The Watering Hole Tuesday May 20, 2014

You may need to re-think flood insurance.

Greenland may be dumping a lot more water than anybody thought.

It’s deep down there.

And it is melting faster than you think.

No more snow cones for you, Mr. Republican.

Muir Glacier at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska going, going, gone…

23 thoughts on “The Watering Hole Tuesday May 20, 2014

  1. But you can rest assured the taxpayers will pick up the tab for the inundated mansions in the Hamptons & the beach resort hotels all along the Florida coast.

  2. Jesus fucking christ, the 1% is killing us all in the name of the almighty dollar.

    Why are we letting them do it? There are more of us than them. Even if the cops are on their side — cuz clearly “protect and serve” is a thing of the past — there are still more of us than the 1% and their minions.

      • We’d scrounge more people by just one of us standing with a sign reading “Teabaggers & Progressives Unite Against the 1%!”

  3. D’Souza Pleads Guilty to Violating Contribution Laws

    Conservative political commentator and author Dinesh D’Souza, who made the film “2016: Obama’s America,” pleaded guilty to violating U.S. campaign contribution law by using straw donors to exceed federal limits.

    D’Souza’s guilty plea came on the day he was to begin trial on felony charges that he illegally reimbursed two close associates for contributing a total of $20,000 in 2012 to U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, a New York Republican. Federal law limits campaign contributions to $5,000 per individual in an election cycle.

    D’Souza’s lawyers and the government agreed in a hearing today in Manhattan before U.S. District Judge Richard Berman that sentencing guidelines, which aren’t binding, call for him to get as long as 16 months in prison. Berman allowed D’Souza to remain free on bail before sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 23.

    I’m not clear on whether the SCOTUS struck this limit down since D’Souza was indicted.

    • If the SCOTUS did strike this limit, there would have been no plea bargain – why cop a plea to violating a law that’s been stricken as unconstitutional?

      • OK. If McCutcheon v. FEC decided in April doesn’t affect this case, why not? It seems that if one can now spend unlimited amounts on campaigns, because it was unconstitutional to enact limits, what’s the difference between direct spending and straw donors?

  4. Virginia Ex-Governor Must Face Prosecution in Corruption

    Virginia’s former governor Robert McDonnell, once a rising star in the Republican Party, failed to persuade a U.S. judge to throw out federal corruption charges against him and his wife, Maureen.

    U.S. District Judge James Spencer in Richmond, Virginia, ruled today that U.S. prosecutors sufficiently supported their charges in the McDonnells’ indictment and that the case against them, scheduled for trial in July, should move ahead. Spencer also rejected the couple’s request that their cases be separated.

    In other words, they couldn’t bribe the judge.

    • Two reactions:
      First: Good news- Now I won’t have to travel to Venice to get my loafers wet during an evening stroll.

      Second: Bad news- We sold what would have become our central Pennsylvania beach front property for a pittance.

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