First, bummer about Tom Becka, our favorite “woodpecker on crack” (as a caller once named him) getting the pink slip from KFAB. Apparently it is 100% based on budget cuts, and the parting has been amicable.
(And you know it’s a big deal when the OWH actually recognizes in print that other media outlets exist in the state. Who knew?)
Tom has hashed through all the big issues in politics in Omaha and Nebraska and we will miss not hearing him via the KFAB blowtorch. We wish him the best and look forward to hearing him again soon.
And as a commenter noted, our post title yesterday (“Killing the radio star“), was purely a Buggles reference to the number of videos we had up, as opposed to anything related to Becka.
Omaha attorney Dave Domina has kindly sent his $.02 to the Legislature regarding their authority to affect siting of the Keystone XL Pipeline. And, oh yeah, he was hired for this by Bold Nebraska. So have any idea where his memo might be coming down on the issue? This comes on the heels of the Sierra Club’s lawyer saying the same thing. Gee, we wonder what Occupy Wall Street’s lawyers think???
The area to be crossed includes the pristine Ogallala aquifer and the fragile Nebraska Sandhills.
And no, Domina surprisingly wasn’t sending a travel brochure to state Senators.
Here’s the deal: IS there an argument that can be made that a state can put the pipeline anywhere it wants? Sure, you can make that argument. But would the legislation stand up to the Commerce clause IN COURT. Place your bets on that, kiddos.
Because if that’s OK, then you could have South Dakota say the pipe has to end south of Rapid City and Nebraska say it has to begin north of Norfolk. Then what do you do? You can’t connect them by Wi-Fi. The Feds have to determine an interstate route, not the states.
Of course absent from this legaleze is any discussion of SHOULD you change the route. You know, beyond using the words “pristine”, “fragile”, “treasure” or “precious”…
So you can bet the Boldies and their lawyer are telling the legislature, “Yeah, pass some laws! Damn the consequences in court!” Because if it has to go to court, the better chance it gets bogged down, and the better chance TransCanada says, “Screw it, we’ll sell to China.”
Just remember readers: The Bold Nebraska website says, “Yes you can stop the pipeline”. It doesn’t say, “You can move the pipeline.” Always keep in mind their real motives.
Oh, and guess what network will be covering the Special Session next week. CNBC? Nah. CNN? Nope. Vs? Probably not.
It would be…Al Jazeera! Gosh, wonder why the Ted Turners of the Muslim world are apparently covering the goings-on in a little midwestern state?
Hmm. Have to think about that one for a while.
And we shared the Herman Cain video yesterday of his smoking campaign manager (as in “a cigarette”, not “super attractive”). But that ad has NOTHING on this other one from the former Godfather’s CEO’s camp. It is must-see TV:
You could say that Cain’s campaign is….ehhhh…unconventional…