How much are you willing to pay to decrease carbon emissions? Live Earth has asked millions to Answer the Call by making a commitment in six areas; commitment to actions designed to reverse or prevent the climate crisis. Five of the choices are things which all of us can do relatively easily and without much expense. These are things which we should do, today. But the sixth choice (the only default choice) adds your name to the Live Earth Pledge. Nowhere is the old axiom “read before you sign” more important than in this case. This pledge lists 7 itemized actions to which you agree. All require some degree of life-style change, but item 1 will result in the kind of radical life-style change none of us can afford.
When President Bush commuted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s jail time this past week, many from both the Left and Right voiced strong objections. On the one hand, Liberals took the position that this action was an abuse of power and done only to keep a Bush insider quiet. Those on the Right meanwhile did not think the President should have granted anything less than a full pardon. In fact President Bush took the correct course of action. Mr. Libby is guilty of a crime, but the penalty was excessive.
FYI The House was in recess last week. And it has been revealed that the “Do Nothing Congress” has at least done one thing. So far this year, 32,684 earmark requests have been submitted to the House Appropriations Committee. This committee is chaired by David R. Obey (D-WI) who attempted to further restrict debate on individual Earmarks by proposing that Earmarks only be added after the bill was in conference. Fortunately the proposal was defeated and Earmarks will still be subject of a Floor Vote. Mr. Obey’s idea would have been another backtrack on the promise to the voters that Congress would be more open and transparent.
What part of Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution don’t you understand?
The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.[Emphasis Mine]
I have heard the oft repeated line it’s human nature to explain the reason for many things Mankind does. Now we have some basis in science to justify what we intuitively know. In the current issue of Psychology Today an article titled Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature provides the answer to 10 (duh) human nature traits. Including why Muslims are more likely to be Suicide Bombers.
If you accept the premise that George W. Bush is incompetent, and has no business being President, what’s the best course of action for the next 18 months? Although there are some Republicans and Independents in this category, the bulk of the Bush criticism comes from Democrats. The Dems continue to attack a President with very low public confidence, even though many of them are in Congress and have even lower public approval ratings. Obviously continued bashing (kick him when he’s down syndrome) and renewed Impeachment talk, is meant to insure reelection and/or increased representation in elected positions by Democrats. But this is short-term and may be counterproductive long-term. Damaging to both the Democrats and the Country.
Michael Yon has another dispatch from Iraq – Baqubah Update: 05 July 2007.
If you really want to know what’s happening on the ground, outside the Green Zone, read it. Things are getting better and it’s the Iraq government and Iraq people who are beginning to pull their weight. In other words the ‘Surge’ is Working.