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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Mischief Of Small Minds

Carl over at Spark It Up!!! brought to my attention a column that recently appeared in the Bristol Herald Courier by one J. Todd Foster entitled, "Will GOP Continue To Isolate Itself With Vocal Base?" It's an attempt by J. Todd to blame Republicans ... no, actually a vocal minority of Republicans ... no, actually he blames a small handful of recent incidents - some real, some imagined - for John McCain's loss last Tuesday.

Say what?

You'll enjoy this (my responses are in italics):

"Racism in 2008 doesn’t wear a hooded sheet, or come with a shaved head and jack boots. It’s not a “whites only” sign above a public water fountain or a fire hose aimed at civil rights marchers. It’s not a burning cross or the n-word.

Racism today is latent, subtle, insidious. It disguises itself as intolerance wrapped in gullibility and packaged in Internet lies bandied across the ether."

Racism disguises itself as intolerance wrapped in gullibility? That makes absolutely no sense. I won't even argue the ... point.

"Or maybe it’s the parroting of empty bumper-sticker slogans like 'Socialist' or 'Terrorist.'”

Yeah, that was a big factor in the campaign. So big I had to google "obama bumper sticker terrorist" in order to find out that such a bumper sticker even existed. Such the decisive issue.

"Or it’s a fabricated room-service receipt for $447 from the Waldorf Astoria with a forged Michelle Obama signature below a list of such items as lobster, Iranian caviar and champagne."

That's an attack on me for my pointing out that while the Obamas live in the lap of luxury just as Barack's immediate family lives in abject squalor, he calls upon the rest of us to fork over our hard-earned income to help those in need. It's a charge that no Obama supporter, which includes J. Todd presumably, has yet to attempt to refute.

Can you spell the word h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y, J. Todd?

I didn't think so.

"In the past few months, as the most critical presidential election in many of our lifetimes reached its crescendo, millions of Americans – some who read this newspaper – shamed themselves. They shed any semblance of the critical-thinking skills they were endowed with by our creator and took the easy way out: passing around rumors or false Internet attacks..."

Millions, J. Todd? You believe that only if you get your news from Daily Kos. If that's not the case, make the case. Prove it.

And do you really want to include the term "critical-thinking" (which isn't a word; it's two words, J. Todd) in a discussion about Obama?

"In Chicago’s Grant Park, as the hour bore down on midnight Tuesday, 200,000 Obama supporters fell silent and respectful in a split second as a mammoth television screen flashed the image of John McCain, who was ready to concede from Arizona. When Obama, during his victory speech, spoke of McCain’s honor, the throng again shut off the mighty volume of its celebration as if it were tied to a spigot. It was an ode to an American hero and noble opponent.

Contrast that to McCain’s supporters, who booed at their candidate’s mere mention of Obama’s name."

You must be joking. Ever attend or watch an Obama rally before McCain lost? Did you catch the vindictiveness ooze from that crowd in Lebanon toward Sarah Palin when Obama talked about lipstick and pigs? You mean you never heard booing and hissing every time McCain's name came up in one of Obama's or Biden's campaign stops? Are you kidding?

It might do you well on occasion, based upon that picture they have of you in the Herald Courier, to put down one of those hamburgers you're clutching in each fist and pay attention to the TV. There's a world unfolding out there, Mr. Critical-Thinking. You'd be astonished at how your every charge goes both ways.

"The Republican Party has lost its way and is now at a crossroads. Tuesday was a come-to-Jesus call."

Right. It wasn't the economy. Or the war. Or Bush (by the way, why no mention of that psychosis that grips the entire Democratic Party that has to do with Bush hatred so prominent that it has actually been given a formal name - Bush Derangement Syndrome?). It was the bumper stickers and the rumors being spread that doomed the Republican Party.

Come on, man. I've given you a pass up till now because you seemed harmless. But this kind of small-minded (yes, that's one word) idiocy will not keep you in my good graces. Grow up, wise up, and open up.

And get your head out of Obama's ass. Some critical thinking on your part would serve you - and your readers - well.

Like We've Been Saying All Along ...

.. the state of Virginia has plenty of cash coming in (even with the recent downturn in the economy). Richmond legislators - and our governor - have just been wasting it.

You'll find this rather startling. Though I don't:
Va. state operating budget up sharply since 1999
By Bob Lewsi, AP Political Writer

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's operating budget during the past decade has ballooned by about 80 percent, according to a legislative study released Monday.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission's study comes as lawmakers and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine gird for deep cuts because state revenues are at least $2.5 billion below their budgeted forecasts.

Glen S. Tittermary, JLARC's deputy director and head of the study, said that when adjusted for a cumulative inflation rate of about 29 percent since 1999, actual spending increased 23 percent. (link)
Kaine needs money for transportation? He knows where to find it.

A Prediction

You'll find this to be out on the edge but remember this: My predictions always - ALWAYS - prove over time to be accurate. So here's my latest prediction:

Global Warming ceased last Tuesday.

Why last Tuesday?

Barack Obama became president.

It's at this point that one would expect me to go into the political implications of the Democrats now being in power facing the impossible task of reversing the human instinct for self-preservation, with curtailments of human activity - all activity - being the only real way to achieve a reduction in those greenhouse gas emissions that - up till now - produced "global warming."

No, it has nothing to do with that, although that is certainly true. It has to do with liberals and the way they think.

This becomes understandable if you think of liberals as godless urbanites drifting through life without foundation or a set of authoritative dogma. Without a traditional, structured belief system. While they reject the notion of a Supreme Being, they easily adhere - if temporarily - to different "gods" of a kind. Environmentalism being the latest. The most fashionable. The one accepted without question by all. Environmentalism has been their religion. Their catechism. Their undying, unwavering faith.

Reverently. Adoringly. Implicitly.

Bu that "religion" has given way to another. Obama worship.

I came to that understanding when I read this headline in a Kansas newspaper today:

Planning under way for Obama holiday

That's right. There are people in this country who want a national holiday declared in order to commemorate the election - if not the sweeping accomplishments - of Barack Obama, our not-yet president. Our bigger-than-life ... savior.

That bit of mindlessness brought from memory a cover of Rolling Stone Magazine from March depicting The One with an etheral glow - an aura - emanating from his person:


One of many such reverential depictions. Another:



This:

What does this have to do with the fact that global warming is dead? Liberals no longer need to cling to the notion that powerful forces are at work in the universe (power plants, incandescent lightbulbs, the internal combustion engine) that are bringing about the demise of all humanity. They now have Barack Obama to worship.

Their god is dead. Long live their god.

Slickster Comes To Virginia

If there is anyone connected to the old Clinton era that was more slick than The Slickmeister himself, it had to be Democratic consultant Terry McAuliffe. Greasy, slimy, unctuous slick. To the point where you felt like you needed to take a shower after having watched him for any length of time on TV.

So guess who wants to be our next governor:

McAuliffe Takes Steps To Run for Va. Governor

Should he decide to take the plunge, expect him to win handily in this now-blue state. The liberals in Virginia seem to go for his kind and we seem to be awash in liberals here in the commonwealth these days, don't we.

Expect McAuliffe to say all the right things to get elected. The right things meaning no things. Meaning nothing. Think of the Mark Warner campaign and his pithy pronouncements on such subjects as ...

... uh ...

... energy plan "portfolios" and, uh ...

... uhhhhhh ...

Think James Webb and his political positions on ... uh ... the war and ... uhhhhh ...

McAuliffe ... uh ... wins in a walk.

Instapundit Calls It

On the meeting yesterday between incoming President Barack Obama and outgoing President George W. Bush, Glenn Reynolds:
BUSH MEETS OBAMA: They all actually look happy. Well, heck. Obama's glad to be President, and Bush is glad to leave.
"No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it. To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends."

-- Thomas Jefferson

Promises Promises

The Republicans were roundly chastised in recent weeks for going after Barack Obama's character, rather than his policy pronouncements. It was unfair, the Democrats and the media said, for Obama's past drug use and poor choice of friends to enter the debate when so much was at stake.

Well, there was a good reason for McCain and Company to ignore Obama's platform. They knew - just as we knew - that he had none. Obama's positions were nothing but shifting sands in a windstorm.

Yesterday he proved it:
Agenda disappears from Obama Web site
By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

President-elect Barack Obama over the weekend scrubbed his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda for his first term that appears on his campaign's site.

Gone from Change.gov are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 agenda items — from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy — which the campaign first laid out on the Web site www.BarackObama.com.

"We are currently retooling the Web site," said Obama transition spokesman Nick Shapiro. (link)
In other words, Obama is winging it. Just as he has been since he began his campaign.

Who warned you of this months ago? But no, you just wouldn't listen ...

Well, Investor's Business Daily - and I - are not going to forget. Here's an abbreviated list of Obama's most important campaign promises, worthless or not, that IBD has compiled:

Taxes

• Give a tax break to 95% of Americans.

• Restore Clinton-era tax rates on top income earners.

• "If you make under $250,000, you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime. Not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes. Nothing."

• Dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes.

• Give American businesses a $3,000 tax credit for every job they create in the U.S.

• Eliminate capital gains taxes for small business and startup companies.

• Eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000.

• Expand the child and dependent care tax credit.

• Expand the earned income tax credit.

• Create a universal mortgage credit.

• Create a small business health tax credit.

• Provide a $500 "make work pay" tax credit to small businesses.

• Provide a $1,000 emergency energy rebate to families.

Energy

• Spend $15 billion a year on renewable sources of energy.

• Eliminate oil imports from the Middle East in 10 years.

• Increase fuel economy standards by 4% a year.

• Weatherize 1 million homes annually.

• Ensure that 10% of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012.

Environment

• Create 5 million green jobs.

• Implement a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

• Get 1 million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015.

Labor

• Sign a fair pay restoration act, which would overturn the Supreme Court's pay discrimination ruling.

• Sign into law an employee free choice act — aka card check — to make it easier for unions to organize.

• Make employers offer seven paid sick days per year.

• Increase the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2009.

National security

• Remove troops from Iraq by the summer of 2010.

• Cut spending on unproven missile defense systems.

• No more homeless veterans.

• Stop spending $10 billion a month in Iraq.

• Finish the fight against Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorists.

Social Security

• Work in a "bipartisan way to preserve Social Security for future generations."

• Impose a Social Security payroll tax on incomes above $250,000.

• Match 50% of retirement savings up to $1,000 for families earning less than $75,000.

Education

• Demand higher standards and more accountability from our teachers.

Spending

• Go through the budget, line by line, ending programs we don't need and making the ones we do need work better and cost less.

• Slash earmarks.

Health care

• Lower health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year.

• Let the uninsured get the same kind of health insurance that members of Congress get.

• Stop insurance companies from discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

• Spend $10 billion over five years on health care information technology.

I've already bookmarked the site. We'll be watching as the promises evaporate one by one.

'Finding The Strength To Get Back Up'

You think you got problems. You don't know problems. This guy does, but he doesn't let them keep him down. Despite the fact that he has no arms or legs. Meet Nick Vujicic:



Inspiring.