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Monday, June 16, 2008

Even In West Virginia ...

... the Democrats have swallowed the Kool Aid.

In a state completely dependent on the coal industry (okay, nearly), to have a measure calling for a ban on surface mining almost pass the state Democrat caucus is stunning. Can they be that detached from those who are trying mightily to eke out a living over there?

Seems so:

Democrats reject ban on mountaintop mining
Narrow vote at state convention shows 'momentum'

By Veronica Nett, Charleston Gazette Staff writer

Delegates at the Democratic State Convention narrowly voted down a resolution Saturday that supported a freeze on new permits for mountaintop removal sites.

The final vote on the Healthy Jobs, Healthy Communities, and Healthy Mountains Resolution was 215-190.

Daniel Chiotos, environmental caucus delegate for West Virginia Young Democrats, said the close vote is encouraging.

"This is obviously an issue that is gaining momentum," Chiotos said. "We're going to continue to work to push this through." (link)

With all the problems the people of West Virginia face, the Democrats focus on this. Unbelievable.

Washington Disconnect

While the price of groceries skyrockets, as food riots break out, while oil costs soar, and people find it harder and harder to make ends meet, as the mortgage crisis deepens, Congress jacks around:
Congress Pushes to Keep Land Untamed
By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post Staff Writer

Index, Wash. -- With little fanfare, Congress has embarked on a push to protect as many as a dozen pristine areas this year in places ranging from the glacier-fed streams of the Wild Sky Wilderness here to West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest. By the end of the year, conservation experts predict, this drive could place as much as 2 million acres of unspoiled land under federal control, a total that rivals the wilderness acreage set aside by Congress over the previous five years.

A confluence of factors is driving this wilderness renaissance ... (link)
For the love of God.

The Times Makes Excuses For Obama's Ineptitude

Barack Obama has taken a beating in recent weeks over his now-apparent-to-all lack of management skills, having hired (not one, but) two Washington insiders - with lots of baggage - as top advisers to his campaign. His problem? "Change" sure ain't what these guys are all about.

In order to stem the bleeding, the New York Times this morning - on its front page no less - offers up an excuse for the Democrat candidate's ineptitude: He let's others make the little decisions.

In a once-decent newspaper, for God's sake:

Obama the Delegator Picks When to Take Reins
By Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg

After [his Pennsylvania primary] defeat in April, a friend gave Mr. Obama an urgent piece of advice: “Put your hand on the tiller.”

And that Mr. Obama did. He began participating in more strategy sessions, spoke out against a summertime gasoline tax suspension more forcefully than some advisers initially preferred, and last week was involved in conference calls that led to the departure of James A. Johnson, the man leading the campaign’s vice-presidential search.

Like most presidential candidates, Mr. Obama is developing his executive skills on the fly, and under intense scrutiny. The evolution of his style in recent months suggests he is still finding the right formula as he confronts a challenge that he has not faced in his career: managing a large organization.

The skill will become more important should he win the presidency ... (link)
No shit.

"Mr. Obama is developing his executive skills on the fly." And he may head the largest organization on the planet. Kinda sends chills, doesn't it?

Here's the nauseating part. Check out the hard-hitting critique of Obama's performance:

"Mr. Obama’s style so far .."
"He reads widely and encourages alternative views ..."
"He is personally even-keeled ..."
"He delegates many decisions ..."
"Mr. Obama stays connected ..."
"A night owl, Mr. Obama is known to ..."
"... a portrait of Mr. Obama emerges as a concerned but not obsessive ..."
"... Mr. Obama can have a photographic memory of ..."
"He does not stir dissent simply for dissent’s sake, but ..."

And, most importantly:

"Mr. Obama has tried to learn from the mistakes of others."

Reads like an employment letter of recommendation, doesn't it?

Can the slimeballs at the New York Times be any more transparent? Making excuses. In what was once its news section. Shameful. Just shameful.

Problem Solved

We feast. We drink. We throw the rest away. That's always been the American way.

But now some ninnies - they call themselves environmentalists - are having hissy fits because we are polluting the planet and wasting precious resources. Ruining everything.

But lo and behold. We can now argue that we are only saving Mother Earth with our profligate ways. We are eating and drinking and garbaging to excess in order to bring oil supplies in line with demand.

Say what?


Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol
Silicon Valley is experimenting with bacteria that have been genetically altered to provide 'renewable petroleum'
By Chris Ayres, The Times of London

Ten years ago I could never have imagined I’d be doing this,” says Greg Pal, 33, a former software executive, as he squints into the late afternoon Californian sun. “I mean, this is essentially agriculture, right? But the people I talk to – especially the ones coming out of business school – this is the one hot area everyone wants to get into.”

He means bugs. To be more precise: the genetic alteration of bugs – very, very small ones – so that when they feed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw, they do something extraordinary. They excrete crude oil.

Unbelievably, this is not science fiction. (link)

What could be better? These little dudes eat garbage and crap unleaded.

Of course now watch the do-gooders complain that the world will soon run out of ... landfills.