I’m always amused that whenever the weather provides an easy premise for jokes (like when a global warming rally is cancelled due to a blizzard in May), leftists sneer that conservatives are too stupid to know the difference between “climate” and “weather” (actually, we do know the difference – we also know the difference between a serious statement and a joke, which leftists definitely don’t know.) Yet, whenever there’s an isolated weather event that could bolster their case, like a summer heat wave, that’s ironclad evidence of climate change.
For instance, unusually costly hurricane damage is proof that climate change is making hurricanes more destructive, and the fact that we’ve overbuilt so many structures on what used to be empty ocean coastline (to quote every HGTV show, “I have to see the beach from my porch!”) has nothing to do with it.
Likewise the recent floods and hurricanes in the Midwest are being described by the Democratic Presidential candidates as “unprecedented” and ascribed to climate change. But are floods and tornadoes in the Midwest really unprecedented, or does it just seem that way to people who’ve spent their lives in California or Massachusetts and only fly over the Great Plains? Are there really more frequent and destructive floods and tornadoes, or do we just have more buildings there to get in their way, and more people and better technology to detect tornadoes that once might have touched down far from civilization, rearranged some dirt, and gone away without anyone ever noticing?
At the link is some actual historical and meteorological data from National Climate Assessment reports that seeks to answer that question.
And here’s some more data on why we’re having so many tornadoes, and it’s not because of global warming but because the winter cold keeps hanging on.
In the meantime, remember there is very little new under the sun, even jokes about the weather. It was in the early ‘60s, over half a century ago, that the great Southern comic, Brother Dave Gardner, made this still-timely observation: “Farmers used to pray to God for rain. Now, they call Washington.”
One of the many ways in which proponents of socialism have misled naïve young people is by convincing them that socialism is good for the environment (there’s a derogatory term for environmentalists motivated mostly by leftist politics: “watermelons,” meaning green on the outside but red on the inside.)
In fact, it is capitalist countries like the US that have made the greatest strides in cleaning up the environment while the further left a nation’s government leans (China, for instance), the worse it pollutes. I’ve written before about the shocking toxic wasteland that was revealed in East Germany when the Iron Curtain came down and reunification began. At this link are more examples of the ravaging of the environment in socialist and communist nations. This might be worth bookmarking and giving to your kids to read as a homework assignment, to counteract what they’re learning in school about capitalism and the environment. And history, too.
If the US House isn’t giving Americans a wake-up call on the dangers of entrusting today’s Democrats with any power over their lives, they should take a look at New Mexico, where I imagine voters are experiencing a serious case of buyer’s remorse. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has seldom met a far-left hot button issue she doesn’t support, has been in office for all of four months. Already, she’s denied there’s a crisis at the border and withdrawn the state National Guard troops, leaving communities overwhelmed with a flood of illegal migrants, she’s under fire from Colorado for busing migrants there, and she’s demanding federal aid to deal with the migrant crisis she previously called a “charade.”
And now, the latest leftist transformation of New Mexico: she’s signed onto a state-level version of the “Green New Deal” which mandates the state get 100% of its energy from renewable sources. This is now the left hopes to get around Congress’ aversion to this insane bill: by forcing it onto the people blue state-by-blue state.
Since 100% renewable energy is impossible, what this really means is crippling the state’s energy industries and destroying jobs, sticking citizens with skyrocketing power bills, and enriching “green energy” companies through crony capitalism at taxpayer expense.
Oh, and did I mention the Governor has approved a big pay raise for her Cabinet and agency heads?
I feel sorry for the people of New Mexico, but I hope they’ve learned their lesson. Maybe the next time they go to the polls, they won’t say, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?” and fill in the “D” circles again. In the meantime, the rest of America can look at states like New Mexico, California, New York and Washington and feel relief that as bad as the impeachment-crazed Democrats who’ve taken over the House are, it could be worse. If they weren’t completely obsessed with attacking Trump 24/7, they might actually pass some of their agenda.
Speaking as someone who wants President Trump to be reelected, I wholeheartedly endorse this week’s trend of leftists furiously attacking our military members on the USS Wasp for greeting the President on Memorial Day by wearing patches on their uniforms that said, “Make Aircrew Great Again.” I also suggest that they make their accusations of our service people being “fascist,” a “disgrace” and a personality cult that’s disloyal to the Constitution even louder to insure that every voter in America hears them.
We’ve finally found a way to make Hollywood stars realize how annoying it is for Hollywood stars to lecture us about politics: find a star with the guts and brains to go against liberal showbiz groupthink and defend President Trump.
Jon Voigt did just that, and it caused Alyssa Milano (who apparently just sends out deranged leftist tweets for a living now) to have a fury fit. With a stunning lack of self-awareness, she rushed to Twitter to slam Voight as a “has been” and an “F-lister trying to stay relevant,” adding, “Nobody cares what an out-of-touch actor thinks.”
Her attack on Jon Voight as an out-of-touch “F-list” actor who should stay out of politics elicited some hilariously brutal responses, many touching on the fact that he’s one of the most award-winning actors of his generation and she’s mostly known for being on “Who’s the Boss” as a ‘tween. One person said if Jon Voight is an “F-lister,” then Alyssa Milano isn’t even in the alphabet. Click the link to read more. This one is probably the best:
“One Oscar, 4 nominations, 4 Golden Globes, 11 nominations...Who’s the Boss?”
Conservatives who were hoping that the addition of two Trump-nominated Justices had resulted in a conservative or at least constructionist Court were keenly disappointed on two cases this week.
In the first case, the Court rejected an appeal from students opposing the Boyertown, Pennsylvania, school district’s policy of letting transgender students use whichever bathrooms and locker rooms conform to their “gender identity.”
In a statement, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the students, said, “Students struggling with their beliefs about gender need compassionate support, but sound reasons based on common sense have always existed for schools to separate male and female teenagers in showers, restrooms and locker rooms. No student's recognized right to bodily privacy should be made contingent on what other students believe about their own gender. Because the 3rd Circuit's decision made a mess of bodily privacy and Title IX principles, we believe the Supreme Court should have reviewed it.”
The ACLU called the court’s rejection of the case “an enormous victory for transgender students across the country.” But one of the female plaintiffs in the case said, “My voice is the echo of so many girls who want their voices to be heard and to feel protected. I hope no other girl finds herself in a situation like mine, where I felt powerless and vulnerable in my own school. Every student's privacy should be protected.”
I fear that with common sense being trampled by the transgender rights movement, the feeling of safety and privacy girls once felt in bathrooms and locker rooms is only the first of many women’s rights that are heading for the scrap heap of history, along with girls’ sports.
This case proves that Americans cannot rely on the Supreme Court, which is the appeal of last resort, to reinstate common sense in this area, even with an allegedly more conservative majority. They’ve already proven that they are great at inventing new rights that rip the social fabric asunder, but extremely hesitant to deal with the chaos and confusion that their own rulings create. If we want laws that reflect common sense, we have to start at ground zero by electing lawmakers with common sense, and that’s something we definitely do not have right now.
Tuesday's other SCOTUS case involved abortion, and it had to be upsetting to anyone who hoped that recent state laws limiting abortion will lead to the Court reconsidering Roe v. Wade. The SCOTUS turned down an appeal involving two Indiana abortion regulations signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence. One that will remain blocked prevented abortions based on the child’s race, sex or disability status. The other, which remains upheld, allows the state to mandate that "fetal remains" be disposed of by abortion clinics as human remains must be, instead of as medical waste. The Court found that that regulation did not infringe on the right to abortion and fell under the state’s legitimate interest in the proper disposal of fetal remains.
But the Court’s dodge of the selective abortion issue did not sit well with Justice Clarence Thomas, who, while he agreed with the decision not to hear the case, issued a lengthy and impassioned opinion that states do have a compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of eugenics, which it is devolving into with scientific advances that reveal more about the child while it’s still in the womb. (Eugenics is the appalling philosophy of thinking humanity can be improved by eliminating “inferior” people. If you’ve studied World War II, it will sound familiar.)
Thomas traced the history of eugenics, from Planned Parenthood icon Margaret Sanger through forced sterilization and Nazism, up to today, when nearly all Down Syndrome children in Europe are aborted, 160 million girls have been aborted in Asia, and the abortion rate of black babies is five times higher in New York than for non-Hispanic white babies. Click the link to read more, and brace yourself for the full horror of it.
Thomas warned, “Although the Court declines to wade into these issues today, we cannot avoid them forever. Having created the constitutional right to an abortion, this Court is duty bound to address its scope.”
He’s right that it’s their duty to deal with it. But that doesn’t mean they will do their duty. Not while they can continue to find ridiculous reasons to dodge it, such as liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s bizarre criticism of Thomas’ exhaustive and disturbing essay. She took issue on grounds that he referred to a pregnant woman as “the mother.” She wrote, “A woman who exercises her constitutionally-protected right to terminate a pregnancy is not a ‘mother.’”
You can add that one to the ever-growing pile of ways in which the pro-abortion forces must continually deny reality to keep defending the indefensible.