Friday, February 15, 2008

Directing The Gun...


Its another sad, grimly puncuated statement on the current state of the American culture, as it is being packaged and delivered via the Public Schools and Universities, and the headline of today's Oregonian says it all,

"Run, He's Reloading The Gun!"

5 Students are reported dead this morning, plus the insect who shot them at near point blank range as they completed a geology class at Northern Illinois University on Thursday. Another 15 are wounded.

The shooter, it is being reported, was a former student of Sociology at NIU. Interesting to note, that the Department of Sociology at Northern Illinois University as of this posting seems to have disabled their own website. It might have been interesting to view their mission statement and note the particulars of the faculty that might have helped cultivate a sensibility that ultimately converted other people's children into lifeless heaps, and a boy into their sociopathic predator. You see, even as renewed cries erupt in favor of tighter nationwide gun controls and bans in the face of a growing trend of school shootings, one really must ask the most poignant question at hand. What did more damage in that lecture hall on St. Valentine's Day, 2008?.... the guns loaded with bullets?

... Or the boy loaded with bad ideas directing the gun?

UPDATE: 02.16.08

"To a savage, the world is a place of unintelligible miracles where anything is possible to inanimate matter and nothing is possible to him. His world is not the unknown, but that irrational horror: the unknowable. He believes that physical objects are endowed with a mysterious volition, moved by causeless, unpredictable whims, while he is a helpless pawn at the mercy of forces beyond his control. He believes that nature is ruled by demons who possess an omnipotent power and that reality is their fluid plaything, where they can turn his bowl of meal into a snake and his wife into a beetle at any moment, where the A he has never discovered can be any non-A they choose, where the only knowledge he possesses is that he must not attempt to know. He can count on nothing, he can only wish, and he spends his life on wishing, on begging his demons to grant him his wishes by the arbitrary power of their will, giving them credit when they do, taking the blame when they don't, offering them sacrifices in token of his gratitude and sacrifices in token of his guilt, crawling on his belly in fear and worship of sun and moon and wind and rain and of any thug who announces himself as their spokesman, provided his words are unintelligible and his mask sufficiently frightening—he wishes, begs and crawls, and dies, leaving you, as a record of his view of existence, the distorted monstrosities of his idols, part-man, part-animal, part-spider, the embodiments of the world of non-A.
"His is the intellectual state of your modern teachers and his is the world to which they want to bring you.
"If you wonder by what means they propose to do it, walk into any college classroom and you will hear your professors teaching your children that man can be certain of nothing, that his consciousness has no validity whatever, that he can learn no facts and no laws of existence, that he's incapable of knowing an objective reality. What, then, is his standard of knowledge and truth? Whatever others believe, is their answer. There is no knowledge, they teach, there's only faith: your belief that you exist is an act of faith, no more valid than another's faith in his right to kill you; the axioms of science are an act of faith, no more valid than a mystic's faith in revelations; the belief that electric light can be produced by 'a generator is an act of faith, no more valid than the belief that it can be produced by a rabbit's foot kissed under a stepladder on the first of the moon—truth is whatever people want it to be, and people are everyone except yourself; reality is whatever people choose to say it is, there are no objective facts, there are only people's arbitrary wishes—a man who seeks knowledge in a laboratory by means of test tubes and logic is an old-fashioned, superstitious fool; a true scientist is a man who goes around taking public polls—and if it weren't for the selfish greed of the manufacturers of steel girders, who have a vested interest in obstructing the progress of science, you would learn that New York City does not exist, because a poll of the entire population of the world would tell you by a landslide majority that their beliefs forbid its existence.
(Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Protect and Defend...


Either Vince Flynn is profoundly prescient, or Mitch Rapp is really out their.

Top Hezbollah militant killed in Syria...
DAMASCUS, Syria - One of the world's most wanted and elusive terrorists, Imad Mughniyeh, was killed in a car bombing in Syria nearly 15 years after dropping from sight. The one-time Hezbollah security chief was the suspected mastermind of attacks that killed hundreds of Americans in Lebanon and of the brutal kidnappings of Westerners.

The Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah and its top ally, Iran, blamed Israel on Wednesday for the assassination. Israel denied any involvement, but officials made no effort to conceal their approval of his death.

Mughniyeh was also on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists, and the U.S. State Department had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction. He was indicted in the U.S. for his role in planning the 1985 hijacking of a TWA airliner in which a U.S. Navy diver was killed.

The United States welcomed Mughniyeh's death.

A car bomb may not be as satisfying a belt throttle, but dead is dead. Huzzah!

Friday, February 08, 2008

The True Carbon Impact...

Continuing threats from Dr. Suzuki notwithstanding (as yet), it should be pointed out that not only are rumors of Global Warming grossly exaggerated, they may be even completely at odds with the facts. A recent article from Investor's Business Daily reports that a new ice age may be upon us...

Now, Canadian scientists are seeking additional funding for more and better "eyes" with which to observe our sun, which has a bigger impact on Earth's climate than all the tailpipes and smokestacks on our planet combined.

And they're worried about global cooling, not warming. Kenneth Tapping, a solar researcher and project director for Canada's National Research Council, is among those looking at the sun for evidence of an increase in sunspot activity.

Solar activity fluctuates in an 11-year cycle. But so far in this cycle, the sun has been disturbingly quiet. The lack of increased activity could signal the beginning of what is known as a Maunder Minimum, an event which occurs every couple of centuries and can last as long as a century. Such an event occurred in the 17th century. The observation of sunspots showed extraordinarily low levels of magnetism on the sun, with little or no 11-year cycle.

This solar hibernation corresponded with a period of bitter cold that began around 1650 and lasted, with intermittent spikes of warming, until 1715. Frigid winters and cold summers during that period led to massive crop failures, famine and death in Northern Europe.

As seductive (and egocentric) as it is for us to believe that Human activity is significant enough to alter planetary climates, do let us recall, that Mankind occupies a fraction of 1/4 of the planet Earth. The sun transmits daily, exponentially more energy to this planet's surface than the combined output of all nations on the globe since the advent of the industrial revolution, some 200 hundred years ago. Therefore, the idea that Human activity can affect global climate change should be understood as questionable at best and absurd in the very least.

Nevertheless, questionable scientists, opportunistic politicians, and environmental activists insist that Man's activities threaten to destroy the planet's so-called 'precious' ecosystems via dramatic temperature increases from intensified carbon footprints. In fact, the forces of the planet itself and those extraterrestrial forces acting upon it have far more effect on global climate change than those of biological manipulation. Clearly the immediate trends of climatic variation are quite uncertain. A mere 10,000 thousand years ago, glacial ice, miles thick, stretched well into the boundaries of today's United States. Sea levels lingered some 300 feet below that of current coastlines and planetary conditions yielded environments wholely unsuitable to human civilization. The possibiltity of a return to such unhospitable conditions should be an anathema to the judgement of any humanitarian. And yet, the current cult of Global Warming would have us believe that human development should be stifled in the face of a threat that is unsubstantiated and quite at odds with the geological facts. It lends a suspicion as to the motives of the advocates of so-called 'Global Warming' whether their fear of a carbon impact is with the activity of Man...

... or Mankind itself.