Loren Steffy, formerly with the Houston Chronicle, is now writing for Forbes.  He’s just published an article laying out the case for building the Keystone pipeline, with which I agree.  The key points are:

  • Oil from the pipeline will not be exported, which is actually illegal under federal law.
  • Refined products, like gasoline, are being exported, but for economic reasons, due to sagging demand in the US.  It’s either export, or lay off workers.  I’ll take export, which has the side benefit of reducing our trade deficit.
  • The pipeline is essentially insurance against OPEC.  I would rather have the US control more supply, not less.

Great article by Loren.

Even in these days of austerity, savage budget cuts, voter suppression efforts, radical gerrymandering, and favors from elected officials to their cronies, some stories still can shock our sensibilities.  This is one.  Read the rest of this entry

Happy Presidents’ Day

In celebration of Presidents’ Day we honor John F. Kennedy, Jr., to whom this blog is dedicated.  Here is his inaugural speech, narrated by today’s prominent Americans reflecting the spirit of his commitment to the Remarkable Great Experiment:

File this under “NRA No Longer Relevant”, the gun sports organization turned political fringe group just released a new web ad that calls President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” because  his two daughters have Secret Service protection at school.  The NRA, ignoring the continuing threats against the President and his family, makes the extraordinary claim in the ad that, since the president’s family has Secret Service protection, that he is somehow a hypocrite for not calling for guns in all schools.  Read the rest of this entry

The conversation has finally begun. After 20 innocent children and 6 of their teachers in a school in Newtown Connecticut were brutally murdered at their desks by a severely disturbed young man using powerful semi-automatic weapons, the fog over the nation’s collective awareness of gun violence has begun to clear. The stories of teachers dying while trying to protect their young charges are heartbreaking, though no more so than those same stories that came from the shootings in Aurora Colorado, Brookfield Wisconsin, Portland Oregon, Tucson Arizona, Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, Littleton Colorado, or dozens of other sites of mass shootings. Read the rest of this entry

Robert L. Cavnar: Gun Violence is Not Normal. Or Patriotic..

Huffington Post is reporting the arrest yesterday morning of Josh Fox, who produced Gasland, a documentary about the environmental risks of oil and gas operations, who was attempting to film at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.  Republicans objected to him being in the hearing room, which is open to the public; the chairman of the subcommittee, Republican Andy Harris of Maryland, ordered the arrest.  Democrats moved to allow Fox to stay, but Republicans voted him down.  Fox, who is well regarded in the environmental and media communities, was led away in handcuffs by Capitol Hill police.  Here’s the video:

 

Now, I have to say that I disagreed with much of Gasland, and believe some of his conclusions were not supported by the facts.  However, I NEVER agree that politicians who disagree with a person trample his constitutional rights.  He caused no disturbance, broke no laws.  The Constitution was dealt as severe blow today, led by Republicans and aided by armed Capitol Hill police officers.

This is shameful, and I challenge anyone to argue that this action was acceptable.

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