Saturday, June 17, 2006

My Dad - Joseph the Carpenter

My Dad was 32 years, 9 months old and I was 4 months, 15 days old when this photo was made at Aunt Minnie's home at Christmas 1954. There is a plaster cast on my legs because, shortly before, surgery had been done on my hips to create sockets. Medical science was very advanced by then, but the ability to know of pre-natal abnormalities was still decades away. My parents had no idea their new born son would have arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. The medicos then suggested I be put into a 'home' and forgotten. Many chose that path for their damaged children and tried to go on with their lives as if nothing had happened.

Had I come about today, to less valiant parents, the anomaly would have been detected and I would, in all probability, not have made birthing trip. Medical ethicists would counsel the life the child would lead would be one not worth living. Even then, doctors informed the young couple their child would never sit-up or walk, would never go to school or participate in any meaningful way in life. Not knowing what life held for them and their other three children, my parents chose the path of great grief and great reward.

For many years, I had a strained relationship with my Dad (kind of normal I discovered.) He worked hard to provide for his ever growing family - eight kids, all survive and none in prison. Many times when I was in the hospital for surgeries, only Mom would come to visit; Dad was working. I just knew that Dad wasn't there. But, sometimes Dad would come to the hospital and that was a good time. I could see the pain in his eyes because I was suffering and there was nothing he could do to stop it. It was hard on him.

Dad served in World War II in the Pacific on a destroyer, the USS Converse. The ship was in major engagements and was struck by enemy torpedoes that failed to explode. He saw death and destruction up close. He experienced the all-consuming fear that only those facing immediate death know. But, I knew he would do all of that a thousand times over again if he could just make my life okay.

When I was a kid, I always thought that his stand-off behavior toward me was because he didn't really care very much. There is an incident that always comes back to me, though. It was summer in Northern California and we lived on a turkey ranch. We would watch Sputnik and later Telstar pass overhead in the night sky. I broke my leg, a boys will do, while doing something stupid. The doctors performed their magic and after a week or two in the hospital bed I was discharged.

When finally at home and outdoors, my older sister was chasing me around in circles, both of us laughing hysterically until our guts hurt. My Mom and Dad watched from behind the screendoor. Mom was worried that I would fall and hurt myself and was about to come out and stop the play. But, Dad stopped her saying that I needed to play like all the other kids and if I got hurt, then they would deal with it. No sooner had this exchange finished than I tripped over a shovel handle on an unfinished concrete pad and broke my other leg. Back to the hospital we went. No acrimonious words, just concern for a damaged kid being taken care of like any other kid.

That story stays with me because Dad was teaching me to deal with the real life that would have been denied me had the advice of much smarter people been heeded. It was in lieu of the ballgames I could not play or the school games I had to skip. He may not have known exactly what he was teaching, but the more esoteric lessons of winning and losing can be taught in many ways. Dad found a way to help me grow to manhood by letting me fail and letting me get hurt even when it could have resulted in permanent damage. He did know that someday I would have to stand on my own. Considering the alternatives, the risks he took were well worth the life I live today.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

The Score in the War on Islamofascism

It's time to tally the score and thank the troops. Let's go to the videotape.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

U.N. Education Power Grab

There is a great deal wrong with the educational system in the US of A, at least parents are still free to homeschool their children. The statistics back up the effectiveness of homeschooling done right. Every year we read about more HS kids getting into universities with the highest entry scores, HS kids are National Spelling Bee and National Geography champs. Well, all that may change if the United Nations has it's way.

Under the UN plan for world homogenization in the 21st century (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), children will be required to attend only UN accredited schools. If the parents object and/or refuse, they can be arrested and the children forced to attend the mandated school. All this because the world's children have rights which must be respected. One of these rights guarantees a UN sponsered public education whether they want it or not. In Europe, the program is well under way.

Writing for the Brussels Journal, Alexandra Colen, writes that her husband, the editor of the Journal, was called to the police station to answer charges of home schooling.

He was told that the Belgian authorities are of the opinion that, as a homeschooler, he has not adequately educated his children and, hence, is neglecting his duty as a parent, which is a criminal offence. The Ministry of Education has asked the judiciary to press charges and the judiciary told the police to investigate and take down his statement.

It appears that the Belgian authorities are again considering prosecution – the second time in barely two months. This time the claim is not that my husband posted allegedly “racist” texts on this website but that he is failing his children.
Please, read the rest of the story here. I hope this serves as a cautionary tale of what the UN, the Liberal left, the Democrat Party (though not all Democrats), the Dept of Education have in mind for this greatest nation on God's green Earth. If this doens't scare you, then by all means go see "The Omen" because that's a piece of cake compared to what the UN has planned for us.

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Zarqawi: Americans Are Winning

Zarqawi confirms the sky-is-falling pronouncements of the MSM, drive-by media, Liberals, Democrat party leaders, and Mother Sheehan that America and the Coalition are losing the War on Islamoterrorism and the war in Iraq is wrong. One of the many documents found in the wreakage of the Date House was the following:

Text of al-Zarqawi Safe-House Document

By The Associated Press
Text of a document discovered in terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's hideout. The document was provided in English by Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie:

The situation and conditions of the resistance in Iraq have reached a point that requires a review of the events and of the work being done inside Iraq. Such a study is needed in order to show the best means to accomplish the required goals, especially that the forces of the National Guard have succeeded in forming an enormous shield protecting the American forces and have reduced substantially the losses that were solely suffered by the American forces. This is in addition to the role, played by the Shi'a (the leadership and masses) by supporting the occupation, working to defeat the resistance and by informing on its elements.

As an overall picture, time has been an element in affecting negatively the forces of the occupying countries, due to the losses they sustain economically in human lives, which are increasing with time. However, here in Iraq, time is now beginning to be of service to the American forces and harmful to the resistance for the following reasons:

1. By allowing the American forces to form the forces of the National Guard, to reinforce them and enable them to undertake military operations against the resistance.

2. By undertaking massive arrest operations, invading regions that have an impact on the resistance, and hence causing the resistance to lose many of its elements.

3. By undertaking a media campaign against the resistance resulting in weakening its influence inside the country and presenting its work as harmful to the population rather than being beneficial to the population.

4. By tightening the resistance's financial outlets, restricting its moral options and by confiscating its ammunition and weapons.

5. By creating a big division among the ranks of the resistance and jeopardizing its attack operations, it has weakened its influence and internal support of its elements, thus resulting in a decline of the resistance's assaults.

6. By allowing an increase in the number of countries and elements supporting the occupation or at least allowing to become neutral in their stand toward us in contrast to their previous stand or refusal of the occupation.

7. By taking advantage of the resistance's mistakes and magnifying them in order to misinform.

Based on the above points, it became necessary that these matters should be treated one by one:

1. To improve the image of the resistance in society, increase the number of supporters who are refusing occupation and show the clash of interest between society and the occupation and its collaborators. To use the media for spreading an effective and creative image of the resistance.

2. To assist some of the people of the resistance to infiltrate the ranks of the National Guard in order to spy on them for the purpose of weakening the ranks of the National Guard when necessary, and to be able to use their modern weapons.

3. To reorganize for recruiting new elements for the resistance.

4. To establish centers and factories to produce and manufacture and improve on weapons and to produce new ones.

5. To unify the ranks of the resistance, to prevent controversies and prejudice and to adhere to piety and follow the leadership.

6. To create division and strife between American and other countries and among the elements disagreeing with it.

7. To avoid mistakes that will blemish the image of the resistance and show it as the enemy of the nation.

In general and despite the current bleak situation, we think that the best suggestions in order to get out of this crisis is to entangle the American forces into another war against another country or with another of our enemy force, that is to try and inflame the situation between American and Iraq or between America and the Shi'a in general.

Specifically the Sistani Shi'a, since most of the support that the Americans are getting is from the Sistani Shi'a, then, there is a possibility to instill differences between them and to weaken the support line between them; in addition to the losses we can inflict on both parties. Consequently, to embroil America in another war against another enemy is the answer that we find to be the most appropriate, and to have a war through a delegate has the following benefits:

1. To occupy the Americans by another front will allow the resistance freedom of movement and alleviate the pressure imposed on it.

2. To dissolve the cohesion between the Americans and the Shi'a will weaken and close this front.

3. To have a loss of trust between the Americans and the Shi'a will cause the Americans to lose many of their spies.

4. To involve both parties, the Americans and the Shi'a, in a war that will result in both parties being losers.

5. Thus, the Americans will be forced to ask the Sunni for help.

6. To take advantage of some of the Shia elements that will allow the resistance to move among them.

7. To weaken the media's side which is presenting a tarnished image of the resistance, mainly conveyed by the Shi'a.

8. To enlarge the geographical area of the resistance movement.

9. To provide popular support and cooperation by the people.

The resistance fighters have learned from the result and the great benefits they reaped, when a struggle ensued between the Americans and the Army of Al-Mahdi. However, we have to notice that this trouble or this delegated war that must be ignited can be accomplished through:

1. A war between the Shi'a and the Americans.

2. A war between the Shi'a and the secular population (such as Ayad 'Alawi and al-Jalabi.)

3. A war between the Shi'a and the Kurds.

4. A war between Ahmad al-Halabi and his people and Ayad 'Alawi and his people.

5. A war between the group of al-Hakim and the group of al-Sadr.

6. A war between the Shi'a of Iraq and the Sunni of the Arab countries in the gulf.

7. A war between the Americans and Iraq. We have noticed that the best of these wars to be ignited is the one between the Americans and Iran, because it will have many benefits in favor of the Sunni and the resistance, such as:

1. Freeing the Sunni people in Iraq, who are (30 percent) of the population and under the Shi'a Rule.

2. Drowning the Americans in another war that will engage many of their forces.

3. The possibility of acquiring new weapons from the Iranian side, either after the fall of Iran or during the battles.

4. To entice Iran towards helping the resistance because of its need for its help.

5. Weakening the Shi'a supply line.

The question remains, how to draw the Americans into fighting a war against Iran? It is not known whether American is serious in its animosity towards Iraq, because of the big support Iran is offering to America in its war in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Hence, it is necessary first to exaggerate the Iranian danger and to convince America and the west in general, of the real danger coming from Iran, and this would be done by the following:

1. By disseminating threatening messages against American interests and the American people and attribute them to a Shi'a Iranian side.

2. By executing operations of kidnapping hostages and implicating the Shi'a Iranian side.

3. By advertising that Iran has chemical and nuclear weapons and is threatening the west with these weapons.

4. By executing exploding operations in the west and accusing Iran by planting Iranian Shi'a fingerprints and evidence.

5. By declaring the existence of a relationship between Iran and terrorist groups (as termed by the Americans).

6. By disseminating bogus messages about confessions showing that Iran is in possession of weapons of mass destruction or that there are attempts by the Iranian intelligence to undertake terrorist operations in America and the west and against western interests.

Let us hope for success and for God's help.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Gods Are Laughing At Al Gore, The Liberal Arts Student Who Knows More Than Anybody

If only I were as smart and as clear as Al Gore, I would have summarized this article from the Canadian National Post. But, alas and alak, I am not and neither are you, and don't even try. You see, when I was just a wee lad, I thought the global warming always followed the global cooling and these were called summer and winter. Then summer became school break and winter became La Nina. Ooh, boy, was I ever wrong!

According to the all knowing Oz ... uhh ... I mean Al Gore, global warming (there is no more global cooling - that's sooooo '70s!) means the end of all life on Planet Mother Earth, our beloved Gaia. And ALL scientists who agree with Al Gore, every single one them mind you, agree with Al Gore (not a typo.)

There are, however, a few million renegade so-called "scientists" who do not agree with Al Gore. Don't worry, they will be hunted down and recycled. But, before that happens, we should read what "The Renegade Nerds" have to say because it is, at least, good for a few laughs.

The gods are laughing
Scientists who work in the fields liberal arts graduate Al Gore wanders through contradict his theories about man-induced climate change

Tom Harris
National Post
Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Albert Einstein once said, "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

While the gods must consider An Inconvenient Truth the ultimate comedy, real climate scientists are crying over Al Gore's new film. This is not just because the ex-vice-president commits numerous basic science mistakes. They are also concerned that many in the media and public will fail to realize that this film amounts to little more than science fiction.

Gore's credibility is damaged early in the film when he tells the audience that, by simply looking at Antarctic ice cores with the naked eye, one can see when the American Clean Air Act was passed. Dr. Ian Clark, professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa (U of O) responds, "This is pure fantasy unless the reporter is able to detect parts per billion changes to chemicals in ice." Air over the United States doesn't even circulate to the Antarctic before mixing with most of the northern, then the southern, hemisphere air, and this process takes decades. Clark explains that even far more significant events, such as the settling of dust arising from the scouring of continental shelves at the end of ice ages, are undetectable in ice cores by an untrained eye.

Gore repeatedly labels carbon dioxide as "global warming pollution" when, in reality, it is no more pollution than is oxygen. CO2 is plant food, an ingredient essential for photosynthesis without which Earth would be a lifeless, frozen ice ball. The hypothesis that human release of CO2 is a major contributor to global warming is just that -- an unproven hypothesis, against which evidence is increasingly mounting.

In fact, the correlation between CO2 and temperature that Gore speaks about so confidently is simply non-existent over all meaningful time scales. U of O climate researcher Professor Jan Veizer demonstrated that, over geologic time, the two are not linked at all. Over the intermediate time scales Gore focuses on, the ice cores show that CO2 increases don't precede, and therefore don't cause, warming. Rather, they follow temperature rise -- by as much as 800 years. Even in the past century, the correlation is poor; the planet actually cooled between 1940 and 1980, when human emissions of CO2 were rising at the fastest rate in our history.

Similarly, the fact that water vapour constitutes 95% of greenhouse gases by volume is conveniently ignored by Gore. While humanity's three billion tonnes (gigatonnes, or GT) per year net contribution to the atmosphere's CO2 load appears large on a human scale, it is actually less than half of 1% of the atmosphere's total CO2 content (750-830 GT). The CO2 emissions of our civilization are also dwarfed by the 210 GT/year emissions of the gas from Earth's oceans and land. Perhaps even more significant, is the fact that the uncertainty in the measurement of atmospheric CO2 content is 80 GT -- making three GT seem hardly worth mentioning.

But Gore persists, labeling future CO2 rises as "deeply unethical" and lectures the audience, "Each one of us is a cause of global warming." Not satisfied with simply warning of human-induced killer heat waves -- events in Europe this past year were "like a nature hike through the Book of Revelations," he says -- he then uses high-tech special effects to show how human-caused climate changes are causing more hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, infectious diseases, insect plagues, glacial retreats, coral die-outs and the flooding of small island nations due to sea level rise caused by the melting of the polar caps. One is left wondering if Gore thinks nature is responsible for anything.

Scientists who actually work in these fields flatly contradict Gore. Take his allegations that extreme weather (EW) events will increase in frequency and severity as the world warms and that this is already happening. Former professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg Dr. Tim Ball notes, "The theories that Gore supports indicate the greatest warming will be in polar regions. Therefore, the temperature contrast with warmer regions -- the driver of extreme weather -- will lessen and, with it, storm potential will lessen."

This is exactly what former Environment Canada research scientist and EW specialist Dr. Madhav Khandekar found. His studies show there has been no increase in EW events in Canada in the past 25 years. Furthermore, he sees no indication that such events will increase over the next 25 years. "In fact, some EW events such as winter blizzards have definitely declined," Khandekar says. "Prairie droughts have been occurring for hundreds of years. The 13th and 16th century saw some of the severest and longest droughts ever on Canadian/American prairies." Like many other researchers, Khandekar is convinced that EW is not increasing globally, either.

On hurricanes, Gore implies that new records are being set as a result of human greenhouse gas emissions. Besides clumsy errors in the presentation of the facts (Katrina did not get "stronger and stronger and stronger" as it came over the Gulf of Mexico; rather, it was category 5 over the ocean and was downgraded to category 3 when it made a landfall), Gore fails to note that the only region to show an increase in hurricanes in recent years is the North Atlantic. Hurricane specialist Tad Murty, former senior research scientist Department of Fisheries and Oceans and now adjust professor of Earth sciences at U of O, points out, "In all other six ocean basins where tropical cyclones occur, there is either a flat or a downward trend." Murty lists 1900, 1926 and 1935 as the years in which the most intense hurricanes were recorded in the United States. In fact, Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, has stated that global warming has nothing to do with the recent increase in hurricane frequency in the North Atlantic. Murty concludes, "The feeling among many meteorologists is that it has to do with the North Atlantic oscillation, which is now in the positive phase and will continue for another decade or so."

In their open letter to the Prime Minister in April, 61 of the world's leading experts modestly expressed their understanding of the science: "The study of global climate change is an 'emerging science,' one that is perhaps the most complex ever tackled. It may be many years yet before we properly understand the Earth's climate system." It seems that liberal arts graduate Al Gore, political champion of the Kyoto Protocol, thinks he knows better.

Institut Pasteur (Paris) Professor Paul Reiter seemed to sum up the sentiments of many experts when he labelled the film "pure, mind-bending propaganda." Such reactions should certainly cause Canadians to wonder if Nobel Prize-winning French novelist Andre Gide had a point when he advised, "Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it."

- Tom Harris is a mechanical engineer and Ottawa director of High Park Group, a public affairs and public policy company.


"I can assure Mr. Gore that no one from the South Pacific islands has fled to New Zealand because of rising seas. In fact, if Gore consults the data, he will see it shows sea level falling in some parts of the Pacific." -- Dr. Chris de Freitas, climate scientist, associate professor, University of Auckland, N.Z.
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"We find no alarming sea level rise going on, in the Maldives, Tovalu, Venice, the Persian Gulf and even satellite altimetry, if applied properly." -- Dr. Nils-Axel Morner, emeritus professor of paleogeophysics and geodynamics, Stockholm University, Sweden.
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"Gore is completely wrong here -- malaria has been documented at an altitude of 2,500 metres -- Nairobi and Harare are at altitudes of about 1,500 metres. The new altitudes of malaria are lower than those recorded 100 years ago. None of the "30 so-called new diseases" Gore references are attributable to global warming, none." -- Dr. Paul Reiter, professor, Institut Pasteur, unit of insects and infectious diseases, Paris, comments on Gore's belief that Nairobi and Harare were founded just above the mosquito line to avoid malaria and how the mosquitoes are now moving to higher altitudes.
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"Our information is that seven of 13 populations of polar bears in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (more than half the world's estimated total) are either stable or increasing..... Of the three that appear to be declining, only one has been shown to be affected by climate change. No one can say with certainty that climate change has not affected these other populations, but it is also true that we have no information to suggest that it has." -- Dr. Mitchell Taylor, manager, wildlife research section, Department of Environment, Igloolik, Nunavut.
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"Mr. Gore suggests that the Greenland melt area increased considerably between 1992 and 2005. But 1992 was exceptionally cold in Greenland and the melt area of ice sheet was exceptionally low due to the cooling caused by volcanic dust emitted from Mt. Pinatubo. If, instead of 1992, Gore had chosen for comparison the year 1991, one in which the melt area was 1% higher than in 2005, he would have to conclude that the ice sheet melt area is shrinking and that perhaps a new Ice Age is just around the corner." -- Dr. Petr Chylek, adjunct professor, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax.
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"The oceans are now heading into one of their periodic phases of cooling.... Modest changes in temperature are not about to wipe them [coral] out. Neither will increased carbon dioxide, which is a fundamental chemical building block that allows coral reefs to exist at all." -- Dr. Gary D. Sharp, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study, Salinas, Calif.
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"Both the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps are thickening. The temperature at the South Pole has declined by more than one degree C since 1950. And the area of sea ice around the continent has increased over the last 20 years." -- Dr. R.M. Carter, professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.
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"From data published by the Canadian Ice Service, there has been no precipitous drop-off in the amount or thickness of the ice cap since 1970 when reliable overall coverage became available for the Canadian Arctic." -- Dr./Cdr. M.R. Morgan, FRMS, formerly advisor to the World Meteorological Organization/climatology research scientist at University of Exeter, U.K.
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"The MPB (mountain pine beetle) is a species native to this part of North America and is always present. The MPB epidemic started as comparatively small outbreaks and through forest management inaction got completely out of hand." -- Rob Scagel, M.Sc., forest microclimate specialist, Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey, B.C., comments on Gore's belief that the mountain pine beetle is an "invasive exotic species" that has become a plague due to fewer days of frost.

© National Post 2006

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Karl, Howard, and Valerie

Karl Rove, advisor to President Bush, will not be charged, according to the NY Times in the leaking of the name of the former CIA undercover spy, Valerie Plame (You didn't here from me. Far be it from me to tell anyone that Valerie Plame was a spy for the CIA and married to Joe Wilson, no sirree Bob!)

DNC Chairman, Howard Dean said in response to the no-charge announcement about the no-leak non-story on NBC's situation comedy "Today" today,

'If Karl Rove [insert screem here] had been indicted it would have been for perjury. That does not excuse his real sin [insert scream here] which is leaking the name of an intelligence operative during the time of war. He doesn't belong in the White House [insert scream here]. If the President [insert scream here] valued America more than he valued his connection to Karl Rove [insert screem here], then Karl Rove [insert scream here] would have been fired a long time ago [insert scream here]. So I think this is probably good news [insert screem here] for the White House, but its not very good news [insert screem here] for America [insert scream here]'...

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