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Thoughts on a Monday

Posted Monday, March 10, 2008, at 3:24 PM

Listed below are some thoughts that have crossed my little mind on yet another day when the stock market has gone down and oil prices have climbed an absurd amount:

If you took 10,000 lifelong citizens of Bedford County and an equal number of citizens of Baghdad, which group would have had the most of our federal dollars spent on them the past four years?

Should there be a specified numbers of years before an immigrant, legal or illegal, can stick a hand into that dwindling pot of federal funds into which they have put little or nothing?

Do you like passenger side mirrors that proclaim objects in mirror are closer than they appear?

How do Americans feel about Al Gore today?

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I remember being taught that in gradeschool during the 70's also. What happened to conservationism? I was also taught that during the 70's.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 5:56 PM

I remember in the 70's we were having a "global cooling". It is all a part of the natural cyclical patterns of Earth.

-- Posted by cfder on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 5:29 PM

I agree, but only in this part of the country. If you look at the global view, as in GLOBAL warming, not TN warming. The ice that supposedly was melting and was going to drown us all has frozen back to even thicker depths than before. I guess when God promises not to flood the world again he means it. If you wanna see record high temps ask the people in the midwest. They have only had some of the worst winters ever.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 12:12 AM

I don't recall this winter being the coldest on record? After all there were deadly tornados and record highs in February...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 10:13 PM

Well for one thing, carbon offset credits are the snake oil of our time. Its the most absurd thing I have ever heard. If I buy an offset credit I can pollute, ROFL. Whats worse is people are buying them. So how many offsets does Al Gordhead have to buy to compensate for that 90 gajillion square foot home in Belle Meade? and how many for the private jets running all over the country? and etc.etc.etc. He has his own little crazy global warming cult until we have one of the coldest winters on record then its the climate change church of Al Bore, what will it be tommorow? The abominable snowman gonna get me if i dont buy a prius?

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 12:36 AM

Snake oil salesman? Do clarify...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 12:04 AM

I didnt say anything about my president, as far as pres. Bush goes, I believe he will go down in history as one of the worst presidents in history. Although, I think he handled 9/11 as well as possible. I am not aligned with any party, btw. I am conservative and the republican party is definetly not conservative anymore. I dont like the way we have been treated either. If we dont do this the terrorists will get us.We have lost more civil liberties in the name of national security than any other time. I do want a cleaner earth, I just dont want some snake oil salesman robbing the american public, he cant quit being a politician even though hes no longer in office. He cant quit the habit I guess. So drink the Al Gore kool aid, you can have my share.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 11:38 PM

Oh really? Was the wool so thick that you forget who your own president is? It's kinda like blaming 9/11 on the Democrats, umm.. WHO was the president in power when that happened? WHAT party was he in? HOW can "they" keep us safer? Ahhh... there is where profit comes in. Just research a few things. I agree, Al Gore doesn't always have the cheapest electric bill, while preaching saving energy, but "preaching doom in gloom" is kinda like terrorism, living in constant fear of the wrong people, at the wrong time, while your OWN government does to you, what they are supposedly fighting againt.

Forgive him for wanting a cleaner Earth? It's really nothing new.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 11:15 PM

Your supposed to have sideview mirrors? LOL.

Al Gore is a loon, and a snake oil salesman. He has profited millions of dollars from the American people by preaching doom and gloom.He didnt run for pres. because he knew he would lose and its not as profitable. Well, maybe hes not a loon, you have to be pretty smart to pull that much wool over that many eyes.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 8:52 PM

All I want to know is why do I drive down Regent Drive in the Government Housing Section and there are 25 vehicles on the roadsides in the middle of the day (I'm running errands for work) that are much much nicer than what I can afford to drive and I work full time? I must not be doing something right.

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 4:51 PM

Everybody likes the backup Quarterback until you need him to start a couple of games, then you wonder why he is even on the roster....

Not saying that I think Bush has done a good job, because I don't. Just saying it is always easy to like "the other guy" when things are bad..

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 7:24 AM

Have you ever noticed that George W. Bush smirk?

-- Posted by bomelson on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 3:07 PM

I am not an Al Gore fan. I admit there are changes in our climate, but there are other explanations of which he avoids like the plague. I don't think nearly as well of the Nobel Prizes as I once did.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 2:16 PM

I think they like him better now than if he'd won.

Politics is a thankless job,at best.

Assasination is the next-to-worst fate.

Worse than that is being so reviled or dismissed that doing the job or being respected in tomorow's history becomes impossible.

This way,Al gets to be remembered for his successes.

Merely human politicos,once they make it to the top, tend to be notorious for their failures.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 2:44 AM

Gore didn't carry his home state, but Bush didn't even win the country... So which is worse?

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 11:49 PM

Did Gore carry his home state in that election? Do any drivers in Bedford Co. use side mirrors? As long as we are the land with the golden egg( tax dollars for the immigrant population) they will continue to mass here.

-- Posted by Chef Boy R.D. on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 8:04 PM

I like Al Gore and I don't blame him for one minute for chosing not to run in the Election.

As far of those side mirrors go Why do objects seem closer than they appear?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 7:46 PM

Very true jaxspike...

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 7:29 PM

Al Gore probably doesnt care what we think. In fact, he is probably laughing at those that didnt vote for him and thinks America got what it deserved for the last eight years. I mean really, Al Gore won an Oscar and the Nobel Peace Price. What has Bush done? Oh yeah, crippled our economy and ran us into debt with a war that really isnt serving any purpose.

How could Al Gore done any worse?

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 6:42 PM

Why can't those side mirrors be convex like the ones I see sometimes for "blind" driveways? They could then be smaller yet reveal more. The side mirrors on my car are way too big. Between the corner posts, the side posts, the seat backs, & the mirrors, there is not a lot of room left for vision.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 4:59 PM

"Do you like passenger side mirrors that proclaim objects in mirror are closer than they appear?"

HAHA!!! this one is funny...

"How do Americans feel about Al Gore today?"

Well let's see, the same people who stole the election from him in 2000, are probably the same ones who deny any existance of the confusing weather patterns.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 3:32 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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