Watercooler 7/6 Open Thread: Green Energy Blues, Ryan's Backstab, Quick Hits and Giveaways

#NeverTrumpNeverKasich #NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…


Green Power Utopia Finds Out It’s… Not All That

Seems the Germans, very aggressive investors in “green” energies, are finding out the “dream” is a bit of a nightmare.

Germany plans to stop building new offshore wind turbines to lower the costs of electricity and prop up its ailing power grid, according to a revision to a new energy law.

“Germany now has electric rates for consumers that are among the highest in the world. Energy poverty has become a reality for millions of German families,” Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Just think… Coming Soon to a Power Bill Near YOU!


Ryan Repeats Bush Mistake, Knifes Gun Owners In The Back

Some people never learn… either that or the GOP really does want to commit political suicide. From Justin Amash’s latest Facebook post:

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on an atrocious bill that violates the Constitution and abandons the Rule of Law.‪#‎HR5611‬, the Homeland Safety and Security Act, contains a simple provision with staggering implications: It permits the federal government to restrict a constitutionally secured right—the right to keep and bear arms—based merely on what the government predicts someone will do in the future.

The bill allows the government to prohibit gun transfers to Americans who have not been charged with—let alone convicted of—any criminal or terrorist activities. Under the bill’s constitutionally inadequate process, the targeted individual receives a basic hearing, not a jury trial, and the judge can restrict the individual’s gun rights upon nothing more than a showing of “probable cause to believe” that he or she will someday be a terrorist.

Guess this means Due Process is officially dead…


Quick Hits


This Week In History

  • Sunday, Jul 3: Wyoming Valley Massacre, 1778; San Francisco Mint established, 1852; Pickett’s Charge, 1863; SS United States sails on maiden voyage, 1952
  • Monday, Jul 4: Declaration of Independence, 1776; Presidents Adams and Jefferson die, 1826; Gehrig retires, 1939; K-19 Incident, 1961; Petty wins his 200th and last NASCAR race, 1984
  • Tuesday, Jul 5: Second Continental Congress adopts Olive Branch Petition, 1775; Spam introduced, 1937; first bikini sold, 1946; Elvis’s first single, 1954
  • Wednesday, Jul 6: Ft. Ticonderoga abandoned, 1777; Republican Party first convenes, 1854; British R34 lands in NY for first airship Atlantic crossing, 1919; AK47 enters production, 1947
  • Thursday, Jul 7: XYZ Affair ends Franco-American alliance, 1798; Ziegfeld’s first Follies, 1907; first sale of sliced bread, 1928; Sandra Day O’Connor first female SCOTUS justice, 1981
  • Friday, Jul 8: Liberty Bell first rung, 1776; Commodore Perry reaches Japan, 1853; Dow bottoms out the Depression at 41.22, 1932; final Shuttle launch, 2011
  • Saturday, Jul 9: 14th Amendment ratified, 1868; Weissmuller breaks “minute barrier” in 100-yd. freestyle swim, 1922; Donkey Kong released, 1981

Today’s Birthdays: Naval hero John Paul Jones, 1747; Harold S. Vanderbilt, last of a railroading dynasty, 1884; actors Ned Beatty, 1937 and Geoffrey Rush, 1951; pro wrestler Vince McMahon Sr., 1914 (and an honorable mention to my mother, July 7, 1956–happy birthday, Old Crab*!)

*Yes, she knows I call her that! She started it, being a Cancer, and it’s become a running joke that every year I give her a plush crab on her birthday.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.


Gratuitous Gun Giveaways Of The Week

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Quote of the Day

[…O]ne should always expect the unexpected–especially if, like yours truly, you were apparently born with an implanted poo-poo magnet.–the late Louis Awerbuck, noted firearms instructor

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