Friday, April 18, 2014

Christianity is booming around the world

We keep hearing about the decline of Christianity, but that’s the myopic view from the US-Europe elite. It is the relocation of Christianity, not a decline.

In Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa it is booming.

Frances Martel at Breitbart

… According to a June 2013 report by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, the countries with the largest increase in Christian populations are currently Nepal, China, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. The list also includes some of Africa's poorest nations: Benin, Burika Faso, South Sudan, and Mali. No European countries made the list. 

A 2013 Pew Research Center study corroborates this shift, noting that Europe and the Americas, which once housed 93% of the world's Christians, account for only 63% today. Sub-Saharan Africa's Christian population rose from 9% to 63% in the century between 1910-2010. Meanwhile, a different Pew study puts countries like China, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia on the list of most Christian-populated nations. In Malaysia, where Islam dominates both culture and politics, Christians are making inroads at the top of their political tickets.

The statistics alone do not show this steadily louder presence of Christians in foreign lands, however. Unfortunately, conflict among those who practice native faiths and growing numbers of Christians has become a staple in some parts of the globe. A study from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity in the United States released this year suggested that about 100,000 Christians have been killed every year for the past decade as a result of their faith. ...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nanny Bloomberg earned his way to Heaven.

Nanny Michael Bloomberg has earned his way to Heaven. If you don't think so, then ask him.

He outlawed smoking in bars, ended legal transfats in food - but only certain ones - and tried and failed to limit the size of sugary drinks. He also repealed New York City's term limits law, because the people of NYC couldn't survive w/o Him. This is one bold leader.

But his highest calling is to take away your 2d Amendment right to fire arms. And He is still on the job. If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. Criminals don't care about laws. Duh. I want to ask Him about the two Colorado state senators who were recalled from office because they got one of His gun-control laws passed. Why didn't His big money save them? My answer - because Colorado voters can make their own decisions. They don't need Him to make them, unlike the proud people of NYC.

Bloomberg announced this week that He will go straight to Heaven - no questions asked - because of His good works. He has never shown one gram of humor, so I am sure He is dead serious.

Breibart News

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Changing health data so Obamacare can't be tracked

Obama's Census Bureau is changing how health care data is collected. To improve what? Bad guess. Let's guess why Obama's team is making this change after we discuss the results. The changes are so large that it will not be possible to compare 2013 to 2015. And - surprise - the new method will show fewer without insurance, said Brett J. O’Hara, chief of the health statistics branch.

It will not possible to compare how many are uninsured before Obamacare to after.

Would anyone guess that Obama's Census bureau is making this change this year to make President Obama look good? Would anyone NOT think so?

NY Times

Washington politician Goldmark violates donation pledge

Washington State Lands Commissioner Goldmark does not meet even the standards of politicians.

As he campaigned in 2008 to become Washington state’s top logging regulator, Peter Goldmark attacked his opponent for a “reprehensible” conflict of interest — accepting money from timber harvesters while allowing them to conduct clear-cuts in landslide-prone areas.

Goldmark pledged that he was the candidate to do away with backroom deals and restore trust to the office.

“I will not accept money from the industries that I’ll be regulating,” the Democrat said at a public forum in Gig Harbor that year, during his successful campaign to unseat Republican Doug Sutherland, the incumbent commissioner of public lands.

His vow didn’t last.

Over the past three years, Goldmark has accepted about $100,000 in campaign contributions from timber and wood-product companies — 20 percent of the money he’s collected over that time, according to a Seattle Times analysis.

For example, Weyerhaeuser, which Goldmark cast as a villain during his 2008 campaign, is among the donors.

Goldmark said he didn’t sustain the pledge because he’s not influenced by the money.

If he is not influenced by money he will return the $100,000.

Seattle Times

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pay no attention - Demos lose two special elections

They didn’t expect to lose either of these races. 2014!!!

Northern Virginia and Connecticut.

National Review Online

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Anacortes sights hikes and beaches

We are very interested in Anacortes. It is beautiful and surrounded by water. There is a lot of marine activity - WS ferries to the San Juan Islands, two or more repair facilities and six marinas with lots of boats. It is a peninsula, so it has a lot of waterfront. And it has over four square miles of forests plus one very large park - Washington Park - which is also a peninsula of bedrock with lots of views on high points.

I am gathering the best resources I find in this post for future reference. Resources for a hiker, beach walker, casual bike rider who is always exploring new places.

People’s Guide to Anacortes. Map that marks all sorts of activity locations from beaches, hikes and view points to softball fields and historic sights.

Anacortes Magazine for events and news.

Tommy Thompson Trail - From the SE part of the center city follows the water south, then across a great trestle bridge to March Point. We have seen harbor seals up close on a foggy day on this bridge. The link is a commercial (pay) map site.

Guemes Channel Trail - will traverse the north shoreline from Tommy Thompson trail several miles to Washington Park on the west.

Anacortes city trail maps.

Obama's John Kerry planting stories blaming Israel

Distinguished Secretary of State John Kerry has dreams of a Nobel Peace Prize. If only the Israelis would cave and allow their country to be cut up until its existence is on the edge. That’s what Mahmoud Abbas needs - he can’t even agree that Israel has the right to exist.

It is now reported that John Kerry’s team is planting stories to poison the process against Israel. They are in his way with their desire to stay alive. Don’t they know who he is?

Washington Free Beacon

… Multiple sources told the Washington Free Beacon that top Obama administration officials have worked for the past several days to manufacture a crisis over the reissuing of housing permits in a Jerusalem neighborhood widely acknowledged as Israeli territory.

Senior State Department officials based in Israel have sought to lay the groundwork for Israel to take the blame for talks collapsing by peddling a narrative to the Israeli press claiming that the Palestinians were outraged over Israeli settlements, the Free Beacon has learned.

These administration officials have planted several stories in Israeli and U.S. newspapers blaming Israel for the collapse of peace talks and have additionally provided reporters with anonymous quotes slamming the Israeli government.

The primary source of these multiple reports has been identified as Middle East envoy Martin Indyk and his staff, according to these insiders, who said that the secret media campaign against Israel paved the way for Secretary of State John Kerry to go before Congress on Tuesday and publicly blame Israel for tanking the talks.

“The Palestinians didn’t even know they were supposed to be abandoning negotiations because of these housing permits, which are actually old, reissued permits

John Podhoretz at NY Post

… These talks mean nothing to them; they’ve done nothing to advance negotiations in all these months. They’ve moved on nothing, agreed to nothing, made no goodwill gestures toward Israel or the United States.

And Kerry? He’s basically fine with this. He’s full of understanding. He understands it would be difficult for Mahmoud Abbas to acknowledge Israel as a “Jewish state,” so he doesn’t act as though Abbas’ refusal to do so says anything about Abbas’ viability as a negotiating partner.
Abbas’ recalcitrance should’ve told John Kerry everything he needed to know.

But Kerry doesn’t want to know. What he wants is a Nobel Peace Prize he’s never going to get.

That’s why he started this ludicrous process in the first place — to secure himself a consolation trophy after his humiliating defeat at the hands of George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential race.

Now, here is John Kerry’s monument: By whoring after a deal he couldn’t get to satisfy his own wounded pride and fulfill his own vainglorious wants, he has been exposed for all to see as a deceitful, pompous, self-righteous and vindictive fool — not to mention a world-historical two-time loser.

Friday, April 11, 2014

If you study and find fracking to be safe then hide your results

Gov. Cuomo of New York (D) had a study done on the reputed dangers of fracking. About five years ago. Then his health commissioner Nirav Shah delayed releasing the results - again and again. He said in January, 2013, that the report would be released within weeks. 65 weeks later it is still not available. Democrat & Chronicle

A leaked copy of the New York report says fracking is safe and will not contaminate ground water. New York Times (registration required)

ALBANY — The state’s Health Department found in an analysis it prepared early last year that the much-debated drilling technology known as hydrofracking could be conducted safely in New York, according to a copy obtained by The New York Times from an expert who did not believe it should be kept secret.

The analysis and other health assessments have been closely guarded by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his administration as the governor weighs whether to approve fracking. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has long delayed making a decision, unnerved in part by strident opposition on his party’s left. A plan to allow a limited amount of fracking in the state’s Southern Tier along the Pennsylvania border is still seen as the most likely outcome, should the drilling process receive final approval.

The eight-page analysis is a summary of previous research by the state and others, and concludes that fracking can be done safely. It delves into the potential impact of fracking on water resources, on naturally occurring radiological material found in the ground, on air emissions and on “potential socioeconomic and quality-of-life impacts.”

Via Breitbart

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania investigated a specific claim franking contaminated water wells in Franklin Township and found the contamination existed, but fracking was not to blame. Breitbart

USA

Obama’s EPA is being very slow on its study. EPA

Coffee drinkers get less cancer

Misc Coffee Cup

Coffee drinkers get less liver cancer. Every little bit helps.

Researchers at University of Southern California followed people over 18 years and found that daily coffee drinkers were less likely to develop hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC, which is the most common form of liver cancer. Moderation is OK, but heavy drinkers did even better! 

Compared with people who drank no more than six cups of coffee per week, those who drank one to three cups per day were 29% less likely to  HCC. Serious coffee drinkers -- those who downed four or more cups per day -- were 42% less likely to be diagnosed with the disease.

Four cups a day. Yes!

LA Times

More good news:

Better heart health also. Actually it is better blood circulation through the tiny capillaries. But don’t try this with decaf; it is the caffeine that makes the difference. LA Times

 Graphic: source forgotten

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Campus speech police shut up brave woman

Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been excluded by the campus speech police at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass, near Boston. She was a member of the Dutch Parliament for four yeas. But she, a Muslim woman, spoke out against the anti-woman policies and actions of Muslims. She was chased out of the country and came to the US. She continues to bravely speak out.

A Brandeis spokesman praised her while announcing the intended honorary degree for her was being withdrawn. 

"She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women's rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world," said the university's statement.

Talk is cheap. The university won’t face up to the Muslim speech police.

Albuquerque Journal

Debate on pay inequality and $15 an hour - live at 7 pm

KTTH radio is hosting a debate on pay inequality and $15 an hour minimum wage Wednesday, April 9. Their Ben Shapiro will debate Seattle City Member Kshama Sawant. The sold tickets for the event and sold out in short time. I can’t find a web page describing the event, but David Boze on KTTH radio says they will live stream the event.

To listen live, at 7 PM go to KTTH. Then select “Listen LIVE” on the upper right of the home page.

Senate Democrats' war on women

The US Senate’s number two Democrat Dick Durban pays women on his staff $11,105 less than men. At the same time he is leading the Democratics’ claim that Republicans have a war on women.

Washington Free Beacon And more on the data WFB.

The Senate’s number four Democrat Patty Murray of Washington paid her female staff $21,000 less in 2011. But she is making the same claims.  Uhh… Senator Murray? Why why are you pointing at other people instead of yourself?

Sound Politics in 2012.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

VA pay bonuses while paying millions for wrongful deaths

Obama’s Veterans Administration (VA) heath care system is paying $200 million for wrongful deaths (nearly 1,000 of them).

At the same time Obama is paying VA employees bonuses. One manager who overseas 6 deaths due to Legionnaires’ disease at the VA hospital in Pittsburgh collected a $63,000 bonus and retired.

Why are those causing the deaths not held accountable? Because the taxpayers are suckers and pay for both sides. We pay the damages while paying bonuses for those who caused the damages.

Seattle Times

Fracking myths

Fracking fluids contaminate ground water? Fracking causes tap water to ignite fire?

Does fracking cause these? No. Jazz Shaw at PJ Media.

He goes into detail on the tap water story.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Seattle Maritime Festival in May (some in April)

Maritime Fest race

Seattle celebrates its large and varied maritimes industry(ies) May 10 & 11. Actually there are events throughout April and May, 2014.

The iconic tugboat races will be on Saturday, May 10 along the Seattle Waterfront.

Overview at Seattle Propeller Club.

More at Northwest Seaport.

Photo: Woodenboat.com

Friday, April 04, 2014

Bragging about Obamacare sign-up success - Fallon

Jimmy Fallon observed Tuesday night that the number of signups for Obamacare that President Obama is bragging about wasn’t that hard. Daily Caller:

“The White House says it has surpassed its goal for people enrolled in Obamacare. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory and fine people if they don’t do it and then keep extending the deadline for months,” Fallon quipped. “It’s like a Cinderella story. It’s just a beautiful thing. You make everyone do it.”

Fallon forgot one more important piece. Obama has $700 million to promote it - dog memes, cat gifs and $10 million for cartoon ads. Washington Free Beacon

Marilyn Monroe is leaving Palm Springs and they are glad

"Forever Marilyn"LAT marilyn 27 feet tall

An iconic 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe is being dismantled to leave Palm Springs. And almost everyone is glad.

Looking at it you might be able to guess why. Why are people walking under it?

LA Times

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Washington honors 3 Medal of Honor recipients

Washington honored 3 servicemen who received the Medal of Honor for heroism in battle.

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter and Capt. William Swenson all received the nation’s highest military honor for risking life in combat, in the Afghanistan war.

Seattle Times

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Loch Ness monster found

And a fairy and left-handed Burger King Whopper. For a great laugh, confess to murder. NOT.

Ten of them: Mirror UK

April Fools

Monday, March 31, 2014

Shoreline Walks April 6 to Aug 21

Easy and moderate walks in Shoreline. Especially May 3.

City of Shoreline

Sunday, March 30, 2014

If Saturday Night Live is making fun of Obama's frantic call for sign ups

He has lost Saturday Night Live. They are making fun of Obama's frantic call for last-day sign ups for Obamacare…

Powerline Blog

Reality has been outrunning satire for a while in the Age of Obama, but the folks at Saturday Night Live seem to think they can pull it off. As we approach the shifting deadline for Obamacare enrollment on Monday, Obama adviser “Mike” (he looks an awful lot like Obama flack Dan Pfeiffer) and social media expert “Mara” are featured talking Obama into taking promotional photographs that are guaranteed to go viral and deliver ten million additional sign-ups in the next 48 hours. How low will Obama go?

Obama is shown submitting to a photograph in Pharrell’s hat [Buzzfeed] while holding sign touting Healthcare.gov. He takes a group photo with Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles, and BatKid holding “a cat dressed like Princess Elsa from Frozen.” Then comes the Pope (because “he’s hot right now”). As I say, reality outruns satire in the Age of Obama.

The bit with the Pope makes me wonder: where is Father Guido Sardcucci? He isn’t familiar to the target demographic, but he would be able to make comedy out of the selling of Obamacare.

For their final shot, the White House crew brings in Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon) for an intimate photo. Now that is low, but lower than Zach Galifianakis and Between Two Ferns? This satire thing is hard.

 Click the photo to see it at PowerLine Blog. Or click here.

PBL SNL Obama needs viral

How many uninsured now have insurance due to Obamacare?

How many people who had no insurance last year now have it with Obamacare? Junking much of our health care system was a required emergency measure in 2010 because of uninsured people. (It was such an emergency that Congressmen were not given time to read the bill they voted for.) Since the uninsured forced Obamacare on us how many of the newly signed up didn’t have medical insurance before?

No one knows. It is complicated and involves assumptions and interpretations… And Obama’s bureaucrats are not keeping track. What? They are not even trying to find out! Daily Caller:

 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) deputy administrator Gary Cohen, who directs the agency’s health insurance reform unit, said that CMS is not tracking information about previously uninsured enrollees.

“That’s not a data point we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way,” Cohen said when asked how many uninsured people are signing up on the Obamacare exchanges, according to a tweet from National Journal’s Sam Baker.

Locally Danny Westneat, talking about Washington, says he knows. But then he says the state doesn’t know. Seattle Times quoting Westneat:

The state doesn’t know how many of these people were previously uninsured.

So how does he know? Not by any method he talks about. But, more importantly, he is sure that all the criticism is from Republicans.

An appointed member of a Washington health care oversight board told me the same this week -- that Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is not keeping track. No one knows.

See also Megan McArdle at Bloomberg “A Key Obamacare Question We Cannot Answer."

There is no such thing as Obamacare

Another Obamacare highlight:

Senator Angus King, an independent democrat from Maine, told Fox News there is no such thing as Obamacare. You can’t sign up for it. I guess they didn’t give him time to explain that!  

Weekly Standard

Celebrate Earth Hour every day

North korea  south korea at night

Earth Hour is a world-wide event to symbolize “commitment to the planet,” whatever that is. It consists of turning off non-essential lights for one hour of one night per year. If it’s so honorable why not turn off your lights for the whole night? Every day of the year?

They celebrate it every day in North Korea. See.

And also see “Earth Hour: A Dissent” by Ross McKitrik at WattsupwithThat.