Nice weather is upon us at last! I got a lot done around the house today and got the launch permit for one of my kayaks. They are two year Fish & Boat Commission stickers so I alternate my two kayaks each year. It seems that fewer and fewer places are handling them. I have a few things to still do to get my trailer in shape then it’ll be back out on the water after a long, hard winter.
The firm which was preparing to defend DOMA for House Republicans announced today it will not do so. Paul Clement, the attorney who took the case then resigned from the firm and will do the defense on his own. The law firm was getting tons of bad press for defending discrimination and didn’t seem comfortable with the publicity.
Tea baggers seem especially upset over gas prices. Entering the Gamesa plant afew weeks ago to cover the President’s visit several of them were holding signs blaming Obama for the high prices. Aren’t these the Ayn Rand aficionados who are all hell bent on free markets determining everything? I suppose only until the free market hurts them? Now they’re demanding governmental intervention. Can you say hypocrisy?
A new WikiLeaks document dump is revealing what happened at Gitmo. Interviews, dossiers of prisoners and other information is illustrating how sorry our efforts were under Bush. One detaineee was a sheep herder, another was kept for years because he happened upon some Arabic documents. It took us years to determine he didn’t even speak the language. Future terror attacks resulting from Gitmo, Abu Ghraib and other atrocities will be blamed on other factors rather than our own pathetic policies. The question will pour from lips everywhere? “Why did they attack us?”
Chesapeake Energy finally got their exploding gas well under control in Bradford County. One result is that gas companies have finally agreed to stop dumping toxic fracking fluid into our waterways and through sewage treatment plants unequipped to handle the substance. All of our efforts are beginning to gain some success. It is imperative everyone continue applying pressure.
Tom Corbett said he wants to make Pennsylvania the “Texas of natural gas” but even in Texas they tax gas extraction. Texas even has its citizen’s opposition to fracking now. Can we say “frack you Tom Corbett?”
The gas industry claims natural gas is a “clean” fuel but facts say otherwise. Five millions of water are required to frack each well each time (each well can be fracked about a dozen times) and loads of methane gas are emitted. Methane is especially bad for climate change. Also factoring in the gasoline and diesel from all the rigs hauling water, sand and chemicals to each well and gas may be dirtier even than coal.
Natural gas is mostly methane, which is a much more potent greenhouse gas, especially in the short term, with 105 times more warming impact, pound for pound, than carbon dioxide (CO2), Howarth said, adding that even small leaks make a big difference. He estimated that as much as 8 percent of the methane in shale gas leaks into the air during the lifetime of a hydraulic shale gas well-up to twice what escapes from conventional gas production.
Sen. Jane Orie’s retrial has been scheduled for October. Her lawyers are appealing to Superior Court with her argument that she cannot be tried again under double jeopardy. That’s a bit ridiculous since it is apparent her team doctored evidence presented at trial. You shouldn’t be able to cheat your way to an acquittal.
The next time someone tries selling you on Amway use this information on them. Rich and Betsy DeVos are co-owners of the private company infamous for its pyramid schemes. They sink millions into GOP campaigns, think tanks and religious right organizations. Now they’re funding the efforts to privatize public schools. SB1 is in a holding pattern in Harrisburg but it may still get a vote so boycott Amway.
The water problems plaguing Harrisburg last week have been blamed on beavers. Now the Harrisburg Beavers are being blamed for every ill besetting that poor ‘burgh. Someone has even begun a Twitter account in their name. The fake Linda Thompson (the horribly incapable Mayor) account is blaming all of her incompetence on the furry creatures.
Rick Santorum says he will repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell if elected president. This is the same guy who also wants to tell you what sex acts you can and cannot do in the privacy of your home. Isn’t that the ultimate “big government?”
I went into my local AT&T store this afternoon to complain about my iPhone tracking me and the people didn’t know what I was referring to and had nothing to tell me about how to disable the feature. AT&T, are you listening? I can’t hear you now.
Racist Governor Haley Barbour announced he will not run for president. The GOP fields of clowns remains the same.
Apparently there’s a wedding this Friday for a couple known as Will and Kate. Seems to be a big deal since the supposed cable “news” people are all agog over the event. I wonder if the future princess will wear a white gown? I mean, they’ve been shacked up for a year so I’m assuming she’s no longer a virgin?
I heard a GOP radio commercial today claiming the Republicans didn’t vote to end Medicare. Did they read their bill?