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Sunday, March 12, 2006

So It's All HER Fault!

Wal-Mart - the company that every leftist in America loves to hate ... and to buy their Fruit-of-the-Looms from - is, we now find out, beholden to Hillary Clinton for its wild success. Sweet:
Hillary Clinton grapples with ghosts of Wal-Mart past
Fellow Democrats love to hate the giant she once worked with
BY Beth Fouhy, Associated Press

With retail giant Wal-Mart under fire to improve its labor and health-care policies, one Democrat with deep ties to the company -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- has started feeling her share of the political heat.

Clinton served on Wal-Mart's board of directors for six years when her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was governor of Arkansas.

Hillary Clinton had kind words for Wal-Mart as recently as 2004, when she told an audience at the convention of the National Retail Federation that her time on the board "was a great experience in every respect."

But in recent months, as the company has become a target for Democratic activists, she has largely steered clear of any mention of Wal-Mart. And late last year, Clinton's re-election campaign returned a $5,000 contribution from Wal-Mart, citing "serious differences with current company practices." (link)
Why does it seem to be a prerequisite for Democratic politicians to be complete hypocrites? Hillary contributed to Wal-Mart's fabulous success. You'd think she'd be shouting it from from the rooftops. Instead she trashes the executives who took her away from the day-to-day humdrum of washing the walls, fumigating the bedclothing, disinfecting male private parts, and cleaning the sheets after her husband's sexual conquests left the governor's mansion each morning.

You'd think she'd be more appreciative - and respectful.

Virginia's Heroes

Governor Tim Kaine's strategy for raising taxes (hatched way back when he was running for office and telling the people in assorted speeches and interviews that he would not be raising taxes) is playing out exactly as he had calculated. The legislature is going into special session:
Kaine calls special session on budget, transit tax
By Christina Bellantoni and Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine yesterday called Virginia lawmakers back to a special session to jump-start stalled negotiations on the budget and proposed transportation-related tax increases.

The Democratic governor recalled the legislature before the Republican-controlled General Assembly adjourned its regular session without passing a spending plan for the third time since 2001. (link)
It is rather telling that former Governor Mark Warner's mug appears on the cover of this morning's New York Times Magazine (more on that in a minute). He is the scoundrel who originated the scheme currently in play by his successor which consists of first a pledge to not raise taxes when running for office, then win, then announce in grave tones the fact that the state is suffering from this or that, propose a tax increase, force the legislature into special session, allow the state's liberal press to badger a handful of weak Republicans into submission, and finally to raise taxes. Oh, and to get on the cover of the New York Times Sunday magazine for having pulled it off.

Only this time a few things have changed.
  1. Thanks to Mark Warner's treachery, the state is awash in cash - at least a billion dollars and growing - in surplus the legislature is unable to spend.
  2. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and a host of experts have declared a tax increase to pay for road improvements to be completely unnecessary.
  3. Studies have shown that the last increase in taxes to resolve some mythical crisis resulted in an unprecedented spending binge.
  4. The Republican delegation in the House of Delegates - heroes all - is united like at no other time in history.
  5. It's been done before. All Virginia now sees what these snakes are up to.
  6. Tim Kaine ain't Mark Warner.

So the House Republicans have packed their bags, hugged the spouse, and kissed the dog goodbye, and are settling in for a long, boring slog. They're prepared, it appears, to stay in special session until hell freezes over - or until the untrustworthy governor and treacherous Senate Republicans are driven from office, whichever comes first.

To my delegate, Anne Crockett-Stark, I have a message. Call me. I'll mow the lawn, walk the dog, shovel the sidewalk next winter if you're still in session then. But don't back down to this scum. You go, girl. All Virginia is behind you.

To Mark Warner's Handlers

Memo to former Governor Mark Warner's presidential election team: If you intend to have your man seriously considered by the electorate to be ... well, a serious contender, you gotta (a) teach him how not to look like a cross between Elmer Fudd and Hannibal Lecter when he gets his picture taken for a major (sycophantic) news publication and (b) maintain the right to first refusal when it comes to an unflattering photo that is going to be used with a puff piece like that which appears in this morning's New York Times Magazine.

"Sywvester......the handwing of money is a gweat wesponsibiwity. And if spent pwoperwy, it goes wew with wiver and fava beans, washed down with a nice Chianti."

Photo courtesy of the New York Times

While The Left Decries Korans In The Toilet...

The left in this country has gone apoplectic over the treatment of terrorists currently being warehoused in Guantanamo. By all (sane) accounts, the prisoners there get better treatment - a wholesome diet, a clean room, sanitation, a roof over their heads - than do a third of the population of the United States. Still, America's detached elite shed tears (see yesterday's Roanoke Times lament) over the way we "torture" those in our charge who plotted the slaughter of our children and grandchildren.

If they were to open their eyes and actually read the news of the day, they'd find out what the definition of the word is:
Captors Tortured American, Then Killed Him, Iraq Says
By Kirk Semple, The New York Times

BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 11 — Tom Fox, the kidnapped American peace worker whose body was found this week, had apparently been tortured by his captors before being shot multiple times in the head and dumped on a trash heap next to a railway line in western Baghdad, an official at the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Saturday.

The body was discovered Thursday afternoon dressed in a gray track suit and stuffed in a large plastic bag, the official said, adding that Mr. Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Va., had been bound at the wrists and ankles. (link)

Torture. None of the self-righteous demagogues on the left has a clue as to what they're talking about.