Koch Industries Funding – A Small Summary

Today I looked up Koch Industries website to see what consumer products we buy from these menaces. Koch Industries is huge, but some familiar names come up that we can boycott. The more information that comes out about how they have funded the assault on the Obama Administration, and important legislation in Congress, the madder I get.

The Koch’s are responsible for funding and organizing the Tea Party who have decided to shut down the Government if they don’t get their way with the Affordable Care Act.

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They operate the “Americans for Prosperity” Freedom Works and Tea Party anti-government groups that undermine our Democracy. They are also responsible for anti – government websites and organizations; fabrications of the facts on dirty energy, and anti-cap n trade propaganda coming our way.

They are funding anti-EPA advertising and campaign contributions (because they are one of the biggest polluters in the nation); anti-consumer protection regulations and obviously they benefit from lax regulations on business. And, they send Congressional Republicans “Position Papers” to threaten and bribe them to be sure to vote right or they will “Primary” them with a swamp-full of money!

They are also responsible for funding the recalls of two Democratic Legislators in Colorado who dared to put restrictions on assault weapons. Their influence is pervasive just like their money. When they call a meeting the Right listens. Scalia and Clarence Thomas, along with Limbaugh, Beck and others just attended a meeting the Koch Brothers called.

No doubt so that they could get their marching orders. Today, the pitch from all the congressional sellouts has given them new words like “Slavery” when discussing the Affordable Care Act and “there is no such thing as a Debt Ceiling”. Right, that’s why our credit rating took a hit in 2011- the last time they got stupid!

HIPSTERS MOURN THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF ECHO PARK’S MAGIC GAS

For years, Magic Gas has stood as an iconic, semi-ironic landmark of Echo Park, a place to fill up your tank, grab a cup of lukewarm LA Mill coffee, and buy a lighter. But, as the Eastsider reported on Saturday, Magic Gas mysteriously disappeared last Thursday night:

[P]olice arrived at the station at the corner of Echo Park and Morton avenues as a small bulldozer was being used to rip out the pumps, according to residents. The police left and soon the pumps were gone. By Friday morning all that was left were holes in the ground where the pumps stood and a ribbon of yellow “CAUTION CUIDADO” tape. Inside, Echo Fuels, which had been long known as Magic Gas until it changed hands only about six months ago, looked like it had been ransacked.

Inside, it appears as if the owners simple took everything they could grab with two hands.
The pumps are gone too.
Magic Gas, we hardly knew ye.

CITY COUNCIL RESCINDS POT SHOP BAN, BUT DEA IS STILL LURKING

Today, the City Council stuck its tail between its legs a rescinded its own ban on medical marijuana dispensaries (with a shockingly un-unanimous 11-2 vote), after activists and unions gathered enough signatures to put the issue to voters. And so we’re left where we started.

Except we’re not because the DEA is in town. Kate Linthicum of the LA Times writes:

Council members say they are hoping that a new federal crackdown on L.A. dispensaries may accomplish what they hoped to achieve with their ban. “That is our relief,” Councilman Jose Huizar said of the federal action, which began last week with raids on several dispensaries. Dozens of other pot shops were sent letters, ordering them to close.

The city may also seek to shut down dispensaries on its own by prosecuting operators for violating city land use laws.

Last Wednesday, the feds shut down a few pot shops and sent letters to a dozen more. Activists will likely blame President Obama for this, but remember, it was City Council who first invited the feds to help with our little weed problem. It would seem as though they are at least partially in control of the crackdown. The question is, how far will the Narcos go?

From the looks of things, pretty far. The LA Weekly’s Dennis Romero pointed out a Daily Journal article (trapped behind a paywall) that quotes Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney’s Office as saying: “Our stated goal has been to have all illegal marijuana stores closed, and we have been working toward that goal across our district.”

But illegally is in the eye of the beholder. Many law enforcement officials think that all pot shops are illegal– even the ones that don’t make a profit (another word that’s in the eye of the beholder).

Meanwhile, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who’s been undergoing cancer treatment (and smoking medical marijuana), made an emotional return to City Council today, urging his colleagues to rescind the ban, saying “Where does anybody go, even a councilman go, to get his medical marijuana?”

If the DEA continues its crackdown, he may have to find out.

California Anticipates Return Of Its State Monument: The San Oonfre Beach Boobs

It’s been about nine months since California’s most iconic and cherished landmark, the giant nuclear boobs of San Onofre, stopped producing their sweet mothers milk of nuclear energy, after some paranoid “safety worker” became afraid of a possible tube leak.

But happy days are here again – Southern California Edison has filed a proposal with the Nuclear Energy Commission to start up one of the boobs.

Tree-huggers, who no doubt lack the appreciate of massive, concrete boobs overlooking a glistening Southern California Ocean, are against the plan to reopen the power plant. According to the Times:

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Critics decried the proposal to fire Unit 2 back up as a dangerous gamble, saying it’s not clear that running the unit at reduced power will prevent the conditions that caused the tube wear, as Edison and a team of experts from other companies concluded.

“I just don’t believe it’s appropriate to treat Southern California as a science experiment,” said Arnie Gundersen, a consultant to environmental group Friends of the Earth, which has adamantly opposed plans to restart the plant.

Mr. Gunderson, if you’ve got a better state to treat as a science experiment, we’d love to hear it. In the meantime, take your breast-hating science to a state that’s too afraid unleash the power of nuclear jugs.