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Unwoke Advice for Climate Change Kids

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Oxfam activists wearing masks of the leaders of the G7 summit; from left, Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stage a demonstration in Giardini Naxos, near the venue of the G7 summit in the Sicilian town of Taormina, southern Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. Climate change promises to be the most problematic issue for this summit after Trump’s decision to review U.S. policies related to the Paris Agreement on fighting global warming. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

Today’s Climate Change strategy has shifted to target a more youthful demographic. Led by a job-killing freshman Congresswoman, a 16-year old Swedish girl with a TED talk and a foul-mouthed kids’ TV clown, the movement has abandoned preachy polemics for school strikes, shouting down the wisdom and experience of their elders. (During my active blogging days, we had to deal with the insufferable Al Gore. Maybe things have improved.)

[Sample conversation follows.]

Them: “We’ve got to do something now!
Us: “Now?”
Them: “Yes, now, before it’s too late!! It’s our future!”
Us: “What should we do?”
Them: “The Green New Deal! Climate Justice! Leave it in the ground!! Something!!”
Us: “But what if we can’t get China and India on board?”
Them: “We’ve got to do something now!!”
Bill Nye: “Aren’t you listening, a******? The f****** planet is on fire.”
Us: “Oy, vey.”

The Do Something Now! Crowd are past masters at controlling the Climate Change narrative. Any pushback is predictably characterized as dangerous, selfish, and greedy, not to mention racist, anti-feminist, and anti-child. Conservative and skeptics “deny science” and are stuck in the past. Naturally.

Conservatives must resist this false narrative. It is a moral imperative of our time to make reasoned, rational policy decisions regarding our energy future. Those decisions necessarily involve considering all technologies, based on sound engineering and honest cost/benefit analyses. This is an adult responsibility; failure has a price measured not just in dollars, but in human lives.

 


Can we learn something from history, or even current events?

Westlake Legal Group img_0102 Unwoke Advice for Climate Change Kids Uncategorized Front Page Stories Featured Story   Do Something Now! has already been implemented, and it is failing before our eyes. German policymakers first implemented Energiewende (“energy transition”), in 2010. They doubled down in 2011, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, curtailing nuclear power generation and committing to shut it down altogether by 2022. All the features are there: the Smart Grid, offshore wind, subsidies for renewables…

Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors is … forthright about the failures. The shift to renewables, the federal auditors say, has cost at least 160 billion euros [$180 billion at 2019 exchange rates] in the last five years. Meanwhile, the expenditures “are in extreme disproportion to the results,” Federal Court of Auditors President Kay Scheller said last fall, although his assessment went largely unheard in the political arena. Scheller is even concerned that voters could soon lose all faith in the government because of this massive failure. (“German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future”, Der Spiegel Online, May 13, 2019.)

Germany’s half-baked plans suffered a myriad of setbacks:

  • Fearing voter backlash, politicians shunned ownership; 675 leaderless bureaucrats advance the Energiewende cause.
  • Offshore wind is expensive to install, operate, and maintain. Who knew?
  • The Chinese priced their solar panels low enough to drive out German competitors.
  • German citizens have the same kind of NIMBY concerns as Americans.
  • The bone-headed decision to ditch nuclear energy due to a nonexistent tsunami threat makes Germany as dependent on coal as ever, so they haven’t made progress on carbon emissions in years.

For the U.S. “no plan” turned out to be the best plan. We failed to ratify Kyoto, we backed out of the Paris Accords, we chose not to implement a carbon tax.

Yet today the U.S. is the star pupil, reducing carbon emissions ahead of any of the protocols’ goals, while at the same time enjoying a robust economy.

Economics is all about optimizing the use of limited resources. When resources are used suboptimally, or simply frittered away, people will suffer. Some people will die. [Credit to P.J. O’Rourke for first opening my eyes to this concept, probably in All the Trouble in the World (1994).]

Sticking to the narrative, the nightly news conveys the impact of higher “green” energy costs in terms foregoing some trivial middle-class luxury, like a grande chai latte per week. That may be the impact on people like you and me, but people on the economic margins face non-trivial economic choices.

A paper titled “Inexpensive Heating Reduces Winter Mortality” (pdf link), featured in a recent blog by Mark J. Perry of the American Enterprise Institute, brings the point home.

In the US, 17% of households spend more than 10% of their income on home energy. Heating is the largest component of annual home energy consumption, despite being used for only part of the year …

High heating costs impose a difficult trade-off on households: They have to keep their home uncomfortably cold to save on heating or forgo other spending to afford their high heating bill.

The paper’s authors statistically measured the impact of natural gas prices on winter mortality and concluded that cheaper natural gas in the U.S. translates to 11,000 fewer deaths per year due to respiratory disease and other cold-related causes.

Cheaper natural gas means greater wintertime comfort and better health for those in poverty, those on fixed incomes, pensioners, the elderly, the disabled. You know, the people that the Left claims to care about.

The Green New Deal, indeed most Climate Change proposals, promise higher costs for natural gas and other fossil fuels. Sorry, Grandma, but somebody has to sacrifice for climate justice, whatever that is.

Our economy is five times the size of Germany’s; a debacle of similar magnitude in the U.S. would flush away nearly $1 trillion. Could we learn from Energiewende and keep the transition minus the boondoggle? The Left will argue that the last guys that tried to Do Something Now! just blew the execution. Kinda like communism.

But the American political culture is even more diverse than Germany’s, making smooth adoption of such massive changes extremely unlikely. If any of the Green New Deal proposals for massive infrastructure changes were to pass, opposition to permits and construction projects will certainly be led by the very activists who are now vocal proponents of the Green New Deal.

Thanks for your passion, kids, but it’s best if our nation’s energy policy decisions are made by grownups; someone who knows a dekatherm from designer dungarees. If you’re open to the suggestions of an adult, don’t strike; stay in school. Math and science will help you understand the issues, but it’s most important that you learn to think independently. Practice being skeptical of those adults who push only one side of an issue, and be distrustful of their motives.

But do it before it’s too late. After all, it’s your future.

Crossposted at stevemaley.com

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#FurtherFail: Jim Acosta Says He Regrets the News Media Isn’t More United Against Trump

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Jelly is a condiment in need of peanut butter. Grilled cheese is a sandwich in need of tomato soup. Jim Acosta is a man in need of a dictionary.

The microphoned mischief-maker who’s clearly never been introduced to the meaning of “reporter” — that being someone who solely relays inarguable facts — appeared on CNN’s ironically-named Reliable Sources (here, here, here, and here) Sunday to remind everyone why he’s in desperate need of a new title.

One of his messages: The media needs to be more hostile to President Trump.

I’m starting a GoFundMe to mail Jim a Webster’s Unabridged.

Host Brian Stelter asked the left-wing pundit if he has any regrets. Apparently, he wishes the news media would put even more focus on not being the news media:

“Do I have any regrets? You know, I wish at times that the press had been a bit more in solidarity with one another. And standing up to this White House and saying listen, ‘You know, the President can’t call us the enemy of the people. We’re not going to go along with that.’ I think we’ve missed some opportunities here and there to challenge that.”

He’s on a mission unrelated to news:

“[The situation with Trump] sort of makes the 4th estate — the press — really the check on a presidency that sometimes goes outside the bounds of normal presidential behavior.”



I pine for the days of Walter Cronchite. Or any other boring mouth opening and stating just the facts.

Jim is — it should be noted — doubtlessly a large contributor to the President’s negative view of the mainstream media in general and CNN in particular (see here).

He’s declared war himself — on professionalism in reporting. Just see here:

Anti-Reporter Jim Acosta Attacks Sarah Sanders, Highlights The Death Of News

One More Reason Jim Acosta Is An Idiot

Mere Hours After ‘Reporter’ Jim Acosta Labels The Border A Utopia, 20 Charred Dead Bodies Are Found

Gimme More, Gimme More, Gimme Moron: Unable To Comprehend His Job, Acosta Debates Sanders On Dems

For Interdimensional Traveler Jim Acosta, Truth Is A Virus That Can’t Be Caught

Inadvertently declaring the continuing death of actual news, Jim challenged the entire concept of such an organization:

“We’re not just here to report the news. We’re here also to defend the truth.”

Oh boy.

Jim has a new book coming out, in which he admits he’s not a reporter. Read more here.

When asked why he wrote it, he explained to Brian thusly:

“I did not want my children to grow up in a country where the press is called the enemy of the people.”

Dude. You are the reason people say that. 

Please, CNN — just give Jim his own show. He’s a pundit, and that’s okay. Let him pundit his pants full. Without the label of “White House Senior Correspondent.”

Wanna see someone not doing their job? Check out Jim in Tucker Carlson’s analysis video below.

-ALEX

 

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Jim Acosta Invalidates His Book on the Dangers of Telling the Truth by Promoting His Book on the Dangers

 

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For someone supposedly under duress for speaking out he sure is appearing all across the media.

The news outlet CNN has been a prime example of all of the dysphoria seen in the media complex in recent years. The channel is frequently promoting “news” later proven problematic, it has undertaken the role of the White House opposition organ, and it claims to foster the last bastion of the facts. It also is one example of the eroding consumer confidence in mainstream journalism, as the network ratings are shrinking faster than an Alka-Seltzer tablet in a bathtub.

At the network itself there are probably no better personal examples of this reality that their media maven Brian Stelter, and White House reporter Jim Acosta. Stelter at times can at least be excused, as he serves as the mouthpiece for the network, and journalism in general. Not to suggest he is accurate, but his apologetic stance is at least understandable. Acosta however, in the role of reporter/journalist, is more egregious.

With regularity, Jim Acosta side-steps the ethical standards we have been told are expected from journalists. Unbiased reporting, giving both sides of a story, seeking out the facts, and not delivering a narrative — these are all elements that have proven to be elusive with Jim’s reporting. Then there is the issue of injecting oneself into the story. Jim is so self-involved that if he were to have an affair it simply means he has decided to see other mirrors.

At the White House press briefings he has exhibited behavior that can only lead to him being described as a “diva”. He has complained about which outlets were selected for questions, about seating arrangements in the press room, and has postured like an entitled prom queen. He shouts questions at events that have no hope of being heard, let alone answered, then goes on the air to run tape of his supposed interrogation method. He does not need to get the story — HE is the story.

Tomorrow Jim has a book out on the market — “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.” This is another trademark move of Acosta, to position himself as a put-upon, endangered messenger of the truth. In order to deliver us his golden nuggets of wisdom he is risking…well, something…we assume. The implication of a threat is ever present with Jim — it is even hinted at in the book title — and yet, he never seems to get around to actually explaining what the threat is.

To say he is not threatened with jail time, or being disappeared, as journalists face under totalitarian regimes, goes without saying. But how else is his career under threat? No one is silencing him, no one is snuffing out his right to expression. Take a look at this tweet, from his Twitter account that has not been shut down:

The man who claims to be under speech duress is sure able to get seen and heard across the airwaves. Cable appearances and interviews on major networks hardly provide evidence of being silenced. Oh, and there is one other conflicting detail — HE HAS A BOOK PUBLISHED! How do you allude to censorship being a constant threat WHILE promoting your book?! When those tomes are in a pile and ignited by government censor boards, then you have a gripe. Until then your “threat” is no more than a sales pitch tagline.

This is commonplace with those in the electronic media. Journalists, celebrities, and other media figures love to talk about how they are threatened with censorship, all while broadcasting from a pulpit seen by millions (okay, in the case of CNN, hundreds of thousands.) It is amazing for a group that claims they are being silenced their message manages to be heard by the masses as they complain.

This is the hallmark of the entitled class. The people who are saying “We won’t be silenced” the loudest are involved with an altogether different reality — the truth is they will not shut up.

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Is Cory Booker Afraid to Idiotically Suggest Border Security is Like a Death Sentence to Holocaust Jews? Guess

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You know what having a secure border and knowing who comes into the country is like? It’s like forcing Jews to die in the Holocaust.

So suggested Cory Booker.

Farticus (see here) was speaking on the Political Party Live podcast Saturday.

And he seemed to contend we shouldn’t be spending much on security:

“Do you know how much billions of dollars we’ve done to increase the numbers of Customs and Border Patrol agents, of people involved in immigration?”

It’s at this point I should ask you, the reader: Do you have special shoes you like to wear when you hear things that are idiotic?

If so, put on your special shoes.

I’ll wait.

Ready? Back to Cory:

“[President Trump] uses the language — that’s why knowing history is so important — he uses the language like a political party of our past, called the Know-Nothings…trying to make us afraid of people with brown skin.”

There ya are. Our billionaire president, for some unknown reason, has this Evil Genius idea. He lies in bed at night, thinking, “I know what I’ll do — I’ll try to make Americans afraid of brown skin! YES!”

I just don’t understand why some left-wing politicians — such as Cory Booker — appear to have no use for saying things that are relevant, preferring instead to offer totally imbecilic notions of dastardly motives at the highest level of the GOP (like here). Why does Cory want most people to roll their eyes at the sounds sailing past his teeth? Or does he assume only morons are listening?

Tighten your shoes:

“As much as [Trump] wants to make us afraid of people trying to come here escaping terror, not remembering like when we turned around other immigrants trying to escape terror. There was a ship that came here during World War II with a bunch of folks trying to escape the Holocaust and we turned it around where they got killed in the Holocaust.”

As pointed out by The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra, thousands of Jewish refugees were in fact turned away from the U.S. during the Holocaust — by Democratic President Franklin Rosevelt.

Given Cory’s position that a secure border is akin to condemning Jews to death, ladies and gentlemen, I give you a speech by that icon of the American Democratic Party, der Führer — Adolf Hitler:

Since you’ve already got on those shoes, I highly recommend these other Cory gems:

Cory Booker On Dems’ 2020 Victory – Americans WANT To Pay More Taxes Because They’re ‘Patriotic’

Cory Booker Continues His ‘Say Really Idiotic Things’ Series: You Must Go Vegan Or Destroy The Earth

Though It Was Likely Written In Crayon, Cory Booker Compares Green New Deal To Fighting The Nazis

Cory ‘Spartacus’ Booker Goofily Claims Canada And Germany Are ‘Out-Americaning’ Us

-ALEX

 

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President Trump Is The Left’s White Whale

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Trump is the Left’s White Whale

Yesterday, over at American Thinker, Patricia McCarthy penned a very well turned article entitled, Trump is the Democrats’ white whale, and Pelosi is Ahab

She opined that the Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) manifested by just about the entire Democrat Party (and let’s not forget a few RINOs too-Mitt?) is especially obvious in speaker Pelosi’s words and actions. From the article

Trump is like Melville’s white whale.  The congressional Democrats are a collective Ahab, pathetic and self-destructive.  Determined to destroy what hounds them by its very existence and survival, they never learned the rule of holes: to stop digging.  For Pelosi, who has clearly lost control of her drove of sheep in the House, this once powerful woman has succumbed to her basest instincts: destroy the opposition at all costs.  This time, the cost may be, as it was for Ahab, her ultimate humiliation and that of her party

McCarthy does a great job tying together the sequence of events since Donald Trump’s election to the Presidency. She clearly and concisely calls out a number of bad actors who were all bound and determined to undermine the Presidency of Donald Trump, by fair means or foul. She has especially harsh words for those in and out of Law Enforcement who used the full power and ability of the Federal Government to incarcerate people in order to coerce them into maligning the President with no evidentiary basis.

The article is a great read and McCarthy’s conclusion is perfect (emphasis mine).

Trump is their white whale, and the whale won.  Pelosi with her irresponsible rhetoric about wanting to see Trump in jail is exactly the insane and obsessive Ahab.  She will go down in infamy with her crew.

All I can say here is, “from Ms McCarthy’s keyboard, to God’s ears; Nicely done.”

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The Catholicism of Joe Biden

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Joseph Robinette Biden Jr was from a (supposedly) working class family, though after his family moved from Scranton, Pennsylvania to Claymont and then Wilmington, Delaware, they somehow found the money to send young Mr Biden to tony Archmere Academy. Archmere is a non-diocesan Catholic school within the Diocese of Wilmington, with its tuition today, $27,800, almost double that of the diocesan high school, Padua Academy’s $14,300.

Growing up, Mr Biden followed in the family’s Roman Catholic tradition, sending his children to Archmere as well. But, alas! Mr Biden’s campaign website, despite it’s intensive timeline biography, never mentions that he is (supposedly) Catholic.

About a month ago, the National Catholic Reporter asked if American Catholic voters could make Mr Biden the next President, noting that “Nearly 60 percent of white Catholics supported (Donald) Trump nationally, a higher percentage than any other GOP presidential contender in the past 20 years,” and that Mr Trump captured 52% of the total Catholic vote in 2016, versus 45% for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton missed an opportunity to make a strong case to white Catholics. She never campaigned in Wisconsin during the general election. When Clinton was invited to speak at a St. Patrick’s Day event at the University of Notre Dame, a touchstone of Catholicism, her Brooklyn-based campaign team declined, confident in its sophisticated data projections that white Catholics were not the audience Clinton needed to reach.

The New York Times famously pointed out that Hillary Clinton, who had already lost one presidential campaign, and her young, groovy, with-it number crunching campaign staff, led by Robby Mook, ignored the advice of Bill Clinton, who had only won two presidential campaigns.

But, I digress. America magazine, a Jesuit publication, claimed, in November of 2017, that Joe Biden’s Catholic faith is on full display on his current book tour.

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Joe Biden’s “Trans Pride crewneck t-shirt”. Image taken from Mr Biden’s campaign website store.

Now, he seems to have left that behind. Not only is his Catholicism not mentioned on his campaign website — at least, not as far as I delved into it — but his campaign store, at least for this month, is loaded up with things like the Joe Biden “Trans Pride Crewneck T-Shirt,” for $27.00, something that Mr Biden’s (purported) faith opposes, along with various other homosexual “Pride” items; the Catholic Church holds that homosexuality is gravely disordered and that homosexual activity can never be approved.

But now we have the real kicker. From The Washington Post:

Joe Biden reverses position on federal funding of abortion after Democratic outcry

By Colby Itkowitz | June 6, 2019

In a dramatic reversal, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday he no longer supports a ban on federal funding for abortions, known as the Hyde Amendment, a move he announced after a day of sharp criticism from campaign rivals and key Democratic interest groups.

The former vice president announced the change during a speech at the Democratic National Committee’s African American Leadership Council summit in Atlanta, telling the crowd that, in an environment where the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion is under attack in Republican-held states, he could no longer support a policy that limits funding.

“We’ve seen state after state including Georgia passing extreme laws,” Biden said. “It’s clear that these folks are going to stop at nothing to get rid of Roe.”

“Circumstances have changed,” he said.

On Wednesday, his campaign issued a statement confirming that, unlike much of the rest of the field, Biden was not calling for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which dates to 1976, when Biden was a young senator.

But the hard left of the Democratic Party went nuts, and the strong, rock-solid former Vice President caved. Now the 47th Vice President of the United States supports repeal of the Hyde Amendment. In other words, he wants his parish priest and the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D., the Bishop of Wilmington, Delaware, who are paid salaries and thus have to pay income tax on the money they earn, to have to violate their faith in about the worst way they could, and have to pay for abortions.

Canon 1398 of the Code of Canon Law provides that:

“a person who procures a successful abortion incurs an automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication.” This means that at the very moment that the abortion is successfully accomplished, the woman and all formal conspirators are excommunicated.

Among those who incur the latae sententiae excommunication are those who pay for it. While being taxed for everything is not direct financial support, the (nominally) Catholic Mr Biden would have his own bishop, and every other priest, deacon and bishop in the United States, and every Catholic taxpayer in the country, paying money to procure abortions.

By his prior actions, Bishop Malooly should have already denied Mr Biden communion, but he has not yet done so. By his prior actions, if Mr Biden approaches to receive the Host, his priest should deny it to him, but if that has ever happened, I’ve never seen it documented, and that would be a huge story in the media.

But now? Bishop Malooly needs to be asking himself, what more does his faithful parishioner have to do to deserve not only denial of communion, but excommunication?

Joe Biden is simply not Catholic. Mr Biden, regardless of what he claims his faith to be, worships at the very secular altar of liberalism, a faith which requires wholehearted support of homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriage,’ ‘transgenderism,’ and an unlimited, unrestricted abortion license. Bishop Malooly should go ahead and recognize this, and take the appropriate action: excommunicate Mr Biden.

In reality, that shouldn’t bother Mr Biden in the slightest; he abandoned his purported faith long ago.
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Children, Childish Adults and Climate Change

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There is a growing movement among youth to take to the streets with placards demanding action on climate change.  They live in the childish visceral world of emotion devoid of logic and reason for the simple fact their minds are not mature enough yet.  However, when adults join the chorus, it is equally and perhaps more confounding and not understandable.  Hence, one can argue that they are behaving and acting on an infantile or immature level also.

Climate change is a very complicated issue.  Pointing out that there may be no relation between increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and extreme weather events can be an exercise in futility.  Most of  the argument involves cost-benefit analysis.  For example, should we work to avoid the extinction of butterfly X if it meant taking $1,000 out of everyone’s pocket through a carbon tax?

The impulse to debate the complexities of the issue are misguided at best.  Those activists in the streets and the halls of Congress do not base their arguments on reason.  It is doubtful that most activists or people in Congress even know what cost-benefit analysis really is in the first place.  Even more to the point, they think and act as if they do not need to know about it.

In their way of thinking, the problem, to the degree it exists, is not their’s to remedy.  That is left to the government and their only role is to beseech the government to do something.  Once the government acts, they believe the government has the expertise to make the correct calculations and do the right thing without hurting anyone except, of course, the rich.

Almost like the childhood belief in Santa Claus, the belief that government has the answers and solutions is imparted to children early in life.  As they grow older, they come to realize that governments have flaws and that leaders do not have all the answers and solutions.  Conventional wisdom says that by age 30, most people come to realize that government does not have all the answers.  Hence, it makes perfect sense that the younger or more immature one is, the more susceptible they are to climate change hysteria.

Perhaps the most telling illustration of this childish belief that government has the answers to complex problems came earlier this year with the equally childish proposal called the Green New Deal touted by the epitome of immaturity in Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  According to her, a host of problems from wildfires to hurricanes to mass migrations to lowered life expectancy, wage stagnation and wealth gaps are all attributable to climate change.  If the government acts now and radically to alter carbon emissions, all these bad things can be corrected and avoided.

But, what does she specifically propose?  She does not, for example, cite any evidence that if we institute a 16% carbon tax it will save x% of the coral reefs and reduce another X% of wildfires, or decrease the intensity of hurricanes by X%.  Like the protesting children on the street, she leaves that task to a higher authority- the government.  She summarizes the sentiment with words like: “It is the duty of the Federal Government to create a New Green Deal.”  This is a vivid illustration of the infantile faith in government which runs so deep that even an activist who is part of the government looks to that very same government to solve a “problem” she herself cannot maturely analyze.

Instead, we need to curb naive government interventions that tend to actually bring ruin to the world and our standard of living.  We need to teach these immature idealists that government does not have all the answers to everything and, in fact, often makes a problem, to the degree it exists at all, even worse.  The government does not possess godlike attributes.  It is composed of fallible people.  Instead of trying to convince people of the silliness of climate change, ask them instead this question: knowing what you do about the government and those in charge, is it really reasonable to expect a high level of rationality when solving a perceived problem?

IF climate change is real and IF it entails the deleterious and apocalyptic predictions of the activists, the solutions lie not with the government and their interventions.  In fact, given the track history of government in correcting perceived problems, the government should be the last place to put any faith in solving a problem.

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Nikki Haley Fires Back After Whoopi Goldberg Says to Stay Out of Her…

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Here’s something you don’t hear every day. Or maybe you do.

Last week on The View, Whoopi Goldberg told U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to stay out of her…

It rhymes with the 2nd part of “hoochie coochie.” And it’s an exact rhyme — even the consonants.

While going over Nikki’s speech at the Susan B. Anthony Lists’s 12 annual Campaign for Life Gala (see more in RedState contributor Sister Toldjah’s coverage), Whoopi gave a big ol’ Access Denied with regard to her womanparts.

Here’s a bit of Nikki’s offering at the gala:

“Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity. They do this in the name of feminism. But that is not real feminism. The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture. It is a rejection of the ideas of equality and tolerance that the women’s movement is supposed to be about.”

She’s right: It’s a ridiculous attempt at sleight of hand by the Left to assert that the side of women — a very diverse group of individuals — is inherently the side of Democrats — a group comprised of only some men and some women (see more from me on this here and here).

But to Whoopi, Nikki’s trying to gain entrance to her inner workings:

Therefore:

“I don’t want you in my ______!”

Okay… Clear…

More:

“Let me get this straight: So giving a woman a choice about what to do with her body is anti-feminist because…I say it all the time — you have the right never to have an abortion. You have that right, and I support that.”

“What do to with her body” — and that, ladies and gentleman, is the political mainstay known as the straw man argument (here, here, here, and here).

Continuing, the host described an incestuous scenario:

“But what about the nine-year-old girl who gets raped by a family member or some thug in the street? Why are you taking her mother’s discussion with her family, what their choice is, why are you taking it out of their hands? See to me, you taking choice from people is anti-human, so I don’t understand. I don’t say that everybody has to believe, but I say you want to have choice, I don’t want you in my _____! You don’t want me in yours either.”

That’s probably true.

Nikki fired back with a mashup of Whoopi’s words and her own. Let us all know what you think. Two different ideas, two different styles.

But ultimately, of course, only one thing matters: Regardless of the delivery, who is correct?

Straw man arguments don’t change minds; only a discussion of the core disagreement has any hope of doing that. Is it a life or not? That’s what Whoopi should address if she wants to undertake Nikki’s message.

In the meantime, I don’t believe Nikki Haley wants to infiltrate Whoopi Goldberg’s unmentionables.

The battle over abortion continues. For some of the latest, check out these:

Amid A Supreme Court Abortion Ruling, Justice Ginsburg Corrects Clarence Thomas: Pregnant Women Are Not Mothers

Gucci Celebrates 2020 With An Odd Theme For Its Paris Fashion Show: Abortion & Abortion Rights

Planned Parenthood CEO Freaks Over ‘Public Health Crisis’: Missouri’s Set To Become The First State With No Abortion Clinics

One More Pro-Life Move: Missouri Signs Into Law An 8-Week Abortion Ban

Wrong Audience: Los Angeles Enacts Travel Ban Against Alabama Over Abortion Law, Writes Letter Ordering An Immediate Repeal

-ALEX

 

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Pope Francis Says ‘Yes To Life’: Abortion Is Like ‘Hiring A Hitman’ To Kill Your Baby

Harrison Ford Sounds Off On Who Should Play Indiana Jones Next (And I Have A Recommendation)

Trans Actor’s Grad Speech: Abortion Isn’t *Just* A Woman’s Right

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Washington DC’s Inclusive ‘Dyke March’ Bans the Star of David but Allows Palestinian Flags

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How’s this for inclusive?

Washington DC’s “Dyke March” excluded Jewish participants carrying LGBT flags with the Star of David on ’em. The inclusive exclusion happened Saturday, which was exclusive of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

I guess true inclusivity’s impossible.

The Dyke March celebrated diversity by letting everyone know ahead of time that “Zionism” wouldn’t be tolerated. They would, however, let in Palestinian flags. This, according to The Washington Times.

Same kinda thing happened last year in Chicago, as per The Daily Wire:

[O]rganizers at the Chicago Dyke March enforced a similar policy, ejecting anyone from the LGBT Pride event who openly expressed support for the Jewish state, even though Israel is one of the only gay-friendly Middle Eastern countries. Organizers issued the ban in support of “intersectionality,” and out of concern for “Zionism” within their ranks, which they consider akin to “oppression.”

Nice.

Yael Horowitz is one of the DC March’s organizers, and she told the Times it’s absolutely about about fighting oppression. You know — like those turds America:

“If someone would show up with an American flag but with the stripes as a rainbow, we would treat it the same way. I think what’s getting erased here is pro-Israel and pro-Jewish are very different things. Jewish stars and other identifications and celebrations of Jewishness (yarmulkes, tallit, other expressions of Judaism or Jewishness) are welcome and encouraged. We do ask that participants not bring pro-Israel paraphernalia in solidarity with our queer Palestinian friends.”

In fact, in the view of one official, pro-Israel signage is a downright threat to people’s safety. And everyone needs a safe space (please see here):

“The issue [with the Jewish Pride flag] is where the Star of David is positioned in a way that looks like an Israeli flag, it creates an unsafe space. It really is a shame that Israel took this symbol of Judaism and turned it into this nationalist symbol….I understand the Jewish pride flag is a symbol that a lot of Jews have come to embrace, but there are so many other Jewish symbols that we can use to express our Judaism, like a Star of David [on a necklace], like a yarmulke, a tallit.”

Wanna see an argument between women over wearing a star amid trying to give a collective “H*ll Yeah” to lesbianism (again, here)? I gotcha covered:

So remember, folks: If you go out with your big D shirt to fight oppression, leave your star at home. Or you’ll have to fight even more oppression. It’s okay to be a lesbian; but advertising your love for a tiny endangered country is on the outs. Apparently, despite the catchy slogan, at the Dyke March it isn’t true that “Love is Love.”

Hanker for more Pride Month tales of Whoa? Here ya are:

Brad Pitt, Journalists, & The City Push Back Against Boston’s Straight Pride Parade, But The Rally Gets A Hilariously Unexpected Grand Marshal

Trump Denies Permission To Fly The Pride Flag At U.S. Embassies. Is He Still The Gayest Republican President?

-ALEX

 

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A Powerful Tribute: Through Tears, Gene Simmons Tells The Pentagon His Late Mother’s Greatest Lesson About America

Authorities Announce The Identity & Fate Of The Man Who Set Himself On Fire At The White House. What Was He Doing?

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Trump Denies Permission to Fly the Pride Flag at U.S. Embassies. Is He Still the Gayest Republican President?

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Personally, I’m not a group person. If the world was separated by Pizza Eaters, Taco Eaters, and Hamburger Eaters, you might find me alone under a tree with a plate of spaghetti. So groups is all Greek to me.

But I’ve noticed most people aren’t like that. Hence, news.

On the day gay marriage became the law of the land, the White House lit up with rainbow colors. That was in 2015.

The current administration doesn’t seem quite so federally festive.

As you may know, June — as designated by someone unknown to me — is Pride Month. Therefore, some U.S. embassies have requested to fly the gay flag on official flagpoles. You know what response that got? It got a Nope.

As reported by NBC News:

The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump’s State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said. Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights overseas.

In contrast to supporting rights??

The Daily Wire proposed this:

As to why the Trump administration has denied the request remains to be seen, though speculation is it sees LGBT rights and pride as two separate issues. For instance, the administration’s recent call to decriminalize homosexuality in countries such as Iran stems from an ideological impulse to see individuals treated with dignity and respect, which makes it a U.S. diplomatic endeavor, not an LGBT endeavor. It would be as if the embassies were to suddenly put crucifixes on the front lawns to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians.

Could be.

Trump’s gotten some credit from gay groups recently. As pointed out by the Daily Mail, he’s the first Republican president to promote Pride Month. And he’s made efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in other parts of the world. See for yourself:

Lesbian Jerri Ann Henry with gay group Log Cabin Republicans is pretty psyched:

‘To have any president recognize Pride is important to my community. To have a Republican president recognize that is massive. It’s worth noting that hasn’t happened before, and not anything close. … There will be many other issues we have to go to war over, but I will celebrate this. … I’m not here to say everything the president does is perfect on every LGBT issue, but I’m happy to compliment and celebrate the good things when I can get them. This is one of those cases and I’m so proud.”

Even so, BuzzFeed ran the headline “Trump Is The First Republican President To Acknowledge LGBT Pride Month, And Yet…”

And Democratic Rep. Don Byer tweeted a list of Trump LGBT crappiness:

“[He] banned transgender Americans from military service, opposed the Equality Act, blocked citizenship for children of same-sex couples, allowed anti-trans discrimination in homeless shelters, Ended healthcare protections for transgender people.”

Evidently, gay Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan’s on Team Byer:

“Just in the last month, the Trump Administration has fought to: deny citizenship to some children of same-sex American couples, strip protections for transgender Americans at homeless shelters, end anti-discrimination protections for transgender Americans in health care.”

But on Friday, Kellyanne Conway told reporters gay groups should be grateful to the Prez for “calling on other countries to do something that’s very important, which is to join the U.S. in decriminalizing homosexuality.”

And there was this:

“I’m old enough to remember the 2008 campaign where Hillary and Obama were arguing with each other as to who was more for traditional marriage. It wasn’t so long ago.”

It seems he is the gayest Republican president.

Regardless, it’s easy to see why Trump ain’t gettin’ it with some of the folks who want him in the trans trenches. After all, if he wants to really compete in the world of gay grandstanding, he’s gonna have to step it up to Kirsten Gillibrand level:

Flag, schmag — that’s Bush League.

In the mood to delve further into group pageantry? Check out my companion piece spotlighting a curious impending Boston event: the Straight Pride parade.

-ALEX

 

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Trans Actor’s Grad Speech: Abortion Isn’t *Just* A Woman’s Right

Jon Voight Drops A Bomb On Hollywood: Donald Trump Is ‘ The Greatest President Since Abraham Lincoln’

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