Blowout!

The GBRA’s 2019 Summer Party was an over the top success.  With over 260 people in attendance, abundant food, intelligent, articulate speakers and loads of good, old fashioned Republican camaraderie a good time was had by all.  Our main speakers, George Papadopoulos and Simona Mangiante were charming and informative, and quite personable.  They stayed and chatted with the organizers even when there was nobody but us clean up crew left.

Much to everyone’s amusement there were even a few sad sack protesters outside the event.  Seriously, where do they get these people with nothing better to do on a beautiful Sunday afternoon than to stand around holding  signs reading “Impeach”?

This event was a great start to the 2020 political season and there is yet much work to do.  But we will do it, and make America Great Again.

The Chicken Little doctrine of Climate Crisis – just say “No”

Memory is such a problem; I remember the urgent calls for government action in which we had only ten years to save the world from the incipient ice age, that was in the 1970s. That was followed by the urgent crisis of DDT, starvation due to the population explosion, acid rain, AIDS, nuclear winter, ozone layer depletion, each of which were going to destroy us in 10 years. I think that it started out with a desire to sell media advertising until the pols twigged to how it could be leveraged to enlarge their troughs. Now it is almost entirely about pols agitating for more taxes, more power and control. But, hey!  After CNN’s Democrat Climate Fandango the other night, who doesn’t want the pols to have more power and control?

When I looked into the the claims made about AGW in the early 2000’s I found that so much of the palaver was about atmospheric carbon dioxide and trying to control that as a means of climate management. It turns out that there is indeed a correlation between global temperature and global CO2 levels, and that the data shows that CO2 levels trail global temperature levels by, on average, 800 years. This is because as the planetary atmosphere cools, the seas cool more slowly; as the seas cool they gradually absorb carbon dioxide. Conversely, as the atmosphere warms the seas warm more slowly and gradually release carbon dioxide. So the policy, as the idiots in Congress have set, is to control and effect whose cause occurred during the Crusades. It would be like driving from New York to Los Angeles with all your windows blacked out and your only input to the world is your backup camera on 24 hour delay. What could go wrong?

Just recently the Father of Anthropogenic Global Warming, Michael Mann, lost a court case. The case revolved around Mann having slandered another scientist who disputed his claims. Mann ultimately lost because over the course of six years he refused to provide the court with the raw data that backed up his claims. This is nothing new for Mann, he has never released the raw data, only his massaged data. Now step with me into the Way Back Machine and let’s go back to the 5th grade when we learned about the scientific method. One of the steps in the process, and all of them are critical, is to keep careful records of the results of your experiments and make that data available to other scientists so they can run their own experiments and test your theory for themselves. By refusing to release the raw data Mann, and others are no longer doing science, they are doing religion based on private revelation.

The claim is made that AGW must be true because there is a scientific consensus, supposedly up around 97%. That claim is hotly disputed by hundreds of climate scientists. But even if it were true, what of it? Science advances because somebody noticed something that didn’t fit the theory and set about investigating it, and sometimes proposing a new theory that fits the facts better. If scientific fact were based on consensus NASA would be calculating orbits on Ptolemaic epicycles and your physician would be bleeding you with leeches to balance your humors.

Hero of medical science, the savior of mothers

New theories generally meets with resistance from the consensus and scientists suffer greatly in advancing the truth of their discoveries. Consider the case of one of my scientific heroes, Ignaz Semmelweis. Look him up, what a tragic story!

Finally, for today, consider the inconvenient truth of An Inconvenient Truth, the world is not on a path to catastrophic overheating (except for the rhetoric and tempers, natch!), on the contrary, it seems to be cooling. The polar ice caps have not melted, but grown, sea levels have not risen but remained stable, some glaciers are melting, but most have grown, snowfalls are not a thing of the past but have become more frequent and more intense in the Northern hemisphere. In short, observation contradicts the theory’s predictions. A scientist would conclude that there’s something wrong with the theory and try and figure out a better theory. That doesn’t seem to be happening among the oh-so-woke elites. I’ll let you come up with a theory as to why that is, this discussion focuses on “Climate Change”, renamed from the failed Anthropogenic Global Warming, and the proposed human responses to it.

I propose that climate change has been going on since the planet coalesced out of the primordial circumsolar debris field. I further propose that the premise that human activity is not the primary driver of climate change is false. Because civilization requires energy human activity has had a larger influence on the planet but that is is certainly not the major influencer of climate variability as human energy sources are a tiny fraction of the total planetary energy budget. By far and away the Sun is the largest and most important energy source for good old Earth. Were I feeling more combative that I do at the moment I would suggest that the reason that Climate Alarmists never talk about the Sun is because there is no way they can claim any power to influence it so it gets ignored. But ignoring the Sun an error. The Sun is a variable star. Fortunately for us it’s variability is truly minor or we would not exist to remark on it. In the below video this (Oh, no, Russian!) scientist proposes a theory as to what is driving climate variability. Ordinary observation will determine whether her theory holds water. Myself I am inclined to think it does. Let’s compare notes in, say, 2022 and see what we think.

 

We are only ever as trapped as we are willing to be

I have known for many years that I’m only as trapped as I’m willing to be.  That is, I cannot be held against my will except by superior physical force.  This is the fundamental principle on which our nation is founded writ small, that government receives its just powers from the consent of the governed.

If the recent events in Hong Kong have proved anything it is that a people who do not consent to be governed will not be governed, no matter the threat or inducement.  This was proved long ago on these shores, when the 13 colonies threw down the gauntlet of the Declaration of Independence, then made it good with their blood and treasure.  Choosing to live in freedom always carries with it a cost in blood and treasure, a fact that we who have long enjoyed the liberty our Founders won for us have largely forgotten.

Ancient Israel learned this in their flight from Egypt and the 40 years of wandering in the desert.  They knew, because they experienced it in their lives, the cost of freedom.  The early Christians learned this as they bore the Roman sword and the arena’s beasts rather than yield the freedom they had gained by faith in Christ Jesus.  All through the long, sordid, blood soaked history of Man, when tyrants sought to bend other men to their will by force or treachery or lies or blandishments, resistance carries a cost, a high and often ultimate cost.

In our own age the dream of totalitarians to control men remains strong.   Also in our own age we see that the desire for men to live free in noble liberty is stronger.  Sadly that is too seldom seen on these American shores as the propaganda organs of the left have convinced broad swaths of the population, the youth in particular, that freedom is found in slavery.

In our own age as in every age men and women who recognize chains for what they are, rebel and cast themselves into an unknown future regardless of present risk to confront and overcome risks of their own choosing.  Certainly the people of Hong Kong recognized the chains Emperor Xi of China and the Chinese Communist Party offered them, and repudiated them in no uncertain terms.

All across the world resistance to the great slaver societies, Islam and Socialism, is growing.  Be it Salvini’s Italy, Orban’s Hungary, Johnson’s United Kingdom or America under Trump, a populist groundswell is growing.  What form the triumph of these and other movements will ultimately take cannot be foretold.  What can be foretold is that in the end, however long it takes, liberty will win.

Ultimately is is a question of the human spirit.  No matter how many find the shackles comfortable or safe more will find them a searing agony in their souls.  It is these who will wager their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for a future they cannot clearly see but salute from afar in faith.  It is those who will not to be bound who will not be bound who will be free in body, mind and spirit.

Suffer the children

It is clear that the ultra-woke Marxist inspired Progressives are taking their marching orders from the Prince of Darkness.  It’s (the P.D.) sheer effrontery never ceases to amaze me.  Not only does it boldly set out to convince parents to cooperate in the destruction of their own families but expects the (primarily) American taxpayer to fund their own and others’ destruction.

Of course we are seeing plenty of this right here at home, California having just recently mandated norms for radical sex education in our State’s schools.  Lots of probably well meaning parents are taking their little tots to Drag Queen Story Hour at the local public library.  Subtle and not so subtle indoctrination into  wide variations of sexual and gender ideology pervades every aspect of mass media programming.

In every healthy culture in history norms for regulating relationships between and among the sexes, of which, let me state it boldly, there are only two, with the goal of family formation and cultural induction.  That is, the proper arena for sexual activity, however dishonored in the breach, is marriage, the goal if marriage is procreation and the introduction and socialization of the resulting progeny into the culture as fully formed, fully functioning adult members.

Every human being comes into the world as a baby which at birth is, by visual observation, determined to be either a boy or a girl.  Sex is not “assigned” at birth, it is assigned at the moment of conception when sperm and ovum join their respective chromosomes into a new living person.  To hear these morons talk you’d think that the kid popped out with an empty socket between its legs to which the assisting physician, after rummaging around in a box of parts, selected and bolted on a set of genitalia.

Every human being is made in the image of God, and that image is alike manifested as either male or female, this is the root and foundation of an individuals’s identity.  Each person, whether male or female, is an imperishable soul who has a compatible but perishable body, the whole of which possesses intrinsic but distinct masculine or feminine characteristics the various aspects of which are are arrayed on a bell curve.  The admixture of these characteristics, differing for each person, make up our distinct and unique personalities and by extension the rich tapestry of our relationships.

The family is the school in which a child is nurtured and guided to adulthood.  Parents, primarily by their example, teach their children what it means to be a man or a woman: their roles, their ideals, their destinies within the family, the community, the culture, their nation and their religion.  These are sex differentiated and complementary; they are as necessary for the individual as is their skeleton.

The Left is attempting, and successfully, to wrest parents’ role in shaping their kids ideas about who they are and the purposes their lives away from the parents and arrogate it to the State.  Ironic that in an age of decentralization they want to impose a top down 19th century mass production process on the whole world.  They are bent on destroying children, destroying the family as an institution and destroying American culture and civilization in order to seize, hold and exercise power over these malleable kids today and later as malleable, rootless adults.

By teaching the children to define themselves as loveless meat puppets they strip them of their capacity to develop fully human relationships and become fully functioning autonomous human persons.   It is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, which cannot be achieved without horrific industrial scale child abuse.  Jeffrey Epstein and his pedophile pals are the masked face of the elites who have sold their soul to Old Scratch for wealth, power and an unlimited stream of victims on whom to practice their perversions.

I don’t want this village raising my children.  Do you?

Steve Bannon on the China peril

We have heard hints about this from time to time, slipping out between the endless howls about Russian collusion.  China is FAR more dangerous to the US and the world than is Russia.  All Americans need to hear this.  I am especially impressed by the Trump strategy to create a counter to China’s very successful to become the world’s manufacturer.

Speak up!

I am not a huge fan of Jordan Peterson, but once in a while he gets it right.  God’s mighty power to create is manifested in His Word, He speaks to the Holy Spirit hovering over the deep, “Let there be light!” and there is light.  His Word, THE Word (in Greek “logos”) speaks His Divine Heart into the world in the Person of Jesus the Christ, His Son and our LORD.  The Father has called us His sons and daughters through baptism and Faith in the Gospel.  This means that each of us, you, me. all of us, have within us a reflection of the power to create and shape reality through our words.  We have a Kingdom to build, people, let’s be about it.

GBRA membership drive

Who Else Wants to Make the Politicians Wake Up And Pay Attention And Have Fun Doing It?

Dear Friend;

Not worth the risk

I get it. I really do. You’re just one person out there in the world with currently unfashionable opinions. You probably don’t say much, you don’t dare. The barbarians would come after you if you did. You would be mocked, derided, called racist or sexist or some kind of you-name-it-phobe du jour if you did. It would put your job at risk, maybe, hell, let’s be honest here, probably put your physical safety at risk, and that of your family as well. And that, I absolutely get it, is simply not worth the risk.

Just Ride Out the Crazy Years

So you batten down the hatches, keep a low profile and hope to ride out Star Trek’s crazy WWIII spooling up as best you can. And brother, there’s a lot of crazy going on. A lot of it isn’t new. Of course not, how could things have gotten to where they are except that they started back in the dark ages of the 1960’s and, like Topsy, just growed. Things that were crazy back then have been with us so long that they’re normal now.

Things Were Never Perfect

Not that things were so perfect back in the day, they certainly weren’t. The Ozzie and Harriet and Father Knows Best world of yesteryear were always idealizations. Then along came Married With Children and Murphy Brown and Ellen and who knows what else to further undermine the ideals of marriage and family. I confess I just about stopped watching about then, so I’ve lost touch with all that and it was probably before your time anyhow. I admit it (reluctantly!), I’m not up on current television culture. Does that make me a dinosaur?

Education for Incarceration

The world has changed and is changing, and not always for the better. I can walk past any elementary school playground and hear words I didn’t know existed till I was in boot camp. America’s educational system was #1 in the world and California was #1 in the nation. Now the US is, depending on the subject, 25th or 37th in the world and California ranks dead last in High School graduation rates. The schools have become more about indoctrination that any kind of useful education. Sounds more like education for incarceration to me.

Goodbye Parental Rights

This is more true than ever with the new California Department of Education mandate that kicks LGBTQ education up a notch or three in K-12 classrooms. Seriously, who thinks this stuff up? Who needs it? Tolerance and inclusion are all very well, but couple that with speech codes and mandated reporting and suddenly tolerance and inclusion went right out the window along with parental rights.

The Kids Don’t Like It

The kids, the brighter ones, know it and don’t like it. The Real WorldTM isn’t Lake Woebegone where every kid is above average; kids average and below have almost no positive path forward. Witness the drop out rate. Witness the increased levels of violence. Witness the teen pregnancy rates – and teen abortions. Witness the pervasive use of drugs. Witness the skyrocketing suicide rates.

What Is Going On Here?

What the hell is going on here, and why isn’t somebody doing something sane about it?

The Answers

The answer to the first part of the two part question is “civilizational collapse.” The answer to the second part is, because I’m not doing something about it. Or I wasn’t.

I Confessed I Was Powerless

I confess, I’m a working stiff and I have to hit the bricks every day to keep the family fed. And, as a dinosaur, I’m preparing for fossilization in a few years. I come home and I don’t want to deal with world and its madness. I just want to read an interesting book, watch a few YouTube videos and schmooze with the wife before hitting the hay. And, hey, nobody’s going to listen to me bitch and moan about it anyway. I go to the polls every couple of years, which for a Republican in California is pretty much a waste of time, but I do my duty. It’s those danged politicians that the other side elects that are the problem. I declared myself powerless, and so I proved myself to be.

Late to the Party, But Not Too Late

Yes, I was late to the party, or should say, late to the Party, but here I am now. 911 was The Great Wake Up Call for me, as it was for so many others. Once I started paying attention I saw that I could no longer remain in the Democratic Party (I admit it, oh, the shame!) so I went Independent for a while. But I soon realized that opposing the trends driving us ever leftward was going to require a strong countervailing organization. Despite all its flaws and frustrations the Republican Party was and is the only effective one (for certain values of ‘effective’) in existence. So I switched.

Solitary Anger No Solution

Stewing in solitude about the issues even as a registered Republican wasn’t going to help anything. All I was doing was stressing myself out, sometimes using words I never heard in the Bible, snapping at my wife and getting nothing whatsoever done to improve the situation.. I needed to connect with other like minded people, people who by and large share my values, who have experience acting in the political arena (which turns out to be very different from what I had imagined), people who knew things I needed to know, people who were willing to work for improvement. So I connected. And if anything is going to get done to avert the worst of this train wreck you will too.

Why I’m Inviting You

That’s why I’m with the Glendale Burbank Republican Assembly, and that’s why I’m inviting you to join. Membership gives us three important things.

  • First, I can hang out with like minded Republicans and say what I REALLY think without fear that the PC Police are going to put me in the penalty box. You are not alone, there are actually thousands of us in the area, many of whom are active and intriguing people.

  • Second, we host a speaker every month, all of them interesting, all of them informative, all of them encouraging and worth your time. Not only will these speakers put into perspective current and past events, but open avenues for future action.

  • Third, it offers opportunities for you act effectively, exercising your civic responsibility with reasonable hope of making positive change or staving off another Democrat disaster. Let me illustrate this with a recent example.

Greg Kirkorian’s Testimony

The speaker at our July event this year was Greg Kirkorian, a fine Republican and a member of the Glendale School Board. I had never met Greg before, and he made a very favorable impression as a solid guy deeply concerned with the welfare of the kids the school board serves. It turns out that every school board meeting LGBTQ activists show up to lobby for more LGBT related events and curricula. Every time they have several people who “represent the community” speak in support. EVERY TIME. He also told us how many members of the community show up to oppose the LGBTQ agenda: ZERO, EVERY SINGLE TIME. He said, and I believe him, that it is really hard to resist the pressure from the activists when nobody shows up to oppose them and support him.

Now We Know

I had no idea. You probably didn’t have any idea either. So several members of the Club have pledged to attend the next Glendale School Board meeting which is scheduled for September 3, (https://www.gusd.net/Page/18). I know I’m going even though I don’t have any kids in the Glendale School District. I will do this because I know that if I don’t, if I allow Glendale to fall to the LGBTQ agenda, targeting our own school board will be that much easier. You can be sure that they’re coming for us, and that if we remain ignorant, isolated and inert they will take us down in turn.

American Citizen’s Power is Fun!

Look, friend, I know you’re busy, you already have a full and absorbing life and time is in short supply just as it has been since the Big Bang kicked the whole show into high gear. The issue of education is not by a long shot the only critical issue facing us. But it is one that we can address immediately, locally, effectively – and win. It is a building block that will lead to other building blocks that will lead to still others. This is American power at work, and I want you to be part of it. Its going to be fun!

Become a GBRA Member

That’s why I’m extending this invitation to you to become a member of the Glendale Burbank Republican Assembly for the ridiculous price of less than 7¢ a day. Seriously, at that price you should join twice! Just look at all the benefits membership offers, which you can’t get anywhere else:

  • You get to meet and regularly hang out with like minded people who share your Republican view point and who support and celebrate our common American values.

  • You get regularly informed about what is going on at all levels where culture and politics touch your community, your business, your family and your life.

  • You get the opportunity to act in solidarity with people working to improve the community.

  • You get to be a part of the long and honorable American tradition of citizens exercising civic authority and self rule instead of being a passive, discontented observer.

Annual BBQ picnic at Jeffers Estate

But there’s more. I also want to invite you, whether you decide to join the GBRA or not, to attend our annual BBQ picnic at Jeffers estate on Sunday September 15th. Yes! There’s fun and games and food and drink too. And and Sonny Sardo’s band to provide music, and dancing if you don’t mind everybody watching. It will be the perfect place to meet Republicans from all over and fun for the whole family.

Special guest George Papadopuolos

Oh, did I forget to mention that George Papadopoulos will be attending the picnic at Jeffers Estate? Mr. Papadopoulos did jail time for the crime of being on the foreign policy advisory panel to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. I am very much looking forward to hearing his perspective on the events that made him so painfully famous. I hope you won’t miss this opportunity!

Three Chances to Win a Beautiful Patriotic American Eagle

But that’s not all! It just wouldn’t be right if we let you enjoy all these great benefits without the chance to take home one of only three wonderful patriotic eagle sculptures. It would absolutely enhance the beauty and patriotic ambiance of your home and become a treasured heirloom to be passed on the the next generation that we are working so hard for. All you have to do is register as a GBRA Club member before midnight September 14, 2019 and you will be automatically entered in the raffle which will take place on September 15th at the Jeffers Estate BBQ party. Only one per household, need not be present to win. Remember, only three are available and for a limited time. I’m not tired of winning and I’m sure you aren’t either.

100% Money Back Guarantee

Speaking of winning, with our 100% money back guarantee you can’t lose. Here it is: if for any reason during the first six months of your membership you aren’t satisfied with the benefits we offer, cancel your membership and we will refund you the entire cost of your membership. That’s right, we are so confident that you will win and win big that we will return your money with an apology for having failed to provide you with satisfactory fun while winning with our unique and valuable paths to victory:

  • Win by meeting and regularly hanging out with like minded people who share your Republican view point and who support and celebrate our common American heritage.

  • Win by being regularly informed about what is going on at all levels where culture and politics touch your community, your business, your family and your life.

  • Win by acting in solidarity with people working to improve the community.

  • Win by continuing the long and honorable American tradition of citizens exercising civic authority and self rule instead of being a passive, discontented observer.

  • Win by earning the respect of your family, your friends, your community and, above all, my friend, yourself.

Here’s How

We have a couple of easy ways to join us and take part in the winning.

Either scan the QR code enter this URL in your browser which will take you to the GBRA Club membership site at

www.GBRAClub.org/membership

where you can sign up using PayPal or a credit card through the PayPal interface; the annual membership dues are only $25.00 (less than 7¢ a day!). Sorry, but we just couldn’t think of a way to make winning any easier.

Speak soon.

 

Chairman, New Member Outreach Committee

P.S. Don’t forget that we have work to do about the Glendale School Board meeting on September 3rd (more info here: https://www.gusd.net/Page/18) just one of our great benefits: you get to actually act to make a difference in the lives of our kids. As you think ahead to the years ahead you know you will look back on these days, these glorious days, and feel proud of the work you and I and the rest of us will have done together.