Archive for April, 2008

Energy policy, or lack there of

April 30, 2008

Pilgrim notes the painfully obvious:

We sit on our hands while China begins drilling near Cuba. We don’t build any new refineries, making us very vulnerable if something happens to the ones we have. We can’t build any new nuclear plants because…..well, I suspect the conversation about all of the above would go something like this:

Right: Let’s drill for new oil and gas.

Left: Are you kidding? Not in ANWR. No sir, no way. Caribou. Florida? Nope. Reefs. Fish, that sort of thing. Out of the question. California? Not in our back yard, pal.

Right: Okay, how about nuclear energy…..

Left: (Unintelligible howls of indignation)

Right: Okay, offshore wind farms…..

Left: Birds. They kill birds. Plus they’re noisy and block the view. Can’t do that.

Right: Well, give me a suggestion? What do you think we should do?

Left: Blame Bush. Works for us. And find some answers for our energy needs while you’re at it.

By way of Mr. Reynolds is this insightful observation by Dr. Pournelle:

The easy way to make ethanol is to import sugar from Brazil and use that. Of course we don’t and won’t do that.

The easy way to bring oil prices down is to drill offshore and on the North Slope. Of course we don’t do that.

The easy way to bring electricity prices down (you can make fertilizer with electricity) is to build nuclear power plants, expensive but cheap compared to wars. Of course we won’t do that.

Note the common thread, democrats blocking any energy policy that would help America, including Cape Wind.

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US Supreme Court protects Civil Rights of American Citizens

April 29, 2008

The US Supreme Court has upheld the Indiana law requiring a valid picture ID when voting. This ruling protects the Civil Rights of Americans from having their vote nullified by voter fraud.

Other things that require a valid photo ID include: driving a motor vehicle legally on public roads, purchasing a cell phone, renting a video, and purchasing effective allergy medicine.

UN covering up its involvement in sex slave trade

April 28, 2008

From the BBC:

The UN has covered up claims that its troops in Democratic Republic of Congo gave arms to militias and smuggled gold and ivory, the BBC has learned. . . . These are not the only allegations to have been brought against peacekeepers in DR Congo.

In December 2006, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Moroccan troops had been involved in widespread sexual abuse.

“There have been crimes such as rape, paedophilia and human trafficking,” he said, shortly before leaving office.

HT to Mr. Reynolds, who correctly points out that this won’t get much MSM play since there is no Anti-American angle.

Franken’s Tax problems

April 28, 2008

democrat Al Franken, former SNL writer and performer, is running for the US Senate on the typical democrat platform of more taxes on top of higher taxes.

However, it seems he has trouble paying his taxes.

On Friday, Franken’s campaign manager, Andy Barr, declined to say whether Franken had paid taxes on earnings in California between 2003 and 2007. He said Franken’s accountant is working with California officials to sort things out.

The latest Republican charge that Franken’s taxes there have gone unpaid comes in the wake of earlier disclosures that Franken failed to pay workers’ compensation and disability premiums in New York and botched the dissolution of his California corporation. Since then, Franken has paid more than $25,000 in fines to New York and still owes more than $4,700 in corporate taxes and fines to California.

Note to democrats, instead of raising taxes on everyone, how about you get your rich members to pay their ‘fair share’ first.


UPDATE
: More details at Hot Air.

Al Franken’s corporation got decertified by California for failing to pay its taxes. Since Al Franken served as the COO and apparently the CEO of the corporation, he had the responsibility for keeping up with the taxes and filing requirements in California. Despite whether the information came out from Republican research — or as Lady Logician notes, an independent new-media researcher who formerly worked within the state GOP — it doesn’t change the fact that Franken is an apparent tax dodger.

The King Twit says…

April 28, 2008

“Twitter late night is kind of a swinging place, full of insomniacs, the caffeinated, and Australians. I dig it.”

So says Tech journalist Leo Leporte.

Obama objects to be quoted correctly.

April 27, 2008

Obama Calls Bloggers Liars for Accurately Reporting His Words.

Mean while, in Iraq…

April 26, 2008

Weapons recently manufactured in Iran are captured.

The U.S. military says it has found caches of newly made Iranian weapons in Iraq, leading senior officials to conclude Tehran is continuing to funnel armaments into Iraq despite its pledges to the contrary.

Officials in Washington and Baghdad said the purported Iranian mortars, rockets and explosives had date stamps indicating they were manufactured in the past two months.

Iran has long denied that its government knowingly funneled weapons into Iraq or trained Shiite militants there. It has derided the U.S. claims as propaganda. Several senior U.S. military officials said the weapons caches would undercut the Iranian denials and provide new evidence of continuing Iranian support for Shiite militants across Iraq.

“You can see the manufacturing dates right on the armaments themselves,” one senior commander in Baghdad said. “These are very clearly weapons that were made in the last month or so.”

HT to Confederate Yankee

No Surprise to anyone who pays attention.

April 26, 2008

Unemployment plummets after crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Unemployment rates are rising across the United States, except Oklahoma. That state is experiencing the most dramatic reduction in unemployment since 2007, an improvement many in Oklahoma attribute to the passage last year by the state legislature of a strong employment-focused immigration reform law.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday reported unemployment in Oklahoma had fallen to 3.1 percent in March, down from 4 percent in March last year, while unemployment nationwide was 5.1 percent, up from 4.4 percent in March last year.

HT to That’s just my opinion

Quote of the day

April 25, 2008

By way of Cold Fury:

“The most dangerous place in America is between a Clinton and their ambition.”

It Is Alive!

April 23, 2008

Barak Obama failed to put a stake in the heart of Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday.
Despite massively outspending her in Pennsylvania ($11 million to $5 million in TV ads alone), Monica Lewinski’s ex-boyfriend’s wife kicked his narrow ass with a solid 10 point win.

With that solid win in a key general election state, money is rolling into her campaign. “The Clinton campaign claimed it raised $500,000 online in the first hour after polls closed Tuesday.” It also adds weight to HRC’s argument on why the democrat party overseers, the so-called “super delegates”, should ditch the will of the democrat voters and select her for the party nomination instead of Obama, who was actually elected by the citizens aligned with the democrat party.

With any luck, the HRC and Barry will keep clawing at each other all the way to Denver.