Leading By Example

AFP: Obama camp spies endgame in Oregon

Pitching his message to Oregon’s environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to “lead by example” on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries.”We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

We Might Begin At Home. The Researcher’s Home’s That Is

State aid to immigrants lags, UO study says- OregonLive.com

Oregon is trailing other states in helping integrate its growing immigrant population, a new University of Oregon study shows.Between 1990 and 2000, the Latino population doubled in 21 of Oregon’s 36 counties. The total foreign-born population now makes up more than 10 percent of the state’s population. By 2020, Latinos are expected to compose about 30 percent of the state’s student population.

Yet, Oregon has not done enough to expand existing social services, promote language programs, improve school curriculums, curb work-site abuse and create local and state task forces, researchers say.

Well, because the research was done by UO it would make sense to examine the UO workplace and the neighborhoods where they live and make sure they are sufficiently diverse.

Another way to go would be to encourage more immigration from the non-Hispanic world. There is no reason that Latinos should benefit more than other ethnic groups simply because they come from corrupt, failed countries which are unable to care for their own people. If they all come here, who’s going to change things back home.

No, we need to cut down on the Hispanics and open our doors to more Asians, particularly educated Chinese and Indians. Right now they have to compete for those H2 visas in order to come here while the Latino’s just walk in across the border without having any credentials.

I’m sure that we could attract educated Asians, Africans and Eastern Europeans who would be willing to perform the skilled jobs available for much less money. Of course it goes without saying that government benefits should only be paid to workers who are here legally.

Then we can have programs to benefit skilled American workers who will no longer do those jobs.

Democrat Show Trials Mainly Show Politician’s Ignorance

Senate hearing grills Big Oil leaders- OregonLive.com

KEVIN G. HALL WASHINGTON — In what’s becoming a ritual in the nation’s capital, top executives of major oil companies took an oath Wednesday before the snapping cameras, received a heaping of verbal abuse by lawmakers from both parties and defensively blamed Congress for many of today’s energy woes.

But those grandstanding politicians did accomplish what they set out to do. Making sure that everyone in the country knows that they’re “doing something”.

Frankly, if they just all went up to Martha’s Vineyard to sexually harass their female staffers as usual, it would have about the same impact.

I just hope they stick to grandstanding and not try a legislative fix, like nationalizing the oil companies as Maxine “Hugo” Waters threatened. I thought that issue was settled back in the Truman administration. I guess that only ruled that the President couldn’t do it unilaterally, but the Congress could under some circumstances.

But if Congress thinks they can do better than the oil companies and does nationalize them. They had better do better. If they don’t (and they can’t) they will expose themselves as egotistical, incompetent windbags.

But there’s not much danger of that. No politician is going to put himself in a position where he is actually going to have to accomplish anything. They know their limitations in that regard.

Oregon Spins To Justify Ethanol.

Oregons ethanol requirement lowers vehicles miles per gallon- OregonLive.com

When ethanol began flowing into Oregon fuel tanks early this year, its costly little secret was scarcely mentioned: It packs one-third less explosive energy than gasoline and so reduces vehicle mileage on the road.Good news: The Oregon requirement calls for just a 10 percent blend with gasoline, known as E10, and cuts into mileage an estimated 3 percent, according to official estimates. But that costs you an additional $73 a year at the fuel pump, based on todays prices for regular gasoline.

Bad news: Many Oregonians dont believe the 3 percent figure and maintain the drop is 10 percent or more, raising out-of-pocket costs much higher. Its enough to throw into question the real cost of cleaner air from ethanol use and reduced dependence on fossil fuels.

So, if the information might not support what the politicians want, it’s OK to just not mention it. Notice that it was not just the government that decided that the lower mileage with ethanol was not news. It was the news media also.

The infomation was hardly secret. But there was absolutely no effort on the part of our ‘free press’ to do a little investigating on their own, or let the public know about this.

Then there’s the the changing standards of what is and is not qualified sources.

Comprehensive studies that rely on actual road tests for mileage comparisons are few, but they generally support the science-based data. A study by the American Coalition for Ethanol, a trade group promoting ethanol’s development, tested three vehicles and came up with an average reduction of 1.5 percent.

Wait a minute! Aren’t we told constantly that scientist that work for oil companies and the timber industry are compromised? Any scientist who works on a study that recieves any funding at all from an “industry” source is smeared as being “in the pay of polluters”?

And we’re supposed to take the word of an Ethanol industry group on mileage? What happened?

State officials say motorists shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture: that ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline — fewer smog-causing pollutants — and reduces the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

Another plus, they say, is that ethanol is cheaper than gasoline. In the Northwest, ethanol was selling for $2.09 a gallon, compared with gasoline at $3.25 a gallon, a difference $1.16. That’s pure ethanol. E10 blends, then, would dampen prices by almost 12 cents.

If ethanol’s contribution to the country’s overall fuel supply is taken into account, the savings are larger — between 29 and 40 cents a gallon — say researchers at Iowa State University. Ethanol currently accounts for about 6 percent of U.S. fuel supplies. If it were pulled from the mix, demand for gasoline would spike and so would prices, these researchers concluded.

But is Ethanol really cheaper when you factor in the subsidies given to the growers and producers? And when you factor in the reduced energy Ethanol doesn’t look so good anymore.

That study by Iowa State University? Who provided the funding for that. If we’re going to have a general rule ignoring any study that is funded by “industry” sources, that one, done in the heart of Ethanol country, would probably be tossed.

But the State of Oregon is determined to save us all from ourselves, whether we like it or not. And they’re goning to do it no matter what.

What Happens Next Time?

Reason Magazine – Hit & Run > Adventures in Police Professionalism

D.C. Police Chief Kathy Lanier rehires 17 police officers previously fired for misconduct.

Then she decides the city will arm them with semiautomatic weapons.

Sounds like a fantastic couple of ideas. What could possibly go wrong?

They were reinstated (with full back pay and seniority) because the court ordered them to be reinstated.

“If a judge said they were wrongfully terminated and you have to take them back, then I do,” Lanier said yesterday. “For any cases where there was an ethics issue — unless I have no other choice — I wouldn’t return them. It’s too important an issue to me.”

The returning officers, who have been rehired since October, have generated tensions in the department, with some colleagues asking why they had been rehired.

Now, what happens if they offend again? If some citizen is wrongfully arrested, or worse yet, shot by one of these officers that the judge ordered reinstated?

Is the judge going to take the fall for putting them back on the force?

We all know the answer to that.

Oh Boy, This Is Stupid

House passes bill to sue OPEC over oil prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday allowing the Justice Department to sue OPEC members for limiting oil supplies and working together to set crude prices, but the White House threatened to veto the measure.

The bill would subject OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, to the same antitrust laws that U.S. companies must follow.

I’m sorry, what day did those countried fall under U.S. control. They must be States or Territories to be subject to American laws.

This is nothing but a grandstand ploy to convince the stupid that they’re “doing something” about gas prices.

The only thing they’re likely to do is to increase the prices.

Fortunately, Democrats Have Cut The Funding For Union Oversight.

Ex-TriMet labor leader pleads guilty to forgery

A former TriMet labor leader pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to one count of forgery in connection with the thefts of more than $450,000 in union benefit funds.

Thomas V. Wallace, 50, of Wamic admitted forging checks drawn on bank accounts controlled by Local 757 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said Lance Caldwell, with the U.S. Department of Justice’s district office for Oregon.

Wallace served as the elected financial secretary and treasurer of the union since 1997. The union represents transit workers in Oregon and southwest Washington, including about 2,100 of TriMet’s 2,500 employees.

Can’t take too close a look at where those campaign contributions are coming from, can we?

The Latest Excuse For Fatties

Inertia at the Top

The problem at first was that the problem was ignored: For almost two decades, young people in the United States got fatter and fatter — ate more, sat more — and nobody seemed to notice. Not parents or schools, not medical groups or the government.But since the alarm was finally sounded in the late 1990s, the problem has been the country’s reaction: a fragmented, inchoate response that critics say has suffered particularly from inadequate direction and dollars at the federal level.

That’s right. It’s no longer the individual’s fault they’re obese. It’s the government’s.

Since the “alarm” wasn’t sounded until the “late 1990s” President Clinton didn’t have a chance to address it. That means that the problem was not handled correctly by the Bush administration.

Whaddya know? It is George W. Bush’s fault again! Whodathunkit?

He let himself be distracted by minor events like 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and Iran. Why’d he waste time with religious fanatics and crazies developing nuclear weapons when we have this existential problem developing here at home?

Obama won’t make that mistake. He will know that it is more important to have surveillance on citizens refrigerators and grocery carts than it is to listen to people communicating with terrorists.

I think a good place to start would be the Federal public employees. They came out with height and weight standards for the military clear back in the 1970s. It’s about time they applied those to the Federal civilian workforce. In fact, the White House and the Congressional staffers would be the logical place to start.

Obama can require each employee to meet height and weight standards or be terminated without regard to job performance. It is imperative that the example be set.

If we allow members of our government workforce to be overweight, we can’t expect other countries to say “OK”.

Obama Changes Everything

“Change” is the big buzzword in the Obama campaign. And it looks like “change” is what we’re going to get. One thing that has ‘changed’ is that it is apparently now unthinkable that Obama be subjected to the same vilification that Bush, Cheney and Republicans have been subjected to for the past seven plus years.

The current craze for injecting the Nazis into political debate must end. – By Anne Applebaum – Slate Magazine

But the Nazis have been invoked in arguments over many other causes. In a speech explaining what “this Kosovo thing is all about,” Bill Clinton once justified his decision to bomb Serbia by asking, “What if someone had listened to Winston Churchill and stood up to Adolf Hitler earlier?” His secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, was also fond of telling reporters that “Munich is my mind-set,” meaning Europe’s decision to appease Hitler at Munich in 1938. In 2006, a British group opposed to national identity cards designed an ad that depicted Tony Blair as Hitler with a bar code in place of a mustache. Last spring, American feminist Naomi Wolf compared Hitler’s brownshirts, the thugs who smashed Jewish shops and murdered old men, with the “[g]roups of angry young Republican men, dressed in identical shirts and trousers” who “menaced poll workers counting the votes in Florida in 2000.” On Sunday, Al Gore told college seniors that fighting global warming was comparable to fighting fascism. And, of course, Saddam Hussein has been compared to Hitler many times, by many people, of many different political views.

As she notes, somewhat over evenhandedly, comparisons with Hitler have been made about both Democrats and Republicans.

But she does not go into the ad Hitlerum examples seen at every demonstration since the election of 1992. Protesters routinely display papermache puppets portraying Bush as Hitler. They hold up signs calling him Bushitler and promoting his killing. Dick Cheney gets no better treatment and sometimes even worse. Bush has been regularly referred to as “Chimpy” and pictures showing him as a ape are so routine at these demonstrations that they no longer merit a glance. Republicans are routinely labeled as “fascists” and “brownshirts”, though in actuality the demeanor of the protesters is closer the the ‘brownshirt’ methods than anything done by the administration.

But let the President make one speech comparing those who wish to “negotiate” with terrorists with the appeasers of the 1930s and the rules change.

Instantly, Barack Obama jumped up and declared that he resembled that remark and found it offensive. Neither Obama’s name or any group was named by the President, but I guess it is now offensive to make any remark that might be applied to Obama negatively, whether it was directed at him or not.

Almost instantly we have Anne Applebaum from the Washington Post making a case that comparisons with Hitler and Nazis should be off limits. They haven’t been since 2000, why should they be now?

Because they were (supposedly) directed at Obama and that cannot be tolerated.

Also, while it has been routine among Democrat supporters to refer to the President as “Chimpy” for the last seven years, that cannot be applied to Obama.

I wonder how many other things are going to be disallowed during an Obama administration? Are Jay Leno and David Letterman going to be allowed to make jokes about him? Is anyone going to be allowed to ridicule his policies?

For the entire Bush administration we have been told that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”. What do want to bet that that one is going to change too.