This Cold One Is For You

My car thermometer reported -24F driving past the Budweiser brewery in Fort Collins this morning.

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92 Responses to This Cold One Is For You

  1. docfjs says:

    It’s just your imagination, Comrade. In the New Brave World order Cold is Hot and don’t question the ManBearPig again.

  2. Eric Simpson says:

    Just in time for the Rose Bowl / Parade…

    Freeze Warning for Los Angeles County San Gabriel Valley, CA

    In Pasadena the last time it snowed beyond a dusting was in 1948 I think. And then only in the foothills. No precipitation is forecast, but from the link:

    THE PASADENA AREA WILL SEE 3 TO 4 HOURS OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. .. [plus:] STRONG WINDS WITH GUSTS OVER 60 MPH WILL CONTINUE .. to pummel the thousands camped out in Pasadena for the Rose Parade, lol.

    • Gail Combs says:

      California was getting a warning for low elevation snow yesterday from the National Weather Service.





      Now it is

      Scattered light to moderate showers with graupel for the San Diego County valleys with isolated thunder. Precip ending in the Inland Empire and Santa Ana mountains. Showers in San Diego County with snow levels 2000 feet, locally down to 1300 feet. Strong gusty northeast winds in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

      Graupel is precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm (0.079–0.197 in) ball. It is called snow pellets , also soft hail.

  3. Quiet Desperation says:

    “More breweries” is a global warming solution I can support.

  4. Don B says:

    Denver set an all-time cold temperature for the date, according to Channel 9 this morning, with records going back to the 1800’s.

  5. Robertv says:

    Just survived a car crash . We are ok but the front part of the car has changed a little bit. Don’t know if my car thermometer still works.

    Happy New Year

    • rah says:

      Here’s to wishing you Robertv and everyone else will find next year to be better than this one in the most important ways.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Glad to hear you are OK.

    • Sorry for the car, Robert, and hurray for you! We don’t want your front part reconfigured.

      We wish you good health and better luck with the machinery in 2015!

      ¡Prospero año nuevo!

        • You argued with a truck?! I’m happy everyone’s OK.

        • Robertv says:

          I can see you’re an expert. Luckily it was a small one.

        • Not much of an expert but the sharply creased left fender and the damage on the hood indicate a collision with a higher sitting truck frame. About a meter further back would have been bad for the driver. I’ve survived a few accidents I didn’t cause and I always marvel about the fractions of seconds that decide the outcomes.

          You are right—this was a lucky way to have bad luck.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Yes those ‘fractions of seconds’ are lots of fun. Especially when you are sitting in a line of stopped cars and there is zero you can do about it. I had my first car accordioned between two others. The rear car had come over a hill at high speed and the stoplight was red. I had just put the last payment on the car loan into the mail a few minutes before.

          We have had a lot fewer accidents since moving south. I do not miss Boston traffic.

  6. tomB says:

    Washington post trumpeting fact that anchorage Alaska didn’t have a single below zero day in 2014 more cherry picking and hype about age

  7. Bulaman says:

    I my part of gods own we are having a run of +30 degree (C) days and it is as dry as a Hindi’s gym boot. No decent rain since June and the stock are running short of feed. Pattern very similar to 1985-86.
    Have a happy New year!

  8. nielszoo says:

    So, Budweiser Slurpees® or Michelob® Sno Cones?

  9. chuck725 says:

    I had no idea Budweiser had a brewery in CO.

    • Sharpshooter says:

      Oh, come now; Colorado isn’t THAT barbarian (though evidently it IS rather redneck). 🙂

    • Gail Combs says:

      Colorado is not Redneck, it is flooded with people from California. The Rednecks would just like them to go back to California so they can drink their beer (Coors) in peace.

  10. gator69 says:

    InBev must have installed a new CO2 sequestering unit.

    • A very fleeting sequestration, unless you burry the beer.

      • rah says:

        Well I’ll do my part and not crack a cap, tap, tab, or cork on any suds today. I won’t even drink my usual Jack Daniels and coke. Instead I think I will start with a snifter of Grand Marnier. Then later possibly move on to dry Absolute Martinis on the rocks with with Blue Cheese stuff olives. The only remaining excursion outside today will be to retrieve the trash cans and get the mail out of the box. Then I will sit down with my ex-fiance and just play some games and relax and fool around. So other than a fire in the fireplace and most probably some heavy breathing later in the evening, the CO2 emissions will be low today. You see 32 years ago today at the stroke of midnight I asked my Lady to marry me. And despite being away from home quite a bit in the intervening years I have missed only one midnight when I could not ask her again. So New Years means more than just a point in time and Auld Lang Syne to us.

      • Are you accusing Budweiser of producing beer? Shame on you.

        • rah says:

          It was only after a couple years after I got back from Germany that I could even think about drinking any of the American mass produced swill even when it was free and absolutely nothing else was available at a social gathering. Even to this day I only have the stuff in my house for guests.

        • philjourdan says:

          Go with the micro breweries – some are as good as German beer.

          And if you must buy Budweiser, buy the Czech beer.

        • A legend of the Bohemian Budweiser burghers says the only way to grasp the wretched ancestry of their beer is having at least six of them.

          I recall that after five the narrative became tolerable. After eight I understood everything.

          If you don’t believe it buy a case and sit down with the following passage:

          Budweiser Bier or Budweiser Bürgerbräu was (since 1802 and as trademark officially since 1899) the name for the beer and the administration of the “Bürgerliches Brauhaus Budweis” (German for “Civic Brewhouse Budweis”), which in 1795 was founded by the German-speaking burghers of the Bohemian city of Budweis in the Kingdom of Bohemia). In 1894, the official company name was “Die Budweiser Bräuberechtigten – Bürgerliches Bräuhaus-Gegründet 1795 – Budweis”.

          Since July 2001, the company is called Budějovický měšťanský pivovar a.s. (Budweiser citizens brewery), which corresponds to the original German name. The company uses German naming like “Budweiser Bier” also in Czech and English context, also stating that the hops comes from the “Czech city of Saaz (Žatec)” despite this city also has an old Czech name (Žatec).

          Since 2005, due to the legal situation, the brewery offers its beer in the USA as “B.B. Burgerbräu”, described as “Budweis City Bier” rather than “Budweiser beer”.

          Have a Happy New Year!

        • philjourdan says:

          I have 3 more to go to agree with you.

          But Happy New Year in case my eyes cross by then!

        • Stark, I know the brew is at most schwach dünnflüssig but it’s a travesty I can’t get a more collegial peer review!

          Here goes the correction:

          A very fleeting sequestration, unless you burry the swill.

        • Gail Combs says:

          “Are you accusing Budweiser of producing beer? “

          That is what Budweiser has all those great big Clydesdales for.

        • Mmm, yeah the Czech “Budweiser” is amazing stuff. I’ve seen it sold here as “Czechvar”.

        • Yes, it’s been marketed under that name for a few years now. It looks like an effort to create a permanent brand for America. I guess the Czechvar label is a play on the name they use over there: Budweiser Budvar (Budweiser Budbrew).

          These two beer-loving brothers compared Czechvar with Budweiser. They were not afraid to cast judgment on both brews (foul language warning):

          At 3:05 they sniff the beers and speculate about the King of Beers brewing method:

          “… some bum in an alley got hold of a pack of rice and boiled it over some wet cardboard and it soaked into the cardboard …”

        • philjourdan says:

          I only had it once, and then by accident. But it was good enough.

      • gator69 says:

        “You can never buy beer, you just rent it.
        – Archibald Bunker

    • This method is a tad more permanent but I haven’t seen any rainforest at the brewery yet …

      Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected

  11. Don says:

    Steve, can we get that in 0.1˚ readings. Maybe even 0.01˚ LOL

    BTW, on a Mac Option + K will get you: ˚

  12. Matt says:

    Looks like the good Lord above has a deep sense of humor. Ending the “mann-made” hottest year ever with record cold. To all of you all the best for 2015, especially for Tony!
    Rgds from Santiago, Chile

    • Gail Combs says:

      And here I thought the Good Lord was giving Pope Frank a ‘sign.’

      Since he has made it known he aligns the Church with those pushing CAGW, the weather has been rough, especially in his neck of the woods and his target, the USA.

      • Matt says:

        Your point & rightly said so. In a bigger picture however we may take this as annother example for the sense of humor the good Lord has…. It is the decision of the Catholic
        Church to try to fool him. My reading, only.
        Have a great 2015,

        • Gail Combs says:


          The good Lord would have to have a good sense of humor to deal with us humans. Otherwise he would have wiped us out a long long time ago.

  13. This thread is funny because breweries produce enormous amounts of CO2. I wonder why they can’t grow palm trees near the brewery.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Because all the pot plants are slurping up the CO2 instead.

    • nielszoo says:

      That’s not Mann made CO2, it’s made by all natural yeast so the Warmists will have to figure out how to tax and enslave yeast cells like people.

      • Gail Combs says:

        NAH, The FDA is just banning it.

        ….Then they came for the Roquefort

        Is there anything the government doesn’t ruin?

        …the FDA is out to regulate away our freedom to partake in French cheese:

        New FDA restrictions on the levels of harmless bacteria found in imported cheese have effectively banned a number of artisan French cheeses, including Roquefort, Morbier, and Tomme de Savoie…. new rules have resulted in holds even on super-safe Parmigiano Reggiano, and the risk of losing a costly shipment of a perishable commodity is likely to be enough to drive many European producers out of the market for export to America entirely. Highly praised artisanal cheese makers in the United States are facing shutdown as well….
        …..Even aged parmesan — which is about as safe as cheese can be — has come under scrutiny thanks to the ban.”

        It’s a sad state of affairs when we’re deprived of our right to cheese. Excuse me while I go toss this chunk of Roquefort into the Gulf in protest.

        Better enjoy toset good cheeses this evening. Because after tonight it will be nothing but Velveeta processed cheese product. Is the next step Soylent Green?

        • rah says:


          Sometimes……, well, lets just say that sometimes I get rather radical right wing fantasies about direct action and lets leave it at that.

          First they tried to come after my firearms. Then they came to dictate how my septic tank and laterals must be set up. Then they came to dictate how much water my toilet can use. Then they came for my incandescent light bulbs. Then they have worked so very hard to make my electric and heating costs go up. Then they made my health insurance rates sky rocket and as I write this my next grand baby that is obviously ready to come into this world is being made to wait despite the fact that her mother is so swollen on her right side with pitting edema that she can hardly move. All because of the new insurance rules. And then they say they their wanting to come after my Christmas lights. And now they want to take my Blue Cheese away and are instituting new regulations to bring the price of gasoline up again?

          BTW less than 1 year after making a major change in the hours of service rules the US DOT rescinded it as of the 1st of December. January of this year they instituted the 168 hour rule. The rule required that a driver could only reset his/her 70 hours of on duty time to zero hours used by taking a 34 hour break no sooner than 168 hours after the last 34 hour break began. It further required that the 34 hour reset time must include two periods of 01:00 to 05:00. Well the dumbasses didn’t figure on something any experienced truck driver could have told them. By doing that they were ensuring that more drivers would be driving during the high traffic hours a fewer during the lower traffic hours at night. Increased congestion = increased accidents. It’s just that simple and any one with a lick of common sense would have known that.

          Yes I do have fantasies sometimes.

        • The Dutch had a violent Bread and Cheese Revolt and the Israelis had a fierce Cottage-Cheese Rebellion.

          Are we not red-blooded enough to have at least a little Blue Cheese Insurrection within the established statutory framework?

        • philjourdan says:

          Those are not fantasies – they are realities.

        • Gail Combs says:

          “…..The rule required that a driver could only reset his/her 70 hours of on duty time to zero hours used by taking a 34 hour break no sooner than 168 hours after the last 34 hour break began. It further required that the 34 hour reset time must include two periods of 01:00 to 05:00….”

          WTF! They are idiots. All the 34 hr break was supposed to do was make sure you got a breather and were well rested instead of driving back to back for weeks on end without a decent break.

          Now they are regimenting exactly WHEN a driver can drive and when he can not? What the heck does that do to the team drivers?

          What next national schedulers for the entire US fleet…
          (I should not give them ideas.)

          Maybe you should get a Mexican CDL.

        • rah says:

          Well Gail this one will get you to. When they came out with the 168 hour rule they also instituted another rule requiring a 1/2 hour kindergarten nap time. A driver must log a .5 hour break between the 3rd and 8th duty hour and cannot work over 8 hours without taking that break. That one still remains in effect. DOT wants truck drivers to be more like government workers it seems.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Doesn’t our government’s concern for you make you feel all warm and squishy? Like a dirty diaper? You know the one they must think we all are wearing.

        • nielszoo says:

          Resistance is futile. There are too many of these stories to link separately so have a gander at the search results for the terms “pasteurized milk swat team raid” click the “images” link upper right as well for a really depressing start to the new year. No wonder cops are getting a bad rep.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Niel, They also raided Church bake sales in PA under the guise of Food Safety.

          I started my road to discovering just how corrupt the US government is with the targeting of our food supply. The MAD SHEEP saga was one of the trial balloons to see if the USDA could get away with terrorizing farmers and US citizens.

          More on the Raw Milk Story

          April 26, 2010

          On April 26, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted its response to a lawsuit filed earlier this year by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF). The FTCLDF lawsuit claims that the federal regulations (21 CFR 1240.61 and 21 CFR 131.110) banning raw milk for human consumption in interstate commerce are unconstitutional and outside of FDA’s statutory authority as applied to FTCLDF’s members and the named individual plaintiffs in the suit. In its answer to the complaint, FDA made its position on the issue of ‘freedom of food choice’ a part of the public record. FTCLDF has until June 14 to file a reply to FDA’s response.

          The agency has long opposed ‘freedom of food choice’ but its response to the FTCLDF complaint represents FDA’s strongest public statement yet on the freedom to obtain and consume the foods of one’s choice.

          FDA’s Views on Freedom of Choice

          Here are some of FDA’s views expressed in its response on ‘freedom of food choice’ in general and on the right to obtain and consume raw milk in particular:

          “Plaintiffs’ assertion of a new ‘fundamental right’ to produce, obtain, and consume unpasteurized milk lacks any support in law.” [p. 4] [Note the view is unless the government allows it, ‘the right’ is banned. This is the exact opposite of what the Constitution say.]

          “It is within HHS’s authority . . . to institute an intrastate ban [on unpasteurized milk] as well.” [p. 6]

          “Plaintiffs’ assertion of a new ‘fundamental right’ under substantive due process to produce, obtain, and consume unpasteurized milk lacks any support in law.” [p.17]

          “There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food.” [p. 25]

          “There is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds.” [p. 26]

          “Plaintiffs’ assertion of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families’ is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.” [p. 26] [In other words the government OWNS us]

          FDA’s brief goes on to state that “even if such a right did exist, it would not render FDA’s regulations unconstitutional because prohibiting the interstate sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk promotes bodily and physical health.” [p. 27]

          “There is no fundamental right to freedom of contract.” [p. 27]


          That is a very revealing statement by the US government. There were others that showed up during the ‘Food Fight’

          The MAD SHEEP SAGA
          USDA asserts in Court, “The farmers have no rights.” That is from a quick Time Line from the book “Mad Sheep” by Linda Faillace.

          Linda Faillace wrote a more fleshed out time line HERE.

          Of particular note is this:

          In 1990 Linda and Larry Faillace and their 3 children moved to England from the US after Larry completed his PhD in animal physiology. Larry was offered a position at the University Of Nottingham School Of Agriculture and they jumped at the chance to live and work overseas. Linda worked at the University as secretary to Professor Lamming, a well-known researcher in the field of Mad Cow disease. Linda learned a great deal about the disease and planned to continue researching it upon their return to America. [In other words these people were experts in Mad Cow disease.]

          …..Linda heard that there was more information at the USDA and used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request data from the USDA. Two weeks after the request, the FOIA revealed four hundred negative results on sheep, including additional negative tests on the four sheep that Rubenstein and the USDA claimed were positive!

          Larry and Linda spent hours in Davis’s conference room poring over the 1,116 pages of documents and learned:

          * In June of 1999 Mr. Freeman gave sixty-five animals (including the infamous four) from his flock of more than 250 to the USDA.

          * If American cattle are negative by histopathology, nothing else is done, but when European sheep test negative, the USDA goes to extraordinary measures to keep testing, attempting to find a positive, and if all else fails, the USDA will concoct positive test results in order to justify their actions.

          * From the four hundred test results they ascertained that the USDA killed Mr. Freeman’s lambs in June of 1999 and sent the brains to NVSL, where they were tested using histopathology and IHC. NVSL tested tissue from the exact same area of the brain that Rubenstein did. All animals tested negative.

          * The third eyelids were extracted and sent to Dr. Katharine O’Rourke, who tested all of them in August of 1999. Every single one was negative.

          * When all this testing was completed, the remaining tissue was then thrown in a freezer where it began to autolyze (enzymes within the cells begin the process of self-digestion).

          * Finally, when the Faillaces refused to give in to the USDA’s demands to hand over the sheep, they sent the freezer-burned samples (which were now a year old) to Rubenstein, who contrived four false positives using extremely shoddy testing [Using a new ‘method’] and then claimed he could not run any further tests because he had disposed of any remaining tissue samples.

          Finally years later the last of the story is told. The Sheep killed and the straws of frozen ram semen destroyed was all for nothing. The sheep did not have the disease AND THE USDA KNEW IT! USDA Treachery Proved!

        • Gail Combs says:

          The other early trial balloon against farmers was carried out on a former DEA agent of all things!
          The Henshaw Incident:

          Unfortunately Walter has shut down that blog but it might be on the wayback machine
          The following is still up but doesn’t carry the details.

          Cindi Henshaw was actually on line posting to the NoNAIS site during her house arrest and later nearby members of the board went over to investigate the story. Again the government was so far out of line it was jaw dropping.

          Here are some snippets I copied at the time.

          The behavior and health of the pigs was not consist with the disease. [The sows abort and pigglets are unhealthy and listless. The Henshaw pigglets were too fast for the Agents to catch.] Pigs were NOT listed on the law cited.

          Gladstone, Virginia: “I am sitting here at 1:00 am, and trying to figure out what has happened to our little farm. Last Tuesday morning at 5:30 am a Game Warden arrested my husband on a Class 2 Misdemeanor for having a mammalian shooting enclosure without a permit. That was followed by agents from the USDA swooping in (9 different vehicles) and beginning the slaughter of our hogs. It is almost one week later, and it is still going on. We have 24 hour armed surveillance, we are not allowed on our preserve, we are not allowed to do our own testing, and they have killed 2 of our pet hogs that we had in a totally separate pen [separately deeded property not on warrant]. We are in shock. My husband has had a hunting club for 11 years and out of the blue, our lives have been taken over and our rights taken away. WE are being treated like drug dealers by the agents. The Game Wardens are stunned at the way this all happened and have said they have never seen anything like this. Even one of the USDA’s agents from Ohio said he has never witnessed anything like what is going on here. Any advise?” Cindi Henshaw
          Comment Cindi — September 18, 2006

          Just to say several us from Amherst County went down to the Henshaw’s yesterday evening(October 2,2006) to give our support. We can confirm Cindi’s comments in message 83 about an agent coming to the door. We heard him tell Danny about the small footprints, leaving a bag of corn for him to feed the hogs and that they would be back.
          Early this morning a friend and I rode to the Henshaw’s. We were there when a game warden came in and drove to the reserve gate. He turned around went back down the driveway.
          I walked out to the gate for the reserve just to see for myself. It had a chain lock on it. If it is a quarantined area why didn’t I see any quarantine sign, do not enter sign, warning tape, etc.?
          Very shortly the game warden and a man in a truck with U.S. government plates came up the drive and to the reserve gate. They stayed very briefly and left.
          The holding pen for the 2 pet pegs was very clearly not connected to the reserve.
          The NAIS and Congress Robert Goodlatte’s support of it provoked a group of us to circulate a petition to get me on the ballot for Virginia’s 6th Congressional district. Those of us involved are doing everything we can to use the campaign forum to educate on the perils of NAIS.

          I am a retired magistrate and am having a real hard time getting my head around why Danny was arrested to begin with. Rather than a warrant a summons could have been issued which would have given him a court date and not required his arrest. Also, second class misdemeanors can be permitted (sign for with promise to appear on a certain date) or not permitted which require an arrest and being taken to the magistrate for a bond hearing. What was said to the magistrate to make this type of warrant be issued is very perplexing to me
          Comment Barbara Jean Pryor — October 3, 2006

          This is very important. The Government Authorities hauled off the bodies of the hogs, who were a ‘health risk’ leaving a large bloody trail going down the road.

          Our State Vet in Vermont sent me the link for the APHIS Pseudorabies Eradication State–Federal–Industry Program Standards.
          Two points that I can see that VA did not follow.
          *Official pseudorabies herd-cleanup plan: A written plan to eliminate pseudorabies virus from a swine herd. This plan is (1) developed by an official pseudorabies epidemiologist in consultation with the herd owner and his or her veterinary practitioner, when applicable; (2) mutually acceptable to those parties; and (3) approved by the State animal health official.
          [HA! They failed that one]
          *Have undergone a 30-day depopulation with appropriate cleaning and disinfection. [Disinfection? What’s that?]
          Comment Henwhisperer — October 5, 2006

          The USDA is STILL here on our property. After 3+ months they have not been able to kill/catch the 100 pigs on our 100 acres. Mind you, this is our governments’ finest. They have sent special trained sharpshooters in, used professional catch pens and had over three months…and are not able to get the job done…

          So, just for posterity…the USDA and their cohorts took over 7 months to end their command of our personal property. We, of course, must continue to pay our personal property taxes on land that we had no rights or access to….

          Then there was the trial with an idiot lawyer named Norman.

          ….The person that Dan had to talk to after, really had an ego attitude for sure. We noticed it when we were in the courtroom. Danny came out with his blood pressure about to explode.. This gal, I guess, treated Dan like a common criminal asking all kinds of personal questions and telling him he would have to be drug tested, go for counseling, report to her every two weeks and all kinds of unnecessary things, which in fact did not apply to his case. According to the Judge, all he had to do was arrange payment of fines by 01 June, 2007….

          While we were talking to Norman, he pointed out the laws that were sited on the original warrant. ( there were several quoted on the original papers) and Norman found, after a great deal of study, there was no law at all that pertained to this case, especially how it was carried out with no notice or warning to correct the problem, if in fact one existed. Basically the bottom line is Danny was convicted on laws that do not even exist. SO MUCH FOR JUSTICE….
          My personal thought is this: The Powers to be, can take any written law and mold it to suit their own purpose, especially when they know that the way this whole event was carried out, was WRONG. Even the Deputies outside the Courtroom (Sheriffs) agreed that it was all wrong and should have been handled a lot different, too late for that HUH?…

          I do not save the specifics but someone on the board had papers on the case of interest to the government so their car was broken into and the papers stolen. Also someone else who had gone to see the Henshaws reported the Agents left the place a mess leaving food wrapers and toliet paper and human feces.

          YUP, this was ALL about health and safety….

        • rah says:

          philjourdan says:
          January 1, 2015 at 12:01 am

          Those are not fantasies – they are realities.
          My fantasies are about what I would like to do in response to those realities Phil.

      • Gail Combs says:

        This is not only going to hit the imports but all the micro dairies so beloved of the snobbish left. It may also hit their micro breweries and wineries.

        You want to see a revolt, take the high class wine and cheese away from Occupy Wall Street crowd!

  14. lance says:

    warmer weather arrived in Southern Alberta, currently 32 F, so i’ll take it, just yesterday we were at -15F…however, cold is coming back as the front shifts back to the west of us, putting us back into cold….

  15. R. Shearer says:

    Some people (climate scientists) like to place their thermometers in the tailpipe. It’s a lot hotter there.

  16. philjourdan says:

    Now that is taking putting the beer on ice a bit too literally!

  17. Stephen Richards says:

    and why are you not using the thermometer on the front of your bike, Tony ? 😉

  18. Gail Combs says:

    ….about 300 cars were stuck on Highways 330 and 18 in Big Bear as snow began piling up from the storm, said California Highway Patrol Officer Marcelo Llerena. Between 150 and 200 cars were towed off the road and will have be picked up later by their owners….

    ….“I live in SoCal right now, and it is a mess!” says Shan. “Thirteen miles of cars on HW 38 stuck. Another 130 motorists are stranded on HW 138, and are currently being rescued by snowcats, to be relocated to a shelter. The desert is getting snow, and we’ve heard they may even get snow on the Vegas Strip. The snow levels are incredibly LOW.[in elevation]
    Ice Age Now

    I wonder if California governor Moonbeam Brown is going to make a statement about the snow?

    (Governor Moonbeam signed a bill into law that not only redefines marriage, but eliminates any reference to husband and wife, replacing each with the generic term of spouse.)

  19. matt says:

    happy new year 🙂

  20. markstoval says:

    I would like to defend Gov. Moonbeam. No, really I would. But all I could come up with in his defense is that he seems very sincere in his delusions. (sorry, that is all I have)

    Some here who know me a bit might ask, “why did the market anarchist decided to try to defend Gov. Moonbeam?” That is a fair question, so I’ll attempt an answer.

    Gov. Moonbeam is a hopeless dolt, but you have to compare him to other politicians to be fair. It does no good to compare him to regular citizens (as doltish as they may be). But Moonbeam’s greatest fault might be summed up by the following Mencken quote:

    Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant.
    — H L Mencken

    Gov. Moonbeam is certain that his policies will make for a better world. Totally positive. And that is a great danger to the populous.

    And with that, a happy new year to all my truly civilized friends. (the skeptical and tolerant ones)

  21. markstoval says:

    “The essence of science is that it is always willing to abandon a given idea for a better one; the essence of theology is that it holds its truths to be eternal and immutable.” — H L Mencken

    The idea that CO2 controls our climate or weather is religion. It is time to ditch that fantasy and get back to doing science.

  22. ren says:

    Forecast for North America is still unfavorable. Polar vortex will remain shifted, allowing the flow of air from the Arctic to the south.

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