living in the red, vol. 6

a few thoughts on recent letters to the editor. my comments are bolded and italicized.


Throw Perriello out of the House for health vote

Fifth District voters wouldn’t let Rep. Tom Perriello off the health care hook at a meeting in Martinsville. I’m glad to see that voters wouldn’t let him deflect attention away from his voting record supporting Obamacare. (Obamacare?  Feel free to step away from the Fox News at any time.  The legislation is about health insurance, not the President).  When he couldn’t get away from this issue, he went back to the tired, old Democratic talking points about how this lousy legislation is so wonderful.

He failed to mention that under the Compilation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an employer with an average of at least 50 full-time employees will be required to provide health insurance to all employees or pay a fine of $2,000 for each. (Great!  Isn’t it amazing that we’re now going to attempt to make companies treat their employees like people, not just pieces of machinery that fulfill a job need.  Thank god we are finally realizing what the rest of world has known for years, that healthy, happy employees are productive employees!)  It makes no difference to elitist snobs that such a fine will force many employers who cannot provide insurance to close their doors and lay off employees.  (1.  Companies will adapt, just as they do to any and all changes in policy as they have done over centuries. 2. “elitist snobs?”  Really?  I’m pretty sure that giving a damn about other people isn’t an ‘elitist’ quality.)

Please, Perriello, tell us where the money is to come from. (Taxes.  Glorious, glorious taxes.  The same ones the fund hospitals, schools, transportation systems, fire departments, police departments, etc etc.) If profit margins are just 5 percent of sales without this fine, they will be zero with it. (They could always just raise the price of the product by a dollar, now couldn’t they?  God forbid we have to spend $1.99 on hamburger helper instead of  $.99)  What incentive will employers have to remain in business? Without business profits, there are no jobs (unless you are a congressman).

It is time for him to go.

2. Give Islam same tolerance it has

Re: the controversy surrounding building an Islamic community center/mosque near Ground Zero:

I think that Muslims should be allowed to build it, but only after a Christian community center/church is allowed to be built in Mecca. Seems if they expect us to accept them, then they should accept us.  (1.  I think the only people who should be deciding this issue are the New Yorkers who actually live in the area where the proposed mosque would be built.  2.  The Islamic group behind the mosque idea already own the building they want to tear down and rebuild.  This entire argument is really non-necessary.  3.  What a great way to show American resiliency — rebuild a religious center near a site of tragedy.  What could be more spiritually heartwarming?  4.  The whole “All Muslims are terrorists” line of thought is tired.  It’s obnoxious, untrue, and evil.  It’s a line of bigotry, hatred, and fear cowled in a cloak of “realism.”)



Scientist’s work warrants probe

Re: “Cuccinelli vs. science,” July 18 editorial:

Your obsessive dislike of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli continues unabated. (Well, if he would stop doing unlikable things…)University of Virginia researcher Michael Mann’s very suspicious, but very politically correct, conclusions favoring a man-made global warming are a legitimate concern of the attorney general’s office, since Mann was on the state’s dime while panting after the unrequited love of his life, this same man-made phenomenon.

Despite your alleluia, proof for global warming as man-made or even its very existence is several quantum leaps short of even a theory. (No, no it’s not.  Feel free to check any of the very informative links from this post-   I’m sure you have unimpeachable sources proving man-made global warming, but I have equally unimpeachable sources for the contrary, but that’s the point I’ve been making.  (How did you know I had sources?? Is my tinfoil hat not working again?!?)


living in the red, vol. 2

letters to the editor from mon. jan. 11. my comments are bolded and in italics.

It doesn’t feel like global warming to me

I’m afraid I just do not understand this global warming thing. When does it start, or is it over? (::sigh:: i knew it. i knew as soon as we got a few flurries this winter and then a huge snowstorm that we would soon see these letters in the paper. watching the flakes fall into the yard, i looked at my husband and said, “just wait, now everyone and their brother will be writing letters to the paper about how global warming can’t be real because, by god, it’s cold outside!”) Perhaps global warming is one of those expressions used sardonically, when the speaker wishes to emphasize a point by saying the opposite of what he or she means. Global warming just could be code for global cooling, kind of like referring to a person who is not too bright as an Einstein. (actually cooling is all a part of it. the term global warming is probably not the best choice for what we should be calling climate change. because even within global warming, you can and will see periods of extreme winter weather and freezing temperatures. for further information, see this website and question #3.

A friend of mine likes to point out that glaciers all over the world are melting. Well, there is a new one forming in my back yard. (sir, the 3 foot tall snowman you built in your backyard does not qualify as a glacier. in fact, the world’s smallest glaciers are still several hundred meters across. now if you have something that large in your backyard, i truly want to see it.)

I have read that some people purchase carbon credits to atone for the carbon dioxide they cause to be released into the atmosphere when they travel. The money supposedly is spent to plant trees and shrubs to reabsorb carbon dioxide and keep the Earth cool. It must be working. I’ve got the glacier to prove it.

This long stretch of record-breaking cold has been novel, but I will certainly be glad when it is over. I’ve had just about all the global warming I can stand. I have to wonder, who was the Einstein that dreamed up global warming in the first place? (someone with half a brain who looked at what our planet is going through and said, “hey, i wonder if we humans have something to do with this?”)


Times must have low opinion of readers

The Jan. 7 news story “Cold snap can coincide with global warming” is the last straw. Only liberal extremists such as The Roanoke Times editorial staff could publish such obvious drivel, and in the news section to boot. Then in the body of the article it states, “Experts did not connect the current frigid blast to climate change,” making the ridiculous headline even more misleading.  (oh my. i hope you are aware that only in the u.s. is climate change considered to be even a remotely debated issue. it is actually factual news in any other part of the world.)

Clearly, The Times staff must believe its readership has a collective IQ of the current average temperature. “If we print it, it must be so.” If I were the superintendent of any of the local school divisions, I would use The Times as a classic example of poor journalism and how to distinguish fact versus opinion.  (see above. in fact the u.s. was one of only 3 countries – the others being russia and china – out of 25 major nations where less than half of the general populace believes global warming to be a problem.

If The Times insists on perpetuating the mantra of the Al Gore global-warming zealots, I have a suggestion: Turn off that electricity-gulping press that extends across a city block, mothball your fleet of gas-guzzling delivery trucks and fire carriers who are required to drive vehicles in the most inefficient way possible. Or are you purchasing carbon credits from Al? (you don’t have to like al gore, but your dislike of him does not make the facts that he presents untrue.)

I have my subscription renewal in hand, and for the first time, I am seriously considering the circular file.

if you are interested in learning more about climate change here are some great websites to help out:
the national oceanic and atmospheric administration (even though i do realize that they are an arm of our socialist government)
need a quick easy read of some facts? national geographic news
the united nations environmental program
since so many americans have a distrust of the general world, however, here is the page for our very own environmental protection agency