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Liberal Hypocrisy: Global warmists attend SF climate change summit in private jets

Last week, global warming/climate change hucksters converged on San Francisco for the three-day Global Climate Action Summit, Sept. 12-14, on lowering the carbon emissions alleged to be responsible for global warming.

More than 4,000 elected officials, business executives and environmentalists from around the globe flew into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for the Summit. So many came by fuel-guzzling, carbon-spewing private jets that they increased SFO’s corporate private jet traffic by as much as 30%.

Matier & Ross report for the San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 16, 2018:

One of the hottest spots during the just-concluded Global Climate Action Summit was the private runway at San Francisco International Airport, where SFO spokesman Doug Yakel reports corporate jet traffic was up 30 percent over normal.

Airport sources told us that the carbon-spewing corporate jets nearly filled the landing area’s parking slots and that many had flown in for the conference.

[…] The summit was organized by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been known to fly private.

In 2015, Brown flew with real estate mega-millionaire and major Democratic Party donor George Marcus via private jet to a climate change conference at the Vatican. The next year, the go-green governor jetted off with Marcus for a two-week trip that included stops in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.

Harrison Ford’s private jet

According to Emily Zanotti of Daily Wire, the Global Action Climate Summit attendees included “environmental A-listers” Al Gore, actors Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin, and pop musician Dave Matthews, “all of whom can afford to and choose to fly by themselves rather than find a more eco-friendly way to attend an event dedicated to saving the planet.

Citing The Guardian, Zanotti points out that:

  • An hour’s flight on a private jet emits more carbon dioxide than most Africans do in a whole year.
  • A fully-loaded passenger jet puts between 200-300kg (o.22-0.33 ton) of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere per passenger per hour; but a half-full private Lear Jet emits 400-600kg (0.44-0.66 ton) of carbon dioxide per passenger per hour.
  • If Al Gore flew in a half-full Lear Jet, he’s responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide as an average American family home creates in about two weeks.

Further adding to their hypocrisy, the Global Climate Action Summit attendees weren’t any more carbon conscious on the ground.

According to the New York Times, few high-profile attendees took advantage of freely available carbon-neutral ground transportation while they were in San Francisco. An expensive electric shuttle, provided to move attendees between event landmarks, was “nearly empty” all the time.

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Missing dog showed up at owner’s funeral 490 miles away

In Rancho Escondido, near Guadalajara, Mexico, lived Doña Rosalba and her canine companion, Bayron Max, together with some farm animals.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Rosalba had to leave her home to go live with her relatives in Montemorelos, a city near Monterrey in Northern Mexico.

The driving distance between Guadalajara and Monterrey is 490 miles.

But Rosalba periodically would return home to feed her dog, who waited patiently for his mistress.

Then Rosalba became so ill that she could no longer make the trip. Her relatives went to Rancho Escondido to look for Max, only to find the dog had disappeared.

In her last requests to her family before she died, Rosalba asked them to look after Max because when she was racked with pain from the cancer, the dog would comfort her by folding his legs around and embracing her.

Fifteen days after Max had disappeared, Doña Rosalba died.

On the morning of her burial, her body was displayed in the chapel of the funeral home.

A family member recounted what happened: “It was surprising and very moving for everyone to see the puppy arrive, looking bedraggled. Max reached the room where his owner’s coffin was, sobbing and barking.”

Bayron Max stayed for the hours-long funeral, refusing all food. All the people at the funeral were moved by the dog’s dedication, love and fidelity.

Source: Punto X Punto, Sept. 6, 2016.

H/t PawMyGosh

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~Eowyn

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We have a winner!

. . . for the 182nd world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

This was a very competitive contest, with many very clever captions, which made the task of the voters quite challenging.

But the writers of FOTM duly voted, each for his/her #1 and #2 captions.
Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; a #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 182nd FOTM Caption Contest, with two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 10 points, is . . .

Tim Shey! Happy feet

Here’s his winning caption:

Joe Biden programming his demon-possessed robot.

Cathy (with one #1 vote and two #2 votes) and Lophatt (with two #1 votes) are close seconds, each with 8 points. Here are their captions:

Cathy: “Mmm, you smell like conservative suppression and burnt electronics. My favorite scent!”

Lophatt: “If you don’t give me what I want I have my other hand on your power cord.”

ManCavePatriot (with two #2 votes) and Paladin (with one #1 vote) are in 3rd place, each with 4 points. Here are their captions:

ManCavePatriot: “Your new programming ‘trigger word’ is ALGORITHM.”

Paladin: “Joe Biden whispers into Zuckerberg’s ear, ‘I would enjoy whispering sweet nothings into your ear more if you were a 9 year old girl.'”

Bob350 and Maurice Boutin are in 4th place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their captions:

Bob350: “Don’t move, my tongue is stuck in your ear.”

Maurice Boutin: “Last night was really special for both of us.”

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations, Tim Shey!

Here’s your super-duper Award of Excellence, all ready for framing!

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For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next, very exciting Caption Contest!

~Eowyn

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Gun-control Hypocrite: Sen. Kamala Harris protected by armed police

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), viewed as a rising star in the Demonrat Party with presidential ambitions, is vocal in her gun-control advocacy.

Like other gun-control politicos, Harris is a hypocrite, spouting off on gun control, while she is protected by armed Los Angeles police officers, the costs of which are borne by taxpayers.

More outrageous still is that Harris has the LAPD’s armed protection even when she isn’t in Los Angeles.

Eric Leonard and Andrew Blankstein report for NBC4 Los Angeles, Sept. 6, 2018, that City of Los Angeles Payment Vouchers show that armed, plain-clothes LAPD officers were dispatched to California cities outside of Los Angeles at least a dozen times to provide security for Sen. Kamala Harris at public events, media appearances, and a party.

LA taxpayers paid for airline tickets, hotel stays, car rentals, and meals for the LAPD officers, according to detailed expense reports obtained by NBC News. The total cost of the trips, not including the officers’ overtime, topped $28,000.

Although the LAPD routinely provides security for dignitaries and officials visiting LA, a senior retired LAPD official said the protection extended to Harris for her travels to other cities was unprecedented.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti‘s spokesman Alex Comisar claims Garcetti had been “unaware” of this unusual arrangement, although Section 4.242.9(b) of the L.A. Administrative Code states:

With the exception of employees of the City Council or Office of the Mayor, all non-elected City officials and all other City employees shall notify the Mayor, the Chair of the Committee that oversees the Intergovernmental Relations function, and the Chief Legislative Analyst prior to traveling on official City business to Sacramento or to Washington, D.C.

Garcetti insists he hadn’t known until July, when new LAPD Chief Michel Moore conducted an “assessment of the threat” to Harris and “determined that this arrangement was no longer needed”.

Garcetti blames former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said “Chief of Police Charlie Beck assigned a security detail for US Senator Kamala Harris shortly before she was sworn into office in 2017, based on a threat assessment he believed to be credible. Funding for the detail was provided by the Department budget.”

Beck’s signature appears on many of the LAPD documents authorizing the trips, including:

  •   Just 10 days after Harris was sworn-in to the Senate, two LAPD officers flew to Oakland to go with Harris to a “retirement event” for a California Department of Justice official.
  • A trip in April 2017 when Harris gave TV interviews.
  • A trip in March 2018 for a speech by Harris at a YMCA event.
  • A trip in June 2018 to escort Harris to the San Francisco Pride parade, where LAPD officers were visible in video and pictures captured along the parade route.
  • Altogether, in the 1½ years between January 2017 and July 2018, LAPD officers flew to San Francisco at least seven times to provide armed protection for Harris. LAPD officers also traveled to Sacramento, Fresno, and San Diego for Harris.

The decision to end the out-of-town security program for Harris was made around the time the Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit that demanded Mayor Eric Garcetti turn over records detailing the taxpayer expense of his own security detail during his extensive out-of-state travels, after both City Hall and the LAPD refused to release the documents through a routine California Public Records Act request, claiming that the documents “could potentially undermine the Mayor’s safety and security.”

But the Times‘ lawsuit claims there is no portion of the Records Act that exempts these expense records from public disclosure. Even the U.S. Secret Service has provided information about the cost of traveling security details for both Presidents Trump and Obama, and the cities of Chicago, Baltimore, and Seattle have all produced similar mayoral expense records for public review.

According to a Crazy Days and Nights blind, Kamala Harris began her political career by being the mistress of the powerful and married Willie Brown — former mayor of San Francisco and speaker of the California State Assembly — who took her to swinger parties that were “glorified orgies” where she engaged in sex with “large numbers of men and women”. CDAN claims there are compromising pictures of Harris at these orgies, “which is why senior leaders from her party are quietly trying to discourage her presidential ambitions”.

From Wikipedia:

In 1993, she [Kamala Harris] started dating California Speaker of the Assembly Willie Brown, who introduced her to many powerful individuals in the California and Sacramento political and campaign management establishment.

Kamala Harris was Willie Brown’s “girl friend” although he was — and still is — married to his wife Blanche Vitero (see James Richardson, Willie Brown: A Biography, p. 404).

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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Leftwing Lunacy: Feminists want to rename female body parts like ‘vagina’

Here’s a sure sign that westerners are simply too affluent and have too much leisure time because if we were otherwise, we’d be working hard to feed ourselves and our families instead of  dreaming up imaginary insults and injustices to fume over.

The latest contrived grievance among feminists about the oppressive “patriarchy” is “gender bias” in names for the human anatomy, more specifically, that men had named the parts of female anatomy like fallopian tubes, hymen, ovaries, uterus and vagina.

Leah Kaminsky calls herself a physician, award-winning novelist based in Australia, and a “holocaust survivor”. In a tedious, meandering essay for BBC Future, June 4, 2018, Kaminsky pontificates:

The truth is, men are all over women’s bodies – dead, white male anatomists, that is. Their names live on eponymously, immortalised like audacious explorers for conquering the geography of the female pelvis as if it were terra nullius.

The gods are engraved on women too. The masculine Greek god of marriage, Hymen, who died on his wedding night, has lent his name to a uniquely female anatomical structure. Hymen is derived from the Greek word ‘hyalos’, or membrane. But it was the father of modern anatomy, Vesalius, who in the 16th Century first used the term specifically for the covering of the vaginal orifice.

When it comes to science and medicine, men (and gods) have left their mark all over the place. They have stamped their names on thousands of creatures, from salmonella bacteria (after US veterinarian Daniel Elmer Salmon, though it was actually his assistant’s discovery) to the endangered grevy zebra (named after a former French president).

After all, until the last century, women were almost excluded from academic medicine. But the continued use of these mostly male eponyms not only reflects the gender bias in our medical knowledge base. It may continue to perpetuate it….

It raises the question of whether our perceptions of the body, and its conditions, are also skewed by gender biases without us realising….

In 2000, social worker Anna Kostztovics was concerned at the lack of fundamental gender equality embedded in her native Swedish language. She pointed out that boys had a non-sexualised word for their genitals – ‘snopp’, a widely-used term roughly equivalent to the English term ‘willy’ – while girls did not. She popularised the use of a new word, ‘snippa’, as the female equivalent.

Since then, Swedish activists have called for English speakers to replace the sexist terms in their own language – such as renaming the ‘hymen’ with the new term ‘vaginal corona’.

It remains to be seen whether these terms will catch on. But perhaps people should be encouraged to create the language they need….

If feminists like Leah Kaminsky had their way, they’ll rename female anatomical parts. But who’s to say the feminists would agree on the new names? It will be the ultimate solipsism, wherein we each has a private language, with our own names for body parts. Humanity will then revert back to the days of the caveman, where we will no longer understand each other, but “communicate” with grunts and howls instead.

~Eowyn

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Netflix ‘Insatiable’ TV series mocks Christianity with young girls pleading for sex with Jesus and Holy Spirit

Netflix has gone to the dark side:

The latest: Netflix is airing a new series, Insatiable, which mocks Christians and Christianity.

Dawn Slusher reports for LifeNews, Aug. 31, 2018, that released on August 10, Netflix’s newest teen dramedy Insatiable portrays Southerners as shallow, ostentatious Jesus freaks.

Insatiable’s main character Patty Bladell goes from being bullied at school for being overweight (taunted with nicknames like “Fatty Patty”) to becoming a vengeful beauty queen once she loses weight after having her jaw wired shut from an injury she received after punching a homeless man who called her fat.

In one scene, Patty undergoes baptism. She comes out of the baptismal pool in slow motion, her wet, see-through white gown revealing a red bikini underneath as everyone in the pews stare at her in awe.

The beauty pageant is called Miss Magic Jesus.

The Miss Magic Jesus Pageant begins with the contestants singing a very lurid and sexually charged “worship” song, pleading with Jesus and the Holy Spirit to have sex with them, asking the Holy Spirit to “please ride me…deep, deep, deep in my Hooool…ly Father” while making sexual motions and gyrations.

Chorus: We’ll journey together, your hand on my heart. Whatever the weather, a love so strong. So long. So hard. O, Jesus, You fill me in every single way. Sweet, sweet Jesus inside me, I got You deep in my soul. Deep, deep, deep in my soul. Yeah! Oh, Spirit, please ride me. Please, please, please, please ride me. Deep, deep, deep in my soul.

Dee: Time to break it down, y’all. Stone cold chillin’, JC, JC, just You and me. Chill, chill, chillin’, You see, by the Sea of Galilee. I got a notion that this motion by the ocean is the potion I need. I think You get the gist. You the top of my list. State of bliss. Eucharist. Swear to God I need a fix. State of bliss. Crucifix. Thank You, Jesus, that’s my mix.

Dixie: And now for the second coming!

Chorus: Sweet, sweet Jesus inside me, I got You deep in my soul. Deep, deep, deep in my soul. Yeah! Oh, Spirit, please ride me. Please, please, please, please ride me. Deep, deep, deep in my Hoooool…ly Father. I think I love You.

Nearly a year ago, I terminated my subscription to Netflix. If you still are a subscriber, please stop because your subscription is enabling Netflix in its evil.

~Eowyn

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The Facebook cyborg Caption Contest

After being so rudely interrupted by most-despicable and cursed WordPress’ take-down of the old Fellowship of the Minds on August 15, we are resuming our caption contests!

This is the 182nd world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic (h/t SunaJAeon):

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Uncle Joe whispers new instructions to CIA android Mark Zuckerberg.

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Decide today whom you will serve

Joshua 24:1-2

When they stood in ranks before God,
Joshua addressed all the people:
“If it does not please you to serve the LORD,
decide today whom you will serve,
the gods your fathers served beyond the River
or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling.
As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

“Decide today whom you will serve”.

What Joshua, the leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses, referred to is the Fundamental Option.

In his chapter on “The Theory of the Fundamental Option and Moral Action” in Bernard Hoose, ed., Christian Ethics: An Introduction (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1998), Dr. Thomas R. Kopfensteiner defines fundamental option as a person’s orientation toward the moral good which penetrates our entire life project. It is the nucleus of our moral identity—every subsequent moral choice that we make is sustained by it and every decision substantiates it.

In the encyclical Veritatis Splendor, St. John Paul the Great wrote:

Christian moral teaching, even in its Biblical roots, acknowledges the specific importance of a fundamental choice which qualifies the moral life and engages freedom on a radical level before God. It is a question of the decision of faith…by which man makes a total and free self-commitment to God, offering ‘the full submission of intellect and will to God as he reveals’…. This faith…comes from the core of man, from his “heart” (cf. Rom 10:10), whence it is called to bear fruit in works (cf. Mt 12:33-35; Lk 6:43-45; Rom 8:5-10; Gal 5:22).

As such, the fundamental option is the most important choice we make because it governs nothing less than our last end—be it beatitude or eternal damnation.

John 6:61, 63-64

Jesus…said to them,
“…It is the spirit that gives life,
while the flesh is of no avail.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.”

So what is your Fundamental Option?

Decide today whom you will serve.

Is it God or is it your own self, which, of course, is really that first temptation in that first garden to be “like gods” (Genesis 3:5).

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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The cat who goes to school

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:15:29 +0000

Anne Gelhaus reports for the San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 19, 2015, that the Marienthal family adopted Bubba the cat in 2009 and tried to make him an indoor cat. But Bubba likes to roam and has become a fixture in two nearby schools — Leland High School and Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose, California.

Amber Marienthal said “He’s really loud” and that she still gets calls from staff and students who see him on campus and think he’s lost.

Like many members of Leland High School’s student body, Bubba is a social animal — he attends sporting events, hangs out on campus with his buddies and has a Facebook page dedicated to his exploits. Bubba even has a Leland student card.

But unlike Leland’s other students, Bubba can roam the school’s halls freely during class. And if he wants to be excused, he doesn’t have to raise his paw; he just meows.

Bubba is known and loved by many at both schools, as his 600-plus Facebook followers attest. Marienthal, the administrator of Bubba’s Facebook page, says Bubba’s fans want him to branch out into other social media. She says, “People want me to get him on Instagram” but “I only have so much time to devote to my cat’s social life.”

Bubba has been featured in other media. He’s been written up in the high school’s newspaper, senior magazine and yearbook. Marienthal says “The students at Bret Harte petitioned to have a statue erected in his honor,” but their petition was denied.

Both of Marienthal’s sons attended Bret Harte and are now at Leland. She says Bubba started hanging out on campus about a year before her oldest son Matthew, who just started his sophomore year at Leland, entered sixth grade at the middle school. And she says the cat is likely to stay in school even after both of “his boys” graduate.

Marienthal says she’s gotten no complaints from staff or students at either school about Bubba prowling the campuses. Her main worry is that Bubba has come close to shaving off one of his nine lives on several occasions. She’s seen him lay down on Leland’s soccer field in the middle of practice and wait for one of the players to pet him. “He’s really social and he has no fear,” Marienthal says. “I’m surprised he’s still around.”

While he usually makes it home at night, Bubba did have a scare when he wandered onto the Leland campus during registration last month and accidentally got locked inside a classroom for 36 hours. Luckily, a security guard heard him meowing and set him free.

Since Bubba meanders freely in and out of classrooms, teachers have learned how to deal with his presence. “One teacher made the mistake of buying treats for him,” Marienthal recalls, which led Bubba to sit by his classroom door and wait to be fed. “Bubba would meow for treats. [The teacher] got sick of the noise.”

Marienthal says she’d like to see her cat included in another important campus activity: “We’d love it if they let him do cap and gown in 2017. That’s the group that’s been with him through Bret Harte and Leland.”

Meanwhile, Bubba has developed attendance habits that students may want to emulate. “He waits for school to start, and he doesn’t come home until all the sports are done,” Marienthal says. “As long as he’s alive, I think he’ll hang out at the school.”

Bubba’s Facebook page is at facebook.com/bubbatheschoolcat.

~Éowyn

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New research on human hand proves humans did not evolve from chimps

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:12:22 +0000

hands of chimp and human

Dr. Fazale Rana, a biochemist and Christian convert whose father was a Muslim, writes for Reasons to Believe, Aug. 13, 2015:

The human hand is remarkable. It permits humans to manufacture and use a wide range of tools, distinguishing us from animals and undoubtedly contributing to our success as a species.

One of the unique features of the human hand is our lengthy thumbs. In contrast, chimpanzees have much shorter thumbs, strikingly disproportionate to their long fingers.

In spite of the human hand’s elegant design, many evolutionary biologists believe that it was shaped by an evolutionary history. They believe a knuckle-walking ape-like creature evolved the capacity for bipedalism, freeing the hands, which in turn evolved to become more dexterous. While long fingers and a short thumb are ideal for knuckle walking, they have limited utility for tool making. Presumably, strong selective pressure influenced the thumb and finger proportions (along with it the dexterity of the hand) as hominids began to use tools.

New work, however, undermines this standard evolutionary story.1 Researchers from George Washington and Stony Brook universities recently presented data that suggests that the last common ancestor of humans and chimps possessed a human-like hand, not a chimp-like hand. In other words, the human hand is primitive and the chimpanzee hand represents an evolutionarily advanced state.

These researchers reached this conclusion after doing a careful comparison of human hand proportions with those of monkeys, apes, and the fossil remains of early hominid species and by using this hand data to build an evolutionary tree. They discovered that the hand proportions of monkeys and apes are quite diverse, and the human hand isn’t necessarily that unique. The evolutionary tree they built indicated that human and gorilla hands are very similar, suggesting an ancestral state. On the other hand (no pun intended), chimps and orangutans display similar hand proportions, reflecting convergent evolution.

This work has far-reaching implications when humanity’s origin is viewed from an evolutionary vantage point. Even though the standard evolutionary model regards the last common ancestor of humans and chimps as chimp-like, this latest study indicates that this view is incorrect. That is, the evolutionary ancestor of humans wasn’t a knuckle-walking ape-like creature at all. In fact, it’s not clear what this creature looked like.

Perhaps even more significant is the recognition that the human hand didn’t evolve over time to be better adapted for tool use. It seemingly was capable of doing so all along. With this latest insight, evolutionary biologists are left without an explanation for the origin of the remarkable manual dexterity of humans and the genesis of tool usage.

Time and time again the standard account of human evolution turns out to be incorrect. In this particular instance, the idea that the human hand evolved under selective pressure associated with development and use of increasingly sophisticated tools has been a mainstay of human evolution for nearly four decades. And yet, a single study overturns this idea. This latest work begs the question: How secure is any idea associated with human evolution?

If you want to read about another mainstay idea in human evolution that has been cast aside, check out this article: “The Leap to Two Feet: The Sudden Appearance of Bipedalism.”

Footnote:

1 Sergio Almécija, Jeroen B. Smaers, and William L. Jungers, “The Evolution of Human and Ape Hand Proportions,” Nature Communications 6 (July 2015): id. 7717, doi:10.1038/ncomms8717.

~Éowyn

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