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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jan 21, 2014 - 06:28pm PT
onto #3:



The "red line"..



apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 21, 2014 - 06:31pm PT
"I work all day--"


I almost choked on that one....

Rong, you don't seem to do anything but sit at a goddam Compaq 386 with a dial-up modem and let yellow custard spew from your arse each and every goddam day.

Work?

I laugh robustly.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 21, 2014 - 07:33pm PT
Guess what?

We All work all day, every work day
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jan 21, 2014 - 10:42pm PT
talk about work....


republitard f*#k holes!!!




they continue to strive for the bottom
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 21, 2014 - 11:07pm PT
Wouldn't working 7 days a week violate the sabbath day of rest that the republicans pretend to practice..? The right to work without just compensation...Class warfare at it's finest..
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 22, 2014 - 11:18pm PT
John M

climber
Jan 22, 2014 - 11:26pm PT
Let hear come on dems defend your Potus and his admin.

The scam started under Bush.. you want to explain that?

next time you post something, give an explanation of what it is so we don't waste our time downloading a million page court document. meh…
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jan 22, 2014 - 11:38pm PT
kind of stupid, aren't you WTF?

you related to TeaGeeTea?
WTF

climber
Jan 23, 2014 - 12:42am PT
F*#k it you guys are beyond help.
John M

climber
Jan 23, 2014 - 12:55am PT
no dude I don't like Obama. but I also don't like people who either give total credit to a president, or blame him for everything. Do you really think that whole thing is his problem? Sure.. the buck stops there, but really?

Did you vote for Bush? If so, then you have plenty of explaining to do if you think Obama is to blame for this, because a whole lot of bullshit happened during Bush's watch.

moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Jan 23, 2014 - 07:01pm PT
Rick Santorum is on CNN right now.

Dont't know whether to laugh or cry.

dirtbag

climber
Jan 23, 2014 - 07:15pm PT
Face it, WTF: you are WRONG about EVERYTHING.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 23, 2014 - 09:56pm PT


apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 23, 2014 - 10:10pm PT
I wonder if Ron has ever reported TGT to the mods for using imagery that obviously was created by someone else.

Probably not. Ron's waaaaaay too ethical(ly challenged) to do such a thing.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 23, 2014 - 10:13pm PT
TGT
Moleman?
You decide?

Credit: Dr. F.
Credit: Dr. F.
dirtbag

climber
Jan 23, 2014 - 10:15pm PT
Huh. The Iranians, so far, are complying with the agreement.
dirtbag

climber
Jan 23, 2014 - 10:19pm PT
TGT
Moleman?
You decide?

TGT...WTF...LEB...GOP...

Why are users with usernames consisting of 3 characters wrong about everything?
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 23, 2014 - 10:29pm PT
dirtbag

climber
Jan 23, 2014 - 10:36pm PT
LOL...

Never mind the fact that the Iranians are complying.


TGT was also a big cheerleader for the Iraq War, BITD...

Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 23, 2014 - 10:44pm PT

The GOP’s Relentless Crusade to Save America From Commie Light Bulbs
Michael Tomasky

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/17/the-gop-s-relentless-crusade-to-save-america-from-commie-light-bulbs.html


You’ll have to pry incandescents out of their cold, dead hands. How one little-noticed new budget provision keeps alive the most ridiculous element of Republicans’ culture war.

You may not be following the budget debate wrapping up on Capitol Hill right now. Between Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen and the Oscar nominations and the Justin Bieber cellphone controversy, it got kind of lost.

But one fact about this new budget is worth contemplation. It carries forward the culture war over light bulbs. Yes, light bulbs. And the reasons for the light-bulb culture war? Well, pretty much the same reasons for the rest of the culture war. Light bulbs became culture-war fodder about three years ago when they started to look like curly fries at Arby’s. They started costing more. They got… funny. And confusing. Now we had to learn about things like “lumens”—which sounds vaguely European, like some legume favored by those socialized-medicine-loving people of Scandinavia. Of course this happened after Obama became president. And, of course, libruls and gummint people started talking them up.

But it was George W. Bush’s Department of Energy that got this ball rolling, back in 2007, and the light-bulb industry immediately embraced the switchover to CFL bulbs (compact fluorescents—the squiggly spiraley ones) because they had the technology on hand to start making them and capture market share. They last far longer than incandescent bulbs and save enormous amounts of energy. If every American household replaced 15 old-style bulbs with 15 CFLs, or better yet LED bulbs (the ones that often have that kind of fan-like look on the narrow part of the body leading up to the bulb), we’d save an equivalent of more than 40 power plants’ energy output.

But as Groucho sang in Duck Soup, “Whatever it is, I’m against it,” and so it is with conservatives: If liberals are for it, they automatically turn anti. A study last spring by a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania found the following: She took two sets of liberals and conservatives and explained to them that CFL bulbs cost more upfront but saved money over the long haul and could reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources. At this point, liberals and conservatives reacted with more or less equal enthusiasm. But then? As Grist reported it: “Slap a message on the CFL’s packaging that says ‘Protect the Environment,’ and ‘we saw a significant dropoff in more politically moderates and conservatives choosing that option,’ said study author Dena Gromet.”

So if official, educated-seeming people say it’s good for the planet, oppose it. Even if you liked it before you knew it was good for the planet.


It isn’t going to make much difference, as GE and Sylvania and the other biggies are firmly committed in production terms to the new bulbs.

Michele Bachmann was once the czarina of this counter-revolution, but now that she’s leaving, this constituency has its heroic avatar in the person of Mike Burgess, a congressman from, where the hell else, Texas. Burgess is a medical doctor, a credential that’s supposed to make people like me think twice before we make sport of him. But I say the evidence is increasing year by year that the medical profession is providing us with some of the looniest reactionaries we’ve ever seen roam those halls. Maybe Rand Paul would actually support the 1964 Civil Rights Act if he’d spent a little less time studying the ocular nervous system, which a political leader doesn’t need to know the first thing about anyway, and more reading his Southern history, which I damn well want my political leaders to know everything about.

In any case, Burgess likes to rail against these pushy liberals and their tricky, communistic light bulbs. He recruited Joe Barton (a fellow Texan) and Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn (not exactly the House’s brightest… bulbs) to draft pro-old-bulb legislation. In this budget, he’s tucked in a provision that would bar funding for enforcement of the new light bulb standards. The Washington Post’s Brad Plumer notes that it isn’t going to make much difference, as GE and Sylvania and the other biggies are firmly committed in production terms to the new bulbs.

This is just so far beyond ridiculous. Light bulbs as a source of elitist resentment? Conservatives get angry when liberals sneer at them for being stupid, and sometimes liberals are condescending, and conservatives have a right to be angry. But another way to keep people from sneering at you for doing stupid things is not to do such stupid things.

What’s going to happen when someone finally invents practical, affordable, post-internal-combustion future and we can all afford cars that no longer burn gas? You know exactly what’s going to happen. The major car companies will adapt, and most of us will, too. But there will surely arise a car company that will make gas-guzzlers the likes of which we’ve never seen, and it will be based, no doubt, in Texas, catering to all who don’t want to give up their “freedom.” In the meantime, maybe GE can invent a CFL bulb that doubles as something you can affix to the end of your shotgun and take out into the woods and kill endangered species with. Then the Texans’ll snap ’em up.
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