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Friday, August 08, 2008

Like He Said

Charles Krauthammer on the Democrats' non-solution to the energy crisis:

Democrats have the advantage on just about every domestic issue from health care to education. However, Americans' greatest concern is the economy, and their greatest economic concern is energy (by a significant margin: 37 percent to 21 percent for inflation). Yet Democrats have gratuitously forfeited the issue of increased drilling for domestic oil and gas. By an overwhelming margin of 2 to 1, Americans want to lift the moratorium preventing drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf, thus unlocking vast energy resources shut down for the past 27 years.

Democrats have been adamantly opposed. They say that we cannot drill our way out of the oil crisis. Of course not. But it is equally obvious that we cannot solar or wind or biomass our way out. Does this mean that because any one measure cannot solve a problem, it needs to be rejected?

Seems so.

Wasn't This Supposed To Be About Athletes?

Clampdown on Dissidents Smothers Beijing And Beyond

China arrests online dissident in pre-Olympics crackdown

Olympics Journalists Urged To Use Crypto, to Thwart Chinese Spying

I want to know who the idiot was that decided to stage the Olympic Games in the totalitarian capital of the universe.

Listen To The People

They demand change:
81% Say Finding New Energy Sources is Urgent National Need
Rasmussen Reports

Americans overwhelmingly believe there is an urgent national need to find new sources of energy, and this need is more important that reducing current energy usage, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

With energy issues taking center stage in the presidential campaign, 81% of Americans see development of new energy sources as an urgent priority. Only 9% disagree.

For nearly two-thirds (65%), finding new sources of energy is more important that reducing the amount of energy Americans now consume. Twenty-eight percent (28%) think reducing current usage is more important. (link)

Prattle on about "alternative" energy and "comprehensive" solutions. The American people know what needs to be done.



When It Seems Too Good To Be True ...

... it probably is.

You've seen those ads on TV offering you a free credit report? Now ... the rest of the story:
The High Cost of a ‘Free Credit Report’
By Stephanie Clifford, writing in the New York Times

Earlier this year, Kris Steele, a Web developer in Madison, Wis., who was planning to buy a car, decided to check his credit score.

Mr. Steele, 27, remembered a number of commercials for FreeCreditReport.com featuring a young slacker singing about various life problems — living in the in-laws’ basement, dressing as a pirate to wait on tables in a seafood restaurant — all because he had neglected to check his credit score. The ads were lighthearted and catchy, with lyrics like: “F-R-E-E, that spells free creditreport.com, baby. Saw their ads on my TV, thought about going but was too lazy.”

So Mr. Steele headed to the site and filled out the information form, including his credit-card number, which he thought the site needed to verify his identity.

But a couple of months later, Mr. Steele noticed the site had been charging his credit card. While he believed he had signed up for a free report, he had actually enrolled in a credit-monitoring service that cost $14.95 a month. He says he never expected that it would cost anything. (link)
Before you inquire, I should tell you, I'll bet no laws were broken. "Buried in the contract's fine print ..."

It's always in the fine print.