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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

SW Virginia Outrage Being Voiced

Another voice besides mine, that is. And an important one it is:
Morefield calls on Boucher to Vote Against Obama Energy Legislation

Tazewell – In a statement released from his office today, Republican candidate for the House of Delegates, Will Morefield, called on Congressman Rick Boucher (D-9th) to vote against the Obama Energy legislation before Congress.

“The Obama Energy Plan will wreck the coal industry,” said Morefield. “That would be bad for America, and even worse for people here in Southwest Virginia.”

Congressman Boucher, a Democrat, sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which is considering the Waxman-Markey “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009" (HR2454), commonly called Cap and Trade.

“Cap and Trade is a stake in the heart of the coal industry,” said Morefield. “It punishes industries that use coal and that means fewer jobs in our area.”

The Energy and Commerce Committee is planning to hold a vote this week to vote the Obama energy plan out of committee so it can be considered by the entire Congress.

“I am amazed that Rick Boucher is not leading the charge against this horrible legislation,” said Morefield. “Instead he is voting against every amendment to weaken this legislation and save our jobs.”

“Cap and Trade represents the triumph of radical environmentalism over common sense,” said Morefield. “It will mean higher unemployment in heavy industries all across America, higher electric bills for people in states like Virginia that get a lot of their power from coal, and it means Southwest Virginians losing their jobs.”

“I urge everyone to call or write Congressman Boucher and tell him to stop this disaster before it happens,” Morefield ended.

Morefield is the Republican nominee for Virginia’s 3rd House of Delegates seat. A native of Tazewell, he graduated from Tazewell High School and owns a small business there.
While Boucher shrugs and tells us that Southwest Virginia's demise is "inevitable," others stand up to fight!

Where are others willing to fight for the future of the children of the coalfields?

From a Morefield for Delegate press release dated May 20, 2009

For those of you interested in Morefield's candidacy, the third district
includes most of Tazewell County, all of Buchanan County, and northern Russell County.

I Always Enjoy Reading This Kind of Idiocy

A Radford resident (and "activist") is concerned about the future of Appalachia:

Protecting Appalachia from harm

Her concern?

Widespread unemployment.

All the factory closings.

The destruction of the furniture manufacturing sector

The disintegration of the nuclear family

Widespread and rampant drug problems

The intolerable suicide rate

Depopulation

The rearrangement of Appalachia's boulders in the coalfields.

For the love of God.

What GM/Chrysler Problem?

Barack Obama is fast becoming a one-man wrecking crew:
Obama touts plan for cleaner, more efficient cars
By Steven R. Hurst,Associated Press Writer

Washington – President Barack Obama is asking consumers to put their money — up to $1,300 per new vehicle by 2016 — behind his plan for higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and tougher rules on their greenhouse gas emissions. In return, Obama said Tuesday in unveiling the plan, drivers would make up the higher cost of more fuel-efficient, cleaner vehicles by buying less gas at the pump.

While requiring that vehicle carbon dioxide emissions be reduced by about one-third by the target date, the plan also calls for the auto industry to build vehicles that average 35.5 miles per gallon. Government regulations have never before linked emission and fuel standards.

"The fact is ... Obama said ...[link]
I guess it never crossed this genius's mind that those tiny little sewing machines on wheels that get that kind of fuel economy are the same class of vehicle that GM loses hundreds of millions of dollars on each year, trying to compete with the Japanese.

But he may know it and just not care. After all, when the government takes over GM, profits and losses are no longer of significance. They print the money. And there's an endless supply of paper.

So long, GM. So long, Chrysler.

It Must Be Wednesday

The Washington Post editorial team today endorses another tax increase. Yesterday it was a tax on health insurance, today an environmental tax that will make new cars grossly more expensive:
Car Compact
editorial

Forget about the 2007 energy act that increased corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards -- to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 -- for the first time since 1975. President Obama announced a plan yesterday that speeds up that timetable and breaks new ground by regulating greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. And he did it in the Rose Garden surrounded by smiling auto executives, environmental advocates and public officials. We note this because these three factions had been at war with each other in one form or another for years.

The price of the average car is expected to rise by $1,300. But Mr. Obama said, [blah blah blah] [link]
This raises the obvious question: Is there a tax hike these guys don't support?

What, There's No News Today?

Headline, Washington Post:

Money's Nice, but a Good Boss Is Better
In Survey of Federal Workplaces, Strong Managers Rank High

Uh, okay.

Where An Unarmed Populace Is Easy Prey

Why doesn't this surprise me:
Violent Crime Wave Jolts Trendy Downtown
By Jamie Schram and Murray Weiss, New York Post

Downtown Manhattan, the city's party mecca, has been hit by an alarming spike in vicious street violence.

Assaults in Greenwich Village lead the frightening upturn, with a whopping 43 percent increase so far this year compared with the same period in 2008.

"I've never seen it like this before -- never, ever," said G. Simon Chafik, a female photographer who has lived in Manhattan for 15 years.

Other hot Manhattan neighborhoods tainted by the crime wave include TriBeCa, with a nearly 17 percent jump, and Gramercy, which has seen a 24 percent increase in assaults.

The danger zones also include the East Village from East 14th Street to Houston Street and the East River to Broadway, which has seen a 27.7 percent rise, from 47 to 60 assaults.

The Lower East Side has experienced a whopping 30 percent hike in assaults. [link]
The real kicker is the fact that all these areas went heavily for Obama in November and, if a poll were to be conducted, the citizenry there would be overwhelmingly in favor of gun bans.

So they are both stupid and easy pickin's. Because the lawless are just fine with gun bans. The fewer weapons there are in people's homes, the safer the murderers and rapists are when they break in and assault the occupants.

Just goes to show ...

How Radical Is This?

We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.

The impetus for the hundreds and hundreds of tea parties that have been held throughout the country in recent months. And the driver behind this astonishing turn of events:
California Voters Reject Measures to Keep State Solvent
By Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times

Los Angeles — A smattering of California voters on Tuesday soundly rejected five ballot measures designed to keep the state solvent through the rest of the year.

The results dealt a severe setback to the state’s fragile fiscal structure and to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state legislators who cobbled together the measures as part of a last-minute budget deal passed in February.

The measures, which would have prolonged tax increases, capped state spending, earmarked money for education and involved the state in a complex borrowing scheme against its lottery, were rejected by roughly 60 percent of those who voted. The failure of the measures, combined with falling revenues since the state passed its budget, leaves California with a $21 billion new hole to fill, while foreclosure rates and unemployment remain vexing problems here. [link]
Unbelievable. The people of California would rather their state government come crashing down than allow it to continue on its course of reckless spending and borrowing.

Has something like this ever happened before?

Hear those footsteps coming up behind you, Barack?

Democrats Make My Head Hurt

There's to be no prison at Guantanamo.

There's to be no prison outside Guantanamo.

So where are the terrorists going to be warehoused?

Let's just forget they exist!
Democrats in Senate Block Money to Close Guantánamo
By David M. Herszenhorn, New York Times

Washington — In an abrupt shift, Senate Democratic leaders said they would not provide the $80 million that President Obama requested to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The move escalates pressure on the president, who on Thursday is scheduled to outline his plans for the 240 terrorism suspects still held there.

In recent days, Mr. Obama has faced growing demands from both parties, but particularly Republicans, to lay out a more detailed road map for closing the Guantánamo prison and to provide assurances that detainees would not end up on American soil, even in maximum security prisons.

The move by Senate Democrats to strip the $80 million from a war-spending bill and the decision to bar, for now, transfer of detainees to the United States, raised the possibility that Mr. Obama’s order to close the camp by Jan. 22, 2010, might have to be changed or delayed. [link]
But the American people wanted Gitmo closed. That's why they voted for Obaloney. Or was it the Washington Post that wanted it? No matter ...

So Bush's torture cells are going to be torn down. But they're not. Welcome to La La Land.

All this was so predictable.

Food For Thought

From Victor Davis Hanson:
For the last eight years, rendition (hey, they even made a hit-piece movie about the supposedly awful practice), intercepts, military tribunals, and Iraq were sort of the refrains of the liberal-media choruses. Looking back, in light of the Obama media, was such hysteria simply politics, pure and simple? Bush did it: bad; Obama did it: fine? Was the issue always just Bush, and never (as alleged) the Bush profligacy in spending — given the silence now over Obama's crazed borrowing? Was there never any real concern about the supposed "cultural of corruption" when the media seized on a Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, Mark Foley, etc. — given the pass granted to Rangel, Dodd, and the tax-fraud nominations to the Cabinet.

In other words, to pick up any of these magazines and newspapers now is to see tortured apologies to explain why a flip-flopping Obama is playing "long-term" or "not going to get suckered by his base" or "first has to clean up the Bush mess" instead of disinterested commentary about (a) the disconnect between what Obama now does and what he once said; (b) the staggering amount of debt added, and how to pay the sums off.

"Ministers of Truth," National Review, May 19, 2009