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Saturday, April 18, 2009

I Can't Wait

The Roanoke Times this morning teases us with a blurb about an upcoming editorial:
A Downpayment On High-speed Rail

President Obama yesterday announced plans to start working on a system of high-speed passenger rail routes along some of the nation's most-populous travel corridors.

We're writing an editorial for Monday about the importance of committing to this long-term project. If the nation invests over decades, Americans could eventually have a viable alternative to cars on highways, an alternative that is cleaner, faster and more efficient.

We'll also urge the commonwealth to make connecting Southwest Virginia to the high-speed lines a priority. We don't necessarily need high-speed trains here immediately, but we do need to be able to reach them when they come to Richmond or Charlotte. [link]

I can't wait to read this gem.

As everyone outside of the hallowed halls of the Times knows, existing cross-country passenger rail lines are little-used, extremely wasteful (in terms of energy consumption), and operate each year at a massive loss. If Amtrak didn't have those commuter routes in the northeast corridor, its annual losses would be staggering.

Virtually unused. Wasteful. Inefficient. A budgetary black hole.

So, as predictable as jock itch after a rockin' round of racquetball, the Roanoke Times wants to do even more of it!

Maybe they'll sober up after all that green tea binging and not print the editorial after all. Surely.

They Can't Meet The Requirements?

Change the requirements! It's now the American way!

Read the headline in the Roanoke Times and you know what the subject matter is:

VMI makes changes to fitness tests

Now, if only al Qaeda will do the same ...

Only One Problem

There's something missing from John McCain's (wildly successful ...) campaign manager's call for the GOP to abandon its stance on gay marriage. First, the strategist:
GOP Urged to Rethink Gay Marriage
By Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post Staff Writer

Adding a prominent Republican voice to the ranks of those supporting same-sex marriage, the man who managed Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign yesterday warned members of his party that continued opposition on the issue could turn the GOP into a "sectarian" party.

Steve Schmidt, a California political strategist, has long held more moderate views on social issues than do many top GOP officials. Yesterday, he used a speech in front of the gay rights group Log Cabin Republicans to urge the party to shift its views on same-sex marriage. Otherwise, he said, it will continue losing voters who are younger than 35 or who live outside the South. [link]
Sounds wonderful. McCain lost in 2008. McCain was (rumored to be) against gay marriage. If the next GOP candidate favors gay marriage, he'll win. What could be simpler?

Except that Obama - the winner - opposes gay marriage too.

Hmmmm.

"The GOP should, in the future, based on past results, oppose gay marriage and ..."

Genius. Pure genius.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

I think he's serious:
The Love That Bo Knows
By Colbert I. King, Washington Post

Within his first 100 days in the White House, President Obama has made several critical decisions that will live with him for some time to come: an unprecedented economic stimulus package, the bailout of the nation's financial industry, a surge of 21,000 troops into Afghanistan.

But none of his decisions comes closer to being a life-changing experience than the choice that he and his wife, Michelle, made to bring a dog into the White House. [link]
We have indeed gone back to those wonderful Clinton years. Osama who?

Obama got a dog. The world steps back from the brink.

For the love of God.

Open Your Eyes

I'd ask one-time comedian Janeane Garofalo to open her mind but it appears that she did that long ago, and it escaped.

Here's the midget talking about the Tea Party movement and its adherents:
[L]et's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats, it's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. And there is no way around that. the limbic brain inside a right-winger or Republican or conservative or your average white power activist, the limbic brain is much larger in their head space than in a reasonable person, and it's pushing against the frontal lobe. So their synapses are misfiring.
"The limbic brain is much larger in their head space than in a reasonable person."

Say what?

Never mind.

So, a quiz:

Is this Abingdon Tea Party participant:

a. A racist?
b. A redneck?
c. A white power activist?
d. A hater?
e. All of the above?

Or is Ms. Garofalo suffering from some kind of brain (limbic or otherwise) deficiency?

Obama's Latest Lie

Barack Obama:

"More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States."

The truth, as reported by Investor's Business Daily:

Do the math and you find that only 17% of the guns confiscated were actually traced to the U.S. So why are so few guns sent here for tracing? Because, as Matt Allen, a special agent with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, points out, weapons known not to be of American origin are not sent to the U.S. for tracing. Duh.

Allen said that "not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market."

And that's not all:

Many weapons have been legitimately shipped to Mexico from the U.S. as part of our effort to assist the Mexican military and police in the drug war. About 150,000 Mexican soldiers have deserted in the past six years, taking their weapons with them.

So what's the real problem?

When we can't trust our president to tell the truth, we're in big trouble.

Soul Mates

"I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet."
Hugo Chavez

Like minds. The two were drawn to each other yesterday in Port of Spain.

Our Future

This kind of thing will become a common occurrence when Obama's government starts dispensing health care:
Mother who died giving birth in hospital toilet never saw twins
By Helen Nugent , Times of London

A woman died in labour in a hospital lavatory after her induction was delayed because of a lack of specialist staff, an inquest was told yesterday.

Sarah Underhill, a policewoman aged 37, was in her 36th week of pregnancy when she was admitted to hospital suffering from pre-eclampsia.

The birth was to have been induced because of her condition, which causes high blood pressure. She was admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, on October 2 last year but the procedure was planned for October 6. However, the day before she was due to be induced she collapsed in the toilet and was forced to call for help by banging on the door.

Doctors fought to save her twins, conceived by IVF, but she died without having seen them. The babies were delivered by emergency Caesarean section and survived after a “magnificent” effort by staff.

Yesterday the inquest was told that doctors could not have prevented her death. [link]
No, I wouldn't have blamed the doctors either. I would have blamed the government-run system that couldn't accommodate for a simple change in plans - one that resulted in an emergency situation and death.

A system that Obama is wanting to pattern ours after.

May God have mercy on us.