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Happy Birthday

to Elayne of Pen-Elayne on the Web, who is making candle makers very happy with Hanukkah, her birthday, their anniversary and Robyn’s birthday, all front loading in December.

December 2, 2010   3 Comments

Peak Chocolate?!?

The ABC reports on a looming disaster:

The council says the world’s consumption of chocolate is unsustainable and that the sweet treat could be as rare as caviar by 2030.

The cocoa bean shortage is being blamed on drought in West Africa and plant-eating pests in Indonesia.

This is one of those effects of global warming that we are supposed to ignore. The waves washing over island nations don’t get through, nor the loss of Arctic habitat, so, I guess we can just ignore the loss of chocolate.

December 2, 2010   27 Comments

Can’t They Read?

The Senate held a gala celebration for passing Senate bill 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, but it has revenue provisions. As Rollcall reports that is unConstitutional.

From the US Senate annotated text of the Constitution Article I, Section 7:

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

It is rather straightforward and plain, and is a basic question on most civics tests. Three-quarters of the Senate voted for it, but they missed the obvious.

Senate Democrats need a new leader, because Reid just can’t hack it.

December 2, 2010   7 Comments