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Friday, October 30, 2009

With Five Days To Go ...

... before the election, word has it that ...

... Anne B. Crockett-Stark is up by 11 points in her bid for reelection in the 6th House District.

Villagers never forget who was there to protect them when the wolves were at the door.

Question of the Day

Congressman Rick Boucher has made it known that he opposes the public option in health care legislation that is moving through Congress.  Now that Pelosi has rolled out, for full House consideration, a bill that includes the public option, will he oppose it, as his constituents demand?  Or will he do what he's always done - salute and do what he's told by his bosses in Washington?

Now would be a good time for Mr. Fightin' 9th to stand up for his real bosses.  Us.

When We Send Infants To Congress ...

... we get stories like this:

So, who's going to break this twit's heart and tell him that it takes something more than legislation to make it so.

How Do You Get Through To These People?

Frigid temperatures?  Unseasonably cold weather?

Why, it's global warming!

My God:
Sudden temperature drop jolts Mountain Province town
By Delmar CariƱo, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Sarah Umayat, medical technologist of the town's rural health center, was forced to bring a vaccine thermometer to find out of it could be used to gauge the temperature.

Umayat said she hoped the thermometer could give the accurate reading.

At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the temperature read at 13 degrees Celsius.

The sudden dip in temperature had surprised residents, she said. She noticed the change in temperature after Typhoon "Pepeng" struck the Cordillera's upland towns.

"Maybe this is another effect of climate change," she said. [link]
Now you know why those who are trying to foist this mindless idiocy onto a gullible and IQ-less public changed the terminology from "global warming" to "climate change."  The temperature fluctuations - even those that plunge downward - occur and the nitwits of the world will attribute them to global warming ___fill in the blank___.

Quote of the Day

From Daniel Henninger:
People thought something small, agile and smart was coming to government, but so far it's turning out to be just big-box politics.

The health-care bill is big, complex, incomprehensible and coercive—all the things people hate nowadays.
"People," of course, being those fools who thought "Hope" and "Change" were some kind of campaign platform.

While Fire Rains Down On Our Troops ...

... their commander-in-chief is out golfing.

Someone needs to get this guy by the collar and explain what it is the gig entails:
Beyond Dithering
Investor's Business Daily editorial

As the fire grows in Afghanistan and U.S. troops suffer their worst casualties since Fallujah, the commander in chief remains AWOL on his intentions, delaying the tough decisions. Is he opting for defeat?

Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal warned in August that time was short to win this war. Now October is ending as the deadliest month in the Afghan war. With 55 dead since August, McChrystal's warning now stings.

Even so, each day brings a new excuse from the White House for delaying a decision on troop reinforcements McChrystal has sought. The goal posts move almost daily. This isn't leadership. [link]
 Yesterday's excuse?  Obama wants a study done of Afghan village elders' capabilities and attitudes before he decides on a war strategy.

The cold, painful truth: Barack Obama hasn't the leadership capability to command a drive-thru at McDonald's.  The sooner everyone comes to grips with that fact, the quicker we end this nightmare.

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Charles Krauthammer:
It's as if Obama's presidency hasn't really started. He's still taking inventory of the Bush years. Just this Monday, he referred to "long years of drift" in Afghanistan in order to, I suppose, explain away his own, well, yearlong drift on Afghanistan.

This compulsion to attack his predecessor is as stale as it is unseemly. Obama was elected a year ago. He became commander in chief two months later. He then solemnly announced his own "comprehensive new strategy" for Afghanistan seven months ago. And it was not an off-the-cuff decision. "My administration has heard from our military commanders, as well as our diplomats," the president assured us. "We've consulted with the Afghan and Pakistani governments, with our partners and our NATO allies, and with other donors and international organizations" and "with members of Congress."

Obama is obviously unhappy with the path he himself chose in March. Fine. He has every right -- indeed, duty -- to reconsider. But what Obama is reacting to is the failure of his own strategy.  [my emphasis]
If it weren't tragic, it would be hilarious.

SW Virginia To Soon See Its First Tourist

With trumpets blaring:


'You Lied!'

Either that or Obama just doesn't have a clue as to what he's talking about.

Here's the report.  You decide.
Stimulus jobs overstated by thousands
By Brett J. Blackledge and Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press

Washington (AP) - An early progress report on President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan overstates by thousands the number of jobs created or saved through the stimulus program, a mistake that White House officials promise will be corrected in future reports.

The government's first accounting of jobs tied to the $787 billion stimulus program claimed more than 30,000 positions paid for with recovery money. But that figure is overstated by least 5,000 jobs, according to an Associated Press review of a sample of stimulus contracts.

The AP review found some counts were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of jobs; some jobs credited to the stimulus program were counted two and sometimes more than four times; and other jobs were credited to stimulus spending when none was produced.

For example:

- A company working with the Federal Communications Commission reported that stimulus money paid for 4,231 jobs, when about 1,000 were produced.

- A Georgia community college reported creating 280 jobs with recovery money, but none was created from stimulus spending.

- A Florida child care center said its stimulus money saved 129 jobs but used the money on raises for existing employees.

There's no evidence the White House sought to inflate job numbers in the report. But administration officials seized on the 30,000 figure as evidence that the stimulus program was on its way toward fulfilling the president's promise of creating or saving 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year. [link]
"There's no evidence the White House sought to inflate job numbers in the report."  There's no evidence that they have any credibility either.

Whether it's a matter of subterfuge or gross incompetence is of less importance than the fact that these people are simply not to be trusted.


The Die Is Cast

The Democrats will pay for their treachery and deceit. 

This from a Democratic political consultant:
Monday's big news that Harry Reid was opting for the public option in the Senate health care bill provided one of those rare clarifying moments in American politics that actually exceeded the hype it generated. In one fell (and potentially felling) swoop, the soft-spoken Senate Majority Leader gave Democrats sole ownership over the riskiest experiment in social policy since the New Deal, gave the kiss of death to Obama's still-born hope of a new post-partisan era and, most significantly, cemented the reactionary battle lines that will likely shape our national elections for years to come.
We brought this on ourselves by electing this pack of vermin.

We are the ones who will have to correct our error as well. 

Come election day ...

Don't Let Them Fool You

Next time you read a piece in the mainstream press that extols the virtues of that federal "Cash for Clunkers" program - how it did so much to spur car sales and kick-start a faltering economy - you might want to remember this - It did no such thing:
Clunkers: Taxpayers paid $24,000 per car
Auto sales analysts at Edmunds.com say the pricey program resulted in relatively few additional car sales.
By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney.com senior writer

New York (CNNMoney.com) -- A total of 690,000 new vehicles were sold under the Cash for Clunkers program last summer, but only 125,000 of those were vehicles that would not have been sold anyway, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the automotive Web site Edmunds.com.

The Cash for Clunkers program gave car buyers rebates of up to $4,500 if they traded in less fuel-efficient vehicles for new vehicles that met certain fuel economy requirements. A total of $3 billion was allotted for those rebates.

The average rebate was $4,000. But the overwhelming majority of sales would have taken place anyway at some time in the last half of 2009, according to Edmunds.com. That means the government ended up spending about $24,000 each for those 125,000 additional vehicle sales. [link]
24,000 bucks for per hunk of junk.

Only the federal government can perform at that level of performance.

So, what do you suppose your next doctor visit is going to cost you?

By the way, I've gone into the t-shirt business.

Yours for just $699.95.  While quantities last.

What Are They Afraid Of?

Nancy Pelosi unveiled her health care industry takeover bill yesterday to great mainstream media fanfare. "An historic moment," and all that.

One interesting thing about this production. Had you tried to attend the historic event, you - the person paying Pelosi's salary and, as a member of "the governed," providing consent for her sorry ass to even be there - you would have been shunted to the hinterlands, where you would have been out of the way.

Seeing is believing:

Citizen to Pelosi staffer: "Where can members of the public stand?"

Pelosi staffer to peon, pointing toward the distance: "All the way at the end."

 The faces have changed.  But the attitude hasn't.  Welcome to second-class citizenry.