This is how to take on the GOP – Mr Weiner, you’re doing it right!

HT: Crooksandliars

Crooksandliars has the following exchange between Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) as a followup to Weiner’s rant on the GOP blocking the 9/11 responders bill.

Listen to some more of Representative Weiner’s rants: Continue reading

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Good news in the auto industry and more Republican obstructionism

This week, President Obama speaks to us from the GM auto plant in Detroit, Michigan.  Many jobs have been saved in auto companies that might have otherwise liquidated — despite the efforts and dire warnings of the “Just Say No crowd.”

He goes on to talk about the Small Business Jobs Act, a bill that would provide tax breaks and lending assistance for small businesses, so that they are able to build their business and hire more employees.  Naturally, Republicans in the Senate faux-filibustered the bill.  The President once again called on Republicans to “stop holding America’s small businesses hostage to politics” and allow an up or down vote on the matter.  Remember when the Republicans were in front of the microphones just about everyday whining and demanding an up or down vote?

Finally, the President reminds us that Americans are tough, we work hard, and we don’t give up.  We will push this country forward inch by inch — in spite of those working so hard to hold us back.

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UN recognizes human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

Photo by Zach Meier

Green Cross

The 3rd Commission of the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations made history today by overwhelmingly adopting the draft resolution proclaiming the Human Right to Safe drinking Water and Sanitation.

I’m such a spoiled American.  Everyday, I turn on the tap and am rewarded with fresh clean water for my drinking, bathing, washing, and sanitation needs.  I have two bathrooms available to me in my home, and anywhere I may venture throughout my day, I can count on finding a restroom.  I don’t even have to think about it!

The resolution that was adopted [July 28] “declares the Right to Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

It also “calls upon States and international organisations to provide Financial resources, capacity building and technology transfer, through international assistance and co-operation, in particular to developing countries, in order to scale up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.”  (Emphasis mine)

122 states voted in favor of the resolution, with 41 states abstaining — including the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  None voted against the resolution (wouldn’t that raise some interesting red flags?).

Why did the U.S. abstain from voting for or against the resolution? Continue reading

The Watering Hole: July 31 — As the wheat turns…

Photo by Zooey

After a wonderfully mild winter, extended spring, and cooler than usual summer, the wheat is browning up quite nicely.  Unfortunately, harvest usually starts the first part of August, and that certainly isn’t going to happen.  The farmers now have to hope for an extended dry summer so they can get the harvest in before the fall rains.  I don’t envy them that particular balancing act.

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