TheDC Morning: XL helping of stupid
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1.) XL helping of stupid — Perhaps the single most indefensible decision of President Obama’s presidency was his nixing of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The project could only be good for the U.S. and there is no serious argument against it, especially from people who don’t live in trees. TheDC’s Neil Munro reports on how the president doubled down on his astonishingly stupid decision:
“President Barack Obama’s deputies are defending his lobbying against a GOP effort in the Senate to fast-track approval of the job-creating Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. GOP leaders in the Senate are pressing the chamber’s Democratic leadership for a vote on the fast-track bill Mar. 8, but Obama has called Democratic Senators to urge them to vote against the GOP measure.”
Among many things, the pipeline would have indisputably created jobs — which only goes to show that the president is for job creation except when he’s not. Unfortunately, the president’s efforts worked.
2.) A museum quality car — Some people pay over $100,000 dollars for a piece of modern art. Those people might be interested in the Fisker Karma, an electric car that might not be useful for much else, TheDC’s David Martosko reports:
“In a test conducted Wednesday by Consumer Reports magazine, the niche-market $107,850 sports car conked out after a short ride at 65 miles per hour on a Connecticut test track … ‘We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer … We buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.'”
This is the type of publicity you can’t pay for — though you might pay to avoid if you could.
3.) Better sticks and stones than nasty names –TheDC’s Tucker Carlson put his quill to parchment to comment on the Sandra Fluke affair:
“There’s almost nothing that upsets Americans more than the idea that somewhere, somehow somebody is getting his feelings hurt. Limbaugh was insensitive and intolerant. In the eyes of most of us, that’s a sin worse than murder. Literally. Consider the case of boxing promoter Don King.”
Be sure to read the whole thing.
4.) A cheesy interview — Well, maybe not quite as cheesy as calling it a cheesy interview. TheDC’s Caroline May scored a major interview with the guy who invented the cheesehead hat, Ralph Bruno:
“While the cheesehead is closely associated with the Packers, the idea came to Bruno before a Milwaukee Brewers/Chicago White Sox game as a way to make fun of the derisive ‘cheesehead’ nickname that some Illinoisans level against Wisconsinites. ‘I happened to be reupholstering my mom’s couch at the time, and I grabbed a piece of foam rubber, cut it into a triangle, cut holes in it and painted it yellow and took it to the game,’ he explained. ‘[I] put it on at the stadium, and once I had it on a lot of people wanted to try it on, and it got passed around,’ said Bruno. ‘People kept calling the person wearing it a ‘cheesehead.’”
5.) Poll of the day: Romney leads in Alabama — Alabama Education Association GOP presidential primary poll: Mitt Romney 31%, Rick Santorum 22%, Newt Gingrich 21%, Ron Paul 7%. The primary takes place March 13.
6.) BIRTHDAYS! — Japanese Emperor Go-Nijo turns 727 … Showman Eddie Foy turns 156 (hat tip: The Seven Little Foys) … The sainted former senator from New York, James L. Buckley, turns 89 … Rapper Bow Wow turns 25.