The court’s decision in the West Virginia v. EPA case decided that the EPA doesn’t have the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
The vote was 6 to 3, with the court’s three liberal members dissenting.
Chief Justice John Roberts, said that Congress had not explicitly given the EPA the authority to regulate emissions.
Excerpt from Justice Roberts:
But the only interpretive question before us, and the only one we answer, is more narrow: whether the “best system of emission reduction” identified by EPA in the Clean Power Plan was within the authority granted to the Agency in Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. For the reasons given, the answer is no.
Here’s the final paragraph of the Opinion of the Court:
Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible “solution to the crisis of the day.” New York v. United States, 505 U. S. 144, 187 (1992). But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d). A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is reversed, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
A tad warmer, a tad stiller, and a tad bluer than yesteday.
Not an awesome day for teeth, but a good one, 21 teeth, including this massive Snaggletooth upper that Georgia found mostly buried, and recognized the root. It barely missed a space on the kitchen window sill by about an eighth of an inch
A T-storm building over Salisbury, according to the radar.
A day later and we're still talking about Cassidy Hutchinson's uncorroborated,
(and dubious) secondhand testimony at the J6 Star Chamber that President Trump
tried to physically carjack "The Beast" (or a different presidential SUV, it's
not entirely clear) for the Secret Service to go the mix up near the Capital.
As Stacy McCain notes, it's
Like an Old REO Speedwagon Song Heard it from a friend who Heard it from a friend who Heard it from
another . . ."
Oh, Trump wasn't in The Beast that day? He was really in an SUV?
wonder where those stupid Trumpalos got that stupid idea from!
right, from Superstar Bombshell Witness Madison Cornbread herself, after
having been -- we thought -- prepared and fact-checked by the All-Star
Blue-Ribbon Panel we know as the January 6th Committee.
So to recap, there were three “bombshells” in yesterday’s testimony. Two of
them have been debunked and the third, that AR-15s were present in the crowd,
has no evidence to back it and is so absurd and impossible as to be laughable.
What a roaring success, right?
But don’t be fooled. This is exactly
what Liz Cheney and the rest of the dishonest hacks on the committee wanted.
They don’t care that they put a liar under oath and had her repeat a bunch of
easily disproven nonsense. The goal here was to garner headlines that will now
become part of the collective psyche. No one will remember the debunkings,
mostly because they won’t even be largely reported.
In March, Ginni became the center of a fabricated controversy related to the
Jan. 6 Committee’s investigation when the panel leaked a series of private
text messages with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. The
messages, 29 in all, revealed a conservative activist pleading with a
government official to continue investigating allegations of election fraud in
the pandemic-era contest, which included record-level turnout in the form of
mail-in voting that was ripe for misconduct.
. . .
Paoletta also outlined skepticism that the committee was operating in good
faith in its desire to bring Ginni before lawmakers, considering her husband
is among the most targeted members of the Supreme Court.
“The extreme social gender experiments being forced onto small children are
nothing short of government-directed child abuse and child sexual
exploitation,” said Stephen Miller, co-founder of
America First Legal.
“These are mafia tactics from Loudoun schools, being
used to sexualize and indoctrinate children as young as five, all in the
name of forcing radical gender ideology onto captive minors. If this was
happening outside the context of a school, the adults engineering and
sanctioning this madness would be under criminal investigation,” added
Miller, who heads the legal outfit with fellow former Trump aide Mark
Pink has a brutal message for any fans of hers who support the overturn of Roe V. Wade, telling them that if they’re anti-abortion, they should stop listening to her music.
“Let’s be clear: if you believe the government belongs in a woman’s uterus, a gay persons business or marriage, or that racism is okay- THEN PLEASE IN THE NAME OF YOUR LORD NEVER F***ING LISTEN TO MY MUSIC AGAIN. AND ALSO FUCK RIGHT OFF. We good?” Pink wrote on Twitter over the weekend.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Pink later got into it with a fan who wrote that he had “never had an abortion. Also have never been with a woman that aborted my child. My wife & I saved our grandson from deletion by providing our complete support for our son & his girlfriend, best thing we’ve ever done.”
“I’m so glad you HAD THE CHOICE TO DECIDE WHAT WAS RIGHT FOR YOU, SIR. Must be nice,” Pink responded.
When another fan joked, “I hope her agent survives the stroke,” Pink fired back by saying, “I am my agent. We’re fine.”
Pink went on to double down on this kind of talk on Sunday.
“I think all of our nerves are collectively fried from so many years of racism, misogyny, homophobia, etc. +pandemics, mass shootings, wars and the total lunacy, hypocrisy, ignorance of the GOP-it’s all a bit much. But we will stick together. Good will prevail over evil,” she wrote.
“And to all of you sad, old white men asking me if I still make music’s,” Pink added. “I realize you’re out of touch- so ask your kids…. Oh wait- you can’t. They hate you.”
Democrats have firmly held Oregon’s gubernatorial office since 1987, but
with the party deeply unpopular and a duo of competitive challengers, that
could change in November.
The race is neck and neck
according to the
most recent polling
coming out of Nelson Research in late May. Former House Minority Leader
Republican Christine Drazan stands at just under 30% and former Democrat
House Speaker Tina Kotek at 28%, while Independent Betsy Johnson lags behind
at roughly 19%. Democratic incumbent Kate Brown cannot run for
After eight years in office, Brown is the
least-popular governor in the nation, according to a Jan. 1-March 31 Morning
poll. During her tenure, Oregon has seen increasing rates of homelessness and
crime, which along with poor government leadership constitute the top three
issues for Oregon’s voters,
Oregon Public Broadcasting polling.
In 2021 Portland alone
92 homicides, an all-time record and stark increase from 36 in 2019. But
Brown nonetheless touts a lenient approach to crime; in April
she granted clemency
to a murderer serving life without parole for the cold-blooded killing of a
teenager, and during riots in Portland in July 2020 she
former President Donald Trump for sending in federal agents to protect a
federal courthouse as local and state police stood by.
approval has been particularly lackluster in more rural counties east of the
Cascade Mountains, nine of which have actually
to leave Oregon to form “Greater Idaho.”
Brown’s stead running on the Democratic ticket is Kotek, a Portland-based
Democrat seen by many as more of the same,
Oregon Public Broadcasting. In announcing her candidacy in January, Kotek
of accomplishments from her time in the state legislature that included
expanding health care coverage to undocumented Oregonians, mandating the use
of lower-polluting auto fuels, increasing the minimum wage, restricting how
local governments can enforce homeless camping bans, expanding gun control
and codifying legal abortion.
I'm not counting this particular chicken yet, but it's interesting that it's so close. Maybe they've had enough.
"Her Fake story that I tried to grab the steering wheel of the White House
Limousine in order to steer it to the Capitol Building is “sick” and
fraudulent, very much like the Unselect Committee itself – Wouldn’t even have
been possible to do such a ridiculous thing.
I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard
very negative things about her (a total phony and “leaker”), and when she
requested to go with certain others of the team to Florida after my having
served a full term in office, I personally turned her request down. Why did
she want to go with us if she felt we were so terrible? I understand that
she was very upset and angry that I didn’t want her to go, or be a member of
the team. She is bad news! "
Former Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann delivered a damaging blow to
Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony against former President Donald Trump on
Tuesday as he claims that he wrote the handwritten note that Hutchinson told
the January 6 House select committee that she wrote.
The note that
Hutchinson claims that she wrote stated, “Anyone who entered the Capitol
without proper authority should leave immediately.”
claiming that a handwritten note regarding a potential statement for
then-President Donald Trump to release during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol
was written by him during a meeting at the White House that afternoon, and not
by White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson,” ABC News
reported. “At Tuesday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing, Rep. Liz Cheney displayed a
handwritten note which Hutchinson testified she wrote after Trump chief of
staff Mark Meadows handed her a note card and pen to take his dictation.”
source familiar with the matter confirmed to The Daily Wire that Herschmann is
claiming that he wrote the note, and not Hutchinson.
handwritten note that Cassidy Hutchinson testified was written by her was in
fact written by Eric Herschmann on January 6, 2021,” a spokesperson for Eric
Herschmann told ABC News. “All sources with direct knowledge and law
enforcement have and will confirm that it was written by Mr. Herschmann.”
So, you can either conclude that the Star Chamber willingly embraced the
perjury, or that their research was sufficiently shoddy that it didn't reveal
the obvious discrepancies before they held the show trial. Your choice. As for
Ms, Hutchinson, I wish her a long career on CNN+, although I assume the DOJ
will decline to investigate and prosecute. From Madeleine Hubbard at JTN,
Chuck Grassley slams Justice Department for not prosecuting employees for
"Grassley listed more than a dozen cases where the United States Attorney's
Office declined to prosecute staffers."
“The riot on Capitol Hill after the 2020 election is one of the most
boring, overblown stories of the Trump era, but naturally, Democrats and the
media obsess over it because they think it makes Republicans look bad. Oh,
and because it gives them an excuse to talk about one of their favorite
things — themselves,” added Scarry in his latest book,
Liberal Misery: How the Hateful Left Sucks Joy Out of Everything and
One of the "benefits" of owning a Siberian Husky is the shedding period, from roughly January through August, when they discard copious amounts of fine soft white underfur, which needs to be combed, brushed or blown out at regular intervals to keep the house from filling with it (and to prevent it from getting matted). I regularly curry Skye and get mounds of hair. Georgia takes a small amount of it, and stuffs it into a suet feeder (As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases) for birds, and hangs it near the feeder. Chickadee, Titmice and other birds stop with some regularity to take it for nesting material. It's funny to watch a Titmouse keep grabbing it until it has a ball much bigger than its head. I even think I caught a glimpse of a female Ruby Throated Hummingbird picking some up the other day. In this photo, a female American Goldfinch is apparently getting ready to line a new nest.
Skye and i found this Green Heron hanging around the harbor as we walked through on the way to the beach. From the color pattern, and the fuzz on it's head, I'm guessing it's a juvenile.
Down at the beach, I spotted this under a couple of inches of water.
Turned out to be a pretty nice Lemon Shark tooth (bottom). The top tooth is a small but well preserved Snaggletooth upper parasymphyseal tooth. All in all a pretty good day for shark's teeth, 30 between the two of us, also a drum tooth, a little ray plate and a crab claw.
A really nice day today, temperatures around 75, no noticeable humidity, and a slight, and declining, breeze from the NW. Georgia talks to Cindy, Skye's favorite (Cindy carries treats).
Joe Szymanski, the lead elections handicapper at Elections Daily, shifted
three Democrat-held seats Monday from “lean Democratic” to “tossup” and two
from “safe Democratic” to “likely Democratic.” He also shifted a
Republican-held seat from “likely Democratic” to “lean Democratic.” The five
Democrat-held seats were the subjects of heated GOP primaries, while
Republican Mayra Flores won a special election to represent Texas’ 34th
District through January.
Last Wednesday, about six federal investigators approached Eastman in New
Mexico when he was exiting a restaurant after dinner with his wife and a
friend, according to the court filings. He was patted down, and "forced to
provide [facial] biometric data to open" the phone, Eastman's court filing
Agents were able to get access to Eastman's email accounts on
his iPhone 12 Pro, the filings said.
In court papers seeking the return of his phone, Eastman argues that because
he was never a Justice Department employee, he is “outside of the OIG’s
The court papers say that when Eastman asked to see
the warrant, the request was refused. He was frisked, his iPhone taken from
him, and he was “forced to provide biometric data to open” the phone, the
That claim may become a matter of dispute, since the
warrant for his phone explicitly states that he may be asked to willingly
provide a password or biometric data but cannot be forced to provide that
Lawyers for the Proud Boys say the recorded meeting is a key
piece of exculpatory evidence, contradicting claims by the government that a
conspiracy to attack the Capitol was hatched several weeks before Jan. 6.
court filings, prosecutors have claimed that the Proud Boys began to plan
their assault as early as Dec. 19, 2020 — the day that President Donald J.
posted a tweet announcing his Jan. 6 rally
and saying it would be “wild.” But the video conference shows that, just one
week before the event, when Mr. Tarrio and other Proud Boys leaders gathered
their team for a meeting, they spent most of their time discussing things like
staying away from alcohol and women and taking measures to ensure their own
I think several elements are at work here, but the most basic is that
liberals (Democrats) do not want to take the issue of abortion to the
voters. They do not want to have to make their case. They do not want to
have to argue and persuade. Rather, they want all views opposed to their own
to be banned and unheard. Delegitimized.
This is perhaps the
dominant fact of 21st Century politics. Liberals don’t want to debate, they
don’t want to persuade. They want to censor. They want some higher
authority, whether the Supreme Court, Twitter, or corporate America, to
declare all views but theirs out of bounds. They don’t want to participate
in democratic politics, they want to rule by fiat. For all their wailing
about “our democracy,” the last thing liberals want is the actual give and
take of a democracy, which usually entails compromise.
And in the interest of getting on with life, DIY on the Stupid Biden Economy: