Gingrich to Pelosi: Worry more about gas prices and less about selling your book

posted at 3:59 pm on August 6, 2008 by Allahpundit

I’m not sure why he thinks the Dems will eventually cave and agree to an up-or-down vote in September when their entire strategy is designed to avoid that (maybe he expects another oil spike with the resulting public pressure becoming unbearable?), but here’s hoping.

Per his comments at the end, I’m guessing he’s cool with the Israeli Nissan ad.


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Er, with respect, no it doesn’t. It will belong to whomever leases or buys the property over which it resides, pulls it up, stores, and transports it to market for sale.

JD, wouldn’t that be American people or precisely, some American people?

Neocon Peg on August 6, 2008 at 8:22 PM

NEWT FOR VP!

fossten on August 6, 2008 at 8:31 PM

The oil belongs to the land owner. Supposedly. I can remember when I was a kid I used to go to the rigs with my Dad sometimes and one time I saw some old man sitting on his porch a stone’s throw from the rig. Daddy said the old boy was not too well educated and he gave the rights away more or less. But he refused to leave. That was 45 years ago. I was about 10.

Today people are a lot smarter about those leases. But it is true, that whether it is oil or gas or coal, the owner of the land owns what the rights to what is under it..he is the guy you pay.

That is what makes this whole issue of federal land complicated.

Terrye on August 6, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Terrye on August 6, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Excellent comment! Land owners = Americans. Federal lands = lands taken from Americans.

Neocon Peg on August 6, 2008 at 9:03 PM

Peg,

Not to beat up on OldBigDog over phrasing, I think the reasonable interpretation of “the American people” implies that it belongs to the people, as a whole, like the White House, or the Naval Fleet, or some other thing that is a national asset.

I think the view that oil is in the same category (unintentionally) grants the Dems/socialists what they want: the idea that it is up to the government to dispose of. If oil were a ‘national resource’ it would be appropriate for the government to decide what to do with it, by vote.

I think that view is incorrect. I think the only proper energy policy of the government is: “Hands off. It is (or should be) private property. Get out of the way.”

Is that clearer?

JDPerren on August 6, 2008 at 9:08 PM

The Republicans are cyclying through their members, having some of them in Washington and having the rest in their districts, presenting the same messages. The Washington contingent will change as those in home districts come back to Washington and so forth.
Neocon Peg on August 6, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Excellent and efficient use of resources.

wise_man on August 6, 2008 at 9:39 PM

Neocon:

Not always, some of the land was never in the hands of American private citizens.

Terrye on August 6, 2008 at 9:59 PM

You see we forget that a lot of the land was also turned into parks and natural preserves because it was that or have vast empty spaces of land. There were land runs in Oklahoma to give away land. But in some of the western states people would come in and mine the area and just abandon it.

Terrye on August 6, 2008 at 10:00 PM

think that view is incorrect. I think the only proper energy policy of the government is: “Hands off. It is (or should be) private property. Get out of the way.”

Is that clearer?

JDPerren on August 6, 2008 at 9:08 PM

Exactly! Thank you very much!

Neocon Peg on August 6, 2008 at 10:16 PM

Terrye on August 6, 2008 at 9:59 PM

That is exactly my point. Sometimes the lands were never in the hands on private citizens, but they were in the hands of the feds. See

Terrye on August 6, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Neocon Peg on August 6, 2008 at 10:21 PM

That is what makes this whole issue of federal land complicated.

Terrye on August 6, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Actually, it’s not complicated at all…

Our US Constitution, Article 1 Section 8 outlines allowed Federal land usage…

7. To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

17. …exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings

Hmmmm… I don’t see wildlife sanctuaries or park lands anywhere on that list. Do you?

I still say that ANWR could be handled quite simply by a conservative President… simply declare that in the 20 years since the appropriation of ANWR by Congress, it has never fulfilled the Constitutional requirements for Federal land ownership… and then issue an executive order returning the land to the state of Alaska.

dominigan on August 7, 2008 at 12:11 AM

You two are like a lynch mob. Lynch first, get the evidence later, if at all.

MB4 on August 6, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Control yourself. If possible.

On topic:

Agreement with those contending the Federal lands are still our lands. Further, the GOP could also be pursuing Pelosi as negligent for national defense matters through overt obstruction of petroleum assets necessary for our basic defenses. Of course, such concepts are probably beyond Pelosi’s mental, counter cultural and favors-already owed capacity as much as for her koolaid following still stuck in a kumbaya stage caught from Woodstock to accompany that occasional burning sensation also nostalgic of the Woodstock they’ve never left.

viking01 on August 7, 2008 at 1:01 AM

Do you think that I am the “web master” of this blog?

MB4 on August 6, 2008 at 7:56 PM

Hardly! I trust the webmaster of this blog. Like he or she I too guard against the bad hackers or miscreants who seek to cross the line or endanger information security. The data I protect is, shall we say, more sensitive.

Yet I do know that the motivations of some seek to hack databases, force malicious phone-home malware intrusions, scarf credit card numbers, email addresses, phone numbers and other warpages often foisted by angry people whom seek vengeance against whatever force they seek to blame whether it be Karl Rove or Bush or FEMA, the internal voices that they hear or whatever.

The best way not to be though a thief or crank is modification of one’s internet behavior so as not to emulate one or, as you claim, to be mistaken as one.

Ta ta.

On topic:

Agreed that Newt is keeping this in the public forum in which Pelosi and Reid have erred by thinking the activist media could quieten things down for them. Like Dan Rather and Lurch in the Internet Age they’re finding information control once presumed is elusive now that the pajamas media can outmaneuver them with truth.

viking01 on August 7, 2008 at 1:29 AM

But it is true, that whether it is oil or gas or coal, the owner of the land owns what the rights to what is under it..he is the guy you pay.
Terrye on August 6, 2008 at 8:45 PM

No, not true in all cases. Not all landowners own the mineral rights to the property. I don’t. Sometimes the seller elects to keep the mineral rights. If they decided to drill on my place I wouldn’t get a dime out of the gas or oil. They would only have to pay me a small amount for easements.

boomer on August 7, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Just how popular is San Fran Pelosi?

SPEAKER OF THE FLOP: PELOSI SELLS 2,737 COPIES OF BOOK

This woman will go down in history as a total failure. This woman has replaced Hillary Clinton as the wicked witch of the west. Democrats should be punished for the next 100 years (minimum) for the damage they have caused over the past (2) years alone.

Keemo on August 7, 2008 at 8:25 AM

We’ve seen senator Obama begin to move a little closer towards maybe possibly someday eventually if necessarily being in favor of more energy.blockquote>

Funny.

shick on August 7, 2008 at 8:32 AM

“PELOSI SELLS 2,737 COPIES OF BOOK”

And that’s despite the book likely being at the front of the store, in the most prominent place.

Meanwhile, if you want to buy a book about a Republican, you have to ask the clerk to dig it out of the back room.

Glad there’s internet book sales – The Obama-nation is #1 today.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 8:34 AM

How about all of our Senators and Representatives actually do the jobs they were elected for and stop writing books on the taxpayers dime?

If it is so easy to be in Congress – so easy that one can take on 5 other full-time jobs at the same time – then maybe we need to rethink the responsibilities of those positions, or stop paying these people for jobs that they only spend a few hours a week at.

P.S. I don’t think that anyone in Congress should be allowed to run for a different position while holding onto their current seat. That is just a ridiculous state of affairs.

progressoverpeace on August 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM

progressoverpeace on August 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Well stated…

Keemo on August 7, 2008 at 10:02 AM

PRIORITIZE:

SELF INDULGENCE

Catch the political anti-Green British article linked @ Drudge. Nancy’s so out of touch, she’s off her rocker on vacation. Her granny retrofit screwed the Constitution to profit by usurping it and destroying us in one fell swoop of the DNC gavel.

NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMIC STABILITY

Replace the Speaker. Vote Anti-Nancy. She’s not our relation.

maverick muse on August 7, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Times Online
Alice Thomson
Aug. 7

When Barack Obama first decided to run for the presidency, he embraced the green cause. Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, about global warming had just become the biggest grossing documentary in history and Mr Gore had won the Nobel prize. But recently Mr Obama has been talking more about thrift than trees. Instead of showing off his recycling skills, he explains that his children don’t receive Christmas or birthday presents.

It’s not just the economic downturn that has harmed the green order. People have become wary of environmental causes that can turn out to do more harm than good. They don’t want wind turbines marching across Britain’s moors when nuclear power stations can do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They worry that washing and bleaching all those non-disposable nappies may be damaging the ozone layer, that the massive incentives for biofuels have distorted the world food market, and that green taxes are actually stealth taxes.

It’s the downturn that has made greenery look unappetising – but it may yet prove to do more than anything to save the planet.

maverick muse on August 7, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Imagine that, Newt Gingrich scolding someone about a book deal/sale!

Monkei on August 7, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Chalk up yet another failure for Stretch Pelosi.

Now about all she can rely upon is ALA activist public librarians to buy her books alongside the bulk purchasing wacky PACs like Act Up and ACLU. Two of my local libraries have purchased and displayed copies of Stretch’s book and one can already see the dust collecting on the covers. Same thing happened for Chappy Kennedy’s book where the same library system of about 40 branches squandered taxpayer loot on about 5 copies of Teddy’s book per location. Those gathered dust too. The point obviously being activist librarians to send their dear Chappy a contribution not to increase the quality or usefulness of library materials. Par for the course for most of the angry hippie books in print, too.

Pelosi may eventually have to settle upon enough fried Lefty professors requiring the purchase of her book for some of the pointless “Studies” course polluting modern college curricula. Or as others have already stated the books to find a deserved place next to the Al Gore and Martha Mapes flops at the Dollar Tree.

viking01 on August 7, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Oil speculators are betting that the Democrats will continue to prevent drilling.

It looks like a safe bet.

1. GM posted a $15.5 Billion 2nd Quarter loss. Union employees will lose jobs.
2. Airlines are cutting 60 million seats by years end. Translates to more union jobs lost.
3. What hurts airlines hurts Boeing. Translates to more union jobs lost.

Congressional Democrats went on a 5 week vacation, without addressing energy, while real Americans are cancelling vacations because of the price of oil.
.
This is the Democrats war on Union Labor.

The Rock on August 7, 2008 at 12:37 PM

It turns out the femme-Speaker’s book is a flop.

Entelechy on August 7, 2008 at 12:46 PM

This is the Democrats war on Union Labor.

The Rock on August 7, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Good one.

Johan Klaus on August 7, 2008 at 12:57 PM

The oil belongs to the land owner. Supposedly. I can remember when I was a kid I used to go to the rigs with my Dad sometimes and one time I saw some old man sitting on his porch a stone’s throw from the rig. Daddy said the old boy was not too well educated and he gave the rights away more or less. But he refused to leave. That was 45 years ago. I was about 10.

Today people are a lot smarter about those leases. But it is true, that whether it is oil or gas or coal, the owner of the land owns what the rights to what is under it..he is the guy you pay.
.

Actually not neccessarily at all. Someone can have mineral rights, and not be the land owner. The land owner can have no rights at all to it, and actually can not prevent whoever has mineral rights, to drill and explore. However, if someone does that, they have to pay “damages” to the land owner.

firepilot on August 7, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Go get em Newt.

nazo311 on August 7, 2008 at 1:33 PM

I wish the Pubs had more people with balls like Newt.

byteshredder on August 7, 2008 at 2:45 PM

The funny thing about all of this is the congressional ban on off-shore drilling will expire on Sept 30. So if they want to ban off-shore drilling they will have to get a vote before then, no matter what is happening now.

Dasher on August 7, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Forgive my lack of zeal for not falling behind the Republicans protesting in the House, but I have a hard time following a bunch of politicians who have no vision beyond their next election. This energy problem has existed for how many years now? No politician ever gets points for hitting the 300m target. Instead, they only focus on the 50m targets, which used to be 300m targets, and try to brand themselves as “problem solvers” or “folks who get things done”. The target shooting analogy fails in some respects though. In life, the “target” gets closer and closer and tends to shoot back and multiply into other “targets”.
Let’s see, how many other “targets” has Congress had before them and yet did nothing? Social Security? Bankrupt since the 1960s, yet Congress has done nothing except to raise the tax to make up the difference. Welfare? Still a loser. Farm subsidies? Brilliant. Because we all know that politicians know more about marketing a farmer’s crops than the farmer himself. National debt? Good grief… Public education? Again, another loser of a program, but nothing changes.
Energy is no different: politicians will wait until the people take notice before trying to fix the problem and then “fix” it with their usual half-effort, which will tidy things with the public. It will make them look like heroes when, in fact, noticeable by even the remotely observant person, they will fail.
Honestly, I couldn’t care less about this little publicity stunt. They have a long row to hoe to earn my trust again. I’d like to say to them, “Just fix the problem, which you created, then talk to me. Until then, you can pound sand.”

Send_Me on August 7, 2008 at 10:46 PM

You two are like a lynch mob. Lynch first, get the evidence later, if at all.

MB4 on August 6, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Control yourself. If possible.

viking01 on August 7, 2008 at 1:01 AM

If have no control “issues”. I’m not the one who went off half-cocked and totally clueless and said –

The person whose actual name was revealed without consent on this thread should immediately be notified of the identity of the person revealing his name.

That’s stalker behavior and defense against it by those harassed should be facilitated.

viking01 on August 6, 2008 at 5:29 PM

That was you. You still seem to be totally clueless. You should be embarrassed.

MB4 on August 8, 2008 at 6:23 AM

Do you think that I am the “web master” of this blog?

MB4 on August 6, 2008 at 7:56 PM

Hardly! I trust the webmaster of this blog. Like he or she I too guard against the bad hackers or miscreants who seek to cross the line or endanger information security. The data I protect is, shall we say, more sensitive.

Yet I do know that the motivations of some seek to hack databases, force malicious phone-home malware intrusions, scarf credit card numbers, email addresses, phone numbers and other warpages often foisted by angry people whom seek vengeance against whatever force they seek to blame whether it be Karl Rove or Bush or FEMA, the internal voices that they hear or whatever.

The best way not to be though a thief or crank is modification of one’s internet behavior so as not to emulate one or, as you claim, to be mistaken as one.

Ta ta.

viking01 on August 7, 2008 at 1:29 AM

You are truly dumber than a box of rocks and infinitely more wacko. Anthony Fremont is a fictional character. Do you not know what fictional means? Can you not seperate fiction from reality? You don’t seem to be able to going all off on, “endanger information security/force malicious phone-home malware intrusions/scarf credit card numbers/internal voices/ rant, rant, rant” like some paranoid delusional. As I said “google” “Anthony Fremont cornfield”.

BTW, I think your sanity went, “Ta, ta”. Probably long since, “Ta, ta”.

MB4 on August 8, 2008 at 6:39 AM

The data I protect is, shall we say, more sensitive.

viking01 on August 7, 2008 at 1:29 AM

Well, shall I say, you very clearly don’t have the sense nor are you in touch with realty enough to be entrusted to protect data on a potted plant as you might well think that the potted plant was a flying spaghetti monster trying to bore into what is left of your delusional brain.

MB4 on August 8, 2008 at 7:09 AM

It’s about time the Republicans showed some stones. Newt should be the speaker again. At least he’s intelligent.

jdsmith0021 on August 8, 2008 at 7:20 AM

Newt should be the speaker again. At least he’s intelligent.

jdsmith0021 on August 8, 2008 at 7:20 AM

Nature has always had more force than education [or length of time in congress].
- Voltaire

MB4 on August 8, 2008 at 7:28 AM

MB4 on August 8, 2008 at 6:39 AM

MB4 on August 8, 2008 at 7:09 AM

Tell us about your childhood.

Smile.

viking01 on August 8, 2008 at 5:35 PM

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