The Right Opinion – February 23rd, 2012

* The Right Opinion

– It’s the 23rd of February. I’m about ready for winter to be over. Even though the winter is far less harsh here, my road bikes are calling me and so are the Rocky Mountains.

– I think I’ve commented on this before, but could you live through the United States political system? The four remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination have been battling it out for almost 2 years.

– I’ll be voting in my fourth election in less than two years when Albertans go to the polls this spring. I’m actually looking forward to it.

– Working at a big radio station has its benefits. Last night I had Thomas Lukaszuk the Minister of Education and Manmeet Bhullar the Minister of Service Alberta on the air. Both were excellent guests.

– I guess it’s official.

Do you get the feeling Charlize Theron’s license photo is bad? Why the hell won’t they let you smile? I know I’m far better looking than that picture.
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* Mr. Prime Minister.

Let them shiver in the cold.

If the EU doesn’t want our coal, let them rely on conflict coal from the Middle East. It’s been a long cold winter in Europe.

EU at stalemate on Canada's oilsands ranking – CBC News

    The EU’s so-called fuel-quality directive — part of Europe’s attempts to reduce CO2 emissions by encouraging the use of cleaner fuel — ranks fuels based on their overall carbon footprint. It calculates a fuel’s entire life cycle of emissions, then assigns it a number.
    Under the directive, Canadian oil derived from oilsands would get a higher number than conventional oil because it uses more energy to extract and refine.The fuel quality directive would make Alberta’s main export more expensive for European customers. Canada doesn’t export much oil to Europe, but could in the future.

Related: You have to hand it to the warmers… they’re relentless.

Environment Canada presses for crackdown on coal – Edmonton Journal

* Panderer in chief.

Obama apologizes to Karzai for unintentional Koran burning – LA Times

    President Obama has sent a letter to the Afghan president apologizing for the Koran burning by international forces in his country, the White House says.

Meanwhile manufactured rage turns deadly.

7 dead in riots over Quran burning at U.S. base – Newsday

* Tag team debating?

I DVR’d the debate from last night and watched some of it this morning. Did anyone else think Ron Paul has suddenly become Mitt Romney’s attack dog? Paul did a good job on Rick Santorum last night.

Think I’m wrong?

Debate buddies?

Amid Rivalry, Friendship Blossoms on the Campaign Trail – New York Times

Your morning jolt: A Mitt Romney-Ron Paul alliance against Rick Santorum? – AJC

Rand Paul:’It would be an honor’ to serve as Mitt Romney’s VP – The State Column

Is Ron Paul Doing Romney’s Bidding? – TM Daily Post

Ron Paul presents himself as a straight talking guy. If that’s the case he should own up to his support of Romney and get out of the race. He will not win.

* That’s one way to push up sales.

GE “Forcing” Employees Into Chevy Volts – Gas 2

    A memo leaked to Green Car Reports lays out GE’s plans for their new fleet of Volts, and as expected, it has some people crying foul.
    The memo, sent to employees of GE Healthcare Americas team explains that all sedan, crossover, and minivan purchases in 2012 will be replaced by the Chevy Volt. Only field engineers are exempt from having to drive a company Volt.

More great news for electric cars: Tesla Motors’ Devastating Design Problem – Jalopnik

    Tesla Motors’ lineup of all-electric vehicles — its existing Roadster, almost certainly its impending Model S, and possibly its future Model X — apparently suffer from a severe limitation that can largely destroy the value of the vehicle. If the battery is ever totally discharged, the owner is left with what Tesla describes as a “brick”: a completely immobile vehicle that cannot be started or even pushed down the street.

* Talk about straight talk.

Christie comes off as too moderate at times, but he is devilishly clever and vicious at times. This is brilliant.

Another.

* Hope for change.

Today on ‘Deep Cuts & Lost Classics’… I’d like to play the full track, but it’s 50 minutes in length (both sides of the album) If you have a chance, pick up Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and listen to it in the dark. Here’s the single that was released. Sound familiar? It’s the music from The Exorcist.

More later.

JRB

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