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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Roanoke Times Endorses Another ... Oh, never mind

You know which party gets all their endorsements.

Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick ...

I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm’s way.”
-- Barack Obama to the troops yesterday.

Troops to Obama: We're in harm's way, man.  Where are you?

Headlines on Drudge this morning:

•  14 Americans Killed in Afghanistan ...
•  Obama plays more golf in 9 months than Bush did in nearly three years ...
•  Troops hope sacrifices not in vain ...
•  Morale dips ...
•  War fatalities leave Obama with dilemma ...

Some of this may be unfair.  Obama, after all, did respond quickly to one dilemma of his own making:


It's good to know that he can act decisively when he wants to.

Meanwhile ...


Someone should tell our golfer-in-chief.

Don Quixote Would be Proud

Carbon sequestration is one of the most promising new concepts for curbing carbon dioxide emissions. Sequestration holds potential for Virginia’s vast coal reserves to be used in an efficient and environmentally-sound manner well into the future.
-- Democratic Senator James Webb 
The Race Against Nothing
By Rob Smith, American Thinker

We have busied ourselves in a race between technology and nothing. Huge amounts of money and effort are being spent to develop an approach to address the hoax that is man-induced global warming, arguably the definition of nothing. While much of the world struggles with even the basics for life, sufficient food, shelter, clean water, and basic disease prevention, the "developed" world tilts at the windmill of nothingness.

Thoroughly discussed in the news is the fact that the world CO2 concentrations are still alleged to be elevated, although they are within historic levels, while the cooling trend continues daily, no correlation. Warming was modeled and predicted by the purveyors of man-induced global warming.

One of the many approaches to address the impending doom of naught is the cutting-edge technology of "let's just bury it" -- in this case, an aspect of carbon sequestration. Already a carbon sequestration technology is quite well established. This technology is the ongoing sequestration of carbon by plants, both living then dying, but this simply won't do. Capturing CO2 emissions and pumping them into the ground is gaining in popularity on the established plant technology as a mitigation measure for the terrible effects of nada.

Geologic sequestration of CO2 is a testimony to our lack of reality, humanistic vanity, and proportionality addressing the pressing problems facing our world today. Shall we spend our efforts wisely and maintain our own economic abundance so that we may help others and ourselves? We provide huge contributions throughout the world to assist poor nations to grow crops, access clean water, overcome diseases that are only history to us, respond to natural and man-made disasters, as examples. Or shall we deal with the nullity that is man-induced global warming, cripple ourselves and diminish our ability to help others? [link]
"Geologic sequestration of CO2 is a testimony to our lack of reality, humanistic vanity, and proportionality."  It's also a dodge.  Democrats here in Virginia want the environmentalists to believe they are doing something to combat the scourge of global warming while, at the same time, wanting voters in the coalfields to believe they are doing everything they can to protect their way of life.

So far, Webb and his ilk have been able to get away with it.

So far ...

It Comes To Pass

I don't feel sorry for them.  In fact, I feel only disgust for both.

West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller and Governor Joe Manchin.  Two Democrats who campaigned enthusiastically for the candidate of their party who vowed to bankrupt the leading industry in their state. 

Coal.

I do feel for the miners though.  They don't deserve this.

The latest on Obama's move to end life as they know it in the coalfields:
War On Coal
By Amanda Carpenter, Washington Times

While campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama said his cap-and-trade tax plans would "bankrupt" anyone building a coal-fired power plant. Although those taxes haven't materialized, the Environmental Protection Agency has put the brakes on 79 surface mining permits in four states since he was elected.

The EPA says these permits could violate the Clean Water Act and warrant "enhanced" review. But the agency went even further last week, announcing plans to revoke a permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia - a move that has caused anxiety among coal-state Democrats about the future of the industry under the Obama administration.


Although his favored cap-and-trade bill hasn't yet been passed, West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin III, who supported Mr. Obama's candidacy, called the EPA moves part of a stealth campaign to stifle the industry.

"Right now, my belief is that they're trying to kill off surface mining through regulation what they cannot get done through legislation," Mr. Manchin told MetroNews Talkline, a West Virginia call-in radio program, earlier this month. In West Virginia, 23 permits are being held up, with other affected states being Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat, who also backed the Obama presidential bid, is outraged that the EPA is revoking a permit in his state. "I am angry with the EPA's announcement that they will use veto power to revoke the authorized Spruce Mine permit in Logan," he said. "It is wrong and unfair for the EPA to change the rules for a permit that is already active."

The West Virginia-based Register Herald was equally harsh. "Coal is under attack by the Obama administration," an Oct. 4 editorial said. "And now, even those who supported the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 have come to that realization." [link]
"Have  come to the realization."  The baseball bat upside the head didn't get their attention (""So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them ...").  It took a knife plunging into their chest cavities to make them aware of what's going on.  Hey, this president is trying to harm us ...

The people of West Virginia deserve better than this.

You Know This Had To Hurt

With all the effort that the small people at the Washington Post put into getting Creigh Deeds elected governor this year, this is what they had to put to print yesterday:
McDonnell has double-digit lead in Va. governor's race, Post poll says
By Jon Cohen and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writers

Republican Robert F. McDonnell carries a double-digit lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds into the final week of the campaign for Virginia governor, according to a new Washington Post poll.

McDonnell is also buoyed by support outside of Northern Virginia, where he is currently outperforming all other top-of-the-ticket Republican candidates this decade. Statewide, McDonnell now leads Deeds among likely voters by a 55 to 44 percent margin. McDonnell, who narrowly defeated Deeds in the race for attorney general four years ago, has been above 50 percent in all four Post polls in the campaign. [link]
Time is drawing nigh ...