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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Another Democrat On The Perp Walk II

Remember just a few short months ago, Nancy Pelosi and the other leaders of the Democratic party decided that they had the perfect campaign issue in the Republican "culture of corruption?" As it turns out, the GOP doesn't hold a candle to the Democrats when it comes to depravity. A day after the former mayor of Atlanta was sent up the river comes this:

Insider trading conviction of Soros is upheld
The Associated Press

The highest court in France on Wednesday rejected a bid by George Soros, the billionaire investor, to overturn a conviction for insider trading in a case dating back nearly 20 years, leaving the first blemish on his five-decade investing career.

The panel, the Cour de Cassation, upheld the conviction of Soros, 75, an American citizen, for buying and selling Société Générale shares in 1988 after receiving information about a planned corporate raid on the bank. (link)
If you're not familiar with the name, George Soros is one of the largest contributors to left wing causes in the United States and spent an estimated $10 million to (unsuccessfully) oust President Bush in the last election.

So now he's heading off to join a rapidly growing gang of Democrats who are busting big rocks into little rocks in the slammer.

Oh the tangled web we weave ...

A Growing Global Warming Dissent

Al Gore would have you believe the science behind global warming theory is settled. Far from it. It is generally thought that the planet is going through a warming phase but scientists don't even agree on that:
Scientists respond to Gore's warnings of climate catastrophe
"The Inconvenient Truth" is indeed inconvenient to alarmists
By Tom Harris, writing for Canadafreepress.com

"Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it," Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film "An Inconvenient Truth", showing at Cumberland 4 Cinemas in Toronto since Jun 2. With that outlook in mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his movie?

Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: "Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention."

But surely Carter is merely part of what most people regard as a tiny cadre of "climate change skeptics" who disagree with the "vast majority of scientists" Gore cites?

No; Carter is one of hundreds of highly qualified non-governmental, non-industry, non-lobby group climate experts who contest the hypothesis that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are causing significant global climate change. "Climate experts" is the operative term here. Why? Because what Gore's "majority of scientists" think is immaterial when only a very small fraction of them actually work in the climate field.

Even among that fraction, many focus their studies on the impacts of climate change; biologists, for example, who study everything from insects to polar bears to poison ivy. "While many are highly skilled researchers, they generally do not have special knowledge about the causes of global climate change," explains former University of Winnipeg climatology professor Dr. Tim Ball. "They usually can tell us only about the effects of changes in the local environment where they conduct their studies."

This is highly valuable knowledge, but doesn't make them climate change cause experts, only climate impact experts.

Here is a small sample of the side of the debate we almost never hear:

Appearing before the Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development last year, Carleton University paleoclimatologist Professor Tim Patterson testified, "There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth's temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years." Patterson asked the committee, "On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century's modest warming?"

Concerning Gore's beliefs about worldwide warming, [Dr. Dick] Morgan points out that, in addition to the cooling in the NW Atlantic, massive areas of cooling are found in the North and South Pacific Ocean; the whole of the Amazon Valley; the north coast of South America and the Caribbean; the eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, Caucasus and Red Sea; New Zealand and even the Ganges Valley in India. Morgan explains, "Had the IPCC used the standard parameter for climate change (the 30 year average) and used an equal area projection, instead of the Mercator (which doubled the area of warming in Alaska, Siberia and the Antarctic Ocean) warming and cooling would have been almost in balance."

Gore's point that 200 cities and towns in the American West set all time high temperature records is also misleading according to Dr. Roy Spencer, Principal Research Scientist at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. "It is not unusual for some locations, out of the thousands of cities and towns in the U.S., to set all-time records," he says. "The actual data shows that overall, recent temperatures in the U.S. were not unusual."

Carter does not pull his punches about Gore's activism, "The man is an embarrassment to US science and its many fine practitioners, a lot of whom know (but feel unable to state publicly) that his propaganda crusade is mostly based on junk science." (
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" ... overall, recent temperatures in the U.S. were not unusual." An inconvenient truth.

Democrats Can't Hold Back Their Glee

The Democrats here in Virginia are overjoyed that their primary yesterday produced a candidate. Like it was somehow in doubt?

There is a whole mess of backslapping and happy talk in the blogosphere but I thought this from The Virginia Progressive was particularly noteworthy:

Turnout - What Made The Difference!

Miller Districts in Bold. Webb Districts in Italics.

Super-Low Turnout- 4th District, 9th District,

Low Turnout- 1st District, 2nd District, 3rd District, 5th District, 6th District, 7th District, 10th
District


High Turnout- 11th District

Super-High Turnout- 8th District

Also, if i was a Republican i would be ashamed about the state of the GOP in the 8th District. Turnout was .50% for the 8th District GOP Primary… Embarrassing… (
link)

That Super-High Turnout in the 8th district came in large part from Alexandria where a super-high 7.61% of the registered voters showed up at the polls.

Embarrassing is right.

Oh, and there's this.

Why Didn't We Think Of That?

First, if every tourism expert who showed up at the regional tourism conference in Abingdon - can there actually be 400 of them? - was a tourist, we wouldn't have an economic crisis in Southwest Virginia and our many, many tourist attractions wouldn't sit, day after day, completely idle.

Second, who was the strategist who advised the governor to blow in and tell the tourism professionals gathered at the conference - all of whom depend on their predicting happy crap about our tourist industry - that tourism is a great idea? Master stroke, dude.

Anyway, here are the details of the conference that has brought all life in Southwest Virginia to a standstill as we all wait with bated breath to find out how our economic crisis was going to be turned around:
Governor urges expanded efforts to market region
David McGee, Bristol Herald-Courier Staff Writer

ABINGDON – Tourism can become a greater economic engine for Southwest Virginia, Gov. Tim Kaine said Tuesday.

During a breakfast address to a regional tourism conference, the governor urged the assembled tourism professionals, artisans and government officials to expand their efforts to market the region.

About 400 people attended the event at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, “Tourism is this state’s second-largest industry after agriculture-forestry – and it’s growing,” Kaine said. “It’s not to replace other jobs. It’s not instead of other jobs. It is – in and of itself – a powerful, powerful industry. And we’ve got so many resources to make it more powerful.” (
link)
I wonder how many of the attendees were taking notes.
Governor Kaine: "Continue to do what you do every day."
Genius.

As for tourism being the state's second-largest industry, there's Arlington National Cemetery and then there's Rick Boucher's horseback riding trail in remote parts of Sullivan County in that mix. I wonder how they compare in visitor volume.

Secondly, tourism may be big up in Manassas Battlefield National Park but the second-largest industry in Southwest Virginia is bankruptcy law, which is a close second to U-haul franchising, which is doing a thriving business moving the belongings of the unemployed north to Washington DC.

I don't mean to rain on the festivities; I'm sure the lunch and dinner provided to the folks assembled at the conference were top notch. But we here in Southwest Virginia are getting a little impatient hearing, year after year, tourist attraction after tourist attraction, that we are going to see a tourist - any day now.

It Was Destined To Come Down To This

The mainstream media and their pals in the Democratic party have had great fun with the CIA employee Valerie Plame incident. But the story has just about reached it's conclusion - in the only way it was destined to all along. It turns out to be much ado about nothing:
Frogs Aren't Marching
Wall Street Journal Editorial

So much for having Karl Rove "frog-marched" out of the White House "in handcuffs." That's the fate Democratic partisan Joe Wilson once predicted for President Bush's political guru, and yesterday his hope and accusations vanished like fog on the Potomac.

The Rove decision ...finally discredits the accusation that there was some grand White House conspiracy to smear Mr. Wilson. Mr. Fitzgerald has brought no charges concerning the original leak, which means there was no underlying crime. His entire case -- and this entire "scandal" -- has been distilled to charges of perjury and obstruction against one man, former Vice Presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

And that one case comes down to nothing more than the fact that Mr. Libby's memory of conversations with three reporters differs from that of the reporters themselves. Think we're exaggerating? Here's how the judge in the case, Reggie B. Walton, summarized it in a recent ruling on evidence: "The charges against the defendant are based entirely [our emphasis] upon what the defendant has said was discussed during his conversations with these news reporters." (
link)

There is no joy in Mudville today, now that Karl Rove has been cleared of all potential charges. But there was never a scandal here. It was all conjured in the fertile minds of the looney left.

Which means the dream lives on ...

Hollywood Hypocrisy

A crowd of fabulously wealthy Hollywood types gathered in Los Angeles yesterday and demanded that a developer give away his property to the poor:
Protest grows in garden

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies evicted people from an urban community garden to make room for a warehouse yesterday, touching off a furious protest in which actress Daryl Hannah and others climbed into a walnut tree or chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels. At least 39 persons were arrested.


About 350 people grow produce and flowers on the 14 acres of privately owned land in an inner-city area surrounded by warehouses and railroad tracks. The garden has been there for more than a decade, but the landowner, Ralph Horowitz, wants to replace it with a warehouse.

The effort to save the farm attracted the support of numerous activists and celebrities, including Miss Hannah, environmental activist John Quigley, country singer Willie Nelson, actor Danny Glover, folk singer Joan Baez and tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill. (link)

It's not clear why Hannah, Nelson, Glover, and Baez didn't offer to buy the land and donate it to the poor themselves. After all, they are wealthy enough to buy half of California.

Well, actually it is clear. They're all liberal (or extreme leftists in the case of Glover). And liberals help the poor by confiscating other peoples' money.

Your Tax Dollars At Work

Remember when you had to put off your child's college education in order to pay your tax bill? Here's where your hard-earned savings went:
FEMA funds spent on divorce, sex change
By Larry Margasak, Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Houston divorce lawyer Mark Lipkin says he can't recall anyone paying for his services with a FEMA debit card, but congressional investigators say one of his clients did just that.

The $1,000 payment was just one example cited in an audit that concluded that up to $1.4 billion - perhaps as much as 16 percent of the billions of dollars in assistance expended after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita - was spent for bogus reasons.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also was hoodwinked to pay for season football tickets, a tropical vacation and a sex change operation, the audit found. Prison inmates, a supposed victim who used a New Orleans cemetery for a home address and a person who spent 70 days at a Hawaiian hotel all were able to get taxpayer help, according to evidence that gives a new black eye to the nation's disaster relief agency. (
link)
Meanwhile American taxpayers are making those "cash 'til payday" operations thrive because there isn't enough money to stretch to the end of the week.

There is something seriously wrong.

A Smackdown of a Democrat Pinup Boy

A Marine bitchslaps anti-American Democratic Congressman John Murtha in a letter that originally appeared in the Washington Post and is reproduced in this morning's New York Post. It has to do with Haditha and accusations of murder and what fools who don't know what they're talking about should do with their pie hole.

Good stuff.

'America Keeps It's Word'

On the same day that the 2004 Democratic contender for the White House announced that his vote to go to war in Iraq (the one that came after his vote against the war in Iraq but before his other vote in favor) was a mistake (he should have voted against ... got that?), President Bush flies to Baghdad and states his position on the war in clear unequivocal terms:
'I'VE COME NOT ONLY TO LOOK YOU IN THE EYE, BUT TO ALSO TELL YOU THAT AMERICA KEEPS ITS WORD'
By Ian Bishop and Niles Lathem, The New York Post

June 14, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - President Bush made a dramatic surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday to boost the new Iraqi government and assure Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that America's commitment to a post-Saddam democracy will never falter.

"I have come to not only look you in the eye; I've also come to tell you that when America gives its word, it will keep its word," Bush told a stunned Maliki, who was informed of Bush's secret visit only when the president's helicopter landed right outside his office in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.

"I've come today to personally show our nation's commitment to a free Iraq," Bush later told troops at the U.S. Embassy who roared their approval. (
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The Democrats assembled for their "Take Back America" conference are calling for an exit strategy from Iraq. The President gave them one. VICTORY.

Clinton Booed At Dem Gathering

The good news just keeps piling up these days:
HILL TAKES HEAT FROM THE LEFT
By Ian Bishop, The New York Post


June 14, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton marched into a den of liberals yesterday and insisted it isn't "smart strategy to set a date certain" for U.S. troop withdrawal in Iraq - drawing a smattering of boos from the assembly of Democratic activists.


Speaking directly to critics of her vote for the Iraq war, Clinton insisted "we have to work our way out of it" rather than turn tail and surrender Iraq's infant democracy to terror thugs. (
link)
Virginia Democrats nominate a Republican to be their candidate in the upcoming Senate race and the party's best chance (Mrs. Clinton) at taking back the White House is booed by the party faithful.

It don't get better than this.

Another Democrat On The Perp Walk

Another day, another Democrat pleads guilty. Yesterday, it was Congressman Patrick Kennedy who got off far too easy by pleading to a reduced sentence. Today it's a former mayor of Atlanta:

Former Atlanta Mayor Sentenced to Prison
By The Associated Press


ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal judge said he believed Bill Campbell helped make Atlanta a world-class city but wasn't convinced the former mayor had accepted responsibility for his
misdeeds.

Judge Richard Story on Tuesday sentenced Campbell to 2 1/2 years in prison and fined him $6,300 for tax evasion.

Story said he was overcome with a ''pall of disappointment'' over the breadth of misconduct during Campbell's administration. Campbell, 52, was convicted in March.

... he was found guilty of failing to pay taxes on what prosecutors said were his ill-gotten gains. (
link)

Can any Democrat be trusted anymore? Drunks. Crooks. Idiots. I worry for the future.