The first named storm of the hurricane season formed in the Atlantic, about three weeks before the beginning of the official hurricane season. Since 1851, there have been a total of eighteen tropical storms and hurricanes (Andrea is a subtropical storm), meaning that, once every eight or nine years, a hurricane or a tropical storm is formed in the Atlantic in May. Forecasters are blaming global warming and the Washington Post mentioned the problems associated with hurricanes:
Wind-driven waves have been causing coastal erosion in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and the ocean has lapped at beachfront homes and condominiums.
No kidding. Our entire planet was formed because of radical geological or climatic events. (Aren’t these people supposed to be the evolutionists?) The effect of waves on Hilton Head is nothing compared to the Grand Canyon.
More importantly, the global-warming zealots miss an important point. They seem to believe that, if humans minimise their influence on the Earth, that the climate will suddenly become less hostile. Early humans recognised the hostility of our natural environment and built civilisation to protect ourselves from it. Undoing civilisation will not undo the dangers of our environment; it will simply make us more vulnerable to them. Our “unnatural” contribution to the earth is a reaction to its climate, not the cause thereof.
One more reason to be vegetarian. (Bad joke, but this pachyderm couldn’t resist.)
“Many adolescents, and adults too, say they engage in oral sex as a less risky type of sex,” said Mark A. Schuster of the Rand Corp. and UCLA, noting that herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections can spread through oral sex. “What this article and others show is you absolutely can get serious sexually transmitted diseases through oral sex.”
Yet another reason to promote chastity and the importance of treating one’s body with respect, instead of merely doing that which is pleasurable. We would hardly advocate for someone to drink to his heart’s content, smoke endlessly, and eat excessive amounts of Twinkies because those activities happen to be pleasurable, yet, for some reason, our standards regarding human sexuality are different.
Those who see sex, in all its forms, as potentially safe will continually be surprised when the exchange of bodily fluids is found to cause infection and disease. Again, the Left does not comprehend things that would have been well-known to your average semi-literate medieval peasant.
House Democrats and a few others (Rep. Sununu from N.H.) are putting forth legislation to repeal the Real ID Act (previously blogged here). While this pachyderm is certainly anti-illegal immigration and anti-terrorist, she dislikes the idea of federal intrusion into state matters. The federal government is welcome to implement its own standards for an acceptable method of identification for its own purposes: it does this, currently, with passports. It can deem some forms of identification from certain states to be acceptable, while noting that others fail to meet its standards. What it cannot do is to mandate how states are to conduct their own affairs. (In short: another reason to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment).