I’m still struggling to get back above the weather, but I’m determined to get this blog back on track! Therefore tonight I have only 2 snippets – one short one and one slightly longer one. And then, I tell you what … I’ll throw in a cartoon or two to leave you with a bit of political humour, if there can be said to still be such a thing.
Thumbs up to …
U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason who threw out the permits for a controversial oil project planned for Alaska’s North Slope. The project was approved under the former administration, but was never popular with environmentalists or the Indigenous community. Nonetheless, President Biden had allowed the project to continue despite objections from Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland.
Turns out that the environmental impact studies had been sub-par and incomplete, with one report saying that drilling for 160,000 barrels of oil per day, “probably won’t hurt the polar bears.” Sorry guys, ‘probably’ just isn’t good enough. Known as the Willow Project, it was owned by ConocoPhillips. The federal agencies impact statements failed the meet the requirements laid out in two landmark laws, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Environmental Protection Act.
Should ConocoPhillips decide to further pursue their options, they will need to have far more in-depth and conclusive environmental impact studies done, and even then there are no guarantees. I’m pleased … “Leave it in the ground” is my motto!
During the 20 years US forces were in Afghanistan, scores of Afghanis helped them, serving as guides, interpreters, and more. In return, the Biden administration has offered asylum in America to avoid the almost-certain retaliation by the Taliban. It is only the right thing to do … the humanitarian thing. We owe them at least this. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. However, as you might guess, the right-wing talk jocks are having a field day proudly parading their racism, their xenophobia.
Tucker, the face pucker, had this to say …
“So, we’re getting it and if history is any guide — and it’s always a guide — we will see many refugees from Afghanistan resettle in our country in coming months, probably in your neighborhood. And over the next decade, that number may swell to the millions. So, first we invade, and then we’re invaded. It is always the same.”
Laura Ingraham …
“Is it really our responsibility to welcome thousands of potentially unvetted refugees from Afghanistan?”
And comments by others from Fox, OAN, Infowars, Breitbart and more …
- “The collapse of Afghanistan will now send, it’s estimated, 5 million Afghan refugees into Europe and the traitorous Pentagon leadership has already sent out an order to prepare for hundreds of thousand of Afghan refugees to be brought to Texas.”
- “Biden Accepts 30,000 Afghan Refugees, Exacerbating Open Border Policies.”
- “The US has allies and bases throughout the Middle East. There is no need to airlift tens of thousands of unvetted refugees all the way to the homeland. It would be a national security disaster waiting to happen.”
- “No, the United States should not welcome an unchecked flood of young fighting age Afghan men into our country. This should not even need to be said. It would be a grotesque and suicidal policy. Which is why I’m sure it will be put in place.”
And good ol’ Nazi Steven Miller, a prior advisor to the former guy on such things as immigration …
“It is becoming increasingly clear that Biden & his radical deputies will use their catastrophic debacle in Afghanistan as a pretext for doing to America what Angela Merkel did to Germany & Europe.”
But somewhere in my reading I saw one comment from a ‘news’ commentator that really set my teeth on edge. I cannot quote is, for I haven’t yet been able to find it again, but he or she said that Afghani refugees should not be allowed to enter this country because, “They don’t even look like us.”
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. What a big heart these jerks have, yes?
Now, I get that many in the media, particularly the right wing, faux ‘news’ networks, are not the brightest bulbs in the pack, not the most educated or understanding of world affairs. But … BUT … I do expect better of our members of Congress. I was appalled at the ruthlessness, the heartlessness of sixteen Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted against a bill to make it easier for Afghans who assisted the U.S. military to relocate to the U.S. The Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs Act (ALLIES) Act was approved in the House by a 407-16 vote on July 22. I expect better of our elected officials. Here are the sixteen — remember their names:
- Andy Biggs of Arizona
- Lauren Boebert of Colorado
- Mo Brooks of Alabama
- Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee
- Jeff Duncan of South Carolina
- Bob Good of Virginia
- Paul Gosar of Arizona
- Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia
- Kevin Hern of Oklahoma
- Jody Hice of Georgia
- Thomas Massie of Kentucky
- Barry Moore of Alabama
- Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
- Bill Posey of Florida
- Matt Rosendale of Montana
- Chip Roy of Texas
Way to go you 16 … way to show that there is not a shred of humanity in you, that you care not one whit what happens to people who have helped keep our military alive, and I damn sure don’t trust you in a position making decisions that potentially affect MY life, either!
And the promised cartoons …