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Thursday, September 17, 2009

That's Fine With Me

They want those two taxpayer-paid employees who were let go due to budget cutbacks reinstated?

RU faculty considers resolution against firings

Okay. Let the RU faculty pay their wages.

The taxpayers - and the commonwealth of Virginia - are tapped out.

Put your money where your taxpayer-fed mouths are.

The Results Are In

The polls are closed. The (unscientific) survey of voter sentiment over in the coal counties is complete. With 361 citizens participating, Terry Kilgore beats sitting Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher 2 to 1.
I still can't get over the fact that this took place in solidly Democrat (think UMW) territory.

Perhaps when Boucher has the chance to vote on the Coal Industry Destruction Act again in 2010 (commonly known as cap-and-trade or The Climate Tax), and he will have that chance again next year, maybe he'll consider the well-being of his constituents first.

What he needs to do now is see to it that EPA is brought under control and doesn't mandate Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties out of existence. He can do it if he has the intestinal fortitude and the will.

If he doesn't, well maybe Congressman Terry Kilgore will git 'er done in 2011.

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Thanks go out to Clintwood Connection for conducting the poll.

What Does Creigh Deeds Believe?

Even he doesn't know anymore.

It's no big secret that, as the commonwealth of Virginia turned bluer and bluer, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds' positions on issues did as well (see related post here). Odd how the two phenomena occurred simultaneously, no?

The only problem is, sometimes it appears that Mr. Deeds forgets what the "blue" positions are - since he now has none of his own - and he ends up looking like the stereotypical slimy politician.

Case in point:
Deeds on the Defensive Over Collective Bargaining Positions
By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writer

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds found himself in hot water with two organizations representing state public safety employees Tuesday after he gave the groups differing answers about whether he supports collective bargaining for law enforcement personnel.

Deeds told the Fraternal Order of Police of Virginia in writing that he supports a bill pending before Congress that includes a so-called "meet and confer" provision that would allow public safety employees to send a representative to negotiate wages with local police and sheriff's departments.

"I am a strong supporter of collective bargaining rights for public safety employees," he wrote in a questionnaire he returned to the group at the beginning of August.

But the Deeds campaign now says the questionnaire was filled out incorrectly by a staff member. The senator told members of the Virginia Sheriffs' Association Monday that he does not support collective bargaining, association executive director John Jones said.

The association members "didn't know what to think, to tell you the truth," Jones said. [link]
So Deeds is on record as both supporting and opposing collective bargaining.

"The association members 'didn't know what to think.'" Well, welcome to Creigh Deeds' world, brutha. He doesn't either.

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Ken Shepherd at NewsBusters makes note of the fact that this story in yesterday's Washington Post was buried so deep inside its daily rag - page 4 of the Metro section! - that you needed a miner's hard hat and gas lamp to find it:

As we've documented, the Washington Post has done its best to drag down [Republican challenger Bob] McDonnell's numbers and boost Deeds, namely by trumpeting a decades-old graduate thesis and hyping it as a potential game-changer in the race.

But today, when it came to a big snag in his campaign, the Post reported but buried an article that cast the Deeds campaign in a decidedly unfavorable light.

It seems the Deeds gubernatorial campaign told two different law enforcement interest groups two conflicting positions on collective bargaining. Yet in reporting the story, the Post placed Rosalind S. Helderman's article on page 4 of the Metro section rather than page A1 or even the front page, page B1, of the Metro section.

This is so against the rules of journalism. Shamefully so.

The Truth Comes Out

Congressman Rick Boucher on the cost to the average consumer of his climate bill:

"The cost of the entire measure for typical Americans is less than the cost of a postage stamp a day ..." [source]

It turns out, after exhaustive study, that he's right. Just a postage stamp a day.

* If you shell out $4.82 for your stamps. Each.

* If you buy a $4.82 stamp every day of the year.
Obama Admin: Cap And Trade Could Cost Families $1,761 A Year
By Declan McCullagh, CBS News

The Obama administration has privately concluded that a cap and trade law would cost American taxpayers up to $200 billion a year, the equivalent of hiking personal income taxes by about 15 percent.

A previously unreleased analysis prepared by the U.S. Department of Treasury says the total in new taxes would be between $100 billion to $200 billion a year. At the upper end of the administration's estimate, the cost per American household would be an extra $1,761 a year. [link]
Now, I know that $1,761 is chicken feed to a rich Washington D.C. resident like Rick Boucher. But to those of us here in the real world who avoid the BP station because the Go Mart one mile away is 2¢ cheaper on a gallon of gas, that's huge money.


And, after the first year, climbing.

Look, I want to save the planet as much as the next guy. After all, I've got little Chase, Kaid, and Jayla to think about. I want them to have a future. But declaring bankruptcy after having paid the government to try to reduce the global atmospheric temperature by an unmeasurable 0.2° C. seems a bit much. Especially since China and India are doing their level best to raise the temperature by the same amount. Especially since the planet is no longer even warming.

$1,761. I could buy a lot of Sonic hot dogs with that.

And a whole mountain of postage stamps.

Where Do They Go To Get Their Reputations Back?

As you may know, I've stated in the past that, when it comes to the publication of arrest information by the authorities, my position is to the left of the ACLU. Peoples' names are dragged through the mud before they've even been given a chance to be acquitted of charges in a court of law when those names are released to the press at time of arrest (or earlier). If you agree that the public shaming of a person is a powerful form of punishment, than you have to agree with me.

An arrested person's identity should not be revealed by the police until that person has been given his or her day in court. It's the right thing to do.

Case in point, three recent headlines:

4 men arrested in alleged Hofstra rape

Hofstra Rape Suspects Stole Vic's Phone as a Trap: Cops

Hofstra Students Hear of Campus Gang Rape Via TV, Not School

Oh, a fourth. One that might have a measurable impact on the first three:

Hofstra Rape: Student Lied About Incident: District Attorney

One can't blame the police for arresting and jailing the four accused rapists (for three days). That's their job. But one can certainly blame them for releasing the names of the accused. All of whom were innocent of the charges filed.

All the world now knows their names. Many will remember what they were accused of doing. How many will remember that it was all one big lie?

This isn't right.

'Climate Scientist,' a Definition:

A person who had difficulty with those McDonald's cash registers that picture burgers and fries on their keys and had to settle for "global warming researcher" instead.

Good grief:
Global Warming Could Cool N. America in a Few Decades?
Kate Ravilious, for National Geographic News

Global warming could actually chill down North America within just a few decades, according to a new study that says a sudden cooling event gripped the region about 8,300 years ago.

Analysis of ancient moss from Newfoundland, Canada, links an injection of freshwater from a burst glacial lake to a rapid drop in air temperatures by a few degrees Celsius along North America's East Coast.

This event created a colder year-round climate with a much shorter growing season for about 150 years, from northern Canada to what is now Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

In a worst-case scenario, the authors say, a sudden melt could trigger another regional cooling event—although other experts say today's extreme, human-driven warming might cancel out any strong cooling effect. [link]
"... the authors say ... although other experts say ..."

Here's what I think. These McDonald's rejects - "experts" - haven't the first clue as to what they're talking about.

Global warming will cause global cooling. For the love of God.

They're Only Digging Deeper

This was so easy when all Obama had to do was make wild, unsubstantiated, unsupportable promises.

Health car for everyone.

Lower costs for everyone.

Better coverage for everyone.

No rationing.

No deficits.

No cut-backs.

No one left behind.

No problem.

If only the campaign had never ended ...
Public Option Lite
The Baucus plan would make insurance even more expensive.
Wall Street Journal editorial

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus finally unveiled his health-care plan yesterday to a chorus of bipartisan jeers. The reaction is surprising given that President Obama all but endorsed the outlines of the Baucus plan last week. But the hoots are only going to grow louder as more people read what he's actually proposing.

Everyone would be forced to buy ... government-approved policies, whether or not they suit their needs or budget. Families would face tax penalties as high as $3,800 a year for not complying, singles $950.

The political irony here is rich. If liberal health-care reform is going to make people better off, why does it require "a very harsh, stiff penalty" to make everyone buy it? That's what Senator Obama called it in his Presidential campaign when he opposed the individual mandate supported by Hillary Clinton. He correctly argued then that many people were uninsured not because they didn't want coverage but because it was too expensive.

And the Baucus-Obama plan will only make insurance even more expensive. [link]
Which Obama to believe? Campaign Obama or President Obama?

I choose Campaign Obama. Health care reform was a real possibility back when there was no reality to get in the way of reform.

She's No Better Than The Rest

Well, I still would have enjoyed seeing pictures of her in those cute lace hiphuggers.

But now, not so much:
Sen. Jello-brand
New York Post editorial

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's metamorphosis is complete: Goodbye, House moderate; hello, leftist Senate radical.

In Monday's Senate vote to strip federal grants from ACORN, Gillibrand was one of just seven members to back continued funding. She even broke with her New York patron, Chuck Schumer.

Yes, Gillibrand said certain ACORN employees' actions were "reprehensible" and called for "a full investigation."

But, the rookie senator, tapped by a clueless Gov. Paterson, nonetheless insisted that "thousands of New York families who are facing foreclosure depend on charitable organizations like ACORN for assistance."

Yeah, we know -- and Mussolini made the trains run on time . . . [link]
ACORN, by anyone's definition, is a criminal organization.

And this once-conservative American is now its biggest cheerleader.

What is it about Washington that turns good people into ... Democrats?

How To Judge an Editorialist's IQ

If he/she is an unwavering supporter of the 1st Amendment and is, at the same time, unwavering in his/her opposition to the 1st Amendment, you know you're not dealing with the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.

And so we have the New York Times ...

Tune In & Learn

John Stossel tells us why he's leaving his comfy gig with the mainstream press and moving to that racist and neanderthal cable channel Fox News:
In my new job, I want to dig into the meaning of the words "liberty" and "limited government." For many years, through Republican and Democratic administrations, we have been losing something vital in America: the commitment to individual liberty and the understanding that as government grows, liberty shrinks.

Fox offers me more airtime and a new challenge. I'm still thinking about what I will do with my own show. Economic analyses of the latest screwball ideas in Washington -- certainly. I also want to undertake exercises in understanding libertarianism, the philosophy of freedom, which used to be called "liberalism."[link]

If Stossel makes his show on Fox as entertaining and informative as the one he put together for ABC News, it should be well worth watching.

Save this to the memory banks.

Quote of the Day

Glenn Reynolds:

"OH, GOODY: Barack Obama surrenders to Russia on Missile Defence. It really is like Jimmy Carter all over again. Well, actually that’s looking like a best-case scenario these days . . . ."

Don't get me started on Jimmy Carter.