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Well, being a Hokie myself, I’m no fan of BC football, but I have to admit that the Falcon’s choice of Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan to replace the idiot (C)Hokie Michael Vick is a good one.  Last October, Tech went to the God-forsaken “prevent defense,” and Ryan took advantage of that stupidity in brilliant fashion.  (In the Dec. 1 rematch for the ACC Championship, however, Tech did not repeat their earlier stupidity, and kept the pressure on Ryan the whole game, winning 30-16.)

The Rams have also made a fantastic choice in UVa’s defensive end Chris Long, son of Hall-of-Fame Raider Howie Long.

I am very impressed that the first round was dominated by linemen.  “Seven tackles were taken in the draft’s first 21 picks, and eight in the first round. Seven defensive linemen were selected in the opening round.”  (WaPo)  It does a team no good to have and excellent quarterback and receivers if the receivers cannot run their routes before the quarterback is sacked or flushed out of the pocket.  It does no good to have a running back without a line to make holes and provide lead blocking.

One of the most impressive wins I’ve seen was a few years back when the underdog Redskins crushed the Dallas Cowboys.  On each running play, the Redskins linemen were getting five yards upfield before the running back passed through the holes they made.  On the other hand, in Virginia Tech’s national championship game in 2005, the Hokies took the lead by rushing the football.  They had a bigger and stronger offensive line than Florida State’s defense could handle.  But it was Vick’s last game, and they wanted to make it the Michael Vick Show, so they went back to the pass.  The Criminol’s defensive line, smaller and faster than the Chokie’s offensive line, ran right around the outside and sacked Vick.  Game over.

I’ll take the best lineman and with a mediochre backfield over the reverse any day.

It appears that some in the U.S. enviro-whackos-r-us crowd are beginning to see the light. The first part of the equation is there is no scientific proof that we cause global warming. The second part is that wind power, solar power etc is too inefficient to meet our energy needs. What we need is a return to the energy source of that we abandoned in the 70’s, nuclear power. Patrick Moore says:

 

there is no proof global warming is caused by humans, but it is likely enough that the world should turn to nuclear power

A nuclear power plant creates less nuclear waste than a coal burning power plant. The amount carbon 14 released directly into the atmosphere far and away exceeds the amount of nuclear material created by a nuclear plant. Then there are the other pollutants created by burning of fossil fuels such as coal.

Life has not been good to Al Gore, first he gets stuck as vice-vice president, third in line after Hillary Clinton while ol’ Bubba is frisking interns, then he loses the election despite the media being in the tank for him, a more or less peaceful world and a good domestic economy. Now Gore is proving to be one of the more famous snake oil salesmen in history. If the oceans would just hurry up and rise already. In the mean time food is getting scarce due to the emerging bio-fuels fiasco:

 

One factor being blamed for the price hikes is the use of government subsidies to promote the use of corn for ethanol production. An estimated 30% of America’s corn crop now goes to fuel, not food.

“I don’t think anybody knows precisely how much ethanol contributes to the run-up in food prices, but the contribution is clearly substantial,” a professor of applied economics and law at the University of Minnesota, C. Ford Runge, said.

This means of energy production is turning out to be grossly inefficient, and does not reduce the CO2 emissions. In fact considering the amount of energy needed to created a gallon of biofuel, it more than likely will become a net increase.

This form of energy does have a plus side I am sure in the eyes of the left wing enviro-whackos, it will starve out all those pesky poor people and finally cause that long needed population draw down. Not to worry though, because the middles class will become poor paying for food due to this plan. We will still have poor people, the future of the Democrat party is ensured.

In the meantime this is turning out to be an embarrassment for Gore, the swami of the environmental movement, he has a Nobel peace prise and an Oscar to prove it.

 

Mr. Senauer said climate change advocates, such as Vice President Gore, need to distance themselves from ethanol to avoid tarnishing the effort against global warming.

but

In an interview last year, Mr. Gore expressed his support for corn-based ethanol

Ooops! Guess he should have thought this one through first a bit. First time for everything, this would have been a good place to start.

Considering the impact this is having we need to look at Japan and other first world countries to see what passes for energy policy outside the U.S., being we do not have an energy policy. Japan seek to get 60% of their power from nuclear energy by 2030. Part the the drive to increase nuclear power is to decrease CO2 emissions. Something the one would expect the enviro-whackos to applaud, but no, they obviously would prefer to see us living in yurts, and all that implies.

Interesting column in the UK Times: The Democrats have squandered the chance of a lifetime:

Under pressure in a Democratic primary, Mr Obama has sounded just like any other tax-raising, government-loving Democratic politician. Worse, he has revealed himself to be a member of that special subset of the party’s liberal elite – a well-educated man with a serious superiority complex.

His worst moment of the campaign was when he was caught telling liberal sophisticates about his anthropological observations on the campaign trail…

The myth that Obama transcends politics and ideology has been smashed, permanently. From himself, his wife, and their friends, there is now a rich audio and video trail of evidence that will be used extensively in the fall to demonstrate that John McCain is the only candidate for president Americans should feel comfortable with.

How ironic that McCain, the least attractive candidate for so many Republicans, will be able to position himself as the candidate Americans can relate to. I guess that’s the best the GOP can hope for in a Democrat year.

UPDATE: More on the same theme here:

As people begin to learn about this just-arrived pretender, the magic dissipates. He spent six weeks in Pennsylvania. Outspent Hillary more than two to one. Ran close to 10,000 television ads — spending more than anyone in any race in the history of the state — and lost by 10 points.

And not because he insufficiently demagogued NAFTA or the other “issues.” It was because of those “distractions” — i.e., the things that most reveal character and core beliefs.

Obama had a good thing going when he was simply a guy with a good speaking style. Now, the tabula rasa has been filled in.

“A children’s story of marijuana.” Heh heh heh.

It’s just a plant

You don’t have to be a high-baby stoner to appreciate it, but it probably helps. A lot.

If you are inclined to support the current Herndon mayor and town council members who have taken a stand for the legal residents of our area, please consider giving a donation to the Help Save Loudoun PAC in the next few days. We will be buying newspaper ads in the local press to promote the public officials who are supporters of immigration enforcement here, for the May 6 Herndon town elections.

We want to keep these good guys in office for two more years!

The Herndon mayor and town council are up for election on May 6. This is an important local election because Herndon is the first town in America to take a strong stand on immigration enforcement at the local level. It’s the first town to enroll in the 287(g) program which empowers local law enforcement to assist the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

As most local residents know, the mayor and town council of Herndon implemented strong measures to alleviate the local impact of illegal immigration in western Fairfax County and eastern Loudoun County. This included a strong emphasis on zoning enforcement – and the hiring of many new inspectors to crack down on overcrowded houses – and advocacy for stricter legislation from Richmond. Some of these measures which passed the Virginia General Assembly and were signed into law included harsher penalties for zoning infractions and driving without an operators license – infractions which were widely perceived as directly related to the influx of illegal aliens into our local communities.

And of course, the new Herndon government, which swept into office in large part because the previous government had approved a day labor center for illegal aliens, shut down that day labor center.

Taken together, these moves by the Herndon government have helped all the legal residents of this part of Virginia.

In fact, it is safe to say if the citizens of Herndon had not accomplished what they accomplished in May of 2006, the entire movement for local immigration enforcement throughout the U.S. would have never gotten off the ground.

Their election caused an earthquake in modern U.S. politics, demonstrating that the legal residents of our country can make a difference at the ballot box, and you can be sure the pro-illegal crowd are going to attempt to overturn this citizen revolution.

More background on the importance of the Herndon elections is available here and here.

If you want to help ensure that Mayor Steve DeBenedittis and Council Members Dennis Husch, Connie Hutchinson, David Kirby, William Tirrell and Charlie Waddell are reelected, please give some money to the Help Save Loudoun PAC. We will be taking out a big “Thank You” ad in the next issue of the local press to acknowledge these excellent public officials.

The “environmental” movement jumped the whale shark long ago, and is in the process of jumping the Loch Ness Monster:

Sunspot activity has not resumed up after hitting an 11-year low in March last year, raising fears that — far from warming — the globe is about to return to an Ice Age, says an Australian-American scientist…

“This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record, and it puts us back to where we were in 1930,” Chapman wrote in The Australian Wednesday. “If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over.”

The global cooling scam of the 1970s morphed into the global warming scam of the 1990s, which is now transitioning into the indeterminate environmental freak out scam of the current age.

The point is to make everyone susceptible to behavior modification.

And because the actual environment refuses to cooperate with the ideological framing, eco-freaks are now attempting to re-brand the ineffable threat under the more plausible rationale of “climate change.”

This is a pretty safe approach, given the established concept of “seasons,” which much of humanity is prone to accept, considering what happens all the time around us. The cleverness of this approach will be measured by the extent to which normal people can be convinced that the weather should serve as a reason to reverse the gains that technology has brought to human civilization.

A flashback, for my good friend Ben.

Fanning the flames in Fairfax County.