Lunacy: Liberal Hates Valentines Day an ‘Environmental Travesty’

There always has to be one goofball out there hatin’ on our national holidays, doesn’t there? This time it is hate for Valentines Day and on the flimsiest, most ridiculous reasoning: it is an “environmental travesty.”

For the left-wing New Republic, columnist Jeffrey Ball was first out of the chute to slam Valentines Day with a Valentines Day eve piece uproariously entitled, “Valentine’s Day Is an Environmental Travesty The carbon costs of greeting cards.”

That’s right, if you buy a greeting card you are a destroyer of the planet. Talk about ridiculous hyperbole. In fact, with that logic, one can do nothing but live in a cave eating bugs and leaves in order to satisfy this green nazi.

The magazine also took to Twitter to scold anyone who falls for this evil, Earth destroying holiday saying, “If your other half bought you a Valentine’s card, be sure to say thanks for the 18.5 grams of CO2 it created.”

As tedious as his argument is, it is typical of the sort of Luddite nonsense we hear from the extremist greenies.

As Ball explains it, “it’s nuts to buy a piece of card stock, place it into a paper envelope, and give it to someone who (I love you, honey) will smile at it, stuff it in a sock drawer, and, almost certainly, never glance at it again. It’s even crazier to buy said piece of card stock, drive it to the post office, and have the U.S. mail truck it to an airport and then fly it to its destination.”

Why is this all so “nuts”? Because: greenisim, of course. Why those evil, evil cards have a giant “carbon footprint,” Ball says, and anyone who buys a greeting card–not just on Valentines Day–is guilty of destroying Mother Earf.

The fact that there is a greeting card industry at all tells Ball that “people are being less than honest when they tell pollsters they’re interested in making environmental tweaks in their lives, even tweaks that are easy and cheap.”

It’s all nonsense, of course. Greenies always seem to forget that trees are plants and can be regrown over and over again.

But this is all part and parcel to the hate for our culture that all leftists wallow in on a daily basis. After all, who could be against a day when people express their love for each other? Only a hate-filled green leftist, apparently, one who simply cannot stand it when others are happy even for the few minutes it takes to read a Valentines Day card.

In any case, one wonders if Ball was even being serious with his blather. Or, rather, was he looking for some way to be “different” and get eyeballs to his absurdity? Well, if the latter wasn’t his goal, he certainly succeeded in give us an absurdity.

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  • LiberalNightmare

    95% of all liberal politics is caused by adults who haven’t gotten over the time they were picked on in elementary school.

  • GarandFan

    Ball doesn’t appear to have a problem with his fellow greenies all flying off separately in private jets to some exotic location to hold a conference on global warming. BTW, did Ball DRIVE A CAR to work?

  • Lawrence Westlake

    The only real surprise in that story is that The New Republic still apparently is being published. That aside, leftism is a very severe mental disorder, not a political ideology. The only items leftists despise more than all things Americana are themselves.

    • jim_m

      Larry is like one of those random text generators you see as a gag. There are about 10 or so statements that he seems to randomly splice together to form most of his comments.

      • LiberalNightmare

        “All that aside”, I apologize that you had to read enough of LW’s comments to form that analysis.

  • alanstorm

    Typical Greenie Luddite. Doesn’t even notice the irony of posting about the “CO2 pollution” of a greeting card…via a server farm.

  • 914

    Liberals.. In other words no one sent Ball a valentine.

  • stan25

    Every issue of the New Republic uses at least one tree. I guess the people that works (I use that term loosely) there thinks that the paper they use is created out of whole cloth.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Their intentions are “good” so it doesn’t count. Just like Obama using the IRS to silence critics and US falling 13 spots to 46th out of 180 countries in press freedom really doesn’t count, ’cause it’s for the children, or something.

  • Tanuki Man

    “chute,” not “shoot.” Please.

    • deltamary

      TMan—ha— I like “shoot” best..

  • jim_m

    This gives me vastly more respect for Valentine’s day as a holiday. If there is anything that can make it better it would be making it an affront to leftist morons.

    Everyone should send Steve Crickmore a valentine so he can know that he is the cause of increased AGW.

    What a great way to tell someone that you hate them so much that you will hasten the end of the planet and everyone in it for their sake. While I’m out I think I will get one for Bruce too. 😉

    • SteveCrickmore075

      Thanks for the love jim. A travel advisory— with your firm opposition or denial of climate change, I would stay away from California
      The new Dust Bowl: ‘epochal’ drought hits California’s Central Valley
      Washington is finally waking up to California’s worst drought since the 16th century, but is it too little too late.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        No one denies climate change – it’s always changing. It’s CAGW that’s bogus. And now you infer that CAGW is causing the drought in California [btw, what caused the drought in the 16th century?]. Who can doubt your claim when CAGW has caused everything from AIDS to zoonotic diseases.

        • LiberalNightmare

          Its always changing …
          Changing from global cooling, to global warming, to climate change.

      • jim_m

        Wow, regional weather. I thought the this was about GLOBAL climate change. Also explain how last weeks assertion that both drought in California and record rain in the UK are caused by the same mechanism.

        Hint: Bald assertion is not an explanation.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Well, Jim, it does appear that the water shortage is indeed man-made. The eco-loons strike again:

          “They want to blame the drought for the lack of water, but they wasted water for the past five years,” said Nunes….

          “California’s forefathers built a system (of aqueducts and storage facilities) designed to withstand five years of drought,” said Nunes….

          Environmental special interests managed to dismantle the system by diverting water meant for farms to pet projects, such as saving delta smelt, a baitfish. That move forced the flushing of 3 million acre-feet of water originally slated for the Central Valley into the ocean over the past five years.

          • jim_m

            Kind of like how the communists drained the Aral sea. Everything that the left does ends up in destroying the environment, destroying people’s lives and destroying economies. And still they insist on blaming everyone but themselves for their failures.

          • The problem is that ‘good intentions’, such as saving the smelt, don’t always have good ways to implement them, or good plans for actually doing so.

            And even then – who gave the greens the right to decide for the areas that would actually be affected? Don’t they ever wonder where their food is coming from? (Well, probably not beyond how they buy it at Whole Foods.)

            Did they ever consider the effect on agriculture in the area? (Probably, but since they were ‘McFarms’ or ADM, it was probably seen as so totally the right thing to do because Frankenfoods.)

            Their idiotic concept of ‘sticking it to the man’ and ‘saving the planet’ ends up hurting everyone that eats. To them, wrecking an area is a small price to pay for that wonderful feeling of satisfaction they get when they ‘win’ on an issue – even if they’re destroying their own state’s economy.

          • jim_m

            You missed the fact that it is not just “saving the environment” (which in reality is merely shorthand for vainly attempting to freeze nature in an unnatural steady state) It is equally a war against modern society.

            The enviro left won’t be happy until developed society is destroyed. They oppose anything but subsistence farming and the worst of them believe that the world’s population needs to be forcibly reduced by deliberately starving millions. to the enviro left humans are “a plague on the earth” and our deaths are not just desirable but something to be contrived, if possible.

            Bruce sneers at the idea that the left would deliberately kill millions of people, but left wing ideologies like communism have already extinguished 100’s of millions in the name of advancing and protecting their agenda. The environmental movement including the warmists is no different.

          • Oh, I don’t disagree. To the enviro left, before humans came along the animals all lived harmoniously with each other, like in ‘Bambi’ – and only occasionally would one (either sick or elderly) sacrifice itself to feed a carnivore, who was properly appreciative and thankful to the rest of the herd.

            And then man came along and it all went to hell in a handbasket. I’ve encouraged a few to go the “Voluntary Human Extinction Movement” route, on the theory that if they don’t have kids, their offspring won’t reproduce either (lol) – I can only hope they didn’t pass their loathing of humanity along to any offspring they might have.

            You might find this interesting, regarding governments killing their own… The numbers are pretty well sourced, though the HTML is 1990s grade. China – 76 million from the 1920s to the the late ’80s. Total worldwide – well, poke around over there. It’s pretty depressing.


        • SteveCrickmore075

          this is the simplest explantion….
          The report, jointly produced by the U.K. Meteorological Office (Met Office) and the U.K. Center of Ecology and Hydrology, concluded that both Britain’s epically wet and windy winter and the unusually cold air over much of North America were linked to a persistent pattern of perturbations to the jet stream, over the Pacific Ocean and North America. The Pacific jet stream was deflected far to the north, bringing colder air south over Canada and the northern U.S. When this cold air entered the North Atlantic jet stream, the jet stream became stronger — about 30 percent stronger than is usual for December and January. The powerful jet stream set up conditions for active storm formation over the Atlantic and gave rise to a sequence of strong storms that battered the U.K.

          The changes in the Pacific jet stream, which set all of this in motion, were driven by a heavy rainfall over Indonesia and the tropical West Pacific that has its roots in higher than normal ocean temperatures in the region.

          And as for the drought in the far west…

          Back in 2004, Lisa Sloan, professor of Earth sciences at UC Santa Cruz, and her graduate student Jacob Sewall published an article in Geophysical Research Letters, “Disappearing Arctic sea ice reduces available water in the American west” (subs. req’d).

          As the news release at the time explained, they “used powerful computers running a global climate model developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to simulate the effects of reduced Arctic sea ice.” And “their most striking finding was a significant reduction in rain and snowfall in the American West.”

          “Where the sea ice is reduced, heat transfer from the ocean warms the atmosphere, resulting in a rising column of relatively warm air,” Sewall said. “The shift in storm tracks over North America was linked to the formation of these columns of warmer air over areas of reduced sea ice in the Greenland Sea and a few other locations.”
          Sloan was asked last year if she thought there was a connection between the staggering loss of Arctic sea ice and the brutal drought gripping the West, as her research predicted. She wrote, “Yes, sadly, I think we were correct in our findings, and it will only be worse with Arctic sea ice diminishing”.

          Much easier (you don’t have to make any attempt to understand or study the issue) but just believe that changes in weather that transform into climate, are caused by the invisible man in the sky with a magical wand or simply dismiss climate change as inexplicable.

          • LiberalNightmare

            << staggering loss of arctic sea ice …

            Is that the same missing arctic ice that trapped the research crew and the rescue boat for almost a month this winter?

            I think they found it.

          • jim_m

            Indeed, they found it in Antarctica. It seems that global warming is predicated on listing all the local or regional weather that supports their conclusions and ignoring the other half of the global that refutes it.

          • LiberalNightmare

            Actually, Im mistaken.

            I had confused the antarctic research group incident from Dec with this event in the arctic. –
            North West Passage blocked with ice – yachts caught


            Its more than a little funny that this happens so often.

          • jim_m

            from the link:

            The Northwest Passage after decades of so-called global warming has a dramatic 60% more Arctic ice this year than at the same time last year.

            So more than a little ironic that as the ice grows Steve maintains that the lack of ice causes all these weather effects. I wonder why the weather waited until the ice sheets were growing at such a fantastic rate?

            Then again maybe Steve is just spouting ridiculous bullshit.

          • LiberalNightmare

            Its almost as if Steve views global warming as a matter of …


          • Well, there’s your problem. Someone’s stealing icebergs from the North Pole and transporting them to the South. Just look for the massive tugs and bergs off the coast of California, they should be easy to spot!

          • jim_m

            You have not demonstrated that the drought in the western US is related to the rain in the UK.

            As soon as you start referring to computer models I can tell you that anything coming from those models is pure, unadulterated bullshit because those “powerful computer models” have failed to predict the actual global climate for the last 15 years.

            Trying to advance an argument based on computer modeling that has already been demonstrated to be bogus is not a winner.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            I can’t be more specific-at this time i’m not a climate scientist and am a little busy at this moment, other than to say the jet stream close to the US which is crucial to UK weather has been altered from the changing weather system to the east, including over the US, and north of the gulf stream. but … Generally, the wetter áreas will get wetter the drier áreas drier, the weather more extreme, with the changing currents, wind patterns, and atmospheric conditions.

          • jim_m

            “I am not a cllmate (sp) scientist”

            Nor are you a climate scientist or any sort of scientist at all. If you were you would understand that it is worthless to draw any conclusions from models that have already been proven to be inaccurate.

          • SteveCrickmore075
          • jim_m

            Yes dumbass. There may be more cold winters ahead but not because of AGW.

            As 134 climate scientists stated in an open letter to Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the UN

            We the undersigned, qualified in climate-related matters, wish to state that current scientific knowledge does not substantiate your assertions.

            The U.K. Met Office recently released data showing that there has been no statistically significant global warming for almost 16 years…Global warming that has not occurred cannot have caused the extreme weather of the past few years.

            The incidence and severity of extreme weather has not increased. There is little evidence that dangerous weather-related events will occur more often in the future. The U.N.’s own Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in its Special Report on Extreme Weather (2012) that there is “an absence of an attributable climate change signal” in trends in extreme weather losses to date….

            So much for your lies that there is some great consensus that AGW is real. It isn’t and real scientists are sick and tired of religious zealots like you taking the name of science in vain and substituting your fascist religion for truth.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Oh dear, what shall we do? No consensus on drought caused by CAGW. In fact, the latest infallible computer projections say California should get wetter, not drier [from the NYTs, no less]: “In fact, the most recent computer projections suggest that as the world warms, California should get wetter, not drier, in the winter, when the state gets the bulk of its precipitation. That has prompted some of the leading experts to suggest that climate change most likely had little role in causing the drought.”


          • Walter_Cronanty
          • Jwb10001

            So in other words the weather is subject to change, who knew?

      • Jwb10001

        Well with your slavish devotion to the church of climate change, I would stay away from the great lakes they are all nearly frozen over, no doubt from the excessive heat or something.

      • 914

        I would stay away from California simply because it is ran by lefty froots and nuts..

        • Most of whom were thrown out of one of the other 49 states…

      • Current drought conditions do not equal prior droughts seen here in my lifetime, crampless.

      • LiberalNightmare

        I’d go to California just to watch liberals try to drink hope and change, but all of the airports here are closed due to the 17 inches of global warming we received this past week.