“All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Winston Churchill

Friday, May 16, 2008

Celebration of Freedom and Providence

Israel is celebrating its 60th aniversary as a modern nation. Of course it existed from the time of Saul and David in ancient times, but no other nation has risen from the dust with the same people, religion, and even language like Israel. Charles Krauthammer in a short summary outlines the rise of modern Israel in the miraculous manner in which it happened. To me, the Hand of God is evident.
Today it is popular to encourage negotiation with the Palestinians to win "peace" in the middle east. As Krauthammer has pointed out peace is only possible if the Palestinians accept the existence of Israel. "Look at Gaza today. No Israeli occupation, no settlements, not a single Jew left. The Palestinian response? Unremitting rocket fire killing and maiming Israeli civilians. ...
Israel's crime is not its policies but its insistence on living."
The Palestinian attitude to Israel reminds one of a familiar phrase, "the (Israelis) must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary for the public peace—their outrages are beyond all description." Lilburn Boggs.
Negotiation with such a group committed to ones destruction is foolishness. President Bush rightly equated those who try to an American senator who, as Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, declared: 'Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.'
May the Israelis (and the Americans) live worthy of the blessings they have received and the blessings they have been promised.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Brimley Family is Really the "Green" Family

As it turns out, having 9 children and staying married was really the most environmentally responsible thing we could have done.

Dr. Jianguo Liu, director of sustainability at Michigan State University, notes that “global households are increasing more than the number of people” and thus using more resources. Because of divorce and the rise in single-person households, in 2005 alone in the United States, people used an extra 600 billion gallons of water and 73 billion kilowatts of electricity.
It turns out that the nuclear family is the most environmentally friendly way to house people.

Happy Mothers Day!

Friday, May 9, 2008

God Bless America

And God Bless Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney recently concluded his comments upon receipt of the Cantebury Medal for defense of freedom with these words:

As our soldiers prepared to ascend the beaches of Normandy, Franklin Roosevelt led the nation in prayer: “we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph…with Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.” And triumph they did, through His blessing and through the holy sacrifice of young lives, now revered in beautiful cathedrals not of stone and stained glass but formed by row after row after row of simple, white crosses and stars of David.
God bless America. Like millions of Americans, I believe that He has, that He does, and the He will, so long as we deserve His divine blessing.

Read the whole speech here. It's terrific. As John McCain said just recently, "After seeing Mitt on TV lately, I wonder how I beat him."

So do I.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Are you smarter than a 5th Grader?

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Walter Williams recently wrote about environmental doomsayers. He quoted a number of them as follows:

At the first Earth Day celebration, in 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder warned, "The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind." ... In 1968, Professor Paul Ehrlich, Vice President Gore's hero and mentor, predicted there would be a major food shortage in the U.S. and "in the 1970s ... hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death." Ehrlich forecasted that 65 million Americans would die of starvation between 1980 and 1989, and by 1999 the U.S. population would have declined to 22.6 million. Ehrlich's predictions about England were gloomier: "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000."

It's not just that these predictors have been so bad, it's that they continue to be taken seriously. Now that "global warming" is considered to be the latest crisis, idiotic schemes are presented for us to help "save the planet". Closely examined, it will be seen that most, if not all of the proposed solutions will greatly enrich a handful of people while imposing crushing economic burdens on the rest of us.

Those on the left continue to demagogue about how much they care about the people, but the people they really care about are themselves and their friends. After all, as Thomas Sowell points out in his brilliant article, "People on the far left like to flatter themselves that they are for the poor and the downtrodden. But what is most likely to lift people out of poverty-- telling them that the world has done them wrong or promoting ... work ethic ...,dogged determination ..., or self-reliance ...?