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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Just Looking For An Excuse

A letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times gave me a chuckle this morning:
Swine flu pandemic underscores harm of factory farms

The fact that we have suddenly found ourselves on the verge of a potential worldwide pandemic of swine flu has probably taken most Americans quite by surprise.

Experts have been warning for years, however, that large-scale factory farms have created the perfect breeding grounds for the emergence and spread of new, highly virulent strains of influenza.

There are more far-reaching consequences to that hot dog or sausage biscuit than just high cholesterol if it comes from factory-farmed meat. Whether you are a vegetarian or love your steaks, factory farming is a very serious threat to every single one of us. [link]
Okay, I've stopped laughing.

I don't want to be too critical of this individual. She may just be stupid and can't help herself.

But what does the outbreak of a mild form of influenza that began in an area of the world - Mexico - in which there are no "large-scale factory farms" but where poor slobs sleep with their pigs have to do with the USA's farming practices?

Let me give you the short answer - n.o.t.h.i.n.g.

But it did give the author of this letter a chance to show off the depth and breadth of her intellectual capabilities.

Alas.

Yeah, Baby.

While Obama, Kaine, and their small-minded Democratic friends prattle on about "green" alternative energies that have never amounted - and will never amount - to anything (think windmills and french fry oil), America's smarter people shoulder the burden of developing and bringing to market safe, abundant, inexpensive, non-polluting, efficient forms of power from which future generations will benefit greatly.

A group of smart people that includes a few just up the road:
Virginia Tech, company aim for safer nuclear energy
By Greg Esposito, Roanoke Times

Virginia Tech is teaming with a company with Southwest Virginia ties on a project that could have far-reaching consequences in the field of nuclear energy.

The university and the Los Alamos, N.M.-based ADNA Corp. are expected to announce a memorandum of understanding today to construct a pilot facility to test technology to produce safer, less-costly and more-efficient nuclear energy.

The new design combines technology old and new -- but all proven to work -- including molten salt reactors tested in the 1960s and projects by ADNA founder and Roanoke native Charles Bowman that integrated accelerator technology into nuclear reactors in the 1990s.

"The components exist," Tech physics professor Bruce Vogelaar said. "What needs to happen is the integration of the systems and the demonstration that things work as anticipated. It's not a question of whether the technology, in principle, will work. The question is, 'Does it work as well as we anticipate?' "

If it does, the result will be nuclear power plants that produce more energy with less waste and don't result in the separation of plutonium from uranium during the process. Plutonium is a nuclear power byproduct that can be used to produce weapons. The production of it through the process of creating nuclear energy has been a point of contention in nuclear proliferation monitoring for years. [link]

Sweet.

And the fact that Southside Virginia sits on vast deposits of uranium ore ain't a bad thing either.

Make it happen, guys. We'd be forever indebted.

Do These people live in a vacuum?

I've often referred to Washington D.C. as "The Magic Kingdom," a realm of happiness and light that is completely detached from all grounded forms of reality. But the following goes beyond the ethereal. Did the Obama administration officials who hammered out the GM and Chrysler deals stop to consider the end result they will be putting before the American people?

The crowd that gave us the $600 hammer is teaming up with the workers' organization that can now decree raises for itself to build cars that someone is supposed to be crazy enough to purchase.

Fellas, this ain't looking good:
Only 18% Say UAW, Government Will Do Good Job Running GM, Chrysler
Rasmussen Reports

Just 18% of Americans think the United Auto Workers union and the federal government will do a good job running Chrysler and General Motors, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Forty-seven percent (47%) believe the union and the government will do a bad job, while 35% are not sure. [link]
I've always been proud of - and satisfied with - my GM vehicles in the past (one of which I've had for 19 trouble-free years) but I have to be honest: I'm not getting a warm, fuzzy feeling about this new direction the company is going.

Those Hyundais are looking mighty alluring right about now.

Hey, Stop That!

You can't poke fun at our president. He's black.

Er ... half black.

And he's "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean."

So there'll be none of this:
Our Genius President: 'Happy Cuatro de Cinco!'
By Mary Katherine Ham, Weekly Standard

I like to note these little incidents when they happen, not because I think it makes Obama an idiot because he occasionally stumbles over his words, but because his somewhat overblown reputation as the most cerebral, eloquent, utterly erudite president of all time could really use a pricking every now and then.

Also, because if Bush had made such a blunder, it would have been the basis of a four-part MSNBC investigative series on the malapropism's deleterious effects on the Republican Party's attempts to woo Hispanic voters, Mexican-American relations, and our "place in the world."

So, Obama, I will not turn your tendency to mispeak [sic] (and, then reprimand your Teleprompter) into an international incident, but I will note it with some glee ... [link]

Let me be the first to say it: Mary Katherine Ham is a racist.

End of discussion.

Only Making It Worse

Is this really a good time in America's history to be giving the country's productive class another powerful reason to pack up and leave for more favorable environs? Barack Obama certainly thinks so:
Taxing Errors
Investor's Business Daily editorial

The latest plan for getting America's budget affairs in order involves cracking down on foreign tax havens and tax shelters. No doubt it will have mass appeal. But it will backfire, and badly.

The White House said Monday it wants to "detect and pursue" tax evaders, while closing tax loopholes and shutting off overseas tax shelters. And to police it all, it wants to hire another 800 new IRS agents.

Under this tax plan, companies would no longer be able to write off some expenses in the U.S. on profits they make overseas. Nor would they be able to reinvest offshore earnings overseas — a practice which, some claim, totals $700 billion or more in earnings kept abroad.

The idea behind all this, obviously, is to keep companies from creating jobs in other countries, and to create more here. But it's a bad idea, from start to finish.

Most of the jobs U.S. companies create overseas are not highly skilled jobs. Yet, the profits our firms make overseas help us to maintain the managerial and skilled positions here in the U.S.

Do we want to drive those investments completely overseas?

If the administration is really interested in revenues, it might instead think about reducing the current punitive 35% U.S. tax rate on corporations, which is almost half again as high as the 24% average in other major nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

This, not "greed," is why companies try to make profits overseas. Taxes are lower there. [link]

When Procter & Gamble and Pfizer move their corporate offices to Singapore maybe knuckleheads like Obama will get the message. Businessmen and women - and their money - go where they're wanted. Obviously America - with the election of Mr. We Need to Redistribute the Wealth - doesn't want them.

We will rue the day ...

Gotta Love Them Democrats

The party of the people. The party of inclusion. The party of the big tent.

Just stay still and be quiet. You're there to be seen and not heard:
City Council votes to deny public speaker
By Bob Gough, editor, Quincy [Illinois] News

Along a party line vote, the Quincy City Council denied a written request to speak by a taxpaying resident of the city.

Steve McQueen, one of the organizers of the Quincy Tea Party effort, requested to speak on the recently approved $31.2 million budget and water and sewer rate increases.

When it came time to vote to open the floor to allow the speaker, a mixed voice vote took place. A roll call vote ensued and the seven Democrats denied McQueen's opportunity to speak while six Republicans voted to allow him to speak.

Alderman Mike Farha (R-4th Ward) said he had never seen anyone denied the right to speak in his 10 years on the council and called the vote "outrageous."

Farha spoke up after the vote, saying "We have never not allowed a member of the public to address this party." [link]
What does this neanderthal Republican think city council meetings are for beyond voting to raise taxes and issuing decrees? Get with the program, man.

And you can shut up too.

Gotta Love Them Democrats II

Virginia's resident kook continues to mystify:
Moran's Stiff Opposition to Sexual Innuendo Hard to Understand
By Jacob Sullum, Reason

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has reintroduced legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission to treat ads for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs as indecent, meaning they could be legally aired only between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. In 2005, when he introduced a similar bill, Moran complained:

"You can hardly watch primetime television or a major sporting event with your family without ads warning of the dangers of a "four-hour experience" airing every 10 minutes....They just push the envelope too far....There's just too much sexual innuendo."

[W]hy is Moran going to such lengths? As Moran explained in 2005, it's all about "exposing the hypocrisy of some of these religious-right extremists," who push the interests of pharmaceutical companies even though they know those companies help people have sex. At least, I think that's Moran's point. As for why the congressman has such a hard-on about Viagra and its various competitors, he said it was because the federal goverment was indirectly subsidizing advertising for such drugs by covering prescriptions for them under Medicare. [link]
For those of you not familiar with this idiot (is there anyone not familiar with this dolt's antics?), James Moran hails from the most liberal - therefore really enlightened - part of the commonwealth of Virginia. An area in the D.C. suburbs where people pride themselves on their intellectualese. Or something. Where Moran is treasured as a towering figure among men, women, transgendered, and the (illegal) downtrodden. Where he is welcome with open arms.

Good thing for him. Anywhere else he'd be laughed out of the county for being the fool that he is.