If we can buy ‘carbon offsets’ for our environmental missteps, why not for our other sins?

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 26 of September , 2007 at 4:28 pm

Author Peter Schweizer has a great column in USA Today.

We all have areas of our life that we feel guilty about. So why limit offsets simply to the carbon we produce? Why not expand offsets to erase our other sins? After all, why should environmentalists have all the fun?

Here are some suggestions:

* The Adultery Offset. People who are caught in compromising positions could purchase an offset from a pro-marriage organization such as Focus on the Family. By buying the Adultery Offset, the guilty party would counterbalance their adultery footprint with a monogamous couple trained by this organization. Like the carbon-emitter absolved of carbon sin, this would allow an individual to be declared “adultery neutral” instantly. As with carbon offsets, the guilty parties would not actually have to stop engaging in adultery; he or she would simply need to write a check after every occurrence. Two enterprising Britons have even set up a satirical website called cheatneutral.com demonstrating how this could be done.

During the last Oscar ceremony, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science gave each Oscar presenter a carbon offset of 100,000 pounds of CO2, roughly double the average American’s annual output. The Adultery Offset might prove to be even more popular in Hollywood.

H/T: JOTUS

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Prove Global Warming, Win $125,000!

Written by Lotus on Tuesday, 25 of September , 2007 at 3:49 pm

Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com‘s Ultimate Global Warming Challenge is offering $125,000 to the first person to prove that humans are causing global warming:

$125,000 will be awarded to the first person to prove, in a scientific manner, that humans are causing harmful global warming. The winning entry will specifically reject both of the following two hypotheses:

UGWC Hypothesis 1
Manmade emissions of greenhouse gases do not discernibly, significantly and predictably cause increases in global surface and tropospheric temperatures along with associated stratospheric cooling.

UGWC Hypothesis 2
The benefits equal or exceed the costs of any increases in global temperature caused by manmade greenhouse gas emissions between the present time and the year 2100, when all global social, economic and environmental effects are considered.

At today’s Conservative Bloggers Meeting, Steve reports that shockingly there are no entries yet!

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Tased and Confused: Whose Free Speech Was Violated?

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 20 of September , 2007 at 3:11 pm

Below is an article written by my former intern, Ashley Emans, a student at the University of Florida who attended Senator Kerry’s speech earlier this week.  (PS — Boo Gators, Go Seminoles!)

Whose Free Speech Was Violated?

Ashley Emans, UF ’09

There was a major violation of the First Amendment at my school on Monday.  The victim?  Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.  And, every other person in the University of Florida auditorium that afternoon, including myself.  In fact, there was only one person there whose rights were not violated, and his name is Andrew Meyer.  Mr. Meyer was shot with a taser gun after being violent and disruptive during a town hall forum with the senator.  Liberals are busy shouting about the supposed infringement on Andrew’s free speech rights, but it is actually the other way around.  When someone is being disorderly, is flailing around in a threatening mode, and is refusing to let anyone else speak, as Andrew was, the Constitution requires he be stopped to protect the free speech rights of others.  The senator was gracious to talk with us students at all (and for free, as current legislators cannot charge for speaking appearances).  Yet Andrew never once showed any interest in listening to Kerry.  He yelled at him, and spouted his generic Amerikkka-type conspiracy theories in a strongly inappropriate manner.  There may be freedom of speech, but not freedom from consequence.  From what I saw, the tasing was justified.

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