Letters to the Editor

Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8:09pm

A surprise vote

In an unexpected epiphany of common sense, a state House bill [HB 805] entitling some relief for men who have been cuckolded into paying child support obligations for children they did not sire, passed the state House of Representatives.

This comes despite strident opposition from feminist groups who otherwise favor gender equality for everything, unless it redresses paternity fraud or favors equally shared parenting, ostensibly, "for the children."

There was a time, due to their intransigence, when I wished these people would be overrun by unruly teens as a result of their failure to address the absent fatherhood issue. But now I am afraid it may actually happen.

Tony Gottlieb, 37202

Got a Gore feeling about this

Couldn't help but notice the confusing juxtaposition of ideas concerning Nashville's Earth Day celebration. Held in Centennial Park, speakers, booths, and demonstrations showed how one can "Go Green." [Things like] changing your light bulbs, recycling paper, bottles, glass, to buying more fuel efficient cars allows for a smaller carbon footprint.

"Global Warming" is the buzzword with a lot of charge and debate pro and con. Similar to the current debate whether the Earth is actually flat and the center of the Universe.

Some people still are convinced that global warming is a myth, concocted by investors — most notably Al Gore — to personally pocket billions, gain International fame and win Oscars and neat prizes for their mantles.

Others go so far as to ridicule the ‘green movement,’ calling it a made-up scheme and the concept of the Earth's warming is an invented crisis. Proponents are seizing upon needless fear and junk science.

What could be the possible harm in switching to energy efficient light bulbs, recycle instead of dumping trash in a landfill, and owning a car that gets 30 mpg instead of 15? Personally, I appreciate the cost savings, and the psychological boost from caring for Mother Nature.

And being in the company of the trail blazing of Al Gore is a good feeling.

Paul D'Argent, 37209

129 Comments on this post:

By: daKine7 on 4/27/09 at 4:59

What a brilliant LTE .

By: idgaf on 4/27/09 at 5:36

I could never understand how judges could rule that a man has to support a download that was not his.

By: idgaf on 4/27/09 at 5:43

Paul do whatever you want but don't you and your wacko friends be arrogant enough to tell others how they should live their lives.

Gores tax and crap plan will make him rich and projected to increase our utility bill between 50-100%. Hook that up with $4 gas that your bro likes and we will destroy ourselves.

We should be trying to live the best we can not get the least out of our money as we can.

By: Loner on 4/27/09 at 6:26

Good morning, Nashville!

The cartoon is barely humorous, IMO, and I'm not so sure that it has a lot of truth value.

Tony Gottlieb is still publicly whining about his family court problems. This is not the first such letter from Tony, I can see why his spouse(s) divorced him, the guy just can't let it go.

Paul D'argent scores again; nice LTE, Paul. As I said before, Al Gore is not the most credible front-man for the anti-global warming movement. ]

daKine7 must be Dargent7's new username.

By: daKine7 on 4/27/09 at 6:36

id gaffe: How do you define "wacko friends"? I believe in the concept/notion/ FACT of "Global Warming". If that's a wacky notion to you, so be it. You, and your right wing GOP fanatics believe GW Bush "kept us safe", and invading, bombing, and now occupying Iraq was the "right thing to do", "imminent danger", "WMD's"....On balance, choosing between a concept of "global warming" and a full scale war, I'd say you and your friends are the "wack jobs".

By: Dragon on 4/27/09 at 6:49

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." - Barack Obama.

By: idgaf on 4/27/09 at 6:52

Now link "global warming" with man made.

You might also make the case why we should spend ourselves broke as a country with 300 million that has a relitively mature energy market and compare it to India and China that is an emerging market of 3 BILLION/.

You guys lake logic and reasoning.

Some say we have actually been cooling since the late 90's.

Guess if you don't like what Bush did then you are not to happy with barry expanding the war in Afganistan?

You a jew hater too?

By: Fundit on 4/27/09 at 6:58

In their efforts to politicize anything and everything, I've heard more than a few right wingers say that Green is the new Red.

By: daKine7 on 4/27/09 at 7:17

idgaffe: Because with 3% of the earth's population, we use 25% of the world's resources. We also protray ourselves of the closest thing to God, Himself. We act as the world's Policeman, and stick our beaks in every situation. Why not then lead the way in "global warming"? Under Bush, we boycotted the Koyoto talks....a real example of leadership.

By: Citizen on 4/27/09 at 7:25

ID: The ones who say we have actually been cooling for the last 8-10 years just happen to be the ones who are scientifically measuring the temperatures. However, don't, for one second, think that dakine7, d'argent, loner, et al will accept facts over of algore's fiction. The fiction, after all, makes them feel so much superior and feelings are all that really matter to the left.

By: Citizen on 4/27/09 at 7:29

DAKINE7: Koyoto was, and remains, a farce. Just an attempt to force the industrial powers to pony up even more global welfare while exempting the less well off from any pollution restrictions. If global warming were actual and a threat, why would you exempt any country from the restrictions??

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/27/09 at 7:38

Scientists announced in the July 21, 1999, edition of the journal Nature findings that suggest that global warming can sometimes lead to cold weather or even a worldwide freeze.

Global cooling is not a contradiction to global warming, folks.

By: house_of_pain on 4/27/09 at 7:46

Blanket, should I invest in parkas & snowshoes, or tank tops & deodorant?
I'm so confused.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/27/09 at 7:49

heck if i know.

By: daKine7 on 4/27/09 at 7:53

How many of you nay- sayers believed at first in the Ozone Hole? Caused by hairsprays and underarm deodorant? Wasn't that a more unbelievable connection? There was no internet back in the 70's, but if there was, the "posts" and board would look like today's. Can't see it, smell it, feel it, therefore "it" doesn't exist? Either does gravity, by the way. Want to argue about that one? The Earth sure looks flat to me. According to you mensas, "global warming" is a "myth", a "ruse", a "farce". But carrying a concealed weapon at WalMart, Shoney's, the park, at church, and at Jimmy Kelly's is way more important. I get it.

By: Fundit on 4/27/09 at 8:01

The funny thing is a majority of the naysayers believe Jesus walked with dinosaurs.

By: daKine7 on 4/27/09 at 8:04

LaMaison d'Pain: stock up on burkas, summer edition.

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 8:09

Global warming is a mass hysteria on par with the Dutch Tulip Bulb fiasco.

There is no greater friend to the environment than the free market capital economy. It gives us the luxury to consider our relationship with mother earth. If you want to see total ecological destruction then wreck the economy and put everyone back on Maslow's first steps. People who dig roots to survive don't give much-a-sh*t about their relationship with the earth.

The Earth is in a balance but the balance is our ecological will that is derived from the excess provided by our free market capital economy. Common sense conservation is in place and has got us to the place where we have to declare CO2 a pollutant in order to advance the environmental movement. Take just a moment and consider how ridiculous that is... plants need CO2 to survive for God's sake.

Environmentalism doesn't involve common sense anymore. Now it's a cult religion parlayed into a political movement.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/27/09 at 8:10

Good point, Fundit!

By: Dragon on 4/27/09 at 8:15

Don't forget that gravity is only a theory. Einstein and Hawkings have dramatically changed what Newton theorized.

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 8:23

There's no such thing as gravity. Everything's just getting proportionally bigger at the atomic level. When you drop a ball it's not pulled down by a mystical force. The earth just gets bigger and slams into it from below.

We can't measure the change because even as the ball gets bigger in our hand, our hand gets bigger at the same proportion. Our known matter is simply at equilibrium. We can't measure the fact that the ball gets larger with a ruler or any other solid matter because that matter, too, gets larger in the same proportion.

The only thing we can detect is that objects will seem to be attracted to each other based on their mass. As the earth gets larger it will seem to any observer that it pulls the ball down.

There is no accident that gravity is explained by the same laws as acceleration. Gravity, in fact, is a special circumstance of the acceleration related to proportional expansion of mass.

By: slacker on 4/27/09 at 8:25

If the Dinosaurs had been liberal, they could have saved themselves.

By: pswindle on 4/27/09 at 8:31

Have you read about parts of Alaska flooding because of climate change? If the Eskimos have to move from their home, something is going on, and the experts have said it was related to "Global Warming." The people in Marsha Blackburn's district should hang their head in shame. She is clueless on every issue. I have watched her on TV and she is a joke. Oh, I have first hand knowledge of her ability, I heard her speak on the Capitol grounds at a organization that I belong to.

By: daKine7 on 4/27/09 at 8:37

WOW! Well, it's a Monday in Nashville, the Who's down in Whoville are waking up, I'll go play The Beatles "White Album" backwards....get more credible information on Earth's changes.

By: girliegirl on 4/27/09 at 8:38

Paul,30 mpg vs 15 mpg isn't worth taking on a new car note... but then, I was a math major, and therefore the is no sound reasoning in your suggestion. Right now, it's way more important that the US create large safe vehicles that run on very little gasoline, instead of pushing citizens to purchase foreign cars. It's not just about the environment now, it's also about the economy.

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 8:49

Your scientists can't even explain gravity... the most basic force in the universe... and you want to trust them with the keys to the world economy? They are just Bishops in the Church of Environmental Emotion... and Al Gore has declared himself Messiah.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/27/09 at 8:52

that's right, Ben. just stick with the man on a cloud theory.

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 8:55

There are two elements in a successful free capital economy. First the worker must be allowed to keep a significant portion of what he earns. Second he must have the liberty to spend his earnings on that which he chooses.

I really couldn't care less if it's a Big Honkin' SUV or a Toyota Prius that motivates Joe Lunchbox to get up and go to work every day... I just care that he's motivated to continue doing it because it is the residual excess of Joe's work that all of the world depends upon... be it government, charity, environmentalism... everything. If you take too much of Joe's earnings to the extent he considers it unfair or if you tightly constrain what Joe can do with his earnings to the degree that he cannot get or do what HE wants then you will achieve economic stagnation or deflation. These are poison to the economy and poison to all of the other things that are dependent upon the economy (charity, government, etc...)

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 8:58

Hey BN... during a trip when you were bonding with Mother earth, if you ran across 10 rocks evenly spaced in a straight line in the woods, what could you derive from that?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/27/09 at 9:11

what type of rocks?

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 9:15

Doesn't matter but let's say 10 igneous rocks of roughly the same size evenly spaced in a straight line or in a circle.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/27/09 at 9:58

like stonehenge?

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 9:59

Damn... looks like the word 'igneous' brought the server down.

By: daKine7 on 4/27/09 at 9:59

I don't know what's more explicit of the definition of "torture" than Dick Cheney's "waterboarding" explaination or reading laureat BenDover's expose' and pontification of nuclear fission and Newton's Law's of Thermodynamics. But, the main question in Tenn. always remains: "Can I carry a gun into K-Mart?

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 10:00

Nah... they could be smaller than that. ... let's say, roughly the size of softballs.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/27/09 at 10:01

are they round?

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 10:03

Is daKine7 darget? Or did Tipper forget and leave Al's computer unlocked and unsupervised again?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/27/09 at 10:04

if so, it'd remind me of how long it's been since i've played a good game of bocce ball.

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 10:04

Not necessarily

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 10:06

But the basic question remains... what would you infer if you ran across 10 evenly spaced rocks... either in a straight line or arranged in a circle in the woods?

By: daKine7 on 4/27/09 at 10:08

Girliex2: A math major you ain't. If a car gets 2x the mpg, based on 12,000 miles driven per year, at $2.50 a gallon, that's a savings of approx. $500. Chump change?
What you fail to realize, besides your bottom line, a cleaner environment, less dependency on foreign oil, no need to drill in Anwar, is that it isn't JUST ABOUT YOU! You multiply that personal, single "savings" that you don't give a sh**t about by 100 million vehicles in the USA alone, and it adds up. Get it yet?

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

Silver7...Do your legs get all tingly when in the presence of AlBore?

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 10:15

Put your dogma on a leash there daKine7... we're in America here and if giriegirl wants a larger car she feels safer in and is willing to ante up the $s for the extra gas that's her prerogative.

This myth of scarcity and environmental harm you guys are using to advance your radical agenda to force people to live in the way you deem correct is growing quite wearisome. You sacrifice to the green altar if you like but, for me and my family; we’ll drive whatever we damn well please.

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 10:17

How's the valley, John? Starting to get crowed yet?

By: brrrrk on 4/27/09 at 10:20

It appears that some only care about money, and some care about everything else... realizing that it all ties together.

By: Dragon on 4/27/09 at 10:20

Save $500/year but pay $5,000 more to buy it? You MIGHT break even.

By: gdiafante on 4/27/09 at 10:21

The polar ice caps aren't melting because it's getting cooler...there is global climate change happening, it's debatable whether it's man-made. But if you're so blind as to think it's all a myth...well good for you, but you aren't to be taken seriously.

If Girlie and others still want those gas eaters, fine, but I don't want to hear them complain, and they all do, when gas is $4 again.

By: brrrrk on 4/27/09 at 10:23

BenDover said,

"This myth of scarcity"

Do you actually believe that we have an infinite supply of oil? Or that it's not possible that we may run out of other resources as a result of over population?

By: BenDover on 4/27/09 at 10:37

Climate change is being exaggerated to suit a political purpose. Much of the warming we've seen... particularly since the 70's... is because of our SUCCESSES in aerosol pollution control. No time in modern history has our air and water been cleaner... and this; despite a 5 fold increase in the world population over the last 100 years. Since we've reached a point of diminishing returns on aerosol pollution control the warming has tapered off rather than continuing to grow exponentially as the hysterical computer models have predicted.

You can tell this is political because the ONLY solution posed to the problem is to cut down those evil American capitalist a notch or two. Absurd.

Al Gore is just the latest Chicken Little in a long line of Chicken Littles dating back to Malthus and before.

Just like Ehrlich and his Population Bomb; these guys always make these doomsaying linear predictions that fail to include the benefits of innovation and imagination in the natural progress of man to solve these problems.

It's amazing to me that generation after generation there is always a large segment of sheep who are willing to buy into whatever snake-oil is being touted as the solution at the time. Ludicrous.

By: daKine7 on 4/27/09 at 10:37

BenDover: Do you drop acid before or after you "post"? Look at the American landscape TODAY. What do you see? The whole place/economy is in the toilet and you run around proclaiming "all is well". All is NOT well, the whole enchilada is fu**ed. Whether you take care of it, your children take care of it, their grandchildren take care of it...it will survive. But, can you do something, anything TODAY, to help that process? Or do you want to continue to be a sheep herded to slaughter, and then say, "Geez, no one told me"?