I’m writing for tomorrow, day 101, and getting my arse kicked un fantasy football, but it’s still early. It ain’t over ‘till the fat TomCat purrrs!! Update: Not even Garfield can save me on this one.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:13 (average 5:14). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Daily Kos: Last Friday MSNBC Ed Schultz had a town hall in Alabama. He wanted to go to the deep South and talk directly to the people. He complained about the right-wing talking heads using a narrative of dependency as well as race bating to create a level of angst within the white community. One wonders if he expected to have two women in the audience with prescient stories that put it all in a microcosm.
Not all Republicans are racist, but most racists are Republican, because the party has opened its doors and put out the welcome mat for hate mongers.
From Alternet: He’s back. Steve “cantaloupe calves” King opines some more on undocumented immigrants.
Saying irresponsible, racist things about immigrants is Iowa Tea Party Rep. Steve King’s brand, and he continues to hone and promote it. At a recent anti-immigration rally in Omaha, he out and out called “illegal immigrants” a murderous mob. King recounted to the already-converted-to-hate audience a conversation he had recently with INS agent Mike Cutler at a congressional hearing. “How many Americans have died at the hands of illegal immigrants? What’s the price Americans are paying for an open door policy?” King asked Cutler.
To which, King claims Cutler helpfully replied: “‘I don’t know the answer to that, but I can tell you it will be in multiples of the victims of September 11th."
Good at math King, randomly multiplied 9/11’s death toll of about 3,000 by four and told the hate rally that 12,000 murders were likely committed by these out-of-control immigrants, who would be crashing planes into our buildings if they could, but sometimes just have to settle for raping and murdering us.
This is just one of seven vile statements made by prominent Republicans in the last week alone. Click through for the other six. I must admit surprise, however, that King was actually able to multiply 3,000 by 4.
From NRDC,org: It’s less costly to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels than coal-fired power plants when climate change costs and other health impacts are factored in, according to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
In fact—using the official U.S. government estimates of health and environmental costs from burning fossil fuels—the study shows it’s cheaper to replace a typical existing coal-fired power plant with a wind turbine than to keep the old plant running. And new electricity generation from wind could be more economically efficient than natural gas.
The study confirms what I recently posted about the effects of allowing the fossil fuel industry to externalize the costs of their harm to people and the environment. This subsidy of suffering must end!