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Saturday, April 11, 2009

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

Why do I sometimes feel like I'm living in 19th century Victorian England?
ABC revokes Oge-Chi's liquor license
By Tonia Moxley, Roanoke Times

Blacksburg -- The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Friday that troubled downtown nightspot Oge-Chi's has lost its license to sell mixed beverages.

The license was revoked on two violations of the food-to-alcohol sales ratios, according to the ruling. To qualify for a mixed-beverage license in Virginia, a restaurant's food and nonalcoholic beverage sales must account for 45 percent of gross sales. Records show Oge-Chi's food sales average about 12 percent. [link]
Is there any justifiable reason on God's green Earth that this restaurant/nightclub (or nightclub that occasionally serves food) has to meet some kind of silly arbitrary ratio of booze to brats? What is that?

So Oge-Chi's restaurant tavern is closed. The Republic is safer for it.

For the love of God.

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I know. There have been past instances of alcohol being sold to underage drinkers there. That ain't good. But that's the past.

What's Up With This?

This isn't the kind of thing that builds trust in law enforcement. This is Keystone Kops territory:
Roanoke sheriff waffles on sniper training
By Amanda Codispoti, Roanoke Times

The Roanoke sheriff first defended and then distanced herself Friday from a controversial sniper training exercise that involved putting officers downrange during live fire.

When first questioned by reporters at a hastily called news conference, Sheriff Octavia Johnson said that the instructor was highly qualified, and that she may permit that type of training again, despite her earlier acknowledgment that it had violated department policy.

But when later pressed on whether the training would take place again, she said it would not.

"We are not going to be shooting downrange. It is not our policy," she said. [link]
Run that by me again? They definitely are but they definitely aren't?

Now that's backbone. True leadership. The stuff policy is made of.

Good grief.

Where's Paul Harvey When We Need Him?

We desperately need his "The Rest Of The Story."

Why? We are exposed this morning to an editorial in this morning's Washington Post that is too calculating by half. Get this:
Arctic Ice Is Melting

Make no mistake, Arctic Sea ice is melting. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the maximum extent of the winter sea ice cover for 2008-09 was the fifth-lowest on record.

Global warming is doing a number on Arctic Sea ice. The report noted that the Arctic winter was 1.8 to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average. This and other factors are causing the surface ice to melt. [link] [my emphasis]
"Global warming is doing a number on Arctic Sea ice."

Really?

As Paul Harvey might have said: Here's the REST of the story. We go to the other end of the Earth with Anthony Watts:
According to NSIDC [the National Snow and Ice Data Center], over the last 30 years Antarctic sea ice extent has been growing at a rate of nearly 5% per decade, and set a record maximum last year [2008].

Meanwhile in the Arctic, sea ice area is about 500,000 km2 below normal, which means that global sea ice area (Arctic + Antarctic) is about 500,000 km2 above normal. Sounds like a real global meltdown, doesn’t it?
So, is global warming affecting only the Northern Hemisphere? It would have to be the case if that which the Washington Post is telling us is true. But then what is causing the ice levels in the Antarctic to be steadily building? Global cooling?

I expect some global warming "scientist" to explain this with another one of those infernal computer models any day now. They seem to be able to explain most anything, if properly tweaked. How is that?

The bottom line: Ice levels are decreasing. Ice levels are expanding. "Climate change" to be sure.

Moving Beyond 'Global Warming'

First we were told that the planet was poised to be destroyed by the population bomb (the 60's). Then global cooling (the 70's). Then by ozone holes (the 80's). Then acid rain (late 80's). Then the Big Mamma - global warming (the 90's to today).

Are we about to move on to the next doomsday scenario? Seems so:
Is a Death Star Poised for Final Supernova Detonation Aimed at Earth? Astronomers Say "Maybe"
By Luke McKinney, Daily Galaxy

Australian astronomers have been studying an intergalactic assassin poised to wipe out life on Earth. Maybe. Observations indicate that cosmological curiosity WR104 may be a killer - and we might be the victim.

On the upside we'll never see it coming. The EM-burst travels the speed of light so the only warning we'd have is dying - which most people will accept is a little too late.

If you could die tomorrow, how would you like to live today? [link]
How would I live today if there's no tomorrow? First thing I'd do is give up saving my hard-earned money to buy those curlicue lightbulbs that Congress will be requiring that we all buy in a couple of years. If there ain't no environment, I sure don't need to work to protect it. Then I'm going to kick back and smoke a fine cigar. Lung cancer? I'll worry about that after all life on Earth ceases to exist.

And the last thing I'll do is think about how great a place this once was, before the inmates took over the asylum and wrote silly shit like this, the kind of stuff that makes me want to destroy the planet, one overpriced, underperforming, biohazardous, inefficient lightbulb at a time.

Is This The Federal Government's Responsibility?

Is it the proper function of the United States government to build a bridge over a busy highway so that one of the wealthiest men on the planet can get convenient access to a Starbucks on the other side?

Welcome to the wasteful world Congress has created:
Bridges Too Far?
Investor's Business Daily editorial

The stimulus package is designed to fund already planned "shovel ready" projects that states and cities say they cannot afford to complete in this economy.

The town of Redmond, Wash., had such a project on its wish list when it applied for stimulus funds to complete a bridge over a freeway dividing the town.

Redmond Mayor John Machione said it would create jobs as well as "connecting our technical sector with our retail and commercial sectors so people can cross the freeway to shop and help traffic flow."

The "technical sector" he speaks of largely consists of Microsoft Corp.

And many of the people using the bridge will be Microsoft employees. The bridge was originally going to cost $26 million. The cost increased to $36 million after it was decided to build the bridge on a diagonal to connect Microsoft's original east campus with a newer west campus on the other side of the highway.

Microsoft is picking up $17.5 million of the tab.

But the question is, why should federal taxpayers be asked to fund any part of this bridge? [link]
"Why should federal taxpayers be asked to fund any part of this bridge?" Wrong question. The people are never asked. They just pay. If they were to be asked, that bridge would be funded out of Bill Gates's piggy bank.

But the federal government has a mountain of cash and the legislative members thereof need to spend it before more piles in.

So we get the bizarre story of the cash-strapped American taxpayer funding a bridge - to the tune of tens of millions of dollars - that will be accessed (almost) exclusively by the employees of one of the wealthiest corporations on the planet, one founded by one of the richest men in the world, so that their employees can get from one side of a highway to another.

For the love of God.

Obama The Pantywaist

On our president's "stern" response to North Korea's "extremely grave" missile provocation last week, Gerald Warner, writing in the London Telegraph:

Then came the dramatic bit, the authentic West Wing script, with the President wakened in the middle of the night in Prague to be told that Kim Jong-il had just launched a Taepodong-2 missile. America had Aegis destroyers tracking the missile and could have shot it down. But Uncle Sam had a sterner reprisal in store for l'il ole Kim (as Dame Edna might call him): a multi-megaton strike of Obama hot air.

"Rules must be binding," declared Obama, referring to the fact that Kim had just breached UN Resolutions 1695 and 1718. "Violations must be punished." (Sounds ominous.) "Words must mean something." (Why, Barack? They never did before, for you - as a cursory glance at your many speeches will show.)

President Pantywaist is hopping mad and he has a strategy to cut Kim down to size: he is going to slice $1.4bn off America's missile defence programme, presumably on the calculation that Kim would feel it unsporting to hit a sitting duck, so that will spoil his fun.

Watch out, France and Co, there is a new surrender monkey on the block and, over the next four years, he will spectacularly sell out the interests of the West with every kind of liberal-delusionist initiative on nuclear disarmament and sitting down to negotiate with any power freak who wants to buy time to get a good ICBM fix on San Francisco, or wherever.
Great stuff.

And lest we forget, the leader of the free world is, as of this writing, still locked in a battle to end all battles with four malnourished and lice-infested Somali pirates who have taken over a lifeboat and are not playing fair. He's dispatched half the United States Navy in response to their intimidation tactics, with instructions to ... do nothing and await instructions. The nation's future hangs in the balance.

"President Pantywaist." Seems to stick.

Ouch

Glenn Reynolds on Obama's penchant for outdoing the hated Bush when it comes to protecting the Bill of Rights:

"It seemed obvious to me that Obama had no real commitment to civil liberties, and that talk to the contrary was just to fool the rubes."

And there are a whole lot of shocked and bemused rubes wandering aimlessly out there right now.

"Hope and change"? How about Ropes and Chains?