Archive for February 3, 2012

Having a Democrat in the White House is Bad for Business


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February 3, 2012 at 5:02 PM Leave a comment

The Gas Industry May be its Own Worst Enemy

Looks like the gas industry’s exuberance and greed — fracking, fracking, fracking everywhere — may be its undoing:

Photo: People Magazine

Natural-gas prices are on the floor. Could they go negative?

The probability that wholesale gas prices will drop below $2 per million British thermal units, from today’s almost $2.50, is rising. Gas hasn’t closed below $2 since September 2009. Today’s market shares one critical similarity to then: bulging gas inventories. This overhang of excess supply could crash prices even further this spring.






February 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM Leave a comment

Buy Your Pink, Susan G. Komen Handgun Now

What is the Susan G. Komen Foundation thinking:


Discount Gun Sales is proud to team up with the Susan B. Koman Foundation to offer the Walther P-22 Hope Edition in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of each P-22 Hope Edition will be donated to the Seattle Branch of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The P-22 Hope Edition has an exclusive DuraCoat Pink slide in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Utilizing the same reliable controls and firing mechanism that has made the Walther P-22 America’s top selling handgun, the Hope Edition will be a limited production pistol offered exclusively through Discount Gun Sales.


What a strange organization.  Their actions are so contradictory.  On the one hand they’re trying to save women’s lives, on the other they’re selling guns.

February 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM 1 comment

Komen Reverses Planned Parenthood Funding Decision, Apologizes

UPDATED below.

The Komen Foundation has just released the following statement:

We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.

The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

Thank you Komen Foundation.

UPDATED @3:04 p.m. ET:

Greg Sargent adds this detail after speaking with a Komen Foundation board member:

I just got off the phone with a Komen board member, and he confirmed that the announcement does not mean that Planned Parenthood is guaranteed future grants — a demand he said would be “unfair” to impose on Komen.

February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM Leave a comment

Depressing News for Republicans

Republicans want as many Americans as possible to be unemployed (at least through November 6) so I imagine they’re in a pretty bad mood today:  Job Growth Surges, Jobless Rate Drops to 8.3 Percent

February 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM Leave a comment

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