Mythological "Renewables"


© 2019 Jim Spence - So many times, in this space, we speak of the Democrat’s beliefs/assertions that simply are false. Let’s consider the insistence by all those Democratic Party presidential candidates, save but a couple who are polling at zero percent, that the U.S. will simply STOP using oil and gas and power everything with wind and solar farms (combined with a massive increase in the use of batteries) IF they are elected.
These assertions are preposterous for so many reasons. Let’s set aside the crippling costs of such a sweeping re-tooling of the economy, which would be both massive and ongoing. These proposals would drive living standards around the world right through the floor.
What is still never discussed by Democrats or most Republicans, is the simple fact that abandoning oil and gas to use wind and solar, would require an ASTRONOMICAL expansion in mining activities. Not only would the volume of mining activities be required to explode, these activities themselves would produce unimaginable quantities of waste.
Let’s think about this. The idea of “renewable energy” is actually a pipe dream (no pun intended). What Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders never tell anyone, perhaps because it never comes up at their Kool-Aid parties, is that wind and solar machines, and the batteries required to store what energy these machines produce, come from………NON-RENEWABLE materials themselves. Duh!
Accordingly, this preposterous energy revolution which is being pitched by almost all U.S. Democrats, will result in the need for the disposal of astonishing amounts of plastic waste. Even with government subsidized wind and solar equipment, we can already expect more and more of this equipment to decommissioned in the years ahead. This alone will generate countless tons of waste. For every electric-car battery manufactured, mining companies will have to process and transport more than 500,000 pounds of raw materials. We are talking about TRILLIONS and TRILLIONS of tons of the earth being disturbed. And this will have to occur somewhere on the planet. This is of course, the same planet these lunatic greenies claim they want to save.
Of course, there are alternate paths. We can walk everywhere. We can start raising horses again and try to breed the flatulence propensity out of the species. Or, how about this? We can simply go on disturbing about ten percent of the total tonnage needed for one car battery and get the same number of vehicle-miles/units of energy.
Relatively tiny gas-fired turbines produce energy efficiently. On the other hand, a wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of non-recyclable plastic to make. And of course wind turbines kill endangered bird species when the blades hit them as they fly too close to these monster-sized units.
Solar power equipment requires even more concrete, more steel, and more glass than wind generators.

There are many metals required for this mythological green conversion Democrats pitch, including silver, iridium, cobalt, and lithium.

The points here are simple.
  1. The science behind man-caused global warming theories is very dubious, which is why Democrats changed their label to climate change.
  2. Even if you swallow the man-caused global warming junk science they offer, the electricity that comes from wind or solar machines is going to require far more raw materials, waste, landfills, and environmental damage as fossil fuels.

The bottom line is just as a Dutch government-sponsored study concluded after considering all the facts. Exponential growth in renewable energy production capacity around the world is simply not possible with present-day technologies and annual metal production.
Sometimes it is hard to tell what actually motivates Democratic Party candidates to call for such dumb policies. But it is not hard to see that the general population has been sufficiently anesthetized to swallow just about any bone-headed scheme they trot out.

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El Paso and Dayton every week


© 2019 Jim Spence - The power of the media should never be underestimated. When news broke of the shootings in El Paso Saturday, my wife read some of the breaking details from the app on her phone. We both shook our heads and grieved for the families involved. Later that day we heard the news that our sister-in-law’s own sister was in the check out line at the Wal-Mart when shots rang out. Fortunately for our family, she left the store safely. And yes, she is Hispanic.
After some time passed, I went back to my sports programming. I record the golf tournaments on the weekends and watch them on a delayed basis. When I turned on the recording of the golf tournament, the CBS local affiliate in El Paso preempted the golf to broadcast news of the horrific events.
Of course, the national news media was all over the shooting incident with wall-to-wall coverage too. Not long after these sorts of tragedies take place, the politicians are brought on the air to try to score political points. As soon as it became clear that El Paso police were dealing with a sick racist scum ball with a vendetta against Hispanics, the acrimony against the GOP was heightened. This was followed by calls for more power to go into the hands of government. Of course, the solution to every problem for Democrats is to give more power to the state and of course, to end GOP influence on government policies.
This all seems so sad. The horrific nature of these killings is just awful, and it seems almost sanctimonious to wade in. But the hypocrisy of what the news media tends to emphasize these days needs to be scrutinized. The loss of life in El Paso was horrific Saturday. And nothing that anyone does or says is going hasten the healing of the families affected.
However, we need make our national news media outlets stay true to their supposed concern about the loss of life. El Paso is a pretty large city, but it has been a pretty safe city. Things don’t happen in El Paso like this very often. In fact, I can never remember anything like this happening in the city that is just forty miles south of our home.
Let’s consider how the media handles the greatest unreported scandal in U.S. history. In Chicago over this very same weekend, as was the nightmare in El Paso, more than 50 people were shot with six people killed. The number of shooting victims in Chicago in 2019 is close to 1,700 and the dead body count is close to 400. And the vast majority of the victims are black. In my place of birth, Baltimore, Maryland the city has a per capital murder rate that makes Chicago’s seem tame. So far in Baltimore in 2019, the murder count is 199. Again, the vast majority of these victims are black as are the murderers.
Let us all hope and pray that nothing like this ever happens in El Paso again. But sadly, there seems to be no hope for Chicago, Baltimore, or dozens of other American cities where local gun crime is a way of life. Where are the news reports? Where are the documentaries? Where are the TV specials?
The cynical side of me thinks that what amounts to a never-ending El Paso and Dayton never gets any coverage because these cities have been firmly under the political control of Democrats for decades. Also, Chicago and Baltimore already have the toughest gun control laws in the nation.
What is the media interested in if it is not interested in reporting on murders in these cities that dwarf what happened this weekend? Is it simply interested in helping Democrats acquire more power for the state and federal governments? Is it simply in damaging the GOP every time there is a mass shooting instead of fifty individual shootings?
Know this. Chicago and Baltimore are and have been KILLING ZONES every single weekend for decades, not just once in a lifetime. Where is the mounting concern? Instead it seems diminished. Where are the calls for solutions? Where is the accountability? Does anyone care about all of these shooting victims when there is no way Democrats can play the race card and get a gotcha on the other side?
Shooting victims in Baltimore and Chicago are human beings. They all have families. Many are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. These THOUSANDS of victims should not be ignored because they are of no economic value to the news media or the politicians who think giving more power to the state is the solution to every problem.
Here’s a news flash THAT WON'T BE REPORTED…..next weekend there will be the equivalent of another El Paso and Dayton in Chicago and Baltimore.
Does anyone care? Not the media. It seems obvious that with journalists and politicians, in areas where strict gun laws are on the books, astonishing levels of black-on-black crime is not newsworthy.

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Doing real soul searching after a heart-breaking tragedy


© 2019 Jim Spence - The blame game began before most of the victims in El Paso had even been transferred to the trauma units at local hospitals. Donald Trump was blaming video games and a desensitized culture of violence in America. And Democrats tried to make the point that the president has inflamed the violent tendencies of those who agree with him by using harsh words and images about the reasons for controlling borders.
It seems to be a good time for reflection. Everyone should read the pair of quotes below made by the president and see if we can finally all agree that these are pretty darned inflammatory, anti-Hispanic, statements that have to be considered likely to trigger violent behaviors by unstable people:

“All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.”

“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”

Those attempting to mount a defense of the points the president seemed to be trying to make with these statements, is the fact that polls suggest most people agree with him.
Let's take a step back. It is true that most Americans are intolerant towards those types who take cuts in long lines. In fact, when this happens on highways, and is completely unrelated to illegal immigration, it can lead to violence via road rage.
Then there is of course, the tens of thousands of people who actually enter this country illegally, and once they elude the Border Patrol, they commit crimes. There have been many well publicized instances of these circumstances that can also inflame attitudes. And of course, there is no question illegal immigration imposes incredible stresses on taxpayers through unchecked demand for government services. This too can create resentment and anger.
Still, the violence in El Paso over the weekend has brought tremendous scrutiny to the inflammatory things the president has said about illegal immigrants. Is he at least partially to blame for saying these things about illegal immigrants?
There is one final piece to this puzzle to consider, as the politicians in America on both sides of the aisle look to pin the blame on the other side.
The president’s remarks are direct quotes. The first statement was made by Bill Clinton on January 24, 1995. Ten years later the second statement was made by Barack Obama on December 15, 2005.
It would seem that one man’s statement on border policy is another man’s racist, mass murder-inciting rant. It also seems clear that being guilty of racism is tied to the question of "who" is trying to take advantage of a heart-breaking tragedy so he or she can score some political points.
Joe Biden was certainly trying to score points on the tragedies over the weekend when he expressed agony for the people in "Houston and Michigan." Way to go Joe.

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The Civil War Sequence


© 2019 Jim Spence - It’s no fun to be a devoted American these days. Most of the components required for a civil war are falling into place within our country. It has been 159 years since the first American Civil War. And since 2016, the telltale signs of a second civil war are everywhere. All you need to do to recognize the signs. Take a long glance at the behaviors of Democrats and those of the violent radicals they embrace.
The Democratic Party mindset that was prevalent in 1860, is once again prevalent today. Elected Democrat’s guiding principle today is “nullification.” Consider the pathetic state of California, which is 21st Century America’s equivalent of South Carolina in 1860. In South Carolina elected Democrats decided, because the majority of its residents wanted to continue to expand the institution of slavery and hated everything Abe Lincoln stood for, that it would simply deny the American electorate the validity of its decision to elect Lincoln.
California is taking the same exact action in 2019. Because California wants to expand the institution of the welfare state, it wants to deny the validity of Trump’s election. In fact, in some ways, California is more anti-American union in 2019, than South Carolina was in 1860.
Consider the most recent decision by California’s elected Democrats to deny Donald Trump a position on the GOP primary ballot in California’s 2020 primary election. This would be the equivalent of keeping Lincoln off the ballot in 1860.
All of this is ominous. California will get a say in 2020, just as it did in 2016. And Trump has about as much chance of winning California’s massive electoral college vote count in 2020 as Lincoln did of winning South Carolina’s 160 years ago.
Astonishingly, Democrats in California arrogantly believe that how other states vote should not matter. Accordingly, they have decided to employ Stalin-like tactics to pre-emptively deny the possibility of any election results they don’t agree with. Sorry folks, this is not democracy, this is dictatorship.
So…..how might a second U.S. Civil War play out? Let’s build a very plausible scenario. Here would be the sequence:

The electorate in America, despite all wishes of Democrats, just might deny them the White House again in 2020, just as it did in 2016 and 159 years ago in 1860.

1) Should Trump win the White House for a second term, it is reasonable to expect that the Democrats in California, who are so used to having super majorities, they are trying to ban Trump from the state ballot before the election, will take actions after they lose again, that are the equivalent of nullification and secession.
2) Specifically, it is reasonable to expect the elected Democrats in Sacramento, the heirs of Jefferson Davis, to take actions that mimic those of South Carolina in 1860. They will effectively refuse to accept the consequences of any election that does not produce their desired result.
3) When California openly defies the fundamental laws and principles that bind together American states, the nation can expect Trump to do what any American President since Lincoln would do in response. He will send federal troops to occupy the state capitol in Sacramento and force the rogue California legislature and governor to conduct themselves like American adults instead of spoiled children.
4) Should federal troops be called in to California to enforce the results of a federal election all Americans participated in, we should all expect the violent radicals who routinely destroy property around the country to behave as they have since Trump was duly elected in 2016, and descend on Sacramento. They will don their black masks, flack jackets, clubs, chains, and torches, and commit acts of violence. No doubt they will get subsidies from people like George Soros, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and others who will try to destabilize America. This has already been happening.
5) The national guard and other military units will do their duty and meet lawless violence with force.

Will the sequence described above escalate into a second Civil War? It will depend on whether elected Democrats, the news media, and public education in places like California decide to revert back to embracing the rule of law. Most high-profile Democrats have been tacitly embracing violence and other forms of lawlessness instead. Will they overtly embrace violence and secession in the face of yet another bitter election defeat?
Of course, there is an alternate scenario for all of this. Democrats, the news media, the entertainment industry, and public education may well convince Americans to vote to expand the welfare state and win the White House in the 2020 election. If they do so, they will put themselves in a position to legally destroy the fundamental strengths of America.
Either way, all one needs to do is read excerpts of these so-called Democratic debates to realize that America needs a cleansing. Perhaps a civil war will have to be the way we get cleansed. Or perhaps Americans will simply choose to jump off a cliff and get dirtier.

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