Twenty years ago if you were unhappy with a business, let’s say a check out clerk was rude to you or you were served a rotten meal, you had some effective ways of getting back. Of course these methods still exist. You can never patronize that business again and tell your friends not to do so as well.
Last week a South Bend, Indiana television reporter ventured outside of her city and traveled to tiny Walkerton, a place she probably never heard of before, where she interviewed one of the owners of Memories Pizza, a family business, who told the reporter that because of their Christian beliefs they would not cater a gay wedding–if they were was asked. The reporter found the “gotcha” story in the sticks that she was seeking in regards to Indiana’s new Religious Restoration Freedom Act.
And then the online attacks poured in Actually they’re still coming. Memories’ Yelp page has been inundated with “reviews” from people who lives almost everywhere but northern Indiana. On the other hand, a high school coach from nearby Goshen took to Twitter to suggest that Memories be burned down. She has since been suspended. As I mentioned in my post here last week, Yelp’s CEO condemned Indiana’s RFRA, although just last month his firm opened an office in Illinois–which has a similar law.
Years ago I was at a concert where Elvis Costello answered a heckler who was shouting that he should play “Clubland,” by replying with something blues singer Little Willie John once said. “I remember the good old days,” Costello quipped, “they’re gone now. ”
True, very true.
But there is some good news. Supporters of Memories Pizza and religious freedom started a GoFundMe.com drive for the owners of the restaurant–and it has received $800,000.
“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen…”
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
For all of those who are absolutely terrified by this report:
Using an oceanographic model of floating debris dispersal calibrated by our data, and correcting for wind-driven vertical mixing, we estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing 268,940 tons.
And to allthoseorgansof theleftready to demand billions of your tax dollars be spent worldwide to NGO & even more billions be extracted by people who actually build things and provide employment let me provide you with the one thing that their argument dreads the most:
There are a total of 5 oceans, and they are the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and the Antarctic Ocean. Out of these five, there are three major oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. They account for 90 percent of the area covered by oceans. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of oceans, its area is 181 million square kilometers, which covers nearly a third of the Earth’s surface. The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest, covering 94 million square kilometers, and the Indian Ocean is the third largest, covering about 74 million square kilometers.
Back when I was a kid there were only 4 oceans what is now call the “Antarctic Ocean” was considered part of the Indian, Atlantic & Pacific Oceans but I digress. The point is the oceans of the world They’re big, really big.
The planet Earth is a planet of oceans. The total area of the Earth is approximately 510 million square kilometers and the oceans cover about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, which is about 360 million square kilometers.
One of the things you will find traveling on the oceans are things called ships. This is a type of ship we call an Aircraft Carrier:
The carrier reaches a maximum speed of over 30kt, and accommodates a complement of 3,184 personnel (with 203 officers); 2,800 aircrew (with 366 officers); and 70 flag (with 25 officers).
Notice that number 102,000 tons we’ll be getting back to that.
Aircraft carriers have around for 100 years (103 to be exact) but didn’t become common weapons of war till after world war 1. Man made plastic has been around for a little longer:
The history of plastics goes back more than 100 years – however, compared to other materials, plastics are relatively modern. Their usage over the past century has enabled society to make huge technological advances to take us towards the new Millennium.
But mass production of plastic goes back to only the 1930’s.
Two developments during the 30s swept the plastics industry into mass production. Firstly, manufacturers learnt how to produce plastics from petroleum – polystyrene, acrylic polymers and polyvinyl chloride were all made in this way. Secondly, injection molding, which had always been problematical, became much improved and fully automated in 1937. Both developments were good news for the consumer as they brought down the price of the end-product and put plastics within easy grasp of everyone.
and it was during World War 2 when both Aircraft carriers & Plastics came into their own:
World War II meant a huge boost for plastics. As a domestically generated resource which had by this time become relatively cheap, plastic was able to take over from imported materials. In terms of design technology, consumer products benefited from the new techniques which had been developed out of necessity during the war. The production of plastics which are still used widely today – such as polyethylene, polystyrene, polyester, PET and silicones – all grew during the wartime period. Silicones, for example, became widely used as water repellants and in heat resistant paints.
So we are talking about 75 years of plastic being a common mass produced item commonly used by the average person.
So what do these three facts about the history of plastic, aircraft carriers & the size of the ocean tell us…
They tell us that in 75 years of mass use by the general public the entire amount of plastic pollution currently in the world’s 360 million square miles of ocean is less in weight than three Nimitz class aircraft carriers.
When you put it that way this isn’t the crisis that’s it’s made to be which means you can’t raise money, get grants, shake down people for taxes and spending or get the UN to host your NGO to solve this problem. Such a thing could take thousands of leftists off the gravy train.
And that can’t be allowed, can it?
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It would seem to be just common sense that the long-term use of artificial hormones — for birth control or for anything else — could have harmful side effects. When I was in college, a guy who was into weight-lifting called me over to his dorm room one afternoon and asked me to read the very detailed warning included with the steroids (Dynabol, as I recall) he had somehow obtained on the black market.These warnings were written in a lot of scientific jargon that my buddy didn’t understand, and he asked me to translate them into plain English. So I was reading along through this lengthy list of potential side effects and reached the phrase “testicular atrophy.”
Oh, hell, no.
It kind of reminds me of all those commercials for all these various drugs for you to ‘ask your doctor about” where rather nasty side effects are listed while calm and pleasant images are on the screen to distract you from the fact that they are worse than the problem that you’re already used to.
And a Radical Feminist blogger who had her own unfortunate experiences with the pill notes
I was fascinated by Grigg-Spall’s discussion of the “dark side” of the pill. Apparently data collected from Bayer concentration camp experiments was used in developing the pill (p 31). The pill has negative side effects for women ranging from promoting bone loss (p 63) to blood clots to depression, etc. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the pill as a class one carcinogen alongside tobacco and asbestos (p 59). Apparently, Depo Provera is currently used in sex offender rehab programs to decrease sex drive (p 68).
These are just some of the negative aspects of HBC that third wave feminists and pharmaceutical companies routinely downplay.
Do you see what I mean about common sense? You don’t have to be a research scientist to figure out that if “testicular atrophy” is a potential side effect of a guy injecting himself with synthetic male hormones, maybe it’s not such a good idea for women to be gobbling down a daily dose of synthetic female hormones.
And given the protests over frankenfood I would think that would be an easy sell, but apparently when we are talking about contraception suddenly the standard changes.
So the radical feminist believes that the arguments of “sex-positive/mainstream feminism” are just coincidentally aligned with the interests of the pharmaceutical industry that promotes hormonal birth control. I’d bet that if a diligent researcher looked closely at the financing behind institutional feminism, they would discover that this alignment is not entirely coincidental, like how “mainstream feminism” sold out to the porn industry in the 1980s. People need to be more skeptical. Not everybody who says they’re your friend is actually your friend.
Liberals often accuse conservatives of being “science deniers” but apparently scientific principles, study and logic are only of value if they serve or can be twisted to serve their causes.
If man is just another animal on earth, not divinely inspired or created, why isn’t man’s tendency to subdue and the earth and other animals for their own benefit simply a natural part of the behavior of the human animal to be embraced, respected and celebrated as a natural part of natures’ circle of life rather than something to be controlled or held “responsible” for?
Remember if man is no different than any other species than we have no responsibility to any other i terms of survival or care.
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Today Bill Kristol illustrated this inability on a grand scale.
Appearing on MSNBC the subject of Hillary 2016 came up. Kristol contrasted her with Sen Claire McCaskill and challenged the table to name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
John Heilmann & Mika Brzezinski were sitting at that table so it should have been no problem for two professional journalists who have talked about Hillary’s inevitability for months to snap off an answer.
They did not.
Heilmann declined saying he would leave to the Hillary campaign as if it was not the job of a reporter to say such a thing, Joe Scarborough picked up on meme and repeated the question. Chuck Todd danced around speaking of the difficulty of making the case as Hillary’s style is more subdued, not as visible as John Kerry.
When John Heilmann had a 2nd chance to speak the best he could come up with in the time he had to think, mentioned Hillary Clinton’s extensive travel, as if she was the first Secretary of State to ever travel all over the place.
Meanwhile the great champion of woman’s issues Mika Brzezinski never said a word..
For a conservative like me this Hillary hilarity was priceless moment of comedy but for a liberal activist it’s something more serious, it’s a crisis of faith.
Picture being a member of the MSNBC partisan audience base sitting there at home watching. You’ve always taken the question of Hillary’s qualifications and accomplishments as a given. Suddenly you’re confronted with Bill Kristol’s direct question. A question so simple you’re tempted to laugh, instead you sit there in tongue-tied disbelief unable to answer yourself and watching the best and brightest of MSNBC fail to provide an answer for you.
That’s when the awful reality hits you.
The reason professional political reporters, people who have followed Hillary Clinton for decades and spent the entire Obama presidency sitting on that MSNBC set talking the issues of the day can’t name a Hillary Clinton accomplishment as Secretary of State off the top of their head, it’s because she doesn’t have any.
How such a person reacts to that revelation, anger toward Kristol for asking the question or re-examining what they’ve been told will say much about who that person is.
Update: The Morning Joe Site no longer supports subclips so here is the full segment
What makes it even more dramatic is John Heilmann scoffs at the idea that McCaskill is more qualified than Hillary Clinton and that’s when Bill Kristol asks the $64,000 dollar question:
“What achievement, one sentence, was did Hillary Clinton done, what is her achievement in politics that qualifies her to be President of the United States?”
Look at the faces it’s speaks volumes.
Update 2: Here is the sub clip from Youtube it’s absolutely wonderful
Update 3: I’ll be Guest Hosting Conservatively Speaking this weekend and Mr. Kristol will be joining me in the 8 AM hour to talk about the Hillary segment.
What’s even more amusing is the suggestion that we should wait for Hillary’s next book to tell us what her qualifications are. Clinton has been in the public eye since the Clinton days in Arkansas, 30 years ago. She ran for President in 2008 after eight nondescript years in the Senate, and then served four years as Secretary of State in a tenure bookended by the embarrassing “reset button” with Russia and the Benghazi failure that left four Americans dead. If she had a major accomplishment in all of that time, we wouldn’t need a campaign biography to discover it.
Most of the time I just let this stuff go since I’m a busy guy and it takes more than a twitter conversation to change minds, plus I have a soft spot for Arclight, he’s an engineer and often make the lonely fight for reality on nuclear power on the left, but this one was such a fat pitch right over the plate I couldn’t resist taking the swing.
So naturally you no longer fly using video link only & encourage others nor do you drive unless absolutely necessary @arclight
Now that would seem an obvious point but when you consider the left near religious fervor concerning global warming climate change manta, it goes beyond a clever riposte. It’s a matter of moral indictment. Consider this response to my tweet.
The obvious answer is Tim Imholt’s PhD’s excellent piece but more interesting is the implicit dichotomy of those tweets.
Both Arclight & A Green claim the mantle of Science, not religion mind you where faith comes into play but science. They claim that man-made Global Warming is scientific fact, no more disputable than the existence of germs. A person who would deny it is akin to a doctor who insists on bleeding a patient to equalize the body’s humors.
But if willful ignorance is not excusable, wouldn’t the harshest condemnation go to someone who by their own admission, understands science and data, states as fact certain actions risk killing humanity itself, and still does them?
I dispute the claim of man made global warming as scientific fact so don’t act like it’s a crisis, what’s your excuse? @borngeek@arclight
I submit and suggest that if you are a person (particularly a scientist) who insists man made global warming is real, insists ignoring it risks the lives of millions, condemns those who would deny the truth of the danger of global warming climate change…
…yet flies when they could skype or teleconference, drives when they could bike or walk, and has a house full of energy-consuming gadgets and buys still more, is by their own standards, akin to a death camp guard who regularly berates the local townsfolk for denying the existence of the camp he works at.
Actually that’s not fair, if such a guard walks away he risks getting shot, what’s their excuse?
As it’s April Fools Day it’s appropriate to look at some liberal foolishness that is not restricted to today.
Obamacare is going to become popular even though gimmicks had to be used to pass it, democrats in the House had to be dragged screaming and kicking to pass it and ever Democrat in a swing state is ducking and dodging it.
When you make a law that dramatically increases costs for business if they hire fifty or more full-time employees they will simply absorb those costs out of their profit margin without raising prices, cutting employee hours or holding back hiring.
If you raise the minimum wage that a business has to pay any new employee doing unskilled work business will continue to hire unskilled labor at the same rate without cutting hours.
A criminal is more afraid of a law saying he can’t have a gun than someone who can shoot back.
If you give people benefits that exceed the value of work they will still decide they want to work.
If you teach people their failures come from others keeping them down, they will use it as an incentive to succeed rather than an excuse for failure.
A person who gets a degree in woman’s studies and ethnic studies will have people beating down their door to hire them at a high paying job for the rest of their lives.
The “greatness” of the greatest generation had nothing to do with the culture and values that they were taught and lived.
Increasing in the number of criminals in jail and decreases in the crime rate are totally unrelated.
When you set up a medical system that provides disincentives to medically treat elderly people they will still be treated.
It’s unacceptable for children to play games like dodgeball or get their ears pieced or be given an aspirin without parental consent but it’s perfectly acceptable to those same kids to have an abortion without telling their parents or choose their own gender.
A country that wants to expand their border or intimidate their neighbors can be restrained without the prospect of military force being used against it.
An internal investigation that clears a Republican governor is a white wash not to be trusted but an internal investigation that clears the IRS or State department in a Democrat administration is completely trustworthy and not to be questioned.
The only rich people trying to influence elections are the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson.
People today are so much smarter than their ancestors simply because they live today.
I’m sure you can add plenty more, feel free to do so in comments but let me close with the most foolish liberal thought of all:
If you elect a totally inexperienced Chicago Pol based on the color of his skin to the presidency he will lead the country and indeed the world to peace and prosperity and if he doesn’t, it’s not his fault.
Jim Hacker:Nobody knows it’s not true. Press statements aren’t delivered under oath.
Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986
Do you remember when Wendy Davis because a hero to the left when she stood tall and strong in favor of the a woman right to knock off her 20 week old baby in the womb? I do. She gain accolades nationwide, prompting piece like this from Joan Walsh in Salon:
Let’s take a moment to remember what’s at stake here. Texas Democrats succeeded in blocking a lot of abortion restrictions until Gov. Rick Perry called a special session to push them through. SB 5 offers a revolting menu of bad policy for women: a 20-week abortion ban; new TRAP laws requiring abortion clinics to be certified as “ambulatory surgery centers,” which would close all but five of the 42 clinics open today, along with every clinic in West Texas. It would also require clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals and restrict the abortion drug RU-486. Opponents tried to block the bill’s passage in the House last Thursday with a “people’s filibuster,” but it ultimately passed.
I tuned in to Davis’ Senate filibuster after she’d been going about 10 hours Tuesday night, and I felt like I’d discovered a baseball game that was a no-hitter going into the ninth inning. On YouTube, almost 40,000 people were already watching; that ballooned to more than 150,000 after Dewhurst stopped Davis’ crusade on bogus procedural grounds. It was gripping.
Davis said she could have supported a bill that contained only a 20-week ban, but the law’s restrictions on clinics and doctors have greatly curtailed access to the procedure in parts of Texas.
“It was the least objectionable,” she said. “I would have and could have voted to allow that to go through, if I felt like we had tightly defined the ability for a woman and a doctor to be making this decision together and not have the Legislature get too deep in the weeds of how we would describe when that was appropriate.”
I’d talk about what that declaration says about her, but more interesting is what it says about her supporters.
Last year Wendy Davis despite her filibuster that made her famous proclaimed herself “pro-life”, Last week despite her previous attempt to restrict guns Wendy Davis proclaimed herself in favor of open carry, and now Abortion Barbie herself is willing to say: 20 wk Abortion ban? I could support that.
First of all as is the basic principle of Marxism the ends justify the means, if proclaiming herself pro-life, pro-gun and opposing abortion after 20 weeks they’ll pay for a million robocalls to the Texas electorate proclaiming it.
But more importantly as I’ve said in the past the left isn’t worried about any of these public proclamations by Wendy Davis because they know she’s lying and in the religion of liberalism as opposed to the Judeo-Christian culture Truth is an optional extra.
What are Texans supposed to make of Wendy Davis now?
Wendy Davis has either become thoroughly confused on what she really believes, has no core beliefs and does not really know very much, or she is just trying to confuse all of Texas with all of these absurd, near daily position changes.
I see no reason why they can’t all be true.
Update 3: Legal Insurrection says not Barbie but Gumby:
In hindsight, maybe the anaology to Barbie was inappropriate, but not for the supposed sexism reasons usually argued.
Gumby may be a more appropriate analogy, because on her personal narrative and key policy positions, Davis is infinitely flexible.
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MSNBC blazed its own path, encouraging Chris Matthews to channel his inner advocate and hiring people such as Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Martin Bashir, even Al Sharpton. Not unintelligent people, certainly, but not reporters, either — and in some cases, not journalists at all. Meanwhile, except for the successful “Morning Joe” program, MSNBC dropped its token conservative voices and for the most part eschewed original reporting in lieu of talking heads.
The upshot has been uneven. More money for MSNBC, as it slipped by CNN in the ratings, but more controversy, too.
The key line is that screed is “more money for MSNBC” and this shouldn’t surprise anyone particularly not Stacy McCain:
But this false accusation — the Duke players did not have sex with the strippers, much less hold them down and f–k them against their will — is not enough to discredit Amanda Marcotte in the eyes of those who share her worldview. This is how the Ideology of Error operates: As long as one speaks, writes and behaves in accordance with the ideology, any resulting errors are written off as if they never happened.
Amanda Marcotte can be absurdly wrong and crudely offensive and yet still be endlessly applauded by her fellow leftists. This hate-filled lying fanatic is a valued contributor at Slate and a welcome guest at MSNBC not despite her fanaticism, but because of her fanaticism.
Given that that MSNBC is more profitable now than it was before it decided to go full bore as an affirmation machine for the people propping Obama up, I’m afraid the answer to Ace’s question: “How absurd am I willing to make myself in order to cover up for this arrogant buffoon’s incompetence?” is apparently “pretty damn absurd.