Wednesday, 27 April 2011

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Trump for Speaker

Glenn Reynolds:

So I was at the gym when they finally caved and released the birth certificate – and on both the Fox and the CNN monitors I saw Donald Trump, who quickly started talking about . . . gasoline prices.  See, he knows how to keep the pressure on.  Other GOP candidates might want to take a lesson.
Beltway Confidential:
According to projections made by the Energy Information Administration in April 2010, the Gulf of Mexico should have produced 1.84 million barrels of oil a day in the fourth quarter of 2010.  Instead, according to the most recent EIA estimate, due to the Obama permitorium, the Gulf only produced 1.59 million barrels.  That is 250,000 barrels a day in lost production.  Overall, since Obama instituted his drilling moratorium, oil production from the Gulf is down more than 10%.
Fox News:
EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans

Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska.  The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits...

Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby ...[is] especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area...  The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska... 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.
The Wall Street Journal:
The Environmental Protection Agency will more closely regulate the use of diesel fuel in a drilling process used to recover natural gas...
Midland Reporter-Telegram:
A three-inch lizard that thrives in desert conditions could shut down oil and gas operations in portions of Southeast New Mexico and in West Texas, including the state’s top two oil producing counties.

Called the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, it is being considered for inclusion on the federal Endangered Species listing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...
The Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Obama urged Congress Tuesday to immediately eliminate what he called “unwarranted” tax breaks for oil companies...  The White House move came a day after House Speaker John Boehner said oil companies were partly to blame for high gas prices and cutting their tax breaks was “certainly something we should be looking at.”


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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

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Yet another anniversary...


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Friday, 22 April 2011

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“Conclusion: We take children far more seriously than we do adult Democrats.”

Stands to reason Dept
In the first comment, in response to this:
Why do these people, many of whom are professionals, feel no fear in expressing such death wishes in the open?
(Via: IP)

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Demonstrating their “love” for animals

Frank James:

One of the sad facts and a direct result of the work done by PETA and various Humane Societies is there is no longer a good or satisfactory way of deposing of a horse if you can no longer afford to feed it.  It used to be a horse could be sold for slaughter to be used in pet-food, but that was deemed politically incorrect and both federal and various state legislatures have outlawed the practice of horse “slaughter.”

Now, if you have a horse and want to get rid of it..........YOU CAN’T!

...The end result is always the same....starving animals that no one wants.
Also applies when a horse is too old and feeble to be kept.  Read the whole thing.

LATER (110423 22:00):  Mark has some thoughts.

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Thursday, 21 April 2011

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Gol-lee! Another Birthday!

Celebrating year 9 with Mark ‘n’ Dolly.  Go say, “congrats!”

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

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Indiana RINO sighting

They’re everywhere!  Dept
The Hoosierpundit:
It has largely escaped notice... but the [Indiana] Senate budget rolled out by Senator Luke Kenley strips out the automatic tax refund (or ATR) provision that has been advocated by Governor Mitch Daniels as an important part of his legislative agenda.

Under Mitch’s ATR proposal, the state would automatically return to taxpayer dollars back to taxpayers whenever the state was running a budget surplus (and had a sufficient rainy day fund accumulated as a reserve).

Luke Kenley didn't like that idea...
Hey Teapartiers, somebody needs to get primaried...

UPDATE (110422 15:06) (HT: Roberta):
Yesterday, I wrote that Senator Jim Banks had filed amendment #11 to HB 1001 reintroducing the Automatic Tax Refund (ATR) in the Senate.  But word got out that the amendment was DOA because, get this, it didn’t have the votes!  So, doing some math, if you assume that all 13 Democrats would vote against it, that means at least 12-13 Senate Republicans were willing to vote against it too.  This now means that all hope for the taxpayers is now is in Rep. Eric Turner’s House amendment.  But when you break this down, at least 1/3 of the Senate Republican caucus is willing to stiff taxpayers and the Governor.  And this after he personally asked them for help! - Nick Barbknecht
It’s not your money, it’s theirs.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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Tam approaches the big time

View From The Porch:

You know you’ve arrived when The Village Voice is snarking about you!
Personally, I’m waiting until she gets attacked by name in a New Yorker casual:

An excursion into the more unpleasant part of the world wide web last Tuesday found us perusing a website calling itself [the] View From The Porch.  Which porch this one might be remains unstated, but the “views” expressed thereon mark it as one located deep in the heart of the red-state backwoods.

The Porch’s proprietor, one “Tamara K.,” is (purportedly) a woman (tall, blonde) whose tastes run to firearms, red meat, right-wing politics, and Ayn Rand: In short, she is a perfect realization of the radical right’s wet dreams, for even Sarah Palin does not dare to be tall, while Ann Coulter remains a one-of-a kind freak.

Other characters are the site’s commenters, most of them bearing unimaginative names like “Uncle,” “Jacky,” “Lis,” and “Ogg”, who spend their time cackling over their garages full of high-capacity revolvers while sniping at anyone and anything they see as the least bit “liberal.”  All are cardboard, the “women” among them (“Brenda,” “Bridgitte,” and “Johanna”) being particularly badly realized and unbelivable.

So we refuse to believe it.  The View cannot be reality; instead, it must be an attempt at a clever satire, although not a particularly well-executed one.  And until proven otherwise, we shall be suspecting that its author is in reality our great-aunt’s grandson Irving, an aspiring actor, vegitarian activist, and Harvard dropout now living in Melrose, Massachusetts.  It’s on par with his past efforts.

  An earlier version of this (which was so slow to post I thought it had disappeared) has now appeared here.  Which is the better one is up to you.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

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Sorry, not good enough

UPDATE (110412 22:35):
Ace: Suckers: We Were Fooled; Budget Barely Cuts Anything
If the Tea Party representatives abandon the deal, can Boehner crib together a lump-party of GOP establishment appropriators and enough liberals to pass it? [link added - o.g.]
Mike Hendrix:
It does seem to me that Boehner has fucked himself — and us — too completely, on too many fronts, to make it very easy to dismiss this whole business as just routine GOP blockheaded ineptitude...  I DO know that the stink rising from this deal gets more and more noxious with every passing day, one way or another.
Bill Quick comments:
The entire debate is pointless, meaningless, and designed to make it appear that Democrats and Republicans aren’t totally united in leaving the deficits almost entirely untouched.

All you need to know about last weekend’s budget “cut” deal:
The federal debt increased $54.1 billion in the eight days preceding the deal made by President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) to cut $38.5 billion in federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which runs through September.
Drawing the obvious conclusion, Doug Ross:
That's right: even crediting the $38 billion in cuts, the deficit increased more than $15 billion over the last eight days.
Boehner:  Deal was “as good as we could get.”

Mark Levin:
Boehner’s argument for why conservatives should be satisfied with this 1/30th reduction of the deficit is that the House GOP is too weak to win.
Limbaugh (4/11 show, parapharased):
If you go into a contest with your objective being “as good as we can get,” you will lose.
Rand Paul, voice in the wilderness:
I didn’t come to Washington to settle for $6 billion less in spending than if I had not been here. I suspect most of my freshmen House friends didn’t either.  That’s barely half a day’s spending at our current pace.  This discussion is simply not credible or serious, and unfortunately, it has not been from the beginning, as the House leadership has made clear.

Think about it another way before you vote: The entire budget cut plans skim 3 percent off the top of our historic $1.65 trillion deficit. That means the side of Big Government got 97 percent of what they want.
Boehner:  Next time for sure!


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Monday, 11 April 2011

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Must be more of that “new internationalism” we keep hearing about.

If this is Tuesday, it must be Boston  Dept
Toronto Sun:
[Canadian Liberal Party leader, and likely prime-ministerial candidate Michael] Ignatieff now claims he has never voted in a foreign country, but quotations from his past suggest he voted Labour in Britain and would vote Democrat in the U.S.

“I am an American Democrat.  I will vote for Kerry in November,” Ignatieff told The Glasgow Herald in 2004.
They were running so short of dead people that they had to recruit foreigners...?
Ignatieff, a professor at Harvard at the time, was defending his record as a human rights advocate against charges that he had become a neo-conservative who backed then-president George W. Bush...

Despite the statement that he would vote for Kerry, Ignatieff now says he has never voted outside of Canada.

Asked to clarify why Ignatieff once said he would vote for Kerry and why he says now that he has never voted outside of Canada, Ignatieff's spokesman dodged the questions...

British law allows citizens of Commonwealth nations living in Britain to cast ballots. Residents aren't automatically registered to vote and are required to sign up to get their name on the voters list.  According to online records, Ignatieff was registered to vote in Britain as recently as 2002.
Canada, Britain, the United States... Dang, I always get those countries confused!  Must be the football.

HT:  Kate


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