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Monday, May 30, 2011

On This Memorial Day ...

... I can't help but wonder ...

... if we are even worthy of their sacrifice.

A Day To Honor Those Left Behind

To you our hearts go out:

May God bless and comfort you.

The Civil War Was About Slavery?

I'm still having difficulty believing we have a need to go over this ground again.  But some in this great land of ours think it so.

Here we go again.  See "The slavery issue's lingering relevance."

To quote the Roanoke Times op/ed piece:

"It is amazing, really, that there is still debate about what caused the American Civil War. Amazing, that is, from the viewpoint of the historical record."

Does the fact that a few cranks and crackpots hold out hope that the Civil War wasn't about the obvious mean they have to be debated?


But let's get real.

It wasn't about anything else.

End of story.

* As to the part that "states' rights" played in the impetus for war, the author phrases it perfectly:

"The doctrine of states' rights, as espoused for decades by South Carolina's John C. Calhoun, was indeed invoked by the commissioners, not, however, as the cause of secession but rather as the constitutional justification for it. The cause, certainly in the minds of these commissioners, was the catastrophic threat both to slavery and to the white race posed by the election of Abraham Lincoln and the "Black Republicans."

As I've stated it before, less eloquently, slavery was the dynamite, "states' rights" was the fuse.  Three quarters of a million dead Americans later ...

Coal Has a Bright Future

As long as there are politicians who fear the unknown and act before they think, and make rash decisions accordingly, we don't have to worry that the coal industry will be "bankrupted" into oblivion.

See "Germany Wants Nuclear Exit by 2022 at Latest."

So what is to replace nuclear?

They haven't considered that yet but it'll soon dawn on them ...

Headline of the Day

One wonders where they get these people:

DNC chair: Republicans think illegal immigration should be illegal, or something

To which she would retort:

Democrats think illegal immigration should be legal.


Pretty In Black

My kind of president.

Sarah Palin does "Rolling Thunder."

And she actually makes all those old-farts-on-Harleys around her look ... sweeter.

Uh, well, no.  That's a stretch.

But this is certain: Sarah is the only person in the presidential race (?) who can make a Bell helmet look down-right fashionable.


Weinergate Erupts

It doesn't appear to amount to much but it makes for a great weblog heading, and provides the first opportunity to use that ... word ... since Bill Clinton was president and Paula Jones was asked to describe the man's funny-looking (look it up) johnson.

See "WeinerGate: MSM Ignores Trifecta of Sex, Politics, and a Rising Political Star."

I think it's a stretch to call Anthony Weiner a "rising political star."  He is and will always be, to most people who have heard him speak in public, nothing more than ... a wiener.

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From the ridiculous to ...

What we really need is someone who's seen Anthony Weiner in his underwear before.

Personally, I'm not sure I want to know who's ever seen this guy in his undies before.

When The Globe No Longer Warmed

This was inevitable, as data started pouring in over the last several years that refuted computer model calculation and "scientist" speculation. 

Nice theory.  Wrong planet.

Kyoto deal loses four big nations
Sydney Morning Herald*

Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated it would remain outside the treaty, European diplomats have said.

The future of the Kyoto Protocol has become central to efforts to negotiate reductions of carbon emissions under the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change, whose annual meeting will take place in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9.

Developed countries signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. They agreed to legally binding commitments on curbing greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

Those pledges expire at the end of next year. Developing countries say a second round is essential to secure global agreements.

But the leaders of Russian, Japan and Canada confirmed they would not join a new Kyoto agreement, the diplomats said. [link]
Why are they backing away from "saving the planet"?  Because the premise they've been pushing is proving, with each passing day, to be unsupportable.

They back away none too soon.  These people were on the verge of wrecking civilization in an effort to ... well, no one can really explain why they were doing what they were doing, since that same Kyoto Protocol was never intended to do much in the way of reducing global temperatures.  It was more of a feel-good proposition.  Or something.

Anyway, Kyoto is dead.  May it stay dead.

* A question: Why did I have to read this (which originally appeared in a French publication) in an Australian publication?  Do U.S. papers not want me to know the truth?

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Texas Governor (and soon-to-annnounced presidential candidate?) Rick Perry:

"Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. ... But you won't read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story. I'm not saying we shouldn't be good stewards of our environment. We should. I am just saying when politics hijack science, it quells true scientific debate and can have dire consequences for our future." (source)