The editor in chief of Christianity Today Mark Galli got plaudits from the world in the only way a regressive Christian publication can – by trashing a president who is unabashedly pro-life, an unabashed supporter of religious liberty, an unabashed nominator of pro-constitutional judges, and an unabashed supporter of Israel.
Galli, after wrapping himself in the mantle of Billy Graham, the magazine’s founder, piles on the invective: Trump’s phone conversation with the president of Ukraine was “a violation of the Constitution” and “profoundly immoral.” He has “dumbed down the idea of morality,” is “morally lost and confused,” “has abused his authority for personal gain, and betrayed his constitutional oath” in ways that reveal he is a “leader of…grossly immoral character,” with numerous “moral deficiencies” and a “bent and broken character.” “Loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments” requires us, Galli says sadly, to flatly insist that “Trump should be removed from office.”
Yikes. Remind me not to ask Mark Galli to write my obituary. You get done with Galli’s piece, you’re more likely to think of Trump as the anti-Christ rather than simply a flawed human being. Continue reading
The Democrats are crowing now, claiming that the inspector general did not find any evidence of bias in his investigation of the FBI’s handling of certain warrant applications to the FISA Court. Is there any logic behind their celebrations? It is to be expected that they fail to acknowledge he was speaking only of “testimonial or documentary evidence.” But that is a small point, signifying no more than that those he questioned refused to admit to bias in their statements or writings, and refused to implicate their accomplices in bias.
I was in Las Vegas last week on business, and while I was there I decided to make some money at the roulette tables. With $17,000 to spend, I calculated that my best chance to win real money was to put it all on red. And that is what I did. I bet a thousand dollars for each spin of the wheel, seventeen times in a row, on red. And to quote Quid Pro Quo Joe, “Son of a B!” Would you believe it? The wheel landed on black every single time? That was an expensive lesson.
I asked the croupier if his wheel might somehow be biased against me. “Do you have documentary or testimonial evidence to prove bias,” he replied?
“Why no,” I stammered, “but it just seems improbable that the wheel would turn against me like that seventeen times in a row unless….” Continue reading
Reporting right from Madrid, where climate hypocrisy was alive and well at COP-25
They came for your car, your light bulb, your dishwasher and washing machine, your toilet, your electricity, your airline flight and so much more. Now you can add your burger and steak to their list of what they want to legislate, regulate or confiscate out of your existence. YOUR existence. Not theirs.
The global warming agenda is the gift that keeps on giving for everyone who wants to control what you do. Dangerous man made climate change justifies all manner of meddling, in the name of saving the planet. And like the mafia, UN cops want a piece of the action whenever money and power are on the line.
Anti-meat crusaders have been pushing hard in recent months to use climate change to achieve their goal of forcing you into an all plant-based diet. This year their rhetoric became a big part of the dialogue at UN 25th Conference of the Parties (COP-25) on climate change, in Madrid. Continue reading
Inconvenient facts show why wind energy is not renewable, sustainable or climate-friendly
Wind turbines continue to be the most controversial of so-called “renewable” energy sources worldwide. But, you say, wind is surely renewable. It blows intermittently, but it’s natural, free, renewable and climate-friendly.
That’s certainly what we hear, almost constantly. However, while the wind itself may be “renewable,” the turbines, the raw materials that go into making them, and the lands they impact certainly are not. And a new report says harnessing wind to generate electricity actually contributes to global warming!
Arcadia Power reports that the widely used GE 1.5-megawatt (MW) turbine is a 164-ton mini-monster with 116-foot blades on a 212-foot tower that weighs another 71 tons. The Vestas V90 2.0-MW has 148-foot blades on a 262-foot tower, and a total weight of about 267 tons. The concrete and steel rebar foundations that they sit on weigh up to 800 tons, or more. And the newer 3.0-MW and even more powerful turbines and foundations weigh a lot more than that. Continue reading
Biofuels are unsustainable in every way, but still demand – and get – preferential treatment
The Big Oil-Big Biofuel wars rage on. From my perch, ethanol, biodiesel and “advanced biofuels” make about zero energy, economic or environmental sense. They make little political sense either, until you recognize that politics is largely driven by crony-capitalism, campaign contributions and vote hustling.
Even now, once again, as you read this, White House, EPA, Energy, Agriculture and corporate factions are battling it out, trying to get President Trump to sign off on their preferred “compromise” – over how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline, how many small refiners should be exempted, et cetera. Continue reading
How politically diverse is the Yale faculty today? According to an article by James Freeman in the Wall Street Journal, “0%.” He notes, “Nobody looks to the Ivy League for balanced political discourse. But a new report suggests that on at least one campus, the stifling of conservative views among faculty members is nearly complete.” I find this 12/9/19 report fascinating because recently I have been culling through the transcript of an old radio interview a cousin sent me of William F. Buckley, Jr., who attended Yale. Buckley was my mom’s first cousin. He founded National Review and was the father of the modern conservative movement. Buckley wrote a book exposing its liberalism back then and caused quite a stir. The book was God and Man at Yale. The radio interview hosted by Bill Slater in 1951 is striking because it echoes today’s debates. Buckley railed against the incongruity he saw at Yale: “the institution that derives its moral and financial support from Christian individualists and then addresses itself to the task of persuading the sons of these supporters to be atheist socialists.” Buckley exposed the following quotes from textbooks on economics at Yale:
· There is no “‘right’ of private property, and the freedom to engage in business for oneself is not a basic freedom.”
· “The State must remedy the appalling inequality of income which most Americans regard as inequitable.”
· “The fear that increasing the public debt can make the nation go bankrupt is almost completely fallacious.” Continue reading
By most accounts, American colleges and universities are highly successful businesses, with students clamoring for admission and willing to pay whatever tuition, room, board, and books the school demands. That may seem like an ideal business relationship, where the customers are very happy with the products offered and the business is very happy with the money they receive for their services.
In some recent cases, parents have even been willing to cheat on the admissions process to get their children into favored schools. These wealthy parents have paid bribes above and beyond the already steep costs of a college education to give their children a chance at success. That should be a hint that something is dreadfully wrong.
Students without wealthy parents have been able to compete in this bidding war for a higher education by taking out massive loans through Federal student loan programs that give them access to almost unlimited cash to pay for their education. Although provided by the government with the best of intentions, such cash has greatly distorted the checks and balances that keep most financial decisions within reason. Purchases of other big ticket items on credit, like a house or an automobile, require some evaluation of the borrower’s ability to pay back the loan and in the worst case, the lender’s ability to foreclose on the property. Continue reading
Banning neonic pesticides in wildlife refuges would hurt birds, bees, other wildlife and people.
The House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources recently approved HR 2854, the 2019 Protect Our Refuges Act, prohibiting the use of neonicotinoid insecticides in any of the nation’s 560 National Wildlife Refuges, some of which are the size of Delaware and even Indiana. The legislation will now be considered by the full House, while a companion bill (S 1856) makes its way through the Senate.
The legislation is unnecessary, misguided and based on embarrassingly bad science. Rather than protecting our refuges, it would force farmers to use other insecticides that truly are harmful to bees, birds and other wildlife (and even humans), or end programs to grow crops that nourish refuge inhabitants and visitors. Sadly, the forces driving it forward are par for the course on far too many ecological issues. Continue reading
On December 2, I had the opportunity to tour the Wapato Corrections Facility, along with about 100 others. It sits at the heart of a debate raging between the owner, who wants to transform it into a homeless facility, and elected officials who would rather see it destroyed.
I previously conducted research on criminal justice reform and have toured correctional facilities around the world, most of which were not inviting spaces. Bolstering my skepticism were criticisms from Multnomah County commissioners who claimed this was inappropriate for a shelter because it contained cells, lacked Wi-Fi, and was too isolated.
After the tour concluded, I was confident that every critique I’ve heard about the facility was absolutely baseless. The overwhelming opinion from others on the tour was that demolishing this structure was absurd. It was not like any jail I’d ever visited; the building had nine dorm-like wings with gyms and showers instead of cells, a large kitchen, a theater room, and a medical wing. Bruce Warner, TriMet’s board president, also raised the prospect of TriMet providing bus service between Wapato and downtown Portland.
We have a crisis. We have a facility. Now all we need are elected leaders to put the two together.
Rachel Dawson is a Policy Analyst at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.
The dithering Democrats finally settled on two lame articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The first is lame because it is not the president who is abusing his power but Congress. It is certainly possible for a president to abuse his power – President Obama did that when he created Dreamers out of the ether with the stroke of a pen – but President Trump has not done anything like that. The executive orders he has issued – whether on immigration or building the wall – simply implement statutory obligations or options established by Congress.
Congress on the other hand is abusing its power by denying the president even the semblance of due process, including the basic right to be heard, and has made a travesty of judicial standards by trotting out as its first star witnesses three people who had not one single shred of actual first-hand testimony to offer.
Congress is not even pretending to follow the Constitution on impeachment. The “high crimes and misdemeanors” listed there identify just two crimes: treason and bribery. Democrats fooled around with treason for a bit, but that clearly didn’t fit since Trump is the most pro-American president since Reagan. Continue reading