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Friday, October 31, 2008

I Guess We Are To Overlook Everything

Did you know that Barack Obama is struggling to beat an addiction to cigarettes? One that, by last account, he's failed to overcome?

Knowing that, does the cover of next month's Men's Health magazine seem to be a stretch?

Who knew? Do cigarette smokers now set an example for the youth of America?

Seems so.

"Suck down a Marlboro. You too can be president and live a long, healthy life."

I suppose it makes perfect sense that the same people who overlook the fact that the man is unqualified to be president, and who support his candidacy despite that glaring fact, are willing to overlook his debilitating drug habit and declare him to now be the prototype of the healthy American male.

As that famous American said, "Beam me up, Scotty. There sure ain't no intelligent life on this planet."

Yeah, Spread That Wealth

I want you to think first about that story that broke the other day about Barack Obama's aunt and uncle living in poverty in Boston. Then think about his grandmother who lives with her chickens in squalor in Kenya ...

Then about his brother who lives on the equivalent of a dollar a month ...

Now take a look at a restaurant tab that Michelle Obama ran up - on one meal - at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on October 15, 2008:

To think, her husband could have fed every Obama on the planet for that kind of money. But this was just a brunch. For his wife and a guest.

What was that again about spreading the wealth, Mr. Hope&Change?

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Investor's Business Daily has a related piece dealing with the fact that the Obamas have become breathtakingly wealthy but have given very little of their accrued riches to charity. "Spread the wealth" indeed.

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Say What?

This from Roanoke Times editorialist Christian Trejbal (see "Think it will be over on Tuesday?") regarding the path history might take to get the Democrats to 60 seats in the Senate raised an eyebrow:
Honestly, I think the more likely route to 60 if they hit 59 is they get someone to flip or a Pres. Obama chooses a moderate R from a state with a D governor and offers him a cabinet position. Someone like Arlen Specter could make a solid attorney general or even Supreme Court justice. Then the governor appoints a D.
Arlen Specter. A moderate.

To people on the left, a moderate is a Republican who votes on critical issues with the Democrats. And who willfully takes campaign contributions from George Soros. And who works with the Democrats to defeat supremely qualified candidates nominated by Republican presidents to the Supreme Court. And who is unabashedly pro-abortion. And who is prepared to raise taxes at the drop of a hat. And who voted to raise the minimum wage. And who's big on gun control. And who can always be counted on to vote yea on environmental initiatives. And who has a higher approval rating among Democrats than Republicans in his own state.

Yeah, he's a moderate all right.

Would Specter accept a cabinet position in an Obama administration? Why wouldn't he? He'd fit right in.

Come to think of it, Specter leaving the Senate has no downside. Even if he's replaced by ... another liberal.

This Is Rich

The newspaper that vomited over 100 "news" articles and opinion pieces on then-Senator George Allen's dastardly use of the non-word "macaca" in order to get him defeated now accuses John McCain of foisting upon the American electorate "a vile smear."

It takes balls.

Why Am I Less Than Enthusiastic?

It's one thing to have the government pump cash into the credit markets to get them flowing again. That effort was, in my estimation, a positive activity. And we all benefit, down the road, from a free-flowing banking system. But I'm having difficulty understanding how the injection of wads of cash into failing companies is going to make them successful. After all, before GM, Ford, and Chrysler got their heads handed to them by Toyota, Nissan, and Honda, all three were awash in cash.

They just made products that few wanted.

And the cash went bye-bye.

So how is this going to change that?
More Money for Detroit
New York Times editorial

Here is a measure of just how grim the economic outlook is: It seems to make sense to pump billions more taxpayer dollars into Detroit’s automakers even though down the road they could quite possibly go bust anyway.

The specific request by General Motors and Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that controls Chrysler, is preposterous: billions to help pay for a merger of dubious value. Neither automaker has been able to produce cars that consumers want to buy. Both are losing money hand over fist. Gluing them together would not change this dynamic. Still, there are two plausible arguments to support a general government bailout of Detroit’s lumbering car companies.

First, it is not unreasonable to believe that they might survive ... (link)
I'll stop there. That's the weakest argument I've ever read.

Someone recently asked a pertinent question about this particular bailout: Why should the average American fork over their hard-earned tax dollars to support men and women earning, on average, $56,000 a year, all of whom have the best and most expensive health care plan on the planet, along with the most lucrative retirement packages available to anyone ever? (Not to mention those executives and their pay). A good point.

But beyond that, how will the chances for survival of GM and Chrysler change with an infusion of cash? Or are there to be multiple infusions? For years and years to come?

Isn't that what someone called socialism?

No Better Example ...

... of media bias has ever raised its ugly head than this:
The Los Angeles Times’s Strange Notion of Journalistic Ethics
By Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review On Line

Change you can believe in is a short hop from fairy tales you can be sold. In that spirit, the Times tells us, we’d really, really love to release the videotape we’re holding of that 2003 Khalidi shindig — the one where Barack Obama joined a motley collection of Israel-bashers, including the former terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, to sing the praises of Rashid Khalidi — former mouthpiece for PLO master-terrorist Yasser Arafat. But alas, our hands are tied by journalistic ethics.

Of course the ever ethical Times would never try to skew election coverage in favor of a candidate it has recently endorsed (after blowing kisses at him for two years). Nor would the newspaper give its readers anything but a complete, accurate, and truthful account of an event like the Khalidi Bash that it deemed worthy enough to cover. You can take that to the bank. But, gosh-darn, it turns out that a “source” the Times won’t name supposedly provided reporter Peter Wallsten with the videotape on the solemn promise that the paper would never let it see the light of day … except to report on it as the Times saw fit.

If you believe that one, I’ve got a tax cut for you. (link)
Read the whole thing. A strong indictment of what remains of the journalism profession.

Just As With the War ...

... the Democrats are more than willing to oblige Osama bin Ladin's wishes on the election:

Qaeda wants Republicans, Bush "humiliated": Web video

Soon enough, big guy. Soon enough.

A Defeat Would Be Sweet

I've gotten my hopes up before, only to have them dashed, but this looks very, very promising:
Murtha pleas for $1 million after racism comments Veteran Democratic Rep. John Murtha (Pa.) has sent out a last-minute plea for $1 million to save his hotly contested seat, endangered by his own remarks describing his district as racist.

In an e-mail sent to potential donors, Murtha’s campaign asked his supporters to maximize all campaign contributions.

“We need to raise another $1 million to compete,” his campaign fundraiser Susan O’Neill wrote in the e-mail obtained by The Hill. “We need money immediately.”

Polls show Murtha, running for his 18th term, ahead of his GOP opponent by just a few percentage points. (link)
Now that Ted Stevens is on his way out (he is, right?), Murtha becomes the most despised man in Washington. A defeat would be sweet, regardless how all the other races turn out.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bill Ayres Would Be Proud

Terrorist attack in Galax? Bad drugs? Or just a case of two more mind-numbed supporters of Barack Obama doing that which he prompted* them to do?
Campaign workers attacked
By Ben Bomberger, Galax Gazette

Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after an altercation led to five Republican campaign workers being sprayed with Mace at their headquarters in Galax.

Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said officers were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to the Galax Republican headquarters on East Grayson Street when a caller reported someone had sprayed office workers with Mace.

Responding officers arrested Daniel Cason Meinecke, 29, and Cara Annis Hindman, 26, both of Galax.

While [Galax Republican Chairman Mike] Stevens was unsure if the couple came into the building planning to start an altercation, he said it seemed evident they were. (link)

If only they had been more patient. A year from now, when Barack Obama is president, the private ownership of firearms is banned, the people are completely defenseless, and that national security force is in place, the government will be put at the disposal of nitwits like these two to intimidate the Democrats' opposition. Once the security stormtroopers come back from Hugo Chavez's Venezuela where they'll receive their training, that is.

America, 2008. May God have mercy.

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* "I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face." (source)

I Have a Better Idea

Rather than this ...

Former Gov. Wilder urges Kaine to keep polls open later

... why doesn't former Governor Wilder "urge" voters to get off their dead asses and go to the polls earlier?

A 13 hour window of opportunity
ain't enough?

McCain Does Streisand

Look out, Babs. This guy could easily take your job.

The following is absolutely hilarious. I'm still not certain it's McCain doing the singing - and the zinging - but ya gotta watch it:

He's got a future as a comedian if his day job doesn't pan out.

So We're Back Where We Started

Democrats went nuts in 2000 because of the antiquated methods most localities were continuing to utilize on election day for the casting of ballots. (Well, actually they went nuts because an ignorant Republican beat their man for president, or stole the election depending on your level of paranoia and/or drug use.) Hanging chads and missed punches and all that. So they decided that we needed an upgrade of the machinery used to record those ballots.

Hundreds of million dollars later (and another election win for the dummy) and where are we?

Plan C: 18th century technology:
Paper Ballot Has Md.'s, Va.'s Vote
2 States Plan to Ditch Electronic Machines, Part of a Rapid National Reversal
By Christian Davenport, Washington Post Staff Writer

Goodbye, electronic voting. Farewell, fancy touch screen. Maryland and Virginia are going old school after Tuesday's election.

Maryland will scrap its $65 million electronic system and go back to paper ballots in time for the 2010 midterm elections -- and will still be paying for the abandoned system until 2014. In Virginia, localities are moving to paper after the General Assembly voted last year to phase out electronic voting machines as they wear out.

The trend reflects a national movement away from electronic voting machines. (link)
And if this doesn't produce the desired result, Democrats will revert to 17th century methods and simply declare their guy king.

For the love of God.


I thought Bush and Cheney were the ones who were spying on innocent Americans and that Obama was going to bring ... change.

This kind of change we don't need. From Investor's Business Daily:
Ohio Democrats refused to act on ACORN's massive vote fraud. Yet they have time to scour the private records of Joe the Plumber. No wonder Barack Obama finds the Constitution an inconvenience.

Joe Wurzelbacher (also known as Joe the Plumber) has learned there's a price to pay for being the one to get Obama to admit that he has a socialist dream to "spread the wealth." Not only are you thrust into the public eye, you get the privilege of having government officials who support Obama rifle through private files looking for dirt on you.

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and a maxed-out contributor to the Obama campaign, has confirmed that she approved the check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher after the Oct. 15 presidential debate.

According to the Columbus-Dispatch, at least four state computer checks on Wurzelbacher were conducted shortly after Republican John McCain frequently brought up "Joe the Plumber" during the final presidential debate. (link)

As for all those people who have been whining about the loss of Constitutional freedoms since George Bush took control in 2001, silence will be the response to this story. Indifference. Joe The Plumber deserved to be investigated. And Obama is a different kind of politician who only has our best interests at heart.

Hmmm II

The Roanoke Times is no longer for sale. Reason given. May even be close to accurate:

Landmark halts sale of newspapers

The reason that was released to the public: "The credit crunch and tough economic times."


So Obama Wants To Spread The Wealth

Maybe he should start by sharing a few bucks of that $6 million he's made off the sale of his self-congratulatory books with his impoverished aunt in Boston:
Found in a rundown Boston estate: Barack Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango
By James Bone, Rob Crilly, and Ben Macintyre, The Times of London

Barack Obama has lived one version of the American Dream that has taken him to the steps of the White House. But a few miles from where the Democratic presidential candidate studied at Harvard, his Kenyan aunt and uncle, immigrants living in modest circumstances in Boston, have a contrasting American story.

Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston. (link)
Why does this joker expect the rest of us to do for his aunt that which he refuses to do himself?

And why does it take a British newspaper to make the discovery that Obama's aunt is living in poverty here in the United States?

Why We Fight

Because those most in need can't fight for themselves:
Gun purchase glitch raises questions*
By Lee Williams, The News Journal

Delaware State Police stopped Alvina Vansickle from purchasing a .22-caliber pistol for self-defense because she was too old and a woman, said Superintendent Col. Thomas MacLeish.

The outrage that followed led to the revelation that Delaware State Police had been keeping lists of gun buyers for years; state law requires them to destroy these records after 60 days.

Without so much as a traffic ticket, the 81-year-old Lewes resident should have sailed through the mandatory state police background check when she tried to buy a Taurus revolver from Charlie Steele's Lewes gun shop last August. (link)
Too old. Wrong sex. Too poor. Too black. This is why we don't let them decide.

An absolute shock and outrage. Will the feminists make their voice heard? When pigs fly.

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* A "glitch" occurs when the authorities lose her application. The intentional refusal to issue a permit is not a "glitch." It's a willful act that reflects their arrogance and condescension.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Takes One To Know One

The Roanoke Times delivers the Democratic Party line this morning in response to Sarah Palin's visit on Monday:

Palin wows 'em with the party line

They expected her to give knitting lessons, I guess. Or something.

The Obama Effect

Did you wake up this morning full of hope that a trail will become a reality in Montgomery County? Apparently someone did:

Hopes remain high for Hucklebery Trail grant

"Hopes." Plural. Apparently there's more than one person who clings to this silly notion.

Love Them Lays Potato Chips

They're that good.

Click on the triangle to activate.

Say What?

Can this woman be only two heartbeats away from the presidency?

Nancy Pelosi on the possibility that the Democrats will soon control the House, the Senate, the executive branch of government, and the Supreme Court:

"Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan."
If Democrats gain the overwhelming majority of seats in Congress, it'll ... be more ... bipartisan?

Is she dense or diabolical? You decide.

Here's My Suggestion

There has been much discussion - especially in newspaper company boardrooms - about how to establish a business model that will bring about profitability. So far, few papers have found one.

The latest bad news in the news sector:
Mourning Old Media’s Decline
By David Carr, The New York Times

It’s been an especially rotten few days for people who type on deadline. On Tuesday, The Christian Science Monitor announced that, after a century, it would cease publishing a weekday paper. Time Inc., the Olympian home of Time magazine, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated, announced that it was cutting 600 jobs and reorganizing its staff. And Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the country, compounded the grimness by announcing it was laying off 10 percent of its work force — up to 3,000 people.

Clearly, the sky is falling. The question now is how many people will be left to cover it.

The paradox of all these announcements is that newspapers and magazines do not have an audience problem — newspaper Web sites are a vital source of news, and growing — but they do have a consumer problem. (link)
Here's the problem, in a nutshell: Newspapers are widely read on the internet. That viewership is, in nearly all cases, free to the consumer. Strike two comes with the fact that advertisers - especially local advertisers - haven't kicked in to pay for ads on internet news sites. So readers (viewers) are dropping the local hard copy in favor of the internet version of their favorite paper - in droves - and migrating to the internet, where the companies make no money.

Here's a thought (actually two): First, "national" newspapers like the New York Times are doomed. They're going to close their pages. Say goodbye.

But for the local paper, get off the internet. At least until it becomes ubiquitous and the sole source of news and advertising. Consumers - shoppers - still want their ads (Sunday in particular) and will pay for them. Advertisers want desperately to accommodate them. There is no upside to providing free news today. Abandon the effort. Flee. Be a local paper to local patrons. Give them what they want and need in hard copy form. Make them get it in hard copy form.

It's your only hope.

My opinion ...

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Oh, and get your lips off of Barack Obama's ass every now and then.

Well, Obama's Not Fooling Some People

This is a rather brutal assessment. Particularly since it comes from a leader of a European nation:
Sources: Sarkozy Views Obama's Stance On Iran as 'Utterly Immature'
By Barak Ravid, Ha'aretz

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is very critical of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's positions on Iran, according to reports that have reached Israel's government.

Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France. But according to a senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate's stance on Iran as "utterly immature" and comprised of "formulations empty of all content."

Following their July meeting, Sarkozy repeatedly expressed disappointment with Obama's positions on Iran, concluding that they were "not crystallized, and therefore many issues remain open," the Israeli source said. Advisors to the French president who held separate meetings with Obama's advisors came away with similar impressions and expressed similar disappointment. (link)
A naive pushover is how I'd describe Obama. And he may soon be going up against some very desperate, very ruthless, very bloodthirsty enemies.

May God have mercy on us.

Fun Time Had By All

Roanoke RnR has more photos up of Sarah Palin's visit to the Salem Coliseum. Y'all go over and take a look. Especially since she froze her buns off to get them.

I wonder: Is this the largest crowd to have ever turned out for a politician in Southwest Virginia? A V.P. candidate, no less?

(By the way, Roanoke RnR also advised that Joe Biden's recent visit to Martinsville drew a monstrous crowd of ... 300. Compare that to the 16,300 folks who turned out in frigid temperatures and a brisk wind to see the future president of the United States on Monday.)

Great stuff.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

While Obama's Visit To SW Virginia ...

... was virtually ignored a few weeks ago (rumor has it, the Roanoke Civic Center audience was comprised mostly of a fawning press corps, former Weatherman terrorists, and ACORN volunteers), Sarah Palin's appearance at the Salem Stadium yesterday brought out a crowd of enthusiastic supporters - real Americans all - that was of Biblical proportions:
Thousands turn out for Palin
By Mason Adams, the Roanoke Times

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin blew in and out of Salem on Monday night like a brisk Alaskan wind, calling on Virginians to vote her and presidential running mate John McCain into the White House next week.

On an evening where the wind chill approached freezing, Palin fired up an estimated crowd of 16,000 with a half-hour speech that focused largely on taxes and energy policy.

Palin touted the McCain campaign as one of reform. She said times have been tough economically, requiring someone with "experience and courage and good judgment and truthfulness" as president. Palin said the McCain campaign offered "a bold and a fair and a free plan to take this country in a new direction." (link)
A direction other than one that Karl Marx would enjoy, I'm sure.

Sarah rocks! And so does Southwest Virginia.

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It seems that there were those in attendance whose focus was elsewhere. Female blogger Roanoke RNR came away from the event with this report:

First Dude Rocks Salem

She even has photos. Of the vice presidential nominee Todd Palin. With nary a word mentioned of the star attraction.

Get your mind back on the business at hand, girl.


Contrast this story with one that appeared in the Kingsport Times a week ago (see "Warner, Boucher fire up Democrats at Wise County rally") that addressed a rally here in Southwest Virginia that was headlined by two of the state's most prominent politicians that attracted, by my count, according to the accompanying photo, a whopping total of 21 people, though there may have been a few more out of range of the camera.

Another indication that most Southwest Virginians have good taste.

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For a really exhaustive batch of photos of the Sarah Palin event, scroll through Collegiate Times.

SW Virginia Blogger Bows Out

I guess it shows how often I visited his website that former state Senator Brandon Bell decided to cease operations over at Roanoke Red Zone nearly three weeks ago and I'm just now noticing.

But he's shut the doors and turned out the lights.

At least for now ...

Another Manufacturer Calls It Quits

This one in Bristol. 75 employees are affected:
Bristol plant’s closing will be costly for city utilities provider
By David McGee, Staff Writer, Bristol Herald Courier

Bristol, Va. – A decision to close a manufacturing facility will cost the city utilities provider more than $400,000 annually, while impact to the city could be even greater, officials said Monday.

H.P. Hood, the parent company of Crowley Foods, announced last week it plans to close its Bristol, Va., plant and lay off the 75 people who work there.

Crowley manufactures cultured dairy products, including sour cream, dips and cottage cheese at the Bristol facility.

The shutdown is expected to begin in January and conclude by March, according to Lynne Bohan, the company’s vice president of public relations and government affairs. (link)
Another one bites the dust. Where will it all end?

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When reading this account, one of many that have to do with plant closings around Southwest Virginia in recent years, the thought came to me that I should be thankful that our congressman, Rick Boucher, is running unopposed for reelection. Why? Because it allows him to avoid making that totally ridiculous claim that he's single-handedly created 40,000 new jobs in his district.

I'm not sure my blood pressure could take another pack of lies coming from this guy.

Thanks, Republican Party, for making my life stress free. I guess.

Human Waste

There are brief moments when I am a supporter of abortion.

Well, to be specific, I support what might be called postpartum abortion.

This idiot, for example, is a prime candidate, in my mind:

This asshole's claim to fame:

ATF: Plot by skinheads to kill Obama is foiled

Bullet. Brainpan. Garbage heap. Humankind better for it.

The End Of The Story

Those bones that turned up in the mud of a receding Mountain Lake bed a month ago now have a name - and photos - associated with them.

S.C. woman believes remains are her great-uncle's

May Samuel Ira Felder rest in peace.

Hey, That's Not Fair!

Cartoon courtesy of the Augusta Chronicle and Rich McKee
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A Transformation

Since my freshman year in college, Renaissance painter Raphael has been my favorite artist of all time. His focus on personality, his use of characters that were fluid and dynamic in their actions, the bold application of light and shade, the ever-present emphasis on the human form, and - most importantly - the dazzling colors, make him the most brilliant artist to ever put paint to canvas. Or wood, as the case may be. My opinion anyway.

That's why this story caught my attention this morning:
Technology helps restore Raphael masterpiece
By Philip Pullella, Reuters

Florence (Reuters) - After 10 years of painstaking study and restoration that tested both cutting edge technology and human patience, one of the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance is returning to the public.

Raphael's "Madonna of the Goldfinch" is a survivor.

The 107 cm by 77 cm (42 inches by 30 inches) oil-on-wood, showing the Madonna with two children caressing a goldfinch, has outlived everything from the collapse of a house in 1547 that shattered it to the ravages of time and the mistakes of past interventions.

The result of the restoration is stunning. Centuries of brown film and grime are gone. The Madonna's cheeks are pink. Her robes are deep red and blue and one can almost hear the cascade of a stream in the background Tuscan countryside. (link)
For a closer look at the transformation that has taken place ...


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Here's The Next Bailout Recipient

In a sick sort of way, the financial crisis has been a good thing for government pension fund administrators. Now they have a great excuse for their reserves being alarmingly underfunded.

It wasn't me! It wasn't my political friends in high places making short-sighted decisions! It was those greedy Wall Street muckers!!

And milk that story they will:
Downturn Clobbers Public Pension Funds
By Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post Staff Writer

The market downturn is ravaging public pension funds across the United States, with many state and local governments seeing more than 20 percent of their retirement pools swept away in the turmoil.

Even before the financial crisis, many large pension funds already were considered to be inadequately funded, according to the Government Accountability Office. The losses could force some states and local governments to ask taxpayers to pay more into the funds or to demand more contributions from the police, teachers and other government employees whom the benefits cover.

Public pension funds dropped 14.8 percent in value for the year ended Sept. 30, according to Northern Trust, an investment company. The funds, which typically have most of their money in stocks, have probably dropped far more than that because the markets have dropped 20 percent more since then.

Virginia's retirement fund, for example, has dropped about 20 percent since July 1, plummeting from $55 billion to $44 billion. Most of that fund was invested in stocks. (link) [my emphasis]

So how are these retirement funds to be made whole again? Well, we could hope that the stock market rebounds to its former heights. But that won't be enough. Remember, a slew of America's public pension funds were in crisis before the crisis.

No, there's only one way to set things right (since a reduction in future benefits for government retirees ain't gonna happen) and refill those coffers.

Bend over, sweetheart.

The Verdict ...

... on Obama's meaning of the word "change" comes from Investor's Business Daily:
Too many Americans think this radical urban organizer is just another Clinton or Gore. But a vote for Obama is a vote for socialist "spreading of wealth," as Obama admitted to Joe the Plumber, and a vote for "major redistributive change," as he put it in 2001.
"The Real Obama," October 27, 2008

Will The GOP Do The Right Thing ...

... and exile this guy?
Sen. Stevens guilty on all counts, career in peril
By Matt Apuzzo and Jesse J. Holland, My Way.com

Washington (AP) - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatened to end the 40-year career of Alaska's political patriarch in disgrace. The verdict, coming barely a week before Election Day, increased Stevens' difficulty in winning what already was a difficult race against Democratic challenger Mark Begich. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Stevens, 84, was convicted of all the felony charges he faced of lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor. Jurors began deliberating last week. (link)
The Democratic Party accepts miscreants - be they thieves or murderers - into its ranks without question. The Republican Party must rise above this. And corruption is only half of Stevens's problems. There's also that Bridge To Nowhere national embarrassment.

May Ted be shown the door.

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The Wall Street Journal provides an epitaph:
Senator Stevens has served in Washington for seven terms. That means his tenure extends back to the building of the Great Society political edifice of the 1960s. His career rose alongside a Washington that grew from a relatively modest capital city on the Potomac into what it has become -- a Beltway colossus of overlords and rent-seekers. Members of Congress, charged with dispensing the federal budget, sit at its apex. Senator Stevens is but the latest to have mistaken himself for one of the marble statues in the Capitol dome.
A colossus with many, many such marble statues ...

And They Say Conservatives Are Being Nasty

Can anyone think of anything a conservative has done to Joe Biden that compares to this?
Halloween Palin Prop Sparks Controversy In WeHo

West Hollywood, Calif. (AP) ― A Halloween decoration showing a mannequin dressed as vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hanging by a noose from the roof of a West Hollywood home is drawing giggles from some passers-by and gasps of outrage from others.

The mannequin is dressed in brunet wig, glasses and a red business suit. Another mannequin dressed as John McCain emerges from a flaming chimney.

Chad Michael Morisette, who lives in the house ... (link)

Monday, October 27, 2008

This Is Amusing

The Roanoke Times this morning endorses the candidacy of some guy named Rasoul (not to be confused with the protagonist in The Wind and the Lion, The Mulay Ahmed Muhamed Raisuli the Magnificent, sherif of the Riffian Berbers, true defender of the faithful) for Congress in Virginia's 6th District*, though the editorialist who wrote it seemed to make a great case for this kid to be a miserable choice and for anyone voting for him being stark raving mad:
Rasoul, at age 27, is the youngest person running for Congress. He is still wrapped up in the naïveté of youth. He believes that, with enough principled members, Congress could change. He is idealistic but doesn't seem to fully grasp or appreciate how the system works. Still, voters could do worse than give Rasoul a chance to prove himself.
Now there's a reason to support this fella. The same reason for backing that idiot who's running against Nancy Pelosi out in San Francisco. And that other moron who's running for president.

"We could do worse."

Can we do better? That's the question. And the answer is ... YES, WE CAN.

Vote for Bob Goodlatte in the 6th. Just to piss off the leftists at the Times, if for no other reason.

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* Error duly noted. Correction made. 10/27/2008 19:04 hours.

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Oh, the Times endorses another Democrat as well. Probably for the same really sound reason.

Better Buy It While You Can

Obama says he's pro-2nd Amendment. A lie.

And Americans know it:
Gun Sales Thriving In Uncertain Times
By Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post Staff Writer

Americans have cut back on buying cars, furniture and clothes in a tough economy, but there's one consumer item that's still enjoying healthy sales: guns. Purchases of firearms and ammunition have risen 8 to 10 percent this year, according to state and federal data.

Several variables drive sales, but many dealers, buyers and experts attribute the increase in part to concerns about the economy and fears that if Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois wins the presidency, he will join with fellow Democrats in Congress to enact new gun controls. Obama has said that he believes in an individual right to bear arms but that he also supports "common-sense safety measures." (link)
Those "common-sense" (sic) safety measures that he supports, of course, include a ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns, a complete ban on "assault weapons," whatever that means, and mandatory waiting periods and background checks, however those terms are to be construed.

So get 'em while you can, boys. Obama's coming after 'em and they won't be available for long.

But It's For The Greater Good

Having universal health care is more important than having jobs. Or having employers who can provide jobs. Get with it!
Businesses Wary of Details in Obama Health Plan
By Kevin Sack, The New York Times

Agawam, Mass. — Dave Ratner, owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City, is pretty sure he is about to get “whacked” by the new state law that requires employers to contribute to health care benefits for their workers or pay a $295-per-employee penalty. In order to avoid thousands of dollars in fines, Mr. Ratner is considering not adding part-time workers at his four pet supply stores in Western Massachusetts.

But the penalty in Massachusetts is picayune compared with what some health experts believe Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, might impose as part of his plan to provide affordable coverage for the uninsured. Though Mr. Obama has not released details, economists believe he might require large and medium companies to contribute as much as 6 percent of their payrolls.

That, Mr. Ratner said, would be catastrophic to a low-margin business like his, which has 90 employees, 29 of them full-time workers who are offered health benefits. (link)
Fools. We are being lead down the road by complete fools.

Finding Racists Where None Exist

Obama's pals have to go a long way - and turn a lot of rocks - to find those racists that the press love to expose. Take for example this rant (see "Why They Hate Obama: Miscegenation and Other Nightmares of the Racist Political Imagination") from one Stephen Ducat on The Huffington Post:
The frank comments of unapologetic anti-Obama racists across the country have recently gained a wide national audience. As Ricky Thompson, a pipe fitter from Mobile, Alabama, told a New York Times reporter, "He's neither-nor. He's other. It's in the Bible. Come as one. Don't create other breeds." Another denizen of the GOP's "real America" shared his spiritual insights with the same interviewer. Glenn Reynolds, of Martinsdale, Virginia pointed out, "God taught the children of Israel not to intermarry." Such shameless declarations of prejudice reveal something obvious but easily overlooked: It is not Obama's blackness that disturbs these pious bigots, but his grayness.
America is aflame. Racism runs rampant. Racists are everywhere. Ducat found two of 'em.


Er ... well, one to be sure.

I don't know who Glenn Reynolds is (though I know who he isn't), but he sure ain't from Martinsdale, Virginia. There is no Martinsdale, Virginia.

Doesn't make for a strong argument when this genius gets something as simple as that wrong, does it? Got any other racists out there you can quote, big guy?

What Was That Definition of Marxism Again?

Ask Obama.

Listen to a taped NPR interview from 1991 with Barack Obama in which he openly advocates the redistribution of wealth and says the United States government hasn't been radical enough in taking property from some and giving it to others.

And he intends to soon be in charge.

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Of course, 45% of America will cheer him on. They are the ones who stand to be on the receiving end of federal hand-outs. The essence of the word entitlement.

Quote of the Day

Is it time to "Go John Galt"?

Perhaps the partisan politics we are dealing with now is really just a struggle between those of us who believe in productivity, personal responsibility, and keeping government interference to a minimum, and those who believe in the socialistic policies of taking from others, using the government as a watchdog, and rewarding those who overspend, underwork, or are just plain unproductive.

Obama talks about taking from those who are productive and redistributing to those who are not — or who are not as successful. If success and productivity is to be punished, why bother? Perhaps it is time for those of us who make the money and pay the taxes to take it easy, live on less, and let the looters of the world find their own way.

Helen Smith, Pajamas Media, October 15, 2008

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If you don't know who John Galt is, go here.

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A quote from author Ayn Rand:

"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
-- Atlas Shrugged, 1957

If you've never read Atlas Shrugged, get a copy before the Democrats ban its sale and distribution.

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I don't put much stock in this becoming some kind of movement. It is far more likely that those who have worked hard to accumulate their wealth over the years will simply pack it in a suitcase and move to some foreign locale where they - and their dollars - are more welcome.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Rake It In, Barry

Let it be duly noted that I have no problem with the mountain of money that Barack Obama has received in the way of campaign contributions. Hundreds of thousands of people - including some very wealthy supporters want to see him elected and have donated generously to make that happen. I'm good with it.

I bring this topic up now because it allows me to show that I'm consistent on the issue, no matter whose winning the contribution race, and that when I attacked McCain-Feingold in principle, I meant it. I also bring it up because of this:
Campaign Finance Gets New Scrutiny
By Matthew Mosk, Washington Post Staff Writer

Sen. Barack Obama's record-breaking $150 million fundraising performance in September has for the first time prompted questions about whether presidential candidates should be permitted to collect huge sums of money through faceless credit card transactions over the Internet.

Lawyers for both the Republican and Democratic parties have asked the Federal Election Commission to examine the issue, pointing to dozens of examples of what they say are lax screening procedures by the presidential campaigns that permitted donors using false names or stolen credit cards to make contributions.

"There is so much money coming in and yet very little ability to say with certainty that you know who is giving it," said Sean Cairncross, the Republican National Committee's chief counsel. (link)
You may recall, McCain-Feingold was passed with the intention of "taking money out of politics." Some of us considered that a ludicrous proposition from the git-go. And, with Obama skirting federal regulations and bringing in an eye-popping $150 million in one month, our skepticism has proven to be vindicated.

So now Washington do-gooders will go back to the drawing board and revise all those provisions, this time ... taking the money out of politics ... for good.

Sigh ...

Roanoke Times Endorses Mark Warner

Read it here.

No mention made of the fact that he lied to us to get elected last time 'round, and is lying through his teeth again.

I guess that's only a bad thing if the politician is a Republican president and you are overcome with hatred by the mere mention of his name.

SW Virginia Is For Palin!

It was just a week ago that Barack Obama, America's Savior, came to Southwest Virginia and ... couldn't get enough people to come hear him speak at the Roanoke Civic Center to fill the seats.

Sarah Palin comes to town and ... whoa! We need to find a bigger venue!
Organizers move Palin's rally to Salem Stadium
By Amanda Codispoti, The Roanoke Times

Sarah Palin's rally in Salem on Monday has been moved to a larger venue, McCain-Palin campaign officials said Saturday.

Officials decided to move the event from the Salem Civic Center to the nearby Salem Stadium because of an overwhelming interest in the Republican vice presidential candidate's visit, campaign spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said.

She would not say how many tickets have been issued, but said it was thousands more than they had anticipated. Carey Harveycutter, director of civic facilities in Salem, isn't sure how many people the campaign is expecting at the rally, but he said it was more than the civic center's capacity of 8,000. The stadium can hold more than 20,000 people, he said. (link)
20,000 seats won't be enough either, Carey. You'd do well to host the next vice president's appearance at Lane Stadium. Of course, seating capacity there is only 66,233. That may not be enough either.

This while Obama could have held his much-ballyhooed, extensively covered, exhaustively hyped rally in a phone booth just a week before.

Southwest Virginians, you guys rock!

Now There's a Shock

James Taranto on the Washington Post's effort to fact-check a statement made by John McCain that hinges on the word "just":
Here's one of the most hilariously hair-splitting "fact checks" we've seen so far this campaign.


Clearly McCain's point of contention is not whether Obama used the word "just" but whether there was more to his relationship with Ayers than he claimed. The Post seems to believe that there was not, but solely on the basis of Obama's say-so. That's not fact-checking, it's campaigning for Obama.
"Fact-Check Follies," The Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2008

Quote of the Day

From George Will:
"The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production" and "there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." So the New York Times was told in August by Barack Obama, who, no stickler for consistency, said in 2003, "I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan." As an earlier occupant of the Senate seat Obama occupies -- Everett Dirksen -- said: "I live by my principles, and one of my principles is flexibility."
"Stopping Dr. Statism, The Washington Post, October 26, 2008

The Alternative

For those of you who think it's a neat idea that Obama is going to punish those corporations that send jobs overseas (see the comments to this post yesterday), here's the only alternative America's employers have in this anti-business climate we've created for ourselves in the good ol' USA:

General Motors, Driven to the Brink

America's corporations are being punished - for their bad decisions, for their labor woes, for their being evil corporations not worthy of concern - on a daily basis. And some in this country find it rewarding, gratifying, pleasing that they're closing their doors. Those anyway who are too stupid or too short-sighted to see the consequences that the circumstance necessarily brings.

You don't want employers in this country? Are you nuts?

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And the problems extend to individual states that have in recent years decided to "punish" corporations with higher taxes. Employers have few options, but one is to pack up and move. Just ask the folks in Rhode Island:
Rhode Island, Leading Pack in Job Losses, Struggles On
By Pam Belluck, The New York Times

Rhode Island now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, the first time the state has held that distinction in the three decades since such records have been kept. With unemployment at 8.8 percent, Rhode Island has edged past Michigan, and every month seems to bring fresh reports of companies cutting workers, shutting divisions, closing altogether.

There are several reasons Rhode Island has fared so poorly in the economic crisis gripping the country.

For one thing, said Sandra M. Powell, director of the state’s Department of Labor and Training, the economy here “has been traditionally strong in the manufacturing sector,” which has “shed jobs quite a bit over the last several years.”

Rhode Island also has few big companies — more than 80 percent of businesses employ fewer than 20 employees — and small employers have less reserves to withstand economic turmoil, Ms. Powell said.

Many economic analysts and state officials say Rhode Island has long had a high tax burden for businesses, discouraging them from moving here. (link)
As I wrote just the other day, capital goes where it's wanted. Rhode Islanders decided they didn't need or want it, not thinking that jobs are attached to it. They now learn the brutal truth. Too bad it's taking such a harsh lesson plan to get the point across: Corporations provide jobs. We need jobs. We therefore need those corporations that we - on a daily basis - feel the need to castigate.

Obama too will learn that lesson. Some day. Unfortunately for him - and us - the lesson may come too late. Read all about "Obama's war on capital" in today's Investor's Business Daily.

Ah, The Fickle Narrative

You've heard all the talk of late about McCain and his volatile and erratic temperament. See the latest attempt at spinning the tale in today's New York Times - "John McCain, Flexible Aggression." Shoot, it's even the stuff that magazine lead stories are about these days:

But how is the subject handled when a Democrat is involved? One who has the reputation of being just this side of psychotic?

Aggression? What aggression? It's just not that important. And ...
Franken leads Coleman in Senate poll
October 23, 2008

Minneapolis (AP) — A new poll in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race shows Democrat Al Franken with a 6-point lead over Republican Norm Coleman, just outside the poll's margin of error. (link)
Make no mistake. The mainstream press still decides how candidates are viewed by the public. Like it or not.

Hollywood Strikes Out Again

Looks like Oliver Stone's latest epic - this one intended to portray President Bush as a buffoon - has gone into the tank. Where it belongs:

From Deadline Hollywood Daily:
There's been tremendous interest by the public in the box office fate of Oliver Stone's W. for its second weekend in release. Well, it ran out of steam. QED International/Lionsgate's Bush biopic sank 58% to No. 8 with $1.5 million Friday from 2,050 dates for what will probably be a $5.2M weekend. The $30M negative cost film should end up with $23M domestic box office gross by the end of its North American run. That means, with a $25M P&A investment and Lionsgate's distribution fees, the film won't recoup.
I'm not sure what that "tremendous interest by the public" comment is all about, unless it's targeting people like me who want Oliver Stone to fail because he represents everything wrong with Hollywood.

Anyway, for those interested, W. is a stinker. It's a good day.

Why The Press Gives Obama a Pass

Well, it's actually because the members thereof love the guy, but there is an underlying reason:

Obama campaign cuts off WFTV after interview with Joe Biden

Say something bad about (or toward) Obama and his boy and there'll be no cookie before bedtime.

Thus ...

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Here's the related WFTV footage for your viewing pleasure:

Wonder what'll happen when these guys get tough talk from Akhmadinajad and not from some local news anchor.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Karl Marx Smiles

This comes to us this morning from Das Kapital:
I am asked by Joe the Plumber and the Republican Party to believe that imposing higher taxes on families whose income exceeds $250,000 a year is an unacceptable attempt at "redistributing wealth." But what about the original distribution of wealth? What if something is desperately wrong with the way wealth is distributed to begin with? What about Joe the Plumber earning in excess of $250,000 a year by providing services to people whose average income is $40,000 or less?
Uh, no. Wait. Karl Marx didn't write that. It was written to the Roanoke Times by a woman who thinks she deserves the money others earn.

Wealth should be more evenly distributed in this country. Isn't that the kind of thinking that brought about the Soviet Union? Uh, yeah. We all know how well that worked out for them.

Welcome to the Wal-Mart dairy department, circa 2010:

From each according to his ability who's holding the gun, to each according to his need her want. It seems so ... right.

Capital Goes Where It's Wanted

Read the piece above, then take a look at this:
Company building plant in China, instead of W.Va.

Benwood, W.Va. -- West Virginia's loss will be China's gain when it comes to the development of a coal-to-liquids plant.

Texas-based developer Synthesis Energy Systems and Consol Energy announced Thursday that SES had pulled out of an $800 million deal to develop a coal gasification plant in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.

While Consol was announcing the West Virginia action, SES was announcing it had entered into an agreement to develop a similar plant in China.

Under the deal with YIMA Coal, SES will own 49 percent of the plant. Funding for the $350 million plant won't be required until government approvals are obtained. (link)

The excuse given for the move had to do with the availability of financing. But we all know the credit crunch is only temporary. The real reason Synthesis Energy Systems is moving its investments to China is because China welcomes investment.

Here we just sue the pants off of our corporations. And we go out on strike. And we tax the living hell out of them. And we regulate the living hell out of them.

And then there's Obama ...

So SES finds a warm, inviting home in China. How could that be?

Who Am I? Why Am I Here?

Biden makes campaign stop in Martinsville

I Told You So

Outlook Grim on Hedge Funds

A Tortured Headline

A note to the copy editor at the Washington Post who let this one get out: Sometimes you can give these things too much thought. And you end up with headlines that read like this:

Around the World, the Signs Of Slowdown Spiral Outward

Signs of what do what? "Spiral" what? Signs spiral? Outward?

Try this one (free of charge):

Economy Sucks

Now, you decide ...

It All Becomes Clear

All of America was wondering what in God's name Joe Biden was talking about when he recently said:
Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he's gonna have to make some really tough - I don't know what the decision's gonna be, but I promise you it will occur.

And [Obama's] gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you, not financially to help him, we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right.
Well, maybe old Joe learned to worry when he watched this scenario play out:
Obama's Bad Case Of Iraqnophobia
Investor's Business Daily editorial

We don't have to wait to see Barack Obama tested by a foreign crisis. His judgment was already tested on Iraq and found wanting. John McCain passed the test, and a holocaust was avoided.

In early September, while taping a segment for Fox's "O'Reilly Factor," Obama grudgingly admitted the surge of U.S. troops had "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams." Despite that, even with the benefit of hindsight, he still would have opposed it.

Obama was asked by ABC's Terry Moran: "If you had to do it over again, knowing what you know now, would you support the surge?" Obama replied: "No, because keep in mind that . . . " An incredulous Moran interrupted, "You wouldn't?" Obama continued:

"Keep in mind . . . these kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult. Hindsight is 20/20. But I think that, what I'm absolutely convinced of, is that at that time we had to change the political debate because the view of the Bush administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with." In 2007, Obama said: "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence. In fact, I think it will do the reverse." (link)

A quote from the New York Times, in its endorsement editorial, comes to mind:

This country needs sensible leadership, compassionate leadership, honest leadership and strong leadership. Barack Obama has shown that he has all of those qualities.

Nothing there about BEING RIGHT WHEN AMERICAN LIVES ARE AT STAKE. But no matter. Compassion trumps body count.

Barack Obama is soon to be "tested." But who is going to suffer the consequences of his next bad decision?

Ask Joe Biden. I think he knows perfectly well.

I Love Democracy

We have, by any measure, the least popular, least effective Congress in history. What do we do about it?

Demand more of the same!

Democrats Headed Toward Big Gains in House, Senate

I love you guys. Don't understand you, but I still love you.

Oh, THAT Unqualified VP Candidate

In nearly every newspaper editorial I've read that has endorsed Barack Obama for president included among the reasons for the decision is the opinion that John McCain was unwise for having picked a vice presidential running mate who was woefully unqualified for the position.

VP candidate kept from media and no crowd questions. Not Palin. It's Biden!
LA Times blog

Is it possible we've been living in a bubble for the last several weeks, not noticing a complete role reversal between the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, and his Republican counterpart, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska?

Now, Palin, who was once so sequestered from the media it allowed her opponents to caricature her and helped create "Free Sarah Palin" buttons, is meeting with more and more national reporters and, unreported by them, numerous local media types at virtually every campaign stop.

But Biden is something else entirely. We've got Joe the Plumber and Joe Six-Pack. But Joe Delaware-by-way-of-Scranton has gone missing.

Obama officials will deny it. But he's clearly been muzzled by the Democratic campaign that's for real change. (link)

Win or lose, they'll be making movies about this election that will include a Joe-the-Buffoon character. Guaranteed.

And the media are criticizing McCain ...

A Portent Of Things To Come

This (from The Standard-Times) is just a taste of that which America is going to confront, should Obama win next month:
In a meeting with the editorial board of The Standard-Times, Rep. [Barney] Frank, D-Mass., ... called for a 25 percent cut in military spending, saying the Pentagon has to start choosing from its many weapons programs, and that upper-income taxpayers are going to see an increase in what they are asked to pay.
We're fighting two wars and this Democrat is talking about slashing military spending. It's not nice to call him un-American though ...

Friday, October 24, 2008


The Roanoke Times this morning, without officially endorsing the candidacy of Barack Obama, essentially does so by asking questions the answers for which they carefully tailor to fit their ever-morphing candidate.

Here's one question though that I'll bet the boys there wish they could retract:
Which candidate has demonstrated a firm grasp of the economic issues facing the nation, and which has fluttered from proposal to proposal, desperately searching, by all appearances, for political traction rather than genuine solutions?
Bad timing, eh guys? The latest on who's economic proposals are "fluttering":
McCain: Obama will say anything to get elected
Kansas City Star

Ormond Beach, Fla. | John McCain, kicking off a cross-state bus tour aimed at keeping vote-rich Florida from swinging to the Democrats, on Thursday accused Barack Obama of saying "anything to get elected."

The Arizona senator said Obama had added a work requirement to his proposal to grant a 10 percent universal mortgage credit. A top Obama aide said the campaign added the requirement two weeks ago to avoid charges that the proposal provided "welfare" to non-working Americans. (link) [my emphasis]
In other words, Obama altered his plan, "desperately searching for political traction."

Got any other reasons for supporting this loser, fellas?

Oh, yeah, his having made the better choice for vice president. Joe Biden.

Keep plugging that one. That'll certainly be a winning argument.

Make No Mistake

I read the New York Times endorsement of Barack Obama this morning and came away unimpressed. It was unfocused, unclear, lacking in substance, and seemed to be written as if the author had a quota of words to achieve and struggled mightily to reach it.

Charles Krauthammer, on the other hand (see "McCain for President"), is as unequivocal and succinct as a newspaperman can be:
Contrarian that I am, I'm voting for John McCain. I'm not talking about bucking the polls or the media consensus that it's over before it's over. I'm talking about bucking the rush of wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama before they're left out in the cold without a single state dinner for the next four years.

The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism. Plus the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere.

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who's been cramming on these issues for the past year, who's never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of "a world that stands as one"), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as "the tragedy of 9/11," a term more appropriate for a bus accident?

Or do you want a man who is the most prepared, most knowledgeable, most serious foreign policy thinker in the United States Senate? A man who not only has the best instincts but has the honor and the courage to, yes, put country first, as when he carried the lonely fight for the surge that turned Iraq from catastrophic defeat into achievable strategic victory?

That, New York Times people, is the way it's done. You'd do well to take notes.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

There is a side of me that hopes these idiots froze their nuts off:
Cyclists stop in Utica promoting climate change

Utica, N.Y. (WKTV) - Student volunteers from colleges around New York State braved freezing cold temperatures on their bikes Wednesday to send a message to state and federal political candidates: pay attention to climate change.

They want candidates to let voters know what they plan to do about global warming and the energy crisis. (link)
If you can believe it, nowhere in this article is there mention of the irony of the bike tour to build awareness of global warming taking place as the temperatures outside are near record lows.

In what decade do you suppose the lightbulb will come on and one of these geniuses will ask the others: "Hey, if the planet is warming, why are there icicles hanging from my love muscle in October?"

The End Of Life As We Know It

Remember HillaryCare? Those of us who looked at it closely came to realize that it was in fact more aptly called KennedyCare. He was the snake who attempted to destroy the American health care delivery system back in the early 90's by nationalizing it.

Well, looks who's raising his ugly head again:
Kennedy secretly crafts health care plan
By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, The Washington Times

From his sickbed, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has secretly been orchestrating meetings with lobbyists and lawmakers from both parties to craft legislation that would greet the new president with a plan to provide affordable medical coverage to all Americans, a measure he has called "the cause of my life."

Mr. Kennedy's goal, his aides say, is to introduce a universal health care bill as soon as the new Congress convenes next year and to push quickly for its passage - a much-accelerated timetable compared with the last time that a health care overhaul was on the agenda, at the start of the Clinton administration.

"Senator Kennedy has spent the last several weeks laying the groundwork for reform so that we can be ready to go in 2009," said his spokesman Anthony Coley. "This is and has been the cause of Senator Kennedy's life." (link)

Hasn't this guy done enough damage? Will we allow the most effective health care delivery system humankind has ever known to be destroyed because some old man wants to implement his collectivist views before he dies?

Are we going to allow this?

Is It Any Wonder?

Who'da guessed. The mainstream press is biased in favor of Barack Obama. From a study done by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism:

Imagine how that bar graph would look if the researchers had included all those stories that have been ignored by the media because they would damage their candidate. Starting with Obama's cocaine supplier and the opportunity for blackmail to have arisen at some point in time in the past. And the very real relationship between The Messiah and Bill Ayres. And Wright. And Rezco. Infanticide. Gun control.

Badmouthing McCain is half the effort. Whitewashing Obama's sordid past is the other.

This is "news" only to those who get their news from the network news shows.

Do You Believe In Miracles?

Nothing would make me happier than to see this anti-American congressman get bounced from office next month:
Murtha's hold on House seat slips
By Mike Wereschagin and David M. Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Two veteran warriors battling to represent the 12th Congressional District appear locked in the closest race in the district in years.

Democratic Rep. John Murtha leads retired Army Lt. Col. William Russell by a little more than 4 percentage points, within the Susquehanna Poll's 4.9-point margin of error. The poll of 400 likely voters was conducted for the Tribune-Review on Tuesday, amid uproar over Murtha's statement that some of his constituents are racist. (link)
With just a little help, it's possible that Murtha might lose this election. Can we get Biden up there to give a speech?

Unfortunately, It's The Truth

Glenn Reynolds utters what I think is going to be the reaction of many to the news that an alleged Obama supporter assaulted and physically mutilated a McCain campaign worker in Pittsburgh yesterday:

"This is so serious that I predict it will get almost one-tenth as much national coverage as something some guy may have yelled at a Palin rally once."

"Alleged" being the key word. We'll see how this plays out.

But if true, it's very concerning. And Glenn is right. The media won't care.

Amidst All The Blather ...

... about allowing everyone to vote, we find out that Democrats up in growingly liberal Fairfax County are rejecting actual ballots on a silly technicality. And who are the voters who are being disfranchised?

Our fighting men and women overseas:
McCain campaign says federal absentee ballot wrongly rejected
Fairfax County's registrar denies the allegation about the form, often used by overseas troops.
By Patrick Lynch, Daily Press

Virginia campaign officials for GOP presidential candidate John McCain are saying some Fairfax County absentee ballots — and possibly some in Hampton Roads — from overseas service members are being rejected over a technicality.

But the Fairfax registrar said he was following state law in rejecting a small number of absentee ballots that came in at the same time as the voter's application.

Fairfax General Registrar Rokey Suleman said Thursday that he had had to reject some of the ballots because of a Virginia law passed in 2002. That law — then called Senate Bill 113, sponsored by then-state Sen. Bill Bolling — requires that when an overseas citizen wants to request an absentee ballot and cast a vote with the same paperwork, it requires not only a witness signature but the current address of the witness. (link)
Suleman is a Democrat.

Speaking The Truth About Media Bias

As only Newt Gingrich can lay it out:
If you would look at the coverage Michelle Obama has gotten and the coverage that Cindy McCain has gotten you have to believe that the fix is in. When you look at the magazine covers, the pictures that were taken, again and again, over and over for the last year we have been brainwashed, propagandized, insultingly lectured by the news media. If you look what happened to Joe the Plumber... Now, I haven't seen anyone from the elite media do a live broadcast from the non-existent Katie's Restaurant to point out that Joe Biden is just out of touch with reality. He's either dishonest or has a total memory lapse about his hometown. Yet, nobody notices it. Again and again there were 14 factual mistakes by Biden in the vice-presidential debate. Nobody said that disqualified him. This has been a totally one-sided campaign where the news media has been the best ally that Barack Obama has gotten. And we ought to be honest about it. There's no pretense, not a shred of neutrality on the part of the major networks or The New York Times...
Hat tip to Gateway Pundit.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Oh, Please

I've seen some pretty weak attacks made on Sarah Palin's credibility and qualifications but this hair-splitting from the Bristol Herald Courier takes the cake:
Palin Doesn’t Know VP Duties

Stand-up comic Jeff Foxworthy has become famous to a new generation of youngsters for starring in the popular TV show: “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?”

The show challenges adults with questions they should have learned in fifth grade, often with hilarious results.

This week, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is showing she wouldn’t pass muster on the show, even the third-grade version. On Monday, the Republican vice-presidential candidate said the vice president is “in charge of” the U.S. Senate and “can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes.”

This is the second time she has flunked the question, claiming a broader role for the vice president than the U.S. Constitution provides. (link)
Though the vice president of the United States holds the gavel and directs the Senate's activities anytime he or she decides to exercise that responsibility (though they rarely do), the President of the Senate isn't actually "in charge of" the Senate? Please. You're hurting my brain.

After picking that nit, the Herald Courier goes on to make the case that the vice president is, in fact, in charge of the Senate:

The vice president can preside over floor debate in the Senate, but that role is usually filled by the Senate president pro tempore, and more often filled by first-term senators.
So what are two synonyms for the word preside?



Please. Surely there are better arguments you could make about Sarah Palin's views. Perhaps you could start with the fact that she's one of those evil conservatives. Ain't that bad enough?

If Only They'd Paid Attnetion In Grade School

This declaration coming from the goofs over at the Charleston Gazette should give you a chuckle this morning:
Carbon dioxide emissions are one of the leading causes of climate change, and coal-fired power plants are a major source of those emissions.
I offer this primer, not that they'll understand it:
The primary cause of the seasons is the 23.5 degree of the Earth's rotation axis with respect to the plane of the ecliptic ... This means that as the Earth goes around its orbit the Northern hemisphere is at various times oriented more toward and more away from the Sun, and likewise for the Southern hemisphere.

Thus, we experience Summer in the Northern Hemisphere when the Earth is on that part of its orbit where the N. Hemisphere is oriented more toward the Sun and therefore the Sun rises higher in the sky and is above the horizon longer, and the rays of the Sun strike the ground more directly. Likewise, in the N. Hemisphere Winter the hemisphere is oriented away from the Sun, the Sun only rises low in the sky, is above the horizon for a shorter period, and the rays of the Sun strike the ground more obliquely. (source)
That's the primary cause of climate change. Kids.

Just Wonderin'

Is the following headline, appearing in this morning's Charleston Gazette, possible?

Flat growth predicted for Yeager Airport

Flat growth? How do you have flat growth? Did they also operate at a negative profit?

Words Well Writ

They come from the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger:

The stoning of Sarah Palin has exposed enough cultural fissures in American politics to occupy strategists full-time until 2012. We now see there is a left-to-right elite centered in New York, Washington, Hollywood and Silicon Valley who hand down judgments of the nation's mortals from their perch atop the Bell Curve.

It seems only yesterday that the most critical skill in presidential politics was being able to connect to people in places like Bronko's bar or Saddleback Church. When Gov. Palin showed she excelled at that, the goal posts suddenly moved and the new game was being able to talk the talk in London, Paris, Tehran or Moscow. She looks about a half-step behind Sen. Obama on that learning curve.

Good stuff.

No Better Example

Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for National Review, writes in the Washington Post (how did this get past the editors?) that the mainstream press is giving that Democrat crazy-uncle-in-the-attic a pass:

The prevailing media take on Senator Biden has been that he is a wise statesman with the charming if unfortunate habit of committing gaffes. I suspect that if Biden were not a liberal Democrat and had not spent decades in Washington, journalists would be considerably more negative: that they would portray him as something of a buffoon.

His latest gaffe was to say on Monday that some foreign power would "test" Obama early in his term and that people would not, at first, think that Obama had reacted well to that test. The McCain campaign pounced on it, but the press has played it down: The story rated five paragraphs on p. A4 of yesterday's Washington Post.

Somehow I think it would be a bigger story if Gov. Palin had said something similar--or had said, as Biden has, that "J-O-B-S" is "a three-letter word," and that FDR went on national television after the stock-market crash.

I don't think that the double standard in the coverage is purely a function of liberal-media or inside-Washington bias. But whatever the reasons for it, the double standard exists--and the press ought to be tougher on Senator Biden.

"Right Matters," October 22, 2008