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 recent boom in domestic oil and gas development, spurred by new technologies in geologic interpretation, horizontal drilling, completion techniques, and hydraulic fracturing, has exposed a huge gap between our knowledge of getting oil and gas out of the ground and our knowledge of the long-term damage to the environment these activities could be causing. When Congress exempted hydraulic fracturing activity from The Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005, the exemption, lobbied for strongly by the industry, came before the proliferation of new drilling brought on by new technologies. Read the rest of this entry
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.