Archive for May 3, 2010

…While Charlie Crist and environmental activists and democrats jump all over the oil spill in the gulf Morning Joe accidentally undermined their argument while bringing on an environmental activist to argue against the drilling.

There are a ton of wells in the gulf and in Alaska etc that produce oil every single day. Joe asked why people weren’t prepared for this and the answer was because the last time something like this happened was 1969.

Run that number through your head and think of the reality once again:

Basically an industry that provides a vast amount of energy for the country has a bad accident once every two generations that might take say six months to a year to clean?

Think about the things we wouldn’t do if we judged what we do because of a problem once every 40 years.

The people who are suddenly running away from drilling are using Rahm rule of never wasting a crisis and have decided not to waste this one. Tens of thousands of high paying jobs in the worst economy we have seen in 70 years are going to be sacrificed due to the political advantage for the left.

Palin is exactly right on this, and moreover she is proving that she is one of the only pols with the guts to say the truth:

All responsible energy development must be accompanied by strict oversight, but even with the strictest oversight in the world, accidents still happen. No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization. I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.

The question is who else will have the guts or political will to say this aloud

…maybe then they wouldn’t be so worried about the potential lawsuits as the Anchoress reported on Friday:

What began as an effort by legislators to expand judicial accountability for sexual abuse by Catholic clergy has grown to cover people in every walk of life. One bill would temporarily suspend the statute of limitations, and allow people who say they were abused as children to file lawsuits up to age 58 — that is, 40 years after they turned 18.

Lo and behold now that the target is no longer just the church some interesting arguments have suddenly come to the fore:

The excuses are all now tumbling out. The New York City Mayor is concerned about the potential impact for taxpayers. Welcome to the real world, Mayor. Catholics in the pews have seen billions of dollars, donated by them over decades, paid out in compensation to victims of clerical abuse and episcopal failure. It is tough but we have to recognise responsibility.

The State Association of Counties has issued a memo of opposition citing the problem of “significantly aged and clouded” evidence. Well, as we have learnt in the Church, extending the statute of limitations is necessary because the nature of the crime means that it may take a long time before a person is ready to confront the abuse that they have suffered in the past.

The New York State School Boards Association has said that the revelation of past misdeeds would provide no extra protection for children. They should talk to Safeguarding Officials and good lay Catholics who know that the revelation of past crimes is a very strong motivation to provide robust safeguarding procedures.

Hat tip to the Hermeneutic of Continuity. I’m sure that as soon as the New York Schools abandon celibacy and allow workers to marry this problem will totally disappear. Just like when the celibacy and marriage requirements were removed from Boy Scout leaders and the US Swim Team.

I am simply dying to see how Joe and Mika choose to cover this. I wonder how they will approach it? I’m scheduling this post for Monday morning before the show, so we can see if they touch the New York Law.

Media bias is not just about how things are reported but about what things people choose to report on.

Of course the Curt Jester has a solution to the whole problem: Government prostitutes!