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Saturday, August 02, 2008

A Screwy Mindset

But then she IS a UU minister:

How many times do we have to endure the horror of another gunman picking off shoppers in a store, mowing down fellow workers at a plant or shop or people gathered for worship in a church before we realize that we are handing over these precious rights to those who claim that the right to own a gun supercedes my right to feel safe in a public place?

I wonder when we, the people, will say "enough" and demand that our rights to go about our daily lives with a sense of peace and security be honored. (link)

Most of us feel perfectly safe in public places, babe. Because we maintain the right to "own a gun." We don't "wish" for peace. We make peace.

Seems to me you'd do yourself a big favor - if you are as troubled as you let on - and start packing heat yourself.

Either that or wait for the next crazed gunman who doesn't give a damn what laws you pass or bans you enact to walk into your place of ... worship ... and open fire.

Nah. Let's Go Home.

Congress took up the challenge foisted upon its members by the American people yesterday with regard to Drill Here, Drill N...

Oh. No. A misread.

All the Democrats in the House of Representatives decided not to try and solve our energy emergency, opting instead to hop aboard their carbon-spewing jets and head home for their much-deserved recess.


Only one problem ...

House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps talking
Politico.com

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.

Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion passed at 11:23 a.m., and they are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for leaving town for the August recess.

At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) was speaking, the lights went back on and the microphones were turned on shortly afterward. (link)


A stunt? Of course. But there's a message being sent here. By both parties. The Democrats still refuse to grasp the fact that there is a serious - and growing - crisis relating to global energy demand out there. Refusing to take up the issue and going home highlights their attitude. The Republicans? I'd like to think their motives have the best interests of the American people at their core.

In any case, we need more oil. Some understand that. Some don't.

I'm Getting Really Confused

So McCain denouncing Obama's use of the race card is ... racist? Someone help me with this:
Obama: McCain's Race Charges 'Troublesome'
ABC News.com

ABC News' Teddy Davis and Sunlen Miller Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told NPR's "All Things Considered" on Friday that he finds Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., eagerness to level charges of racism "troublesome".

"[T]he way that they’ve amplified this, you know, has been troublesome," said Obama, referring to the McCain campaign's charge this week that Obama has been playing the "race card" "And the eagerness with which they’ve done it indicates they think they can exploit this politically."

Obama said McCain's charge that he played the "race card" is "ridiculous." (link)
Well, I'll bet it is "troublesome" for the Obama campaign, as the Savior of All Humankind's poll numbers continue to go south, what with McCain relentlessly slamming Obama for most every dodge and weave the latter makes on a daily basis.

But if Obama is somehow saying that McCain having accused him of bringing race into the debate is troublesome, then the man has a whole lot more explaining to do. Because that isn't new. He used race to great effect in his primary and continues on a regular basis to use it to this day.

The only difference is, he's not addressing bleeding heart liberals who somehow feel the need to acquiesce to his every demand out of deference to his skin color. He's now dealing with normal people. And his antics won't fly with us.

Thus the whining. And the curious charge of ... racism.

This Is Too Funny

Michael Silence:
In my jog around the blogs over the last day I'm surprised to find some people puzzled over the fact Obama didn't get a boost in his poll numbers following his nine-day trip to Europe. Hello! He spent more than a week kowtowing to the people we got the hell away from more than 230 years. Seems to me McCain goaded him into a sure-fire momentum stopper.

Memo to Obama: I just got off the phone with McCain and he suggests adding North Korea and Iran to your campaign tour list.
"Well of course Obama did not get a 'bounce'", Knoxnews.com, August 1, 2008

This Doesn't Look Good

You'd think he'd want to face his accusers head-on and put this story to rest. Instead he just fans the flames:
Facing questions, Edwards evades reporters
Raleigh News & Observer

It was only three weeks ago that John Edwards was fielding media questions on his chances of filling the Democratic Party's vice presidential slot on Barack Obama's ticket or a potential Cabinet position in an Obama administration.

On Wednesday, however, the former U.S. senator and 2004 vice presidential nominee was eager to duck the press when the questions took a tabloid turn.

About a dozen reporters and photojournalists attended a speech Edwards gave to an AARP Foundation symposium on poverty and aging in Washington. Afterward, he avoided most of the waiting reporters, at least some of whom wanted to question him about recent reports in the National Enquirer that alleged an inappropriate relationship with a former campaign videographer. (link)
This isn't looking good for the Boy Wonder.

Ah, This Crazy Internet

For those of you who may have tried to get into this web site yesterday and instead were presented with an OPERATION ABORTED message - as I did this morning, it appears to have something to do with Internet Explorer and a web site to which I link called Sitemeter. I noticed that I couldn't get into that site either and, upon investigation into the loading of From On High, found that it froze when it was trying to bring up Sitemeter.

I deleted the HTML language - including the webbot - relating to Sitemeter from my web template and my weblog seems to be loading fine now. For those of you who are experiencing similar problems ...

* If readers haven't experienced any problems accessing the site, you may not be using Internet Explorer (and never mind this message).

Ah, the internet. You gotta love it.

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I have since come across this, confirming my findings. It's possible that only Internet Explorer 7 users are/were affected.