Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Feeney Fifteen Minutes

Well, maybe less...but local Land Trust of Santa Barbara County Executive Director Michael Feeney accused both Sen. John McCain and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger compromising on environmental standards in finding energy solutions during McCain's panel held yesterday here in Santa Barbara at the Museum of Natural History. Here's the MSNBC story which mentions Feeney and reports that McCain told him nuclear power was working just fine for the French.

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Anonymous David Pritchett said...

Actually, Michael Feeney got his extra 7.5 minutes of fame via ABC News video.

See my Edhat news note:

6/25/2008 6:43 AM  
Anonymous Sparky said...

Nuclear power is working just fine for the French, and the Swiss and a heck of a lot of other very responbible countries. It is time we found a way to get over our Hiroshima guilt being the only country on the planet to actually use these weapons of mass destruction against innocent civilians inflicting the horror about nuclear energy's peacetime use that represents responsible stewardship of a reasonable alternative for energy production.

We in the US can't keep consuming such a hugely disproportionate amount of energy, destroy the planet with our excessive over consumption of fossil feuls and then turn our noses up at responsible alternatives as nuclear used efficiently and safely by other countries.

We need to plumb our souls deeply and make amends for OUR misuse of this peaceful energy potential. Can America get down on its knees and apologize for its own misuse of nuclear energy, atone for OUR sins and stop projecting them on everyone else who sees nuclear energy makes sense.

6/25/2008 7:21 AM  
Anonymous marie antoinette said...

Funny that now the repubs like the French when it fits their purposes. It wasn't so long ago they would only eat "Freedom" Fries, and poured out fine Champagne and Bordeaux in protest of the French position on the Iraq War. Gosh, I wonder of McSame now also wants to embrace the sophisticated and tolerant French approach to health care, vacations and marriage...mon Dieu...

6/25/2008 9:30 AM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

Just viewed the erratic video (including a shot of David Pritchett) outside McCain's SB History Museum visit.

So if Craig Smith can continually refer to Scott Steepleton as Larry the Cable Guy, then what nickname can we use for David Pritchett?

Feed me Seymore!

6/25/2008 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Dan Seibert said...

The longer I live, the more I distrust the national media. As an example, this morning the LA Times/Bloomberg poll has Obama with a 12 to 15 point lead over McCain. However, just now I see a Gallup poll with both candidates in a virtual tie. And this is on the same day. Who do I believe?

MSNBC reported this "story". I wasn't there so I don't know the facts. . . But how about the reader comments? Those are the best. Pure entertainment.

6/25/2008 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Duke Nukem said...

The nuclear bombs in WWII prevented millions of deaths:

Plumb that, chief.

6/25/2008 6:25 PM  
Anonymous AN50 said...

I don’t feel guilty about the past I wasn’t alive for. Nor do I believe those who were alive during WWII should feel guilty about what actions were taken in the interest of ending that war. The absolute spectacle this country currently makes of itself in the pursuit of approval by Euro-trash sickens me. Now then, we are 30 years behind the rest of the developed world in nuclear energy development, begging a bunch of filthy fat sheiks in the Middle East for oil so a bunch of coddled, spoiled dope smoking hippies can look cool to their counter parts in Europe. We who despised the left wing, terrorist coddling, pacifist French only use their advanced nuke energy development to show the left wing in this country what despicable hypocrites they are, Marie. Get a clue.

6/25/2008 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Sparky said...

Wikipedia is not an accurate source of information. It has long been acknowledged dropping bombs on Japan saved no lives, and the war had virtually come to an end without them as incentive.

They were simply a last gaspopportunity by the budding US military-industrial complex to have a weapons field exercise at someone elses expense and to firmly establish the US as the leading irrational world bully.

Eisenhower himself warned us all about this budding domestic threat - the military/industrial complex. And we never listened. They took us to war in Iraq too. And are deeply into the pockets of BH Obama so put that in your wikipedia.

6/25/2008 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Loud and Dowd said...

Alors, Obambi fell out of favor with his net friends and is now in both a funding and voting free-fall.

Who would have guessed? (Besides 17 million other Democratic voters who got frozen out of the nomination process.

Yes, it is true. Obama and McCain are tied according to Gallup. Obama's post nomination coronation bump is not even a festering pimple.

6/25/2008 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Truth said...

New Polls Show Obama's Lead Surging Over McCain
By Jim Malone
25 June 2008

Two new public opinion polls give Democrat Barack Obama a sizable lead over Republican John McCain in the U.S. presidential race. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has the latest on the election campaign from Washington.

One survey by the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News found Obama leading McCain by a margin of 49 to 37 percent. Another poll earlier this week by Newsweek magazine put Obama's lead at 15 points.

Other recent surveys show McCain trailing by anywhere from three to six points.

Political experts say Obama's lead is likely due to increasing voter concerns about the weakening U.S. economy, especially the rising cost of fuel.

"High gas prices and job losses, the economic recession, but more generally, the economic insecurity associated with globalization, the stagnant wages of most ordinary American households," said Thomas Mann, a political scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington. "I think all of that bodes well for Democrats in the campaign."

6/25/2008 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Seibert said...

To Marie and all other democrats.

I will not allow anyone to use the phrase McSame.

I'm a registered democrat and 23 years ago I worked for Congressman John McCain. He's not deserving of such a label. He spent 5 years in a box. He was shot out of the sky. And you call him Mcsame? Shame on you!

I'm a democrat and I'll vote for the crazy old guy.

Daniel Seibert

6/25/2008 11:44 PM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Someone needs a little lesson in democracy.

Just how would Seibert "allow" or not anyone from calling McCain "Mcsame"?

And, please, anyone, explain how being a war hero, as McCain rightfully can be called, means the guy is qualified to reform health care insurance, increase income for true middle class workers, enabling a college education, appoint Supereme Justices who will respect privacy and individual rights, and craft an national energy independence policy that does not rely on forever contaminating half of Nevada or, like the French do, shipping the nuclear waste to Russia?

6/26/2008 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Duke Nukem said...

>>>Wikipedia is not an accurate source of information. It has long been acknowledged dropping bombs on Japan saved no lives, and the war had virtually come to an end without them as incentive.<<<

Sparky, I can't wait to hear which "accurate source of information" you gleaned this gem from.

There are plenty of history books, peer-reviewed journal articles, and government documents linked at the bottom of the wikipedia article that clearly demonstrate that Japan had no intention of surrendering before the nuclear bombs, and that millions of casualties were expected on both sides from the invasion of Japan.

But, as per your suggestion, I did take your viewpoint and "put that in your wikipedia." It gave me this:

6/26/2008 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Euro Trash Administered History Lesson said...

The right wing, on que with their pro-nuclear talking point are all saying the same thing. "The French are recycling - reusing nuclear waste....etc, etc, etc." The problem is that eventually the waste is reduced to a non recycle level and still must be stored for 7 thousand years. The French are also making their venture economically feasible by importing waste from other countries. Santa Maria seems to want to accept statewide toxic waste in exchange for cash so then perhaps we won't have at least one NIMBY in the county. But neighboring communities will and location of reactors and storage facilities is a probably the biggest problem politically. Aside from all the processing, reprocessing, storage, transporting, mining of finite Uranium if we decide to go nuclear I vote to put the facilities in an50's or Dan Seilberts backyard. Apparently the Federally mandated (we all know how right-wingers hate mandates) selected state Nevada does not want the storage facility.

BTW we all should know by now that FOIA released documents of the time document that the Japanese were trying to surrender weeks before we dropped the A-BOMBs on them. Cruel I know especially because the U.S. firebombing of wood framed structures, the material of the time in most major cities (including Tokyo.) Japan was our A-
Bomb testing sites! So much for the U.S. valiantly saving millions of lives by ending the war with dropping of the A-Bomb when the U.S. had already killed by firebombing and burning hundreds of thousands of civilians alive.

Lastly, kids we were all taught in school that those mean JAPs attacked the U.S. in an unprovoked military strike on Pearl Harbor. Makes sense doesn't it. But more FOIA documents disclosed that indeed the U.S. government knew of the impending attacks well in advance and the U.S. was warned by the Japanese. The shock and awe was exactly what the U.S. administration needed to galvanize the tired Americans to enter into the World War. Children, we were the instigators by keeping Japan from attaining raw materials such as steel and OIL in their quest to industrialize. We wanted all the materials you see little dear duke nukem.

6/26/2008 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Duke Nukem said...

Oh boy. Another revisionist history lesson from the 9/11 Truther crowd.

Here's some National Security documents about the nuclear bombs and the Japanese surrender. Why don't you show us the one you were talking about? If they aren't here, please link to the documents you were talking about.

And here's some actual research on the "US knew about the Pearl Harbor attack" conspiracy:

However, you are in luck -- I did find someone who agrees that the US knew of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor. Here's a hint: he also thinks AIDS was manufactured by the US government to kill black people:

But of course, you're going to prove me wrong and link to those FOIA documents you mentioned, right?

6/26/2008 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Sparky - Shibbolith Buster said...

Sparky says on sparknotes:

Dropping the A-bombs to kill and maim hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilans was not only not necessary but racist to boot. A long history of this proclivity in Amerika. But still not enough guild to feel anyone should have to vote for Obambi.

6/26/2008 9:39 PM  
Anonymous AN50 said...

Ya, euro trash, and the president at the time of Pearl Harbor was a democrat and a democrat president dropped the bomb and one got us into a war in Korea and another Vietnam and one kept us there. Got any more history lessons?
Here’s one. The democrats cut funding to S. Vietnam after we pulled out allowing the north to finally over take the south. Care to entertain us on how many Vietnamese were murdered as a result? Try 3 million! How do you like that for health care? You bunch of phonies. You just want government health care cause you don’t want to pay for it. You loonies actually think a wind mill is going to power your car? You enlighten me with your brilliant understanding of engineering and physics, while hand picking history to make yourselves look good. I don’t care for Obama’s political philosophy, not to keen on McCain’s either and I believe GW’s really screwed up our efforts in the middle east, but like Seibert was trying to point out, there is no reason to disrespect any of these men or the above mentioned war time democrats who in the minds of today’s hateful fascist liberals were no better than a republican.

6/26/2008 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Sparky said...

What is really scary in Zibignew. Brzyinski (Obama's foreign policy advisor) in his 1990's book "The Grand Chessboard" projecting the coming showdown with oil and China in particular claimed way back the we would need a "Pearl Harbor" incident to wake American up regarding this issue competition for middle eastern oil.

BTW: The US gets most of its oil from Canada, then Saudi, then Venezuala, Africa, Mexico etc. But not all of it comes from the "Middle East" at all. What is wrong with this picture now that we are in Iraq to get their oil? We never needed it in the first place.

Hello, 9-11. Who knew what and when did they know it?

6/26/2008 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Duke Nukem said...

>>>Hello, 9-11. Who knew what and when did they know it?<<<

BWAHAHAHAHA!!! I knew you were a 9-11 Truther!

6/27/2008 11:10 AM  

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