Thursday, January 31, 2008

Using Junk Science to Bash the Military

WHAT Reducing Dependence on Foreign Sources?

It looks like our old friend Henry "Nostrilitis" Waxman is at it again, this time assisted by Virginia's own Tom Davis (R-11). The two sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates demanding to know to what extent the Defense Department is -- Are you sitting down? This is shocking! -- experimenting with coal-to-liquid fuels! The letter cites a new law called "The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007" (which means President Bush must have signed it) a 310-page law (at least in PDF form) which is larded up with all kinds of interesting provisions. The one of interest today is here, according to Waxman and Davis:

No Federal agency shall enter into a contract for procurement of an alternative or
synthetic fuel, including a fuel produced from nonconventional petroleum sources, for
any mobility-related use, other than for research or testing, unless the contract specifies that the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production
and combustion of the fuel supplied under the contract must, on an ongoing basis, be less than or equal to such emissions from the equivalent conventional fuel produced from conventional petroleum sources.

Ain't that grand? So given all the hoopla about getting rid of our dependence on foreign energy sources, placing blame for high energy prices, or complaining about military readiness, or whining about the economy and loss of jobs, the global warming junk science is of paramount importance! It all goes to show you how for the leftists, any declarations about their caring for the military are crocodile tears.

Now an argument can be made that the Federal government already funds too much research, and the private sector can do it all more cheaply and effectively. However, this is a case in which the government is also picking its winning technologies. Did it occur to these people that the economy will be able to sort this out? My guess is that even our Defense Department labs will figure out all this fuel effectiveness much better than the corn-ethanol boosters who have ruled the roost on Capitol Hill for oh, the past three decades or more.

I knew that the Democrats are into all kinds of rationing, but I presumed that it was just to be at the expense of poor peons like you and me. Who knew that they would go this far? The bigger question is, why do Republicans go along with all this?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Time Wounds All Heels

Winter of the Clintons' Discontent?

I just love all these quotes about the Clintons from their (now former?) friends and apologists. This one is my favorite:

Columnist/Editor Jonathan Chait: “Am I starting to sound like a Clinton hater? It’s a scary thought. Of course, to conservatives, it’s a delicious thought. The Wall Street Journal published a gloating editorial noting that liberals had suddenly learned “what everyone else already knows about the Clintons.” (By “everyone,” it means Republicans.) It made me wonder: Were the conservatives right about Bill Clinton all along?” (The Los Angeles Times).

As it happens, I did read the the Wall Street Journal's editorial about the Clintons and their race-baiting. The Journal also noted the disappointment expressed by the left-wing writers. The conclusion (to which Chait had alluded) was:

This primary contest has been a rolling revelation for many Democrats and the media, as they've been shocked to see the Clinton brand of divisive politics played against one of their own. Liberal columnists who long idolized the Clintons are even writing more-in-sorrow-than-anger pieces asking how Bill and Hillary could descend to such deceptive tactics. Allow us to answer that lament this way: Our readers aren't surprised. [Emphasis in the original.]

Now we should all realize that Hillary Clinton still has a very good chance of winning the DemocratICK nomination, particularly with her strength in "superdelegates." The angry left editorialists most likely will come around to supporting her, because hatred of almost anything Republican is paramount. And let's face it, even Senator Clinton could well win the general election. I would never underestimate the power of the Clinton spin machine.

There is another trajectory, though. Yes, Hillary Clinton could well win her party's nomination, but what does the race-baiting mean? Does it get the minority vote to sit home? Does a larger percentage get attracted to the eventual Republican nominee (whome I am guessing will be either Romney or McCain)? Some of this depends on how much more offensive the Clintons become against Senator Obama.

Now I've made fun of Barack Obama, but from my point of view, he's mostly an empty suit without well-thought-out stands on the issues. However, what he doesn't deserve are some of the insulting characterizations that has come from the former President and the junior Senator from New York. Unfortunately, Bill Clinton gets out of control when everything becomes about Bill Clinton.

Truly a tragedy in the making.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Arafat Tried to Give Blood

Motivated to Help

Hat tip: Powerline

Several recent reports say that September 12, 2001 photographs of former PLO leader Yasir Arafat donating blood were staged. However, new information reveals that Arafat did, in fact, want to give, but was squeamish at the sight of the needle.

“Chairman Arafat always believed that it is better to shed someone else’s blood,” said a source close to the now deceased terrorist leader. “However, in this case he really was motivated to give his own blood to the American victims of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center destruction. After all, this way he could give them AIDS and other venereal diseases that he carried.”

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Barack Obama Helps with Iraq Flag Compromise

“Change” for the South

U.S. Senator and Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. (D-IL) announced today that he is helping to bring stability to Iraq by quelling riots over their flag controversy. Obama, who has been widely criticized by his primary opponents for his lack of experience and expertise in foreign policy matters, hopes that this action will “bring change” to his image as a lightweight.

The government of Iraq has been mired in controversy on finding a flag which would appeal to its various ethnic groups. Approval of the most recent flag has sparked riots in the streets as well as calls for even more compromise. Obama has told reporters that he as “seen an opening” to inject himself into the issue in his own innovative way.

“This is part of what change is,” said Obama. “We’ll change the Iraqi flag for the Confederate one on the State Capitol grounds. Since I've had this idea, I've decided to run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.

“I have gotten a lot of inspiration from Dr. Jeremiah Wright, the minister who married Michelle and me,” said Obama. Because he is such a good friend of Louis Farrakhan, “I can reach out to many communities in the Middle East that ordinarily get shunned. I think by doing this, we can pull our troops out immediately from Iraq,” added Obama

Obama also believes his move has helped him win the hotly-contested South Carolina primary and may well help him, particularly with the black vote, in other Southern States such as Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi.

Obama concluded: “The flag of Iraq would look great in front of the South Carolina Statehouse. The only negative feedback seems to be from the kinds of people who would vote for Republicans or for John Edwards anyway, so their opinion doesn’t count for much. The Confederate Battle Flag should appeal to all Iraqi ethnic groups equally. I ask that the State Department bring this to Baghdad immediately.”

New Iraqi flag as proposed by Senator Barack Obama
The campaign of Hillary Clinton had no reaction to Senator Obama's idea, but former Senator John Edwards attacked Obama immediately. "My hair looks better in the wind that Obama's flags," said Edwards.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Democrat Health Care Plan

Image courtesy of Scott . . .

It's easy to see how a certain Democrat blogger gets all excited by this plan.

O'Brien Mulls LG Run

I heard last night at the Fairfax County Republican Committee meeting that former State Senator Jay O'Brien is deciding whether or not to run for Lieutenant Governor next year, assuming that current LG Bill Bolling decides not to run for re-election for that job. Jay O'Brien narrowly lost re-election last year in the Democratic takeover of the State Senate. O'Brien is a great guy, funny, and a good conservative on the issues.

In other news, Arthur Purves, who ran unsuccessfully for Delegate in Fairfax County last year, talked to the Fairfax County Republican Committee about his campaign, and the fact that he got 36% of the vote by spending only $9,000 against a much wealthier Democratic incumbent. One interesting remark he made was that he put a scare in some obscure blogger named "Not Larry Sabato." (Click link at your own risk.)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Unimportant Fact not Published

I heard an item on the news this morning about how a teacher at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County, Virginia has been accused of using a computer to solicit sex with a minor. Naturally, I am disturbed that such a person is a teacher in a local school, but I am glad that the authorities have busted the guy (assuming he is guilty).

Now what is interesting about the article in the Post is that it mentions that this teacher, "Matthew E. McGuire, 29, taught Spanish and coached boys' and girls' track teams" at the high school. Oh, yeah, and one other thing. According to the school's web site, he (or at least someone with the same name) is also a faculty sponsor of a certain political club at the high school:

I took a screenshot and erased the names of other people involved in the club (though it is public information since the school put it on the Internet).
Now if the teacher was a faculty sponsor for a different major political party, do you think the information would have been left out of the article?

Friday, January 04, 2008

Kissin' Up to Reverend Al

Democrat(ICK!) Hopefuls and Sharpton

Hat tip: Republican Jewish Coalition

See New Yorker article here.


And on the surface, that’s partly what this primary season comes down to for Sharpton: a race to see which candidate can kiss his ring the most, the fastest, and with the most sincere pucker. With a black candidate and the spouse of “the first black president” in the race, the jockeying to secure the black vote in the primaries has never been more intense. All of which puts Sharpton in demand. “In the end,” he says, “they may all hate my guts. But it’s the reality of the landscape … how much they need me and how bad. I’m sure right now they know they need me.” Though many have said that Sharpton’s brand of identity politics is obsolete, citing Obama (not to mention the ongoing investigation of the reverend’s finances) as evidence, Sharpton isn’t worried. “Ten years ago, they said Colin Powell was going to make Jesse obsolete. And ten years before. They’ve always had a Barack Obama. There will always be a more inside, acceptable black they will say makes us obsolete. I worry about that as much as James Brown worried about Sammy Davis making him obsolete.”

First of all, you gotta love the lavish lifestyle of a man who is supposedly broke. Second of all, you can just count on another campaign full of race-baiting coming to your country this fall. I wonder what form it will take this time?