Why Its Sometimes Painful to Be Republican

Idiots like these:

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), the second-most senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which is charged with reviewing Geithner’s nomination, called him “brilliant” and “honest” and said that, despite his tax errors, “I don’t think we can get a better person for this position. . . . He has the kind of background that should be very helpful to us at this time.”

Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah), a close associate of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said: “If I was a traffic officer, I’d say he may have exceeded the speed limit, but he wasn’t weaving out of lanes, he wasn’t drunk and he wasn’t endangering anybody. He may have some explaining to do, but in the end, I think he’s going to be just fine.”

But Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), appearing with Obama at a photo shoot yesterday, urged his colleagues to back off.

“These are huge times. These are not the times to think in small political terms,” Graham said, praising Geithner’s involvement with the Bush administration in crafting the U.S. response to the global financial crisis. “We need a new secretary of Treasury that understands where this country is at financially and has a game plan to move forward. I think he is the right guy.”

Greenpeace – Planting Trees without Approval?

That’s the way I read this story:

Over 1000 trees planted today by 30 Greenpeace volunteers in a central North Island block of land have been pulled out.

The volunteers began at 7.30am today to “re-forest” around 1600 square metres of land that had been cleared for dairy farming.

Greenpeace climate campaigner Simon Boxer said the re-planting campaign was aimed at drawing more attention to the large amounts of forestry land in the Tahorakuri Forest, northeast of Taupo, being converted to dairy farming.

But state owned Landcorp chief executive Chris Kelly which leased the land said the trees had been removed soon after the volunteers left.

“The owners of the land have taken some action, the trees have gone and as I understand it the trees are being donated to a local group,” he said.

Some questions seem to come to mind:

1. Where do these idiots get off just deciding they can come on to land they don’t own and start planting things on it? In America that is known as trespass and is against the law. I guess its different in New Zealand. It seems that something like that is possible based on this:

Greenpeace communications manager Suzette Jackson said police had arrived mid-morning, and warned the volunteers against trespassing further.

“We left then because we weren’t trying to get our team arrested, and we managed to plant all our trees.

2. The owners had to spend money and time to remove all this crap – can they sue Greenpeace to get it back? Would be an interesting test case – but again this would assume that New Zealand has a functioning legal system that actually recognizes personal property.

3. And why is this such a big problem? Apparently its a new front in the war on cow farts.

“It’s not a traditional Greenpeace action. Since we’re just starting to work on the agricultural issues, specially on dairy conversion, we want to start off a lot more calmly.”

Forestry was being replaced with one of the most greenhouse gas-intensive industries possible and emissions in New Zealand were increasing dramatically as a result, he said.

He Should Have Criticized San Francisco

An interesting observation from Frank J:

It’s a really horrible idea to denounce Middle America in San Francisco, but luckily the reverse isn’t true. McCain could bash San Francisco all he wants while in Pennsylvania, and that certainly wouldn’t hurt his chances in a national election. Pretty much the whole country considers San Francisco to be full of weird, useless people. The city is a punchline. The only ones who don’t consider it full of freaks are those who live there… and even half of them have to suspect something.

Woman Celebrating Beating Cancer - With a Head Tattoo?

This is what passes for “normal” in the Democratic Communist People’s Republic