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Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 20

[Eli's Hammer [ II KINGS 18:27 ]
They are--by the Internet Standard--truely "Teabaggers." They hump the face of their opposition as is fitting the term.
(A feat which is hard to do when wrapped in that much Aluminum foil--I might add.)

Posted by ourioni on 02/01/2010 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 20

So many issues, where to begin? Well, I'll start by saying I'm a Veteran and was career military. Guess that pretty much gives folks an idea where I stand on our great Nation.

Mr Temple; you make several valid points regarding the upcoming trials for the Guantanamo "detainees". Had the War Criminal in Chief, commonly known as George W Bush, not violated just about every international law known regarding the treatment of prisoners captured during armed conflict, we would not be faced with the issue of trying these people in civil court.

He declared the US Constitution a "piece of paper", denied the detainees POW status, tortured them in direct violation of US law and International law, just to name a few.

I could on and on, but to sum it up, we have no choice but to move forward with the trials and at taxpayers expense. Someone has to clean up the mess Bush left behind.

Dan Wiedeback; I also agree with you, the Tea Party should be called by its proper name. I do however wonder where the Tea Party was when President Bush tossed aside the Constitution with his Patriot Act? Where were they when he gave tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

I think if you pull up a roster of the leadership of the Tea Party and do some research on them, you'll find few if any make less than 250k per year.

I agree with the idea of the Tea Party. I just dislike it being led by Carpet Baggers masquerading as concerned average Americans.

Brian Lind

"A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'" (Author unknown)

Posted by brianwl on 01/22/2010 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 20

Whoa! Using the term "tea baggers" is no where near comparable to using hate speech like "Fags". Shame on you!

Posted by Dutone on 01/22/2010 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 20

Dan Wiedeback:

Sorry to break this to ya, fella, but the BW and it's readers didn't coin the term 'Teabaggers' for those idiots...THEY DID.

When they first started up, they themselves adopted that term...soon after, they learned what reference it had in the 'adult venacular' and quickly attempted to change it to 'Tea Party'...sorry, guys, too late.

The first choice suits them MUCH better, as it displays their inability to think anything through logically, their clear lack of research, and their ultimately flawed, it's deliciously ironic.

Sorry, I will continue to refer to them by the original term THEY THEMSELVES adopted as their own, it's far too fitting.


Posted by karcreat2 on 01/21/2010 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 13

Patricia Ann Murphy:


I agree with every word you wrote, 100%...I happen to be one of the very 'Couch Potatoe' voters you described (nice to have a name for our 'party', thanks!...;) and I stand behind our President 100% as well...I'm proud to have cast my vote for him, and plan to do so again...let the uneducated hate-mongers hurl their uninformed, petty labels such as 'socialist' and 'communist'...I feel nothing but pity for them and their small minds, their lack of ability to comprehend anything beyond the status quo...

Sucks to be them, eh?...;)

Thanks again, Patricia Ann Murphy!


Posted by karcreat2 on 01/20/2010 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6

Global warming is a popular catch-phrase for what's better described as global climate shift. With changing precipitation patterns, the agricultural resources of our country are threatened.

Before considering data as presented by the media, it is advisable and informative to strip the information of its shock value and read articles written directly by scientists for publication in peer reviewed journals. See:

Hurd, B.H. et al., 2004, Climactic change and U.S. water resources: From modeled watershed impacts to national estimates, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 40, 129-148

Freas, K. et al., 2008, Incorporating climate change in water planning, American Water Works Association. Journal, 100, 92-99

Barnett, T.P. et al., 2005, Potential impacts of a warming climate on water availability in snow-dominated regions, doi:10.1038/nature04141

For the opposite argument, and without the intent of being facetious, see

Robinson, A.B. et al., 2007, Environmental effects of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, 12, 79-90.

To address the complaint about legislation concerning hybrid cars, America should be focused on reducing dependence on foreign oil. The introduction mile-per-gallon standards is a far cry from an ill-conceived plan to limit American freedom.

Posted by katie1234 on 01/16/2010 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Dec. 2

"“In 10 to 20 years, there will be a history book with a chapter titled: ‘Age of Idiocy, when Democrats and Obama ran it all."

Yes, but the whole world already looks at Bush and the Republics that way....

Posted by C.Morris on 01/16/2010 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 13

Richard, as a U.S. citizen and veteran you should know better. In the Declaration of Independence there is a very thoughtful phrase that frames the beliefs of our founding fathers. It goes like this "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal".

Posted by ericn1300 on 01/13/2010 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6


You attempt to point out my 'shortcomings' via quaint.

I tend to have a short fuse regarding those that turn a blind eye to the obvious...why waste time attempting civil discourse with someone who obviously (via his initial letter) has parted from the facts long before I came onto the scene?

You point out that you 'recycle and call people out for littering, and ride a bike when it's not below freezing', etc...small potatoes if you are choosing to ignore the fact of global are basically spitting on a forest fire and claiming that you are 'helping to put it out'...big deal. This may make you feel like you are doing something to help, you are NOT.

I stand by my initial statements.


Posted by karcreat2 on 01/13/2010 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6

Patience, you are right. Shame on me for that but belatedly here is the reference for my claim that "the earth is much warmer now then during the Medieval Warm Period" from the NOAA website…

I checked out the site that Colin also belatedly referenced but didn't have time to sort through the biased drivel there to find anything supporting his claim. No real science there anyway, just commentary on science with a few links of interest, maybe he has a link to specifics.

Posted by ericn1300 on 01/10/2010 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6


The tone of your reply sounds like Jonathan Edward's famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." The earth will not get better or worse because of your anger.

BTW, science isn't about majority rule, it's about discovering truth. In the global warming debate, the search for truth has taken a backseat to a political agenda. Even if AWG is ever proven beyond a reasonable doubt, which it hasn't, the policy and political response appears already set in stone. Why are policies such as cap and trade automatically the only and best solutions?

Posted by Patience Dogood on 01/10/2010 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6

Oh sorry, here is the link to the article:…

Posted by cslot88 on 01/10/2010 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6

I find it amusing that you think you know me because of where I stand on global warming. You assume that I continue to "blindly destroy the environment with no regrets," yet you do not know me in any way. This fact is quite obvious, because I recycle everything that I can, call people out for littering, and ride my bike when it's not below freezing. As you so aptly put it, "Way to presume...and be WRONG."

As for who benefits from global warming, I hope you will read this article by Donald Miller. It looks into an alternate, viable theory as to why the climate changes, as well as this tidbit on perhaps why so many scientists play along:

"Global warming is now a $5 billion industry, which benefits the government and its politicians and bureaucrats, environmental activists, the media, executives and shareholders of 'green' industries, and climate scientists. Businesses profit by gaming the regulatory and planned 'cap and trade' process rather than have to make money by producing things people want. The ("good news is no news") media shamelessly plays along and profits by frightening people. And we see how the movement’s most prominent activist, former Vice President Al Gore benefits. Climate scientists are awarded $1.7 billion a year in government grants to study climate change, but under the condition that these scientists continue to support the 'consensus' or lose their funding. Climate scientist Richard Lindzen, in Climate of Fear, writes : 'Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their grant funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves libeled as industry stooges, scientific hacks or worse. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science that supposedly is their basis.'"

Makes sense to me. Oh and I've seen some of your other posts on here, so let me make a friendly suggestion to you, karcreat2: If you really believe in what you're saying, don't belittle and insult people who have a different opinion. Convince them with facts, not hatred. You have neglected to give ANY facts, and have instead resorted to empty rhetoric. People who do this, in my experience, tend to feel threatened by what the other has to say.

Posted by cslot88 on 01/10/2010 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6

Patience Dogood:
"Collin asked good questions and deserves better than ad hominem attacks and belittlement."

No, he didn't...and no he does NOT. His claims (that global warming is a 'hoax' being done for money) is flat out ludicrous. WHO stands to benefit from attempting to get us to treat the planet better? No one. It's insulting and that's what he got as a response from me. He neglected to mention the THOUSANDS of credited scientists (who outweigh the few nay sayers he stands behind) who have stated that is is convenient.

"I can tell you are close minded"

Said the pot to the kettle.

"the college encourages students to think for themselves, not blindly follow what the media tells them."

Way to presume...and be WRONG.

I DO think for myself, I just tend to believe what makes more SENSE...apparentley you do NOT. I sincerely pity people like you, blind to the facts (or hell, even the POSSIBILITIES) as you trudge along, continuing blindly to destroy the enviornment with no regrets...I'm sure your children will thank you for it.

Posted by karcreat2 on 01/09/2010 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6

Here's the citation. Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is the one who wrote the quote I cited. Sorry I did not include that. Karcreat2 and Ericn1300, do you not see something wrong with this picture when the head of the NCAR can not find anything to worry about? I can tell you both are very closed-minded, but it wouldn't hurt you to take a look at this page:…

From that webpage: "Another researcher, Shaopeng Huang at the University of Michigan, and two others published a 1997 analysis of 6000 borehole records yielding temperature profile data from each continent, dating back 20,000 years [5]. Analysis of that data clearly showed signs of the Medieval Warm Period followed by the Little Ice Age and confirmed that temperatures in the 12th Century were significantly warmer than today." This is my response to ericn1300's claim.

Yes, I believe the climate is changing. No, I don't believe it's because of humans. The earth is constantly going through climate cycles. It has since before man walked the earth.

Also, if you are going to discredit education at the College of Idaho because of one letter, karcreat2, I'm glad you are not associated with it. Many people at the school may disagree with my letter, but the college encourages students to think for themselves, not blindly follow what the media tells them.

Posted by cslot88 on 01/08/2010 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6


I live in a solar-heated house, drive a 70 mpg Honda Insight, worked for a quarter century to help improve life in the developing world, didn't attend College of Idaho (although it is a well-regard school by those who know), and grow my own food, which pretty much meets all your criteria for being a person qualified to comment on Collin's questions. From my apparently qualified perspective, Collin asked good questions and deserves better than ad hominem attacks and belittlement.


You made a major claim in your last sentence without giving a reference for it. Maybe you should follow your own advice about footnoting your claims.

Posted by Patience Dogood on 01/07/2010 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6

I agree with karcreat2. If it is a hoax it would have to have a perpetrator who had something to gain from said hoax.

Then Colin quotes one scientist and ignores the thousands of others and doesn't even attribute the quote.

And Colin the earth is much warmer now then during the Medieval Warm Period, get your facts right, foot note your references and more importantly stay in school.

Posted by ericn1300 on 01/07/2010 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6

Colin Slaughter:

In college, huh?

'College of Idaho'? (Making note to NEVER recommend this college, due to the apparent lack of an actual education there)

So Global Warming is all just a HOAX, to 'steal money from tax payers'...Uh huh.

To what END, I ask?

This ridiculous arguement is only put forth by people that want to continue driving their pathetic SUV's while gobbling up the majority of the planet's resources, nothing more...lazy, self centered folks who regard having to change their ways as 'Un-American'.

Let's just pretend for a moment that it IS all 'a hoax' (it's not)...would it freakin' KILL YOU to conserve, to TRY to help our planet, to extend our resources rather than foolishly and selfishly squander them?

No, that would mean that you would have to TRY, to DO WITH LESS...and that's the REAL CRIME here, isn't it?


Posted by karcreat2 on 01/07/2010 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary, Jan. 6

Join the conversation about the Obama Health care plan at

Posted by jameshook51 on 01/06/2010 at 2:15 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

Re: “That One Thing”
Ok bll , you got me here .

Now, I 'm not a racist. ...

but I moved here so my kids would be able to speak the language.
( jk )

I would not by a home in a neighborhood I could afford if i was the only white family.

If I had my druthers, I would choose for my family the RICHEST whitest neighborhood I could reasonably afford.

I would rather my child would : hit ( be hit by ) marry , work for ( be hired by ) procreate ( get procreated by ) A Ginger than a brown.

When the earliest of age, I never thought that way....then I was taught to never think that way ....and now I find myself today ....feeling that way.

( children: daughters , have away of changing a man in ways not often anticipated )

Is it so the stretch to dislike a speedway , then not appreciate the folks who promote the speedway, then learn to hate even the noise of of the speedway area?
Why are WE like this ?

Is it possible that all are with preference and that preference should not be admonished ?

At the risk of not knowing myself;

Should not diversity be protected ...
And in that regard, should we not preserve the GINGER ?

Posted by Boise RGP on 11/11/2009 at 3:06 AM

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