Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fracking the Future

More disaster brought on from the Bush years of yee-haw philosophy on the environment. I'm so sick of conservatives who worry about spending and yet approve of poisoning our drinking water, which will lead to huge health care costs in the future.

Since health care for an aging population is where most of the cost explosion in the budget will be in the future, doesn't it make sense to regulate environmental protection that will save on those costs?

Maybe conservatives are just so stupid after years of watching Faux News that they think radioactivity in their drinking water is a good thing.

in reference to:

"“We’re burning the furniture to heat the house,” said John H. Quigley, who left last month as secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “In shifting away from coal and toward natural gas, we’re trying for cleaner air, but we’re producing massive amounts of toxic wastewater with salts and naturally occurring radioactive materials, and it’s not clear we have a plan for properly handling this waste.”"
- Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers - (view on Google Sidewiki)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Check out our friends!

We have very interesting business friends I haven't posted links to in a while, so here goes.

In Hawaii, check out this beach front Kauai vacation rental, this upcountry Maui bed and breakfast run by Cherie who also blogs about Maui and runs a volunteer on vacation in Hawaii site, and these big island organic Kona coffee farmers.

In California, our friends include a San Fransisco Bay Housekeeping Agency that also has a blog full of home cleaning and organizing tips, and a Los Angeles catering company that also has an LA caterer blog.

In New York, our friends sell New York grass fed beef from their organic farm and you can buy our grass-fed beef jerky through their site.

As usual, you can find all our friends through our main site,, which features free desktop wallpaper, Simpsons sounds and wallpaper pictures, organic gardening, and more.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Republican war on unions

The GOP wouldn't have a chance to destroy unions if so many union members didn't vote for them. Maybe that will change, but I doubt it. Too many union members are convinced, for example, that Democrats will take away their guns, force their daughters to have abortions, and allow gay people to marry.

These GOP-voting union members are shooting themselves in the foot every time they vote. I blame their obvious obliviousness to the history of working people in America. I dare them to look up the Battle of Blair Mountain.

And read this Harold Meyerson piece on what the GOP is doing today to take away your right to organize.

in reference to:

"For a more comprehensive view of the Republicans' war on unions, we need to focus on what Republicans in Washington did last week. In the House, Republicans passed, as part of their continuing resolution to fund the federal government through September, a provision that slashed the funding of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by one-third."
- Harold Meyerson - Wisconsin is only part of the GOP war against unions (view on Google Sidewiki)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Union Members buy the GOP Bullshit

Josh Marshall sums it up nicely in this post (link below). The only thing he leaves out is that if so many union members didn't vote Republican, we wouldn't have Republicans trying to bust unions. Show me one Democrat who's trying to bust a union. It's solely the GOP that goes after unions, and plenty of union members vote for them.

Just another case of voting against your interests coming back to bite you.

in reference to:

"Because of the Great Recession, tax revenues are down dramatically and public services costs have soared. Ergo, we have no choice but to permanently eliminate union rights for public employees. Because we're out of money."
- The Argument in a Nutshell | Talking Points Memo (view on Google Sidewiki)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Prosecute Bush for Torture

Bush admitted that he ordered torture. The law is clear. But there will be no justice aside from a few countries where the torturers won't go. That's it. Travel restrictions on Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. Even if charges are brought against them elsewhere, they will still lead their rich, free lives. This is just more proof that the law does not apply to the elites. Torture away, world leaders. There will be no consequences.

in reference to:

"Torture is a crime that no circumstance -- even national security -- can ever justify. It cannot be redefined to make acts that have long been illegal suddenly permissible. The memos Bush relies on as a defense are no defense at all: as was found by the American prosecutor in Nuremberg, providing legal advice that justifies and leads to war crimes or torture is criminal. And it cannot protect from prosecution."
- Why there should be a case against George W. Bush under torture law - (view on Google Sidewiki)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Republicans are victims of their own bullshit machine

As long as there are political donations pouring into Republican coffers from dirty industries like coal and oil, they will never admit to the truth about global warming and the climate change it is causing.

But it's more than just the money. Republicans don't like facts. They make shit up to help their rich friends like the Koch brothers. They lie and cheat to get their way because there's money in it, sure, but they also distort the truth because they're ignorant victims of their own propaganda machine. They've created a monster in their own evolution/global warming/you name the issue bullshit spewing machine and now they can't disentangle themselves from it.

in reference to:

"Republicans are the only major political party in the world that rejects this mainstream climate science. The right-of-center parties controlling governments in Britain, Germany and France, for example, not only embrace mainstream climate science, they support far more aggressive climate policies than anything advocated by Republicans — or Democrats — in Washington."
- Climate change: GOP Galileo moment - Print View (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We say they're heroes...

but we treat them like chumps.

People just don't know what the laborers of this country went through before unions fought back. Google "The Battle of Blair Mountain" sometime. Why that's never been made into a movie I'll never know. George Clooney, I'm looking at you.
in reference to:
"The protests against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) proposals to roll back public employee unions rights are continuing Wednesday, with schools in the state capital Madison closing as the result of teachers calling in sick en masse."
- Union Protests Continue, Teachers Call In Sick Opposing WI Gov's Proposals | TPMDC (view on Google Sidewiki)