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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oh, Stop. You Didn't Think He Actually Meant It.

Ginny Wray, editor of the Martinsville Bulletin, has a gentle reminder of something Obama said when he was campaigning in her economically devastated town back in August of last year:

“If you give me that opportunity, if you give me that chance, I will fight for you every single day. I’ll wake up every day in that White House thinking about those people in Martinsville.”

Ginny Wray has sent the President a letter, asking him if he remembers how to spell the word.


That's just south of the city where he recently declared that he "brought this economy back from the brink," and where "we’re starting to see a kind of resurgence of optimism."

I'll bet he was thinking about Martinsville when he said that.

Or not.

Thus the letter.

"I’ll wake up every day in that White House thinking about those people in Martinsville." Laughable then.

Not so funny now.

Seems Fair

This should be made clear at the outset: There is no evidence - NONE - that mercury being emitted by coal-fired power plants has ever harmed anyone. And, considering the fact that coal has been used to heat homes here in the U.S. since the mid-1700's, you'd think that if there were to be any two-headed children born to mothers affected by power plant mercury ingestion, there would have been a documented case by now.

We're talking 261 years, after all.

Be that as it may, there are frightened Chicken Littles out there who have seized upon the fact that a power plant somewhere spews trace amounts of mercury into the atmosphere and, therefore, poses a hazard to ... well, they haven't gotten the details down yet, but rest assured, the results are very, very bad. There can be no mistake about that.

(It's been only 261 years, after all. Two-headed children will be birthed most any day now.)

For that reason - we're not going to get through to those who are prone to irrationality - I agree with this Bristol Herald Courier editorial (at least in part):
Tuesday Ruling Only One Step

Environmental groups opposed to a coal-fired power plant under construction in Wise County found some traction Tuesday when a Richmond judge ruled that the State Air Pollution Control Board violated federal environmental law when it issued an air permit for Dominion Power’s plant outside St. Paul.

Still, the favorable ruling is far from aiding the groups’ ultimate goal of stopping construction of the plant.

Perhaps the biggest lesson from Tuesday’s ruling is that the matter isn’t settled in either side’s mind. Dominion prevailed initially and secured permits to build the power plant. Environmental groups objected and have fought – and lost – for more than a year.

This week, Judge Margaret Poles Spencer denied six of seven points raised by environmental groups regarding the power plant. However, she agreed that the mercury emissions portion of the permit was invalid.

Expect Dominion to fight back quickly and roundly on that issue, but the company still should use every technology available to keep mercury admissions [sic] to a minimum. [link]
It could be argued that the amounts of mercury being "admitted" into the atmosphere are minimal already. And one could make the argument that any amount going up the smokestack, no matter how microscopic, will never sit well with the irrational among us.

But the technology exists to "clean" power plant emissions of mercury content. That effort should be made by Dominion Power. Maybe then these people will let us have our electricity.

And maybe they'll go back to whining about the impending chicken flu pandemic.

On Hillary's 'America Sucks' Tour

We find her today wandering through Nigeria, where ...

It Wasn't Supposed To Be Like This

The incomparable Ramirez in Investor's Business Daily:

It's easier to grasp if you understand that November 4 of last year brought a coronation, not an election.

So shut up and let the man reign.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Now We Get Close To The Truth

It has been interesting to see all the really smart people in this country trying their best to pigeonhole the makeup and motives of those who have been attending town hall meetings across the land, those who have been so challenging toward their elected representatives, those who seemingly have been shaking the foundation of our democracy. Or something.

Try as they might, Obama's supporters in the press just haven't been able to make the case that it is some kind of Republican conspiracy (though the effort probably makes their world view more digestible and therefore makes them feel better) that incites the thousands who have turned out in vocal opposition to ObamaCare. In fact, the media haven't been successful in arguing that those who come in protest are even Republicans.

They have been unsuccessful because they are wrong in their assumptions.

I've felt all along that most of those who are in rebellion aren't affiliated (in any real way) with either party. They are, in fact, what we traditionally refer to as "independents." Or Independents.

And that should scare the hell out of those who hope ObamaCare passes. They never had the Republicans. And now they're losing the independents. That leaves just the union thugs and other Democrats to push this through. Frightening indeed.

I'm not alone in thinking the storyline to be different from that being portrayed by the mainstream press and Obama. To support the theory, there's this:
Town Halls, Protesters, Astroturf and the Return of the Perotistas
By Ben Domenech, The New Ledger

[T]he assumption that these protesters are right-wingers — or as others have accused, fake grassroot anger, or “astroturf” — seems a vast oversimplification. While we hardly have data on the people who have been attending these townhalls and shouting down members attempting to sell health care insurance reform, anecdotal evidence indicates that this is hardly manufactured dissent. Obama’s plan is hardly popular, and many Americans who are not Republican or conservative are opposed to the package and nervous about its outcome.

Privately, Republicans in Washington admit their surprise at the degree of response they’ve seen at these town hall meetings. Unused to the outpouring of grassroots anger, they’re not sure how to respond or ensure that this expression of frustration actually has beneficial political ramifications. Indications are that these are not typical Republican supporters, but Independent voters with a strong distrust of government and a tendency toward pro-American populism.

These protesters aren’t really fans of either party (George W. Bush is no more popular at Tea Parties than Barack Obama), but driven by a strong sense — and basic American ideas of liberty — that the government shouldn’t be intruding on their lives, taking their money and giving it to companies that don’t deserve it, telling them which doctor to go to, and generally mismanaging things. [link]
It was always a difficult sell when Democrats accused Republicans of orchestrating the town hall protests, since Republican lawmakers were catching sixteen kinds of hell at their meetings too. The thought that those up in arms are, more often than not, fiercely independent of party affiliation makes the rage more easily understood. And categorized.

It must scare the begeebers out of Obama's planners. They have lost the independents and, therefore, they've lost the battle.

This will all fall on deaf ears when it comes to the mainstream press, of course. The members thereof want so desperately for those who are in vocal opposition to ObamaCare to be conservative Republican knuckle-draggers. Desperately.

And they'll stick to that narrative no matter what.

Keep thinkin' it, fellas. Keep believin' it. We certainly don't want to upset your template and your day.

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For a classic example of detachment from reality, read David Broder's column in the Washington Post this morning. One head-shaking quote:

"Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who represents a heavily Jewish district in Florida, phoned me to complain that top House Republicans have not publicly repudiated Rush Limbaugh for his statements likening Obama's health policies to those of the Nazis.

Much improvement is needed in the health-care bills, but I think these angry opponents are playing with fire."

Mocking Stupid Democrats Becomes Sport

Posted by Henry Payne in the Detroit News (cross-posted in National Review):
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Energy Leader

Detroit, Mich. - Michigan just experienced its coldest July on record; global temperatures haven't risen in more than a decade; Great Lakes water levels have resumed their 30-year cyclical rise (contrary to a decade of media scare stories that they were drying up due to global warming), and polls show that climate change doesn't even make a list of Michigan voters' top-ten concerns.

Yet in an interview with the Detroit News Monday, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) - recently appointed to the Senate Energy Committee - made clear that fighting the climate crisis is her top priority.

"Climate change is very real," she confessed as she embraced cap and trade's massive tax increase on Michigan industry - at the same time claiming, against all the evidence, that it would not lead to an increase in manufacturing costs or energy prices. "Global warming creates volatility. I feel it when I'm flying. The storms are more volatile. We are paying the price in more hurricanes and tornadoes."

And there are sea monsters in Lake Michigan. I can feel them when I'm boating.
A United States Senator thinks she feels global warming when she's flying because her plane shakes when it hits turbulence.

A United States Senator.

My God.

How Many Of Them Will Be In The Coal Mines?

Another study was released yesterday that analyzed the long-term effects of Congressman Rick Boucher's climate tax. Though Boucher claims that it will somehow create jobs and have no adverse effect on the economy, experts who have examined the legislation and its ramifications say just the opposite.

In spades:
Climate bill could cost 2 million jobs
By Jim Snyder, The Hill

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF) released a study Wednesday that found under a high-cost scenario the House global warming bill could reduce economic growth by 2.4 percent and cost 2 million jobs by 2030.

One key finding is that the climate bill will hurt the manufacturing sector particularly hard. As much as 66 percent of the total job loss from the climate bill could come from manufacturers, the report notes.

And though the impact of the bill will grow over time, the economy will start feeling the effects of the carbon cap almost immediately.

“Industrial production begins to decline immediately in 2012, relative to the baseline,” the report notes.

The ACCF and NAM study can be found here. [link]
Manufacturing in this country has been getting hammered for two decades. This will make matters far worse.

Boucher needs to back away from this monster. Now.

Crying Wolf

U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a speech to the Global Environment Forum, Inchon, Korea, August 11, 2009:
If we fail to act, climate change will intensify droughts, floods and other natural disasters.

Water shortages will affect hundreds of millions of people. Malnutrition will engulf large parts of the developing world. Tensions will worsen. Social unrest – even violence – could follow.

The damage to national economies will be enormous. The human suffering will be incalculable.

We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.
The Miami Herald, July 5, 1989:
“[Then-director of the New York office of the United Nations Environment Program, Noel Brown] says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos.”
U.N. Secretary-General Michelle Obama, April 1, 2022:

"If we fail to act, and quickly, climate change will bring unspeakable doom to our planet sometime in the next 14 hours ..."

For the love of God.

Hat tip to Marc Morano.