It’s Not Only Black Bags But Cans Too
I learned about two weeks ago that my yard waste cans (good ones), that are less than two years old, no longer conform to the rules. That 32 gallon is the largest they will pick up and hinged lids, (permanently attached) are also no longer acceptable. Then I read that the Irving Park lady’s leaves were bypassed.
Perhaps it is time to remind our head trashmaster that we pay his and the collection workers’ wages, and that with the tax windfall the city and county experienced this year, perhaps we’d like to get something for our money. Yes, Nancy and Skip, we noticed how we got ripped. If there is just one thing the city and county did not need, it was more of our money to give away.
So to all of us who would find life a bit better if we got to keep more of our money, keep voting for Democrats and you’ll continue to have less. A really sad aspect of the tax rip is that house values are already beginning to normalize from last year.
Concerned About Travesty In New Mexico
Insurrection: a violent uprising against an authority or government.
Folks, the stuff just got real. In New Mexico a judge has removed an elected county commissioner from office citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution:
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Anybody care to guess what political affiliation the Commissioner has? And what the affiliation of the judge is.
We, as American citizens, need to be concerned if this travesty is allowed to stand. How many members of Congress were there? And what about all those that burned, looted and physically attacked people during violent riots in the past. And yes, based on those past events a whole lot of people should have been arrested and charged with insurrection. They ignored the authority’s instructions to disperse and in some cases destroyed government property and buildings. In fact, a protestor, an unarmed, non-violent, peaceful protestor, was shot and killed by a government agent and nothing was done to the shooter.
And Chris, before you try to claim what happened in D.C. is different from the riots that took place across the country by groups like BLM, I’m giving you a pre-emptive “horse hockey.” The only difference is I didn’t see buildings being indiscriminately looted and burned.
Was the action in D.C. excessive? I think so. But I can also understand the frustration being expressed. Was it justified? No opinion.
We as conservatives and Republicans should be very concerned about this. If the (National Socialist) Democrat party is allowed to get away with this, who knows how far it will go and how fast it will spread.
What’s next? Based on the background used by the (NS) DP in Herr Biden’s speech, we’ll be hearing, “Your papers! Show me your papers!”
Anti-Climate Change Is Anti-Science
My initial goal in following and posting comments here was to offer counter views to the anti-science crowd. Now that the pandemic has been greatly reduced as a concern, I wanted to bring up the more important topic of climate change/global warming.
The anti-science crowd likes to say that climate change is a conspiracy of the left to assert their control over economies and our individual freedoms. Etc. The truth is that science is not political. I try and educate myself as best as I can on the topic but I am not a scientist myself, so I recommend https://youtu.be/FBF6F4Bi6Sg as a useful source of information to kick off your own research.
As you grapple with clarifying truth from misinformation regarding climate change, I ask you to consider two possibilities (text partially sourced from unnamed writer online):
- There is a network of hundreds of thousands of scientists funded by hundreds of differing sources (universities, foundations, etc..) all colluding to falsify data, to trick the world. They together have schemed to create a scientifically plausible, but false assertion that the earth is warming, by pooling their limited induvial resources (as most scientists are not millionaires).
- There is a small, fantastically wealthy group of oil and gas billionaires that regularly meet and collude with an agenda to protect their revenue streams and business empires.
To believe Option 1 – their motives are hard to place but could be considered as self-interested to protect their paychecks of a few tens of thousands of dollars in their fear that without this ‘hoax’ there will be no more atmospheric science left to study. Or you must believe they somehow all agreed to participate in some giant liberal hoax with some agenda of taking over the world for unclear reasons (remember we are talking about scientists…not politicians). A conspiracy that would involve perhaps millions to all be in cahoots. AND that they are now dishonestly doing this knowing it will damage their countries’ economies and their community’s wellbeing.
To believe Option 2 – They have motive to protect their huge sums of money. They have means: the billions if not trillions to spend on PR machines whose strategies have been chartered as moving from ‘denial’ to ‘doubt’ to ‘it’s happening but what can you do about it’. (See the recent memo leaked from Exxon on this topic that shows they knew about climate change over 40 years ago). They have the opportunity; they are a relatively small group who can and do meet regularly (unlike thousands of unaffiliated scientists). Lastly, they have a history of funding scientists and think tanks to try and manipulate data in their favor. Or a preferred technique, discredit existing scientific material….the same tactics as used by the tobacco industry (I recommend reading Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.
Which do you think is a more plausible option to believe when it comes to climate change studies?
I see the difference in the Jan 6th riot and BLM riots very clearly. BLM was an attack on society and all participants deserve jail time accordantly. Jan 6th riot was an attack on democracy. I agree that anyone that participated should be denied the right to hold public office but will let the courts work that all out.
But Alan has no opinion on the justification of people storming the US Capitol to stop the peaceful transfer of power that has been the hallmark of our democracy since our 1st President set the precedent in 1797. Not surprised at all.
There is no doubt that the climate is changing. It has ever since the earth was formed and it will continue. Currently, the earth is emerging from a ice age and the atmosphere will continue to experience increasing temperatures. It is also most likely that man’s activities have accelerated the global warming. We need to understand that the US can place severe restrictions on atmospheric pollutants from industry, discharges from combustible engines, deforestation, cow flatulence and a long list of other limits, restrictions or prohibitions. However, until China, India and other major polluters begin to address climate change, the overall effect from the restrictions in the US will have very little positive effect. Climate change and how man reacts to it is a very complicated issue. It will take cooperation among all nations of the world to stop and reverse global warming. Of course, the earth could be hit be a large comet or meteor and mother earth will take care of the problem herself.
The rate of change we are currently experiencing is unprecedented and we are now warmer than we have been in over 125000 years. Science is clear that there is no question that man is the cause of this spike in warming.
Sadly you are likely right about the issue with addressing. Too many countries are waiting for others to take the lead. Since the US is one of the biggest economies, we should unquestionable being going first and most aggressive.
Hey Chris and big city. The Boom airplane at the airport is a big bust. The major engine builder Rolls Royce has pulled the plug So much for crowing huh Chris
You are right about climate change. I have experienced it myself within 80 years. The question is ,why?
My take is that just that there are too many people; surrounded by feckless politicians using the issue for personal gain.
Why is very clear. Over reliance on fossil file by big industry and power generation. The politics just kept the needed changes from happening. Now it likely too late to make any real change if it was ever really possible.
Yeah, so let’s plug our (petroleum based) plastic, chemical (from non eco-friendly mining operations) filled cars into the outlet that is fed by the (coal fired) power plant. That should help. (Insert sarcastic eye roll!)
As California is now demonstrating, we do not have any kind of infrastructure in place to be a truly green nation. Not even close. Everything we are doing now is just a democratic flash show. Those Teslas look great but are not saving anything but Musk’s bank account.
Good point. Shouldn’t Uncle Joe and company get the green infrastructure fully in place before making random mandates for citizens to go green? Otherwise, you are just burning the same amount or more fossil fuels to charge your supposedly eco friendly devices. Until the nation’s power grid is Nuclear, Solar, or some other green option, the Tesla crowd are just a bunch a pretenders.
And once again, Chris fades away into the night.
At least the city gets trash pick-up. County gets nothing.
Get annexed. Pay double taxes and get your trash picked up. Really simple
I have paid for trash pick-up in the County since the early 1980s and greatly prefer it to paying the additional City taxes, having City water and sewage with their added costs, having to cut up my yard waste into little pieces and leave put them into bags along the side of the road. We get a lot more for fewer bucks in my opinion – most of all great tasting well water that’s free (for now), free (for now) septic sewage, more lenient rules to live by, better services for less cost, more room to roam free. We get far more than “nothing”.
Deborah I totally agree with you I was being sarcastic with Will. Sorry it’s one of my faults
Alan, I for one agree with you. It is more of the rules for thee but not for me. How was Kathy Griffin holding a severed bloody head of the President okay in way? Sen. Cory Booker urged people to answer a “call to action” to protest at the Capitol. “Please, get up in the face of some congresspeople,” Booker said at a conference in 2018. Hillary Clinton said civility was only an option if the Democrats controlled the legislative branch. Hillary Clinton said, “You can’t be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for and what you care for”. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder encouraged a group of “liberal activists,” to fight back when he said ,”Michelle Obama always says, ‘When they go low, we go high,’” Holder began. “No. No. When they go low, we kick them.” In 2019, Rep. Joaquin Castro said Democrats would “fight Trump and challenge him in every way that we can in the Congress, in the courts,and in the streets and protests,” if the president declared a national emergency about a government shutdown. “God is on our side,” Rep. Maxine Waters of California also told activists to physically confront the Trump administration in public places, saying, “You get out and create a crowd. You push back on them. You tell them they are not welcomed anymore or anywhere.”
Waters continued her narrative in an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, telling people to be “more forceful, more confrontational, and more prepared to push back on this administration.”. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana took it one step further, encouraging people to punch Trump in his face. “I don’t think even in states where Donald Trump won big that it does-you any good running away from [him],” Tester said. “I think you needto go back and punch him in the face. I mean, the truth is, is this guy isbad for this country.” Let’s not forget this was a sitting President of the United States. And this is the party of unity. According to what this NM judge is saying then none of these people should ever hold political office. See?? Rules for thee but for me and mine.
Wow some ineresting letters here from folks that seem to have a handle on reality. Much different than the usual Trump hating crowd I read on the News and Record. First of all I do not deal with trash cans so scratch that one. As far as the summer of 2020, Republicans and Democrats are both to blame for the more than 575 riots that destroyed parts of some of the great cities in our country causing the deaths of hundreds of civilians and LEO’s . These `riots were led by ANTIFA and BLM who BTW now have millioms of dollals in their coffers to live luxury lifestyles. They burned down business in the very neighborhoods where people lived and shouted “DEATH TO TH POPO, DeFund the POPO. They caused billions of dollars inn damage and where are they today? Are BLM ans ANTIFA trying to rebuild what they Destroyed ?
And how are Republicans to blame for the riots, violence, and vandalism of the Far Left groups BLM and Antifa?