Saturday, December 03, 2005
Really Bad News on the Global Warming Front
Are humans to blame for global warming? I don’t know, and truthfully I don’t think we really can know. There are so many other factors involved, especially volcanos, that play a role as well. But our environment is changing...and its time we face up to this.
This may suprise some, but I love Rush Limbaugh. I have listened for the past 15 years with regularity. But on Thursday’s show he made a fool of himself and provided another example of why ordinary people do not trust Conservatives with the environment (though, if you have read or listened to Peter Schweizer’s new book Do As I Say Not As I Do as I suggested in an earlier post, liberals really cannot be trusted either). Rush poo-pood a story out of the U.K. this week that said that there is danger of global warming leading to a new ice age. He made fun of the story, which is very serious and shows that Conservatives just do not get the reality of the changing environment.
A Truly Engaging Book - Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy
First of all, you really should get a subscription to Audible (http://www.audible.com). If you do, use me a referrer. Audible is the best service I have ever used, and for my monthly subscription fee I get any books I want (I get two, but they don’t offer that deal anymore), and over the course of the past few years I have probably got about 3X the dollar value of books through Audible. So use it.
The best book I have listened to in a long-time....
Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy by Peter Schweizer.
Honesty up front...I voted for Nader in 2000 and Bush in 2004. While I am a registered Republican I could easily be a Democrat if they actually still believed in something. Both political parties are in bed with big money (be it union, big business, or any other large dollar contributors). The Republican Party is at its best when it concerns itself with small businesses, since big business tends to try and protect their own current situation. But that is another story for another article…
This book is well written, funny, and is not full of cheap-shots about people’s personality. It simply points out that what many liberals, from Ralph Nader to George Soros to Hillary Clinton to my personal favourite San Fran Nancy Polosi say and advocate one thing for the public at large (you and me) but do something different with their own lives. In other words, they believe that what is good for the mass geese is not good for them.
Let’s Hope This Ends the “Legalize It” Campaign
You can tell the world is becoming neurotic when we want to ban smoking and legalize marijauana. Well, lets hope this story from the London Telegraph makes people think twice…
From the Friday on-line Daily Telegraph (London):
Driving while high on cannabis triples risk of fatal crash http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=3LURLJHEORO5VQFIQMGSFFOAVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2005/12/02/ndope02.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/12/02/ixhome.html
This is of course one of those “well-duh” moments. Getting stoned on pot makes your brain go all “wobbly and wonky” to use an old British phrase. Even small amounts of pot increase the risk of a being in a deadly crash by 89%. “High” usage (haha) triples the risk.
Can we get this straight...pot smoking damages the brain and impares the individual’s motor functions. But of course, pot smoking isn’t dangerous....
Friday, December 02, 2005
One Theologian’s Take on Immigration
Immigration of people, primarily from Latin America, is a growing issue for American society. Should be throw open the doors? Should we build a fence?
I write as a theologian, and it is always dangerous when we make policy suggestions based on our faith. I am not God and don’t calim to have all the answers. At the same time, while I am an American, I think that there are some insights into the calling of societies to love their neighbour that can give us some insight into what to do about the immigration mess that is the current American reality. So here goes one theologian’s take…
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Signs of Hope? - The First Black Archbishop in England
Lest I spend today only being negative, here is a truly positive story. The Church of England yesterday coronated its first black archbishop to the #2 spot in the entire heirarchy.
Today’s Daily Telegraph has a great story on this:
Archbishop of York is enthroned to the sound of African drums http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=LM2IOAL3K4F41QFIQMGSFFOAVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2005/12/01/nbish01.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/12/01/ixhome.html
I do not know much about Bishop Sentamu, but any man who fought against Idi Amin cannot be all bad. I can do without the quote from Che Guvera, who was really just a brutal thug (even a broken clock is right twice a day). But how about this one:
“It’s a scandal of the Church in England that in the past decades it has tried everything except to stick to Jesus’s plan for the world,” he said.
A Sign of the Apocalypse?Sports Illustrated has this great little small column they do: "Signs the Apocalypse is upon us". Well, maybe we need this for happenings outside the world of sports. Here is my first nominee....
Today’s Daily Telegraph (London), features this article:
No, really, the guy who made millions on body armour spent the equivelent of $10 million US Dollars on his daughters bat mitzvah. No, I know that the “coming of age” in the Jewish community is important, but come on, $10 million???
Do Generations Travel Differently???
Came across this article in the Denver Post (12/1/05) http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_3266993
It raises an interesting question. As a member of Generation X do i have a travel “profile”?
Okay, so I hate golf and I have the faux-nature and the like, and I do not plan my trips months ahead. So, as is obvious for anyone who knows me, I am not a baby boomer.
But, I dont really care about “Urban and synthetic” either. If you are able to pull up the webpage (a copy of it below) you can see the pics of the two gals the story uses. These people look nothing like me. So am I a GenX traveler?
One of the issues I see is that we keep trying to disect people into these groups so we can “sell our product” - this is true of such things as the military and churches as well. Sure, I am more Xer than Boomer in my travel...but if the travel industry thinks they can market to me the way they do to Miss Norma Ryan...they have another things coming.