Saturday, April 12, 2008
To that I reply: Get rid of the road we're building at great expense for horses - known locally as the Rick Boucher Memorial Trail Of Tears - and then come back for a longer list that will include transportation funds allocated to ...
... a forest service station at a railhead of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and ...
... transportation funds allocated to renovation of Whitetop Station in Washington County, and ...
... transportation funds allocated to the Rocky Knob Heritage Center in Patrick County, and ...
... transportation funds allocated to the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, and ...
... transportation funds allocated to the recreation trails and visitor information center in Giles County, and ...
... transportation funds allocated to the High Top Mountain land acquisition in Green County.
All of these "highway" projects were funded by Rick Boucher's 2005 "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act," a transportation spending bill.
Want suggestions on where to cut? Call Congressman Rick Boucher at his permanent address in Washington D.C. - 202-225-3861.
I didn't buy it back then.
They don't buy it now:
Bill Clinton Revives the Bosnia Gaffe
The media are a decade or so late in confronting the reality that this genius - the one who masterminded a Republican takeover of both the House and the Senate while he was in office, the one whose only accomplishments in his eight years in office were directly related to traditional Republican issues (a balanced budget, welfare reform, NAFTA, GATT), the one who, through his own machinations with cigars and interns, managed to get himself impeached - ain't a genius at all, but an A-number one doofus.
Too bad they all had their heads buried up his butt back when it mattered.
More Global Warming NonsenseAnother global warming theory shot down in flames.
Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the implications of climate change for human health. Malaria will top the menu, but so will ignorance and disinformation.
The lead witness will be Dr. Jonathan Patz of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has suggested that U.S. energy policy may be "indirectly exporting diseases to other parts of the world." Dr. Patz, the World Health Organization (WHO) and others claim that global warming is now spreading disease and may be the cause of some 160,000 deaths a year.
The concept of malaria as a "tropical" infection is nonsense. It is a disease of the poor. Alarmists in the richest countries peddle the notion that the increase in malaria in poor countries is due to global warming and that this will eventually cause malaria to spread to areas that were "previously malaria free." That's a misrepresentation of the facts and
disingenuous when packaged with opposition to the cheapest and best insecticide to combat malaria – DDT.
Serious scientists rarely engage in public quarrels. Alarmists are therefore often unopposed in offering simplicity in place of complexity, ideology in place of scientific dialogue, and emotion in place of dry perspective. The alarmists will likely steal the show on Capitol Hill today. But anyone truly worried about malaria in impoverished countries would do well to focus on improving human living conditions, not the weather.
What was Mr. Uniter thinking when he uttered the following words about the unwashed masses in Pennsylvania:
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them...And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.What's this "they" stuff anyway? Why didn't he just use the disparaging term made famous by West Virginia's favorite klan member when referring to those who live in the small towns of Pennsylvania - "white n-worders."
"And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
For the love of God. What an elitist bastard.
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Ed Morrissey nails it: "This is why rookies shouldn’t run for President"
You see Obama's crude reference above to the rubes in western Pennsylvania who "cling" to guns (and God and xenophobia and ...). It would do everyone well at this point to know where this elitist snob is coming from.
A little background on Barack Hussein Obama. Did you know that he sat, not long ago, on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation? (see his biography provided by the Washington Post) And what groups does this Joyce Foundation fund? Here's a partial list (provided by GeorgiaPacking.org):
A quote from Obama would seem appropriate:
• Freedom States Alliance (FSA) - The FSA is a group of anti-gun websites created by a $650,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation.
• 50 Caliber Terror - Ban the 50 Cal rifles. Part of the FSA
• Ban Handguns Now - Anti-Handgun website ran by the VPC
• CeaseFire New Jersey - New Jersey based Anti-gun organization, part of the FSA
• Citizens for a Safer Minnesota - Minnesota based Anti-gun organization, part of the FSA
• Gun Guys - Should be called the Anti-Gun Guys. Part of the FSA
• Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence - Indiana based Anti-gun organization, part of the FSA
• Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence - Illinois based Anti-gun organization, part of the FSA, received a $325,000 grant from Joyce in 2005 and $770,000 for 2 years in 2006
• International Association of Chiefs of Police - Grant given to expand membership of LEO's wanting to reduce gun violence
• Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence - Iowa based Anti-gun organization, part of the FSA
• Legal Community Against Violence - Created to get a group of anti-gun lawyers together
• License to Murder - Anti-Stand-Your-Ground. Part of the FSA
• Mayors Against Illegal Guns - This is the group of anti-gun big city mayors, created by a $175,000 grant
• New England Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence - A group of New England based anti-gun organizations, part of the FSA
• New Yorkers Against Gun Violence - New York based Anti-gun organization, part of the FSA
• Newspaper Loophole - Trying to get newspapers to stop placing classified gun ads for private sales
• Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence - Ohio based Anti-gun organization, part of the FSA
• Pax - Pax created the ASK (Asking Saves Kids) campaign
• Physicians for Social Responsibility - Beware of anybody promoting "social responsibility"
• StopGunDeaths.org - A signup form to receive anti-gun newsletters in the mail, part of the FSA
• Violence Policy Center (VPC) - The VPC creates unscientific studies for media press release, received $700,000 from Joyce for just one year
• Who is Mary Rosh - Anti-John Lott site. Part of the FSA
• Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Educational Fund (WAVE) - Wisconsin based Anti-gun organization, part of the FSA
• Wounded in America - Nearly unedited and non-fact checked stories from "gun violence" survivors
"I think there is an individual right to bear arms, but it's subject to commonsense regulation."
Study the list above and decide for yourself what "commonsense" means to the soon-to-be Democratic candidate for president.
* The list of organizations and the descriptions of each reproduced above are the product of GeorgiaPacking.org
Well, a competitor - a by-God American company - has responded:
SKYY® Vodka, Made in the USA, Proudly Supports Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
America’s Most-Popular Domestic Vodka Decries Absolut® Vodka’s Suggestion to Redraw North American Map
San Francisco--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ended the Mexican-America War (1846-1848). With the signing of this treaty, the United States gained control of what was to become the Golden West, including California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. Today, SKYY® Vodka, the number-one vodka produced in the United States, spoke out against suggestions by Absolut® Vodka to disregard that treaty, as well as the joining of Texas to the Union in 1845, as depicted in Absolut’s recent advertising.
“Like SKYY Vodka, the residents of states like California, Texas and Arizona are exceptionally proud of the fact that they are from the United States of America,” said Dave Karraker, SKYY Vodka. “To imply that they might be interested in changing their mailing addresses, as our competitor seems to be suggesting in their advertising, is a bit presumptuous.”
In the ad, an “Absolut World” is depicted where the map of North America is re-drawn with Mexico claiming much of the Western United States, negating the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, as well as the Gadsden Purchase (1853), and the independence of Texas (1836).
“Don’t get me started on the Gadsden Purchase,” continues Karraker. (link)
Here's my suggestion: If you must drink vodka - which I don't recommend, because it is generally preferred by girlie men - switch to SKYY. It's the American thing to do.
Rice criticizes Carter over Hamas plansI guess capturing the title of worst president in the entire 20th century wasn't enough for this joker. Now he's trying mightily to be the worst ex-president in history.
The Associated Press
Washington - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized former President Carter on Friday for his reported plans to meet the exiled leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas during a visit to Syria.
"I find it hard to understand what is going to be gained by having discussions with Hamas about peace when Hamas is, in fact, the impediment to peace," Rice said at a press event with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
"Hamas is a terrorist organization," she said, repeating the Bush administration's explanation for why it will not meet with members of the group.
The State Department says it twice advised Carter against meeting any representative of Hamas. (link)
What an embarrassment.