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Score one for oil drilling opponents!

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I rail all the time about Big Oil drilling into every pristine and not-so pristine corner of the world, fracking, and the usual gluttons' utter disdain for keeping our precious earth and its inhabitants safe, healthy, and beautiful.

Writing about it for years on end is exhausting and is taking a toll. That is one of the main reasons I have outrage overload (and have been ordered to cut back for health reasons). It's not easy to rant endlessly, yet feel as if you're having no impact.

Thankfully, there are people with big, effective voices who are being heard:

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But today is different. Today I am the bearer of good news, or rather, the Los Angeles Times is:

The U.S. government violated the law when it opened millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, possibly delaying plans by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell to drill off the northwest coast of Alaska in the near future.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the Interior Department did not properly evaluate the impact of oil development in the Chukchi Sea when it sold more than $2.6 billion in development leases in the environmentally sensitive area in 2008.

A coalition of environmental advocacy groups and Alaska Native organizations sued the federal government, arguing that the U.S. had offered an estimated 30 million acres of oil leases for sale without sufficient scientific information or analysis of potential effects on the region.

bam

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Study: Women make better corporate leaders than men

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duhThere goes that whacky Los Angeles Times again, quoting a study that states the obvious. The study is from the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics and was conducted by researchers at A.T. Still University in Arizona and McMaster University in Canada:

Women make better corporate leaders than men because they are more likely to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake, a new study has found.

well duh

Women leaders take a cooperative approach when making decisions, the study says. But check this out:

Male directors, who made up 75% of the survey sample, prefer making decisions using rules, regulations and tradition, the survey found. Female directors, by contrast, are less constrained by rules and more prepared to “rock the boat,” the researchers found. 

Hold on... Isn't it mostly male corporate types who despise government regulation (while insisting on laws forcing women to have babies against their will, of course) and hate oversight and rules (while forcing women to undergo unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasounds, of course)?

But now we discover that the menfolk don't mind any of that as long as it's they who are doing the regulating.

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Per the study, women leaders are also more likely to collaborate, cooperate, build consensus, are more inquisitive, and are more tend to see more than one solution to a problem.

So naturally, corporate boards would welcome them to their board families way more often than not, right?  

Globally, women make up about 9% of corporate board members, the study said.

Right. Got it. Check. That makes all the sense in the world.

By the way, with at least one female director involved, companies were 20% less likely to file bankruptcy and did better financially.

Ahem. The study's conclusion: Women are fairer, more reasonable, better leaders, are way cooler (I just threw that one in for fun), and make better corporate leaders than men.

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DSCC outraised NRSC again, this time nearly 2-1

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Here's what the front page of the NRSC site looks like. I added the arrow.

Eeks! Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer look so blue and skeery and evil!

Via Roll Call:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its GOP counterpart nearly 2-to-1 last month, marking the second month in a row it has brought in significantly more cash than the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

According to figures provided by the committees, the DSCC raised $4.3 million in February and had $5.1 million in cash on hand at the end of the month. The NRSC raised $2.2 million and had $3.1 million in the bank on Feb. 28.

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But the best part is that Paul Ryan's new, old, new again, old again, new yet again, old yet again budget gave the DSCC a big boost:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $500,000 in its recent campaign attacking House Republicans — and possible Senate candidates — for supporting Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s budget blueprint, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

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Quickie-- Mitch McConnell: Big ol' losery underachiever

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Today's Quickie:

(Reuters) - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell set two top goals for the 2012 election: a Republican takeover of the Senate and the defeat of President Barack Obama.

He achieved neither.

Starting in January, he will be up against a president he tried and failed to bring down, with a Senate minority weaker by two.

Much more at the link.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

Hell, I need a cigarette and I don't even smoke.

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VIDEO-- BLUNT: So Election 2012 happened...

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Blunt is a lot like letters to the editor. YOUR take, short, to the point.

You have a voice, now use it.

Special thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike, who provides the Stephanie Miller Show with exceptionally clever musical snarkitude, for providing the underscore!

For more information about how to contribute to a video Blunt, follow this link.

It’s your turn. Go.

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The ten females who cost Mitt Romney the presidency

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Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:

THE TEN FEMALES WHO COST MITT ROMNEY THE PRESIDENCY

Holey moley catfish. Well, thank god that’s finally over. Further thanks that the climax was quick and clean. Almost surgical. Not as long a night as many first thought it might be. Except for Karl Rove that is, who for all we know is still scribbling numbers to prove the call on Clinton’s re- election win in 1996 was premature. And as usual, Florida did all it could to gum things up, but was eventually rendered irrelevant. And long may it remain so.

In the end, President Barack Obama trounced, er, battered, um, eked out a victory, or to be more precise, Mitt Romney lost. Or shall we say, found a thousand ways to lose. Except for one brief shining moment in the first debate, virtually carrying with him a defeat diviner.

And each and every one of his failures can be traced directly to females. The distaff of life. Single women. Married women. Old women. Young women. Ladies and divas and flappers and baby mamas; duchesses, priestesses, shorties and floozies. So here they are, the top ten females who cost Mitt Romney the presidency, each of them representing one of the myriad factors that helped construct the unelectable mosaic that became Bain’s Captain of Industry

· Michele Bachmann. Mitt had to draft on her right wing to win the primary battle and when he tried to tack back to the center appeared not to be the Washington Outsider he claimed, but a typical politician with the core values of a hollowed out chocolate Easter Bunny. With really good hair.
· Newly elected US Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. A state the former Governor lost by 23 points. Proof positive the man arouses the enduring passion of a broken garden rake.
· Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who took foreign policy off the table making the entire election about the economy which kept getting better, gol darn it. And who can forget her husband. He certainly won’t let us.
· Sandra Fluke who gave a face to the GOP’s Paleolithic Bronze Age attitudes towards women, further exacerbated by the fact that no man in the party could seemingly shut up about it.
· Michelle Obama who is just darn likable. As is her husband. A stark contrast to Romney’s cyborg demeanor and obvious discomfort around members of the human species.
· Superstorm Sandy for providing the opportunity for the President to look Presidential and for he and Chris Christie to French kiss on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk crystallizing the concept that bipartisanship is not the saddest word. That’s “goodbye.”
· Ann Romney who would have made a simply terrific first lady. For Dwight D. Eisenhower.
· Candy Crowley who single-handedly halted Romney’s momentum in the second debate by speaking way above her pay grade. Don’t you hate it when the help speaks out of turn?
· All the Wal-Mart Moms, who never really understood that whole Cayman Islands bank account thing marking him not as the poster child for the 1%, but as the poster child for the .0001% of the 1%.
· And the last female responsible for Romney’s loss; Rafalca the 15-year old mare who, while wearing the Romney silks in Olympic Dressage, failed to make the medal round and was probably shipped home strapped to the fuselage of a 747. Seriously, Mitt. Dressage?

5 time Emmy- nominee Will Durst’s new e- book “Elect to Laugh!” published by Hyperink, now available at Redroom.com, Amazon or any fine virtual book retailer near you. And don't forget the Improv @ Harveys in South Lake Tahoe, Wednesday the 14th through Sunday the 18th.

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VIDEO: Declaring victory for Pres. Obama at Grover Norquist's election watch party

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Love. This.

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Nothing is better than being there to gloat about victory at the moment your adversaries realize they are defeated. #winning

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