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Friday, October 07, 2005

'Let Them Eat Windmills'

The world's ability to produce enough refined oil to meet demand has reached capacity. The USA hasn't had a new refinery built since the 70's. The price of oil has in recent weeks exceeded $60 a barrel. Gasoline has shot up to $3.00 per gallon. We can only drive the price down by ensuring that supply exceeds demand.

So how do the Democrats propose we do that?

They don't. It's not their problem.

Democrats Attack Bill to Boost Refineries
By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer

A new Republican-crafted energy bill, prompted by the hurricane devastation and high fuel prices, came under sharp attack Friday from Democrats who called it a sop to rich oil companies that would do little to curb gasoline or natural gas costs, while hurting the environment.

Supporters argue the measure is needed to spur construction of new refineries. The House was expected to vote on it later in the day. (
If we head off disaster by constructing refineries in this country, we will be providing a sop to the rich and will, without doubt, harm the environment. Disaster be damned. That's their mindset. And its as far as the Democrats go in ever offering up solutions, save for the tired drivel about windmills and solar panels.

And they want to be in charge. Good grief.

More Global Warming Idiocy

The Roanoke Times editorial staff wants us all to take the global warming threat seriously. Why? Because insurance companies say so.
Insurers forecast global warming

With predictions of rising premiums as higher temperatures create stronger storms and change climate patterns, skeptics should pay heed.
The Roanoke Times

If there is one industry especially skilled at forecasting the future, it is the insurance industry. Insurers turn a profit through careful statistical analysis and charging premiums that exceed losses when averaged over large populations.

It is therefore no surprise that they are taking the threat of global warming seriously. (
It is a complete surprise though that the Roanoke Times has come down on the side of the insurance industry, for if there were ever evil, blood-sucking capitalists roaming the planet, preying on the innocent and defenseless poor, it is those dastardly insurers.

But I'm prepared to heed the warning. If scientists at Allstate Insurance say the globe is warming, then by God it must be true.

Was There Ever Any Doubt?

The NRA endorses the gubernatorial candidacy of Jerry Kilgore:
Kilgore picks up NRA support
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times

The National Rifle Association yesterday endorsed Republican Jerry W. Kilgore to be Virginia's next governor ...

The NRA, based in Virginia, gave Mr. Kilgore, the former state attorney general, an "A" rating and Democrat Timothy M. Kaine, the lieutenant governor, an "F."

"Jerry Kilgore is the one candidate that will stand for the Second Amendment and for the honor and freedom to own guns," said Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president, who joined Mr. Kilgore on a statewide fly-around tour to announce the endorsement. (link)
I passed a huge orange sign along the road somewhere over near Stuart, Virginia yesterday that said, "Sportsmen for Kaine." I just chuckled, shook my head, and drove on.

I don't think the NRA position was ever in doubt. Kaine has attempted to run from his deplorable record on gun rights as Richmond mayor but he was never able to hide from it. And the NRA ain't a bunch of fools.

We made the right decision.

I Was Mistaken

Virginia Rolling Stones concert interrupted

When I read this AP headline, my first thought was that someone needed to adjust the pacemaker or take his old-age medication or replace the wheelchair. Instead, the Stones concert was interrupted by an apparent bomb scare:
Va. Rolling Stones concert interrupted

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The Rolling Stones' concert at the University of Virginia was interrupted Thursday night while several police officers and three bomb-sniffing dogs searched the stage.
My guess is the break was really scheduled all along, to allow Mick Jagger and the other burned-out members of this geriatric band to catch their breath. But I may be wrong.

Bush Makes The Case

I have said for a long time now that President Bush needs to get behind that pulpit of his and make the case to the American people that the battle being fought in Iraq is just a part of a much larger war - against Islamism around the globe.

I didn't catch much of his speech but, from all accounts, he started preaching that message yesterday.

From The New York Post:

By Deborah Orin, Bureau Chief, The New York Post

WASHINGTON — President Bush yesterday said Americans must "keep our nerve" and win the war in Iraq to keep terrorists from creating a radical Islamic empire that would try to blackmail America into retreat.

"In Iraq, there is no peace without victory. We will keep our nerve and we will win that victory," Bush said in a speech that sought to revive support for the war on the eve of Oct. 15 Iraqi elections.

Bush said Islamic terrorists are fanatics like Hitler and Stalin who hope to use "the vacuum created by an American retreat" to grab control of Iraq and use it — as they once used Afghanistan — as a base for terror.

"The murderous ideology of the Islamic radicals is the great challenge of our new century. Like the ideology of communism, our new enemy teaches that innocent individuals can be sacrificed to serve a political vision," he said. (link)

Islamic radicals' murderous idealogy. Yes.

Freeh Speaks Out

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has some harsh words for his former boss, Wee Willie Clinton. Included in an interview with Mike Wallace is this damning charge:

By Deborah Orin, Bureau Chief, The New York Post

WASHINGTON — In a bombshell interview, former FBI chief Louis Freeh charges that President Bill Clinton had a faulty "moral compass" and sold out U.S. troops killed in a 1996 Saudi bombing — in exchange for cash for the Clinton library.

"The problem was with Bill Clinton — the scandals and the rumored scandals, the incubating ones and the dying ones, never ended," Freeh says in an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes."

"Whatever moral compass the president was consulting was leading him in the wrong direction. His closets were full of skeletons just waiting to burst out."

Freeh's most explosive charge is that Clinton let down the families of the 19 Americans killed — and 300 injured — by a truck bomb outside the Khobar Towers apartments housing Air Force personnel in Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996. (link)

Having endured the Clinton years, I have no difficulty believing this.