October 8, 2012

AP Calls Chavez Reelection in Venezuela Result of ‘Masterful Political Touch’

Earlier today, when I wasn’t in a position to save what I was viewing, I came across an Associated Press item about Venezuela’s Sunday election results that I knew I would have to find at the first opportunity. Readers will see why shortly.

Because the AP has a habit of quickly replacing items at its national site while failing to leave the original behind — especially true when the originals contain embarrassing giveaway sentiments — I had to look elsewhere for the original story by Frank Bajak and Ian James, and found it at the Lakeland, Florida Ledger. The pair’s slavering, slavish coverage of a tyrant’s continued consolidation of power, arguably an even worse example of statist-supporting bias than Kyle Drennen cited earlier today at NewsBusters originating from NBC, is almost too much to bear:

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Here We Go Again

Filed under: Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:47 pm

2008 (at BizzyBlog, which primarily involved untraceable contributions, many from overseas and clearly illegal): “The Obama Campaign’s Carefully Crafted Card Crack-up”

2012 (at Hot Air, which primarily involves untraceable contributions, many likely from overseas, many from overseas and clearly illegal): “Obama bundler tied to Chinese government?”

The question mark in the second item really isn’t necessary.

California’s Gas Shortages and High Prices Are Government-Driven

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:18 am

From a Wall Street Journal editorial Sunday (in Monday’s paper):

California’s Green Gas Shortages
Prices are spiking thanks to state mandates that will only get worse.

Californians are grumbling about a gas price spike, which state officials blame on disruptions in the supply chain. Actually, they’re paying through the nozzle for their greener-than-thou government.

… This gas crisis is self-inflicted, like so many problems in the state. Because California’s fuel regulations are the most stringent in the country, the state is isolated from other energy markets. Few refineries in the world can produce the unique reformulated gasoline blend that the state requires, and almost all are located in California.

Over the last two decades four refineries in the state have shut down rather than invest in expensive upgrades to comply with fuel regulations. The biggest killer was a 2002 ban on the additive MTBE, which refiners had to replace with ethanol. The California Air Resources Board has estimated that this reformulated blend adds five to 15 cents to the cost of every gallon of gas, but Californians pay a premium whenever a refinery shuts down.

The 14 refineries in California that blend its special fuel operate at nearly full capacity. So when a refinery experiences an unexpected outage or even routine maintenance, others can’t pick up the slack. And since importing the fuel via tanker can take up to six weeks, Californians are usually stuck paying higher prices until the refinery comes back on line.

… Any relief Californians feel will be short-lived. The state’s cap-and-trade program, which charges businesses for emitting carbon, will take effect this November. Oil companies warn they’ll pass on the costs to consumers. Meanwhile, a low-carbon fuel standard kicks into high gear in 2015. That’s when regulators expect the new generation of biofuels like cellulosic ethanol to be plentiful, though such fuels aren’t now commercially viable.

… By the way, Californians are already paying up to 50% more for their electricity than the rest of the country thanks to their renewable-energy portfolio standard.

The cost of such environmental regulations, which is baked into everything Californians consume, is one more reason that jobs are leaking to other states. In related news, Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson says California is her model for the nation.

Well, if we all want to see $5 gas and supply-chain disruptions, we can vote for another term of Barack Obama and Lisa Jackson. No thanks.

Latest PJ Media Column (‘The Job Market Still Stinks’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Lucid Links,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:42 am

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Wednesday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100812)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Miscarriages prompt Catholic mom to lead ecumenical pro-life vigil in Anchorage

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Anchorage, Alaska:

Oct 6, 2012 / 02:46 pm

As if being a homeschooling mother of five kids under the age of eight isn’t enough, Megan Walsted has taken on the task of leading 40 Days for Life, the annual prayer vigil to end abortion which is taking place this year from Sept. 26 to Nov. 4.

Walsted, who has been involved with several previous vigils, embraced the leadership role this year because, as she said, “It was time for a Catholic to step up. We are pro-life.”

Since its beginning in 2004 in Texas, when only a handful of cities and towns participated, this year’s ecumenical prayer vigil will be the largest ever, taking place in 314 locations throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries. Anchorage participants will gather at the offices of Planned Parenthood, 4001 Lake Otis Parkway.

Across the nation, efforts by prayerful participants in the past have resulted in fewer abortions, the closing of several abortion clinics and healing for women who have undergone past abortions, according to the 40 Days for Life website.

INSPIRED TO ACTION

Walsted, a parishioner of Anchorage’s Holy Family Cathedral, said her passion for 40 Days for Life grew out of her own experience of three miscarriages between the births of her fourth and fifth children. While she came to terms with the death of the first baby in her womb and contemplated undergoing a procedure to remove the body — known as dilation and curettage — she was struck by the irony of how that same procedure is often used for the abortion of a living unborn baby.

Walsted reflected on the personhood of the child she lost and of those elsewhere who would be aborted. After two subsequent miscarriages she realized that God used those losses to spiritually change her. She felt as if voting pro-life simply wasn’t enough, that she needed to literally get out on the sidewalk. It was a pivotal moment in her life, she said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.