May 21, 2013

Rhode Island Sen. Whitehouse Blames GOP For Okla. Tornado, Increasing Storms, Rising Seas, Melting Ice, Etc.

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:43 am

In remarks which will more than likely be ignored by the establishment press, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in essence blamed yesterday’s deadly tornado which struck Moore, Oklahoma on Republicans who have “run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings.” Whitehouse was intensely upset because, in his view, these red state ignoramuses who are allowing ever more intense, climate change-caused storms to occur and leading the world to doom because of their inaction still expect the rest of the country to pay for disaster relief in their states as they deliberately inflict damage on blue states like his own and Oregon. As a free bonus, he threw in a detestable Cold War analogy.

The video of Whitehouse’s speech as presented at the Senator’s own YouTube channel follows the jump. View the video; Whitehouse’s condescending contempt for people who won’t accept what history will likely record is one of the greatest attempted hoaxes ever perpetrated on mankind is something to behold (HT to FreeRepublic for transcript; some editing was necessary to match the actual speech; bolds are mine):

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052113)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Spirit’s surprises are way to happiness, Pope teaches

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

May 19, 2013 / 06:58 am

Around 200,000 pilgrims packed St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Pentecost with Pope Francis, who called on them to be open to “God’s surprises” because they bring true happiness.

“This is not a question of novelty for novelty’s sake, the search for something new to relieve our boredom, as is so often the case in our own day,” the Pope said May 19.

“The newness which God brings into our life is something that actually brings fulfillment, that gives true joy, true serenity, because God loves us and desires only our good,” he stated.

Pope Francis gave his homily during a 10:30 a.m. Mass with Church movements and associations from Europe, Asia and Africa in St. Peter’s Square.

They arrived in Rome for a series of weekend events centered on the Year of Faith, which included a pilgrimage to St. Peter’s tomb, music and testimonies. Their encounter with the Pope began on Saturday afternoon when he held a prayer vigil with them, and it finished with today’s Mass.

The Holy Father dedicated his homily to three ways that the Holy Spirit works in the lives of Christians: “newness, harmony and mission.”

Speaking about the “newness” the Holy Spirit brings, he explained that it requires letting him be the soul and guide of our lives in our every decision.

But the newness and change he brings lasts because it is truly fulfilling and creates joy, the Pope said. …

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