The 11th Commandment

Is It Soup Yet

“Thou shalt burn coal”

The Xristian Xrazies in ‘Bama have decided on a unique legal challenge to the EPA’s ruling that they must reduce carbon emissions from coal fired electricity plants by 27%: claim that God wants them to burn the stuff:

“Who has the right to take what God’s given a state?” said Chip Beeker, who on Monday joined two other commission members and an Alabama representative to the Republican National Committee to protest the proposed rules.

“We will not stand for what they are doing to our way of life in Alabama,” said Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, PSC president. “We will take our fight to the EPA.”

Aside from someone named Twinkle being a spokesperson for anything other than, well, diamonds and stars, God’s plan is strip mining?

Chinless Mitch Speaks!

“I don’t think right after a major environmental catastrophe is a very good time to be making American domestic policy. My thought about it is, we ought not to make American and domestic policy based upon an event that happened in Japan.

–Chinless Mitch on Fox News

He’s such a troll.

(NYTimes)

And this moment of tranquility…

…is brought to us by The Cunning Runt of The Little Bang Theory fame:

TCR went to an orchid show, and trained his eye on some of the amazing beauty there. Orchids are deeply, sexy, dirty fun. Each exists to seduce a certain type of pollinator to come and sip nectar and to fertilize the ovaries. It does it by mimicking the female of the species that pollinates it. So some orchids look like butterflies in heat, or moths in lust, others look like bats or birds wanting to get their freak on. Some even give off the pheromone of the beastie that they are trying to attract.

Do you think they do a good job? Hell yeah!

Anyway, go to Little Bang Theory and marvel at the orchids and Mother Nature. If you can stand it, anyway. Hubba-hubba!

Chairman Mao’s Little Red Bikes

Oh, the insidious reach of the United Nations continues unabated, but for the grace of brave men like Dan Maes (a Colorado GOP candidate for Governor, not Tom Tancredo we add), we would all be building iPods in Shanghai or something, instead of being unemployed in Aspen or whatnot.

“This is all very well-disguised, but it will be exposed,” Maes said at a small campaign rally last week, according to the Post. “These aren’t just warm, fuzzy ideas from the mayor. These are very specific strategies that are dictated to us by this United Nations program that mayors have signed on to.”

So what is it, you ask?

Maes said in a later interview that he was referring to Denver’s membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, an international association that promotes sustainable development and has attracted the membership of more than 1,200 communities, 600 of which are in the United States.

Maes said ICLEI is affiliated with the United Nations and is “signing up mayors across the country, and these mayors are signing on to this U.N. agreement to have their cities abide by this dream philosophy.”

The program includes encouraging employers to install showers so more people will ride bikes to work and also creating parking spaces for fuel-efficient vehicles, he said.

The horror! Getting fat slob Americans off the couch and out of the sedan and onto a bike is unAmerican. Buy gas now, just as a protest!

(TPM)

If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Tedium: a David Brooks Post

We have another 800-word, sleep-written, reasonable centrist screed from Bobo! Rejoice!

Davy Brooks read another reasonable book from another reasonable political economist (there must be a book of the month club for reasonable people), Ian Bremmer. Bobo fails to mention that Bremmer is on the Faculty at the Hoover Institute (the hard right think tank at Stanford University) “where, at 25, he became the Institution’s youngest ever National Fellow.” In other words, Bremmer is a fellow traveler in the fine Brooksian tradition of wrapping hard right philosophy with a tasty chocolate coating. To make it more palatable.

Anyway, the theme today is that Capitalism is good. Statist Capitalism is bad. It seems to be an attempt to get us all to forgive BP for the gulf oil gusher, because, well, at least it was not Hugo Chavez.

But here is the key line that unfolds the whole origami swan covered in oil:

“Under state capitalism, market enterprises exist to earn money to finance the ruling class.”

Of course Bobo doesn’t mention that this is exactly what goes on under democratic capitalism. And I dare him to deny it.

So here in the US with our exceptional form of Capitalism, the schools are all failing, our infrastructure is crumbling, we have the slowest internet speeds in the developed world, most of our population is without healthcare (today), and we have officially about 10% unemployed and unofficially about 20% and above if you count underemployed. But thank god we give all our mineral rights to the extraction companies.

So, Davy, while the 2Big2Fail banks are all given bailouts (and giving themselves bonuses), Industrial Ag is kept alive with taxpayer subsidies, the Military-Industrial Complex gets as much of our taxpayer money as it wants while we slash benefits for our poorest and most fragile citizens, you want to lecture us that Venezuela, China, et al, who are using their economies to lift all boats are somehow evil?

You want to tell us that BP, who is only beholden to its shareholders, while the government is beholden to it’s citizens is a better model? Good luck with that.

The Larger Struggle, by David Brooks

This Olympic moment is brought to you by…

…BP. And of course the USOC is just fine with BP as sponsors. In sports, Big Money is the same, no matter how tainted it might be.

Anyone else think it will be unintentionally hillarious to watch olympic class swimmers sponsored by BP, proud providers of coastlines where no one will be allowed to swim for a generation or two?

But on the bright side for the athelets, just about nothing that they do can be worse than their sponsor, so doubtful that BP will pull their sponsorship next time Michael Phelps lights up.

I’m still waiting…

…for Pat Robertson to tell us why God hates the American South.

Remember his greatest hits:

  1. “Lord, give us righteous judges who will not try to legislate and dominate this society. Take control, Lord! We ask for additional vacancies on the court.”
  2. “Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It’s no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.”
  3. “I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don’t think I’d be waving those [Gay] flags in God’s face if I were you, This is not a message of hate — this is a message of redemption. But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs; it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor.”
  4. “(T)he feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
  5. “Maybe we need a very small nuke thrown off on Foggy Bottom to shake things up”
  6. We have the ability to take [Hugo Chavez] out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”
  7. “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. Haitians were originally under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it’s a deal. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

Doesn’t it seem about time for Pat to tell us why God is punishing the American South with BP’s oil gusher?

In his own words…

Once it gets to this stage, it’s not poisonous. But if a small animal got coated enough with it, it could smother it. But if you got enough toothpaste on you, you couldn’t breathe.

– Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, spinning the oil spill