June 05, 2006
"Global Warming" Revisited
I recently did a post on the myth of global warming, in which I opined that the entire issue is a piece of nonsense that liberals have used to engender a goodly quantity of "political hay", such as Robert Kennedy, Jr's assertion that Katrina was Dubya's fault, because he didn't go along with the Kyoto BS and resultantly, Hurricane Katrina did its number on the Gulf Coast. The wingnut journalist, a Kennedy, hmmmm, actually bade us look to "the science" as proof that the hurricane was all Bush's fault.
One of the commenters to the post, a liberal thinker, gave me the usual politically inspired argument and I answered with a link to one of the many websites debunking the myth and I haven't heard from him since, though I would appreciate his input after reading at that site.
However, he hasn't been back, and since then a blogger for whom I have a ton of respect has done a post on the issue that links to some profoundly definitive websites.
May 12, 2006
Just to be completely straightforward, those who have read this blog for more than six months know that while I am now a resident of North Carolina, I moved here from San Francisco. In the City On The Bay, unless you are completely devoid of any social life and have all your meals delivered to you in a house or apartment you never leave, you know and/or do business, personally, with gay people. You get to know them, become friends with some of them, male and female.... But being a "straight", you don't become involved in their "lifestyle". Fine, there are some really great people in the gay community, they simply possess different, er, "lifestyle" preferences.
I parenthisize "lifestyle" because it is a purely PC term, which, like the word "gay", has been transmuted in the English vocabulary from its original meaning to something else. If you tell someone today that you're "happy and gay", for example....
Being immersed as I am in conservative forums, I subscribe, both free and otherwise, to scores of email-distributed publications, alerts and bulletins. Most of them are right on point while others, sadly to say, tend to venture even more to the right than this neocon has the extremist bus fare to travel.
That is, they attack firms like airlines and automobile manufacturers that advertise in gay newspapers and magazines. WTF!!!??? That's simply marketing, gay Americans are still Americans, and they're a market. In fact, they are a significant market.
In that respect, the moralists ought to leave gays and those who market to them alone. Basically, it's none of their business. People have been doing things behind closed doors for centuries. To interfere in such matters would be "un-American".
However, that's their "thing", right? As long as they keep it in their community, no problem.
Unfortunately, the liberals who control our educational system don't all see it that way, as far as they're concerned all children should grow up with an intimate knowledge of the world of homosexuality.
"Fine," I'd say, "let 'm do what thay think they've gotta do,,,,"
Except that what they feel they've "gotta" do both may be and is contrary to the wills of parents who believe that the taxes they pay for their childrens' education should ensure that their offspring learn "The Three Rs", as it were, not be force fed the details of an "alternative lifestyle" alien to the morality of the parents and, in fact, society as a whole, and that the non-mainstream, "feel good" political intent behind such academic impartations be left in the realm of adulthood or within the purview of parental discretion as far as the "when" of learning about the abnormal life preference is concerned.
I mean, face it: People don't send their kids to school to absorb the details of liberal or any other political doctrines, they send their young 'uns through the educational system to learn the skills they'll need to either make it into and through college or make it through basic life in or around the work force, and be able to both function and live within that framework. Not to develop a rapport with or a knowledge of folks who sleep with other folks of the same gender.
That's another social issue driven into the classroom by liberals, who want us all to feel that same-sex bedroom, marriage and parental affairs are no different than "straight" ones.
Sorry, they are different, we all know they are and they should not be forced into the zone of mainstream values where teaching our society's children is concerned. Such teaching is a parental responsibility, period.
Greg Crosby's got a column out this week that kicks proverbial butt on the subject as regards the broader California(left coast, what do you expect?) sentiments on this issue here.
You wanna force feed homosexuality on the masses, let's not skimp, right? Read the column!
Posted by Seth at 01:23 AM |
January 22, 2006
They're Still At It...
...at least columnist Bruce Britt is, with this article at Bet.com, where he blames global warming on human activities, blames Katrina and future powerful hurricanes on his man-made global warming and then turns it into a racial issue.
If you thought Hurricane Katrina was a once-in-a-lifetime fluke, think again. Concerned environmentalists say that unless the United States gets real about the threat of global warming, African Americans and other people of color can expect a repeat of disasters like Katrina.
“When you look at the trends and put them all together, it’s undisputable that the sea levels are rising,” says Ansje Miller, director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC). “Warmer seas mean more intense hurricanes…. You’re going to have intense flooding like we have never seen before. Katrina is really the hurricane of the future.”
So blacks and "other people of color" can expect a repeat of disasters like Katrina. Thank G-d the rest of us have nothing to worry about -- as the mainstream media established in New Orleans four months ago, severe hurricanes like Katrina blow right by us white folks because they're somehow our creation, white folks causing the racism spawning global warming. Yeah, blame Bush and Cheney, who are, if so many left-thinking pundits are to be believed, the producers of all that is evil or disasterous in the world.
Environmentalists blame the fierce new storms on global warming – the increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. Scientists attribute the phenomenon to gases produced by fossil fuels like gasoline, petroleum and coal. Though critics dismiss global warming as junk science, reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have continually found a discernable human influence on world temperatures.
That’s bad news, especially for African Americans. Citing Katrina as a case-in-point, some environmentalists say global warming impacts minorities and the disadvantaged harder than other groups. If global warming gets worse, many African-American communities will be more vulnerable to breathing ailments, insect-carried diseases and heat-related illness and death. But asking Black folks to give up gas-guzzling SUV’s and other bling is a tough sell.
I'm not insensitive to the disaster that befell New Orleans, by no means -- the Crescent City, where I once lived for many years, has remained close to my heart, and I contributed what I could to the Red Cross and a couple of religious organizations in the aftermath to help obtain relief for some of those poor souls who lost their homes and possessions -- but I am also completely aware that as many white people, by population ratio(there were a lot more blacks living in Nawlins than whites), lost their homes as well, but this fact was played down by the left leaning media so as not to detract from the playing of the infamous "race card".
There are a whole lot of poor white families in the Crescent City, many I have known well whose adult members are/were totally illiterate and who scraped to get by. We saw little coverage of their post Katrina plight, simply because the media, in their complicity with the rest of the left in their War On Bush, preferred to make the disaster homogeneously racial, all assignable fault somehow leading to the Bush Administration.
This entire debacle is utterly shameful -- disinformation coming from the folks trusted to report the entire story, delivering all the facts, in order to attack the Bush government to preserve a political agenda.
Now we have a "journalist" at Bet.com who is essentially telling us that by not supporting the Kyoto Accords, the Bush Administration will be singularly responsible for the future hurricane deaths of black Americans, putting a racist spin on the global warming issue.
Relatively, Blacks are environmental Good Samaritans. Per capita, we emit approximately 20 percent less carbon dioxide than Whites – well below 2020 targets set by the U.S. Climate Stewardship Act. Not only do we use more energy-conserving public transportation, we spend considerably less per capita on energy-intensive material goods.
Yet Blacks are exposed to worse air pollution than Whites in every major metropolitan area. Some charge that the Bush administration has made matters worse by creating new policies, like the Clear Skies Act and the Healthy Forest Initiative, that allow utilities and industries to pollute more. President Bush enraged environmentalists when he opted out of the Kyoto protocol global warming treaty, saying it would harm the U.S. economy.
Where, we have to ask ourselves, does Mr. Britt obtain his "evidential" statistical data?
And when, we must also wonder, will black America wake up to the fact that the party they trust and the party they vote for is not only the party that keeps racism alive just to keep on enjoying the majority of their votes, but also the party from whence sprang the Ku Klux Klan?
Perhaps after another few wasted years of being lied to by the Democrats and shysters like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan, this powerful voting bloc will realize how propaganda and empty promises from the left are hindering their community more than helping it, and that this is by design -- as long as the Democrats are able to maintain a wall of distrust between blacks and whites, continuing to blame everything on racism and being believed by the black community, they'll continue to keep their votes.
Hat Tip; James Taranto.
December 29, 2005
Good Reasons Not To Go To The Movies These Days
We all see the blatantly, often ridiculously politically correct scripting of today's Hollywood output, much of this going so far beyond the boundaries of reality(at least for most of those of us who don't write for, direct, produce or act in the film industry) that one has to wonder how far afield from the rest of America and the world these denizens of the lower left coast have actually migrated.
But the above only scratches the surface of goings-on in an industry that seems to have lost its soul -- today's movies, even those meant for thirteen year olds, are filled with material that was once rated a firm "R". It seems Hollywood feels the kids need some generous helpings of world class sexual demonstration and profoundly graphic violence in order to develop into proper modern adults.
And there is an increasing anti-American, leftist element being worked into scripts as the almost entirely anti-war, Bush hating liberal contingent that rules the roost in Hollywood uses its "art" as a vehicle for pushing political agendas that not too many decades ago would have seen them lynched by vast crowds of patriotic Americans.
Victor Davis Hanson is spot-on in a column titled Hollywood's Misunderstood Terrorists.
When terrorism goes to the movies in the post-Sept. 11 world, we might expect the plots, characters and themes to reflect some sort of believable reality. But in Hollywood, the politically correct impulse now overrides all else. Even the spectacular pyrotechnics, beautiful people and accomplished acting cannot hide it.
Instead, moviegoers can anticipate before the opening credits that those characters who work for the American government or are at war with terrorists will likely be portrayed as criminals, incompetents or people existing on the same moral plane as killers.
Take this fall's "Flightplan," in which the U.S. air marshal on board and a flight attendant turn out to be the true terrorists. Meanwhile, four Middle Eastern males are unfairly put under suspicion in the lynch-mob atmosphere on the plane.
The film warns us that the real threat after Sept. 11 is certainly not young Middle Eastern males on planes who might hijack or crash them into iconic American buildings. No, more dangerous in Hollywood's alternate universe are the flight officials themselves — who in reality on Sept. 11 battled terrorists only to have their throats cut before being blown up with all the passengers.
Max Boot has more to say on the subject.
...for 60 years, Hollywood has had no problem making movies that depict World War II as a struggle of good versus evil. Rightly so. Because for all the Allies' faults, they were the good guys.
For some reason, Hollywood can't take an equally clear-eyed view of the war on terrorism. The current conflict, pitting the forces of freedom against those of Islamo-fascism, is every bit as clear cut as World War II. Yet fashionable filmmakers insist on painting both sides in shades of gray, as if Israeli secret agents or American soldiers were comparable to Al Qaeda killers. Two of the most serious holiday flicks — "Syriana" and "Munich" — are case studies in mindless moral relativism and pathetic pseudo-sophistication.
What gets me is that even though film revenues are off because Americans have grown tired of seeing our way of life and those who defend it being perpetually demeaned at the movies and out of the mouths of Hollywood celebrities in their endless barrage of Bush bashing, these clueless, anti-American morons continue to sabotage their own collective source of income.
Posted by Seth at 03:47 AM |
November 26, 2005
Propagandizing School Children
It's unfortunate that the modern liberal establishment that dominates the educational field deems it necessary to indoctrinate their captive young audience, there but for a legally required, important basic education, into the realm of leftist politics, the children's parents' views not a factor. As the left moves us further and further into their liberal political spectrum, they also seek to remove the rights of parents with opposing views to impart those views on their own children. In fact, they apparently prefer that children receive a "state education and upbringing" rather than one based upon their mothers' and fathers' doctrine.
The Nazis did the same thing in occupied countries during WW II, "the big one" and the U.S.S.R. also, as standard basic schooling procedure.
Michelle Malkin talks about one perfect example.
Fortunately in the case in point, the actions involved were those of an individual teacher as opposed to those of many entire faculties or school policies, but the point is there. It's a shame that a parent today has to worry as to what indoctrination his/ her children might be exposed to at the hands of those paid to educate them.
Repeat A Lie Often Enough....
Former Oklahoma Representative(R), J.C. Watts, a man both active in and intimate with the labyrinth of today's political quagmire and an impressive, right-thinking intellect has a few things to say regarding the effect of the liberal propaganda machine on public opinion.
For example: global warming. I'm neither a scientist nor a meteorologist, but I know enough to understand that our climate has cycles. It's true; we have experienced somewhat of a warming trend in recent years. Given this, Al Gore and his buddies who believe automobiles are the greatest threat to civilization today have found willing accomplices in the mainstream media, and now have many of us believing our world is melting like the Wicked Witch of the West.
The next time a good old-fashioned nor'easter sweeps across the Atlantic Coast, shutting down commerce, industry and education, you'll probably find our old friend Al huddled in front of a fireplace belching unfiltered ash into the once-pure air we are forcing our children to breathe.
But that's another column.
This one is about another big lie, and the consequences of unanswered attacks.
Just as the big media has had a field day with global warming, they have really teed it up on the war in Iraq. They have repeated the revisionist history offered up by Democratic leaders nationwide as if it were fact.
And it's working.
Posted by Seth at 05:55 AM |