St. Louis – Gateway to futile fantasy

St. Louis, Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi, is nicknamed the “Gateway City” as in gateway to the west. In the early 1800’s this bustling town was the point of embarkation for thousands of optimistic settlers as they headed out across the prairies looking for a better life, their covered wagons packed with little more than hope and prayers.
Well it seems the St. Louis Board of Aldermen are suddenly feeling nostalgic for those good old days because they’re planning on turning back the city’s energy clock by two hundred years. As Paul Driessen explains (via WattsUpWithThat) ~

The St. Louis city council has unanimously passed a resolution decreeing that by 2035 the city will somehow, almost magically be powered by 100% “clean, renewable” electricity.

This of course is a ridiculous fantasy for numerous reasons, not the least of which is that the climate-change crisis is totally bogus ~

Average global temperatures have dropped back to where they were before the 2015-16 El Niño. Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit the US mainland in a record 12 years. Tornado, drought and storm frequency and intensity are on par with historic records. Where’s the disaster or human connection?

Furthermore, the progressives’ solutions to a non-existent problem, renewables, are neither affordable nor efficient ~

The enormous installations require vast amounts of land and raw materials, plus more for ultra-long transmission lines. (The wind installations Anheuser-Busch plans to use for its 100% renewable PR stunt are 350 miles away – in Oklahoma.) Still more land and materials are required for backup fossil fuel power plants or ginormous battery arrays – so that families, hospitals and businesses have electricity when they need it, instead of when it’s available.
For the wind option, just generating the 3.5 billion megawatt-hours of electricity the United States uses every year – and storing power in batteries for just seven windless days – would require some 14 million turbines! That’s because more turbines force us to go to lower and lower quality wind areas, which means instead of generating electricity 33% of the year at best wind sites, they’d only do so half of that time. Using Tesla-style 100-kWh battery packs would require something on the order of 600 billion units!


But even if we ignore all that, as Driessen points out, St. Louis’ city councils’ energy mandates are completely unrealistic ~

In 2016, Missouri generated 96.5% of its electricity with fossil fuel and nuclear power, 1.6% with hydroelectric, and just 1.5% with wind and solar. The St. Louis Metro Area did roughly the same.
But now, by royal decree, the St. Louis City Crown has made it clear, the climate must be perfect all year – and by 2035 the city will somehow, magically be powered by 100% “clean, sustainable” electricity.

What are these people smoking? Not only are these goals impossible, even attempting to reach them will cause energy rates to sky-rocket, impacting the poorest of St. Louis citizens much more than any other demographic ~

Missouri currently has relatively low electricity prices; St. Louis rates are even lower. Imposing renewable energy mandates will send city electricity rates into realms now “enjoyed” in California and Connecticut: 19 cents per kWh for families, 17 cents for businesses and 13 cents for industries. They could even reach the punitive rates now paid in Germany: 35 cents for families, 18 cents for all others! […]
How will poor and blue-collar families fare if their electricity rates nearly double? United Way recently found that 56% of St. Louis families are already unable to pay their basic living expenses: housing, food, clothing, transportation, taxes, healthcare and child care. How much worse will this situation become?


This foolishness so illustrative of leftist utopian fantasies in general. Disregard reality, ignore consequences, damn-the-torpedoes – we have to save the world (from a make-believe crisis)!



coveredwagonsI used to romanticize the pioneer days, imagine crossing the wide open plains in a covered wagon; everything was so much simpler… Then I grew up. And studied history. And found out how tough it was to even survive back in the pre-electricity days; no microwaves, no cellphones, no indoor plumbing. Children had about a 60% chance of making it to adulthood, life expectancy was just 37 years.
Do we want to return to those days? And do we, in a pointless effort to fix something that isn’t broken, have the right to leave developing nations languishing in the same conditions that the United States moved beyond two centuries ago?

People in impoverished and developing countries have little interest in wind and solar power, except as a stopgap for distant villages. They want abundant, reliable, affordable electricity. That’s why they have built hundreds of coal-fired power plants and have 1,600 more under construction or in planning.

We all live in the 21st century now. Let’s continue to improve the quality of life for everyone on the the planet. Let’s move forward with technology, not backward.

Powerless in the wind
Climate alarmism is not good stewardship

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Our first Thanksgiving

Thank you Michael Medved for this wonderful retelling of the First Thanksgiving. The true account of the Pilgrims’ original harvest festival is much more moving – and providential – than I had originally realized ~

Video via PragerU

So don’t let the leftist revisionists make you feel guilty about our heritage. Instead give thanks for our rich American history. True gratitude is far more uplifting and rewarding than guilt.

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“God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves”

Joni Eareckson Tada’s story is an amazing one; her life, one of amazing grace. Though it didn’t always seem so ~

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.—In the midnight darkness of a Baltimore hospital in 1967, Joni Eareckson begged God to heal her. Weeks earlier, the 17-year-old girl had broken her neck after diving into unexpectedly shallow waters in the Chesapeake Bay.
The result: paralysis from the shoulders down.
The teenager endured grueling surgery and lay strapped onto a Stryker frame designed to allow nurses to turn patients with spinal cord injuries. Her weight dropped to 80 pounds. One friend sobbed at the sight.


A dear cousin of mine was injured exactly like this, diving into shallow water, with the same tragic results, also in the late sixties. At the time of her accident Beth was just a couple years younger than Joni, and a year younger than me. It all sounds so very similar. They even resemble one another.
For those anguished cries of Why God, why? I can only answer from my own – perhaps selfish – perspective; God used my cousin to be a beautiful reflection of His love. So too with Joni ~

Joni never walked again.
Her permanent paralysis—including losing the use of her hands—led to a battle with depression and doubts about God’s goodness. Why would He leave her this way? What kind of Savior doesn’t heal a paralyzed girl who cries out to Him?

Fifty years later, Joni’s answer is jubilant: “It sounds incredible, but I really would rather be in this wheelchair knowing Jesus as I do than be on my feet without Him.” She celebrates “that glorious but awful, beautiful but sad, terrible but wonderful day I broke my neck—because look what God has done.”

JoniEarecksonWhat He has done – through Joni – since her accident, is more than more able-bodied people accomplish in three lifetimes.
She learned to paint by mouth-brush, wrote her autobiography, joined Pastor Billy Graham at 12 evangelistic crusades, founded a ministry “Joni and Friends” (JAF helps special needs and disabled individuals and their families in numerous ways), as well as Wheels for the World (supplying wheelchairs for the needy in developing countries), served on the National Council on Disability and battled stage 3 breast cancer into remission!

Still, in the early months after her accident there were understandably moments of bitterness and despair. At a low point Joni prayed: “God, if You won’t let me die, then show me how to live.” ~

She’d sit for hours with a Bible on a music stand, turning the pages of Scripture with her mouth-stick. Friends joined her for Bible studies around her family’s large farm table, and they read books about God’s sovereignty by authors like J.I. Packer, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and J. Gresham Machen. “We just delighted that this accident wasn’t a mistake,” she says.
Not only was it not a mistake—Joni learned God uses suffering to make people more like Christ and to know Him more deeply. Indeed, He used the suffering of His own Son to accomplish salvation for sinners. Joni’s deepest need for healing was spiritual, not physical.
Her friend, Steve Estes, crystallized this truth in 10 words Joni still repeats often: “God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves.” It was a life-altering realization: God was fully in control, and He could use her suffering for good in her life and the lives of others.


Sadly we lost sweet Beth two decades ago, but the memories of her inspiring ways are still vivid. While I’m sure she had her dark moments, when she was with family and friends she was friendly, outgoing and simply a beautiful reflection of God’s grace. I’m looking forward to the moment when we’ll run to meet one another in heaven some day!
Joni’s life continues to be a wonderful testament to Jesus’ love. Read more of her story HERE.
If you’re blessed to have a Joni or Beth in your life cherish them, learn from them, love them. And thank God for them.

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Saturday Shorts – 11-18-17


Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

Former Congressional Black Caucus Staffer Was Blackballed For Reporting Sexual Harassment ~ Congress is every bit the same sort of sleaze pit as Hollywood ~

It is beyond hypocrisy that these so-called “leaders” of ours can engage in such behavior and then secretly hide their actions from the voters, all the while acting holier than thou and pointing fingers at others.

$58 Trillion – 290 Apollo Programs – to ‘Combat’ Climate Change. This Is Beyond a Joke… ~ Good rant from James Delingpole on the insane cost projections of actually implementing changes proposed by the climate change fraudsters ~

A total of $58 trillion over the next 25 years […]
$1 trillion is $1,000 billion dollars.
So, if my math is correct, we are being asked by Tom “Rhymes with Liar” Steyer and his green rent-seeking pals and the one world government freaks at the UN to gamble the equivalent of 290 Apollo Missions on the unproven theory that CO2 acts as the control knob for global climate.

And because no amount of money will ever be enough for these enviro-wackos, we also have to stop reproducing ~ INSANE: Bioethicist Insists Having Kids Is Bad For Planet Earth ~

For anyone who doubts the unhinged zealotry of climate change activists, NBC News Think now offers the most cruel, heartless suggestion from one activist that has likely ever been offered: having children is bad for Planet Earth […]
From murdering children in the womb to ruining the innocence of children by sexualizing them at an early age to likening children who have been born to murderers, the Left consistently displays its utterly hedonistic and self-obsessed point of view.

Cuban Exiles Recount ‘Sonic’ Torture By Castro Regime ~ In a congressional hearing this week, Cuban refugees and former political prisoners recounted gripping stories about friends and family who were imprisoned, tortured and killed for resisting communist rule in Havana ~

The tales of two former political prisoners stood out among the heart-wrenching accounts of abuses, if only for their parallels to the strange, unexplained sonic attacks inflicted upon U.S. diplomats in Havana last year. Ernesto Diaz Rodriguez and Luis Zuniga, anti-Castro dissidents who were sent to hideous regime prisons, said they were repeatedly subjected to “ultra-sonic” torture over more than 20 years in confinement.

When the Son of a World War II Veteran Is Compared to the Nazis ~ Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is taking the fight for our First Amendment rights to the Supreme Court, on behalf of Masterpiece Cakeshop ~

Reflecting on his father’s sacrifices also provides (Jack Phillips) a reminder of his own battle. Instead of fighting on the battlefield, Jack is fighting for his rights in the courtroom. And instead of being applauded for standing up for those rights, a commissioner on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission compared Jack’s attempt to defend his religious freedom to the distortion of religion by the perpetrators of the Holocaust. That commissioner also called religious freedom a “despicable piece of rhetoric.”
The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell may have redefined marriage, but it didn’t redefine freedom. The government does not have the power to force creative professionals like Jack—or anyone for that matter—to celebrate events that violate their faith. That’s the kind of freedom the First Amendment guarantees, and that’s why we seek justice for Jack.

Phillips’ case has been dragging on for five years now. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear it on December 5. Please pray that they side with the Constitution.

Tom Coburn Has A Plan To Fight Washington And Save America ~ Former senator Coburn is the fiscal conservative who used to publish the annual government WasteBook. Mark Hemingway reviews his new book: Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article v to Restore Freedom and Stop Runaway Government ~

The book really serves two purposes. The first is to convince ordinary Americans that the problems in Washington are so dire they require dramatic action that elected politicians are unwilling to take. The second is to explain how ordinary voters and state politicians have the power to exploit an obscure constitutional process, known as an Article V convention, to bypass Washington and amend the Constitution to institute badly needed reforms, such as a balanced budget amendment and term limits.


The Rough Lives of Older Americans in ‘Nomadland’ ~ They live in RVs and drive from one low-wage job to another ~ This is sad I guess. On the other hand, maybe it’s the camper in me but our ancestors crossed the mountains and prairies in covered wagons… And it does seem awfully freeing; none of us are leaving this world with anything more than we brought into it :)

Judge Roy Moore’s former chief of staff: ‘Never once did I see anything suspicious or improper’ ~ Will we ever really know the truth?? Who knows, but Ben DuPré’s testimony rings true. And he’s far from alone ~ Character Witnesses: Former Girlfriends, Employees, and Childhood Friends Step Up to Defend Roy Moore
Hundreds of ISIS fighters smuggled out of Raqqa in ‘secret deal’ ~ What the hell is this? A kinder, gentler war? Thousands died at the hands of these barbarians, and while fighting to reclaim territory from them, and they’re released – only to regroup and fight again?

Almost 4,000 IS militants and their families were reportedly allowed to leave in a four-mile convoy as the group were defeated in the city in Syria last month.
Witnesses said it included ‘huge’ numbers of foreign fighters – including some English speakers – who are said to have since spread out across Syria and into Turkey, potentially en route to Europe.
This was despite the coalition being assured that no foreign fighters would be allowed to leave and previous US pledges that they would all be killed rather than allowed to return home.

Paul Ryan-Patty Murray Bill Will Allow Creation of National Database, Parent Activists Say ~ Don’t these lawmakers have anything better to do than invent new ways to infringe on our freedoms?

Parent and education activists say two bills introduced in Congress – one by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) – are likely to increase surveillance of American citizens without their consent and the likelihood of the creation of a comprehensive national database.
The activists (American Principles Project)– many who have been battling federal control of education for nearly a decade – say the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEPA) (H.R. 4174; S. 2046) and the College Transparency Act (CTA) (H.R. 2434; S. 1121) – would create surveillance and tracking systems of American citizens in the name of “transparency” and “program evaluation.”

Exploding Meteor lights up the Arctic ~ Check out this crazy video of a meteor strike in Finland on Thursday night, from aurora tour guide Tony Bateman.

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Did Obama’s CIA help arm ISIS?

iraq-gravesObama built this ➡ New Mass Graves Found in Iraq Could Contain up to 400 Bodies. If you think blaming the former president (or at least his administration) for this carnage is unwarranted – read on.
After months of fighting, ISIS has finally been driven out of their Syrian stronghold in Raqqa. They’ve also been pushed out of much of the territory they controlled in Iraq. (Somebody please tell the mainstream media :roll: )

Iraq-Syria as of 6-27-17; the most recent map I could find.
ISIS controls considerably less area now.

As the beleaguered civilians in these countries are slowing trying to put their lives back together, they’re unfortunately still uncovering horrific evidence of the jihadists occupation ~

The bodies of civilians and security forces were found in an abandoned base near Hawija, a northern town retaken in early October, Kirkuk governor Rakan Saed said. He didn’t say when authorities will start exhuming the bodies from the mass graves.
Khalaf Luhaibi, a local shepherd who led troops to the site, said IS used to bring captives to the area and shoot them dead or pour oil over them and light them on fire. The area was strewn with torn clothing and what appeared to be human bones and skulls.

While U.S. forces under a new commander-in-chief finally came down on the right side of this conflict, actively helping to eradicate ISIS in the last several months, the previous administration was ambivalent. In fact it seems Obama was at least indirectly assisting the bad guys ~ US admits American arms given to Iranian jihadists in Iraq ~

Multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon both on and off the record accused the State Department of making “common cause” with the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps), which they say has benefited from ongoing American efforts to arm and train Iraqi militia groups, many of which have direct ties to Iran.

“The U.S. military and government has been so desperate to defeat the Islamic State that it has consciously ignored that its allies in Iraq and Syria include Shia militias backed by Iran and the PKK [a Kurdish rebel group], which is designated by the U.S. government as foreign terrorist organization,” (Bill Roggio, a veteran military analyst) said. […]
“These groups were responsible for killing hundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq during our operations there last decade,” Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said. “Congress needs to get the facts about the relationship between our own State Department and these nefarious actors.”

All along the problem with arming any rebels in this Middle East muddle has been that it’s so very difficult to tell the bad guys from the really bad guys. As Willis L. Krumholz reported in this June 24th article, our very own CIA was training and arming rebels three years ago ~

In 2014, for example, a special program sought to train 15,000 rebels in Jordan and other countries before returning the rebels to Syria. Only “four or five” of the recruits in the program actually returned to Syria to fight. It is likely that most of the other “rebels” turned tail and sold their expensive American weapons to jihadists, including ISIS […]
U.S. weapons given to the bad guys have cost innocent human lives. One American-funded group, Ahrar al-Sham, directly collaborated with the Nusra Front in a raid on a village in 2016 that killed 19 civilians, including women and children. As you can imagine in a war such as this, this is only one of many atrocities committed by all sides.

So yes, there’s a very good chance that U.S.-supplied weapons were used to murder at least some of the civilians found in those mass graves. Obama’s legacy.
Don’t buy the spin on Syria

ISIS: He may not have “founded” the monster, but Obama certainly fed it

Thousands buried in at least 72 ISIS mass graves (Iraq and Syria) ~ From Fox News, August 2016

It’s Good For America, Not Russia, To Stop The CIA From Funding Syrian Jihadists ~ Very enlightening piece from Willis L. Krumholz at The Federalist
Benghazi: Did the Obama Administration Sell Arms to Al-Qaeda? ~ We knew this arms-to-Islamists game was going down five years ago when those four Americans died in Benghazi

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Museum of the Bible opens this weekend

The newest museum to visit next time you’re in Washington D.C. held its opening gala this evening, and officially opens to the public this weekend ~ The new Bible museum tells a clear, powerful story ~

When the Museum of the Bible opens this weekend, it will set a new standard for how this country’s museums fuse entertainment and education. The $500 million, privately funded project is as large as some of the Smithsonian’s premier attractions, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is rich in content, stocked with historic treasures and carefully plotted to appeal to audiences of all ages.
It brings to museum design the sophisticated marketing intelligence of the Oklahoma City-based Green family, who have used a fortune made from the Hobby Lobby retail chain to promote evangelical Christian causes. Their latest venture is a museum that offers a one-stop-shopping cultural experience, with history, art, architecture, theater and music conveniently packaged under one roof.

Of course the very secular (atheist?) Washington Post wants everyone to know ~

Despite claims that it would be nonsectarian, the organization’s original mission was explicitly evangelical, to “inspire confidence in the absolute authority and reliability of the Bible,” according to a 2010 federal nonprofit filing.


You mean the very confidence that sustained America’s founding fathers as they were fighting for their liberty and establishing our Constitutional Republic?



All the miseries and evils which men suffer from, vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war proceed from their despising or neglecting of the precepts contained in the Bible.
~ Noah Webster (“Father” of public education in America)

Leaders and Scholars at Museum of the Bible Answer the Critics

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Au revoir France?

Last week, in commemoration of World War I (the armistice was signed 99 years ago this month), Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris featured a beautiful 5-night light show ~


The show, “Dame de Coeur,” tells the story of the cathedral and its role in French history for the benefit of a fictitious injured American soldier in the First World War who tells a young French nurse that he fears dying before he ever sees the fabled French Gothic church.
The 20-minute video projection, using 3D mapping, includes 17 luminous images and is the creation of director Bruno Seillier. The message of the light show is a reminder that the 850-year-old cathedral has survived revolutions, rioting, vandals, and two world wars.


Ah, but will it survive the Muslim hijrah?
Last week was also the two year anniversary of a much more tragic event – the November 13th Islamist attacks in Paris. Since then, according to Giulio Meotti at Gatestone Institute, the good news is that French authorities have foiled several dozen terror plots, seized hundreds of weapons and placed 752 suspected jihadis under house arrest. Even so, the general impression is that of a country “frailing from within” ~

After two French girls were murdered by an Islamist in Marseille last month, the social commentator Mathieu Bock-Côté wrote that France is experiencing “a process of national and civilizational decomposition that the authorities have decided to accompany and moderate, without claiming to fight and overthrow it, as if it were unavoidable”. He seem to have got it right […]
In France’s parliament, “Islamo-Leftist” voices are becoming increasingly bold. The political class distracts itself with “inclusive writing” at school; in vitro fertilization for singles and gays and on-the-spot fines for “sexist” harassers. No French terrorist who went to cut off heads in Syria lost his citizenship. The magazine Charlie Hebdo is receiving new death threats; no major French publication expressed solidarity with its murdered colleagues by printing Islamic caricatures. The victims’ relatives published books entitled, You Will Not Have My Hate. Many of the French intelligentsia have been dragged into court for alleged “Islamophobia” […]
The martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel at the hands of Islamists has been forgotten; the site of the massacre is still waiting for a visit from Pope Francis as a sign of condolence and respect. French judges are now busy removing Christian symbols from the landscape: last month in Ploërmel, the cross above a statue of Pope John Paul II was ordered dispatched for allegedly violating the separation of church and state.

Paris’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo recently banned the city’s main Christmas market for being insufficiently elegant. France’s authorities and elites are tearing up, piece by piece, the country’s historical, religious and cultural legacy so that nothing will remain. But a nation dispossessed of its identity will see its inner strength broken. Samuel Pruvot, a journalist for Famille Chrétienne (“Christian Family”), recently claimed that Christianity in France will be soon found in “museums”.


Next year will be WWI armistice’s centennial. Let’s hope Notre Dame de Paris will still be standing to commemorate the occasion – and hasn’t been turned into France’s largest mosque.

Catholic France surrenders to Islam
The Muslim Migrant Invasion and the Collapse of Europe ~ Wow. An eye-opening timeline of the Islamic colonization of Europe
Can the Paris terrorist attacks be justified in the Quran?

“No-go Zones?” Oh, THOSE No-go Zones! ~ After more than a hundred people were murdered, and hundreds more injured on Nov. 13th, 2015, law enforcement finally raided Islamist-controlled neighborhoods in Paris
Serenading Satan at the Bataclan?
Nice terrorist attack on Bastille Day: everything we know so far on Monday ~ Crazed Muslim mowed down at least 84 people in a 19-ton truck
France: Muslims In, Jews Out ~

Anti-Semitism has revolutionized France — both its geography and demography. Jew-hate has become the gateway to the “France soumise” — the submission of France.

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Oops. Turns out humans really aren’t causing the Antarctic ice melt

Despite all the hysterical doomsday predictions from the climate alarmists about man-made global warming causing Antarctica to melt into the sea

• May 2015 – Stable Antarctic Ice Is Suddenly Melting Fast ~

Multiple glaciers, previously frozen solid, are adding vast quantities of water to the ocean

• February 2017 – More evidence of global melt: Antarctic sea ice hits record low
• April 2017 – New Discovery in Antarctica Suggests Ice Sheets Could Disappear Way Faster Than Previously Thought
• May 18, 2017 – Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea
• June 2017 – Scientists stunned by Antarctic rainfall and a melt area bigger than Texas ~

Scientists have documented a recent, massive melt event on the surface of highly vulnerable West Antarctica that, they fear, could be a harbinger of future events as the planet continues to warm.

• July 2017 – The Larsen C Ice Shelf Collapse Is Just the Beginning—Antarctica Is Melting ………………………………………………..

— It looks like they can’t blame it on carbon emissions after all; NASA has detected a mysterious geothermal ‘mantle plume’ under Antarctica is heating its ice sheet ~

Scientists have uncovered new evidence for an ancient heat source beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet.
The underground mantle plume is thought to be driving some of the melting seen beneath the ice, giving rise to lakes and rivers.
It’s thought to have formed 50-110 million years ago, long before the ice sheet itself, and has likely played a role in rapid collapses that took place during past periods of climate change – and, it could help explain the instability seen today.

Gee, ya think? JoNova reported on this climate-change myth buster back in August ~ Antarctica – 91 volcanoes coincidentally found under glaciers warming “due to climate change” ~

It’s possibly the densest concentration of volcanoes in the world, some as high as 4km and we didn’t even know these existed til recently. Despite that overwhelming ignorance, we’re 97.00% certain that all the warming in Antarctica is due to your car and airconditioner. Robin McKie, The Guardian writer, talks about the recent discovery of so many volcanoes under the ice. Not surprisingly, we have no data on how active these volcanoes are. However because we *know* climate change is definitely wrecking Antarctica, it follows that your car, air conditioner and pet dog could melt more ice, take the pressure off the tectonic plate and set one off. Then things will really get out of hand.
Anyhow, it’s just a coincidence that all the warming in Antarctica is where the volcanoes are.

Isn’t it amazing what scientists can discover when they actually use real science?

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The NFL still doesn’t get it

I meant to post this last weekend for Veterans’ Day (and also to promote the national call to boycott the NFL in honor of vets – and protest the NFL’s dishonor) but it’s still relevant going forward since the league continues to appear woefully ambiguous about their patriotism. I found this letter at Stubborn Things. It says beautifully exactly what so many of us feel in our hearts about the ingrates who – either in person or in spirit – #TakeaKnee ~

An Open Letter to the NFL

[“The following was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook who said he had the author’s permission to spread this about.” – Brad at Stubborn Things]

flag-drapped-coffinYou graduated high school in 2011. Teen years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mom was leader of the family & worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head & food on your plate. Academics were a struggle for you – your grades were mediocre at best. The only way you stood out – you weighed 225 lbs & could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds carrying a football!
Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football. Instead of going to football practice after school, he worked at McDonald’s for minimum wage.
You were recruited by big colleges & spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities. Coaches & boosters tried to convince you their school was best. They laid out the red carpet for you.
Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s. College, not an option for him. The day you signed with State University, your best friend signed papers with his Army recruiter. You went to summer workouts. He went to basic training.
You spent the next 4 years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent Saturdays on the football field, cheered by adoring fans. Tutors took care of every academic need. You attended class if you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard lifting weights, running sprints, studying plays, & soon became one of the top players in the country.
Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once & Afghanistan twice. He became Sergeant & led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did. He shed his blood in Afghanistan & watched young American’s give their lives, limbs, & innocence for the USA.
You went to the NFL combine & scored off the charts. You hired an agent & waited for draft day. You were a 1st round draft pick & your agent immediately went to work, ensuring you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million but had never played a single down of pro football.
Your best friend re-enlisted for 4 more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.
You drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach. He rides in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat soldiers.
You sleep at the Ritz. He digs a hole in the ground & sleeps if he can.
You “make it rain” in the club. He prays for rain as temperatures reach 120°.
Sunday, you run into a stadium as thousands of fans cheer & yell your name.
Your best friend knows little difference between Sunday & any other day. There are no adoring fans, only people trying to kill him & his soldiers. Every now & then, he & his soldiers leave the front & “go to the rear” to rest. He may be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV.
Then when the National Anthem plays he sees you dishonor your best friend by taking a knee, but he jumps to his feet & salutes the TV.
You protest ‘unfairness’ of life in the United States, he gives thanks to God because he has the honor of defending his great country.
To the players of the NFL: We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, & wear your jerseys. We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you & marvel at your athleticism. We love to watch you play, but we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you.
We have tolerated your drug use, DUIs, domestic violence & your vulgar displays of wealth. We are ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right.
Now you have gone too far. You insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans.
You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country.

Boycott all NFL football telecasts. All fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending or watching any games on TV. Let them play to empty stadiums. Let their corporate sponsors get hit in the wallet.
Honor our military, many who come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.

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Evolution really IS a myth

Go see this movie tomorrow (or Thursday, the 16th) to learn why Darwin’s theory – in light of what we now know about creation – has been disproven many times over, and how belief in evolution has done so much damage to our culture ~


“The truth will set you free.”


God doesn’t need millions of years
Scopes’ godless legacy
Creation-Evolution Headlines

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Saturday Shorts – 11-11-17


Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

Tuesday’s Elections Reveal That Many Americans Are Suffering From a Mental Disorder ~ Unfortunately, it looks like the takers now outnumber the makers. D. C. McAllister at P.J. Media takes a lengthy but very informative look at what’s happened to the electorate over the past couple of decades; buying into the bankrupt socialist mindset ~

“Social justice” — making everyone the same in the name of fairness — is more important to people than freedom. Like children, they’d rather no one have candy as a reward for performance if some children are going to have less — this is the essence of the socialist mindset.

‘Any taboo has gone’: Netherlands sees rise in demand for euthanasia ~ Rather ironic, physician-assisted suicide is a real “growth” industry in the Netherlands ~

“Starting from 2007, the numbers increased suddenly,” Boer said. “It was as if the Dutch people needed to get used to the idea of an organised death. I know lots of people who now say that there is only one way they want to die and that’s through injection. It is getting too normal.”

Soon it will become an obligation, “you don’t want to be a burden to your family do you…?” It’s encouraging to see some fighting back against this latest trend to devalue human life ~ A Legal Challenge to the European Culture of Death ~ Represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Belgian man is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights which made it far too easy for his mother to end her own life (without even saying “good-bye!”) ~

If you can’t cope with the fact that an oncologist has killed your mother because of chronic depression, then you must have emotional dysfunctionality. I thought I was a humanist. But if this is humanism, then I’m not a humanist.” ~ Tom Mortier, Belgian chemistry professor

Art professor doubles down on defense of Confederate monuments ~ Good to know there’s at least one brave soul with some common sense in a bastion of leftism ~

“In my view, monuments are the physical, aesthetic culmination of diverse and unpredictable human actions. They are dynamic,” she said, adding they are filled with a potential for education.
“These works are of course about race and Jim Crow,” she said, “but I contend that monuments are about more than that. We don’t need to whitewash their unpleasant aspects, but we do need to think about them in more complicated ways.” ~ Professor Michele Bogart, Stony Brook University

But it’s tough trying to swim against that progressive tide ~Liberal Author Says She’s Being Blackballed for Warning about Dangers of Early Daycare ~

Ms. Komisar spent three decades working directly with children and parents in New York City. During that time she noticed a disturbing uptick in ADHD among boys and depression among girls. These patients often had one thing in common: mothers who weren’t present as much as they needed to be during the first three years of their child’s life […]
Until we acknowledge the vital role mothers play in the lives of their children, and do everything we can as a culture to support that role, our children and our nation will continue to pay a very dangerous emotional and psychological price.

Texas Shooter Was Angry Atheist ~ Somehow this part of the story was air-brushed out by most media sources ~

Mainstream media reports downplay testimony of people who knew shooter as an avowed atheist who considered Christians stupid […]
“Former classmates described him as ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’ and an ‘outcast’ who had recently started preaching about atheism and picking fights on social media.“
Michael Brown gives four reasons why there is so much hatred against Christians in America these days. “First, it is a natural fruit of the harsh and condescending ‘new atheism,’ which continues to poison many hearts and minds with its venom,” he begins. “God is not simply to be rejected; He is to mocked and ridiculed, as are His followers.” Those sentiments, expressed often enough to a wide enough audience, are likely to lead to violence.

Harvard University hosts anal sex workshop ~ Ugh.

Berlin: Syrian (Muslim) Rapes Pony On “Children’s Farm” in Public Park ~ double ugh.

Renewable energy – by royal decree – meanwhile, the poor suffer ~ St. Louis city council attempts to create their own reality by mandating 100% “clean, renewable” electricity by 2035. They’ve also decreed that pigs will fly by that date ~

In 2016, Missouri generated 96.5% of its electricity with fossil fuel and nuclear power, 1.6% with hydroelectric, and just 1.5% with wind and solar. The St. Louis Metro Area did roughly the same.
But now, by royal decree, the St. Louis City Crown has made it clear, the climate must be perfect all year – and by 2035 the city will somehow, magically be powered by 100% “clean, sustainable” electricity […]
People in impoverished and developing countries have little interest in wind and solar power, except as a stopgap for distant villages. They want abundant, reliable, affordable electricity. That’s why they have built hundreds of coal-fired power plants and have 1,600 more under construction or in planning.

Lord, open European eyes ~ A quiet, surprising revival ~

Europe in many ways is becoming “Eurabia,” with recent migration swelling the number of Muslims in Amsterdam and other cities. But while immigration is giving Islam a beachhead, some immigrants are reviving churches that had turned to sandcastles before a high tide of atheism. “We hope for revival, but mostly it comes from the immigrant communities and their charismatic churches,” says Klaas Van der Zwaag, a Dutch journalist and author of the two-volume Reformation Today

Newborn infant left in Safe Haven Box at Indiana fire department ~ Wow. I don’t know if these guys were inspired by the documentary “The Drop Box” or not, but what an awesome story!

NFL Ratings Nightmare Likely to Get Worse, Not Better ~ Especially since patriots are calling for a Veterans Day boycott ~

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Remembering Our Vets

Veterans Day ~ 11-11-17


We remember the fallen , O Lord – those who laid down their lives in a just war that we might live in freedom. Indeed, we honor all military veterans, the men and women who have served our country. Give us grace and wisdom too, O God, to care for the wounded, to support the widows, and to work diligently for the return of those who are still missing in action. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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