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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pray for the Chapmans

Steven Curtis Chapman's 5 year old daughter, Maria (the one in his lap in this picture) was struck and killed by a vehicle in their driveway.

To compound the tragedy, one of Steven's sons was driving the vehicle and evidently didn't see her.

Please keep this whole family, especially the son, in your prayers.

Thanks to FoxNews for the story.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Groucho on politics

Groucho Marx on politics:
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.

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Of course, as Prof. Wagstaff in Horsefeathers, he sang this memorable song:

I don't know what they have to say
It makes no difference anyway
Whatever it is, I'm against it.
No matter what it is or who commenced it, I'm against it!

Your proposition may be good
But let's have one thing understood:
Whatever it is, I'm against it.
And even when you've changed it or condensed it, I'm against it!

For months before my son was born
I used to yell from night till morn:
Whatever it is, I'm against it!
And I've kept yelling since I've first commenced it, I'm against it.
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link to the first quote.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sweet Sorghum Ethanol

I'm not sure whose brilliant idea it was to start burning corn in our gas tanks. But I'll bet "Big Corn" was involved. You know the old carnard, "Follow the money."

Other alternatives are popping up which appear much better.

CNSNews.com reports today that sweet sorghum might just be one of those better choices.
Ethanol made from the stalk's juice has four times the energy yield of the corn-based ethanol.... Sweet sorghum produces about eight units of energy for every unit of energy used in its production. That's about the same as sugarcane but four times as much as corn.

One of the big advantages is that the grain is still harvested as grain. Then the stalks are turned into ethanol. I'm not sure how the market would react to a glut of sorghum grain on the market, but it's got to be better than what's happened with all this corn coming out of the food market.

And I'll bet the reaction to a sorghum syrup shortage wouldn't be near what the reaction has been to corn syrup supply dwindling.

Also, the article reports that in southern climates, you can grow two crops of sorghum per season and you don't have to plant the second crop. It comes up volunteer.

Of course, any acres put toward fuel production are acres that won't be used for food production, so it's not necessarily a panacea. But it might be more sane than corn ethanol. (That wouldn't take much.)

Check out the whole story.


This is too good not to pass on.


Thanks to UCBcomedy for the clip and
Reformed Chicks Blabbing for the link.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Leer Jet Liberals

UK's Daily Mail has an article "You hippy-crites! When it comes to saving the planet do celebrities practise what they preach?"

These leer jet liberals are of the "Do as I say, not as I do" school of saving the planet.

It seems to be concentrating on movie and music stars, so it omits such stellar US politcal examples, such as Al Gore and Barak H. Obama.

Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link.