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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Quote of the Day

This From the Richmond Times-Dispatch on gun control vs. criminal control:
A controversial gun law in the District of Columbia targeted the ownership of firearms; Project Exile targets the criminal use of guns. The D.C. law was not only unconstitutional but ineffective; Richmond's approach works.
Amen, Brutha.

Think It Through

This from a Roanoke Times editorial this morning on our growing energy emergency:
Not so long ago, both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain opposed offshore drilling, which, though risky and unproven, has some long-term potential. Today, both support it in some form.

For Obama, looking for oil off the coast is part of a comprehensive plan. It has to be. If oil companies started exploring today, production would not ramp up for decades, and when it does, it would provide but a small fraction of current consumption. In the meantime, Obama would invest in alternative energy sources and conservation.
The results from which we'd start receiving ... immediately?

Alternative energy?

Windmills and solar power?

Technologies that scientists have been trying to perfect - with billions of dollars of research money having been invested - for 40 years and counting.

I don't know ...

What We're In For

I wrote the other day that, though we can't refer to Barack Obama as being black, we could get away with calling him skinny. Well ... it turns out, we can't do that either. We'd be opening ourselves up to being called ... racists!

Tim Noah, Slate:

In the Aug. 1 Wall Street Journal, Amy Chozick asked, "[C]ould Sen. Obama's skinniness be a liability?" Most Americans, Chozick points out, aren't skinny. Fully 66 percent of all citizens who've reached voting age are overweight, and 32 percent are obese. To be thin is to be different physically. Not that there's anything wrong, mind you, with being a skinny person. But would you want your sister to marry one? Would you want a whole family of skinny people to move in next-door? "I won't vote for any beanpole guy," an "unnamed Clinton supporter" wrote on a Yahoo politics message board. My point is that any discussion of Obama's "skinniness" and its impact on the typical American voter can't avoid being interpreted as a coded discussion of race.
To call attention to Obama's thinness is to invite people to look at the man's race. According to Tim Noah.

I think he's serious.

For the love of God.

Courting The Heartland

They may not possess the continental panache of those 200,000 Berliners who shouted their worshipful adoration for The Chosen One two weeks ago, but these guys and gals - though less cultured - vote:

Party On, McCain: Senator Campaigns at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
By Elizabeth Holmes, The Wall Street Journal

On a scale of one to out-of-control, Republican rallies tend to fall somewhere around a three. They hold events in the middle of the day in the middle of a town and attract a crowd with plenty of white hair and khaki pants.

But not Monday. John McCain appeared yesterday evening with bikini-clad women donning leather chaps and roaming an open field littered with beer cans. Men wearing tank tops, ripped jeans and biker boots stood next to their Harleys and revved their engines—literally—when they saw something they liked.

The Republican presidential candidate went to the Buffalo Chips campground, part of the eight-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally located about an hour outside of Rapid City on the far western border of the state.

McCain yelled. “As you may know, not long ago a couple a hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I’ll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day! Any day, my friend!” The rowdy crowd went wild, cheering their support for the candidate. (link)

Whether that rowdy crowd will turn out in November and vote is a question to be answered. Still, a Toby Keith moment plays well here in fly-over country. Good move.