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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Are They Just Ignorant?


Or shrewdly deceiving.

You decide.

Both the editorial page of the New York Times and that of the Roanoke Times this morning make the same argument about government funding of abortions.  Both support the idea (duh).  Both want us to believe that Republican efforts to block government funding of abortions is somehow getting between the doctor and the patient. 

Say what?

How does government funding - or the prohibition thereof - intrude on that relationship?  Will abortionists be prohibited from talking to those who seek abortions?  Will Planned Parenthood not continue to open its doors wide to every minority it can get its hands - and knives - on?

It's a silly notion, since the killing of little children will continue in this country regardless what happens with ObamaCare.

Why make such a preposterous argument?

Could it be that it's the only argument - misguided as it is - that they have to make?

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* The Roanoke Times editorial team should have the decency to declare a glaring conflict of interest in this matter, as the paper's publisher happens to also be on the board of the area's biggest abortion provider.

The Boucher Bill Works Its Way Through The Senate

That would be the cap-and-tax bill that he endorsed before he disendorsed it.  The one that is going to devastate the coalfields if passed and signed into law by the president who has vowed to bankrupt the coal industry.

Here's the latest:
Investor's Business Daily editorial

The Senate has finally rolled out its long-awaited cap-and-trade bill to slash carbon dioxide. Looking at its draconian restrictions on the U.S. economy, it's hard to believe its supporters are serious.

The Boxer-Kerry bill isn't a whole lot different from the Waxman-Markey bill that was passed by the House of Representatives in June. And that's the problem.

Both bills provide for a "cap-and-trade" system to slash the use of fossil fuels and replace them with solar, wind and other "alternative" energy sources. The idea is to impose strict limits on the output of CO2, a supposed cause of global warming.

If this sounds like a good idea, it isn't. It'll lead to massive new taxes, the demise of entire industries, the elimination of millions of jobs and lost income for all. As the Heritage Foundation found when it ran the numbers on Waxman-Markey, the economic losses entailed in imposing cap-and-trade are enormous.

Over 23 years, a cap-and-trade plan would slash $9.4 trillion from GDP and kill 2.5 million jobs. It would hike gasoline prices by 58%, or $1.40 a gallon. Home electricity rates would soar 90%.

All told, cap-and-trade could cost families an added $1,761 a year in taxes. And no, that's not an estimate cooked up by anti-cap-and-trade activists. That's the White House's own estimate for the costs, which it tried to hush up. Taxpayers will have to pony up as much as $200 billion a year in new taxes, the equivalent of raising everyone's taxes by roughly 15%. [link]
And the coup de grĂ¢ce:

"Worst of all, neither the House's bill nor the Senate's will work."

What?  What kind of mindless idiots did we elect to run this country?

Where's Boucher?

It's time to let these bastards know who runs this democratic republic of ours:
E.P.A. Moves to Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions
By John M. Broder, New York Times

Washington — Unwilling to wait for Congress to act, the Obama administration announced on Wednesday that it was moving forward on new rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from hundreds of power plants and large industrial facilities.

President Obama has said that he prefers a comprehensive legislative approach to regulating emissions and stemming global warming, not a piecemeal application of rules, and that he is deeply committed to passage of a climate bill this year.

But he has authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to begin moving toward regulation, which could goad lawmakers into reaching an agreement. It could also provide evidence of the United States’ seriousness as negotiators prepare for United Nations talks in Copenhagen in December intended to produce an international agreement to combat global warming. [link]
Mr. Boucher can stop this.  Through legislation.  That's what he was sent to Congress by the people of Southwest Virginia to do, after all.

Does he have the gonads?  Does he even care?

Guess we're about to find out.

Earn your paycheck, pal.

Stop this.  NOW.

Another Union Throws Its Support To Deeds

Another reason to support Bob McDonnell.

If Only They Had Listened To Me

I remember arguing in some business class in graduate school that if General Motors was going to turn its flagging fortunes around (it was in its death slide already back then), it needed to shed some of its brands.  Instead it had done the opposite.  It had created another brand - Saturn - a decade before.

If it had still been on top of the world, it might have made sense to add another layer of redundancy to its already overreaching lines, but going all the way back to Ronald Reagan's days the Japanese had started to eat up market share, and GM didn't need to create a product whose primary competitor - another GM division, Chevrolet - was going to be harmed most by its introduction.

And then there was the whole brand confusion/diffusion issue.

Well, if only GM executives had listened to me  in 1996:
So Long, Saturn
By Joann Muller, Forbes

General Motors said Wednesday it would wind down its Saturn brand after Penske Automotive Group abruptly called off negotiations to buy the unit.

Penske pulled the plug because it couldn't secure future products for Saturn showrooms beyond 2011, when GM is scheduled to stop producing Saturns.

Although it had negotiated a supply agreement with another manufacturer, the deal was rejected by that manufacturer's board of directors, Penske said in a statement. "Without that agreement, the company has determined that the risks and uncertainties related to the availability of future products prohibit the company from moving forward with this transaction."

Penske did not identify the manufacturer, but press reports last spring said Penske was in talks with Renault subsidiary Renault Samsung Motors of Korea to bring small cars to the U.S. and rebrand them as Saturns. [link]
I never quite understood why GM was talking to Penske in the first place.  He simply wanted to be the distributor in the process (accounts of his wanting to buy Saturn were erroneous).  Distribution is the easy part.  Making cars at a profit was the hurdle.  Why would  Renault Samsung Motors need him at all?  The dealership network was already established in this country and the Renault-Nissan alliance could have easily addressed the distribution issues relating to shipping cars to the USA.

In any case, GM factories in this country that had been making the Saturn models were doomed when GM filed bankruptcy.  At best the Saturn was going to become a cheap foreign import.

Now 350 Saturn dealers are doomed as well.

With tens of thousands of Americans thrown out of work.

If only they had listened ...

The Trials & Tribulations Of Michelle Obama

As you may know, she and Oprah have jetted off to sunny, swingin' Denmark to try and lure the Olympics to Chicago.  How much blood they've shed in the process, how much suffering they've endured, how much torture they've been subjected to, the privations, the despair, the anguish, why, they must be more than a mere mortal can endure:

Michelle Obama:

"As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days, so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home."

Don't feel alone.  I haven't the first clue as to what she's talking about either.  Sacrifice?

I fear that if she were to bleach her hair blond, she'd risk being labeled the B word.

Keep it black, babe.  For God's sake, keep it black.

Quote of the Day

George Will on those who cling with religious fervor to the notion that the planet is warming, all evidence to the contrary be damned:
The [New York] Times says "a short-term trend [a decade-long cooling of the globe] gives ammunition to skeptics of climate change." Actually, what makes skeptics skeptical is the accumulating evidence that theories predicting catastrophe from man-made climate change are impervious to evidence. The theories are unfalsifiable, at least in the "short run." And the "short run" is defined as however many decades must pass until the evidence begins to fit the hypotheses.

Warnings about cataclysmic warming increase in stridency as evidence of warming becomes more elusive.

In March, seven months ago, [Prince Charles] said humanity had 100 months -- until July 2017 -- to prevent "catastrophic climate change and the unimaginable horrors that this would bring." Evidently humanity will prevent this.

[But ...]

Charles Moore of the Spectator notes that in July, the prince said that by 2050 the planet will be imperiled by the existence of 9 billion people, a large portion of them consuming as much as Western people now do. Environmental Cassandras must be careful with their predictions lest they commit what climate alarmists consider the unpardonable faux pas of denying that the world is coming to an end.
"Cooling Down the Cassandras," Washington Post, October 1, 2009

While The Tea Party Movement Springs From Grass Roots ...

... left-wing "movements" in this country are about as far from it as can be.

Take the anti-coal crowd here in Appalachia.  To them, it's just a day job:
Leftist foundations work against coal miners
By: Steven Allen Adams, OpEd Contributor, Washington Examiner

Coal mining in West Virginia provides more than 50 percent of the nation's electricity, but left-wing donors like the Tides Foundation and the Rockefeller Family Fund have funneled thousands of dollars to groups fighting construction of needed new coal-fired power plants and favoring cap-and trade limits on carbon dioxide emissions while showing little regard for coal miners' jobs.

Tides donated $138,000 to West Virginia groups between 2008 and 2004, $40,000 of which went to Appalachian Voices, a North Carolina-based activist group that protests mountaintop removal in West Virginia and other Appalachian states. Another $15,000 was given to Coal River Mountain Watch, a West Virginia-based group which also protests mountaintop removal.

Tides also uses the Appalachian Community Fund, based in Knoxville, Tenn, to fund anti-coal groups. The Appalachian Community Fund, from 2001 to 2007, gave $118,840 to West Virginia organizations. Another $37,645 went to Coal River Mountain Watch and $26,227 to the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

These are small amounts compared to the $500,000 the Rockefeller Family Fund donated to anti-coal groups around the nation in 2007. Out of those funds, Appalachian Voices received $35,000 "to fight the development of new coal-fired power plants in Appalachia."

Founded in 1967, The Rockefeller Family Fund supports multiple left-wing issues. Justin and Emily Rockefeller, son and daughter-in-law, respectively, of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., are on the fund's board. Sen. Rockefeller also endorsed President Barack Obama against former Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Both the Rockefeller Family Foundation and Obama support a cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse emissions. Now these groups have an ally in the White House. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering suspending Arch Coal's mountaintop removal permit for their Spruce No. 1 mine, while Obama's Environment Protection Agency is holding 79 mountaintop removal permits for further review. [link]
This isn't to suggest that those long-haired, lice-infested college students who show up at Dominion Power sites each summer are being paid to protest.  They're simply young, stupid, and are easily led around.

But those fueling their fire are being paid handsomely to gather the young "skulls full of mush" and send them into harm's way.  For them it's a profession.

You might want to remember that next time you hear someone whine about how awful the rearranging of rocks and boulders to get at that precious coal (they call it mountaintop removal) is.  They don't whine, they don't get paid.

They've lost their minds

The globe is warming. We're all going to die! Yada. Yada. Yada.

Olympics-2016 Games could be the last, says Tokyo governor

Lunatics like this should never be given positions of authority.

In fact, they should be given a rubber room and a straitjacket.

This One Goes Out To Droobie

"Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them."
-- Author Unknown
Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election
Virginia Governor: McDonnell 51% Deeds 42%
Rasmussen Reports

Republican Robert F. McDonnell has bounced back to a nine-point lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds in the race to become Virginia’s next governor.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Virginia voters finds McDonnell attracting 51% of the vote while Deeds picks up 42%.

Over the past two weeks, McDonnell’s support has gone up three percentage points while Deeds has lost four points. After closing to essentially a toss-up in mid-September, the race is back to where it was in early September, when the GOP hopeful held a nine-point advantage.[link]
It was such a rush while it lasted, eh?

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By the way, I thought you'd know by now to never distrust me.

Media To Obama: How's That Jump Shot, Mr. President?

43 U.S. Troops Have Died in Afghanistan Since Gen. McChrystal Called for Reinforcements

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You Lie!

"You've heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion. Not true."
-- Barack Obama on August 19
Senators Turn Back Antiabortion Provision in Health Bill
By Greg Hitt, Wall Street Journal

Washington -- The Senate Finance Committee turned back Republican-led efforts to tighten abortion restrictions in health-overhaul legislation, and the Senate's top Democrat said he wants to bring a sweeping bill to the floor in two weeks.

"All I'm asking for is specific language in the bill," [Senator Orin] Hatch said. "Let's codify it."

The Hatch amendment failed 13-10 on a mostly party-line vote. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R., Maine) joined Democrats in opposing it, while Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota was the lone Democrat in favor.

The committee also rejected an amendment Mr. Hatch said was needed to ensure the government doesn't discriminate against health-care providers who refuse to perform abortion procedures for moral or religious reasons. [link]
"You've heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion. Not true."

Ignore the lies.  It means government funding of abortions.

Food For Thought

On Hollywood's shocking rescue attempt of Roman Polanski
Some sophisticrats are really desperate to appear cool by coming to the defense of a very talented artist: HuffPo writers are going all out to defend Roman Polanski.

That doesn’t surprise me. Appearing cool is of tremendous importance to the cultural elite. What surprises me is that all these sophisticrats know that the very talented man in question raped a 13-year old girl.

Strangely, Republican Congressman Mark Foley didn’t attract such sympathies on the HuffPo’s servers when he was caught IM’ing suggestive messages to a Congressional page. But unlike Foley, Polanski is not a Republican. He’s simply wanted in L.A. on a child rape charge conviction.
The Rhetorican,  "Some Are More Equal Than Others," September 30, 2009

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I have to tell you, I'm less interested in the fact that authorities are going to attempt to extradite Polanski back to the U.S. after all these years than I am in the reaction people on the left have had to his arrest.  From Whoopi Goldberg's idiotic explanation that Polanski's actions in drugging, sodomizing, and raping a child "wasn't rape-rape" to Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum suggesting that the little girl deserved what she got, to those 100 Hollywood big shots who think Polanski is the victim in this, I'm just stunned.

What planet do these people live on?

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By the way, Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum must feel like she's living in a hostile environment these days, what with her own employer offering up a scathing editorial this morning that butchers her (and the other apologists') rationalizations:
Roman Polanski's apologists -- as typified by the comments of Swiss filmmaker Otto Weisser, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, film and TV celebrity Whoopi Goldberg -- don't let basic facts, or even simple decency for that matter, get in the way of their defense of this notorious director. Ever since Mr. Polanski's arrest Saturday in Switzerland on a fugitive warrant in a case involving sex with a 13-year-old girl, a number of Hollywood luminaries -- Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, David Lynch, to name but a few -- are demanding his release. This follows the equally misguided defense of Mr. Polanski by European political and cultural authorities [one of the political authorities being married to Ms. Applebaum]. Thankfully, a backlash is developing, fueled by the public getting a clear understanding of Mr. Polanski's sordid crime and his cowardice in evading justice.

After that, I can only assume Anne Applebaum will tender her resignation.