininmonth, a former head of the National Climate Centre and a consultant to the World Meteorological Organisation, wrote “the likely extent of global temperature rise from a doubling of CO2 is less than 1C. Such warming is well within the envelope of variation experienced during the past 10,000 years and insignificant in the context of glacial cycles during the past million years, when Earth has been predominantly very cold and covered by extensive ice sheets.”
58) Canada has shown the world targets derived from the existing Kyoto commitments were always unrealistic and did not work for the country.
59) In the lead up to the Copenhagen summit, David Davis MP said of previous climate summits, at Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and Kyoto in 1997 that many had promised greater cuts, but “neither happened”, but we are continuing along the same lines.
60) The UK ’s environmental policy has a long-term price tag of about £55 billion, before taking into account the impact on its economic growth.
61) The UN’s panel on climate change warned that Himalayan glaciers could melt to a fifth of current levels by 2035. J. Graham Cogley a professor at Ontario Trent University, claims this inaccurate stating the UN authors got the date from an earlier report wrong by more than 300 years.
62) Under existing Kyoto obligations the EU has attempted to claim success, while actually increasing emissions by 13 per cent, according to Lord Lawson. In addition the EU has pursued this scheme by purchasing “offsets” from countries such as China paying them billions of dollars to destroy atmospheric pollutants, such as CFC-23, which were manufactured purely in order to be destroyed.
63) It is claimed that the average global temperature was relatively unchanging in pre-industrial times but sky-rocketed since 1900, and will increase by several degrees more over the next 100 years according to Penn State University researcher Michael Mann. There is no convincing empirical evidence that past climate was unchanging, nor that 20th century changes in average global temperature were unusual or unnatural.
64) Michael Mann of Penn State University has actually shown that the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age did in fact exist, which contrasts with his earlier work which produced the “hockey stick graph” which showed a constant temperature over the past thousand years or so followed by a recent dramatic upturn.
65) The globe’s current approach to climate change in which major industrialised countries agree to nonsensical targets for their CO2 emissions by a given date, as it has been under the Kyoto system, is very expensive.
66) The “Climate-gate” scandal revealed that a scientific team had emailed one another about using a “trick” for the sake of concealing a “decline” in temperatures when looking at the history of the Earth’s temperature.
67) Global temperatures have not risen in any statistically-significant sense for 15 years and have actually been falling for nine years. The “Climate-gate” scandal revealed a scientific team had expressed dismay at the fact global warming was contrary to their predictions and admitted their inability to explain it was “a travesty”.
68) The IPCC predicts that a warmer planet will lead to more extreme weather, including drought, flooding, storms, snow, and wildfires. But over the last century, during which the IPCC claims the world experienced more rapid warming than any time in the past two millennia, the world did not experience significantly greater trends in any of these extreme weather events.
69) In explaining the average temperature standstill we are currently experiencing, the Met Office Hadley Centre ran a series of computer climate predictions and found in many of the computer runs there were decade-long standstills but none for 15 years – so it expects global warming to resume swiftly.
70) Richard Lindzen, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wrote: “The notion of a static, unchanging climate is foreign to the history of the Earth or any other planet with a fluid envelope. Such hysteria (over global warming) simply represents the scientific illiteracy of much of the public, the susceptibility of the public to the substitution of repetition for truth.”
71) Despite the 1997 Kyoto Protocol’s status as the flagship of the fight against climate change it has been a failure.
72) The first phase of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which ran from 2005 to 2007 was a failure. Huge over-allocation of permits to pollute led to a collapse in the price of carbon from €33 to just €0.20 per tonne meaning the system did not reduce emissions at all.
73) The EU trading scheme, to manage carbon emissions has completely failed and actually allows European businesses to duck out of making their emissions reductions at home by offsetting, which means paying for cuts to be made overseas instead.
74) To date “cap and trade” carbon markets have done almost nothing to reduce emissions.
75) In the United States , the cap-and-trade is an approach designed to control carbon emissions and will impose huge costs upon American citizens via a carbon tax on all goods and services produced in the United States. The average family of four can expect to pay an additional $1700, or £1,043, more each year. It is predicted that the United States will lose more than 2 million jobs as the result of cap-and-trade schemes.
76) Dr Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, has indicated that out of the 21 climate models tracked by the IPCC the differences in warming exhibited by those models is mostly the result of different strengths of positive cloud feedback – and that increasing CO2 is insufficient to explain global-average warming in the last 50 to 100 years.
77) Why should politicians devote our scarce resources in a globally competitive world to a false and ill-defined problem, while ignoring the real problems the entire planet faces, such as: poverty, hunger, disease or terrorism.
78) A proper analysis of ice core records from the past 650,000 years demonstrates that temperature increases have come before, and not resulted from, increases in CO2 by hundreds of years.
79) Since the cause of global warming is mostly natural, then there is in actual fact very little we can do about it. (We are still not able to control the sun).
80) A substantial number of the panel of 2,500 climate scientists on the United Nation’s International Panel on Climate Change, which created a statement on scientific unanimity on climate change and man-made global warming, were found to have serious concerns.
81) The UK’s Met Office has been forced this year to re-examine 160 years of temperature data after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered by revelations about the data.
82) Politicians and activists push for renewable energy sources such as wind turbines under the rhetoric of climate change, but it is essentially about money – under the system of Renewable Obligations. Much of the money is paid for by consumers in electricity bills. It amounts to £1 billion a year.
83) The “Climate-gate” scandal revealed that a scientific team had tampered with their own data so as to conceal inconsistencies and errors.
84) The “Climate-gate” scandal revealed that a scientific team had campaigned for the removal of a learned journal’s editor, solely because he did not share their willingness to debase science for political purposes.
85) Ice-core data clearly show that temperatures change centuries before concentrations of atmospheric CO2 change. Thus, there appears to be little evidence for insisting that changes in concentrations of CO2 are the cause of past temperature and climate change.
86) There are no experimentally verified processes explaining how CO2 concentrations can fall in a few centuries without falling temperatures – in fact it is changing temperatures which cause changes in CO2 concentrations, which is consistent with experiments that show CO2 is the atmospheric gas most readily absorbed by water.
87) The Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy contains a massive increase in electricity generation by wind power costing around £4 billion a year over the next twenty years. The benefits will be only £4 to £5 billion overall (not per annum). So costs will outnumber benefits by a range of between eleven and seventeen times.
88) Whilst CO2 levels have indeed changed for various reasons, human and otherwise, just as they have throughout history, the CO2 content of the atmosphere has increased since the beginning of the industrial revolution, and the growth rate has now been constant for the past 25 years.
89) It is a myth that CO2 is a pollutant, because nitrogen forms 80% of our atmosphere and human beings could not live in 100% nitrogen either: CO2 is no more a pollutant than nitrogen is and CO2 is essential to life.
90) Politicians and climate activists make claims to rising sea levels but certain members in the IPCC chose an area to measure in Hong Kong that is subsiding. They used the record reading of 2.3 mm per year rise of sea level.
91) The accepted global average temperature statistics used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change show that no ground-based warming has occurred since 1998.
92) If one factors in non-greenhouse influences such as El Nino events and large volcanic eruptions, lower atmosphere satellite-based temperature measurements show little, if any, global warming since 1979, a period over which atmospheric CO2 has increased by 55 ppm (17 per cent).
93) US President Barack Obama pledged to cut emissions by 2050 to equal those of 1910 when there were 92 million Americans. In 2050, there will be 420 million Americans, so Obama’s promise means that emissions per head will be approximately what they were in 1875. It simply will not happen.
94) The European Union has already agreed to cut emissions by 20 percent to 2020, compared with 1990 levels, and is willing to increase the target to 30 percent. However, these are unachievable and the EU has already massively failed with its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), as EU emissions actually rose by 0.8 percent from 2005 to 2006 and are known to be well above the Kyoto goal.
95) Australia has stated it wants to slash greenhouse emissions by up to 25 percent below 2000 levels by 2020, but the pledges were so unpopular that the country’s Senate has voted against the carbon trading Bill, and the Opposition’s Party leader has now been ousted by a climate change sceptic.
96) Canada plans to reduce emissions by 20 percent compared with 2006 levels by 2020, representing approximately a 3 percent cut from 1990 levels but it simultaneously defends its Alberta tar sands emissions and its record as one of the world’s highest per-capita emissions setters.
97) India plans to reduce the ratio of emissions to production by 20-25 percent compared with 2005 levels by 2020, but all Government officials insist that since India has to grow for its development and poverty alleviation, it has to emit, because the economy is driven by carbon.
98) The Leipzig Declaration in 1996, was signed by 110 scientists who said: “We – along with many of our fellow citizens – are apprehensive about the climate treaty conference scheduled for Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997” and “based on all the evidence available to us, we cannot subscribe to the politically inspired world view that envisages climate catastrophes and calls for hasty actions.”
99) A US Oregon Petition Project stated “We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind. There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of CO2, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”
100) A report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change concluded “We find no support for the IPCC’s claim that climate observations during the twentieth century are either unprecedented or provide evidence of an anthropogenic effect on climate.”
Just out of curiosity, why is it that Fox News goes live every time President Blowhard starts in with another of his say-nothing, mean-nothing speeches? I can’t turn on the TV anymore without this imbecile making another speech on some subject he knows nothing about and can’t finish is the teleprompter breaks.
So first thing this morning, brght and early, president Narcissist started yapping his gums and even before he said word on as he picked up his unearned Nobel Peace Prize, he had offended the Norwegian government:
Barack Obama’s trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel peace award is in danger of being overshadowed by a row over the cancellation of a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner.
Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.
The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, appearances at a children’s event promoting peace and a music concert, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre.
He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.
According to a poll published by the daily tabloid VG, 44% of Norwegians believe it was rude of Obama to cancel his scheduled lunch with King Harald, with only 34% saying they believe it was acceptable.
The Norwegian Nobel committee, which awards the peace prize, dismissed the criticism. “We always knew that there were too many events in the programme. ” said Geir Lundestad, secretary of the committee.
Well, excuse me, Mister Committee Secretary, but i you KNEW there were “too many events in the programme”, why did you schedule so many?
Meanwhile, a poll by uber-lberal CNN shows that not only do a majority of Americans think he hasn’t done enough to earn a Nobel Prize’; that percentage has increased from 67% on October 16th to 80 % this last weekend:
Do you think Obama has accomplished enough so far to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, or don’t you think so?
Dec. 2-3 — Oct. 16-18
Accomplished enough 19% — 32%
Do not think so…………80% — 67%
No opinion ………………….1% — 1%
So it’s kind of a typical move for the Obama Administration; He, the unworthy, accepts the unearned, and offends the non-Americans, un-impressing his countrymen in the process.
And he skipped the free lunch, too. Whassamatta; he’s never had the meatballs at IKEA? That’s good food there!
Hat Tip: Memorandum
Robert Stacy McCain, my personal blog hero, has what may be the definitive final word of what is rapidly becoming former Arkansas Governor and Fox News TV host Mike Huckabee’s “Willie Horton Moment”; vis-a-vis his decision to commute the sentence of Maurice Clemmons — the man suspected of killing four police officers near Seattle.
As one of the commenters noted, “It does certainly look like Huckabee’s chances at the GOP nomination just went in the crapper.” Which is a shame, but better we find out now,rather than after he was elected and/or nominated.
Apparently, Lou Dobbs was the last rational “name” anchor holding CNN together. That’s a shame for the once-mighty CNN as it freefalls towards the basement, racing MSNBC and CNBCfor new lows of ratings disaster.
Isn’ this the guy they hired when they fired the previous guy because HIS ratings were “too low”, and AC360 was going to fix everything?:
Anderson Cooper is fading in the ratings.
The respected CNN anchor has seen his numbers slip significantly through the past year. His 10 p.m. show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” has declined 62% in total viewers and 70% in adults 25-54 from November 2008, according to Nielsen figures.
Last month, in Cooper’s time slot, Fox News’ “On the Record” attracted an average viewership of 1.9 million while “360” averaged 672,000; repeats of MSNBC’s “Countdown” and HLN’s Nancy Grace show averaged 655,000 and 458,000, respectively.
So Olbermann repeats are almost beating AC360. Ewwwwwwww . . .
But in the ad-friendly 25-54 demo, those same repeats won out over Cooper with 224,000 (MSNBC) and 214,000 (HLN).
So what happened? Let’s see: There’s no presidential election to ramp up ratings; there’s heavy competition from centrist CNN’s noisier rivals (see: Fox News, the No. 1 cable news channel); there’s people catching up on DVR-ed TV shows in the late evening; then there’s the loss of Lou Dobbs in the 7 p.m. anchor chair, among other possible factors.
As a more cynical blogger might say, boo-freakin’-hoo. My Grandma Albright would say, “Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.” Give me a break here. “People catching up on DVR rates more highly than “the loss of Lou Dobbs” s reasons for Cooper losing his lead-in? Rationalize much?
And calling CNN “centrist” just belies the fct the article’s writer is so far left he can’t see “center” from where he sits.
“Is your deck chair comfortable, sir? No, no — nothing to worry about. We see icebergs all the time here in the North Atlantic — and this ship is unsinkable . . . “
Offered without much comment. A true Texan, this guy.
I owe this guy a six-pack when I find him. The kind of guy who maes me love this state more and more every day.
One of the country’s most important industrial companies says the United States is not a good place to manufacture and it will continue moving its assets offshore.
The federal government is “doing everything in [its] manpower [and] capability to destroy U.S. manufacturing,” says David Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson Electric Co., in a presentation at the Baird 2009 Industrial Conference in Chicago Ill., on Nov. 11. In comments reported by Bloomberg, Farr added that companies will continue adding jobs in China and India because they are “places where people want the products and where the governments welcome you to actually do something. I am not going to hire anybody in the United States. I’m moving. They are doing everything possible to destroy jobs.”
In his Powerpoint presentation available on the Emerson Electric Web site, Farr notes that the federal government is damaging prospects for U.S. economic growth with a $1.41 trillion federal deficit (10 percent of GDP); $12 trillion in government debt that will grow to $20 trillion in 10 years; a policy of printing money; a “non-targeted $800-billion stimulus”; bailouts for Wall Street and the automobile companies; the prospect for cap and trade legislation; a “government takeover” of health care to the tune of more than $1 trillion; increasing taxes and regulations; and a “lack of U.S. $ support” for manufacturing. The global stimulus “soon will fade,” says Farr.
What does it mean for a company like Emerson? “We continue to increase our international and emerging market presence,” says Farr. The company has increased its emerging market sales by 19 percentage points over the past 10 years, from 13 percent of total sales in 1999 to 32 percent in 2009. It is now generating 55 percent of its sales from overseas operations, a figure that will grow to 60 percent by 2014, with 40 percent of total sales coming from emerging markets.
“Emerson’s investment in emerging markets is continuing to pay off with sales growth,” say Farr. In 1999, the company generated $12.4 billion in annual sales from mature markets and $1.9 billion from emerging markets. By 2009, sales from mature markets grew to $14.2 billion, while sales from emerging markets more than tripled to $6.7 billion.
Hat Tip: Patriot Room Blog
YOU – MUST – READ Michelle Malkin’s column today on Big Labor Thug Bullies and how they threaten non-Union volunteers. Not just in the case of the Boy Scout clearing a walking trail earlier this week, but repeatedly, over-and-over again. Here’s a taste:
Last June, union officials in Baraboo, Wisconsin filed a complaint against volunteer firefighters who built sandbag barricades to protect the city from record flooding. They whined that city Department of Public Works employees should have been called first and demanded overtime pay (for work they didn’t do) to compensate them.
Yes, kids, the city was knee-deep in water and the government union got mad that other people scrambled to work together in an emergency to put sand in bags, save homes, and help their neighbors.
SEIU president Andy Stern in Washington speaks for all of Big Labor when he describes his organizing philosophy: “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.” President Obama, who has made national service an administration priority, has been and will continue to be silent about the Big Labor bullies who make public enemies of Scouts with trash bags and hoes.
“Nation of Cowards” indeed. And we’re being lead by one, apparently.
No, really. I’ve been registered to vote since March of 1976, and my first Presidential vote was for Jimmy Carter, which I have regretted ever since. (In the primaries I voted for Birch Bayh; father of the current Indiana Senator Evan Bayh.) My uncle was the local Republican Chairman in the town I grew up in, but most of the rest of the family were Democrats. My other uncle was a Union shop steward.
Thanksgiving was interesting, to say the least.
But something very odd started to happen about the 1972 election cycle. George McGovern ended up being the Democrat nominee, and a more liberal Democrat you could not find in the party if you tried. Many have speculated that Nixon’s dirty tricks squad manipulated the Dems into nominating McGovern, but still, he had overwhelming Democrat support.
The party started to shift left. I didn’t — I stayed where i was. A lot of us did that, although the leadership o the Democrat Party (who became more liberal) deny we existed. We were ignored, naysayed, pooh-poohed, and generaly treated like traitors to our parties.
We were given many names, as name-calling became the stock-in-rade of the new liberal Democratic Party.
- Blue Dog Democrats
- Conservative Democrat
- Dixiecrats (a holdover from the Truman years.)
- New Democrats
- DINOs (Democrats In Name Only)
And “Reagan Democrats”.
Reagan Democrat is an American political term used by political analysts to denote traditionally Democratic voters, especially white working-class Northerners, who defected from their party to support Republican President Ronald Reagan in both the 1980 and 1984 elections. It is also used to refer to the smaller but still substantial number of Democrats who voted for George H. W. Bush in the 1988 election. The term can also be used to describe moderate Democrats who are more conservative than liberal on certain issues like national security and immigration.
The work of Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg is a classic study of Reagan Democrats. Greenberg analyzed white ethnic voters (largely unionized auto workers) in Macomb County, Michigan, just north of Detroit. The county voted 63 percent for John F. Kennedy in 1960, but 66 percent for Reagan in 1980. He concluded that “Reagan Democrats” no longer saw Democrats as champions of their working class aspirations, but instead saw them as working primarily for the benefit of others: the very poor, the unemployed, African Americans, and other groups. In addition, Reagan Democrats enjoyed gains during the period of economic prosperity that coincided with the Reagan administration following the “malaise” of the Carter administration. They also supported Reagan’s strong stance on national security and opposed the 1980s Democratic Party on such issues as pornography, crime, and taxes.
Researchers have not tracked what political path these voters took after the end of the Reagan and the elder Bush administrations.
Well, I can save them the time and investigation: we’re still here. we still vote conservatively in fiscal matters, and most of us in social matters too. Like all Democrats we believe that the government has a role in social welfare (as in Medicare and indigent care), but also believe in limited federal government. (The heart of the Reagan Democrat movement are Southerners and Christians; two groups who have reason to fear governmental largesse and intrusiveness.)
Many “Real Democrats” think that a Democrat has to have certain views. Pro-Choice. Pro-Unions. Pro-Labor. (No, those last two are not the same thing.) Pro Big Government. Pro-Diversity. Pro-Green. Global Warming Believer. Pro Civil Unions. Anti-War.
Yet I’m none of those, for my own reasons.
And I am, indeed, a registered Democratic Party voter. I get all the newsletters from SEIU and AFSCME and the Democrat Websites. i read them, I disagree with them. And many Democrats say I’m not a “real democrat?”
This from the members of the Party of Tolerance. Go figure.
A Whack on the Side of the Head
Roger von Oech in his book “A Whack on the Side of the Head” teaches you to break the inertia and unlock your mind for innovative thinking; Another way of saying to think outside of the box.
Johann Gutenberg thought outside of the box. He connected two previously unconnected ideas to create a new innovation. He took the purpose of the winepress and combined it with the coin punch. Instead of metal being punched to make coins, paper was used and the printing press was born. Some have ranked this feat as the number one invention to impact the 20th century.
Unfortunately attitudes tend to block the sense of creativity, such attitudes as tradition, fear and perfectionism to name a few. They make thinking staid.
These attitudes become mental locks according to von Oech. He cites ten locks, which tend to keep us prisoners:
- The Right Answer
- That’s Not Logical
- Follow the Rules
- Be Practical
- Avoid Ambiguity
- To Err Is Wrong
- Play is Frivolous
- That’s Not My Area
- Don’t Be Foolish
- I’m Not Creative
These attitudes act like concrete, cementing or making rigid the thought processes. Nothing short of a whack on the side of the head can disrupt this thinking process.
When was the last time you had a creative original idea? Remember how great it felt, the idea not the whack?
There is a reason it felt so good. It’s all part of Gods blessing to us is to be creative.
(Courtesy Pastoral Care; Baptist Health System)
Now imagine this: here is some REAL “outside the box’ thinking. Ananias lives in Damascus, and is praying one day. He knows a real Pharisee of a Jew named Saul is coming to arrest belivers in Damascus. As he prays, the Lord speaks to him:
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13″Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 14And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Our God is the God of the impossible situation. Murderers are tansformed. Seas Part. Floodgates open, and Arks are built. The dead are raised, the sick are healed, demons are cast out, and sins are forgiven.
The Impossible situation becomes the possible; and all if we ask.
RedState has a fascinating diary post today that neatly encapsulates everything I’e been feeling about greedy, evil corporations lately (that are actually, tryly greedy, evil corporations):
Costco is now involved with former Vice-President Al Gore (and his becoming more apparent by the day), deceitful and dangerous one-world-government / carbon-credit scheme.
I’ve canceled my Costco membership and explained my reasoning in a very calm and nicely worded letter sent via overnight express (recipient-only signature required) to Costco’s CEO and will CC the same via e-mail to other Costco executives.
Page 2 through 4 of the following PDF link (2008 Proxy) show the current directors for Costco…… another interesting set of individuals involved with…… well, let’s just call them ’slightly slanted entities’…….. http://media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/irol/83/83830/08_proxy_cost.PDF
Now then, just for laughs (and also because I instinctively knew what I was going to find), I looked around and Mr. Sinegal has made some interesting political donations over the past several years………. http://www.newsmeat.com/ceo_political_donations/James_Sinegal.php
A corporation can do what it wants, as long as it’s legal. Supporting Mr. Gore and his goals is a corporate choice Costco has made.
So is my dropping using their services and explaining why.
One of the commenters added this:
I do not spend my money with companies that support leftist and socialist causes. I will be doing the same tomorrow. That is why I return every invitation to join AARP in the pre-paid envelope not completed. I will be following the same course as you. It is also unfortunate that the list of offenders grows daily.
I will not:
- Drink Pepsi
- Buy Progressive Insurance
- Buy any product of GE
- Pay to watch a movie with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Cameron Diaz, Sean Penn (easy, they all suck).
- Pay to attend NFL games since my thinking like Rush’s is divisive (would not want to offend the Felon’s)
- Al will not shop at Home Depot because they fired an employee for wearing a pin supporting the troops
Just wondering if any of the assclowns that run these companies are listening, or care?.
Like I said , list grows longer
And don’t forget GEICO, whose acronnym stands for “Government Employees Insurance Company;” Very closely aligned with the SEIU.
Time to renew that Sam’s Club membership, I think. Buh-bye Costco.
Robert Stacy McCain reports that Vice-President Joe Biden showed up to campaign in upstate New York today, but only 200 people turned out:
O’Neill warned of “right-wing extremists who have brought their hate-mongering tactics to this district.” (Unless I was mistaken, this must have been a reference to John McCormack of the Weekly Standard, who was at the event and being closely watched by local police, lest he start asking Biden questions.)
“We have to stop the madness,” O’Neill told a crowd of about 200 Democrats who turned out for an event covered by about 30 reporters, including seven TV crews. “We cannot afford to let the right-wing extremists make a point in this district. . . . The right wing is not right.”
Hoffman continues to lead in the latest Siena poll and, at this point, the “undecided” poll respondents should be told to stay home. If you don’t know whether you’re a Democrat or a “right-wing extremist,” you’re too dumb to be allowed to vote.
The fact that the Democraps were able to field 200 on a Monday mornng says a TON about what constitutes a Democrat today. Don’t these people have jobs? I don’t think I could pull 200 Republicans on an early Monday morning if Jesus was the guest speaker.
Well . . . maybe Jesus. Probably. But certainly not Joe Biden. Even more telling, the fact that the Dems could ONLY get 200 people to turn out does not bode well for the Lefties.
Election’s tomorrow. Heh.