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Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Times Asks. I Answer.

The Roanoke Times wants to know this morning which road improvement projects we conservatives are willing to eliminate should the government not have the necessary funds available to meet the wide-ranging needs of VDOT.

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.

No. There Couldn't Be a Correlation.

Crime rates are down.

Applications for concealed carry permits are way up.


Journalists Open New Washington Museum ...

... honoring themselves.

No word on whether anything inside is factually accurate.

Quote of the Day

Andrea Peyser on Katie Couric's demise:

"Which network is going to take a chance on an overpaid fluff ball now?"

"Couric's Fall Hurt Us All, The New York Post, April 11, 2008

Finally They Come Around

Remember all the pundits who, back in the 90's, used to declare Bill Clinton to be the political genius?

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 Idiocy Exposed

This from Paul Reiter and Roger Bate, writing in the Wall Street Journal:
More Global Warming Nonsense

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.
Another global warming theory shot down in flames.

Obama's In Trouble Again

I guess this sums up his astounding gaffe:

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.

"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."
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."

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"

Out Of Our Cold Dead Hands

The truth is slowly coming out as Barack Obama's handlers start losing control over the shaping of the image of the Democratic Party's best hope for a win in November.

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):

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

A quote from Obama would seem appropriate:

"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

This Is Funny

American companies are unique in many ways. One of which is found in the sense of humor they bring to the marketplace. An example: Remember that Absolut magazine ad from a week ago in which the French-owned vodka manufacturer thought it somehow a great marketing ploy to suggest that "in an Absolut World," Mexico would have dominion over the entire western United States?

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)

Great stuff.

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.

Condi Spanks Peanut Farmer

Too bad she won't be running for vice president. She knows how to handle the weak-of-mind who go out of their way to damage America's foreign policy:
Rice criticizes Carter over Hamas plans
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)
I 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.

What an embarrassment.