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  1. I found out how McConell was able to get a HCR vote, he attached it to the FAA bill!

    This is incredible, that FAA bill has to pass, and McDick is playing games! Wow!!

  2. BWD, these signs warm my heart and make me further realize the importance and magnitude of the Obama presidency. He is a complete game-changer, and is loved and admired worldwide. His reach completely explains the jealousy and hatred and is spewed towards him by those who cannot understand who he is and the impact that he has on the world. For those of us who understand and embrace him, we feel blessed. He is our Nobel Peace Prize president who is changing the world.

    In part, in his speech in Cairo June 2009, he called democratic reforms in the Arab world. That speech is already being recalled and referenced around the world.

    “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap and share common principles, principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
    I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. I know there’s been a lot of publicity about this speech, but no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust nor can I answer in the time that I have this afternoon all the complex questions that brought us to this point.
    But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground. “

  3. Here’s the story from TPM: http://bit.ly/dLj5Ph

    Basically, the GOP has to get 60 votes for the amendment to overcome a point of order, as it busts the budget. They will not get the 60 votes. Reid is basically just letting them have a tantrum.

  4. It seems those images are taken at a protest somewhere in the USA. Do you have some details BWD ??

  5. Wow, the high school that wins would attain levels of win usually not seen in the 14 – 17 y.o. set.🙂

  6. BWD: You are a great and generous resource. I am so grateful you are out there finding and sharing with all of us.

  7. No, it’s from Egypt, as far as i can tell. But i don’t know where from exactly. It’s not the sign they showed on CNN tonight, that’s for sure.

  8. “One voice can change a room, and if it can change a room,… ”

    Of course each country, each people has its own journey. But it may very well be that in a few years, we will be able to say that the election of BaracK Obama has been a catalyst in changing the world for a better place. That’s what I hope with all my heart.

  9. The top image does look like it’s from the US, as they’re wearing winter clothing.

  10. Ha! Loved this…
    “levels of win usually not seen in the 14 – 17 y.o. set”

    That phrase in and of itself is so full of win!

  11. And of course, I speak from personal experience, lol. Loved being a teen, but much more prefer adulthood. Especially the good wine.

  12. share this story
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    Submit this storydigg reddit stumble President Obama will propose nixing around $36.5 billion a year in oil and gas company subsidies and tax breaks in his new budget, set to be released later this month.

    The administration said the move would “foster the clean energy economy of the future and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change, according to a White House official quoted by Reuters.

    “We will not continue costly tax cuts for oil companies,” president Obama said, Reuters reported. The announcement was part of a proposed budget the 2011 spending year, which starts in October.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/01/obama-moves-to-cut-oil-subsidies_n_816787.html

  13. And this will be spun by the left of the left that it’s just window dressing because he’s not nationalizing the energy industry and getting us to all-green energy within the year, and by the right that, well, he’s going to nationalize the energy industry and force green energy upon us within the year.

    There! The news cycle done and dusted.

  14. Oh, the overarching bill will pass; the HCR repeal amendment won’t. It will be stripped out when it doesn’t get the required 60 votes.

    The Dems are practicing kabuki, which is a graceful, ancient art; the GOP is practicing vaudeville, which, well, isn’t.

  15. SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 1, 2011 – Building on years of support for renewable energy generation, Intel Corporation today announced that it will purchase 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy credits (RECs) in 2011. This commitment is a 75 percent increase over its 2010 commitment of 1.43 billion kilowatt hours and equates to more than 85 percent of Intel’s estimated purchased electricity needs in the United States for 2011. In addition, Intel has completed nine solar electric installations at Intel locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Israel, collectively generating more than 3.8 million kilowatt hours per year of clean solar energy.

    Intel has completed nine solar electric installations at Intel campuses in four states collectively generating 3.8 million Kwh per year of clean solar energy. Installation shown on Intel’s Chandler, Arizona campus.
    “Intel’s renewable energy efforts are meant to spur the market and make renewables cheaper and more accessible, in turn helping to reduce the overall carbon emissions from electric generation,” said Brian Krzanich, senior vice president and general manager of Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Intel. “Intel’s REC purchases, support for solar installations and other clean energy investments will continue to be priorities for us as we search for effective sustainability opportunities around the globe.”

    Intel first purchased RECs, the “currency” of renewable energy markets, and became the largest purchaser of green power in the United States1 with a 1.3 billion kilowatt hour commitment in 2008. Its 2011 purchase corresponds to the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly 218,000 average American homes or nearly 202 million gallons of gasoline consumed.2 As a result of Intel’s continued commitment to purchase RECs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again placed Intel at the top of its Green Power Partner List for 2011 as the largest voluntary, single purchaser of green power in the country. Intel was previously honored with the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Award.

    In January 2010, Intel first announced its plans to construct eight solar projects across four states. Along with Intel’s first international solar electric project – a 50 kilowatt roof installation in Jerusalem – these projects are now complete and generating clean power for use at Intel facilities. The projects are a variety of types, including a massive 1-megawatt solar field that spans nearly six acres of land on Intel’s Folsom, Calif. campus, four rooftop installations and four solar support structures in Intel parking lots. Each of the U.S. installations, which were completed and are operated by Foster City, Calif.-based SolarCity, currently ranks among the 10 largest solar installations in its respective utility territory. The RECs generated by these installations are typically transferred to the local utility to support their regulatory obligations and programs.

    Intel’s reaffirmed commitment to purchasing RECs and facilitating the nine solar electric installations is just the latest in Intel’s energy portfolio, which includes wind, solar, geo-thermal, small hydro-electric and biomass sources. Since 2001, Intel has invested over $45 million and completed approximately 1,500 projects to improve energy efficiency and resource conservation, saving roughly 790 million kilowatt hours of energy — enough to power nearly 69,000 average American homes for a year.3 Other highlights include:

    Investments: Intel is dedicated to clean technology innovation and development.

    As part of Intel’s broader objective to spur market demand for renewable energy, smart grid, home energy management and energy efficiency in enterprise, commercial, industrial and residential applications, Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment arm, has invested more than $150 million in approximately 20 clean technology businesses.

    Intel Newsroom-

  16. I love your sense of humor. Not many people can make me laugh out loud, but you do. Keep it up.

    PBO to speak on Egypt within the hour.

  17. Hah! Somewhere, John McCain is smiling through gritted teeth, and the new GOP senators are gnashing them because they won’t be able to bribe their constituents with pork.

    Now, I’m rather agnostic about earmarks. I think that done properly they can bring great benefits to members’ districts. But the GOP campaigned against “pork”, so now it has to live with that pledge.

  18. Darn it, I’ll be on the reference desk. I’ll have to log into the BBC and AJE liveblogs.

  19. Administration working to streamline offshore wind leasing
    By Andrew Restuccia – 02/01/11 03:45 PM ET

    The country’s top offshore energy regulator said Tuesday that the Obama administration is working to streamline the leasing process for offshore wind.

    Offshore wind development in the United States has suffered significant delays, most notably in the case of the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts, which has been trying to secure the necessary permits for almost a decade.

    The comments also come as the oil and gas industry is criticizing the Obama administration for imposing new safety regulations in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill that have caused uncertainty in the industry and resulted in drilling delays.

    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich said Tuesday that the administration is making offshore renewable energy a “top priority.” Bromwich said he is working to encourage offshore wind development by putting new focus on its Renewable Energy Program.

    “The Renewable Energy Program will report directly to BOEM’s Deputy Director, with responsibilities to formulate national strategy and develop policies and practices as well as manage offshore renewable energy activities,” Bromwich said, according to prepared remarks. “This new organizational role will enhance our ability to facilitate efficient and environmentally-sound renewable energy development.”

    Bromwich pointed the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s decision to sign a commercial lease for the Cape Wind project and to issue “requests for interest” for leases in three East Coast states.

    “We will continue to seek ways to streamline the process of developing this vital component of our nation’s comprehensive energy policy without cutting any corners on safety and environmental protection,” Bromwich said.

  20. Growing up a skinny kid with a stutter in a tough neighborhood makes you hone your comedic skills at an early age. Not that I was ever picked on; I had very good friends. But being funny is a lot less stressful, and more enjoyable, than being “tough”.

  21. OT…. gotta say the blog looks stunning on my iPad. The black background looks extra black actually ink black, the pictures crisp, so clear just beautiful. I won’t even start on how gorgeous POTUS looks. Now if I could just get back my old avatar life would be good😀. Also big up the Dow Jones ending over the big 12000 mark today! 44’s hard work is shinning🙂

  22. COMING SOON: President Obama will speak about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement not to run for another term in roughly an hour, the White House said just before 5:30 p.m.

    “President Obama watched President Mubarak’s speech in the White House Situation Room during his meeting with his foreign policy team,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said in an e-mail to reporters. The meeting lasted from 3:38 p.m. to 4:51 p.m., he said.

  23. Omg it’s back! How did that happen. I have been trying for days now. *well life is good.

  24. Things are not hunky-dory in Jordan.

    “King Abdullah of Jordan has dismissed his cabinet and appointed a new prime minister amid large street protests.

    New PM Marouf Bakhit has been charged with carrying out “true political reforms”, but the Islamist opposition rejected the appointment.

    The protesters had demanded action on unemployment and rising prices and the right to elect the prime minister.

    The BBC’s Caroline Hawley reports.”

  25. And Iran thinks they started the revolts:

    “Iranian officials and clerics are insisting Egypt’s insurrection, and similar popular revolts across the Arab world, are inspired by Islamist political ideology and have their origin in the 1979 Iranian revolution that overthrew the late Shah. But opposition leaders and independent analysts take a very different view. They say the common rallying cause is democracy, not Islamism – and that the Tehran regime is increasingly fearful of an Egypt-style uprising there.”…

    Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who ordered a violent crackdown on Iran’s pro-democracy protesters in 2009, claimed on his webpage to have predicted and personally encouraged Egypt’s pro-democracy revolt. He offered no explanation for this apparent contradiction.”

    FAIL.

    http://tinyurl.com/67nsshr

  26. This sort of reminds me of the 2000 campaign, when the word “reform” was in the air, and GWB grabbed the slogan that he was a “reformer with results”. That there is the Supreme Leader, a reformer with results.

  27. ..and that makes you a very fine role model for those young ones you’re working with- this mother says – thank you~

    And LOVE those signs BWD.. we are all so connected to one another around the world.

  28. Oh thats just great.. I remember how excited that school was to win and how involved the country got into it.

  29. I love to read your posts, librarian!

    And love your avatar, too.

    My youngest daughter is a librarian, lives here on the farm in the converted granry — a little house, just her size.

    She’s not married. She’s always been
    shy, but she’s a dragon in the cataloging department.

    And she’s a liberal.

  30. Oh lord, I’m so embarrassed to admit that cataloging was NOT my strongest class in grad school. Grad school spent way too much time on theory, and not enough time on what we would face in the real world. I could develop an entire curriculum with what I’ve learned on the job the past 3 years. LOL.

    As for my gravatar, I aspire to be as hip as dear Dr. Venture.🙂

  31. Thank you so much, sheri. I really have found my niche in the working world. Besides being a working writer, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else now.

  32. A commenter on the BBC liveblog: “One demonstrator, however, argues that Mr Mubarak should be given a chance to honour the promises he has made. ‘I am impressed, yes, I believe this is a step,” he tells the BBC. “We can’t just let everything descend into chaos. His promise not to run again for the presidency is a good step. We will hold him to this promise. He’s saying we need six or seven months for a new parliament, new constitution, everything. Then we can change.'”

  33. In the “even a broken clock is right twice a day” category: “Former US Deputy National Security Adviser Elliot Abrams express scepticism about Mr Mubarak’s ability to pull off a smooth, slow handover of power. ‘This just really won’t work,’ he tells CNN. ‘I can’t see anybody in Tahrir Square accepting that he will be president for eight more months and that he would, after 30 years, be trusted to be the man in charge of the democratic transition. Why would anyone believe that?'”

  34. They can still request money for their districts, they just need to properly vet them through the process, rather than tucking them in without oversight.

  35. “…and McDick is playing games!…”

    Yeah, jovie, he is and the GOPTeaParty, as a whole…

    FOR GOP, POLITICS TRUMPS LEADERSHIP

    …The GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill this week to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. It’s doomed in the Senate, where Democrats maintain majority voting power, and EVEN IF REPUBLICANS MANAGED TO LURE ENOUGH DEMOCRATIC SENATORS TO THE DARK SIDE AND JOIN THEM IN THEIR REPEAL EFFORTS, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD VETO IT.

    ODDS ARE EVERYTHING IN LEGISLATING, and they aren’t looking good right now for Republicans. But WHAT IF LEGISLATION ISN’T THE GOAL?

    There is ample evidence to support the claim (made here, by me) that Republicans aren’t in fact suffering from the romantic idealism of some deranged dream wherein they believe they will actually succeed in their efforts to repeal healthcare. THEY KNOW IT’S DOOMED.

    THE MEDIA ARM OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY admitted as much after the vote Wednesday. In a moment of uncharacteristic accuracy, Fox News ran a story describing the House vote as “largely symbolic.”

    The newly muscular House Republicans voted Wednesday to overturn President Obama’s health care overhaul – a move that is largely symbolic because the Democratic-controlled Senate is poised to ignore it while Obama is certain to veto it should it somehow pass through Congress.

    And TWO OF THE GOP’S LEADING ANTI-HOPE PITCHMEN admitted it a day before the votes were cast.

    In an interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, nationally syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer GAVE WORRIED TEA PARTIERS A GLINT OF HOPE in the possibility that Republicans could convince enough Democrats in the Senate to overturn the law. The goal is not to then rev up the lobbying machine and persuade the president against a veto. THE GOAL IS TO MAKE IT A POLITICAL ISSUE FOR [PRESIDENT] OBAMA IN HIS 2012 RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN.

    (T)HERE ARE 23 DEMOCRATS (IN THE SENATE) WHO HAVE TO BE RE-ELECTED IN 2012, AND A LOT OF THEM ARE IN RED STATES,” Krauthammer said. “You could get a majority on that. Now, of course, it’s not going to get enough to override a veto, but the whole purpose of this –- nobody expects that ObamaCare will be repealed in the next two years – but IT WILL BE ONE OF THE MAJOR ISSUES IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, and that I think is what it ought to be. (Emphasis added.)…

    IS IT COMPLETELY ACCURATE TO SAY THAT REPUBLICANS DRAFTED THIS TWO-PARAGRAPH REPEAL BILL TO REPLACE A 2,300-PAGE REFORM LAW ONLY BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO MAKE IT A CAMPAIGN ISSUE FOR [PRESIDENT] OBAMA IN 2012?

    YES. THEY KNEW IT COULDN’T PASS.

    Are we surprised?

    No. THIS IS THE REPUBLICAN MESSAGING MACHINE IN ACTION, TWO YEARS EARLY.

    Despite the staunch anti-reform rhetoric,… THEY CARE ONLY ABOUT THE POTENTIALLY NEGATIVE POLITICAL EFFECTS HEALTHCARE REFORM would have for those forced to defend it during the next election. They are using the legislative process to erect election hurdles for the president and the Democratic Party. It may prove an effective engineering tactic in crafting 2012 talking points, but it will also remind Americans why they so loathe the vile and manipulative world of D.C. politics.

    … REPUBLICANS SPENT THE LAST TWO YEARS OBSTRUCTING THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS by filibustering more bills than any other minority party in history. WE THOUGHT THEY DID THIS BECAUSE THEY LEGITIMATELY OPPOSED THE LEGISLATION proposed by the majority party. With this repeal bill – the first significant piece of legislation drafted by the majority Republican Party – WE KNOW THE TRUTH: that REPUBLICANS HAVE NO USE FOR POLICY; THEY CARE ONLY ABOUT POLITICS, whether they’re in the minority or the majority. CONSIDERING THAT THEIR POLITICKING RESULTED IN A NEAR SWEEP of the 2010 midterm election, there’s no reason to expect any less. WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT IN TACKLING ACTUAL ISSUES when partisan demagoguery has proven effective enough in garnering public support?

    WE OFTEN USE “LAWMAKER” and “POLITICIAN” INTERCHANGEABLY, and WHILE SOME HAVE SUCCESSFULLY TOED THE LINE BETWEEN THE TWO by exercising the tactics of the latter in order to pass laws that earn them the title of the former, REPUBLICANS ARE EVIDENCE THAT THERE IS, in their case, A STARK CONTRAST BETWEEN LEGISLATING AND POLITICKING.

    AT LEAST NOW WE KNOW.

    http://tinyurl.com/6b9ejzr

    DO WE? I KNOW, WE HAVE A FIGHT ON OUR HANDS. BUT, WE’RE UP TO THE TASK…RIGHT…YES WE ARE!😉

  36. Great piece of writing. I personally think that a majority of the people in the House and Senate are politicians. Both sides of the aisle.

    The reason is to be found in these words that you wrote.

    (T)HERE ARE 23 DEMOCRATS (IN THE SENATE) WHO HAVE TO BE RE-ELECTED IN 2012, AND A LOT OF THEM ARE IN RED STATES,”

    I understand that “they” represent their state, but there are times when something is of such importance to this country at large, that these elected official should vote their conscious, not their party.

    I really wish elected officials had term limits. Most of these people do not care whether something like the health care reform might help so many people in their districts and states. They just want to keep their seats. Egad, it is an ulgy system.

    Thanks again Snoopy

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