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Sunday, March 11, 2007

What's Up With This Guy?

I just read the emails that were forwarded to Kilo over at Spark It Up!!! from some Richmond area blogger and shook my head in wonder. Lawsuits? Defamation? Over a relatively innocuous blog post?

Man, you don't belong in this arena if you get your undies in a bunch over something as mild as that.

Take That! Pretty Boy!

From James Taranto:

Charmed, I'm Sure

● "Taranto Pulls a Coulter: Well, without the slur, which matters. But the same gutter instinct: he refers to John Edwards' 'womanly charms.' "--Andrew Sullivan, March 8

● "He's pretty, he has flowing locks, he's young-looking."--Sullivan on Edwards, March 6

Best Of The Web Today, March 9, 2007

The Budget Crisis Is So Alarming That ...

Sounds like the beginning to a joke doesn't it? The transportation budget crisis is so alarming that ...

Well, it is. A joke that is:

Special Report: Kaine pushes pre-K
Critics push back
By Lindsay Kastner, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine wants to expand the state's pre-kindergarten offerings to include voluntary classes for all 4-year-olds in Virginia, not just those considered at-risk. That's about 102,000 kids.

Kaine said his proposal, which eventually would cost the state $300 million per year, "can dramatically increase the chance that students will be successful later on in their educational careers."

Critics say there is no proof that the program is working as it should.

"Is it totally as effective as it should be? I don't know. I don't think there's ever been a real assessment of the program," said Christian N. Braunlich, vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy ... (link)

You can't make this stuff up.

The governor (yes, that same governor who warns us routinely that we face dire consequences over our looming budget train wreck) wants to spend an additional $300,000,000 a year on a program that, experts say, may not be of any value and has never been seriously evaluated.


You want money for road repairs up north, Tim? Drop this ill-conceived notion.

We Got Our New Punching Bag

The mainstream media always focus their wrath, and their efforts at demonization, on one conservative at a time. Don Rumsfeld, arguably the most effective Secretary of Defense we've ever had, was unfairly humiliated, vilified, and destroyed, and has been sent into exile. Before him it was Tom Delay. To Newt Gingrich. We could take this all the way back to Robert Bork.

Now they turn on Alberto Gonzales:

The Failed Attorney General
New York Times editorial

During the hearing on his nomination as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales said he understood the difference between the job he held — President Bush’s in-house lawyer — and the job he wanted, which was to represent all Americans as their chief law enforcement officer and a key defender of the Constitution. Two years later, it is obvious Mr. Gonzales does not have a clue about the difference.

He has never stopped being consigliere to Mr. Bush’s imperial presidency. If anyone, outside Mr. Bush’s rapidly shrinking circle of enablers, still had doubts about that, the events of last week should have erased them.

First, there was Mr. Gonzales’s lame ...

Mr. Gonzales does not directly run the F.B.I., but ...

It was Mr. Gonzales, after all, who repeatedly ...

The attorney general helped formulate and later defended ...

His Justice Department has abandoned its duties as ...

On Thursday, Senator Arlen Specter, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, hinted very obliquely that perhaps Mr. Gonzales’s time was up. We’re not going to be oblique. Mr. Bush should dismiss Mr. Gonzales and finally appoint an attorney general who will use the job to enforce the law and defend the Constitution. (link)

The details, in truth, are unimportant, as all this is much ado about nothing.

All you need to know is that the mainstream press is now turning its feigned shock and dismay to Gonzales because this is how these people operate. And when Alberto Gonzales has been driven into exile, they'll find another conservative to revile. And on and on.

They're now lining up old Newt for that honor once again.

They know no shame.

Time To Spank The Speaker

Nancy Pelosi thought she had been crowned emperor instead of Speaker of the House. She's about to find out who's Commander in Chief:

Pelosi Cautions Bush Not to Veto an Iraq Bill
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times

Washington, March 10 — Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, challenged President Bush on Saturday over his threat to reject an Iraq spending bill if it calls for a troop withdrawal, even as the administration sought to shift money to pay for additional forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With a House committee set to consider the approximately $100 billion measure as early as Thursday, Ms. Pelosi said a veto would suggest to Iraqi leaders that the United States was not serious about making them more responsible for policing their own country.

“With his veto threat,” she said in a statement ... (link)

The rest is unintelligible gibberrish.

Look, President Bush is going to veto the measure. Pelosi knows he's going to veto the measure. In fact, she put the legislation together just for that purpose. President Bush will certainly oblige.

And Nancy will have her opportunity to whine once more.

While she pouts, President Bush will continue to take the battle to the enemy, despite her antics.

Welcome to the big time, hon.

Kill It

The United Nations is dysfunctional. If it were your family pet dog, you'd take it out back and shoot it.

Here's another reason (only the latest in a long line of many) why it should be put out of its misery:

Dismay Over New U.N. Human Rights Council
By Warren Hoge, The New York Times

United Nations, March 9 — The United Nations Human Rights Council begins a three-week session in Geneva on Monday amid expressions of frustration from rights advocates at its early performance and alarm over proposals that might weaken it further.

The council was created in a 170-to-4 vote of the General Assembly a year ago to replace the Human Rights Commission, which had been widely discredited for allowing participation by countries like Sudan, Libya and Zimbabwe who used membership to prevent scrutiny of their own records.

When the 47 members of the new council were elected last March, tighter entry requirements succeeded in keeping the most notorious rights abusers off the panel, and there was some hope of less politicized behavior.

But member countries from Africa and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, an association of 57 states promoting Muslim solidarity, have dashed those hopes by voting as a bloc to stymie Western efforts to direct serious attention to situations like the killings, rapes and pillage in the Darfur region of Sudan, which the United Nations has declared the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Most notably, as happened with the commission, the council has focused its condemnation almost exclusively on Israel. (link)
These people have no shame.

There are those out there who think the U.N. should have handled the Iraq situation back in 2003. Ask the people of Darfur what they think of that neat idea.

How many hundreds of millions are we paying each year for this abortion called the United Nations again?

This Ain't Good

In the What In God's Name Were They Thinking? category this morning:

Crisis Looms in Mortgages
By Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times

On March 1, a Wall Street analyst at Bear Stearns wrote an upbeat report on a company that specializes in making mortgages to cash-poor homebuyers. The company, New Century Financial, had already disclosed that a growing number of borrowers were defaulting, and its stock, at around $15, had lost half its value in three weeks.

What happened next seems all too familiar to investors who bought technology stocks in 2000 at the breathless urging of Wall Street analysts. Last week, New Century said it would stop making loans and needed emergency financing to survive. The stock collapsed to $3.21.

Hanging in the balance is the nation’s housing market, which has been a big driver of the economy. Fewer lenders means many potential homebuyers will find it more difficult to get credit, while hundreds of thousands of homes will go up for sale as borrowers default, further swamping a stalled market. (link)

Truth is, not only were loans being issued to bad-risk applicants who had no business getting them, but outrageous mortgage amounts were being extended to people who couldn't afford them, as borrowers were taking out loans the monthly payments for which amounted to as much as 2/3rds of their take-home income. That was never going to fly.

The worst part is, not only did many of us see this coming but now the government will step in (remember the savings & loan debacle back in George Bush 41's day?) and you'll be on the hook for much of this.

We need to build some more prisons ...