Their Dirty Little Secret: GOP Senators Say Bailouts Worked — Just Please Don’t Tell Anyone!

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/gop-senators-dirty-little-secret.php?ref=fpb

It’s a pretty simple calculation: We’re still here and now slowly recovering, so it would seem both the bailouts and stimulus worked.

It’s fairly ironic. Many railed against the stimulus, lost the vote, then claimed credit when it started flowing to their districts. Now they’ve got a vote *for* something that worked on their records and they have to rail against it.

Delicious, the irony is.

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WHO study has no clear answer on phones and cancer

http://us.mobile.reuters.com/mobile/m/AnyArticle/p.rdt?URL=http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE64F0J420100516

Looks fairly inconclusive, but we had waaay less cell phone use when it started. The newer, longer study mentioned in the article should help clear things up. Personally I think they shoulde be looking at hip/bone cancer as well (not just brain), particularly in men as we keep our phone in out pockets far more than next to our heads. This is especially true for hands-free users and smart phone users, as they continue to use the radiating devices for data even when the phone isn’t technically “in use” (i.e. Held up next to your ear).

The Republican strategy against Kagan clarifies

http://abcnews.go.com/m/screen?id=10660627

“She, as Dean of the Harvard Law School, took an effort to block the American military from the Harvard campus all the way to the Supreme Court during a war,” former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Saturday night an NRA convention. “And that is an act so unbecoming of an American that she should be disqualified from the very beginning.”

Kagan, currently serving as solicitor general, wrote vividly about her decision regarding military recruiting in 2005 in a letteraddressed to the Harvard Law School community.

“I have said before how much I regret making this exception to our antidiscrimination policy. I believe the military’s discriminatory employment policy is deeply wrong — both unwise and unjust. And this wrong tears at the fabric of our own community by denying an opportunity to some of our students that other of our students have,” Kagan wrote. “The importance of the military to our society — and the great service that members of the military provide to all the rest of us — heightens, rather than excuses, this inequity.”

Amid some reporting on Kagan’s personal life, Tapper asked Sessions how far is too far in that area.

“I think you’ve got to be careful about that,” Sessions said. “I don’t believe that is a fundamental judgment call on whether a person can be a good judge or not.”

This is going to tricky, on the one hand they want to paint her as UnAmerican @trade, because of her support for the rights of homosexual Americans, but they have to clarify that they don’t think she is UnAmerican because she *is* a homosexual American (despite believing such and supporting policies that take rights away from the same group).

I think they’ll fail in this tightrope act.

Impact and size of Gulf oil spill still in question

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gIXWYBTpLtSayJtg41LKXpxSxVPAD9FO17L00

Oil has been spewing since the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 people and sinking two days later. The government shortly afterward estimated the spill at 210,000 gallons — or 5,000 barrels — a day, a figure that has since been questioned by some scientists who fear it could be far more. BP executives have stood by the estimate while acknowledging there’s no way to know for sure.

After seeing the video in the leak, which seemed to shooting out hundreds of gallons a second (200 gallons a second = 12000 gallons an hour = 288000/day), I’m less than confident in BP’s revised estimate (which was revised on day three or four). If they were off, we have to multiply the total by days since the explosion and the new estimates.

Considering the 5,000 feet the oil has to rise, and the natural tides of the Gulf, there seems to be some serious “iceberg” potential in this catastrophe (i.e. We can’t see 90% of the problem).

Finally, when cosidering this news item and your feelings re: BP, weigh the environmental impact of this event vs the environmental impact of all those commercials where BP was patting themselves on the back for being so “green”.