April 18, 2014 · 6:19 pm
YOU! Will have to wait. Or, as I told Vladimir, after the election, I’ll have more flexibility
Keystone Pipeline decision, six years overdue, postponed until after November elections. Profiles in spinelessness. (And as a reader points out, announcement released on low-news day Friday, the traditional timing for such weasel announcements – Good Friday, in fact, just to make sure).
Related: Need for gas curbs EU’s move for sanctions against Russia
April 18, 2014 · 6:12 pm
I, Obama, repealer of First Amendment by Executive Fiat, parter of the seas and Lord of all I survey
Joins processional from White House to Capitol in the name of the Father, The Son and the Holy Illegal Alien. Nancy Pelosi served as flower girl.
April 18, 2014 · 1:33 pm
Not your grandfather’s America
Acting on the demand of their mayor, Peoria police raid home of citizen publishing a parody.
Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him.
As a result, police raided a West Bluff home, seized property, and detained three people for questioning. The Twitter account, @PeoriaMayor, has been suspended. According to the Journal Star, the account had all of 50 posts and an equal number of followers. The Twitter profile apparently did not initially indicate that it was a parody account, but added that label in early March.
The label was hardly necessary, though, to prevent reader confusion. The Journal Star explainsthat “police were informed of the account by Ardis on March 12. The tweets implied ‘Mayor Ardis utilizes illegal drugs, associates with prostitutes and utilized offensive inappropriate language,’ according to an affidavit filed for the warrant.” Who would actually believe such tweets were coming from the mayor? Well, maybe residents of Toronto.
Nevertheless, police raided this home and intend to charge whoever was responsible for the account for false impersonation of a public official. The police chief also doesn’t think it was obvious the account was a parody and thinks the impersonator “went to great lengths to make it appear it was actually from the mayor.”
It does no good to sue the city of Peoria for this outrage because the taxpayers, not the perpetrators end up footing the bill. Change the law and make it possible to personally bankrupt the mayor and his henchmen, evict them from their homes and leave them to shelter under cardboard on the streets.
April 18, 2014 · 6:03 am
And if you don’t like the filling, perhaps you’ll eat the upper crust
British TV personality and eco-nut Kate Humble says food is too cheap for the masses
TV presenter Kate Humble has claimed food is not expensive enough.
The 45-year-old Lambing Live star accused the public of not valuing food because it was too cheap – and they were disconnected from the farming process.
Humble, who has presented popular science and wildlife programmes for the past 15 years, told the Guardian: ‘Food waste is endemic but we don’t value food because it’s not expensive enough.
‘Four pints of milk for a quid, are you kidding me? And the reason we can buy that without thinking of the implications is because we’re so disconnected from the land and farming process.’
But with food prices rising, the former Springwatch presenter’s comments may infuriate some.
Earlier this week, a charity claimed it had handed out than a million emergency food parcels last year.
Mrs Humble was speaking at her 117-acre former council farm in Trellech, Monmouth, which she runs with her TV director husband Ludo Graham.
I’m not exactly sure of the value of 117 acres of farmland in England, nor what the combined salaries of a TV director and a “television personality” amount to, but I’m fairly certain that Miss Humble doesn’t live on the same income as the great unwashed she demands pay up. Isn’t it always that way?