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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Major Endorsement

As you drive into the village of Bland these days, you'll see two campaign signs. One reads "Deeds Country" and the other "Sportsmen for Deeds." I chuckle when I see them. Somebody's wishful thinking.

Creigh Deeds doesn't have a prayer of winning Bland County in November. And he knows it.

There is only one thing that we value more than our freedom here in Bland, and that's our free and unfettered right to own firearms. Because we know that our owning weapons secures all our other rights - and our freedom.

And when a politician comes along - especially a Democrat politician - and tries to restrict that right, we take it very seriously.

Creigh Deeds was, not long ago, one of us. But he decided that it was more important that he be a Democrat. So he started pushing the gun-banners' agenda. That silly gun show loophole legislation. Because of that, he's received the liberals' endorsement to represent them in the gubernatorial election this year.

But he'll never get our votes. Not in this lifetime.
NRA Backs McDonnell
By Rosalind Helderman, writing in the Washington Post

What a difference four years makes.

When Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell ran against each other for attorney general in 2005, the National Rifle Association's political action committee took the unusual step of endorsing Deeds, the rural Democrat, over McDonnell.

Not this year.

Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist, announced this afternoon that the group has endorsed McDonnell for governor and will urge the NRA's 120,000 Virginia members to vote for the Republican.

Cox told reporters in a conference call that the group was impressed by an amicus brief McDonnell filed in 2008 along with 30 other state attorney generals urging the Supreme Court to strike down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban. He also praised McDonnell for standing against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has contended that criminals buy guns in Virginia because of its less restrictive laws and take them to New York.

Cox, meanwhile, declared that NRA members have been "shocked and disappointed" at Deeds because of his support in recent years for closing the so-called gun show loophole, which allows private individuals to sell weapons at shows without conducting the background checks required of weapons dealers. Deeds once opposed changing the law but has changed his position, he says in response to requests from family members of victims of the Virginia Tech shooting. [link]
So Deeds loses the backing of the most powerful voter-turnout group in Virginia. As he should have.

Here's to Bob McDonnell. A man who understands what the words Constitution, Bill of Rights and liberty mean. He understands that our freedoms aren't sacrificed at the request of family members of shooting victims or anyone else.

The Earth Wobbles On Its Axis

What? How can this be?

Creigh Deeds Receives Union Endorsement

Oh.

We're Racists. Yada Yada Yada ...

Ramesh_Ponnuru:
Dissent, the Highest Form of Racism

Rep. Joe Wilson rightly apologized for his outburst during the President's speech to Congress, and the president accepted the apology. Yet that's not enough for some Democratic congressmen, who want to pass a resolution of disapproval of Wilson. (The Democrats who booed President Bush during his 2005 State of the Union address should but won't vote present.)

Nor is it enough for some people, such as Maureen Dowd, to say that Wilson was wrong. No, he was also, supposedly, racist. "Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber. . . . Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted 'liar' at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it."

So now is anything that offends liberals racist, or does it have to be done by a white Southerner to count?
It becomes almost laughable, doesn't it?

- - -

I think the height of hilarity came when Obama adviser Van Jones's overtly racist comments from the past were quoted by Glenn Beck and others, and Beck, et al. were immediately declared to be ... you guessed it ... racists. You can't make this stuff up.

Jones: "You've never seen a Columbine done by a black child. Never. They always say, 'We can't believe it happened here. We can't believe it's these suburban white kids.' It's only them. Now, a black kid might shoot another black kid. He's not going to shoot up the whole school."

Jones: “The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities because they don’t have a racial justice frame.”

And those who produce those quotes - including me, I suppose - are charged as being racists. Too funny.

Use Your BRAIN, Fool

I'm getting annoyed.

Dan Radmacher, editorial page editor of the Roanoke Times, and deep-thinker par excellence, "senses" that we're all a bunch of racists too:
Maureen Dowd is on to something

In her Sunday column in The New York Times, Maureen Dowd makes explicit something I've only sensed in the undercurrent: At the root of much of the shrieking over-reaction to President Obama and his agenda is a deep-seated resistance to the fact that a black man occupies the White House.

It is not enough to disagree with Obama's policies. A good portion of his opposition seems to want to delegitimize his entire presidency (note the uproar over a completely innocuous speech urging schoolchildren to work hard and take responsibility for their education).

As Dowd wrote, "Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it." [link]
First, a note about that "uproar": I'd remind the brilliant editor that the uproar revolved around the word "socialism" and not "n...er."

Second, many of us tried to delegitimize Bill Clinton's presidency too (although he really didn't need our help). Last time I looked, he was as white as rice.

Third, the first unwritten rule of editorial comment: You side with The Ditze and you automatically lose those of us who don't get our news from the comics.

Fourth, maybe Dan "sensed" (smell? touch? sight?) the notion that we're a bunch of racists only because his brain wasn't registering such idiocy.

Fifth: Typical. So typical.

Corporation Violates McCain-Feingold

Oh, wait. I didn't read the fine print.

Liberal corporations are exempt from the McCain-Feingold prohibition dealing with political endorsements.

So it's okay for the New York Times Company (an NYSE member corporation in good standing) to do that which the rest of corporate America is forbidden to do.

See its latest political endorsements here.

Only in America.

We Move Forward

As I predicted weeks ago, construction on that new power plant over in Wise will recommence forthwith, despite the efforts of the Luddites we've come to know as environmentalists.

And the Bristol Herald Courier thinks the re-start-up is a good thing:
Power Plant Balance Benefits Everyone
editorial

A tenacious fight by environmental groups came to a resolution last week, with Dominion Virginia Power forced to amend its air permit for a new power plant. The move allows the plant to move forward but creates some of the toughest environmental standards ever issued.

That’s the proper balance for a project of this magnitude being erected in our backyard of Wise County, Va. We need electricity to maintain and grow our economy. We should demand the safest ways of generating that power. We hope this is a compromise that sticks and works – a resolution to the legal fights that allows the plant to operate, but under strict environmental rules to vastly reduce pollution. [link]
The objections raised by the environmentalists (mercury! arsenic! psoriasis! mold & mildew!) were all beyond hysterical in the first place and were destined to amount to nothing more than bothersome delaying actions all along. Think of that irritating pimple on your butt. Now you get it.

So it's good to see we still have some leadership in this state that understands where electricity comes from and realizes the fact that we need more of it desperately.

Here's to the commonwealth of Virginia and to the Bristol Herald Courier.

It Was Never About Secondhand Smoke

It was always about busybodies wanting to tell you how to live your life.

Let them explain this:
New York Eyes ‘No Smoking’ Outdoors, Too
By Sewell Chan, New York Times

New York City’s workplace smoking ban six years ago drove cigarette and cigar puffers outdoors. But soon some of the outdoors may be off limits, too: The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, said Monday that he would seek to ban smoking at city parks and beaches.

Dr. Farley said the ban — which officials said may require the approval of the City Council, but could possibly be done through administrative rule-making by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation — was part of a broader strategy to further curb smoking rates, which have fallen in recent years. [link]
You're not subject to secondhand smoke in the great outdoors. So why the ban?

If it's a public health and safety issue, then I call upon the city's leaders to ban elevators in all its high-rise buildings. Being as dangerous as they are. And with lives being lost because of them.

Of course, the enlightened do-gooders in New York won't consider banning elevators. Or automobiles, for that matter, which kill tens of thousands of Americans each year. 43,313 last year alone. A holocaust if there ever was one.

No, they won't be banning automobiles. Or elevators. That would be unthinkable. THEY USE ELEVATORS AND CARS in their everyday lives. Don't be silly.

They prefer to go after you and alter your way of life.

It would do them well to keep me from being king. They have their (growing) list but I have mine too.

A Tribute to Those Who Man The Walls

We owe you more than words can express.

George W. Bush, September 20, 2001, before a joint session of Congress:

"Now this war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat. Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success."

"Covert operations, secret even in success."

Well, not completely secret on occasion:
US Launches Military Strike in Somalia Against al Qaeda Target
By Luis Martinez, Kirit Radia, Sana Hughes, and Jason Ryan, ABC News

A U.S. commando attack in Somalia has killed an al Qaeda operative who is on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists, sources tell ABC News.

The dead terrorist, Saleh Ali Nabhan, is believed to have taken part in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He is also believed to have orchestrated the 2002 bombing of a resort hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, and a failed missile attack on an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa airport.

Ali Nabhan's death has not yet been officially confirmed, but sources tell ABC News that his body is now in U.S. custody. [link]
They can run but they cannot hide. One asshole dead. Lots and lots to go.

Here's to those who made it happen. We as a nation are indebted to you forever.

Man, Could He Dance!

Gone. Much too soon.

'Dirty Dancing' star Patrick Swayze dies at 57

A good man. A good life.

While This Jerk Lives

Somehow, it seems, there is no fairness:

Kanye West’s place in jackass hall of fame now secure

He's admired by many, I'm told. Sad.

Something They Never Talk About

But maybe they should.

So how do those tiny little dog houses-on-wheels do in crash safety tests?

We don't know.

But here's a real-life experience with one of those gleaming beauties that progressives everywhere are demanding that we all drive.

This, in seconds ...

... became this:
Yeah, if it hadn't been for those big trucks that tin can might not have been crushed.

But blame doesn't bring the wife and kids back.

Think about it.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

So Let Me Get This Straight

Fifty-five filthy rich leftist celebrities get in their fifty-five private jets and all fly to Geneva - spewing greenhouse gases the whole way - to record a song about the dangers of greenhouse gases and global warming.

And the nitwits expect us to take them seriously:
World celebrities sing to stop global warming
AFP

Geneva — British rock group Duran Duran and heavy metal band Scorpions are among 55 world celebrities who have joined in recording a song to draw attention to the global warming crisis, organisers said on Monday.

The song is part of a mass media campaign on the threats of climate change organised by the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, headed by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The song entitled "Beds'r Burning", which was originally recorded by the Australian group Midnight Oil in the 1980s, can be downloaded from the Internet for free and will be presented to the public at a launch in Paris on October 1.

"If we do not stop the (greenhouse gas) emissions today, global warming will be still be with us in 40 to 50 years," warned Walter Fust, director of the Forum, at a press conference in Geneva. [link]
A press conference in Geneva.

Earth to Gas Emitter Extraordinaire: If you truly want to reduce those greenhouse gas emissions, stay home and shut up.

Not only might you save the planet, but might do wonders for your credibility too.