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Archive for 2 December 2009
Do Smoking Guns Cause Global Warming, Too?
by Ann Coulter
As we now know (and by “we” I mean “everyone with access to the Internet”), the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) has just been caught ferociously manipulating the data about the Earth’s temperature.
Recently leaked e-mails from the “scientists” at CRU show that, when talking among themselves, they forthrightly admit to using a “trick” to “hide the decline” in the Earth’s temperature since 1960 — as one e-mail says. Still another describes their manipulation of the data thus: “[W]e can have a proper result, but only by including a load of garbage!”
Am I just crazy from the heat or were they trying to deceive us?
I have a link over there on the left you may, or may not have noticed, for Manhattan Declaration.
From their website:
We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:
- the sanctity of human life
- the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
- the rights of conscience and religious liberty.
To protect the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home, and to provide for the enforcement of such right.
Has anyone read the U.S. Constitution? There’s the section often referred to as The Bill of Rights. Right there, in the second one, it says: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
First, it speaks of the militia. Well, communities need local folks to protect them, so there are local law enforcement. Many believe that the National Guard is what is referred to as ‘militia’. Not exactly. Individuals need to be involved in their ability to protect their ‘free state’. It also states that the people, as in “We, The People”, have the right to keep and bears arms, aka, personal weapons.
1. (tr) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc.)
2. (intr; foll by on or upon) to encroach or trespass
contravene, run afoul, conflict, breach, infract, transgress, violate, go against, offend, break
How difficult is this to understand?
Read full bill below:
Tennessee Rep. Janis Sontany is considering legislation that would make abuse of any confined animal a felony.
The Nashville Democrat visited the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on Tuesday and viewed 82 nearly starved horses and two mules that had been moved there last week after being found in atrocious conditions on a Cannon County farm.
Sontany told The Tennessean that farm animals were not included when a measure that addressed dog and cat abuse passed the Legislature because of objections from farming community representatives.
However, she said such treatment of horses — or any confined animal — should be a felony like it is when a dog or cat is abused.
Cannon County Sheriff Billy Nichols said the two men from whose farm the animals were removed face misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.
This is NOT how you treat animals!
It’s not often I agree with a Democrat, but I’m inclined to do so in this case. It’s not secret I love critters. All critters. I don’t think animals are equal to humans. I do believe if you choose to take an animal into your home, yard, whatever, you should treat them as a loved pet.
Living out in the middle of nowhere, I’ve learned just how oblivious, and callous, people can be when it comes to animals. Allowing your dogs (and cats) run wild, free to get hit by fast moving vehicles, dumping them off in sparsely populated areas to starve, is beyond my comprehension. We have ‘neighbors’ who rarely fed their horses, and luckily, finally sold them, hopefully to someone who will actually care for them. Most people who have been coming around know about our battles with peacocks and goats, neither of which are of the pet variety. One is only good for the tail feathers and the other is some good eating. Period.
There are purposes for different animals. Using them as food to sustain our bodies, work on farms, or to provide us company and love us unconditionally. They were NOT put on this planet to be abused!
H/T: Post Politics
A Page by Page Guide to Democrats’ Health Care Bill
The Democrats’ $2.5 trillion, 2,074-page health care bill contains many provisions that will increase the cost of health care in America. Here are just a few:
- Page 324 includes an $8 billion tax on individuals that have non-government “approved” health plans.
- Page 348 levies a $28 billion tax on businesses that cannot afford to offer insurance to their employees.
- Page 1979 raises an almost $150 billion tax on many middle-class workers using so-called “Cadillac” health insurance plans.
- Page 1997 will cost families and individuals an additional $5 billion by prohibiting the use of savings set aside for health care expenses through health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts or health reimbursement accounts for the purchase of non-prescription or over the counter medicines.
- Page 2010 will make the cost of lifesaving medicine more expensive by taxing pharmaceutical research firms an additional $22.2 billion.
- Page 2020 will ultimately lead to increases in the cost of advanced medical devices like pacemakers by raising taxes on medical device manufacturers an additional $19.3 billion.
- Page 2026 will increase the health care premiums paid by millions of Americans through a new $60.4 billion tax on health insurance companies.
- Page 2040 increases the Medicare payroll tax on those earning more than $250,000. This new tax would cost $53.8 billion.
- Page 2044 will eliminate a tax break in current law on Blue Cross / Blue Shield Providers and Beneficiaries, which equals about half a billion dollars annually, if at least 85 percent of revenues are not spent on clinical services. This new tax will result in higher premiums.
- Page 2045 will create a $5.8 billion tax for patients receiving elective cosmetic surgery.
Click here to read the bill for yourself.
Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said: “Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.” So why did President Obama choose last night’s address to further disintegrate what morale is left in the fight in Iraq? Choosing the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York was on first blush a wise decision. These are the young men and women who will put their lives on the line, or may have already, to defend the President’s decisions. This is not the “enemy camp” as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews described them. And these are not merely props in a photo op as President Obama poorly joked while at Osan Air Base in South Korea earlier in November.
But when President Obama chose to give a full throated, campaign-like outburst against the Iraq war and former President Bush to the future troops who may be deployed there, a gripe that was also heard by the troops already based in Iraq, he crossed a line that no other President would have, or has previously, crossed. This was not a speech designed for an audience of brave souls willing to lay their life on the line for this great nation, but a speech designed to appease a political base in desperate need of conciliation. But let’s be clear, this was a muddled and defensive speech to begin with.