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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Creigh, It Ain't Workin', Dude

I know you and your liberal friends thought dredging up a quarter-century-old thesis written by your opponent and using it (oh, wait, I forgot to include the geniuses at the Washington Post ...) to make him out to be some kind of neanderthal was a really swell idea, but one problem was always going to be in the way of your effort.

Bob McDonnell.

He just doesn't fit the mold.  He's a nice guy who commands - and liberally bestows - respect.

Anyway, here's what you've been able to do for yourself with all your hard work.  Hope you didn't pay for the advice:
News7 Poll: Republicans hold comfortable leads in statewide contests

According to a new News7 SurveyUSA poll, if the governor's election was held today, Republican Bob McDonnell would easily win the race over Democrat Creigh Deeds.

It shows McDonnell with a 59 percent to 40 percent lead over Deeds.

When it comes to the race for lieutenant governor, the poll shows Republican Bill Bolling would defeat Jody Wagner by taking 56 percent of the vote to Wagner's 42 percent. [link]
Oh, I should add this:
Virginia will also elect an attorney general. If the election for attorney general were today, would you vote for... (candidate names rotated) Republican Ken Cuccinelli? Or Democrat Steve Shannon?

56% Cuccinelli (R)
41% Shannon (D)
2% Undecided
Keep at it, Creigh, and you can get those favorability numbers down where Obama's are.

Oh, wait. Didn't I read that Mr. Wonderful himself is coming to campaign for you?

My advice? Cancel the event. Before you reach single digits.

And instead adopt James Webb's winning campaign slogan: Out of Iraq and into Afghanistan!

Yeah, that's the ticket.

Judge a Woman By The Friends She Keeps

The radically liberal Roanoke Times endorses the candidacy of retired dentist Carole Pratt this morning for the 6th House District.

I can't think of a better reason to vote for reliably conservative Anne B. Crockett-Stark.

A Portent

This can't be good.  A few weeks before the election and Creigh Deeds is still trying to secure his base?

It's not too late to pull the stunt that the Democrats in New Jersey pulled several years ago.  They could simply yank his candidacy and substitute someone with a better chance of winning (primary votes be damned).  Terry McAuliffe is available.  And is reportedly loved by the base.

Don't let the fact that everyone else in the commonwealth despises the man.  Virginia is now a blue state, right?



You folks over in Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties might be interested in the latest findings out of Washington regarding that climate bill that Congressman Rick Boucher enthusiastically endorsed when he voted for it.

Remember this headline?

Well, a study has been conducted, the conclusions from which are no surprise to anyone (including Boucher, I'd bet; he was just covering his ass with his promotion of the bill).

But you people in the coalfields need to know this. After all, he's your guy. He gets massive support in election after election from over your way. You UMW members just love him, from what I hear.

Here's what your guy has done to you:
Economist says fossil-fuel jobs are on the line
By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Houston Chronicle

Washington — Although nationwide employment is likely to remain stable under congressional proposals to combat climate change, the initiatives would deal a heavy blow to those working for petroleum refiners and other industries tied to polluting fossil fuels, a government economist said Wednesday.

Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change would “shift production, investment and employment away from industries involved in the production of carbon-based energy and energy-intensive goods and services.”

“The shifts will be significant,” Elmendorf added. “There will be reductions in employment in industries that produce fossil fuels, that use fossil fuels intensively or that make products” used by households reliant on a lot of fossil fuel.

According to a Congressional Budget Office analysis, the industries poised to “suffer significant employment losses” under the climate change proposals include petroleum refiners, coal miners, crude oil developers and natural gas producers. [link] [my emphasis]
"Significant employment losses."

Again,  Boucher voted AYE.

Lest you forget, the man who has vowed to bankrupt the coal industry had this to say about your/our congressman:

I love Rick Boucher.”

It's not hard to understand why.

Uh Oh

Even the New York Times is starting to wonder if our commander-in-chief is in command of his faculties:
As the Commander in Chief Deliberates, Frustration Builds Within the Ranks
By Elisabeth Bumiller

Washington — Only nine months ago, the Pentagon pronounced itself reassured by the early steps of a new commander in chief. President Obama was moving slowly on an American withdrawal from Iraq, had retained former President George W. Bush’s defense secretary and, in a gesture much noticed, had executed his first military salute with crisp precision.

But now, after nearly a month of deliberations by Mr. Obama over whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan, frustrations and anxiety are on the rise within the military.

A number of active duty and retired senior officers say there is concern that the president is moving too slowly, is revisiting a war strategy he announced in March and is unduly influenced by political advisers in the Situation Room. [link]
You may remember the great fanfare that accompanied Obama's war strategy announcement back in March.  Obama then:
"Many people in the United States and many in partner country that have sacrifices so much have a simple question. What is our purpose in Afghanistan? Of so many years, they ask why do our men and women still fight and die there? They deserve a straightforward answer.

"So let me be clear."
That was just this past March.

So much for clear.  So much for straightforward.

Months later he's tossed aside every pronouncement he made and is formulating a new strategy, one that one can assume is as straightforward and clear.

Even his butt buddies at the New York Times are wondering what's going on.

This is no way to fight a war, kid. 

There's a Future For This Gal ...

... in the Democratic Party.

As it stands, though, Dede Scozzafava is a Republican running for an open congressional seat in New York.

A rather revealing story:
Scozzafava Calls the Cops
By John McCormack, Weekly Standard

Tonight, Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate for the November 3 special election in the 23rd congressional district, spoke to about 100 Republicans at the Lewis County GOP dinner at the Elks Lodge 1605. After a dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, Scozzafava fended off criticism that she wasn't as conservative as third-party candidate Doug Hoffman and urged her supporters to vote for her in order to keep her Democratic opponent Bill Owens from serving as a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama's agenda in Washington. It was a fairly typical evening--until the speech ended and someone with Scozzafava's campaign called the police. On me.

after the dinner, I asked Assemblywoman Scozzafava if she supports card check. "Yes, yes I do," she replied.

At that point someone from her campaign placed himself between Scozzafava and me and told me I should direct all my inquires to the campaign's spokesman. I nonetheless asked Scozzafava if her signing of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to vote to raise taxes means she would oppose any health care bill that raises taxes. "What kind of taxes?" she replied. Then another couple of gentlemen interposed themselves between Scozzafava and me as Scozzafava headed for the door.

I spotted Scozzafava later as she was walking to the parking lot, and asked her: " Assemblywoman, do you believe that the health-care bill should exclude coverage for abortion?" She didn't reply. I asked her twice more. Silence.

After she got into her car, I went to my car and fired up my laptop to report the evening's events.

Minutes later a police car drove into the parking lot with its lights flashing. [link]
I don't know.  Is calling the police on a member of the press a good idea?

Guess we'll soon find out

The Pressing Issues Of Our Day

Has Mr. Decisive decided whether or not he wants to fight the war on terror in Afghanistan yet?  I think the troops there would like to know.

Some things are just more important, I guess.

Said The Master At Press Manipulation

"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play."
 -- Joseph Goebbels 
Brit Hume:
"So the president's aides appear on other news channels to say that Fox, unlike those outlets, is really not a news organization but an arm of the Republican Party. One wonders how our colleagues at CNN and elsewhere like being patted on the head and given the seal of approval by the White House. These outlets already stand accused of being in the tank for Mr. Obama. Do they really want to open themselves up to more such criticism by ignoring legitimate stories because they originate here?" [link]
Do they?  I think we all know the answer to that.

And Rule The World They Shall

The entrepreneurial spirit lives!

Just not around here.
Howard Roark in New Delhi
The surprising popularity of a libertarian hero in India.
By Jennifer Burns, Foreign Policy

Perhaps more surprising is the Ayn Rand boom that is building in another mass democracy: India.

Not only do Indians perform more Google searches for Rand than citizens of any country in the world except the United States, but Penguin Books India has sold an impressive number of copies -- as many as 50,000 of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead each since 2005, a number comparable to sales there by global best-seller John Grisham. And that's not counting the ubiquitous pirated copies of her works that are hawked at rickety street stalls, sidewalk piles, and bus stations -- an honor that Rand, a fierce defender of intellectual property rights, probably would not have appreciated.

As modern India continues to undergo seismic economic and cultural shifts, not to mention the current global recession, Rand is emerging as a touchstone for a new generation. For many Indians, she is a tonic of modernization, helping to inspire a break with India's collectivist, socialist past. Rand's mixture of capitalist boosterism and self-empowerment is an irresistible combination for a range of Indians, from think-tankers to corporate barons to pop stars.

Rand's celebration of independence and personal autonomy has proven to be powerfully subversive in a culture that places great emphasis on conforming to the dictates of family, religion, and tradition. [link]
I reread both The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged over the summer.  Though I consider Atlas Shrugged to be the far better - and more entertaining - novel, The Fountainhead probably holds more closely to the America we live in today.  How many Ellsworth Monkton Tooheys do I see on television each day?  How many seemingly sane people groveling at their feet?

But where are the Howard Roarks, the uncompromising, unconventional protagonist who strives for personal success?  Rush Limbaugh comes to mind.  And, as was the case with Roark, the Tooheys of the world revile Rush.  In part because they fear his individualism.  It runs afoul of the collective.  And that cannot stand.

Anyway, it's good to see that Ayn Rand is catching on somewhere.  Someone has to pick up the torch and carry it aloft.  I wish it were someone in this country.  But Bangalore will do.

Good Advice

I remember trying to upgrade one of my laptops a while back from Windows 95 to Windows XP.  The upgrade executed properly.  But I never had complete and reliable functionality with it.  From the day of the upgrade, the machine had certain quirks.  Certain dead-ends.  Things that would make it lock up.

I won't be doing that again.

Some of you may remember a few months ago that I was out of the loop for a few days because my desk top PC's power supply went kaput.  When the repairman took a look at it, he reminded me that it was (already) five years old.  I told him that it was then time to get a new one as it's been my thinking that these infernal gadgets are pretty much disposable, with one lasting no longer than three years before obsolescence sets in.  He looked at me and said, "Actually it's more like 18 months."

18 months.

So it was time.

And speaking of upgrades vs. buying new machinery:
Windows 7? Don't Upgrade, Buy A New PC
By David Coursey, PC World

Here is the very best advice for Windows XP users considering an upgrade to Windows 7: Don't do it.

Windows 7's biggest failing is that upgrading from XP requires reinstalling applications and moving personal data around. And who looks forward to doing that?

There are good technical reasons why Microsoft chose this path. However, for average XP users and many businesses, such a difficult upgrade makes Windows 7 a non-starter. Users that are more proficient will make the upgrade at their own peril, just make sure you have application install disks handy.

Yes, you can upgrade from XP to Windows 7, but is it really worth it?

No! [link]
I know several people who have gone out and purchased new computers with Windows Vista in recent months and obtained coupons for a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it became available.  (They did it in part because they hated Windows Vista but needed a computer right away).

Now they may find that they should have waited on that purchase and gotten 7 factory installed.  Oh, well.

As for me, I hear a Toshiba Protege calling my name.

When Is The Globe Going To Warm?

Another in a long line of studies that refute the generally accepted belief that the planet is getting hotter:
Ice shelves stable over six years
By Christian Kerr, The Australian

Antarctic ice shelves are showing no sign of climate change, six years of unique research have shown.

Scientists from Western Australia's Curtin University of Technology are using acoustic sensors developed to support the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to listen for the sound of icebergs breaking away from the giant ice sheets of the south pole.

"More than six years of observation has not revealed any significant climatic trends," CUT associate professor Alexander Gavrilov said yesterday.

More than 100 signals from Antarctica are detected weekly by the Cape Leeuwin station. They are then transmitted to Geoscience Australia in Canberra.

"Six years of results is not long in the scheme of things, so we will keep watching," Dr Gavrilov said. [link]
One might come back and argue that a six year study hardly allows for enough time to elapse and enough data to be collected.  That when dealing with climate, decades of study are necessary.  And right one would be.

But if that's the case, then explain this:

[Prime Minister] Gordon Brown said negotiators had 50 days to save the world from global warming and break the "impasse".

50 days.  And, by God, not 51.

Good grief.