Global warming con job 4

By Tom Quiner

I’m like a lot of people: I’m a global warming agnostic. There is credible evidence that the earth is warming. But it depends on whom you listen to.

But if we assume the earth is warming, there’s a lot of disagreement on how that will affect the world. There are even credible spokesmen, like Bjorn Lomborg of the Copenhagen Consensus, who suggest there are benefits to a warming planet, such as longer growing seasons and fewer deaths by freezing (which are far bigger issue than death by heat).

If we assume the earth is warming, there is serious disagreement on whether man caused it, and whether man can mitigate its effects in a reasonably cost-effective way.

That leads me to Climategate II. Newly hacked e-mails of scientists who are proponents of the science/religion of global warming reveal they manipulate data to promote a political agenda, not a scientific one.

They’re even willing to threaten scientists who don’t buy into their religion of global warming.

It looks pretty bad to us agnostics. We need proof of global warming. But we get the feeling we’re being conned by an Elmer Gantry type of global warming mob.

The stakes are high.

According to the Government Accounting Office (GAO), taxpayers spent $106.7 BILLION dollars from 2003 to 2010 fighting climate change.

In addition, taxpayers have spent another $79 BILLION on climate change technology research and tax breaks for “green energy.” Our government has even bundled our money into foreign aid to help other countries with their “climate problems.”

Tax payers have been asked to pick up the tab on another $16.1 BILLION since 1993 in green energy subsidies. We’ve ponied up another $26 BILLION for climate change programs and activities as part of the president’s 2009 Stimulus Bill.

That’s a lot of money for something that seems more like a cause or religion than a science, especially in light of the debt crisis that grips our country.

Are we being conned? It seems that way.

Let’s put the drain on the public treasury on hold until real scientists can answer three questions definitively:

1. Is there truly a catastrophic threat to the planet from global warming?

2. If yes, what is causing it? In other words, is this just another natural cycle in the heating and cooling of our planet? Or is it caused by sunspots? Or is it caused by man?

3. If it is catastrophic and caused by man, can we do anything about it?

Is a bug more important than a person? 2

By Tom Quiner

Poweshiek skipperling: Protected by the law

Human fetus: not protected by the law

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added a moth-like butterfly, the Poweshiek skipperling, as a candidate to the federal endangered species list.

You can be fined and potentially imprisoned if you kill this bug.

If you end the life of a boy or girl in a woman’s womb via abortion, you will not be fined. You will not be imprisoned. You may even get the abortion paid for by tax payers.

This is not a moral issue to a great many people. It should be, but unfortunately, it is not.

What the same people who turn a blind eye to abortion don’t realize is that abortion is also a grave economic issue, especially in a state like Iowa.

Why is it an economic issue, especially in Iowa? Because our population is one of the oldest in the country. Because our birth rate has fallen below replacement level. Because we need more taxpayers to pay for our government services and to take care of this aging population.

In 1980, Iowa’s population was a little bit more than 2.9 million.  Today it is only 3 million. We have one of the slowest population growth rates in the country. About twenty percent of our population is 60 years of age or older. And the percentage is growing.

Iowa ranks 7th in terms of population sixty and older; 5th in terms of population sixty-five and older; 4th in terms of population 75 and older; and 3rd in terms of population 85 and older.

Iowa is one of 35 states with a birth rate below replacement level.

We need more new births, not less, to care for our aging population.

Iowa is going to shrivel up and die without more people. Aren’t our preborn people deserving of as much legal protection as a bug?

“Tenacity of protestors is to be admired” 1

By Tom Quiner

Protestors created a pile of filth at Zuccotti Park in New York

The pro life protesters took over city parks around the nation. They were loud and profane.

They called themselves the 99.5, which represents the percentage of our population not aborted each year. They protest in defense of the .5% preborn who have no rights and are aborted each year.

At their encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York, violent crime went up. People were assaulted. The police officer in charge of keeping the peace with these aggressive pro-lifers was Edward Winski. He somberly reported: “Many of these were assaults against police officers.”

“We have a first amendment right of free speech and assembly” was the shout from these committed pro life zealots. Eventually though, American cities grew tired of the disruption caused by the pro life crowd and their anti Planned Parenthood rant. They could no longer tolerate the rapes, the drug use, and other associated risks to the public safety.

The authorities began to disperse the crowds. They had to clean up the filth left behind which included used hypodermic needles and buckets of human waste. One sanitation engineer exclaimed, “These were some of the worst smells I’ve ever experienced!” Just what kind of people are these pro lifers?

Despite the damage, the filth, and the thuggery that accompanied the pro life protests, liberal pundits jumped to the defense of the right of these pro lifers to assemble and protest the consequences of Roe V Wade. Just this morning, former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich voiced his displeasure with the treatment they received from city authorities around the country:

“… when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances — clubbed, pepper-sprayed, thrown out of public parks and evicted from public spaces.”

Liberal Des Moines columnist, Rekha Basu, had to reluctantly admire the tenacity of the protestors. Although she said the pro life protestors earned some of the criticism they received from their bad behavior,

“… such incidents are the exceptions, given the thousand of protesters involved. If, instead of protesting, these people spent their days playing video games and drinking beer at home, there’d probably be no public criticism. Instead, they are offering an alternative voice …”

In other words, Ms. Basu commends their civic-minded expression of their collective consciences.


Of course, all of the above has been twisted. I fudged the facts. You saw it coming, although I did use actual quotes for Mr. Reich and Ms. Basu. However, their quotes were directed toward the defense of the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

If in fact the pro life community protested as the Occupy Wall Street crowd does, they would be crucified by liberal pundits and the mainstream media. They would not tolerate the rapes, the thuggery, the excrement, the drug use, the public nudity, and the overall barbarism that has accompanied the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. It says much about the value system of the Left that they do excuse the rapes, the thuggery, the excrement, the drug use, the public nudity and the overall barbarism that accompanies this movement.

The pro life crowd that works so hard on behalf of society’s least powerful, the .5%, does their work with civility, love, and prayer. Their anger is channeled in constructive ways. You would not know they had even been in a public space when their gatherings disperse. They are left spotless.

There’s such a difference between civilized and uncivilized movements.

Lost and clueless 6

By Tom Quiner

I just received the brief story below via e-mail. I have no clue who wrote it, so I’m sorry to the author for lack of attribution. However, it’s pretty funny and worth sharing.


A woman in a hot-air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be a Republican.”  “I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your  information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to  me.”

The man smiled and responded, “You must be an Obama Democrat.”  “I am,”
replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you are going.
You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large  quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.”

Lord of all hopefulness Reply

By Tom Quiner

I played this song at last night’s Thanksgiving Mass at my church. I love this old Irish tune and posted a beautiful instrumental version above performed by the O’Neill Brothers.

The lyrics by Jan Struthers are worth reading this Thanksgiving Day:


Lord of All Hopefulness

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares can destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.


These tender words remind us that our hope flows from God. Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for many things including the faithful readers of this blog.