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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Virginia Tech Offers Up Another Plan

I once worked for a vice president who felt it his sole responsibility to come up with five-year plans. Every year he came up with a new one. Every year. A five-year plan. None was ever implemented, of course. None was ever considered for implementation. The planning was the important thing.

I'm reminded of that odd circumstance by today's news. We learn in this morning's Roanoke Times (in "Invest in diversity at Virginia Tech") that Southwest Virginia's second-most premier school of higher learning* has a new five-year plan that calls for - and is surely to achieve, this time - racial diversity on campus:

For an institution charged with serving the entire commonwealth regardless of race or ethnicity, the status quo is unacceptable. Indeed, the campus experience now is far less rich than it should be.

Tech officials recognize the problem, and recently released a five-year plan to make the campus more welcoming to minority students. They hope someday the university's student body will better reflect the commonwealth.

They propose to have Tech require all students ...
Another plan. Well, toss it on the pile with all the others. Starting with the last five-year plan which apparently proved to be an abject failure. And this plan, seemingly, didn't help. Nor did this one. Ditto.

But the new plan - the latest in a long line of plans - is sure to work. For sure.

Three quick points:

1) Why all the fuss? How does "diversity" aid or enhance a student's (black or white) ability to achieve success in mastering the curriculum laid out by the university?

2) Has anyone suggested to those minority students who failed to meet entrance requirements that they should have tried harder, absorbed more, and gotten better grades in high school? Sure they did. Will anyone tell minority high school students that, in order to beat out all those Asian students who excel in academics that they need to buckle down, study like mad, and achieve success at mastering their particular fields of endeavor if they ever hope to get into Virginia Tech? Sure they will.

3) Do people who drive this whole "diversity" argument really understand the issue? If they do, they wouldn't write goofy shit like this (from the editorial cited above) about the reason for Tech's low minority enrollment:

"Some of the reluctance by minority students is unsurprising. Tech, after all, still has a dormitory named after a member of the Ku Klux Klan."

Yeah, that would keep me from choosing VT too, as opposed to ... say, Harvard.

Oh, wait. Minority students are probably shunning America's premier university too. And for the same reason.

Washington & Lee? Uh, no. There's that small matter of its association with two - not one but two - 19th century slave holders. Washington. And Lee. Minority students will surely be avoiding that one too.

UVa? Don't even go there.

Look carefully into our nation's past and you're left with Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg. and I wouldn't look too closely there either.

Anyway, Virginia Tech has another diversity plan. And those who believe in them think that's a swell development.

Whatever trips your trigger.

* See numero uno here.

Quote of the Day

From James Taranto:
Obama spokesman Bill Burton quickly denounced McCain for proposing to put "the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency." This took a degree of chutzpah, since the Democrats have just spent four days touting Obama's experience as a "community organizer" as a central qualification to put him no heartbeats away. Even after listening to those speeches, we're still not sure what a "community organizer" is.
"Best Of The Web Today," August 30, 2008

Biting Humor

Copyright laws prevent me from posting this Ramirez political cartoon that appears in this morning's New York Post. To quickly describe it, for those who don't wish to click through, it shows a long line of people waiting to get into the convention center in Denver where the Democrats were holding their quadrennial infomercial, with one attendee complaining to another:

"We've been waiting in line forever."

The other replies:

"They are preparing us for national healthcare."

Who was it said that, in order for humor to work, it has to be grounded in truth. Truer humor there never was.

Ouch

Ever wonder why many of the nation's largest and most prestigious newspapers' circulation numbers are plummeting while the New York Post continues to grow its readership? Certainly, this kind of front page splash has something to do with it:

Devastating.

Get the story.

And For Good Reason

He's about as liberal as they come:
Advisers Say Conservative Ire Pushed McCain Away From Picking Lieberman
By Elisabeth Bumiller and Michael Cooper, The New York Times

For weeks, advisers close to the campaign said, Mr. McCain had wanted to name as his running mate his good friend Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, the Democrat turned independent. But by the end of last weekend, the outrage from Christian conservatives over the possibility that Mr. McCain would fill out the Republican ticket with Mr. Lieberman, a supporter of abortion rights, had become too intense to be ignored. (link)
(* You'll note that the headline refers to conservatives but the article itself then slips in the word "Christian." That's intended for the Times's large Jewish readership. They need to keep that pot stirred, else the Jewish vote - quite conservative in itself - leaves the Democrat plantation.)

As to Lieberman, it should be no secret to anyone who follows America's political wars that he is, with few issue exceptions, a liberal. The only reason certain conservatives Republicans are enamored with him is because he has always been right on the war, steadfastly so, and because he spit in the eye of Democratic Party bigwigs two years ago and became an independent when they tried to force him from office.**

It wasn't always that way. At one time he was for school vouchers. And then he wasn't. At one time he was for school choice. And then he wasn't. He once supported the (partial?) privatization of social security. Then he didn't. When did his positions change? The moment Al Gore chose him as his running mate in 2000.

So now Lieberman is a liberal. Perhaps he always was. By all accounts, he's an effective United States senator. We wish him continued success in that career choice.

** The debate rages on as to whether one can be a good conservative and be "pro-war." War brings on the necessary expansion of government, often in a big way (think of the changes that took place during the Civil War and World War II) and increases government intrusion into our personal lives in the way of "war powers acts." Ask Ron Paul.

Something To Consider

We talked about Governor Kaine's lack of experience - especially as it pertains to foreign policy - yesterday, and about how that didn't seem to bother those who were touting him as a wonderful vice presidential running mate for Obama. Today, let's look - not at a what if, but - at an actual event that played out in 2004. This from Robert Stacy McCain:
Next time some TV talking head brings up Sarah Palin's lack of foreign-policy experience, can somebody please point out that the Democrats in 2004 picked John Edwards as their vice-presidential candidate?

What was Edwards' background in national security? How was Edwards -- who ran third in the Democratic presidential primaries this year -- so much more eminently qualified for the VP slot than Palin? (link)
Hmm.

I'm Trying To Work Through This

I guess it's time we learned to accept this sort of behavior from our vice presidents:

How times have changed ...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Whatever

Is this necessary?

Roanoke to host conference on environmental issues

Seems to me, someone should be holding a conference to discuss this:

Roanoke, New River valleys climb in jobless

I suppose planting some trees and switching from plastic to paper is easier than affecting job creation. Thus ...

Living In The Past

The days of Lester Maddox and Orval Faubus are finally coming to a close. After having to endure the overt racism and bigotry of the 80's and 90's, Barack Obama's nomination has plunged a dagger into the heart of the oppressor forever.

What? The America of Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice, and Kobe Bryant has been permeated with racial prejudice and intolerance? There's been no healing of the wounds in recent decades?

Not according to some. Bob Herbert, columnist for the New York Times (and one who spends an inordinate amount of time searching out racists who hide - he routinely finds out - under every rock) interviews a group of Detroiters who have been "oppressed" all these years, but are looking to the future with ... hope:
Champagne and Tears
By Bob Herbert

On Thursday night, with Barack Obama formally accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at Mile High Stadium in Denver, African-Americans from coast to coast and beyond felt they might now dare to pop the corks.

As I talked to black residents in and around Detroit, a troubled city that has never fully recovered from the riots of 1967, the personal stories — some of them pent-up for decades — came in an emotional rush, often accompanied by tears.

The message I heard again and again was that the triumph of Senator Obama in securing the nomination helped to redeem some of the disappointment and grief of many years of racial humiliation and oppression. (link)
" ... helped to redeem some of the disappointment and ..." It'll do no such thing, of course. These people will continue to use "racial humiliation and oppression" as an excuse for their personal failings for the rest of their lives.

The America they live in is not the America the rest of us live in. Lester Maddox was driven into obscurity a quarter century ago. A dagger was plunged into the heart of racial segregation even before that. Oppression? These whiners don't know the meaning pf the word.

Their ancestors - who did indeed know what oppression and humiliation were all about ...

... must be shaking their heads in shame.

OK, Here's What I Think

Let's be honest. She's not going to be a Dick Cheney. But then he's a cut above all others so she shouldn't take that as a slight. He's just that darn good for the job.

But Sarah Palin is a whole lot easier on the eyes than Cheney is. That's for sure. Point Palin.

The lack of experience is what turned me off to her nomination early on. Though the office is of no great consequence (don't believe everything you read in the papers; Cheney has no real power, except over the Senate, on occasion), it would still be best to have someone who's "ready to hit the ground running," should the person from whom she's just a heartbeat away suddenly have problems in that regard.

Experience, as none of Obama's advisors will tell you, is critical to the job at hand - one aspect of which involves providing advice to the person at her side.

Still, this is a shrewd move on McCain's part. Not only will Palin's nomination give the feminists pause - if ever so briefly* - but it will certainly influence a sizeable handful of female voters - not a small thing for a candidate who hadn't a prayer of capturing that critical demographic.

Then there's the timing. Perfect. Just as the Obama coronation was coming to a glorious end, when all the nation's focus was on audacity and hope and all that again, here comes McCain to divert everyone's attention. At the most needful moment in the campaign - when Obama had the Big Mo, and was seemingly off and running. You could hear the American people going from chanting "Save us, oh Great One" to "Sarah Who ...?" That's no small victory for the Republican.

Oh, and she's articulate. She'll need that trait if she's going to convince Americans that she's up to the task.

One other thing, she comes across as being one tough babe who's not going to be pushed around by the media like Dan Quayle allowed himself to be.

Palin's biggest plus? She's a stalwart conservative, from everything I've read. On abortion, gun rights, government waste, family, gay rights, corruption, the War on Terror, religion, and capitalism, she's one of us. A welcome breath of fresh air (contrast that with Obama's fossil-by-comparison of a running mate) too.

And I can only imagine how Hillary must feel about now. The gods just aren't on her side these days, are they?

Anyway, I wish Sarah Palin had a whole lot more experience than she does, particularly in foreign affairs matters. But then at least she's actually been in charge of something. Her running mate's opponent certainly can't make that boast. If truth be known, we'd find out that he doesn't even run his own household, much less a Dairy Queen. But we'll deal with that another day.

So here's to Sarah Palin. I hope she has a bright future in politics.

* Expect the feminists to savage the Republican nominee, despite the fact that, by all accounts, Sarah Palin is a self-made woman, the kind the feminists - until now - championed. After all, the old prunes were steadfast against sexual harrassment too, if you recall, until Bill Clinton elevated it to becoming a regular White House activity. They then turned to a new argument: The cheap sluts were all asking for it.

Just Wondering

Do you suppose the Washington Post would have written this (in "Mr. McCain's Choice") if Tim Kaine (who has no more political experience than Sarah Palin does) had been chosen to be Obama's running mate?
[T]he most important question Mr. McCain should have asked himself about Ms. Palin was not whether she could help him win the presidency. It was whether she is qualified and prepared to serve as president should anything prevent him from doing so.

In this regard, count us among the puzzled and the skeptical.

Once the buzz over Ms. Palin's nomination dies down, the hard questions about her will begin. The answers will reflect on her qualifications -- and on Mr. McCain's judgment as well. (link)
There is no way that the Post would have written such things about Governor Kaine. The focus of any editorial would have been on winning the state of Virginia for Obama, and how shrewd a move it was in picking him.

A double standard? You bet.

Quote of the Day

From Sarah Palin:

"I didn't get into government to do the safe and easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is built."

A memorable quote. The first of many?

This Is Discouraging

Well, it certainly tells us that we still have a long way to go when it comes to a large segment of the American populace accepting women in leadership roles in this country. Ann Althouse reveals the search words that brought surfers to her blog post about Sarah Palin (it makes sense; just go there). People seem to want to know a whole lot about her "tits and ass."

I am not encouraged.

* I'll note this though. I'll bet, in the vetting process, Palin was asked by McCain staffers if there were any pictures of her in the nude that might find their way to the internet. Sigh.

Well, This Is Rich

I honestly thought Obama's handlers wouldn't make the mistake of highlighting the biggest weakness he has - his total lack of experience. But blunder into that very discussion they have:
Obama campaign highlights Palin's 'zero' experience
Breitbart.com

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign on Friday blasted his Republican rival's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a running-mate, highlighting her "zero" foreign policy experience. "Today John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. (link)

So a candidate's lack of experience is a bad thing? Do these guys really want to go down that road?

One More Thing

John McCain, overnight, has regained his "maverick" status for having picked Palin as his running mate. He'd do well now to use her to attack the do-nothing Congress (including the miscreants who claim to be Republicans) (she will, after all, be president of the Senate) in the same way that she destroyed the longstanding good-old-boy power structure in Alaska.

Friday, August 29, 2008

On That Experince Thing

It's all a matter of perspective, I guess. This from a liberal Democrat blogger:
I would add that Obama does not need to be arguing how important experience is. Let me also add that when Tim Kaine, who has exactly the same experience as Palin, was treated by the Media and the Dems as a serious and acceptable potential pick, it opens up charges of a double standard.
A double standard indeed. Will the Democrats go down that road?

Just What We Need

Another lying weasel running things in Richmond:

Terry McAuliffe for gov?

May God have mercy on us all.

Seems Odd

But it's the thought that counts. I guess.
Burial ground of slaves to become a memorial
By Steve Szkotak, Associated Press Writer

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- A portion of a centuries-old burial ground for slaves and freed blacks that now lies beneath a parking lot will be preserved and recognized as part of the city's effort to confront its slave-trading history.

The 50-by-250-foot section of the former "Burial Ground for Negroes" had been destined to continue as a parking lot under the ownership of Virginia Commonwealth University. (link)
"... to continue as a parking lot."

Dishonored in life; violated in death.

I don't know ...

Just Asking

Why is it, you suppose, that the mainstream press has this strange need to think of Barack Obama as being a black man? Isn't he as white as he is black? Shouldn't that be something to make note of?

I Support Detroit's Mayor

Just as I thought the impeachment proceedings against then-President Clinton were wrong (and not just because the politics of it played right into his hands), I think the effort to force Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office is wrong as well. And for the same reason:

The voters wanted them; the voters should/should have had to live with them. Every blessed day until their terms expire(d).

Yes, the mayor is a liar. Yes, he's a philanderer. Yes, he's a lawbreaker. Yes, he's been spending too much time in jail. But the voters made their choice. Now their noses should be rubbed in it.

Thoughts Worth Considering

From Charles Krauthammer:
Eerily missing at the Democratic convention this year were people of stature who were seriously involved at some point in Obama's life standing up to say: I know Barack Obama. I've been with Barack Obama. We've toiled/endured together. You can trust him. I do.

[W]here are the colleagues? The buddies?

The oddity of this convention is that its central figure is the ultimate self-made man, a dazzling mysterious Gatsby. The palpable apprehension is that the anointed is a stranger -- a deeply engaging, elegant, brilliant stranger with whom the Democrats had a torrid affair. Having slowly woken up, they see the ring and wonder who exactly they married last night.
"The Perfect Stranger," The Washington Post, August 29, 2008

But I Like This One

'It's Time for Us to Change America'

Is this too farfetched?

Yes. But it's still the first thing that came to mind when I saw photos of the Denver rally last night.

Denver, 2008

Nuremberg, 1934

Would that throng of adoring fans (Seig Heil! Seig Heil! Seig Heil!) be willing to march for their man? To imprison? To kill? To destroy? Makes you wonder ...

Click on the images to enlarge.
Denver photo courtesy of the Washington Times

CA Legislature Steps Up Effort To Destroy State

California Moves on Bill to Curb Sprawl and Emissions

Wait a Minute

This news must be disappointing to Mr. Obama. No matter. The New York Times is there to make him feel better:
Economic Growth Revised Higher
By Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times

The economy expanded at a 3.3 percent rate from April through June, far faster than first thought, the government said on Thursday. But the outlook for the remainder of the year remained grim. (link)
Here's the funny - typical, but funny just the same - part. The Times, after acknowledging what is actually very good news (a 3.3% growth rate is quite good), then proceeds to throw in a but ... but ... but ... The next five sentences include what might yet be, with such loaded words as:

"Grim."

"Economists cautioned ..."

"Would probably dry up ..."

"Layoffs on the rise ..."

"Corporate profits falling ..."

"Housing slump ..."

"Last gasp ..."

"A lot scarier ..."

Mind you, this is supposed to be a report of solid economic news. But somehow it didn't fit the template that the Times adheres to ("We're all going to die; we need Obama"). So the kids there adapt. Good news on the economic front? Yeah, but ... but ... but ... Bush ... but ... Cheney ... but ... but ... McCain ... but ... but ...

What They Really Think

Look past all the bluster and backslapping going on in Denver and witness what key Democrats - including Barack Obama - think of Barack Obama:


Even he knew he wasn't qualified to be president.

Putin Trying To Help Obama?

Or is that he fears a McCain presidency that much? This is rather fascinating:
Putin Suggests U.S. Provocation in Georgia Clash
By Clifford J. Levy, The New York Times

Moscow — As Russia struggled to rally international support for its military action in Georgia, Vladimir V. Putin, the country’s paramount leader, lashed out at the United States on Thursday, contending that the White House may have orchestrated the conflict to benefit one of the candidates in the American presidential election.

In tones that seemed alternately angry and mischievous, he suggested that the Bush administration may have tried to create a crisis that would influence American voters in the choice of a successor to President Bush. (link)
Expect that to be Obama's next line of attack: "McCain is trying to drag us into a conflict with Russia."

Why is it, other world leaders - including ruthless despots, as Putin is turning out to be - are always trying to get Democrats elected to the presidency? Self-interest? You betcha.

That's a Bad Thing?

David Duchovny in rehab for sex addiction

What Would Edward R. Murrow Say?

To think, the television news medium has gone from the likes of David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, and Walter Cronkite to ... this:
MSNBC prez defends convention team
By Michael Calderone, The Politico

Denver — Amid a spate of awkward on-air conflicts among MNSBC anchors at this week’s Democratic convention, some staff members say there are sharp internal disputes at the cable network over whether its opinion and personality-driven political coverage has crossed the line.

“The situation at our channel is about to blow up,” a high-ranking MSNBC journalist told Politico on Wednesday.

Two other MSNBC sources said some of the testy on-air exchanges between Keith Olbermann — whose quick-witted and often caustic commentary has fueled ratings growth — and other network personalities were a public glimpse of much more intense behind-the-scenes turmoil. (link)
To be honest, I don't even know where MSNBC is on the dial. But it's fun to read about the antics that go on there. Must be very entertaining. Do they do the news too?

Par For The Course

Make no mistake about the fact that John McCain is up against a much more powerful foe than Mr. Wonderful:
Media Cheers Obama Speech
By Andy Barr, The Hill

Several members of the media were seen cheering and clapping for Barack Obama as the Illinois senator accepted the Democratic nomination Thursday.

Standing on the periphery of the football field serving as the Democratic convention floor, dozens of men and women wearing green media floor passes chanted along with the crowd. (link)

Where were those guys from MSNBC last night?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

This Comes As No Surprise

Volvo says layoffs permanent

Which makes this unsurprising as well:

Manufacturing job losses gave the NRV the state's second-highest unemployment rate in July.

Not good. Not good.

The Obama We Need To Know

When I hear or read the words re-education camp, a term that harkens back to the days of Stalinism/Marxism, I start paying attention. That word crops up today in an Investor's Business Daily article about the relationship between Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, and his closer-than-he's-yet-admitted confidant, Bill Ayres:

When Obama's association with William Ayers was raised at a Democratic debate this year, Obama replied: "This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood. . . . He's not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis."

Tuesday's release of papers from a Chicago school reform project known as the Annenberg Challenge shows once again Barack Obama has a problem with the truth.

The long-sought records that were kept under wraps at the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), show that Obama and Ayers attended board meetings, retreats and at least one news conference as the education project got under way. The records also show the two continued to attend meetings together during the 1995-2001 operation of the program.

Clearly the relationship between Ayers and Obama is much deeper and longer than Obama admits. They in fact were partners in various entities and regularly exchanged ideas, including on how to turn Chicago schools into re-education camps to create a generation of social revolutionaries. (link) [my emphasis]

This dude wants to raise my taxes in order to fund his Great Society VXLIII programs, that's one thing, but if he intends to turn our schools into thought control re-education centers, he and I have a problem. A big problem.

Barack Obama is a complete mystery to most Americans. As time goes by, however, the fog dissipates. And an ugly, ugly human being emerges.

I've Never Understood Vegetarians

If they swore off meat and left it at that, I'd have no problem with them. I'd feel kinda sorry for them - gaunt look, lack of energy, skeletal framework, facial skin disorders, stunted growth - but I'd leave them alone.

But vegetarians, for some reason, can't leave it alone. They can't simply forswear the eating of red meat. They feel compelled to force the rest of the planet to give up meat as well. So we part ways.

The latest from this weird bunch:
New attack ad on TV, but this one targets hot dogs
By Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press

Chicago -- A new TV commercial shows kids eating hot dogs in a school cafeteria and one little boy's haunting lament: "I was dumbfounded when the doctor told me I have late-stage colon cancer."

It's a startling revelation in an ad that vilifies one of America's most beloved, if maligned, foods, while stoking fears about a dreaded disease.

But the boy doesn't have cancer. Neither do two other kids in the ad who claim to be afflicted.

The commercial's pro-vegetarian sponsors say it's a dramatization that highlights ... (link)
What prompts a person to want to be a "pro-vegetarian sponsor" anyway? It would be like me becoming an "anti-cottage cheese sponsor." What? Have they nothing better to do? Does a lack of complete protein and iron in their diet bring about some kind of chemical imbalance that prompts an uncontrollable need to get involved in my diet? Is my love of the American hot dog harming them in some way?

What's up with these people?

Quote of the Day

From Tony Blankley:

Even as the first polls registered the barest flicker of any public response to Mr. Biden's selection nationally - he seems to generate a more tepid response from the public than Al Gore in 1992 or John Edwards in 2004 - liberal media types were calling the selection a master stroke, the best possible choice.

Nothing against old Joe, but if Mr. Obama had selected a ham sandwich as his running mate, our old friends the mainstream moron media would be just as gushing and enthusiastic ("by picking a ham sandwich, Mr. Obama, in a master stroke, has sent a dog whistle message that he is not a Muslim - as Muslims abhor ham. The ham sandwich will also do very well in the agricultural Midwest - which is a great hog farming region - thus bringing into play another 47 electoral votes. Also the ham sandwich will help unite the party because everyone likes a ham sandwich - except the religious Jews, and they are part of the 23 percent of Jews who already vote Republican. The ham sandwich compares very favorably with the other short list VP choices. Unlike Mr. Biden, the ham sandwich doesn't talk much and never makes a gaffe - it just goes about its business being tasty and nutritious. Unlike Sen. Evan Bayh, a ham sandwich is not bland - particularly when you put a little Dijon mustard on it. And unlike Gov. Tim Kaine, the ham sandwich is no novice. It has been around for thousands of years.")

Obama/Ham for President! Can't you just taste victory?

"Moronic Media," The Washington Times, August 27, 2008

Who Would Have Guessed

The area of the country with the most at-risk population - when it comes to HIV infection - is experiencing the highest growth rate of HIV cases. Who'da guessed?
H.I.V. Is Spreading in New York City at Three Times the National Rate, a Study Finds
By Sewell Chan, The New York Times

The virus that causes AIDS is spreading in New York City at three times the national rate — an incidence of 72 new infections for every 100,000 people, compared with 23 per 100,000 nationally — according to a study released on Wednesday by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The findings, based on a new formula developed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimated that 4,762 New Yorkers contracted H.I.V. in 2006, the most precise estimate the city had ever offered.

Blacks, and men who have sex with other men, are the groups at greatest risk of contracting H.I.V., the study found. (link)
Actually, that last point is unfair to blacks. Yes, they find themselves in the category of "groups at greatest risk," but only because a disproportionate percentage of blacks in New York share needles, increasing the risk of HIV infection.

Anyway, the Big Apple has a lot of homosexuals "men who have sex with other men" and heroin users. The Big Apple also has a big problem with HIV. Go figure.

Visions Of Nazi Brownshirts

I have to tell you, I find this to be quite shocking:
ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors
By Brian Ross, ABC News

Denver--Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit. (link)
I'd suggest that this sort of thing is not permissible in the United States of America, 2008 but I know that the police officers who were involved already know that their actions weren't permitted under the law. But they went ahead and did it anyway.

Every one of them - including the higher-up who ordered the arrest - should be clapped in irons, the bastards.

What's With These People

Not only are Democratic bigwigs now having newsmen arrested in Denver (see above), former Democratic candidates for president are allegedly having them thrown out of hotels for having the audacity to ask for a photo. What's with these people?
Mell says no more Heinz ketchup after getting booted from hotel
By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune

Denver---Chicago Ald. Richard Mell (33d) is vowing never to use Heinz ketchup again after an incident in which he and a group of Chicagoans were asked to leave a prominent Denver hotel after helping a first-time delegate get her picture taken with Sen. John Kerry.

Mell, along with a group that included Ald. Margaret Laurino (39th) and newbie Democratic convention delegate Linda Murphy, a professor at Wright College, visited the cigar bar at the famed Brown Palace Hotel when the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and Massachusetts senator walked in.

"Kerry goes into the restaurant and sits down," Mell recalled. "Margie says to (Murphy), 'Would you like a picture taken with John Kerry? We can do that.' She's all excited and she says, ‘Sure, I'd like to have that.' "

Laurino and Murphy went into the restaurant, asked Kerry for a photo and, Mell said, quickly left to return to the cigar bar. After about 15 minutes, Mell said, hotel security arrived.

"They came up to the women and said, ‘We want you to leave the hotel,’" Mell said. "I called the guy over and said, ‘What did you say?’ He said, ‘The women have to leave the hotel for disturbing the guests.’"

Mell said the group paid their tab and got up. "Then they escorted us out of the hotel and followed us down the block," Mell said.

He blames Kerry for having the group kicked out and said it was an example of why the Massachusetts senator failed in his presidential bid. (link)
This, by the way, is the same hotel where ABC News reporter Asa Eslocker was arrested for having the audacity to film Democratic senators with their lobbyist buddies. Remind me to not ever stay at the Brown Palace Hotel in the future.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I Wonder If We'll See Boucher Bragging About This

Will we soon see those campaign commercials on TV touting 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher's successes at bringing 60,000 new jobs to Southwest Virginia? As a helpful suggestion, he might want to put a couple of caveats to the claim. None of those new jobs went to poor folks in Southwest Virginia. And certainly none went to poor folks in our Appalachian counties.

Why do I say that? The stats are in. The latest bad news from the Census Bureau:
Poverty rate up slightly for Appalachia region
By P.J. Dickerscheid, Associated Press Writer

Appalachia includes all of West Virginia and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Virginia had the biggest increase in the number of people living in poverty, from 709,000 in 2006 to 743,000 a year later. Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee also had slight increases in the number of people living in poverty. (link)
Last time he asked for our vote, Rick Boucher claimed that he had created 40,000 new jobs here. I asked then: Where?

I ask now: We have 34,000 residents of Southwest Virginia who have fallen into poverty in the last year. Why?

- - -

To show that not all the misguided boobs are on this side of the state border, a director of a West Virginia think tank is quoted as having a solution to Appalachia's problems:

Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, said the numbers were generally good for his state.

To lift more West Virginians out of poverty, Boettner said state lawmakers need to follow the lead of 24 others states and enact a state earned income tax credit. Such a move would help 145,000 working poor adults "who are trying to make ends meet, but need a little incentive."

1) Poor people don't pay taxes. So what's a tax credit to them?

2) Oh wait, you don't have to have had an income or pay taxes in order to obtain that "credit." Thus the earned income tax credit becomes nothing more than government welfare by a different name.

3) Which means that notion about it providing "a little incentive" is idiocy. When it comes to welfare give-aways, been there done that.

4) Employers are the answer. Jobs. Meaningful jobs. The opportunity to succeed. That won't come from increased taxation that provides for more government handouts.

Sliced & Diced

As only the editorial team at the Wall Street Journal can do it:

Nancy Pelosi recently diluted her opposition to offshore drilling, but we're beginning to wonder if the House Speaker even knows why she opposed increasing domestic energy supplies in the first place.

Ms. Pelosi appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," where Tom Brokaw gently pointed out that the various Democratic alternative energy ambitions are "not going to happen overnight." Replied Ms. Pelosi: "You can have a transition with natural gas. That, that is cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil fuels." Later, she again said that "I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels," and that wind, solar, biofuels and "a focus on natural gas, these are the real alternatives."

Apparently Ms. Pelosi's new script is still being reworked, but it's a telling mistake. Not only is natural gas every bit as much a "fossil fuel" as oil or coal. More to the point, these concentrated organic compounds found beneath the earth's surface must be extracted by . . . drilling. And sometimes even drilling offshore, on the Outer Continental Shelf. But more drilling is what Ms. Pelosi had refused to allow just a few days ago.

"A Carbon Education," August 26, 2008

Eminent Domain Raises Its Ugly Head

Worries over people losing their homes to the heavy hand of government in Montgomery County are probably premature, but this story raises the specter of people being forced to abandon their property because of what the United States Supreme Court (temporarily) considers a legitimate "public use" need.
Montgomery County to sue over intermodal facility
By Kevin Litten, The Roanoke Times

Montgomery County supervisors announced today that the county will file suit to block the state-backed Norfolk Southern intermodal facility planned for Elliston, which officials have said is key to economic growth in the state.

In a statement released this afternoon, the county said the suit would "challenge the intermodal facility's constitutionality" and the state's plan to contribute about $40 million toward the site's $50.5 million price tag. Annette Perkins, chairwoman of the board of supervisors, also accused the state of turning its back on fierce local opposition and raised questions about whether the county would benefit from the Roanoke Region Intermodal Facility.

The $40 million in public funds set aside will be used in part to build a highway that will connect the site to Interstate 81. About 10 houses stand in the path of the proposed highway, and activists urged supervisors in April 2007 to adopt an ordinance that would block use of eminent domain if a corporation stands to benefit. (link)
The way the article reads, activists supporting the lawsuit have taken a shotgun approach to stopping the Intermodal initiative, citing a host of reasons it should be nixed. I don't give them even a remote chance of success. Still, it would be a good thing if the state government was able to purchase the property needed at fair market value and not force Southwest Virginians off their land at the point of a gun just to satisfy the wishes of a private concern.

Oops

"Osama bin Ladin." "Obama and Biden." We all make such mistakes as we deliver speeches at anti-war rallies, with cameras rolling.

This Is Discouraging

Republicans can be such a loyal bunch. To a fault:
Alaskans send Ted Stevens on to general election
By Steve Quinn, The Associated Press

Anchorage, Alaska -- Alaska Republicans gave U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, currently facing a federal indictment, a primary victory on Tuesday.

It sets up a November election race with possibly the toughest opponent Stevens has ever faced in his 40 years in public office, squaring off against popular Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

Stevens won his primary with 63 percent of the vote. (link)
I guess they feel comfortable being a permanent minority.

Forget The Obligatory Convention Speech

What does Hillary really think of Barack Obama?



Most of America, it is now becoming obvious, agrees with her.

Just Asking

Is this woman having twins?

Doesn't Victoria Secret make some kind of steel rigging that'll push those things up where they're supposed to be?

Today's Question

Brought to mind by this paragraph appearing in an Investor's Business Daily editorial:
Election '08: Barack Obama picks a loose-lipped running mate who voted for the Iraq War and questioned his readiness. Obama says he wants a veep who'll challenge him. Instead, he got one who'll need to tutor him.
At what point does it become a Biden/Obama ticket?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

You Said It

It's reality check time. Brent Bozell suggests everyone watch the convention coverage with eyes wide open:

When Sen. John Kerry arrived in Boston for the last Democratic convention, the TV news stars thought they'd died and gone to political heaven.

Dan Rather said Kerry's speech drove the crowd in Boston into "a 3,000-gallon attack about every three minutes," and Newsweek's Jon Meacham was comparing Kerry to Abraham Lincoln on MSNBC.

If media liberals can get that excited over Kerry, viewers may have to worry about the anchors lapsing into diabetic comas over Barack Obama's ascension convention in Denver.

Kerry of all people. Lurch, as we preferred to call him at the time. The least gifted public speaker since ... probably John McCain.

As for Obama and the 2008 election, if MSNBC's Chris Matthews had sensations running down his leg during the Democratic primary, I can only imagine what's running down said leg now ...

Is That What Obama Was Advocating?

You decide if the Democrats' best - and now, alas, only - hope for winning the White House was right about this, from the goofballs at the Charleston Gazette:
An agreement to remove American troops from Iraq by 2011 is being negotiated between President Bush and Iraqi leaders. That's basically what Democratic candidate Barack Obama urged - but GOP candidate John McCain called it "surrender."*
"Basically." Slippery adverb that.

Here's the truth: Obama advocated retreat from Iraq when our prospects were at their most dire. That was in 2005. It's now 2008. The Iraqi government, now that it is gaining confidence in its ability to govern, and now that al Qaeda in Iraq has been defeated, is (understandably) looking for our occupying forces to leave as soon as possible.

Obama's plan was to surrender to the terrorists who were then at their height of power. Two little things have changed since then. Those terrorists are all dead. And we are winning.

So don't even equate today's events to 2005 and Obama's show of cowardice in the face of the enemy.

* What an awful sentence construction.

Quote of the Day

From Charles Krauthammer:

This election is a referendum on Obama. If he meets the threshold test of making Americans feel comfortable with the idea of him as president -- the way Reagan did in 1980 -- he wins. But he's been sagging in the polls because of the strange combination of two phenomena -- one out of his control, one within.

Out of his control is the sheer thinness and lightness of his biography. He has an interesting history, but in no way dramatic or heroic. Nor has he done anything of any significance in his 47 years other than write two rather favorable histories of himself. His greatest achievement in life is, of course, winning the Democratic nomination for the presidency. But as a reason to elect him president, that has the same kind of circularity as does his “we are the ones we've been waiting for" refrain.

Obama’s problem is that he has compounded it with a detached imperiousness and unnerving grandiosity so completely disproportionate to his own accomplishments. Grandiosity in a de Gaulle is one thing, though even with him it often reached the point of the ridiculous. But Obama?

The hard truth is this: I am more qualified, having successfully managed hundreds of people over the years, to be president of the United States than this Obama character is. More qualified. His utter lack of qualification, compounded with his over-the-top belief in his being some kind of Messiah (see his line above, "We are the ones we've been waiting for") makes for a losing (albeit entertaining) proposition.

The Democrats would do well while they're all assembled in Denver to ask for a do-over.

The Truth About Slavery

From Thomas Krannawitter, writing in Investor's Business Daily:

As we learn more about candidate Obama, many are troubled by Obama's attraction toward William Ayers, member of the terrorist Weather Underground organization, the God-damning-America Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Saul Alinsky, founder of the socialist Industrial Areas Foundation, all of whom share utter contempt for the principles and practices of the United States.

From his statements and affiliations, it's hard not to assume that Obama thinks America is racist and immoral, just like its most famous president. But if Obama paid less attention to America haters and more to America and its foremost defender, Lincoln, he might begin to understand the true ground of American goodness.

It might sound strange at first, but the problem of slavery in America best reveals America's goodness. Throughout history, slavery was a common practice that few, if any, thought to condemn much less try to end. But in America, slavery became a problem, one that would not go away without blood. This fact alone tells much about the goodness of America. (link) [my emphasis]

Some argue to this day that we owe the descendents of slaves their "40 acres and a mule" as reparations for past wrongs. I say, travel throughout the eastern United States to the hundreds of cemeteries where the bodies of 360,222 Union soldiers are reposited, soldiers who died or were killed in battle to set others free, and tell us that the debt hasn't truly been paid.

Emboldening The Enemy

Are we sure we want this guy to be vice president? From the Washington Post this morning:
[Joe] Biden's political games have made him Tehran's favorite senator. As Gen. David Petraeus struggled to unite Iraqis across the ethnic and sectarian divide, Iran's Press TV seized on Biden's plan for partitioning Iraq and featured his statements with the headline "US plans to disintegrate Iraq." Biden's attack-dog statements about U.S. policy failures emboldened Iranian hard-liners to defy diplomacy. In the Dec. 7, 2007, official sermon, Ayatollah Mohammad Kashani speaking on behalf of Iran's supreme leader, declared, "This Senator [Biden] correctly says Israel could not suppress Hizbullah in Lebanon, so how can the U.S. stand face-to-face with a nation of 70 million? This is the blessing of the Guardianship of the Jurists [the theocracy] . . . which plants such thoughts in the hearts of U.S. senators and forces them to make such confessions." The crowd met his statement with refrains of "Death to America."

Obama picked Biden for experience, but he might also have considered judgment. When it comes to Iran, Biden could stare down dictators; too bad he blinks.

That's always been my take on Biden. Yes, he has a lot of foreign policy experience. But at the same time, he has often been on the wrong side of foreign policy issues. And he's going to be holding Obama's hand during The Messiah's geopolitics 101 lessons?

I don't think so.

It's a Beginning

Is this the start of a turn-around?
Home Sales Increased 3.1% in July
By Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times

At least a third of properties bought in July involved foreclosed homes snapped up at bargain-basement prices or homes sold at a loss by owners who had no alternative, according to the private National Association of Realtors.

Prices of previously owned homes were 7.1 percent lower in July than a year earlier, the association reported on Monday, with the median value falling to $212,400, from $215,100 in June. (link)
Prices continue their downward trend but sales are picking up. Perhaps the housing crisis has bottomed out. Perhaps.

My Heart Won't Be Tugged

A fawning - and expected - New York Times headline this morning:

Kennedy Tugs at Hearts, as Obama’s Wife Praises Values

So, what did Kennedy do that was supposed to tug at our hearts? Did he renounce his lifelong support for the institution of abortion? Did he apologize for having killed Mary Jo Kopechne? Did he disown his ultra-liberal ways?

No. He showed up at the Democratic convention.

Please.

An Odd Circumstance

I read the other day some pundit suggesting that Hillary, in the recent Democratic primary, captured the Reagan Democrats like no one in her party has since ... well, before Reagan (when they were called Nixon Democrats). That might explain this phenomenon that is developing now that Hillary is out of the race. This photo was taken outside the convention hall in Denver yesterday. Notice the gal on the right:

Go to The American Prospect to read more about it.

Communing With Nature

Hey, guess what we confronted in our driveway yesterday.

Yup, one of these bad boys.

I was none too interested in making friends, as you might imagine.

Monday, August 25, 2008

If Only People Knew

One of the best kept secrets about Civil War history is the fact that Saltville, Virginia (as well as Lead Mines over in Wythe County, for a different but related reason) was as crucial to the Southern cause as was Robert E. Lee's plan of attack at Chancellorsville. The precious resource (one that we take for granted today) from which the town's name derived kept his army afield - literally.

That's why efforts to promote the town's history is a good thing. To wit:
Making the most of Saltville’s history
By Stephanie Porter-Nichols, Smyth County News

Saltville’s Civil War sites and battlefields will not become part of the National Park Service anytime soon if ever, but there’s much the town can do to preserve and share its historic features.

That was the central message of Phillip Thomason of Nashville, Tenn.-based Thomason & Associates, historical preservation planning consultants.

Thomason presented an outline Thursday of a plan developed for Saltville at a meeting attended by a handful of citizens and town council member Neil Johnson.

NPS oversight has been one of the ideas discussed in recent years as the town moved toward inclusion of tourism opportunities as a larger part of its revenue base.

Dr. Robert Whisonant, the Radford University geology professor who has led projects to map the Saltville battlefields, told a November 2006 gathering of local historians, re-enactors, Museum of the Middle Appalachians board members and others that the Confederate earthworks on hills surrounding the vital salt wells and evaporation furnaces is a defensive system important enough to understanding the area’s military actions to deserve national status. (link)
I wouldn't get too excited about those tourism prospects, if I were planning Saltville's future. A handful of historians visiting each year is not going to bring boom times.

But working toward preservation of the town's narrative is a commendable thing. It truly has a unique history unlike any other chapter in the Civil War saga.

And While We're On The Subject ...

... I wonder how true to history this reenactment was:
Re-enactment held in Saltville
By Mark Sage, Washington County News

Union soldiers march to the field of battle in Saltville’s 11th annual re-enactment of the two attacks – one repelled, the other successful—on the Confederate salt works in 1864. The soldiers followed the Well Fields Road from their camp to the battlefield, marking the re-enactment’s return from several years on the actual battleground in Broady Bottom. (link)
If these guys were going to provide an accurate recreation of the Battle of Saltville, they'd have to march over to Emory & Henry College and kill wounded soldiers lying in their hospital beds.

Bet you didn't read about that in your history books.

And my guess is, there'll not be a reenactment of this event that took place that day:
"After dark, Confederate Captain Edward O. Guerrant and his aide Trooper George Dallas Mosgrove of the 4th Kentucky Cavalry met Gen. Felix Robertson. During the meeting, Robertson proudly informed Guerrant that 'he had killed nearly all the Negroes.' Mays contends that Robertson saw no reason to take any prisoners. Private Lee Smith of the 4th Kentucky Cavalry later recalled 'we surely slew Negroes that day.'"
Reenact that, boys. That might bring throngs of ... tourists ... to Saltville.

Hippies Not Being Kind To Mother Nature

So what's with the residents of Floyd County? Isn't that where the really weird back-to-nature crowd lurks these days? Aren't they the bunch that pushes environmentalism?

Apparently not:
County falls short in recycling
By Roger Mannon, The Floyd Press

Floyd County failed to meet minimum standards for recycling, according to a report released recently by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and now the county must file a recycling action plan to bring its program into compliance.

However, County Administrator Dan Campbell told the board of supervisors Tuesday, there is some dispute over just how out of compliance the county might be.

The DEQ report said Floyd County recycled only 11 percent of solid waste in 2006, but Campbell said county studies suggest the percentage of more like 14.6 percent, which would be close to the 15 percent minimum required of rural areas.

“If DEQ rounded up, we would be there,” he said.

Either way, the county fell way short of the 32.2 statewide averages for 2006. (link)

So where's the other 85 to 89% of the solid waste going?

This being Floyd County, the inhabitants are probably drying it, shredding it, rolling it, and smoking it. Or eating it, for all we know.

Twisted In Knots

Get your gender right, fellas. Though I can understand the confusion.

This from the Bristol Herald Courier made me pause:
Female impersonator Angel Renee Rose holds her head and jaw to show injuries from an alleged assault Wednesday morning outside a Johnson City night club. Johnson City Police Department is working the case.
Her? Does the fact that this mixed-up excuse for a human being wears panties make him a her? Does that swinging little thingie between his legs count for nothing?

And Paula Is Very Upset About It

Is Wal-Mart going out of its way to piss off its most loyal clientele?
Wytheville Wal-Mart getting a makeover
By Jeffrey Simmons, Wytheville Enterprise

Wytheville’s Wal-Mart Supercenter is undergoing a facelift. The entire interior of the store is being remodeled.

“Every six or seven years the stores are remodeled,” remarked store manager Angela Powers. “It is a little frustrating. If we could shut down and do the remodeling, it would be better for the customer but we can’t. We’re trying to make the most of it by doing a lot of the work at night.”

The 156,000 square-foot store opened in the Wytheville Commons shopping center in 2001.

Remodeling began Aug. 11 and will be completed in October. A grand reopening is planned for Oct. 22. (link)
Yeah? Well, we've got a bone to pick.

It is reported that the popcorn and nuts are no longer to be found displayed with the snacks; they are now merchandised over with the soft drinks. What's up with that? Don't these people realize there is a natural order to things and that you don't go changing the Wal-Mart on a whim?

It's my understanding (I'll leave my source for this information undisclosed) that a lot of regular customers are now wandering the aisles of the Wytheville store each day, trying to figure out where in hell they've moved stuff. This ain't right. We want things where we can find them. It's not supposed to be some kind of adventure and we don't want to have to carry a map just to locate the Charmin.

So quit. You're upsetting an increasingly surly populace.

You Call Yourself a Hunter?

Shooting animals that are trapped in a fenced-in enclosure isn't hunting. This despite the fact that area "businessmen" tout it to the wieners who come here from up north as being such.

You probably didn't even know this was going on:
North Carolina man sentenced for importing coyotes to the county
By Jim Talbert, Richlands News Press

Abingdon – A North Carolina man, who pleaded guilty to bringing coyotes and foxes into Southwest Virginia, will spend six months in prison.

Howard Glen Blevins, 67, of Asheville, NC, was arrested last December and charged with five counts of trafficking wild animals in interstate commerce. Evidence presented at Blevins’s sentencing showed that for several years he purchased coyotes and foxes in several states and brought them to Tazewell, Russell and other counties in Virginia for resale.

Blevins was selling the animals to fenced hunt clubs known as "fox pens." The owners of the pens would charge hunters a fee to enter their property and hunt the animals. (link)
"... enter their property and hunt the animals." You gotta love that. Why not just hand these hunters a dead fox carcass upon arrival and cut out all the work?

"Hunters." Give me a break.

Such Great Timing

Dan Radmacher, Roanoke Times editorial page editor asks:

Is a new kind of politics even possible?

He slams McCain for the old kind of politics ...

...at the very moment that Obama was picking a man to be his running mate who has been in Washington politics for 36 years.

There's your answer, big guy.

Never Forget

He should have gone into obscurity decades ago. Instead;

Kennedy's A Presence, Even if He's Absent
Ailing Senator to Be Honored With Tribute

Democrats honor him. And dishonor Mary Jo Kopechne in the process.

Kill All The Lawyers

Well, actually we'd have to kill all the "juries of our peers" too:
Trial Bar Tales
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Tort Reform: A man who blamed his compulsive gambling and the losses he incurred on a prescription drug was awarded nearly $8.2 million by a jury. It's a good bet that his jackpot comes at the expense of others.

Gary Charbonneau, a retired Milwaukee police officer, gambled before he took Mirapex and gambled after he got off the medication. According to reports, Charbonneau admitted that he took Mirapex for more than four years, 1997 to 2002, before he became a compulsive gambler.

Yet a Minnesota jury generously awarded him $204,000 on July 30 to cover his gambling losses, $175,000 for his pain and suffering — and $7.8 million in punitive damages. (link)

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Robert A. Heinlein

You Guys Need To Decide

Two items appearing on this morning's New York Times op/ed page.

First there's this from "Mr. Obama’s Task":
Senator Barack Obama goes into the Democratic convention in Denver with a clear challenge: to match the soaring oratory that brought him to this moment in history with a strong and detailed explanation of how he will address the country’s many dire problems.
Then Times columnist Roger Cohen offers this advice in "Out of Africa":
Race, ... as lived by Obama, is a means to talk about reconciliation: of America with its past, of America with its ideals, and of America with the world. All three are necessary after the Bush years. Obama should keep saying so. Race hushed is race as quiet poison for him.
So which is it? Should Mr. Sunshine continue to maunder on about America's past transgressions, as Cohen suggests, or should he talk about the issues of the day, as Cohen's bosses - and the American people - are demanding?

You boys and girls at the Times need to get together and work this through.

You Thought I Was Kidding ...

... about the hair transplant thing. In the news:
Biden's helmet
By Avi Zenilman, Politico.com

It is a fraying, combed-back helmet that barely covers a longtime fact of Washington life: The senator from Delaware has taken steps to pre-empt baldness.

The most common hypothesis is that he received a hair transplant, where follicles from the bushier back of the head are grafted onto fading spots closer to the front of the dome.

In 1987, a Washington Post reporter asked him to confirm the theory. "Guess," he responded. "I've got to keep some mystery in my life." (link)
Biden's plugs were very noticeable 20 years ago. And they looked a bit freaky. Today, the plugs are not as detectable, making him look less ... well, no, actually he still looks frightening.

This Will Break Your Heart

Be forewarned. It's about Obama and infanticide. It won't be for the weak of spirit.

If, after watching this video, you're not enraged by this scumbag's position on the heinous, callous, and systematic slaughter of America's unwanted children, you're as lacking in compassion for the most innocent among us as he is:



This is shameful beyond words.

A Memorable Quote

From Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger * (in a letter she wrote in 1939 to Clarence Gamble, "with whom she was partnering to promote birth control and abortions in the black community")
"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
Who needs "colored ministers" when you've got this guy:

The term Judas Goat comes to mind.

* Source

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kaine To Annex Eastern Shore Of MD!

How else to explain our governor's response to a question posed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this morning. From the show's transcript (provided by Real Clear Politics):

Of course, the question now is how the choice of Joe Biden will play across the country. Joining us are the governors of two key swing states, Tim Kaine of Virginia, who looked for a while like he was going to be the running mate, and our host here in Colorado, Governor Bill Ritter.

And, governors, welcome to "Fox News Sunday."

KAINE: Great to be with you, Chris.

RITTER: Thanks, Chris.

WALLACE: Governor Kaine, we'll get to your near-miss in a moment, but first let's talk Virginia -- 13 electoral votes, hasn't gone for a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. But the polls right now say Virginia is dead even. What, if anything, can Joe Biden do for you in Virginia?

KAINE: Well, first, Joe comes from a state, Delaware, that borders Virginia. The eastern shore part of Virginia and Delaware are not only bordering but very, very similar. And I think there's a lot in common, and Joe understands that.

Virginia's a very military state, so one in ... [my emphasis]
I'll let others decide if Delaware and Virginia are all that much alike. But at what point does Delaware border the commonwealth? Does Kaine even know where "The First State" is? Granted, it's tiny but still, isn't there another state separating us from them? What is Maryland? Chopped liver?

There can be only one explanation for his otherwise bewildering response: Kaine plans on launching an invasion of Maryland, Putin style!

Alas, poor Tim. If only there had been publicly-funded pre-K education when he was young, he may have a better grasp of U.S. geography today.

Click on image to enlarge.

WaPo Comes Out In Favor Of The Biden Pick

Why I'm not sure.

The editorialists there write (in "The Democratic Ticket"):
We haven't always agreed with his judgment, such as his advocacy of de facto partition of Iraq when the war was going badly. Mr. Biden stuck to that plan long after it was convincingly debunked as impractical by U.S. military commanders and Iraqi political leaders, and, like Mr. Obama, he wrongly bet against last year's troop surge.

With a knack for self-defeating and insensitive verbosity, Mr. Biden at times has been his own worst enemy. It has been said that, having been lampooned for this filibustering, he became more disciplined. Perhaps, but we saw a glimpse of the old Biden when he met with The Post's editorial board during his short-lived presidential campaign. Asked about failing schools, Mr. Biden seemed to suggest that one reason so many of the District's schools fail is the city's large minority population and contrasted D.C. schools with those in Iowa. "There's less than 1 percent of the population in Iowa that is African American," Mr. Biden said. "There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with." The Biden campaign quickly issued a statement asserting that the candidate was referring to socioeconomic status, not racial differences. The lesson we took was not to think that Mr. Biden is a racist -- we don't -- but to worry about his tendency to speak too much before he thinks enough.

Still, anyone with as long a record as Mr. Biden's will have made statements and taken positions that he comes to regret. Mr. Obama fairly decided that bringing experience onto the ticket was worth that price.
Biden is a good choice because he's been in Washington a long time. Now there's reason for a ringing endorsement.

Bush To Veto Boucher's Bill?

Powerful members of the news media think they should be considered a special class of American citizen, deserving of rights the rest of us would not be permitted. Congressman Rick Boucher (Democrat, "Fighting 9th," VA), never one to pass up the opportunity to subserve himself to the dinosaur media in return for fawning - and wholly undeserved - press, came through for them with what is being called the "Free Flow of Information Act."

The mainstream media are happy. Congress is therefore happy.

But wait.

Someone is finally asking the right question about this maleficent bit of (obvious) opportunism: Will this new law further jeopardize national security?
Bush aides would recommend veto on media shield
The Associated Press

Washington (AP) - President Bush's top advisers would recommend he veto a Senate bill to protect reporters from having to reveal their sources, Attorney General Michael Mukasey and National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell said Friday.

In a letter to Senate Democrats, Mukasey and McConnell reiterated their stance that a media shield law could harm national security and encourage more leaks of classified information.

The Bush administration's terrorism policies have been dogged by leaks. Newspapers reported that authorities were listening to Americans' phone calls and reading e-mails without warrants and revealed that the CIA was using prisons to hold terrorism suspects on foreign soil. (link)
So that all the liberals here in Southwest Virginia who think this is a swell idea simply because their boy sponsored it, perhaps I can give it a different title so that they can better understand it. Let's call it "The Hated and Despised Karl Rove Protection Act." Now I've got your attention?

Rick Boucher wants to make it easier for reporters to get their stories. And for government employees to spill national secrets with impunity.

In return, Boucher will claim that he's created 40,000 new jobs in his district (wait, that was last time 'round; I'm sure it'll be 60,000 now) and the press will simply pass it along in feature stories and glowing editorials without challenge. A claim that flies in the face of demographic realities here in Southwest Virginia.

That's what this "Free Flow of Information Act" "You Scratch My Back, I'll Scratch Yours Act" is really all about. Bush would be wise to stop it.

Quote of the Day

From Mickey Kaus:
Biden: Maybe when I get to Denver I'll find someone who'll explain to me why Biden is an inspired choice. He doesn't have gravitas. He has seniority. We've been waiting for him to mature for decades. Only Chuck Hagel (his chief competitor as Sunday morning gasbag) could make him look wise.

Quote of the Day II

From George Will:

Obama has ... promised that "we will get 1 million 150-mile-per-gallon plug-in hybrids on our roads within six years."

What a tranquilizing verb "get" is. This senator, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, is going to get a huge, complex industry to produce, and is going to get a million consumers to buy, these cars. How?
"Little Rhetoric Riding Hood," The Washington Post, August 24, 2008

Ron Paul, Champion Of Big Government

What in God's name was he thinking? Ron Paul has endorsed the pork king of Alaska? The man who singlehandedly cost the Republican Party its majority in 2006? The co-sponsor of the Bridge to Nowhere?

Say it ain't so, Mr. Libertarian:
Ron Paul endorses Don Young; Parnell proposes ANWR land Swap
By R. A. Dillon, newsminer.com

Former Republican presidential contender Ron Paul has endorsed Don Young in his bid to win an 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Paul, the 72-year-old congressman from Texas whose maverick presidential bid drew wide support in Alaska, sent out a letter to his supporters here urging them to vote for Young.

“Don and I have served together in Congress for many years, and I consider him a friend,” Paul wrote in the letter. “Don has been an outspoken voice against environmental extremists over the years and has strongly opposed the types of federal regulatory overreach advocated in the name of environmentalism.” (link)

That may be all well and good. But Young is also in the pack of legislators in Washington who are spending our country into oblivion.

Where are your principles, Ron?

ObamaCare

Nobody bothered to ask Bubba what role his wife was going to play in his administration. Next thing we knew, Hillary was nationalizing our health care delivery system. Almost.

Maybe, for that reason, we should be asking Obama what plans he has for his wife, should he get elected. And if he/she will do to poor people in this country what his wife is doing to them now:
U. of C. shunning poor patients?
By Tim Novak and Chris Fusco, Chicago Sun Times Staff Reporters

Sen. Barack Obama's wife and three close advisers have been involved with a program at the University of Chicago Medical Center that steers patients who don't have private insurance -- primarily poor, black people -- to other health care facilities.

Michelle Obama -- currently on unpaid leave from her $317,000-a-year job as a vice president of the prestigious hospital -- helped create the program, which aims to find neighborhood doctors for low-income people who were flooding the emergency room for basic treatment. Hospital officials say such patients hinder their ability to focus on more critically ill patients in need of specialized care, such as cancer treatment and organ transplants.

"I've heard complaints from a handful of constituents, but I've also had calls from people in the health care profession complaining," said Ald. Toni Preckwinkle, whose 4th Ward is just north of the hospital. "The medical professionals who have come to me are accusing the university of dumping patients on its neighboring institutions. ... Whether it's being implemented in the way that's in the best interest of the patient, I can't tell you." (link)

Dumping patients. Isn't that a manifestation of the kind of "corporate self-interest" that prompted liberals to want to nationalize the health care system in the first place?

I think it's time Obama talked to his wife and got back to us. We deserve to know what this pair is going to do to our elderly and infirm.

At Least Biden Has a Record To Run On

And here it is. He ...
• Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.

• Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence.

• Voted YES on background checks at gun shows.

• Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations.

• Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks.

Is Rated F by the NRA.

• Intends to keep the assault weapons ban and close gun show loophole.
Thought you might want to know.

(source)

Obama's Shrewd Plan ...

... to get us out of Iraq sooner rather than later. Here's why he picked Joe Biden to be his running mate - to infuriate the Iraqis, who'll soon demand our quick exit from their country:
VP choice Biden unpopular in Iraq for autonomy plan
By Peter Graff and Khalid al-Ansary, Reuters

Baghdad (Reuters) - Senator Joe Biden may be one of the only U.S. politicians that can get Iraq's feuding Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish politicians to agree. But not in a good way.

Across racial and religious boundaries, Iraqi politicians on Saturday bemoaned Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama's choice of running mate, known in Iraq as the author of a 2006 plan to divide the country into ethnic and sectarian enclaves.

"This choice of Biden is disappointing, because he is the creator of the idea of dividing Iraq," Salih al-Mutlaq, head of National Dialogue, one of the main Sunni Arab blocs in parliament, told Reuters.

"We rejected his proposal when he announced it, and we still reject it." (link)

If left to his own devices, Mr. Biden, acting as vice president, might be able to reunite all the terrorist factions and bring Osama bin Ladin out of his cave to once again lead the jihad against the USA.

Just like old times when Bill Clinton was running things.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Good Point

Out of the mouths of commenters.

This came to us from Tugboat Phil, and was such a good point that I thought I'd reproduce it here.

As you all know, Obama came to Southwest Virginia the other day to wow an easily wowed segment of the electorate. Whether he succeeded or not seems to still be up in the air.

But here's how Phil reacted to the visit:
I was driving back from Tidewater and heard a report about Obama's visit to Martinsville. He was joined on stage by Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. They played a clip of Obama asking the crowd if they were better off today than they were when GW Bush became President. Naturally the correct answer would be no.

I thought it ironic that his onstage guests were both Governor during that time, and probably none of the entralled attendees noticed.
"Things have gotten worse over the last eight years, during which the two esteemed gentlemen behind me were in charge." Suppose Warner and Kaine hid under their seats at that point?

Priceless. Thanks, Phil.