Thursday, January 3, 2008

Minnesotans For Global Warming (M4GW)

I live near Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. When I was driving to work on Wednesday it was a balmy 10 degrees below zero. I didn’t want to think about the windchill factor as the car was rocking with each gust of wind. Thoughts of how this part of the country was a covered with a mile-deep pile of ice 10,000 years ago allowed me to feel some gratitude for the current weather. When I booted my computer I was thrilled to open a link from a coworker that addressed global warming from a fellow Minnesotan who responds to email with the name Elmer. This video posted at YouTube made my day. Elmer seems to be the kind of person that has a good understanding about the need for global warming. He states, “I don't know about you, but I am tired of hearing only one voice on this issue. Isn't it time we who have experienced the worst of our present global climate come together and work to heat this god-forsaken frozen tundra? Let it start here in Minnesota; turn your snow shovels into lawn chairs, and let us together make this world a warmer, more enjoyable place.” His website, Minnesotans For Global Warming, has links to other videos that he has produced. He seems to be having a great deal of fun promoting the need for global warming. Take some time and visit the site, take a look at his other creations, make a donation, or just say thanks.

Military Losses

These are some rather eye-opening facts.


Since the start of the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sacrifice has been enormous. In the time period from the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, through today, we have lost over 3,000 military personnel to enemy action and accidents.


As tragic as the loss of any member of the US Armed Forces is, consider the following statistics: The annual fatalities of military members while actively serving in the armed forces from 1980 through 2006:

1980 ........ 2,392

1981 ........ 2,380

1984 ........ 1,999

1988 ........ 1,819

1989 ........ 1,636

1990 ........ 1,508

1991 ........ 1,787

1992 ........ 1,293

1993 ........ 1,213

1994 ........ 1,075

1995 ........ 2,465

1996 ........ 2,318 Clinton years @14,000 deaths

1997 ........... 817

1998 ......... 2,252

1999 ......... 1,984

2000 ......... 1,983

2001 ............ 890

2002 ......... 1,007

2003 ......... 1,410

2004 ......... 1,887

2005 ............ 919

2006............. 920 Bush years (2001-2006): 7,033 deaths

If you are confused when you look at these figures, so was I.

Do these figures mean that the loss from the two latest conflicts in the Middle East are LESS than the loss of military personnel during Mr. Clinton's presidency; when America wasn't even involved in a war? And, I was even more confused; when I read that in 1980, during the reign of President (Nobel Peace Prize winner) Jimmy Carter, there were 2,392 US military fatalities!

These figures indicate that many members of our Media and our Politicians will pick and choose. They present only those "facts" which support their agenda-driven reporting. Why do so many of them march in lock-step to twist the truth? Where do so many of them get their marching-orders for their agenda?

Our Mainstream Print and TV media, and many Politicians like to slant; that these brave men and women, who are losing their lives in Iraq, are mostly minorities! Wrong AGAIN just one more media lie!

The latest census, of Americans, shows the following distribution of American citizens, by Race: European descent (White) ............................ 69.12%

Hispanic ....................................... 12.5%

Black............................................ 12.3%

Asian .............................................. 3.7%

Native American ............................. 1.0%

Other .............................................. 2.6%

Now... here are the fatalities by Race; over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom:

European descent (white) ......... 74.31%

Hispanic ................................... 10.74%

Black ......................................... 9.67%

Asian .......................................... 1.81%

Native American ......................... 1.09%

Other .......................................... 0.33%

You do the Math! These figures don't lie, but, Media-liars figure and they sway public opinion!

I don't expect that this information will ever show up in the MSM.


These figures can be confirmed in the Congressional Research Service.


Thanks to Brian for this info.





What Did You Give? UPDATE....

I was finally able to line up the hours the Humane Society was open, my schedule, and track down the person who could help me with my donation for my sponsored adoption (See post "What Did You Give This Year?" - below).

It turns out that they will not actually advertise that a particular dog is sponsored for a free adoption until the potential adopter applies. So my wish of helping a long residing pound puppy was dashed.

Why do they do this? Because they do not want people adopting a dog for the wrong reasons - I completely understand their point. Just another case of "wanting to do the right thing" (thinking with emotions...) but not always thinking everything through. Who does that sound like? Any stereotypes that may apply to certain groups there? Hmmmmmmmmm?

Only this time it applied to me (guilty).

Anyway, I did donate a dog adoption and the person who chooses that particular dog (hopefully for the all the proper reasons) will get a nice lil' surprise - it will be free. Yippie skippie and all that jazz.