Gramm Responds to RPN Criticism by Resigning

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm said Friday that he is stepping down as co-chairman of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign amid criticism for saying last week that “we have sort of become a nation of whiners.”

Phil Gramm, left, said his comments have become a “distraction” for Sen. John McCain’s campaign.

Gramm on Friday said he would “join the growing number of rank-and-file McCain supporters.”

Democrats blasted Gramm for the comments, made in a Washington Times interview published July 10, and McCain forcefully repudiated the remarks.

In a written statement released Friday, Gramm said his comments had become a distraction for McCain.

“It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country,” Gramm said.

Phil Gramm steps down after ‘whiners’ comment – CNN.com.

This seems to be in response to my post the other day slamming Mr. Gramm and by proxy Mr. McCain, for the uninhibited and enthusiastic support for the rich and Mr. Gramm’s flippant disregard for the people who stlll have to work for a living.

I hate to see a fellow Texan go down, but that’s probably the way it had to be.  His comments were so far in line with the typical Bush line that he could no longer be a public presence on the campaign.

I’m glad to see this.  But it doesn’t really address the larger issue, which is McCain.

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When It Rain It Pours – Empirical Evidence

Extra water, wind strain Northwest power grid – OregonLive.com

This is a nice example of the adage, which I’ve found repeatedly to be true, when it rains it pours.

The Northwest is awash in electric power this spring.

Rivers are swollen. Columbia River dams are running full bore. Wind farm blades are spinning.

That should be good news for the Northwest, where hydropower is cheap and wind is a leader in renewable energy. And it should be good news for California, a huge electricity consumer that often sucks up Oregon’s springtime surplus.

This is also the result of all those “tree-huggers” setting up a system to utilize natural resources in an efficient  manner.

Oregon and Washington can’t use all the electricity that’s available. And southbound transmission lines that are at capacity can’t take the extra power California consumers otherwise would eagerly devour.

In some cases, power producers are paying customers to take electricity off their hands.

Operators of the Columbia-Snake River dams say there’s enough give-and-take in the system to handle large fluctuations in water flow and wind generation. But pressures have steadily increased, and they’ll intensify as more and more wind power comes into play

So now the next step is to increase our internal capacity and infrastructure.  It is in these areas that the U.S. is most in need of maintenance and expansion.  Instead of blowing things up, we should be building to help achieve the next level of national independence, that of energy.

Who In the What Now?

What Every American Should Know About the Middle East

What Every American Should Know About the Middle East

By Daniel Miessler on March 30th, 2008: Tagged as America | Civilization | Education | Politics

Guess Who’s Plan Those Were…

Killer robot shoots man dead on driveway | NEWS.com.au

AN 81-year-old man has shot himself dead with an elaborate suicide robot built using plans downloaded from the internet.

The Gold Coast man, who lived alone, left notes of his plans and thoughts as he struggled to come to terms with demands by interstate relatives that he move out his home and into care.

He spent hours searching the internet for a way to kill himself, downloaded what he needed and then built a complex machine that would remotely fire a gun.

He set the device up in his driveway about 7am yesterday, placed himself in front of it and set it in motion.

Those plans are available for free, ya bunch of meatsacks.