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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

It Must Drive Boucher's Political Henchmen Nuts ...

... when they see that six of the fifteen news items on Wikio News (at least the first page) that relate to our illustrious congressman and the name he's making for himself are actually links to this weblog.

Keep up the hard work, Rick. I'll make you famous.

Herald Courier Endorses Virginian For Gov ...

... over the New Yorker and the Massachusettser:
Deeds In The Democratic Primary
Bristol Herald Courier editorial

In a crowded three-way race for Virginia’s Democratic nomination for governor, we support state Sen. Creigh Deeds.

This newspaper’s editorial board has met with the three candidates who are vying for the Democratic nomination on June 9 – Deeds, former state Sen. Brian Moran and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

Each of the candidates is qualified for the job, but we believe Deeds is best suited, with his 18 years of experience building relationships across Virginia and a deep understanding of rural challenges. Deeds, 51, is from Bath County, where he served as commonwealth’s attorney before being elected to the state Senate. [link]
That's all well and good but I don't think I'd be touting Deeds's rural background if I were wanting him to get the Democratic nomination for governor. There is, after all, nothing - nothing - rural about the Democrats. As the red-blue map of Virginia frim the last election shows:

It's NoVA, the megalopolis of Hampton Roads, and Richmond that make all the difference in the blue party. Bath County? That's just this side of nowhere to the faithful. In fact that is nowhere. Democrats couldn't find Bath County if the only place in Virginia to buy marijuana and hookers was in Tinkertown. (Okay, they might GPS it under that circumstance ...) (No offense to the good people of Tinkertown intended; there is no marijuana to be found there).

But I agree with the Herald Courier. Of the three, Deeds is the best qualified. And he's not a carpetbagger. And he's not friends with any impeached presidents. And he has no asshole for a brother (that we know of). And we all know his effort at being a good liberal is only an act.

Here's to Creigh Deeds. May he be afforded the opportunity to get his butt kicked by the next governor of Virginia in November.

I've Figured It Out!

The relationship between environmentalism and intelligence is this:

The degree to which a person adheres to the preposterous theory that humans are causing global warming is in direct correlation to the number of pimples one has on one's face. The more pimples you have, the more likely it is that you believe all that horse shit.

See proof:



Couple that with the widely held theory that the number of zits that one has on one's face holds an inverse relationship with sapience, and it all becomes clear.

It all becomes clear.

If George Bush Were Still President ...

... could we ever expect to see this kind of headline cheerleading coming from the Washington Post?

Confidence in U.S. Economy Builds Even as Recovery Still Seems Distant

No.

Instead we would have expected this:

Because of Worsening Economy Americans Increasingly Insane

Ah, words.

Why Are The Australians So Far Ahead Of Us ...

... when it comes to the global warming debate?

There, the theory that humans are causing (or are even capable of causing) "climate change" is in disrepute and those who sell that snake oil are on the run.

The latest:
The modern heresy of true science
By Melanie Phillips, The Spectator

Every so often, a book is published which, it is instantly clear, is the definitive last word on the subject. Such a book has just appeared on the global lunacy of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). In his devastating study Heaven and Earth. Global Warming: The Missing Science (Quartet) Ian Plimer, Professor of Mining Geology at the University of Adelaide and previously Professor of Earth Sciences at the Universities of Melbourne and Newcastle systematically shreds the theory and the hallucinatory propaganda industry it has spawned. There is simply nothing left of it when he has finished – and he does so from the perspective of real science which the theory has so shockingly betrayed.

Having painstakingly out [sic] the actual scientific facts and evidence involved in the study of climate, he concludes his book with a sustained peroration of fury and contempt at the way such scientific evidence has been dismissed in a breathtaking campaign of ‘cognitive dissonance’. As he says, there is not one shred of actual scientific evidence to sustain the claim of AGW, which rests in its entirety upon charlatanry, fraud, ignorance and ideology.

As he says, the whole theory was created not by the scientific methods of observation and gathering actual evidence but by dubious computer modelling. These models suggested constant warming until the end of time but predicted neither post 1998 cooling nor El Nino events.

The evidence is all around us that the theory is sheer bunkum from start to finish. But, writes Plimer – and this is the real cause of his burning anger -- scientific facts no longer seem to be necessary. They are simply dismissed, to create a belief system purporting to be ‘science’ but which is more akin to a religion sustained through the imposition of authority and intimidation – and anti-scientific claims of a settled ‘consensus’. Such a ‘consensus’ is itself bogus.

Politicians -- not least the ludicrously styled ‘Ministers for Climate Change’-- along with the government’s Chief Scientist, the President of the Royal Society and the rest of the credulous intelligentsia should pack this book in their suitcases for their summer holiday reading. That is, of course, if they still have any capacity to think. [link]
The capacity to think? Scientists? Aren't we asking a bit too much of them? How about we just let Al Gore continue to do the thinking for them?

Meanwhile, Barack Obama, who isn't paid to think either, is still pushing that legislation that is intended to fix the climate, even though there no fix needed, even though he couldn't fix it if he wanted to.

A strange world we've made for ourselves, isn't it?

Obama Brings Peace To The Middle East

Uh, wait. That was his campaign pledge. To work toward peace "starting from the minute I'm sworn into office." In reality, he's now got one side in that conflict so pissed off, they - the Israelis - may not only break off all talks with the Palestinians, they may cut communications with the USA.

That's showin' ol' George how to do it, Barry.

The latest on the deteriorating relationship:
Israel and U.S. Can’t Close Split on Settlements
By Isabel Kershner, New York Times

The decision of whether to build, and how much, goes to the heart of the tensions between the administrations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Obama, an unaccustomed and no-budge conflict between Israel and the United States. Washington is standing firm against any additional settlement construction in the West Bank, including what Israel argues is necessary to accommodate what it terms “natural growth.” [link]
Whereas in recent years, criticism of the American president has been along the lines that he has done little to bring about peace in the Middle East, we are now witness to a situation where the American president is alienating one "partner" in that process completely.

It strikes me as odd that those who were most critical of George W. Bush for being absent from the Middle East peace process are silent now that Obama is making the situation there far worse than it's been in decades.

Odd. But not a complete mystery.

Sicko

General Motors, at its peak in 1979, employed 620,000 American men and women.

Today it struggles to pay 88,000.

The actions that were taken yesterday throwing the once-proud automaker into bankruptcy are said to reduce that number by an additional 20,000 to 29,000 in coming years.

And the darling of the liberal left in this country is ... "joyful."
Goodbye, GM
By Michael Moore

So here we are at the deathbed of General Motors. The company's body not yet cold, and I find myself filled with -- dare I say it -- joy. It is not the joy of revenge against a corporation that ruined my hometown and brought misery, divorce, alcoholism, homelessness, physical and mental debilitation, and drug addiction to the people I grew up with. Nor do I, obviously, claim any joy in knowing that 21,000 more GM workers will be told that they, too, are without a job.

But you and I and the rest of America now own a car company! [link]
21,000 Americans will soon be without a job but, what the hell, I'm employed so let's look on the bright side!

Moore goes on, in a fascinatingly juvenile way, to talk about all the neat things "we" can now do with those dozens of shuttered factories:
Let's be clear about this: The only way to save GM is to kill GM. Saving our precious industrial infrastructure, though, is another matter and must be a top priority. If we allow the shutting down and tearing down of our auto plants, we will sorely wish we still had them when we realize that those factories could have built the alternative energy systems we now desperately need. And when we realize that the best way to transport ourselves is on light rail and bullet trains and cleaner buses, how will we do this if we've allowed our industrial capacity and its skilled workforce to disappear?

The products built in the factories of GM, Ford and Chrysler are some of the greatest weapons of mass destruction responsible for global warming and the melting of our polar icecaps. The things we call "cars" may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature. To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet.

For the time being, have some factories build hybrid or all-electric cars (and batteries). It will take a few years for people to get used to the new ways to transport ourselves, so if we're going to have automobiles, let's have kinder, gentler ones.
In place of those automobiles, "the things we call 'cars,'" this mental midget demands of Obama that he build a high-speed rail system throughout the USA (in the next five years), and for "cars" to then be phased out. A hi-speed train to get you to the grocery. Sweet!

Either that or madness.

Is it drugs or overeating that has the greater effect on the human mind? I don't know.

"This is your brain ..."

Headline Of The Day

New GM ad: Are you ready for government-made crapboxes?

Hear Hear

You've heard that old expression:

"Recession is when your neighbor loses his job.

"Depression is when you lose yours
."

The rest of the story:

"And recovery is when Obama loses his."

A day a growing number of us is looking toward with longing.

With Blinders On

The New York Times calls for the federal government to stop the violence that takes place at America's abortion slaughterhouses. Well, a tiny part of the violence anyway. The other 99.999% that occurs every day is perfectly acceptable:
Murder in Kansas
editorial

Attorney General Eric Holder says the United States Marshal Service will begin protecting certain abortion clinics and doctors. Mr. Holder should consider taking the additional step of revitalizing the National Task Force on Violence against Health Care Providers that former Attorney General Janet Reno established during the Clinton years. There must be a sustained focus by federal and state officials to prevent further acts of violence and intimidation. If it turns out that additional laws are needed, Congress should take action. [link]
The concern for innocent human life is so heartwarming, isn't it?

We Become a Laughingstock

The Chinese fully understand what Obama's profligate spending is doing to America's financial well-being. Even Chinese students. If only Obama and his team understood it as well, perhaps we wouldn't be teetering on the brink of disaster.

But no. Obama and team think the runaway budget deficit ... well, just ain't all that bad.

To which the Chinese students respond with derisive laughter.

This, people, is humiliating:
Geithner insists Chinese dollar assets are safe
US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was laughed at by an audience of Chinese students after insisting that China's US assets are safe.
By Edmund Conway, London Telegraph

In his first official visit to China since becoming Treasury Secretary, Mr Geithner told politicians and academics in Beijing that he still supports a strong US dollar, and insisted that the trillions of dollars of Chinese investments would not be unduly damaged by the economic crisis. Speaking at Peking University, Mr Geithner said: "Chinese assets are very safe."

The comment provoked loud laughter from the audience of students. There are growing fears over the size and sustainability of the US budget deficit, which is set to rise to almost 13% of GDP this year as the world's biggest economy fights off recession. The US is reliant on China to buy many of the government bonds it is planning to issue but Beijing's policymakers have expressed concern about the strength of the dollar and the value of their investments. [link]
Students know more about finance than does the leadership of the United States government.

For the love of God.

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China To Geithner: It Would Be Helpful If You Could Show Us Some Numbers

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So how did Geithner react?

Geithner Says China Confident in U.S.

He may be serious. Or it may be the booze talking.

This Should Surprise No One

I have to wonder about the sanity of those 21%:
Just 21% Favor GM Bailout Plan, 67% Oppose
Rasmussen Reports

Only 21% of voters nationwide support a plan for the government to bail out General Motors as part of a structured bankruptcy plan to keep the troubled auto giant in business.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% are opposed to a plan that would provide GM with $50 billion in funding and give the government a 70% ownership interest in the company. [link]
Almost as frightening as the 21% who favor the bailout are the 12% who paid for it and have no opinion.

Look Beneath The Headlines

Bankruptcy filing could put GM on road to profits

And 50 billion of our tax dollars going to the bottom line might make it happen too. For a time ...