Craig R. Kelso

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Environmentalists vs God

I recently read an exposé about environmental concerns in the 1st chapter of a book called The Humanure Handbook. It's has some funny stuff in it, like tips from Tommy Turd. The author makes an analogy between human beings and pathogenic organisms. Pathogenic organisms depend on a host organism like humans depend on planet earth. Often times, pathogenic organisms feed off the host like humans use the earth's resources. Pathogenic organisms will multiply and create waste to the point where the host organism dies. Human beings, especially those in the United States, are using the earth's resources at an unsustainable rate and are irresponsible about waste products, similar to pathogenic organisms. And, the world's populations is nearing a critical mass. Also, the human body has defense mechanisms, like elevated temperature, to enable itself to fight off pathogenic organisms.The author suggests that global warming may be a similar defense.

Environmentalists warn that the irresponsible actions of humans may lead to their own extinction. Therefore, we should become more responsible. The problem with environmentalists is that they not only preach that people need to be more responsible, they want to enact laws forcing people to be more responsible. In other words, people are too stupid to do what is best for the planet, so let's make laws that force them to do what is right. In short, more government control. An extreme case of this kind of thinking is the subject of Glen Beck's book entitled Agenda 21. I know, Beck is an extremist, but Agenda 21 is not fiction, it is a real proposal of the United Nations. The Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) has pieces of it that reflect environmental extremism; the abortion mandate. This is an attempt to control population growth, which goes way back to a fellow named Thomas Malthus. Mathus predicted,in the 1700s, that population growth would eventually outpace food production, which would create mass starvation.

I am a Catholic Christian, so I believe in God. One problem with environmentalists is that they make Mother Earth their God, and themselves her priests. Environmentalists don't believe in a Creator: a God who created the earth as well as the rest of the universe; a God who planned it all out - the beginning and the end. Yes, there will be an end to our time on earth. God knows our nature, he created us. It could be that, knowing human nature, He knew/knows where mankind would/will end up. That is why He planned for a new world for us. Envronmentalists cannot accept that outcome, so they are attempting to change the course of human history, by force.

I am doing my best to be environmentally responsible, and I know that I could do more. But, I do not like the idea of being forced to do the right thing. Also, there is no way that some countries, like Iran, China, and Russia, are going to cooperate with Agenda 21. They will wait patiently for us to weaken ourselves and then take advantage of our weakness. They won't be worried about the environment.

Environmentalists believe that they can change the course of human history by gaining control of governments and mandating human behavior.

They are wrong, that will result in an authoritarian government.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Some thoughts

One of my daughters and I were having a discussion/argument about which group, liberals or conservatives, are responsible for more frequent interruptions/disruptions during public speeches by political speakers. My position is that liberals disrupt or attempt to shout down political speakers with whom they disagree more frequently than conservatives. I attempted to find data relative to the frequency of disruptions by the two groups, but was unable to find any data on the Internet. I did find an article from the Wall Street Journal by David Horowitz in which he describes a speaking engagement at the University of Texas in 2009. In the article he states the following:

I arrived in Austin, Texas, one evening recently to give a speech about academic freedom at the university there. Entering the hall where I was to give my speech, I was greeted -- if that's the word -- by a raucous protest organized by a professor and self-styled Bolshevik, Dana Cloud. Forty protesters hoisted placards high in the air and robotically chanted "Down With Horowitz," "Racist Go Home," and "No More Witch-hunts."

And also:

I don't know of a single leftist speaker among the thousands who visit campuses every term who has been obstructed or attacked by conservative students.

I presented the article to my daughter as evidence to support my position, but she did not think that it was acceptable, so we decided to agree to disagree. That was the end of it.

There was another quote in the article that caught my interest:

The entire evening in Texas reminded me of the late Orianna Fallaci's observation that what we are facing in the post-9/11 world is not a "clash of civilizations," but a clash of civilization versus barbarism.

At this point, I am going to change the focus of this essay.

The next weekend, the bombings at the Boston Marathon happened. We were attacked again by terrorists; Muslim terrorists. I know that not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslim.

The headline of another article in News Max after the bombings read, “Gen. Hayden: Boston-Style Attacks May Be ‘The New Normal’”

The following is a string of thoughts that I had relative to the bombings:

·         We are at war with Muslim extremists.

·         Mohamed was both a prophet and a warrior.

·         Muslims believe that the whole world should be converted to Islam, and forcibly if necessary.

·        Liberals often state that religion is the cause of most wars, and, therefore, religion is bad and should be done away with.

·        I believe that liberals believe that if religion is excised from our nation, then we will be at peace with the rest of the world.

·        Our nation is similar to Rome. When Rome was declining, it began to be attacked by barbarians: Goths Visagoths, Vandals, Huns, etc.

·         Orianna Fallaci's observation that what we are facing in the post-9/11 world is not a "clash of civilizations," but a clash of civilization versus barbarism seems relevant here.

·         The United States is not a conquering nation, as was Rome, but is perceived as one.

·        We will suffer the same fate as Rome at the hands of Muslim extremists, if we do not remain a strong nation.

·         Liberals believe that we can just become a secular, peace-loving nation, and the rest of the world will simply leave us alone.

·         They are wrong.

This is possibly one of those “slippery slope” arguments, but it does keep popping up.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Spring Break 2013

It's been an eventful couple weeks.Laura and I went to Austin, Texas to see Cassie and her family. Here is a list of highlights:
  • Attending Pete and Willy's 1st soccer game of the season.
  • Palm Sunday Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in downtown Austin.
  • Picnic and swimming at Zilker Park and Deep Eddy.
  • Canoeing out of Zilker Park on the Colorado River that runs through Austin.
  • Enjoying food at many different locations in Austin including the downtown farmer's market.
  • A day in San Antonio visiting the Alamo and the Riverwalk.
  • Spending time with grandkids (Morgan, Rowan, Pete, Willy, and Betsy), son-in-laws Jake and Jedd, and daughter, Cassie.

Most Recently, Laura and I spent the weekend with our Grandaughter, Grace.