Gas inches toward $2 a gallon in Richmond areaHere's what I'd do, fellas. Move away from the Big Oil conspiracy and to the Bush-is-trying-to-influence-the-upcoming-election-by-driving-prices-down conspiracy. At least until prices start going back up. Then start whining once again about sinister forces behind the scenes manipulating ...
Wait for it, and gas prices might -- might -- fall to $2 a gallon before the end of the year.
Prices in the Richmond area were moving closer to that mark yesterday, dropping into the $2.11to $2.15-per-gallon range, according to www.richmondgasprices.com.
The summer driving season, fear of another bad hurricane season or other events that might impact the oil industry, and the machinations of world markets had been working to keep prices
Throughout Virginia, gas prices have dropped 47 cents a gallon since a month ago, and 54 cents a gallon since last year, according to information released Friday by AAA Mid-Atlantic. (link)
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Maryland senatorial candidate Ben Cardin fired an employee for making insensitive remarks on a blog:
Though understandable, it looks as if the comments made on the staffer's blog are actually quite benign, especially when compared to the sort of vile hatred spewed by Virginia senate candidate James Webb's paid ("monkey fest") goon.
Md. Rep. Fires Staffer Over Race Comment
By Brian Witte, The Associated Press
BALTIMORE -- Rep. Benjamin Cardin has fired a campaign staffer who posted racially charged comments against his opponent on the Internet, the congressman's campaign said Saturday.
The staffer's blog includes references to Oreo cookies. Cardin's opponent, Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who is black, has said people threw Oreos at him during a 2002 debate as a slight directed at his race and political views.
In a statement, Cardin, who is white, also condemned comments written by the female staffer on her blog that he considered derogatory to Jews.
"I am deeply offended and disgusted by the blog's racial and anti-Semitic overtones," the 10-term congressman said. "The staff person responsible was promptly dismissed and will have nothing to do with my campaign." (link)
It would do Webb well to take note of how these things should be handled.
This is their way of fighting crime. I guess it beats having to actually get off their asses and go out and arrest the tens of thousands of murderers, rapists, and thieves that prey on the citizenry there:
Residents Cash In Guns for Peace of MindThe police department is high-fiving itself this morning. 337 guns off the street. That leaves an estimated 149,999,663 still available to criminals. With another couple of thousand being manufacturered and sold EVERY DAY.
District Police Host Buyback to Get Firearms Out of Homes and Off the Streets
By Allison Klein, Washington Post Staff Writer
Francinina Jones grabbed her husband's long shotgun, the one he became attached to during years of hunting, and marched straight to the police station in Southeast D.C.
"I wanted the gun out of the house," said Jones, 55, who lives in Southeast and traded the firearm for a $50 payment from the city. "There's too much killing, all these young people have guns."
Jones and hundreds of others got cash for guns as part of the police department's gun buyback program, which yesterday netted 337 firearms and paid area residents about $16,700. (link)
Genius. Pure genius.
How 3 G.O.P. Veterans Stalled Bush Detainee BillDo you sense a note of glee?
By Carl Hulse, Kate Zernike and Sheryl Gay Stolberg.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 — Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham cornered their partner, Senator John W. Warner, on the Senate floor late Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Warner, the courtly Virginian who is chairman of the Armed Services Committee, had been trying for weeks to quietly work out the three Republicans’ differences with the Bush administration’s proposal to bring terrorism suspects to trial. But Senators McCain, of Arizona, and Graham, of South Carolina, who are on the committee with Mr. Warner, convinced him that the time for negotiation was over.
The three senators, all military veterans, marched off to an impromptu news conference to lay out their deep objections to the Bush legislation. Mr. Warner then personally broke the news to Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader, and the next day the Armed Services Committee voted to approve a firm legislative rebuke to the president’s plan to reinterpret the Geneva Conventions.
It was a stinging defeat for the White House ... (link)
Three Republicans, led by our senator, have put our country more at risk. There's nothing in that to be gleeful about.
A Texas redneck was stopped by a game warden in East Texas recently with two ice chests of fish, leaving a river well known for its fishing.
The game warden asked the man, "Do you have a license to catch those fish?"
"Naw my friend, I ain't got no license. These here are my pet fish."
"Yep. Every night I take these fish down to the river and let 'em swim 'round for a while. Then I whistle and they jump right back into this ice chest and I take 'em home."
"That's a bunch of BULL! Fish can't do that!"
The redneck looked at the game warden for a moment and then said, "It's the truth. I'll show you. It really works."
"Okay, I've GOT to see this!"
The redneck poured the fish into the river and stood and waited.
After several minutes, the game warden turned to him and said, "Well?"
"Well, what?" said the redneck.
"When are you going to call them back?"
"Call who back?"