Jun
26
2015
5

GOP introduces bill to save Californian farms from Democratic religious fanatics.

My God. This is… this is intelligent.

The California Republican delegation, along with other key Western lawmakers, today introduced a bill that would loosen environmental restrictions on water being pumped to farms and cities in the drought-ridden Central Valley. The bill, officially introduced by David Valadao, also would free up major water storage projects in the west, offering more flexibility for the construction of dams and reservoirs.

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The bill would sidestep a Fish and Wildlife Service order that restricted the amount of water pumped to farms and cities, instead letting it flow to sea in order to protect the Delta smelt, a threatened fish species. The bill would reopen those spigots and allow water to flow from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the agriculture-rich Central Valley until regulators can prove that the smelt and other species, such as the salmonid (a family of fish including various types of salmon), are being harmed by the pumping. Should they find the fish are being harmed, regulators would then have to undertake a study of viable alternatives before against imposing the limit. It also requires federal regulators to consider different surveys and monitoring techniques in evaluating the fish population.

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Jun
25
2015
2

Has anybody read “Discovering Scarfolk?”

Is it good, or is it going to make me want to throw the book against the wall? – Mind you, I understand that it’s British, so one must go in making allowances for political leanings. But many a Dark Humor book has been spoiled by too heavy a partisan hand.

Background here; H/T @bonapart100.

Jun
21
2015
1

‘In the Summertime.’

In the SummertimeMungo Jerry

…I don’t know when this particular sartorial style was fashionable, but it must have been for all of five minutes.

Jun
18
2015
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Would you like to see what you want for Christmas?

Because some of you will want this for Christmas.

Via Coming Soon. I’m telling you: LEGO Dimensions is gonna be like crack for my crowd.  This is gonna be what they crave.

Jun
16
2015
6

General Electric certainly ACTING like it’s considering bailing on Connecticut.

With the news out that General Electric really and truly is seriously considering bailing on Connecticut (H/T: @JATranfo) because… well, because it’s a Democratic-controlled state that wishes to keep raising taxes.  We might as well be honest about that.  Anyway, the Democratic governor of Connecticut is, amazingly enough, actually worried about losing GE, to the point where he’s trying to stop the tax increases.  But the sharks are still circling: (more…)

Jun
16
2015
8

Monsanto announces the creation of genemod marijuana. Or, as I like to call it: MONSANTO DEVIL-WEED.

HAHAHA:

Monsanto has announced it has patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana. Global AgInvesting reports that the news has been welcomed by scientists and leaders of the agriculture business alike as a move forward towards the industrial use of marijuana and hemp products could bring a major shift towards marijuana policies in the U.S.A. and ultimately, to the world.

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Jun
10
2015
5

Bernie Sanders gets quizzed on his loyalty to America by… NPR?

This is not Blue-on-Blue.  This is someone who needs to retire.  And no, I don’t actually mean Bernie Sanders.

Diane Rehm [NPR]: Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel.

Bernie Sanders: Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American. I don’t know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I’m an American citizen, period.

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May
29
2015
2

Tesla Cars are great! …As long as you have a diesel generator to recharge them.

This is ridiculous, right? It looks pretty darn ridiculous.

Glenn Reynolds looks at it and sees a reminder that the electricity has to come from somewhere, and there’s a reason why we typically burn hydrocarbons to get it.  I, on the other hand, am approaching this video from a theological point of view (although I don’t actually follow the religion that many Tesla enthusiasts apparently do).  I’m sure that there’s some logical reason – assuming that you actually accept the faith’s core assumptions – why it’s not actually absurd to recharge your electric car with a diesel generator while simultaneously believing that you’re cutting down on fossil fuels. I can’t imagine what that reason is, but then I am a heathen to these people.

May
28
2015
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‘Bad.’

BadU2

I suspect that this band is about to go back on heavy rotation for me.

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May
25
2015
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‘Bob’s Dog Obedience School and Taxidermy Shop.’

I love this song.  So much so that I don’t mind the lack of an Amazon link.  No, really*.

Seriously, my wife and I can and do sing along to this one.

Moe Lane

*But feel free to buy stuff anyway, if you like.  I’m pretty close this month in referral fees to be able to afford the Wii U.

May
23
2015
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‘Hells Bells.’

Hells BellsAC/DC

Easy listening, these days.

May
22
2015
3

Update on Kentucky-GOV GOP Primary: James Comer takes the high road.

(Via @willstauff) Good for James Comer: “As you know, I have asked for a recanvass of all 120 counties to make sure that the totals are correct among the 220,000 Republican votes cast. If the results are accurate, I will congratulate and gladly endorse Matt Bevin.” As I noted yesterday, there’s a difference between a recanvass and a full recount; and it’s perfectly reasonable for anybody behind by only 83 votes to ask to make sure that the sums all add up.  So what James Comer is doing here is to let people know that he is not planning to ride a dispute over the Kentucky Republican gubernatorial primary results all the way to the bitter end: instead, if the recanvass doesn’t show him ahead after all then Comer will be bowing out, gracefully*.

Which is the honorable thing to do. I’ll also note that I agree with this argument that it probably didn’t hurt Matt Bevin any either to have stayed strictly out of that epic personal brawl between Comer and Hal Heiner that marred the mid-primary season.  To quote S.M. Stirling: “it’s surprising how often mercy has practical utility.”

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I guessed wrong on this one. I expected a bitter rear-guard action. Would that I was always wrong in such a pleasant fashion.

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