Bikes Are Transportation Too

Matt asks "Is Bicycling Transportation?" because Bush's Secratary of Transportation seems to think otherwise. Matt adds:

"And encouraging people, at the margin, to substitute cycling for some of their driving trips would be good for the environment and good for public health. So I don’t see a really compelling case for shifting funding further in the direction of highways."

Which reminds me of another dastardly deed by McCain. Last December, when he killed the renewable energy tax credit extentions (by skipping a vote that failed by one vote, and his was the only absent vote), he also killed a provision about tax credits for bicycle commuting.

The bill that died contained a provision to "extend the transportation fringe benefit to bicycle commuters." The language was taken from H.R.3221, which allowed bicycle commuters to either deduct from their income taxes or be reimbursed by employers for up to $20 per month for "the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage, if such bicycle is regularly used for travel between the employee's residence and place of employment."

For What It's Worth

From the Department of Anecdotes that Bear no Relation to Actual Electoral Outcomes, I noticed that Barack Obama T-Shirts seem to have replaced the confederate flag shirts that used to be so strangely prevalent for a Yankee state.

Not exactly meaningful, but it was a welcome change!

What Did You Guys Do?

I leave town for one week and the financial markets come tumbling down? I actually sought a near complete news blackout during my brief break, so I'm just easing back in and catching up now.

At least we know that George Bush has appointed competent and diligent professionals to important positions in government to steer an unsteady market with a steady hand.

On an unrelated note, did anyone hear This American Life this week? It's about how George Bush didn't appoint competent and diligent professionals to important positions in government to steer an unsteady market with a steady hand.

Drexel Democrats to Debate College Republicans

I am pleased to announce that the Drexel Democrats and Drexel Republicans will officially be participating in 2 debates this October.
On Wednesday October 8th from 4:30-6:30 in the Bossone Auditorium we will host our Energy Debate, co-sponsored by the Sierra Club.
On Wednesday October 29 from 4:30-6:30 in the Bossone Auditorium we will host our Economy Debate.

It is going to be an exciting and crazy 54 days.

See everyone on Sunday September 28th at 6:00 PM in the Myers Hall Conference Room for our first official meeting of the year and keep checking in for details about our Presidential Debate Watch Party on September 26th!!

Preacher Palin

I admit, it bothers me that Palin thinks that the fighting in Iraq is a "task from God." I was also intrigued by her exhortation to pray for the gas pipeline. They mock Obama for suggesting that you inflate your tires, but prayer is part of an energy policy?

(via Susie)

Keeping Us Sane

The Daily Show was on tonight, but the video isn't on their website yet. But This Samantha Bee piece from yesterday was good also.

The Daily Show does a much better job of cutting through the BS than just about any news organization. Those delegates are a piece of work, huh?

[UPDATE] Here are some more, from the best fucking news team on television!

FOX Attacks Obama Like Kerry

I sure am glad that hate week is over now. Nothing like seeing Republicans lie through their teeth about their own policies and the policies of Obama. Every time a Republican talked about the "Liberal Left Washington" that has caused the problems we have today I wanted to smack them. I do not know where they have been the last 8 years but I am pretty sure the President has been Republican during all of these problems.

Anyway here is a great video that shows how pathetic FOX News is.

Rabble Rouser

Nice people, those Republicans.

"There's some speculation that there was, uh, union organizing, or, uh, organizing the community to take advantage of welfare programs, or whatever."

Why not just call him uppity and save us the 6 hours of speeches each day? Oh, nevermind.

The Republican Racket

The Republicans have figured out a pretty effective and cynical style of running for office. It's simple and easy, and goes like this:

  1. Lie. About yourself, your opponent, and objective reality.
  2. In the unlikely event that the media points out the lies, call them biased.
  3. Repeat.

It's depressingly predictable.

And that's about all I can say about the speeches last night.

Loren On Rudy's Speech

Just now:

"Oh my god John he's being such a douchebag don't come in here!"

She was right.