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From the Fox Hole 7-22-06

UNITED STATES WEAPON TESTING GBU-28 IN LEBANON

US Weapons Deal Allows Israel To Use Bunker Buster and Laser Guided Missiles.

The United States has given Israel a week to defend itself against Lebanon and today Isreal enters Lebanon. [link]
Now the Videos of what a Bunker Buster can do.

The sanitized version of the GBU-28: [link]

Now imagine the GBU-28 in your neighborhood [link]

That is a big hole.

And Think.

Think real hard before you say, “They” deserve it. Think about collateral damage, people killed, children, and homes destroyed. People who do not want to leave their homes. People who were given fair warning to evacuate southern Lebanon. People who have been told to leave and did not. And People who have a right to protect themselves. People, who six years ago, spent 22 years occupying Lebanon and now have to go back. The people who had Israel occupying them in the south and Syria throughout. People who are exhausted of war.

Think.

Now Think about our own past.

Our History.

Our wars.
Some”re-enact” battles of the fallen for past glory waving a flag representing the vanquished we “Shall Rise Again ! “. Some do not forget, some celebrate the choice not to.

America.

Think.

If General Tecumseh Sherman had a Bunker Buster in Atlanta, he would have used that GBU-28 to the sea.

Now think, real hard.

General Sherman didn’t have GBU-28 in his arsenal. But what he did have he used: a tested army, The Will to bring the war to the people and A Lot of Fire. And yet, many in our great country, cannot forgive or condone what General Sherman did even after 122 years..

And yet, many would say and still do, it was in the past.

Let it go.

Besides “they” deserved it . “They” started the war didn’t “They”?

Today on July 22, 1864 was the start of the Battle of Atlanta.

General Sherman has arrived.

The South is being introduced to the phrase “War is hell”.

Sometimes you got to bring the war to the people.

Do you think Lebanese will do re-enactments when it’s over?

Think before you answer.

General Lee Speaking

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Ethanol, Field of Schemes

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From Ed Wallace, Fort Worth Startelegram [link]

 “Why is ethanol ten to twelve cents more per gallon? Why am I getting taken twice?” — Steve Kirkpatrick, corn farmer, Cedar County, Iowa (Sioux City Journal,July 4, 2006)

…It tickles me that the quote that started this column came from America’s Heartland. Iowa corn farmer Steve Kirkpatrick is infuriated that he’s not making any extra money growing corn to fulfill our ethanol mandate. Yet E10, the same ethanol/gas mixture we use here in the Metroplex, is now selling for more money than regular (non-ethanol-enhanced) gasoline in Iowa. That’s ironic, considering that Iowa is an ocean of corn islanded with ethanol refineries.
Typical of the American ability to blame someone else, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s Lucy Norton claimed the rising price of E10 in Iowa on East Coast distribution problems. That, of course, does not explain ethanol’s high price in Iowa; the distribution there, from cornfield to refinery to gas station, can encompass as little as 10 driving miles.
The best irony? Farmers using E10 ethanol are also complaining that they also get lower gas mileage than they did without it. To which I reply: “Welcome to the new reality and mess created by Congress, a mess that Iowa farmers also lobbied to make.”

Richardson Shows love for Bloggers

From the Albuquerque Journal [link]

The New Mexico Gov is spreading the love to the PJ media but will the MSM get jealous?

A number of blogs promoting Richardson as a 2008 presidential contender have popped up in cyberspace. And one expert said Monday that courting bloggers is a good way for a presidential hopeful to create a buzz among the types of people who often read politics blogs: Politics junkies and journalists.

So is this the first sign that the 2008 Richardson campaign is trying to gain a little ground early with the blogosphere? My guess is that this fluff piece is going to be one of many and a year from now the coverage will be all about how this candidates uses this method and this one is growing a grass roots blogging machine… Once the MainStreamMedia catches on to an angle it will ride it until the horse is decrepit and stiff. It is about time they started to come up with new ideas right? So why not piggy back on the blogosphere. Let’s see where they take this one. I think the Gov is the first to kiss this new baby for the 2008 election and low and behold his staff is getting the pub to go with it. I don’t agree with all of the Gov’s policies but he would be a better face of the democratic party than Hillary or Dean.

So should we come up with a new term for pandering to the bloggers? Panblogerring? no… Blogandering? no….

Any Suggestions?

From the Fox Hole 7-16-06

NOW ASK YOURSELF:

HUMMMMMMMMMMMM, …..IF YOU DID THIS, WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD HAPPEN TO YOU,
AND WOULDN’T YOU BE  ALL OVER THE NEWS?

IF THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND.  THEN WHY IS UNCLE SAM IN BED WITH
SOMALI WARLORDS, I GUESS HE LIKES IT RUFF, RUFF.

I could never understand this:  Clinton’s  action in Somalia was seen as a failure see [ BLACK HAWK DOWN].  It was, as no one thought we couldn’t see Viet Nam guerrilla  tactics being used in Africa.   Tactics, is what the Warlords would used and used them well they did, “Never Leave a Ranger Behind” was the chink in our amour and they used this to their advantage and we left.

At the time The Right Wing blamed Clinton for our being in Somalia and our failure. Fine.

I do not suffer fools gladly,  however, I forgave my Right Winged Countrymen and their   ignorance because  history for most of them is what you save on Tivo.

Most don’t realize it was George 41 who put US  troops in Somalia. George 41, ordered US troops in Somalia  in the same month of November, G41 lost his  presidential re-election loss.  G41 did so for a noble cause, for peace to stop the violence that had taken over Semolina.

Clinton continues the policy and the rest is in the movie BLACK HAWK DOWN. The Right Wing Orgy Commences,  Limbaugh and  Fox News are lathered up  for months.

Fast forward 10 years more or less,  G43 pays off the same warlords who were responsible for handing us our heads in Somalia, with 18 Army Rangers Dead. And the Right Wing Rubes have said nothing, their news coverage is as dry as my aunts “Private Summer”,  not to mention the Liberal Media has failed to link the dots, I guess they ran out of the fat crayons.

And what happens?  The news is still inside the box, no analysis of how we get anywhere.  We just arrive. The media does not want to  have their presidential access taken away, so the Media makes no waves. As long as the mantra is repeated “WE do everything for Fighting the War on Terror”, the Devil is pleased, the Righteous prays to the Gospel of Wealth, and the soul of non- believers are prayed for. And we all forget what we saved on
Tivo last night and just erase it in the morning because we just don’t have time to watch the past.

Washington Post Article

TONY SNOW JOB

Snow-Job, and  his  arrival as White House Press Secretary,  is a  stroke of genius. A Dyed in the wool believer, his service to the cause reads like GOP Mercenary. From Public Radio to FOX News , Fill-in for Rush Limbaugh and O’ Reilly. I am not mad at  Snow-Job, he gives it back as he gets it and his “Snow Balls” are the biggest in The Room.  In comparison, if McClellan and Snow-job  where captain of  ships,  McClellan was the captain of the USS Minnow and marooned in the middle of nowhere.  Whereas, Snow-Job is the captain USS Iowa and is moored quietly in Tokyo Bay just so everyone knows, “Surrender because what time is it??!!  It’s  Snow Job Time”.  Next question. Snow-Job is the smartest move the Bush Administration has  made since dis-owning Katherine Harris,  and “Kenny Boy” Lay. Shame about, “Kenny Boy” Lay, he is still G43 biggest Contributor in 2000 and no one shows up to see him off, Folks can be so….I don’t know… GOP.

Snow Job, beware of the garden path,  if you hear of an earthquake in Yorba Linda, resign and site your family for your reasons of departure because someone Yorba Linda and it’s not Poseidon.

Regardless of Party or Lack there Of.

Fight your fight, and always with your A-Game.

Regards,

General Lee Speaking Off Course

Cellulosic Ethanol or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the E85 Blend

Cellulosic Ethanol,

My previous posts on E85, here and here

Where do we start? Lets start with what we have now. My concern with the current E85 blend is that it creates more pollution, is less efficient and will increase the price of common commodities than fossil fuels. Ethanol is being sold by corporations and politicians that are draping themselves in a green cloak. This is my opinion, my bias.

So what would be a better solution? Signs are pointing to cellulosic ethanol. What is it you say? Here is the Department of Energy’s explanation [Link]

Cellulosic ethanol can be made from other forms of plants, mulching, grass clippings, corn stalks and other non fruit bearing parts of plants. Why are we not using it now? The yeild for the process is not worth the effort. So why am I bringing this up? Well the process could be improved with the inclusion of GM plants. That’s Geneticly Modified plants.

Ethically what are the implications of using GM plants to supplement our demand for fuel? I may be premature by raising this subject or behind the curve in regards to the GM conundrum, I don’t know. We are already using GM foods all over the world and the cat is out of the bag. Questions about cross pollination and whether or not we should play god is a topic I am not fully versed in. However I do think this topic needs to be discussed in the open. E85 was never given much scrutiny before it was pushed on us by Washington.

So which lines do we cross and which ones do we hold sacred? Is the jury still out on GM foods? 50 years from now what would the implications be? 100 years?

Should we allow more off-shore drilling?

Congress thinks of allowing more oil-prospecting off America’s coasts.

The Economist has a story about the possible effects. [Link]

I thought the following was an interesting bit of info…

Lobbyists for the industry retort that there has been no big leak from an offshore well since 1969. (Tankers, such as the Exxon Valdez, are another story.) They point to a study by the National Academy of Sciences that attributed 62% of the oil found in seawater to natural seepage, 32% to leaks from shipping and run-off from land, 4% to spills from oil tankers and around 1% to faulty offshore rigs and pipelines. Even during last year’s hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, the big spills were from storage tanks onshore, not offshore facilities.

1% of all oil seepage is from offshore drilling and pipelines. Does this make it easier to convince people to allow off-shore drilling?

It’s Sunday morning and I am shaking my Head

Background

I just watched Meet the Press and I couldn’t keep from gagging the entire time Bill Richardson was talking. He was claiming that the Clinton administration was successful dealing with North Korea. SUCCESSFUL! What? He went one to say that the deal that they had, which was later broken buy the North Koreans, was a success. He went one to claim that another example of the diplomatic prowess of the Clinton administration was that they almost had a missile deal with NK. What? What? What? He went on to say we should drop multilateral talks and focus on bilateral talks with NK. WHAT!? So how would this help us? How would kicking our allies and local interested parties out of the talks with NK make the situation better?

I am no fan of how Bush is handling Iraq. He isn’t being very consistent with this issue either. He said early in his first term that a nuclear NK will not be tolerated now he is saying this is a complex issue and will take time to resolve. I do not claim to know how to fix the problem with NK or Iran. We can look at previous failures, the Clinton diplomacy with NK, and deduce what hasn’t worked in the past. I sure hope Bill Richardson doesn’t run for President.