Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'

This is just unbelievable! unbelievable!

From an article in the Times On-Line and noticed on Drudge.

September 27, 2005 The Times
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.
NI_MPU('middle'); According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.
The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society.

It compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries, such as Britain, with the US, where the majority believes in a creator rather than the theory of evolution. Many conservative evangelicals in the US consider Darwinism to be a social evil, believing that it inspires atheism and amorality.

Nancy Pelosi

Why would any Republican in Washington DC give Nancy Pelosi the time of day?

From a Washington Post article

Partisan positioning began even before Brown made his way past a gantlet of television cameras
at the House Rayburn Office Building.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the hearing a sham "photo opportunity" orchestrated by a GOP leadership in lieu of stringent congressional oversight of the administration.
"Questioning one Republican crony will not get to the truth of the disastrous federal response to Hurricane Katrina and prevent it from happening again," Pelosi said

Bob Dylan on PBS

It was very interesting to see the young Robert Zimmerman on film and to hear the Bob Dylan of today talk about his start. Being 11 years younger than Dylan I didn't know much about his beginnings in folk music and I was especially surprised to see him with a beautiful, young Joan Baez. The look back included the Grenwich Village coffee house, beat years with poets and folk singers, communists, anarchists, and socialists. What an assortment of characters he consorted with; Alan Ginsberg, Pete Seegur and others. At times, I got the impression and in fact one man on the documentary said that Dylan was apolitical. But then he turned to writing some very good protest songs. Part two is on tonight.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Remember the reports of depravity in the superdome?

Remember the hysterical television reporters and Katrina victims outside the Superdome screaming about the mayhem that they had been subjected to? As I suspected, most of it never happened. Here's a good followup on the story from the New Orleans Time-Picayune.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

What's up with the NAACP?

The NAACP is opposing proposed photo identification requirements for voting. One wonders if this is because:
1. They are truly pathologically damaged members of the lunatic fringe.
A. Photo ID's would interfere not with their voting rights but rather their voting tactics.

Two weeks after Gaza pullout

Remember the timeline because the Palestinians will try to confuse the issue.

Israel pulled out of Gaza. Hamas militants/terrorists rocketed the Israelis a few days ago. The Israelis asked the PA to do something about it. The PA are either unable or unwilling (or both) to do anything about it. Israel prepares military responses.

The AP writer quotes our old friend, Mr Erekat:
"The Israeli bombing in Gaza and the arrests in the West Bank lead to one direction, and that's the collapse of the cease-fire,which serves no side's interest," Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said. He called on President Bush to work to calm the conflict.

I have watched the Israeli/Palestinian conflict many years now and it goes nowhere but in circles when the Palestinians are allowed to set the agenda. They play a game pretending to seek peace. It's time for Israel to decimate Hamas.


Saturday, September 24, 2005

This Land Will be gone in no time

A recent AP article reported "Hundreds rescued..." Among them a woman who said, "I've never seen it this bad. This land will gone in no time."

I've been thinking that much of the coast we have known in the last 15 years may soon be "gone in no time." If hurricane experts and climatologists are right about the next 20 years being more hurricane active, how will the coastlines change geographically and financially? Will we see a reversal of the tremendous buildups that occurred in the previous hurricane lull? How many times will homeowners be hit before they say "no mas."


Confiscation of Weapons in New Orleans!?!

In the days following hurricane Katrina, stories of violence arose in and around New Orleans. People being held up, women raped, business' robbed (not just subsistence goods, but luxuries), etc.

Contrast Houston and the smaller Texas communities damaged by Rita. Why no robberies? (except some yoyos robbing gas to get away from Rita) ...very few burglaries? ...no stories of rape?

I submit to you that the reason is guns. Lot's of guns in Texas. Contrary to the Texas towns, the mayor and police chief of New Orleans confiscated personal firearms from lawabiding citizens; thereby breaking local, state, and federal law - not to mention the U.S. Constitution! The National Rifle Association has since filed suit and achieved a major victory. (See the lead story at: www.nraila.org ). It has been proven over and over again by crime statistics; communities with armed citizens (to help the police when tragedy strikes) keep the bad guys subdued. But not in New Orleans, no... the local leaders had to remove a constitutional right and the people suffered for it! Only in certain situations, such as martial law, can personal weapons be confiscated. Even then the military leaders supervising martial law must state publically that personal weapons are not to be carried outside of the home! Wake up people!

: ) Tiger

Oh the humanity!

This was posted on another website...

...it is plain to see how non-transcendant the Christian God truly is. So non-transcendant that His idea of morals - which Christians love to claim as originating from the divine inspiration of the Bible, aren't even moral in modern times. For example, in Leviticus, it is moral to have slaves just as long as they come from a neighboring country. It is even moral, according to the same chapter, to sell your own children into slavery. We know this is not moral in modern times. So how is it that your all mighty creator couldn't foresee the immorality in slavery? Oh! I know why? Because God evolved from humanity! In the same manner all gods from all cutures evolved from humanity.

So, God evolved from humanity! And man evolved from nothing. Oh the humanity!!!!!

Comment on $200 billion

Yep! I agree. We all realize we should help, of course, but we need to reduce government, not enlarge it. How about getting rid of the National Endowment for the Arts, or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or the federal Department of Education? The IRS anyone? ...Department of Energy? Department of Interior?...

: ) Tiger

Comment on Global Warming articles

FOXNEWS was the only major news outlet I noticed which mentioned many of the facts included in the articles (that these storms are nothing new). The fact is, there is no real scientific proof that "global warming" is a product of mankind. I read an article on a science site awhile back, Scientific American, if memory serves, that stated there is a global warming situation on Pluto!

All those soccer moms driving to Pluto really need to tell NASA! : )


Global Warming and Hurricanes

Al Gore is at it again. "Global warming is causing bigger and more hurricanes."


I am generally dismayed by the left-wing bias of the BBC but this article was a pleasant surprise.


Three U.S experts refute the global warming and hurricane hysteria.

$200 billion for Katrina?

$200 billion for Katrina recovery? $200,000,000,000.00? I don't think so...Just as the offhanded Ray Nagin remark of 10,000 dead in New Orleans was pure baseless speculation, I think the $200 billion number will never be reached. I wonder why no one seems to be questioning the figure. The only dialogue I hear or read about is how to pay for it. Someone in Washington better put the kibosh on the runaway unaccounted spending. $60 billion has already been earmarked...let's not have anymore big blank checks handed out. Right now, we need some penny pinchers who know how to stretch a dollar.