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Tim Cook, Apple CEO, at a conference reportedly said, "Dear climate-change deniers, please don’t buy shares in Apple."

I am outraged by his remark.

First, can we all please acknowledge the term "climate change denier" is nothing but a clever marketing shift by those who believe in anthropogenic global warming (AGW)? Nobody says the climate doesn't change. "Climate change denier" is simply a way of attempting to mock and silence opposition, which is anathema to the scientific process.

In fact, it's the fervent supporters of AGW who seem to believe the climate shouldn't change. They seem to believe our climate should always stay the same and shouldn't have periods of warming or cooling, like the medieval warming period or the ice age.

If we would just stop using fossil fuels, they say,  the climate would stop changing and all would be well. They make dire, false predictions, like Al Gore saying the ice caps would be gone by now, or put forth computer models that prove to be inaccurate, then shrug, move the goal posts, and issue new warnings or make new predictions.

We climate realists accept that the climate is always changing. Our global weather may well be the most complex, interconnected system known to man. It is driven by everything from sunspots to cloud formations to volcanic activity to water vapor, to name but a few variables. And yes, CO2 may play a role, too, whether man-made or not. One thing is absolutely certain: the climate will never stop changing.

But this isn't about the veracity of global warming, it's about Tim Cook. For him to use the loaded term "climate change deniers" and say those people shouldn't buy shares in Apple is shocking.

I thought Apple was in the business of making computer, software, and entertainment products, not politics. Every single one of those products, by the way, uses electricity, the vast majority of which is provided by either coal, nuclear, or natural gas plants.

Hey, AGW promoters, if the problem is so real and dire, why not stop using your computers and electronic devices to save the planet? Mr. Cook, why are you selling energy-consuming machines, many of which are used purely or largely for entertainment?

Mr. Cook then went on to state, "We want to leave the world better than we found it," and said that Apple considers more than Return on Investment in its business operations. I think that's fine, and as a shareholder I can decide to either invest or not.

But let's not act like Apple is saintly. It makes most of its products in China, for one big reason: to save money, which helps ROI. It charges a lot of money for its products. Why? Because pure, unadulterated capitalism says it can. And those fat profit margins help ROI.

As an investor, I love that Apple is seeking to have products made inexpensively. I love that its products are highly desirable and command high prices.

It has worked. Apple has become a very large company, and it is sitting on, if you can believe it, about $160,000,000,000 in cash.

Hmmm, it seems to me that Apple has been pretty darned concerned with ROI after all.

Mr. Cook, stay out of politics. Run Apple, make the shareholders money, do some good in the process if you can, but don't insult me and millions of others climate realists by acting like we are subhuman outcasts. We shareholders can weigh the evidence and the arguments and make up our own minds, thank you very much.

Mr. Cook, I have owned Apple computers since the Apple ][+. I bought one of the original 128K Macintoshes. I am typing this on a MacBook Pro. I bought one of the original iPhones and have an iPhone 5 today. My family has a myriad of Apple products. I own APPL shares. I am a member of the Apple Developer program.

In short, I am a big supporter of Apple and a small shareholder. Mr. Cook, all I ask in return is not to be insulted.
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That is what they want you totally misunderstand my warning. If the U.N. gets a law that gives them a tax on a ton of fuel like they want. They will burn more coal than ever before. It will be a trillion dollar a year tax on the world that solves nothing. And I spoke in plain english.
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I'm not a fan of Christie, but the contrast between him and Obama is striking. Has Obama actually taken real responsibility for anything?
 
Looks like Clint Eastwood was right in talking to an empty chair...
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Wouldn't be surprising.
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I hate them. SEIU will drive us to that. Let's see how they get by on welfare when they lose their jobs because the stores and budget joints can't afford $15 an hour checkers.
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Add my family to the list of those whose health insurance policy is being canceled due to #ObamaCare. Our insurer is Florida Blue.

The "recommended" replacement policy has a 36% higher premium, a 317% higher deductible, and a 108% higher out-of-pocket maximum.

This is sheer madness.
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My insurance gone to Jim! Funny we were talking about you and Sandy The other night! 
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Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America have decided to allow openly gay boys as scouts, but not gay adults as adult leaders. There was no easy decision here, but I think they made the right call. I am an active Assistant Scoutmaster and have two sons in Scouts.

I could write at length about this and explore the many different angles, but I've work to do, so I'll cover just one angle.

The vast majority of boys who join Scouts do so as Cubs in elementary school or at the end of fifth grade, when they are eligible to join Boy Scouts. These are children, not even old enough to be called pre-teens.

I can easily see a situation where a young boy joins Cubs in the first grade. He is well-liked by everyone and he can't wait to go to each meeting.

After several years as a Cub, he is finally old enough to become a Boy Scout. He is a model Scout and a popular kid. He learns valuable life and nature skills, works on rank advancement, and becomes a Patrol Leader and First Class Scout at 13 years of age. He has spent seven years in Scouts and is on the path to reach Eagle rank.

Having just reached puberty, he comes to realize that he is gay (although surely doubts remain at such a young age). Since a Scout is honest, he tells his parents and his Scoutmaster.

Can you imagine how heartless the Scoutmaster (and the Troop Committee) would have to be to kick this young man out of Scouting? Would you kick him out? I surely would not. It would be unconscionable!

Can you imagine telling him, "I'm sorry, but even though you have spent more than half your life in Scouting, even though you are well-liked, well-behaved, and a model Scout, even though you have done everything right, you are now kicked out of Boy Scouts because of a personal trait that has nothing to do with Scouting."?

I strongly believe homosexuality is very largely genetically determined and not a choice. Could you, as a heterosexual, choose to be a homosexual? Think about it for a second. It's not possible, is it? Why punish a kid and deny him the many incredible benefits of Scouting because of genetics?

There is much more to this topic, but I have to leave it there for now.
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+Jim Getzen Force won't come by law., but force will come.

There are gay scouts now, but there is a major difference between requiring scouts to keep their homosexuality private and open support of homosexual inclinations. The latter is a lack of love.
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Just had to share this, via powerlineblog.com. Ha!
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If only they'd done that, it would have drowned out the applause from the supplicants.
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A new favorite quote.
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+Jim Getzen Sorry, didn't mean to be a spoiler. Well, it didn't give anything away, really, but you'll enjoy the ride getting there. I just joined my wife as the went through seasons 1-4 (my second time through), so season 5 awaits. 
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Comparisons like this one can't be distributed widely enough. We can argue about the solution, but can we all at least admit we have a serious problem?
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We need to stop hiding behind political correctness and have a frank discussion about the awful, destructive culture that engulfs so many of our black young men. Its principle characteristic is a shockingly callous disregard for life and law.
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The Benghazi scandal is growing. The Obama administration has been caught lying by, amazingly, the mainstream media. ABC has the details at:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=845738

Michael Ramirez has captured it with his usual efficacy.
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