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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Is This How You Remember It?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the news coming out of New Orleans was replete with stories about looting and burning and pillaging, robbing and raping and murdering. One such story from CNN at the time:

Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown said his agency was attempting to work "under conditions of urban warfare."

Police snipers were stationed on the roof of their precinct, trying to protect it from armed miscreants roaming seemingly at will.

Officers warned a CNN crew to stay off the streets because of escalating danger, and cautioned others about attempted shootings and rapes by groups of young men.

"They have quite a few people running around here with guns," he said. "You got these young teenage boys running around up here raping these girls."

Elsewhere, groups of armed men wandered the streets, buildings smoldered and people picked through stores for what they could find.

As it turns out - if you choose to believe the nitwits at the Charleston Gazette, who believe without question an account provided by the former American communist political rag, The Nation - it was bad white men doing all the murder and mayhem back then. Really:

Racism: Vigilante shootings
Charleston Gazette editorial

During the chaos after Hurricane Katrina, bands of armed white males in one New Orleans neighborhood evidently shot black refugees who came to their all-white sector. At least 11 black men were shot and perhaps four were killed, according to sketchy reports.

So far, police haven't investigated the vigilante murders, but testimony is surfacing. The Nation magazine published a long report titled "Katrina's Hidden Race War." And a Danish film crew made an hour-long documentary, "Welcome to New Orleans," in which beer-guzzling white men gloat about shooting blacks who entered the Algiers Point white neighborhood.

[Rebecca Solnit] adds that white Louisianans spread false rumors alleging black looting and crimes after Katrina. The hysterical tales turned out to be imaginary. [link]

There you have it. The TV cameras that were televising live from helicopters overhead were mistaken. It was white racists who were causing all the problems in the streets. For weeks. In a city that was, at the time, 2/3rds black. With hundreds of (racist) (albeit liberal) reporters on street corners throughout the city distorting that which the cameras were mistaking.

These people - those at the Gazette, and The Nation, Rebecca Solnit - are pathetic. Beyond pathetic, they are laughable.

Keep it up guys. You make for great entertainment.

I Agree

Although I've occasionally wavered on the subject, I agree with the Roanoke Times on this:
Unshackle Virginia's governors
editorial

[Governor Tim] Kaine won't be able to ride out the commonwealth's fiscal turmoil and simply delay a more ambitious pre-K initiative until better times. The popular, first-term governor won't be having a second term, not right away, because Virginia clings to an antiquated law that bars its chief executive from succeeding himself.

It's the only state in the country that imposes such a limit, and Virginia is not better for it.

[blah blah blah] [link]
Here's the deal: As much as I was opposed to our having to endure another Bill Clinton term - the sexual escapades, the charges of harassment (and worse), the scandals, the lies, the incompetence - I am a big believer in democracy. The will of the people. Of the people, by the people, for the people, and all that. For that reason alone, I oppose term limits. Federal, state, local.

If the people of Virginia want Tim Kaine to be their governor in perpetuity, long may he reign.

Of course, I'd then also be in favor of mass execution, but that's for another day.

Why We're In The Mess We're In

Paint the paintings. Carve the statues. Rename the bridges. Strike up the band. Unfurl the flags. He is/was larger than life itself. A towering statesman. A soaring intellect. An eminent diplomat, seer, and guide. A wise, wise man:

[John] Warner: Statesman's farewell

My take? He was an employee. A hired hand. No more, no less.

Why Is That?

Why is it you never read headlines like, "Daily Palestinian Rocket Attacks Into Israel Imperil Obama's Peace Chances"?

Instead, we get this from the Washington Post ...

Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Strip Imperil Obama's Peace Chances

Myopia? Bias? Small-mindedness? Does it matter?

NY Times Columnist Demands Higher Taxes

It must be Sunday.

Thomas Friedman has decided that we need to raise the gas tax. Stop the presses.

Why?
There has to be a system that permanently changes consumer demand, which would permanently change what Detroit makes, which would attract more investment in battery technology to make electric cars, which would hugely help the expansion of the wind and solar industries — where the biggest drawback is the lack of batteries to store electrons when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining. A higher gas tax would drive all these systemic benefits.
"There has to be a system that permanently changes consumer demand." There is one in place now, Tommy Boy. It's called the mainstream press. And from its demise has risen the weblog. The weblog's rise can readily be attributed to the hatred instilled by people like you in those "consumers" you look down upon so disrespectfully and derisively. People - in massive numbers - have turned away from the mainstream media because of elitist attitudes like yours.

An inescapable truth: Taxes are routinely used these days to punish behavior. There's no arguing that fact. But there is a price to be paid. As long as your kind only nibbled at the edges, as long as you wolves picked off only the weaker among us with your sin taxes - smokers, drinkers, gamblers - you were tolerated. But now you and yours are leveling your sights more and more on mainstream America through calls for punitive across-the-board carbon taxes and ever higher gas taxes and fat taxes and SUV taxes, and on and on. These aren't taxes levied in order to raise revenue for your government. They are taxes intended to inflict pain. Who gives you and your kind that right? And how long do you think you can get away with it before we rise up in retaliation?

There is indeed a price, Tom. America - with each new law, each new tax, each new regulation, each new restriction on behavior, each new effort to hurt the citizenry, to punish - becomes more inclined to see your government as not being their government. It's becoming us against them. Or, in fact, since you are an integral part of the system - us against you.

Here's some news for you, Tom: Out here in the real world, a whole lot of people are hurting right now. And a whole lot more are worried sick about being in a world of hurt - if things don't change - tomorrow. And you're wanting to reach into that tortured world and make matters worse. Make the hurt hurt more. Make 'em suffer.

So that "we" can invest in windmills and shit.

Go ahead. Have your way. And acquire more of those Pulitzers in the process. But understand the cost of your self-indulgences. We intend to have no part of it. We are going to do our best to endure - somehow - despite your efforts to "change" us.

You're riding high right now, but there comes a reckoning. Out of contempt, unrest among us - the great unwashed - grows.

Quote of the Day

On the UAW standing in the way of the survival of the Big Three auto makers, Mickey Kaus:
Fifteen years ago, at the start of the last Democratic president's administration. incoming Labor Secretary Robert Reich famously said "The jury is still out on whether the traditional union is necessary for the new workplace." Tactfully put. This fall, if not earlier, the jury came back.
"Don't Blame Gettelfinger," Kausfiles, December 26, 2008

Please. Stop.

This is borderline painful:

She's a Kennedy, But She's a Lot Like Us

Yeah. Right. Just like "us."

We Make Progress

At least on one front ...
2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved
By Christopher Booker, London Telegraph

Easily one of the most important stories of 2008 has been all the evidence suggesting that this may be looked back on as the year when there was a turning point in the great worldwide panic over man-made global warming. Just when politicians in Europe and America have been adopting the most costly and damaging measures politicians have ever proposed, to combat this supposed menace, the tide has turned ...

First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the scare. After several years flatlining, global temperatures have dropped sharply enough to cancel out much of their net rise in the 20th century.

Secondly, 2008 was the year when any pretence that there was a "scientific consensus" in favour of man-made global warming collapsed. At long last, as in the Manhattan Declaration last March, hundreds of proper scientists, including many of the world's most eminent climate experts, have been rallying to pour scorn on that "consensus" which was only a politically engineered artefact, based on ever more blatantly manipulated data and computer models programmed to produce no more than convenient fictions.

Suddenly it has become rather less appealing that we should divert trillions of dollars, pounds and euros into the fantasy that we could reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 per cent. All those grandiose projects for "emissions trading", "carbon capture", building tens of thousands more useless wind turbines, switching vast areas of farmland from producing food to "biofuels", are being exposed as no more than enormously damaging and futile gestures, costing astronomic sums we no longer possess. [link]
This is not news to those of us who have looked at both sides of the argument (with both eyes open). Global warming theory was a hoax from the start, built on a foundation of false assumptions and a reliance on faith in computer analyses that would make the most devout worshipper proud.

It all now comes crashing down. Not a day too soon either. Obama has stacked his cabinet with global warming "true believers," and is preparing to tax the living hell out of the American people in order to save the environment raise the kind of cash that Democrats typically need in order to feel worthy. Hopefully, someone will talk some sense into the kid before he does anything stupid.

Who Knew?

There are people out there who still recognize this "holiday":

A Post-Obama Kwanzaa

Whatever.

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* For those of you who aren't familiar with the contrived holiday called Kwanzaa and are wondering who it is exactly that devotees worship on that festive occasion, here's some background. It's Obama.