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Leftovers danger!

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The EPA is warning us that  food waste  is a terrible thing!   Not because of all the starving children in Africa,  but because most of it goes to landfills,  where it rots and produces deadly methane gas which contributes to the global warming that will kill us all,  despite the  lofty promises of His Oneness.

Guess what?  Food is broken down in human digestive systems,  and human flatulence,  laughingly referred to as “farts” by every adolescent boy who ever lived,  can  produce both  hydrogen gas and methane,  both of which are flammable.

The obvious solution is for EPA to demand that we stop eating in order to preserve the planet for plants and other animals.   I vote for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to go first.   After all,  last April  she admitted that her agency  does not have –  and cannot produce – all of the scientific data used for decades to justify numerous rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act.   I wonder if she would hide behind the lack of actual science to avoid starvation…

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December 31, 2015 at 11:51 pm

Mighty Mississippi…

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The Mississippi River is  causing a   heck of a lot of trouble,  and it’s only beginning,   because what is inundating Illinois and Missouri now will work its way down South until all the excess water finally reaches the Gulf of Mexico.   I’m fortunate,  because I don’t live in a flood plain,  but many do,  and they need to stay aware and focused,  and have an action plan for evacuation which can be carried out on a moment’s notice.

The Deep South is already experiencing some local flooding and road wash-outs,  so we need to be prepared for what is to come.   Be smart by being careful — if you can’t see through a pool of water,  do not assume the road is still beneath it!



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December 31, 2015 at 10:13 am

Chick-Fil-A helps out…

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The corporation made  an exception  to its closed-on-Sunday rule by opening several outlets in Texas with volunteer employees to distribute free food to responders and others affected by the tornadoes in the area.

One need not be a Christian to do good,  nor even be particularly religious,  but it certainly seems to help drive the impulse for useful charity.



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December 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

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Christmas pondering, 2015…

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Is this  what Jesus looked like?   We don’t know,  of course,  but a British anatomical artist has taken a reasoned shot at figuring it out.   Jerry Newcombe tries to figure out if Christmas has all the  pagan roots  it is reported to have.   As Kevin Williamson points out,  the  real story  is a very strange tale.   George Weigel looks at  a larger  picture.

Artsy.net examines  Nativity scenes  in art through the years.

How would you like to spend 74 years being asked about  a letter  you wrote as a child?   Virginia O’Hanlon was.   If you’re a fan of the movie  “It’s a Wonderful Life”,  you’ll be interested in the  real man  the character George Bailey is based upon.

Compare this year’s  Christmas address  of His Oneness with  one by Ronald Reagan.   Shocking difference,  isn’t there?

What if Charles Dickens were a Trekkie?   A  stage production  of  “A Klingon Christmas Carol”,  presented in the made-up Klingon language, attempts to answer this question.   You can also  acquire Star  Wars cards for the Christmas season if you’re so inclined.

Back to more serious matters,  Victor Davis Hanson urges us to revive the tradition  of gratitude,  which Cicero viewed as the parent of all other virtues.

Kevin Williamson reminds us that capitalism is the true provider of gifts,   and that  government is  not Santa Claus.

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December 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

2015: Year of the big lie…

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Few people see as clearly as Thomas Sowell,  and fewer still write well about their perceptions.   There are so many potential names for this lousy year,  but I think Dr. Sowell has unerringly put his finger on the base for  most of the problems.

The question which remains is this:  Are enough of us willing to tell the truth to turn the tide?

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December 29, 2015 at 11:50 pm

Better customer service…

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Here are  some tips  for obtaining better customer service from companies you deal with.   I’ve tried a couple of them in the past,  with some effectiveness.   Mostly I try to avoid companies which will require me to deal with customer service to being with!


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December 29, 2015 at 10:04 am

An advisory role…

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…in war-torn areas,  actually looks  like this.   His Oneness can claim to have no boots on the ground anywhere,   but it is a bald-faced lie and a dangerous one.   Too few troops is far more risky than too many.   Mr. Obama  will ultimately  be responsible for  more deaths  and injuries to our special operators  than George  W. Bush ever was.   The operators know this,  they know their commander-in-chief does not respect them,  and yet they go anyway.

Part of the problem is the insanely restrictive  rules of  engagement,  which place our military personnel at risk while also forcing them to consider and weigh the consequences and possible repercussions of actions,  thus exposing them to more danger.   If you must fight a war,  then you must let your troops fight,  not simply send them to be sitting ducks so you can say you are not a war president.   It is impossible to conduct a war  when you have no clearly defined goal,  no policy to support,  no clue as to what victory looks like,  and no apparent appetite for actually achieving any victory other than the protection of your presidential and personal legacy.

By the way,  if,  like the elites,  you don’t think soldiers are very smart,  watch  this video  of Marines’ reactions to W versus that to His Oneness.

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December 28, 2015 at 11:51 pm

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