Muslim Group Donates 30,000 Bottles of Water in Flint

Showing just how devious and cunning those Muslims can be, a Muslim group in Dearborn, Michigan has donated 30,000 bottles of water to the people of Flint, where the state-appointed emergency manager managed to poison thousands of people by switching the water supply to one with a high lead content in order to save a few million dollars. … [Read more...]

Snyder: Clinton is ‘Politicizing’ the Tragedy in Flint

You almost gotta hand it to Gov. Rick Snyder. The guy has some serious chutzpah. After allowing residents of Flint to drink water poisoned with lead for months and months after he knew about it, he's now blaming his critics, Hillary Clinton in particular, for "politicizing" the situation. It's just such a generic, meaningless response, as if that just dismisses any criticism of him. … [Read more...]

Sanders Calls for Gov. Snyder’s Resignation

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is publicly calling on Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan to resign in the wake of a growing scandal over the poisoning of tens of thousands of people in Flint with lead from a bad drinking water source. That almost certainly isn't going to happen, but Sanders is right that it should. Snyder knew about it many months before taking action. … [Read more...]

EPA Knew About Flint Water Problems Too

The story of lead-poisoned drinking water in Flint gets worse by the day. We already know from documents gotten through Freedom of Information Act requests that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Gov. Rick Snyder himself knew about the problem months before doing anything about it. Now documents reveal that the EPA knew about it too, and did nothing. … [Read more...]

Western Voters Reject Bundy Ideas on Public Lands

The underlying dispute both at the Cliven Bundy ranch a couple years ago and the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff going on today is over whether the federal government can or should own large tracts of land that they hold in the public trust as national parks, wildlife refuges and the like. The feds own a lot of property in the West for those purposes. And the voters there like it that way: … [Read more...]

What My State Government Did to the People of Flint

I haven't written anything yet about the appalling story of what happened with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, so I'm glad to see that Dave Gorski has a comprehensive post about the whole situation -- the causes, the effects, the horrifying incompetence and apathy of state officials who have done extraordinary damage to the children of that city by exposing them to lead poisoning to save a few million dollars. … [Read more...]

Erik Rush: Obama, Genocide, Environmentalism….*snore*

Erik Rush, the brain-addled wingnut who thinks America suffers from an excess of "negrophilia" (he's black, by the way, making that all the weirder) and that Obama tried to drop nuclear weapons on Charleston, South Carolina, has his usual stream-of-consciousness screed at the Worldnetdaily. Something something Obama, something something global warming, something something genocide....whatever. … [Read more...]

Senate Votes to Nullify EPA’s Clean Water Rules

The EPA has begun to implement a new set of rules under the Clean Water Act. It's called the Waters of the United States Rule and it protects millions of miles of streams and rivers from pollution. Predictably, the Republicans are trying to tear down that rule at the behest of their corporate paymasters and the Senate on Thursday passed a bill to nullify the EPA's actions. … [Read more...]

Putin Gives American Right Wing Another Reason to Love Him

The American right has long had a divided response to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Some, those of a more neo-conservative bent, point to his KGB past and imperial ambitions and see him as a major threat to the United States. Others, those more focused on what they view as moral questions, have gone full-on fanboy, declaring him to be the leader of world Christendom building a Christian paradise in Russia. He's now given them another reason to love him: … [Read more...]

Charles Koch Leaves My Flabber Completely Gasted

Every once in a while I will read something that someone said and it will leave me so gobsmacked that I spent the next few minutes just staring at the screen in disbelief while a bit of drool emerges and slides down my chin. Charles Koch of the infamous Koch Brothers managed to do just that in an interview with the CBS Sunday morning talk show. This is simply a staggering bit of self-delusion: … [Read more...]

New EPA Rules to Prevent Heavy Metals in Waterways

The Environmental Protection Agency has finally updated the rules that regulate power plants that use steam for electric generation, usually using coal as the heat source, and the pollution they generate that goes back into rivers and streams. Under the new rules, the heavy metal content of the effluent is more strictly controlled to prevent the introduction of those metals into our drinking water. … [Read more...]

The Dumbest Thing Trump Has Ever Said

Donald Trump says dozens of stupid things every day, but this tweet from 2012 may be the single dumbest thing he's ever said:The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012Yeah, I think we all recall how the vast number of studies that support global warming were published in corrupt Chinese climatology journals. I think my eyes just rolled to Beijing and … [Read more...]