Newt Gingrich: The Man With The Energy Plan

Here’s Newt on The O’Reilly Factor, tonight, offering advice to congress, McCain and Obama on how to handle the energy crises:

His online petition is right here.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit who has more on the Congressional Democrat and Republican energy plans.

PETA Not Treating Its Interns Ethically

Via Reason: You would hope that with all their sympathy and compassion for animals, PETA officials would have some of those feelings left over for their human underlings, but nooooooo:

This stunt was meant to demonstrate…..oh hell, I’m not sure what…how flank steaks feel when they’re shrink wrapped and left out in the sun? That doesn’t make sense…they’re already dead. But these two hapless interns are very much alive, and baking…or should I say broiling in the 80+ degree sun:

When officers inquired about the well-being of intern Shawn Herbold (bottom) and volunteer Thomas Olsen, a sweat-soaked Herbold replied that she was in pain and feeling nauseated from the heat after being wrapped in cellophane for 30 minutes, and also asked how much longer she needed to stay there. Byrne let her know it wouldn’t be much longer and left her under the hot afternoon sun for 30 minutes more while debating with the officers.

Nice. As usual they do nothing but make Jack-asses of themselves. People would probably have more sympathy for their cause if they weren’t such idiots about it.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

Photo courtesy of Mike Brown, a photographer for the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Drill Drill Drill!!! Online Petition

Yep, it’s time to start beating the drum, because most of our elected leaders don’t seem to get it, and when the Republican nominee for President doesn’t get something that most other Republicans get, that spells disaster at the ballot box. No if, ands or buts…McCain will LOSE if he looks like the average environmental whacko on this issue. Drastic measures are in order…

Powerline has offered this advice to McCain:

The smartest thing John McCain could do right now is take two weeks off from the campaign trail to study the scientific data on the earth’s climate. He could familiarize himself with the latest scientific work, which has decisively refuted the global warming alarmists. He could meet with distinguished scientists on all sides of the issue. After two weeks, he could announce that his study of the issue has convinced him that the effect of CO2 on the earth’s climate has been grossly exaggerated, and as a result, he is tweaking his own energy policy in the direction of greater support for domestic oil and gas production. The benefits are obvious: high-paying jobs for Americans, not Saudis; enhanced national security; and above all, a recharged economy fueled by declining gas prices.

And, if anyone challenges McCain with the silly canard that we can’t drill our way out of the present gas shortage, he can reply: “Yes we can!”

Do that, and Obama will be lucky to carry the District of Columbia.

Not that the Maverick has a history of listening to conservative advice. Then again, if he picks Sarah Palin for VP, maybe she could talk some sense into him.

In the meantime here’s an online petition offered by Newt Gingrich on his website (with over 620,000 signatures already) to send to congress:

We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices (and diesel and other fuel prices)* by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries.

Sign, and send the petition to everyone you know. A movement has started.

2008 Could Be The Year Of Female V.P. Candidates

There’s a strong feeling on the left that Obama has to pick a female VP to assuage the bitter feelings of Hillary’s most ardent supporters. Here’s a typical take:

In order to mitigate impending political disaster and foster the unity of which he so eloquently speaks, Obama should choose a female running mate. Though it may not fully assuage the most devoted of Clinton’s disciples, the appearance of a female vice-presidential nominee underneath Obama’s name on the Democratic ticket would go a long way toward closing the intraparty gender gap that’s surfaced during recent elections.

Ideally, Obama’s running mate would be Clinton herself. During the most vitriolic exchanges between the candidates, especially those occurring during the Texas primary (including Clinton’s infamous “3 a.m.” campaign spot), any hope for reconciliation seemed quixotic.

I don’t think it will be Hillary. The Obama campaign doesn’t seem to have any interest in having her on the ticket.

A name that keeps popping up is Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas.

Camille Paglia is an enthusiastic supporter of Sebelious for VP:

I’ve come to feel that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is Obama’s best bet. She is a polished public presence who epitomizes that cordial, smoothly reassuring, and blandly generic WASPiness that has persistently defined the American power structure in business and government and that has weirdly resisted wave after wave of immigration since the mid-19th century. An Obama-Sebelius pairing would be visually vibrant and radiant, like a new day dawning.

Add that to the receding oceans and the healing of the planet that the Messiah promises, and I think we can look forward to a virtual Utopia with these two.

Utopia for everyone but the unborn, I guess, because if Obama is considered the most pro abortion Senator for actually opposing a bill in the Illinois State Senate similar to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, (which passed in the US Senate by unanimous consent), Sebelious is considered by some as “the national pro-choice poster girl”:

Sebelius’ strongest point on her political resumé – radical pro-abortion policies that match or even rival Obama’s own commitment to abortion – may also be her greatest political liability, bringing back echoes of John Kerry. A self-professed Catholic, Sebelius’ repeated vetoes of pro-life legislation and devoted patronage of notorious Wichita late-term abortionist George Tiller have embroiled her in a public battle with Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann.

The archbishop has publicly informed the governor to refrain from receiving Holy Communion. Naumann said that Sebelius is giving Catholics a “spiritually lethal message” that the Church’s teaching on abortion is optional, and told her to repudiate her policies publicly, before he took further pastoral action against her to correct this scandal.

However columnist Robert Novak pointed out that “Kansas is the fiercest state battleground for abortion wars, making Sebelius the national pro-choice poster girl.”

Tim Graham had this to say at Newsbusters:

Last year, she vetoed a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, and she vetoed other abortion legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.

Those positions are necessary for Democratic politicians to pass their party’s pro-choice litmus test, but Sebelius’s connection with abortion is more intimate. She is allied with the aggressive Kansas branch of Planned Parenthood in a bitter struggle with antiabortion activist District Attorney Phill Kline. There is substantial evidence she has been involved in what pro-life advocates term “laundering” abortion industry money for distribution to Kansas Democrats. Kansas is the fiercest state battleground in the abortion wars, making Kathleen Sebelius the national pro-choice poster girl.

Again with the pro-choice poster girl…

And the Archbishop Of KCKS’s repeated rebukes of her persistence in taking Communion, while publicly displaying her commitment to abortion on demand,  has got to be mortifying. A majority of Catholics supported Bush in 2004, so choosing a pro-abortion Catholic shouldn’t be viewed as a good way to pick up Catholic votes by the Obama campaign. But maybe they’ve already written the Catholic vote off. A strong pro-choice woman to replace Hillary may be all they are going for.

On the Republican side, McCain would be crazy not to pick Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska as his running mate. Not because she’s a woman, (although that doesn’t hurt), and not because she’s (relatively) young and beautiful, (although that doesn’t hurt), but because her conservative credentials are impeccable, she enjoys an astoundingly high approval rating as the Governor of Alaska, and she would breath life into a flat and almost lifeless campaign. She would give it a boost that I can’t see any other Republican VP pick giving the McCain campaign. She is in essence, the “WOW” candidate.

Jack Kelly at RCP recently said this about Sarah Palin:

Running mates usually aren’t named until the convention. But if Sen. McCain should name Gov. Palin earlier, it would give America more time to get to know this extraordinary woman. And because she’s at least a dozen feature stories waiting to be written, she could help him dominate the news between now and the conventions.

Another reason for selecting Sarah Palin early would be to force Barack Obama to make a mistake. He’d have to rule out choosing someone like Virginia Sen. Jim Webb as his running mate, for fear of exacerbating charges of sexism. And if he chose a woman other than Hillary, the impression Democrats are wimpy would be intensified.

I’m not sure ‘wimpy’ is the best word to use to describe Obama for choosing a woman other than Hillary…I’m sure Hillary could think of a better name.