Energy Policy *IS* Grassroots Politics
Compare and contrast these maps. First, the “undervote” by county in the recent Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential primary. The numbers in each county represent the proportion of voters in a Democratic primary who selected “no candidate” rather than vote for the incumbent, Barack Obama. Now, the distribution map of the Marcellus Shale:
Maybe I’m all alone here, but I’m thrilled with the way the Republican field of candidates is shaping up for 2012. Of course they all have faults. But there is one trait common to the three who have risen to the top: proven managerial competence. I have my favorite, but I think we can agree that each can boast of considerable achievement. Among these guys, | Read More »
Harold Hamm and the North Dakota Miracle
Unlike most of his peers, Harold Hamm didn’t get his start in the oil field with degree in geology or engineering. Hamm drove a truck. Maybe the lack of a college degree made it easier for Hamm to imagine the possible and focus on making it happen. “Imagining the possible” allowed Hamm to build the nation’s 14th-largest oil company, Continental Resources, based in Enid, OK. | Read More »
Lies, Damned Lies and DOI Press Releases
In an effort to deflect blame for high gasoline prices away from the Obama Administration, the Department of the Interior today released a report which purports to show that the oil and gas industry, not DOI or BOEMRE, is guilty of dragging its feet on offshore energy exploration and development. This, in spite of a 10 month regulatory moratorium/permitorium that has brought new well drilling | Read More »
‘The Un’ vs The One
What a scary world we live in. Who would have guessed that in the 21st century one of the world’s largest military powers, a nuclear state no less, would contemplate handing the reins of power to an untested neophyte? The exact details of his birth have been kept under wraps. The details of his elite private education are shadowy, too. He’s the ultimate product of | Read More »
USN&WR ‘Worst President’ Poll: Geo. Washington? Look Closer…
An online poll at U.S. News and World Report asks readers to vote on their choice for Worst U.S. President of All Time. The overwhelming ‘winner’ is: George Washington! That’s right: Father-of-Our-Country, “I-cannot-tell-a-lie” George Washington, by a margin of 6 to 1 over the next runner up! That’s odd, because George usually rates in the top five best Presidents in most polls. Often the best. | Read More »
The Left is Shocked! Shocked! by Facebook Assassination Poll
A couple of weeks ago, on a Sunday night/Monday morning, a poll at the social networking site Facebook asked the question: “Should Obama Be Killed?” Here’s a screenshot: As soon as the objectionable poll was noticed, the site’s management pulled it down. (Actually, they disabled the poll application. DailyKos poster Vann has a diary up at that site; seems he was the app’s developer.) The | Read More »
Obama Makes New Orleans Miss President Bush [Updated]
There’s quite a remarkable story in today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune. I wish I could cut and paste it in its entirety. It’s the story of two very different men that we chose to lead our country, and how, in the unlikely setting of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we have a chance to compare and contrast their characters. The world knows one as | Read More »
Coercive Techniques, Torture and Mayhem: Situational Ethics 101
Misleading statements, (empty) threats of physical violence, harassing and disrespectful language, nap deprivation: the CIA is accused of employing these and other ethically troubling techniques in the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh “Bluto” Mohammad and other al Qaeda operatives in the War on Terror the Great Unpleasantness. This being a cruel world, however, we must recognize that there is a time and place for everything. We | Read More »
Bush Green-Lights Cape Wind; Pass the Popcorn, Please!
Promoted from diaries, with some maniacal laughter mixed in. – Moe Lane. Yr humble correspondent recently provided a run-down on the Cape Wind Project, a private initiative to construct a 130-tower windfarm in Nantucket Sound. As it happens, offshore Massachusetts has the combined advantages of being ideally suited to wind power, while being relatively close to population centers. It has the distinct disadvantage of also | Read More »
Barack Beefcake Photos: Is the Secret Service Doing Its Job?
Paparazzi photos of a vacationing Barack Obama and family appeared on the internet yesterday. Washington Post: Paparazzi Photog Gets a ‘Pec-tacular’ Obama Shot Which raises a few troubling questions: If someone can get that close to my President with a camera … oh, my Lord, I can’t even complete the thought. Assuming the Secret Service is capable and was doing its job, have we just | Read More »
“Above your pay grade”?!
While I would tend to agree that Barack Obama is overmatched by the moral depth inherent in the question “When does life begin?”, his answer to the question opens the door to many other issues where, as President, he might be in over his head. As Leader of the Free World, the President of the United States doesn’t get to skate on any issue, and | Read More »