Monday, July 02, 2007
Randomly Amongst The Blogs
Just a few things that caught my attention as I surfed today:
- Hillary Clinton has been forced to stop using an image of Mother Teresa as a campaign tool:
Sister Nirmala, the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, requested the Hillary for President campaign to stop using the image that appeared scandalously to link the abortion activist candidate with the order’s humble founder, who was renowned for her advocacy on behalf of the poor and helpless, especially the unborn.
Since 2003, the name and all images of Mother Teresa have been protected by copyright by the Missionaries of Charity. On her deathbed Blessed Mother Teresa had asked her order to guard her name from opportunists who would attempt to use her to advance their own ends.
Shameless opportunists like Hillary Clinton? Yep, exactly. I can think of one Teresa who's crazy enough to support Hillary's far-left agenda, but she ain't exactly a nun. HT: The Cafeteria Is Closed.
- Seven Golden Retriever puppies plus one cranky old cat equals a cuteness overload. HT: MCF.
- So my son comes home for the summer and tells me to watch this YouTube video that he saw at his friend's house:
Oh, Lordy, Lordy, Lord. Lord.
- Cox And Forkum hit the nail on the head, as they usually do, with this summary of GOP immigration panic:
- Oh no!! My favorite dramatic prairie dog has gone over to the dark side! Look:
- Cube found a funny pic of Dubya eatin' a little … well …
…things aren't exactly what they seem, of course…
Turns out it was just a doctored version of a picture of the President on the campaign trail; kissing hands and shaking babies and eating corn.
Though, of course, we all know that there really is one politician who'd do something like that.
- It ain't right … Lord knows it ain't right … but this picture posted by Waynus Maximus cracked me up:
- By the way, in case you missed it, Kristine made her biannual blog post the other day with one seriously creepy video.
- Global warming will make you itchy aaaaalllllllll over:
Do you have a bad case of poison ivy? According to "The Early Show" you can blame that on those that drive SUV’s and cook on the grill. On the July 2 edition’s usually non-controversial "Health Watch" segment, host Harry Smith began the segment stating "scientists say [poison ivy] is worse than ever for a number of reasons, including global warming."
Here's a tip to the earth-worshipers: Focus, focus, focus! If you want people to take global warming seriously, you're going to have to find your two or three most important points and hammer on them with authority, authenticity and honesty. If you continue with this global warming causes every bad thing nonsense, you'll never be a mainstream movement.
There was a great article a couple of issues ago in the National Review about global warming and the conservative perspective about how to counter it (yes, conservatives do think about these things). I'll close with a few bits from that article for anyone who's interested:
Let’s start with the facts. Why should we believe that rising concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases are driving increases in global temperatures? Not because of liberal scaremongering, or the media’s fixation on every unusual weather event that comes along, but simply because of the underlying physics…
Prior engagement on the topic would have enabled conservatives to have made more persuasively the case that a policy of rapid, aggressive emissions abatement would be a terrible idea. Even if we assume that current climate models are perfectly accurate, and we further ignore the gigantic practical problem that China and India — the dominant emitters of the 21st century — will almost certainly not go along, the core issue remains that the benefits are not remotely worth the costs…
In the face of massive uncertainty on multiple fronts, the best strategy is almost always to hedge your bets and keep your options open. Wealth and technology are raw materials for options. The loss of economic and technological development that would be required to eliminate literally all theorized climate-change risk would cripple our ability to deal with virtually every other foreseeable and unforeseeable risk, not to mention our ability to lead productive and interesting lives in the meantime. The Precautionary Principle is a bottomless well of anxieties, but our resources are finite. It’s possible to buy so much flood insurance that you can’t afford fire insurance…
This is why the spectacle of Al Gore and assorted members of the Hollywood and political smart set soulfully asking all of us how we’re ready to change our lives — while themselves living in 20,000-square-foot houses and traveling on private jets — is so politically resonant. Just as with the original limousine liberals, it’s not the hypocrisy per se that rankles the persuadable voters, as much as the observation that those who advocate this policy (of higher taxes to solve global warming) don’t really have to feel its effects…
Global warming can feel like a loser political issue to conservatives — one in which the only objective is to minimize both political and economic damage. But by getting past denial and taking a science-based approach to the issue, a clever candidate could take a principled stand that pays major tactical dividends. Global warming can be the first wedge issue of the 21st century.
what a great post. you always pack so much into these things...it's amazing.
I thought that guy looked familiar. Extremely strange and disturbing, especially in a "why am I laughing?" kind of way.
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