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Friday, November 21, 2008

You Deserve This

Ultra-liberal Roanoke Times columnist (and really weird guy) Christian Trejbal gives the Republican Party a much-deserved spanking this morning. And no one in the GOP has a right to complain:
But Republicans like earmarks

After getting whooped by Democrats on Election Day, you'd think House Republicans might try something new like practicing what they preach. The would-be scions of limited government, however, again refused [to] abandon earmarks, according to CQPolitics.

"For the second year in a row, the House GOP caucus Thursday rejected an effort to limit its members’ requests for special projects, or earmarks, in this case a short-term moratorium.

"The vote again exposed fissures among GOP conservatives and could undercut one of the party’s signature themes, limited government." (link)

"Our ship is going down. Boy, this Bud tastes good."

For the love of God.

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* Memo to Christian: The "fissure" within the GOP isn't among conservatives. It's a gulf between conservatives and those who think emulating Democrats will keep them their lucrative jobs another two years.

Government Squanders Money

Such the shock:
Activists say tobacco settlement is being wasted
By Steve LeBlanc and Julie Carr Smith, Associated Press Writers

In 2006, Alaska desperately needed cash to complete a museum featuring a mummified bison and other natural wonders of the frozen north. So the state dipped into its share of the landmark 1998 tobacco settlement.

The billions that began flowing from cigarette makers to the states a decade ago also helped outfit the Niagara County, N.Y., golf course with new carts and sprinklers. And the money has gone toward college scholarships in Michigan, tax breaks in Illinois and Ohio, a dog catcher in Lincoln, Neb., and jails and schools elsewhere around the country.

Despite the promises of politicians and policymakers, states and counties have spent the lion's share of the settlement money on things that have nothing to do with public health or smoking, even as once-falling teen smoking rates have stagnated.

Of the $61.5 billion divided among 46 states between 2000 and 2006, only 30 percent was spent on health care, according to federal Government Accountability Office data analyzed by The Associated Press. Less than 4 percent went to anti-smoking efforts. (link)

This is the same bunch of government-types who now want to run General Motors, by the way. A good reason to buy a Toyota. All GM's dwindling assets are soon to be frittered away.

Sadly, the American people seem to feel comfortable with this sort of thing. Tobacco companies bad, government fecklessness ... perfectly fine.

My my my my my my.

Drill Later, Somewhere Else

The Democrats are securing their power over the government, and over our daily lives. For those of us who held out hope that we'd actually be working toward "energy independence," well, we're in for a rude awakening. Instead of a sustainable supply of oil being secured, our government is going to continue to major in the minors. Windmills. Solar calculators. French fry oil.

Oh, and our top priority will be global warming.

U.S. energy policy, 2009:
Rep. Dingell Loses Energy Post
By Paul Kane, Washington Post Staff Writer

If beleaguered U.S. automakers did not have enough problems, Michigan Rep. John D. Dingell, their greatest congressional champion, was dethroned yesterday as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee by Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California, an advocate of stiff measures against global warming.

Waxman's victory also signaled the rise of a younger, more environmentally conscious party eager to support the policies of President-elect Barack Obama. Waxman's supporters said his win probably would mean a smoother ride through Congress for Obama's energy agenda, which focuses on spending $150 billion on research for producing renewable fuels and 1 million new plug-in hybrid cars. (link)
Did I see anything in there about coal? Or nuclear? Or petroleum?

No. Cars that 99% of America can't afford and 95% of America doesn't want. Oh, and "renewable fuels." Ethanol? Been there, done that. Sawgrass? Please.

Diddling. These guys will be diddling for the next four years.

And we deserve every blessed day of it.

These Guys Aren't Serious

With a world full of terrorists wanting - and plotting - to slaughter every American man, woman, and child in the streets (see story below), Barack Obama's biggest national security concern?

Governor of Arizona Is in Line for Cabinet
By Randal C. Archibold, The New York Times

President-elect Barack Obama, transition officials said, is planning to choose Ms. Napolitano, a border-state governor who lives and breathes the often-heated immigration debate, to head the Homeland Security Department.

Ms. Napolitano, 51, a former state and federal prosecutor who was re-elected to a second term as governor in 2006, has pleased and ... (link)
Controlling the borders is a necessary objective for the incoming administration. And it's something that can be done effectively by the Border Patrol with little difficulty (if with a lot of boots on the ground and a lot of cash to keep them going). But to make it the most important criterion for determining who should run Homeland Security is an abomination. We need an anti-terrorist warrior in that position, not a fence-builder.

Obama either isn't serious or he hasn't a clue as to what he's doing. You decide which is accurate.

His 72 Virgins Await

Another Islamist asshole meets his Maker. This one not just any Islamist asshole:
Iraqi Who Captured G.I. Is Dead, U.S. Says
By Katherine Zoepf, The New York Times

Baghdad — An Iraqi insurgent leader killed in a Baghdad raid on Nov. 11 was responsible for the capture and killing of an Army soldier, the American military said Thursday.

The leader, Hajji Hammadi, was known to have connections with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian exile who founded Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia and who was killed by the United States military in 2006, and with Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia’s current leadership, the military said in a statement.

In 2004, Mr. Hammadi organized the capture of Staff Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, the military said. Sergeant Maupin, who was known as Matt and was from the Cincinnati area, was listed as “missing-captured” for nearly four years, until his remains were discovered in March. He was 20 years old at the time of his capture. (link)
Another one bites the dust. Many, many more to go.

Times Have Changed. Or Not.

When I was about 18, I got to know a young man my age from Jersey City, New Jersey. Among the many "fascinating" things about this guy was his telling stories about how, on a warm, starry Saturday night, with nothing else to do for fun, he and his friends would jump in a car and drive over to Hoboken, looking for "niggers and spicks" to beat up. I came away with the impression that this is (was) the sort of thing that young white boys did of a summer evening up north. Maybe. Maybe not.

Not being from the liberal, open-minded, compassionate northeast, this kind of hatred was totally foreign and incomprehensible to me. And still is.

I was reminded of that character and those circumstances by today's headlines. Does the fact that such things now make the headlines mean we are making progress? You decide:
6 Long Island Teens Charged With Hate Crimes
By Cara Buckley, The New York Times

Riverhead, N.Y. — Every now and then, perhaps once a week, seven young friends got together in their hamlet of Medford, on eastern Long Island, to hunt down, and hurt, Hispanic men. They made a sport of it, calling their victims “beaners,” a reference to the staple Hispanic dish of rice and beans, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Nov. 8 was a particularly long and violent day, the prosecutors said. Two of the teenagers set out in their car at dawn and one of them fired a BB gun at a Hispanic man in his driveway, striking him several times. That evening, the group, now seven strong, drank beer in a park and searched for more victims. They found and beat a Hispanic man in neighboring Patchogue, but he was able to escape. (link)
"Hate crimes." Back then it was called recreation.

You'll note, this didn't happen in the back stretches of poverty-stricken Appalachia. These were (probably) middle-to-upper-income white boys. As was my "friend" in the day. Strange. Telling.

By the way, I haven't had contact with the fella from Jersey City in many years, but, with his family being well-connected back then in Jersey politics, he's probably in some kind of leadership position in government and in the Democratic Party there now, warning the rest of the populace of the dangers of southern racists.

Southern racism. Right.

Global Warming Science Disputed ... Again

The walls begin to crumble:
Global warming predictions are overestimated, suggests study on black carbon
By Krishna Ramanujan, Chronicle OnLine

A detailed analysis of black carbon -- the residue of burned organic matter -- in computer climate models suggests that those models may be overestimating global warming predictions.

A new Cornell [University] study, published online in Nature Geosciences, quantified the amount of black carbon in Australian soils and found that there was far more than expected, said Johannes Lehmann, the paper's lead author and a Cornell professor of biogeochemistry. The survey was the largest of black carbon ever published.

The findings are significant because soils are by far the world's largest source of carbon dioxide, producing 10 times more carbon dioxide each year than all the carbon dioxide emissions from human activities combined. Small changes in how carbon emissions from soils are estimated, therefore, can have a large impact. (link)
It's fair to say that scientists are slowly coming to the realization that they don't know what they don't know, much less what they know.

It's time to take a step back and evaluate, fellas.

Factoid Of The Day

More on "global warming" and why it isn't:
Al Gore likes to say that mankind puts 70 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day. What he probably doesn't know is that mother nature puts 24,000 times that amount of our main greenhouse gas -- water vapor -- into the atmosphere every day, and removes about the same amount every day. While this does not 'prove' that global warming is not manmade, it shows that weather systems have by far the greatest control over the Earth's greenhouse effect, which is dominated by water vapor and clouds.

We live in an invisible atmospheric sea of water vapor, Earth's primary greenhouse gas. Our atmosphere could hold much more water vapor than it does, which would then lead to a much warmer Earth -- but it doesn't. So, why is the greenhouse effect limited to its current value? We don't know; scientists simply "assume" that it magically stays that way. [emphasis mine]
"Global Warming and Nature's Thermostat," Roy W. Spencer, Ph.D.

We don't even know what we don't know ...

Lock & Load

Change is coming. Prepare to fight it with every fiber in your being.

What is Barack Obama Attorney General nominee Eric Holder's claim to fame (besides flubbing the Marc Rich pardon)?

Gun confiscation.

From The Volokh Conspiracy:
As Deputy Attorney General, Holder was a strong supporter of restrictive gun control. He advocated federal licensing of handgun owners, a three day waiting period on handgun sales, rationing handgun sales to no more than one per month, banning possession of handguns and so-called "assault weapons" (cosmetically incorrect guns) by anyone under age of 21, a gun show restriction bill that would have given the federal government the power to shut down all gun shows, national gun registration, and mandatory prison sentences for trivial offenses (e.g., giving your son an heirloom handgun for Christmas, if he were two weeks shy of his 21st birthday). He also promoted the factoid that "Every day that goes by, about 12, 13 more children in this country die from gun violence"--a statistic is true only if one counts 18-year-old gangsters who shoot each other as "children."

After 9/11, he penned a Washington Post op-ed, "Keeping Guns Away From Terrorists" arguing that a new law should give "the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms a record of every firearm sale." He also stated that prospective gun buyers should be checked against the secret "watch lists" compiled by various government entities.
Swell. Obama's team is going to confiscate wealth AND our ability to defend ourselves and our families.

You wanted "change"? You're about to get change.