Thursday, March 1, 2012

Observations From the Back Row

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What Kids Now Learn in College
As high school seniors throughout America will be receiving acceptance letters to colleges within the next month, it would be nice for parents to meditate on what they are getting for the $20–$50,000 they will pay each year.

Gas Prices Versus Oil Prices
O’Reilly, Gas Prices and Reality - I’m normally a fan of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, but he is not a fan of oil companies. This is where he loses me.  It’s not that I’m a big fan of oil companies, or any particular company, really, except maybe Apple (can we get the new iPad already?). I rarely think about companies, let alone whole industries. But Bill does. I don’t know O’Reilly’s politics, mostly because he’s all over the place. But his anger toward oil companies is misdirected and he ultimately misleads his audience.

Socialist Sanders’ Hot Air on Gas
The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.72. This is more than double what Americans paid for it on Barack Obama’s inauguration day.  Exploding fuel prices, along with unemployment stubbornly hovering above 8 percent for the last three years and the national debt increasing by more than $5 trillion during that same period, is one of those metrics that inevitably shapes the public’s opinion of the president. Being an election year, the president’s supporters naturally seek to deflect charges that he has anything to do with the escalating prices at the pump.

Editor's Note: I saw both of these interviews and the problem isn't just the views these two espouse. One has to expect people to tell their story their way. The job of the moderator, or interviewer, is to know both side of the argument as well or better than the proponent of those views. After that their job is to know what is spin, what is accurate, what is an outright lie and what are logical fallacies; and then call them on it. But when one proponent in one interview is the interviewer and the other is an outright socialist why would anyone expect to hear the truth. Especially since these people never allow anyone who disagrees with them to speak without interruption long enough to lay foundation for their views. I still think O'Reilly is a phony. At least Sanders is an open book, albeit a very unpleasant read, at least you absolutely know where he stands on almost every issue long before he opens his mouth. Who really knows what is going on in O'Reilly's head?

Feds: Fresh milk 150 times more dangerous than pasteurized dairy
The federal government said Tuesday that fresh milk is 150 times more dangerous than pasteurized milk — a finding that bolsters the government’s argument as it goes after farmers who sell unpasteurized milk across state lines. After a 13-year review, the taxpayer-funded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said states where so-called “raw milk” is available had twice the rate of dairy-related disease outbreaks as states where those sales are banned.

Ecologists against the Jews
“The desert is groaning”, declares Cornerstone magazine, the Palestinian Sabeel Theology Center’s publication. “The Israeli army and settlers have polluted the Palestinian areas,” writes Reverend Naim Ateek, who heads the notorious anti-Jewish Christian center. Despite the fact that Israel is the only country to enter the 21st century with a net gain in forest growth, Green activists today are among the most virulently anti-Jewish. The Green Party mayor of Aachen, Hilde Scheidt, has just waged a media campaign against Israel. Prominent German author Henryk Broder called her a “Green anti-Semite,” after she defended a cartoon depicting a man sporting a Star of David on his bib as he devours a young Palestinian.

My Take - I do find this amazing! The left eating their own children! American Jews have consistently been on the left, even during the Eisenhower years they supported Adlai Stevenson over Dwight D. Eisenhower in spite of the fact that Stevenson wasn't a big supporter of Israel and Ike really was. Why? Because leftism was more important to them than Israel! I wonder how long this can go on. How much does it take for intelligent leftists to see that leftism is insanity? I have breakfast with a Jewish car dealer on an irregular basis and we discussed this yesterday. He wonders what goes on in the minds of his fellow Jews in their support of the people on the left. People who have a history of anti-Semitism! I do find this amazing! Then again...perhaps when we begin to understand that Leftism, and all of its components such as environmentalism are a pseudo-religious movement....it is completely understandable.

Czar of the Day
Ed Montgomery
Auto recovery Czar
Black radical anti business activist who supports affirmative action and job preference for blacks. University of Maryland Business School Dean who teaches US business has caused world poverty. ACORN board member. Communist DuBois Club member. Resigned in 2010.

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