Archive for May 4, 2012
The Heartland Institute‘s mission is to convince Americans that climate change is a bunch of hooey so they’re out with a new billboard ad campaign equating those who know it’s a real to scary, insane people:
Future ads will feature
Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists [*] who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010).
Geezus. I see something like this and I think of darling, innocent, blond-haired 3-year-old Noah next door; the wildly athletic (a maniac on a bicycle) 4-year-old Otto next to him and the pregnant woman across the street. What kind of world are those kids going to inherit? Damn the Heartland Institute. They will go down in history as monsters who wanted to kill the planet while genuflecting to their oil company benefactors.
[*] Charles Manson and Fidel Castro are/were “global warming alarmists” as was Osama bin Laden? Really?
On Tuesday, newly-appointed, openly-gay Romney spokesman Richard Grenell was forced to resign after his gayness caused him to be targeted by radical religious right uber-conservatives lead by Bryan Fischer.
Today on his radio show, “Focal Point,” Fisher wondered:
Let me ask you this question, people have raised this question, if Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, coopted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin? How is he going to stand up to North Korea if he can be pushed around by a yokel like me? I don’t think Romney is realizing the doubts that this begins to raise about his leadership. I don’t think for one minute that Mitt Romney did not want this guy gone; he wanted this guy gone because there was not one word of defense, not a peep, from the Romney camp to defend him. They just went absolutely stone cold silent, they put a bag over Grenell’s head, they even asked him to organize this phone conference and they didn’t even let him speak at the conference that he organized.
Fischer is amongst the wingnuttiest of the wingnuts. He’s the kind of guy who, 30 years ago would have been thought of as pretty close to insane and so fringe as to be waived off and ignored. But now, what with Republicans having devolved into a pulsating mass of ignorance and hate, someone like Fisher has the power to boss their presidential candidate around. But I have to say that in this case, I agree with the guy.
In case this goes unnoticed while everyone is proclaiming that there is no war on women, I thought I’d make a note of it:
Rep. Todd Rokita’s (R-Ind.) State Health Flexibility Act, also known as HR 4160, contains a provision that would force 17 states, including California, Massachusetts, and New York, to either discontinue programs that help low-income women pay for abortions, or spend a lot more money to purchase new insurance plans for those women. Thirty House Republicans have signed onto Rokita’s proposal since it was introduced in March*, and the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives that includes over 70 percent of the GOP caucus, made HR 4160 part of its official budget plan.
If passed, the bill “would block the only avenue left to states that wish to make safe and legal abortions accessible to low income women,” says Sara Rosenbaum, a health law expert at George Washington University.
How much does an abortion cost these days? Three, four hundred dollars? A thousand? Whatever it is, paying for food stamps, health care, school breakfasts and then who knows what, prison maybe for an unwanted kid costs society so much more. This is entirely assbackward thinking.
I wonder if this is real. It’s supposedly an old ad for Pakistan International Airlines.
Astonishingly prescient if it is.
If I wanted to boycott companies on the list that I do business with, I would have to change my car and home insurance, change my phone company, get a new email address, close my VISA accounts, cancel my cable television and Internet subscription, find a different place to have prescriptions filled (and thus step out of my health insurance plan and pay full price), boycott companies that send goods via FedEx and UPS and never use Yahoo!.
Mitt Romney wrote an Op ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer this morning in which he challenged President Obama: Where are the jobs? (Republicans are all about jobs again even though Republican-controlled state legislatures all across the country have been obsessed for the last two years not with creating jobs, but with passing bills having to do with restricting the right to vote and limiting the control a woman has over her own body.)
Anyway, back to Romney’s Op ed. In it he describes the government as an “enterprise” and he emphasizes his business expertise and claims he isn’t a “career politician.” Slyly, he never uses the words “governor” or “Massachusetts” and though he has been campaigning for president for six years, that isn’t mentioned either.
More Etch A Sketching.
Last week I posted about a bear that was up a tree just down the road from me. The bear subsequently became known as the “falling bear” after this photograph taken by University of Colorado student Andy Duann of the CUIndependent.com went viral:
Well, sad news to report this morning. Our friend the bear was hit and killed by a car on U.S. 36 (the freeway that runs between Boulder and Denver) yesterday morning:
The bear famously tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus last week, and immortalized in a viral photo by CU student Andy Duann, met a tragic death early Thursday in the Denver-bound lanes of U.S. 36.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said a 280-pound black bear that died on U.S. 36 after being hit by a car at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday was the same bear that became known worldwide last week after wandering onto the CU campus near the Williams Village dorm complex.
The bear, photographed in a now-famous image by Duann in mid-air falling from a tree after being tranquilized, was picked up by wildlife officials Thursday morning about a half-mile from the Cherryvale bridge southeast of Boulder.
Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, confirmed that officials positively identified the bear as the same animal tranquilized April 26 and relocated to a wilderness area about 50 miles west of Boulder.
So sad. That bear was quite a bear to have made its way 50 miles back to town.