June 16, 2008 — Assigned Reading

GOP Claim About Chinese Oil Drilling off Cuba is Untrue
(FROM: McClatchy Newspapers) That’s right. When Vice President Dick Cheney recently stated that China was actively drilling off of the coast of Florida, he was mistaken. What he is NOT mistaken about, however, is that the Chinese have indeed snapped up leases securing 100-year drilling rights between Key West and Cuba. See, the rest of the developed world sees what is coming, they see that energy is the new global currency, and they have no problem spending money to make money. The United States of America is the laughing-stock of the rest of the world when it comes to this. Even if we are not going to drill these areas off of Florida and Alaska and the east and west coast, we need to get everything straight on these leases so we do not miss out. The issue here is not that Dick Cheney or the GOP was wrong — the issue is that the Chinese, the Cubans, the Venezuelans and more are securing the rights to drill off of our own coastline while we sit on our collective thumbs and play political games.

Voting for Commander in Chief
(FROM: The Weekly Standard) Often, the mainstream media coverage of the election glosses over a very important fact — in November, we will not only be pulling a lever or pushing a button or puncturing a chad for President of the United States, but for our Commander in Chief as well. Regardless of whether the Prius-driving, patchouli-smelling, tree-hugging portion of the populace–or the United States Supreme Court, for that matter–believes it, we are a nation at war. We are at war with an ideology, a group that wants nothing less than the destruction of Western civilization. This worldview manifests itself in violence against innocents, not perpetrated on a battlefield by men in uniform, but in city streets and coffeehouses and on buses and commuter trains across the Middle East and world. Within our own borders, so many people on the political right want to abstain from the election on political grounds — John McCain isn’t conservative enough. And they’re right. But, at some point, political gamesmanship needs to take a back seat to the reality that we need a Commander in Chief and not just a President.

Mr. Obama’s Neighborhood
(FROM: The Weekly Standard) With so much talk about the people who Barack Obama has aligned himself with–Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Fr. Michael Pfleger, Rev. Otis Moss, William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Tony Rezko, Rashid Khalidi and more–not many journalists have focused on the place from which Obama, the politician, was borne. Andrew Ferguson does a great job of doing just that and, while a bit long, his piece makes for an excellent read into the mind of the possible 44th President of the United States of America.

Military Successes Drive Anbar Casualties to Post-Invasion Low
(FROM: CNS News) Here’s a story you’re not going to see in the mainstream media. It blows my mind how the political left in America cannot open their eyes to see the progress in Iraq, and it blows my mind even more how they cannot fathom the merits to a safe and stable nation there. Such progress is just a testament to the bravery and leadership of our fighting men and women — it is something we all should be proud of.

Gore to Appear With Obama
(FROM: New York Times) This will certainly help Obama in his quest to bring the Democratic party back together. With the way that John McCain feels about and legitimizes global warming, you’d think that Gore might appear with him, too.

McCain, Obama Differ on Approach to Judicial Nominees
(FROM: CNS News) Yes, John McCain has been attempting to woo center-left former supporters of Hillary Clinton by touting his votes for both Justices Ginsburg and Breyer. Still, he and Barack Obama are worlds apart when it comes to their opinions of the role of the judiciary. McCain, it seems, thinks that the role of the court is to interpret the founding documents, even though he is willing to confirm a Ginsburg or Breyer if they seem “qualified,” regardless of leaning. Obama, however, views that the role of the judiciary is to favor the weak against the strong. He has made this perspective apparent several times. “We need somebody,” Obama said at a 2007 Planned Parenthood conference, “who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a teenage mom.” Wrong, Barack. Wrong. Justice is blind for a reason, and she should be guided by the RULE OF LAW.

McCain Proposes La Raza Townhall
(FROM: TownHall) Why, John? Why? Why debate Obama in front of an open-borders crowd? What, possibly, do you have to gain, and can that gain counter the loss of many from your base?

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