Monday, December 7, 2009

400-408Scott Rae, Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology (, author of 6 books including:  The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood;  Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics;  Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies;  Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics;  and Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics.  Scott was one of my profs at Talbot, and his expertise is in both medical ethics and business ethics.  He's an ethics consultant for four Southern California hospitals, and he's also a fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and a fellow at the Wilberforce Forum.  He's got two books coming out in the Spring, The Virtues of Capitalism and Business as Transformational Service.

413-423Scott Rae

428-437Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (, and co-author with Bishop Harry Jackson of Personal Faith: Public Policy.
• Tony Perkins, Washington Update (12/7/09) Big Ben's Finest Hour.

443-452Tony Perkins.

458-508Dudley Rutherford, he's senior pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch (, and heard Sundays on KKLA at 9:00am.  Dudley just got back from the Dominican Republic where he was ministering with S.C.O.R.E. International (, speaking to 200 high school, college, and Major League Baseball players every morning.  The guy in charge of all the pitchers for the Yankees was there, as well as the guy in charge of all the catchers for the Astros.  Dudley also shares about, an application for SmartPhones that launched last month for both the iPhone and the Google Droid, for which he was the "beta-pastor".  Videos of Dudley's sermons are now available through the application, along with a Bible reading guide with Dudley's video introductions, 365 daily devotions, and of course, the Bible itself.  All available for you SmartPhone for about a one-time charge of $6.00.

512-523Dudley Rutherford. 

528-538Ken Timmerman, contributing editor at and author of Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender, available at (  His latest is a novel entitled Honor Killing about the Iranians smuggling in a nuclear weapon into the United States.  We talk about the uprising today in Iran.  70% of the population of 70 million are under the age of 30.
• Ken Timmerman, Newsmax (12/7/09) Iranian Student Demonstrations Confound Regime.
544-554Ken Timmerman
558-608 – • Washington Times (12/7/09) EDITORIAL: Media complicity in Climategate.
A tale of destroyed documents, fraud, conspiracy and the misuse of millions of government dollars would seem to have all the juicy ingredients of a scandal that journalists would kill to cover. However, the mainstream media apparently doesn't think that Climategate is news. ABC News hasn't deemed the story newsworthy. Neither has CBS nor NBC. If Americans only got their news from the networks, they would not know about the global-warming fraud or would merely think there was a simple misunderstanding about what scientists meant in some vague e-mails
Never mind that two major universities have at least temporarily removed prominent academics from heading major climate research facilities. Never mind that there are real questions raised about the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) controversial assessment report that the Obama administration and global-warming advocates have continually hyped in order to advance their case for new global regulations to curtail purported global warming. //
• Fox News (12/7/09) Republicans Slam EPA Over CO2 Finding, as Envoy Calls E-Mail Flap 'Small Blip'.  Despite GOP objections, the EPA is expected to announce Monday that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases are a threat to public health.  "In the face of GOP opposition, the EPA on Monday declared greenhouse gases a danger to public health in a move that could pave the way for future regulation" – meaning higher personal and business taxes, more expensive energy and products, and less money in your wallet at the end of the day.
// Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told the EPA is rushing to a decision that may not be based on sound science. 
"It's certainly reckless considering the underlying science now has been very much called into question," Issa said Monday. "The inconvenient truth is not Al Gore's movie. The inconvenient truth is that people who had an agenda destroyed the facts to get an outcome."
// The EPA signaled last April that it was inclined to view heat-trapping pollution as a threat to public health and welfare and began to take public comments under a formal rulemaking. The action marked a reversal from the Bush administration, which had declined to aggressively pursue the issue. 
// "It is now clear that if we take our responsibility seriously to protect and defend our people from this threat, the Senate has a duty to act on climate change legislation," Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said in a statement. "In light of the EPA endangerment finding, the president's appearance in Copenhagen will carry even more weight, because it shows that America is taking this issue very seriously and is moving forward."
Jonathan Pershing, U.S. deputy special envoy for climate change, said in Copenhagen that the United States is not expecting any legally binding treaty in Denmark this month, but will pursue a "political arrangement" that could lead to one in the future. 
He dismissed the controversy over the leaked e-mails. 
"I think it will have virtually no effect at all," he said. "The science is incredibly robust. And as we look forward, I worry much, much more about not acting urgently than what will ultimately be a small blip on the history of this process." 
Asked about the remark, Issa said: "Richard Nixon said that about what Deep Throat had outed about the break-in." 
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will early next week, possibly as soon as Monday, officially declare carbon dioxide a public danger, a trigger that could mean regulation for emitters across the economy, according to several people close to the matter.
Such an "endangerment" decision is necessary for the EPA to move ahead early next year with new emission standards for cars. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said it could also mean large emitters such as power stations, cement kilns, crude-oil refineries and chemical plants would have to curb their greenhouse gas output.
// The EPA's Ms. Jackson and President Obama's energy and climate czar Carol Browner have said they would prefer Congress to take action but are prepared to move ahead in the absence of lawmakers crafting their own law.
Industry experts say the Clean Air Act--under which the EPA is making its endangerment finding--was designed to regulate more regional and localized air pollution, and would be a much more blunt tool than Congress could craft. Critics, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, say the endangerment declaration could spark a cascade of litigation and regulation that could harm the economy.
The EPA, meanwhile, says it would regulate in a sensible way. The agency has already moved forward on two rules that would guide regulation of greenhouse-gas emissions, primarily through a proposal to set the threshold level at 25,000 tons a year and requiring such large emitters to report their emissions.
If the EPA decided to move ahead with emission regulations for stationary sources such as utilities, new rules would likely be in place by 2012 and could set stringent emission standards to require firms to install the best available technology.
• Victor Davis Hanson, NRO Corner (12/7/09 @ 09:54AM) Thoughts on Climategate, Van Jones, and Al Gore.
Once upon a time, scientists, unlike prophets, were inductive. They sought to interpret evidence in empirical fashion, rather than twist it to "prove" preexisting suppositions. The Enlightenment taught them to welcome transparency and free expression, not (as in the Medieval Age) to form cabals to hound out heretics. Public intellectuals and grassroots activists were devoted to promoting proven ideas, rather than making fortunes through the shrill advocacy of unproven ideas. In the age of cynicism, penances were sold to sinners to allow them without guilt to satisfy appetites that conflicted with their doctrine; by contrast, the lives of moralists reflected the simple creed they advocated for others. Governments acted on scientific consensus, not theories that were the most favored or trafficked in popular culture. Debates, not propaganda cinema or cheap invective, adjudicated honest disagreement; people of the lab and library, not Hollywood celebrities and rock stars and their wannabes on campus, informed the public about scientific dispute.
  How strange: This was to be our new age of science; instead, we are getting alchemy, the inquisition, and the reign of the superstitious.
• Gary Sutton, Forbes (12/4/09) The Fiction Of Climate Science.  Gary Sutton is co-founder of Teledesic and has been CEO of several other companies, including Knight Protective Industries and @Backup.
Many of you are too young to remember, but in 1975 our government pushed "the coming ice age."
Random House dutifully printed "THE WEATHER CONSPIRACY … coming of the New Ice Age." This may be the only book ever written by 18 authors. All 18 lived just a short sled ride from Washington, D.C. Newsweek fell in line and did a cover issue warning us of global cooling on April 28, 1975. And The New York Times, Aug. 14, 1976, reported "many signs that Earth may be headed for another ice age."
OK, you say, that's media. But what did our rational scientists say?
In 1974, the National Science Board announced: "During the last 20 to 30 years, world temperature has fallen, irregularly at first but more sharply over the last decade. Judging from the record of the past interglacial ages, the present time of high temperatures should be drawing to an end…leading into the next ice age."
// The United Nations says that cattle, farting and belching methane, create more global warming than all the SUVs in the world.
// The fall of Saigon in the '70s may have distracted the shrill pronouncements about the imminent ice age. Science's prediction of "A full-blown, 10,000 year ice age," came from its March 1, 1975 issue. The Christian Science Monitor observed that armadillos were retreating south from Nebraska to escape the "global cooling" in its Aug. 27, 1974 issue.
That armadillo caveat seems reminiscent of today's tales of polar bears drowning due to glaciers disappearing.
While scientists march to the drumbeat of grant money, at least trees don't lie. Their growth rings show what's happened no matter which philosophy is in power. Tree rings show a mini ice age in Europe about the time Stradivarius crafted his violins. Chilled Alpine Spruce gave him tighter wood so the instruments sang with a new purity. But England had to give up the wines that the Romans cultivated while our globe cooled, switching from grapes to colder weather grains and learning to take comfort with beer, whisky and ales.
Yet many centuries earlier, during a global warming, Greenland was green. And so it stayed and was settled by Vikings for generations until global cooling came along. Leif Ericsson even made it to Newfoundland. His shallow draft boats, perfect for sailing and rowing up rivers to conquer villages, wouldn't have stood a chance against a baby iceberg.
Those sustained temperature swings, all before the evil economic benefits of oil consumption, suggest there are factors at work besides humans.
612-623Victims of adultery, is the Elin-Tiger marriage over?  What happened in your relationship?  Your advice to others?
628-638Calls.  Did you ignore the early indicators when you were dating?  Did a "player" ever become faithful because of the ceremony? 

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