January 27, 2015

Al Gore, Felipe Calderon Want to Spend $90 Trillion to Save the Earth

Ever since the publication “Earth in the Balance” in 1992, we’ve seen the press minimize the public’s exposure to the more outrageous ideas and quotes emanating from former Vice President Al Gore.

Concerning that original book, Gore’s statement that “The internal combustion engine is the greatest enemy of mankind” and his contention that it could and be eliminated in 25 years are hardly known by anyone besides his fevered supporters and attentive opponents. Apparently wishing to rush his timetable for taking everyone out of their cars, Gore, in an idea barely noticed even in the business press, proposed spending $90 trillion — that’s right, trillion — for such an enterprise. After the jump, readers will see how he wants to do it.

Virtually Unreported: Unionized Percentage of Workforce Is at an Over 100-Year Low

On Friday, Melissa Quinn at the Daily Signal, after the release of the government’s “Union Members — 2014″ report, uniquely observed that the unionized percentage of the public- and private sector nonagricultural wage and salary U.S. workforce had reached “its lowest rate in 100 years.” From what I can tell in web and news searches, despite the fact that virtually any 100-year record is ordinarily considered newsworthy, no major establishment press outlet has reported what Quinn found.

The report from Uncle Sam’s Bureau of Labor Statisics claims that 1983 is “the first year for which comparable union data are available.” Perhaps, but there is data available going back much further, and it has been used occasionally in previous media reports. That data also indicates that private-sector union membership is at its lowest point since the turn of the century — from the 19th to the 20th century, that is.


Congratulations, Karl Rove: You Deserve This

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:16 pm

Rove, on Election Night 2012, followed by Fox News’s Megyn Kelly going down to the networks’ “decision desk” folks to confirm their “Obama won Ohio” call:

Comedienne Kathleen Madigan, as she ridicules Don Lemon’s “Bizzardmobile” in blizzard-free New York City, with an apt comparison (tweet links here and here; HT Twitchy):


Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012715)

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

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: American priest among saints’ causes advanced by Pope Francis

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 23, 2015 / 10:28 am

Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title “Venerable” with the pontiff’s recognition of his heroic virtue.

Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

In addition to Fr. Schwartz, six other Servants of God were recognized for heroic virtue, while three have been acknowledged as martyrs. The Pope also recognized a miracle attributed to one Italian nun.

Father Schwartz, also referred to as “Father Al,” was born in Washington D.C. in 1930 and ordained a priest in 1957. Six months after his ordination the priesthood he moved to Korea as a missionary, and lived a life devoted to helping poor children.

He dedicated his life to the Virgin of the Poor after making several visits to a shrine where she had appeared in Belgium while he was in the seminary there.

In 1964 the priest founded the Religious Sisters of Mary in Busan Korea, and in 1981 founded the Brothers of Christ in the South Korean capital of Seoul.

Together with both of his orders, Fr. Schwartz also helped to establish boystowns and girlstowns in order educate, care for and help foster a brighter future for orphans and abandoned children, as well as those coming from extremely poor families.

He also worked in the building of sanatoriums and hospitals for the needy, hospices for the homeless and handicapped, as well as for mentally challenged youth and unwed mothers. He would often beg for funds in order to allow the poor to enter free of charge.

In 1989 Fr. Schwartz developed Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and was confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. He died in 1992 and his cause for canonization opened in Manila, where his work had spread, in 2003. …

Go here for the rest of the story.