Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More Shit Spewing out of Texas — Just What the Country Needs

They’re already trying to dumb down an already dumber-than-dirt education system with their retarded "history" books. Isn’t that enough?

And now, Texas’ biggest oil companies are trying to insert themselves into the internal politics of another state. A California initiative has already gotten enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

If this initiative gets passed in November, it will overturn California’s climate change law. This ballot measure is being pushed by millions of everyday California citizens who are concerned about the economy the oil industry, particularly Valero Energy Inc. and Tesoro Corp., both from Texas.

I thought the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) initiative — defeated by California voters two weeks ago — was the most blatant corporate hijacking of the initiative process I’d ever heard of. (I already posted about that here and here.)

But at least PG&E is a California company. I hope California’s voters will tell these all-hat-and-no-cattle rednecks to get the fuck out of California and go back to Texas with their own kind.

And how’s this for a euphemism: this oil industry power grab is titled “the California Jobs Initiative.”

Governor Schwarzenegger is determined to fight this oil industry takeover. California’s climate change law is part of Schwarzenegger’s legacy. He was the Great White Hope for millions of rightwads when he became governor in 2003, but then he went all RINO and treehugger on them. He said:

“This initiative sponsored by greedy Texas oil companies would cripple California's fastest-growing economic sector, reverse our renewable energy policy and decimate our environmental progress for the benefit of these oil companies' profit margins. I will not allow this to happen on my watch.”

You go Governator.

Another opponent of the Big Oil Giveaway said: “The Texas oil companies think if they can kill their clean energy competition in California, they can do it everywhere.”

eBitch Meg Whitman — running for California governor this November — is in favor of this Texas Oil Takeover of the California legislature. I don’t know anything about political strategy, but I think opponents should be running ads asking Meg Whitman which state she wants to govern — Texas or California.

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Of course, eBush would be in favor of it. She's practically the moronic monkey in a dress.

June 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

holy shit...where will these pricks stop, if at all..

June 23, 2010 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

If they kill it in California, they will kill it everywhere. DAMN!!! That's it, no more news for me tonight.

June 23, 2010 at 3:22 PM  
Anonymous squatlo said...

Tom, I tried to post your comment on my blogsite (the blog about iTunes for ED?) but got a strange error code (bx-03qgph) and don't know how to fix problems with this thing. I'm a newbie to blogging, so forgive me. Just wanted you to know I would have posted it had blogger allowed me to... hope you'll check in again and feel free to comment! squatlo (bob)

June 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

You can't expect more from a state whose GOP wants to criminalize oral sex. What kind of man supports that kind of legislation?

June 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

All those billions the oil companies rake in are fuel for just this kind of mischief. I expect we're going to see lots more of it, especially since the Supremes have ruled corporations are persons and money is speech.

We need a constitutional amendment to undo this dangerous idiocy, before the dangerous idiocy is the undoing of our democracy.

June 24, 2010 at 1:29 AM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

Wow. And it's only gonna get worse now that big oil, and every other business on the face of the planet is considered a "person."

Valero world headquarters is only a few miles from where I am. Maybe I'll go leave a steamer on their doorstep every morning.

June 24, 2010 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: "The moronic monkey in a dress" -- LOL. It'll really suck for California if she's the next governor.

Tim: I don't think they will.

Bee: "No more news for me tonight." I know the feeling. Sometimes I wonder why I keep surfing over to those alternate news sites. Sometimes it's more fun to just visit the "mainstream" sites and read all about Lindsay Lohan's latest outburst, missing hikers, etc.

Squatlo: Thanks for the tip. I see my comment did finally print. I had that same problem at several other blogs yesterday. Blogger has been screwing up a lot lately. Other times it's the opposite problem: I get comments here that Blogger won't let me publish. But the price is right :)

Lew: There seems to be an exact formula. The people who are completely "hands off" and libertarian towards large corporate conglomerates -- these same people want individuals to be locked into a "Christian" straitjacket.

SW: It's a vicious circle. The more money they make, the more money they can spend purchasing elections. The more elections they can purchase, the more money they make...

Carlos: LOL. That'll learn 'em.

June 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

It won't pass here rest assured. Too many of us are informed as far as climate change and are unwilling to let this go without a fight. You heard it from me here first :). Ahnuld wants his legacy to be greening CA, and I have no doubts he will fight against this initiative also.

No way Whitman makes it either. People I have been talking to reps and dems and indies are telling me they are voting for Jerry Brown. They remember what it was like when he was in office, yeah some of them are that old.

June 24, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I hope you're right about both of those things. I can't imagine California voters falling for a scam sponsored by Texas oil tycoons, but you never know.

I hope Brown gets elected. It seems like too many voters might think of him as just a relic from the '70s.

June 24, 2010 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger T. Paine said...

Wow. Jerry Moonbeam Brown is just what California needs to push the state over the precipice and into the abyss.

The mismanagement and nutjob entitlement mentality that is so prevalent there has nearly bankrupted the state. A return to "Governor Brown" will not fix the problem but will only heap on more to the burden.

I really appreciate the fact that a majority of Californians could care less, because this way the rest of us tax payers in the United States can pick up the slack for their foolishness.

There is a reason why most people in the rest of the United States do not like California. This will not help their case, for sure.

June 25, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

TP: "There is a reason why most people in the rest of the United States do not like California."

Huh? That seems like an awfully simplistic comment. How do you know whether "most people" like or don't like a certain state? I sometimes slam the red states (their politics, not the people themselves) but I can't imagine saying "most people don't like Mississippi/Arizona."

I liked Jerry Brown when he was governor; I was a California resident for part of that time. But he has 1970s stamped all over him. It would be too easy for the Republican campaign to caricature him.

June 25, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

Mississippi may have more than it's share of asshole rednecks, but some of the best american music came out of the Delta, didn't it?

As for California...hello, Beach Boys, Doors, etc. etc. Need I say more?

June 25, 2010 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I agree with Carlos' strategy. I wouldn't be able to leave one on Valero's doorstep every morning, but mailing one to them now and then... there's an idea!

"Most people in the rest of the United States do not like California"...? This may be an example of the Fallacy of Hasty Generalization, in which the conclusion that is drawn is based upon a small or unrepresentative sample. For example, if a person's circle of friends does not like California, that does not have to mean that "most people in the rest of the United States do not like California".

Conversely (and to be fair, and because I think he is a good guy), while I perceive the commentor who made that statement (TP) is of the right-wing stripe, I therefore should not make the claim that all conservatives don't like California.

I also hope Jerry Brown can get elected governor of California, but I think he WILL have a hard time overcoming the hippy-dippy 70s image thing. I can't wait to see if there will be Republican anti-Brown TV ads featuring sitars, gurus, swirling psychedelic colors, swaying hippies, and late Sixties music by bands like Moby Grape and the Strawberry Alarm Clock!

In Oregon, we have a choice between former governor and Democrat John Kitzhaber and a former NBA player Chris Dudley (Republican), whose current bunch of TV ads mostly just talk about what a great guy he is, but don't say a thing about what he would do to "fix" things in a way that is new or inventive, or that would be unlike what I see as the general approach of the modern-day Republican party.

In running a former player from a beloved local sports team, is this GOP strategey representative of the Fallacy of Appeal to Popularity? I.e. "Because I am a Blazers fan, maybe I should vote for Dudley!" Is my cynical suspicion of the GOP unfounded? I don't know... they have been pretty desperate in Oregon in recent years!

A fun site to check out for stuff on fallacies of argument is http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/index.html#index .

Also, a book I highly recommend is "The Bum's Rush: the Selling of Environmental Backlash" by Don Trent Jacobs, in which the author does a pretty good job of showing how Rush Limbaugh uses argumental fallacies in persuading people to reach false conclusions.

He uses Rush as an example, but after reading the book I started looking at comments by newscasters, statements in letters to the editor, and comments by people on weblogs in a totally different light... and I started being a bit more careful about how I presented my own arguments. Good stuff!

June 26, 2010 at 1:17 AM  

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