Earth Day lesson for conservatives

 Conservatives looking to build a national majority need look no further than the example offered by environmental activists.

Certainly we have to remind responsible adults that growing government and inviting greater dependency is harmful to the country.  It robs from our children and grandchildren to feed this generation’s consumption.  A recent Rasmussen poll finds that only 53 percent of adults think capitalism is better than socialism.  Shift the income-tax burden a bit more, so that the non-payers outnumber the payers, and those numbers will jump even higher. Among the under 30s, 37 percent favor capitalism, 33 percent socialism and 30 percent are undecided.

There’s work to be done.

Earth Day offers guidance.

AJC Reporter Nancy Badertscher writes today that “across metro Atlanta there are signs that the school-based environmental movement has advanced beyond newspaper recycling programs and Earth Day activities.”  She notes as examples Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Gwinnett County where “No Idling — Young Lungs at Work” signs are posted a drop-off zones to encourage parents not to linger with their engines idling.  She offers other examples. Four teachers carpool to save money and vehicle wear-and-tear but “more importantly” to reduce greenhouse gases.

“More schools are beginning to understand that their influence on air quality and the environment stretches beyond the four walls of the classroom,” environmental activist Susan Bacon told Badertscher.

Certainly we all have an obligation to be good stewards of the land and the environment, just as we have obligations to drive in ways that don’t endanger ourselves and others or obligations to be good citizens.  Those are not obligations that rise to the level of, say, providing for our families and giving our children a mother and father in the home. But, no question, responsible environmentalism serves the common good and future generations.

Imagine, though, if in elementary school when we begin to teach children that recycling is an imperative of good citizenship, we began to emphasize the importance of living within our means, or of respecting future generations by not burdening them with our debt.  Within two decades or so,  we’d succeed in making personal responsibility a cause equal to “Young Lungs at Work.”

This generation’s classroom instruction is next generation’s public policy imperatives.

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Churchill's MOM

April 23rd, 2009
8:27 am

This PUNK is definately not a gentleman..Why do good girls like bad boys?

The father of Sarah Palin’s grandchild said Wednesday night that he might pursue legal action against the Alaska governor’s family, who he says has cut off communication with him and are no longer letting him see their son Tripp.

Levi Johnston said during an interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live” that he has hired an attorney in hopes of compelling former fiancé Bristol Palin to honor his visitation rights.

Johnston last saw his four-month-old son “a couple weeks ago,” he said, adding that going over to the Palin household to see Tripp is “an uncomfortable thing.”

Despite his threat of legal action, Johnston insists that he does not “want to stir anything up.”

“We’re not in a big fight with the Palins,” he said. “I still like the family very much and think we can work things out.”

Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton issued a statement ahead of the interview, saying that “Bristol is focused on going to college, raising Tripp, and advocating abstinence.”

The teenage father acknowledged his relations with the Palin family were rocky following Tripp’s birth, but said that things really turned south after his appearance on the “Tyra Banks Show.”

“My dad talks to Todd a lot,” he said, “and after I did that first interview with Tyra he now just doesn’t call. They blew us off.”

Stapleton knocked Johnston over the Banks appearance, releasing a statement saying the Palin family was “disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration and even distortion of their relationship.”

“It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well-being of the child,” she added.

On Wednesday, Johnston disputed Stapleton’s charge that his decision to speak about his past relationship is motivated by desires of fame.

“I didn’t ask to be thrown into this. I’m not out there looking for fame, I just want to get my story out there,” he said. “I haven’t made no money yet.”

Johnston told King that he agreed with Bristol’s assessment that abstinence is “unrealistic,” but resisted the host’s attempts to learn more about the circumstances that led to the pregnancy. Asked if Tripp was conceived in the Palin house, Johnston replied: “You know Larry, I’m a gentleman.”

**************PALIN MCCAIN 2012***************

jt

April 23rd, 2009
8:28 am

Good job. Another generation of neurotic Americans complaining of global-warming every summer. It is terribly wrong to worry children like this.

say what?

April 23rd, 2009
8:31 am

To go along with what Jim said:
“The philosophy in the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”
- Abraham Lincoln

We really do need to emphasize better social and fiscal responsibility in the classroom from an early age. But it will be an uphill battle seeing as how the libs have learned the secret: brainwash them in elementary school and they’ll think they way you want them to 15 to 20 years down the road.

While a great deal of responsibility for teaching the right things falls to the parents at home (which there needs to be more of that too), we should be finding ways to teach kids responsibility for their own actions in the classroom.

Copyleft

April 23rd, 2009
8:49 am

Responsible environmentalism and working for the common good? Mr. Wooten, I think you’ve lost track of your audience.

The Rabid Right doesn’t care about any of that crap, any more than they care about raising and educating poor children. They want tactical tips on how to hurt liberals! Nothing else matters since they lost the election.

Check out Neal Boortz’s “Nuze” yesterday to see the REAL right-wing in action. It’s full of tips on how to waste energy in obvious and obnoxious ways, for the express purpose of harming the environment and angering environmentalists. THAT’s where the ratings are, Mr. Wooten. Hate, hate, hate.

Get with the program!

Inmate 30349

April 23rd, 2009
8:59 am

My God Wooten, what on earth are you babbling on about? I thought you retired. Lets have at the new guy.

DB, Gwinnettian

April 23rd, 2009
9:12 am

Shift the income-tax burden a bit more, so that the non-payers outnumber the payers

How long are you going to cling to the notion that “pays no net income taxes” equals “pays no taxes, period”?

How many times am I going to have to waste my time explaining that

a) federal revenue is collected from many sources, not just federal income taxes
b) those whose tax bill doesn’t net out to owing federal taxes still pay FICA/Medicare from Dollar 1
c) all working americans contribute to the federal revenue stream indirectly
d) and oh yeah, state and local taxes? hello?

Seriously, Jim, drop it already. This is am embarrassment.

DB, Gwinnettian

April 23rd, 2009
9:13 am

It am one, and it is too!

DB, Gwinnettian

April 23rd, 2009
9:14 am

Check out Neal Boortz’s “Nuze” yesterday

But first, gargle with battery acid and ground glass…

Daedalus

April 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

Do like Dick (Cheney). Sure conservation is a personal virtue, but wasting gas in a big old hummer is a lot more gratifying.

Or perhaps you prefer Karl Rove’s cynical symbolism — have a picture taken of yourself planting a tree — then promptly make a back-room deal to allow oil and mineral companies to take resources out of public lands by paying a penny on the dollar.

Or was that Newt Gingrich? Same thing.

Oh — and that nonsense Jim spouts about ‘our obligation to be good stewards of the environment’ should have a caveat — only when it doesn’t cost anything. The GOP mantra is that no environmental measure should be mandatory — after all businesses and corporations chasing profits will always do the right thing without any government regulation.

That sure worked well for the financial systems. Take the cop of the beat and profits soar. Except it crashed and burned. Bernies Madoff and Ebbers and Ken Lay are the true poster boys of the deregulated financial systems that conservatives love.

It will work great for the environment. Corporations will always prefer to pay to have their toxic wastes properly disposed as opposed to just dumping them into the water. No need for regulators, right Jim?

GOP is gone

April 23rd, 2009
9:34 am

LOL, Hey mom, you have a better chance of resurecting your son Churchill and running him in 2012.

Recidivist

April 23rd, 2009
9:39 am

On Earth day, I went outside and pharted.

neo-Carlinist

April 23rd, 2009
9:41 am

it’s what we do the OTHER 364 days a year that matter, and sadly enough, eco-politics is still politics. today’s carlinism 101 assignment is for everyone to go to YouTube and type in “George Carlin, Save the Planet”. the idea that one day can make a difference is like the idea that a one day boycott of gasoline sellers will reduce the cost of a gallon of gas (most people just buy more gasoline on the day before or the day after). I do what I can do, but if my neighbors do not, it really isn’t going to change a thing. it’s like voting or the stock market. there is no “value” in one vote or one investor, if there are others “gaming” the system.

Big Buck GOP

April 23rd, 2009
9:59 am

Bank of America Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis testified under oath that
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and then-Treasury Secretary
Henry Paulson pressured the bank to not discuss its increasingly
troubled plan to buy Merrill Lynch,

Poultry

April 23rd, 2009
10:00 am

When I was in grade school in the 1960s we were graded on “Citizenship”. There was no explicit curriculum to that effect. The teachers simply observed our conduct, encouraging behaviors they found conducive to citizenship, and discouraging countervailing ones.

It’s interesting how American notions of good citizenship evolve, or devolve. John Dewey believed that education for democratic citizenship goes to the heart of why we have collective schooling at all. And although my little Episcopal school stood foursquare in opposition to Progressive education, offering instead a classical education, still my thoughtful teachers, all of them products of missional teaching abroad, would have agreed with Dewey on the central importance to the commonweal of engendering attitudes and habits of cooperation, civil and civic debate, self-reliance as well as reliance on the group, and public-spirtitedness. Dewey saw to it that all these qualities were inculcated at his Laboratory School at the University of Chicago.

It’s easy to see the tensions inhering in such efforts. Those tensions are fundamentally American tensions, and they must be kept in balance. My concern about contemporary environmental education in public schools is that it so easily can descend into a full-blown ideology, an instrumentality of social control and public power. Teachers, as a rule, love power. They are, among other things, unelected politicians and agents of the State. Their impulse to shape the next generation can lead them to transgress the line between gentle suasion and imposed indoctrination. (One detects a bit of that quintessentially liberal impulse in the “conservative” Jim Wooten’s penultimate paragraph today.)

When that line is crossed, children are rendered mere interchangeable cogs in a vast machine, mere molecules in complex systems, bits and bytes in a microchip programmed to change the weather at the will of the State.

In my little Anglican school, they did not teach environmentalism, as that ideology had not yet been formulated. Americans at that time were only beginning to speak of “the Ecology”. So my missionary marms taught us “stewardship”.

Big Buck GOP

April 23rd, 2009
10:02 am

The Blackstone Group, the Carlyle Group and billionaire Wilbur Ross are
preparing a joint bid for BankUnited Financial, the Florida bank forced
into a sale by federal regulators,

Big Buck GOP

April 23rd, 2009
10:03 am

A hedge fund industry executive and his investment advisory firm have
agreed to pay $814,644 to settle charges brought by federal securities
regulators that they failed to properly review the Bayou Group when
they recommended that their clients invest in the hedge fund before it
collapsed.

Torturer

April 23rd, 2009
10:03 am

Those percentages are a discrace. What kind of people voted in those polls?

Big Buck GOP

April 23rd, 2009
10:04 am

Marcus Schrenker, a troubled Indiana money manager accused of trying to
fake his death by parachuting from his plane to escape financial ruin,
told The Associated Press in a letter that he ‘’snapped,” never got
help and then ”it all came crashing down around me.”

Big Buck GOP

April 23rd, 2009
10:06 am

General Motors is unlikely to make a $1 billion debt payment due June 1
because it expects to be in the process of restructuring its debt
through a voluntary exchange or bankruptcy court by that point, a
spokeswoman for the automaker said Wednesday.

Chris Broe

April 23rd, 2009
10:06 am

Earthday? See Jim plow.

Today’s sermon is about ripping green.

You’ve heard of the Thrilla in Manila, right? the rumble in the jungle? These fights escaped the Silent Racist’s Majority’s radar. These fights were the children of Joe Louis. Black America coming to grips. Because Cassius Clay so loved America, Lincoln’s People received Allah, (thank God). Now we have patriotic, peaceful Islamic-Americans who who keep the Kneeling Minority’s radar engaged. Mohammed Ali was denied his title because he was black and Islamic. Oh, how the Black Panthers partied! (with Forest Gump). Fortunately, Hoover blew his wad on John Lennon. Yes, J. Edgar Hoover proved to the world that a cartoon beatle was responsible for communism, crime, rebellion, insurgency, sedition and every single national bad hair day during the entire decade of the seventies, man….God this stinks.

I’ll tell you what doesn’t stink, ladies and gentlemen, I give you Melissa in “The Wrestler”! If you don’t know why you haven’t given up yet, then go see Melissa. She’s green garbo. (family friendly porn for you oxymorons).

If you don’t know who you are yet, then go see Melissa. If Madonna is a clydesdale, then Melissa still rips because they didn’t run her too hard too early: she had one movie twenty years ago, and then she ascended into cameo heaven. My advice to you: Run too hard too early to this movie.

Hollywood! Phat chicks go wild. Fatwa chicks fire all your guns in the air. Fatah chicks do the falsetto’d bronx cheer. Melissa’s body is a movie star! If you want to follow your guilt-free O again, then go see Melissa. (At least you’ll know what a Joan Crawford turn coulda been).

What is it with women and the guilt-free O? Is Oprah so popular because the O dominates her name, (and she’s guilt-free). ? Guilt-free Obama? OhmyguiltfreegOd!!

If you think Nostradomus was wrong, then go see Melissa. If you think, go see Melissa. Go see Melissa. See Melissa. See Melissa go. Go, melissa, Go.

A Twitter review of “The Wrestler”: America’s inner Palookaville. (Ironically, you hope Melissa bumps into the furniture).

Twitter Melissa

Big Buck GOP

April 23rd, 2009
10:07 am

Three former brokers and three former day traders conspired to misuse
company “squawk boxes” for insider trading, a U.S. jury ruled on
Wednesday in the second trial in the case.

Chris Broe

April 23rd, 2009
10:14 am

Luckovich has a home run today. Very funny. It’s still funny. Wow.

Northern Songs Ltd

April 23rd, 2009
10:18 am

I’ve been away – where the heck is jmblaw??

GOP is gone

April 23rd, 2009
10:19 am

Well I do see your point Jim. But I think it needs to be taken a step further. Not only do we need to impress basic math skills ie your income should exceed your spending, but also impress on the youth of America the repercussions of dropping out being the single most influencing factor on continuing the poverty cycle from generation to generation.
History tells us that education is the best way to improve ones socioeconomic level. There is a good reason that it was criminal to educate ones slaves, an educated slave had the means to escape their bonds and thrive on their own.

Our society has been caught up in consumerism for far too long. I for one did teach my children by example not to expect everything they want to be given to them immediately. That huge flat screen is nice, but it can wait until you have saved for it. Realtors and Mortgage brokers may say you are approved for a much higher loan but do you really want to get in that much debt? Being house poor is no fun. And go figure Jim, I’m a Liberal Democrat who has no debt, a paid off mortgage and does not use credit cards. I’m also among the citizens who will experience the increase in taxes. I am not wanting for anything in my life, that extra money might give me a few more material objects, but I can safely say that I will not suffer much hardship over it. That is the price we pay to live in a Democracy that requires taxes to give its citizens services expected of Government. Somehow I believe that the major players in the financial crisis voted GOP. The AIGs and Bear Sterns executives who are smart enough to have seen this melt down coming but did not want to cut off the money carnival before they had theirs. Yes, borrowers had a duty to stay with in there means, but lenders also had a duty to do due diligence when looking at applications And lets not leave out the mortgage underwriters, appraisers,
Real estate agents ect who were also involved in the process who had to have had a clue about the ability of someone to repay a loan.

And as for teaching children to care about the planet, that is a clear no brainer. We have this one planet and we, people, are destroying it slowly. Eventually all the oil, coal natural gas and other finite resources will be gone. If all the resources we have sunk into the Iraq fiasco had been put into science and research we would surely be much further along with renewable energy sources by now. It is expensive to do this research and development but far more expensive to lose the climate change battle. And for your so called scientists who dispute climate change I will have to call partisan BS. Talk to real Environmental Scientists at MIT, GT, Berkley, and Cal Tech. and get their opinions. Or maybe just call up a local Greenlander who can see first hand how much ice is melting every day.

booger

April 23rd, 2009
10:24 am

DB

What part of shifts the INCOME TAX burden don’t you understand. Of course there are other taxes, but Jim referred specifically to INCOME TAX.

GOP is gone

April 23rd, 2009
10:38 am

Ah Chris, you sounding a little like the American Idol watching preteens there buddy.

JC in Powder Springs

April 23rd, 2009
10:45 am

Jim, altruism is what makes earth day a success. If your goal is to promote greed and excess, you can forget about using earth day as an example to emulate. “drill baby drill”, tax breaks for purchasing Hummers, no-bid contracts for Halliburton, etc. – these are policies that depend upon people electing to go against their best interests. People who advocate greed and excess, as you have in the past, must disguise the truth in order to fool a portion of the public into believing it’s good for them. It’s gratifying to see a majority of our citizens have seen through your (and the right wing’s) cynicism in recent elections. I truly hope the trend continues.

Captain Freedom's Immortal Soul

April 23rd, 2009
10:46 am

Greetings from the Great Beyond, Wooteneers. Tis THE Captain, descending from above to dispense Heavenly wisdom. Apologies for being away so long, but it has been the busy season, what with all the celebrating over the Big Guy’s son and his Ascension and what not. It is doubly intense, given that the Orthodox have a different Easter from the rest of the normal Christians, so the whole thing gets kind of stretched out and Big Guy gets a little cranky. Add to it that JC is always in a mood around this time of year, and you have your basic dysfunctional family holiday season. And THE Captain misses Peeps, which are apparently not allowed up here.

But THE Captain feels compelled to offer a Celestial Captain Kudo to Wooten for today’s column. Jimbo is indeed correct that We must use the educational system to inculcate Right Thinking Common Sense. THE Captain was chewing this over with Iggy (that’s St Ignatius of Loyola, not Mr Pop), and Igster reminded THE Captain that if we can just control a child’s mind through age 7, we can show you the man.

(As always, girls are not important as long as some are good breeding stock and others fill that Mary Magdalene roll. Then there are the aberrants, like Sister Dusty, who fits neither category absent a few double martinis..and even then…..)

So, THE Captain’s modest proposal — Begin teaching the salutary aspects of enhanced interrogation techniques in the many government funded Pre-K programs underway. We can offer story books featuring Jack Bauer and many exciting plots involving ticking time bombs and swarthy non-White camel jockeys intent on claiming their reward of 72 virgins in Heaven. (Big Guy is laughing at that one…not many women make it here in virginal condition, and the ones that do are quickly relieved of their imperfection…JC and St Peter have some sort of side deal, apparently).

We can also use PE classes for sessions in which our young proteges undergo simulated torture sessions so they can experience first hand how things like waterboarding, slamming their heads against cement walls, and attaching electrodes to their young testicles are really no worse than the kind of hijinx the little ankle biters normally engage in. This kind of positive indoctrination will produce a generation that would unhesitatingly apply enhanced interrogation to save millions of lives or to produce faulty intelligence that supports a much-needed profit-generating war.

THE Captain has thus spoken, and it remains to True Believing mortals to implement the plan. Would that there were more like the Godly John Yoo, a man who has willingly assumed the lifelong mantle of ‘that torture guy’ in service to Our Leader and his Dick.

And doesn’t the example of Mr Yoo demonstrate that America is truly the greatest country ever? For it was barely a generation ago that yellow-skinned traitors were deprived of their civil liberties to protect Real Americans from the barbarous hordes, and today we have one of those slopy devils working overtime to deprive other barbarous hordes of THEIR human rights. All in Our Name.

Be Proud America. THE Captain can tell you that at the weekly poker games, Old Scratch can barely conceal his glee and anticipation at the arrival of the enhanced interrogators and their enablers. Good People like Wooten and Dusty can rest easy knowing that their reservation is set in stone. Brimstone.

That is THE Captain’s opinion, and it is, of course, very true.

Californication

April 23rd, 2009
10:49 am

My wife has been a teacher for 22 years and has a master’s degree and some of the stupidity that goes on in our schools is sick. Did you know that after a student takes a test that you are not aloud to go over it in class? How stupid is that? If a child has special needs you are not aloud to tell the parents, you are only aloud to suggest more testing. By the way if a child does not even take a test you are not aloud to give them a zero, you have to give them a 50% and a chance to make it up. Our schools are broken due to the NEA and other teachers unions that are run by people who have never taught in a class room. These are the people that set the curriculum and the rules of teaching. This needs to be corrected if we ever want a school system that works.

LMS

April 23rd, 2009
10:56 am

Californication,

It’s “allowed” not “aloud”.

Poultry

April 23rd, 2009
10:57 am

Ahoy, THE Captain!

Californication,

Quite so.

Professor Bob

April 23rd, 2009
10:58 am

Jim…time to hang it up. You’re a small mind with ideological influenza.

A thousand scientists were interviewed randomly and asked if global warming was real. Every single one said “yes.”

Your GOP rank-and-file are just too dumb to see the hidden agendas of GOP politicians and talk radio celebs. They support policies that are not in their best interest.

This is why Republicanism is not a dominant strategy in natural selection. Their actions betray their genes. They minimize the long-term survival probabilities of their genes because they support policies based on “team spirit,” moralism, etc.

booger

April 23rd, 2009
10:58 am

GOP is gone,

Sorry but the debate over man made Climate change is far from over. This is evident in the fact that you choose the words “climate change” rather than “global warming”. Even the most ardent scientific supporters for the notion are now not sure what the climate is going to do, but they are sure it’s going to change. This is really going out on a limb since the climate has always changed.

Scientists who were listed as supporting the global warming theory are now coming forward and saying they were misrepresented. One who was interviewed recently stated he and others signed a document that simply said he thought it was possible global warming could be a result of carbon dioxide emissions. The signatures were used as though these people were convinced that global warming was imminent. Others have come forward and said they were coerced into signing various statements which did not represent their views.

There are numerous scientists from other diciplines who have doubts about the methodology used in the mathmatical models supporting man made climate change.

None of these people are saying it is not possible, just that it is not proved. There is not enough evidence to support the drastic actions being proposed.

By the way, Astronomers have been saying for the last ten years that recent warming is due to sun spot activity. This activity has now diminished, so they are predicting a gradual cooling over the next decade or so.

Time will tell who is right.

Reality Check

April 23rd, 2009
10:58 am

Californication @ 10:49

The real problem in schools is NCLB. The notion that test scores are the ultimate measure of what is being learned is just silly. Schools need to get back to TEACHING and not just test prep.

Still Munchin the Carpet

April 23rd, 2009
11:06 am

Who “aloud” Californ to get near the keyboard? Are morons “aloud” here? Do you think his wife the teacher would have “aloud” him to make such an ar$e of himself?

Sorry. I was just thinking “allowed”.

jt

April 23rd, 2009
11:14 am

Even if the sun was going to go out like a light bulb in 2013, and all of us adults KNEW about it, I wouldn’t bother our elementary children with it. Let them be children. don’t shoulder YOUR neurosis on them!

Poultry

April 23rd, 2009
11:17 am

@LMS,

Thank you for that ode owed “allowed”.

@booger,

Well and truly said.

@Reality Check,

Hear, hear. And please keep trying to get it through Wooten’s thick skull that “the notion that test scores are the ultimate measure of what is being learned is just silly.” Candidate Obama promised to dismantle NCLB, a set of policies about as Murphy-prone as any could get. But President Obama, ever reluctant to relinquish power, proposes to fix and expand NCLB. My teachers taught me to call such people as he “liars”. Still, he has also called for new, more intelligent approaches to student assessment. The federal government has spent hundreds of millions, over many years, funding universities to develop smarter assessment protocols, and it’s time the researchers were heeded. The military ensures that its personnel are assessed accurately, constantly and variously. Even the Scouts do a good job of this. Yet the public schools continue to revolve around silly pencil tests that measure only a student’s comprehension of the test language, her reaction time, and her test-taking ability. By default, then, this tautology is the Golden Calf upon the altar of which we lay down our children.

deegee

April 23rd, 2009
11:18 am

Would you like the dirty air and polluted waters of the 1960s and 1970s? The clean water act was perceived as some sort of an expensive boondoggle that would bankrupt business. I remember when seat belts were under protest by the auto industry because of a claim that installing seat belts would bankrupt the industry. Why can’t we take the environmental movement into the 21st century? Whatever country owns green technology will own the 21st century. Why is this so difficult to understand?

“Lake Erie infamously became very polluted in the 1960s and 1970s. The water quality deteriorated due to increasing levels of the nutrient phosphorus in both the water and lake bottom sediments. The resultant high nitrogen levels in the water caused eutrophication, which resulted in algal blooms. Algae masses and fish kills increasingly fouled the shoreline during this period, but a 1969 Time magazine article about a fire on the Cuyahoga River, a tributary feeding the lake at Cleveland, Ohio so embarrassed officials that the United States Congress quickly passed the Clean Water Act of 1972. In 1972 the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canadian governments also significantly reduced the dumping and runoff of phosphorus into the lake. The lake has since become clean enough to allow sunlight to infiltrate its water and produce algae and sea weed, but a dead zone persists in the central Lake Erie Basin during the late summer. The clearing of the water column is also partly due to the introduction and rapid spread of zebra mussels, each of which can filter up to one litre (1L) of water per day. The United States Environmental Protection Agency is currently studying this cyclic phenomenon.

Since the 1970s environmental regulation has led to a great increase in water quality and the return of economically important fish species such as walleye and other biological life.”

Algonquin J. Calhoun

April 23rd, 2009
11:22 am

Jim, you keep harping on having a mother and father in homes so children will grow up to be good people. Well, some good, productive people have grown up in orphanages, while some nut jobs have come from intact families. Just because a family is intact does not necessarily portend good things for the children involved. some children grow up in homes that would have been much better had they been broken!

Aquagirl

April 23rd, 2009
11:23 am

Question of the day: Why are Peeps not aloud in heaven?

Poultry

April 23rd, 2009
11:26 am

@Algonquin,

JW is speaking on the basis of four decades’ worth of macro-level research. You rebut him with anecdotal evidence. In this case, he’s more scientific than you.

@Aquagirl,

A: Because there are too many pipsqeaks there already?

DB, Gwinnettian

April 23rd, 2009
11:33 am

What part of shifts the INCOME TAX burden don’t you understand. Of course there are other taxes, but Jim referred specifically to INCOME TAX.

What is so high, mighty and holy about income tax as a revenue stream source?

I’m sorry, let me re-phrase that so you’ll understand…

What is so high, mighty and holy about INCOME TAX as a revenue stream source?

Admit it–this nonsensical “po folk pay no income taxes!” meme only arose post-Bush, even though these brackets were Bush-era twiddling, because you’re out of ammo and it sounds like something substantial even though it isn’t.

GOP is gone

April 23rd, 2009
11:57 am

Sorry, I take my daughter’s word as a PHD candidate in Environmental Geochemistry over a booger any day of the week.

I Report, You Bedwet

April 23rd, 2009
12:38 pm

“This PUNK is definately not a gentleman.”

You libtards on the Moveonmoonbat.org modern left really shouldn’t talk about Sen. Leahy like that. Oh, and learn how to spell “definitely” too, idiot.

Anyway, what ABOUT Earth Day? The little toadies on the left don’t want us to have nuclear power large scale and instead inhale some Algorbot pipe dream smoke of wind mill farms and solar power and aqua power to replace coal fired power. Sure sounds like a wonderful Liberal Oz, doesn’t it? Remember these same Moveonmoonbat.org mouth breathers LOVE what France does and want to be just like them – except their power generation sources.

But there are more important issues right now. The rumor mill out there is that the Teleprompter Adminisration has P-SSED OFF some high level CIA personnel with his brilliance of releasing classified intel data. These high levels are pondering releasing exactly what happened and how many TERRORISTS were waterboarded and what it prevented (clue: a bridge in New York was involved).

Remember, these are the same little toadies supporting the current crop of Washington clowns – and said clowns themselves – who were ALL UP IN ARMS and DEMANDING HANGINGS for Bush Administration officials of allegedly leaking a freaking NAME of a CIA operative – who was a desk jockey, btw. These are the same stool samples who constantly remind us that Bush hasn’t gotten Osama, yet are the FIRST ONES to tell us that we might fight terror LEGALLY and treat it as a CRIMINAL problem, probably not even realizing we had a chance to kill Osama in Afghanistan but didn’t because of LEGAL hurdles. Will you damned moonbats on the liberal left make up your FREAKING MINDS on what you want and how? Thank you.

By the way, a total of THREE terorrists were waterboarded. Waterboarding was used for nearly half a century in our US military institutions and training facilities, and nobody complained about the procedure until the little mouth breathing Moveonmoonbat.org toadies got wind of what’s happening.

Only in America can you have a large merry band of mindless libtards who are more concerned about the rights and treatment of TERRORISTS and ENEMIES of the US than US citizens THEMSELVES who just have the AUDACITY to speak out against this administration – and call their actions from talk radio to tea parties as domestic terrorism.

ONLY in America.

Poultry

April 23rd, 2009
12:50 pm

Environmental science in schools, good.

Environmental ideology in schools, bad.

Emory’s Department of Environmental Science offers a graduate course comparing the relationship of various religions to the environment. In that context, environmental-ism, as distinguished from environmental science, is itself a worldview and a metaphysical speculation. In some states it is unlawful to require students either to avow or disavow any particular worldview. It is also, arguably, unconstitutional to do so. This should in no way discourage public schools from teaching about the sources of CO2 emissions, or the contribution of those emissions to greenhouse effects, or the ramifications for our climate of those effects. Neither should it bar schools from teaching about the varieties of environmental attitudes espoused by different faith traditions and secular ideologies. That a given ideology happens to be secular does not make it scientific. And that a scientific investigation may upset someone’s metaphysics, does not make it any less scientifically valid, nor any less worthy of learning, even by children.

At present our teaching force simply is not competent to make these distinctions, any more than our schoolchildren are ready to grasp the nitty gritty of environmental chemistry. When skilled teachers do attempt to teach the rudiments of environmental chemistry, in many cases they end up teaching green chemistry, and a vague Greenism, instead. The spirit is willing, but the mind weak. But we can all see, with Wooten, that the nation as a whole is getting smarter about these things, and I’m fairly confident that pretty soon we’ll be fielding a teaching force that can use the great interest in environmental stewardship to teach a great variety of topics, in science and mathematics, in the social sciences and even the Humanities. It even would be possible to build an entire charter school devoted to environmental responsibility as its theme. And among other things, how employable its graduates might one day become! A caveat: no such school would be effective were it not to invite debate and latitudinarism, along with its teaching the rules of science and the evidence those rules have produced.

I hope this is helpful. I don’t mean it combatively.

Jefferson

April 23rd, 2009
12:51 pm

Grammar and spelling corrections are a sign of …

booger

April 23rd, 2009
1:02 pm

GOP,

Not doubting your daughters credentials or her convictions. I’m just saying it is not proved and many scientists agree, especially if fields outside the environmental diciplines.

Steven Daedalus

April 23rd, 2009
1:05 pm

Not aloud,where’d you go to school. Alabama.

Jefferson

April 23rd, 2009
1:09 pm

Alabama has a higher graduation rate than Georgia. (SC is less)

Jefferson

April 23rd, 2009
1:09 pm

Now that’s a correction…