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August 15th, 2008 Visited 1636 times, 1 so far today

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It’s been a long week, with a lot going on, and this blogger is plum tuckered out.

So, that being said, let’s do a link post, and see what’s been going on that you might have missed:

Bush Faces Rare Audience Challenge in N.C.

So, a guy had the guts to basically tell President Bush that he should be ashamed of himself.  Even if it’s the first time it’s happened, I thought the last paragraph was more telling:

Bush hardly won him over, though. “I didn’t care about his response,” Taylor said. “I wanted to say what I wanted to say and I wanted him to know that despite being in a room with a thousand people who love him . . . there are plenty of people out there who don’t agree with him in any way, shape or form.”

Seems like the classic bully to me—wanting to put others down to somehow make himself feel better/bigger.

The “Pickens Plan” Is More About Enriching T. Boone Pickens Than Saving The Environment

Surely you’ve heard this guy on the radio.  He’s bought all this advertisement to suggest that if we only would build a bunch of windmills in the midwest, we could save Natural Gas for cars instead of electricity and we’d be free of foreign oil.

Two things strike me interesting here:

  1. Isn’t the midwest also the land of tornadoes?  Wouldn’t we be constantly having to rebuild these things (after a massive spike in electricity output, to be sure)!
  2. Rarely does a man with money do something that won’t benefit him financially—especially if he’s making so big an investment in ads.

Next week, perhaps it’s time for an Election 2008 series, as well as getting the rest of the little MInTheGap Blog Network up and running.

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  • Leticia says on: August 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm

     

    I have to agree about the windmills, it would be folly to set them up in the Midwest, no doubt there would always be repairs being done on them.

    Leticias last blog post..‘Positive shift’ claimed in Dems’ abortion stance

  • MInTheGap says on: August 15, 2008 at 3:17 pm

     

    @Leticia: Certainly– I mean it sounds good, but I think this is one place where reality would be a lot less forgiving. I can just see the calamity caused by nature– tornadoes, calm, etc. And then there’s the land they would have to get, subsidies, etc… It’s just a mess.

  • Arthur Eiss says on: August 17, 2008 at 11:19 pm

     

    I can’t say I can have an opinion on the physical hazards to windmills in the midwest. Nor can I speak to the economic benfits thereof, having not made a thorough study.

    However, windmills in general are great. I would recommend that anyone living in a moderate to high wind area get a windmill for their yard if their local ordinances permit it. And if not, they should lobby their local government.

    MIn… did I get you right? Were you snubbing this guy for confronting Bush? Didn’t he do so civilly?

    In fact, the man was only pointing out the violations of the Constitution, the highest law of the land, in a calm and civil manner. The man was not a raving rebel or a punk teenager expressing angst. In fact, upon review I find the man’s interactions with Bush very decent. And, I’m relatively impressed with the way he was received. Bush didn’t have him ejected, and he didnt lose his cool, he just answered the man with his standard rhetoric about protecting America from terrorism.

    The point I’m making is that the exchange here allowed two viewpoints to be expressed without intense emotional rivalry and mudslinging. Everyone heard the two points, and it was left up to them to decide which idea had more merit, if indeed either idea had any merit at all.

    That’s democracy at it’s best.

    Arthur Eisss last blog post..The Liberty Dollar

  • MInTheGap says on: August 18, 2008 at 9:18 am

     

    @Arthur Eiss: Where to begin?

    My comment about this man was not to be taken as he doesn’t have the right to his opinion– or the validity or lack thereof about his opinion. In fact, other than his word choice, I have no problem with his opinion.

    When a person, be it a mother, grandma, school teacher, etc. comes up to you and says “You should be ashamed of yourself,” you are saying that you know better, that you are over them morally, etc. I equated that to a bully because they do the same thing– try to make you say or do something to stroke their own ego.

    When he said “You should be ashamed” and then followed it up by telling reporters that he really wasn’t interested in talking to the President as much as he was interested in telling him off (my summary), that to me said that the content of what he had to say was no different than those that do it in a less calm or civil manner.

    It’s one thing to have disagreements, differing points of view, etc. When you cross the line into “I’m better than you are” you forget the Biblical truth that we are all sinners– some saved by grace– and that no one person is better than another.

    And the differing levels of knowledge on the topic, and the surrounding topics, did not warrant the “You should be ashamed of yourself,” response. When the Bible says that we should respect our elders, it means it.

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