Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Schools Heard Back From Thus Far

McGill University - No
University of Washington - No
University of Texas at Austin - No
Princeton - No
Boston College - Yes, waiting on financial aid results

University of Toronto - No
University of Texas at Austin - Waitlisted

Ave Maria Law School - Yes, 2/3 Tuition Scholarship
Chapman Law School - Yes, Full Tuition

Will be updated sporadically as conditions change...

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Britain's Channel 4 has produced a devastating documentary titled "The Great Global Warming Swindle." It has apparently not been broadcast by any of the networks in the United States. But, fortunately, it is available on the Internet.
Distinguished scientists specializing in climate and climate-related fields talk in plain English and present readily understood graphs showing what a crock the current global warming hysteria is.
These include scientists from MIT and top-tier universities in a number of countries. Some of these are scientists whose names were paraded on some of the global warming publications that are being promoted in the media -- but who state plainly that they neither wrote those publications nor approved them.
One scientist threatened to sue unless his name was removed.
While the public has been led to believe that "all" the leading scientists buy the global warming hysteria and the political agenda that goes with it, in fact the official reports from the United Nations or the National Academy of Sciences are written by bureaucrats -- and then garnished with the names of leading scientists who were "consulted," but whose contrary conclusions have been ignored.
There is no question that the globe is warming but it has warmed and cooled before, and is not as warm today as it was some centuries ago, before there were any automobiles and before there was as much burning of fossil fuels as today.
None of the dire things predicted today happened then.
The British documentary goes into some of the many factors that have caused the earth to warm and cool for centuries, including changes in activities on the sun, 93 million miles away and wholly beyond the jurisdiction of the Kyoto treaty.
According to these climate scientists, human activities have very little effect on the climate, compared to many other factors, from volcanoes to clouds.
These climate scientists likewise debunk the mathematical models that have been used to hype global warming hysteria, even though hard evidence stretching back over centuries contradicts these models.
What is even scarier than seeing how easily the public, the media, and the politicians have been manipulated and stampeded, is discovering how much effort has been put into silencing scientists who dare to say that the emperor has no clothes.
Academics who jump on the global warming bandwagon are far more likely to get big research grants than those who express doubts -- and research is the lifeblood of an academic career at leading universities.
Environmental movements around the world are committed to global warming hysteria and nowhere more so than on college and university campuses, where they can harass those who say otherwise. One of the scientists interviewed on the British documentary reported getting death threats.
In politics, even conservative Republicans seem to have taken the view that, if you can't lick 'em, join 'em. So have big corporations, which have joined the stampede.
This only enables the green crusaders to declare at every opportunity that "everybody" believes the global warming scenario, except for a scattered few "deniers" who are likened to Holocaust deniers.
The difference is that we have the hardest and most painful evidence that there was a Holocaust. But, for the global warming scenario that is causing such hysteria, we have only a movie made by a politician and mathematical models whose results change drastically when you change a few of the arbitrarily selected variables.
No one denies that temperatures are about a degree warmer than they were a century ago.
What the climate scientists in the British documentary deny is that you can mindlessly extrapolate that, or that we are headed for a climate catastrophe if we don't take drastic steps that could cause an economic catastrophe.
"Global warming" is just the latest in a long line of hysterical crusades to which we seem to be increasingly susceptible.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

300 and Marriage

I saw 300 last weekend and it really upset me, though I wasn't quite sure why. I liked the movie pretty much in its entirety except for the adultery on the part of the queen. It seemed so terrible to me that she has sex with a fellow who holds out a vague hope to her. I've spent the last few days pondering why she might do that and why I had such a bad reaction to it.

I've come to this conclusion: she was in more desperate straits that I had realized at first. Her husband and king had marched to his death and she was the sole person who could save him from that death. Everything was up to her. The trusted advisor who was on her side had told her that if she was to have any success whatsoever she would need to have the traitor dude on her side, so when he offers his aid in trade for her sex the overwhelming hope of possibly saving her husband must have clouded her better judgment. As a viewer I could not believe that she actually hoped to have the traitor's aid, but her stoic outlook kept a great deal of her emotional affects at bay. The fact that she does sleep with the traitor shows how much pressure she was under.

:-) At least that is my euphemistic view of things... I still don't think it needed to happen that way, but it did show how dire straits were. One can argue for democracy and freedom as her main motivators but I don't see them that way. I see family as the real end behind those rationalizations.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Believe by Yellowcard

Think about the love inside the strength of heartThink about the heroes saving life in the darkClimbing higher through the fire, time was running outNever knowing you weren't going to be coming down aliveBut you still came back for meYou were strong and you believed
Everything is gonna be alrightEverything is gonna be alrightEverything is gonna be alrightBe strong. Believe.Be strong. Believe.
Think about the chance I never had to sayThank you for giving up your life that dayNever fearing, only hearing voices calling outLet it all go, the life that you know, just to bring it down aliveAnd you still came back for meYou were strong and you believed
Everything is gonna be alrightEverything is gonna be alrightEverything is gonna be alrightBe strong. Believe.
(Again today, we take into our hearts and minds those who perished on this site one year ago, and also those who came to toil in the rubble to bring order out of chaos, to help us make sense of our despair)
Wanna hold my wife when I get homeWanna tell the kids they'll never know how much I love to see them smileWanna make a change or two right nowWanna live a life like you somehowWanna make your sacrifice worthwhile
Everything is gonna be alrightEverything is gonna be alrightEverything is gonna be alrightBe strong. Believe.
Everything is gonna be alrightEverything is gonna be alrightEverything is gonna be alrightBe strong. Believe.
Think about the love inside the strength of heartThink about the heroes saving life in the darkThink about the chance I never had to sayThank you for giving up your life that day
(The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here)

Dred Scott's Great-Great Granddaughter Holds Pro-Life View on Abortion

Dred Scott's Great-Great Granddaughter Holds Pro-Life View on Abortion
by Steven EditorMarch 6, 2007
St. Louis, MO ( -- The great-great granddaughter ofDred Scott says she opposes abortion and believes the SupremeCourt should overturn Roe v. Wade in the same way it reverseditself in the landmark civil rights case. Just as the 1857 highcourt case ruled black Americans were not persons, the 1973decision said unborn children aren't people with a right to life.
In the decision in the Scott case, Chief Justice Roger B. Taneydelivered the majority opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court andseven of the nine justices agreed that Dred Scott should remain aslave.
Taney ruled that as a slave, Dred Scott was not a citizen of theUnited States, and therefore had no right to bring suit in thefederal courts on any matter.
The court appeared to be sanctioning slavery under the terms ofthe Constitution itself, and saying that slavery could not beoutlawed or restricted within the United States.
Ultimately the decision led to the election of Abraham Lincoln aspresident in 1860 when the Republican Party coordinated a newcampaign effort to gain control of the Congress and the courts.
Ironically, the same sort of campaign battles play out today aspro-life advocates look to the ballot box and the courtroom tooverturn Roe and give legal rights to babies before birth.
They can count Scotts descendant, Lynne Jackson, as one whoagrees that the high court was wrong a second time in theabortion case.
Jackson, a member of the St. Louis-area Cross Keys Baptist Churchin Missouri, shared her pro-life views with The Pathway,newsjournal of the Missouri Baptist Convention.
I know children, when they just hear that little babies are beingkilled before they're born, who say, Thats not right. Did youwant to kill me?" Jackson said.
The sensibilities and just the pure innocence of children aloneknow that this is wrong," she added, according to a Baptist Presswrite-up.
Jackson said her pro-life views were solidified when she saw avideo of an abortion procedure.
You see this beautiful form of a darling baby just floatingaround, doing well, and then you see the introduction of thesepincers that go in and the baby starts to flinch and move backand forth, as if to get away from this thing thats poking andprodding at them," she explained.
"Then it becomes pretty violent," she added.
"So now youre just looking at stuff floating, where a minute agoyou were looking at a baby. And it is a baby, and life does beginat conception," Jackson concludes.
According to BP, Jackson recently established the Dred ScottHeritage Foundation, a group that will raise funds to erect astatute of Scott in order to promote racial reconciliation.