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Monday, July 14. 2008
McCain is moving to the supply side. Kudlow
Hail Joseph Lancaster. Marg. Rev.
The rise of Barack Obama. Powerline
Google as the new pressroom. Buzz Machine
Iraq: handing out $ on the street
The U of Chicago profs vs. Milton Friedman. Kimball.
Add this one to the things global warming has caused
Could 2008 be a McCain landslide? Shiver
How the Latino vote can determine the election. Pajamas
McCain and computers. Good grief. Would somebody sit him down and show him, please? So he can read Maggie's Farm.
Fannie and Freddie. No choice but to bail them out. They are quasi-government agencies - for better or worse.
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Where's the money going to come from to bail out Freddie and Fannie? Inbev buys out Bud, funny I don't recall the stockholders voting on the deal. I figure GM has 6 to 9 months of life in it, before it goes belly up. They will have to merge, or maybe our beloved Govt will put them in the to big to fail catagory. We have to keep those printing press"es printing. We are toast!!
Obama appears to be highly sensitive to anything even remotely resembling an attack ("sensitive" in the "how dare you!" kind of way) all the while he is being effectively shielded by the mainstream media from any real political attack. Turning out to be a flip-flopper to make John Kerry look like a stable and predictable plodder, Obama also appears to take very little stock of the possible consequences of his words and actions and positions. Needless to say, I should think, that's the very opposite of the reasonable, inspiring statesman he wants everybody to think he is. The whole world is going to be in a heap of trouble if he gets power. Except for those enthralled by the personality he projects, or the ideologically doctrinaire, it wouldn't be long before buyer's remorse sets in.
Indy races are green now too! From syracuse.com...
Racing the wind
Posted by Tim Knauss July 09, 2008 7:12PM
Categories: Renewable energy
Watkins Glen International speedway may not strike the casual observer as a beacon of sustainable energy use. After all, the Indy Cars that race there get less than 2 miles per gallon of fuel.
But Craig Rust, president of Watkins Glen, said he's trying to do his part.
The Glen recently purchased 1.03 million kilowatt-hours of wind power, equivalent to the track's annual electricity usage. Rust said he bought certified renewable energy credits from out-of-state wind farms.
"Motor sports . . . has started to take a look at what we can do as an industry," Rust said. "We know it's a small piece, but it's something important to do."
He declined to say how much extra the wind energy will cost.
Renewable energy credits, or RECs, are sold to provide premium payments to wind farms or other producers of renewable energy. Customers buy RECs in addition to their actual electricity. RECs are typically much cheaper out of state than they are in New York, where state government buys many of them to comply with its renewable energy mandates, said Tim Treadwell, environmental director at Juice Energy, the company that supplies Watkins Glen.
As long as RECs are certified by a respected program such as Green-e, as The Glen's are, they support wind development somewhere, Treadwell said.
By the way, since 2007 all Indy Cars have run on 100 percent ethanol. But that's a different story.
Senator McCain should waste his precious time reading MF.
Maybe, he should take up golfing after that.
Then he could might be considered a real conservative.
Next, yall might could want him to take up smoking, too.
Smoking Iran's nuclear bunkers is the best idea that should top Senator McCains should oughta do list, me thinks.
Despite all of Obama's negatives, McCain keeps shooting himself in the foot. Why say anything about The New Yorker cover and piece other than it is clearly artistic expression open to interpretation? That is what art is!
Now he confesses his Internet illiteracy; he shoulda been receiving totoring months ago to deal with this issue. Now, we are stuck with an illiterate for our nominee? How emabarrassing. Unbelievable. I just can't imagine anyone holding the highest office in the land in 2008 without being highly Internet and e-mail literate.
Points up the need for a return to the old nominating system: Every state elects delegates to the state convention who in turn elect delegates to the national convention. Under this system, McCain's weaknesses would be exposed prior to the convention; besides, it would be the Republican regulars doing the nominating instead of some media manipulated coalition of liberal Republicans, cross-over Democrats, Independents, and others with an interest in defeating Republicans.
If the Republican Convention were to become an open convention, i.e., all delegates released from their previous commitments, and knowing all all now know about McCain's weaknesses as a candidate since the end of the primaries, do you really think John McCain could prevail at such an open convention? Same question might be asked by the Demcorats of Obama? That's why they held these conventions just 2-3 months prior to election day!
If we have learned nothing from 2008 it is clear that the center-right majority in the Republican Party needs to revamp the nominating machinery prior to 2012 such that control of the nominating process returns to elected Republican delegates from closed primaries.
Me thinks Michele would look better in a red dress but she should keep the rifle.
I like well armed chiclets.
Time to start looking into the Democrat Convention Rules vis-a-vis: What happens should the convention fail to pick a nominee on the first ballot? If such is the case, are all delegates, some delegates, super delegates, et al thereby released from their first ballot commitments?
Is this the scenario for Hillary's coup de convention since the delegate count is so close, and the fact that Hillary has not released her delegates, and that Obama seems to be losing ground by the day? Is buyer's remorse setting in for Democrat party pro's across the country?
Don't think it would be that easy for the Republicans unless the total of the delegates committed to candidates other than McCain are sufficient to deadlock the convention on the first ballot? Somehow I don't think such is the case but it certainly feeds the intrigue for the many Republicans who have or may be developing buyer's remorse.
Besides, we've been cheated of the high drama of the old national conventions and many of us want to see them come back. Rebellion against the current, totally boring, pre-programmed affairs may at last be afoot in the land.
What possible use could John McCain make of a personal computer if he is elected President? Why should he waste his time learning something that he would seldom if ever use? George Bush, so the story goes, was an avid PC user and emailer as Texas Governor. After he was elected President, however, he stopped using email, mainly, it seems, because of the Presidential Records Act, which requires all communications and conversations in the Oval Office (including email) to be recorded and subsequently deposited in the National Archives. That doesn't afford the President much privacy in his discussions with his staff or subordinates. I suppose the only way to escape this constant scrutiny is for the President to take his conversations to the family living quarters in the White House, which is pretty demeaning. It's too bad Congress didn't see fit to pass a similar law for themselves when they passed the law covering Presidential records. I'd like to see them work in a goldfish bowl. That would be interesting.
Johnny Mac needs to announce his new found familiarity with the Internet prior to the convention. "John McCain is so out of touch he doesn't know how to use the Internet", will go the standard Obama - still could be Hillary- stump speech. Touche, mes amies. That sounds disastrously out of touch to me and is one more of his incremental negatives. Would make a great New Yorker cover, doncha think? How so-called "political pro's" could allow someone so functionally IT illiterate to be the nominee of a major party in 2008 is astonishing. And to admit it. Like Bush Sr in '92 at the supermarket looking quizzically at the scanner: "What does this do?" Perhaps Johnny Mac's daughter can talk some sense into the old man and begin tutoring in IT 101. Obama is doing his best to boot this thing away- that is if he is the nominee come August 25- but our guy still needs a big makeover to be electable, he just can't rely on being the default vote to 'Bam. And what if Hillary pulls off the coup de convention in the wake of mass buyer's remorse from Dem delegates? She would be formidable.