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Thursday, March 22, 2007

No Need For That

The Roanoke Times editorialists this morning seem to be confused as to how our federal government is set up. Legislative, judicial, executive, and all that.

Swear them in
Roanoke Times editorial

This politically weakened president shouldn't be pushing a political fight. Yet, a pugnacious President Bush vowed Tuesday to claim executive privilege in court if Congress insists on hearing sworn testimony from White House aides on the controversial firings of eight federal prosecutors.

The aides should testify under oath, and enlighten the country as to why the Justice Department, working closely with the White House, targeted these particular U.S. attorneys. (link)
We don't need to go through all that, fellas. Let me explain it to you in a few crisp words:

That Justice Department that you found to be working closely with the White House IS PART OF "THE WHITE HOUSE."

Moving on ...

Uh Oh. Paula's Mad.

Want to get an animal rights fanatic upset? Bring up the subject of puppy mills. Want to get them enraged? Show them stories like this:

167 dogs perish in fire at Bland County kennel
Animal welfare activists were shaking with revulsion and anger after news of the fire got out.
By Donna Alvis-Banks, The Roanoke Times

... at 1 a.m. Wednesday, when Philip Schmucker saw that his dogs were fine, he went back to bed.

Several hours later, Ivan Schmucker Jr. arose for morning prayer. He heard barking, looked out the window and saw flames rising from the huge kennel.

Soon, volunteers from the Bland, Hollybrook and Rocky Gap fire departments were speeding to Byrnes Chapel Road.

"A kerosene lantern may have sparked the fire," he said. "They were using it to keep the puppies warm."

[James Belcher, the county's animal control officer] said the fire resulted in an estimated loss of $85,000 -- $35,000 for the structure and $50,000 for the dogs.

Ninety puppies and 77 adult dogs died, he said. (link)

Paula's reaction, when she read this: "Those people ought to be ashamed of themselves."

I Guess Bland Will Lose Out

If you've been paying close attention, you know that there have been rumblings that the Museum of the Confederacy, located in downtown Richmond, sandwiched between modern high-rises and difficult to find, might move to more inviting environs. Lexington was one town often mentioned.

Me? I was holding out hope for Bland County. I even had a location picked out - behind our only other attraction, the Citgo.

Anyway, it turns out Governor Kaine knows a real tourist attraction (as opposed to some abandoned railroad trestle) when he sees one. And he's doing something to secure it for his native digs:
Virginia to fund Museum of the Confederacy
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine says he will approve a $400,000 amendment that would fund the cash-strapped Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, ending its recent struggle to secure state assistance.

The cash infusion will help cover the museum's 2007-08 general operating budget, which includes staffing. The annual price tag to run the museum is estimated at $2.1 million. (link)
The Museum of the Confederacy warehouses the largest collection of Confederate memorabilia on Earth (which, like it or not, is also Virginia memorabilia), and, for that reason, is a great tourist attraction (if now located poorly in the downtown area).

This is commonwealth money well-spent. You go, Tim.

We Can Only Hope

George W. Bush owes it to those of us who voted for him (twice) to start fighting back. Now.

As the New York Post puts it this morning:

No More Mr. Nice Prez

March 22, 2007 -- President Bush tried to meet Congress halfway on that trumped-up federal prosecutor nonsense - and got his hand slapped away.

No surprise.

So why did he even bother?

Apart from the survival of his own administration, Bush has a duty to fight to preserve the prerogatives of the executive as an institution for future presidents - Republican or Democrat.

He also has a duty to fellow GOPers, particularly those seeking federal offices in '08, to show that Republicans aren't partisan pushovers - and actually lead well.

But - most of all - he has an obligation to stand up and do the job he was elected to do as he sees fit.

He owes it to Americans to do the best job he can.

It's long past time for Bush to step up.

There's a war on, Mr. President - not just with terrorists, but Democrats, too.

Fight it that way. (link)
Yes. Fight!


This from the Wall Street Journal:
What's at stake here is whether George W. Bush is going to let Congress roll up his Presidency two years early. Democrats are trying to use the manufactured outrage over the entirely legal sacking of Presidential appointees to insert themselves into private White House deliberations. Mr. Bush needs to draw a line somewhere, and fast, or Democrats will keep driving until the White House staff is all but working for Democratic Senate campaign chief Chuck Schumer. (link)
Anyone at the White House paying attention?

Did These People Go To Public School?

Adjective: profligate prófligut
1. Recklessly wasteful
2. Unrestrained by convention or morality

Make sense of this:
The Much-Needed Return of Pay-Go
New York Times editorial

While the House debates the course of the Iraq war today, the Senate has a chance to restore discipline to the federal budget, a first step in remedying years of damage from profligate tax cuts in the face of immense spending. (
link) [my emphasis]
In another world, another time and place, in another dimension - in NewYorkTimesland - tax cuts are considered "profligate." (see above) (wasteful?)

But in the sane world, in a more literate, more knowledgeable, mor educated world ...

This Explains Everything

Bill Clinton fell out of his crib when he was a baby and landed on his head:

This, of course, doesn't explain Hillary. In her case, I'm still leaning toward demonic possession.

Lost In The Wilderness

A step in the right direction:

If only the church could locate its 1st Leadership. Jesus.

Like The Energizer Bunny

We recognize this morning a special 4-year anniversary:

Still working on "the plan" after all these many years.

And they'll continue weighing it for years to come. Long after our troops have gained victory and come home ...

Consider Me a Convert

Al Gore yesterday in Congressional testimony:
“The planet has a fever. If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don’t say ‘I read a science fiction novel that says it’s not a problem.’ If the crib's on fire, you don't speculate that the baby is flame retardant. You take action.” (link)
It all becomes clear. Why didn't anyone put it in those terms before?

I'm good with one-world government now. And with sending civilization back into the stone age. And with watching hundreds of millions of human beings starve to death after our food production and delivery systems break down. And with destroying that which our ancestors worked so hard over the centuries to create and nurture.

The planet has a temperature. It has risen 0.5° (+ or - 1.0°).

Consider Me a Convert II

From some doorknob of a mayor out in Salt Lake City:
“President Bush is a war criminal. Let impeachment be the first step toward national reconciliation — and toward penance for the outrages committed in our nation’s name.” (link)
Gosh. Why hasn't anyone framed the debate in these terms before? Impeaching the President of the United States will bring about national reconciliation? Count me in. Let's do Cheney too. Then we'll all be - as Michael Jackson sang the immortal words o those many years ago ...
There comes a time when we need a certain call when the world must come together as one. There are people dying and it´s time to lend a hand to life, the greatest gift of all.

We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones who make a brighter day, so let´s start giving. There´s a choice we´re making, we´re saving our lives, it´s true we make a better day, just you and me!
This is going to be great, this national reconciliation stuff.

I'm afraid though, fellas, we are going to have to execute those 40,000,000 Republicans who are going to attempt to stand in our way; those who may not see impeachment (and imprisonment!) as "reconciliation."

But once they're all slaughtered, we'll be as one.

Sing it with me! We are the world, we are ...

Just you and me ....