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March 29, 2015 11:02 PM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

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  1. Another day, another Republican Lie:

    Sen. James Inhofe says there has never been “an instance of ground water contamination” caused by hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for oil and natural gas. Inhofe’s office told us he is referring only to “the physical act of cracking rocks through hydraulic fracturing.” But drilling operations that involve fracking include other actions that have caused contamination.

    A peer-reviewed study published in 2014 found that drinking water wells near fracking sites in Pennsylvania and Texas were contaminated with methane that had the chemical signature of gas normally found only deep underground.

    Rob Jackson, a Stanford University professor of earth system science who coauthored the 2014 study, told us that drilling that uses hydraulic fracturing has “contaminated ground waters through chemical and wastewater spills, poor well integrity, and other pathways.”

    Cuz throwing a snowball on the senate floor to “prove” the globe isn’t warmer wasn’t stupid enough.

    And let’s not forget this is a special kind of Republican, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, with whom we must be bipartisan….

      1. Col Pols looking for a quote:

        “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” – John Steinbeck

        1. There’s a lot of truth to that. Which socio-economic group feels strongest about the estate tax?  Not the folks you’d expect; they have high-priced estate planning attorneys mapping out how to avoid paying estate taxes.  

          It’s Joe Six-Pack who lives in a very middle class home with a very middle class job who will likely die with an estate that fits within the current exemption. But Joe Six packs believes someday when he’s purchasing that six pack and buys a handful of lottery tickets, his ship will come in and he will have to deal with the ordeal of being rich.

          I’m reminded of that episode of All in the Family when Archie and his son in law are discussing Geroge McGovern’s proposal to soak the rich (back then, an estate worth more than $1 million) with an increase in the estate tax.  Gloria pleads with her father to not leave her more than a million dollars because she couldn’t handle it.

    1. Make that plural, as in “Another day, another Republican LIES”. 

      From Paul Krugman’s article today in the NY Times:  Pete Sessions, R-TX, chair of the House Rules Committee, insisted that health care coverage expansion under Obamacare is costing $5 million per recipient. “But his calculation ws a bit off — namely, by a factor of more than a thousand.  The actual cost per newly insured American in about $4,000.  …much less than expected — about 20 percent less, according to the Congressional Budget Office.”

      Why does it take Paul Krugman to reveal this?  Where are the Dem elected officials making a fool of these Republicans?

    1. Well, in this round you get to vote for three. I’m torn too. I think Eleanor Roosevelt’s stature as an early proponent of  civil rights and women’s rights at a crucial period of our history makes a very strong case for her. She fought hard for all of the disenfranchised and marginalized. But a strong case can also be made that it’s time to be inclusive, to break the color barrier. Especially since historic figures of color were prevented from aspiring to high office and many are less well known as historic figures because minorities have for so long been ignored or just given brief mention in our primary and High School education. I included Eleanor in my first round three.

      1. feminist rant: Oh, I get it. Because Bruce Jenner is now undergoing sex reassignment, we could nominate him and get the best of both worlds – male star athlete and woman-ness.

        But for the rest of the $20 bill candidates, we’re looking for leadership, being a mover and changer, fighting for the American dream for all.

        Why is it that whenever there is a move to lift women up to an equal footing, that the first thing men think about is which exceptions to that rule will allow a man to take that place instead, and how unfair it is that only women are being considered? /feminist rant (for today).

        1. doubleplusgood.

          ER would have a better chance than Rosa Parks. After seeing that Roosevelt doc on PBS, it’s quite easy to see the profound dedication Eleanor Roosevelt had for our democracy.

          IMHO, it should be Rosa Parks, just to see how many White Christian Male heads explode from the latent hate.

    2. You have some great choices. I voted for Sojourner Truth, Margaret Sanger and Rachel Carson. May as well have the Revileican’s heads explode three times.

  2. I’d go first with the incredible Harriet Tubman.

    Second:  Clara Barton, who did more than anyone to open the field of medicine to women.   One result is that my current doctor, and her four predecessors, are all women.  (and superb doctors.)

    Third:  Belva Anna Lockwood, first woman to practice before the Supreme Court.   The Court actually refused to let her appear before it, but the Radical Republican Congress passed and President Grant signed a bill ordering it to stop discriminating against women.   Since Congress has that power over the courts, the nine old men had to obey.

    Incredible women achieving against overwhelming odds.   But the best of the best, Tubman, without a doubt.   I’m also a fan of Sojourner Truth but Tubman put her life on the line time after time while Sojourner’s eloquence seldom involved that mortal peril.


  3. I wrote the above before actually visiting the site, where I found Belva Ann Lockwood wasn’t listed. So I voted for Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton was far braver and fairer than Susan B. Anthony and is a giant in the field of human rights. 

    1. For starters he was the genocidal SOB who betrayed thousands of American Indians to send them on a death march mainly because that was exactly what he had in mind. Exterminating as many of them as possible. Also he really hated the whole concept of paper money. If he wasn’t rotting in hell he’d probably be very upset about his image being plastered on a piece of paper money. For starters.

            1. Well, just so you know, none of my ancestors got here until 1914 and I’m the first generation to leave Chicago so I’m pretty sure none of my ancestors have anything to answer for to any of hers or the kids.wink

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