Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The "P" Word

OK, time for some visual political satire.
I created the following images in Adobe Photoshop CS2
(Click on each image to make it larger):

Political Playing Cards


Reptile Obama


I received the following in an email:

Obama's 143 Days of Senate Experience

Posted by Cheri Jacobus

Just how much Senate experience does Barack Obama have in terms of actual work days? Not much.

From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.

After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan.

143 days -- I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that.

In contrast, John McCain's 26 years in Congress, 22 years of military service including 1,966 days in captivity as a POW in Hanoi now seem more impressive than ever. At 71, John McCain may just be hitting his stride.

Think about it!


Someone emailed me the following cartoon:

Cartoon by Michael Ramirez, cartoonist at Investors' Business Daily.
© Copyright 2008 Investor's Business Daily. All Rights Reserved.


I was also sent the following by email:

Obama's Corn Fake

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY

June 25, 2008 4:20 PM PT

If Obama wants energy independence through alternative fuels, why doesn't he back imported sugar-based ethanol? This old-style politician knows it isn't grown in the Midwest and Brazil has no electoral votes.

Barack Obama says he represents change. He also criticizes John McCain for trying to drill our way to energy independence to add to the profits of Big Oil. But it's Obama who's playing politics by trying to plant our way to energy independence, buying votes with alternative fuel subsidies that benefit ethanol producers such as Archer Daniels Midland.

ADM is based in Illinois, the second-largest corn-producing state. Not long after arriving in the U.S. Senate, Obama flew twice on corporate jets owned by the nation's largest ethanol producer. Imagine if McCain flew on the corporate jets of Exxon Mobil.

Corn-based ethanol gets a 51-cents-a-gallon tax subsidy that will cost taxpayers $4.5 billion this year. McCain opposes ethanol subsidies while Obama supports them. McCain opposed them even though Iowa is the first caucus state. Obama, touted by Caroline Kennedy as another JFK, was no profile in courage in Iowa.

That subsidy was cut to 45 cents a gallon in the new farm bill, but more money was pushed toward other biofuels such as switch grass. The Democrats can't wait for offshore oil or ANWR, but they can wait for switch grass. The tariff on imported ethanol was extended. Neither candidate voted on the bill, but Obama said he supported it. McCain said as president he would have vetoed it.

If Obama is sincere about alternative fuels, why does he oppose imported sugar-based ethanol from countries like Brazil? He supports not only the domestic subsidy, but a 54-cents-a-gallon tariff on imported ethanol. McCain opposes both.

Corn ethanol is less energy-efficient and costs more. It generates less than two units of energy for every unit of energy used to produce it. Ethanol made from sugar cane has an energy ratio of more than 8-to-1. Production costs and land prices are cheaper in the countries that produce it.

This year, according to John Lott Jr., senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, 34% of U.S. corn — some 3.65 billion bushels — will be used for fuel. Putting this much food into our gas tanks hasn't reduced gas prices, but it has raised food prices.

Farmers in vote-rich farm states plant corn for fuel, not only raising the price of corn, but also milk, eggs, meat and even bread as wheat fields are converted to corn.

Last year, as President Bush was about to sign an energy cooperation agreement with Brazil, Obama said the move would hurt "our country's drive toward energy independence."

Really? The only thing it might hurt is Obama's drive to the White House.

2 comments:

satire and theology said...

Well done...boy you are looking for trouble too.

Jeff said...

Well, I might as well take advantage of my freedom that I still have here in the U.S., while it still lasts.

I should have added two videos: one of Obama and Hillary during their knock-down, drag-em-out cat and dog fight when they were debating; and another of their recent alliance. The contrast would have been funny.

Hillary's alliance with Obama is so that the Clintons can get back into the Whitehouse, and Obama's alliance with Hillary is so that he can get all the Hillary fans to vote for him. In effect, hugging each other while each holds a knife behind their back, ready to back-stab the other one. A very uneasy alliance, indeed. Each is out to get what they can from the other.