Friday, May 14, 2010

Obama finds a portion of his spine . . .

It's about time. Maybe Obama is finally figuring it out that the Rethuglicans have no desire to see him and the country succeed in getting past this economic crisis and putting Americans back to work.

More of it please.



Nitrate contamination spreading in California communities
May 13, 2010 | Julia Scott

The water supply of more than two million Californians has been exposed to harmful levels of nitrates over the past 15 years – a time marked by lax regulatory efforts to contain the colorless and odorless contaminant, a California Watch investigation has found.

Nitrates are now the most common groundwater contaminant in California and across the country. A byproduct of nitrogen-based farm fertilizer, animal manure, wastewater treatment plants and leaky septic tanks, nitrates leach into the ground and can be expensive to extract.

The problem affects both rural Californians and wealthier big-city water systems. State law requires public water systems to remove nitrates. Many rural communities, however, don’t have access to the type of treatment systems available in metropolitan areas.

Nitrates have been linked to “blue baby syndrome,” which cuts off an infant’s oxygen supply. Some studies have found connections to certain cancers in lab animals.

Once again lax gov't oversight and/or de-regulation results in direct harm to U.S. citizens.

I've issued this challenge before to conservative acquaintances and as I've never had anyone respond to the challenge, I'll do so again. Show me a single, evidence documented case of an industry that was de-regulated and ended up benefitting anyone other than than wealthy Wall Street investors. Just one case - ONE!

The proverbial silence is deafening.


Ecological Holocaust . . . coming soon to a beach near you!

May 14, 2010

The amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico is at least 10 times the size of official estimates, according to an exclusive NPR analysis.

At NPR's request, experts examined video that BP released Wednesday. Their findings suggest the BP spill is already far larger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez accident in Alaska, which spilled at least 250,000 barrels of oil.

The gooey, smelly, life destroying shit has just begun to come ashore. Wait until it hits with full force. You'll see these idiot "drill baby drill" fuckheads trampling each other to backtrack from their support of offshore drilling and find hiding places from the media. And all that will remain will be Queen Sarah of the Exxon, Rush Limpballs and the FOX "News" crowd left to publicly defend BP and offshore drilling and blame it all on the evil dictator Obama.

Somehow I don't think they're going to get away with it this time.


The "Back Up Sump Pump" candidate . . .

Not that I needed Keith Olbermann to bolster my long held contention that Sarah Palin is moron, but it is nice when someone who has more viewers than my dozen or so fans goes on national television to pretty much convey the same view which I've been positing for quite some time.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Justice -- The Great Icy North Style . . .

The Icelanders have got the right idea. I've always said - erect a gallows in front of the NY Stock Exchange, publicly hang a few of these Banksters and Investment firm CEO's and traders and you'll see Wall Street clean up their crooked act pretty fucking quick.

By Haukur Holm (AFP) – 22 hours ago

REYKJAVIK — More than a year and a half after Iceland's major banks failed, all but sinking the country's economy, police have begun rounding up a number of top bankers while other former executives and owners face a two-billion-dollar lawsuit.

Since Iceland's three largest banks -- Kaupthing, Landsbanki and Glitnir -- collapsed in late 2008, their former executives and owners have largely been living untroubled lives abroad.

But the publication last month of a parliamentary inquiry into the island nation's profound financial and economic crisis signaled a turning of the tide, laying much of the blame for the downfall on the former bank heads who had taken "inappropriate loans from the banks" they worked for.

Just saying . . .


Gun Goons Gone Wild! . . .

The Gunsmoke crowd is hard at work advancing American society back to the Dodge City, Kansas days.

Last month, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed legislation to allow “concealed carry permit holders to bring loaded guns” into establishments that serve alcohol. The law does not permit gun holders to consume alcohol, though the gun lobby is working to get that changed.

Virginia isn’t alone in its quest to arm its bar patrons. The Georgia state house has also passed a bill that would make it “legal to enter a bar or restaurant with a licensed concealed weapon and get drunk,” as long as the individual doesn’t fire the weapon.

Tennessee, too, is trying to follow in Virginia’s footsteps. Last year, the legislature overrode Gov. Phil Bredesen’s veto to pass a law providing gun owners the right to carry their weapons into any restaurant, except those whose predominant business was to serve alcohol. But the law was declared unconstitutionally vague by a state court, so Tennessee is trying again. This time, the law provides “no exclusions for where guns can be carried, as long as permit holders don’t consume alcohol.”

Ahh yes - that good old fashioned, barrel-chested American independence and cultural hegemony!

I mean truly - what could possible go wrong with allowing concealed weapons to be carried in to drinking establishments?

You gotta give the NRA credit - their aggressive, big money lobbying efforts have certainly bought and paid for just about every piece of mind-numbingly stupid gun legislation which they've ever prematurely ejaculated over just thinking about. But I really have to say - allowing Wyatt Earp wannabes to hang out at the local watering hole with their Tec-9's tucked in their waistbands pretty much takes the cake in the overall rank stupidity department.

I am not by any means an anti-gun activist. I grew up in the midwest, hunted, fished, owned and own guns. But there are some fundamentally common sense rules that should simply be adhered to as far as gun ownership goes. One of them is that booze and guns is never a good mix.

So maybe someone can help me understand this - what is it with these conservative, right-wing, teabagging assklowns who feel compelled to openly tote around their Dirty Harry magnums and their Rambo assault rifles in public venues such as restaurants, churches and bars? Sure - there's the occasional media-hyped story about some rogue nut shooting up one of these places, but let's be fucking realistic here -- your chances of being killed by a gun from someone you know is much more likely than your being killed by some random, crazed shooter interrupting your Denny's Grand Slam breakfast or your Sunday praise-the-invisible-cloud-being service.

I've become convinced that these guys who like to puff their chests out and strut around in public with their gun belts strapped on and their military assault rifles slung over their shoulders suffer from the same small penis syndrome disease that seems to afflict these other inferiority complex buffoons - like the ones who drive around urban streets in 2-story tall Monster trucks with their confederate flags flapping from their radio antennas, or these Militia handjobs who dress up in camouflage khakis and face paint and run around in the woods on weekends bayoneting small woodland creatures and pretending that they are saving 'Murrika' from the evil dictator Obama.

When I think of these bed-wetting paranoid tools, I can't help but wonder how this country has made it this far without devolving into one gigantic, real life Deputy Dawg cartoon.


Beck's Nazi Tourette's . . .

In 5 minutes, Lewis Black gives us the sum total of what Glenn Beck's existence is all about.

Brilliant - - and thank you Lewis.

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