Posts By Donna Schoenkopf


Saturday, February 11, 2012 / 12:10 pm

Bureaucrat of the Week: Lisa Jackson of the EPA

She's making environmental history despite the Koch Brothers!

by Donna Schoenkopf

Lisa Jackson and President Obama

You know why all those Republicans deny climate change, don't you?

And you know why they also hate the EPA, right?

The Koch Brothers, that's why.

The brothers who own the second largest corporate conglomeration in the United States of America have all their vested interests in things that rape the earth.

Oil and gas, Georgia Pacific lumber, a slew of toxic chemicals.  I could go on and on but you get the idea.

Republicans didn't just come up with the idea that climate change didn't exist.  Nor did they have some sort of revelation from on high.  They got spoon fed these ideas by their funders, the Koch Brothers, who want to protect their vested interests and make that known to their lackies, the Republicans who take their filthy lucre.

But We the People have Lisa Jackson!  Ta Dah!!

She is the most effective Environmental Protector we've ever had.  She's dealt with mercury and auto emissions, two biggies that have been fought for years and years by corporate interests.

Her core concerns are air, water, and toxic contamination.  She focuses on children, the elderly, and low income neighborhoods.

She's done more in her three years on the job than the EPA has done in its history.

She's an adopted child, a math genius, a chemical engineer, and has a fistful of magna cum laudes from prestigious places of learning.

Here's to Lisa Jackson, our Bureaucrat of the Week!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 / 3:39 pm

Right Wing Evangelical Talk Radio

Relentless, ruthless, and not at all Christian.

by Donna Schoenkopf

strangely lit cross

Yesterday my television went out.

This was a serious predicament because I live out in the boonies, and the only human contact I have for days on end is the telly.  I rise early, anywhere from 4:30 am on and the first thing I do is turn on my teevee and have a delicious cup of coffee.

I watch MSNBC unless Joe Scarborough gets under my skin with his hogging of the microphone and his pronouncements from on high but I usually weather the storm.  When I absolutely can't take it anymore, I turn on CSPAN and if that isn't doing the trick I might succumb to a couple of minutes of HGTV or Fox just to see what mischief they're up to..

But yesterday!  The teevee went out!  Completely!

I called DISH and got an appointment for the next afternoon.  But that meant I would have to survive on EVANGELICAL RIGHT WING TALK RADIO for a whole day.
(No, reading doesn't replace the human voice.  I tried.  And music irritates me in a few minutes.  And sports?  Fuggedaboudit.)

In my case, it was AFR (American Family Radio) or nothing.  It's the only talk station I can get out here.  It originates in Ada, Oklahoma, population 16,907.  Ada is over the hill and down Killer Highway 177 for thirty-seven miles.

Here's a little of what I was listening to for those endless hours.

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Monday, February 6, 2012 / 6:14 am

Venting My Spleen: The Koch Brothers and the EPA

More scary stuff about how they are everywhere.

by Donna Schoenkopf

Dust Bowl dust storm

A couple of years ago I was standing outside the Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma waiting for our brand new Republican Congressman James Lankford to arrive for his Town Hall Meeting.

I was standing with a bunch of feisty Democrats who were holding signs of protest.  (Mine was pink and said “Tax the Rich.”  I was, as usual, ahead of my time.)

People who were supporters of Lankford began streaming in and eyed us with suspicion and/or amusement as they walked through the door.

One old geezer guy stopped to have a conversation.  He kept saying that the EPA should be abolished.

I hadn't been tuning in to the right wing talk radio shows for a while so I had no idea why he was so vehement about it.  But he was.  In spades.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 / 10:07 am

Bureaucrat of the Week: Michele Flournoy

She's made the Defense Department smarter and faster.

by Donna Schoenkopf

Michele Flournoy

She's tall and pretty.  Probably in her late forties.  Has a pleasant Irish face and smile.  And she's really, really smart.

She graduated from Beverly Hills High School, Harvard, and Oxford. 

She is the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and when appointed, was the highest ranking woman in the Pentagon.  She was appointed by President Obama.  And she is a graceful powerhouse.

I caught her on CSPAN.

(You guys really MUST turn on CSPAN once in a while.  It's really the only way to keep up with what goes on in Washington, and if you do turn it on, I think you will have a lot more respect for the people who slog it out in the trenches there.  That's why I write these regular pieces on my choice for  Bureaucrat of the Week.)

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Monday, January 30, 2012 / 6:00 am

Elder Housing the Citizen Potawatomi Way

State-of-the-art solar and geothermal save the planet and their tribal members' money.

by Donna Schoenkopf

Mary Powell

This is the story of a world renowned Native American tribe, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, integrating communal values and environmental knowhow in all the building they do.

And it’s quite a lot of building. They are now the largest employer in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. Their holdings include a bank, casinos, grocery stores, a rural water district, and a whole lot of other things.

The Chairman of the tribe is Rocky Barrett. He’s smart. Really smart. And he knows how to do well by doing good.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 / 9:09 am

Earth Justice: Ann Calhoun On Duty

Cloth bags vs. plastic: did you think about germs?

by Donna Schoenkopf

wartime brown paper bag

Ann Calhoun, vigilant citizen, wordsmith and smart ass has a blog that reports the various goings on in her hometown of Los Osos, California and its environs, which include San Luis Obispo.

Does she get mad?  You BET she does.  Can she rant like nobody else?  Uh huh!

This time she takes on the insidious forces that put profit before the health of our planet.  And, boy, does she make mincemeat out of the liars and fakes who are on the wrong side of this issue.

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Friday, January 20, 2012 / 4:29 pm

You Need a Little of This

He's so in love with you.

by Donna Schoenkopf


You've had a hard day.

Now you're home, in front of your computer and have stumbled onto these very words. You're looking for a little something to wind down the day.

A little something sweet and good and groovy.

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Friday, January 20, 2012 / 7:43 am

Gingrich and Grandiosity

The Big Lie Souffle and other GOP delicacies.

by Donna Schoenkopf


I am old enough to remember Newt Gingrich in action, back in the day.

He was and is a very, very clever liar. He drops a lie, coats it immediately with some kind of clever extraction of some kind of well-known truth, and then folds them together into a puffed up Big Lie Souffle. It is always smooth and easy to swallow, so Low Information Voters just gulp the whole thing down. In one sound bite.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 / 9:36 am

Earth Justice: Save the Honey Bees

Of course it's pesticides.

by Donna Schoenkopf

honeybee

It's been a mystery, hasn't it? All this time we've not had a definitive answer about WHY the honey bees are dying. But we do know they are being decimated. And it's not stopping.

Now there are new findings that link their deaths to, you guessed it, pesticides. And it's a particular pesticide. Based on nicotine. Called clothianidan. They are finding clothianidan in dead bees, the honey in the hives and, of course, all over the plant life that bees pollinate.

Here is the long version of what I just told you.

By the way, you can thank the United States Government in helping with the research.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 / 7:59 am

Venting My Spleen: Joe Scarborough

Nobody on set said a word.

by Donna Schoenkopf


I am an emotion junkie.  It stimulates my brain stem.  I guess that's why I watch Morning Joe.  I listen to Limbaugh and Hannity, too.  Ostensibly I say it's to check out what the opposition is doing.  And that's true.  Somebody's gotta do it. 

But another reason I listen to and watch all those guys is that they stimulate my cognitive self and get me thinking about why I am for or against something.

Joe Scarborough did it for me (again) yesterday. 

His anti-union diatribe (without actually using the word “union” except once) about how fabulous capitalism is because it's efficient and cuts the dead weight out of a company and that's good.  He said all this to defend Mitt Romney's ill-gotten gains from raiding companies and then firing folks.  His not so delicate point was that the goon squad of the Union protects lazy, good-for-nothing workers.

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