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Friday, May 30, 2008

Episcopalians, Take Note

Wouldn't hurt for you Presbyterians to give this some thought as well:
Bishop says collapse of Christianity is wrecking British society - and Islam is filling the void
By Sean Poulter and Niall Firth, London Daily Mail

The collapse of Christianity has wrecked British society, a leading Church of England bishop declared yesterday.

It has destroyed family life and left the country defenceless against the rise of radical Islam in a moral and spiritual vacuum.

In a lacerating attack on liberal values, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, said the country was mired in a doctrine of 'endless self-indulgence' that had brought an explosion in public violence and binge-drinking. (link)
There are a number of left-wing churches in this country that fill that bill as well. Churches that exist, seemingly, for no other purpose than to provide a vehicle for people to "find themselves." I'm reminded of the acquaintance up in Arlington who is now a lay official in her local Episcopal church. She's an avowed atheist. And just loves her church. There's a story being told there.

Anyway, coming to a pulpit near you: The void.

May God help us all.

A Shot Across The Bow

Charles Krauthammer warns us that we are headed toward dark days if we allow the planet's environmentalists and socialists to have their way:
Only Monday, a British parliamentary committee proposed that every citizen be required to carry a carbon card that must be presented, under penalty of law, when buying gasoline, taking an airplane or using electricity. The card contains your yearly carbon ration to be drawn down with every purchase, every trip, every swipe.

There's no greater social power than the power to ration. And, other than rationing food, there is no greater instrument of social control than rationing energy, the currency of just about everything one does and uses in an advanced society.

For a century, an ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous knowledge class -- social planners, scientists, intellectuals, experts and their left-wing political allies -- arrogated to themselves the right to rule either in the name of the oppressed working class (communism) or, in its more benign form, by virtue of their superior expertise in achieving the highest social progress by means of state planning (socialism).

Two decades ago, however, socialism and communism died rudely, then were buried forever by the empirical demonstration of the superiority of market capitalism everywhere from Thatcher's England to Deng's China, where just the partial abolition of socialism lifted more people out of poverty more rapidly than ever in human history.

Just as the ash heap of history beckoned, the intellectual left was handed the ultimate salvation: environmentalism. Now the experts will regulate your life not in the name of the proletariat or Fabian socialism but -- even better -- in the name of Earth itself.
"Carbon Chastity," The Washington Post, May 30, 2008

This Should Never Have Been Allowed To Happen

Look, I've known some weird people in my life. But I've never considered having the government come in and, at the point of a gun, take their kids away from them. For being weird.

This heavy-handed government intrusion where it didn't belong was wrong from the git-go. But it is now, after great harm has been inflicted on hundreds of little children, being made right:
Court Rules Polygamist Sect Children Should Be Returned to Parents
The Associated Press

Austin — In a crushing blow to the state's massive seizure of children from a polygamist sect's ranch, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that child welfare officials overstepped their authority and the children should go back to their parents.

The high court affirmed a decision by an appellate court last week, saying Child Protective Services failed to show an immediate danger to the more than 400 children swept up from the Yearning For Zion Ranch nearly two months ago.

"On the record before us, removal of the children was not warranted," the justices said in their ruling issued in Austin. (link)
There is but a hair's breadth separating the families damaged in this story and ... your family. We can't let government do this.

Having It Both Ways


AAA Projects a Slight Increase in Memorial Day Travel

AAA: Memorial Day travel to decline

Needless to say, AAA was right.

If Only They Would Read This Blog

A really prescient and insightful news analyst said the following about Senator James Webb's coal sequestration initiative (involving pumping into the ground carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise be blown into the atmosphere by coal-fired power plants) nearly a year ago:

That's nothing more than Senator James Webb's goofy and deceitful contrivance to appease environmentalists (which doesn't have a prayer of appeasing them) that calls for the piping of power plant emissions into the ground, costing billions of dollars, so as to not send carbon dioxide (those nasty emissions) into the atmosphere where, heaven forbid, it might make our crops and forests healthier.
Lo and behold:

Mounting Costs Slow the Push for Clean Coal
By Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times

Washington — For years, scientists have had a straightforward idea for taming global warming. They want to take the carbon dioxide that spews from coal-burning power plants and pump it back into the ground.

But it has become clear in recent months that the nation’s effort to develop the technique is lagging badly.

In January, the government canceled its support for what was supposed to be a showcase project, a plant at a carefully chosen site in Illinois where there was coal, access to the power grid, and soil underfoot that backers said could hold the carbon dioxide for eons.

About $50 million has been spent on FutureGen, about $40 million in federal money and $10 million in private money, to draw up preliminary designs, find a site that had coal, electric transmission and suitable geology, and complete an Environmental Impact Statement, among other steps.

But in January, the government pulled out after projected costs nearly doubled, to $1.8 billion. The government feared the costs would go even higher.

The government had to change its approach, said Clarence Albright Jr., the undersecretary of the Energy Department, to “limit taxpayer exposure to the escalating cost.” (link)
This was nothing more than pie-in-the-sky foolishness from the start. And was going nowhere.

Now, with James Webb cheerleading for it despite its obvious drawbacks, tens of millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent - wasted - on this doomed project and the American people will have nothing to show for it.

What kind of punishment is in order? How do we hold Webb accountable for wasting our hard-earned income? Some, shockingly, want him promoted.

It figures.

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I'm not a whole lot happier about this news in today's Bluefield Daily Telegraph:
Federal legislation that will mandate U.S. production of 6 billion gallons of liquid fuel from coal by the year 2022 will be introduced in Congress next week by U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

The Clean Coal-Derived Fuels for Energy Security Act is modeled after ethanol targets enacted in recent years and will require steady increases in the amount of aviation fuel, motor vehicle fuel, heating oil and boiler fuel sold in the U.S.

Coal-to-liquid plants are expensive — in the billion-dollar plus category. But once the infrastructure for such technology is put in place the rewards will be tremendous. Coal can be made into fuel for about $35 to $45 a barrel. This week crude oil prices hovered around the $130 mark.
$35 to $45 a barrel as opposed to $130. America's energy company gurus will look to this technology for that reason. They shouldn't have a gun pointed at them by the government and be forced to get involved until they're able. And until the technology proves itself worthy.

Clueless. And In Charge.

It speaks volumes. Nancy Pelosi is steadfastly opposed to the Iraq war. She is also totally oblivious as to how that war is being fought. This Pelosi quote, reported in the Wall Street Journal, is almost pathetic:
The purpose of the surge was to provide a secure space, a time for the political change to occur to accomplish the reconciliation. That didn't happen. Whatever the military success, and progress that may have been made, the surge didn't accomplish its goal. And some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians--they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities--the Iranians.
Pelosi is flat wrong. The Iranians attempted to meddle in the confrontation that took place in Basra two months ago, only to protect its interests there, but their efforts failed.

But more importantly, what does it say about this woman's understanding of the war she opposes? Does she have a clue? Can her judgement be trusted?

Weren't We Here Before?

Didn't we hear from a host of Hollywood leftists back in 2004, each vowing to move from the USA if George W. Bush were reelected? How they disappointed me when they failed to follow through on their promises.

Well, it's beginning again. Let's see if this cow is true to her word:

From "On a roller-coaster with Susan Sarandon," in The Telegraph of London:
Always busy, Sarandon is about to start work on the romantic period drama The Colossus, but with the presidential election campaign being heatedly contested, she also has bigger things to consider.

"If McCain gets in, it's going to be very, very dangerous," she says.

"It's a critical time, but I have faith in the American people. If they prove me wrong, I'll be checking out a move to Italy. Maybe Canada, I don't know. We're at an abyss."
Canada will be fine. Or France. Or ...