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McCain Clarifies His Christianity September 30, 2007

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I’m a Baptist.  If I wasn’t running for president I’d get baptized.

Because we’d all get a pass on that one if we were doing something really important.

J-Mac, honestly, I don’t care if you pander.  Knock yourself out.

Just shut up about it when the others do too, ok?  Have that much class, pleasesirthankyouverymuch.

Sicherheit schaffen – Swiss Political Party Proposes Tougher Deportation Policy September 1, 2007

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“For more security”.  The Swiss Peoples Party (their largest political party) is drawing fire for evoking Nazi-like and Stalinist “purges” for their recommendation that immigrants convicted of crimes should be deported along with their families.

One of the most contentious subjects is a poster of the program, which depicts three white sheep kicking out a black sheep.  They are attempting to collect the 100,000 signatures necessary to force a referendum.

Well, yeah, I can see how some people would interpret that poster with a double meaning.  But listen to how much sense they’re making.

“We believe that parents are responsible for bringing up their children. If they can’t do it properly, they will have to bear the consequences,” Ueli Maurer, president of the People’s Party, told The Associated Press.

Shut. Up.  They are?

He explained that his party has long campaigned to make deportation compulsory for convicted immigrants rather than an optional and rarely applied punishment.

The party claims foreigners — who make up about 20 percent of the population — are four times more likely to commit crimes than Swiss nationals.

I’ll be interesting to see if they can force a vote, and even more interesting to see how the vote goes.

I think I know how.

John McCain: Life isn’t fair August 17, 2007

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McCain feeds media spin that his campaign faltered because of his support for Bush’s Iraq strategy.

Nothing to do with that immigration reform thingy that almost 70% of the country had some heartburn with.

“It’s entertaining, in that I was the greatest critic of the initial four years, three and a half years,” McCain said. “I came back from my first trip to Iraq and said, ‘This is going to fail. We’ve got to change the strategy’ to the one we’re using now. But life isn’t fair.”

Sometimes life is fair Senator.  Sometimes.

UPDATE: Caught this article this morning, McCain on Wednesday admitting that in addition to the public perception on Iraq, the immigration issue might also have cost him some support.  Still, he’s willing to consider other points of view.

“Look, I’ve got to do what I know is right for this country. These issues I have to take head-on,” he said

Steady.  Courage.

AP declares “Pentagon destroying millions in useable equipment” July 23, 2007

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Suckers take bait and cry foul.

The article mushes together two claims and attempts to back it up with quotes from surplus dealers who buy up used and or surplus military gear, often selling it back to the DoD if and when it’s needed again.

This sounds outrageous.  It’s not.  The DoD is merely outsourcing logistics and warehousing of still-useful equipment to a more cost-effective provider.  Lower cost providers.  Contractors with clearances and warehouses and trucks, and good inventory systems.

At the heart of this “controversy” is “what should be destroyed, because it is sensitive, and what should be outsourced and stored for possible re-use”?

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McCain snaps July 19, 2007

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Refuses to answer any more questions about his troubled campaign.

I’m not surprised, but I am curious,

why doesn’t the media love him anymore?  Are they just in “buzzard” mode?

Theory: Ron Paul is a friggin loon July 18, 2007

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Discuss!

Schwarzenegger’s “green fleet” initiative pumps out more smog than ever July 10, 2007

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Over 1100 state vehicles at a cost of $17 million, and they’re bigger polluters than the average taxpayer car.

They are E-85 flexible fuel vehicles, desgned to burn standard fuels, but when using E-85 ethanol, they burn much cleaner.  So why aren’t they?

Because they can’t find enough E-85*.  And as a result they are dumping even more pollutants into the air.

Retailers can’t find enough reasons to make the switch, and face an awful lot of obstacles.

Chief among these are the cost of equipment conversions, the relatively low level of consumer demand, the price relationship to gasoline, and the lack of any dispensers certified to sell the product.  Such challenges must be acknowedged by government policy makers before implementing new programs.

So, in layman’s terms, it costs too much to put in E-85 systems, nobody wants to buy it, and it costs more than gasoline.

What could possibly go wrong?

Even under optimum circumstances, shipping the ethanol to California (where the refineries are) blanks the benefits.

Produced largely from corn grown in the Midwest, ethanol is transported to California on tankers or diesel-powered trains.  The newspaper write that this process alone nearly cancels the fuel’s clean-air benefits in California.

S. David Freeman, a former energy advisor to President Jimmy Carter, blames the weak willed politicians for not following through.  Presumably they should have converted the trains as well.

* There are two types of ethanol blends, E-10 and E-85, the number representing the percentage of ethanol in the blend.  E-85 engines are specifically engineered for that blend, E-10 can be used in any vehicle.

 

Dennis Miller has a few words for Senator Harry Reid June 11, 2007

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Over at Hot Air.

It’s good.  And chock full of vitamins and iron.

Stuff William Jefferson said June 4, 2007

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“Oh shit”.

Remember the cash?

Almost two years ago, in August 2005, investigators raided Jefferson’s home in Louisiana and found $90,000 in cash stuffed into a box in his freezer.

Remember the convictions?

Two of Jefferson’s associates have already struck plea bargains with prosecutors and have been sentenced.

Remember the controversial raid of his congressional office?

In May 2006, the FBI raided Jefferson’s congressional office, the first such raid on a sitting congressman’s Capitol office. That move sparked a constitutional debate over whether the executive branch stepped over its boundary.

Culture of corruption.

Pro-Iraq war group interested in buying Camp Casey June 2, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, drama, Politics, Texas.
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Sheehan’s sister thinks Cindy would not be too receptive to an offer from them.

It’ll be a cold day in hell before she sells it to them,” her sister, Dede Miller, told The Associated Press. “She’ll sell it to them for $5 million.”

Robert Dixon, executive director of Sacramento Calif.-based Move America Forward, says they would use the land to erect a monument in support of the troops.

Sheehan has previously said she plans to start the bidding at $80,000 on Ebay.   She bought it last year for $52,500.   Sheehan’s group says they have made many improvements to the land, including gravel roads, clearing brush, planting gardens, burying accounting records and installing “relaxing, beautiful wind-chimes” everywhere the chill wind that crushes dissent is blowing.

In Crawford, that’s pretty much everywhere.