Monthly Archives: July 2015

Western Culture Has Created Many Good Things — And the Bible Created The Culture


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From Bible Gateway, an interview with the author of How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization: An Interview with Vishal Mangalwadi:images - VM young

Vishal Mangalwadi: Although the West has amputated its soul, I call the Bible the soul of Western Civilization because it propelled the development of everything good in the West: its notion of human dignity, human rights, human equality, justice, optimism, heroism, rationality, family, education, universities, technology, science, culture of compassion, great literature, heroism, economic progress, political freedom. Take, for example, democracy.

The myth that modern democracy came from Greece was invented only in the 20th century by John Herman Randall of Columbia College (New York) and Mortimer Adler and Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago. The reality is that in his classic, Republic, Plato, the greatest of Greek philosophers, had already condemned democracy as Mobocracy—the worst of all political systems. Plato proposed that the ideal republic should be ruled by philosopher-kings. His disciple, Aristotle, trained Alexander-the-Great to be a philosopher-king, who turned out to be one of the most ruthless conquerors in history. In turn, Alexander inspired India’s first empire builder, Chandragupta Maurya.

Yes, Western Culture has had slavery, evil, mass hysteria, The Spanish Inquisition, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, The Twilight Book and Movie series, and Keanu Reeves’ film career.

But it’s not all bad.

By the way, being proud and inspired by western literature or history does NOT mean I hate brown people, or Asian folks or Muslims.  It means that I value the creation of a culture which has brought medicine, science and democracy to the world, to mention just three contributions.

It’s really nice that Arabs invented Algebra. The Chinese invented gun powder.  Indians (no, the other ones) invented the zero.  Good job.  You probably did a lot of other things.

The culture inspired by the Jewish and Christian Bibles created the west as we know it.  Note the first line in the quote above:

 “Although the West has amputated its soul…”

Exaggeration as Environmentalism


Sadly, environmental activists exaggerate a million times more than folks who are not environmental activists. –Dave

Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us. — Bill Nye

This map appears on Grist, an environmental website which is actually quite well done. I disagree with a lot of things I read, but it is usually pretty intelligent stuff. Not so, today. Today they show this “terrifying map” of wildfires and encourage readers to zoom in.   My first picture is how the map looks initially in the article.

Mourn, my friends for regular reader D. Edgren, who apparently has been consumed by flames, along with the entire state of Alaska.

FIRES

Okay. Just Kidding. When you zoom into Alaska, you immediately see that the entire state is not on fire. It has been a terrible year for fires, but wildfires not near property or people usually are left to burn in Alaska. The west is in a drought, and dry conditions lead to wildfires.
Remember of course that every natural phenomenon including floods, droughts, hurricanes and even earthquakes have been “tied” to Global Climate Change.

FIRES

The letter “E” is almost gone!

Back to the animated map. Drag it to New Mexico and scroll in, until you see a wildfire covering the “E” in New. The fire looks huge. It covers less than 700 acres. A big fire, but Arizona is almost 73 million acres in size.


Remind yourself that sometimes environmentalists exaggerate, and they misuse visuals to make their point.  Those little fire icons seem to be the same size — no matter how much I zoom in.

I first saw this in Lake Placid, New York. I was a reporter up there when some environmental group complained that the intrusion of man has started to destroy the scenic vistas. In 1991 an environmental conservation group published a special report on the loss of scenic vistas. The Adirondack Park is a 6 million acre patchwork of public and private lands with towns and highways. The Adirondack Council is just one of many groups lobbying greater government control over private land.

If you wanted to study the collusion between environmental NGOs and official government entities you could learn a lot studying the Adirondacks.

Here’s a picture from the 1991 report, Courtesy of the Adirondack Council:

Viking Lake Placid Adirondack Council 1991

Wow. That Viking is certainly blocking the view to Whiteface Mountain, right?
Guess again. In order to take that picture from that angle, you’d have to be on private property far off the road. Yes the Viking is sort of out of place in the mountains, but he was in town, in a mini-golf course if my memory is correct.

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The view behind him is actually pretty dull in real life, from the road. According to roadsideamerica.com, he’s no longer there. He was a victim of economics, not environmentalists.
Sadly, environmental activists exaggerate a million times more than folks who are not environmental activists. The rest of us have to try to win an argument without exaggerating our data. Yes, I’m talking to you, Man-Made Climate Guys.
The Grist fire post ends, as most environmentalist stuff does: With a slap at regular folks.  I’ll let them have the last snark:

Better grab your face mask, West Coast: You’re on fire. Don’t worry about Florida, however — that’s just what happens when you mix hairspray and Pall Malls.

At This Point They’re Just Making Stuff Up


Badger recovering in shelter after being found drunk on Polish beach

The black and white omnivore was unconscious for two days, the shelter’s manager, Marzena Bialowolska, told AFP, adding that the badger had partially recovered but was still unable to sit up.

N.Y. ISIS Suspect Got All He Needed for Jihad on eBay

Arafat Nagi began prepping three years ago, says the FBI, including two trips to Turkey.

University Language Guide Says Not to Use the Word ‘American’

“The guide encourages the use of the more inclusive substitutes “U.S. citizen” or “Resident of the U.S.”

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No, this picture does not go with the OnStar story.

One Tiny Black Box Can Take Control of a Car Through OnStar

OnStar. They can unlock, start and stop your car remotely.  Great idea.

Lockheed Fired Its Death Laser at a Pickup Truck, and this happened…

Please Don’t Offend the Muslims!


offending muslimsW. Scott Lamb in the Washington Post:

It is time to start speaking the truth and doing so plainly. What we’re witnessing is genocide…

While the U.S. and her allies work on drafting what they want to say and how they want to say it so as not to offend anyone, ISIS continues to spew and spread its murderous ideology around the globe — on free-speech platforms created and launched by Americans.

I had a young colleague who asked “If we have the bomb, why can’t the Iranians?”  The non-nuanced answer of course is “Because they want to kill you.”

If we are to judge people by the content of their character, and their actions are the best window to their character, then Iran should be banned from the bomb.


You know what offends me?  Planes full of people flown into buildings.  Entire regions emptied of their Christian communities.  Cutting the heads off people who are not “Islamic enough.”  Forcing women to cover up.  Raping and killing those who don’t.  It offends me that the American administration kicks the can down the road so the next president will have to deal with this massive military and refugee crisis.  It offends me that antisemitism is back in style, and the Islamic bomb is just years away.

I’m offended that western civilizationWhite House Photo is threatened by two-bit tyrants and thugs. And the weakling at Pennsylvania Avenue just waits for retirement.

Animal Activists Release Minks Into the Wild – To Compete With Local Animals


An Oakland couple released thousands of minks in the U.S. on a road trip to vandalize mink farms.  Apparently setting captive animals free is morally superior though the minks carry a disease dangerous to local animals, and are a non-native species which will upset the ecological balance and “shut up” it’s for good, you guys.  The FBI says they vandalized homes and farms in several states.

Tell me again that Social Justice Warriors are fighting the good fight for the animals.

You’ve got to think like a mink, act like a mink, and if necessary, smell like a mink.