Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Obama hopeful on Mid-East peace
If I were an Israeli, I'd be packing my bags ...
As your Senator, representing the 38th Senatorial District in Southwest Virginia, I wanted to tell you about my friend Creigh Deeds. Creigh and I have served together in the Virginia Senate for eight years now. Creigh is a rare individual. He is a man who values his family, makes time for his kids and his wife, while balancing the needs of his constituents and Virginia. He is a leader in the Senate and has always been a good friend to me and my family. Now Creigh is running in the June 9 primary for governor and I am happy to endorse Creigh for the race.
Southwest Virginia needs a governor who understands the issues we face. We need a governor who will work to bring jobs here and will stand up for us. Creigh often tells people about how his family’s home has always been Bath County, but that he was born in Richmond. The reason was that there weren’t many jobs in Bath County and his parents had to go where the jobs were. Creigh has been driven to help create jobs as a senator and as a governor he will bring the good paying jobs we need by retooling our community colleges and incentivizing business growth.
Creigh also is the only candidate who will work to further our coal industry in Southwest Virginia in a way that is responsible and keep those jobs here. [link]
I get more than a little annoyed at politicians who tell us that they are "going to bring jobs here." Unless those jobs are created at a new prison, there is no way they ever accomplish that bit of tomfoolery. But pols on both sides say such silliness, so we let it pass as bluster.
Puckett also tells us that Deeds is going to be supportive of "clean coal," a technology that will remain pie in the sky until it is dropped as a bad idea that was never going anywhere.
Anyway, Deeds is going to be thinking of us poor schmucks when - if - he becomes governor. And all that.
So says Phil Puckett.
Another day in Wonderland.
New law to ban texting while drivingKeep your eyes on the road. Said the guy who too often doesn't.
By Shawna Morrison, Roanoke Times
Starting next month, people caught sending text messages or e-mails while driving could face fines.
The General Assembly passed a law this year banning texting and e-mailing while driving. First-time offenders will be fined $20; after that, the fine will increase to $50.
"I think anything that helps keep people focused on the road when driving is a good thing," Blacksburg police Lt. Joe Davis said.
Texting while driving will be a secondary offense, meaning a law enforcement officer must have a different reason to pull over a driver. [link]
Now the Washington Post seems startled that Dick Cheney argued vociferously for harsh interrogation techniques of those who had been plotting and ...
Cheney Led Briefings of Lawmakers To Defend Interrogation TechniquesThis looks like one of those stories that just petered out along the way. They so desperately want to hurt this guy that they ran it anyway.
By Paul Kane and Joby Warrick, Washington Post Staff Writers
Former vice president Richard B. Cheney personally oversaw at least four briefings with senior members of Congress about the controversial interrogation program, part of a secretive and forceful defense he mounted throughout 2005 in an effort to maintain support for the harsh techniques used on detainees.
The Cheney-led briefings came at some of the most critical moments for the program, as [blah blah blah] [link]
Cheney is for harsh interrogation techniques. Stop the presses.
Isn't that what he was arguing in favor of in his speech just last week?
And he's absolutely right too.
Al Qaeda Says It Executed Briton Held in MaliMurdered.
By Alan Cowell, New York Times
London — Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Wednesday that there was “strong reason to believe” that a Briton taken hostage by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in the African state of Mali had been executed.
The Briton, identified as Edwin Dyer, was taken hostage along with a Swiss citizen and two other tourists in Niger, close to the border with Mali, but was being held in Mali.
The group, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, had demanded the release of Abu Qatada, a Jordanian-born Palestinian cleric held in Britain whom a Spanish judge has called the leading Al Qaeda lieutenant in Europe. Britain has said he is a “significant international terrorist” but he has denied belonging to Al Qaeda. [link]
They're still as dangerous as ever.
Then again, maybe it's not.
But it says something about the author.
He needs help.
Of the ten, at least seven of "the hottest liberal women in politics" are - charitably - homely beyond words.
Janeane Garofalo? Wasn't she that actress that was in "Nightmare on Elm Street"? "The Wizard of Oz"?
Rachel Sklar? I don't know who she is but she has to be a vegetarian. Would someone get her a burger? And some makeup? And a hair brush?
Garance Franke-Ruta? Hot? Five of the checkout operators at Wal-Mart today were better looking.
* As much as it pains me, I'll give him Maureen Dowd. She may be dimwitted but she ain't hard on the eyes.
But Chelsea Clinton? Hot? Earth to horny dude: Are you that hard up?
What, Sonia Sotomayor didn't make your list? Helen Thomas? Madeleine Albright? Janet Reno?
Come to think of it, are there enough hot liberal chicks to even make up a list?
I have a list of one. Michelle Obama. (But only if she were muzzled).
So take your list back, man, and do it again till you get it right.
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To compare and contrast the two parties and their "hot lists," take a look at this ditty that was published several years ago. You may want to click on it to enlarge it.
Game. Set. Match.
Climate Change Reconsidered
By the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)
As Congress debates global warming legislation that would raise energy costs to consumers by hundreds of billions of dollars, the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) has released an 880-page book challenging the scientific basis of concerns that global warming is either man-made or would have harmful effects.
In “Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC),” coauthors Dr. S. Fred Singer and Dr. Craig Idso and 35 contributors and reviewers present an authoritative and detailed rebuttal of the findings of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on which the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress rely for their regulatory proposals.
The scholarship in this book demonstrates overwhelming scientific support for the position that the warming of the twentieth century was moderate and not unprecedented, that its impact on human health and wildlife was positive, and that carbon dioxide probably is not the driving factor behind climate change.
The authors cite thousands of peer-reviewed research papers and books that were ignored by the IPCC, plus additional scientific research that became available after the IPCC’s self-imposed deadline of May 2006. [link] [my emphasis]
So, let's see. We have on one side of the debate those infernal computer models that have proven to be grossly flawed when it comes to predicting the future. And on the other, we have "thousands of peer-reviewed research papers and books" that argue against the theory of man-made global warming based on actual scientific research, data collection, and analysis.
Me? I'll let you have Al Gore. I'm going with the experts.