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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Let Me Set The Record Straight

On a relatively minor point (except to Jesus, who may have an objection), the Roanoke Times this morning makes what is becoming a common mistake in the reporting on that puppy mill here in Bland County that has been given permission* by the county Board of Supervisors to reopen after a tragic fire claimed the lives of nearly 200 cuddly little bundles of joy in March.

The fallacy occurs in this sentence:

The Schmuckers, a family of nine who are among the 200 Amish people living in communities in Bland and Giles counties, rallied supporters who attested to their concern for animals and their desire to earn a living according to the Amish tradition.

The people who live up 42 in rural Bland County, the ones who wear the funny hats and 19th century clothing (and who smell like that's the last time they were near a bathtub), and whose male membership have the odd haircuts and plenty of facial hair (but no mustaches), and wear those cool suspenders ...

... are Mennonites. Not Amish. They's a difference.

Just thought I'd help.

* The decision comes as no surprise to the locals. Everyone gathered at Lindy's barbershop in Bland on a recent morning knew the deal was done.

Where's Morgan Griffith?

The anti-smoking nazis are at it again:
Kaine pursues smoking ban in restaurants
By Larry O'Dell, Associated Press

Richmond — Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said yesterday that he will continue efforts to ban smoking in Virginia restaurants.

"I think momentum on this is very strong," Mr. Kaine, a Democrat, said on his monthly call-in radio show on WTOP. (link)
Sure it is. Kaine says so. He asked his Democratic caucus, which just reeks of momentum.

However, three short months ago, the momentum was headed in the opposite direction, when the House of Delegates overwhelmingly (59 to 40) slapped down our governor's last attempt at legislating societal mores. He's obviously learned nothing from the defeat, other than to make foolishly feckless statements about momentum.

But what else does the guy have to do? When it comes to his favorite political issues, Kaine has found out that the people of Virginia, embodied particularly in the membership in the House, are in charge on such issues as gun bans, and the death penalty, and gay marriage, and tax hikes, and now smoking bans.

So, let him have his dreams. His delusions.

We can work around him.


Oh, by the way, our outgoing senior United States senator is really big on banning smoking too. He was once a Republican, right?

Conservatives Rally round Their Man

Despite the best efforts of a Roanoke Times copy editor recently to make us believe there was dissension within the ranks of the GOP after conservative Ralph Smith defeated "moderate" Brandon Bell in the race for a seat (22nd district) in the state senate (see "Moderate conservatives in the 22nd District, dismayed by the fall of Brandon Bell, could turn to Democrat Mike Breiner."), unity clearly prevails:

Campaign notebook: Republicans rally strong show of unity behind Smith
Despite suggestions of rifts within the party, the GOP marshaled support from across the state.

By Matt Chittum, The Roanoke Times

Republican Ralph Smith boasted about his broad and unified support for his run for the state senate Tuesday, standing before notable party-mates from opposite ends of the 22nd District.

His party has been mocked for internal divisions, said the candidate for the 22nd District seat. "I challenge you to show me where the division is today."

Standing behind him at the Roanoke County courthouse were commonwealth's attorneys, sheriffs, court clerks and others.

His campaign staff handed out a list of book jacket blurb-style endorsements from other Virginia Republicans including former Gov. Jim Gilmore, several state senators, delegates, sheriffs and house majority leader Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, who couldn't attend the event because he was out of town on business.

The lessons being learned here - again: Be true to your convictions, be true to your constituents, and they'll rally 'round you.

Another lesson from this saga to take back with you: Betray them, pal, and incur the wrath ...

Talking counterpoint

From this morning's Roanoke Times:
Talking point

"In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved."

-- Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., who has steadfastly supported the war in Iraq, arguing on the Senate floor for a change of strategy. (link)
Ouch. But is that factual? You decide:
Talking Counterpoint:

White House spokesman Tony Snow on Lugar's comment:

"I think if you take a look at what his own people have said, they said it's consistent with what he said in the past." (link)
A shift? Or more of the same?

Are we going to go through this again?

Remember when Bill Clinton, in order to fashion "a legacy" for himself, tried - and almost succeeded - to hand over Israel to Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians?

What is with presidents and their mindless need for legacy these days?

America, it appears, is about to endure, come hell or high water, another such effort:
Immigration push seen as Bush's shot at legacy
By Joseph Curl, The Washington Times

President Bush has invested the bulk of his dwindling political capital to push through an unpopular immigration-reform bill, which is being seen as a last-ditch effort during his remaining 19 months in office to leave behind a domestic achievement.

Despite the issue tearing apart the conservative movement, the president has courted liberals to support his efforts. (link)
This is new? From his first days in office, when he started kissing Ted Kennedy's fat ass trying to get an education bill approved, Bush has been courting liberals. We can see where that got him (why can't he see it?).

So now we're going to have to deal with a president who is determined to create a legacy for himself with this amnesty legislation, regardless the harm it does our country.

Bill Clinton. George Bush. The legacy disease. Why?

They Won't Take No For An answer

Senate votes to revive illegal-alien bill
By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

The Senate voted yesterday to resurrect its immigration bill, overcoming opposition from conservative Republicans and setting up a week of showdown votes on amendments and passage.

The vote was 64-35 to revive the bill, four more than the 60 needed ... (link)
Do these people live on a different planet? Do they think we were only joking when we sent them the message two short weeks ago that their amnesty bill was not going to fly? That on the subject of illegal immigration, they have no credibility? That for their failure to enforce the last set of laws they gave us, resulting in the importation of 12 million additional illegals, we have decided to remove the issue from their area of responsibility?

We are in charge, you blind, deaf, and dumb people. We'll decide how this is going to be handled.

You had your chance. You blew it. Get out of our way.

Quote Of The Day

From a Washington Times editorial:
After a furious press from a president with some of the lowest popularity ratings in modern times, the Senate, which just 19 days earlier had voted decisively against shutting off debate, reversed itself and voted 64-35 to resurrect the illegal-alien amnesty bill — along with a set of amendments agreed to by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican supporters of the bill to give senators plenty of political cover: They can vote for a bill replete with provisions that undermine our defenses against criminal and terrorist aliens and set the stage for an explosion of the welfare state and massive tax increases in the decades ahead, while approving a couple of amendments in order to give senators political cover.
"Border Betrayal," June 27, 2007


Let it be noted, Senator James Webb has been all over the map on this issue. He was against amnesty; now he seems to be in favor. His wandering continues. After having voted against cloture just days before, he voted for cloture yesterday. "Born Fighting?" Please. How about, "Who am I? Why am I here?"

Odd Phraseology

I wonder if this strikes you as peculiar:
SUV Mayhem
By Leonard Blair, The New York Post

June 27, 2007 -- A Brooklyn pedestrian was killed yesterday by an out-of-control SUV that pinned her against a bakery and injured another man.

The vehicle jumped the curb along ...
I suppose if guns can kill people, SUV's can jump and be out of control.

Rudy On The Attack

If only he weren't so wrong on social issues, Rudy Giuliani would be my guy.

For this reason:
Rudy Bops Bubba
By Charles Hurt and Carl Camanile, The New York Post

June 27, 2007 -- Rudy Giuliani charged yesterday that Bill Clinton was soft on terrorism when he was president, calling his tenure "the decade of denial."

The Republican White House hopeful and former mayor warned that Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democratic presidential candidates want to repeat the ex-chief executive's mistakes of the 1990s.

He said Clinton didn't aggressively respond to the 1993 World Trade Center attack, or to subsequent atrocities by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda before 9/11. Giuliani singled out the bombings of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996 and the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000.

"The United States government - then President Clinton - did not respond," Giuliani said. "Bin Laden declared war on us. We didn't hear it."

Giuliani said that calls by the Democratic presidential candidates to withdraw from Iraq will embolden terrorists.

"I think they are in denial. They can't face this threat. They couldn't in the 1990s," Giuliani said. (link)
He's absolutely right. After being shaken into a momentary period of reality after 9/11, it didn't take long for the Democrats to revert to their collective state of denial. That's why they're all out there demanding that we retreat from Iraq. Like Iraq is the problem and not global terrorism.

Anyway, Rudy has gone after them. More power to him.

But about that abortion thing ...

Yeah, Iraq Is a disaster

A bomb goes off in Baghdad - one a day - and the news media around the world portray the incident as the downfall of American presence in Iraq. Woe be unto Bush. The Iraqi people can't cope. They are unworthy of our largesse. They can't handle democracy or a modern way of life.

And then there is the real world ...

Pointing to Stability, Kurds in Iraq Lure Investors
By Kirk Semple, The New York Times

Erbil, Iraq — It is a measure of soaring Kurdish optimism that government officials here talk seriously about one day challenging Dubai as the Middle East’s main transportation and business hub.

The Kurdistan Regional Government is betting that it can, investing $325 million in a modern terminal at the Erbil International Airport to handle, officials hope, millions of passengers a year, and a three-mile runway that will be big enough for the new double-decker Airbus A380.

“We’re not saying Kurdistan is heaven,” said Herish Muharam, chairman of the Kurdish government’s Board of Investment. “But we’re telling investors that Kurdistan can be that heaven.” (link)

Of course, this being written for the New York Times, the next sentence begins with "As the rest of Iraq has plunged into a downward spiral ..." That's that bomb that went off in Baghdad yesterday. Plunging the country into a downward spiral.

They deserve better than this.

Playing With Fire

For how many decades has OPEC been setting oil prices (at least ostensibly) for its member states? (I'll give you a hint, it was founded in 1965)

So why has our Democratically controlled Congress now decided to pick a fight, disrupt the markets, and destabilize oil prices?
OPEC Head Warns U.S. Lawmakers on Anti - OPEC Bill
By Reuters

Istanbul (Reuters) - OPEC President Mohammed al-Hamli warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday they were taking a "really dangerous step" in seeking legislation to sue the oil group.

The U.S. Senate last week approved a plan that would enable the federal government to take legal action against OPEC for price manipulation, but the White House has threatened to veto the measure.

"It's a really dangerous step. We are in the process of fighting that," Hamli said at an oil conference. (link)
At a time when the planet's oil production capacity is maxed out, the Democrats decide to go up against the world's most influential oil producing nations, a boneheaded move that can only end in chaos.

Smart, fellas. Real smart.

A Growing Cesspool

Can it get any worse for the starving and impoverished people of Zimbabwe?

A New Plan for Zimbabwe
By Michael Wines, The New York Times

Johannesburg, June 26 — Zimbabwe’s government has put forward legislation that would require virtually all publicly traded companies to cede controlling interests to “indigenous” citizens, raising the possibility of a sizable redistribution of the country’s remaining wealth at a time when its economy is collapsing.

The draft legislation, which was published Monday, would mandate that a 51 percent stake in the companies be transferred to Zimbabweans who were “disadvantaged by unfair discrimination on the grounds of his or her race” before April 1980, when the nation won independence from white rule. (link)
Apartheid is bad. That's why the world applauded when the white government then running Rhodesia, the second most prosperous nation on the African continent at the time, ceded control of the country in 1980 under relentless pressure from the world community (the name of that country was then changed to Zimbabwe).

If there is anything worse than apartheid, it is Zimbabwe. 27 years after turning control over to its black majority, the country is a shithole. In a country that was once overflowing with food staples and was a net exporter of grain and other life-sustaining commodities, people there haven't enough to eat, the farm fields lay fallow, and the economy has ground to a complete halt.

And not a peep from that same world community.

Fascinating. Tragic. And it will get worse ...

News Flash! Earth revolves around sun!

Those of you who know me know that I lean to the right. What you might find hard to believe is that I once was a fanatic liberal. That was back before I made a living on my own and sponged off my parents. Back then I was in favor of helping solve all kinds of the world's problems ... with other people's money.

It was only when I saw great quantities of my money being confiscated that I became interested in where it was going and on what it was being wasted spent.

Most Americans are that way. Liberal (and ignorant) in youth, more conservative, and more wise, with age.

Well, guess what the New York Times has discovered:

New Poll Finds That Young Americans Are Leaning Left

Good grief.

A Fascinating Artist At Work

If you have a couple of minutes ...

How do they make it look so easy?

What Caused Her to be silent?

Paris Hilton Due to Break Her Silence