Monday, April 27, 2015

There is a balanced disturbance in The Farce

STUDY BLAMES GLOBAL WARMING FOR 75 PERCENT OF VERY HOT DAYS

But, fear not, this is balanced by the studies telling us the dreaded POLAR VORTEX is also caused by Global Warming.

Since we have not experienced any catastrophic anthropogenic global warming in almost 2 decades, it's working out.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth day aftermath, celebrating global climate warming change denialism

I understand the sobriquet for AGW skeptics is changing to ‘anti-climate.’ While that's better than the NAZI comparison implied by 'Global Warming Denier,' it's slipping the surly bonds of the English language.

I don’t know how it’s possible to be anti-climate. Climate's been doing that change thing for millions of years, though in Mr. Chait’s terms it’s stopped doing it for nearly two decades. I must fall under the ‘crazy’ category. The 'lazy' ones wouldn't deign to note his drivel:

Too bad George Orwell isn’t around to help us understand this particular bit of Newspeak, but apparently 'Anthropogenic Global Warming' and ‘Global Warming Sharknado Climate Change Disaster Theory Computer Model Heretic Objectors' take too many characters on Twitter.

This doesn't explain why they couldn't stick with the older, shorter standard - 'AGW.' Maybe the NPR audience never caught on to the abbreviation, it's more than 2 characters, after all; or the fact that without the "A," the whole debate is pointless.

And, while I’m grabbing a screenshot, let us all marvel at the man who represents the pinnacle of “Science" for millions of NPR/PBS aficionados, America’s David Suzuki, the preening name dropper with a BS in Engineering... Bill Nye, the unconscious irony guy:

That’s 9,000 gallons of jet fuel for a mostly unloaded 747 flight 'acting on climate,' if I understand it correctly. At a cost of $179,750 an hour. That doesn’t count Mr. Nye’s financial or carbon expenditure to travel to Washington to join the fun.

Bill, I've got news: Mr. Wizard was twice the scientist you are, and he didn't need government subsidy.

As Glenn Reynolds says, "I’ll believe it's a crisis when the people telling me it’s a crisis start behaving like it’s a crisis."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

DOJ Public/private-parts...nership

Following recent allegations that DEA agents had "sex parties" with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels in Colombia, Eric Holder felt compelled to send a memo to all his staff: "I want to reiterate to all Department personnel, including attorneys and law enforcement officers, that they are prohibited from soliciting, procuring, or accepting commercial sex."

Not to worry, Eric. If it's government procurement it is not, by definition, commercial sex: It's a public/private-parts...nership.

Still, since you felt the need to raise the issue, I'd say that while your memo may have been necessary, it was certainly insufficient. Rather, the phrase "Drop your c**ks and grab your socks," comes to mind.

What it lacks in nuance it recovers from pithiness.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The establishment of secular State religion

See, your mistake was your naive presumption of goodwill on the part of the SJWs:
I apologize for thinking this was about only equal treatment under the law. I apologize for dismissing conservatives' fears that this slippery slope would lead to de facto banishment from various sectors of the public square.

I thought people just wanted to be left alone. I was wrong.

For many, they wanted forced conversions.
Bonus at the link: Notes on a essay on dissent by Vaclav Havel.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Free exercise thereof

Some balanced discussion on Religious Freedom Restoration laws from The Cato Institute:

Why isn’t the 1st Amendment enough to protect freedom of religion and freedom of association without specific laws?
Religious Freedom and Discrimination
Roger Pilon 11 minutes

What is "legitimate government interest?"
Religious Liberty and Its Detractors
Mollie Hemingway 9 minutes

Sunday, April 05, 2015

First they came for Indiana pizzarias

Easter Sunday, and this past week’s events, prompt me to worry specifically about the future of freedom of conscience in the United States and, generally, about erosion of 1st Amendment rights. Contrast the MSM treatment of Iran's Mullahs of Mass Destruction with that of obscure private citizens in the United States.

Our Secretary of State is engaged in granting the right to produce atomic bombs to a farrow of fanatics in Iran. Iran’s leaders claim their State religion requires destruction of Jews and Christians - in fact, any they identify as apostates. Our leaders tell us Iran's screams of “Death to Jews!” are merely internal politics, while we observe Iranian inspired mass murders proving the opposite.

Here in the land of the free, the Media have mostly been approving of letting Iran have nuclear weapons. "Nothing to see here,” they say, "the real outrage is Indiana’s anti-gay law.” This law, similar in all essentials to laws in 19 other states, and to one at the federal level signed by President Clinton, is intended to protect the free exercise of religion. This is intolerable to a vocal cadre of Social Justice Warriors intent on enforcing thought control. That is, establishing their relativist, secular religion.

The furor eventually ensnared a Mom and Pop business (Memories Pizza) in Indiana when a TV reporter perpetrated a bit of “gotcha” journalism. Threats of violence forced the pizza parlor to shut down after the owner indicated (when specifically asked) she would decline to cater a gay wedding. "Glad to serve gays," she said, "but we wouldn’t do a wedding.”

She’s in hiding at the moment.

The good news is a GoFundMe campaign supporting Memories Pizza is approaching a million dollars. The bad news is that it was necessary.

It is noteworthy that the “Liberal” outrage on this has been applied exclusively to Christians. I would really like to see some intrepid reporter asking Muslim photographers, bakers and pizza makers in Dearborn the same question. Muslim businesses in Dearborn, though, would be considered “hard targets” compared to Christian businesses in rural Indiana.

If gays need to worry about religious persecution, Christianity is not first on the list of dangers. I have not heard that any Christian sect is debating whether the proper way to kill gays is to throw them off tall buildings vs. collapsing a wall on them. This is a consequential theological debate for some Imams. Baking a cake doesn’t enter into it.

The intent of this broad assault on religious conscience goes far beyond whether bakers can be forced to provide cakes with 2 grooms, or photographers frog-marched into the local Satanist temple to take pictures of 2 brides in front of the Sigil of Baphomet. As usual, the real object is aggrandizing the State. How else can “Liberals" make you act as if you agree with them?

That is, calling it Fascist is fair and accurate, however much that seems like hyperbole. Classical liberals did not flinch from naming it, nor should we.

Leo Strauss (1899-1973, the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Chicago) offered this note on the difficulty classical liberal democracies face in his book Spinoza's Critique of Religion:
Liberalism stands or falls by the distinction between state and society, or by the recognition of a private sphere, protected by the law but impervious to the law, with the understanding that, above all, religion as particular religion belongs to the private sphere. Just as certainly as the liberal state will not “discriminate” against its Jewish citizens, so it is constitutionally unable or even unwilling to prevent “discrimination” against Jews by individuals or groups. To recognize a private sphere in the sense indicated means to permit private “discrimination,” to protect it and thus in fact to foster it. The liberal state cannot provide a solution to the Jewish problem, for such a solution would require a legal prohibition against every kind of “discrimination,” i.e., the abolition of the private sphere, the denial of the difference between state and society, and the destruction of the liberal state.
Consider the destruction nearly complete.

Update 3:55PM - added 'classical' to describe the Strauss quote. Trying to prevent any confusion, he wasn't talking about "Liberals," aka "Progressives." He meant Locke, not Alinski.

Hat tip Powerline for the Strauss quote.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Michigan Convolution

Rep. Ray Franz Presentation on Roads: What You Should Know
Includes a good video encapsulation from District 101 Representative Ray Franz. About 20 min.

Takeaways:
Proposal 1-15 amends the Michigan Constitution.
It is convoluted.
This will be a low turnout vote.
You have to show up to register your opinion.
There will be a Plan B.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Ohh Nooo!

Introducing Mrs. Bill.
Here she reacts to the news her email server has been subpoenaed

I must admit I never understood why people thought SNL's Mr. Bill feature was funny, but it does provide a vehicle for poking fun at Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton.

Why?

  • Because everything she has achieved has been made possible by a man.
  • Because her platform is explicitly feminist, but without achievement of her own that means her platform is "I have a vagina." Subtext, "Wouldn't you feel good about yourself if you helped elect the first female President?"
  • Because Hillary was Bill's enabler*: She reflexively vilifies the women her husband molests in order to preserve her path to power privilege.
  • Because "Ohh Nooo!" was Mr. Bill's (the play-dough Mr. Bill) signature laugh line. It's what we would all be saying were Mrs. Bill elected President.

*President Clinton's predations long predate the bimbo eruptions phase and were so egregious that Mrs. Bill could not possibly have been unaware of them. In a 2012 PBS documentary, Clinton's Arkansas Congressional campaign (1974) manager Paul Fray said of president Clinton:
I mean you got to understand at one time there was at least 25 women per day coming through there trying to find him, and I'd tell them he's out on the road, you know and they'd get out the door, but lord it was bad. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.
Mrs. Bill's claim to have been blindsided by the Lewinsky affair over 20 years later should be considered in that context. She sold her dignity for power. As the foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation demonstrate, that's not all she'll sell.