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Sunday, June 22, 2008

History Worth Remembering

This from the Roanoke Times this morning:

"Just six days after his inauguration, [Tim] Kaine rolled out a plan to increase taxes and fees for transportation programs. It died in the General Assembly, and lawmakers failed to produce a solution of their own."

This from the history books:

Just one day before he was elected, Tim Kaine promised not to raise taxes, a pledge he subsequently attempted to break just six days after his inauguration. His cynical ploy died in the General Assembly when lawmakers refused to be a part of his dastardly effort.

Bush-Haters Won't Give Up

Someone should tell the clueless leadership in the Democratic Party - and its front group, Americans United for Change - that G.W. Bush isn't running for anything in November.

Little do they know ...

Drill Here. Drill Now.

And to hell with Mark Warner and his "speculator loophole closing" approach to our energy crisis.

From a June 21 Fox News "
Opinion Dynamics" poll:

• 62% of Americans believe that it is likely that, in the next six months, they'll be waiting in long lines at the gas pumps.

That number goes up, when focusing on Democrats, to 65%.

• When asked if we should increase drilling for oil in this country immediately, 76% of all respondents said yes (including 80% of Republicans).

• Drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico? 77%.

The American people are telling Congress, the president, candidates for high office, and newspaper publishers - resoundingly: It's time we quit fiddlefarting around with talk about windmills, solar panels, paper v. plastic, and curlicue lightbulbs. We are a nation planet in crisis.

Drill here. Drill now. And be victorious in November.

Or continue to blather on about "diversifying the nation's energy portfolio" - Mr. Warner - and ignore the looming catastrophe.

Coming To MoDo's Defense

I'm having some difficulty understanding what it is that prompted the New York Times's public editor, Clark Hoyt, to reprimand the newspaper's most well-known, if not particularly talented, columnist for having gone, in his words, "over the top." But upbraid her he has:
Pantsuits and the Presidency
By Clark Hoyt

Over the course of the campaign, I received complaints that Times coverage of Clinton included too much emphasis on her appearance, too many stereotypical words that appeared to put her down and dismiss a woman’s potential for leadership and too many snide references to her as cold or unlikable. When I pressed for details, the subject often boiled down to [Maureen] Dowd.

Politically correct is never a term one would apply to Dowd’s commentary. Her columns this year said Clinton’s “message is unapologetically emasculating,” and that she “needed to prove her masculinity” but in the end “had to fend off calamity by playing the female victim.” In one column Dowd wrote, “She may want to take a cue from the Miss America contest: make a graceful, magnanimous exit and wait in the wings.”

[Peggy] Aulisio, the reader who wanted a review of Times coverage, asked if a man could have gotten away with writing what Dowd wrote. [editorial page editor Andrew] Rosenthal said that if the man had written everything Dowd had written over the years and established himself as a sardonic commentator on the sexes, “I’d say the answer is yes.”

Of course, there is no such man, and I do not think another one could have used Dowd’s language. Even she, I think, by assailing Clinton in gender-heavy terms in column after column, went over the top this election season. (link)
I think we have here a Clinton supporter who feels like Maureen Dowd has been pissing in his Wheaties.

She went over the top? So what? She's now playing the role of columnist, not journalist (as she once did). Columnists - like bloggers - aren't required to present both sides. Nor are they to be balanced and impartial. They are partisan (or they lose their jobs). They - if they're worth their weight in ink - make their attitudes known in clear and unequivocal terms. And sometimes they find themselves going over the top.

That's probably why she's widely read.

You want even keel, Clark? Hire David Broder away from the Washington Post. And put everyone who doesn't live inside the Beltway to sleep.

Here's to Maureen Dowd. I rarely agree with her. And I find her writing style to be on par with her fifth grade education. But by God, I respect her for the way she goes for the throat when she writes her columns.

More On That 12% Congressional Approval Rating

Check out the chart that accompanied the Gallup report that Congress's approval has hit an all-time low:

You'll notice that while the "efforts" of our Congressional representatives are appreciated by just 12% of America, fully 71% approve of the job the military is doing.

Translation: There are those who sacrifice to make our lives better. There are those who are in it only for themselves. And we have a clear understanding of who's who.

Chart courtesy of Gallup.

On Manly Men

There are those who have it ...

George W. Bush

And there are those who don't ...

Barack Obama

Would one of his handlers get with this guy and tell him to never do this again? Ever?

Bloggers are having a field day with Barack Obama's new pre-presidential seal. This from Andrew Malcolm, writing on the LA Times blog:
"Wasn't it Hillary Clinton who was so sidely (sic) accused of thinking her nomination was inevitable?

Obama now has his own Great Seal already.
Some people might be inclined to make fun of a grown candidate who's against an imperial presidency but needs a really Great Seal before he even gets the official nomination. Maybe they'd suggest that as good as things look now from the city of big winds, maybe he's counting his eagles before they hatch."
What intrigues me about this is the Latin motto on the Great Seal of Obama. "Vero Possumus."
Vero possumus.
Now it's been years since I took a Latin class but if I'm not mistaken, that translates into:
"Roll over and pretend to be dead."
A portent of Obama's foreign policy agenda.
Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.

This Should Make Them Mad

It seems the people of Britain are smarter than the average scientist there:

Poll: most Britons doubt cause of climate change
Juliette Jowit, environment editor, The Observer

The majority of the British public is still not convinced that climate change is caused by humans - and many others believe scientists are exaggerating the problem, according to an exclusive poll for The Observer.

The results have shocked campaigners who hoped that doubts would have been silenced by a report last year by more than 2,500 scientists for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which found a 90 per cent chance that humans were the main cause of climate change and warned that drastic action was needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The findings come just before the release of the government's long-awaited renewable energy strategy, which aims to cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent over the next 12 years. (link)

Unlike Washington, the people in Britain haven't bought into all the hysterics and foolishness. Bummer.

For Your Sunday Amusement

This is laugh-out-loud funny:

Click on the triangle to activate.

Bringin' In The Big Boys

We read a lot these days about how NATO is beset by problems in Afghanistan. While that may be true to an extent, there's no mistaking - now - the presence of a sizeable contingent of United States Marines, brought in to make things right. And the news is what we've come to expect from the finest fighting force in the history of mankind:
Marines in Afghanistan Chase Taliban From World's Largest Poppy-Growing Region
Associated Press

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit moved into the town of Garmser in late April. It's the farthest south U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan in years.

Marine commanders say the Taliban brought in arms and fighters in response, to protect the lucrative poppy fields that cover Garmser. The Taliban derives tens of millions of dollars from the poppy trade each year by taxing farmers and charging safe passage fees.

The Marines originally planned to be in Garmser for only a couple of days, to open a road that leads to southern Helmand, near the border with Pakistan. But the 24th MEU decided to extend its stay to root out the fighters.

After weeks of skirmishes with insurgents — who fired rockets and mortars at U.S. positions several times daily — NATO officials say the militants fled the region late last month. A shura — a council of village elders — was held in Garmser for the first time in years. (link)
Give 'em hell, Marines.