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Saturday, April 25, 2009


You can always expect some kind of asinine response from the Charleston Gazette editorial staff to the days events. Today is no different.

On the controversy that rages over Barack Obama's decision to release those CIA memos, the idiots there have this to say:

As for the decision not to prosecute CIA agents, the [New York] Times added: "At least Mr. Obama is not following Mr. Bush's example of showy trials for the small fry -- like Lynndie England of Abu Ghraib notoriety."

The West Virginia soldier went to prison for doing essentially what the secret Bush memos approved. What a travesty.

You saw the photos. Was the sadistic partying that went on in that prison what President Bush, key members of Congress (including, ahem, the Charleston Gazette's own Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller), the Pentagon, and the Justice Department approved?

If only the Wal-Mart in South Charleston sold brains ...

Creigh Deeds Touts his Losses

I wasn't going to comment on the news that Congressman Boucher and gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds made a quick stop in Wytheville several days ago because ... well, nobody bothered to show up other than a few reporters and, let's face it, nobody cares.

But a reader thought that a particular quote from Deeds (see "Deeds stumps with Boucher") deserves mention:

"I’ve proven I can win statewide."

Uh, Creigh. Buddy. The only time you've ever run statewide, you lost.

Martinsville Hammered Again

It just doesn't stop:
E-commerce firm GSI closing Martinsville call center
By Jenny Kincaid Boone, Roanoke Times

GSI Commerce, a Pennsylvania-based e-commerce and multichannel services company, said Tuesday that it will close its call center in Martinsville, eliminating 279 jobs.

The news is the latest significant blow to this Southside city and Henry County, where thousands of people have lost jobs in recent years. Martinsville holds Virginia's worst jobless rate of 20.2 percent. [link]

Meanwhile Congress works diligently to control the climate.

For the love of God.

Doomsday Scenario

Obama has embarked on a spending binge the likes of which this country has never experienced before. Trillion dollar deficits - once thought to be impossible - are now the reality he has brought down upon us.

A cold, harsh reality. While government spending explodes, revenue is plummeting:.
When Will the Press Catch On to Uncle Sam’s Collections Meltdown?
By Tom Blumer, News Busters

This year, it's shaping up to be the "Bailout Year Bummer." Uncle Sam's fiscal year began on October 1 of last year, mere days before Congress passed the legislation that has come to be known as TARP, and a bit more than three months after Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Harry Reid promised to starve the economy of energy and punitively tax its highest producers, creating what I have since called the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy.

Through March, federal receipts were running 14% behind the previous year. Each month during the fiscal year has trailed the previous year, and degree of the difference has steadily increased.

Now look at what we're facing in April:

My estimate of April's final result is almost 40% lower than April 2008, and further ratchets down the trend of collections decay that goes back to last summer. The receipts shortfall is far more than one would expect from an economy that shrank only 1.74% in the final half of last year (without annualization, the economy shrank 0.125% in the third quarter, and 1.614% in the fourth). It is also probably far greater than the White House and the Congressional Budget Office are anticipating. [link]
Down 38.6% this month? Is that even possible?

If these numbers hold, the fiscal deficit (between outlays and revenue) for 2009 will be far worse than any experts imagined.

Expect to hear Bush's name mentioned a lot in coming months.

But this is Obama's doing. Pig and lipstick notwithstanding.

When It Rains ...

What's this? I thought the "stimulus" bill was a "big transportation bill":
Congress gears up for big transportation bill
By Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Washington -- A House committee chairman wants to spend close to a half trillion dollars to solve the nation's transportation woes, but first he has to sell the public on what they'll get for their money before asking Congress to pay for it.

Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told reporters Friday he plans to introduce a six-year highway and transit construction bill some time in May and win swift House passage. The House likely will consider the gargantuan bill in early June. [link]

Another gargantuan bill.

We can't afford all these gargantuan bills.

How Difficult Was This Decision?

If there was ever a no-brainer:
Petraeus: Shippers should consider armed guards
By Lara Jakes, Associated Press

Washington -- The global shipping industry should consider placing armed guards on its boats to ward off pirates who have become increasingly violent, the U.S. military commander who oversees the African coastline said Friday.

Gen. David Petraeus, who came to the Capitol to talk about a wide variety of issues, told a House committee Friday that just trying to outrun or block pirates from boarding cargo ships isn't enough to deter sea bandits off the Somali coast who are becoming more aggressive. [link]

Why We Have Weblogs

Congress doesn't want you to know the truth about "global warming." The press is a willing accomplice in their scheming and duplicity. So you have to get news like this from the planet's weblogs:
Report: Democrats Refuse to Allow Skeptic to Testify Alongside Gore At Congressional Hearing
By Marc Morano, Climate Depot

Washington, DC -- UK's Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, claimed House Democrats have refused to allow him to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at a high profile global warming hearing on Friday April 24, 2009 at 10am in Washington. Monckton told Climate Depot that the Democrats rescinded his scheduled joint appearance at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on Friday.

“The House Democrats don't want Gore humiliated, so they slammed the door of the Capitol in my face,” Monckton told Climate Depot in an exclusive interview. “They are cowards.”

“Waxman knows there has been no 'global warming' for at least a decade. Waxman knows there has been seven and a half years' global cooling. Waxman knows that, in the words of the UK High Court judge who condemned Gore's mawkish movie as materially, seriously, serially inaccurate, 'the Armageddon scenario that he depicts is not based on any scientific view,'” Monckton explained. [link]
What are these cowards so afraid of? Global warming is a fact, right?

Or perhaps ...