I wish they'd stop comparing the size of the Gulf Coast oil spill to different US territories. First it was the size of Rhode Island, then Delaware, then New Jersey, then Puerto Rico. But I went to public school, so I don't know what any of that means. Puerto Rico is bigger than New Jersey? News to me. Also, what's a Delaware? Can't we get a more useful metric? Like if you told me the spill has grown from 1000 Costcos to 80 Disney Worlds then I'd know exactly what you mean.
For more coverage of the Gulf Coast oil spill, check out Stephen Colbert's take at CC Insider.
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Tags: Barack Obama, BP, Energy & Oil, Environment, Fox, Gulf Coast, Jon Stewart, Mary Landrieu, New Orleans, Rachel Maddow, Sarah Palin, The Daily Show, Wyatt Cenac
Well, this is kind of interesting…
Alleging a plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe…
James O'Keefe? Where have I heard that name before? Hmmmmm… James O'Keefe… James O'Keefe…
…a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group's credibility.
That's the guy!
So — let's just get this straight — the conservative guy who made his name by dressing up as a pimp to expose corruption in the ACORN community organization just got arrested for allegedly pulling a Watergate on a Democratic senator. Is that right?
I'm not sure how to respond to this. I think my best course of action is to quote the great Republican statesman from Iowa, William Boyd Allison…
Tags: ACORN, Corruption, James O'Keefe, Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, Senate
The big news from the weekend, of course, is that the Senate voted 60-39 along purely partisan lines to allow debate on this health care legislation. Can you even imagine? Sixty whole Democrats agreeing to debate a bill, that they wrote, about things that affect the country. Whatever will they do next, tie their shoelaces?
Because the Democrats needed all 60 votes to proceed, Harry Reid spent last week "wooing" (ew!) Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, his party's last holdout and a very coy lady. How coy is she? Try $100 million coy…
[Landrieu], one of three lawmakers being wooed by Democratic leaders to back health-care legislation, won the inclusion of an extra $100 million in federal aid for low-income people in her state.
Landrieu, a Democrat, has championed federal aid for rebuilding Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area in 2005.
With those funds secured for her state Landrieu voted with the rest of the Dems, and she is so grateful for this consideration that she will spend the rest of the session telling the press that she's just not going to let Harry Reid have that public option he wants so much…
"I believe it's going to be very clear at some point very soon that there are not 60 votes for the [public option] provision in the bill, and that the leader and the leadership are going to have to make a decision and I trust that they will figure out how to do that," Landrieu told reporters.
Yes, Harry, perhaps you can "figure out how to do that" in dollars, know what I'm sayin'?
But hey, tis the holiday shopping season. Maybe Mary Landrieu will offer a "buy one vote, get one 50% off" deal. Or throw in complimentary gift-wrapping, at least.
Tags: Democrats, Harry Reid, Health Care, Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, Senate
Goddamnit! If I'd only managed to deploy my race of half-centaur/half-werewolf K Street lobbyists a little earlier, none of this would be happening…
Senate Republicans have introduced legislation to ban the creation of human-animal hybrids.
Led by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), 19 Republicans and 1 Democrat introduced a bill yesterday that would prevent U.S. researchers from developing embryos that use both human and animal material, a controversial practice underway in the UK…
"What was once only science fiction is now becoming a reality, and we need to ensure that experimentation and subsequent ramifications do not outpace ethical discussion and societal decisions," Brownback said last year when he introduced similar legislation.
Man, it's a good thing we have clear-thinking science-understanders like Sam Brownback around to really frame issues as they aren't not without even the tiniest shred of hyperbole.
Hang on, though. Let me just get this completely clear: Can we or can we not open the door to the unethical blending of humans and animals here in the United States? And, if not, to what godless land can I travel so that I can open the door to the unethical blending of humans and animals?
"Here in the United States, we simply cannot open the door to the unethical blending of humans and animals, which the British government seems intent on doing," [Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)] said the last time she introduced similar legislation.
Got it. U.K. Buying my ticket now. I'll be having sex with a lab-created mermaid by Sunday. Thanks for the tip.
But do you know what I don't get? These senators act like they're all opposed to "unnatural species" and "human-animal hybrids" and stuff, and then they go and let James Inhofe be the ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Come on, Senate, make up your mind!
(via Pharyngula, which puts the issue in much better context)
Tags: Mary Landrieu, Sam Brownback, Science & Technology, Senate, United Kingdom