(Updated) Saturday Morning Update – June 27 2009

Good day to all…

Lots of stuff has happened in the last few days, from the death of Michael Jackson, to the dizzying fall of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, to the House vote yesterday on the Waxman-Markey “cap and trade” bill.

Let’s begin with the fall from grace of Mark Sanford.  It turns out that he deliberately misled his staff so they didn’t know where he was, and they in turn propagated a set of lies about his location.  Since none of them could get in touch with him, the fault is his.  We also found that he had already started a trial separation from his wife several weeks ago, because she knew about the affair he was having.

I recommend continuing to follow this using the local newspaper for Columbia, South Carolina.  Here’s the link.

A few things to watch on this.

1. Does he resign, or does the legislature (or the public) push him to resign? He says he wants to remain in office, but I don’t see how he can claim to properly represent the interests of a Red State like South Carolina when he has these issues in his personal life

2. Does his wife take him back?  From accounts I have read, she was the one who helped him launch a career in politics in that state.  She really holds the cards here in terms of whether their marriage will survive

One other point is that I hope when Democrats are found to have abused and destroyed the trust of their families and the voters in the same fashion, that they are exposed with the same zeal that the national press used in going after the governor. We should not demand perfection in our elected officials, but it is proper to ask whether they’re living their lives in the same manner that most of their constituents are.

Exit point.  Is it ANY coincidence that Sanford was brought down, Palin was attacked by Letterman (and the national media), again, AND Senator Ensign of Nevada was also brought down by adultery too.  Let’s not forget that all THREE of these politicians were or are mentioned as top-liners for the 2012 Republican nomination.  So, now we are back to Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and a handful of other “so what” Republicans.  WE NEED TO FIND principled opposition to run against Obama.

Well, that’s a nice segue into the next topic.  Maybe John Boehner is the guy to put closer to the top of the 2012 list… Why?  He came up with the precedent setting idea of doing what amounted to a filibuster on the House floor last night.  He put together a very masterful piece of political theater that was dead serious and a huge rallying cry for conservatives everywhere.

What led him to do this is the very sneaky, underhanded, devious and some would say almost criminal way the Democrats added an amendment to the Waxman-Markey climate change bill. The House was set to vote on it last night, and they put in a 300 page amendment to a bill that was already 1,200 pages long.  The amendment was dumped into the hopper at 3:09AM in the early morning on Friday.

I don’t know about you, but I doubt anyone could have been expected to read the bill, much LESS the amendment before the vote came up.  So, Boehner decided to helpfully walk the House and the American people through the 300 page amendment.  He did so, taking an hour to go through it nearly page by page.  You can watch the video here. What was really interesting is about 20 minutes or so in, Henry Waxman, the primary author of the bill, asks the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House to rule on whether Boehner can continue to speak, because he was yielded only a few minutes of time.  The Speaker rules that it is House custom to listen to whatever the Leader says. That brought the house down.

With this filibuster and the attention it got in Republican/conservative circles, I bet we need to keep an eye on this guy.  He may just have vaulted into the top tier of candidates for the Republicans in 2012.

The bill did pass the house, but ONLY because 8 Republicans decided to break ranks and vote with the Democrats.  You should know who these people are.  Michelle Malkin has a post about them on her blog.  CALL THEIR OFFICES AND MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM YOUR FEELINGS on their vote.

The bill now goes to the Senate, but I have serious doubts about whether the Senate will ever get a corresponding bill passed.  Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma says the bill is dead and the Republicans expect to get enough Democrats to support a filibuster if anything should make it to the floor.  Here’s an article.

In terms of the Michael Jackson story, there are plenty of outlets on the Web where you can get information, but TMZ.com appears to have a lot of good inside information.  I would also check in with Greta Van Susteren at Fox News.  She’s a brilliant legal analyst and does have lots of contacts in Los Angeles since she used to live there and practiced law there years ago before she made her break reporting on the O.J. Simpson mess.

Michael Jackson was truly the kid who never grew up. He truly believed in the Peter Pan story and tried to live his life like it.  So, he surrounded himself with people, as any celebrity does.  I believe those people took full advantage of his naivete. When he wanted drugs to continue his drug habit, they provided the drugs and enabled his addiction.  The world is mourning the loss of a great talent.  But, some questions remain to be answered in the coming days.

1. Who was this cardiologist/doctor that Jackson had living with him, and did the doctor know about the injection of Demerol that Jackson was given just before he went into cardiac arrest?  Demerol is usually only given just after surgery, and in a hospital because it can bring on slowed respiration and cardiac arrest.  In a hospital counter drugs would be available along with cardiac paddles to re-start the heart. None of this appears to have been around in Jackson’s home.  I hope that the local and state prosecutors go after this doctor and anyone else around Jackson who may have been negligent or set in motion the events that led to his death.

2. Anyone who falsely got prescriptions for themselves and then gave the drugs to Jackson should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  I wonder if the pharmacy involved may also be culpable.

3. The will and estate Jackson leaves behind will be litigated over for years to come.  This should provide a nice sideshow for the lawyers, but I think Jackson should be remembered as the icon he was. We’ll never get to see that comeback tour he had planned, but we can remember the many musical memories he left with us.

Update: I saw this article which seems to make a pretty compelling case that Obama’s poll numbers are falling to the point where he can no longer argue that his predecessor is fully responsible for the problems we have.

Also, Hot Air has a great article where it appears like the Republicans are carrying forward from Boehner’s filibuster yesterday and framing the messages to use against the liberals next year in the mid-term elections. It’s about time.

That’s all for today.  Reminder that you can follow the blog over on Facebook. The widget is on the left pane of the blog page.  If there is a story, or blog you want me to look into, send me a comment here, or to katiadog (at) gmail (dot) com.  Thanks for dropping by!

Cap and Trade bill is dying…

HotAir has excellent analysis on why the Democratic coalition on this bill is falling apart. Waxman-Markey bill mutiny

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The hidden tax on EVERYTHING that would take place due to cap and trade is becoming evident, even to Democrats, and not a second too soon. I predicted early on that this would be dead on arrival because it would destroy many small businesses and even larger ones.

In Europe, where they have much ballyhooed cap and trade, if you do some digging, you find that cap and trade is actually very weak, and has turned into a bureaucratic mess.

Europe’s Problems with Cap and Trade

I also ask you to ponder this… The basic idea behind global warming and climate change is that temperatures have been rising. Well, the question becomes how one would measure the temperatures. I’ll post a longer set of ideas on this over the upcoming weekend, but here’s the backstory…

  1. The so-called “hockey stick curve” in global temperatures is badly flawed.  Read this article to find out why
  2. The debate over climate change takes no account of the fact that sunspots have been decreasing.  When sunspots decrease, usually the result is lower temperatures here on the Earth.  In extreme cases, such as during the Mauder Minimum, a mini Ice Age results.  We’ve had cooler than normal summers for the last few years and longer than normal winters in the northern US.  That’s not consistent with global warming theory. Here is an article: Harvard astrophysicist comments on sunspots and temperatures
  3. Even if we accept the “panic and do something” ideas of the liberals, the economic impacts of cap and trade are quite dire.  Google “Cap and Trade economic impacts”, or check out this paper:  Analysis of Cap and Trade Impact

So, if you put it all together, it is quite right to ask

  1. Are the liberals and environmentalists out to pass this because they know it has adverse consequences for the economy?  By putting a huge brick on top of the capital markets and extra hidden taxes into play, they exert more control over what each of us can do in our ordinary lives.
  2. The bill would allow goverment to regulate anything that has to do with greenhouse gas emissions.  That means what car you drive, how much electricity you can consume, whether you can fly to your business trip cheaply, and the list goes on and on.
  3. Do the liberals also realize the hidden costs this will impose on everyone?  Any product/good/service you buy will go up in price.  We already pay a lot of our income to the government, so why are we being asked to pay more to businesses when that extra cost does not go into the businessman’s pocket to create jobs or growth in that business?

I leave you with this thought… The liberals have studied for years how to get changes done by “stealth”.  Cry, scream and put the fear of Armageddon into you.  Then, write a bill that is not very well structured and vague on a lot of details.  Pass it and use the vague language as a means to enforce whatever they want.

The Constitution is a document that is “negative rights” focused.  Meaning if the right or enforcement power is not explicitly stated, it is not granted to the government.  Maybe it is time we insist our laws be written and enforced the same way.