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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tsk tsk.

Is it the editorial page editor's job, at an influential regional newspaper, to correct the factual errors contained in letters to the editor that he allows to go to print? Or in guest columns, depending?

This from one such letter/column that appears in today's Roanoke Times, with the sappiest title I've ever read, "Obama makes it possible to believe," caught my eye:

"In 1928, Oscar De Priest became the first black congressman in the United States."

Really? I wonder how Joseph Rainey, a Republican, and an African-American, who served as a congressman fully 58 years earlier, would feel about that.

A small matter, I suppose ...

... until one considers the fact that the author is an administrator at one of Virginia's most prestigious institutions of "higher learning" - Virginia Tech.

My my my my my.

As We Look To Gov't To Save Us ...

... it's instructive to take note of the fact that the government is utterly feckless:
Stalled Switch to Digital TV A Classic Tale of Breakdown
By Kim Hart and Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post Staff Writers

The nation's switch to all-digital broadcasts has been more than a decade in the making. The federal government has spent nearly $2 billion to help people prepare. Broadcasters spent another $1.2 billion to run warning ads and millions more to upgrade equipment. Until last week, the United States seemed ready to follow the half-dozen European countries that have made the switch.

But with two federal agencies in charge, no clear idea of how many people would be affected and constant partisan disagreements over money, the program foundered just before its long-standing Feb. 17 deadline. It has now been pushed back four months. [link]
With years of preparation, the government failed to get little coupons in the hands of those citizens in need. And the true-believers out there cling to the notion that that same government is going to fix the largest economy on the planet?

I don't know who's more pathetic.

For The Record

On that "stimulus" bill that will bankrupt the United States of America, Congressman Rick Boucher voted in favor.

"Hey, my wife and I are having a great time up here in Washington D.C.. Wish you were here."

As did Southside's new representative, Tom Perriello.

"Shut up and vote Yea. Got it. Yes, sir. May I go to the bathroom?"

To his credit, Bob Goodlatte voted no.

"These people have all lost their freaking minds."

Just Say No

Somehow we've reached a point in history where the judicial branch of government(s) can dictate to the executive how the executive is going to execute. Who made that rule change?

Schwarzenegger should send a message:

Bite me.
California’s Crowded Prisons
New York Times editorial

A three-judge panel has tentatively ordered California to reduce the population of its desperately overcrowded prisons by as much as one-third, or as many as 55,000 prisoners, over the next three years. The ruling was an extreme step — but a necessary one. [link]
The governor should - respectfully - tell the three-judge panel to mind its own business.

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On a separate note, I love this bit of liberal lunacy:

"Like many states, California is putting too many people behind bars for too long, and it doesn’t have the money to build more facilities."

If California weren't putting so many "people" behind bars there'd be fewer criminals and, therefore, less crime! Why didn't we think of that?

What nitwits.

Well, That Should Stimulate The Economy

Actually, this won't create one job but it'll make us feel better. Right?

Stimulus Plan Tightens Reins on Wall St. Pay

Smokers too! Hit them too!

Lepers! Homos!

Stimulus! Stimulus!

This Will Give Many a Reason To Pause

I remember flying into Spokane out of Portland late one night in a freezing rain. There was one thought on my mind at the time we were making our approach:
Flight 3407: 'Significant Ice Buildup' On Plane
CBS

Clarence, N.Y. (CBS) ― Continental Airlines Express Flight 3407 crashed into a home in the town of Clarence, N.Y.approximately 20 miles outside of Buffalo Thursday evening.

NTSB officials said Friday that they have recovered the black boxes from the wreck of the Continental commuter plane that dropped out of the sky Thursday and nose-dived into a suburban Buffalo house. All 49 people aboard and one person on the ground were killed. It was the nation's first deadly crash of a commercial airliner in 2 1/2 years.

Spokesman Steven Chealander of the National Transportation Safety Board said that the flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered, and that they were able to listen to the crew's conversations moments before the crash.

"The crew discussed significant ice buildup, ice on the windshield and leading edge on the wings," Chealander said. "Right after that 'severe pitch and roll' were the words that were used." [link]
How terrifying it must have been.

A Political Broadsheet

Okay, with this I sink to a new low. But it is rather creative .

So ...

Humor at a time of national adversity is such an American thing.

* I'd provide attribution but I'm guessing nobody will claim authorship.

House Of Cards

At some point this fraud is going to catch up with us and we're all going to be in trouble:
Federal obligations exceed world GDP
By Jerome R. Corsi, World Net Daily

As the Obama administration pushes through Congress its $800 billion deficit-spending economic stimulus plan, the American public is largely unaware that the true deficit of the federal government already is measured in trillions of dollars, and in fact its $65.5 trillion in total obligations exceeds the gross domestic product of the world.

The total U.S. obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits to be paid in the future, effectively have placed the U.S. government in bankruptcy, even before new continuing social welfare obligation embedded in the massive spending plan are taken into account.

The real 2008 federal budget deficit was $5.1 trillion, not the $455 billion previously reported by the Congressional Budget Office, according to the "2008 Financial Report of the United States Government" as released by the U.S. Department of Treasury. [link]
This seems so hopelessly lost that it's just a matter of whether we - or our children and grandchildren - pay dearly for our unrestrained and recklessly profligate ways.