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Friday, June 21. 2019
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Four Child-Rearing Practices Ben Franklin’s Father Used to Raise a Great Man
10-Year-Old Colorado Girl Becomes Youngest Person to Climb El Capitan
Talk About Excitement: New York To Become The "Global Leader" On Climate!
Why Are There So Many Homeless in Los Angeles?
Connecticut’s Fiscal Decay
Anti-Semitism Grows on College Campuses
Rhode Island Passes 'Abortion Until Birth' Bill; Senator: 'We Will All Be Accountable To God'
What physician would do that?
Depraved Social Engineers Run California Schools
Bishop Tells Congress White People Need to Pay Reparations to Save Their Souls
At Dems' Event on Poverty, No One Talked About Jobs
LEFT-WINGERS PILE ON CHUCK TODD FOR CALLING OUT OCASIO-CORTEZ
CNN’s Angela Rye Says America Is Headed Toward Implementing The Same “Death Camps” As Nazis
CA Voters Not Happy With Free Medical For Illegals
IMMIGRATION MADNESS - A legal immigrant weighs in
'Scorched Earth': Mueller's Targets Speak Out
Schlichter: Trump’s Way To Victory
Apple, Black & Decker and Steve Madden among US companies moving production out of China. Here’s the full list.
Iran determined to arm West Bank Palestinian factions
China’s Urban Crisis - Authoritarian planning, rising class tensions, and sophisticated population surveillance cast a shadow on the country’s rapidly growing cities.
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The [Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act] requires New York to get 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar and hydropower by 2030 and shift entirely to carbon-free power a decade later.
As somebody in the comments pointed out, one of the easiest ways for New York to cut down on its carbon emissions is to shut down its own power plants and start buying its electricity from neighboring states, like California does. Notice that this - like the whole idea of "clean" electric cars - doesn't actually cut down on global carbon emissions, but it does shift the source elsewhere and as long as you're crapping in your neighbor's yard you can pat yourself on the back for how clean your yard is.
"Rhode Island Passes 'Abortion Until Birth' Bill"
When I read about this bill a while ago, I learned that Rhode Island is the state with the highest percentage of Catholics by a wide margin (42%). You'd think there would be consequences for the lawmakers, wouldn't you?
But then the state with the second highest percentage of Catholics is Massachusetts (34%), so probably not. What a shame.
How anyone supporting this policy can say they are a Christian is beyond belief. How any Christian can be a Democrat because of what they are pushing is inconceivable too.
You're now starting to understand how the religion works. Confession erases all sins through spoken forgiveness. Go weekly and you pretty much have a free license. All one has to do to qualify is express their belief, felt or otherwise. To many, this seems like a fair exchange.
Then they are not Christians. They are people who go to church/mass as a cultural ritual. All you have to do is read the book (the Bible) to understand that your statement is vehemently denounced in the New Testament by the apostles.
I don't mean to sound jaded or cynical. I grew up in heavily Catholic neighborhoods with many large-family friends and saw how their religion was employed on a practical basis. The Church very much understands the difficulties of ministering its day-to-day business, and the conflicting pressures that its flock lives under. But the most spiritually-uplifting prayers and masses in the world won't put a new roof on the cathedral.
For what it’s worth:
The significant expansion of abortion approved today by the Senate is a sad day for Rhode Island, and a tragedy for thousands of defenseless unborn. We applaud the 17 senators who, by voting no, exposed the truth that this is much more than a mere confirmation of the status quo. Rather, the surprisingly close vote reflects the degree to which legislators knew in their private thoughts that this bill significantly expands abortion in Rhode Island. This is deeply disappointing.
Rev. Bernard Healey, Director
Rhode Island Catholic Conference
Just what should the consequences be? While I agree, the Catholic Bishops should be more vocal about the evils of abortion, and some are, unfortunately most are cowards that put dollars before Jesus. It is nothing new. It has been going on since the beginning.
Playing the devils advocate: I count 38 State Senators for Rhode Island. Seventeen voted no. That is more than 42%.
Christian churches are not teaching Christian doctrine. They are teaching SJW doctrine. The leadership in most every institution in this country is failing and results in our living in the gutter and wondering where the bottom is in the gutter.
After seeing "Why Are There So Many Homeless in Los Angeles?" I saw the next item as "Connecticut’s FECAL Decay." Close, I guess.
It's all about subsidies - intentional or unintentional. The subsidies don't have to be monetary - sometimes all that's needed is a policy shift on the side of 'compassion', as in looking the other way at tent camps, littering, public defecation and drug use...
So - if you don't say "This isn't acceptable" - then it's obviously okay, right?
Well, LA and SF are finding out just how well that all works.
It is a myth that solar or wind energy is clean or affordable. The simple fact is that it takes more energy to manufacture, transport, install and maintain solar and wind energy than it ever produces. The only people who benefit from these efforts are the manufacturers of these system, the companies that install and manage them and the politicians who get kick backs from those companies.
To make it appear as though it is practical the costs are hidden. First there is an up front subsidy where half or more of the costs are borne by the tax payer. This tax is generally hidden in any discussion of the systems so that when they tell you a new facility will cost $4 billion what they don't tell you is there was another $4 billion already paid out to the installer.
Next there is the cost to the consumer. This too is done in a way to hide the actual costs. The utility is forced by law to buy the power generated and the cost to them is 4-8 times what power from a hydro, coal or NG plant would cost. This cost is blended in with all other sources of electricity and the consumer simply sees a rate increase without any attribution to why or where it came from.
There are additional hidden costs. For example any solar or wind power facility must have a conventional generation facility to back it up because the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine. This power plant must be up and running 24/7 even if it isn't producing power because the power from alternative energy sources is so unpredictable. Usually the costs of these "just in case" generation facilities won't even be part of the calculation because they don't want you to know the true costs.
CT - NJ was the same way - no income tax until the mid-70's. Used to be a tax-haven from NY that always ran surpluses. Now it's a fiscal disaster.
New York should shut down all their power plants and buy electricity from out of state. No pollution, right? Of course, then the power plant owners could jack up their rates for NY, just to teach NY a lesson...
Connecticut done shot theyselves in the feet. Bummmmmer.
At Dems' Event on Poverty, No One Talked About Jobs: Talking about jobs would just bum out the audience. They don' need no steenking jobs!
5.8 Million Individuals Drop OffFood Stamps Under Trump: They'll STARVE!!!!11111!!!!! The HORROR!! The horror....
"Why Are There So Many Homeless in Los Angeles?"
Because San Francisco is too cold.
Bill Nye the Science Fraud would like you all to purchase his Activeion Water Ionizer® which has been shown by science to be a complete ripoff but will help Bill pay his legal fees for his fraudulent divorce.
As far as that little girl who climbed the mountain is concerned, all I can say is that Jews don't do that. For example, if a Jew gets invited over to the house of a Christian to look at the new airplane that he's building in his garage, the Jew will say "Wow! That's beautiful. I bet you'll be zooming around all over the place!"
But if that same Jew gets invited over to the house of another Jew to look at the new airplane that he's building in his garage, the Jew will say "Oh my God. What are you doing? Are you crazy? You're going to kill yourself on the first day. I'm just glad that your mother is dead, so she can't see this."
Then, the next day, the Rabbi will call. David? Hi, this is Rabbi Schlossberg. I heard that you're building an airplane. Yes, that's very exciting. Listen, David, you know that Sigmund Freud once said that many people have a death wish; it just manifests itself in different ways. Some people drink too much, some people smoke too much......
Anyway, I have a friend named Dr. Fegal. He's really a nice guy, and he's very understanding. He works at the Peace Center. I want you to give him a call. Maybe you can go and see him. They have really good programs there, you could even stay for a week or two. I think that you would feel a lot better.
The rapid growth of the homosexual community in school aged children makes it clear that homosexuality is not now, nor was it ever--genetic. It is and always has been a condition of environment. That is not a judgment of individuals--nor a condemnation of their right to lives the lives they choose--it is just a statement of fact. The claim that it was genetic was a media/political claim to justify acceptance by the larger community.