Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Liberty Shattered at the Point of an M-1 Abrams Tank

The ostensible back-up plan of the George W. Bush Administration for Iraq (once it discovered that Saddam really didn't have weapons of mass destruction) was to establish Iraq as a pattern of democracy for the rest of the Middle East to emulate. Ironically, if you ask almost anyone who lives in the Middle East, you'll find out that the prospects for democracy there are much worse than they were before the US attack on Iraq in 2003.  Destruction of nascent liberty couldn't have been planned any better.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Global Warming Basics: It's Called Climate Change for a Reason

Contrary to the shrill cries of those who don't really want to have a debate, it's called climate change for a reason.The globe does not always warm.  Sometimes it cools. Both the terms "climate change" and "global warming" have been in use for decades.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Do We Need God In Order to be Good? Apparently Not.

How is it that secularists and even atheists can live more moral lives than many adherents of the various religions? First, because many religionists misunderstand why we have religion in the first place. Second, because, despite whether someone believes in God, they are still enlightened by the spirit of God. We don't need to believe in God in order to be good.  Rather, we are good, because it is in our natures to do so.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Global Warming Basics: Consensus? Yes. But "Settled"? No.

I agree that there is a consensus that man is making significant contributions to global warming. I just don't think that the science is settled. To say it was would be a bad thing. Considering that essentially all global warming scientists don't think that we know everything there is to know about anthropogenic global warming (AGW), I think it is healthy and important to foster an anti-AGW"Yin" as a counterweight to the pro-AGW "Yang".

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Global Warming Basics: The Facts as Best We Know Them, Without the Name Calling

I've finally come to the conclusion that I am sick to death of the shrill name calling that masquerades as the man-made global warming debate. Admittedly, part of that cacophony is my fault. So, with the lofty goal of not participating in the "you're stupid because..." game anymore, here is some of my research on the subject.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Republicans Are What Took So Long for US Senate to Ratify START Treaty with Russia

Why has it taken more than eight months for the US Senate to ratify an extension of a treaty that has worked so well? Because certain Republicans want to make the Democrats look bad. Unfortunately, they're making themselves look silly in the process.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

In a Technological Age War is Much Less of an Answer Than Ever Before

You may remember (or have read in history books) when Vietnam Era war protesters chanted "War is not the answer." They were right. And that was nearly 50 years ago. War is much less of an answer today. Why? Information technology. War makes people who don't have democracy hate democracy. But information technology brings democracy to their fingertips and invites them to embrace it.