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Democrats and Ground Zero

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This one has been hard for my liberal friends. They simply don’t get it. It certainly won’t help their understanding when cogent analysis of Bill Clinton’s views weigh in:

Bill Clinton is beneath contempt. He was in Egypt and said in defense of the ground zero mosque, that it should be built and dedicated to the 60 muslim victims of 9/11. What about the non-muslim victims? What a disgusting display of pandering. I’m so sick of our political leaders excessive pandering to muslims. If they are going to speak before muslim audiences, why not at least have the courage to condemn the oppression and violence in the name of islam? Why couldn’t Clinton have condemned the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt while he was there?

MartiniPundit fully associates himself with this notion, and wonders the same about Bill Clinton. I’d also like to add my amazement that the Dems continue to control the voting of American Jews despite their manifest anti-Semitism.

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October 6, 2010 at 1:46 am

Ecoterrorism

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A number of years ago I debated a close friend on environmental issues. As a scientist with a PhD. he supposedly was qualified to opine where I was not. Yet I did not feel that his appeal to authority trumped any argument I might have based on the subject as it touched morality. I can recall one debate he and I had more than a decade ago about the propriety of embedding ceramic shards in trees to deter logging efforts. For those unaware, a logger who took a chainsaw to such a ‘spiked’ tree would find himself in serious danger from razor-sharp ceramic shards. No points for guessing which side I came down on. I was unmoved by the idea that science could determine the righteousness of such a question – it seemed pure emotion to me and I said so.

I was reminded of that long ago debate by today’s news about an attack in MD.

Although one extremist does not indict an entire group, that extremist can reflect on the group depending upon how the group reacts. It is hardly uncommon to see the group rally around the individual or the cause and rationalize otherwise reprehensible actions in defense of the cause. It is common currency on the Left to indict all conservatives for the actions of a few extremists. I saw this recently in the NYC mosque debate which among some of my liberal friends somehow morphed into the killing of abortion doctors, though every Christian of my acquaintance denounced the handful of such incidents. I know of no one who approves of Timothy McVeigh and his murderous actions. But the Left, so quick to point the finger, has not in my experience denounced its own.

So here’s an opportunity for the environmental Left – as much a religion as any I’ve seen – to denounce their extremist. Anyone?

Update: Evidently, that denunciation will need to include Al Gore.

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September 2, 2010 at 1:54 am

Eight Republican Fools

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Eight Republican members of congress – fools each and every one if them – have voted for the so-called “climate change bill” according to Reuters.

Those are eight Republican fools who need to lose their next election. I’ll post the particulars when I learn them.

Update

American Thinker names the fools and their telephone numbers. Scroll to the bottom.

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June 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Global Warming Threatens Minnesota

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But they’re toughing it out:

Thermometers registered a low of 54 degrees below zero at Embarrass, Minn. “You keep living, but it gets old after a while,” said Christine Mackai, the town clerk for the community of 691 people in northeast Minnesota. Minnesota’s record is 60 below, set on Feb. 2, 1996, in Tower, about 10 miles north of Embarrass.

The cold at Embarrass didn’t stop the regular customers from getting their morning coffee at Four Corners, a cafe and gas station.

“Everybody left their cars running,” waitress Trish Roggenbuck said. “It was pretty much breathtaking when you walked outside.”

While below-zero readings stayed in the upper Midwest, thermometers dropped below the freezing mark all the way to the Gulf of Mexico coast. The morning low was 28, with wind chills in the upper teens, at Mobile, Ala., Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss., and Pensacola, Fla. A hard freeze warning was in effect overnight into Tuesday morning for parts of Mississippi, the weather service said. Mackai said Embarrass had been prepared for bitter cold as early as last Thursday.

“It only got down to 28 below, and that’s nothing. That’s no big deal,” she said.

The global warming folks were after all, predicting an ice age in the 70s. Maybe they should have visited Embarrass. Lord knows they aren’t.

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January 18, 2005 at 2:22 pm

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We’ll Always Have Chicken Little

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Most of us probably read, or were read, the story of Chicken Little as children. Some of us have remained invincibly ignorant, however, of the story’s basic message. My skepticism of the various chicken littles over ‘global warming’ is that these were the same people who were warning of an impending ice age in the 70s and mass starvation from overpopulation. Soylent Green may be looking a little long in the tooth, but the basics are still with us: environmental catastrophe, evil corporations, conspiracy, and heroes intent on exposing the truth to all.

The despicable act of poisoning Viktor Yushchenko has pulled the veil off one of the pieces of the falling sky however. Michael Fumento discusses:

The “deadly dioxin” legend began with, of all things, guinea pigs. When fed to them in studies, they did fall over like furry tenpins. Yet hamsters could absorb 1,000 times as much dioxin before emitting their last squeals and other animals seemed impervious to the stuff.

Further, the animal deaths were from acute poisoning. Yet as a matter of convenience for activists, it not only became accepted that guinea pigs are the best animal model for humans but also that dioxin is a powerful carcinogen.

The original promoters of the humans-are-like-guinea-pigs legend were Vietnam activists. Agent Orange, which contained a trace of dioxin, effectively stripped away the jungle canopy that hid communist forces. So the enemy and its U.S. sympathizers claimed it was poisoning not just trees but humans. Pressured by these “humanitarians” the military quit spraying in 1971, giving back the enemy his sanctuary from which to kill our troops.

Yep, always comes back to the herroic activists. If the sky weren’t falling, they’d have nothing to do.

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December 20, 2004 at 10:40 am

New Orleans in Ivan’s Path

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Paul over at Wizbang writes about what could happen to New Orleans in the case of a direct hit:

For those who don’t know, New Orleans is a bowl and, for all practical purposes, an island. We have Lake Pontchartrain to the north and the Mississippi river to the south. The east and west are water too.

Most of the city is below sea level. Over the last century we have surrounded the city by 10-12 foot earthen levees and installed some of the most massive pumps in the world. We can, unlike most cities, laugh at 24 inches of rain in 24 hours. — As long as it comes at the rate of an inch per hour. We simply pump the water out and go on with our lives.

Within these earthen walls live about a million people. In the city itself especially, many of the residents are poor and lack adequate transportation to evacuate. We have always known there was a fatal flaw in our hurricane defense. If the fabled “Big One” ever hit New Orleans we were in big trouble.

The scenario goes like this:

The tidal surge will top the levees and the bowl will fill from river to lake. The studies say that if we took a direct hit from a category 4 or 5 storm, a city of one million people could be under as much as 30 feet of water. According to the experts there could be over 50,000 dead. What’s more, since we would have to pump the water out the bowl, they say the city could be underwater for as long as 10 months.

He’s praying. Maybe we all should.

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September 14, 2004 at 3:38 pm

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Interesting Math

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From Stephen Hanke (Sr. Fellow, Cato Inst.) as quoted in Forbes:

In 1971 the world’s proven oil reserves were 612 billion barrels.  Since then the world has produced 767 billion barrels.  We should have run out of reserves five years ago, but we didn’t. In fact, today’s proven reserves are 1,028 billion barrels, or 416 billion barrels more than in 1971.  The sky is not falling.

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September 10, 2004 at 9:11 am

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