LeDaro: U.S Government shutdown-update

John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, is very unhappy because Republican Representatives don’t listen to him. He is crying like a baby. Maybe he thinks it will hurt Repugs.

LeDaro: Boehner and Pelosi Negotiating "Fiscal Cliff" Legislation

It was too hard on poor Boehner – The Speaker of the House of Representatives.

LeDaro: Fiscal Cliff Negotiations: Boehner To Harry Reid "Go f**k yourself."

So this is the state of Republican Congressional leadership. With tension around fiscal cliff negotiations in the House of Representatives, Speaker of the House John Boehner is reported to have pointed at Senate majority leader – Democrat Harry Reid – and said, “Go f**k yourself.” “What are you talking about?” Reid asked. Boehner’s reply again, ...

DeSmogBlog: Look to Canada for Proof that Neither Presidents Nor Pro-Drilling Policies Control Gas Prices

Gas nozzle-cide.jpg Another Spring, another round of totally uninformed and illogical arguments about gas prices. You could be forgiven if you’re feeling some deja vu. As conservatives and Congressional Republicans scramble to blame the president for rising gas prices, you might have the feeling that we’ve been here before. Oh, that’s right. It was just ...

DeSmogBlog: Demise of Keystone XL Means More Bakken Shale Gas Flaring

NA-Pipeline-Map-Theodora.png Damned if we do, damned if we don't – this is the CliffsNotes version of the ongoing Keystone XL pipeline debate. President Barack Obama recently halted TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, which would bring tar sands crude, or dilluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Alberta, B.C. through the heart of the U.S., to Gulf Coast refineries near Port ...

DeSmogBlog: Congressmembers Implicated in Insider Stock Trading on TransCanada, Keystone XL Pipeline

shutterstock_89794186.jpg When it comes to TransCanada Corporation's Keystone XL pipeline approval process, corruption has been rampant, as well covered by DeSmogBlog as it unfolded. The Keystone XL pipeline, currently in limbo, would carry tar sands crude — a thick and dirty fossil fuel called bitumen — from the Alberta tar sands through the heartland region and eventually ...

the reeves report: The Onion takes aim at dysfunctional US Congress

Earlier this afternoon, The Onion, a satirical news organization, tweeted “BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building.” The initial reaction from The Onion’s followers was trepidation, at best. The Onion is known as a satirical source of “news” that most know to take with a grain of salt. But what if they ...

DeSmogBlog: As The World Warms, Environmental Protections Put On The Back Burner

global-warming1.jpg After a year that has so far produced record-breaking snowstorms, droughts, floods, and violent hurricanes and tornadoes, environmental protections are once again being scaled back. Against the best advice of experts, the U.S. EPA has decided to delay issuing new rules for greenhouse gas emissions, the deadline for which is September 30th. This marks ...

RedBedHead: Americans Hate Congress Want Jobs

This New York Times poll is interesting. It shows that despite the media onslaught and the lies pumped out by the Republicans, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that creating jobs ought to be a higher priority than making cuts. If we broke it down by class, I’m certain that amongst working class people – the ...

RedBedHead: After The Debt Ceiling: Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Economic Meltdown

It must have been pretty weak pixie dust, that debt ceiling agreement that was supposed to stave off imminent collapse, put America on a sound economic footing and bring sunshine and joy to the democratic peoples of the earth, because its affect on the mood of the world’s stock markets lasted about thirty two seconds. ...

LeDaro: US Debt Ceiling Fiasco

American exceptionalism and equal opportunity for all!!!!

RedBedHead: Republocrats Agree To Sodomize Americans, Fund Israel

…and I don’t mean sodomy in the fun frolicky sense of the world. What I mean is that they’ve agree that the deficit will not be “fixed” by raising taxes on the wealthy – whose tax breaks (along with multiple unwinnable and expensive wars & a defence budget that is unspeakably high) caused the deficit ...

Progressive Proselytizing: A not so clever move in a broken political game

Previously: A clever move in a broken political game Unlike a couple weeks ago, the Aug 2nd deadline really, really, is approaching fast. There was a time when playing empty political games to try and win a bit of public opinion was, perhaps, even logical. That time has now passed. Instead of getting serious or ...

RedBedHead: Could US Debt Debate Fragment The Republicans?

Tea Party Republicans: ready to go all the way Republican House Speaker John Boehner must be wondering at this moment what to do with his rather large embarrassment of riches – with the emphasis on embarrassment. The mid-terms swept Republicans into decisive control of Congress and shifted the terrain of official debate distinctly to the ...

RedBedHead: US Debt War Will Lead To Recession

Hate to say it folks but there’s about a snowball’s chance in hell that the world won’t have returned to recession by the end of this year. There are many factors involved that make this likely – the necessary slowing of China’s growth, the defaults and austerity packages rolling around the south of Europe and ...