Mea culpa, mea culpa

In the spirit of political apologies, I want to apologize for saying that Fred Thompson “just might be as dumb as a box of rocks.”

It isn’t fair for me to blame Fred’s forgetfulness on stupidity.

He couldn’t help it. He just plain forgot. I accept that. It can’t be comfortable for the Thompson crowd to have his lapses of memory to be pointed out and held up for public ridicule.

Fred was asked about last year’s Senate hearings on the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts, whom Thompson “shepherded” through the confirmation process. The former Tennessee senator had this to say in response:

“Even though the other party controlled the Judiciary Committee, we got some votes there. For a good, sound, what I would call conservative justice.”

News flash: Democrats didn’t regain control of the Senate until 2006. Roberts’ confirmation took place in 2005, when the GOP was still firmly in charge of both chambers.

Just a momentary lapse. Besides, he’s been real busy filming ‘Law and Order,” who can blame him if he hasn’t had time to follow current events.

Although no cable channel could get enough of the Terri Schiavo saga two years ago, Thompson claims he doesn’t “remember the details of it.” And Everglades drilling is an important issue in Florida — something one would expect a southern Republican senator to know. Perhaps the most surprising statement he’s made came last week, when Thompson said he didn’t know lethal injection procedures in his home state of Tennessee had recently been ruled unconstitutional.

And, when asked about Iran, it just isn’t gentlemanly of me to point our Fred’s misnomer….

his answer included the statement, “I’m afraid that the Soviet Union & China are not ever going to do anything that’s going to hurt them that badly but we need to ratchet those up if at all possible.”

Uh, Fred, the USSR has been kaput since before your Senate race in ’94, Remember? Back when you were unabashedly “Pro-choice” .

So, please accept my apology. Or not. Whatever.

The Ghosts of Presidents Past

Poor Rich Lowery. He and the so-called “pundit class” are haunted by the Ghost of Howard Dean.

Rich’s hit piece on Mike Huckabee is another in the long line of “get Huckabee” articles that have populated the news and opinion pages for the past couple of weeks. Here’s Lowery’s pitch: “his [Huckabee’s] nomination would represent an act of suicide by his party.”

Suicide? Really. What a drama queen.

Rich tries to soften the impact of his argument by pointing out that southern Christians “inarguably ha[ve] been an enormous benefit to the party throughout the past 30 years…” … BUT… nominating this Southern Baptist would not be a winner. I suppose Rich wants to leave the door open, just in case Fred Thompson wins the nomination. Besides, Fred is a good southerner. He’s smart enough to read a cue card, but other than that, he might just be as dumb as a box of rocks.

Not Huckabee. No indeed. The reason: Huck is “manifestly unprepared” to be President.

Please.

How does a person become prepared to take on the awesome responsibilities of The Presidency? Is Huckabee’s life experience any less valuable or important or formative than Romney’s? Than Guiliani’s? Than Thompson’s?

I know that East-coast conservatives want one of their own to win the nomination. But, if the party really wants to commit suicide, all it has to do is to nominate the NRO-WSJ-Club for Growth-AmSpec favorites Mitt or Rudy, and they might as well just hand the keys to the White House over to the Clintons.

Lowery also writes about National security being the end-all Republican trump card during the Cold War, and post 9/11, and supposedly this is another weak area for Huck. Lowery, himself was about 12 years old when Ronald Reagan was first elected to the top job, so I don’t consider him to be the great fount of of historical perspective. The fact is, by Lowery’s measure, Ronald Wilson Reagan was also woefully unprepared. I think there is a consensus that RWR actually did a pretty good job.

Gerald Ford, was well-prepared. His Presidency was memorable for “Win Buttons” and prat-falls on plane ramps. Dick Nixon was well-prepared…..do you really want a repeat of that disaster, Rich?

LBJ was well-prepared, Rich. He was a hard-ass Texas Democrat, Rich, not like the pansies that populate the political left now-a-days. His Presidency was a unmitigated disaster. BTW, speaking of being haunted by Presidential ghosts, Rich, here’s a video, just for you.

Update:  Rich Lowry fails to do his homework.  Again. 

Breakthrough lithium battery charges to 90% in just 5 minutes

Toshiba announces a groundbreaking alternative to hydrogen fuel cells……

December 13, 2007 Toshiba have stunned the world with their announcement of what’s pretty much the holy grail in Lithium battery technology – the Super Charge ion Battery, which recharges up to 90% of its energy in just five minutes, and has a lifespan of over 10 years. Slow charging has been the key hurdle to public acceptance of battery-electric vehicles as viable distance travelers, so this breakthrough has all sorts of implications for the automotive industry as well as being a very welcome upgrade to a whole host of other portable devices.

The first of Toshiba’s groundbreaking SCiB packs will ship in March 2008 to an industrial systems market that Toshiba forecasts being worth 100 billion Yen by 2015. There’s no mention of when the technology is likely to hit the consumer market, but with such rapid charging ability, ultra-long life and high resistance to rupture and combustion, the SCiB looks like the first of a new generation of battery cells that will allow electric vehicle drivers to top up their cells in nearly the same amount of time a petrol vehicle takes to fill.

To this end, Toshiba is working on a high-performance version of the SCiB targeted at the automotive industry.

Five minute recharge time? It takes that long to fill up my tank with gas. They might just have something here. Certainly bears watching.

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Going Green. But why?

Just what is it the Greens want us to do? By most accounts we have more trees than ever before because of better managed forests and most forests being owned by the government. Trees are The Most renewable resource on this planet. In the U.S. we are not running out of trees, yet the greens want us to live like cavepeople, to save the planet. I happen to live in the forest, in a house, with indoor toilets, electricity, running water and the whole nine yards. They’ve been logging this area well over 100 years and there are still plenty of trees of many sizes because of the way the forest is managed. Yet people still want us to never cut another tree because we don’t have enough and because of the greatest scam of all, Global Warming.

So if not about a tree-scarcity, exactly what is the green “thing” about? Well, we’re trying to stop climate change. Why? Because we like the climate we have. But isn’t change considered “good” in most instances? culture, religion, education, politics, etc. Why is climate change so bad we must make radical changes in our lifestyles to prevent it?

Here’s where the hysteria comes in. There’s a has to be a promoter for every event, be it a circus or a national event. Most of us know what a promoter does. For those that don’t, I’ll explain. A promoter hypes the event, makes it seem more exciting than it really is and collects the money, and usually runs with the profits. Carnival barker comes to mind.

Al Gore makes a nice living with his “Inconvenient Truth” road show, preaching radical lifestyle change and higher taxes — scaring folks who need cars and air conditioning so they can live in places like Tennessee. (Big Al’s 20,000 square foot Tennessee house has utility bills 10 times yours and mine.) Al — who flies in a private jet — says the icecaps will melt, New York City will be under water, and all the polar bears will die if we don’t stop driving sports utility vehicles.

Do you see where I’m headed here? Woody Zimmerman covers it very well.

Read his article from the Washington Times.

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