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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

It's Gilmore ... Or We're In Big Trouble

Ask Mark Warner what should be done about that which oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens is now calling a national emergency and you'll get a lengthy, complicated non-response. (Any proposal, whether it comes from a Republican or a Democrat, that includes "cracking down" on this group or that isn't a serious energy proposal).

Jim Gilmore, on the other hand, knows what needs to be done. And now:
Gilmore on Oil Prices: Drill ‘Now’
By Mac McLean, Reporter, Bristol Herald Courier

Bristol, Va. – Gas was going for $3.94 a gallon at the Euclid Avenue Chevron on Tuesday when former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore filled the tank of David Sizemore’s minivan.

The two talked about the effect gas prices have had on the economy and how Gilmore, the Republican candidate in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, would work to lower them if he was elected to office this November.

“Hopefully, he can do what he desires to do,” Sizemore, pastor of the local Norfolk Avenue Baptist Church, said after their conversation. “Probably the only people who aren’t affected by [higher gas prices] are those who don’t buy gas.”

Gilmore said the increasing costs of gas and food were two of the most common concerns he’s heard from voters on the campaign trail. He told Sizemore the best way to bring them down was to start drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and off the Florida coastline.

“Oil prices will drop immediately if they know we’re going to bring in more oil,” Gilmore said. * “We’ve got to drill in ANWR, and we’ve got to do it now.” (link)
He's right. We've got to do it now.

Meanwhile Mark Warner talks of "providing employers with incentives to let personnel telecommute or offer flexible scheduling that would allow four 10-hour work days instead of five eight-hour days."

For the love of God.

What's This?

Can it be another indication that the globe is cooling?

Glaciers on California's Mt. Shasta keep growing
By Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer

Mount Shasta, Calif. — Reaching more than 14,000 feet above sea level, Mt. Shasta dominates the landscape of high plains and conifer forests in far Northern California.

While it's not California's tallest mountain, the tongues of ice creeping down Shasta's volcanic flanks give the solitary mountain another distinction. Its seven glaciers, referred to by American Indians as the footsteps made by the creator when he descended to Earth, are the only historical glaciers in the continental U.S. known to be growing. (link)

I just love this gal's explanation for the upsetting phenomenon:

"With global warming causing the retreat of glaciers in the Sierra Nevada, the Rocky Mountains and elsewhere in the Cascades, Mt. Shasta is actually benefiting from changing weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean."

Glaciers are retreating because of global warming. This glacier is growing because of ... changing weather patterns.

And she'll never see the absurdity in her thinking.

It's That High?

Congress's approval rating has hit an all-time low. Anyone who's shocked by the news, raise your hand:
Congressional Performance
Congressional Approval Falls to Single Digits for First Time Ever

By Rasmussen Reports

The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category. (link)
I want to meet the sunsabitchas (2% of those polled) who think Congress is doing an excellent job. I want some of whatever they're smoking.

I Hate It When This Happens

What? She didn't have a chain gun by her bedside?
Woman Shoots Herself While Trying to Kill Mice
By the Associated Press


Potter Valley, Calif. — A Mendocino County woman who was trying to kill mice in her trailer with a gun ended up shooting herself and another person.

The 43-year-old woman pulled out her .44-caliber Magnum revolver after she saw the mice scurrying across the floor of her trailer on Highway 20 in Potter Valley, sheriff's officials said.

But she accidentally dropped the gun, which went off as it struck the floor. The bullet went through the woman's kneecap, bounced off the keys sitting on the belt loop of a 42-year-old man in the trailer and grazed the man's groin before ending up in his coin pocket.

Authorities did not release the shooting victims' names. (link)
A .44 magnum. This woman can drink beer with me anytime.

We Have a Long Way To Go

While the Supreme Court, in unequivocal terms, locks down our constitutional freedom to keep and bear arms, preventing forever federal government attempts at infringement, the state of New Jersey chooses to adopt instead the constitution of the National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei.* Do these guys still consider their state part of the USA?
Under New Jersey's new law, possession of BB gun merits three-year sentence
By Ken Serrano, Central New Jersey.com


Central Jersey —Caught speeding in Highland Park in April in his father's Acura RSX, Ryan Narciso found out the hard way about a recent change in a New Jersey gun law that could send him to prison for three years.

The 20-year-old sales clerk at a shop at Menlo Park Mall and former Middlesex County College student had a pellet handgun in the car, according to an indictment filed last week in Superior Court, New Brunswick.

The gun, a Gamo P-23, was sitting under the rear window of the 2004 coupe. Looking like a larger-caliber handgun, the firearm drew a quick response from the bicycle-patrol officer who stopped Narciso for doing 40 mph in a 25-mph zone. With gun drawn, the officer arrested him. (link)
A pellet gun. Three years in the slammer.

They've lost their minds ...

* NAZI for short.

** I've spent time in New Jersey, by the way. I think they'd do well to concentrate on the smell, rather than on issues like this.

Finally, GM Takes My Advice

If only the largest auto maker in the world had listened to me back in 1985, it would still be the largest auto manufacturer in the world today. I recommended then, because of a troubling rise in foreign carmakers' market share - particular going to Honda and Nissan at the time - that it should respond by shedding several of its less popular - and more duplicative - brands. And put its emphasis on its remaining lines.

Instead they added Saturn.

And now there's talk of bankruptcy.

Oh, and there's talk of doing that which I recommended oh so many years ago:
GM may try to shed brands, but market is tough
GM may try to shed brands to raise cash as US auto sales slide hampers comeback
By Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer


(Detroit) General Motors Corp. is reviewing its brands and may try to jettison some to raise money as it burns through cash at an alarming rate.

But industry analysts say buyer interest in the brands most likely to be sold — Buick, Hummer, Saab and Saturn — may be low due to a U.S. sales downturn brought on by high gasoline prices and a slow economy.

Also, analysts say, there are individual problems with some of GM's weaker nameplates.

GM, which has eight brands, announced last month that it was reviewing Hummer for possible sale. The company on Monday denied that other nameplates are under review. (
link)

These guys need to borrow a set of gonads somewhere. Look fellas, it's no longer a matter of which ones to dump. Now you need to be thinking about which few you might be able to save. I recommend Chevrolet and Cadillac. Every other brand should be on the block, and Saturn, Saab, Buick (though it'll break my heart), and Hummer need to be whacked immediately. Or sold, if you can find a taker.

Or wait another twenty ye ...

Never mind. You don't even have twenty months.