97% Bull

October 9, 2015

It is ridiculous that global warming enthusiasts continue to use the “97% scientific consensus” myth as a fact. Not only has it been thoroughly debunked, common sense tells us it is almost impossible to obtain a 97% consensus on anything. Nevertheless, the farce continues.

Recently, Ted Cruz grilled Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on climate change data and was subjected to an embarrassing repeated recitation of the 97% myth as “preponderance” of evidence for man-made global warming. It is held like a religious tenet among believers and anything to the contrary is dismissed out-of-hand. Even president Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have cited the 97% myth as fact, giving it an aura of legitimacy that fuels the belief.

When evidence began to surface challenging the validity of man-made global warming, believers changed tactics. They began calling global warming “climate change”, an indisputable occurrence on earth that cannot be denied. They still mean man-made global warming but the name change allows them to fend off some criticism while remaining self-righteous.

Dr. David Evans, an Australian climate modeler and mathematician, recently found errors in the basic climate model used in climate science. When he corrected the errors, he found the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide to be much lower than previously assumed, reducing estimated effects on global warming almost ten-fold. Errors in climate models are not unusual because the science behind the models is not “settled”. It is an ongoing process.

The media, however, has determined the matter “settled” and uses the 97% myth to deride anyone questioning that man-made global warming is occurring at a catastrophic level. It has become more a political issue than a scientific issue resulting in billions of dollars spent solving a problem that has not been scientifically validated. It does, however, fit a political agenda and that is reason enough to continue citing 97% consesus.

Politics and science do not mix well and under the umbrella of political correctness, reasonable debate on the issue has become stifled. Perhaps that’s deliberate. The progressive agenda does not like reasonable debate – about 97% of the time.


David J. Hentosh

Denying Threats

October 5, 2015

When Romney said that Russia is the U.S.’s biggest geopolitical foe during a 2012 presidential debate, Obama scoffed, saying: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” Voters ignored Obama’s inexperience and naiveté and he became president with a failed policy arrogantly and egotistically treating Putin as an insignificant threat.

During a recent GOP candidate debate, Marco Rubio (accurately) predicted Putin’s current actions in Syria and he, too, was ridiculed. President Reagan was vilified for daring to call the Soviet Union the Evil Empire. Pie-in-the-sky ideology does not recognize the existence of evil-doers – unless they are Republicans.

The Left downplays or completely ignores real threats to America because recognizing them would result in taking action and that could require use of military might which they loathe. In Obama’s case, it would also mean admitting his weak foreign policies have failed, especially with regard to Russia where relations have been “re-set” by his administration. The Left picks targets that are politically correct and safe.

During Obama’s administration our troops were prematurely pulled out of Iraq; the “red line” in Syria was crossed and ignored; ISIS developed and now violently rampages in the Middle East; Iran received more time to develop a nuclear weapon unimpeded; Putin invaded the Ukraine; illegal immigrants were encouraged to and allowed to invade our country; North Korea increased threats to South Korea; and China increased expansionist activities.

The Left, meanwhile, has concentrated on threats from: Israel; Christmas and crèches; traditional marriage; FOX News; border security; profiling terrorists; decreased government spending; voter ID cards; the Tea Party; a strong military; displaying the American flag; the Washington Redskins; limits on abortion; the police; school lunches; Republicans; lower taxes; the 2nd Amendment; Confederate flags and statues; Uber; coal; the Keystone pipeline; male and female rest rooms; and even children playing tag.

Feeling Safe?

David J. Hentosh

The Worst of Obama

October 3, 2015

The Oregon school shooting brought out the worst of president Obama. Once again, he let his emotions and political agenda override what should have been a presidential demeanor and compassion in time of tragedy. Instead, he wallowed in self-righteousness and lectured America during a press conference, ignorantly urging more politics over reasonable debate.

Before facts concerning the shooting were known, Obama quickly determined that guns were responsible and began inflaming the gun controversy just as he has inflamed racism at every opportunity. He knows exactly what he is doing because politics is the only tool in his toolbox and it is his answer for everything.

He urged everyone to follow his foolish lead and turn this shooting into a political issue, as if the media hadn’t already done so. Going even further, he advocated everyone become a one-issue voter and use his agenda on gun control as a sole basis for voting. One-issue voting, of course, neglects addressing the many failures of his administration (and the Democratic Party), something Obama has become expert at doing. It is a fatuous way to vote that should be discouraged.

And what, exactly, is Obama’s agenda on gun control? In his press conference, he revealed his agenda when he praised “countries like ours”, Australia and Great Britain, which “have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings”. They have confiscated guns in those countries; countries which are not “like ours” in that we have over 350 million guns in circulation. If it is “impossible” to round up and deport 10 million illegal immigrants, how do we confiscate 350 million guns?

Trying to further his point, Obama urged news organizations to compare gun deaths with deaths from terrorists in the country, an apples-to-oranges comparison. He could also compare gun deaths (approx. 30 per day) with drug deaths (approx. 120 per day), but that would highlight the senseless “progressive” push to legalize marijuana and other drugs – a political football he’d rather not toss around.

Having to go through another year of Obama’s brand of “leadership” is depressing enough. The thought of replacing him with a policy clone brings nightmares. We can do better, and we must.

David J. Hentosh

Obama Foreign Policy Disaster

September 30, 2015

President Obama brought his only experience, community organizing, along with his radical beliefs into the White House and foolishly applied both to foreign affairs. It has been a devastating failure.

Obama’s well-documented socialist (and communist) background shapes his social agenda and his belief that the U.S. should be less powerful and less influential around the globe shapes his foreign policy. He believes that the U.S. has done more harm than good and should be stripped of its power and dominant leadership role in the world.

With no thought given to consequences, Obama began a campaign to level the playing field and change the balance of power in the world. His aggressively dismissive attitude toward Israel not only alienated our staunchest ally in the region, it encouraged surrounding Arab states and Islamic extremists to ramp up engrained hatred for Israel and the Western world.

His hasty removal of all troops from Iraq satisfied his campaign promise as well as his distaste for the military and U.S. military power but it cleared the stage for Islamic extremists. His refusal to do anything about the increasing chaos allowed Putin to gain an influence in the Middle East that has been denied him for years. We have now lost our foothold in the Middle East as well as respect.

Obama’s idealistic deal with Iran will result in leveling the nuclear playing field in the Middle East as well. Iran will obviously continue a nuclear weapons program under the toothless deal forcing surrounding countries to counter the threat with nuclear weapons of their own. The Middle East is on the verge of going nuclear at a time when bloodthirsty terrorists are rampaging unimpeded.

European countries can no longer rely on the U.S. for protection and are now dangerously vulnerable. Obama’s weakness and the refugee influx from the disintegrating Middle East provide Putin with another opportunity to take advantage. Europe is now facing danger at a level not seen since WWII.

It took years to gain respect, power, and influence around the world and it will take years to regain what we have lost – if we can. The upcoming presidential election will determine whether we are going to try or just give up. Which way will you vote?

David J. Hentosh

The Demise of Greatness

September 26, 2015

Is it really surprising that a recent poll showed 72% of Americans believe this country is not as great as it once was? Greatness requires great leaders and our political atmosphere is not attracting our best.

Our brightest and most competent leaders are far too wise to subject themselves and their families to the mud slinging, dirty tricks, and media bashing that has taken over politics. Furthermore, experience and competence mean little to one-issue voters far more concerned with social issues than the country’s wellbeing.

The election of Obama, an inexperienced community organizer, for the sake of “making history” is a result, not the cause, of our declining greatness, but it has accelerated the decline. Obama caters to a society shunning the common good in favor of the individual; a society obsessed with the emotional satisfaction of legislating fairness for all, an unrealistic goal. His election legitimized political correctness, encouraging a denial of reality.

The Obama administration’s ineffective and unrealistic foreign policies produced a vacuum of leadership in the world and a loss of international respect. The White House, once a symbol of our greatness, has become a bully pulpit of pettiness and self-aggrandizement where sniping at critics and casting blame is commonplace. Social engineering is a priority and instead of sound economic policies, our floundering economy is being dealt with by rhetoric filled with a pretense of achievement. Nothing is real; nothing is true.

The building block of our nation, the family unit, is fractured and an agenda under the guise of “progress” is eradicating morality and common decency. Under this agenda, anything goes – but everything is going away. The mainstream media actively promotes this agenda, swaying public opinion toward accepting it by deceivingly “reporting” on its goodness.

If the 72% who see greatness dissolving vote wisely, this can change. Otherwise, this country’s greatness will exist only in history books – if “progress” allows history to remember it.

David J. Hentosh

More Rights From the Left

September 19, 2015

Our government has now declared that it will begin using the term “sexual rights” in all discussions of human rights and global development. These “rights” will include the “right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence.”

The Center for Health and Gender Equity, admitting these “rights” are basically symbolic, considers the decision to be “the United States catching up with the rest of the world”, but it does not take much imagination to see how the progressive left, especially with regard to abortion, will use these “rights”. They will become de facto laws, and laws are always difficult to revoke once enacted.

Many assumed rights have materialized due to increasing government assistance programs and the influence of political correctness. Many now consider government-provided cell phones, food stamps, and other freebies to be “rights”. Even illegal aliens have been granted assumed “rights” as well as immunity from laws by the Obama administration.

These “sexual rights” are unnecessary, as laws already exist protecting everyone from discrimination, violence, and sexual harassment. This is nothing more than the government’s continuing effort to replace certain terms with PC jargon in its attempt to turn political correctness into the law of the land.

It is not progressive; it is repressive.

David J Hentosh

PC Revision of History

September 8, 2015

More and more, the progressive left is emulating a repressive regime such as the old Soviet Union, North Korea, or Iran. It is not only speech and thought they are trying to curtail, control, and dictate, they are attempting to re-write history to match their fantasy version of reality.

Michael Todd Landis, an Assistant Professor of History at Tarleton State University is taking the current targeting of the Confederate flag to a new level by attempting to change our language and even our very understanding of the Civil War. With his PC rhetorical changes, Landis rivals the old Soviet Union in revising history.

Landis wants to eradicate perfectly understandable and appropriate words and terms from the era such as “Negroes, “suffragates”, “war between the states”, and even the word “Union” describing the northern side. His suggestion of replacing the “Compromise of 1850” with “Appeasement of 1850” sounds like it comes from a Saturday Night Live skit but, sadly, Landis is all too serious.

In his progressive PC world, “plantations” should become “labor camps”, “slave-owners” should become “enslavers”, and “Union” should just become “The United States”, thus, wiping out even a hint of the South’s place in history. He claims that these offensive terms “obscure rather than illuminate”, but his ideas do nothing but obscure reality.

It is true that history is often distorted and written by victors. Errors of that sort can and often should be corrected, but changing the language of the time to appease those today who are offended by everything is pure foolishness.

The erroneous goal of political correctness is to “correct” history, language, perceptions, and even thoughts. “Correct” in this context does not mean making it free from error; it means setting it right – and therein is the problem. The PC police are setting it right for whom? For Landis, it is for him and only those who think like he does. We can only hope that is a very small minority.

David J. Hentosh

Say It Ain’t Joe

August 30, 2015

As Hillary is agonizingly fading away, Democrats are scrambling for an acceptable replacement candidate. In order to continue making history, their inexperienced community organizer was to be succeeded by the first woman president or, better yet, a “twofer” with the first Native American (?) woman president, Elizabeth Warren. That dream seems dead so they are turning to a court jester.

When asked about Joe Biden, most people’s first reaction is laughter – and they are not laughing with him, they are laughing at him. That’s because Biden has trouble speaking for more than 30 seconds without making a gaffe of some sort. It is his trademark and being the court jester of the Obama administration is his best-known accomplishment.

He needs to overcome that image if he is to be a serious presidential candidate but if he does, he would no longer be the Biden everyone knows. That would leave the Democrats with an unknown, aging candidate whose election would not “make history”, thus, alienating many of the party’s voters.

On the other hand, a debate with Donald Trump could mask Joe’s gaffes or, at the very least, make them seem less inappropriate. Donald has his own unique way of squeezing laughter out of seriousness that could make Joe feel right at home and perhaps propel his gaffes to a higher creative level. Who knows? They may even pick each other as running mates. Wouldn’t that be something for the history books?

It would be best for all if Biden just went away. Were he to run and win we would basically be subjected to an Obama third term. That would be embarrassing and devastating for the country. We’ve had enough of that.

David J. Hentosh

A Nation of Pretense

August 26, 2015

We are being driven by a media willfully manipulating public opinion to accept an agenda that is increasingly at odds with reality. Political correctness has become more powerful than the law and unrealistic dreams are a basis for national policy decisions. Everybody pretends it isn’t so.

Hillary Clinton continues to pretend that a right wing conspiracy is responsible for her self-induced e-mail problems even as that ruse unravels further each day. President Obama and his band of incompetent negotiators are pretending that Iran is a legitimate nation acting in good faith even though it is clear to all that Iran cannot be trusted. Black community self-appointed “leaders” pretend there is across-the-board, systematic racism in the entire country’s police force that is resulting in the targeting of innocent black men.

The Pro-choice lobby pretends that a fetus is only a living being if a mother chooses to allow it to be one, a decision that can be made even after it is out of the womb. Until that decision is made, they pretend the fetus is little more than a blob to be cut up and sold for parts.

Celebrities pretend they are political pundits; The wealthy pretend they are not; The poor pretend they have a right to wealth; Liberals pretend to be tolerant; Progressives pretend to be social engineers; Environmentalists pretend alternate energy sources are efficient and economical; The Pope pretends to be a climatologist; Journalists pretend to be objective; open-border lobbyists pretend we don’t need borders; Democrats pretend Obamacare works; and Congress pretends it is competently working for the people.

Donald Trump became a top GOP presidential candidate simply because he does not pretend to be someone he is not. However, he pretends that details of his simple solutions, if they exist, are irrelevant to voters.

In 2016, too many voters will pretend they understand the issues and elect someone who will pretend to understand what needs to be done. We are a nation of pretense.

David J. Hentosh

California Dreamin’ is Becoming a Reality

August 12, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law (taking effect January 1) that bans the word “alien” from the state’s labor laws because it is a derogatory term and has negative connotations. Considering that the law also removes the state’s preference for hiring U.S. citizens on public works projects during periods of unemployment, he would have helped the state citizens much better if he signed a law just banning aliens.

One would think that the citizens of a state should naturally come first when hiring for public works projects, especially when there is high unemployment. Isn’t a governor supposed to take care of his state’s citizens? Instead, he is catering to illegal immigrants and encouraging them to invade the state – and it is very much like an invasion.

In Huntington Park, California where 97 percent of the residents are Hispanic (50% of them foreign-born), two illegal immigrants have been appointed to positions on the City Commission. They can’t vote, yet, but that is sure to change. State Senator Ricardo Lara is trying to get a bill passed allowing Obamacare for illegals even though that has been excluded from the national healthcare law. 52% of all new drivers’ licenses in the state this year have been awarded to illegal immigrants and 10% of the state’s total workforce consists of illegals.

California has 28 sanctuary cities, more than any other state in the country, and that means it is willfully allowing immigration laws to be ignored and broken more than any other state. Obama’s dream is California’s dream, which is not exactly clear, but it is becoming a reality by hook or by crook – and there will be dire consequences for the country.

Perhaps it is votes for the Democrat Party they are seeking by allowing free-for-all illegal immigration, but that is very shortsighted. If or when the population becomes predominately Mexican and South American, they will vote in ways that are sure to go against the current California Dream, whatever that may be. Then again, shortsightedness is a common trait for dreamers refusing to deal with reality and wanting to feel good about themselves.

David J. Hentosh


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