News and Notes: 06-25-08

Written by Paul Zannucci on 7:26 AM

From NewsMax: Bill Clinton Offers Support to Obama :

Bill Clinton extended an offer to help in a one-sentence statement from spokesman Matt McKenna. "President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States," McKenna said.

Just another example of how passing gas has become newsworthy. In this case, it's actually laughing gas. What a tightrope the Clintons have to be walking these days, knowing that if Obama wins, Hillary can't run in 2012. Yet they have to appear to be helpful and unified with Obama, who is someone who makes them sick to their stomach.

Speaking of gastrointestinal problems and passing gas:
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From the Eagle Times: Local Democrats thrilled with Obama, Clinton visit: Senators coming to Unity on Friday

Yes, a town named Unity. A town in New Hampshire. A town that split the vote, 107 to 107, between the two candidates. And, look away, here they come...

State Rep. Tom Donovan, D-Claremont, said he's "grateful and excited" that the two senators chose to come to Unity."It's really an honor," he said. "As far as I know this will be the first time they've joined hands."

Well that's good. Half of America will be brought to tears by this symbolic, politically expedient, display. This half-wit susceptibility is why Obama, the most ridiculous candidate in generations to run for President, is pulling out to such a Grande (I'm drinking coffee) lead in the polls.
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From LA Times: Obama holds 12-point lead over McCain, poll finds

Buoyed by enthusiasm among Democrats and public concern over the economy, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has taken a sizable lead over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the opening of the general election campaign for president, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.

Yes, concerned about the economy, we've decided we need someone who'll tax it back to health and encourage high gas prices for the good of the planet.
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International Herald Tribune: Life on the fringes of U.S. suburbia becomes untenable with rising gas costs

Suddenly, the economics of American suburban life are under assault as skyrocketing energy prices inflate the costs of reaching, heating and cooling homes on the outer edges of metropolitan areas.

But don't worry. We'll develop alternatives in about 20 years. Meanwhile, we can only hope that demand will continue to fall and burst the gas bubble.
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From Bloomberg: Gasoline Demand Falls 2.7% Amid Record Prices, MasterCard Says

U.S. gasoline demand fell 2.7 percent last week...It was the ninth consecutive week of declines from the year-earlier period.

They make the rather interesting claim that this is because people are cutting back on vacations, even though nine weeks ago we were at the beginning of April. Reality is tough, and the reality is that people who were living paycheck to paycheck can't afford an extra $200 per month for gas. People who can't afford $4 gas are simply out of luck. They are having to find work-arounds.
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From the AP: Rockets fired at Israel from Gaza shake truce

Palestinian militants fired three homemade rockets into southern Israel on Tuesday, threatening to unravel a cease-fire days after it began, and Israel responded by closing vital border crossings into Gaza.

Forth of July is coming and no one will report when my neighbors shoot professionally made rockets into my yard, and this has only been going on for a few years. Trouble in Palestine has been going on since Joshua led Moses' people across the Jordan to conquer Canaan. That's 3200 years for those keeping track at home. Sure, there were some spans there when there was peace, but not that many.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. There is still plenty of time for peace before Iran finishes its nuclear program. Then the only question will be whether the landscape will be too contaminated with radiation to drill for oil.
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