Today I am announcing that I will join the Republican Leadership in the House in support of a moratorium on earmarks in the 112th Congress.This means that the GOP Senate conference is all but united on the issue of earmarks, with the notable exception of Sen. Jim Inhofe. That’s unlikely to affect the conference vote, and will probably not affect the larger Senate vote.
…I’m not wild about turning over more spending authority to the executive branch, but I have come to share the view of most Americans that our nation is at a crossroads; that we will not be able to secure the kind of future we want for our children and grandchildren unless we act, and act quickly; and that only way we will be able to turn the corner and save our future is if elected leaders like me make the kinds of difficult decisions voters are clearly asking us to make.
Embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel startled the House panel weighing ethics charges against him Monday by announcing he was "excusing myself from these proceedings" and walking out.
"I respectfully remove myself from these hearings," the 80-year-old Rangel said with a dramatic flourish before bolting from the startled subcommittee.
Tribune tests showed certain bags from Winn-Dixie and Publix stores had levels of lead that concerned health officials. And some bags had enough lead that they could be considered hazardous waste if residents put them in their household trash.Notice that the bags are only considered toxic when they're put into household trash; according to the tests, the lead isn't a big deal if humans touch it.
Many of these worms are bio-engineered for humans...We adapt to them; they adapt to us. It becomes like an organ, just like your heart, your spleen or your liver.The Los Angeles for the International Conference on Biotherapy this weeks promises to highlight some of these new slimy developments.
You took part in the targeting of Sarah Palin. You essentially took part in the assassination of Sarah Palin 1.0. That person is dead; she doesn't exist any more.Here was Parker's response:
No, no, no. Actually, I did not take part in it: I led it. Let's be clear. Let's get our facts straight.Good to see pundits trying to one-up themselves with how thoroughly they have assassinated a former Vice Presidential candidate.
[Rancher David Spicer] is doing all this in part because he really, really does not like the Endangered Species Act.In part? Lets look at Spicer's quote:
Nobody trusts the government anymore. Nobody wants to work with the government. The government always wants to take something from you, and they don't look at this as any different, you know?I think a better way of putting it would've been that he believes this in whole. The NPR announcer explains:
Spicer feared the government would tell him he couldn't raise cattle or ride off-road vehicles on his own property. So he helped start a group called STORM-OV. It stands for Saving Toads thru Off-Road Racing, Ranching and Mining in Oasis Valley.Spicer explains again:
We want to keep it in our hands, where it's at a local level, where we can do things and be nimble. You know, you start to get restricted by bureaucracy and monstrous, litigious things that go on in the Endangered Species Act, and we're definitely not going to have any fun on our own ranches anymore.
Heaven help it if NPR could run with these themes a little more, or explain exactly how the EPA threatens this small town. But they don't. Instead, it's more sounds of toad-belches on their radio report, and interviews with environmentalists who think this toad could bring in tourists.
Why? Because toads apparently make people want to vacation in back country Nevada towns just a little bit more. That's right: Beatty, Nevada — 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas — should be just as concerned about tourism as it should about ranching.
Good job, NPR.
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