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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Powering down

A battle of the books, children's style, is underway with today's publication of The Sky's Not Falling!: Why It's Ok to Chill About Global Warming by Holly Fretwell. According to the publicity, this is the counterpoint to the Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David, estranged wife of Larry David, co-creator of Seinfeld. The blurb on the latter reads, "Engagingly designed, DOWN TO EARTH will educate and empower. . ." It doesn't exactly say who is being empowered. I haven't seen the book, but I hope it isn't too gloomy. Having the poop scared out of you by being told, say, that the world will burn up if you don't turn off your night light doesn't seem very empowering to me. Or maybe it will give kids the sense of controlling the world. hmmm. (btw, in case you haven't caught the latest on "empowerment," here's Onion Radio News: Women Now Empowered By Everything A Woman Does.)

Posted by Kevin Steel on September 18, 2007 in Books | Permalink

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Our city-dweller grandparents or great grandparents shoveled coal into a furnace and pumped water or chopped wood and fetched water in the country before dawn to start the day in their homes for their families. Incredible amounts of hard physical work, acting as your own "water and power" public utilitiy service, just to live (and then you went off to your job).

Now we have "ripped down" the (government) schools those folks built and must become our children's home-school teacher, and certainly cirriculuum director (to say nothing of 24/7 hovering security policeman).

Strong ancestors scratched out a living with knowledge it was normal and better than the old way or the old country.

Their determined-strong descendants may well complain with knowledge that it isn't normal and it isn't easier (better?).

Liberal false ideas take an impossible toll on the family unit.

That is because the Communists (homosexual-feminists) are all about destruction of the natural human family, and the corrupt homosexual Catholic clergy "blessed it."

The Roman Catholic pope should immediately DISMISS ALL homosexual-feminist priests from the Catholic Church, in order to restore the universal understanding that homosexuality is a profound mental illness, utterly destructive in forming human personality.

Moral leadership preceeds political action to restrain voracious (flesh eating) government.

It won't come from weakling secular moderate "Conservaties" but from actual men with families they care for and Faith in the future.

Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-09-18 9:09:02 AM


It won't come from weakling secular moderate "Conservatives" but from actual men with families they care for and hope in the future with Faith in God.

There, fixed it for ya.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-09-18 10:57:55 AM


To "empower" is more psycho babble and meaningless.

Even conservative is often meaningless to-day as Speller points out. Rather than labels I prefer to know what their ideology is. Do they support and promote big government, government intervention, social welfare, etc.

Posted by: Alain | 2007-09-18 12:39:29 PM


Speller -

A good salesman can sell to anyone. I'm only able to "sell" to someone much like me, no matter how earnestly I try.

It may seem that I'm always lambasting everyone with my particular religious views but believe it or not I endeavor to slip that stuff into the discussion in subtle ways. One device is to use initial caps on words which I chose as proxies for Divinity, such as the word "Faith" in that sentence (which caught your eye).

I am gratified to converse with sharp people, particularly when there is a broad expanse of common ground. My arguments are not always as tightly crafted as they may need to be in order to win the day, but first I want to reclaim vast areas of lost ground, where we no longer speak freely about such simple obvious truths as the importance of families in our national life.

I appreciate all of your help.

Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-09-18 6:39:22 PM


Conrad- you may get your wish about winnowing undesireables from the RC priesthood. Pope Benedict XVI has said that he prefers a church that is smaller and closer to the original doctines than a church with more members but a more "liberal" stance.

Posted by: DML | 2007-09-19 10:31:34 PM


I feel so "empowered" that you might as well plug me into BCHydro and solve any lingering energy crisis!

Not!

But a thought or two on personal power coming from taking responsibility for one's own life, and choices.

It takes a lot more guts and brains to homeschool, to take on the social status quo and stay home to raise the kids, when most women are being "persuaded" to work to pay for high taxation, forced to put their 1.2 children into dubious day care where the oh so well trained care provider surely must have a better feel for the kids than their own parents.

Then it takes more guts and tiring energy expenditure to take back the conservative movement from liberal meanderings into economics, civil rights, and generally encourage people to begin to take responsibility for their own lives instead of expecting big government to swoop in to the rescue at every turn.

When I do it myself, it gets done right, when I wait for government to solve my crisis, they tend to get it gibbled and cost everyone including me a lot more money.

Posted by: canadian freedoms fan | 2007-09-20 10:45:11 AM


"When I do it myself, it gets done right, when I wait for government to solve my crisis, they tend to get it gibbled and cost everyone including me a lot more money."

That is equally true for any field in which the government involves itself - with the possible exception of national defence. Health care in particular stands out as a government failure.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-20 11:17:18 AM


As soon as you see the word "empowered" you can be pretty certain the whole thing is bullshit.

Posted by: David | 2007-09-20 4:36:54 PM


BULLSEYE!

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-20 4:39:37 PM



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