Hillary Is Confounded By A Coffee Maker

Hillary Clinton was caught on video befuddled by a coffee maker in a gas station. Apparently, the last time she walked into a gas station back in the late 80’s they didn’t have push button coffee makers.

A Big Crock of Biofuel

Ethanol has become public enemy number one. Not only do we get lousy gas mileage with corn based ethanol, we get higher food prices too! This problem began in 1994 when a Senate vote on mandated ethanol use was tied 50-50 and broken by Vice President Al Gore. So say thanks to Mr. Gore for the real crisis that is looming….food shortages. The general public is just now becoming aware of the real problems ethanol is causing and support for elimination of mandated biofuels is building from the left and the right.

Ethanol is placing liberals in a real bind. One one hand, they feel the need to try to manipulate companies like Exxon Mobil by forcing them to accept alternative fuel, yet by using these alternative fuels, it drives up the cost of food and disproportionately affects the poor worldwide. So, we can either “save the environment” by ethanol and starve millions worldwide by driving up food prices, or we can just stick with tried and true fossil fuels and keep feeding everyone. Not surprisingly, the same people that demand we use ethanol also oppose drilling for additional sources of oil, including in ANWR. If we had started drilling for oil in ANWR ten years ago, it is possible that oil prices would be considerably lower than they are now. Higher oil prices means higher prices on all the goods we buy and higher transportation costs.

Ironically, corn-based ethanol and other blends of biofuels have been shown to produce substantially more greenhouse gases than regular gasoline. This ethanol issue illustrates a common problem with our representatives in Washington D.C. Too often policies are promoted based off of fads in the public without their consequences being fully studied before being made law. In this case, mandating the use of ethanol was justified under the guise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The result? Ethanol produces MORE greenhouse gas emissions than regular gasoline, using ethanol drives up the price of food worldwide, and ethanol causes us to use more fuel than we would if we used regular gasoline because of decreased fuel efficiency. If ethanol was really this hidden gem and had huge potential, wouldn’t it be advantageous to big oil companies to research this technology themselves? Yet, ethanol has not replaced traditional gasoline among the private sector by any big energy companies largely because it is a lousy fuel source. Policy makers in Washington have mandated that we use this new technology without researching the true effectiveness or consequences. This is yet another example of the government sticking their noses and their policies where they shouldn’t. It has only resulted in harm to American citizens and businesses with literally no benefit.

Right now, 1/3 of the corn produced in the U.S. goes to ethanol production. It takes 400 lbs of corn to make 25 gallons of fuel. So with that 400 lbs of corn, we can either feed a grown man for a year or we can fill up our car twice. It seems to me that feeding everyone affordably is more important that responding to a global warming “crisis” that doesn’t even have a scientific consensus yet. After all, we can actually prove that people are starving, whereas we can’t prove that ethanol will have any effect on anything climate related.

Now, I’m not saying that all biofuels or all ethanol are lousy fuels, but for now, the ones that are available certainly seem to be. The mandated use of ethanol isn’t solely responsible for the rising food costs worldwide, but is unquestionably a large factor. The farmers and researchers that are beneficiaries of ethanol use don’t want the public to know the truth…that corn-based ethanol is a bad fuel that never should have been mandated in the first place. Corn-based ethanol has been called a “transitional” technology by some, so why are we forced to use it? Because it is a fad that congress has bought into.

Congress needs to do its job and eliminate subsidies for ethanol NOW. But with Reid and Pelosi in charge, we can count on further bad energy policy for the future where more clout is given to environmental fads than actual verifiable research. As long as liberals (Democrats and Republicans) are at the helm, we can be assured that $7 per gallon milk is right around the corner.

Global Warming? Earth Day Celebration Blasted By Blizzard

Happy Earth Day! How about that out of control, man-made Global Warming? More like the lack of it in Edmonton, Canada.

Eco-friendly groups in Edmonton were forced to abandon their original locations for their Earth Day celebration due to the blizzard. I guess they had to change their talking points from Global Warming to Global “Climate Change” to not sound like complete lunatics.

Report from the Edmonton Sun.

So much for global warming. Earth Day festivities went ahead despite the blast of frigid weather yesterday.

Vendors and presenters from various eco-friendly groups, including Bullfrog Power, CO2 Reduction Edmonton and the local solar energy society, crammed into a lone tent in Hawrelak Park after a blizzard forced them to abandon their original locations.

Organizers crammed over 40 groups in a space that would normally be occupied by half that number. Presenters’ booths were initially planned to have been spread out between at least five tents, with far larger displays.

“We’re normally here with a lineup of cyclists for our free bike repair service. No bikers came today. Big surprise,” said Chris Field of Mountain Equipment Co-Op.

A handful of visitors still took the time to inquire about several solar-powered products on display at the M.E.C. booth and browsed several others before running off toward the lone heater in the tent to warm up.

A lemonade vendor towards the front might as well not have been there.

“Obviously we’ll have fewer people than we would have liked, but to cancel an Earth Day event because of weather would kind of be the antithesis of what this is all about,” said organizer Janice Boudreau.

“This isn’t about celebrating just the parts of the Earth that we like, it’s about celebrating all of it.”

Eco-Air representative Eric Gormley couldn’t convince local kids lobbying city council for an anti-idling bylaw to brave the cold yesterday, but happily stepped up on their behalf, offering stickers and information about greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

“We’re here to raise awareness of the problem, even though on a day like today you don’t necessarily think of global warming,” he said.

“We especially want to encourage young people in school to join us. It’s the youth that have the power to make real change.”

While Hillary Tells Lies, Obama is a Lie

It has been fairly well established that Hillary Clinton has demonstrated a pattern of lying throughout her career. After all, it was just last week that she was called out by the media on the sniper fire in Bosnia incident in the 1990’s. However, with Hillary, what you see is what you get. She is one of the most divisive figures in American politics and she knows it. She is interested in winning at all costs. If there’s a President Hillary Clinton, you know there’s going to be much higher taxes, a move towards socialized medicine, and a continued move towards making the U.S. a universal welfare state. While she lies about various things (i.e. sniper fire, pick up basketball, Yankees fan, etc), we all know who she is and what she really stands for.

And then there’s Barack Obama. For the first 12 months of his campaign, the substance he offered to his supporters had less filling than a creme-filled donut. Phrases like “yes we can” and “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” as well as words like “hope” and “change” are all we heard from him. There was very little discussion of who Barack Obama actually is and what he believes in. How has he shown himself to be the bipartisan uniter that he claims to be? Can he prove that he knows enough as a rookie senator to aspire to the highest office in the land?

Of course, these are questions that we are asking now….and the Obama campaign doesn’t like it. They’re actually whining about getting roughed up by ABC in the debate. Gimme a break! If Obama can’t handle Charlie Gibson, how do we expect him to handle North Korea or Iran? I tip my hat to ABC and Gibson for finally asking some questions that hit at who Obama actually is, instead of allowing him to cruise to November with this illusion of being a moderate. Barack Obama is probably the most radical left candidate for President this nation has ever known.

Just in the past month or so, these are some of the damaging things the general public has discovered about him:

  • He attended a church for 20 years that regularly preached racism and expressed anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment from the pulpit. He has called Rev Jeremiah Wright his spiritual mentor, yet says that he was unaware that Wright held these beliefs. I don’t know which is worse…sitting under a racist pastor for 20 years and believing what he says or sitting there and not actually knowing what he’s saying. What does that say for the type of administration he’s going to run?
  • He has a friendly relationship with known terrorist Bill Ayers of the Weather Underground. Bill Ayers bombed the Pentagon, the New York City Police Department, and the Capital in the 1970’s. As recent as 2001, Ayers said that he wasn’t sorry for the bombings and wished he had done more. Obama has described him as a friend and has appeared with him in public. They sat on a board together and Ayers threw an Obama campaign party at his house when Obama was running for Illinois state senate.
  • He had some possibly illegal dealings with slum lord Tony Rezko, who is currently awaiting trial. Reportedly, Rezko hooked Obama up with a very nice house at a very cheap price….too cheap. Possibly for some favors later for Mr. Rezko? We’ll see as this trial goes along.
  • Obama admitted to using various drugs in his teen years, including cocaine
  • Obama won’t talk to Fox News, but he is willing to talk to dictators such as Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Mahmud Ahmadinejad
  • Obama attended the Million Man March led by Louis Farrakhan in 1995

Those just scratch the surface. His understanding of foreign policy and economics is not only naive, but dangerously naive. His comments about “bitter” American’s clinging to guns, racism, and the Bible are continuing to cause a fallout among the voting public. It really just reveals that he believes that conservative Americans are basically racists, bigots, and homophobes. Those of us who have studied Obama for months now have known this about him and it comes as no surprise. When Obama doesn’t have a teleprompter, he gets off message and tips us off as to who he really is…a radical left wing politician who believes in wealth redistribution, who has multiple ties to anti-American racists and known terrorists, and who clearly does not believe in American exceptionalism.

If the general public realizes who Barack Obama actually is and what he stands for, he will dig his own grave and be buried in it come November. The Democrats only chance to win with Obama is if the public literally knows nothing about him by election day. That, my friends, will be the toughest task of all.

McCain Finally Makes Some Sense

I am utterly disappointed with John McCain and the way he is running his campaign. My displeasure with Senator McCain has been going on for about twelve years now, so I can’t say that I am all that surprised by the fact that I don’t agree with him on most things now. Republicans that voted for McCain solely for his “electability” may not even get what they ask for if he keeps up this class warfare and global warming nonsense. If he doesn’t change his tune and take a conservative stance on the majority of issues, he risks completely isolating the conservative base of the Republican party. And no matter what anyone tells you, there isn’t a politician in the history of America that ever won the Presidency while isolating the base of his own party.

With all that said, McCain finally made a little sense today as he called for the suspension of the federal gasoline tax. Thank God! All we ever hear about is how GREEDY the big bad oil companies are and how they are soaking all of us. Very few people realize that the government makes more on a gallon of gas than the oil companies do. The oil companies search, drill, refine, ship, research more types of energy and better ways to maximize the use of oil and gas and make about 9-12% profit. On the other hand, the government sits around and talks about how big and bad and evil these companies are, and the government taxes an average of $.47 per gallon of tax nationally (state and federal combined), or between 12-15%. The federal tax is 18.4 cents per gallon on gas and 24.4 cents per gallon on diesel. So government bureaucrats don’t do anything for the process other than criticize the oil companies and pass laws making it harder to do their job, but the government actually soaks the American people more than the oil companies do.

Eliminating the gas tax would have a tremendous effect on the economy, much more than any nonsense stimulus package that gives each of us between a few hundred to a little over a thousand dollars this spring. Eliminating the gas tax would not only help us out a little at the pump, but it would stimulate the economy by decreasing transportation costs (planes, trains, automobiles). Decreased transportation costs would ultimately help drop the price of good in the stores (because they don’t cost as much to ship to the store). Now, just eliminating the gas tax wouldn’t turn a failing economy around, but it would at least help ours and I think much more than anything else the government is offering right now.

McCain’s problem is that he doesn’t go far enough. He should call for a permanent repeal of the federal gas tax and not just a summer vacation from it. He should call on states to repeal their gasoline taxes as well. He should adopt some new ideas like the FairTax plan to overhaul the federal tax system. If McCain ran on a true platform of tax reform and decreased government spending, he might just have a real shot at winning this thing. The problem is, I don’t think McCain really believes in real tax reform. It’s pretty hard to believe that he’s sincere when he spends half his time spouting Democratic talking points about class warfare.

Obama: No Al Qaeda in Iraq?

Obama’s been making a lot of unwise statements lately and he almost slips up and makes another one here. No Al Qaeda in Iraq? Better rethink that one….

Obama the Elitist

Barack Obama continues to make gaffe after gaffe, and his latest really comes as no surprise. He really was doing better as a candidate when nobody knew anything about him, but as presidential campaigns go on, more and more seeps out about every candidate. Obama, is of course, not immune to this.

This is what Obama had to say to a group of supporters at a fund raiser in San Francisco last weekend.

“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them, and it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Wow. Let’s dissect this for just a minute. I love how Barack Obama is so completely cool when he is totally bashing and stereotyping the majority of the American people. How do people not see how arrogant this guy is? Obama is really trying to explain how he sees people in small town America…clinging to guns, religion, and racism. I have no doubt that he really felt like he was being honest and objective in his assessment of his interactions with these people. He thinks he is being sympathetic by attempting to explain their views by chalking it up to bitterness. That’s like saying, “Johnny likes the New York Yankees, but Johnny is retarded after all.”

This of course doesn’t apply to just small town Pennsylvania or small town America. This statement is a broad indicator of how Obama views average Americans. Bible-beating, gun toting, racists are things that the liberals in this country have accused the conservatives of being for years. The implication in his statement is that there is something wrong with things like guns, religion, and other conservative values. Also implied in his statement is that people are driven out of hardship to these things and are eventually driven to various forms of racism.

I guess Obama thinks that small town Americans who are religious, like guns, and want a secure border all have something wrong with them. Or maybe they just like those things because they’re bitter. Either way, his campaign better not expect to win the presidency with their votes. It is rather amusing to watch a millionaire Senator who grew up in south side Chicago pretend to understand and have compassion on small town America. I guess if Obama isn’t elected president, we’ll still have guns, church, racist buddies to pull us through the hard times.