Friday, October 31, 2014

Total Eclipse of the Sun?


                Human caused global warming is one of the biggest threats of our time, correct? After all, we are responsible for the industry that sends all those greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, right? And we engineered the cow, with their horrible greenhouse gas expanding flatulence!

                Well, let’s see. What countries are currently thought to be the biggest contributors to global warming, greenhouse gas emissions/climate change? China and the U.S.

                What was the high temperature in the capitols of these two nations on October 25th, 2014? In Beijing (City) it was 74 degrees. Pleasant. Coincidentally, in Washington, D.C. it was also 74 degrees. Very pleasant. If you went back 10 years, you’d  find reasonably similar temperatures in both cities for this date. Or if you went back 50 years. Or one hundred. Or two hundred. This despite the fact that we’ve put millions upon millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere since then. Sure, the high might have been 80 one year and 50 another in either or both of these cities, but that’s about the range of their temperature “extremes.”

                I ask you, what would be the  temperature in these two cities now- and everywhere else on planet earth- if there was no sun?

                Only in our own benighted minds does man’s “power”  eclipse  the sun.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Way We Were


                Whilst cleaning out some  file folders recently, I came upon an old article written by syndicated columnist George F. Will of the Washington Post. The piece, typically excellent, is titled “Innocence Lost” and was written a number of years ago. Scanning the column, a paean to 1950’s America, it became clear that it was in part a book review, that book being “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson. It is, apparently (I have not read the book), an account of the author’s youth in Des Moines, Iowa.

                According to Will, Bryson had some startling facts in his book, as well. To wit: in the early 1950’s America controlled two-thirds of the world’s productive capacity, owned 80% of the world’s electrical goods, produced 60% of its oil and 66% of its steel. Americans made almost all of what they consumed: 99.93 percent of new cars sold in the U.S. in 1954 were domestic brands. By the end of the 50’s, GM was a larger economic entity than Belgium and Los Angeles had more cars than did Asia! (The 1958 Lincoln Continental was 19 feet long). Yet “There was, too, a wonderful simplicity of desire. It was the last time that people would be thrilled to own a toaster or waffle iron.”

                Ballpoint pens and long-playing record albums hadn’t yet been invented. Words and phrases still commonly in use then included: icebox, dime store, bobby socks, panty raid, and canasta (a card game).

                Today, nearly everything you can do to- or put into- your body has at one time or another been considered bad or dangerous. Back then?  In Las Vegas, downwind from some atomic weapons tests,  government technicians used Geiger counters to measure fallout: “People lined up to see how radioactive they were. It was all part of the fun. What a joy it was to be indestructible.”

                Yet, as Bryson noted dryly, people knew- without a warning label- “that bleach was not a refreshing drink.”

                Nothing has changed more for the worse since the 50’s than childhood. The lives of children were, Bryson remembers, “unsupervised, unregulated and robustly physical. Kids were always outdoors- I knew kids who were pushed out the door at eight in the morning and not allowed back in until five unless they were on fire or actively bleeding.”

                Today, parents- or likely parent- want to protect their  kid(s) from all physical harm- if they didn’t abort them. They’ll put them in a helmet before placing them on a tricycle. Yet mental or spiritual harm isn’t a concern. ‘Outside’ is scary and unregulated in their view (though they may profess to love nature). Many kids today spend a large percentage of their time in malls. Just chillin’. Hangin’ out and coveting the newest shoes. And of course on the internet, playing video games and watching television. What could possibly go wrong?

                There are distinct reasons for the American decline. It isn’t just the emergence of the third world, a broader sharing and usage of resources or demographic changes. Most of it is self-inflicted. As in the Carter days, we are now questioning our own worth and capabilities. It is worse than that, however. We have leadership that doesn’t want to lead, and despite all historical evidence to the contrary, believes America is nothing special. In fact, wants to see us “taken down a peg”. Incredible.

                Yet we can come back from this new abyss, as Reagan proved after Carter. It can again be “Morning in America” for us, and indeed the world. It is a question of will and character, one that will be answered- one way or the other- by the American people.

                There is a reason why we don’t let our kids play outside anymore. There is a reason why we haven’t been back to the moon and the space shuttle program is no more. There is a reason why our power and influence is waning, not waxing. And with that waning of American power we see a more belligerent Russia and a more aggressive China filling the void.


                What a joy it was to be indestructible.

               

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Natural Law Repealed?!


                The socialists/progressives that are increasingly in control of the united States summarily dismiss God. The Ten commandments? Out. School prayer? Out. “Under God” out- if the Pledge of Allegiance is even said at all anymore. Christian symbols of any type in the public square? See ya’! Christmas tree? No. “Holiday Tree.” Merry Christmas? No, we say “Happy Holidays” in enlightened society.

                Marriage should be between two people whom God made capable of reproducing the species by blessing them with perfectly complimentary parts? Laughable. Born male or female and don’t like it? No problem, we can make you whatever sex gender (of the Heinz 57 or so varieties currently listed on Face-book, etc.) you prefer at the moment.

                We can do this because we want to take the place of the God we dismiss as inflexible, sexist and ‘old school’. We are progressive. We know better. We know what is best for everyone.

 The United States was uniquely founded on the recognition of “nature and nature’s God.” Natural Law. Natural Law has done more for the advancement of mankind’s freedom than any and all other concepts put together.

                 And now, progressives want to repeal this sacred and most transcendent of all Laws.

They can mock or imprison us. They can audit us and call us names (“Tea-baggers” comes to mind for some reason), they can stop us from speaking to the people, but it is not in their power to repeal this  Law.

                Claiming to have  God-like powers doesn’t make you God.

                Maybe you should  try “banning” climate change first.

        

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Raptor Rapture?


                                                               Bad Wind Rising

                Wind farms are killing thousands upon thousands of birds each year in the U.S., but the Obama administration is covering up that inconvenient truth. The administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind farm for killing eagles or other protected bird species, and has actually shielded the industry from liability  by helping keep the scope of the deaths secret, an Associated Press investigation found back in 2013. More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country’s wind farms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to an estimate published in March, 2013 in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society Bulletin. Each of these deaths is a federal crime, a charge that the Obama  administration has used to prosecute oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits, and power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines. Yet no wind energy company has been prosecuted, even those that repeatedly flout the law.

                Moreover, when companies have voluntarily reported the bird deaths, the Obama administration has, in many cases, refused to make the information public. Nearly all the birds being killed are protected under federal environmental laws, which prosecutors have used to generate tens of millions of dollars in fines and settlements from businesses, including oil and gas companies, over the past five years.

                Big business? Bad. Big oil?  Very bad. (Those rascally Republicans and Halliburton)!

                Big wind? Good! (Unless it doesn't blow).

                We are closing oil refineries and not building any new nuclear power plants. We are dramatically increasing the average gas-mileage requirements for our domestic auto-makers. We are ignoring our vast coal deposits and submissively letting ourselves be subject to arbitrary “United Nations” greenhouse gas emission standards, while blithely letting the Soviets- excuse me, Russia- Venezuela and other hostile nations drill for oil not far off our coasts.

               

                But let’s go ahead and throw up as many of these massive bird-dicers as we can, as fast as we can!  (At up to thirty stories tall, and in clusters of dozens to hundreds, they are damn attractive on the landscape, too. No “sight pollution” here! It is a bit ironic though, that their massive rotors are made in part out of petroleum-based material). The Obama administration, at the urging of the wind-energy industry, has proposed a rule that would allow companies to apply for 30-year permits to kill a set number of bald or golden eagles. Good thing we had the moral fortitude to ban that evil DDT years ago!

                It seems fitting, though. Decapitating America’s image and its symbols seems to be a specialty of this administration.

                And that… blows.

                                                          

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Just Chill, Baby!


                Oh-Oh.

                “Former space shuttle engineer, NASA consultant, and climatologist John L. Casey is warning that a radical shift in global climate is underway, and that Al Gore and other environmentalists have it wrong.”

               That statement is from an article by Clayton B. Reid in the October edition of Newsmax magazine.  The earth, Casey says, is cooling, and cooling fast. And unless the scientific community and political leaders act soon, cold, dark days are ahead. In his new book “Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell”, Casey warns that the earth is rapidly growing colder due to diminished solar activity. In fact, “Dark Winter” posits that a 30-year period of cold has already begun. Frigid temperatures, and food shortages that inevitably result, could lead to riots and chaos in the near future.

                Casey states, “All you have to do is trust natural cycles, and follow the facts; and that leads you to the inevitable conclusion that the sun controls the climate, and that a new cold era has begun.” For over a decade now, he claims, the planet’s oceans have been cooling. And since 2007, the atmospheric temperature has been cooling as well. “The data is pretty solid,” Casey says. “If you look at the 100-year global temperature chart, you look at the steep drop off we’ve had since 2007, it’s the steepest drop in global temperatures in the last hundred years.”

                Casey believes that the real driver of global climate is solar activity, namely sunspots. He says they correspond to shifts in global temperature with a greater than 90% accuracy. Several Russian scientists and astrophysicists also agree with this view  that the earth is cooling; and at least one argues that a new mini ice age has begun.

                Casey says that climate-change theorists have  simply wedded themselves to the wrong theory, namely, that global temperatures respond in a significant way to the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. “There are two fundamental flaws with that,” Casey says. “No. 1, the greenhouse-gas theory, and the global climate models that they produced, never permitted a pause. As long as CO2 levels were going up, the only thing that could happen was global temperatures could go up. That has not happened. No. 2, there could be absolutely no cooling, much less a pause. And yet we’ve been cooling for years now.”

                Of course, if “Dark Winter” is right, that means the nation is busily preparing for the wrong calamity.

                So far, according to the article, “all of Casey’s predictions have come true.”

                This is history’s biggest opportunity cost. We will soon be paying billions of dollars to lessen’ the affects of ‘global warming’. Moreover, we will impoverish ourselves, or at the very least drastically degrade the quality of our lives by not utilizing the vast quantities of coal, oil, gas etc. available to us. Therefore there will be fewer jobs available for people- and much higher energy bills. Transportation costs will soar needlessly, and consequently the cost of virtually all goods sold will as well, becoming a huge drag on the economy. Some folks will have to cut back on buying goods they otherwise could have afforded, some will cut back on or eliminate savings. Some will go deeper into debt. There will be less money available, then, for loans and investment, etc.

                Over and above all of this, it is likely that not only was all of this privation unnecessary, but that it will have actually worsened the crisis we do face. There is a word for this lose-lose-lose proposition.

               

                Chilling.

               

Friday, October 24, 2014

Next on Progressive's Agendas: Inter-Species Marriage


                          

February 14th, 2024

Honolulu-

                Hawaii has become the first state to approve Inter-Species Marriage. The decision to yet again redefine marriage in Hawaii will take effect immediately. This comes after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that the current law defining “marriage” as between one human male and one human female is archaic and discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional.

                Polls show a majority of public opinion now in favor of the change. The new policy paves the way for Inter-Species couples from around the country to flock to Hawaii. Inter-Species Marriage advocates  are saying that Hawaii will serve as a vivid, positive example to other states that legalizing Inter-Species Marriage (ISM) is workable, humane- and the right thing to do. They say it will not present any challenge to traditional family life.

                “Society is progressing and evolving” said one ISM activist. “Inclusiveness and tolerance are the keys to a healthy community. It is high time that we legally recognize differently-specied couples.”

                Canada may also be moving to unshackle their ISM community. A three- member panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously declared the current Federal definition of marriage- as a union between one man and one woman- “woefully inadequate for our times.” It ruled that under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Canada’s version of the Bill of Rights) “the existing common-law definition of ‘marriage’  violates  couples equality rights on the basis of sexual orientation. In doing so, it offends the dignity of persons/animals in Inter-Species relationships”.

                ISM supporters rallied in Washington earlier today. One stated for the record, “Look, we sprang from the monkey’s womb, evolutionarily-speaking. We owe them, our predecessors this at least.  Are we who climbed the ladder to the top now going to yank it away from those below? Does anyone really want to prevent an intelligent, caring, family-oriented being like a chimpanzee, who we share 99.5%  of our DNA with- more than I do with my in-laws it appears, lol- from enjoying a protected, loving, sanctioned relationship with, say,  an Ivy-League professor or an NPR host?

                What a beastly reality that would be.”

                Some in the Democratic Caucus are proposing legislation that would give special protection & benefits to those involved in homosexual Inter-Species relationships.

                A few conservatives questioned the exigency of the proposed legislation and were met with reasoned shouts such as “you hypocritical, ignorant, intolerant bastards…a pox on all your houses!”

               


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Notes on a Culture


                With some studies suggesting that almost 50% of Junior High School kids are engaging in some kind of sex, it seems time to pause and reflect.

                I have read two articles in particular lately that solidify that conclusion. One was titled “She’s proud of her three moms.” Most of us are familiar with the controversial school book (for pre-teens) “Heather Has Two Mommies.” But this article chronicles the experience of a teenage girl (who wrote the article- and did it very well I might add) whose biological mother (Susan) and father (name never given- just ‘dad’) got divorced when she was 2. Shortly after that, she states, her mother showed up with another woman, “Kimmie.” At six years of age, her dad (much slower on the rebound then mom, apparently) got married to a woman named “Chrissy.” So she has four- count them, four- parents now…a dad and three mothers. (Talk about a “Full House”; even in poker terms she only needs one more dad to qualify).  “She claims they all get along and that she loves them all, yet they have “four different personalities offering me four different opinions on every matter of my life.”

                That can’t be easy- or optimal. She states that her biological mother and her dad’s second wife often give her “completely opposite advice”, yet she remains “loyal to each of them, making sure they all feel equally loved and needed, and that their advice is equally appreciated.”

                The second article was even more disturbing. Titled “Horrors on video lure teen viewers”, it   chronicled the allure brutal “snuff” videos apparently have on many of today’s youth. This article was recently in a Twin Cities newspaper.

                In Waseca, Minnesota, a 17 year old boy’s parents say their son told them recently how he repeatedly watched graphic videos (beheadings and dismemberments and the like) as he also consumed himself with making secret, unfulfilled plans to kill his family and set off bombs at the local school. He told his parents that he had become obsessed with the videos and started to like them, his father said. His parents said they want other parents to be aware of what their children might be watching on smart-phones and laptops.

                The article continued: “Fifteen miles from Waseca, in the town of Owatonna, tattooed young men ran their painted skateboards over ramps and pipes at a skate park one recent evening. Most said they’d seen a video of an execution, brutal fight or bad accident.

                “It’s, like, what kids get a kick out of nowadays,” said one skater in a white T-shirt and baseball cap, who didn’t want to give his name. “It’s worse than it should be but you can’t stop it,” said another.

                The videos are often shared on social media and shown in the back of a classroom on somebody’s phone they said. One student watched a few of the videos- one of an execution shooting, another of a group of boys murdering another boy with a hammer. Other kids egged classmates to watch. “They kind of, like…showed it to everyone,” he said. “They said, hey, check this out, it’s gross.”

                Several students said they watched only a few of these videos and that was enough to sear their memories. “You can’t erase ‘em,” one said.

                What we choose to watch onscreen says a lot about a society and where it might be headed.

                We’ve gone from “Leave it to Beaver” to “Hand Me the Cleaver.” From “Bewitched” to “Beheaded” and from “My Three Sons” to “My Three Mommies.” From “Father Knows Best” to “Father (transsexual) Shows Breast.” If "he's" around at all.
               Forget the full house.  Maybe he could become a fourth mommie.

 

                That’s “progress” for you.

               

               

               

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Revelation: Israel is David, Not Goliath


                                           Revelation: Israel is David, Not Goliath

                Anti-Semitism has reared its ugly head again recently. It is on the rise and nearly unchecked around the world. Incredibly, after the holocaust, Jew-hating is becoming a bloodsport once again. The august body of the United Nations is partly responsible, but, as usual, it is Islamic extremism that is at the forefront of the hatred. Many leftist intellectuals (I believe that is an oxymoron) heap hate upon Israel as well…even while claiming to be against hate speech and for the broadest tolerance of diversity of opinion, religion, sexual orientation and things not yet imagined.

                This tiniest of nations is an unparalleled success on nearly every imaginable front, and this drives Islamists and others of her detractors crazy. Especially because it was largely a non-descript, unproductive swamp under the Ottomans, Jordanians and Egyptians.

                Recently, many cities in Europe have experienced anti-Israel demonstrations that included such signs as “Kill The Jews” and “Hitler Was Right.”

                Even in the United Kingdom, more than half the population say Israel is the number one threat to world peace! (Apparently, the Brits didn’t liberate any concentration camps). Europe will soon be politically and culturally dominated by Muslims, as there doesn’t appear to be any entity strong enough- or with the will- to stop them. Was one holocaust with 6 million Jews killed not enough?

                Israel is in existential danger. Mortal peril. She has one true friend in the world and that friend has just exited…stage left, and  decided that maybe it won’t be so bad if Iran gets the nuclear bomb after all.

                How could this possibly have happened? Israel the number one threat to world peace?! I thought all the world- and especially the leftists- loved an underdog. What country has Israel tried to take over? Do they have designs on Japan…France? They don’t even keep the territory of nearby terrorist states that try to destroy them… after they defeat them!

                Israel is an isolated “iota” of a nation. A true oasis. A tiny isle  surrounded by a vast desert sea of hate and depravity, and the only democracy in the Middle East. It is virtually the same size as the state of New Jersey.

                Biblically, historically, morally, logically, strategically…we need to help the David that is Israel in her struggle against  Goliath.

               

               

                            

Monday, October 20, 2014

Recreating Reproduction


                Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. This from a recent Associated Press article.

                Shelley Correll, a sociology professor and director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University stated “It potentially addresses the conflicts between the biological clock and the clockwork of women’s careers: The time that’s most important in work, for getting your career established, often coincides with normal fertility time for women. This can potentially help resolve that by pushing women’s fertility into the future.”

                Good to know we’ve got our priorities straight.

                Some  experts claim other companies will follow suit “because it’s the right thing to do. It’s telling women they have the ‘opportunity’ to put off child bearing and focus on their careers.” (And) not  make decisions based on certain reproductive limits women have. Apple’s and Facebook’s reproductive benefits policies also  appeal to gay and lesbian couples who want to use a surrogate or a sperm donor to have a baby.

                This is certainly a brave new world we are entering. Insurance and health care are evolving quickly. We may not be able to get health insurance through our employers anymore, but if we do it damn sure better cover the cost of our contraception to prevent us from having a baby now! And it also better cover the cost of any and all  procedures necessary to see that we can have a baby sometime in the future! This used to be a matter of private- not public- policy.

                I, for one, can’t wait to see how we  expand- or perhaps eliminate- our erstwhile “reproductive limits”! Think of the possibilities! Maybe we can recreate our reproductive limits to better suit our modern era. We could, perhaps, get pregnant at a much earlier age and also at much older ages than currently possible. And, of course, we already have eliminated the  anachronistic, archaic- and frankly sexist- burden of needing two different sexes to come in contact with one another in order to start a family.

                But let’s not put all our eggs in one basket! Let’s think outside of the box. What if we could extend our “reproductive limits” all the way to include other species? Forget “One World Government”. Hell, perhaps one day we could get most of the creatures on Earth to be one big family…literally!

               On the other hand, of course, there must be “birth panels” as there are “death panels”. We should restrict these infertility treatments, etc., to people we know deserve it. Folks we don’t think should have offspring should not be offered this coverage!

                Many of us don’t believe in God anymore, but we sure love playing Him on t.v.! What could possibly go wrong?

 

                Okay, I got a little carried away, I know, but as quickly as technology is changing, our code of ethics is changing faster. And as these two facts combine…  we will have given birth to a very unpredictable  future.

                So for now, I will just imagine a parent a few years hence, a beneficiary of Facebook’s and Apple’s new reproductive insurance coverage. Sitting at the kitchen table with their son or daughter and relating their heritage, beatific smile on their face saying “Your sperm donor would be so proud. You were the Apple of my I-Pod honey! You were on facebook when you were just a non-viable tissue mass. Just kidding, you were the cutest little zygote, dear!”

                #itsallaboutme

              

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola and Excalibur


                Excalibur, a dog belonging to an Ebola-infected Spanish nurse, was euthanized  this past October the 8th.  This was done as a preventative measure as studies have shown that dogs can become infected with the disease.

                There is a growing world-wide furor over the potential for spreading this deadly disease, yet this pales in reaction to the furor over the dog being sacrificed. Protesters and animal rights activists surrounded the Madrid home of the nurse and her husband.

                The dog’s plight started an online frenzy. Incredibly, more than 350,000 people signed the petition to save Excalibur’s life.

                At the time, 150,000 people had signed a petition calling on the Food and Drug Administration to fast-track research on potential vaccines and treatments for Ebola. And nowhere have I read about concern for the nurse or her other family members. Strangely, there were no ‘human rights’ activists protesting around her house.

                I love dogs, I truly do. It would be hard for any decent person to have their beloved pet put down.

                Excalibur was, however, 12 years old; that’s roughly 84 in dog years. (Under Obamacare he’d have been subject to ‘death panels’. No money would’ve been spent on procedures to save him  this late in life were he a human).

                Our ability to think clearly and logically and to prioritize properly has been impaired. Our moral compass is not on ‘true north’ anymore. It would probably prove impossible to get 350,000 signatures on a petition to praise George Washington. It might be there aren’t 350,000 souls that know he was the first President of the United States.

                Poor Excalibur.

                 It is the left’s ‘value-system’ that should be euthanized.

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Freedom? Cri-me-a River


                Russian President (for life?) Vladimir Putin has annexed Crimea, threatened and bullied Ukraine and is promising to build a bigger military presence in and around former Soviet “States”. He has done all this by insuring there was no internal debate about any of these moves. No downsides discussed, no pros and cons debated. It’s good to be king. This is what happens when you smash political opposition and suppress independent media. (Sounds like another current, powerful world leader’s wish list). The Federation Council voted 90-0 a couple of months ago to authorize deployment of Russian troops to Ukraine. Ninety to zero! Of course, this was after Russian troops were actually deployed to Ukraine. (The Supreme Soviet usually had one or two fake dissenting votes just so it might appear to the most na├»ve that there was debate or dissent going on in that august body). Public protests without government approval have been banned. Dissenting voices have been silenced, charges of defamation or treason thrown at them. Arrests and beatings have occurred. My God, it’s like they questioned Global Warming/Climate Change or something!

                These government crackdowns are taking place all over the world. Protesters for liberty are being harassed and threatened. Hong Kong is the latest of a long string of these. Whether it’s China, Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Cuba, etc., people want freedom and independence. Where has the United States been? Sadly, our government has been more concerned with oppressing and stifling liberty and its supporters in this country than defending them in others. The IRS scandal, “tea-baggers” being mocked and vilified, the president actually calling out a particular major news outlet he abhors, center-right speakers continually being banned from speaking at (supposedly) open-minded, liberal, diversity-loving, tolerant educational institutes of higher learning. This is unprecedented and unbearably tragic.

                Putin just wants to accrue all power and money to himself. Sadly, he is almost certain to be “re-elected” in 2018, in part due to “constitutional” changes he engineered. Some in Russia like that he is making Russia strong again. Like most people- and governments- around the world, the only thing he respects is strength. Putin has portrayed himself as “a leader with no alternative.” Even those who hate him admit that there is no one else.

                That is sad and speaks of a defeated people. A people who certainly aren’t capable of bringing back democracy on their own.

                Yet, there is a potential alternative.

                If the people of the United States, themselves faced with a Presidential election in 2016, select as President a person who truly believes in liberty- as the Founders did-  and is committed to projecting that belief with strength and will- as President Reagan did- then there may be hope yet for all of us.

               

               

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Declaration- If Conceived Today


                                                     The Declaration of Dependence

               We hold these truths (or whatever) to be self-evident, that all living creatures are created  and shall remain equal, that they are endowed by Gaia (Trans*Female, Gender Questioning) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Abortion, Welfare and free Contraceptives for life.-That to secure these rights, Big Governments are instituted among all Creatures, deriving their just powers from the consent of the coastal elites. –That whenever any Form of Big Government becomes destructive of these ends (like, we’re so sure, lol), it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new and even more intrusive Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its (vast) powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to give them stuff while punishing “the rich”.

                And for the  support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on  humanism and paganism to protect us from religious extremists, we mutually pledge to each other our belief in Climate Change and Social Engineering.

                             Nancy Pelosi                                                      Harry Reid
                             Sherrod Brown                                                   Elizabeth Warren
                             Charles Schumer                                                John D. Rockefeller IV
                             Mark Udall                                                         Tom Udall
                             Ron Wyden                                                        Robert Menendez
                             Tom Harkin                                                        Dianne Feinstein
                             Barbara Mikulski                                               Richard Durbin
                             Amy Klobuchar                                                  Patrick Leahy 
                             Barbara Boxer                                                   Al Franken    
                             Barack Hussein Obama                                    Al Gore
                             Michelle Obama                                               Hilary Clinton
                                                                                                                                            
                             Mike Wallace                                                    Keith Olberman 
                             Andrew Cuomo                                                  Lincoln Chaffee
                             Jerry Brown                                                        Terry McAuliffe
                           
                  
                            Maxine Waters                                                   Corrine Brown
                            Alcee Hastings                                                    Daniel Lipinski
                            Debbie Wasserman Schultz                                John Sarbanes
                            Elijah Cummings                                                 Joseph P. Kennedy III
                            John Dingell                                                        John Conyers, Jr.
                            Sheila Jackson Lee                                              Betty McCollum

                            Keith Ellison                                                        Charles B. Rangel
                               

                          

                            

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Columbus Day?- Part II


                Well prior to the Revolutionary War, many people felt that America should actually have been named Columbia after its discoverer, Christopher Columbus. In fact various Colonial poets used this term for her throughout the war. The word was first used by Phillis Wheatley, an African-American slave poetess in Massachusetts, in a poem honoring George Washington! Ironic, no? I wonder if she knew she was insulting Native Americans as she was honoring Columbus and the Father of Our Country?

                There is currently, of course, a massive politically-correct push to slander Columbus into shame and obscurity. He was responsible, the p.c. crowd crows, for the disenfranchisement of the Indians, their subsequent high rate of alcoholism, the rape of the land, etc.

                He was, somehow, not subsequently responsible for the massive gaming casinos across the country bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars into many Indian families, their status in many cases as a “sovereign” nation, and consequently not having to abide by our game and fish laws, etc.                 Nor their physical protection by the U.S. armed forces despite their “Sovereign Nation” status.

                 In 1784 King’s College in New York City was renamed Columbia College (since updated to Columbia University). This must be a bit of a puzzler to the p.c. crowd. Columbia is bad, as a tribute to Columbus, but we don’t want to endorse a monarchy either. Perhaps a good name for this particular institution of higher learning would be the “Non-Monarchical, Indigenous Peoples University” or NIPU.

                There must be sweeping changes. Our sensitivity level must be ratcheted up to historic highs. No more can we excuse the indignities of the past. All the statues, streets, towns, rivers, public buildings, etc., currently named Columbia or Columbus shall be subject to an immediate name change.

                The Columbia River must be renamed. All the towns and cities in the U.S. currently called “Columbia” (South Carolina, Missouri, et. al.) must be renamed. The dome of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., is topped by a statue of “Columbia”, the long-time literary representation of the United States of America. This statue should be removed immediately, painted red, black, yellow and brown,  rendered transgender, and given a tat and a tongue piercing.  It could then be placed in Hollywood, perhaps atop the old “Columbia Pictures” (now known as “Columbia Tristar”) building.

                CBS, the Columbia Broadcasting System, must be recast as the “Indigenous Peoples Broadcasting System”, or IPBS.

                Columbus, Ohio should be forced to immediately relinquish its name and henceforth be referred to as “Indigenous Peoples”, Ohio, or have the Blue Jackets forfeit every game this season.

                And then there is the matter of the great grey elephant (I don’t mean Republican) in the room. The U.S. capital city itself will obviously have to be renamed. Henceforth, lawmaking will be done in Washington, District of Indigenous Peoples…or Washington, D.I.P.

               

Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day?- Part I


                Some large U.S. cities are dispensing with “Columbus Day” celebrations and instituting  "Indigenous People’s Day” festivals in their place. Many government offices will be closed for the replacement holiday, parking meters won’t be enforced, mail not delivered, etc., in keeping with past observances of “Columbus Day”.

                Advocates of the change say it’s not just symbolic and is far more than a simple name change. They say it’s a big step for communities that have been pushing back against negative stereotypes and traditions for decades.

                I’m not sure how Columbus could be responsible for creating negative stereotypes of Native Americans, since he never set foot on “American”- or North American-  soil. He wasn’t even searching for America, as no one at the time even suspected the existence of  “America”. He was simply looking for a short sea route to the Indies. (He wasn’t trying to prove the world was round. He already knew that). Hence the term “Indians”.

                Yet the president of the Native American Community Development Institute stated that “It’s a validation and a correction of a historical wrong that has perpetuated a negative image of American Indian people, by celebrating somebody that has really been nothing but bad for  American Indian people and indigenous people across this continent.”

                Really?  Someone was going to discover “America” ( the land mass; the Founders actually created modern day  America, or the country now known as the United States of America, via the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights). The English, certainly, if Spain hadn’t. The Italians? The Chinese coming from the other way, perhaps? They invented gunpowder and were the first to use compasses, etc., and completed the Great Wall centuries before Columbus was born. Someone or some country or culture or people have “discovered” every place on Earth. Who do all the other peoples of the world “blame” for finding them?

                And wait a minute. Didn’t our “indigenous” folk come across a land bridge from Asia to get here? Hmmm. I bet bison and other native animals were pretty pissed-off about that!

                But if we want to blame white Europeans for discovering and occupying America, and most minorities (soon to be majorities) apparently do, why Columbus? I thought most modern day historians consider it  a virtual certainty that  Leif Erickson and his Viking hoards discovered America first and that they actually trod its soil.

                Columbus endured real poverty as a young man. He was pleasant, but dignified in manner. He had a mystic belief that God intended him to make great discoveries in order to spread Christianity. He was possessed of great moral and physical courage. He navigated by dead-reckoning, yet was one of the greatest seaman in history.

                In 1492 most people in the Old World had little hope for the future. Less than thirty years later a great renewal of human spirit had commenced. Columbus not only discovered the “New World”, for all that has meant to history and the promulgation of human freedom, his success encouraged other explorers and opened new windows to science and general knowledge. He had great tenacity, but one  idea, and that a radical one. As such he was regarded as a bore by many and hated by some. He shouldn’t be now.

                Columbus thought that Japan was about where the Virgin Islands are located. This was because he underestimated the size of the  globe and the width of the Atlantic Ocean.

                We should not underestimate the importance of his legacy.

               To few men in modern history does the world as we know it owe so great a debt as to Christopher Columbus.

            

                It is up to us to discover that truth.

 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Democratic Bill of Rights


*Amendment I- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of non-religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech of those in government or Hollywood, or of the press, except Fox News; or the right of (approved groups) of the people  peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

*Amendment II- A very well regulated militia, being necessary to help feed and immunize underprivileged peoples around the world and showcase the potential of a truly diverse social organization free of bias against sexual orientation, gender identity and religious  affiliation, the right of the people to keep and bear their arms- and legs- shall not be infringed.

*Amendment III- No Conservative shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

*Amendment IV- The rights of some of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, unless the Government thinks it best for the greater good, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized, unless the IRS- or other Government Agency- deems it necessary to protect said Agency from the people.

*Amendment V- No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime against a conservative, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger and even then not if they are Islamic extremists; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without the due process of law unless we don’t like your kind; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation, except in cases where we want to.

*Amendment VI- In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence, unless a conservative (or a member of a conservative-leaning group), especially a Tea-Bagger- or Rick Perry.

*Amendment VII- In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law… unless Al Franken or Nancy Pelosi say  otherwise.

*Amendment VIII- Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted… except on the Koch brothers, Mark Steyn and Michael Savage.

*Amendment IX- The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the Congress, President and Judiciary; nor of Big Media, Big Academia, Big Labor, Hollywood, etc.

*Amendment X- The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, should have been! Therefore, the duty of abject obedience (to Federal Power) is reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
(The actual first ten Amendments to the Constitution of the United States- known as 'the Bill of Rights'- were ratified on December 15th, 1791. I'm guessing  Democrats would like to see this, their dream- version of the Bill of Rights, enacted around December 15, 2016. The current version of the Bill of Rights was ratified by those such as Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, etc. The replacement edition would be either accomplished by Executive Fiat or Judicial Decree...or 'ratified' by the August modern-day body that includes such political luminaries as Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer).
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And a Bonus Amendment, the 11th!:

*Amendment XI- The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State, unless directed to be so construed by President Obama or the United Nations, in order to promote “One World Government."