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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Thought I'd Mention It

This will go unnoticed. Except by me.

From "McAuliffe stumps in Roanoke":

Terry McAuliffe, widely considered the front-runner among the three candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor, brought his high-energy campaign to the Roanoke Valley again over the weekend.

McAuliffe stepped out of a black sport utility vehicle about 1:30 p.m. Sunday into a group of about 30 supporters at Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea on the Roanoke City Market. [my emphasis]

I'm sure the reporter mistook that Prius for a "sport utility vehicle." Democratic politicians would never be so stupid as to ride to a campaign event in a gas-guzzling, global warming exacerbating SUV.

Never.

This Seems Weird

I have a sneaking suspicion that someone just wanted to go on vacation to Central America.

Question: Can a town launch into a Sister City program with a village that has a total population that is dwarfed by the number of shoppers that can be counted at any given time on any given day wandering the aisles of the Wal-Mart in Christiansburg?

The folks who run Blacksburg apparently think so.

Get this: Blacksburg, Virginia has a Sister City program established with some little village in Nicaragua called San Jose de Bocay. Population 2367. (a number that may include a few of the swine that roam the area).

In the news:
Meeting set next week on town's Sister City effort
Roanoke Times

A community report on Blacksburg's Sister City Project with San Jose de Bocay, Nicaragua, is set to be given at a meeting next week.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Blacksburg Presbyterian Church.

Some members of the Blacksburg-Bocay Sister City Committee took a 12-day trip in January to the village in the remote northern Nicaraguan mountains, where they toured coffee farms, met with officials and teachers and participated in a cleanup project.

The trip was sponsored by the Blacksburg-based Coalition for Justice and Green Empowerment, a nonprofit based in Portland, Ore., [jf: Blacksburg based Portland based?] that raises funds and facilitates construction of renewable energy and water systems in Central America and Asia.

The Sister City relationship began in the mid-1980s, as Virginia Tech campus minister Woody Leach organized trips to war-torn areas of Central America, including northern Nicaragua. [link]
Ah, it's beginning to make sense. This isn't about sister "cities" at all. It's another leftist feel-good program. A "clean-up project." Campus minister Woody Leach took an assemblage to "war-torn" Nicaragua (CIA!) to pick up garbage for the locals who all had broken arms and couldn't clean up the squalor on their own. My guess is, they probably all sang L'Internationale while doing so. What fun.

But whatever. I'm good with it. If this gets you your jollies, knock yourselves out. Just don't bring some communicable disease back here with you.

Why you all had to go all the way down to Nicaragua, though, to shovel human feces from the footpaths I'll never know. Heck, you could have done that on Blacksburg's Huckleberry Trail where the drunks and dope smokers go to poop and you could have saved the carbon footprint.

Could We Get The Details?

Being a student of statistics (I love the stuff; I can't explain it), this blurb in a piece in the Roanoke Times by David Harrison (see "Back to the future on school desegregation?") on the need for Roanoke officials to maintain the boneheaded and never-ending school busing program caught my eye:

In response to public comments, school officials have refined the new attendance areas to make schools as diverse as possible. But there's only so much diversity that can be built into schools in a city where neighborhoods are as rigidly segregated as Roanoke's.

Residential patterns have changed substantially since 1971, with the result that many city schools can hardly be said to be integrated. Roughly half the elementary schools are either two-thirds white or two-thirds black.

I'm confused if the second paragraph was an attempt at elaboration on the first. Roanoke's neighborhoods are "rigidly" segregated? Not if the racial makeup of the schools' populations are any indication.

"Two-thirds white or two-thirds black" isn't alarming. America is two-thirds white, for God's sake. 98% white and 98% black would be of concern (I suppose).

But what about that other bit of info? The two-thirds figure applies to only "roughly half" of Roanoke's elementary schools? The other roughly half? Apparently it is happily mixed.

So where's the overarching racial problem that requires that school officials continue to bus good kids into failing schools?

We want the statistics, man. Is there a problem here or isn't there?

Like I Said

Investor's Business Daily on Obama's ... forceful ... response to North Korea's in-your-face missile launch:
We warned the North Koreans that there would be "serious consequences" if they conducted their ICBM test. Apparently that consists of running back to the United Nations. As Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Ahmadinejad's Iran demonstrate, there is nothing so intimidating as a U.N. resolution.
Kim Jong Il must be busting a gut in laughter about now.

Yeah. That'll Work.

This silly scheme cooked up by fuzzy liberal New York Senator Charles Schumer reminds me of the gun buyback programs that were so popular with liberal police chiefs around the country a few years ago. You know the programs - city officials set up turn-in locations where citizens could turn in their firearms for wads of cash. The plans that quickly went down in flames (a liberal scheme going down in flames; unthinkable) when it was realized that the average shotgun being turned in for $100 was worth something in the neighborhood of $14.

People aren't stupid, after all (except, perhaps, at Notre Dame - see below).

Now comes Schumer, who has proven over the years to be able to insulate himself from the lessons of life and who plows ahead undaunted with his costly - and grossly unworkable - schemes, history and common sense be damned:
Cash for Clunkers*
New York Times editorial

President Obama’s rescue plan for the automotive industry has given the presidential seal of approval to a little-noticed movement in Congress to clear the roads of gas-guzzling clunkers and replace them with more fuel-efficient cars. It’s an excellent idea, with clear benefits for the environment and — Mr. Obama hopes — beleaguered carmakers.

The right way is embodied in a bipartisan bill sponsored in the Senate by, among others, Charles Schumer, a Democrat of New York, with a companion bill in the House whose main sponsors include Steve Israel, also a Democrat of New York. The wrong way is embodied in a well-meaning but less-ambitious measure offered in the House by Betty Sutton, a Democrat of Ohio.

The Schumer-Israel approach would provide vouchers worth up to $4,000 to drivers who turn in an older car that gets 18 miles per gallon or worse and buys a new or used car that exceeds the corporate average fuel economy for vehicles in its class by 25 percent. Taken together, these two requirements guarantee considerable oil savings and significant reductions in carbon dioxide. [link]
For those of you in the used car business who are struggling mightily to make ends meet in these hard times, hang on just a while longer. If Schumer's brilliant idea passes, there's going to be a huge demand all of a sudden for those old boats that have been sitting on the lot unsold since 1969. There's going to be a tidy profit to be had by the shrewd entrepreneur who wants to make an easy buck.

Buy a 1966 Bonneville station wagon for $150 and sell it to Schumer for $3000.

I'm gonna get me a piece of that action.

I hereby endorse Senator Charles Schumer's hairbrained Cash For Trash legislation. I've even got my first offer ready to go. I just need to find the wheels ...

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* It would seem that the copy editor at the Times who dreamt up the header for this editorial knows what kind of response Schumer can expect. "Cash for Clunkers"?

These Changing Times

Here all these years I thought the University of Notre Dame took in only the best and brightest of America's students.

If these comments about the upcoming visit by our abortionist-in-chief is any indication, the caliber of that student body may have declined just a tad.

From "South Bend Journal: Invitation to Obama Stirs Up Notre Dame":

Most of us are like, ‘Wow, the president of the United States is coming,’ ” said ... "

“President Obama is one of us. He’s on our side.”

My only response is: Like, wow.

I'm not sure what side that would be exactly. Not the side that treasures innocent life. Certainly not the Catholic side. I'm not even sure Obama's even on the American side. But then this twit probably isn't all that sure either.

Notre Dame ain't, like, what it used to be.

Can He Do This?

Someone in lefty loony land is whining right now: "Separation of church and state! Separation of church and state!"

America Seeks Bonds to Islam, Obama Insists

Maybe someday he'll seek to bond with mainstream Christians ...

This Is Heartbreaking

Damage to Historical Monuments ‘Significant’

Take Detailed Notes

A Congressional delegation has flown to Cuba to find out what might work well here in the United States in the coming years. Voter suppression. Imprisonment of dissidents. Private ownership of property banned. The possibilities are endless.
Ra├║l Castro Meets U.S. Lawmakers
By the Associated Press

Havana (AP) -- President Raul Castro met Monday with six visiting members of the Congressional Black Caucus, his first face-to-face discussions with U.S. leaders since he became Cuba's president last year.

State television showed images of Castro, who holds the rank of four-star army general, wearing a business suit instead of his trademark olive-green fatigues and sitting down with Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, and other members of the American delegation behind closed doors.

In a second column posted late Monday night on a government Web site, the ex-president [Fidel] saluted the members of the Congressional Black Caucus for traveling to the island, saying he ''values the gesture of the legislative group.'' [link]
In case you've forgotten, it was this Barbara Lee gutter slime who cast the lone vote, three days after 9/11, to not go after Osama bin Ladin and al Qaeda in response to their heinous attack on New York City and our capital. She's always shown a greater affinity for the communist government of Cuba than she has for the people of this country. So her groveling at the feet of her heroes comes as no surprise.

As for the other commie wannabes, this foray speaks volumes. Don't turn your back on them.

What's Changed, I Wonder?

Do you suppose we'd have seen this on the front page of the New York Times when Bush was president?

Poll Finds New Optimism on Economy Since Inauguration

Interestingly enough, the "poll" was conducted by ... the New York Times.

'Nuff said.

What Are The Odds?

In that hotly contested and closely watched race to fill the open seat in Congress in upstate New York left vacant by Kirsten Gillibrand , who moved on to the Senate, the preliminary count has been posted by the New York State Board of Elections. Pending the outcome of the absentee ballot count, and changes brought about by lots of court action, here's how the vote stands right now:

A closer look:
Rather close, I'd say.

I Didn't Know That ...

... but it does have its possibilities.

Jay Nordlinger:

"[E]everyone knows why the term 'European' was invented (so to speak) in the first place: to give Germans something to call themselves other than 'German.'"

Hey. Being of German ... er, European ancestry, I take offense at ... uh, well, yeah, he's probably right, come to think of it.

Why I'm Not a Huge Supporter of The Death Penalty

Don't get me wrong. I'd be just fine with this guy being lit up like a Christmas tree. But, if it weren't for the fact that the taxpayers of Pennsylvania are paying dearly for his incarceration, I'm good with the bastard rotting in prison for decades too.

Either works well for me in the case of Wesley Cook.

Or Mumia Abu-Jamal, as he likes to think of himself:
High Court Lets 1981 Cop Killer's Conviction Stand
Associated Press

Washington — Mumia Abu-Jamal has lost his bid for a new trial in the killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.

The Supreme Court said Monday it will not take up Abu-Jamal's claims that prosecutors improperly excluded blacks from the jury that convicted him of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld Abu-Jamal's conviction but held his death sentence invalid. The appeals court said it would not second-guess state court rulings rejecting Abu-Jamal's claims of bias in the composition of the jury.

The high court considered only the conviction. The state has separately asked the court to reinstate the death sentence, but the justices have not acted on that request. [link]

It seems fitting to me that this slimeball has been in prison longer than the police officer he killed walked this Earth. It would be even more gratifying if he also suffered each and every day he's behind bars. That not being a consideration, I'm still good with him remaining in prison for the next forty or more years.

And when he does get out, many years from now, I'll hope there's a reception committee waiting to greet him.

What Have The Voters Wrought?

The implications are horrifying:
Banana republic budgeting should shame Obama, Congress
Washington Examiner editorial

It was surely an act of hubris for President Obama to ask Congress to approve a $3.6 trillion federal budget for 2010 that runs a trillion-dollars worth of red ink its first year and then projects half-trillion deficits every year thereafter for a decade. Congress has never before been asked to consider spending of such magnitude, not even during wartime. Obama’s budget proposal also included provisions committing the nation to far-reaching policy changes that are certain to drive federal taxes higher, send gasoline and electricity costs soaring, socialize doctors and patients by putting Washington bureaucrats in charge of health care, and make Uncle Sam the Daddy Warbucks of college tuition for everybody. The ultimate result will be a doubling of the national debt, a burden that will fall on our children and grandchildren. In short, this was a budget proposal of historic significance to every living American and for millions yet to be born.

So how did Congress deal with this landmark legislation? The House of Representatives gave opponents exactly 20 minutes to present an alternative, then gaveled the Obama measure to approval. The Senate approved it after considering a handful of amendments. [link] [my emphasis]
It's shockingly irresponsible. I fear for my country.

These Kingmakers Were Too Smart By Half

Black ..............

Blind ...............

Liberal ............

Lovable ..........

Competent .... uhhhhhh
Voters Say 3-1 Paterson Does Not Deserve Election, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Say He Should Announce Now He Won't Run
Quinnipiac University

New York State voters disapprove 60 - 28 percent of the job Gov. David Paterson is doing, the lowest approval ever for a New York Governor, and say 63 - 22 percent that he does not deserve to be elected to a full four-year term, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Paterson's approval is so low that he should announce now that he won't run for election to a four-year term next year, 53 percent of voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll, while 39 percent say he can restore his reputation and should run next year. Even Democrats say 49 - 45 percent that he should drop out of the race now.

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, with a near-record high 75 - 14 percent approval rating, tops Paterson in a Democratic primary 61 - 18 percent. [link]
He had everything going for himself except capability. Shucks.

Cuomo? Yeah, Cuomo!

Liberal .......

White ......... ouch

Overbearing ... ugh