Archive for April 13, 2012
Three years after Darth Vader left office, the Associated Press ran this photo today (screenshot because I have a feeling it’ll be taken down):
See the original article here (if it’s still there).
Yep. That’s the way most of us think of good old Dick.
I wonder who will be fired for not using a picture like this, one more in line with the image the establishment wants us to have of the Dick:
Gee. We the Peons have to file our federal income tax return by April 17. Mitt Romney? Not so much:
The Romney campaign today:
“Earlier this year, Gov. Romney released his 2010 tax return and an estimate of his 2011 income and taxes. This is an extension for filing his 2011 actual return, similar to what he has done in prior years,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement. “Sometime in the next six months, and prior to the election, Gov. Romney will file and release the 2011 return when there is sufficient information to provide an accurate return.”
“Sometime in the next six months” means by October 13. I guess Romney’s accountants need more time to fill in all those zeros and commas.
Once again, a cleverly named government agency — the “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” (supposedly created to protect consumers) — caves to the corporatocracy:
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided not to challenge credit card companies on introductory fees. Credit card companies had been more aggressive in charging fees to users before they use a credit card, ever since new regulations made it so they could no longer charge more than 25 percent of the total credit limit in standard fees.
The CFPB originally proposed regulations to eliminate the introductory fees, but on Thursday relented and decided not to pursue the matter.
This agency is a joke.
I’m so glad it’s Friday.
Man-oh-man, the Romney are pushing all the we-are-oblivious buttons next week when they celebrate Ann Romney’s birthday.
On Monday the 16th, they’ll be partying at the home of Fred Malek III. Malek served under presidents Nixon and Bush. “In 2008, he served as the National Finance Co-Chair of John McCain’s Presidential campaign. He’s had a formidable business career as well, serving important roles with Mariott and the Carlyle Group and Northwest Airlines.”
In 1959, Malek was arrested (but subsequently not charged) in an incident involving a dead, skinned dog on a barbecue spit:
On a Friday in August 1959, five men in their twenties were arrested about 2 a.m. and held in the county jail all day after sheriff’s deputies found a blood-spattered, unoccupied car about 1:15 a.m. at the entrance to Vicary’s Park on Kickapoo Creek Road near Peoria, Ill.
Joined by Sheriff Harry P. Backes, two deputies had found two men walking toward the park entrance; the two men told the deputies that they had struck a dog and were going to bury it.
Further investigation revealed three others hiding in some weeds, the sheriff said. Because the men’s car was saturated with blood and they gave conflicting stories at the time of their arrest, Sheriff Backes thought there might have been a connection between the dog incident and a strong-arm robbery earlier in the evening.
After checking the blood-spattered pants of one of the men at the state crime laboratory in Springfield, it was determined that the stains were animal and not human blood. Backes said the men then changed their story and said they had “caught a dog and were barbecuing it.”
Police then found the skinned animal on a spit in the park. The insides of the dog had been removed, and a bottle of liquor was found on a nearby park table. Backes said the men told him they had been drinking earlier in the evening at a West Bluff tavern.
One of the men arrested in the incident, in which a dog was killed, skinned, gutted and barbecued on a spit, was Frederick V. Malek, 22, of Berwyn, Ill.
It seems to me that being associated with a guy with this in his past isn’t such a good idea given Romney’s history with dogs. You know, the dog-on-roof thing.
And then on Tuesday the 17th Melania Trump (Don’s wife) is throwing a millionaire-on millionaire party for Ann at a gig in New York.
Undoubtedly they’ll eat our cake for us.
I live in Boulder, Colorado and this scares the shit out of me:
After an early start to Colorado’s wildfire season, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is concerned that the Forest Service’s small, aging air tanker fleet isn’t capable of keeping civilians safe.
In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on Thursday, the senator wrote he “is unconvinced the USFS’s current air tanker fleet is prepared to adequately address an immense wildfire or even what is sure to be a long fire season.”
Drought, squirrelly winds and a pine beetle epidemic have left many parts of the West susceptible to wildfires. Firefighters have already sprung into action. In Colorado, a prescribed burn that unexpectedly reignited killed three residents near Conifer. More than 15,000 heat records fell nationwide in what was an especially dry and toasty March. With about 98 percent of Colorado in a drought, many experts warn this year has the potential to be the busiest fire season in a decade.
n a strategy statement sent to Congress in February, the Forest Service reported that it expects 10 of its 11 air tankers to be retired by 2021.
“We’ve been doing research on the effects of a changing climate to the vegetation on our nation’s forests for over two decades,” he told the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. “When it comes to fire, we’re definitely seeing much longer fire seasons in many parts of the country, another 60 or 70 days longer than what we used to experience.”
The post goes on with a copy of Sen. Udall’s letter to Tidwell. See it here.
To give you an idea how close to home this hits for me, imagine having signs like this in your neighborhood which, unfortunately, I do:
Not only are the trees and grasses tinder dry already, in the middle of April, traditionally our wettest month, but we get high winds that sweep eastward out of the Rockies (my house is literally at the base of the Rocky Mountains). It isn’t uncommon for those winds to gust to 100 mph. So couple an idiot tourist who’s hiking in the foothills who drops a cigarette butt amidst dry everything, high winds and high temperatures, and my whole neighborhood of something like 2,000 homes goes up in flames.
Add to that the pitiful number of ancient tankers (11 for the whole freakin’ country) and one doesn’t feel particularly relaxed. And when I say ancient, I mean ancient. Look at what happened to a tanker in California in 2007:
So, gee, if we weren’t spending a billion dollars a week in Afghanistan or more than the rest of the world combined on our military in general, we might be able to afford to bring our Forest Service firefighting capabilities from the 1950’s into the 21st century.
Our priorities are so screwed up.
New Gallup poll out today:
Six in 10 Americans favor Congress passing the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would mandate a minimum 30% tax rate for Americans with a household income of $1 million per year or more. Majorities of both Democrats and independents favor the policy, while a majority of Republicans oppose it.
Get ‘er done congress.