Monday, February 8, 2010
Monday Morning Rant 131
What a glorious day! Oh yeah, Buzzard Ridge (Ed.: his name for it; not mine) is now covered with mud because of a recent melting snow pack but that didn’t prevent returning to the Miami Restoration Branch for church and first Sunday sacrament services. Elder Wayne Kirk brought the message and it was challenging. Looking after Granny made going over there impossible for about three months so it was more like “old home week.”
After a great lunch downtown with Wayne, Jewell, and Jack, I got home in time for the Puppy Bowl. The little critters provided quite a bit of excitement. It was not nearly as exciting as the “aints” turned out to be. Living in Houma prepared both Granny and me to be extremely pleased when they came back in the second half to beat the Colts. I thought perhaps it was all because we turned off the TV and made the 6 PM church services at Fellowship Baptist. No, I do not really believe that God gives a hoot about our football preferences. But, the win made our ugly local weather almost bearable.
ABC’s Latest “Shock” Headline
STUDY SAYS ARCTIC ICE MELT TO COST GLOBAL ECONOMY $2.4 TRILLION
It is apparent that ABC and the Pew Charitable Trusts folks are deaf, blind or absolutely clueless. In the months following the complete melt down of credibility of the climate scientists at East Anglia and their fellow scam artists in other research facilities, they choose to ignore the lies and false data which they spewed to further their personal agenda. It is as though none of the discreditation of bogus data and opinion ever occurred. They continue to hammer the same exaggerated claims and wrong-headed conclusions in an exact same boring repetition of the lies.
Anthropogenic climate change (global warming?) research has become the canon of scripture to replace Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the church of the grant money seekers. Pew claims to be a non-partisan American think tank. Located in D.C., it is self-described as applying “a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.” To furnish the data for the above headline puts the lie to that mission statement.
They projected the cost of world-wide crisis at a staggering figure which was spread over a ten year future. Keep in mind, the population of the earth is a little more than 6 billion souls. Do a little math and learn that it amounts to an annual outlay of $10 per head, per year. Positioned against a world wide gross domestic outlay it comes to a little less than 1%. Individually, it is chump change but when viewed collectively and in total it is sufficient to make a really scary headline. A headline which depends on settled science, (it’s not!) the dependability of a self-directed and compliant earth, (it’s not!) and an effectively targeted object for all that cash.
The object is obviously to gain additional controls of population behaviors, further advance redistribution of wealth and fatten the larders of the credentialed few who promote such insane policies. For a better view of those at Pew who assemble this clap-trap, check this page on their web site and look at the high powered list of just the personnel in the Pew Environmental Group. The final irony is that the original founder of the trust made his money in—ugh!—nasty, gaia raping, oil!
Snow White Strikes Again!
As I read this piece, I was certain that it had been extracted from the Onion. The administration of the Seattle area Robert Frost Elementary school felt compelled to “clean up” their presentation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Seriously, the PC Nazis searched the script and found sections which they deemed too sensitive for middle-schoolers to stage for the parents and other relatives who watch such things.
As usual, the commenters were more articulate than the original reporter and one had this to say:
Offensive p/c stuff
I am offended! Bowdlerizing Snow White, a wonderful story of the hierarchical, patriarchal sexist, racist, objectifying morals driven judgmental discriminatory ageist, animal eating pre post modern society. Why don't we sit these children down and have them look at a large sheet of gray paper for the years we have them in our "schools". That way, no one will be offended by the absolute HORROR of a fairy tale...oops I wrote fairy... homophobe!!!! The wiccan was "differently visaged enough to stop a clock"...
February 5, 2010 8:40 am
Yet one more commenter came up with this:
Common Sense wrote...
No Humpty Dumpty - death by clumsiness. No Three Blind Mice with stubby tails - farmer's wife has anger control issues. No Cat In The Hat - Strangers shouldn't be invited into your home when mommy is gone. No Wizard of Oz - Bully girls drop houses on unsuspecting elderly ladies. No Cinderella - sibling rivalry and favoritism results in a hostile home environment. We will have to remove all parental deaths, all villains, all idiotic acts and all reference to race, religion and sexual persuasion from all fairy tails. Boy those Grimm brothers were just plain evil and should have their names removed completely from history! Now where is my copy of Little Black Sambo?
February 5, 2010 8:54 am
No doubt their next presentation will be Goldilocks and the Three Bears which deals with a serial housebreaker who breaks in to observe the intimate life of a benign family of bears and actually steals their food and sleeps in their bed in their absence.
Close to midnight last night, I walked the dogs one last time before retiring for the night. As we started around the garage on our familiar path, the night was split with a piercing scream from down in the woods. It was like no other I have ever heard here on Buzzard’s Ridge. It embodied pain, terror and fright, all in one very expressive, yet plaintive call. The volume was intense and more common to a large animal with a greater lung capacity yet was totally unfamiliar.
Sounds of animals in distress or shows of bravado are not uncommon here and I would not have been shaken by it except for one observation. Maggie, my Rottweiler/redbone hound mix trotted out about twenty feet and stopped. She showed little interest in pursuing the source. Typically, she would take on a bear, a man, or a dragon if one were to appear. She is fearless but apparently not foolish. Upon that observation, we, as a unit, retreated to the house. I feel content to consign the event to the ever accruing list of unsolved mysteries which one acquires living in the woods. The final thought is to trust my dog and let life/death follow its natural path.
For those of you in the path of latest storm in the East; stay warm, don’t shovel snow to excess, and learn to love cheese sandwiches until you run out of bread. From the “been there, done that” crowd, you have our sympathies.
In His abiding love,
Posted by One of the Moons at 9:00 AM