aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Here’s an OSX icon set based on the illustrations.
Neighbors already have a giant lighted blow-up pumpkin and witch and the Christmas section at K-Mart opened last week.
Drum on Bush on Oil
Kevin Drum says Bush’s comments on oil conservation “show off practically everything that’s wrong with his governing instincts:”
First, he talks about conservation but asks only that people “pitch in.” He is unwilling to propose any serious government action to reduce oil use.
Second, he talks about environmental restrictions disliked by the energy industry. On this score, unlike the first, he is happy to propose government action.
Third, at the end of a discussion directed solely at oil use, he suggests that nuclear power is part of the answer, seemingly oblivious to the fact that nuclear power is a source of electricity, an industry that uses virtually no oil. Increased use of nuclear power would have no effect on oil consumption at all.
From the frying pan
A leading Republican donor and fundraiser was elected chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting yesterday, tightening conservative control over the agency that oversees National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service.
Cheryl F. Halpern, a New Jersey lawyer and real estate developer, won approval from the CPB’s board. She succeeds a close board ally, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, who stirred controversy earlier this year by contending that public broadcasting favors liberal views. Tomlinson’s term as chairman had expired, but he will remain a member of the board.
The board also elected another conservative, Gay Hart Gaines, as its vice chairman. Gaines, an interior decorator by training, was a charter member and a chairman of GOPAC, a Republican fundraising group that then-Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) used to engineer the GOP takeover of the House in 1994.
With the changes, conservatives with close ties to the Bush administration have assumed control of every important position at the agency, which distributes about $400 million in federal funds to noncommercial radio and TV stations and is supposed to act as a buffer against outside political influence.
I hold out virtually no hope for Public Broadcasting ever becoming what I believe it should be.
Let’s all watch now for the new conservative arguments in favor of it.
Climate change & hurricanes
What I’ll be interested to see the shift in public opinion on the topic in the months ahead. After storms and the coming winter’s heating bills, I expect a big one.