Jackson Browne truly running on empty

I used to like Jackson Browne back when he was still putting out good music… In sixty-nine he was twenty one and called the road his own…

Lately the tired old liberal is out of creativity with nothing better to do than file frivolous lawsuits… I don’t know when that road turned into the road he’s on…

The Ohio Republican Party used his song “Running on Empty” as an entirely appropriate theme for a campaign spot on Obama’s anti-production energy plans…Running on – running on empty…

So, did Jackson Browne ask the Ohio GOP for a license fee like an artist worried about his property rights? Of course not, he did what any good liberal entertainer would do – sued the Republican Senator from Arizona! Ohio, Arizona! If you’re from New York or Los Angeles they all look the same…Running on – running blind, Running on – running into the sun…

The Ohio GOP and Senator McCain settled today…I dont know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels…

Browne hopes he’s sent a message to Republicans who dare use anything but country music in a campaign spot – “We better not. They’ll sue you…” Running into the sun…But Im running behind…

I guess when you’re out of talent, you do what you have to do… Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive, Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive…

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Youth Service

Liberals (and, to be fair, some compassionate “conservatives”) like to tout the value of youth service. Youth service at McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell or Wal-Mart is worth roughly $8 an hour, depending on location. Unwilling service at the point of a gun (Obama and Rangel’s national service proposals) or service paid for by unwilling taxpayers at the point of a gun (Americorps) is worth the few cents it costs for bullets.

You want more youth service? Put your own money where your mouth is and order some fries with that shake.

The real CIA scandals

According to AP reports, the CIA program about which Dick Cheney supposedly kept Congress in the dark was an effort to gain intelligence and carry out killings of Al Qaeda leaders at close range, rather than through air strikes that risked collateral damage. Congress wasn’t informed because the program never got far enough to justify a briefing. That’s the first real scandal, not that Congress wasn’t informed but that such a common sense measure never got off the ground, probably due at least in part to the destruction of human intelligence networks during the 1990s.

The even bigger scandal. Leon Panetta ordered the program cancelled in June in what is a clear indication of a return to the Clinton era intelligence policies that made the September 11 attacks not merely possible but almost inevitable. While one of the pleasant surprises of the Obama administration has been that Obama and Panetta take the terrorist threat more seriously than many would have expected, if any change in this sort of intelligence operation was called for, it was a redoubling of the effort and troubleshooting to find out why it hadn’t yet yielded results.

There is one other scandal here, though on the Congressional side, not the CIA side. Apparently Congressional leaders had to be explicitly told that this was going on, while the American public for the most part merely assumed, wished and hoped that it was. Proof yet again that Congresscritters aren’t too bright.

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It started with a tea party…

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Of course, throwing off such government is definitely not playing by the rules…

Happy Independence Day!