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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Who Is This Creigh Deeds?

Jim Geraghty sheds some light:
Southern Half of the Comeback Trail

Sources close to McDonnell assess Deeds as, ultimately, an increasingly liberal Democrat who does not come from a population center ...

... Deeds is not the same candidate as when he ran that 2005 race, having shifted considerably on some key issues that differentiate a “centrist” or “conservative” Democrat from more liberal ones. In 2006, Virginia considered an amendment to the state constitution that defined marriage as solely between one man and one woman and banned recognition of any legal status “approximat[ing] the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage.” The amendment was ratified by 57 percent of the voters, and Deeds supported it. As a gubernatorial candidate in a Democratic primary, Deeds now says that vote was “a mistake.”

As a legislator, Creigh Deeds received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association; in fact, in 2005, the NRA endorsed Deeds over McDonnell in their race for state attorney general. Now Deeds is pledging to close “the gun show loophole,” saying the Virginia Tech shootings changed his mind ...

As a state legislator, Deeds voted for a partial-birth-abortion ban earlier in his career; he now opposes it. [link] [my emphasis]
What is with these Democrats that they can't come up with principled positions and stick to them?

Virginians want to know more about Creigh Deeds, but based upon the above, can anything this guy says from now to the election be believed?

The answer is no.

Here's To Obama

He made the right decision on surface mining, regardless what the uncaring and misguided elitists up north think:
Mountaintop Letdown
Washington Post editorial

During the campaign and after his election, President Obama left environmentalists in coal country with the distinct impression that he was going to do away with mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachians. That's where coal companies expose coal seams by stripping the dirt and rock covering them or blasting the tops of mountains to bits with dynamite and then, under legally defined conditions, dump the debris into valleys. It's a particularly destructive practice, but it's legal. And it will remain so under a memorandum of understanding the Obama administration will announce today.

When the Environmental Protection Agency announced in March that it was going to review 200 pending surface mining permits spread over six states, many environmentalists believed it marked the beginning of the end of the technique they say has buried 2,000 miles of streams and clipped the tops off 500 mountains. But last month the EPA blocked just six of 48 proposed projects -- and today's agreement among the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department and the EPA puts in place an interagency plan that the administration believes will strengthen regulations for mountaintop removal projects while allowing them to continue. It will more vigorously enforce a 1983 rule requiring a 100-foot buffer between valley waterways and debris and toughen the permit review process. [link]
So the industry's work will continue apace. And precious coalfields jobs will be unaffected by self-centered liberal machinations.

A good day.

I Think This Is Probably Right

Lack of Va. Roots Doomed McAuliffe's Bid

That plus the fact that he comes across like the crook that he's alleged to be.

Why The Double-Standard?

The story about the white supremacist shooting a guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. is getting all kinds of play in the mainstream press (see "A Suspect's Long History of Hate, and Signs of Strain"). As it should.

But a similar story about a Muslim convert, also consumed by hate, shooting and killing an American soldier at a recruitment center in Little Rock gets short shrift from that same press (Fox News being the exception).

Why the different approach?

As if we all don't know ...

9/11 Redux

We're back to the Clinton days of treating terrorists like criminals. Swell:
Terrorist On Trial
Investor's Business Daily editorial

War On Terror: In sight of where the World Trade Center stood, Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard goes on trial. Once again, terror is treated as a law enforcement matter. The administration has learned nothing.

It's still a mystery to us why an enemy combatant and mass murderer captured on a foreign battlefield and facing 286 charges for his terrorist activities is entitled to his day in an American civilian court.

The appearance of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in federal court on Monday is the inevitable result of Obama's decision to close Guantanamo, plan or no plan, and his firm belief that the war on terror, now just an "overseas contingency operation," is also just a law enforcement matter. This is a view that was shared by President Clinton with tragic results. [link]
I'll bet Katie Couric is working overtime to get CBS cameras in the courtroom and make a circus of the trial of this terrorist. When successful, she'll succeed in making a complete mockery of this very serious situation. And the Clinton scenario will come full circle.

Osama bin Ladin must be smiling.

And plotting.

And preparing ...

Blame Bush At Your Peril

In response to the New York Times's effort yesterday to blame Bush for the 2009 (and beyond) out-of-control annual deficit problem, The Economist (in "Seeing Red") reminds us of this:
Bad as the deficit was under Mr Bush, it will quadruple this year, from $459 billion in 2008 to $1.845 trillion, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Mr Obama vows to slash it in half within four years, but that will still leave it bigger than the deficits for which he once lashed Mr Bush. His aides hint that he will get tough when the time is right, but he is reluctant to break campaign promises of tax cuts for all but the rich just yet. The CBO reckons the deficit will still be running at more than $1 trillion a year in 2019.

Sceptics fret that PAYGO will do little to address the deficit because it has four big loopholes. The rules will not apply to the annual “patches” passed to lessen the impact of the Alternative Minimum Tax, a levy originally aimed at rich tax-dodgers but which now ensnares millions of middle-class Americans. Also exempted are Mr Obama’s planned extension of many of Mr Bush’s middle-class tax cuts, modifications to the estate tax and some increases in payments to doctors by Medicare (the public health plan for the elderly). Those exceptions would add $2.5 trillion to the deficit over ten years, reckons Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a non-partisan watchdog. “This is like quitting drinking, but making an exception for beer and hard liquor,” she says.

Meanwhile, the long-term fiscal outlook grows ever grimmer. [link]
Democrats, like those at the New York Times, come to Obama's defense on this issue at their peril.

Smack Down!

Don't mess with Sarah Palin. Or her little daughter:
Sarah Palin smacks down David Letterman again
By Andy Barr, Politico

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took a second swipe at David Letterman on Wednesday, calling the CBS “Late Show” host’s jokes about one of her daughters “disgusting” and “sexually perverted.”

In an e-mailed statement, the Republican governor said: “Laughter incited by sexually perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/N.Y. entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands — that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone's daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.” [link]
I think it's time for the dirty old man to go home and lock the door.

And it would be appropriate for Todd Palin to fly to New York and kick his skinny ass around the block.

You'll want to remember how liberals demand compassion for homosexuals. So much for that when it comes to defenseless little girls.

They laugh raucously at Letterman's rape jokes and defend his perversion.

They should all go and lock their doors in shame.

It Won't Be Clear Sailing

Opposition mounts:
Doctors’ Group Opposes Public Insurance Plan
By Robert Pear, New York Times

Washington — As the health care debate heats up, the American Medical Association is letting Congress know that it will oppose creation of a government-sponsored insurance plan, which President Obama and many other Democrats see as an essential element of legislation to remake the health care system.

The opposition, which comes as Mr. Obama prepares to address the powerful doctors’ group on Monday in Chicago, could be a major hurdle for advocates of a public insurance plan. The A.M.A., with about 250,000 members, is America’s largest physician organization. [link]
The group of individuals most at risk of punitive actions on Obama's part are America's physicians. If they're smart (and they are), they'll fight him on this with every ounce of strength (and they have considerable strength) they can muster.

Here's to their success.