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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Like He Said

I did my part the other day by beating up on the scurrilous dogs at the Roanoke Times who have gone back to that tired refrain, "We need to do something about the gun show loophole." For those of you who remain uninformed, that would be the mythical gun show loophole that misguided fools believe somehow contributes to America's crime problem, despite the fact that there are no legitimate statistics to back up their contention.

Well, I think it's worthwhile to reprint a letter to the editor of the Times that says it even better than I did:

Gun-show story was short on truth and relevance

In the, thank-goodness, eventually passing wake of recent national and local elections, The Roanoke Times has returned to provincial form in its noblesse oblige mission to buoy the masses. Noble ends heed no pedestrian scrutiny; truth and relevance, unneeded weight. In reference to "Gun decision in limbo" (Dec. 10 news story):

1. No decision is in "limbo." The sole purpose of the commission is to make a legislative recommendation.

2. The Times can display and quote as many Virginia Tech massacre victims as desired; this will not change the fact that this tragedy had absolutely nothing to do with any gun-show sale.

3. If, as reported, Omar Samaha purchased an "assault rifle" at a gun show, he and others would be in serious legal jeopardy. It seems pointless to yet again explain the difference between an assault rifle and a semi-automatic firearm. Those yet unable to understand, and/or unwilling to cease manipulating such, appear immune from elucidation.

Jim Lucas
Roanoke

Excellent. Thanks, Jim.

Kaine steers Virginia Toward Yellow Brick Road

Kaine steers Virginia in direction of 'green jobs'

Don't laugh. As long as his brain's wrapped around goofy ideas like that, he's not conjuring ways to raise our taxes again.

Moran Abandons His Constituents

Delegate Brian Moran (D-Alexandria) knows what he needs to do to be governor. Shit on the people who got him where he is today:
Del. Brian Moran gives up post
By Michael Sluss, the Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Democrat Brian Moran of Alexandria resigned from the House of Delegates on Friday, a move that will enable him to campaign full time for governor while the General Assembly is in session this winter.

Moran is one of three Democrats pursuing the party's nomination for governor, which will be decided in a primary. By resigning, he can continue to campaign and raise money while the General Assembly is in session in January and February. State law prohibits legislators and statewide officeholders from raising campaign cash during the legislative session.

Moran informed Gov. Tim Kaine of his resignation in a letter and also sent a letter to constituents in his House district explaining his decision.

"This will be a long campaign against difficult opponents," Moran said in his letter to constituents.

"While the decisions made in the coming 45-day General Assembly session are important, the leadership of Virginia for the next four years is even more critical," Moran said. [link]
How about that? ""While the decisions made in the coming 45-day General Assembly session are important ... to you schmucks ... they're not important enough to me. I have other things to do."

I think we've found an instance where that "being able to walk and chew gum at the same time" adage applies. Apparently Moran can't represent his people and make speeches to a soon-to-be fawning press at the same time. Like the eager reporters from the Washington Post won't be able to pick up his faxes and reprint them as news on a regular basis, without him being there to give them particular emphasis.

So he walks away from his day job.

He walks away from his commitments.

Just what we need in a governor.

For the love of God.

Another Global Warming Pact To Be Ignored

The world's representatives met, partied, and decided:

Interim Climate Pact Approved

Whatever.

Like a Broken Record

Despite the fact that Barack Obama made a mockery of federal campaign finance rules in the recent election - opting (legally) to simply not participate in the "matching funds" program that other politicians before him had adhered to - the Washington Post this morning has decided that the best way to prevent another Rod Blagojevich scandal from ever happening again is to ...

... create a whole new set of campaign finance rules.

It's as if they have only one key on the keyboard:
Lead Us Not . . .
Basic campaign finance reform might discourage future 'pay for play' chicanery.
Existing laws are today bypassed or, worse, ignored by politicians who wish to get ahead without playing by the rules. And the nitwits at the Post think the best way to respond to this problem is by making the rules being ignored and bypassed more complex.

Christ Almighty.

Like that farmer trying without success to sweep fleas across the barnyard. How to help him? Give him a bigger broom.

What was that definition of the word stupid again?

A Portent Of Things To Come

You wanted Obama. You got Obama. Now try to heat your house:
Global Warming's Poor, Huddled Masses
By David A. Ridenour, Investor's Business Daily

Last month, President-elect Obama promised to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 — approximately a 16% cut — and then to cut them an additional 80% by 2050.

That's a 68% cut from today's levels and would mean trimming U.S. carbon emissions to roughly where they were in 1905.

Think about 1905 for a minute. There were just 77,988 registered vehicles in the U.S., compared to over 250 million today — or just one vehicle for every 3,200 now. Less than 10% of the country had electricity, fewer than five percent of households had electric clothes-washers, only a handful of Americans had dishwashers, and no one had air conditioning.

Life expectancy was only 47 years, about 30 years shorter than today — although it may have seemed a whole lot longer than that.

Reducing America's greenhouse gases to 1905 levels, even including the substantial energy efficiency gains already made and those projected for the future, would be very costly and require a wrenching transformation of our way of life.

But don't take my word for it.

Barack Obama suggested as much himself, saying, "under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket . . . whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money . . . (and) they will pass that . . . on to the consumers."

Obama's America wouldn't just welcome your tired, your poor, your huddled masses: It would create them. [Link] [my emphasis]
To solve a problem that doesn't exist, Barack Obama is going to create a new class of impoverished Americans. And for those who can't pay their heating bills today? Well, I'm sure there'll be another government assistance program created to help them get by.

As for who'll be paying for that government assistance, good luck. See below.

Atlas Is Shrugging

It would be difficult to quantify this, but a contributor to American Thinker tells us that a good bit of the implosion of the U.S. economy in recent months is the direct result of business owners - like him - saying, Enough Is Enough:
Blame me for job losses
By C. Edmund Wright

When the jobs report for November came out last week, many so-called "experts" were shocked at the massive loss of an estimated 533 thousand jobs. Even a Time /CNN organization called "The Curious Capitalists" were at a loss to explain it.

Let me attempt to help out these "curious capitalists" (though I am still skeptical that anyone working for CNN or Time is either curious or a capitalist). I caused part of this job loss and I know precisely why; the election. The results portend big trouble for small business.

Most of the kind of people who start and run businesses are by definition trying to opt out of depending on anyone else -- be it a large corporation or government -- for their welfare. We take on tremendous risks and responsibilities. We do so expecting a better than average return. Since we require nothing from government, most of us deeply resent and resist being pestered by government.

For nearly 30 years, I have been one of these business people. It was an amazing journey and literally involved blood, sweat and tears. But now I am done. This election screams that we are going to see a deterioration of the risk-reward equation and the ability to be left alone. Apparently, any appreciation of our crucial place in the economy is lost on over 50% of the voters as well as those they elected.

So, like many business owners, I will "stay home" so to speak. Others more brave than I are opting to try and stay in business by cutting way back on purchases and payroll. They have already started. They are not waiting for the little sign on Obama's lectern to be updated to the official Presidential seal. November 2008 job losses belong to "The Office of the President Elect." I know. I caused some of them, and I know why. [link]
Ironically, Mr. Wright opens himself up to being accused of being "unpatriotic." But, at this point in his - and our - history - I doubt that he cares. He has been driven to do that which businessmen and women have been threatening to do for the last two decades - throw their hands up in the air in desperation and defeat and walk away. And, perhaps, join the ranks of those on the receiving end of "government largesse."

You want the government to provide your health care coverage and your unemployment coverage and your disability coverage and your retirement benefits and your children's education and your higher education and your welfare income, understand who it is that you're asking to pay for it all. It's not the government. It's Mr. Wright. And it's me. And it's the many taxpayers out there who haven't given up on their country.

Yet.

But keep making demands ...

Along Those Lines ...

If you read the piece from Edmund Wright (above), who's decided to shut down his small business rather than try to deal with Obama and a host of new taxes and regulations, you'll know the developing problem. Now for the magnitude:
Oil Companies Voting With Their Feet
By Investor's Business Daily

Another day, another oil company fleeing the country. No, this isn't Ecuador, the banana republic that just defaulted on its debt after chasing out investors. It's the United States, and what we're seeing is self-defense.

Much political hay has been made in Congress about "unpatriotic" corporations that move operations abroad. Weatherford International is the latest, taking its headquarters from Houston to Switzerland. The oil services company said that it wants to be closer to its markets. But what it really meant was that it no longer saw the future in the U.S.

In a political atmosphere of blaming corporations, it's no wonder. Halliburton fled to Dubai in 2007. Tyco International, Foster Wheeler and Transocean International all went to Switzerland. As a pattern emerges, America's global standing diminishes, in part because it's based on the willingness of companies to invest. It's an especially bad sign when domestic companies flee.

"The U.S. is an important market," Weatherford CEO Bernard J. Duroc-Danner told the Houston Chronicle Thursday. But, "it's just a market. It's not the primary market." [link]

The "greedy" corporate heads at Weatherford International, like Mr. Wright, will be deemed "unpatriotic." They should stay here in the USA and be ridiculed and beaten up on like they have been in recent decades.

But like the harried and abused wife, they can only take so much of it and they pack their bags and leave.

Call them whatever you want. The point is, they - and their tax revenue - are gone. Leaving Obama and his minions with their hands out looking elsewhere for sustenance.

Where will it end?

Does This Make You Want To Buy One?

I love this Toyota commercial that aired in Scotland. For its creativity. But the fact that I'll never own one for fear of being gobbled up by the Loch Ness Monster should give the ad's creators pause:



Good stuff.

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Thanks For The Memories

I wasn't around when he hit his prime, but I remember so many (reruns) of his black & white movies from the war years (that would be World War II, youngsters). Particularly those he made with the incomparable June Allyson.

As they say: They just don't make 'em like that any more.

Those memories rise to the surface this morning with this news:
Van Johnson, Film Actor, Is Dead at 92
By Aljean Harmetz, The New York Times

Van Johnson, a film actor whose affable charm and boyish good looks helped turn him into a major Hollywood star during World War II, died Friday in Nyack, N.Y. He was 92.

[I]t was his wartime film career that catapulted Mr. Johnson to fame, and it gave him a boy-next-door image that he could never live down. He was the red-haired, freckle-faced soldier, sailor or B-25 bomber pilot who used to live down the street in a dozen MGM movies between 1942 and 1946.

Mr. Johnson won praise in his first dramatic role, as the pilot whose story is told in “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” (1944). He drew good notices for his work in “The Caine Mutiny,” Edward Dmytryk’s 1954 adaptation of the Herman Wouk novel, in which he played the naval lieutenant who is compelled to relieve the erratic Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) of command while at sea. [link]
Few of his movies will go into the Cinema Hall of Fame but Van Johnson and his flicks were good for that time in America's history. A good man in good flicks in a time of struggle.

Ya done well, Mr. Johnson.

Whoa. Hold On There.

Leave it to politicians. In a state that has (deservedly) earned a reputation for lawlessness, the attorney general - a politician looking to her future - tries to skirt the law to remove the sitting governor.

Has everyone gone mad?
Ill' AG Asks High Court To Remove Blagojevich From Office
By the Associated Press

Springfield, Ill. - In an unprecedented move, the Illinois attorney general asked the state's highest court Friday to strip scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his powers.

Lisa Madigan took the action as pressure on the governor intensified to step down and lawmakers considered impeachment. And the fallout over the scandal continued Friday as the governor's chief of staff resigned; John Harris was arrested along with the governor on Tuesday.

Madigan said that she took the action with the Supreme Court because she thinks that this is a faster way to strip Blagojevich of his power than through impeachment, which could take several weeks. [link] [my emphasis]

Yeah, letting the process play out could take some time. So why not just take him out back and shoot him, Lisa? That seems within the bounds of reason in your mixed-up state, where laws are broken on a whim.

Do you really want to go down that road?