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Saturday, March 08, 2008

But They Love Government-Run Health Care

May I suggest that the boys over at the Roanoke Times think this through to its obvious conclusion?
You'll still have to take a Sunday drive to buy booze

If Southwest Virginians want to shop at an ABC store on a Sunday, they need to drive to Richmond. Gov. Kaine signed off on a bill that allows state liquor stores to open on Sunday in any city with a population of 100,000 or more. This benefits Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Richmond. Folks living in the rest of Virginia are out of luck.

It's hard to figure the logic behind the 100,000-citizen threshold. If it has to do with staffing stores that are projected to have too few customers to support them, then don't open all of them.

This is a blue law relic that needs to be abolished. (link)
Government logic. Now there's an oxymoron* if there ever was one. Kinda reminds me of this ditty.

There is a correlation, fellas.

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Noun: oxymoron oxýmōron
1. Conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')

Quote of the Day

"One wonders: Why is Bill Clinton so often involved in shady-looking deals?"

Quote of the Day II

From Mark Steyn:

"As some aggrieved black activist sniffed snootily on TV, Barack isn't really an 'African American' – unless by 'African American,' you mean somebody whose parentage is half-American and half-African, and let's face it, no one would come up with so cockamamie a definition as that."

"Torn between 2 white liberal guilts," The Orange County Register, March 8, 2008

But Will Obama Retreat BEFORE We Win The War?

Despite all evidence to the contrary, the man-who-would-be-commander-in-chief still believes all hope in Iraq to be lost. And he's still going to pull the troops out. Whether he'll be able to do it before al Qaeda declares total defeat is the question.

This (reported by ABC News) is simply pathetic, coming from someone who wants to lead this great nation:
On a conference call with reporters earlier Friday Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said Obama has been "crystal clear with the American people that if and when he is elected president, we will be out of Iraq in - as he said, the time frame would be about 16 months at the most where you withdraw troops. There should be no confusion about that with absolute clarity."

Plouffe's also pointed to a comment by Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.), an ABC News consultant and one-time Clinton adviser, telling the New York Sun "he is convinced Mrs. Clinton would hold off on authorizing a wide-scale immediate withdrawal of American soldiers from Iraq."
That last piece would be considered an endorsement of Hillary by sane Americans.

Obama and his advisors are acting like nothing has changed over the last year. Are they so blind to reality?

Kyoto Must Be Working

Oh. Wait. We didn't sign on to the Kyoto accords.

But how else to explain this:
For the Record: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Down
Ronald Bailey, Reason magazine

A new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that American greenhouse gas emissions have fallen.

"The following factors were primary contributors to this decrease: (1) compared to 2005, 2006 had warmer winter conditions, which decreased consumption of heating fuels, as well as cooler summer conditions, which reduced demand for electricity, (2) restraint on fuel consumption caused by rising fuel prices, primarily in the transportation sector and (3) increased use of natural gas and renewables in the electric power sector." (link)
For those who believe solutions can only come from government action, this is not going to sit well.

Yet another example of the markets - in this case responding to consumer pressures - correcting themselves. Great stuff.

This Could Be McCain's Campaign Slogan

"Being a cheerleader for something is slightly different from being a principal player."

Those are the words that a principal player in the formulation of the Irish peace accord back in 1998 offered with regard to Hillary's oft-stated claim that she was somehow involved in the process that brought about the momentous Good Friday Agreement. This is just devastating:
Nobel winner: Hillary Clinton's 'silly' Irish peace claims
By Toby Harnden, London Telegraph

Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a "wee bit silly" for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province.

"I don’t know there was much she did apart from accompanying Bill [Clinton] going around," he said. "She visited when things were happening, saw what was going on, she can certainly say it was part of her experience. I don’t want to rain on the thing for her but being a cheerleader for something is slightly different from being a principal player."

Mrs Clinton has made Northern Ireland key to her claims of having extensive foreign policy experience, which helped her defeat Barack Obama in Ohio and Texas on Tuesday after she presented herself as being ready to tackle foreign policy crises at 3am.

"I helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland," she told CNN on Wednesday. But negotiators from the parties that helped broker the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 told The Daily Telegraph that her role was peripheral and that she played no part in the gruelling political talks over the years. (link)
Kinda cruel, if you ask me. After all, she was responsible at the time for the cookies that were served to the attendees. That in itself made her a "principal player." At least in her eyes.

What is it with Democrat nominees for president? John Kerry made wild claims (that proved to be demonstrably false) about being a Vietnam hero and Hillary claims to be Mahatma Gandhi reincarnated. Someone please explain the mindset.

Another Demented Leftist Shows Her Colors

This gets really annoying:
Anti-war judge rejects foster teen's bid to join military
By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer, LA Daily News

Simi Valley - Shawn Sage long dreamed of joining the military, and watching "Full Metal Jacket" last year really sold him on becoming a Marine.

But last fall, a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner dashed the foster teen's hopes of early enlistment for Marine sniper duty, plus a potential $10,000 signing bonus.

In denying the Royal High School student delayed entry into the Marine Corps, Children's Court Commissioner Marilyn Mackel reportedly told Sage and a recruiter that she didn't approve of the Iraq war, didn't trust recruiters and didn't support the military.

"She just said all recruiters were the same - that they 'all tap dance and tell me what I want to hear.' She said she didn't want him to fight in it."

Sage, 17, said he begged for Mackel's permission. (link)
Permission denied. By a small-minded bigot.

Though we as Americans wish her all the best, this woman doesn't deserve this country of ours.