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Sunday, May 10, 2009

There's a Story Here ...

Roanoke RnR brings to our attention the fact that Al Jazeera, the Arabic language news network that never met a terrorist - or half-black U.S. president - that it didn't like, sent a crew to the Roanoke Times to do a news story. I can't help but wonder how many editors, reporters, and columnists there surreptitiously slipped their résumés into the hands of their guests, hoping against hope that they land a new gig before the paper folds. Roanoke RnR has other thoughts:
Hmmmm, I don't remember reading about this in the paper, when I used to get it, and since I don't get the Al Jazeera channel either it almost slipped by. At least it sounds like the Roanoke Times isn't worried about folding. Guess that's why they could keep on insulting the readers who don't agree with them. Guess I was wrong and that strategy must be working for them after all. Maybe they'll attract a whole new untapped audience from that You Tube video, some who might actually become subscribers.
It's an interesting way to boost circulation. But just how many leftists and terrorists might there be out there willing to buy ad space in Roanoke's one and only news rag?

How many fingers are there on one hand?

OK, I'm Convinced

Bristol Herald Courier editor J. Todd Foster believes 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Susan Graber would be a great choice to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court.


Two reasons (neither of which has to do with impartiality, temperament, integrity, qualifications, or intelligence).

1) She's female.

2) He knows her.

Who could possibly find fault with that?
They Are Women; Let Them Roar From High Court

I normally advocate merit-based hirings only, but there’s a way for President Barack Obama to use merit and gender equality to find a successor to retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter and give Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg a female peer.

I’m even going to nominate the perfect female jurist for Obama and waive the usual finder’s fee I charge presidents when they consult me for judicial selections.

Susan Graber.

First a disclosure: I know Graber slightly because my wife, Melinda, was her law clerk from 1996-98 on the Oregon Supreme Court and then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ...

Rather than extol Graber’s judicial virtues, I’ll let legal scholars and other judges do it in the space below. What I will tell you about Graber, 59, is that she is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. [link]
So we're to ignore her qualifications and rely entirely on the fact that this gal is (a) female and (b) smart.

But doesn't that also cry out for her to be a rocket scientist? A neurosurgeon? A nanotechnologist? All at the same time?

I don't know, J. Todd. Maybe we should leave the decision-making to others. You're neither (a) female nor (b) smart.


Well, this editorial in the Roanoke Times would be laughable if it weren't so boneheaded:
Common ground on abortion

The Christian Coalition called President Obama the "most radical pro-abortion president in history." He has been criticized for reversing several Bush-era policies on abortion funding and stem cell research.

But he is also trying to find common ground on one of the most polarizing and contentious issues facing the nation.

A Wall Street Journal article last week described an effort by Obama to invite prochoice [sic] and pro-life leaders in to sit around the table and discuss ways to reduce the demand for abortion. [link]
Hey, genius. That's not "finding common ground on abortion." That's "finding a way to avoid discussing the subject of abortion by diddling with one another on tangential matters that don't get to the heart of the issue of little children being slaughtered in the womb."

And what do you want to bet, women's health care was one of those issues discussed.

Health care and abortion in the same conversation. A chance for "common ground"?


Quit Torturing The Language

Columnist Maureen Dowd provides us with an illustrative lesson in The Peter Principle this morning. From "Put Aside The Logic":

"Instead of swooping in to figure out the dimensionality and logarithms to rescue the world from red matter, as Spock does in J. J. Abrams’s dazzling new 'Star Trek,' I imagined Spock rescuing read matter for the world.

Rescuing ... read ... matter ...?

Would someone please take this dimwitted twit's keyboard away from her?

Stuck In The 60's

The New York Times this morning has a lengthy story (see "Drafted at 19, Opposing Military Recruiters at 61") about an aging anti-military activist in Miami.

I'd recommend it but, frankly, the subject became boring decades ago.

Quote of the Day

From Virginia's designated idiot:
[S]hould President Obama determine that Alexandria needs to play a reasonably limited role in a nationwide effort to bring justice to the Guantanamo detainees and close this unfortunate chapter of American history, I am confident that Alexandrians will stand strong as they always have: gritting their teeth, stiffening their spines and carrying the load required so that the American values of justice and the rule of law are not overridden but, rather, respected and honored, as is our heritage as a great nation.
James Moran, Democrat, 8th Congressional District, Virginia.

*You folks up in northern Virginia voted overwhelmingly for this flake. Happy? It's not to late for you to get beyond your foolish prejudices and to support the 2nd Amendment, by the way. Arming yourselves about now seems like a wise move.

It might be a smooth move as well to dump this moron before he does real damage to your way of life. It's up to you.

We Pay The Piper

Obama (and McCain) promised you the world. And what fun it was having all those gifts showered down upon us.

But - you may not realize this - they come at a price:
“Terrible” Treasury Auction Exposes Hole in Obama Econ Plan
The Heritage Foundation

The U.S. Treasury auction of long-term bonds on Thursday was “terrible”, in the words of one Wall Street economist, with the rate on the 30 year bond jumping from 4.1 to 4.3 percent. This is just the first sign that the debt-based Obama economic stimulus plan is about to become a major drag on the recovery, just as expected.

The economic news is not all bad. We are seeing signs the rate of contraction is abating quickly, promising a bottom to the recession sometime this summer as many forecasters have expected. But therein lies another piece of the interest rate puzzle, and the trouble ahead.

There are two critical consequences to the economy stabilizing. The first is that the massive liquidity injected into credit markets by the Federal Reserve and central banks around the world transforms from economic medicine to inflationary heroin. Central banks are going to face a difficult task of extracting the excess liquidity before inflation soars and without causing another recession. Doubt about the fight against soaring inflation means higher inflation premiums in interest rates.

The second dangerous consequence is that President Obama is on course to double the national debt in just four years. After years of complaining about annual deficits of $300 billion or $400 billion and their effects on interest rates, liberal commentators are suddenly silent now that the deficit is heading toward $2 trillion under a liberal administration. But now the vaunted “crowding out” effect from government borrowing is almost a certainty, as are the resulting higher interest rates. [link]
"Obama is on course to double the national debt in just four years." And he hasn't even put a price tag to fixing health care or ending global warming climate change yet.

Strap yourselves in ...

Words of Wisdom

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