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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Why I Am No Longer Liberal

To think, I was once as passionate - and as incoherent - as this Virginia blogger:

An Inconvenient Truth
by:
Lowell
Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 19:37:55 PM MDT

Check out
the website, see the movie, and take action. Vote for candidates who will protect our planet; vote against those who won't. The ice caps are melting, the polar bears are drowning, the forests are dying, and the climate is going completely haywire. We have no time to lose, so act fast. Start by seeing Al Gore's amazing movie, and telling all your friends to do the same. (link)
The world is going to end; we have no time to lose; respond by heading down to the movie theater. I don't know ...

I must admit, if the ice caps were indeed melting (which they aren't) and our forests were dying (an utter and laughable falsehood) and our climate was going more haywire than it has been since the beginning of time (weather is by its "nature" unpredictable or "haywire"), I could give a rat's ass about drowning polar bears. I guess I'm just selfish at those points in time when all life on this planet is about to cease.

But to the point - (1) the earth's average temperature in the 100 years of the twentieth century increased just over one degree fahrenheit (plus or minus 0.4 degrees!), such an underwhelming number to produce such unbecoming hysteria. (2) Some scientists suggest that the warming is cyclical, and that the earth's temperatures have risen and fallen since before the dawn of man. (3) Other scientists believe the warming trend to be potentially a good thing, allowing more cropland to be available for production for longer periods of time, providing food for more starving people in Zimbabwe. (4) environmentalists (and hysterical bloggers) have proven themselves to be less than trustworthy when it comes to piloting the lifeboat. A steadier, less frightened hand at the helm is to many of us more desirable.

So. Call your congressman, save a drowning bear, go see Al Gore's Hollywood epic, or do what I plan on doing today - bask in the warmth and sunshine with an ice cold Bud.

Just don't get overheated by it all.

Surface Mining Is Our Future

If you were to listen to the hysterics coming from environmentalists with regard to the preferred method in these parts of mining coal, you'd think our croplands are at risk of laying fallow, our forests being denuded, our rivers and streams running rancid, our children waking up stupid, and our women trending toothless and ugly.

Every now and then though we get a report that the world is not in fact ending any time soon here in Southwest Virginia. An example:

Reclaimed strip mine land serves fruitful purpose
Kathy Still, Reporter, Bristol Herald-Courier


WISE – David Lawson was 10 years old when a coal company razed a mountain beside his home.

The mining stopped in the early 1980s, and crews reclaimed the land by flattening it to pasture-grade.

Lawson and his family harvest grapes on the former strip mine. They extract the juice and make a variety of wines at MountainRose Vineyards.

The Lawsons operate the only vineyard and winery in the state on a former strip-mine site. (
link)

Flattening mountains, extracting valuable minerals, creating pastureland and vineyards, growing jobs, invigorating the local economy. I think we have the makings of a plan to bring success to this troubled region.

A Broadening Chasm

As further evidence of the existence of a growing divide between Northern Virginia and ... everywhere else, senate candidate James Webb is heavily favored at present over incumbent George Allen by voters around Washington DC but is virtually unknown - and unsupported - outside the area:
Poll: Allen leads race for Senate over Webb
However, one-fifth of those surveyed remain undecided, and Allen still lacks majority support.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times


RICHMOND -- U.S. Sen. George Allen holds a comfortable lead in his race for re-election and boasts a solid job approval rating, according to a poll commissioned by The Roanoke Times and other Virginia newspapers.

The Republican senator leads Democratic challenger James Webb by 16 percentage points in a statewide survey conducted last week by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

Allen has the support of 48 percent of the voters surveyed and leads Webb by wide margins in most regions of the state. Webb, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former secretary of the Navy, leads Allen in densely populated Northern Virginia but remains unrecognized by one-third of the state's voters. (
link)
An interesting political demographic continues to develop with overpopulated, tax-happy, big government supportive Northern Virginia trending to the left and tax averse, socially conservative, fiscally conservative Western, Southwest, and Southside Virginia rapidly advancing to the right, with Tidewater remaining somewhere in between to serve as spoiler.

We know where this will end as it pertains to the Webb/Allen Senate race, but beyond?

Call In The 101st Airborne

Well, the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana summoned the National Guard to stem the tide of murder and mayhem in the Crescent City after admitting that the police force there was powerless. It appears the Guard isn't a match for the hoodlums either:
New Orleans cops probe 6 killings in 1 day
By Mary Foster, Associated Press Writer


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Police were investigating six fatal shootings that occurred within 24 hours, the latest round of killings as the city struggles to rein in violence that has shadowed the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

Last month, Gov. Kathleen Blanco sent the Louisiana National Guard and state police to New Orleans after five teenagers were shot to death in a single attack. (
link)
What now, fellas? The 8th Army? Roman Legions? Mongel Hordes?

For the love of God. These boobs can't even meet the first obligation of governance - protecting the citizenry. And we've entrusted billions of our hard-earned tax dollars to them for reconstruction ...

Eating Their Young

This is interesting. The New York Times is throwing longtime Connecticut Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman over the side in favor of an anti-war zealot:
A Senate Race in Connecticut
Editorial

Mr. Lieberman is now in a tough Democratic primary against a little-known challenger, Ned Lamont. The race has taken on a national character. Mr. Lieberman’s friends see it as an attempt by hysterical antiwar bloggers to oust a giant of the Senate for the crime of bipartisanship. Lamont backers — most of whom seem more passionate about being Lieberman opponents — say that as one of the staunchest supporters of the Iraq war, Mr. Lieberman has betrayed his party by cozying up to President Bush.

This primary would never have happened absent Iraq.

We endorse Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for Senate in Connecticut. (
link)
This, by the way, is the same New York Times that endorsed the Iraq War before it began. Hopefully Mr. Lieberman will take from this a lesson learned by a growing number of other Americans: With friends like these, who needs enemies.

A Pig Is a Pig

A Muslim man walks into an office filled with Jews and opens fire, killing one and wounding five others. This is an act of:

a) ethnic cleansing
b) genocide
c) terrorism
d) a hate crime

A case can be made for the correct answer to be a, b, or c. But to Seattle police it's merely d.
Police Describe Seattle Shooting as a Hate Crime
By William Yardley, The New York Times

SEATTLE, July 29 — A day after a gunman killed one woman and wounded five others in the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the police identified a Muslim man on Saturday as the suspect and said he used the Internet to select the federation as a random target for his anger toward Jews.

The police are treating the shooting as a hate crime based on what they say Mr. Haq told a 911 dispatcher shortly before surrendering.

“He said he wanted the United States to leave Iraq, that his people were being mistreated and that the United States was harming his people,” Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske of the Seattle Police said Saturday at a news conference. “And he pointedly blamed the Jewish people for all of these problems. (link)
Hate crime, terrorism, or the aftereffects of a bad lunch, this is a scourge that needs to be eradicated everywhere it raises its ugly head.