Harry Reid makes us Sick

The gas, make that gaseous emissions from his mouth, makes us sick. Take a whiff.

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1.2 Million Have signed Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less

In the previous post I urged you to sign a petition for H. R. 3089. In this one I urge you to sign another petition that just might help with energy.

Drill Here.
Drill Now.
Pay Less.

It’s all at American Solutions for Winning the Future. Speaking of winning, check this out.

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Support H.R. 3089, the No More Excuses Energy Act of 2007

Those who haven’t yet done it and who care at all about US gas and energy prices may want to sign an electronic petition urging the US House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3089, the No More Excuses Energy Act of 2007. Here is the petition. It does not work with Firefox. I had to use Internet Explorer. You may want to check here to see if your representative is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3089. I sent a letter to my representative, Gene Taylor, that went something like this. You may want to use something like it for yours.

Dear Representative Taylor:

Mississippi has long done its part in delivering energy to the rest of the country. With oil over $140 a barrel and OPEC determined on taking it to $170 per barrel this summer, it is long past time for the whole US to start taking responsibility for its own energy. Everyone, not just long-haul truckers, will be paying more than $5 a gallon. Tourism and travel industries will suffer. The increased price of diesel, together with the unexpected side-effects of the ethanol boondoggle, has already raised the price of food and other necessities by well over 20%. A monopolist cartel composed of hostile nations including Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Nigeria and Russia is now holding the US and world economy hostage with the price of oil and natural gas. H.R. 3089 is a good first step to establishing some level of energy independence for the US. I note you have not yet supported it, and urge you to lend it your full support.

Mississippi has carried more than its weight in the provision of energy to the US. It’s time for the rest of the states to carry some of the load.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Concerned,
Beaglescout

I only changed two things. My name. And I made a mistake and wrote Zimbabwe instead of Nigeria in my letter. You can surely do better than I did at writing a letter. Go ahead and do it. And sign the petition. If I find a place to send faxes I’ll pass that along too. That’s how the illegal alien amnesty bill got stopped last year. If the congress critters can weigh their correspondence in the pounds or tons then it starts the wheels spinning in their heads, and they realize that means votes. Lots of votes.

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No ice for Santa

Steve Connor breathlessly reports on climate change (what used to be called weather) for the UK Independent.

It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year.

Shed a tear for dear Saint Nick.

In related news, the ice maker in my refrigerator is producing an altogether insufficient quantity of ice cubes to cool my iced tea, lemonade, and soft drinks.

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Invasion: Mexican Army member(s) commit(s) Phoenix home invasion and murder

The US border with Mexico is an insecure risk. Even if you take away the drug smuggling, the human trafficking, the murders, rapes, beatings, abandonment and robbery, even if you take away the criminal murder gangs that roam freely along both sides of the border, even if you take away cooperation with Hezbollah and other jihadists, the behavior of Mexican army units and members along and around the border is a risk. In Phoenix, a home invasion and murder turns out to be an invasion of another kind: An invasion of the US by one or more (active duty status unreported) members of the Mexican military services.

Take it away, KFYI:

A top member of a Phoenix police union is standing by reports that at least one of the men involved in a Monday morning home invasion and homicide was an active member in the Mexican Army. Click Here for the update.

“Even if you put aside the Mexican military, you have illegals in the country…they’re protected with tactical gear using tactical strategies in police uniforms willing to ambush police officers. I think that’s bad enough,” said Mark Spencer, President of the Phoenix Police Enforcement Association.

While on the J.D. Hayworth show Tuesday, Mark Spencer announced that the suspects were hired by drug cartels to perform home invasions and murders.

The incident at 8329 W. Cypress St. resulted in the death of the homeowner. Between 50 and 100 rounds were fired at the house.

Spencer said a police officer told him that one of the men captured said they were completely prepared to ambush Phoenix police, but ran out of ammunition.

Stunning.

You know what they say, “good fences make good neighbors.” Nothing more needs be said.

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Critical Thinking and Homeschool

Sandra M. comments on an article by Elizabeth Scalia, the Anchoress, at PJM.

I see great hope for the future in the homeschooling movement.

My grandmother, a language teacher, taught me to read when I was 4. Obviously, she used PHONICS, not the epistomologically disastrous look-say method. Once I had that skill, there wasn’t much Manhattan’s Marxist Mafia, dominant in our schools, could do to destroy me.

I always had a first generation American’s intense love for this country, but It wasn’t until I was in my 60’s that I finally found an American History textbook that reflected my love for this country and it was written by a Brit, Paul Johnson, whose HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I recommend to everyone.

Luckily, as a child I was prone to chronic bronchitis, so I happily shared my bed with The Count of Monte Cristo, (from whom I got my curriculum) , and Sherlock Holmes who imbued me with a desire to learn logic, which only intensified when I met Ayn Rand, the “sorceress of reason.” Her best gift was introducing me to the works of “The Master of Those Who Know” Aristotle.

I am not a great logician but I try. Decades ago, I used to work logic exercises in logic texts, the greatest text I found being LOGIC: AN INTRODUCTION by Lionel Ruby, which is especially good on scientific method and research which is very applicable to those with allergies and health problems. I also recommend his very entertaining THE ART OF MAKING SENSE, which resulted from 10 radio talks called “How to Think Logically”. Ch. 13 covers The Logic of Gambling and Ch. 17 The Logic of Sherlock Holmes. Enjoy!!!

I wish I had found John Saxon (former Marine) and his mathematics texts as a child. They are so good, that I once saw burly math teacher cry on 60 minutes because they were replacing the Saxon texts with books more profitable to Texas bureaucrats and teachers. Textbook publishers will pay and pay well to get their books selected.

I always hated the dingy public schools with barred windows, loud bells, indifferent teachers and a curriculum designed to baffle and dismay a child. John Taylor Gatto’s DUMBING US DOWN explained my loathing for school which co-existed with a real desire to learn.

Today, the homeschooling movement is so organized and powerful that when an idiot Congressman who knew how powerful the teachers; unions were spoke out on the floor of the House against homeschooling, the Congess was inundated with more angry mail than they’d ever received on any issue.

I deeply regret virtually almost every day I ever spent in school and this even includes a good part of 4 years of college and a year in graduate school Just give me the books and get out of my way. Let me learn at my own speech the subjects I want to learn and let me find creative ways of studying subjects of not much interest to me such as jigsaw puzzles for the states and countries of the world with capitols and other pertinent matters listed. I wish I’d known of CLEP and could have studied on my own and taken exams for college credit. It would have saved me a lot of time. Because of another role model, Bill Buckley, I did learn from debating in college and writing a column for the school newspaper. Other than these extracurricular activities, I learned from books not lectures. I’m an ADDer and start to think while someone is speaking so I miss part of what’s being said. With books I can underline and post tape the parts most important to me.

If vouchers were given to students and their families instead of money to schools, schools would immediately improve, which is why leftist bureacrats and teachers will fight to the death against school vouchers, lest parents destroy a system designed by the Prussians and adopted by John Dewey to produce obedient soldiers and workers.

Word!

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Petition to Impeach Five anti-Constitution Supreme Court Justices

I may quibble with the wording of the petition, but I agree with the message, which is that the only recourse the people have to redress the crime the Supreme Court have committed against the Constitution with the Boumedine decision is to demand that the Senate impeach those justices who have flouted the Constitution and ignored their own precedents, all for some sort of “practical” solution to a dispute between those who deem prisoners at Guantanamo war criminals captured in war (and thus explicitly denied rights under the Geneva Convention) and those who see them as foreign nationals kidnapped by US soldiers for no good reason.

Go here and sign.

To: U. S. Congress

PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES

We the People of the United States, do hereby demand that our duly elected representatives in both houses of Congress, initiate impeachment proceedings against the following Supreme Court Justices:


We, the undersigned, consider the Supreme Court ruling in Boumediene et al. v. Bush, 06-1195, rendered June 12, 2008, not only unacceptable, but to be in criminal violation of the Justice’s oaths to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Be advised that We the People regard elected officials to be our public servants. Failure to take action against the Justices specified shall be considered support for the decision rendered in the aforementioned case, and will result in our resolve to ensure your defeat in the next election.

Being from myriad political and ideological spectra, we are united in our belief that foreign nationals or enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay DO NOT have a right to pursue habeas challenges to their detention.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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Why Bush was and is right, and fighting the Second Iraq War was Inevitable

Arthur Herman wrote a terrific article at Commentary.

[I]n light of what was actually known at the time about Saddam Hussein’s actions and intentions, and in light of what was added to our knowledge through his post-capture interrogations by the FBI—the decision to go to war takes on a very different character. The story that emerges is of a choice not only carefully weighed and deliberately arrived at but, in the circumstances, the one moral choice that any American President could make.Had, moreover, Bush failed to act when he did, the consequences could have been truly disastrous. The next American President would surely have faced the need, in decidedly less favorable circumstances, to pick up the challenge Bush had neglected. And since Bush’s unwillingness to do the necessary thing might rightly have cost him his second term, that next President would probably have been one of the many Democrats who, until March 2003, actually saw the same threat George Bush did.

It is too often forgotten, not least by historians, that George W. Bush did not invent the idea of deposing the Iraqi tyrant. For years before he came on the scene, removing Saddam Hussein had been a priority embraced by the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton and by Clinton’s most vocal supporters in the Senate

When you need a collection of data concerning what was really going on at the time, and not some mendaciously whitewashed version as promoted years later for political advantage by such Democrat hawks as Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, this is the place to go. Read it all.

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Sex Pistols Sell Out! in Vegas

John “Johny Rotten” Lydon and the rest of the original, pre-Sid Vicious, Sex Pistols lineup (Steve Jones on guitar, Paul Cook on drums, Glen Matlock on bass) appeared for the single U.S. show in their “world tour” at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. I don’t know if there is anything more amusing or pathetic than a bunch of grown up “punks” pogoing to the cleaned up spittle-flecked rants of their youth, unless it is a bunch of grown-old but not grown-up hippies with legs and arms all rubbery in a psychedelic stoner dance to Dave Matthews or another improvisational acid-rock band. The Grateful Dead may have died and gone to Trippsville, but they inspired many who still mine their jug-band groove. And so it is with the Sex Pistols, though mercifully without the jug band influence.

The Killers, who were fans in attendance at the Hard Rock show, are fans also in their performances (though their tribute to the Pistols was filtered through the Stranglers). Green Day are like the Pistols without the bad attitude. Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, and Alice in Chains all updated the power-trio punk-band with a gravel-throated, heroin-addicted singer and nihilistic lyrics formula that the Sex Pistols stamped into the DNA of the post-punk period. Good Charlotte are inspired by the Pistols and the Ramones, seemingly in equal measure. The Pistols aren’t the only classic punk band that inspired others. Rancid sound like a Clash cover band. Ministry inspired the whole industrial music genre in America (see Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Korn). Goth bands hearken to Alien Sex Machine, Bauhaus and Sisters of Mercy even if they don’t realize it.

Finally, the do-it-yourself ethic, anti-melodic vocals, morally reprobate personnas, stupid fake names, and tolerance for found noises and aural chaos of all the punk music bands has found its full flowering in gangsta rap music that glories in the worst, most animalistic aspects of the human experience. While Johnny Rotten chanted the lyric “I’m not an animal” with bile-spitting sympathy for the aborted infant narrator of the song, gangsta rappers rhyme about humans reduced to animalistic fight or flight instincts and mythologize men who have bought into the Nietzschean superman, objectified women, and rejected the transcendent aspect of humanity. Gangsta is the new, purified punk for this generation’s true believers. Fifty Cent is the new Johnny Rotten. Johnny Rotten has demonstrated once again in this year’s Sex Pistols tour that he wasn’t really serious about his anarchist message, but Fifty Cent believes. For Rotten it was never about changing the world or speaking the truth to power, but about getting one over on his audience. When he sang “no future, no future for you” it wasn’t about him, it was about the gullible fools in the audience. It was all about king dollar. Maybe that’s the real legacy of punk music, that the cynical, avaricious jokers who built the foundation for the children of punk music have been succeeded by true believers who lack an understanding of what it was all about: Selling out and living to spend the loot in comfort.

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Which Political Party wants U.S. Gas to be so Expensive?

Powerline sums up the facts.

ANWR Exploration

  • House Republicans: 91% Supported
  • House Democrats: 86% Opposed

Coal-to-Liquid

  • House Republicans: 97% Supported
  • House Democrats: 78% Opposed

Oil Shale Exploration

  • House Republicans: 90% Supported
  • House Democrats: 86% Opposed

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Exploration

  • House Republicans: 81% Supported
  • House Democrats: 83% Opposed

Refinery Increased Capacity

  • House Republicans: 97% Supported
  • House Democrats: 96% Opposed

SUMMARY

  • 91% of House Republicans have historically voted to increase the production of American-made oil and gas.
  • 86% of House Democrats have historically voted against increasing the production of American-made oil and gas.

The Democrats in Congress and those who voted for them have gotten their wish. Gas is a budget buster for most families. Hybrids and used gas sippers are high priced. Motorcycles are all over the roads. SUVs and trucks are just about impossible to sell. Independent truckers are going out of business. GM is shutting down several SUV and truck plants, adding shifts at car plants, and bringing the Chevy Volt to market sooner than planned. Corn ethanol has tripled the price of corn and doubled the price of other grains, causing domino effect price increases in all foods, leading to starvation worldwide.

Frankly, I don’t see how congressional Democrats can live with the guilt for their actions.

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