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Hey Big Oil "pro-lifers": Fossil fuels may be killing babies!

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Melissa Harris-Perry took a disturbing look at a mysterious spike in infant deaths in Utah that could very well be linked to air pollution from the oil and gas industry. Yet, we haven't heard a peep about Big Oil possibly killing newborns from those very same "pro-lifers" who hypocritically devote themselves to "saving babies."

And while we're on the topic of Big Oil killing living things, look how their self-serving, corporate activities are contributing to land loss along the Louisiana Gulf Coast:

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The Los Angeles Times has the story:

For decades, oil and gas companies cut canals through fragile wetlands with the state's approval to haul equipment and install pipelines. But scientists say the dredging let salt water flow in, killing vegetation that kept the land from eroding.

Without the buffer of these marshes and barrier islands, Louisiana's many low-lying coastal communities — and its biggest city — now have little natural protection from storm surges created by hurricanes. ... Last summer, the independent board that oversees flood protection for New Orleans decided that oil and gas companies should pay their share. In a move that roiled a state where the energy industry is the economic foundation, the board voted unanimously to sue all 97 companies operating in the state for unspecified damages. [...]

Over the next 50 years, the state is expected to lose as much land as it did in the last 80. The disappearance of the coast has left the state vulnerable to flooding from hurricanes, but it also affects the whole country. Nearly 90% of all offshore U.S. oil and gas production occurs off the state's coast, and the industry's infrastructure is stitched into the shoreline. The region is a hub for shipping and fisheries. The marshes attract millions of migratory birds annually.

Of course, it goes without saying that Gov. Bobby Jindal would do anything to save his state-- and the entire nation-- from environmental disaster... right?

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and key legislators denounced the litigation, initiating legislation that would quash the lawsuits and undo post-Hurricane Katrina reforms aimed at removing politics from flood control. Last month, the state Senate passed a bill that would allow Jindal to kill the New Orleans lawsuit by replacing the lawyers who are handling it.

Oops. My bad.

And while we're still on the topic of how fossil fuels are slowly snuffing life as we know it, remember this? Frackers set sights on largest oil shale reservoir in US... near CA's San Andreas fault. Hey, me too! Well guess what, there was an L.A. Times sequel: "U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96%."

Families are already suffering everywhere, and there's more where that came from.

"What is all that money worth if there will be no future generations?"

Now let's take a look at today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor responses to those reports, because our voices matter:

Gov. Jerry Brown has displayed cognitive dissonance by supporting both climate change mitigation and fracking in California.

Fracking not only perpetuates our dependency on fossil fuels, it also releases methane all along the supply chain, which is a greenhouse gas less prevalent in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide but roughly 30 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas.

Brown is trying to be slick like the streets of Atwater Village after the 10,000-gallon oil spill last week by appealing to both sides of the aisle. But like those streets, he is finding himself mired in a sticky situation, where he will need to fully commit to a side.

Californians are noticing that the governor's position on the issue of climate change is about as stable as the ground upon which Big Oil is fracking.

Amanda Grossi

Los Angeles

The writer is a field manager for Environment California.

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I don't know why companies are even looking for oil anymore. What oil is left will be used up at some point. Meanwhile, extracting it gets more costly, and that doesn't include the hidden costs of the damage to the environment, including its contribution to global warming.

The sun produces energy; it has done so for billions of years, and when it stops, so will our planet. We should not build another house without solar panels. There should also be small wind turbines for our home patios that can help out when it is windy.

We don't need oil, and we really don't need shale oil.

Jenny Wilder

Apple Valley

Bonus insanity: House Votes To Deny Climate Science And Ties Pentagon’s Hands On Climate Change.

Via .ecobumperstickers.com

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian -- a racy novel that explores the dark underbelly of the right-wing Christian world -- and the go-to blogger on shocking religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (weekly upchucks), K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts. You can link over to her site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks: The place where religion meets your rights

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion (Laffy Note: I've included all upchucks in this category, because... holy crap!)

  • Retching Hard, Never Stopping: Nipping away at Choice, Missouri Senate Passes 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill
  • Unfair. Dangerous. Upchuckable: Some women are traveling hundreds of miles to get to Missouri’s last remaining clinic.
  • Yikes Chuck! McConnell and Graham push for abortion ban at 20 weeks
  • Bayou Hurl. Puke. Retch. Breaking: Bill consisting of Tx-style abortion restrictions, passed in La, 34-3, heads to Gov. Jindal’s desk”
  • Effectively Ending Choice-Chuck: Boding ill for North Dakota women, the state is appealing judge’s ruling on 6-week abortion ban
  • Omni-Vomit The Contents Of My Stomach: Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill Passed by Louisiana Senate
  • Coming soon to your state? Oh My Yes Chuck. If They Have Their Way. Texas abortion law creates obstacles for Valley women.

Creationism

  • Hurling It Good: John Oliver Schools Media on Realistic Climate Change Debate—97 Scientists v. 3 Denier Dudes

Education

  • WKRP In Cincinnasti Weeps Chuck: Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, Catholic schools choose to close minds

Elections

  • KlinkenPuke: Bible Says ‘All Citizens Must B  Armed So They Can Defend Themselves Against Left Wing Crazies
  • Eenie Meenie Minie Hurl: Amusing to see Little Bobby Jindal raise issue of faux religious liberty as he panders across the country

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Papa Cruz Vomits: Rafael Cruz to Ginni Thomas: Obama Destroyed Greatness of America,’ Wants To Keep People Poor So He Can ‘Buy Their Votes’

Fifty Shades Of Hypocrisy/Lies

  • Do As I Say, Not As I Do. Then Hurl. Bible-Thumping Pastor Believes Women Shouldn’t Interfere with ‘God’s Will’ In Pregnancy—Except When It Came To His Wife'

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • The Loon’s A’Spewing Tonight Chuck: Christian Post Writer Says Extreme Weather Is Not Climate Change, But A Sign Of The End Times

If Media Is the Message

  • Barfing To The Choir: Benham Brothers, Dumped by HGTV Over Anti-Gay Remarks, Could Land at ‘Traditional Values’ Network INSP TV

Military

  • Spew Me A River: Fox News Hosts Slam Call For Humanist Military Chaplains

Same Sex Issues

  • Bry-Bry, Puke-Puke: Fischer Blasts The NFL For ‘Celebrating Something That Could Destroy Michael Sam’s Life’

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Don’t Tread On His Upchuck Chuck: Virginia official: Non-Christian public prayer violates my rights ‘because I don’t believe that’

Scandal

  • In Jesus’ Name -Chuck: Child cruelty charges denied by religious father who allegedly read Bible before caning children

Science – Or Not

  • Spewing Bupkes: Marco Rubio Defends His Climate Denialism By Claiming He Knows The Science About Abortion

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Is That A Pubic Hair  In My Spew: State Churches? Justice Clarence Thomas Hears the Call
  • Why, Oh Why-Chuck? Obama Judicial Pick Wanted to Govern Based on “Good Conservative Christian Values”
  • Excellent-Chuck: Harry Reid Says He “Can’t Vote” For Obama’s Controversial Judicial Pick

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Frat Boy Rep. Vance McAllister's 'Animal House'

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

Oh Vance, you bad, bad boy. You caught that Louisiana Vitter Bug … then got videotaped red-pawed performing it.

Spanking ahead. You even have colleague Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), insisting that mandatory sexual harassment trainings are needed post haste in the House.

More importantly, you now have Governor Bobby Jindal requesting your resignation.

Representative Vance McAllister, lauded by Maddow last evening as a truly heraldic return to the tradition of Frat Bad Boy GOPolitical suicide by sleaze, looks to be fixing to leave a seat wide open soon in the grand tradition of Louisiana. Steve Benen of The Maddow Blog sums it up.

The extra-marital romance was first uncovered by a local outlet, the Ouachita Citizen, which obtained a video of McAllister kissing an aide in his district office in late December – about a month after the congressman won a special election in his Louisiana district.

The exact nature of the relationship is unclear, but it’s worth noting that the aide was reportedly removed from the congressman’s payroll “during the past 24 hours.” Complicating matters a little more, it appears the aide and her husband were generous McAllister campaign contributors.

Happily for observant liberals, Vance had one of the better Family Values and Holier Than Thou video trails to savor. Enjoy the McAllister P.R. tale via ABC, though I'd really recommend catching Maddow's take as the drama unfolds.

Even more 'my bad' for partier Vance, when he failed to make Roll Call on the Hill again this week and the Louisiana party chair let loose a proper scolding. Politico reported Thursday on this full-throated bray for the preemptive strike of a resignation before Vance dons a toga and stages his own exit.

It wasn't even Happy Hour before Jindal dropped his second shoe of moral judgment ... despite the huge uptick in Louisiana pride and notoriety following McAllister toting the Duck Dynasty of Bigotry Reality Tee Vee star  to SOTU as his plus one and foul photo-op wingman.

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So here we have Vance's novel contribution to 2014 Greatest Home Video Mad Hatter Moments. Such a good, decent Walmart family. Pan to public and pretty flagrant groping of a staffer en déshabillé, as Senator Graham might gasp. Her rampant Lady Libido must have just decimated his deep Christian and family valued foundation.

The Full Vitter with a McTwist.

Jindal has it right for once - trash to the curb time for this alley cat. May Representative Spier get her Sanitation Program off the ground ASAP, November is a breath away.

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More proof that there is no liberal media

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It gets easier and easier to debunk that tired old label, the so-called liberal media, a favorite talking point of those on the right.. For years I've written about how the Sunday morning talk shows regularly feature more Republican guests than Democratic ones, and way more conservatives than true Progressives.

The arguments and policies of right wing conservatives are given legitimacy even when they have no credibility whatsoever. The tried-and-untrue "debate" format presents "both sides," even when one side is completely without merit (climate change ring a bell?).

During the 2012 elections, Rep. Paul Ryan came up with a laughable "budget plan" that was touted as Very Serious, and was taken Very Seriously by the so-called "news" media. Time actually gave "politically brave" Ryan credit, in print, for "hard work" and gutsiness for presenting a "roadmap" . His proposed austerity measures, cuts cuts cuts, and Kill Medicare goals were terrible ideas, but hey! At least he came up with an alternative, gushed the news dee jays. They didn't much care that his "alternative" would have driven an already struggling economy into the ground.

It is now 2014, and it's Ryan Redux time. But yay! Kudos to him! He's Very Serious!

Today I was watching MSNBC, and Tamron Hall was discussing today's job numbers and the overall economy with a guest (didn't catch his name) who said this about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and I quote:

He "is at least offering a plan."

WaPo:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a plan Wednesday to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care law, an effort by the Republican to insert himself into the increasingly competitive early maneuvering for his party’s presidential nomination.

Jindal, a former state and federal health official, said his plan is one of many policy proposals he will release in coming months, making clear that he wants to be viewed as a wonky problem solver.

Hot dog! Another Very Serious Republican with a Very Serious Plan! ... that he is "at least offering." Despite its redundant absurdity. It's doomed. It's just more political theater.

But wait. You know who else is offering their own plans? Ones that are solid, ones that are genuinely Very Serious? The Progressive Caucus and the Progressive Black Caucus. You can read them here and here.

And guess who's covered those plans? Nobody! Tamron Hall sure didn't. She devoted her next segment to the mother of a pro basketball player who missed the end of her son's game because she had to leave early to get to work on time.

Instead of reporting on competing-- and compelling-- budget plans of which American voters are completely unaware, the good old liberal media gave us Basketball Mom (which would have been fine at another time, like when the economy isn't in need of some realistic, constructive fixes, f'rinstance).

Your liberal media at work. But I bet her MSNBC colleagues will give her shout-outs galore, because, my friend, my brother, she is their colleague after all.

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Jesus, What Got Into Jindal?

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There's nothing like the rantings of a madman (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rush Limbaugh) or woman (Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter ) to give us the desire for some good old-time religion. Not to disappoint, here's Louisiana's Republican Governor Bobby Jindal. He's got something stuck in his craw, and I don't think it's a New Orleans crawdad or crawfish. I think it's... the silent, secret war on religion? Yup, that's what Jindal's railing about. Got to admit, when he gives testimony, he gets possessed and encompassed by "the spirit."

HuffPo had this:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) delivered a scathing attack on the Obama administration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Thursday night, saying an “onslaught of lawsuits based on anti-discrimination” laws amount to a “silent war on religious liberty.”

Whoa Nellie. A silent war on religious liberty. I hadn't heard anything about that. Oh, wait, that's because it's silent. My bad.

As the adage goes, "The Lord works in mysterious ways." If that's so, he gave us Bobby Jindal as his most recent spokesperson. Then again, maybe this is the big guy's personal joke on all of us -- or even more hauntingly, perhaps Jindal's got that special ability -- to see things that aren't there. It worked for Haley Joel Osment in THE SIXTH SENSE. Not so much for Alex Wagner on NOW.

Watch:

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Power Of Hate With Duck Dynasty

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Ah, the power of hate speech and the people who bring it to us. Does it matter who the source is? You bet.

You may be dismissive of this as a good ol' boy just speaking his mind, maybe even on some hootch or moonshine. But consider this... Phil Robertson has a huge following and he's got political clout.

Back in November, I wrote a post called: Tea Party, Jindal, Cantor Get Slapdown From Duck Dynasty And Voters. It told about how Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame came to the support of a Louisiana congressional runoff contest between favored Neil Riser and newcomer Vance McAllister. McAllister was trailing badly until he got the Duck Dynasty fellows to come visit and support his campaign. Well, damned if things didn't turn on a dime and Vince pulled off a huge comeback win. And he knew how it happened. It was the huge popularity of the Phil Robertson and his clan.

So when these guys and their wives speak, millions listen. When the speech is hateful, evil and vile, sadly it brings out the nutcases. Among the quick to speak out for their defense:

Sarah Palin immediately jumped onto her Facebook account with this:

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And she's not alone in defending the indefensible, offensive and reprehensible. HuffPo:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday became the latest politician to defend Phil Robertson, a cast member of the reality show "Duck Dynasty" who was suspended from the television network A&E after making graphic anti-gay comments and saying African-Americans were "singing and happy" before civil rights in the South. "Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana," Jindal said in a statement. "The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with."

And no indefensible stand would be complete without wackadoo-in-chief, Ted Cruz. From Talking Points Memo moments ago:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday defended 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson after he wassuspended from the television show for making controversial anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ magazine.

"If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson. Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job," Cruz wrote on his Facebook page. "In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him--but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree."

Time will tell who else will join the whackadoo bandwagon but this should be a warning sign. The Tea Party is on the march, armed with rifles and duck whistles -- coming soon to a hunting blind near you.

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Tea Party, Jindal, Cantor Get Slapdown From Duck Dynasty And Voters

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Who'd have ever thought you'd find the Tea Party, Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), U.S. House Majority Leader Cantor and the guys from Duck Dynasty dueling in a Louisiana election? It happened yesterday.

The winner is, Duck Dynasty. Well, to be more specific, their backed candidate, Republican businessman Vance McAllister. He's a political newcomer who boasts of never having visited Washington, D.C., yet won a special election in Louisiana on Saturday to fill the congressional seat formerly held by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.

The man McAllister beat was a fellow Republican, Neil Riser, the Tea Party candidate.

Yahoo News:

McAllister, running as an outsider, lined up an endorsement from "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, the patriarch in the popular reality show, and cast member Willie Robertson appeared in a commercial for the candidate. The program is shot in the northeast part of Louisiana that McAllister will represent.

Unlike McAllister, Riser had the backing of a number of prominent Republicans including U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

What could have been the deciding issue might have been this:

Riser agreed with the governor's stance to reject the Medicaid expansion.

As a state senator, Riser authored a Louisiana constitutional amendment requiring any state gun restrictions to pass the "strict scrutiny" test. The funeral home owner was the contest's early favorite with backing from the conservative Tea Party of Louisiana and the national group FreedomWorks, which is aligned with the Tea Party movement.

So it looks like "Digger" Riser wasn't as popular as an unknown moderate like McAllister. Even with FreedomWorks and the Tea Party's money, the Republicans in Louisiana aren't falling for the right-wing, extremist crap. Louisiana spoke, and they said they want health care subsidies and they believe in sane gun control.

You go,Louisiana. You just sent shock waves through the Republican party. Are you feeling them yet, Reince Priebus?

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