Pool Shark

“Ah, it’s great to be young and insane!” — Billy Caulfield (Michael Keaton) in The Dream Team, 1989

The exhilarating affirmation above could just as easily have been uttered by just about anybody in Obama’s mad Red regime, or by any happy-go-lucky cuckoo that still intends to re-certify the head loony for another four years in office despite the mound of diagnostic documentation that would have not so long ago confined him to a well-padded cell and placed on a strict and mandatory regimen of anti-psychotic medication.

The latest in the never-ending effort to turn all of us into unwilling inmates of the Progressive asylum:

The Obama Administration has recently construed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Standards for Accessible Design to apply to the act of swimming.

Today, this regulation was supposed to go into effect, opening up the owners to $100,000 fines as well as trial lawyer liability.  However, thanks to the kindness of the Justice Department, existing pools now have until January 2013 to comply.  “Newly constructed or altered places of public accommodation, commercial facilities and state and local government facilities” operating swimming pools will now be required to install permanent structures that lower physically disabled patrons into the pool.  These establishments may also be forced to remove “accessibility barriers.”

The premise of this entire concept — allowing bureaucrats in DC to tell Americans how to run their swimming pools is more outrageous than the overly scandalous title to this article. (Obama Allows Your Children To Go Swimming For One More Summer)

What could be more egalitarian than forcing all the natatoria throughout the Obama Nation to install forklifts with which to lower into the drink those unfortunates among us who are unable to lower themselves?  It’s only fair …


See: Obama vandalizes WH presidential biographies

But presidential biographies are not all the Big Red One has been busy vandalizing:

Obama’s War on Coal has already taken a remarkable toll on coal-fired power plants in America.

Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a shocking drop in power sector coal consumption in the first quarter of 2012. Coal-fired power plants are now generating just 36 percent of U.S. electricity, versus 44.6 percent just one year ago.

It’s the result of an unprecedented regulatory assault on coal that will leave us all much poorer.

Last week PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for 13 states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) held its 2015 capacity auction. These are the first real, market prices that take Obama’s most recent anti-coal regulations into account, and they prove that he is keeping his 2008 campaign promise to make electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”

The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity – almost all natural gas – was $136 per megawatt. That’s eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. In the mid-Atlantic area covering New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and DC the new price is $167 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt.  (Obama’s war on coal hits your electric bill)

Four more years of Obamunism, and all of us will be happy to see lumps of coal in our Christmas stockings … assuming, of course, that the Big Red One hasn’t done away with the holiday by then.

About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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9 Responses to Pool Shark

  1. Well, I guess there is going to be a lot of very big gold fish ponds now..

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  3. Cheryl Pass says:

    A new way to “soak” the public: Force all pools to adhere to the Disabilities Act. Could have seen this coming, eh? On those HOT summer days, when we can’t afford air-conditioning anymore due to the lack of energy supply (read killing the coal industry), then we can all go for a swim! That is, after we all have heat strokes and need the Disabilities Act to insure we can get in the pool.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Well, we could go to the ol’ swimming hole, except that the feds have decided to make rattlesnakes (and their kissin’ cousins, cottonmouths?) a protected species, so that might be a little risky. And the feds control all the wetlands now, so there’s probably armed “environmental police” patrolling the ponds.

  4. bunkerville says:

    This will force the closure of many pools, so I guess Obama is happy now. Anything to deny Americans.

  5. Bob Mack says:

    From Redstate: Electoral implications of the Obama Administration’s War on Coal

    If the Obama administration keeps up their War on Coal (literally: they consider coal more dangerous than terrorism), quite possibly. And it may be at least partially because of coal.

    …the top sixteen coal-producing states in the USA. There’s a total of 182 Electoral Votes at stake, there – and in 2008 there were 180. Obama actually won coal-producing states in 2008, 100 to 80; and if no states flip in November, he’ll win them, 96 to 86. Except that… states are going to flip. Indiana’s already gone; and of the remaining six Obama states only New Mexico and Illinois are not considered toss-ups. The administration’s relentless hostility towards coal production and use may have already contributed to Democratic electoral disaster: since Obama took office the state governments and legislatures of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have all been taken over by Republicans; in Colorado we flipped the House of Representatives; and in New Mexico we captured the governorship. Heck, we even gained seats in the Illinois legislature, and came very close to winning the governorship.

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  7. TomR, armed in Texas says:

    I am a wheelchair using paraplegic. I do not expect and will damn sure not demand that owners of public swimming pools have lifts to enable me to get into their swimming pools. It is my tough luck that I am disabled. In 40 years I have only had one incident where someone refused to help me when I needed it. 90+% of the time people volunteer to help me, many times when I don’t really even need it. Good folks abound. I appreciate wider parking so I can get my wheelchair in/out without banging someone elses vehicle. Curb cuts and ramps are very beneficial, almost necessary. I know a lot of this is govt. mandated and that bothers me a bit, but I know it helps many who are far worse hadicapped than myself. And most of it is of reasonable expense. However, there are extremes and lifts in pools are an item that should be voluntary.

    As to the horrendous EPA regs closing down coal fired plants. Get ready for rolling blackouts during extreme weather. Last summer we teetered on the edge of rolling blackouts in North Texas as record breaking hot temps caused maximum usage of available electricity. This summer, with a reduced capacity and more population and new businesses(Texas’s free market, business friendly, right to work economy is an antithesis of obamanomics) it will not surprise me to see rationing or rolling blackouts. This is purely criminal as America has enough natural energy resources to be energy independent and energy wealthy. Damned EPA, damned socialists, damned enviromental extremists!

    • Bob Mack says:

      TOM, I’m all for reasonable public accommodations for our disabled citizens. I’m firmly against most government mandates in areas which are none of its business under our Constitution. I agree with you that installing lifts in privately-owned swimming pools should be entirely at the discretion of the owners, as should non-smoking areas in restaurants & bars, etc. etc. 4 more years of the Big Red One & we’ll be back to reading by firelight, assuming we can find anything to burn by then.

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