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.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
From September 11, 2001 until the beginning of this year, 22,000 Muslim terrorist attacks worldwide--an average of 5 a day--killed more than 125,000people and injured nearly three times as many. The death toll does not include honor killings or those murders not reported in the media.
The website Thereligionofpeace.com says the death toll comes from published news reports about terror attacks and says it shows that, "No other religion inspires the sort of terrorism that the "Religion of Peace" (Islam) produces."
Monday, July 07, 2014
Can we say Britain still has free speech if expressing certain opinions brings a visit from the police? That’s the topic of my CBN News Focus Report today from London, Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse.'
And here is more from George Igler, director of Britain’s Discourse Institute. This is raw interview in which I am asking George when free speech ended in the United Kingdom and if Britain needs an American-style First Amendment.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
In Winchester, England this past Saturday, LibertyGB candidate Paul Weston was arrested for publicly repeating Winston Churchill’s unflattering assessment of Islam.
The words Weston spoke come from Churchill’s book, The River War:
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."
They are Churchill’s words, not Weston’s. If British police are going to arrest for the crime of free speech, they arrested the wrong man. If convicted, Weston could get two years in prison for a “racially aggravated crime” under the Public Order Act.
Here is video of the incident:
I used the Weston arrest as an example in the story, Free Speech Farce: Rise of American Fascism, about how tough it could get for Christian conservatives in this country if curbs on speech continue to grow.
Follow Dale Hurd on Twitter @dalehurd and at facebook.com/dalehurdnews.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
A Hungarian political party widely viewed as fascist and anti-Semitic could finish second in national elections on April 6.
“Jobbik, the Movement for a Better Hungary,” is already the third largest political party in Hungary and a second place finish behind ruling party Fidesz in less than three weeks could vault Jobbik into a coalition government.
According to the Hungarian political site, Politics.Hu, support for Jobbik among Hungarian voters has risen to 16 percent.
While Jobbik describes itself as "a principled, conservative and radically patriotic Christian party," it has been labeled as fascist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Roma by journalists, scholars and political figures in Hungary.
Jobbik also dislikes evangelicals who support Israel. Hungary’s largest evangelical church has launched a Hungarian Facebook page called Vote Against Jobbik.
Go to Vote Against Jobbik and like the page to help support the push against the anti-Semitic, anti-Evangelical party in Hungary.
Rev. Sandor Nemeth, the pastor of Faith Church in Budpaest, which has 60,000 attendees, calls the April 6 election “a crucial day,” because Nemeth says Jobbik views “Jews and the pro-Israel, Evangelical Christian community as their top enemies.”
He said Hungary’s Christians “need the help and support of all our friends and sisters and brothers in Christ.”
Pastor Nemeth is calling for an outpouring of “likes” on their Facebook page from everyone who supports tolerance and freedom, and especially from Christians and supporters of Israel, to show strong opposition to Jobbik.
Also, check out the website Save Hungary.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I started writing this piece a few days ago, before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. I set it aside because I didn’t want to look like I had fallen for “Godwin’s Law,” which states that if an Internet discussion goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler, Nazis, or Nazism. Turns out Hillary fell for it first.
Actually, that was only part of the reason I put this piece aside. The topic seemed too bookish and boring. It sort of still is. But if history is your thing, read along.
There are a few interesting similarities between the former KGB agent Putin and the former Austrian Corporal Hitler. But there is always a lot of low hanging fruit in comparisons of lawless leaders because they tend to act the same.
Perhaps least interesting to many of you but fascinating to me is that both Putin and Hitler reacted to what is still the most important event in modern European history, the fall of the imperial houses of Habsburg (Austria-Hungary) Hohenzollern (Germany) and Romanov (Russia) during and after World War I. The geopolitical mayhem sprung by this event still makes trouble in Europe 100 years later (The Balkans is still not settled. Russia still has not gotten over the urge to dominate former vassal states like Poland and Ukraine.) And that is extraordinary.
Both post-Soviet Russia and post-Imperial Germany suffered from what I’ll call regional superiority complexes. Both were nations of incredible cultural and political achievement. Both were weak because of political upheaval, yet still saw themselves at the top of the pecking order in their respective necks of the woods. Neo-nationalists like Putin believe Russia has the right to dominate Ukraine, just as Hitler and German nationalists believed the Third Reich could do what it wanted in Eastern Europe. You could liken it somewhat to American attitudes toward Mexico and Central America in the 1800s and 1900s.
But, let’s be clear: Putin’s first reason for the de facto invasion of the Crimea is to ensure that it remains a base for Russian naval operations. That is number one. Without it, there is no way (that I know of) for Russia to defend itself from attacks coming through the strait of Bosporus and the Black Sea. Does anyone WANT to invade Russia? No. But that, to a Russian nationalist, is either not true or not the point.
The second reason for the invasion is that Crimea used to be a part of Russia and is full of Russians. This is a version of “Pan-Slavism.” Hannah Arendt in “The Origins of Totalitarianism” postulated that Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism in the last century was rooted in the twin strains of Pan-Slavism (Russian/Soviet) and Pan-Germanism (Nazism). The concept of the brotherhood of man which permeated most of Western Europe after the Reformation and Enlightenment didn’t affect Germany and Russia as much.
Both cared more about Germans and Russians to the exclusion of other ethnic groups and nationalities (Poles, Jews, Gypsies, and Armenians, to name a few). Hitler used the excuse of protecting Germans in Czechoslovakia as a pretext to invade. Putin did a similar thing in Georgia in 2008 and Boris Yeltsin tried to do it in Serbia. In 1999, Yeltsin warned that NATO military action against Slavic Serbia could force Russia into a “European or worldwide war.” Hello, 1914?
In the Crimea invasion, Russian nationalists want to “protect” both Russians in the “near abroad” and Ukrainians. PRI’s Charles Maynes, covering Russian reaction to the invasion, writes: “Alexei Zhivov, a self-described Russian nationalist, argues that Ukraine and Russia are really just one country. And that the Maidan (anti-government) protesters, backed by Western powers, are trying to tear Ukraine out of Russia's embrace. "We should be one pan-Slavic government.”
Zhivov’s comment also points toward traditional Russian paranoia of being invaded, thanks to Napoleon and Hitler. Maynes further writes, “Maria, a pro-(Putin) activist…suggested that if Moscow didn't come to Ukraine's rescue, the fascists would come to Russia next. Unfortunately, Ukraine isn't the final goal,” she said. “Their final goal is to destroy Russia. And what's really happening is a military intervention by the West … and that's why Crimea is asking for help. They see what's happening and understand that Russia is the only one that can save them.”
One would think people should be saved FROM the Russian government, but Russian nationalists think ethnic Russians in the near abroad deserve to live with, and be under the protection of, other Slavs or Russians.
Finally, the most dangerous comparison between Hitler and Putin is one of the easiest. At the moment when aggression could have been stopped, both Hitler and Putin stared across at weak Western leaders they calculated would do little or nothing to fight them. And you have to admit that Barack Obama does a fine Neville Chamberlain.
Putin has proven he is a lawless man who, like Hitler during his rise in the 1930s, invokes the concept of law only when it is useful to his goals of internal control and external aggression. And make no mistake: Like Hitler, Putin would do anything that he knew he could get away with.
And I have to add that when it comes of Obama and Putin and breaking the law, it takes one to know one.
Dale Hurd reported from Moscow during the Gorbachev and Yeltsin periods. You can follow him on Twitter @dalehurd and on Facebook.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Garth Paltridge, one of the world’s most respected atmospheric scientists, writes in the Australian literary journal Quadrant that (my words, not his) the bill for climate change hysteria and the prostitution of science in the name of a leftist political fantasy could be about to come due.
And when it does, the damage to the reputation of science could be huge.
In what will be for some climate scientists the equivalent of a theologian being questioned on the existence of God, Paltridge asks of them, “Virtually all scientists directly involved in climate prediction are aware of the enormous uncertainties associated with their product. How is it that they can place hands over hearts and swear that human emissions of carbon dioxide are wrecking the planet?” And he warns that a backlash against science is building because, “…the average man in the street, a sensible chap who by now can smell the signs of an oversold environmental campaign from miles away, is beginning to suspect that it is politics rather than science which is driving the issue.
Paltridge is not small potatoes. He was a Chief Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), described as “Australia’s equivalent of the National Science Foundation, America's massive Federal Laboratory network and all the governmental agency science branches rolled into one.”
Writing in Forbes, former Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels cites the Paltridge article in asking, “Will the overselling of global warming lead to a new scientific dark age?”
Michaels adds, “Paltridge lays out the well-known uncertainties in climate forecasting. These include our inability to properly simulate clouds that are anything like what we see in the real world, the embarrassing lack of average surface warming now in its 17th year, and the fumbling (and contradictory) attempts to explain it away. Every year that elapses without a significant warming trend more and more erodes the credibility of not just climate science, but science in general.”
Paltridge warns that, “…we have at least to consider the possibility that the scientific establishment behind the global warming issue has been drawn into the trap of seriously overstating the climate problem…in its effort to promote the cause. It is a particularly nasty trap in the context of science, because it risks destroying, perhaps for centuries to come, the unique and hard-won reputation for honesty which is the basis of society’s respect for scientific endeavour.”
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Far more interesting to me than the debate over man-made climate change is the way followers of this apocalyptic vision desperately cling to it in the face of scandals like Climategate and the actual climate data itself (the trusted data, not the stuff that is cooked and processed for political purposes and to attract funding).
Some of the climate faithful become absolutely apoplectic-white knuckle-frothing at the mouth in the face of criticism from the unbelieving. You’d think someone was defending their mother’s honor.
This week Jon Stewart of the Daily Show used the F-word in barking that Fox Anchor Stuart Varney’s “opinion (that Climate Change is baloney) is not as valid as scientific fact!”
Yes, CO2 does become trapped in the atmosphere and does hold in heat, although carbon dioxide is dwarfed in volume by the largest greenhouse gas, water vapor. (Never fear, scientists have devised a reason why modern man is responsible for more water vapor in the atmosphere, too--Seeing a pattern here?)
And, yes, the Earth has warmed in the past 100 years. Some scientists think the climate is still recovering from Little Ice Age in the 1600s to 1800s. And current temperatures today are not nearly as warm as they were in what is called the Medieval Warm Period (from 950 to 1250 A.D.), a time when no one drove a Hummer or ate at McDonalds, but the Earth was still very hot.
But the profound spiritual crisis for those who desperately need the climate change narrative to be true is the cold fact that the Earth stopped warming between 15 and 17 years ago. That means the climate change model that is the holy scripture for so much planned, global social engineering--environmentalism's global evangelization project--is fatally flawed.
The climate change establishment has countered that 15 to 17 years is not time enough for climate to disprove a climate model. And one finds that, ultimately, nothing can disprove climate change for the believing, which then takes it from the realm of science to religious dogma.
Has climate change become a religion for some? Of course. In Paris, French philosopher Pascal Bruckner told me it has all the marks of "a pagan religion." Bruckner has written The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse (Le fanatisme de l'Apocalypse).
Although Bruckner supports environmentalism, he likens the climate change alarmism to a religious cult.
"Because it uses all the elements of traditional religion, especially the theme of the apocalypse," he said. "You have this culture of fear: 'You have sinned and now you have to be punished.'"
Climate skeptics are treated as religious heretics in need of a good public shaming or worse.
When French scientist and politician Claude Allegre came out with the book, The Climate Deception (L'imposture Climatique), 400 French scientists signed a petition asking the government to denounce the book.
Academic freedom, anyone? Belgian TV featured a program devoted to "exposing" so-called "climate criminals;" experts like Allegre who don't believe in global warming.
What would the great astronomer Galileo say about all this if he were alive? In 1633 Galileo was convicted of “grave suspicion of heresy” for "following the position of Copernicus (that the Earth revolves around the Sun), which is contrary to the true sense and authority of Holy Scripture.”
Galileo had become a subversive. He was placed under house arrest for the rest of his life. One gets the feeling that some climate change fanatics would love to put skeptics under house arrest, and take away their computers.
Galileo would also have something to say about another phenomenon happening today: the lack of sunspot activity. Beginning in 1611, Galileo began to document the lack of sunspots during what is called the Maunder Minimum. His drawings from that period still survive.
And what came next in weather history? Little Ice Age.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
She is being called "the brave German." Her name is Heidi and she stood up in the middle of a Muslim-Christian "interfaith service" and denounced a Muslim call to prayer by reciting Martin Luther, proclaiming, "Jesus Christ alone is Lord over Germany!":
Here is another video of as she is escorted from the church by police.
Here is an account of what happened from Politically Incorrect News:
On Sunday, the Memorial Church in Speyer hosted Karl Jenkins’ so called Mass for Peace “The Armed Man” where the Islamic call to prayer is performed by an Imam. For that reason, the “Campaign group for persecuted Christians” held a silent vigil at which 40 Christians took part. One of them, Heidi M. – also known as “The brave German”- didn’t want to remain silent any longer. Here is her report:
Together we are going to Speyer. We are seeing light in the congregation center behind the Memorial Church. A friendly young woman is leading us the way to the place where they are selling tickets. So, there are still some tickets left. Thank God! In a very unfriendly manner, she is being called back by the choral conductor. “Like the devil”, we two are thinking at this very moment. Many faces in this room are looking as if they were petrified. Where can I find Jesus in them?
We are getting two tickets. That’s 36.-€ (48.60$). Is this an investment in truth, or is this just a waste of money? As an economist, I quickly start calculating. There are 2000 seats in the church. If it’s only filled half, they already earned 18,000.-€. What will they do with that money? Build another mosque? What do we finance with our entrance fee?
I don’t want to join the silent vigil that had permission to quietly protest far away from the church. Regarding the issue, I cannot simply remain silent. We have tickets for the balcony. My brother – we are all like one family – cannot keep his mouth shut. He is from Northern Africa, and he’s already been through a lot. When reading the inscription at the tall statue of Martin Luther, we are deeply concerned.
While the choirs are entering the church, I have the feeling God is telling me: History repeats. The Imam is the second act of the evening. At least the first row of seats is filled with Muslims. F. recognized them immediately. They are watching him constantly.
Confidently the Imam is reaching the pedestal and starts with this awful call. Quickly I’m taking my German flag which reads: Jesus Christ is the Lord. I’ m unrolling the flag and speak the famous quote by Martin Luther: “I am standing here. I cannot do otherwise.” I know, time is short. I’m lifting the curse the Imam has just placed on the church and on us.
From each corner, people start pulling my flag. I don’t want it to rip. Then they are pushing me and F. They shall leave me, don’t touch me. I keep telling that I will leave voluntarily. They try grabbing F.’s cell phone he used for filming. Over and over they try holding me ruggedly. They already had been waiting for us to come up with something. Through the rear exit we are being pushed downstairs. I remember what Jesus Christ himself once said to those who are not worthy of God’s peace:” And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.” (Matthew 10:14 English Standard Version (ESV)) So we both consciously do. I keep thinking: this is betrayal, betrayal of the martyrs, betrayal of us believers, of our country, of God himself.
I know, this is not just about a show concealed as a “concert”. This is about the foundation of our existence. This is about our lives.
The Memorial Church in Speyer had been built at the beginning of the last century by the German state and the congregation in commemoration of Martin Luther and the German rulers who protected him. Now “the great prostitute” (Revelation 17:1 (ESV)) had occupied it.
The great Apostle Paul says in Galatians 1:8 (ESV):
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”
Reading about the content of this terrible performance, it seems to me like a curse on our country. It feels as if we were singing to this “concert” for our own judgment. It’s pure idolatry being carried out in God’s church. The living God, this house has been dedicated to, will react to this.
The pastors and the leader of the Protestant/Evangelical Church in Germany betray their founder Martin Luther and the reformers, they betray our country which built its law and moral standards upon God’s word, the Bible. They betray all of us.
F. told me this morning: “I am proud of us There is nothing more beautiful in my life than what we did last evening. Heidi, you were Martin Luther’s substitute. WE are the congregation. We said what had to be said. The people know and understand nothing.”
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The world wasted almost a billion dollars a day last year trying to “limit global warming,” according to the latest Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) report. $359 billion. It’s money that could have been used to feed and clothe a lot of poor people or eradicate a disease or invest in struggling third world economies.
The only sliver of good news is that it was $5 billion less than the year before.
This week, the self-anointed head of the Climate Church, Al Gore, is running a climate “telethon” on the Internet, called “24 Hours of Reality.” The goal is scare enough of the guilty into wasting even more money on a “carbon tax.” The website says “Join us as we go around the world, identifying the costs of carbon pollution and the solution that can change the course of our future.”
Al Gore knows a thing or two about the cost of “carbon pollution.” Forbes Magazine says Gore owns “a 20-room, 10,000 square foot antebellum mansion in Nashville’s wealthy Belle Meade neighborhood, and (a) $8.9 million rising ocean-front threatened villa in Montecito, Calif., he purchased following his divorce.“
Gore’s Nashville home alone generates a 221,000 kilowatt-hours utility bill, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. That’s 20 times the energy consumption of the average household.
There are a few hopeful signs that the world just might be coming to its senses about all this climate change hooey. Tony Abbott was just elected in Australia on a platform of ending their carbon tax. Renewable subsidies are being cut in ten European nations, the price of carbon credits has collapsed in Europe, and global coal usage is growing.
Global temperatures have been stubbornly flat for almost 17 years despite apocalyptic climate model predictions. Extreme weather in the U.S. defied the scare-mongers this year. America's hurricane season was a no-show. Antarctica continues to set ice records.
The Earth will never cooperate with you, Mr. Gore. It will go its own way. Droughts and floods, warm and cold periods, all will come and go as they did millennia before coal or the invention of the internal combustion engine.
What the world really needs is a telethon to save the hundreds of billions being utterly wasted every year to "save the planet." Billions that could be used for so much good. That is a true global tragedy.