Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Better late than never

·        To say I have been a critic of the Arizona State Government is an understatement on scale with Bill Belichick may know a thing or two about coaching.  And while they may have the best of intentions in proposing a new law that keeps protesters 300 feet away from a funeral, it cannot make up for the 2010 legislative pile of dung they passed: weapons in bars and restaurants, no need for a permit for concealed carry, anti-immigration, banning ethnic studies, and requiring proof of citizenship to be on a presidential ballot to name a few.  And as much as I find Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church heinous, repugnant, and loathsome this legislation only brings more attention to these societal parasites. 
·        NASA scientists have identified the mysterious cosmic cloud in space as a star creating region between two galaxies with a side of quasar.  Originally discovered by the Hubble telescope in 2010 this green blob was first thought to be a galactic version of the smoke that Rush Limbaugh blows out of his ass.
·        The BP owned Trans Alaska Pipeline System has been shut down since Saturday due to an oil leak at a pumping station.  While this leak is nothing like the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon failure, it is another strike against Hayward’s Heroes.  Further, this small leak led to a $2/barrel increase in crude oil. The GOP goes on about how the President’s push for oil drilling reform is driving up prices, the same slicks say nothing about system failures and the associated price increases.  The President’s commission on the Deepwater Horizon spill, citing ‘systemic failure’, called on Congress, the administration and the oil and gas sector  to “make sweeping changes based on practices in other industries and petroleum-producing countries.”
·        From the “You Cannot be Freaking Serious” Files”, Tom Donohue, chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had the following to say "The resulting regulatory tsunami poses the single biggest challenge to jobs, global competitiveness and the future of American enterprise.”  Donahue blamed regulations for costing the U.S. economy $1.7 trillion per year while referencing problems from additional regulatory activity from the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency and the new health care bill.  Was this schmuck sleeping through the previous decade when the regulation free, no accountability, rape, and pillage ‘free marketers’ proved that the free market is pretty freaking expensive?
·        Has spending the last few years on MSNBC turned Joe Scarborough into a liberal?  Scarborough has boldly gone where no conservative has gone before: take on both Palin and Beck.  “Nobody can find a direct link to a Sarah Palin ad or a Michele Bachmann statement or the extreme rants from the left,” he says. “But it serves as a very clear warning to everyone involved in politics that there are unbalanced people out there who may seize on any words they hear and the consequences may be devastating. “If my Republican Party really thinks Sarah Palin is the best Republican candidate in 2012, or believes a talk-show host should be calling the president a racist”—he pauses here—“that’s not my party.”   Well said Joe.
·        The GOP loves to defend the rights of gun owners and the 2nd amendment which is why they are calling the Tucson shooting the work of a mentally deranged individual and not an issue of gun control or lack thereof.  Concurrently, the GOP is out to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which included increased funding and coverage for mental health centers and treatment.  So, if it’s not guns, but mental illness, are we saying the GOP is pro gun and pro mental illness and ergo for arming the mentally ill?  Of course not, I was trying to see what it’s like to make a Beckerhead illogical argument non sequitur.

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