Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving 2009

Resting Harvesters - Daniel Ridgeway Knight - 1875

A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Be thankful for all the blessings of God, bestowed upon you and your country. Remember the less fortunate and keep them in your prayers.

Be safe, if you're travelling, and don't drink and drive. Don't want to lose you!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

For more about Daniel Ridgeway Knight, check the Art Renewal Center.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Are They Desperate Enough?

So, as the evidence continues to pour in, regarding Anthropogenic Climate Change (that's Global Warming, for those of you mired in the past), showing it to be nothing but the normal fluctuations in Global climatic temperatures, normal climatic cycles, normal, normal, normal, what do the Statist-loving warming-mongers do?

Simple: the lies continue. And the propaganda. And the hysteria. "We must act now!" "We have to help Mother Earth!" "We're all going to drown!"

And now the latest in Statist Scientific oddities: Polar Bears falling from the skies!

Look to the sky, Humans! Your environmental foolishness has caused Gaia to suck Polar Bears into the air and drop them on your un-feeling heads!

Plane Stupid - ain't that a giveaway? - made this silly, hysterical ad. The Guardian remarks:
Airline pollution activists Plane Stupid are on a collision course with the advertising regulator after launching a graphic cinema campaign that sees CGI polar bears falling to bloody deaths to highlight the impact of carbon emissions.

Plane Stupid's ad, which breaks in cinemas and online today, features dozens of animated polar bears falling from the sky onto a city centre, bouncing off skyscrapers and landing in the street and on the roof of a car, accompanied by blood-spurting special effects.


The group is aiming to point out that even short flights to the continent have a major impact on carbon emissions. Plane Stupid said that the ad was inspired by the fact that an average European flight produces 400kg of carbon, which it claims is the same weight as an average female polar bear.

"We wanted to confront people with the impact that short-haul flights have on the climate," said Robert Saville, a director at Mother. "We used polar bears because they are a well understood symbol of the effect that climate change is having on the natural world."

As noted in many places, Polar Bear populations have been booming. Remember that the folks who count these human-hunting beasties have no idea how many bears there were in the world just forty years ago. No clue. It's all guess-work. And, like much that they claim, it's utterly false.

Ed Gillespie, in the Guardian, notes:
And this inevitably begs the question do these shock tactics actually work to shift the public's attitudes and behaviours? Conventional psychological theory suggests that shock ads used to work because their message wormed its way so deeply into our consciousness that we're eventually compelled to act on it. However we swiftly become desensitized and I'm pretty sure everyone is aware of the over-hyped plight of the plucky polar bear in the context of climate change and the role of flying in fuelling the phenomenon.

But maybe the ad works by ramming home this link between high-carbon short haul flights and the fate of the Arctic? Certainly it's controversial imagery will garner press interest, after all I'm writing this analytical blog for starters, and for campaigning organisations with limited budgets and only one bite at the media cherry this is crucial. However I'm still not sure it will change behaviour, the danger is that by pumping up the high octane drama of an ad, you increase the risk of viewers feeling manipulated and dismissing it as pure propaganda. Or lapsing into highly questionable failures of tact and taste in pursuit of 'edginess'.

So, if you can't sell your fearful doom-and-gloom prophecy to the masses - because they're just to dim, not because it's all a fraud - just whip up some graphic 'evidence' of what is happening, or the equivalent. As Algore does with the photoshopped images in his latest book of lies.

The Hockey Stick model has been proven to be a phony, the temperatures have proven to be falling, the CO2 has been proven to follow temperature rises - throughout all history - not lead them. No Climate Change problem, just the same old cycles of Nature. So they will lie. How desperate are they?

Look to the sky, Humans! Your environmental foolishness has caused Gaia to suck Polar Bears into the air and drop them on your un-feeling heads!

Heheheee! :D

Here's one commenter, at Tim Blair's blog on the Daily Telegraph. I think it fits exactly:
Take one medium sized polar bear and tenderize with a large meat mallet or by dropping from a substantial height. Cut into small bite sized pieces and place in a large cooking pot over low heat and add about eighty kilos of potatoes and sixty kilos each of carrots, white onions and navy beans. Pour in fifty gallons of brown gravy and season with handfuls of salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for thirty hours.

Enough for five hundred. If more are expected toss in a couple of baby seals.

Sat 21 Nov 09 (10:46pm)

How could I add to that?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Honoring America's Veterans

"On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month ..."

image from

"Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on November 11 and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" 1918."

After World War II the name of the day was changed to Veterans Day, and we celebrate those who served this nation on this day. May God bless them forever.

Borrowed from DeconLabel (images and quotes):
But the freedom that they fought for,
and the country grand they wrought for,
Is their monument to-day, and for aye.
~Thomas Dunn English

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. ~José Narosky

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis

But fame is theirs - and future days
On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell - when cold neglect is dead -
"These for their country fought and bled."
~Philip Freneau

Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown

I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot. ~Gary Hart

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. ~Michel de Montaigne

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?" ~Eve Merriam
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick

Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them. ~Chinese Proverb

The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums. ~Arthur Koestler, Janus: A Summing Up

The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war. ~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. ~G.K. Chesterton

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to "So shines a good deed in a weary world" by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935
taken from :

Just for those who don't know why it's important to remember Veterans, and their sacrifices, perhaps this quote from George Orwell needs to be remembered as well:
"Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

Always On Watch posts about Veterans Day: keep Mr. AOW (he suffered a stroke in Spetember) and his wonderful wife (AOW) in your prayers and thoughts!

Bookworm posts about Veterans Day

Gateway Pundit posts about Veterans Day

Neo-neocon posts about Veterans Day

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Victims of Jihad; Not Victims of Taunting

Neo-neocon has a link to some biographical information. These are the murdered victims of the Jihadist a$$hat at Fort Hood.

Victims of Jihad at Fort Hood

  • Chief Warrant Officer Michael Grant Cahill (Ret.), 62 - Cameron, Texas

  • Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, 52 - Woodbridge, Virginia

  • Army Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow, 32 - Plymouth, Indiana

  • Capt. John Gaffaney, 56 - San Diego, California

  • Spc. Frederick Greene, 29 - Mountain City, Tennessee

  • Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22 - Tipton, Oklahoma

  • Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29 - Kiel, Wisconsin

  • Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19 - West Jordan, Utah

  • Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22 - Bolingbrook, Illinois

  • Capt. Russell Seager, 51 - Racine, Wisconsin

  • Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21 - Chicago, Illinois

  • Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman, 55 - Havre De Grace, Maryland

  • Spc. Kham Xiong, 23 - St. Paul, Minnesota

Heroes, all. Don't forget the wounded, either. Each one a victim of Islamic Jihad, no matter the fluffy-minded simperings of the MSM or our "Johnny-on-the-spot" President. Major Nidal Hasan is a cold-blooded murderer. This was planned ahead of time and carried out in cold blood. He can claim he was taunted for his Muslim beliefs, but that doesn't hold water. Sensible people know that.

So let's remember his victims, not his false excuses. The Leftist Political Correctness has taken hold of our own Military. We are all threatened by this. There's no more time to play PC with the brave members of our Military. Enough PC stupidity!

Read more from neo-neocon.

Also, she posted this, from NBC Chicago:
But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.” Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?

Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned.

As neo said, "I didn’t see or hear the banter, but I did hear his official remarks. I say “hear” because I was in my car at the time and missed the video. Nevertheless, even without the oddness of the introduction, I found his tone strange. It’s hard to describe, but the best I can do is to call it inappropriately flat.

I’m not expecting a president to emote; they all don’t sound like Reagan, who was, after all, an actor. But I cannot escape the impression that there is something missing in the emotional department with Obama. I don’t think this extends to all parts of his personal life (for example, he seems to be a good and loving father). But I feel a coldness in him that is fairly global, a chill that goes pretty deep."

neo-neocon should be a part of your daily blog reading.