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Sunday, April 16, 2006

So You Can't Make Me Pretty?

My eyes opened wide and my heart began to race when I read this headline in the Bland Messenger:
National Animal Identification System: They can make you comly! (link)
Comly or comely, if they've devised a system that can better my physical appearance, well, fire up that system.

I was, however, a bit disappointed - and confounded - to find that the accompanying article had nothing to do with improving one's comeliness. It had to do with cows.

Then I turned to the Wythe News and the confusion was dispelled. The same article appears there with a somewhat different headline:
National Animal Identification System: They can make you comply! (link)
I'm glad we got that cleared up. I guess.

You Seem Surprised

Tim Kaine had a long and unambiguous liberal track record that stretched back to the days when he was a City Councilman in Richmond. He was unwaveringly liberal on such issues as the Second Amendment, tax hikes, the death penalty, gay rights, and the size and role of government.

So when Kaine launched his campaign for Governor and suddenly became a conservative Republican (in all but name), preaching his new-found faith in God, his sort-of pledge to not raise taxes, his support for gun owners' rights, his willingness to execute condemned criminals, his business-friendly economic philosophy, etc., many of us scoffed at his lies and warned you that he meant none of it.

Now that he's begun the process - a la Bill Clinton - of breaking every one of these campaign pledges, you seem surprised. Take for example this (is it shock or disappointment I'm reading?) in the Hampton Roads Daily Press this morning:
Kaine again reneges on promise

April 16, 2006 Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has broken yet another campaign pledge. Just days ago, he announced that he opposes the proposed constitutional amendment establishing the union between one man and one woman as the only legitimate form of marriage in Virginia.

Previously, he reneged on his promise not to raise taxes for transportation without a constitutional amendment in place that would assure that funds dedicated to transportation would not be diverted to other programs. He then reneged on his promise to support legislation to give localities authority to deny rezoning requests if adequate infrastructure were not already in place to support new development. (link)
You were warned long ago. But you voted for the man anyway. Now you have mounting regrets.

Well, you're "a day late and a dollar short," fellas. And if Kaine gets his way, you'll soon be short a whole lot more than that.

Fools. You'll never learn.

Let's See How This Pledge Holds Up

We just went through a list of the pledges that Democrat Tim Kaine made when he was running as a conservative Republican for the office of Governor, all of which he's broken. Well, we'll soon be able to put another of his promises to the test:
Virginia's Kaine gets first clemency request
By the Associated Press

April 15, 2006 RICHMOND, Va. -- A man scheduled for execution April 27 is seeking clemency from Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, the first death row appeal for the Democratic governor.

Dexter Lee Vinson was convicted of the May 19, 1997, capital murder of his former girlfriend, Angela Felton, in Portsmouth. Felton, 25, the mother of three, was abducted, sexually assaulted and stabbed. She bled to death.

Kaine, who is a Roman Catholic, opposes the death penalty but promised during his campaign that he would follow Virginia law. (link)
Any bets?

Environmentalists Cannot Be Trusted

I made mention the other day of a backlash of sorts that is developing in the environmentalist community toward windmills - or wind turbines, as they are referred to today - for being unsightly and "polluting." Whether they're located off the coast of Nantucket or on a remote ridge line in the mountains of western Virginia, this seemingly benign alternative fuel source - once so highly praised by the left not long ago - is rapidly falling into disfavor.

But you'll never guess what's making a comeback:

Going Nuclear
A Green Makes the Case
By Patrick Moore, Writing in The Washington Post

In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed that nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots. That's the conviction that inspired Greenpeace's first voyage up the spectacular rocky northwest coast to protest the testing of U.S. hydrogen bombs in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change. (
Don't forget, it was his crowd (think Jane Fonda) that set nuclear research and technology back twenty years.

Under different circumstances, and had this guy not proven himself to be a flake years ago, I'd welcome him back into the world of reality. But I'm not sure I want him on our side. His reputation sullies ours.

So what can we draw from this complete turnaround? That 30 years from now Patrick Moore and the other nuts that make up the environmentalist left will be extolling the virtues of ... petroleum.

Go back to your environment-friendly cave, man. We won't be needing your help.

Don't Make Us Come Down There

I'm still trying to decide if this bunch is wanting to win the hearts and minds of the American people or if they intend to do battle:
Mexican aliens seek to retake 'stolen' land
By Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times

DENVER -- La reconquista, a radical movement calling for Mexico to "reconquer" America's Southwest, has stepped out of the shadows at recent immigration-reform protests nationwide as marchers held signs saying, "Uncle Sam Stole Our Land!" and waved Mexico's flag.

Even as organizers urged marchers to display U.S. flags, the theme of reclaiming "stolen" land remained strong.

"Demographically, socially and culturally, the reconquista of the Southwest United States by Mexico is well under way," Harvard University professor Samuel P. Huntington said in 2004. (link)
Well. We'll see. The funny thing is, the Republicans in Congress are falling all over each other trying to accommodate this bunch. Somebody explain it to me.

I Guess We Should Have Expected This

Muslims around the globe reacted violently a few months ago to the publication in Denmark of a handful of crude cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. The cry went up. "Blasphemy!" "Death to the infidels!" All hell then broke loose, resulting in the deaths of dozens of ... Muslims. With that, I suppose, this reaction to the reaction should be expected:
New Muhammad comic printed

ROME (Agence France-Presse) -- An Italian magazine close to the influential Catholic conservative Opus Dei group has published a cartoon showing the prophet Muhammad in hell, sparking outrage among Muslim associations here.

The drawing in Studi Cattolici's March issue shows the poets Dante Alighieri and Virgil on the edge of a circle of flames looking down on Muhammad, whose body is cut in half down to his buttocks, according to a description by the Italian news agency ANSA.

"Isn't that Muhammad?" Virgil is shown asking Dante.

"Yes, and he's cut in two because he has brought division to society," Dante replies. (link)
The humor (wisdom?) must be lost in translation.

Now we should anticipate more Muslims going out into the streets and, in protest, killing each other ... again.