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Friday, February 27, 2009

I Know Just The Mountaintop

And the owner is very amenable to business enterprises:
Wind energy developers also studying Bland
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Bland, Va. — The Bland County planning commission will discuss windmills at its regular meeting on Monday, but primarily from an informational standpoint, according to Bland County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.

“We have been approached by companies with interests in developing wind resources to produce energy,” Sweet said. “I know that some of them conducted surveys. Some proved unsuccessful, but there is still one study underway.”

Sweet said that Bland enacted countywide zoning laws some years ago, but added, “we don’t have a procedure in place regarding the development of wind resources, but we will be looking into that.” [link]
"We don't have a procedure." I guess if you're in government, you have to have a procedure. Out here in the real world we simply draw up plans, gain an investor or two, and let 'er rip.

In any case, I've got the hammer. And I've got the perfect hillside.

Come to papa.

I Have a Better Idea

Congressman Rick Boucher will soon have spent $100 million in our tax money to move the town of Grundy. Population 1105.

Wouldn't it have made more sense for him to have simply given each resident an equal share of $90,497.74, which ought to rent a pretty decent U-haul trailer, and to have simply told them to move up north where they have some chance of finding gainful employment?

This Is Amusing

The local chapter of the NAACP, having nothing constructive to do on a nice warm winter day, decided yesterday to truck over and to protest in front of Roanoke's WFXR/WWCW television studios. The grievance? The New York Post's unforgivable printing of that chimpanzee cartoon that a warped-minded human being might find racially offensive.

WFXR TV? New York Post? What?

What:
NAACP organizes rally at Roanoke TV station
By Pete Dybdahl, Roanoke Times

The protesters had come because of the cartoon in the New York Post, the one with the police and the dead chimpanzee. They saw it as evidence that problems with skin color persist no matter who the president is.

"It was an insult," declared Evelyn Bethel, a retiree of 75 who wore a purple President Obama T-shirt. She was one of about 15 people who gathered outside a Roanoke TV station Thursday morning for a demonstration held by a regional branch of the NAACP.

Brenda Hale, head of the Roanoke branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, criticized the cartoon for making a troubling comparison between the biracial Obama and a monkey, while encouraging violence toward him. [link]
Only if you look at Obama and see a monkey, as Brenda Hale apparently does, can you legitimately be considered a racist.

But beyond that, I'm sure the good folks at WFXR TV were at their windows, watching this circus unfold, and were asking, "What the hell do we have to do with the New York Post?"

A mystery known only to the geniuses in the Roanoke chapter of the NAACP.

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Here's the offending cartoon, by the way. If you can find something racist in this (so you know, the stimulus bill was written by Congressional staffers, most of whom were presumably not chimps, or members of any protected minority).

If I were to protest this cartoon, it would be because the person who drew it is untalented. Not racist.

Cartoon courtesy of the New York Post.

The Constitution As Toilet Paper

For the record, both Virginia Senators Mark Warner and James Webb trashed the Constitution (that would be the now-worthless document each swore an oath to defend) yesterday and gave the District of Columbia voting rights it is prohibited in its current form from having.

This is appalling:

District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009:

"A bill to provide the District of Columbia a voting seat and the State of Utah an additional seat in the House of Representatives."

The Constitution of the United States of America:

Article One, Section 2, Clause 1 (in part) - "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States . . ."

Article One, Section 2, Clause 2 (in part) - "No Person shall be a Representative who . . . shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen."

But to hell with the Constitution. The law is what Webb and Warner say it is.

Shameful. Absolutely shameful.

Mr. Trejbal:

It would do you well to read George Will.

Like I said.

So Much For an Energy Policy

Looks like we are going to be depending on windmills in the future, folks.

In the November election campaign, former Governor Mark Warner talked on numerous occasions about supporting a "comprehensive energy policy," that included such vital necessities as exploring offshore for new sources of oil, and advancing technologies that allow us to extract oil from shale.

I still don't think he meant any of it. And his Democratic colleagues are proving that they don't support it.

It's going to be windmills. And little else.

Two stories in today's news highlight the head-in-the-sand approach to our still looming energy crisis. First this:
In letter, Kaine urges slowing of offshore drill plans
By Dale Eisman, The Virginian-Pilot

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has stepped up efforts to persuade President Barack Obama to slow plans for oil and gas development off the Virginia coast, a shift panned earlier this month by Obama's interior secretary.

Virginia "policies do not support exploration for oil or production of gas or oil," Kaine asserted in a letter to Secretary Ken Salazar that was made public Tuesday. State law now backs only exploration for gas, he said. [link]
A dispassionate reader would take Kaine's position to be something quite different from wanting to "slow plans for oil and gas development." He clearly wants them halted. Permanently.

Kaine, rather small-mindedly, prefers instead "energy conservation, efficiency, and protecting the environment," which, in his mind, will get your Nissan Maxima from Point A to Point B somehow.

Small-minded and borderline idiotic.

Then there's this related news:
Interior Secretary Scraps Oil-Shale Leasing
By Stephen Power, Wall Street Journal

Washington -- The Obama administration Wednesday put the brakes on plans to develop oil shale on federal land in Western states, the latest in a series of moves to slow down or reverse Bush administration-era policies to promote oil and gas production.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar withdrew a lease offer made last month for research, development and demonstration projects involving oil shale. The projects could have built a case for commercial development of oil shale in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

Mr. Salazar said the agency will eventually allow the research projects to go forward, but that the solicitation issued by the Bush administration days before Mr. Obama's inauguration would have allowed companies to pay royalty rates that would shortchange taxpayers.

Mr. Salazar said the bureau will instead begin a 90-day public comment period, that among other things would allow opponents of oil-shale exploration to weigh in and influence a final decision on issues such as royalty rates. [link]
Does anyone out there truly believe that those leases will go forward? If so, I want some of what you're smokin'.

So, what are we left with in the way of national energy policy?

French fry oil. Windmills. Grasses. Solar. AAA batteries. Two sticks rubbed together.

To meet the needs of 303 million energy-hungry Americans.

May God have mercy on us all.

Hat tip to Isophorone.

It Begins

Our entire future, now that Obama has taken the White House and launched a massive debt campaign based upon spending trillions that we don't have, depends - critically - on Treasuries finding a market when they go to auction.

Now that his plans are underway and details are emerging as to the specifics of that massive debt campaign, investors are getting nervous:
U.S. Treasuries Fall for Third Day on Spending, Supply Concern
By Susanne Walker, Bloomberg News

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Treasuries fell for a third day as the government sold $22 billion of seven-year notes in the last of three auctions this week as it issues an unprecedented amount of debt to spur the U.S. economy

“This mountain of supply isn’t going to go away any time soon,” said Kevin Flanagan, a Purchase, New York-based fixed- income strategist for Morgan Stanley’s individual-investor clients. “If Obama or Congress cannot offset some of the spending with tax increases, or in cutting back on other spending, then the difference has to be made up with Treasury issuance.”

The U.S. is borrowing so much that it may have trouble paying the money back, said Jaemin Cheong, a bond trader in Seoul at Industrial Bank of Korea, the nation’s largest lender to small- and mid-sized companies.

“Yields are headed higher,” Cheong said in an interview. “More issuance will be needed to support the economy. The possibility of default is more and more as time passes.” [link] [my emphasis]

Is the United States of America at risk of defaulting on its debt obligations? I don't know. Nor does anyone else. Including America's leading economists. Which is the most frightening aspect of all this.

Our government has plunged into a dark vortex and our leaders don't know where the maelstrom is taking us.

This is frightening stuff.

He Throws Down The Gauntlet

Bring it.
Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban
By Jason Ryan, ABC News

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

"As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," Holder told reporters.

Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border. [link]
I'm so damn mad about this, I'm not sure I'm in the frame of mind to offer a lucid argument in opposition to this nitwit's effort.

Suffice it to say, that red herring about "assault weapons" being blocked from entering Mexico is a preposterous notion on its face. It presupposes that those weapons originate in the USA in the first place. I'd declare it to simply be a goofy notion, if I was in a charitable mood.

Glock? Made in Austria.

H&K? Germany.

AK-47? Russia and China primarily.

Beretta? Made in Italy but copied in Pakistan.

Uzi? Replicated just about anywhere on the planet.

What does the U.S. border have to do with any of this?

Nothing.

To the main point, though: Obama wants to attack the most fundamental right the American people possess. We won't allow it.

NY Times Becomes Tool Of The State

Joseph Goebbels would have enjoyed working with these guys.

The Obama administration calls for more gun control (see above) one day and the New York Times provides the explanation for the government's effort the next. Such coordination can only be marveled at:
The hypocrisy grows all too gruesome: The Justice Department pronounced the Mexican drug cartels “a national security threat” this week, even as American gun dealers along the border were busily arming the cartels’ murderous gangs.

A vast arms bazaar is rampant along the four border states, enabled by porous to nonexistent American gun laws. Straw buyers can pick up three or four high-powered war rifles from one of more than 6,600 border dealers and hand them off to smugglers. They easily return to Mexico, where gun laws are far less permissive.

Licensed dealers routinely recruit buyers with clean criminal records to foil weak laws and feed the deadly pipeline, according to a report by James C. McKinley Jr. in The Times. The countless unlicensed “gun enthusiasts” free to deal battlefield rifles at weekend shows, thanks to loophole-ridden laws, are a second source. [link]
That's all a lie, of course. A "vast" arms bazaar? "Countless" unlicensed gun sellers dealing "battlefield rifles" at weekend shows?

In the day this was called The Big Lie. It was made famous by the man who is recognized by many as being the greatest (i.e., most infamous) propagandist in history - Joseph Goebbels. The Nazi Propaganda Minister would be proud of the New York Times in its efforts to prop up the government through fundamental deceit.

That About Says It

The front page of today's New York Post:

A trillion dollars in tax increases.

My God.

This Ain't Good

Say what you will about newspaper editorial pages here in this country (and nobody says more about them than I do), the loss of widely-read and highly respected media outlets is cause for consternation. Here's the first of many:

Rocky Mountain News to close, publish final edition Friday

We all accept the fact that times change, but it'll be tough to wake up to the day when all of America's newspapers have perished.

In their place? Guess we'll find out.

Oh, NOW They're Upset

Two quotes come to mind from the newspapers.

First there's this headline from November:

Barack Obama wins 77 percent of Jewish vote, exit polls show

Then this comes to us today:

Jewish Leaders Blast Clinton Over Israel Criticism

I wonder, when Jewish-Americans read quotes like the following from Jeremiah Wright, and they knew that Barack Obama was sitting in the pews for 20-odd years shouting "Amen, brutha," what exactly did they think his foreign policy was going to consist of when he became president?
The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for almost 40 years now. It took a divestment campaign to wake the business community up concerning the South Africa issue. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community up and to wake Americans up concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.
If the only thing the Obama State Department does is criticize Israel, these people should thank their lucky stars. They shouldn't be surprised, though, when he starts pumping weaponry and war materiel into Gaza in an effort to defeat the "Zionism" that his mentor railed against for so many years.

Oh, wait. He's already started the process. See "Hamas 'happy' with Obama's $900 million pledge."

When Did It Leave?

Obama brings back era of big government

Well, What Do You Know?

I'm in the process of rereading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. (As an aside, now that I'm going down memory lane with this epic tome, I have to say: What a unique and gifted author she was.)

Apparently, I'm not alone:
Sales of “Atlas Shrugged” Soar in the Face of Economic Crisis
Ayn Rand Center For Individal Rights

Washington, D.C., February 23, 2009--Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008. This continues a strong trend after bookstore sales reached an all-time annual high in 2008 of about 200,000 copies sold.

“Americans are flocking to buy and read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ because there are uncanny similarities between the plot-line of the book and the events of our day” said Yaron Brook, Executive Director at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. “Americans are rightfully concerned about the economic crisis and government’s increasing intervention and attempts to control the economy. Ayn Rand understood and identified the deeper causes of the crisis we’re facing, and she offered, in ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ a principled and practical solution consistent with American values." [link]
If you've not read it, you need to. "There are uncanny similarities between the plot-line of the book and the events of our day" indeed.

I just hope for a different ending. I still have faith that we can someday resurrect the good old USA. After Obama leaves in disgrace.

Going Down In Flames

The latest on global warming theory's rapid cooling:
Japan's boffins: Global warming isn't man-made
By Andrew Orlowski, The Register

Japanese scientists have made a dramatic break with the UN and Western-backed hypothesis of climate change in a new report from its Energy Commission.

Three of the five researchers disagree with the UN's IPCC view that recent warming is primarily the consequence of man-made industrial emissions of greenhouse gases. Remarkably, the subtle and nuanced language typical in such reports has been set aside.

One of the five contributors compares computer climate modelling to ancient astrology. Others castigate the paucity of the US ground temperature data set used to support the hypothesis, and declare that the unambiguous warming trend from the mid-part of the 20th Century has ceased.

The report by Japan Society of Energy and Resources (JSER) is [an] astonishing rebuke to international pressure ... [link]
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is positioning itself to foist an onerous tax on America's corporations in order to stop what has already stopped.

"Global warming." The catastrophe that wasn't.

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