Monday, June 30, 2008

Iraq Opens Up To U.S. Oil Companies

So I guess the war was for oil...but, considering our present energy situation, I think I can live with that! If we had fought the whole war only for oil (which we certainly did not), it would have been sheer genius! Now, if can just squeeze out a few drops of our own oil, things will really start looking up...

Friday, June 27, 2008

The King of America

His name? Anthony Kennedy. The Supreme Court has been elevated to super-branch status, striking down Congress and the President left and right. Rush notes that we are the uncomfortable position of having to wait on the Court's decision de jour to see what rights we will be granted or refused this time around. Mark Levin says that every time the Court meets it's really holding a new constitutional convention, rewriting our sacred document at will. Jonah Goldberg has a nice piece today laying all this out.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Thompson Continues To Pound Boumediene

Fred Thompson has another slam-dunk column against the recent Boumediene decision. If we can't have this guy as president, how about attorney general? Or supreme court justice? Or president anyway...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

UK Doubts Global Warming

So there is hope somewhere in the world. This story is great--they even mention The Great Global Warming Swindle (which is simply excellent--if you haven't seen it, do so immediately). People are beginning to see through some of this garbage. And, either way, drilling just makes too much sense!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Obama Refuses Public Campaign Money

Obama will be the first presidential candidate to refuse public campaign funding since the program went into effect following the Watergate scandal. This story contains more details. I see this new development as yet another example of the private sector out-pacing a government program. Do you see what has happened?

Obama has PRIVATIZED his campaign!

What's going on here? I thought government was the answer. It seems to be the answer only when he's talking about other people. Obama wants to nationalize your health care. He wants your kids to attend a government school. He wants the "fairness" doctrine to apply to your media outlets. He wants you to decrease your carbon footprint. I doubt he even eats at the Senate Cafeteria!

Liberals always know what's best for us, but they wouldn't dream of having to live that way themselves. They want the power to reorganize society ("remake America," as Barak puts it) into a glorious utopia where all are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Economist: The end of the petrolhead

This story from the most recent Economist is a quick update on the state of electric cars.

It seems pretty clear to me this is the future:

  • Electricity is a much cheaper and cleaner energy source for vehicles than fuel burned in an engine.
  • We have a very wide variety of renewable and non-renewable sources we can use to generate electricity.
  • We have a large existing infrastructure for distributing electricity.
  • Very good electric and hybrid cars are already in production. (Check out the Tesla Roadster. This is a thorougly sweet set of all-electric wheels that goes for only $120k. Reserve yours today!)
I don't have any idea where oil prices are going, but there are two possible scenarios:

  1. Oil prices stay high or increase. At the current price of oil, there are huge economic incentives for firms to make mass-market electric car technology work. Indeed, it appears all the major auto companies are racing in this direction.
  2. Oil prices fall dramatically. Even if oil gets really unprecedentedly cheap, it's never going to be cheaper to burn it in your engine than in a power plant. Electric car technology will continue to progress in an environment of cheap oil, as it has for the last three decades--it just won't be emerging as fast as it appears to be now.
Either way, we're all still going to be able to drive as much as we please, probably a lot cheaper than ever before. It won't happen tomorrow, and there will be transitional costs. But don't imagine that high oil prices is a problem the free market is not well capable of solving.

The Democrat Energy Plan: Nationalize Refineries

Yesterday, House Democrats unveiled their new brainiac energy "solution"--nationalizing refineries (actually, they stole the idea from Hugo Chavez). This, they think, will allow the government to "better control the flow of the oil supply." So let's recap: McCain and Bush say lift the ban on offshore drilling (which would directly result in more oil and cheaper prices). Meanwhile, the Democrats would rather steal oil refineries from the smart, capable people who run them now and hand them over to the same people who run the Senate Cafeteria. Sheer genius! If McCain brings us no other policy change except this one, he would be a good president, and I would gladly vote for him.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Senate Cafeteria Exposed

You might have heard about the Senate Cafeteria's annual losses in the millions, but for all the subsidizing at taxpayer expense, isn't it at least a fine dining experience? Not quite. Mark Hemingway ventured into to this abomination of culinary horrors and produced this amusing story. At least it would be amusing if we weren't spending millions of dollars to make it happen.

Note: He also points out at the end that the real reason the Senate Democrats are up in arms is probably due to the higher-quality House Cafeteria (which has been privatized for some time). It turns out that capitalism just tastes better.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More Detail on McCain's Position

McCain appears to be headed down the right track. The drilling issue will single-handedly win the election. Obama is quoted as saying McCain's idea is a continuation of Bush's "failed" policy on drilling. Last time I checked, the Democrats blocked EVERY SINGLE attempt to open ANWR and other areas for drilling. Therefore, any failure must be heaped squarely on the shoulders of Senate Democrats.

Another interesting point Karen heard somewhere: The Democrats and company have always said that the million plus barrels of oil from Alaska wouldn't affect prices--but now the recent news that Saudi Arabia will produce an extra half-million barrels has them overjoyed. I think we all know what's going on here. The Democrats want to cripple our nation's economy and reduce our role as the lone superpower. If that's really not what they want, their policies are nevertheless leading us in that direction.

Monday, June 16, 2008

McCain: Flirting With Victory

McCain indicated today he would favor lifting the moratorium on states being able to drill for oil. He may make some sort of formal announcement about this soon. For all his "repeal the gas tax" nonsense and obeisance to the eco-fascists, he may just end up stumbling onto the right side of the biggest issue of the campaign: increasing domestic oil production. Let's keep our fingers crossed...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Boumediene Dissents

Yesterday's Supreme Court decision concerning Gitmo detainees brought on some exceptionally scathing dissents by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia (Justices Thomas and Alito also dissenting). I can't say I understand all the legal aspects, but it seems like something very significant has happened to our nation's ability to conduct war and take prisoners, all this while not actually improving the lot of current detainees and at the expense of twisting our Constitution into a self-defeating pretzel.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Where are the Candidates on Oil?

Larry Kudlow has a great column today about the new political landscape, citing new polls indicating a decrease in the number of people who blame oil companies and an increase in those who favor more drilling. Neither candidate has taken stock of this changing situation. McCain has the best chance of getting there first--if he can muster the courage.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Obama: Smooth-Talker

And they make fun of Bush?


Obama the Money Wizard

This is an interesting piece from NRO today about how Obama has utilized Facebook and other social networking schemes to raise unprecedented amounts of money and give him record turnout at political rallies (although that big crowd in Oregon a few weeks ago was really there for a rock concert).

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Child Survives Abortion in UK

Rare, but not unprecedented, baby Finley survived an attempt to abort him and went on to develop as normal. By the time the mother realized her child was still there, she was 19 weeks along. She then decided to "grant" him another chance at life. This story illustrates just what is at stake in the abortion debate.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Ahmadenijad Echoes Obama

Here are some recent comments from our favorite extremist dictator:

"The United States will have a reduced sphere of influence in the world..."

"The new president will have to respond to the real demands of the American people: 40 million American citizens do not have health insurance, the victims of the New Orleans hurricane still have no homes."

The United States "will have to withdraw the soldiers from Iraq (since) the American people will not tolerate continued spending of billions of dollars on weapons..."

These are pretty much Democrat talking points. Obama says stuff like this all the time. Coincidence? I think not... What is that middle name again? And what did that crazy pastor say about America again? Hmmm...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A Word On Obama

Bill Bennett had a nice sum-up of Obama's weaknesses, even when compared with laughably weak former Dem presidential candidates (or actual presidents):

"And thus the Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of George McGovern, albeit without McGovern’s military and political record. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far-left candidate in the tradition of Michael Dukakis, albeit without Dukakis’s executive experience as governor. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of John Kerry, albeit without Kerry’s record of years of service in the Senate. The Democratic party is about to nominate an unvetted candidate in the tradition of Jimmy Carter, albeit without Jimmy Carter’s religious integrity as he spoke about it in 1976. Questions about all these attributes (from foreign policy expertise to executive experience to senatorial experience to judgment about foreign leaders to the instructors he has had in his cultural values) surround Barack Obama. And the Democratic party has chosen him."

Now That She's Out

McCain seeks to win Clinton's former supporters. And he wonders why Rush is trying to get Republicans to cross over and vote for him. Why didn't Republicans get to pick a nominee this time around? As I've heard going around, maybe we will have to have another Carter before we can have another Reagan...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Mark Steyn: Killing Her Softly

Mark Steyn makes the point that the Western feminist movement's demand for abortion has resulted in more future women being aborted in the quest to have a male child.