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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Any Bets?

The boys over at the Roanoke Times this morning, with heads snuggly enwrapped in their butts, call on the dynamic duo - Senators Warner and Webb - to defy their Democratic leadership in Washington and allow Roland Burris to be seated as a United States senator. And I want bulls to learn to cover their private parts:
Punish Blagojevich, not Illinois
editorial

When Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner head to Washington this week, one of the first decisions they might make is whether the Senate should admit Roland Burris of Illinois to its ranks. Though Burris carries the taint of the man who appointed him, scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Virginia's senators should not hinder Burris from taking office. The people of Illinois deserve two senators. [link]
Nice sentiment. But completely loony. Both Warner and Webb will do exactly as they're told by their superiors and will block Burris.

Any bets?

It Comes Down To This

How long can the Palestinian people continue to be stupid?

(Okay, it's a crude sentence but it expresses my attitude toward this never-ending subject.)

Indiscriminate terror attacks bring the wrath of the Israeli military machine down upon them, inflicting death and destruction on their woefully impoverished neighborhoods, and how do they respond?

More terror attacks.

Hello?
Escalation in Gaza
Washington Post editorial

Israel says that the aim of its offensive in Gaza, which yesterday expanded to a ground invasion, is simple: to end rocket fire aimed at its citizens. That barrage began seven years ago and sporadically continued even during the six-month cease-fire that Hamas refused to extend in December; though the mostly primitive missiles have caused few casualties, they are a threat that no country could be expected to tolerate.

... so far there is little indication that the Islamic movement is ready to compromise. Its leaders remain defiant; despite the Israeli onslaught, militants continue to fire scores of missiles at Israel daily -- and for the first time are targeting major cities such as Ashdod and Beersheva. [link]
When does the word "defiance" give way to a different noun - stupidity? Gaza, by most estimates, is the poorest region on the planet. And not by accident. Stubbornly ignorant leadership over the years has made it so.

Do the Palestinian people deserve better? No. They had their chance at election time and (in Gaza anyway) voted the Hamas thugs, who are hellbent on keeping their realm a sewer, as their leadership. They therefore deserve that which they chose, and now endure.

I just wish they'd wise up. Some day.

Your Government, Back At It

Remember SCHIP, that program that was originally designed to help poor children but became, last year, an effort by Democrats to provide health care coverage for upper-middle income kids by taxing the poorest among us?

It's baaaaaacccckkkk:
Tax hikes for the poor
By Phil Kerpen, writing in the Washington Times

[T]here are rumblings that one of the first orders of business for the expanded Democratic majorities in Congress will be to raise taxes on millions of Americans nowhere near being rich, including many below the poverty line. It's a cigarette tax hike, included in a bill to dramatically expand government-run health care. Passing it would signal that Democrats are still the party of higher taxes -- and not just for the rich.

The vehicle is a bill to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance (SCHIP) program, and while we don't know details yet we can assume it will be similar to last year's version, which increased funding $35 billion and expanded coverage from children in families making less than twice the poverty level up to three or even four times the poverty level. This expansion is financed by raising the federal tax on cigarettes from 39 cents per pack to $1 per pack, a 156 percent increase, and raising taxes on other tobacco products by a similar percentage.

This tax hike would wallop the poor. An analysis by the Tax Foundation found that cigarette taxes hit the poor harder than any other federal tax, hitting the bottom 20 percent, 37 times harder than raising the same amount of revenue from the income tax, because while the income tax falls mostly on people with higher incomes the cigarette tax falls heavily on less affluent Americans.

This dramatic expansion of SCHIP is a bad idea ... [link]
To Democrats, it's tax revenue, man. Since when is that ever a bad idea?

Ask the geniuses at the Roanoke Times. They think it's just swell to raise taxes on the poor.

As does Governor Kaine.

So shut up and feel the love "change."

There Is No Stem Cell Ban

The New York Times:

Democrats Debate Methods to End Stem Cell Ban

President Bush, August, 2001:

As a result of private research, more than 60 genetically diverse stem cell lines already exist. They were created from embryos that have already been destroyed, and they have the ability to regenerate themselves indefinitely, creating ongoing opportunities for research.

I have concluded that we should allow federal funds to be used for research on these existing stem cell lines, where the life-and-death decision has already been made.

Leading scientists tell me research on these 60 lines has great promise that could lead to breakthrough therapies and cures. This allows us to explore the promise and potential of stem cell research ... [link]
Ban? There is no ban. This is nothing more than an attempt at ginning up controversy where none exists.

The real controversy? Why embryonic stem cells at all?

At Some Point, Someone's Going To Ask ...

... Where's he going to get the money to pay for it?
Obama Considers Major Expansion in Aid to Jobless
By Jackie Calmes and Carl Hulse, The New York Times

Chicago — President-elect Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are considering major expansions of government-assisted health care insurance and unemployment compensation as they begin intensive work this week on a two-year economic recovery package.

One proposal, as described by Democratic advisers, would extend unemployment compensation to part-time workers, an idea that Congressional Republicans have blocked in the past. [link]
Keep printin' that money, fellas. Keep printin' that money. We'll worry about the national debt in a century or two.

A Question

So. Is Al Gore confused or cunningly Machiavellian?

Or is he just a dumbass?

Harold Ambler, writing in the Huffington Post, uses a different term. He says Crazy Al's a flat-Earther (I think that's the same as being a dumbass):
Mr. Gore: Apology Accepted

You are probably wondering whether President-elect Obama owes the world an apology for his actions regarding global warming. The answer is, not yet. There is one person, however, who does. You have probably guessed his name: Al Gore.

Mr. Gore has stated, regarding climate change, that "the science is in." Well, he is absolutely right about that, except for one tiny thing. It is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind.

What is wrong with the statement? A brief list:

1. First, the expression "climate change" itself is a redundancy, and contains a lie. Climate has always changed, and always will.

2. Mr. Gore has gone so far to discourage debate on climate as to refer to those who question his simplistic view of the atmosphere as "flat-Earthers." This, too, is right on target, except for one tiny detail. It is exactly the opposite of the truth.

Indeed, it is Mr. Gore and his brethren who are flat-Earthers.

3. What the alarmists now state is that past episodes of warming were not caused by C02 but amplified by it, which is debatable, for many reasons, but, more important, is a far cry from the version of events sold to the public by Mr. Gore.

Meanwhile, the theory that carbon dioxide "drives" climate in any meaningful way is simply wrong and, again, evidence of a "flat-Earth" mentality.

4. This mechanism has never been shown to exist. [link]
Read the whole thing. Ambler goes into considerable detail on the subject of the global warming hoax. His is a rare voice that points out the fact that the emperor has no clothes.

Meanwhile, Obama, the Democrats, and the world community continue to solve the problem that doesn't exist. Global warming.

For the love of God.