It is a very common occurrence these days to have some radical climate change fanatic lecture us on how the planet is warming and how we desperately need to do something before civilization is totally burned up. Recently, a well-known up and upcoming star of the Democratic party made a bold claim that we only have 12 more years if we fail to act on climate change. So how many of you folks out there are kept up at night with that horrible thought in mind?
Just when I thought these fanatics might have a very valid argument, a funny occurred with our weather here in the upper part of the United States. Did it become historically warm for winter? Absolutely not! Quite the opposite happened; we experienced some of the coldest weather ever. Last week, actual air temperatures were roughly 50 degrees below normal with strong winds to boot thanks to a very strong Polar Vortex system coming down from Canada. Many schools were cancelled for several days last week due to the cold as were many businesses. Those conditions were extremely life-threatening. Unfortunately, several people lost their lives during this cold snap and after a brief warmup this weekend, more cold weather is on the way for later next week.
These cold weather outbursts have not been an uncommon thing in the most recent history. Last April, we experienced some historic cold temperatures along with an extremely rare blizzard in the middle of the month. Here I though global warming was supposed to eliminate those unpleasant weather occurrences but I guess I was wrong. If global warming is indeed happening, there is very little evidence if any at all, that it is happening here in Minnesota. From my own personal observation, I do not see any real noticeable changes in the weather from the past 20 years.
You can bet that these historic cold snaps will do little to shut up these fanatics who insist that the planet will burn up in the next 12 years. Now I am sure they will bring up some nice charts and graphs to better illustrate their points. Keep in mind that some of their numbers have been proven to be doctored and false. Furthermore, do you think some climate change scientist would risk their profession and his or her huge salary paid for by us to say that climate change is not occurring?
The next time some politician wants to combat climate change with several expensive tax payer programs which would ruin our economy, we need to ask for clear and precise proof that climate change or global warming is truly happening. Where I live here in Minnesota, it is far from happening. Maybe we should worry more about global cooling!
If you are a fan of the New Orleans Saints of the NFL, you must be in a deep state of outrage. A golden opportunity to make a trip to the Super Bowl was taken away by a very poor call by one of the officials. Had that pass interference call been made late in last week’s NFC championship game, the Saints would have had the ball inside the Los Angeles Rams 5 yard line with a first and goal and 1:41 left. The Rams did not have any time outs left so the Saints could have run the clock down to the end, call a timeout, and kick a short field goal. The chances of them winning the game had the call been made were probably 99 percent. However, the call was missed, and although the Saints kicked the go ahead field goal, the Rams had plenty of time to march down the field and kick the tying field which they did at the end of regulation. A few Saints fans are even suing the league over this missed call. But lets settle down all you Saints fans and look at the big picture. Sure that call will go down as one of the worst ever in NFL playoff history, but there were plenty of other chances to win the game and not have to depend on the ref making a game deciding decision.
I find it rather interesting that a critical missed call just prior to the Saints final possession was not also heavily discussed. The Rams had the ball inside the Saints 10 yard line when a face masking personal foul was missed by an official. It was equally a puzzling missed call that would have given the Rams the ball at the Saints 2 yard line, first and goal and a great opportunity for go-ahead touchdown that would have put the Rams up by 4 late in the game. That was a huge missed call which really benefited the Saints.
After the go-ahead field that put the Saints up 23-20 with 1:41 left , why could the Saints defense not stop the Rams from marching down the field to kick the game tying field goal? Their defense did not do their job late in the game. The Saints won the coin toss at the start of overtime and immediately turned the ball over. They had plenty of golden opportunities to win the game after that blown call and failed to do so. If you are going to blame the refs, fine. But why not also blame your own team for not capitalizing on several missed opportunities. Maybe those fans who are suing the league over that blown call should also sue the team as well. They are just as responsible for the loss as the officials.
I can certainly understand why fans get upset with officials when a call is blown in such a big situation in a big game. I would be outraged as well. But let’s remember those referees are not machines out there who will always make the right call. The game is moving so fast that missed calls will happened. It is part of the game. A championship team should be able to withstand a blown call to win a game.
Unfortunately, it is always the refs fault. Never look at how your team missed several opportunities to lock the game up. If the Saints fans and players want to know the real reason why they lost the game, they should focus on their beloved team’s inept play rather than the men in officials uniforms.
It is not uncommon for news stories these days to be filled with tons of negativity. Turn on your news and you will see exactly what I mean. On a typical newscast, you will probably see politicians fighting with each other or stories about horrific crimes. Lately, natural disasters have made the news with wildfires and hurricanes. If you are a pessimist, you might think the world is coming to an end. A story came out the other day which started as just another depressing news story and ended with a very happy ending that brought tears and joy to a number of people. A missing young teenage girl from Wisconsin was found safe a few days ago.
The story started about 3 months ago in a small town in Wisconsin about 90 miles from the Twin Cities. A man and his wife were found murdered in their home one morning and their 13 year old teenage daughter was missing in the aftermath. The story started as a huge local story and slowly gained national attention in the days after. Anytime you have a missing child, it is a very big deal. No trace of the missing girl was spotted. It was a huge mystery. Where was the girl? Like many folks, I just assumed that this was another story of a tragic child abduction that does not end well. In the last month, the story pretty much fizzled out.
Last week, the story resurfaced in a very dramatic way. The young girl was found alive in an area about an hour from the crime scene. She had escaped her captors and ran up to a woman who was walking her dog pleading for help. Authorities were called and the young girl, Jayme Closs is finally safe.
I think I joined many people, not only locally, but nationally in shedding a tear when this story broke. For a few months, many of us had been praying for Jayme’s safe return. Our prayers were answered! I am also inspired by how brave Jayme was in breaking free from her captors who killed her parents. That took a ton of courage and guts from such a young person. By the way, her captors are now in custody.
I know many of these similar stories do not always end up as well. Children are unjustly kidnapped everyday in this country and the world and many are lost forever or killed. This story just shows that the prayers can be answered and we can have a little bit of positivity every so often in this very negative world. I join many people in wishing the best for Jayme Closs. She is one special young individual.