August 5, 2008 — Assigned Reading

Obama Proposes Tapping Oil Stockpiles
(FROM: Associated Press) On July 7, not even a month ago, Barack Obama voiced his dissent regarding any plan to tap the strategic oil reserve, stating the following:

“I do not believe that we should use the strategic oil reserves at this point. I have said and, in fact, supported a congressional resolution that said that we should suspend putting more oil into the strategic oil reserve, but the strategic oil reserve, I think, has to be reserved for a genuine emergency.”

He also made a similar statement back in August 2005, stating on his Web site:

“[T]he reserve should only be used in the event of an emergency, and that we shouldn’t be tapping the reserve to provide a small, short-term decrease in gas prices.”

First, I guess that a nine-point shift in poll numbers over the course of one week counts as a “genuine emergency.” Secondly, where was this information on the change in perspective in the Associated Press piece? If it were John McCain and not Barack Obama who made such a drastic change, the HEADLINE to the article would point it out. In recent weeks, Obama has been spotted in more different positions than John Edwards in a Motel 6, and the media has largely ignored each shift. 2008 may be known as the year that journalism in America died a slow, agonizing, yellow death.

What is a ‘Windfall’ Profit?
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Besides being an obvious sign of Barack Obama’s socialist roots, the specifics as to the “windfall” profit are a bit hazy. Where, pray tell, does the “regular” profit end and the “windfall” profit begin? Even if the “windfall” profit can be defined, after all, what is to stop the slippery slope? As I’ve written before, it wouldn’t stop with oil. Taxing windfall profits on oil companies would leave the door wide open for doing the same with any successful organization or industry. Technology would quickly move from America to India or China. Pharmaceuticals would inevitably be next, and the increased taxation on profits would be a perfect segue into the disaster that is socialized medicine.

Barack Obama’s Stealth Socialism
(FROM: Investor’s Business Daily) While we’re on the subject of Obama’s socialist tendencies, a friend of mine brought this article to my attention. It does a great job translating HopeChangeSpeak into what it truly is, the same old Marxist-Leninist garbage that has been brought forth by every American liberal since FDR, if not long beforehand. It also does an excellent and comprehensive job showcasing just how deep the socialist roots run in Barack Obama, his acquaintances, and his family.

Plant Drops Labor Day for Muslim Holiday
(FROM: wsmv.com) The Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee has already built a special prayer room inside the facility for the nearly 700 Muslims who work there. Now, on the holiday schedule, Labor Day has been replaced by Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Shoot … obvious appeasement aside, let’s look at the pros and cons here. First, because Ramadan is a whole month of fasting, I am sure that the barbecues for Eid al-Fitr are–goats notwithstanding–nothing short of stellar. Secondly, if one of your relatives at the barbecue acts a fool and embarrasses the family — stone her! On the other hand, however, other tenets of Islam prevent the drinking of booze, and what’s a barbecue without 16-ounce pounders of Pabst Blue Ribbon?

McCain’s Ad Strategy Paying Dividends
(FROM: TownHall) A nine-point shift in the polls. Over the course of one week. Granted, I think that with the gas prices what they are, and the democrats so obviously at fault, a chimpanzee might be able to effectively attack Obama, but McCain’s camp has done more than just attack him on gas prices. They’ve tied together the energy issue, something that bridges the superficiality gap between Capitol Hill and Main Street USA, and Obama’s celebrity, and used both against him. I’ve said many times over the past week that the advertisements were brilliant — it’s nice to see that I’m right every once in a while.

Hollywood Takes on the Left
(FROM: The Weekly Standard) Finally, a right-leaning movie that takes on the stupidity which is the American political left. David Zucker, who brought us the campaign advertisement seen below, has put together what sounds like a decent comedy starring a veritable who’s who of conservatives in Hollywood — Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, James Woods, Robert Davi and even Chris Farley’s younger brother, Kevin, channeling Michael Moore in his starring role as a slovenly liberal filmmaker. Read the article and still have your doubts? Take a look at the advertisement put together by David Zucker a few years back:

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