- Right now only about 6% of global energy is green. That means 94% of the energy we use to improve our lives produces emissions. And we in turn produce flatus.
- Significant use of solar energy will destroy entire ecosystems.
1. Currently, with ideal conditions, it takes about 2800 acres (4.375 square miles) of solar cells to generate 1 terawatt-hour (TWh).
2. By 2040 humanity will be consuming about 192000 TWh.
3. To supply all the planet’s energy needs with solar energy by 2040 will require mankind to set aside a minimum of 840,000 square miles of land purely for solar farms. That is about the size of the ENTIRE Australian outback, about 1/3 of continental Australia. Considering the planning and placement requirements for solar, it will take a lot more than 840,000 square miles of somebody else’s land to make solar a reality.
- Wind power is even less efficient per acre.
1. A full power windmill needs at least 25 acres of land, leaving its expected performance at about 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) per 3/4 acre. That translates to 740,000 acres per TWh, or 1160 square miles.
2. To supply all the planet’s energy needs with wind power by 2040 will require mankind to set aside a minimum of 222,714,200 square miles of windswept land. Since the total surface area of earth, including all oceans and water masses in less than 197,000,000 square miles, wind power is simply impossible.
- Hydroelectric has strong regional potential, but available rivers are a finite commodity, and is unpopular with the left-libs. Green New Deal cultists will never agree to building new dams.
- Modern nuclear plant designs are much safer and more efficient than the behemoths of the 60’s and 70’s, and quite cheap compared to solar and wind. Nuclear energy could easily supply global energy needs and is significantly more environmentally friendly than either solar or wind power. Except most people have an underlying fear of radiation, making it socially unacceptable. Expansion of nuclear energy is dead on arrival in the Green New Deal Cultist’s mind.
Today’s Dem-left-prog presidential candidates sound an awful lot like cult leaders.
When I was a kid the Reverend Jim Jones founded The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ. Jones was an avowed communist and friend of California Governor Jerry Brown, and espoused religious communalism. He founded his commune in Guyana upon his peculiar brand of socialist tenets, and encouraged his followers to join him in escaping American fascism. He christened it Jonestown, and over 900 of his followers blindly joined Jones, believing his promise they would escape capitalism, global corporations, and the general evils of the industrial world and enter paradise. On November 18th, 1978, the Reverend Jim Jones ordered his flock to drink cyanide-laced Kool-Aid (actually it was a competitor’s product, Flavor-Aid, but Kool-Aid stuck, as in “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!”), so they did. And they died, including 276 children.
Do not drink the Kool-Aid!
Blindly followed. They died because they blindly followed. I could make jokes about how the Reverend Jim Jones was only slightly more off his nut than the dirt-eating “The End Is Near” Beto O’Rourke, or the factually challenged Alexandria Ocasional-Cortex, but frankly none of it is funny. Too many Americans abandon all rational thought and blindly follow leftist ideologies and rhetoric like it is a religion. Following these cult-like leaders and their insane beliefs is beyond sheer stupidity, it is a complete abdication of personal responsibility. If you believe in an obvious lie simply because you like the way it sounds or you are too lazy to check the facts, that makes you complicit. That makes you a good little cultist! Not only is the Green New Deal absolute garbage… I promise the world will not end in 12 years unless God has a hand in it… not one crazy left-lib cultist will be willing to make the extreme sacrifices necessary to implement even the smallest portion of the Green New Deal.
Energy production brings people out of poverty.
In 1970 48% of humanity lived in extreme poverty. Global energy use has more than doubled over the last 50 years, and today less than 10% of humanity lives in extreme poverty. The U.S. Energy Administration predicts that over the next 20 years global energy demand will increase by at least 25% as all of humanity continues to pursue the creature comforts that lazy, leftist Millennials and Green Cultists see as entitlements. If Green New Deal Cultists think Africans or Indians or Asians will be willing to give up all the benefits of modern energy production and consumption, they will be in for a real fight. Maybe that is what the progressive left really wants. A global fight. The Green New Deal is Pro-Poverty to the extreme. So much for the summer-time school lunch programs. Sorry, little impoverished kids, delivering you lunch consumes the wrong sort of energy.
Can the Green New Deal be achieved?
Without utilizing nuclear energy there is only one realistic way to achieve the goals set forth in the Green New Deal. Massive genocide on a global scale. Billions. To cut emissions you have to get rid of energy consumers. The science of green technology loses ground every year simply to emerging economies and population growth. There is no other way to dramatically reduce coal, oil, and natural gas as energy sources except nuclear energy or global genocide. Now is the time for the Democratic-Socialist Left-Libs to choose a side. Be a cultist, or convert to a bit more conservative, rational, responsible, independent pattern of thinking. MAGA.
- Abortion on demand is a core plank of the Democratic Party platform.
- There are no openly pro-life Democrat politicians.
- Some Democrat politicians openly support infanticide.
- Human life begins at conception.
- God forbids his followers to assist in the killing of innocent human beings.
- People who support Democrat politicians support the institutionalized killing of innocent human beings.
Life Really Does Begin at Conception:
The fundamental, scientific definition of life is a biological organism’s ability for cellular replication. While viruses, sperm and ova are fascinating biological organisms, they are not alive. Viruses cannot spontaneously reproduce and must penetrate a living host cell and borrow its genetic machinery to produce copies of itself. Neither sperm nor ova can individually divide and self replicate. The sperm must penetrate the ovum, where the two previously “not living” cells produce a single, genetically unique, “living” organism. Given proper care and nutrition, the cells of this brand-new, genetically unique person will grow, first in the womb, then in the crib, then in school, then at work, then in retirement, until one day the genetically unique person dies. All through those years of life, that person has the same genetic fingerprint they were given at the point of conception. Despite what the DNC would have you believe, there is no magical Life Fairy who waves her wand and bestows life on a baby after Dad cuts the umbilical cord. Science has God’s back here. Personhood really begins at conception, no matter what the law says. The law used to say that blacks and women were property instead of persons. Wrong then, wrong now.
Abortion Really is Murder:
The fundamental definition of murder is intentionally killing another person when they did not deserve it. Babies are perfectly guiltless. They are a clean sheet. There is no circumstance where a baby deserves to be killed. Even if it is necessary for the health and welfare of the mother, aborting her unborn child is, by definition, murder. Killing an innocent person simply for the benefit of different person is murder. All America has done is legalize murder under certain circumstances. Legalizing abortion does not change that, by definition, an abortion murders an innocent human person. It is quite frightening to know that so many of my fellow Americans accept circumstantial murder. Hitler’s Germany largely accepted circumstantial murder, too. The fact is most of history’s genocides were perfectly legal and sanctioned by the victims governments.
Christians and the Ten Commandments:
The Greatest Commandment: Love God with all your heart and all your soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.
The Ten Commandments:
I am the Lord, your God, you shall have no strange gods before me.
You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
Honor your father and mother.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
We Christians have to follow lots of rules. As you can see, these rules are largely to society’s benefit. QUILTBAGers fare much better in Christian countries than elsewhere. Still, it is hard for Christians to follow all the rules to the letter. When we break the rules of God, we are committing sins. I know the word “sin” makes people uncomfortable, as sin implies Heavenly judgement of bad behavior, and no one likes to be victimized by the notions of virtuous behavior. It is so much easier believing that virtue is not better than vice, only different. Easier yet is to believe that virtue is inferior to vice, and should be persecuted for its inconvenience. That might be why the QUILTBAGers keep suing Christians for practicing their faith.
Now for the absolute:
A Christian cannot lend support to America’s abortion culture and remain a Christian. It would be like claiming to be a Christian while denying the existence of God. Or claiming to be a Christian while being a swinger attending orgy parties. Or claiming to be a Christian while lying under oath and sending an innocent man to prison. If you do consider yourself a Christian, and in past years you have supported left-wing, pro-abortion politicians, you have some serious soul-searching to do. It is time to have a conversation with God and either commit or quit. God’s love is boundless. He sent his only son to die for our sins. Yet he allows you the freedom to reject him. In supporting our leftist-progressive abortion culture, you are doing just that.
That’s right folks. England’s BBC just renamed Christianity. Church of England? To Hell with them. Protestants? Screw you. Catholics? Do not get them started. Not to mention that Abrahamic religions, with all their divisions and conflicts, are now in the BBC’s iron-sights. You have all been recategorized by a news organization that is still breast feeding America’s childish CNN. You are are all now AntiLGBTians. You heard it here second. England’s BBC reported it first. What a bunch of bigots.
Recently a deacon at my church went off on the congregation calling us hypocritical Christians if we supported President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration. He is a big-hearted fellow and the church has a very large Hispanic population, so he believed he was saying the right thing to the right group. Unfortunately, he is a bit ignorant of world history as well as current events. He bought into Amazon’s television advertisement, released in time for Advent, where the priest and imam exchange Christmas gifts of knee-pads. While his heart is in the right place, wanting to bring peace, safety and security to the suffering, he is also willfully ignorant of the consequences of careless, feel-good immigration policies. He also seems to have forgotten that the Bible tells Christians to respect and adhere to the laws of the land where they live. Europe is years ahead of America when it comes to transplanted Muslim communities. In place of gratitude for their charitable actions, absorbing a never-ending stream of refugees from one conflict or another, they now have to deal with hundreds of Muslim neighborhoods that are “no-go zones” for police. Nice, eh? So when my deacon stood up and sermonized that I am a hypocrite and a hater, he missed the mark. It is not out of hatred that I want a strict American immigration policy. I simply do not want all the troubles that open borders have caused France and Germany. Not that he will ever read this, but here is my response to his impassioned sermon disguised as a homily.
There are three very simple three-step solutions to the current Syrian refugee crisis.
Solution Number One – Peace:
Step 1. Islam, the religion of peace, stops fighting.
Step 2. Refugees return to their homes.
Step 3. Syrians learn from their mistakes, and rebuild as a peaceful and prosperous country.
Solution Number Two – Extreme Bloodshed:
Step 1. Earth’s forty-three Muslim nations open their hearts and borders to their suffering Muslim brothers and sisters and give them refuge for the remainder of the conflict.
Step 2. The two warring side gather all their forces, drive out into the desert, have one great battle, soak the sand with needless bloodshed, and achieve absolutely nothing of substance except their mutual destruction.
Step 3. Syrians learn from their mistakes, and rebuild as a peaceful prosperous country.
Solution Number Three – Hit Them in the Pocketbook:
Step 1: The United Nations sets aside a permanent territory for Muslim refugees, regardless of the current conflict, Shiite, Sunni, or whatever, conveniently located in the region of the Middle East so various refugees can easily gain access. It would be like a summer camp facility that rents out to various groups as conflicts wax and wane.
Step 2A: Frozen funds from terrorist groups would finance the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2B: Frozen funds from terrorist sponsoring nations would finance the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2C: Muslim nations would fund the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2D: Nations and manufacturers who make and sell weapons to current warring factions would fund the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 3: Islam would look at the financial cost of hatred and war, and finally stop fighting. Peace would ensue and refugees would go home to build a peaceful and prosperous country.
The Ridiculous Solution – Political Correctness:
Step 1. Through international meddling, ensure the Syrian and like conflicts continue for many, many years.
Step 2. Export the refugees to foreign countries thousands of miles away, with radically different cultures, religions, languages and ways of life where they will have no choice but to seek out culturally like-minded neighborhoods as a matter of survival.
Step 3. Allow these Muslim neighborhoods to become police “no-go zones” where the laws of host nation are disrespected and ignored in favor of Sharia law, ultimately bringing microcosms of Islamic conflict to the rest of the world.
Islam, the religion of peace, has been in a constant state of war since 624AD. They fight each other, and they fight Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists. They have openly vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and drive the Jews into the sea. Since the decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century, Islam has engaged in perhaps the greatest ongoing genocide in the history of modern man. Millions of Christians and Jews, as well as followers of fringe Muslim sects, have been slaughtered in the name of Allah over the past 130 years, starting with the Armenian Genocide. Today, Christianity and Judaism are on the brink of extinction in many Muslim countries. The Shiites and the Sunnis do not live in peace with each other or anyone else. America and Europe cannot solve the humanitarian crisis generated by 1400 years of discord, hatred and war. Our efforts amount to applying a band-aid to a cancerous tumor. Islam created this problem and Islam is the only entity that can fix it. That will not happen until they acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, and that Jews and Christians are in every way their equals. Oh, and stop fighting. Until then, the endless fighting and suffering will continue until there is a clear winner and everyone else is dead, no matter how many refugees we take.
- Rite: a prescribed form or manner governing the words or actions for a ceremony. A ceremonial act or action.
- Right: Something to which one has a just claim.
On July 2nd the Oregon Bureau of Labor an Industry, AKA Brad “Armenian Genocide” Avakian, handed down a final judgment in the Sweet Cakes By Melissa case. Bakery owners, Melissa and Aaron Klein, must pay two lesbians $135,000 by Friday, July 10th for refusing to participate in their marriage rites in 2013. Lesbians Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer demanded a service from the bakery that the bakery did not provide, a same-sex wedding cake. The two women were perfectly welcome to purchase any amount of bread, pastries and pies they wanted. They were welcome to purchase a birthday cake or graduation cake. They were welcome to purchase any baked product that Sweet Cakes sold. However, much like a Halaal butcher who will not process or sell pork, the Kleins are Christians who do not make same-sex wedding cakes because the rite of same-sex marriage is against their religion.
Within Christianity there are six fundamental sacramental rites: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Forgiveness, Marriage, and Priesthood. These are rites we do not take lightly, much to the distain of others. Outside of America’s religious – Christians, Mormons, Jews, Muslims and the like – the institution of marriage has become hollow and nearly meaningless. People float in and out of relationships on a whim, and over 40% of all American babies are born out-of-wedlock. The respect for marriage as an institution is waning in America. The respect for marriage as a religious rite is dead. It is readily apparent that, while the Bowman-Cryer’s want the right to marry, they have utter contempt for the religious rites of marriage.
Portland, Oregon is home to scores of bakeries, just like it is home to scores of butchers. There are only a handful of Halaal butchers, and Sweet Cakes by Melissa was one of the few, perhaps the only, Christian bakery, now destroyed by the Oregon State Government in direct violation of the Oregon Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion. When decent folk want pork, they pass by the Halaal butcher’s shop. They do not walk in and demand services that violate butcher’s religious laws. Only mean, disrespectful, hateful people do things like that.
Melissa and Aaron Klein did not actively interfere with the Bowerman-Cryer’s ability to go through a marriage ceremony. They just asked not to be involved. They wanted to be left out of ceremonial rites the two lesbians were about undertake. It is not about the cake or hate or discrimination. It is about the religious nature of marriage. The lesbians were not engaging in a government sanctioned civil union. They had no government issued license. In fact, at the time same-sex marriage was illegal in Oregon. The rite of marriage that the lesbians were about the engage in was purely a spiritual ceremony. Unfortunately, in order for a Christian to participate in a same-sex wedding, they must violate their own religious tenets. It is that simple.
Religion is weird, strange, peculiar, and sometimes obnoxious to those looking in from the outside. I live my life by a set code. There are things I will not do simply because of my religion. Every religion is like that. Some are stricter than others, and sometimes one sect’s rules are opposite to another sect’s, and many rules really chafe secular society. Rather than respecting their neighbor’s faith, secular people sometimes prefer to hate.
The rites of same-sex marriage are front and center in today’s America. The US Supreme Court has just handed down the decision that same-sex couples have the right to have their marriages recognized by society and the government. It was the right decision, and too long in coming. The trouble is that, along side this righteous decision, our leaders have decided that all people of faith must now participate in the rites of same-sex weddings, even when it is expressly forbidden by their religion. That is evil. I am Catholic, and I would never dream of forcing a Halaal butcher to cater my wedding reception, let alone tell him to provide ham sandwiches, and then threaten his livelihood if he refused. I would never ask a Jewish baker to make me a wedding cake adorned with a crucifix. I would never try to bully a Mormon caterer into serving coffee, tea, wine and beer. It would be extremely disrespectful. Evil.
During the colonization period of North America, many of the early immigrants were a variety of Christian sects fleeing religious persecution in post-Reformation Europe. Christian denominations were not one big, happy family back in the day. The king of England persecuted Catholics. The king of France persecuted Hugonauts. Ordinary people had their property forfeited, and were imprisoned or killed by their own government if they refused to renounce their beliefs in favor of the King’s church. It was an ugly, embarrassing era for Christianity. The New World was the one safe place for good, religious people like the Amish Mennonites and Quakers to live free from persecution and live in peace with one another.
Religious freedom is part of the very core set of shared beliefs that are the heart and soul of the United States of America. Without it, this country and everything that makes it great no longer exists. Brad Avakian’s forefathers, the victims of decades of genocide, fled religious persecution in Armenia and Turkey to settle in America. Today, America’s Armenian community is second in size only to Russia’s. Ellen Rosenblum’s ancestors, victims of the Holocaust, fled thousands of years of persecution in Europe and Persia. Today, America is home to nearly half of all the Jews on planet Earth. As a matter of fact, because America so values religious freedom, it is the most religiously diverse nation that has ever existed. The Amish only exist in America, Canada and Ireland. There is nowhere else to go. There will never be another New World. America is the world’s only bastion for religious freedom, and our elected leaders, whose ancestors came to our shores seeking those freedoms, are out to incrementally breach those walls and end it all.
Today, the “King’s Church” in America is atheism. Our government has unilaterally decided to reinterpret our constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion as freedom from religion. Aaron and Melissa Klein’s property is now forfeit because they refused to bow before it. Oregon lawmakers are telling us our religious rights must remain in the confines of our churches, synagogue, mosques, temples and kingdom halls. Once we step outside our sanctuary, we must bottle up our faith in our mind and accommodate a secular world that has contempt for our beliefs. Our government is making it illegal to make faith-based decisions and take faith-based actions, knowing that faith without acts is no faith at all. It is not just bakeries, florists, and wedding chapels that are under attack. For years left-wing American secularists have been pushing hard to force Christian physicians and medical facilities to provide abortion services. Religion is a threat to Big Brother, because our Constitution specifically states that God’s authority is greater than his, and he is under God. Big Brother hates that, and is doing everything he can to remove God from the equation.
There is only one peaceful solution. America’s religious have to stop voting for left-wing progressive politicians. People like Ellen Rosenblum, Brad Avakian, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid do not have our best interests at heart. Oregonians keep electing corrupt governors, and look what it has got us. John Kitzhaber won reelection last fall because Oregon’s religious citizenry turned a blind eye and gave him a pass. We have to stop giving bad people a pass and vote for men and women who will return this country to the constitutional democratic republic it once was… or we will continue to forfeit our liberties just like Aaron and Melissa Klein.
Growing up Catholic, I could not help but understand many religious factoids with all the worldliness of an eight-year-old kid. For the most part, the rules about murder, stealing and lying were easy to grasp, but the stuff about bopping my friend’s mom or loving the neighborhood bully were a bit baffling. When the Nuns told me that sins put black marks on my soul, I immediately conjured a mental image of smoker’s lungs. I had to grow up before I figured that stuff out. The last rule I figured out, pretty late in the game considering the simplicity of it all, was the Second Commandment, the one about taking the Lord’s name in vain.
I have a suspicion that most folks out there still see the Second Commandment through the eyes of their Sunday school classes, and believe it is pretty much limited to dropping a GD or a JC as an explicative when they get excited. You can divide those folks into two rough groups, the atheists and the monotheists. I have to say that both groups sound equally ridiculous when they drop God’s name on a whim, like he is their drinking buddy or something.
Atheists sound positively stupid. Let me get this straight. You are not convinced that God exists and you are certain that, if Jesus existed at all, he was just a religious zealot who got lucky and founded the dominant religion on planet Earth. Yet you constantly demand that a God you have no faith in damn all sorts of petty stuff, and you beg a dead rabbi to witness all the incredulous crap that occurs in your life. That’s clever.
Religious folks are even worse, though. We actually believe in God, and most of us believe that Jesus is God become man. When we drop a GD, we are actually calling on what we believe is the most powerful being in the universe to bring his full weight and fury down on whatever is irritating us. Can you imagine if God actually paid the least bit of attention to all our blather and cursed every little thing we asked him to? That would make global thermonuclear warfare look like a crisp walk on a pleasant autumn morning. Please! And to have the vanity to believe that JC actually wants to listen to all our petty criticisms of the world around us is pure idiocy. We are like a global cloud of mosquitoes swirling around God’s ear whining “GD this,” and “JC that.” We are lucky he largely tunes us out.
Still, that is only the Second Commandment for beginners. I believe that the Bible directs the real truth of the Second Commandment at those people who use God’s bully pulpit to violate God’s law. People who don the authority of God and then commit evil in the name of God. The Bible is replete with warning about these false prophets and false teachers. These are the people who use their position of religious authority to rape and abuse children, to enrich themselves, to start wars, to commit murder, terrorist acts, genocide, and the like. From Jim Jones to David Koresh to Bernard Law to Jimmy Swaggart, these sort of folks take the Lord’s name in vain with extreme gusto. The Lord will not hold any of these people guiltless. It is better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around your neck than to harm a child. Call it the Ratzinger Conundrum. No cloak of faith or title will protect a single person. No Imam, rabbi, priest, pastor, nun or witch will be exempt. One and all, their best hope is that the atheists are right and all religion is make-believe.