Sunday, November 30, 2008
We should be very thankful when the economy is slow that Walmart still provides the necessities of life, clothes, food, and toilet paper, at prices that help consumers get through tighter times. An open ballot places these prices in jeopardy. The Democrats ran on the economy, and this clearly is another issue they fail to understand. Force Walmart in to unionizing, and the prices will go up further slowing the economy.
I was told that an entry level person at Walmart, who works his or her entire career at Walmart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country. Nancy Pelosi
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Reagan had the wisdom to warn us of the days to come, and he was right. Take the time to listen to his message and spend a lifetime applying it to your life and your family's life.
God bless you Ronald Reagan.
With Americans in the lead, entrepreneurs have created a global electronic network, on-line 24 hours a day, sending capital, ideas, goods, and services around the world at near the speed of light. January 11, 1988
Do you think he was referencing Al Gore? ;) (I couldn't resist, and besides, it's a slow news week.)
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
It was Thanksgiving, and for the first time our whole family was together. Mom and Dad had to drive all night just to get here, but boy was it worth it! The Grandsters really know how to do it up right. The Grandsters being Grandpa and Grandma. We were all seated at the table, and I couldn't wait to dive into those mashed potatoes and gravy. And the smell of the turkey -- I thought I was going to faint with happiness."What's that, Mindy?" demanded my little cousin Sam. He can be such a pain. He is 8 years old, two years younger than I am.
"What's what?" I asked.He pointed to a little paper cup containing just three kernels of corn beside Grandpa's plate. I opened my mouth to answer and then realized I didn't know. Ugh! How I hate admitting that I don't know something!Grandma answered, "It is to pay tribute to the Pilgrims."
"But why three kernels?" asked the always curious Sam. Give it a rest, I thought.Grandpa answered, "It reminds me of what a tough time the Pilgrims had. In the beginning, three kernels of corn was each person's daily food ration."
The table got real quiet after he said that.Grandpa continued, "Against all odds, they made a life for themselves in the wilderness. Let's talk more about it after dinner."
Sure enough, dinner was over and Sam wanted to know more." Squanto taught the Pilgrims to grow corn!" Sam exclaimed. He's never going to forget that -- he played Squanto in the Thanksgiving Day play at school.
"That's right," Grandpa said. "But at first the Pilgrims were terrified of the Indians, as they called them. Then one day a tribesman named Samoset ventured into their encampment. He was tall and dark and by many accounts quite handsome. Loudly and plainly he proclaimed, 'Welcome!' in perfect English."
"The Pilgrims must have freaked!" shouted Sam.Grandpa laughed and agreed. "I'm sure you're right. He had learned the language from English fishermen. For the Pilgrims, life was a constant battle for survival.
Later, Governor William Bradford made a decision. Instead of the colonists sharing their crops equally, he assigned a parcel of land to each family and told them they could keep whatever they produced for themselves."
"Then what happened?" asked Sam."
At last the Pilgrims began to prosper. Governor William Bradford wrote in his book 'Of Plimoth Plantation,' 'This had very good success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.' "
"Shoot! If you can keep everything you make, of course you're going to work harder. Everybody knows that."Grandpa answered, "The first seed had been planted for the American Revolution. People were free to practice their religions as they saw fit and were free to keep the fruits of their labor.
This had never happened before in the history of mankind. In the words of William Bradford, 'As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.' ""That William Bradford sounds like a pretty cool guy," said Sam."He was a pretty cool guy," Grandpa said with a chuckle.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: Paul, Paul, I think that's an insult there. (Cross talk.)
Q He's very highly respected, I want to add -- very highly -- very wise man. But --
PAUL VOLCKER: I haven't been in Washington for a while. (Chuckles.)
Q But sir, you talked about John McCain was going to come back to Washington if he won, and it would just move people into different chairs. You've got Tom Daschle, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates --
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Hold on! Hold on!
Q -- we hear, anyway. We hear. So --
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: You hear that.
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: So the -- first of all, that's not the topic. We're not talking about my Cabinet, because I haven't made those appointments yet. And I'm happy --
Q So can we talk about Paul Volcker? He's been around a long time. So it's -- he's somebody who knows the ways of Washington. But what do you say -- you know, say to your supporters who were looking for change?
Austan Goolsbee, from my -- my understanding, you've never worked in Washington?
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: Yeah. I've been on vacation --
Q So he was chairman of the Fed.
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: This is about a -- this is -- this -- this -- this is about as fresh a face as you can get. (Chuckles.) Although -- well, that's all right. (Laughter.)
Look, let me take the questions in turn.
Number one, with respect to the details of the economic plan, as I've said before, we are going to be working over the next several months to put those details together. I've described for you the framework within which we are going to put that -- that legislation forward. We're going to have a strong stimulus, a(n) economic recovery plan that is designed to put people back to work. That's priority number one.
It is going to be large enough to jump-start the economy. That is what I talked about on Monday.
On Tuesday, I talked about the fact that we are going to have to pare back on programs that do not work. And I -- I think would hardly be expected to provide you a detailed list now; that's why I have Peter Orszag, our budget director, who's going to be going through that budget page by page, line by line. And the expectation is, is that we will identify those programs that are not working, make sure that those are eliminated, and put money into programs that do work, around things like health care modernization, making sure that we've got the first-class schools that our kids need in order to compete in the 21st century, start putting a down payment on a new energy economy.
When it comes to the people that we've pulled together -- because I know this has been sort of conventional wisdom floating around Washington -- that, well, you know, there's a recycling of people who were in the Clinton administration, although Paul dates before that, the last Democratic administration that we had was the Clinton administration. And so it would be surprising if I selected a Treasury secretary who had had no connection with the last Democratic administration because that would mean that the person had no experience in Washington whatsoever. And I suspect that you would be troubled and the American people would be troubled if I selected a Treasury secretary or a chairman of the National Economic Council at one of the most critical economic times in our history who had no experience in government whatsoever.
The Fairness Doctrine requires media sources like radio to balance their programming with equal views. Take for instance, if a radio station broadcast Rush Limbaugh, who brings in large amounts of revenue for the station, they have to give someone who didn't generate ratings, like Al Franken, equal time. What certain politicians hope for is that the stations who air shows like Limbaugh's lose revenue to a show like Franken's, and they eventually get sick of regulation and move to safer programming. In essence, it's censorship without an iron fist.
To show how absurd this is, we have come up with some possible Fairness Doctrine scenarios:
- Under the Fairness Doctrine, theoretically you should get an hour of Jesus balanced by an hour of Satan.
- National Football League games will have to share the spotlight with the local Pee Wee League.
- An hour of Mozart gets matched with an hour of Metallica
- An hour of Reverend Jeremiah Wright should be paired with an hour a Grand Dragon(Robert Byrd where are you?), but there would probably be a clause written to prevent Reverend Wright from participating under the Fairness Doctrine.
- An hour of eating healthy programming is followed by the Ronald McDonald radio hour.
- Christmas programming would just be deleted because it's so offensive according to this politically correct world. (By the way, I think a great way to offset this is ask to see a manager anytime a paid employee wishes you Happy Holidays. Just let the manager know that you celebrate Christmas and that you were offended and the generic greeting the employee delivered.)
- Mancow Muller would just be set aside for further review since he believes that both the Republicans and Democrats are off track. (He tends to be on the right side.)
- Robin Givens would be forced to give up her position on the Howard Stern show to Oprah Winfrey.
- Sean Hannity is forced to true exile. (Dear Leader Chairman Obama has his number.)
The Fairness Doctrine sounds absurd when you think about what it's supposed to do, but I assure you it has some serious consequences that will dig into the First Amendment. It will be abused to shut the mouths of political opponents. Keep an eye out for it in the early days of the Obama administration.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
From the Russian News Source 11/24.2008
MOSCOW, November 24 (RIA Novosti) - A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts.
Professor Igor Panarin said in an interview with the respected daily Izvestia published on Monday: "The dollar is not secured by anything. The country's foreign debt has grown like an avalanche, even though in the early 1980s there was no debt. By 1998, when I first made my prediction, it had exceeded $2 trillion. Now it is more than 11 trillion. This is a pyramid that can only collapse."
The paper said Panarin's dire predictions for the U.S. economy, initially made at an international conference in Australia 10 years ago at a time when the economy appeared strong, have been given more credence by this year's events.
When asked when the U.S. economy would collapse, Panarin said: "It is already collapsing. Due to the financial crisis, three of the largest and oldest five banks on Wall Street have already ceased to exist, and two are barely surviving. Their losses are the biggest in history. Now what we will see is a change in the regulatory system on a global financial scale: America will no longer be the world's financial regulator."
When asked who would replace the U.S. in regulating world markets, he said: "Two countries could assume this role: China, with its vast reserves, and Russia, which could play the role of a regulator in Eurasia."
Asked why he expected the U.S. to break up into separate parts, he said: "A whole range of reasons. Firstly, the financial problems in the U.S. will get worse. Millions of citizens there have lost their savings. Prices and unemployment are on the rise. General Motors and Ford are on the verge of collapse, and this means that whole cities will be left without work. Governors are already insistently demanding money from the federal center. Dissatisfaction is growing, and at the moment it is only being held back by the elections and the hope that Obama can work miracles. But by spring, it will be clear that there are no miracles."
He also cited the "vulnerable political setup", "lack of unified national laws", and "divisions among the elite, which have become clear in these crisis conditions."
He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts - the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.
He even suggested that "we could claim Alaska - it was only granted on lease, after all."
On the fate of the U.S. dollar, he said: "In 2006 a secret agreement was reached between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. on a common Amero currency as a new monetary unit. This could signal preparations to replace the dollar. The one-hundred dollar bills that have flooded the world could be simply frozen. Under the pretext, let's say, that terrorists are forging them and they need to be checked."
When asked how Russia should react to his vision of the future, Panarin said: "Develop the ruble as a regional currency. Create a fully functioning oil exchange, trading in rubles... We must break the strings tying us to the financial Titanic, which in my view will soon sink."
Panarin, 60, is a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has authored several books on information warfare.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Update 1:48 Eastern Time: According to Rush Limbaugh, a media source asked about a tax increase for the rich during the Obama press conference today. Limbaugh said that Obama didn't answer the question directly. I guess there is hope for Peggy Joseph.
Janet Reno abused her power and controversially invaded the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. The raid killed 76 people, of which 21 were children.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
College kids on the campus of University of California, Berkeley and on other liberal communes dedicated to the higher education obviously objected the war in Iraq and the military, but they overwhelmingly supports a man whose propaganda machine spits out programs similar to the Hitler Youth program.
Hey college kids, ask for a refund! They are not teaching you the critical thinking skills the college brochure promised.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
- Full Medical
- Full Hospital
- Full Surgical
- Full Prescription Drug Coverage
- Durable Medical Equipment (like hearing aids)
- Dental Benefits
- Lasik Eye Surgery
Workers and retirees pay $10 a month for an individual and $21 a month for family. In comparison, health care benefits for Japanese auto makers only add an average of $215 to cost of their vehicles.
UAW workers also receive the following benefits:
- 30 and out contracts - you retire in 30 years with full pension benefits regardless of your age
- Chrysler employees with 15 years in get seven weeks of paid vacation (the average is four weeks in the United States)
- Paid not to work - if your plant closes, the UAW forces the Big Three to continue to pay employees whose names are transferred to a job bank
In 2010, the UAW is backing off some of these benefits to help the Big Three, but it's probably going to be too late. You can't run a business like the Big Three have for so long and expect to be competitive and profitable. The American people have paid the price tag of the UAW for far too long, and we shouldn't be forced to bail them out with our tax dollars.
Friday, November 21, 2008
George W. Bush's single greatest miscalculation in office was looking Vladimir Putin in the eyes believing he understood his soul. After their first meeting, Bush believed Putin to be straightforward and trustworthy. In reality, he has brought the bear out of hibernation.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Russia has become strong thanks to its oil based economy. At home, our economy has weakened--a slave to foreign oil. Democrats in Congress fight against allowing Americans to drill here, drill now. As our economy sags, and democratic leaders decide windmills and solar power are the solutions, the bear is ready to roar. Russia is rebuilding, and those who doubt there is a new cold war are fools.
Americans haven't paid attention to Putin's nationalization of over 50% of the oil and 89% gas assets in Russia. Putin has placed loyalist and former KGB members to run these assets, and he has been successful in building wealth that didn't exist after the Russian Revolution. Putin has used KGB tactics to seize these assets, including intimidation, harassment, unjustified investigations, and unfair taxation, resulting in the arrest and imprisonment of the owners of these assets. Do you have doubts now ?
British Petroleum learned the hard way not to trust the new Russia. Earlier this year, in a joint effort with Russia's third -largest oil company, BP officials underwent harassment and were forced to flee Russia.
The United States isn't the only place that's regretting poor energy policy. Western Europe is drunk on Russian energy like its vodka. Their security is compromised from the dependence on Russia, and it plays into Putin's goal of rebuilding his CCCP (USSR for you laypersons). Putin isn't fond of the friendships we have developed with former Warsaw Pact nations. He threatened to point missiles at Poland if we set up a missile defense system in Poland. Our eyes should focus on all of Europe. This time it may fall because we allow environmentalism to shape domestic policy allowing unfriendly nations to control oil supplies.
Putin's vision is scary considering they have learned from the mistakes of their failed communist state. As our economy struggles, Russia's focus is on building strength economically, militarily, and through alliances around the world. Obama’s defense policy is flawed for this new world and shows that he doesn't realize the dangers of the awakened bear. Obama wants to cut research into weapons needed to silence the roaring bear. Like it or not, there’s a new arms race coming, and we are forced to play along. Putting off the unavoidable will cost us dearly.
Putin continues to build alliances with known enemies of the United States. Most recently, the Russian Navy ships sailed to Valenzuela. Hugo Chavez looks for military cooperation with Putin, who will resume full power in January. Putin has also agreed to sell Chavez weapons.
In Iran, Putin has supported the Iranian military buildup. Putin warned the west against an attack on Iran, specifically aimed at their nuclear weapons development facility. Both Israel and the United States have let Iran get too far while allowing them time to develop bonds with Putin.
Now we have the rock star President, void of substance in matters of foreign relations and world conflict. His young supporters never lived with the Soviet threat. For all we know, it might not even appear in the revised history books, or it's just a video game reference for them. Communism and totalitarianism are not the buzzwords that they were when I sat in Mr. Jeffries social studies class in seventh grade fearing the reality of The Day After. The world is a dangerous place and real change is happening, but not the change those who don’t understand these buzzwords are ready for.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Now it's the gays. Let's set things straight. I don't care if you’re gay, but stop thinking you have to announce over every loud PA speaker you come across. I get it. Just as what goes on in my bedroom obviously disgusts you, I don't need to know what goes on your bedroom, bathhouse, or Barney Frank's basement. Can't you just be gay without making a major theatrical drama?
Obvious, gays are following the militant path of the environmental movement. They have learned that judges will overturn the will of the majority. This, my friends, is a dangerous path that leads to the Constitution becoming irrelevant. We can't have that. Our Constitution protects us from power-hungry government officials.
In California, the militant gays have organized protest in the days following the passage of Proposition 8, which bans gay marriages. Since then, militant gays have vandalized churches. Church members have been attacked by gays. I just have to ask, where is the tolerance from the gays? They demanded it from the rest of us? Once again, we see that liberals are not tolerant but hateful and violent.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger opposed Proposition 8. He now supports the gays who want the courts to overturn the will of the majority. It's time for Schwarzenegger to admit he is a RINO (Republican in name only) and put a jackass behind his name. He is failing to defend the Constitution and the will of the majority. Obviously, Mr. Schwarzenegger isn't smart enough to figure out the domino effect that will take place if the courts overturn the results of the election. The minority will have power like never before if this takes place. Our votes and our elections will be worthless, and attorneys will decide elections for us. Maybe we should challenge the legitimacy of the Obama win. I wonder what the liberals would think of that. Mr. Schwarzenegger needs to reconsider his objection and the consequences of it.
Gays keep pushing and pushing to force even the most radical gay lifestyles into the mainstream. Lesbian teachers promote gay life styles to their elementary students in San Francisco schools—including transexualism, transvestitism, etc. This isn’t acceptable for grade school children. Gays want their sin removed from the Bible, in hopes that God won't condemn their souls. God clearly states not to rewrite his words. Gays want to force business owners to run their businesses against their own core beliefs. This recently occurred at eHarmony.
Dr. Neil Clark Warren set up the eHarmony site to promote healthy meetings based on people's compatibility. Dr. Warren is a conservative Christian who promotes his beliefs in these compatibility matches; therefore, gays were excluded from eHarmony.
Gays have plenty of their own all-gay dating sites online, but that wasn't enough. They took Dr. Warren to court forcing eHarmony to accept gay members. If I were Dr. Warren, I would accept the court’s decision but stick to my Christian principles. I would maintain the dimension of a man and woman. "We're sorry, but based on our 29 dimensions; you have no new matches this week. Please try again next week, and thank you for your monthly credit card payment." Beat them at their own game Dr. Warren.
There is a right way and there is a wrong way to find acceptance in society. Blacks have learned the hard lessons of following W.E.B Du Bois radical, forceful approach to equality. Gays should learn from the path blacks went down in this country and fit in with a positive representation of their lives. Spraying graffiti on churches, attacking church members, ripping the Constitution to shreds, and forcing people into court for small victories is only angering the people who you are trying to get to accept you.
You need to come in terms that homosexuality is a sin. Conservative Republicans didn't write the law, God did. If you have problems with it, take it up with him when he reviews your life. Just like I can't overlook thou shall not kill, gays can't overlook the scriptures which are clear about the sin.
I can't continue to watch you destroy our Constitution so you can call your civil union a marriage. Many societies have suffered from brutal governments because basic rights weren't protected. Going to the courts puts our Constitution and our basic rights in jeopardy. What would society be like if we failed to protect the Constitution? You may get your way today, but I am reminded of a man in Germany. Guided by the teachings of Darwin, he committed genocide to those he thought were inferior to his race. There are other examples throughout the world of ruthless dictators who would kill you because of your sexual orientation. Tonight, you better ask yourself, are you willing to risk the sanctity of the Constitution so you can have your way like a spoiled child? What might be the consequences if ever the Constitution is dissolved?
- accounts receivable tax
- automobile registration tax
- automobile sales tax (add a few more thousand to that sticker price)
- local automobile sticker tax
- building permit tax
- building inspection fees
- capital gains tax
- commercial drivers license tax
- cigarette tax
- corporate income tax (passed onto taxpayers in the form of higher prices of goods)
- court fees and fines (indirect taxes)
- dog license tax
- driver license fees
- estate tax (death tax)
- federal unemployment tax
- fishing license tax
- food license tax (Your local grocer pays a separate tax to be able to sell you products. For instance there is an egg tax just to sell eggs. A liquor license is also an example.)
- fuel permit tax
- garage sale permit tax
- gasoline tax (varies from state to state and averages 42 cents a gallon)
- hunting license tax
- inheritance tax
- IRS interest charges (tax on a tax)
- IRS penalty charges (tax on a tax)
- IRS payment plan tax (for those who can't afford to pay their back taxes in full-tax on a tax)
- liquor tax
- local income taxes
- luxury taxes (like on cars & yachts)
- marriage license tax
- medicare tax
- performance car tax (applies to owners of higher horsepower cars like any car with the beautiful 6.1 liter Hemi)
- parking taxes (meters and taxes added by people like Chicago Mayor Daley to drive up already high parking cost in the city of Chicago)
- property taxes (in Missouri this includes houses, cars, boats, airplanes, etc.-remember we've already covered automobile sales taxes and registration fees)
- real estate tax
- septic and sewage service tax
- service charge taxes
- Social Security tax (don't forget your employer pays this one on top of yours, unless you are self-employed, then you really get hit)
- recycling taxes (charged when you get an oil change or new tires)
- road usage taxes (applies to truck drivers)
- sales taxes (up to 11% if you live under the Daley regime in Chicago)
- recreational vehicle tax (boats, small planes, etc.)
- school taxes
- state income tax
- interest on unpaid state back taxes (tax on a tax)
- penaltys for unpaid state back taxes (tax on a tax)
- state unemployment tax
- telephone federal excise tax
- telephone federal universal service fee tax
- telephone minimum usage fee surcharge tax
- telephone recurring and non recurring charges tax
- telephone usage charge tax
- toll bridges
- toll roads
- toll tunnels
- tourism and hotel taxes
- traffic fines (tax on speed)
- trailer registration tax
- utility taxes
- vehicle license registration tax
- vehicle title fees
- watercraft registration tax (which includes canoes in some areas)
- well permit tax
- workers compensation tax
Oh, and I forgot, the FEDERAL INCOME TAX courtesy of your friends at the Internal Revenue Service.
Americans seem focused on the federal income tax rate when politicians like Obama start talking about an increase in tax rates. When you consider all the rest of the taxes that you may be subject to, it's no surprise that nearly 50% (and for some people more than that) of your labor goes to government in one form or another. It's no wonder the economy is so sluggish. Our money is already gone before we get the chance to invest in the economy, and Obama and the democrats mouths are watering for more. Remember, Obama doesn't have to raise taxes to raise your taxes. The Bush tax cuts expire in 2010, and your taxes are going up without Obama ever proposing anything. This is the dirty little secret of the Obama administration. TAXES will be part of the fall of America.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
During the election, Obama drew little attention for his coming war on carbon dioxide, an essential gas for life on earth. In the coming months, Obama will label CO2 a dangerous gas. Carbon dioxide--plants consume it for photosynthesis. Without plants, we would die. It's just that simple. The government and scientist lie about the cycles of the earth to create new taxes, penalize industry, and fund research.
As I was finishing my degree at Missouri State University, I studied the art of rhetorical skill. My studies would lead me to question the global warming debate beyond what I had heard on my AM dial. It seemed like the perfect way to challenge the liberal classroom establishment in one final showdown. I knew my five straight semesters on the honor roll might end, but I wanted to make the professor question her own beliefs.
I decided to stay away from liberals like Al Gore. He profits from global warming, and I know not to trust him. He's a politician, not a scientist, and not worth bringing up in the debate. I wanted real science--science that broke all these crazy arguments I have heard over the years. All I needed was to find a hole. It didn't take long to find credible evidence to discredit the libs.
Scientific American published that same month an article on mass extinctions. Peter D. Ward describes five periods in the earth's history in which life ended. For many years, scientist believed that meteors were responsible the end of these periods. This is true for one out of the five periods Ward researched. The dinosaurs died from an impact that hit near the Yucatan Peninsula. They know this for three reasons:
- Traces of iridium (common in large space formations) in the fossil layers with concentrated amounts near Chicxulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula
- The crater itself
- A thin fossil bed representing that life ended quickly (picture two parallel lines an inch apart with fossils embedded in them)
The other four fossil layers were much wider (picture to parallel lines a foot apart with fossil layers). This represented a much slower extinction period. Ward began using modern technology to discover what took place in the other four fossil layers. Ward's discovery shows, as Ward himself put it, "the earth itself appears to become life's worst enemy."
Through new geochemical evidence (chemical fossils) technology, Ward discovered large, concentrated amounts of green sulfur anaerobic bacteria present in the fossil layers. This signals a higher amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. How could that be? There were no signs of American industry in the fossil layers--no sport utility vehicles fossilized. Nope, only the remains of marine and non-marine environments were fossilized.
These nasty little bacteria breathe in CO2 and the exhale sulfur. Here's the kicker, oxygen levels as a whole were much lower during these time periods compared to current oxygen levels today. Today’s higher levels balance the oceans. Wait a minute, when Gore talks you would think he placed oxygen on the endangered species list with the polar bear.
The sulfur bacteria give off is deadly and wreaks havoc on the atmosphere, and except for the Black Sea and some stagnant lakes, conditions today aren’t likely for them to thrive. The increased oxygen in the atmosphere mixes with the oceans creating an environment poisonous to the bacteria.
Now to be fair, if oxygen levels drop in the oceans, these guys could come back. Gore and his cronies aren’t being fair. They never discuss the current measurements of green anaerobic bacteria? Why is that? Because this is an attack on capitalism and not a movement that will ever come close to saving a planet that isn't sick.
On a snowy shut in day that same year, I rented Al Gore's DVD An Inconvenient Truth (the irony-a week out of snow days and it wasn't even officially winter in traditionally mild southwest Missouri). I never once heard him mention a measurement of the green anaerobic bacteria. Granted he was putting me to sleep, but occasionally he angered me enough to open my eyes widely and focus. He just babbled on about CO2 as he took us for a ride in his big car (at least a V-6 maybe a V-8) around his property with his large, energy-consuming house. By the way, his time line conflicted with that in Ward's article. I ask again, why aren’t measurements of these green anaerobic bacteria ever stated in global warming discussions? (To be fair to Ward, his article was on mass extinction and not the concentrations of these nasty bacteria.)
The earth goes through periods of high and low volcanic activity. Over the past several years, we have heard stories of volcanoes awakening. Remember Ward said that "the earth itself appears to become life's worst enemy." The large amounts of CO2 were created by the inner earth exploding mountaintops, venting its volcanic lava to the surface. Obviously with that amount of fire, oxygen would be consumed quickly.
I recalled a front-page story I read. I was on a business trip. I left the Arkansas State Dental meeting in Hot Springs and to drive to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to meet with clients the next day. I decided to take the scenic route through the Ouachita Mountains. (The locals tell me these are the only mountains that run east to west in the United States.) As Arkansas Scenic Highway 9 led to Oklahoma, I noticed I needed gas. I luckily found a small, mountain general store to fill up. Technology hadn't met the gas pumps, so I walked into the store and pay. As I left, the front page story caught my eye. Geologist noticed that temperatures within Mt. Sugarloaf, a dormant volcano in Oklahoma (Yeah, I had no idea either.) were rising at a faster rate suggesting the volcano might be coming back to life. Interesting. If this mountain in Oklahoma is awakening, how many other earthly vents are getting ready to open?
My travels this summer took me to the St. Louis Museum of Science Magic House. I noticed a sign on one of the maze of walls that read, "All the grass along the nation’s interstate highway system produced enough oxygen for 22 million people to breathe." Notice that's just the interstates, not state highway, not US highways, and not county roads and highways. When I would fly on business, most of the time I noticed grass everywhere. Common sense tells me, based on the sign, that grass alone balances the CO2 levels. (I wonder how much longer that sign will stay up once word of this spreads.)
To conclude this, when Al Gore talks, I have never heard him mention current green anaerobic bacteria measurements. Without these, the earth doesn't warm as theorized. Throughout my travels, I have seen so many facts claiming just the opposite of these extreme views.
Scientists once feared comets and other trivial occurrences. The earth goes through periods of warmth. It goes through cold periods. I just wish they would be honest with us, instead of manipulating science for research grants and risking our freedoms and economic power.
By the way, I aced the class.
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