Global Warming and Governmental Power

I had been thinking about a way to say something about the emails that have surfaced that show Global Warming to be a manufactured crisis, the reasons people have for lies like this, and where we go from here, and I noticed that once again, Borepatch has it covered. He links to another blog, The Devil’s Kitchen, that hammers the facts out in a very clear order. It is worth the click to read it, and done much better than anything I would have put together.

On the whole topic of global warming, or health care reform, or the government’s response to the economic crisis, I would say this. When police are investigating crime, they follow the money. Most crime, if you stay on track with the money, you can unravel what transpired. When you are investigating the government and politicians, follow the power. Lots of times, that means money also, but not always. Power, both personally and organizationally, is what governments are about.

Any crisis can be used to promote consolidation of power, in the name of protecting the people, and that consolidation invariably results in further limits on the freedoms of the citizens.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
–Thomas Jefferson


Saturday Morning

The fire was still going in the wood stove when I woke up. I put a couple of smaller split branches in and sat down to write a post. It is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I’ll be leaving for the range in a couple of hours. There is a USPSA match this morning.

I had a couple of things to post about. Thanksgiving day was spent with friends. Four families gathered. Eleven adults over 30, four young adults, five children. All of us connected by various bonds of family relationships or long years of friendship. I am thankful for that day, all those people, the meal we shared.

In the afternoon after the meal, we went out on the property to a small berm that had been pushed up and set up a range. It was all .22s except for one 9mm carbine. An array that included my Grandfather’s 1934 Colt Woodsman. Three people that had never shot before, one adult and two children, got their first safety instruction and took their very first shots with my Grandfather’s pistol. I can think of no better use for it. When I spoke with my Mother later in the evening and told her about it, she reminisced about learning to shoot with that gun as a little girl. I am thankful for my relationship with her and that her Dad’s old pistol has come to me.

I had Friday off, and spent the morning with a friend cutting and splitting firewood. It was the last load from an oak tree I cut down earlier in the summer. The tree was dead and I had cut it down as a favor, the wood was a bonus. Being the last load, it was the twisted parts, the knots and hard to split last rounds near the stump.

Between a maul and some wedges, and judicious application of chainsaw, we finished the job. There may have be more wood to be gathered before the winter is over, but the pile is in pretty good shape for now. I am thankful for that, as well.
It’s close to freezing outside and the iron box is doing it’s job. On a cold morning, a warm house is a thing to be especially thankful for.

I have four sons. All young adults now. All are healthy and are at various stages of their lives. I am thankful for them, for all the experiences we have shared, for who they have become, and the opportunities still before them.

Most of all I am thankful for the woman that has chosen, and continues to chose to, share her life with me. There has been nothing better in my life than that.

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.

–Meister Eckhart

A Proclamation from Pr. Lincoln

The Thanksgiving Day Proclamation from Pr. Lincoln in 1863. Not a lot of separation of church and state here. Not any doubt about who he is thanking. He established the last Thursday in November to be a day of thanksgiving to “our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”. I hope that each of you has a such a day. Don’t eat too much.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.
–Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863


Everything you can write or draw offends someone. Whether it is meaningful political dialogue or an ugly parody, the United States has had a tradition of free speech. Want to make fun of the King of England, the President of the United States, make an outrageous caricature of a politician you dislike? You can do it, and the 1st Amendment to the Constitution protects your right to do so.

Don’t think much of the President, make him look like a monkey. Don’t like the Vice-President, have the feeling he is evil incarnate? Dress him up in PhotoShop to look like the devil. Want to make a comment on the recent Republican candidate for Vice-President? Slap a pig nose on her face and get all your friends to say what an artistic and insightful guy you are. But if you dislike the Obamas, you better just keep it to yourself. No PhotoShop for you, you racist. Satire not permitted.

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
–Noam Chomsky

Cultural Differences

Not every culture is similar. It’s hard to understand the mores and values of people that grew up in such different circumstances. Being an person that grew up in the United States I, of course, cannot make the leap of understanding necessary to understand this.

If one man did it, I could see him as a monster. What I don’t understand is how thousands of men can do this to their wives and women they claim to love.

It would wrong to pass judgment, though. Better to coexist.

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
–Blaise Pascal