Archive for February 27, 2009

Image:Meteorologist Allan Huffman

Image:Meteorologist Allan Huffman

Yes go ahead say it, I’m a weather weenie. There is nothing I look forward to more than a few flakes and folks I’m not talking about my friends😆 . According to the latest computer models we are once again in for some white stuff. Here is the latest from Meteorologist Allan Huffman’s weather page, Raleigh Weather Examiner.

Hi folks, after digesting the latest model data that has come out today, my confidence is growing that this going to be a significant snowstorm for the upsate of South Carolina through much of central and east-central North Carolina, and eastern and southeastern Virginia. Areas where this could also be a big deal, but  where I have lower confidence are, northern and north-central Georgia, the mountains and foothills of North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and central Virginia.

As far as amounts go, I will try to zero in on this tomorrow, but as of now I would say a general 4-8 inch snow is likely in the dark blue areas, with the upside being isolated areas of 10-12 inches.  Again, I will try to zero in on this tomorrow.

Oh yeah, now that’s what I’m talking about. Hey Suzanne what time should I come over to shovel the barn?



Folks over at NoNAIS, have an action alert regarding an upcoming Congressional hearing on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry will hold a hearing on NAIS on March 11. Bills to put NAIS into law, HR875 and companion Senate S814, are being pushed through Congress, as well as an Appropriations Bill with funding for NAIS. This hearing is critical to blocking mandatory NAIS.

It is going to take all of us, small farmers, homesteaders, pet owners and consumers to put a halt to this absurd legislation. Don’t know much about NAIS? Go here to learn more and let’s end the madness now.

Salon/Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Salon/Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

“Violent protests and riots are breaking out everywhere as economies collapse and governments fail. War is bound to follow”.

Michael Klare at Salon examines the current economic meltdown from a global perspective and ask the question, Are we next? It is a must read.

Dems plan housing push amid dissent

Source: The Hill

Democrats are prepared to bring the party’s housing bill to the floor Thursday, even as centrist members try to limit one of its key provisions.

Centrist Democrats want to limit the number of people who can get their home loans shrunk by bankruptcy judges.

“We want to make sure that people who’ve been offered a modification don’t just use bankruptcy to shop for a better option,” said Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the centrist New Democrat Coalition.

The bankruptcy legislation is the most contentious part of a broader bill to reinvigorate the housing market. House liberals and the original sponsors of the provision, known as “cramdown” in the financial industry, say there is no reason for the centrists’ concerns, but said they can live with some proposed changes.

“The changes under discussion would still be an effective bill,” said Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), who authored the bankruptcy provision, “and would give homeowners more options than they currently have.” Limiting the bill too much, said Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.), could cause problems passing the bill.

“You’ll start losing votes when you too drastically affect the availability of the remedy for no good reason,” said Marshall, a bankruptcy attorney who originally opposed the bill until he and Miller crafted language they could both live with.

More here.

Myrick asks for money, then opposes bill

Source: Charlotte Observer

The $410 billion spending bill that Rep. Sue Myrick opposed Wednesday included millions of dollars for the Charlotte area that she inserted in the legislation, including $20million to expand the city’s light-rail system.

The Charlotte Republican’s “earmarks,” and others requested last year but stalled by Washington gridlock, are one step closer to finally getting funded.

Myrick’s projects include $380,000 for the Garden Parkway in Gaston County, $237,500 for the U.S. 74 Monroe Bypass and $142,500 for “streetscaping and pedestrian walkways” along Gilead Road in Huntersville.

Myrick co-sponsored the $20 million for the Charlotte rapid transit system with Rep. Mel Watt, a Charlotte Democrat, and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

The projects are included in the “omnibus” spending bill needed because Congress failed to pass nine of its 2009 appropriations bills.

It passed the House largely on a party-line vote, with Democrats accusing Republicans of hypocrisy for opposing a bill they helped stuff with pet projects. It must still be considered by the Senate.

More here.

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