Archive for August 7th, 2012
WC is once again trying to chase down the loose ends on previous posts. Once again, the Magpie Principle applies.
Kenneth Champ, would-be dope kingpin, sewage pumping czar and the Pride of Houston (Alaska), was busted for a marijuana grow when he called the cops when confronted by the cops. WC can’t make this stuff up. He ended up charged with fourteen felonies and misdemeanors, and since December 2011 has been out on $25,000 bail. He is scheduled to plead guilty on August 29, 2012 to a reduced set of charges. He managed to attract the attention of the Office of Special Prosecutions, who are generally pretty competent. WC doesn’t know Champ’s lawyer, Joshua Fannon, but WC extends his sympathies, regardless. If or when Champ is sentenced, WC will try to pass along what happened.
North Carolina’s bill denying sea level rise has become law. It was passed by the state legislature and Gov. Bev Perdue allowed it to become law without signing the bill (North Carolina doesn’t have a pocket veto). While the bill purports to allow more time to “study” climate change, the practical reality is that for the next four years, at least, buildings on the North Carolina coast will be constructed on the assumption sea level rise hasn’t occurred, isn’t occurring and won’t occur. Next up: setting pi equal to 3.00. Paging King Canute?
Chicken Little, a/k/a Captain Zero, was unable to persuade the State Senate that the sky was falling and that Big Oil needed to be given a couple of billion bucks. His solution was to use the Republican-controlled redistricting process to defeat the troublemakers in the state senate who, you know, actually think, and elect instead candidates who will simply do his bidding. Through a particularly egregious bit of gerrymandering, Senator Joe Thomas, one of the higher profile state senators who opposed Captain Zero, now finds himself in the same Senate District as Senator John Coghill. WC will have some follow up posts on this bucket of worms.
The court-tried civil rights trial against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is grinding to a close. There’s a decent chance this political hack will skate, but the cumulative effect of Department of Justice sanctions, Arizona bar association slaps and exposed bigotry may have driven a stake through the heart of this shambling near-zombie.
And speaking of the shambling dead, U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R., PA) crawled out from whatever political rock he was hiding under to criticize the Freeh Report on Penn State and the NCAA sanctions imposed on its football program. You’d think a U.S. Senator who had supported serial child rapist Jerry Sandusky for a Congressional Angels in Adoption award would be discretely quiet. Remember when Santorum criticized President Obama for urging everyone should go to college? He was worried college students would be pumped full of (gasp!) liberal ideas. In Santorum’s case, it’s evident you couldn’t open the man’s head to a new idea with a jack hammer. This clown was a serious candidate for President?
Some of Royal Dutch “Trust Us” Shell’s drilling fleet has left Dutch Harbor and is en route to the Arctic Ocean. Never mind that its containment barge is still in Seattle, still hasn’t been certified by the U.S. Coast Guard and still hasn’t had its final plans approved. Details, mere details. Is anyone surprised that Royal Dutch “It Never Ran Aground” Shell is the biggest single contributor to the effort to block Initiative 2, the Coastal Zone Management Initiative?
Enough. WC will go throw the frisbee for his blind dog in an effort to calm down.