Obama: The Messiah?

Now, this piece written by Gerard Baker is obviously satire, but I found it eerily creepy that any person, let alone Barack Obama, could be spoken of in such terms. What is really frightening is that there may actually be people out there that actually believe Obama is the person that will change all the social injustices in the world. However, if you follow the way the media has been reporting on his trip to Europe, you might have to conclude that some believe he is the Messiah–the Obamessiah that is.

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Terrorist Group Offers To Protect Obama In The West Bank

As reported by World Net Daily, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has been called upon by the Palestinean Authority to help in the protection of Barack Obama in his tour of the Middle East. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is listed by the U.S. State Department as a terror organization.

Members of the most active West Bank terror organization are set to serve in security forces being deployed to protect Sen. Barack Obama during his trip to the West Bank tomorrow, WND has learned.

Obama is due to visit Israeli officials in Jerusalem and leaders of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank city of Ramallah as part of a wider Middle Eastern and European tour that includes Jordan, France and Germany.

According to security officials coordinating deployments of forces with the PA for Obama’s Ramallah visit, members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah’s declared military wing, have been called upon by the PA to participate in the protection of Obama, particularly in securing the perimeter during a scheduled meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Brigades is listed as a terror organization by the U.S. State Department. The group took credit along with the Islamic Jihad terror organization for every suicide bombing in Israel between 2005 and 2006 and is responsible for thousands of shootings and rocket firings. Statistically, the Al Aqsa Brigades perpetuated more terrorism from the West Bank than Hamas, according to the Israeli Defense Forces.

Does the fact that a terrorist organization is participating in protecting Barack Obama while in the Middle East give anyone some level of discomfort? The Hamas endorsement several weeks ago was pretty blatant, but does there still remain a question in anyone’s mind that anti-Israel terrorist groups want Obama elected as our next president?

Third Marathon For A Very Worthy Cause

As a competitive runner for nearly sixteen years now, my interest in various events tends to change. I originally started out as a sprinter in middle school and early high school. However, I quickly found out that I was better at just slightly longer distances and I settled into running 800 meters for the remainder of my high school and college years. I eventually got pretty good at it, enough to set a bunch of records, but not quite enough to get me to nationals or qualify for the Olympics.

My competitive running days had to be put on hold during medical school. I still ran, but mainly just to relieve some stress and not lose my mind. Just to mix things up, I’d run through the projects in downtown Augusta, Georgia at 11 p.m. to keep things interesting for myself. It was shortly after this that I decided I’d try running my first marathon.

I never had any question in my mind that I could run it. After all, if Oprah Winfrey can run and finish a marathon, then of course I could. But, I was a long sprinter and 26.2 miles isn’t really the sprinting distance.

I started with the Walt Disney Marathon in 2004 and enjoyed it. It wasn’t very fast and I didn’t train very hard. I finished medical school in 2006 and started my surgery internship with the Navy.

My second marathon was the Marine Corps Marathon in 2007. I actually trained for this and was nearly 30 minutes faster this time around.

My third marathon will be the Marine Corps Marathon in 2008. I will be running for a charity, the Fisher House. If you’re unfamiliar with the Fisher House, it is an organization that helps military families when their loved ones are sick or injured in the hospital. Sometimes with the military health care system the hospital is too far away from the member’s family. The family can stay at the Fisher House free of charge, which is a house on the same base as the military hospital, and see their family member every day. I’ve seen family members stay at the Fisher House for weeks at a time while their soldier, sailor, or marine is in critical care, having surgery, or whatever is needed.

It is a great organization and it really supports military families when they need it the most. Please consider giving to this worthy cause!

Click here to contribute to the Fisher House.

I’ve got to reach $500 by August 1st to run the race with the Fisher House Team.

RINO Warner Proposes 55-mph Speed Limit

As a recent Virginia resident, I spent a year and a half thoroughly unimpressed with my elected Senators to the U.S. Senate. I became a Virginia resident just in time to vote for George Allen, who promptly lost to Jim Webb in the fall of 2006. One of my main disappointments with Senators Webb and Warner was that both were on board with the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill (aka Amnesty Bill).

However, my disappointment with the overall government and commonwealth of Virginia didn’t stop there. We had high state taxes and ridiculous speeding fines. While I was a resident, Virginia instituted a minimum $1500 fine (as much as $3500) for speeding 15 mph over the state instituted speed limit. You were only smacked with this fine if you were a Virginia resident. Out of state commuters speeding in Virginia didn’t face this same penalty.

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Going along with the theme of an overreaching government, Senator John Warner is proposing a nationalized 55 mph speed limit for the nation’s interstates, the same speed limit that was in place from 1974 through 1995. Apparently Senator Warner thinks that the American people are too dumb to drive and pay for gas themselves.

This from the Associated Press:

An influential Republican senator suggested Thursday that Congress might want to consider reimposing a national speed limit to save gasoline and possibly ease fuel prices.

Sen. John Warner, R-Va., asked Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to look into what speed limit would provide optimum gasoline efficiency given current technology. He said he wants to know if the administration might support efforts in Congress to require a lower speed limit.

Warner cited studies that showed the 55 mph speed limit saved 167,000 barrels of oil a day, or 2 percent of the country’s highway fuel consumption, while avoiding up to 4,000 traffic deaths a year

“Given the significant increase in the number of vehicles on America’s highway system from 1974 to 2008, one could assume that the amount of fuel that could be conserved today is far greater,” Warner wrote Bodman.

Gas prices in this country are a made-to-order issue for the Republican party. If the Republicans, including John McCain, ran a campaign based on a platform of domestic drilling and exploration, they might stop a looming Democratic onslaught. All the polls show that a dramatic majority of American voters support more domestic drilling and exploration, including in areas such as ANWR and the outer-continental shelf.

The energy department responded to Senator Warner with the following:

Energy Department spokeswoman Angela Hill said the department will review Warner’s letter but added, “If Congress is serious about addressing gasoline prices, they must take action on expanding domestic oil and natural gas production.”

BINGO! Forcibly decreasing usage of oil and gasoline will not cause the price of oil to drop. This same thing happened in the 1970’s and the price of gasoline went up. There were fuel shortages during the Arab oil embargo.

Democrats want to attempt to drop prices by curving demand. The only you curve demand is by ultimately stopping growth. If you stop growth in this country, you stagnate the economy. If we have a slowed economy, we have higher unemployment, more poverty, and more people depending on government for their welfare. Perhaps that is what the far left in this country wants.

We hear the phrase, “We can’t drill our way out of this.” Well, I’d like to throw out my own phrase: “We can’t conserve our way out of this.” Solar panels, mandated fluorescent light bulbs, and wind turbines aren’t going to drop the drop the price of a barrel of oil one penny. Only the principles of supply and demand will. Demand is already falling with $4 per gallon gas. The only way you get the price lower is increasing supply.

The most effective way to lower the price of oil is by flooding the market with more oil. This may take several years, but at least we’ll be on track to become less dependent on foreign oil. As of right now, we don’t have ANY tenable solution to this crisis from either Republicans or Democrats in congress. But as long as the Republicans have a guy like John Warner leading the charge for more government regulation as a solution to our problems, you can count on the Democrats having a strong majority in congress. Republicans don’t win by embracing liberal policies.

More Ammo Against Biofuels

The BBC today reported that the increased use of biofuels has dragged more than 30 million worldwide into poverty. Certain types of biofuels are responsible for decreased fuel efficiency, increased carbon emissions, higher food prices, and increased poverty. Wow, that sounds like a great deal! Where do I fill up?

From the BBC NEWS Europe:

Biofuel Use ‘Increasing Poverty’

The replacement of traditional fuels with biofuels has dragged more than 30 million people worldwide into poverty, an aid agency report says.

Oxfam says so-called green policies in developed countries are contributing to the world’s soaring food prices, which hit the poor hardest.

The group also says biofuels will do nothing to combat climate change.

Its report urges the EU to scrap a target of making 10% of all transport run on renewable resources by 2020.

Oxfam estimates the EU’s target could multiply carbon emissions 70-fold by 2020 by changing the use of land.

The report’s author, Oxfam’s biofuel policy adviser Rob Bailey, criticised rich countries for using subsidies and tax breaks to encourage the use of food crops for alternative sources of energy like ethanol.

“If the fuel value for a crop exceeds its food value, then it will be used for fuel instead,” he said.

“Rich countries… are making climate change worse, not better, they are stealing crops and land away from food production, and they are destroying millions of livelihoods in the process.”

Opportunity – or crime?

Biofuels are a divisive issue with strong arguments on both sides.

Leaders such as Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have suggested the biofuel boom provides developing nations with a great opportunity.

He says it creates a profitable export for energy crop producers in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean that could enable them to claw their way out of poverty.

But several aid agencies and analysts have warned of the possible downside of biofuel crop cultivation.

One UN adviser went as far as describing biofuels as a “crime against humanity”.