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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Newt Comes To Lynchburg

Newt Gingrich will be delivering the commencement address at The University That Jerry Built today:
Liberty speech for Gingrich follows form
By Tyler Whitley, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

When former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gives the commencement address at Liberty University today, he will be following in a tradition that began Oct. 3, 1980.

Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan addressed the National Religious Broadcasters Association on the campus of Liberty Baptist College, now Liberty University, in Lynchburg.

Since then, a succession of presidents, vice presidents and would-be presidents -- a virtual who's who of the Republican right -- have accepted the Rev. Jerry Falwell's invitation to speak at the university and, indirectly at least, bask in the invitation's implied endorsement.

Falwell, the innovative televangelist who founded Liberty, died Tuesday. (link)
How fitting. Mr. Conservative himself makes the first commencement address at Jerry Falwell's university since the man who defined a generation of conservatives died.

Say it as only you can, Newt.

Someone Tell Jim Webb

Our freshman Senator thinks he's doing Southwest Virginia a big favor by promoting the goofy proposition that the CO2 emissions that disgorge from coal-fired power plants need to be - and can be - pumped into the ground. To save the planet. To prevent global warming, for Christ's sake.

You can read all about it here.

Carbon sequestration is one of those silly notions that the left dreams up that hasn't a prayer of making a difference in our lives or of ever having its intended effect, but it makes the left feel good, so guys like Webb promote it. Until they don't. Remember the rain forest depletion idiocy from several years ago?

Well, there's an item in the Wall Street Journal this morning that will probably make Jim Webb re-chew his Wheaties. It has to do with the impact on American lives - on the lives directly affected here in Southwest Virginia - that will result from such foolishness. It comes from an expert in the field of coal energy, Robert E. Murray, CEO of Murray Energy:

"Putting in place a global warming program is about putting limits on the coal business and low-cost energy."

"The science of global warming is speculative. But there's nothing speculative about the damage a C02 capture program [carbon sequestration] will do to this country. I know the names of many of the thousands of people--American workers, their families--whose lives will be destroyed by what has become a deceitful and hysterical campaign, perpetrated by fear-mongers in our society and by corporate executives intent on their own profits or competitive advantage. I can't stand by and watch." (link)

The fact that coal miners' lives will be negatively impacted is not debatable. No matter how clean scientists are ever able to burn coal, no matter where Jim Webb intends to pump its emissions, the environmentalists in this country will never be satisfied. Not until every person in Dickenson County and Russell County and Lee County and Tazewell County, Virginia is out of work. A circumstance none of these people gives two quirts about.

So next time you hear a politician talk about carbon sequestration, and similar lunacies, consider the source. And his motivations. And think too about your neighbors. They are the ones who will be truly impacted in this vacuous global warming debate.

Retired Judge To Take On Annie B

William Thomas Jr., a retired judge from Pulaski, has decided to throw his hat in the ring and has declared himself to be a Democratic candidate for Virginia's 6th House District.

His reasons are unclear:
Retired judge calls coveted House seat a hard-decision job
William Thomas Jr. of Pulaski was a juvenile and domestic relations court judge until 1996.
By Paul Dellinger, The Roanoke Times

Former Judge William Thomas Jr. announced Friday that he will seek the Democratic candidacy to run against state Del. Anne Crockett-Stark, R-Wytheville, in the 6th House District.

Thomas, of Pulaski, served as a juvenile and domestic relations court judge until his retirement in 1996 and continues as a substitute judge in various courts.

In his prepared announcement, Thomas called the legislative seat a hard-decision job.

"Hard decisions often go with the territory, especially the territory of the General Assembly," he said. "For over 20 years, I made hard decisions in the judicial branch of our state government. The opportunity to make hard decisions in the legislative branch of our state government is hereby requested." (link)
A suggestion to Judge Thomas. Get a campaign strategist. Quick. You need to give the voters of the district a good reason, beyond the fact that you once made "hard decisions" in juvenile court, to consider your candidacy. The impending transportation crisis is a good angle to massage, although it's a bit overworked by now. Or you might use the "George Bush is the Great Satan" strategy that has been adopted by everyone else in your party.

Whomever you pick, he or she is going to have to be on their toes to unseat Anne B. Crockett-Stark, who elevated herself to rock star status having, in her freshman term in the House of Delegates, taken on the establishment - including the fossils in her own party - and whupped 'em all in the transportation showdown that took place earlier this year. She has derived veritable cult status.

The woman, affectionately known by her constituents as Annie (I like Annie B), is going to be tough to defeat.

And running as a Damn Democrat in heavily Republican Southwest Virginia isn't going to provide you a great deal of help either.

But good luck, Judge. Make the race worthwhile. And work on that "We need a new direction" speech.

Can McCain Be Kept Off The Ballot?

Conservative Virginians are so enraged by the latest bit of treachery to come from John McCain - the amnesty bill - that it is time to ask:

Can John McCain's name be kept off the Republican primary ballot here in Virginia next year?

To those of you who are up on the mechanics of the political process, what needs to be done?

If we can't keep him out of the commonwealth, can we start a petition to have his name put on the Democratic primary ballot? Where it belongs?

It's high time to be asking these questions.

Democrats Are a Strange Bunch

First I read in this morning's Washington Times that the state of Maryland is going broke. That taxes therefore must be raised (didn't a Democrat just get elected governor there?).

Then I read this from the AP:
Md. panel on stem cells gives grants
The Associated Press

Baltimore -- A Maryland panel on stem cells handed out its first research grants, supporting work ranging from facial reconstruction to spinal cord repair.

Two dozen Maryland researchers, more than half affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, were chosen Thursday from among 86 applicants. State lawmakers established the $14 million fund last year. The grants awarded Thursday could total $5.2 million in the first two years and $3.5 in the third. (link)
Maryland is broke. And Maryland is spending wads of cash needlessly on projects that the private sector should be falling all over itself to fund (if the investment was potentially viable).

Don't Democrats run the state of Maryland? I'm trying to remember.

This Says It All

How did we end up with this Senate amnesty bill that betrays every principle Americans hold dear?

One need look no further than this for it all to become clear:
Illegals deal alienates everyone
By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

In forging an immigration deal this week, President Bush turned away from Republican allies in favor of striking a deal with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, banking on the senior legislator to deliver enough Democrats to pass a bill. (link)
Ted Kennedy.

It doesn't explain Bush's betrayal of his party, but it goes a long way toward explaining the betrayal of the American people.

How To Tell Which Side To Be On

When it comes to the immigration bill that was introduced the other day, it is wise to approach such matters with caution, until all the details are known. But two points to consider, for those of you who are deciding whether it is a good thing or a bad thing.
  1. Ted Kennedy and John McCain wrote it.
  2. The Roanoke Times editorial page is endorsing it.

I think we have enough information for an informed decision.

McCain Finds The Going Tough

He is once again the darling of the mainstream press for having hammered out an agreement with his best bud, Ted Kennedy, on allowing amnesty to 12,000,000 future Democratic voters. But within his own party - you are still a Republican, right Johnny? - he's finding the going to be a whole lot tougher:
McCain, Cornyn Engage in Heated Exchange
Paul Kane, The Washington Post

During a meeting Thursday on immigration legislation, McCain and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) got into a shouting match when Cornyn started voicing concerns about the number of judicial appeals that illegal immigrants could receive, according to multiple sources -- both Democrats and Republicans -- who heard firsthand accounts of the exchange from lawmakers who were in the room.

At a bipartisan gathering in an ornate meeting room just off the Senate floor, McCain complained that Cornyn was raising petty objections to a compromise plan being worked out between Senate Republicans and Democrats and the White House. He used a curse word associated with chickens and accused Cornyn of raising the issue just to torpedo a deal.

Things got really heated when Cornyn accused McCain of being too busy campaigning for president to take part in the negotiations ... (link)
McCain fighting with Republicans. Seems things are where they ought to be.

Get Out Your Wallets

Another thing, I don't think anyone is prepared to deal with the staggering costs of the amnesty bill that Kennedy and McCain are pushing.

An amount greater than this year's total federal budget.

From National Review, "No to Bush-Kennedy":
...the enormous cost of granting legal status to millions of illegal aliens is being wholly ignored. Nearly two-thirds of illegal immigrants are low-skilled workers. Based on a detailed analysis of the net cost of low-skill households, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation estimates that the typical illegal-alien household receives $19,588 more in benefits than it pays in taxes each year. He explains that these costs would increase dramatically when an illegal alien reached retirement. Rector estimates that if all current illegal aliens were granted amnesty, the net retirement costs (benefits minus taxes) could be over $2.5 trillion.
$2,500,000,000,000. In additional taxes (the entire federal budget this year is $1,900,000,000,000). To be paid by already overburdened American taxpayers. To pay for amnestying people who should simply be sent home.

Want to overwhelm the system? Support this awful piece of Washington idiocy.

They Aren't Serious

For those, like Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, who by the way has never had an original thought in his life, and who is struggling along with so many on the left to understand how it is that Alberto Gonzales is still our attorney general, I have but two words: