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Friday, April 30, 2010

Brave New Thuggery

My neighborhood progressives have been getting riled up the past few weeks.

A mayor's prayer breakfast is going to be held in our community and this is a breach of 1st amendment protocol. Hysterical accusations of theocratic thuggery have been leveled against those evangelical TEA party supporters who are attempting to meddle with the fabric of our free society.

One particularly agitated commenter has the Dan Barker handbook on atheist propaganda and is running play by play. He quoted excessively from cherry picked citations of Thomas Jefferson's personal correspondence describing the ills of Christians on society. Another wrote, I am getting tired of the theocratic pressure brought against the citizens who just want to be left alone in a secular nation, as our founders intended!


Anytime a group of soccer moms express how troubled they are with some explicit book being taught as fine literature at the local high school or the city passes an ordinance that prevents the public display of pornographic videos at the area convenient stores, young progressives react as if this is the beginnings of a fundamental Baptist police state. Teenage girls will be forced to wear dull colored coolats and take home economics, gays will be made to march back to their closets, and people will have to burn their Coldplay CDs.

They paint a horrific, futuristic vision of American theocracy that would make Kurt Vonnegut shudder.

In the real world, the reality of things is quite the opposite.

The secular left have managed to pass some of the most intrusive, over-reaching, liberty stifling legislation imaginable. And I am not talking about Obamacare. It's the small, local level, everyday details in life that are easily brought into power by a secular body of governmental officials who readily embrace the bizzaro idea that the world is on the verge of a man-made environmental apocalyptic collapse. Regrettably, the "sheeple" of suburbia have been fooled into thinking compliance is a good thing.

I have blogged about this in the past.

For example, a couple of years ago I noted an attempt by the crackpot left in the state of California to mandate PCTs, little radio controlled thermostats that allowed the state officials to "turn" up your thermostat in the case of an electrical "emergency" like a possible black out situation during a heat wave. It was all in the name of energy efficiency and saving money. They tried to sneak in the law, but a geek blogger, who likes to read boring legislative stuff, wrote a post about it and the smart thinking public became outraged as they should have. Praise the Lord for geeks. Do any of the young progressive understand how intrusive such a mandated device is? Sadly, they welcome such tyranny as being helpful.

Also, consider my asthma medication. Once again, a couple of years ago, the gas in my inhaler was declared to be unsafe for the environment. Did you read that? The gas I would inhale into my mouth and lungs and which would be absorbed by my body is going to be a detriment to the earth's delicate eco-systems. The cost of my medication more than doubled over night.

A more current example, and one that I am sure my progressive antagonists would gleefully like to see happen in our hometown, is the complicated recycling bin system being implemented in the U.K. (see photo above) and that has been implemented in other squishy countries around Europe.

Believe me. It is these sorts of everyday, real life intrusions that mess with people's personal liberty. Not whether or not we are allowed to have 'Playboy' at our local libraries.

Of course, one fun irony in all of this: Sometimes the secular thuggery the intelligentsia forces upon us common folk comes back to bite them hard:

Teddy is spinning in his grave...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time. The Kennedys have always had a severe case of Not In My Backyard when it comes to alternative energy.

10:20 AM, April 30, 2010  
Blogger David said...

Remember when Hilary and her gals used to chant, "KEEP YOUR LAWS! OFF MY BODY!" Ahhh, those were the days. . .

And my word verification must have come from the Congressional Budget Office: ponsi

4:19 PM, May 01, 2010  
Blogger Highland Host said...

"Teddy is spinning in his grave..." and they've hooked him up to a turbine for extra clean energy.

2:27 AM, May 03, 2010  
Blogger Diogenes said...

Uhh, did you really write: "It's the small, local level, everyday details in life that are easily brought into power by a secular body of governmental officials who readily embrace the bizzaro idea that the world is on the verge of a man-made environmental apocalyptic collapse."

Uh, you do know that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is pumping 1 million gallons of oil a day [Wall Street Journal] into Louisiana and Florida prime fisheries, right? And you wrote 10 days after the spill started-- after it had already pumped about 10 million gallons into prime fisheries-- and still going strong? Which made it already as big as the Exxon Valdez spill, when you wrote the sentence:

"the bizzaro idea that the world is on the verge of a man-made environmental apocalyptic collapse."

Really? Really? Bizarro? What does "Bizarro" mean in your country's language? Does "Bizarro" mean something different in your language, like "Obvious" or "normal" or "already proven"?

Remember Exxon Valdez? Remember the towns in Alaska whose livelihood was wiped out by that "man-made environmental apocalyptic collapse"?

No, you don't remember them, because those towns and jobs and ways of life don't exist... anymore.

And on another note, for a true story about creationism, read Creationists Gone Wild! Sex Slavery and Cocaine Cult Leads Fight Against Darwinism!

2:08 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Uh, D. Uh, did you know that what I was writing here (the unfounded belief in man-made global warming) and what you raise (an oil spill accident that happens rarely) are unrelated, right?

Moreover, the Homeland Security people obviously do not see this is a big deal seeing that they have not moved to deal with it. If this were a big deal -- and let's us be reminded that this is suppose to be one of the more eco-friendly administrations -- they would have moved in earlier to help. Yet they waited ten days. Hmmm?

Bizzaro in my language can mean people who believe unfounded nonsense, like abiogenesis like Darwinian evolution or that the world is on the verge of succumbing to man-made global warming.

As for your fantasy that ICR and Islamic terrorists are in cahoots, you did read my response to you, right?

5:33 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Diogenes said...

"Uh, D. Uh, did you know that what I was writing here (the unfounded belief in man-made global warming) and what you raise (an oil spill accident that happens rarely) are unrelated, right?"

1. Your "bizarro" environmental catastrophe is alleged by you to be related to "the small, local level, everyday details in life that are easily brought into power by a secular body of governmental officials". Your example of these small, local details is... recycling bins.

You do realize recycling programs predate global warming concerns, recycling bins have nothing to do with global warming, and recycling programs will exist after global warming were hypothetically cured.

They're unrelated-- You're just making a broad swipe at anything and everything environmental.

2. Why is belief in environmental catastrophes "bizarro" when several catastrophes have happened recently in the US and are happening in many places around the world right now?

3. Who says oil spill accidents "happen rarely"? You can go to Prince William Sound today, go to the beach, dig down six inches into the sand *anywhere* and hit crude oil. Once every decade is not *rare* to the people who lived there and lost their jobs and homes permanently-- they don't come back.

You've apparently also forgotten the massive, easily avoidable, Prudhoe Bay spill in Alaska in 2006.

We import huge amounts of oil from Nigeria, and Nigeria has Exxon Valdez-sized spills on land all the time. We import much of our oil from third world countries, so the spills happen there. It doesn't give us cancer, so we don't count them.

4. The US has suffered numerous environmental catastrophes: decimation of buffalo (catastrophic for Indians), recent total collapse of entire Atlantic fisheries (catastrophic for Northeastern fisherman), Exxon Valdez (catastrophic for Prince William Sound), mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia, the ongoing collapse of Pacific fisheries.

If you're not a fisherman, Plains Indian, Alaskan, or W. Virginian mountain dweller, it's not a catastrophe... for you-- just for other people.

5. "Bizarro" is the wrong adjective to apply to environmental catastrophes. China suffers constant environmental catastrophes. The ocean off Brazilian cities is a man-made dead zone. The Aral Sea-- an entire sea!-- has dried up, killed by humans.

Butler: "If this were a big deal ... [DHS] would have moved in earlier to help."

The severity of an oil spill is not measured by the speed with which DHS reacts, but by the type of oil, location, and number of gallons spilled-- which was about 10,000,000 gallons when you posted this, more now, making it larger than the Exxon Valdez spill, still growing.

Your belief that man-made global warming is an "unfounded belief" is an unfounded belief: bare assertion not backed up by evidence.

6. And what do you mean by "secular body of governmental officials"? When fundamentalists say "secular", what does that mean anyway, apart from a general bin into which you throw everyone you cannot win an argument against?

You do know that Article VI says there're no religious tests for government office. So why do you now make religious beliefs a test for government office? Reading impaired? Dyslexic? Don't be ashamed, there are nice liberal social workers to help people like you for free.

As for your response re: Turkish creationism, no, I hadn't noticed your response. Thanks for pointing it out; I'll respond there.

10:12 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger steve said...

1. Of course there's a trade-off. Producing energy often creates wasteful byproducts and environmental hazards. But in this industrial, hitech civilization, we're all avid energy consumers. So that's the price we pay for our comfy lifestyle. And most environmentalists are urbanites. I don't see them living off the land. When was the last time you met a caveman with a laptop or cellphone?

2. Of course, the American Indians also benefited from the European introduction of the domesticated horse. That was "hitech" for them.

3. Natural disasters have always happened. The difference is that nowadays they're more likely to happen in major population centers, and get saturation coverage from a 24/7 newscycle.

4. The nations we buy oil are enriched by our petrodollars.

5. Fishermen use technology, too–including fossil fuel to run their boats.

6. Oil causes cancer? Well, since we're all exposed to petroleum products every time we tank up, why don't we all have cancer?

7. W. Virginia? He can't be serious. For better or worse, their economy is dependent on mining.

8. The Constitutional prohibition against a religious "test" simply means that if a candidate is duly elected, he can't be disqualified on religious grounds. But that hardly prohibits voters from applying a religious test to candidates.

Moreover, in terms of original intent, the prohibition is only pertinent to Federal officials, not state and local officials.

11:36 AM, May 04, 2010  

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