Saturday, April 27, 2019

op ed review 4/28

“Mice die in mousetraps because they don’t understand why the cheese is free.  The same thing happens with socialism.”

Joe Biden announces candidacy, starts presidential campaign by praising Antifa, characterizing the group as “courageous”.
Joe Biden Hires Harvey Weinstein 'Damage Control' Adviser Anita Dunn
Delusional Joe: “Obama Administration Had 'Not One Single Whisper of Scandal'”
This guy is the Democratic frontrunner? Creepy Joe acting strangely with children on CSPAN.

The prospect of the first openly gay commander-in-chief is creating an unprecedented coalition of some of Hollywood’s most powerful gay producers, writers, agents and executives who are ready to open their homes — and their checkbooks — to support the candidacy of 37-year-old Pete Buttigieg.
Gleeful CNN: “Pete's not-so-secret weapon is his husband, Chasten.”

House Democrats have reintroduced a bill that would make “gender identity” a protected class under federal civil rights law. If the measure becomes law, hospitals and insurance companies will have to provide costly sex-reassignment therapies, employers and workers who don’t conform to new norms will lose their businesses and jobs and women would lose female-only facilities and sports. The only requirement to be protected under the bill is a self-declared “gender identity.”

It’s about time. “Criminal Indictments Are Coming For Obama/Clinton Associates”

During NRA speech, Trump drops out of another global arms treaty. “We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom.”
Oliver North out as NRA president after fight with Wayne Lapierre.

In the last ten years, knife-related crimes in Germany have increased by more than 900% — from one a day to more than ten a day. German media do not report most knife-related violence. And when they do, they omit references to the nationalities of the perpetrators and victims — apparently to avoid inflaming anti-immigration sentiments.
Sign of the times in Germany: Women's Magazine Gives Tips on Treating Stab Wounds

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims credit for Easter bombings
Christians are the world's most persecuted minority worldwide.  On the Left, that's less horrifying than it is embarrassing. They don't like Christians to start with,  and having to acknowledge that Christians are in peril might just mess up some of their favored 'narratives' about white supremacists. So now Christians become “Easter worshippers.”
After Sri Lanka Christian Massacre, Media Deploys "Muslims Fear Backlash" Meme

Oregon Bill Would Give Illegal Aliens Driver's Licenses, Possible Voting Rights. Throngs of illegal aliens and their supporters rally in front of the statehouse, proudly waving the Mexican flag, see the picture.
Record $120 billion sent home to 3 top nations flooding US with illegal immigrants
Tax dollars at work:  American schools produce 100,000 illegal immigrant 'Dreamers' a year

Is Cher Onto Something? LA is lavishing benefits on illegal immigrants, while its homeless die in record numbers.
Florida House passes bill that forbids ‘sanctuary cities,’ would issue fines for failing to help federal immigration authorities.
Finally! A Massachusetts state judge is indicted and charged with cutting loose a twice-deported Dominican illegal immigrant arrested with drugs after throwing an ICE agent out of her courtroom so that the criminal could escape.

CBO Report: 1.4 Million Lost Health Insurance Since 2016 — And Obamacare Is To Blame

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is receiving death threats on a daily basis.

Half of Americans back stronger role of religion in society

Trump:  “If Romney Fought Obama as Much as He Fights Me, He Could Have Won”
Mike Huckabee to Mitt Romney:  “It 'Makes Me Sick' You Could've Been President”

Northern Kentucky BBQ business getting heat for ‘LGBTQ’ shirts.  Belle’s Smoking BBQ took a play on the acronym LGBTQ and changed it to Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, and BBQ. “Some are calling the message insensitive and hateful.”

United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies.

New York Times Finally Acknowledges That Steele Dossier Might Not Be That Factual

How Salem Radio is quietly becoming a conservative media giant.

Paul Driessen 4/27
The multi-colored placard in front of a $2-million home in North Center Chicago proudly proclaimed, “In this house we believe: No human is illegal” – and “Science is real”.

I knew right away where the owners stood on climate change, and other hot-button political issues. They would likely tolerate no dissension or debate on “settled” climate science or any of the other topics. But they have it exactly backward on the science issue. Real science is not belief – or consensus, 97% or otherwise. Real science constantly asks questions, expresses skepticism, reexamines hypotheses and evidence. If debate, skepticism and empirical evidence are prohibited – it’s pseudo-science, at best.

Real science – and real scientists – seek to understand natural phenomena and processes. They pose hypotheses that they think best explain what they have witnessed, then test them against actual evidence, observations and experimental data. If the hypotheses (and predictions based on them) are borne out by their subsequent findings, the hypotheses become theories, rules, laws of nature – at least until someone finds new evidence that pokes holes in their assessments, or devises better explanations.

Real science does not involve simply declaring that you “believe” something, It’s not immutable doctrine. It doesn’t claim “science is real” – or demand that a particular scientific explanation be carved in stone. Earth-centric concepts gave way to a sun-centered solar system. Miasma disease beliefs surrendered to the germ theory. The certainty that continents are locked in place was replaced by plate tectonics (and the realization that you can’t stop continental drift, any more than you stop climate change).

Real scientists often employ computers to analyze data more quickly and accurately, depict or model complex natural systems, or forecast future events or conditions. But they test their models against real-world evidence. If the models, observations and predictions don’t match up, real scientists modify or discard the models, and the hypotheses behind them. They engage in robust discussion and debate. They don’t let models or hypotheses become substitutes for real-world evidence and observations. They don’t alter or “homogenize” raw or historic data to make it look like the models actually work. They don’t hide their data and computer algorithms (AlGoreRythms?), restrict peer review to closed circles of like-minded colleagues who protect one another’s reputations and funding, claim “the debate is over,” or try to silence anyone who dares to ask inconvenient questions or find fault with their claims and models. They don’t concoct hockey stick temperature graphs that can be replicated by plugging in random numbers.

In the realm contemplated by the Chicago yard sign, we ought to be doing all we can to understand Earth’s highly complex, largely chaotic, frequently changing climate system – all we can to figure out how the sun and other powerful forces interact with each other. Only in that way can we accurately predict future climate changes, prepare for them, and not waste money and resources chasing goblins.

But instead, we have people in white lab coats masquerading as real scientists. They’re doing what I just explained actual scientists don’t do. Just as bad, they’re ignoring fluctuations in solar energy output and numerous other powerful, interconnected natural forces that have driven climate change throughout Earth’s history. they’re looking only (or 97% of the time) at carbon dioxide as the principle or sole driving force behind current and future climate changes. Even more outrageous, they’re using their pseudo-science to justify demands that we eliminate all fossil fuel use, and all carbon dioxide and methane emissions, by little more than a decade from now – or we will bring unprecedented cataclysms to people and planet.

Not surprisingly, their bad behavior is applauded, funded and employed by politicians, environmentalists, journalists, celebrities, corporate executives, billionaires and others who have their own axes to grind, their own egos to inflate – or an intense desire to profit from climate alarmism and pseudo-science. Worst of all, while they get rich and famous, their immoral actions impoverish billions and kill millions, by depriving them of the affordable, reliable fossil fuel energy that powers modern societies. And still these slippery characters endlessly repeat the tired trope that they “believe in science” – and anyone who doesn’t agree to “keep fossil fuels in the ground” is a “science denier.”

When these folks and the yard sign crowd whip out the term “science,” political analyst Robert Tracinski suggests, it is primarily to “provide a badge of tribal identity” – while ironically demonstrating that they have no real understanding of or interest in “the guiding principles of actual science.”

Genuine climate scientist (and former chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech) Dr. Judith Curry echoes Tracinski. Politicians like Senator Elizabeth Warren use “science” as a way of “declaring belief in a proposition which is outside their knowledge and which they do not understand…. The purpose of the trope is to bypass any meaningful discussion of these separate questions, rolling them all into one package deal – and one political party ticket,” she explains.

The ultimate purpose of all this, of course, is to silence the dissenting voices of evidence- and reality-based climate science, block creation of a Presidential Committee on Climate Science, and ensure that the only debate is over which actions to take first to end fossil fuel use and upend modern economies.

The last thing fake/alarmist climate scientists want is a full-throated debate with real climate scientists – a debate that forces them to defend their doomsday assertions, methodologies, data manipulation … and claims that solar and other powerful natural forces are minuscule or irrelevant compared to manmade carbon dioxide that constitutes less than 0.02% of Earth’s atmosphere (natural CO2 adds another 0.02%).

Thankfully, there are many reasons for hope. For recognizing that we do not face a climate crisis, much less threats to our very existence. For realizing there is no need to subject ourselves to punitive carbon taxes or the misery, poverty, deprivation, disease and death that banning fossil fuels would cause.

Between the peak of the great global cooling scare in 1975 until around 1998, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and temperatures did rise in rough conjunction. But then temperatures mostly flat-lined, while CO2 levels kept climbing. Actual average global temperatures are now 1 degree F below model predictions.

Instead of fearing it, we should thank rising CO2 for making crop, forest and grassland plants grow faster and better, benefitting nature and humanity – especially in conjunction with slightly warmer temperatures that extend growing seasons, expand arable land and increase crop production.

The rate of sea level rise has not changed for over a century – and much of what alarmists attribute to climate change and rising seas is actually due to land subsidence.

Weather is not becoming more extreme. In fact, Harvey was the first Category 3-5 hurricane to make US landfall in a record 12 years – and the number of violent F3 to F5 tornadoes has fallen from an average of 56 per year from 1950 to 1985 to only 34 per year since then.

Human ingenuity and adaptability have enabled humans to survive and thrive in all sorts of climates, even during our far more primitive past. Allowed to use our brains, fossil fuels and technologies, we will deal just fine with whatever climate changes might confront us in the future.  So if NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and other egotistical grand-standing politicians and fake climate scientists want to ban fossil fuels, glass-and-steel buildings, cows and even hotdogs– in the name of preventing “dangerous manmade climate change” – let them impose their schemes on themselves and their own families. 

The rest of us are tired of being made guinea pigs in their totalitarian experiments. 


“Bernie Sanders is taking flak for his crazy idea to let convicted felons, including terrorists and rapists, vote in our elections. But he’s not the only one. Kamala Harris seemed open to the idea, saying, ‘I think we should have that conversation.’ Well, let’s have that conversation. America is a narrowly divided country. Donald Trump won the presidency due to 77,000 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump won Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes. Last year, the state had nearly 40,000 people behind bars. Do we really want convicted felons, who are likely to be very supportive of left-wing candidates who are soft on crime, deciding our elections? Here’s something else to think about: The victims of the Boston Marathon bomber were not only denied their right to vote, they were also denied their right to life. It would make more sense to give the surviving spouses of those victims two votes than to let the bomber vote!”
               -Gary Bauer

“I think there are two big reasons why this country is so great. The first is our Constitution, which guarantees our freedom of speech and expression. The second is our free-market system. … It pains me to see people in this country glorifying socialism. Young people especially have been indoctrinated into believing that free enterprise is immoral because it enriches the greedy and depresses the poor.”
             -Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus

Blind squirrel finds a nut: “You gotta control the border. When you have an increase of apprehensions of illegal entries by 374% since October, you’ve got a situation where border security is not sufficient.”
            -New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman

 “There’s no collusion, says the special counsel. That takes one sentence. It doesn’t take 200 damn pages. It doesn’t take $35 million dollars.”
               -Mark Levin

“If you find yourself blaming President Trump for almost-sort-of-maybe intending to obstruct a witch hunt you have a mental health crisis, not a political opinion.”
             -Scott Adams (“Dilbert”)

AP U.S. History textbook calls Trump “racist,” questions his mental stability.
Cal State campus ditching 'Prospector Pete' mascot after complaints that Gold Rush hurt indigenous people
Many University Campuses Are Playgrounds for Insanity
Maybe the above is the reason for this: “Poll finds young voters siding more with Democrats”
“The biggest problem America faces are lost adults whose bizarre beliefs are saturating an entire generation of impressionable young minds.” —Rebecca Hagelin

Joe McCarthy Wasn't Wrong, Just Early

“As Liberalism Sinks, Socialism Rises”

University hosts no-whites-allowed faculty and staff listening sessions — “to promote inclusivity.”

“I’m a leftist because I’m pro-choice…except for schools, guns, trade, healthcare, union membership, lightbulbs, soda sizes, etc.”

Iran: Grand Ayatollah says Allah has given the worldwide Muslim community “dignity as a result of jihad”

Electric vehicles result in more net CO2 emissions than diesel ones, German study shows.

When Earth Day Predictions Go Predictably Wrong

NYC to Start 'Phasing Out' Hot Dogs as Part of Their Green New Deal
De Blasio's 'green' skyscraper idea is pure stupidity
This Earth Day, thank America: The world leader in clean air

Washington governor and presidential hopeful Jay Inslee calls on the country to “attack climate change” as a means of helping the many “climate refugees” who are busily pouring across America’s borders. In other words: The weather is driving people from other countries to flee, and it’s America’s job to open border doors to help them.

Going Green and Socialism

Ignorance is a powerfully destructive thing. Facts won't bring down President Trump; the facts are on his side. But the media is against him and the media wants to keep America ignorant of the facts.  If anything takes Trump down it will be because of public ignorance.

Four Reasons Why the Dems Will Lose in 2020

Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing: J'accuse: Donald Trump is Alfred Dreyfus

Forget Trump, Here Are Five Reasons Why Obama Should Have Been Impeached

“The real reason there are so many children living in poverty in the U.S. has nothing to do with the fact that there are “millionaires and billionaires.” Instead, the high rate of childhood poverty can be attributed almost entirely to the irresponsible behavior of their parents. Let’s consider two groups of people in the U.S. The first group has a poverty rate of 2%. The second group has a poverty rate of 76%. The first group consists of people who followed all three of these steps: 1) Finish high school. 2) Get a full-time job. 3) Wait until age 21 and get married before having children. The second group consists of people who followed zero of those three steps. Among people who follow all three of these steps, the poverty rate is 2%. Among people who follow zero of these steps, the poverty rate is 76%.”

Living in Leftlandia

Should we shutter the Department of Education?

What a wonderful progressive city! San Francisco ‘human feces spotted on the sidewalk map’ shows waste blanketing the California city.
Medieval Diseases Infecting California’s Homeless

Joe Biden’s Greatest Gaffes

Must see:  “He Used To Be Trans—Here’s What He Wants Everyone To Know”

Google tracks you everywhere.  Here’s how to stop Google from storing your location history.

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”
           -George Washington