Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Morning Rant 134

Yet more lovely rain came to provide company on the way to Miami for church. It was all worth the effort when it was learned that a blessing of a baby was the principal activity. A more precious person was never introduced to her church. Her great grandfather, Jappy Roberson gave the message and was on the money as usual. With all the family present, the joy of all those children would gladden the hearts of any congregation. What an ideal way to start a week.


Amid the other hysterical lies perpetrated by the climate “scientists,” we observed the threat of rising sea levels with great interest. They predicted the absolute disappearance of whole island nations in the progress of “global warming.” Accompanied by pictures of waving palms and white sandy beaches, the warmists foresaw absolute inundation of paradisiacal sites in mid-ocean, with word pictures of drowning beach goers and grass huts with water up to the roof lines.

For a saner look at this dire prediction, and the course change accompanying it, take a look at the guardian website for their update. I never thought I’d see the day when the sheep would be in a state of constant alarm precipitated by over-educated, self-interested jerks in white lab coats creating constant panic over non-existent claims for their own perverse benefit.

Unfortunately, we have to turn to foreign news sources for continuing updates about this travesty in reporting. Our major media has shown total capitulation to the “warmist” doctrine and proves more untrustworthy by the day.

The most interesting comment follows:

“hudsy writes:

"I'm sure the deniers will start howling about the science not being settled, conspiracies, and all the usual bumph, without noting that..."

Au contraire, we are dancing in the streets. Some climate scientists have withdrawn a paper that contains critical errors! This is a first. Never before has a paper by a supporter of the AGW theory been withdrawn. We hope that it is not the exception that proves the rule. We hope that Mann will follow this good example and withdraw the hockey stick articles. We hope that Phil Jones will follow this good example and withdraw all articles for which he admits having lost the raw data. We note the timing of this withdrawl and pray that it was done for Lent. God is forgiving. Mann, Jones, and the others still have time to withdraw for Lent.”

O’Reilly Gets it Wrong Again

There is much to recommend Bill O’Reilly, including his unprecedented numbers on Fox, but—and it’s a big but—one does need to exercise common sense and a critical eye. On gun control, his reporting has gained a reputation for not being “fair and balanced” and worst—inaccurate. His most recent gaffe concerned federal legislation to protect citizens rights to firearms during the occurance of a natural disaster.

Post-Katrina, the legislation was put forth to assure citizens the right to hold their protective devices during a natural crisis. Some arms had been seized along the Gulf and specifically in the New Orleans area. In a rare bit of wisdom, Congress passed a bill to specifically protect the people’s right to bear arms. The details of the vote on 7/13/06 reveal few surprises since the nay votes were the usual suspects:

Akaka (D-HI)              
Boxer (D-CA)           
Clinton (D-NY)
Dodd (D-CT)               
Durbin (D-IL)             
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)             
Inouye (D-HI)            
Kennedy (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)      
Levin (D-MI)             
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)         
Reed (D-RI)               
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)

Conspicuous in his absense on the above list was the junior senator from Illinois at the time, Barack Obama. One might conclude that there was a compeling interest present to include him among the Yay voters. First, it was more a rareity for him to actually vote and not declare “present” on the issue. Second is the fact he actually took a sane posture on the issue. One out of hundreds isn’t great but it’s a start.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Congratulations! At noon (until 2 pm) at the Dallas City Hall, the Dallas Tea Party will celebrate it first anniversay. They prepared a beautiful response to Keith Olbermann's perpetual question about where the minorities are in the Tea Party movement. Go to the site and click on that video and enjoy the diversity of the Dallas folks.

Granny pointed out this little jewel which I had missed. At :95 sec, Olbermann, in his lame attempt to defame the Tea Party states: ”by the largest crowd you will ever see in your life.” Wait a durn minute! I thought the idea was that no one attended these events. You know the popular liberal approach: “a handful of gun nuts, bible-clingers and birthers.” I guess that contradiction is the rule among these folks. One day last week, the entire national audience for his show wouldn’t have filled the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium in Irving.

Again, I say: “Congratulations Dallas!” I only wish it were possible for me to go to Dallas for the weekend and join in celebrating with fellow Americans a transformational moment in national politics. The Tea Party is here to stay thanks to the untiring efforts of groups across the country just like those in Dallas. This is America. It is OUR country and we WILL take it back!

And Finally

I do appreciate that the water accumulating in our water table will be much appreciated in the dog days of summer when we need to irrigate. Watching the quarter mile road leading out of the place turning to muddy ruts—not so much. Rural settings for homes are delightful but maintaining balance isn’t always easy.

The dean of our senior pets, Boss, just caught a mouse which earned him a trip outside. I appreciate that even in his infirmity and advanced age (going on 18 years) he is still capable of exercising his primal instincts. I remember that Christmas 17 years ago when he, then a kitten, exploded out of the center of a Christmas tree I was decorating and scared me to death. Like his owner and best friend, he has chosen to ignore the infirmities which come with age, and continues to pursue a fairly active life. I do note that we are both careful to get plenty of rest.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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