Friday, September 02, 2011

The Republicans in the House and Senate are treating President Obama as if this was a bar room brawl.

Since President Obama has been elected, the very palpable reality for the Republicans was that this guy knows what he is doing and we have to make him a one term President in any way we can.

...While most of those fights (click title to entry - thank you)  stemmed from deep policy divides, the relentless acrimony between President Obama and Congressional Republicans also seems strikingly personal, almost petty....

The Republicans threw decorum, legislative procedure, decision making and the best interest of the public into a political cesspool and the country is hurting for it.  I have no doubt President Obama has a thick skin and simply takes this in stride as he has on many occasions in his life.  Little do I believe there is a minority individual that hasn't been confronted by racism of one form or another in their lifetimes, especially if they are successful.  But, being thick skinned and allowing compromise to dominate in Washington for the 'sake of the country' is wearing very thin.  

The longer the Republicans struggle with producing 'real policy' that matters the more they resort to disrespect of the President on every venue; from yelling defaming remarks during the State of the Union address to now refusing to show the ENTIRE NATION how concerned the federal government is about the jobs situation and coming together to have the President address the nation with all the legislators in the chamber.

Anyone can try to 'blame this away' on politics, but, it goes far beyond that.  This is the first time in history that a Speaker to the House has refused to hold a Joint Session of Congress on the day and time the President requested.  

I believe the President gives a great deal of thought to 'the morale of the country' and not politics.  He wanted to end the lack of faith by the citizens of their government after the hideous show of weakness by the House during the Nation's Debt Ceiling Debacle.  But, now that isn't going to happen, is it?  

Instead of showing a resolved and vigorous 'collective' of government in DC to bring about a sense of 'strength' and resolve to end the unemployment rate, we are AGAIN faced with a House and Republican Party insisting on dividing the nation, causing controversy, obstructing revenue generation at all costs to maintain their ideologies over and above what is best for the nation.

Minority House Leader Pelosi, as Speaker, may have made statements about Former President Bush that were political and intended to insult to push legislation along, but, never and I mean never was she as disrespectful and premeditatedly disrespectful as this House and the Republicans in the Senate.  The insistence by House and Senate members to calculate their next move to defame President Obama is more than obvious.

This is more than simple politics, no matter how vicious politics have been in the past.  This is an attack against 'the conscience' of a nation to teach everyone a lesson after the 2008 elections.   

It is grossly inappropriate and while the Republicans like to say they don't dislike the President but only his policies that sure doesn't seem the case.

There are many uses for consumer generated solar energy.

Consumers with Solar Panels need to demand their local and state governments adopt regulations for public utilities that pay them for power generation.
Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) (click title to entry - thank you) became available in Great Britain on 1st April 2010. And isn’t available in Northern Ireland - although this is under review.
Under this scheme energy suppliers have to (compulsory for big six suppliers) make regular payments to householders and communities who generate their own electricity from renewable or low carbon sources such as solar electicity panels (PV) or wind turbines.   

Repayment of Consumer Debt flattens the Australian economy.

..."An abrupt slowdown in the Australian economy, renewed recession fears in the United States and a spreading sovereign debt crisis in Europe will soften the global growth outlook," said the institute's principal economist, Shamubeel Eaqub.

He is forecasting gross domestic product to be "pretty flat" this year, growing just 1.4 per cent, before picking up to 2.6 per cent next year and again in 2013....

The twins.

August 31, 2011
UNISYS Water Vapor Goes East Satellite

The difference in the two images is the position of the sun in relation to direct sunlight.

There is a questionable organization of a storm offshore of eastern North America in the Atlantic.  It is definately a vortex with water vapor content, but, will it become another named storm?

September 3, 2011
UNISYS Water Vapor GOES East Satellite (click title to entry for 12 hour loop - thank you)

I know this is going to sound somewhat ludicrous, but, Irene's rain actually placed more water vapor in a hot troposphere which is now fueling these three tropospheric turbulence.  Irene laid the ground work for more to come.

Will TD13 have a follow up from the disturbance over Panama?  Maybe.

TD 13 will probably enter the USA Gulf Coast and move slightly north-west-west.  But, it might simply linger over the Gulf Coast until it is rained out, except, if the wind velocity picks up.  Inland at 60 mph could move it further inland and then toward the east. That might be wishful thinking because that much rain in one location will create very dire circumstances. 

I am a little surprised there isn't an evacuation order for this region right now.

It is a sad reality when on remembers the devastation following Katrina.  The hurricane names are interestingly close in the alphabet.  The "K" storm was just named in the Atlantic and this TD13, if named will begin with "L."  The effects of TD13 will be similar if not worse than Katrina VOID the wind and storm surge damage.  

Tropical Depression 13. This will probably help out with the smog problem from burning wetlands.

September 3, 2011
UNISYS Enhanced Infrared Southeast Satellite (click here for 12 hour loop)

It is easier to see in a 3 hour comparison.

September 3, 2011
UNISYS Enhanced Infrared Southeast Satellite

The Tropical Depression is building quickly.  Predicted 20 inches of rain.  If the storm continues to build it might have a significant title surge to add to that.
September 3, 2011
UNISYS Enhanced Infrared Southeast Satellite

Only 12 hours ago it was a very disorganized tropical depression.

From NOLA:

Published: Friday, September 02, 2011, 8:55 AM    
Updated: Friday, September 02, 2011, 9:06 AM

...Tropical storm warnings were issued from Mississippi to Texas including New Orleans. The National Hurricane Center said the system will dump 10 to 15 inches of rain over southern areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama through Sunday and as much as 20 inches in some spots.

In Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley didn't declare an emergency but ordered state emergency management and other agencies to be ready to respond if needed.

Morning skies were overcast with spotty rain on the Alabama coast Friday, but workers were still putting boats in the water for the Labor Day weekend at Sportsman Marina in Orange Beach, Ala….

PLEASE CLOSE THE BEACHES.  This storm is far too to leave it to chance.

Thank you.

Tropical Depression  13 caused Pensacola Beach lifeguards to show up for duty two hours early Thursday to prepare for dangerous surf conditions stirred up by the tropical disturbance that's moving farther into the northwestern Gulf. Red-flag conditions mean swimmers are not allowed in the Gulf, but surfers are allowed as long as their surf boards are attached to them with a leash.

Where are the jobs, Speaker Boner?

After all you have as much power as the President.  Boner's words, not mine.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession.
The government also reported that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010.
Stocks tumbled on the news. The Dow Jones industrial average  sank 245 points soon after trading began.
A strike by 45,000 Verizon workers lowered the job totals. Those workers are now back on the job.
The weakness in employment was underscored by revisions to the jobs data for June and July. Collectively, those figures were lowered to show 58,000 fewer jobs added. The downward revisions were all in government jobs....

Looks as though President Obama once again drew the short straw when it comes to respect.

Unfortunately this journalist seems to have misspelled Speaker Boner's name.
Boehner disses presidency, and Obama takes it (click title to entry - thank you)
By LZ Granderson, CNN Contributor
September 1, 2011 11:16 a.m. EDT
(CNN) -- The way I see it, House Speaker John Boehner's eloquent letter to President Obama requesting he push back his address really could have been summed up in two words-- screw you.
We're all adults here, right?
We can pretend security logistics -- Boehner's "reason" -- require more time; we can pretend getting everyone where they need to be with just a week's notice is a scheduling nightmare; we can certainly call out Obama for being transparent in his attempt to upstage Republicans in the first place by scheduling his address on the same day as a GOP debate….

Q:  Why is it I value a speech by the President more than the first day of football season when it means watching millionaires running around on a field owned by billionaires? 

A:  I put country first.