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Patriotic Energy

When I lobbied for wind energy, I was amazed at the resistance I encountered by some in the Oklahoma Legislature. My last bill, which didn’t pass, was blocked in the senate by Senator Mazzei and Senator Johnson. That bill would have implemented a tax credit for the consumer of wind, solar or geothermal technology. It would have made the price of those technologies more affordable to home- and business owners. Senator Jolley railed against the bill stating that “if you want to do something for the environment, plant a tree.” Senator Mazzei stated that if we gave this tax credit to the consumer, then Oklahoma’s tax base would have eroded to the point that the legislature wouldn’t be able to give a blanket tax relief package to everyone. This may have had merit if Sen. Mazzei hadn’t pushed a bill giving tax credits to those who purchase health club memberships. I guess his hypocrisy know no bounds. Senator Johnson’s excuse was that he just didn’t want to do any more for alternate energy. At least that was more honest.

I have stated numerous times that the USA’s necessity in finding home-grown, alternate energy resources is a matter of national security. Here’s an example: Guess what runs on oil and is essential to our national security? Stumped yet? Well, it’s the military! We could not fight a land or air war for very long if we had to rely on American production and reserves. We’d be sitting ducks (and lame ones, too) like Rommel was in WWII.

Now, the vehicles used in the military don’t have much to do with wind energy, but the concept is the same.  If the USA were able to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, then not only would we be more secure, but we would also not be sending all that money to a group of countries that don’t like us very much.

Think about it.

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Why Does John McCain Hate Veterans?

Republican presidential candidate John McCain has voted consistently to keep money from wounded veterans.

Want examples:

McCain opposed this year’s 21st Century G.I. Bill, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Instead, he co-sponsored a weaker version of the bill. The bill he opposed passed 92-6. He is the only senator who didn’t show up to vote, aside from Senator Kennedy, who was hospitalized.

McCain voted against an amendment providing $20 billion to the VA’s medical facilities.

McCain voted against providing $430 million to the VA for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

McCain voted against increasing VA funding by $1.5 billion by closing corporate loopholes.

Retired Army General Robert Gard said McCain’s proposal for concentrating health care on just combat injuries would “shortchange those veterans who suffer from non-combat related conditions.”

McCain said “It’’s not important” when the VA was found to be circulating a memo suggesting doctors lower their diagnosis for veterans in order to save money.

McCain voted against requiring minimum periods between deployments last year and against limiting soldiers’ deployment to twelve months.

McCain assured us years ago that we would get out of Iraq fast, lose few Americans, and the Iraqis would bear the expenses.

AND NOW THE WORST PART

This is going to make me very unpopular and maybe I’m just being a jerk, but I think it’s time something was brought out into the open.  Everybody gives John McCain a pass because he was a POW.  You know what?  So were a lot of other people who never came home.

John McCain buckled under torture.  He gave a statement denouncing the United States of America as instructed by his barbaric captors.  To be brutally honest, I don’t know if I could have been any stronger, but I will say that there were a number of POW’s who were stronger and who NEVER denounced their country.

In short John McCain broke the Articles of the U.S. Military Code of Conduct. Here are those articles”

I

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

II

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

III

If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

IV

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

V

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

VI

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

Sadly, it all speaks for itself.

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Kudos to Bill-O

I haven’t been able to keep up with all the parts of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama, but what I saw the first night almost made me fall out of my chair and spill my cheese puffs.

After the first part of the interview aired, Bill had two analysts comment about it, one a progressive and one a conservative.  At one point he asked asked each analyst a question regarding whether or not they trust Obama to protect America.  True to form, the progressive tried to give a thesis about why Obama would be strong <yawn>, and the conservative gave an emphatic NO.

Then the magic happened.  Bill O’Reilly, the leading right-wing mouthpiece since Rush got stoned, let it be known that in his opinion Obama is not a weak man.  Now, he could have stayed quiet and the conservatives would have been happy about the conviction of the conservative analyst and the long-windedness of the progressive, but he didn’t.

For that, Bill O’Reilly gets a hearty thumbs-up from this lay pundit.  Well done.

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