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Friday, August 01, 2008

Hammer It Home

Jim Gilmore slices through all the horse shit about french fry oil fuel and windmills and gets to the heart of that which matters most to the people of Virginia:

"What's on people's minds is gas prices. It's uniform everywhere. They know very well that it affects jobs. If you have high gas prices and high milk prices affecting the United States economy, it affects people's jobs. And people are very concerned about that."

Say it again and again, Jim. Shout it from the rooftops.

Drill here. Drill now.

How To Solve Our Transportation Problem

Tech campaign closes in on $1 billion goal

It's Time ...

... to push the Democrats - like Mark Warner - out of the way and get America back on track.

Charles Krauthammer on the bizarre stance that liberals are taking with regard to our energy emergency:

Democrats want no oil from the American OCS or ANWR. But of course they do want more oil. From OPEC. From where Americans don't vote. From places Democratic legislators can't see. On May 13 Sen. Chuck Schumer -- deeply committed to saving just those pieces of the planet that might have huge reserves of American oil -- demanded that the Saudis increase production by a million barrels a day. It doesn't occur to him that by eschewing the slightest disturbance of the mating habits of the Arctic caribou, he is calling for the further exploitation of the pristine deserts of Arabia. In the name of the planet, mind you.

The other panacea, yesterday's rage, is biofuels: We can't drill our way out of the crisis, it seems, but we can greenly grow our way out. By now, however, it is blindingly obvious even to Democrats that biofuels are a devastating force for environmental degradation. It has led to the rape of "lungs of the world" rain forests in Indonesia and Brazil as huge tracts have been destroyed to make room for palm oil and sugar plantations.

Here in the United States, one out of every three ears of corn is stuffed into a gas tank (by way of ethanol), causing not just food shortages abroad and high prices at home but intensive increases in farming, with all of the attendant environmental problems (soil erosion, insecticide pollution, water consumption, etc.).

This to prevent drilling on an area in the Arctic one-sixth the size of Dulles Airport that leaves undisturbed a refuge one-third the size of Britain.

"Pelosi: Save the Planet, Let Someone Else Drill," The Washington Post, August 1, 2008

Interesting ...

So many questions. All of which may go unanswered:
Anthrax scientist commits suicide as FBI closes in
By Lara Jakes Jordan and David Dishneau, The Associated Press

Washington -- A top U.S. biodefense researcher apparently committed suicide just as the Justice Department was about to file criminal charges against him in the anthrax mailings that traumatized the nation in the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a published report.

The scientist, Bruce E. Ivins, 62, who worked for the past 18 years at the government's biodefense labs at Fort Detrick, Md., had been told about the impending prosecution, the Los Angeles Times reported for Friday editions. The laboratory has been at the center of the FBI's investigation of the anthrax attacks, which killed five people. (link)
With this man's death, we may never get an explanation for the mysterious - and unsolved - crime(s) that took place just days after 9/11. Too bad.

Americans Aren't Stupid

Andrew Malcolm, writing in the Los Angeles Times, wonders why Barack Obama didn't gain in the polls in recent weeks, despite the best efforts of his massive campaign team and his subservient media:
Where did Barack Obama's mojo go?

Something's going on. Or some things.

A new CNN/Opinion Research poll out Wednesday shows that despite nine solid days of blanket media coverage from overseas with Barack Obama cheered by adoring throngs of Germans and parlez-vousing with the French, making a three-point shot in the Middle East and standing outside No. 10 Downing Street, the freshman Illinois senator is stuck right where he was in the polls before he left.

No bounce. Not even a roll.
Perhaps the American people had their TV sets and their radios tuned to just-as-revealing news about Obama's friends and associates -

- Ludacris ...

- and Jeremiah Wright ...

- and William Ayres ...

- and that Pfleger lunatic ...

- and ...

Upon reflection, one should wonder why Obama's numbers aren't completely in the tank.

We Dare Not Call Him [half] Black

Are we allowed to call him skinny?

Like I Said ...

I wrote yesterday asking if the Roanoke Times would write an editorial about the (seeming) politicization of the Justice Department because of the timing of the Senator Ted Stevens indictment (the paper had prior devoted ink to the really startling notion that there had been politics - Heaven forefend! - played at Justice during the department hiring process).

It seems the folks at the Wall Street Journal are having similar doubts about the veracity of those who seem to possess selective outrage:
Scandalous Justice

So, let's see: The Bush Justice Department this week indicted a prominent Republican Senator for corruption less than 100 days before he's up for re-election. But we are supposed to believe that Bush Justice is corruptly politicized because some of its dimmer bulbs asked job-seekers about their ideological leanings.

Measured against these indictments, the story line from Capitol Hill and the media this week looks like the real "politicization." The Democratic braying concerns the latest report by Justice's Inspector General, Glenn Fine, that former Justice officials asked inappropriate questions of job applicants and even -- hide the children -- used politically loaded search terms to vet applicants on search engines.

The real test of politics at Justice is whether prosecutors are allowed to pursue cases on the merits, wherever they lead. Ask Ted Stevens. (link)
Like I said ...

This Seems Rather Bold

It needed to be said, but I'm rather surprised - this being an era in which white folk aren't to talk about black folk - that John McCain would go after Obama for the latter's obvious - and frequent - use of the race card:

McCain accuses Obama of playing politics with race
By Liz Sidoti, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - John McCain accused Barack Obama of playing politics with race on Thursday, raising the explosive issue after the first black candidate with a serious chance of winning the White House claimed Republicans will try to scare voters by saying he "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

Until now, the subject of race has been almost taboo in the campaign, at least in public, with both sides fearing its destructive force.

"I'm disappointed that Senator Obama would say the things he's saying," McCain told reporters in Racine, Wis. The Arizona senator said he agreed with campaign manager Rick Davis' statement earlier that "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong." The aide was suggesting McCain had been wrongfully accused.

A day earlier and in response to a hard-hitting McCain commercial, Obama argued that President Bush and McCain have little to offer voters so Republicans will resort to a strategy of fear to keep the White House.

"What they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," Obama said. "You know, he's not patriotic enough, he's got a funny name, you know, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills." (link)

Good for McCain. We Americans are trying to get beyond race in this country, but there are those - like Obama - who will never let it go.

We need to have a discussion about race in this country, to be sure. Starting with those who wear it on their sleeve for personal gain.*

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Or, as the Wall Street Journal terms it: "as a shield from criticism."