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Thursday, October 16, 2008

No Big Deal

So what if our process of electing public officials becomes a complete sham and provides for a bit on Letterman? So what if the USA becomes nothing more than a banana republic? As long as Democrats are victorious, who cares?

This from this morning's Roanoke Times best illustrates the left-wing mindset:
Vote fraud rarely amounts to much
editorial

Dire warnings from Republican Party officials about widespread vote fraud are as predictable as elections.

Funny thing, though; when the election is over and investigators try to find actual incidents of vote fraud -- people casting ballots in more than one location, dead people somehow managing to register and vote, etc. -- nothing much comes of it. (link)
A rarity? Only to those who never pick up a book. May I recommend, for the purpose of enlightenment, this:

I'll pull but one quote:

"Democrats figure prominently in the vast majority of examples of election fraud described in this book."

Which is why we should ignore the problem.

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The Money Runs Out

Well, it was the liberal thing to do. Which means it was the right thing to do. Yes?

This news (see "Fairfax Will Buy Foreclosed Properties") broke back in July:
Fairfax County approved a landmark housing program yesterday to buy foreclosed properties for middle-income families, becoming one of the first communities in the country to tackle the nation's growing mortgage crisis while also addressing the region's increasing demand for affordable housing.

"Fairfax, like the rest of the country, is facing a foreclosure crisis that's unprecedented," said county Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D), who proposed the idea. "The county has to use its resources and influence to try to stem the tide."
My reaction at the time? Fairfax County must have more money than it knows what to do with.

Let me rephrase that. Fairfax County officials simply don't know what they're doing. Today's news:
Fairfax Orders Cost-Saving Steps, Proposes Furlough
By Amy Gardner and Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post Staff Writers

Fairfax County officials yesterday proposed a one-day furlough of all county employees and ordered across-the-board program cuts and a virtual halt to hiring, capital spending, travel and vehicle replacement as the nation's worsening economy continues to affect the region's largest local government.

"I am supportive of the county executive's actions," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D). "I think they are prudent, preemptive actions in anticipation of a possible shortfall in the range of $50 million to $60 million of revenue based on current economic conditions."
Gerald Connolly talks of prudence. That's funny.

And what about his very liberal plan to buy up all those foreclosed homes with taxpayer money? Not a word.

Quote of the Day

From the Investor's Business Daily editorialists:
Disgraced Rep. Tim Mahoney is the perfect Democratic Party mascot. Barack Obama's promises today of tax cuts and Speaker Pelosi's promises of ethics ring just as hollow as Mahoney's "family values."
"The Phony Mahoney Democrats," October 15, 2008

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* These guys have a sense of humor. Get this:

"Moreover, current and former Mahoney aides say that during the Allen affair he was having yet another extra-marital affair with a county official — while he was trying to secure her a $3.4 million federal grant. (Who knew "pork" could be a noun and a verb at the same time?)"

Cute.

It Figures

Another story that was reported by - and spread by - the mainstream press proves to be a complete fabrication:
Secret Service Says Kill him allegation unfounded
By Andrew M. Seder, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Staff Writer

Scranton – The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.

The Scranton Times-Tribune first reported the alleged incident on its Web site Tuesday and then again in its print edition Wednesday. The first story, written by reporter David Singleton, appeared with allegations that while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd and mentioned Oabama’s name a man in the audience shouted “kill him."

News organizations including ABC, The Associated Press, The Washington Monthly and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann reported the claim, with most attributing the allegations to the Times-Tribune story.

Agent Bill Slavoski said he was in the audience, along with an undisclosed number of additional secret service agents and other law enforcement officers and not one heard the comment.

“I was baffled,” he said after reading the report in Wednesday’s Times-Tribune. (link)

And they wonder why Fox News is so successful.

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The Washington Post, the rag that made the word "newspaper" synonymous with that of "smear merchant" still won't let it go. Even today, we read this from columnist Tom Shales about last night's debate:

Without mentioning GOP vice presidential candidate and famous Alaskan hockey mom Sarah Palin by name, Obama referred to McCain's "running mate" and the raucous rallies at which she has spoken, with Obama looking askance at rally rowdies who shouted out "terrorist" when Obama's name was mentioned and even the unnerving and obscene "Kill him!" McCain got huffy, as he does with barely a moment's notice, and said he was "proud of the people who come to our rallies." [my emphasis]

Macaca déjà vu.

It's Okay. He's a Democrat.

Yeah, the prisons across this great land are burgeoning with what remains of once-powerful Washington politicians. Despite that, ol' Joe needn't worry. Laws relating to corruption, as we all know, apply only to Republicans. So this is perfectly acceptable:
Biden routes campaign cash to family, their firms
Discloses $2 million in business arrangements
By Jim McElhatton, The Washington Times

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. has paid more than $2 million in campaign cash to his family members, their businesses and employers over the years, a practice that watchdogs criticize as rife with potential conflicts of interest.

The money largely flowed from the coffers of Mr. Biden's failed presidential campaign during the past two years to a company that employs his sister and longtime campaign manager, Valerie Biden Owens, according to campaign disclosure filings.

The senator from Delaware also directed campaign legal work to a Washington lobbying and law firm founded by his son R. Hunter Biden, the disclosures show. (link)

And his donors are just fine with it.

And Biden will get away with it.

He Just Loves His Constituents

I have to wonder what kind of people keep electing this fool, who thinks so little of them:
Murtha: Western Pa. 'racist' but Obama should win
By Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Wednesday his home base of western Pennsylvania is racist and that could reduce Barack Obama's victory margin in the state by 4 percentage points.

The 17-term Democratic congressman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a story posted Wednesday on its Web site: "There is no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area."(link)

You can expect him to win reelection going away. And I'll once again be shaking my head in wonder.

Ah, Human Nature

Make of this story what you will:
Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He next announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would buy on his behalf.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has already collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each."

The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys.

They never saw the man or his assistant again.
The comment that came with this story was something to the effect of: Now you know how the stock market works. I hope not.