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July 22, 2014

The Good Guys Win Halbig

Judge Griffith, writing for the court, concluded, "the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State.'" In other words, the court reaffirmed the principle that the law is what Congress enacts -- the text of the statute itself -- and not the unexpressed intentions or hopes of legislators or a bill's proponents. -- Jonathan Adler, Volokh Conspiracy

Gov Walker's #WarOnOutsourcing

Jim Geraghty, whom I admire greatly, expands on the Trek-Outsourcing contretemps I discussed yesterday. Unlike Alyssa Finley, Geraghty gives the Walker campaign a pass on philosophy (or lack thereof) and wonders if it will be effective:

Keep in mind, Mary Burke is running on . . . raising the minimum wage, and also said the minimum wage hike "wouldn't affect" her family's business.

Well, we know it wouldn't affect those Chinese workers.

Of course, we know how this all ends. Every Madison progressive, every union member, every liberal beating the drum for protecting American jobs who sneered about Mitt Romney's greed will shrug their shoulders and vote for her . . . just because she's the Democrat.


But I expect the other guys to be hypocritical. The rest of a superb "Morning Jolt" newsletter [subscribe] suggests Chappaquiddick as the start of Progressives' issuing get out of jail free cards.

I even expect -- but will not condone -- that politicians I support will occasionally display a bit of hypocrisy; I can roll my eyes and move on. But, Geraghty invoked Governor Romney, this is Romney again -- does the Republican party stand for Capitalism?


July 21, 2014

Kids these days

They aren't Obama-loving socialists because they believe in egalitarian redistribution but because, perhaps, they believe socialism means "protecting the vulnerable from the vicissitudes of capitalism" and capitalism means "government favoritism instead of a free market."

In fact, millennial support for a government-managed economy (32%) mirrors national favorability toward the word socialism (31%). Millennial preferences may not be so different from older generations once terms are defined.

Millennials’ preferred economic system becomes more pronounced when it is described precisely. Fully 64 percent favor a free market economy over an economy managed by the government (32%), whereas 52 percent favor capitalism over socialism (42%). Language about capitalism and socialism is vague, and using these terms assumes knowledge millennials may not have acquired.

Hat tip: A very good Stossel show last night.


You Hit Him with your Gun, Shane...

I really liked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, until about three seconds ago. Really? Et tu, Scotto?

Behold the Walker campaign's new ad targeting the governor's Democratic challenger, Mary Burke: "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your fortune grow? By making millions of dollars . . . Sending jobs overseas that could have been done in Wisconsin . . . To countries where women and children might work up to 12 hours a day, earning only two dollars an hour." Ms. Burke is a former executive of the Wisconsin-based Trek, which like its competitors Cannondale, Schwinn and Giant manufactures most of its bikes in China or Taiwan.

I argue with the Big-L Libertarians from Liberty on the Rocks-Flatirons and tell them "this time it is going to be different." Behavior like this both makes me a chump and deflates my belief that the GOP could really advance liberty.


July 20, 2014

Review Corner

A rare early dissenter was the Hungarian-British economist Peter Bauer, who four decades ago presciently predicted the failure of planning "development" through foreign aid. The fallacy is to assume that because I have studied and lived in a society that somehow wound up with prosperity and peace, I know enough to plan for other societies to have prosperity and peace. As my friend April once said, this is like thinking the racehorses can be put in charge of building the racetracks.
William Easterly won a well-deserved Hayek Book Award from the Manhattan Institute for The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. The title and excerpt above set the book up pretty well. We're constantly told "twelve cents' malaria vaccine can save a child's life;" Easterly has the temerity to point out that -- after $2.4 Trillion of foreign aid -- they still have not provided that 0.12 dose. There clearly going to need Three Trillion!

The other giveaway to the book's content is the Hayek Prize. It's all planners and plans and ten year development strategies. Again, Bullwinkle? That trick never works. Seriously, none of the wealthy countries got that way because of a development plan; they got there through individual rights, incremental improvement, and Hayekian spontaneous order. All of these are impeded by the benevolence of the Gates Foundation, Oxfam, Save the Children, UK's DFID, USAID, and the UN.

The title of course alludes to Kipling. And the subtext of this book is that all the aid workers and donors (and Live 8 viewers) are aghast to share a species with the likes of Kipling and Macaulay with their patronizing and blatantly racist Colonialism.

Cameroonian lawyer and journalist Jean-Claude Shanda Tonme protested in a July 2005 New York Times Op-Ed column about the Live 8 concert organizers that "they still believe us to be like children that they must save," with "their willingness to propose solutions on our behalf."

The common and oft-repeated theme from Kipling's buddies in India in the 1890's to The Rockefeller Foundation in China in the 1930's to The Gates Foundation in Africa in the '00's is "The Blank Slate." What's a few hundred or thousand years of history, local culture and tribal influence? We're going to teach these coolies what works. And yet, time after time it does not.

The author is not a right winger or radical libertarian, though he accepts the superiority of Hayek's bottom-up versus experts' top-down solutions. But like James Tooley's The Beautiful Tree [Review Corner] he starts out as an idealist young man out to save the world. In Easterly's case it is multi-generational.

The bungalow has only one bedroom; the rest of us make do with sofas or chairs pushed together. We are skittish after sighting a few insects and even bats in the bungalow. We go to sleep anyway, to the rhythms of drums in nearby villages and surf on the nearby coast. My father is a biology professor at the University College of Cape Coast, Ghana, part of the American program to lend knowledge to the development of Africa. We are a family of five from Bowling Green, Ohio. We are white people and we have come to save you. I am twelve years old.

Nor has he abandoned hope for aid or helping -- just the methods generally employed and the mistakes frequently made.
The quest for helping the poor gets more complex the more you study it, but please don’t give up! There is hope once you give up the Planner’s ambition of universally imposing a free market from the top down. I point out in this chapter some of the universal problems with markets for poor countries, but the solutions are as varied as the countries and their complex histories.

When I was shopping for this book in the Kindle Store, I was not certain whether this one or his new "Tyranny of Experts" was the Hayek Prize winner. I got the sample for both and both looked good. After finishing this, I immediately bought "Tyranny of Experts" and am halfway through it. It develops similar themes and is also quite good. Forgive me if I conflate points and anecdotes between the two. Both whack the top down aid agencies pretty severely. Both criticize bad governments in the target countries and the ill-effects of aid to prop them up and fund them.
It may be true that poor-country governments are bad, and it may be just as true that Western attempts to change them have been fruitless. Continuing my subliminal quest for the most politically unappealing truths, this chapter considers what to do if both statements are true.
[...]
The Achilles' heel is that any government that is powerful enough to protect citizens against predators is also powerful enough to be a predator itself. There is an old Latin saying that goes, "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"--which translates freely as "Why would you trust a government official any more than you would a shoplifting serial killer?"
[..]
Today's system of foreign aid coddles (and probably worsens) bad governments. The long-standing dictator in Cameroon, Paul Biya, gets 41 percent of his government revenue from foreign aid. Under current proposals to sharply increase aid to Africa, that figure would increase to 55 percent.84

And yet, like Colorado Schools the solution is always more money.

His newer book better develops the similarity with "Nation Building." I can't laugh at the follies of Bono and Bill and Melinda without accepting that much of the Neoconservative agenda I supported last decade was built on the same faulty premise -- there wasn't a lot of Hayek in the Afghan and Iraqi rebuilding efforts.

If it were not for the U.S. Army trying to promote economic development, it would seem presumptuous for me as an economist to comment on military interventions. Yet even without recent rhetoric, military intervention is too perfect an example of what this book argues you should not do--have the West operate on other societies with virtually no feedback or accountability.

IMF and USAID money to bad guys was a weapon and blunt foreign policy instrument through The Cold War and now the War on Terror.
In one of the most bizarre episodes of the cold war, the Reagan administration sponsored an organization called Democratic International, which brought together the Contras in Nicaragua, UNITA in Angola, the Islamic mujahedin in Afghanistan, and anti-government rebels in Cambodia.36
[...]
Reagan said of the Democratic International in 1988: "there is something in our spirit and history that makes us say these are our own battles and that those who resist are our brothers and sisters." Savimbi was to democracy what Paris Hilton is to chastity.

Whether the invader is the US Army or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the occupied are pawns. Easterly returns to the theme of "Searchers" who solve a specific problem in an entrepreneurial manner, versus the "Planners" who come in with a blank slate and ideas to remake the whole society.
The sad part is the poor have had so little power to hold agencies accountable that the aid agencies have not had enough incentive to find out what works and what the poor actually want. The most important suggestion is to search for small improvements, then brutally scrutinize and test whether the poor got what they wanted and were better off, and then repeat the process.

Five stars. Like my excursion, I am hard pressed to recommend one book over the other. They are both very good. [UPDATE: Buy The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor But be warned: you may want to go back and read this one....]


July 19, 2014

Oy! Aussies Ditch Caaabon Taxes!

Mary Kissel suggests conviction might work here.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott fulfilled a major campaign pledge Thursday when his government voted to repeal the country's carbon tax, provoking wailing from the political left and green groups about climate Armageddon. The smarter analysis is that Mr. Abbott proved that conviction politicians are rewarded when their ideas have economic merit--and are clearly explained--to the electorate. Republicans should take note.

Australia's conservative Liberal Party started to embrace the questionable science of man-made climate change under former Prime Minister John Howard, and the trend continued after the Liberals lost the 2007 national election. Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull, a wealthy banker who hails from one of Sydney's toniest suburbs, had the Liberals endorse the Labor government's carbon-tax proposal. Predictably, the Liberals went nowhere in the polls.

Ordinary Aussies, as it turns out, hated the idea of having their energy prices raised so that elites in Melbourne and other urban centers could feel good about themselves.



Quote of the Day

The 2014 midterm elections are shaping up to be similar to the wave elections of 1994 and 2010, particularly with an unpopular President and an unpopular piece of major legislation that will serve as a referendum on the sitting President. . . . A difficult political climate coupled with the rising unpopularity of President Obama could affect the Democratic brand as a whole and hurt Senator Warner.
What right wing wackos are putting out this nonsense? Oh:
The Virginia Progress PAC, a Democratic committee supporting Senator Mark Warner, issued a list of talking points for potential donors that laid out the challenge the Obama albatross represents for Democrats this fall -- John Fund

July 18, 2014

1:40 of awesome

This is Julie Borowski, one of tomorrow night's speakers at the inaugural Colorado Liberty Conference. It's not too late to get tickets!


Throwing snowballs at cars

That's the memory that returned to me yesterday as I read accounts of pro-Russian Ukrainian "separatists" who gloated over shooting down a military transport for an hour or so, before discovering it was actually a packed civilian jetliner. "Oh crap, we're really gonna get it now" they might have thought upon discovering the unintended "collateral damage" of their unsanctioned tomfoolery.

Ukrainian intelligence has pointed to a fighter named Igor Bezler, the militia leader in the eastern town of Gorlovka, saying in an intercepted phone call that his men had “shot down a plane” on Thursday. Several assassinations are believed to have happened under Mr. Bezler’s watch soon after his forces took Gorlovka, and he took responsibility for killing a number of Ukrainian militiamen in the town of Volnovakha some weeks ago.

According to Russian Internet sources, he was born in 1965 in Crimea, and studied in Russia. He served in the Russian military but moved back to Ukraine in 2003, where he began to work as the head of security for a factory in Gorlovka. Biographies also note that he had worked in a company that performed burial services but was fired in 2012. He has been wanted by the Ukrainian authorities since April 2014.

Mr. Bezler’s nom de guerre is Bes, which in Russian sounds like the first syllable of his last name, but also means demon. There are rumors that Mr. Bezler does not get along with other militia leaders, and that he has had street battles with the Vostok Battalion, though rebels have dismissed those allegations.

In a slickly produced video called “Heroes of Novorossii,” the name of the self-declared insurgent region, Mr. Bezler was shown wearing a light blue beret. He had blue eyes and a long mustache. In a recent interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, he claimed to be holding 14 Ukrainian soldiers hostage and said that the Ukrainian military had fallen apart, “much like the condition of the Russian military in the early 1990s.”

In the interview, Mr. Bezler said he was a Russian passport holder but had a residency permit in Ukraine. He said he sang the national anthem of the Soviet Union every morning, and usually went to bed around 10:30 p.m. He confirmed that he had worked as head of security for the Gorlovka factory, and claimed that he was fired from the burial services company over a fight with the local mayor who he said was demanding bribes.

Two questions:

1. How does a shiftless ex-Russian foot soldier wind up commanding a sophisticated SAM battery that is capable of destroying spy planes above 70,000 feet?

2. How does this part of the story wind up at the very end of a 1000 page news article? Because: NYT.


Gotch'r Green Energy Policy Right Here...

I didn't get a lot of love for my support of algae (to recap, I want to breed organisms that eat dog poop and excrete diesel. I don't think it that far fetched and my Condo/subdivision stands at the ready to supply our country's energy needs). Look forward to a Review Corner of Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell by Dennis Bray. But I am ready to move on to my next transformative idea.

A Facebook link suggests Toyota is going to release fuel-cell cars in hopes it can build on its hybrid share. As long as I am not subsidizing it with taxes, I think it's a marvelous idea.

Where's the Hydrogen coming from? That's where I'm stepping in. And I'll even spend government money. How about a $10 Million X-Prize-ish award to develop a container-sized device to separate H2 and O2 from Fracking fluid or waste water using power from waste gas flares?

I'm not a knee-jerk environmentalist but I am a very frugal person. Perhaps canine feces is waste-able and lacks the KCals/Kg to be worthwhile. But how many wells and cracking towers are burning tons of waste gas, thus contributing CO2 without any net gain? Capturing something from that has attracted me for years but I suspect some sharp minds with good budgets have looked at it more deeply.

But a simple turbine could generate mounds of electricity. The Hydrogen would be a good storage mechanism, and the general infrastructure around wells and refinery would seem to facilitate storage and distribution.


July 17, 2014

Snake Oil Wizardry, and the Unreliability of Curtains

If it's okay for President Obama to continue with his fundraising schedule in Delaware at the same time as the Malaysian Airlines 777 shoot down is playing out, [President GW Bush could not be reached for comment] it must be okay for me to also post this "racist, bigoted, homophobic right-wing shlockumentary" clip showing a disenchanted Obama supporter after learning what coffee smells like.


But jk thinks:

Okay, somebody's going to have to say it, I guess I'm handy... Why, why, why?

This includes some very interesting film. Ms. Joseph is unexpectedly charming and intelligent compared to expectations from the "gas and mortgage" clip that we've all seen. You can retroactively put that in context, that she thought her life would get easier, not that Daddy Sugar was going to pay her mortgage. Her turnaround is captivating.

Buuuuuuuuuuut nobody is going to see that, because any thinking person will be frightened away by the Wizard of Oz clips. I don't think I qualify as President of the Obama Fan Club of Weld County, Colorado, but I find the sickle/hammer and the Oz clips repulsively childish. I've seen the logo and thought I would never watch a minute.

Now -- lookit! -- I have watched two minutes, twice. But can you imagine sharing that with anybody who was not a rabid partisan?

Posted by: jk at July 17, 2014 7:07 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Well, it is a "racist, bigoted, homophobic right-wing shlockumentary." I did warn you. Just warn your thinking person non-rabid partisans as I did for loyal ThreeSourcers. Now, if you share it with a rabid partisan of the pro-redistribution pro-egalitarian pro-Obama pro-Wizard variety, you'll deserve whatever reaction you receive.

I was turned off a bit by the hammer and sickle too - clearly not as much as you - but I found the main content incredibly compelling. This despite obvious clues that the interview was not "cold" i.e. it had been agreed to and rehearsed a time or three. But she clearly believes what she says: "I started getting a little more educated about politics and reading more. What I learned is never trust the wizard. It's within ourselves to have the determination, the courage, and the brains, to bring us to our destiny." And it is a videographic production. Do they not require some symbology? What other image can be used to depict the qualities I listed above, besides the Soviet one? A dollar sign in a circle with a line through it? As for the wizard metaphor, I think it is perfectly apt. That's what I think.

Posted by: johngalt at July 18, 2014 12:16 PM
But jk thinks:

We ThreeSourcers are a hardy breed.

I do thank you for sharing -- I would've never seen it otherwise and I did find it compelling. My grousing was that I probably will not share it because anybody rational and thoughtful enough to get something out of it would be more repelled by its failings. As hockey players are judged on their +/-, I have to call this one a -2.

Could it be fixed? Perhaps not. It is designed to be ad hominem and not a treatise on Lockean principles. It strikes me as the equivalent of the nonsense I encounter on Facebook from my lefty pals -- does some of that have embedded gems as well?

A little sermon for the choir, I suppose.

Posted by: jk at July 18, 2014 2:27 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"...anybody rational and thoughtful enough to get something out of it would be more repelled by its failings."

Words can be so hurtful.

At least I didn't post this. KOA Denver's normally straight-laced Mike Rosen did.

At some point we need to be willing to offend someone. Or must all lemmings be left to suffer the same fate?

Posted by: johngalt at July 18, 2014 4:57 PM

July 16, 2014

Randall O'Toole, Call Your Office!

They do love to push mass transit. Get rid of that unplanned, individualistic automobile driving and we'll both save the planet and inure the citizenry to further control. But, the plebes complain -- even in Canada! Canadians don't complain about anything!

A geyser of unrest from streetcar riders erupted Tuesday after the National Post published a columnist's account of his "horror show" streetcar commute. Readers from all over Ontario sent more than 50 emails and posted 500 comments online; our hashtag #streetcarnage trended Tuesday on Twitter. Travellers detailed their own streetcar nightmares and offered suggestions for improvement.

"I used to be a big supporter of the streetcar until I started riding it every day," said Steve Tartaglia, who regularly rides the streetcar from Liberty Village to King and Adelaide.

He called his commute an "absolute circus."

During one notable trip, the streetcar he was riding hit a garbage truck. During another, a man smoked in the back of the car, arguing he was allowed to because he held his cigarette out the window. The worst trip ended in injury when the driver of an over-capacity car slammed on the brakes, leaving our reader arriving at work with scratches on his face, and a woman screaming after a man dumped hot coffee on her.


#streetcarnage -- gotta love that! Hat-tip: Insty.

But Keith Arnold thinks:

I've ridden jeepneys in Batangas and tricycles in Lipa. You want #streetcarnage? I can guarantee you Canada has nothing on this. At least Canadians will politely tell you they're sorry.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 16, 2014 8:16 PM
But jk thinks:

No doubt! But I suggest that if Canada cannot pull it off, it cannot be done.

I joke about mass transit as a blow to freedom, but there is a permanent bureaucratic wing of government devoted to keeping people in high-density housing and using mass transit. Randall O'Toole has written extensively and eloquently about it for CATO.

The great takeaway is "I used to be a big supporter of the streetcar until I started riding it every day."

Posted by: jk at July 17, 2014 10:00 AM
But johngalt thinks:

"I used to be a big supporter of gun control until I got mugged."

"I used to be a big supporter of public health initiatives until I tried to buy a Big Gulp."

"I used to be a big supporter of single payer health care until I tried to see my doctor."

"I used to be a big supporter of government solutions until I tried them."

"I used to think snake oil actually worked."

"I used to believe in The Wizard."

Posted by: johngalt at July 17, 2014 12:09 PM

What the Hell is Administrative Law, and Where Did it Come From?

That is the question which is, by every account, answered brilliantly in a new book by Professor Philip Hamburger of the Columbia Law School: Is Administrative Law Unlawful?

Amazon reviewer Ross Huebner wrote last month:

Professor Hamburger outlines the fact that administrative law (outside of very limited circumstances) is not only unconstitutional, but it is anti-constitutional as well. I recommend this book as a worthy legal history of administrative law and state simply that it should be in every serious scholar's library for both historical and legal purposes.

In a radio interview this morning the author explained that administrative law, essentially the rules and regulations of Administrative Branch agencies, crept into our government after its founding as a holdover from the pre-Constitutional era and do not have any justification under the Constitution. To the contrary, Article I Section 1 begins: "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States..." therefore any legislative powers exercised outside of Congress are illegal.

And not just legislative, but judicial powers are wrongly exercised under color of "administrative law." Who may lay his finger on the Constitutional passage that enumerates that? Article III Section 1 begins: "The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish." No mention of EPA or FDA that I could find.

A timely tome it doth seem to be.

But jk thinks:

Dothn't it.

Posted by: jk at July 16, 2014 6:46 PM

Pollution Research Reportage

In a cringe worthy article, KDVR Fox31's Shaul Turner informs readers that NCAR air pollution study is largest in Colorado.

Dr. Gabriele Pfister of the NCAR said pollution can affect more than the air.

"It also can damage plants (and) it can damage crop yields," Pfister said.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment spokesman Garry Kaufman said the project will also track pollution from wildfires.

"We see emissions from across the ocean coming to impact Colorado's air," Kaufman said.

Experts say this is just the beginning, results will be useful for decades to come.

Your intrepid blogger, however, first read the scientific description of the study, complete with a cool graphic, on a NASA webpage.

Two NASA aircraft are participating in field campaigns beginning this month in Colorado that will probe the factors leading to unhealthy air quality conditions and improve the ability to diagnose air quality conditions from space.

The NASA aircraft will be joined by a research aircraft from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for flights July 16 to Aug. 16 from the Research Aviation Facility maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

The main study area extends along the Northern Front Range from the Denver metropolitan area in the south to Fort Collins in the north extending eastward from the mountains as far as Greeley. This area contains a diverse mixture of air pollution sources that include transportation, power generation, oil and gas extraction, agriculture, natural vegetation and episodic wildfires.

The region being studied often experiences ozone levels in summer that exceed national health standards. Ground-level ozone is chemically produced from the combination of nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbon emissions in sunlight.

Did we mention oil and gas extraction?

I'm all for scientific research but please forgive me if I'm overly sensitive to the political application of such research results. Quite honestly, I looked into the story out of curiosity whether NASA's King Air and P-3b Orion or NSF's C-130 Hercules aircraft happen to comply with new EPA emission regulations for FAA-controlled aircraft. Since the planes are not new my guess is, not so much.

It was a bonus to discover a prime example of Word Crimes in the big-time media. Sorry Shaul but you gotta try harder wit da English.


Answering the tough questions...

Hat-tip: Weld County Sheriff (and Amy Oliver's husband) John Cooke.

But johngalt thinks:

Good stuff. Love the beverage choice, "cowboy."

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2014 2:42 PM
But jk thinks:

Heh -- missed that.

Posted by: jk at July 16, 2014 2:52 PM

Quote of the Day

Michael Walsh responds to Rolling Stone's amazingly stupid even for them Five Most Dangerous Guns."

The Five Most Dangerous Dogs:
· Big dogs
· Little dogs
· Medium Sized Dogs
· Male Dogs
· Female Dogs

July 15, 2014

Quote of the Day

Twenty years after the phrase entered the American lexicon, "Soccer Mom" retains its power as hurtful speech. -- PJ O'Rourke
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Well, if we're going to hate soccer, how are we supposed to like soccer moms? I'm confused.

And along the lines of "American lexicon," I'm going to share this with you. We will obviously need to have YET ANOTHER DISCUSSION about the Oxford Comma...

http://bit.ly/1wr4MUw

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 15, 2014 10:11 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Hockey moms? Mothers In Love with Fracking?

Schoolhouse Rock ain't got nuthin' on Word Crimes. Alright, I promise to stop using quotation marks for emphasis.

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2014 11:30 AM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Mothers In Love with Fracking?

There's a terrorist outfit in the Philippines called the Moro Islamic Liberation Front - and I'm not making this up, but they have got to have the most unfortunate acronym in the history of revolutionaries and separatists. It cracks me up every time I see them mentioned in a newspaper.

Literally.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 16, 2014 1:10 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Yes, I kid you not - Mothers In Love with Fracking." A good article, worthy of whole thing read the, but scroll to the bottom for the relevant content.

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2014 1:49 PM
But jk thinks:

The T-Shirt model in jg's linked piece is the Centennial State's beloved Amy Oliver. Oliver is an energy analyst for the Independence Institute and is married to Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. Cooke lead opposition Sheriffs against Colorado's unconstitutional gun laws that was joined by 52 urban, rural, Democratic and Republican Sheriffs.

Posted by: jk at July 16, 2014 1:57 PM
But johngalt thinks:

And also a talk show host. But still a mother!

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2014 2:41 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I'm going to forgo the obvious reference to Ms. Oliver being a MILF, out of civility and not merely because her husband is who he is. Instead, I'll merely say I followed the link, read the article, and am not surprised at the behavior of know-nothing peckerheads who call themselves "Earth Guardians." I can't claim they're the only people I've seen this week that would benefit from some rough treatment with a taser and a firehose (I am in California, after all...), but they're definitely high. On the list, I mean.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 16, 2014 3:15 PM
But johngalt thinks:

We've missed you, KA.

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2014 3:26 PM

And We're Here to Help!

So glad to hear that when the next wildfires hit Colorado, only low-emission equipment will be employed. I'd hate to have, y'know, pollution...

A bipartisan group of 25 Senators led by Arizona's John McCain last Thursday sent Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a letter demanding an explanation for the Pentagon's June decision to stop programs that supply federal equipment to states for fighting wildfires. DOD suspended the programs on grounds the equipment didn't meet the latest federal emissions standards. As if real fires aren't major air-polluting events.

But johngalt thinks:

This is not your father's Defense Department.

Any word yet on the new solar powered air tanker fleet?

Posted by: johngalt at July 15, 2014 2:26 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Related: "Enemy forces overwhelmed U.S. ground forces in ______ today but close air support was not available due to a shortage of biofuel for allied warplanes."

Posted by: johngalt at July 15, 2014 2:27 PM
But johngalt thinks:

There seems to be more to this story, based on my independent (and limited) investigation. Apparently, new aircraft engines are affected by the new NOx emission limits if they are for use in "aircraft subject to FAA regulation." When Pratt & Whitney inquired about a Military Exclusion, EPA responded "We agree with the commenter that foreign military aircraft should not be subject to our emission standards." From my limited reading, [Issue: Military Exclusion] the exclusion does not apply to domestic military aircraft. Perhaps DoD is engaged in an interdepartmental squabble with EPA and the states are caught in the crossfire.

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2014 1:56 PM

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