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Thursday, November 06, 2008

I'm Stunned

My favorite fiction author of all time has passed away. Suddenly and certainly unexpectedly:
Family: Michael Crichton dies of Cancer
By Hillel Italie, AP National Writer

New York (AP) — The family of Michael Crichton, the million-selling author of such historic and prehistoric science fantasies as "Jurassic Park," "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain," says the author has died in Los Angeles.

Crichton died Tuesday at age 66. He had been privately battling cancer, his family said.

"Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand," his family said in a statement. (link)
I've read all his books and eagerly awaited his next. One that will now not come.

A sad day.

Obama's Boy

"You told 'em what, Rick? That I'm a friend of coal? Good one, little guy."

These Guys Are Precious

Dan Radmacher, Roanoke Times, November 2, 2008, just before his guy won a resounding victory in the presidential election:

This may be a futile gesture, at least for some on this blog and many commentators elsewhere, but what Obama says in the following clip is true: We are all Americans. We are all proud of this nation, and we are all in this together.

I hope and pray that, whoever wins on Tuesday, all of us can remember that.

Dan Radmacher, December, 2000, just after his guy went down to defeat in the presidential election *:

"Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the final nail in Vice President Al Gore's coffin, some people are insisting it's time to put all the divisiveness of the past month or so behind us and rally around the new president.

Well, I say to hell with that."
What changed his tune, I wonder?

* As reported in the Amarillo Globe News on December 21, 2000.

** Hat tip to Big Salt Lick.

We'll Hold You To That, Big Guy

Mark Warner makes a vow to the voters of Virginia:
"I don't want the Democrats to repeat the arrogance of what the Republicans did in 2000. ... People are mad. They have to demand bipartisanship. We have a window of opportunity in January 2009 to get some stuff going. If we don't, shame on us."
I have no idea what he's talking about with regard to 2000 and I'm not sure what "stuff" he's got in mind (it's this lack of detail that got the guy elected, for God's sake), but if Warner does anything that is remotely bipartisan, we'll be sure to report it.

But don't hold your breath.

Nationalized health care. Gays in the military. Taxing the "rich." Retreat from superpower status. Ceding the battleground to Osama bin Ladin. Global warming taxes. Regulation. Regulation. Regulation. The "stuff" that Democrat "bipartisan" dreams are made of.

And, when he's done, he'll be called a "radical centrist" by a fawning press.

For the love of God.

Stuck On Stupid

This from today's Washington Post gave me a chuckle:

House Democrats promised an agenda of improving the economy, ending the war in Iraq and expanding access to health care after gaining at least 18 additional seats in Tuesday's elections, ballooning the size of the party's congressional majority to its largest since 1994.

"Ending the war in Iraq."

A question. Now that Iraq is won and al-Qaeda has been driven out, do we have to give it back?

McCain Wasn't The Messenger

This election post-mortem seems right to me:
Another Painful Lesson For The GOP
Investor's Business Daily editorial

[A] whole lot of committed Republicans didn't think McCain — with his late conversion on the Bush tax cuts, his opposition to new drilling in Alaska, and his soft stances on immigration and global warming — would make the ideal GOP president.

Did this "fervor gap" prevent the possible defeat of Obama? It's impossible to know definitively, but it's clear that an un-GOP-sounding McCain echoed Obama and congressional Democrats in blaming "greed" on Wall Street as the cause of the financial crisis instead of strongly defending private markets over government control.

What is also clear is that, once again, the GOP's Reagan coalition was split apart in the primaries — with Mitt Romney getting votes from free market enthusiasts and Mike Huckabee energizing religious conservatives. As a result, a "maverick" who four years ago mulled the idea of switching parties got the nomination by default, campaigning mostly on his compelling life story as hero and POW.

The Republican Party was thus re-taught a stinging lesson in 2008: Its success, as in the past, does not come from narratives that capture the people's imagination, but from ideas that work — economic freedom, caution on government solutions, principled assertiveness in foreign policy and defense of traditional values. (link)
That's pretty much how I saw things play out too.

I remember a few weeks ago driving down the highway listening to the news when John McCain came on and, in that shrill tone that he adopted late in the campaign, shouted to his audience somewhere, "I'm going to bring prosperity to every American."

I burst out laughing.

I mean uproarious laughter.

"I'm going to bring prosperity to every American." A preposterous statement. Something I'd expect from a Democrat. From the first black president.

And from John McCain.

Investor's Business Daily talks of an "intensity" meter that monitored the level of fervor of public opinion as the campaign progressed. Had I been metered, my intensity level hit close to zero at that point.

I also believe this: Fred Thompson would have been a much better choice to lead the conservative movement in 2008, rather than a "moderate" sometimes Republican.

And Thompson would have been defeated too.

Regardless the names on the ballot on Tuesday, there was one name on the minds of an overwhelming majority of those who went into the booth that day ...


No Republican was going to push past that. Not this year.

So, we have what we have. A man who was, a few short years ago, shoving cocaine up his nose and dealing chicks.

But he is black ... And he ain't Bush.

We're Waiting

Oh, goody. Our tax cut is coming:

Democrats Vow to Pursue an Aggressive Agenda

That will include that tax cut we were all promised, right?


The 'Change' Begins

Or not.

A headline and sub-header in today's New York Times:

For Obama, No Day to Bask as He Starts to Build His Team for Transition
Turns to White House Veterans

So he's bringing in the same old faces. At least it ain't Bush.

That's change!

No Problem?

The Roanoke Times and a host of other mainstream newspapers continue to spout the party line that there is no real problem with voter fraud in this country. That it is a very rare occurrence. That voter registration fraud - think ACORN - is not voter fraud.

Yet, local TV news investigations are showing that people all over the country have voted in at least two different states this year.

See the damning evidence here.

As the incidence of early voting and the ease with which citizens can apply for an absentee ballot both increase, this problem will worsen. Congress needs to put a stop to it NOW. And send some people to prison.

Kill All The Scientists

The global warming experts three short years ago:

More Scientists Say Global Warming Causes Stronger Hurricanes


Flashback: 2007 Record Hemispheric Tropical Cyclone Inactivity

2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season Withers on the Vine

So now Obama is going to propose legislation to stop that which nobody can prove even exists.

Swell. That's just swell.

On The Positive Side Of Things

Weird Al Franken went down to blazing defeat in Minnesota. There is a God.

And the effort on the part of four old liberal fossils on the state supreme court of California to circumvent the will of the people when it comes to gay marriage was slapped down hard - by the people. Americans from coast to coast are saying no to perversion. Good for them.

All in all ... well ... it still ain't enough ... but ...

* Florida and Arizona too banned gay marriage.

Hide That Cash

The wealthiest among us aren't going to fork over to Obama's government (where it'll be flushed down the toilet, never to be seen again) all their hard-earned income without a fight.* Yesterday's action on Wall Street may be an indication that the rich are withdrawing their investments with the intention of sending them ... elsewhere.

You want it, Barack? Find it.
U.S. Stocks Post Biggest Post-Election Drop on Economic Concern
By Elizabeth Stanton, Bloomberg

Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The stock market posted its biggest plunge following a presidential election as reports on jobs and service industries stoked concern the economy will worsen even as President-elect Barack Obama tries to stimulate growth.

Citigroup Inc. tumbled 14 percent and Bank of America Corp. lost 11 percent as the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 5 percent. (link)
It seems rather telling that, while the news media were having multiple orgasms over the Obama victory yesterday, the Dow was reacting with panic. And investors were pulling their money from the market.

To those of you who find glee in all this, you might want to consider this: Obama's tax-and-spend model calls for 5% of America to be taxed heavily. But what if that 5% has taken its wealth and sheltered it?

Then it becomes 10%.



And pretty soon you get a repeat of the first days of the Clinton administration in which ol' Bill told a wide-eyed disbelieving public that "I tried and tried to find someplace where I could cut your taxes, as I had promised. But I'm going to have to raise them instead. Sorry."

He'll be coming after you soon, sweetheart.

Obama's First Test

Any bets on how he'll react to belligerent Russian intimidation?
Russia to base missiles on EU border: Medvedev

Russia will place short-range missile systems on the EU's eastern border to counter planned US missile defence installations in Eastern Europe,President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

"Iskander missile systems will be deployed in the Kaliningrad region to neutralise the missile defence system," Medvedev said.

"There will also be radio-electronic neutralisation of the new US missile defence installations from the Kaliningrad region," he added.

The United States is pursuing plans to build a radar base in the Czec Republic and install interceptor missiles in Poland to counter what it describes as a missile threat from rogue states such as Iran.

Russia has said there is no such threat and that the installations are in fact a direct threat to its security. (link)

Will Obama reverse America's course as a result of Russian bullying and suspend deployment of that missile system in eastern Europe?

Do birds fly?

Question Of The Day

Why is there a Republican Party?