Archive for October 5, 2008
DESTIN — Florida’s biggest business is struggling with a question that was once heresy: Can a beach-based tourism industry and offshore oil drilling live side by side?
“Two years ago if you raised the question, (the answer) would have been no, hell no, it’s never going to happen,” said Paul Catoe, boss of Tampa’s tourism marketing agency.
But with gas hitting $4 or more a gallon this summer, public opinion and political positions changed quickly. Catoe and other tourism officials gathered in this Panhandle beach town Thursday to hear advocates debate opening areas of the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling. A committee named by the state’s tourist marketing agency, Visit Florida, will propose an industry position to the Florida Tourism Commission next month.
“We have to come to a consensus,” said Robert Skrob, executive director of the Florida Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, which sponsored the program. “How are we going to fuel our industry, provide transportation to visitors and protect our natural resource?”
Consensus could be hard to come by. Look no further than the Tampa Bay area for proof.
The risk of tar balls washing up on Pinellas beaches isn’t worth any possible benefit of lower gas prices, said D.T. Minich, the county’s tourism director. His bosses on the county’s Tourism Development Council wrote federal and state officials last month opposing changes to federal ban that keeps drilling at least 235 miles off the coast of Pinellas and 125 miles off the Panhandle.
Catoe says damage to Pinellas beaches from drilling could hurt hotels and attractions. Read the rest in the St. Petersburg Times
Does somebody have to draw these people a picture? It’s very simple, really. If people cannot afford to get on a plane or drive to Florida, there will be no tourists. Since Florida DEPENDS on tourists, it would be a really, really good idea to have lots and lots of affordable fuel.
I think the Obama kids singing for “change” are seriously creepy. Guess I’m not the only one.
From American Thinker:
Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes will discuss the close relationship between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi – Palestinian supporter and the professor at Columbia University – on a special broadcast of “Hannity’s America” which will air tonight at 9:00 PM eastern time.
Khalidi is a former professor at the University of Illinois and was a close friend of Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. At a farewell dinner for Khalidi before he took the Columbia job, Obama ‘s speech was filled with glowing praise for his friend, including references to the many meals they had shared. He thanked Khalidi for opening his eyes about the problems of the Palestinians.
Khalidi himself has given vocal support to suicide bombers:
During documented speeches and public events, Khalidi has called Israel an “apartheid system in creation” and a destructive “racist” state.
He has multiple times expressed support for Palestinian terror, calling suicide bombings response to “Israeli aggression.” He dedicated his 1986 book, “Under Siege,” to “those who gave their lives … in defense of the cause of Palestine and independence of Lebanon.” Critics assailed the book as excusing Palestinian terrorism.
Khalidi’s wife Mona ran the Chicago area charity, the Arab American Action Network, that received substantial assistance from the Woods Fund, a left wing foundation that Obama and unreconstructed terrorist Bill Ayers were Board members. The AAAN was notorious for its pro-Palestianian sympathies.
Pipes should have quite a bit to say about Mr. Khalidi and Barack Obama’s friendship.
What are the chances of ABC, NBC, or CBS covering this, hmmmmm? Since it is actually “news” that requires “investigating”, I would say the odds are about the same as a snowball quenching the sun. They’re too busy being indignant that Sarah Palin brings up his cavorting with a domestic terrorist (but that blowing stuff up was when Obama was a child, so it doesn’t count now. Oh, look! Sarah Palin hasn’t released a birth certificate on Trig!)
There are a lot of extremely questionable items in Obama’s background that haven’t been covered which would have been had he been a Republican candidate. Any Jew that supports this person is a delusional fool.
During the April 16 debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, moderator George Stephanopoulos brought up “a gentleman named William Ayers,” who “was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that.” Stephanopoulos then asked Obama to explain his relationship with Ayers. Obama’s answer: “The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense, George.” Obama was indeed only eight in early 1970. I was only nine then, the year Ayers’s Weathermen tried to murder me.
In February 1970, my father, a New York State Supreme Court justice, was presiding over the trial of the so-called “Panther 21,” members of the Black Panther Party indicted in a plot to bomb New York landmarks and department stores. Early on the morning of February 21, as my family slept, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at our home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car. (Today, of course, we’d call that a car bomb.) A neighbor heard the first two blasts and, with the remains of a snowman I had built a few days earlier, managed to douse the flames beneath the car. That was an act whose courage I fully appreciated only as an adult, an act that doubtless saved multiple lives that night.
I still recall, as though it were a dream, thinking that someone was lifting and dropping my bed as the explosions jolted me awake, and I remember my mother’s pulling me from the tangle of sheets and running to the kitchen where my father stood. Through the large windows overlooking the yard, all we could see was the bright glow of flames below. We didn’t leave our burning house for fear of who might be waiting outside. The same night, bombs were thrown at a police car in Manhattan and two military recruiting stations in Brooklyn. Sunlight, the next morning, revealed three sentences of blood-red graffiti on our sidewalk: FREE THE PANTHER 21; THE VIET CONG HAVE WON; KILL THE PIGS.
For the next 18 months, I went to school in an unmarked police car. My mother, a schoolteacher, had plainclothes detectives waiting in the faculty lounge all day. My brother saved a few bucks because he didn’t have to rent a limo for the senior prom: the NYPD did the driving. We all made the best of the odd new life that had been thrust upon us, but for years, the sound of a fire truck’s siren made my stomach knot and my heart race. In many ways, the enormity of the attempt to kill my entire family didn’t fully hit me until years later, when, a father myself, I was tucking my own nine-year-old John Murtagh into bed.
Though no one was ever caught or tried for the attempt on my family’s life, there was never any doubt who was behind it. Only a few weeks after the attack, the New York contingent of the Weathermen blew themselves up making more bombs in a Greenwich Village townhouse. The same cell had bombed my house, writes Ron Jacobs in The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground. And in late November that year, a letter to the Associated Press signed by Bernardine Dohrn, Ayers’s wife, promised more bombings.
As the association between Obama and Ayers came to light, it would have helped the senator a little if his friend had at least shown some remorse. But listen to Ayers interviewed in the New York Times on September 11, 2001, of all days: “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” Translation: “We meant to kill that judge and his family, not just damage the porch.” When asked by the Times if he would do it all again, Ayers responded: “I don’t want to discount the possibility.” Read the rest at City Journal.
What the journalists seem to be overlooking is that you ARE who you associate with. My friends are people who share my enthusiasms. I do not attend parties at terrorists’ houses.
Update: It’s RACIST to point out that Obama hangs out with terrorists.