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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Say Goodbye To More Area Businesses

Memo to Tim Kaine: Haven't you and your kind driven enough companies from Southwest Virginia by making it too costly to operate here? You actually want to make things worse?
Kaine proposes insurance expansion
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Gov. Tim Kaine appears likely to face opposition from Republican legislative leaders and business groups as he develops a plan to accept enhanced unemployment benefits from the federal government, a step that would require the state to expand eligibility for the insurance program.

Kaine said Thursday that he is developing a proposal to expand unemployment eligibility so that Virginia meets requirements for receiving $125 million in benefit enhancements from the federal government. The funds are part of the economic recovery package Congress passed last month.

With a 6.4 percent unemployment rate, Virginia is already eligible for $62.5 million in additional federal unemployment funds. But some Republican legislative leaders and business groups have raised concerns about accepting the additional $125 million, warning that it could drive up taxes on Virginia businesses. That's because Virginia would have to change state law to extend benefits to at least two classes of workers. [link]
More taxes on Virginia's businesses. More burdens many cannot shoulder.

It's rumored that the Chinese are very supportive of Tim's initiative.

Kaine the Moderate

Or not:

Kaine Vetoes Bills to Expand Death Penalty
By Anita Kumar Washington Post Staff Writer

Richmond, March 27 -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine vetoed several bills Friday, including those that would have expanded the death penalty to criminals who assist in murders or who kill fire marshals or auxiliary police officers.

It was the third year in a row Kaine vetoed the "triggerman" bill that targets accomplices in murders. In Virginia, only the person directly responsible for a killing can be sentenced to death.

Kaine also vetoed several gun bills allowing concealed-carry permit holders and retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms into restaurants that serve alcohol and exempting active-duty service members from the state's one-handgun-per-month purchase limit. He also rejected bills allowing those applying for a concealed-carry permit to complete the required firearms training online and prohibiting law enforcement agencies who hold voluntary gun buy-back programs from destroying the weapons. [link]

On the plus side, Kaine will be moving to Washington soon to take on his new role as head of the Democratic Party full time. The glorious occasion can't come soon enough.

I speak for hundreds of thousands in saying: So long, Tim. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

What Is He Afraid Of?

This should make you shake your head in disbelief this morning:
Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Backers
By Garance Franke-Ruta, Washington Post

President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft -- though far from planted -- questions provided openings to discuss his preferred message of the day.

[W]hile the online question portion of the White House town hall was open to any member of the public with an Internet connection, the five fully identified questioners called on randomly by the president in the East Room were anything but a diverse lot. They included: a member of the pro-Obama Service Employees International Union, a member of the Democratic National Committee who campaigned for Obama among Hispanics during the primary; a former Democratic candidate for Virginia state delegate who endorsed Obama last fall in an op-ed in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star; and a Virginia businessman who was a donor to Obama's campaign in 2008. [link]
That's not a town hall forum. That's a chant.

Is Obama so frightened of the American people and unsure of his positions that he has to shield himself off from policy discussions with those who might disagree with him?

While Liberals Diddle With Windmills ...

... scientists are making astounding leaps forward in their quest for cheap and abundant energy ...

... with coal as its source:
Bad News: Scientists Make Cheap Gas From Coal
By Alexis Madrigal, Wired Science

Electric cars have been getting a lot of buzz lately, but a more immediately viable transportation fuel of the future could be liquid derived from coal. Scientists have devised a new way to transform coal into gas for your car using far less energy than the current process. The advance makes scaling up the environmentally unfriendly fuel more economical than greener alternatives.

If oil prices rise again, adoption of the new coal-to-liquid technology, reported this week in Science, could undercut adoption of electric vehicles or next-generation biofuels. And that's bad news for the fight against climate change.

The new process could cut the energy cost of producing the fuel by 20 percent just by rejiggering the intermediate chemical steps, said co-author Ben Glasser of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The process of cooking coal into liquid fuel, on the other hand, has already proven itself on a massive scale. Take coal, add some water, cook it, and you've got a liquid fuel for your car. The hydrogen in the water bonds to the carbon and voila: hydrocarbons, such as octane. [link]
The downside? It makes those who cling to the notion that the globe is warming angry:

"[C]oal-derived fuel could produce as much as twice as much CO2 as traditional petroleum fuels and at best will emit at least as much of the greenhouse gas.

"If oil prices rise again, adoption of the new coal-to-liquid technology, reported this week in Science, could undercut adoption of electric vehicles or next-generation biofuels. And that's bad news for the fight against climate change."

Which, in the big scheme of things, is of no real consequence. Unless you worship at the altar of "climate change."

Here's to coal-to-liquid technology.

Now, where will the industry obtain that source material, I wonder ...

What Goes Around ...

Let's see how quickly the liberal nitwits in Hollywood become flaming laissez faire libertarians now:
Poll: 1 In 3 Want Star, Athlete Salary Cap
By Clemente Lisi, New York Post

One in three Americans believe the government should make it illegal to pay athletes and movie stars more than $1 million per year, according to a new poll.

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey released Thursday found that 30 percent favor government pay limits for jocks and film stars. [link]
Evil Jerry wants those in La La Land to reap that which they've sown. I'd be amused.

But I try to remember, too, that limiting the opportunities of others does nothing to enhance your prospects for success. It only punishes others, to no good end.

You think Alex Rodriguez is a slimeball? Don't go to Yankees games.

But don't stand in the way of others trying to better themselves.

She Has a Way With Words

Though most of the time I don't agree with that which tumbles out of her keyboard, New York Times editor and columnist Gail Collins can certainly deliver her thoughts succinctly. Take, for example, her explanation for her governor's shrinking popularity poll numbers (in "How to Train a Governor"):
The most remarkable thing of all is that while [David] Paterson certainly did mess up on that Caroline Kennedy-Senate thing, he achieved this political free fall without help from any big personal scandal. In a state capital where anybody who is anybody is under indictment, he managed to completely alienate the public just by being terrible at his job.
Good stuff.

What The 'Climate Change' Blather Is Really All About

It has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with a new world order:
U.N. 'Climate Change' Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy
By George Russell, Fox News

A United Nations document on "climate change" that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.

Those and other results are blandly discussed in a discretely worded United Nations "information note" on potential consequences of the measures that industrialized countries will likely have to take to implement the Copenhagen Accord, the successor to the Kyoto Treaty, after it is negotiated and signed by December 2009. [link]
So where does Obama stand on this effort to destroy U.S. sovereignty and to seize massive amounts of America's wealth in the name of "climate change abatement"?

He's just fine with it:
The Obama administration has said it supports the treaty process if, in the words of a U.S. State Department spokesman, it can come up with an "effective framework" for dealing with global warming.
Global warming. A global hoax. Being perpetrated by extremely dangerous people. And our president goes along to get along.

For the love of God.

Quote of the Day

From Investor's Business Daily:

Writing in the Financial Times recently, Czech President Vaclav Klaus said: "As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not communism."

Klaus told the Cato Institute recently that "environmentalism is a religion" that accepts global warming on faith and seeks to exploit it to reshape the world and economic social order.

Its commandments are now being written. The U.N. will be its temple and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon its high priest.

"Copenhagen: Environmental Munich," March 27, 2009

The Sun Will Rise In The East

U.S. Expected to Give More Financing to Automakers

'Those Evil Republicans Did It First!'

On Obama constantly whining about the mess that Bush left him, here's Charles Hurt:
New Era of Spend and Blame

For a guy who talks so much about wanting a new era of responsibility, President Obama spends an awful lot of time blaming Republicans for all the wild and reckless spending he crammed into his own budget.

After running a campaign against the $1 trillion deficit he "inherited" from President Bush and the Republicans, Obama quickly matched it.

Under Obama's proposed budget, the overall national debt doubles in five years and triples in 10.

Not exactly "moving from an era of borrow and spend to one where we save and invest," as he promised.

How does Mr. Responsibility explain the disconnect between this reality and his absurd claims? By insisting that Republicans were worse.

Surveying the political landscape here today, Obama is thinking of that adage cherished by cutthroats everywhere.

If you and a buddy are walking through the woods and encounter a hungry, angry bear, you don't have to outrun the bear. You simply have to outrun your buddy. [link]

Can Republicans ever be "buddies" with this guy? I doubt it. But the point is well taken.

Run!

Whadayaknow

How is this possible? Nearly 2/3rds of Americans polled have an unfavorable opinion of our ditsy, deceitful, ultra-partisan, anti-American Speaker of the House?

From "Rasmussen Reports: Congressional Favorability Ratings":

"Sixty percent (60%) of U.S. voters now have an unfavorable opinion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including 42% Very Unfavorable, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. A growing number of her doubters seem to be fellow Democrats."

If this were a democracy, she'd be back home, plying her wares on a San Francisco street corner.

Instead ...

Well, It Was A Nice Thought

Ah, yes. "Green" jobs. Democrats do have such a raucous sense of humor:
Job Losses From Obama Green Stimulus Foreseen in Spanish Study
By Gianluca Baratti, Breitbart.com

March 27 (Bloomberg) -- Subsidizing renewable energy in the U.S. may destroy two jobs for every one created if Spain’s experience with windmills and solar farms is any guide.

For every new position that depends on energy price supports, at least 2.2 jobs in other industries will disappear, according to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget proposal contains about $20 billion in tax incentives for clean-energy programs. In Spain, where wind turbines provided 11 percent of power demand last year, generators earn rates as much as 11 times more for renewable energy compared with burning fossil fuels.

The premiums paid for solar, biomass, wave and wind power - - which are charged to consumers in their bills -- translated into a $774,000 cost for each Spanish “green job” created since 2000, said Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at the university and author of the report.

“The loss of jobs could be greater if you account for the amount of lost industry that moves out of the country due to higher energy prices,” he said in an interview.

Spain’s Acerinox SA, the nation’s largest stainless-steel producer, blamed domestic energy costs for deciding to expand in South Africa and the U.S., according to the study. [link]

Industry is fleeing Spain because of government efforts to create green jobs. The Chinese must be liking that. And, based on this study, we can expect to look forward to losing two jobs for every one that the Democrats create. Swell.

On a related note, didn't our own fun-loving Governor Kaine have a similar idea about creating "green" jobs?

Why, yes he did.

Was I the only one laughing hysterically when he spewed such a silly notion?

I wonder if the Spanish see the humor in all this.

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm

Do you trust Congress with health care after AIG?