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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Everyone Stand To Attention

How about a wonderful rendition of the national anthem this morning:

That'll make even a Democrat a proud American.

The Mindset

I really don't think it's even worth arguing with - nor do I have the patience to listen to - people who hold opinions like this guy (or gal):
Whose park? Whose house? Beware private encroachment on the public's lands
By Cordie Hudkins, The Charleston (WV) Gazette

We are often reminded that West Virginia leads the nation in many misery categories. However, our renowned state park system has long been recognized as a national leader in preserving and protecting our natural beauty and doubtless serves to enhance our state's image. That is why I was shocked to learn the Legislature passed House Bill 4567, which, if signed by the governor, will provide for the construction of up to 100 privately owned housing units within the boundaries of Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park. (link)
Yes, we have an infant mortality rate that rivals that of Zimbabwe.

Yes, we have a poverty rate that would embarrass the city of Calcutta.

Yes, we have pathetically substandard housing.

... a deplorable dropout rate.

... abandoned homes and factories.

... broken families.

... crumbling schools.

... rampant drug abuse.

... a shrinking economy.

... depopulation.

But our trees and bushes do wonders "to enhance our state's image" and we should work to preserve that image.

For the love of God, people.

Well, They Don't Like Wind Power Either

At what point do we simply tell the environmentalists out there to shut up and go away? That we have a great deal of work to do and they're in the way?

The latest bit of idiocy from those who demand an alternative to Big Oil:
Wind Turbines Barred On State-Owned Land
By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writer

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced yesterday morning that he will bar commercial wind turbines from state-owned land, satisfying Western Maryland opponents of the turbines but disappointing supporters of the wind energy industry.

Speaking at a scenic overlook in the Savage River State Forest in Garrett County, O'Malley said the state remains committed to exploring renewable energy sources but said the wind energy industry should look to other land for large-scale wind farms. (link)
What exactly those renewable energy sources that morons like the Maryland governor might explore remain a mystery, since coal is out and hydroelectricity is out and nuclear power is out and petroleum is out and cow farts are out.

Bubble-making machines? Happy thoughts? The Force?

Man, I wish these people who find that cave they seek and crawl in, never to be seen again.

It Becomes Clear

I've been wondering of late why the John McCain campaign - at least in its early stages - has come across as being so wishy-washy. So lackluster. Namby-pamby. Milksoppy*. I thought it must have been because the presumptive Republican nominee didn't want to get in the way of the Hillary-Obama mud wrestling contest. And that McCain wanted to keep his softer side exposed to the camera, since he's known to have a temper. And that he wanted to avoid putting his foot in his mouth - as Obama has now done repeatedly.

But no.

The real reason has been revealed.

The man who led President George H.W. Bush's successful awful reelection campaign in 1992 is now in charge of the McCain effort in 2008.

May God have mercy on him.

* OK. Consider it a new word.

Obama Exposed

All that crap about audacity and hope takes its proper place over time in a long political campaign. Thus be it with Barack Obama.

Newt Gingrich completes the man's profile:
If you go to the most expensive private school in Hawaii and then move on to Columbia University and Harvard Law School, you may not understand normal Americans. Their beliefs are so alien to your leftwing viewpoint that you have to seek some psychological explanation for what seem to be weird ideas.

They can't really believe in the right to bear arms.

They can't really believe in traditional marriage.

They can't really believe in their faith in God.

They can't really want to enforce the law on immigration.

Therefore, they must be "bitter" and "frustrated."

This is the closest Senator Obama has come to openly sharing his wife's view that "America is a mean country". Not since Governor Dukakis have we seen anyone so out of touch with normal Americans. It makes perfect sense that it was in a fundraiser in San Francisco that he would have shared the views he has so carefully kept hidden for the entire campaign.
Hidden no longer. All America now knows that Barack Obama is as elitist - as much of a bigot - as was the last nominee the Democratic Party put up in the contest for the highest office in the land.

Do they not have a normal American they can run?

Repeat After Me

The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed!

No matter how you leftists want it otherwise:

State Supreme Court ruling ends San Francisco gun ban move
The Associated Press

A ruling by the state Supreme Court has brought an end to San Francisco's attempts to ban handguns in the city.

In a ruling Wednesday, the court unanimously rejected the city's appeal of a lower-court ruling that sharply limited the ability of localities to regulate firearms.

The ruling deals a final blow to Proposition H, an initiative voters passed in November of 2005.

The ordinance would have forbidden San Francisco residents to possess handguns ... (link)

Well, perhaps not a final blow. The city could take its case to federal court. And lose.

On Selective Outrage

In 2006 the Washington Post was all over then-Senator George Allen's passing use of a supposedly derogatory remark in describing an attendee at one of his campaign rallies - a term that only a north African nomad (I'm not making this up) would understand - macaca? - in an estimated 100 news articles and op/ed pieces.


And Barack Obama's having called the folks who live in small town America gun-totin', Bible-clingin', immigrant-hatin' crackers?

The Post considered it important enough to bury it on page 4.

On page A1 this morning?

On Economy, Obama Blends His Messages

And they want to be taken seriously ...

Hat tip to Hugh Hewitt.

Don't Ever Forget

From not too many months ago, when she was being more honest about herself:

Hillary Clinton Appeals For Gun Control Lobbying
By Katherine Q. Seelye, The New York Times
Published: May 9, 1999

Stepping up the Clinton Administration's campaign against gun violence, Hillary Rodham Clinton used an emotional White House ceremony today to call on Americans to press Congress to ''buck the gun lobby'' and pass several gun control measures.

The five proposals would: raise the age limit for possessing a handgun to 21 from 18, while still allowing exemptions for hunting, employment and ranching; extend background checks to those who buy guns at gun shows, provided that the records are eventually expunged; ban juveniles who are convicted of violent felonies from ever owning a gun; prosecute parents if they recklessly or negligently allow a gun to fall into the hands of children who use it to commit a crime, and expand the Government's gun tracing program, underway in 35 cities, to 75 cities.

''The senators need to hear from all of us,'' Mrs. Clinton said. She urged voters ''to give them the encouragement to do what they know is right and to remind them that there are many, many millions of American voters and citizens who will stand behind political leaders who are brave enough to buck the gun lobby ... (link)

That gun lobby that Hillary has always vehemently opposed, as you know, is you and me. We - the gun lobby - shall forever reply in kind.

A Little Payback

I thought these were kinda cute:

You know you're from California if ...

1. Your coworker has 8 body piercings and none are visible.

2. You make over $300,000 and still can't afford a house.

3. You take a bus and are shocked at two people carrying on a conversation in English.

4. Your child's 3rd-grade teacher has purple hair, a nose ring, and is named Flower.

5. You can't remember . . is pot illegal?

6. You've been to a baby shower that has two mothers and a sperm donor.

7. You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown, and you can taste the difference between Sumatran and Ethiopian.

8. You can't remember . . is pot illegal?

9. A really great parking space can totally move you to tears.

10. Gas costs $1.00 per gallon more than anywhere else in the U.S.

11. Unlike back home, the guy sitting in Starbucks at 8:30 a.m. wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney really IS George Clooney .

12. Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment.

13. You can't remember . . . is pot illegal?

14. It's barely sprinkling rain and there's a report on every news station: 'STORM WATCH.'

15. You pass an elementary school playground and the children are all busy with their cell phones or i pods.

16. It's sprinkling rain outside, so you leave for work an hour early to avoid all the weather-related accidents.

17. HEY!!!! Is pot illegal????

18. Both you AND your dog have therapists, psychics, personal trainers, and cosmetic surgeons.

19. The Terminator is your governor.

20. If you drive illegally, they take your driver's license. If you're here illegally, they want to give you one.