2010 a Record Year for Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Despite a slow global economy, global greenhouse gas emissions set an all-time high in 2010, with greenhouse gas quantities in the atmosphere now even worse than the WORST-case scenario projected by experts several years ago. Just another day in climate change news, a day that also noted a giant crack found in an Antarctic glacier.
Perry Drunk? On Drugs? Or just being himself? – Rick Perry today was forced to respond to allegations that he was either drunk or on pain medications during a recent New Hampshire speech. Perry said no, he wasn’t drunk or on drugs. You know, there just MIGHT be a problem with your qualifications for president if people can’t tell if you’re acting normally, or if you are drunk or on drugs.
Senate GOP Blocks Infrastructure/Jobs Bill - Republicans again today showed that they will not allow any legislation to pass which might help the economy before next year’s elections. They know their best chance to oust Obama is for the weak economic conditions to continue until the election. Democrats have been trying to pass pieces of Obama’s jobs bill, without any success, thanks to GOP obstruction. Today, GOP senators blocked a $50 billion infrastructure bill designed to get Americans working again by funding work to repair road and rail networks. The bill would have been paid for by a 0.7% tax increase on people making more than $1,000,000 a year. The debate today is also yet another example of what a joke Republicans are when they call for “shared sacrifice”, when they continue to shield millionaires from even the tiniest of tax increases.
National Zoo Scientist Convicted of Poisoning Cats – A researcher at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. was convicted of poisoning stray cats in her neighborhood. My first thought is that there’s no end to the sickening things people will do. My second thought…I wonder if she’d be willing to help me with the neighbor’s cat that keeps EATING THE BIRDS AT MY FEEDERS!!! Ok, no, I would never do such a thing. But my GOD, what do you do with neighbors that refuse to restrain their cats? What do you do with neighbors who deny that their precious cat could ever catch, much less eat, a bird? It IS a very sweet cat, other than when it’s killing every living thing it comes across. But I have about had it with that cat, and with my neighbors behind me. We HAVE talked to them about it. They MUST see me when I’m chasing their cat out of my yard about 10 times a day on the weekend. If people want a pet, then for god’s sake, be prepared to act responsibly.
Nebraska 45, Northwestern 27 – I’m taking my 8-year old son to his first Nebraska football game this weekend! He’s not a sports fan at all, but I think he’ll get a kick out of it. He’s never been in an atmosphere like this. Northwestern has a bad record, but they led in each of the 5 games they lost, including leads over 3 ranked teams in the 2nd half. Northwestern has a great mobile QB in Dan Persa, and they can score on anyone. They can’t stop anyone though. I think Northwestern will give Nebraska all they can handle for the first half, before Nebraska pulls away in the second half.