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Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Good Point

Out of the mouths of commenters.

This came to us from Tugboat Phil, and was such a good point that I thought I'd reproduce it here.

As you all know, Obama came to Southwest Virginia the other day to wow an easily wowed segment of the electorate. Whether he succeeded or not seems to still be up in the air.

But here's how Phil reacted to the visit:
I was driving back from Tidewater and heard a report about Obama's visit to Martinsville. He was joined on stage by Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. They played a clip of Obama asking the crowd if they were better off today than they were when GW Bush became President. Naturally the correct answer would be no.

I thought it ironic that his onstage guests were both Governor during that time, and probably none of the entralled attendees noticed.
"Things have gotten worse over the last eight years, during which the two esteemed gentlemen behind me were in charge." Suppose Warner and Kaine hid under their seats at that point?

Priceless. Thanks, Phil.

Out Of The Mouths Of Commenters II

In response to a Roanoke Times call for more government to fix America's health care delivery system, a commenter by the name "Other John" responds with this:
Ok, let me get this straight. Seniors have trouble with a government program and can't get things done the way they need it to be to get their coverage ... and the solution is more government? When will you folks learn that the government is the problem?!? It's government programs that create these situations, and it's totally asinine to look to the folks creating the problems to solve them too.
One smart dude. Why he's wasting his time commenting on the Times website, though, is beyond me. Does he think he's going to get through to these blockheads?

Little Did I Know ...

Remember the other day when I posted this?

Lo and behold:
Lost kitten is really bobcat
The Roanoke Times

Waynesboro -- When a Bath County couple happened upon what appeared to be a cuddly male feline alongside U.S. 29 last spring, they thought they had found a new family member.

After two weeks, the couple noticed distinctive markings that revealed that their new pet was a bobcat destined to grow to about 25 pounds. That's when the cat made the trip to the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro.

"He was just impossibly cute when he was here," said Edward Clark, president of the Virginia Wildlife Center, "but when he weighs 30 pounds and eats the poodle, the charm's going to wear off." (link)

Too funny.

We Can Attest To This

I'll tell you this: Paula's cats never miss a meal. Thus:
Pet Obesity is a Growing Problem
By Dr. Hinson, Wag Reflex

Obesity in companion animals is a huge (and I mean HUGE) problem. It has been documented that over 50% of the nations pets are classified as overweight or obese. Surprised by that number? Just like in humans, obesity can predispose your pet to serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, and liver disease just to name a few.

Again, as it is with humans, obesity in animals can usually be attributed to taking in more calories than are being expended each day. (link)
Makes sense to me. If you consider our cats burn about 2.7 calories to reach any one of the many food bowls around the house, and then consume on average 812 calories of food once there - times ten for the number of trips made to said feeding stations - and you get ... well, do the math. It's fair to say that you have one whopper of an imbalance.

I'm hoping the tipping point comes soon; that being the point at which they can no longer move, having become so fat and, therefore, can't reach the food bowl. Problem solved.

There Seems To Be a theme Developing ...

... among liberal Democrat pundits. Barack Obama needs to get (a) serious, and (b) specific about what it is exactly that he's wanting to change. The latest appears in this morning's Washington Post:
The Overthinking Obama
By Kathleen Parker

Abortion is back with, dare we say it, biblical vengeance.

In the past few weeks, Obama has been accused of everything from favoring infanticide to lying about his vote, to inventing a cover-up, to being a baby-killing extremist.

Politics is no place for the squeamish.

What is more likely to be true is that Obama is studiously cautious, too smart by half and ambivalent to a fault. Suddenly, the man whose campaign seemed helium-propelled is being pulled back down to Earth by the force of his own vagueness. Abortion, of all things, has become his kryptonite.

It is probably fair to say that Obama does not favor infanticide, though his position on the Illinois bill was extreme even by pro-choice standards. But Obama's current problem isn't really about his position on abortion. It is about his central weakness as a presidential candidate: He overthinks and ends up seeming not to know what he thinks.

He can't seem to give a straight answer. (link)

Ouch.

Again, this is a liberal Democrat who presumably will be voting for Mr. Wonderful Irresolute.

With friends like these ...

Biden?

Okay, first the news:
Obama taps Biden to be running mate
By Liz Sidoti and Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writers

Washington (AP) - Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his vice presidential running mate early Saturday, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.

Obama announced the pick on his Web site with a photo of the two men and an appeal for donations. A text message went out shortly afterward that said, "Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee."

Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.(link)

Now, here's my reaction:

1) Biden is a pompous loose cannon who loves to hear himself talk. And talk he will.

2) He's always the smartest person in the room; just ask him. If you don't ask him, he'll tell you anyway. Not that he cares if you're not listening. You don't exist anyway. A classic from the man who will reluctantly settle for Veep, since emperor is temporarily out of the question:

"I think I have a much higher I.Q. than you do.''

3) He's the most annoying kind of egotist. He's a Washington politician egotist.

4) Anyone who has come near him walks away thinking he's a big-time asshole.

5) He does provide the necessary foreign policy experience (and adult thought process) to the ticket.

6) Hair transplants are going to make a comeback.

7) Obama should have done the deal with the devil and picked Hillary. Biden will do nothing to mend the frayed relations between The Chosen One's followers and the feminists. Watch for some really catty reactions from that wing of the party. In addition, Bill Clinton could have secured for the ticket a chunk of the electorate - the Bubba factor - that Obama will now have no chance of winning over. An Obama/Clinton ticket would have been formidable. How many Clinton supporters will do that which they've been threatening to do - jump ship and vote for McCain?

The bottom line: Biden won't move the needle at all. Nor will he bring in any votes that weren't Obama's already. And was Delaware in jeopardy of going red? Hardly. So choosing Biden in order to influence the voters of his state won't be a factor.

Besides, it's not like Obama would ever have to actually talk to Hillary if he gets elected. FDR could go for weeks without communicating with Harry Truman. Lincoln hardly even knew Andrew Johnson. And don't even ask John Adams what he thought of his vice president.

8) We can expect YouTube to get a real workout. Joe Biden has stuck his foot in his mouth on many occasions over the years and we can expect to be entertained by the videos of his many gaffes for weeks to come. (Wasn't it Biden who was impressed by the fact that Obama was "clean"? And that's unusual for a negro, was the only way his odd choice of words could have been taken.)

9) The already demoralized nutroots are going to be even more demoralized by this pick. Biden represents the status quo in Washington, hardly what the slash-and-burn wing of the Democratic Party wants.

Overall, an opportunity lost. Nothing gained.

Should We Now Thank Them?

Damn speculators!

Oil falls 5.4 percent in biggest drop since 2004

In The 'How Did They Do That?' Category

Did the National Enquirer get former Democratic presidential contender John Edwards's little love bunny to pose for its cover?

Enquiring minds want to know (but I'm not shelling out the 75¢ to find out).

After All The Controversy ...

... after state after state worked overtime to shell out millions just to defy the religious right, it turns out that it isn't necessary to involve human embryos in stem cell research after all:
Japanese create stem cells from wisdom teeth
Breitbart.com

Japanese scientists said Friday they had derived stem cells from wisdom teeth, opening another way to study deadly diseases without the ethical controversy of using embryos.

Researchers at the government-backed National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology said they created stem cells of the type found in human embryos using the removed wisdom teeth of a 10-year-old girl. (link)

Just exactly what will happen now that it becomes apparent that the interests of America's liberals have been grossly misplaced? Will their many embryonic stem cell programs wither and die?

Hardly. These kinds of things just live on. And suck up more and more government funding.

Year after year after year after year.

Oh, but the left will now lose interest in saving the life of Michael J. Fox. Interesting how that plays out.