Thursday, July 10, 2008
I have been appalled that the uninsured are charged twice as much as insurance companies ever since I sat on a hospital board and saw my first financial statement ("Opting Out: 'Old Order' Mennonites and Amish Who Shun Insurance Face Rising Bills," page one, June 28). How about a law that requires doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms to charge the same to everyone for the same product or service?
This Guy in today's WSJ nails it. The Global Warming Religion is exacty like every other cult. Read this:
The Metaphysics and Some Politics of Global Warming
Regarding Bret Stephens's "Global Warming as Mass Neurosis" (Global View, July 1): In 1992, at my 25th Harvard College reunion, we got an accurate forecast of the "ideological convenience" driving global warming alarmism. In a discussion of the Rio Summit on environment and development, one of my classmates effused, "Who would have thought that the environment would bring us world government?" In other words, the advent of world-wide "pollution" controls will lead to world government (which all of us statist Harvard grads eagerly await).
On the other hand, climatologist Patrick Michaels has noted that we merely need to "follow the money" to explain global warming enthusiasm among scientists and academicians: Huge amounts of taxpayer dollars are running down the drain of climate research, and the people raking in the bucks are the same ones spouting the global warming nonsense.
Grant W. Schaumburg Jr.
Here are the global warming movement's cultic parallels, many of whose characteristics can be found in Walter Martin and Ravi Zacharias's famous 2003 book, "The Kingdom of the Cults":
1) Leadership by a New Age prophet -- in this case, former Vice President Al Gore.
(2) Assertion of an apocalyptic threat to all mankind.
(3) An absolutist definition of both the threat and the proposed solution(s).
(4) Promise of a salvation from this pending apocalypse.
(5) Devotion to an inspired text which embodies all the answers -- in this case Mr. Gore's pseudo-scientific book "Earth in the Balance" and his new "An Inconvenient Truth" documentary.
(6) A specific list of "truths" which must be embraced and proselytized by all cult members.
(7) An absolute intolerance of any deviation from any of these truths by any cult member.
(8) A strident intolerance of any outside criticism of the cult's definition of the problem or of its proposed solutions.
(9) A "heaven-on-earth" vision of the results of the mission's success or a "hell-on-earth" result if the cultic mission should fail.
(10) An inordinate fear (and an outright rejection of the possibility) of being proven wrong in either the apocalyptic vision or the proposed salvation.
Finally, since this cultic juggernaut has persuaded (brainwashed?) a majority of Americans into at least a temporary mindset of support for its pseudo-religious scam, Mr. Stephens's label of "mass neurosis" seems frighteningly accurate.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
8 Whenever I speak, I cry out
proclaiming violence and destruction.
So the word of the LORD has brought me
insult and reproach all day long.
9 But if I say, "I will not mention him
or speak any more in his name,"
his word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot.
lIKE THE PSALMIST:
You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
I'm in good company.
Past 24 hours Iran test fires 9 missiles to demonstrate they can blow up Israel.
Oil price doesn't budge and drifts lower a bit.
And there's oil bubbling up out of the ground in Northern Iraq
And there are ten reasons why Oil can't get it on any more.
If Iran testing missiles doesn't run the price of oil up then what will?
Hang on to your Amoco hat.
- Congressional hearings on oil speculation.
- Bernanke’s comments on the dollar.
- Airlines and autos getting crushed.
- Nonstop media coverage of the “energy crisis.”
- Gasoline subsidies being lifted or limited in Asia and India.
- U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve additions being halted.
- Wall Street analysts’ aggressive upside oil price targets.
- Record decline in vehicle miles driven while SUV sales implode.
- U.S. consumption of oil and oil products down nearly 4% in the first quarter.
- Iranian [tankers] with 28 million barrels of oil sitting in the Persian Gulf betting on higher prices (and/or because of no buyers).
Hat Tip Groovy Green
I have for a long time been against wind power as it's practiced on an industrial scale, I'm for it on a micro basis like pumping water or compressing air or generating local electricity for a local use. Small local windmills doing actual work.
Rural Americans are finally rising up against this travesty.
Here is a site that identifies the problems:
Industrial-scale wind energy is widely promoted as a clean and sustainable source of energy. It brings, however, many adverse impacts of its own which are often ignored or even denied. Of most immediate concern for communities targeted for wind power facilities are their huge size, unavoidable noise, and strobe lights day and night, with the consequent loss of amenity and, in many cases, health.And another where the comment is made:
For people concerned with the environment, the negative impacts of the giant machines and their supporting infrastructure on birds, bats, beneficial insects, and other wildlife -- both directly and by degrading, fragmenting, and destroying habitat -- are a growing concern.
Considering these and other impacts, the construction of industrial wind energy facilities cannot be justified in most of the places they are proposed. They do more harm than good.
- John Zimmerman, an executive of Enxco, in Robin Smith's 'Wind Towers Spark Debate", Caledonian-Record 7/1/03
IF you think you are in favor of environmental issues and believe industrial wind power as is practiced by the huge wind farms is a good thing, one of your views is out of kilter with another. Environmental schizophrenia.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
To those of us who are market watchers this is no surprise. This had all the indications of a market top.
But ten bucks in less than a week and no bottom in sight is a reason not to believe the Mainstream Media. They don't say a word.
I'm guessing between the 60-80 mark. And right on cue, how this will affect banks was all the headlines on the financial news.
The doctrine of justification by faith — a Biblical truth, and a blessed relief from sterile legalism and unavailing self-effort — has in our time fallen into evil company and been interpreted by many in such manner as actually to bar men from the knowledge of God. The whole transaction of religious conversion has been made mechanical and spiritless. Faith may now be exercised without a jar to the moral life and without embarrassment to the Adamic ego. Christ may be “received” without creating any special love for Him in the soul of the receiver. The man is “saved,” but he is not hungry nor thirsty after God. In fact he is specifically taught to be satisfied and encouraged to be content with little.
Maybe we don't know how. Can the blind lead the blind?
And for someone who says we don't need all that emotionalism in the church, how about this from Tozer.
"The experiential heart-theology of a grand army of fragrant saints is rejected in favor of a smug interpretation of Scripture which would certainly have sounded strange to an Augustine, a Rutherford or a Branierd."
Lord, Let my cold cold heart be moved once more. Valid experience trumps bad theology.
These ten principles of picking people the right people to be on your team for your church (or organization) according to Craig Groeschel:
- Character is more important than giftedness.
- God often uses those others overlook.
- My wife is almost always a better judge about people than I am.
- Past success is a good indicator of future success.
- There is often a reason someone is looking for a job.
- Teach-ability is non-negotiable.
- When I’m trying to talk myself into liking someone, it’s best to move on.
- People from within the organization typically have a huge advantage over those who are from without.
- One of the best ways to attract better leaders is to become a better leader.
- We’re all better off when we pray, listen, and obey.
Read the whole thing and look at the comments. Thought provoking.
The real highlight for me is this Golf Course (Hughes Creek) is fully planted with native prairie. This time of year it's spectacular. I think native plantings are wonderful when done well. They did it well.
The real highlight was on the 8th hole where one of the most well formed black willow trees that has to be 30 years old stands. It's a beautiful thing to see.
I enjoyed the trees and bushes more actually than the golf game. OK, the golf game was a bonus. Red Mulberries in July was a nice on course snack.
Big Airlines are dead meat and not a minute too soon.
Southwest still runs the best show in America. I wish them well and the only places I want to go is where they go.
United and American "Bu Bye".
Monday, July 07, 2008
When I'm right about something and it comes to pass that doesn't mean happy days are here again. I just means a different kind of chaos.
Oil prices are about to collapse. That will send a new shock thru the economy. Banks heavily invested in high oil prices will go bad. Oil companies, oil exploration, oil conservation, new technology innovation and a hundred other ripples will rumble thru the economy as those ventures stumble. The cure will be in some ways more painful than the disease. $4 gasoline is tolerable if unjustified. $2 gasoline is good but could be damaging long run. It will all work out - unless government gets involved (which it hopefully won't) in the end we'll be OK.
Steve Forbes was on CNBC this morning talking about all this. The interview isn't long. It's worth while. And, just for those who think Gene is nuts, then so is Steve Forbes. I might be, he's not.
He sounds the alarm as well as the hope.
Hang on Bucko, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
She mentioned a couple more and the consensus was they wouldn't get it at all. Not that they are bad or nonspiritual, it's just that this expression of faith is so foreign to them. It's like watching the Ubangi tribe in Africa jump up and down painting themselves with body paint and acting all different from we mild mannered Americans.
We wouldn't understand what they are saying, they speak a different language, we wouldn't understand what they are doing or why and we wouldn't understand why they are so devoted to the ritual of up and down jumping.
Foreigners seem strange when observed at a distance.
When I became a Christian I became a foreigner to much of the world. The longer I walk in this the more strange to outsiders it all seems. And the stranger I seem.
You can't judge or evaluate the Ubangi's. Don't even try. You don't get it. You won't unless you became a Ubangi.
Ditto being a Jesus Freak. You either are one or you aren't. You can't understand it with your reason or analysis. It's all by faith. You can't possibly understand. I won't even try to explain. I'll just invite. It starts by leaving your fear and doubt at the door. God says, "Without faith it is impossible to see, please or perceive him at all".
IF you insist on pure reason you'll never come to faith. You'll die and go to Hell. Tough price to pay for insisting on reason.