A friendly reminder to my fellow conservative, moderate, and independent voters here in Ohio's 13th District: Rep. Betty Sutton (D) did much more than just read the bill in detail before voting "yes" ... she helped write it.
If you ever actually see her, ask her to defend that economy-crippling, job-killing bill. If possible, record her response on video (use your camera phone, or maybe this or this) and contact me so I can post it on YouTube. It would be fascinating to see.
This sounds typical, knowing what we know about scared politicians who refuse to face their constituents:
Mike Allen's POLITICO Playbook reports: Phil Schiliro, the White House congressional liaison, has told the Senate to aim to take up an energy bill the week of July 12, after the July 4 break (and after the scheduled final passage of Wall Street reform). Kagan confirmation will follow, ahead of the summer break, scheduled to begin Aug. 9. The plan is to conference the new Senate bill with the already-passed House bill IN A LAME-DUCK SESSION AFTER THE ELECTION, so House members don't have to take another tough vote ahead of midterms.
Hey, Tom Ganley! Add item number seven to your to-do list: repeatedly challenge Betty Sutton to pledge in writing that if you defeat her, she will not pass a cap and trade bill in a lame-duck session. If she says no or ignores you, hammer her in TV ads.
Could this be a fast way to limit the spread of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? I'm not seeing any drawbacks here.
Some Coast Guard buoy tender CO with gonads (CYPRESS? OAK? JOSHUA APPLEBY?) needs to load his cutter with hay, get out to the spill, dump it overboard, and film the results. Waiting for direction from CG Headquarters and the rest of the jokers in Washington, DC is no strategy for success. Be bold!
Unless I'm missing something obvious, Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) still has not released a schedule of her public events for this month. We're 15 days into the U.S. House's summer recess, and there are 23 days left.
I've called and e-mailed my Congresswoman's very polite and helpful staff several times a week for a month, and so far there's still no schedule for Betty Sutton's activities during the House's August recess. I wonder why she's leaving her staff and constituents twisting in the wind?
I had a pleasant phone conversation yesterday afternoon with Nichole Reynolds, Chief of Staff for Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH), my Congresswoman here in the 13th District. Ms. Reynolds confirmed that her boss read the entire text of the cap-and-trade bill (a.k.a. "Waxman-Markey") herself before she voted "yes" back on June 26th. Ms. Reynolds stressed that as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Betty was deeply involved in drafting the bill right from the start.
It's refreshing to find that my Congresswoman took her job seriously enough to actually read the ridiculously long bill, which is more than many of her colleagues can claim. It remains to be seen how she'll respond to questions from her constituents during the August recess. I'd bet a tidy pile of cash that she'll catch some flak, since the word's getting out that the bill will result in utter economic disaster if it becomes law.
At least I found a pony in this pile, albeit a very small one: no matter what happens, Betty Sutton can't say "oops, I didn't know that was in the bill."
The U.S. Coast Guard will fire lasers -- not live ammunition -- at its own boats this morning in a sort of war-games training demonstration on Lake Erie.
Coast Guard personnel on the defender boat will be armed with machine guns and rifles loaded with blank ammunition and fitted with laser beam emitters.
The attack boat will have laser sensors on board that will reveal if it has been "hit" by the weapons aboard the defending boat.
The Coast Guard late last year dropped its proposal to conduct training exercises with machine guns loaded with live ammunition in 34 zones in the Great Lakes, including four in Lake Erie.
Rear Adm. John E. Crowley Jr. called that plan unsatisfactory after widespread complaints about safety and potential damage to the environment.
U.S. environmental groups and the Canadian Foreign Affairs minister said they were concerned that the bullets, which could dump some 7,000 pounds of lead compounds a year in the lakes, could be a health hazard to humans and wildlife.
Puh-leeze. This is just another example of the Coast Guard's tendency to kowtow to environmentalist wackos. Trust me on this. I spent 2 1/2 years at USCG Headquarters in the office that oversees vessel traffic management in major ports. Ever since the Exxon Valdez spill, the environmentalist movement has been the 400-lb. gorilla in the room when it comes to the Coast Guard's marine safety missions.
Has anyone demonstrated that the ammunition expended in true live fire exercises would actually cause the horrible environmental damage alleged? I'd love to see it, but I won't hold my breath. These days all it takes to spook the federal government is an alarmist press release about impending environmental doom. Gathering facts is so tedious and dull, especially when you can use sexy computer models and glitzy ad campaigns instead.
Further, which is more important: preventing expended ammunition from entering the water, or preventing waterborne terrorists from attacking our northern shores? Those nice jihadist fellows would love to blow up a tanker or ore carrier, and given an opportunity they'd light off a dirty bomb near a major coastal city too. I invite the assorted Gaia-worshippers to consider the environmental damage attacks like these would cause (since the human death toll probably matters much less to them). Isn't prevention of a true disaster worth the cost of small amounts of expended ammunition entering the lake?
One of the opponents of the original live fire training sees the foolishness in this laser tag exercise:
Dan Thomas, president of the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council, one of the groups that had criticized the initial plan, had a mixed reaction to today's planned demonstration.
"It sounds reasonable at first, but there's also no substitution for the real thing," Thomas said by telephone from his Chicago office. "Our group is not opposed to them using live ammunition, but we want them to be better at communicating to all interested parties when it is going to be conducting its exercises."
Thomas said his group and others have also wanted the training to be done farther out in the lake if live ammunition will be used in the future. Today's demonstration was supposed to take place from three to five miles from Cleveland.
A little more common sense would be nice, but alas, this is the Coast Guard we're talking about.
OpinionJournal weighs in on the finger-pointing after the tsunami in Asia:
It is preposterous to blame the inexorable forces of nature on the development of industry and infrastructures of modern society. The more sensible response to natural disasters is to improve forecasting, put in place efficient communications and evacuation procedures and, should the worst arrive, conduct relief efforts and rebuild what nature has destroyed. Those cautionary measures, as is now clear, cost money. The national income necessary to afford them is made possible only by economic growth of the sort too many of environmentalists retard with their policy extremism.
Rich countries suffer fewer fatalities from natural disasters because their prosperity has allowed them to create better protective measures. Consider the 41,000 death toll in last December's earthquake in Iran compared with the 63 who died when a slightly stronger earthquake hit San Francisco in 1989.
The principal victims of the tidal waves in Sri Lanka and elsewhere Sunday were the poor people living in coastal shanty towns. The wealthier countries around the Pacific Rim have an established early-warning system against tsunamis, while none currently exists in South Asia. Developing countries that have resisted the Kyoto climate-change protocols have done so from fear that it will suppress their economic growth. These countries deserve an answer from the proponents of those standards. How are they supposed to pay for such protection amid measures that are suppressing global economic growth?
Makes sense to me.
In Twinsburg, Ohio, you're now allowed to take your bow out into your back yard and hunt deer ... if your lot's at least four acres in size, if you get a license from the city, if you take an archery proficiency test, and if you pay a $25 fee. Administrative hassles aside, I'm glad that Twinsburg residents can thin the booming deer population around here. I have just one question.
How is it that until now, Twinsburg could prevent you from bowhunting on your own property?
Ah, Cleveland's annual suburban self-flagellation over culling the deer horde begins anew, courtesy of The Plain Dealer:
Wanted: residents willing to turn their back yard into a hunting ground where sharpshooters will set bait and pick off deer with high-powered rifles.
The plan is to bait each site with corn and to shoot the deer in the head when they show up to eat.
The killing project, which has drawn protests from animal rights groups, was approved by City Council in October, following hundreds of residents' complaints of deer damaging garden beds, grazing on lawns and running through streets.
Council authorized $500,000 for the project, which includes processing the deer meat and donating it to a food bank for distribution to hunger centers.
The deer carcasses - about 100 a week - will be quickly loaded onto trucks and shipped to a meat processor within hours to prevent spoilage.
Lisa Hamler-Podolski, director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks, which represents 12 food banks in Ohio, including the Cleveland Foodbank, welcomes the deer meat.
She said growing demand to feed the poor is taking a toll on her agencies' food stocks. "Right now there's very little meat in the system," she said. "This is coming at a really good time."
The 600-head Solon kill, she estimated, is about half a tractor-trailer load of meat, or about 96,000 quarter-pound servings.
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