Friday, December 17, 2010

Bits and Pieces - New Start Edition

European foreign ministers say "ratify New Start." Unfortunately, this seems likely to harden Republican opposition.

Quotes from the senators from Tennessee.

A bit of political analysis. The Republicans asked to offer amendments but are just using up time. More here. And here. If Congress amends the treaty, it would have to be renegotiated with the Russians. However, the Senate's ratification statement could be amended.

Meanwhile, in other news

President Obama has been criticized for not making everything all right all by himself. Now the complaint is that he's not involving enough of us. But the voters seem to have more sense than the pundits.

During the BP blowout last summer, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, one of the Republican Party's up-and-comers, wanted sand berms built to protect the coast against the oil. Scientists and engineers said it was a dumb idea. Now the data is in, was a dumb idea. Reason #592 why scientists are not Republicans.

What if they turned off Niagara Falls? Via.

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