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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

And If You Believe That ...

... I've got a bridge in the Mojave Desert I want to sell you:
Tourism strides hold steady in Virginia
Bristol Herald Courier editorial

Despite the prolonged recession, Virginia’s tourism industry remains strong and continues to be one of the state’s largest industries. Figures for 2008 show tourism generated $19.2 billion in revenue, supported more than 210,000 jobs and provided nearly $1.3 billion in state and local tax revenue, according to the governor’s office.

Virginia benefits from travelers taking trips closer to home and the fact that Virginia is within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Virginia also expects to see a tourism boost in 2009, thanks to the 40th anniversary of its “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign, America’s longest running state tourism slogan. [link]
Give me a second. I just blew Wheaties out my nose.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation. That state-funded organization that is long on cheerleaders and devoid of statisticians. It raises its ugly head again.

Two points:

1) The smell test. Does it pass the test if all of America saw a serious reduction in automobile travel in the USA last year but the Virginia tourism industry didn't?

Nationally, highway travel was on the decline every month last year.

How fortunate we were to still maintain our tourist traffic.

If only ...

2) An amateur statistician of some repute convincingly refuted the VTC's statistical methodology a while back as it pertains to those "travelers taking trips closer to home." If I were to drive from my home in Bland to the Home Depot in Blacksburg to buy a Ryobi Speedload drill bit set, I'd be considered a tourist by VTC standards and criteria.

I'm not making that up.

See "Tourism' Ain't What It Used To Be."

See also "Drilling Down."

A question: When does promotion become propaganda?

Another: When does the Virginia Tourism Corporation get real?

And It's a Good Thing Too

The Republicans need all the help they can get:

White House Is Taking a More Aggressive Role in State Races

Bob McDonnell should invite Obama down here to campaign. His victory in November will be assured.

What Kind of Human Being ...?

She'll probably make a bundle on her book:

Abortion Addict Confesses 15 Procedures in 16 Years

There are no words to describe the depravity.

How Humiliating

George Bush may have scared the heck out of them but at least he got their attention and earned their respect.

This is getting embarrassing. Hot Air:

This would make me a believer in reincarnation if it weren't for the fact that Jimmy Carter is still with us.

With Shades of Marie Antoinette

Ten percent of America is out of work.

Seven million jobs have been lost in the last two years.

The United States of America will rack up a $1.4 trillion deficit this year alone.

The Chinese now own $7 trillion of the USA.

Our largest auto maker, once our largest corporation, went bankrupt three months ago.

94 banks have failed since the recession began.

The value of Americans' homes has dropped $5.4 trillion since 2007.

The average paycheck in this country has been reduced by 5.2%.

And we are subjected to this:
Hi-Ho, the Derry-O
By Dana Milbank, Washington Post

Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do?

Here's how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon:

The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.

Then, and only then, could Obama purchase her leafy greens. "Now it's time to buy some food," she told several hundred people who came to watch. "Let's shop!"[link]

I don't even know what organic Tuscan kale is.

But then I'm probably not supposed to.

* The print, Memorable Day at Versailles, October 5, 1789, can be seen here.

And While We're On The Subject ...

... of our exploding national debt:

The Senate votes to keep funding Jack Murtha's weekend landing strip

For the love of God.

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For the record, your two senators, Warner and Webb, voted to continue funding this airport that has 3 scheduled flights and that sees 30 passengers a day at the taxpayer expense of $100 per passenger per day. Murtha and staff being its primary customer base.

Facts Are Not Debatable

This should alarm those who put their faith in the "experts" who sold global warming theory.

Terri Jackson, Director, Independent Climate Research Group:
The four major global temperature-tracking outlets ... have released updated information showing 2007 global cooling, ranging from 0.65C to 0.75C, a value which is large enough to erase nearly all the global-warming recorded over the last 100 years. This occurred in a single year. [link] [my emphasis]
We are where we were. Nature is like that.

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* Go to Climate Realists for more info.

What? The Planet Isn't Warming?

So why all the frenzy and hair-pulling leading up to Copenhagen?

Well, it's going to be warming some day soon, you see ...
As U.N. Meets on Climate, Momentum Is Elusive
By Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times

The world leaders who are meeting at the United Nations to discuss climate change on Tuesday, are faced with an intricate challenge: building momentum for an international climate treaty at a time when global temperatures have been stable for a decade and may even drop in the next few years.

The plateau in temperatures has been seized upon by skeptics as evidence that the threat of global warming is overblown. And some climate experts worry that it could hamper treaty negotiations and slow the progress of legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.

Scientists say the last decade of climate stability ... is a result of ... [link]
STOP. Do we really want any more explanations from "scientists" as to why the past wasn't what they told us it was going to be or predictions as to what the climate is going to be like someday? Haven't they embarrassed and discredited themselves enough? They made their predictions. Their predictions were dead wrong. They admit it. So now they have more predictions?

Give me a break.

You lost your chance. You blew your credibility. I now put you guys in the same category with the tea leaf readers and eye-of-newt, toe-of-frog, wing-of-bat prognosticators.

So go away and find some sucker who still believes the bullshit you sell. I hear Al Gore is still an easy mark. Go peddle it to him.

Joe Wilson, The Adjective

I like it:

Associated Press goes Joe Wilson on President Obama

You may be interested in knowing that it has to do with Obama's "It's not a tax" lie. But the Associated Press does it ... civilly, of course.

It Wasn't Supposed To Be Like This

To renew American leadership in the world, I intend to rebuild the alliances, partnerships, and
institutions necessary to confront common threats and enhance common security."
-- Presidential candidate Barack Obama, August, 2007

Remember all the criticism the mainstream press dished out just months ago of George Bush's "go it alone" strategy that had alienated our European allies? Well, that was like a family reunion compared to this:
US-EU rift clouds climate summit
By Fiona Harvey, Joshua Chaffin, and Edward Luce, Financial Times

A growing rift between the US and Europe is overshadowing Tuesday’s United Nations climate change summit in New York, further damping hopes for a breakthrough at the Copenhagen talks in December.

Connie Hedegaard, the Danish environment minister, lowered expectations, saying: “Things are looking difficult and too slow, that is the fact.”

The downgrading of expectations comes as relations between the US and Europe, which started the year of talks as allies, near breakdown.

In Brussels, European Union officials have grown increasingly frustrated at the US stance, saying it has fallen short on both its level of ambition to reduce emissions and on offering aid to developing nations.

“So far, we thought the basic problem was the Chinese and the Indians. But now I think the problem appears to lie most clearly with the US,” a European Commission official said. Talks were “not going well”. [link]
(A side note: Boo freaking hoo)

NBC, CBS, CNN, and ABC advised us back in January that this president was going to unite the allies - nay, the entire world! - like it hadn't been since ... the last Democrat was in power! Now look at things.

Oh, and here's the best part:

"European officials say the Obama administration lacks focus because its top talent is wrapped up in the all-consuming debate over healthcare."*

And that - along with our relations with our European allies - is in the toilet too.

"Hope and change." I hope you're enjoying the change.

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* America's "top talent" is wrapped up in health care? That doesn't speak well of Hillary, does it?