I do not pretend to know what @TheRealAbrahamLincoln would have said of the debate. All I know, was that I thought it was great when Trump charged Clinton with sex, lies, and servers. What was your take on the debate?
If you are not familiar with James Lovelock, he is one of the most influential voices in the global warming movement. He was present at the birth of the movement in the 60’s. Through 2009, he vociferously warned of the dangers of anthropogenic global warming. He has since had an epiphany, as discussed in this fascinating article in the Guardian:
. . . Sometimes described as a futurist, Lovelock has been Britain’s leading independent scientist for more than 50 years. His Gaia hypothesis, which contends that the earth is a single, self-regulating organism, is now accepted as the founding principle of most climate science, and his invention of a device to detect CFCs helped identify the hole in the ozone layer. A defiant generalist in an era of increasingly specialised study, and a mischievous provocateur, Lovelock is regarded by many as a scientific genius. . . .
What has changed dramatically . . . is his position on climate change. He now says: “Anyone who tries to predict more than five to 10 years is a bit of an idiot, because so many things can change unexpectedly.” But isn’t that exactly what he did last time we met? “I know,” he grins teasingly. “But I’ve grown up a bit since then.”
Lovelock now believes that “CO2 is going up, but nowhere near as fast as they thought it would. The computer models just weren’t reliable. In fact,” he goes on breezily, “I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy, this climate change. You’ve only got to look at Singapore. It’s two-and-a-half times higher than the worst-case scenario for climate change, and it’s one of the most desirable cities in the world to live in.” . .
Lovelock maintains that, unlike most environmentalists, he is a rigorous empiricist, but it is manifestly clear that he enjoys maddening the green movement. “Well, it’s a religion, really, you see. It’s totally unscientific. . . .
Now he tells us.
Sorry about the poor photo quality, but I think you can still spot the interesting details on this Dutch stamp: It’s got a Star of David, a sword, and a dove radiating light:
I don’t know what year the stamp was printed, but I’m assuming it’s dates to sometime immediately before or after WWII, as many of Mom’s stamps are.
I’ve also concluded that Switzerland’s pre-WWII stamps are really, really boring. I’m also trying to figure out why a letter mailed from Switzerland to Tel Aviv during WWII would be opened by Nazi censors:
Cliven Bundy and his cohorts took a stand against the federal government for its land grabbing behavior in Nevada. (The federal government controls 81% of Nevada land.) Bundy was and is extremely hostile to the Bureau of Land Management, which he sees as antithetical to state and individual rights under the Constitution. A lot of Americans resonated to the tone he struck in his battle against the government. The Leftist hive, however, was appalled. Mother Jones compared him to Ted Bundy, the infamous serial killer. Harry Reid, who has apparently never come across an actual Islamic terrorist was quick to label Bundy a “domestic terrorist.” Slate castigated him as reckless, lawless, and racist.
Apropos the racism charge, Bundy looks at today’s African-Americans on the Democrat welfare plantation and says that, while they may not work much, the social ills of welfare — the crime, the abortion, the relentless poverty — mean that they’re not necessarily better off than they were when they were actual slaves on physical Democrat-owned plantations. Bundy’s phrasing is infelicitous, but I’ve said much the same; that is, not that slavery was better, but that the Democrats are still destroying black lives in America.
As many of you already know, my site was down for about 15 hours and, as you can see, it’s back now (thanks to my incaluably valuable webmaster). I’m on the road so blogging will resume in about an hour and a half.
In the meantime, a very dear friend is in the midst of a concerning health scare. Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.
During the day I’m doing legal work and at night I can’t get to the TV, all if which means I’m not doing any convention blogging. Between my Facebook (populated by Leftists) and my daily reading rounds (about 75% of which now fall into the #NeverTrump) category, my sense of the convention is chaos and amateurism.
But here’s what’s funny — my conservative friends who are neither Leftists, pundits, nor hardcore #NeverTrumpers (even if they’re not fans), seem pleased by the convention. I should add that they’re also not racists, antisemitism, misogynists, or Nazis. They’re just ordinary, hard-working people who feel that Trump speaks sound American common sense and who are fed up with its opposite.
I’d really love to hear from all of you about the convention (generally and with regard to specific speakers), about Trump, about the #NeverTrump movement, about Hillary, about the media, and about all the other streams that are crossing this week. I’m baffled, confused, worries, overwhelmed, and a little depressed (especially about the Lefties’ increasingly shrill cries about Hitler and coups), and I suspect you all will help ground me.
Addendum: What do you think of Richard Baehr’s take, including his prediction that hard-left, corrupt Hillary will probably win? I fear he’s right, which distresses me no end. Three phrases: Supreme Court, First Amendment, Second Amendment. Hillary has already openly and explicitly stated her intention to drive the first to a permanent hard-Left majority and to destroy the other two.
(Apologies for typos. Doing this on an iPhone.)
Not only did I not blog about Brexit today, I didn’t do anything at my computer. Instead, after driving someone to the airport, I went downtown for a conversation between James Taranto And Steven Hayward. Afterwards, James invited me to join him and some others for drinks and, even if a good time wasn’t had by all, I had a wonderful time.
James is what you inspect from his writing: highly intelligent, informed, sardonic, and witty. The others, even though they don’t write, were as well. I also met another Marin resident who will definitely become part of my group of Marin conservatives.
Since iPhone blogging is never a fun way to communicate, let me leave you with a video that was produced to help promote the Leave movement and which explains why Britons wanted to leave (and it wasn’t racism).
Also, I have it on good authority that a Nexit movement is starting in the Netherlands. I think the snowball effect may be starting.
Whenever something big goes down, I seem to be far from my computer. So it is this morning. Regarding Brexit, I’m thrilled. It’s Britain’s 1776, or maybe it’s 1783. It’s reasserted its independence from Brussels’ bureaucratic tyranny and, God willing, it will use this independence wisely.
Since I have no time now, this thread is yours. Have fun!
England just committed suicide. That’s all.
UPDATE: Or maybe not….
UPDATE II: Hurrah! My earlier pessimism was misplaced. Britain apparently wants to remain a sovereign nation! Let’s hope they use this small window of opportunity wisely.
I am sorry about the prolonged silence here. I have been up to my ears in family matters. Nothing bad, thankfully, but all very time-consuming. I hope to be able to write more this afternoon. Until then, please enjoy this open thread.
[I’m in transit to Disneyland, so I’m iPhone blogging. Apologies in advance for typos.]
Someone on my Facebook feed posted the image below:
I find the image fascinating because it speaks so strongly to a particularly immature facet of the Leftist brain: Just like the baby who thinks your face has vanished for real when you cover it as part of a game, only to magically reappear when you pull your hands away while explaining “peek-a-boo,” the Leftist believes in the existence only of things he can see.
The above poster speaks to the Leftists’ certainty about the magical properties of electric cars — since you don’t see emissions, none must exist. The car is therefore clean, never mind the filthy, earth-destroying mining to make the battery, or the oil and/or coal burned to generate the electricity that runs that “clean” car.
Because the Left didn’t start tracking the earth’s temperature until the last few decades, no temperature changes before then existed or are relevant. Big Ice Ages and little ice ages, the ends of those ice ages and warming periods, glaciers expanding and retreating, inland oceans rising and vanishing — none of it matters because the Leftist didn’t experience it. But because the Leftist, via school and the media, is experiencing minute temperature variations — peek-a-boo! — they are real, unique, and the stuff of nightmares.
The Leftist can accept abortion because a baby, which lies unseen in the womb, is hypothetical until born. To Leftists, there’s no continuation from zygote to fetus to baby to child to adult. Instead, before life actually begins, there’s simply a potential bump on a real woman.
If the woman wants a baby, that bump magically turns into a living being after it’s been washed up and put at Mom’s breast. If the woman doesn’t want a baby, the bump is just that — an inanimate object that can be destroyed without compunction. No wonder Lefties were infuriated by that TV commercial (Doritos?), which gave reality to the hypothetical bump. That really killed the buzz of the pregnancy peek-a-boo game.
And Lord knows, I’ve blogged often enough about the Leftist inability to recognize that guns save many more lives than they take. In a morbid version of the peek-a-boo game, Leftists see the dead gangbanger, or the little girl killed by the gangbanger, or the woman and child shot by a jealous ex-boyfriend, because they’re all there, right before the Leftists’ eyes. What they’re incapable of seeing is all the horrible things that DIDN’T happen — that are, so to speak, hidden behind the hand: the woman whose boyfriend DIDN’T beat her to death, the people at the mall who WEREN’T massacred by a wannabe mass murderer, the convenience store clerk who WASN’T shot in a robbery, and the homeowner who WASN’T raped and murdered in her bed, all because someone was able to use a gun defensively, instead of just offensively.
The Israeli response to the knife intifada is a perfect example of guns repeatedly stopping mass murderers in their tracks. But for guns on good guys, the spilled blood of innocents would have been so much worse. The knife intifada therefore seems to have run its course because, even for brainwashed fanatics of the Islamic death cult, there wasn’t enough return on effort.
(Ironically, even though the knife intifada resulted in real dead bodies, the Left actually managed NOT to see them. Apparently dead Jews stabbed to death by Palestinians don’t actually exist.)
At every stage of thought, the Left is infantile. Like the baby, what it doesn’t see doesn’t exist. Like the baby, it desperately wants to be cared for because it is incapable of caring for itself.
Like the toddler it’s obsessed with fecal matter, whether it’s Occupy “protesters” turning public parks into cesspools, Leftist writers peppering their works with scatalogical words and imagery, or photographers Photoshopping fecal matter into images of Republican presidential candidates. And like the small child, its fights inevitably devolve into somewhat more sophisticated versions of calling their opponents “poopy heads.” Leftists are developmentally delayed and want to creat a country that suits their immaturity.
And that’s what I thought of when I saw the poster about the filthy trail behind an electric car.