With the exception of the occasional story of a kid being attacked by a leopard at the Kansas Zoo, or minimal coverage of the massive flooding slowly working it’s way down the Mississippi River, ( Yeah, heading our way too! ), the National Media has for the most part focused almost every waking and broadcast moment reporting on, and dissecting, every facet and subsequent nuance of the death of Usama Bin Laden.
 
A truly historic moment for all Americans and indeed many others around the world, as the leader of Al Queda finally met his end, and in what turned out to be a manner as cowardly as one might expect, from a person who used terror acts against women, children, and other innocents as his stock and trade.
 
The Media, and indeed the Administration, in addition to their repeated attempts to explain, recant and then re-explain exactly what happened, have reported endlessly on how this event effects the Nation, the World, The continuance of our War on Terror, and most assuredly, the bump in favorability polls received by Mr. Obama in response to this action.
 
While the Death of UBL is in no way, shape, or form, a small thing for America, the obsessive and overwhelming manner in which it has been played up, seems a bit too diversionary, as other critical matters that face our nation, were all too easily cast aside and put on a back burner. The Administration driven Media, seemed to want us to focus on this one story, and not much else. ( Remember, along with a crappy economic history, and other failed policies and agenda,  Mr. Obama has also been seen as weak in National Security affairs, and this, is obviously too big a deal to let go to waste in such a difficult campaign season.)
 
So,  in case you missed it,  as they were tucked in neatly between the endless discussions of what happened, how it happened, Pakistan’s part in all of this, concerns over our equipment left behind, death picture releases, Muslim burials at sea, who got credit for the info that led us to UBL, renewed debates over interrogation methods, Victory Laps at Ground Zero, and the surreal U.N. questioning as to whether We broke international laws or not in getting the evil bastard, let me relate to you a few other issues that happened last week.
Of all the days, Thursday in particular was rather interesting,  not that you would know it, if you only watched NEWS in passing, as you went through your daily life . Thursday began with our House of Representatives, ( who have been so silent since returning from Easter Vacation, that I began looking for their faces on cartons of Milk ), passing by a vote of 266-149, (with 33 Dems on board ), H.R. 1230, the “Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.
 
H.R. 1230 mandates the sale of 3 leases off of the Louisiana Coast and 1 new lease off of Virginia. While not nearly enough, and not soon enough, as these leases are spread out between four months after passage until mid 2012, it is a start, and the first legislation offered recently to even begin to address what is fast becoming yet another year of high gas costs and the inevitable inflation of food costs and all else that follows, while also sending a psychological message to the International Oil Industry and Speculators. 
 
The bill will of course still need to pass the Senate and Mr. Obama’s desk without Veto, but just like in 2008, when at the height of that year’s Gas Price Regatta, President Bush eased existing moratoriums and signaled to OPEC our intent to drill more here at home, ironically causing Oil prices to drop from over $100 to just over $35 in a six month period, and gas costs to close out 2008 at their lowest in years ( $1.65 gal.), this simple act may have already began to have an immediate effect.
 
The Stock Market took a unexpected drop late Thursday, as Oil gains were sold off. Apparently, many trying to reap their profits, as they see an American effort to furnish our own energy as having a direct effect on current International prices. By close of the day Friday, Oil had dropped nearly $2.75 per barrel to end at just over $97 per barrel. ( Our costs at the pumps will trail this trend, but just as in 2008, increased efforts like this will only hasten our return to affordable gas costs. )
 
The disconnect of this Administration was even further evident as Mr. Obama’s weekly radio address failed to build upon such increased energy exploration, by choosing to once again fall back on “Alternative Energy” as HIS answer to our Energy woes, and, by beating their economic chests to the drum of 240k new jobs created, ( far short of the 350-450k needed to effect the slightest change ), while also downplaying the highest figures recently in “New Filings for Unemployment” and a National Unemployment Rate that has once again breached the 9% range. ( I didn’t even mention our GDP growth that is “anything but”, at just over 2% , when all of their growth/debt cutting budgetary projections, rely on it being more like 5%. )
 
Additionally, Thursday evening gave us our first look at a few of the Presidential hopefuls who are already in the race for 2012, as the GOP held it’s first Primary Debate in Greenville, S.C.. A stage that was without several of the high profile candidates we hear so much about, but which offered a fair viewing of a few individuals that We as a Nation, may or may not be all too familiar with.
 
Though Gov. Pawlenty, Congressman Ron Paul and even ex-Senator Rick Santorum, held their own collectively, it was CEO Herman Cain who stole the night, and was proclaimed by just about every outlet as the winner of the debate. Many of you who read my column last week, were alerted to watch Mr. Cain, as I touted his appeal. He did not disappoint, as he showcased to the Nation as a whole, that he is Concise, Serious, Knowledgeable, and above all else, an A-Political threat to the status quo of the establishment of Washington in General, and more impressingly, to Mr. Obama directly.
 
In short, Last week once again reminds us all, that the Administration and their willing lapdogs of the media, will work endlessly to keep our attentions where they want them, and will push whatever emotional buttons or cherry picked factoids, that they feel will benefit their chances for re-election. We must see through this technique and be vigilant in seeking all of the NEWS available, and not just the “NEWS” that serves their purposes.
 

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