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I'm filling in for Glenn Beck tonight, and we'll be discussing Rep. (as in "reprehensible) Jim Fagan; the SCOTUS 2nd Amendment ruling; and the uber-political hotness of Scarlett Johansson.
Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, comedian Jackie Mason, Mark Levin, Miss Florida 2007 and Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik and former First Lady Nancy Reagan are among the many stars and heroes joining a Sacramento-based nonprofit in a historic push to send the single largest shipment of care packages in history to American troops overseas.I will be part of the show, hosted by Melanie and our good friend Michelle Malkin. You can watch this special webcast on Thursday from 4pm-Midnight at the Move America Forward website. But they're hoping you'll do more:
Thousands of Americans have already sponsored packages through MAF’s website and a giant database of names and addresses of U.S. troops in Iraq & Afghanistan is being built—so that the packages can reach our military men and women in time for the 4th of July holiday. MAF would like all families with loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan to send addresses and names to ensure all troops benefit from the overwhelming support of a grateful nation.
“How long have you been in office, and why haven’t you closed those loopholes? Stop being a defense attorney when you’re up at the capitol and start being the legislator you told the people you would be.”
That's Mark Lunsford, talking about MA state rep (as in "reprehensible") James Fagan (D-Mass. Trial Lawyers Assn). You know, the guy who threatened victims of child rape who come before him in court this way:
“That 6-year-old is going to sit in front of me, or somebody far worse than me, and I’m going to rip them apart. I'm going to make sure that the rest of their life is ruined; that when they’re 8 years old they throw up; when they’re 12 years old, they won’t sleep; when they’re 19 years old they’ll have nightmares and they’ll never have a relationship with anybody.”
First, a minor fact error, Rep. Fagan. There ISN'T anybody worse than you. Anyone who disagrees with my assessment should listen to his on-air conversation with Jim and Margery here on 969 FM TALK.
I rest my case.
While MSWHB (We Hate Bush) dedicated an entire day to the notoriously inaccurate Newsweek poll showing Obama with a huge lead, I have yet to see a mention on their network--or any other--of the latest Gallup poll:
The Wall Street Journal does an excellent job of explaining why blaming speculators for today's high gas prices doesn't make much sense. Read the entire editorial for yourself, but here is one highlight that caught my eye:
The futures market may be a convenient scapegoat, but it's simply a price discovery mechanism. Major energy consumers – refiners, airlines – buy and sell these contracts to lock in goods at a future price, as a hedge against volatility. Essentially, they're guesses about coming oil supply and demand, as well as the rate of inflation. The political theory is that such futures trading is creating a bubble in the spot market (i.e., oil purchased for immediate delivery) beyond oil fundamentals. Thus, $4 gas.
But there's no inherent reason to "bet" that commodities will go up rather than down. Bet wrong – place all your chips on red, say – and you lose. If a company purchases the future right to buy oil at $140 a barrel and it instead sells for $130, the option is worthless. Besides, somebody has to take the other side of any futures contract: Some are trying to predict where the price will go in the future, while the other side is attempting to sell its future price risk. But no one knows how things will end up.
Is Obama's new faux-presidential, alternative-reality seal his "Mission Accomplished"? If you wanted to emphasize to voters that the Democrats' nominee is a bit stuck up, it would be hard to do better. I suppose he could start requiring reporters to stand when he enters the room...
Sen. Obama opposes all new sources of oil, he opposes nuclear and--if it annoys a Kennedy--he opposes wind farms, too. Instead, Sen. Obama says that "new technologies" will have us all livin' green in no time.
The wholesale cost of commercial grade liquid hydrogen (made the cheap way, from hydrocarbons [a.k.a. "fossil fuels]) shipped to large customers in the United States is about $6 per kilogram. High purity hydrogen made from electrolysis for scientific applications costs considerably more. Dispensed in compressed gas cylinders to retail customers, the current price of commercial grade hydrogen is about $100 per kilogram. For comparison, a kilogram of hydrogen contains about the same amount of energy as a gallon of gasoline.
This means that even if hydrogen cars were available and hydrogen stations existed to fuel them, no one with the power to choose otherwise would ever buy such vehicles. This fact alone makes the hydrogen economy a non-starter in a free society.
My take on the clueless, elitist, anti-working-family oil policy of the Left is in the Boston Herald today.
Remember that arrogant jerk Dr. Brian Orr from the school clinic at Gloucester High--the one who quit because the hospital overseeing his work wouldn't let him give out birth control to 14-and 15-year olds without their parents knowledge or consent? He believed that society should give birth control to these teens and then trust their judgment. After all, who are the parents to judge?
The girls who made the pregnancy pact—some of whom, according to [the school principal] reacted to the news that they were expecting with high fives and plans for baby showers—declined to be interviewed. So did their parents. But Amanda Ireland, who graduated from Gloucester High on June 8, thinks she knows why these girls wanted to get pregnant. Ireland, 18, gave birth her freshman year and says some of her now pregnant schoolmates regularly approached her in the hall, remarking how lucky she was to have a baby...
The high school has done perhaps too good a job of embracing young mothers. Sex-ed classes end freshman year at Gloucester, where teen parents are encouraged to take their children to a free on-site day-care center. Strollers mingle seamlessly in school hallways among cheerleaders and junior ROTC. "We're proud to help the mothers stay in school," says Sue Todd, CEO of Pathways for Children, which runs the day-care center.
This is my father, Simon Graham, during his most recent visit to Boston. For some reason, the management of Jacob Wirth's would NOT allow him in the Ladies room.
Why do we live in Gloom-and-Doom Nation? Is it, as many of my callers insist, because everybody's broke and the Iraq war is a disaster? They must be right, because pollsters show most Americans agree--life sucks. Right?
Unemployment is 5.5%, low by historical standards; income is rising slightly ahead of inflation; housing prices are down, but the typical house is still worth a third more than in 2000; 94% of Americans do not have threatened mortgages, and of those who do, most will keep their homes. Inflation was up in 2007, but this stands out because the 16 previous years were close to
inflation-free; living standards are the highest they have ever been, including living standards for the middle class and for the poor.
All forms of pollution other than greenhouse gases are in decline; cancer, heart disease and stroke incidence are declining; crime is in a long-term cycle of significant decline; education levels are at all-time highs...
Campaigning in Pennsylvania in April, Hillary Clinton said "We need to go back to the prosperity of the 1990s," a comment that drew loud, enthusiastic applause. Converted to today's dollars, per-capita income in the Keystone State is 23% higher than in 1990. People may think Pennsylvania was more prosperous in the past, but the state is better off today. The same can be said for most (needless to say, not all) parts of the country and most
demographics. Most are, right now, the best-off they have ever been.
Back in my PR days, I spent some time working with the financial aid department of the University of South Carolina and the students who applied for it. The experience confirmed what I have observed time and time again from my encounters with college grads:
I couldn't agree more.
No, it's not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different ways. It is something more. Even Bill Clinton, with all his effortless, winking charm, didn't have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity...
Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.
Uh, yes. At least, it was supposed to be.
As all regular listeners know, I'm a huge food nut and always have been. One of my greatest discoveries in New England is my former radio show producer, Mark Bedrosian. Mark's father was in the food business and Mark learned, as only the son of an Italian mother and Armenian father in Rhode Island can, the way to make classic, handmade Italian sausage.
When a NU student from Connecticut was shot to death on Mission Hill here in Boston and none of her neighbors called the cops, we talked about what it said about us.
...couldn't you at least wait for it to get warm?
Compared to the May 2007 value of 0.199°C we find a 12 month ∆T is -.379°C. But even more impressive is the change since the last big peak in global temperature in January 2007 at 0.594°C, giving a 16 month ∆T of -0.774°C which is equal in magnitude to the generally agreed upon “global warming signal” of the last 100 years.
"Clinton, having risen politically in her husband's orbit, is a moon shining with reflected light. Were Obama to hitch himself to her, he would reduce himself to a reflection of a reflection."Read the rest of Will's terrific (as usual) column here.
What the Boston Globe-Democrat says:
A self-described ultraliberal, Marzilli has been a darling of unions, environmental groups, and social service organizations whose causes he championed.
"This does not conform to the behavior of the Jim Marzilli who we know and love," said George Bachrach, a former Democratic state senator from Watertown and a longtime friend who hired Marzilli to run his campaign for governor in 1994. "I feel many of us who had positive relationships with Jim professionally feel deeply for him now personally."
Take the example of state Sen. James Marzilli (party affiliation withheld at the request of The Boston Globe). The Arlington liberal was caught - again - allegedly trying to do to a lady on a Lowell park bench what he regularly does to the taxpayers on Beacon Hill.
I agree with just about everything John Hood of the John Locke Foundation has to say about the 2008 presidential election. You can read his entire article, but here's a sampling:
...it feels as though we’ve already had several national elections since last summer. And yet we’ve only just begun the general-election campaign Tuesday night with Barack Obama weakly clinching the Democratic nomination while losing one of the final two primaries and John McCain blandly promising a respectful contest with his fresh-faced Senate colleague.
We’re stuck with these two mediocrities for the rest of the year. What’s more, we’re also going to be subjected to hundreds of mainstream-media mediocrities endlessly recycling the same trite observations, then revising the observations, then rediscovering the original observations, ad nauseatium.
What do Jeremiah Wright, Fr. Michael Pfleger, Michelle Obama and a majority of Europeans have in common?
Guest host on Beck suggests if Obama elected, political correctness will kill comedy: "[E]veryone will be so scared of saying anything"
GRAHAM: Are your comedian friends telling you what my talk show's telling me, which is, if we have a President Obama, comedy will be dead? Not because of any, you know, political action or government action, because everyone will be so scared of saying anything.
You'll be scared to order blackened red fish, because you're afraid that an African-American or Native American will beat the crap out of you for it.
My comments offended the folks at Media Matters because...well, their posting never states why they object. They present this comment as objectionable on its face. Graham's comments are so, so shocking, they need no explanation!
My best guess is that they believe I said something racist or related to race. If so, they're argument is "Michael Graham says that electing Barack Obama will dampen free speech because of fears over accusations of racism--that racist!"
Thanks for making my point, guys.
UPDATE: Stephanie Miller, who allegedly has a radio show somewhere, joins the "stop saying we'll call you a racist, you racist!" bandwagon. At least she has the courtesy (or clarity) to accuse me of racism directly, though she doesn't explain it. Apparently the phrase "blackened redfish" is now a racial pejorative. I'll leave that to the free-speech-lovin' folks on the Loony Left.
Companies sold a record amount of bonds in May, showing that the credit freeze that locked up Wall Street for months this year has begun to thaw. Highly rated companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Philip Morris and Merrill Lynch raised $132.8 billion selling bonds in May, says Thomson Reuters. That's the most ever raised from bond sales in a month.