There is quite a bit that we don’t know [about climate change] so you might want to gulp down an extra bit of oxygen before starting the next sentence. First, we don’t know that climate change is even happening; in the next instance, we don’t know whether it would be a bad thing or a good thing if it were, for it is quite possible that we will like it when Iceland is famous for her white wines; in the third place, we don’t know, if it is happening and if it is bad, that we, as in we humans, are in any way responsible for it, another possible culprit being the flaming hot ball of fire in the sky; and fourth, we don’t know that anything can be done about it.—
However, one thing we can be pretty sure of is that if it is happening, and if it is bad, and if we are causing it, and if we can reverse it, then the last people on earth we should entrust with the responsibility of reversing it would be those statist functionaries who are clamoring for more power in the name of climate change. I would rather die in a rising ocean of inconvenient truths than to pass out the rest of my days smelting our old toothpaste tubes before an important bureaucrat in that big office building across the continent says that it is safe to throw them away.
The people who brought you trillion dollar deficits, the government education system, the spiraling chaos of Middle East politics, the roll-out of Obamacare, departments of motor vehicles everywhere, and a Federal Reserve honeycombed with crony capitalists, are now asking, on the basis of their record, a record that looks like the trail left by an F-5 tornado, to be put in charge of the weather.
And so I am afraid that if you take longer than a couple seconds to think about whether to be against this galloping folly, then you are a worthy recipient of everything you are about to get.
When King of Kings first came out several generations ago, one insightful lady of the English aristocracy wrote that if Jesus really had been like that, she would have been among those who were crying out, “Give us Barabbas!” Flipping this observation around, as a friend of mine recently did, we should be able to tell that a Jesus movie had been really successful in portraying the Lord if half the crowds in the theaters wanted to crucify Him — and not for being such a milksop either, but rather because He was a dangerous firebrand. A really good Jesus movie would have a bipartisan bill denouncing it — called Save the American Dream Act — passing both houses of Congress handily in a rush to get it to the president’s desk.— Douglas Wilson
It seems to us it’s quite possible for a president to be feckless on the world stage but strong at home—Lyndon Johnson comes to mind. Or, for that matter, to be tough in foreign policy while getting rolled by domestic adversaries (George H.W. Bush). Which is not to say we think Obama is strong in either respect. ObamaCare, to take the signature example, was a feckless pursuit that “succeeded” only through bullying. If only Vladimir Putin were as easily pushed around as Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak.— James Taranto
Christophe Beck - “Heimr Àrnadalr” (Frozen score)
Beautiful.( This has been played 6 times.)
Accent Plumbing - “Where a flush beats a Full House” spotted by pobjoy
I hope these guys have an A-team of plumbers!
That might be the most fantastic small business slogan I’ve ever seen.