Thursday Reading – Christmas, Parkside, and Barack ObamaBy
Of all the reasons to put the brakes on global warming, the ability to grow and chop down fir trees for the late December Christian festival hadn’t occurred to me. Heath Shuler and the Christmas tree growers have been giving it a lot of thought. The congressman, the growers, and some climatologists will come together today for a press conference to urge Congress to take up significant legislation to slow climate change.
Google Street View captured Asheville. Â Very cool. Â Very strange. Â A little scary.
Regarding Parkside – County Commissioners went into closed session Tuesday to discuss various ways forward on reacquiring the land. Â Word on the street is that while Jones and Gantt were strongly in favor of getting it back, Stanley, Peterson, and Bailey wanted to just let Coleman’s lawsuit play out in the court of appeal. Â Stanley and Peterson haven’t altered their positions a bit, and they’re not going to. Â K. Ray Bailey on the other hand is the swingin’ vote. Â This zombie issue isn’t going away.
If you’re into urban development and economics, check out this site – New Geography. Â Thanks to Clark Mackey for the heads up.
Barack Obama’s choice of Republican Ray LaHood to head up the Department of Transportation is going to get the disaffected folks all panties-bunched again. Â I think Obama is about to bring some incredible changes, and a lot of that’s going to happen at the Transportation level. Â Putting a Republican in charge of instituting that change gives Obama lots of political cover. Â The same is true of Gates at Defense. Â
As to Rick Warren giving the invocation at the inaugural? Â Who knows what that’s about. Â Warren openly advocated taking civil rights away from Californians with Proposition 8, and he lied to do it. Â I think he’s a despicably impious man cloaked in the robes of the evangelical establishment. Â Warren’s presence is a nod to the evangelical population in America, but it’s a finger in the eye of everyone else.