I am constantly amazed at the speed and consistency with which our moonbat friends seize any opportunity to let us all know how much life sucks here in the U.S., or in Minnesota under a Republican governor. Also still amazing to me is how any self-respecting arm of the print media could help give a public voice to these confused and bitter souls. Then I remember I am reading the Star Tribune and my world makes sense again. Last week in the Twin Cities, we were experiencing a bout of bad air caused by an atmospheric inversion. Now only very loyal and regular readers of KAR will know that I am kind of a weather fanatic - I will go tornado chasing on occasion - and I have had just enough meteorology education (one class in college) to know that if I look out the window in the morning and it's raining, I should probably take an umbrella with me to the office. By virtue of that rudimentary schooling in the mechanics of our atmosphere, I have working knowledge of the concept of an inversion. An inversion happens when a relatively warmer layer of air overrides a relatively cooler layer of air, thereby trapping the cooler layer until a more potent airmass can shove the inversion away from the region. An unpleasant byproduct of an inversion is the inability of the local air to circulate and blow pollutants out of the area. This is not a common problem for us here in Minnesota. There are no geographic features like mountains that facilitate the regular occurrence of inversions, and we generally do not get warnings like the ones we had last week, telling us not to breathe for a couple of days until the air clears up. So what happens as soon as we do experience one of these weather flukes? Read this letter to the strib:
Earth to Bush
"We were again told on Wednesday to stay inside and not breathe the polluted air that hovers over and around us. Again, schoolchildren will have no recess and all of us will hurry inside as we go from place to place. Our polluted air is a great danger to those with asthma and breathing difficulties.
Why is President Bush putting such energy into a nonexistent problem (Social Security, which is not in trouble) rather than focusing on the real, urgent problems of air and water pollution?
It's time to cut dangerous emissions from cars and factories, to stop the flow of pollutants into air, the water and ground on which we all live.
Mr. Bush [what happened to the title of "President"?], please focus on these. That would be real leadership."
Joyce C. Bumgardner, Plymouth, MN.
Joyce, I will see if I can arrange for the world to stop so you can get off of it. It's obviously much too dangerous and terrifying a place for you.