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Thursday’s Good News and Bad News May 15, 2008

Posted by judylobo in Animal Stories, Animal Videos, Dogs and cats, Photography, Politics, Videos.
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Good news and bad news: The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species Wednesday, saying it must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. Interior Secretary, Dirk Kempthorne said, that it would be ”inappropriate” to use the protection of the bear to reduce greenhouse gases, or to broadly address climate change. He said the Bush administration wouldn’t use the act to limit emissions from industrial sources or otherwise regulate greenhouse gases. Law and science “wouldn’t allow it” because direct connections couldn’t be made between specific sources of gas emissions and harm to polar bears, he said. In addition, he announced a special rule allowing petroleum exploration and extraction to continue, saying it didn’t harm polar bears. So just what does this mean? It is one of those Catch 22’s of Gov’t-speak. They will do nothing about the causes of the melting ice, which is causing the polar bear to be a threatened species. Aurgh!

–  My candidate for President, John Edwards, gave the speech of a lifetime last night when, in Grand Rapids, MI, he endorsed Barack Obama for President. I cried at the loss of such a fine man as a candidate, but then was happy with the thought that he would make a GREAT Attorney General in the Obama administration. It was also eye raising to hear that NARAL, an organization I also support, came out with an endorsement for Obama as well. That must have been some board room brawl. John Edwards’ endorsement speech made me realize how much we have lost since he dropped out of the race. Take the time today and listen to the entire powerful speech and endorsement.

–  Keith Olbermann’s special comment (in two video’s below) was a whopper last night. He was inspired to rant for 12 minutes because of Bush’ interview with politico.com where he talked about the  special sacrifice he made because of the war in Iraq. And yes, his special sacrifice was giving up golf. You will gasp, you will shout, you will cry. Aurgh!

–  Bad News: Just what does it take to get Karl Rove to testify under oath? A House Judiciary Committee deadline passed Monday with former White House adviser Karl Rove standing by his refusal to testify about allegations that he pushed the Justice Department to prosecute former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. Rove offered to send a letter instead of testifying. Aurgh!

–  Good News: The Democrats hit one out of the park on Tuesday night. A Democrat, Travis Childers,  beat the Repugnant in a special election. This is the third special election now that a Dem has beaten a Repugnant in a very conservative district. Of course, the Democrat, is just as conservative as the Repugnant, but it is another one for our team. When Mr. Childers is sworn in, the House will have 236 Democrats to 199 Republicans. This does not bode well for the Repugnants in November.

–  Check out the video link to the fallout because the Repugnant’s latest defeat which includes a story about the new Repugnant brand. Republicans have come up with a new slogan to bring them into November. It’s called “the change you deserve.” And perhaps indicative of the way things are going for Republicans, it was discovered after they unveiled their slogan that is also the brand trademark for an antidepressant drug Effexor put out by Wyeth.

– In the leave ’em laughing mode, no matter what:



1. Jen - May 17, 2008

Edwards was my candidate too, sigh. I’m happily supporting Obama at present, but I thought Edwards’ plan to wipe out poverty in 30 years was not only laudable and just, it was highly practical — talk about the audacity of hope. I’d love to see Obama choose him as a running mate, but not sure how likely this is.

P.S. — I posted on polar bears this week, too!

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