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Canada is pulling out of the Kyoto protocol. Guess all that money that American right-winger has been pouring into the country is paying off for the corporations!

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Wayne’s world

That wacky, crazy Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association (“We Sell Fear”©) is gearing up for the election year fundraising blitz. Imagine, if you will, President Barack Obama carrying out a full-scale national crackdown on guns. Now that you’re done laughing, read just what paranoid flames Wayne is willing to fan to keep his million-dollar paycheck:

Obama administration officials are deliberately keeping gun owners in the dark about the president’s gun-control agenda as we head into next year’s national election, because administration officials know that when NRA members and gun owners show up at the polls en masse, anti-gun candidates lose.

The Obama campaign’s strategy goes like this:

Neutralize gun owners and NRA members as a political force in the upcoming national election by pretending to be pro-gun or at least not focused on pushing a gun-control agenda;

With gun owners neutralized, Obama will be able to win the election. After the president is re-elected, he won’t have to answer to voters because he won’t have to face another re-election battle;

Launch a full-scale, all-out assault to rip the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights through legislation, litigation, regulation, executive orders and international treaties — in short, every lever of power at the administration’s disposal.

Barack Obama spent his entire political career proudly and publicly pushing for the most radical anti-gun positions you can imagine. He endorsed a total ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns. He opposed right-to-carry laws. He voted to ban nearly all commonly used hunting-rifle ammunition.

During the presidential primary debates, Obama even vowed to re-impose the discredited Clinton gun ban, which banned many commonly owned firearms used for hunting and self-defense.

Obama hasn’t had a sudden change of heart; rather, he’s making a purely political calculation by staying quiet on the gun issue until the time is right. In the meantime, he’s gearing up for his second-term assault on the Second Amendment in a number of ways.

Hah! It’s more than a tad ironic that the CEO of the NRA is selling the same line Obama true believers do: “He’s keeping his powder dry! Just wait until his second term!” The truth is, the president has shown no interest in actually doing anything to control guns, although he occasionally offers tepid verbal support, like after Gabby Gifford’s shooting.
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Does it take a thief to know a thief? If so, it’s no accident that the two most ruthlessly dishonest men vying for the Republican presidential nomination are accusing each other of corruption. More here.

Rock and roll, etc.

Boys club, it’s always been. Probably won’t change in our lifetime, either.


The Washington Post ombudsman says yes, the paper is incorrect in saying Iran is definitely pursuing nuclear weapons.

Similiar pipes, different rules

The Philadelphia Inquirer continues its in-depth series on the Marcellus Shale gas rush and regulatory capture of state and federal agencies by the gas industry. It probably doesn’t help that Gov. Tom Corbett is deep in the pocket of the gas companies:

When the owners of the Tennessee natural gas pipeline decided to expand the pipe in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania’s northern tier, the federal safety rules they had to follow filled a book.

For this interstate transmission line running north from the Gulf Coast, the regulations covered everything from the strength of the steel to the welding methods to how deep the pipeline must be buried.

Also in Bradford County, another company – Chesapeake Energy – is building a pipeline the same size as the Tennessee line, 24 inches in diameter. And it’s designed to operate at even higher pressure – up to 1,440 pounds per square inch.

But for this line, in this rural section of shale country, there are no safety rules at all.

Because the second line is classified as a “gathering” pipeline, carrying gas from well fields to transmission lines, safety rules are less stringent. And because that line is in a rural area, it’s totally unregulated.

Bill Wilson lives in neighboring Wyoming County, another crossroads for the new generation of powerful Marcellus gathering lines. He made a study of pipeline rules in his role as president of a group of landowners who negotiated gas and pipeline leases.

He says the calculation that balances safety regulations against population numbers treats rural residents as “collateral damage.”

“It’s all about money. You know that as well as I do,” he said.

Beatles or Stones?

What a stupid question. And yet, people still ask. The local Top 40 stations used to run contests where you’d call in to vote: American bands or the British invasion? Beatles, or Stones? Beach Boys, or Herman’s Hermits?

Hopefully we’ve grown up a bit since then.

The year Kenny Loggins ruined Christmas

By request, a lovely seasonal tale! (Don’t read it while you’re drinking anything, you’ll ruin your keyboard.)

Gee I wonder

Why do you suppose that weasel Andrew Breitbart is so very, very opposed to outing?

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