Sunday, December 28, 2008

Why Israel is going after Hamas

The MSM, which is as much in the tank for the Arabs who are trying to destroy Israel as it is for Barack Obama, will do its best to portray the Israeli assault against Hamas as "overkill", and won't be showing this chart of rockets launched by Hamas into Israel. That's why you have to read blogs - in this case, Jihad Watch - if you want to know what's going on.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mumbai victims sexually assaulted before murder

According to Mumbai newspapers, Islamic terrorists forced foreign guests at Mumbai hotels to strip before shooting them. They went further against the rabbi and his pregnant wife at the Jewish center, mutilating their genitalia. Another day, another atrocity by members of The Religion of Peace.

Long term temperature and CO2 trends

Here's a long term chart showing global temperature and CO2 levels. Does it look like the planet is about to expire from global warming, or too much CO2? From the blog Watts Up With That?
Click on the chart to enlarge.

An atheist thinks Africa needs Christianity

In this fascinating article, a confirmed atheist and old Africa hand admits he can't ignore the positive changes that Christianity brings to the people of Africa.

Even the European MSM is getting skeptical about global warming

As anyone who follows the English language European press knows, the MSM over there has been much more fanatically vocal about the supposed global warming menace. The BBC in particular has been rabidly one sided on the subject. However, as the last shreds of credibility fall from the anthropogenic global warming hoax due to overwhelming theoretical and practical evidence, even the Euro press is beginning to wake up.

This piece in the London Telegraph is a good example. The leftist political class and their allies in the MSM, however, can be expected to try to delay the inevitable debunking long enough to pass reams of taxes and regulations to "protect" us from this non-existent threat. In Europe, where the process is further along, the damaging result to European economies, already weakened by welfare state parasitism, is causing even these politicos to wobble on their commitments to the green fanatics.

Unfortunately, the incoming Obama administration is likely to use this pretext to ram massive new regulations and taxes down our throats until the damage becomes as severe as it already is there. For example, Obama has promised not to allow new coal fired power plants in this country, so we won't have access to our most abundant energy resource at a time when the rest of the world is switching to coal where ever possible.

Instead we'll be wasting billions, if not trillions, of dollars on energy pipe dreams like windmills and solar. Britain has gone down that road already, and is facing massive shortages of electricity within the next 15 years as a result. One wonders how close we'll come to lights going out before we reverse course on this madness.

Friday, December 26, 2008

How right wing Bible thumpers treat immigrants

Here's a story about how "gun and religion-clinging people" with ingrained "antipathy to people who aren't like them," treated a wave of immigrants in New Orleans. It's well worth reading.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Was Senator Stevens a victim of election year misconduct by the Justice Department?

According to this report, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska may have lost his Senate seat because of prosecutorial misconduct at his trial. One has to wonder whether this was another way to unseat a Republican senator. Time will tell whether Stevens' guilty verdict will be overturned, but it is very unusual for an FBI whistleblower to come forward alleging misconduct by his fellow agents after a trial. One of the witnesses also recanted his testimony. Incredibly, the whistleblower alleges that one of the FBI agents engaged in the same illegal behavior that Sen. Stevens was on trial for.

What's after gay marriage?

According to Mark Steyn, a thousand people recently signed a petition in Tokyo demanding the right to marry cartoon characters.

"I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world," explained Taichi Takashita. "Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorize marriage with a two-dimensional character?"

As it appears inevitable that the courts will legislate the "right" to gay marriage, it also appears inevitable that "marriage" will lose any real meaning. Once gay marriage has been sanctioned, it will be impossible for courts to deny the right to "marry" anything or anyone(s) according to the same definition of "rights."

Polygamous marriage is already allowed in Britain for Muslims, with multiple wives receiving their welfare checks. In Israel, a woman was reported to have married a dolphin. It's only a matter of time before group marriages - 10 guys marrying 37 women and their dogs and cats, forming one big, happy family.

Once the definition of marriage has been expanded beyond its traditional and ancient definition, there will be no limit to "marriage". Therefore the only substantive purposes of marriage will be to establish the right to share property and to receive benefit checks. Imagine the healthcare and pension benefits for the family of an employee married to however many people, animals, plants, and cartoon characters. Presumably the cartoon characters won't require much healthcare, but how about pensions?

Will healthcare plans have to cover the services of tree surgeons once people have the right to marry their gardens? And why limit marriage to people at all? Perhaps lakes should be allowed to marry their shores.

Interesting fact about CO2 levels in the atmosphere

In this article, prominent scientist and global warming skeptic Princeton University physicist Dr. Will Happer says that average global CO2 levels have been 3 times the current level since the advent of multicellular life in the Cambrian era 500 million years ago.

According to Happer, "life on earth flourished with these higher levels of carbon dioxide".

“I have spent a long research career studying physics that is closely related to the greenhouse effect, for example, absorption and emission of visible and infrared radiation, and fluid flow,” Happer said this week. “Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science. The earth's climate is changing now, as it always has. There is no evidence that the changes differ in any qualitative way from those of the past,” he added.

Important dates in history

This post in the blog Conservative History Journal is a useful reminder of the importance of learning significant dates in history. As has been said many times, those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Learning dates also teaches about the events themselves. Check the comments, where additional dates are suggested.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A result of economic ignorance

One result of the left's ignorant assault on American corporations is that they're leaving the country. As this article points out, international companies don't have to be based in this country, and since Congress is busy demonizing them, they're heading for friendlier environments. Apparently the left believes the way to achieve a better economy is to force American companies to leave, and replace their jobs with welfare programs.

Another depression due to government bailouts?

Thomas Sowell is one of the most astute economists in America, and has written a number of books that are well worth reading. In this piece, he shows that the massive unemployment of the depression in the 1930's occurred well after the stock market crash, as an apparent result of clumsy government attempts to "rescue" the economy. Further government efforts led to years of economic hardship.

Many of us can remember the "stagflation" of the 1970's, which was a result of more government "stimulus" efforts, and which caused immense economic pain, including 20% interest rates.

One definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over, expecting to achieve a different result. We are now trying the same approach that has failed massively twice before in hopes of achieving a different result. The political class obviously hasn't learned from history, and is now in the process of repeating it.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Beautiful pictures

The beauty of nature is always a source of wonder, and astronomy provides its share of amazing images. The Bad Astronomy blog has posted a top 10 list of images for 2008. There are some incredible shots in the group, including this one of galaxy NGC 7331. Hi-res versions can be downloaded. Definitely worth enjoying.

On the British failure in Iraq

Those who haven't followed the Iraq war closely may not realize that the British mission to pacify and stabilize the city of Basra in the south turned out to be a complete failure. Now Britain is about to depart in virtual disgrace after the Iraqi army, supported by American troops, ousted the Shiite militias who were in control of the city, while the British hunkered down outside in their encampments.

Michael Portillo, a former Tory cabinet minister writes this about the humiliation Britain has endured in Iraq. Many wonder if the US can count on any effective support from any European country in future conflicts. Britain did the most to try to help in Iraq, but ultimately failed.

It's sad to see a modern version of ancient Rome turning into Italy.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A great read

I just finished reading Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe by Michael Denton, and it's a wonderful exploration of the incredible complexity and integration of life on earth. It's a bit technical, but not beyond anyone who's had high school biology and physics. If some of it gets a little thick, just skim past it - it's worth the effort. By the end of it, Darwin looks to be on pretty shaky ground. It was published in 1998, but is still available, and will definitely expand your awareness of just how amazing the physical underpinnings of life are.

Another debunking of anthropogenic global warming

This is another well written and relatively concise demolition of anthropogenic (human caused) global warming (AGW) theory. It's worth reading to refresh your memory about some of the problems with the theory and the history of its promotion to the public. Since it's on the Australian Broadcasting Corp website, which is amazing in itself, it refers to Oz's current Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as simply "Rudd".

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mark Steyn again

One reviewer wrote about Mark Steyn's book America Alone that he found himself in the strange position of chuckling while contemplating doom. This is another of Mark's witty dirges. No writer today is funnier writing about serious topics.

Comparison of Democratic to Republican corruption

Someone has actually counted the corruption cases against both Democrats and Republicans. Guess what, the Dems win, by a 3 to 1 margin. Anyone surprised? Here's the link.

Michael Totten and Michael Yon on the Iraqi war

There are two citizen journalists in Iraq who've run rings around the MSM crowd over there. Michael Yon and Michael Totten are the Ernie Pyles of the Iraq war. They've been with the troops in the field while the MSM'ers were filing reports from a bar in the Green Zone.

Anything they write is worth reading, but this piece from Michael Totten is a sobering view of what is likely to happen when Americans withdraw from the cities next year. On the other hand, this from Michael Yon is a great deal more upbeat. They're both worth a read, and it's worth monitoring these two superb journalists.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Canadian "Human Rights Commission" gives Islamic hate a pass

For those of you who haven't followed the incredible goings on north of the border, free speech is basically dead there. They have these laughingly misnamed government bodies called "Human Rights Commissions" which are charged with enforcing politically correct speech. They make up their own laws, rule that truth is not a defense, and seriously harass anyone who disagrees with their political slant.

After persecuting conservative columnist Mark Steyn for running excerpts from his best selling book America Alone in a Canadian magazine, and many other conservatively tinged writers and publications for voicing opinions that no one would think unusual on this side of the border, they have just turned down the prosecution of a Muslim for publishing a hate filled rant calling for the extermination of gays, among many other similar views.

According to their ruling, "the extracts that identify groups on the basis of prohibited grounds of discrimination (homosexuals, lesbians, Christians, Jews) do not seem to promote “hatred” or “contempt”". Apparently calling for a group's extermination doesn't promote hatred or contempt as long as the caller is a Muslim.

While prosecuting people for exercizing the right of free speech shouldn't be allowed in any event, it's telling that these commissions are only prosecuting politically incorrect speech, while leaving true hate speech alone if it's uttered by members of politically protected groups.

It's a measure of the gulf between the US and Canada, that this sort of commission could exist at all there. We tend to believe that most of the West still has freedom of speech, but suppression of politically incorrect speech is becoming the norm in much of the western world. Among many such examples, in Australia several years ago, a Christian minister was jailed for using hate speech. His crime? Quoting the Quran during a sermon.

If you're not up to speed on the suppression of free speech in Canada, you really should read this article.

FBI illegally paid agents for all waking hours in Iraq

What a surprise - one of our chief law enforcement agencies has been illegally paying its agents for all waking hours while in Iraq, running up massive overtime, and even shifting the work week to start on Sunday so they could collect additional Sunday pay. Agents uniformly submitted time sheets for 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, in order to collect an extra $10,000 a month. They billed for time attending cocktail parties and watching movies, among other "work". Apparently they were encouraged by FBI management to do this, and none of the money is expected to be returned.

This is an egregious example of federal employees ripping the rest of us off, but it is far from an isolated case. But because this is the federal government, and the FBI at that, absolutely nothing is going to be done about it.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Interesting facts about the 2008 election

Professor Joseph Orson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2008 Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Democrats: 20; Republicans: 30

Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000; Republicans: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million; Republicans: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2; Republicans: 2.1

Professor Olson adds, "In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens.

Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in rented or government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "Governmental dependency" phase.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

How dropping oil prices are hurting our enemies

This article by Dick Morris highlights the negative effects the recent drop in oil prices are having on our adversaries around the world. While they are undoubtedly and deservedly hurting, one wonders if this will induce any of them into committing desperate acts to try to cover for their failures.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Statistics on media bias

Here's a study by The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University showing the differences in MSM coverage for Democrats and Republicans. It's no surprise, but it does document what (almost) everyone knows with real stats. The numbers support the thesis that the main problem Republicans face in connecting with the public is media bias.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Democratic and Republican transgressions are treated differently

Here's an excellent article by Victor Davis Hanson about the differing treatment of ethical and legal lapses by Republicans and Democrats. There's no question why this occurs - the MSM are the media arm of the Democratic Party, and will ignore, cover up, excuse, or minimize any Democrat's lapses to the best of their ability, while loudly and continuously braying about comparable Republican transgressions until the person has been destroyed politically.

One of the reasons campaign finance "reforms" benefit Democrats is the fact that they receive literally billions of dollars of political media support each year by this sort of assistance, which is not counted as the contribution it obviously is.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

More details on the Mumbai attacks by members of The Religion of Peace

This is a graphic description by one of the victims of how terrorists rounded up restaurant patrons, then lined them against a wall and gunned them down. But this murderous attack, like the thousands of similar attacks by Muslims on random civilians over the past several decades, can't be blamed on Islam, because it's The Religion of Peace, right?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Economic results of the Pelosi Reid Congress

Here's a summary of the truly awful results of Democratic control of Congress over the past two years. Yet, because of media malfeasance, polls show most young voters didn't even know that Democrats have been in charge of Congress during this time of economic decline. One can only wonder how much worse it will get with enhanced Democratic majorities and the Presidency - or when voters will notice who's in charge.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Eric Holder's role in arranging clemency for FALN terrorists

Barack Obama's "change" includes appointing one of his terrorist-friendly friends to head the Justice Department, of all places. So the person who will be in charge of law enforcement is a man who circumvented the law to pardon Marc Rich, the notorious fugitive, as well as two Weather Underground terrorists, and to arrange clemency for Puerto Rican FALN terrorists who murdered 6 people and wounded 80 during a bombing campaign in the 1970's and '80's.

One has to hope that Republicans on the Senate confirmation panel illuminate these disgraceful episodes to the best of their ability.

The car plant of the future

This fascinating video shows a state-of-the-art automobile plant owned by Ford in Brazil. It also shows why the UAW is killing auto manufacturing by the Big 3 in the United States. Of course, the non-union plants in America owned by Japanese competitors are doing fine. No bailout of American auto manfacturers can do more than delay the inevitable as long as the UAW calls the shots.

The morality of liberalism/socialism

Here's a good distillation of the morality of the liberal/socialist program of taking money from some people to give to others. In summary, it's a form of slavery. Forcing others to work as tax slaves for your favorite charities is a completely false "virtue". Not surprisingly, studies have shown that conservatives donate more of their own money to charity than liberals.