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Thursday, January 04, 2007

It's Starting To Become Clear

This business about separation of Christianity church and state is starting to make sense. I guess I'm just a slow learner.

Let me make sure I've got this right. It's perfectly okay for a Muslim to bring Islam into a government ceremony but God Allah help the poor Christian schmuck who tries to bring reasonable other views into the public square:
Taking oath on historic Quran
Muslim congressman to use Jefferson's book at his swearing-in
By Peter Hardin, Richmond Times-Dispatch Washington Correspondent

Washington -- The first Muslim elected to Congress will take a ceremonial oath today using a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson. [*]

Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, D-Minn., arranged to borrow an English edition of the Quran published in London in 1764 from the Library of Congress. It was part of Jefferson's collection and was initialed by Jefferson.

"A visionary like Thomas Jefferson was not afraid of a different belief system," Ellison said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press yesterday.

"This just shows that religious tolerance is the bedrock of our country, and religious differences are nothing to be afraid of." (link)
Progressive Americans all agree. Religious tolerance is indeed the bedrock of our country.

Sure they do.

Sure they do.

Sure they do.

Sure they do.

Sure they do.

Religious tolerance is the bedrock of leftist dogma, as long as the religious are carrying a Quran and are dressed in goofy Nation of Islam uniforms. Otherwise, burn in hell New Orleans, you Christian scum.

* Not to be confused with Thomas Freaking Jefferson.

Quote Of The Day

On the most important legislative initiative of the Democrats in the 110th Congress:
Democrats consider the minimum-wage increase a signature issue. So, consider what it says about them:

Most of the working poor earn more than the minimum wage, and most of the 0.6 percent (479,000 in 2005) of America's wage workers earning the minimum wage are not poor. Only one in five workers earning the federal minimum lives in families with earnings below the poverty line. Sixty percent work part time, and their average household income is well over $40,000. (The average and median household incomes are $63,344 and $46,326, respectively.)

Forty percent of American workers are salaried. Of the 75.6 million paid by the hour, 1.9 million earn the federal minimum or less, and of these, more than half are under 25 and more than a quarter are between ages 16 and 19. Many are students or other part-time workers. Sixty percent of those earning the federal minimum or less work in restaurants and bars and earn tips -- often untaxed, perhaps -- in addition to wages. Two-thirds of those earning the federal minimum today will, a year from now, have been promoted and be earning 10 percent more.

... the minimum wage should be the same everywhere: $0. Washington, which has its hands full delivering the mail and defending the shores, should let the market do well what Washington does poorly. But that is a good idea whose time will never come again.
George Will, "The Right Minimum Wage," The Washington Post, January 4, 2007

The Dems Take Charge

Well, there's old new leadership in Washington and it looks like we're going back to the days of funding windmills and solar powered pencils:
Democrats Hope to Take From Oil, Give To Green Energy
By Steven Mufson, Washington Post Staff Writer

House Democrats are crafting an energy package that would roll back billions of dollars worth of oil drilling incentives, raise billions more by boosting federal royalties paid by oil and gas companies for offshore production, and plow the money into new tax breaks for renewable energy sources, congressional sources said yesterday. (link)
Yep. We are returning to the days when GM will be assisted in manufacturing an $80,000 electric automobile that goes all of 200 miles before dying. And colleges and universities will be showered with money to improve the effectiveness of those hand-held calculators. And windmills off Nantucket ... oops, never mind that one. Well, there's hydroelectric pow ... no, that's out too.

Hmm. I suppose it's out of the question for me to suggest federal funding for the development of the most prolific renewable energy resource known to mankind.

And Cats Will Lie Down With Dogs ...

The Democrats (and their new best pal) are going to balance the federal budget. Just ask them (and the Washington Post - see item below):

Bush Signals Budget Accord
New Plan to Mirror Democrats' Goals
By Peter Baker, Washington Post Staff Writer

President Bush promised yesterday to produce a plan to balance the federal budget in five years and challenged lawmakers to slash their special pet projects in half next year, embracing priorities of the new Democratic leadership that will assume control of Congress today.

Appearing in the Rose Garden with his Cabinet, Bush said he has been encouraged by meetings with Democrats and thinks they can reach common ground on spending issues that have bitterly divided them for six years. He said that the budget proposal he will make Feb. 5 will erase the deficit by 2012, and he called on Congress "to end the dead-of-the-night" process in which earmarks are slipped into spending bills.

The president's announcements were greeted by Democrats as "me-tooism," as ... (link)

I got a kick out of that last line. The Democrats are upset that the President is taking credit for their balanced budget that they haven't balanced yet.

As someone said long ago (oh, it was me all of an hour ago), you just can't make this stuff up.

This Is Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

A headline in this morning's Washington Times:

It's going to be a good day ...

Speaking For All Americans ....

We unite in this sentiment:

We here in America are terribly sorry that the Iraqi people couldn't hang Saddam's sorry ass twice.

Cut & Run Strategy Revealed

And these people are going to be conducting the war on terror from now on?
Cindy Sheehan routs the Democrats
By S.A. Miller, The Washington Times

Cindy Sheehan, the "peace activist" who famously besieged President Bush at Prairie Chapel Ranch, yesterday routed the leaders of the new House Democratic majority from their press conference where they attempted to present their legislative agenda.

Chants of "de-escalate, investigate, troops home now," drowned out the new majority leaders, including Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the chairman of the Democratic House Caucus.

The flustered lawmakers retreated to a room behind closed doors, and surrendered the field to Mrs. Sheehan, whose son, an Army soldier, was killed in Iraq in 2004. (link)
For the love of Christ. An overweight, ill-kempt, couture-challenged grandma sends our new congressional leadership fleeing into the night.

Osama bin Obama and his heavily armed minions must be licking their lips about now.

Uh Oh. This Can Only Mean One Thing.

Southwest Virginia is to be dealt a severe blow if this comes to pass:
Dems Are Loaded For Pork
By Ian Bishop, The New York Post

January 4, 2007 -- Washington - Democrats take control of Congress today with marching orders to rein in multimillion-dollar pet spending projects that for years have been secretly stuffed into larger spending packages.

Democrats have pledged to move quickly on measures to pull the shadowy pork-barrel projects out from the back rooms and onto the House and Senate floor for open votes. (
Darn. This means there'll be no more federal transportation dollars spent on worthless horseback riding trails in Scott County ...

... and no more millions for the little-used Virginia Creeper Trail and ...

... no more funds to build dust-collecting visitor centers and ...

... no more trails ...

... or trails ...

... trails ...

... tr ...

... ...

Well, at least our hard-charging representative in Washington will be there to chair a vital Congressional subcommittee.

We Now Return To Those Heady Clinton Years

Bill Clinton, in his eight short years in office, made the lame walk, the blind see, and he even made the world safe for democracy. Just ask him. And the New York Times.

In the glory days, you see, it wasn't a matter of getting a whole lot done. It was more a matter of talking about getting a lot done. And how they did talk.

How was it again he became our first black President?

I read a column this morning in the paper that reminded me of our greatest President ever and how he was treated by the press. It has to do with New York's new Democratic governor. He's making sweeping changes (he's been in office for a day) by ... talking about them:
Bold Talk Marks End To Politics As Usual
By Fredric U. Dicker, The New York Post

January 4, 2007 -- Albany - Like Eliot Spitzer himself, the State of the State Address delivered by the state's new governor was tightly wrapped, sharply focused, and menacing enough to leave no doubt that he means what he says when he says he'll bring fundamental change to New York.

The speech to the scandal-scarred Legislature was also - like Spitzer himself - refreshingly candid and even blunt in assessing New York's national-class problems of scandal, over-taxation, a hostile business climate and badly needed school reforms.

It was also bold, in a way Spitzer repeatedly showed ... (link)
Corruption in New York has been brought to an end. The kids there are being educated. Taxes are now tolerable. Eliot Spitzer and Fred Dicker say so.

My guess is, if Governor Tim Kaine here in Virginia declared our "transportation crisis" to be at an end, the Roanoke Times, the Washington Post, and the other sycophantic rags around the commonwealth would, the next day, have bold headlines:

Bold Talk Marks End To Road Problems

You can't make this stuff up.

Money Is No Object

Repeat after me: Environmentalists are our friends:

Taiwan’s Bullet Trains Can’t Outrun Controversy
By Keith Bradsher, The New York Times

Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 28 — The sleek, bulbous-nosed new bullet trains here look like they are designed to whisk passengers across wide-open spaces. But on this congested island, they represent the start of a 180-mile-per-hour commuter train system.

After a quarter century of planning and construction, the system is scheduled to open on Jan. 5.

It will tie together cities and towns where 94 percent of Taiwan’s population lives, offering an alternative to clogged highways and the air pollution the vehicles on them produce.

For some urban planners and environmentalists, the project is an example of how Asia may be able to control oil imports, curb fast-rising emissions of global-warming gases and bring a higher standard of living to enormous numbers of people in an environmentally sustainable way.

Passengers who travel on a fully loaded train will use only a sixth of the energy they would use if they drove alone in a car and will release only one-ninth as much carbon dioxide, the main gas linked to global warming. Compared with a bus ride, the figures are half the energy and a quarter of the carbon dioxide, train system officials said.

But the system’s enormous cost — $15 billion, or $650 for every man, woman and child on Taiwan — has made it a subject of dispute.

The system has become so complex that the leader of Taiwan’s consumer movement is calling for citizens to boycott it entirely until extensive safety data is released. (link) [my emphasis]

An environmentally friendly commuter train. Sweet. So what if it is bankrupting the people of Taiwan? So what if nobody rides the damn thing as a result of the boycott? So what if some citizens have to sacrifice on food, clothing and shelter to pay for their share of it? So what if it is the most expensive project in the history of mankind?

It's the thought that counts ...

There Ain't No Transportation Crisis

... not as long as we have time to concentrate on silly crap like this:

Resolution to offer slavery apology
Richmond Times-Dispatch

As Virginia prepares to observe the 400th anniversary of the landing at Jamestown, several African-American leaders think it's time to apologize for slavery.

A resolution that will be introduced in the General Assembly will express the General Assembly's "atonement" for slavery on behalf of the state. It also calls for racial reconciliation.

A similar resolution is being prepared on behalf of Native Americans in Virginia.

Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, and Del. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, are co-sponsors of the resolution. (link)
A two-fer. We apologize for slavery and for bringing Native Americans out of the Stone Age.

Shoot. Why don't we just have one big apology and get it over with? My ancestors may have been involved in Jewish pogroms and the genocide in Armenia and the sacking of Rome and the rape of Nanking and the destruction of the lost city of Atlantis and Apollo XIII and Sister Act 2 and New Coke and ...

Let me draft the statement for you guys:

I'm just flat-out sorry for everything ever done to anyone by anyone.

Now, about that transportation crisis ...

Hat tip to Tugboat Phil