Daily Archives: June 15, 2010

What are taxes for?

Our highway bridges are unsafe.

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A crisis is too good to waste

chris —

Tonight, in his very first speech from the Oval Office, President Obama addressed the nation on the BP oil spill and the crisis in the Gulf Coast.

Millions of Americans heard him lay out the path forward: Tens of thousands will continue to work around the clock to stop the oil spill and prevent further damage. The Obama administration will ensure that BP is held accountable, covering the costs of the clean-up and paying its debts to the people whose lives have been upended by the disaster.

The Gulf Coast will be repaired and restored for the people who call it home and whose livelihoods depend on it.

But, as the President said tonight, this is just the beginning — we need to ensure that a disaster like this never happens again.

The President presented a vision of a future where we as a nation are not held hostage by our dependence on fossil fuels — and a plan for an economy that invests in energy generated right here and creates jobs for millions of Americans in the process. Under his leadership, some of this is beginning to take shape — clean energy is starting to put people back to work across the country, building more efficient cars and trucks, repurposing old factories to manufacture wind turbines, and investing in research that will discover new energy technologies.

Critics will say that a real transition to clean energy is a challenge that can’t be met. But the President made it clear tonight that he will not back down — even if the path forward is not easy. And, as this movement has shown time and again, neither will we.

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Hey, I don’t know, but he looks like Franklin Bloomer to me

"Jenkins" or Bloomer? You decide

Serial stalker may finally be jailed. If he rides a bicycle on his stalking missions, then GUILTY!

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News you can use

Don’t be fooled by the World Cup  beer babes

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This should help things

Muslims spit on returning British soldiers

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Al Gore flees with mistress to South Africa

First snowfall in 20 years. Apparently, the eco-warrior has departed with the lady in purple.

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Tommy Hilfiger keeps Greenwich real estate alive

30 John Street

$31,375,000. Janet Milligan, his agent, needs only to keep Tommy buying and selling once a year and she’s set for life.

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Say goodbye to the Hamptons

Obummer gives federal recognition to the Shinnecocks.

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This should do it

Obummer to name “Oil Czar” tonight. We’ll all sleep well.

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Well who the hell knows?

BP has just bought 32 oil-cleaner-uppers from Kevin Costner. The guy put $26 million into the technology so his heart’s in the right place, and maybe his brother, a scientist, put his brain alongside. Let’s hope so. Of course, BP is so desperate for any kind of good publicity that they’d pay millions for any cockamamie scheme.

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Senate hearings can do that

General Petraeus passes out while testifying.He seems like the best guy we have, so I hope he’s alright.

UPDATE: It appears he’s okay.

About 25 minutes later, Petraeus came back into the hearing room and said he was prepared to resume testifying, but Levin overruled him and announced he was adjourning the hearing until Wednesday morning.

A smiling Petraeus said he felt “a little lightheaded” and wryly assured the committee that “it wasn’t Senator McCain’s questions” that [made] him ill. “I just got dehydrated,” he said.

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Smoked bluefish dip

Nah, I was out with Lou Van Leeuwen, not this hottie

So Lou  Van Leeuwen and I caught a couple of bluefish Sunday morning and because Lou is a softy, we released the bigger of the two, which meant he ended up with no smoked dip. Here’s what I did with the fillets from the little one:

1. Brined it for an hour in 1/2 cup of salt, a 1/2 cup of brown sugar and water.

2. Smoked it in my Bradley Smoker for 2 hours.

3. Pureed the fish with a couple of cloves of garlic, half a Vidalia onion, a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce, some lemon juice, an 8 oz. package of cream cheese and a dollop of mayonnaise.

4. Served on Japanese rice crackers. Delicious.

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It’s wise to know one’s limits

“I didn’t have the balls”, matador confesses after fleeing ring.

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The New York Times: White House tool?

Well, I suppose it’s a refreshing break from the paper’s usual role as antagonist, but it seems that its “breaking news” story on Sunday about the trillion dollars of minerals buried in Afghanistan was both old news and, interestingly, timed to coincide with an auction of mining rights in that beleaguered country, the same auction that was canceled last year due to lack of interest.

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The end is near

“Touchdown Jesus” statue struck by lightning, destroyed. (H/t, Bill Clark)

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Here’s a pessimist for you

The Euro’s toast, the S&P’s headed for 500. Felix Zulauf:

“It would be best if the weaker members left the EU. If they don’t leave, the devaluation of the euro will continue. Eventually it will have to decline to a level at which even the weakest member can compete in the world economy. At the end of the day, the EU will break up, because its other members are using Germany as the payer of last resort for their sins. German citizens will revolt and vote in a new government with a different attitude.”

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Nancy Pelosi saves taxpayers’ money by moving into “green building”

We are so blessed!

Last fall, Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved her district office into the new federal building in San Francisco. The move quadrupled the rent she pays, and her new $18,736 monthly bill is almost double the next-highest rental paid by a Member of the House.

A database assembled by the Sunlight Foundation in cooperation with Roll Call provides new insight into Congressional spending on district office rents. Not surprisingly, Members from large urban districts with the highest property values are paying the most for district office rental, particularly New York–area Members.

But even in these high-rent districts, Pelosi’s new digs blow away the competition.

The next highest monthly office rent belongs to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D), who occupies an office in a federal building in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo neighborhood for just under $10,600. Rep. José Serrano (D) paid $10,350 a month last year for an office in the Bronx, but he recently moved into a new building where the first month’s rent was only $9,583, his spokesman said Friday.

But here’s the good news:

The new federal building is also an award-winning “green” design, “consuming less than half the power of a standard office tower, saving taxpayer funds on utility costs,” Hammill said.

You ever notice that every new federal mandate for health coverage always touts “savings” that never appear? “Green energy” seems to be the same.

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What in the world is Franklin Bloomer doing in Pakistan?

U.S. citizen arrested in Pakistan jungle.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — An American armed with a pistol and a 40-inch sword was detained in northern Pakistan and told investigators he was on a solo mission to kill Usama bin Laden, a police officer said Tuesday.

The man was identified as 52-year-old Californian construction worker Gary Brooks Faulkner, said officer Mumtaz Ahmad Khan.

He was picked up in a forest in the Chitral region late on Sunday, he said.

“We initially laughed when he told us that he wanted to kill Usama bin Laden,” said Khan. But he said when officers seized the pistol, the sword and night-vision equipment, “our suspicion grew.”

He was questioned Tuesday by intelligence officials in Peshawar, the main northwestern city.

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