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The EPA staggers on under current leadership

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Pretty bad:

“Multiple senior EPA officials” have told Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) that since December they “have ceased their efforts” to follow the Supreme Court order to determine the hazard posed by tailpipe greenhouse emissions and to propose regulations. In December, EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson agreed with their findings and “forwarded an endangerment finding to the White House and a proposed motor vehicle regulation to the Department of Transportation.” Since then, the officials “did not know what transpired.”

UPDATE: The Washington Post notes the EPA today “decided to lower the allowable amount of smog-forming ozone in the air to 75 parts per billion, a level significantly higher than what the agency’s scientific advisers urged for this key component of unhealthy air pollution” — at the urging of industry officials.

Written by LeisureGuy

12 March 2008 at 3:13 pm

Government censorship at work

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Busily preventing thought-crime, the Bush Administration takes steps to ensure that you will know only what it wants you to know.

On Monday, McClatchy reported that a “review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents” captured after the U.S. invasion “has found no evidence” that Saddam Hussein “had any operational links” with al Qaeda. But ABC News reports today that the Pentagon apparently doesn’t want the study “to get any attention” as it has canceled “plans to send out a press release announcing the report’s release and will no longer make the report available online.” One Pentagon official “said initial press reports on the study made it ‘too politically sensitive.’”

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12 March 2008 at 2:55 pm

Brigit True Organics

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I received some samples of Diabeticae products from Brigit True Organics some time back, and have been meaning to mention my experience. They’re extremely pleasant to use, and while not curative (type 2 diabetes is not currently curable), they offer palliative care. The one I’ve used most is the foot cream, and if you’re a diabetic, you might want to give it a go. It feels good, it smells good, and it seems to help my feet and shins feel better.

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12 March 2008 at 2:27 pm

Posted in Daily life

The Founding Fathers and Christianity

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Interesting post from Kevin Drum:

Religious conservatives have long insisted that the Framers were deeply and traditionally Christian, an assertion central to their contention that America was founded as a “Christian nation.” Secular liberals, by contrast, have long argued that most of the Founders were agnostics or, at best, Deists who believed that reason, not scripture, is the true path to understanding the Almighty.

So which side is right? Neither is, quite, according to Steve Waldman, founding editor of beliefnet.com and the author of a terrific new book, Founding Faith. Waldman has read just about every available thing that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and the rest said and wrote, publicly and privately, about their personal theological views. He comes to two conclusions. First, all the Founders saw themselves as Christians and believed that God in one way or another guides human affairs. So, score one for the religious right. Second, not a single one of the main Founders actually believed in the divinity of Jesus, which is the central tenet of the Christian faith. Score one for the secular left.

Steve is blogging about this over at TPM Cafe. Also he’s compiled an archive of his source material so you can read for yourself what the Founders had to say about their personal religious beliefs. You might also check out the cover story he wrote for the Washington Monthly (where he’s a contributing editor) on the surprising role evangelicals played during the founding in securing religious freedom.

And here’s a detailed review of the book.

Written by LeisureGuy

12 March 2008 at 2:12 pm

Posted in Government, Religion

Interesting Obama vs. Clinton observations

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Via Bob Slaughter, from the Mississippi exit polls, reported on C&L:

The exit polls have some interesting numbers on how [Obama] won.

* Gender: Obama won 61% of men and 58% of women. That’s going to lead to a pretty good day.

* Race: It’s fair to say this was an important factor in Mississippi. 91% of African-American voters backed Obama, while 72% of white voters backed Clinton.

* Age: There continues to be a striking age gap between the candidates. Despite Obama’s landslide win, Clinton still won a majority of voters 60 and older.

* Income: Obama won every income group except those making more than $75,000, who preferred Clinton.

* Honesty: Here’s a surprising one. 70% of Mississippi voters said Obama is honest and trustworthy. Only 52% said the same about Clinton.

* Commander-in-Chief test: Voters preferred Obama to Clinton by 10 points on this question, 53% to 43%.

* Republicans: Is Rush Limbaugh’s strategy catching on? 13% of voters in the Democratic primary identified themselves as Republicans, and they overwhelmingly backed Clinton over Obama, 78% to 22%.

* VP: 6 in 10 Obama backers said that he should select Clinton for the ticket if he won the nomination, while 4 in 10 Clinton supporters said she should choose Obama if he she won.

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12 March 2008 at 1:49 pm

Posted in Democrats, Election

Signs of hope

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Glenn Greenwald detects some signs of hope for the Democrats in Congress—perhaps a little backbone is developing. Read here.

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12 March 2008 at 1:44 pm

Posted in Congress, Democrats

More on Registry Booster 2 and Microsoft

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Today Microsoft automatically downloaded and installed an update. I ran Registry Booster 2 afterwards, just to check. Yep: 28 new registry errors, thanks to Mr. Microsoft. I cleaned those up, defragmented the registry, and things are cool again.

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12 March 2008 at 1:43 pm

Posted in Software

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