Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Global Warming: Mystery Solved

Thank heavens for small miracles. The letter below was published April 16, 2007 in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and sent to me by a thoughtful relative.

It seems Mr. Connie Meskimen of Hot Springs, AR is the first among us to finally solve the riddle of global warming. I'm sure few will be surprised to learn that our "liberal Congress" is at least partly to blame (aren't they always?).

As with any good quest, the solution is always in the last place you look.

best

dk

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12 comments:

Robert McClelland said...

You're missing the real howler. "...an extra hour of daylight..." Oh my gawd, that's hysterical. I wonder how she thinks Congress managed to get the sun to shine for an extra hour per day. And if that's what she thinks, why isn't she terrified of their omnipotent power.

dk said...

She probably isn't terrified because they're liberals - lol.

Erik Abbink said...

What does this say about the Arkansas Democrat publishing a letter like that?

I see this all time, also in Canadian newspapers. What's wrong with the MSM, publishing letters that add not a single bit to public debate? Is this letter "news"?

Raging Ranter said...

You wouldn't stop to think that the author of that letter is just spoofing a "stoopid conservative Republican"? That she is maybe being just a little sarcastic? It's a poor sort of sarcasm; really not that funny; but no one ever accused progressive types of having a sense of humour. Anyone who takes that letter as a serious criticism of DST has forfeited the right to mock anyone else's intelligence.

You remind me of the people who fell for Andrew Coyne's column last December when he called for the government to subsidize Christmas shopping because it would be "good for the economy." Lot's of folks just couldn't believe how stupid he was for suggesting such a thing.

dk said...

I certainly hope she was spoofing! Fact or fiction, it was a great letter.

Erik Abbink said...

Spoofing or not, I just get really tired of newspapers printing any sort of junk; at least some clarification should have been given about the origins of the letter. There are still lots of people out there that will take any printed story for truth.

I see "stupid" letters in the paper all the time; I guess educated people are blogging these days; only stupid people still post letters to the editor :)

Anonymous said...

Actually, the author of this letter is a man.

Of all things, this guy's a lawyer (you can find his listing in FindLaw.com). I'm a lawyer myself, and I have often tried to explain to non-lawyers that lawyers are not necessarily bright... there is this mystique about law school that prevents people from believing it. People might not like lawyers, but they believe lawyers are smart. Now my point has been proved beyond all doubt.

dk said...

Thanks Anonymous for the gender correction. I've updated the post with your information. Regarding your contention that it's a commonly-held belief that lawyers are actually smart, well I'm not so sure about that! -- LOL (just kidding). Thanks again, A.

Holly Stick said...

If you check out the other letters he has written, at this link you will see that he seems to have a taste for satire. I think it's humour, not dumbness.

And there's nothing wrong with newspapers printing letters that are either dumb or humourous.

dk said...

Holly...

Thanks for the link to other pieces of satire by Meskimen. Good stuff. Like you, I also thoroughly enjoy humorous and contrarian letters and glad newspapers print them. The environmental debate can use a touch of humor these days. Thanks again.

the rev. said...

I suspect this has to be a satire, though the paper's editorial page editor should be slapped for headlining it as a letter on "global warning"

Erik Abbink said...

There's no lack in humour in papers, there's a lack of getting the story straight. I love humour, but please, get the story straight first.