A parody page of Todd Juvinall shows up as he ponders run for Supe

Former County Supervisor and CABPRO founder Todd Juvinall’s statement that he might run again for District 1 Supervisor has led to a parody Facebook page “Draft Todd Juvinall for Supervisor” that is drawing attention in the community.

“Todd Juvinall has a vision for Nevada County,” the Facebook page reads. “It will be a place where people who think alike can come together to raise families. It’s a place where what people once thought the Constitution meant still means something. It will be a place where a guy can still build a subdivision in a forest or a shopping center at an exit ramp or open a mine if he wants too.”

I had nothing to do with the page except to point it out. I have no idea who created it, but it is the kind of NC Scooper-like humor that we have come to know. The link to the “Draft Todd Juvinall for Supervisor” Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/Draft-Todd-Juvinall-for-Supervisor-161826800844252/

Todd has gone on a rant about the page on his blog in his typical bombastic style. (Among other things, Todd informs us that he “named” the Rood Center; I did not know that). The page even has drawn the attention of Todd’s daughter.  At least someone is commenting on the page with the handle “Tracy Juvinall.”

“How about trying to make a difference in someone’s life instead of trying to tear someone down?” the person “Tracy Juvinall” writes.

“Golly Tracy Juvinall, I guess you just can’t face the fact that Todd is saying he wants to run for Supervisor and is the best choice for Nevada County,” the Facebook page’s administrator writes. “Todd sets such a good example of doing good in the community and going out of his way not to ‘tear someone down’ that we just can’t think of a better candidate. Expect to see much more from the grassroots Draft Todd Juvinall for Supervisor effort in the future.”

The administrator points to Todd’s own blog as an example of nasty, boorish, bullying, lying, insulting behavior. Internet trolls run rampant; people do not sign their names. I do not know if his daughter reads her dad’s blog.

My only observation is that Todd Juvinall reaps what he sows. Longtimers tell me he has a history of this type of behavior. One example is here.

I hope Todd decides to run for District 1 Supervisor — if only to confirm his gross misunderstanding of his popularity in our community.

I’d like to see how many people wind up voting for Todd and how much money he can raise. Todd is a retired contractor. Will the Nevada County Contractors Association endorse him? Will the Nevada County Republican Central Committee endorse him? Will current Board of Supervisor members endorse him? Will Nevada County natives such as Russ Steele or right-wing political activists such as George Rebane endorse him?

I’d also like to see people sign their names in support of him — not anonymous internet trolls who run rampant on his blog.

Global warming skeptics get louder — during a record dry spell

The drumbeat of anti-global warming activism is on the rise — the drier it gets.

If you needed another reason to ignore our provincial community newspaper, check out Greg Goodknight’s “Catastrophic global warming theories have not been proven” Other Voices.

I enjoy attempts by locals such as Greg, who have no expertise in the subject at hand, to “educate” us. “Thomas Crosswhite” is another that comes to mind. (In a small community, the pool of letter writers is small, so you can memorize their names. There’s never anything new.)

I have never read a newspaper, ever, filled with so much information that is written by people without any expertise of the subject matter —though we applaud it as “community” journalism.

Rather, it reminds me of the “no child left behind rule” of an op-ed page. “We will run whatever you send us. Just subscribe.” And a lot of these folks seem to have no shortage of spare time.

In one long sentence Greg writes: “As I write, a shipload of activist scientists and climate tourists are stuck in a sea of frozen irony in Antarctica, there to witness a loss of summer ice but instead awaiting rescue by helicopter after two modern icebreakers were unable to reach the distressed ship; climate skeptics would be fewer in number were there nothing to be skeptical about.”

Then Greg’s like-minded friend Russ Steele runs a chart “January-December 2013 statewide ranks” on his blog and concludes: “Looks like California is in the minority, mostly due to the extended La Niña pattern.”

“And the cause of this?” writes Steele’s friend Anthony Watts: “Certainly not ‘global warming’ though I’m sure the activist idiots will use every trick in the book to try to create a linkage.”

Wait a minute. Who’s the “activist idiot” here? Maybe it’s the ex-TV weatherman turned global warming skeptic/expert.

Watts goes on to blame “environmentalists and their campaigns to stop new water storage systems” for the poor water resource planning. Or is it the global warming “activist idiots” who keep us tied up in political knots on this issue when we could be planning for it.

Their recent rants remind me of the phrase “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

Some studies have linked climate change to California droughts. The drought goes well beyond California too — Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, and Oklahoma.

Global warming skepticism is more about money and politics than science. Studies show that “dark money” from well-funded conservative foundations funds climate denial effort.

So no matter how fast Greg, Russ and Anthony keep shoveling their you know what at us, the debate will continue — and only grow louder.