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Rep. Rob Bishop (R-TX) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

Despite recent overtures, House Republicans decided to buck the American public this afternoon and voted unanimously preserve a $1.8 billion subsidy that treats oil drilling as “domestic manufacturing.”

While several Republicans have now confirmed their hypocrisy, Republican Study Committee member Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) — who previously denied that oil subsidies even existed — was indignant at the idea of “taxing oil companies” and told reporters (and 74 percent of voters) to “quit trying to demonize success and create straw men” out of oil companies:

“Quit trying to demonize success and create straw men to shift the burden away from the fact that de facto moratoriums, lack of action, foot-dragging, red tape, galatial speed by this administration is what is causing our problems,” Bishop said.

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The ONLY straw man here is the argument that cutting subsidies would raise costs for consumers.

The Congressional Joint Economic Committee looked at the domestic manufacturing subsidy and found that, “In the long run, the removal or modification of the tax deduction is unlikely to have any effect on consumer prices for oil and gas.”

As for the idea that moratoriums on offshore drilling are driving up prices, Bishop should note that the U.S. produces about the same amount of oil now that it produced in the 1950s even without the moratoriums. Even President Bush’s economic adviser Douglas Holtz Eakin admitted that offshore drilling would not lower gas prices.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/05/bishop-quit-demonizing-oil-companies/

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related:

Via: Daily Caller:

‘Exxon record record profit s in midst of turmoil over gas prices’

The company’s first-quarter net income increased 69 percent to $10.7 billion.

That’s up from $6.3 billion one year ago. This first-quarter increase is also the biggest the company has seen in eight years.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/04/28/exxon-posts-record-profits-in-midst-of-turmoil-over-gas-prices/

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Via: WSJ:

‘Commodity Price Plunge’

Oil fell 8.6% on Thursday to $99.80 a barrel, the lowest closing price since mid-March.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870385915,75-304576305510271716514.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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Via: Open Secrets.org:

Rob Bishop (R-TX) – Top 5 Industries, 2009-2010, Campaign Cmte

Lobbyists (oil and gas lobbyists, possibly) – $22,050

Oil and Gas – $19,750

Real Estate – $15, 750

Credit Unions: $15,490

Mining – $14,500

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=n00025292

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May 6, 2011 Posted by | Bishop, GOP morons, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Alan ‘the Right Stuff’ Shepard Jr.

Via: The Washington Post

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Fifty years ago, the United States took its first major leap forward in the space race when Alan Shepard launched into a 15-0minute suborbital flight. Life.com has a gallery of images of Shepard and his flight here:

http://www.life.com/gallery/59671/rare-unseen-alan-shepard-may-61

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On May 6, 1961, this story ran in The Washington Post:

Millions gathered around radios and TV sets in their homes, at bars and restaurants and on street corners for the countdown and, finally, the blastoff that sent the 37-year-old Navy commander aloft.

Newspapers and broadcast stations were flooded with calls.

“It’s fabulous,” said Josephine Marino, a New York beautician. “I feel like celebrating. We’re really on our way — in fact we’ve caught up with and passed the Russians, to my way of thinking.”

“I think it’s the greatest thing that ever happened,” Los Angeles maintenance man Willis Reed said. “It won’t be long now ’til we can go to the moon.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/alan-shepard-and-the-fabulous-flight-into-space/2011/05/05/AF35R2zF_blog.html

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“The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Right_Stuff_(book)

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“The Rght Stuff” trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuR1p7UdI2Y

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“The Right Stuff” – Listen To A Movie:

http://listentoamovie.com/listen.php?title=The Right Stuff (1983)&file=/media/./1. Movies/T/The%20Right%20Stuff%20%281983%29.mp3

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personal story:

We were living on the West Coast at the time, so my Dad got me up at 4am to watch the launch of ‘Freedom 7’.

There were delay, after delay, after delay, and it finally lifted off (blasted off!) at 6:34am (PST).

As a 13-year-old, I watched in awe as Walter Cronkite give his play-by-play, and I thought of it at the time, as ‘one of the greatest things I had ever seen’.

In fact, I STILL think of it as, ‘one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen’!

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Alan B. Shepard Jr. – wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Shepard

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May 6, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

al-Qaida – are U.S. trains the next target?

Via: AP

As of February 2010, the terror organization was considering plans to attack the U.S. on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

One idea was to tamper with an unspecified U.S. rail track so that a train would fall off the track at a valley or a bridge, according to a joint FBI and Homeland Security bulletin sent to law enforcement officials around the country Thursday.

The al-Qaida planners noted that if they attacked a train by tilting it, the plan WOULD ONLY SUCCEED ONCE because the tilting would be spotted the next time.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_bin_laden_rail_threat

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Photo: this is believed to have been a ’tilting test’ conducted near Abbottabad, Pakistan, February 2010.

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May 6, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why is Cinco de Mayo always on the same day as Keith’s birthday?

Via: Someecards.com

http://www.someecards.com/2011/05/03/someecards-responses-to-yahoo-questions-cinco-de-mayo

May 6, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

President Bush – his feelings were hurt

Via: NY Daily News

“He doesn’t feel personally snubbed and appreciates the invitation, but  Obama’s claiming all the credit and a lot of other people deserve some of it,”  the source added.

“Obama gave no credit whatsoever to the intelligence infrastructure the Bush administration set up that is being hailed from the left and right as setting in  motion the operation that got Bin Laden. It rubbed Bush the wrong way.” – ( ‘the source’? probably )

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2011/05/04/2011-05-04_expresident_bush_feels_obama_undermining_his_staffs_role_in_osama_bin_laden_stri.html#ixzz1LTcfU33W

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Via: CNN (July 29, 2004)

The White House’s former counterterrorism coordinator blasts President Bush in a television interview and a new book, saying the president ignored warnings about terrorist attacks before 9/11 and has done “a terrible job” battling terrorism since then.

“Frankly, I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he’s done such great things about terrorism,” Richard Clarke told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview Sunday night. “He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something to stop 9/11. Maybe. We’ll never know.”

http://articles.cnn.com/2004-03-22/politics/clarke.bush_1_qaeda-attack-al-cbs-interview?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS

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Via: About.com

Grammar and Composition – Oxymoron

– “How is it possible to have a civil war?” – George Carlin

– “I hate intolerant people.”  – Gloria Steinem

– “We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate vacations. We’re doing everything we can to keep our marriage together.”  – Rodney Dangerfield

– “We have to believe in free will. We have no choice.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

and more, here:

http://grammar.about.com/od/mo/g/oxymoronterm.htm

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‘intelligence infrastructure the Bush administration set up’

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May 6, 2011 Posted by | President Bush | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

McCain: ‘Waterboarding didn’t help’ – (but he voted for it)


Via: Politico

“So far I know of no information that was obtained, that would have been useful,  by ‘advanced interrogation.’ 

In fact, according to published reports … some of  the key people who knew about this courrier denied it,” McCain said, careful to  note that he was not relaying information from Panetta’s classified session with  Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committee members.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54301.html#ixzz1LTrGR7hW

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Via: Huffington Post (February 8, 2008)

Today, the Senate brought the Intelligence Authorization Bill to the floor, containing a provision from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that establishes one interrogation standard, requiring the intelligence community to abide by the same standards as articulated in the Army Field Manual and banning waterboarding.

Just hours ago, the Senate voted in favor of the bill, 51-45.

Earlier today, ThinkProgress noted that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a former prisoner of war, has spoken strongly in favor of implementing the Army Field Manual standard.

When confronted today with the decision of whether to stick with his conscience or cave to the right wing, McCAIN CHOSE to DITCH his PRINCIPLES and instead vote to preserve waterboarding.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/13/mccain-votes-against-tort_n_86549.html

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my thoughts:

‘cave to the right wing”

In order to win the primaries/caucuses the GOP candidates will have to continue to ‘cave to the right wing’.

But this will make it ‘difficult’ to win the general election, and as far as being a good president, ‘impossible’.

John McCain and George W. Bush, to name ONLY two.

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May 6, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons, McCain | , , , , , , | Leave a comment