Wednesday, June 30, 2010
u.s. supreme court gives u.s. political prisoner
in 2006, former democratic alabama governor don siegelman was sentenced to serve seven years in a bribery case. siegelman charges that he was the victim of political persecution by former bush official karl rove, and his case has been plagued by improper conduct by the prosecution. in 2008, a “bipartisan group of 54 former state attorneys general from across the country” supported siegelman’s bid to overturn his conviction, but a year later, the 11th u.s. circuit court of appeals in atlanta upheld five of the seven charges. today, however, the supreme court gave siegelman a second chance, ordering the court to look at his case again - think progress
maybe he meant 'aunt'
obama struck out at boehner (r-ohio) during a town hall meeting in racine, wis., for saying the wall street reform bill was akin to using a nuclear weapon to kill an ant.
"that’s right. he compared the financial crisis to an ant," obama said, according to prepared remarks. "the same financial crisis that led to the loss of nearly eight million jobs. the same crisis that cost people their homes and their lives' savings."
while obama did not mention boehner by name in excerpts released by the white house, he made it clear who he was talking about by suggesting that "if the republican leader is that out of touch with the struggles facing the american people, he should come here to racine and ask people if they think the financial crisis was an ant."
dems are trying to capitalize on the minority leader accidentally saying what he really believes, since it fits so nicely into democrats' larger campaign themes. cnn noted that "boehner's comments couldn't come at a better time for democrats, who are on the eve of passing the financial reform bill with little-to-none gop support and are eager to portray republicans as out of step with main street america."
to that end, the dnc has a new web video mocking boehner, and more importantly, president obama intends to emphasize the point at a town-hall event in wisconsin this afternoon. according to the prepared text:
"but most of our friends in the other party are planning on voting against this reform. in fact, just yesterday, i was stunned to hear the leader of the republicans in the house say that financial reform was like using a nuclear weapon to target an ant. that's right. he compared the financial crisis to an ant. the same financial crisis that led to the loss of nearly eight million jobs. the same crisis that cost people their homes and their lives savings.
"well if the republican leader is that out of touch with the struggles facing the american people, he should come here to racine and ask people if they think the financial crisis was an ant. he should ask the men and women who've been out of work for months at a time. he should ask the americans who send me letters every night that talk about how they're barely hanging on...
mad about these sorry republicans
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
end cannabis prohibition now
the state naacp is expressing "unconditional support" for the november ballot measure to legalize marijuana, continuing proponents' framing of it as a civil rights issue.
"we are joining a growing number of medical professionals, labor organizations, law enforcement authorities, local municipalities, and approximately 56 percent of the public, in saying that it is time to decriminalize the use of marijuana," state naacp president alice huffman said in a news release monday. "there is a strong racial component that must be considered when we investigate how the marijuana laws are applied to people of color."
the measure, control and tax cannabis initiative 2010, was designated monday as proposition 19.
skippy looks at books: inside out - another reminder
remember, we thought it was a ripping good yarn!
Monday, June 28, 2010
rip robert byrd
his office said he about 3 a.m. at inova hospital in fairfax, va. senator byrd had been admitted to the hospital late last week with symptoms of heat exhaustion and severe dehydration as temperatures in the washington area approached 100 degrees. though he was initially expected to be released after a few days, his condition deteriorated. he had been in failing health for several years.
mr. byrd’s death comes as senate democrats are working to pass the final version of the financial overhaul bill and win other procedural battles in the week before the independence day recess. in the polarized atmosphere of washington, president obama’s agenda seemed to hinge on mr. byrd’s health. earlier this year, in the final days of the health care debate, the ailing senator was pushed onto the senate floor in his plaid wheelchair so he could cast his votes.
governor joe manchin iii, a democrat, will appoint an interim successor to mr. byrd.
it wasn’t until after he finished that i found out the great fiddler on the stage was also my state senator.
robert c. byrd served the state of west virginia, first in the us house of representatives from 1953 until 1958. he was elected to the united state senate in 1958, and has served there ever since. byrd ran for national office a total of 15 times, and never lost once.
like many west virginians, sen. byrd has always been one of my senators, my entire lifetime. it will be odd to have someone else in that spot in the coming months.
what i’m hearing is that there will likely be an interim appointment from our democratic governor, joe manchin, with a special election likely to follow. since we had our primary in may, it’s unknown whether that will occur this year or next — that’s being debated internally at the moment, i hear. whatever happens, it’s pretty widely known that gov. manchin has interest in the position, and also that alan mollohan has some unexpected time on his hands at the moment and has expressed some interest, as well as rep. shelly moore capito from the gop.
sen. byrd’s shoes are going to be tough ones to fill, given the energy — and pork from his perch atop the appropriations committee — he poured into representing wv.
through the years, various groups tried to shame sen. byrd by calling him the king of pork; he wore it locally as a badge of honor.
at the party after byrd’s resounding election victory, celebrants wore stickers that said, "who’s your daddy now?"
whatever his faults, and they were many, he was devoted to three things in his lifetime: his family, especially his wife erma; the great state of west virginia; and history’s lessons of how power, politics, law and the constitution intersect. his mastery of senate rules was legendary, but what isn’t as widely known is that he taught that history to incoming senators for years to introduce them, informally behind the scenes, to the intersection of rule intricacies and to senate history.
he was an outspoken champion of the balance of powers within the framework of our government. when asked how many presidents he had served under, byrd once famously replied "’none,’ was mr. byrd’s reply, mr. sarbanes said. ‘i have served with presidents, not under them.’”
rest in peace, sen. byrd.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
environmental news stories sunday
a closer look: pesticides in strawberry fields. - california strawberry farmers may soon have a new pesticide to use on their fields. the state's department of pesticide regulation is recommending approving use of the soil fumigant methyl iodide. however, scientists say that methyl iodide is very toxic and can cause cancer, brain damage and miscarriages - latte times
just say 'no' to methyl iodide. - when scientists universally declare a substance a "highly toxic chemical" and a regulatory agency then proposes releasing millions of pounds of it into the soil and air, the callousness that is required to make this decision is hard to fathom- beverly hills california chronicle
california state parks plagued by decay. - look beyond the crashing waves and towering redwoods, and california's 278 state parks are a tangle of troubles - sacramento bee
michigan wants federal help for cleanup, but funding is tight. - for the first time in 14 years, budget-strapped michigan is turning to the federal superfund program for help, trying to get new hazardous-waste sites included for cleanup. the superfund program has its own funding problems, however - gannett news service
bee colony collapse focus of new congressional caucus. - lawmakers are rallying behind the beleaguered honeybee by creating a congressional caucus to focus attention on the troubling collapse of bee colonies. In some cases, beekeepers have lost 40 percent or more of their colonies, potentially endangering the pollination of many fruits, nuts and vegetables - mcclatchy
wet winter set stage for big fire threat. - fires in the southwest’s mountains and deserts have increased in occurrence and intensity over the past 50 years, according to a study published in science magazine in 2006. that study, led by scientists from the university of california at merced, blamed man-made changes to the landscape and climate change - las vegas sun
greens face a battle in california. - november 2 will see the outcome of the most crucial battle yet between the old economy and the new, between the fossil-fuel-powered industrialisation of the last two centuries that has enriched much of the world and the low-carbon prosperity that is needed in future - london daily telegraph
study: lead found in children's drinks and fruit products. - as if it were not enough to be concerned about harmful dyes in M&Ms and jelly beans, now it's lead in our kids' juice - st. petersburgh times
maker of controversial dispersant used in gulf oil spill hires top lobbyists. - as questions build about the dispersant being used on the gulf of mexico oil spill, the company that makes that chemical mixture has well-connected lobbyists helping handle inquiries from us. epa and congress - greenwire
nitrate contamination widespread among central coast farmers. - the cause of nitrate problems at marchi's central farm is no mystery to county public health officials. "a likely source of the nitrate contamination is fertilizer application adjacent to the well," the inspector wrote - san mateo county times
toxins found in whales bode ill for humans, report says. - sperm whales feeding even in the most remote reaches of earth's oceans have built up stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals, according to american scientists who say the findings spell danger not only for marine life but for the millions of humans who depend on seafood. - ap
gloves off in california over greenhouse gas law. - california environmentalists opened fire on wednesday on a measure approved for the state's november ballot that would roll back a landmark law regulating greenhouse gas emissions - reuters
google and spectrum bridge send your power use data over tv "white space." - google continues on its quest to firmly embed itself in the energy industry, this time by teaming up with service provider spectrum bridge to launch the country's first smart grid wireless network trial utilizing tv's white spaces spectrum. - fast company
Saturday, June 26, 2010
jon stewart cracks me up
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
Friday, June 25, 2010
skippy's friday nite music club
it's funny/scary because it's true
Thursday, June 24, 2010
even some republicans are now unemployed
o steve wrote:
i’ve paid over 40% tax on over 100k of salary per year for 15 years without so much as wincing, thats over 600k in taxes in my lifetime so far and i’ve never asked for anything from the government . now that i can’t find a job for the life of me, the republicans think that i am living high on the hog with such lavish unemployment benefits and would like to see it end before the economy has even recovered.
thats fine, i’m not homeless yet, as i’m sure others will find themselves, but why? $33b to extend the ui benefits till the end of the year is a rounding error compared to the defense budget, a fraction of the subsidies and tax breaks doled out to corporations.
republicans can try and portray themselves as fiscal hawks all they want, but there is a special place in hell for people like them. - lanae's diary of at the great orange one.
ouchie. people are hurting...but republicans don't give a flying rat's patootie. and people are finally getting it.
palin's got the midas touch, if by 'midas,' you mean she 'automatically destroys'
the poll asked people how they'd respond if a congressional candidate had various hypothetical attributes. asked how they'd feel if a candidate were "endorsed by sarah palin," the response was....
comfortable with this attribute 17
have some reservations about this attribute 15
very uncomfortable with this attribute 37
so a majority, 52%, reacted negatively. and an astonishing 37 percent would be "very uncomfortable" about a palin endorsement, more than four times the eight percent who would be "enthusiastic" about it.
even better, there were only two attributes a candidate might have that were seen as worse than a palin endorsement: supporting bush's economic policies; and supporting the elimination of various federal agencies and/or social security.
mcchrystal should have been fired years ago...not promoted
....he allegation of a cover-up was made after a concerted campaign by cpl tillman's family. his father, pat tillman snr, earlier this year said of gen mcchrystal, "i do believe that guy participated in a falsified homicide investigation."
gen mcchrystal was one of eight officers recommended for discipline by a subsequent pentagon investigation but the army declined to take action against him.- the telegraph
it reminds us that general stanley mcchrystal was a willing political animal when he wanted to be. it was mcchrystal who moved to alert the bush white house that "unknowing statements by our country's leaders ... might cause public embarrassment if the circumstances of corporal tillman's death become public." - get reel (baltimore sun's film blog)
it ain't no joke
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
mcchrystal blew persuasion
obama emphasized that mcchrystal had served “faithfully,” that he was “grateful” for his service, and that the replacement is not a “personal insult.” in mcchrystal’s place, obama has nominated centcom commander david petraeus, the general who oversaw the iraq surge, to take charge of the upcoming afghanistan surge. “i welcome debate among my team, but i won’t tolerate division,” obama said. “it is a change in personnel, but it is not a change in policy,” he added, noting that petraeus helped “design the policy that we have in place.”
safety polls first
the poll showed that when asked which government workplace regulations were “very important,” a full 85% said that “workplace safety” was very important. the right to join a union came in last, at 43%, shockingly not too far behind maximum hour limits at 46%...
it’s great to see that so many people think it’s important to protect people at work. unfortunately, the budget doesn’t reflect this priority: osha’s budget for fy 2010 is only $563 million, with 35 staff. for protecting the workplaces across america, that isn’t too much.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
skippy's tuesday nite music club
humdi luli lali lulo
sleestak tied w/toomey!
sleestak and supporters
the poll has sleestak and toomey at 41% each. the survey of registered voters has a ±4% margin of error. in the previous ppp survey, from all the way back in early april, toomey led sleestak by 42%-36%. the tpm poll average gives sleestak a narrow edge of 41.4%-40.9%.
the pollster's analysis suggests that the controversy involving the white house's past efforts to get sleestak to drop out of the democratic primary are not hurting the dems here -- but instead, the bigger problem for democrats is a more republican-friendly electorate than in 2008. both candidates are fairly unknown, with a 29%-28% favorable rating for sleestak and a 30%-28% favorable rating for toomey. but this polling group reports voting for john mccain by a 48%-47% margin in 2008, compared to the actual result of 55%-44% for obama
ppp's tom jensen writes: "these results seem to make it clear that the controversy about sleestak and the white house is not hurting him and that the race is now a pure tossup. democratic prospects are much brighter than they were when it still looked like arlen specter would be the nominee and this contest is likely to be one of the closest in the country right on through the fall."
Monday, June 21, 2010
skippy's monday nite music club
j.d.hayworth hates big government spending
in 2007, shortly after hayworth lost his re-election battle in 2006, hayworth appeared in a half-hour informercial for the national grants conferences, a program set up by a company called proven methods seminars, which advertises itself as running seminars in which people can find out how to get grant money from the federal government -- which the infomercial's on-screen text pitched as being "free money" in quotes.
..it should be noted that the company's conferences and business practices have received an f rating from the better business bureau, and in 2007 it was the target of a letter to the federal trade commission, signed by 32 state attorneys general. - tpm
thru the dust and ashes, while the building crashes
hr 5353: war is making you poor
and here are the details of the legislation. write your congress critter and tell them you support it.
these are not the tweets you are looking for
"spock! lock photon torpedoes onto that ship!"
"i'm googling their coordinates now, captain."
"uhuru, open hailing frequency! we have you in our sights, lol!"
along those same lines, here's the best idea for total waste of time ever:
tweets from the death star
topless robot asked their readers to come up with the funniest tweets from the death star during the rebel attack. tho there's an overage of similar "oops forgot to cover exhaust oh well what's the worst that could happen lol," we particularly liked this one:
Sunday, June 20, 2010
skippy's sunday nite music club
skippy looks at books: inside out - a reminder
barry gives several bloggers a nod, while crafting a tense spy-dunnit with great pacing. thumbs up from skippy, and we highly recommend that you pick up a copy! (available @ amazon!)
environmental news story sunday
under the u.s. supreme court: squeezing bp for damages. - now that the obama administration has wrested a $20 billion recovery fund from bp to compensate economic victims of the gulf oil spill and clean up the huge mess, congress must lift the federal liability cap - upi
birds could bring gulf misery here. - gulf oil spill threatens great lakes migratory birds. "minnesota's state bird — the common loon — and the endangered piping plover are among many great lakes species that ride out the winter months along the southern coast. - traverse city record eagle
new efforts aim to keep cleanup workers safer. - a new safety program for fishermen and others cleaning up the deepwater horizon oil spill was put in place last week after officials learned that not all workers received proper training on the risks of heat stroke and other problems. - houma today
gulf oil leases get waivers. - despite president obama's promises of better safeguards for offshore drilling, federal regulators continue to approve plans for oil companies to drill in the gulf of mexico with minimal or no environmental analysis. - mcclatchy
senators want to stiffen ’90 spill law. - sens. bob menendez and frank lautenberg, both d-n.j., are leading the fight to change part of a 1990 law that they say opens the door for taxpayer bailouts of businesses and families hurt by the massive gulf of mexico oil spill. - everett herald
anxious monitoring near florida coral reefs for oil spill. - a team of scientists and divers for 20 days has been monitoring the world's third largest coral reefs at florida's dry tortugas islands for signs of the gulf of mexico oil spill. verdict: so far, so good. - afp
don't let disaster strike here. - oil refineries could dramatically increase around the great lakes as more oil is piped to and through wisconsin from the tar sands of alberta. it's time to redouble our efforts to protect the great lakes - the world's largest freshwater system - so threats are diminished before disaster can strike. - madison wisconsin state journal
drillers should earn liability protection. - the damage done to the gulf of mexico when bp's deepwater horizon blew out will rise into the billions of dollars and will be felt for many years to come. yet, under the liability caps enacted by congress in 1990, deep-water ports, have the potential to limit their owners' liability for the fallout to $75 million. - memphis commercial appeal
as our gulf painfully weeps, so do we. - one hundred years ago, communities would weep for joy upon hearing news of nearby gushers of oil. today in florida we weep with heartbreak at the news of the gusher erupting near our pristine coastline. the gulf is weeping, too. - tampa tribune
hand of god or man's mistakes? - as we find out more about this "accident," which could devastate the gulf coast's environment and economy for decades, it seems to be the inevitable result of a very human trait: greed. - lexington herald leader
new documents show bp made little progress on alaska safety issues from 2001 to 2007. - six years after a scathing 2001 internal review of jbp's alaska operations found that the company wasn't maintaining safety equipment and faced "a fundamental lack of trust" among workers, a follow-up study concluded bp had made little headway in addressing those concerns - propublica
as oil gushes in gulf, eyes are on sands to north in alberta. - even as millions of gallons of oil billow into the gulf of mexico from the bp spill, trillions lie in wait beneath the surface in northeastern alberta and western saskatchewan. canadian oil and government officials fervently deny they're trying to capitalize on the gulf crisis. - missoula missourian
seafood safety concerns take toll in restaurants nationwide. - restaurateurs, chefs and seafood suppliers across the country continue to struggle with the perception that louisiana seafood in particular and gulf seafood in general is tainted by the oil spill. - new orleans times picayune
drilling insurance costs set to skyrocket. - insurance costs for deepwater drilling are poised to rise by as much as 50 percent after the deepwater horizon disaster, and the increases are sharp enough that it could make some exploration and production projects too expensive no matter what happens with new regulations in washington - new orleans times picayune
lots of sharks, lots of oil seen off bon secour. - a two-inch layer of submerged oil hugged portions of the gulf seafloor off the bon secour national wildlife refuge on friday, a week after a smothering layer of floating crude washed ashore there - mobile press register
life aboard the drilling rig that's the gulf's last hope. - on saturday, a handful of journalists were flown from a helipad in houma, la., to the development driller 2 rig, about 40 miles offshore. it was the first media tour of one of the drilling rigs, the last hope for finally plugging the gushing underwater well. - mcclatchy
Saturday, June 19, 2010
skippy's saturday nite music club
spaghetti saucified ocean waves
tweets of the day
hey @coffeepartyusa, we wanna pick a fight w/ you! your girly lattes are nothing next to our manly lemongrass...
enough with the oil spill already? #bp only ruined the coast. we're trying to ruin the whole country! we want our air time! #teaparty #tcot
um, sorry about last tweet. guess we can't spell. damn private school education...
rep sharon angle at reno tea party tonite handing out anti-flouridation tablets for ur earl grey! #teaparty
queen meg comes to santa barbara
Friday, June 18, 2010
skippy's friday nite music club
yes we can live long and prosper
greg sargent tells us:
happy birthday sir paul
Thursday, June 17, 2010
tweet of the day
@franklinavenue no no no. burn down the city if you must, but don't eff our taco trucks. rt @seanbonner rt @xenijardin: they're attacking *taco trucks* now.
gop = greedy ol' petroleum
this morning, thinkprogress traveled to capitol hill to interview lawmakers about the escrow fund. several members of congress, like rep. john fleming (r-la) and rep. jim jordan (r-oh), agreed with the rsc’s criticism of the fund. even though fleming’s home state of louisiana has been devastated by bp’s spill, fleming attacked the administration for not trusting bp and for daring to “take control of all the money from bp.” asked about barton’s apology to bp, rep. devin nunes (r-ca) said any lawmaker has a right to “do what they want”:
fleming: i do because what we have seen from this administration is whenever something like this happens — look at automotive industry, financial industry — what they do is take control of dollars then they begin to disperse them along political agendas. and we’ve seen this happen before, and it looks like its the development here. bp has said, time and time again, that they will process all legitimate claims, we have no reason to believe they won’t. why does the administration feel like it’s got to take control of all the money from bp?
at this point, some in the party are actually defending him. sen. john cornyn (r-texas), chairman of the national republican senatorial committee, conceded that he "shares" barton's "concerns."
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
tweet of the day
some "socialists" now propose nationalizing bp's us operation. explain to me again why we pay them to sell us our own oil.
experts have spent decades studying the dangers oil development may pose to whales; now the day of reckoning has arrive. - national wildlife
Check out this great MSN Video: Fake President Maddow's Oval-Office-in-her-own-head address
gee, where does james cameron get all his ideas?
grasi vaxin göng
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
skippy's tuesday nite music club
president josiah bartlet's dad
lawrence o’donnell, whose career has taken him from the halls of the u.s. senate to the writing room of a top entertainment show, is now getting his own prime-time show on msnbc.
the cable news network announced tuesday that o’donnell, a longtime political analyst for msnbc who has been a regular substitute for keith olbermann, will helm a show that will air weeknights at 7 p.m. pt/10 p.m. et, replacing the repeat of olbermann’s nightly program. - latte times
from little acorns do big nuts grow
and with the kid’s face weirdly blurred out on the video and his identity still kept secret, it seems they’re unwilling to do that. coupled with the breitbart connection, that makes me more than a little suspicious about the broader context here.
yes, what the rep. did was wrong and yes, he should have apologized. but unless this guy has a history of john mccain rage, i’d have to think there’s more to the story than our fair and balanced reporters would have us believe.
interesting that there doesn’t seem to be a video showing the entire incident from the other camera’s pov. from the first part it’s clear that the guy’s camera was just a few inches from etheridege’s face.
and i don’t think the fact that etheridge apologized for his reaction equals an admission of criminal assault.
what tr said. you can’t have an assault without a victim. the fact that the alleged victims are hiding rather than trumpeting their victimhood all around the blogosphere is one of several indications that there’s something fishy going on here.
i’d bet money that a cop has already seen this, and said to the kid, why were you sticking that camera right in his face?
again, i’d expect better from one of our representatives, but this kid had no business getting in his face like that, either.
in the old days, and i am probably entirely wrong on this, i know, the washington d.c. police and the capitol police would probably have beaten those two young men into a light coma by sundown and would have had them transported to prince george’s county where they could be detained on charges of molesting a garden gnome.
this was an ambush gone bad. all of the clever and witty things they were going to say were forgotten so that they could blurt out something about supporting “the obama agenda.” well, of course a democrat congressman supports the obama agenda. how is that supposed to be an intelligent or thoughtful thing to say?
the best way to stop this sort of thing is for someone to be arrested and tried for breaking the law—just don’t do it in louisiana.
regardless of what the video looks like, it does not constitute all of the relevant evidence that a conscientious prosecutor would consider before making a decision whether to file charges. which means that greenwald’s “file review” is no more entitled to be taken seriously than bill frist’s “diagnosis” of terri schiavo.
Monday, June 14, 2010
skippy's monday nite music
criminally liable liar
man on a mission
such is the way of music remembered. and now i have a mission, that mission being to restore to the public's consciousness and adoration their appreciation for the late, the great...
Watch, listen, and have a laugh.
hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
flow it, show it
long as god can grow it
let it fly in the breeze
and get caught in the trees
give a home to the fleas in my hair
a home for fleas
a hive for bees
a nest for birds
there ain't no words
for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
flow it, show it
long as god can grow it
(from the musical "Hair")
pam (i admire that pam spaulding) has a posting over at pandagon about the travails of black women and the way they are judged over their hair. now this isn't a "white guys get the same sort of crap" posting, because white guys don't and i know it. but i can relate to it in a small way because of an experience i had when i was working at at&t in 1984 (this was the first year after the break up of the bell operating companies on 1/1/84, for you corporate history buffs).
i was working as a consultant on a series of six month contracts with at&t in parsippany, nj in a department run by a dope named larry...okay, so maybe i won't go ahead and name names, but his first name was larry and he was part of what some of us had dubbed the "southwest bell mafia", a group of privileged frat-boy dumbasses who came in from southwest bell, most of them from oklahoma, and did what privileged frat-boy dumbasses do.
some time during the spring i got a little skin problem and decided to grow a beard while it cleared up. i'd had beards before and thought it was no big deal. when my contract came up for renewal, i was told that larry had told my direct boss that i either shaved the beard or i wouldn't get another contract. i couldn't believe it.
i didn't shave the beard. i didn't get the new contract, which was fine because i was on a direct contract (i.e., not through a consulting firm), which meant i sometimes had to wait as long as six weeks between paychecks because of at&t's accounting system. i was hired about three weeks later for more money elsewhere. i also shaved the beard a few weeks later when the skin problem cleared up.
there is nothing to protect you from having a boss edit your appearance, under threat of etrmination, even when your appearance has nothing to do with job performance, yet people think employers don't have enough power.
tea and no sympathy
kevin drum summarized the problem nicely: "who could have predicted that a cranky, leaderless movement with no real goals and driven mostly by an inchoate sense of persecution, aggrievement, and sarah palin hero worship would eventually turn in on itself and splinter into a thousand embittered little pieces?"
for my money, i still think the tea partiers' biggest problem is not having an agenda. i'm not exactly an expert in the intricacies of political movements, but as i understand it, successful movements tend to have clearly-defined goals. the tea partiers have offered hysterical tirades for well over a year now, and no one can say with any certainty exactly what these folks actually want.
addendum: leave it to chris matthews to be behind the curve:
ooooh, that's scary, keeds!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
skippy's sunday nite music club
tweet of the day
on behalf of england, i declare war on the united states. now, does anyone need fuel for their tanks and jets? ^tony
environmental news stories sunday
yes. the candidate i was working for, das williams, won the democratic nod in the primary contest for california's 35 assembly district. (and, boy, did it get ugly on the other side)...but, staying positive...onward to the november general election. so...back to the job at hand today. those pesky stories about the environment that you might not have see on the front page of the newspaper. (and, yes, virginia...there are more stories than just the disaster on the gulf.)
timor sea blowout foreshadowed disaster in gulf. - ever since the deepwater horizon rig exploded and sank, many have said that it was an unforeseeable event that could not be anticipated. yet last august, an oil well blew out off the coast of australia, dumping oil into the timor sea for 10 weeks and becoming australia's largest oil spill. - new orleans picayune
beaches turn black in baldwin county as oily waves roll in. - thousands of people lined gulf shores' beaches, but almost no one dared even put a toe in the water. large pools of black crude gathered on the shore. farther east, from orange beach to perdido pass, clumps of oil washed up on the black-speckled coast - mobile press register
surfers against sewage: the muck stops here. - when surfers against sewage first took to the waves – and airwaves – in 1990, they were dismissed as meddling hippies, and a threat to cornwall's tourism. twenty years on, even the queen has celebrated their success in cleaning up hundreds of miles of coastline - london observer
cape lobster industry faces crisis. - in what could be the first major economic blow to local fisheries pinned on global warming, regulators are contemplating shutting down the lobster industry from buzzards bay to long island sound for five years due to a drastic population drop brought on by temperature changes of just a few degrees in inshore waters - cape cod times
oil spill in red butte creek threatens waters, wildlife.- even as the bp gulf coast oil tragedy and its stumbling cleanup efforts continue to dominate the news, salt lake city awakened saturday morning to its own ecological disaster. containment of a crude oil spill into red butte creek is expected to continue through sunday - salt lake deseret morning news
connell organic farmer touts 'beetle banks' to protect crops. - organic farmer brad bailie is a believer in bugs. strips of blooming plants in a maze of colors dot his 600-acre farm. they border fields of potatoes, onions, and other crops. In each strip, insects, from wasps to flies and lady bugs, search for plant-damaging insects or larvae to eat - tacoma news tribune
lugar's climate bill taps into his hoosier roots. - could a prius-driving republican who sequesters carbon on his indiana tree farm break partisan gridlock over climate-change legislation? - jefferson evening news and tribune
warming permafrost threatens arctic ice cellars. - researchers were conducting a climate change focus study in point hope, alaska, when "right off the bat, people starting talking about this growing problem of not being able to keep their whale meat and muktuk frozen all year. - anchorage arctic sounder
lessons from the bay area's lowest point. - cities and public agencies are looking to the army corps to help them cope with the long-term threat of rising sea levels - san mateo county times
fledgling biodiesel industry fights to survive. - it's an industrial-strength irony — used restaurant fryer oil is valuable enough for environmentalist early-adopters to steal it from outdoor tanks to power their cars, but the companies that collect it and process it can't charge enough to make a profit - hartford courant
a kinder kind of paper. - for 15 years people have sniffed the tree-free paper products made by ecopaper inc. to see if they smell like the bananas they’re made from - ventura county star
5 of the world's 7 sea turtles are threatened by the bp gulf oil spill. - from the most abundant sea turtle in the world, to the world's only vegetarian sea turtle, five threatened and endangered turtles are in peril, thanks to the bp gulf oil spill - daily green
s.c. shrimpers fear oil spill impact. - if bp’s oil slick hits the gulf stream, moves up the east coast, and spreads inland, it could mean the closure of popular fishing grounds off charleston, beaufort, hilton head island, mcclellanville and georgetown, shrimpers say - columbia star
peruvian poison town. - la oroya is a mining town in the peruvian andes. it is also one of the world’s 10 most polluted places, according to the blacksmith institute - globalpost
jakarta water crisis. - the jakarta groundwater condition is very severe. according to some studies, the number of city dwellers who have access to clean water is only 6-15 percent. water as a public good, should be provided by the government, including subsidies for people living in poverty - jakarta post
the next drilling disaster? - hydrofracking has been embraced as a promising "bridge fuel" that could help smooth the transition to renewable energy sources. but a string of recent disasters – including the tva coal ash spill, the massey coal mine explosion and the deepwater horizon oil spill – have demonstrated all too vividly that failure to regulate and oversee resource extraction can lead to catastrophe - nation
Saturday, June 12, 2010
now this is enlightened football!
tweet of the date
prank the nerds at the nrdc! send a note to your senator saying bp rules, gulf of mexico drools! http://ow.ly/1XDjM
mad about nevada's wingnut angle
Friday, June 11, 2010
mad about kick ass limericks
fresh aire interviews that aren't, well, so fresh
josh fox who made the documentary "gasland" which is being shown on hbo on june 21
and abraham lustgarden of propublica about his wapo article re: bp's internal documents that show they repeatedly disregarded environmental and safety laws.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
mad about haley's barbaric attitude
mean girl alert: carly doesn't heart hannity, meg, or barb's hair
carly fiorina disses meg whitman's decision to go on sean hannity's show (as well as hannity himself, and barbara boxer's haircut as "so yesterday.")
thx to think progress for the heads up on this story!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
but the bigger story here is how the white house spit on the unions' involvement, thus alienating any future labor vote:
"organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet on a pointless exercise," the official said. "if even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key house races across this country, that could have made a real difference in november."
lincoln relied heavily both on obama's endorsement, which she advertised relentlessly on radio and in the mail, and on the backing of former president bill clinton, who backed her to the hilt.
lincoln foe bill halter had the unstinting support of the afl-cio, seiu, afscme and other major unions. and labor officials tuesday evening were already working to spin the narrow loss of their candidate, bill halter, as a moral victory, but the cost in money and in the goodwill of the white house may be a steep price to pay for a near miss.
and we'd say that the goodwill that was lost was that of labor, which the white house may learn to regret. ezra klein offers his thoughts, with which we agree:
seiu sends over a statement from national political director jon youngdahl that constitutes the first on-the-record threat since the election not to support the democrat:
we'll see if blanche lincoln is made a better senator for having to answer to working arkansans over these past few weeks. and if you are larry kissell (nc-08) or zach space (oh-18) or mike mcmahon (ny-13) or michael arcuri (ny-24) or another candidate who stopped advocating for the needs of working families once elected, the labor movement is going to be at the side of those voters who demand change.
"we have a responsibility to our members," this official says. "we have issues our members want us to fight for. she doesn't fight for those issues. it's not realistic that she should expect our support."
ms. fiorina, a former chief executive of hewlett-packard, beat tom campbell, a former congressman, and chuck devore, whose candidacy drew the backing of many tea party activists. she will face the incumbent senator, barbara boxer, a democrat, in the fall.
ms. whitman, the former chief executive of ebay and a billionaire, had invested a small share of her personal fortune to prevail in the governor’s race over steve poizner, the state insurance commissioner, who put $24 million of his own money into his primary campaign. she will challenge jerry brown, the state’s democratic attorney general, who was first elected governor of california three decades ago.
on the other hand, the california dem's are still living in the 70's.
addendum: unfortunately for those who enjoy watching the crazy, orly taitz lost her bid for repubbb nominee for attorney general. too bad!
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
mad about kirk's "factual" quirks
Monday, June 07, 2010
splice of life
(b) a hybrid human-animal embryo produced by fertilizing a human egg with a nonhuman sperm;(c) a hybrid human-animal embryo produced by fertilizing a nonhuman egg with a human sperm;
(d) an embryo produced by introducing a nonhuman nucleus into a human egg;
(e) an embryo produced by introducing a human nucleus into a nonhuman egg;
(f) an embryo containing at least haploid sets of chromosomes from both a human and a nonhuman life form;
(g) a nonhuman life form engineered with the intention of generating functional human gametes within the body of a nonhuman life form;
(h) a nonhuman life form engineered such that it contains a human brain or a brain derived wholly from human neural tissues.
which means, we suppose, we should expect a bill banning the digging up and re-animating of corpse parts sewn together, or at least the criminilization of turning into animals during the full moon.
addendum: sam wilkinson, commenting over @ steve benen's place, reminds us that this means no more human centipedes.