Investors Business Daily is wondering why we hear nothing from the presidential candidates about drilling for oil on American soil and off our own shores. Good question. (hat tip Steve T. at Internet Radio Network)
Our dependence on foreign oil is a crucial economic and national security issue. So with billions of barrels of crude sitting off Florida, why was the subject of getting it left out of the Republican debate? ... there appeared to be a desire on the part of the candidates not to make any gaffes, ruffle any feathers, provoke any controversies. ... a perfect topic for a Florida debate — drilling for vast known reserves of oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.
Yeah. Wouldn't want to ruffle any feathers or actually tell American voters where you really stand on any of the issues. It's just the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES we are planning to elect. Must be the same reason no one is talking about the good things going on in Iraq; or Islam; or The Islamic resistance movement of Palestine - Hamas and Egypt; or terrorists using the internet; or the Middle-Eastern Gang of Four; or Multi-Culturalism, or the Palestinians; or Israel; or linking Islam with terrorism; or honor killings both around the world and here in the USA; or what they think of the firing of Stephen Couglin and exactly who Hesham Islam is; or this, or this; or FISA or the Patriot Act; or healthcare; or politicians like Dutch MP Geert Wilders (who was dissed by U.S. military command in Afghanistan [shame on them]); or global warming and carbon offsets; or Protect America Act.
The Kennedy clan backed Barack Obama with a huge gathering, speeches, and news coverage this morning. NewsMax wonders if the Gang of Four -- Kennedy, John Kerry, Howard Dean, and Al Gore — who have pledged to stop Hillary from getting the nomination, and each of whom has his own reason for detesting Clinton, and have all backed Obama, -- will now be joined by ALGORE.
Newsmax has learned from Democratic sources that Gore is said to be waiting until after the primaries on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5 to enter the fray with an endorsement.
Gal Beckerman at Columbia Journalism Review, attended an Obama event in South Carolina and has this to say:
It was everything everyone said it would be, more like a revival than a political event. [snip]
... when I got back to my hotel room and read the [New York] Times’s assessment of the Democratic field, I realized that the editorial board understood something the rest of us consumers of daily media have missed, but which was obvious to me after just one Obama-in-the-flesh event: what the Illinois senator excels at is packaging himself for the press (and, consequently, the public). [snip] In my notebook, I wrote twice, “How will he make change?” (continue reading)
Rastaman has Questions for Barack Obama and related commentary here. He, and you, might want to read This article that deals with the issue of conversion according to the Islamic Shari'a. I found the following questions for John (Amnesty) McCain:
Eight Questions Reporters Should Ask John McCain from Columbia Journalism Review
1. You continue to refer to the pre-surge strategy in Iraq as the “Rumsfeld strategy.” Why don’t you call it “the Bush strategy”? Does your reluctance to do so suggest that you would, as president, refuse to take responsibility for your own strategy in Iraq?
2. You anticipate keeping American troops in Iraq for one hundred years “as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed,” in order to fight al-Qaeda. But al-Qaeda and similar jihadist groups, like the train bombers in Madrid and London, have recruited terrorists by exploiting resentment against the American presence in Iraq. Toward what end, then, do you believe that quasi-permanent American bases in Iraq are desirable?
3. More generally, is there any downside for the U.S. guaranteeing the world’s security, spending as much on the military as the rest of the world combined, and maintaining more than a dozen major military bases in other countries? How would you address any such downside?
4. Before President Bush launched the Iraq war, you said: “It’s going to send the message throughout the Middle East that democracy can take hold in the Middle East.” The war “will be brief,” you said. “I have no qualms about our strategic plans.” Why were you sure?
5. In your speech to the 2004 Republican Convention, you agreed with the Democrats that “military action alone won’t protect us, that this war has many fronts: in courts, financial institutions, in the shadowy world of intelligence, and in diplomacy,” and that “our alliances are as important to victory as are our armies.” What would you do to mend the U.S.’s frayed alliances?
6. In 2000, you advocated “rogue state rollback,” speaking specifically of Iraq, Libya, and North Korea, and adding: “I would arm, train, equip, both from without and from within, forces that would eventually overthrow the governments and install free and democratically elected governments.” Do you still advocate rollback in North Korea? If not, why not?
7. You urge cutting Federal spending. One of the measures you advocate toward that end is (quoting your Web site): “Allow the private sector to fulfill the needs it can meet and get the government out.” Specifically, in which areas do you propose to replace government by private programs?
8. In December, you said, “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should.” Then, last week, on the subject of current economic problems, you said: “what we need to do, to start with, before we go any further is stop the out-of-control spending.” Why are you confident that “spending is the reason why our house is in such fiscal disorder”? Which economists advocate spending cuts as a means to fight recession?
Let's not forget Hillary Clinton. She must be taking old Bill out to the woodshed for a much-deserved whipping. He's dragging her down in a big way, but without him she would still be dragging herself down. Patnum Peperium has a great read "Hillary Clinton Finally Comes Clean About Her Role In Preventing Her Husband's Bimbo Erruptions?"
Yesterday on Deface the Nation, Hillary Clinton, in her on-going attempt to say anything to get elected, really said something that spoke volumes to the women listening. Hillary, the nation's First Feminist admitted to getting carried away at times in her support of her husband's political career :
It seems Hillary has selective amnesia when it comes to Bill's bimbos.
There's more on McCain and open borders, illegal immigration, eco-insanity and more here. John McCain held a bloggers conference to respond to John Fund's claim in the Wall Street Journal that he might not appoint a judge like Sam Alito who "wore his conservatism on his sleeve."
If I've missed anything, just leave a link in the comments section.
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