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Thursday, June 18, 2009

I Agree

On this, the subject of a letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times, we have no argument:

Leave the abortion choice where it belongs

It belongs with the only human being whose life is actually affected in a very terminal way by the outcome.

An American Hero Passes

If you watched in awe and with unbridled admiration the multi-series HBO spectacular "Band of Brothers," as I did many times, you will remember one of the characters in the now-famous Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. His name was Shifty Powers, a man who was somehow able to survive the entire campaign, from Normandy to Eagles Nest, and return home to Southwest Virginia. Somewhat broken but unbowed.

The Roanoke Times brings us the sad news that Darrell "Shifty" Powers has died:
Veteran a part of 'Band of Brothers'
By Neil Harvey

In a 2001 interview with The Roanoke Times, Darrell "Shifty" Powers talked about some of his experiences during World War II.

Powers, a United States Army paratrooper and sharpshooter, belonged to Easy Company, part of the legendary 101st Airborne Division. He recalled a bitterly cold day in the Ardennes when he was able to draw down on a German sniper, sighting his target by the misty cloud of the man's breath. He killed him with one shot.

"Right there," he said, touching his forehead. "Between the eyes."

But Powers, of Dickenson County, who died Wednesday of natural causes at age 86, was also reflective about such matters.

In the second-to-last episode of "Band of Brothers," an HBO miniseries that documented Easy Company's wartime exploits, Powers spoke on camera about the soldiers he fought and also hinted at the intrinsic tragedy of combat.

"We might have had a lot in common. He might've liked to fish, you know, he might've liked to hunt," Powers said. "Of course, they were doing what they were supposed to do, and I was doing what I was supposed to do.

"But under different circumstances, we might have been good friends."

"Our family had four boys and one girl, and I'm the only one left," said Powers' sister, Gaynell Sykes of Roanoke, on Wednesday. "He was a great brother. I know he was great at a lot of other things, too -- great father, great son, great husband." [link]
Darrell Powers walks through the portals of the pantheon of American heroes. May his service - and his sacrifices - be extolled by generations of young Americans to come.

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For information on another member of the 101st, one closer to my home, go here.

The Bottom Line On Boucher's Climate Bill

Paul Driessen:
The Immorality Of Waxman-Markey: Intense Pain, No Environmental Gain

If the pending Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill (HR 2454) becomes law, utility bills will soar. Farm and business energy costs will skyrocket — and be passed on to consumers, or defrayed by layoffs. Everything Americans grow, make, buy and do will be far pricier. And bureaucrats will control our lives.

Compared to no cap-and-tax regime, Waxman-Markey would cost the United States a cumulative $9.6 trillion in real GDP losses by 2035, concludes a study by the Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis. The bill would also cause an additional 1.1 million job losses each year, raise electricity rates 90% after adjusting for inflation, provoke a 74% hike in inflation-adjusted gasoline prices, and add $1,500 to the average family's annual energy bill, says Heritage.

The Congressional Budget Office says the poorest one-fifth of families could see annual energy costs rise $700 — while high-income families could see costs rise $2,200. Harvard economist Martin Feldstein estimates that the average person could pay an extra $1,500 per year for energy. And those are just direct energy costs.

Even worse, the draconian rules would have no detectable benefits, even assuming CO2 does cause climate change. Using global warming alarmists' own computer models, research climatologist Chip Knappenberger calculated that the painful 83% reductions would result in global temperatures rising a mere 0.1 degrees F less by 2050 than doing nothing. That's because Chinese and Indian emissions would quickly dwarf America's job-killing reductions. [link] [my emphasis]
Rick Boucher and his Democratic cronies are driving this country into abject ruin.

The Bottom Line On ObamaCare

Daniel Henninger:
In his speech, Mr. Obama said the cost of the Public Option won't add to the deficit: "I've set down a rule for my staff, for my team -- and I've said this to Congress -- health-care reform must be, and will be, deficit-neutral in the next decade." If we're honest, that means tax increases are inevitable. Sounds scary to me.
"'Public Option': Son of Medicaid," Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2009

How To Invent Public Support

If rather crudely ...

This Is a Bit of a Surprise

I'm not sure why, since retailers have been slammed since the economy turned sour. But there are certain companies that you felt were above the fray. Guess that's not always the case:
Eddie Bauer Files for Bankruptcy
By Stephanie Rosenbloom and Michael J. de la Merced, New York Times

Eddie Bauer, the outdoor-clothing chain that sold goose-down coats to Mount Everest mountaineers and college students alike, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday and said it planned to sell itself for $202 million to CCMP Capital Advisors, a private equity firm.

Eddie Bauer, which has 371 stores in North America, is pursuing a sale to CCMP through what is known as a 363 sale process in bankruptcy court. [link]
If I were an employee, I wouldn't look at CCMP as some kind of savior. If I were a betting man, I'd say the new owner intends to take its money and run. Whatever that may mean.

Anyway, Eddie Bauer goes under. A surprise.

Others Don't Buy It Either

You may have seen the report of Mr. Obama's supposed problem with an inability to get a good night's sleep of late because of his angst over the exploding national debt.

I don't believe it for a minute.

And I'm not alone. Here's Jules Crittenden:
Sleepless In Dreamland

Obama is losing sleep over the record deficit he is running up.

[A]s much as I hate the idea of the leader of the free world being short on sleep, it’s hard to work up a lot of sympathy for a guy who can’t sleep with his own decisions, and is still trying to figure out ways to drive the deficit even higher … no matter how often he says his universal health plan is going to cut costs. In fact, the news that he can’t sleep and can’t stop is more than a little disturbing. [link]
I guess Obama thinks the Chinese - America's sugar daddy - are too stupid to see through his act and will continue to buy up our long term debt because Obama - like Big Daddy - worries about our insane financial situation.

As he "frets" though, he continues to spend us into oblivion.

It won't work, Barry.

The Chinese - and a few of us skeptical Americans - are demanding action - not "hope & change."

To Those Who Think Obama Is Right ...

... in doing nothing with regard to Iran, James Taranto has a different idea:
Speaking very broadly, there are two possible outcomes in Iran now. The regime may succeed in crushing the opposition, enhancing its own power at the expense of whatever pretense of legitimacy it might have had a week ago. Or it may fail to do so and be weakened or overthrown. The free world has every interest in encouraging the latter outcome, and someone ought to bring the leader of the free world up to speed on the events of the past few days.
"The leader of the free world." In his own mind perhaps.

But in the real world, he's following Carter's example in Iran and Clinton's in Rwanda. Shit will happen. He'll comment on it as events unfold. And apologize for having done nothing when it's over.

That is not leading. That's spectating.