Smorgasblog # 3: EPA Un-American? and Pakistan’s Abdul Sattar Edhi passes

From Grist: GOP lawmaker says EPA is absurd, irresponsible, and “un-American

So there are many things, well maybe most things, that members of the Grand Obnoxious Party (GOP) say annoy me. One of the most annoying is that any new regulation reduce their profits. Profits that they in turn would have used to create jobs! Yeah, we’ve all seen what happens when taxes are lowered on businesses and the wealthy. Does the money go back into the economy?? Do they create new jobs? Ah, no! They pocket the money and the gap between the wealthy and the rest of us gets a little wider!

Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)  said what?

Anyway that’s just what House Republican Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) said to top EPA official Janet McCabe last week. During a committee hearing  to review the EPA’s Clean Power Plan whose regulations are aimed at reducing carbon emissions from the energy industry. Here’s what Johnson said:

“It’s draining the lifeblood out of our businesses,”…. “The hundreds of billions of dollars that you guys are sucking out of our economy every year that could be going toward job creation.”…..“I think it’s absurd, I think it’s irresponsible. Quite frankly, Ms. McCabe, I think it’s un-American.”

God lord he not only lies saying, that the money energy companies would save by not having to come into compliance with new regulations would go toward job creation, but he calls saving the planet and maybe lives of Americans – “Un-American”

So maybe it would have been more American to just go back to the way it was before the EPA. Then we could all sit around and talk about  how the gray sky used to be blue. And rivers didn’t catch on fire. And you didn’t have to go outside with a facemask on! But at least we’re still America!

Read the Original Article at Grist: GOP lawmaker says EPA is absurd, irresponsible, and “un-American

Death of Pakistan’s “Father Teresa” – Abdul Sattar Edhi

I must admit that Pakistan is one of those countries that I have never paid that much attention to other than its location next to Afghanistan, India and Iran. I know that through the years Pakistan  has been considered a failed state. But I really know little about the people of Pakistan. Yesterday though on the list of recent deaths I saw a name I didn’t recognize Abdul Sattar Edhi. I discovered  that Mr Edhi may have been “the world’s greatest living humanitarian”

From Wikipedia

Abdul Sattar Edhi

By Awais Azad – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Abdul Sattar Edhi – January 1928 – 8 July 2016) was a prominent Pakistaniphilanthropist, social activist, ascetic, and humanitarian. He was the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan and ran the organization for the better part of six decades. He was known as Angel of Mercy and The Richest Poor Man was considered Pakistan’s “most respected” and legendary figure. In 2013, The Huffington Post said that he might be “the world’s greatest living humanitarian.” Revered by many as a national hero, Edhi created a charitable empire out of nothing. He masterminded Pakistan’s largest welfare organisation almost single-handedly, entirely with private company and donations. To many, Edhi was known as the “Father Teresa” of Pakistan.

International awards given to Abdul Sattar Edni

Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service (1986)[34][35]
Lenin Peace Prize (1988)[21]
Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International (1993)[21]
Peace Prize from the former USSR, for services during the Armenian earthquake disaster (1998)
Hamdan Award for volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services (2000), UAE[21]
International Balzan Prize (2000) for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood, Italy[21]
Peace and Harmony Award (2001), Delhi
Peace Award (2004), Mumbai
Peace Award (2005), Hyderabad Deccan
Gandhi Peace Award (2007), Delhi
Peace Award (2008), Seoul
Honorary doctorate from the Institute of Business Administration Karachi (2006).
UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize (2009)[36][37]
Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize (2010)[38][39]

Read More at Wikipedia

Somehow I don’t think Rep. Bill Johnson is going to be considered in the same breath as “Mother Teresa”!

Featured Image: Rep. Bill Johnson Reuters/Jason Reed