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In the NY Times there's a product of the get-your-hands-dirty and do-the-grunt-work school of journalism.Turns out that bunches of those Republican Attorneys General that have been popping up like poisonous mushrooms have been feeding on an especially potent fertilizer - Energy Industry Money.

The featured shroomanoid is Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma. Yes, OklaHoma. Where the State Beverage is milk, the State Dance is the square dance and the State Rock Song was once by the Flaming Lips(!?).

Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year.
...never before have attorneys general joined on this scale with corporate interests to challenge Washington and file lawsuits in federal court.
Scott, president for two years of the Republican Attorneys General Association, put together a campaign they call "The Rule of Law". It should come as no surprise the new chair of this group os Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Yes the one that postponed an execution so she could siphon money from donors.
That campaign, in which attorneys general band together to operate like a large national law firm, has been used to back lawsuits and other challenges against the Obama administration on environmental issues, the Affordable Care Act and securities regulation. The most recent target is the president’s executive action on immigration.
Goes on to detail a couple of the puppeteers pulling Scott's strings.

Harold G. Hamm, the billionaire chief executive of Continental Resources, which is among the biggest oil and gas drilling companies in both Oklahoma and North Dakota.
Andrew P. Miller, a patrician 81-year-old former Virginia attorney general whose client list includes TransCanada, the backer of the Keystone XL pipeline; the Southern Company, the Georgia-based electric utility, which has a large number of coal-burning power plants; and the investor group behind the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska.

The article has a strong beginning:

The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state.
However, according to the times, the three-page letter was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, and was delivered to Scott by Devon’s chief of lobbying.

Seems like a pretty good article to me. I hope some here will find it as interesting as I did.


Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 08:14 PM PDT

Attack of the Frogs

by Capt Crunch

I’ve seen them. Green delusional monsters doing their best to destroy the world we live in.

The Frogs. The ones that sit in a pot of water which is slowly heating up until they boil alive. They never recognize it’s heating up and they boil alive – willfully.

They’re sitting on our world while it slowly heats to boiling. They want to force us to sit and boil to death with them.

Some sit because they know they’ll be dead before the boiling is over.

Some sit because they don’t care what happens to their children and grand children.

Some sit through sheer, stupefying ignorance and stupidity. They are either too stupid or frightened to pull their heads out and see what’s happening.

They are all Frogs.

They are not “deniers”. That is not descriptive. They are Frogs. They can not see the world as it really is.

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I guess it had to happen sooner or later.

Get ready for this: the skipper of the newest, most futuristic ship the U.S. Navy has ever built is none other than Capt. James Kirk.

Does he speak in... halting... staccato phrases?

Does he have a propensity for bedding beautiful, exotic females?

Can he outsmart computers - to the point where they belch smoke and self destruct?

What ever.

He'll be commanding the the Zumwalt. What - the Enterprise name was taken?

The Zumwalt is the Navy's biggest destroyer and stands as the tip of the spear in Naval offensive operations. Its technology allows it to mitigate minefields, target submarines, and assault shores with a barrage of low altitude radar-evading missiles, artillery guns, and one day maybe even a magnetic railgun (no joke).

Its "tumblehome" tilted hull allows for a swift, quiet cut through the sea along with radar evasion. As if that weren't enough, it's the only destroyer that's completely electric (the Tesla of naval combat).

It's an impressive sight.

Live long and prosper.


Because I live in Orange County it often occurs to me to subscribe to the LA Times. Then they publish something like this, on the digital front page, and the notion melts away.

Middle class gets Obamacare sticker shock
Hmmmm, seems like I've been hearing just the opposite. Have things suddenly gone bad for the very successful exchange that's been rolling out so smoothly in California? How could that be? Let's take a gander.
Who is this author - Chad Terhune? Hey, didn't he write for the Wall Street Journal? Why yes - he most certainly did. Well, well, well.
The very title of the article starts off with a lie. I'm middle class and most of the folks I work with and associate with are middle class. Nary a peep form any of them about Obamacare raising their rates. Know why? That's because the vast majority of the middle class are covered through their employer. They're gainfully employed. That's why they're middle class.
But Chad says:
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see.
Just who are these thousands?
...experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama's signature legislation.
Ahh, the individual policy holders.
Chad follows that with a quote from an expert:
"This is when the actual sticker shock comes into play for people," said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "There are winners and losers under the Affordable Care Act."
Hmmm, strange quote from a fellow that said, on Fox Business News just days earlier:
"Ultimately, either your insurer is going to lower your premium, or you're going to keep getting this end-of-year 'bonus,'" Kominski says. "Either way, we're better off."
Yes - that's Fox Business News.
Wait - it gets better...
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Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 11:13 AM PDT

Obama Defends Summers

by Capt Crunch

This is disappointing stuff to hear.
From the New York Times front web page:

President Obama on Wednesday offered a strong defense of his potential choice of Lawrence H. Summers to head the Federal Reserve, though he said no final choice had been made.
Huh? Has he been listening at all to the disgust raised by the possibility that Summers might be chosen to head the Federal Reserve? Sure! He's been listening and he doesn't like what he's heard.
Speaking to members of the House Democratic caucus on Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama said in answer to a “barbed question” from a lawmaker that he believed Mr. Summers, a former senior economic adviser to the president, had been maligned in the liberal news media, according to Representative Gerald E. Connolly, Democrat of Virginia, who took part in the meeting.
Poor Larry! Larry is a gentle fellow who has simply been misunderstood. Larry has been picked on by those bullies in the liberal press. I suppose Larry has also been picked on by those goofy Democratic Senators. You know, those Democratic radicals like Diane Feinstein.

If we just knew Larry like Obama knows Larry we would understand this:

According to Mr. Connolly’s account, the president described Mr. Summers as a rock of stability who deserved credit for helping steer the American economy back from the financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing recession...
You see, I always just thought Larry was a rock. Silly me.


OK - my first Diary. It has to be very short because I'm at work. But this is just ripe.
There's a good article on CNET news. Computer and tech stuff usually.
Seems like a state lawmaker in Georgia is upset. (!) I know - what a surprise.
Somebody used a photo editing software to put his head on a porn star's body.
Yes, Earnest (perfect!) G. Smith says, "No one has a right to make fun of anyone."
Hmmmm - what about those second amendment remedies so popular in the olden days. You know, like Arron Burr. JUST KIDDING.
So Earnest wants to make lewd, coarse, filthy Photoshopping illegal and punishable with a fine of $1,000.
My oh my.
Sadly - he's a Democrat. I suppose everybody has a weak moment.
So, if you're thinking about doing some nasty stuff with Photoshop you may have to think twice if you're in Georgia - if Earnest has anything to say about it!

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