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Thursday, July 31, 2008

While We're On The Subject ...

This editorial in today's Roanoke Times prompts a question:
The U.S. House has apologized for the nation's "fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow." The apology is long overdue.
While the august members thereof are at it, why doesn't the House apologize for Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha?

I'll believe these jokers are sincere when they start apologizing for something that they've been involved in and not their great-great-great grandparents.

This Makes Me Want To Smoke

Using fantastically ridiculous "statistics" does nothing to bolster one's argument. Take, for example, this whopper in this morning's Washington Post:
Diseases caused by tobacco killed an estimated 100 million people during the 20th century and could kill 1 billion in the 21st if nothing is done to restrain tobacco companies from pushing their products in the developing world.

And totally unsupportable by (credible) scientific research.

They could just as legitimately have used the number 100 trillion.

Obama Supporters Are Such Nice People

Singing his praises. And being obnoxious.

The Washington Post has the latest news:
Ludacris Provides Obama With More Unwelcome Help
By Laura Yao, Washington Post Staff Writer

Once again, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is hurt by the ones who love him.

On YouTube yesterday, rapper Ludacris released a song called "Politics," in which he denigrates President Bush, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- all in the space of about two minutes.

"Well, give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer/Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president," he raps. In the next line, the three-time Grammy Award winner calls Clinton an "irrelevant [slur for female]." He goes on to suggest that 71-year-old McCain belongs in a wheelchair rather than the White House.

In his song, Ludacris calls himself Obama's favorite rapper, perhaps because the candidate said in a June interview with Rolling Stone that he listens to Ludacris on his iPod. (link)
Here are some of the lyrics to "Politics" by "Obama's favorite rapper":

Said I handle my biz and I'm one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer
Better yet put me in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant

You can't stop what's bout to happen, we bout to make history
The first black president is destined and it's meant to be
The threats ain't fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
So get off your ass, black people, it's time to get out and vote!

Paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified
McCain don't belong in any chair unless he's paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and just throw 'em like candy wrap

'cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
and you the worst of all 43 presidents

Get out and vote or the end'll be near
The world is ready for change because Obama is here
'cause Obama is here

The world is ready for change because Obama is here,
yeah cuz Obama is here

Yes, Obama is here. Now what are we going to do with him and the loons he brought along with him?

Tim Kaine As Vice President?

I think it's fair to say, upon careful review of his 2½ years in office, that he wasn't even ready to be governor when he was elected in November, 2005.

Dan Schnur, writing in the New York Times, is as underwhelmed by the man as Virginians now are:

The attraction of Tim Kaine as Mr. Obama’s running mate is demographic. Mr. Kaine is Catholic, speaks fluent Spanish and has successfully reached the working-class voters who eluded Mr. Obama in the primaries. But his resume is even thinner than Mr. Obama’s. Three years ago, he was the mayor of Richmond, which does nothing to bolster Mr. Obama’s credentials on national security or foreign policy. Mr. Obama may have helped himself in this area during his recent tour of the Middle East and Europe, but there are a number of Democratic Senators — most notably Joe Biden of Delaware and Jack Reed of Rhode Island — who can give him much more help in this area.
That's right. Obama's biggest weakness is in the fact that he has absolutely no foreign policy experience (his 20 minute speech in Berlin hardly counts) and he's going to choose as a running mate a man who couldn't find Iraq on a map if he was given three chances? I don't think so.

Besides, based upon the latest public opinion poll, with Tim Kaine's favorability numbers having plummeted to 46% here in the state, it's doubtful that he could actually deliver the state to the Democrats this November.

Look elsewhere, Barry. This dawg ain't gonna hunt.

We Need More Oil

And more and more Americans are coming around to that simple truth:
The Reality Revolt
Investor's Business Daily Editorial

When the Energy Department on Wednesday reported an unexpected drop in gasoline inventories of more than 3.5 million barrels, the first decline in five weeks, the global price of crude oil proceeded to shoot up more than $4 a barrel, the biggest increase since July 10.

That illustrates what the issue of high gas prices is all about — not fat-cat oil execs gouging at the pump (a smear that has been repeatedly disproved), and not the purported need for uncompetitive substitutes like ethanol that cause global food prices to skyrocket, but rather the simple fact of supply and demand.

The Democratic leadership in Congress has been trying to distract from that truth and use high gas prices to please the green special interests (and, of course, cripple the Bush presidency). When asked last week why she would not allow a House vote on drilling, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi answered: "What the president would like to do is to have validation for his failed policy."

But it's not "what the president would like to do" that's becoming a big problem for Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic leaders. It's what the American people are increasingly demanding be done. And rank-and-file Democratic senators and congressmen are beginning to feel the heat.

With Congress' Democratic leadership politically paralyzed, the people are having to look elsewhere for energy solutions. Pelosi and Reid should take note ... (link)
They should. But these fossils won't.

We'll need to save America without any help from either.

Politics In The Justice Dept.

I wonder if the Roanoke Times will write an editorial denouncing the curious timing of the indictment of Republican Senator Ted Stevens. After all, it sure seems to prove the point the paper made yesterday that politics taint the justice department.

Somehow I don't think so. There are, you see, good politics and there are bad politics ...

Twisted Values

This came to me in the form of an email:

Have you heard the story about the runner-up for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Irena Sendlerowa
Born 1910, Died 2008

May 12 marked the death of a 98-year-old lady named Irena.

During WWII, Irena received permission from the Nazis to work in the Warsaw ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist.

She had an ulterior motive...

Being German, she knew the Nazis' plans for the Jews and smuggled infants out in the bottom of the large tool box she carried. Larger children were placed in a burlap sack in the back of her truck. Also in the back was a dog that she had trained to bark each time the Nazi guards allowed her out of the ghetto and back in. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and its barking covered any noise made by the infants and small children.

Irena managed to smuggle out approximately 2,500 children before she was finally caught.

When she was captured, the Nazis beat her severely, breaking both her arms andher legs.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the children she smuggled out of that Warsaw ghetto and kept them in a glass jar buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents who may have survived so she might reunite the child with its family. Most, of course, did not survive the Holocaust, and the vast majority of the surviving children were placed in foster homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but she lost to Al Gore, who won the award for presenting a slide show on Global Warming.
* For corroboration - see Snopes.com.