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Friday, May 19, 2006

Partybizarre

It is a strange set of circumstances that has brought us to the point where Republicans are jubilant over the fact that a whole host of powerful Republicans were defeated in their reelection bid. But such are the circumstances ...

Toomey Defeats Specter
By David Holman, The American Spectator

"The Toomey-Specter race took place two years ago, but the votes are still coming in tonight."


That was the observation of one Pennsylvanian, an establishment Republican, as he watched the primary returns Tuesday night. Still upset by
last year's pay raise, Republican primary voters sent packing two state legislative leaders, David J. "Chip" Brightbill, Senate majority leader, and Robert Jubelirer, Senate president pro tempore. Over a dozen House incumbents were also turned out of office. Speaking to TAS on the condition of anonymity, the Republican said Pat Toomey's 2004 primary challenge of Sen. Arlen Specter did not end with his defeat. Rather, it sparked a movement. Tuesday's primary was "a chance for us conservatives to keep voting," he said. (link)
Special note to Senate Republicans here in Virginia who think you have it all figured out: This is your wakeup call. Return to your roots or face the wrath of the ones what gotcha there.

We're Doomed

Did I wake up in a parallel universe?
Illegals granted Social Security
By Charles Hurt, The Washington Times

The Senate voted yesterday to allow illegal aliens to collect Social Security benefits based on past illegal employment -- even if the job was obtained through forged or stolen documents. (
link)
What imbecile could have possibly dreamt up this outrage? There could be but one answer:
"We all know that millions of undocumented immigrants pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for years and sometimes decades while they work to contribute to our economy," said Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican.
With his kind of (diminished) thinking, we owe John Gotti's heirs all kinds of back Social Security and Medicare payments on his ill-gotten gains.

What has gotten into these people?

Working To Keep Prices High

With regard to our ongoing energy crisis, let me provide a primer on how to judge the credibility of anyone who comes forward with a solution to the problem. If he or she doesn't utter the following words, anything that follows is utterly worthless:
Supply Demand
And then there are the (grossly overpaid) big thinkers in Washington who seem oblivious to it all:
House votes to keep offshore drilling ban
By H. Josepf Hebert, Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite talk of an energy crisis and the need for independence from foreign oil, Congress seems to be in no mood to open more of the country's coastal waters to energy development.

The House late Thursday rejected an attempt to end the quarter-century ban on oil and natural gas drilling that has been in effect for 85 percent of the country's coastal waters from Alaska to New England despite arguments that new supplies are needed to lower energy costs. (
link)
We can talk about windmills and french fry oil as sources of energy but neither is going to move the needle. Or the traffic around Washington DC. For better or worse - and until someone finds a viable alternative - only oil will.

For the House to play to the Al Gore crazies is both wrong and dangerous.

This I Gotta See

I wonder how this (appearing in the New York Times) works:

Verlyn Klinkenborg: The Rural Life
Scenes from a five-acre farm in upstate New York. (
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One can own five acres.

One can own a farm.

One cannot operate a farm on five acres.

Unless there's some secret known only to New Yorkers ...

... or marijuana is involved.

Money Goes Where It's Respected

Miami - my favorite city - is booming:
Downtown Miami in Midst of a Building Explosion
By Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times


Miami is in the midst of a major building explosion, one that will almost certainly bring thousands of new residents into the downtown area. Like many cities around the country, Miami is trying to remake its business district into a place where people live, shop and play around the clock, instead of just coming and going from work, leaving the area dead at night. Anchoring this effort is the immense Miami Performing Arts Center, due to open in October, which includes a 2,200-seat concert hall and a 2,400-seat opera house. (
link)
How can this be? Frightened Al Gore supporters are worried that a Katrina is destined to wipe out the eastern seaboard this year and Miami is expanding like never before?

I'll tell you. Two phenomena collide - wealth and no state income tax.

Oh, the sun helps too.

If You Must

Is this election season? Must be. That can be the only explanation for this:
Senate Votes to Set English as National Language
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times


WASHINGTON, May 18 — The Senate voted on Thursday to designate English as the national language. In a charged debate, Republican backers of the proposal, which was added to the Senate's immigration measure on a 63-to-34 vote, said that it was equivalent to establishing a formal national anthem or motto and that it would simply affirm the pre-eminence of English without overturning laws or rules on bilingualism. (
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I don't get excited when this kind of debate comes up. I see the English language fast becoming the global language (although, if I may adapt the words of Martin Luther King, I may not get there with you) as the computer brings us all closer together and a common language becomes a necessity. I recall one of my weblog posts a few months ago being "printed" to the online version of a newspaper in Mumbai! (look it up).

Make English the official language if it makes you feel better - and gets you reelected. It really won't make any difference in the long run.