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Friday, October 23, 2009

Vote Accordingly

The laughably liberal Roanoke Times this morning predictably endorses the candidacies of three very weak and inexperienced - but equally liberal - Democrats for delegate seats in the upcoming election.

In the 8th District here.

In the 7th and 12 Districts here.

As with the case of their previous endorsements of an inexperienced retired dentist (here), and a political lightweight (here), Democrats all, expect every one of these wannabes to go down in flames come November 3.

Here's a bit of advice for you political strategists and handlers: Do your best to avoid The Roanoke Times Political Endorsement.  Otherwise known as The Kiss Of Death.

And He's Revered By Millions

Nobel economics winner Paul Krugman argues in the New York Times this morning that China's weak currency is bad.

Nobel economics winner Paul Krugman argues in the New York Times this morning that America's weak currency is good.

Did I mention that he won a Nobel in economics?

Did I mention that he writes for the New York Times?

Callin' The Weasels Out

The Washington Post has a reputation of being a principled newspaper.  If the principle serves.  If the principle is dragged out principally for the purpose of getting liberals elected to public office.

And then there are those occasions where principle is left on the shelf and gutter politics takes over:
The Political Establishment v. Ken Cuccinelli
By Richard Viguerie and Mark Fitzgibbons, writying in The American Thinker

Predictably, The Washington Post, the Washington establishment's newspaper of record, endorsed the Democratic candidate for Virginia Attorney General in the upcoming November 3rd election. Despite previously praising Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate, for his principled independence even from his own party, The Post worries that Ken Cuccinelli "would treat the job of attorney general as an ideological crusade."

WaPo wouldn't object, however, if the AG candidate were a liberal crusader. You see, it has been Democratic attorneys general who redefined, and many say, abused, their positions as chief legal officers of their respective states for ideological -- indeed highly partisan -- purposes. WaPo has always seemed to like, if not outright support, liberal AG crusaders. [link]
Odd how those lofty principles ebb and flow depending on party affiliation.

Odd indeed.

That's Why It's Still Called Evolution 'Theory'

First we get a report that it's the missing evolutionary link.  Then we find out it's not:

Be skeptical of religion if you choose.

But I wouldn't bet the farm on conclusions jumped to by the Darwin crowd either.

Case in point ...

Orwell Winces

The United States Senate yesterday approved broadened thought-crime legislation.

And, naturally, both of our liberal Democrat senators here in Virginia voted in favor.

What will they have to say when liberal thoughts are deemed to be hate?

I Wonder What Really Happened

The company line: The pilots were "distracted."

Distracted.  Sure.

Headline of the Day

It don't get better than this:


They Rule The World

In more ways than one. Not only do they now amass a growing pile of the world's wealth but the Chinese, to their credit, haven't lost the meaning of the word "science."

"[I]t is high time to reconsider the trend of global climate change."

It's amazing how actual data can dispel myths and associated computer models.

Here's to the Chinese. May they have mercy on us when they take full control.

(* They can do with Al Gore whatever they wish.)

I Predicted This

And I did it long before our (half) black president was elected and at a time when all the usual suspects were pontificating dreamily about a post-racial America:

I've been branded a racist by the way. On numerous occasions.  For pleading for the racism that is being promoted by the likes of Jackson, Farrakhan, Sharpton, and Jeremiah Wright to just go away and leave me alone. And for opposing our (half) white president's radical socialist policies.

For wanting all this skin color bullshit to just die.

Whatever. It - RACIST! - loses its sting after about the four-thousandth time.

At some point it becomes a badge of honor.

'I'd Rather Open a Vein than Vote For Mc ...'

Ah, the fond memories of elections past.

This, our guy, is still there to totally befuddle:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who voted for the bill despite reservations about the F-35 engine and other reasons, said he thinks the alternate engine money “harms” the overall program.

“If I were the president, I’d veto it,” said Obama’s Republican opponent in the last presidential election. [source]
I voted for it.  I hope it's vetoed.

My God.

Quote of the Day

From James Taranto:

"Under every plausible analysis, it seems, ObamaCare will deliver lower-quality care at higher prices, increasing the federal debt while reducing Americans' freedom. Why are they so determined to do this to us?"

"Why Are We Doing This Again?" "Best of the Web Today," October 22, 2009

On Obama's Incessant Whining

The refrain: "It's all Bush's fault!"

Peggy Noonan:
But the point on the We Inherited a Terrible Situation and It's Not Our Fault argument is, again, that it is worse than unbecoming. It is unpersuasive.

How do we know this? Through the polls. In all of the major surveys, the president's popularity has gone down the past few months. A Gallup Daily Tracking Poll out this week reported Mr. Obama's job approval dropped nine points during the third quarter of this year, that is between July 1 and Sept. 30, when it fell from 62% to 53%. It was the biggest such drop Gallup has ever measured for an elected president during the same period of his term. A Fox News poll out Thursday showed support for the president's policies falling below 50% for the first time. Ominously for him, independents are peeling off. In 2006 and 2008 independents looked like Democrat. They were angry and frustrated by the wars, they sought to rebuke the Bush White House. Now those independents look like Republicans. They worry about joblessness, debts and deficits.

The problem isn't his personality, it's his policies. His problem isn't what George W. Bush left but what he himself has done. It is a problem of political judgement, of putting forward bills that were deeply flawed or off-point. Bailouts, the stimulus package, cap-and-trade; turning to health care at the exact moment in history when his countrymen were turning their concerns to the economy, joblessness, debt and deficits—all of these reflect a misreading of the political terrain. They are matters of political judgment, not personality.

In this atmosphere, with these dynamics, Mr. Obama's excuse-begging and defensiveness won't work.

Everyone knows he was handed horror. They want him to fix it.
Or, better yet, get out of the way and let those of us who have always fixed it fix it.

57% Of Us Are Idiots

But at least that's down from 71% eighteen months ago:
Fewer Americans See Solid Evidence of Global Warming
The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

There has been a sharp decline over the past year in the percentage of Americans who say there is solid evidence that global temperatures are rising. And fewer also see global warming as a very serious problem – 35% say that today, down from 44% in April 2008.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 4 among 1,500 adults reached on cell phones and landlines, finds that 57% think there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades. In April 2008, 71% said there was solid evidence of rising global temperatures. [link]
Here's the way I read that: With each passing day there are more smart people being born and more stupid people dying off.

Give it a few more years ...

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Additional analysis can be found here.  Most striking:

"The survey [the same Pew Research study] also points to a decline in the proportion of Americans who say global temperatures are rising as a result of human activity. Just 36% say that currently, down from 47% last year."

A drop of eleven points in one year.  Astounding.

Graph courtesy of the Pew Center.

A New Monicker Is Born

Use it liberally:


Someone said it wasn't supposed to be this way.