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South Miami Mayor: "Rubio is an idiot."

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Marco Rubio

From the Things We Already Know Department: Marco Rubio is an "idiot." I know, I know, that's redundant, but there still may be someone out there reading this who isn't aware. In this particular instance, it's about climate change. Rubio the Genius-o doesn't believe that climate change is man-made-o:

"I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy."

His brilliance is blinding, isn't it? Kinda like the sun that's baking Mother Earth to death.

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He's clearly competing with former Alaskan Half-Gov Ignoramette McVacant for who can stick their head in the sand more deeply. It's a toss-up, but McVacant has a slight edge. But I digress. Back to Florida...

Here is a headline and sub-headline at The Guardian:

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers.

Via TPM:

Rubio is among those Florida politicians, including Gov. Rick Scott (R), who've refused to address the warnings of those experts.

"Rubio is an idiot," South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said, as quoted by The Guardian. "He says he is not a scientist so he doesn't have a view about climate change and sea-level rise and so won't do anything about it."

Stoddard noted that "the waters are rising." True.

And Marco Rubio is in way over his empty little head.

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Hey climate change deniers: State emission cuts have NOT brought economic ruin.

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another talking point bites the dust

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Climate deniers-- hey you, over there on the right, I'm talkin' to you-- wail and moan about regulating carbon emissions because, tyranny!!!! and Armageddon!!!! and economic disaster!!!! That sound you hear is the coal industry shaking cash from their enormous wallets to buy their way out of cleaner air and water standards. Because, tyranny!!!! and Armageddon!!!! and economic disaster!!!!

Well, they're wrong. And there is proof that cutting emissions will not bring economic ruin to America. Sweartogod.

Via the New York Times:

The cries of protest have been fierce, warning that President Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gases from power plants will bring soaring electricity bills and even plunge the nation into blackouts. By the time the administration is finished, one prominent critic said, “millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark.”

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That sounds positively terrifying! Oh em gee! We will become a nation of freeze-dried citizens! All in the ironic name of saving lives!

Just a sec... hold that thought. I'm hearing through my imaginary news anchor earpiece that at least 10 states have already achieved emission cuts by the amount the president has fecklessly Kenyan-dictated-- some in excess of that-- and more states will make similar progress before the deadline of 2030.

Don't those tree-hugging, green-tinged fools realize their Kenyan-dictated, feckless, reckless actions will bring economic ruin?!

[T]heir strides so far have not brought economic ruin. In New England, a region that has made some of the biggest cuts in emissions, residential electricity bills fell 7 percent from 2005 to 2012, adjusted for inflation. And economic growth in the region ran slightly ahead of the national average.

Oh.

Via onamatopoeia.wordpress.com

Yet another Republican talking point bites the dust. Imagine that. Quel surprise.

Over in Europe, they're headed toward a 43 percent emission cut from power plants and "other energy-intensive industries" by the same year. That makes our measly 30% cuts look pretty... feckless.

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I see climate change: "One day there will be money in the pockets of dead people"

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i see dead people 2 climate change

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Regular readers may recall that my mantra has always been how shortsighted Republicans are, especially when it comes to climate change. Seriously, how utterly idiotic of them to prioritize profits over lives, especially for a party that claims to be "pro-life." The hypocrisy is mind-boggling, as are their perverted attempts to obstruct every bit of legislation that would help Americans live healthier lives.

My other mantra has been that all those dirty dollars that Big Oil/Big Biz pull in with their drill-baby-drilling, fracking, and other reckless endeavors will be utterly useless to them if we start to choke on toxic fumes and lose what's left of Mother Nature's diminishing masterpieces.

Note to Big Oil and GOP polluters: You'll wheeze, hack, and scrounge for climate-proof digs right along with the rest of us.

And with that, here is today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor from a soul mate, because our voices matter:

The debate over reducing carbon dioxide emissions to combat global warming brings us to the truth: Saving money is more important than saving the planet. In its shortsightedness, big business — led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — will fight this proposal to the death. ("New EPA rule seeks to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030," June 1)

Global warming naysayers ignore rising sea levels, drowning islands, higher pollution levels and increases in pulmonary disease. One day there will be money in the pockets of dead people lying on the surface of a dead planet that is no longer able to provide sustenance to the inheritors of our world.

June Bailey

Rancho Mirage

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Overnight: Pedestrian Question: Gluten

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I would love to know how we got to be so stupid as a nation. When you ask people on the street about nearly anything, they haven't a clue. It's undeniably true now, though, that people just parrot what they see on tv or the Internet or read in magazines - they next to never research for themselves. Ask them about a war where we're spending billions of dollars killing people or seeing our own military being killed, and they can't locate the country or a map or, if so (more or less), tell you why we have troops there. They don't even have the slightest idea what gluten is. Yes, gluten. Yet they're against it if someone (it's not even import ant who) tells them to be.

Jimmy Kimmel proves this (though, admittedly, the interview sample - of those who made it onto the video at least - is small.

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Charles Krauthammer: Climate change is like "the rain dance of Native Americans...superstitious"

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Conservative kook climate denier Charles Krauthammer appeared on Fox News' "Special Report." Let's put it this way: He could have chosen his words more carefully. And don't get me started on his willful ignorance and utter disregard for the lives of every man, woman, and child on this alarmingly changing planet.

Via TPM:

Charles Krauthammer:

I'm not impressed by numbers, I'm not impressed by consensus.

These are things that people negotiate the way that you would negotiate a bill, because the science is unstable. Because in the case of climate, the models are changeable and because climate is so complicated, the idea that we who have trouble forecasting what's going to happen on Saturday in the climate could pretend to be predicting what could happen in 30, 40 years is absurd."...

It's always a result of what is ultimately what we're talking about here, human sin with pollution of carbon. It's the oldest superstition around. It was in the Old Testament, it's in the rain dance of Native Americans -- if you sin, the skies will not cooperate.

This is quite superstitious...

He's not impressed by consensus. I'm not impressed by his offensive stupidity.

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Letter: "No more Nazi films... We all know what happened."

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12 years a slave films

Films allow us to eavesdrop on others-- past, present, and future. Films pull open the drapes so we can peek in. Films essentially allow us to be peeping Toms on lives imagined and real. They teach us, they inform us, they tug at us, they pull us in, they open our eyes to feelings and events that might have escaped us or that we've avoided.

Sometimes films make it unpleasant for us, and we squirm or cry or cringe or rage. Other times, of course, they sweep us into happy little fantasylands. We flock to the cinema, we are glued to our TVs and mobile devices.

In the Calendar section of my print edition of Sunday Los Angeles Times, there were a few letters responding to an article about a new film to be directed by Angelina Jolie that will debut on Christmas Day, called "Unbroken."

[I]n late 2012, [Jolie] stumbled on a talent agency's log line for "Unbroken," a feature adaptation of the Laura Hillenbrand blockbuster bestseller about the Olympic runner turned World War II bombardier Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days in a life raft only to be tortured for more than two years as a Japanese prisoner of war.

Two of the three letters were positive, but the one that wasn't caught my eye. The Times doesn't post Calendar letters online, but here it is verbatim:

No more. It's time to stop making movies about Americans like Louis Zamperini who were tortured in Japanese prison camps. It's been almost 70 years since WWII ended. The people who did it are dead. Why make their descendants and an entire nation feel guilty again? The story's been told in print. Let it be. While we're at it, no more Nazi films either. We all know what happened.

Robert Bubnovich

Irvine

Alrighty then. Where to begin?

It should be safe to assume that, per Mr. Bubnovich, period pieces are worthless, because, hey, those people are dead. Who needs to be reminded of days gone by anyway? Especially if they recount episodes from yesteryear that are unpleasant. Even if they're accurate representations. Especially if they're accurate representations.

So any movie recalling historical events? Pfft! Clearly, they should be history themselves. Why make, say, audiences that watched "Lincoln," "Twelve Years a Slave," The Butler," "Schindler's List," "Sophie's Choice, "Saving Private Ryan," or any other motion picture based on U.S. or world history "feel guilty again," right? "Let it be"!

The last thing we want is for moviegoers to learn anything, to feel anything about what took place before their time, to connect in any way, to feel any emotion whatsoever about major events that changed entire nations, to be reminded that those who came before us could be cruel, monstrous, or just plain stupid, because, guilt!

Ignorance is bliss.

Memo to Robert B: We don't "all know what happened." Just ask Holocaust deniers. And history revisionists. "The story's been told in print." But if you don't read, the story hasn't been told at all. Just ask Fox News [sic] devotees.

And those who do know often need a memory jolt so that they can apply life lessons and knowledge responsibly and avoid the costly mistakes others have made.

Ignoring our past will not make it go away or alleviate guilt, nor will it make our worst memories more palatable.

In short, this, Mr. Bubnovich, does way more harm than good:

lalala I can't hear you hands over ears 2

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This Video Has GOP Shaking In Their Boots

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minimum wage

The issue is the minimum wage. If you watch nothing else today, or even tomorrow, you'll want to see this. The Republican Party has a huge reason to be scared. Very scared. The reason is demonstrated in this video. People of all walks of life, of all races and genders are fed up, mad as hell, and not going to take it (the GOP lies) anymore. THE RAW STORY:

A Florida GOP congressman faced pushback from his constituents over raising the minimum wage, with one man directly challenging him to work at a local fast food restaurant for a day, Think Progress reported.

“Lay your tie and your suit down, just for a day, 24 hours, and take a walk in my shoes,” Shaneeka Rainer told Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) in video taken from a town hall meeting in Tampa. “The people that I work with, we’re keeping the economy floating and going in the cycle. But the people that hire, they’re just paying money, just throwing money. But I’m actually working every day. So why wouldn't you support it?”

Watch Congressman Ross try to fake rage and school an Arby's worker. What he gets in return is a schooling himself, and the GOP is scared sh*tless you'll see this.

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