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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Quote Of The Day

From James Taranto:
After 9/11, we kept hearing: Why do they hate America? It's an important question, but the inquiry is pointless if the only answer it yields is: For the same reasons I do. Obviously!
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Richmond, Always Looking Out For You

So you think it's wrong for a taxpayer-supported college or university here in the commonwealth to provide a huge break on tuition to a lawbreaker from Guadalajara but not to some poor schmuck from Bluefield (WV)? Your friendly Senate Education and Health Committee disagrees:
Senate panel rejects in-state tuition bill
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Senate Education and Health Committee narrowly rejected yesterday a bill that would bar state colleges and universities from granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

The committee voted 8-7 to reject the bill sponsored by Del. John S. Reid, R-Henrico. Reid said his bill reflects an attorney general's opinion issued last June that says if Virginia lets undocumented students pay the cheaper in-state rates, then it must grant the cheaper rates to all citizens of the United States, regardless of where they live. (link)
So you know, this committee is chaired by one-time Republican Russell Potts (R-DPVA).

Enough said.

Starve. It's What's Best For You.

In the Big Brother Will Do What's Best For You Even If It Kills You Poor Miserable Wretches news category this morning:

House passes bill to curb payday loans
The bill limits the number of loans, not the interest rates.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Legislation imposing new restrictions on payday lending cleared the House of Delegates on Friday, despite objections from lawmakers who sought stronger protections for borrowers.

The House passed Senate Bill 1014 by a 72-27 vote, bringing an intense and sometimes emotional debate closer to a conclusion. If the Senate approves
minor changes to the bill next week, the legislation will go to Gov. Tim Kaine's desk.

The bill passed Friday would limit a borrower to three outstanding loans at a time and make extended payment plans available to ... (
link)
And for those poor Virginians who have monetary needs that exceed the allowable state limit? A special provision has been added to the law. Those do-gooder legislators who voted for this bill will fork over the necessary cash from their amassed wealth to stave off starvation, homelessness, and personal ruin.

Line up, fellas.

Hear The Violin; See the Flames

While officials here in the commonwealth respond to massive job losses in Southwest Virginia with the creation of a website that is intended to lure tourists to the area, an influx that is expected to result in the establishment of a handful of fastfood jobs at local eateries (gotta keep said tourists sated and happy), Southwest Virginia continues its unrelenting slide into oblivion:

Pulaski Furniture to close last U.S. plant
The company will still distribute imports, but it will no longer make domestic cabinets. Angela Manese-Lee,
The Roanoke Times

Pulaski Furniture Corp. announced Friday that it will close its last domestic manufacturing plant by late April, laying off about 260 people and leveling a significant blow to Pulaski's economy.

"This is part of a trend within the furniture industry that continues the shift of domestically manufactured furniture to off shore production, especially to Asia," Vice President of Operations Lamont Hope said in the release. "Our competition, by moving production off shore, has created such pricing pressure that our domestic operation can no longer compete."

Friday's announcement comes just four months after Pulaski Furniture announced in October that it would close another Pulaski plant, laying off 119 people in the process. (link)

The governor, last time he ventured down this way, wowed the local citizenry with a well-thought out plan to reverse the tren ... well, no he entertained us with some fine harmonica playin'. The fellas at Pulaski Furniture were, I'll bet, hoping for something a bit more substantive.


In any case, word has gone out to prepare for that flood of tourists Governor Kaine's knee-slappin' performance is about to bring to the area. Hamburger Spatula 101 classes are scheduled to begin at Southwest Virginia Community College on Monday, March ...

Photo courtesy of the Kingsport Times News

Even The Post Is Appalled By Jihad Johnny's Antics

You know they've gone too far when the Washington Post goes after the Democrats' poster boy for Iraq defeat. Such they have and such it has:

Not the 'Real Vote'
Or so Rep. John Murtha says of the House's Iraq resolution.

Washington Post editorial

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has a message for anyone who spent the week following the House of Representatives' marathon debate on Iraq: You've been distracted by a sideshow. "We have to be careful that people don't think this is the vote," the 74-year-old congressman said of the House's 246-182 decision in favor of a resolution disapproving of President Bush's troop surge.

Mr. Murtha ... would stop the surge by crudely hamstringing the ability of military commanders to deploy troops.

Mr. Murtha's cynicism is matched by an alarming ignorance about conditions in Iraq. He continues to insist that Iraq "would be more stable with us out of there," in spite of the consensus of U.S. intelligence agencies that early withdrawal would produce "massive civilian casualties." He says he wants to force the administration to "bulldoze" the Abu Ghraib prison, even though it was emptied of prisoners and turned over to the Iraqi government last year. He wants to "get our troops out of the Green Zone" because "they are living in Saddam Hussein's palace"; could he be unaware that the zone's primary occupants are the Iraqi government and the U.S. Embassy?

It would be nice to believe that Mr. Murtha does not represent the mainstream of the Democratic Party or the thinking of its leadership. Yet ... (link)

Jihad Johnny has proven himself to be an antiwar zealot of the worst kind. It's good to see the Post come around to the notion that there are now enemies in our midst. Finally.

The War Progresses

While the Democrats (and Tom Davis; see below) work to lose the war, the war strategy develops:
Al Qaeda's outrages swing Sunnis to U.S.
By Pamela Hess, United Press International


Ramadi, Iraq -- Sunni tribes in troubled Anbar province have begun working closely with U.S. and government forces, contributing nearly 2,400 men to the police department and 1,600 to a newly organized tribal security force, authorities say.

U.S. troops are training and equipping the new tribal forces, which are called Emergency Response Units (ERUs), and are charged with defending the areas where they live, according to the local U.S. commander.

By a U.S. count, 12 of the Ramadi area's 21 tribes are cooperating in the security effort, six are considered neutral, and three are actively hostile. That is almost the reverse of the tribal posture last June, when three were cooperative and 12 were hostile. (link)
This development has more to do with self-interest than fear of al Qaeda. But that's of less importance.

You couldn't tell it by all the whining coming from the media and their bosom buddies - the Democrats - but constructive progress is being made each day. George Bush is, indeed, winning the war on terror, one tribe, one village, one dead terrorist, at a time.

Treason By Any Other Name ...

Ralph Peters has some harsh words in the New York Post this morning for Jihad Johnny Murtha and his al Qaeda-loving buddies in Congress:

Cowards Give Up On GI's - & Give In To Evil
By Ralph Peters

February 17, 2007 -- Providing aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime is treason. It's not "just politics." It's treason.

And signaling our enemies that Congress wants them to win isn't "supporting our troops."

The "nonbinding resolution" telling the world that we intend to surrender to terrorism and abandon Iraq may be the most disgraceful congressional action since the Democratic Party united to defend slavery.

The vote was a huge morale booster for al Qaeda, for Iraq's Sunni insurgents, and for the worst of the Shia militias.

The message Congress just sent to them all was, "Hold on, we'll stop the surge, we're going to leave - and you can slaughter the innocent with our blessing." (link)

The Democrats have made it clear that they are now willing to do whatever is necessary to lose this war and sacrifice our troops in the field.

For that they deserve our unending contempt and denunciation.

A Virginia Congressman Abandons The Troops

Tom Davis (R-Fairfax) has voted with the Democrats to lose the war in Iraq:
House votes against troop surge in Iraq
By Jon Ward, The Washington Times


The Democratic-led House yesterday voted against President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq, a nonbinding but symbolic action that Republicans said is
defeatist and a step backward in the war on terrorism.


The 97-word resolution, which opposes sending 21,500 more troops to Iraq, passed 246-182. The vote was preceded by 44 hours and 55 minutes of debate over four days. Seventeen Republicans voted for the measure, and two Democrats voted against it. (link)
Among the 17, was our own Tom Davis.

You may remember Davis. He's the Congressman who felt the need, during the Virginia legislature's transportation budget impasse a year ago, to butt into the ongoing struggle between House Republicans and our spendthrift Senate by criticizing his fellow Republicans who were holding fast against a tax increase. He then turned around and lent his support to one of the most wasteful transportation projects ever proposed here in the commonwealth - the Tysons Tunnel.

An advocate for higher taxes. A profligate spender. Now he sides with the Democrats and stabs our troops in the back.

With Republicans like Davis, who needs Democrats?

If Only We Had More Gun Control!

England has the most restrictive gun control laws on the planet (next to Cuba and Iran). It is also - rapidly - becoming, per capita, the nation with the most gun crime. The latest news out of this once-great empire:
Latest Death of Teenager in South London Unsettles Britain
By Alan Cowell, The New York Times


London, Feb. 16 — With an outpouring of soul-searching and public sorrow, British leaders expressed dismay on Friday at a recent spate of gun crime in south London that has claimed five lives, and particularly at the young men in their mid-teens who were shot to death in their homes.

But while some politicians depicted the bloodshed as a sign of deep social malaise, Prime Minister Tony Blair resisted suggestions that the killings reflected a broader crisis among Britain’s young people.

... the recent violence has fueled a debate about social decline. (link)
So what do those in power propose to do about the disintegration of the social order?

You guessed it:
... the police and government are trying to combat the effects of the killing and to prevent further deaths.

The London metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, has called for a discussion of proposals to lower the age at which a mandatory five-year jail term is imposed for carrying a gun, from 21 to 17.
That old adage comes to mind: If it ain't workin', do more of it. Lots more. And more, and more and ...

The Man Who Would Be President

Obtuse
Adjective: obtuse (obtuser, obtusest) ub'toos
1. Lacking in insight or discernment
2. Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

Now I'm no political consultant so my opinion is worth the ink that goes into it, but I'm thinking this kind of idiocy won't be winning over too many hearts and minds:

Mayor Relents, Forgiving Tickets on Iced-In Cars
By Ray Rivera, The New York Times

A day after telling New Yorkers to stop “griping” over parking tickets issued to snowbound cars, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg apologized yesterday and promised to waive all such tickets issued in the two days after the storm.

“I’m sorry for the inconvenience to people, but you know you have to make decisions, and each of these storms is different,” Mr. Bloomberg told listeners in his weekly radio program on WABC-AM (770). (
link)
Whatever that means.

Bloomberg, by the way, has hinted that he may seek the nomination (from which party is unclear) for president in '08. If that happens, you might want to move your car.

Yeah, But That Doesn't Count

It gets frustratingly difficult to maintain a flawed theory once the data start rolling in:
Antarctic temperatures disagree with climate model predictions
Eurekalert.org

Columbus , Ohio – A new report on climate over the world's southernmost continent shows that temperatures during the late 20th century did not climb as had been predicted by many global climate models.

It also follows a similar finding from last summer by the same research group that showed no increase in precipitation over Antarctica in the last 50 years. Most models predict that both precipitation and temperature will increase over Antarctica with a warming of the planet.

David Bromwich, professor of atmospheric sciences in the Department of Geography, and researcher with the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, reported on this work at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at San Francisco.

"It's hard to see a global warming signal from the mainland of Antarctica right now," he said. (link)
Hard to see a global warming signal anywhere, if truth be known.

Ignore Conservatives At Your Peril

John McCain has always been the darling of the media. If only the media were a respectable voting bloc, he might have a prayer of being president. They don't; he doesn't.

Because:

Back at Home, McCain Annoys the G.O.P. Right
By Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times


Surprise, Ariz., Feb. 13 — The chairman of the local Republican Party here in the most populous county in Arizona has in his possession a bright yellow button with a black line slashed through the name McCain.

“I think those who do not support Senator McCain,” Mr. Tuttle continued, “if they could just get the word out and help people to understand what has happened with him, we could have an impact.”

... a vocal slice of the state’s most conservative Republicans, reflecting concerns about Mr. McCain held by some conservatives nationwide, are agitating against him in a way that they hope might throw off his incipient presidential campaign.

In a recent telephone poll by Arizona State University, 54 percent of the state’s Republican voters who were queried favored Mr. McCain in a presidential primary next February, a small enough majority to incite his critics and encourage some Republican rivals. (link)


54% support among members of his own party in his home state.

There's but one conclusion one can draw. The man is going nowhere.

And it couldn't happen to a better candidate.