Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Today's Top News Stories

                The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point is at the vanguard of what is sure to be a coming trend among colleges. The bastion of higher education is discussing a plan to eliminate 13 majors including philosophy, English and history. The campus, one of 11 in the University of Wisconsin system, would focus on programs that have “clear career pathways,” according to the Washington Post.
                Make way for majors in Feminist Studies, Teaching Tolerance, White Privilege Therapy, Transgender Relations and Sex-Reassignment Medicine! Actually, the school says it will emphasize areas such as graphic design and computer information systems, disciplines that “have demonstrated value and demand in the region.”
                What has reason, language or the knowledge of history ever done for anyone anyway?

                Speaking of tolerance, a New York City Councilman has proposed a bill that would ban smoking while walking on New York City sidewalks. Queens Councilman Peter Koo (Dist. 20) says, “My bill is very simple, no smoking and walking on New York City sidewalks.” The intrepid public servant’s bill would make it a misdemeanor— likely punishable by a fine-- to smoke while traversing city sidewalks, so that others aren’t potentially offended by the unpleasant smell.
                Hopefully, other bills will be proposed, as well, including ones making it a crime to pass gas while walking on the sidewalks, to wear too much perfume or cologne while in public spaces, or to wear too little perfume or cologne in public if one hasn’t showered within the past 24 hours.
                Meanwhile, residents of Colorado and southern California, among other places, lie under a permanent mushroom-cloud of marijuana smoke.

                Speaking at an anti-violence rally at the University of Miami recently, former Vice-President Fightin’ Joe Biden told students he would have “beat the hell out” of President Trump if they’d attended high school together. Bemoaning the fact that the president once said, “I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,” he told those attending the anti-sexual assault rally, “They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’” Biden stressed the fact that he’s “been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” as he’s “a pretty damn good athlete,” noting, “Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
                Oddly enough, the righteous and courageous Biden did not say what he would’ve done to former President Bill Clinton had they been in high school together, leaving us to simply assume he would’ve “really, truly, thoroughly beaten the crap out of” the accused serial rapist.
                In a related story, Women Against Violence (WAV) announced that Biden will be that organization’s spokesperson for the remainder of 2018.

Great Mills High School Shooting

                A student opened fire in the hallway of Great Mills High School in Lexington Park, Maryland early Tuesday, striking two classmates. Other students and faculty immediately notified the armed resource officer on campus, who promptly responded and shot the crazed gunman during an exchange of fire.
                The officer was unhurt, the perpetrator was killed. One of the two students originally fired upon is in stable condition, the other in critical condition. The school was put on lockdown and students were eventually evacuated from the school and taken to a nearby high school while parents and guardians were notified.
                St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron stated: “On this day we realized our worst nightmare. The notion of ‘it can’t happen here’ is no longer a notion. You train to respond to this and you hope that you never ever have to.”
                The assailant’s motive, if any, is not known as of this writing. What is known is that the incident almost certainly would have been worse—likely much worse—without the presence of the armed officer.
Green Mills High School lies just 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., where many of the nation’s lawmakers—preposterously-- mock the idea of properly armed and trained individuals protecting students from just such incidents as this.
Sadder still, you may well not have heard of this incident. You see, the mainstream media are keeping it under wraps as it doesn’t comport with their preferred narrative. If the tragic mass school shootings are such big news for extended periods of time, as they should be, then surely the prevention of those incidents should be, as well.
The mainstream media has shown once again, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it has no honesty or integrity left.
Sometimes no news is fake news, too.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Richard Dawkins: "Can We Overcome Cannibalism Taboo?"

                Richard Dawkins, British scientist and all-around hail-fellow-well-met (sarcasm alert), posted an article on Twitter about synthetic meat created from stem cells, something he said he has been “looking forward to” for a long time.
                According to the Daily Mail, the well-known atheist wrote: “Tissue culture ‘clean meat’ already in 2018? I’ve long been looking forward to this,” before sharing a link to the article. Researchers have been working on creating lab-grown meat for years. The first test tube beef hamburger was created by Dutch scientists in 2013. Poultry flesh and meatballs have also been grown from stem cells. The process involves harvesting stem cells from a living being, “culturing” the cells in sugars and minerals, and then growing the cells into skeletal muscle in bioreactor tanks. Sounds delicious! Romantic, too!
                Incredibly, Dawkins went on to write: “What if human meat is grown? Could we overcome our taboo against cannibalism? An interesting test case for consequentialist morality versus ‘yuck reaction’ absolutism.”
                That old-fashioned yuck reaction absolutism! That silly cannibalism taboo! I say ban guns, but legalize eating each other! That seems reasonable. Fortunately, we’ve been overcoming our long-held taboos with great rapidity lately. Abortion, homosexual sex, gay marriage, gender fluidity, open bathrooms, transgenderism, sex-bots, you name it. Yay us! Yay tolerance! Imagine if we could grow enough human meat in labs to feed the hungry all over the world? Maybe a Santa Clarita Diet would benefit us all?! What could be the harm?
                And we would still have our pick of white meat or dark meat. “Hey, Dan tastes just like chicken!”
                Think of the possibilities for restaurant menus alone!
                “I’ll have a leg of Bob, and, let’s see, a thigh and a breast of Nancy, thank you. Do you recommend Pete’s giblets?”
                “How is your Caucasian soufflĂ©?”
Of course, this heinous conjecture could only come from someone who doesn’t believe in God, or the concepts of Natural Law and Natural Rights. But, perhaps we can rewrite the Ten Commandments. I mean, surely it is a “living document” like the Constitution, right? If we can toss out a couple of the Ten Amendments, we can certainly modify a couple of the Ten Commandments.

#6) “Thou shalt not kill”-- could be tweaked to “Thou shalt not kill…unless you eat them, too.”
#10) “Thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s wife”—could be modernized to read “Thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s wife…unless you’re really famished and she looks delish.”

                The right to life? What would it say about someone if they didn’t even believe we have the inalienable right not to be eaten by our neighbors?

                Progressivism should not be confused with progress.  

Monday, March 19, 2018

Climate Causing Man-Change

                We know that man-caused climate change is a scientific fact. We have been told the science is settled. We also know, thanks to our friends in higher academia and the elite media, that man-caused climate change is responsible for roughly 93% of everything bad currently happening on the planet.
                But, perhaps we’ve missed something. I believe the global warming has caused man change. What else can account for the recent numbers of women who identify as men and men who identify as women? Just as progressives state that global warming causes or includes global cooling (hence the need for the term “climate change”), and that one or the other-- or both simultaneously-- are occurring as a result of man’s activities, there are some men and women who prefer to identify as the opposite gender…or both genders at the same time… or neither gender at all. Or as any of the other 60-some-odd currently recognized “genders.” Talk about chaos and confusion! This makes the Trump White House look like everyone’s on the same page, in perfect unison-- lock-step if you will—calmly marching hand-in-hand to a Promised Land of Eternal Peace and Probity.
                It doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to see that the rise in the numbers of those confused about their gender, and of those failing to grasp the existence of only two sexes for that matter, eerily parallels the reported rise in global temperatures in the last few decades. (Perhaps the phrase, “sweating one’s balls off” has itself somehow changed from a figurative expression into a literal fact).
                It is irrefutable that monitoring stations around the world have, for more than 30 years now, been recording a significant increase in the numbers of those belonging to the LGBTQIA community…the same years during which the planet has warmed the fastest. Coincidence? I think not.
                Progressives are a strange group. They embrace change in almost all aspects of life. Changing mores, changing genders, changing demographics, technological change, etc., etc. They’re all for it! Former President Barack Obama famously touted “change you can believe in,” and “hope and change.” But, when it comes to things they can’t control, like the ever-changing climate of planet Earth, they morph into rabid reactionaries. That they can’t countenance!
                There is a famous passage from the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Progressives have this exactly backward. They think they can change the climate. They believe they can determine their own sex. They will never accept otherwise.
Of course, many leftists don’t have the courage to believe in God, either. Although, ironically, many seem to believe they are God.
Clearly, they do not have the wisdom to know the difference.  

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Notes From The Precipice

Notes From The Precipice—

                *The sustained attack on capitalism is fueled by emotion and ignorance. It is as unfounded as it is dangerous.
                The term “moral capitalism” is akin to George W. Bush’s use of “compassionate conservatism,” and I despise both characterizations. Nothing—nothing—has done more to lift more people around the world out of poverty than capitalism. That is a simple, inarguable, stone-cold fact. Nothing has increased people’s—and nation’s—standards of living more, or faster. What’s more moral than that?
Capitalism takes advantage of what many see as a fundamental “flaw” in human nature, the tendency to want to better one’s own lot, otherwise called greed, to make things better for everyone. That’s as good as it gets, at least in this world.
Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. BernieBros, be careful what you wish for.

*The West has embarked on a dangerous journey, following a bizarre and unsustainable path. European nations, Australia, Canada, and the United States have put in place a policy that could rightly be called “reverse colonialism.” Instead of traveling to other areas of the globe and attempting to identify and utilize resources and opportunities found there, these countries are allowing everyone else to come to their nations, willy-nilly, unchecked and uncontrolled, to appropriate and exploit their own resources and largesse. In most cases, without even the appearance of gratitude or the slightest attempt at assimilation.
Western democratic history, culture, and tradition are being inexorably swept away. The foundations of our liberty are being eroded, the basis of our societal cohesion obliterated. This cannot end well. For anybody.

*Sixth-grade students at a Texas middle school were recently sent home with a questionnaire asking them to rank their “level of comfort” with different scenarios and circumstances. The homework assignment was designed to ascertain how comfortable the kiddies are with 41 different scenarios including, “A friend invites you to a gay bar,” and “Your sister invites her new female-to-male transsexual boyfriend to dinner.”
Sixth-graders? Twelve-year-olds? But, why would these queries ever be posed in any educational institution, even one of “higher learning?” The only question arguably less appropriate is this classic one from an older pilot to a very young lad in the movie Airplane: “Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?”

We’ve lost our minds. Or our morals. Or both. 


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Russia Behind Global Warming

                Russia is behind the catastrophic global-warming crisis enveloping the planet, an anonymous source has informed me.
                I was stunned when he first confided this to me, but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. After all, Russian scientists have frequently sought to deny the existence of-- or minimize the threat from—global warming for years now, claiming the sun is somehow more relevant to temperatures on Earth than human beings are. As has been proven on numerous occasions, the more Russians deny something, the more certain we can be that they are responsible for it.
                Moreover, Russia has the most to gain from a warming planet, as it possesses the lion’s share of the surface area above the 60th parallel. Think of the resources that are currently locked up under snow and ice! And how much cheaper it would be to access them if the landmass thawed out! The country is obviously banking on global warming continuing for some time, as they have more ships designated to operate in the Arctic than any other nation. Mere coincidence—or inside knowledge? Think about it.
                Also, Russians have long tired of having Siberia be the butt of the world’s jokes. “You think this is cold? Go to Siberia!” Adding a couple of degrees Celsius to the region’s average temperature might be good for the tourism business.
                And, speaking of Siberia, my source tells me that the clever Cossacks have a secret installation outside of Olenek where they are running tens of thousands of SUVs 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. The gasoline-powered vehicles are kept in what is, in effect, the world’s largest carport. The structure has open sides, but a roof above, painted to match the surrounding environment so as to avoid detection by U.S. satellites. The sly Slavs are doing this for two reasons: one, to lower the world’s petroleum inventory, thereby driving up the price of oil, and two, in an attempt to speed up the pace at which the planet warms.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Alaska Airlines Feeling The Heat

Alaska Airlines is the latest carrier to have its reputation crash and burn. First, reports surfaced that one of its pilots flew from California to Oregon—and back—all while allegedly drunk.  Then, on March 14th, one of its pilots filed a lawsuit against her co-pilot, accusing him of drugging and raping her during a “layover” in Minneapolis. One day later, Alaska Airlines confirmed to ABC news that the co-pilot had been grounded, but declined to comment further due to the “open and active investigation.”
Back in 1990, every member of a three-man Northwest Airlines crew was sentenced to prison for flying drunk from Fargo, North Dakota to Minneapolis. And, in April of 2016, an American Airlines pilot flunked two sobriety tests before 7 a.m. as he was about to take off from Detroit.
These recent events led me to plagiarize my own writing from a piece I composed immediately after the Northwest fiasco came to light, all those beers years ago. So, here, in the form of a Top 10 list,  are…

The 10 Things Most Frequently Heard In An Alaska Airlines cockpit:

#10) “We’re at 32,000 feet, but I’m flying even higher!”
  #9) “Crap, I’ve spilled my cocktail on the auto-pilot controls!”
  #8) “That damn stewardess charged us full price again for this round, Bob!”
  #7) “Hey, we’re running low on pull-tabs up here!”
  #6) “Look, there’s a moon over my Manhattan!”
  #5) “You take over, Ed, I’ve gotta go take another leak! Whoa, is the cockpit floor uneven?”
  #4) “Do we get 3.2 or strong up here?”
  #3) “Dammit, she knows I get three olives in my Martini! And what's with the #MeToo button?”
  #2) “Who put their cigarette out in my Budweiser?”

  And the most common thing heard in an Alaskan Airlines cockpit is…
  “Why don’t they have sick bags hanging over us?”

“Alaska Airlines: Our pilots like to be served, too”

(Alaska Airlines has historically been at or near the top of customer service rankings for commercial carriers serving the United States. This is only a spoof!)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

It's A Dog's Life On United Airlines

                United Airlines is on a roll. A bad roll to be sure, but a roll none-the-less. After literally dragging at least one person off a flight, inexplicably booting others from their flights, and experiencing numerous passenger-flight attendant run-ins, the company is once again beset by animal related problems the likes of which started all its troubles in the first place.
                Recently, a United Airlines attendant reportedly forced a woman to put her dog, enclosed in a proper crate, in the overhead compartment, despite the fact she had paid the $125 fee to have the pet on the plane with her. The dog died prior to arrival at their destination.
                Shortly thereafter, a family moving from Oregon to Kansas via the Friendly Skies discovered that their dog Irgo, who was being transported by kennel in the cargo hold of a separate plane, never arrived at the Wichita airport. In his place was a Great Dane. The two dogs had been mixed up, and ergo Irgo, a German Shepherd, was shipped to the Great Dane’s destination…Japan. Maybe United thought the Dane would be happier in flat, understated Kansas, while the German canine could be re-United with a fellow Axis power.
                By way of explanation, the airline told the woman that the two kennels looked similar. (But not the living beings inside them). That’s as may be, but most airplanes look similar, too, yet they typically arrive at the correct destination. According to the woman, prior to admitting the mistake, the airline showed her paperwork stating that they delivered the correct dog.
                To make matters worse, according to KCTV, United told the woman that because Irgo was sent on an international flight, he might have to be quarantined for up to two weeks before he could be flown back.
United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said, “We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened.”
United reported a total of 18 animal deaths in 2017, three times higher than the total number of deaths reported by the other three airlines that documented incidents involving animals. That fauna fatality figure included 12 dogs, three cats, two geckos, and a bird. Various causes of death were reported, including heat stroke and anxiety. One dog escaped from its confinement and was subsequently hit by a vehicle.
They say every dog has its day. But, just to be safe, don’t put yours on a United Airlines flight.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Media Madness

                The House Intelligence Committee closed its inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Monday, March 12th. While the committee did confirm the Russkies were attempting to sow chaos surrounding the election, it found that they weren’t specifically trying to help Trump, and that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
                Oddly enough, the three major television network news outlets, who seemingly have spent three to six minutes every night on the “Trump-Russian Collusion Scandal” since before the election itself, were loathe to report on this significant finding. Yes, the same networks that jointly spent hundreds of hours in animated indignation, speculation, excitement, mockery and virtue-signaling while reporting on the much-cherished “scandal” managed to carve out a total of 58 seconds of airtime to devote to the committee’s “not guilty” verdict.
                The CBS Evening News gave 31 seconds to the findings, carefully noting that it was Republicans who issued the report and that Democrats on the House panel are expected to put out their own report...with different findings. And that the Senate Intelligence Committee is also investigating Russian meddling. Oh, and that the special counsel, Robert Mueller is, too.
                ABC’s World News Tonight gave the development 27 seconds of precious airtime.
                NBC didn’t mention it at all. This is understandable, however, given the other pressing news items they had to squeeze into the broadcast. For example, they berated Trump’s school safety plan and solemnly noted the continuing turnover in the White House, high-lighted a Powerball lottery winner and the story surrounding her, and appeared utterly gob-smacked by billionaire Warren Buffet’s $1 million employee March Madness NCAA basketball bracket challenge.
                Had the findings been reversed, the three networks would’ve cancelled all other programming for the remainder of the month, and launched a revised schedule of 24-hour-a-day “Trump Did It” programming replete with expanded newscasts, “special reports,” documentaries, call-in shows, and probably a musical or two.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ten Years After: Progressive Dystopia

            In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that defined federal marriage as a union between one man and one woman.  
In 2008, Hillary Clinton opposed gay marriage. Today, she’s a huge fan of same-sex unions.

In 2008, Barack Hussein Obama opposed gay marriage as contrary to his own deeply held Muslim Christian beliefs. Today, he’s a staunch supporter, as well. Prior to 2008, Obama also believed in strengthening the U.S.’s border with Mexico. In fact, in 2006, he voted for a measure to create 700 miles of new fencing along the Mexican border. Today, he’s adamantly opposed to such restrictive, mean-spirited, xenophobic measures.
Ten years ago, there was still some debate about global warming/climate change. Today, if one doesn’t parrot Al Gore he or she is labeled a “Denier.” It won’t be long before these troublemakers are literally labeled with a scarlet letter “D,” perhaps tattooed onto their cheeks and/or foreheads.
Ten years ago, if a small group of people claimed that every human being is whatever sex they’d like to identify as, and should be able to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender identity, they would’ve been considered radical and pushy at best. Most folks would’ve considered them comically unreasonable. Today, social media platforms recognize dozens and dozens of possible genders, and the “backward” states and municipalities that cling to the quaint, if reactionary, notion of two distinct sexes are denied federal monies and are refused consideration to host major revenue-generating events such as a Super Bowl or NCAA basketball Final Four.
Already, the “rights” of the trans-specied and polyamorous, among others, are being discussed in certain progressive circles. Progressives are never satisfied. They never quit. They never rest. They never cease pushing and prodding, shaming and lecturing, berating, lying, euphemizing, euthanizing. 
And all this is done with the unquestioning, unwavering, whole-hearted support of the mainstream media. No other industry in American history has ever abandoned its mission and stated principles as the Fourth Estate has done in recent years. Their laziness, casual slander, and use of obfuscation and prevarication, have reached new and truly dangerous levels during President Trump’s short time in office.
On May 9th, 2012, ABC actually broke into its daytime television lineup to announce that then President Obama had changed his mind and declared his unconditional personal support for gay marriage. Obama told ABC news, “I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue.” In one fell swoop, Barry pandered to his hip, leftist base…and got in a plug for evolution! (Though I was always taught evolution was an extremely slow, gradual process, not one to significantly change things in four or five years).
Does a network have to break into “regularly scheduled programming” to bring its viewers this “news?” Is it really akin to “Planes Hit World Trade Center,” or “Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor?”
The dogma of equality of result, combined with that of equivocation and the primacy of secularism, dictates that there must always be another grievance, another victimized group until the majority becomes the minority and/or society collapses. The, “A man is a woman is a horse is a wood-tick is an amoeba” doctrine is an illogical fallacy. As are the ideas that all conceivable marriage and family structures are equal, and that all societies and religions are equal at any given point in history.
Recognizing the truth can sometimes be inconvenient. For instance, Al Gore probably wouldn’t like me to call attention to his 2006 quote, as reported by the Washington Post, stating that he “believes humanity may have only 10 years left to save the planet from turning into a total frying pan.”
We’re not sizzling yet, Al. In fact, many of us just came through a colder than normal winter. And, 10 years after 2006 would’ve been 2016. The year Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. Maybe the planet can yet be saved.
But only if regular Joes and Josies: 1) stop allowing radical “progressives” to sexually, morally, and politically harass them with impunity, and 2) refuse to let leftists take away their rights of free speech and self-protection.
Given the astounding rate of cultural change in the West, we may have only 10 years left to save the planet from plunging into eternal chaos and darkness.
Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
'Til there are no rich no more?

(Ten Years After; 1971)