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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Say What?

Just to show that newspaper reporters are sometimes no smarter than United States congresspersons, try to get your arms around this:
Perriello foresees jobs in climate change
By Olympia Meola, Richmond-Times Dispatch

An effort to combat climate change and its effects on the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet has attracted support from an unusual coalition of religious and retired military leaders.

While they view the issue from different perspectives, be it protecting God's creation or bolstering national security, they all want climate-change legislation being negotiated on Capitol Hill to provide protections for the less fortunate.

For one of Virginia's newest congressmen, Tom Perriello, D-5th, the legislation would ideally fill an obligation not only to the planet but also to its inhabitants. And in his district, he hopes combating climate change will translate into putting people back to work.

"I believe the new energy and energy efficiency [industry] is one of our greatest chances to bring jobs back to Southside Virginia," he said. "I see this as a great opportunity to create jobs and rebuild some of the manufacturing bases in this country."

Job creation is high on the mind of Perriello, who represents some of the state's most economically depressed areas, including Martinsville, which registers the highest unemployment rate in Virginia.

The devout Catholic has the added perspective of having worked in some of the world's hot spots, including Darfur and Afghanistan ... [blah blah blah]

He wants any climate-change bill to include direct rebates to help offset increased energy costs and to encourage spending on energy efficiency, among other things. [link]
My head hurts.

Let's see: Climate change is going to have an adverse effect on "the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet," so, in response, this Perriello character is supporting legislation that is going to have an adverse effect on the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet, prompting him to propose legislation that will offset increased energy costs that will be incurred as a direct result of his legislation intended to combat the effects felt by the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet.

Can we just imprison these two before any further damage to my brain cells is done?

As a side note, what, dear Olympia (and editor, ahem), does Perriello being a Catholic and having worked in Darfur have to do with his climate change legislation?

And, ma'am, did you bother to ask Boy Wonder why he's involving himself in this bit of foolishness at all since the "climate" isn't "changing"?

And did you ask him what kind of jobs he's thinking will be coming to Southside? What, windmill manufacturing jobs? Five? Six? Are either of you in your right minds?

Better yet, did you ask him if he lost his ability to think when he moved to The Magic Kingdom?

Did you ask him if he's aware of the fact that other countries have adopted plans intended to grow "green" jobs and found that the efforts destroyed more jobs than they created?

Or did the fact that your lips were (apparently) planted on his backside prevent you from asking too many questions?

The Sky Is Fall ... Oh, Never Mind

Remember all the hot air and bluster that were expended by those trying to convince us that if we didn't enact higher transportation taxes last year our roads and bridges would crumble and our way of life here in Virginia would forever be negatively affected?

Does this ring a bell?
To: You Know Who You Are.

Message: It ain’t bein’ all that conservative when you see the world crumblin’ down around you and you’re more worried about how much it’s goin’ to cost than actually doin’ somethin’ about it.
Gosh. The world (well, I-66 anyway) is crumbling?

That must mean that we have us a by-God transportation emergency, right?

Well, apparently not:

Va. is last state to allocate stimulus-funded transportation work

Say what you will about the stimulus money, it obviously isn't stimulating anyone in Richmond into action.

Isn't it peculiar that, now that they've lost the tax increase battle, the liberals in this state have lost interest in our (crumbling!) roads and bridges?

Con Man Endorses Con Artist

A match made in heaven:

Bill Clinton praises McAuliffe in N.Va.

May they have a long life together ...

... somewhere far, far away from Virginia.

As He Slowly Heads Off Into That Setting Sun

Deeds campaign trims staff

Tea Party!

Welcome to ...
Earmark Nation
By Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

Barack Obama isn't a reformer. He's the president of Earmark Nation. We are about to enact the Obama federal health-insurance entitlement, which on top of all the other entitlements and their limitless liabilities will require pulling trillions of dollars more into the federal budget. Whatever nominal public good this is supposed to achieve, it means that they, these 535 pols, most of them gerrymandered for life, will decide in perpetuity the details of how to dole it out.

When this experiment called the United States began some 200 years ago, neither the "liberals" nor "conservatives" of that time imagined their successors would have such vast sway over the nation's income, or that U.S. politics would be mostly factions begging and fighting to have fragments of it disbursed back to them. The phrase "pay to play" would have disgusted them.

"If I'm corrupt, it's because I take care of my district."

John Murtha of Johnstown is the canary in the mine shaft. In politics, the canaries don't die. They adapt and learn to live with the toxic fumes of public spending on scales beyond morality or understanding. We are just about there. [link]
"Barack Obama isn't a reformer." Few people grasp that fact but all the proposals that he's put forth are simply an extension - if accelerated - of the effort to centralize power in Washington that has been ongoing for decades.

Something to ponder from George Will this morning, for the first time in American history "neither sales nor property nor income taxes are the largest source of money for state and local governments. The federal government is."

For what it's worth, who does Henninger blame for this concerning turn of events?

You, sweetheart. It's YOU.

And So It Goes

The most reviled man in America during the Reagan years? Ronald Reagan.

The George H.W. Bush years? George H.W. Bush.

The Clinton years? Newt Gingrich.

The George W. Bush years? George W. Bush.

The Obama years? Dick Cheney.

Odd how that works, isn't it?

On 'Universal Care'

So where will costs be controlled when Obama institutes his Orwellian nationalized health care program?

Where those least able to take care of themselves and those most in need of help reside.

Professor Stuart Altman, Brandeis University, advising Congress on how the government can save:

Remember, our population is aging. Second, the cost of care is growing by so much, so at the same percentage, it’s worth a lot more. So let’s go back to the issue of comparative effectiveness, which we’re supporting. That’s where that can have a big impact. It’s not only there, but that’s where the waste is. That’s where people are using technologies that really either don’t work at all or keep people alive for for very limited [time] and [at] very high cost.

Hospice is one option, but we do need take account of the cost — you know, I hate to say it, the cost-benefit of some of the things we do. And either we can do it directly, or we can do it by bundling the payments and let the delivery system deal with it. So it’s a combination of the delivery system dealing with it, or, and/or providing more information for people to make the right decisions, both for themselves and for the care. [link]

How does your elderly grandma stack up in that cost/benefit analysis? Poorly? There's a savings to be had, Barack.

May God have mercy.

The First Things To Go ...

... when government takes over the health care delivery system:

Research, development, innovation, invention.

It will do you well to learn to love aspirin.

YOU Tell Him To Put His Pants On

When duty calls:
Fort Worth soldier's, um, boxers make him famous
By Bill Miller, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Boxers or briefs?

A lot of guys consider that a personal question, but the secret has been revealed for a 19-year-old Fort Worth soldier, thanks to The New York Times, the Internet and, well, the Taliban.

Army Spec. Zachary Boyd, a 2007 graduate of Keller Central High School, was in his sleeping quarters this week when the Taliban attacked in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Boyd rushed to a defensive position clad in his helmet, vest and boxers -- the pink ones decorated with the "I Love NY" slogan.

As luck would have it, an Associated Press photographer was working at Firebase Restrepo in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, where Boyd is stationed.

His boxers ended up on the front page of the Times. [link]

The now-famous photo:

America's fighting men and women - you gotta love 'em.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press, New York Times, and Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
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