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1  National / Campaign Trail / Re: Campaign Trail on: June 24, 2008, 12:44:27 PM
Utley, I got a kick out of Dobson's comments as well.  I guess he doesn't appreciate the challenge Obama represents to the evangelical fold, as someone who really does have religious convinctions as opposed to the "born again" President we had the past 8 years, and the political toady that McCain is.  However, Obama is running the risk of trying to be all things to all people.
2  National / Campaign Trail / Re: Campaign Trail on: June 24, 2008, 12:40:09 PM

The car, the car with the battery. Thomas Alva Edison provided Alfred I.duPont with an electric car back when they were yet alive. What's new about that?

3  National / Campaign Trail / Re: Campaign Trail on: June 24, 2008, 11:27:56 AM
Sounds like a pretty hollow compromise, but I guess we have to take the repealing of this act in measures, like so much of the Bush legacy.

Personally, I think the telecommunications industry should get taken to the cleaners on this one.  I still haven't forgiven Yahoo! for caving into the Feds on this one, not that I really respect my e-mails to be private, given how big my spam inbox is each day.
4  Arts / Celebreality / Re: Celebreality on: June 24, 2008, 11:05:37 AM
I think a third option for the poll above could have been, "Does it Matter?"  At some point, dear Brit will reinvent herself and all will be forgiven.  Look how many times Madonna has re-invented herself.  I thought her career was over with Shangai Surprise,

and for that matter Sean Penn.  Too bad.
5  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 24, 2008, 11:03:15 AM
Can you add one more exclamation mark on there for good measure, kid?
6  National / Campaign Trail / Re: Campaign Trail on: June 24, 2008, 10:42:57 AM
I see Obama is starting to put some distance between himself and Johnny Mac.  RCP has him up 6.6% now,

So, Mackie tries to go for hot button energy issue without offering any viable alternatives.   Tossing candies to the masses and hoping that it translates into votes come November.  Mack is no man with a plan.  More stop-gap proposals for what is a seriously leaking economy and looming energy crisis that will make '73 look like a walk in the park.

7  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 24, 2008, 10:36:54 AM
The problem with nuclear plants remains how to handle toxic waste.  This hasn't been thoroughly dealt with, even if nuclear plants today are much more efficient than those in the past.  I think it is better to invest the same amount of money in wind farms and massive solar collecting plants, where one doesn't have to worry about toxic waste products.  Geothermal energy is another option, which hasn't been exploited to any great degree,
8  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 24, 2008, 08:55:40 AM
If the price of oil were simply a "supply and demand" issue, it wouldn't be anywhere near the current price.  I got into a lengthy point-counterpoint with bankshot over the subject a few weeks back.  the depreciated dollar is a major factor in the price of oil.  The dollar, currently trading at $1.56 to the Euro, is worth 56% of what it was worth 8 years ago, when it was trading at 88 cents to the Euro.  That alone accounts for about half the price of current oil trading, as oil is sold in "petro-dollars," something the US long ago insisted upon.  Speculation is also a big issue, as oil is traded on the market and is subject to volatile mood swings as much or moreso than real factors such increased demand for oil.  Natural gas is not traded on the market and the price is negotiated between countries in multi-year deals.
9  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 24, 2008, 08:38:19 AM

Thanks for pointing out the typo in the poll. There is no spell checker on the poll that I am aware of. We will just have to do it the old-fashioned eye-balling it way. The Iran and Iraq takeover were not jest, and I was surprised to see that two people voted for it.

Am I to assume that you don't see a need to increase production of oil to meet American needs? Care to explain?

You aren't very good at this sort of thing, are you weezo?  It really is hard to take an option such as "Take over Iraq and Iran" seriously, which was why I previously voted for that option.  But, now that you have "None of the Above," I will choose that one.  Another option may have been "Invest more heavily in alternative energy sources."  I guess you aren't aware that much is being done in this regard, despite the discussion we have been having on the subject, and that many countries encourage energy companies to invest more heavily in solar and wind power by giving them tax credits, and discourage use of fossil fuels by awarding carbon rebates.  But no, Republicans seem to think we can meet pressing needs by "pumping up the volume," not telling voters that it takes 5 to 7 years to bring a new oil field into production.

Moreover, bringing a new field into production can require years of mapping, testing, drilling and construction -- during which time the land would show up in statistics as being "not in production," even as companies spend millions or even billions of dollars to bring it online.

So, drilling in ANWAR or anywhere else for that matter is not going to meet the current oil crunch, while encouraging persons to buy higher fuel efficiency cars, energy-efficient gas water heaters and cutting down on their overall energy consumption will.  Hence, another option might have been, "Encourage Americans to cut down on energy use."  And, of course, we all know about the high cost of war, so I really don't see that as a viable alternative.

PS:  Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak or any other book on the subject of the diminishing nature of oil supply should be required reading,
10  Books / History / Re: American History on: June 23, 2008, 02:40:35 AM
Time-wise, Lentvaris fits in more with the English Regency Style, as you noted Maddy, and Arts and Crafts obsession with all things Gothic, but the Polish-Lithuanian noble family seemed to draw its inspiration more from dear Louis' time.  They had a wonderful French landscape architect, Edouard Andre, design the gardens.  Not sure if this beautiful Clematis was named after his wife, "Madame Edouard Andre." 

The Tiskevicius family built quite a few of these mansions around Lithuania, all in different styles.  The most frequented is the mansion that now houses the amber collection in Palanga,
11  Arts / Comedy / Re: Comedy on: June 23, 2008, 02:29:50 AM

Kansas Flooding

Kind of makes flooding fun.
12  Arts / Comedy / Re: Comedy on: June 23, 2008, 02:28:30 AM

He will be missed.
13  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 23, 2008, 01:45:59 AM
Once again, weezo, I think you "shouldl" do a spell check before you post these polls.  I think you also should have given a none of the above option, so I didn't have to vote for taking over Iraq and Iran in jest.
14  National / Campaign Trail / Re: Campaign Trail on: June 23, 2008, 01:41:11 AM
They are the movers and shakers among our population. They own the businesses. They have the money. It is from them and through them that anything worthwhile in this country happens.

Along these lines,

PHOENIX - John McCain hopes to solve the country's energy crisis with cold hard cash.

The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting is proposing a $300 million government prize to whomever can develop an automobile battery that far surpasses existing technology.

Interesting that the sum is roughly equivalent to Cindy's total worth.  Is he offering Cindy as the prize? 

You have to wonder about a guy who doesn't take time to find out that such batteries already exist and the onus is on the car companies to produce cars along these lines,

Of course, we all can't expect to drive a car as nice as a Tesla.  For us worker drones there is this "pimped" up Geo,

Now how hard could that be for GM to do?
15  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 23, 2008, 01:31:31 AM
How about "First group to invent the gun wins!"

I thought it was the flush toilet.
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