Happy Hurricane Season!

June 1 kicks off the Atlantic hurricane season, though the NOAA map shows no activity at this time. I’m sure Ed the weatherman is in fine spirits. I can’t wait for the colorful maps to start showing up over at GCP.

NOAA says 9-14 storms, yada, yada, yada, and the named storms will be as follows:

Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda.

Nothing really remarkable there. Of course, I’d like to see NOAA start getting a little more inclusive with their name choices. We have the hispanics covered with Joaquin and Erika. The French get a nod with Henri. I reckon that will be pronounced “Ohn Ray,” or some such shite. But, how about some more diversity for Pete’s sake?

How about a hurricane named for an American Indian? Hurricane Running Bear, or something like that. And how about an African American name, say Hurricane LaKeisha? Or an Egyptian name, Hurricane Mukhwana.

I can just picture Geraldo Rivera standing on the coastline waiting for the storm, hair blowing in the wind and spray, putting his best Egyptian pronunciation on Mukhwana, with The Flight of the Valkyries playing full blast in the background (helicopter sound effects optional).

So, Happy hurricane season folks. It will be a relief to pay some attention to the hot air coming in from the Gulf for a while, rather than Washington, D.C.

Oh, and, get your emergency plans in order, OK?

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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.

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.

The judgement to lead

As Taleban fighters continue their surge toward the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, the prospects of Islamic terrorists coming into the possession of nuclear weapons has never been closer. The gap, in fact, is a mere 60 miles.

The “test” that Joe Biden warned about may be upon us.

“Mark my words…… With the next, first six months of this administration, if we win, they’re going to — we’re going to face a major international challenge. Because they’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him.”

Instead of placating the radical Left by picking a fight with the previous administration over the definition of “torture,” our new president might be forced to spend some of his considerable people skills on the security task at hand.  And, if he in unsuccessful in “mending fences with our enemies, he may have to consider acting in the security interests of the Free World by securing the nuclear stockpile.

Obama told us that he was capable of doing this. … “Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.”

No big surprise if you don’t remember this. It was buried by the other comments he made at the same San Francisco fundraiser — the famous “clinging to guns and religion” statement. (I mean, really, who can doubt that DHS’s report on right-wing extremism is any different than Obama’s own true feelings about conservatives?)  Obama went on to say that among the three candidates for President, he alone possesses “the judgment, the temperament to ask the right questions, to weigh the costs and benefits of military action, who insists on good intelligence, who is not going to be swayed by the short-term politics.”  source

What a piece of work, this man.  Perhaps he remembers making these statements.  Let us hope that his recollection is better than the statements he made regarding Cuba as recently as 2004, something that he described last week as happening “eons ago.”

Although Mr. Obama has been quick to blame many of the problems of the nation on his predecessor, one thing he inherited that is in good condition is our military.  Their bravery and mettle may have to bear the brunt of Obama’s “test.”

They, as well as he, are in my prayers.

(cross-posted at Nuke’s)

2nd anniversary of The Reid Doctrine™

It has been two years since the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, declared the war in Iraq as a defeat for the United States.

We named his policy of pre-emptive surrender, The Reid Doctrine™

“Now I believe, myself, that the secretary of state, the secretary of defense and you have to make your own decision as to what the president knows: that this war is lost, that the surge is not accomplishing anything,”
–Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Let’s go to the video …

Happy anniversary Senator Reid.

Hell no, we ain’t forgettin’.

h/t Alaphiah

Life in Natchez is just so gay

Adam Koob’s February piece in the Natchez Democrat is still a major topic of conversation in southwest Mississippi. The claims that have attracted the most attention, or generated the most controversy, depending upon your perspective …

“At least 25 percent of Natchez is openly gay or are in a gay relationship.”

and,

“All the men are gay after midnight in Natchez.”

Dang! Who knew?