We have been working on this for about a month. There have been no lobbyists and no special interests. We have been writing this ourselves, and that is the way it should be. We've found common ground because we all realize the U.S. is unloading a lot of energy dollars overseas. We also all realize it is becoming a security issue. ... Leadership will not put forward an energy bill because they are absolutely opposed to off-shore drilling. They know they would lose. There are enough Democrats, Republicans and Americans who think we need to be reliant on ourselves. ... If we can't drill for oil and we don't want coal or nuclear energy, we have no pathway to energy independence.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.