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The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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|Prudence Potpourri | The Left

Time to Demand Separation of Church of Gaia and State

Earth Day has brought another round of indoctrination for minds of mush across the land, teaching that the mean ol’ human race should be sacrificed to nature. With a straight face, the deacons of the environmental movement declare that Republicans want to pollute all water and air and raze all trees and kill all animals. There’s no sense of proportion to the environmental lobby’s propaganda.

Earlier this week, Robert H. Nelson, a University of Maryland professor of environmental policy, wrote an excellent editorial providing some key points of evidence that environmentalism has become a religion. It has turned our schools into houses of Gaia worship, demanding our children serve as altar boys and girls.

Nelson wrote:

Even as it adopts secular forms, environmentalism borrows to a surprising degree from Jewish and Christian history.

For example, it says in Deuteronomy that, for those who worship false idols, God “will send disease among you … fever, infections, plague and war. … (and) will blight your crops.” In 2010, Al Gore similarly foresaw environmental sinners headed toward calamity on a biblical scale, facing rising seas, “stronger and more destructive” hurricanes and droughts “getting longer and deeper.”

In contemporary environmentalism, the largest religious debts are owed to Calvinism. It was John Calvin who wrote that God has “revealed himself and daily discloses himself in the whole workmanship of the universe.” For both Calvin and environmentalism, the natural world is the artwork of God.

Man’s role is to conserve God’s work. Thus, the rituals of environmentalism celebrate reduced consumption — lowering the heat, driving fewer miles, using less water, living in smaller houses, having fewer children. Limiting human appetites, rather than satisfying ever-growing demands, is the environmental command.

It’s time that conservatives, Republicans, Christians and like-minded individuals refuse to permit themselves to be pushed further from the public square while environmentalists turn our classrooms into Druid seminaries.

Even President Obama declared himself to be the high priest, if not the messiah, of the environmental church when he declared his coming to be the start of the waters receding and the planet healing—intoning this as if it were scripture, dictating their gospel.

It’s time that we call a religion a religion and refuse to be required to attend its state-sanctioned church services.

What’s good for the goose is good for Gaia.

|Media | Prudence Potpourri

How to Produce a Frack Nation...For Only $1

The financing period for the upcoming documentary FrackNation is coming to a rapid end. Tomorrow morning at 9:00am EDT, the filmmakers will get to collect their funding obtained at the crowdfunding site, (That’s 6 am Pacific time.) They have almost reached $200,000 in pledges. We need to get them over that line…and beyond.

This FrackNation billboard reads: "THE WATER WAS ON FIRE IN 1669. Burning Springs, NY." Yahoo's Photo of the Day caption reads, in part: The feature-length film looks at the process of fracking for natural gas, demolishing much of the scaremongering surrounding the process and featuring the millions whose lives have been positively transformed by this emerging industry. “FrackNation will feature small farmers, the working class and others who are benefitting from this economic boom. We will also look at the backgrounds and motives of those opposing fracking," said McElhinney.

Hurry! This is your chance to be a producer of a movie. (Yes, a producer! Anyone donating at least $1—before the funding cut-off time—will be listed in the movie credits as an Executive Producer. Increase your contribution to a mere $20, and you will also receive a DVD copy of the documentary. There’s more goodies available for those with deeper pockets, too.)

The filmmakers wanted to nip in the bud any lefty, environmentally deranged accusations that they are just dopey tools of the oil and gas industry, so they have asked anyone working in the industry to withdraw any contributions the Kickstarter campaign. They want this movie to be 100% by ordinary citizens wanting the truth about fracking to be known.

This documentary could not be coming at a better time, just as the Left and the environmental fearmongers are kicking into high gear to put an end to a key to solving America’s energy problems and making us self-sufficient. (Don’t know much about what fracking is and why it is crucial to the economic success of this country? For some fracking facts, check out, a Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, and a pro-and-foe panel discussion transcribed at the Wall Street Journal.)

First, there was the lefty documentary Gasland claiming fracking makes people’s water flammable—but neglects to mention what the filmmakers wrote in a project update:

First, there are centuries old documents that state the water in many places across US was flammable because of naturally occurring methane. Second, hundreds and hundreds of people living in the places Josh Fox says were affected by fracking have told us how they always had methane in their wells they even used to bring the water to schools for science class experiments and sometimes set it on fire at parties (please DO NOT attempt doing that yourself). We decided this was very important information that the rest of the public should know about, so we put up a big billboard in New York State, where bans and moratoriums on fracking have put many families’ dreams and hopes on hold.

Even the usually anti-fracking Huffington Post was forced to acknowledge our billboard and the truth and Yahoo News selected it as a Photo of The Day. “This is something that people need to know” Phelim said in an interview with the Blaze.

Joe Biden is out on the campaign trail, spreading misinformation and scaremongering, claiming fracking causes earthquakes.

Next comes a Gasland sequel (don’t hold your breath that it will correct any of the misinformation and hyperbole of the first one). And yesterday, we learned that Matt Damon will soon star in an anti-fracking Hollywood blockbuster that his fevered liberal brain has co-written. According to FrackNation filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer:

PROMISED LAND will be directed by Gus Van Sant and co-star John Krasinski, who plays Jim in NBC’s The Office. This will be a huge movie – with a big budget and a lot of promotion and advertising and sources tell us it will be portraying fracking in a very negative light.

As you probably know, Matt Damon is just the latest Hollywood superstar to come out against fracking. Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Mark Ruffallo have also campaigned against the process.

We want to make FrackNation because we want the truth about fracking to b e told. But it will not be easy getting the message out with a sequel to Gasland in the works and now a big budget Hollywood movie concentrating on scare stories rather than true stories. Now, we recognize Hollywood movies don’t have to be truthful – they just have to be entertaining, but it’s likely thatPROMISED LAND will increase unfounded concerns about fracking.

Ann and Phelim need our help. (Yesterday was Phelim’s birthday. Contributions make excellent belated gifts.)

Want to learn more about the exciting new, factual documentary FrackNation? Go HERE and watch the short video from the filmmakers. Then go make a contribution to the movie before 9 o’clock Eastern tomorrow morning. (That’s 6am crack-of-dawn for you West Coasters.)

Still want more information before you’ll part with your Executive Producer money? FrackNation has been getting lots of press coverage. Here’s a sampling:

Now go punch Hollywood in the gut. Become a producer. There’s only a few hours left to be part of it. I contributed. How about you?

NOTE: FrackNation has raised $200,000 from an army of citizens like you. But the sequel to frack-fearmonger Gasland has raised $750,000 through HBO and other corporate sources. Give all you’ve got. Let the truth prevail.

|eCOnoMICS | Prudence Potpourri

The Tale of a Little SC Town and the Fatal Flaw in Obamanomics

Barack Obama has apparently forgotten in what category he was awarded a Nobel Prize. His was in Peacefully Waging War From Behind. His Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, received one in Physics. Neither of them received one in Economics, though that is the field both are trying to claim an expertise in as they try to choke off America from her below-ground energy resources.

Addressing skyrocketing gas prices, Obama claimed that decreasing demand for oil will lower the price. In a speech to a North Carolina trucking firm, he said:

“That’s the only solution to the challenge because as we start using less,” Obama says. “That lowers the demand, prices come down.”

That may true in Obama’s fantasy land, but here in the real world, it is increased supply that lowers prices. A highly probable result of decreased demand is…increased prices. [Watch Jim Angle’s excellent Special Report segment at the link above, if you missed it, because amazingly, all but a few non-business media outlets have little interest in challenging Obama on his math.]

Is there a real world example that proves Obamanomics wrong? Why, yes, there is:

Take the town of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, a quiet suburb of Charleston. The citizens there are civic-minded, anxious to do their part in the world. So when the water department told them that if they could reduce their consumption of water, they would not only save the environment, but would save money, too, they dutifully conserved.

Ample rainfall helped keep the lawns green without having to use town water for the sprinklers. The town was booming with development as the housing frenzy of the mid-2000s brought the water company extra money in connection fees and new customers. The waterworks was rolling in revenue.

Then came the housing crash. Building stopped, along with the new connection fees. Water usage further declined with fewer homeowners.

That’s when all the good unsuspecting conservationists got smacked with a nine percent increase in their water rates—about $50 per household a year—to make up the lost revenue from the decrease in water consumption.

Even then, the Mt. Pleasant Waterworks couldn’t make ends meet. They had a minimum amount of revenue they needed to make. The MPW director Clay Duffie said:

We took drastic action to lower our expenses. We laid off nine employees, froze salaries with no raises, reduced health benefits, cut travel and education by 70-percent, and paid off debt to reduce our debt coverage requirements. These actions helped us avoid a rate increase in FY 2010.

The same scenario has been repeated all across the country. Demand for water goes down, due to conservation and loss of customer base, then prices have to go up on the conservers to cover the shortfall.

Substitute the commodity of oil for water and an oil company for the waterworks, and little in the equation changes.

So while Obama expected his mere presence to cause the waters to recede and the Earth to “heal,” he apparently also has expected to be immune to the laws of supply and demand. Yeah, that’s worked out about as well as his other megalomaniacal expectations.