Muse in the MorningHe who experiences the unity of lifesees his own Self in all beingsand all beings in his own Selfand looks on everything with an impartial eye.--Bhagavad GitaPhenomena XI: unitingFlow LinesPrimary ElementWhat couldeven shouldhave been[...]
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Airplanes burn huge amounts of jet fuel and are some of the worst pollution/carbon emitters on the planet. Yet in the United States and in other industrialized nations, we are used to, and perhaps addicted to, the convenience of air travel and airfreight. So how do we cut emissions and still fly? The Guardian?s Juliette [...]Related posts:
An overview of the slums of cable news -- talk about your slumdog millionaires.[...]
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Here is proof, were any needed, that some right wingers lack perspective. This bugger seriously needs to chill.
Last week, I was in a car with my brother and his fiancee, driving through their upscale neighborhood on a hot summer day. At the corner, we all noticed three little girls sitting at a homemade lemonade stand.He not only found himself haranguing two children as they set about doing a good deed, but he is so pleased with what he did that he has actually written a column about it.
We follow the same rules in our family, and one of them is: Always stop to buy lemonade from kids who are entrepreneurial enough to open up a little business.
My brother immediately pulled over to the side of the road and asked about the choices.
The three young girls -- under the watchful eye of a nanny, sitting on the grass with them -- explained that they had regular lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and small chocolate candy bars.
Then my brother asked how much each item cost.
"Oh, no," they replied in unison, "they're all free!"
I sat in the back seat in shock. Free? My brother questioned them again: "But you have to charge something? What should I pay for a lemonade? I'm really thirsty!"
His fiancee smiled and commented, "Isn't that cute. They have the spirit of giving."
That really set me off, as my regular readers can imagine.
"No!" I exclaimed from the back seat. "That's not the spirit of giving. You can only really give when you give something you own. They're giving away their parents' things -- the lemonade, cups, candy. It's not theirs to give."
I pushed the button to roll down the window and stuck my head out to set them straight."You must charge something for the lemonade," I explained. "That's the whole point of a lemonade stand. You figure out your costs -- how much the lemonade costs, and the cups -- and then you charge a little more than what it costs you, so you can make money. Then you can buy more stuff, and make more lemonade, and sell it and make more money.
I find it amusing when religious groups call each other "cults", but here Glenn Beck is being reprimanded for pretending that he is a Christian when, in actual fact, he is a Mormon.
Keller states, ?Beck likes to call out people for their lies and deception, yet he portrays himself daily as a Christian. The fact is, the beliefs of the satanic Mormon cult are totally inconsistent with Biblical Christianity. He uses the words ?god? and ?jesus,? yet the god and jesus of the Mormon cult are NOT the God and Jesus of the Bible!? [...]I suppose this matters a great deal to these people, it certainly matters enough to Beck that he seeks to obscure his actual religion and talk about God only in the broadest terms.
Keller concludes, ?I could care less what Beck chooses to believe, but I do care that he lies to people by stating he is a Christian when a person who believes in the lies of the Mormon cult is no more a Christian than a Muslim is.?
Yet if conservative Christians share Beck's political and social views, many of them also remain extremely suspicious of Beck's Mormon faith. Beck became a Mormon as an adult and credits his faith with turning his life around. But evangelicals generally consider Mormonism a "cult" and not Christian.Where Begue gets it spot on is when he states that Liberty are "more committed to conservatism than the Gospel". That's certainly the impression that I would take from Beck's invitation.
As a result, Beck's appearance at Liberty has generated an unusual amount of public infighting among evangelicals -- and creating the kind of controversy that is often associated with Catholic colleges, such as Notre Dame experienced last year when President Obama was invited to be the commencement speaker.
Ryan Begue, a Florida pastor who is in this year's graduating class from Liberty's theological seminary, said he was "shocked and disappointed" at Falwell's invitation to Beck.
"It seems that the leadership's decision in this matter gives the impression that it is more committed to conservatism than the Gospel," Begue wrote in the Florida Baptist Witness. "I have no beef with Glenn Beck as a person, but I certainly do with his religious beliefs. Why does Liberty not invite a Christian?"
Dennis Prager sets out in Townhall to show that world opinion and left wing opinions are really one and the same thing. He then sets out his examples.
Here are examples of major world issues and what is deemed "world opinion." They happen to all be Leftist views as well.
-- hatred of President George W. Bush and admiration of President Barack Obama.
President Bush was found to be considered the worst ever president by 61% of historians, so it is to be expected that Obama, by reversing many of the policies which made Bush's time in office so unpopular, would be greeted in precisely the opposite manner.
-- Manmade carbon emissions lead to global warming and devastation of the environment. Therefore, the world's nations must tax carbon-based energy.
A majority of scientists agree that global warming is real and is the result of human activity. That's not a left wing position, that's the position held by people who study this stuff.
-- The American invasion of Iraq was morally wrong, motivated by desire for oil.
The invasion was morally wrong as the reasons for invading - that Iraq was developing WMD - turned out to be utterly bogus.
-- Israel is bad, as exemplified most recently by the Turkish flotilla incident.
I am not aware of anyone, other than religious extremists, who take the position that "Israel is bad". However, Israel is carrying out the longest military occupation in modern history and, whilst doing so she is "pilfering" Palestinian land, according to a new report by B'Tselem.
And Israel's own reluctance to submit to an international inquiry into the storming of the peace flotilla certainly suggests that she is less certain of being cleared of wrongdoing than her public statements would suggest.
-- The American health care system is inferior to that of all other wealthy countries (see last week's column).The American health care system is inferior to that of most other wealthy countries and that is a matter of public record.
So, Fox News helps counter the heap of leftist garbage coming out of "United Nations, the Left, the universities, the media and "world opinion".
A vigorous conservative part of the American population has contempt for "world opinion," rightly regarding it as useless against real evil and as a mere reflection of Leftist views. Equally important, and almost unique to America, there is a vigorous conservative news and opinion media. Compared to the Leftist domination of virtually all mass news media -- newspapers, magazines and television -- the conservative media are almost tiny. But talk radio, the Internet, Ronald Reagan and his ideological heirs in the Republican Party, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal editorial page have made an impact that belies their numbers.
But they are only powerful in America. And even there, it is often difficult to overcome the United Nations, the Left, the universities, the media and "world opinion."
For example, 72% of Fox viewers believe that universal healthcare gives coverage to illegal immigrants, whilst only 41% of CNN/MSNBC viewers think the same.But I don't get the feeling from Prager's column that these facts would bother him very much; certainly he didn't bother to fact check any of the examples he gave of where the left and world opinion coincide.
79% of Fox viewers believe this is a government takeover, whilst only 39% of CNN/MSNBC viewers think the same.
69% of Fox viewers think healthcare will pay for abortions, compared to 40% watching other channels.
75% of Fox viewers feel that universal healthcare could result in stopping care for the elderly, while only 30% watching other channels feel this way.
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From the great site called Tea Party Jesus. The quote was actually said by "christian" and Republican nominee for Congress from New Mexico Tom Mullins.
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Over the July 4th weekend President Obama made an important recess appointment. He used the "recess appointment" process to install Dr. Donald Berwick as the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The president had originally nominated Dr. Berwick back in April, but the Senate had taken no action to approve the nomination. In fact, Senate Republicans had promised to delay Dr. Berwick's approval for as long as they could. Now Dr. Berwick can serve as the agency head through 2011 without Senate approval.
I expected the Republicans would be upset by the recess appointment because it was their delaying for political reasons (since no one questions Dr. Berwick's qualifications) that the president was trying to get around. But I am appalled by the words of a so-called "leading" Democrat -- Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana).
Baucus said, "I'm troubled that, rather than going through the standard nomination process, Dr. Berwick was recess appointed. Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power and protects Montanans and all Americans by ensuring that crucial questions are asked of the nominee -- and answered."
What an idiot! If he had some questions that needed answers then why didn't he ask them? Why the three month wait without even having a hearing on the nomination? Just how long does this blue dog think the president must wait to have appointments approved? Why hasn't Baucus been pushing for the hearings if he thought they were so necessary?
Frankly, I'm not sure that Baucus has enough credibility as a Democrat to be making that kind of statement. He was one of those blue dog Democrats that opposed single-payer or even a public option being included in the health care reform. He and his blue dog cohorts watered that bill down to where it was barely acceptable and contained only minor reforms.
Then he, as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, helped block much of the real reform needed in the financial reform of Wall Street and the giant financial firms. Substantial new regulations were needed in the wake of the financial meltdown, but Baucus helped insure that only minor changes would be made.
Baucus (pictured) might be worth listening to if he acted more like a real Democrat, but he doesn't. With his record, he should be ashamed to criticize a president who is actually trying to accomplish some good things for this country.
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