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Friday, October 16, 2009

Shut Up and Get a Job

This bullshit got old long ago.

From "Obama Meets Critics in New Orleans" in this morning's New York Times:
“Why is it four years after Katrina we’re still fighting for money to repair our devastated city?” asked Gabriel Bordenave, 29, a Loyola law school graduate. “I expected as much from the Bush administration. But why are we still being nickeled and dimed?”

The president, in a rare moment on the defensive in a format that is usually friendly to him, said many people in New Orleans were “understandably impatient” and said he had inherited a backlog of problems.

“These things were not all going to be fixed tomorrow,” Mr. Obama said. “So we are working as hard as we can, as quickly as we can.” He added, “I wish I could just write a check.”

When someone shouted, “Why not?” Mr. Obama replied, “There’s this whole thing about the Constitution.”

Actually, we have this "whole thing" called self-reliance.  A concept that fled New Orleans long ago.

Whether deserved or not, Katrina victims have received - thus far - tens of billions of dollars in government welfare.  And it continues to flow in.  Four years after Hurricane Katrina hit and rearranged the rubble that was called New Orleans.  Four years.

And these people still whine that we're not doing enough.

Their fifteen minutes of fame ended long ago.  As did sympathy for their plight.  So, to the people of New Orleans we say, "Shut up, grow up, and get up."

What Have You People Done?

Guess who Obama's mouthpiece in the White House, some twit named Anita Dunn, considers to be one of her two "favorite political philosophers."

Chairman Mao.

Here she is explaining herself, or at least attempting to (pay no attention to the weird, distracting tongue action):

Mao, for the uneducated, believed that "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." What was that about a "peace prize" again?

Then there's my favorite, one that probably explains Obama and friends:

"The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea."

How is his buddy Bill Ayres doing these days?

It's worth noting, by the way, that Anita Dunn's favorite philosopher also holds the distinction of being the "greatest" mass murderer in history.  In his time, he managed to have 49,000,000 to 78,000,000 of his countrymen and countrywomen slaughtered in the name of "cultural revolution."  The "Great Leap Forward."  Philosophies that this idiot apparently supports.

As for adapting Mao's philosophy to our way of life, is it too extreme to imagine a photo similar to this one that came out of China during the reign of Dunn's favorite philosopher to be depicting a Rush Limbaugh being shamed by a frenzied crowd of Obama supporters?

(The teacher in the photograph was reported to have been taken outside and executed after the demonstration ended.)

See "Lib Chris Matthews Fantasizes About Rush Limbaugh's Death By Explosion" before you dismiss the notion.

Anita Dunn.  Dangerous?  Naive?  Stupid? 

You decide.

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Update 1440 hours: Apparently I'm not the only person who noticed this woman's strange manner of delivery.  A commenter to Glenn Reynolds's "Instapundit":

Forget Mao. Why would you hire as a communications director a person who chews her tongue and smacks her lips like Gabby Hayes?

Too funny.  In a bizarre sort of way.

Hat tip to Ace of Spades
Photo courtesy of Indiana University.

Quote of the Day

"So the NFL won't allow the likes of Rush Limbaugh within its hallowed tent, but dog torturer Michael Vick is just fine.

"The message? Uttering opinions with which powerful activists like Al Sharpton disagree is worse than feloniously torturing animals."


Bankrupting The Coalfields

Well, he said he'd bankrupt the coal industry.  Looks like he meant it.

I was shocked to read in the Kingsport Times News an article about Congressman Boucher having to go before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to argue for keeping a modified version of the existing mining permit process in place.  See "Boucher proposes new surface mine permit process."  It was shocking, not because our elected representative found the need to go to the defense of his already beleaguered constituency over in Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties, but because the Corps of Engineers has announced its intention to make it virtually impossible for surface coal mining to continue in Appalachia.

I went to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website and learned the following (in a notification dated July 15:
USACE solicits public comment on Nationwide Permit 21

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it is soliciting public comments on two proposals related to the use of Nationwide Permit (NWP) 21 in the nation’s Appalachian region. NWP 21 authorizes discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States for surface coal mining activities.

The proposals would affect only the Appalachian region of the following states: Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The use of NWP 21 for surface coal mining activities in other regions of the country would not be affected.

The first proposal is to modify NWP 21 to prohibit its use in the Appalachian region. In the absence of NWP 21, an applicant would be required to obtain an individual permit for surface coal mining projects. An individual permit includes increased public and agency involvement in the permit review process, including an opportunity for public comment on individual projects.

The second proposal is to suspend NWP 21 while the Corps evaluates the comments received during the 30-day comment period, and while the Corps completes the process to modify NWP 21. If NWP 21 is suspended during this interim period, an applicant would be required to obtain an individual permit for surface coal mining projects.

The Corps’ decision to issue these proposals is a result of the interagency action plan agreed to on June 11, 2009, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Corps, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agencies agreed to work together to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of surface coal mining activities in the Appalachian region. [my emphasis]
So Obama's people have started applying pressure to the gatekeeper, the agency tasked with issuing permits for mining coal in the region.

And if he gets his way, this will certainly bankrupt the coal industry.  Because the permitting process is soon to become so burdensome that no company will go through the mindbogglingly tedious - and costly - process.

Thanks go out to Rick Boucher for trying to head off this disaster.

But one doesn't negotiate with a tiger by suggesting that it start by gnawing on the legs rather than the neck.

These people must be stopped.

We were forewarned that this was going to be Obama's plan for the industry.  Warned by Mr. Hope & Change himself:

Do the people trying to scratch out a living over in the coalfields deserve this?

Headline Of The Day

From Climate Depot:

Who needs computer models when you can just "predict" stuff?

When It's Okay To Slander a Fellow American

When the target is Rush Limbaugh:
The Rush Limbaugh media lynch mob
By Toby Harnden, London Telegraph

Which public figure can be quoted as having said something bigoted and disgusting and it doesn’t matter whether he did or not because he might have? Who can Big Media brand a racist without checking the facts? Who has to prove he did not say something racist, rather than the accuser proving he did?

A pat on the back for anyone who guessed the answer: Rush Limbaugh (OK, the blog headline was a clue). From CNN to MSNBC to ABC, it’s been put about that Limbaugh said this:

"I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."

It’s also been spread around that he said this, about the death of the man who assassinated Martin Luther King:

"You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honour? James Earl Ray. We miss you, James. Godspeed."

Trouble is, he didn’t say either of these outrageous things. And it wasn’t difficult to check, as protein wisdom shows here. They originated from, er, Wikipedia and Wikiquotes. Both quotes ended up in this book – a hit job that doesn’t cite any sources. They’re also included in this internet list posted a year ago and endlessly ripped off ever since.

The irony is, of course, that the people reporting this as fact are the same types who are always denouncing bloggers and the internet as forces of evil intent on destroying proper journalism – proper journalism being the kind that involves checking facts. In the case of Rush Limbaugh, however, it seems to be enough that the intention (i.e. to show the talk radio host is a racist) is considered pure.

Even those who have been primary movers in spreading these malicious falsehoods – which would lead to payouts of hundreds of thousands in British libel courts if lawsuits were ever filed there – are brazenly unapologetic.

Thus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell pens this column containing the slavery quote and then follows up with another column with a kind-of-sort-of-well-not-really-at-all mea culpa in which he states that the quote seemed “so in character with the many things that Limbaugh has said before that we didn’t verify it beyond the book”.

OK, so it sounded right and it was on the internet or in a book or something so it was fine to just go ahead and print it as stone-cold fact without any attribution? I wonder which journalism school teaches that?

As Mark Steyn points out, in this instance it’s for Limbaugh to prove the negative – an impossible task. And Dan Calebrese asks why if Limbaugh really is a racist then it takes bogus quotes to “prove” that he is?  [link]
They accept the bogus quotes because they want to believe them.  They hate him that much.

Hey, This Is Kinda Cool

I just hope the companies can do it profitably:

We've had our hopes dashed before. Remember all the hype about corn-based ethanol?

Right now it's estimated that a gallon of this stuff will cost about eight bucks. And that ain't gonna fly.

But over time ...

Buyin' 'Em Off

I have one question:

Where's he going to get the money?

Remember, It's Not About Discriminating Against Minorities

Only certain minorities.

In some cases, it's perfectly acceptable.

Just ask any Asian-American who's trying to get into college:
Asians may face tougher college admission process, study finds
By Melanie Jearlds, Daily Princetonian

Asian applicants may face discrimination in the admission process at many elite universities, according to data from a recent study conducted by sociology professor Thomas Espenshade, GS ’72.

According to the data, not all races are considered equal in the college admissions game. Of students applying to private colleges in 1997, African-American applicants with SAT scores of 1150 had the same chances of being accepted as white applicants with 1460s and Asian applicants with perfect 1600s. [link]
Two points:

1) We are indeed racists.  But not against blacks.  Only Asians (including Indians).  And Jews.  And somehow that's just fine.

2) The problem with affirmative action quotas?  Today it's Jews, Indians, Chinese, and Japanese.  Tomorrow it may be blacks (again) and Hispanics. It seems like the leaders in those communities would have a vested interest in knocking this practice down before it gobbles them up.  But they seem just fine with it.

They'll rue the day ...