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Friday, June 19, 2009

A Sign Of Ignorance

It's telling, I think, to read Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal reveal to the world what he thinks of Christians. Obviously he doesn't think a lot of us. Obviously because he knows so little about us.

Here's a snot-nosed reaction he offers Focus on the Family's CEO, James Daly in response to a rather innocuous change in dress code (yes, dress code) at FoF:

"Don't get your hopes up, Jim. Young people are put off by your hatred of gays, non-Christians and anyone who doesn't subscribe to your narrow, antiquated world view."

Get the impression that Christian has never met an actual Christian?

Griffith Has a Challenger

Well, I guess she falls under the heading of "challenger." Though, after reading her qualifications, as provided by the Roanoke Times, she may be more aptly described as a pimple on Morgan Griffith's butt:
Democrat announces bid to challenge Morgan Griffith
By Pete Dybdahl, Roanoke Times

With a familiar call for change, Ginny Weisz formally announced her candidacy for the House of Delegates on Thursday near the steps of the Roanoke County Courthouse in Salem.

The Democrat from Bent Mountain will challenge House Majority Leader Del. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, for the 8th District seat, which includes Salem and part of Roanoke County.

In brief remarks to about 25 people, Weisz offered herself as a political moderate who owns a gun and cares about health care and education.

"I'm no liberal Democrat," she said after the announcement.

Weisz is a career health care worker and assistant professor of nursing at Radford University who also works in holistic medicine. The mother of three grown daughters said she has supported the campaigns of local and national Democrats. [link]

Another Slavery Apology

What do you do when the array of problems that you've created are becoming so unmanageable that complete collapse is imminent?

You apologize for slavery.

Senate Backs Apology for Slavery
By Krissah Thompson, Washington Post Staff Writer

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday apologizing for slavery, making way for a joint congressional resolution and the latest attempt by the federal government to take responsibility for 2 1/2 centuries of slavery.

[Rep. Stephen I. Cohen (D-Tenn.)] said, "there are going to be African Americans who think that [the apology] is not reparations, and it's not action, and there are going to be Caucasians who say, 'Get over it.' . . . I look at it as something that makes people think." [link]
Think? That would be a first.

Think? Steve, I think you people need to do something about the mess in Washington and quit screwing around apologizing for something you know little about, had nothing to do with, and will change squat.

You're in the mood for apologies? Want my list?

Obama's 'Stimulus' Just More Pork

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has released to the press a list of the most wasteful (only the worst of the worst) spending projects to be found in Barack Obama's $800,000,000,000 stimulus bill that passed Congress in February. It's stunning:

From "100 Stimulus Projects: A Second Opinion" (in .pdf format), the ten most wasteful are:

1. $1.5 million in “free” stimulus money for a new wastewater treatment plant results in higher utility costs for residents of Perkins, Oklahoma.

2. $1 billion for FutureGen in Mattoon, Illinois is the “biggest earmark of all time” for a power plant that may never work.

3. $15 million for “shovel-ready” repairs to little-used bridges in rural Wisconsin are given priority over widely used bridges that are structurally deficient.

4. $800,000 for little-used John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pennsylvania airport to repave a back-up runway; the ‘Airport for Nobody’ Has Already Received Tens of Millions in Taxpayer dollars.

5. $3.4 million for a wildlife “eco-passage” in Florida to take animals safely under a busy roadway.

6. Nevada non-profit gets $2 million weatherization contract after recently being fired for same type of work.

7. $1.15 million for installation of a new guard rail for the non-existent Optima Lake in Oklahoma.

8. Nearly $10 million to renovate an abandoned train station that hasn’t been used in 30 years.

9. 10,000 dead people get stimulus checks, but the Social Security Administration blames a tough deadline.

10. Town of Union, New York, encouraged to spend a $578,000 grant it did not request for a homelessness problem it claims it does not have.

While number 1 may be the most dastardly, and number 2 may eventually prove to be the biggest waste (in history), I have to believe numbers 7 and 10 epitomize every reason that earmarks need to be banned forever. $1.15 million for installation of a new guard rail intended to guard something that doesn't exist, and half a million to solve a problem that isn't a problem.

For the love of God.

Here locally, it should be remembered, your congressman is a big supporter of this kind of waste.

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To learn more about FutureGen, (number 2), "a complicated tale of money, politics and power that could happen only in Washington," see "Stimulus serves up Obama pork."

He Never Met A Terrorist He Wouldn't Call Friend

The sad truth: If Obama had said nothing about the circumstances unfolding in Iran, he would have done himself, us, and those protesting in the streets a favor. Instead:
Regime Preservation
By Stephen F. Hayes, The Weekly Standard

Under President Obama, our approach to Iran--the world's foremost state sponsor of terror, a rogue regime racing toward nuclear capability--is not only not regime change, it's de facto regime preservation. So he delicately sought to say something that would mute the growing criticism of his silence--"It would be wrong for me to be silent about what we've seen on the television over the last few days," he said--without saying anything that could further destabilize the Iranian regime.

His supporters say that any stronger statement would undermine those in the streets and give Ahmadinejad the upper hand. That's curious. By declaring his support for the protesters and directly questioning the results of the election, the same man who can commence "a new beginning" in America's relationship with the "Muslim world" in just 6,000 words can be outmaneuvered by a lunatic whose fraudulent claims to victory have inspired millions of Iranians to risk their lives in the streets? [link]
It's déjà vu all over again. Jimmy Carter has taught his protégé well.

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Charles Krauthammer elaborates:

All hangs in the balance. The Khamenei regime is deciding whether to do a Tiananmen. And what side is the Obama administration taking? None. Except for the desire that this "vigorous debate" (press secretary Robert Gibbs's disgraceful euphemism) over election "irregularities" not stand in the way of U.S.-Iranian engagement on nuclear weapons.

Even from the narrow perspective of the nuclear issue, the administration's geopolitical calculus is absurd.

[O]ur fundamental values demand that America stand with demonstrators opposing a regime that is the antithesis of all we believe.

And where is our president? Afraid of "meddling." Afraid to take sides between the head-breaking, women-shackling exporters of terror -- and the people in the street yearning to breathe free. This from a president who fancies himself the restorer of America's moral standing in the world.

So this is hope and change?

Obama Then, Obama Now

There seems to be a pattern forming here. President Obama seems to be defying Campaigner Obama at every turn.

But now it's getting ridiculous:
Obama’s Pledge on Donations Faces Reality
By Jeff Zeleny, New York Times

Washington — When President Obama arrived at the Mandarin Oriental hotel for a fund-raising reception on Thursday night, the new White House rules of political purity were in order: no lobbyists allowed.

But at the same downtown hotel on Friday morning, registered lobbyists have not only been invited to attend an issues conference with Democratic leaders, but they have also been asked to come with a $5,000 check in hand if they want to stay in good favor with the party’s House and Senate re-election committees.

The practicality of Mr. Obama’s pledge to change the ways of Washington is colliding once more with the reality of how money, influence and governance interact here. He repeatedly declared while campaigning last year that he would “not take a dime” from lobbyists or political action committees.

So to follow through with that promise, Mr. Obama is simply leaving the room. [link]
There'll be the usual unreasoning supporters who'll try to rationalize this.

I pity them.