Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mark Williams Racist Blog Story Stinks to High Heaven

First of all, what did Williams really write? Some excerpts from Williams’ blog post are quoted at CNN and the NY Daily News websites; however, these websites report that Williams removed the particular post after growing criticism. Also, CNN reports Williams saying the post was intended as a satire. In any case, it seems that the blog post is nowhere to found on the web so that people can judge for themselves if it comes across as a satire on racism or if it actually appears to condone racist views.

Secondly, the The National Tea Party Federation, which CNN reports, “represents the Tea Party political movement around the country”, which claims to represent 85 Tea Party groups and more than a million activists, and which “expelled” Williams’ Tea Party Express group, seems to be not so prominent after all. If you Google on “Tea Party”, its website does not appear at least the first four pages (first 40 hits) excluding the news stories within the past week. It was formed only 4 months ago: April 2010. It has no meeting or conference information on its website. It’s guestbook page has a grand total of 19 posts. In other words, it is hardly some grand national Tea Party association with the authority to kick people or organizations out of the Tea Party movement.

Third, Williams has stated his views on racists in the Tea Party movement several times, indicating that neither he nor his group, Tea Party Express, support racism. He has further pointed out that Tea Party participants and speakers have repeatedly denounced racist kooks who show up at Tea Party events looking for publicity. Also, Williams has pointed out that it is not necessary to continuously defend himself or his group against accusations that are obviously false. To do so would be to raise an issue that where none exists.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Surprising Look Gaza

Except for Hamas and anti-Semitism-spewing children, Gaza does not look like such a bad place. I thought from all the media propaganda that Gaza was a desolate, poverty-ridden slum. Yet this video from Pierre Rehov speaks otherwise.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

We Con The World

In support of Truth, Justice, Israel, Caroline Glick and the American Way:

And shame on YouTube for blocking this video.

As Caroline wrote, "YouTube's decision to pull Latma's hit song We Con the World after 3 million viewers shows that Israel's enemies are afraid of us. Since they cannot refute our points, they are trying to silence us."


The idea for cleaning up the Gulf oil spill shown in this video looks feasible to a non-expert like me. In fact, I had thought of something like this system myself (without the PetroLuxus).

If this system is truly feasible, I sincerely hope that someone in power has the courage and intelligence to get it implemented. Perhaps widespread distribution on the internet will help.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Obama's Anti-Israel Stategy & Israel's Lack of Strategy

Caroline Glick perceptively analyzes Barack Obama's anti-Israel strategy since coming into office, and shows Benjamin Netanyahu's lack of strategy in handling Israel's foreign policy.

If only Glick were Israel's prime minister.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Helen Thomas Does Not Recognize Israel's Right to Exist

The Grande Dame of the White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas of Hearst Newspapers, a supposedly mainstream journalist, thinks the Israelis should "go home" to Germany and Poland, where they were butchered by the Nazis. Anti-semitic bitch.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hizbullah on the homefront

Excellent reporting by Caroline Glick on the frightening success of Iran/Hizbullah in infiltrating the upper-echelons of Israeli-Arab society. More frightening still is the acquiescence of many Jewish Israelis to this unsettling situation. Israel must strike back as soon as possible if it is to survive. I only hope that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has the courage.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Climate Science Settled?

Some evidence supports global warming theory. Some does not.
Many scientists believe that global warming is probable or certain. Many do not.

But what is definitely NOT settled is that governments should impose draconian, socialist controls on the most important sector of our economy: energy production, which makes possible every other part of our modern, technological civilization.

Unfortunately, many climate scientists jump from accepting global warming theory to calling for economically and socially destructive policy measures, such as dramatically curtailing fossil fuel consumption, dictating land use, and reducing agricultural development.

If the world is warming by a few degrees per century, which is possible, and if this is a by-product of human activity, the best way to deal with it is by allowing individuals and institutions the freedom to adjust and innovate via the free market. By allowing individuals to adapt to ever changing circumstances in the world, the free market has exponentially lifted mankind's standard of living in only a few hundred years beyond anything imaginable to pre-modern civilizations.

In contrast, the socialist command-and-control approach has lead to untold human death and suffering in the 20th Century. Such an approach would be the worst way to deal with global warming. It will be suicide to accept government control of the energy supply. Global warming alarmists would effectively shut down industrial civilization by pulling the plug on our energy supply. And make no mistake: this is exactly what they wish to achieve. They want it because they accept the anti-human philosophy of environmentalism, which holds that pristine nature, untouched by human hands, is a value in itself, regardless of its value to human beings. Yet every material value upon which human life depends must be extracted or produced from the natural resources found in the environment.

If environmentalists favored improving human life and civilization, they would favor the only feasible alternatives to fossil fuel combustion, such as nuclear and hydroelectric power. Yet, again and again, they reject such alternatives. This is because the view human beings as evil and human improvement of the natural world as an affront to their sacred Garden of Eden: the environment.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Health Care Reform: He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune

Obama and the Democrats want us to believe that the only alternatives in paying for health care are the government or insurance companies, i.e., third parties. They don't want us to imagine that health care should be paid for by the individuals (you and me) who are the customers.

Since increasing government regulations over the past 50+ years have put insurance companies and HMO's in charge of paying for most people's health care, we have seen demand soaring and price increasing.

Worst of all, the political left has convinced most Americans that health care is a right. This idea is the root of the problem. Health care is not a right. Neither are food, clothing and shelter. Read the Constitution if you don't believe me. But since people have come to believe health care is a right, they have turned to government, the one institution in society whose only proper purpose is to protect our rights.

This is how the collectivists are taking away our liberties - by telling us we have the right to goods and services, such as health care, produced by our fellow citizens. And when we drive up the price by demanding our health care rights, Uncle Sam steps up to rescue us by offering to pay. And we forget that he who pays the piper calls the tune.

So, we had better be careful because Mr. Obama and his buddies are trying with all their might to pay for health care so that they can call the tune, while we dance to it like schmucks.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Summary of ClimateGate and its Offspring

Mark Landsbaum: What to say to a global warming alarmist from the OC Register.

Obama vs. Bush Budget Deficits

According to Jeffrey Anderson at Investor's Business Daily:

"In all, if Congress approves his current budget, Obama's deficit spending will total $3.5 trillion for the first half of his first term. President Bush's deficit spending totaled $2.9 trillion. In other words, Obama's deficit spending for his first two years in office will exceed Bush's deficit spending for his entire eight-year presidency."

(The source for this information is, "Obama's own White House Office of Management and Budget.")

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The great global warming collapse

Read a good summary of Climategate at The Globe and Mail.

It seems that the so-called "scientific consensus" which environmentalists insist exists has indeed collapsed when someone like John Beddington, the chief scientific adviser to the British government, and a "staunch believer in man-made climate change," says, "...There is a fundamental uncertainty about climate change prediction that can't be changed.”

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Keeping Zionism's Promise

Caroline Glick is by far the best, most trenchant commentator on Israeli national security affairs that I have read in recent years.

Here is another of her masterful analyses of the dangerous predicament faced by Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

How alone the defenders of that tiny nation must feel in a morally corrupt international community that seems hell-bent on sacrificing Israel to the Islamo-Fascists in Iran, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Improve, Don't Protect, the Environment

Protecting the environment has been the cause célèbre of nearly everyone, especially leftist elites, for the past 40 years. Everywhere we look: celebrities, politicians, and the news media exhort us to protect nature from thoughtless, human intrusion and greed. And who would not want to preserve the Earth’s beautiful and awe-inspiring array of life-forms and inanimate wonders? From sea turtles to dolphins, from majestic old growth forests to the ocean's magnificent coral reefs teaming with life; natural wonders bless the Earth with their beauty.

Nevertheless, not all aspects of nature fill us with a benevolent sense of wonder; typhoons, tsunamis, hurricanes, and tornadoes are also part of nature. So are volcanoes, earthquakes, snowstorms, heat waves, droughts, floods, etc., etc. Such events destroy and devastate thousands of human lives every year. Likewise, innumerable infectious diseases, such as malaria, typhus, HIV, and hepatitis, all part of nature, have maimed and killed millions of human lives across the centuries.

Now, consider the simple truth these vastly differing phenomena tell us about the environment: sometimes it is good, and sometimes it is bad. Good or bad for what? For human life.

We frequently talk about nature or the environment (I use the terms interchangeably) as if it were some separate, distinct entity, for example: Mother Earth. Looking at it this way is useful for some purposes. When considering both the destructive and the beneficial examples above from this perspective, we can conclude that nature does not really care one way or another about human life and well being; it is oblivious to human welfare.

Now consider how human beings, as opposed to other species, survive and thrive in the context of their natural environment. The first thing to note is that every material value upon which human life depends must be extracted or produced from the natural resources found in the environment. Whether we consider the most fundamental human physical needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, or the most developed human needs and conveniences, such as modern medicine, literature, orchestral music, motion pictures, automobiles, and airplanes. In each of these, we see that humans must rearrange the elements of their environment in order to create the physical values that allow them to enjoy life and prosper. Even fruit and vegetables must be planted, tended, and harvested.

More specifically, the industrial and scientific revolutions of the past 200 years have essentially consisted of applying reason to understand and manipulate the environment for human benefit. To an unprecedented degree, people in modern times have improved their survival and well-being by taking various elements found in their environment, e.g., wood, minerals, plants, animals, etc., and then isolating and manipulating them. The unprecedented increase in human population, living standards, and life expectancy over the past 200 years derive specifically from the exponential growth in our understanding and subsequent improvement of the environment.

Given these facts, it would seem that a philosophy of preserving nature untouched, in a pristine state, as advocated by many environmentalists, is a prescription for human destruction. It is certainly a mistake to prevent human development of natural resources in deference to the supposed needs of every other species on earth, as many environmental thinkers desire. I am not referring here only to the sentiments of the "deep ecology" types associated with radical environmentalist groups. Consider for example, the following statements from several "mainstream" environmentalists:

"The life of an ant and that of my child should be granted equal consideration." -- Michael Fox, vice president of The Humane Society.

"The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans." -- Dr. Reed F. Noss, The Wildlands Project

"If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels." -- Prince Phillip, World Wildlife Fund

"Every time you turn on an electric light, you are making another brainless baby" -- Helen Caldicott, Union of Concerned Scientists

"Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, are not as important as a wild and healthy planet. I know social scientists who remind me that people are part of nature, but it isn't true. Somewhere along the line--at about a billion years ago, maybe half that--we quit the contract and became a cancer. We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the Earth."

"It is cosmically unlikely that the developed world will choose to end its orgy of fossil-energy consumption, and the Third World its suicidal consumption of landscape. Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along." -- David M. Graber, a research biologist with the National Park Service, in a prominently featured Los Angeles Times book review of Bill McKibben's book, The End of Nature.

These sentiments, if enacted, would certainly result in mass human death. Indeed, some have argued that they already have resulted in the deaths of millions from malaria, which followed the banning of DDT. Yet, we often hear such ideas put forward as moral ideals. There seems to be a disconnect between our desire to have a good life based on modern technology and our desire to enjoy nature left untouched by human development. Why? One reason is probably because many people take most of modern life's comforts for granted, not realizing that these comforts had to be created by human minds and hands working to improve the environment.

Many people seem to think that the values that science and technology bring us already just exist in nature. It appears that they don't realize the degree of human thought and effort needed to produce such values. They don't realize that enjoying a hike in a forest, or a tour of the Grand Canyon, or a scuba diving excursion, is dependent upon bringing the right safety equipment (e.g., boots, canteens, scuba gear) with them so that they do not perish during their adventure. Focusing only on the beauty of the wilderness, people often forget that they would not have the leisure time for nature walks if they did not have a comfortable, climate-controlled home to return to after the journey was over. The outdoors would not seem so pleasing to nature-lovers if, after the day's hike, they could not take a nice warm bath, enjoy a good meal, and read a good book or watch a good movie before going to sleep in their clean, man-made beds. We can imagine that prehistoric man, starving and suffering from diseases, rarely if ever, had time to enjoy nature. More likely, he simply feared the world around him because he did not understand it.

Environmentalists take it for granted that manipulating the environment to suit human purposes is immoral. Moreover, they have been largely successful in pushing this idea into the mainstream. Environmentalists have managed to convince large numbers of citizens and politicians that human beings will likely cook the earth to a crisp through our release of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion. That global warming might be a good thing does not even enter their minds. They would run in horror from the suggestion that human beings should purposely moderate the climate through technologies such as cloud seeding. Instead, they would rather "let nature take her course" and perhaps kill off a few million people by hurricane, tornado, or tsunami. In fact, they frequently argue that reducing the human burden on the planet is a necessity if we are to prevent imminent environmental collapse.

After considering all this, you may not think that your local naturalist is as benevolent as you once did.

So, the next time you encounter "green"-minded busy-bodies encouraging you and your children to protect the environment, you may want to say in reply that it is fine to preserve some specific aspects of nature for their beauty or uniqueness; however, it is far more important for human life and prosperity to improve, not protect, the environment.

"Enormous Change" (for the Worse)

CNN reports today that Valerie Jarrett, the White House senior adviser, told NBC's Meet the Press today that, President Obama has brought about "enormous change."

The first thing she cites is: "I think what we've seen is a dramatic difference in terms of how the United States is perceived around the world" - as if the United States' popularity with other countries, instead of how well President Obama has handled the economy or our national security, is the first standard by which we ought to judge him.

Then, she goes on to say that Obama has "pulled back the economy from the brink of disaster," and that "he's adding discipline in government to try to get control over our fiscal house," when the U.S. has had consistent double-digit unemployment since Mr. Obama came to office, and after he tried (but thankfully failed) to foist a budget-breaking socialized medicine scheme on the American people.

American government needs enormous change - starting with a new president and a new congress.