Legend has it that the emperor Nero played the fiddle while the ancient city of Rome burned for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving half of its population homeless.
While it is unlikely this actually happened, given that the violin hadn’t been invented yet, it is true that he was an unpopular, evil, ineffectual leader in a time of crises. Some believe he actually started the fire because he used this opportunity to build a magnificent palace surrounded by lush gardens for himself on the land that had been cleared by the blaze.
Now it’s Congress that is fiddling around while the country is facing, not one, but two crises. The first is our national debt that has reached a staggering $22 trillion, with no real plan for relief in sight. Continue reading “Congress Fiddles while U.S. Burns”
Mandatory recycling is the least effective way to take care of the nation’s trash and it is getting more expensive by the day. One of the least reported stories this past year is that China has stopped taking our recyclables.
Yes, you thought you were helping the environment by meticulously separating your garbage into piles and placing paper, plastic and cans into separate bins to be recycled only to learn that much of it had to be shipped halfway around the world to be disposed. How does that make sense?
Now that China has stopped accepting our recyclables, we are still shipping some of it overseas to places like Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. Continue reading “Mandatory Recycling is Garbage”
As hurricane Irma ripped into Florida, Miss America’s finalists were bated into bashing President Trump. While it is too early to assess the damage, my guess is the lasting effects on this historic piece of Americana will linger long after Florida has recovered and they will not be good.
The grand finale of the iconic Miss America Pageant always has been questions thrown at the finalists. It has been the undoing of many young women in a contest where poise is as important as one’s overall beauty and talent. The objective was to answer the question confidently without saying anything too controversial or dumb. Continue reading “Miss America — The Latest Trump Bashing Spectacle (Whatever Happened to World Peace?)”
In Washington, it’s known as the Rahm Emanuel Rule (Obama’s former chief of staff): You never miss a chance to convert a crises — even one manufactured to fit a holiday —into political pork for your favorite special interest group.
That’s why the radical environmentalists are out in force this Christmas, scaring children by telling them that reindeer — the kind that Santa uses to pull his magical sleigh on Christmas Eve — are getting weaker due to global warming.
This is not the first time that global warming alarmists have pulled this one out of the hat at Christmas, but this attempt may be the most desperate. With our country wrapped in a deep freeze and a new team heading the Environmental Protection Agency, some of the money flowing to those trying to prove this theory may dry up if they don’t pull out all the stops.
“Make the public fearful! Yes! Scare the children into believing that Trump wants to starve Santa’s reindeer. Why they are barely able to pull all that weight now! Who knows what will happen if all the funding flowing to scientists and universities for global warming is cut? Might have to cancel Christmas!” Continue reading “Trump Wants to Starve Santa’s Reindeer”
Finally, Obama has declared war, not on tyrants like Iran’s Ali Khamenei or bullies like Russia’s Vladimer Putin, or even the Islamic militants who are dedicated to our destruction. No, Obama has declared war on Alaska!
On Sunday, just days after Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released a bill that would permit drilling in a small area in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the president launched a cruise missile in her direction, aimed at locking up the vast oil reserves in the area forever.
Through his minions, the president announced plans to set aside another 12 million acres in ANWR as “wilderness” which would effectively eliminate any chance of utilizing this valuable resource.
If there is any issue that unites Democrats, Republicans and Independents in the state, it is opening a small — teeny is more like it — area of ANWR’s costal plain for drilling. Continue reading “Obama Declares War! (On Alaska)”
Call me a skeptic, but isn’t it a coincidence that the latest fear mongering report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came out on the heels of the world-wide premiere of Noah, Hollywood’s latest big-budget disaster movie?
The former was produced by a group of UN hack scientists who all make a living off government grants, either directly or indirectly. The latter was directed by Darren Aronofsky, an atheist who turned the biblical account of the flood brought about by God because of widespread immorality into a movie about man’s degradation of the environment.
The message in both this report and the movie is that “It’s not nice to mess with Mother Nature.” The implication in the film is that man’s sin was disrespecting the planet and the movie gives us a taste of what is in store if we don’t shape up. Continue reading “The IPCC’s Global Warming Baloney and Noah (A new wave of Hot Air)”
To say that President Obama is unpopular these days is like saying the weather changes or garbage smells. It’s obvious.
Instead of garbage, it’s Obamacare that is stinking up the place and no amount of running away from the problem or burning 25,000 gallons of jet fuel can escape this disaster. Nevertheless Obama put 3,000 miles between himself and Washington, D.C., over the long President’s Day weekend traveling to my state of California on the eve of the fifth anniversary of his second biggest achievement, the Obama stimulus.
Did I mention that one smells too? Continue reading “When the Going gets Tough (The Tough get out of Town)”
“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” Mark Twain
Does a leopard change its spots? Does a tiger change its strips?
Newt Gingrich is what you might call a striped leopard or a spotted tiger. When it comes to what some see as the impending doom of climate change, the former speaker of the House is trying to have it both ways.
On December 20, at a campaign stop in Iowa, he looked more like a deer than a leopard or tiger – a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. When confronted by a woman who expressed concern about a chapter on climate change being written for his post election book on the environment by climate change apologist Katherine Hayhoe, Newt began backpedaling. “That’s not going to be in the book,” he said. “We didn’t know that they were doing that, and we told them to kill it.”
Ah, the proverbial “we.” Who are/is the we? The book’s editor, some unknown puppeteer who is out of sight pulling all the strings or Gingrich himself? Continue reading “Gingrich reignites Climate Change Controversy”
Let’s get down and dirty. Now don’t get excited. This column is not the least bit off-color or X-rated. I’m talking about your garbage.
Do you recycle? Do you meticulously separate your cans, bottles and plastic containers from the paper and cardboard?
The world is going green, but when it comes to our garbage, what we have been conditioned to do or feel compelled to do or – worse still – are coerced to do may end up hurting, not helping, the environment. Continue reading “Let’s Talk Trash!”
Some people learn from their mistakes. It appears Barack Obama is not one of them.
Immediately, after assuming the office of president of the United States, Obama began clamoring for an unprecedented $787 billion dollar stimulus package. It was necessary, he told us, in order to put Americans back to work and arrest the rising rate of unemployment at eight percent.
A year later, the unemployment rate is hovering around 10 percent, but when you add to the list the number of discouraged workers or those working only part time, the rate is a staggering 17.3 percent.
What went wrong?
Continue reading “The Great Green Jobs Flimflam”