The Giants of My Youth are Nearly Gone

My favorite cat’s name was Buckley.  The cat was nothing like my hero, but he crawled into my heart, settling there as snuggly and permanently as my hero did into my mind and soul.

Reagan, Thatcher, and William F. Buckley Jr.  That my children were privy to such greatness.

A woman called Rush Limbaugh today as I left work to grab a hotdog and soda for lunch at the near-by QuikTrip.

“Rush,” she said, “I went out to my mailbox to get my issue of National Review–it was there–then I heard your opening monologue . . .”

My God, I thought.  William F. Buckley died.  Some things you must hear; others you intuit.

I thought it would never happen.  Buckley dying, I mean.

When I came home on my first leave from the Navy, my sister, Sue, told a story to a small group who’d gathered to welcome me home.  Sue told us she had been talking to our mom about a great new television show called “Family Ties.”

“I told Mom that this kid reminds me of Bill,” Sue said.   “His dad told his mom, ‘I’m worried about Alex–he sleeps with a poster of William F. Buckley over his bed.'”

“Mom said, ‘Sue, come here.’  She took me upstairs to Bill’s room, and there was a picture of Buckley right above his bed!”

Buckley is, was, and always will be the human being I’d most like to become.  I started watching ‘Firing Line’ in 1978 when I was in 8th grade.  I received a subscription to National Review for my matriculation into high school.  I encourage my boys to look first to the Church, then to Buckley, when deciding the best way to think, to act, to pray, to write, to vote, to praise, to attack, to live.

Eternal rest grant unto him, o Lord, and may Your perpetual light shine upon him.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Now, please read the rest of the blogosphere.  I dare to say that every blog linked from this one reflects the copious love we on the right hold for our dearly departed founder.  He left us well.  May we advance his great cause with the dignity, certainty, and success by which he launched us.

John McCain writing on

With Bill’s passing, freedom has lost one of its greatest defenders. Bill was a great American who helped change the course of history. When conservatism was a lonely cause, he bravely raised the standard of liberty and led the charge to renew the principles and values that are the foundation of our great country.

And from Mark Steyn, same source:

it’s still hard to believe there’ll be no more Buckley columns on this week’s news, and next week’s and next month’s, and hard not to feel cheated that we were denied a nonagenarian Buckley sailing on in vigorous health toward his next century. I liked the way Rich put it at the 50th anniversary gala, after the announcement of some highly technical-bureaucratic change in Bill’s title or responsibilities: “This is still Bill Buckley’s National Review, and it will always be Bill Buckley’s National Review.” Just so.

Hell, just go read them all on NRO.

Then view this video [click].


A Hard Blow for Global Warming

When some people suggested that sun influences earth’s climate, the wack0 pseudo-scientists scoffed.  "How could man possibly influence the sun?" they asked.

Now, two prominent climate scientists, Robert Toggweiler of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University and Joellen Russell, assistant professor of biogeochemical dynamics at the University of Arizona, conclude that wind has a larger influence on Arctic ice than man.  (h/t Gateway Pundit).

It’s not ice melt but rather wind circulation that drives ocean currents northward from the tropics. Climate models until now have not properly accounted for the wind’s effects on ocean circulation, so researchers have compensated by over-emphasizing the role of manmade warming on polar ice melt. [source]

Coincidentally,  North American snow and ice cover this winter is greater than any year since 1966, a full 0.3 degrees F below the 20th century average.  More coincidentally, Arctic ice is as thick as ever (in recent times, anyway).  (Watts Up With That is one of the best climate blogs on the warming cooling planet.)

So what about the sun, Hennessy? You must be wrong.

Slow down.  Solar activity is at a modern low, and that just happened over the past year.

Kenneth Tapping of our own National Research Council, who oversees a giant radio telescope focused on the sun, is convinced we are in for a long period of severely cold weather if sunspot activity does not pick up soon.

The last time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850. Crops failed through killer frosts and drought. Famine, plague and war were widespread. Harbours froze, so did rivers, and trade ceased. [source]

I blogged about this reality over a month ago, and received a snotty , "you’re not scientist" lecture from a global warming nut . . . who’s not a scientist, either.  (At least I’m a software designer–much closer to science than this wack.)

So bundle up and enjoy the miseries of non-nuclear winter.  Here in St. Louis, we’re waiting for today’s rain to turn into our 3rd snow and ice event in a week.  (The school year’s already been extended.)

UPDATE:  Reading this entry from Accuweather and the associated comments will make you want to strike a global warming nut. 

Deconstructing McCain

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The right (myself included) knew damn well what the left media were up to:  influence voters to pick the weakest, viable Republican candidate.

They’ve done it.

McCain was the "media darling" candidate only until all other candidates fell out.  That fall out came with this week’s primaries.  Today, the very media that built up McCain and propelled him to the Republican nomination tore him down.

Thursday’s New York Times destroys the Arizona Senator in a premeditated plan to secure the White House for the DNC.

Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.

It had been just a decade since an official favor for a friend with regulatory problems had nearly ended Mr. McCain’s political career by ensnaring him in the Keating Five scandal. In the years that followed, he reinvented himself as the scourge of special interests, a crusader for stricter ethics and campaign finance rules, a man of honor chastened by a brush with shame.

Take that, Mr. Golden Boy of the MSM! 

In McCain’s defense (something I’m not used to taking), the NYT story is salacious pack of innuendo.  But it demonstrates what smart conservatives like Rush Limbaugh have been saying for years:  the mainstream media are activists, not reporters. 

The paper that praised McCain, now destroys him.  In the most cold-blooded indictment of motivations I’ve ever read, the paper lays out this quest for power:

Mr. McCain started his career like many other aspiring politicians, eagerly courting the wealthy and powerful. A Vietnam war hero and Senate liaison for the Navy, he arrived in Arizona in 1980 after his second marriage, to Cindy Hensley, the heiress to a beer fortune there. He quickly started looking for a Congressional district where he could run.

Mr. Keating, a Phoenix financier and real estate developer, became an early sponsor and, soon, a friend. He was a man of great confidence and daring, Mr. McCain recalled in his memoir. “People like that appeal to me,” he continued. “I have sometimes forgotten that wisdom and a strong sense of public responsibility are much more admirable qualities.”

For a year, now, I have been warning you that a moderate Republican is a dead Republican.  We nominated a moderate, and he’s dead.  Nonstarter.  Still-born.

Congratulations, GOP.  You get to play the minority party for four more years. 

Global Cooling Is Back!

Baby, it’s cold outside.  Are you cold tonight?

I thought it was just me.  Here in St. Louis, we’ve had a few way above average temp days this winter, including 70+ in January and February.  But between those balmy days are many, many below average days and nights.  My gas bill has been in over $200 a month, and I live in an 11-year-old, well insulated home.

Now, we learn that the polar ice caps have reversed five years of shrinkage by returning rapidly old levels.  From the Daily Express:

It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming.

But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the “lost” ice has come back.

Ice levels which had shrunk from 13million sq km in January 2007 to just four million in October, are almost back to their original levels.

Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year.

Damn.  All that worry and rancor shot to hell. 

Now, the idiots will tell us that record cold temperatures and increasing ice caps prove global warming is real.  Just remember–they’re idiots. (h/t Gateway Pundit)

White man’s World

James Joyner gets the credit for finding this one.

"Stuff White People Like" is the most exciting new blog on the planet.   Example:

White people love to laugh, so it’s no surprise that some of the funniest people in the world are white!

But there’s more:

WARNING: under no circumstances should you EVER list Dane Cook as your favorite comedian. The wrong kind of white people like him. And mentioning him will cause white people to lose all respect for you.

These people should run for President.


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When Your Children Die

When your children die at the hands of terrorists, blame the Democrats and their lawyer friends.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and other Democrats let the domestic surveillance law die.  They did it because their Trial Lawyer donors want to sue telecommunication companies who help stop terrorism. 

It’s impossible to count the number of American lives saved by electronic surveillance.  We know it’s in the thousands.  Possibly the hundreds of thousands. 

When the law authorizing this critical counter-terrorism law came up for renewal, Trial Lawyers, who stand to make billions suing telephone companies, spend millions lobbying liberal Senators, and the lobbying worked.  Hillary didn’t show up for the vote, and Obama voted against re-authorization.  Both candidates’ campaigns have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from specific law firms who want to sue telephone companies. 

Some will argue that the eavesdropping law infringed on civil rights.  Well, the courts already decided against that.  Congress’s failure to act had nothing to do with political science or philosophy; it had to do with money. 

When the next terrorist attack occurs–an attack that this law might have prevented–I hope those who let the law die meet with an angry mob, chains, and pitchforks. 

Gunfight At the Not-OK Corral

Clinton Inc. will do whatever (it thinks) it takes to secure the Democrat nomination for president.

The news of the past two days has been Obama’s plagiarism of Hillaryspeak.  As if Obama is incapable of formulating pandering drivel on his own.   From WaPo:

Yesterday, key Clinton supporters accused Obama of "lifting" a passage of the rousing speech he delivered to a party gathering in Milwaukee on Saturday night from Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, a longtime friend and supporter.

Captain Ed notes that the Clintons are make much over nothing.

Put simply, it’s nonsense. It is, however, an indication of how desperate Hillary has become to derail Obama.

It’ more than desperation; it’s personal.  Clinton Inc. can’t stand the thought of losing. A loss in the primaries would be the end of that tragic legacy, a repudiation of the most corrupt administration since Johnson.  And the Little Rock mafia won’t stand for such.

Hillary is counting heavily on the Super Delegates, many of whom, no doubt, will vote for Clinton at the convention to avoid embarrassing disclosures.  (The Clintons have everyone’s FBI record, remember?)

This should add up to quite an entertaining convention.  And that could be bad news for McCain. 

Pater Noster

The Lord’s Prayer in Latin intrigues me. I think it’s because it’s so easily understood to speakers of English.

Pater noster Father of ours
Qui es in Caelis Who art in Heaven
Santificetur nomen tuum Sanctified is the name of You
Adveniat regnum tuum In the Advent of the Reign of You
Fiat voluntas tua Your will be done
sicut in Caelo et in terra On Earth as in Heaven
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie Bread, give to us our quota today
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra And diminish debts of ours
Sicut et nos dimittus debitoribus nostris as we diminish debts to us
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem And let us not be pursuaded by temptation
Sed libera nos a malo but liberate us from evil

While the common translation uses more familiar words and syntax, the Latin roots and syntax make the Latin prayer accessible to almost anyone. I’m not fluent in Latin, so I may have made some terrible errors, but I think most readers will understand the Latin prayer by these English words.

This is a prayer to memorize, even if you’re not a Latin Mass type. The rhythm of the language is soothing, and the words begin to take on a higher meaning.

It's going to be okay