Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Observations From the Back Row: 7-20-11

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“De Omnibus Dubitandum”

Everything we are told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality!


Environmentalists: Keep 'secret highway for illegals' open
Lawmaker warns 'wilderness' routes popular for drug, immigrant smugglers - A controversial bill in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at plugging the flow of illegal activity along America's borders has pitted environmentalists and national park advocates against those championing national security.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has proposed HR Bill 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, which would prohibit the secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking actions on public lands that impede border security, instead granting the secretary of Homeland Security immediate access to federal property on international land and maritime borders for the purpose of building a fence, patrolling and monitoring the borders.


Green living through conservatism
By Bruce Walker
There are few areas of policy in which the left is more united than "Green" living. The risible projections in the Population Bomb, the mendacious researchers of Official Global Warming, the shrewish propagandists whose lies about DDT condemned millions of poor children to awful deaths, the wistful incantations by Obama about how "renewable energy" will make our life bliss – all these, and more, are part of modern leftism.

Power, of course, is all the left really cares about. What the term "Green" means in modern political language has roots in conservatism not leftism. The very beginning of environmentalism was the "Conservation" movement, begun by Republicans a century ago. It is the left, not us, who lust for constant flux, endless novelties, pining for an invented utopia…….But that does not explain what the "Green" fanatics, who urge us to bike to work and only flush our toilet once a day do not reject this accusatory and punitive approach and, instead, urge what works – better yet, why don't these "Greenies" show us by example, living in stable homes and having fun at church potluck dinners? The answer, of course, is easy: the Green movement has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with power


"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax -
Of cabbages and kings,
And why the sea is boiling hot,
And whether pigs have wings."

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