Snowed in yet AGAIN

It seems like only yesterday that I was enjoying the peace and serenity of being snowed in. It wasn’t yesterday; it was Saturday. But now, having barely dug out of the 25 inches of snow we had (other northern Virginians nearby had as much as 32 inches) we are in the middle of ANOTHER big snow storm. Forecasts call for 10 inches, but this one is really blowing with high winds, a true blizzard. I can hardly see across the street. This is enough. The snow can stop now. I have gone from the little cabin in the big woods to cabin fever.

Maybe the environmentalists are right, that human actions can upset the delicate balance of the climate. Only their calculations were off. Maybe all of these Priuses driving around, all of these carbon offsets, all of these carbon neutral lifestyles have not been ineffectual gestures at all, but all too effectual. Maybe that small amount of carbon dioxide they prevented going into the atmosphere was enough to tip the balance away from global warming into a new ice age. Maybe the wildlife will start evolving back to woolly mammoths. Maybe we need to be injecting large amounts of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere in order to save the planet. The only solution I can see to do that quickly is for everyone to breathe more often. Breathe, everybody, hyperventilate, to save the planet! But not too much, lest we tip the planet back to global warming apocalypse!

Well, this is sounding like delirium, a symptom of cabin fever. Next thing you know, I’ll be chopping up the furniture for firewood and eating the family pets.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    Congratulations. You are now an honorary Norwegian.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    Congratulations. You are now an honorary Norwegian.

  • Winston Smith

    Is there a message from God in the unusual barrage of snow centered on our nation’s capital?

    Is God punishing the government for its wickedness? Is He showing us that we can get along just fine while the federal behemoth closes for days on end?

    Is He saying that all of our plans are not that important in the greater scheme of things? “He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth force his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?” Psalm 147:16, 17.

  • Winston Smith

    Is there a message from God in the unusual barrage of snow centered on our nation’s capital?

    Is God punishing the government for its wickedness? Is He showing us that we can get along just fine while the federal behemoth closes for days on end?

    Is He saying that all of our plans are not that important in the greater scheme of things? “He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth force his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?” Psalm 147:16, 17.

  • CRB

    Maybe this is an opportunity for Dr Veith to start a new book?!

  • CRB

    Maybe this is an opportunity for Dr Veith to start a new book?!

  • Billye

    A headline in the local newspaper today proclaimed, “Snow stops government: life goes on.” Do the bureaucrats think that life revolves around them?

    There really is life beyond the Beltway.

  • Billye

    A headline in the local newspaper today proclaimed, “Snow stops government: life goes on.” Do the bureaucrats think that life revolves around them?

    There really is life beyond the Beltway.

  • Carl Vehse

    A headline in the local newspaper today proclaimed, “Snow stops government: life goes on.”

    a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbb3skLR0Bo”>Sing it, Vaughn, sing it!!!

  • Carl Vehse

    A headline in the local newspaper today proclaimed, “Snow stops government: life goes on.”

    a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbb3skLR0Bo”>Sing it, Vaughn, sing it!!!

  • http://RoseFremer@yahoo.com Rose

    Winston, Great comment.
    Jim DeMint: DC snow will continue until Al Gore cries Uncle.

  • http://RoseFremer@yahoo.com Rose

    Winston, Great comment.
    Jim DeMint: DC snow will continue until Al Gore cries Uncle.

  • EconJeff

    Or maybe it’s just working exactly as global warming alarmists said: Greater “extreme” weather situations. Then again, it’s not like it never snowed like this here before (I’m in Baltimore); it’s just been a while.

  • EconJeff

    Or maybe it’s just working exactly as global warming alarmists said: Greater “extreme” weather situations. Then again, it’s not like it never snowed like this here before (I’m in Baltimore); it’s just been a while.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    Someone asked a good question on a talk show I was listening to this morning. He said, “If Global Climate Change makes it warmer, and also makes it colder, how will we know if it gets better?”

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    Someone asked a good question on a talk show I was listening to this morning. He said, “If Global Climate Change makes it warmer, and also makes it colder, how will we know if it gets better?”

  • DonS

    I guess this time it really WAS a good idea to go line up in the grocery store for bread and milk. :-)

  • DonS

    I guess this time it really WAS a good idea to go line up in the grocery store for bread and milk. :-)

  • Jerry

    Whoever was praying for the end of global warming can stop now.

  • Jerry

    Whoever was praying for the end of global warming can stop now.

  • Carl Vehse

    The snow won’t stop until Algore cries “Uncle!”

  • Carl Vehse

    The snow won’t stop until Algore cries “Uncle!”

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Why do some Christians always find that, when something bad (as it were) occurs in nature, it’s a good time to read it as God “punishing” someone else? And not, say, as a call to repentance for all sinners (which would be the answer that Jesus proposed)?

    Also, I’ll just post this link in case anyone here needs a refresher course.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Why do some Christians always find that, when something bad (as it were) occurs in nature, it’s a good time to read it as God “punishing” someone else? And not, say, as a call to repentance for all sinners (which would be the answer that Jesus proposed)?

    Also, I’ll just post this link in case anyone here needs a refresher course.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    I don’t know, I’ve never seen snow as a punishment. More like a blessing from God. In this case, certainly so. I wish we had some of this blessed snow in SLC!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    I don’t know, I’ve never seen snow as a punishment. More like a blessing from God. In this case, certainly so. I wish we had some of this blessed snow in SLC!

  • http://katiesbeer.piperblogs.org/ Theresa K.

    You indeed have a lot of snow because it is headline news across the country and in Minnesota (we usually chuckle at reports of snow and ice elsewhere…but not this one). 58″ of snow! Are people running low on supplies yet?

  • http://katiesbeer.piperblogs.org/ Theresa K.

    You indeed have a lot of snow because it is headline news across the country and in Minnesota (we usually chuckle at reports of snow and ice elsewhere…but not this one). 58″ of snow! Are people running low on supplies yet?

  • Orianna Laun

    Before you chop up the furniture for firewood, ask yourself: Do I have a fireplace?
    Just remember, if you use the pets for food, start with the chickens first.

  • Orianna Laun

    Before you chop up the furniture for firewood, ask yourself: Do I have a fireplace?
    Just remember, if you use the pets for food, start with the chickens first.

  • JonSLC

    Send some Virginia snow to Vancouver! Sounds as if they need all they can get for the Olympics.

  • JonSLC

    Send some Virginia snow to Vancouver! Sounds as if they need all they can get for the Olympics.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Orianna (@15), those are some fantastic points! :)

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Orianna (@15), those are some fantastic points! :)

  • Kirk

    Personally, I hold Snowbama to blame.

  • Kirk

    Personally, I hold Snowbama to blame.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Kirk (@18), remember proper orthography! It’s SnowblahMAO. ;)

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Kirk (@18), remember proper orthography! It’s SnowblahMAO. ;)

  • kerner

    Don’t burn the furniture, Dr. Veith. Burn some coal. Warm the planet before it’s too Late! ;)

  • kerner

    Don’t burn the furniture, Dr. Veith. Burn some coal. Warm the planet before it’s too Late! ;)

  • anon

    #12: “Also, I’ll just post this link in case anyone here needs a refresher course.”

    You forgot the /sarc tag. Otherwise, you could be mistaken for one of those condescending liberals discussed a few threads ago. Glad I could help you out.

  • anon

    #12: “Also, I’ll just post this link in case anyone here needs a refresher course.”

    You forgot the /sarc tag. Otherwise, you could be mistaken for one of those condescending liberals discussed a few threads ago. Glad I could help you out.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Lars: Congratulations. You are now an honorary Norwegian.

    Also, this Oklahoma soul is an honorary New Englander, having experienced a modicum of the pleasures of serious Winter.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Lars: Congratulations. You are now an honorary Norwegian.

    Also, this Oklahoma soul is an honorary New Englander, having experienced a modicum of the pleasures of serious Winter.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Anon (@21), the <sarcasm> tag was obvious — didn’t you see it in the comments I was referring to where people implied a connection between weather events and climate? Why, I was no more being condescending than they were being ignorant! We’re all just being sarcastic here, right, folks?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Anon (@21), the <sarcasm> tag was obvious — didn’t you see it in the comments I was referring to where people implied a connection between weather events and climate? Why, I was no more being condescending than they were being ignorant! We’re all just being sarcastic here, right, folks?

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    If all this global warming keeps up, we will all freeze to death.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    If all this global warming keeps up, we will all freeze to death.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    See, Anon (@21)? Steve (@24) doesn’t mean that, because it’s a ridiculous thing to mean seriously! He’s lampooning people who have a poor understanding of the difference between climate and weather. Right, Steve?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    See, Anon (@21)? Steve (@24) doesn’t mean that, because it’s a ridiculous thing to mean seriously! He’s lampooning people who have a poor understanding of the difference between climate and weather. Right, Steve?

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    I’m making fun of people who have so much hubris as to actually believe thet we can control the weather.

    For a decade the earth has been cooling. But eco-nuts and leftists want to control us and tax us.

    And yet we still break records for snowfall.

    What a joke. The world is starting to see what a huge scam it all is.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    I’m making fun of people who have so much hubris as to actually believe thet we can control the weather.

    For a decade the earth has been cooling. But eco-nuts and leftists want to control us and tax us.

    And yet we still break records for snowfall.

    What a joke. The world is starting to see what a huge scam it all is.

  • http://www.drunkenkoudou.com Stewart K. Lundy

    To be fair to those who believe our climate is being disturbed, it is not simply an issue of warmth or cold. Snow is not a good way to approach the issue honestly, but this is the internet.

    Increased warmth leads to increased water vapor; increased water vapor leads to leads to increased snow.

    There are better criticisms of global warming. Snowfall is not its weakness, but I have to say that after shoveling snow all week, my frozen appendages don’t care.

  • http://www.drunkenkoudou.com Stewart K. Lundy

    To be fair to those who believe our climate is being disturbed, it is not simply an issue of warmth or cold. Snow is not a good way to approach the issue honestly, but this is the internet.

    Increased warmth leads to increased water vapor; increased water vapor leads to leads to increased snow.

    There are better criticisms of global warming. Snowfall is not its weakness, but I have to say that after shoveling snow all week, my frozen appendages don’t care.

  • anon

    Todd. Clearly. You. Do. Not. Understand. The. Word. “Context”. Perhaps. A. Dictionary. Would. Help. You decry the article about smug, condescending liberals (and only a few days ago!) and yet you post a link to a website aimed at children for us readers. (And without a /sarc or smiley face icon.) Now compare your post to how Stewart (#27) posted. See the difference. (I will give you a minute here, take your time.)

    But if, indeed, it’s all just your wacky sense of humor, be sure to bookmark your kiddie page and forward it to all the AGW supporters this summer when it hits 100 in DC and they issue a clarion call to stop AGW.

  • anon

    Todd. Clearly. You. Do. Not. Understand. The. Word. “Context”. Perhaps. A. Dictionary. Would. Help. You decry the article about smug, condescending liberals (and only a few days ago!) and yet you post a link to a website aimed at children for us readers. (And without a /sarc or smiley face icon.) Now compare your post to how Stewart (#27) posted. See the difference. (I will give you a minute here, take your time.)

    But if, indeed, it’s all just your wacky sense of humor, be sure to bookmark your kiddie page and forward it to all the AGW supporters this summer when it hits 100 in DC and they issue a clarion call to stop AGW.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Oh! No! Anon (@28)! Now. You’re. Doing. It. Too. This. Will. Severely. Hinder. Reading. Comprension. Rates.

    Also, what does the word “context” have to do with anything? The first time it was used on this thread was when you said I don’t understand it. When you use quotes, it typically refers to a previous utterance of the word.

    Anyhow, I complained about the article you mention not because I think there are no condescending liberals — you’ll notice that I did, in the same place that I used too much punctuation. You referred to the punctuation in your comment. Surely then you read what I wrote there.

    And yes, I’ll cop to being condescending (I was aiming for “snarky”). I apologize. That doesn’t change the fact that some conservatives (note: “some”) are legitimately ignorant about the difference between climate and weather. If saying so makes me “condescending”, so be it.

    Also, I’m not sure that being equally condescending really makes your case. Do you really care about condescension? Or just when I use it? I guess we’ll see by your reply.

    Finally, if any of the AGW supporters on this blog make hay out of one day of triple-digit temperatures, I’ll make sure to say something. Promise.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Oh! No! Anon (@28)! Now. You’re. Doing. It. Too. This. Will. Severely. Hinder. Reading. Comprension. Rates.

    Also, what does the word “context” have to do with anything? The first time it was used on this thread was when you said I don’t understand it. When you use quotes, it typically refers to a previous utterance of the word.

    Anyhow, I complained about the article you mention not because I think there are no condescending liberals — you’ll notice that I did, in the same place that I used too much punctuation. You referred to the punctuation in your comment. Surely then you read what I wrote there.

    And yes, I’ll cop to being condescending (I was aiming for “snarky”). I apologize. That doesn’t change the fact that some conservatives (note: “some”) are legitimately ignorant about the difference between climate and weather. If saying so makes me “condescending”, so be it.

    Also, I’m not sure that being equally condescending really makes your case. Do you really care about condescension? Or just when I use it? I guess we’ll see by your reply.

    Finally, if any of the AGW supporters on this blog make hay out of one day of triple-digit temperatures, I’ll make sure to say something. Promise.


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