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Gas Prices Edge Up to $3 a Gallon

The Energy Information Administration’s weekly survey of 800 service stations, reported that “the national price of regular unleaded gasoline was up 71 cents from a year ago and close to the record $3.07 hit last September, when Hurricane Katrina disrupted fuel supplies.” In the EIA’s new weekly survey, the West Coast still had the most […]

We’re Having a Heat Wave: Power Crisis in California

With much of the nation under the grips of an extreme heat wave, California power officials have declared a “Stage 2” power emergency this afternoon and officials say blackouts are possible this afternoon. We’ve had record heat here for days. I’ve lived in the Los Angeles area now for 16 years, originally from Massachusetts. It’s […]

Rice Makes Unannounced Photo-op Stop in Beirut

Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced photo-op stop to Beirut today to “help shore up Lebanon’s fragile government after nearly two weeks of Israeli bombing, and U.S. officials announced a $30 million contribution toward an international aid package for the battered country.” After two hours of talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and a meeting […]

It’s Official: There Is Now a Civil War in Iraq

I said it here a few days ago — John Kerry Was Right: Iraq in Civil War. It’s official… It seems that notion is getting mighty popular these days. Harry Reid caught up to the truth a few days ago also, when he said, “There is a civil war going on in Iraq,” and he […]

Cunningham Used of ‘Black’ Budgets for Personal Gain

Imprisoned former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham is back in the news… An independent investigation has found that imprisoned former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham took advantage of secrecy and badgered congressional aides to help slip items into classified bills that would benefit him and his associates. The finding comes from Michael Stern, an outside investigator hired […]