“The stimulus didn’t just waste your money; it planted the seeds from which the poisonous tree of death panels will grow.” - Mike Huckabee
"The president and his aides know that the G.O.P. approach to the budget is wrongheaded and destructive. But they’ve stopped making the case for an alternative approach; instead, they’ve positioned themselves as know-nothings lite, accepting the notion that spending must be slashed immediately — just not as much as Republicans want." - Paul Krugman
|Force and direction of disasters in Japan|
It's just the worst news, the earthquake and following tsunami in Japan. Over the weekend we'll find out how devastating it was, and hopefully, there won't be too many aftershocks, which can cause the most damage to buildings that have become fragile. This is the kind of disaster that people living on the West Coast of the US dread, you know the waves are coming, you just don't know how large they will be... Already, about 70 small craft have been damaged from surges entering into small craft harbors, another testimony to the lack of foresight and bad planning by the Army Core of Engineers... The pictures already coming in from the destruction on Japan portrays buildings broken into kindling, and thousands of people walking around Tokyo in shock...
"King joked that his hearing had been "attacked by everybody from CAIR to Kim Kardashian." If a young woman, who is not known for having any intelligence, and is known for having a big booty, takes the time to criticize you, then you must really be some kind of dumb-ass, Mr King...
What we are now seeing, with the unleashing of right wing craziness, are attempts to make changes according to their agenda, without bothering to use logic or attempts to make arguments to sway the public.
The House Panel on the EPA voted to strip the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions: "Republicans and their industry allies accuse the administration of levying taxes on traditional energy sources through costly environmental regulations, threatening the economic recovery and driving jobs overseas.
Many Republicans also argue that global warming is an unproven theory and that no action is needed to combat it, and they are backed by lobbies representing manufacturers; small businesses; agriculture; and the chemical, coal and oil industries; all of which have a big financial stake in hamstringing the E.P.A."
"As he takes heat from both sides, Mr. Obama is moving cautiously. Gone are his calls for sweeping action on climate change by putting a ceiling on greenhouse gas emissions or a price on carbon dioxide.
Today, the president rarely utters the words “climate change” or “global warming,” and instead talks about expanding production from nuclear power, domestic oil and natural gas, “clean coal” and new technologies.
The president acknowledges that the window for comprehensive action on climate change in the United States has closed for the foreseeable future as a result of Republican gains in the midterm elections." Perhaps it is President Obama who needs to travel to Egypt and Tunisia for some inspiration, instead of sending Hillary...
Should we throw him a party? Get him a watch? How do you say thank you to one of the most unimpressive and inspirational men alive? What I would like to see now, is to have the Dalai Lama join Anthony Bourdain in his travels around the world in the television show, No Reservations...