Confiscation

Another commenter, on gun rights and Obama: Yes, Obama is gonna take away your arsenal! The President can’t confiscate anything, even a B-B gun. […]

Browbeating

A commenter asked why the slaughter of blacks in South Carolina recently was not used for browbeating like the Orlando slaughter and all the others. Here was my reply: […]

Nontoxic

Carbon dioxide is continually referred to as a “poison” or a “toxin” which must inevitably be irreversibly damaging the Earth. The case is actually the opposite of this. Now, there are toxins — actual poisons that are products or (usually) byproducts of human activities on the Earth. (We’ll ignore natural toxins.) But civilized societies are steadily reducing the toxic portion of human output; the changes in air and water quality over the past century in America speak to this. They are having to exaggerate the effects of remaining toxins to keep the scare up. But CO2 is different. We produce a lot of it, and it is increasing in the atmosphere in part because of human output. […]

Climates

This started out as a short comment in a friend’s blog, but got out of control.

It is easy to get timescales mixed up, and associate the gradual movement of continents with the rise of sea levels.

Continental drift takes place over tens of millions of years. It is a very slow-moving process. the various […]

Flooding

Paris and hundreds of smaller river towns in France are experiencing two kinds of massive flooding. The first is of immigrant refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, almost entirely young male Muslims. But the second is the more traditional flooding; it has museums and other places scrambling to protect valuables. The worst seems […]

Principles

A friend made an observation that got me thinking. It follows, along with my reply (lightly edited and formatted a bit better): What we devote our lives to — the principles we honor [and] uphold — is our god. […]

Memorial Tribute

This piece has a bit of history. It was written during a time of soldiers being accused of horrific misdeeds. And it was personally approved by LtCol Oliver North. I was privileged to have dinner with Col. North several times in 2006 and 2007. An amazing and admirable man. [Edit: This didn’t auto-post, so it’s coming in late.] […]

Races

A commenter on Citizen Tom’s blog makes a point against “liberals.” In so doing, he enlisted Darwin as supporting their idea. His quote is below, followed by my response: […]

Plurality

One commenter was stumping for Trump, annoucing that he had the plurality. Donald Trump was able (with the eager help of leftist and statist and establishment media) to achieve the largest small share among 17 initial possibilities. Now that he is the only choice left, he’s very likely to get a majority,and sort of has it now, although there are problems. Trump is the presumptive nominee, but he is not yet the nominee. […]

Bureaucracies

I have had a bit of direct experience with bureaucracies. Years before this, working in a “mixed” machine shop (some of the workers were union, some — including me — were not), I had been exposed to union attitudes. If I worked hard and produced a large number of good quality aircraft parts, I was […]

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