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Friday, February 06, 2009

Oh Really?

I got a real chuckle out of a Roanoke Times editorial this morning (see "Tech tragedy doesn't justify racism"). We are admonished therein for harboring thoughts that some really bizarre Asians are wandering the hallowed halls of Southwest Virginia's premier university.

Though it's hard to argue that Seung-hui Cho and Haiyang Zhu aren't/weren't scraping the outer edges of bizarre. Or that either is not Asian.

But their point is well-taken. If we start making generalizations about weird people, Virginia's entire Democratic delegation to Washington would be unfairly singled out.

And that would be unfortunate. And beside the point.

But here's what made me choke on a Wheaty (Wheaty being the singular of Wheaties?):

Still healing from the psychological wounds of April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech did not need another tragedy like the gruesome murder of a 22-year-old student in a campus cafe.

As horrible as that murder was, the tragedy has been compounded by some ignorant voices around campus that seized on the irrelevant fact that both the suspect in this murder and the perpetrator of the April 16 massacre are Asian. [my emphasis]

Why is that so hilarious?

Because it was this same brilliant Roanoke Times editorial team (and a clueless Roanoke Times columnist) that, shortly after the Virginia Tech Massacre, seized on the irrelevant fact that Seung-hui Cho's firearms weren't purchased at a gun show to call for closing the gun show loophole!

These guys crack me up.

Quote of the Day

Charles Krauthammer:
"A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe."
-- President Obama, Feb. 4.

Catastrophe, mind you. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared "we have chosen hope over fear." Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.

And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high position. Followed by a Treasury secretary who allegedly couldn't understand the payroll tax provisions in his 1040. Followed by Tom Daschle, who had to fall on his sword according to the new Washington rule that no Cabinet can have more than one tax delinquent.

And yet more damaging to Obama's image than all the hypocrisies in the appointment process is his signature bill: the stimulus package. He inexplicably delegated the writing to Nancy Pelosi and the barons of the House. The product, which inevitably carries Obama's name, was not just bad, not just flawed, but a legislative abomination.

It's not just pages and pages of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections, one of which would set off a ruinous Smoot-Hawley trade war. It's not just the waste, such as the $88.6 million for new construction for Milwaukee Public Schools, which, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, have shrinking enrollment, 15 vacant schools and, quite logically, no plans for new construction.

It's the essential fraud of rushing through a bill in which the normal rules (committee hearings, finding revenue to pay for the programs) are suspended on the grounds that a national emergency requires an immediate job-creating stimulus -- and then throwing into it hundreds of billions that have nothing to do with stimulus, that Congress's own budget office says won't be spent until 2011 and beyond, and that are little more than the back-scratching, special-interest, lobby-driven parochialism that Obama came to Washington to abolish.

"The Fierce Urgency of Pork," Washington Post, February 6, 2009

Priorities. Priorities.

The commonwealth of Virginia is reeling from a mortgage meltdown, a massive budget deficit, rising unemployment, and an economic downturn the likes of which this state hasn't experienced since the Great Depression and what do our illustrious legislators in Richmond concentrate their efforts on?

Prayer.

A "gun show loophole" that doesn't exist.

Twice.

And smokers.

For the love of God.

Like I Said

Looks like I was hours ahead of this gal in reacting to The Democrats' latest example of blatant hypocrisy:
Congress risks criticism over luxury retreat trips
By Laurie Kellman, My Way.com

Washington (AP) - Members of Congress were quick to shame corporate executives for over-the-top extravagance during the economic crisis, flying private jets and taking luxury junkets. But some lawmakers are strolling fancy resorts spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars and mingling with lobbyists.

"We're very mindful" of perceptions, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson told reporters Thursday camped outside of the sprawling Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va., where House Democrats spent about $100,000 on their three-day annual retreat. "It's serious and it's from morning till night. We've been dwelling, rightfully, on the economy," said Larson, D-Conn.

Democrats spend taxpayer money on their retreat but do not permit lobbyists to accompany them. The public pays for a charter train from Washington to Williamsburg for many of the 200 members who attend, as well as conference rooms, security and catering. [link]
Living the high life at a seaside resort, all expenses paid by the taxpayers, and these guys complain about Wall Street extravagance.

It take balls.

Only In Washington

Does this make any sense?

A little over a week ago the House of Representatives passed President Obama's stimulus bill.

Today we learn in the Washington Post that, because of a deluge of unfavorable taxpayer response, the Senate is going to cut more than $100 billion from the legislation in order to make it more palatable (especially to a couple of liberal Republican women in New England).

So let's see:

The House bill has a price tag of $819 billion.
The Senate is going to cut $100 billion.
The final tab?

$820 billion.

$819,000,000,000
-$100,000,000,000
$820,000,000,000

Washington math.

Your money.

Does History Tell Us Anything?

If Obama's "stimulus" plan isn't simply your classic Democrat-driven government spending binge, and is truly about stimulating the economy, then on what basis do the people - including our novice president - who are pushing this notion get the idea that it'll actually work? (not that spending a trillion of our tax dollars should be spent effectively or anything)

Well, they surely haven't looked at the record compiled by the Japanese:
Japan’s Big-Works Stimulus Is Lesson for U.S.
By Martin Fackler, New York Times

Hamada, Japan — The Hamada Marine Bridge soars majestically over this small fishing harbor, so much larger than the squid boats anchored below that it seems out of place.

And it is not just the bridge. Two decades of generous public works spending have showered this city of 61,000 mostly graying residents with a highway, a two-lane bypass, a university, a prison, a children’s art museum, the Sun Village Hamada sports center, a bright red welcome center, a ski resort and an aquarium featuring three ring-blowing Beluga whales.

Nor is this remote port in western Japan unusual. Japan’s rural areas have been paved over and filled in with roads, dams and other big infrastructure projects, the legacy of trillions of dollars spent to lift the economy from a severe downturn caused by the bursting of a real estate bubble in the late 1980s. During those nearly two decades, Japan accumulated the largest public debt in the developed world — totaling 180 percent of its $5.5 trillion economy — while failing to generate a convincing recovery. [link]
By the same token, if Obama wanted a lesson to be found closer to home, he could look to the efforts of Congressman Rick Boucher (D-9th) here in Southwest Virginia. Though admittedly it is on a much smaller scale, Mr. Boucher has over the years spent tens of millions of federal dollars on public works. We now have dotting our countryside dozens of museums, visitor centers, hiking trails, bike paths, (empty) industrial complexes, (vacant) business parks, music venues - even a horseback riding trail - and his congressional district's economy is in a shambles, with tens of thousands of private sector jobs having been lost forever, and with a gain of a relative handful of government - and government-related - employees.

We are worse off now than when he came to office over twenty years ago.

Boucher's stimulus effort has had no effect.

All his public works go unused.

And, the best measurement of all, Southwest Virginia is depopulating.

Want some history so as to judge the potential effectiveness of government stimulus, Barack? Visit Tazewell or Pocahontas or Cedar Bluff or Raven or Big Stone Gap or Galax or Pulaski or Gate City or Hillsville and see government stimulus at work.

You'll quickly decide that our money could be put to better use if it were burned in the fireplace for warmth.

Throw Another One On The Pile

This is now beyond belief:
Strange Ineptitude
By Peter Kirsenow, National Review's "The Corner"

The news that the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension committee has postponed consideration of Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis because her husband only yesterday paid off tax liens, some of which had been pending for up to 16 years, confirms that there's an inexplicable, widespread problem in the Obama vetting process (as if Geithner, Daschle, Richardson, Killefer, et al hadn't already demonstrated that).

Either Obama and his nominees aren't easily embarrassed, or the vetters have tin ears the size of satellite dishes. [link]
Is there a Democrat in Washington who does pay his fair share of taxes?

Butchers

I hope lowlifes who support America's holocaust industry read this. They are enabling these heinous barbarians:
Fla. doctor investigated in badly botched abortion
By Christine Armario, Associated Press Writer

Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.

Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.

Only Renelique didn't arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.

What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic's owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant's umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

Police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box a week later after getting anonymous tips. [link]

There is a special place in hell for these people. And for all those who support them.