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Thursday, July 23, 2009

To Be Honest, I Don't Care

Senator James Webb sure draws a lot of attention these days to his efforts to provide aid and comfort to America's burgeoning prison population.

From the liberal Washington Post to liberal columnists for US News.

From the rabidly liberal New York Times to the trying-mightily-to-keep-up Salon.com.

And then there's the Roanoke Times, the Johnny-come-lately of the mainstream press, which gets its cue from the above.

Personally, it's a subject that I have no interest in whatsoever. Convicted rapists and murderers? How many more prisons can we put here in Southwest Virginia? That's my response. A costly proposition? Let me get out my checkbook.

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Note: Before someone writes to say that this is a hypocritical position I've taken since I oppose big government, understand this: There is a finite number of things that we all expect our government(s) to involve themselves in. Protecting the citizenry being uppermost. Prisons? The more the merrier. The plight of the convicted? My heart bleeds.

I'm a conservative, not an anarchist.


Not sure what to make if this, other than the fact that she just didn't want to waste her valuable time:
8th District democratic candidate withdraws from race
By Pete Dybdahl, Roanoke Times

Democratic state House candidate Ginny Weisz announced Tuesday that she's dropping out of the race for the 8th District.

The Radford University assistant nursing professor said her ongoing work in rural health care, along with her doctoral studies, prompted the decision.

"It's the timing," Weisz said, adding that she may consider a return to politics. "It will be good for me to be a support right now."

Democratic party officials in Roanoke County and Salem did not return phone calls about the news Tuesday. [link]
It'll be fun to read all those Democrat-fed weblogs here in the commonwealth that declared Ms. Weisz to be perfect for the gig to now tell us that she was wrong for it. And that Mr. Name-to-be-Announced is now perfect for the ...

Do You Get a Little Tired Of This?


Officials woo nanotech firms for new site in Pulaski County

Will there ever come a day when that headline will read ...

Officials secure fill in the blank firms for new site in Pulaski County?

Reaching a New Low

Even the worst of America's ten million weblogs - and there are some really crude ones out there - wouldn't stoop as low as New York Times columnist Gail Collins has in her most recent blathering.

In a painfully meandering piece on the health care debate and the process that Congress and the president have initiated to achieve their as yet nebulous ends, she spits this out:
At present, [Senator Jim] DeMint, R-SC] does not seem to have a sex scandal, although if he ever comes up with one, I promise to remind you that in his last campaign he said that openly gay people and unwed pregnant women should not be allowed to teach in public schools.
Keepin' it classy. As we've come to expect from Collins and her ilk.

For the Record

To their credit, on "the amendment to chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the State in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another State that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the State," as sponsored by Senator John Thune (R-SD),

Mark Warner voted AYE.
James Webb voted AYE.

The cloture vote on ending debate went down to defeat by one vote.

The only two Republican NO votes? From weird Ohio Senator George Voinovich. And from Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, who long ago came down with John Warner disease, having been in Washington far too long.

All other Republican United States senators voted to uphold the Constitution.

Thanks go out to our two senators. As we say here in Southwest Virginia:


If Ever There Was An Empty Promise

This is it:

Clinton Speaks of Shielding Mideast From Iran

Doing what Democrats do best: Speaking.

And in the past tense:

Yeah, Clinton spoke of shielding that pile of rubble that was once known as Israel, from Iran, but ...

Where Are The Leftists?

Where is James Webb?

Oh, I forgot. This is a good war. It's not Iraq. Different set of terrorists.

And a different president, to be sure.

So there'll not be a peep coming from those who found the sacrifice of American lives to be absolutely intolerable just months ago but who'll read the following headline and find it to be ... well, perfectly tolerable now.

The story that will draw no attention from the hypocritical left:

Biden Warns of More ‘Sacrifice’ in Afghanistan

Hey, what's on Oprah today?

They Won't Let It Go

You know what I find depressing about the latest media-celebrated racial incident, the one that occurred up in Cambridge, Mass the other day, the one that involved a professor of some renown being arrested for being an asshole when confronted by the police?

He wasn't just being an asshole.

He was an asshole who happened to be black.

Thus a scandal is born.

And will rage for ... hours.

Before the next outrage devolving from the color of someone's skin pigmentation will arise to dominate headlines.

This being the 48 millionth such incident in our history.

This being one of at least 48 trillion incidents that will be distorted beyond recognition by a press in years to come, a press that is hungry for stories about racial repression in the United States in the 21st century. And the 22nd. And the 23rd.

Over skin color.

For the love of God.

But there is something enlightening coming out of this exploit-in-exploitation as well. It has to do with Obama. Our first black president. Who isn't.

It struck me when he was asked at his press conference to give us his enlightened views on the incident that the press not only sees him as being black - despite the fact that he's as white as he is black - HE MUST BE BLACK. He can't be half-black. There is no such thing. There can be no such thing. It doesn't fit the narrative. The template.

Barack Obama is black!

It's imperative.

Desperately so.

Did I say depressing?

Beyond words.

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Special note: Paula will tell you that I - and let it be stipulated that I'm not black, as far as I know - might just as easily have been arrested by the police in the same circumstance. The last time I was pulled over and was given a ticket - for driving with an expired county sticker (!) - I shouted something at the cop, wadded up the citation, threw it at the windshield, and raged. With poor Paula trying to calm me down the whole time. Why I wasn't hauled off to jail is uncertain.

The point: There is no monopoly on assholism in the black community.

On My Reading List

Available at Amazon:

Global Warming False Alarm: The Bad Science Behind the United Nations' Assertion that Man-made CO2 Causes Global Warming

Author: Ralph B. Alexander
Publisher: Perfect Books Publishing

A book Al Gore will probably find to be the ... inconvenient truth.

Going Down In Flames

The president graced us with a news conference last night and told us how wonderful the emerging health care plan will be for the average American.

It'll save money.

It'll save lives.

It'll punish those evil insurance companies.

This despite the fact that Obama has admitted that he doesn't know what the plan is.

But ... how can ... what is he talking about ... if he doesn't know what ... What?

Is the latest polling information a big surprise then?
53% Now Oppose Congressional Health Care Reform

The health care reform legislation working its way through Congress has lost support over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% of U.S. voters are at least somewhat in favor of the reform effort while 53% are at least somewhat opposed.

Today’s 44% level of support is down from 46% two weeks ago, and 50% in late June.

Opposition has grown from 45% in late June to 49% two weeks ago and 53% today. [link]
At this rate Obama's "plan" will soon have the support of only those who will remain protected by it (trial lawyers) and those who really don't care but love that whole hopey changey thing (government employees who'll have a sweeter health care deal regardless).

It says something about this sordid affair that, as more information about the plan leaks out, the more Americans become opposed to it. Even though scant information has found its way into the arena of public discourse.

If only it could have been kept a complete secret and we'd been kept blissfully ignorant, eh, Barry?

Here's the Pushback on the Perriello Scandal

As feeble as it is.

It wasn't 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello's office that called the police and had tea party protesters removed from in front of Perriello's office. It was ... someone else ... who didn't like the idea that tea party protesters were in front of Perriello's office.

Why anyone ... else ... would be concerned about protesters being in front of Perriello's office remains a mystery.

See the exhaustive - and too-shrill-by-half - excuse-making here. And here.

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This can be easily resolved, by the way. Calls to the police on emergency communications lines (9-1-1) are a matter of public record. Charlottesville police should reveal the name of that individual who called and lodged the complaint.

Name names.

She Doesn't Know The Meaning Of The Word

Noun: bigotry big'uhtree
1. The attitude, state of mind, or behavior characteristic of a bigot; intolerance.

Noun: intolerance in tóllərənss
1. Unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs.

Noun: bigot A recent University of North Carolina graduate.
Conservative kiosk not allowed at mall
By Beth Shayne, NewsChannel 36

Convord, N.C. -- "Impeach Obama."

"Al Qaeda's favorite days: 9/11/01 and 11/04/08."

"Work Harder. Obama needs the money."

The bumper stickers and posters sold at "Free Market Warrior" at Concord Mills are meant to be "biting," the kiosk's owner Loren Spivack said.

At least one passerby found them racist and bigoted, and took time to tell the mall in a letter and a letter to the editor of the Charlotte Observer.

Whatever your opinion, the fact is this: At the end of July, Free Market Warrior will not be allowed at Concord Mills Mall.

"I find it appalling that Concord Mills, North Carolina’s #1 visitor attraction, would condone such a message to be portrayed by their vendors and can't imagine how the outside visitors' perceptions of North Carolinians have been skewed by such an establishment.

"It’s hard to stay open-minded when such uncivilized and outdated ideas are endorsed on a daily basis. It's 2009; please, let's at least try to put this type of bigotry to an end." [link]
A lesson on bigotry to recent University of North Carolina graduates:

You are not "open-minded" when you refuse to countenance challenges to your belief system.

In fact, you are about as far from open-minded as you can get when you force the views of others to be banned at public gathering places.

See the definition of the word intolerance above.

See the definition of the word bigot above.

See a mirror.

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This guy, at least, understands what tolerance is all about. As begrudging as it sometimes has to be.

Is It Any Wonder ...

... that most Americans still believe we have a global warming problem?
Government monopsony distorts climate science, says SPPI

The Science and Public Policy Institute announces the publication of Climate Money, a study by Joanne Nova revealing that the federal Government has a near-monopsony on climate science funding. This distorts the science towards self-serving alarmism. Key findings:

• The US Government has spent more than $79 billion of taxpayers’ money since 1989 on policies related to climate change, including science and technology research, administration, propaganda campaigns, foreign aid, and tax breaks. Most of this spending was unnecessary.

• Carbon trading worldwide reached $126 billion in 2008. Banks, which profit most, are calling for more. Experts are predicting the carbon market will reach $2 - $10 trillion in the near future. Hot air will soon be the largest single commodity traded on global exchanges.

• Meanwhile, in a distracting sideshow, Exxon-Mobil Corp is repeatedly attacked for paying just $23 million to skeptics—less than a thousandth of what the US government spends on alarmists, and less than one five-thousandth of the value of carbon trading in 2008 alone.

Says Nova, “For the first time, the numbers from government documents have been compiled in one place. It’s time to start talking of “Monopolistic Science”. It’s time to expose the lie that those who claim “to save the planet” are the underdogs. And it’s time to get serious about auditing science, especially when it comes to pronouncements that are used to justify giant government programs and massive movements of money.” [link] [emphasis in the original]
The study of global warming has sucked in the best scientists money can buy.

Well, maybe not the best. But certainly the most comfortable.

What it hasn't produced is proof of any kind that the planet is warming.

I wonder what Galileo would say about this?

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Don't bother looking it up.

Definition: Monopsony is a state in which demand comes from one source. If there is only one customer for a certain good, that customer has a monopsony in the market for that good.

Analogous to monopoly, but on the demand side, not the supply side. (source)