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UN climate forecasts are consistently high … consistently wrong … and used to drive policy

Dr. Thomas Sowell, Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, summarized the problem the world faces with climate change policy:  

“Would you bet your paycheck on the weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?” Continue reading

You do not have to think to be a leftist, you only need to feel. In fact, once a leftist begins to think instead of just emote, he’s put himself at risk of realizing just how foolish and empty most of his “ideas” are.

Not only do people on the left rely almost exclusively on instinctual emotions to determine their position on a given issue, the certitude they possess about that position is directly proportional to the intensity of the emotion they feel about it. It is impossible, in their view of things, to feel as strongly as they do about “equality” or “diversity” or “multiculturalism” or whatever and be wrong. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Released this November, The Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) prepared by the U.S. Global Change Research Program is a legacy from the Obama Administration. It is the latest edition in a long line of government reports linking human emissions of carbon dioxide with just about every climate and weather event that we observe today. They call this “a philosophical argument that there are no longer any purely natural weather events.” That alone should be a big hint that this latest paper is about religious philosophy, not science. Science involves theories and story-telling for sure, but the only stories that are supposed to endure are those for which we have clear logic and evidence.

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Pilgrims preparing for journey to the new world

The Father of Our Country in a prayerful moment

The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620. By the fall of 1621 only half of the Plymouth Pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians and their chief Massasoit to join in the feast. The Wampanoag had taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land for local crops.
• President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.
• Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.

When we point out that neither Socialism nor Communism have ever worked, their supporters simply smile indulgently and say, “Well, that’s just because the right people haven’t tried it yet.”

 On that count, they are just plain wrong. Communism had its purest test in the earliest days of American history, and was an abysmal, abject, utter failure. And it was tried by a small group of people who were committed to each other, devoted to God, and were hard-working and industrious. If this crew couldn’t make it work, nobody’s ever going to make it work.

 Our Pilgrim forefathers landed near Plymouth Rock in the fall of 1620. They had left England aiming for the Virginia colony, but were blown off course and landed in Massachusetts instead. Left on their own, they established their own form of government and their own economy. Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

It was a blue day in late summer, you know the kind, where you wish someone would bring you a vanilla latte or flowers, but it doesn’t happen and you cannot get out of your funk. What soothes my soul, and always has, is a new animal. So off I headed to my favorite feed store to look for “leftover” end-of-summer critters.

Being late summer, about the only things left in “the chicken room” were five wild turkeys. These turkeys were no longer at the semi-cute (we’re talking turkeys here) fuzzy stage. These were gangly, teenage turkeys. No longer needing the warmth of their grow lights. I asked feed store owner Raleigh if I could have a discount on them because they were so funny-ugly, but the chuckling owner just said he’d take them home and let them go if I didn’t buy them. Continue reading

New truckers in town

Something was off, literally. The sign on the building I approached had been removed because you could see the outline of what used to be a Swift Trucking sign. Instead the new sign was NV Transport. Being curious by nature I entered the office and found mostly Russian and Ukrainian employees at their desks. I approached Victor Shkurinsky who is in charge of accounting and asked where Swift Trucking had moved to. He indicated they had moved to a new location further to the west. I told him I was looking to write a story about the trucking industry and asked if he would like to be interviewed. Continue reading

Pilot: Lt. Charles Brown

Pilot: Frantz Stigler

The Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident occurred on December 20, 1943, when, after a successful bomb run on Bremen, Germany, 2nd Lt Charles “Charlie” Brown’s B-17 Flying Fortress (named “Ye Olde Pub”) was severely damaged by German fighters. Luftwaffe pilot Franz Stigler had the opportunity to shoot down the crippled bomber, but did not. After an extensive search by Brown, the two pilots met each other 40 years later and developed a friendship that lasted until Stigler’s death in March 2008. Continue reading

State will defy Trump, double down on renewables and CO2 reductions – and hurt poor families

By Paul Driessen

Democrat Ralph Northam had barely won the Virginia governor’s race when his party announced it would impose a price on greenhouse gases emissions, require a 3% per year reduction in GHG emissions, and develop a cap-and-trade scheme requiring polluters to buy credits for emitting carbon dioxide.

Meanwhile, liberal governors from California, Oregon and Washington showed up at the COP23 climate confab in Bonn, Germany to pledge that their states will remain obligated to the Paris climate treaty, and push ahead with even more stringent emission, electric vehicle, wind, solar and other programs. Continue reading

The President must appoint more good, loyal people – or swamp creatures will triumph

Scot Faulkner


President Trump made draining Washington’s Swamp the centerpiece of his Presidency. The swamp is winning. Its RINOgators are on the verge of destroying the Trump Presidency.

Trump’s Executive Branch is now running on empty. His appointment process is the slowest since Jimmy Carter in 1977. He recently defended his depleted ranks of loyalists, “we don’t need all of the people. You know, it’s called cost saving.” Continue reading

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