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Obama’s Heavy Hand by American Elephant

Obama continues his thuggish campaign to keep Americans from learning about his relationship to unrepentant domestic terrorist, William Ayers:

DENVER — Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign organized its supporters Wednesday night to confront Tribune-owned WGN-AM in Chicago for having a critic of the Illinois Democrat on its air.

“WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears,” Obama’s campaign wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “He’s currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.”

Kurtz, a conservative writer, recently wrote an article for the National Review that looked at Obama’s ties to Ayers, a former 1960s radical.

The magazine had been blocked in its initial attempts to obtain records from the University of Illinois at Chicago regarding the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which Obama chaired and Ayers co-founded. The school later reserved [sic] its position and made the records available Tuesday.

…Christenson said the Obama campaign was asked to have someone appear on the show and declined the request. [emphasis mine. read more]

They can’t refute the charges because they are all true. Obama tries to obfuscate by saying that Ayers committed his crimes when Obama was only 11 years old. True, but that’s really beside the point because Ayers is unapologetic. He was unapologetic when he kicked off Obama’s campaign in his home: he is unrepentant even to this day.

The fact is, that in Barack Obama’s short political career he’s had a disturbing number of relationships with radicals, extremists and even terrorists.

And because he can’t refute the relationships, Obama is doing everything in his power, including some very disturbing tactics, to keep Americans from hearing about them before election day.

But the truth will out.



Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave When First… by The Elephant's Child

According to Rasmussen Reports, voter confidence in the War on Terror is at the highest level ever recorded simce Rasmussen Reports began regular tracking in January 2004.  Fifty-four percent (54%) of American voters now think the United States and its allies are winning the war.  The previous high-water mark for optimism — 52% — was reached a handful of times in September and October 2004.

Optimism about the situation in Iraq is also at an all-time high.  Forty-eight percent (48%) now expect the situation in that troubled country to get better over the next six months.  Only 17% expect thing to get worse.  In addition to being the most optimistic assessment ever recorded, these numbers reflect a remarkable turnaround over the past year.  Last August, just 27% thought things were going to get better while 47% were pessimistic.

Discovering, in the middle of your huge televised national convention, that your message on the war and Iraq is a little off, must be uncomfortable.  But never mind, we’ll just drop it all down the memory hole.



Do You Recognize the World of the Democrats? by The Elephant's Child

Democrats live in an alternate universe.  The world that exists in Democrat convention speeches is an unfamiliar place to me.  Bleak.  Everyone is a victim.  America is a terrible place, the economy is deep in a recession, no one has health care so people are obviously dying in the streets,  the war is a failure, the surge did not work, prisoners at Guantanamo are tortured, oil companies don’t pay taxes and gouge Americans, the earth will die soon unless rescued by Democrats with wind power, and whatever it is, it is all Bush’s fault. I’m sure I missed some horrors.

I went to the gas station today, and gas is expensive, even for my thrifty Toyota. I can imagine the feelings of those filling up SUVs or pickups. I also went to the grocery store, which is also painful. Prices are up. I made more careful choices.  Most of the inflation in gas prices and food prices comes from Democrat intransigence in allowing us to drill for oil, build refineries, build nuclear plants and pipelines. Prices are not up because of a shortage of windmills and solar panels.

Democrats refuse to drill because they owe the environmental organizations that support them, and the environmental organizations do not want us to use oil.  They think oil is bad, dirty, and evil, and they mistakenly believe that it can be replaced almost immediately by “renewable” “clean” energy.

I hate to keep harping on this, but it is confusing and people keep lying about it, or bloviating when they know not whereof they speak.  Lets go right to the source, the U.S. Energy Information Administration. They have some dandy graphs that explain better than words can.  Renewable energy contributes 6 percent of U.S. energy consumption as of 2004, the most recent figures, and it hasn’t changed much.  91 percent of that 6 percent is contributed by hydropower and biomass waste.  Solar energy contributes 1 percent and wind energy contributes 2.3 percent — not of our energy needs, but of the 6 percent renewables.  Geothermal contributes 5.6 percent of the 6 percent.  See how confusing it gets when you start talking percentages?

Here is another colorful diagram that shows where our energy comes from and where it goes, which will help a lot in deciphering all the bloviating.  I will take up the rest of the problems of the world soon.




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