The Black Pat Robertson

March 16, 2008

I don’t want to give any more coverage to leftist hate-monger Jeremiah Wright than is good for him, but I feel obligated to ask this question. Exactly what is the official media policy towards people who use religion to propagate their own loony political views? I think we need to get something in writing here. I sense a lot of duplicity and pandering.

Andrew Sullivan says it is only “incumbent” on the media to give equal coverage of all the good things Wright’s ministry has accomplished. I agree; the only problem is, the media doesn’t do that with weirdo evangelicals like Pat Robertson. I don’t think I’ve seen Mr. Sullivan, Time Magazine, or any other major news outlet devote an article to the great things the 700 Club has done for people. Mr. Wright would be a first, and a fair question is why does he deserve to be a first?

Those who say race has nothing to do with this have their heads six feet in the sand. Wright is getting preferential treatment because he is so heavily entrenched within the “Black religious experience.” Note Sullivan’s choice of words: “intemperate,” rather than the favorite adjective of the Robertson attack squad, “intolerant.” One means a guy just gets too angry sometimes; the other means he’s a jerk with bad beliefs. I think either of those words would do fine, but they need to appear on both sides.

Either this kind of talk, coming from a white evangelical or a black community leader, is wrong and hateful, or it isn’t. I think it is, so why equivocate on terms?

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Get this. The Southern Baptist Convention has decided to combat global warming.

Southern Baptist Leaders Take Unusual Step of Urging Fight Against Climate Change
NEW YORK (AP) — In a major shift, a group of Southern Baptist leaders said their denomination has been “too timid” on environmental issues and has a biblical duty to stop global warming.

The declaration, signed by the president of the Southern Baptist Convention among others and released Monday, shows a growing urgency about climate change even within groups that once dismissed claims of an overheating planet as a liberal ruse. The conservative denomination has 16.3 million members and is the largest Protestant group in the U.S.

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Green air

March 6, 2008

This is absurd.

A major airline is under fire from environmentalists for flying an aircraft across the Atlantic with only five passengers on board.

The flight from Chicago to London meant that the plane, a Boeing 777, used 22,000 gallons of fuel.

 

It led to American Airlines being accused of reckless behaviour by green lobby groups.

The latest “eco- scandal” flight took place on February 9 after American was forced to cancel one of its four daily services from Chicago to London.

While it was able to find places for nearly all the passengers on the fully-booked flight, five still had to be accommodated. Those who did fly were upgraded to the business class cabin.

But while they enjoyed lavish hospitality, the airline was accused of an “obscene waste of fuel” by Friends of the Earth.

Richard Dyer, Friends of the Earth’s transport campaigner said: “Flying virtually empty planes is an obscene waste of fuel. Through no fault of their own , each passenger’s carbon footprint for this flight is about 45 times what it would have been if the plane had been full.

Amazing. Five people should been left stranded because their carbon footprint was going to be too high.

Here’s a question. What’s the biggest waste: Taking five passengers where they need to go, or leaving them behind because of a highly controversial scientific/political opinion?

The point is: We are NOT servants of the earth. If global warming enthusiasts want to make for themselves a religion of naturalism, by all means let them. Just keep them away from the government. What next, passenger quotas for private planes?

Fareed Zakaria has his head firmly planted in the sand:

Conservatism grew powerful in the 1970s and 1980s because it proposed solutions appropriate to the problems of the age—a time when socialism was still a serious economic idea…

Still?

Congress’ National Pastime

February 14, 2008

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As one who takes a keen interest in both American politics and sports, I can say with confidence that I have never been more disgusted at a marriage of two hobbies.  The recent Congressional hearings involving MLB superstars, specifically hallowed pitcher Roger Clemens, demonstrate exactly what’s wrong with your government.

Let’s examine what is really the issue in all of this. Congress wants to find out, using your money to do it, whether or not Roger Clemens ever took performing enhancing drugs during his years as a New York Yankee. Clemens was put in this hot seat by the Mitchell Report, a lengthy, damning lovechild of probes into Major League Baseball regarding players who were knowingly injected with banned substances. Named for the man who lead the investigation, former Senator George Mitchell (who could realistically run for President on something like a “Read My Lips: No New Steroids” platform), the report dropped some significant names, including at least two teammates of Clemens, both of which have admitted the truth of the allegations.

The man behind those allegations is Brian McNamee, a former trainer who now has moved his accusations over to Clemens. Clemens is the only one accused by McNamee to refute the allegations, but this is rather predictable. Clemens clearly has the most to lose of all the accused players, both in terms of national reputation and future Hall of Fame eligibility. He has gone on record before Congress and denied the allegations, which now puts him in a perjury ultimatum, as it does with McNamee.

Now all this is nice drama for ESPN, but what exactly does this have to do with me? Taxpayers are funding Congressional hearings into the matters of private citizens and private entertainment organizations. I won’t say “socialist” just yet, but I will say infuriating. This has NOTHING, but NOTHING, to do with the average American citizen, who would probably like to see some efforts on, I don’t know, a war, an economy, a social security system, a culture of death, an absurd tax system, a dangerously incompetent immigration policy, ad infinitum.

This is just a textbook example of what is wrong with our government. The biggest problem Americans have is not a Republican or Democrat; it is the bipartisan efforts made in Washington to retain power and avoid getting things done. Principle? Naw, man, that might cost me my votes. Both parties are in on it. It’s not just Democrats or Republicans who like power; it’s politicians. The Founders understood this, and it is why they envisioned a radically different model of government than what our exclusive political party system offers us.

To any Senators or Congressmen who may be reading this: Stop playing baseball with our money, and start getting things done.

(Photo: Getty Images, New York Magazine.)

Party Poopers

February 2, 2008

It’s perfectly within their legal rights, of course, but it’s also a perfect a example of why they’re known as the No Fun League.

I think this reflects more than just an isolated principle of the NFL. This is an example of a wider arrogance among big corporations towards copyright laws. Just look at the music recording industry, which has done everything in it’s power to ensure that consumers pay more for less. Companies and industries know what they can do, and take pointless steps to do it. What do they gain? What revenue can the NFL possibly lose by a group of people watching the big game on a big screen?

The Global Warming Heretic is getting mixed signals out of the Left’s favorite apocalyptic hot spot.

From the London Times via Fox News, January 17:

Greenland Ice Sheet Rapidly Melting, Scientists Find

Greenland’s ice sheet shrank more rapidly last summer than at any other time in the past 50 years, measurements have shown.

Researchers said the extent of the melt was evidence that the ice sheet was in “inexorable decline” because of global warming.

The researchers found a shift in meteorological patterns over the past 15 years, with a direct correlation being found between Greenland’s weather and the generally warmer weather across both the northern and southern hemispheres.

From Icecap.us, January 17:

Ice Returns as Greenland Temps Plummet

On Disko Bay in western Greenland, where a number of prominent world leaders have visited in recent years to get a first-hand impression of climate change, temperatures have dropped so drastically that the water has frozen over for the first time in a decade. “The ice is up to 50cm thick,” said Henrik Matthiesen, an employee at Denmark’s Meteorological Institute who has also sailed the Greenlandic coastline for the Royal Arctic Line. ‘We’ve had loads of northerly winds since Christmas which has made the area miserably cold.’ Matthiesen suggested the cold weather marked a return to the frigid temperatures common a decade ago.

 Conference, anyone?