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George Bush said ‘Drill!‘ and the price of crude dropped over nine dollars in a single day, and it continues to fall.   The market knows that the U.S. has huge, untapped energy reserves. The United States has more than three times the amount of Oil the Saudi Arabians do. Due to a masochistic energy policy brought on by environmental extremists we are now importing 70% of our oil from people who hate us, and indirectly funding our foes in the war against Islamic Extremism. The more energy independent we become, the less money we will be putting into the pockets of those who wish to kill us and end our way of life.

The need for energy in the long term will require a shift in technology.   We need to move away from our dependence on fossil fuels.  The most viable short-and-mid-term avenue currently is nuclear power. The other commonly discussed alternatives are wind and solar power.  These have yet to demonstrate economic viability, but should be pursued none the less.  Government funding of research for these and other ideas such as Algae_Fuels is a must.  With our economy growing, and our population expanding we will need more energy.  Conservation alone will not be able to cover the increase in energy needs. Therefore, until the future alternatives are found, we must make full use of our natural resources.

We are the only nation in the world with access to known oil deposits on our own land or off our shores that essentially refuses to tap those resources.

Giving our own people access to these resources should not be a political football.  However the Democrat party is seeking to further politicize the energy debate by couching it as a class warfare issue and giveaways to the wealthy.


Currently it is easier for the Chinese to drill in the Gulf of Mexico than it is for any American Oil company; this is ridiculous.

While Washington dithers over exploiting oil and gas reserves off the coast of Florida, China has seized the opportunity to gobble up these deposits, which run throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and along the U.S. Gulf coast.

There are new reports out circulating that Chinese firms are planning to slant drill off the Cuban coast near the Florida Straits, tapping into U.S. oil reserves that are estimated at 4.6 billion to 9.3 billion barrels. This compares with 4 billion to 10 billion barrels believed to be beneath the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge

Nancy Pelosi is more worried about Exxon being able to drill than she is about the Chinese pirating our very own oil reserves.  From an article in the Herald Tribune

“We have chosen to lock up our resources and stand by to be spectators while these two come in and benefit from things right in our own backyard”

The Cuban regime at least is prospering from our policies.  Neat trick, someone finally figured out how to bring a profit to Castro’s Caribbean gulag.

Obama’s idea to fix our energy woes is to, ‘Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions‘.  Great!! The patient is bleeding, Dr Barak’s brilliant idea is to apply leaches.  The Democrats in both houses of Congress have proposed a windfall profits tax, considering what a raging success this was under James Carter, I am surprised they are even considering it.  With help like this we should be on our way to the guilt-free third-world economy the left has always wanted.

The Democrat party is currently against drilling in ANWR, the Atlantic Coast, the Pacific Coast the Gulf Coast, the Rocky Mountains and Montana.  So what is left?  With the other alternatives even more economically unsound than $140/barrel oil, we need to tap into this reservoir now, while we still have an economy to save.  Waiting for the alternatives which are at least 30 years away from becoming available will sentence our children and grandchildren to contending with a crippled economy.

Any economy is dependent upon energy.  Currently our energy comes primarily in the form of fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas).  These fuels have made modern life possible. Without them we would still be huddling in the winter around wood fires, in cramped quarters.  In the summer we will perspire copiously and experience mosquito bites in our bedrooms as we try to sleep.  This life style romantically is also known as medieval.  The lifespan of an individual is 30 to 40 years under this technological regimen.  For those who wish to return to this level of existence please vote Democrat.  Their policies are putting us on a trajectory back to the past.

From an AP report:

Obama recently chided Karzai and his government, saying it had “not gotten out of the bunker” and helped to organize the country or its political and security institutions.

Also on his itinerary later in the trip is a meeting with Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi leader. On the campaign trail, Obama has said one benefit of withdrawing U.S. troops is that it would pressure al-Maliki to shore up his government as well.

Nonetheless, he said he did not plan to reiterate those messages in person.

I don’t buy his “I’m going over there as a US Senator” cop-out.  He’s willing to publicly put down foreign leaders to get a crowd of liberal supporters going (and get primary votes), but refuses to personally confront those same leaders when given the chance.  He shouldn’t have said those things to begin with.


Nature and music. First the music -

the clarks

The Clarks

My wife and I are fortunate in so many ways it is impossible to quantify, but one is our respective cultural inheritances, which are inarguably excellent. Just like I’ve got the great musician, Paul Cebar, who attended my obscure college while I was there, Linda has The Clarks, who attended her equally obscure school while she was there. We make it a point to go see both of them every convenient opportunity.

This week our trek was to Dewey Beach, Delaware to see The Clarks at the Bottle and Cork – which is, incidentally, a really, really good bar: large, open-air, friendly and cheap.

I can’t classify The Clarks because I am not a rock critic and am frankly an old man, but I will just say they are an original rock act (did a cover of Springsteen’s The River on Thursday, but that’s the only cover I’ve seen them do) with an exuberant quality, an outrageously good lead singer, and just a very fun sound …. which explains the fantasticly loyal fan base this Pittsburgh band has throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

To get the sense of their style, go here and watch “Shimmy Low” under the “Video” section.

The Clarks did a kick-ass show opening for Sister Hazel who I never heard of before on account of my boutique (read “old man”) musical repetoire. By far the majority of the audience were there for The Clarks, I can say. Hopefully the Bottle and Cork will have them back as the lead act and give them a little more time in the future. Sister Hazel was quite good, though, rock in a similar vein.

Definitely check out The Clarks if you get the chance. I guarantee you will like them.

Here are the rock and roll photos for my wife’s photo album:

Scott Blasey

Greg Joseph Dewey Beach
Greg Joseph

Dave Minarik Dewey Beach
Dave Minarik

Rob James Dewey Beach
Rob James


My sleeping habits being what they are, I woke up well before dawn and could not get back to sleep, so I went driving around to check out the fishing scene.

Delaware sunrise

This is sunrise at the Indian River inlet. Note the seagull over the rising sun, Digital Camel dudes. ART, my friends.

Delaware fishermen

Here are the fishermen heading off down the jetty. Wish I was going with them, but that is a trip for another day.

I’m not sure.

It’s been almost 3 years since he last was here, so it’s not one of his regular priorities.  He seems to have already finalized his position on the situation, so I don’t think it’s an information gathering mission.  The only reason I can think of to explain his visit is to silence his critics.  He wants to be able to say, “I’ve been there,” when they challenge his position.  In short, a publicity stunt.

He won the Democratic Party’s primary on a campaign promise of withdrawal.  I will be surprised if he visits with an open mind.  If he gets here, sees how things have improved, and changes his position, I won’t think less of him.  That’s what “change” is all about, right?

P.S.  It doesn’t bother me that the network news is paying Obama so much attention on this trip.  The man has charisma.  Senator McCain is boring.  Who would you put on YOUR news program?

For quite some time now, we have been told that man made global warming (MMGW) is settled science, supported by a consensus of scientists from various disciplines. Many are also beginning to question the validity of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change conclusions.

Recent news :

The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming. The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science. The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming “incontrovertible.”

Read More at APS

WASHINGTON (7-15-08) – Mathematical proof that there is no “climate crisis” appears today in a major, peer-reviewed paper in Physics and Society, a learned journal of the 10,000-strong American Physical Society, SPPI reports.

Christopher Monckton, who once advised Margaret Thatcher, demonstrates via 30 equations that computer models used by the UN’s climate panel (IPCC) were pre-programmed with overstated values for the three variables whose product is “climate sensitivity” (temperature increase in response to greenhouse-gas increase), resulting in a 500-2000% overstatement of CO2’s effect on temperature in the IPCC’s latest climate assessment report, published in 2007.

Read More at SPPI

My prediction, at some time in the not too distant future, we will hear an announcement from the MMGW crowd that we are no longer threatened, due to the decrease in the number of SUVs on the road caused by the recent record gas prices.

Can Brett Favre be seduced by Dan Snyder’s siren song ? Seems Favre has become less than enamored with Green Bay after their tepid reaction to his return to football. Do the Skins want him, and could they get him ?

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I can easily see Favre-Moss supplanting Manning-Burris as the preeminent pitch-and-catch duo in the NFC East. Given the season Favre had last year, he will not be playing backup in Green Bay, he will be moving on. Why not Washington ?

During my first deployment, my platoon occasionally had to execute a joint mission with the Afghan National Army.  I say “had to” because we didn’t want to.  They were terribly unproffesional and incapable of accomplishing anything by themselves.  Being hooked on opium, most of them were there for the pay.  The police weren’t much better.  Slightly more proffesional in appearance, they were far more corrupt.  I remember thinking at the time that if nothing changed, they would never be able to hold off the Taliban on their own.  I haven’t been back since then, but it doesn’t sound like things have improved.

I am pleased to see that this is not the case in Iraq.

In the small section of Baghdad I see regularly, the Iraqi forces are all over the place.   The Iraqi Army, Iraqi police, and third party groups like Sons of Iraq have really stepped up to the plate.  Carrying American weapons and driving American trucks, I always see them standin’ tall and lookin’ good.  Planning and conducting their own patrols, security stations, and traffic checkpoints, it’s only a matter of time before they are completely running this area on their own.  I’ve yet to work with them directly, but on the few occasions I’ve gotten to talk with one of them, I’ve always perceived through the language barrier an impressive sense of pride and duty. I’ve yet to hear one of them complain.

I cannot overstate the positive impact these forces are having.  Aside from the obvious benefit of having their forces share the burden, there is a huge psychological impact on the public’s view of the new government and the American presence here.  There is a certain amount of racial, religious, and nationalistic prejudice that American forces will never be able to fully overcome in this part of the world.  The Iraqi forces do not have this problem so much.  I’ve been told the Iraqi Army was cheered by crowds lining the streets of Basra when they took back that city.  Also, it’s pretty hard for someone like Muqtada al Sadr to keep complaining about us “foreign occupiers”, when it was the Army loyal to the Shia-led government of this country that kicked his militia out of the Baghdad district named after his father.  Sorry there, Mr. Sadr…you won’t be coming back to Sadr City.

That’s not to say these forces are perfect.  Their capabilities don’t come close to ours, but it is improving.  There is a certain level of corruption and enemy infilitration in these groups.  However, it hasn’t been enough to overshadow the overall positive impact that they are having.

We are winning here, and their efforts are helping.  I wish I could thank them each personally, soldier to soldier.