Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Let's start with Poland:
The Committee of Geological Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences has published a paper concerning the question of impending global warming and urges attention to 10 principal aspects of the problem. Awareness of these principal aspects is essential, they say, if reasonable and responsible decisions are to be arrived at.
Here is number 10:
Research experience in the Earth sciences suggests that simple explanation of
natural phenomena, based on partial observations only and without consideration of
numerous factors important for individual processes in a geosystem, leads generally to
unreasonable simplification and misleading conclusions.
Steve Fielding, a member of the Australian Senate, recently asked the Obama administration to reassure him on the science of man-made global warming.
The administration was unable to do that since they were busy reassuring the American public on the economy, and reassuring the Iranian protesters, and the Honduran people, and the U.S car industry...
When the administration proved unhelpful, Mr. Fielding decided to vote against climate-change legislation and thus Australia prepares to kill it's country's carbon emissions scheme while the American Congress prepares to stick it to the people, I mean, pass its own bill.
President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic believes believes that climate change is a dangerous myth and his view is supported by 89% of the population.
In France, Claude Allegre, who twenty years ago was heralding the earth's demise from global warming has since changed his tune and in New Zealand, (take note please, members of Congress et al) a new government has been elected which immediately dismantled its own young cap and trade program.
The WSJ sums up the rest:
The number of skeptics, far from shrinking, is swelling. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe now counts more than 700 scientists who disagree with the U.N. -- 13 times the number who authored the U.N.'s 2007 climate summary for policymakers. Joanne Simpson, the world's first woman to receive a Ph.D. in meteorology, expressed relief upon her retirement last year that she was finally free to speak "frankly" of her nonbelief. (Her article is here) Dr. Kiminori Itoh, a Japanese environmental physical chemist who contributed to a U.N. climate report, dubs man-made warming "the worst scientific scandal in history." Norway's Ivar Giaever, Nobel Prize winner for physics, decries it as the "new religion." A group of 54 noted physicists, led by Princeton's Will Happer, is demanding the American Physical Society revise its position that the science is settled. (Both Nature and Science magazines have refused to run the physicists' open letter.)
The first one about speaking out as Ken Hutcherson, former NFL Linebacker and Senior Pastor of Atioch Bible Church in Washington State says:
"...it is "a shame" that the president is "supporting what destroys the family...."There's absolutely no truth in anything he said, from beginning to the end," ..."(T)here is no such thing as [a] biblical stance for homosexuality, if you use the Bible."
In his talk, Obama acknowledged that many Americans still disapprove of homosexuality. "There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors or even family members and loved ones, who still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes," he stated. (See related article) Hutcherson says those comments demonstrate the president has contempt for more than just conservative Christians.
The second article is about the silence of Duke University. A good post on this can be found over at Self Evident Truths.
Mike Adams a professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, wonders where the outrage is concerning Duke's homosexual rape/abuse case is?
Frank Lombard, associate director of Duke University's Center for Health Policy, has been accused of molesting his adopted five-year-old African-American son and offering him up for sex with strangers on the Internet. Lombard's homosexual partner, who resides in the same house with Lombard, was allegedly unaware of the activities.
In the infamous Duke lacrosse team rape case more than 80 university officials and professors signed a statement accusing the players of racism. Adams wonders where those professors are now in this new rape case at the university.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Too much time and effort says Mel, so he calls his own referendum, which according to the Honduran constitution is illegal. No matter, there are more important things to do than worry about the details. What he needs now are ballots for the referendum. Since the Honduran government didn't call a referendum, they're not providing any ballots.
Details, details. He gets his buddy Hugo to provide ballots (no doubt already printed) and they are shipped to Honduras.
Honduran Supreme Court considers the election in light of the law of the land (the Constitution) and rules the referendum ( to extend Zelaya's term) illegal and unconstitutional. The court then issues an order to the Honduran military telling them not to do play with the president regarding the referendum since it was illegal.
General Romeo Velasquez tells President Zelaya that he is subject to a proper order from the Supreme Court and will not be able to carry out Zelaya's referendum. More details says Mel, I'll just fire the general (generals after all are no different than heads of corporations e.g. GM- a lefty is a lefty, don't cha know)
The Supreme Court orders Zelaya to reinstate Velasquez, and Zelaya says no way.
But the Prez still has noone to distribute the ballots so he puts a mob together and sends them down to the barracks to get the ballots and hand them out.
Based on the Supreme Court's ruling the Honduran attorney general says the proposed referendum is illegal anyone attempting to carry out the election would be arrested. Zelaya was arrested by the military and was escorted out of the country.
In accordance with Honduran law, the Honduran congress names a succesor, and sets elections (the ones Zelaya was trying to get rid of) for November.
All down in accordance with Honduran law.
It took Obama one day to denounce this "military coup."
For the record it took him five days to respond to North Korea launching a missle and a week before he could muster an "I concerned" over Iran.
But only one day to denounce (along with Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega and Fidel Castro) the fledgling democracy in Honduras following its own laws against a wanna be tyrant.
My how times have changed. What is going on here?
H/T Neal Boortz Additional story at American Thinker
Sunday, June 28, 2009
There are some conditions that apply to this award, conditions that I am happy to fulfill.
1) Say "Thanks!" to the presenter of the award and provide a link to their blog.Thank you, Steve! I love your blog and am I honored that you read (and sometimes contribute to) mine. It is the height of irony that my blog has inspired you (I know it wasn't nominated for content :-) since your words,witness and friendship have inspired me since the time we met those many years ago.
2) Share 10 honest things about myself.
- I think a fine meal with friends and wine is a worthwhile use of time and money. At least occasionally
- I wish I could read Greek and/or Latin.
- I do not have cable
- I was in quite a few plays back in college but took only one drama class.
- I enjoy traveling particularly overseas and still keep in touch with my old landlords.
- I enjoy writing and aspire to write better and more often.
- I do the cooking for my wife and kids.
- I love our two children and my wife more than anything in the world.
- I try to truly love the Lord, our God.
- I wish I knew what I want to be when I grow up and have 1yr and 3 months till I retire and have to decide.
3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me. These would overlap some with Steve's (since I was blogging before him, he actually stole them from me. :-) but I'll come up with seven more.Here we go: Inscapes for inspiring me to write more, providing a great summer reading list and convincing me (along with my 14yo) to get on Facebook, Creative Minority Report,for news and insight but mostly making me laugh A Banner Is Unfurled, Pomegranate Apple, Beetle Blogger, Pearl Diver, and Secular Heretic among others for fighting the good fight against same sex "pseudogamy" and supporting the family.
4) Inform those 7 that they've been awarded the 'Honest Scrap' Award. I shall do so presently. Thank you again, Steve, for honoring this blog!
The Christian view of freedom is of course, much different. One of my favorite analogies is the picture of a ball-field on top of a high mountain. Surrounding the field are jagged and dangerous rocks many feet below, and a raging sea around them. The boys on the field are given a ball and told to play. Free from rules or boundaries, the play is timid at best. The chance that the ball or one of the boys will be lost. Only when a fence is put around the mountain top and some rules applied can the boys enjoy the game.
The Christian knows, or should, that true freedom comes not in giving free reign to the appetites and desires of his heart, but rather to tame them and focus them to right ends. Obedience and self-discipline is the way to true freedom.
Two examples this week of what unrestrained freedom can lead to. I know, i know its almost yesterdays news by now but still...
First in the tragic figure that was Michael Jackson. With talent and creativity to spare he had everything but someone to tell him "no." Growing up with money to burn he indulged every desire, every whim.
"...But he had no compass to find one; no real friends to support and advise him; and money and fame imprisoned him in the delusions of narcissism and self-indulgence. Of course, he bears responsibility for his bizarre life. But the damage done to him by his own family and then by all those motivated more by money and power than by faith and love was irreparable in the end. He died a while ago. He remained for so long a walking human shell. ..." Andrew Sullivan at Theologica
Justin Taylor at the same site, has this to say: (h/t mere comments)
He is dead at the age of 50. He had everything the world offered--but no Jesus.
I remember once looking at the liner notes from an album of his, and he quoted the final lines from William Ernest Henley's famous poem, Invictus:
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Those are not the words you want written on your tombstone.
It is hard to think of a sadder public figure in recent years. A black man who never found his identity as one created in God's image, and who never experienced the identity of being conformed to the image of Christ. Black and white, male and female, rich and bankrupt, genius and punchline, private and public, innocent and deceptive--everything seemed to be jumbled up.The one thing that comes to mind about Jackson is how bad he was at hiding his brokenness. Even while living in a literal fantasy land, it was obvious to everyone that this was a person--enormously gifted--desperately seeking a mask to cover, in futility, who he was.May God use even this to increase our compassion and ministry to the lost, broken, and confused.
The second example is equally tragic, that being Governor Mark Sanford. So blinded by his own selfishness and self serving desire as to throw away a marriage and do untold damage to his sons. By the sound of the e-mails he was dealing with a woman who might have been having her own issues as she mentions in their e-mails, that she may need therapy. A decent man would never have crossed the line, much less with a woman who was having emotional difficulties at the time. Yes, I read the e-mails, to seek out the motivations and to gain some insight, not for prurient reasons. But what I found was the face of sin. How it sullies high emotions and feelings such as love and respect and how it uses scripture to justify it's own way.
I speak from experience, when I was 25 and single and far away from home I met a woman, a married woman, 10 years my senior, at a party. Her husband was not there and we, "hit it off", one might say. It turned out, that the husband was in the Mediterranean having his own affair. I made every mistake that the good Governor made except that I was not married. But she was. And it made no difference that the marriage was already in trouble, the truth is, I assisted in its demise. I know how sin muddles your vision. I know how sin intoxicates and justifies.
Years later while half-heartedly confessing this sorry incident to a friend, I tried to rationalize it away by saying it all worked out for the best in the end, since the marriage was already in trouble and that I "comforted" her in a time of need.
The friend listened patiently and when I was done said simply, "What you said was interesting but it didn't require the Gospel to say it."
I was struck to the core. Thank God for that. If it doesn't take the Gospel to say it, there's nothing particularly "Christian" about it. Likewise, if we find our freedom in any place but through obedience to Christ, we are but the most pathetic of slaves.