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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

On That 'Forward-Looking' Thing

Brian over at BRIANPATTON.ORG says;
A "forward-looking" congressman is exactly what the Ninth District needs and we are lucky to have [Rick] Boucher. (link)
Redbone agrees to a point. He left Brian the following comment:
I totally agree we need a “forward-looking” congressman in the 9th district and in particular Dickenson County. Any idea when we might get one?
That's funny.

This Sounds Entertaining

Vince over at Too Conservative has an interesting take on what he learned at a recent Democratic "debate" up in Tom Davis country:

Leaving the debate tonight, I was very, very proud to call myself a conservative.

The debate between failed ‘04 candidate Ken Longmyer and young corporate lawyer Andy Hurst was one that pitted an ultra-lefty, against a borderline Stalinist. (link)

An ultra-lefty and a borderline Stalinist. That had to be better than a mud-wrestling contest. I hope to see the DVD on eBay.

Reading Vince's rehashing of the goofy pronouncements made by these two candidates - vying for one of the most important political berths in the land - makes me fear for my country. One of these weird leftists is going to get 45% of the votes cast on general election day.

The Republic shudders at the prospect.

Scare Tactics

Here's the lastest attempt at frightening the people of Virginia into going along with Governor Kaine's massive tax increase:
A Perilous Road to General Fund Spending
Lynchburg News & Advance

In the current budget battle, the Senate and Gov. Timothy Kaine, a Democrat, are pushing for new money by way of taxes to pay for the state’s long-neglected transportation needs. The House leadership says the needs can be met by pulling money from the general fund surplus and applying it to highway construction, maintenance and mass transit.

The House leadership says its plan will pay for transportation needs without new taxes on gasoline, home sales and motor vehicle sales. It may do that - but only for two years. (link)
The system of allocating available funds and planning future expenditures based on projected revenue growth has worked just fine for hundreds of years. Now the government is in a state of "peril" because politicians may not have funds available to them some day some year in some century in the future.

We the taxpayers once demanded that these scoundrels live within their means. Now they come to us and tell us to secure the means they deem necessary in perpetuity.

Sorry, children. You have your allowance. Spend it wisely. There'll be no more.

Gotta Keep Your Eye On The Ball

I expected stocks to tank yesterday when oil went over $70 (it hit $71 in London). Instead they soared:

U.S. stocks end higher, posting their best 1-day gain in a year
By Mark Cotton, Provided by MarketWatch

Market rallies after Fed signals end to rate hike cycle is near

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks ended sharply higher Tuesday, putting in their best one-day gain in a year, after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed most members agreed the central bank's chapter of steady rate hikes was coming to a close.

Hopes of an end to the rise in short-term interest rates helped the market shrug off a spike in crude-oil prices to a record high above $71 a barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 194.99 points, or 1.8% to 11,268.77. All 30 Dow components contributed to the rise. Check performance of Dow stocks. (link requires subscription)

Just goes to show. If you're going to get into this game, you can't be a part-timer.

Your Tax Dollars At Work

Ever wonder how your government can possibly spend that $2.57 trillion it has budgeted in just twelve short months? Unlike what the Democrats would have you believe, it's not all going to the military - unless you include this:

Coast Guard has new quarters in Barboursville
Unit keeps watch over 400 miles of rivers
By Rick Steelhammer, Charleston Gazette Staff writer

BARBOURSVILLE — West Virginia may not have a seacoast, but here, a few hundred yards from the shore of the Mud River, it does have a 60-person U.S. Coast Guard unit ensconced in a new $2 million office complex. (link)

Ever seen the Mud River? It wouldn't qualify as a creek around these parts.

But no matter. West Virginia and the Mud River have a coast guard station. And a pontoon boat won't git 'er done either. The coast guard luxuriates in a $2,000,000 "complex."

$2.57 trillion.

She's Talking To You, Patrick County

For those of you in Patrick and Highland Counties, Virginia who are worked up over those monstrous wind turbines, the Washington Post's Anne Applebaum has a message. You're all insane:

Tilting at Windmills
By Anne Applebaum

The problem plaguing new energy developments is no longer NIMBYism, the "Not-In-My-Back-Yard" movement. The problem now, as one wind-power executive puts it, is BANANAism: "Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything."

... energy projects don't even have to be viable to spark opposition: Already, there are activists gearing up to fight the nascent biofuel industry, on the grounds that fields of switch grass or cornstalks needed to produce ethanol will replace rainforests and bucolic country landscapes. (link)

That's the point I've been making for years. And I know this: If we are going to develop alternate sources of energy, all environmentalists must die.

No. There's No Media Bias.

When six retired generals call for the retirement of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld (because he signed off on decisions they all had a hand in), the New York Times reports the story (on Friday) with all the necessary gravitas:
More Retired Generals Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation
By David S. Cloud and Eric Schmitt

WASHINGTON, April 13 — The widening circle of retired generals who have stepped forward to call for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's resignation is shaping up as an unusual outcry that could pose a significant challenge to Mr. Rumsfeld's
leadership, current and former generals said on Thursday.

There were indications on Thursday that the concern about Mr. Rumsfeld, rooted in years of pent-up anger about his handling of the war, was sweeping aside the reticence of retired generals who took part in the Iraq war to criticize an enterprise in which they participated. Current and former officers said they were unaware of any organized campaign to seek Mr. Rumsfeld's ouster, but they described a blizzard of telephone calls and e-mail messages as retired generals critical of Mr. Rumsfeld weighed the pros and cons of joining in the condemnation. (link)
Now take a look at how the Times treats the story involving those generals who have now stepped up to defend Rumsfeld. The attitude changes. Cynicism takes over. Ridicule almost. Here's how this story is reported on the front page this morning:
Here's Donny! In His Defense, a Show Is Born
By David S. Cloud

WASHINGTON, April 18 — It has become a daily ritual, the defense of the defense secretary, complete with praise from serving generals, tributes from the president and, from the man on the spot, doses of charm, combativeness and even some humility.

Such extended repeated public displays of self-defense are not the norm in Washington, where beleaguered officeholders usually seek to maintain the pretense that criticism ... Those who do respond most often use surrogates to extol their virtues.

But the extraordinary parade of generals who have stepped forward to defend Mr. Rumsfeld includes a bevy ...

Perhaps the most notable examples of damage control since ...

The appearances have been layered with the verbal flair, acerbic wit and defiant touches ...
And then the reporter editorializes:

A danger for Mr. Rumsfeld is that Republicans running in the November election will decide that his continued presence in the cabinet could drag down ...

Sometime years ago I was told that the job of a reporter is to provide Who, What, When, Where, and How? At the New York Times - when it comes to reporting news about the opposition - that also now includes But ...

Bias? No. There ain't no media bias.