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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I Toss My Breakfast

Nice try, fellas.  But your logic fails you.

From Star City Harbinger:
Perriello says ‘yes’; Boucher says ‘no’

According to the New York Times which posted the vote tally this morning, Freshman Representative Tom Perriello voted in favor of last night’s landmark health care reform.

Perriello’s choice can only be described as politically courageous. Bloggers and pundits have been chasing the first year member of Congress to pin him down on his intentions in the run-up to the vote. At times, Perriello has been coy.

But last night Perriello put aside reelection fears in a conservative district and voted to provide coverage for the thousands of his constituents who lack quality, affordable care. [link]
Nice try.  No cookie.

1) If that health care plan was such a sweet deal for Perriello's constituents, why was it so "courageous" for him to vote for it?  It would seem, if this guy is right about ObamaCare, that Perriello's vote would have been a no-brainer.  And the good people of Southside would be singing his praises.

Put another way, did Perriello vote (courageously) in favor of a plan that will do grievous harm to the people of Southside?  Is that what made his vote courageous?

Which brings me to point number (2):

Perriello couldn't decide, for the longest time, how he was going to vote on ObamaCare.  The Democratic leadership in the House, at crunch time, twisted his arm and he, caving to their pressures, acquiesced and voted in lock-step with his party.


I think we'll let the good people of Virginia's 5th Congressional District decide that.

On The Anniversay of the Fall of The Wall

It's rather vexing to read in the news that there are people out there who look upon their East German days, when it was under communist control, with a degree of nostalgia.  A longing.  I read such an account in the Washington Post yesterday.  To my mind, a strange mindset indeed.

The Germans have actually come up with a term for this strange phenomenon: Ostalgie.  Or Nostalgia for the East (Ost).

Nostalgia for the days when the German Democratic Republic ruled.

My God.

Time has a tendency to twist memories like that, I guess.

With that in mind, and out of concern for these people, I'm recommending an Academy Award-winning movie for everyone to see.  It's entitled, "The Lives of Others."  Or "Das Leben der Anderen."

For a feel for both the movie and for the suffocating control that the Stasi, or East German Secret Police, had on the populace of the people of that country - before The Wall ("Die Mauer") fell - go here.  Click on "Trailer."

The characters in the film speak German, but English subtitles are provided, and it's fairly easy to follow along.

An Amazon.com editorial review:
Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this is a first-rate thriller that, like Bertolucci's The Conformist and Coppola's The Conversation, opts for character development over car chases. The place is East Berlin, the year is 1984, and it all begins with a simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe in a restrained, yet deeply felt performance), a Stasi officer and a specialist in this kind of thing, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch, Black Book), a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck, Mostly Martha). Though Dreyman is known to associate with the occasional dissident, like blacklisted director Albert Jerska (Volkmar Kleinert), his record is spotless. Everything changes when Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf (Thomas Thieme) has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. In other words, it's personal, and Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person. That would be risky enough, but then Wiesler uses his privileged position to affect a change in Dreyman's life. The God-like move he makes may be minor and untraceable, but it will have major consequences for all concerned, including Wiesler himself. Writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck starts with a simple premise that becomes more complicated and emotionally involving as his assured debut unfolds. Though three epilogues is, arguably, two too many, The Lives of Others is always elegant, never confusing. It's class with feeling.
There are those today who look upon the communist years with a sense of longing.  They, of course, survived its ruthless scythe.  Millions - tens of millions - of human beings who found themselves under communist control in the years 1930 to 1989 did not.

On my reading list:

The Jews have a saying.  In Hebrew it's לא נשכח.  "We'll never forget."

The rest of us would do well to do the same.

This Is Happening Here

In the land of the ... free:
Five Supreme Court justices ruled that the seizure of private property from several residents of New London, Connecticut to make way for a new site owned by pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer met the test of “public use” for eminent domain.  A decade after New London took homes away from its citizens to sell the land to a private corporation, Pfizer has decided it doesn’t want the facility after all, adding a fitting coda to a chapter of governmental abuse.

Instead of having homeowners on that property, paying taxes and providing stability, the city now has an empty lot and a ton of political baggage.
"Pfizer abandons Kelo site," Ed Morrissey, November 9, 2009

Quick, Before They Notice!

It's no wonder the Democrats in Congress voted on ObamaCare in the middle of the night.  On a weekend, no less.  With its favorability ratings plummeting, I'm surprised they didn't push it through during the Super Bowl, with the thought that maybe even fewer people would notice what they're up to.

Because plummeting it is.

Here's the latest poll from Gallup on America's attitude toward the government takeover of what is, to this point in time, the finest health care delivery system on earth.

In graph form:

That dark green line represents those citizens who support the Democrats' plan.  Notice how it's rapidly heading into the toilet.  Where ObamaCare was headed as well had they not pulled it from the cesspool and done their part to make it the law of the land.

This, also from Gallup, should send a message to the dumbasses that we don't want them doing what they're doing. But no:

Where once we had a representative democracy ...

Graphs courtesy of Gallup.

Headline Of The Day

This goes a long way toward explaining why the jobs market continues to worsen even though Obama promised sunshine and roses:

I can see his retort now: "If only it had been 26 billion."

Feminists Are Alive & Well!

I thought they had all died out with Bill Clinton's cigar escapades.

But no:

I link to this YouTube segment for one reason. To reiterate Rush Limbaugh's "Undeniable Truth of Life" number 24.

Hasan Apologists Prove Themselves To Be Idiots

Dr. Phil and the Fort Hood Killer
His terrorist motive is obvious to everyone but the press and the Army brass.
By Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal

It can by now come as no surprise that the Fort Hood massacre yielded an instant flow of exculpatory media meditations on the stresses that must have weighed on the killer who mowed down 13 Americans and wounded 29 others. Still, the intense drive to wrap this clear case in a fog of mystery is eminently worthy of notice.

The tide of pronouncements and ruminations pointing to every cause for this event other than the one obvious to everyone in the rational world continues apace. Commentators, reporters, psychologists and, indeed, army spokesmen continue to warn portentously, "We don't yet know the motive for the shootings."

What a puzzle this piece of vacuity must be to audiences hearing it, some, no doubt, with outrage. To those not terrorized by fear of offending Muslim sensitivities, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's motive was instantly clear: It was an act of terrorism by a man with a record of expressing virulent, anti-American, pro-jihadist sentiments. All were conspicuous signs of danger his Army superiors chose to ignore.

What is hard to ignore, now, is the growing derangement on all matters involving terrorism and Muslim sensitivities. Its chief symptoms: a palpitating fear of discomfiting facts and a willingness to discard those facts and embrace the richest possible variety of ludicrous theories as to the motives behind an act of Islamic terrorism. All this we have seen before but never in such naked form. The days following the Fort Hood rampage have told us more than we want to know, perhaps, about the depth and reach of this epidemic. [link]
The man was shouting "Allahu Akbar!" as he repeatedly pulled the trigger.

But ... but ... but ... he was stressed.

The man was shouting "Allahu Akbar!" as he repeatedly pulled the trigger.

But ... but ... but ... he was probably being teased for being a Muslim.

The man was shouting "Allahu Akbar!" as he repeatedly pulled the trigger.

But ... but ... but ... he had to listen to all those gruesome stories coming out of Iraq.  Maybe he snapped.

The man was shouting "Allahu Akbar!" as he repeatedly pulled the trigger.

But ...but ... but ... he was being deployed.  That might have sent him over the edge.

The man was shouting "Allahu Akbar!" as he repeatedly pulled the trigger.

But ... but ... but ... if only he hadn't had easy access to those handguns ...

And maybe he thought "Allahu Akbar" meant in English "Have a nice day."

My God.  What's with these people?

Separating Fact From Al Gore Idiocy

From Padmaparna Ghosh:

The claim:

"The IPCC, in its fourth assessment report in 2007, said that Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than in any other part of the world, and if this continues, they are likely to disappear by 2035, or perhaps sooner."

The truth:

There is no conclusive scientific evidence to link global warming and Himalayan glaciers, nor to link the black carbon in the atmosphere with the glaciers."

"If we see the cumulative average of rate of retreat over the past 100 years, no glacier has deviated from that.  There is no abnormal retreat."

Yet Al Gore and his minions march blindly into that frozen wilderness, decrying conditions in a world that doesn't exist.

For the love of God.

Go Figure

In a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which revealed the month of October, 2009 to be the third coolest on record, there is this interesting fact:

"The U.S. recorded its wettest October in the 115-year period of record. The nationwide precipitation of 4.15 inches was nearly double the long-term average of 2.11 inches."

Wet and cold. That would be the October I remember.

The wettest in history?