I watched the State of the Union Adress. President Bush made some good points, but I have to say that I hate the phrase “government initiative.”
That stuff about us being addicted to oil was really jarring to me. He makes the country seem like me about my coffee–or like we have some kind of psychological problem about oil.
Given that oil allows us to stay warm, have lights so that we don’t go to bed at 7 pm, drive to work and even have jobs, I think that “addicted” is a really bad choice of words. Saying something as silly as that puts Bush in the same category as the be-sweatered Jimmy Carter. I bet my petroleum engineer father was guffawing at that one.
I certainly don’t agree that the government should have a role in developing “alternative fuels”. Programs that involve scientists feeding at the public trough don’t seem very effective to me.
I also kept wondering what the woman from Iraq sitting by Mrs. Bush thought about that part of the speech. If we aren’t buying oil from the Middle East, how are those countries, including Iraq, ever going to develop?
But–for some really important news, go to The Caretaker’s Diary. Owen and Mzee have been reunited…
Owen and Mzee have finally been reunited – much to Owens delight! Initially Owen did not realise that Mzee was back in the enclosure, but when he did, he was immediately following Mzee where ever he went, just as he before Mzee was taken out. They spent most of the day in the pond lying side by side.