I saw one recently in Dallas.  Beautiful.  And I’ve never liked a single muscle car.  They are selling at a premium over MSRP.

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It’s really sad how G.M. managed to reinvent itself, only to be done in by the triple-punch of $140 oil (no SUVs), deep recession (no spending), and credit crisis (no auto loans).  No question their refreshed lineup will serve them well as they reorganize.

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Some perspective, from Joseph Romm, via Andrew:

It is worth noting that the original Clean Air Act — first passed in 1963 — also didn’t do enough and was subsequently strengthened many times. Similarly, the 1987 Montréal protocol would not have stopped concentrations of ozone depleting substances from rising and would not have saved the ozone layer. But it began a process and established a framework that, like the CAA, could be strengthened over time as the science warranted. The painful reality of climate change is going to become increasingly obvious in the coming years, and strengthening is inevitable.

Harry Reid is catching flack from Kos for constantly moving the bar: Now that the Dems have 60 Reid claims 60 is still not enough.   I certainly understand he has his job cut out for him herding Nelson, Bayh, Landrieu and Hagan, with their moderate constituencies, but especially with the corporate contributions that are rolling in and the lobbyists parachuting down.

But… we should expect every Democrat to vote for cloture 100% of the time, even if they end up voting against a bill in the end:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), called on the White House and Democratic leadership in Congress to ensure that party members agree unanimously to support cloture on legislation that would revamp the nation’s health care system. Democratic senators on the fence, he added, could still oppose the bill. But at the very least they should be required to let the legislation come to an up-or-down vote.

“I think that with Al Franken coming on board, you have effectively 60 Democrats in the caucus, 58 and two Independents,” Sanders said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “I think the strategy should be to say, it doesn’t take 60 votes to pass a piece of legislation. It takes 60 votes to stop a filibuster. I think the strategy should be that every Democrat, no matter whether or not they ultimately end up voting for the final bill, is to say we are going to vote together to stop a Republican filibuster. And if somebody who votes for that ends up saying, ‘I’m not gonna vote for this bill, it’s too radical, blah, blah, blah, that’s fine.'”

“I think the idea of going to conservative Republicans, who are essentially representing the insurance companies and the drug companies, and watering down this bill substantially, rather than demanding we get 60 votes to stop the filibuster, I think that is a very wrong political strategy,” Sanders added.

via Calitics, state Senator Darrel Steinberg:

The 2/3 requirement that we have in this state. I know it’s a tired old saw. But when you really think about, that is the cause of so much of the dysfunction in the legislature. you have a minority party that obviously worked in tandem with the governor that cost the state 6-7 billion dollars tonight for no good reason. To somehow improve your negotiating position. It is without question the most irresponsible act that I have seen in my 15 years of public service…I hope that the significance will truly capture enough attention that the people will decide it is time to change the system that allows the minority to essentially rule the day. That’s not just the Senate Republicans, it was the Governor too, who was apparently out to prove a point. And he proved a point.

Isn’t this just obvious?

BTW, town halls are taking place all over to build support for a constitutional convention.  Like this one in Santa Monica next week (7/17).

Pot and crime in L.A.

July 7, 2009

Two startling bits of news hit the Los Angeles area the last couple weeks: Crime rates are down beyond all expectations (in fact we are on track for the fewest murders since the 60s).  Meanwhile there has been an explosion on the number of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the city since 2007, which thanks to a loophole in the law now number over 600.

There is no data (yet anyways) to draw a relation between these two facts, but I still get a chuckle thinking what the headlines would be if crime was up instead, and how many outlets would be brazenly trying to imply just such cause and effect.