Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Catnip 4/24/12


SF City Hall. Amazing gilded building. Huge. Want to catch it at sunrise someday (it faces east) so I can capture the shiny gold. 1000 px here.

A bit of news:

Primary day! But no one is paying all that much attention. "New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut will each hold contests, with a total of 231 delegates at stake." ABC has their usual great run-down here. Only question is: Will Newt quit after tonight?

Remember how Rick Snyder (and many other Republican candidates) refused to offer details on their plans for governance as they were campaigning in 2010? Mitt Romney does. "The tactic is, of course, by design for a candidate eager to make the general election a referendum on Obama's first term. The less voters know about Romney, the more they may focus on Obama. By avoiding difficult policy decisions, Romney gives his opponents less fuel for political attacks." And then you get to be really pissed off when they get in office and cut taxes for the wealthy while they steal from your community. it's going to be harder to pull that vagueness off in a national general election though - see health care plan from yesterday - so we will see what he can get away with as time goes on.

Why you gonna lose the House, Orange Man? I thought the 'Murican Peepul were behind all your policies 100%, as you are fond of telling us. Or, are you just trying to scare up more moola from the rabble? It has to be one or the other. I'm guessing the latter.

While Boehner cries the crocodile tears for his unpopular House, conservative groups are spending up to $100 million to take the Senate. "Already, they have committed at least $17 million to television commercials in more than a dozen states from Florida to Hawaii, in most cases dwarfing what their Democratic opponents have spent. Their plans call for an effort that will exceed $100 million by Election Day, strategists for these groups said, far surpassing their efforts in 2010, a high-water mark for outside money in politics." Pretty sure the "high water mark" is going to get passed in every single category this year. (Update: Rove's Crossroads SuperPac is launching a $1.2 million blitz in key Senate races today.)

Gas prices. Dropping. Three straight weeks now. If the President gets the blame for high gas prices, shouldn't he get credit for the fall? No? Didn't think so.

The House will push ahead for "Drill, Baby, Drill" on federal lands anyway this week. Or, as it's know by its real name, "Lease, Baby, Lease"; land and water opened so oil companies can increase their bottom line by acquiring these options and selling on the market. Remember, they don't want to do the physical work of exploration and drilling (that costs money!) - this is about holding paper and declaring profit so the stock holders are pleased.

Social Security, in peril once again. Don't we go through this doom and gloom scare every other year or so?

"RNC Spokeswoman: Republican Economic Platform Will Be The Bush Program, ‘Just Updated’." I really can't add anything to that...

ALEC and Grover Norquist are now working to repeal RPS standards in the states. As you may or may not know, 29 states plus Washington DC require a certain percentage of their energy to come from renewable/clean sources - and those standards have been a big job creator, as well as and incentive that helps us to reduce fossil fuel use. The Koch brothers can't have that, now, can they?

Chuck Grassley watches too many Bond movies.

Short one today - have to mess with my desktop computer now. Have a great day.