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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Typical. So Typical.

You want to solve our energy crisis? If you're a leftist, you promote that segment of production that brings us 1% of our power in hopes that it will grow to 2%.

Anybody for imprisoning all Democrats?
McAuliffe touts sun, wind power; mum on coal plant
By Bob Lewis, AP Political Writer

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- Former Democratic national chairman Terry McAuliffe outlined his plan to stake Virginia to thousands of new jobs with incentives to create renewable energy from the wind, the sun and even chicken manure if elected governor this fall.

Looking to match a jobs-and-energy plan that Democratic primary rival Brian J. Moran outlined weeks ago, McAuliffe said he would force utilities to produce a fourth of their power from renewable sources by 2025.

Moran's energy plan requires the same 25 percent renewable power threshold. [link]
After decades of investment and research, we've been able to develop sun power and wind power - even chicken poop power - to where it garners 1% of total output. And these jokers demand that - with the wave of their magic wands - that number jump to 25%.

Why not 125%? That's no less unachievable.

Funny thing is, one of these nitwits may very well be our next governor.

That is funny, right?

Right?

They Come, They Go

I was a bit disturbed by this news a few weeks ago:
Landmark Roanoke store sold at auction to nearby shop owners
By Jenny Kincaid Boone, Roanoke Times

A Rockbridge County couple bought the former Agnew Seed building at an auction Thursday held inside the historic downtown Roanoke shop.

Kirk and Tina Miller purchased the two-story building for $551,250, which includes a 5 percent buyers’ premium. They won the auction with a bid of $525,000.

The Millers own two stores each with locations in downtown Lexington and in downtown Roanoke. Kirk Miller runs Walkabout Outfitter, an outdoors store, while his wife operates Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe. They plan to move the Roanoke Walkabout location into the Agnew Seed building. [link]
Why would that be disturbing?

This couple is going into serious debt to move its outfitters business to a new location downtown at the worst possible time in history for America's retailers (to an area that has dreadful traffic and parking issues).

My apprehensions are backed up by a story in this morning's paper about another local outfitters store:
Outdoors retailer will close store in Roanoke
By Jenny Kincaid Boone, Roanoke Times

An outdoors retailer is taking a hike less than two years after bringing a megastore to Roanoke.

Utah-based Sportsman's Warehouse said Tuesday that it will shutter 23 stores nationwide, including its Roanoke location on Ferncliff Avenue.

The retailer opened in November 2007, packed with hunting, fishing and camping gear, apparel and other outdoors supplies.

It's unclear when liquidation sales will begin and when the stores will close for good. [link]
This is particularly telling in that Sportman's Warehouse is/was in a high-traffic area out in the burbs. But then the closing announcement may have had nothing to do with local circumstances.

Still, with all the many bankruptcy and scale-back announcements in the retail sector, this sure doesn't seem to be the right time to run up debt and expand in a questionable market area.

I'm sure they know what they're doing ...

A Match Made In Heaven

I'm not sure who's the bigger abuser here:
Chris Brown Nixes Nick Nomination
By Lisa de Moraes, Washington Post

Two days after the Viacom-owned, kids-targeting Nickelodeon network said it had no plans to remove Chris Brown as a nominee for its annual Kids' Choice Awards -- even though the singer has been charged with two felonies for allegedly beating and making threats against singer Rihanna -- the cable channel said Brown's name had been stricken from the nominee list.

Also gone from the list of nominees: Brown's "favorite song" contender, "Kiss Kiss."

Nick did not remove Brown from the running for the March 28 live telecast. Brown did, the cable network says. [link]
This Chris Brown scumbag beats the hell out of his girlfriend. And Nickelodeon refused to remove his name from its nominee list.

Seems right to me. They deserve each other.

Slowly But Surely ...

... reality is setting in:
Paved With Magnificent Intentions
By George Will, Washington Post

The president's confidence in his capacities is undermining confidence in his judgment. His way of correcting what he called the Bush administration's "misplaced priorities" has been to have no priorities. Mature political leaders know that to govern is to choose -- to choose what to do and thereby to choose what cannot be done. The administration insists that it really does have a single priority: Everything depends on fixing the economy. But it also says that everything depends on everything: Economic revival requires enactment of the entire liberal wish list of recent decades.

The implausibility of this opportunistic hypothesis is deepened by Obama's rhetoric, which says "catastrophe" impends unless everything is done simultaneously. But his budget, in effect, says the danger will soon be gone and the new risk will be whiplash from the economy's sudden acceleration. Although only a small fraction of the supposedly countercyclical stimulus will be spent by the end of the year, the budget assumes that by then the economy will have perked up, and that it will grow robustly -- 3.2 percent, 4 percent and 4.6 percent -- in the next three years. Growth supposedly will cut the deficit in half -- growth and the $1.6 trillion "saved" by first assuming, and then "canceling," a 10-year continuation of the surge in Iraq. Why, one wonders, not "save" $5 trillion by proposing to spend that amount to cover the moon with yogurt and then canceling the proposal? [link]
The emperor has no clothes coherent thought pattern.

As only George Will can put it ...

Flailing

It's a good thing that the United States government has all the money in the world:
Treasury Seeks Billions More to Aid Ailing Nations
By David Cho and Anthony Faiola, Washington Post Staff Writers

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner yesterday unveiled a sweeping plan that calls on the United States and other nations to offer billions more to bail out economies in crisis and prods a reluctant Europe to prop up the reeling world economy with more aggressive government spending.

But the campaign is triggering controversy on both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe, some officials doubt the wisdom of falling deeply into debt to create jobs and halt the plunge in consumer demand, as the United States is doing. On Capitol Hill, members of Congress have grown wary of approving still more money. [link]
Now we're bailing out Zimbabwe.

For the love of God.

Food For Thought

From Investor's Business Daily:

"What do the Big Three automakers, big city newspapers and the U.S. Postal Service have in common? All are hemorrhaging money, all are in danger of insolvency . . . and all are unionized."

Hmmm.

America The Better For It

Launching of Shuttle Postponed Again

But That Was Bush

And they ALL wanted Bush to fail. So that's different.

I'm starting to enjoy this. Rush Limbaugh has caught all kinds of flack over his comment that he wanted President Obama to fail. Including from me.

But look who else seemed to have similar thoughts about a president the critics still love to hate:
Flashback: Carville Wanted Bush to Fail
The press never reported that Democratic strategist James Carville said he wanted President Bush to fail before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But a feeding frenzy ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail.
By Bill Sammon, FOXNews.com

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: "I certainly hope he doesn't succeed."

Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president.

Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: "Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!"

The press followed Carville's orders, never reporting his or Greenberg's desire for Bush to fail. [link]
Ah, yes. Patriotism. It can be such a slippery thing.

An Interesting Factoid

Did you know that 50% of all the home foreclosures that took place last year occurred in just 35 counties around the country?

Check it out:
Most foreclosures pack into a few counties
By Brad Heath, USA Today

Washington — More than half of the nation's foreclosures last year took place in 35 counties, a sign that the financial crisis devastating the national economy may have begun with collapsing home loans in only a few corners of the country.

Those counties, spread over a dozen states, accounted for more than 1.5 million foreclosure actions last year, a USA TODAY analysis of figures compiled by the real estate listing firm RealtyTrac shows — more than were recorded in the entire United States just two years earlier. They were the epicenter of a wave of foreclosures that have left leading banks teetering and magnified the nation's economic problems. [link] [my emphasis]

The county with the highest rate of foreclosures? Clark. That would be in Nevada. Think Las Vegas.

Virginia came in 18th.

Interesting.

Map courtesy of USA Today.

I'm At a Loss For Words

Obama, on Wednesday:

"Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts. And that's why I've opposed their outright elimination."

Obama, on January 6, referring to his "stimulus" plan:

"But we're not going to be able to expect the American people to support this critical effort unless we take extraordinary steps to ensure that the investments are made wisely and managed well. And that's why my recovery and reinvestment plan will have -- will set a new higher standard of accountability, transparency, and oversight.

"We are going to ban all earmarks, the process by which individual members insert pet projects without review."

Does that mean the Omnibus bill he signed on Wednesday - with its 9,000 earmarks - does not meet HIS higher standard of accountability, transparency, and oversight?

I get so confused.

So does he, it seems.

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Quote of the day from Ed Morrisey:

I’ll think about it tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.

The final couplet from Gone with the Wind offers an instructive look at the approach of President Barack Obama on pork. He spent two years railing about special interests, lobbyist influence, and pork-barrel spending in Washington, and insisted that it took an outsider to bring Hope and Change to the federal government. Instead of taking a stand, however, Obama allowed Congress to roll him for thousands of earmarks worth billions of dollars to lobbyists and special interests.

But Obama wants to assure us that he’ll … well … work on it tomorrow.
If I may quote from another movie:

Tomorrow Never Comes ...