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Bowing & Scraping

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008 3:53 AM

President Bush continues his Middle East visit in Saudi Arabia, where he explained that high oil prices hurt our economy, and since we're one of OPEC's biggest customers, it would make sense to lower prices, as an ailing economy would mean we'll buy less oil.

Which is patent nonsense. Nothing in this country will stop; people will still need to commute to work, take their kids to school and soccer games, run to the grocery store; freight will still need to be shipped, airlines will still fly, generators still need to provide power to an energy-hungry country.

'Breaking our reliance on foreign oil' does not consist of kneeling before the Saudis and begging for lower prices.

And obviously, Mr. Bush isn't reading his briefings again, as he reiterated his warning to Iran about interfering with U.S. warships patrolling the Straits of Hormuz.

The much-ballyhooed incident involving five Iranian speedboats and a broadcast threat appears to have been the Navy getting punked by some nutcase with a radio.

Bush also told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that the recent NIE on Iran, revealed in December to show that Iran had suspended its nuclear program years ago, doesn't match 'his views' on Iran.

It's that time of year, as the Apple Faithful descend upon San Francisco for the Macworld Conference and Expo.

For a change, I won't be among them, simply because I've got too many other things happening this week - though I am interested in Steve Jobs' keynote address to find out what's in store for the product line in 2008.

Maybe it's just me, but I'm finding the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service commercials to be particularly offensive. The ads include a paramedic removing an oxygen mask from a patient to take a hit while the patient lay gasping, and a Japanese chef leaving his teppanyaki table while contemplating a knife - either to assault his own tax accountant, or perhaps commit suicide over his money woes.

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