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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Looks Can Be Deceiving

We all hate those monstrous potholes that appear in the spring thaw, right? Some so cavernous that they seem able to swallow the Yugo if you accidently hit one? The kind that auto mechanics love?

Check out the Grand Canyon here ...


Is it possible though that the pothole above isn't as bad as it seems?

That maybe the eyes are playing tricks?

That what you see ...

... isn't really ...


a pothole at all ...

... but someone's very creative ...

... artwork?


Nice.

Ah, The Real Motive

Forget about all the hand wringing over collapsing roads and bridges. Governor Tim Kaine has a more important reason to propose a massive tax increase (to be shouldered disproportionately by Virginia's poor) to provide for "critical" transportation needs. The defeat of Republicans come November.

That's looking out for the little guy, big guy:
Kaine Sees Transportation Package as a Win-Win
By Tim Craig, Washington Post Staff Writer

Richmond -- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) is giving House and Senate Republicans an ultimatum in the fight over transportation money: Work with me to make a deal, or face political repercussions from voters in next year's election.

In blunt talk demonstrating his dual policy and political goals, the governor says he is convinced that he cannot lose when the General Assembly returns for a special session June 23 to consider his $1.1 billion tax proposal.

If legislators vote to increase taxes and fees, Kaine said, there would be more money for transportation, fulfilling one of his major policy goals. If Republicans block efforts to raise money statewide for roads, Kaine said Democrats would be on their way toward building a permanent majority in Virginia by painting state GOP lawmakers as obstructionists out of touch with the need to improve Virginians' quality of life. (link)
Since Republicans have pretty much been driven out of northern Virginia, where tax increases are met with wild enthusiasm, it's hard to say what constitutes Kaine's strategy. Folks in Southside and Southwest Virginia are not willing to shell out more hard-earned income to provide the yuppies up north with a quicker commute to the Pentagon. We're just not. Nor are we willing to countenance such talk from our local politicians. If conservative Republicans show resolve, they'll be reelected. Handily. Again.

If ...

This Must Be a Joke

So where does a U.N. "racism" investigator go when he's looking for overt acts of discrimination and bigotry? And worse? Iran? China? Libya? Zimbabwe? Darfur?

Brooklyn.

For the love of God:

U.N. racism investigator to visit U.S. from Monday
By Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters

Geneva (Reuters) - A special U.N. human rights investigator will visit the United States this month to probe racism, an issue that has forced its way into the race to secure the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

The United Nations said Doudou Diene would meet federal and local officials, as well as lawmakers and judicial authorities during the May 19-June 6 visit.

"The special rapporteur will...gather first-hand information on issues related to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance," a U.N. statement said on Friday. (
link)


Suppose this wretch is going to go after Reverend Jeremiah Wright? He is, after all, the most hate-filled person in this country that I can think of.

Fat chance. The Bush administration is about to get it in the shorts again.

Let's see: Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese slaughtered in Darfur because they weren't Muslims. A fence across the Mexican border. We all know which will be held up as the most inhumane act ever perpetrated by humankind.

The U.N. is a joke.

The Ways Of The World

If only our rising political leaders (Obama!) understood them.

Mark Steyn on "appeasement":
Increasingly, the Western world has attitudes rather than policies. It's one thing to talk as a means to an end. But these days, for most midlevel powers, talks arethe end, talks without end. Because that's what civilized nations like doing – chit-chatting, shooting the breeze, having tea and crumpets, talking talking talking. Uncivilized nations like torturing dissidents, killing civilians, bombing villages, doing doing doing. It's easier to get the doers to pass themselves off as talkers then to get the talkers to rouse themselves to do anything.

And, as the Iranians understand, talks provide a splendid cover for getting on with anything you want to do. If, say, you want to get on with your nuclear program relatively undisturbed, the easiest way to do it is to enter years of endless talks with the Europeans over said nuclear program. That's why that Hamas honcho endorsed Obama: They know he's their best shot at getting a European foreign minister installed as president of the United States.
"Obama an appeaser? How dare you," The Orange County Register, May 17, 2008

We Wish Him a Speedy Recovery

Kennedy recovering in hospital after seizure

Who Would Have Thought?

California Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Fuels a Battle, Rather Than Ending It

Wait. What Happened To Global Warming?

I'm getting really confused. Now we are all going to die from deforestation? Again?

This according to an expert on the subject - an English prince:
Prince Charles: Eighteen months to stop climate change disaster
By Andrew Pierce, London Telegraph


In one of his most out-spoken interventions in the climate change debate, he said a £15 billion annual programme was required to halt deforestation or the world would have to live with the dire consequences.

"We will end up seeing more drought and starvation on a grand scale. Weather patterns will become even more terrifying and there will be less and less rainfall," he said.

"We are asking for something pretty dreadful unless we really understand the issues now and [the] urgency of them." The Prince said the rainforests, which provide the "air conditioning system for the entire planet", releasing water vapour and absorbing carbon, were being lost to poor farmers desperate to make a living. (link)
Prince Charles said he and his mother will do their part by giving up a few of their palatial esta ... Uh, no, never mind. Wrong fantasy. Both will live in luxury and make the occasional statement about such matters that please them.