Friday, June 10, 2011

Palin and rockets and Islam

In fact, Revere’s own account of the ride in a 1798 letter seems to back up Palin’s claim. Revere describes how after his capture by British officers, he warned them “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”

Boston University history professor Brendan McConville said, “Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate.”

Patrick Leehey of the Paul Revere House said Revere was probably bluffing his British captors, but reluctantly conceded that it could be construed as Revere warning the British.

Ya gotta love the "reluctantly conceded."


The other day over on TalkLeft some Left winger said that I have no faith in human ingenuity. Why? Because I had dared to note that solar power and wind power is kin to Unicorn farts when it comes to being a reliable, and thus usable, source of energy to power our electric generators and thus allow modern civilization to exist.

I could have accurately retorted that he was addressing someone who received an F for a science paper in high school that described space stations. Unrealistic the teacher opined. But that would have begged the issue.

The issue was that in 1955 the vast majority of educators thought that space travel was not realistic because the technology hadn't been developed. Some of us thought the technology could and would be developed, some did not.

But no one found technology harmful and inherently evil.

And that is the difference between then and now.

The Left and the environmental groups have been seized by people that, basically, hate people and love critters. And since they see the West as the culture that has produced all this excess food and energy, at the expense of the critters they love, they support whoever is attacking the West.

Thirty years ago it was the Soviets. Today it is radical Islam.

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