Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dense governors and wildfires: Texas and Arizona joined at the hip.

The latest from shoot first aim second Arizona Senator John McCain.  While visiting the Wallow fire in northern Arizona Senator Senile claimed brush fires are started by illegal immigrants.  When pressed about which fire, McCain could not answer.  No one should be surprised by this statement as McCain also claimed that Phoenix was the kidnap capital of the world without offering any data to support the false allegation.  Paging Wilford Brimley, please take Senator McCain to the Cocoon pool please.
While the fate of the New York state same sex marriage law remains uncertain, no one can argue that Republican state senator Roy McDonald didn’t make the proceedings a lot more interesting with this quote explaining why he was switching his vote in support of the bill:  You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing.”
"You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.
"I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."
Congratulations Neil Armstrong.  Kraft Foods’ Tang has passed the $1Billion in sales, 54 years after its introduction by General Foods in 1957. I shall raise a celebratory glass of the orange stuff with my Swansons’ Fried Chicken TV dinner (apple cobbler for dessert).
Add Chris Wallace to the list of Faux Newsmen who have tried and failed to out-funny and outdebate Jon Stewart.  Stewart is a comedian by training; Faux News is funny by accident.
So everybody is talking up Rick Perry and the Texas miracle because so many jobs have been created there.  Well the truth is so many jobs have been created there because so many jobs were lost there.  Texas ranks right in the middle of the pack at #24 with an unemployment rate of 8%.  For the record, Massachusetts and its Democratic governor Deval Patrick are ranked 20th at 7.6%.  Does that mean Patrick should run for President in 2016? 
Thanks to the documentary GasLand, public awareness of the dangers of hydraulic fracturing or fracking has increased.  So when the 1st state to require gas companies to disclose the contents of their fracking fluid many thought it would be the anti-business, anti-energy, pro-regulation liberal bations such as Massachusetts, Oregon, or New York.  Shockingly it was Texas.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill requiring drillers to publicly disclose the chemicals they use when extracting oil and gas from dense rock formations. 
Remember how the Palestinians and Arabs were celebrating the Cairo accord that would surely lead to the reunification of Fatah and Hamas and create a singular Palestinian state that would no doubt be recognized by the UN?  Funny, reports of the great unity were greatly exaggerated as a scheduled meeting between the rivals was cancelled.  Some reunions are easier to pull off than others.
Which brings me to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s editorial in the June 20th Financial Times where he claims the Palestinians deserve Obama’s support in September when a vote for Palestinian statehood is brought up in the UN.  Deserve?  Funny choice of words.  The proper phrasing would be earned, but alas the militant Hamas has not earned anything of the sorts as long as it swears to Israel’s destruction and continues to launch rockets at innocent Israeli citizens.  As soon as Arab leaders realize they are not entitled to anything, the better off their people will be. 

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