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Thursday, May 01, 2008

One Expensive Tourist

I thought all those hiking trails and bike paths that crisscross the region are supposed to bring us wealth and prosperity. Instead they seem to be costing us an arm and a leg.

I shudder to think what the price tag was for hauling a grossly obese hiker off the Appalachian Trail the other day was:

Oregon hiker resuced from Appalachian Trail
The Kingsport Times News

According to a report in the Greeneville Sun an Oregon man who had become ill while hiking the Appalachian Trail in the Hurricane Gap section of the Cherokee National Forest was rescued Saturday morning by emergency workers from Tennessee and North Carolina.

Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad member Kevin Ayers said on Saturday that Ross John Sieja, 62, reportedly had become ill while on a two- or three-day hike and had taken refuge at the Spring Mountain Shelter.

Sieja, who told rescuers he weighed 362 pounds, had been found by other hikers who used a cell phone to call for help, according to Ayers, who said it was unclear exactly how long Sieja had been in the Appalachian Trail shelter. (link)
Do we offer wheelchair services to the hikers who come here to commune with nature? Should we?

Maybe I don't want to put ideas in Rick Boucher's ... brain. With so much money to spend each year, he's probably looking for new ways to blow it. Wheelchairs ... gurneys ... life flight helicopters ...

Disband Congress ...

... until the members thereof wise up and get a farm bill to us that doesn't rob America's poor and send prices of precious staples through the roof. Because the one now under consideration is as offensive as all the previous ones were.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning:
The new farm bill is better than the old one, slightly. It cuts back some crop subsidies (which should be zeroed out), reduces cash assistance to farmers whose crops have been ruined (isn't that what insurance is for?), and trims the corn-based-ethanol subsidy from 51 cents per gallon to 45 (while increasing subsidies for cellulosic ethanol).

Other than that, it's largely the same old mishmash of price supports and handouts to Big Farm interests -- at a time when skyrocketing food prices are generating record farm incomes. It rips off Americans twice -- once through higher taxes and a second time at the checkout counter.
"Farm Follies," May 1, 2008

The Democrats Ain't Gonna Like This

The country isn't in recession:

U.S. economy just limping along
The Richmond Times-Dispatch

By many accounts, the country's economic health is fragile. The government yesterday said the economy crawled ahead in the January-through-March period as housing and credit problems forced people and businesses to spend carefully.

Gross domestic product

Up 0.6 percent in first quarter

What happened: The government released its report on the econony's output. GDP measures the value of all goods and services produced within the U.S. and is considered the best indicator of the nation's economic health. What it means: Many experts were predicting the GDP would weaken or decline. The last time the economy grew less was in the fourth quarter of 2002. The country technically may not be in a recession, but the report shows the economy is weak. (link)

The country is hurting. No doubt about that.

But the gloom and doom that Hillary and Obama have been spreading about the current recession - the current "deep recession" as Hillary put it not long ago - will have to wait. Defying all the predictions of the experts, the economy actually grew in the last quarter.

Better luck next time, Democrats.

On Obama's Mentor

The most offensive quote from Jeremiah Wright's appearance before the National Press Club on Monday:

"Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."

Questioned about this, I'll bet the reverend Mr. Wright will argue that he somehow has been damaged by the institution of slavery. The institution that was abolished over 140 years ago. The man who lives in breathtaking opulence. He felt the sting of the lash and the agony from the shackles.

Jeremiah Wright dishonors his own ancestors - who actually did know all about that vile stain on our historical record - in spewing such idiocy.

May he and all the other modern-day slave traders - those who earn tidy sums by proclaiming their solidarity with actual slaves they never knew and, in all reality, know very little about - some day be driven into ignominious exile. Some day soon.


I make every attempt to keep this weblog from sinking into the gutter ...

... oh, what the heck. This is too good a blonde joke:

A few days ago I was having some work done at my local garage. While I was there, a blonde came in and asked for a seven-hundred-ten.

We all looked at each other and another customer asked, "What is a seven-hundred-ten?"

She replied, "You know, the little piece in the middle of the engine, I have lost it and need a new one." She said she did not know exactly what it was, but this piece had always been there.

The mechanic gave her a piece of paper and a pen and asked her to draw what the piece looked like.

She drew a circle and in the middle of it wrote 710. He then took her over to another car which had its hood up and asked "is there a 710 on this car?"

She pointed and said, "Of course, it's right there."

If you're not sure what a 710 is............

We Win Another One

You'd think those big city liberals would get the message after a while. Especially those liberal federal judges who keep getting their opinions reversed time and again by higher courts. Here's the latest hammer blow to the side of the head in vain efforts to get their attention:

Appeals court tosses out NYC lawsuit against gun industry
By Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press

New York (AP) — A federal appeals court Wednesday tossed out New York City's lawsuit accusing the gun industry of selling firearms with the knowledge they can be diverted into illegal markets.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a federal law provides the gun industry with broad immunity from lawsuits brought by crime victims and violence-plagued cities. A federal judge had allowed the lawsuit to proceed, though it had not yet reached trial.

Lawrence G. Keane, a lawyer for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade association, called the ruling "very gratifying to members of the firearms industry."

He said Congress "understood that frivolous lawsuits like New York City's defied common sense and represented a clear abuse of the judicial system that threatened to bankrupt a responsible and law-abiding industry." (link)

If you read the article, you find that Mayor Bloomberg is upset over the ruling. With New York City having all the money in the world (it does, doesn't it?), it's likely that city lawyers will appeal the ruling. But it'll come to nought.

The people are in charge of this great land. And it will remain so governed. Let them kick and scream.

Did He Come Up With This On His Own?

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh has decided that the Republicans - come this fall - are going to do to Barack Obama what Hillary has been doing to him pretty effectively for nigh onto two months now. A revelation:
Bayh Warns That GOP May 'Swift Boat' Obama Over His Former Pastor
By Dan Balz, Washington Post Staff Writer

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) today praised Sen. Barack Obama for denouncing his former pastor, but warned that Republicans will use the association to try to "Swift Boat" the Illinois senator if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee this fall. (link)
I'm becoming mildly amused at all the Democrats who are issuing dire warnings about what the Republicans are going to do to Obama when the general election campaign begins in earnest. Like they will be able to do anything that the Clintons haven't done already. Many times over.

Look, your problem isn't with the GOP, bub. Your problem is with the strange friends this Obama fool keeps. Can't blame others for that.

Like Talking To The Lamppost

A simple question: Who injected race into the 2008 presidential campaign? Was it "the conservatives"? Or was it the candidate who gave that speech in Philadelphia a few weeks ago that all the liberals wet their pants over? You know, the race speech.

Well, to the dingbats who write for the Charleston Gazette, Hillary's effort to drive Obama's negatives into the toilet is somehow ... our fault:

Abrasive: Racial words exploited

America has a shameful record about race. Two centuries of slavery were followed by a century of Jim Crow segregation during which lynching was frequent. Even after the historic civil-rights movement brought equality laws, social circumstances still keep many blacks in poverty and deprivation.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago is a brilliant, educated, witty, articulate champion of equality - and he doesn't mince words. He's blunt and abrasive in describing social wrongs.

If Wright merely were another crusading black minister, white America hardly would notice. But he happens to be the former pastor of Democratic presidential frontrunner Barack Obama, so Republicans are using him as a weapon to damage Obama. Wright's strong rhetoric is being exploited to rouse white resentment, to turn white voters against Obama. (link)

I've got news for these twits over at the Gazette: Conservatives have - so far - been kicking back and watching with great glee the spectacle unfolding within the Democratic Party primary contest. It wasn't us conservatives who propelled this story.

But stick around.

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* Figure out this paragraph if you can:

"Obama isn't running solely as a black candidate. In fact, his race barely seems noticed as he campaigns in behalf of everyone, an advocate for all aspects of America's hodgepodge diversity. Electing him to the White House would be the most significant step this nation could take to push old racial strife into the past, and to continue healing the color gulf."

Obama isn't about race but his election would be.

For the love of God.

Quote of the Day

From a woman who can mud wrestle me for beers any night:

"Whew! I'm certainly glad to hear the 'snippets' from Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermons 'in context.'"

Ann Coulter, "Out of Context Or Out Of His Mind?" April 30, 2008

This Isn't Rocket Science

The oil is there. And we have the means to harvest it. The problem is that Congress, including every person running for president (yes, even John McCain), is opposed to opening new oil fields for drilling. Robert J. Samuelson summarizes for us what we are losing:
The truth is that we're almost powerless to influence today's prices. We are because we didn't take sensible actions 10 or 20 years ago. If we persist, we will be even worse off in a decade or two. The first thing to do: Start drilling.

It may surprise Americans to discover that the United States is the third-largest oil producer, behind Saudi Arabia and Russia. We could be producing more, but Congress has put large areas of potential supply off-limits. These include the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and parts of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. By government estimates, these areas may contain 25 billion to 30 billion barrels of oil (against about 30 billion barrels of proven U.S. reserves today) and 80 trillion cubic feet or more of natural gas (compared with about 200 tcf of proven reserves).

What keeps these areas closed are exaggerated environmental fears, strong prejudice against oil companies and sheer stupidity. Americans favor both "energy independence" and cheap fuel. They deplore imports -- who wants to pay foreigners? -- but oppose more production in the United States. Got it? The result is a "no-pain energy agenda that sounds appealing but has no basis in reality," writes Robert Bryce in "Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of 'Energy Independence.' "
"Start Drilling," The Washington Post, April 30, 2008

Don't Read My Lips

This seems a bit odd. But then the story involves the Clintons, so odd becomes the normative word:

Clinton blasts Bush for not stopping a project Bill OK'd
By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers

Indianapolis — Hillary Clinton loves to tell the story about how the Chinese government bought a good American company in Indiana, laid off all its workers and moved its critical defense technology work to China.

If she were president, Clinton says, she’d fight to protect those jobs. It’s just the kind of talk that’s helping her win support from working-class Democrats worried about their jobs and paychecks, not to mention their country’s security.

What Clinton never includes in the oft-repeated tale is the role that prominent Democrats played in selling the company and its technology to the Chinese.

After a 30-day review, the Clinton administration’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which includes representatives of the Pentagon, approved the sale in 1995. (link)
Hillary would "fight to protect those jobs."

Yet when she had the chance - she was sleeping with the guy who could have stopped it, for God's sake - she did nothing. If she felt that strongly about the issue, couldn't she have worn her most revealing Victoria Secret negligee to her White House bed one night, along with a pair of crotchless panties, maybe some fake boobs, showering herself with the kind of perfume that her husband bought Monica Lewinsky, and lured Bill into vetoing...

On second thought ...