Letters to the Editor

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 12:44am

Keeping an eye out

On Jan. 11, the story I have been waiting for finally broke on the CBS Evening News! It detailed how several members of the U.S. Congress went to the Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009. None of them had any impact whatsoever, and they should have known ahead of time that they would have no impact.

But here is what is really funny to me. The radio talk-show hosts made a big deal out of the Climate Summit and, as always, lambasted Al Gore, Jr. for his views. While doing this, talk show hosts such as Michael DelGiorno profusely praised Rep. Marsha Blackburn for attending the summit, stating that she was there to "keep an eye on Al Gore."

Never mind the fact that she, like all of the others, wasted an enormous amount of taxpayer money attending said summit. By the way, who were all the others there to keep an eye on?

And this week all one could hear on talk radio was the same stupidity out of them, especially Phil Valentine. Every single time it gets cold, [we] will hear him howl that it is some kind of proof that global warming, or climate change, isn't real.

You know, it's wonderful how intelligent he and others like him are. He is able to grasp the concept that the little warming spell that occured during the Middle Ages might be the result of a volcanic eruption. But he can't fathom the concept that humans are regularly putting almost exactly that kind of stuff up into the atmosphere on a continuous basis and that, because of this, humans really are causing a negative impact upon our climate.

No, for him, nothing humans do has any impact whatsoever so we should all just keep on doing exactly what we are already doing — polluting as much as we want to.

John Mark Browder, 37211

 

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409 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 1/14/10 at 12:07

The joke went over my head, Dusty. That's easy to do.

If the National Guard wasn't deployed in Iraq and in Afghanistan, we might be able to offer more assistance. The NG used to do humanitarian work, now they are part-time mercenaries, deployed half-way around the world, kicking down doors, screaming at the natives - through a well-paid quisling interpreter, of course.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:08

capt - the US is always slow getting started but usually gets there - hopefully in time to save some lives

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:09

agree with sid and chief about what?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/10 at 12:10

By: slacker on 1/14/10 at 10:49
nemo, ''Be all that you can be'' join the Army.
Chief
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I would have to shoot the little feller, for the good of the country. lol

By: gdiafante on 1/14/10 at 12:10

Dusty: my bible says "eat at Luigi's"

By: Kosh III on 1/14/10 at 12:13

"United Arab Emrites is there. saw it on another link."

You mean Dubai? What are they gonna do? show em how to file for bankruptcy?

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:13

Mine says "Don't forget to breathe".

By: Kosh III on 1/14/10 at 12:14

Loner

That was a mighty long and informative post: now shut up and pass it!

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:14

Puff, puff, give.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:15

Blanket - ref your sigh - everything! - disagreeing not allowed without f/w

By: Loner on 1/14/10 at 12:19

I read a reliable source that claimed Afghanistan is draining the US Treasury to the tune of ten million dollars per hour - it costs one the US a million bucks per year to support just one soldier there. Iraq is a little cheaper, they claim. How long can we keep this up?

We have guns aplenty, the butter is scarce these days. Uncle Sam will do what he can, but he's bogged down in twin quagmires at the moment.... thanks to Bush-Cheney, the War Lobby and the neocons.

And still, there are those who would prefer the Bush-Cheney-McCain-Palin approach to governance, go figure.

By: Loner on 1/14/10 at 12:22

Sorry for the reefer rant...passin' it here...cough, cough..like wow, man.

By: Loner on 1/14/10 at 12:31

Dusty.....you wrote, "Loner - my bible says all things in moderation - includes drugs and alcohol." that may be sound advice, but Cannabis is not a drug, it is a plant. THC is the active ingredient in Cannabis, if synthesized in a lab, such THC could be rightly called a "drug". In like manner, Tobacco is not a drug, it too is a plant. The "drug" in Tobacco is nicotine, of course.

Cannabis smokers are not "drug users" any more than cigarette smokers are. People don't "use" nicotine, they smoke cigarettes. It's all in the language.

By: Loner on 1/14/10 at 12:33

The roach is still smoldering...back to you House.

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:34

Like, wowzers...I'm ready for a Scooby Snack.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/10 at 12:36

I googled Pat Robertson and found that he and Rush Limbaugh are taking heat from the left and right from their comments about haiti.

The arranant of this two maybe their downfall.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:37

Loner - in my book they are both drugs - I quit a 5 pack a day habit (camel nonfilters) in 75 and the doctors told me I had 8% lung capacity left - think they were just trying to scare me but I still can't run much more than a mile without coughing up a lung or two :)

By: gdiafante on 1/14/10 at 12:37

Robertson and Limbaugh are two giant morons. Anyone that takes them seriously deserve what they get.

By: Loner on 1/14/10 at 12:38

Waterboard Limbaugh! Waterboard Pastor Roberstson! We'll soon find out who is to blame for this atrocity. Based on that information, we can proceed intelligently.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:38

capt - they make a good pair don't they - both full of S@#t

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:40

Cannabis is no more a drug than oregano.
Both can be used as "flavor enhancers".
I wouldn't advise mixing oregano in your brownie batter, however.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:40

By: Kosh III on 1/14/10 at 11:13
"United Arab Emrites is there. saw it on another link."

You mean Dubai? What are they gonna do? show em how to file for bankruptcy?

LOL

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:42

house - so you are saying that smoking tobacco won't hurt you as long as you roll your own leaf rather than buying factory processed cigarettes?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/10 at 12:42

Both chief and BenDover think they are the greates. I hope we don't have to hear their song and dance to explain what their heros were saying.

By: dargent7 on 1/14/10 at 12:42

Yes, Loner, I'm French.
I was born just East of Paris...Detroit.
I think "Detroit" was a French Native Indian, like "Cadillac" and "Pontiac". Or Edsel and Studebaker. Chief "Corvair" was part of my tribe. My little sister was "GTO".
Perhaps you've heard of her?

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:42

How much longer until gd's brew hits the market? I'm thirsty.

By: Loner on 1/14/10 at 12:43

I won't defend or support the Tobacco industry, but I would support a person's right to smoke whatever they want to smoke. Yeah, spare me the "costs to society" argument - it's 90% lobbyist propaganda.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:43

me too, house!

By: Dragon on 1/14/10 at 12:44

Filling in for Chief:

FORMER CHIEF U.N. WEAPONS INSPECTOR SCOTT RITTER NABBED IN TEEN SEX STING
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,583027,00.html.
What a nice guy.

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:44

Not exactly, Dusty, but tobacco is a plant, not a drug, in my book.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/10 at 12:44

By: dargent7 on 1/14/10 at 11:42
Yes, Loner, I'm French.
I was born just East of Paris...Detroit.
I think "Detroit" was a French Native Indian, like "Cadillac" and "Pontiac". Or Edsel and Studebaker. Chief "Corvair" was part of my tribe. My little sister was "GTO".
Perhaps you've heard of her?
*****************************************************************
LMAO

By: Dragon on 1/14/10 at 12:46

And, another:

President Barack Obama on Thursday proposed a new fee on major banking firms to recover "every single dime" taxpayers shelled out to rescue Wall Street from the economic crisis.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.d42d76d5c4ac60ea9d7ecd3820a6b929.b21&show_article=1

Obama wants to tax the banks to recover ALL the TARP money (banking, automakers, mortgage assistance). And, the banks will be taxed whether or not they took TARP money. Seems punitive. But, we must punish the evil rich.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:46

loner - true - I support that right too - but let's not fool ourselves with semantics - we should call the kettle black when it is - people don't smoke because it tastes good - they want the drug effects.

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:46

Show of hands: how many here have ever taken d7's "little sister" for a test drive?

By: gdiafante on 1/14/10 at 12:47

Well, not sure it's ready...but you can find it under the "Aigre Pipi" label in most Krogers...

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:47

house - me - but like I said before I'm a corvair fan :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:48

Dragon, that's not "punishing the evil rich."

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/10 at 12:48

It is time to wag the dragon.

By: gdiafante on 1/14/10 at 12:48

Dragon, you're diaper is leaking. Nasty.

By: gdiafante on 1/14/10 at 12:49

s/h/h your

By: Loner on 1/14/10 at 12:50

Hey kids, I gotta go, just got a call to action. It's been a pleasure, I'll check the board later. Loner out.

By: Dragon on 1/14/10 at 12:50

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 11:48
Dragon, that's not "punishing the evil rich."

You're right. That is punishing the bank's customers. You and me.

By: slacker on 1/14/10 at 12:50

pain, do you mean the sophisticated good kisser?

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:52

Cigarettes can give you cancer...
Coke can make you diabetic...
masturbation can make you go blind...
yes, living is risky behavior.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:53

house true :)

By: brrrrk on 1/14/10 at 12:54

DustyU said

"Loner - in my book they are both drugs - I quit a 5 pack a day habit (camel nonfilters) in 75"

camel nonfilters... Now thems the real deal.. I know, I used to smoke'm myself. Everything else is like candy cigarettes after them.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/10 at 12:55

Dragon must have heard from his master and has been told to bark.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:57

I see top finally woke up and realized that something had happened outside of Green Acres (oh I'm sorry I meant Green Hills) Their front page actually references some place called Haiti where something bad might have happened.

By: Kosh III on 1/14/10 at 1:01

"camel nonfilters... Now thems the real deal.. I know, I used to smoke'm myself. Everything else is like candy cigarettes after them."

Nahh, I used to smoke Kool Menthol.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/10 at 1:02

Cigarettes are a drug. At less it was for me. It only took me a week at age 17 to become adictive and 25 yrs later before I could stop. That was after 4 yrs of trying to stop.