Archive for August, 2008


Friday, August 29th, 2008

McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate is brilliant. Many Hillary Clinton supporters have said they would vote for McCain, and Palin gives them added incentive. (Frankly, I can’t understand why they would switch from Clinton to McCain, but I never did understand the electorate.) All is not rosy for the GOP, however.

Offshore, and out of mind

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Americans don’t pay attention to the goings-on in other countries until they explode in our faces. So it’s interesting that Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del) was selected as Obama’s running mate, based on his foreign-policy experience. When it comes to domestic politics, there’s no end of what passes for analysis. A one-hour speech is preceded and followed by dozens of pundit-hours. Most “analysis” tells us more about the pundits’ biases than of the politician’s speech. Is our media giving us useful information, or only dazzling us with spectacle?

Why I don’t trash McCain

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Some readers have asked why I don’t knock John McCain at least as heartily as I disparage the Democrats. I’ve usually assume most Loose Feathers readers lean to the political left, so anything I said against McCain would be old news. With half the country backing McCain, though, maybe not.

VP Biden?

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Loose Feathers will not endorse a candidate, and thus all candidates are fair game. I have no use for either major party, but it’s always fun to explore their latest gaffes. For the Democrats, that is Obama’s selection of Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) as his running mate. Fortunately for me, Biden’s own words indict him.

Fay, Fay, go away!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay has been around Florida for more than a week now. Frankly, we’re tired of her and wish she’d leave. Fay is now more than 200 miles north of me, but we’re still seeing periods of heavy rain and gusty winds. I took these photos at 12:30 pm EDT today.

Democrats sell out — again

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

The Washington Post and the New York Times are reporting on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s weekly radio address, yesterday, in which she once again caved in to the Republicans, this time on off-shore oil drilling. As of this writing on Sunday morning, neither the Democratic Party’s site or Pelosi’s has a transcript. According to the Times

Ms. Pelosi criticized Republicans as focusing too narrowly on offshore drilling as a solution to high gasoline prices, but said she would bow to demands that the House revisit a drilling ban that has been imposed annually since the 1980s.

She said legislation being assembled by Democrats “will consider opening portions of the Outer Continental Shelf for drilling, with appropriate safeguards, and without taxpayer subsidies to big oil.”

We no longer have one opposition party in this country, we have two. And both are opposed, not to each other, but to the interests of the American people.

Why I rage against religions

Friday, August 15th, 2008

While researching the effects of global warming on oceans, I got interested in the Permian Extinction. Some 250,000 years ago, more than 90-percent of all species on Earth died, largely due to atmospheric and oceanic pollution. While searching for articles about the event, I came across a page by Creationist author Hugh Ross. Wikipedia calls Ross “an Old Earth creationist and Christian apologist.” I find nothing Christian about him. He should properly be called an old-fashioned propagandist.

Who needs endangered species?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Not the Bush Regime, that’s for sure. Give them credit, when it comes to savaging the planet, they are peerless. Now they want to rewrite the Endangered Species Act. The changes remove the requirement for independent scientific review of Federal projects that may harm endangered species.

The government can’t protect us from poisoned food, toys and toothpaste, bank collapses and obscene oil-industry profits. How can we trust them to protect endangered species without independent oversight?

Assessing the risks of war

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Five years in, no one on either side of the political aisle denies our government made serious errors in planning the Iraq War. The government isn’t solely to blame: A large majority of Americans initially believed in the war. Many still do. Where did we go so terribly wrong? A book on traffic congestion, “TRAFFIC Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us),” by Tom Vanderbilt, may hold the answer.