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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Trainin' 'Em Right

Here's how to teach the young ones to be self-reliant:

You don't put food on the table, you don't eat.

"Focus, you two! I'm getting hungry!"

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By the way, the location of this trout stream here in the mountains of Southwest Virginia will forever remain a secret known but to God, some cows, and a whole mess of wildlife. And Jayla, Kaid, and me.

A Strange Set Of Circumstances

The fawning New York Times would never bring this up, so I will.

The news: Hillary Clinton took time out today to honor those Americans killed in coordinated terrorist attacks that took place in Kenya and Tanzania back in 1998:
Clinton Recalls US Embassy Attacks in Africa
By The Associated Press

Nairobi, Kenya (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday honored the victims of the deadly 1998 al-Qaida-linked attacks on the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

A day before the 11th anniversary of the Aug. 7 bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam that killed more than 200 people, Clinton paid a somber visit to a memorial at the site of the former embassy in the Kenyan capital.

The site, she said, is a reminder of ''the continuing threat of terrorism, which respects no boundaries, no race, ethnicity or religion, but is aimed at disrupting and denying the opportunity of people to make their own decisions and to lead their own lives.'' [link]
How sweet.

What's not mentioned, of course, is the fact that Hillary's husband, who happened to be president and commander-in-chief at the time, did absolutely nothing to prevent the attacks that killed 200 innocent men, women, and children that day. Nor did he lift a finger to make the perpetrators pay for their evil and cruel deeds after their horrendous crimes were committed. He was off playing hide-the-cigar with his (nearly underage) female employee in those days and couldn't be distracted.

But why bring that up again, right?

This seems par-for-the-course for this pair. Bill didn't lift a finger to stop the slaughter that was taking place on his watch in 1994 in Rwanda, but told people he was remorseful afterward. And he did nothing after the bodies of those U.S. soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu in 1993, but expressed sorrow - or something - long afterward.

Oh, not that he took any blame for it. He instead blamed George Bush I for what happened.

Oh, and he expressed sorrow, or regret, or something, for slavery having ever existed long after the fact.

Also sweet.

Clinton got a lot of nice headlines in the Times for that.

As he did for going to North Korea and securing the release of those two journalists the other day.

It seems like it takes very little for this pair to get glowing headlines in the press, doesn't it?

Very little indeed.

Was There Ever Any Doubt?

Gov't insurance would allow coverage for abortion

Deficit? What Deficit?

Soaring national debt? What soaring national debt?
House Orders Up Three Elite Jets
By Paul Singer, Roll Call Staff

Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies.

But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.

The Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service.

But the House Appropriations Committee, at its own initiative, added to the 2010 Defense appropriations bill another $132 million for two more airplanes and specified that they be assigned to the D.C.-area units that carry Members of Congress, military brass and top government officials. [link]
But there's a difference. Those auto makers were operating at a loss and the federal gover ...

Uh, scratch that.

We need our elected representatives to ride in style. And to be able to get to the Caribbean more quickly for their vacation fact-finding junkets. How's that?

Meet The Idiot

Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat from California, is arguably the least intelligent member of Congress. Though she does have a lot of competition for that coveted bottom slot.

Here's another bit of proof that she's not all that bright:

Barbara Boxer Objects To Health Care Protesters' "Attire"

Good grief. What a moron.

Oh, by the way, Boxer and her colleagues are, as you read this, deciding what your health care is going to consist of in the future.

Yes, you have every reason to be frightened out of your jockey shorts.

A Newspaper Business Model That Works

It has never made sense to me that America's newspapers can be read each day for free. Yes, I know, the real revenue that publishers draw doesn't come from readers but from advertisers. But I've never been sold on the way advertisers are charged for internet news ads either. Whether it be page views or "click throughs," or by the pop-up ads, I just don't see the evidence that that many readers see the ads that advertisers have for years been paying for. And obviously advertisers don't see any opportunity for return on that kind of investment either.

So the internet business model has amounted to this:

· Readers get their product for free.
· Ads go unseen.

Nationally, print sales (and print advertising) are way down. And newspaper revenue is as well. Is it any wonder?

So a very smart businessman is taking the only approach to correcting the business model that makes sense:
Murdoch vows to charge for all online content
By Kenneth Li and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times

Rupert Murdoch has vowed to charge for all the online content of his newspapers and television news channels, going well beyond his prediction in May that the company would test pay models on one of its stronger papers within the year.

The comments by News Corp's chairman came as he predicted a "high single digit" rebound in the group's operating profits next year.

The sweeping decision by the owner of titles including The News of the World and The Australian to abandon the practice of giving away news in exchange for attracting a large audience for advertisers could embolden other publishers warily examining paid content models.

"We intend to charge for all our news websites," Mr. Murdoch said.

"If we're successful, we'll be followed by all media," he added, predicting "significant revenues" from charging for differentiated news online. [link]
He's right.

Not that I'll like it. I like free stuff.

But Murdoch's move is the only one that will prevent the complete collapse of America's newspaper industry. His message: Charge for your (very expensive) product or die.

Stay tuned. Change is in the air.

Like A Rock ...

... public opinion of Barack Obama's performance here in Virginia is sinking into the abyss:
Obama loses favor in Va., could hurt Deeds
By Sarah Abruzzese, Washington Times

Nine months after he shocked the nation by becoming the first Democrat to carry Virginia in a presidential election in 44 years, Mr. Obama has an approval rating of 42 percent among the state's residents, according to the survey by nonpartisan Public Policy Polling, which is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Last month, the survey showed that he had a 48 percent approval rating.

Slightly more than half - 51 percent - disapprove of his performance, according to the poll, in which 37 percent of likely voters said they were less inclined to vote for Mr. Deeds because of his appearance with the president. [link]
Maybe Deeds needs to start pushing some of that hopey changey stuff. It worked for his best buddy there in the White House.

Or maybe he could produce for the electorate his family tree and try to convince us that he's part negro. That seems to be a big plus for the deep thinkers among us. Well, up in northern Virginia anyway.

But Creigh Deeds will not be using Obama's coattails for the task.

You see, Obama came to us like Zeus came to Europa. In disguise. As a bull.

Now, six months after having been swept into office, seemingly by acclamation, Virginians have come to realize that it wasn't a disguise after all. Barack Obama was all bull all along.

Sorry, Creigh. Better luck next time.

Stop Congress Before It Does Something Stupid

Well, that's too broad a request. That call to action could conceivably take into account most every activity Congress involves itself in.

Here, though, I'm speaking of the Democrats' climate bill.

The one that is supposed to stop global warming.

The one that more and more scientists are convinced isn't warming at all:
Scientists warn: humans aren’t heating the planet
By Andrew Bolt, The Herald Sun

An open letter from 67 German scientists:

To the attention of the Honorable Madam Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany…

History tells us time and again that political leaders often have made poor decisions because they followed the advice of advisors who were incompetent or ideologues and failed to recognize it in time....

A real comprehensive study, whose value would have been absolutely essential, would have shown, even before the IPCC was founded, that humans have had no measurable effect on global warming through CO2 emissions. Instead the temperature fluctuations have been within normal ranges and are due to natural cycles. Indeed the atmosphere has not warmed since 1998 – more than 10 years, and the global temperature has even dropped significantly since 2003.... According to the IPCC, it was supposed to have gotten steadily warmer, but just the opposite has occurred.

More importantly, there’s a growing body of evidence showing anthropogenic CO2 plays no measurable role. Indeed CO2’s capability to absorb radiation is already exhausted by today’s atmospheric concentrations. If CO2 did indeed have an effect and all fossil fuels were burned, then additional warming over the long term would in fact remain limited to only a few tenths of a degree

In the meantime, the belief of climate change, and that it is man-made, has become a pseudo-religion… The German media has sadly taken a leading position in refusing to publicize views that are critical of anthropogenic global warming… It is indeed unfortunate how our media have developed - under earlier dictatorships the media were told what was not worth reporting. But today they know it without getting instructions. [link]

As more and more data accumulate, it becomes obvious to all but the most closed-minded that the planet is not warming and that what warming had been occurring until recent years wasn't caused by anything we as human beings had done.

Yet the Democrats march off that plank, stubbornly resistant to - and in many case, blissfully ignorant of - the harsh realities of the situation.

For the love of God.

Readers Speak Out

This came in from a voter over in the coalfields. It speaks for a whole lot of people in the area I think:


"CAP" and "TRADE." Nice.

Make no mistake, retiring Rick Boucher is going to be a tough slog, folks. He's got the big money machines behind him (including the abortion PAC's and my NRA) and the closer you get to Dickenson County, the closer you get to people who pull the DEMOCRAT lever religiously "because my daddy was a Democrat and his daddy was a Democrat ..."

(... and everyone of them always was and still remains poor as dirt).

But the storm gathers strength. All we need is a candidate who will harness that strength and vow to kick Boucher's skinny ass from Clintwood to Pulaski to Blacksburg and back again.

There is no better time.

29% of Us Are Nitwits

Hello?

71% Say Obama’s Policies Have Driven Up Deficit

Only 71? I want to know who the beanbrains are out there who are either too stupid to know what a deficit is or are so blinded by that hopey changey stuff that they don't see 2+2 equaling 4.