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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Have a Blessed Day

"The Resurrection of Christ," Albrecht Dürer, 1510.

So Much For That

The original intent of Barack Obama's stimulus plan was to pump wads of cash into the economy - so as to kick-start it - by investing in "shovel-ready" projects in the hinterlands relating to road improvements, bridge repair, and infrastructure upgrades.

Then, of course, the Democrats in Congress seized control of it and it became an orgy of special-interest spending the likes of which this country has never seen before.

Oh, and because of that misdirection, the stimulus never stimulated.

But what of the billions that have filtered their way into those shovel-ready projects? Is any of it finding its way down to our neck of the woods?

It's a good time to ask a pertinent question: Might Virgil Goode have gotten better results than those being produced by the 5th District's new congressman, Tom Perriello?
Stimulus funding questioned
By Debbie Hall, Martinsville Bulletin

Some legislators are incredulous that Martinsville and Henry County were not included in draft lists of sewer, road and bridge projects.

But others, including 5th District U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, urge patience.

“The criteria (for the sewer projects) was stacked against us,” Perriello, D-Albemarle County, said. “We lost this fight, but we will focus on winning some others.”

Local officials recently learned that neither locality was included for stimulus funds in a draft of proposed sewer projects, but Richmond and Lynchburg may receive nearly 48 percent of the $77 million allotted to the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Perriello’s office also announced last week that more than $20 million in federal stimulus funds may be headed to the 5th Congressional District for bridge and road projects, but none of it is designated for projects in Henry County or Martinsville. [link]
God knows Martinsville doesn't need any stimulus funds. It's unemployment rate is only a paltry 20.2%. (!)

So, what of this Perriello character? Is he proving to be nothing more than a potted plant there in Washington? Seems so by the results he's obtained thus far.

In a bill that set aside $800,000,000,000 for stimulus projects, an amount so massive that government agencies are throwing money at the most outlandish projects brought before them just to get it off the books, Mr. Perriello managed to secure for Henry County and Martinsville ...

... $0.

Not an auspicious beginning for the savior of Virginia's 5th District.

Floyd County To Get New Trail

No reasonable explanation given.

We Make Progress

But will it be too late? Will Obama be able to tax carbon emissions and double our heating bills before sanity takes back control?

A few voices of reason cry out:
Blowing smoke
Washington Times editorial

Not even the sky is the limit to crackpot environmental theories these days. On Wednesday, presidential science adviser John P. Holdren told the Associated Press that it might be necessary to blow pollution into the atmosphere to shield the sun's rays and stave off global warming. His hyperbole is even scarier than his science. According to Mr. Holdren, the planet is in so much trouble that it is like a "car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog." Not only is the world at a "tipping point," but we also face "really intolerable consequences" if drastic action isn't taken immediately.

The hysterics could be humorous if so much were not at stake.

Like previous alarmist climate predictions, today's global-warming scare is devoid of cold facts. Temperatures were supposed to keep increasing, but they haven't. None of the alarmist climate models predicted recent trends in which global temperatures have either fallen or remained unchanged over the last decade. Not only are the existence and dangers of global warming unproven, but there is little chance that a bunch of mad scientists can save the world with geoengineering even if there were a crisis. Mr. Holdren should be prepared for the artificial-volcano theory to blow up in his face. [link]
We can only hope ...

Moran's Guilt By Association

You know, when I read the following headline, the thought struck me as to why this fella doesn't have a prayer of being our next governor:

Moran picks his shots in Va. governor race

Brian Moran, who by all accounts is a nice guy with considerable credentials, shares his last name with Virginia's most notorious and most addle-headed loon.

The cards we're dealt, eh?

Tough luck, Brian.

She's Got That Right

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd blunders her way into a profound statement of our time (see "Demi In Des Moines?"):

Once the West Coast glowed with prosperity and was the harbinger of hip new things. Now it’s in the grip of recession and repression. California’s cool has been stolen by, of all places, Iowa.

White-bread, cornfed, understated Iowa was the first state to ratify the black rookie Barack Obama and has usurped the role everyone thought California would play as a leader in the fight to give gays the right to marry.

Now it’s flyover country that’s starting high-flying trends.
It's trendy. It's cool. It's hip to support the homosexual lifestyle.

And that's about as deep as it goes.

Why We Have a 2nd Amendment

A man's home is his castle.
Within which, he tries to raise a family.
He play by the rules.

But not everyone in this crazy world of ours is willing to do the same.
Some - many - are willing to take desperate measures to seize that which a man has worked so hard to build and maintain.
Evil lurks.

At that point, a man either rolls over and acquiesces.
And, in the process, perhaps, he - and his family - die horrible deaths.

Or he fights with his every fiber for hearth and home.
That's our way.
The uniquely American way:
Botetourt County man kills intruder
By Sarah Bruyn Jones and Jorge Valencia, Roanoke Times

Troutville -- Armed with a double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun, the resident of a Botetourt County home fatally shot an intruder Friday night, authorities said.

A family living in the home heard someone yelling, cursing and pounding on their house about 10:40 p.m., according to a release Saturday from Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle.

A man living there called 911 and secured his family members in a locked bedroom, then loaded the shotgun.

The intruder used a wrought iron patio chair to break a glass sliding door and come into the house, and the male resident shot him. [link]
In this case, the man - and his family - will live another day. Here's to him and them.

I Love This

Liberals gathered in protest in Washington D.C. the other day. All eleven of them. Though small in number, they provide a wealth of entertainment:



If NBC News had been there, these nitwits would have been championed as being the Voice of the People. But because it's Frank Strategies, a member in good standing of the new media, doing the filming and the narrative, the demonstrators are shown to be exactly what they are ...

Clowns.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Politician

I ask you to read this wonderfully revealing article in yesterday's New York Times - "Ginsburg Shares Views on Influence of Foreign Law on Her Court, and Vice Versa" - and decide for yourself if hers are the views of a Washington politician or are those of a member of the court whose "judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution" and not beyond.

To my mind, the only difference between her and a Schumer is that she's answerable to no one and wields more power than does any other politician in the nation's capital, including the President of the United States.

Jimmy Carter Foreign Policy Redux

Seems like déjà vu all over again.

America Held Hostage: Day 5
Obama Team Mulls Aims Of Somali Extremists
By Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post Staff Writers

Senior Obama administration officials are debating how to address a potential terrorist threat to U.S. interests from a Somali extremist group, with some in the military advocating strikes against its training camps. But many officials maintain that uncertainty about the intentions of the al-Shabab organization dictates a more patient, nonmilitary ... [... whatever] [link]
Our fearless leader is mulling.

My money says those four Somali pirates will die of old age before Obama, son of Clinton, grandson of Carter, decides to something.

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Update! Well, there is no update. Only this:

"Negotiations Break Down in Standoff With Pirates."

For the love of God.