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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Our Congressman, Ever Vigilant

With the meltdown of the entire Western World's financial infrastructure and the loss of trillions of dollars in investor equity in recent weeks comes news of legislation being proposed by 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher:
Boucher unveils global warming bill
Ninth District U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher has released a discussion draft of legislation that would reduce the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by 2050, in part by setting caps on the amount of the greenhouse gas polluters can emit each year.

In addition, the bill provides a mechanism for heavy polluters to reduce their CO2 output by “trading” emissions allowances with lesser polluters.

Boucher released the draft Monday in his capacity as chairman of the House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee. (link requires paid subscription)
So you know, this "cap and trade" idiocy proved to be attractive to the Europeans a few years ago too, until they actually passed legislation much like the law ol' Rick is proposing, only to find out it doesn't work.

But beyond that, has the news reached Mr. Boucher's permanent home in the Washington suburbs that global warming - as actual global temperature data rolls in - may be nothing more than mindless hysteria?

And has our congressman not been informed that there's some other small issue that needs his attention?

For Your Reading Pleasure

Everyone knows that Franklin County, Virginia is the moonshine capital of the world. But how did it get that way? Find out. A new book on the subject, one put in novel form to "fill in some of the blanks," has been released. And it's on my Christmas list:

A review from Publishers Weekly of The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story, by Matt Bondurant:

"This fictionalized tale of Depression-era bootlegging from Bondurant ... enlists the help of Winesburg, Ohio author Sherwood Anderson* to investigate Bondurant family lore. In 1928, a pair of thieves accost Bondurant's real life great-uncle Forrest at his Franklin County, Va., restaurant. They're after a large cache of bootlegging money and end up cutting Forrest's throat. The story of his survival and his trek to a hospital 12 miles away has taken on mythical proportions by the time Sherwood Anderson arrives in Franklin County in 1934 to research a magazine piece on the area's prolific moonshiners. Soon after Anderson's arrival, two anonymous men appear at the same hospital, one with legs meticulously shattered from ankle to hip, the other one castrated, with the by-products of the deed deposited in a jar of moonshine. The arc of the story lies between the attack on Forrest and that on the two men. Bondurant endows his gritty story with all the puzzle-solving satisfactions of a mystery. It's a gripping, relentless tale, delivered in no-nonsense prose."

For a more in-depth review see "Moonshine brings misery to Virginia," by Lauren Bufferd.

Looks like a great read.

* A good choice of characters. See my post on Sherwood Anderson's link to Southwest Virginia here.
** Click on the image to enlarge.
*** Photo courtesy of Amazon.com.

It Depends On Your Definition of the Word ...

... "centrist."

The Washington Post today endorses the candidacy of Democrat Mark Warner, claiming he'll be something the editorialists there call "a radical centrist." A centrist, they tell us, like one-time Republican John Warner was a centrist (and, presumably, like our other senator, James Webb, another "centrist" who has voted with the Democratic leadership 91% of the time).

The boys there must have an elastic imagination, for they certainly stretch the meaning of the word.

Centrist?

Mark Warner, if he becomes our next senator, will vote in favor of higher taxes. He'll support gun control measures.* He'll block any legislation that attempts to stop the slaughter in America's abortion mills (how many times do we have to endure this kind of suddenly heartfelt Clintonian apology: "Warner Regrets '94 comments on Pro-Lifers, NRA"). He'll be out front in ladling more regulations on the business community (and drive more jobs to China). He'll vote yes on that union-backed worker intimidation bill. He'll enthusiastically back legislation that will further suppress free speech and - perhaps - silence Rush Limbaugh. He and Obama will work diligently to gut the military - again. He and Obama will routinely go before the world community - hat in hand - and beg forgiveness for America being the only super power on the planet - a la Bill Clinton. He and Obama will go back to hiding their heads in the sand as Al Qaeda returns to prominence. He'll join his Democratic colleagues in opposing free trade. Drill Here? Drill Now? Kiss This. Goodbye. More centralization of power. More government. More taxpayer money doled out to a host of supplicants. Government reform? Lobbyist reform? Social Security reform? Medicare reform? Right. Right. Right. Right.

So Mark Warner - the "centrist" - another guy who'll vote with the Democratic leadership 91% of the time - gets the Washington Post's endorsement. Somehow I think they are a match made in heaven. But back here on Earth, where problems worsen by the day, many of them brought on by a long line of Democrat "centrists" - and John Warner ...

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* The NRA too has been completely snowed by the guy.

Another Good Read

Go to Andrew Klavan's "5 Myths About Those Tinseltown Liberals," in today's Washington Post.

James Taranto Drinks The Kool Aid

And it's not a pretty sight.

His concern?

"For years this column has chronicled the follies and outrages of the Angry Left. If we are now seeing the emergence of an Angry Right, that is not a good sign for either ..."

His evidence that an Angry Right is emerging? A small handful of pissed off town hall participants and a host of liberal mainstream media talking heads.

You're better than this James. I'm surprised.

On Obama's Ever-Evolving Story Line ...

... about his association with William Ayres, this from Investor's Business Daily:
Barack Obama now says he knew who Bill Ayers was but thought he was "rehabilitated." And they say McCain is erratic! Where are the fact-checkers when you need them?

In an interview with sympathetic Philadelphia radio talk show host Michael Smerconish, taped Thursday and broadcast Friday, Obama changed the story of his relationship with Weatherman terrorist William Ayers yet again.

You'd think a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School would have known that the actions of America's premier terrorist bomber did not, due to tainted evidence, result in a single day of prison time. So just when and where did he think Bill Ayers was rehabilitated?

The canard that Ayers' crimes occurred when Obama was 8 is irrelevant. Obama was 24 at the time of the Weathermen's last attacks. He was 29 when the last remnants of the Weather Underground and the affiliated May 19th Communist Organization were sentenced to prison in 1990. Surely Ayers' background was in news accounts.

The claim that Barack Obama did not know who Ayers was when he launched his political career in Ayers' living room is bogus. Ayers was a player in Chicago's radical left politics. So was Obama, who has a problem with the truth.

Obama has a problem with the truth. And he may be our next president.

May God have mercy on us all.

A Double Standard

Much has been written in recent hours about the growing anger among conservatives about the Democrat-Mainstream Press alliance that has formed around the Obama campaign, and about how dangerous a phenomenon that anger - if not checked - has become. See any Washington Post columnist's output yesterday (as well as that of the New York Times's resident dingbat) and you'll get the idea. Linking the Democratic candidate to terrorism (and to abortion, and to Rezko, and to Wright, and to ...) is a dangerous development and the McCain campaign (particularly SarahCuda) needs to stop it before something bad happens.

And of course, McCain is there to help them attempt to stifle conservative voices. He'd rather "lose an election than ..." something or other. I can't remember anything after "I'd rather lose an election than ..." He, and they, want us to be nice. And silent.

But what do the Obama campaign and the dinosaur media - and McCain for that matter - have to say about this, as exposed by Gateway Pundit?
Talk About Angry Thugs... Philly Leftists Boo Sarah Palin & Her 6 Year-Old Little Girl!

Booing Obama... Bad.
Booing 6 year-old little girl & daughter of Republican... Good!

All week we've heard about how angry and mean the Republicans are because of 4 or 5 hecklers at the McCain-Palin rallies.
The McCain-Palin campaign has even been compared to well known Democratic racists.

Tonight-- Leftists at the Philadelphia Flyer's game booed Sarah Palin, her daughter Willow, and her 6 year-old daughter Piper as they went on the ice to drop the first puck of the season ...
See the video. If your stomach can handle it.

What will be the reaction from the media be toward this anger leveled at little children?

Need I even ask ...

Where Was Obama?

A good portion of the electorate is today captivated by presidential contender Barack Obama and enraptured by what he is going to do when he gets in office. They base their fascination on that which the man is promising each day on the campaign trail. But what has he ever done to give his proposals substance? After all, anyone can look at public opinion polls and tell the people what they want to hear.

We find ourselves in the midst of a financial crisis that nobody my age or younger has ever witnessed before. Millions of retirement nest eggs have vanished in recent weeks, careers have been ruined, and tens of thousands of Americans are soon to find themselves summarily unemployed. When we get around to asking the tough but necessary questions - beginning with why, and who caused this monumental fiasco - we'll then quickly turn, necessarily, to those who were prescient enough to realize that a train wreck was approaching and needed to be prevented. And to those who were asleep at the switch.

As we learn more in this regard, one thing becomes clear - John McCain was out in front trying to reform the system, starting at its core weakness, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:
McCain Letter Demanded 2006 Action on Fannie and Freddie
By Human Events

Sen. John McCain's 2006 demand for regulatory action on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could have prevented current financial crisis ...

McCain's letter -- signed by nineteen other senators -- said that it was "...vitally important that Congress take the necessary steps to ensure that [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] ... operate in a safe and sound manner. [and] ... More importantly, Congress must ensure that the American taxpayer is protected in the event that either ... should fail."

Sen. Obama did not sign the letter, nor did any other Democrat. (link)
This is not the only instance where McCain is on record as having worked to reform the system. Going as far back as 2004, he was warning of dire consequences if these quasi-governmental lending institutions weren't reeled in. But Congress failed to heed his admonitions.

To that point, where was Obama on this the most horrific financial meltdown this country has witnessed since the 20's when he could have actually done something to prevent it? Where was the guy with all the answers? Where was the man who knows of our problems and is prepared to fix them? Where was he before the public opinion polls called for him to speak out? Before the damage was done?

Nowhere to be found.

He was silent. He never spoke one word on the subject. He didn't even see Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as being issues that required action. He was a bystander, much as he was during the recent Congressional bailout debate, when he uttered the famous line: "Call me if you need me."

If only he had listened to those who knew what they were talking about, and done something then.

So now Obama wants us to believe he can fix this thing. That it's a problem of other people's making. Do you believe him? As far as I'm concerned, he'd be a whole lot more convincing if he had done something - even tried to do something - in that regard when it would have prevented widespread catastrophe. But no. Not one word.

Absolute silence.

Here's a Frightening Thought

President Biden. Kinda makes the stomach churn, doesn't it?

Want a doomsday scenario that might just bring that nightmare to Elm Street? How about if President Obama is indicted and is forced to resign as a result of testimony provided by this once-close confidant?
Obama fundraiser, convicted of fraud, spills beans
By Mike Robinson, Associated Press Writer

Chicago - Jailed political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the political fallout could be explosive.

Rezko ... was friendly with Obama — offering him a job when he finished law school, funding his earliest political campaigns and purchasing a lot next to his house. (link)
Actually their relationship was a lot closer than that, and that lot purchase was a whole lot less benign than is let on here.

So. What if Obama goes to the oslamma? Will we face a Biden presidency? Can America handle that?

Talk about sleepless nights ...