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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Judge Attempts To Block The Inevitable

She'll get a pat on the back from Virginia environmentalists, but I wouldn't count on her ruling changing much of anything:
Va. judge nixes permit for coal power plant
By Larry O'Dell, Associated Press Writer

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- In a victory for environmental groups, a Richmond judge on Tuesday invalidated a permit for a coal-burning power plant being built in southwestern Virginia.

Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer ruled that Dominion Virginia Power's mercury emissions permit for the Wise County plant would have improperly allowed the utility to adjust the limit after the plant is already operating.

Spencer said the State Air Pollution Control Board gave Dominion too much flexibility in complying with the mercury discharge limit, which must be met "irrespective of cost or achievability."

A coalition of environmental groups has been fighting to block the power plant for years, arguing that emissions would harm air and water quality and contribute to global warming. About 42,500 people from across Virginia have signed petitions and sent comments to state and company officials opposing the project, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center.

"This is an important victory for the health and welfare of Virginians," said Cale Jaffe, senior attorney for the law center. "We hope Dominion will take this ruling as a sign that it needs to leave expensive coal-fired power plants in the past and move quickly toward developing sustainable, clean energy sources for a 21st century green economy." [link]
But the ruling isn't as bad as it first appears:

Spencer rejected six other claims raised by the environmentalists and upheld a second permit governing carbon dioxide emissions.

"Dominion is pleased that today's decision upholds virtually all of the conditions in both air permits, which may be the most stringent in the country," the utility said in a written statement. "We expect the remaining issue regarding mercury emissions will be resolved in a manner that will allow the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center to be completed on schedule."

David Clementson, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Mims, said the office would work with its clients to determine the next course of action. Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle said the company believes the problem can be fixed by the air pollution board. Another spokesman, Chet Wade, said the utility would not object to removing the provision that allows adjustment of the mercury limit from its permit.

So the state will modify its permit.

And we'll have that power plant.

Oh, and the environmentalists will go back to court.

And we'll have our power plant.

ObamaCare On The Ropes

The latest poll numbers are out and they don't look good for Obama's effort to foist upon the American people a government takeover of our health care system. The more people learn about his plan, the less they like it. In fact, the more they vehemently oppose it.

From Rasmussen:
Support for Congressional Health Care Reform Falls to New Low

Public support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low as just 42% of U.S. voters now favor the plan. That’s down five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that opposition to the plan has increased to 53%, up nine points since late June.

More significantly, 44% of voters strongly oppose the health care reform effort versus 26% who strongly favor it. Intensity has been stronger among opponents of the plan since the debate began.
Here's where Obama has to be really screaming in agony:
Predictably, 69% of Democrats favor the plan, while 79% of Republicans oppose it. Yet while 44% of Democratic voters strongly favor the reform effort, 70% of GOP voters are strongly opposed to it.

Most notable, however, is the opposition among voters not affiliated with either party. Sixty-two percent (62%) of unaffiliated voters oppose the health care plan, and 51% are strongly opposed.
Nearly two-thirds of independents are now opposed to ObamaCare, with half strongly opposed. That last figure won't change significantly now that the battle lines are drawn and the talking points are in place.

The people have listened to Mr. Hope & Change. And they've listened to his echo chamber - the press - and the people, in ever growing numbers, reject their plan.

I'm proud of you guys. Stay focused. Keep the heat on. Channel that rage.

Sooner or later Perriello and Boucher and Warner and Webb will get the message and will kill this abomination. If they refuse, well, we'll then just go to Plan B.

'Economic Stupicide.' I LIKE IT.

This comes to us from an Australian scientist:
Economic stupicide
By David Evans, writing in Quadrant Online

We independent scientists can tell you exactly which part of the IPCC climate calculation is wrong, and show you three different sets of empirical evidence that prove it so. Air and ocean temperatures have been dropping for the last few years, contradicting the climate model predictions made in 2001 of soaring temperatures. Yet the world won’t listen to us, and seems determined to commit economic stupicide. How did it come to this?

Alarmist climate theory exaggerates the effect of carbon dioxide about five-fold, due to the assumption that nearly all the warming since 1750 is due to rising carbon dioxide. This assumption is especially brave because human emissions of carbon dioxide were virtually non-existent before 1850, and were insignificant compared to current levels until after 1945.

But alarmist climate theory has political momentum.

In other areas of science, theories change when contradicted by data, and opposing scientists are not denigrated as “deniers” or demonized by smear websites run by PR agencies. Climate “science” has become corrupt and politicized.

How long before the alarmists start fudging the temperature records, because there is so much money, political control, and science funding riding on the outcome? Bad news—it’s already started. How long before opposition to official climate science is made a crime? Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, but some are already talking about it. [link]
Stupicide.

I fear for my planet.

Dog Is Man's Best Friend

And other tall tales.

From a recent advertisement from a dog owner who is seeking a good home for little Daisy, who could make a family happy beyond its wildest dreams.

Or not:
"Okay, so I have tried to get rid of my dog like six times on craigslist over the past few weeks. I tried telling this story of woe about this adorable little dog and how I love her so much and how she was a rescue and all that. I explained that now with a 2 year old daughter it is just too much to have two dogs and how my family and I need to simplify cuase we live in a condo and life is hard -- so sad. All of this is pretty much true and I tried to make the language in my past postings as well without spilling the beans about what the real story is with this dog because if most people knew, there is no way they would take this little freak.

Like I said, everything described above is for the most part true except for the part about me loving her so much; I don't. I hate her. And while many who meet her find her very adorable, the truth is, this dog is seriously problematic.

So after having tried to post something nice about this dog in my attempt to rid myself of her, I am now going to just be brutally honest and hope that there is some freak out there who will find it an appealing prospect to own and care for a poo eating, garbage toppling, pill popping (literally a whole bottle of prescription pain killers), disrespectul, not trained at all, constantly under-foot, marginally violent, always surly, rarely happy, eating and begging machine.

Below I have compiled a list which is only but a sampling of the things Daisy does regularly that makes her truly the worst dog I have ever owned. I would go into detail, but she is not worth the time.

Daisy is the worst dog in part because she:
1. Eats poo -- baby (as in diaper -- see below), chicken, human, cat, dog, etc.
2. Drags poo -- as in she brings it inside, such as the diapers that used to end up shredded to pieces on our bed
3. Eats garbage -- Any trash can and its contents left in her reach will be toppled and destroyed
4. Opens the refrigerator -- I have to have a velcro strap on it to keep her out otherwise she will open the door less than 30 seconds after I leave and eat everything in it
5. Is mean -- Simply put, she has no use for people, unless of course they have food
6. Will not die -- run over by a truck, $2,500 and 8 weeks of intensive recovery, run over by a buick and rolled 7 times right in front of me then got up and ran to my car and hopped in the seat happy as a clam and no injuries
7. Rolls in dead animals -- Seals are her favorite it seems, but dead rotten earthworms are a close second place for her
8. Constantly, constantly, constantly begs -- I cannot write the word constantly enough to adequately make the point
9. Growls, threatens to attack and at times does -- Mainly tied to her small size and constant fear of being squashed, thankfully her teeth are dull as posts and her bite, which is rare, is harmless
10. Not at all obedient -- Will not sit, stay, or come (unless food is involved, but that is hopefully clear by now)
11. Picks fights she cannot finish -- This then puts our other dog at risk cause he goes out to protect her when she has conered a cat, skunk (yes twice) or whatever else she comes across
12. Has serious gastrointestinal issues -- Primarily related to her constant begging and eating of garbage, scraps and poo
13. Injures self often -- In addition to the major issues mentioned above requiring surgery and extended medical care ($6-9K so far) she also has a bad leg which is just an ongoing thing that does not need to be addressed the vet says

I thought it fitting to stop at 13 given how unlucky I have been to have this dog in my life. These are just a few of the key flaws I could come up with off the top of my head. There are many more which I could list, but I am hungry and I need to cook my steak now. It is a steak that she will have no part of, I promise you this.

So there it is. The truth about Daisy. I hate her guts. She has put me through hell in the past couple days especially and I am now at the point to where if I cannot find her a good home by Monday, I am taking her sorry fat ass to the pound and leaving her with a sizeable donation to cover the pain and suffering that they will have to endure by accepting her.

While I do very much hate this dog, I do love animals and don't want her to suffer. My daughter who is only 2 also loves her very much and I could not look her in the eye if I did not do a good job of finding this rotten wretch a home that I knew was going to at least care for her and make her comfortable. This is why the pound is my last option.

You however, can be Daisy's hero. Save her from the life which I know I am in many ways at fault for creating. I know it is a life where she is not happy and my family and I certainly are not happier because of her. I know I should not have adopted her from that nice animal rescue in Filmore all those years ago. I should have put her in obedience school; should have, could have, would have, oh the regrets! boo hoo.

Be that hero, in the words of Michael Jackson: Make that change. I dare you.

If you can't take her, help me find some poor sap who will.
* This came to me via email. Author unknown.

Quote of the Day

Michael Barone on the town hall uprisings:
My tentative conclusions: The Democrats’ health care bills have stirred widespread and deeply felt opposition. While some of the protests are organized, the turnout and strong feeling expressed indicate that we are watching something that is largely spontaneous. Try organizing such a protest when almost no one cares much about your issue: no one will show up. It’s the supporters of the Democrats’ health care bills, not their opponents, who are astroturfing—and spending plenty of moolah on television ads and the like.

The Democrats are spoiled because they are used to a mainstream media who spin things their way and a general public whose only expressions of spontaneous enthusiasm in 2006-08 were opposition to (if not hatred of) George W. Bush and support of Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates. Now the spontaneous enthusiasm is all on the other side, with the Democratic astroturf efforts producing pathetic turnouts and largely spontaneous opposition to the Democratic health care plans producing large turnouts.

"Democrats flummoxed by health care protests," Washington Examiner, August 10, 2009

Gotta Love Them Democrats

This from Newsbusters:

Congressman Eugene Green - Democrat, Houston, TX - is requiring that prospective attendees at his upcoming town hall meetings show ID to get in. To keep the outside riffraff outside, apparently.

This is the same Eugene Green - Democrat, Texas - who voted against citizens being required to show ID in order to vote in federal elections.

Smelly and unruly riffraff are welcome when he's trying to get reelected, one must assume, but are to keep at arm's length when he's required to leave Washington and return home to meet those same voters.

Good grief.

The U.S. Has The Worst Health Care On Earth

Well, that is until you ask people from other countries. An interesting story emerges from a newspaper report on how tough it is to be uninsured here in America (see "Illegal immigrants face life-and-death decisions without health insurance"):
In Chicago, about a dozen patients in need of organ transplants lean on one another through an informal support group. They sat recently inside one patient's Pilsen home, comparing kidney dialysis regimens and worries over mounting hospital bills. Within the group, sharing medicine is common. In cases where pills are running out, so is rationing one pill a day instead of three.

Asked about returning to Mexico or other homelands to receive more comprehensive care, the group broke into laughter.

"Over there, it's a thousand times worse," said Juan Zavala, a legal immigrant from Mexico and a transplant recipient who started the informal network. "Here, you may get treated poorly by some nurse or doctor. There? They'll give you a kick and tell you you're out of luck."

Sitting nearby, listening, was Liliana Cruz, 16. After she received a diagnosis of kidney failure in the Mexican state of Michoacan, her family came to the U.S. illegally in 2005 to seek help in getting a transplant after Mexican doctors said family members would have to pay cash in their own country.

But in Chicago, an operation is beyond reach, so far.

Cruz's age qualifies her to receive a transplant paid for by the state's All Kids health subsidy program, and she has a willing donor in an adult sister. But the UIC Medical Center has declined the procedure because the sister's part of the surgery would not be subsidized. [link] [my emphasis]
Juan Zavala received a heart transplant here.

Liliana Cruz is eligible to receive a free kidney transplant here, once a donor is found.

Their chances in Mexico? I'd be laughing too.

The Effects of that Climate Bill

Here's more detail on the impact of the legislation that Congressman Boucher enthusiastically supports, provided by that Heritage Foundation report:
* Increase gas prices 58% above the increases included in the baseline forecast.
* Increase electricity prices by 90%.
* Raise energy costs for an average family of four by $1,241 per year.
* Cause the average family of four to pay $4,609 more per year, including increased taxes.
* Reduce GDP by an aggregate amount of $9.4 trillion.
* Increase the national debt by an additional $12,803 per person.
Notably, Congressman Boucher tells us just the opposite, making wild claims about how great for the economy his bill is going to be. His source for his economic claims?

The EPA.

For the love of God.

Hat tip to Power Line.

Hillary: 'It's the Kid's Fault'

Why she'll never be president:
US official gropes to explain Clinton's outburst
By Breitbart.com

Washington (AP) - The State Department struggled Tuesday to explain Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's face-off with a Congolese student and suggested that the questioner's nervousness sparked the outburst with the mention of her husband's name.

Clinton snapped at the university student in Kinshasa on Monday when he asked what her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and Congo native and former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo thought about an international financial matter. Mutombo was appearing with her at the university.

"Wait. You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" Clinton asked in response. "My husband is not the secretary of state; I am. So you ask my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I'm not going to be channeling my husband."

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that Clinton reacted that way because of the question.

"As the question was posed to her, it was posed in a way that said, 'I want to get the views of two men, but not you, the secretary of state,'" Crowley said. [link]
There you go. The young student didn't ask a question Hillary approved of. So she snapped his head off.

That's the explanation and they're sticking to it.

Make No Mistake

I'll call it a prediction, for now:

If Health-Care Reform Passes, Will Protests Increase?

The house will come down.