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Irony Alert: Shell protesters damage West Seattle dive park habitat

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Mynorthwest.com: The activists protesting Shell oil and the impacts drilling has on the environment left behind material used to anchor their protest barge in a popular dive park. The barge known as “The People’s Platform” was parked over the dive park near Seacrest Park during last weekend’s protest of Shell and the Polar Pioneer oil rig.

Divers found cement blocks, cables and chains used to anchor the barge, according to Joe Smillie, spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources aquatic division. “They were mooring [the barge] with cement blocks and cables,” Smillie said. Those are now on the floor of Elliott Bay.

The damage to the park was minimal, Smillie said. Protesters will not face a fine, but will have to pay for the cost of cleanup; that cost has not been determined. It’s a popular dive location because it’s a habitat for octopus, Smillie added. The barge is being relocated to an approved area for non-commercial vessels, Smillie said. It can remain there for 30 days.

Meanwhile, the Department of Natural Resources is requesting more information regarding Foss Maritime’s plans with the oil rig parked off the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5. The oil rig is in an area that only allows for temporary use, Smillie said. The department is asking Foss how long it plans to keep the Polar Pioneer at its present location.

State-owned aquatic lands platted as waterways are generally reserved as “highways” for navigation under state law. Short-term use, such as loading and unloading, is allowed. However, the oil rig may be violating those laws, Smillie said.

“We’ve asked them for information for their plans, how long they plan to be there, and if they need a permit from us to be moored outside Terminal 5,” he said.

Any long-term storage in the area where the oil rig is moored is not allowed under the State Constitution, Smillie added.

I wonder if all these protestors rode their bikes to the park, wore plant-based material clothing, and used kayak’s made of wood?

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DCG

Native American mascots have to go, Oregon State Board of Education rules

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Oregon Live:Fourteen Oregon public schools that have fought to maintain their Native American-themed mascots in the face of state changes must pick new names by 2017, the Oregon Board of Education ruled this week.

State board members voted unanimously against an amendment that would have allowed schools to continue to call their athletic teams and other student organizations nicknames such as the Warriors, Braves, Indians and Chieftains.

“It’s a great victory,” said Sam Sachs, one of the activists who has fought to ban the names. “They stood their ground and said we’re not going to do it.” Native Americans have been asking state leaders to ban tribal-themed mascots since 2006.

Schools in Banks, Molalla and Roseburg still used Native American mascots. Seven Oregon schools called themselves the warriors. (Another, Aloha High School, earned a reprieve after proving its warrior mascot was Hawaiian, not Native American).

The state board studied the issue for years before agreeing, in 2012, to do so. The board ordered all schools with Native Americans mascots to choose new ones. Those who didn’t would lose state funding.

Republican legislators fought back. State Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, and Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, proposed bills that would allow some schools to keep their name. Governor John Kitzhaber vetoed a 2013 proposed bill but a year later agreed to allow schools that have the OK of an Oregon tribe to use a mascot with tribal significance.

The 2014 bill also directed the state board to come up with the rules for the agreement process. State officials created work groups to develop the rules and propose an amendment to existing standards that would allow some tribal mascots. Workgroup members spoke with members of nine federally recognized tribes. Some, such as the Siletz, did want to allow a local high school to use a tribal mascot. The workgroup considered whether to allow schools to ask permission from multiple tribes. They debated time frames for receiving approval.

Board members reviewed studies that said Native mascots promote discrimination, pupil harassment and stereotyping. They studied dropout rates and discipline data. Both painted bleak pictures: Last year, 3,130 Native American students enrolled in Oregon high schools. About 200 of those attended schools with Native American mascots. They comprise about 2 percent of enrollment but represent 4 percent of dropouts. They also are disproportionately suspended.

Finally, education board members agreed to vote on an amendment allowing some schools to keep their names. They rejected it, essentially reaffirming the initial 2012 decision to ban Native American mascots.

“For (the board), this really is a civil rights issue,” said Crystal Greene, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education. “It’s an equity issue. They felt like the action that had been taken in 2012 was an important one, and that this was in the best interest of kids.”

In February, the Banks School District asked more than 1,000 community members who they felt about changing the school mascot. Nearly 95 percent voted to retain “the Braves.” At least one school has changed its mascot during the back and forth. Last year, The Dalles High School dropped its mascot, the Eagle Indian. They played this year as the Riverhawks.

And this month in Lebanon, crews began working to sand down their gym floor to remove a logo of a Native American. A Native American “warrior” still appears on the school’s website and in its hallways.

So with this “civil rights” and “equity” issue now resolved, I look forward to seeing a positive reduction in the disproportionate number of Native America students who drop out and are suspended.

DCG

Methodist minister said caring about aborted babies is idolatry

It’s bad enough that the United Methodist Church supports legalized abortion, but what a Methodist pastor says about those who care about unborn babies should tell us how low the church has sunken.

Steve Ertelt reports for Life News, May 18, 2015, that pro-life advocate Sarah Terzo, who has a knack for documenting the history of the abortion debate and the abortion advocacy movement by posting quotes from pro-abortion activists through the years, posted a new quote that features Methodist Minister John M. Swomley.

Terzo explains that Swomley is an ordained United Methodist minister who was professor of Christian Ethics (!) at St. Paul’s school of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri from 1960 to 1984, president of Americans for Religious Liberty, and a longtime board member and sometimes vice president of the pro-abortion American Civil Liberties Union and chair of its church–state committee.

This is what Methodist Minister John Swomley wrote about pro-life Americans in his 1999 book Compulsory Pregnancy: the War against American Women:

Opponents of abortion in America have attributed to fetal life a sacredness that is actually idolatry… Fetal idolatry denies a woman’s right to control her body, her life, her destiny, all of which must be sacrificed to an embryo or fetus once she is pregnant…

Fetal idolatry shows no mercy. … One of the major critiques of idolatry about unborn life is its lack of concern for the abundant or purposeful life to which all of us should be called. No one of us should be an unwanted child or have to experience emotional abandonment or lack of compassion and love in childhood.”

Nothing much has changed in the United Methodist Church (UMC) since Swomley’s book. As examples:

This is why pro-life Methodists have left the denomination over the last couple of decades and continue to leave the church in droves, causing historic low membership rolls for the church.

John M. Swomley

I did an Internet search for John M. Swomley and discovered that he died on August 16, 2010, in Kansas City, Missouri at age 95 after living with Alzheimer’s for several years.

That’s 95 years more than the millions of aborted unborn babies, whom Swomley dismissed as “idols,” who never had a chance to breathe even one day of air.

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~Éowyn

Environmental hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio’s superyacht has huge carbon footprint

That preachy, sanctimonious environmentalist is at it again, oblivious to the irony of him vacationing on a gas-guzzling, CO2 spewing, 450 ft. superyacht, anchored off the Mediterranean coast of France for the annual debauchery known as the Cannes Film Festival.

Here’s Leonardo DiCaprio is his off-camera scruffy Howard Hughes mode:

Leonardo DiCaprio on board superyacht Cannes 2015

Heather Waugh reports for the Daily Mail, May 21, 2014, that the superyacht Rising Sun was custom built in 2004 by Lurssen Yachts and owned by David Geffen, the openly homosexual co-founder of Dreamworks Studio (with director Steven Spielberg), whom former Hollywood powerhouse Michael Ovitz calls the leader of Hollywood’s Gay Mafia. (See “The Gay Mafia and America’s aggressive homosexual agenda“)

The superyacht reportedly cost $200 million to build and is the 11th largest yacht in the world. It offers accommodation for up to 16 guests, a cinema, a wine cellar and is capable of carrying up to 45 crew members on board. It also boasts a basketball court which can be transformed into a helipad if necessary.

Superyacht Rising Sun

Superyacht Rising Sun

So how much of a carbon footprint does Rising Sun make?

In 2014, Leo borrowed another super yacht, the 482-ft. Topaz, to watch the World Cup in Brazil and party in style.

According to Monalisa Gangopadhyay of Liberty Voice, the $680 million Topaz is the 5th largest super yacht in the world, and belongs to billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. The super yacht is replete with luxurious features that include a top deck jacuzzi, opulent staterooms, a swimming pool, gym, movie theater, a large conference room, and two helipads.

Gangopadhyay notes:

But all these luxuries come at an environmental cost. A super yacht like the Topaz [and Rising Sun] can burn thousands of liters of marine diesel every hour as it cuts an impressive swatch through the ocean waters, leaving behind trails of smoke and tones of carbon dioxide. Additionally, such crafts can use up to 1000 liters a day or more just for its air-conditioning and electrical systems, according to Yacht Carbon Offset, a company that provides carbon offsetting for its seafaring clients.

This is the same Leonardo DiCaprio whom another hypocrite, tax-dodger Secretary of State John Kerry, had invited to talk about conservation at the State Department’s Our Ocean conference on June 17, 2014.

Kerry, who at age 70 went under the knife for major cosmetic surgery, and flicks his tongue like a snake, lauded DiCaprio for having demonstrated continued dedication towards protecting the world’s oceans.

do as i say

See also “Leonardo DiCaprio, Environmental Hypocrite.”

~Éowyn

The Write Stuff – Secrets to Creating Reader Interest!

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So how is your novel coming?

We’ve covered the opening of your story or novel, the importance of description and sensory elements, what to write about, and even had a stupendous contest (results still being tabulated). Now it’s time to enter the inner sanctum. Time to learn the lost and hidden secrets to creating reader interest.

These secrets were taught to me in the context of movies, so that’s how I’m going to explain them. It’ll also be easier to understand them this way as more people will be familiar with the examples. Basically, there are nine reasons, and only nine reasons, why mass audiences buy a ticket to see a movie (or buy a book), and they are all story-telling elements.

The rule of thumb is having two or three of these elements, correctly applied, in your movie guarantees a modest hit. Four or five elements equals a decent-sized hit. Six or seven elements turns your movie into a major hit. And if your movie (or novel) contains eight or nine of these elements you have a blockbuster on your hands.

What’s great about these elements is they work regardless of who the actors are. In fact, stars are made entirely because they play roles which contain these elements. Every major star was made this way, no exceptions. If you want to create a star, all you have to do is cast an unknown in a part that contains these elements. Harry Cohn used to say, “Gimme your aunt, gimme your dog, gimme a bum off the street, and I’ll give you a star.” And he was right. He knew all he had to do was cast someone in a role that correctly used these elements and the audience would be magnetically attracted to that person. Using these elements, you can write “actor proof” scenes and scripts. Scenes and scripts that no actor, no matter how bad or untalented they are, can ruin. For directors, that’s a dream.

For our purposes, we can use these elements to create bestselling novels that honor God, elevate men and women, or add beauty to the world.

These elements are powerful. In my estimation, there are less than ten people currently alive in the world who know how to consciously apply them. You are about to join that very select group, so use these elements wisely. Don’t waste them on trash.

Secret Element #1: Undeserved Misfortune

Undeserved Misfortune is the most powerful of all the elements. It occurs when a character in your story experiences something bad and threatening that they don’t deserve. This creates fear and pity in the reader or audience and causes them to identify with that character. In movies and plays, where a live actor portrays the character, it creates an identification with both the character and the actor. This is one of the three ways in which a star is created.

The movie Titanic contains multiple levels of Undeserved Misfortune. First, there’s Undeserved Misfortune for everyone on the ship. Through no fault of their own the ship is going to sink and most of them are going to die. Second, Kate Winslett is being forced by her mother into an arranged marriage with a man she does not want to marry. Third, Leonardo DiCaprio is framed for a theft he didn’t commit, then handcuffed and left to die when the ship starts to sink.

The movie Ghost offers double levels of Undeserved Misfortune. First, Patrick Swayze is murdered while in the prime of life, so the audience experiences fear and pity for him. Second, his fiancé, Demi Moore, loses the man she loves so the audience also feels fear and pity for her.

High Noon has multiple levels of Undeserved Misfortune. First, the killer that Gary Cooper put away is being released from prison and is on his way back to town with his gang to get revenge. Second, the townspeople and even his own deputy desert him. Third, his wife is threatened with losing her husband, only minutes after being married.

You can find Undeserved Misfortune in Bambi (Bambi’s mother gets shot), Cinderella (Cinderella is forced into servitude by her evil stepsisters and not allowed to go to the ball), Love Story (Ali McGraw gets cancer), Forest Gump (he’s not only crippled and forced to wear a leg brace, he’s picked on by kids at school), westerns (settlers attacked by marauding Indians and bandits), war movies (soldiers losing their friends in battle or being taken prisoner and tortured), thrillers like The Fugitive (innocent man framed for a crime), and every genre of movie you can name.

Every blockbuster movie and every bestselling novel contains some form of Undeserved Misfortune.

Undeserved Misfortune is so powerful it transcends fiction and is cunningly used in advertising (the housewife who’s shamed because she doesn’t use Pledge or has “ring around the collar”) and politics. That’s why the Left is constantly framing themselves as victims. They know it will evoke fear and pity (and votes) from the public. Look at anti-bullying campaign. In reality it’s a thinly disguised attempt to corrupt children and society by promoting homosexuality, but it’s sold to the public in a way to make them feel pity for young people who are picked on for being “different.”

Creating Undeserved Misfortune in your novel is a surefire way to guarantee its success.

So how is your novel coming?

Boy Scouts of America bans water gun fights; ‘pointing a firearm’ is not kind

are you serious

Washington Times: The Boy Scouts of America has put out approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are strictly prohibited.

A blog for the organization’s leaders said May 6 that pointing simulated firearms at people is not allowed.

obama-gun-gesture DCG

“Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?said Bryan Wendell on the scouting website.

The rule is clarified in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual, which says “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball. […] Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”

Negative feedback flowed into the comments section of the blog. “This makes BSA look ridiculous and has little if any impact on safety,” said Gary Holeiwnski.

Sometimes I just have to laugh out loud at how idiotic some things in our society have become. We can’t squirt each other with water guns because it is a ‘simulated’ gun. I can’t believe BSA is so worried about the PC police that it has a policy like this,” added commenter Gary USMC.

“Yes, let’s carry every policy to the absurd extreme. That will certainly help scouts shed that geeky image,” added another commenter.

The Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual guidelines are to be followed by anyone involved with Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouting, or shooting sports committees, the document adds.

DCG