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Sunday, April 15, 2007

We'll Protest Global Warming When It Gets Warmer

I searched high and low to find out how the "Step It Up 2007" global warming protest went yesterday in Blacksburg. Because there is no mention of it anywhere this morning, I can only assume that it was called off because of weather.

Frigid weather.

Unseasonably cold temperatures.

Wind chill.

Either that or the "crowd" assembled decided, after standing out in the weather for a few minutes, waving their placards and rubbing their hands together trying to get warm, to pile into someone's Volkswagen bus and hit Starbucks instead. To get some coffee and warm up.

Kinda wish I'da been there.

She Came. She Saw. She Conquered.

Great news! Annie B is going to run for reelection:
Delegate to seek second term
Melinda Williams, Southwest Times Staff Writer


Pulaski — After two years of hard work and learning the ropes, Sixth District Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark is ready to head back to Richmond for a second term.

Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) announced her intentions to seek re-election during a luncheon with about two dozen supporters at The Steer House in Pulaski Wednesday.

In a brief, highly animated, speech Crockett-Stark thanked her supporters and said the Virginia Legislature has “accomplished a lot” in the past two years.

“These two years have been hard work with a major learning curve. We have accomplished a lot of good things, including a statewide comprehensive transportation plan, and a budget that covers basic needs, as well as some bells and whistles, without a major statewide tax increase.” (link)
Ms. Crockett-Stark is being modest, as she is inclined to be. A newcomer to the legislature in 2006, she faced a withering barrage of pressure to raise taxes from the governor, and the Democrats, a sizeable portion of her Republican contingent, the largest newspaper in Southwest Virginia, as well as most of the editorial boards around the state, from a host of prestigious college administrators, and from most of the bureaucrats and lobbyists who depend on government for their livelihood, and she defied them all. She whupped 'em, every one. She held the line.

Here's to Annie B. They don't come any better.

Call In The Peace Corps

How embarrassing. And we wonder why we lose our best and brightest to Fairfax:

Teachers seeking salary increases
Justin Harmon, Bland County Messenger Staff


The teachers - not the students - are working on a math problem in Bland County these days.

Specifically, the educators believe that their salaries don't add up when compared to surrounding counties.

According to School Board Superintendent Don Hodock, Bland County is on the lower end of the spectrum as far as teacher pay goes. In beginning teacher salaries, Bland ranks 130 out of 132.

Hodock said the state is looking to raise teachers' salaries by 3 percent, but the School Board is also seeking an additional 2-percent raise from the county. (link) [my emphasis]
I have a suggestion. Bland County teachers should volunteer for the Peace Corps and ask to be sent ... to Bland County, Virginia. Their salaries would then go up.

Good grief, people.

The Town Of Pulaski Deserved a Good spanking

And they get it.

Just Asking

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a business section.

Why?

She Musta Been Really Something

Editorial: Hooker’s tribute is deserved

We Need A Bumper Sticker!

Any bets on whether these students support our attempt to protect the people of Iraq from murderous thugs?

Hundreds of Teens March to Demand Intervention in Darfur
By Steve Vogel, Washington Post Staff Writer

It started last year with three Montgomery County [MD] high school juniors talking about issues that mattered in the world and how they might make a difference. Yesterday, it culminated with several hundred teenagers marching to the Washington Monument with a call for action in Darfur.

With cheers and chants, they moved from the Sudanese Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue through Dupont Circle, gathering at the Sylvan Theater on the Mall for speeches and music by high school bands. The march, called Steps 4 Darfur, was organized by students at Northwest High School in Germantown.

They called for the U.S. government to stop the killing in Darfur, a region of western Sudan where conflict between rebels and Sudanese government-backed militias has left hundreds of thousands dead and several million people displaced. (
link)
The students are about as serious as is the wild-haired girl I drove past the other day who had the "Free Tibet" bumper sticker on her beat-up old Toyota.

As serious as Al Gore demanding conservation of our resources from the veranda of his 20,000 square foot fully-air conditioned home.

As serious as John Edwards demanding that we do something to help the poor, while his 26,000 square foot mansion, with guest house, with heated indoor gym, with pool, is being carved out of the pristine forests of Orange County, North Carolina.

As serious as John Travolta demanding that we do something about global warming, as he stands in front of his private airport and his five personal jets (photo at left).

As serious as John Kerry and his goofy wife writing a book on protecting the environment, while maintaining five homes, two jet aircraft, assorted boats, and a fleet of luxury passenger vehicles.


As serious as the person who drives the SUV across town to pay five bucks for a curlicue lightbulb, thinking that will save us from global warming.

As serious as that idiot Rosie O'Donnell marching for gun control, while arming her personal bodyguard with heavy artillery.

As serious as George Soros, billionaire darling of the left, decrying the exigencies brought about by George Bush and his capitalist buddies (how did he make his billions again?) while buying shares in Halliburton.

As serious as John Edwards slamming Wal-Mart at every turn, but sending an aide down to the local store so as to get a good deal on a new Xbox 360.

As serious as Noam Chomsky, the most virulent anti-American academic in America, excoriating our military at every turn, but making millions off of Pentagon contracts.

About as serious as a comedian running for the Senate in Minnesota.

Wich means they aren't serious at all. Like all the liberals mentioned above, the people being slaughtered in Darfur really don't matter to the students of Montgomery County, Maryland. Any more than curlicue lightbulbs matter. Or global warming matters. Or the poor matter.

It's really all about feeling good about oneself. I hope they enjoyed their little jaunt.

Photos courtesy of AP, Amazon.com, and Dharmashop.

Where Are Your Priorities?

Where was it I read the other day that a study has found California to rank last among the many states in economic growth. Far worse than hurricane-and-poverty-ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana.

You'd think that would be a call to action among California's leadership. Well, that's what you get for thinking:
California Adopts First Phase of Ocean Preserves
By Carolyn Maeshall, The New York Times


San Francisco, April 14 — California wildlife regulators adopted a sweeping ocean protection plan on Friday, the first such statewide effort in the country, intended to establish a network of underwater refuges.

The plan, unanimously approved by members of the California Fish and Game Commission, will create a statewide system of connected ocean preserves where fishing and other human activities would be limited or banned.

The first phase sets aside the waters along a 200-mile stretch of the coast, including tidal areas that fan out three miles from shore, to protect marine habitat between Point Conception, near Santa Barbara, and Half Moon Bay, about 25 miles south of here.

Environmental advocates hailed the vote ... (link)
How this helps Raoul find a job is unclear. But the sea urchins will be thankful.

Out Of Morocco!

If the left has its way, we'll need to flee Morocco now. There are terrorists there:
Militants hit U.S. targets in Morocco
The Washington Times

Casablanca, Morocco -- Two brothers blew themselves up outside American offices yesterday, marking the third terrorist attack since Tuesday in what bears the hallmarks of a new al Qaeda campaign in North Africa.

The attack yesterday, which injured one woman, followed the self-inflicted deaths of three militants in Casablanca on Tuesday and a pair of suicide car bombings Wednesday in neighboring Algeria that killed 33 persons. (link)
Morocco. Algeria. Iraq. Just this week. The opportunity to find sanctuary from the Islamists is rapidly shrinking.

I guess we could take liberal whack-job Joe Biden's advice and send our troops to Darfur. At least until we find terrorists with weapons to be lurking there as well, and have to flee for our lives.

The Economy Is Booming. We Need To Raise Taxes.

You'd think, with a robust economy and money pouring in from prosperous taxpayers - new and existing - corporate and personal - that a reduction in tax rates would be in the offing. But that never seems to be the case.

Take Floyd County, for example, where growth has been breathtaking in recent years:
County taxes going up eight percent
Even with increase, supervisors will still have little margin for error.
Doug Thompson, The Floyd Press

Floyd County Supervisors, faced with increasing debt service from school construction projects and a severe cash-flow crisis that leaves county government scrambling to meet its financial obligations, passed an eight cent property tax increase Tuesday.

The increase, passed by a 3-2 vote in the evening hours after a marathon day ...

Even with the tax increase, the county will still have little margin for error to fund a $32 million budget for fiscal 2008.

“Most of our problems are beyond our control ..." (link)
Wealth is on the rise. Thus tax revenue is as well. So tax rates must too. It's truly a befuddlement to me.

As is the inverse non-correlation. Wealth is on the decline, tax revenue is on the decline ... tax rates must therefore be increased.

A mystery that defies explanation.

The Lengths To Which They'll Go

The poster boy for the anti-American left is at it again:

Moore's 'Sicko' Stunt
By Janon Fisher, The New York Post


April 15, 2007 -- Filmmaker Michael Moore's production company took ailing Ground Zero responders to Cuba in a stunt aimed at showing that the U.S. health-care system is inferior to Fidel Castro's socialized medicine, according to several sources with knowledge of the trip.

The trip was to be filmed as part of the controversial director's latest documentary, "Sicko," an attack on American drug companies and HMOs that Moore hopes to debut at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

But the sick sojourn, which some say uses ill 9/11 workers as pawns, has angered many in the responder community.

"He's using people that are in a bad situation and that's wrong, that's morally wrong," railed Jeff Endean, a former SWAT commander from Morris County, N.J., who spent a month at Ground Zero and suffers from respiratory problems. (link)


Michael Moore. A slob of a human being. In so many ways.

Yeah. It's Those Lawless Guns.

Philadelphia Struggles to Quell an Epidemic of Gun Violence

Get The Gov't Out Of The Sex Business

I'll give them credit for trying. If only they had tried without wasting my money:
Conclusions Are Reported on Teaching of Abstinence
By The Associated Press


Washington, April 14 (AP) — Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress.

Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes. And they first had sex about the same age as other students — 14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

The federal government spends about $176 million a year promoting abstinence until marriage. Critics have repeatedly said they did not believe the programs worked. (link)
Just as teaching a kid in school how to put a condom on a banana isn't going to prevent AIDS, teaching a child how not to have sex isn't going to prevent promiscuity. It's the wrong venue.

That's where that oft forgotten class of citizens comes in. Parents.

You Embarrass Yourselves

These people, I'll bet, are intelligent and well-educated. So they have no excuse for disseminating such wild-eyed and ludicrous hysteria:

Global Warming Called Security Threat
By Andrew C. Revkin and Timothy Williams, The New York Times


For the second time in a month, private consultants to the government are warning that human-driven warming of the climate poses risks to the national security of the United States.

A report, scheduled to be published on Monday but distributed to some reporters yesterday, said issues usually associated with the environment — like rising ocean levels, droughts and violent weather caused by global warming — were also national security concerns.

“Unlike the problems that we are used to dealing with, these will come upon us extremely slowly, but come they will, and they will be grinding and inexorable,” Richard J. Truly, a retired United States Navy vice admiral and former NASA administrator, said in the report.

The effects of global warming, the study said, could lead to large-scale migrations, increased border tensions, the spread of disease and conflicts over food and water. All could lead to direct involvement by the United States military. (link)
We live, not in frightening times, but amongst frightened intellectuals these days.

On this, I have a theory:

Mr. Truly and the many global warming alarmists who find their way into the headlines on a daily basis, grew up reading H.G. Wells. And the spine-chilling stories they read were seared into their memory banks. And find their way into their prognostications.

Part of the plot of The Time Machine:

There [the protagonist] sees the last few living things on a dying Earth, the rotation of which has ceased with the site of London viewing a baleful, red sun stuck at the setting position. In his trip forward, he had seen the red sun flare up brightly twice, as if Mercury and then Venus had fallen into it. Menacing reddish crab-like creatures slowly wander the blood-red beaches, and the world is covered in "intensely green vegetation." He continues to make short jumps through time, seeing the red giant of a sun grow redder and dimmer. Finally, the world begins to go dark as snowflakes begin to fall, and all silence falls upon Earth. In the very end of the Earth, all life has ceased, other than the lichens that still grow on rocks, and a kraken-like creature, roughly the size of a soccer ball, that slowly moves onto shore. (source)
In Wells's day, the looming menace had to do with politics (capitalism vs. communism). Now that communism is no more, those who slip in and out of reality have turned to the warming of the planet.

The thing to remember about this is that Wells was able to distinguish reality from fantasy, the real world from his fiction.

Obviously, others don't have that capability.

Why Bother.

Here are some headlines going back over time relating to North Korea:

North Korea agrees to nuclear freeze in return for foreign aid (The Independent, this month)

U.S. and North Korea Resolve Bank Standoff (New York Times, last month)

North Korea agrees to nuclear deal (London Guardian, 2 months ago)

North Korea 'promises not to conduct further tests' (London Telegraph, last year)

North Korea Promises to Abandon Nuclear Weapons (ENS News, 2 years ago)

N. Korea promises to continue missile-test freeze (Asian Political News, 5 years ago)

...

...

North Korea Takes No Apparent Action as Deadline Passes (The New York Times, today)