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Monday, September 03, 2007

Dope Growers Feeling The Heat

The fella I buy hay off of was telling me the other day how the ongoing drought has cut into his yield. He apparently isn't alone in realizing a dramatic reduction in crop output. The wacky tabaccy growers are being pinched as well:
Pot-picking slim
The Stuart Enterprise

According to Garry Brown, chief deputy of the Patrick County Sheriff's Office, two National Guard helicopters flew over Patrick County in the annual marijuana eradication program.

Eighty-six marijuana plants were found in Patrick County, Brown said. The majority were found off Rt. 57 in the Fairystone area. Plants were also found in the Stella area, Rt. 8 south and the Rye Cove area of the county.

Officers said the harvest was probably lower than usual because of the continued drought. (link)
You know conditions are bad when ...

I'd Rather Have The Idealogue

At least they have ideals.

They stand for something.

Unlike those who champion the "pragmatic" wing of the Republican Party. The one that gets favorable press but has never had an original idea that wasn't handed it by the Democratic Party.

I just can't get comfortable with a "conservative" Republican who distances himself from his fellow party members who have ideals. Ideals that translate into ideas. Into action. Those idealogues who come before us unwavering and with a solid set of beliefs, who are on a mission to make this a better country for our children and grandchildren.

If there is ever an opportunity for a red flag to go up, it's when a Republican refers to himself as a "pragmatist." To me? A "pragmatic" Republican is nothing more than a Democrat-lite.

Speaking of the man who would be senator (and a favorable press)...
Tom Davis isn't a typical politician; he makes too much sense
By Andrea Hopkins, Opinion Editor, Bristol Herald Courier

In 1994, [Representaive Tom Davis] made the leap to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he has remained. Now, he’s exploring another option – a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by John Warner. The 80-year-old Warner announced his retirement Friday.

Davis’ testing-the-waters swing around the state brought him to Bristol last week. He sat down with the Bristol Herald Courier’s editorial board, talking about his history, his philosophy of governance and the reasons he believes he would serve the state well as a senator.

"I’m a legislator, not an ideologue," he said, segueing into a critical analysis of the partisan polarization that has paralyzed Congress of late. "We fight hard at election time, but when the election is over, it’s time to get things done."

He lists some of his successes ...

Davis is a self-described conservative, but he elaborates that he is from the "governance wing of the party, not the ideological wing."

On the issues, Davis’ positions are frequently thoughtful and nuanced. Some depart from party orthodoxy. (link)

I guess it's that "nuance" thing that gets me about too many Republicans. Nuance. A definition is in order:

Noun: nuance nooĆ³ns
1. A subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

Translated into politics-ese, that usually means a guy like Tom Davis harbors only subtle differences when it comes to tax increase proposals and countenances more subtle intrusions into our private lives than the Democrats generally - openly - demand (see John Edwards' latest foray into Big Brother Land below).

In other words, a nuanced Republican can be counted on to meet a Democrat half way every time. And half-way. And half-way. And ...

Two examples to prove the point, from the Herald Courier interview. Try to get your arms around these positions that Tom Davis touts:

● Children’s health insurance: Davis voted against the House version of legislation to reauthorize and expand the States Children’s Health Insurance Program or S-CHIP. He said he will support a Senate version that will cover more children than are presently enrolled, but one that doesn’t cover adults or reduce citizenship verification requirements. The Bush administration has said it would veto the Senate and House bills.

● Entitlement spending: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are going to break the bank if not reined in – and quickly, given the wave of impending baby boom retirements, Davis said.
For an understanding of what SCHIP is all about, go to my post on the subject from yesterday. In short, it's a welfare program that's soon to be extended to upper-middle-class Americans. Tom Davis isn't opposed to expanding it; he just doesn't want government-funded health care to be offered to nearly as many unworthy people as the Democrats do. Democrat-lite.

Beyond that, in one breath he decries the fact that entitlement spending is going to "break the bank" but in the next says that he still favors the expansion of SCHIP - somewhat. In some nuanced way, no doubt.

This is what kills me about "pragmatic" Republicans. They stand for nothing. They're willing to go along with anything. With only subtle opposition. The Democrats demand; they acquiesce.

Want to know why your government is in the mess it's in? Ask Tom Davis. He and the other pragmatists in Washington - willingly - and with a lot of help from the Democrats - put it there.

Can I Eat My Bacon & Eggs Without This?

I think you and I have just been compared to Adolf Hitler by some woman living in Stuart (Patrick County) and writing in the Roanoke Times:
The inhumanity of eating meat
By Linda Hopkins

We call ourselves civilized beings, and I suppose we keep saying it from force of habit. For underneath all this alleged civility we seem to be nothing but upright mammals with a large brain capacity who still kill and eat other animals who share an overwhelming amount of our DNA.

... grotesque ...
... atrocities ...
... torture and abuse ...
... deplorable conditions ...
... Hitler ...

If we still accept the concept we have to kill other animals just for protein and carelessly use our self-given authority to do it in truly abominable ways, then we are not superior in the least. We have not grown a bit morally or done much of anything to really justify our existence. We are still barbarians, and basically nothing but barbarians, since our mentality in regard to livestock and many other animals hasn't changed since we first began slaughtering them for food and other items made from their skins. (link)
Just for protein? Who orders ribeye for the protein? We do it because it tastes good, lady.

... throwback ...
... boor ...
... lout ...
... neanderthal ...
... churl ...
... lowlife ...

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Are we being punished? Why can't this pair just get out of our lives?

Bill Had No Clue On Hsu
By Geoff Earle, Post Correspondent

September 3, 2007 -- Contoocook, N.H. - Ex-President Bill Clinton said yesterday he was "totally shocked" when he learned that Norman Hsu, one of his wife's big campaign contributors, was a wanted fugitive.

"You could have knocked me over with a straw," the former president said when asked about the controversy while touring the Hopkinton State Fair here.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would return $23,000 in contributions that Hsu had given her campaign after it was reported that he had pleaded guilty in a Ponzi scheme in 1991 but fled before sentencing. (link)
I read yesterday in the Wall Street Journal that the Justice Department is hurting for cash because of a change in mission having to do with homeland security and the terror threat.

If these two reprobates get back in the White House, I expect the department is going to be needing a serious infusion of cash.

Let the investigations begin. Anew.

On This Labor Day ...

... we take time out from our daily routine to celebrate ...

... what?

Is This Guy Serious?

The latest from the man who would be emperor:
Edwards backs mandatory preventive care
By Amy Lorentzen, Associated Press Writer

Tipton, Iowa - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK." (link)
Someone should tell this fella that he's not running for potentate. He's running ... well, on second thought, maybe he is running for dictator. In the truest sense of the word.