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?