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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It Still Won't ... Fly

I remember being in San Diego a year or two ago and watched as a passenger train pulled out of the downtown station with virtually no one on board. San Diego. Population 1,256,951. In traffic-congested Southern California.

Roanoke?

Can passenger rail return to Roanoke?
By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times

State transportation officials are drafting the latest proposal to restart passenger rail service in and out of Roanoke, which ended almost 30 years ago.

Although it looks to one lawmaker as cost prohibitive just now, restarting is likely to get strong public backing at an open meeting Thursday called by the state Department of Rail and Public Transportation to discuss a wish list of improvements in statewide rail transit.

To get it going once again, $206 million for trains, track work and related capital costs must be found. (link)


$206 million. Money that we're told we don't have.

Now we have a transportation crisis.

And don't give me that $4 gas argument. Until it reaches $20 a gallon, a train from Roanoke to Richmond will never support itself in ticket sales. Never. Subsidies to keep the train running will have to come out of the same budget that lawmakers are battling over today, trying to find common ground on solving our current real and perceived transportation woes. Until, that is, the train route is shut down again.

What are these people thinking? Sometimes they frighten me.

Quote of the Day

On the very real public perception that the news media have, without doubt, joined the Obama campaign, here's Robert A. Hahn:
A Tankful of Reporters
When Cheerleading Is News


Concerning whether people think reporters bend the truth in pursuit of their personal agendas:

• 45% say that most reporters would hide information if it hurt the candidate they wanted to win. Just 30% disagree and 25% are not sure


• A separate survey released this morning also found that 50% of voters believe most reporters want to make the economy seem worse than it is. A plurality believes that the media has also tried to make the war in Iraq appear worse that it really is.

The good news for reporters is that the proximate cause for this result could arguably be the decision by all three network news divisions to provide onsite cheerleading services during Senator Obama's "Ich bin ein Beginner" Congressional fact-finding mission and campaign extravaganza. The bad news for reporters is that the exciting and newsworthy dispatches from abroad hadn't even aired when this poll was taken, which means that most people interviewed probably didn't know that all three network news anchors have signed on as embeds in the Obama campaign. Just wait until that gets reflected in these numbers.

Three-quarters of Republicans, half of Independents, and even a quarter of Democrats believe that "reporters" who tell us "news" are promoting Obama and would lie on his behalf. Yet people in the news media insist that this is not so; they really believe that fawning over their favorite candidate constitutes a responsible job of covering the news. These are the same people who will later profess puzzlement when they learn that The Press ranks right down there with Congress and the Pre-Owned Automobile Industry on the public's list of most untrustworthy institutions.
The "Ich Bin Ein Beginner Tour." I like that.

Meanwhile, the mainstream press can, this morning, happily report that Obama hasn't screwed up yet on his world tour. And thankful they are for that.

A Gift From McCain To Obama

I wonder if Barack Obama gave thought, as he strolled through Baghdad Airport with General David Petraeus yesterday without a helmet or flack jacket on, that he was able to do so only because of the efforts of John McCain?

In todays' news:

U.S. Military Says Iraq Troop "Surge" Has Ended
Reuters

Baghdad (Reuters) - The U.S. troop "surge" in Iraq that President George W. Bush ordered last year has ended after the last of five additional combat brigades left the country, a U.S. military spokesman said on Tuesday.

The remaining troops from that brigade departed over the weekend, leaving just under 147,000 American soldiers in Iraq, the spokesman said.

"The final elements of the surge brigade have now left, getting out a few days ahead of schedule," he said.

U.S. officials say the buildup helped cut violence in Iraq to four-year lows. (link)

There is only one person in this entire country who can be thanked for this great news. And it ain't Captain Sunshine. If Obama had had his way - if the U.S. had followed his advice - we'd be mired in Islamist conflict and sectarian violence in all kinds of places across the globe.

A stroll through Baghdad on a warm, sunny day. And he doesn't even understand how it came about. He should get down on his hands and knees and thank McCain for not heeding his call for surrender.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Ah, Mellow

Want to alleviate the stress and aggravations of the day? (See below). Click here. Absorb the music. Take in the scenery. Slowly move the cursor left and right as you sail through the snow-capped mountains.

Way cool.

'There Is No Evidence ...'

Dr. Kelvin Kemm, writing in Engineering News:
There is no evidence man-made CO2 causes climate change

During 2006, the doomsters were predicting that 2007 would be the hottest year on record, so why have we seen no reports about this?

The answer is simple – 2007 turned out to be the coolest year for 30 years. It is also the case that there has been no global warming since 1998. In fact, since 1998, there has been steady cooling.

Even more dramatic is the fact that the most recent computer model predictions indicate that there will be no more global warming for the next ten years. But the doomsters say that, after this ten-year period, global warming will come back with a vengeance. Why?

I have repeatedly pointed out that there is little or no link between CO2 production by mankind and a rise in global temperature. In fact, indications are that it is the opposite – an increased temperature causes more CO2 to be ejected into the atmosphere. (link)
The words of this PHD in nuclear physics fall on deaf ears. Nearly every government on the planet, including our own (including both presidential candidates), are hell-bent on "solving" a problem that doesn't exist, mostly - as is their wont - through harsh new regimens of taxation and regulation.

It will take a hurculean effort on the part of those who see this scam for what it is to put a stop to it. But stop it we must.

Outrage!

This is beyond belief:

NYT Rejects McCain's Editorial; Should 'Mirror' Obama
The Drudge Report

An editorial written by Republican presidential hopeful McCain has been rejected by the New York Times -- less than a week after the paper published an essay written by Obama, the Drudge Report has learned.

The paper's decision to refuse McCain's direct rebuttal to Obama's 'My Plan for Iraq' has ignited explosive charges of media bias in top Republican circles.'It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece,' NYT Op-Ed editor David Shipley explained in an email late Friday to McCain's staff. 'I'm not going to be able to accept this piece as currently written.'

NYT's Shipley advised McCain to try again: 'I'd be pleased, though, to look at another draft.'[Shipley served in the Clinton Administration from 1995 until 1997 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speechwriter.]

A top McCain source claims the paper simply does not agree with the senator's Iraq policy, and wants him to change it, not "re-work the draft." (link)


Is it any wonder this rag is rapidly disintegrating. Unbelievable.

Another Reason To Oppose The U.N.

If they had their way, your 2nd Amendment right to own firearms would be banned.

Here's Kenneth Anderson:
The movement toward a small arms and light weapons treaty got going in the wake of the landmines ban treaty; it was a natural follow-on for the then-ascendent global civil society movement. But I recall sitting in meetings of landmines advocates talking about where things should go next; I was director of the Human Rights Watch Arms Division, with a mandate to address the transfer of weapons into conflicts where they would be used in the violation of the laws of war, and small arms were the main concern. I was astonished at how quickly the entire question morphed from concern about the flood of weapons into African civil wars into how to use international law to do an end run around supposedly permissive gun ownership regimes in the US.

I dropped any personal support for the movement when it became clear, a long time ago, that it is about controlling domestic weapons equally in the US (or, today, even more so) as in Somalia or Congo. Yes, I grant, there is a logic, a coherency, to the idea that one needs a set of universal rules that are more or less the same for every place. It is one of the rationales for world government. I think it is quite wrong, both as a general proposition and as applied to gun rights, but I understand the logic behind it. [my emphasis]
It reminds me of George H.W. Bush's oft-used reference to a "one-world order." I cringed then. I shudder now.

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* It's not a stretch to assume that our freedoms of speech and the press, along with the right to peaceably assemble, would be doomed as well. And who would we go to to have our grievances addressed? Some bureaucrat from Botswana? Over my dead body.