Environmentalism as religion All the books that I have seen about the science and economics of global warming, including the two books under review, miss the main point. The main point is religious rather than scientific. There is a worldwide secular religion which we may call environmentalism, holding that we are stewards of the earth, that despoiling the planet with waste products of our luxurious living is a sin, and that the path of righteousness is to live as frugally as possible. The ethics of environmentalism are being taught to children in kindergartens, schools, and colleges all over the world.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest homosexual organization, has issued a challenge to pro-traditional marriage supporters saying in essence: “Put up or shut up.” They have called for a boycott of Wal-Mart while urging their supporters to buy from Target.
The reason? Wal-Mart refuses to offer “domestic benefits” (benefits given to married couples) to homosexual partners.
The homosexual organization also urged individuals to buy from Target, saying “consumers should make every effort to support” Target because Target offers “marriage” benefits to homosexual partners. (Target is the company which no longer allows the Salvation Army to solicit Christmas donations in front of their stores.) –excerpted from an American Family Association Action Alert (www.afa.net) 11.22.07
Egyptian Woman Files for Divorce over Husband’s Refusal to Shower
An Eygptian woman has filed for divorce from her husband on the grounds he has not showered since they married, AlArabiya.net reported Sunday.
The wedding took place two months ago.
It was a quick courtship for Yara Saad Al-Din, 23, and Aysar Ali, 31, who got engaged two weeks after meeting on an airplane, AlArabiya reported.
But a couple months into the marriage and the honeymoon was over once Ali confessed to his blushing bride that he had not showered in eight weeks.
Ali claimed he could not bathe because of a skin disease which made him allergic to water. While a doctor confirmed Ali had a skin disease, he also said it had nothing to do with water, AlArabiya reported.
Al-Din filed for divorce. When Ali refused to grant her one, she filed for khol’a — an arrangement within Islam which grants a woman a divorce if she renounces some financial rights.
An investigation into khol’a by AlArabiya.net turned up countless unusual reasons for divorce:
– An engineer in Port Said filed for divorce because her veterinarian husband insisted on keeping cats and dogs in the house.
– A civil servant divorced her husband because he had bad breath from eating too much garlic and because he did not wash his feet.
– An Egyptian housewife filed for khol’a after her husband refused to let her go to her father’s funeral.
– A sorcerer’s wife filed for a divorce after he refused to give up his job. –from Fox News 11.19.07 as submitted by Mark Zaveson
‘Blame US for 9/11’ Idiots in Majority
Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government had warnings about 9/11 but decided to ignore them, a national survey found.
And that’s not the only conspiracy theory with a huge number of true believers in the United States.
The poll found that more than one out of three Americans believe Washington is concealing the truth about UFOs and the Kennedy assassination – and most everyone is sure the rise in gas prices is one vast oil-industry conspiracy.
Sixty-two percent of those polled thought it was “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that federal officials turned a blind eye to specific warnings of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Only 30 percent said the 9/11 theory was “not likely,” according to the Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.
The findings followed a 2006 poll by the same researchers, who found that 36 percent of Americans believe federal government officials “either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action” because they wanted “to go to war in the Middle East.”
In that poll, 16 percent said the Twin Towers might have collapsed because of secretly planted explosives – not hijacked passenger jets flown into them.
And what hit the Pentagon? Twelve percent figured it was a US cruise missile.
Anger at the federal government and skepticism in general by younger Americans is fueling the popularity of crackpot conspiracy theories.
Only 12 percent of Americans expressed anger at the government following the 2001 terrorist attack, but that grew steadily and reached 54 percent last year.
Most young adults give some credence to a conspiracy theory, while seniors are the least likely to believe in one, pollsters found.
In the latest Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll, 811 US adults were interviewed Sept. 24 to Oct. 10. Among the findings:
* 42 percent believe the federal government knew in advance of the plot to assassinate John F. Kennedy, compared with 40 percent who call that theory “not likely.”
* 37 percent believe UFOs are real and that the feds have been hiding the truth about them.
The 2006 poll found 36 percent believed the government was also hiding proof that intelligent life exists on other planets. –by Andy Soltis, from the New York Post 11.24.07[Editor’s comment on the above: For the last item (and thereby all the previous), it is fairly clear that no intelligent life exists here. Someone once said that everyone is allowed to their own opinions, but not to their own set of facts. And isn’t it just too bad their facts don’t support any of these crackpot theories.
Gotta go — we’re heading across the galaxy tonight looking for some wheat fields to knock down for fun!]
Freaked Out: Teens’ Dance Moves Split a Texas Town School Leaders in Argyle Banned Hip-Hop Grinding; Parents Back ‘Good Kids’
Argyle, Texas — Karen Miller, 53 years old, saw her first “freak dance” four years ago when she was chaperoning a high-school dance attended by her freshman daughter.
One boy was up close to a girl’s back, bumping and grinding to the pounding beat of the music.
“I thought, ‘That’s just dadgum nasty,'” Ms. Miller recalls. “It really had me sick to my stomach.”
Ms. Miller took the initiative and broke it up. School employees at the dance seemed oblivious, she says.
They’re oblivious no longer. A new resolve by school officials in this booming Dallas suburb to crack down on sexually suggestive dancing — and skimpy clothing — has sparked a rancorous debate over what boundaries should be set for teenagers’ self-expression. Argyle joins a long list of other schools around the country that have banned the hip-hop inspired dancing known as “grinding” or “freak dancing.”
But in Argyle, a once-sleepy farming community strained by explosive growth from an influx of well-to-do suburbanites, the controversy has gotten vicious. Some parents blame the newly installed school superintendent, Jason Ceyanes, 35, for ruining their children’s October homecoming dance by enforcing a strict dress code and making provocative dancing off-limits. Disgusted, a lot of kids left, and the dance ended early.
Mr. Ceyanes says he fears current cleavage-baring dress styles combined with sexually charged dancing could lead to an unsafe environment for students.
“This is not just shaking your booty,” he said. “This is pelvis-to-pelvis physical contact in the private areas…and then moving around.”
To make his point, Mr. Ceyanes held a community meeting and played a video pulled from YouTube demonstrating freak dancing. “I cannot imagine that there is a father in this room who could watch this video and be all right with a young man dancing with his daughter in that fashion,” he told the gathering…
Students defend their style of dancing, blaming the disagreement on the same sort of generation gap that turned Elvis Presley’s swiveling hips into a public controversy in 1956. Some Argyle teens say they realize grinding might look erotic, but they insist it’s just dancing, not sex. “We don’t think of it that way,” says Ferrin Bavousett, 17. “When we dance, we don’t mean, ‘Hey, after the dance you want to go to La Quinta?'” referring to a nearby motor hotel… –excerpted from an article by Susan Warren from the Wall Street Journal 11.19.07. Read the entire article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119543673953997556.html