Sunday, June 21, 2020

Your June 21st Sunday Summary ...

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Dear Friend of TJI,
 
In National Review, David Harsanyi says the coronavirus lockdowns "are subjectively enforced by politicians whose devotion to science is predicated on circumstance." (click here). NR Editor Rich Lowry calls social-distancing rules "one of the great scams in American life." (click here).  Politicians really shouldn't wonder why the public stops listening to them.
 
Meanwhile ...
 
1.)  Steve Haner, the Jefferson Institute's Senior Fellow for Tax Policy asks in The Roanoke Times, "Who Pays the Rent?", pointing out that someone, somewhere will eventually have to pay for months of rent (and utility) forbearance. (click here). TANSTAAFL: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
 
2.)  More than 100 national conservative leaders have issued a letter calling for Justice, not Chaos, in pursuit of a More Perfect Union, pointing out that black Americans and other people of color "have dealt with pain and abuse, pain that makes it harder for some to trust the police, but rejecting  the sweeping claim that all of law enforcement is racist. (click here). Looking at the big picture, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn makes it all real here.
 
3.)  Which is not to say policing doesn't need reform. One such reform was offered by Virginia Congressman Ben Cline during markup of Nancy Pelosi's bill. His amendment would withhold federal funding from state or local law enforcement agencies that enter into a Collective Bargaining Agreement containing any one of several provisions that prevent accountability and transparency, such as delaying interview of an officer after alleged wrongdoing, purging disciplinary records, and requiring arbitration of disputes related to disciplinary penalties.

The amendment put Democrats in a visibly difficult situation, so much that they attempted to delay it, which prompted Congressman Doug Collins to to point out dozens of areas where Congress does not fear to tread and Congressman Matt Gaetz to ask "whether black lives matter to the majority more than their fidelity to organized labor." Watching the debate, the Left's ability to contort themselves into a pretzel, and a full-throated call out of their hypocrisy is a well-invested 20 minutes of your time (click here).

4.)  From Seattle's Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), where residents are enjoying a flashback to the sixties, the Media Research Center offers nine of the dumbest photos of what's taking place (click here). And Dr. Frazier Crane offers advice to the beleaguered residents (click here).
 
5.)  The violent mobs on a rampage are often ignorant of history as exemplified in Richmond by vandalism of a plaque honoring civil rights pioneer Oliver Hill Sr. (click here). In The Bull Elephant, Hans Bader notes examples from around the world, of destruction of statues commemorating Union Generals, including Ulysses S. Grant, and white abolitionists (click here and here).

6.)  Republican U.S. Senator Tim Scott, who is black, notes in a Wall Street Journal interview, that he's been stopped by police 18 times since 2000, including seven times in one year and four times while wearing his lapel pin by Capitol Police who are paid to recognize members of the US Senate.  His work on police reform was put down by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin as a "token."   Yet, he notes:  "In our society we spend so much time on the 'root causes' and the disadvantages that we forget to talk about the solutions and the advantage we have over the rest of the world." If there is a future direction of  Reagan-like optimism for conservatives, it runs through men and women like Tim Scott.  (click here).
 
7.)  Conservatives warned weeks ago that when unemployment insurance was combined with federal CARES Act money, some Virginians would receive almost $1,000 a week while not working, creating a disincentive to going back to work. Customary accusations of cold-heartedness followed. Now, the Virginia Employment Commission reports that 12,000 Virginians have refused work when offered to them (click here).
 
8.)  Governor Ralph Northam has made Juneteenth, June 19th, a paid state holiday and announced he would introduce legislation to make it permanent, which was immediately endorsed by Republican General Assembly leadership and first declared a holiday in Texas by Republican Governor Bill Clements. The celebration has waxed and waned over the years but any measure so bipartisan is worth examining. The Roanoke Times' offers an exploration of its history in Virginia (click here) the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star's dives into its meaning for freedom (click here), and the Virginian-Pilot observes why Hampton is central to Juneteenth's meaning (click here).
 
9.)  If that isn't enough reason for celebration, in Roll Call, David Winston demonstrates how America shows its resilience and the reasons for optimism (click here). A reminder just in time for Independence Day, two weeks away.
 
Finally, today is Father's Day. And if you're a Father with a graduating senior this year, you missed out on a graduation with all the speakers and pageantry that comes with it. We hope this makes up for it and helps you celebrate the day (click here).

Happy Sunday Everyone.

Now go play catch.
 
Cordially,
Chris Braunlich
President
 

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Fwd: Unusual photos

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Have you seen the water in the Gulf of Alaska like it shows in the picture?  What causes this phenomena?
 
 
 

 
 
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Maple Ridge In Japan
 
 
 
A Hotel In The Netherlands
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Sheep Going Through San Boldo Pass, Italy
 
 
 
 
New York City Absolutely Massive Lightning Strike
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Under The Iceberg   
 
Fallen Tree Is Holding Back The Duckweed   
 
Solar Eclipse
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The Way This Ice Froze   
 
Smog Over Almaty, Kazakhstan
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The Gulf Of Alaska, where two oceans meet but do not mix   
 
The Eruption Of Mount Ararat   
 
Philadelphia City Hall; Like being in Gotham   


 
Fire and Tornado   


 
Bent Rail Tracks After A New Zealand Earthquake   


 
Looks Like One Of The Buildings Is Draining Energy From The Other   


 
Sun Curling Up A Wave   


 
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Washed Car   


 
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A Pile Of Timber Reflecting In A Puddle   
 
 
Lava Skull Descending Into The Ocean   
 
 
 
Sky That Looks Like A Rough Sea
 
 
Pancake Ice
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Spiral Pine
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Clouds In Hampton Roads
 
 
 
Waterspout Over Tampa Bay
 
 
 
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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Fwd: Jefferson Journal: Enviros Say Only Good Pipeline is a Dead Pipeline


   a  good  decision  after  the read  . . .   tomf

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Subject: Jefferson Journal: Enviros Say Only Good Pipeline is a Dead Pipeline

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Enviros: Only Good Pipeline is a Dead Pipeline
                                                     By Stephen D. Haner
 
To the modern environmental movement, natural gas is the Devil's own breath. It must be opposed in every form on every front.
 
This explains the existential battle being fought over what would otherwise be considered fairly minor capital enhancements to an existing gas pipeline connecting Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Virginia Natural Gas is seeking to increase the capacity of that line with a 6-mile extension to connect to the Transco pipeline near Quantico.
 
Those six miles are the only new section of pipeline in the Header Improvement Project. Elsewhere, the existing pipeline will see three miles of parallel pipe added to increase capacity in Fauquier County and 14 miles more north and east of Richmond. Three compressor stations are also proposed, one each at the northern and southern ends and one in the middle of the route near Ladysmith. The whole project is priced in at about $345 million.

       

 
The objections display hypocrisy. Opponents of the proposed multi-billion dollar Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines have often pointed to the actual or potential capacity of the state's existing lines. Those are sufficient for Virginia's needs, they say. The minor proposed improvements strengthen that argument, and logically should be embraced by those opposed to the mega-projects to the south.
 
Yet VNG's proposal is drawing the same level of heated opposition as the major projects, with their hundreds of miles of new construction. Even a six mile extension of an old pipeline is a path to perdition.
 
One reason, of course, is that some of the new capacity is proposed to serve a new natural gas electricity plant planned for Charles City County, just east of Richmond. The merchant generator, not owned by Dominion Energy Virginia, will sell power into the regional electricity market. That, of course, would put it in competition with Dominion's hugely expensive electricity from off-shore wind and far-less reliable electricity from solar panels.  
 
The dispute sparked a May 11 letter to the State Corporation Commission, which is considering the pipeline expansion application, from a dozen virtue-signaling Democratic state legislators, complaining of "inherent risk to human health, the environment, and ratepayers." They cite fears that with the project in place, seas will rise, droughts will increase, heavy rains will surge (no contradiction noted) and fisheries will disappear.  
 
Their silliest complaint? Because of COVID-19, there is now too much economic uncertainty, they write. This would be the economic uncertainty caused by the panicked economic lockdown, an economic calamity which they want continued.
 
The usual suspects are in the case as participants, citing similar concerns: The Southern Environmental Law Center, Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Governor Ralph Northam's Department of Environmental Quality has also weighed in with a series of demands it wants the SCC to impose on Virginia Natural Gas. There appear to be more than 1,000 public comments already on the record, in support and opposition.
 
Far too many electricity generation assets are held by monopoly utilities. Environmental activists want the maximum opportunity for private individuals or entities to make their own renewable energy, for their own use or for sale. Agreed. Yet, the idea that private enterprise would move forward with an independent fossil fuel plant on the same basis, undeterred by the new carbon taxes the General Assembly has approved, appalls them. This is more hypocrisy.
 
The real problem here is the key role natural gas will and must play in Virginia's energy future, whether the environmental purists can accept it or not. The same people exploded earlier this month when Dominion Energy Virginia filed an integrated resource plan which stated the obvious: Wind and solar generation will not power our economy by themselves, ever. Dominion also needs to keep its nuclear and natural gas fleets running into the foreseeable future or must import such power from some other state.
 
Rational Virginians need to cheer that admission from the utility unless they relish periods of cold and dark in their future. The environmental movement, according to Michael Moore's latest film "Plant of the Humans," is funded these days by the investors behind the wind and solar industries. They must fight the gas alternative to the bitter end. The only way to make wind and solar truly viable choices is to denigrate and shut down the cheaper and better alternatives.
 
Stephen D. Haner is Senior Fellow for State and Local Tax Policy at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. He may be reached at steve@thomasjeffersoninst.org. A version of this commentary originally ran in the May 21, 2020 issue of The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. 
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