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Saturday, November 29, 2008

I Like This Guy

I'm now a big supporter of Massey Energy and recommend a BUY. It's chief executive looks to be a straight-shooter and calls 'em the way he sees 'em. Chips fall where they may.

You oughta get a kick out of this:
Newspaper staff called communists, atheists
Bristol Herald-Courier editorial [Thumbs Down section]

Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy, compared Charleston Gazette Editor James. A. Haught to Osama Bin Laden on Nov. 20 when he spoke to the Tug Valley Mining Institute in Williamson, W.Va. “It is as great a pleasure for me to be criticized by the communists and the atheists of the Charleston Gazette as to be applauded by my best friends,” he said. “Because I know they are wrong. People are cowering away from being criticized by people that are our enemies. Would we be upset if Osama Bin Laden was critical of us?” he asked.

Blankenship, who heads the country’s fourth-largest coal company, said the coal business needs to start standing up for itself.

“They can say what they want about climate change ,” he said. “But the only thing melting in this country that matters is our financial system and our economy.”

“The greeniacs are taking over the world,” he claimed. [link]

The Charleston Gazette. Personally, I think Blankenship has insulted communists and atheists everywhere by associating them with the lowlife goons at the Gazette. But lumping them in with America's misguided "greeniacs" seems appropriate.

As for his one-liner, "They can say what they want about climate change, but the only thing melting in this country that matters is our financial system and our economy," as each day passes, more and more Americans are coming to that same realization, on both counts.

The climate is what it's always been (unpredictable and unchangeable). It's the American economy that is in precipitate meltdown.

You go, Don.

If Congressman Rangel Were a Republican ...

... would the Washington Post be calling for him to temporarily step aside from his position as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee while an investigation continues? Or would the the Washington Post be calling for his head on a platter?

After all:
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Mr. Rangel helped preserve a valuable tax loophole for an oil and gas drilling company while the company's chief executive, Eugene M. Isenberg, was pledging $1 million to the Charles B. Rangel School of Public Service at City College of New York.

The revelation is the latest in a litany that has come to light since the summer. It was disclosed that Mr. Rangel was paying below-market rents on four Harlem apartments. One, which he has since given up, was illegally used as a campaign office. He owed taxes on at least $75,000 in rental income on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic. (He has since paid $10,800 to the IRS and New York State for three tax years and has hired a forensic accountant to determine how much he owes for the remaining 17 years.) Mr. Rangel underreported [sic] the value of a condominium he and his wife owned in Florida. He neglected to fully account on House travel disclosure forms for some privately sponsored trips.
Good grief.

And the Post simply asks for a temporary remotion?

I wonder what it would take for the Post to call for Rangel's resignation? For his immediate arrest? Incontrovertible proof that he was the gunman on the grassy knoll?

Oh, wait. I know. If Rangel were a member of the GOP, you can bet ...

'We Won'

Quote of the day:
Nineteen months after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared the war "lost," a freely elected Iraqi Parliament signs a security pact with the United States. We won. It is the terrorists and their appeasers who lost.

[T]he jihadists are a spent force that lost the war as well as the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. Province after province has been returned to Iraqi control, and the young Iraqi nation appears both willing and able to defend itself.

"Two years ago, this day seemed unlikely," Bush said in a statement from his retreat at Camp David, Md. "But the success of the surge and the courage of the Iraqi people set the conditions for these two agreements to be negotiated and approved by the Iraqi parliament." [link]
There are those - many - who argued that we shouldn't have challenged global terrorism in the streets of Baghdad; that we should have chosen the remote mountains of Afghanistan, instead, to chase after Islamist militants. And, of course, there were those who were far too willing to declare the Battle of Iraq "lost" (Barack Obama being one) even at that point when a sweeping victory was being won.

But they've never grasped the larger point. Iraq became of extreme importance after Saddam Hussein was overthrown because, in part, the terrorists made it the battleground of their choosing. And it was on that battlefield that American soldiers and Marines killed them all.

A glorious victory. Shout it from the rooftops.

Now we move on to other lesser important battlefields. In what will be a long, drawn-out war on terror.

Here's to President Bush for persevering, despite the worst efforts - to their eternal shame - of so many of his fellow countrymen.

'Fighting The Last War'

You've heard that expression before, perhaps. "We're always fighting the last war." Which means we pattern our coordinated defenses against attack based upon the scenario laid out in the last attack. In the case of 9/11, we strengthened airport security (well, some would say we unionized baggage handlers) and boosted electronic surveillance in airports around the country, in an effort to keep terrorists from hijacking planes and flying them into government buildings.

I said right after 9/11 that it was a waste of time and money. Terrorists, if they are well-organized and well-trained, and are smart, will find a new weak point to hit. And it probably won't involve commercial jetliners at all. Shopping malls would make good sense. Hotels. Schools.

Organized, well-trained, and smart ...
Armed Teams Sowed Chaos With Precision
By Keith Bradshur, The New York Times

The details are still fragmentary; Indian officials are saying little publicly. But from interviews with witnesses and survivors, it seems clear that the men on the boat were joining a larger terrorist force, which included some attackers who, unconfirmed local news reports say, had embedded themselves in Mumbai days before the attacks. Their synchronized assaults suggested a high level of training and preparation.

At the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the train station that appears to have been the first location hit, a fusillade of bullets left the floor of the main hall quickly littered with bodies and pools of blood. At the Leopold Cafe, a chic restaurant popular with Westerners and wealthy Indians and famous for sidewalk dining, a cluster of gunmen mowed down diners.

At the opulent Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, the assailants poured heavy fire into restaurant goers on the ground floors, then moved upstairs to round up guests as hostages. And at a range of other locations, from a movie theater to a hospital to a police station, the attackers opened fire remorselessly on anyone in their path, frequently throwing grenades as well. [link]
Local authorities, naturally, were unprepared for such an assault, and the attackers slaughtered with impunity. And, of course, the local populace was completely unarmed and unable to protect itself, making the unchallenged executions of 125 civilians all the easier.

But then, Americans living in urban areas of this country have, by and large, decided to disarm themselves too, voting overwhelmingly for those politicians who pass gun control laws and who willfully make those citizens one step closer to being victims. Making them prime meat for the Islamist butcher.

But it's not clear that an armed citizenry would have made that much difference when it came to the Mumbai terrorist attack. Prevention, however, would have. The kind of prevention - counterintelligence - surveillance - that George Bush has been hugely successful with; the kind that Democrats - and a majority of Americans - have, of late, been so critical of.

That, as much as anything else, put Barack Obama in charge. Protecting civil liberties is now our only concern. Terrorism is, as it was when Clinton was playing hide-the-cigar with his female employees, a distant non-consideration.

May God have mercy on us as the gathering storm approaches.

Organized, well-trained, and smart terrorists are coming once again. And it won't be at O'Hare.

Chicago Mayor Daley's a Nitwit

In the "You can't make this stuff up" category, Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman brings us this bit of reality:
Chicago defies forgotten 2nd Amendment

Then there is Chicago, which is being sued for violating the 2nd Amendment but refuses to confront the possibility that what the Supreme Court said may apply to this side of the Appalachians.

When it comes to firearms, Mayor Richard Daley is no slave to rationality. "Does this lead to everyone having a gun in our society?" he asked after the ruling came down. "Then why don't we do away with the court system and go back to the Old West, where you have a gun and I have a gun and we'll settle it in the streets?"

From listening to him, you might assume that the only places in North America that don't have firefights on a daily basis are cities that outlaw handguns. You might also assume that Chicago is an oasis of concord, rather than the site of 443 homicides last year. [link]
Ouch.

And He Got This News In His Cave How?

What a nitwit:

Al Qaeda's Zawahri says U.S. wars behind financial crisis

And there are millions of Muslims out there who will hear that bit of "news" and say, "Oh, okay."

Nit wits. They're all nit wits.

Just Stop By The House ...

Local women can receive free mammograms Dec. 5