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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Where's Phil Puckett?

Is our state senator going to allow his party leadership to push through a crushing increase in the gasoline tax at a time when gas prices at the pump are already going through the roof? Does he realize who will be hurt most by their actions? (Hint: it won't be the upper-middle class government employees up in northern Virginia who bicycle to work). Whose side is he on?

This actually gives us a preliminary indication. He's siding with the northerners.

But crunch time approaches:
Virginia lawmakers tiptoe around tax bills
By Gary Emerling, the Washington Times

Lawmakers trying to solve Virginia's transportation crisis during a special session that resumes this week are weighing tax proposals that members of both parties say could impact future elections.

After a two-week recess, the General Assembly will reconvene in Richmond on Wednesday for a special session called by Gov. Tim Kaine to fund transportation projects.

The House is expected to kill a funding proposal by Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, that calls for a gradual 6-cent increase in the state's gasoline tax - but only after forcing Democrats in the chamber to consider the bill.

A vote in favor of the measure, which passed the Senate 21-16, could prove risky at a time of record gas prices and as lawmakers seek re-election next year. (link)
A gas tax increase. The most regressive tax on earth. And ol' Phil is likely to vote for it again.

I have a better idea - one actually proposed by our governor. The people in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads are clamoring for road improvements, and for a tax increase to pay for them. I say, let them have their wish(es). Increase their sales taxes.

And leave the poor people of Appalachia alone, ... Mr. Puckett.

This Guy Should Be On The Times's Editorial Staff

A reader of the Roanoke Times wrote to Tom Angleberger, a young man who is, as best I can tell, the paper's "if I don't know it, I'll find out" person, asking why oil prices are so high. (Why he'd ask Tom, I don't know). And, unlike certain leftists who would reply with words that would include "Big Oil!" (exclamation point required) and "speculators!" (ditto), and Bush! (...), Tom actually goes to an expert on the subject who provides a dispassionate explanation that has to do with market forces relating to supply issues.

Meanwhile, over on the editorial page ...

Here's to you, Tom.

Endorsements. Enshmorshements.

Expect this to be completely ignored by those who have - with great fanfare - endorsed it:
Industrial Nations Endorse Halving Emissions by 2050
By the Associated Press

Rusutsu, Japan (AP) -- The Group of Eight leading industrial nations on Tuesday endorsed halving world emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, edging forward in the battle against global warming but stopping short of tough, nearer-term targets.

The G-8 countries -- the United States, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Britain, Canada and Italy -- also called on all major economies to join in the effort to stem the potentially dangerous rise in world temperatures.

''The G-8 nations came to a mutual recognition that ... [blah blah blah] (link)
Didn't this same bunch endorse the Kyoto Protocols? And didn't they all fail to achieve any of the goals they set forth for themselves in it? So now they have another set of goals to be ignored.

These guys crack me up.

It Means More Than That

As one might predict, the mainstream media are already letting Barack Obama off the hook for being so wrong on Iraq. Even before the man admits that he was wrong.

This is both shameful and pathetic:

Mr. Obama on Iraq
Washington Post editorial

Barack Obama has taken a small but important step toward adjusting his outdated position on Iraq to the military and strategic realities of the war he may inherit. Sadly, he seems to be finding that the strident and rigid posture he struck during the primary campaign -- during which he promised to withdraw all combat forces in 16 months -- is inhibiting what looks like a worthy, necessary attempt to create the room for maneuver he will need to capably manage the war if he becomes president.

The Democratic candidate is reportedly planning a visit to Iraq in the coming weeks. That will offer an opportunity for him to lay out a new position on the war that both distinguishes him from Mr. McCain and gives him the freedom to be an effective commander in chief. (link)

"Adjusting his outdated position." He was flat-out wrong, you worms! He couldn't have been more wrong. He's not "adjusting." He's caving. He's retreating. He's running with his tail between his legs.

In any other circumstance, with any other candidate, these people would be screaming at the top of their lungs about a politician's failure to grasp the realities surrounding him, and about the implications to be derived from that failure.

But not here. Not with Obama. He's "adjusting" his policy position. The most important position - one that leads men and women into harm's way - he'll ever make.

The man got it wrong. Say it. For he's about to.

Dragging, Kicking & Screaming

One could have predicted this:
D.C. Officials Weigh Keeping Semiautomatic Pistols Illegal After Blanket Handgun Ban is Struck Down
By Greg Simmons, Fox News

Washington — The Supreme Court's repeal of the ban on handguns in Washington, D.C., may be a boon for a segment of the firearms industry whose last major windfall might have been in the heyday of the Dirty Harry movies: those who make and sell revolvers.

The court ruled that a blanket ban on handguns is unconstitutional, but D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and other Washington officials want to keep in place a prohibition on semiautomatic handguns — those in which a bullet clip is inserted into the gun's grip.

Such a ban would continue to outlaw 9-mm and other popular pistols that are legal in most other places around the United States. And it would make the classic six-shooter the only legal handgun in the District. (link)
Now this, if it becomes the law in D.C., will find its way into the courts. And the Supreme Court may ultimately have to decide - perhaps - whether the one use of a handgun that was specifically mentioned in the groundbreaking Heller ruling - self-defense - is being denied the residents of the capital by their not being allowed to own or use the most effective firearm for that purpose devised to date - the semi-auto.

Why can't these people just get off our backs and let us defend our homes and families?

Where's The Media?

Well, they're probably distracted by the fact that so many of them are each day getting canned, but John Hinderaker would love to know where they are on the story that surfaced recently relating to communication having taken place between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the FARC terrorist guerilla gang in Columbia, in which an attempt at coordination seems to have taken place:
Was "Jim" Jim McGovern? And, if so, was he really the emissary of Nancy Pelosi to a gang of South American terrorists, urging them to hold on until Barack Obama can sell out America's ally and the terrorists' nemesis, Uribe, by withdrawing from the Colombia free trade agreement and cutting off aid to Colombia's government?

I don't know the answers to these questions, but one would think that at least one reporter would be willing to ask Pelosi why her name pops up in the communications of South American terrorists. As their ally.
One would think. But I wouldn't count on it. All of America's reporters seem to be more interested in Barack Obama's next "water into wine" feat.

Still, questions - with potentially ugly answers - abound out there. Will we ever get those answers?

We've Been Trying To Tell You

When Fox News says it's fair and balanced, believe it:
A Clintonian at Fox
By Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times

Howard Wolfson, who was a top strategist for the presidential campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, is going where some Democrats were unwilling to go during the early days of the election season: the Fox News Channel.

The network is expected to announce as early as Tuesday that it has signed Mr. Wolfson as a contributor who will appear regularly on its programs.

Mr. Wolfson is joining a network that Democrats shunned for a time, complaining that its coverage was unfair. But aides to Mrs. Clinton came to view Fox News as distinctly fair to her in a news media climate that they believed favored Senator Barack Obama. (link)
This comes just a day after the same New York Times printed a rather high-handed article about the same Fox News being duplicitous - and less than fair with its competitors - in its everyday routine.

And now Hillary's top advisor shows up there.

Fascinating how the the left still doesn't know how to deal with this upstart of a cable news network.

For Love Of Country

To those of you who have an abiding love of this great land of ours, you're going to enjoy this. It was recorded at a White House ceremony honoring Pope Benedict's recent visit to the USA. It doesn't get any better than The Battle Hymn Of The Republic sung by a high school choir.