Entergy increases while TVA decreases

Just a week after Entergy requested a 10% hike in their “Fuel Adjustment” charge (on top of last summer’s hefty increase), TVA has announced their third straight quarterly “fuel adjustment” decrease.

TVA says the decrease will bring their prices down to the lowest level in over a year.

“With the reduction in July, we will roll back all of the fuel cost adjustment increase from last fall, which is good news for ratepayers,” TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore said. “Fortunately for all of us, the price of coal and natural gas that are used as fuels in TVA power plants has declined in recent months. In addition, current economic conditions have resulted in lower power sales for TVA and that reduces our fuel and purchased power costs, as well.” source

Now, I’m sure that their is a simple explanation for the apparent discrepancy, and I would be very interested to hear Entergy’s take on all of this. But, at first blush, Entergy’s rate hike request just doesn’t pass the smell test.

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New law prevents gun confiscation

Here’s an interesting article from Tennessee,

(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A person who legally possesses a gun would not have it seized during periods of martial rule under a proposal that has been signed into law by the governor.

The measure was signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen on Thursday and takes effect immediately.

One of the more troubling Katrina stories for 2nd amendment advocates dealt with the seizure of firearms in the aftermath of the storm in the greater NOLA area.

Now, we didn’t see anything like that here in Pike County. Of course, the storm damage around here, as bad as it was, didn’t compare to the flooding in NOLA, or the wind/wave damage on the MS Gulf Coast. Still, the new Tennessee law is a good start.

Please feel free to email this article to your MS legislator of choice.

Haley travels to New Hampshire, Iowa

from the hill.com

A day after we learned the Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is heading to Iowa at the end of June, we find out that he also plans to head to New Hampshire.

Barbour will headline an event for the New Hampshire Republican Party on June 24, one day before he’s in Iowa.

So, is Haley considering a run in 2012? The GOP could do a lot worse.

“This Changes Everything”

What all fits into a category named “everything?”

Well, everything, obviously.

Not something, most things, the majority of things, a lot of things, no, no, no.

Everything.

Under the banner of “This Changes Everything,” The History Channel is promoting a Global Event, complete with a countdown clock, which touts “the most important find in 44 million years!”

Oh, my!

You would think The History Channel has got to know that after headlining a program this way, it has to live up to the hype. The program simply must deliver the goods, or else the network’s credibility will be damaged, perhaps irreparably. This could turn out to the the History Channel’s very own version of Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone’s vault.

With this kind of hyperbole, anything less than the revelation of the existence of time traveling, shape shifting, crop circle designing, Darwin affirming, cattle mutilating aliens, complete with a world-wide governmental cover up, and somehow tied to the monetary crisis, 9/11, the internet bubble, the illuminati, and the free masons will be an anti-climax.

But that’s just me.

Here is the History Channel promo:

CDC: Over 100,000 Americans may have swine flu

from Free Republic…

While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide. [snip]

In fact, “estimates of the confirmed and probable cases in the United States is probably not the best indicator of transmission at this point,” the CDC’s Jernigan said. “The outbreak is not localized, but is spreading and appears to be expanding throughout the United States. This is an ongoing public health threat,” he said.

CDC says twenty-two states are reporting higher than normal flu cases for this time of year, both seasonal flu and the new H1N1 Swine Flu.

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Pelosi claims CIA “misled” about waterboarding

In a yet another tortured explanation of what she knew, and when she knew it, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now claims that she was “misled” by the CIA regarding the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.

“They misled us every step of the way.”

In a just concluded press conference, Ms. Pelosi stopped short of calling the CIA briefers “liars”, but the distinction was one of semantics only.

Calling for a “Truth Commission,” Pelosi attempted to tie the CIA interrogation briefings to later briefings by the Bush Administration regarding WMD’s in the run-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her twisted explanation only serves to make the torture debate less about enhanced interrogation techniques and embarrassing the Bush Administration, and more about Nancy Pelosi’s credibility.

Playing the victim card is an extraordinary response, especially for the person who is third in line of Presidential Succession.

video update

update: read more at Politico

update2: FoxNews is reporting that the CIA is taking “great offense” to the Speaker’s statement. The CIA said to Fox, “We stand by the documents.”

update3: AP has this LuLu of a quote from the press conference:

“I wasn’t briefed, I was informed that somebody else had been briefed about it,” she said.

update4: John Carey has more

Budget deficit tops $1.8 Trillion

Today, the White House revised their numbers for the budget deficit to an eye-popping $1.8 Trillion, representing a quadrupling of last year’s record deficit.

I think this calls for a trip down memory lane, presented for your your consideration …

Remember Obama’s debate performance when he railed about the “orgy of spending” and the “enormous deficits?” Here is the quote …

“John, its been your President that you say you say you’ve agreed with 90% of the time, that presided over this increase in spending, this orgy of spending and enormous deficits and you voted for almost all of his budgets, so to stand here after 8 years and say you’re gonna lead on controlling spending…I think is kinda hard to swallow”

HAPundit has the video.

This level of government spending is unsustainable.

The Obama administration is the most radical and reckless in the history of the Republic. At this rate, it will also be the last administration in the history of the Republic.

read more at McComb Enterprise Journal