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  •  Speaking of climate deniers, (3+ / 0-)
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    the president has decided to nominate Sally Jewell, CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc. to replace Salazar as Interior Secretary.  REI sells clothing and supplies for outdoor activities - hiking, biking, camping, climbing, kayaking, etc., organized as a consumer cooperative.  I wonder what the congressional climate deniers will use to try to deny demonize her.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:07:25 AM PST

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    •  I have seen articles in which Jack Kingston (4+ / 0-)
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      a dipshit republican in South Georgia, who has a goal of ending Cumberland Island's Wilderness protection status and allow development for the ultra-rich.

      he has disparged those of us who are healthy enough to hike 12 miles to see the other end of the island.

      All those hikers, taking care of their health, like the selfish bad people they are....

      I can see her getting demonized for selling supplies to "hippies". (Especially if you have ever hung out in a RI parking lots for 10 minutes, you'll know what I mean).

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:10:01 AM PST

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      •  Another unsatisfying hearing is in store (3+ / 0-)
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        I have been an REI member since '76, at least in part because of all the attributes to which her opponents will take exception.  It's a Co-Op, which is at least a socialist conspiracy right there.  Plus, it advocates for things like outdoor recreation, and places in which to do that recreation.  I am quite sure that Senators bent on opposition will find grist for their mills in public statements over the years.  Entertaining as it would be to have a nominee push back on what I am sure will be hearings similar to the show we have seen when Susan Rice was a possibility at State, and most recently with Chuck Hagel, the immediate goal is to not piss off the Senators on the fringes, which will mean that she too will dodge, weave, and miss opportunities to set he questioners straight.

    •  I know Sally, worked with her in the 1980's. (5+ / 0-)
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      Sally is an excellent choice for Interior.  She is a graduate petroleum engineer.  After working for a few years in the oil industry she came to work at the bank in Seattle where I worked.  She was hired to advise and guide the bank through the minefield of loans in the oil patch.  A number of banks subsequently failed.  Her guidance kept our bank out of trouble.  After quickly rising in the bank she went on to become President of a mid-sized regional bank.  A few years later she went on to REI, the outdoor equipment co-op geared to hikers, bikers and climbers, where she became the CEO after a short period.  She has a deep understanding of the value of our National Parks and wilderness areas, she has executive experience in business, understands the oil business and the use of our natural resources.  Most importantly she is not a politician with ties to the industries that exploit federal lands or senators with axes to grind.  As you can tell, I'm excited by this nomination.  Great choice for interior.

      Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself. Harry Truman

      by ratcityreprobate on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:02:15 AM PST

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      •  And great information for the rest of us (0+ / 0-)

        to counter the outrage from our crazy uncles and neighbors.  Thanks!

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:27:47 AM PST

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