Gut Rumbles

February 26, 2006


I frequently rant about idiotic environmentalists and how totally delirious most of 'em are. I get tired of the "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!" alarms and the "Let's Save the Planet" pomposities they spew. They behave a lot like religious zealots, in MY humble opinion, and religious zealots scare me. Environmentalism isn't a science anymore--- it's a cult.

I'm not suggesting that all environmental laws are crazy--- just most of them--- and I'm not advocating uncontrolled pollution of the planet. But I AM wondering why so many people answering opinion polls claim that "the environment" is VERY important to them while we still have a litter problem in this country.

I don't litter. Oh, I may flick an occasional cigarette butt or a freshly-picked booger out of my car window while I'm driving, but that's about it. I never throw trash on the side of the road. That's what garbage cans are for.

But other people damn surely do. A LOT of other people. Recently, I had a guest from the frozen north who commented several times on the amount of trash scattered along the roads here. I couldn't deny it and I couldn't defend it. But the truth is, I really hadn't noticed it until my guest pointed it out. The roads had always looked that way.

That's what chaps my Cracker ass when I read a story about how 68% of the people favor some ridiculous small-particle emission regulation in the name of "clean air." Fuck small particles. You want to do something to REALLY improve the environment? Stop throwing your got-dam trash on the road.

I am thoroughly convinced that most people favor environmental regulations for three reasons: they don't understand them, they think the rules don't affect them, and they believe that it's a sign of deep spiritual wisdom to be "for" the environment. Ignorance is bliss.

If a vast majority of Americans really took environmentalism seriously, we wouldn't have so many MacDonald's wrappers and empty beer cans decorating our roadsides. It takes a lot of sorry, worthless bastards to make that kind of mess, and we seem to have no shortage of those in spite of laws against littering.

Littering, hell---it's pure vandalism to me.

In the end, that's what's gonna styme the environmental cultists. They'll lose the fat, dumb and lazy once those people realize that THEY may have to modify THEIR behavior to comply with a new commandment regulation. The natives will get restless then. You can't expect people who throw trash on the highway to follow any law that requires effort on their part.

The government is supposed to do that.


If environmentalism started costing people notable money -- like say a pollution tax on cars -- it'd end real fast. People would stand up and say "Oh hell no you don't." It would have to be significant and sudden to get attention, though.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on February 26, 2006 10:16 PM


You greedy shit. Is not one title enough for you?

Posted by: Elisson on February 26, 2006 10:19 PM

Out here it's Wal-Mart bags. The frickin' things are everywhere.

You're missing an important economic indicator here. There's no empty beer cans on the roadsides out here. The po' folks scavange 'em to sell 'em for recycle. If there's empty aluminum cans littering up your neighborhood, you must live in a RICH area.

You should be taxed more, huh?

Posted by: Richthofen on February 26, 2006 10:22 PM

absolutey right. the wacko's who throw trash out their window should be horsewhipped...

Posted by: stratguy on February 26, 2006 10:47 PM

Welp, I drive the rolling garbage can.

Just ask my kids. Got garbage? Throw it in the back seat.

When it gets full, trust I know when to turn into the nearest car wash.

Just saying:)

Posted by: Gina on February 26, 2006 11:05 PM

When I blogged about the litter down there, I had commenters from the south explaining it as hurricane/strong wind problems. One commenter even said if I thought that was filthy I shouldn't go to Alabama. It's sad.

Posted by: livey on February 26, 2006 11:46 PM

Same dumb shits that shoot holes in stop signs or throw empty beer bottles at mail boxs'. This nation has gone from a nation of hard work, self motiviated, proud members of the world communtiy to a nation of stupid, whinning ass piss ants who want the goverment to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. The rise and fall of the United States Empire is in the making.

Posted by: james old guy on February 27, 2006 07:00 AM

Most environmentalist-whackos are fags.

Posted by: TomCat on February 27, 2006 07:06 AM

Freshly picked boogers. All this time I thought those things clinging to my windshield were just tiny flecks of dust and dirt from the pavement.

Posted by: dogette on February 27, 2006 09:54 AM

Around here where I live, the litter problem waxes and wanes with the season. Right now - late winter - is the worst time because there has been a lot of trash buildup through the winter months and there have been no road crews/chain gangs out picking it up. Plus, there's no vegetation to cover it. Come May, there will be crews out and the situation will be much improved.

Now - Am I excusing the assholes and dumbshit litterbugs who are causing the problem? Hell no! I wish the politicians would get off their asses and tighten up the penalties for littering. There's no good excuse for littering - even a little bit. I don't throw gum wrappers or cigarette butts or anything out the window of my car.

Rob, I agree with you almost 100% with my only quibble being those damn cigarette butts. If you want to see an unholy mess, just glance at the ground to your left next time you're stopped at a stop sign. There will be thousands of butts littering the ground right there.

But the usual small litter isn't the only problem. There's also a problem with large junk items such as old matresses, appliances and tires. I can't tell you how many beautiful vista's are ruined by the junk that gets dumped along country roads and pitched over hillsides around here. Again, I'm not excusing the asshole who do it, but one of the biggest reasons for that scourge is that the government, through its regulations, has made it very difficult to get rid of those items in a legal way.

Posted by: Roy on February 27, 2006 10:20 AM

That was one thing I noticed the last time I went to Ft. Benning- loads of garbage alongside the roads, but very little road kill. Strange! And you have people living in the overpasses in Atlanta!

Posted by: Raging Mom on February 27, 2006 11:33 AM

Judging from the litter in my front ditch, I live one beer away from somewhere.

Lotsa rednecks drive down that road every day on the way home.

Posted by: PawPaw on February 27, 2006 11:46 AM

"Some people have a deep abiding respect for the natural beauty that was once this country...and some people don't. People start pollution. People can stop it."

*crying Indian who is actually an Italian guy*

Posted by: Stevie on February 27, 2006 11:58 AM

What gripes me, and I live in NYC, is all the people I see walk away from a Burger King or a McDonald restaurant eating their lunch and just drop the papers on the sidewalk as they walk. They will even be 5 feet from a big trash container and they will drop it right where they are and just keep walking. What also gripes me is that so many of them are not even from the neighborhood. Result is that we have trash blowing all over the place.

Also get a lot of stuff tossed out the window from the cars passing. I usually help the landlord put the garbage out twice a week. Every time we end up picking up the bags of litter and bottles from the front yard - and the front yard is about 10 ft wide and 15 feet deep. The trash cans are right at the end of the yard but these jerks can't be bothered to put the stuff there.

Third gripe is the bus stops. People will drink a bottle of soda (pop) and then just drop the bottle. If it breaks, so be it. There are trash cans right there but these idiots can't be bothered to take a step and go to the can to drop it in. Result is broken glass all over the sidewalk at almost every bus stop and a lot of it gets kicked into the street there.

I often wonder if these people treat their own homes the way they treat the outdoors. My mother was not real picky about leaving stuff around but if any of us had treated the indoors like these b**tards treat the outdoors, we would have been handed our heads and a broom to clean it all up.

Posted by: dick on February 27, 2006 04:36 PM

Acidman, my dear. Real environmentals don't litter. Trashy, ill mannered slobs litter. I doubt the people throwing their garbage out of their cars are concerned about climate disruption.

Litter pisses me off too. If I catch somebody doing it I say something. When I lived in lovely downtown Noho, I was standing on the sidewalk once and a car full of Puerto Ricans pulled up to the curb and dumped their empty fast food bags on the curb right in front of me. There was a trash can about three feet away. I let them have it for trashing up my town. I thought I might get beat up for a minute but the young, well dressed girl in the front seat picked up the shit and put in the can before I left. I'm sure all those Spanish curses they were shouting as they drove away all loosely translated to crazy bitch.

Posted by: Libby on February 27, 2006 06:12 PM

Boogers, shmoogers. I live within olfactory distance of a sewage treatment plant (aka The Doodie Factory). My life smells like shyt. Especially when a strong zephyr blows in the direction of my house. So I don't wanna hear it.

Posted by: erica on February 27, 2006 07:18 PM

Boogers, mucous is biodegradable. But about those butts...

As a young airman, I--along with various others on the bottom of the military totem pole--was often tasked with trash pick-up detail. Cigarette/cigar butts were the bane of our existence.

Additionally butt-tossers are often the culprits in forest fires, so stop that! :-)

Posted by: Juliette on February 27, 2006 08:41 PM

The saying is "put litter in its place", well it wouldn't be litter unless it was on the ground.

Posted by: Otis on February 27, 2006 10:09 PM

People should not liter, but what can you expect from ignorant people. Maybe the fines for litering should be increased and strictly enforced.

Posted by: Kevin on February 27, 2006 10:13 PM

Yeah man, I don't like the metric system either...

Posted by: Stevie on February 27, 2006 10:25 PM

So, let me get this straight. Your cigarette butts and boogers are okay to throw out the window, but other peoples trash are not? What made you the Gotdam judge of what is pollution and what isn't? Why don't you take the lead and stop producing garbage outdoors for everyone else before you start judging who is a sorry, worthless bastard you hypocritical sumbitch? By the way, you better get your shit together before you come to Austin. Don't Mess With Texas!!! We don't put up with your crap here.

Posted by: Don'tMessWithTexas on February 28, 2006 02:51 AM

My daughter and son-in-law are rabid anti-smokers (although the occasional cigar is deemed acceptable) I smoke cigarettes still but not inside my house and certainly not in theirs, or anywhere else that might offend anyone with my second-hand smoke. I DO still smoke in my car when alone, and since my model came sans ashtray I was not above the occasional butt flick myself. However my SIL gets SO incensed at that habit that when he went to Iraq, my bargain with the powers that be was that I would keep a butt can in my vehicle and that every butt I didn't toss was a bullet SIL would dodge. And now that he is finally home safely, I find that I like the habit and will keep it up. I REALLY hate the sight of cigarette butts on the ground ANYwhere, and have done my share of GI-ing campgrounds and beaches, and am fanatical about keeping the results of my nasty habit as much to myself as possible Okay, hundreds of lbs of butts in the landfill ain't good in the long-run, but better there than in the sewers/oceans. I've done underwater clean-up along some of our beaches here and it's infuckingcredible what kind of crap (literally as well as figuratively) people will throw into the water. Face it, we're pigs as a race and deserve nothing better than to drown in our own shit . I LOVE to see the guys (and gals) in my DUI groups doing community service and having to pick up trash along the roadways -- think that's appropriate and sure makes the roads look better. But bottom line is we'd all better learn to police our own shit, and train our kids, cuz at this point it looks like the pigs are winning (and that's an insult to some of the best animals around!!)

Posted by: Marianne on February 28, 2006 03:15 AM

This is like way way long........

Source link at bottom.

Earth Day's Anti-Human Agenda
By Michael Berliner | April 22, 2004

Earth Day dawns on us today, and with it a grave danger faces mankind. The danger is not from acid rain, global warming, smog, or the logging of rain forests, as environmentalists would have us believe. The danger to mankind is from environmentalism.

The fundamental goal of environmentalism is not clean air and clean water; rather, it is the demolition of technological/industrial civilization. Environmentalism's goal is not the advancement of human health, human happiness, and human life; rather, it is a subhuman world where "nature" is worshipped like the totem of some primitive religion.

In a nation founded on the pioneer spirit, environmentalists have made "development" an evil word. They inhibit or prohibit the development of Alaskan oil, offshore drilling, nuclear power--and every other practical form of energy. Housing, commerce, and jobs are sacrificed to spotted owls and snail darters. Medical research is sacrificed to the "rights" of mice. Logging is sacrificed to the "rights" of trees. No instance of the progress that brought man out of the cave is safe from the onslaught of those "protecting" the environment from man, whom they consider a rapist and despoiler by his very essence.

Nature, they insist, has "intrinsic value," to be revered for its own sake, irrespective of any benefit to man. As a consequence, man is to be prohibited from using nature for his own ends. Since nature supposedly has value and goodness in itself, any human action that changes the environment is necessarily immoral. Of course, environmentalists invoke the doctrine of intrinsic value not against wolves that eat sheep or beavers that gnaw trees; they invoke it only against man, only when man wants something.

The ideal world of environmentalism is not twenty-first-century Western civilization; it is the Garden of Eden, a world with no human intervention in nature, a world without innovation or change, a world without effort, a world where survival is somehow guaranteed, a world where man has mystically merged with the "environment." Had the environmentalist mentality prevailed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, we would have had no Industrial Revolution, a situation that consistent environmentalists would cheer--at least those few who might have managed to survive without the life-saving benefits of modern science and technology.

The expressed goal of environmentalism is to prevent man from changing his environment, from intruding on nature. That is why environmentalism is fundamentally anti-man. Intrusion is necessary for human survival. Only by intrusion can man avoid pestilence and famine. Only by intrusion can man control his life and project long-range goals. Intrusion improves the environment, if by "environment" one means the surroundings of man--the external material conditions of human life. Intrusion is a requirement of human nature. But in the environmentalists' paean to "Nature," human nature is omitted. For environmentalism, the "natural" world is a world without man. Man has no legitimate needs, but trees, ponds, and bacteria somehow do.

They don't mean it? Heed the words of the consistent environmentalists. "The ending of the human epoch on Earth," writes philosopher Paul Taylor in Respect for Nature: A Theory of Environmental Ethics, "would most likely be greeted with a hearty 'Good riddance!'" In a glowing review of Bill McKibben's The End of Nature, biologist David M. Graber writes (Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1989): "Human happiness (is) not as important as a wild and healthy planet...Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along." Such is the naked essence of environmentalism: it mourns the death of one whale or tree but actually welcomes the death of billions of people. A more malevolent, man-hating philosophy is unimaginable.

The guiding principle of environmentalism is self-sacrifice, the sacrifice of longer lives, healthier lives, more prosperous lives, more enjoyable lives, i.e., the sacrifice of human lives. But an individual is not born in servitude. He has a moral right to live his own life for his own sake. He has no duty to sacrifice it to the needs of others and certainly not to the "needs" of the nonhuman.

To save mankind from environmentalism, what's needed is not the appeasing, compromising approach of those who urge a "balance" between the needs of man and the "needs" of the environment. To save mankind requires the wholesale rejection of environmentalism as hatred of science, technology, progress, and human life. To save mankind requires the return to a philosophy of reason and individualism, a philosophy that makes life on earth possible.

Dr. Berliner is a member of the board of directors of the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, CA.

I do hope such is cool

Posted by: TC on February 28, 2006 03:38 AM

Oh and if you desire to see a few outright whacked out samples.

tun over to

And check them out.

Primary subject, Lake Powell..... or glen canyon national recreation area.

No this is a bunch that could and should be spending their 4billion a year actually solving or helping to solve problems in our nation. Not using the money to fatten the wallets of attorneys filing suits against our government ultimatly only costing us all more and more!

BTW 501c3's that operate under tax free, by law precldes such activities. Why do you think our churches have gone silent? I'm not involved with any of them, but they used to have some influence upon our society. They play by the rules, most of the time. Environmental whackos DONT and should have their 501' status revoked!

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Posted by: TC on February 28, 2006 03:46 AM

If that Northerner was from the US, he shouldn't be smug. The border between Canada and the States is clearly demarcated by the higher density of litter on the southern side.

Posted by: Brett on February 28, 2006 09:16 AM

The expressed goal of environmentalism is to prevent man from changing his environment, from intruding on nature. That is why environmentalism is fundamentally anti-man

Posted by: Dik on February 28, 2006 01:36 PM
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