Climate 101

Gore-ScienceAlthough polls show that climate change is far down the list of concerns for most people, a few diehards persist in bringing it up the same way flat-earthers kept telling Chris Columbus he’d fall off the edge when he said the world was round.  Magellan had proven that fact some years before but, evidently, the folks in Chris’s day had all their hard drives crash and the eMail never got through.  Even the extreme cold of late can be explained by global warming worshipers and the word “vortex” has now risen to the top in their lexicon to make it all sound really official!

Believers in this political religion frequently use the phrase “scientific consensus” to bolster their fantasy.  However, as soon as they say “consensus” or “opinion” it is no longer science, which by definition is exacting!  What it IS is another means of controlling populations, in the same manner as government run healthcare and domestic spying in the name of security … all the while making an elite few obscenely wealthy.  It’s about power all right … but not the kind that heats your home or fuels your car!

Proponents of this hoax conveniently ignore the proof of data fabrication by both the UEA and NOAA, necessitated by their inability to get reality to match their predetermined models … as well as the fact that no connection with man as a participant in climate change has ever been established.  What HAS been established is that changes in the Earth’s climate have been going on for about 5 billion years, will continue to occur indefinitely into the future and that, right now, we are in a natural cooling period which started at least 25 years ago.  We have more and thicker ice at both poles than ever before measured and a great many people running around confused between simply being good stewards to our planet and returning to 17th Century standards of living.

As a learned friend of mine often says, “We’re right, they’re wrong … end of story!”

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Good For You, Bad For You

Healthy-FoodThere are two things you don’t do in this life, except at your own peril:  Look into the kitchen of even the finest restaurant or read the ‘research’ published about most common food items.  The nutritional label is important if you have food allergies or must restrict intake of one thing or another, otherwise, you’re asking for trouble.

I remember The Great Cranberry Scare of a few years ago that spoiled a lot of people’s Thanksgiving feasts, including mine.  I happen to like cranberries as one of many side dishes alongside my gravy-soaked turkey but ‘research’ showed that they caused cancer.  For two or three years there were reminders that “cranberries cause cancer”… so we stopped eating them.  It turned out the test mice — yes mice — in the study received such an incredibly high dose of the dreaded element researchers thought they’d found, that a person would have to eat something like three truckloads of cranberries per day for twenty years to stand a chance of developing the disease!  The next Thanksgiving, we had cranberry sauce on orange slices alongside all the other trimmings complementing our overstuffed bird … who was so plumped up with hormones THAT’S the thing that worried me!

While paranoid is often just good thinking in another suit of clothes, too much information can cost you many of life’s little pleasures … and the consensus will probably change next week anyway, as it always does.  First load up on carbohydrates, then cut down on carbohydrates … avoid fat and cholesterol, don’t worry about fat and cholesterol.  The alternative is becoming a paranoid anorexic and hiding under the covers in bed all day.  Oh, be careful the detergent the sheets are washed in isn’t hazardous to your health!

As far as restaurant kitchens are concerned … suffice to say it’s an entirely different world in there than the one you see when the serving wench delivers your meal.  Trust me.  I peeked once and it wasn’t pretty.

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“How” Amigo!

“PC Activists Knock At Sorority’s Door To Complain About Racist Costume”

Sorority-PCWould somebody please explain why wearing a sombrero, a mariachi outfit or a mustache is “racist”?  ‘Scuze me but I’ve had a mustache since 1972, a beard since 1980 and I can’t speak a word of Spanish lingo, but I’m not a racist.  I push “1″ to get English in my own country, endure foreign subtitles on signs at my local stores, struggle through unnecessarily tedious conversations because someone who won’t respect my laws or salute my flag is committing butchery upon my language [and getting mad at ME when I don't understand him] … the whole nine yards!  Exactly who gave the folks south of the border a lock on facial hair, anyway?

I’d also like to know why naming a major sports franchise or dressing like one ethnicity or another is considered an insult rather than a celebration of that culture.  If we’re going to continue playing that stupid game, let’s just declare that every non-White wearing jeans and a tee-shirt, a western hat, tennis shoes or a business suit is a racist.  Add them to the list … especially if they don’t speak perfect American!  Remember that “racist” works both ways, regardless of where the complainant hails from.

Have we become a country where the proverbial glass is mostly half full or is it perpetually half empty … or have we, in fact, finally broken the glass altogether?

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Conundrums

MissingPuzzlePieceA conundrum is something that is puzzling or confusing, like … “Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free” or “A gun is like a parachute; if you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.”

Here are six conundrums of socialism that pretty much sum up America in the 21st Century:

1.  America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

2.  Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

3.  They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

4.  Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5.  The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

6.  They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

Think about it.  Kind of makes you wonder who is doing the math!

These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

1.  We are advised not to judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics … but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

Funny how that works. And here’s another one worth considering:

2.  It seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money, but we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money. What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t!

And last but, certainly, not least:

3.  Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, providing no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII … but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.

Am I the only one missing something here?

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The Statue of Liberty

Statue Liberty Often, people have difficulty framing their arguments when debating the currently proposed immigration revisions.  Rosemary LaBonte had no such problem in the letter she wrote to the Orange County Register.  Unfortunately, although it was clear and concise, they wouldn’t publish it because this particular letter to the editor was “either deemed politically incorrect” or simply “did not agree with the paper’s philosophy.”  I thought you should read it, because it’s so spot-on:

Dear Editor,

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants.  Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.  Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer.

Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.   Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend (Read More…)

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Is It FOX or Me?

fox-news-the-fiveIs FOX taking a slow, butt-covering turn to the left or is it my imagination?  Most recently, they fired Judge Andrew Napolitano simply for truthfully telling it like it is.  Ironically, a portion of his presentation touched on Americans losing the right of free speech.

Recently, I’ve heard that FOX’s ratings have been falling.  I’d like to see some reliable documentation … but IF certain shows are suffering in the ratings which, overall, are still double the viewership of their two cable competitors combined, it’s because they’re beginning to overexpose more left wing hard liners … and hosts are letting these blithering nutcases get away, unchallenged, with spewing their baseless bumper sticker slogans.

Half the time Ted O’Baxter doesn’t know what he’s talking about, Megyn Kelly has transitioned from a disarming girl next door into a pre-programmed publicity hound, and Sean Hannity is so full of himself that his cup runneth over … and over, and over!  Watching CNN, MSLSD or any of the so-called ‘big three’ broadcast networks is like consulting with the Kremlin, Saul Alinsky or Raoul Castro!  So where does that leave a Conservative, with the only relatively balanced TV outlet fading into the sunset?

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives,” as we watch the world catch fire, the country crumble [into an equal level of misery for all] and search for a few honest men who can fix the wiring that is methodically being ripped out one functional circuit after another.

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Chrome A Bit Tarnished

california-chrome1For the horse’s sake, it’s unfortunate that California Chrome didn’t win the Triple Crown … but it appears the owners got exactly what they deserved.  Co-owner Steve Coburn may be the biggest horse’s patute in all of sport; he is definitely the rudest, crudest, nastiest individual I’ve seen on TV, since Bill Mahr.  I wonder if this fellow ever heard of something called sportsmanship, or of winning and losing gracefully.  Most kids learn these these skills by the time they’re out of grade school.

Not only did he air his wounded sense of entitlement publicly and stupidly but demeaned the winner of the Belmont, saying Tonalist’s owners “took the easy way out,” calling them “cowards.”  All eleven Triple Crown winners in history have had to endure the same rigors and scheduling he was blathering about and labeling “unfair” … that’s what makes winning all three ‘jewels’ so special (there goes that ‘fair’ word again).  Sorry mister irate owner but dumbing-down the sport is not the answer.  Maybe getting a better horse or employing a better strategy is.

Tonalist’s owners set out to win The Belmont Stakes — not the Kentucky Derby, not the Preakness, but Belmont — and they did.  I’d simply call that smart!  As for Coburn?  Maybe he doesn’t belong in horse racing.  Maybe all he needs is a new sport … maybe shuffleboard.

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70 Years After

“Hero” is an overworked word that seems so easily applied to everyone from some guy in blue tights and red cape to a millionaire hitting a baseball into the stands on Sunday afternoon.   On this day we commemorate TRUE heroes, as they eternally watch over a small piece of real estate for which they willingly sacrificed everything.

Many died so American rights and liberty could live; many died so European nations might continue speaking with their broad variety of native tongues, free from the shadow of the German jackboot.  Now, only a few remaining survivors still carry vivid memories of that horrific day.  It is to all of these brave souls that we owe our gratitude and the obligation to never forget what they did for us on that beach and in those hedgerows, 70 years ago today!

D-Day-Post

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What Fair?

bama-share-taxesI’m getting pretty tired of hearing political know-nothings talk about level playing fields and fair shares.  Whatever social, political or economic philosophy you subscribe to, everyone is never going to be equal … not once the sperm hits the egg.  A level playing field is a great place to grow grass and life is, by its very nature, a lawnmower!  You can’t legislate fair, either, any more than you can legislate respect.

A “FAIR” is a place where they have animal competitions, tractor pulls, music, rides and corn dogs … it’s not a word that applies to life.  After decades of work, trying to eliminate that word from my kids’ vocabularies, Obama and his minions come along and trot it out as if fairness somehow applied to reality!  I guess that’s what happens when you’ve never worked or competed for anything.  No, campaigning is not competing.  It’s just a matter of demeaning and destroying the other side.  That’s something different!

The key is to honestly compete and overcome the inequities of nature — to understand that life will sometimes knock you down and know how to pull yourself back up — not kowtow to the impossible dreams of an out-of-touch political few, who preach about “FAIR” but have never even been to one.

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Street or Golf Course?

google-selft-driving-carJust when I thought it was impossible to make a car uglier than the Scion or dopier and more dangerous than a Smart Car, VOILÀ!  Google actually did it!  What we have here is a solution in search of a problem!

The creature has been describe as a combination of a Volkswagen Beetle and a golf cart.  Besides looking ridiculous, there is no brake, no steering wheel, no accelerator … in other words no control, kind of like the government that’s pushing for little roller skates like this.  The vehicle does provide a GPS arrangement that will allow you to enter the coordinates for your destination and a screen with which you can access the Internet.  It’s kind of like placing a panic button in an elevator to distract you from the fact that you are falling … in this case careening helplessly toward other vehicles and past screaming pedestrians, similar to the effect of an amusement park ride.  Bumper Cars and The Runaway Train are two that spring immediately to mind!

I don’t know whether they are trying for economy or [safety?] but hope you don’t have to be anyplace on time, like work or a doctor’s appointment.  With a top speed of about 25MPH, at least you won’t kill anyone if you run over them … but you might get a good laugh!

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