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Saturday, August 15, 2009

In a Crowded Field

Michelle Malkin announces her Enviro-nitwit of the Day.

It happens to be a prominent Democrat.

Go figure.

What Do They Expect?

The mainstream media script these days as it relates to town hall meetings, the mob, and the subject matter that is/isn't discussed goes something like this:

The right-wing astroturf Nazi fringe would rather devote its time to scaring people into opposing Obama's plan than discuss specifics about the plan with the government representatives who take time out from their valuable lives to meet with them.

But what happens when a substantive question is asked of these really smart and knowledgeable Washington types?

You get from the man behind the plan, Mr. Hope&Change himself:

You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.”

Or you get from him only vague platitudes and endless blather.

And from his henchmen you get weasel words. From men who ought to be held to higher account. And from women who would rather be anywhere else than to have to rub elbows with the great unwashed.

Or you get United States Senators who are so confused about that which they support that they look like drunken gutter-dwellers at their town hall meetings when answering simple questions about simple provisions.

Speaking of Arlen Specter ...

"Im double-checking my answer on whether everyone has to be covered. I said you don't ... I ... I ... I'm double-checking ..."

We're to ask substantive questions of these jokers why again?

Did Boucher Ruin His Career For Nothing?

Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) decided to become an active supporter of the cap-and-trade climate bill that worked its way through the House. This despite the fact that study after study has exposed it as being a potential sledgehammer that will crush Southwest Virginia's economy and decimate the coalfields. His political future, for the first time in his quarter-century Washington career, is in jeopardy because of his advocacy on this issue. And he knows it.

So what has he gotten in return?

Perhaps squat. It may die in the Senate:
Climate Change Measure Should Be Set Aside, U.S. Senators Say
By Daniel Whitten and Simon Lomax, Bloomberg

Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Senate should abandon efforts to pass legislation curbing greenhouse-gas emissions this year and concentrate on a narrower bill to require use of renewable energy, four Democratic lawmakers say.

“The problem of doing both of them together is that it becomes too big of a lift,” Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas said in an interview last week. “I see the cap-and-trade being a real problem.”

Ben Nelson of Nebraska and North Dakota Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan joined Lincoln in suggesting that the climate measure be put off. [link]
Don't be fooled. The problem isn't that the Senate has too much to do. It's that this bill is potentially ruinous to the country and radioactive to anyone who now supports it. Everyone in the Senate now knows it.

So it will die a silent death.

And along with its demise, Boucher's career may soon be dead and buried as well.

Is This a Good Thing?

It wasn't that long ago that a 256 megabyte SD card for one's camera was considered colossal. With average pixilation, one could have expected to store 300 to 400 photos in memory easily. Which is about 270 to 370 more than I take on the average picture-taking day.

And who, in their right mind, wants to sift through hundreds of photos to find those worth printing? Is that a waste of time or what?

But now we're in the days where your little Sony camera is more often than not used for video as well as snapshots. Thus ...
Toshiba Announces World’s Largest SD Card
By Rik Fairlie, New York Times

Good news for all you memory hogs out there: Toshiba has announced the world’s largest SD memory card, a 64-gigabyte card that employs the new SDXC (XC for extended capacity) memory standard.

Toshiba said the new SDXC format would support memory card capacities of up to a whopping 2 terabytes. Pricing for the 64-gigabyte card will depend on market prices for flash memory in the spring, according to the company. [link]
Let's see, if I can store 400 photos on my 256 meg card, and I switch to a 64 gig card, all things remaining equal, my memory capacity ... let me do the math ... goes up to ... 100,000 pictures!

I think I need more photo albums.

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Actually I put away my 256-meg card and I'm using a 2-gig SD now. For my use, I think I'll stick to it for a few years.

Oh, and a helpful hint to those who think they need to store every photo they've ever taken on their SD card: There are these things called CD's you can save your pictures to. And there's this thing called a hard drive. Or something called a thumb or flash drive. It keeps the SD clean and you needn't spend hours trying to find that one photo you want to send to Granny that you know is there on that darned SD card somewhere.

Quote of the Day

From Glenn Reynolds:
Remember how Bush was supposed to be the idiot who went into Iraq without a plan, while Obama was supposed to be the cool methodical one? But Reich is admitting that despite all the Administration hoopla, there’s still no plan. Or, possibly, that the White House has a plan, but won’t tell us what it is. And yet the people who don’t want to see a bill — some bill, doing who-knows-what — rammed through in the dead of night are somehow the ones who are ignorant and being manipulated. Right.
Obama was elected for having made a lot of wild promises. One of which was the promise to "reform" health care. It's become painfully apparent to everyone that he doesn't particularly care what form that reform takes on. He'll sign anything that comes across his desk and he'll declare victory for it having been done.

That's why more and more Americans are attending these town halls and raising hell about the fix that's in.

"Rammed through in the dead of night" was his only health care plan. And the American people wisely put the brakes on that.

Now he and his minions - having had their ploy stopped in its tracks, are down to calling those concerned Americans racists and haters and Republicans!

A badge of courage in these troubled times, if you ask me.

Read the whole thing, by the way. It's a real hoot.

A New Blog Rolls Out

I've added a new weblog to the Blog Roll of Fame off to the left. It's called BlogRoanoke. It has a theme around which it's built. Roanoke!

Keep an eye on it. Should be a good read for local happenings.

Here's to your success.

You Knew It Would Come To This

My God. In the United States of America:
School prayer charges stir protests
Educators face jail in Florida
By Julia Duin, Washington Times

Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their offer of a mealtime prayer.

There have been yard signs, T-shirts and a mass student protest during graduation ceremonies this spring on behalf of Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and school athletic director Robert Freeman, who will go on trial Sept. 17 at a federal district court in Pensacola for breaching the conditions of a lawsuit settlement reached last year with the American Civil Liberties Union. [link]
Six months in jail for offering to lead a mealtime prayer.

This ain't right.

What's This? Right-Wing Militias Are On The Rise?

Oh. Wait. The report comes from the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center. Must be fund-drive time.

Never mind.

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More on the man behind this and his motives can be found here.

Is This Where We're Heading?

It's amazing how much information about each one of us is freely available in the marketplace. More than you imagine.

But where is it heading, this gathering of private information?

Here. Perhaps.

Be very afraid.