Alaska and Horizon airlines are charging heterosexual people some 10% more for airfare than they require homosexuals to pay. Now that's just bizarre.
Meanwhile, King County Councilwoman Jane Hague also gets special treatment - 0.135 and 0.141 blood alcohol content in a state where intoxication is defined as 0.08 or above is okay. If you're a councilwoman, anyway. If you blew those levels, claiming you'd only had "a couple of glasses of wine" with dinner...do you think you'd get off?
Note: updated to include data submitted by thebastige. Thanks!
What a surprise! The Wall Street Journal notes: Ethanol Craze Cools As Doubts Multiply. As you've seen here before, ethanol truly is a craze. Now, the WSJ is taking note. As predicted, diverting food crops to fuel production has driven up the price of food and really doesn't do much to lessen dependence upon petroleum. A recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development concluded that biofuels "offer a cure [for oil dependence] that is worse than the disease." A National Academy of Sciences study said corn-based ethanol could strain water supplies.
As noted here before, each corn plant transpires around two gallons of water per day, and as water vapor is by far the most significant of the so-called "greenhouse gases", it makes no environmental sense to grow corn for conversion into biofool. Moreover, the effects of doing so translate into a global degradation of the overall food supply: prices for beef, pork, and chicken must escalate in response to diminished availability of feed. The same applies to milk prices, of course, and to corn meal - which affects the costs involved to make tacos and tortillas. Already, Mexico has expressed concern over corn meal, which is a dietary staple for many in that country.
Now that even environmeddlists are joining with foreign governments and economists to note the downside of biofool, the WSJ is taking note of what has been observed here for quite some time. They're a little late to the dance, but at least they've put in an appearance.
There's a reason why it's been referred to as biofool here, and for so long.
The Breck Girl's plan is (unsurprisingly) really simple: when you send in your taxes, you also get to send in a form from your insurance company which states that you and any dependents are covered. If you don't the IRS notifies your local health care agency - a brand-new bureaucracy - and they will decide what sort of coverage you should have. They'll then enroll you in a plan, and bill you for monthly payments. What happens if you don't make the payments? Well, then the federal government garnishes your wages for back premiums, plus interest, plus any collection costs. In view of the fact that if the feds or the state owe you a tax refund, they pay you no interest on the overpayment, the garnishment part of the plan is a really special touch.
In a surprising move, Islamists in Sudan say that a 15-day jail sentence given to the teacher who let her students name a teddy bear 'Mohammed' is tough, but fair. Did you buy into that? Didn't think so. Actually: Thousands of Islamic fanatics wielding clubs and knives are marching through the streets of Khartoum demanding the execution of teddy bear teacher Gillian Gibbons.
It's just going to keep happening, you know. Unless you let go of the magical mystery Clinton Couple, this sort of thing is just going to go on and on. We were promised, among others broken, the most ethical administration in the history of the country. Yeah, right. What we got was perhaps the least ethical administration in the history of the country. And darn - a big fundraiser for Mrs. Bill Clinton was only a couple of weeks away, but the host had the misfortune to be indicted for bribery. Don't Hsu just hate when that happens?
That pudgy little nutjob rolled into Iraq for a short visit, and sonofagun if he didn't find the situation had improved. Remember, this is the guy who claimed that the war was over, and the USA had lost. He still doesn't quite have the guts to admit that he was all screwed up, though he now admits that the Surge is working. It seems ironic that a fat little turkey showed up during Thanksgiving, yet somehow managed to escape being cooked.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has long been conferred a mantle of legitimacy by the mainstream media - and has long been reviled by conservatives, who understand all too well what the public-relations arm of AlQuaeda is really all about. Interestingly, our Liberal counterparts have come to understand them as well:
If you think that only those on the right take issue with CAIR, think again. In point of fact, the organization is so obviously in the pocket of terrorists that even some of our most left-wing politicians have condemned them. Just consider the following quotations, the first three of which are by liberal Democrats:
“[CAIR is] unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its associations with groups that are suspect.” – Senator Richard Durbin
“We know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism . . . intimate links with Hamas.” – Senator Chuck Schumer
“To praise [CAIR] because they haven’t been indicted is like somebody saying, ‘I’m not a crook.’” – Senator Barbara Boxer
“Time and again [CAIR] has shown itself to be nothing more than an apologist for groups bent on the destruction of Israel and Islamic domination over the West.” – Congressman Bill Shuster
When even the likes of "Turban" Durban recognizes the terrorist links to CAIR, the party's over. The credibility of CAIR is pretty well shot. And while our liberal friends are a bit late to the event, it's to their credit that they showed up. It's nice to know that they can recognize a threat. Now for the big question: are they willing to take steps to neutralize that threat?
This looked at first as though it might be a story about the Guv feeling the same way that many of us do regarding the general gas emanating from Salem. Like maybe the stories of the lurid ties between him and his old buddy Neil were finally forcing him to consider decriminalizing the possession of Pepto Bismol. Nope, wrong again. This story's about the Guv's view on LNG terminals - and surprisingly, he doesn't appear to support a statewide prohibition on construction of such facilities. In an era where everybody from Portland's Fireman Randy on out seems to support banning everthing from spray paint to duct tape to exhaling within 50 feet of any building, this is actually a news event.
"It's unreal to think we can supply all of our growing energy needs just through renewables," Carrier said last week. "Any new energy source that adds to additional supply is probably in Oregon's best interest.
It's significant to see that Ted's not looking at wind as the answer to Oregon's energy requirements.
That's the actual headline. At first glance, it seemed reasonable to believe that Gordo had moved into a new home and was now on his way to becoming an actual Republican. As it turns out, Gordo was in Hillsboro to mark the opening of a new residential facility for treatment of mentally disturbed individuals. That's a worthy cause, but the headline really had me going for a minute, there.