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GOP woos the Jews: The Awkward Moments

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Potential Republican 2016 presidential contenders went out of their way to woo the Jews yesterday, specifically billionaire Sheldon Adleson. The elitest of the elite (read: wealthiest) GOP donors showed up in Las Vegas at a Very Special Event. Members of the Republican Jewish Coalition were holding auditions, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush were strutting their cringe-worthy stuff in one way or another.

Citizens United does it again: How to win buy friends politicians and influence people elections.

Being one of many Jews who would never open my wallet for any of those possible candidates, I tend to find humor in situations like these. And this time I found it courtesy of an article in the Los Angeles Times that included some of the more awkward moments.

Let's begin with how Gov. "Heartbroken" tried to shake off his Bridgegate scandal and how determined he was to rescue his damaged career by kissing Adeleson's ass bank account:

For Christie, Saturday's tryout showed the potential for missteps when governors wade into foreign policy at this early stage. During an otherwise warmly received speech, Christie's mention of a helicopter flight over "occupied territories" — terminology used by Israel's critics — during his trip to Israel sent murmurs and whispers of surprise through the conservative audience.

Oops, "murmurs and whispers of surprise" couldn't have done much to salvage his image. So much for Gov. "Who Moi?" and his efforts to restore some of the credibility he never had.

Scott Walker's anemic overtures to Jews whom he couldn't believably relate to at all went this way:

The candidates' attempts to connect with the audience appeared awkward at times. Walker emphasized that he decorates his house during the holidays with Christmas lights as well as a menorah candle. He also noted that his son's name, Matthew, means "gift from god" in Hebrew.

Via onamatopoeia.wordpress.com

You've heard of Christian Mingle? This "What Happens in Vegas Pays in Vegas Moment" was a little like Jewish Mingle. A speed dating version of courting a roomful of donors. John Kasich's version of flirtation was trying to ingratiate himself by flaunting his first-name basis palsy-walsitude with Sheldon:

Kasich, who had been sitting next to Adelson at the Saturday luncheon, addressed him by name repeatedly throughout his post-meal remarks, as if the conversation was one-on-one.

Allow me to address these opportunists by name: Chris, Scotty, John, Jeb, can we talk? Don't pretend you're BFF with obscenely wealthy Jews when you're not; don't try to impress Jews with embarrassing references to your trip to Israel; and pleaseohplease don't attempt to convince Jews that you, an Evangelical Christian, are "one of them" because your Christian kid's name happens to have a Hebrew origin or meaning.

Seriously, don't.

What next, asking Adelson if he's a Scorpio?

More here.

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VIDEO: Dear Mr. President, Please #NoKXL

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I know I keep saying this, but here I go again: I would like nothing more than to stop writing about the tar sands pipeline (scroll), but I can’t. It is imperative that people are fully informed about this disaster-in-waiting.

It is worth repeating for the umpteenth time, Keystone XL the “biggest carbon bomb on the planet.” Think Progress and Van Jones both remind us that the project will create only 35 permanent jobs, but will emit 51 coal plants’ worth of carbon. Plus, much of the oil would be exported elsewhere. We’d be way better off investing in clean energy instead of a costly, dirty catastrophe-in-waiting like the tar sands mess.

Despite the fact that in a recent Gallup poll, nearly half in the U.S. say government should do more to protect environment, and that 20 scientists pulled out of the project, and that the Arkansas pipeline rupture foreshadows devastating environmental impact, it looks like the State Dep’t. and the president are leaning toward approving Keystone, even though it would bring the dirtiest oil on earth through America.

Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if this crackpot project gets the go-ahead.

To help get the word out, we have this novel approach via stopKXL.org:

As Barack Obama said on July 24th 2008, “this is the moment when we must come together to save this planet.”

Our campaign is an outside-of-the-expected environmental protest song, entitled Habeas Corpus / Home at Bay. Written & performed by Univer Soul (a.k.a. John Dares).

ALL digital sales proceeds are donated to a diverse handful of environmental groups & activists listed on http://www.stopKXL.com, which includes such groups as 350.org and Clean Water Action. Some of these individuals are also listed on our website. For example, here is Russell Simmons’ contribution: https://www.facebook.com/RussellSimmons/posts/10151469220328759

A new study shows that 78% of Americans think that the President and Congress should make developing sources of clean energy a priority. Yet 50% of Americans have never heard of the Keystone XL pipeline!

Our mission is take environmental awareness outside of its current borders. We’ve added a novel twist to the idea of a protest song. Maybe people will hear the content of the message.

In the case of denying the Keystone XL pipeline permit, it is President Obama's decision and his alone. Therefore, we will continue to keep the pressure on! The mass action and mobilisation that are taking place this summer, notably with initiatives such as “Summer Heat” and “Fearless Summer”, are a powerful way of applying pressure on President Obama.

Our protest song has been designed to awaken through provocation, but it also carries a direct message of “People Power” TO the people. Ultimately, it is the people who hold the power, it is their power that can preserve their planet for their children.

On March 21, President Obama himself declared, “Political leaders will never take risks if the people do not push them to take some risks.” He then went on to voice his own version of the paraphrased quote attributed to Gandhi, “You must create the change that you want to see.” So that’s what we are humbly trying to do.

 Here is the video:

All proceeds are donated to environmental groups & activistsiTunes: http://bit.ly/N7rL6y Amazon: http://amzn.to/OXpmZnhttp://www.stopKXL.com Click "Show More" for Lyrics & More! Fundraising to Move #ForwardOnClimate

LYRICS
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We Are Glued, The Earth Is a Temple
Don't You Detect, They Don't Care 'Bout You
They Just Want The Job, They're Useless
What To Do, What To Do, What To Do?
Try The Greens, Try The Greens

Don't Screw It Up
Give It a Shit
We Are The Leader
Must Find a Way Out
What To Do, What To Do, What To Do?
Try The Greens, Try The Greens

No Nobel, No Way, Where's The Peace?
Mister One Billion Campaign
Blah Blah Blah And All That Shit
S.P.A. Dog, The Oil Spill, Say It All
Expect The Worst With The Same Liars
What To Do, What To Do, What To Do?
Try The Greens, Try The Greens, For Your Kids, For Your Castle

Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah
Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah
Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah
Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah
Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah

Thank you Jason Goldstein! The Grammy-winning Mix Engineer!

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VIDEO: What the frack? Pennsylvania "butt-naked worker greets" citizen journo

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Yesterday I posted: VIDEO- #Keystone tar sands pipeline’s toxicity gets personal: “One of them just stood and urinated facing my house.”

Lovely.

In that post I included some reporting by Public Citizen. Citizen journalism in general is more important than ever these days, considering the budget cuts, bias, laziness, and ineptitude of some of the corporate media.

So when a citizen journalist and advocate for clean water, like Vera Scroggins for instance, does actual footwork on a story that the so-called "pros" won't touch, she is subjected to moments like this:

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Vera Scroggins Vera Scroggins:

Taped 5-30-13. This is the Mt. Valley Rd., Williams Compressor Station being built in Liberty Twp., Susquehanna County, Pa.. I was taping on the road and this worker decided to flash me with his butt for some reason !!

@BleuZ00m tweeted:

#Frackenbutthead

#Frackenweenie

#Whatthefrack

H/t: @BleuZ00m

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VIDEO- #Keystone tar sands pipeline's toxicity gets personal: "One of them just stood and urinated facing my house."

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Via Public Citizen:

Winnsboro, Texas – Dozens of anomalies, including dents and welds, reportedly have been identified along a 60-mile stretch of the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, north of the Sabine River in Texas.

In the past two weeks, landowners have observed TransCanada and its vendor, Michels, digging up the buried southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline on their properties and those of neighbors in the vicinity of Winnsboro, Texas. Some of the new pipeline has been in the ground on some owners’ land for almost six months. It is believed that problems identified on this section of the Keystone XL route must have triggered the current digging, raising questions from landowners about the safety of the pipeline and the risk to personal property and water supplies. [...]

The proposed branch of the Keystone XL pipeline is likely to increase gas prices for Americans, contradicting claims by pipeline proponents, a recent Public Citizen report found.

Please read their entire post.

And please take a look at my post from yesterday, VIDEO: Keystone XL tar sands “isn’t oil. This is a pipe-eating, planet-cooking, water-fouling goo. You can’t clean up tar.” As I said in that one, I would like nothing more than to stop writing about the tar sands pipeline (scroll), but I can’t. I have to do my part to make sure more people have the facts about this disaster-in-waiting.

It is worth repeating for the umpteenth time, it’s the “biggest carbon bomb on the planet.” Think Progress and Van Jones both remind us that the project will create only 35 permanent jobs, but will emit 51 coal plants’ worth of carbon. Plus, much of the oil would be exported elsewhere. We’d be way better off investing in clean energy instead of a costly, dirty catastophe-in-waiting like the tar sands mess.

Despite the fact that in a recent Gallup poll, nearly half in the U.S. say government should do more to protect environment, and that 20 scientists pulled out of the project, and that the Arkansas pipeline rupture foreshadows devastating environmental impact, it looks like the State Dep’t. and the president are leaning toward approving Keystone, even though it would bring the dirtiest oil on earth through America.

Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if this crackpot project gets the go-ahead.

Need more convincing? This video via PublicCitizenTX is a must-see:

Please watch the entire thing, it's not long:

"I thought I was gonna have grass growing again. Now this spot will probably never grow grass, because they'll never get the topsoil in place... I became disenchanted."

"Right over here beside my pickup... I saw one of their employees... crawl through my new fence. I don't know whether the other employees I saw trespassing on my land crawled through he fence, but then I saw the 2 of them were dragging their drainage hose over to this little creek right here that runs directly into the big creek.. I saw them putting a hose in there..."

"One of them just stood and urinated facing my house."

"That pipeline could come within 25 feet of your home... If it leaks, of course it's gonna go down into the water table... It's full of ... toxic chemicals. That gives you pause to think about, you know, what if? How damaging could that be?"

"I can't understand why they would have to be digging up pipes that have just been in the ground a few months, and they're already having trouble with them? So that worries me."

"I heard that... they had 70 anomalies that they had found problems. I think on a new pipe that's excessive to have that many problems in such a short time."

"They've had a lot of trouble with erosion..."

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VIDEO: Keystone XL tar sands "isn't oil. This is a pipe-eating, planet-cooking, water-fouling goo. You can't clean up tar."

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Van Jones:

This stuff is tar... It doesn't behave like oil. You can't clean up tar. ... That is pipe-eating goo. That is not oil.  This is pipe-eating, planet-cooking, water-fouling goo that nobody knows what to do with."

"There's a myth that says this oil is going to come to the United States, give us a lot more oil here. That's a myth. The oil is going through US to China. ... And we're going to shoot it across America farmland and America's water ways, why? So a foreign corporation, who has made no promises to sell any of it to us, can get it to the global market, mainly to China."

"If he honestly believes that this pipeline... is a good thing, he should call it the Obama Tar Sands Pipeline..."

I would like nothing more than to stop writing about the tar sands pipeline (scroll), but I can't. I have to do my part to make sure more people have the facts about this disaster-in-waiting.

This video goes a long way to get the message out, so thank you Van Jones.

To repeat, it’s the “biggest carbon bomb on the planet.” Think Progress and Jones both remind us that the project will create only 35 permanent jobs, but will emit 51 coal plants’ worth of carbon. Plus, much of the oil would be exported elsewhere. We’d be way better off investing in clean energy instead of a costly, dirty catastophe-in-waiting like the tar sands mess.

Despite the fact that in a recent Gallup poll, nearly half in the U.S. say government should do more to protect environment, and that 20 scientists pulled out of the project, and that the Arkansas pipeline rupture foreshadows devastating environmental impact, it looks like the State Dep’t. and the president are leaning toward approving Keystone, even though it would bring the dirtiest oil on earth through America.

Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if this crackpot project gets the go-ahead.

Via CNN, a few excerpts from an opinion piece by Jones:

This is the real scandal: President Obama said in his second inaugural address that failing to act on climate change would "betray future generations." Now, many expect that he is ready to do exactly that by approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

Last week, the pro-Keystone House of Representatives voted to take the decision out of Obama's hands. It may be unnecessary.

In fact, Organizing for Action -- the Obama campaign organization that speaks for the president through his Facebook and Twitter accounts -- recently told activists that because the president has not taken a position on the pipeline, they should take their objections elsewhere.

Even more scandalous: The White House appears to be basing its decision on myths.

This is one of those times that many of us are as critical of the president as we can be. Let's hope he gets the message.

Did I mention that Alberta Tar Sands Oil Is Already Flowing and Leaking Into the United States?

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VIDEO snarkitude: "Exxon has revolutionized the way fuel gets to YOU! We'll pump that s*** right down your driveway."

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Chris Hayes covered yet another toxic oil mess in this video: Arkansas pipeline rupture foreshadows devastating environmental impact, but Exxon won’t pay taxes to cleanup fund.

MSNBC:

Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing. At last count, 12,000 barrels of tar sands oil and water have been dumped on the small town.

So it goes without saying that my buddy Andy Cobb was all over it. He produces videos o' snarkitude like nobody else. Watch, laugh, enjoy...

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"Exxon has revolutionized the way fuel gets to YOU! We'll pump that s*** right down your driveway."

"Wherever you're going, we're already there."

Andy did it again. That. Was. Awesome.

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Via HeavyCrudeVideo:

America's oil industry is terribly misunderstood. When a lot of people hear "364 pipeline spills in 2012" they think it's a big mess, like a nearly realized advent calendar of crap. What they fail to see is a revolutionary energy distribution system about to achieve NATIONWIDE COVERAGE.

And remember, that's not just gas or oil flowing through the streets of Arkansas--it's dilbit, the thick toxic hydrocarbon stew produced by tarsands. So roam wherever, and take your energy source with you! That s--t is sticky as hell, it's not like you're going to be able to get it off.

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/201...

Writer/Director: Andy Cobb
http://www.twitter.com/andycobb
Producer: Mike Damanskis
Production Assistant: Ric Rosario

Music by Kevin MacLeod & LP
Thank you to The Second City and Mark Bade

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Strike three: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas, pollutes bayou

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I recently posted this video: AR pipeline rupture foreshadows devastating environmental impact, but Exxon won’t pay taxes to cleanup fund, and before that I covered the lunacy of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (scroll) over and over again.

I keep posting about oil spill (there must be a better word than "spill") after oil spill, but I can't seem to keep up. Spill, baby, spill.

So guess what headline just came to my attention? Via RT: Third major oil spill in a week: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas.

Stee-rike three (more like three thousand)!

Thousands of gallons of oil have spilled from a pipeline in Texas, the third accident of its kind in only a week.

Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, shut down their West Columbia, Texas, pipeline last Friday after electronic calculations conducted by the US National Response Center showed that upwards of 700 barrels had been lost, amounting to almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil.

By Monday, Shell spokespeople said inspectors found “no evidence” of an oil leak, but days later it was revealed that a breach did occur.

Shell... Shell... hasn't their name been in the news lately? Why yes. Yes it has:

“Shell sent two rigs to go try to drill in the Arctic, and both rigs went ker-splat!”

What does it take?

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