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Thursday, March 26, 2009

I Have The Remedy

Well, this can't be good:

Washington Post Newspaper Facing Losses, Chairman Says

My recommendation? Downsize.

Eliminate the editorial section of the paper.

Save trees. Save on expenses. Make half your readers deliriously happy.

A win-win-win.

Trivial Pursuit

In an otherwise forgettable story appearing in the Washington Post this morning about Creigh Deeds - the rural candidate - and his uphill battle to win the Democrat nomination for governor ("Rural Roots Offer Benefits, Obstacles To Deeds's Run"), there's this bit of trivia:

"Deeds's home is worlds away from the clogged roads and glass towers of Tysons Corner. Sprawling over 540 square miles in the Allegheny Mountains, Bath County has not a single stoplight."

Hmm. Even Bland County has that beat (we have a total of ... one).

But if that's interesting, this is highly revealing:

"The U.S. Census Bureau put [Bath County's] population at 4,635 two years ago, a drop from 5,048 in 2000."

This explains a lot about why Deeds is running for governor. He's trying to flee the depopulation of Virginia's rural counties that he and his fellow Democrats have brought about in recent decades.

Vote for Creigh Deeds. He's going to do for Virginia what he's done for Bath County.

On the plus side, we'll no longer have to deal with traffic lights anywhere in the commonwealth when he's finished with us.

Obama Butt Boy Calls For Tax Increases

Was there ever any doubt that we'd get to this point? And quickly?

E.J. Dionne: "The task of those who genuinely care about deficits is to make the world safe for tax increases."

Which explains how we are where we are today. The most heavily taxed, and deficit/debt-plagued, people on the planet.

Food For Thought

From Investor's Business Daily:
The math is clear. In the next five years alone, Obama's budget adds $5.7 trillion to the U.S. debt. That's $48,000 per household. Put in perspective, servicing that debt each year will cost as much as the annual defense budget by the end of the decade.
"Trojan (Tax) Horse," March 25, 2009

It's Time To Revisit This Whole Mass Transit Thing

This can't come at a worse time for those environmentalists out there who want us to put our SUV's in the garage and find more eco-friendly means of travel:
The Great Train Robbery
By Tom Namako, David Hastie, and Brendan scott, New York Post

Welcome to the end of the line.

The [New York metro] MTA came through on its grim promise to wallop riders with a crippling fare hike -- coupled with severe service cuts -- in a desperate bid to close its $1.2 billion budget gap without any help from Albany lawmakers.

The moves include a $103 monthly MetroCard -- a staggering $22 hike.

Without an Albany rescue, things will get worse, the agency warned.

Just minutes after their vote, MTA officials said they could return next month to demand even higher fares from straphangers in 2010 unless state lawmakers pass a true plan. [link]
New York slowly inches closer to the true cost of riding mass transit. And this in a city where mass transit actually has ridership.

Let this give pause to those who think it's a swell idea to have passenger rail service installed from Roanoke to Richmond. Are you prepared to shell out hundreds - perhaps thousands - of dollars per trip to maintain the thing? Or will you be looking for "someone else" to pay for your whimsy?

Let this be a lesson ...

Myopia

This is so wrong, it's silly:
The Fierce Urgency of Peace*
By Roger Cohen, New York Times

Pressure on President Obama to recast the failed American approach to Israel-Palestine is building from former senior officials whose counsel he respects.

Deploring “seven years of absenteeism” under the Bush administration ... [blah blah blah] [link]
So a liberal east coast Bush-hating columnist thinks Bush failed.

Stop the presses.

But when it comes to Middle East peace, was he any less successful than was Clinton (one photo op not withstanding)?

Was he any less successful than was Carter (ditto)?

Or, for that matter, Bush I, Reagan, Ford, or Nixon?

All "failed" to bring peace to the Middle East.

Oh, and Obama will fail too (but look for a swell photo op with smiling faces and handshakes all around in abundance).

So how was Bush's failure any different?

Well, we hate Bush. That's what's different.

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* Don't ya love that title? If there were truly any "urgency" for peace - "fierce" or otherwise - the two sides in the conflict would at least be talking to one another. But no. It's only urgent - make that fiercely urgent - in the insular environs of faraway Manhattan.

Good grief.

The Fight Of Our Lives

You were warned that Obama was lying through his teeth during the presidential campaign when he said - repeatedly - that he was a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Now that he's comfortably ensconced in the White House, the real Mr. Obama comes out:
‘Common Sense Gun Laws’: Obama’s Attack on the Second Amendment
By AWR Hawkins, writing in Pajamas Media

Throughout the election campaign both the NRA and Gun Owners of America warned that Obama’s pro-gun talk was all a sham, but Obama laughed off their concerns. Then, the moment he was sworn into office he posted an urban policy that proved them right and proved that those of us who love liberty have a fight on our hands. Adding insult to injury, Obama followed this up by appointing Eric Holder and Rahm Emmanuel to his cabinet. Gun Owners of America strongly opposed Holder’s nomination, and Emmanuel shares Obama’s deep dislike of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

How will Obama use the “common sense gun laws” approach to undercut the Second Amendment? If the past is any indication, he will use tragedy to justify further regulation as he did in early 2008 in the wake of the deadly shootings on the campus of Northern Illinois University. [link]
With all the other battles he's taken on, does this guy really want to go at it with 4,000,000 pissed off gun owners?

Apparently so.

Ya Think?

Stop the presses:

Clinton Says U.S. Feeds Mexico Drug Trade

And it has been - in a major way - for at least half a century.

They must not have taught that in baking class.

Here You Have It

You probably saw the commercial and asked the TV screen: Can it really be that good?

It's that good:
Shamwow vs. Zorbeez: Which works Better? As Seen On TV Lab Test
Popular Mechanics

The Claim:
In a radio interview on Feb. 10, 2009, infomercial superstar Billy Mays claimed that the popular Shamwow has trod on the turf of Zorbeez, a super-absorbent towel he promoted in a separate infomercial about two years prior.

Zorbeez is the most absorbent towel in the world, Mays said in the interview.

The Test:
We put the rival rags head-to-head in a spill test of some blueberry beer we had lying around. We also soaked snow puddles and clocked drying times.

The Verdict:
Shamwow, by a mile.

The Details:
After the first champagne flute tipped ... it became clear that the Zorbeez was outgunned on this one. The Shamwow soaked three paper towels' worth of blueberry beer on a single swipe, but the Zorbeez pushed the liquid off the edge of the table. We sopped and wiped with both sides of the Zorbeez, but a single stroke of the Shamwow chugged the beer with fratboyish speed. We threw each rag into two deck chairs wet with puddles of melted snow—the Zorbeez sloshed some out on the ground while the Shamwow sucked it up as if with a straw. Disclosure: we actually caught ourselves whispering "wow" while the Shamwow worked—and as our earlier tests proved, that's no guarantee. [link]
Sham ... Wow!

Bankrupt

This is what Senator Judd Gregg had in mind when he said Obama's profligate spending would "bankrupt" the USA:

Here's the accompanying story in the Washington Post. The key point:

"The result, according to the CBO, would be an ever-expanding national debt that would exceed 82 percent of the overall economy by 2019 -- double last year's level -- and threaten the nation's financial stability."

We're on our way toward being a banana republic.

My God.

Graph courtesy of the Congressional Budget Office and the Washington Post.