It's Friday: Things I think about


Politico sent this flash last night: 

"The Environmental Protection Agency is officially proposing the first-ever regulations limiting future power plants' greenhouse gas emissions, including standards that will require coal-burning plants to capture about 40 percent of their carbon dioxide emissions. The proposed rule, which EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is announcing this morning in a speech at the National Press Club, is the agency's first step in fulfilling President Barack Obama's promise to tackle climate change without waiting for Congress. Republican lawmakers and other coal industry supporters have already denounced the proposal, saying it's part of an administration 'war on coal.'"

What this means in a nutshell is 1) The price of gasoline will stay too high for a long time, thank you very much, Mr. President, and 2) All that campaign talk about becoming energy independent was just a bunch of bunk. If the president went the other way on coal and encouraged it's development, we'd be free of Middle East oil sooner rather than later. I'm not the only one who grows weary of witnessing this president act differently than his words.

What a country ...

In Virginia, high school officials ordered a student to remove a "Duck Dynasty" t-shirt that pictured the show's star, Si Robertson, and the words: "I Will Hurt You Physically and Metaphysically." Really? C'mon, man.

And Director John Singleton, in this piece, asks the question: Can white people make a great black movie? Singleton is a thoughtful guy and he raises some valid questions. But, seriously, we're never going to be a better country until skin color really isn't the question. A good director is a good director. A good story is a good story. Filtering everything -- everything -- through race is not helpful. 

Batsh*t Crazy Nancy

In a statement that's being ridiculed by just about everyone, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Obama is "apolitical, certainly nonpartisan." Wow. Just wow. 

ABC reporter gets it right

We're going to hear a lot about a potential government shut down over the next week. President Obama is trying hard to place the whole, entire blame on House Republicans because they want to link continued government funding to the defunding of ObamaCare.

Look, you can debate the merits of that all day. But the real sticking point in whatever compromise must be worked out here is on the president's side. He has said that he absolutely will not negotiate with House Republicans on that. And, that means that if there is no resolution, it will be the president's fault, not the House Republicans.

ABC reporter Jonathan Karl got that right when he asked Chief White House Spokesman Jay Carney that “the president’s positions is, he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling. How is that tenable?”

Carney had no good answer to that other than to reiterate the president's talking points, which make no sense. So, remember, if the government shuts down under the current scenario, it's the president's fault. Period.

Another mass shooting 

Any kind of random violence gives me pause to wonder how those kinds of acts, and the inevitable suffering it brings, fits in with any kind of order and justice in the universe.

The shooting at the Navy facility in Washington, D.C., is the latest. Hard to make sense of it.

Dan Edwards, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, has a new book out that addresses suffering. Where does come from?

You can pick it up here. You can also read more by Bishop Edward at his blog here. He's a pretty smart dude. But I often think there are things rolling around inside him that he'd like to say, but feels the constraints of his position. Just a theory, mind you.

(Full disclosure: I am a priest in Nevada. In the Episcopal tradition, that means I am one of the many stray cats he must try to herd.)

Tip of the weekend: Foyle's War

You will not find better entertainment this weekend than the return of "Foyle's War" on PBS. You can catch the first installment of this marvelous Masterpiece Mystery story on Netflix. It's about a brilliant small town cop coping with wartime England. Grab a glass of sherry, kick back, and binge the episodes until now.

Then watch it on PBS on Sunday. Although you've missed the first in the return, I think you'll be able to catch up quickly. And, BTW, old chap, that Foyle fellow is MI5.