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Friday, July 18, 2008

Food For Thought

From Charles Krauthammer:
Americans are beginning to notice Obama's elevated opinion of himself. There's nothing new about narcissism in politics. Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president. Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?

Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted "present" nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.
"Obama's Greatest Admirer," The Washington Post, July 18, 2008

Quote of the Day

The Roanoke Times gets this right about fighting the terrorists in Afghanistan but not the terrorists in Iraq:
It is tempting but pointless to once more bemoan the fact that a war of choice in Iraq distracted this nation from the battle against those who attacked us on 9/11.
Pointless indeed.

Inviting Retribution

I ask again - Can the Washington D.C. city council members be imprisoned for contempt?

You probably know the name Dick Heller by now. He's the guy who sued the city because of its draconian - and unconstitutional - handgun ban and won his case in the Supreme Court. As a result, he's now able to go to the authorities and obtain a permit to own a gun.

Or not:
DC Rejects Handgun Application
By Daniel Guzman, WUSA9.com

Washington (WUSA) -- District residents can start registering their guns today. But at least one very high profile application was already rejected.

Dick Heller is the man who brought the lawsuit against the District's 32-year-old ban on handguns. He was among the first in line Thursday morning to apply for a handgun permit.

But when he tried to register his semi-automatic weapon, he says he was rejected. He says his gun has [a] seven bullet clip. Heller says the City Council legislation allows weapons with fewer than eleven bullets in the clip. A spokesman for the DC Police says the gun was a bottom-loading weapon, and according to their interpretation, all bottom-loading guns are outlawed because they are grouped with machine guns. (link)
If it weren't for the fact that the American people would have to pick up the tab, I'd encourage Mr. Heller to sue the pants off these people in civil court. So I'll instead ask that those responsible for this reprehensible policy be thrown in jail. With keys forever thrown away.

Good Questions All

Crazy Al gave a speech the other day. To sum it up, he advised that we are all going to die. Again.

John Tierney, writing in the New York Times, has heard what Mr. Gore had to say and has a few questions to ask him (see "Three Questions for Al Gore"):
1) Can anyone explain why Mr. Gore keeps hurting his own cause with junk science? [W]hy, even though there’s no good evidence that global warming has increased tornadoes, would he try to suggest they’re increasing — and this in a year in which there’s been global cooling?

2) Why is Mr. Gore still afraid of discussing nuclear power? [H]e’s still reluctant to use his stature among greens to get them to reconsider the largest carbon-free source of electricity in America today, nuclear power. Is this a profile in courage?

3) Why hasn’t his one-year plan for energy worked at his own home? A year ago, after the embarrassing revelation that his home in Tennessee used 20 times as much electricity as the average home, he renovated his home to make it more energy-efficient. But a year later, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research reports that his home electricity usage has increased by 10 percent — an additional 1,638 kilowatts per month — since the renovations, which included solar panels, a geothermal system and a variety of conservation measures.

Does this inspire confidence in his 10-year plan for the rest of America?
Excellent questions all.

But don't hold your breath waiting for answers. They don't fit into the dog-and-pony-show.

Well, He Was Wrong On This One Too

Just as with his being on the wrong side of history with regard to Iraq strategy, Barack Obama's position on oil drilling is proving to be wrong too. Not long ago he had this to say about lifting the moratorium on drilling off the coasts of the USA:
"This is not something that's going to give consumers short-term relief and it is not a long-term solution to our problems with fossil fuels generally and oil in particular." (source)
As it turns out, those speculators who had bid up the price of oil because of perceived shortages down the road are now bringing their estimates of future supply (to meet demand) - based on that which the administration has done to date to get off the dime - more in line. Short-term relief - Barack - is on the way:
Oil markets: Bottoming out or taking a breather?
Oil and gas prices in extended fall: Traders seek clues of bottoming-out or a breather
By Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer

New York (AP) -- Oil prices tumbled below $130 a barrel for the first time in more than a month Thursday, as crude's dramatic slide entered a third day accompanied by a sharp sell-off in natural gas.

Oil is now more than 10 percent cheaper per barrel than it was on Monday; natural gas prices are down more than 20 percent just since the Fourth of July.

Light, sweet crude for August delivery dropped $5.31 to settle at $129.29 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices have fallen nearly $16 in just the past three days.

Natural gas futures for August delivery fell more than 8 percent Thursday, marking their biggest one-day drop in nearly a year ... (link)
A reminder: This turn of events comes about without the first well being drilled in ANWR. It simply follows resolute calls for ending the madness and recognizing our real need for a sustainable, adult energy policy (this despite the efforts of the Democrats to block such efforts - see below).

Now, if we keep the pressure on, we might be able to get through this.

Scientists Are Coming Around

Well, we seem to be working through toward the end of the latest eco-fad to enrapture the left in this country on this planet:
Myth of Consensus Explodes: APS Opens Global Warming Debate
By Michael Asher, Daily Tech

The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming. The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science. The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming "incontrovertible."

In a posting to the APS forum, editor Jeffrey Marque explains,"There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution."

The APS is opening its debate with the publication of a paper by Lord Monckton of Brenchley, which concludes that climate sensitivity -- the rate of temperature change a given amount of greenhouse gas will cause -- has been grossly overstated by IPCC modeling. A low sensitivity implies additional atmospheric CO2 will have little effect on global climate.

Larry Gould, Professor of Physics at the University of Hartford and Chairman of the New England Section of the APS, called Monckton's paper an "expose of the IPCC that details numerous exaggerations and "extensive errors." (link)
It was just a matter of time. Just as with the silliness we had to put up with with regard to acid rain and rainforest depletion and chicken flu pandemics and nuclear holocausts and population bombs and air pollution/water pollution/toxics devastation, these people always burn themselves out on wild speculations followed close on by cries of doom and near-panic. This latest fad is slowly - but predictably - dying away ...

... to soon be replaced by another equally frightening global menace.

Stay tuned ...

What Energy Emergency?

The people cry out for help. And the Democrats don't give a damn.

You wanted this bunch running things in Washington. Here's what you got in that deal:
Pelosi stands firm against offshore drilling
By Carl Hulse, International Herald Tribune


Upon entering Congress in 1987, Representative Nancy Pelosi quickly became part of the solid California front against oil drilling along much of the nation's coast.

She repeatedly resisted oil drilling in marine sanctuaries off the state's coast near her San Francisco district and, after joining the Appropriations Committee, was an advocate of reinstating the coastal drilling ban through spending restrictions each year.

Now, with gas prices soaring, those drilling restrictions are facing their most severe test in years as calls intensify to more aggressively pursue domestic oil. Yet despite increasing pressure from President George W. Bush, a full-bore assault by congressional Republicans and some anxiety among her own rank-and-file Democrats, Pelosi is not budging. (link)
If her shameful efforts to have America defeated in Iraq came to nought, maybe she can be more successful by wrecking our economy.

Come to think of it, she's been doing a pretty good job of that anyway.

Where One Insightful Advisor Would Serve ...

Barack Obama has a boatload:
Cast of hundreds advises Obama on foreign policy
By Elisabeth Bumiller, International Herald Tribune

Washington: Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers, that the candidate is likely to be asked about international relations during the day.

Behind the e-mail messages is a tight-knit group of aides supported by a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy, organized like a mini State Department, to assist a candidate whose limited national security experience remains a concern to many voters.

"It is unwieldy, no question," said ... (link)
Then why put up with it? Can this gaggle of geese provide a succinct, coherent message that one seasoned advisor can't? Is advice by committee a good thing?

Obama scares me. For so many reasons. Add this one to the list.