If you have to ask which bellicose Senator said “we are all Ukrainians”, you will have to do several hours of penance, writing “This is good news for John McCain” on the blackboard over and over again.
Why in the name of George Washington, James Madison, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson the media keeps going to this guy for comments on any foreign policy event is beyond me. He’s never been regarded as an expert in that field. I guess it’s just that he’s good copy.
Link to the video: How Wolves Changed An Entire Ecosystem.
The reintroduction of wolves changed many many things in Yellowstone, as the video shows. Yet the National Fish and Wildlife Service wants to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species list. They initially put the new rule up for public comment last year and from what I could tell from briefly looking at the comments several times they got an extremely negative response. The Service had planned public hearings but ran out of money due to the government shutdown and sequestration’s effect, so they reopened the comments period and it will remain open till March 27, 2014. If you think they’re letting ranchers and sheepherders dictate policy, or if you just like wolves, then you should tell them you don’t agree with the delisting here.
The woman who led the charge to get that anti-gay law passed in Arizona had this to say after Governor Brewer vetoed it:
“Opponents were desperate to distort this bill rather than debate the merits. Essentially, they succeeded in getting a veto of a bill that does not even exist”
Er, madam, I don’t want to call you stupid, since you and your group were persuasive enough to get the thing passed in both houses of the Arizona legislature in the first place, but let me explain this: once the bill is in written form, it exists. Once it passes out of various committees onto the floor of the House and Senate, it exists. Once it passes both houses, it exists. It doesn’t become law until the Governor signs it. Is that what you meant?
Whatever you meant, you and your organization are a nasty mean outfit which deserves to be slapped down by a politician who might even agree with the bigotry you tried to enable but knew the people and businesses in the state she governs would suffer large financial consequences if she let it become law. They didn’t matter to you, did they? All you cared about was trying to hurt people whose lifestyle you disagree with, who have never done a thing to you and yours, and who ask nothing more than to be allowed to live, work and play in the same state you do.
I hope you recognize the tide of history is about to sweep past you.
NBC News has a backgrounder.
It’s trickier than I thought. I was under the impression that it was the middle class and the wealthy who were as angry with the new President as they had been toward Chavez, but the students are joining in too. It’s not hard to figure out why:
Venezuelan society is in dire straits. A person is murdered in Venezuela every 21 minutes. Imports and staples such as milk, flour and soap are in short supply and cost a fortune.
Venezuela has runaway inflation, last year registering at 56 percent — the highest rate in Latin America. And the government’s attempt to control foreign currency coming into the country has created a virulent black market in dollars. While the official exchange rate is around 11 Venezuelan bolivars to $1, you get 80 bolivars to the dollar on the black market, and many goods are priced based on black market prices. Frequent power blackouts are also a common complaint.
The thing that makes little sense to me is that it’s got huge oil reserves, perhaps not the largest in the world as former President Hugo Chavez claimed but awfully big nonetheless. It’s got a highly-educated population. It’s got a universal health care system. Given all of that, you’d think it would be much better off than it is.
When we moved to Honolulu in the ’70s there was so much building going on that there was a running joke in the city that the state bird was the crane. Growth has been stop-and-go since then, but I was up on the 13th floor of Bishop Square downtown today with a great view looking east toward Diamond Head. Looking out that way I counted four big cranes within about six blocks of where I was sitting.
More places needing parking! Oh no!
It’s a little hard to believe, but the US had only three athletes who won multiple medals at Sochi 2014. Usually there are several short-track and long-track speed skaters with multiple gold, silver or bronze finishes, but not this time. Nope, the three who accomplished it are Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the ice dancers who won bronze in the team figure skating event and then won gold in the individual ice dancing, and Steve Holcomb for bronzes in both two-man and four-man bobsled.
On a warm Sunday afternoon at the Sanki Sliding Center, Holcomb drove USA-1, with Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton, and Chris Fogt, to third place in four-man bobsled. The medal matches the bronze he won with Langton in two-man last Monday. It also marks Holcomb’s third 62-year Olympic record. In 2010, he led the first U.S. sled to win four-man gold in 62 years, then won Team USA’s first two-man medal in 62 years earlier this week, and now becomes the first U.S. driver to medal in both two- and four-man in 62 years.
Depending on how you count, the US was either second in the medal count (28 total medals) or fourth (9 gold medals). That’s a pretty good result, I’d say. Congratulations to the entire team.
We’re set in our ways out here. Every morning I give Mom a plate that looks like this:
Clementines and some form of pastry (in this case a slice of something Safeway calls a pudding ring: typically a cake laced with blueberry or lemon or raspberry).
Me? I have one of these:
Back in 1987 then-Governor Evan Mecham of Arizona unilaterally canceled the state holiday meant to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Three years later the state’s citizens voted down a referendum establishing an MLK Jr. holiday. As a result, the state faced an economic boycott, culminating in the National Football League removing its previously-scheduled Super Bowl from Phoenix in 1992.
In 2010 the state passed what became known as the “Show Me Your Papers” law, which instructed law enforcement personnel to demand citizenship documents from anyone they stopped for any reason. This was struck down by several courts and those decisions were upheld by the US Supreme Court, but the police retained the right to demand documents if they had reason to believe a person was in the country illegally. There were several boycotts and other actions taken to protest this law, and the state lost some hotel and convention business, but the results were not as effective as the ones which eventually forced the state’s voters to approve an MLK Jr. holiday in 1993.
And now we have a new law passed by both houses of the Arizona legislature which essentially allows businesses to discriminate against LBGT people by refusing service to them on the grounds of religious freedom. This means that the neighborhood pharmacist, grocer, or even retail clerk could look at a potential customer, decide he or she is gay and refuse to sell him or her the pills, steaks, or clothes desired. How does one determine that the individual in front of you is gay, pray tell? At least with the earlier discriminatory statutes there was little trouble determining who it was okay to put down: Is his skin Black? No service. Brown? No service. But gay? How’s the poor sales clerk supposed to know who he or she should insult?
When did all these bastards move into Arizona and elect these miserable bigots? I lived there for four years, my parents for a dozen, my grandmother for fifty; I don’t remember this kind of hateful behavior back then.
Well hell. Leading 2 – 0 with 3:26 left in the game, the American women gave up two goals to send the game into overtime and then gave up the game-winner eight minutes into OT to lose the gold medal game to Canada.
That’s unpleasant. The two teams are unquestionably the best in women’s hockey; the toughest games each plays are against the other and they really don’t like each other much.
Half the economic activity in the country takes place in a dozen or so cities, yet our friends in the Republican party always claim “Real America” is out there in the middle of the country among the cornfields. The worst of it is, places like Wyoming have the same votes in the Senate as California, even though the population of the former is about 1/30th of the latter.
Created by atrubetskoy on Reddit from data contained in a US Conference of Mayors report (.pdf). I snagged it from the WSJ’s blog.