Friday, December 4, 2009

400-408 Frank Wright, president of the National Religious Broadcasters (, on the nexus of the and the new hate crimes law.  Frank explains that on the day the hate crimes bill was signed into law, AG Eric Holder made a statement to the effect that "we now have a tool we can use to fight discrimination."  This perhaps signals the intent of this administration to criminalize Christian "discrimination" against homosexuality and gay marriage.  Historically, discrimination has been a civil, not a criminal matter.  But now, that may be changing.
Frank Wright, NRB (12/4/09) Executive Summary.
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428-437Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons to Believe (, both an astrophysicist and a pastor, and author of over a dozen books, including his latest, Why The Universe Is The Way It Is.  Every Sunday morning at 11:15am he hosts his free-and-open-to-the-public "Paradoxes" apologetics class at Sierra Madre Congregational Church.  Don't forget to sign up for his daily Today's New Reason to Believe email at, and you can follow RTB on and
Today, we talk with Hugh about global warming.  He says the evidence is clear that it is happening, but that fossil fuels contribute only minimally to it.  The primary contributors are cow flatulence and the deforestation that comes with clearing enough land to create pastureland for cattle.  He says the Bible has the solution:  part of an answer is for us to maybe eat more ostrich and less cow, and to spend our resources on re-seeding the Sahara, to once again make it the breadbasket it was during the Roman Empire.  Fascinating ideas.
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458-508Jay Richards, visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation (, blogs regularly at The (the Journal of the American Enterprise Institute), and the author of Money, Greed, And God:  Why Capitalism Is The Solution And Not The Problem (browse).  Today we talk about the supposedly "lost" data at the Climatic Research Unit.  Most folks don't know just how narrowly-controlled the foundational data is by which we reconstruct the past climate.  PhDs in both philosophy and theology.
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(3:51) New World Order. (CNBC @ 11/5/09) CNBC's Martin Soong interviews Damon Vickers chief investment officer of Nine Points Capital Partners.
• (:34) World Order short (CNBC @ 11/5/09).  Damon Vickers, "If the global currency crisis unfolds, then inevitably you get I guess an alignment under a global world government, a new global currency, and a new world order. Ugh, so, we may be moving towards that."
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Two conservative screenwriters say Al Gore should be stripped of his Oscar in light of the global warming questions raised by leaked e-mails out of a British research center.
But Roger Simon and Lionel Chetwynd, both members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, put out a statement Thursday calling for the Academy to take it all back in light of the controversy skeptics have dubbed Climate-Gate. 
"I personally call for the Academy to rescind this Oscar," Simon said. "In the history of the Academy ... not to my knowledge has an Oscar ever been rescinded. ... I think they should rescind this one." 
•• Washington Times Editorial (12/4/09) Global-warming theology.
Belief in global warming had long had a tinge of theology about it, a form of cultism that adherents and defenders elevated to a holy crusade.
Any who questioned the orthodoxy were branded as heretics. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said that climate-change skepticism is "treason" and exhorted that "we need to start treating [skeptics] as traitors." In 2007, the Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen said that meteorologists who were skeptical of man-made global warming should be decertified. The e-mails from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit reveal systematic attempts by high priests of this religion to silence scientists who disputed their rigged findings.
The purveyors of the global-warming theology certainly benefited. They enjoyed professional success, received millions of dollars in grants, had influence in policy circles, were invited to international conferences and found personal validation and fame. Never before had it been sexy to have "climate scientist" on your resume.
Proper science unlocks secrets; it does not create them. The scientific method is a social enterprise and requires openness to function properly. Data must be freely available and methodologies subject to strict scrutiny in order to assess whether results can be verified, reproduced and subjected to reliability tests. There is no reason to trust any results based on hidden data and some very good reasons to distrust them. This is the gist of a prospective lawsuit against NASA by Christopher C. Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which calls on the space agency to produce the climate data it has been keeping under wraps. These data are not classified information and should be part of the public record. NASA's stonewalling is suspicious and could augur that another scandal is brewing.
Global warming was an academic Ponzi scheme. Its leading proponents were mini-Madoffs, peddling a vision of global catastrophe to gullible activists, bureaucrats and policymakers. The vision was so vast, the fear it inspired so pervasive, that it seized popular imagination, aided ably by hucksters like former Vice President Al Gore and his science-fiction feature film "An Inconvenient Truth." But like any Ponzi scheme, global warming only worked if everyone kept investing and no one looked at the books. Once the truth came out - of manipulated findings, phony data, rigged peer-review processes and intimidation of skeptics - the scheme began to collapse.
Yet even as the edifice comes down, the adherents of the orthodoxy say that there is nothing to see, that this is all a distraction from the business at hand, that there is still no time to lose, full steam (or solar power) ahead. But it is far too late for that. The veil has been pierced, the myth revealed, the scales have fallen from the people's eyes. The pagan priests are fleeing the temple, their sacred idols are being pulled down, their holy works renounced. Their god, finally, is dead.
• Stephen Dinan, Washington Times (12/3/09) Researcher: NASA hiding climate data.
558-608 – • Fox News (12/3/09) Think Your Kid Is Not 'Sexting'? Think Again.  22% of teen girls have sent nude pictures of themselves, and 11% of girls ages 11 to 16 have done so.  71% of teen girls have admitted to sending suggestive messages, if not nude pictures, to boys. 
(3:41) Educator Rosalind Wiseman talks about "Sexting" with Katie Couric on CBS 2 News on 10/20/09.
(:11) RW short 1.  Wiseman says, "Parents must take hold of the opportunity to step forward."
628-638 Frank Wright
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(4:05) Northland video.  (??/??) An unnamed spokeswoman for Northland Family Planning Centers in Michigan talks about the "goodness in making the abortion decision."
(1:09) PO response (12/4/09 @ Lehigh Community College in Pennsylvania).  Obama answers an unusual question from an unnamed sophomore.
• Washington Post (12/3/09) U.S. set to fund more stem cell study.  (Embryonic, that is)

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