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Obama's Answer to Gas Prices - "Inflate your Tires"

No, really!



Did you get that? Taking care of your car would work better than drilling for our own oil.

John at Powerline fact checks:

"Just for fun, I did the math. Properly inflating your tires can improve gas mileage by 3%. Of course, many people already keep their tires properly inflated, and many more are at least close to being properly inflated. Let's be generous and assume that one-half of the total possible savings would be realized if we all inflated our tires properly; that's a net gain of 1.5% fuel efficiency.

Americans drive approximately 2,880 billion miles per year. If we average 24 mpg, we use around 120 billion gallons of gasoline in our vehicles. If, through perfect tire inflation, we improved our collective fuel efficiency by 1.5%, that would be 1.8 billion gallons. A barrel of oil produces around 20 gallons of gasoline, so the total savings available through tire inflation is approximately 90,000,000 barrels of oil annually.

How does this stack up agains…

I've got your "silly" and raise you a "sillier"

Ambinder, reports:

"John Weaver, for years one of John McCain's closest friends and confidants, has been in exile since his resignation from McCain's presidential campaign last year. With the exception of an occasional interview, he has, by his own account, bit his tongue as McCain's campaign has adopted a strategy that Weaver believes "diminishes John McCain."

With the release today of a McCain television ad blasting Obama for celebrity preening while gas prices rise, and a memo that accuses Obama of putting his own aggrandizement before the country, Weaver said he's had "enough."

The ad's premise, he said, is "childish."

"John's been a celebrity ever since he was shot down," Weaver said. "Whatever that means. And I recall Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush going overseas and all those waving American flags."
Weaver remains in contact with senior McCain strategists and, for a while early this year, regula…

Obama's Missed Troop Visit - The "Fact" is he didn't go

I can't remember the last time I seen the MSM try to hard to cover up for a political candidate. No, I take that back, they did it with Kerry. Since Obama - for whatever lame reason - missed visiting wounded troops in Germany, the media has gone into full on "protect mode" to "fact check" and "correct and clarify".

Regardless of the reasons he missed the visit. From Lynn Sweet's blog comes this explanation from Obama.

"Here's the explanation Obama gave Saturday in London when asked about the cancelled visit to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center:

Q. Can you clear up the controversy about visiting the troops in Germany, the Pentagon said you were more welcome to come but you cant bring the media and were not allowed to bring campaign staff other than that you are more than welcome anytime, inaudible, we have gotten a few conflicting claims...

OBAMA: The staff was working this so I don't know each and every detail but here is what I …

Obama is ZOD!

Over the Corner, Byron York shares an email.


"E-mail:

Obama's "people of the world" shtick reminded me of General Zod's speech from Superman II. Zod was, of course, a bit more ebullient.

ZOD
I am General Zod! Listen to me, people of the Earth! Today I bring a New Order to your planet! One which shall last until the end of time!

Each of you... each man, each woman, each child - all will march proudly together in this New Order! Your lands, your homes, your possessions, your very lives... All of this and more you will gladly give to me!

There is no longer a need for separate nations in this world, no need for petty squabbles between one group and another. All of you will work together, strive, produce, and sacrifice together - and all for a common goal!

It is useless for you to resist as it is for me to annihilate you. You will only bring death and destruction upon yourselves, while I will lose the potential products of your labour. There is now one law, one order…

Senator (King of Pork) Stevens Indicted

Yeah, but it doesn't have to mean he'll step down immediately (using the William Jefferson Rule of Ethics).

"WASHINGTON — Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens allegedly made false statements to cover up gifts given to him by an oil contractor seeking his help on Capitol Hill, according to a seven-count federal indictment charging Stevens obtained Tuesday.

Stevens, 84, is the longest-serving Republican in the Senate and has been under investigation for more than a year, with a heavy focus on work done to his Girdwood, Alaska, ski-community home.

The Justice Department announced a 1:20 p.m. ET press conference, although the conference had not begun by 1:40 p.m.

Watch the news conference streaming live on FOXNews.com.

The indictment alleges that Stevens made false representations in his Senate financial disclosure forms and to federal investigators in an effort to cover up his receiving significant construction services.

Those services came from Bill Allen and the company he founded, VECO Cor…

The Nancy Pelosi of Fantasy

Yup, she's a storm trooper.

"From Medicare to housing to the new GI Bill, her Democrats have driven the legislative train more than the White House has in recent months. And even when the Democratic Party gave ground to the White House on terrorism surveillance, Pelosi’s credentials were such that Obama felt safer embracing the deal — after she did so first publicly.

Yet with this success comes new danger — like explorers lost at sea without longitude. Until now, Pelosi has been perceived as a counterweight to President Bush. But after the Democratic convention in Denver, and going into November, voters will take a closer measure of her performance — and fairness — since Democrats could very well be the new ruling party, controlling Congress and the White House in January.

At the same time, the wave of change her party has ridden could come crashing down. The pressures facing the nation — troubled financial markets, falling housing prices and rising energy and food costs — are…

Obama's VP picks? So long as it's not Hillary

God, we couldn't get this lucky. Via Ambinder:

"The following three Democrats are being vetted by Eric Holder and Caroline Kennedy and there is independent evidence that Obama is taking a serious look at them:

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Gov. Tim Kaine, Sen. Evan Bayh.

Additionally, allies of Sen. Joe Biden say that he is under serious consideration, although he is not being subjected to the same level of vetting.

The huffing and puffing over Kaine is the result of Kaine's allies getting excited...and confirming what has been reported here and elsewhere, which is that Kaine is being vetted and that Obama is seriously considering him. Based on discussions with high-level Obama aides, I do not get the impression that Obama has made up his mind yet. These aides do say that Obama is narrowing his choices.

Now -- the way to look at these names, I think, is to analyze what picking each would say about the Obama presidency and what he expects in a vice president.

Sebelius and Kaine are…

Man who shot up fellowship in Knoxville wanted to kill liberals

I hate liberals, but only in the political sense. Not in the person to person sense. This is a travesty.

"The shotgun-wielding suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church was motivated by a hatred of “the liberal movement,” and he planned to shoot until police shot him, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said this morning.

Jim D. Adkisson, 58, of Powell wrote a four-page letter in which he stated his “hatred of the liberal movement,” Owen said. “Liberals in general, as well as gays.”

Adkisson said he also was frustrated about not being able to obtain a job, Owen said.

The letter, recovered from Adkisson’s black 2004 Ford Escape, which was parked in the church’s parking lot at 2931 Kingston Pike, indicates he had been planning the shooting for about a week.

“He fully expected to be killed by the responding police,” the police chief said.

Owen said Adkisson specifically targeted the church for its beliefs, rather than a particular …

Macsmind UPDATE

We've got everything moved to new digs and the DNS change should be taking place over the next two days. Here in a nutshell is what happened.

First, Hostgator Sucks. Probably the worst customer service experience I've ever had with a host and owning several sites with different hosting companies that is saying a lot.

On Saturday we were informed that Macsmind.com was receiving a HUGH amount of traffic on the server it shared with others and in the *wisdom* of their tech people they just decided to remove our site from their DNS.

No warning, just did it. Macsmind when from 500,000 monthly to squat.

Hostgator couldn't advise where the HUGH traffic was coming from but from a glance a the logs over the weekend we could see the specific IP addresses responsible and I am working with the FBI to identify the people responsible.

But this is where it got interesting. Three of the IP addresses: 66.39.4.254 66.39.143.229 216.146.206.181 , come back to BarackObama.com

Why…

Obama checks into Hospital for Hip Problem

But I thought he was such a HE MAN, you know, not sweating or anything!

"All that basketball seems to be taking at least a slight toll on Sen. Barack Obama's nearly 47-year-old body.

Late Sunday, he visited the University of Chicago Medical Center to have a sore hip checked by an orthopedic doctor. It has been bothering him since before the start of his overseas trip on July 17.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the basketball injury is nothing serious, but some X-rays were taken."

I don't know. Bad hips at 47, god knows what they'll be like in 2018 when he leaves office!

Big Bump for Barry After World Tour

Well you would expect something after spending a few million.

"PRINCETON, NJ -- Barack Obama now leads John McCain among national registered voters by a 49% to 40% margin in Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted July 24-26.

This represents a continuation of Obama's front-runner position evident in the last three Gallup Poll Daily tracking updates. The margin, coincident with the extensive U.S. news coverage of Obama's foreign tour, is the largest for Obama over McCain measured since Gallup began tracking the general election horserace in March. (To view the complete trend since March 7, 2008, click here.)

A key question remains as to whether this "bounce" is short-term (as happens to bounces in some instances following intense publicity surrounding a convention) or if his lead will persist -- the answer to which will become evident in the next several days."

Of course we have to balance this with other polls - such as Fox, which showed next to nothing in a bounc…

McCain Reverses on Affirmative Action - GOOD!

They're calling this a "reversal".  I call it McCain's, er,.. coming of age.


"ABC News' Teddy Davis and Kevin Kilbane Report: During a "This Week" interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos John McCain reversed himself on affirmative action and endorsed for the first time a proposed state ballot measure which would end race and gender-based affirmative action in his home state of Arizona.

"I support it," McCain declared when asked about the referendum. "I do not believe in quotas... I have not seen the details of some of these proposals. But I’ve always opposed quotas."

McCain has long opposed quotas but his new support for ending affirmative action programs which stop short of quotas puts him at odds not only with Democratic rival Barack Obama but also with the Arizona senator's own views in 1998.

Back then, when the legislature in McCain's home state of Arizona considered sending the voters a measure to end affirma…

Spinning on the Obama Visit in Afghanistan

I told you about this last week, that I had received several emails that mirrored the one described here.
"An Army officer’s negative e-mail account of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s visit with the troops in Afghanistan that set the blogosphere ablaze prompted Army officials to correct aspects of the e-mail and resulted in a statement from the message’s author that “some of the information that was put out in my e-mail was wrong.” The e-mail, signed by Capt. Jeffrey S. Porter at Bagram Airbase, characterized Obama’s July 19 visit with soldiers there as contrary to the positive portrayals of the mainstream press.“As the soldiers where (sic) lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the general,” the e-mail said.Porter wrote that Obama then went straight to the base’s “Clamshell” or recreation facility to pose for “publicity pictures playing basketball” and “shunned the opportunity to talk to soldie…

McCain Releases Ad about Obama Missing Troop Visit

Amen.




We know that the reason that he missed the visit was a campaign logistical snafu as AP at Hot Air points out, but the fact is that it's Obama's campaign, and thus a leadership issue. He should have been out front of this and made whatever adjustments necessary.  

It's about bringing out the fact that Obama isn't the "leader" that people think he is.

What Happened?

Today we were informed by our host, "Hostgator" that we were the subject of a DOS attack which crashed the shared server we were on. We know that this was in relation to our hosting of the Obama Wants to Disarm America video.

In fact we are sure this is what has been happening ever since Feb when we first put the video up on the web. Whomever is doing this needs to know that the video has already been viewed 2 1/2 million times from our blog as well as another 2 million times from Youtube, so trying to knock it off the web is futile.

Additionally we were able to gain the identity of the perp who began the attack and contacted the FBI in Miami and they are actively investigating it. Once the subject is in custody I will initiating civil action against him and the company he works for where the hack originated.

Consequently we had to find a new home for Macsmind, and are working to get the site back up on their considerably more secure servers. In the meantime I will h…