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Monday, January 26, 2009

O, Caroline

Yes, she's a liberal Democrat. And yes, she's a Kennedy. Which means there have been moments over the last couple of weeks when the schadenfreude got the best of me and I enjoyed her self-destruction. But all in all, I wish Caroline hadn't subjected herself to the humiliation that has come down upon her.

On this, I agree with Charles Krauthammer, who is thankful (sorta) that Kirsten Gillibrand was picked over Caroline Kennedy for that Senate seat:
The most important thing about her is not upstate or downstate, guns or no guns. It's the fact that she is not a Kennedy.

My only regret is that Caroline diminished herself unnecessarily and was actually humiliated in a way that was unfortunate. She is not an unworthy person, and it was all self-inflicted.

But, on the other hand, I am happy to see at least one instance of the reversal of a trend into dynastic succession, which we have a lot of in this country.
I'm glad to see her crushed. It pained me to see her being crushed.

Say What?

One reads the Galax Gazette headline and is inspired:

Fancy Gap a tourism hot spot

Unfortunately the headline was attached to a less-than-inspiring article. The details about that "hot spot":

"Bringing new businesses to fill up empty buildings would be ..."

"... getting new tenants for Michelle's Gift Gallery — recently closed due to retirement — Fancy Gap Trading Post, the defunct antique store and ..."

"He pointed to photos of empty buildings on U.S. 52."

"'I don't think this is the kind of picture that we want to portray to the governors and the rest of the people that will be, you know, helping to celebrate the parkway.'"

"It's weaknesses stem from the lack of water and sewer infrastructure and lack of variety in its restaurant and retail offerings ..."

If Fancy Gap were the "tourism hot spot" that someone at the Gazette thinks it is, would it have all those vacated tourist attractions and abandoned buildings?

Methinks this is another one of those pieces of propaganda that focuses more on what might someday be than on what folks in Fancy Gap are actually dealing with today.

And on what one day was, back when U.S. 52 was the primary means of getting from Indianapolis to Charlotte a long time ago.

Anyway, planners in Carroll County are asking for investment in the area. Nothing wrong with that.

Just keep it real, fellas.

I Don't Get It

I think Chris OBrion, the Roanoke Times's resident political cartoonist is a talented individual. But today's offering is completely mystifying. Does it mean he's gone on vacation? Does that mean he couldn't have drawn an extra one last week before he left that could have been used this week?

Or does it mean he's simply run out of ideas? "Sorry, I've declared intermission until further notice."

Leave of absence? If so, shouldn't he have been a bit more direct with the notification?

What's he up to?

Why He's the Roanoke Times's Best

I'll bet, if the publisher of the Roanoke Times ever divulged the company's innermost secrets, that columnist Tom Angleberger gets more fan mail than all the other columnists, reporters, and editorial writers combined. Why?

Because he writes interesting stuff.

He makes even the most mundane stuff interesting.

Take for example his latest effort. He writes on the subject of grammar. and it's* proper usage/application. And he gets deluged with responses.


Yes, grammar. Because he makes it interesting.

Others, ahem, could take a few lessons from this guy.

* A little joke, Tom.

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At the other end of the spectrum, the nitwits who write for the Charleston Gazette. Here's a snippet of today's offering (see Potpourri):

"Last week marked the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth. Delegate Danny Wells, D-Kanawha, who has a camp at Poe, Nicholas County, says the little mountain hamlet was named for the macabre poet-author."

Adjective: macabre mə-ˈkäb; -ˈkä-brə, -bər; -ˈkäbrə
1. Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

So one of America's most celebrated authors was shockingly repellent? Edgar Allen Poe inspired horror?

Or did they mean to write that he was the master of the macabre?

Poe was repellent. Good God.

The Bottom Line On That 'Stimulus' Bill

The Wall Street Journal:
The stimulus bill is ... a time machine in the sense that it's based on an old, and largely discredited, economic theory. As Harvard economist Robert Barro pointed out on these pages last Thursday, the "stimulus" claim is based on something called the Keynesian "multiplier," which is that each $1 of spending the government "injects" into the economy yields 1.5 times that in greater output. There's little evidence to support this theory, but you have to admire its beauty because it assumes the government can create wealth out of thin air. If it were true, the government should spend $10 trillion and we'd all live in paradise.

The problem is that the money for this spending boom has to come from somewhere, which means it is removed from the private sector as higher taxes or borrowing.
So we (or our grandchildren) pay the government to pay us back. After skimming a sizable portion for itself. Or, as things are shaping up, we're paying the government to pay close friends of government officials. Or we are paying the government to simply promote leftist lunacy.

What's become clear: As the Congressional Budget Office has reported, it's certain that we aren't paying the government to stimulate the economy.

What it boils down to is this: We are paying the Democrats in Washington a breathtaking amount so that they can do what Democrats do. No further analysis needed.

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Oh, and John Kerry says: Quit asking time-consuming, inconvenient questions.

We Already Have That

It's called the 101st Airborne.

Why reinvent the wheel?

The New York Times thinks Barack Obama's attempt at doing just that - at great taxpayer expense - is a sweet idea:
The Moment for National Service

President Obama used his Inaugural Address to summon the nation to “a new era of responsibility” and personal engagement to solve the nation’s problems.

Now is the moment for the new president and Congress to harness the sense of idealism and unity evident amid the huge crowds that massed in the nation’s capital by greatly expanding the opportunities for sustained and productive national and community service.

Its prompt approval would create tens of thousands of meaningful new positions for people ready to work hard for the public good, making tangible the “spirit of service” Mr. Obama spoke of in his Inaugural Address. [link]
To normal people, protecting our country against foreign aggression is considered "productive national and community service." But to the cloistered editorialists at the Times, it can only be considered redeeming if it involves young people doing chores for people who ought to be able to do for themselves. Like painting their homes. Cleaning up the garbage in the backyard. Wiping their butts.

At taxpayer expense.

Want to serve your community in a productive way and actually accomplish something?

Corrupt & Democrat

How did that Frank Sinatra song go? The words go together like "horse" and "carriage"?

Speaker of Massachusetts House Resigns Over Friendship

Corrupt and Democrat.
Like prison and inmate.

"This I tell you, brutha. You can't have one without the utha."

This Cannot Stand

Peter Schiff, writing in the Wall Street Journal, on the fact that so much U.S. debt is owned by foreign governments, and on the fact that it can't continue:
Currently, U.S. citizens comprise less than 5% of world population, but account for more than 25% of global GDP. Given our debts and weakening economy, this disproportionate advantage should narrow. Yet the U.S. is asking much poorer foreign nations to maintain the status quo, and incredibly, they are complying. At least for now.

If any other country were to face these conditions, unpalatable measures such as severe government austerity or currency devaluation would be the only options. But with our currency's reserve status, we have much more attractive alternatives. We are planning to spend as much as we like, for as long as we like, and we will let the rest of the world pick up the tab.

[O]ne would hope that Mr. Obama can see that, just like all other bubbles in world history, the U.S. debt bubble will end badly.
One would hope. But the Treasury is printing money like never before. And Obama's plan - unless there's an epiphany - is to drop a mountain of new debt on foreign creditors with the expectation that they'll be eager to buy it.

Let's hope. It's his only plan.

And They Say Sarah Palin Is Stupid

Nancy Pelosi trying to explain to ABC's George Stephanopoulos why the government should be spending our $1,000,000,000,000 in income on that "stimulus" bill:

STEPHANOPOULOS: We also heard from Congressman Boehner coming out of the meeting today that again a lot of that spending doesn't even meet the same test you just talked about right now. Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?

PELOSI: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.

Say what? Does that even begin to make sense?

This woman shouldn't be running a kindergarten class and she's in charge of appropriating trillions of dollars over the next several years?

Good God.

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Drudge is just as bewildered by her idiocy:

A laughingstock. Just what we need.

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Her performance is even more pathetic when seen:

Can you say B-I-M-B-O?

Quote of the Day

From Glenn Reynolds:

"WELL, THAT IS A CHANGE: Biden: I have to think about everything I say."