Archive for May, 2010

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Redesigining the BP logo

May 30, 2010

Those jocular folks at Greenpeace are sponsoring a competition to redesign the British Petroleum logo.  You know – the greenie logo that promises “Beyond Petroleum.”

This one is my favorite:

Some of the designers have taken the liberty of renaming BP:  Big Poison, Bad Pollution, Big PR, Burning Platforms….   It goes on and on.

Which one is your favorite?

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Governor, legislators proud of session<Another Headline

May 30, 2010

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20100530_16_A1_OKLAHO969325
Good grief – read your own editorial page and then retract this article.

World’s Editorial Writers
Saturday, May 29, 2010
5/29/2010 5:41:25 AM

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the 2010 Oklahoma Legislature is that it is over with.

In small pernicious ways and large expensive ones, the Legislature set the state back again and again.

The handful of positive accomplishments – and there were a few – were grossly outweighed by the legislative body’s malicious actions and negligent inactions.

To an outsider looking in, it would appear that the threat of a federal government invasion of the state to force abortions on innocent pregnant women was the state’s direst concern.

It isn’t.

Yet again and again and again, the Legislature set aside important issues to debate what inconveniences, irritations, embarrassments and unconstitutional burdens it could lay upon women seeking abortions.

Meanwhile, a state budget crisis left the state’s public schools starving for money and prisons dangerously understaffed, but lawmakers were too busy working on plans to keep lucrative corporate-welfare tax incentives flowing to their wealthy political donors.

There might not be enough money to pay for janitors to clean the restrooms of public schools, but there were millions available for a select few oilmen.

The indictment against the do-nothing Legislature of 2010 goes on and on:

It squandered time worrying over how to hide public records from the prying eyes of reporters, advocates and the general public.

Its members worried over how to create a dangerous Oklahoma militia, potentially armed with made-in-Oklahoma guns that were free of burdensome federal regulations.

It meddled in the details of managing the Oklahoma Lottery – editing the casting calls for future advertising efforts – but failed to deal with the lottery’s structural financial problems.

It tried to set the agendas of the state’s attorney general and, failing that, appointed its own officers to file feckless and expensive lawsuits designed to make political points, not law.

It failed to pass a common-sense, life-saving ban on “texting” while driving, instead approving a watered-down measure that applies to teens with learner’s permits.

The list of offenses goes on, too lengthy to recount in this space.

Never before has it been more a relief to announce that the Oklahoma Constitution has done its job and forced the Legislature to adjourn. We have suffered long enough and look forward to a brief hiatus until this gang that couldn’t govern straight gathers again at the state Capitol.

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Roberts: Lord said don’t fight it <<TW Front Page

May 30, 2010

Knew it. Once they have been on the gravy train – stealing money from little old ladies they can never stop – no matter how much they have been exposed.
Haggard is back at it too.

Why does TW give this thief a forum?

Looking at the comments nobody is taken in.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20100530_18_A1_Richar818476

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Rand Paul is a Liar x x x no Ignorant Panderer

May 29, 2010

Paul opposes citizenship for babies of illegals

“We’re the only country I know that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen,” Paul told RT, an English-language station, shortly after his win over GOP establishment candidate Trey Grayson. “And I think that should stop also.”
Pursuant to 8 USCS § 1401, the following persons can acquire citizenship by jus soli:

* A person born in the U.S., and subject to its jurisdiction.
* A person born in the U.S. as a member of an Indian, Eskimo, Aleutian, or other aboriginal tribe.
* A person of unknown parentage found in the U.S. while under the age of five year. The person can remain a U.S. citizen if it is not shown before s/he attains twenty five years that the person was not born in the U.S.
* A person born in an outlying possession of the U.S. (i.e., including Puerto Rico, the Panama Canal Zone, Panama, the Virgin Islands and Guam.) of parents, one of whom is a citizen of the U.S. who has been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year at any time prior to the birth of such person.

Here is a list of countries that observe jus soli – the legal name for the law:

* Antigua and Barbuda[3]
* Argentina[3]
* Barbados[3]
* Belize[3]
* Bolivia[3]
* Brazil[3]
* Canada[3]
* Chile[4] (children of transient foreigners or of foreign diplomats on assignment in Chile only upon request)
* Colombia[3]
* Dominica[3]
* Dominican Republic[3]
* Ecuador[3]
* El Salvador[3]
* Fiji[5]
* Grenada[3]
* Guatemala[3]
* Guyana[3]
* Honduras[3]
* Jamaica[3]
* Lesotho[6]
* Malaysia[3]
* Mexico[3]
* Nicaragua[3]
* Pakistan[3]
* Panama[3]
* Paraguay[3]
* Peru[3]
* Saint Christopher and Nevis[3]
* Saint Lucia[3]
* Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[3]
* Trinidad and Tobago[3]
* United States[3]
* Uruguay[3]
* Venezuela[3]

Many countries, including the US also use Jus sanguinis to determine citizenship.

Jus sanguinis (Latin: right of blood) is a social policy by which nationality or citizenship is not determined by place of birth, but by having an ancestor who is a national or citizen of the state. It contrasts with jus soli (Latin for “right of soil”).

Too bad when the truth gets in the way of ideology.

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Most Guantanamo detainees low-level fighters, task force report says

May 29, 2010

About 10 percent of the 240 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when President Obama took office were “leaders, operatives and facilitators involved in plots against the United States,” but the majority were low-level fighters, according to a previously undisclosed government report. About 5 percent of the detainees could not be categorized at all.

No wonder Bushco did not want legitimate trials. Their rank incompetence would have been obvious. Most were victims of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or turned in for ransom. A black blot on American history.

It is quite clear from the sloppy record keeping that they never intended to bring these people to court. That was clear from the first day that the new administration saw the records. It has taken a year an a half to get to a still imperfect set of prisoner files.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/28/AR2010052803873.html

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Nuclear Reactionaries

May 29, 2010

It’s a big-government-dependent tool to fight climate change that was championed by Jimmy Carter, is now dominated by the French, and has never managed to compete in the marketplace. So why, exactly, do Republicans love nuclear power so much?

By T. A. Frank

Anyone with even a passing interest in politics knows that Republicans stand for a few bedrock ideas. One is that the market knows better than politicians.  Another is that bailouts and subsidies are a waste of money.  So how does a push for expanded nuclear energy match up with such convictions? At the risk of oversimplifying, the short answer is “Not at all.” And the long answer is “Um, not at all.”

So let us pause for a moment to consider. We are being asked to guarantee loans to an industry that generates zero organic enthusiasm in the market, despite having had six decades to get its act together. Is there anything about all this elaborate intervention that bears any semblance to faith in the marketplace?

Of course, one nonfinancial argument in favor of nuclear energy is that the mountains of radioactive waste leave only a small carbon footprint. But that should resonate only among those concerned about climate change. Many Republicans see the threat of global warming as outright bull—or, as GOP Senator James Inhofe puts it, “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” And if that’s the case, why not go with an easygoing energy source such as natural gas? Heck, why not coal? We’re overflowing with it, it’s time tested, it’s investor friendly, and it’s only one-quarter as expensive as nuclear energy. Coal mines have also produced far better folk songs than nuclear reactors.

But there’s also another plausible explanation that’s less forgiving. It’s that the Bush years brought about—or at least laid bare—the evaporation of any remaining Republican adherence to “free markets” or “small government,” leaving instead a K Street machine devoted primarily to itself. Call it cronyism, call it corporatism, or just call it a mess. And Democrats, to a dispiriting degree, have joined in the fun. The public pays for losses while private industry collects on gains. Money flows from middle-class taxpayers to connected titans—bank executives, mortgage giants, and, yes, moribund energy sectors. The business of nuclear energy has so far proved bloated and boondoggly—watchwords for the sort of industry that only a politician could love. But it’s politicians who vote. And love it they do. Even—or, in this case, especially—when they’re Republican.

(Read the whole article – it’s excellent!  –  G)

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2010/1005.frank.html


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Death Panel = GOP SC Senate. Where is Sarah?

May 25, 2010

The S.C. Senate must deal this week or next with a new round of House cuts aimed primarily at health care, which would eliminate breast cancer screenings for 16,000 poor S.C. women and limit poor patients to three prescription drugs a month.

It’s the House’s way of dealing with a $21 million shortfall in court and public safety funds it does not want to cover with increased fees and fines.

But $50 million in health care cuts, which some critics say has become the favorite target of Republican lawmakers, isn’t a silver bullet, either, health care advocates say. Costs ignored on the front end typically have greater costs down the line. If people are not getting HIV drugs or cancer screenings, then people could die, the advocates say.

Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2010/05/25/1301517/health-care-advocates-decry-cuts.html#ixzz0oxEHShMr