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Christie and the Kochs

From Adam at Blue Jersey — guess who Chris Christie was flying to see the day of his famous helicopter ride?

As noted recently at Blue Jersey, the lead Iowa Republican funder who Governor Christie met with during “CopterGate” was Koch business partner Bruce Rastetter.  There is a very interesting history between Rastetter, the Koch brothers, their business interests and Chris Christie – and given Christie’s history of rewarding his cronies with lucrative contracts, this more than bears watching closely.

Let’s connect some very big dots.

Rastetter is a major early seed money donor to the very shady “American Future Fund”(“AFF”).  In 2010, both the AFF and the Koch Industries PAC were involved in the Adler/Runyan Congressional race, as was Christie, who recorded an ad for Runyan in the closing days of the campaign.

Earlier this year, a Koch subsidiary, Flint Hills Resources Renewables LLC acquired Rastetter’s ethanol plants in an all cash deal.  At the beginning of this past May, it was first reported that Rastetter, among others, would be coming to New Jersey in order to sweet talk Christie.  As part of the report, Rastetter said the following about Christie:

“There isn’t anyone like Chris Christie on the national scene for Republicans,” Rastetter said. “And so we believe that he, or someone like him, running for president is very important at this critical time in our country.”[snip]

“He clearly understands smaller government, less government spending, job creation, and how to create a better education system — certainly, all the things I and those accompanying me care about,”

Around three weeks later, Christie, in an about face from his lies campaign talk, decides to withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”).  This is also on the heels of a year-long multi-million dollar campaign by the Koch front group “Americans for Prosperity” to derail RGGI.  Christie also announces that he will come out with his own “alternate energy plan”.

Over the next two weeks, Christie gets the visit from Rastetter and his delegation, and releases his energy plan, which lowers New Jersey’s goal for renewable energy by almost 1/3.

Imagine that. Just more of those coinky dinks that dog those hard-working Republicans…

The NYT hearts Goldman Sachs

Go read Taibbi.

Bad to the bone

George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers:

Hard truths

There are women who will have sex, pretend or otherwise, with anyone they consider even a minor celebrity. And if those women engage with that man, and indulge in sexual activity with him, he becomes a sexual predator and a misogynist. He is now an outcast, unsuitable for human company.

I have so much trouble keeping the rules straight!

Look, men have a lot of screwy ideas about sex, much of it gleaned from a combination of two things. Watching or reading porn is one way; having sex with women who aren’t honest about what works is another. I know a lot of women who pretend to like those porn scenarios because their guys like it and they figure, what’s the harm?

Well, the harm is that they begin to believe that’s what all women want. And even a consenting woman faced with that kind of aggression might be scared.
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Yay

One for consumers as banks lose their expensive lobbying effort to prevent a cap on debit card fees.

Imagine how worried the politicians must be.

Uh oh

It’s so hot, part of the expressway is buckling.

Piling on

The morality police are leading the purge. I just called Allyson Schwartz’s office (she’s my representative) to complain about this. Meh.

I said I was sick of the way Democrats didn’t back their own members, that nobody made David Vitter resign even though HE broke the law. I said I didn’t care what pictures of what were floating around, that Anthony Weiner was one of the few Democrats in Congress who stood up for progressive policies and that I was just disgusted at how Dems were piling on.

Of course, now he’s history.

Her phone number is 202/225-6111.

UPDATE: As if this couldn’t be any more of a circus, turns out Weiner’s wife is pregnant.

No. Such. Thing.

As global warming. None. It’s all just one big coinky dink.

Last night’s show

With Nicole Sandler of Radio or Not was very stimulating! We talked at length about Anthony Weiner and what it means for Democrats; why Democrats are so resistant to building coalitions; and we also got into police brutality.

You can listen here.

3 Way Street

A look at why bikes and cars collide:

3-Way Street from ronconcocacola on Vimeo.

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