- American Public More Complacent About Climate Change According to the survey by the Pew Research Centre for the People & the Press, 65 percent of the public believes that warming constitutes either a "very serious" (35 percent) or "somewhat serious" (30 percent) problem, down from 79 percent in July 2006 and from 73 percent just 18 months ago.
The survey also recorded a sharp drop in the percentage of the public that believes that "there is solid evidence the Earth is warming" - down from 71 percent in April, 2008, to 57 percent - and in the percentage that believes global warming is caused primarily by human activity - from 47 percent to 36 percent over the same period.
- Study Shows 151 Members of House and Senate Who are Opposed to Public Option Get the "Public Option" Themselves! A new study by Representative Anthony Weiner (D - Queens & Brooklyn), member of the Health Subcommittee and Co-Chair of the Caucus on the Middle Class, revealed that 151 members of the House and Senate currently receive government-funded; government-administered single-payer health care - Medicare.
On the list of recipients are 55 Republicans who have steadfastly opposed other Americans getting the public option, like the one they have chosen. Weiner said, "Even in a town known for hypocrisy, this list of 55 Members of Congress deserve some sort of prize. They apparently think the public option is ok for them, but not anyone else."
- Republican T. Boone Pickens says US Firms 'Entitled' to Iraqi Oil Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens (huge moronic Republican and Bush supporter) told Congress on Wednesday that U.S. energy companies are "entitled" to some of Iraq's crude because of the large number of American troops that lost their lives fighting in the country and the U.S. taxpayer money spent in Iraq. (What about the 650,000 to one million Iraqi civilians we killed as a result of the US invasion of Iraq?)
Democratic Representative Alan Grayson tries to explain the U.S. Constitution to Congressional Republicans The Congress today had five minutes of worthwhile dialogue Published Oct. 22, 2009 on Salon.com by Glenn Greenwald
Earlier today, Republican Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia introduced yet another amendment to deny all funding to ACORN. Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson took the five minutes allotted to him to question Broun about this thing called "the Constitution" and, specifically, "bills of attainder," which happen to be prohibited by the "Constitution." What ensued is both hilarious and very worthwhile.
(NOTE FROM SEAN: watch to the end for full explanation, also read this thread that explains how the Republicans are unfairly targeting ACORN, because they register many poor voters who ultimately vote Democratic. So, because poor people tend to vote Democratic, the Republicans have sought to destroy ACORN, recently by removing federal support from the organization through an illegal Bill of Attainder. A bill of attainder is an act of the legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without benefit of a trial. This is what the Republicans have tried to do to ACORN).
Every member of Congress should be subjected to questioning like this on a daily basis (For those interested, my interview with Grayson several weeks ago about ACORN and bills of attainder is here):
London After Midnight / Sean Brennan