Monday, July 21, 2014

Train Wreck

An Arctic glacier once – they say –
Just carved Ohio River-way
Right out of old Kentucky soil
And then through millions years of boil
Retreated to north latitude
While hillbillies with attitude
Returned from Congo interlude
To dig their coal in gratitude.

United Nations gurus say
That boil again is underway...
The president agrees with that,
Says in the fire is now the fat
Though twenty years the earth has stayed
Away from boil that might have made
Hillbillies grab their coats and flee
To regions near the Arctic Sea.

But not to worry, not to fret,
Real scientists have not said yet
That Earth will soon compete with hell
For regions where its folks can dwell;
The climate matters not at all,
The president now holds in thrall
The ignorant by using it
To make his lies appear legit.

To keep the great unwashed in line
The president must realign
Their thinking so that they depend
Upon the monarch to extend
To them from birth until the end
The gracious privilege to spend
Their time afraid of global fires
They cause by under-pressured tires.

Oh yes...those glaciers...where are they
When prexy needs them every day
To beat hot, humid D.C. heat
Where eggs are fried upon the street?
But that was done in eighteen-nine
When small ice-age was on the line
And global warming was a joke
As is today – just blowing smoke.

So, chill, hillbillies, have no fears,
The prez has just a few more years,
Head not for Arctic or Congo,
He cannot create warming glow,
He tried to shut your coal-mines down
Like one who wears a golden crown –
A monarch with orders...exec,
His governance – one huge train-wreck.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Monday, July 14, 2014

Editorial Hoax

The editorial gang at the Lexington Herald-Leader based its 13-July lead-screed (and clever cartoon of Martians) on a statement made recently by a Kentucky legislator, to wit, that the climate on Mars and Earth is the same, despite the fact that Mars has no coal mines and factories, although the legislator couldn't know for certain about the mines and factories. The paper ridiculed him, of course, for being ignorant since a savvy fifth-grader knows the temperatures on Mars are much colder.

The editorial-gang missed the point, obviously, and the legislator was exactly right, to wit, that the climate on both orbs is totally beyond both the creation and change of people, just as people have no ability to void earthquakes and hurricanes. They can only react; otherwise, they would already have plans for a bridge to England for solar-powered cars.

On any hot day, the global-warming alarmists salivate and predict that the sky is falling while reasonable (old) people sigh, aware that there were 21 days in Lexington, Ky., during 1936 that topped out at 100+ degrees. The summer of 1936 was the hottest summer ever recorded in Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green. During July 8-15 of 1936, all major reporting stations reported 100 degree temperatures each day.

The point of the editorial was that coal has to go since its generator-plant “smoke,” notably its carbon dioxide (which everyone exhales with every breath), is killing the earth. It also arises from the oceans, some 73% or so of the earth’s surface, about which people can do nothing. Perhaps folks could take turns breathing in order to stop the CO2 glut but someone would probably cheat.

Remember Copenhagen 2009, the big manmade-planet-killing-convention at which President Obama, fresh from his Nobel Peace Prize speech, was the featured speaker. Even Speaker Pelosi (with 20 Congresspersons) flew in, as well as about 200 other government apparatchiks from throughout the world. Obama had just done his “apology tour,” so the dignitaries expected an apology speech by Obama for the USA’s unspeakable climate-sins, though it couldn't/can’t hold a candle (no pun intended) to the volumes of crap generated into the atmosphere by billions of folks in China and India, world leaders in the emissions of CO2, which is harmless anyway.

The UN-IPCC gang comprised the so-called top climate-peer-group in 2009 and before, with its main gurus residing in England (East Anglia University) plus a guru in the U.S., Michael Mann (famous hockey-stick fraud), now of Penn State University. This was the group to bring on cap-and-trade, designed to mostly cripple U.S. industry, following Obama's lead in 2008 when he promised skyrocketing electricity rates and the dissolution of coal-fired generators.

Just prior to Copenhagen, through their own e-mails to each other these “peers” accidentally exposed the fact that they had cooked the books in their “research,” making it appear that global warming was happening and primarily a man-made thing. In the U.S., their work eventuated in the silly cap/trade legislation passed by the House without any of its members actually reading the bill, enhanced by 300 pages between midnight and dawn of the day it was considered.

Actually, there has been no consistent trend in the last 17 or so years to indicate global warming, man-made or otherwise. In fact, sea ice in the southern oceans stood this year at the highest volumes ever recorded. The Copenhagen clambake ended in a shambles…and 24-carat embarrassment for Obama and his Pelosi-partners-in-crime. The democrat-controlled Senate never touched cap-and-trade. Even Harry Reid wasn't that dumb.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, the record hottest year in Kentucky was 1921; the coldest, 1917. In Lexington, the average number of days per year above 90 degrees is 22; the average number below freezing, 95.

This is from the Washington Post of 09 July 1971: “The world could be as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age, a leading atmospheric scientist predicts. Dr. S. I. Rasool of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Columbia says that… .” Yep, the reason had to do with the burning of fossil fuels, the same reason given for earth becoming hotter now. The professional climatologists would probably be the first to claim that the models and theories used in their predictions are not to be trusted. Empirically, this is quite true.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Friday, July 04, 2014

We Shall Under-bear

The recent SCOTUS decision in favor of Hobby Lobby, i.e., that employers cannot be forced by government to pay insurance premiums on coverage of the “morning after” pill procurement since to do so would infringe on First Amendment religious-freedom rights. The Hobby Lobby owners consider this “medicine” as the cause of murder in the case of a fetus being brought into existence and then aborted (euphemism for murdered) by the mother using the precious pill, dear to every woman's organization's heart (or “heartless,” depending on one's take).

The president's executive order attaching this perk to the so-called Affordable Care Act was ruled in violation of law, specifically the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed into law by then-president Bill Clinton. President Obama, a constitutional lecturer (whatever that is) at one time, apparently knows less than he thinks about “settled law.” Hobby Lobby pays for insurance that covers 16 (count 'em) methods of birth-control (contraception) but the feminists believe that a pill used for abortion purposes should be mandatory.

Since the ACA pertains to healthcare, both contraception and the blessed “morning after” pill are considered as medicine, making pregnancy – or the threat of it – a disease...sorta like appendicitis, the little bugger in there just like a diseased appendix or a tumor of some sort that has to be excised account protecting the health and/or convenience of the mother. One wonders if the prez will do another XO requiring employers to pay for condom coverage for men lest they inflict pregnancy upon some unsuspecting woman, with a penalty if the old stud is lax in using what government provides to keep the population down and the women well and happy.

Even crazier than the stuff already noted is the affirmation by the feminists that women are simply too stupid or broke to avoid pregnancy, thus the government – through the insurance companies – must come to the rescue. Their avoidance of pregnancy is vital to their well-being since carrying that weight around for nine months and then having to put up with the messy aftermath...well...just on the basis of promoting emotional well-being they need help, not to mention missing the former fun-and-games that a fetus or a baby constricts.

During the “Sandra Fluke era” in the run-up to the 2012 election (Obama made Fluke his ambassador to condom-less women), the prez hit the campaign trail with Fluke to show his concern for the poor ladies who could not be expected to manage 31 condoms for a month at a cost of two gallons of gas in California (where else?). As a result, Fluke was a featured speaker at the grand Democrat Convention (known as the “condom clambake”) and is today what the suffragettes were to the vote... the leader for the deliverance of women from mean mostly white men.

Some irony lies in the fact that the ladies, when running for office especially but at other times, too, make as virtually their main qualification the fact they are (gasp and a fanfare!) MOTHERS. Remember Pelosi remarking that a GRANDMOTHER had just become the Speaker. Let's face it...fathers were responsible for the mess of government but (another louder fanfare!!) MOTHERS were going to fix it. Turns out that women are just as corrupt and/or stupid. The one entity most responsible for the welfare of a child is the MOTHER, but killing the little inconvenience seems to be at the fore.

More irony: The ladies have joined the victim-hood crowd. The statistic for unreported military sexual assaults in 2012 was 26,000 and by sheer coincidence the number in 2013 was...yep...26,000, all unreported but counted though no one seems to know how to report the proper number of unreported anything. According to USA Today of September 2013, 90% of college rapes are unreported. Same deal...how the number if unreported? The ladies have also made the contraception-cause a civil-rights matter, thus becoming a minority in the population in which they form the majority. They won't sing “We shall overcome;” rather, “We shall under-bear.”

You can't make this stuff up...only in America!

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Peril of Mocking God

One of the most important aspects of the last 50 or so years in the U.S. has been the decline of organized religion, especially as compared to the surge in population. The combined membership of the so-called “mainline” denominations (United Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian [USA], Christian [Disciples], Evangelical Lutheran) declined between 1960 and 2012 by 32% while the population increased by 75%. The largest evangelical denomination (Southern Baptist) increased by 64% but has been losing members, 6% since 2007, at an alarming rate.

The main reason some give for this circumstance is that the culture has changed dramatically and that the church, account its staidness (real or imagined), has been left behind in the progressive, postmodern era just now getting started in spades. This reason may be far too simplistic and over-broad. Movements, including those of the church, are usually begun and perpetuated under the auspices of strong leadership. When that leadership weakens, the movement falters.

The leader of a church is its pastor. The “religion writer” of the Lexington Herald-Leader is a pastor who wrote this in a column of 29 June: “I don't have many strong opinions left: about religion, politics, marriage, economics.” The irony is obvious, to wit, that the writer who is paid to provide serious commentary has few strong opinions even about religion, ergo, nothing he writes is to be taken seriously because he obviously doesn't take it seriously.

By his own admission, this pastor has weak opinions, if any, to offer about things such as politics, marriage and economics. One wonders how an army would function if its generals had only weak opinions concerning the conduct of an operation or the behavior/effort of its soldiers. This question can be directed to churches and denominations. If their leaders have no strong opinions about anything, the obvious conclusion is that “anything goes,” as far as they're concerned.

Therein may lie the main reason accruing to the rise and fall of the church in the U.S., the entity supposedly advancing the cause of Christ, who, along with his followers, had virtually nothing but strong opinions. Christ and the biblical writers were believers in absolutes, which is a dirty word in today's version of Christendom because it indicates some things are absolutely right or wrong, but trying to find middle-ground is impossible. This would be like the platoon leader taking a vote among his squads before an operation—unbelievably silly.

The pastor having few strong opinions decided that the penultimate sin is pride, actually a strong opinion by the pastor's own accounting, which has as one of its definitions this: “a reasonable or justifiable self-respect.” The writer preferred this other definition, presumably: “inordinate self-esteem.” He explained: “Pride makes us feel superior to our fellow human beings.” No...that's arrogance which begets condescension. Or...it may be racism, not pride.

Predictably in the current glorification of homosexuality, the pastor asks if one feels disgust with two men having a romantic relationship, implying at least that he wouldn't be bothered by that...a weakened opinion? Romantic? Egad! The proper question for a pastor would concern what the Bible says about that, but the answer might be an absolute, so the question isn't asked. Both murder and homosexual behavior are unmistakably condemned in scripture, as are adultery and stealing, but the progressive is motivated by – get this – LOVE, according to the pastor.

Love is the most misused and overused term in the current Christian lexicon. It's a wimpish euphemism for tolerance of most anything. So, murder is wrong but sexual perversion, stealing and adultery are socially relative, notwithstanding the absolute that all four are intolerable to God.

In introducing homosexuality into his piece, the writer fingered much of the reason for the decline of the church, namely that biblical absolutes are to be disregarded by the enlightened “religion-mongers,” especially the most sophisticated. The Episcopal and Presbyterian hierarchies (and many church-members) approve of same-sex-marriage. The pressure is on the other “main-liners” to follow suit. The scripture condemns it out-of-hand, thus denominations/churches are at war with God, whom they pretend to worship and obey. Their decline will only accelerate, as those “having few strong opinions” run the churches.

In no small part because of the perverse positions of the church, the nation is in an amoral/immoral tailspin, too. The next thing to be handled with “love” may be bigamy, polygamy, incest or “group marriage.” Not having many strong opinions is the recipe for social and, ultimately, governmental disaster. Anything Goes! The church approves...but God, as promised (Galatians 6:7), will not be mocked.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Another Poison-Pen XO

The president is brandishing his “poison pen” again, this time because the insensitive republican-controlled House has failed to follow his rubber-stamp Senate and make the U.S. a veritable paradise for those who may have problems with sexual orientation or gender identity. This new executive order will add the new species to those of other discrimination instruments, which actually have a purpose, such as referencing ethnicity, gender (not identity), creed, etc.

The word is that he has planned for an XO requiring that any entity with federal contracts must not shut out folks who have oriented themselves toward homosexuality or have a problem deciding which of the human species they belong to—male or female, or maybe some other identification. Who knows, in this day of enlightenment? Maybe there's such a thing as male-fem or fem-male (sets of both gender attributes) or human-canine, for instance. The latter might be good in facing veterinarian charges...Obamacare to the max.

So...the prez headlined the LGBT fund-raising gala in New York on 17 June, landing on the roof of (where else?) the Wall Street heliport – lair of the fat cats he has helped to huge bonuses and successes while talking about the sad state of the “middle class,” like Bill Clinton in feeling their pain. To show the extent of his wisdom, he preached to the crowd that Americans finally understand that “love is love.”

What else could love be but love? His speechwriters let him down again, like when they didn't make sure he would pronounce “corpsman” as “corpsman” instead of “corpse-man” in an earlier speech. Don't teleprompters have margins in which to put the proper pronunciations? Does one need reminding that a nickel is a nickel and not a dime? In any case, what does love have to do with federal contractors?

The prez hasn't said when he will actually sign the order but it probably won't be before the November elections, and then he may have second thoughts, though laws/constitutions—federal, state or local—don't seem to mean anything to him. It's actually the business of Congress to make the decisions about mandatory requirements regarding employment. Can anyone imagine President Johnson just signing the civil-rights entitlements into law in 1965?

At Atherton High School in Louisville, Ky., a male student can officially use both the girls bathrooms and locker-rooms because he identifies himself as a girl, presenting no proof other than his own assessment. This is the stuff that Obama has in mind—total unisex. Does the boy have a gender-identity problem (whatever that is)? Of course not. He knows what he is but he's working an angle.

This is what homosexuals and gender-identity people do...work an angle. According to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 700 babies has Downs Syndrome, caused by having an extra “21 Chromosome.” There's no such chromosomal imbalance in people who claim to be homosexual or whatever else they claim to be. They usually scream “genetic predisposition” but no such thing has ever been proven. In doing this, they actually accuse their parents of somehow damning (or uplifting) them to their sexual existence.

The LGBT gang is made up of folks who have decided that they desire sexual perversion as a lifestyle, but demand to be treated as normal. There was a time when they were considered psychologically aberrant. They can “love” each other all they want but they are homosexual by choice and not birth, at least in any significant percentage.

Both Hillary and Barack made fools of themselves pandering to the LGBT crowd in 2008 (Biden took a pass), but by 2012 Barack had “evolved” into the belief that homosexual practices are just great, hence the continued pandering eventuating in his new edict. The term for this is “debauchery institutionalized.” He may think his legacy has to do with healthcare but historians will tag him the “Debauchery President,” who led the nation into immorality.

The liberals' hero is Plato, a self-confirmed homosexual, pedophile, pederast. What has Greece been since his time?

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The NEW Allies

President Obama is now between a rock and a hard place account ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terrorists, who are accounted consensually as much bloodthirstier than even al Qaeda and who control much of both Syria and Iraq while at the same time moving irresistibly toward Baghdad. ISIS promises Sharia Law for both countries, another way of saying that all the U.S. has done or not done in Iraq has been for naught, as was the case in Vietnam in the 1960s-70s.

Syria is another matter, especially since the U.S. has done virtually nothing there. Obama arrogantly told Syria President Bashir Assad to turn his government over to the “people” in 2011 and get outta Dodge. No one knew who the “people” were – except for Senator McCain, who did a grand photo-op ostensibly with the right “people” a while back – so getting weapons to the right “people” was not actually an option, as was the case with U.S. boots on the ground.

There are a handful of Christians in Syria who don't have to fear for their lives, and girls can go to school there under normal governmental circumstances. In fact, in 2001 Syria adopted a slogan of "education for girls" as part of its participation in the celebration of the annual Women's World Day. Sharia Law would change all of that, the Christians murdered and the girls becoming illiterate slaves to illiterate brutish Muslim/Arab men.

In Syria, Assad and his military are all that stand between Sharia Law and freedom, at least as much freedom as is allowed in any middle-eastern nation. The same is true for Iraq's President al-Maliki and military, which currently is a powder-puff army commanded by a president who seems more interested in establishing an overbearing Shi'ite government in the same sense that Saddam created an overbearing Sunni government, though with only some 35-40% of the population.

This creates for Obama the awkward position of being in the middle in both places. In Syria to prevent ISIS from becoming successful, he's forced to throw-in with Assad, who assuredly hates Obama's guts for all the meddling and mischief he's caused, especially encouraging, at least vocally, the insurgents to throw bodies at Assad—blood in the streets as Assad has more than answered in kind, which is what Obama would also do if faced with the same problem. This is what Lincoln did in 1861.

This is where the rubber hits the road since Assad's well advertised, obviously supportive ally is Russia's Putin, who already has completely outdone Obama in getting Assad to export his WMD, as well as getting Obama off the hook with regard to any further meddling in Syria (the damnable “red lines” never enforced). Much of the ISIS weaponry has already been furnished by the U.S., the “leftover” weapons from Obama's failed attempt to give Libya to the “people,” and the U.S.-furnished materiel in Iraq that has been confiscated as the Iraqi army retreats toward Baghdad.

The plot thickens as Shi'ite leaders in Iran watch Maliki's back, remembering the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s, when Muslim-Sunni Saddam used gas on both Iranis as well as Kurds in his own north-country, not to mention his oppression of Iraqi Shi'ites in his south-country. Remember the years-long no-fly zones by the U.S. military? This puts Obama on the ayatollah's side and makes him an ally of Israel-hating Iran President Rouhani.

Cut Obama some slack, though! He's made some terrible decisions about Muslim countries in general and absolutely devastated Libya, but soon after taking office Bush 43 declared that the U.S. would not do nation-building, a wise decision. Then, he reneged in both Afghanistan and Iraq, in both of which countries he had the good sense to intervene but the disastrous judgment that either Muslim-dominated country was amenable to democracy.

If Bush had listened to the historians and religionists he would have known that no amount of treasure or blood could have produced democracies in those countries. When Saddam was captured, the U.S. should have left Syria. When the Taliban and al Qaeda were driven out of Afghanistan in December 2001, Bush should have made a military presence his only goal, not nation-building, never mind all the purple fingers of the people who thought they voted.

So...how will the new allies—Iran, Russia, U.S., Syria, Iraq—make it work? Stay tuned.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fairness????

The going thing in local governments these days is the passing of “fairness ordinances” having to do with discrimination, real or imagined. These ordinances usually prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the bases of ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Essentially, the ordinances award perquisites to certain classes of people that have first been taken from other classes of people. For instance, a property-owner is deprived of choice in the matter of renting accommodations, while applicants are given the right to sue the owner if they feel aggrieved (being turned down) in the process. The owner is not allowed to make a judgment on either past experience or current information regarding the applicants. The government controls his property whether he likes it or not.

Under these ordinances, the factory-owner is required to hire people approved by the government (perhaps even ex-cons guilty of serious crimes), assuming the applicants are qualified, and not on the basis of his experience with certain classes of people or information regarding them or even personal choice. He may be forced to hire a person who is lazy or actually unqualified but qualified according to government, and will find it nearly impossible to get rid of that employee, who is unproductive and represents expense, not profit.

A landlord may prefer not to rent a furnished apartment to homosexuals because he doesn't want it or its appurtenances affected by their behavior, which involves unnatural uses of body orifices and organs. There's nothing filthier or more unsanitary than anal and oral sex or other creepy sexual exercises that impact beds and couches or even the floor. The ordinance, however, removes the owner's right to exercise his prerogatives.

Or, either he or other tenants may feel uncomfortable in the homosexual setting, with other tenants actually moving out, thus costing him financially because the government has taken control of his property and decided to whom he may and may not rent even though exercising his standards does no harm to anyone. He could end up losing his investment. So-called “fairness ordinances” are not fair to all, especially those who stand to lose financially because of them.

Gender identity is now a real problem with regard to “fairness.” Suppose someone operates a boarding house for men and is approached for accommodations by a lady who says she actually is a man. Simple? Just tell her to go away. Not so simple...not in the age of enlightenment.

It's now official at Atherton High School in Louisville, Ky., that an obvious boy who says he's actually a girl may now use the girls bathrooms and locker-rooms. The school-based council approved that permission almost unanimously. Neither the school-board nor superintendent nor any parent nor another student has any say in the matter. He can probably play on the girls basketball and softball teams but not on those of the boys.

The ramifications of this action totally lacking in common sense are evident. Any boy or girl who says (no certified proof necessary) that he/she is of the opposite sex cannot be denied the same privilege, no matter the obvious evidence to the contrary. The fact that this might offend maybe half of the 1200 other students does not signify...the minority MUST rule. Perhaps the process could be slowed if the boy is required to wear a dress in order to exercise his privilege but that probably wouldn't do more than just make him a curiosity...or bully-bait.

According to the prevailing governmental requirements accruing to political correctness, the Atherton fiasco will spread to other schools, where voyeurism by both sexes will get more attention than any academic subject. One can imagine all the senior boys claiming to be girls just for the fun of it. The bathrooms will become orgy-centers as the boys and girls get their exercise and break up the monotony of school.

This won't happen on a large scale and never in most schools but it points up the fallacies connected to fairness. One man's fairness is another man's infringement upon personal liberty, but the minority, no matter if as pronounced as in the Atherton case, will always win the day...until political correctness is replaced by common sense constrained by law to protect minorities while allowing the majority to have at least some modicum of freedom.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark