Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has passed away from a stroke. She was 89.
Robin Williams was found dead. He was 63.
Gun control advocate and former Reagan press secretary died Monday at the age of 73.
ZURICH - Blues musician Johnny Winter is dead at age 70, according to Zurich police. Although no foul…
Mope gets points for being the first to send news.
Sometimes I read an article and have to wonder at the wilful blindness of the writer. Take this one, for example:
California’s average gasoline price set a record Saturday of $4.614 for a gallon of regular, up 12.8 cents overnight – but anyone who filled up in the last few days probably isn’t surprised.
Gasoline prices skyrocketed after the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance was knocked offline Monday by a power outage. Other lingering refinery and pipeline problems also contributed to the soaring costs at the pump.
Gas goes up over 12 cents overnight, and they think it’s due to a refinery being offline for a couple of days? How appalling. It’s almost as if they don’t know that the last refinery built in the US was in 1976, or that envirowhackjobs have prevented the further manufacture of any refineries in this country, or that several refineries are so out of date that it would be far more economical to completely shut them down than to upgrade them as per California standards and rules.
Analysts say prices might begin leveling off next week as fuel traders digest the news that the Exxon refinery returned to service on Friday. But other refinery difficulties and maintenance could keep California’s prices significantly above those in other parts of the nation.
You know, I would be laughing in their face and rejoicing in what they are reaping, if not for the fact that everything they mandate seeps out to the rest of the country.
Oregon officials were successful in getting permission to kill sea lions that feed on protected salmon trying to swim upriver to spawn. Now they want federal approval to shoot a sea bird that eats millions of baby salmon trying to reach the ocean.
In an April 5 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service obtained by The Associated Press, Oregon Wildlife Chief Ron Anglin says harassment has “proved insufficient” in controlling double-crested cormorants, and officials want the option of killing some of the birds.
Oregon needs federal approval to start shooting double-crested cormorants because the birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
I can’t make this crap up, not even while drinking. This isn’t a question of what is best for the environment. This is a question of money. After all, people will pay a hell of a lot of money for Pacific salmon, but who the hell would pay for a cormorant? The fact that these are the same people that built the dams that started killing off the salmon in the first place, which necessitated restocking of the fish, which attracted sea lions to the local smorgasbord, which caused the government to kill the sea lions, causing the salmon population to explode, giving the cormorants a chance at the banquet, making themselves a nuisance and causing the government to once more step in to “save” what they themselves endangered in the first place, completely escapes them.
First rule of Darwin Fight Club?? Survival of the fittest. Stop controlling them, and let them at it.
I hear cormorants taste like chicken.
Hat tip: Hubby
Well, I got nuthin’ for today, so I thought I would combine famous quotes with news links. It’s the bleach fumes, I’m sure.
That’s it for this morning. I have to get the pit ready for burning crap today. After all, tonight I will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour and giving the ecowackos a hearty flip of the bird which I will be barbequeing.
Enjoy your Saturday!!
We [at Consumer Reports] buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.
Pretty, isn’t it? And at a pricepoint of only a smidge over $100,000, the Fisker Karma is a total steal, considering we, the American taxpayers, subsidized it to the tune of $529 million. Oh, and did you know it’s made by a company in Finland?? I do wonder how the UAW feels about that.
I don’t know about y’all, but if I were to spend $100K on something that doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to, Alvin Greene would be running for Congress again.
Because the Smart Car™ is waaay too big:
Fold-up car of the future unveiled for Europe
That’s right: a car that folds up. I don’t know about y’all, but “folding” is something I look for in clothing, not a vehicle.
The “Hiriko,” the Basque word for “urban,” is an electric two-seater with no doors whose motor is located in the wheels and which folds up like a child’s collapsible buggy, or stroller, for easy parking.
With the motor in the wheels and only a lightweight plastic cover to shield the sole passenger, I can’t imagine what could possibly go wrong. However, I’m sure that the Europeans in charge of this
deathtrap car of the future have that covered.
“European ideas usually are developed in the United States. This time an American idea is being made in Europe,” consortium spokesman Gorka Espiau told AFP.
See that? Who do you think will get sued when the first casualties begin to amass? Not the Basque companies. It is an American design, after all. They see it as a city-owned vehicle to rent out for use in congested areas, and as for the speed, it would be electronically set to the city speed limits.
What cracks me up, aside from knowing the mortality rates probably will be going up across Europe, is the fact that this vehicle is completely electric, and yet most of the cities to which it is destined are having power crises. And who will be paying for the electricity used for the little buggers? Why, just impose another tax hidden among the others, because the rent of the bug cart will be slated as revenue for the city.
I can’t wait to see what happens when this thing gets hit by a Ford truck. Shit… I can’t wait to see what happens when it gets hit by a Smart Car!!!
Funny how the world works. By “the world” I mean politics, and by “works” I mean “screws”. Just last week the U. S. State Department recommended that the Keystone XL pipeline project be denied. Their reason for the denial was that there was not enough time to study the proposal by February 2i, 2012. Nevermind that the State Dept. “has been conducting a transparent, thorough, and rigorous review of TransCanada’s permit application for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project” since 2008. The deadline is just too soon!! But as Newton said, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction:
Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.
I find it funny that Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett’s company, just happens to be centralized in Omaha, Nebraska, the very state where the envirowhackos have claimed the pipeline would destroy wetlands and agricultural productivity. As we all know, that’s the government’s job, not the pipeline’s. Oh, and if you think it’s about environmental issues, think again.
The rail option, though costlier, would lessen the environmental impact, such as a loss of wetlands and agricultural productivity, compared to the pipeline, according to the State Department analysis. Greenhouse gas emissions, however, would be worse.
So it’s ok to protect the wetlands from the evul Canuck pipeline, the study of which the State Dept. claims would take too long before the Obama Administration deadline, but not ok to protect it from greenhouse emissions that can suffocate it, right? I guess dealing with a railroad bottleneck effect, more pollution, and higher transportation costs is better than providing much needed job creation and income stability to Americans.
At least Mr. Buffett gets to profit. From the government. With our money.
Creatively Borrowed from TheBlaze:
Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski? The bums will always lose!
Here’s a little brain cleanser for making you listen to hippies.
I was going to write a post for today, but find myself tired from partying with my sister at The Oasis in Austin last night, and further at my friends’ home until the wee hours of the morning. No, I didn’t get ripped, since I was designated driver, but suffice it to say I was in Austin which translated to Moonbat Central for Texas. I saw:
“Free Palestine!” bumper stickers.
“No Blood for Oil!” T-shirt, and one bumper sticker (my guess they are falling out of favor since the current administration is liberal).
More Longhorn clothing than should be acceptable. Ok, that’s a wee bit biased of me
Actual longhorn horns sold by the side of the road, right next to someone selling PETA-approved hempwear.
And the coup de grace, a group of hippies in tie-dye, buffalo shoes, and John Lennon sunglasses, which they wore all night long.
Yeah, I’ll be going back. And next time, there will be video
Well, in all fairness, we have known for a long time that the European Union is a one-world nation-state too weenie to fight the thuggery masquerading as political correctness. But the Commission has never, ever been this bold in its plans to establish a One World Order:
EU to ban cars from cities by 2050
Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years.
That’s right: they want to force Europeans into giving up their cars, and taking the rail. And even air travel will be restricted. The plan is to get rid of all conventional fuel cars in all cities. All, not just metro areas. Because by Gaia, you will bow down to your new priests’ commandments.
The Commission stressed that only conventionally fueled vehicles would be banned, but this is only the first boulder down the slippery slope. Hybrid and electric cars will also be affected, once the EC figures out (if they haven’t already) that plugging the little suckers in sockets drains precious solar and wind generated electricity, since coal will in all likely hood be banned by then.
In a rare bit of insight, Hugh Blandon, spokesman for the Association of British Drivers said, “If he wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and plunge us into the new dark age, he is on the right track. We have to keep things moving. The man is off his rocker.”
Not even the Smart Car, that wonderful feat of engineering which combined mode of transportation and last resting place, can save the EU now.
Hopefully, the UK is finding its bollocks.
- Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. — William Pitt
I swear, just when you think the liberals can’t dig further to China, one comes out of the manure pile to prove me wrong. I’m referring to the ramblings writings scratchings droolings ramblings of George Monbiot, out favoritest moonbat. He writes in The Guardian (no linkage, as it makes me feel…. dirty):
Let’s Take The Housing Fight to Wealthy Owners With Empty Spare Rooms
Those who insist on under occupying their homes should be forced to pay for the priviledge, or take in a charity lodger.
No, that isn’t a bunch of typos. That was the byline for Georgie Moonbat’s article at The Guardian. Luckily, a reader at The Telegraph caught a screenshot. And why would you need a screenshot, you ask? Well, because someone at The Guardian woke up and scrubbed it, replacing it with this byline:
The hidden truth about our housing crisis is that it is driven by under-occupation
Wow…what a subtle change. From “force to pay for the priviledge” of actually OWNING your own home, to ZOMG!! “the hidden truth” and “under-occupation”. Seriously, this idiot is advocating that owners essentially give up what they have rightly earned to others who have not. And why?? Because Moonbat believes that housing is a common resource, like oh, I don’t know…. federal lands? public roads? public parks? Shit if I know. I’m not British. Or a Moonbat. In Georgie’s Moonbattery World, he believes, and I am NOT making this up, that it was a mistake to allow the Market, and the Market alone, to determine who gets what. Here in the USA, we call that opportunity. Georgie calls it thievery:
Either we ensure that it is used wisely and fairly, or we allow its distribution to become the starkest expression of inequality. The UK appears to have chosen the second option. We have allowed the market, and the market alone, to decide who gets what – which means that families in desperate need of bigger homes are crammed together in squalid conditions, while those who have more space than they know what to do with face neither economic nor social pressure to downsize
Ahhhh….fairness and equality. The buzzwords of the Leftards. Gawd, can’t y’all come up with something better??? This shit is beyond tired and old. Hell, this shit is fast becoming coprolitic.
So, you first, Georgie. Tell me where you live, and I promise that, for food and shelter, I will make sure you have fresh Depends available on your nightstand.
The Telegraph has a great piece on Moonie. And as usual, the comments are snarkilicious