While we flipped back and forth between MNF and the Presidential debate, we were reminded of the time Richie Cunningham ran for student body president at UWM (stick with us here…).
As Mitt Romney was laying out his seven points of how to fix the economy (seven?), and Rick Perry continued to quip back at him, it took us back to Richie the C’s twenty-two points (“angled parking“), and his opponent’s two points: “Shorter classes, and beer on campus!”
We’re not saying it is an exact analogy or anything, but even after the crowd carried away the other guy, Richie won the election.
(Rick Santorum as Potsie. Michelle Bachmann as Joanie. And starring Tom Bosley as New Gingrich…)
[And no apologies to those of you either too old or too young to understand any of this…]
Feel free to give your own analysis in the comments. (But if any of you start a “Saved by the Bell” analogy, so help us, you will be banned!)
For those of you still confused about what goes on in the Ogallala aquifer, Channel 10/11 (which is it???) talked to hydrologist Prof. Jim Goeke, and he explains, very clearly, why those freaking out about a potential oil spill and contamination of the aquifer ARE WRONG.
Do yourself a favor, and educate yourself by watching this three minute piece:
And for those of you too lazy to watch (yeah, we’re looking at YOU lazy bones!), let us quote from the piece:
(Goeke) tells 10/11, “Hydrologically it’s impossible, with 75% of the aquifer is west and up gradient.”
Meaning if there were a leak in the pipeline, contaminated water can’t travel upstream.
Goeke says, “So that puts everything west of the pipeline out of play.”
And Goeke adds if there were a contamination, the structure, water flow and make-up of the aquifer would keep it very localized.
“It would probably be within a mile or two of the pipeline, of the right of way, so it’s going to be very localized if there’s a spill.”
So somehow a different route, with a longer pipeline going over more rivers and streams makes more sense?
“Windmills not oil spills, and BEER ON CAMPUS!”
As long as we are talking pipeline, here are a couple more linky-loos for ya:
Wall Street Journal: Canada’s Oil Sands Are a Jobs Gusher
National Review: Ten Reasons Why the Keystone Pipeline Will Be Built
And if you really want to dig deep, here is the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement.
And after Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza gave his Endorsement Hierarchy.
There are eleven levels (The National Endorsement, The Celebrity Endorsement, etc.)
We noted #9, third from the bottom:
The “Me for Me” Endorsement: Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) endorsing Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D) Senate campaign.
Seems about right.