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Friday, July 11, 2008

I've Got Mad Cow Disease!

Or some similar degenerative brain disease. How else to explain the fact that I may be in support of legislation that Senator James Webb is putting together?

The details are sketchy, but the preliminaries look promising. This blurb comes from The Politico (see "Dems searching their souls on drilling"):
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), fresh from his GI Bill victory, said that he is now making energy a major priority. “We need to look at all our assets,” he said, suggesting a large package including expanded offshore drilling, alternative energy, nuclear power and technology to make coal cleaner.

Webb said that he and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) decided Wednesday to meet soon to plot a compromise way forward. “On the need for a comprehensive package, he and I are in agreement,” Webb said.
I'm not sure how it takes a Democrat to get together with another Democrat in order to hammer out a compromise, but then this is Jim Webb we're talking about.

Still, if the man says he favors off-shore drilling, expansion of coal energy, and nuclear power (along with the other minutia), I think I'll have to sing his praises.

Of course, I'll keep reminding myself - this is Jim Webb. He'll probably tie his legislation to a call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, or some such idiocy.

Let's just wait and see, shall we?

Ummm. I Don't Care.

The Roanoke Times makes a persuasive argument this morning against English-only legislation. See "¿No habla ingl├ęs? You're fired!" The editorialists there are wrong on the merits of course (employers should have wide latitude when it comes to who they employ), but there's a bigger point to be made. To me anyway.

They cite, to bolster their argument, a legal case involving the Salvation Army and the firing of two of its employees, because they couldn't speak English.


Here's what I want to know: What kind of idiot (those in Hialeah, Florida and San Antonio, Texas are exempt) hires a person who can't speak a lick of English in the first place? He (or she) needs to be canned just for being stupid!

I'm sure, though, the editorialists at the Times would then have come to this Salvation Army manager's defense. Stupidity, I'd bet, like not being able to communicate with huge chunks of the customer base without grunts and hand gestures, isn't a good enough reason for dismissal.

Beanbrains. We're surrounded by beanbrains.

He Only Has Himself To Blame

Governor Kaine called a special session of the legislature to order and shortly thereafter announced a plan to raise revenue for the state's transportation needs, a plan that looked identical to his failed plan from 2006.

He then demanded that the legislature pass his plan.

The one that had gone down in flames just months before.

By the same legislature.

Now he's pissing and moaning because the legislature rejected his proposal - again. Seems a bit childish, if you ask me. And not all that bright:
Kaine blasts fruitless special session
The session ended with no progress made on Virginia's transportation problems.
Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Gov. Tim Kaine compared the General Assembly's unproductive special session to a television sitcom Thursday, but he wasn't laughing about a debacle that left Virginia without a fix for its transportation funding woes.

The special session called June 23 by Kaine ended in the wee hours of Thursday morning as many had predicted it would, with a politically divided legislature deadlocked over whether to increase taxes to cover mounting highway maintenance funding shortfalls.

"I don't think I've ever seen a group of people work so hard to do nothing," Kaine said during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

"It was like ... [whatever] (
Virginia now waits to see if the governor wants to make it a trifecta by offering up the same proposal a third time Kaine retire and move on to other endeavors, now that he's proven himself to be incapable of showing any leadership on this crucial issue.

It can't come soon enough.

Another Downside ...

... to an ever-expanding federal government: The employees thereof, by the tens of thousands, move to northern Virginia to commute to the nation's capital, and, come election day, vote to have an ever-expanding federal government. Which means they vote Democrat.

Obama marshals forces in Virginia
Large-margin win in northern part of state seen as key to upset
Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times

Virginia has emerged as a battleground for the presidential race, prompting many to ask, "Can Barack Obama win the state?"

Democrats are excited about his chances because he could win Virginia - following the model set by the party's recent statewide victories - by capturing a big margin in Northern Virginia. Earning enough votes there can deliver the entire state. (link)
Obama has the (sizeable) black vote here in Virginia locked up. And the big-government/big-government paycheck vote. That could make for a tough slog for McCain.

Looks like it's going to be up to Southwest Virginians - again - to come through and make things right.

How Odd Is This?

There are stories floating around the internet, mostly among the kook fringe, and now at the Los Angeles Times and at the New York Times (extensions both of the kook fringe), that neither John McCain nor Barack Obama meet the citizenship requirement - as outlined by law - to be president.

You won't see that happen too often in your lifetime.

Missing Warriors Coming Home

Though not in the way that their loved-ones had hoped:
Bodies of 2 Missing U.S. Soldiers Are Found in Iraq
The Associated Press

Detroit (AP) -- The bodies of two U.S. soldiers missing in Iraq for more than a year have been found, their families said Thursday night. The military would not immediately confirm the report.

The father of Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez, of Lawrence, Mass., said the remains of his son and another soldier, Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, of Waterford, Mich., had been identified in Iraq.

Jimenez, 25, and Fouty, 19, were kidnapped along with a third member of the 2nd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division during an ambush in May 2007 in the volatile area south of Baghdad known as the ''triangle of death.'' The body of the third seized soldier, Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. of Torrance, Calif., was found in the Euphrates River a year later. (link)
The best line from the story comes in the telling of Fouty's father's reaction, after he learned of his son's fate:

''Byron went to Iraq to help people who couldn't help themselves,'' he said, adding that conditions there have since improved. ''I know their sacrifice was not for nothing. It was not in vain.''

The essence of what it means to be an American. Byron Fouty, Joseph Anzack, Alex Jimenez - true American heroes.

What Am I Missing Here?

President Bush got his FISA bill passed ...

... the Democrats are now moving to the Republican position on off-shore oil drilling,

... the war is proving to be a remarkable success of late,

... public opinion of Congress has hit an all-time low since control changed hands,

... and the Democrats control both the House and Senate.

There's something seriously wrong here.

Well, Scratch That Qualification

Remember Obama supporter General Wesley Clark, not long ago, attacking John McCain's war record, telling a reporter that the Republican presidential candidate had only commanded a Navy squadron in peacetime, and therefore didn't really have the necessary leadership experience to be president? When asked about Barack Obama's "command experience," Clark immediately switched gears and told us that Obama, as candidate, wasn't touting his experience; he was running on a more important qualification - Judgement.

Well, so much for that attribute. On Wednesday Clark's hero was apologizing for ... you guessed it ... his lack of judgement:

Obama regrets putting his kids on TV
By Alexander Mooney, CNN

(CNN) -- Days after Barack Obama granted the first television interview with his entire family, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said he regrets thrusting his two young daughters in the media spotlight.

"I think that we got carried away in the moment," Obama told NBC Wednesday morning. "We were having a birthday party and everybody was ... (link)
Today it's his daughters' birthday party, tomorrow the safety and well-being of the American people. This time around, unlike the last when we had a goofball in the White House, apologies won't get it. Lives are at stake.

American lives are at stake.

Quote of the Day

Roger Clegg on Obama's "You all are crude, uncouth, ill-bred, uncultured, ill-refined boors because you don't speak French" lecture to the American people the other day:
What’s disturbing about it is this: No, Obama does not deny that immigrants should learn English, but he’s clearly dismissive of those who think it’s a big deal or even merits any attention as a public policy matter, and suggests that the bigger deal is that more Americans don’t learn Spanish, and other foreign languages. Now, not only is his manner the predictably effete “Can-you-believe-these-yahoos who-can’t-speak-French-and-who-think-people-should-speak-English?,” but his point is ludicrous and dangerous. If a fat, rich American goes to Paris and can’t speak French, that’s too bad but it is no tragedy. When a child growing up in America, or anyone who wants to live here and get ahead, doesn’t learn English, that IS a tragedy. The two cannot be equated, and yet in this clip Obama dismisses the latter and spends all his time talking about the need for English-speaking Americans to learn foreign languages and suggesting that it is the more important challenge.
"More On Obama and English," The Corner, July 10, 2008