Time to revisit the dirty little secret in Washington everyone knows (but has done nothing about)

Yes the economy is booming.

However, while the economy is experiencing its longest sustained expansion in American history, the federal deficit is ballooning. Normally in strong economic times, it shrinks.

The US national debt as of this posting is a record $22.5 trillion.

Meanwhile the US deficit is just over $1 trillion.

FLASHBACK. Nobody has paid attention since this segment from CBS’ “60 Minutes” in 2007.

FLASHBACK: AC, a liberal nightmare

Today is going to be one of the hottest and most humid days of the year.

90, maybe 91 degrees here in Franklin.

Time for a Flashback.

The date is July 13, 2013. I wrote on my old blog on the old FranklinNOW.com that includes all of the following:

Last week, I featured a review written by Salon’s Ryan Brown about Stan Cox’s book, “Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer.”

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Brown writes, “Stan Cox argues in his new book, the dizzying rise of air conditioning comes at a steep personal and societal price……providing a clear explanation of how A.C. made the leap from luxury to necessity in the United States and examining how we can learn to manage the addiction before we refrigerate ourselves into the apocalypse.”

AC.

We’ve paid “a steep personal and societal price” for not sweating to death.

AC will cause us to “refrigerate ourselves into the apocalypse.”

This week, the kooky flako author speaks out on his own in the Washington Post. Wacko Stan Cox says cranking up the ACs duirng intense heat and humidity “isn’t smart.” You hear that. If you turned on your air the past week, you’re stupid.

AC, you idiots, is evil.

“Air conditioning is one of the worst power-guzzlers. The energy required to air-condition American homes and retail spaces has doubled since the early 1990s. Turning buildings into refrigerators burns fossil fuels, which emits greenhouse gases, which raises global temperatures, which creates a need for — you guessed it — more air-conditioning.”

Cue the kumbaya music…

“Saying goodbye to A.C. means saying hello to the world. With more people spending more time outdoors — particularly in the late afternoon and evening, when temperatures fall more quickly outside than they do inside — neighborhoods see a boom in spontaneous summertime socializing. Rather than cowering alone in chilly home-entertainment rooms, neighbors get to know one another. Because there are more people outside, streets in high-crime areas become safer.”

Most outrageous is Cox’s diminishing of the jeopardy living without AC brings. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (I’m sure Stan Cox has heard of it) heat is the primary weather-related cause of death in the United States.

Slate (Another source I’m sure Stan Cox is aware of) reports, “Heat waves kill more people in the United States than all of the other so-called natural disasters combined. More than 400 Americans die from heat-related illnesses in a typical year. Annual mortality from tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods together is under 200. Heat-wave deaths aren’t the worst natural disasters only in quantitative terms, but also in qualitative ones because they’re slow and preventable. There’s no telling when an earthquake will strike. But dangerous heat always comes announced, and it’s fairly easy to prevent human damage. Victims of heat tend to wilt gradually, alone and at home, out of touch with family, friends, and social-service providers who could save their lives simply by treating them with water or bringing them to an air-conditioned place.”

That’s small potatoes according to Cox:

“A.C.’s obvious public-health benefits during severe heat waves do not justify its lavish use in everyday life for months on end.”

Without supporting data, Cox makes the ridiculous claim that turning off the AC reduces heat deaths.

G-O-O-F-B-A-L-L.

I just love the thought processes of liberals. Hope Cox has stocked up mightily on Right Guard.
—This Just In…July 13, 2010

Here’s an update. It’s not sexy. The history of AC. But it’s significant. Don’t have to reinforce that as you try to prevent sweltering, unless you subscribe to the nutty opinions already posted.

By the 1950s, the company began marketing their products for residential applications and is considered a major contributor to suburban sprawl in areas such as the American Southwest by providing improved living conditions in once-remote regions.

Read the entire article here.

FLASHBACK: Why do you want to be a police officer?

Milwaukee Police say Officer Kou Her was killed after a crash at 60th & Capitol early Tuesday morning. At 1:35 a.m. the officer was hit by a suspect at the intersection while driving home from work. Witnesses tell police the suspect was traveling “at a high rate of speed” and drove through a red light, hitting the officer’s car.

A veteran officer with the Racine Police Department was shot and killed after witnessing an armed robbery in progress at Teezer’s Tavern, 1936 Lathrop Ave., at approximately 9:40 p.m. Monday, Racine Police announced Tuesday morning.

Officer John Hetland was off duty when he witnessed an armed robbery in progress at Teezer’s and took immediate action to stop the felony in progress. During his effort to intervene, Hetland sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

My blog from November 2016.

A proud daddy’s gallery of his Irish dancing daughter

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

What a month of March for Kyla who dances with the wonderful Cashel Dennehy. Here are some of the many pictures of her Irish escapades from social media.

Feis in Lake Geneva

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2019 Shamrock Club of Wisconsin St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Milwaukee

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Annual Cashel Dennehy Schools Day including Kyla’s school, St. Anthony’s

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THE best part of Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Milwaukee

Bet you’re thinking it’s when our daughter Kyla danced with Cashel Dennehy.

Here they come!

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Almost here!

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Dance away!

This picture was taken by a Journal Sentinel photographer and made it onto their website.  Kyla’s in line to the far right about 15th from the left.

Dancers from Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance entertain parade watchers on Plankinton Avenue.

How about a little closer?  Say, 5th from the left.

That’s better.

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Smile Kyla!

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And to the far left. Just made the shot.

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Post-parade…

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Kyla and family and Eirinn and family.

Those “moments” rank right up there. But the best happened just a few feet from us during the parade.

A Milwaukee police officer was walking past us handing out candy to children. As he bent over to place some in a little girl’s bag an adult woman walked up to him and placed one of these…

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On top of his head.

Wish I had a photo. Priceless.

UPDATE: This pro-lifer wanted Charles Manson executed in the 70’s

Kevin, you oppose abortion, but support the death penalty. How?

From a previous blog in January of 2017:

Last fall prior to the election I saw a brochure in the vestibule of my church. Entitled “A Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters,” it was written by Fr. Stephen F. Torraco, PhD.

Fr. Stephen graduated from St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee, earned his Masters and Doctorate at Boston College and his Masters of Divinity at Harvard University. He was ordained in 1980. Since 1988 Fr. Torraco has been Associate Professor of Theology at Assumption College, Worcester, MA, until he died in 2010.

Fr. Torraco served on the Board of Catholic Experts of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), answering moral theology questions from people around the world at EWTN’s web site on a daily basis. He was the author of various books and articles in moral theology, medical ethics, the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the spiritual life.

Here’s an excerpt from his voting guide:

  • If I may not vote for a pro-abortion candidate, then should it not also be true that I can’t vote for a pro-capital punishment candidate?

It is not correct to think of abortion and capital punishment as the very same kind of moral issue. On the one hand, direct abortion is an intrinsic evil, and cannot be justified for any purpose or in any circumstances. On the other hand, the Church has always taught that it is the right and responsibility of the legitimate temporal authority to defend and preserve the common good, and more specifically to defend citizens against the aggressor. This defense against the aggressor may resort to the death penalty if no other means of defense is sufficient. The point here is that the death penalty is understood as an act of self-defense on the part of civil society. In more recent times, in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II has taught that the need for such self-defense to resort to the death penalty is “rare, if not virtually nonexistent.” Thus, while the Pope is saying that the burden of proving the need for the death penalty in specific cases should rest on the shoulders of the legitimate temporal authority, it remains true that the legitimate temporal authority alone has the authority to determine if and when a “rare” case arises that warrants the death penalty. Moreover, if such a rare case does arise and requires resorting to capital punishment, this societal act of self-defense would be a *morally good action* even if it does have the unintended and unavoidable evil effect of the death of the aggressor. Thus, unlike the case of abortion, it would be morally irresponsible to rule out all such “rare” possibilities a priori, just as it would be morally irresponsible to apply the death penalty indiscriminately.
—This Just In, January 5, 2017

The update: From Crusade Magazine:

In response to the circulating notion that the death penalty is comparable to abortion and euthanasia, Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, stated in 2004 that: [I]f a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment…he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion.

While the Church exhorts civil authorities…to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to…have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia. While a Catholic may oppose capital punishment out of circumstantial reasons, he may not deny its legitimacy, nor condition it according to particular circumstances in such a way that it never can be applied.

Read the entire piece  beginning on Page Two here.