American Elephants

About Guantanamo. by The Elephant's Child
September 1, 2008, 7:59 pm
Filed under: Iraq, Media Bias, Military, Politics, Terrorism, The Constitution, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Claims about the horrors of the mistreatment of the prisoners at Guantanamo continue to feature prominently in Democrat speeches.  The Landmark Legal Foundation fought to force the Pentagon to release the daily briefs of activities at the prison. Cassandra at Villainous Company has posted a typical one of the daily briefs as an example:

We had 3 significant activities last night; 691 balled up feces and threw it at the guard hitting him in the chest saying next time he would hit him in the mouth.  Next, as 155 was being taken to rec, he bit a guard on the arm until it bled….

Do read the whole thing. Landmark President Mark Levin points out why some access to the daily briefs is valuable:

Lawyers for the detainees have done a great job painting their clients as innocent victims of U.S. abuse when the fact is that these detainees, as a group, are barbaric and extremely dangerous, They are using their terrorist training on the battlefield to abuse our guards and manipulate our Congress and our court system.

Visitors to Guantanamo have consistently been amazed at the careful treatment of detainees, the  respect for the Muslim religion and the prison meals, far more interesting than the MREs eaten by the troops.  But those who desperately want to believe the worst will not be swayed. The Heritage Foundation took apart the claims of the UN Commission on Human Rights quite effectively.

It is always fascinating to behold the vast sympathy for the detainees at Guantanamo contrasted with the lack of sympathy for their victims, but there’s no accounting for the American media.

Don’t Cast Caution to the Winds! by The Elephant's Child

Denmark is usually cited as the world’s most successful wind-power pioneer.  Denmark is a small, flat, windy country with a population of around 5.5 million people.  Researchers have put a value on Danish wind energy.  They believe that wind power cut $167 million (1 billion kroner) off Danish electricity bills in 2005.  Danish consumers, on the other hand paid 1.4 billion kroner for subsidies for wind power.

The trouble with wind is that it doesn’t always blow when you need the electricity, and often blows when you don’t need it.  Wind power cannot be stored. Thus you must have electricity constantly available as backup for the times when the wind isn’t blowing.

Denmark relies on their neighbors, Norway and Sweden, and takes their excess production of electricity, and conversely sends it’s excess wind-power generated electricity back to the neighbors.  In 2003, the scale of subsidies caught the attention of the media, which claimed that the subsidies were out of control.  When subsidies were cut back, the building of wind turbines ground to a halt.

One of the big problems seems to be that where wind is, there are not transmission lines. Often, the wind is far from the grid.  Transmission lines run about a million dollars a mile.  Most of Denmark’s electricity comes from plants that burn imported coal.

There are some lessons here, which suggest that the “experts” in Congress should get out of the way and let the market find the way.  Congress doesn’t do well with making the rules for energy.

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