Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Iran Past Deadline!

From United Press International:

The U.N. deadline for Iran to stop enriching uranium passed Wednesday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed not to back down.

Speaking at a rally in the northern Gilan provincial city of Amlash, Ahmadinejad accused western nations of truing to "maintain their monopoly" over nuclear technology, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

"Iran will not retreat one iota in its path to nuclear victory," the president said.

Note that Iran was given just 60 days to stop attempting to enrich uranium at facilities near Natanz - the vote was Dec. 23!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Ends Justifies the Means?

Some try to justify laws that direct the behavior (and lives) of the governed strictly on the basis of a specified outcome.  A case in point is China's coercive population control policies:

China's Minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission boasted Tuesday of having prevented 400 million births in the past three decades.  In an interview posted on China's government website, Zhang Weiqing explained that their population control policy has achieved in 30 years what has taken developed countries 100 years to accomplish.  "The goal of ensuring Chinese people a relatively comfortable life would not be achieved if we had 400 million more people," Zhang said. – LifeSiteNews

Unfortunately, this United States trading partner has adopted morally bankrupt outcomes that have been achieved, in large part, as a result of forced sterilization and abortion.  Millions of lives have been taken, not unlike the 45 million who have been killed via abortion in the United States.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Gore's Inconvenient Truth

There's a little "inconvenient truth" about Al Gore's concert series to promote global warming awareness. His new S.O.S. (Save Ourselves) performances, to feature artists like Bon Jovi and Sting, have the potential to unleash more pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in one day than some nations create in a year. If Gore succeeds in drawing three million people to each show, as well as streaming the concerts on the web and broadcasting them on television, his efforts would render about 200,000 metric tons of carbon when the conversions from electricity are calculated. To put those numbers in perspective, the concerts would generate more CO2 in one day than the entire nation of Afghanistan has produced in the past year. If Gore buys carbon offsets to make up for the pollution the shows create, which is a likely assumption, he had better buy some gardening gloves. Since it takes an acre of Douglas fir trees (after 50 years of growing time) to offset 1,000 tons of CO2, then Gore will need to plant several hundred acres of firs to make up for one concert. We have a better idea. Skip the concerts and start planting the trees.

Source: FRC

Friday, February 9, 2007

Too Little, Too Late?

First we hear that the President's budget is irresponsibly overpriced, now it's reported that George Bush wants to spend too little on social programs AND vowed to spend more on various programs. - Human Events

President Reagan once said, "Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets." Let's find a way for it to get less.

Friday, February 2, 2007

We're Doomed

The United Nations today issued its most comprehensive report yet on climate change, saying it's more sure than ever that global warming is caused by humans and warning of temperature and sea-level rises by the end of the century.

Global temperatures are likely to rise by 2 to 4.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century relative to the last, with a ``best estimate'' of 3 degrees, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in the report. Sea-level gain over the same period may range from 18 to 59 centimeters, it said.

- Bloomberg