The World According to Gorp

Yesterday, Taranto picked it up. Today, el Rushbo talked about it. But readers of News and Views were alerted two days ago (h/t swamps) of the silliness and utter hypocrisy of Gore’s use of so-called carbon offsets to alleviate his own personal guilt for his own extravagant lifestyle, including the use of private jets, and the energy consumption at his Nashville mansion:

Gore helped found Generation Investment Management, through which he and others pay for offsets. The firm invests the money in solar, wind and other projects that reduce energy consumption around the globe…

As co-founder and chairman of the firm … he “buys” his “carbon offsets” from himself, through a transaction designed to boost his own investments and return a profit to himself.

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s wonderful that the former Vice President can afford to do whatever he wants to do whenever he wants to do it. This is still America. But, as is the case with many liberals who inherit their wealth, he feels enormous guilt for his fortunate financial situation, and to assuage that guilt, seeks to impose his guilt trip on the rest of us. If Gore wants to buy these so-called carbon offsets, I say, fine. Do it. But stop the sales pitch. The koolaid faithful of the environmental left are already on board, and if they want to play this game, then again, fine. But stop trying to impose your guilt trip, your “religion” on the rest of us who aren’t buying into your crisis, or into your solutions.

Doug Ross has a business opportunity for you aspiring entrepreneurs in the carbon offset game.


Since we’ve beaten up on the Goracle and the neo-moralists™ for several days now, please consider this to be an open thread to post links to other articles of interest, comment on any topic you want to talk about, except pron, spam, or stuff like that. And, since I’m not too keen on joining the 7-word crowd, please keep it somewhat civil…..heh. (just kidding, Chad).

See also, Angel’s Purim OTB

78 Responses

  1. I’ll say it again.

    Buying “carbon credits” makes absolutely no sense. It’s a feel good thing, made up by hippies. Utter stupidity!

    Comment by Robert D — March 1, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

  2. Just wait ’til the hippies get ahold of this. I commented on it yesterday but it seems to be spreading.

    And this Hellyer fellow is hysterical. He wants world governments to share technologies from alien crashes?

    Holy Mother! Are you trying to tell me that after building a ship capable of travelling the trillions of miles between stars, after avoiding singularities, cosmic strings, black holes, deadly radiation, rogue planets, comets, asteroids, proto-stars, and your odd space debris that they make it all the way to earth AND THEN CRASH?

    What in God’s name do we need technology that fails for?

    Thanks, but no thanks guys. If we want technology like that all we have to do is buy a Dell.

    Read the rest here It’s a hoot!

  3. Congratulations Nuke. I heard El Rushbo mention this today. And you are right. I was in and out of my car. Did he mention your blog?

    I think his research team are regular readers of your fine blog.

  4. After the blaze was extinguished, crews discovered metal and wooden boxes of ammunition for shotguns, small handguns and assault rifles.

    On Friday, sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives combed the house for evidence.

    Dozens of metal and cardboard boxes filled with ammunition for shotguns, small handguns and assault rifles sat in a driveway. Two of the assault rifles were illegal, Zamora said.

  5. carbon credits..yay a new buzz word for the Libs!

  6. Hit that button a bit early. The assault rifle ammunition? Was it stamped assault weapons only? Can’t any weapon be an assault weapon? Since ALL “assault rifles” are illegal in California, how come only TWO of those were Illegal? There is no law against owning ammo. California Laws suck.

  7. I want the State Of Jefferson!

    Here Is The 51st State

  8. Nah, he didn’t mention us, Mick. But if he’s looking in on us, “Hey El Rushbo!”

  9. America: You’ll miss it when it’s gone
    Don’t say Tony Blair didn’t warn you that you won’t like a world in which America has decided to become a self-centred spectator rather than a player. That day seems to be approaching, a response to the self-indulgent anti-Americanism that has become so fashionable in Britain and Europe.

    The American presidential election campaign is about to get serious, and sooner than usual, since about half of all the delegates to the nominating conventions of the Democratic and Republican parties will have been chosen less than a year from now. In the absence of the emergence of some dark horse, the Democrats will either nominate Hillary Clinton (the Rodham will be dropped for the duration of the campaign), a candidate of the centre-Left; the very-Left Barack Obama, his emollience and what passes for charisma these days concealing his 100 per cent liberal voting record and uncertain grasp of the issues; or the hard-Left John Edwards, a smiley version of shrieky Howard Dean. The Republicans will counter with John McCain, a hero intensely focused on defending America from Muslim jihadists, the Kremlin and a militarising China; or Mitt Romney, who is having some success wooing the Christian Right despite his Mormon religion, which many Christians consider a cult; or perhaps Rudy Giuliani, who aims to overcome the pro-abortion, anti-gun positions and urban lifestyle so unacceptable to the Christian Right by promising to appoint conservative judges.

    All are internationalists. But the circumstances in which they will be campaigning to succeed George W. Bush might well drive them towards a form of neo-isolationism that will be as pleasing to the jihadists as it will be to the Yankee-go-home crowds that are urging both Gordon Brown and David Cameron to distance themselves from the United States.

    By the time the two parties pick their candidates, Iraq will have been settled one way or the other. Either order will have been restored by the new ‘surge’, and more responsibility turned over to the Iraqis, or American troops will have failed in that mission, and been ‘redeployed’ to safe bases from which to witness the sectarian slaughter. Either way, American lives will no longer be directly at risk, as defence secretary Bob Gates promised just a few weeks ago. And either way, Americans will want no more of foreign adventures, at least for many years.

    Americans were calm in the face of Vladimir Putin’s recent reintroduction of the language of the Cold War, and even — if truth be told — somewhat amused. Suddenly, France and Germany had a bout of remembrance of cold wars past, and began to wonder if Yankee-go-home is the optimal policy. But no presidential candidate will dare ask voters who know that the French and Germans, not to mention the Spaniards and Italians, abandoned America in Iraq, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those countries if Russia decides to deploy its oil and gas weapons to bring European policies more closely in line with its wishes. Policy types with whom I have spoken say that if Europe is truly worried about Putin’s decision to hammer his shoe on their conference table in Munich, they should spend more on defence, as we Americans will be doing to shore up our ability to cope with terrorism.

  10. Sleep Deprivations Affects Moral Judgement.

    Guess that’s why I’m rather morally flexible.

  11. It’s a wonder you still have morals Swamps. 😛

  12. Tough crowd tonight.

  13. VDH Anatomy of Iraq I wish I had said it.

  14. Facts that ALL Americans should be aware of……And this is just in L.A.

    Subject: They are costing us billions…..

    Not everyone breaking into America is coming here to pick lettuce and fulfill the American dream.

    Here are some facts you should know:

    40% of all workers in L.A. County (L.A. County has 10 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This was because they are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card.

    95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

    75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

    Over 2/3’s of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

    Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.

    Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.

    The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

    Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

    21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.

    In L.A.County 5.1 million people speak English. 3.9 million speak Spanish (10.2 million people in L.A.County).

    (All 10 from the Los Angeles Times)

    Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops but 29% are on welfare.

    Over 70% of the United States annual population growth (and over 90% of California, Florida, and New York) results from immigration.

    The cost of illegal immigration to the American taxpayer in 1997 was a NET (after subtracting taxes immigrants pay) $70 BILLION a year, [Professor Donald Huddle, Rice University].

    The lifetime fiscal impact (taxes paid minus services used) for the average adult Mexican immigrant is a NEGATIVE .

    29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

    Just thought you should know.

  15. Well, I guess it’s just you and me Nuke. Here’s another semi-rant.


    1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

    2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

    3. Gun Lock: The original point and ‘click’ interface.

    4. Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.

    5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?

    6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.

    7. Free Men Do not ask permission to bear arms.

    8. If you don’t know your rights you don’t have any.

    9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

    10. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights reserved.

    11. What part of “shall not be infringed” do you not understand?

    12. The Second Amendment is in place in case they ignore the others.

    13. 80,000,000 legal firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

    14. Guns only have two enemies: rust and liberals.

    15. Know guns, know peace and safety. No guns, no peace nor safety.

    16. You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

    17. 911 – government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.

    18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

    19. Criminals love gun control — it makes their jobs safer.

    20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.

    21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

    22. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.

    23. Enforce the “Gun Control Laws” we have; don’t make more.

    24. When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.

    25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

    26. “.. A government of the people, by the people, for the people..”

    I agree with #23 except in California. We need to revoke a lot of laws here. most of us “Citizens of Jefferson” do not agree with Caliexico laws.

  16. Good ones, Robert D and Nuke!

  17. Hey!! We have company. Hi Swamps! 🙂

  18. 10 Nuke- I lived a large part of my life in europe during the cold war. Both my daddy and my husband know the fulda gap intimately. The truth is that the men in my life know the importance of the fulda gap because the euroweenies do too. The problem is that the euroweenies are too “pacified and enlightened” to bother with their own defense. But deep in that dark pit that they call a heart, they know how serious the menacing hoard is. They believe in, they count on, they stake their very freedom on the foresight of America. They sleep comfortably at night, secure in the knowledge, that we have sacrificed the blood of our youth to see that they remain free. I think that the problem is, without that history of desire, freedom remains a word. Like many Americans, I can trace my family’s military roots back to our founding. Many of my family serve today. Without that vested interest in freedom its easy to say “it’s somebody else’s job.” Unfortunately, America will continue to provide the bulwark of freedom’s defense. It’s our legacy.

  19. Somebody take away my refrigerator and eating utensils! They are making me fat!

  20. well said armybrat.

  21. Somebody take away my refrigerator and eating utensils! They are making me fat!

    Comment by SwampWoman — March 2, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    I agree swamps! And my total lack of will power. We can’t let that out though, it would be taking responsibility for ones actions.

  22. VDH Anatomy of Iraq I wish I had said it.

    Comment by nuke — March 2, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

    Looks like you weren’t the only one Nuke.

    Iraq: Where Leftwing Fantasy is About to Hit Reality

  23. Gotta love those Aussies! Nice pic nuke.

  24. Y’all need some cheering up tonight. Here’s some dancing Bollywood cowboys for ya.

  25. dang swamps, that was just….weird.

  26. Hee. Surreal to see your culture through another set of eyes, huh?

  27. Oh, you thought THAT was weird? Check out the Bollywood Thriller.

  28. surreal is right

  29. I think I talked to that guy last time I called DELL

  30. Yeah, I talked to that guy too when the wireless card wasn’t talking to the wireless broadband router. He said his name was “Steve”.

    /Maybe next time I can talk to Tex, Duke, or Clint.

  31. Okay, if you had a choice between watching French movies and Bollywood movies, which would you watch? (If nobody were looking to see how sophisticated you were.)

  32. tex was in the first video

  33. Here’s a good read…Michael Fumento explaining why he’s not embedded for the “surge”
    I can’t believe this is what Patraeus wants

    “I don’t belong to the mainstream media, and I assume that was the root problem. It’s okay for the AP to come in and claim four mosques were burned down that weren’t (the Washington Post said it was five, the New York Times said two), or that six Sunnis were horribly burned alive who weren’t, or for the Los Angeles Times to report that an airstrike that never occurred killed dozens of women and children. But when a citizen embed (albeit one attached to a magazine) wants in, he gets shuffled off to the lemon stand.

    In a guerrilla war, perception is more important than reality. For example, the Tet Offensive saw the Viet Cong crushed, but the media converted it into an incredible communist victory. When CPIC caters to reporters who put headlines before facts, who want to portray the war as hopeless, and who show the military in as bad a light as possible and then proceeds to shunt aside reporters with a track record for veracity and supporting the troops, it shows utter ignorance of this truism. Somehow I don’t think this was part of Gen. Petraeus’s plan.”

    Now that’s speaking truth to power.

  34. Well, since there are a very finite number of places to embed a member of the press in order to keep from endangering the mission/personnel, I suppose the people with the largest amount of readers/viewers will get preferential treatment.

  35. Hmmmm. Maybe I should contact the general, tell him about my blog called Raising Sheep for Dummies, and ask if he’d ditch Geraldo so I can ride along and blog about the role of sheep in Iraq.

  36. Wait, though, Nuke, you have a real blog except for when I get on. How about it, you want to see if you can get a ride in one of those convoys?

  37. Sigh. I’m the Lone Stranger again.

  38. CHIT! Hey Swamps, missed you again. I sit here all day, take a little break, and everyone wants to talk. Any one know about N2L? Is he busy today or has the allergies got him down?

  39. I know it’s late, so I’ll leave with this:

    Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you,

    Jesus Christ and the American G.I..

    One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.


  40. I ain’t asleep! I did, however, go out in a howling rainstorm to check to see if the blind ewe needed any help finding shelter but I left a light on so her lamb could lead her to it, if necessary. I went out and they were all nice and dry, so I slogged my way back in and am drying off.

  41. Dunno about N2L; when he isn’t here, I figure he’d out chasing wimmen and maybe catching one.

  42. “And, since I’m not too keen on joining the 7-word crowd, please keep it somewhat civil.”

    I’m not either, I just found it remarkable on the difference, and I really don’t know what accounts for such a large ratio. I just figured, what the hell. We’re not dumbf*%@s. Heh.

  43. Had to go get a blanket and wrap in it; guess it still might be winter even if it is March.

  44. Hello, Chad.

  45. Dang Swamps, I knew you weren’t sleeping, just missing you in passing. And about N2L 😆 . I read your earlier comment about the sleeping thing and made a smartass comment and you didn’t even send a hex my way. I’m crushed…

  46. Yeah…allergies…that’s what happened. 🙄

  47. Oh, right, allergies!

  48. Robert D, I’ll send a doozy of a hex your way. Look into my eyes….Nancy Pelosi makes perfect sense to you. She is a goddess among women….

  49. And that’s all I’m gonna say ’bout that. 😐

  50. I think I’ll go work on my allergies some now. (If I tug on ol’ curmudgeon-in-training N2L’s leg any harder, I’m gonna have to make a wish.)

  51. Yeah, she’s a goddess…a Harpy.

  52. I need food!

  53. Rush played the audio of Charlton Heston reading a chapter from a Michael Crichton book ‘Jurassic Park.’
    Here it is, and I had forgotten how beautifully written it was. Having ‘Moses’ read it makes it even more powerful.

    HESTON: You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity! Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There’s been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away — all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years. Earth has survived everything in its time.
    It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again. The evolutionary process would begin again. Might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It’s powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out. You think this is the first time that’s happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine.

    When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. Hundred years ago we didn’t have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can’t imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven’t got the humility to try. We’ve been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we’re gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.

    Rush Limbaugh.

  54. I need a siesta.
    Rich Venezuelans Flee Chavez…Head To Florida.
    **Finally, an hispanic nation exporting wealth instead of poverty.

    A Journalist Overcomes Fear of Guns.
    **See…that wasn’t so bad, was it?

    Sixteen More Iranian Guards Killed In Fighting.
    **A few thousand more to go.

    Fourteen anti-whatevers arrested.
    **Vegan coffee?

  55. Dang, N2L, you didn’t even cook your allergies some breakfast?

  56. I was watching “How that’s Made” this morning; watching robots perform intricate tasks perfectly over and over again, and reflecting about when I was in high school, high tech meant using an electric typewriter (and making transister radios in the electronics lab). (Heh. I picked my lab partner carefully…a guy in high water black slacks, a white shirt, and a pocket protector. Our radio was killer.)

  57. #56 Hhehehehehehe

  58. Thanks for the hex Swamps. With Bela kooking and sounding so good, the rest of the world is Fantastic!

  59. kooking? Must be my eyes….but it kinda makes sense.

  60. Fourteen anti-whatevers arrested.
    **Vegan coffee?

    Comment by no2liberals — March 3, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    Heh, what if they staged a protest and nobody gave a chit? I am wondering about vegan coffee though. That’s just weird…

  61. I mean…really. Is their any other kind of coffee?
    Maybe I’ve been missing out, mayber there is an All-Beef coffee, and I never heard about it.
    I guess I could hold a counter-protest, and wear a t-shirt.

  62. I was reading the article about the Venezuelans moving to Miami; all of those businesses moving here are our gain and Venezuela’s loss.

  63. I like that T-shirt!

  64. It’s tasteful, thoughtful, and sends a strong message, everything you could want in a t-shirt.

    As for the Venezuelans moving their wealth and businesses to the U.S., like I said, for once an hispanic nation is exporting their wealth here, and not their poverty…vis-a-vis Mexico.
    So I guess Hugo Chulo will have to create jobs and opportunities for the masses in Venezuela.
    /henh…let them eat cake

  65. Don’t let the rich guys fool you, there are plenty of poor Venezuelans (and Guatamalans, and Peruvians and Colombians, etc.) sneaking in across the Mexican border, too.

  66. Swampie…???…geez, that was my whole point.

  67. Sorry (looking all chagrined), guess I misunderstood.

    Here’s something that men should take at the first sign of chest pain:

    RICHMOND, Va., March 2 (UPI) — Erectile dysfunction drugs may protect the heart better before and after a heart attack than nitroglycerin, Virginia researchers said.

    “Erectile dysfunction drugs can prevent damage in the heart not only when given before a heart attack, as we discovered previously, but also lessen the injury after the heart attack,” said Rakesh C. Kukreja, a professor of medicine and chairman of cardiology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    The Virginia researchers studied two erectile dysfunction drugs — Viagra and Levitra — in animal models and found that both reduced damage to the heart muscle after a severe heart attack.

  68. Hunh.
    I may have to check on that stuff. It’s not like there isn’t any spam messages offering the pills or anything. Only a few thousand on this blog in the past few days.

  69. But….what is there for women to take to protect our hearts in the event of a heart attack?

  70. Probably chocolate.

  71. Oh that $20 Carbon Credit Bill is damn funny! Geez, that’s just great!

  72. […] box…so to speak. In this day and age of environmental activism, global warming hysteria, and carbon credits, I think I have the approach that would work: I would tell them that using SWO’s is like […]

  73. […] the box…so to speak. In this day and age of environmental activism, global warming hysteria, and carbon credits, I think I have the approach that would work: I would tell them that using SWO’s is like buying […]

  74. global warming info

    Just stumbled upon ur blog & hey wat a great blog u have! Keep up the good job.

  75. […] Nuke the North Pole? Posted on April 23, 2008 by nuke Phil Chapman is a geophysicist and astronautical engineer who lives in San Francisco. He was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut. He is also part of the “tiny minority” of flat-earth, knuckledragging, mouthbreathing deniers of The World According to Gorp. […]

  76. […] Phil Chapman is a geophysicist and astronautical engineer who lives in San Francisco. He was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut. He is also part of the “tiny minority” of flat-earth, knuckledragging, mouthbreathing deniers of The World According to Gorp. […]

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