Monday, December 26, 2016

To My Liberal Friends on this Merry Trump Christmas

At this blessed season, I feel compelled to warn all my liberal friends who might have received an "official Red Ryder Carbine Action, 200 shot, Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time" for Christmas or who might have purchased one to protect themselves from the ravening hordes of evil Trump Minions (not to be confused with actual conservatives) who are sure to descend upon them to take away their pot, food stamps, National Endowment for the Arts Grants, or to tell them who they can have sex with.



© 2016 by Tom King

Friday, December 23, 2016

CO2 - Plants breathe It!

Here's a nifty experiment you can do at home
that debunks the whole CO2 is a greenhouse gas mythology. The experiment shows that CO2 only reduces the temperature and it has to actually go well above the most dire of currently projected levels to do that. That much CO2 would make plants grow more thickly and spread more rapidly. An abundance of CO2 could theoretically turn deserts into grasslands and forest rather than the opposite thing.

But then, that probably wouldn't convince people to create a global collectivist state, give up their cars and move into hive cities where the central planners could more easily centrally plan.

So for now they'll likely stick to the CO2 is bad thing.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Another Misrecorded Gun Violence Statistic

Just so you know: 
A guy in Texas yesterday heard gunshots and a crash downstairs. When he checked, he found a pair or intruders in the house, one of whom was in the kitchen beating his brother. He ran back upstairs, told his wife to call 911 and got his firearm. He went downstairs and put a non life-threatening bullet hole in the back of the intruder who was beating his brother and threatening him with a gun. The other intruder fled when faced with an armed homeowner.

This will be statistically documented by gun control advocates as an incident of gun violence in which the burglar is counted as the "victim" of gun violence. This will never appear anywhere as a successful defense of a home with a weapon and will be folded into the "incidences of gun violence" category along with suicides, drive-by shootings and domestic violence. It's a shame we don't keep good numbers on how many would-be burglars, rapists, and muggers ran away from armed people they sought to make victims of.

And just so you know what Paul Harvey used to call "The Rest of the Story," Texas's Castle Law defends the homeowner's right to shoot violent or threatening intruders without penalty to the homeowner. Your home is your castle, at least in Texas. AND in case anyone decides to take up burglary in Texas you should know this. Your mama won't be able to sue anyone because you got yourself shot climbing into someone's window and have to poop in a plastic bag for the rest of your life.

© 2016 by Tom King

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Environmentalist to Denier: "What about stewardship?"

Who's going to have the whole world in their hands?
That's the real question and militant environmentalists
believe they have the answer - more power in fewer hands.
In expressing my skepticism as to whether human-caused (anthropomorphic) climate change, someone who knows me for a Christian asked, "What about stewardship?

Well, what about it?

I believe in stewardship. I do. I think therefore that all of us should clean up our own messes. That doesn't mean we all have to become one giant Marxist collective and give up our freedom to decide for ourselves whether we want to drive a car or use public transportation, live in the city or the country, or start a business or work for a corporation or the government. 

What it's really all about is who makes the decisions. I believe decision-making should happen as close to the individual and his community as possible. I don't believe collectives are good for individuals or, for that matter, the Earth. We err when we place the kind of power a socialist government needs into the hands of the central planners who run it. And trust me when I tell you, the bulk of the environmentalist movement are died-in-the-wool progressive socialists who believe that the solution to the threat to the planet is collectivist global government and a massive reduction in population, mostly in Western nations for some reason. 

To save the planet we are told we must give up power to those who are smarter than we are and obey their directives as to where to live, what to eat, how to get around and how to educate our kids. In other words just grant them power and they will save us from a threat I frankly do not believe is so great we should bow to their golden ideological image.  The lust for power to, as the serpent in the Garden of Eden put it, " like gods" is dangerous. While most of those trying to put into place a kindly and benevolent powerful government may actually have the best of intentions, we must remember that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Karl Marx truly believed that the rich were evil and that workers, if placed in charge of everything, would be good and benevolent. Turns out power attracts the corruptible and the finest most trusted leader in the world must one day hand off power to another, if someone doesn't stick a knife in him first and seize that power for himself. Do you see the danger?

The idea that some giant collectivist government can "save the planet" is merely propaganda designed to convince people to give up their freedom in exchange for the illusion of safety. It's all been tried before. The death toll was horrific and the destruction to the environment appalling. All at the hands of what was to have been a worker's paradise. Putting power in the hands of corruptible humans for whatever ostensible reason (saving the planet, saving the poor, saving the peace) is always a mistake. As CS Lewis put it:

Just sayin'

© 2016 by Tom King