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Purple Penguins Come Home to Roost

About a year and a half ago, I posted about a school district out west that was trying to get their students away from referring to each other by the “outdated” terms of “boys” and “girls”.  Instead, they came up with the generic, nonsensical phrase “purple penguins” as a way to refer to students so that kids who may be questioning their birth gender wouldn’t get offended.

In the many months since then, this “tyranny of the minority” has only grown stronger. Now, after more than seven years of fundamental transformation, the Obama administration has issued a threat—uh, “guidance letter’—to every public school in America, from grade school through college. Obama’s edict issued last week proclaims that young girls and women must share their restrooms and locker rooms with members of the opposite sex—formerly known as boys or men—who have decided they don’t “feel” like a male. If they don’t, they will bring down the wrath of Big Government in the form of denial of funds for any activities that may be government funded (i.e. sports programs).

The guidance on restroom policies for public schools came down from the departments of Justice and Education just days after the Obama administration and the state of North Carolina filed lawsuits against each other over a recently-passed law in that state.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 states that people must use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate.  The law also protects private businesses and other public facilities who wish to establish their own bathroom policies rather than be forced to allow men into women’s restrooms and vice versa. The government claims the law violates Titles VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion.  Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex from participation in educational programs or activities that receive federal funding.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is accusing North Carolina of “state-sponsored discrimination against transgendered individuals”, and Governor Pat McCrory is charging the Obama administration with bypassing Congress and re-writing federal law.  He said, “They are now telling every government agency and every company that employs more than 15 people that men should be allowed to use a women’s locker room, restroom or shower facility.”

Several states’ lawmakers are speaking out against Obama’s latest over-reaching into their business and refuse to be bullied by Obama’s threats of stripping them of funding for non-compliance with his rules (which are not legally binding). Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said they are prepared to forfeit billions of dollars in federal funding rather than comply with the Obama dictate for their 5.2 million students.

Superintendent of the Port Neches-Groves school district in Texas, Rodney Cavness, was right to the point when he said, “When I get that letter, I’ll throw it away.”  Cavness said if and when the issue comes up in his district, they plan to deal with it on a case by case basis and not make a big deal of it because the job of the teachers and administrators is to love all the children.  Cavness said they aren’t in the business of social engineering, they are “having school.”

That is exactly how all of these public schools should look at these kinds of federal intrusions.  All of this is being done for a very, very tiny segment of society.  According  to the Williams Institute, just 0.3 percent of the population identifies as transgendered.  It would seem that the majority of that 0.3 percent would be adults and therefore beyond school age, so we’re talking about vastly changing the idea of privacy in the bathroom for more than 99 percent of the people in order to satisfy a handful of people.

You have to wonder, what is this really about?  Obamacare was never about healthcare.  Gay “marriage” was never about marriage. Everything that a statist like Obama does usually involves control and pushing the envelope. You can be sure that Obama will continue to use the waning months of his presidency to issue more such edicts as this one.

With all of the really serious threats we face as a nation, isn’t it good to know that the president is so concerned about the restroom policies in public schools?  The fact that such a thing as “restroom policies” even exist is a little disturbing. It’s not enough that liberal progressives have turned our military into their own private petri dish for every far-left agenda item, but in recent decades, they’ve been trying to do the same with education.  Tyrants always target the children when attempting to change a society because they know there’s truth in the statement made by 18th century preacher and abolitionist John Wesley:  “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”

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Smashing Pumpkins

Some time ago, I posted about “The Greening of Lent”, where environmentalists gave people the charge to reduce their “carbon footprint” during the 40 days before Easter. Now, the kooks have moved their attention to Halloween costumes and fall festivities to deliver their politically correct message. If the thought of skeletons, zombies and angry clowns coming to your house tonight for free food makes you tense, you’ll be happy to know there are some new creatures that may be coming to your door.

The Department of Energy is encouraging potential ghosts and goblins to dress as alternative energy sources. It’s true. As if they have nothing else to concern themselves with, you may get to see kids dressed as wind turbines, solar panels and maybe even as the head of the department, Ernest Moniz. Not sure what’s scarier: a child who would want to dress in these costumes, or a child who actually knows who Ernest Moniz is.

The Department of Energy even has instructions on its website for kids who decide to take the environmentalist message into their Halloween costumes. The agency also made news this week after it claimed the most famous icon of Halloween—the jack-o-lantern—causes global warming. According to the website, once your happy or scary pumpkin face gets old, it will end up in a landfill, “adding to more than 254 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) produced in the United States every year… At landfills, MSW decomposes and eventually turns into methane—a harmful greenhouse gas that plays a part in climate change, with more than 20 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide (CO2).”

However, they do mention some actual good news. This waste can be used as bio-fuel that could help the country become less dependent on foreign oil (as if we really have to be anyway with all of the natural gas we have), but that’s another topic for another time. The Department of Energy doesn’t seem to discourage the carving of pumpkins, however. As with the costumes, they just encourage you to carve something energy efficient into them, such as the previously-mentioned wind turbine, a curly CFL light bulb or the shape of an atom. So if dressing up as a windmill doesn’t interest you, maybe you can just carve one into a pumpkin, set it out on your porch and then all your neighbors will know that you care about the planet.

This is confusing…like the jack-o-lantern, the “Energy Pumpkins” too will end up in a landfill until such time as the technology and resources are in place that can convert them into the bioenergy of which the bureaucrats at the DOE speak. So, given the choice between some boring costume or pumpkin carving, most of us prefer to stick with tradition…so fire up the jack-o-lanterns!

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Freak Show

There’s still more than a month to go until Halloween, but that didn’t stop the weirdos, scary people and assorted kooks from making headlines this past week. Climate change/ global warming believers took to the streets of cities across the U.S. and around the world in an effort to pressure world leaders at the United Nations to “do something” about the climate that they say is too warm. Too warm where, and for who or what, no one ever seems to explain. What is this optimal, worldwide temperature that is perfect for everyone, everywhere and at all times?

They don’t know and it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they feel like they’re doing something. That something usually involves downsizing America in some way. For instance, some of the relics who participated in the “Peoples Climate March” in New York stayed the next day so they could “Flood Wall Street” because they believe the cause of climate change is “unchecked capitalism”.

In fact, these marches around the world were largely communists, socialists, anarchists, people who hate the police (that’s the profession, not the rock band) and some concerned folks who really do care about the environment. Speaking of Police (the band, not the profession), environmentalist and musician Sting was there, as were actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Thompson, who made this proclamation: “Unless we’re carbon free by 2030 the world is buggered”. She may have failed 8th grade earth science, because if carbon dioxide ever goes the way of the dinosaur, there goes all plant life as we know it…that would leave us all “buggered”.

No climate gathering would be complete without an appearance by the High Priest of the Church of GlobalWarmingClimateChange himself, former VP of the US, Algore. Gore was fresh off a speech on his favorite topic a couple weeks ago that left many laughing at what appeared to be Divine Intervention inserting itself into Al’s fiery tirade. Just as he began quoting a passage of scripture from the Book of Luke, Gore’s microphone cut off on a most interesting word…”hypocrites”.

Some like it hot:  The Heat Miser from a classic Christmas cartoon, and Algore, climate profiteer

Some like it hot: The Heat Miser from a classic Christmas cartoon, and Algore, climate profiteer

Hypocrisy seems to be a common thread among progressives, particularly on this topic of climate. They support wind turbines, but only near your home—not theirs. They don’t want you to drive an SUV, but they can cruise around on private jets on a regular basis. They want you to pay higher energy bills, leaving you with less money for extras. But they won’t be scaling back their lifestyles anytime soon.  In the cases of the names previously mentioned, they’ve already made their money, so intrusive regulations and higher bills don’t bother them.

They rail against capitalism, and promote every other “ism” even though capitalism has been very good to Sting, DiCaprio, Thompson and Gore. Very, very good.

They despise fossil fuels and carried signs and wore t-shirts as they marched decrying our dependence on them. Yet they failed to see the irony in that the entire event wouldn’t have been possible without them. Hundreds of thousands of people had to take transportation that, for the most part, was powered by gas and oil. Even those who took electric cars to the march were driving on fossil fuels, since so many car parts are made with plastic—another product of fossil fuels.

Forbes.com columnist Alex Epstein wrote an excellent response to those who felt the need to march last week, and to those world leaders at the UN that are more than happy to respond to their requests for worldwide taxes on the use of oil, coal and natural gas. He gives 6 reasons why limiting fossil fuels will hurt the planet and the downtrodden people the marchers say they want to help by eliminating their use. Epstein points out that if the use of fossil fuels is denied to developing nations and to future generations, “we will have blood on our hands” because lives will be cut short around the globe.

He goes on to give this important fact: “There is not one modern economy in the world that is powered by solar and wind, because they are inferior, unreliable sources of energy.” The useful idiots marching in the streets may think the world would be better and more peaceful if we just weren’t using fossil fuels, but they never explain what more efficient, affordable alternative is out there. They also never explain where all the electricity will come from—in the absence of oil, coal and natural gas—that will be able to power all of the electric cars that they hope everyone will be driving in the next ten years.

The Green Movement is more about control: control of people’s lifestyles, populations and their futures. These types of schemes only work for those who make the rules, while the rest of us—“the masses” as progressives often call people who aren’t them. One of the leaders of the People’s Climate March is Bill McKibben. He’s also the lead environmentalist against the proposed Canadian-XL pipeline project that the Obama administration has been stalling on for years. McKibben is known for his beliefs that population must be controlled to achieve a “humbler world”. He even wrote a book about it. There’s more to say on this, but I just want to leave with a McKibben quote: “If we now, today, limited our numbers and our desires and our ambitions, perhaps nature could someday resume its independent working.” [emphasis mine]

Are you still doubting that Green is the New Red?

Halloween comes early: People's Climate March protesters proving that it's not about climate.

Halloween comes early: People’s Climate March protester proving that it’s not about climate.

Icecapades

Perhaps the biggest untold news story of 2014 has already happened—and the year is barely a week old.  If you rely on the mainstream American press for your information, you probably heard something about a group of “tourists” who were stuck on a boat surrounded by ice in Antarctica recently.  These weary travelers were, fortunately, rescued…and that’s a good thing.  And then the rescuers had to be rescued by a small ice-breaking vessel of the U.S. Coast Guard.  That’s what you would have heard from the alphabet soup of media talking heads, and you may have been wondering:  why would anyone go “touring” or “cruising” in Antarctica?

Of course, no one would, unless they were on a mission…and that’s the part of the news story the American media completely dodged.  You would have had to go to an overseas news source early on to get the real story—the “why”—because calling those folks stuck in ice “tourists” is about as believable as Gilligan, Mary Ann, Ginger and The Rest bringing everything they owned on a three hour tour.

The missing piece to the puzzle was that the passengers on the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy were global warming scientists/ researchers who went there to prove their theory that the polar ice caps are melting, the polar bears have nowhere to hang out, and eventually, there really will be oceanfront property in Arizona.  As the BBC put it toward the very end of their article about the event, “One of the aims was to track how quickly the Antarctic’s sea ice was disappearing.”

Apparently, it isn’t disappearing quickly enough.  Though it’s summertime in Antarctica, the hapless true believers of man-made global warming were stuck on ice from Christmas Eve through the New Year holiday.  As New Years’ revelers shivered in frigid temperatures in Times Square, the researchers on board Akademik Shokalskiy ushered in 2014 by singing a song they made up about their misadventures.

This week has seen most of our nation gripped in the jaws of the ominous-sounding “polar vortex”.  Although this is not a new weather phenomenon, the mainstream media couldn’t seem to get enough of it, making it sound as if we’re seeing things that haven’t happened before because of man-made global warming.  The White House came out with its own video to attempt to defy logic with its “the-earth-is-still-on-fire” alarm “The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes”.  Basically, the guy in the video tells us not to believe our own lying eyes (and frozen other parts) because this polar vortex proves the earth is really getting warmer.  These people need to get their stories straight.  Either the earth is warming or its cooling, but it can’t be doing both—in all parts of the earth, at the same time.  For a more scientific and level-headed look at the recent cold snap, check this out.

The news media should be focusing on other things rather than why winter is cold and summer is hot.  But certain things they must hide—like the mission of the Antarctic ship stuck in ice.  As the public relations arm of the current control-obsessed White House, the “WHY?” of that story makes them look even more ridiculous than most of us already believe them to be.

Perhaps no one summed up the events surrounding the Akademik Shokalskiy better than satirical columnist and author Frank J. Fleming when he said this:  “We’re never going to get good data on global warming if everyone keeps getting trapped in ice.”

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It’s Ea$y Being Green

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the terrorist attack that was perpetrated upon the city of Boston last week during the Boston Marathon.  This post isn’t about that.  I think many others have been and will continue to do a much better job covering that constantly-changing story than I’m able to do here.  My heart and prayers go out and up for those family members of the three people killed, and to all of the many victims whose lives were forever changed last Monday.  God bless all the police officers, emergency workers and others who helped save lives, as well as those who worked tirelessly to capture the suspect who remained alive at the end of the week.

With that said, today is the 43rd anniversary of the first Earth Day.  In remembrance of that first “celebration” more than 4 decades ago, Freedomworks published a list of the “13 Worst Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970”.  It shows how the environmental movement, guided by  far-left zealots in politics, academia and the media, have predicted gloom and doom for the earth and all human beings if something (via the government and/or the United Nations) wasn’t done to keep the climate from changing.  Here’s just a few:

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”  — Harvard biologist George Wald

“By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter

“In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich

Like his predecessors, former Vice President Al Gore has certainly made a comfortable living hawking the global warming/ climate change message.  The Profit of Doom (pun intended) has made a number of speeches over the past several years predicting the polar ice caps would be completely melted within five years.  From what I could find, he first mentioned this in 2007, so they should be gone by now, or at least getting pretty close to being gone, but I’ve not found any information to back that up.  Probably because it isn’t happening.  If it were, the media would be all over it.

It’s bad enough that these hucksters decry capitalism as a greedy, evil system even as they rake in the cash by scaring the hell out of people (the people still willing to listen, that is).  It’s great that they can make these wild predictions without ever being held accountable when reality proves them wrong.  The biggest shame of the environmental movement is that they use their positions of power to brainwash children and young people into believing “something must be done.”  In fact, Al Gore himself once undermined parental authority when he spoke to a group of  young people just before Obama’s first inauguration.  In preaching his Green Gospel, he told them, “There are some things about our world that you know that older people don’t know.”

By the time a child graduates high school, they are well-versed in the green movement.  Their minds are then fertile ground for growing the mostly anti-American, anti-capitalist mindset so prevalent on college campuses large and small.  “Do something!” they’re told,  from grade school to college.

“Something” always seems to involve more government interference in the lives of people. It’s one thing to take care of the earth and to be good stewards of what God gave us.  That can include not littering, recycling, conserving water and turning off the lights when you leave a room.   But it can also include using our natural resources that we have here in our own country (oil, natural gas, etc.) to make our lives and the lives of others around the world better.  Using our natural resources is not the something that those in the green movement would have us do.  In fact, many attempts to do so are usually blocked by powerful environmental groups, who have lots of money behind them…and they’ll give that money to those in Washington willing to do their bidding.

Separated at birth- Climate change huckster/ millionaire Al Gore and The Heat Miser character from a classic Christmas cartoon.

Separated at birth- Climate change huckster/ millionaire Al Gore and The Heat Miser character from a classic Christmas cartoon.

Green is the New Red

It’s too bad that Easter falls so late this year that Good Friday has ended up being on the same day as Earth Day (April 22nd). While many of us will attend church services of some kind in order to remember the focus of the day, Jesus Christ, and His death for our sins, others will focus on “Mother Earth”. In another example of a bunch of people who just want to feel better about themselves for whatever reason, the Earth Day 2011 website gives everyone the opportunity to get in on the act. Yes, you too can be a part of A Billion Acts of Green!
The website has a drop-down menu where you can select your green activity for the day. It includes things like:
*changing out your light bulbs…You mean to those curly ones that contain more mercury than the can of tuna fish they told us we shouldn’t eat a few years ago?
*circulate an anti-coal petition…Oh, yeah, good one. Coal only provides nearly half of the electricity that we use…how will we power all those electric cars they want us to drive around in?
*Ask your clergy to have an Earth Day sermon…And I would hope he would then pray for me immediately, because I know for sure that my pastor will not be focusing his words on Good Friday on saving the earth, but on saving the souls of those who live on the earth.
*Plant a garden at home or school…Actually, this is a pretty good idea. We’re all going to need to have our own food sources because at the rate that food prices are increasing, no one will be able to afford to go to the grocery store, or the gas to get there. Not to mention the fact that we are burning our food supply to make the government-mandated ethanol to put in gasoline, causing food shortages in poorer countries that rely on us to help them. But that’s another, though not unrelated, story for another time.
In writing about environmentalists in the past, I’ve said that I’m not against taking care of the earth because in the Bible, people were given dominion over the earth. I believe that God wants us to use the resources He’s given us (i.e. oil) to make life better for everyone. So much of the environmental movement is inhabited by old communists or young ones who’ve been brainwashed by the old ones into believing that human beings (American human beings in particular) are evil, and our ways are evil. If it just wasn’t for people (America) the world would be so much better off. If only there were less carbon in the atmosphere, we could stop global warming. (We would also stop plant life from thriving as well, but why let that fact get in the way?)
If you don’t believe there’s a much darker agenda for many “environmentalists” than just taking care of the earth, look no further than Bolivia. Last week, that nation proposed to the United Nations that the UN recognize the Earth as a “living entity that human beings have sought to dominate and exploit”.   The bogus resolution would give the earth the same rights to “life” as human beings.   It is meant to mirror Bolivia’s Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, signed by Bolivian President Evo Morales in January.

It’s important to note that Morales, at a UN summit in 2008, circulated a pamphlet laying out his “10 Commandments” for Bolivia’s plan to save the planet. The first commandment was the need “to end capitalism”.  It’s also important to note here that Bolivia is one of the poorest nations on the face of the earth, in spite of its vast resources, namely lithium, which is used in batteries. If only they would start worshipping the Creator instead of creation, how their lives would change for the better.
Incidentally, the UN recently backed off from its October 2005 prediction that there would be 50 million global warming refugees by 2010. With a track record of failure and inaccuracies, it’s amazing that so much American taxpayer money still goes into the money pit that is the United Nations.

EARTH DAY VIDEO:  HIPPIES MOURNING TREES (In case you’re still in doubt that the green movement is a religion)

The Man With Two Faces

Just in time for April Fools’ Day, Barack Obama unveiled his energy plans this week (more like repeated the same old things).  As usual, the joke’s on us.
In a speech at Georgetown University, Obama campaigned before the one constituency that he knows will still lap up his words and applaud his feeble attempts at humor: college students.
Believing that the Road to 2012 begins, well, at his inauguration, Obama pandered to the young drones: “You have more of a stake in getting our energy policy right than almost anybody.” Translation: “Just vote for me again next year, and I promise you, you’ll have clean, cheap endless supplies of energy for the rest of your lives.”
During the course of the speech, he acted as if he were still a Washington outsider, never giving his audience of future leaders one inkling that his own energy policies since he took office and his “green jobs” agenda are doing just what he said they’d do: cause energy prices to “necessarily sky rocket”. That’s one time when he told the truth.
If you think that Obama is actually troubled that so many of us are struggling to keep gas in our tanks- think again! We need only take a look back at what he said in 2008 when he was candidate Obama. So, it’s not the increase in gas prices that bothered him then (and probably now as well), just that it happens so fast. Back then, he blamed Washington’s unwillingness to deal harshly with BIG OIL, even calling for a tax on their “windfall profits”.

We can also check out the people whom he has placed in high places in his administration, such as Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who, back in 2008 said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Or, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who not only wants to “coerce people out of their cars”, but thinks that it’s the government’s business to “change people’s behavior.”
You see, high gas prices are all part of the plan. That plan has caused the national average for a gallon of gas to increase from $1.79 when Obama entered office in January 2009, to the current national average of $3.58, according to GasBuddy.com, which tracks gas prices across the country. In some areas, it’s already past the $4 mark, and we haven’t even entered the summer driving season yet. That’s when government-mandated “seasonal fuel blends” traditionally cause gas to go up.
Added to Obama’s faulty belief that we can live without fossil fuels, is his self-made, soon-to-be energy crisis, which was made worse with his (illegal) drilling moratoriums that he imposed after last year’s BP oil spill. The moratoriums have already cost the Gulf States thousands of jobs that have either gone overseas or just disappeared.
Obama even had the gall, in his Georgetown speech, to mock those who think we should actually be developing our own natural resources by drilling here and now: “We can’t just drill, baby, drill.” He claimed that does nothing to solve the problem- a claim liberals have been making for decades. Perhaps if his fellow Democrat President Bill Clinton had not vetoed the bill that would have allowed drilling in Alaska (ANWR) in 1995, we wouldn’t be paying nearly $4 a gallon for gas today. Common sense is a rare commodity when you’re a Washington politician.
It’s not that Obama is against drilling for oil. He’s just against the United States drilling for oil. He’s more than happy, though, to give 2 billion American taxpayer dollars to Petrobras, an oil company in Brazil, so that they can develop their offshore resources.  Adding salt to the wound, Obama told the Brazilians that once their oil came online, he hoped the U.S. would be one of their best customers!
So much for his vow to cut our dependence on foreign oil by one-third, which is what he told the Georgetown kids this week. Brazil was so last week!
Obama speaks out of both sides of his mouth. Or maybe, as a “citizen of the world”, Obama doesn’t see Brazil as a foreign country. Therefore, we wouldn’t really be relying on foreign oil, would we?
It’s also quite possible, and even likely, that he’s just doing exactly what he told Joe the Plumber he would do back in 2008: ‘spread the wealth around”. He’s not just doing it domestically, but globally. Obama is taking American wealth and re-distributing it to a Third World nation in order to “level the playing field.” It’s what any good Socialist would do. This is just another piece in the “fundamental transformation of America” that Obama promised as a candidate. It’s too bad the media didn’t do their job back then and ask him what he wanted to transform the nation into?

Low Volt-age

I’ve been away from my blog for a few weeks due to writer’s block and a trip home.  Most of the time, I drive the nearly-740-mile trip to the town where I grew up, which takes anywhere from 12.5 to 14 hours, depending on road construction, traffic, weather and my own tiredness.  So, being someone who likes to take road trips, I was slightly interested when I heard this week that Chevrolet is finally taking orders for the new Volt, an electric car that has gotten a big build-up from the media, environmentalists and the president…you see why I was only slightly interested?

Glowing comments from those mentioned above mean that something is probably a total bust…and it is.  The Chevy Volt will cost $41,000 (unless you take the $7,500 tax credit for buyers of electric vehicles), and will get—wait for it— 40 miles on a full charge of its battery, plus an additional 340 miles on a gasoline-powered generator.  My drive to work and back alone would be enough to cause the Volt to have to use the gasoline.  The good thing is, from what I understand about the Volt, it does have a way to re-charge the battery while you drive using the gasoline generator, which is what makes it different from other plug-in cars, that take hours to re-charge.  The bad thing—it uses premium gasoline, so you’d be paying the top price when you need gas.

Just as a way of comparison, the 2010 Honda Civic I rented to make my drive home allowed me to go about 400 miles on a full tank of regular gas.  They cost less than $20,000.  My own car, a ’99 Prizm, still gets about 350 miles per tank when the tank’s full—and that car cost me less than $10,000 when I bought it almost ten years ago.  Needless to say, I won’t be in the market for an electric car of any type.

Even with the tax-payer-funded assistance to buy it, the Volt isn’t likely to be seen with any regularity in most middle class neighborhoods anytime soon.  People still like their SUV’s and pick-up trucks.  According to a news report I just heard, sales of large vehicles were up by 19% in the first half of this year, compared to 14% for small cars.

That won’t make Obama very happy.  Remember, he said this during the 2008 campaign:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.  That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”

This from the man who flies everywhere on a gas-powered private plane, gets chauffeured around in gas-powered limos, is pictured on every trip he takes stuffing his face with some local fare, and cranks the heat in the winter in the Oval Office.  So typical of this “do as I say, not as I do” administration.

Inefficient and Expensive: ...and the car's not so great either! This is the only time you'll see Mr. Prez in one of these things.

He also promised to put 1 million plug-in cars on the road by 2015.  But, if he gets his Cap and Trade energy scheme going, that will put many coal mining companies out of business, and since we get nearly half of our electricity from coal, where will the electricity come from to power all of these wonderful cars?  No one wants to see every rural field filled with windmills (which are known to be noisy and destroy wildlife), and Niagra Falls isn’t even big enough to generate the power needed by 300 million people every day.

This is just another way the elitists in our government hope to make us more like Europe.  They drive tiny little cars there, pay upwards of $6.00 a gallon for gas, and live very close together.  I’ve said in previous posts, we are NOT Europeans.  We are still Americans, and we like the freedom of driving where we want and when we want, and we really don’t want anyone to tell us what kind of car we should drive.  If these Volts and other such vehicles were the wave of the future, the government wouldn’t have to bribe people through tax credits to get them.

The Greening of Lent

Just when you thought it was safe to have some part of your existence free from politically correct, green this, green that mumbo jumbo, along comes the notion of celebrating an eco-friendly Lenten season.

Lent, for those who may not know, is the 40 days (excluding Sundays) prior to Easter. Catholics and some Protestant congregations often give up something they would normally enjoy, such as chocolate, watching television or smoking. They might use that extra time or money to give back to God in some way, in order to prepare their hearts for Holy Week, and the remembrance of what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

At least that’s what Lent used to be about.
Now, environmentalists from various churches are taking this time to reflect on what they can do for the earth. Sort of like a 40-day Earth Day celebration.
The Environmental Outreach Committee of the Archdiocese of Washington has put together the Lenten Carbon Fast 2010 calendar. It includes such things as turning down your thermostat, telling your leaders to take action on climate change, and buying locally grown food when you can to lessen your “carbon footprint”.
Carbon footprints are based in about as much reality as a giant bunny with a basket of colored eggs, or leprechauns chasing after a pot of gold. Carbon credits are nothing more than some intangible nothings that someone decided could be bought, sold and traded by those with more money than brains.
The whole idea of being able to fast from carbon is a fairy tale. For that, you’d have to stop breathing. Even though our president and his Environmental Protection Agency goons decided that carbon dioxide is now a pollutant that can be taxed and regulated, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The trees and plants seem to like it. In fact, they NEED it to survive. You would think that people who are referred to as “greenies” and “tree huggers” would know a little bit more about what it is they say they’re trying to save.
The problem many people have with environmentalism is that it’s become a type of religion of its own. With Al Gore as their High Priest and progressive politicians from both sides of the aisle as their prophets of doom, they bow before the altar of Mother Earth…never seeing that it’s not the earth that needs saving, but the people on it that do.
Conservation of natural –and man-made resources is a good thing (so long as no government entity is forcing you to do it). But, there’s a big difference between being a good steward of creation and worshipping it. Being a good steward of the earth includes using the natural resources God gave us to improve life here and around the world. Things like drilling for our own oil, using natural gas and oil shale, or generating electricity with clean nuclear power—of course, none of these would be supported by the green movement.
When you turn the focus of what should be a holy, somber time of reflection onto nature instead of on nature’s God, you’re missing the point. Lent is meant for first, looking inward to see the smallness and neediness of mankind for a Savior, and then looking upward to the One who makes all things new again. Only then can you truly appreciate the enormity and beauty of creation and the Creator.

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

        For nearly two weeks now, the world’s elitists have been gathering in Copenhagen, Denmark in order to solve the world’s “global warming problem”.  In other words, they discuss how to pilfer more money out of the USA under the guise of saving the planet from utter destruction.

        As they fly their private jets and are chauffeured in their limousines to the climate change summit, the snow falls…and falls…and falls.

          This week’s freezing weather greeted the president as he showed up for the tail end of the Copenhagen Farce.  The Danish capitol was blanketed by four inches of snow on Thursday, and more is expected in the next few days.  Apparently, this isn’t their normal December weather forecast.  An official at Denmark’s Meteorological Institute said, “There’s a good chance of a white Christmas.”  Denmark hasn’t had one in 14 years, and has only had 7 in the last century.

          Rush Limbaugh usually calls this phenomenon the “Algore Effect”, because whenever Al (a.k.a. “The Heat Miser”) Gore shows up for climate change/global warming conferences, snowstorms often precede him.  It’s happened before—a couple of years ago, a big climate change meeting on the East Coast was cancelled due to snow and ice.  Maybe he should be the Snow Miser?  No…the other guy fits him better—see below:

            Things haven’t been going too well for ‘ole Al lately.  The revelations made in the “Climate-gate” email scandal caused a couple of the more conservative members of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to call for his Oscar to be revoked after the emails revealed leading global warming scientists had fudged numbers, and held back information that would be detrimental to their case. 

          Then there are the sweeping statements he’s made.  In an interview with Conan O’Brien, he really exaggerated how hot the center of the earth is—to the point of hilarity.  Doing his best Heat Miser impersonation, he told Conan, “the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees.”

          Several MILLION degrees?  Wouldn’t that make us a star like the sun?  Would we even be able to live on the face of the earth if the center were that hot?  Common sense tells me “no”, but then, I’m not scientist…and neither is he.

        Then there was the whopper he told his audience in Copenhagen.  According to the UK Times, he told them the “latest research” predicts the Arctic ice will melt within five years.  He was basing this claim on the work of a Doctor Wieslaw Maslowski, who quickly pointed out that he was wrong.  He said Gore was using old numbers that had been “tossed about in conversation” many years ago.

          So, as the Heat Miser piles on the gaffs, the snow piles up in Copenhagen…and in Washington, DC. 

          In fact, the president, who stayed a few hours longer at the summit than he planned, left before a final vote on any kind of climate change treaty.  The reason?  He had to get back to DC because of the severe winter weather moving up through the eastern seaboard this weekend.

          His speech in Copenhagen left the greedy Third World dictators cold too—because, surprisingly, he didn’t “put more money on the table”, as one slimy delegate said.  They shouldn’t worry, though.  Hillary Clinton did.  She promised to redistribute 100 BILLION dollars of American wealth over the next ten years to these people who hate us.  Boy, when she piles it, she piles it high!  Everybody grab a shovel—it’s about to get deep.