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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It's All Bush's Fault

This from the Charleston (WV) Gazette is simply bizarre. Typical. But bizarre:
Ghastly

Under Iraq’s cruel former dictatorship, women were free to attend universities, hold jobs, swim at beaches, attend entertainment and go in public without veils or shrouds. The brutal Saddam regime suppressed fundamentalist prejudice against liberated females.*

But President Bush’s occupation of Iraq enabled puritanical groups to begin inflicting harsh theocratic punishments on women who dare to show any independence.

Sanctimonious vigilante squads have killed at least 40 women this year in the southern city of Basra because they wore modern Western clothes or showed loose hair, according to a news report.

Meanwhile, “honor killings” of young women whose families feel dishonored by their flirtatious behavior are rising in Iraq. The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq reported in June that such murders rose 18 percent in three months in the Kurdish sector of the Mideast nation. (link)
I'm inclined to avoid dignifying this bit of idiocy with a counterargument, but I suppose it's worth comment at least.

These doorknobs at the Gazette are operating under the illusion that the Saddam regime - because Saddam said so - was a bastion of civilized thinking and western freedoms. Because they paid no attention at the time (and had no real interest), they are blissfully ignorant of that to which they refer, allowing them to make such foolish statements.

The culture they describe is Iraqi culture, dating back centuries. In fact, it goes beyond that; it is Muslim culture, and is older than all the western world. "Honor killings" didn't spring up there overnight (or when the Supreme Court "selected" Bush to be President).

But the typically insane Bush-hating left in this country - as exemplified by these clowns at the Gazette - view everything through their anti-Bush lenses. Thus we witness this kind of twisted editorializing. Honor killings are a problem. It is, therefore, Bush's fault.

We'll next be told that President Bush is cruelly forcing Muslims in Iraq to kneel and pray towards Mecca five times a day. The bastard.

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* Take out two adjectives and this sentence reads: "Under Iraq’s ... former dictatorship, women were free to attend universities, hold jobs, swim at beaches, attend entertainment and go in public without veils or shrouds. The ... Saddam regime suppressed fundamentalist prejudice against liberated females."

Only in the Gazette ....

Chickens Come Home To Roost

I have to be honest. I'd be a huge Mitt Romney fan if it weren't for a bewildering lapse of judgement on his part a year ago. I - and the Wall Street Journal - said at the time that he was wrong for introducing foisting universal health care upon the state of Massachusetts and that the taxpayers there were in for it.

As it turns out, a short year later, the taxpayers of Massachusetts are ... in for it:
RomneyCare Gets The Flu
By Michael Tanner, The New York Post


When Mitt Romney signed into law the nation's most far-reaching state health- care-reform proposal in April 2006, it was widely expected to be a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Then-Massachusetts Gov. Romney bragged that he would "steal" the traditionally Democratic issue of health care. But he seldom mentions his plan on the campaign trail - he simply calls for greater state experimentation, with little or no reference to what he did in Massachusetts.

And for good reason. Even as other states (including New York) look at implementing similar plans, Massachusetts is finding that the package is failing to meet its goals. (link)
Such the shock.

So where is RomneyCare headed? Into bankruptcy, just as we predicted:
The cost of the program has exploded; it's running $150 million above the original projection for this year alone.

Insurance premiums in the state are expected to rise 10 to 12 percent next year - double the national average.

[I]t's now clear that the state won't get anywhere close to universal coverage.

Massachusetts has done better at signing people up for subsidized coverage. No surprise: People are all too happy to sign up if others pay the bill - and Romney extended subsidies well into the middle class - a family of four earning $63,000 per year qualifies.
And they thought that universal health care was going to be cheap AND comprehensive. In the end, as we warned, it'll be neither.

What All This Bali-Hoo Will Mean To You

10,000 one-world environmentalists and bureaucrats are currently meeting in Bali to figure out a way to save the planet from that global warming thing you may have heard about. Tension mounts as the attendees realize they are working against time. They have but two weeks to complete the task. And the massages, body surfings, and golf outings keep getting in the way.

Oh, the agony.

Setting aside the silly, detached appearance of it all, what might these people decide that will affect your daily routine? The answer: A whole lot.

Flying to Bali to party with the attendees is a delegation from our very own Congress. With new legislation in hand. Something called "Lieberman-Warner."

How proud they'll be when they show this jewel off to an adoring crowd:

Power Costs Would Dramatically Increase under Lieberman-Warner Legislation
CNNMoney.com

According to an analysis by Duke Energy , the plan proposed by U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and John Warner to require an auction for a large portion of carbon emissions allowances would hit customers hard in the 25 states that generate more than half their electricity from coal.

Based on its analysis of the Lieberman-Warner proposal and potential allowance prices at $30 and $45 a ton, Duke Energy estimated its customers' power bills could increase by up to 53 percent when the legislation became effective in 2012. Power bills would continue to escalate in subsequent years as allocations decreased and more allowances had to be purchased through auction.

"Having to obtain allowances for existing coal plants through an auction is nothing more than a carbon tax," Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO Jim Rogers said. "It should be called what it is - a disproportionate tax on consumers in the 25 states that depend on coal. (link)
Customers' power bills could increase by up to 53 percent.

It wasn't long ago that newspaper editorialists were decrying the potential for rapidly escalating utility rates here in the commonwealth and denouncing the utility companies - Dominion Power! - for foisting huge increases in monthly electric bills on an undeserving public. My guess is, the silence will be deafening in those editorial boardrooms when this increase - this global warming tax - is shoved down our throats.

They may be having fun and games in Bali right now, but there's method in their playtime. The bill for their frivolity is about to come due.

Get out your wallet.

It Must Be Tuesday

Al Gore says we're all going to die.

One Can't Help But Wonder

What would the death toll on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007 have been if there had been a Jeanne Assam there that day. A Jeanne Assam with a permit to carry a weapon. A Jeanne Assam who wouldn't have been banned by the university from arming herself for both personal protection and for the protection of the students and faculty around her.

Who is Jeanne Assam?

From the Associated Press ("Colo. Church Gunman Had Been Kicked Out"):

(AP) - The gunman believed to have killed four people at a megachurch and a missionary training school had been thrown out of the school a few years ago and had been sending it hate mail, police said in court papers Monday.

The gunman opened fire at 12:30 a.m. at the Youth With a Mission center. Witnesses said the man asked to spend the night there and opened fire with a handgun when he was turned down. They described him as a young man, perhaps 20, in a dark jacket and cap.

Later, at New Life Church, a gunman wearing a trench coat and carrying a high-powered rifle opened fire in the parking lot and later walked into the church as a service was letting out.

Jeanne Assam, a church member who volunteers as a security guard, shot and killed Murray, who was found with a rifle and two handguns, police said. The pastor called her "a real hero."

"When the shots were fired, she rushed toward the scene and encountered the attacker there in a hallway. He never got more than 50 feet inside our building," he said. "There could have been a great loss of life yesterday, and she probably saved over 100 lives."
"She probably saved over 100 lives."

32 students and faculty members were slaughtered in Blacksburg, Virginia on April 16 of this year. Completely defenseless, most of those killed were trapped in their classrooms when that crazed psychopath appeared in their doorway, prevented their retreat, and lined them up along a wall and killed them - one by one.

Could an armed civilian have prevented Cho Sieung-hui from inflicting grievous harm on the Virginia Tech campus population that day? Perhaps not.

Could an armed civilian have prevented massive loss of life that day? Perhaps.

Perhaps.

But we'll never know. Virginia Tech was a "gun-free zone."

And that hasn't changed. To this day, it is, in all reality, a free-fire zone. Law-abiding citizens are prevented from carrying weapons onto campus. The Cho-Sieung-huis of this world are not.