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Thursday, July 10, 2008

They're Not Serious

Everyone agrees that a great deal of cash is needed to repair and improve the roads, bridges, and highways in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Few agree as to where that cash should come from.

Interestingly, those who feel it should come out of the life savings of the citizenry are oddly particular about the sourcing. They don't just want those who will be most affected by the improvements to pay for them (which also happens to include those most able to pay), they want everyone to pay through the nose. Everyone or no one:
Committee spikes regional plan
By Jim Nolan, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Early Thursday morning the Senate Finance Committee voted to table further consideration of a bill to fund transportation needs in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads by dedicating a portion of anticipated future revenue growth from the ports of Virginia and Washington-area airports.

The 10-3 defeat of the measure effectively ended any chance the special session could produce a roads fix. The plan, sponsored by Del. Phillip A. Hamilton, R-Newport News, was roundly criticized by Democrats, who said it lacked a component to address the mounting deficit in the state's highway maintenance budget.

"All this does is leave the rest of Virginia behind," said Sen. R. Edward Houck, D-Spotsylvania. "We need a statewide plan -- a statewide plan first," Houck said. (link)
So the impoverished people of Appalachia must pay too for that highway expansion up in wildly affluent Fairfax or there'll be no plan.

Is this his idea of a plan, or of some kind of punitive measure?

Want To Try It a Third Time?

Governor Kaine and the Democrats in Richmond tried once again to increase taxes to pay for their road projects. The House Republicans once again crushed their feeble efforts:
Roads funding bill defeated in House
By Bob Lewis, The Washington Times

Richmond - The Republican-dominated House of Delegates defeated one major transportation funding measure Wednesday, and at least two others likely await a similar fate.

On a 39-59 vote, the House rejected a bill that would have marginally increased taxes and fees statewide - more so in the two most-populous regions. It also would have slightly cut the grocery tax.

Originally, the Senate-passed bill would have increased the gasoline tax by 6 cents per gallon over six years. But House Democrats stripped that proposal. (link)
Say what you will about the Republicans' obstinacy, and about their having no viable alternative plan. I want to know what kind of idiot (fill in the blank: Governor ________ ) thought that he could approach the issue in 2008 using the same tactics and recommendations as he did in 2006 and obtain a different result?

So now we're back to square one. For this we need a government?

Pravda Wasn't This Depraved

Joseph Stalin would probably have wanted these guys writing his press accounts for him. They're that over-the-top fawning.

Can the editorialists at the Charleston Gazette bury their heads any further up Robert Byrd's ass?

First, take a look at this video of West Virginia's senior senator recently struggling mightily - and failing - to put a coherent sentence together during a senate session:


Now get a load of this:
Wisdom: Byrd's latest book
editorial

Despite advancing age and infirmity, West Virginia's senior U.S. senator - the longest-serving senator in America's history - continues to display remarkable determination and keen intelligence.

Robert C. Byrd's floor speeches remain as forceful and incisive as ever, constantly raising alarms about White House warmongering and abuses of power.

And now Byrd has summed up much of his longstanding wisdom in another book: Letter to a New President: Essential Lessons for Our Next Leader. It continues his brave pattern of protest by urging the next commander-in-chief to avoid the arrogance and irresponsibility of the current one.

The book's publisher, St. Martin's Press, says ... [blah blah blah] (link)
Look, I know I should be more deferential toward the aged and the infirm, but this goes beyond ridiculous. Someone wrote a book and had Robert Byrd sign it. And these twits at the Gazette fall all over themselves praising him for the effort.

But beyond that, the words, "West Virginia's senior U.S. senator ... continues to display remarkable determination and keen intelligence" is laughable on its face. We have evidence to the contrary (see above). Do they have evidence we don't? Other than a ghost-written book?

For the love of God.

When To Stop Reading

I burst out laughing when I read the first paragraph of an op/ed piece appearing this morning in the Richmond Times-Dispatch written by a guest columnist, one Alan Pell Crawford (see "Conservatives Framed Original Anti-War Philosophy"). It begins with this:
The collapse of the rationale for the Iraq war, acknowledged by former presidential press secretary Scott McClellan, has been an unsettling experience for all Americans. It has been especially so for those who consider themselves conservatives. [my emphasis]
Yeah, we conservatives were shaken to our thong underwear by the recent revelations of a former P.R. guy who was trying to sell a book.

Any bets on whether this A.P. Crawford is himself a conservative? Does anyone care?

You lose, pal. I turn the page ...

Eventually, They Always Come Around

Democrats, that is.

Expect them to soon be taking credit for the successful operation ongoing in Iraq. Before that, though, these champions of the environment are fast becoming "DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW" proponents:

Top Democrat may back new offshore drilling: report
Reuters

New York (Reuters) - A top U.S. Democratic senator said in a newspaper interview published Wednesday that he would consider supporting opening up new areas for offshore oil and gas drilling.

"I'm open to drilling and responsible production," Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin told The Wall Street Journal, adding that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could also support the move.

However, Durbin said his support for opening new areas to drilling was contingent on ... [blah blah blah] (link)


Suppose he'll apologize for holding up the ANWR drilling for a decade? Right.

Meanwhile, has Mark Warner awakened to the crisis at hand yet? Nope. Still stuck on stupid.

A Forlorn Quest

Alas, they went into this with such high hopes:

Obama's Ideology Proving Difficult to Pinpoint

I feel sorry for them.

He Was For It Before He Was Against It

Why do Democratic candidates for president feel the need to embarrass themselves like this?

Senate Approves Bill to Broaden Wiretap Powers
By Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times

Washington — The Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to a major expansion of the government’s surveillance powers, handing President Bush one more victory in a series of hard-fought clashes with Democrats over national security issues.

The issue put Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in a particularly precarious spot. He had long opposed giving legal immunity to the phone companies that took part in the N.S.A.’s wiretapping program, even threatening a filibuster during his run for the nomination. But on Wednesday, he ended up voting for what he called “an improved but imperfect bill” ... (link)

And how did McCain handle this dilemma? Was he concerned too about how this would affect his image? In fact, he didn't even show up to vote.

As for Obama, his next scheduled embarrassment? IRAQ.

'Global Warming' Explained

It's a psychosis.

Well, actually those who get consumed by the theory that humans are destroying the planet are suffering from a particularly acute kind pf psychopathy. That's not my diagnosis; that comes directly from the experts:
Doomed to a fatal delusion over climate change
By Andrew Bolt, Herald Tribune

Psychiatrists have detected the first case of "climate change delusion" - and they haven't even yet got to Kevin Rudd and his global warming guru.

Writing in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Joshua Wolf and Robert Salo of our Royal Children's Hospital say this delusion was a "previously unreported phenomenon".

"A 17-year-old man was referred to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne with an eight-month history of depressed mood . . . He also . . . had visions of apocalyptic events."

"The patient had also developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of millions of people through exhaustion of water supplies."

But never mind the poor boy, who became too terrified even to drink. What's scarier is that people in charge of our Government seem to suffer from this "climate change delusion", too.

Here is [ Australia's] Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday, with his own apocalyptic vision:

"If we do not begin reducing the nation's levels of carbon pollution, Australia's economy will face more frequent and severe droughts, less water, reduced food production and devastation of areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu wetlands." (link)
So Australia's prime minister is suffering from a mental illness as well? Appears so.

This explains a lot, if you think about it.

Obama: If Only We Were Like The French

Christ, this has shades of John Kerry.

In an exchange with an audience member, Barack Obama comes across as being so small-minded as to be frightening. Andrew Leonard in Salon.com brings us a response that the Democrats' best hope for the future gave to a young Georgia woman who had made the comment that the USA should have an English - only requirement for our public discourse:

You know, I don't understand when people are going around worrying about, "We need to have English- only." They want to pass a law, "We want English-only." *

Now, I agree that immigrants should learn English. I agree with that. But understand this. Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English -- they'll learn English -- you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about, how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language.

You know, it's embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe, and all we can say [is], "Merci beaucoup." Right?

So Obama thinks we are somehow less cultured than are the Europeans (think French) because most of us can only speak the one universal language that is being spoken - and written - by internet enthusiasts across the globe. The one language that is used universally in business communications and interactions. The one universal language (nearly) in all inter-governmental activities.

We should learn French why, Barry? Because your lefty Hyde Park friends can babble it? Grow up, man.

* And they criticized George W. Bush for butchering the English language. That sentence is brutal. Ah, the irony.