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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It Takes a Zealot To Know a Zealot

This is funny:
The jokes on ... New Yorker?
By Shanna Flowers, The Roanoke Times

Give it to New Yorker magazine. It pulled out every rumor and stereotype the far right has dredged up about Barack and Michelle Obama for its current magazine
cover. They're standing in the Oval Office, and he's dressed as a Muslim. She's a terrorist.

It's supposed to be satire, a comical way of shooting down all of that nonsense circulating on the Internet about the presidential candidate. Problem is, not everybody is as intellectual as those New Yorker readers. Some anti-Obama zealots will take the satire as gospel truth---and run with it! (
Yeah. Those less intellectual extreme right-wingers will believe that Obama is a Muslim and his wife is a terrorist because of a cartoon depiction on the cover of a magazine that they will never read nobody reads.

Shanna, a definition, if I may be allowed:

Noun: zealot zelut

a. One who is zealous, especially excessively so.
b. A fanatically committed person.

You might want to take a good, long look in the mirror ...

Your Tax Dollars At Work

You hear a lot these days about the commonwealth of Virginia being starved for money. No funds for education. None for bridges and roadways. Mental health is unhealthy. Kids running wild in the streets. Cats and dogs ...

Tell me this: If our state government is hurting for revenue, why is it shelling out our precious tax dollars to build a "trail" through an industrial park in Blacksburg? This is almost laughable:
First Look: Blacksburg to start work on new trail
By Tonia MoxleyThe Roanoke Times

Blacksburg — It won’t be a long walk, but it’s a start.

Blacksburg Town Council recently accepted a $100,000 Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation grant to begin construction of the long-discussed Ellett Valley Nature Trail.

The grant, along with $12,500 each from the town and Montgomery County, will fund construction of a 2,260-foot section of the trail through the Blacksburg Industrial Park from Commerce Street to Jennelle Road.

At just under a half-mile, this part of the trail — referred to on town maps as “section four” — is a small start on a proposed six-mile greenway that would loop around from the Blacksburg Industrial Park through the Ellett Valley Park and back.

“It’s great,” Andrew Schenker said Monday about the grant. (link)
Yeah. Great. A state-funded trail through an industrial park. I'll certainly run over there to catch the scenic splendor.

Meanwhile, bridges are collapsing in Giles County ...

Double Talk

Double Talk: Two words synonymous with a Democrat trying to make an argument against doing anything about the energy crisis that worsens by the day. *

Try to make sense of this op/ed column written by Colorado Democratic Senator Ken Salazar in today's Washington Post. In it he tells us that the companies that have attempted to extract oil from western shale beds have failed miserably, but are on the verge of succeeding. So we shouldn't go down that road.


Heedless Rush to Oil Shale

Every couple of decades over the past century, the immense reserves of the oily rock under Colorado and Utah reemerge as the great hope for our energy future.

If only.

Since the 19th century, we in the West have been trying to extract oil from the vast oil shale riches that lie under our feet. It is no easy task, and past efforts have failed miserably.

Sometimes it seems that we are getting close to overcoming these barriers. But each time we near a boom, we bust.

This time, though, the technologies that companies such as Shell Oil are developing are far more promising. Thanks in part to a research and development program that Congress created in 2005, energy companies are starting to devise a way to heat the rock that holds the oil and force the oil up and out of the ground. Still ... (link)
It hasn't worked. It won't work. It will soon work. Therefore we should be against it.

Only a Democrat ...

* Also defined as being deliberately unintelligible gibberish.

Quote of the Day

From Steve Chapman:
Americans often buy guns for self-defense, a purpose that now has Supreme Court validation. But according to advocates of gun control, those purchasers overlook the people who pose the greatest threat: themselves. Anyone who acquires a firearm, we are told, is inviting a bloody death by suicide.

So says Matthew Miller, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. "If you bought a gun today, I could tell you the risk of suicide to you and your family members is going to be two- to tenfold higher over the next 20 years," he told The Washington Post. Since the chance of a gun being used for suicide is so much higher than the chance of it being used to prevent a murder, we would all be better off with fewer firearms

It's a rich irony—as though smoke alarms were increasing fire fatalities.

Presumptuous paternalists argue that Americans should be deprived of guns because gun owners are their own worst enemies. A lot of Americans would reply: We can't trust ourselves, but we can trust you?
"Armed and Dangerous?," Reason Magazine, July 14, 2008

Quote of the Day II

From a Democratic Party shining light, on the recent Heller 2nd Amendment case:
“The bad news is no handgun in your home is going to remain in your home. These handguns—first of all, handguns in the home, according to the data, are used primarily for suicides and for friend to friend domestic violence. In many ways, the decision was a huge stretch, a stretch around the Second Amendment itself because the Second Amendment starts saying exactly what it is about.

“It was about a country that was very afraid that creating a central government which would have an army, would leave the states disempowered to, in fact, handle themselves. The states were sure that these militias could always be armed.

“This court, which calls itself a conservative, strict constructionist court, simply reached around that, called it a preamble and said the use of the words ‘militia’ and ‘people’ was about individual rights. When you look at all of the amendments, six other amendments, the word ‘people’ is used, it is referring collectively, usually to the states.” *
You don't have a right to free speech. The state does.

You don't have a right to peaceably assemble. The state does.

You don't have a right to be secure in your home. The state does.

God have mercy.

* my emphasis.

Quote of the Day III

From Andrew Breitbart:
[I]n this land of superficiality and augmented assets, the inconvenient truth is that, in Hollywood, absolute conformity to the Democratic Party is a well-constructed facade.

Convicted murderer? Has anyone optioned the rights to your story?

Avowed Marxist? Viva la revolucion!

Scientologist? Do you take Visa or Mastercard?

Syphilitic drug abuser? Let's talk!

Conservative? You should go.

Only proclaiming one's self a practicing Christian is met with greater disdain ...
"Spielberg, Tear Down This Wall," The Washington Times, July 14, 2008

Quote of the Day IV

Ed Morrissey on Barack Obama's attitude toward the ongoing efforts to control illegal immigration:
"When communities are terrorized by ICE immigration raids, when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when children come home from school to find their parents missing, when people are detained without access to legal counsel, when all that is happening, the system just isn’t working, and we need to change it."

So now the US government is a terrorist organization? *
"Obama: Immigration enforcement = terror," Hot Air, July 14, 2008

* Emphasis in the original.

When You Believe In Miracles ...

... you quickly become a dejected and demoralized Obamaniac:
Obama backers on the left are doing the wincing now
John Kass, Chicago Tribune

[C]ries of pain came ... from the American political left, from scribes and liberal editorial writers and broadcast analysts and eager bloggers. The true believers who evangelized that Obama would transcend politics as we knew it are suffering a Barackian hangover.

Obama used them to crush the Clintons, but now the left is finally realizing it's been betrayed, on issue after issue, with Obama changing his positions in order to defeat a tired and disillusioned Republican Party in November.

He has flip-flopped again and again, on campaign finance, on government eavesdropping of overseas phone calls, on gun control and even Iraq. Future President Obama now says he'll listen to his generals about when to withdraw. He didn't say he'd listen to the commissars of the blogosphere.

And his cheerleaders are beginning to realize that Obama may not be the Arthurian knight in shining armor, that he may not be Mr. Tumnus, the gentle forest faun of our presidential politics. (link)
I don't know about the Mr. Tumnus analogy but I can say this: I feel their pain.

The only difference is, I knew who John McCain was - and is. Obama? With the halo and wings having disappeared, he's now what he always really was all along - just another (skinny) (half-black) political hack with no ideas and fewer plans of action.

The heart bleeds.

Finally, Action

It's about time:
Bush Lifts Ban on U.S. Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling
By Daniel Whitten and Catherine Dodge, Bloomberg.com

July 14 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush said today he's lifting a presidential ban on drilling for oil and natural gas on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, setting up a showdown with Congress over a separate ban it put in place in the 1980s.

"Today I've taken every step within my power to allow offshore exploration of the OCS,'' Bush said in a statement at the White House. ``This means the only thing standing between the American people and these vast oil resources is action by the U.S. Congress.'' (link)
Hell will freeze over before this Congress does anything about the crisis.

But here's to George W. Bush. This is one small step in the right direction.

Check Their Green Cards

Immigration rally planned in Iowa meatpacking town

These People Have Lost Their Minds

Are you beginning to see the madness that surrounds global warming theory?
Global warming may increase kidney stones: researchers

More Americans are likely to suffer from kidney stones in the coming years as a result of global warming, according to researchers at the University of Texas.

Kidney stones, which are formed from dissolved minerals in the urine and can be extremely painful, are often caused by caused by dehydration, either by not drinking enough liquid or losing too much due to high heat conditions.

If global warming trends continue as projected by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007, the United States can expect as much as a 30 percent growth in kidney stone disease in some of its driest areas, said the findings published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (link)
Global warming is going to make us stupid and we won't know to drink water when we get thirsty, thus bringing about a serious dehydration problem.

For the love of God.