Archive for January, 2009

Dear Flaco,

I bumped into this tonight.

Insight into Global Warming Cooling

Link provided by Carie Diem




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Dear Flaco,

Nah, all ya’ll are still #1 in my book.  Tar Heel Red is just easier to bullet post cause I don’t have to defend myself.  It’s easier to just jam some headline up there and rant like a lunatic.  Anyway, back to my true love:

Global Warming and, of course, you.

Okay, okay.  Ya got me, some where deep under the course outside veneer of this polished Republican conservative is a bleeding heart liberal.  Maybe not bleeding, and the whole heart thing—-not so much.  Liberal, not at all, but really, in sum, bleeding heart liberal.    When it comes to our planet, our world, I am all for not shitting where you sleep.  We should take every measure to not pollute, to pick up after ourselves.  When we dump DDT into the ground and all of a sudden our birds of prey begin dying?  We should stop dumping that poison into the system.  I am all for that.  Always have been.  Even back in Minnesota when we cooked “stuff” for Rue on the banks of that little “Not so Big a Lake” I was sad that I couldn’t take my dog there for a swim.  Too dirty and nasty from chemicals.

And yeah, I also get that we only have so much oil.  So much of this fossil fuel that we have been blessed with.  And too that end, we should try and make sure that we are as efficient in it’s use as we can be.  If we are able to stretch a gallon of gas from 20 miles to 40-60 maybe 80, we should.  We have to.  We are obligated to treat this resource as we would any resource.  With respect and with the goal of conservation when ever we are able.  None of that is inconsistent with what I have been saying.  In fact, it is entirely consistent with my message.  Because the thing that you liberals fail to understand is that oil is useless UNLESS WE BURN it.  There is not inherent use for it otherwise.  You don’t take your kids on a trip to the Grand Canyon Oil Fields or to Old Oil Spout Faithful.  The opposite.  Oil is a resource that is both ugly and far far away in the earth’s crust.

So, the whole idea of pollution and of conservation is a separate conversation that the one of Global Warming.  It is okay to think that we should take care of our planet, to take care of our oil and to think that the whole idea of Global Warming is a fairy tale.

So, back to it.

Here is why I think that Global Warming is not as infallible as you may want it to be:


H/T Softest Pawn

Now, to be sure, there is more.  There is the fact that ice is not melting, or, if it was, isn’t anymore.  There is evidence that the data has been tampered with; to the degree that the trends have been moved more than they rise.  Additionally, there is parallel data that demonstrates that we aren’t warming.  Some of this I have showed ya, some I have yet to gather.  Much of it though, has been seen by more and more experts.  And these experts are slowly quickly abandoning the cause.

I promise to write more if you promise to get smarter.



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To the six people that check this (i.e. friends and family)…


     Sadly;  I must inform you, pino was into this site for about three months. 


     The same as many other hobbies, trends, lifestyle changes that (we) got swept up in. 


     Tai Chi, Guitar, etc…  (honestly for the both of us!)


     Althought one might wish for him to get passive (jk)/agressive(seriously) on his hairstyle …. sadly,  he chose this blog.


     Not a problem.


     My leftist friends are sane, and his right wingers are well….  I’ll just leave that alone.


     Tarheel Red (NC Republicans) is the flavor-de-jour…


     I’ll probably never start a blog but… pino seems to be ‘raging against the machine’ and needs to vent often..


     Me, I’m just sad that the best country in the world can’t just seem to get it left (I mean right… no…) correct…. 

     i.e. Social Responsibility.

     To bad we can’t compromise.


     Well …. I’m wishing our next president nothing but the best  (I’d say the same if it was Senator McCain).


     If you learned anything in this “field trip”…


     Pleaseif anything

     – just take a step back and look at the situation.  


     P.S. Before you make a decision. 


     And then look at it sideways. 

     Always question yourself and your beliefs.

     Trust your friends and family

     Trust your gut and your heart.



     < p.s. Click his blog…. he’s got alot to say…>


     xoxo ( with love and respect)


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Sad story indeed, but tell the whole thing (p.s. you can read it from pino’s link)

but some highlights of a sad (partially told) story..

(i.e. alarmists left out the italics)

From the same article…

Minimum wage increased, and health care costs skyrocketed. The women couldn’t increase the price of the bows without losing sales.

They cut back where they could, but in October, they told workers they were closing the plant and contracting the work out to a factory in Mexico.

Barb, who is 61 now, said it was a terrible day, but she had no choice.

“We fought it for a very long time, probably longer than we should have,” she said. “I’m the last one to say every man for himself, but when it comes to am I going to stay in business or not, who wouldn’t make that choice?”

They were able to salvage 22 jobs locally, mostly in marketing, sales and accounting. But for many of the workers, Thursday was their last day.


So, a small business, laid off 228 people.  Crappy.  Really. 


But according to your logic she ACT(ed) Locally, and THOUGHT Globally.


But she managed to stay in business and that’s a good thing. 

(You’ve got long hair.  And Wee Ones sell barrettes.)


So when a major company like AT&T outsources jobs to stay competitive without any interference from the government who do you blame?




xoxo flaco.





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Dear Flaco,

Interesting take on the whole Global Warming thing.  I’ll get to it, I promise.  But in the meantime, check out this story from the STLtoday.com.  The online edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

A young mother who hand-painted barrettes to tame her daughter’s unruly locks, turned the hair accessories into a $6 million dollar business.

Barb said she always tried to take care of her employees — she never paid much more than minimum wage, but she provided them with good benefits, including health insurance and a 401(k) plan.

The workers, mostly women, were really more like family, she said. They enjoyed lavish Christmas parties, a monthly snack day, where employees brought in things to munch on, birthday celebrations and year-end bonuses.

To outsiders, the company seemed healthy. In 2007, it had $6 million in sales and sold 2 million hair bows. It employed 100 full-time employees and 150 piece workers, including some in outstate Missouri.

But Wee Ones was in the red, and labor costs were the reason, Barb and Betsy say.

Minimum wage increased, and health care costs skyrocketed. The women couldn’t increase the price of the bows without losing sales.

“We fought it for a very long time, probably longer than we should have,” she said. “I’m the last one to say every man for himself, but when it comes to am I going to stay in business or not, who wouldn’t make that choice?”

The company gave the workers liberal leave to go on job interviews and offered job training and help with filing for unemployment, but most of the workers stayed with Wee Ones until the end.

Some would say that’s a sign of the tough economic conditions, but workers like Marilyn Bockhoff, 54, of St. Peters said they just wanted to hang onto a good thing as long as they can.

So, here is government in action.  An otherwise successful company; one that could compete AND provide their employee with benefits was forced to restructure.  It wasn’t the market place, it wasn’t poor business decisions and it wasn’t disgruntled employees.  It was the government’s attempt to regulate the workplace.  Several hundred people out of work.

Do you think those people would rather be unemployed but with minimum wage increased or employed making what they used to make?  I think I know the answer.

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Chuckle away…


     Glad that you’re stoked gas is so plentiful and so cheap.  It’s odd that in Tar Heel Red (your new post) you state..

Don’t get me wrong, one day oil is gonna run out.  And, if we can stretch the oil we do have even further by investing in alternative energy or by increasing efficiency of that oil–I am ALL for it. 

     But you add..

Just don’t pull this bullshit about Global Warming. 


Seems I’ve been going about this all wrong.


Prove to me that Global Warming is a Hoax.

xoxo flaco

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Dear Flaco,

I trust that you are doing well.  That you are enjoying life on the left coast.  As we continue to struggle with housing prices, unemployment and the economy in general, there are some things that we are finding to be rather enjoyable.  Of the few, I would list the current price for a gallon of gas the most enjoyable and the most significant.  Having been just north of $4, I literally smile and chuckle as I fuel up for the cheap [serious, this gas is cheap].  And this is good news, not just for me on a personal level, but for all of us.  Cheaper fuel means cheaper goods, at least to a degree.

But now we are hearing that the Democratic controlled lawmakers are considering taxing gasoline; perhaps not insignificantly.  Add this cost to the already imbedded artficial cost of “Global Warming” and you have perhaps the single larget cause of global hunger.  It seems there’s no end to the lengths people are willing to go to “fix” something that really isn’t broken.

So, the Democrats are considering taxing gasoline until we we choke because they fear Global Warming; the end of the world as we know it.  And when asked why they think that we are facing “The End of the World as We Know it”, they shrug and point to The Oracle of Delphi, Al Gore.  When asked to present data, they can’t.  In fact, when asked to present a trend that shows we are warming, they can’t.

For example:

  • The world is cooling.  2008 is the coldest of the century.
  • Sea ice levels continue to grow.  The arctic is growing,or at least no longer shrinking.
  • More and more, the “experts” supporting Global Warming are thinning.
  • The data used to support Global Warming is more and more coming into question.

As I have mention time and time again, we should make sure that whatever we do in our lives and to our planet, we should do well; we should be good stewards.  On the other hand, there is no reason whatsoever to feel that we need to undertake expensive and dangerous policies to prevent a catastrophy that is a fairy tale.

How expensive is this story going to be?



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