21 June 2006

Blowing in the Wind

We need to enroll some of our beltway politicos in a course titled something like Writing and Law: Successfully Deceiving the Dimwitted Electorate. Idiots like Senator John Warner have the deceptive intent down, but would any of the American sheeple fall for this? (Pleeeze say no!) It would appear that Senator John Warner (chair of Armed Services) has put this wordy one-liner in Section 358 (Title III, Subtitle F) of PL 109-163 (FY06 supplemental Defense approps):

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives a report on the effects of windmill farms on military readiness, including an assessment of the effects on the operations of military radar installations of the proximity of windmill farms to such installations and of technologies that could mitigate any adverse effects on military operations identified.

Wind power being held up all over the U.S. because it interferes with military radar? The next thing you know, they'll be outlawing tornadoes in Kansas. And then there's this line from the (original, non-supplemental) FY06 Defense Appropriations Act (HR 2863 / PL 109-148):

That of the funds made available under this heading, $4,250,000 is available for contractor support to coordinate a wind test demonstration project on an Air Force installation using wind turbines manufactured in the United States that are....

A wind farm out in the middle of the bay might block radar but one in the middle of an Air Force installation is worth taxpayer support to the tune of $4.25M? It's definitely time for Mr. Warner to enroll in a course or two on deceptive writing . . . and a course on logic as well.

2 comments:

Left of Center said...

I want what he's smoking.
Oh and Warner also just help kill progress towards a commitee to look into spending abuse by the military since the war. Like 25 tons of nails beinf buried because someone ordered the wrong ones.

Karlo said...

I'm sure it was a well-intended attempt to stabilize the earth's magnetic field.