I was reading Hugh Hewitt just now discussing ANWR and how the debate is being framed. I agree with him that we need to tap ANWR, but there's a better reason than our current dependance on foreign oil....a ecological decision.
Look, as with any finite resource, oil will someday be gone...just a fact. But right now we are not nearly where we need to be regarding alternate fuel sources. The Hy-Brid cars are a good start, but they need to be "souped up" to, at the very least, compete with today's fastest cars....maybe some folks at Daimler-Chrysler or Volvo can get working on that. Wind's alright, except for those thousands of birds that are killed every year by wind farms...not exactly environmental. The point is, we're pretty far away from an alternate fuel source that is equal or better than oil. We need to drill in ANWR not just to relieve the pressure foreign oil puts on us, but also to give us some time to get our alternative energy stuff going.
Now I know this makes me sound a little tree huggy. That's fine...I was born in Boulder...but I'm interested more in maintaining my lifestyle. I like my car, I need my car, but if it ran on grass and still got me from Denver to Vail at 75 mph I'd buy it. I like my condo, and my television, and my laptop. I recycle when I can, and my "carbon footprint" isn't that big. But if conservation were made easier and more cost effective, I would be far more...well..conservative. I know several (political) conservatives who would do the same thing. But what are the big auto companies and the government worried about? They're worried about unions sapping their strength, over-regulation, sluggish infrastructure. Let's face it, they're not the most cutting edge of companies. The solution? ANWR. And NO I do not want the government doing anything other than saying yes to drilling.
As for people who argue we shouldn't drill, I know far too many of them who would be more affected by a sudden end to oil, yet they want to leave something they will never see, untouched. I agree that we should be as enviromentally sound as possible. Heck, I want enviros on board the whole way insuring the drilling is clean...
The problem is, all they would do is try to gum up the works to stop it. They don't want to help. They want to stick it to the man. The ironic part is that most of these people are on college campuses and could be doing great work on creating that next power source, making the first electric car to go 250 mph, or finding the perfect reusable material, but they don't. They complain and shed tears for the caribou...the ones that would continue to live peacefully in ANWR while we drilled...what they don't give are other ideas.
I've met many people in my life and not one wants humans to go extinct, but most have also worked very hard to get to where they're at now, and they don't want to just give it all away.
So let's actually get together on this. We have the companies that can drill in an enviromental way, and we have people that can solve our problems with our energy needs. We've done it before, just look at the new lightbulbs, and the hybrid cars. All we need is time.
Time is what drilling in ANWR gives....and we still get the bonus of not being bound to foreign oil anymore. We all win! Yea!
I'll let the facts play out on this, but let me tell you something. If Libby really did this, I hope for prison. And for the same reason I said the same thing about Bill Clinton.
DON'T LIE UNDER OATH!!!!!!!
It's really that simple. It doesn't matter what you're lying about. Scooter Libby's lying is every bit as ridiculous as Clinton's was (and don't give me the one about Libby's being more serious. If there had been anything, anything at all, there would have been indictments for that as well.) because it was unnecessary.
Look, if a lawyer is asking you a question in court, under oath, they know the answer. Trust me, they know. Those lawyers WANT you to lie. They live for it. Why would you give that to them? It's just stupid, but people do it way too much.
I've got a better idea. Take the fifth. Yes, people will think you did it, but, guess what, they already do. Save yourself the agony of being impeached, jailed, and/or fined. It doesn't matter whether you're a Dem or a Repub, if you lie under oath ABOUT ANYTHING, you deserve what you get. And, damn straight I'm consistant on this issue. If your not, then you need to ask yourself some serious questions.
So if Libby is found guilty then good riddence. I don't want that type of person in MY G.O.P..
Instead of "celebrating" the 2000th military death in Iraq, I will celebrate my friend Seth Goldberg who today became the one millionth American to NOT be killed by terrorists. He won't be killed by Zaqawi during a nuclear attack from one of the "Khan" bombs. He will not be killed in a nerve gas attack from Iraq's "missing" chemical weapons stockpile by Syrian supported terrorists. He will also not be killed by any number of "people" who, not having a jihad in Iraq or Afghanistan, would aspire to "ridding the world of infidels" in New York instead. Today Seth Goldberg will do what many other Americans will do. They will NOT die at the hands of terrorists.
Yes, while other people celebrate the deaths of Americans, I will celebrate the lives of many, many more.
I was sitting here watching the replays of Cindy Sheehan being arrested and felt that something was amiss. It was the smile. The smile and the passivity. It was out of place.
Not really, of course. Truly non-violent protests and arrests are more often cooperation between police and protester rather than confrontation. Sheehan should be commended for taking the truly non-violent approach.
It DOES, however, undercut most of the arguments Sheehan and her ilk have been making about Bush and the Republicans lately. Think about it. Would a person who truly believed, as Sheehan did, that soldiers in New Orleans would shoot her at the slightest provocation really be that calm, even smiling, as she was arrested by the same government she believes is fascist. I would think there would at least be some concern. But there was none. It felt more like an initiation than a protest. I can even hear the conversation:
"You know Cindy, your really not a true protester 'til you get cuffed. But if you get arrested in front of the White House you'll be a star."
"I'll DO it!"
The frivolity of the event was in stark contrast to the signs the anti-war types brought. If Bush and this country were truly as bad as this, you'd think it'd take a lot of gut wrenching courage to let them slap you in chains. It certainly wouldn't merit the smiles of Sheehan let alone everyone around her. There is a very good reason why you don't see a lot of people voluntarily getting arrested as a form of protest in places like China, Syria, Iran, and the old Iraq. They truly don't trust their governments, and with good reason. It takes a lot of trust to let someone arrest you. You need to believe that on some level you will be taken care of. To trust so easily, so easily you can smile about it tells me that you don't believe, as has been asserted for years, that the United States is the among the worst despot countries in the World. Your actions are speaking much louder than your words are.
Maybe a bit of advice is in order.
If you're going to accuse a group of people or the government of being "fascist", "racist", "a bunch of Nazis", etc., try to remember to play out the rest of the act. At least pretend that you're concerned about getting arrested, because if you WERE really getting arrested by real Nazis, I imagine your concern would shine through.
Sorry about the lack of posts, but between my Athletic Director job and Grad School....yikes.
I did have to post about how the response to Hurricane Katrina was "racially' handled.
We can all talk about how the response took awhile to get going and who is responsible, but when you start calling people racists because they didn't help fast enough youv've gone to far. Everywhere I go I see people, mostly white since Denver is almost opposite of New Orleans in the black/white make up in the city, who are donating clothes, medicine, food, money, everything. But because they didn't start fundraising fast enough, they can be considered racists.
When told of this predicament, most of the responses went like this.
"They think we're racist? But we've being working around the clock since the disaster started."
They then pondered, "Why are we helping if all we get for our trouble is being called a bigot?"
Fortunately those people didn't stop for long.
For all those people who say that the response was slow because of racism, ask yourselves one simple question....IF you can bear to give a straight answer....That question is....How bad would the disaster be if what you claim is actually true?
Save your racism claims for a time when it actually exists, for when you claim people are racist eventually you are proved right....and usually to your own detriment.
You may have noticed that lately I've been posting on all things except the outrages of the day.
Well it's funny.
I never really realized how bombarded I was by news and politics while I was a reporter. It seems pretty silly now, but I guess I just thought that everyone got the exposure to politics that I had. Now that I'm away from the setting, I see that most people could care less about it. Most people have jobs that don't involve covering the latest nasty dish, or slimy official. Sure, many still follow the stories, but not to the extent that a newsroom gets steeped in them. It sticks and stays with you, not so much like an odor, but more like the feeling of impending...well impending something.
Getting out of the news business was hard, but the rewards are becoming quite apparent. At DSST, I'm worried about kids, and forms, and coaches, and fingerprints. I'm not really aghast at the world as much as I was. A weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can choose not to talk politics if I want...a luxury not given to reporters. My eyes have been opened to life not in the middle of the fray.
I don't mean to sound like I don't care about the news of the day, or the latest outrage. I just need to get used to the change of pace. I'm still a news junkie. Always will be, but it's kind of nice not to be absorbed by the news.
I still get angry, I just don't have it bearing down on me. For instance, yes I believe Cindy Sheehan is an idiot as well as a anti-semite, and she will pay for her dalliances. She already is. Not only did she lose her son, but she's lost her husband, and almost her mom. She will look back at her folly and regret much. So I don't get to angry about Sheehan because her life is in tatters, mine is not.
I almost feel sorry for her...almost.
But don't worry. I'm sure things will come up that get me hot under the collar, and when they do you can bet I won't hold my tongue.