This story heaved itself upon us yesterday and we needed to share. Seems there is a new coalition that hates a deathly form of energy.
No it isn’t part of “Really Intrepid Nebraska” or any such group. This is just the regular ol’ People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (yup, PETA) which hates…windmills. Who could hate those majestic Prius-powering propeller props? Bird lovers.
You see, those giant sideways ceiling fan blades make quick work out of innocent flying animals — in this case the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle — and PETA has brought this to our attention. And “the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department reports that these sky-high blenders slaughter more than 440,000 birds annually, including protected species.” Do they just want new fangeled blades, or do they really want to outlaw all windmills and demand we get our power from safer forms of energy…like nuclear?
We dunno. But this isn’t the first time we have read complaints about windmills. There is a man from Nantucket…who is being driven crazy by the windmills. And they kill our friends the bats as well.
It is just a shame that we care about some of God’s creatures more than others do.
Onto more exciting news, 3rd District Rep. Adrian Smith already has a primary opponent for 2012! It is Dennis Parker of Columbus, who is a music director at his church.
Mr. Parker hates Shariah law and wants to be sure that it doesn’t infect our legal system.
The LJS’s Don Walton recently featured Hal Daub’s plan to fix Social Security.
You can read all the details in the article, but it is generally a bipartisan plan that could be relatively easily adopted.
Hal noted to us as well that,
Most Americans have one thing in common besides being citizens and having a drivers license, and that is a Social Security number, and it is neither Republican nor Democrat.
This very streamlined package is crafted to balance the program, maintain benefits for middle aged and older workers and retirees, provide better benefits to younger workers and make it pretty easy political to accept the minor trade-offs that far left and far right idealoges have.
This program is critical, more critical than Medicare, in fact, which is much harder to rebalance with a $50 Trillion deficit and is now entangled in the Federal Health Care Reform bill that in fact will make it even more fiscally insolvent.
Social Security accounts for 100% of all new monthly income for 30% of all retirees who live to begin collecting Social Security that pays for their rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, groceries, transportation expenses, etc – – living expenses, including some health insurance premiums, and over 50% of new income for living expenses for 50% of those retirees.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is working to make it easier to get bank accounts. Easier, you say? For whom? How? Why?
Well, there are people (cough-cough) who don’t have Social Security numbers (cough-cough) and they use check-cashing stations instead of banks. So bankers want these folks (cough-cough) to put their money with them instead.
Probably a win-win for bankers. And we aren’t real sure what the potential tax implications are for having money in the bank instead of in a mattress.
But some point out that this is yet another way to support those (cough-cough) who for whatever reason (cough-cough) don’t have Social Security numbers or other types of ID. And it cuts down one more obstacle to following the regular rules that everyone else has to follow.
You can decide where you stand on this, but it is something that may be worthy of debate.
And hey, how about Governor Dave hustling out to Illinois to lure Caterpillar to Nebraska?
Seems taxes are getting out of control in the Land of Lincoln and the Gov saw an opportunity to show them what The Good Life is all about.
(Wait, I thought the only way to increase revenue in the state is by raising taxes?)
This just in:
Miss America, Teresa Scanlan from Gering, Nebraska, at the Nebraska Breakfast in DC!