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Sunday, December 07, 2008

67 Years Ago Today

We were lulled into complacency then too.

The moment 1,177 Americans lost their lives aboard the U.S.S. Arizona, in a different kind of terror attack:

We take time out today to remember.

Or do we?

In a different era:
Today:
Photo courtesy of the Department of the Navy

We Should Turn The USA Over To Immigrants

I'm serious. They have a much greater appreciation for that which we native-borns are about to piss away.

Rip Van Winkle Awakens

Hey, there are bad Muslims out there! And they want to get their hands on WMD! And the world isn't safe! And the President needs to act!

The Roanoke Times, 2002?

No.

2004?

No.

2006?

No.

2008:

President-elect Obama might make the world safer by using U.S. might with the help of allies.

Soon they'll be worrying that the Twin Towers are vulnerable to attack.

Why? Warner Didn't.

I'm not sure, after being witness to Mark Warner's recent (successful) senatorial campaign that was devoid of anything resembling substance, why this should be important:

Feuding GOP has to reconnect with voters' concerns

Really.

Was this "reconnecting with voters' concerns"?
Governor Warner believes we need to bring a transformative change to our national energy policy. We need a fresh approach that invests in renewable energy and eliminates our dependence on foreign oil. By making these new investments, we can create millions of new world-class jobs here at home and make our nation more secure. A new energy policy will also help us take-on the threat of climate change, letting us reassert America’s moral standing in the world.
I defy anyone to explain that bit of blarney.

Reconnect? If Warner's approach - and crushing victory - provide us with anything in the way of instruction for the GOP, it's that a complete disconnect from the daily concerns of the people of Virginia will bring the Republican Party change in landslide proportions.

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* Please, someone, please, explain to me what a position on global warming has to do with morality. Christ Almighty.

The Migration To Obama's Inauguration Begins

I thought it was 4 million. Oh, well ...

3 Million Begin Hajj Pilgrimage

Oops. My mistake. This is a story about religious zealots converging on their spiritual capitol to demonstrate their solidarity with their fellow true believers and submission to their Savior.

Uh ...

Because Nobody Else Wanted It

[Virginia] GOP Chairman Forced to Keep Job:

[Virginia] GOP Chairman Allowed to Keep Job

Words Well Writ

From George Will:
Reactionary liberalism, the ideology of many Democrats, holds that inconvenient rights, such as secret ballots in unionization elections, should be repealed; that existing failures, such as GM, should be preserved; and, with special perversity, that repealed mistakes, such as the "fairness doctrine," should be repeated.
"Broadcast 'Fairness' Fouls Out," The Washington Post, December 7, 2008

Giving Credit Where It's Due

I'll give Obama one thing. He hasn't appointed fools, morons, wienies, or crooks to positions of importance within his coming administration:

Academic Elites Fill Obama's Roster

A shudder still runs down my spine when I think of Joycelyn Elders and Janet Reno and Ron Brown and Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright and Les Aspin and Mike Espy and Henry Cisneros ...*

At least Obama has done this right.

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* For those of you not familiar with Bill Clinton's "leadership" team, that's moron/fool, fool/moron, crook, wiener, fool, wiener, crook and crook.

This Seems Rather Startling

In a world of politics, where less-than-intelligent congresspersons can single-handedly destroy the U.S. economy, and get reelected handily, and where legislators can violate the law with impunity, and keep their powerful committee chair positions, where murderers roam the hallowed halls and are looked upon by their fellow pols as wonderful role models for them all, where the Klan can be denounced and a klan member can be promoted to a position of power and influence, and be reelected without serious challenge despite the fact that gross senility set in long before, where corruption is the fashion and is openly encouraged, where one can be convicted of having taken bribes as a federal judge, become a member of Congress, and be reelected six times, where members can be so stupid as to say things like, "“I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion,” where bumbling old fools can say things like: "Young Americans are getting their heads blown off for the president's amusement" and get reelected 18 times, and ...

... where sexual deviants can become president, and can be wildly popular long after leaving office with bands playing and head held high, for God's sake ...

... this startling development is ... well, startling:
Voters deny indicted Rep. Jefferson re-election
The Associated Press

New Orleans (AP) -- Voters in Louisiana ousted indicted Democratic Rep. William Jefferson on Saturday, instead electing a Republican attorney who will be the first Vietnamese-American in Congress.

Unofficial results showed Anh "Joseph" Cao denying Jefferson a 10th term. Republicans made an aggressive push to take the seat from the 61-year-old incumbent, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, laundering money and misusing his congressional office. [link]
A ray of light ...

... in a very, very dark universe.

Headline Of The Day

From Virginia's own Extreme Mortman:

Louisiana Has A Cao

The story has to do with the defeat of sitting Representative William Jefferson by Republican Anh Cao in New Orleans. Ssee above.

Very creative, man.

When You Think Money Magically Appears ...

... in Washington coffers, you don't recognize the fact that there's a relationship between jobs, taxes, and federal benefits.

Look at this report in this morning's New York Times about the plight of laid-off workers who find their health care benefits terminated when their work was terminated:
When a Job Disappears, So Does the Health Care
By Robert Pear

Ashland, Ohio — As jobless numbers reach levels not seen in 25 years, another crisis is unfolding for millions of people who lost their health insurance along with their jobs, joining the ranks of the uninsured.

About 10.3 million Americans were unemployed in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of unemployed has increased by 2.8 million, or 36 percent, since January of this year, and by 4.3 million, or 71 percent, since January 2001.

Most people are covered through the workplace, so when they lose their jobs, they lose their health benefits. On average, for each jobless worker who has lost insurance, at least one child or spouse covered under the same policy has also lost protection, public health experts said.

Expanding access to health insurance, with federal subsidies, was a priority for President-elect Barack Obama and the new Democratic Congress. The increase in the ranks of the uninsured, including middle-class families with strong ties to the work force, adds urgency to their efforts. [link]
The implication, of course, is that, if the government provided health care coverage, there'd be no problem if a worker lost his or her job.

The question needs to be asked: Where's Obama going to get the money to extend benefits to these people who find themselves in need of a handout? From those fortunate enough to still be employed? From businesses that are still trying to stay afloat?

And when he raises taxes on either - or both - and they go under, is he going to provide for them as well? And where is he going to get the money to do that? From those fortunate enough to still be employed. And from their employers.

And when they go under ...

That's called a death spiral.

Obama would do well to drop his potentially harmful plans to make the situation much worse and give companies a tax break - as soon as he enters office - so that they can get back on their feet.

So that they can start employing people again.

So that the employees and their employers can pay for that needed health care.

So that America can once again work.

Because money to pay for health care comes from the workplace, not from the tooth fairy. Or from laid-off workers or shuttered businesses.

He won't, of course. Obama will raise taxes to pay for his new benefits. And many of those being taxed will fail. And ...

Quote of the Day

Mark Steyn on the Muslim world's cowardice - or at least indifference - in the face of Islamist terror:
We are told that the “vast majority” of the 1.6-1.8 billion Muslims (in Deepak Chopra’s estimate) are “moderate.” Maybe so, but they’re also quiet. And, as the AIDs activists used to say, “Silence=Acceptance.” It equals acceptance of the things done in the name of their faith. Rabbi Holtzberg was not murdered because of a territorial dispute over Kashmir or because of Bush’s foreign policy. He was murdered in the name of Islam — “Allahu Akbar.”

I wrote in my book, America Alone, that “reforming” Islam is something only Muslims can do. But they show very little sign of being interested in doing it, and the rest of us are inclined to accept that. Spread a rumor that a Koran got flushed down the can at Gitmo, and there’ll be rioting throughout the Muslim world. Publish some dull cartoons in a minor Danish newspaper, and there’ll be protests around the planet. But slaughter the young pregnant wife of a rabbi in Bombay in the name of Allah, and that’s just business as usual. And, if it is somehow “understandable” that for the first time in history it’s no longer safe for a Jew to live in India, then we are greasing the skids for a very slippery slope. Muslims, the AP headline informs us, “worry about image.” Not enough.
"Silence = Acceptance," National Review, December 6, 2008

All The Money In The World ...

This didn't work when FDR tried it; it won't work now:

Obama Plans Largest Building Program Since 1950s

For more information on how the New Deal was a dismal failure, go here.

This is what we get for electing a woefully inexperienced person for president.

All The Money In The World ...

We're up to one percent of America's GDP and climbing:

Senate Told It May Take $75 to $125 Billion To Keep Big Three From Bankruptcy


And that'll get sucked down the urinal in no time as well.