Wednesday, April 08, 2015
President Obama says global warming is a hazard to Americans' health, and has (surprise!) announced new rules for government and businesses to combat the problem.
Obama listed the dangers as wildfires (which apparently never existed before 1900), longer allergy seasons (really?) and rising cases of insect-borne diseases (Would he rather have an Ice Age? Climate history shows this can be arranged. It would kill the bugs).
Hey, Mr. President, here’s a hazard to Americans' health: no water. California is running dry because environmentalists cared more about a fish called the Delta smelt than about people. They prevented the building of a single new reservoir or conveyance system during a time when California's population doubled.
Thanks to environmentalists, 70 percent of California's rainfall washes out to sea every year.
California's Gov. Moonbeam, Jerry Brown, says the drought is proof that "climate change is not a hoax."
Really? Then what caused a 240-year drought in California that scientists say began in the year 850? Global warming from too many smoke signals?
The religion of environmentalism continues to victimize not just Californians but the world’s poorest. Author Steve Goreham says more than 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity while hundreds of millions of others struggle with unreliable power thanks partly to the war on coal by Western leaders and Obama.
Power outages interrupt factory production, and schools and hospitals lack vital electrical power. Unreliable electrical generation means poverty, disease, and shortened lifespans. I've never heard a lefty say they cared a rat's patootie about how their controls on cheap energy victimize the third world.
It's because this is a war, and in war you have casualties. This is war on capitalism and individualism by the Control Freak Generation, better known as the baby boomers, the same people who want to outlaw Big Gulps and junk food, but not pot.
It's also some kind of pagan religious ointment for the psychic wounds of atheists, former hippies, and the guilty rich. Climate change regulations are the Control Freaks' best mechanism for controlling more of your life and damaging your life by making you poorer.
Always remember: another collection of control freaks called the Bolsheviks thought they were building Utopia, too.
Monday, March 16, 2015
...thanks to Sweden's crazy and unsustainable immigration policy.
Here are interview excerpts with the outstanding economic researcher Tino Sanandaji. Sanandaji has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is a contributor to National Review. He is a research fellow at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm. His family is Kurdish and came to Sweden from Iran.
A new Ipsos poll shows that while most Swedes support their country's open immigration policy, only 10 percent think it works. Sweden leads Europe in per capita number of refugees welcomed into that country.
- Sweden’s experiment in massive immigration is destined to fail,
- Swedish leaders are hypocrites when it comes to immigration, because almost none of them live among immigrants,
- Sweden’s elite have formed what amounts to an “anti-racism cult” that has become a substitute religion,
- and "Speech suppression" when it comes to negative facts about Immigration has reached totalitarian levels.
This interview is from November 2014, so if figures cited by Sanandaji have changed, it’s not his fault.
I’m calling some of my interview excerpts with important Europeans, “Warnings,” because that is what they are; mostly raw interview material that I judge to be incisive and prescient. This is the stuff you should be hearing from the “mainstream media” but aren’t because of their bowing and bondage to political correctness and, in some cases, cultural Marxism.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
I’ve decided to call some of my interview excerpts with important Europeans, “Warnings,” because that is what they are; mostly raw interview material that I judge to be incisive and prescient. This is the stuff you should be hearing from the “mainstream media” but aren’t because of its bowing and bondage to political correctness and, in some cases, cultural Marxism.
These will be, in many cases, dark visions of the future, because Europe, if it doesn't wake up, faces a dark future.
George Igler, Director of the Discourse Institute in London, is one of the most important voices about the Muslim radicalization crisis in Britain. Please share this link and, in that small way, help break the dangerous censorship by big media.
In this interview excerpt from the days after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Igler said:
- Radical Muslims are de facto colonists,
- The British government’s answer to terrorism has simply been to take everyone’s rights away,
- European leaders should be held accountable for fostering homegrown Muslim terrorism,
- Laws against hate speech increase hate speech. So called “social cohesion” cannot be legislated successfully,
- Another terror attack in Britain or on the continent of Europe is "likely" this year.
As they say, "You’ve been warned."
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Fouad Belkacem, who I Interviewed in Antwerp in 2012, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison by a Belgian court for terror-related offenses and recruiting young men to fight in Syria. Belkacem, alias, "Abu Imran," was a leader in the Muslim group, Sharia4Belgium.
As you will hear in this two-part edited interview, Belkacem was completely honest about what his group wanted to achieve in turning Belgium into an Islamic state. This made him a public relations nightmare for those jihadist sympathizers who are trying to fly under the radar in Europe.
In part one of my interview, he says the label “democratic Muslim” is a contradiction in terms; that Sharia (he means the full Sharia—amputation for theft, stoning for adultery) is inseparable from true Islam; and he is very confident that the whole world will be brought under the control of Islam.
In part two, Belkacem describes the world under Sharia as something like heaven on Earth; without crime, hunger, or injustice.
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Friday, January 30, 2015
Here are highlights from my interview with Aymeric Chauprade, foreign policy advisor to the head of France's National Front party, Marine Le Pen.
After the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher Supermarket massacres, Chauprade posted a video online in which he warned that up to a million French Muslims are sympathetic to terrorism and comprise a “fifth column” in France.
He also said that France is at war with some, but not all, Muslims. For it, he was dismissed by Le Pen, although he told us he still has ties to the party.>
Le Pen is apparently trying to look kinder and gentler--some would use the term "politically correct"--toward Muslim immigration. And it has reportedly led to a schism in the leadership of the far-right party.
Here are highlights from our interview.
And here is the video in French that caused such a ruckus.
Monday, January 26, 2015
As Americans batten down the hatches for what could be an historic blizzard in the northeast, let’s revisit the recent claims made by those geniuses in the climate change movement and their sales force in big media.
“The End of Snow?” warned a New York Times headline last February. Yeah, right.
In 2000, the London Independent reported uncritically the dire warning of Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit of the University of East Anglia, who said that, in the future, "Children just aren't going to know what snow is."
Now the all-wise climate guardians have hedged their bets by telling us that climate change is the reason it is snowing so much. And if you don’t see the scientific brilliance in that flip-flop, I guess you just went to the wrong school.
I and others have called man-made catastrophic climate change a religion because it includes the elements of a paradise lost, sinners, sacrifice, atonement and an apocalypse. But calling it a religion gives it too much credit. It’s closer to a conspiracy theory on the Internet, unmoored from facts and consistency.
And, as for science, it has plenty of the political variety, propped up by dubious temperature readings cooked in a kitchen of faulty methodology or just made up.
A cool period of unknown duration is here. You were warned. Get your shovel and your woolies. And please, go make a lot of CO2.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
The Russian bear.
This is the classic 1984 Ronald Reagan presidential campaign commercial about the Soviet threat:
If the script seems strange, it was meant to counter Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale's pitch to voters that the Soviet threat was overblown and that President Reagan's tough approach was unnecessary and dangerous.
Mondale said he would talk to the Soviets and get them to negotiate. Democrats don't like to remember that back then, apart from a few hawks like Sen. Henry Jackson, a large swath of Democrats weren't bothered by the Soviets at all. Some could accurately be described as fellow travelers.
Reagan mopped the floor with Mondale, carrying 49 states and winning the most electoral votes in American history. When the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago today, some of the same Democrats insisted Reagan shouldn't be given credit for it.
Now, about that bear. Thirty years later, the Russian bear has returned. One of my missions in Scandinavia this week will be to talk to military experts in a very vulnerable region about what some fear is a new Cold War.
But the difference between the Cold War in 1984 and the one in 2014 is the difference between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Reagan was a rancher. Ranchers grab a gun when a bear is near.
The former community organizer Obama, with his sanctions, has simply poked the bear with a stick. The bear is angry and senses weakness.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Former talk show host Neal Boortz once said that the National Education Association teacher’s union is a bigger threat to America than al Qaeda.
That might sound ridiculous. But, as Boortz said, “Look, al Qaeda…could bring in a nuke into this country and kill 100,000 people…We would recover from that. It would be a terrible tragedy, but the teachers' unions in this country can destroy a generation.”
Ever since social engineers John Dewey and Horace Mann began to re-make the school house into a factory for little leftist cogs over 100 years ago, public education has increasingly eroded public morality, the family, patriotism, and learning.
One could fill a library with all the bizarre and evil social experiments foisted upon children trapped in public school classrooms. This week’s atrocity was the “Purple Penguin” story, spread through the news media and on Facebook.
National Review reported:
“(The Lincoln, Nebraska) school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.
“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.
“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.
The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”
“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says.
Faced with a national fury, Lincoln School Superintendent Steve Joel was not backing down; telling the Lincoln Journal Star that he “would not stop efforts to reach all students, including those who are gender non-conforming or transgender.”
My mother is a retired public school teacher. I graduated from a public school. But government schools have become political fiefdoms of the Left and are, more often than not, at war with Christianity, traditional American values, and the rights of parents.
They are also centers of child abuse. Kevin Williamson nailed it when he wrote the following about American public education, in response to that crazy Sandy Hook commission report released recently, which said that homeschools should be monitored.
In a piece entitled, "They Are Coming for Your Children," Williamson writes,
"(G)overnment schools are in fact the single most destructive institution in American public life, and they are the bedrock of the Left’s power, providing billions of dollars in campaign contributions and millions of man-hours for Democratic campaigns.
But they do more than that: They are the real-life version of those nightmarish incubator pods from The Matrix, and home-schooling is a red pill. We entrust our children to the state for twelve or thirteen years, during which time they are subjected to a daily regimen that is, like the school buildings themselves, more than a little reminiscent of the penitentiary: “bells and cells,” as one of my teachers used to call it.
They are instructed in obedience and compliance, as though the most important skill in life were the ability to sit quietly and follow instructions; those children who are more energetic than the authorities care for are given psychiatric diagnoses and very often put on psychiatric drugs: Since the 1980s, the rate of antidepressant prescription for children has increased five-fold, while the rate of antipsychotic prescription has increased six-fold.
The Left’s model of society is still the model of Marx and Bismarck: one big factory to be managed by experts. The government schools are an assembly line for human widgets, who are in theory there to be taught what the state requires them to know in order to fulfill their roles as workers, administrators, and other bits of human machinery.
That is the assumption behind President Obama’s insistence that “if you quit on school, you’re not just quitting on yourself — you’re quitting on your country.” Students are also there to be instructed in the official, unspoken state ideology: submission to official power.
The Left’s organizing principle is control, and the possibility that children might commonly be raised outside of its control matrix is an existential threat from the progressive point of view. Institutions such as free markets and free speech terrify progressives, because they are the result of arrangements in which nobody is in control. The idea that people could be teaching their children practically anything, without the input of credentialed education experts, is a nightmare."
Parents are responsible to God for how they raise their children. And sending children to government schools has become all but indefensible.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Islam expert David Wood at AnsweringMuslims.com has compiled some of the English language tweets from Muslims defending and celebrating the murder of American journalist James Foley.
As Wood put it, "there are plenty of Westernized Muslims who condemn the beheading of James Wright Foley. Unfortunately, Islam isn't defined by Westernized Muslims."
A Muslim told me a few days ago that the killers from the Islamic State are "criminals, not Muslims!"
But the killers believe they are being good Muslims. Some are helping distribute Qurans when they're not massacring innocent non-Muslims. And Muslims justify the beheading of Foley with Islamic teaching.
This is a big crisis, not only for the West, but for worldwide Islam, which, up until now, has been very successful in efforts to essentially colonize European nations by more peaceful means; exploiting European guilt and wacky immigration policies.
The Islamic State is now forcing Europe and America to get real about the true threat of Islam, not only in the Middle East, but within their own borders.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Business and Media Institute at Brent Bozell's Media Research Center has found that "Network usage of the phrase 'extreme weather' in the past year (July 2013 through July 2014) is up an 1,000 percent compared to July 2004 through July 2005, the year before Al Gore’s 'An Inconvenient Truth' was released.
From July 2004 to July 2005 the phrase 'extreme weather' was used in 18 stories, this past year it was used in 196 stories.
It matters when viewers complain. When you see this kind of baseless fear mongering from the liberal media, let them know that there are a lot of Americans who haven't joined the Climate Cult and who expect responsible journalism, and not theater.