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Walking On a Wire

What carbon bubble?

The stronger the evidence of climate change, the fiercer the backlash from the fossil fuel industry.

Southbound

Old

Tomorrow would have been my 37th wedding anniversary – if I hadn’t gotten divorced, and if he hadn’t died. But you know what I mean. It means I’m old.

When he was good

From Rod Stewart’s first solo album (1969), released not long after he broke with the great guitarist Jeff Beck. This was before Stewart stopped singing songs about working-class characters and turned into a Hollywood poof (“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”). More here.

Katrina and Black History Month

The disastrous storm’s devastation of poor black sections of New Orleans sparked creation of ColorOfChange, dedicated to the rebuilding of Gulf Coast communities.

It’s all here, at the only news source you can really trust!

With the most Trusted Name in Fake Internet News… your friend and mine… the man with the plan, the flower of the hour of power in a sexy shower…

AP TICKER! [makes fake applause noises]

Naomi Wolf’s Madonna crush

The Material Girl “is that forbidden thing, the Nietzschean creative woman,” Wolf writes. Poor Friedrich must be spinning in his grave… More here.

Cantor strikes again

My question when I see stories like this is how one of the slimiest creatures in the GOP’s reptile house can win a majority of votes in an honest election, even in a conservative Congressional district:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) faced criticism on Wednesday for introducing a version of the STOCK Act which many said had severely weakened the legislation.

“Rep. Cantor has opposed the STOCK Act from the start and his bill reflects that,” said Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). “The majority leader is talking out of both sides of his mouth. He is trying to take credit for finally responding to an issue that has outraged Americans, while
behind closed doors he has taken the side of Wall Street and neutered the tough Senate bill.”

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the Senate voted 93 to 3 last week to approve the STOCK Act.

The bill prohibits lawmakers and their staff from trading stocks based on information they learn during congressional briefings and related work, among others things. It corrects the ambiguity in existing laws by empowering the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to ensure that members of Congress and their staff can be held accountable for illegally trading on non-public information.

Cantor’s version of the legislation, however, did not include provisions that require registration by political intelligence consultants, strip pension benefits from corrupt members of Congress and close loopholes in the nation’s anti-corruption laws.

Uh, no

Seriously?

The White House is “all talk, no action” on moving toward compromise, said Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “There has been a lot of talk in the last couple days about compromise, but it sounds to us like a way to turn down the heat, to placate people without doing anything in particular,” Picarello said. “We’re not going to do anything until this is fixed.”

That means removing the provision from the health care law altogether, he said, not simply changing it for Catholic employers and their insurers. He cited the problem that would create for “good Catholic business people who can’t in good conscience cooperate with this.”

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