Sports and my thoughts

Friday, September 29, 2006

Sports: Play off drama

Wow this is all just crazy.

Last night the Tigers lost early to the Blue Jays opening up the door for the Twins, if they won, to gain a share of the AL Central top stop. The Twins were down 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th only to have Joe Mauer hit a game tieing homerun. Then in the bottom of the 10th they won it with an RBI ground rule double from Jason Barlett. The ball would have been caught any other time, but all out fielders were playing in because of the situation. With the Twins winning and the Tigers losing, they now share the AL Central lead.

The NL is were the real story is at. I still can't get over the Cardinals choke and the Astros resurgence. Out side of the Mets enormous lead, I thought the Cards had the next safest lead. No way in Hell a team can blow an 8.5 game lead with just 2 weeks left to play. But I guess I was wrong. With the Cards losing to the Brewers last night and the Astros beating the Pirates there is only a .5 game separating the two. With only a hand full of games left I really have the feeling the Astros are going to pull this amazing come back off. I for one would not want to face a rotation of Clemens, Oswalt, and Petitte in the post season. They will be a force to reckon with.

As for the NL west, both the Dodgers and Padres won so nothing has changed there. Either way I think both teams are making the play offs. The Phillies lost last night so there chances of winning the wild card are slimmer and slimmer. The Phillies would have to win the rest of there games just to stand a chance of making the post season. With only a few games left a 2 game deficit is a lot harder to make up.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Sports: Mets are screwed

No way in Hell the Mets will win in the post season with out Pedro. And now it looks like Pedro is out for the whole post season with a torn tendon in his calf muscle.
Pedro Martinez is out for the postseason after an exam Thursday showed the New York Mets ace has a torn tendon in his left calf muscle. The Mets, who won their first NL East title since 1988 with Martinez battling injuries most of the season, won't have the three-time Cy Young Award winner at all in the playoffs.

Martinez returned to New York after getting knocked around badly in his final start of the regular season Wednesday night, a 13-1 loss to Atlanta. An MRI showed a tear in the left calf - different from the right calf injury that recently put him on the disabled list for a month and was thought to be his major concern.

"He did mention (Wednesday) that he felt some pain in the other leg," general manager Omar Minaya said Thursday night during the finale of a three-game series in Atlanta. "The bottom line is he's not going to be available."

Martinez will need four to six weeks to recover from the final setback of an injury-plagued season. Surgery will not be required.

The Mets might be able to pound the ball past the first round, but I don't see anyway they can win a 7 game series with piss pour pitching. A healthy Pedro was there only change they had to winning it all in my opinion.

Sports: National League Play off pitcher

Houston won again last night in 15 innings, which makes an 8 game winning streak for the Astros. But unfortunately the Cardinals snapped there 7 game loosing streak last night and squeaked out a win against the Padres.

Now with the Padres loosing to the Cards and the Dodgers winning the Dodgers are only a game back of the NL West leading Pads. And while the Dodgers were beating on the Colorado Rockies the Phillies kept pace in the wild card beating the Washington Nationals in 15 innings.

Talk about close and meaniful games in September.

With 5 or 6 games left anything can happen. Even though the Cards have been sliding hard lately, it is still hard to blow a 1.5 game lead with only 6 games left. If Houston did happen to win the NL Central it will be one of the best come backs in baseball history. I for one will be rooting for the Astros to concur the Cards.

With the other races, I like all 3 teams, but would like to see the Dodgers in the play offs this year, especially considering they basically have half the 03 Redsox players, including the manager, on the team.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Thoughts: If the Saudi's can do it why can't we?

Saudi's are planning on building a fence on their border with Iraq to keep the Iraqis out.
Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with plans to build a fence to block terrorists from crossing its 560-mile border with Iraq _ another sign of growing alarm that Sunni-Shiite strife could spill over and drag Iraq's neighbors into its civil conflict.

The barrier, which hasn't been started, is part of a $12 billion package of measures including electronic sensors, security bases and physical barriers to protect the oil-rich kingdom from external threats, said Nawaf Obaid, head of the Saudi National Security Assessment Project, an independent research institute that advises the Saudi government.

The ambitious project reflects not only concern over terrorism but also growing alarm over the situation in Iraq, where U.S. forces are struggling to prevent sectarian violence from escalating to full-scale civil war between that nation's Shiite majority and Sunni minority.

All of Iraq's neighbors, including the Saudis, fear the violence could spill over the borders and threaten their own security.

Saudi leaders worry about Sunni extremists returning home to wage war on the U.S.-allied monarchy or Shiite militants trying to stir up trouble among the Shiite minority.

The fence would do little to stop the flow of militants into Iraq because most are believed to cross from Syria, Jordan and Iran. U.S. and Iraqi officials have long complained about Saudi extremists joining insurgent groups in Iraq, but say they mostly go through Syria.

Now why can't we do that to keep the Mexicans out of the US?

Sport: Great baseball story

As early as a week ago everyone thought the Houston Astros were left for dead. They were down 7+ games with only 2 weeks left in the season. Now after the Astros have won 7 in a row, including a 4 game sweep over the Cards, they are only a 1 1/2 games behind the Cards for the NL central lead.

With 6 games left for the Cards and 5 games left for the Astros I am rooting for the Stros to make the play offs. I thought Roger Clemens made the wrong decision signing with the Astros when at the time the Astros were way out of the play offs and at the time everyone thought the Redsox had a strangle hold on the AL East crown.

I guess he knows better than we do.

Lets go Astros!

Thoughts: Senator belittles Global Warming

Good for"> James Inhofe.

I am going to speak today about the most media-hyped environmental issue of all time, global warming. I have spoken more about global warming than any other politician in Washington today. My speech will be a bit different from the previous seven floor speeches, as I focus not only on the science, but on the media’s coverage of climate change.

Global Warming -- just that term evokes many members in this chamber, the media, Hollywood elites and our pop culture to nod their heads and fret about an impending climate disaster. As the senator who has spent more time speaking about the facts regarding global warming, I want to address some of the recent media coverage of global warming and Hollywood’s involvement in the issue. And of course I will also discuss former Vice President Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Since 1895, the media has alternated between global cooling and warming scares during four separate and sometimes overlapping time periods. From 1895 until the 1930’s the media peddled a coming ice age.

From the late 1920’s until the 1960’s they warned of global warming. From the 1950’s until the 1970’s they warned us again of a coming ice age. This makes modern global warming the fourth estate’s fourth attempt to promote opposing climate change fears during the last 100 years.

Recently, advocates of alarmism have grown increasingly desperate to try to convince the public that global warming is the greatest moral issue of our generation. Just last week, the vice president of London’s Royal Society sent a chilling letter to the media encouraging them to stifle the voices of scientists skeptical of climate alarmism.

During the past year, the American people have been served up an unprecedented parade of environmental alarmism by the media and entertainment industry, which link every possible weather event to global warming. The year 2006 saw many major organs of the media dismiss any pretense of balance and objectivity on climate change coverage and instead crossed squarely into global warming advocacy.

I couldn't agree more. I'm sure in 5-10 years the same wackos talking about Global Warming will be talking about Clobal Cooling. They don't understand that the Earth warms and cools from year to year.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Thoughts: I've been calling Clinton a lair for a while

Condi Rice is calling Clinton a lair now.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday accused Bill Clinton of making "flatly false" claims that the Bush administration didn't lift a finger to stop terrorism before the 9/11 attacks.

Rice hammered Clinton, who leveled his charges in a contentious weekend interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel, for his claims that the Bush administration "did not try" to kill Osama bin Laden in the eight months they controlled the White House before the Sept. 11 attacks.

"The notion somehow for eight months the Bush administration sat there and didn't do that is just flatly false - and I think the 9/11 commission understood that," Rice said during a wide-ranging meeting with Post editors and reporters.

How do you know when Clinton is lying? When he moves his lips.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Sports: What a shocker

The Redsox lost again. Come on, lets shoot for 3rd place.

Holy crap I was half joking, but Toronto is really 1/2 game a head of the Redsox.

Sports: The Madden Curse

Never bet against the Madden Curse. I'm sure Shaun Alexander will think again about going on the cover of Madden Football.
The Seahawks' insulation from the recent hex of Super Bowl runners-up has a crack. League MVP Shaun Alexander has a broken left foot and will be lost to the Seahawks for at least a couple of weeks.
I just hope no Patriots players want to be on the cover of Madden 08.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Sports: Scary thought

Julian Tavares has been the Redsox best starter over the past month...scary huh?

Thoughts: Perfect idea

Hezbollah supports are set to have a rally victory.

housands of people packed Beirut's bombed-out suburbs for a rally Friday at which Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah was expected to deliver a "landmark historic speech" about his group's weapons.
Nasrallah will outline "prospects for the next stage in Lebanon" and address international calls for his group's disarmament, as well as the deployment of UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon, which for years has been controlled by the militant group, Hezbollah spokesman Hussein Rahhal told The Associated Press on Friday.

The U.N.-brokered cease-fire that ended fighting between the guerrillas and Israel on Aug. 14 calls for Hezbollah to eventually be stripped of its weapons, but Nasrallah has so far been defiant.
When they are rallying, why don't we bomb them? Take care of two stones with one bomb.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sports: Santana loses twice tonight

How can Santana lose twice in one night? Well I'm going to tell you why.

With the Redsox up 6-0 in the bottom of the 8th at the moment, I'm going to assume, yes I know that is a BIG ASSUMPTION on my part, that the Sox are going to hold off the Twins and win this game. So that is loss number 1 of the night for Santana, which really isn't that big of a deal, the Twins still have a solid lock on the wild card and are still right behind the Tigers for the AL Central lead.

The big loss for Santana, in my eyes, is the MVP race. Up till tonight I had Johan Santana #1 in my MVP ballot. This lose knocks him out of the race in my opinion. It is hard enough as it is to win the MVP as a pitcher and quite frankly, Santana had to be perfect down the stretch to win it. I really thought he would win the rest of his games, as he is a great pitcher down the stretch. Something like 33 and 4 now since the All-Star break in the last 3 years. That is pretty fricken good.

Speaking of the MVP race, I think Big Papi has remade a case for himself tonight. Hitting Redsox homerun record 51 and 52. It is hard to vote against a player with 50 plus homeruns and 13o plus RBIs. I am finding it harder and harder to vote against David Ortiz.

Thoughts: Bush said at least one right thing today

Bush is 100% correct, if the democrats regain Congress they will raise our taxes.
President George W. Bush charged on Thursday that Democrats would raise taxes if put in control of the U.S. Congress, turning to a familiar campaign theme as he seeks to stave off Republican losses in November.

"If they get control of the House of Representatives, they'll raise your taxes. It'll hurt our economy. And that's why we're not going to let them get control of the House of Representatives," Bush said.

Despite all proof that lowering taxes spurs economic growth and actually creates more government revenue liberals will still raise our taxes when elected to office. They know the higher the taxes the more control they will have over the masses.

Thoughts: Hey wackos! Please explain this to me?

According to you environmentalist wackos we humans are responsible for global warming. According to you we are warming the ocean and that is causing ocean levels to rise. Then please explain to me why scientists are saying the oceans have cooled down in recent years.
Despite the long term warming trend seen around the globe, the oceans have cooled in the last three years, scientists announced today.

The temperature drop, a small fraction of the total warming seen in the last 48 years, suggests that global warming trends can sometimes take little dips.

I'll be waiting for an explanation. Facts always get in the way of the church of liberalism.

And of course MSNBC has to put their liberal bias into the news story.
In the last century, Earth's temperature has risen about 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.56 degrees Celsius). Most scientists agree that much of the warming in the past 50 years has been fueled by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities.
Most scientists don't agree that humans are causing global warming. Just most scientists you liberal asshats talk to. Liberals love diversity, unless that includes conservative view points.

Thoughts: What they really meant to say

The auto industry is calling Californians law suit a nuisance.
Industry groups slammed the state of California for suing six US and Japanese automakers for their alleged contribution to global warming, the first such legal fight in the United States.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade group representing global automakers in the United States called the action a "nuisance" lawsuit.

"Automakers are already building cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles, and every single auto sold in California is approved by the State of California before it goes to the dealer's lot," the Alliance said in a statement.

"Today's autos are 99 percent cleaner than a generation ago," it added. "Automakers are now selling more than 45 models of alternative fuel autos, including hybrids, ethanol-capable vehicles and clean diesel autos, and many more models are in development for future introduction."

California's attorney general on Wednesday said the federal government and automakers had failed to act in response to the crisis of global warming which is fueled by vehicle emissions.

"Global warming is causing significant harm to California's environment, economy, agriculture and public health. The impacts are already costing millions of dollars, and the price tag is increasing," Attorney General Bill Lockyer said.

So how I doubt that is what they are really thinking. What the really meant to say was "FUCK OFF!"

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Thoughts: I'm so sick of California

California is suing 6 car manufacturers because they believe they are responsible for global warming.
California filed a global warming lawsuit on Wednesday against Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and three other automakers, charging that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have cost the state millions of dollars.

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California was the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers liable for the damages caused by their vehicles' emissions.

The lawsuit also names Chrysler Motors Corp., the U.S. arm of Germany's DaimlerChrysler, and the North American units of Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd..

It also charges that vehicle emissions have contributed significantly to global warming and harmed the resources, infrastructure and environmental health of the most populous state in the United States.

I hope Ford, GM, Toyota, and the other 3 tell California to shit in a hat.

Sports: The Astros can score when Clemens pitches

It's 4-0 Astros in the 6th with 1st and 2nd and no outs. Clemens might actually get a win.

Sports: My Twins won again

This time it was against the Redsox. With their win last night the Twins are only a half game behind the AL Central leading Tigers, it is only a matter of time until they over take first place.

Thoughts: More global warming debate

I thought all scientists agreed that humans are evil and we are causing global warmning? If that is the case why do I always see these stories?
Global warming is happening, but humans are not the cause, one of the nation’s top experts on hurricanes said Monday morning.

Bill Gray, who has studied tropical meteorology for more than 40 years, spoke at the Larimer County Republican Club Breakfast about global warming and whether humans are to blame. About 50 people were at the talk.

Gray, who is a professor at Colorado State University, said human-induced global warming is a fear perpetuated by the media and scientists who are trying to get federal grants.

“I think we’re coming out of the little ice age, and warming is due to changes to ocean circulation patterns due to salinity variations,” Gray said. “I’m sure that’s it.”

Gray’s view has been challenged, however.

Roger Pielke Jr., director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, said in an interview later Monday that climate scientists involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that most of the warming is due to human activity.

“Bill Gray is a widely respected senior scientist who has a view that is out of step with a lot of his colleagues’,” Pielke said. But challenging widely held views is “good for science because it forces people to make their case and advances understanding.”

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Thoughts: What's next?

California is now the 4th state to ban cell phone usage while driving.
California will become the fourth state in the country to ban motorists from holding cellphones while driving under legislation Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he will sign into law today.

The governor's office said Thursday that the signing will take place in Oakland, ending a five-year campaign by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) to outlaw one of the most common distractions of California drivers.
If you ban cell phone use, what's next? I'm sure eating while driving is more distracting. What about smoking? How soon to they ban radios in cars? I just hate when big brother tells me what I can and can't do.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Thoughts: The Bush I like

George Bush has been kicking conservatives in the balls for the past few years, but now he is starting to be the President I voted for. If nothing else, I still believe he is a good war time President. Bush is doing a good job forcing Congress to pass the terrorism torture bill.
President Bush prodded Congress to pass two bills that the administration says are essential to fight the war on terrorism and proposes strategies for interrogating and trying enemy combatants.

Bush answered questions at a late-morning news conference in the Rose Garden.

"We will work with members of both parties to get the bills out of congress," Bush said. "We need the legislation because the Supreme Court has recently ruled that military commissions must be specifically authorized by Congress."

The session with reporters comes one day after Republicans led the Senate Armed Services Committee in rejecting Bush's proposal for interrogating and prosecuting terrorism suspects. The dissident group, led by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., said Bush's approach would jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops.

"It's unacceptable to think there's any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective," said Bush, growing animated as he spoke.

The Supreme Court made this country less safe by telling Bush he had to follow the Geneva Convention while dealing with the terrorists. I don't agree with the Supreme Court's decision as these aren't soldiers from a sovereign nation, they are scum who, if necessary should be smacked around to get information to save American lives. But if we have to follow the Geneva Convention there needs to be a clear definition on what the interrogators can and can not do.

Sports: Wow! I guess I really am not paying attention

I didn't even realize the the Sox and Yanks were starting a 4 game series tonight. I haven't been paying much attention to the Sox now that they completely suck. I guess there is always next year.

Hopefully Schilling is right, that Theo and company won't spare any expense to build a winning team in 2007.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Thoughts: This sounds pointless

Bush to appoint Clay Aiken to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Thoughts: Terrorist plots foiled

And liberals say we aren't any safer under President Bush.

- In 2002, officials disrupted a plot by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, to crash hijacked airplanes into targets on the U.S. West Coast.

-In mid-2004, officials discovered a plan to bomb urban targets in the United Kingdom.

-Terrorists involved in a well-advanced plot to attack targets in Karachi, Pakistan, were detained in the spring of 2003.

-A plan to use hijacked commercial airplanes to attack London's Heathrow Airport was disrupted in 2003.

-A plot to attack ships in the Persian Gulf was foiled in late 2002 and early 2003.

The list goes on and on.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sports: God damnit

Former Redsox prospect Annibal Sanchez has thrown a no hitter. First no hitter since 2004 I believe.

I think I want him back.

Sports: Tougher drug testing for NFL?

Well the new Commish wants there to be.
The NFL and its union are discussing strengthening their drug program to keep pace with the increase in the number of performance-enhancing substances and the efficiency of masking agents.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, in his first news conference since taking over for Paul Tagliabue last Friday, said Wednesday he has been discussing the problem with Gene Upshaw, the head of the NFL Players Association. Among the topics discussed were increasing the number of tests and perhaps the number of substances tested.

But Goodell, who has been the NFL's chief operating officer the past six years, noted that the review is nothing new: The union and the league review the drug testing program annually. The NFL currently makes approximately 10,000 random tests annually for performance-enhancing drugs to about 2,000 players.

"I think we've got a lot of great experts who will be able to work with this," Goodell said. "We've always been at the front of the line in drug testing and I think we will continue."

Goodell touched on a number of subjects, taking in most cases the same positions as Tagliabue -- not unexpected given that he's been on the job for less than a week and was Tagliabue's No. 2 man for so long.

Good for the NFL and good for Roger Goodell. Hopefully baseball follows the NFL. I would love to see players tested for HGH along with steroids.

With all the younger players like Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, and David Ortiz putting up numbers like that are, I want to know for sure that they are 100% clean. My blind trust can only go so far now a days.

Thoughts: Crude oil at lowest level since May

I hope this trend continues. Gas is between $2.58 and $2.65 around me now and I'd love to see it closer to 2 bucks a gallon. If this trend continues my wish just might come true.
Oil fell a dollar on Wednesday to the lowest level in more than three months as robust U.S. inventories at the end of the summer driving season further dulled bullish sentiment.

U.S. crude futures dropped $1.15 to $67.45, the lowest since May 22 and more than $10 below the record hit in late July on geopolitical worries and expectations for an active hurricane season. Brent crude dropped $1.14 to $66.95, also well below its August 8 peak of $78.65.

"We're not hyperventilating over Nigeria, Israel or Iran. We've run out of adrenaline and what we're left with are inventories that are higher than a year ago and a hurricane season that has been more fizzle than sizzle." said Tim Evans of Citigroup Global Markets.

U.S. crude inventories are around 6 percent higher than a year ago and the surplus is likely to widen dramatically due to the absence of a damaging hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.

Last year's Hurricane Katrina slashed more than 6 million barrels from commercial crude inventories leading into early September after the powerful storm toppled offshore rigs and destroyed undersea pipelines.

Analysts polled by Reuters estimated that crude supplies eased last week by 1.3 million barrels, while stockpiles of distillates like heating oil, jet fuel and diesel built by 1.3 million barrels.

Of course one bad storm or one Islamofacist acting up in the Mid East and we will see the price soar.

Thoughts: 11 ways for a GOP victory in 2006

Too bad Newt doesn't have a chance running for President in '08. He would be the perfect conservative candidate if not for all his bagage.

I still love his ideas.

  1. Make English the Official Language of Government. The House should pass a bill making English the official language of government, abolishing multilingual ballots and reaffirming that new citizens should be required to pass a test on American history in English. The Rasmussen poll reported that support for English as the official language was 85%. The Zogby poll had it at 84%. Why do Republican leaders find it so hard to side with more than four out of every five Americans? How many liberal Democrats who currently assume they are unbeatable would suddenly have a hard time explaining a series of votes against English to their constituents? Remember, at 85%, there are no anti-English congressional districts no matter what the elite media says.

  2. Control the Borders. The House should pass a narrowly focused bill to ensure that the United States can control the border. The current Senate bill is a disaster. It is impossible to pass a "comprehensive" immigration bill in the next two months. The American people overwhelmingly want the borders controlled and every act of terrorism reminds us that having the borders uncontrolled makes us more vulnerable to attack. The House should immediately pass a border-control bill and conservative Republican senators should move every day to bring it up in the Senate. Let Democrats and elitist Republicans block controlling the border and make that a referendum test for Election Day.

  3. Keep God in the Pledge. Congress should take two steps to preserve the right to say "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, a right which is supported by 91% of all Americans. The American people feel deeply that our Declaration of Independence is correct in saying that each of us is endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. Beginning with the Supreme Court's 1963 decision outlawing school prayer, the courts have waged a 43-year assault on the core values of American liberty. It is time to return to a balanced Constitutional system. There is no Constitutional case for five lawyers' on the court being a floating majority for a permanent Constitutional Convention.

    The American people would rally to the elected branches' taking steps to rebalance the Constitution. First, the House should pass a bill suspending the recent federal district court decision in California outlawing the words "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Second, the House should pass a law blocking the Supreme Court from reviewing the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance (a power of the Congress expressly granted in the Constitution).

  4. Require a Voter ID Card. The American people overwhelmingly support (85% in one poll) having a voter id card so we can be sure only legal citizens are voting. Passing a bill to require this in all federal elections would be a big step toward more honest elections.

  5. Repeal the Death Tax, for Good. The American people have consistently supported the total repeal of the death tax and the House should simply pass it once a week and attach it to various Senate bills to force the Senate to deal with it again and again. Let liberals explain why they oppose something that more than 70% of the country favors.

  6. Restore Property Rights. The American people are deeply opposed to local politicians' being able to seize a citizen's home or business. The Supreme Court's Kelo decision on eminent domain is one of the most unpopular in recent years and is also one of the most dangerous. Anyone who knows the history of local government corruption in America knows it will not be long before some corrupt developers engage some corrupt politicians and this power is exploited at the cost of most Americans. Members of the Black Caucus have been among the most vocal in pointing out that it is poor people who will be the most victimized so rich developers and greedy politicians can make the money off their homes and businesses. The House should pass a powerful bill returning the constitutional law to the pre-Kelo rules and blocking the Supreme Court from reviewing it.

  7. Achieve Sustainable Energy Independence. The country is eager for a straightforward new energy strategy for national security, environmental and economic reasons. The combination of $3 gasoline, watching Iran, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Russia get more of our money, and concerns about the environment come together to require real change. The House should meet that need. Starting with Rep. Jim Nussle's (R-Iowa) bill on renewable fuels, adding to it clean nuclear power using new technologies that are safe and produce little waste, developing more clean coal solutions, investing in a conversion to a hydrogen economy, incentivizing conservation, providing tax credits so the auto industry can invest in the new technology and new manufacturing equipment needed to produce revolutionary new vehicles, creating the tax incentives to build the distribution system for biofuels, hybrids, and hydrogen, providing deeper tax incentives for radically better cars (imagine a substantial tax credit for cars exceeding 200 miles to the gallon of petroleum through a combination of E-85 or biodiesel, hybrid use of electricity and hydrogen), and a bill to create state flexibility in exploring off shore with a 50% split in revenue so state legislatures and governors would have an incentive to develop environmentally sound methods of exploration and production.

  8. Control Spending and Balance the Budget. The House should pass new budget legislation to control spending, leading to a balanced budget in seven years (the length of time we gave ourselves in the Contract with America and which led to the first four balanced budgets since the 1920s), with special focus on programs liberals will fight to increase spending. Let the country see who is really committed to smaller government with lower taxes and who is committed to bigger government with higher taxes.

  9. Tie Education Funding to Teacher Accountability. A major result of the No Child Left Behind legislation has been the clear revelation that a number of schools systems are crippling and destroying children. When the Detroit school system only graduates 21% of entering freshman on time, it is clear the children are being cheated. The American people strongly support reforms designed to save the children. The first step would be to insist that federal funds only go to school systems which require teacher competency and accountability. A clear choice between those who want to save the children and those who want to save the bureaucrats would mobilize the country in favor of dramatic education reform.

  10. Defend America From the Irreconcilable Wing of Islam. Terrorism is a real threat. Congress should hold hearings on the recent terrorist activities in Canada, the U.K. and Morocco. The House should move bills that strengthen our security from terrorists with increased powers for surveillance, an overruling of the disastrous Hamdan decision and a series of other steps.

  11. Focus on Iran and North Korea. The American people are very prepared to believe we face extraordinary threats from a nuclear North Korea and an Iranian regime actively seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Any actions in Iraq need to be recast in terms of their impact on Iran. A weak America in Iraq will be unable to stop Iran. Stopping Iran is potentially literally a matter of life and death. Congress should hold hearings on the scale of the Iranian and North Korean threat, the statements of their key leaders and the requirements for action to replace these dictatorships before they succeed in killing millions of Americans. The Santorum Iranian democracy bill should be forced out of the Senate in the context of these threats. Everything about Iraq should be debated within this larger and much more dangerous context.