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Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's Good To Know Who Your Enemies Are

While we're on the subject of Democratic candidates for governor ...
Va. Democratic candidates target gun control
By Bob Lewis, AP Political Writer

Blacksburg, Va. (AP) -- Gun control shot to the forefront of the fourth Democratic Virginia gubernatorial debate Thursday less than a mile from the deadliest campus shooting in American history.

State Sen. R Creigh Deeds, former Democratic national chairman Terry McAuliffe and former House of Delegates Democratic Caucus leader Brian Moran all agreed on closing the loophole in state law that exempts gun shows from background checks on buyers.

"Anyone who purchases a firearm should go through a background check. You can't determine whether a person is a felon or suffers from a mental defect," Moran said.

McAuliffe agreed, saying the private dealers who sell a wide array of guns from antiques to assault weapons at the bazaars should be required to query the past of purchasers.

Both Moran and McAuliffe are from the populous suburbs of northern Virginia where gun control sentiment runs strong. [link]

I feel the need to correct that last sentence:

"Both Moran and McAuliffe are from the liberal northeast - Massachusetts and New york respectively - where draconian gun control laws rule the everyday lives of the citizenry and crime is rampant."

Both want to do for Virginia what their compatriots have done for their home states.

May God help us.

I Can't Wait

Want to be bored to tears? Head over to Virginia Tech today (oops, it was yesterday. Shucks.):

Virginia Tech will hold a public forum today on the legacies of segregation and integration in Virginia public education.

"Forum"? My guess it took the form of "lecture." As these things always do.

Anyway, the world is a better place today. Virginia Tech offered up its 24,565th "forum" on race relations yesterday. And we are a better people for it ...

It's A Good Day

Planned Parenthood closing Lynchburg slaughter house:

Planned Parenthood closing Lynchburg health center

Perhaps they'll turn it into a church. The circumstances seem to cry out for it.

The Facts Just Keep Getting In The Way

Much has been made in recent years by those who want us to believe that the planet is warming, resulting in (and exemplified by ...) the melting of the Arctic ice caps (while curiously ignoring the growing Antarctic ice caps, but whatever). To capture the general hysteria one need only look at breathtaking headlines like this: "Arctic melt 20 years ahead of climate models."

Well, it turns out that even the Arctic may not be melting. Al Gore, phone home:
North Pole Sea Ice twice as thick as expected
Radio Bremen

The research aircraft “Polar 5” today concluded its Arctic expedition in Canada. During the flight, researchers measured the current ice thickness at the North Pole and in areas that have never before been surveyed. The result: The sea-ice in the surveyed areas is apparently thicker than scientists had suspected.

Normally, newly formed ice measures some two meters in thickness after two years. “Here, we measured ice thickness up to four meters,” said a spokesperson for Bremerhaven’s Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. At present, this result contradicts the warming of the sea water, according to the scientists. [link]
Oh, poo. That's just science talking. We all know the Earth is warming. Politicians in Washington say so.

The Road To Perdition

Not one "reporter" asks where the money is going to come from:

Congress Clears $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan


Quote of the Day

From Investor's Business Daily:
Cap-And-Trade: Al Gore's Cash Cow

At the cap-and-trade hearings, it was revealed that not everyone will suffer from this growth-killing energy tax. A congresswoman wanted to know why sea levels aren't rising but Gore's bank account is.

When Gore left office in January 2001, he was said to have a net worth in the neighborhood of $2 million. A mere eight years later, estimates are that he is now worth about $100 million. It seems it's easy being green, at least for some.

Gore has his lectures and speeches, his books, a hit movie and Oscar, and a Nobel Prize.

Last May, we also noted that on March 1, Gore, while speaking at a conference in Monterey, Calif., admitted to having "a stake" in a number of green investments that he recommended attendees put money in rather than "subprime carbon assets" such as tar sands and shale oil. [link]
In a different era this huckster would have been run out on a rail. Today he is awarded a Nobel.

For the love of God.

Why The GOP Can't Beat The Press

Big. Bold. Blaring. Headline:

GOP Stripped Flu Pandemic Preparedness From Stimulus [!!!]

Buried in the "Health" section. Much smaller. No emphasis. No blaring. Days after the first article appeared:

Containing Flu Is Not Feasible, Specialists Say

Will the next headline read "GOP Lauded For Not Wasting Taxpayer Dollars"?

I'll certainly be holding my breath ...

Birds of a Feather

This seems so ... right:

For the first time since the Bork hearings in 1987 there'll be no confusing which side the liberal from Pennsylvania is on.

"The one consistency in the history of Arlen Specter has been his willingness to do whatever will best protect and advance the career of Arlen Specter."

Now live with it.

Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Down A Rat Hole

At least the leadership of General Motors can argue that the company is dumping brands and is desperately trying to downsize as fast as possible. Not that it'll make any difference in the end. But Chrysler - with all that money that we "lent" it - has done little to nothing to stave off bankruptcy. And bankruptcy it's headed toward.

As we warned you before our tax dollars were dumped down that sewer:
Chrysler Bankruptcy Looms as Deal on Debt Falters
By Zachery Kouwe and Micheline Maynard, New York Times

Detroit — Last-minute efforts by the Treasury Department to win over recalcitrant Chrysler debtholders failed Wednesday night, setting up a near-certain bankruptcy filing by the American automaker, according to people briefed on the talks.

Barring an agreement, which looked increasingly difficult, Chrysler was expected to seek Chapter 11 protection on Thursday, most likely in New York, these people said.

A bankruptcy filing by Chrysler would be the first by one of Detroit’s three auto companies amid a devastating slump, and could serve as a preview of what a filing by General Motors might look like. G.M., which like Chrysler received federal assistance last year, faces a June 1 deadline for its own restructuring. [link]
The problem is in the fact that many of Chrysler's debtholders are secured creditors and can get a better deal through bankruptcy than that which the government is offering on behalf of the doomed auto maker.

Doomed being the key word.

By the way, Chrysler also wants an additional $7 billion from the taxpayers. Reasons unclear.

Bullet. Brainpan. End the suffering.