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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The World Is Coming To An End!

Where have we heard that before?

Oh. Yeah. Al Gore.

As we watch the media contemptuously ridicule Christians over that California evangelical's prediction that the world was coming to an end last Saturday (initial reports indicate that it didn't), there is this, from James Taranto, worth remembering:
Something else bothers us about the media mockery of Harold Camping, as justifiable as it may be. Why are only religious doomsday cultists subjected to such ridicule? Reuters notes that "Camping previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994." Ha ha, you can't believe anything this guy says! But who jeered at the U.N.'s false prediction that there would be 50 million "climate refugees" by 2010? We did, but not Reuters.

Doomsday superstitions seem to fulfill a basic psychological need. On the surface, the thought that God or global warming will destroy the world within our lifetimes is horrifying. But all of us are doomed; within a matter of decades, every person alive will experience the end of his own world. A belief in the hereafter makes the thought of death less terrifying. But so does a disbelief in the here, after. If the world is to end with us--if there is no life for anyone after our death--we are not so insignificant after all.

To reject traditional religion is not, as the American Atheists might have it, to transform oneself into a perfectly rational being. Nonbelievers are no less susceptible to doomsday cults than believers are; Harold Camping is merely the Christian Al Gore. But because secular doomsday cultism has a scientific gloss, journalists like our friends at Reuters treat it as if it were real science. So, too, do some scientists. It may be that the decline of religion made this corruption of science inevitable.
Harold Camping is considered by the really smart set in this country to be a fool for predicting, wrongly as it turns out, that the world is was coming to an end.

So why are they silent when it comes to Al Gore doing the exact same thing?

Is there ... an inconvenient truth ... they dare not face?

Sinister or Just Foolhardy?

So Libya is in flames.  Egypt is disintegrating.  The Syrian government is slaughtering its own citizens in its streets by the hundreds.  Tunisia is a seething cauldron of unrest and discontent.  Algerians clash with the police.  Protesters march in Bahrain.  Morocco and Kuwait, ditto.

And Barack Obama feels it's time for Israel to give up land to the Arabs.

To secure ... peace ... in ... the ... Middle ... East.

For the love of God.

OK, This Got My Attention

Someone needs to say it.  In fact, someone needs to shout it from the rooftops.

We cannot afford this waste.  We're going broke.  Stop the madness.

It wasn't just that he said it. It's where he said it that makes me think better of him:
Pawlenty on Ethanol
The GOP candidate takes on King Corn in Iowa, of all places.
Wall Street Journal

One of the immutable laws of modern American politics is that no candidate who wants to win the Iowa Presidential caucuses can afford to oppose subsidies for ethanol. So it's notable—make that downright amazing—that former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty launched his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination Monday by including a challenge to King Corn.

"The truth about federal energy subsidies, including federal subsidies for ethanol, is that they have to be phased out," Mr. Pawlenty told a crowd in Des Moines. "We simply can't afford them anymore."

He's certainly right about that, though that hasn't stopped nearly every other candidate from deploring the federal deficit while supporting the most egregious of corporate welfare subsidies. This marks a change for Mr. Pawlenty, who over two terms leading Iowa's northern neighbor first fought farmers on subsidies but later supported their push for a 20% ethanol mandate for gasoline. But in refusing to stick to the script for candidates looking to harvest votes in February's Iowa caucuses, Mr. Pawlenty has passed an early test of fortitude. By opposing ethanol despite the political risks, Mr. Pawlenty will also gain credibility to tackle other energy subsidies that drain the federal fisc to little good effect.

Intriguingly, Mr. Pawlenty said he's also ready to take on other taboos of modern politics. "Conventional wisdom says you can't talk about ethanol in Iowa or Social Security in Florida or financial reform on Wall Street," he said. "But someone has to say it." Maybe this Presidential season will be more interesting than we've imagined. [link]
Barack Obama came into office with great fanfare and a lot of talk about "hope and change."  So what about our unsustainable Social Security system has he even proposed to change?  What has he done to end the monstrously wasteful ethanol subsidies to those "rich corporations" (the mega-farmers in Iowa) that he wails so much about?  In truth, he didn't bring "hope and change" to Washington; he brought more of same.

Perhaps Tim Pawlenty is cutting his throat by going this route.  All the experts seem to agree that a good politician doesn't do what he's doing.

Maybe so.

But this walk we're taking off the cliff has to be halted.  Someone needs to be there to stop the seemingly unstoppable plunge to our deaths.  Obama has proven himself unwilling or incapable of being that person.

Tim Pawlenty?


I've Had About Enough Of This

I have a question for this New York Times columnist:
This summer has the potential to be another turning point for the electorate, and it’s not necessarily pegged to the performance of the president. It may hinge largely on the callousness of conservatives and their seemingly inexorable desire to overplay their hand.

This may be the summer that we see more clearly that the working class has developed a lingering sense of disillusionment, that right-wing politicians have developed an unshakeable immunity to empathy and that corporations have developed a taste for blood squeezed from turnips.

And it may be the summer for seeing through the right-wing squawk machine that hopes to distract us from the damage the rich and the right are doing by manically hurling torches at the Obama administration to see if something catches fire.
I'm conservative. I'm the guy you're trying (poorly) to chastise.  And here's what you fail to recognize: I've given, over the years, career opportunities to hundreds, if not thousands, of those "working class" individuals whom you wouldn't know if you had to step over them as they lay on the sidewalk outside your New York Times headquarters building. You offer up op/ed columns that are read by your fellow elite.  Callous?  How many Americans have you offered paychecks to, Mouth?


Howard Dean's An Idiot

What a chump:

I - a member in good standing of the "far-right" - can honestly say I hate no one.

But having to endure dimwitted, clueless Democratic politicians gets me almost there.

Good Grief