Bush's war funds warning
Bush warns congress to give him the additional money already, or else the military cannot function! (Imagine that.) Bush praises Gates for his prudence but his war in Iraq is anything but prudent. There's already estimates of 2 trillion dollars flying around for the entire cost of the war to American taxpayers but somehow, these prudent men seem to always need more. If only there was a possiblity for a military victory, which there isn't.
Tucker Carlson, living it up, everybody. He'll be mediahistory soon but until then we can be sure to find the looniest of claims whenever he's on the air.
"I think Gore would have been a disaster as president. We'd have been living in the Dark Ages. I think he's fundamentally hostile to human civilization. And a phony."
SIMON: Would we be fighting a war in Iraq?
CARLSON: We would likely be not, not be fighting a war in Iraq. We'd also be living in yurts in the dark, and that would be maybe almost as bad.
Hysterical Tucker! If only it were true...
Pat Buchanan refuses to learn about the hypocrisy in his anti-immigration stance while himself being of Irish descent. The sad part is there are plenty more pseudo-American pseudo-patriots in that category. Luckily Alan Colmes is not one of them, and I'd thank him for his reaction.
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This is no joke? The Gods really must be crazy...
"While I welcome your sudden awakening to journalistic integrity, I can't help but remember your ceaseless cheerleading for Bush's war and your complete unwillingness to ask him anything in the way of tough questions for years on end. When it comes to dereliction of duty, you guys made the Exxon Valdez look like a fender bender."
Presenting: Lapdogs of the corporate press
John Gibson is the idiot-at-work. The democrats vow more failure... Exactly what's to win again John? Simply less attacks?! I thought y'all were gonna win the hearts and minds of the Middle East? I thought y'all were gonna spread democracy the same way y'all spread false rumours like 'Saddam has WMD' or 'tax cuts for the wealthy are good'?! You are the failure, Gibson.
Another intelligent man takes the stand to simplify the complex issues of copyright. Yes, Viacom may sue Youtube for sharing its content for free. But then again, without Youtube Viacom would have never gotten the free 'publicity' either. Then again Youtube exists almost entirely thanks to the ordinary people who post their own-made content and that on its turn is one of the bigger inspirations of Viacoms writers..... Can't we all just get along? Ofcourse not.
These are clearly not the same Americans that have re-elected Bush in '04. Where did they get these people? Have the Chinese been secretly training the Americans to rise up against the political and commercial powers that be? This video gave me back my trust in mankind, but then again, this handful of people may also be the last resort of sanity in the nation.
Always nice to see the hypocrite-in-chief. Truly funny stuff, blaming democrats for raising taxes while spending 2 trillion dollars of treasury on a fraudulent war against an enemy without WMD. I can only imagine how stupid aliens must think we all are. Bush even had the nerve to speak of fiscal responsibility. I guess he thinks nobody's listening anyway, which is probably true.
The City Car
The City Car is a stackable electric two-passenger city vehicle. The one-way sharable user model is designed to be used in dense urban areas. Vehicle Stacks will be placed throughout the city to create an urban transportation network that takes advantage of existing infrastructure such as subway and bus lines. By placing stacks in urban spaces and key points of convergence, the vehicle allows the citizens the flexibility to combine mass transit effectively with individualized mobility. The stack receives incoming vehicles and electrically charges them. Similar to luggage carts at the airport, users simply take the first fully charged vehicle at the front of the stack. The City car is NOT a replacement for personal vehicles, taxis, buses, or trucks; it is a NEW vehicle type that promotes a socially responsible and more effective means of urban mobility.
Team MIT has made it to the finals of the DARPA Urban challenge, a competition for cars and trucks that run without human help. The qualification was announced Thursday, Nov. 1, by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, who is sponsoring the competition with the goal of developing vehicles that can operate on their own in battle and keep humans out of harm's way.
Gasoline prices are poised to explode again. Oil companies are setting up the framework for higher prices because of fears of a Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled Northern Iraq and administration saber rattling about Iran. Crude oil, at $29.59 a barrel when President Bush took office in January 2001, is now pushing toward $100. Washington State's current gasoline cost of $3.09 per gallon, double Seattle's 2001 price of $1.52, is now second only to California in the 48 contiguous states.
Jay Leno joked on the "Tonight Show" October 17, "The Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to three people - the CEOs of Exxon, Texaco, and Shell for figuring out how to quadruple the price of oil over a seven year period without an actual shortage."
He's right, there is no actual shortage. Even if something happened, Kurdish oil production is less than 1/4 of 1% of the world's oil, and all of Iraq generates under 3%. Iran's share of world production is falling, 5% last year compared to 8% in 1974. The oil industry uses the unrealized potential of small disruptions to implement huge price fluctuations. They are using the fear factor and war profiteering to repeat and increase what they had last year, the highest profits for any industry in American history.
Furthermore, home heating oil bills are up a third from a year ago, and double six years ago-a $1700 annual household increase, seven times inflation. Home heating bills are the silent economic killer to families - the spotlight has been on car gas prices.
As former House Energy Committee Chair Joe Barton (R-TX) said, "No federal statute prohibits price gouging." Leading Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is demanding a new Federal Trade Commission oil price investigation. Oil companies raised gas prices 24 cents a gallon in the 24 hours after Katrina. The FTC reported increases "not substantially attributable to increased costs." It was pure fear-mongering.
Congress is enacting new laws specifically aimed at price gouging, sort of. In May, the House passed groundbreaking legislation making gouging by oil and gas companies a federal crime. The bill calls for jail time and fines of up to $150 million a day for charging "unconscionably excessive prices" and taking "unfair advantage" of consumers during a presidentially declared emergency. The President has indefinitely continued drug trafficking and national security emergencies and could do the same on oil prices strangling consumers.
However, there is no "violation" if the price charged is "substantially attributable to local, regional, national, or international market conditions." The House is saying it is not gouging if the public will bear it. The oil companies could still charge whatever they want-a loophole big enough for a gas-guzzling Mack truck.
In the Senate, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has introduced legislation which defines gouging as "charging an unconscionably excessive price" and adds a critical "prohibition on market manipulation", regardless of "emergency" timing. Cantwell has been pushing for its enactment for over two years and missed the 60 vote debate "cloture" by just three votes in 2005. With the new Democratic majority, Cantwell succeeded in including this provision in the Senate energy bill now before a House-Senate conference. Cantwell's ban on market manipulation regardless of "emergencies" could have enormous impact on stopping price spikes.
(An unintended consequence of the Bush saber rattling is even higher prices and more money to Iran, which defeats the purpose of sanctions to stop nuclear weapons.)
Congress needs to rise above special interest relationships, protect Americans from oil company gouging, and define the term so it means what it really is.
By Robert Weiner and John Larmett
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Tuesday 30 October 2007