Thursday, March 10, 2011

John Stossel

I just got finished watching John Stossel's most recent episode, which aired tonight from the hours of 9 PM and 10 PM.  Stossel decided to go after people who are considered "heroes" by the media:  The Founders (Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of the United States argued against the prevailing wisdom,) Martin Luther King Jr. (Ibid,) the anti-war movement, the green movement (Kenneth Green of AEI argued against that,) green energy (the president of the Ayn Rand Institute took the micro-economic approach,) and Erin Brockovich (who was there in person.)

If I could provide a link to it, I would, but, in summary, certain things stood out.  Thaddeus Russell showed that prostitutes in the 19th Century were the real feminists, as they paved the way for certain activities that were sinful then but are considered normal today.  Things like a female walking without a male, females wearing red, females wearing comfortable clothing, females working (the lowest paid prostitute was still making five times what the average construction made back then.)  Prostitutes were among the richest people in the United States at the time; some of the first women to own property.

It would seem that the crazy Founders, like Benjamin Rush, are known per se but are not big figures.  There's a reason why most Americans can only quote a few Founders:  Those were the ones that ended up being involved with the American government on a federal level after the American Revolution.  Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, John Adams, and Sam Adams are known to most Americans by name because of their accomplishments after the Founders signed the Declaration of Independence.

I suggest readers pick up John Stossel's two books, Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity and Give Me a Break because the next bit discusses things he covered in those books.

Erin Brockovich is a saint of the left, mostly due to the dramatic portrayal of her by Julia Roberts, who won an Oscar for said performance.  But, Stossel argued, the science didn't back up her claims.  In other words, he was calling her a scum-sucking lawyer (which she was) profiting off of the mass panic of an easily manipulated town of people (she made $2 million through legal fees from this case.)  She admits immediately when confronted with the science that she is not a scientist.  She deflects when Stossel shows her that hexavaliant Chromium didn't have an observable impact on cancer in the region.  In other words, the scandal that made her a household name was complete and utter BS, as Penn & Teller might say (well, Penn would say that.)  It was manufactured by a law firm that was salivating at the potential lawyer fees from a class-action lawsuit.  And that's clearly what it was, once the media decided to ignore facts and go solely on emotion and phony "experts" like Brockovich.

Stossel, in his ending segment called "Stossel's Perspective," asked "Who are the real heroes then?"  He made it clear:  businessmen like David Packard who innovated and made our lives easier and better and scientists like Norman Borlaug whose innovations in wheat seed feed an extra billion people.  It's shocking to me that "Borlaug" is not even in Google Chrome's Dictionary and that I had to add it myself.

Penn & Teller may have rightfully proclaimed that Norman Borlaug is the greatest man who has ever lived because he is the only one who can claim to have directly saved the lives of a billion people.

And that's my blog.  Good night everyone.

1 comment:


    When debating the proposition of water baptism being essential for salvation; there is only one side found in the Scriptures. The Bible clearly teaches that water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins. There are no contradictory verses of Scripture to disprove that water baptism is essential to salvation.

    Mark 16:16 ....has been baptized shall be saved....

    There is no Scripture that states has been baptized shall not be saved.

    John 3:5 ....unless one is born of water...he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

    There are not any antithetical Scriptures that state men do not have to be born of water to enter the kingdom of God.

    Acts 2:38 ...and each of you be baptized......for the forgiveness of your sins...

    Search as you will, you cannot find one contradictory Scripture that says water baptism is not for the forgiveness of your sins.

    Romans 6:3-6 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?........6 know this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

    There is no verse of Scripture that say our body of sin was not done away through being baptized into Christ.

    Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead . 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircuncision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.

    There is no opposing Scripture that says being buried with Him in baptism has nothing to do forgiveness of transgressions.

    Ephesians 5:25-27 ...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

    There is not a verse in the Bible that says Jesus did not cleanse the church by the washing of water with the word.

    1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you......

    It is impossible to find the Scripture that states water baptism does not save you.

    The statements you will not find in the Bible.
    1. Baptism does not save.
    2. Baptism is not essential to be saved.
    3. Baptism is not for the forgiveness of sins.
    4. Baptism is only for men who are already saved.
    5. Baptism has absolutely nothing to do with salvation.

    Jesus never said any of these five things. No apostles ever uttered any of theses five things.