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Saturday, July 25, 2009

As The Dem's Frantically Look For a New Victim

... their leader in Roanoke County tells the press he's got the perfect candidate for the 8th District House of Delegates seat:

"'We have a very strong candidate forthcoming, who will be very impressive for this district,' said Brian Lang, chairman of the party's Roanoke County committee."

Find someone fast! A warm body! Anybody!

Obama Justice Dept. To Carilion:

We cannot allow a monopoly in the health care business.

Carilion target of FTC antitrust complaint

Unless, that is, it's a government monopoly.

Obama's Auto Takeover Is Working

The government seizure of General Motors and Chrysler has quickly brought, to the surprise of the experts, profitability.

To Ford Motor Company:
Ford Pushes Into the Black, Snapping Losing Streak
By Kendra Marr, Washington Post Staff Writer

Ford Motor on Thursday posted a surprise profit of $2.26 billion for the second quarter, ending a streak of four straight quarterly losses.

In recent months, the carmaker has claimed market share from its American rivals, General Motors and Chrysler, while those companies struggled to restructure their operations in bankruptcy court.

Ford executives now say the automaker is on track to return to annual profitability in 2011. [link]
There are more than a few explanations for this. Including that which the Post makes note of - dramatic cost cutting. And better quality vehicles coming off the line. And this bad boy may have something to do with recapturing the magic:

But more than anything else, in my humble opinion, the reason red-blooded Americans are now flocking to Ford? Government Motors.

Would you buy a car built by a company run by politicians?

Ford is looking more and more inviting all of a sudden.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Oh, My.

This is not good.

Especially considering the fact that his health care legislation hasn't been officially declared dead yet.

Especially considering the fact that his climate tax legislation hasn't been officially declared dead yet.

Especially considering the fact that the minimum wage went up yesterday, with the effects on employment - and more particularly on unemployment numbers - to soon be felt.

From Rasmussen:
Do-over! Do-over!

Let's Help Them Kill Themselves

I've never understood how this can be considered by seemingly intelligent people to be a good thing worth our support, but if they want to give drug addicts the gun to be used to blow their brains out, I'm good with it:

House Bill Lifts Ban On Needle Exchanges

As long as I don't have to pay for the funerals, okay.

An Interesting Perspective On Race ...

... and on those who thrive on it. The real racists of the 21st century:
The Officer Didn’t Stereotype Henry Louis Gates — Henry Louis Gates Stereotyped the Officer
By Patterico

Racism is simply a form of stereotyping. Stereotyping occurs when one says: because of my past experiences with people from your group, as well as things I have heard about people from your group, I am forming a firm opinion about you.

Racism is simply one form of that attitude, in which “people from your group” means “black people.”

Oddly, however, many black people feel perfectly comfortable engaging in a similar form of stereotyping, in which “people from your group” means “police officers” or “white people” — or, best of all, “white police officers.” Apparently, stereotyping those groups is a laudable pursuit.

The Henry Louis Gates arrest is yet another reminder of how quick some black people are to leap to unflattering conclusions about others based on scant evidence. Mickey Kaus reads Gates’s account of his arrest, and makes this observation:

"Just reading this passage–Gates’ own words–it seems to me he pops into litigious mode a little quickly. He says he wanted to file a complaint 'because of the way he treated me at the front door.' How had he mistreated him at the front door? He asked him ‘Would you step outside onto the porch?’ (where, as Gates notes, the cop would have more rights). When Gates refuses and instead gives the cop an ID, the cop looks at the ID. And at that point Gates has already determined he’s been treated unfairly. He’s already refusing to answer questions and planning to file a complaint. Again, from his own words it looks like he rushes a bit to the conclusion that a white man in a similar situation would have been treated differently. Is that really true?"

Is it really true? Gates has no basis to say. All he has is a collection of prejudices about the group to which the officer belonged: white police officers. And based on that collection of prejudices, Gates leapt to a conclusion — this police officer is a racist. [link]
It goes well beyond police officers. There are still people out there who will argue that ALL white Americans are racists, simply because they are white and are of the "White American" experience. Whatever that is. This despite the fact that many of us have moved (or are struggling mightily to move) beyond race and have rejected skin color as a basis for any discussion beyond what SPF level sun tan lotion should be purchased before going to the beach.

Is this Gates character a racist? Who knows. Outside the shrouded halls of academe, few know anything about him. But based upon the above, he certainly seems to be a stereotypist. Of the Jeremiah Wright School of Judging People By the Color of Their Skin Rather Than the Content of Their Character.

For that alone Gates should be denounced.

And then let's move on.

'Nostalgia For Racism'

Patterico argues that Henry Louis Gates is a stereotypist (my new word). See post above. But others claim something else came into play when the police knocked on his door and as events unfolded:
Gates and Obama’s nostalgia for racism
By Roger L. Simon

[T]he United States, of all places I have visited, has done the most to obliterate its racism in a concerted manner. Perhaps it is because we are such a melting pot and have little choice that we have made a great effort. And of course there is the more than justifiable guilt over slavery. So we tried hard. And we’ve done a remarkably good job, considering that deep in the human psyche is distrust of the other. Most of us prefer to live in a comfort zone of our own people, our own ethnic, religious and racial groups. But we know that’s not cool and have, in our culture, worked very hard to combat that. Most of us have, anyway. And we have reached a point, I would say as long as twenty years ago or maybe more, when to be a racist or to exhibit racist tendencies was despised. To put it succinctly, to be a racist was to be a jerk.

But when the rules change, when values change, not everyone can adjust with it — not only the racist, but also those who depended on being victims of racism. For all his brilliance, Henry Lewis Gates is evidently such a man. Otherwise, why cry out about being victimized as a “black man in America” before there is any evidence that that is the case?

This is nostalgia for racism and our president probably suffers from it as well, although perhaps to a lesser degree, considering he clearly plunged into the fray without thinking. The problem is that this nostalgia not only blames people unfairly, it also increases the very thing it pretends to oppose — racism itself. The unfair or inaccurate imputation of racism promotes racism.

Our universities are havens for this form of nostalgia, so it is not amazing that Gates would suffer from it. [link]
I have in the past referred to Al Sharpton and his ilk as being modern-day slave traders. People who live off of - and thrive on - the institution of race relations. Those who denounce Amerikkka as being a nation of racists, and make a tidy sum in speaking fees and book deals doing it.

But Gates (probably) and Obama (certainly) don't fall into that category.

Simon is right. Both seem to fit the "nostalgia for racism" mold, having both leapt to conclusions about the mindset of the arresting officer in the Gates affair. He was white, therefore they knew what he was thinking. It's what they learned and absorbed years ago and neither can get beyond it. And probably don't want to.

Too bad. Most of us here in post-racial America moved beyond race a long time ago.

When Hope & Change Are Put To Paper

The excerpts from Obama's health care press conference the other day came across as being surreal. I had one recurring thought as I read through them: How can he say that when he has admitted that he doesn't yet know what's in the legislation?

Obama: "We already have rough agreement. It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you're happy with it."

How can he say that when he has admitted that he doesn't yet know what's in the legislation?

Obama: "I have also pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade, and I mean it."

How can he say that when he has admitted that he doesn't yet know what's in the legislation?

And on and on.

What it comes down to is this: Obama is all talk. And his talk doesn't match reality. But, as Charles Krauthammer has determined, Obama's talk is in the process of meeting a painful, agonizing reality:
Why Obamacare Is Sinking

What happened to Obamacare? Rhetoric met reality. As both candidate and president, the master rhetorician could conjure a world in which he bestows upon you health-care nirvana: more coverage, less cost.

But you can't fake it in legislation. Once you commit your fantasies to words and numbers, the Congressional Budget Office comes along and declares that the emperor has no clothes.

President Obama premised the need for reform on the claim that medical costs are destroying the economy. True. But now we learn -- surprise! -- that universal coverage increases costs. The congressional Democrats' health-care plans, says the CBO, increase costs on the order of $1 trillion plus.

Health care is his signature reform. And he knows that if he produces nothing, he forfeits the mystique that both propelled him to the presidency and has sustained him through a difficult first six months. Which is why Obama's red lines are constantly shifting. Universal coverage? Maybe not. No middle-class tax hit? Well, perhaps, but only if they don't "primarily" bear the burden. [link]
So Obama won in November by promising the impossible. And he still makes the same promise.

· Everyone will be covered.

· And the average American's costs will go down.

· Preexisting conditions? Covered.

· And the average American's costs will go down.

· A trillion dollar tax increase? Yes.

· And the average American's costs will go down.

· Fantastically expensive treatments for rare ailments? Covered.

· And the average American's costs will go down.

· Illegal aliens? Covered!

· And the average American's costs will go down.

How, Barack?

In truth, they won't. And everyone knows it.

Dreamy pie-in-the-sky, hopey changey rhetoric - meet reality.

Obama Will Blame The GOP

Crack a beer and turn up the volume. This is turning out to be better than "Desperate Housewives." And take note: This mud wrestling contest pits Democrats against Democrats. Is this great entertainment or what?
House healthcare talks break down in anger
By Jared Allen, Mike Soraghan and Lauren Burke, The Hill

House healthcare negotiations dissolved in acrimony on Friday, with Blue Dog Democrats saying they were “lied” to by their Democratic leaders.

The seven Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee stormed out of a Friday meeting with their committee chairman, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), saying Waxman had been negotiating in bad faith over a number of provisions Blue Dogs demanded be changed in the stalled healthcare bill.

“I’ve been lied to,” Blue Dog Coalition Co-Chairman Charlie Melancon (D-La.) said on Friday. “We have not had legitimate negotiations.

“Mr. Waxman has decided to sever discussions with the Blue Dogs who are trying to make this bill work for America,” Melancon said.

Although those Blue Dogs were supposed to be headed back into another meeting of the Energy and Commerce Democrats, their anger was visible.

If the two sides cannot reach an agreement, the only hope for passage of the bill in the House will be to go straight to the floor, an option leaders shied away from endorsing but said was an option.

But the Blue Dogs issued dire warnings to leaders contemplating that approach. [link]
ObamaCare is dead. Stick a fork in it.

In a few weeks watch the press start offering Party-approved obituaries. The Republicans will be blamed for universal health care's demise (again). Despite the fact that they could - and should - wear that charge as a badge of honor, the GOP didn't kill it. The "Blue Dog Democrats" did.

Here's the irony: Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, rose to prominence as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It was Emanuel who received credit for the Dems' sweeping success in the November 2006 elections (Iraq and Bush had nothing to do with it, ahem). Included in the praise was that for his shrewd selection of conservative Democrats to run for Congress in the conservative South. Shrewd indeed.

But it's those same conservative Democrats - what we now call Blue Dog Democrats - who are stopping the HappyObamaHope&ChangeUniversalHealthcareMagicalMysteryTour in its tracks. The one being driven by ... Rahm Emanuel. Who ain't pleased with the actions - at all - of those he selected to run for Congress in the South in 2006.

Sweet Jesus. It don't get better than this.

Who's got the Bud? Pull up a chair. Kick back. And enjoy.

Man-Made Global Warming Theory Crumbling

As the statistics pour in, as analysis of the data is released, we learn more and more about that which caused the planet to warm - and then cool - at the end of the last century. It turns out to not have had anything to do with your SUV after all:
Another New Study Challenges Climate Change ‘Orthodoxy’
By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor, CNS News

Virtually all changes in global atmospheric temperatures in the late 20th century were the result of nature rather than human activity, according to a new peer-reviewed study, one of whose authors predicted Friday was “sure to cause a stir.”

“It goes against the orthodoxy,” said climate scientist Chris de Freitas of New Zealand’s Auckland University. The new findings called into question the politically-correct, politically-motivated assumptions driving the climate change debate, he said.

De Freitas and Australian scientists John McLean and Bob Carter reported that at least 80 percent of climate variability tracked over the past half a century could be attributed to internal climate-system factors including the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Pacific warming phenomenon and its cooling twin, La Nina.

This left little room for human-caused factors like emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other so-called greenhouse gases. [link]
But how can this be? Al? Where's Crazy Al?

Oh, yeah. He's off counting his cash.

Open Mouth. Insert Foot.

Boy, has he stepped in it this time. I must admit, I had no idea that there'd be such a violent reaction to Barack Obama's use of the word "stupidly" when referring to the police actions in Cambridge, Massachusetts the other day. It appears that police officers across the country are speaking out about his harsh criticism of the tactics used in an incident he admitted he knew little about.

The latest:
Obama Seeks to Clarify 'Stupidly' Comment, Praises White Policeman

President Obama stopped short of an apology to Sgt. James Crowley on Friday for saying he "acted stupidly" for arresting black Harvard scholar Henry Lewis Gates Jr., but said he should have chosen his words more carefully.

At an impromptu appearance at the daily White House briefing, Obama said he spoke with Crowley over the phone, and said he wanted to share a beer with Crowley and Gates at the White House.

"Because this has been ratcheting up and I helped contribute to ratcheting it up, I want to make clear that in my choice of words I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sgt. Crowley specifically and I could have calibrated those words differently."

"My sense is you've got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve it the way the wanted to resolve it," Obama added.

Earlier in the day Friday, the Cambridge and area police unions voiced their support for Crowley and called for an apology from Obama for his statement.

"His remarks were obviously misdirected but made it worse yet by suggesting somehow this case should remind us of a history of racial abuse by law enforcement," Dennis O'Connor, president of the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association, said at a news conference. [link]
I've heard it said that Obama's initial reaction to the circumstances (that "history of racial abuse by law enforcement") was nothing more than Jeremiah Wright's teachings manifesting themselves. Cops = Evil. Perhaps Obama was paying attention in church all those twenty years after all.

I've also read that good presidents don't stoop to the level he did in criticizing controversial actions taken at the local level that make them rise to national prominence. Goes to show.

In any case, Obama has made himself the center of this controversy. Way to go, big guy.