If you’ve had your TV or radio on anytime in the last year or so or even if you just get your daily dose of news from the tubes of the internet, you’ve probably heard the word “recession” mentioned a few times, right? Well, bad news for the liberal media and left-wing nut job politicians, but we are not in a recession according the the numbers released yesterday. Check out the story on Breitbart if you don’t believe me:
The country’s economic growth during January through March was the same as in the final three months of last year, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The statistic did not meet what economists consider the classic definition of a recession, which is a retraction of the economy. This means that although the economy is stuck in a rut, it is still managing to grow, even if modestly.
I’ve had this argument with more than one person in the last month or two, the most fun of which was with my employer’s VP of Sales who didn’t seem to believe me at all. You can bet I’ll email him this article later today.
Since I met Ian Beyer last fall at the Church IT RoundTable in Kansas City, I’ve been humbled by his incredible geekiness. The guy is running VLANs at home and has both private and public wifi as well. It’s definitely the most enterprise-y home network I’ve heard about so far. Anyhow…
While sure to be controversial, I have to say that he has hit the nail on the head with The Carbon Credit Crunch. In his post, he pokes fun at Al Gore and other climate change Henny Pennys.
Carbon credits are nothing more than 21st-century indulgences.
It’s simply not acceptable and almost seems hypocritical to buy these carbon credits as a response to your ever-increasing carbon footprint. The point should be to change your behaviors not offset them. It’s quite similar to something I’ve heard Dave Ramsey say regarding personal finances: you don’t need to treat the SYMPTOM (the debt), you need to fix the PROBLEM (spending more than you make).
I’m gonna go join Ian now to chop up some trees. For more reading, check out Brandon’s ongoing post about “global warming” climate change.
I got comments, both on and off-blog about the Merry Tossmas video I posted the other day, so I thought you’d all enjoy this email that was forwarded to me by my dad.
For my Democratic “friends”:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice Not to observe religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures.
And to my Republican Friends: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may God bless you and yours in 2008!
The following started out as a reply to Roger’s comment on my post The Truth Hurts, but it got a little lengthy, so I thought I would post it here for everyone to see and comment on. If the subject matters of religion, politics, and war interest you, I’d urge you to go back an read that previous post and all associated comments, then come back here to continue the discussion.
Roger, first of all – thanks for stopping by.
Telling people to leave if they don’t like it was really more tongue-in-cheek than anything else.
You don’t have to like what Bush is doing, and you’re certainly allowed to believe whatever you want about the legality or ethics of it, but even Jesus Christ himself said that such wars are inevitable. I really don’t want to turn this into a debate about religion, but I do want to take the opportunity to spell out what I believe and back it up with some scripture. Have a look at Matthew 24:
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Now I admit, you’ve got my brain working hard this morning with the statement “I think of Christ as a man of peace.” While I almost agree with it on the surface, after thinking for a few minutes, I can’t. I may be wrong, and I’m definitely going to be thinking about this some more, but while our Lord and Savior is the Prince of Peace, I think there are just too many instances in the Bible where God did send Christians out to be offensive and to right something wrong in the world. He even stated in Matthew 10:34 that He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword.
In closing, and with all the Christianity-related stuff above aside, I’ll argue to my grave with anyone who disagrees with the fact that Iraq, Afghanistan, the United States, and the rest of the world is a safer place today than it was six years ago. Much safer.
Today, in the first full round of national polling completed since last week’s “debate” among Republican Presidential hopefuls, Huckabee has pulled to within three points of the frontrunning Rudy Giuliani. Heading into the debate, Giuliani led Huckabee by twelve.
Not only that, new polling data released today shows that Huckabee has pulled to within a single percentage point of Hillary Clinton in a general election match-up.
If you haven’t paid much attention to the election coverage so far, it’s about time to start, and I urge you all to take a hard look at where Huckabee stands on the important issues. If you have been following, I hope you’re becoming increasingly frustrated like I am with the schoolyard arguing and bullying tactics among some of the other frontrunners and will also give Mike a look.
There’s a post on the Mike Huckabee site answering the question “Who won the GOP YouTube debate?” Undoubtedly, the Huckabee supporters think he won. I have the two-hour debate sitting on my TiVo to watch tonight, as I was watching TarHeel basketball last night, but this really does seem to be a nice, humorous summary for the Huckabee camp:
I love that last statement:
Now whether we need to send somebody to Mars, I don’t know. But I’ll tellk you what, if we do, I’ve got a few suggestions… and maybe Hillary can be on the first rocket to Mars.
Poll numbers continue to show Huckabee climbing, with many of them showing him in second place in Iowa. The campaign definitely has traction and is still gaining momentum. Governor Huckabee premiered his first television ad yesterday morning on Fox News, and I have to say, it’s the most refreshing political advertisement I’ve seen in a long, long time.
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