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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Any More 'Stimulus' & We're All Out of Work

$780,000,000,000 and this is what we have to show for it:

I blame Bush.

No, The Unitarians Weren't Involved

Though, when I read that the event was structured around something called "practical mysticism," I thought for sure the Unitarian Universalist Church had its hand in it:
For Some Seeking Rebirth, Sweat Lodge Was End
By John Dougherty, New York Times

Sedona, Ariz. — Midway through a two-hour sweat lodge ceremony intended to be a rebirthing experience, participants say, some people began to fall desperately ill from the heat, even as their leader, James Arthur Ray, a nationally known New Age guru, urged them to press on.

“There were people throwing up everywhere,” said Dr. Beverley Bunn, 43, an orthodontist from Texas, who said she struggled to remain conscious in the sweat lodge, a makeshift structure covered with blankets and plastic and heated with fiery rocks.

Dr. Bunn said Mr. Ray told the more than 50 people jammed into the small structure — people who had just completed a 36-hour “vision quest” in which they fasted alone in the desert — that vomiting “was good for you, that you are purging what your body doesn’t want, what it doesn’t need.” But by the end of the ordeal on Oct. 8, emergency crews had taken 21 people to hospitals. Three have since died. [link]
For those of you interested in finding spiritual enlightenment through projectile vomiting, uncontrolled bowel discharges, and passing out, call the New Age guru.  And be prepared to write a check in the amount of $9,695 for the opportunity.  James Arthur Ray doesn't guarantee you'll be enlightened but it's certain that your wallet will be.

Uh, en-lightened, that is.

If I Were Rick Boucher ...

... I'd be trying to change the subject too.

As you found out here the other day, the director of the Congressional Budget Office has determined that the "climate" legislation that our congressman, Rick Boucher (D-VA, 9), voted for and vowed to get passed and signed by Obama will cause significant losses in employment in the coal mining sector of the U.S. economy.

A significant loss of coal mining jobs.

With coal mining being the major industry in Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties.

With coal miners being Boucher's most loyal constituency here in the "Fightin' 9th."

Smooth move, slick.

So what does Boucher have to say, now that he's learned from the numbers crunchers that his bill is going to destroy the livelihoods of thousands of those who had looked to him for protection and support?
Loud TV ads prompt House measure  
By Rick Boucher, Ninth District Representative, writing in the Coalfield Progress

All of us have had the experience of enjoying a favorite program only to find ourselves scrambling to locate the remote control when at the commercial break the volume of the television seemingly doubles. For this reason, I am pleased to report that the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, of which I am chairman,  approved unanimously last week a measure to address a leading consumer complaint — the volume of advertisements on television.

The measure, entitled the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation or CALM Act, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules concerning the loudness levels of commercials accompanying any video programming that is broadcast or is distributed by cable or satellite.

To address this issue, we have worked with stakeholders to craft a measure that ... [blah blah blah] [link requires paid subscription]
The CALM Act.  Addressing one of the pressing issues of the day.  TV volume.

Good God.

Well, I've news for our illustrious Washington representative: You'll wish you could achieve CALM when half your constituents are thrown out of work, the direct result of actions you've taken to satisfy your wealthy environmentalist neighbors there in Washington.

CALM?  you don't know the meaning of the word.

Out Of The Past

Now, this is kinda cool:
Anchor on display Thursday

An anchor from the shipwreck believed to be Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, has been raised and can be viewed by the public [at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort] Thursday before conservation of the artifact begins.

The four-and-a half-foot grapnel, a small four-pronged anchor, has been resting loosely in the sand on the ocean’s bottom and was considered too vulnerable to leave exposed to possible storms until the full-scale expedition, state officials said.

A team of N.C. Department of Cultural Resources archaeologists and conservators raised the grapnel Wednesday from the QAR site off Beaufort and the public will have two opportunities Thursday to see it. [link]
Blackbeard.  After all these years.

The Plague

I was talking to a woman yesterday who said she was quitting her part-time job.  Why?  She's 62 years old and if she earned any more income this year, she'd lose her Social Security payments for the remainder of the year (if you don't know how that works, look it up).

So she's quitting. 

This isn't to fault her for her decision.  I might do the same thing if I were in her shoes.

What I found interesting is her exclamation that ended our conversation:

"If they'd pay me more I wouldn't have to work!"

"They" being the government.  "Pay" as in render compensation for.

She's owed.  Pay up.  So she doesn't have to work.

This from a seemingly intelligent, articulate, middle-class, middle-aged, married woman who, frankly, doesn't have to work.

May God help us.

Why The GOPers Are Seen As Democrat-Lite

Here I thought I might be interested in seeing this upstanding Republican become our next vice president.

Scratch one babe from the list:

Fiorina: Government has to regulate “wild west” Internet

Yeah. We need more government regulation. That's the ticket.

What I'm wondering though is why we need Republicans.

Any More Global Warming and ...

... we're all going to die from frostbite:

Don't fret. Conferees are meeting in Copenhagen in two months to end the scourge of global warming.

We're safe in their hands.

One of These Headlines Probably Speaks The Truth

And ...

Uhhhh ...

Before you comment, I will acknowledge that it's possible that both are accurate.  But does it pass the smell test?

Copenhagen Global Warming Treaty To Launch One-World Gov't?

When conferees sit down in December in Denmark to hammer out a new global warming treaty, there might be more to come out of it than a silly global warming treaty.  It might spell the beginning of the end for American sovereignty.

Britain's Lord Christopher Monckton:
How many of you think that the word election or democracy . . . or ballot occurs anywhere in the 200 pages of the treaty? Quite right it doesn’t appear once. So at last, the Communists [who] piled out of the Berlin Wall and into the environmental movement and took over Greenpeace so that my friends who founded it left. . . . Now the apotheosis is at hand. They are about to impose a Communist world government on the world. You have a President who has very strong sympathies with that point of view.
I, for one, came to the realization long ago that this "environmental" movement no longer has anything to do with "climate" and everything to do with the control of wealth and global means of production. 

Communism?  Call it what you will.

All I know is that some coal miner in Dickenson County, Virginia is soon to be thrown out of work because a bureaucrat in Brussels deems it necessary for global well-being.

Something is terribly wrong in all this.

Memo To Boards Of Directors:

Tell Obama to stick it up his ass.  You run the company.  Not him.

I'm inclined to suggest that there's not a court in the land that would back the government's intrusion into matters where it has no business.  But then that Sotomayor character now sits on the Supreme Court.  So it's anybody's guess what she and her loony friends will find hidden all these years in that thingie we call the Constitution.

Still ...