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Obama’s green team: He really meant it

Source: The Hill

Obama’s green team: He really meant it
By Ben Geman - 01/22/13 12:08 AM ET


President Obama’s green energy team all said, in essence, that Obama really, really meant it when he vowed to make climate a major focus in Monday’s inaugural speech.

“We need to make sure that we tackle climate change in these next four years and this president is going to do it,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, wearing his traditional ten-gallon hat and bolo tie, told the crowd Monday night.

“We are going to lift our game in the interlocking challenges of climate change and energy,” said John Holdren, who is Obama’s top science adviser.

“Energy and climate policy are going to be a top priority,” added Heather Zichal, the top White House energy and climate aide.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/278429-obamas-green-team-he-really-meant-it


Obama backs Republicans into a corner
By JOE SCARBOROUGH | 1/22/13 11:25 AM EST

Barack Obama’s second inaugural address was a declaration to Washington and the world that Age of Reagan is over. No hand was extended to a battered Republican Party by Mr. Obama. Instead, the liberal president pushed his left-leaning agenda to a divided America.

As disappointing as his speech was to me, it made perfect political sense that the president would look at the political roadmap in front of him and step on the gas. Polling shows that more than 70 percent of Americans like Obama, 52 percent approve of his performance as president, only 26 percent support the GOP’s performance, only 18 percent approve of how Republican Speaker John Boehner does his job, and only 9 percent still have nice things to say about the tea party.

If that is not bad enough news for my party, the National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru noted in a column following the 2012 election that even the GOP’s house majority is a bit of a political mirage. Republicans maintained control of the lower chamber this session not because they won the popular vote nationwide, but because of aggressive gerrymandering following the 2010 elections. That is standard practice in modern American politics but no Republican should mistake that reality with any positive long-term trend.


from Politico no less....
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/obama-backs-republicans-into-a-corner-86552.html#ixzz2Ij5ukHxp

No, YOU Shut Up Ronnie, I am still ALIVE, kpete

speaking of Dear Abbey...

“Giving people the right to have as many people as many children that they want is, I think, a bad idea,” Ehrlich told Raw Story. “It’s not giving people the right to have as many children as they want, it’s giving people the right to control their reproduction so that they don’t have so many children that their children’s and grandchildren’s lives are in danger.”

“Nobody, in my view, has the right to have 12 children or even three unless the second pregnancy is twins,” Ehrlich continued. “That may be a hard-nosed view, but if you look at the entire situation, it’s crystal clear if we keep the populations of the rich growing, then the poor aren’t going to have a chance, and eventually, the descendants of the rich aren’t going to have a chance either.”

The Duggers


BOO HOO, Conservatives Did Not Like Obama's Inauguration Speech? TOO BAD!

Drum says, “Did conservatives take these lines as obvious, personal attacks? You betcha. I would too, if I were them.

To Mitt Romney: “The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security….do not make us a nation of takers.”

To the climate change denialists: “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”

To the neocons: “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.”

To the voter suppression gangs in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and elsewhere: “Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.”

To the NRA: “Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”

To the entire tea party wing of the GOP: “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”

If "conservatives" find Obama's remarks to be offensive... Too bad. Why should I or anyone spare the usual fake outrage of radicals who reject science, equal rights, & peace?


The Amazing Grace of it All - By Eugene Robinson

The Amazing Grace of it All
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:34
By Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group | Op-Ed


Reflect for a moment: A black man stood on the Capitol steps and took the oath of office as president of the United States. "For the second time." Meaning that voters not only elected him once -- which could be a fluke, a blip, an aberration, a cosmic accident -- but turned around and did it again.


"My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together," Obama thundered, in a speech built on themes of collective action and responsibility.

Reaction to the address took remarkably little notice of the fact that Obama is an African-American. That seems to be old news.

Not for me, though. Not for a black man who grew up in the segregated South, who attended a rally (my mother tells me) at which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke, who lived through the defeat of Jim Crow and the triumph of the civil rights movement.


The Rest:

The Onion: 2012 Was Once Considered Hottest Year On Record, Man In 2024 Remembers Wistfully

NEW WASHINGTON—Marveling at how dire things seemed in the relatively stable days of 12 years ago, Alan Gibson, 41, a local man of the year 2024, wistfully recounted on Wednesday the then-record temperatures recorded in the United States in 2012. “To think that we were concerned about a 55.3-degree average is almost comical, but then, I guess at that point we must have still had some kind of perceivable ozone layer,” Gibson said fondly while reapplying the full-body coat of UV-resistant resin he and his fellow citizens of the 43 contiguous United States wear at all times. “Today, you wouldn’t think twice about a 96-degree day in the middle of February, but a mere decade ago you would look up at the skies waiting for snow. Christ, those were the days, man”….


The Turtle: "Dear Patriot, You and I are literally surrounded."

Dear Patriot,
You and I are literally surrounded.

"run turtles, run"

The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights.

On your freedom.

Just the other night, President Obama urged them to act. And then he went one step further, spelling out the 23 different Executive Orders he will take to get your guns.



UPDATE to include:
Rep. John Yarmuth on McConnell’s email: “This to me is pretty much as low as you can go in terms of being irresponsible as a public official. He knows that’s not true, he’s making it up, and he’s using it for his own political benefit.”

Pretty much, yes.

Dog Rescues Puppy From Coyote

The Helen Woodward Animal Center said the 2-year-old poodle-Maltese mix dog named Sophie was injured after she spotted coyote in the family’s backyard in East County. The dog’s family said that they heard a cry and ran out to see Sophie step in front the family puppy to protect it from the coyote.

The family told the animal center than they were able to scare the coyote away, but Sophie sustained bites to the neck, shoulder and side. The puppy was unharmed.

A veterinarian stitched Sophie’s wounds and gave her medicine. The family then decided that their home’s location near wildlife might be a threat to the dog and puppy’s safety, so they surrendered the animals to the Helen Woodward Animal Center last week.

The puppy, Lulu, was adopted shortly after, but now Sophie is looking for a new home.


I live in San Diego, coyotes in every canyon.
I lost my cat 2 years ago.
That is when I decided to have only Coyote-Sized pets

The cat is my daughters - when he visits Roo, Diablo NEVER goes outside!

So Very Quaint: What wingnuts dream of.


“Something that I can’t predict, but am hoping for, is a greater level of social interaction,” the organizer, who blogs under the names Vernon and VJ, wrote. “Neighborhood barbeques, musical jam sessions and plays at the amphitheater or the Citadel Society club house, interest groups, clubs, organized and spontaneous activities of all sorts. I enjoy board games, myself, and used to go to a game club every Friday night. We’ll have some great pubs with local brews, walking and bicycle paths, a firing range you don’t have to drive a half hour or more to get to. Maybe a hill with a rope tow for sliding down on inner tubes in the winter time. Militia training will also have a unifying social aspect to it.”


Posting again, because, It Is THAT Good!


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