As we watch the story of the BP saga unfold, seems like we're not really hearing a great deal about some of the good news.
With all those profits we keep hearing about, we rarely hear about the amount of risk that they take in getting that oil out of the ground and getting it to the pump cheaper than bottled water. Replacing 75% of their pipes in Prudoe Bay will not be cheap, but is necessary to get the oil flowing.
Secondly, the safeguards worked, the pipe issue was discovered, pipes were shut down, the system worked. Of course, once again, it would have been better for those devout left leaning environmental organizations if much more of the environment had been damaged.
Health care remains out of reach for most small businesses because
it is a defined benefit, and HSAs are just the first step to improve
this situation. Retirement savings already is a defined contribution
for those of us at the Locke Foundation and younger employees at a
number of firms. Amy Baldwin at the Charlotte Observer found some
things to like in recently passed Congressional legislation to reform pensions, including to allow advisers to consult with employees who have a 401(k) plan and automatic enrollment.
Otis White (Aug.
4 post) wonders why governments are selling their toll roads. Indiana
Gov. Mitch Daniels says raising taxes and tolls is unpalatable for
politicians but the government gets a huge windfall when it sells.
Steve Radack, a county commissioner in Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located... told the Wall Street Journal
recently, he’s handing out copies of the children’s book “The Giving
Tree” to people interested in selling off the roads. The book is about
a boy and a generous apple tree, which gives the boy its fruit to eat
and anything else he wants, including its branches and trunk. In the
end, of course, there’s nothing left but the stump. Radack uses the
book to make a point: “If you can sell [a highway] for tremendous
profit, then why is someone buying it? Because they know they can make
even more.” And with a little courage, so could governments.
Mr. Radack apparently has never bought a stock or a second-hand
ticket to an event. Each of those transactions involves selling
something to someone who thinks they can make even more.
Selling the toll road also may not be popular, which gives credence to Gov. Daniels' hypothesis.
Daniels’ approval ratings, the Washington Post
reported recently, plunged from about 50 percent before the [toll road] lease idea
to 37 percent after. Next door in Illinois, the Republican and
Democratic candidates for governor have taken note of Daniels’ missteps
and are promising they won’t sell that state’s roads, even though some
estimate the Illinois Tollway alone could fetch $15 billion. “I have no
interest in turning it over to private investors,” Gov. Rod Blagojevich
Just finished having a legislative luncheon with the local chamber. The event was supposed to be a Sheriff's race preview but had far more time alloted to Congressman Bob Etheridge (D).
Fascinating, Bob is always good at using the latest "talking points" memo from Pelosi or Harry Reid's office.
The campaign to take back the House for the left is this, "When Bill Clinton was in office, the GOP led House helped to reign in spending and we had a balanced budget, we need to have the House in better hands to work with this administration, to provide balance."
Hmm, the rest of the message? Simple, we need more Ethanol because there was a rusty pipe leak in Alaska which is going to make gas prices go up and we're too dependent on bad countries to get oil.
We need more subsidies to produce the Ethanol. And more windmills, biodiesel and alternative fuels would happen if the GOP would just get out of the way.
FEMA is corrupt, Iraq is a mess, the Bushies cut work training programs and the left saved them in the House.
The House has done a terrible job, accomplished nothing, it's time for a change. No real message, nice and simple.
And it will sell because it is so simple to understand!
Wouldn't it be nice if the self hating oil company, British
Petroleum, gave a little more of its attention and resources to
maintaining its pipelines and less to a massive advertising campaign
trying to show us all how politically correct they are?
Some folks in North Carolina call big parties or celebrations a
Hootenanny. I'm just so delighted that the Washington Times used
that term today in this article, calling for the Dixie Chicks to have shin digs at Starbucks, or to at least appeal more to the Starbucks crowd.
Amid reports of Fidel Castro's decline (and possible demise), U.S. News editor Mortimer B. Zuckerman offers this week his fond recollections of long conversations with the dictator.
Though the column ignores Castro's evil, there is at least one humorous observation:
[H]e escorted me to a room next to his
office filled with the new Chinese gadgets and began citing from memory
Cuba's hour-by-hour consumption of energy, the energy efficiencies of
the new generators, and the cost savings from reduced energy imports.
Without pausing for breath, he then segued into a description of
another new program, to reward Cubans who use less energy rather than
assessing everyone the same consumption cost. I told Fidel he was
becoming a capitalist, but he disagreed. He was no capitalist, he said;
he was just approaching the subject rationally. But Fidel, I replied,
that's what capitalists do.
US Fish and Wildlife service once again proves that it is more concerned with bureaucratic power than protecting species. By using the Endangered Species act to "take" private property, FWS is causing landowners to "Shoot, Shovel, and Shut up." In this case, landowners are cutting down their trees before the FWS finds a nest of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. If FWS finds a nest, development is restricted on 75 acres around the nest. Therefore, landowners are clear-cutting their land as quickly as possible. As Bonner Stiller, a member of the GA from Brunswick County, stated: "You had to get in line to get somebody with a chair saw." See front-page article in the N&O here.
Those truly in the know will recognize "Here Comes the Coast Guard” as one of the signature films of legendary actor and infomercial maven Troy McClure. But it also springs into your head when you read this paper by James Jay Carafano and Laura Keith of the Heritage Foundation, who argued persuasively that America’s neglected branch of the armed services has serious planning and infrastructure needs. The authors put too much emphasis on the guard's natural-emergency role, I think, and not enough on its post-911 security responsibilities, but they still do a good job of identifying the shortcomings of the force.
BTW, the best titles for Troy McClure films are:
“Calling All Quakers”
“Give My Remains to Broadway”
“The Greatest Story Ever Hulaed”
“They Came to Burgle Carnegie Hall”
This letter in the August 4 Atlanta Journal-Constitution by a professor performs a good public service in highlighting the follies that are now so common in higher education, particularly in the humanities.
Growing up, I remember often hearing a public service announcement on TV: "Parents, do you know where your children are?" These days, you could just call them on their cell phones. The question du jour is, "Parents, do you have any idea what your children are studying in college?"
NASA joins search for elusive woodpecker Laser-equipped aircraft maps ivory-bill’s habitat in Arkansas
Reportedly, Warner Bros. has already bought the rights to bring this story to the big screen. Samuel L. Jackson and Keanu Reeves have been approached to play the plucky astronauts scouring the American countryside for the elusive bird, portrayed by N.C.'s own Clay Aiken, making his bigscreen debut. Aiken also sings the movie's fetching title theme, "When the Treehouse's a-Knockin', Don't Come a-Flockin'."
Troy can correct me if I am wrong, but presidents before the
Constitution were members of Congress elected to serve as president of
the Congress not an independent executive as prescribed in the
By the way, I am currently reading 1776 by David McCullough.
It is an absolutely fantastic book. He is one historian who is
not afraid to suggest that God had a hand in the establishment of the
country. When Washington retreated from Long Island at night, not
all of the troops were across the East River by daybreak. The
remaining troops would have come under the guns of the British warships
and subject to attack on the ground in daylight. When the sun
rose, the Long Island shore was shrouded in an unusually thick
fog. All of Washington's troops escaped unmolested.
Wake Forest University
has stepped into the world of the ridiculous research with the release
of a study that says teens who watch pro wrestling as teens are more
likely to behave more violently than other kids. The study focused only
on kids in Forsyth County, according to The Associated Press. Of
course, the researchers blamed the WWE for the violence in teens.
watched pro wrestling as a teen, knew it was entertainment, and went
along with my life. My family was always around in my life and I was
very close to them. I guess the researchers failed to equate family
involvement in their research. I would argue that children without
strong family influences or adult mentors are more likely to act
violently than by watching some television show.