Month: September 2011

Gore, Einstein and that Pesky Science

Recently, scientists at the CERN labratory stumbled upon something so simply remarkable that they had to test, double check, and retest themselves. When they realized it was happening, they opened up their findings to the world:

You can go faster than the speed of light.

Researchers were sending Neutrinos – sub-atomic particles – on a 730+km ride from Geneva to the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy. They noticed that the neutrinos were arriving ahead of schedule. It was only fractions of a second, but this is the world of physics!, and every nano-second counts. This is Einstein’s world – Albert Einstein – who theorized over 100 years ago that nothing could travely faster than light in a vacuum; a speed of 186,282 miles per hour.

The implications are overwhelming, even to those of us who are not physicists, or had to double check to see if I spelled physicist properly. Einstein won the Nobel Prize for his contributions to the field of Physics, though not for his Theory of Relativity. However, that is how we know him. All of us know him. We call smart kids “Einsteins.” There is a kids cartoon show called “Little Einsteins.” He has, in American culture, been cannonized. And its possible that he is wrong!

Ain’t science great? Over 100 years of a theory, used as the basis for physicists all around the world, and – by chance! – a subatomic particle on its way to Italy can possibly prove him wrong. Possibly, because the scientific community is going to be studying this data for a long time. There will be experimentation, there will be arguments, there will be calls for more studies and more experimentation, and, certainly, many more arguments. Jenny Thomas of University College London, stated:

The impact of this measurement, were it to be correct, would be huge. In fact it would overturn everything we thought we understood about relativity and the speed of light…

If one Albert can be wrong, why not two? For years now, former US Vice President Al Gore has been pushing the thesis of anthroprogenic (man-made) global warning. He has made movies about his thesis – An Inconvenient Truth. It won an Oscar. His thoughts on global warming have won him a Nobel Prize (for Peace, not science.)

Gore’s thesis has not been a part of American thought for a century…it’s existed for about 10 years (figuring he wasn’t aggressive about his ideas until after he was out of elected office.) Yet many scientists took to it as if it was oxygen. It was a must-have. It was conclusive. At a 2009 conference presented by the Wall Street Journal, when confronted by environmental skeptic Bjorn Lomberg about the validity of global warming, Gore stated clearly:

The scientific community has gone through this chapter and verse. We have long since passed the time when we should pretend this is a ‘on the one hand, on the other hand’ issue…It’s not a matter of theory or conjecture, for goodness sake…

Neither was the Theory of Relativity, until a mid September day when a neutrino did what was supposed to be – quite literally – impossible. The science of global warming is already in huge dispute. The emails discovered from East Anglia University were so damning that the controversy was renamed Climategate. Those emails, according to the article’s author James Deliingpole “…suggest Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.”

Yet, those who argue the existing science, or even argue that the scientific community hasn’t gone through this “chapter and verse,” are vilified in the press, by the United Nations, by the ever-violent environmental movement. The Discovery Building in Silver Spring, MD was taken hostage by a man who wanted more content covering global warming (he also referred to human babies as “parasitic!”) Green organization 1010global.org, in a slickly produced video on YouTube asked school kids to lower their carbon footprint by 10%. Those that chose not to were blown up in the video!

I’m not a scientist, yet I understand that scientists pride themselves on pushing the envelope. Science doesn’t have politics, it has an answer. And that answer is only good until someone comes along with a better answer. Einstein has reigned supreme for over 100 years, and only now is there the possibility of a more complete understanding of the universe. Gore is no Einstein, and no one will ever proudly proclaim that their child is a “little Gore.” The discovery in CERN and Gran Sasso only continues to prove that Gore, and his fundamentalist cronies in the Church of Environmentalism, don’t care about science, its methods or its realities.

The Rush To Race Is Ridiculous

Over the weekend, businessman and presidential candidate Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Poll with a very convincing 37% of the vote.  He more than doubled his nearest challenger, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and third place finisher, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Quickly, blog posts and opinion makers took to social media and blogs, pushing their view of what this victory means.  Among much of the commentary, the idea of race has come in to play.  That the victory of Cain in the straw poll shows that the GOP, and the Tea Party, are not the racists that the hard-core Leftist Progressives claim those groups to be.

Wrong.  Is the establishment GOP really that interested in proving to a hate-filled Progressive minority that they are good people who should be liked?  Are there members of the Tea Party who actually believe that Sen. Boxer, Sen. Schumer, Michael Moore, Janeane Garofalo, Rep. Frank or others will like them because they voted for a black man?

Does anyone except the most virulent liberal think that Cain won the straw poll because of race?

Cain’s strong win in the straw poll is not about race, it’s about Cain!  His “999” Plan has taken hold. People now know that Cain is serious about reducing taxes. They see this in the shadow of President Obama’s $1.5 Trillion tax increase, and see that there is another option.  People have been leery – disgusted! – with Obamacare.  They have heard all the talk about the need to repeal, or at the very least, to defund.  But, with Cain, they have heard what could be their fate under Obamacare.  The personal story of Cain’s fight with Stage 4 colon cancer hit home with voters. They now have a clear picture of the life that their family will have under socialized medicine.  Cain is alive because of an unencumbured health care system, where patients and doctors work towards success.  Cain would be dead under Obamacare.  That message has also taken hold with the American electorate.

There have been some who have used Cain’s victory to combat the ignorant words of actor Morgan Freeman.  On Piers Morgan’s show on CNN, Morgan stated:

FREEMAN: Look at, look, the Tea Partiers…Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? “Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here”

(PIERS) MORGAN: But is that necessarily a racist thing?

FREEMAN: It is a racist thing.

Why would anyone think it necessary to vindicate themselves from the words of Freeman, who did nothing more than reiterate the tired Racer meme popularized by Garofalo and Keith Olbermann? When Cain was asked for his response to Freeman, Cain didn’t point to himself.  He pointed to the problem with Morgan’s statement:

“Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Partiers about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party…Name calling is something that is going to continue in this because they don’t know how to stop this movement and this movement is making a big difference in politics…”

Cain didn’t mention his race.  He didn’t mention being black.  He didn’t mention his skin color.  Cain did what Cain does: He focused on the statement, gave the much needed, honest answer and moved on.

It is this approach that is attracting more and more people to Cain.  He’s not giving excuses, he’s presenting a plan.  He admits his mistakes, talks about what he is learning and focuses on giving America a clear set of rules, policies and procedures.  Cain does what Obama can not; walking the walk after talking the talk.

If there is anything to take from Cain’s impressive victory in the Florida Straw Poll, its that the mainstream media will not be deciding who the GOP candidate is.  The idea that America’s choices are reduced to Mitt Romney or Rick Perry are over.  Herman Cain has joined the top tier, and he got there with hard work, an engaging personality and a great message.  How long he stays there is up to Cain and America, not the MSM.

EXCLUSIVE from APM – Teacher calls Hispanic Tea Party leader a Nazi

We were proud to post this exclusive over at All Patriots Media.  Eric Adam, and the team at Tea Party Productions, got great video from a panel Q&A event in San Antonio, TX about the DREAM Act.  One of the people asking questions was local high school government teacher Jonathan Bryant.  One of the people on the panel was San Antonio Tea Party leader George Rodriguez.  Bryant, who looked like he was just waiting for a chance to score some cheap points in front of his students, did away with the “new tone,” and went to a new low – calling Rodriguez a “Nazi” for wanting to follow the law.

From the article:

panel conversation on the DREAM Act turned nasty when a public school teacher told the panel that they want him to act like an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Agent, and round up students who are in the country illegally. The teacher followed up by calling one of the panelists, a Hispanic Tea Party leader, a “Nazi.”

(video shot by Eric Adam of Tea Party Productions)

Jonathan Bryant, a government teacher at a local high school in the area, took the microphone and quickly made sure to recognize the kids in attendance, to which he received boisterous applause. Bryant then responded to a comment made by one of the panelists, Schuylar Crist – a supporter of the Minuteman movement and a coordinator for US Border Watch. Bryant said that it seemed that Crist wanted him, as a teacher, to act like an ICE Agent, and report students who are in the country illegally. When Crist was able to respond, he said,

“The fact of the matter is, if they’re in that classroom illegally, then the school administration has a responsibility of reporting them…under 287-G, the San Antonio police department…has that obligation.”

Bryant quickly retorted, “So you would have students in this room deported?” Crist shot back, “If they were illegal, you bet I would…in a heartbeat.”  Crist was roundly booed by the students in the room.  The moderator, KSTX reporter Hernan Rozemberg, quieted the crowd, and allowed a response from San Antonio Tea Party Leader George Rodriguez.  Rodriguez said,

Again folks, if the person is here illegally, and is breaking the law, they have broken the law or are breaking the law, what do you want us to say?  You know what I would have…I would have you teach more balanced, conservative thoughts, rather than just bringing folks that bring libreal ideals and placards here.

Without any hesitation, Bryant responded:

I mean you could just say what you are, a Nazi.

With some of his students applauding in the background, most of the room seemed to be audibly taken back by the comment.  The moderator again tried to take control of the conversation.  However, Rodriguez continued, “There it is.  There’s the hate. There’s the hate.”  Bryant shot back, “It’s an objective observation, that’s all.”

Rozemberg then tried to bring about decorum to the conversation, stating that as a teacher one needs to be, “…very careful about using those kinds of names and accusations…they may not be the best example to set for students.”

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Paul Krugman lives with his own Shame

On September 11th, 2011, resident nonsense merchant Paul Krugman wrote an offensive hit piece against the political right.  In it, Krugman tries ineffectively to make the argument that America has acted shamefully since 9/11, and – specifically – the Political Right should feel tremendous shame in how they have acted.

It struck me that nothing, not even the remembrance of the murder of 3000 fellow citizens, can keep a Progressive from engaging in class warfare.  In my article, I state clearly what is and is not shameful, and who – if anyone – should feel shame.  As originally posted on AllPatriotsMedia.com:

As America passed with solemn tribute the murder of 3000 citizens 10 years after September 11th, 2001, social media networks, like Facebook, were filled with tributes, thanks, passages from the bible, and pleas.  Amongst those pleas, that we spend no time on 9/11 engaging in politics.  We have many days ahead to talk about our ideas, our ideals, our desires for America and the best course of action for America.  9/11 is just not the day for politics.

And, as Americans, we watched the tributes on Saturday at Shanksville, PA.  And again, the social media networks were filled with video and audio from the day.  Specifically, people marveled at the words of former Presidents Bush and Clinton.  For whatever we think of their politics, their time in office or their time out of office, they understood what we understand – now was not the time for politics or pettiness.  9/11 is something we, as a nation, survived together.  We lost, we suffered, we felt anger, we are still angry.  But we survived.  For all of our problems, the republic is still here.

Yet, there are those who don’t understand.  Who don’t have the basic humanity one assumes would exists in the hearts and souls of Americans.  Who think their lofty position has entrusted upon them a higher intelligence, when all they have is farcical audacity and, indeed, deep seeded hate.  One of those is Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize winning Economist who fancies himself an intellectual.  As America has learned, we need people of intellect.  Pseudo-intellectuals always lead to unmitigated disaster.

From Krugman’s blog in The New York Times:

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

Krugman didn’t get the memo about how to act on 9/11. (As if a memo on how to be a human being is actually necessary!)  It’s like he’s wearing a clown costume to a funeral.  Because Krugman is a clown, and 9/11 is a funeral. To start, Krugman’s elitism makes him think that he knows what people in America are thinking.  His elitism has also immediately turned 9/11 in to a class war.  People on the “right” know that what happened after 9/11 was deeply shameful?  This isn’t true about people on the left? Actually, this isn’t true at all!  It is a simpleton’s strawman argument to force through a failed meme – the left is more compassionate than the right. (A meme that is also destroyed by posting such a hateful, thoughtless article on September 11th.)

The attack continues, in discussing the “fake heroes” – Kerik, Guiliani and Bush.  If you ask anyone on the right, the heroes of 9/11 are the ones who stayed behind when they could have run to safety, and in doing so saved countless lives. The heroes of 9/11 are those who ran into the buildings when others ran out. We call them First Responders – the same ones who Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided were not worthy to attend the ceremonies at Ground Zero!  It would not be right to call Kerik, Guiliani or Bush “heroes” in that sense.  Yet, it would be simply a false rewrite of history to deny the amazing sense of calm that former Mayor Rudy Guiliani placed in the city.  That while most men cower in a situation like this, he was on the scene.  He wasn’t cowering in the corner, he led the city – and by proxy the nation! – to believe that there was still a rule of law, that America was still in control of America.  His strength and optimism stated clearly that New York would still be the capital of the world, and it will (we will!) return to normalcy again.  It’s a far cry from Krugman’s idols, like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and his inspiring words about Iraq, stating clearly, “…this war is lost.”

That Bush “raced to cash in” on 9/11 is just a nonsense, shameless, pathetic attack meant for cheap applause from mindless people.  Did Janeane Garofalo write this for him?

Krugman continues with his ignorant screed:

The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

What shame should those who lost loved ones feel?  What shame should our nation have?  Shame of our troops that fight for us?  Shame of The Pentagon that has rebuilt?  Shame in Shanksville, PA for building a memorial that I personally must get to in my lifetime?  Shame of those who risked their lives for those they never met?  Shame for those who spent days, weeks and even months slowly removing the debris from Ground Zero?  Shame for those who work with such passion to bring about the new Freedom Tower?

Should America feel shame in a Mayor who let his city know that they will be back and better than ever?  No, America should not.  Should America feel shame in a President who set out to destroy the enemy that attacked us, and murdered 3000 of our fellow citizens?  No, America should not.  Should America feel shame that we will, year after year after year after year after year, commemorate this day, read the names of those who died, and tell our children that we learned on that day to be ever vigilant, ever strong, ever ready?  No, America should not.

Krugman ended his 182-word post by stating this:

I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.

What is obvious is that Krugman doesn’t allow comments because Krugman is a coward.  He is the image that should be juxtaposed to the men and women in uniform from that day, and every day before and since.  Krugman’s cowardice should be set against Capt. Greg Amira, who was buried not once but twice in the rubble of the Twin Towers.  Then, a few years later, he was called up to return to the war zone in Iraq.  According to his interview on FOX News Channel, Capt. Amira gave up his disability payments – including money due him from a victim’s fund of over $1 million – to return to active duty with the US Army.  He suffered injuries that forced him to spend 13 months in recovery in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.  And Paul Krugman thinks that America should be ashamed of this man, and of the thousands like him?

I feel no shame, and neither does America.  The shame lies with Krugman, and those who believe his lies.