Sunday, February 28, 2010

I’d Rather Rot in Hell, Al Gore

Al Gore has an op-ed piece in the New York Times titled We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change, defending, naturually, the pseudo-science of AGW.  Gore’s piece deserves to be torn apart simply based on his global warming musings, but I will leave that to others.  What I want to address is the following sentence from Gore’s AGW defense.

From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption.

It is time for the State to quit legislating my, or any other individual’s, redemption, whether the State’s reason for use of force (legislation), to ensure human redemption, is concern for my soul, or my physical well being.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 03:36 PM
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“Stupid religious, conservative people”

The title to this post is not original to me, it is taken from the title of Donald Sensing’s post Stupid, religious, conservative people, which Sensing penned after reading a piece at CNN Health titled Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ  which begins this way.

Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.

Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.

The IQ differences, while statistically significant, are not stunning—on the order of 6 to 11 points…

Sensing, tongue in cheek, begins his post this way.

I am stunned to learn that I must be a dummy because I am both religious and conservative.

I cannot say that I was stunned, when I read the CNN piece yesterday, but I too must be a dummy, because I am religious and conservative.

Sensing dissects the CNN piece, and exposes it for the “fatally, internally inchoherent” study that it is.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 12:40 PM
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Forget About Greece, Beware the Coming California Contagion

Mr Dimon told investors at the Wall Street bank’s annual meeting that “there could be contagion” if a state the size of California, the biggest of the United States, had problems making debt repayments.

California is a greater risk than Greece, warns JP Morgan chief

Via Drudge.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 11:55 AM
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Are You a Three Percenter?

Do you know the meaning of the term Three Percenter, and what it would mean to be a Three Percenter?  Do you think the United States government is a threat to your rights, as a majority of Americans do?

CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens’ rights

If you do not understand the meaning of the term Three Percenter, or what it means to be a Three Percenter, but understand the threat the United States government poses to your individual rights, Mike Vanderboegh, “The Dutchman,” has posted a primer, of sorts, which explains what it means to be a Three Percenter in real life, easily understood terms.

“Yeah, but what does that Three Percent thing MEAN?”

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 11:37 AM
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“A Little Know Medical Fact” and the 2nd Amendment

To wit: The most common cause of erectile disfunction (sic) in rapists is none other than a snub nosed 38 special in the hands of a female willing to use it.

From a Rachel Peepers post at Eternity Road titled Don’t leave home without it.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 11:29 AM
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A Most Beautiful Expression of Love

Liu Xiaobo, was recently sentenced to eleven (11) years in prison, in China, for advocating freedom.  The Guardian interviewed Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, and published this interview under the headline My dear husband Liu Xiaobo, the writer China has put behind bars.  At the end of the interview, there is a note from Liu Xiaobo to his wife Liu Xia which is one of the most beautiful expressions of love I have ever read.

LIU XIAOBO’S MESSAGE TO HIS WIFE AS HE WAS JAILED FOR 11 YEARS

“She cannot be present today, but I still want to tell you, my sweetheart, that I’m confident that your love for me will be as always.

Your love is sunlight that transcends prison walls and bars, stroking every inch of my skin, warming my every cell, letting me maintain my inner calm, magnanimous and bright, so that every minute in prison is full of meaning… My love is hard, sharp, and can penetrate any obstacles. Even if I am crushed into powder, I will embrace you with the ashes.”

That is love.  Read the whole interview.

Linked via Tom Palmer.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 11:09 AM
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Transforming or Already Transformed?

In a Saturday post at The Corner, under the heading Transformation, Andy McCarthy comments on the upcoming November elections and the alleged nervousness of Democrats subject to reelection by the whim of voters, with an emphasis on how the health care debacle plays into this.

McCarthy states that the Democrats are to the point where they will attempt to pass ObamaCare (DeathCare), regardless of how it may effect upcoming November elections, in order to move closer to the overall goal of the State, which is complete power/control over individuals lives, and McCarthy then makes this statement.

This is about power, and there is more to power than winning elections, especially if you’ve calculated that your opposition does not have the gumption to dismantle your ballooning welfare state. (bold by ed.)

The absolute truth of the portion of the above quote which I’ve highlighted can be illustrated by the following comment, taken from a Vodkapundit post titled The Brutal Truth About Californians, wherein an individual who attended a recent talk to a group of California conservatives, if there are actually conservatives in California, given by California’s State Controller of Currency, notes the response of conservatives to questions regarding the cutting of certain social programs.

Here’s the really scary thing: he asked the group how many people would be willing to cut spending in the following areas: Education, Health Care assistance, and Prisons? These areas comprise 92% of California’s budget, so any meaningful cuts would have to touch them. I was the ONLY person in the room that raised their hand for all three. And without naming names, this was one of the most conservative groups of people you could get into a room (at least in Cali).

If people don’t even have the guts to raise their hands in a room full of as like-minded a bunch as you’re going to find, how on earth do they expect their politicians to do anything? (bold by ed.)

As Billy Beck notes, after reading the above quote.

At this point of this disaster, there will be no voting our way out of it. The prevailing epistemology doesn’t permit it: there simply are not enough people out there who know how to think. The dominant ethics of the culture won’t have it: everybody wants to live at the expense of everyone else, and freedom is not a value in this country, anymore.

I say that you can count California as quite fairly representative of the United States at large, and you can take it from there.

America has been transformed.  Unfortunately it has been transformed into a gutless, socialist wonder.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 10:02 AM
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