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Sunday, May 20, 2007

'Sicko' Toying With Those In Need Of Help

Michael Moore, darling of the left in this country, sinks to a new low. Something about which all his sycophantic friends should be very proud:
Moore Of Same
By Susan Edelman, The New York Post

May 20, 2007 -- Three Ground Zero volunteers who went to Cuba with filmmaker Michael Moore for free medical help got lots of hugs, round-the-clock tests and some needed treatment, but they came back with most of the same problems - and some new ones.

The 20-minute segment of the film devoted to Cuba seems to portray the trip as a "reverse flotilla" - but it's purely for show.

The responders told The Post that Moore rented three charter fishing boats in Miami, loading crew members and sick people - about 10 to a boat. In the movie, the boat is seen heading out to sea, presumably bound for Cuba. But in reality, the boat made a U-turn to Miami, and Moore's group later boarded a commercial flight to Cuba.

In another seaborne stunt, Moore took the responders on a tugboat to the military base at Guantanamo Bay, where they idled offshore and Moore, using a bullhorn, asked for medical attention, shouting, "My friends have sacrificed their health to help others after 9/11." (link)
One can only imagine that, when these ailing Americans are on their death beds, Moore will prop their lifeless carcasses up in front of a camera and film their excruciating demise. In living technicolor.

It's my understanding that he's entitled his movie "Sicko." Seems appropriate.

Except For One Thing ...

Memo to Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial staff: You're entitled to your opinion, but you're not entitled to misstate facts.
The Gun Giveaway

Polarizing issues bring out everyone's bad side. Publicity stunts put it under a magnifying glass. Thursday's "Bloomberg Gun GiveAway," an event promoted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), proved no exception.

The VCDL -- a gun-rights group -- organized the giveaway to raise money for two gun stores being sued by New York, which accuses them of winking at straw purchases. That makes the VCDL, which purports to stand up for the rights of the law-abiding, look like a defender of illegality. (link)
You guys didn't appreciate the "in your face" approach the VCDL took in raising money to help defray the legal costs of those gun shop owners who have been dragged into court by an harassing Mayor Bloomberg of New York.


But to use the word "illegality" is to suggest that someone - anyone - has broken the law.

Bloomberg is suing the shop owners in civil court because they have broken no laws and cannot, therefore, have them hauled into criminal court.

This has as much to do with the fact that Bloomberg is powerless to control crime in his streets and has sought a scapegoat as with anything else.

Because your undies are in a bunch, you resort to baseless untruths. Before you go on about "bringing out everyone's bad side," you might look in the mirror.

More Trails Going Nowhere

Now that the hype about hiking trails and bike paths bringing in flocks of tourists to Southwest Virginia, making us all rich, has lost its sizzle - those tourists can be counted on one hand - there is a noticeable shift in emphasis. Whereas before we were constructing trails from hither to yon in order to bring in what proved to be a very elusive tourism dollar, we now, apparently, need those same trails and paths to ... save on automobile wear and tear. Or something.

From the Roanoke Times:

Montgomery County gets serious about trails

As gas prices top $3 per gallon, it might be time to dust off the walking shoes and bicycles. The trick is finding a safe route from Point A to Point B. Thankfully, Montgomery County is poised to improve its trail connectivity.

The county plans to develop walking and biking trails in and between its seven villages -- Riner, Elliston, Lafayette, Prices Fork, Belview, Plum Creek and Shawsville. Those trails would connect to population centers in Christiansburg, Blacksburg and Radford, as well as to trail systems in surrounding counties.

Connectivity will enable people to get around without relying exclusively on automobiles. People won't ride their bikes to buy a week's worth of groceries, but plenty of other times forgoing a motor is a realistic option. (link)
I can picture the author of this gem struggling over that last sentence. "People won't ride their bikes to buy a week's worth of groceries" or do a host of other things, but ... well ... they'll participate in "plenty" of other forever nameless "realistic" activities. We just can't come up with one by deadline.

After extolling the Montgomery County supervisors' decision to add to the maze of trails and paths that now crisscross Southwest Virginia like a ball of yarn, the Times editorialist leaks this really well-thought out profundity:

"...the Montgomery trail system will have only minimal impact on transportation ... When people use trails for more than recreation, they reduce the number of cars on the roads."

So which is it?

In any case, let's have a show of hands. All you folks over in Elliston, how many of you are going to be riding your bike, when that trail is completed, to Radford (23.5 miles) to pick up that sixpack of Bud for the little woman? How many of you will ever even ride a bike if your life depended upon it?

Some deluded journalist bicycle enthusiast over at the Times thinks he knows. Though "thinks" may not be the right word to use in this instance.

News We Don't Need

Falwell's mortician says it's an honor to serve him

Roger Daltry Of All People

I always liked this guy. Now I have another reason. He calls out the global warming idiots among us for being suckers:
'Who' Do You Think You Are, Al?
By Jennifer Fermino, The New York Post

May 20, 2007 -- The Who frontman Roger Daltrey says he doesn't care about Al Gore's push for alternate power g-g-generation [wasn't that the Rolling Stones?].

The rocker is blasting the former vice president's colossal Live Earth concerts - being held this summer to draw attention to global warming - as meaningless.

"Bollocks to that!" Daltrey snarled to The Sun, a British newspaper. "The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert."

He added, "I can't believe it. Let's burn even more fuel." (link)
Daltry's wisdom, of course, is completely lost on all those partygoers who are going to burn fossil fuel like there's no tomorrow to get to these concerts that are going to be held all over the planet, so that they can rock to the tunes of such global warming luminaries as Madonna and Alicia Keys.

Give it up, Roger. You'll never get through to them. Bollocks to that indeed.

... As Only Newt Can Say It

Newt Gingrich came to Lynchburg yesterday to give the commencement address to the graduating class at Liberty University. The message he delivered is one that will resonate, should he decide to finally enter the presidential contest, with every conservative in America.

That message:
Newt's 'Falwell' Address
The Associated Press

May 20, 2007 -- Lynchburg, Va. - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Liberty University's graduating class yesterday to honor the spirit of founder Jerry Falwell by confronting "the growing culture of radical secularism" with Christian ideals.

"A growing culture of radical secularism declares that the nation cannot profess the truths on which it was founded," he said. "We are told our public schools can no longer invoke the Creator nor proclaim natural law nor profess the God-given quality of human rights.

"In hostility to American history, the radical secularists insist that religious belief is inherently divisive and that public debate can only proceed on secular terms." (link)
"Hostility to American history." They won't want to hear it but Newt Gingrich has summed up the mindset of the left in this country in four simple words. They harbor an unwavering hostility - enmity - toward our glorious past.

Thanks, Newt.

You Need To Look In The Mirror, Jimmy

The president who gave us the Iran hostage crisis and who stood up to Soviet aggression in Afghanistan by pulling the American Olympic team out of the 1980 games (that showed 'em, by God!) has declared George Bush to be the worst president in American history when it comes to international relations. Which must make it so:
Carter Criticizes Bush and Blair on War in Iraq
By Reuters

Washington, May 19 (Reuters) — Former President Jimmy Carter criticized George W. Bush’s presidency in interviews released Saturday as “the worst in history” in international relations and faulted Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain for his loyal relationship with Mr. Bush.

“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history,” Mr. Carter, 82, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, said in a telephone interview with The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from the Carter Center in Atlanta.

“The overt reversal of America’s basic values as expressed by previous dministrations, including those of George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me,” Mr. Carter told the newspaper.
Get the impression old Jimmy is tired of being ranked dead last among the 43 presidents in our nation's history when it comes to performance in office?

After the fiasco with his most recent book, hasn't this guy learned that he's better off keeping his big mouth shut?