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Liz Cheney channels "Seinfeld"

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Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney Oh look, you're still here

"Seinfeld's" George Costanza was ahead of his time. His quote, "Everybody's doing something. We'll do nothing!" is resonating with-- wait for it-- Liz Cheney. Here's George the Prescient in his own very words:

Liz Cheney is no George Costanza. She is no visionary, and she certainly has no developed sense of humor reality, as her idiotic, shortsighted, terse little comment illustrates.

Via HuffPo's Amanda Terkel:

 

Liz Cheney did not hesitate when asked Monday what the Republican Party should do to address climate change.

"Nothing," she immediately replied.

And that concludes another in-depth interview with Dickette Cheney, a woman with the acumen of a gnat, the prophetic powers of GOP pollsters/Dick Morris, the logic of Sarah Palin, and the compassion of Daddy Dick.

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South Miami Mayor: "Rubio is an idiot."

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Marco Rubio

From the Things We Already Know Department: Marco Rubio is an "idiot." I know, I know, that's redundant, but there still may be someone out there reading this who isn't aware. In this particular instance, it's about climate change. Rubio the Genius-o doesn't believe that climate change is man-made-o:

"I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy."

His brilliance is blinding, isn't it? Kinda like the sun that's baking Mother Earth to death.

child squinting blinded by sun

He's clearly competing with former Alaskan Half-Gov Ignoramette McVacant for who can stick their head in the sand more deeply. It's a toss-up, but McVacant has a slight edge. But I digress. Back to Florida...

Here is a headline and sub-headline at The Guardian:

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers.

Via TPM:

Rubio is among those Florida politicians, including Gov. Rick Scott (R), who've refused to address the warnings of those experts.

"Rubio is an idiot," South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said, as quoted by The Guardian. "He says he is not a scientist so he doesn't have a view about climate change and sea-level rise and so won't do anything about it."

Stoddard noted that "the waters are rising." True.

And Marco Rubio is in way over his empty little head.

rubio etch a sketch

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A birthday card with a conscience

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climate change Jack and Jill birthday card

The other day I was at Tarjay (Yes, that's how Target is actually pronounced, duh.) looking for the perfect birthday card for my BFF. There were the usually cheesy ones, bad-jokey ones, embarrassingly trying-to-be-sexy ones, heartfelt ones, and of course, annoyingly loud, computer-chippy ones. Then, suddenly, without warning, just as I was about to throw up my hands in defeat and give her a Post-It Note decorated with glitter and dried macaroni, I came upon a birthday card with...

... a conscience!

jiminy cricket conscience

Imagine my surprise when I was suddenly greeted by a politically astute, like-minded birthday card. It made my lefty liberal Progressive commie heart get all a-fluttery. I got light-headed. I reached for my smelling salts and scanned the area for a fainting couch (on sale, of course, I'm no fool), but alas, there was none.

So I summoned up all my strength, shook off my initial dumbfounditude, whipped out my trusty iPhone (I'm happy to report that it has nearly recovered from that brief but damaging dip in the toidy), and snapped this image to document the moment. And what a moment it was:

 

birthday card climate change

For those whose eyes are as bad as mine, it says:

It's your birthday, and you're another year older. It could be worse. You could be an endangered polar bear trapped on a melting ice cap as global warming destroys your habitat and the gluttonous fishing industry depletes your only food source.

So celebrate. It's not like you're on the brink of extinction.

... Yet.

Holy Stromboli, it's as if I wrote that birthday card my very own self!

Nothing like an informed, articulate, enlightening French gay Kenyan Marxist pinko socialist birthday card to brighten one's day.

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Hey climate change deniers: State emission cuts have NOT brought economic ruin.

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another talking point bites the dust

map climate change emission cuts

Climate deniers-- hey you, over there on the right, I'm talkin' to you-- wail and moan about regulating carbon emissions because, tyranny!!!! and Armageddon!!!! and economic disaster!!!! That sound you hear is the coal industry shaking cash from their enormous wallets to buy their way out of cleaner air and water standards. Because, tyranny!!!! and Armageddon!!!! and economic disaster!!!!

Well, they're wrong. And there is proof that cutting emissions will not bring economic ruin to America. Sweartogod.

Via the New York Times:

The cries of protest have been fierce, warning that President Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gases from power plants will bring soaring electricity bills and even plunge the nation into blackouts. By the time the administration is finished, one prominent critic said, “millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark.”

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That sounds positively terrifying! Oh em gee! We will become a nation of freeze-dried citizens! All in the ironic name of saving lives!

Just a sec... hold that thought. I'm hearing through my imaginary news anchor earpiece that at least 10 states have already achieved emission cuts by the amount the president has fecklessly Kenyan-dictated-- some in excess of that-- and more states will make similar progress before the deadline of 2030.

Don't those tree-hugging, green-tinged fools realize their Kenyan-dictated, feckless, reckless actions will bring economic ruin?!

[T]heir strides so far have not brought economic ruin. In New England, a region that has made some of the biggest cuts in emissions, residential electricity bills fell 7 percent from 2005 to 2012, adjusted for inflation. And economic growth in the region ran slightly ahead of the national average.

Oh.

Via onamatopoeia.wordpress.com

Yet another Republican talking point bites the dust. Imagine that. Quel surprise.

Over in Europe, they're headed toward a 43 percent emission cut from power plants and "other energy-intensive industries" by the same year. That makes our measly 30% cuts look pretty... feckless.

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GOP Are Not Climate Control Scientists, But Play One On TV

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Climate Change

When I have a medical problem, I seek out a doctor.

When I have a plumbing problem, I seek out a plumber.

When I have a tax problem, I seek out an accountant.

Crazy, no? So when the world has a scientific problem -- global warming and climate change -- who do we seek out? Scientists?

Hell no. Those lab coat wearing geeks never agree on anything. They're still too hung up on totally unproven theories of things like gravity,  radiation is bad for us, and that whopper of whoppers, we're a product of evolution, not creationism.  The answers lie not in our stars (sorry Nancy and Ronald Reagan) but in faith-based ideologues who can be trusted. Seers. Prophets. Clairvoyants. We need to seek the truth from our elected officials -- GOP congressmen and GOP senators. If anyone understands ancient history, it's those who still live in it.

According to their right-wing, conservative agenda and their political party planks, we know that even God comes to them for guidance, and not the other way around. These climate guys in the GOP (sorry ladies, you're really only tokens under their tent) aren't like those crazy whacked out communist Democratic liberal egg-heads. Republicans don't waste their time with evidence, facts or even scientific theory. The GOP just plain knows. And when you know something comes from the GOP, that trumps every other form of evidence. Period.

So, grab your bible and your gun, sit down and listen to the real pros. Here's the true geniuses and guardians of our future, all in one video, assuring us we can relax. We're not in any danger. Nothing needs to be done. Phhhw. Damn, those scientists had me scared there for a minute:

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I see climate change: "One day there will be money in the pockets of dead people"

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i see dead people 2 climate change

new rules 2

Regular readers may recall that my mantra has always been how shortsighted Republicans are, especially when it comes to climate change. Seriously, how utterly idiotic of them to prioritize profits over lives, especially for a party that claims to be "pro-life." The hypocrisy is mind-boggling, as are their perverted attempts to obstruct every bit of legislation that would help Americans live healthier lives.

My other mantra has been that all those dirty dollars that Big Oil/Big Biz pull in with their drill-baby-drilling, fracking, and other reckless endeavors will be utterly useless to them if we start to choke on toxic fumes and lose what's left of Mother Nature's diminishing masterpieces.

Note to Big Oil and GOP polluters: You'll wheeze, hack, and scrounge for climate-proof digs right along with the rest of us.

And with that, here is today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor from a soul mate, because our voices matter:

The debate over reducing carbon dioxide emissions to combat global warming brings us to the truth: Saving money is more important than saving the planet. In its shortsightedness, big business — led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — will fight this proposal to the death. ("New EPA rule seeks to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030," June 1)

Global warming naysayers ignore rising sea levels, drowning islands, higher pollution levels and increases in pulmonary disease. One day there will be money in the pockets of dead people lying on the surface of a dead planet that is no longer able to provide sustenance to the inheritors of our world.

June Bailey

Rancho Mirage

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DC ignores the real threats to national security including guns, climate change, Wall St.

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national security insecurityThis post about the actual threats to our national security, by my pal Mark Karlin via BuzzFlash at Truthout, is a must-read:

The most significant peril to our ability to live peaceful and comfortable lives comes from menaces that the DC politicians do little or nothing about.

You can start with allowing the NRA to impose an Ayn Rand vision of guns unlimited on the nation and its resulting toll in about 30,000 deaths a year (homicides, suicides and accidents) and the rippling psychological impact of insecurity on the nation. If al-Qaeda wanted to create the death toll of 10 9/11s each year, they might have gotten better bang for their buck by just financing the gun lobby.

Add to that the scientific validation that we may have passed the threshold on reversing impending catastrophic climate change, as DC elected officials throw campaign fundraising events while the world's environment is deteriorating rapidly. What could be a graver risk to the nation than a sixth mass extinction on this planet? Yes, we have a military-surveillance- intelligence -industrial complex that is a beast that feasts on our tax dollars - but killing civilians in a faraway land with drones is not only a hideous act of murder, it represents the triumph of the self-interest of the so-called defense establishment over what the pressing priorities of ensuring national security really are.

Shouldn't hundreds of billions of dollars be expeditiously transferred to a much-needed cabinet Department to Stabilize the Earth's Climate? [...]

Moreover, Thomas Piketty, in his groundbreaking book Capital, uses data from 20 countries dating back to the 1800s to prove that the increasing concentration of money and assets in the hands of a few threatens democracy. What is a greater hazard to our constitutional form of government, al-Qaeda or the oligarchy pulling the strings in Washington and playing fast and loose with the economy with impunity?

Please read the entire post here.

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