When Governor Dave Heineman announced that he was calling for a Special Session of the Legislature, Nebraska Watchdog’s Joe Jordan dug into his video vault to check Heineman on the issue.
Here is what he found:
To quote Heineman (for you non-watching lazybones…):
I’m not gonna waste taxpayer money — $10,000 a day — just to call ’em in to have a debate on this issue.
And then you ask, well what facts have changed since then?
And of course the answer is, absolutely none.
Now that is neither here nor there now, but it is certainly telling when the Governor puts forth his new positions.
And as you can see in Jordan’s vid, he suggests that Governor Dave may be considering changing his view about running for Senate as well. Many commenters — and a few insiders — have expressed this view.
It is certainly possible. And it’s not like he would be the first to change his mind on something like that. But we would be amazed like Paul McCartney (and
WingsLinda) if Heineman made that kind of flip.
But we noted that the Governor wants you to use only your non-PhD, “common sense” when deciding whether or not the current route for the pipeline is appropriate. (You know, as opposed to a 35 year expert on the Ogallala Aquifer and the Sandhills, Jim Goeke.)
Well OK, we’ll try.
So here is an outstanding analysis by someone whom we are guessing is not a hydrogeologist (like Goeke), in the LJS: Local View: Zero chance of large-scale, long-term contamination from pipeline
Sandhill ranchers and farmers have been spreading used oil to suppress dust for almost 100 years. Untold thousands of gallons of used oil were spread each year. In fact, during the 1950s and early 1960s, towns and cities in Nebraska spread hundreds of train carloads of partially distilled crude oil, (thinned with naphtha or benzene to make it less viscous), on their streets to hold down dust. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of this material were spread over the Ogallala Aquifer. Was it the right thing to do?
Maybe not, but it seemed right at the time, and it did demonstrate the fantastic filtering capacity of sand, as any Boy Scout knows.
So although water continued to move down through the sand, the combination of ionic exchange and microbial action within the sandy soil tied up and neutralized the contaminated crude oil to keep it from moving very far within the aquifer.
Very interesting analysis, from both sides the argument, and worth your 3 minutes to read.
And for four and a half minutes of your time, the AFPers have decided to…Occupy Ben Nelson! They have chosen to make it a weekly thing, instead of a daily thing like those in other places.
So intrepid videographer Jeremy Jensen set out to find out their beefs, and to (probably) see if they are more focused in their complaints and demands than the other “Occupy” groups.
Only problem is Jeremy failed to find out just how much organic food and cigarettes they are asking for….
And finally, speaking of cigarettes, do check out this actual Herman Cain for President ad.
This has the real potential to lock up the smoker vote for Herman…
And for those of you smokers now deciding to go as “Herman Cain’s campaign manager” for Halloween…c’mon. A much better idea? Go to Amazon.com, via Leavenworth Street’s Amazon link, and get yourself a real costume — like a Zombie Herman Cain Campaign Manager! You can still get it shipped overnight, and you will be sending a little love L.St.’s way — at no extra cost to you!
And thank you very much to everyone who has already clicked that way.