Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hooray Harry!


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has decided to keep the chamber in session over the Thanksgiving break to block President Bush from making any unsavory recess appointments while Senators are out of town.

In a statement inserted in the record Friday, the Majority Leader said he will hold the Senate in a series of pro forma or nonvoting sessions to prevent the controversial practice. In the statement, Reid argued that nominations need to get on track, and that Bush has not met the Democrats “halfway” in agreeing to Democratically backed nominees to “important commissions.”

“While an election year looms, significant progress can still be made on nominations,” Reid said. “I am committed to making that progress if the President will meet me halfway.

“But that progress can’t be made if the President seeks controversial recess appointments and fails to make Democratic appointments to important commissions.”

If the Dems stand firmly against authoritarian rule, we might actually end up with a great country once again. Then on with the business of cleaning up the planet.




DEN said...

More good news???

LONDON (Reuters) - President Pervez Musharraf, defending his decision to declare emergency rule, has said Pakistan's nuclear weapons will not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands while the military is in control of them.


I think we can all sleep safer tonite knowing that.

NOT!!!If those crazy fuckers let go of some nukes, we will have more to worry about than global warming.

DEN said...

Gloomy future unless a respected world leader can be established, to take an active roll to help resolve issues like that.

America used to be that world leader.

DEN said...

Too much coffee and donuts set me off here this AM.

Relax, Den, relax.

OK thats better.

Holiday coming up soon, Christmas crass consumer consumption frenzy dead ahead, watch out for frenzied shoppers.

"Save money shopping at Wally Mart"

Save more by staying home!

micki said...

U.N. Report Describes Risks of Inaction on Climate Change

"...a recent International Energy Agency report looking at the unexpectedly rapid emissions growth in China and India estimated that if current policies were not changed the world would warm six degrees by 2030, a disastrous increase far higher than the panel’s estimates of one to four degrees by the end of the century.

While the United States, Saudi Arabia and China tried to change the text in order to play down the consequences of global warming, developing nations — which will bear the initial brunt of climate change — were much more forceful than at previous meetings in opposing these efforts, one scientist who was in the negotiating room said.

micki said...

Go, Harry!

On another (possible) positive note:

One of Mukasey's first acts as AG was (at least) initially viewed as a gesture of his promised independence from the WH.

Mukasey announced that he was reopening the department's internal inquiry into whether the spying program complies with the law.

We'll see. The proof is in the pudding.

micki said...

...on the other that I think about Harry's pro forma move to keep the Senate in session...

I hope this doesn't backfire on the Dems -- instead of the busheviks bitching about the recess appointment aspect, they just might bitch about the Dems "obstructing" and "not supporting the troops" and all that BS. They'll claim that if the Senate is *in session,* it should be working on FUNDING FOR THE SAFETY OF THE TROOPS.

Oh,'s still worth the risk. Go, Harry!

David B. Benson said...

More of Micki's leftovers this morning.

The prediction is that tomorrow morning we get some of Micki's refrigerated leftovers.

ÂșCÂșarol said...

Looks like we still make things here.

U.S. Made Toys

Shop for America

Alan said...

Mukasey announced that he was reopening the department's internal inquiry into whether the spying program complies with the law.

And yet, I had read somewhere that his answer about that question was that that decision had already been made before his confirmation... that the required security clearances were given out before he got on board. Could he, and repugs be 'spinning' that to make him look better?
The better example of a positive from him would be his choice of assistant A/G. Can't think of his name at this second, think it starts with an F, but they said he was an honest career guy.

David B. Benson said...

It seems there is a company in India making electric commute cars for $9000. They've made about 2,200 of them, with nearly half sold in London.

DEN said...

Doc, electricity is the way to go, develop and implement a electricity only environment.

By the way what exactly are Micki's leftovers?

David B. Benson said...

Den --- What is western Washington state famous for?


DEN said...

Doc I am not sure off the top of my head, will research and get back to you tho.

Meanwhile the folks in Minn. have a novel approach to heating and cooling your house:

Unlike most of us, Dale Burgess doesn’t mind his heating bill.

He pays less than $400 annually for heat, air conditioning and hot water in his 2,200-square-foot home. His average monthly bill of $31 also pays to heat an attached two-car garage and airplane hangar.

Instead of a conventional gas, propane or oil heating system, he and his wife, Linda, rely on the constant temperature of the Earth, which is warmer than the air in winter and cooler in summer. The house they built in 2005 has a geothermal heating system.

Rising home heating costs are prompting more people to look to geothermal systems instead of burning fossil fuels. Burgess estimates he would pay $2,000 to $2,500 a year to heat and cool his house with fuel oil.

Summit Mechanical Service in Duluth is installing 40 geothermal systems this year, more than previous years, said Kevin Kaski, one of its geothermal designers.

“There’s definitely been an increase in geothermal, and there’s a lot of talk about it,” said Dean Talbott, energy specialist with Minnesota Power. “As a heating system, it’s the most efficient heating and cooling system on the market.”

Even in the Northland, where the ground freezes, the temperature of the underlying earth remains a relatively constant 45 to 50 degrees year-round. That’s where coiled pipes are laid to absorb heat. An electric heat pump, which replaces a furnace or boiler, moves fluid carrying that heat through a system of underground or underwater pipes to the house. Then the heat pump’s compressor raises the fluid’s temperature and the heat is distributed through the house, typically through a forced-air duct system. In the summer, the system works in reverse, moving heat from the house back to the Earth where it disperses. Adding a “desuperheater” provides hot water for free in the summer and saves heating costs in winter.


DEN said...

Mensa of Western Washington

micki said...

Okay, Den, let's play a guessing game about Micki's leftovers.

Western Washington, Seattle in particular, is known for what....?

A clue: find an Isaac Asimov short story that has in it's title what Seattle is famously and widely known for as it pertains to weather.

micki said...

its....not it's

Gawd! Get it right Micki!

micki said...

But speaking of leftovers, Dr. B, I'm all about leftovers.

I'd FedEx some of my awesome leftover pumpkin pie, my Grandma Gough's stuffing, Brussels' sprouts with pancetta and arugula to you, but the carbon impact would not make it worth it.

So, I'll just eat it myself! :-))

micki said...

Western Washington, Seattle in particular, is known for what....?

Hint: the answer is not Starbucks

micki said...

From Den's mensa link:

One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else."

Eleanor Roosevelt.

I like that!