Greetings from Calico Blackie!
Another weekend down and spent cutting firewood.
Since I still have all my fingers and toes, I guess the weekend was a success.
The news has been buzzing with a combination of bullshit that doesn’t matter, and other crap that is worded so skillfully that we barely notice it as it flies by on our TV and computer screens.
The usual stuff. North Korea. The Middle East. Africa in turmoil. Pakistan and India still hating each other while the Sikhs sit back quietly amused by it all….
I see Michael Moore said “90% of all guns in America are owned by scared white people” and Gwyneth Paltrow’s list of “must haves” for Spring tops $458,000 for “essential items”.
458k would buy a lot of Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws (spring AND winter essentials) out here!
If you’re interested in what some fool in Hollywood thinks could possibly be deemed essential and cost 458k this spring, here’s part of the article:
Gwyneth Paltrow’s must-haves for spring total more than $450,000
Gwyneth Paltrow manages to captivate large swaths of the population by telling them how to eat, dress and cleanse their colons.
The Goop editor was back at it this week with her “Annual Spring Edit” — a list of essential style items for the season.
Grand total: $458,003.
Calico Blackie says:
Nice to know some things never change.
Hollywood is still telling us what to do,and some of us go out and do it.
Screw Michael Moore and his bodyguards too.
While we’re at it, let’s screw Gwyneth Paltrow and her $458, 000 too.
I would LOVE to get them both up here on the Klamath River for a year of cutting firewood and scraping by, and let’s see if ol’ Mike won’t have a gun the first time he sees a bear or a mountain lion in his yard carrying off his dog or kitty.
Let’s see if Gwynneth won’t reconsider her “spring price tag” down to about $800.00 for a new chainsaw and enough money to buy shelter, food and fuel.
Hell, most of those Hollywood types wouldn’t last a week out here.
But, just like “our” politicians, they’ve all either sold out, or have lost touch with reality.
Speaking of sold out…..
Here’s a surprise:
Keystone XL picks up Senate backing
The Senate on Friday voted 62-37 to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in an amendment to Senate budget.
Sen. John Hoeven’s (R-N.D.) amendment was largely symbolic, but served as a clear statement that the Senate backs the pipeline.
“It puts the Senate on record in support of the Keystone pipeline project. And that’s just appropriate,” Hoeven said.
“The Department of State has done four environmental impact statements over the last five years — four — and said there are no significant environmental impacts. And it’s time that we in the Senate stepped up with the American people.”
All Republicans voted in favor. The Democrats who supported the measure were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Chris Coons (Del.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tim Johnson (S.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Mark Warner (Va.).
Hoeven has proposed separate legislation that would bypass President Obama’s authority to decide the Canada-to-Texas pipeline’s fate. The White House has the final say because the project crosses an international border.
While that bill sits in the hopper, Hoeven’s budget amendment Friday kept up the drumbeat on Keystone.
GOP lawmakers have made much noise about the pipeline. In meetings with Obama last week, House and Senate Republicans pressed the president for a timeline on his decision — about which Obama was vague.
They, along with some unions and industry groups, say the pipeline would create jobs. They also tout the benefits of getting oil from Canada, an ally.
Obama has been noncommittal on Keystone. According to some Senate Republicans present at last week’s confab, the president said his decision would come by year’s end.
On top of that, the president told the GOP their claims about Keystone’s job creation prospects were exaggerated. He also suggested a good amount of the oil sands were destined for export.
To that end, the Senate rejected Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) amendment that called for conducting more studies on Keystone while its application remains pending.
That amendment, which fell 33-66, aimed to answer questions of how much of Keystone’s oil is intended for overseas markets and how much of the pipeline’s steel would come from U.S. firms, among other things.
“It’s not true that all the work has been done. We don’t know how much of the steel will be American. We don’t how many of the jobs will be American. We don’t know if our national security people think that dirty tar sands is going to create climate disruption,” Boxer said after her amendment fell, before the Senate took up Hoeven’s measure.
Calico Blackie says:
I have to admit, this story put me in the very rare position of actually agreeing with Barbara Boxer.
Yet, what did we expect?
Of course Keystone XL picked up Senate backing! The oil and pipeline people have much more money and power than you & I do.
Whether or not WE want the pipeline is irrelevant to the oil companies and their paid-for henchmen in Washington.
Our government isn’t run by you & me. It’s run by the corporations. And a government run by the corporations is called Fascism.
But, don’t say that too loud. You’ll be labeled a SOCIALIST!
Speaking of Nanny-State fascism and propaganda…..
Bloomberg behind $12m ad campaign for gun regulations
The commercial is an unambiguous appeal to gun owners: A middle-aged hunter, rifle in hand, vows that he will fight to protect the Second Amendment.
But in a sensible, father-of-the house tone, he also urges voters to support comprehensive background checks, ‘‘so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can’t buy guns.’’
The man behind the advertisement is not known for his kinship with the gun crowd: New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the nation’s fiercest advocate of restrictions on firearms since the December rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Determined to persuade Congress to act in response to that shooting, Bloomberg on Monday will begin bankrolling a $12 million national advertising campaign that focuses on senators who he believes might be persuaded to support a pending package of federal regulations to curb gun violence.
The ads, in a dozen states, will blanket those senators’ districts during an Easter congressional recess that is to be followed by debate over the legislation.
Calico Blackie says:
To this country boy, the solution if rich Hollywood Directors and Producers and Wall Street poltroons want gun control for the masses, all they have to do is pool their money together and pay “our” politicians on Capitol Hill more money than the NRA pays them.
After all, “our” senators and congressmen are all whores for sale to the highest bidder.
What the heck. Maybe if they throw enough money at Congress, they can get them to eliminate the entire Constitution.
They can even have ad campaigns designed to convince us that it would be great for all of us.
After all, if we can throw out one part of the Constitution, it would be a great precedent for “our” lawmakers to start cutting out ALL the parts that actually favor “We, the people.”
But, what do I know.
I’m just a small town boy that cuts firewood now.
Never mind that in the past I worked on several big pipeline projects and recognized them for what they were.
They all created VERY temporary boom cycles for the local communities affected by the projects. The workers came in and then they left.
At first, all the local people were convinced to be for the project, but when they saw there really was nothing in it for them except for a screwed-up landscape and a big eyesore, they turned against the project.
The local motels, bars, and restaurants made some money, and then it was all gone.
Except for the fact that the local communities were left with an unsightly and sometimes dangerous pipeline in their midst. No long-term “jobs” were created.
The big companies took their money and ran.
But, it’s all good. Shareholders will make money. Oil company execs will make money. Politicians will make money. And we’ll be left forever waiting for the trickle down!
Our Constitution will be dismantled bit by bit and we’ll be thinking about some starlets ass or whether or not Justin Beiber has a vagina.
While the earth is being destroyed, we’ll all cry and fight about gun control.
While the earth is being destroyed, we’ll all worry about not having $458k for “spring essentials”.
Screw Wall Street.
FREE BRADLEY MANNING
Calico Blackie @kidakita