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Saturday, June 13, 2009

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The Roanoke Times applauds our junior senator this morning for his tireless efforts to right an egregious wrong that America is clamoring to have corrected. That having to do with reforming the criminal jus ... tu ... surne9097*%3 ... s ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Sorry. I dozed off.

Let's Talk About Wind

I should probably take a moment and remind the reading audience that I don't oppose wind power. In fact, I once looked into having my regular electricity source supplemented with a wind turbine at my house - until I found out how expensive a proposition it would have been and regained consciousness. I dropped that delusion quickly.

My only issue with the wind-power-as-alternative-energy-source argument is that it will never be an alternative to fossil fuel energy. It can only be a supplement. And a small one at that.

But any energy source in this energy-starved time is an important one.

That's why I'm four-square in favor of this enterprise:
Construction to begin soon on 1st Va. wind farm
Associated Press

Monterey, Va. (AP) -- Construction could begin by early summer on Virginia's first wind-powered electric generation project.

A spokesman for Highland New Wind Development, Frank Maisano, said Friday the company has filed its site plan with Highland County for the $60 million project on 220 acres. He says that's the last step to obtaining a building permit.

The company plans to put 19 turbines producing 38 megawatts of electricity on a 4,400-foot ridge near the West Virginia border.

Maisano says the wind farm could be completed by the end of the year. [link]

I'm big on Drill Here, Drill Now! But I'm also big on using whatever tools we have available to us. This is one of them.

Here's to Highland New Wind Development.

Won't It Be Ironic ...

... when Obama's FDA bans cigarettes and he's forced to smoke the Oval Office carpet.

Absurdity of the Day

In this morning's Washington Post:
Obama's advisers have concluded that peace in the Middle East will require an end to the construction of new Israeli homes on occupied territory that Palestinians claim for a new state.
Yeah, that's why Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Ladin have threatened to slaughter every Zionist pig on the planet. New home construction.

For the love of God.

Palin Gits 'Er Done

While Obama & Company jack around with thoughts of windmills and french fry oil somehow making us "energy independent," and in fact are doing nothing to make us in reality energy independent, the governor of Alaska is ...

... making us energy independent:
Pipeline, Not Pipe Dream: Credit Palin
Investor's Business Daily

Exxon Mobil's surprise decision to join Trans-Canada on a vast Alaska gas pipeline project is a big step toward making the U.S. self-sufficient in domestic energy. By defying naysayers, Sarah Palin is now vindicated.

It must be sweet vindication for Alaska's governor. Against critics who said her 1,712-mile natural gas pipeline project would never get off the ground, who should the project bag but the "big gorilla" of American energy — Exxon Mobil.

In a major surprise, Exxon announced Thursday that it had forged a partnership with TransCanada, the Canadian pipeline company that holds the state license for Palin's $126 billion Alaska Gasoline Inducement Act project.

It's a big vote of confidence in Palin's top project from a by-the-books company known for its rigid investment standards. [link]

Hope and change can't come soon enough.

Here's to President Palin.

This Does Not Engender Confidence

A quote pulled from an Associated Press piece this morning:

Spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama has made clear "we're not going to make any decision about transfer or release that threatens the security of this country."

Asked if that meant he was ruling out releasing any detainees in the United States, Gibbs said: "I'm not ruling it in or ruling it out."

But if releasing terrorists onto American streets threatens the security of the country, as it obviously does, wouldn't it seem to make sense that that would be the first thing Obama would rule out?

"Make sense" being the operative term.

Why do I see bad things coming from this?

Remember: This Is To Lower Your Costs

Travel back with me to yesteryear (well, yestermonth) when Barack Obama promised tax cuts to 95% of America. It seemed too good to be true.

Well, to the sane anyway. 51% of you bought into his lies.

The following came from the 2008 Obama campaign (barackobama.com):
Middle class families will see their taxes cut – and no family making less than $250,000 will see their [sic] taxes increase. The typical middle class family will receive well over $1,000 in tax relief under the Obama plan, and will pay tax rates that are 20% lower than they faced under President Reagan. According to the Tax Policy Center, the Obama plan provides three times as much tax relief for middle class families as the McCain plan.
No family will see their taxes increase.

That was November.

That was to get his ass elected.

Now:
House Health-Care Proposal Adds $600 Billion in Taxes
By Laura Litvan, Bloomberg

June 12 (Bloomberg) -- Health-care overhaul legislation being drafted by House Democrats will include $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel said.

Democrats will work on the bill’s details next week as they struggle through “what kind of heartburn” it will cause to agree on how to pay for revamping the health-care system, Rangel, a New York Democrat, said today. The measure’s cost is reaching well beyond the $634 billion President Barack Obama proposed in his budget request to Congress as a 10-year down payment for the policy changes.

Asked whether the cost of a health-care overhaul would be more than $1 trillion over a decade, Rangel said, “the answer is yes.”

House Democrats plan to release their legislation next week. Obama is working with Congress to get legislation to his desk by October. [link]
So you got your tax cut (supposedly). Now you're going to experience tax increases the likes of which Americans have never seen before.

And all this to save you money on your health care costs.

You really are such fools.

From Dust Thou Cometh

Tell me again how Bush's approach to dealing with North Korea was so wrong?

Could it have been any worse than this?
North Korea says it will 'weaponize' its plutonium
By KwangTae Kim, Associated Press Writer

Seoul, South Korea (AP) - North Korea vowed on Saturday to embark on a uranium enrichment program and "weaponize" all the plutonium in its possession as it rejected the new U.N. sanctions meant to punish the communist nation for its recent nuclear test.

North Korea also said it would not abandon its nuclear programs, saying it was an inevitable decision to defend itself from what it says is a hostile U.S. policy and its nuclear threat against the North.

The North will take "resolute military action" if the United States or its allies try to impose any "blockade" on it, the ministry said in a statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. [link]
This came to us from the Democratic Party (democrats.org) in 2006:
This development on the Korean Peninsula is further proof that you can’t trust Republicans to keep America safe. Under the President's watch, North Korea has become more dangerous and Iran continues to threaten its neighbors and America. Democrats remain committed to a foreign policy that is both tough and smart.
North Korea is now declaring war and is building bombs at a furious pace.

What was that again about smart?