June 21, 2013

Politico’s Restuccia Understates Renewable Energy Production Increase, But Ignores Its Insignificant Slice of All Production

In a tired Politico item on how President Obama plans to carry out his January State of the Union threat to go around Congress on “climate change” — no surprise, his moves will be a “power plant clampdown,” pouring more money into solar, wind, and geothermal, and micromanaging lamps and refrigerators — Andrew Restuccia quoted a statistic on the production of certain “renewable” energy sources which actually understated their degree of increase during the past four years. He cited a “60 percent increase in renewable electricity produced from wind, solar and geothermal sources between 2008 and 2012.”

The increase is much greater than that. But Restuccia shouldn’t gloat. As seen after the jump, those three renewables still represent a pathetically small percentage of all U.S. energy production, and he should have informed his readers of that quite inconvenient fact:

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Reaction to Columbus schools’ corruption disheartening and potentially expensive

Filed under: Education,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:15 pm

This post went up at Watchdog.org a few minutes ago.

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The reactions of people who should know better to the pervasive corruption at Columbus City Schools have arguably been more demoralizing than the mounting evidence of wrongdoing investigators continue to accumulate.

It has been a year since the Columbus Dispatch’s Bill Bush revealed that CCS had engaged in “attendance scrubbing” on a truly breathtaking scale for more than five years, wiping “2.8 million student absence days off the district’s computers.”

Mind you, the district only has about 51,000 students.

After all this time, the district’s wall of resistance — let alone receptiveness to genuine reform — has barely cracked.
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‘Blame It on the Sun’ (In Honor of Chris Matthews’ Excuse for Obama’s Poor Speech in Berlin)

Item: “Chris Matthews Whines About Sun Harming Obama’s Berlin Speech”

Stevie Wonder: “Blame It on the Sun”

But my heart blames it on the speechmaker:

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062113)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:55 am

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

Positivity: Military Family Reunited at Rays Game

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From St. Petersburg:

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 9:47pm

Her pitch bounced twice before rolling softly into a glove near home plate, a moment that began a reunion. Alayna Adams, 9, walked toward the batter’s box with a casual pace before a voice over Tropicana Field’s public-address system gave an introduction to remember.

“Catching today’s ceremonial first pitch, fresh back from Afghanistan, please welcome Lt. Col. Will Adams!”

The father had removed his catcher’s mask, and Alayna began a sprint toward his arms. The crowd’s roar grew with each second.

Soon, there were images that showed the bond between father and child, the power of presence and renewed love: A giant hug at home plate; Will lifting Alayna into his arms; Will’s wife, Dana, jogging from the mound after a meeting that became a surreal surprise. …

Go here for the rest of the story.