Ross Mackenzie

— With Congress thwarting domestic energy independence, President Bush has been only marginally successful in persuading the Saudis to up their oil output for U.S. consumption. Saudi Arabia stands second to Canada as an importer of oil to the United States — followed by (in order) Mexico, Nigeria, Venezuela, Iraq, Angola, Algeria, Ecuador, and Brazil. As Bush notes, “Our problem in America gets solved when we aggressively go for domestic exploration.”

— Near the conclusion of his “Inconvenient Truth,” crusading Al Gore says the most important thing an individual can do to combat global warming is to reduce his home energy consumption. It’s yet another example of Gorean hypocrisy. In 2006, Gore’s energy usage at his Tennessee home (221,000 kilowatt hours), was 20 times the national average. In August 2007 alone, the Gore home’s monthly usage was more than twice the annual usage of the average American family.

— The American Association of University Women, grinding yet another axe, has produced a study purporting to show that in this feminist hour boys — contrary to right-wing propaganda or something — are doing just fine. Says the group’s executive director: “There is in fact no boys’ crisis. We are blowing the myth out the door.”

— Not so fast, says Christina Hoff Sommers — author of the seminal 2001 book, “The War Against Boys.” A fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Ms. Sommers vigorously dissents from the AAUW study’s findings, and pointedly describes the group as consisting of “hard-line feminists who look for evidence that girls are shortchanged by the system.”

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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