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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

It Seems Odd To Me ...

... that the Roanoke Times can argue one day (less than a week ago) in support of a court decision that derived from the (mythical) "separation of church and state" clause in the Constitution and then argue today that no such separation should be accepted. See "Editorial: Free religions of their exemptions."

What is it about Jesus that frightens these guys?

I Wonder ...

... since Mark Warner successfully pinned his tax increase lie on the need to fix the mess that his predecessor had made, if Tim Kaine will blame this on ... Mark Warner:

Va. jobless rate highest since '97

Who was governor in '97, by the way?

Oh, yeah. The guy who was blamed for having used a racial epithet - macaca? - that nobody on this planet had ever heard of.

Only One Problem

Calls are coming in for Nancy Pelosi's head:
Pelosi needs to go
By Katie Allison Granju, Knoxnews.com

Let me go on the record today with an opinion I've held for a while, but hadn't yet expressed publicly: Nancy Pelosi needs to go as Speaker of the House.

If Americans really want change in Washington, and improvement in the mean-spirited and debilitating partisan malaise that seems to have settled over our Congress, then we need to start with working to get rid of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. Our House of Representatives - and we - deserve better. (link)
The problem for the Democrats in Congress is this: Pelosi may be the worst Speaker of the House in American history, but they have nobody any more qualified. If you watched the video yesterday that I posted to this weblog of a 2004 committee hearing, you got a good idea of the depth of intellect of the Democratic Party rank-and-file. It's an embarrassment of halfwits and fools.

Replace Pelosi? With whom? Maxine Waters?

How Cool Is This?

"Whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve."
-- W. Clement Stone.
Grid of 100,000 computers heralds new internet dawn
By Murad Ahmed, Technology Reporter, Times of London

A network of 100,000 computers providing the greatest data processing capacity yet unleashed has been created to cope with information pouring from the world’s largest machine.

The Grid is the latest evolution of the internet and the world wide web and computer scientists will announce on Friday that it is ready to be connected to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

It is designed for schemes where huge quantities of data need crunching, such as large research and engineering projects. The Grid has the kind of power required to download movies in seconds, and the ability to make high-definition video phone calls for the same price as a local call. More importantly, it should help to narrow the search for cures for diseases. (link)
The development process is occurring at such a furious pace that, ten years from now, we'll be using a laptop computer that provides the same performance as these 100,000 computers do today. And fifty years beyond?

Exciting times, yes?

Can These People Be Any More Pathetic?

Harsh criticism, well earned:
The Beltway Crash
Congress lives up to its 10% approval rating.
Wall Street Journal editorial

America has survived a feckless political class in the past, and it will again after this week. But Monday's crash and burn of the Paulson plan on Capitol Hill reveals a Washington elite that has earned every bit of the disdain that Americans have for it. This crowd can't even make sausage.

The 228-205 defeat reflects badly on all concerned, starting with the Democrats who run the House. The majority party is responsible for assembling a majority vote, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed in that fundamental task.

Her highly partisan speech on the floor -- blaming "right-wing ideology of anything goes, no supervision, no discipline, no regulation" for the financial distress -- is no excuse for Republicans to vote no. But it is indicative of the way she has governed for the past two years -- like Tom DeLay without the charm. (link)
These people would be a complete laughingstock if it weren't for the fact that they're destroying our great country.

This Is Absolutely Hilarious

The boys at Red State Update are at it again:

"Joe Biden reminds people of the loudmouth Yankee from the bar last weekend who was beaten with a pool cue."

These guys rock.

* Update 10/02/08, 0433: Quote amended.

Headline Of The Day

Obama: Hey, maybe I should lift a finger to help the bailout pass

Palin Is Unqualified?

Compared to whom?
Unlike Clinton, Biden Gets Pass for Saying He Was 'Shot At' in Iraq
By Bill Sammon, FoxNews.com

When Hillary Clinton told a tall tale about "landing under sniper fire" in Bosnia, she was accused of "inflating her war experience" by rival Democrat Barack Obama's campaign.

But the campaign has been silent about Obama's running mate, Joe Biden, telling his own questionable story about being "shot at" in Iraq.

"Let's start telling the truth," Biden said during a presidential primary debate sponsored by YouTube last year. "Number one, you take all the troops out - you better have helicopters ready to take those 3,000 civilians inside the Green Zone, where I have been seven times and shot at. You better make sure you have protection for them, or let them die."

But when questioned about the episode afterward by the Hill newspaper, Biden backpedaled from his claim of being "shot at" and instead allowed: "I was near where a shot landed." (link)
And he could be our next vice president ...

When a Boston Paper Goes After Barney Frank ...

... who knows, maybe he's in trouble after all:
Frank's fingerprints are all over the financial fiasco
By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

'The private sector got us into this mess. The government has to get us out of it."

That's Barney Frank's story, and he's sticking to it.

I asked in this space in 1995. "Most likely, that they are knowingly approving risky loans in order to get the feds and the activists off their backs . . . When the coming wave of foreclosures rolls through the inner city, which of today's self-congratulating bankers, politicians, and regulators plans to take the credit?"

Frank doesn't. But his fingerprints are all over this fiasco. Time and time again, Frank insisted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in good shape.

Now that the bubble has burst and the "systemic risk" is apparent to all, Frank blithely declares: "The private sector got us into this mess." Well, give the congressman points for gall. Wall Street and private lenders have plenty to answer for, but it was Washington and the political class that derailed this train. If Frank is looking for a culprit to blame, he can find one suspect in the nearest mirror. (link)
Wow. I'm actually stunned that someone in the mainstream press would get this right.