Category Archives: Shiny Objects

Hell Just Froze Over

Not only did the Roberts court just vote 6-2 in favor of the EPA, Alto recused himself from the case.

WASHINGTON — In a major environmental victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate the smog-causing pollution from coal-fired power plants that wafts across state lines from 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast.

The 6-to-2 ruling upholds a centerpiece of what has become a signature of President Obama’s environmental agenda: a series of new Clean Air Act regulations aimed at cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants. Republicans and the coal industry have criticized the effort as a “war on coal.”

Legal experts said the decision, written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, signaled that the Obama administration’s efforts to use the Clean Air Act to fight global warming could also withstand legal challenges. The E.P.A. is expected to unveil in June a sweeping new climate change regulation, using the authority of the Clean Air Act to rein in carbon pollution from coal plants.

The regulations covering cross-state air pollution, known as “good neighbor” rules, have pitted Rust Belt and Appalachian states like Ohio and Kentucky against East Coast states like New York and Connecticut.

Okay, where’s the Candid Camera guy?

Fox Wierdness

Want to see something strange? Take a look over here at OpenSecrets.Org’s listing of top contributors to federal candidates and parties in yhe TV/movies/music industry. Scroll down to number 7. News Corporation, the parent of Fox News, contributed more than twice as much to the Dems as the Republicans*. I wonder how I can get more detailed numbers. I wonder if we can start calling Fox part of the Liberal Media Establishment now. :P Most importantly, I wonder WHY it played out the way it did. Probably because there is a lot more to Fox than the
‘newsroom”.

*(statement of methodology from OS.org’s website: “The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs, soft money donors, and individuals giving $200 or more. (Only those groups giving $5,000 or more are listed here.) In many cases, the organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates. All donations took place during the 2003-2004 election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, October 25, 2004. Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics.”)

Where in the world is Jennifer Millerwise?

All right. Now I’d really love to know who Jennifer Millerwise is and what she looks like just because I have a thing about being able to place a face to the person I’m researching. However not only can I not find an image of her, take a look at what I get when I do a Google image search with her name. Does Google know something I don’t? (I’m going to archive this result because it’s so amusing).