I love our National Parks — and so much of our federal, public lands. I hiked in the Shenandoah last month, camped on BLM land just outside Arches a few weeks ago and played in the Escalante earlier this Spring. Last summer I went to a couple of our iconic National Parks — the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Yosemite.
Right-wingers couldn’t have been more thrilled to read a Reuters story revealing that GM is losing $49k on every Chevy Volt. Electric car haters and anti-government zealots rejoice! Except, Reuters — and the threejournalists bylined on this story — it turns out are really bad at basic business math.
I don’t know that there is any connection between what I’m about to write about and Mitt Romney’s risky and clumsy attacks on the president over the events in Cairo and Benghazi, but it does make you wonder….
Here in its entirety is Dylan Byers’ Politicopost late yesterday on a new batch of threats from leading conservative gabbers that a loss on November 6 would justify a dissolution of the GOP:
During Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he believed the government should defund Planned Parenthood. Rather than receiving taxpayer funds, O'Reilly declared, Planned Parenthood should "be funded like Catholic charities, by individuals who believe in Planned Parenthood's mission." O'Reilly explained that he didn't want his tax money given to organizations with which he has differing views.
Submitted by Alyssa Figueroa on Tue, 2012-09-11 17:18
Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 17:07
Bradley Birkenfield, a former Swiss banker, will receive a $104 million whistleblower reward from the IRS for providing the U.S. government with details concerning his former bank, UBS AG, and their offshore banking activities.
Birkenfield’s lawyers announced the award today, one even stating, “Today is a great day for tax fairness … Today is a terrible day for big-time tax cheats."
Submitted by Alyssa Figueroa on Tue, 2012-09-11 15:57
Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 15:52
Adnan Latif, a Guantánamo prisoner who was on a hunger strike to protest his innocence, died this past Saturday. Latif, a Yemeni man who had spent more than a decade in Guantánamo, was identified today. He had been accused of training with the Taliban, though he denied this accusation and was never charged. Military reports show Latif was cleared, but remained held in Guantánamo because the U.S. does not allow prisoners to return to Yemen, as it considers the country unstable. Yet, 55 of the 167 Guantánamo prisoners are Yemeni.
Submitted by Alyssa Figueroa on Tue, 2012-09-11 14:58
Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 14:54
First responders to World Trade Center have suffered major medical problems, both physical – caused by exposure to toxic dust – and mental. Some 1,000 deaths have been linked to illnesses caused by the environmental hazards at Ground Zero.