Monthly Archives: February 2014

Strong and Warming

ED-AR852_glovie_G_20140217185555“I knew that climate change or global warming or whatever it is presently called was a hoax when I discovered who was behind it.”  Rush Limbaugh

“In 1976 Maurice Strong described himself as ‘a socialist in ideology, a capitalist in methodology.’  He also advocated a ‘collectivist global government.” DiscoverTheNetwork.org (a division of FrontPageMagazine) under the file Maurice Strong

“In 1992, Maurice Strong chaired the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, a conference which shaped new international agreements on climate change and provided the foundation for the Kyoto Protocol.”  Ibid

“In 2000 and 2001, the Joyce Foundation, on whose board Barack Obama sat at the time, made a grant of $1.1 million to establish the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), which describes itself as “North America’s only cap and trade system for all six greenhouses gases, with global affiliated and projects worldwide.’  Today, Maurice Strong is one the CCX’s nine directors.” Ibid

Maurice Strong presently lives in Beijing, China!

Stephens: Climate Prophets and Profiteers

The most cynical part of John Kerry’s climate-change speech.

Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2014, p. A 11
The weirdest thing about John Kerry‘s weekend speech on climate-change—other than the fact that this is the same guy who in 1997 voted to forbid the U.S. from signing the Kyoto Protocol—is that it begins by quoting something Maurice Strong said at the U.N.’s 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro: “Every bit of evidence I’ve seen persuades me that we are on a course leading to tragedy.”

Maurice who? Continue reading

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Overreaching Bureaucrats?

“In his indictment of George III, [Thomas] Jefferson wrote of the king: ‘He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.’

“Is that not what we have today in spades?  Why do we need this vast army of bureaucrats?”  Patrick J. Buchanan

How Freedom Dies

Patrick J. Buchanan, Buchanan.org/blog, February 25, 2014

“Religious Right Cheers a Bill Allowing Refusal to Serve Gays.”

Thus did the New York Times’ headline, leaving no doubt as to who the black hats are, describe the proposed Arizona law to permit businesses, on religious grounds, to deny service to same-sex couples.

Examples of intolerance provided by the Times:

“In New Mexico, a photographer declined to take pictures of a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony. In Washington State, a florist would not provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. And in Colorado, a baker refused to make a cake for a party celebrating the wedding of two men.”

The question Gov. Jan Brewer faces?

Should Christians, Muslims, Mormons who refuse, on religious grounds, to serve same-sex couples — that photographer, that florist, that baker, for example — be treated as criminals?

Or should Arizona leave them alone?

“Religious freedom,” said Daniel Mach of the ACLU to the Times, is “not a blank check to … impose our faith on our neighbors.”

True. But who is imposing whose beliefs here?

The baker who says he’s not making your wedding cake? Or those who want Arizona law to declare that either he provides that wedding cake and those flowers for that same-sex ceremony, or we see to it that he is arrested, prosecuted and put out of business?

Who is imposing his views and values here? Continue reading

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The Godless West

“At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives [including yours truly] to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a ‘godless nation.’

“More than two decades on history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West.

“’Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,’ Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech.”  Marc Bennetts

Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S.

Putin seizes on issue of traditional values

Marc Bennetts, The Washington Times, February 3, 2014, p. 16

1_282014_ap3764991169718201_s640x441MOSCOW — At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.”

More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West.

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

In his state of the nation address in mid-December, Mr. Putin also portrayed Russia as a staunch defender of “traditional values” against what he depicted as the morally bankrupt West. Social and religious conservatism, the former KGB officer insisted, is the only way to prevent the world from slipping into “chaotic darkness.”

As part of this defense of “Christian values,” Russia has adopted a law banning “homosexual propaganda” and another that makes it a criminal offense to “insult” the religious sensibilities of believers.

The law on religious sensibilities was adopted in the wake of a protest in Moscow’s largest cathedral by a female punk rock group against the Orthodox Church’s support of Mr. Putin. Kremlin-run television said the group’s “demonic” protest was funded by “some Americans.”

Mr. Putin’s views of the West were echoed this month by Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, the leader of the Orthodox Church, who accused Western countries of engaging in the “spiritual disarmament” of their people. Continue reading

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