Guess Who Owns This House

March 30, 2007 at 7:08 am | Posted in News, Politics | 1 Comment

Let’s see if you can guess who owns this house.

The 4,000-square-foot house is a model of environmental rectitude.

Geothermal heat pumps located in a central closet circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees; the water heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. Systems such as the one in this “eco-friendly” dwelling use about 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize.

A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof runs; wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers goes into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is used to irrigate the landscaping surrounding the four-bedroom home. Plants and flowers native to the high prairie area blend the structure into the surrounding ecosystem.

And guess who owns this house:

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, This house devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, this house burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year.

This house’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.

This house’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for the mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.

And based on this, which owner cares more about the environment.

Sources: Sans Auto, CommonDreams.org, and Tennessee Center for Policy Research

Segregating Children From Men

November 26, 2006 at 7:25 am | Posted in Family, News, Politics | Comments Off on Segregating Children From Men

Wow! this story FOXNews.com – Segregating Children From Men really hit close to home in a scary way. As much as I dislike this as a man, I have to say as a father, I support the policy. As easy as it is to be outraged by the big business, we have to look at the realities of what our society is today.

The sad truth is that a few creepy perverts have ruined a lot of things for all men. Because a few creepy perverts have done bad things with kids, I have to make sure that I am not alone with children. Not to protect the children, but to protect myself. Because a few creepy perverts have harassed women in the workplace, I have to make sure I am not alone with a woman at work. Not to protect the woman, but to protect myself. Until we can cleanse society of creepy perverts, this is the kind of stuff men will continue to have to put up with.

The easy position is to be insulted by this, but I look at it this way.  I support profiling as an effective law enforcement tool, so it is difficult for me to be insulted when I fit the profile in question.  The fact is creepy perverts are overwhelmingly male.  Granted the percentage of creepy perverts among all men is very low,  however, if you eliminate men from a position of potenially causing harm, you have brought the risk of creepy perverts to practically none.  If everything in the world was all about me, I would be insulted by this.  The bottom line is that this is not about me it is about protecting kids from creepy perverts.

In fairness, the article does point out how poorly the Airlines implemented the policy.  Knowing how broad their profile is the airline should implement the policy discreetly and respectfully.

CNN.com – Country radio disses Dixie Chicks – May 22, 2006

May 22, 2006 at 11:29 am | Posted in News, Politics | 1 Comment

CNN.com – Country radio disses Dixie Chicks – May 22, 2006

Is Country Radio dissing the Dixie Chicks or are the Dixie Chicks dissing Country Radio? I think it is pretty clear the the Dixie Chick had no concept of who their audience is when Natalie made the comments she did. Country Music is the last bastion in the music industry of pro-American values. While I don’t agree with the threats made against the Dixie Chicks, the abandonment of their music by Radio Stations and Listeners is the free market at work. The Dixie Chicks made a statement that basically said, if you don’t like us, don’t listen to us and they market responed with a resounding OK. This is a great example of being stuck on stupid. The Dixie Chicks most certainly are free to their own opinions, but so is their audience.

“Taking the Long Way,” due out May 23, is the band’s first album since singer Natalie Maines sparked a major controversy in 2003 by declaring that she was ashamed to hail from the same state as fellow Texan President George W. Bush. Radio boycotts ensued, and many fans abandoned the band.

Power Line: The source of our disunity

January 4, 2006 at 10:49 am | Posted in News, Politics | Comments Off on Power Line: The source of our disunity

This entry at Power Line: The source of our disunity really hits the nail on the head.

Our disunity stems not from the president’s rhetorical shortcomings, but primarily from the fact that many Democrats (including some Democratic leaders) and many influential members of the MSM hate George W. Bush, conservatives, and much about this country more than they hate the people who are trying to kill us.

Think about all the people who scream about how the President has divided the country. A president who was elected by a majority of Americans divides the country? Does that really make sense?

I look at unity this way. In my job, if I disagree with a decision of my boss, it is my responsibility to go to his office, shut the door and discuss it with him. If we cannot agree, it is my responsiblity to keep my mouth shut once I leave his office and have respect for the fact that it is his decision to make. It is completly unacceptable (and grounds for termination) to complain to coworkers, the media or our competitors.

Really, being the complainer is a very selfish act and a very gutless and cowardly thing to do. It is very easy to complain about a decision that I didn’t have to make, it is much more difficult to have to make a decision and live with the consequences.

How The Debate About Torture Became “Stuck On Stupid”

December 21, 2005 at 2:13 pm | Posted in News, Politics, Religion | Comments Off on How The Debate About Torture Became “Stuck On Stupid”

In order to discuss/debate torture we must first agree on a definition of torture. I think it is a good idea to start with the dictionary.

  1. Infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion.
  2. An instrument or a method for inflicting such pain.
  3. Excruciating physical or mental pain; agony: the torture of waiting in suspense.
  4. Something causing severe pain or anguish.

This definition really brings up some interesting questions if the “Anti-Torture” bill gets passed. Will Democrats have grounds to charge people who vote for Republicans under this bill? Certainly they are suffering excruciating mental pain because George W. Bush is President of the United States.

Seriously, does anyone think that anything we have been accused of doing by our own press fits the definition of torture given above? Not some the liberal definition of torture where if someone’s feelings are hurt they are being tortured, but actual excruciating physical or mental pain? It is laughable to call what happened at Abu Ghraib torture. Do I approve of what happened there? No. Is what they did there torture? No. Were criminal charges against the people who carried out what happened there appropriate? Absolutely.

I refuse to accept the terms of debate that the authors of the anti-torture legislation have set up to ensure their success. If you oppose their bill, you then have to be pro-torture. However, I do not support torture and I do not support their bill. One has to accept a couple of assumptions that I do not accept to believe that this bill is necessary. The first assumption is that we are torturing people now and it has to stop. I have not seen evidence of torture as defined above. I have seen people with hurt feelings, but that is not torture. The other assumption is that our enemies (who will not hesitate using torture, by the way) are not watch us and be more that willing to use this against us. Since one prisoner of war holds more credibility with the Main Stream Media that the entire U. S. Military false accusations will make are soldiers have to worry about being prosecuted for doing their job.

Think of the unintended consequences of the anti-torture bill. It seems to me it would be a lot more convenient to kill enemy combatants that to take the risk of having to defend oneself against false accusations of prisoners of war.

It is quite clear that the politics of defeating George W. Bush is far more important to Democrats and RINO’s than the security of our country and that is why the debate is “Stuck on Stupid.”

CNN.com – Probe backs� CIA� prison allegations – Dec 13, 2005

December 13, 2005 at 9:22 pm | Posted in News | 1 Comment

Now this story is seriously “Stuck on Stupid”: CNN.com – Probe backs� CIA� prison allegations – Dec 13, 2005. Apparently terrorists deserve rights. We should provide due process for someone who would strap explosives to themselves and set them off in areas crowded with innocent people. I just don’t get it. I have a suggestion for the noodle spine that think that terrorists should be given rights. Please read this. The key point is this:

Because to say we are responsible for the terrorists in the world is a way to say we can control this wolf. If we believe we made him, then that means we control him. We can unmake him. Such a worldview appeals to the left, because it gives them Godlike Mental Powers. All we have to do is act differently and he will go away. It’s complete moral cowardice, of course – but it’s understandable cowardice. It’s denial, because if all the sins are ours then all we must do is repent and the wolf will go away.

But that’s not what the wolf says. The wolf is not interested in what we do. He does not spare little lambs because they rub up against his leg and make cooing sounds. The wolf wants to swallow us whole. He wants the fight. He wants the war and the conflict. And he will keep on huffing and puffing until one of three things happen: We show him our throat, for him to rip out; or we convert to Islam and become part of his Caliphate; or we head out into the forest with a shotgun and blow his %$#^%$ head off.

The CIA and our military are the sheepdogs that protect us from the terrorist wolves. We should not muzzle and short leash our sheepdogs.

Evolution vs. Creation, Global Warming and Other Political Issues

December 13, 2005 at 9:21 pm | Posted in News, Religion | Comments Off on Evolution vs. Creation, Global Warming and Other Political Issues

In a prior post, I discussed my view on Evolution vs. Creation. I have a new take on this in light of the ideas I brought up in my post Don’t Believe Everything You Read On The Internet. In “Don’t Believe”, I talked about how media bias works, and I think that applies to the evolution vs. creation debate. If the debate is about determining the truth, then it seems to me that evolutionists should seek out creationists to check their results. And creationists should seek out evolutionists as well. Not for the purpose of arguing, but for the purpose of having a sceptic review the information. If both people are interested in the debate and the discovery of truth, this system will work well.

However, like many things, this debate is more a political issue than about the truth. And this is why there is such a deep divide between the two sides. Global Warming is another example of a debate that is about politics. This is my flame throwing statement, Global Warming is a anti-capitolist, anti-american movement, not a real problem. Don’t believe me. Think about this. Regardless of whether you believe in evolution or creation, the earth has supported human life for a minimum of 5000 years. How long do you think we have had adequate instrumentation to measure global temperature? Let’s be generous and say that we have had this instrumentation for 100 years. Do you seriously think that you can determine trends over 5000 by the last 100? No, that is not good math. That requires extrapolation on an sample that is not representative. To believe that Global Warming is real requires giant leaps in logic that defy common sense. The arrogance required to think that we can as human beings affect the environment on a global scale is simply stunning. And to blame the USA is even more laughable.

Take the politics out of it and there can be a reasonable debate. As long as politics are in the debate there will never be a reasonable debate.

Don’t Believe Everything You Read On The Internet

December 12, 2005 at 9:20 am | Posted in News, Politics | 1 Comment

Yet another reason to not believe everything you read on the Internet: CNN.com – Wikipedia author: false entry was joke – Dec 11, 2005

As a geek, I have been on-line in some form or another since 1993. I have seen a lot of information true and not online. I have developed over the years a sceptical filter for all information I come across. I have also learned to separate facts from opinion. I have learned which sites I treat as reputable and which are suspect. Even reliable sites have to be verified with few exceptions.

I am always amazed by people who can be convinced something is true just by sending it to them in email. If it is on a website, then the credibility rises with them. I don’t think that this is an issue of intelligence but one of world views. People of a trusting nature are the most susceptible to bad internet information. I forget that I have a sceptical filter already.

This is where the Conservatives and the Main Stream Media (MSM) hit an impasse over MSM Liberal Bias. The reason the MSM can honestly claim they do not have a bias is because the bias is so innately human that we are not aware of it. The basic of the bias is this. First, everyone has a world view. Whether it is conservative or liberal is irrelevant. Second, when something is presented as fact that does not fit that world view, the fact is at best viewed sceptically or as not true at all. The converse is also true, a fact that fits the world view is immediately accepted as true. This is why so many people believe things from MoveOn.org and absolutely disbelieve anything on GOP.com. For example, there is this ad from MoveOn.org that says President Bush lied to get us into Iraq. The ad is really funny because it still uses the pictures that have already been demonstrated to be British Soldiers, not Americans. However, this fits a Liberals world view so very little examination is done. Here and Here. Yet the RNC produces the “Retreat and Defeat” video available here and there is all kind of stink raised. Here and Here.

The sad thing is no one is going to come out and admit that MoveOn.org is joke.

‘Help! Help! My kids are pinned in there!’

December 11, 2005 at 8:04 pm | Posted in Family, News | Comments Off on ‘Help! Help! My kids are pinned in there!’

‘Help! Help! My kids are pinned in there!’ This is probably the saddest story I have read in recent memory. As the parent of a six year old, this story really hits me hard in the heart. Hats off to Michelle Malkin for publishing the information for fund for the family. If you can help this family please do. If you can’t offer any other assitance, please pray for this family.

A fund has been established for donations to the family in memory of Joshua. Donors should write a check to “Joshua Woods benefit” and mail it to Centier Bank, 1276 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307.

Call the bank at (219) 663-7804 for more information.

Christmas or Holiday? – A Surprise View from the Right

November 30, 2005 at 12:57 pm | Posted in News, Politics, Religion | 1 Comment

With all the talk in the news (ABC News, MichNews.com ) and the blogs (Gina Cobb, Sister Toldjah, and Right Wing News) about “Christmas” versus “Holidays”, I have to put my two cent in. No one who knows me has any doubt that I am a Conservative Christian, so my position on this debate may surprise you.

The biggest problem is that the debate itself is “Stuck on Stupid.” Everyone taking sides on this debate appears to me to be looking to be offended by the other side. The left sees this as a chance to slap at the right. The right sees this as another insult from the left piled on top of so many others. This is not an issue of protecting innocents or even fighting evil. This is an issue about names.

On December 25th, My family and I will be celebrating the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, God in human form. What that day is called seems pretty minor in comparison. Because of what I am celebrating, there are a number of obligations placed upon me. Unfortunately, the obligations are only placed upon me not everyone else. First is to love my neighbor, and how do I show my neighbor love if I offend him. Sure my acceptance of Jesus and my Lord and Saviour may offend my neighbor, but my denying such would be a sin. I fail to see how telling a neighbor “Happy Holidays” is a sin if it keeps him from being offended. Second is submission to authority. We as Christians are required to submit to authority unless submission requires us to sin against the Lord. I just don’t see how our kids attending a holiday party in school requires us or our children to sin against the Lord.

Even things like private business choosing “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas” should not cause us Christians offense. What they choose to say does not affect what we are celebrating. What we have allowed by buying into the debate is to allow our beliefs to become a marketing tool. If we are “successful” in getting stores to use “Merry Christmas”, what honor and glory does it bring to God? I would argue none, because Merry Christmas should come from the heart not the wallet. Do you really want to hold people in bondage to Christianity? Is that the light of Jesus? I don’t think so.

This is the way I look at it. God sent his Son, Jesus Christ to earth to be the pure and worthy sacrifice to pay the price for my sins. For me, a broken, unfix-able, and unworthy man who without Jesus has no hope. God promised that the sacrifice of Jesus was enough, all I have to do is accept that. Jesus taught us what faith in that promise really means. It does mean that I should act a certain way. Remember Matthew 7:3: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

Let’s all us Christians work on our own planks first.

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