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People have said environmentalism is dead.  Well, Congressman Pombo is creating so much legislation to hurt the environment that it will hopefully revive the environmental movement.

"One day after Congress Pombo's (R-CA) bill to raze the Endangered Species Act passed out of committee, Pombo released a draft bill to sell off America's National Parks and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and America's coasts to dangerous drilling. The irresponsible legislation fails to decrease oil dependence or save consumers money, but instead focuses bizarrely on items like selling naming rights and advertising in National Parks and destroying millions of acres of the heritage Americans cherish. The draft bill comes on the heels of Congressman Tancredo's (R-CO) radical bill to sell off 15 percent of America's public land.

http://www.sierraclub.com/pressroom/releases/pr2005-09-23.asp

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I keep hearing Ed Schultz talking about the price gouging.  I have read diaries referring to it at the Daily Kos.  And it certainly feels like price gouging when I fill up the tank on my car.  I drive a 1998 Neon.  I do not take good care of it.  I am really uninterested in car maintenance.

But I am concerned about gas prices and their affect on my disposable income.  However, I am even more worried that the rising fuel costs will keep people from traveling.  I am the Director of Sales of a hotel near the Mall of America.  We are depended on travel from feeder cities.  People come from all over the five state area and they drive to stay with us.  I am very frustrated knowing that George Bush and other Republicans are all under the control of big oil companies.  Our government is not going to do a damn thing about this price gouging and it is going to have a negative affect on our economy.

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I filled up my car today paying $2.69 a gallon.  It felt like a good deal.  I am grateful I am not paying over $3.00 a gallon.   My husband and I have been car pooling some to work lately.  But it requires getting out of bed earlier.  Sometimes we choose cuddling.

While I am very aware of my own dependence on oil, Icannot imagine life without my car.    Yet I still get angry when I see more and more headlines about how our government is scrounging and searching for more oil to take from the earth.


The U.S. Forest Service will propose regulations to shorten the environmental reviews of small oil-drilling projects in national grasslands, an Agriculture Department official said Friday.

The proposal would affect grasslands covering about 4 million acres in a dozen states in the Great Plains and West.

http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=8764

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Fri Aug 26, 2005 at 12:17 PM PDT

Bush's claims on fuel economy standards.

by Boppy

As we purchase gas at the highest price we ever have in the U.S., George Bush wants to look good.  He is all image.  Perception is reality.  His handlers certainly try to control the public perception of him but he isn't doing so well lately.  So the adminstration is calling for new fuel econmy standards.  Wow.  This must have taken a lot of thought.  Can't you hear them talking? "How can we improve Bush's image?  Pretend to do something about the high gas prices."

The Bush administration has announced fuel economy standards.  The rules will increase slightly the fuel economy standards for minivans, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles starting in 2008.  It seems like a token effort.  They undoubtedly hope it will prop up Bush's dismal approval ratings.

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Republicans next month may try to open new U.S. offshore areas to oil and gas drilling in a move that would bring in billions of dollars in new revenue and let politicians claim progress in boosting domestic energy supplies at a time of record prices.

http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=8599

Of course, this is what the Republicans will do.  What makes matters worse, they will succeed.  They passed their energy bill.  Energy executives and industry lobbyists had been working on variations of this bill for five years.  It focuses more on oil companies and nuclear power rather than truly the continued development of alternative energy sources.  They legislation calls for an inventory of oil and gas resources in the Outer Continental Shelf, which can damage fisheries and sensitive coastal areas.

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Tue Aug 23, 2005 at 04:59 PM PDT

National school plan

by Boppy

I live in Minnesota.  I went to public schools and thought they very good.  Of course, I was middle-class kid in a wealthy suburb.  I didn't know at the time my school was good in part due to high property taxes.  

Then as I left the sheltered rock under which my parents liked me to live, I realized not everyone has the same opportunities in school because not all public schools are the same.

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Fri Aug 19, 2005 at 08:02 PM PDT

Something good from war.

by Boppy

Usually when I read about North Korea, I read about their nuclear arms and the poverty in the country.  I haven't heard much about the Demilitarised Zone between North Korea and South Korea.  I thought of the Demilitarised Zone  as a simple line dividng the two countries.  Turns out it is quite an haven for wildlife.

It has been a no man's land for over 50 years and because of that, the band of land has also become a wildlife sanctuary that is the home to some of the world's rarest birds as well as a variety of plant and animal life.

http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=8552

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Deep sigh. I don't care how well Bush wants to claim the economy is doing.  It isn't going well for a lot of people and the divsion between the have and the have-nots in this country grows larger with each passing day.

While many hospitals in the suburbs surrounding the country's largest cities have closed their doors in the past decade, a new study finds that public hospitals, which typically serve the poor, have been hit the hardest.

Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City report that about 27 percent of public hospitals in the suburbs of large cities and 16 percent of public hospitals in cities have closed between 1996 and 2002, leaving a potentially serious gap in the availability of health care for the vulnerable populations that rely on these hospitals for their medical needs.


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This seems like good news to me so I thought I should share.

 A state district judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss charges of money laundering and accepting illegal political contributions against two associates of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Judge Bob Perkins denied arguments from attorneys for John Colyandro and Jim Ellis that the charges were based on an unconstitutionally vague law and that the indictments were improperly worded.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050810/ap_on_go_co/election_investigation

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Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 05:57 PM PDT

Bush gives Zell Miller a job.

by Boppy

Bush is always paying people back with jobs.  

After snubbing his Democratic Party to deliver the Republican keynote address for President Bush, former Georgia Sen. Zell Miller (news, bio, voting record) seemed a good bet for an ambassadorship, adviser post or maybe even a Cabinet office. On Tuesday, the White House revealed Miller's choice: a seat on the American Battle Monuments Commission.

"I'm just an old man looking after cemeteries," Miller said in an interview Tuesday after President Bush tapped him for the job.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050809/ap_on_go_pr_wh/miller_war_memorials

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Sun Aug 07, 2005 at 08:16 AM PDT

Roberts' views on Title IX

by Boppy

This concerns me.


Civil rights advocates are also concerned about Roberts' views on Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex at schools receiving federal funds.

  At issue in the early 1980s was whether this law applied broadly to all colleges and universities -- including private ones. Because their students received federal aid, some said the law should apply to the college as a whole. Others, including Roberts, said the law should apply only to college departments that receive federal money. And because the athletic departments did not receive federal money, school sports would not be covered, according to this view.
In a 1982 memo, Roberts said the Education Department should not go after the private University of Richmond over allegations that it discriminated against women in its sports programs. "Under Title IX federal investigators cannot rummage willy-nilly through institutions, but can only go as far as the federal funds go," Roberts wrote.


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Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 09:27 PM PDT

What does dKos accomplish?

by Boppy

Three questions:

  1. What does dKos accomplish?

  2.  What more could we be doing at dKos to help the Democrats?

  3. What do you personally get from it?

I am rather addicted myself.  I love the instant information with a liberal slant.  I love reading the bickering in comments.  I like the passionate people who hang out here.

I am firmly convinced we are doing a large part to help the Demcoratic Party change course.  We are hellping the underdogs come back.

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