Welcome to December, from 13WHAM :
Rochester, N.Y.â€” The first day of the December brought some more holiday-like weather as the Rochester area saw the first major snow accumulation of the winter season. Early Wednesday morning rain caused several car accidents and traffic tie-ups. As of the afternoon, conditions worsened with reports of slushy roads and poor visibility.
My power, along with circa three thousand others, was off for about four hours. And think, winter is still three weeks away.
Obama to America, get a horse, from Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post :
Obama administration officials will announce Wednesday afternoon they will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan, according to sources briefed on the plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March.
Maybe in Barack Obama cocaine induced stupor, he imagines a world that doesn’t need petroenergy. Meanwhile in my portion of the real world, Rochester, NY,. gasoline is averaging three dollars ten a gallon.
Dirty Harry Reid can’t read, from Roll Call :
A food safety bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.
By pre-empting the House’s tax-writing authority, Senate Democrats appear to have touched off a power struggle with members of their own party in the House. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, sending it to the House, but House Democrats are expected to use a procedure known as “blue slipping” to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides
Hat tip: Ed Morrissey, Hot Ai r.
More, Jonathan H. Adler Volokh Conspriacy :
Senate Slip Up Could Doom Food Safety Bill
The Hill reports that the Senate’s failure to follow constitutionally prescribed procedures could doom the food safety bill. The bill includes fee provisions that constitute taxes and the Constitution requires that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, and it looks unlikely that House Dems will let the slip pass. Based on what Walter Olson has written about the bill, this could be a good thing
Given the democrats are placing higher priority in the institution prerogatives of the House, than actually passing the bill, I suspect that the bill in not nearly as important to food safety as the democrats were trying to get us to believe.
Ladies Professional Golf Association to allow (some) men to play, from giannascatchell, Chicago Now :
Bye Bye Birdie … LPGA allows Transgendered Women on Tour
Golf has not been a sport that aroused much controversy. Perhaps the biggest shock came when a member opted not to wear a collared polo and a pair of wrinkled chinos. But that all changed a little over one year when the Tiger Woods scandal rocked the golf world. Did Tiger’s shenanigans open up the floodgates of liberalism? Recently the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced that the “women at birth” clause has been dropped for their members. What does this mean? It means that transgendered women are now able to play golf on the tour.
The LPGA has gone dickist. If a person is not a woman at birth, he can never become one.If the ladies will allow men without dicks to play golf, what rational, aside from blatant dickism to the ladies have to prohibit men with dicks from joining the ladies’ tour? After all, Lana Lawless is no more a women than I am and I have won the same number of tournaments in the last year as Tiger Woods. Heck ladies, let Tiger join your tour. He really digs chicks and me finally might be able to win a tournament.
Lastly, I almost as good playing gulf as I am spelling it.