Maryland loses track of state ID cardsThese are the same people who will be performing your open-heart surgery, so you know.
By Tom LoBianco, The Washington Times
Annapolis — Maryland has lost track of an unknown number of identification cards granting bearers unrestricted access to secure government buildings and courthouses across the state, officials said yesterday.
The ID cards, issued to state employees, lobbyists, contractors and others, have also been issued without appropriate efforts to verify the identities of the applicants, according to a report by the Office of Legislative Audits. (link)
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Gas May Finally Cost Too MuchHigh five, everyone! Consumption is on the wane! The environment is saved!
By Christopher Palmeri, BusinessWeek
Traffic levels are trending downward nationwide. Preliminary figures from the Federal Highway Administration show it falling 1.4% last year. Now, with nationwide gasoline prices having passed the inflation-adjusted record of $3.40 a gallon set back in 1981, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting that gasoline consumption will actually fall 0.3% this year. That would be the first annual decline since 1991. Others believe the falloff in consumption is steeper than the government's numbers show. (link)
Of course, that means fuel tax revenue is going to decline here in Virginia ...
And it means that all those northern tourists who were going to be traveling to Southwest Virginia to take in the ambience created by our boulders, weeds, and abandoned hovels won't be ...
And it means that the poorest among us will be hoofing it from Tazewell County to their minimum wage call center jobs in Lebanon ...
Still, it's good for the environment. So savor the moment.
It may be your last.
And a pristine environment it is, Al. A bit smelly as a result of all the rotting bodies of third world peasants who starved to death because all our corn, wheat, and rice crops were consumed by your bio-fueled Gulfstream V instead of providing the great unwashed with the most basic of sustenance stinking up the environment, but an idyllic landscape it is you've created.
"I was also proud to stand up for the ethanol tax exemption when it was under attack in the Congress — at one point, supplying a tie-breaking vote in the Senate to save it. The more we can make this home-grown fuel a successful, widely-used product, the better-off our farmers and our environment will be."
-- Vice-President Al Gore at the Third Annual Farm Journal Conference, December 1, 1998 (source)
You should be very proud.
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Then again, maybe this was his plan all along.
Uh, never mind.
It's actually going to be two loons of like mind:
Anti-war Cindy Sheehan files to take on PelosiWhatever..
John Wildermuth, San Franscisco Chronicle Staff Writer
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan wants to snatch House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's congressional seat from her in November, but first she's going to need the help - and signatures - of 10,198 friends and supporters.
Sheehan was at San Francisco City Hall on Friday to take out papers for her independent run for Congress, but ... (link)
McCain says N.C. Republicans out of touch over adThis is just the beginning. It will only get worse.
Washington (Reuters) - Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain accused North Carolina's Republican Party of being "out of touch with reality" over its refusal to pull an advertisement criticizing Democrat Barack Obama.
"They're not listening to me because they're out of touch with reality and the Republican Party. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and this kind of campaigning is unacceptable," McCain told NBC's "Today" Show. (link)
Add Dr. Hatem Elhady to the list of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama’s weird friends.To learn more about this El-Hady character and his relationship to the Obamas, go here.
In the 1990s, the liberal mantra was “Sex is private.”
In the 21st century, it’s a new mantra: “That’s guilt by association.”
Thus Obama cannot be faulted for hanging out with slumlord/indicted sleazebag Tony Rezko.
Thus Obama cannot be faulted for hanging out with the pastor of hate, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Thus Obama cannot be faulted for hanging out with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.
Thus Obama cannot be faulted for hanging out with terrorist fund-raiser Dr. Hatem El-Hady (yes, Hatem is his first name).
You know what? I think the North Carolina Republican party is correct to raise questions about who the heck Obama hangs out with. Their ad and statement are here.
We are all racists and McCarthyites, of course, for asking these questions about that person who may be our next commander-in-chief and leader of the free world. Obama - and Hillary for that matter - would just as soon we paid attention only to what they say today and vote accordingly.
Oh, and shut up. We're annoying them.