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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Had Mr. Wonderful not been out behind the school building snorting cocaine when he was young, he might have learned something about American history. But he did. So he didn't.

The latest Barack Oboner revealed by Ed Morrissey:
Barack Obama must have gone off script again in West Lafayette, Indiana on Wednesday. When addressing the crowd on national security, Obama mangled the attack on Pearl Harbor. For a Hawaii native, this tops the Young Gaffer list of historical fumbles ...:

"But it is wonderful to be back in Indiana. In a few moments, we’ll open up the discussion. But I want to offer a few comments about some of the emerging threats that we face in the 21st century and offer some ideas about how we can face those threats.

"Throughout our history, America’s confronted constantly evolving danger, from the oppression of an empire, to the lawlessness of the frontier, from the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation. Americans have adapted to the threats posed by an ever-changing world."

Just to clarify: a whole lot of bombs fell on Pearl Harbor. (link)
Hiroshima. Pearl Harbor. Dubuque. One bomb. Lotsa bombs. What's the difference? Hope and audacity are the important things, don't forget.

Searching For That Purveyor Of Doom

I made mention yesterday of the fact that with the global warming craze waning, those who wake up each morning in fear of (____fill in the blank______) are now searching for the next crisis to run in fear from. Well, it turns out the planet has an organized effort to do just that. An organization called The Future of Humanity Institute (no pretension there) is currently in session in what the members thereof are calling the Global Catastrophic Risks Conference. The opportunities that beckon are ever so tantalizing:
Topics treated will include nuclear terrorism, cosmic threats such as supernova, comets and asteroids, the long term fate of the universe, pandemics, nanotechnology, ecological disasters which drastically reduce biodiversity, climate change, biotechnology and biosecurity, the cognitive biases associated with making judgements in the context of global catastrophic risk, social collapse, and the role of the insurance industry in mitigating and quantifying risk.
I particularly like the one concerning supernovas. These guys are going to discuss the possibility that the Sun is going to explode. Which could occur any millenium now. Extracurricular activities will include the proper application of SPF 8000000 sun tan oil and how to properly hide under the desk. Oh, and how to sell short on stocks just before the end of the world occurs.

A "global catastrophes" conference. These people crack me up.

Rather Than Hiking Trails ...

It may not rival that which happens on the track in the summertime down in Bristol (yet), but this is an important boost to the economy of Franklin County and surrounding communities and deserves our support. From a press release:
Bassmasters Elite Returning to Smith Mountain Lake in 2009 and 2010

Franklin and Bedford Counties are pleased to announce that Smith Mountain Lake has been selected as a host fishery for Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments which will be held in 2009 and 2010. The Elite series is the most prestigious and competitive circuit in professional bass fishing and the tournaments are televised on The Bassmasters Show, which airs on Saturdays on ESPN2. Selection of Smith Mountain Lake as the site of these events was made by BASS, which is based in Celebration, FL. Both events will be called “Blue Ridge Brawls” and will be hosted by Parkway Marina in Moneta.

The total economic impact projection for these two events is well over $2 million. The events, and Lake, will be showcased on the ESPN family of media outlets including The Bassmasters Show, espnoutdoors.com, Bassmaster.com, and in the BASS publications: Bassmaster Magazine and BASS Times. BASS is owned by ESPN. Hundreds of additional media outlets, both domestic and international, cover the Elite Series.

“Competition for these events is fierce. Winning these events for our region validates what we’ve been saying for a long time – that the Smith Mountain Lake area is the best place in Virginia to mix big business and big fun – especially when it involves fishing,” Scott D. Martin, Director Franklin County Commerce & Leisure Services.
The Bassmasters Tournament(s) on Smith Mountain Lake. Be there or be square.

And wear something nice. The cameras will be rolling and Mom may be watching.

Do As I Say, Not ...

Seems Al Gore needs to start listening to Al Gore:

Gore's Hypocrisy Exposed in New Video: His Entourage's Lincoln
Town Car Outside Global Warming Speech Idles w/ AC Cranking for 20 Minutes!
By Mark Block, Americans For Prosperity

We're back from Al Gore's big global warming speech, and boy did we have a great time! We had a dedicated band of taxpayer advocates out in force, pointing out the high economic cost of global warming alarmism - starting with $8 a gallon gasoline.

Of course, we saw plenty of hypocrisy -- especially the fact that Gore didn't ride his bike or take public transporation to the event. He didn't even take his Prius! Instead, he brought a fleet of two Lincoln Town Cars and a Chevy Suburban SUV! Even worse, the driver of the Town Car that eventually whisked away Gore's wife and daughter left the engine idling and the AC cranking for 20 minutes before they finally left!

Check it out in our video from the scene: (link)

I'm not sure picking on people who show up to listen to what Crazy Al has to say at this event (which these people do) is all that effective, but the footage of Gore's fleet of luxury vehicles parked at the convention center is priceless.

It makes one wonder: Does Al Gore truly believe that which rolls off his tongue? I have serious doubts.

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