Posts tagged ‘global warming’

So this is late. I try to post these weekly round-ups on Sunday or Monday, depending on how my weekend goes, and it is now Wednesday night. So late on Wednesday night, in fact, that’s it’s actually Thursday morning on the East coast. What can I say? It’s summertime, which in Mom World is crazytime. The kids are home all day long. They are hungry all day long. They are bored all day long. Actually, kids in my house are never bored, or at least they never voice it, because if they do, they find themselves staring at toilet with a scrub brush in their hand. Nothing cures boredom quite like scrubbing a toilet!

And that’s the kind of mom I am. Interestingly, I just got off the phone with a single girlfriend, with whom I shared a story from the beach today. One of my kiddos was carelessly kicking sand on people, and needed to be corrected. “See?” She said, “This is why I can never have kids. I’d probably kick sand on them and ask, ‘How does that feel?’”

“Um … what do you think I did?”

And that’s the kind of mom I am. The kind of mom whose kids don’t carelessly kick sand on other people.

Anyway, I wrote some stuff last week! And you should totally click on it and maybe even read it. Otherwise you might find yourself staring a toilet with a scrub brush in your hand.

President Obama gave a little speech about the debt limit. It was riddled with blatant untruths. I narrowed down the top nine.

Speaking of President Obama, do you know that he signed a bill that authorized $50 million of your hard-earned money to put guns in the hands of dangerous Mexican drug lords? Because he totally did. Oh, and Attorney General Eric Holder lied about it.

I also mocked global warming scare tactics and possibly polar bears. Because polar bears would totally eat me, given the chance.

Happy reading!

Senator Menendez & His Global Warming Fantasy

Christmas 2010 has come and gone, and if your kids are anything like my precocious seven-year-old, they’re playing with their new toys, taking stock of their inventory, and measuring it against the wish list they sent to Santa earlier this month. Let’s face it; Jolly Old Saint Nick is rarely able to completely fulfill the fantasy of every child that pens him a letter — especially when the kid asks for a driver’s license.

Last week, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) wrote an open letter to the mythical North Polian, asking him to consider relocating to New Jerseywhen the polar ice caps melt due to man-caused global warming.

I am writing out of concern, because you may have to move from the North Pole due to the dramatic melting of Arctic sea ice.

I want you to know that if you want to relocate to the beautiful state of New Jersey, I would be proud to assist you. But given the climate you are accustomed to, I will understand if you would like to relocate to the South Pole. Just be sure not to move to the Antarctic Peninsula or West Antarctic ice sheet, areas that are also experiencing rapid ice melt.

It’s a kitschy, fun letter, and as someone that often employs humor in her political writing, I wish I’d thought of it first. But the entire premise is completely off base. Senator Menendez claims, “Scientists overwhelmingly agree that polar ice is melting because of greenhouse gas pollution,” therefore poor Santa will be out of a home soon.

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Ted Turner Better Keep His Hands (and His Politics) Off My Uterus

A global gathering of talking heads and delegates are currently convened in Cancun, Mexico to discuss global warming. Er, climate change. ‘Warming’ is a bit of a misnomer with all the record cold going on.

I am a huge proponent of being good stewards of the Earth, and I think we should use our resources wisely. But some of the ideas being tossed around the Mother Earth fascists range from unsettling to downright disturbing.

One of the realistic goals covered at the conference so far has been setting up a $100 billion-a-year fund from developed countries to help developing nations implement greener technology.  I’m sure Cambodia’s evil dictator Hun Sen would never launder that money and use it for his own malicious purposes.

If that’s a realistic goal, then the unrealistic, shoot-for-the-moon goals must be doozies. Have no fear, the environ-wackos rarely fail to disappoint in the area of sheer lunacy.

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Keeping My Cool: Leave My Air Conditioner Alone

Stan Cox really doesn’t like air conditioning. In his “scientific” new book (and I use the term scientific in a loose and mocking manner),Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer), Mr. Cox points out the steep personal and societal price of air conditioning.

Personally, I think air conditioning has been wonderful for society. People definitely smell better. Smelling nice is good. Smelling like stinky armpit sweat is gross. By my logic, air conditioning is helping us love our neighbors.

But, but, but … air conditioning increases our carbon footprint! The ice caps will melt and we’ll be forced to live on boats with a web-footed Kevin Costner and drink our own pee!

Calm down everyone, the ice caps are not melting. There is zip, zero, zilch, nada evidence that the Earth is warming, and even if it were, there’s no proof that we humans are responsible for the climate change. To get a conviction in court, there needs to be evidence. But for some reason we have a bunch of crazy politicians burning copious amounts of fuel, all the while yelling at us to buy expensive light bulbs so we can be green.

If Nancy Pelosi actually believes that the planet is going to be irreparably harmed by carbon emissions, why doesn’t she reduce her own? I know burning my house down is a bad idea, so guess what? I don’t do it. Sister should practice what she preaches.

In an article Monday in the Washington Post, Stan Cox goes even further than the global warmingargument in his fight against air conditioners. He claims that air conditioning is responsible for the breakdown of American society. Which is interesting, because if Mr. Cox had been to a single Tea Party protest, church picnic, or county fair in the past year or two, he’d see that America is alive and well.

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