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8.26.09

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WASTING INDUSTRY
Re: Max Schulz's Obama Nuclear Waste:

Max Schulz's piece on "Nuclear Waste" offers the USEC loan guarantee decision and the Yucca Mountain repository cancellation as two examples of politics interfering with sound science-based policy making. True, but he identifies the wrong interest groups benefiting from these Obama policy choices. Hint: it's not the environmental crazies.

The beneficiaries of the Obama decision to deny a loan guarantee for USEC's new uranium enrichment plant are its competitors: three foreign-owned suppliers of enriched uranium. They are the European consortium URENCO, the French nuclear giant AREVA, and the Russian state uranium company, Techsnabexport. The Obama decision does not take us along the road to energy independence. For this and the reasons cited by Schulz, look for the Obama administration to reverse the decision denying USEC a loan guarantee.

The political beneficiaries of the Yucca decision are less obvious. However, many federal and state politicians currently say. "I like nuclear power, but will not support construction of new nuclear plants until there is a solution to the nuclear waste disposal issue." The cancellation of Yucca, a perfectly sound solution to the nuclear waste issue gives them an excuse for not supporting new nuclear plants. The un-built plants would provide affordable carbon-free electric power. Who benefits from deferring nuclear construction? ... the fossil fuel competitors to nuclear fuel. Base-load nuclear generation does not compete with the windmill, sunshine, ethanol, and small hydro power sources so beloved by Obama supporters. Nuclear competes with carbon producing coal and natural gas. The shrewder members of the environmental community have already figured this out, and the rest soon will. Look for the Administration to reverse its Yucca decision in early 2011. That will be after the Administration's Blue Ribbon Commission reports that Yucca is the best place for disposal of non-recyclable nuclear waste and the voters of Nevada have turned Sen. Reid, who won his last two elections by a whisker, out of office.
-- C.J. Milmoe
Wilmington, North Carolina

RATIONING CHRISTIANITY
Re: Jeffrey Lord's Honey, Jim Wallis Shrunk the Church:

"There's a God." Respectfully: Nope. There's God and there are gods.

As for "Smiling' Jim Wallis being the "Preacher," well, no, I don't think so in the sense of Solomon, who wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible's Old Testament; or the preacher mentioned in the five-fold ministry in the Bible's New Testament.

Maybe, though, something in the New Testament does apply to Wallis? In it, Christ Jesus says, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

Wallis might remember -- we all would do well to remember -- something else the Christ said: "Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…false witness…"

And as for Wallis' rebuke of Sarah Palin: "Please don't invoke your 'Christian faith' anymore and embarrass the people of God even further"? As one of the people of God, I challenge Wallis to practice what he bloviates about.

It's interesting, isn't it, how those of the liberal/leftist persuasion, particularly those who support and surround the president, but including Obama himself, increasingly expose their underlying pettiness and prejudice regarding anyone who dares disagree with them and their agenda?

It's a heart-sickness thing. Maybe they should invoke God's spiritual healthcare plan. He'll give life, not take it.
-- C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton, West Virginia

The other problem with "rationing" is that it always seems to come at the expense of the providers. You never hear about cutting the folks with the sweet government jobs who run the system, or furloughs. They, who take about 70% of the revenue (my estimate), just keep getting fatter while all the cuts come at the expense of providers and recipients!! Wonder who all those union members are voting for these days.
-- Bob M

They surely will not rid us of the AIDS patients, they could become indispensable tools to further ravage mainly the black populations and help realize Margaret Sanger's dream of reducing the inferior races.
-- Edgar

SHOOTING THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT
Re: Matthew Vadum's Obama's Plan to Desecrate 9/11:

There is always good news and bad news. The bad news about this article was that it was bad news. The good news was that it showed Obama yet again, in his real colours -- public mischief thinly wrapped in tacky emoting camouflage. This is the work of a bunch of lunatics way out-of-touch with mainstream opinion. These guys are dilettantes and incompetents, they have no understanding of their limitations and their story is increasingly about over reach and clumsy, tin-eared public manipulations. Every article like this, and they come in all the time, is yet another indication that the Obama super tanker is on a course straight for a great rocky reef. Conservatives can take heart everywhere that the opposition is turning out to be so stupid and self destructive -- why waste your ammunition when your enemy is hell bent on shooting himself in both feet? With enemies like the Obamanistas, conservatives are going to make a lot of friends. Sit back and enjoy the show.
-- Christopher Holland
Canberra, Australia

I note that within Matthew Vadum's "Special Report" he makes the following odd statement:

"Yearwood, who uses the honorific 'Reverend' before his name..."

This implies that Rev. Yearwood is not entitled to the honour. However, it is well known that the Rev. Yearwood is an ordained minister of the Church of God in Christ. The COGIC is the largest Pentecostal church in the U.S.

The Spectator should retract the statement and issue a clarification.
-- Craig Burley

CAST INTO DARKNESS
Re: Nicole Russell's Whole Foods, Half a Brain:

I suppose this is yet another example of how, among liberals, unless one believes in the One True Faith one way, one is cast into the outer darkness with the Republicans and conservatives.
-- Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida

I too have visited Whole Foods here in NJ both in Chatham and West Orange...what a bunch of snooty assholes!

Most of the ones shopping look as if they have been starved in a concentration camp! This is healthy???? NOT!

Prices are ridiculously high! Try buying Filet Mignon...you think you we're paying for Kobe beef!

I went there referred by a friend, I won't be going back again.
-- Debbie

ALL THAT HOT AIR
Re: Ralph R. Reiland's The Collapse of Obama's Hot Air Balloon:

Depressing read. One might say the world's greatest country in the history of man does not deserve such and I would certainly agree. It obviously has a lot to do with the almost total breakdown of the nation's public (and in some cases private education) education system as well as people's rejection of the type of lukewarm religion we get in the so called mainline protestant and Roman Catholic churches today along with many other culture issues. However, the Republican Party (the "dumb party" according to William Kristol) comes in for a large part of the blame. No serious party would have nominated such "unserious" candidates as Robert Dole and John McCain and expect to prevail but did they actually expect to win? I wonder? To bastardize a quote by a long ago Supreme Court member, "one idiot nominee is bad but forgivable but two within three generations or so is either a tragedy or a conspiracy." Please, let's return to the "smoke filled rooms" to pick the nominees.
-- Jack Wheatley
Royal Oak,  Michigan

Buyer's remorse for some equals "we warned you" for others.

Regarding the central committee's standards, wonder if they'll also have standards based on IQ or scientific literacy or economic literacy? Character? Physical descriptors? I'm thinking if they do, they may have to eliminate some of their very own, from the highest to lowest post.
-- C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton , West Virginia

THE SOUTHERN STOOGES
Re: Paul Chesser's Counting the Costs:

The other Republicans should have followed the lead of Perry and Jindal and saved their state budgets the expense of this wasteful trip. Democrats who preach about global warming and reducing "carbon footprints" are the most wasteful of our political class. As for Kaine, who cares what this stooge thinks? Hopefully, in this year's election Virginia will elect an adult instead of adolescent as Governor.
-- Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina

NOT SO FICTION
Re: Larry Thornberry's Her Name Was Trixie:

No offense, but Dean Koontz has written at least three other non-fiction books that I know of -- two "how to write" books and a memoir. There might be others I'm not aware of, but I know for sure of these three.
-- Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida


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