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Thursday, June 29, 2006

There's a New Sheriff In Town

I had gotten (unnecessarily) worked up yesterday over Governor Tim Kaine's attempt at mushrooming an already bloated state budget by inserting a number of last-minute allocations. But I had forgotten - temporarily - who's in charge these days:
Kaine's spending cut from budget
Virginia's longest budget fight ended with most of the governor's proposed spending stripped away.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times


RICHMOND -- The House of Delegates on Wednesday rejected nearly $22 million in new spending proposed by Gov. Tim Kaine, bringing a chaotic and acrimonious conclusion to the longest budget fight in Virginia history.

The House's Republican majority turned back Kaine's attempts to add funding for the Art Museum of Western Virginia, for a building project at Virginia Western Community College, and for economic
development grants to help several localities in the Alleghany Highlands. It also rejected Kaine's proposal to help fund a combined sewer overflow project in Lynchburg aimed at preventing raw sewage discharges into the James River. (
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As a matter of record, Chad was first to report the good news yesterday.

And good news it is. Once again, we are indebted to the House Republicans for watching out for our hard-earned money.

We should name a bike path after them.

A Pandemic Of Their Own Making

You may not be familiar with Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane. But you've probably heard of its acronym. DDT was widely used and was wondrously effective in fighting the spread of malaria in the years before elitist environmentalists launched a campaign in 1962 to scare the bejeebers out of easily frightened politicians and have it banned. The world's elite came up with all kinds of implausible harms DDT was allegedly inflicting on the environment and on humanity - from falcon eggshell thinning to cancer in humans to grotesque birth defects.

By the 1970's DDT was virtually outlawed worldwide.

And the slaughter began.

It is estimated that 1 million people - mostly children, mostly in the poorest countries in Africa - die each year from malaria.

And the elitist left - the same do-gooders that are causing the deaths - take a moment now and then to pretend to care:
Push for New Tactics as War on Malaria Falters
By Cwlia W. Dugger, The New York Times


The mosquito nets arrived too late for 18-month-old Phillip Odong.

The roly-poly boy came down with his fourth bout of
malaria on March 16, the same day the nets were handed out at the makeshift camp where he lived in northern Uganda. "It was because of poverty that we could not afford one," his mother, Jackeline Ato, recalled recently, seated in rags beneath a mango tree.

As many as 100,000 people, mostly children, die of malaria each year in Uganda alone. "It's like a jumbo jet crashing every day," said Dr. Andrew Collins, deputy director of the Malaria Consortium, an international nonprofit group.

The United States is testing indoor insecticide spraying there. It is also treating more than 700,000 nets that Ugandans already own with insecticides and buying another 400,000 nets laced with insecticides that last up to five years.

Millions of doses of Global Fund-financed Coartem, the antimalaria drug, arrived this year in Uganda ... (
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Bug spray and nets. The pandemic will continue unabated.

A million more children will die this year because the world health community refuses to tackle the problem at its source. The swamps. The forests. The mosquitoes. The carriers of the deadly disease.

So the left will continue to applaud people like Bill Gates for magnanimously furnishing more bug spray. And they'll occasionally send reporters to Uganda to take pictures and shed tears - and write their pernicious 1250 words of sorrow and woe.

And they'll continue the slaughter.

The Problem With Kyoto

The Europeans are good at chastising the USA for, among many other things, causing the planet to heat up. It was, you may recall, in 1997 that the various European countries came together and signed with great fanfare and ... a lot of hot air, the Kyoto Protocol. There were a number of us at the time who found the treaty and the bluster that came with it, like the following from the Germans, quite amusing:
Germany and the other 127 signatories consider the Kyoto Protocol to be the most important of all the global environmental agreements. Above and beyond its importance as a milestone in global climate protection, it has a vast impact in terms of development policy and constitutes a new element of the global economic order. (link)
Wow. So why was it so funny?

Because we knew these holier-than-thou champions of the environment didn't mean a word of it. And we were right:
New German Rule Could Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
By Judy Dempsey, The New York Times


BERLIN, June 28 — Germany, one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in Europe, announced changes Wednesday that would allow increases in its emissions — a move that is expected to be challenged by the European Commission.

The German cabinet decided to exclude the coal industry from the European Union's carbon trading program, under which companies must buy permits before they can release higher-than-mandated levels of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The move could persuade other countries to loosen their controls, critics said. (
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President Bush should follow the lead of Europe's most influential steward of the environment. I call on the Bush administration to sign the Kyoto treaty and then to exempt our coal, petroleum, and natural gas industries.

And we should do it with all the same hot air and bluster.

This Sounds Familiar

It looks like Maine is in the same situation we are in here in Southwest Virginia:
Maine Struggling to Revive Ailing Economy
By Ariel Sabar, The New York Times


PORTLAND, Me., June 28 — Maine was the only state besides Louisiana to see a decline in economic activity last year, according to a new Federal Reserve study.

The state lost 1,700 manufacturing jobs and 800 financial jobs, said the report, which was posted on the Web site of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The losses were partly offset by gains in education, health services, professional and business services, and government.

"Our manufacturing base is just disappearing," said Michael R. Donihue, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, who sits on a public board in charge of state economic forecasts. " (
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Unlike Southwest Virginia, the state of Maine at least has its tourism industry to fall back on.

But then again, it also has a liberal legislature that has saddled its citizenry with a dreadfully expensive Hillarycare system too.

The article, in the way of a solution, has this, "... others say that Maine will lag behind the rest of New England unless it takes bolder steps to cut taxes ..."

Where have you heard that before?