(hat tip to Jihad Watch)CAIR/ISNA spokeswoman:Media in the US is very gullible…If you have something to say, especially as a Muslim, they’ll come running to you. Take advantage of that!If you have a few minutes, please watch the following video, whic…
Back when I was in college (1968-1972), I heard quite a bit in my science classes about “the coming Ice Age.”
Today, of course, environmentalists’ theme of “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” has changed to incessant chatter about global warming.
Comes this recent article from the Daily Caller:
If you think the Earth is hot now, try wearing plate armor in the Middle Ages.
A Swedish study found that the planet was warmer in ancient Roman times and the Middle Ages than today, challenging the mainstream idea that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the main drivers of global warming.
The study, by scientist Leif Kullman, analyzed 455 “radiocarbon-dated mega-fossils” in the Scandes mountains and found that tree lines for different species of trees were higher during the Roman and Medieval times than they are today. Not only that, but the temperatures were higher as well.
Increasingly, scientists are looking away from human causes and looking at solar activity and natural climate variability for explanations of why the planet warms and cools.
“All other things being equal, adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere will have a warming effect on the planet,” Judith Curry, a climatologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, told the Los Angeles Times. “However, all things are never equal, and what we are seeing is natural climate variability dominating over human impact.”
The Kullman study points to mounting evidence that climate is largely out of human control, as humans were not burning large amounts fossil fuels during Roman and Medieval times….
Read the entire article HERE.
Environmentalists may not always be wrong. After all, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while, and even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
On the other hand, the agenda of environmentalists often seems twofold: to scare people so as to keep them in panic mode, and to preach to us “scientifically” that we are evil consumers whose very existence threatens the existence of Planet Earth.
Your thoughts about global warming?
My thoughts about the reality (the first photo taken on December 9, 2013, and the second photo taken on December 10, 2013, here at the AOW household):
We’re not in the deep freeze now, but it is clearly much colder than usual for this time of year!
The Washington National Cathedral’s stained class windows incorporate many different themes and subjects.
Upon the recent death of Nelson Mandela, objections have now arisen to two of the stained glass windows — two separate windows depicting General Stonewall Jackson and General Robert E. Lee, both of them officers in the Confederate Army:
According to this recent article in the Washington Post:
Jackson is described as walking “humbly before his Creator, whose word was his guide.” Lee is described as a “servant of God, leader of men, general-in-chief of the armies of the Confederate States whose compelling sense of duty, serene faith and unfailing courtesy mark him for all ages as a Christian soldier without fear and without reproach.”
Above each inscription are stained-glass windows depicting events from the mens’ lives. They even feature the Confederate flag.
Absent from the hagiography is any suggestion that the cause Lee and Jackson fought for was in any way controversial, or that the presence of the niches is inappropriate for a cathedral, especially a cathedral in the capital of the union the generals tried to destroy.
Objections are not limited to the two stained class windows mentioned above. The article also mentions that the cathedral also holds the remains of one of the country’s most racist presidents — Woodrow Wilson.
Before sharing any comments that you may have, please read this article in the Washington Post for further details.
At the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on December 3, 2013 (hat tip to Bloviating Zeppelin):A Christmas surprise!The blurb at YouTube:Starting with a single cellist on the floor of the National Air and Space Museum’s “Milestones of Flight” ga…
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It’s going to take a while to get over this miserable head cold. Until I’m feeling better, blogging will be be light — if I blog at all. Thankfully, the classes that I teach will be on Christmas Break as of Thursday at 2:50 P.M.
Despite this misery, I ventured out to Hair Cuttery on Saturday to get my hair colored. As of Thanksgiving morning, I have no more bubbles in my eye, so I could finally tip my head back to access the shampoo bowl. I had to do something with my hair after a student’s comment to me last Thursday: “You look like you’ve been run over by a dump truck.” Indeed!
I’m glad that I got the interior of the house decorated for Christmas before this head cold struck.
Decorate A Vet took care of embellishing the outside. Our house has never looked this Christmas-y!
|Decorate A Vet embellished our house for Christmas on December 7.|
The above picture doesn’t begin to show the many blessings that Decorate A Vet has bestowed upon us to thank Mr. AOW for his service (US Army, 1971-1973)! The entire front yard, the front fence, the porch, and the wheelchair ramp are decked out. Decorate A Vet also created a driveway for us and built a walkway/scooter-way to the grill area. It even snowed a bit yesterday. We are in a Christmas mood here!
When I’m feeling better, I’ll be posting a photo essay about our Christmas 2013.
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I have been felled by a head cold — just in time for the approaching winter storm.
The pitch of my voice has dropped to basso profondo.
Charming, just charming.
Until I’m feeling better, blogging will be light.
I will, however, be co-hosting this afternoon’s edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show. Our guest is Duck. The topic for discussion: the surveillance state.
Those employer-based plans, many of which are going to be slammed by the end of 2013, and the information comes from Obama’s own Department of Justice (hat tip to Bunkerville for the video below):
For all those who have been sighing with relief because they have employer-based policies, a reminder from 1946:
“First They Came” by Martin Niemöller (14 January 1892 – 6 March 1984):
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
Tyrants don’t let anyone escape their tentacles of power and suppression. Anyone!
(Two posts today. Please scroll down. The two posts are somewhat related)
Last week in my mailbox on the front porch, I received a card from UPS. The card stated as follows:
We are unable to deliver this package(s) because:
CORRECT STREET # NEEDED, NOT DELIVERED
Your shipment will be held at the above address until:
Dec 02, 2013
After that date, it will be returned to sender.
Please pick up your package(s) at the address listed at the top — a government issued photo ID is required — or you may call us…
The shipment was a set of four audio CD’s from Amazon. Clearly, an item that easily fits on my large front porch, where UPS has left numerous large packages over the years.
What makes this topic worthy of a blog post? The utter inanity of it all!
1. Over the past few weeks before the arrival of the item-undeliverable card, I received numerous Amazon shipments via UPS. At least five shipments delivered successfully!
2. If the shipment was addressed to the incorrect street number — and it wasn’t addressed incorrectly in any way, or I obviously wouldn’t have received the card at all — why did UPS snail-mail me a card addressed to the same street and number?
I called UPS and spoke with a customer service representative, a very pleasant fellow.
At first he tried to maintain that the package was addressed incorrectly and was, therefore, undeliverable.
AOW: Does the address on the package match the address on this card that I have in my hand right now?
Customer service representative: Um, yes.
AOW: Then the package is addressed correctly, wouldn’t you say? I do have the card here in my hand.
I could almost hear the wheels turning in his head as he realized the utter stupidity of this situation.
I couldn’t help but think of this little snippet from Star Trek: The Original Series:
I refused to drive to the UPS office, located some miles away, and the customer service representative didn’t insist that I do so.
The “undeliverable” shipment from Amazon arrived early the next morning.
And he still has an approval rating as high as it is? It’s the Cult of Obama!
A third trait of a cult is that complete loyalty is demanded of the followers. Dissent and criticism is not permitted. Those who dissent will be marginalized, excluded from decision making and demonized. If the leaders cannot get rid of the dissenters they will be isolated and given a name. They will be “the troublemakers” or “the grumblers”. The dissenters from within will be considered the most dangerous ones and you will find that there are divisions–those who are loyal followers and those who are suspected of being “disloyal” or “rebellious”. The disloyal and rebellious ones will be deemed “unspiritual” or “difficult”. In extreme cases the dissenters will become scapegoats and all the negativities of the group will be projected on to them….
Another source for cultism HERE. Worth your time to do down the checklist. How many items can you check off as evidence of the Cult of Obama?
A recent cover of The Economist deconstructs the Cult of Obama, yet the article goes on to relate how Obama can restore his credibility:
Cult followers are obdurate in the extreme.
Additional reading: Random Thoughts by Thomas Sowell. Worth your time.
With a hat tip to Adrienne’s Corner:[In keeping with the spirit of gratitude for our many blessings, Nincompoopery is on hiatus until December 7]