Obama’s Short Honeymoon

Today’s inauguration went off with pomp and circumstance which has not been seen in the world since the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.  Just as when these two were married, the sky seems to be the limit.  How could anything ever go wrong?  Everyone, it seems, is smashing themselves together with the sole aim of showing their support for a new messiah…, I mean president.

I, as most good Americans that voted for someone other then Obama (I am not saying you are a bad American I you voted for Obama), will support him as the elected leader of our country, and hope that he leads us well as a nation.  I am struck with the fear that he will appoint several young, liberal Supreme Court justices in his first year, and then follow in Clinton’s footsteps and expand the use of executive orders, thus legislating from the desk (oval office).

As far as the honeymoon goes, I hope Obama is ready.  Of course, the Republicans in Congress will be looking for anything and everything to criticize.  I look back on Clinton’s presidency and remember how ashamed I was when Republicans refused to support the use of force to stop the genocide that was happening in Bosnia.  If Obama looks to the right for support, he will get none.  This, I think, is expected.

What will be unexpected will be that the first shots will come from his own supporters.  In a few months, as he begins to face the reality of what withdrawal from an instable Iraq means to international peace, he will stall the withdrawal, and former supporters like Cindy Sheehan will draw first blood.  This, however, will only be the beginning.

Guantanamo will be another place where former supporters will turn on him.  It cannot be shut down.  Even if we decide to put all the detainees on trial, it will take years perhaps even a decade to hear them all.

The environmental movement will be even worse.  These people have lived their lives blaming the U.S. and lack of government intervention for every problem that they can conceive (and I do mean conceive).  The point is that in these economic times, it will not benefit Obama to hop on board with a bunch of wealth sapping green ideas, and he won’t.  Their expectations will be through the roof, and he will be able to deliver even less than he probably wants to.

Eventually, all of these and other special interest groups will realize that they are getting little more with Obama than they had with Bush, and then they will re-arm themselves with the only real weapon that they have, blame.  Unfortunately, for Obama, the there will be no one else to blame but him.

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Let it Mellow?

I was appalled a couple of months ago while watching Battleground Earth.  The only reason I watched any of it in the first place was to hate on the green-loving global warming crowd, and I was given richly rewarded with ample amounts of fodder in this context.

In this program, whenever they would come backfrom a break, there would be a mini-PSA which included a celebrity giving an ‘informative’ suggestion for helping to stay ‘green.’  It was during one these bits that I became shocked and appalled.  A rock group (I think it was the Black Crows) suggested, most offensively, “Remember, when you go to the restroom, ‘if it’s yellow, let it mellow’, but ‘if it’s brown, flush it down.'”  Now, it is possible that I am naive or sheltered, but I had never heard this before.  However, I understood immediately what they were suggesting and felt revulsion.

So, now the green-Nazis not only tell you how to live your life, and how to be buried, they follow you into the restroom and leave you with a nice smell of rank ammonia.  For me, any of this is too much.  I will not take part.  Most unfortunately, however, it appears that someone that I work with watched the same episode of Battleground Earth, and took it to heart.  It seems every time I go to the restroom at work, some nice greenie has left their smelly yellow behind and neglected to flush.  So, the first thing I do is cancel their green vote by flushing the contents, and de-fouling the air a little.  Then, I make my own contribution, and flush again to make sure that the water is effectively wasted.  Besides, I am sure the Bible has something in it somewhere that forbids a righteous man from mixing his pee with that of an unrighteous man.

My Faith is Shaken

The fact that Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal have survived affects my faith, and it is, at the same time an argument against Darwin’s law of natural selection.  Usually, when you get a group of people who do something extremely dangerous for a cause, you can count on emergency personnel being called at the least or, more probably a call to the coroner.  Somehow, these two numbskulls survived their ordeal.

Even though we are frequently presented stories where people do not respect nature, I am surprised each time I see another.  The past few years have brought us the stories of Timothy Treadwell (the Grizzly Man), Christopher McCandless (Into the Wild), and Carl McCunn who each paid the ultimate price for their lack of respect for nature.

So, today I was surprised when I read the story of the two guys who made it to Hawaii from California in a makeshift raft that had pontoons filled with empty plastic water bottles.  This is amazing, because the ocean is one of the most dangerous places on the Earth.  A person should never get out in the ocean in a ‘makeshift’ anything, and if you do, you are most likely to die.  Unfortunately, these guys made it, and I say ‘unfortunately’ because undoubtedly this will inspire more young people to make these foolish decisions. 

These guys are going to even get more publicity for their irresponsible activities because they have tied their trip to the green movement.  You see, they used the plastic bottles in an attempt bring awareness to the problems presented by too many wasted plastic bottles.  And, we all know that in the green movement intent is everything, whether it ends up hurting the planet (or actual people) or not.  A good example of this is the green movement’s continued support for biofuels even after it has been shown that they are impractical and will cause real damage to the world (in the form of destruction of habitat to provide land to grow enough corn) and people (through starvation caused by lack of sufficient grain sources and higher prices) if they are accepted.  Moreover, these guys have provided themselves a place in the lore of all green people for performing a quest based in the highest of all green motivations, Awareness.

Honestly, it is best for all if people who take part in these foolish schemes meet a bad fate, that way the rest of us are reminded that nature is something to be respected and sometimes feared.  This healthy respect keeps the rest of us safer and gives us good examples that we can use to teach our kids.

As a parting shot, here is a picture of the load of garbage that these two guys left on the islands that the rest of us call paradise.

I hope they get a ticket for littering.

 

Battlegroud Earth Episode One

I watched the new terrible Planet Green Series Battleground Earth last night.   I began keeping score last night, and so far I could not find a winner, or a person even in the lead, but there were losers.  Oh yes, there were losers, and the main loser was the Earth itself.  The program began with Ludacris in a recording studio, and oddly enough, I did not see one tree in the room with him.  There was, however, a lot of recording equipment that looked very high-tech, and not one solar panel to be seen.  As he and Tommy Lee both hopped on large jets and made their respective ways to New Orleans, I began to wonder if they were using Big Blue to calculate the amount of carbon offsets that were going to be required to save the Earth from the damage that this show alone was doing to the environment.  But hey, it was OK, they were destroying the Earth in order to save it, get it?

They proceeded to all pile into minivans and drive all over town (lost) on some sort of scavenger hunt.  As they circled the city with fumes belching from the vans, I think I saw them pass a teary eyed Indian four or five times.

When they final made it to the oddly named Battleground Baptist Church, they were instructed to build “Life Pods” which were basically metal closets with solar panels on top of them.  The owner of the company was there to explain to us how these “Life Pods” were going to revolutionize the third world by being used as homes, schools and hospitals run solely on solar power.  As he said this about these closets, I saw the scene from Zoolander in my mind where he brushes the model of the school off the table and exclaims, “What is this, a school for ants?”  I went to the website for these “Lifepods” and the solar panels on top of them, and I could not find any pictures of any third world person using one of these products.  In fact, the closets, I mean “Lifepods” were depicted as pool houses next to mansions that must have been worth millions.  I tried to find pricing for them, but there is no mention of cost anywhere on the web.  The solar panels, of which there were a dozen for each closet, I mean Lifepod, go for about a grand ($1000) a piece.  I’m sure that African goat herders are ratting back every cent right now trying to get enough money to buy one of these ‘houses.’

Later, as the Life Pods were being constructed, a question was brought up to the owner of the company about how they would work if it was cloudy.  I almost laughed as he said (and I paraphrase), “Well, there will still be electricity.  It is just a case of how much.”  That’s great.  I guess if you are heading to a Lifepod hospital on a cloudy day, you don’t want to be having a heart attack and need a Defibrillator.

Tommy Lee’s friend Nina later took an old work truck that was definitely not a hybrid to get a group of guys to do their work for them so that they could drink (oh, the sacrifices these guys make).  The show lingered on for a full hour, and Tommy Lee’s team won the episode.  As the show wound down, the participants were stuffing their faces at another party (let’s see, that is three concerts, two parties, and all the three camera shoots.  Big Blue may finish that Pi calculation before he finishes calculating all these offsets).  Tommy Lee hopped the ‘Red Eye’ (a flight that is generally more wasteful because there are fewer people onboard) to the next destination.  When the aptly named Ludacris saw this, he called a friend and had a G-5 private jet sent to get him (no joke).  I give props to the green supporter who left this comment on the Battleground Earth forum: “In the end Ludacris calls for a private jet to come pick them up so they can beat the other team to wherever they were going next? Well now I am impressed that they have taken the green message to heart. Did they eat some baby seal meat with ivory chop sticks on the ride?”

There were other things to hate about this show.  Among them was the constant sexist objectification of women, but that’s OK if you are saving the Earth.  There were at least three shots and references to Rick’s Cabaret, and Tommy Lee’s fellow competitor Nina felt the need to remind him that he, and his friends were not to try and stick their hands down her pants (If that is all Tommy Lee tries stick down her pants, she will be lucky).  Another thing to hate were the frequent drug references as if this were acceptable or cute.  But again, were are saving the planet here so that makes it good.  Similarly, drinking was also glorified in the episode.

Early on we were introduced to Debbie Levin, who I will refer to from now on as the Devil.  She is producing this pile of tripe, and runs an organization called the Environmental Media Association.  She literally took credit for getting “all the stars being involved in environmentalism” by encouraging a few to start driving Hybrids.  She told Ludacris and Tommy Lee that in the same way that other stars followed the lead of people like Leonardo DiCaprio, their fans would adopt the green lifestyles exhibited by Tommy and Ludacris (beware, oh Earth).  I found her attitude high-handed, and self aggrandizing while showing little respect to ‘the fans’ of these people for being persons who could make up their own minds.  On top of that, if these people are so easily influenced, perhaps it would be better to show Ludacris and Tommy Lee reading books or exercising rather than drinking, and acting sexist.

In the end, this program is simply another example of the fact that the supporters of the green movement have no boundaries.  They have created a new religion.  One in which any means justifies the end (saving the planet), and blind fervor is idealized.  This has occurred throughout history.  One great example is the Crusades, a period of time in which people in their religious fervor would volunteer to go and kill other people (and maybe get killed themselves) due to the religious zeal of the time in which they lived.  It is only a matter of time until the people of this movement also turn violent, but until that happens we will have to be content with watching the visual-violence that they have brought to television that is known as Battleground Earth.

We Should Start Calling This Guy ‘Chicken Little’

First of all, someone should let Al Gore know that, unfortunately, he is winning.  He continues to spout his mantra regarding Global Warming and continues to escalate the rhetoric even though he has much of the scientific community, many politicians from both sides, and almost all of the media on his side.  With such a following of heavy-hitters, why would he constantly be ratcheting up his speech?

He obviously is terrified of the prospect of having to defend his views on either political of scientific grounds.  Any time a person, no matter their credentials or facts, comes forward with an argument or evidence contrary to the dogmatic views held by Al Gores and his supporters, they are greeted with the statement that ‘the science is settled’ on this issue.  That is perhaps the biggest load oxymoronic of crap to ever be foisted on the scientific community and the world in general.  It is referred to as the ‘Global Warming Theory’, not the ‘Global Warming Fact’.  By definition, the Global Warming Theory is debatable, and as a scientific theory, it is the responsibility of scientists to test the veracity of the ideas that it proposes.  Al Gore knows there are serious problems with the theory and the data that is used to back it up.  He, therefore, refuses to have any part of the theory debated or his data challenged.  Al Gore sees his best tact to be to destroy the credibility of anyone who questions his ‘facts’. 

This all brings me to this article.  Here, Gore uses another popular tactic that is most often used by those whose arguments are weak, attempting to give their position more weight by tying it to WWII and the fight against Fascism.  I’ll give him credit for not invoking Holocaust imagery in this speech, but that and slavery can not be far off.  This is the political side if the same argument that he uses against the scientists mentioned above.  Any scientist who argues against Global Warming has no credibility, and any politician who does might as well have supported the Fascists in WWII.  In the speech, Gore tells the students that their generation has the ability to be heroes on the level of those heroes of WWII who delivered the world from the Fascists.

Al Gore may have already won the battle, but he is not taking any chances.  He does not want to let any issues like, the fact that the globe is actually cooling or world hunger to get in the way of his political and social agendas.  I, personally, would just like to see the debate occur, but as it is right now, I doubt that will happen.  To use my own hyperbolic analogy, the Global Warming proponents’ tactics most often remind me of those employed by the Inquisition.

Green, the Color of Vomit

When I was a child, like most boys, my favorite colors were blue and red.  If it was time to buy a shirt, it was usually blue, red or if I was getting way out there, maroon or orange.  There were clearly defined colors for boys and girls.  Girls wore yellow, pink and purple, and boy wore the colors referenced above. 

Then there was green.  Green did not seem to have the same gender connotations that the other colors did.  What could a young boy do with a color like this?  For me, green became my least favorite color.  I never bought anything green.

Of course, we grow out of these silly ‘kid’s stuff’ attitudes as we grow older, and by late middle school green shirts were just fine.  Now, olive green, khaki, brown and navy (women refer to these as neutrals) permeate my wardrobe.  And up till now this has been fine with me, however, recent social events which I will now refer to as “The Greening of America,” are beginning to turn me against this color once again.

I have had an issue with the new religion of ‘Global Warming’ and its modern inquisitional tactics toward anyone who has the nerve to question the ‘science’ that it is proposing.  There are actually educators and scientists who are losing their positions for daring to question the accuracy of global warming theorists and their models.

I, personally, believe this is a completely social agenda that had unfortunately become a government funded (your tax dollars) phenomenon.  There is no legitimate debate over the issue, and there are no real ideas being proposed to help alleviate the problem if one really exists. 

Here we are several years into a full-blown panic over global warming, and no one has yet begun building the first new nuclear reactor in the United States.  Why is this?  It’s because the ignorant nuts that are driving this issue are the same ignorant nuts that condemned nuclear energy in the 1970’s before it proved to the world that it is the safest, cleanest, cheapest, most sustainable, most environmentally friendly type of energy in the world.  Until these people, and the politicians they support, begin a serious and substantive move toward nuclear energy, I will have little respect for them or their cause.

The economic impact of policies being enacted by governments around the world, together with oil prices, has begun to take its toll around the world as we speak.  Now, there is talk of a world food crisis.  Economists are correctly placing blame for this on oil prices and the new ‘environmental’ policies especially those involving corn/ethanol production.  Of course, global warming theorists will blame, what else, ‘global warming’ for these food shortages.  It gets blamed for everything else.  It will be interesting to see which crisis wins if global warming and starvation of the poor worldwide driven by lack of food actually occurs.  My guess is that deep-down global warming theorists will feel that countries and cultures where human growth is unchecked could use a little thinning out.  A few million deaths in Brazil, for example would be that much fewer people that could cut down the rain forests, and that much fewer cooking fires, and we all know how terrible these fires are for the planets (I would like, at this point to reiterate the fact that I am speculating on the thoughts of other people, and would never harbor such thoughts myself).  It will be interesting to see how the mainstream/liberal media deals with all of this.

And, this all brings me back to my original point.  I’m beginning to like the color green a little less these days.  I could take it if it was just a political issue that was running its course, but now, it has not just invaded my own life, but has begun to permeate it.

I watch quite a bit of television, but recently my television watching has been marred by what I will call ‘green pollution.’  Every PSA on television seems to be about saving the planet.  Every Primetime program, “My Name Is Earl” for example, has become polluted by green references, and programs on Discovery and other educational channels (usually my favorite type of television) have become dumping grounds for the green message.  These channels, for me, are veering toward unwatchable.

Last year, discovery aired a program called “Expedition Borneo.”  The program documented man’s destruction of one of the last uninhabited forest regions on the Earth.  I got past the bleeding heart stuff at the beginning, and the rest of the program chronicled the majestic beauty that can be found all over Borneo, and it was truly a beautiful place.  I learned about that part of the world, and on the whole I really liked the program.

This year, Discovery followed up with “Expedition Alaska.”  They even devoted the whole week to ‘Alaska’ programming.  Unfortunately, the ‘expedition’ was nothing but a global warming fest with scientists racing all over the state to show us how global warming is destroying it.  Scientist after scientist made wild speculation about the consequences of global warming in general saying things like (and I paraphrase), “We don’t know exactly what impact global warming will have on these animals, but we have to do something to protect them.”  As this show droned on I found my interest drifting farther and farther away, until I just turned it off.

Eventually, there will be no intellectual refuge on television that is unspoiled by this green pollution.  Then, I guess I will have to make the unsavory decision to begin watching programs about motorcycles, tattoos and NASCAR.  At which point, I will sit back, drink my Gatorade, and wait for the Idiocracy to take over.  Bad Ass!