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Monday, January 08, 2007

Playing Games In Richmond

It's clear that the people who have been sent to Richmond to govern aren't serious about moving the commonwealth forward. It can be seen in the fact that Governor Kaine complains about the looming transportation crisis, yet refuses to countenance a viable solution to the problem offered up by the Republicans (see item below).

It is also obvious that our legislators aren't serious about the tasks at hand when they can consider such meaningless trivialities as this:
Apology is the right thing to do
By Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist


Gov. Timothy M. Kaine performed a public act of contrition and hasn't regretted it.

In July 1998, as mayor of Richmond, Kaine issued an apology for slavery on behalf of the city.

"We will do all we can, not to erase the past but to make a better future," Kaine said to an interfaith group that retraced the journey of African captives to our shores.

The Earth did not stop spinning on its axis or swallow Richmond whole as a result of this apology. Kaine even managed to get himself elected governor.

So naturally, he supports in concept the idea of an apology for Virginia's role in slavery and its treatment of American Indians.

"His thinking is that contrition is good for the soul," Kaine spokesman Kevin Hall said Friday. (link)
The very fact that Kaine has already made just such an apology (as has former President Clinton on behalf of all of us) and is excited about doing it again speaks volumes about its worth.

No, the "Earth did not stop spinning on its axis" when Kaine apologized for wrongs perpetrated on people he doesn't know by people he doesn't know. But it didn't end the calls for more silly apologies either.

Beyond that, we aren't paying his exorbitant salary to keep the Earth on its axis. And we aren't paying him to waste his - and our - time on such frivolous and empty gestures as apologizing for something that 800,000 Americans, with their "last full measure of devotion," resolved more than 140 years ago.

You get off on such things? I hear Clinton has a lot of free time. Get him to do it. Once a month. A week. Each morning at dawn. It will mean as much.

The World Is Ending. Again.

I wrote a column for the Roanoke Times a few months ago in which I asked the following:
Just what the heck happened to all those crumbling roads and bridges? To our deteriorating infrastructure? To VDOT's impending demise? To the end of life as we know it? Did someone sneak into town in dark of night and resolve our monumental transportation crisis while we slept? They must have, because nobody is whining about it any more. (link)
Well, they're whining again. Life as we know it is coming to an end. Again.

Last chance for the General Assembly
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

RICHMOND -- Familiar issues and unresolved battles await General Assembly members when they return to ...

[Governor Tim] Kaine and lawmakers from both parties insist that transportation remains the state's most urgent issue, but offer little evidence that they can reach a consensus on a long-term funding plan for roads and transit. The House and Senate could not compromise on the issue last year and made no progress during a brief September special session devoted solely to transportation.

Kaine last week advanced another plan to increase the vehicle sales tax and registration fees for transportation, but House Republican leaders remain opposed to any funding plan that calls for statewide tax increases. (link)

A question: If Kaine truly considered there to be a transportation crisis, why is he so unwilling to adopt the Republicans' plan to solve it? Is it more important to fight the GOP than to solve the crisis?

This is simply the latest version of the same old song. Taxes. Taxes. And more taxes.

It Was Never About The Stem Cells

This is a fascinating bit of news, not that it will make any difference to the abortion rights crowd that simply used the issue to advance their jihad against the fetus:

Stem cells found plentiful in amniotic fluid
By Paul Elias, Associated Press


Scientists reported yesterday that they had found a plentiful source of stem cells in the fluid that cushions babies in the womb and produced a variety of tissue types from these cells, sidestepping the public fight over destroying embryos for research.

Researchers at Wake Forest University and Harvard University reported that the stem cells they drew from amniotic fluid donated by pregnant women hold much the same promise as embryonic stem cells.

They reported that they were able to extract the stem cells without harm to mother or unborn baby and turn their discovery into several tissue cell types, including brain, liver and bone. (link)
One can be forgiven for getting confused at this point, wondering what difference "harm to an unborn baby" makes since abortion - the ultimate harm - is backed by, encouraged by, and funded by the United States government, with force of arms.

Still, the news that babies (at embryo stage) need not die so as to retrieve stem cells that may some day provide a cure for something will take away a powerful argument that the abortionists and their allies on the left have been using in recent years.

Watch the leftists quickly abandon the issue, an act that will speak volumes about how committed these slimeballs were to the cause all along.
Make note of it.

An Act Of Treason

Treason
Noun: treason treezun
1. A crime that undermines the offender's government
2. Disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior
3. An act of deliberate betrayal

When the Democratically-controlled Congress denied funds for the furtherance of the Vietnam War, bringing about the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the wholesale slaughter of millions of Southeast Asians, no harm was done to American servicemen and women in the field. We had already abandoned our ally two years prior and had pulled our troops out.

Congress is in the hands of the Democrats again and, as in 1975, they are threatening to withdraw funding for a war. But this time, those to be deprived of ammunition and armor will be Americans. The outrageous news:
Pelosi threatens to reject funds for troop surge
By Eric Pfeiffer, The Washington Times


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats yesterday said their party might deny funding for President Bush's expected call this week for a troop surge in Iraq if he doesn't meet their demands for detailed consultations and congressional debate on military strategy.

"If the president chooses to escalate the war, in his budget request we want to see a distinction between what is there to support the troops who are there now. The American people and the Congress support those troops. We will not abandon them," the California Democrat said during an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation." (link)
... she said as she prepares to abandon them.

Taking All The Fun Out Of It

New Jersey residents applauded wildly when their new Democratic governor just weeks ago announced that he was going to devote millions of dollars to stem cell research. What they didn't realize at the time was that the millions Jon Corzine intended to spend were coming from them.

Now they do:
Corzine Puts Focus On Taxes
AP


January 7, 2007 -- Trenton - Gov. Jon Corzine will bring sobering news to New Jerseyans when he tells them about the state of the Garden State on Tuesday.

The state's highest-in-the-nation property taxes remain a top concern despite a nearly six-month-long legislative bid to reduce them.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Corzine said Wednesday as he discussed efforts to cut property taxes that are twice the national average.

Meanwhile, state fiscal woes continue to loom amid mounting state spending needs and scant options for paying for them. (link)
Well, it was fun while it lasted. It was fun ...

No Time To Go Wobbly

In the hope that the people of Iraq can resurrect the dead, and execute this tyrant one more time for each of his 400,000 innocent victims, I think we should hold off on doing this:
Court Drops Charges Against Saddam
By Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press Writer


Baghdad, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's trial for the killing of 180,000 Kurds in the 1980s resumed Monday with the late dictator's seat empty, nine days after he went to the gallows. The court's first order of business was to drop all charges against Saddam. (link)
He's gotten off too easy.