I just don’t know what to think.
John Cole started Balloon Juice early in 2002. Those who have followed along know that this has been quite the journey.
This sounds like an excellent use of stimulus funds:
When Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston on Sept. 13 last year, the storm buried nearly 8,000 acres of oyster reefs in sediment from the Bolivar Peninsula, state wildlife officials said. Half of the oyster habitat was wiped out, destroying the livelihood of more than 100 fishing operations.
Lance Robinson, regional director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said the state had begun to restore the reefs on the east side of the bay, where 80 percent were destroyed. State workers distributed more than 18,000 tons of river rock over 20 acres of water.
“This is to give oyster larvae, called spat, a chance to adhere to the rock and keep the life cycle going,” said Jennie Rohrer, an oyster restoration biologist for the state.
Sammy Ray, oyster pathologist and professor emeritus at Texas A&M University at Galveston, said that if the larvae did not have a clean, hard surface to attach to, they would sink to the bottom and die.
That is why the state also plans to start dredging in the spring to uncover the layer of shells beneath the sediment, which are needed for the oysters to reproduce, Mr. Robinson said. About $1.3 million has been allocated for this project, he said.
I have not been following the stimulus spending, other than to laugh at every right-winger yelling about porkulus and chanting 800 billion dollars, when a sizable portion of those funds were tax cuts. Who knew Republicans hated tax cuts so much? But isn’t this the sort of thing that stimulus funds should spent on? Aggressively pursuing projects that will in the short term create jobs but also ensure that more long-term jobs are saved?
Now for something different:
Adopted babes Ronin + Bella. Ronin (black-ish) came from a great organization here in Portland called Second Chance Companions – http://www.sccpets.com/ He’s plott hound(bear hunter)/lab and needless to say hes…. Assertive. Bella(redish brown/black) came from the humane society – http://southwesthumane.org/. We know she is lab/something. I like to say lab/pretty – but maybe shepard of some sort. Best dogs ever. I’m glad you found yours.
Had enough of twitters and blogs. Off to bed.
What are the right-wingers upset about? They got everything they wanted. I could understand why some on the other side of the aisle are mad, but not those on the right. McChrystal made a request, Obama gave him everything he wanted, and the troops are going to be there faster than he even requested.
And yet they are mad at Obama. I just simply don’t get it. I don’t even get the anger over the “timeline,” because unless I am completely forgetting things, the Bush surge originally only planned for the troops to be there for a set period before scaling back from the surge. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a surge, it would simply be a major escalation. The plan was to surge the troops to Baghdad, stabilize the region, and then withdraw.
What am I not understanding? What am I missing?
Which of these tweets is more annoying- Major General Josh Trevino:
You can go to his feed where he repeatedly claims Bush won his war. I guess that means we can withdraw from Iraq now without being called traitors. Josh is now busy making fat jokes. All in a days work for the up and comers in the GOP.
Or this one:
Twitter sure was a major victory for civilization.
I missed the speech and now have to rush to Walgreens to get bandages because I sliced my thumb open while taking out the trash.
Reactions (to the speech, not my thumb dripping blood into the keyboard).
I’m going to miss the speech because I have something else to do, but I do want those of you watching the speech to do a couple things as he speaks. Every time Obama says something like “We need to finish what we started” you need to yell out loud “BECAUSE BUSH AND CHENEY DIDN’T.”
It should go something like this:
Obama: I’m asking the Pentagon to send 34,000 additional troops to help secure the region
You: BECAUSE BUSH AND CHENEY DIDN’T.
You get the idea. Bonus points if you do this at a Young Republicans meeting or a 9/12 meet-up.
Next, I want to remind everyone that no analysis of tonight’s speech of Obama will be complete without getting the deep thoughts of Liz Cheney and reading Sarah Palin’s facebook page and twitter feed.
Every time a member of the progressive left is brought on to attack Obama from the left, remind yourself that this is a good thing and might move the Overton window back to the left a little.
And finally, if you see any of the following people on any network other than FOX being asked for their opinion, finish your drink:
Anyone from Red State