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William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expert Latest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016) Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016) I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

Saving the World from Environmentalism

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With the possible exception of phrenology, nothing has produced more false, even fraudulent science than has environmentalism. Scientists of various sorts with otherwise solid credentials have, for years, allowed their own political biases bastardize results of scientific inquiry in order to “prove” what is not provable or lacks valid scientific evidence.

Moreover, people, particularly procreative baby boomers and the generation that followed, believes such nonsense without critical questioning. Author Michael Crichton, himself an environmentalist and scientist, has had enough. If you tend to believe what you hear on the evening news or even in academic periodicals about the environment, you must read this speech. You don’t have to believe Crichton any more than I believe those he attacks. But anyone who wishes to claim, “I’ve thought about it critically,” must learn some way of measuring the veracity of environmental science’s claims. Read the speech

Markets Update

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Well, the President gets more positive coverage with a press conference, the Army announces the arrests of Iraqi resistence leaders based on information contained in documents found with Saddam, and the markets respond by turning down. The Dow, up by more tha 80 points earlier in the day, is at +60, while NASDAQ is just about flat at +2.
 
The American investor class knows nothing of patriotism. Sometimes, at seminal moments in history, it is right to subordinate your personal wealth to the national or world good. But the same “me first” monied folks who sold like mad after 9/11–Warren Buffett foremost–are padding their pockets today. Greed and selfishness know no bounds, political, patriotic, or otherwise.

Markets Responding Oddly

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Saddam’s capture pushed the Asian and European markets up consistently and strongly, between 1% and 3.5% for all the majors. But in America, people who buy and sell stock are the strangest creatures on earth, and clearly the most in need of instant gratification. From way up to barely a blip, as greedy bastards in $7,000 suits sell, sell, sell at tiny margins to “lock in their profits.”
 
What a joke. These Wall Street types would sell their mothers and their children for a nickel’s profit.

I light a log

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If it is, it always was

And once it is, it

Must be always.

Modern minds commit

The wrongs they hate

From the past. It

Do-It-Yourselfer Disappointed

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Wildwood, MO—A Wildwood man is disappointed that a home improvement project proved more difficult than expected.

William Hennessy began a project to remove wallpaper and paint the master bedroom in his house in the Westglen Farms subdivision in Wildwood. Shortly after starting the job, he learned that, what he expected to take to hours, would take more than a day.

“According to the guy at Home Depot, this was a slam dunk,” said the unemployed software architect. “They told me to score the paper with a Paper Tiger, apply DIF dissolver, and peel the paper off. 1-2-3.”

In reality, the job was more difficult.

“First, I ended up scoring and rescoring the paper. The Home Depot guy said a room my size would take about 20 minutes. I spent 3 hours with the Paper Tiger,” said Hennessy. “Then the directions on the DIF bottle made it sound a lot easier than it was.”

After more than 10 hours of work, Hennessy estimates he is only about fifty percent done with the paper removal. “Hell, I thought I’d be priming by now.”

Home improvement expert and independent contract Mike Stevens of Stevens Decks, Interiors, and Snow Removal, said that Hennessy’s experience is typical.

“These do-it-yourselfers believe that crap they print on those products,” Stevens said. “Then they listen to the minimum wage idiot at Home Depot. It’s a wonder more of them don’t end up breaking a leg or burning their houses down.”

Stevens recommends hiring a qualified, local contractor for such jobs. “I’m wide open after the fifteenth,” he said after consulting his planner.

For his part, Hennessy is having second thoughts about his other planned projects. “This makes me wonder whether I can replace all 24 windows in my house in a weekend like Joe at Home Depot told me,” he said. “Too bad I already paid three grand for the things. They’ll probably just sit in my garage.”

A Grim Anniversary

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Tomorrow our nation commemorates the 30th anniversary of judicial activism’s most ignoble achievement.

Back in 1973, I remember my father coming home from his monthly Men’s Club meeting at Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Louis with tears still streaking down his cheeks. Being the kind of man he is, he tried to hide them from the kids. “I can’t believe I fought two wars for this country, only to have those bastards send us all to hell,” he told my mother in the kitchen. “Those bastards” were the Supreme Court and those who supported the sickening Roe v. Wade decision. The Men’s Club had just seen an hour-long movie about abortion. Being mostly comprised of WWII veterans, the audience had seen enough killing in its life, and it knew instinctively the difference between killing and medicine. Some in attendance had liberated death camps just 28 years before—they could smell the film.

Since then, my father and so many other Americans have built a moral callus to abortion. He still believes it murder, but, like those “ordinary” Germans living a block from a Nazi death camp, he says, “what can I do?” For 30 years, the abortion industry has fed tiny humans to their jaws of death cheered on by such seemingly innocuous organizations as the National Education Association, the Teamsters, the AFL-CIO—organizations that once stood up for the sentiments and norms and mores of guys like my dad. They now stand for death on demand.

In commemoration of this horrid event, I ask members of Congress to join me in the only form protest that seems to work: prayer.

In 1992, all seemed lost on the abortion front. Bill Clinton promised to make abortion the national sacrament of his sexual-materialistic church. Public opinion supporting abortion on demand reached an all-time high, and the number of abortions was at a crescendo—1.6 million in 1990 alone. Those who stood for life seemed to have lost. The January 22 rallies in the early 90s were impotent and empty. The whole pro-life movement had lost its steam.

The last thing to try before despair is prayer. I think a lot of us turned to prayer between 1992 and 1995. We knew that the screaming and marching and shooting was costing us ground. The pro-lifers (or anti-abortionists, as I call myself) had become as shrill and lunatical as the pro-abortionists always had been. We were becoming, according to the media, what we despised.

Since 1995, the numbers of people, according to polls, supporting abortion on demand have dropped significantly, now representing a minority of 32% to 41%, depending on the poll. Overwhelming majorities of Americans oppose partial-birth abortions for any reason. Opinion is changing toward life, away from those dark forces that want to kill babies for the convenience of their mothers and fathers. And this sea change came about during a period in which abortion was not hotly debated anywhere. The 2003 rallies for life are being treated more respectfully by the media, and not just Fox News. I feel the worm turning.

We are a long way from restoration of balance on abortion, but we are winning where it counts—the hearts and minds of the people. Please continue to pray for America’s reaffirmation of life. Please attend a pro-life rally or worship (or is it mourning?) service. And, please, vote to ban partial-birth abortions as a first step toward reclaiming our dignity.