Save the earth, shoot a moose. Nixon that. President Axelrod. Plus more.
Shoot a moose; save the planet!
A full-grown moose belches and farts the methane equivalent of 2,100kg of carbon dioxide a year — equal to about 8,000 miles of car travel. Shoot a moose and save the carbon footprint equivalent of two flights between Oslo, Norway and Santiago, Chile.
Had the Democrats been aware of this perhaps they would not have made quite so much fun of Sarah Palin’s moos-hunting prowess.
(Source for moose-emission information: London Times,
August 23, 2007; “Moose with wind are worse than gas
— Gretchen L. Chellson
Capitalism demands responsibility from the owners of property; socialism calls for collective responsibility from someone.
As a home owner, I am the one who suffers most, and most directly, from any neglect of my property. Logic and self-interest demand that I maintain all aspects of the property so that I can maximize its value. Any actions, or inactions, that bring about devaluation of the property are counter- productive. By maintaining the value of my own property a secondary effect occurs: I add to the value of the neighborhood. This too is in my self-interest since having good relationships with the neighbors can add enjoyment to my living experience in the community. Free market advocates, from Smith to Friedman, patriots, from Washington to Reagan, philosophers, from Aristotle to Rand, and fans of freedom have understood the principle of self-interest and embraced it for centuries. Leftists, from before Marx and continuing on to Obama, object to private property, and they cannot see that this rejection has a direct and negative effect on the environment they claim to love.
The logic is simple but it escapes the left’s intellectual grasp (or to state a cynical perspective: the Loony Left fully understands it, but they are so obsessed with power, they speak disingenuously or dissemble without restraint): if everyone owns the land then no one truly owns it. Environmental damage goes uncontained; responsibility for the land is so nebulous that responsibility is rendered effectively meaningless. No one stops to maintain the land because someone (anyone but me) will do it later. This position, someone else and some other time, is logical from the collective ownership perspective: since I (any individual) can only take a percentage of good from the commons, my investment is diluted by all others who take from it without making a similar investment. It is, therefore, logical to maximize my use of the commons with making the least possible investment into said commons.
As an inner-city teacher, I have entered and observed numerous school buildings. The buildings where students feel they have an investment in learning and in the institutions itself are the ones least scarred with graffiti and other forms of destruction. When students, as well as most other human beings, have a feeling of ownership, they not only maintain the environment, they enforce the rules of common decency and civility within that property. When the students feel alienated and lack attachment to the learning process and facility, they lay waste to the building in a fashion that would make the Vandals and Visigoths proud.
If you want to celebrate Mother Earth, embrace capitalism. It’s
good for you and it is good for your Mother.
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
BULLY FOR HIM
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s How to Handle a Bully: Nixon vs. Khruschev:
Of course, Nixon lived and worked out of the United States. He
didn’t work for or live under the rule of Khruschev. One cannot
conceive one of Khruschev’s underlings speaking to him in that
manner — or, at least, not until one of these underlings removed
him from power and took his place.
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” — Baudelaire
Would not the true messiah recognize the devil when he shakes the
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
NOT EXACTLY AN ENDORSEMENT
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s The Arrogance of His Power:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?