Letters to the Editor

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 1:44am

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: slacker on 1/14/10 at 12:06

Nemo, did you ever rip a piece of your lip off, smoking those Pall Mall's?

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

Tobacco and Cannabis are drugs. They're also plants.

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

Are you saying they are hybrids, gd? Like a Toyota?

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

Well, I'm not sure they get the mileage that a Prius does...

By: Dragon on 1/14/10 at 12:11

You know that “Cadillac Tax” the unions hate? They don’t have to pay it.

“On the high-cost insurance tax, officials familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday that options being considered to lessen the impact on union members included raising the threshold at which the tax would be levied—it's $23,000 for family plans in the Senate-passed bill—and exempting collective bargaining agreements negotiated before 2013 from the tax.”
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9D7KN2O1&show_article=1

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

I tryed once puff. Never again.

The first time I tryed to stop, I went cold turkey. It lasted 22 hours. I was so out of it that I smoked a camel that was given to me and it felt so good that I went back to smokeying my brand. I was a three pack a day somker too. One of the worst mistake I ever made.

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

capt - me too - started in basic training - didn't carry matches or lighter - smoked tip to tip.

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

Free will exists within the confines of your upbringing and society. I find most theists lack free will of thought. The vast majority stay in the religion they were born and indoctrinated into, and regard it as the one true religion. This is self-imposed ignorance.

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

blanket - sad but true :(

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

I agree with Dusty, we have free will, which keeps us from being mindless sheep like Dragon and Chief. However, did divinity grant us this? Not likely.

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

But is it a drug, Blanket?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:16

i've never smoke it, house.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:17

gdia - true to the extent that most so-called divinities want mindless worhip and obedience.

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:17

I smoked Doral Lights for 22 years. Chantix (a drug) got me to stop.
Not all drugs are bad...m'kay?

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:18

house - true - my heart medicine and diabetic meds keep me alive and functional.

By: slacker on 1/14/10 at 12:18

I switched from Pall Malls to Kent's, and considered myself a health nut for doing so.

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

Rush (the band) chose free will.

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

Never said drugs were bad, just said that they're drugs...and plants.

I smoked Malboro Reds for 12 years, Lights for about 5. Nastiest habit there is...besides incontinence...right Dragon?

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:23

gdia - incontinence is no joke - my third wife had polio at 5 - was paralyzed on left side - wore attends all life - after her congestive heart failure had to take care of her like a baby for awhile.

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:23

There is a stigma attatched to the word, though.
Nobody wants to be known as a "drug user"...but most are these days.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:24

how about a "plant abuser."

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:24

anything new out of Haiti?

By: slacker on 1/14/10 at 12:25

Drug host, sounds better.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:26

Blanket - NO plz No! The politically correct crowd will make it a felony to light up!

By: house_of_pain on 1/14/10 at 12:26

"how about a "plant abuser.""
Forget to water the fern again, did we?

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:28

Slack - that sounds like one of those b grade movies about parasite aliens :)

By: gdiafante on 1/14/10 at 12:28

I suppose someone, somewhere has something so I guess we shouldn't joke about anything.

sigh

By: Dragon on 1/14/10 at 12:29

Caffeine is also addictive. Ever notice those headaches when you don't get your fix for the day?

By: slacker on 1/14/10 at 12:30

Dusty, exactly...they are out there.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:30

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/cb_haiti_earthquake

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

Dragon - coffee is not a drug!!! as long as I get my 8 pots of it a day I'm fiiiiinnnneeee!

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

Dragon, the headache comes from drinking a 1/5 of Jack.

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

GENEVA (AP) - Red Cross federation estimates 45,000-50,000 dead in Haitian earthquake.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9D7LTVG0&show_article=1

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:32

gdia - sorry - I guess I'm oversensitive when it comes to hcp jokes.

By: dargent7 on 1/14/10 at 12:32

House: I think my "lil' sister gave DeLoren the idea for bucket seats. She got tired of climbing all the way to the front from the back seat.

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

dargent, lol

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

4 in tha floor

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:35

blanket - dragon - thanks for links - I opened both to keep an eye on :)

By: dargent7 on 1/14/10 at 12:36

Guys....caffeine, tobacco, cigarettes, marijuana......want to know what's really addictive? Look at Miss January and try to put it down. The magazine, that is.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:36

yeah, i've been checking every so often too, Dusty. Doctors Without Borders got there yesterday from Cuba.

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

Thanks Darge, now I have "Calender Girl" stuck in my head.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:37

did anyone see the brief interview with Haiti's president this morning on the Today Show?

By: dargent7 on 1/14/10 at 12:38

Slacker: She alledged she only gave out 3rds., being Catholic and all.

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

Yeah, thanks alot, d7...now I'm having to post with one hand.

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:39

blanket - the UN contingent impresses me too - even though they lost their boss and 1/8th of their people they are doing their best to help.

By: slacker on 1/14/10 at 12:39

Neil Sedaka?

By: DustyU on 1/14/10 at 12:41

blanket - saw the one last night - didn't know where he was going to sleep with home and palace both gone.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/14/10 at 12:42

yes, the UN contingent is amazing. the Haitian president's humility and gratitude was very touching.

By: dargent7 on 1/14/10 at 12:47

Guys....remember when you didn't want to get an erection when the female doctor said, "Cough now, please"? (that's why I support women's right's...a female MD holding your "johnson" during/ after an examination is far more enjoyable than a male MD), so you thought about Christmas or naked pics of Sidney?

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

Good afternoon, gang! Boy, I must've missed a lot of fun this week. Neme, what happened to you? Are you okay now? Hope so!