Saturday, June 28, 2008

Supreme majesty

Jonah Goldberg on the self appointed "rulers of America" aka the US Supreme Court.
Have you ever had a boss who treated you like a child, second-guessed you, reworked whatever you did so that you felt no ownership of the final product? As a result, did you take your job less and less seriously precisely because you knew that whatever you produced wouldn’t really be yours anyway?

Well, the Supreme Court is the boss, and Congress is the Dilbert. There was a time when the U.S. Congress took the Constitution very seriously. Even after Marbury v. Madison, the 1803 case that established the Supreme Court’s power of judicial review, Congress and the president were still the chief guardians of the Constitution. Indeed, before the Civil War, only two acts of Congress were found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

These days, the Court seems to find duly enacted laws unconstitutional six days a week and twice on Sunday.

Lawmakers rarely bother their pretty little heads with the Constitution. Rather, they just load as much spit, tar, Vaseline, and whatever else they can think of on a legislative fastball and try to get it over SCOTUS’ plate. If those imperial umpires don’t call a constitutional strike, well, then — voilá — it must be constitutional.

Presidents are no better. George W. Bush, in his one act that does approach an impeachable offense, signed campaign finance “reform” in 2002, even though he made it clear he thought the law was unconstitutional. At the ceremony, he expressed his “concerns” over the fact that the law — which he signed! — “restrains the speech of a wide variety of groups on issues of public import in the months closest to an election.”

But, have no fear, the super Court is here. “I expect,” he explained, “that the courts will resolve these legitimate legal questions as appropriate under the law.”

No sale. Congressmen, senators, and presidents alike swear to protect and defend the same constitution as the Supremes do. In the 19th century, Congress actually debated constitutionality with passion, and if it found a proposed law falling short of that standard, it was fixed or killed, not outsourced to the Supreme Court for retrofitting.

The Court, by assuming that responsibility, and the other branches of government, by surrendering it, have permanently damaged the constitutional order. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson believed that a judiciary with final jurisdiction over the constitutionality of presidential and legislative actions “would make the judiciary a despotic branch” of government.

A long time ago, SCOTUS kept its powers confined to adherence of cases to the law and the law's adherence to the Constitution.

In the last 40 years, the Supremes have turned our legal system into a bazaar of venue shopping. Constitutional protections like freedom of speech are now at the whim of a bunch of legal hacks in robes choosing decisions on the prevailing winds or their existing prejudices.

I never thought it was possible for me to have less respect for a profession than a US senator. But thanks to clowns in robes like Justice Kennedy, I found one.

Where's the Daddy?

Kathleen Parker on the Gloucester Girls....
Pregnant Lindsey Oliver, 17, who appeared on Good Morning America with her baby’s father, Andrew Psalidas, 20, said the girls became pregnant by coincidence, after which they agreed to help each other out.

The couple said they hadn’t intended to have a child and were simply unlucky. Now, they’re just trying to do the right thing. Why all the fuss?

Teenagers getting pregnant is, indeed, less interesting without a conspiracy. How the pact story got started is unclear. The principal is taking a timely vacation and has offered no further comment. Confirming the pregnancies, meanwhile, has proved problematic owing to privacy concerns.

Without the pact, we’re merely left with the crude banality of several babies about to be born to children and a few dozen dangling questions unanswered.

Here’s one: Where’s Dad? Not the “fathers” of these unfortunate pre-borns, but the fathers of these pregnant girls. Where, in other words, is the shotgun?

The conventional wisdom among the liberal elite is that without welfare and abortion, pregnant teenagers will be oppressed in a lifetime of poverty.

Do these girls look like they're going to have a better future than pregnant girls from the fifties?

The fact of life is this; women will always pay the price for illegitimate births. Call it the curse of nature.

But who bears the ultimate price by not having a father around? The bastard children from these relationships and cycle of poverty continues and continues.

After years of public policy proclaiming that men don't matter, guess what? Men in this country finally said "OK, works for us". Who's better off now?

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Tonight's DUI checkpoint

Tonight's ineffective use of police resources will be.....

The checkpoint will be held in both directions on Ohio 741, also known as Kings Mill Road, at the intersection of Courseview Drive. This area is just west of Interstate 71 and is in Deerfield Township.

The checkpoint will be conducted by the state patrol and the Mason Police Department.

Tonight's checkpoint is one of three occurring this weekend statewide. There likely will be more next weekend, over the Fourth of July holiday, although officials haven't confirmed any yet.

So just how effective are these check points?

Let's go straight to the horse's mouth....

In 2006, there were 88 DUI checkpoints statewide, including four over the Fourth of July weekend and the weekend before, said Sgt. Anne Ralston, a highway patrol spokeswoman. The Fourth of July checkpoints resulted in eight DUI arrests.

In 2007, 112 checkpoints were held statewide, including two over the Fourth of July weekends - one in Hamilton County - that resulted in 15 DUI arrests.

So far this year, 22 checkpoints have been held statewide, resulting in 68 DUI arrests.

So you mean to tell me that on 22 Friday or Saturday nights from the hours of 11 pm - 3 am you have been able to snatch up 68 DUI's? Wow!!!! That's about three per event? So you're going to tie up how many officers on a Friday or Saturday night to round up three of these scofflaws?

It's a good thing we have these check points because the 10 plus officers that have to man these things would never be able to round up three DUI's on a normal Friday night patrol.

Another Terrible Ted

Only this time, it's Strickland.....

So I need to make sure I'm on the same wave length with Ohio's top ranked "progressive".

He's against pay day loan operations because they take advantage of the poor people who use the service.

He's against casino gambling because it takes money away from the poor.

But he's all about video Keno?

Gov. Ted Strickland betrayed fellow Methodists and reneged on a campaign promise not to expand gambling when he lent his support to a new lottery game, a prominent church leader said Thursday.

"Having talked to now-Gov. Strickland while he was campaigning for election, with my bishop present, I believe that Gov. Strickland has betrayed what he knows he communicated to the United Methodist community when he is now supporting keno gambling," said the Rev. John Edgar, chairman of the United Methodist Anti-Gambling Task Force.

Strickland, an ordained Methodist minister, said through his spokesman that he does not consider his support for keno - a video game that resembles bingo - to be a violation of his pledge.

Strickland backed the game to raise money to close an expected budget gap. The game is scheduled to begin statewide Aug. 1.

The Ohio Lottery Commission is controlled and regulated by the state, sanctioned by voters, and has a long history of offering new games, said governor's spokesman Keith Dailey. The Democratic governor believes that's all keno is: a new game.

So I guess the logic is this; it's not OK for private enterprise to steal from the poor. But if you are the state of Ohio government, it's more than welcome.....

Welcome to the Socialist Republic of Ohio.

Terrible Ted

Terrible Ted Nugent on the US court of supremacy rulings.
As I swab down one of my hundreds of privately owned, individually possessed firearms again this fine morning, I snicker and shake my head in disbelief that there are four "justices" on the "supreme" court that do not believe Americans have individual rights. Sure, I am somewhat pleased that we now have a SCOTUS confirmation of the self-evident truth and God given individual right to keep and bear arms, but the 5-4 ruling is another painful example, like Guantanamo and the decree against the death penalty for child rapist decisions that indicate a divisive culture war raging on, and four supreme justices frighteningly disconnected from the heart and soul of America.

Certain that God gave each of us the individual gift of life, and so very relieved that our founding fathers were prudent enough to write these self-evident truths down on paper for future reference, everybody I know needs no confirmation whatsoever that self defense, individual self defense is not only a God given right, but a moral imperative in the hearts and souls of good people everywhere.

Just as we wouldn't need confirmation that our choice of religion is indeed an individual right, or that we could possibly need a government permit to express our individual thoughts in speech, good Americans will continue to fight for the return of our sacred 2nd Amendment rights where someday soon we will not need a government issued license to keep and bear arms. After all, from the supreme court of common sense on the not so mean streets of America, everybody I know understands clearly that "keep" means one thing and one thing only: "It's mine and you can't have it". We know without question that "bear" can only mean, "Yes, I have it right here in my hands or within instant grasp", nothing more and nothing less. And dare I explain “shall not be infringed?" I hope not.

That these self-evident truths have been bastardized to the point of "gun free zones" is nothing less than heart breaking in America today. Everybody knows that it is in these anti-American, anti-Constitutional "gun free zones" where innocent people are forced into unarmed helplessness and where the highest body count of innocents are stacked up by evil perpetrators celebrating the condition of helpless sheep to slaughter. Since the insane gun ban, Washington, D.C. has been a violent criminal's dream environment where they are assured no resistance. That is a bizarre, immoral condition and a direct result of the cult of feel good liberals who could care less about dead good people as they wring their hands worrying about the rights of the most evil amongst us. For shame.

Amen brother

Fund on election

John Fund with a take on the election.
There is evidence that fall campaigns, which tend to focus voters on big-picture issues, usually help Republicans. In 1976, Gerald Ford was seen as a goner during the summer but rallied to finish only two points behind Jimmy Carter. A dozen years later, Michael Dukakis led George H.W. Bush in June and July. He lost by eight points in the fall. In 1992, Bill Clinton had a 10-point lead around Labor Day. He won by only five and a half points. Even Bob Dole closed a 12-point Labor Day gap to only eight points by November 1996. If that history is a guide, a focused McCain campaign that clearly contrasts conservative and liberal approaches to the issues should have a good chance of winning.

After all, it isn't easy for Democrats to win in a two-person race for president. Since FDR's last victory in 1944, only one Democrat – Lyndon Johnson in 1964 – has won 50.1% or more of the popular vote. Both of Bill Clinton's victories were aided by Ross Perot's presence on the ballot.

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Friday Funny

Hat Tip to Justin for this video from the Onion on how to pretend you care about politics.

Today Now!: How To Pretend You Give A Shit About The Election

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blog of the week

A new feature here at taxmanblog.

Each week I'll note a blog out there somewhere in the blogosphere that I find interesting.

This week, that blog is Stuff White People Like.

One of the posts.....
Menus with no decimal points

You can always spot the chic white person as they sit in the padded seats of a nice quaint, posh restaurant staring at the menus. When the other person asks, “What are you having tonight, James?” the reply can often be found to be, “I’m having the Lobster Pillows with Crab Demi-Glaze. It’s only 12.″ That’s right, white people have grown to love restaurants with such advanced math calculations as getting rid of those pesky decimals and something that is more aesthetically pleasing to our eyes and pocketbooks.

Menu prices with decimals seem to confuse the white person in recent times, making one wonder, “Where should I round up or down to get an accurate price?!” With the invention of dropping decimals from menus, white people have solved the problem for themselves. Tax? No problem. Jane, who works in auditing, sitting across the table, has long had all applicable taxes calculated for you upon entering through the door.

Knee high by the 4th of July

A nice field of corn near my palatial estate or, as a "progressive" would call, it 200 gallons of fuel.

It looks good. Now if we can just get another 100 million of these fields, all of our energy woes will be solved.

Throw mama under the bus

Gateway Pundit with the latest Obamanite to bite the dust.
Oops!... There goes another one!
Wright- Pfleger- His white grandmother- Trinity Church- Muslim girls at a rally...

Now it's the Maoist hardliner's turn to be airbrushed.

Mike Klonsky, the Maoist Hardliner, Obama supporter and former best friend of the Weatherman terrorist group founders William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, received a $175,000 grant from the William Ayers/Barack Obama-led Annenberg Challenge to run the Small Schools Workshop.

Klonsky belonged to the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and was best friends with William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who later became famous for their acts of terrorism when the SDS broke up and the Weathermen terror group was formed.

Between 1979 and 1981, Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) (CPML) chairman and Obama supporter Mike Klonsky was repeatedly feted with state-dinner-level visits to Beijing.

Yesterday, Klonsky was posting a blog on the Obama website:

But, that was yesterday.

Today his blog was removed from the Obama website.
Comrade Klonsky is no longer with us.

Confederate Yankee with a running scoreboard on all the people with tread marks on them.

DUI checkpoint

A drunk driving checkpoint will take place Friday night somewhere in Mason, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced this morning.


As soon as we have confirmation as to the location of our latest waste of police resources, we'll post it right here.

“Evolving standards of decency..."

NRO on the Louisiana death penalty case.
Kennedy’s 36 pages of insufferable blather amount to little more than a declaration that the majority doesn’t think that capital punishment is ever a fair penalty for the rape of a child—“no matter,” as Justice Alito puts it in his dissent, “how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted, and no matter how heinous the perpetrator’s prior criminal record may be.”

I'm no attorney, but I seem to know the constitution better than Kennedy does.

The quote in the opinion that most frustrates me is Kennedy's assertion of “Evolving standards of decency....".

First, the constitution has a remedy for “Evolving standards of decency...", it's called an amendment. For instance, the citizenry's decided it was indecent to ask 18 year olds to die for their country yet not to be allowed to vote; hence, the 26th amendment.

Second, I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that the jury that voted 12-0 for a death sentence and the trial judge who agreed with it have an understanding of “Evolving standards of decency..." ie they probably would not have voted for a death sentence for someone stealing a horse.

But Kennedy, decided to ignore the jurors and judge who heard the testimony and decided that his “Evolving standards of decency..." usurped the people closest to the case.

Apparently, no one sent the memo to the 13 people who decided on a death sentence that “Evolving standards of decency" had changed as soon as Kennedy was appointed to the bench. I'm also guessing that none of those folks get a say on those “Evolving standards of decency".

The United States Supreme Court.... Yep, we're the same douche bags who brought you Dred Scott, Plessy v Ferguson, Kelo v. City of New London and Roe v. Wade.

DC had a gun ban?

In a what should have been a slam dunk unanimous decision (it ended up 5-4), the court of judicial supremacy today ruled the DC gun ban unconstitutional.

Frankly, I had no idea DC had a gun ban. I guess none of the murderers there got the memo.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Excuse me. Did you hear that?

We're still waiting for the sound of Bronson Arroyo getting someone out.

Lawsuit of the Day

HT Publius on this legal argument between the University of Louisville and Duke University at Above the Law

U of L sued Duke for $450,000 -- or a series with another Atlantic Coast Conference opponent -- after the Blue Devils backed out of a four-game football contract with three dates remaining.

The contract called for a penalty of $150,000 per game if a date with a "team of similar stature" could not be arranged.

Duke's lawyers argued the Blue Devils, which have a record of 6-45 over the past five seasons, were so bad that any team would be a suitable replacement.

IRS mileage increase.

Since I am an accountant by trade, I actually have a blog related to my day job. It concentrates on tips for business, personal finance and taxes.

If you want to check it out, click here.

I have a post today regarding the IRS increase in the standard business mileage rate.

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Obama's magic energy beans

This is hilarious.

Who will win the world's despot vote?

When I vote on issues, I often see who's lining up on which side and and make a decision. Which group do I most align myself with?

Now, we have an election for president between two socialists and I can't decide which guy to choose from, so I'll go with who's endorsing who.

Yesterday, I posted on the endorsement from McCain's jailer in Vietnam.

Investor's Business Daily has a round up of some of the candidates prominent endorsements.
All of which contrasts with Barack Obama's campaign, which has become a magnet for dictators.

Real democracies don't tell other nations' citizens how to vote. But nations under one-man rule are another matter. Dictators' preferences are all personal and usually frankly stated. And this year they're all lining up behind Obama.

On Sunday, bloggers at One Free Korea noted that a North Korean mouthpiece, Chosun Sinbo, reported that dictator Kim Jong Il was adding his name to the list of those who support the Democratic standard-bearer.

"We will see a better relationship between the U.S. and the Korean Peninsula with Obama, who sternly criticizes Bush and who would meet the leader of Chosun without preconditions," Sinbo said.

North Korea, of course, is an odious nuclear dictatorship that starves its people and threatens its neighbors.

Obama also has been endorsed by Libya's Moammar Gadhafi. In a rambling speech last week, he advised Obama to "be proud of himself as a black and feel that all Africa is behind him."

Gadhafi has kept Libya a backward petro-dictatorship since 1969 — when McCain was in the Hanoi Hilton.

Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega also chimed in praise for Obama as "laying the foundations for a revolutionary change" in America. Ortega shot his way to power in 1979, was thrown out in 1990, and recently returned to power in an election split three ways that has seen the dismantling of Nicaragua's democracy.

Fidel Castro also has thrown his support to Obama, "the man who is doubtless, from the social and human points of view, the most progressive candidate to the U.S. presidency."

Congratulations Obama. You've pretty much locked up the world's despot vote and none of them even live in the 51-57 states you've campaigned in.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Imitating ding dongs, er, progressives

If you've read this blog enough, you've read many a post criticizing "progressives" who want to turn our country into Europe.

Now, I have a great mind in Thomas Sowell to back me up.

If anyone suggested that Tiger Woods should try to be more like other golfers, people would question the sanity of whoever made that suggestion.

Why should Tiger Woods try to be more like Phil Mickelson? If Tiger turned around and tried to golf left-handed, like Mickelson, he probably wouldn't be as good as Mickelson, much less as good as he is golfing the way he does right-handed.

Yet there are those who think that the United States should follow policies more like those in Europe, often with no stronger reason than the fact that Europeans follow such policies. For some Americans, it is considered chic to be like Europeans.


Before we start imitating someone, we should first find out whether the results that they get are better than the results that we get. Across a very wide spectrum, the United States has been doing better than Europe for a very long time.

By comparison with most of the rest of the world, Europe is doing fine. But they are like Phil Mickelson, not Tiger Woods.

Minimum wage laws have the same effects in Europe as they have had in other places around the world. They price many low-skilled and inexperienced workers out of a job.

Wait until Ohio gets all that paid time off this fall, Ohioans will be envious of that 10 percent unemployment.

A thought provoking endorsement

John McCain received an unlikely endorsement today...
Tran Trong Duyet - a sprightly retiree and amateur ballroom dancer - must rank as one of John McCain's more unlikely supporters.

Four decades ago, during the Vietnam war, Mr Duyet was in charge of the notorious Hoa Lo prison - the place where Mr McCain says he was brutally beaten and tortured during five-and-a-half years as an American prisoner of war.

"McCain is my friend," said 75-year-old Mr Duyet as he feeds the caged birds he now keeps in his garden in this coastal city.

"If I was American, I would vote for him."

Is that Freudian?

Talk about a misread. I had to do a double take since this is what my mind first picked up on this headline.

Clinton to Join Obama As
He Courts Females

What? Are these guys on a booty hunt?


It's all about Obama

Originally, I didn't want to get all in a huff about Obamamania's presidential seal. After all, every candidacy loves to abuse imagery to send some kind of subliminal message to the masses.

But after reading Matt Hurley's piece on the seal, I think there is a larger context to this whole seal deal. Namely, this "every thing Obama" has taken on cult like status. It's not the faking of his seal to look like the presidential seal that's the issue but the message that his seal (and his presidency) somehow transcends our established political institutions.

From Matt

And now, we examine the...uh...changes:

  • The most noticeable change is the replacement of the shield with the Obama logo. Does this mean that the logo's creator believed that Obama was more important than America, which the shield represents?
  • Behind the eagle head, is a rising sun - which in this context is supposed to evoke the idea that america's best days are ahead not behind (a noble thought), but does the logo's creator actually think that the only way America gets to see those better days is through Obama?
  • The Latin phrase "E pluribus unum" which means "out of many, one" suggesting that out of many states emerge a single nation or out of many people have a single people and nation emerged is replaced with the Bob, the Builder classic line in Latin, "Vero Possumus" or "Yes, we can!" Again, the logo creator has chosen style over substance by ignoring America's history. On purpose?

If Obamamania is elected, what's next? Giant statues of him on all our public squares? Offices required to frame pictures of him?

I know it borders on the absurd but if you listen to clowns like Will Smith talk about this guy, you start to wonder.

If you've never heard the song Cult of Personality by Living Colour, you need to.

Here's a shocker!

Celebrities and intellectuals who backed the Sandinista revolution in the 1980s have accused President Daniel Ortega's government of stifling dissent.

Noam Chomsky, Salman Rushdie, Bianca Jagger and other high-profile former sympathisers have joined a chorus of alarm at recent actions.

The Sandinistas returned to power in Nicaragua last year after winning an election against a divided opposition, ending 17 years in the political wilderness and raising hopes of progress in central America's poorest nation. Much of that goodwill has evaporated after controversial decisions that have revived 80s-era suspicions over Ortega's commitment to democracy.

International donors, including Britain, have threatened to cut funding over what they say is an authoritarian and reckless style of government which is compounding economic woes. One of the most serious rows flared over the electoral agency barring two opposition parties from November municipal elections, claiming they missed a deadline for naming party representatives in all electoral districts.

Wow, who saw that one coming? Oh, that's right, conservatives did, 25 years ago.

I've always been amazed that the people most likely to support communist regimes are the first people the communists get rid of when they take over; intellectuals, homosexuals, writers, entertainers, etc. You'd think those intellectual types might know better.

By the way, to lump Bianca Jagger in as an "intellectual" might be a stretch, even for them.

Concerns about Obamamania

Bill Bennett with ten concerns about Obamamania.

Bill buddy, you didn't mention that's he's black (see previous post). How are we going to scare people without letting them know that he's black?

Surely, the fact that he's black, should make your top ten.

You mean, there are ten reasons to be concerned about Obamamania in addition to his being black?

Of course, all of us white people know that this column is all code to point out that Obamamania's black since there's no pictures of him being black in the article.


I guess I had it wrong all these years, liberals aren't "progressives" they're "projectionists".
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.

"It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy," Obama told a fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. "We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid.

Now it seems to me that the only people who have brought race into this election have been "projectionists" like The Billary. I can't think of an incident where a GOP candidate has brought up race into this election. Oh, by the way, if no one has noticed by now that Obama is black, I don't think the GOP is going to be able to point it out for them.

For what it's worth Mr. Obama, I won't be voting for you because you're black but because you've surrounded yourself with hordes of American hating, marxist, groupies. I'd do the same for a white guy.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Paid Sick Days

A good piece at the Toledo Blade on the next "move your business out of Ohio" bill (HT Thurber's Thoughts).

The act would require employers with more than 25 employees to give full-time workers seven paid sick days a year and to allow part-time workers to earn sick days on a pro-rated basis.

It is being pushed by a union group and others who are gathering signatures to get the issue on the November general election ballot. Local experts predict they will succeed.

Proponents of the proposal praise it for giving Ohio workers proper time off to address health issues. Critics say it unfairly burdens small businesses.

Said Joan Pisanti, a spokesman for the Employers' Association of Toledo, "It looks good for employees on paper, but you might not have a job anymore" if employers suffer financially.

I have a question for the brain trust at Progress Ohio...

If this bill is so damn good for everyone, why are we exempting small businesses with fewer than 25 employees?

Seriously, why should Jane Doe get 7 paid sick days because her employer has 27 employees when her husband, who works just as hard, gets -0- because his employer only has 24 employees? Where's the fairness in that?

What is the deal with the labor unions in this state? Are they looking at Michigan and deciding that not having to work for no pay is better than actually having a job and receiving a paycheck? Do they have a secret love affair for states like North Carolina and Georgia who can't build businesses fast enough? Maybe the unions are run by Mexicans and they can't wait to return to Mexico, where all the great jobs will be soon!

If you don't think that Honda didn't see this one on the horizon when they decided to put that new plant in Greensburg IN, just outside of Ohio, you're smoking crack and/or just an imbecile.

An imbecile that would vote for this law.

George Carlin RIP

The seven dirty words. At least we have the internet now.

Food for Fuel

So Obamamania is not beholden to PACs and special interest. Talk to the NY Times....
When VeraSun Energy inaugurated a new ethanol processing plant last summer in Charles City, Iowa, some of that industry’s most prominent boosters showed up. Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association, for instance, came to help cut the ribbon — and so did Senator Barack Obama.

Then running far behind Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in name recognition and in the polls, Mr. Obama was in the midst of a campaign swing through the state where he would eventually register his first caucus victory. And as befits a senator from Illinois, the country’s second largest corn-producing state, he delivered a ringing endorsement of ethanol as an alternative fuel.

Mr. Obama is running as a reformer who is seeking to reduce the influence of special interests. But like any other politician, he has powerful constituencies that help shape his views. And when it comes to domestic ethanol, almost all of which is made from corn, he also has advisers and prominent supporters with close ties to the industry at a time when energy policy is a point of sharp contrast between the parties and their presidential candidates.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

B.O. Footware

Happy Birthday Ray Davies.

The Powerline with a tribute and a video of Lola.

For me they'll go down as one of the most underrated rock bands in music history.

Slick's available?

The endgame of Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination took an unexpected turn today as her husband, former President Bill Clinton, updated his status on a popular social networking site.

Visitors to Mr. Clinton's profile page at Facebook noticed that minutes after Mrs. Clinton suspended her campaign, President Clinton updated his status from "Married" to "It's Complicated." .

The former president also added several items under the category of "looking for" on his profile page.

Previously, Mr. Clinton had indicated that he was on Facebook primarily for "networking," but today he added "friendship," "dating," and "a relationship" to the list. .

I understand that his "turn-offs" include pant suits.


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