At his State of the Union address last night, President Obama made a clunker of a joke about the EPA "crying over spilled milk" by requiring dairy farmers to have milk-containment plans rather than focusing on hazardous substances like oil.
Well, it turns out that massive milk spills can be just as dangerous as leaky BP tankers. According to a report about an April 2000 milk spill in England…
Wildlife was put at risk when 3,000 litres of milk was spilled into Galmington stream in Trull, Taunton, on Wednesday afternoon.
Ben Woodhouse of the Environment Agency said: "The problem is that microbes in the water work on decomposing the milk, which takes the oxygen out of the water causing the fish to die."
Gawker's John Cook dug up several other examples of catastrophic milk spills that either threatened to kill thousands of fish or endangered the local water supply. Like this 2007 Washington spill…
Darigold [dairy farm] failed to follow proper operating, maintenance and notification procedures during a February 2007 milk spill that discharged polluted water to the city of Lynden. The spill caused the wastewater treatment plant to malfunction, resulting in the release of polluted, mostly untreated sewage to the Nooksack River.
You heard it here first. President Obama is soft on milk. The American people demand to know: Where does the President stand on other dairy products? Is Obama soft on soft cheese? Is he hard on cheddar? What about yogurt, or even Go-Gurt? And what about milk-related foods? All of these jokes about milk spills may be distracting us from the menace of chocolate chip cookies.
John Boehner and congressional Republicans should exploit this weakness and demand to know why Obama does not feel the need to cry over spilled milk. Because if anyone knows the value of crying about trivial things, it's John Boehner.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Energy & Oil, Environment, EPA, Food, State of the Union
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Tags: Barack Obama, Daily Links, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Michelle Obama, State of the Union
In the course of my job, I watch a lot of politicians politicizing policies in political politics. I don't mean to be unpolitic, but a lot of these speeches that I have to watch end up blending all into each other and mixing themselves up, so it's hard for me to tell when an oration is simply rehashed rhetoric in a general sort of uninspired way, and when it's rehashed rhetoric in a VERY SPECIFIC sort of uninspired way.
Some kindly Republican strategists did the work, and it turns out big swaths of the President's speech last night was the latter…
On the plus side, it's nice to know that our Commander-in-Chief is tech-savvy enough to use the "copy and paste" function on his computer. That alone makes him, by far, the most qualified member of the federal government to discuss SOPA and PIPA.
By very far.
Tags: Barack Obama, Republicans, State of the Union
We'll be liveblogging right here and livetweeting @indecison President Obama's third State of the Union address — as well as the Republican and Tea Party responses from Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Herman Cain respectively — tonight starting at 9/8c.
Some previews of tonight's address seems to have made their way online, but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet. I'm assuming that it's just going to be a bunch of quotes from Saul Alinsky's writings and maybe some instructions for keeping your bomb makings dry in damp revolutionary conditions.
You know, the usual stuff.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Liveblog, State of the Union