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Yellowstone National Park’s days as a pristine ecological retreat could be numbered if Wyoming gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes (R) gets his way.
Haynes, a physician and former trustee at the University of Wyoming, wants all national parks and federal lands in Wyoming to be turned over to the state. According to the Casper Star Tribune, Haynes wants to allow all lands in Wyoming, including Yellowstone, to be leased for drilling, mining, and grazing. “We will manage every square inch of Wyoming,” the gubernatorial hopeful said …
Haynes is not the only politician who wants to sully national parks by letting oil and mineral companies in. Others, including Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Rob Bishop (R-UT), also want to open up public lands for drilling. Bishop, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, downplayed his plan, telling ThinkProgress that he wanted to allow mining around the Grand Canyon in an area merely the size of New Jersey.
Even as drilling in national parks is favored by many Tea Partiers, polling shows that the vast majority of Western voters, including Republicans, actually prefer conservation. The Center for Western Priorities recently surveyed voters, finding that two-in-three Western voters were more likely to support a candidate who wanted to enhance protections for public lands, including 59 percent of Republicans. Three-quarters of Western voters said they opposed proposals to sell off public lands.
These people are so fucking stupid they shouldn’t be allowed to live.
Forget amnesty for the refugee kids, it’s time to work out a straight one-to-one trade. America gets those kids on that bus, if it ever comes, and Guatemala gets you. You’ll love it there, it’s got lots and lots of guns.
So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots of CNN/Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television, because today the State Water Resources Control Board in California established statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time.
All of California is in some type of drought and reservoirs are precariously low in many places. The nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead in Nevada, recently reached an all-time low. So now the impact of the enduring drought has extended beyond warning.
“Many urban Californians don’t realize how bad a drought the state is in,” board chair Felicia Marcus said last week. “It is a mistake to think that they are not at risk. What these regulations propose is not that everyone kill off their lawns, but that at a minimum, people don’t over-water.”
The restrictions would ban wasteful outdoor watering, such as sprinkler water that runs onto the sidewalk or street. Hosing down sidewalks and driveways would also be banned and washing a car would require a shut-off nozzle on the hose. Maximum penalties could reach up to $500, enforceable by any public employee empowered to enforce laws, including local water agencies. Warnings and escalating fines would likely be the more moderated approach. If the restrictions prove ineffective or the drought worsens, tougher restrictions could be considered.
You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildrens’ survival.
The current and previous Utah Attorney Generals were arrested and charged today with felony bribery, obstruction of justice, running a pay-to-play operation with donors, and witness tampering. Both are Republicans, in a deep Retard state.
I am actually a big fan of capital punishment, but because they are fucking christians, fucking mormons, they are per recent Supreme Court of the Untied States of “America” ruling above the law.
I too, am above the law. If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander.
Well. I grew up with a house full of Adler typewriters, all of them fine products of German engineering. I think later on they became fine products of not-so-German engineering, but I’m sure it’s still possible to find some of the old school models. They should work a treat for creating documents that are safe from prying eyes, since we all know that spies were never able to steal documents prior to the digital era.
That is all.
FREMONT TOWNSHIP, MI — A 51-year-old woman accidentally shot herself in the face after she slammed the butt end of a shotgun on the floor, causing it to discharge, the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Department reports.
Deputies were called about 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, to a house on Waterman in Fremont Township for a report of a gunshot victim.
Upon arrival, deputies found that a family dispute had taken place and the victim, a 51-year-old woman, told officers that she had taken a shotgun out to “make a point.”
She told police she slammed the butt end on the floor, the gun discharged, and she was shot in the face.
She certainly made a point. Maybe if she puts her hat on right… it won’t show.
Tax corporations based on where sales are made, not where profits are reported. If a company has 50 percent of its sales in the U.S., the U.S. would tax 50 percent of its worldwide profits.
“America is broke,” declared House Speaker John Boehner a few years ago. But clearly the country is not broke; we are just being robbed, as many corporations create ways of avoiding, dodging, shirking and generally not paying their taxes. The share of federal revenue coming from corporate taxes has dropped from around 32 percent in 1952 to around 8.9 percent now. As a share of gross domestic product it has fallen from about 6 percent of GDP then to less than 2 percent now. Meanwhile the rest of us – including small domestic companies that don’t have armies of tax consultants – have to make up that shortfall, either through increases in things like payroll taxes, or through cuts in the things government does to make our lives better.
Our big problem is that the big, multinational corporations use so many tax avoidance techniques that it is difficult to keep up. One of the larger dodges is that we allow corporations to “defer” (i.e. never pay) taxes on profits made outside the U.S.. So they engage in all kinds of schemes to make it look like their profits are not made here. As a result many companies owe very little tax on the proceeds from their U.S. operations, and then defer their non-U.S. profits from being “brought home” to avoid paying the taxes on non-U.S. sales.
It is estimated that as much as or even more than $2 trillion of taxable profits are being hoarded outside of the U.S. because of deferral.
It’s pretty damned simple: pay your taxes or get the fuck out.
Trust-funder punk who has never done a day’s work in your life and don’t even live in Oregon, Labor Secretary Tom Perez has a very reasonable response to politicians blaming jobless people for being unemployed:
“When I hear people on Capitol Hill say the long-term unemployed are unemployed by choice, I wanna punch ‘em,” Perez said Tuesday during a meeting with reporters.Perez paused and smiled. The reporters laughed. Perez said he felt strongly about the hardship of unemployment because as a youngster in Buffalo, New York, he’d witnessed his surrogate father struggle after a layoff — and because of his conversations with unemployed people today.
“The thing they say that angers them as much as anything is when politicians suggest they’re unemployed by choice, they’re just sitting at home eating bonbons,” Perez said. (He didn’t cite a specific example of a politician alleging bonbon consumption by unemployed people.)
It’s really rather simple, you stupid shit, and if you weren’t sprawled drunk on Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on CNN/Fox Kool-Aid drooling Pavlovianly across a “couch” that came out of the back of a nineteen seventy-five Chevy Suburban you’d get it: the number of unemployed far outstrips the number of jobs available! Look at the chart, there are no jobs to be had.
Secretary Perez speaks for us all.
Gotta’ hand it to you racist assholes, it’s pretty damned impressive how you’ve started two chicken-shit paid for on my grandkids’ credit card wars, bankrupted both the national and international economies by facilitating the simultaneous transfer of both pretty much all of the public assets to the private sector and pretty much all of the private debt to the public sector, reignited the war on women while regressing the country to a level of Jim Crow racism we haven’t seen in at least fifty years… and manage to blame it all on the black guy.
That, is pretty damned impressive.