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2008 June 11 — Why Now?
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Valiant Effort, Mr. Kucinich

CNN reports on the expected tactic that Madame Speaker used to avoid reality: Kucinich effort to impeach Bush kicked into limbo

WASHINGTON (CNN) — An attempt by Rep. Dennis Kucinich to impeach President Bush was kicked into legislative no-man’s land by members of his own party Wednesday.

The House voted 251-166 to send the Ohio Democrat’s impeachment resolution to committee, a maneuver that allows the Democratic leadership to freeze the measure indefinitely.

The vote largely followed partisan lines, with 225 Democrats voting to punt the measure to committee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said she would not support a resolution calling for Bush’s impeachment, saying such a move was unlikely to succeed and would be divisive.

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June 11, 2008   7 Comments

Some Practical Advice

The the current cost of gasoline, there is something you should keep in mind: the temperature when you buy the gas matters.

The meter on the gas pump is keyed to volume and gasoline expands a good deal more than water in response to high temperature. If you mow your lawn with a power mower you have probably seen it happen and missed the significance. You filled the tank on the mower to the top and then started it up. After a couple of minutes you will see the tank overflowing. As the mower heats up, the gas expands and is pushed out of the tank.

The best time to buy gas is in the early morning, the coldest part of the day. Don’t fill the tank all the way to the top, leave room for expansion.

If you make a practice of buying “cold gasoline” you will see an improvement in your mileage.

June 11, 2008   2 Comments

Good News

I have mucked about in the PhP code for this turkey, and you can now use super- and subscripts in comments.

Don’t everyone cheer at once.

If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it. On the scale of importance it is only slightly above a Hedgemony domestic policy proposal, as it does no harm and is real.

June 11, 2008   9 Comments

Total Incompetence

Believe it or not CNN acting like a news outlet: FEMA gives away $85 million of supplies for Katrina victims

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — FEMA gave away about $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims, a CNN investigation has found.

The material — from basic kitchen goods to sleeping necessities — sat in warehouses for two years before the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s giveaway to federal and state agencies this year.

James McIntyre, FEMA’s acting press secretary, told CNN that FEMA was spending more than $1 million a year to store the material and that another agency wanted the warehouses torn down, so “we needed to vacate them.”

“Upon review of our assets and our need to continue to store them, we determined that they were excess to FEMA’s needs; therefore, they are being excessed from FEMA’s inventory,” McIntyre wrote in an e-mail.

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June 11, 2008   6 Comments

Well, They Didn’t Use Tasers

The Associated Press reports on the new standards for high school graduations in South Carolina: 7 busted after cheers erupt at S.C. graduations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – When Rock Hill school officials tell commencement crowds to hold their applause until the end, they mean it — police arrested seven people after they were accused of loud cheering during the ceremonies.

Six people at Fort Mill High School’s graduation were charged Saturday and a seventh at the graduation for York Comprehensive High School was charged Friday with disorderly conduct, authorities said. Police said the seven yelled after students’ names were called.

“I just thought they were going to escort me out,” Jonathan Orr told The Herald of Rock Hill, about 70 miles north of Columbia. “I had no idea they were going to put handcuffs on me and take me to jail.”

Can we just admit we have a police state and stop kidding ourselves. I don’t remember having to go to a bail hearing after my high school graduation.

[update: I just noticed the misspelling in the title.]

June 11, 2008   15 Comments