Monday, April 21, 2014
Obama Postpones Keystone Pipeline Again
As per his usual Friday news dump tactics, Obama once again postponed the Keystone pipeline until after the midterm elections, where democrats are in dire jeopardy of losing senate seats and the majority. Why then, with the majority of congress in favor of the pipeline, would he do this?
Well, It seems that California billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer pledged one hundred million dollars Thursday to to support members of Congress who come under attack for their opposition to the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline.
Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. Democrats even threatened to find ways to go around the president to get the project approved.
The administration had been in the middle of a 90-day review period for federal agencies assessing an environmental study from the State Department. But the State Department said Friday it is giving agencies "additional time" to weigh in, in part because of ongoing litigation before the Nebraska Supreme Court which could affect the pipeline's route.
Keystone supporters in Congress were furious with the decision. Just days earlier, 11 Democratic senators had written to President Obama urging him to make a final decision by the end of May, complaining that the process "has been exhaustive in its time, breadth and scope."
With the extension, the administration effectively has turned down that request. One of the letter's signatories, Sen. Mary Landrieu, as chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, also threatened to "take decisive action to get this pipeline permit approved."
This could put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a vote on legislation to either force the president to approve the project or make a decision by a certain date. There is a wide bipartisan support in the Senate.
Last year, the chamber voted 62-37 on a nonbinding amendment that called for the pipeline's approval. Landrieu, who is in a tough re-election fight this year, said the decision amounts to an "indefinite delay" of the project.
The News As I See It: Victoria Beckham, also known as Posh Spice, recently celebrated her birthday. You know who also had a birthday? The Ford Mustang. Now the Ford Mustang and Posh Spice are very different, of course. One's a sleek machine that's been redesigned a couple of times over the years but is still a great ride and the other one is a Mustang.
A new report claims that posing with a dog in your online dating profile makes you more desirable and posing with a cat means you're going to die alone.
This Date In History: 1836; Texan army under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto. 1910; Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), author of the novel Huckleberry Finn, died at the age of 74. 1918;
Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious World War I German flying ace known as the "Red Baron," was killed in action today. 1960; Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia. 1975; South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned.
1980; Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. She was later disqualified for cheating. 1995; Timothy McVeigh was arrested in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing.
1997; The ashes of Timothy Leary, Gene Roddenberry, and 22 others blasted into space for the first space funerals.
Picture Of The Day: A belated Happy Easter (island) from John Kerry.....
Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) My grocery list is just a written prayer saying, "Lord, please let make me run into anyone I know dressed like this." 2) Kids, you'll never know the pain of digging the innards of a beloved cassette out of a cheap stereo and crying as you wind it up with a pencil. 3) In 5th grade during biology my teacher asked me, "what is in cells?" I said my Uncle Ernie and Cousin Frankie and she made me go home. 4) What if God is a woman. Not only will I be going to Hell, but I'll never hear the end of it. 5) I counted five pregnant women at the "Noah" matinee. I'm praying that their water doesn't break.....and that's five !
Today's Horoscope: Taurus - April 21st: You may wonder later today why the love-starved don't have a charity where the wealthy-in-love collect money and them send presents. Hey, don't look at me, it's working for the democrats.....
Birthdays: Charlotte Brontë, novelist 1816, John Muir, naturalist 1838, Anthony Quinn, actor 1915, Queen Elizabeth II, English queen, 1926, Tony Romo football player 1980.
The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona, when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.
With a word or two of thanks, she got in the car. After resuming the journey and a bit of small talk, the Navajo woman noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally. The old woman asked, "What's in the bag?"
Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, "It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband." The Navajo woman was silent for a moment, and then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder said, "Good trade."
A guy walks into a bar, sits down, and asks, "Bartender, got any specials today?" Bartender answers, "Yes, as a matter of fact we have a new drink, invented by a gynecologist patron of ours."The guy asked, "What's that?"
The bartender said, "It's a mix of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and Smirnoff Vodka." The guy asks, "Good grief, what do you call that?" The bartender replied, "It's called a 'Pabst Smir'."
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Two 75 year old men sat talking over the weather and the latest in medical science and such, when one brings up the latest male medical miracle, Viagra.
The other wasn't familiar with Viagra and asked the first man what it was for. The first man said, "It's the greatest thing I've ever known. The Fountain of Youth! Makes you feel like a man of 30."
The second man then asked, "Can you get it over the counter?" the first man said, "You probably could, if you took 2 pills."
A man walked into a crowded doctor's office. As he approached the desk, the receptionist asked, "Yes sir, may we help you?" The man replied, "There's something wrong with my dick." The receptionist became aggravated and said, "You shouldn't come into a crowded office and say things like that."
The man said, "Why not? You asked me what was wrong and I told you." The receptionist said, "We do not use language like that here. Please go outside and come back in and say that there's something wrong with your 'ear' or whatever."
The man walked out, waited several minutes and reentered. The receptionist smiled smugly and asked, "Yes?" The man said, "There's something wrong with my 'ear'." The receptionist nodded approvingly. "And what is wrong with your ear, sir?" The man replied, "I can't piss out of it."
That's it for today, my little mud puddles. Remember, when you think you're having a bad day, remember, there are people out there who have their ex's name tattooed on themselves.
More on Wednesday.
Stay Tuned !