My Two Favorite Questions for Global Warmists

First of all, I am not a climatologist, a meteorologist, a chemist or physicist, a geologist, not a scientist of any kind.  As a matter of fact I have been a maker of expensive musical instruments for the past forty years.  So if you’re looking to hear from an “expert,” stop here; don’t bother reading on.

On the other hand, if you’re a reasonably intelligent citizen and, like me, an inveterate skeptic, you should find the following argument unusual, perhaps even unique.  Continue reading

What Government Shutdown?

How easy it is for the Democrat left to fool Republicans, even some conservatives, by foisting their word choices on everybody.  A better example would be hard to find than the term “government shutdown” being applied to the state of affairs predicted in the wake of an impasse on the upcoming continuing resolution.

The term “government shutdown” conjures up a vision of a Federal government in its entirety falling into a black hole for who knows how long.  Oh, what a cataclysm!   The nation, the world will collapse into total meltdown!  Oh! Oh! Oh! Continue reading

After Zimmerman: Lessons for a Citizen Carrier

Shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012, I took to thesepages to chide the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre gently for his proposal to install an armed policeman in every school.  Instead I suggested it would be more effective to permit armed teachers and school personnel, carefully screened and trained, to fulfill this role.   The article outlined three principles to optimize the deterrent value of a societal gun presence: pervasiveness, anonymity and publicity.

The article also pointed out (hat-tip John Lott) that all citizens, not just those who are armed, benefit from the crime deterrence created by law-abiding gun owners.  This got me thinking about my own status.  Continue reading

On the Mythologizing of Christopher Dorner…Say What?!

As one who has delivered some harsh — one might say blistering — condemnation against New York Times columnist Charles Blow, today I feel compelled to proffer unqualified commendation of his recent column on the California cop killer.  In the interest of consistent truthfulness, sometimes it’s necessary to admit that someone normally considered an adversary — even an enemy — has gotten it right…even while my jaw is dropping.

Contra the denizens of lefty-loon bloggers, commenters, tweeters, letter-to-the-editor writers, Blow’s response is unambiguous: “[M]ake no mistake: Christopher Dorner is no hero.”  After quoting several of the wackier blurts in Dorner’s “manifesto,” Blow concludes: “Through his own words, Dorner forfeits any aspiration to the title of hero.”   Continue reading

Wayne LaPierre: Close but Not Quite

As an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment for many years, I was looking forward to hearing from NRA president Wayne LaPierre about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.  He had the good sense to wait for a decent while before speaking and thereby convey some evidence of actually thinking about this horrifying event, unlike the lockstep, ignorant leftists who began promulgating grand gun-ban wisdom within minutes afterward.

Surely LaPierre speaks the simple but indisputable truth when he says, “People driven by demons walk among us every day[.]  The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”  Moreover, the onus he lays on the violent video games industry is altogether plausible.  However, his solution that calls for putting an armed police officer in every school falls short of adequate.   Continue reading

The Obamacare Mandate is NOT a tax

By now anyone who is not residing in an unelectrified cabin in the mountains of Montana knows about the firestorm of controversy created by the June 30, 2012 SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare.  What is less obvious is the confusion the ruling has left in its wake.  Most of this confusion has to do with indiscriminate labels bouncing off the walls of public discourse.

Here’s a shortlist of quotes from media sources that highlight the mandate/tax confusion:   Continue reading

John Roberts v. ObamaCare: An Apologia

Conservatives complain, often justifiably, that stupid Republicans are all too quick to throw their own under the bus when turmoil arises, while leftist Democrats stick up for their henchmen through any and all fraud and deceit.  But look how many conservatives have been eager to give Chief Justice John Roberts a poke in the eye with a sharp stick following the ObamaCare decision — not just criticisms, but outright ad hominem attacks, even hinting that Roberts has been a closet leftist all along.

By noon Thursday, literally minutes after the decision was announced, Rush Limbaugh was in full fulmination mode: “[W]e, the American people, have just been deceived in ways that nobody contemplated.  And what we now have is the biggest tax increase in the history of the world[.] … The chief justice was hell-bent to find a way to make this law applicable, so he just decided, you know what, as a tax increase, it [the mandate] works, because there’s no limit on the federal government’s ability to tax.”   Continue reading

The Illogic of Paul Krugman

Leftists have such a difficult time with simple logic.  They make it so easy for non-experts like me to pick apart their arguments.

Whenever I can force myself to listen, for the sheer horror of it, to a few minutes of President Obama’s rhetoric, my mind instantly begins setting off logic alarms (“Straw man!”  “What a preposterous false analogy!”  “You’re begging the question!”) until my head starts to spin.  Obama obviously loves to think of himself as the Logician in Chief (LIC).  He pretends, for example, to have a special laser beam for false choices put forward by his enemies.  The irony is that he himself delivers one false choice after another almost every time his lips move.   Continue reading

Of Waterboarding…and Gun Control

If you conservatives out there in AT country are anything like me, you spend a good deal of time scratching your heads in perplexity when leftists speak.  “How can they possibly believe that?”

Give the top of your head a break and don’t let your fingernails draw any blood when you watch Leslie Stahl’s 60 Minutes interview — set to air in full the evening of April 29 — of former CIA Clandestine Services head Jose Rodriguez.  Rodriguez was in charge of, among other things, the interrogation of 911 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) using “enhanced interrogation” techniques, which of course we all know is a euphemism for waterboarding.

In a nation that says it’s OK to deploy armed drones that inevitably kill and maim non-combatant bystanders right along with enemy terrorists, we find Ms. Stahl deeply concerned about Ensure being fed to interrogation subjects:   Continue reading

Zimmerman Apologized to Martin’s Family…or Did He?

As reported in the Washington Post from the AP — and this account is being parroted universally in the left-lackey media — George Zimmerman apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin:

In an unusual move, George Zimmerman took the witness stand Friday to apologize to the parents of Trayvon Martin for fatally shooting their 17-year-old son. Assistant prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda took the opportunity to grill the neighborhood watch volunteer about some of the statements he made to police.  (Emphasis added.)

Eager to pounce on Zimmerman’s surprise statement, prosecutor De la Rionda attempted to twist Zimmerman’s words into an admission of criminal guilt and/or an offense of perjury, or at least a cynical ploy to scrounge for some media sympathy:   Continue reading