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EPA vs unions and Tea Party?

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The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled stringent new rules  for clean-water nutrient levels,  requiring phosphorous and nitrogen levels in all lakes,  bays,  rivers,  streams and canals in Florida to be held to those of the area’s most pristine waterways.   The rules are set to be implemented  —  in only Florida   —  next year.

Since the standard will bankrupt the state and destroy its agricultural sector,  His Oneness has manged to go into a politically divided state and create this most unusual coalition.

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March 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm

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Side of embryonic cells…

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The news that some major food companies employ a corporation which uses human  embryonic cells for its research is definitely changing my grocery list.

I was born in the South,   so I never developed a taste for Pepsi, and I eat very little soy,  but I have purchased many products from both Kraft and Nestle.   They will be off my shopping lists until they follow Campbell Soup Company and sever their relationship with Senomyx .

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March 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

A man with a plan…

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The  inventor of the Internet has died.   No,  not Al Gore,  but Paul Baran, the US engineer who built the Arpanet,  the precursor to today’s Internet.

Thanks,  Mr. Baran.

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March 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm

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Openness?

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The Obama Administration thinks nothing will happen if they stick the pool reporter in a closet?   How out of touch must one be to think like that?

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March 30, 2011 at 9:29 am

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More Libya…

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The first thing I hear on the news this morning is that NATO is delaying taking over the Libya operation,  less than 12 hours after His Oneness assured us NATO would assume control Wednesday.    Don’t you just love the smell of disaster in the morning?

As Robert Stacy McCain  puts it,  we know Libya is a really bad idea because Sen. John Kerry favors it.   Toby Harnden found the speech as  lacking in clarity as I did.    Praveen Swami worries that other despots will take from this adventure the fact that Gaddafi gave up his nuclear and chemical weaponry ambitions.  Even NBC’s Jim Maceda said Gaddafi must be  feeling better since His Oneness didn’t call for actual regime change.

AP  fact-checked the speech.   The score wasn’t pretty.  The Washington Times landed a solid punch with  its editorial.   Paul Kengor gives us an  intelligence nugget from the Reagan era which was new to me.  Today would certainly be different if Gaddafi had been assassinated then.  Steven Hayward  focused on the style of the speech,  and  the comments below point out other annoyances.

Marc Thiessen found it  fundamentally dishonest, while even The New Republic,  in the course of praising the emperor,  had some questions.  Many were  unimpressed.

Jonah Goldberg’s  basketball analogies for Obama’s actions on Libya holds up nicely after the speech.

ObamaCare birthday…

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Kim Strassel has a  good overview of the bill and the country’s reaction to it.   Ted Nugent  has astutely renamed it “crony-care”.

And the public doesn’t like ObamaCare,  despite  all the goodies which come with it.

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March 29, 2011 at 9:24 am

Brave woman…

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Veena Malik is indeed a very brave woman.  Read about a Pakistani actress standing up to a Muslim cleric,  here.

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March 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

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