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I was having a fairly rough day today.   Explaining the differences in policy ideas, I found myself in a unique debate with the local Republican representative in my area.   I didn't video tape it, but it was pretty well summarized here.

Once we got through the abuse, the argument seemingly didn't get any better.  But pressing topics required that we at least address the major issues of the day.


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It's not abnormal for me to run into people who dispute the realities of environment change.   Despite the fact that here in Kansas we just went through a winter with almost no snow (and none that stuck) and the trendline pretty well indicates over decades the reality of change, it's not always easy to explain this to those that doubt.


SALT LAKE CITY, March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say as many as 900 species of tropical birds could be extinct by 2100 due to global warming as each degree rise could affect 100 to 500 species.

Researchers writing in the Biological Conservation Journal say the finding assumes a rise in Earth surface temperatures of 6 degrees F by the end of the century.

Mountain, coastal, restricted-range species and species unable to get to higher elevations could be the worst affected, researcher Cagan Sekercioglu, professor of biology at the University of Utah, told the BBC.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/...

But the shocking news that numerous bird species would be wiped out by these changes didn't seem to get the response that I expected.

But when you talk about their candidate, and Romney comes up, they give us the spiel of how much he loves everything about the states that he goes to, and how much he really loves the wildlife.. especially trees.


DETROIT, MI — Mitt Romney loves Michigan. He loves the cars. He loves the people. He loves the…tree size? So he keeps telling us at least.

“This feels good, being back in Michigan,” he said in an economic speech on Friday. “You know, the trees are the right height.” It was the second time in the week that the Michigan-born Massachusetts governor praised the relative growth of the state’s flora as one of his favorite features.

Observant eye there, Mr. Romney, all about measuring up a tree.. and it's not just Michigan, your observation about the trees elsewhere helps us flesh out all of our loves in life.

But eventually, the topic of birth control comes up, the debate over the nature of funding of birth control, and whether or not the government helping to support them.   Finally, all I could do was walk away humming.  

I just wasted time debating the American Monty Python Party.   Too bad it isn't nearly as funny.

Reminder from my comments, but oh so fitting, I'll just sit back and watch the Election Night Results:

The Sensible Candidate vs. the Silly Candidates.. wait, aren't they all silly?

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Originally posted to tmservo433 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:51 PM PST.

Also republished by DKOMA.

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