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The Republican List Of Things You Cannot Say

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The Republican List Of Things You Cannot Say


You are, perhaps, already familiar with the Republican List of Things You Cannot Say. If not, here’s a quick refresher:

1. “Vagina.” That’s a definite no-no. Three years ago, Republicans in the Michigan statehouse banned Democratic Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking after she used the v-word.

2. “Condom.” The Bush administration sought to ban sex-ed teachers from mentioning the c-word or, indeed, any contraceptive method but abstinence.

3. “Gun.” A 2011 Florida law prohibits pediatricians from asking if parents have a g-word in the house. Mind you, they can ask about swimming pools, tobacco, seatbelts, lead paint and other potential home-based threats to children’s health. But not firearms.

To that list, a new term has now been added. In Florida, you may not say “climate change.”

Now, you’d think the Sunshine State would be using the double c-word quite a bit just now. Florida is, of course, a lowlands state, home to the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, i.e., the Everglades, and as such, one of the most environmentally vulnerable places in the country. That confluence of facts represents a challenge to which a governor can respond in one of two ways: 1) grapple with the problem and look for ways to solve it; or 2) ignore the problem and silence those who dare to bring it up.

Governor Rick Scott has chosen the second option. The state now operates under an unwritten gag order banning environmental officials from using the double c-word in any official email, correspondence or report to discuss the threat from human-caused planetary warming and rising seas.

The governor, for the record, denies any such rule exists. “It’s not true,” he told reporters last week. But Scott’s words are simply not credible in the wake of a withering report published last week by the Miami Herald. In it, multiple former state Department of Environmental Protection officials describe how they were, in fact, censored by their superiors. “We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability,'” said former DEP attorney Christopher Byrd.

No, the GOP is not the only party to regulate what its officials may say. Yes, the Obama administration has lately come out against language conflating Islam and terrorism in order, it says, to deny gangs of criminal thugs the legitimacy of religious underpinnings. You may or may not find that reasoning persuasive, but give the White House this much credit: The ban seems designed to make a philosophical point — not to forestall discussion of terrorism.

What we see in Governor Scott, on the other hand, amounts to little more than a reality-avoidance scheme, a way of not having a debate he cannot win and would rather not have. The governor has previously tried denying the reality of global warming. He has used the “I’m not a scientist” dodge that the GOP adopted in lockstep last year. But this may be his most effective means yet: Commandeer the language, rendering discussion impossible.

It is not, however, the debate about global warming that threatens to submerge downtown Miami, but global warming itself. It turns out that, contrary to what we believed as children, if you ignore a thing, it doesn’t go away. Often times, it simply festers and gets worse. And as guns, condoms and vaginas continue to exist despite GOP silencing, so too does the threat to Florida, the country and the planet from rising seas and temperatures.

Yet in the face of that existential danger, the GOP continues its strategy of sowing doubt, denial and delay. It is a depressing sign of our times that Florida’s governor exerts so much energy to manage the language of catastrophe.

Here’s a thought: Address the catastrophe and the language will take care of itself.

Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL, 33132. Readers may contact him via email at lpitts@miamiherald.com.

Photo: Romana Klee via Flickr

Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. TZToronto March 18, 2015

    I just looked at the calendar. I thought it was 2015, but the calendar said 1984.

    1. Wedge Shot March 18, 2015


    2. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

      I knew it, you don’t even know what year it is.

  2. bobnstuff March 18, 2015

    Words have power and if you can control their use you have power. The Republicans understand power , just not truth or responsibility.

    1. gunslinger March 18, 2015

      People have power in numbers and based on their beliefs, they rule the order and that is why the anti-gun crowd gets it shoved up their a** every time they attempt to take our guns. We all know the motives of the anti-gun crowd is to ELIMINATE all guns so your SLICK TRICKS won’t work on such a strong lobby hail the NRA!

      1. Wedge Shot March 18, 2015

        we don’t want to take your guns, we want you to look in the barrel to make sure it is not loaded and pull the trigger to be sure.

        1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

          I see you still have your world class wedgie.

      2. jmprint March 18, 2015

        Don’t cry when some idiot shoots one of your family members, you ask for it.

        1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

          Why are you being so silly? I am more concerned with a drunk or drugged driver killing one of my family.

        2. Insinnergy March 18, 2015

          The stats say that the most likely outcome will be either:
          a) Your family members shooting themselves or you using your own gun.
          b) You shooting yourself or your family members using your own gun.
          Personally I’m good with either, in the case of people who refuse to accept reality in favor of a fairytale about them saving their family with quick draw, some bull-eye shooting under extreme pressure, a justified killing, and a suitably ironic one-liner.

      3. bobnstuff March 18, 2015

        Typical paranoid NRA member. The gun manufactures love you. You believe that you need cop killing shells and automatic weapon. They sell you junk and you eat it up. The worst part is you don’t even know you are being had. Instead of listening to the NRA go to the gun control sights and see what they are asking for. Is back ground checks to much to ask for, the NRA didn’t use to think so. This article is about banning words. Words have meaning like control does not mean ban. No one is coming to take your guns they just don’t want our kids shot with them.

        1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

          Do you really believe what you just said? Back ground checks have been going on for years. What do you mean cop killing shells and fully automatic weapons? What do you mean, sell junk? Do you know anything about guns? Has your ever been in jeopardy from a determined aggressor?. You better start concerning your self with the collapse of the dollar. That will do more damage to your children than a gun will.

          1. bobnstuff March 18, 2015

            Do you know anything about guns. I went to my local gun shop to look at a 12 gauge open hammer double barrel
            and they tried to sell me this piece of crap made in China. I
            wouldn’t own half the junk they had but they didn’t have any problem finding buyer. Just who need steel jacketed bullets? They destroy your barrel and aren’t any good for target practice, they go right through my back stop and tear the heck out of a cement block wall. They aren’t even any good as a defense, a hollow point does more damage.

            Have you seen what they did to the Winchester Model 72. Yes people are buying useless junk. As far as back ground check, I can get anything I want with out a back ground check as long as I don’t buy it from a gun shop.

            Ask Any Gang Banger and he can tell you how to take a semi-automatic and make it fully automatic. As far as
            defense you can’t beat a 12 gauge pump. My brother uses a 63 caliber flint lock tower pistol or his elephant gun. You look down the business end of one of those and few people will hang around to see them go off.

            What really gets me though is all the fools stocking up on ammo. They are making as many shells as they ever have but hoarders keep buying them. I can see no reason to have
            more the 1000 rounds of any caliber on hand, they don’t improve with age.

            As far as the collapse of the dollar you really need to stop listening to people who are trying to sell you gold.

          2. hicusdicus March 19, 2015

            I have no answer to you it is not worth the trouble. You feel about gun shops the way I feel about GM, Ford and Chrysler nothing but junk. As far as the dollar goes, I really hope it stays sound. What is the difference between collecting ammo or Barbie dolls ? they are just stuff and more stuff. Your thing on guns, I no nothing about I am not a gun nut. The only thing that really matters is your capital base. The American people are really short when it comes to that base but not near as bad as the rest of the world. It seems like this administration is working on making us all equal. I wonder how that will work out. You better start listening closer to your leader, he does not have your welfare at heart. The only person who does is you.

    2. Canistercook March 18, 2015

      Republicans like Democrats are all ‘different’ and I don’t think all Democrats are far leftists either!

      1. Allan Richardson March 18, 2015

        The Tea Party people who have taken over the Republican dictionary have DEFINED “far left,” “socialist,” “communist,” etc as meaning anyone not to the right of Attila the Hun. Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford and Reagan are labeled “far left” by that crowd.

        1. charleo1 March 18, 2015

          True. They have also tried to own, and define the words, patriotism, patriot, freedom fighter, marriage, and religious freedom.

          1. Charlotte Sines March 18, 2015

            The Tea Party and the Republicans should read the history of this country. The patriots were the progressives, the liberals. They were rebelling against the British controlling every part of their lives. The ones that wanted to stay as part of Britain were the conservatives, the Tories. They were the ones who did not want change. The rebels wanted change and progress and wanted to have their own country. Progress always comes to humanity but sometimes people are scared of that change and they try to fight to keep things as it is. If we don’t progress and adapt, we will die. The world has changed and we had better be ready to adapt to those changes because we cannot go back.

          2. charleo1 March 19, 2015

            I think that’s absolutely true. Those that believe they support the radical Right’s T-Party movement, because they see it as a return to our revolutionary roots. First need to see how they are being fooled into supporting the status quo, by it’s use of the rhetoric of the 18th century revolution, and not it’s original intent. It’s actually been a very clever ruse based on the simple stories we were all taught about the Founding Fathers in primary school. A situation has been drawn up, where what are actually anti-tax, deregulation corporate coalitions, are depicted as patriots, who are bravely standing up to a powerful and oppressive, authority, “King.” Which is of course, is the, “oppressive,” and constantly maligned and demonized, Federal Gov. The entity that is coincidently, taxing, and regulating them, that they ironically mostly own, or control anyway. Just not sufficiently enough. Thus the need for the story in the first place. It has been deeply disappointing to me, and more than a little disturbing, that so many Americans on the Right, have been duped by such a transparent, and obviously self serving ruse. And one that has served to politicize, and halt, almost everything carried out in public sector. Be it environmental protection, infrastructure, public education, public investment. All things that have paid huge dividends in the past. That have been vital to the progress that has brought our Nation to the pinnacle of man’s progress in so many ways. Is now seen by many as a nothing more than another Leftist conspiratorial plot, determined to impose the yoke of tyranny, disguised as, of course, more ‘big government.’ And, as you pointed out, the dysfunction. All this fear of progress that’s been whipped up, has wrought. As a Country of 300 plus million people, with so many responsibilities around the World. We find ourselves with a central government that is practically paralyzed, and largely incapable of carrying out even it’s most basic functions. Not to be overly dramatic, but what you say is frighteningly correct. The World is changing, and it’s not waiting on an America intent on standing still, tied into partisan knots, while re-fighting, or re-litigating past battles regarding the entire social, and economic, and governmental structure of the Country, before we’re allowed to move on. But, of course all this does, is serve to protect the status quo. A point that so far seems completely lost on those who remain convinced that it is they who are on the side of those Founding Fathers. Those Revolutionaries, striving for liberty for all their worth. Willing to pay any price. I had a history professor who was fond of reminding us that democracy is a very fragile thing. I think about his words a lot lately.

          3. hicusdicus March 28, 2015

            Would you like to change the constitution? You could write better one. You are the text book description of a bigot. Try reading some real history on the birth of this nation. If the colonist had your mind set we would still be colonies.

        2. Canistercook March 19, 2015

          News to me. I thought the Tea Parties main concern was our tremendous deficit!

  3. charleo1 March 18, 2015

    As it turns out, there’s a lot of words Republicans don’t want said anymore. And they are in the process of expunging these, “dirty words,” from the American lexicon as we speak. And if you’re going to be successful in all this, I think you’re going to have to start with the children. That’s why in Texas, the largest market in the Country for school text books. They are cutting out such inherently ‘evil’ words as evolution from science textbooks in favor of Creationism. And forbidding any mentioning of the rounding up, and genocide imposed on Native Americans. And ditto that, for the internment camps created for Japanese American citizens, at the beginning of the Second World War. I mean, the way they explain it is, it was a long time ago. So to bring it up now is just very divisive, and might send a very unpatriotic message to our children. And they have a point. I mean, just look at the unity, and patriotism that’s been accomplished in N.Korea! Where there are laws against a disparaging word of any kind, about any thing. Including their Dear Leader’s haircut. I expect more words to be included later that will be deemed to be just down right unhelpful to the Country. Like, “fair, or, “unfair,” “wage slave,” “living wage,” and a particularly nasty word we’re hearing more, and more, as the college loan programs are now stifling the start date of many of our young people’s family lives, “debt serf.”

    1. Canistercook March 18, 2015

      Well some of you people sure are biased!r The left along with the right does not like many words commonly used in the past. I used to use the word Limey for someone from the U.K. because I am one! If we ever grow up we will learn to ignore things if we feel they insult us and not try to pin an individual action on a ‘group’ who have no responsibility for it.

      1. Allan Richardson March 18, 2015

        I’m not British but I would consider it a term of honor, because the Royal Navy of Britain was the first to care enough about its sailors’ health to find a preventative for the deadly disease of scurvy: making them drink lime juice every day (even if it did have to be flavored with rum). Later, the Italians apparently copied this practice using tomatoes (which is why a plain tomato sauce on pasta with no meat or meatballs is called “marinara” or sailor style). But it was the Brits who made sea voyages safe from malnutrition and built a more successful navy as a result.

        I have never heard that “Limey” is an offensive term, any more than “Yank” used for us by Brits (although here, it is used more to refer to certain PARTS of our country, but during the big war, most Limeys wouldn’t have any reason to know that).

        It is time, however, to retire “Frog” and “Kraut,” OK? Cheerio!

        1. Canistercook March 19, 2015

          I think it is determined by how proud you are to be one. If Germans for example are called ‘krauts’ and they are proud to be a German then being called by that name would not be an insult.

    2. Wedge Shot March 18, 2015

      The Republicans talk about freedom while at the same time are doing everything they can to curtail it. They don’t want women to have the freedom to do what they want with their own bodies, they don’t want children to learn about science, actual history and evolution. Freedom of speech, in Florida, has actually been repealed, for doctors, because it is a crime to ask about one of the most deadly items in their patients home: guns. They want our teenagers to be completely ignorant on the subjects of sex, contraception, sexually transmitted disease and women’s health.
      And all of this is embedded in the “smaller government is best” theme of ignoring the myriad of problems this country has with infrastructure, wage inequality, outsourcing jobs to other countries, under-funding all of our schools systema, massive students loans and the demise of the middle class.
      The republican clowns have taken over the asylum and actually believe that it is the doctors that are nuts and not themselves.

      1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

        What are you talking about again? You need to quit sitting on your wedge shot. Stand up and pull it out. Be sure an immediately put in washing machine heavy load extra soap.

      2. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 18, 2015

        The most deadly item in any home, are the people who reside there.

        1. Wedge Shot March 20, 2015

          Yes, or course so we shouldn’t allow them to own guns that can kill someone with just the flick if the finger should we?

          1. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 20, 2015

            I suppose you could kill someone if you were capable of flicking them in the right spot hard enough; with your finger that is.

          2. hicusdicus March 20, 2015

            This guy is a fake. He knows very little about real life and has a sort of inferiority complex. He try’s to come off as knowledgeable but ends up doing a face plant. Typical hysterical liberal. Kill somebody with the flick of a finger LOL.If we could check we would probably find he has furry palms and diminishing eye sight. I doubt if he could figure out why the lumber train stopped.

          3. Wedge Shot March 22, 2015

            Yes, but you would have to be up close and personal. You would have to smell them, touch them and recognize that you are about to try and kill a fellow human being.
            With a gun none of that occurs. A simple flick and someone dies.
            To me that is the cowards way.

  4. gunslinger March 18, 2015

    These are words like the “black helicopters” threat. Liberals have never and will never be able to take our guns. We are all tired of using them as political bait! As for global warming, everyone knows that a million years ago, long before man had any real carbon footprint during the ice age all the ice melted thus demonstrating further that we have nothing to do with this process.

    1. charleo1 March 18, 2015

      ‘Liberals,’ don’t want your guns unless you’ve demonstrated a penchant for violent criminal behavior. Or have a mental deficiency that makes you unstable, or are otherwise unable to safety possess a weapon, without being a danger to yourself, or others who may come in contact with you. But the fact is, this sensible approach has been cynically made into the, “Black Helicopter threat,’ by the Right Wing, who are completely in the pocket of gun manufactures. That, I’m sorry have been able to play people like you, like banjos. While the Country drowns in unregistered, untraceable weapons, that are enabling the senseless, unaccountable killing of thousands of Americans each year. Now doctors are forbidden to even bring them up with the clinically depressed, or drug addicted. Who’s Rights are really being protected here? And of course, you’re a climate change denier as well. With the same Polly Ann-ish trust in the fossil fuel industry’s propaganda, that was demonstrated by smokers for years about the relationship of smoking with lung cancer, and a wide variety of other preventable health problems caused by the use of their product. There has always been lung cancer, they reasoned. So now it’s caused by tobacco use? Liberal scientists!

      1. angelsinca March 20, 2015

        I don’t own a gun. But whatever you just said makes me want to go out and buy one for protection.

        1. charleo1 March 20, 2015

          What I said was only the facts about the lack of sensible gun regulation. If that makes you feel as though you need to buy a gun too, doesn’t that serve the gun maker’s interests perfectly? Now, if you do buy one, which is your Right. Do yourself a favor, and buy some professional lessons along with it.

          1. angelsinca March 20, 2015

            If that makes you feel as though you need to buy a gun too, doesn’t that serve the gun maker’s interests perfectly?

            Sure, just as I am only enriching the oil companies every time I fill the tank.

          2. charleo1 March 21, 2015

            A gun doesn’t make running down to the grocery store quicker, or more convenient. Try selling your car, and buying a gun. I think you missed my point.

          3. angelsinca March 21, 2015

            I got your point Charlieo1. As a rule, I don’t bring politics into my buying decisions. It seems self defeating. If I did purchase according to shared ideologies, I’d expect to do it unilateral toward all those I disagree with, including the oil companies for all the pain their greed has brought me over the years. Except for bottled water. I buy a certain brand to support the livelihood of a niece that works at one of them.

          4. charleo1 March 21, 2015

            I agree. We’re the same. Two rules: If we’re gonna live, we gotta pay!

    2. Wedge Shot March 18, 2015

      I know you are not a scientist because your thinking is more like an imbecile.
      I million years ago other factors, clearly know by “scientists”, caused global warming and they also know what is causing it today.
      Just because you don’t is of no consequence because no one with even a morons mentality cares what people like you think. I use the term think very loosely.

      1. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 20, 2015

        Sadly, they do not clearly know about 1 million, 100,000, 10,000, 1000 or 100 years ago; they have theories. Sadly, there have been many so-called proven theories that have been sent back to the drawing board. Some were needed, some of those were in error too.

        1. hicusdicus March 21, 2015

          You would be surprised how much science knows about what went on a million years ago. The study of fossils is a pretty good road map for what went down. If something is proven it is no longer a theory. Everything starts with a theory that is the embryo of science. We really don’t need to know what went on a million years ago because the purveyors of biblical history say’s the world is only 6000 years old . This has to be true cause god said so, then he created the collection plate.

    3. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 18, 2015

      We do have something to do with the process, every living organism on the earth does. At issue is what we can do (if anything) to reverse the process or slow it down. Numerous times I have read that whatever we do, it would not have any measurable effect for close to half a century and it is based on current and projected data; which is probably at best, a 50/50 shot. I am not saying we (mankind) are the cause, but the fact is, we are contributing. Overpopulation of the planet is more likely a greater issue than fossil fuel usage. Reversing population growth is key. Good luck with that.

    4. CrankyToo March 18, 2015

      If brains were dynamite, you wouldn’t have enough explosive material to blow your nose. Maybe you should leave science to the scientists…

      1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

        That is a very childish comment. Man has little to do with climate change.

        1. CrankyToo March 19, 2015

          When you say “Man has little to do with climate change”, do you understand that 97% of climate scientists disagree with you? Does it make even the slightest difference to you that you’re on the opposite side of this issue from an overwhelming majority of the experts on the subject?

          You could be the poster child for ignorance…..

          1. hicusdicus March 19, 2015

            How do you know this? You read it somewhere. The numbers you read are false and I think you know that. What ever your motivation, have at it. It makes no difference what you think. What I wonder is why you feel compelled to tell everybody. Who do you think is going to pay any attention to you?

          2. CrankyToo March 19, 2015

            Be as ignorant as you want to be. I give up on you.

    5. Daniel Jones March 18, 2015

      Just because outside forces and inertia exist does not mean that energies we impart do not exist.
      The center may not hold, the balance can sometimes fail, but the things we do have their effects as well and pretending they don’t is just living in denial, until it kills us, that is..

  5. Reno March 18, 2015

    The State of Michigan, scene of the novel and movie adoption of Anatomy of a Murder does not wish a female legislator to say the word “vagina” in the state house.

    One wonders what word they would have preferred?

    Reread 1984 where words are created and destroyed.

    The one fact spoken is the phrase, “I’m not a scientist”.

    One does not have to be a scientist to understand science,
    but it is beneficial.

    1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

      What are you inferring? Does a movie title have something to do with how to run a government?

      1. CrankyToo March 18, 2015

        He’s implying; you’re inferring. Don’t be afraid to consult Mr. Webster before misusing one of those tricky middle-school words and displaying, yet again, how ignorant you are…

        1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

          Not ignorant enough to have to call you school yard names. I also don’t use movies to guide my thinking. Do you think the democratic party should be the only party? Do you really want massive welfare, uncontrolled immigration, all citizens unarmed Being forced to buy insurance you don’t want, removing words from your vocabulary under penalty of punishment massive debt that could destroy the dollar etc. Do you really understand what is happening? Both parties are a mass of self achieving corruption.This is Okay with you? It is not Okay with me but I can not stop it, can you?

      2. Reno March 19, 2015

        Irony. See the film Anatomy of a Murder, which broke many taboos on the subject of rape and sexual assault.

        Read the novel, based upon a true murder case, see the film and you will understand why banning words is unamerican.

  6. Canistercook March 18, 2015

    There are a lot of words you have to be careful with these days and it is not necessarily any ‘group’ that does not like them – for example we can no longer use many terms without criticism like Negro, Limey, etc., but we can still call someone ‘whitey’ or an old lady an ‘old hag’ or a white person a ‘red neck’ or people who live in mobile homes ‘trailer trash’
    Guess we need to get back to the old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me’ if we are to continue downing some but not others!

    1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

      Are you and Obama administration fan?

      1. Canistercook March 18, 2015

        No I am independent and looking for someone good to lead our country who has more than a law degree and a background in black activism. Obama and Hillary would not fit that slot. Obama is too far to the left for me and wages war with certain groups to buy votes and Hillary does not have any real business down to earth experience but is one of our aristocracy! I am still looking for the ext ‘leader’!

        1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

          I am with you. We need people without a power agenda if that is possible. I don’t see a big difference in the two parties when it comes to controlling the population for their own needs. I believe that the theme for the white house Tarzan movie is the destruction of our republic.

    2. Wedge Shot March 18, 2015

      The term “negro” is not a bad word. The other N word is unacceptable because of the connotation it evokes.
      Red Neck is not a problem and it fact a comedian made a career of using that word.

  7. Wedge Shot March 18, 2015

    Well, most women would like a condom to be used to protect their vagina from a sexually transmitted disease. Some doctors keep guns in their homes to protect themselves from the idiots that say Climate Change and global warming are not real. Finally, the policies of the Scott administration are not sustainable because they deny basic science, violate the first and second amendments and take away responsibility for government solutions to real problems.
    Rick Scott should be in Leavenworth and not Tallahassee.

    1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

      There is and always has been climate change . Some time the earthg gets warmer and some time it gets colder. One would be a borderline idiot not to understand this. Solutions by committee based on those in power stay in power. This is called government solutions.

      1. CrankyToo March 18, 2015

        Gee, Mr. Science…

      2. Wedge Shot March 18, 2015

        How ridicules. Yes there has been climate change but never this fast and never to this degree. Humans can and do screw up the environment but after the earth is messed up where do we go next?

        1. hicusdicus March 18, 2015

          Nonsense. Quit reaching, its a conspiracy between the fluctuating cows and bran burrito eaters to rid the earth of everybody but illegal aliens. But fear not they will all be liberals and you will be remembered every time they fart.

          1. Grannysmovin March 19, 2015

            “A full 90% of all scientists surveyed believe global warming is occurring, and 82% believe it is because of the actions of man. And a whopping 97% of climatologists surveyed said humans are causing global warming.” http://www.treehugger.com/…-causing-global-warming.html

            97 percent of scientific studies agree on manmade global warming. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/05/17/97-percent-of-scientific-studies-agree-on-manmade-global-warming-so-what-now/

            Not conspiracy – scientific knowledge. Are you a scientist?

          2. hicusdicus March 19, 2015

            Where do you come up with these numbers? They are completely fictitious. Scientific knowledge, no they are not. No I am not a scientist but my wife is . She thinks it is some kind of scheme that big money and government cooked up for a more streamline way to fleece citizens. Paleontology and geology 40 years worth. Believe what you want, it really makes no difference. .If your hero Barrack told you it was a farce you would not believe him. You have been programed and you will stay that way.

          3. Grannysmovin March 19, 2015

            Links are there…… What type of scientist is she – who does she work for and pays her for her scientific opinion. My confidence is in the 90% of the scientists not the 10% where they heads are in the sand (which may not be there in a few years) and they have the oil, and gas industry lining their pockets. Not programmed just informed by research, facts and weather over the past few years.

          4. hicusdicus March 19, 2015

            Your just another conspiracy fabricator. You know nothing about science or how it works. You read something and it fits your bias then it must be true. Her deceased dad was a rocket scientist for the gov. then became well known for his work in plastic research engineering her bro has muli degrees in chemistry . They don’t know everything but they do know the public is being duped. Let me ask you which is the leading cause of primary heart disease, cholesterol, sugar or diary products? The leading cause of liver tumors? Adult onset diabetes This is what granny needs to be concerned with not global warming.

          5. Grannysmovin March 19, 2015

            I am sorry about her loss, however, with all do respect because he is in the 10% and Republican I should discard all the other data. Sorry not happening. You said it they don’t know everything and that is normal, but being closeminded is unacceptable. Thanks for your concern for my health, but I worry about global warming because of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I don’t do conspiracy the tin foil hats are not fashionable. Have a nice day.

          6. hicusdicus March 20, 2015

            What I am trying to tell you is that it is a partnership between big big money and cronyism government. They frighten the average folks and make them feel comfortable paying more taxes and spending on alternative energy. None of their alternate energies will ever work for the average person. It is a money thing. If you are concerned about your offspring get them out of the big city into a rural area. No matter what goes down it is a better place to spend your time. I spent 40 years in big cities. I don’t even want to drive through them. My stomach gets a knot when ever I have to. One last thing. Look who is global warming patron saint. AL Gore A really very rich and not to bright a hypocrite.

          7. Wedge Shot March 20, 2015

            You are indeed closed minded and ignorant. I installed solar hot water panels on my roof 33 years ago. They save about a dollar a day in electricity costs. Solar hot water heating is one of the cheapest and most reliable ways we can save on electricity costs.
            So you see you are wrong when you make flat statements based on nothing but opinion.
            I documented how much I saved on electricity many years ago by disabling the solar system and then comparing electricity costs with and without the solar panels working. In fact I have many years of data compiled on spread sheets that condense the information into easy to read analytic information.
            I use the scientific method when expressing my opinions what do you use?

          8. hicusdicus March 20, 2015

            why must you so verbally abusive. Solar hot water heating where I live would not work. You saved a dollar a day. What do you do with all the extra money? How does 20 batteries , 8 solar units a 3500 watt generator and a 75 amp inverter system sound. That’s all I had for two years. It was not worth the hassle. I now have a 100 amp diesel Kabota generator for back up. The new 220 volt inverter systems have gotten more efficient but the set up costs are just not worth the trouble. We do have a 25 foot deep 4 acre lake which we are contemplating a geo thermal air conditioner using the lake. Our electric bill runs around $125.00 to 175.00 a month. I don’t know about you but 125.00 is pocket change and hardly worth the trouble. I don’t use spread sheets. I just go on what I learned from being an IBEW electrician for 22 years. My dad was an electrical contractor for 40 years. From your comment I would say you know very little about going off the grid. What you do seem to be very good at is talking like a 14 year old grade school drop out.

          9. Wedge Shot March 22, 2015

            I didn’t say anything about going off grid, did I?
            By my calculations 365 times 33 years I have saved $12045.00 on a system that cost $2,000.00.
            You are running you mouth about something that you didn’t try and don’t know anything about: solar hot water heating. You don’t use spread sheets because you don’t know how and you write like a fourth grader.

          10. hicusdicus March 23, 2015

            Do you consider yourself to be an average person? I see your still being abusive with you language, did you get a degree in that also? 50 years in the computer industry and letting the sun shine on your hot water pipes was as far as you got. Wow! you saved $1200.00 in 33 years. I have been using wood heat for the last 20 years and I don’t need a spread sheet to figure I am saving over a thousand a year in propane and electricity. All I know is when the stove is burning the electric meter is not twirling. You have been in the computer industry fo 50 years? Oh really! I bet you were in charge of pencil sharpening and waste basket emptying. I suppose going off the grid was completely beyond your mental capacity. I don’t believe anything you say, you are coming off like your bucket of expertise has a bad leak in the bottom. Get your hemorrhoids fixed, it might help you become a more civil person.

          11. Wedge Shot March 23, 2015

            It was 12 thousand not 12 hundred and represented a 600% return on investment over a 33 year life span. Furthermore it is still paying. In fact I got about 8 years of free electricity based on rates over the years.
            Oh, genius, I was at Kennedy space center for 8 years and had a role in the Shuttle program. What have you done, pal?

          12. hicusdicus March 24, 2015

            All this puffing and posturing over hot water? You talk like some one who has never made a lot of money or at least not as much as you would have liked to. I did my system for the fun of it. Got done with it sold it and started a custom bike shop and built specialty bicycles some costing up to 6000.00 each. .After 3.5 years and nearly 3 million dollars sold it and moved rural. I have 50 acres and a 5 acre lake and built myself a 3000 sq ft woodworking shop where I do what I please. You seem very uptight about little things. From what you have said you must be rather old. You might just want to try and enjoy what life you have left. I have lived in a number of foreign countries and seen enough crap to suit me. You go ahead and play with your spread sheets I am going to continue to do what ever gives me pleasure. Cost effective is only for people who are a little short in the wallet

          13. Wedge Shot March 24, 2015

            The point is that renewable energy is a good thing. You say you built your system for the fun of it and to perhaps see how well it would work and I say good for you. The reason I mentioned the costs sayings, with my two systems, is that many people think it is not worth doing, that it won’t pay for itself and that it is a waste of time.
            The amount of money I have made is not relevant to this discussion but I assure you it is more than adequate to support any endeavor I chose. .What we were talking about is the words that the Florida governor said should not be used and key among them is “global warming”, “climate change”. or anything that implies that we need to conserve energy for environmental sake.
            Renewable energy makes sense can be done and can save money at the same time and that is a good thing.
            Enjoy your wood working.

          14. hicusdicus March 24, 2015

            What I said originally was that people are to careless and unknowledgeable To properly manage the complications of alternative energy. It seems that adjusting the thermostat is a complex issue for a lot of people. After the start switch and the off button they are at a complete loss as to what keeps it functioning. Yes money is relevant. So your hot water project was a hobby? My project was a 40 ft motor home home so that we could live any where without plugging in for any amount of time. It had two ac units a micro wave , washing machine and a host of other electrical appliances. The convenience was worth it the money saving was not. It did require a certain amount of expertise to keep it properly functioning. My father in law was a rocket scientist and a top thermoplastics research engineer and never owned or operated a computer. He did it the old fashioned way, in his head. His son and daughter are both multi degree scientists. My dad was a math prodigy and owner of the second largest electrical firm in his state and I never graduated high school but I am the one with a 7 figure capital base. The only thing that makes sense is enjoying life to its fullest.

      3. 788eddie March 19, 2015

        Time to renew your “Flat-Earth Society” membership.

  8. Whatmeworry March 18, 2015

    Hmm no list of forbidden Socialist Dem’s words?
    Balanced Budget
    terrorist moooslims

    1. Insinnergy March 18, 2015

      Did you actually read the article?
      Or were cartoons on TV.

      1. Whatmeworry March 18, 2015

        No, I can’t read. Someones reading it to me

      2. Daniel Max Ketter March 18, 2015

        I challenge him, but he never responds back. Must be a little man hiding behind his keyboard.

      3. Whatmeworry March 20, 2015

        Obviously you didn’t understand it

        1. Daniel Max Ketter March 20, 2015

          You don’t understand cartoons? What are you a moron?

          1. Wedge Shot March 22, 2015

            That question is rhetorical.

          2. Daniel Max Ketter March 22, 2015

            Ok, you’re going over my head now. Huh??

      4. Whatmeworry March 20, 2015

        Obviously I didn’t understand it

    2. Daniel Max Ketter March 18, 2015

      Here’s a short list of what labor unions have done for america:

      Weekends without work
      All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
      Paid vacation
      Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
      Sick leave
      Social Security
      Minimum wage
      Civil Rights Act/Title VII – prohibits employer discrimination
      8-hour work day
      Overtime pay
      Child labor laws
      Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
      40-hour work week
      Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
      Unemployment insurance
      Workplace safety standards and regulations
      Employer health care insurance
      Collective bargaining rights for employees
      Wrongful termination laws
      Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
      Whistleblower protection laws
      Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
      Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
      Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
      Sexual harassment laws
      Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
      Holiday pay
      Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
      Privacy rights
      Pregnancy and parental leave
      Military leave
      The right to strike
      Public education for children

  9. Whatmeworry March 18, 2015

    Hmm no list of forbidden Socialist Dem’s words?
    Balanced Budget
    terrorist moooslims

  10. Whatmeworry March 18, 2015

    Hmm no list of forbidden Socialist Dem’s words?
    Balanced Budget
    terrorist moooslims

  11. Whatmeworry March 18, 2015

    Hmm no list of forbidden Socialist Dem’s words?
    Balanced Budget
    terrorist moooslims

  12. Whatmeworry March 18, 2015

    Hmm list of uncommon Socialist Dem’s words?
    Balanced Budget
    terrorist moooslims

    1. Wedge Shot March 22, 2015

      A list of republican words:
      Kill Social Security.
      Kill medicare.
      Kill Medicaid.
      Kill food stamps.
      Kill welfare for everyone.
      Cut taxes for those that need it the least.
      Give more to those that don’t need it.
      Take over government and turn in country into a vassal state.
      Make sure everyone is hungry but the supper rich.
      Make pregnant women have all the children they can so that that slaves will be readily available.
      Promote hate and discontent.

      1. Whatmeworry March 22, 2015

        Can’t disagree with you on that

  13. dpaano April 6, 2015

    Unfortunately for Gov. Scott….the first states to go under will be Florida and the rest of the southern GOP states. Wonder what they’ll do when Miami, etc., is under water….what’ll they call it then?


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