Letters to the Editor

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 2:31am

Peel another ozone layer

Many letters swirling around deny the concept, notion, or fact of "global warming." Many living in Tennessee are convinced Al Gore is a crackpot, a mad scientist, and invented the whole "climate change" theory to pocket millions, right after he invented the Internet.

I say we all go back to the good ole' days. Here's how:

Let's start using CFC's and blow open another hole in the ozone.

Let's allow corporations to dump their waste, chemicals, and trash into our lakes, streams, and rivers.

Let's dump our used motor oil and anti-freeze into the nearest storm drains. After all, they're just fish.

Let's petition Detroit to build those guzzling V-8's that get 8 mpg. And get the EPA to relax the emissions nonsense.

Let's stop this ludicrious and costly curbside "recycling" program and toss everything all out for the garbageman.

Let's stop the label, "Made from recycled material" from our plastic and paper bags.

Let's take down all those silly, whacky signs on buildings, campuses and hospitals, saying, "No Smoking." Those CEO's from all the major tobacco cigarette makers are probably correct in saying there is no link between using their product and lung cancer and emphasema.

Let's arrest those people going “Green” and charge them with a felony under the Patriot Act or Homeland Security. Because, as we all know, Mother Nature is very generous. She certainly does not need any help from mankind.

All is well on planet Earth. The sun rose today, didn't it?

Oh, and tell Erin Brockovich to return that settlement money from PG & E and write them a personal letter of apology.

Paul D'Argent, 37209



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181 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 12/4/09 at 6:55

Have you totally lost your mind?

Answer this question, what are we going to do with the mecury contaimination that will be yet another unintended consequence of you liberals going off half cocked again requiring CFL's?

I use them and dispose of them responsibly but once they are the only game in town how many will? The land fills will be littered with them and soon they will leech into the water table then we really have problems more serious then the one in your minds now,

Many areas in this state do not have city water which can be treated collectively and without water the property is of little value and uninhabitable. Then again we could put your other fantasy there windmills and solar farms.

I bet most conservatives are more environmentally friendly then most liberals . Notice I said most not the real wack jobs that want to return us to a pre industrial revolution society.

By: Dragon on 12/4/09 at 8:42

Nice letter, Dargent, although I bet the sarcasm is lost on a lot of the people reading it. Reminds me of the Limbaugh method of demonstrating absurdity with more absurdity.

However, the current controversity of the CRU e-mails (hacker or whistleblower?) is not getting the attention it is due. The CRU is one of four authorities that the entire global warming science is based upon and the e-mails between the head of the CRU and the inventor of the hockystick puts doubts on the credibility of the results. Many of the pro-warming camp are trying to ignore it and insist that it is merely one scientist out of thousands rather than one authority and thousands who agreed with the results.

By: HokeyPokey on 12/4/09 at 8:43

Wow, Iddy: Hook, line and sinker!

By: sidneyames on 12/4/09 at 8:50

Ditto to Dragon and idagaf. And I see some of my neighbors down the road are constantly changing the oil and working on their cars. Wonder where they are dumping the old fluids? Bet I can guess. Right next to the sofa and 2 mattresses on the vacant lot.

Why do vacant lots always attract trash? Who died and left the trashmongers in charge? Why do people think the universe is their personal garbage can?

In my case, I don't use enough hair spray to pollute the universe of a small knat!

Today is a great day. Don't forget my Christmas sale, Paul!

By: govskeptic on 12/4/09 at 8:57

Tough issue to handle. As always the poor/and near poor will have to pay the
heaviest price in whatever the solution becomes!

By: rldavenport@com... on 12/4/09 at 9:18

Once again, Dargent, you insist on stereotyping anyone who disagrees with your liberal viewpoints and lumping them all into the same categories. Just because many of us disagree with the "science:" of "global warming" and the ridiculous and baseless conclusions Al Gore and his buddies have made up doesn't mean that we also want to pollute bodies of water, fill landfills, etc. unnecessarily, refuse to recycle, etc. We are just as "environmentally conscious" as you are. We just don't believe that the world is going to end because of "global warming" or that Gore's cataclysmic prophecies will come true.

It's time for you liberals to give up your hasty generalizations, red herring arguments, and other logical fallacies and have reasonable discussions with people who disagree with you.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 9:26

By: rldavenport@com... on 12/4/09 at 8:18

"It's time for you liberals to give up your hasty generalizations, red herring arguments, and other logical fallacies and have reasonable discussions with people who disagree with you."

Does anyone else see the irony in that response?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 9:27

TGIF, everyone! I got to hear "See Santa Do the Mambo" on the way in thanks to Nashville Jumps.

By: Dragon on 12/4/09 at 9:29

Easy, rldavenport, Dargent is one of the few that can have reasonable discussions with those who disagree. Don't lump him in with the extremists who advocate mandating bicycles and outlawing the internal combustion engine.

By: sidneyames on 12/4/09 at 9:34

Dragon, are you reading the same D7 posts as I read?

By: sidneyames on 12/4/09 at 9:38

Dragon, here is one of D7's "reasonable discussions" from yesterday.
"By: dargent7 on 12/2/09 at 4:49
Momma: Whatever. I'm all broken up I didn't fit into your 'club". I wrote a sh**t load of LTE's. Any which way, your "group" wasn't satisfied.
For one, I wrote too many, for another, I "posted" too much. I think the level you're all comfortable with is 6th grade, pulling on each other's hair. Maybe giving a "swirly" to show who's boss.
Houses's one- liners is your collective speed.
I think there's a hatred of Northerners, eg, Detroit, Michigan, down here, and that explains it.
You people down here are a joke. Go on, continue to ridicule Al Gore and anyone else who has intelligence or an IQ above 80.
You morons cost the USA an election in 2000, and 2004. Vote Republican.
More wars. Congradulations. Live with it.

"hatred of northerners, eg Detroit Michigan down here" is so paranoid. Southerners are not full of hate. Northerners are the NEW South.

By: Dragon on 12/4/09 at 9:40

Yes, sidney. But I discount your private flame-war with him. Call a truce and do not engage in ad hominem attacks and he will respond in kind.

By: sidneyames on 12/4/09 at 9:47

Dragon, if you read back several letters ago, I did call a truce. He puts on the truce face and smokes the peace pipe; then a few days later, he's back with the meanie beanie face. so at least I've vowed not to use profanity or be purposefully mean spirited. He thinks I'm stupid and he's never even met me.

I'll try again.

But you know, he needs to make his own paper. Call it the D-7 Crier -- like in the old days. He writes a lot. Hope he's writing a book. He needs to. Some of his letters are actually -- well -- entertaining and intelligent.

By: Loner on 12/4/09 at 9:47

Good morning, Nashville!

TGIF, indeed.

Nice LTE D7. As some have suggested, the sarcasm may be lost on some readers (think Id), but I found it quite amusing and well written. Yes, you used the reducto ad absurdum tactic, but you used it well.

Sarcasm can backfire. A good example are the Ginger attacks. An episode of South Park was attempting to preach about the evils of anti-Semitism, by using redheads as an analogy for being Jewish. A lot of the audience didn't get it. Ginger attacks on redheads are a growing phenomenon. Google it.

BN, I recognize the irony. Good call.

By: MamaG on 12/4/09 at 9:50

Blanket, the irony from rldavenport was the first thing I was going to comment on! You beat me to the punch.

I was going to "jump" this morning but while flipping channels, looking for an environmentally sound station (trying to stay in the LTE context), I got derailed on a "Crazy Train" and that brought me all the way to work.

By: 2476 on 12/4/09 at 9:52

Argo>> The only polution I am aware of this morning is this one thousand -two-hundred and 53rd lte. you have posted this morning. A waste of time from you and your buddy Al Gore.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 9:53

Loner, here's a blog you might enjoy:


By: MamaG on 12/4/09 at 9:54


By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 9:54

Mama, "Crazy Train" does sort of tie in with the LTE....hee hee.

By: slacker on 12/4/09 at 9:58

Erin Brockovich's cleavage walks into a bar...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 9:59

Solange Magnano has been the butt of half assed jokes this week.

By: Loner on 12/4/09 at 10:15

BN, that is one helluva blog. It's like finding a long lost brother. Thank you very much.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 10:22

I know Jack. He's a good dude.

By: Loner on 12/4/09 at 10:26

I don't know Jack.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 10:27

That's right, Loner. You don't know Jack! LOL!

But you should. I figured you'd enjoy his blog.

By: dargent7 on 12/4/09 at 10:28

Dragon: Thank you for the sentiments. But, I must warn you, "SidVicious" will unlease a tirade against you now that knows no limits. She's a flamethrower, and doesn't care of hitting the right target. 4 weeks ago it was "Loner", this week it's going to be you. I'm always on her radar screen. As in the Wizard of Oz, the sign before the wicked witch's castle said, "I'd turn back if I were you".

By: dargent7 on 12/4/09 at 10:31

Slacker: Erin B.'s clevage hit the bar's front door while she was still parking.

By: Dragon on 12/4/09 at 10:32

Then I shall do battle with her in the "arena of ideas". Bring it on.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 10:35

you'll have to give her directions to the arena.

By: house_of_pain on 12/4/09 at 10:37

The Sommet Center of Ideas.

By: dargent7 on 12/4/09 at 10:37

Dragon: Tread lightly. The last person to say, "Bring it on" was nit-wit GW Bush, and al-Qaeda did.
And "Sid" is no al-Qaeda. Head of the Taliban, maybe.

By: Dragon on 12/4/09 at 10:44

Wrist-slap, Dargent. No ad hominem attacks.

By: dargent7 on 12/4/09 at 10:53

Sid: You're correct. I've never met you. However, you claimed weeks ago you knew me, my salary, your husband met me, and we have similar friends, and travel in the same social circles. All is b.s. Which is the true "Sid"? The "Sybil" that always is a clear and present danger?
Rectifying my tirade in print was "mean spirited", or don't you know?
The "board" ridicules my LTE's and I keep writing anyway. I enjoy it.
And, yes, it's an ego trip and I like people to appreciate my style.
I'm no Tiger Woods. Oops.

By: dargent7 on 12/4/09 at 10:55

Dragon: I never new what "ad hominem" meant. Is that a slur against gays?

By: brrrrk on 12/4/09 at 10:58

Blanketnazi2 said

"'"It's time for you liberals to give up your hasty generalizations, red herring arguments, and other logical fallacies and have reasonable discussions with people who disagree with you.'

Does anyone else see the irony in that response?"

Holy Crap Batman!!! Tons of it................

By: Dragon on 12/4/09 at 11:01

By: dargent7 on 12/4/09 at 9:55
Dragon: I never new what "ad hominem" meant. Is that a slur against gays?

I think that would be ad homonem.

By: brrrrk on 12/4/09 at 11:01

dargent7 said

"Dragon: I never new what "ad hominem" meant. Is that a slur against gays?"

No D, you should know better.... It's a direction in a recipe to put corn in... you know, the same stuff you eat with your gree-its...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 11:02

lol, brrrk!

By: Loner on 12/4/09 at 11:04

As for any meaningful new US legislation in response to the global warming issue, I'd say that the Energy lobby, the Chamber of Commerce and other interested players will probably outspend the enviro-worry-warts, in terms of campaign finance contributions. The problem will be tabled, leaving future generations to deal with what should have been dealt with now. Just like the national debt time-bomb.

If mankind could cause the acid rain damage, certainly man-made global warming is not a far-fetched fantasy a product of the addled minds of lunatics.

Sadly, mankind has managed to pollute much of the earth's aquifer.

Mankind is probably capable of altering the atmosphere to such a degree that natural global warming could be accelerated. There are a lot of us and we've been burning lots of fuel for a very long time.

Let's play it safe, by reducing our greenhouse gas and carbon emmisions and by becoming more conservation minded and fuel stingy.

Let's value efficiency and frugality instead of short term profiteering. Surely, that means change and hard work, but change can be good and work can be rewarding.

By: Funditto on 12/4/09 at 11:05

NEVER mix wine and beer. Just so you know.

By: Funditto on 12/4/09 at 11:07

D7 - nobody ridicules your letters or their content. You and your delusion of grandeur are beg for it, however. You and Sid are two peas in pod in that respect.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 11:12

that's a recipe for disaster, Fun.

By: brrrrk on 12/4/09 at 11:16

My favorite anti-global warmer? Why it's that stalwart Republican big oil shill from the state of Oklahoma, James Inhofe. Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (isn't this like putting a mortician in charge of a hospital ICU?), has described global warming as "the second greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people after the separation of church and state." Seriously!? He has also suggested that the global warming hoax might be perpetrated by the Weather Channel: "We all know the Weather Channel would like to have people afraid all the time." Those damned Weather Channel Nazis!! Who will stop them? Now call me crazy, but do you think any of this has to do with fact that Inhofe's biggest contributor over the years has been the oil and gas industries? And that he has taken millions from various industries with ties to energy industries? Nah..... couldn't be.

By: Dragon on 12/4/09 at 11:20

Loner, a very reasonable position. At the same time, beware of the eco-zealots who would destroy our economy and standard of living in the name of Gaia.

By: brrrrk on 12/4/09 at 11:24

Dragon said

"Loner, a very reasonable position. At the same time, beware of the eco-zealots who would destroy our economy and standard of living in the name of Gaia."

Hey Dragon, no Gaia... no economy, no standard of living, no nothing. What're you gonna do, live in a dome with all your money? As always, with the GOP it all boils down to the dollar.

By: Funditto on 12/4/09 at 11:26

I think the GOP is just made that they didn't think of it first.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/4/09 at 11:28

Loner, what's the link to your blog?

By: brrrrk on 12/4/09 at 11:47

Anyone else think it's funny that the Republican Senators (are you listening Corker and Alexander?) that voted to put the rights of corporations ahead of the rights of rape victims are now blaming Al Franken for how they voted? Way to stand up for personal responsibility GOP..... :-)

By: Dragon on 12/4/09 at 11:47

Here's another embarassment for us Tennesseans:

In the opinion of Arlington Mayor Russell Wiseman, President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday night on the war in Afghanistan was deliberately timed to block the Christian message of the "Peanuts" television Christmas special.
"Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim president is there, what a load.....”

Maybe we can just revel in the diversity. Nah - looks like Arlington, TN elected a nutcase.

By: slacker on 12/4/09 at 11:47

brrrrk, I thought the new owners fired most of the staff, at the weather channel no?