This week, the Lame Stream Media traveling circus cruised right past the appointment of a special committee to investigate the murder of four Americans, including the first American ambassador to be killed during his service in a foreign country since 1979, during the first Carter administration. During Carter 2.0, sometimes called “the Obama presidency,” we have other, more urgent matters that demand public attention; specifically, “global warming.” Oh wait, now it’s “climate change.” No, forgive me, “climate disruption.” That’s the ticket! The third rebranding is the charm!
Apparently our Dear Reader was moved by some satellite images he saw, which demonstrated that despite his declaration on the night that he won the Democrat party nomination in 2008, that this was “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal,” the earth still has a fever. The good news is that despite the Gorebot’s predictions, the North Pole is not ice free. No, matter, Barack Obama saw some upsetting images that made him realize the urgency of doing something about climate change, or climate disruption, or something. From the Washington Post:
The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.
“It was a ‘Houston, we have a problem’ moment,” recalled White House counselor John D. Podesta, one of two aides who briefed the president that February day. Obama mentioned the images several times as he warned the governors that political leaders had no choice but to cope with global warming’s impact.
Maybe someone should show him some photos of despairing Americans who have dropped out of the workforce because of the stagnant economy his policies have created. Do you think that might be a “Houston, we have a problem” moment? No, I don’t either.
No doubt many of the hard-working public servants at the Environmental Protection Agency look at those disturbing pictures of shrinking snowpacks, grumpy polar bears and parched deserts, but apparently some of them enjoy other sorts of images.
On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Rep. Darryl Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform committee wanted an answer from EPA big wigs to a very important question. It wasn’t about the thickness of the Arctic Ice, or the average temperature of the planet in the last fifty years. The question was ‘How much pornography would it take for an EPA employee to lose their job?’ From the Daily Mail:
A congressional committee grilled leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday following reports that an agency employee confessed to spending between two and six hours per day viewing pornography on his government-issued computer during work hours.
Witnesses in the House Oversight and Government Reform committee hearing confirmed that the worker, whose name has not been disclosed, is still receiving his $120,000 salary and continues to have access to EPA computers.
When an investigator went to interview him, he was at his desk surfing sexually explicit websites. … EPA Deputy Inspector General Allan Williams told the committee that the career employee “allegedly stored pornographic materials on an EPA network server shared by colleagues. When an [Office of Inspector General] special agent arrived at this employee’s work space to conduct an interview, the special agent witnessed the employee actively viewing pornography on his government-issued computer.”
“Subsequently, the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work,’” Williams continued in his prepared remarks. The OIG’s investigation determined that the employee downloaded and viewed more than 7,000 pornographic files during duty hours.
Williams said that the Department of Justice is considering prosecuting the man, but he hasn’t been fired. And EPA Deputy Inspector General Patrick Sullivan confirmed that the employee “did receive performance awards,” merit based prizes, during the months he was found to be surfing porn at taxpayer expense.
This country survived for nearly 200 years without an Environmental Protection Agency, and like so much of our bloated federal behemoth, we should abolish it. Failing that, we’d be better off if everyone who works at the EPA spend their days looking at porn, rather than scheming to impose more obscene, job-killing regulations on the rest of us. For example, this latest example, reported on in this story from KELO (Sioux Falls, South Dakota):
U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) today introduced an amendment to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014 (S. 2262), to block an anticipated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to expand National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, which would cost upward of $1 trillion per year from 2020 to 2030, making it the most expensive regulation in the EPA’s history.
“The Obama EPA will soon propose unrealistic new ground-level ozone standards that will cost employers upward of $1 trillion and eliminate millions of good-paying jobs,” said Thune. “These standards would have devastating impacts in South Dakota, costing the state tens of thousands of jobs in manufacturing, natural resources and mining, and construction. My amendment would prevent the federal government from placing unrealistic, burdensome, and expensive new standards on job creators and rural communities.”
I say don’t discipline this porn-loving EPA worker. Give him a new job teaching his fellow employees how to locate the best porn sites so that they can occupy their time in much less destructive pursuits than revising air quality standards and claiming that pollution is a form of racism.
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