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.

What did the elections tell us?

November 11, 2006 at 10:15 pm | Posted in Politics | Comments Off on What did the elections tell us?

I for one am of the opinion that the most recent national election was a victory of conservative ideas and a demonstration of the lack of conservative leadership in the Republican party. I can look at my home state of Michigan and see evidence of this in a Blue state. There were 2 big ballot proposals that were very clearcut liberal/conservative issues and the conservative side for both won. The ban of affirmative action was really significant because it also had to overcome the natural inclination of voters to vote No on ballot proposals. The other proposal was a “Guaranteed Funding” for schools. Most voters saw this for what it was, a Guaranteed Tax Increase. The only “victory” in the Michigan proposals that Liberals could claim was a proposal that would have allowed Morning Dove hunting, I don’t see that as a significant loss because both sides went pretty extreme with the issue and a no vote kept things the way they are.

The Republicans loss of control of both houses of Congress should primarily be blamed on the lack of conservative leadership. That and conservative voters are stupid are the reason we are looking at two years with Nancy Pelosi two steps from the Presidency. Voters that failed to learn the lesson of the Ross Perot fiasco are to blame when impeachment proceedings begin. Conservative voters are the first to abandon candidates who don’t perfectly match their views. Conservatives think teaching Republicans a lesson is more important than preventing Liberal Democrats taking power in Washington. Since there is no office seeking Republican leading the cause for conservative ideas, there is little reason for the stupid conservative wing of the Republican party to vote. I get why the Liberals have to hide who they really are, but that is a consistent election loser, but I don’t understand why Republicans run away from proven winning election issues.

What should a church be?

October 30, 2006 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Politics | Comments Off on What should a church be?

Please read this and then come back:  Mad Babble From A Church Planter…: The Post That MADE me famous

The key to it all is “My point is simply I am ashamed that I went to this thing instead of hanging out in my neighborhood and doing what I do best which is chilling with those who don’t go to church.”  I do believe that we as Christians do hide behind our Christianity.  The best analogy I can think of is saving a drowning person.  A good swimmer would think nothing of jumping in the water and pulling the drowning person out.  A less capable swimmer is as likely to get pulled under the water with the drowning person.  The best the non-swimmer can do is throw in a rope.  The strong in their faith are like the strong swimmer.  They don’t worry about themselves drowning, their only objective is to get as many people out of the water as possible.  I think God calls us to swim in the waters of world to help those who don’t know Him.

GINA COBB: Kids Being Taught to Fight Back in Case of Classroom Attack

October 29, 2006 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Politics | Comments Off on GINA COBB: Kids Being Taught to Fight Back in Case of Classroom Attack

GINA COBB: Kids Being Taught to Fight Back in Case of Classroom Attack hits a point that a lot of people are afraid to address. “Kids are so rigorously taught to obey adults in our society and in the school system specifically — and commendably so — that many of them now need to be taught the opposite. They need to be given permission to disobey strangers and gunmen in life-threatening situations. They need to be told when it is O.K. to actively struggle, resist, and fight back.” This was huge eye opener for me. I had never thought about this as a need, but it is one of those things that is obvious once it is presented to you. My seven year old daughter is one who I am sure would not know how to confront a bully, let alone someone with a gun. It just saddens me that this is something our kids have to worry about. Now I have to think of a way to address this with her.

ScrappleFace: Bush & GOP Will Stand Down as Democrats Stand Up

October 27, 2006 at 7:34 am | Posted in Politics | Comments Off on ScrappleFace: Bush & GOP Will Stand Down as Democrats Stand Up

This one is too good to not pass on. ScrappleFace: Bush & GOP Will Stand Down as Democrats Stand Up

14 CHARACTERISTICS OF FASCISM – WE HAVE THEM ALL

September 3, 2006 at 7:56 am | Posted in Politics | Comments Off on 14 CHARACTERISTICS OF FASCISM – WE HAVE THEM ALL

Boy, I have been away from this for a long time, but I finally found something that has dragged me right back into this. This article is so “stuck on stupid” is borders on scary.

The first and most important characteristic the author overlooks is that Mr. Roland actually has the freedom to write what he wrote. If the USA was a fascist nation he would probably not be alive today. Fascist nations are not as tolerant of dissent as the USA is.

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – from Wikipedia “Nationalism is an ideology that holds that a nation is the fundamental unit for human social life, and takes precedence over any other social and political principles.” Anyone who really honestly looks at the United States can see Freedom of the individual is the fundamental unit for human social life.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – This is just flat out laughable. We are fighting an enemy who beheads people to make “statements” and the USA disdains recognition of human rights because we make some prisoners listen to Britney Spears.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – Hmmm, isn’t this what the left have done with George W. Bush?

4. Supremacy of the Military – This is not worthy of comment.

5. Rampant Sexism – I love it when the left just makes stuff up.

6. Controlled Mass Media – Oh yeah, the New York Times and Washington Post are government controlled. How many secret government programs have been exposed through the New York Times again?

7. Obsession with National Security – This is not worthy of comment.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – My rolling eyes say enough.

9. Corporate Power is Protected – Ask Ford and GM how much protection they get from the government to keep their labor costs under control.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed – US Labor Unions have been their own worst enemy.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – This one might be true, If the “intellectual” position is that the USA is a Fascist nation, then I certainly have disdain for intellectuals.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – So if Democrats were to win back Congress in 2006, President Bush would not be impeached?

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – This one is not worthy of comment.

14. Fraudulent Elections – This is a failure of the Left to actually admit defeat.

I realize this won’t convince anyone who actually believes that the US is a Fascist nation that it really is not, but there is no hope for them because they are permanently Stuck on Stupid.

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.

A Little Girl Needs Your Prayers

February 27, 2006 at 8:38 am | Posted in Politics | 3 Comments

This is just a heart breaking and heart warming story of a little girl who needs your prayers: Charlotte Wyatt. It’s heart breaking that she is very sick and the courts and the doctors do not want to fight for this little girl. It is heart warming because of the faith and hope that her parents have and how much they are willing to put on the line for their little girl. As anyone who has kids knows, there is nothing you will fight harder for than your kids.

I know there are a lot of people who need your prayers, but if you can spare a little room for this girl, she can sure use your help.

Hunting Accidents

February 26, 2006 at 6:56 am | Posted in Politics | Comments Off on Hunting Accidents

The coverage of the Vice President’s hunting accident is a perfect example of “Stuck on Stupid.” When the press corps has such an open contempt for the administration that they can attempt to turn a hunting accident into a scandal, you can see why the administration is reluctant to work with them. The nice thing about this one is that I really believe that mainstream America already sees this for what it is.

The funniest talking point the Democrats have is that the Administration has tried to cover this up and lie about it. The Vice President said (if not a quote, then a very close paraphrase), “I pulled the trigger, I am responsible.” He said that on National TV. You would think that would take the wind out of the sails of the “shrouded in secrecy” people, but obviously it hasn’t.

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh bemoaning the fact that the Liberals and the press are difficult to parody any more because they have become his parodies. It is amazing but true. I remember how wild and out there the parodies used to be, but now, looking back at the older parodies, they are more like prophecy than parody.

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