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Sunday, August 02, 2009

I'll Take That As A Badge Of Honor

The Roanoke Times:

Democrat Creigh Deeds, according to an environmentalist group, scores a 91 on its Destroy-the-Planet-In-Order-To-Save-It-O-Meter.

When last he was rated, Republican Bob McDonnell drew a paltry 13 from the same zealots.

Sometimes less is more.

And there is far worse to be said about a person than "He disagrees with Crazy Al 87% of the time."

Mystery Solved

There has always been one lingering cloud that remained hovering over the first Iraq War. What happened to Scott Speicher?

From an Associated Press report dated January 12, 2004:
Military Searches For Gulf War Pilot

Jacksonville, Fla. - Military search crews have returned to the site where Navy pilot Michael Scott Speicher's fighter jet crashed 13 years ago, while captured Iraqi officials, including Saddam Hussein, are being questioned about the fate of the missing flier.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who has worked to get answers for Speicher's family and friends, said crews are actively looking for the Jacksonville man, whose plane went down Jan. 17, 1991, about 100 miles north of the Saudi Arabian border.

The FA-18 Hornet was the first jet shot down in the 1991 Gulf War in Iraq.

Recently, crews revisited the crash site for the first time since 1995. At that time they found the canopy, wings, unexploded ordnance, but the cockpit was missing. Nelson said he could not comment on what, if anything, was found in the second search.

Some believe Speicher was killed when a surface-to-air missile knocked his fighter jet from the sky. There was evidence, however, that he ejected from his damaged aircraft.

Speicher was 33 when he was shot down. He held the rank of lieutenant commander at the time; he has since been promoted to captain. His wife, Joanne, has remarried and his children are now teenagers.

His status changed from missing in action to killed in action, but in 2002 it was changed again to missing-captured. A marker has been placed on an empty grave at Arlington National Cemetery. [link]

After 18 years the mystery of Lieutenant Commander Speicher's disappearance has been solved. He was killed in action:

Remains of pilot missing 18 years in Iraq found
By Pauline Jelinek, The Associated Press

Washington -- The remains of the first American lost in the Persian Gulf War have been found in Iraq, the military said Sunday, after struggling for nearly two decades with the question of whether he was dead or alive.

The Pentagon said the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology on Saturday had positively identified the remains of Navy Capt. Michael "Scott" Speicher, whose disappearance has bedeviled investigators since his fighter jet was shot down over the Iraq desert on the first night of the 1991 war.

Family spokeswoman Cindy Laquidara said relatives learned on Saturday that Speicher's remains had been found.

Officials said Sunday that they got new information last month from an Iraqi citizen, prompting Marines stationed in the western province of Anbar to visit a location in the desert which was believed to be the crash site of Speicher's FA-18 Hornet.

The Iraqi said he knew of two other Iraqis who recalled an American jet crashing and the remains of the pilot being buried in the desert, the Pentagon said.

The military recovered bones and multiple skeletal fragments and Speicher was positively identified by matching a jawbone and dental records, said Rear Adm. Frank Thorp. [link]

"My heroes come with wings, not capes." And Michael "Scott" Speicher was - is - one of those heroes.

Here's to Scott Speicher. One of America's best. He gave his all for his country.

Hat tip to Sexy.

Would It Be Too Much To Ask?

I read with more than a bit of curiosity - and way too much laughter - the following letter to the editor of the Dickenson Star:
Boucher looking out for coal industry

I find it very interesting that Bobby May, a very partisan Republican from Buchanan County, sent a letter to The Dickenson Star attacking Congressman Boucher for his support of climate change legislation.

Contrary to Mr. May’s accusations, the Environmental Protection Agency has stated that coal use will actually grow as a result of this legislation [jf: And every non-partisan expert on the subject has made it clear that Boucher's legislation will do just the opposite]. The legislation will end our dependence on foreign oil and encourage the development of technologically advanced and efficient electric vehicles [jf: A sidesplitter; nothing more need be said]. These new electric cars will be powered by electricity generated by coal. This legislation will ensure that energy remains affordable for all Americans [jf: There's no way she wrote this with a straight face]. Also included in the legislation is $1 billion annually to fund further development of carbon capture and sequestration technology, which is essential for the future of the coal industry. [jf: The kind of silly stuff that can only be dreamt up in the scientific laboratories of Congress and repeated by empty-headed fools].

Thanks to Boucher’s effective leadership, the legislation contained many provisions, such as the ones described above, to benefit our region [jf: For the love of God]. Boucher could have positioned himself as being opposed from [sic] the legislation from the outset. If he had done so, the legislation would have passed without taking into consideration any of the concerns of the working people of Southwest Virginia. [jf: And Southwest Virginia would have been no worse off]. As the legislative process continues, Rick will continue to be able to insert favorable amendments that will benefit our region. It is vitally important that someone looking out for the coal industry [jf: YES!] is involved in this process — and Rick Boucher is that person. [jf: Doofus? Please]. [link requires paid subscription]
So who wrote the letter?

The Sandlick District Chairman of the Dickenson County Democratic Party.

No wonder this gal makes herself out to be a complete fool. It comes with the gig.

But why did it take this weblog to identify her and her motive behind this flimflammery?

Thank God He Retired

Now, if someone would just take the microphone away from him and shove his wheelchair, with him slouched in it, back into the corner:
Senate Democrats Tie Climate Effort to National Security
By Darren Samuelsohn, writing in the New York Times

At an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing yesterday, former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) urged quick action on cap-and-trade legislation as a way to prompt a larger global response to climate change. Absent congressional action, Warner, a former secretary of the Navy, warned of more climate-induced migration and other environmental stresses that put U.S. national security at risk.

"There's a building base of evidence that global warming is contributing to much of the instability of the world today," Warner said. "If we do nothing, we can be sure nothing else is going to be done of any consequence." [link]
"There's a building base of evidence that global warming is contributing to much of the instability of the world today."

Absolute rubbish.

That instability was the order of the day back when Warner was a child and Napoleon's Grande Armée was ravaging Europe.* And it was pervasive long before that. As it will be long after he's gone. It's the human condition.

More importantly, the planet, by best estimates, warmed at the end of the last century less than 1° C. One degree. And that's caused much of the instability of the world today?

Please, old man, go back to the home and leave us alone.

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It's worth noting that when John Warner was rumored to have been born - July 26, 1805 - not only was Napoleon marching across Europe, but an earthquake devastated southern Italy, killing 26,000 people. An example of instability that Warner would, no doubt, attribute to global warming too.

When he was 7 there was the Caracas Earthquake of 1812 that killed 20,000 Venezuelans.

Global warming, no doubt.

That instability brought on by global warming extended to Indonesia where, on Warner's tenth birthday in 1815, Mount Tambora erupted, killing an estimated 92,000 people.

And when he turned 49, in 1854, there was the Great Ansei Nankai Earthquake that ended the lives of 85,000 Japanese. Yup. Global warming.

When he turned 78, in 1883, there occurred the famous Krakatoa Earthquake in Indonesia. As you can tell, Indonesia is/was Ground Zero of man-made global warming activity, what with all that industrial stuff going on in those grass huts. 36,000 dead.

Before he was born, somewhere around 70,000 to 75,000 years ago, there occurred "a supervolcanic event at Lake Toba, on Sumatra, [that] reduced the world's human population to 10,000 or even a mere 1,000 breeding pairs, creating a bottleneck in human evolution." (source)

Instability brought about by ... oh, never mind.

Obama Butt Boy Won't Give It Up

Nobody in the USA is more partisan than New York Times columnist Frank Rich. And that's why, when he attempts to excuse the inexcusable as it relates to Gatesgate, one just shakes one's head in dismay.

Here's how he attempts (in "Small Beer, Big Hangover") to rationalize that which everyone else on the planet now considers to be a major blunder on Obama's part when he accused the Cambridge, Mass. police department of acting "stupidly" in arresting Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates for being an asshole:
[B]efore the battle of Cambridge fades entirely, let’s note that the only crime Obama committed at his news conference was honesty (always impolitic in Washington). He conceded he did not know “all the facts” and so wisely resisted passing judgment on “what role race played” in the incident. He said, accurately, that “separate and apart from this incident” there is “a long history” of “African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcing disproportionately.” And, yes, the police did act “stupidly in arresting” — not to mention shackling — “somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.” If Obama had really wanted to go for the jugular, he might have added that the police may have overstepped the law as well.
Is that pathetic, or what?

1) Obama "wisely resisted passing judgment on 'what role race played' in the incident"? Then why include in his explanation the thought that there is a long history of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately?

2) Despite the "“separate and apart from this incident” qualifier, by bringing it up, Obama decided to make race coinjoined and inclusive to this incident.

3) "... yes, the police did act 'stupidly' ..." Does Mr. Rich still want to defend this after everyone else in the country came to see that Obama was dead wrong? Even Obama knew that he had made a mistake in using that word, telling us, after the fact, that he could have "calibrated" his statement differently.

4) A small matter, but an annoyance nevertheless: The use of the present participle "shackling" is inserted pejoratively. Common usage of the word shackled translates to "bound by chains fastened around the ankles." Gates wasn't shackled. He was handcuffed. Big difference.

Frank Rich is generally considered the poster boy for that which came to be known as "Bush Derangment Syndrome." He despised the man to the point of obsession. That obsession carries itself over to today when he here tries to make an argument that was already made early on, was discredited, and was summarily sent to the trash heap.

Not pretty, Frank.

What Was So Wrong With Sarah Palin Again?

Oh, yeah. She was an ignorant flake.
America Hears a Gaffe, Russia Sees a Plot
By Ellen Barry, New York Times

After Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. gave an interview to The Wall Street Journal portraying Russia as a limping and humbled nation, many in Washington responded last week with a helpless shrug: There’s crazy Joe, they said, the guy who once told a wheelchair-bound state senator to stand up for a round of applause. [link]
Yup. That's Joe. The man who President Obama once described as being "a statesman with sound judgment."

Good 'ol Joe. No ignorant flake he.

Only In America

I love this country. Where else on the planet can you read a news item that begins ...

"A crazed, drunken homeless man heading to California for a reunion with his family set off mass panic at La Guardia Airport yesterday when he strolled in with ..."

Crazed, drunken, but no longer homeless.

Visitation will be allowed each day between 3 and 5pm, depending on the effectiveness of his meds.


What Are We Doing?

To borrow from Winston Churchill, America's health care delivery system is the worst on the planet, except for all the others.

Take note of that which you somehow take for granted, as outlined by Scott W. Atlas, before you get sucked in and sign on to ObamaCare:

1. Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers.
2. Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians.
3. Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries.
4. Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than Canadians.
5. Lower-income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians.
6. Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the United Kingdom.
7. People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed.
8. Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than Canadians.
9. Americans have better access to important new technologies such as medical imaging than do patients in Canada or Britain.
10. Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations.

Obama and the Democrats are working to destroy all that.


Hat tip to Jonah Goldberg.

My God

You want these people doing your colonoscopy?

Confusion Surrounds ‘Clunkers’ Program

Chief Government Surgeon & Government Motors Used Car Salesman Amos Twittle to Assistant Hospital Petty Officer, Third Class, Beatrice Ratched: "I have to report to the car lot for my shift, nurse. Can you finish with Mr. Dingus? You'll find the scope ... uh, where did I leave that darn scope?"

I Blame It On Global Warming

Al Gore just don't get no respect:
In New York, It’s the Summer That Isn’t
By Sam Roberts, New York Times

It’s a gross, grungy, disgusting summer-in-the-city tradition: the muggy 90-degree day or, worse still, the 99-degree day.

But this summer has been conspicuously different in New York City. Not one 99-degree day in Central Park. Not a single day that the temperature even approached 90. For just the second time in 140 years of record keeping, the temperature failed to reach 90 in either June or July.

If August follows the same pattern — and the latest forecast through midmonth [sic] predicts that it will — this could be the coolest summer on record. [link]
A trip down memory lane:

"Nevertheless, the so-called global warming skeptics often say that global warming is really an illusion reflecting nature's cyclical fluctuations. To support their view, they frequently refer to the Medieval Warm Period. But as [the historical] thermometer shows, the vaunted Medieval Warm Period was tiny compared to the enormous increases in temperature of the last half-century.

"In any given year, it might seem as if the average global temperature is going down, but the overall trend is very clear. And in recent years, the rate of increase has been accelerating. In fact, if you look at the 21 hottest years measured, 20 of the last 21 occurred within the last 25 years. The hottest year on record during this entire period was 2005."

Source: An Inconvenient Truth, by Al Gore, p. 64&72-73 May 26, 2006

"And in recent years, the rate of increase has been accelerating." So you know, the Earth's average atmospheric temperatures haven't risen at all this century.