Wednesday, February 01, 2006

News In Briefs

All of a sudden I've gotten too busy to compose several posts of great length, so I'm just going to take a hit and run tour of the morning papers.

President Bush is proposing a long-term strategy to greatly decrease, if not eliminate, America's dependence on Middle Eastern fossil fuels. This is a step in the right direction. The less business we do with the Middle East, the more difficult we make it for terrorists to seek funding for their activities. Before I die, I want the black gold to be as nothing but mud to those who trod upon the lands beneath which the oil lies. How's work on those hydrogen plants coming along?

Lynn Swann has just about sewn up the Pennsylvania Republican Party's endorsement for Governor. He's a smart, likeable guy who initially was slow to get his message across, but his campaign has been picking up momentum since he officially declared his candidacy a few weeks ago. Bill Scranton's campaign has been faltering, having gone through three directors in as many months, and he has not benefited from Jeff Piccola's withdrawal from the race. Oh yeah -- I'm still planning to vote for Panyard. That's what primary elections are all about. You get to vote for the best candidates even when they don't even have a snowball's chance in hell of winning. It's the honest, principled thing to do. But if we want to win in November, we need the guy most likely to beat Ed Rendell in the race.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is taking a serious look at turning a number of routes into toll highways. As annoying as toll roads can be, I actually like this idea, if indeed it can save us from more taxes on gasoline. And Jim Roddey's suggestion of making people pay to drive on Interstate 80 is long overdue. I-80 in Pennsylvania is primarily a quick land route between Chicago and New York City. It's a nice way to collect from out-of-towners who are just passing through. Plus, everyone is in such an all-fired hurry to get across Pennsylvania that it's a wonder more people don't get killed up there. It must be the number one spot in the entire state for Homicide By Trucker.

Samuel Alito is the newest Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Ted Kennedy can shut up about this now. That's good news. Bad news is that Kennedy isn't going to shut up about anything else.

The Moist-Towelette editors are still trying to convince us that Justice Alito is singlehandedly going to destroy the country by making it illegal for women to kill their babies. He must be the most powerful leader who ever lived. The tone of the editorial is par for the course with them, though I did like the way they said shame on Robert Byrd for voting to confirm Alito.

I'm quitting now before I end up saying something nice about Byrd.

1 comment:

jipzeecab said...

I was going to make a joke about how everything along US19 in WVa is named after Byrd except for the FBI evidence lab at Summersville when I discovered he had the lab moved to Clarksburg! Did they forget to vote for him? (or took too long putting his name on the building). Also the unnamed National Bureau of Standards atomic clock is located in "them there hills".