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Saturday, February 24, 2007

A New Sponsor

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Puckett: Not Enough Of a Tax Increase

Our state senator here in Bland, Buchanan, Dickenson, Pulaski, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Wise, and Wythe Counties, Phil Puckett (D-Russell County), is now embarrassing us with his obstinacy. And his outrageous lack of loyalty. Taking a page out of Russ Potts's tax-'em-til-they-bleed playbook, or in Puckett's case, tax-'em-til-there-ain't-an-employer-left-in-Southwest Virginia, Puckett is going to vote against the compromise that his committee hammered out to fix the roads up north - because tax increases in the plan aren't egregious enough:
Lawmakers spin their wheels on transportation
Both houses will vote on a compromise bill today in an effort to end the impasse.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

RICHMOND -- The General Assembly heads into the final scheduled day of its 2007 session with lawmakers skirmishing over a transportation funding package and Gov. Tim Kaine threatening to keep them in Richmond until both houses agree to a deal.

Negotiators from the Senate and House of Delegates on Friday outlined a compromise bill that both houses will vote on today in an effort to end more than a year of legislative gridlock on transportation.

Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Russell County, was the only transportation negotiator who said he will not support the compromise. Puckett said he opposes the use of general fund money to retire debt and charged that Republicans have failed to include him in discussions of the plan since Tuesday.

"I can only speak for the Democratic caucus, but I don't think this will be received very favorably," Puckett said.

A Senate coalition of 17 Democrats and six Republicans defeated an earlier transportation funding proposal, largely because it relied heavily on general fund revenue. (link)
For those of you who haven't been following this, the general fund is awash in surplus - that is, literally, money that the legislature has been unable find anything to spend it on. Puckett would rather keep that surplus in place and raise your taxes in Tazewell and Lebanon to pay for road repairs up in Fairfax and Hampton Roads instead.

Phil Puckett, it is said, once represented us here in Southwest Virginia. He's obviously moved on to environs more suitable to his ambitions. It's time we bid him a fond farewell.

Killing Children & Feeling Good About It

I mentioned yesterday that half a billion people, most of them children and all of them extremely poor, contract malaria each year because we refuse to allow their parents to use the one really effective tool that will kill the mosquitos that spread the disease - DDT. One million of them, again mostly little children, will die. Every year.

DDT, you see, was thought back in the 60's to be harmful to falcon eggs and, so as to not lose any baby birds out in Colorado, we banned the chemical's use, virtually worldwide. We now accept the deaths of tens of millions of babies in Africa as a necessary byproduct of that necessary policy position. The falcons must be protected. At all costs.

It's not like we are completely unconcerned about those African babies though. We do a lot for them. We are very generous with donations of mosquito repellent, for instance. And we give them nets to ward off a few of the deadly insects:
Mo. Group Donates Nets to Fight Malaria
By Betsy Taylor, Associated Press Writer

St. Louis (AP) -- During Andy Sherman's two-year Peace Corps service in Thioke Thian, Senegal, 9-year-old Salimatou helped him navigate village life and learn the language, telling him words in Pulaar as he'd point at objects. But after returning from a stint working in another village, Sherman learned the girl had died of malaria. And after completing his service in 2002, he learned two women who had been like mothers to him also died of the mosquito-borne disease.

Their deaths, and the deaths of more than 1 million people each year from malaria, prompted Sherman and fellow Saint Louis University medical student Jesse Matthews to start NetLife, a nonprofit organization that distributes mosquito nets in Africa. It's motto: Saving lives one net at a time.

"Previously when we bought them, they ..." (link)
Am I the only person in this country who will read that and feel ashamed?

" [T]he deaths of more than 1 million people each year from malaria," prompted Sherman and ... Jesse Matthews to distribute goddam nets? Why not little coffins to go along with them? Maybe a couple of TV dinners to warm their tiny tummies until they begin vomiting, go into convulsions, and die their inevitable and horrible - and preventable - deaths?

Preventable deaths. Deaths we choose not to prevent. Saving lives? Please.

Turning Her Over His Knee

I have always admired Dick Cheney. For many reasons. This is one:

VP: Quit Whining, Nancy

February 24, 2007 -- Washington - Vice President Dick Cheney refused yesterday to take back his charge that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's opposition to the Iraq war is playing into the hands of al Qaeda.

"If you're going to advocate a course of action that basically is withdrawal of our forces from Iraq, then you don't get to just do the fun part of that, that says, 'We'll, we're going to get out,' and appeal to your constituents on that basis," Cheney said.

The vice president had voiced the same criticism of Pelosi earlier this week during a visit to Japan. The California Democrat accused the vice president of questioning her patriotism.

"I hope the president will repudiate and distance himself from the vice president's remarks," Pelosi said.

During yesterday's interview in Sydney with ABC News, Cheney said, "I'm not sure what part of it is that Nancy disagreed with. She accused me of questioning her patriotism. I didn't question her patriotism. I questioned her judgment." (link)
He's not going to back down no matter how much of a tantrum she throws. The crybaby.

Dick Cheney: The man who should be our next President.

Here's One You Haven't Heard

Three quarters of a million illegals cross our southern borders every year. It's at epidemic proportions and it's a national disgrace. Not to mention a looming security risk.

There are those - myself included - who want it stopped. But we have run into an insurmountable roadblock in our efforts to end the lawlessness. Migratory birds and furry creatures.

Borders Without Fences
By Ted Kerasote, writing in The New York Times

In the debate over how to prevent illegal immigration from Mexico into the United States — armed patrols, electronic surveillance, prison time for first offenders and a 700-mile-long 15-foot-high fence — few politicians have voiced concern over the last option’s profound effects on wildlife.

Authorized by the Secure Fence Act of 2006, this barrier (83 miles of which have already been built) will bisect a border region that has some of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the hemisphere. It is here — in a land of deserts, mountains, conifers and cactus — that bird species from North and Central America share territories and cross paths during migrations. It is here that endangered wildlife, like the jaguar and gray wolf ... (link)
For those of you who wish to "voice your concern" over the plight of migratory birds should the wall that currently exists along our border (the one that has been there for many years) be extended, you can register your concern here.

I don't know about you but I feel better.

So That's The Reason!

I always knew there had to be an ulterior motive for the ACLU's championing of child pornography. That motive finally surfaces:

ACLU ex-president charged in child-porn case
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times

Federal authorities yesterday charged the former president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, who serves as a leader of youth sports organizations in the state, with receiving and possessing child pornography.

Charles Rust-Tierney, 51, of Arlington, was named in a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alexandria and was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Arlington County police. (link)

In addition to advocating over the years for pornographers' rights, the ACLU has been in the forefront of pushing for the rights of criminals being warehoused in our many prisons. Good thing. Rust-Tierney may very well need it.

It Won't Make Any Difference

The Democratic Party now being held sway by kooks and dolts, this finding by scientists that their candidate really did lose the election won't mean squat:

Panel Cites Voter Error, Not Software, in Loss of Votes
By Christopher Drew, The New York Times

Florida election officials announced yesterday that an examination of voting software did not find any malfunctions that could have caused up to 18,000 votes to be lost in a disputed Congressional race in Sarasota County, and they suggested that voter confusion over a poor ballot design was mainly to blame.

The finding, reached unanimously by a team of computer experts from several universities, could finally settle last fall’s closest federal election. The Republican candidate, Vern Buchanan, was declared the winner by 369 votes, but the Democrat, Christine Jennings, formally contested the results, claiming that the touch-screen voting machines must have malfunctioned. (link)

Can you imagine? The report states - in so many words - that it ain't the machines, fellas. Y'all just have a lot of stupid Democrats wandering the streets who can't figure out how to touch a Touch Screen. But then we all knew that.

As one might expect, the Democrat in the race has decided to continue to contest the election. She can be counted on to do so until the end of time. And her supporters will continue to believe either that those tiny little gremlins lurking in the machines were responsible for her loss or that the Republicans who manufactured the machines scammed the voting public - somehow.

In any case, this ruling by the leading computer scientists on the planet will quell none of the hysteria. It's what they do. It's what they live for. They're all mad.

Case In Point

If we don't do it, it won't get done. That's the reality.

Take, for instance, the tragedy that has been playing out in Darfur. There are those, like Nat Hentoff who regularly writes on the subject for the New York Post, who have been pleading for international action in the matter and for a U.N. force to be sent there to stop the slaughter. To no avail.

Another day, another plea. This one from a Hollywood type:
Farrow Urges UN to Send Forces to Darfur
By The Associated Press

N'Djamena, Chad (AP) -- Actress Mia Farrow said that the United Nations is responding too slowly to the Darfur crisis, and the Security Council must deploy peacekeepers to the war-stricken region of western Sudan without the government's consent if necessary.

Finishing a two-week tour of refugee camps on the Chadian border with Darfur, Farrow said Friday that world leaders should commit a peacekeeping force to the frontier as soon as possible. Militia currently cross the border and attack civilians with impunity.

More than 200,000 people have died in Sudan's remote Darfur since 2003, and hundreds of thousands of the region's 2.5 million refugees have fled to the Central African Republic and Chad, where they are attacked by other militia. (link)
These people have tied themselves (and us) in knots with their opposition to intervention in Iraq, where there is, arguably, more suffering, more death, more degradation taking place on a daily basis, but at the same time they plead for military intervention in Darfur.

Thanks mostly to their own twisted actions, their pleas now fall on deaf ears.

Such is the world they've created. Now they have to live with it.

Too bad the children of Darfur won't.