GOP Lawmaker Mike Beard Claims God Will Provide Unlimited Natural Resources

Why should we take responsibility for our own actions when we can do whatever we want and claim it’s all “in God’s plan”?

Mike Beard, a Republican state representative from Minnesota, recently argued that coal mining should resume in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, in part because he believes God has created an earth that will provide unlimited natural resources.

Particularly offensive:

“How did Hiroshima and Nagasaki work out? We destroyed that, but here we are, 60 years later and they are tremendously effective and livable cities. Yes, it was pretty horrible. But, can we recover?” Beard asked. “Of course we can.”

When I started to write about it, in the paper and online, many of the comments from Conan’s fans were deeply bitter about the baby boom generation. There was a huge generational reaction to this. “When are they getting off the stage? We are sick of them, we’re sick of their music, we’re sick of everybody paying attention to them.” And here’s this guy coming back and grabbing this show again—and boy, it was really strong and it fed this whole Team Coco movement. And it’s really still feeding it today.

Bill Carter, author of The War for Late Night, discusses the Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien battle for The Tonight Show

Have you written your letter to the Ohio Department of Transporation in support of the Cincinnati Streetcar?  It must be submitted to by today!  If you believe in the future of Cincinnati, do it now!

I wrote:

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you to express my support for ODOT’s investment in the Cincinnati Streetcar project.  Last year, I moved to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati.  I was drawn to the revitalization that’s taking place in the area, with new businesses opening up regularly.  Most importantly, I was drawn to the idea of true urban living — having everything I need within walking distance.  The Streetcar will put even more of my needs within walking distance and could allow me to get rid of my car completely.  The money I now spend on gasoline, parking, and auto repairs would be freed up, allowing me to spend more at local businesses and support our state’s economy.

As a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, I chose to stay in Cincinnati partially due to the promise that the Streetcar would be built.  Several studies have shown that my generation is more interested in urban living than the previous two generations.  To remain competitive, it’s time for Ohio to invest in improving our cities and building quality mass transit.  Building the Streetcar aligns perfectly with the state’s goal of retaining more of its college graduates.

Thank you for your time.

UrbanCincy has more information on why it’s so important to show your support for the project.

When we have a theory in science, it’s the greatest thing you can have. Relativity is a theory, and people test it every which way. They test it and test it and test it. Gravity is a theory. People have landed spacecraft on the moon within a few feet of accuracy because we understand gravity so well. People make flu vaccinations that stop people from getting sick. Farmers raise crops with science; they hybridize them and make them better with every generation. That’s all evolution. Evolution is a theory, and it’s a theory that you can test.

Bill Nye on America’s “horrible” science education

Urban Mass Transit Act of 1970 passed Cincinnati by, leaving current generations stranded

The award of nearly $1 billion, to Atlanta in the early 1970’s, stands as one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of public transportation in the United States. This enormous sum (equivalent to approximately $3 billion in 2011 dollars) was originally allocated to Seattle but was diverted after King County voters failed to approve a local tax to operate the planned system. Meanwhile, Atlanta-area voters did approve a transit sales tax, and due to a shortage of cities with such a tax, received the federal award and broke ground on MARTA in 1975.

Read Jake Mecklenborg’s full explanation of why Cincinnati is the second largest city in the U.S. without rail transportation; and what might have happened if Cincinnati had won the federal funding that instead went to Atlanta.