Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-21A: Weather and other odd things

By Nathan Barton

Just whom do we believe?  Nearly every day I read some mainstream media news story, or something from a variety of special interest groups (especially but not only environist and liberal-political and government sites), to say nothing about the awful pronouncements by the guy squatting at 1600 PA, about how we are now beyond hope regarding manmade global warming (or climate change) and how the seashores are going to drown and every odd weather circumstance (such as the recent raining and flooding across the Great Plains, now moving east into the Old South, including the Hill Country of Central Texas which got ten inches of rain so far) is all due to carbon-dioxide and methane and other greenhouse gas emissions.  But at the same time, now and then I read an article like Matt Vespa’s recent summary in Townhall, which points out that all the indicators cited five to twenty years ago as “proof” global warming was going to destroy the world as we know it have turned out to be wrong.  Whom do we believe? 

Last night, I rode through snow on Wolf Creek Pass after driving through rain and sleet and hail, and after a week and more of rain and watching the South Platte rise to well beyond flood stage, while being told of fresh snows very late in the season by friends and family across the Northern Plains and Black Hills.  I will take my chances that the idiot pols and liberals and do-gooders in the East and Left Coasts and DC are wrong.

On to other news:  It may be possible that marijuana reform is actually going to get through Congress after all these years, as a story in Townhall.com describes: some longtime political foes of ANY reform of the war on some drugs have apparently seen that a majority of Americans are sick of it, and that Colorado and Washington State are at the forefront of a rebellion against the waste and killing and abuse.  How much more will it take before the ENTIRE War on Some Drugs ends?  Don’t hold your breath, but maybe the end is in sight.

It may be?  Zero Hedge reports that a secret FedGov document released by Judicial Watch may be proof that the Caliphate (ISIS/ISIL) was created by the US together with the Saudis for purposes of overthrowing the Syrian government and pushing through a new gas pipeline to supply Europe and reduce European dependence on Russia.  Lots of people, often with some significant evidence, have claimed something similar for some time since the Caliphate became prominent.  If so, once more DC’s conniving and a large dose of stupid pills have created a situation that is far worse than anything people might have dreamed possible even a couple of years ago.  And we have more proof that the FedGov is bad for American’s liberty, freedom, health, and prosperity (or even survival).  The same stupidity that led to the War between the States, American involvement in the Great War, Pearl Harbor, the North’s invasion of South Korea, and the entire mess in Indochina, to say nothing of the Kuwaiti invasion and Bloody Tuesday, is again working its messed-up magic.

The DC Memorial Day weekend was disrupted, according to an AP Report, when cops found a suspicious parked vehicle with a pressure cooker and a smell of gasoline and blew it up.  Since there are no real details given, was this just another piece of “security theatre” or was someone (who apparently was arrested) really trying to blow up a concert venue?  Again, we’ll never know the real truth of the matter.  But these sorts of things are always suspicious on multiple levels.

Quote of the week from a surprising source: “Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step over the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a Thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”  Who said that?  None other than Honest Abe himself, Abraham Lincoln, in a: January 27, 1838, address before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, IL  A prediction of what he would do?  Perhaps. Just another odd thing from the past.

Mama’s Note: And maybe Lincoln actually believed that freedom and free men could coexist with centralized power and slavery. He obviously never dreamed of nuclear bombs.

 

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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