“Yeah, the–the blacks buy them together, remove the rose, insert the steel wool and use them to smoke crack…I figure it’s OK because they’re black and it’s, strictly speaking, not a crack pipe–but they are crack pipes,” Murphy said.
That was apparently enough to convince O’Keefe to bolt, declining the free meal — but before he could go, Murphy offered him $100 and urged him to “get yourself something good.”
“And he fucking took it,” Murphy wrote. “He took my crack pipe money, slipped it in his coat pocket, shook my hand and bolted back the way we came. I rode the elevator down to the first floor, cackling like an absolute madman. Best hundo I’ve ever spent.”
Raw Story reached out to O’Keefe for comment, but had not received a reply at time of this story’s publication.
Just another one of those socially agward moments for a conservative – gee the whole crack pipe thing makes me a little uncomfortable, unlike the creepy attempts to get with a CNN reporter. On the other hand let’s not let the whole crack pipes thing get in the way of pocketing an easy Franklin.
It’s not easy keeping up with every lie, conspiracy theory, bizarre escapade invented by the rabid Right . Too bad we can’t turn all that perverse energy into alternative energy. One that seems to have flown under the liberal radar has been the National
Disgrace Review’s Cost of Obama’s Green-Car Mandate: 260,000 jobs
The purpose of federal fuel-economy mandates is to keep the agenda of green pols hidden lest the public awaken to their enormous costs. Want to make cars fuel efficient? Tax gas. And commit political suicide. So instead we get the stealthy Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) laws, which forces automakers to compromise cars to government standards, not those of customers.
But sometimes those costs still leak out.
The Detroit News’s dogged David Shepardson has unearthed a study by one of world’s most respected automotive research firms that reveals that President Obama’s radical CAFE mandate that vehicles average — average! — 62 MPG by 2025 “could force vehicle prices up by nearly $10,000, reduce sales by 5.5 million vehicles annually, and eliminate more than 260,000 jobs.”
The Center for Automotive Research report on which that wing-nut screed was taken is not necessarily the most unbiased report in the world, Study Follows Auto Industry Pattern of Overestimating Costs of Clean, Efficient Vehicles
The Center for Automotive Research released a new version of a previously discredited analysis claiming that the cost to meet improved fuel economy and pollution standards for cars and light trucks in 2025 will be about double those estimated by three government agencies. The estimates follow an auto industry pattern for overestimating regulatory compliance costs by two to ten times, as my colleague Roland Hwang points out in his blog.
[ ]…CAR claims that reaching a standard of 62 mpg in 2025 must rely primarily on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (64 percent of sales), which increases CAR’s overall cost assessment. Analysis by the Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency and the State of California shows that 62 mpg can be reached with only modest plug-in electric vehicle penetration of 4 to 16 percent. Non-pluggable hybrids, already shown to be cost-effective today are likely to be a main part of a future clean, high-efficiency fleet, as shown by the agency analysis and our analysis. In fact, today’s Toyota Prius (which is scored for fuel economy regulatory compliance at 71 mpg) would already meet a 62 mpg standard.
U.S. automakers are bouncing back from record losses in 2008 and 2009 in large part due to strong fuel economy and pollution standards adopted for model years 2012 to 2016. Auto jobs are recovering and Ford’s recent announcement highlighted more jobs to come as they triple production capacity of hybrids and plug-in vehicles over the next two years.
The Natural Resources Defense Council also took a look at the report the National Disgrace used and also found their numbers specious, Six Reasons Why the Auto Industry Cost Claims for 62 MPG are Wrong.
Job claims exaggerated. Finally, it is critical to understand that the auto industry study result of 260,000 job lost in 2025 is entirely driven by their inflated cost estimates. The CAR study assumes that consumers value five years of fuel savings and if the fuel savings outweigh the incremental cost, sales (and jobs) will increase. The EPA and other agencies estimate a 62 mpg standard will pay back for itself in four years. Therefore, using the agencies’ cost assumption of $3,225 in CAR’s own job model yields exactly the opposite conclusion that what the auto industry is claiming: 62 mpg will result in more sales and more jobs.
This would obviously be a short-term trend but it is reported that both Chrysler and GM have added jobs in recent months.
We live in a Donald Trump-Dick Cheney-Rush Limbaugh world in terms of humility. Too bad it is not a commodity traded on an exchange. The supply of humility has become fairly rare. So rare that even some of those groups with notorious histories see no need to reflect upon their past behavior in passing the worse kind of sanctimonious and hypocritical judgement on others, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan Goes All In: Top Six ‘Reasons’ For Opposing Same-Sex Marriage
4. CATHOLICS ARE THE REAL VICTIMS: “They talk about bullying? I haven’t seen anybody on our side resort to name-calling or threats, but Lord knows they’ve been bullying us.”
This from the man who has compared same-sex relationships to incest, suggested that marriage equality is an imposition of communism, and called LGBT families “perilous” and “detrimental to the common good.”
Dolan is a member of the same religious establishment that has brought the world a literal cornucopia of sex scandals involving rape, child molestation, physical abuse and assorted other abusive behavior for centuries. Individual Catholics have made great contributions to western culture, but knowing the history of the Vatican one would think they would throttle down the overwrought concerns about gays and marriage. If the examples at T.P. were not enough, Dolan also claimed that those who’s conscience would allow gay marriage are akin to mass murderer Pol Pot,
I’m particularly disappointed in that, once again, the terribly illogical heresy of “personally opposed but have to do this” seems to be dominating some of our Catholic politicians. How in the world, as I said on the feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, you could have some Catholic politicians say they’re following their conscience. The heroes of conscience are people like John Fisher and Thomas More. You bet they followed their conscience — a properly formed conscience in conformity with divine revelation and the teaching of the Church. Everybody follows their own conscience. Pol Pot followed his own conscience. We’re talking about a properly formed conscience.
No we will not be having any step by step logical explanations of the pluses and minuses, any kind of measured evaluation of how gay marriage might contribute to stability not just to gay relationships, but to society – and isn’t that what conservative say they value, stability. Nope, if you have not come to the same conclusions as Dolan, who is obviously blind to the obvious and deep moral failings of his own organization, you have the moral compass of a mass murdering communist.
The Florida Education Association, along with the Police Benevolent Association and other state employee unions, is suing the state over a new law forcing public workers over what they call a 3% pay cut or income tax and Gov. Rick Scott calls a contribution to the state’s pension system. The workers named in the suit include not just teachers but nurses, sheriff’s deputies, a social worker, and a custodian.
For Florida’s public workers to be asked to start contributing to their pension plan might be a slightly bitter pill in tough times. Though perhaps not completely unreasonable. Though the reason has nothing to do with shoring up their relatively stable and paid up pension fund. It’s about another one of Rick Scott’s schemes.
The new employee contributions will not be used to shore up Florida’s pension system, which is in relatively good shape. Instead, the estimated $1.2 billion savings will help close a $3.5 billion gap in next year’s state budget.
[ ]…The Broward Teachers Union, which joined the lawsuit, called the Legislature’s labeling the pay cut a retirement contribution “a false premise.”
“Florida’s leaders talk ad nauseam about the need to cut taxes for businesses and the state’s wealthiest residents and yet, when it comes to our police officers, firefighters and teachers, they didn’t even blink an eye when imposing this income tax increase,” said BTU President Pat Santeramo.
Rick, like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker(R) did find the funds for a corporate tax cut. Rick Scott must be using the same kind of math he used when he stole millions from working Americans. When the middle and lower -middle make less money, and in this case Florida public employees wages will not be keeping up with inflation because of the pay cut, that means they will being buying less stuff like cars, TVs and other consumer products. Which in turn will put more downward pressure on hiring by companies who make those goods.