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Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Phenomenon in the Making

Even the Beatles, in their heyday, wouldn't have garnered such enthusiasm:
Hundreds waiting for Palin's book signing in Roanoke; video of overnight campers
By Katelyn Polantz, The Roanoke Times

7:10 a.m.: More than 300 people camped overnight Saturday outside Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Valley View Mall to await former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's signing of her new memoir, "Going Rogue," today. (See video of the campers, who said Palin made a surprise visit Saturday night.)

Bundled in sleeping bags, blankets and hunting jackets, the crowd huddled together, listening to Christmas music piped over the mall's outdoor speakers, in a line that wrapped around the mall's corner.

Lynn Pixley, 61, of Roanoke County, was one of the first 50 people. She and her sister had been there since 6:30 p.m.

For the hundreds that braved near-freezing temperatures overnight to share about 10 seconds with Palin, the Barnes & Noble and Valley View Mall staff attempted to aid the book enthusiasts' comfort.

Store employees pushed a cart of coffee before the sun came up at 7 a.m., selling cups for $2.75. Overnight, Valley View security had let Palin campers into the mall in groups to use the restrooms.

One couple brought their dog for company. Dixie, a Jack Russell-rat terrier mix, played on the sidewalk next to her owners, Patty and Dan Kaufman of Lithia. "We want her to meet Sarah" if the store will allow it, Patty said. "I think she'll like her."

Kaufman, 53, had a copy of "Going Rogue" tucked in a bag that hung on her fold-up chair. Dixie will read it with her overnight, she said Saturday at 11 p.m. [link]
You realize, of course, that even Obama doesn't draw this kind of exuberance.

A sixty-one year-old woman (along with three hundred other freezing enthusiasts) camped out overnight in front of Barnes & Noble, for God's sake, just to have ten seconds with a former governorAnd a  fifty-three year-old wants her dog to meet Ms. Palin.  What?!

There is something going on here.  Sarah Palin has struck a cord.  A kinship like I haven't seen before.

Where does it take her?  Who knows.

Strap yourself in.  This is going to be one wild ride.

I'm Not Sure What To Make Of This

As anyone who lives in rural Virginia can tell you, skilled craftsmen and contractors are hard to come by.  Electricians, plumbers, builders, carpenters - ya need a good one?  Get in line.  And prepare to wait.

So what happens when ...

(a) the government pours a pile of money into the area in the way of "stimulus" intended to grow jobs, jobs that require a level of skill, and ...

(b) ... there is a finite number of skilled craftsmen in the region?

Answer: Jobs are created!  Prices go up!

From the Dickenson Star:
Unintended consequences: Thanks to stimulus, contractors not hungry enough to offer low sewer project bids
By Jodi Deal

Bids are coming in high on water and sewer projects planned in Wise County.

Those who oversee the projects think a flood of construction that resulted from federal stimulus spending is at least partly to blame.

The market for that kind of work seems to be over-saturated, according to Maxim Engineer Bill Skeen, whose firm is kept on retainer by the county Public Service Authority.

“We had our normal load of projects out there that were not stimulus-funded, and everyone was doing their normal stuff, but that all got thrown in with stimulus projects, and we just overloaded the market,” said Skeen. “The contractors are saying, ‘We’ve got plenty to do’.”

Projects that once would have drawn about 10 different bids from different firms are now getting, at best, two to three offers for the work, and at worst, none at all. That’s causing price overruns on some projects. [link requires paid subscription]
Here's where it gets complicated, requiring the input of some of those really smart economists:

If Obama's "stimulus plan" didn't create jobs (as can be assumed from the above) but did pump lots of money into the economy in Southwest Virginia, is it a good thing or a bad thing?

Before you answer, remember: The economy gets a boost because a handful of skilled contractors and laborers have wads of  disposable income to dole out (Great!), but everything you want to buy suddenly costs you more (UGH!).

America in microcosm.

A good thing?  Guess we'll find out.

For You Car Buffs

What is it?

Hmmm.  The front kinda looks like a '57 Chevy.  But the back looks more like a '59.

You're right!

It's a custom (seriously custom) 1957, 1958, and 1959 Chevy!

I think it looks awful.  But it is ingenious.

Too bad three really beautiful cars had to die to make it.

Lies. Damn Lies. And Global Warming Studies.

If, for all these years, you've maintained your faith in the "evidence" provided you by those global warming "scientists" as being supportive of your belief that the planet is, in fact, warming, you don't want to read "The Alarmists Do 'Science': A Case Study," an exhaustive analysis of the cynical gutter politics that have tainted destroyed the global warming movement forever and brought shame on the scientific community as a whole .

John Hinderaker concludes from his reading:
[T]he conclusion an observer is likely to draw from the CRU archive is that the climate alarmists are making up the science as they go along and are fitting facts to reach a predetermined conclusion rather than objectively seeking after truth. What they are doing is politics, not science. When I was in law school, this story was told about accountants: A CEO is going to hire a new accountant and summons a series of candidates. He asks each applicant, "What is two plus two?" The first two candidates answer, "Four." They don't get the job. The third responds, "What do you want it to be?" He gets hired. The climate alarmists' attitude toward data appears to me much the same as that fictional accountant's attitude toward arithmetic.
The CRU he refers to is the until-recently prestigious Climate Research Unit, a cabal of like-minded politicians masquerading as researchers operating out of the University of East Anglia.

Never again will these slimeballs be trusted.  Anything they write or say will be viewed with the skepticism (and scorn) that they as purveyors of falsehood after falsehood deserve.

And speaking of "skepticism," where has the rest of the scientific community been as this group of global warming degenerates began their highly charged political jihad?  I'll tell you where they were: They stood there and nodded in agreement.  Don't want to be risking any grant funding, right, fellas?

You're all pathetic.  And every one of you deserves to be fired.

The Church Must Stand For Something

Or it might as well not exist.*

Well, let it be known that the Roman Catholic diocese of Providence, Rhode Island stands for something.  And thank God for it:
Report: Kennedy barred from communion by bishop
By Ray Henry, Associated Press Writer

Providence, R.I. (AP) — Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has banned Rep. Patrick Kennedy from receiving Communion, the central sacrament of the church, in Rhode Island because of the congressman's support for abortion rights, Kennedy said in a newspaper interview published Sunday.

The decision by the outspoken prelate, reported on The Providence Journal's Web site, significantly escalates a bitter dispute between Tobin, an ultra orthodox bishop, and Kennedy, a son of the nation's most famous Roman Catholic family.

"The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion," Kennedy told the paper in an interview conducted Friday. [link]
Here's to Bishop Tobin.

Patrick Kennedy - and liberals of his ilk - have always wanted it both ways.  They wanted - expected - to be able to attend the church of their choosing, but they didn't want to have to accept that church's tenets.  (So why attend?)

Call it "faith lite."  Or faithless lite.

Anyway, the church has lowered the boom on Patrick Kennedy, a man who's going to have a lot to answer for when he reaches the pearly gates.

The church is stronger for it.

* Ask those who used to attend an Episcopal church.

He Never Liked Them Anyway

" Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza.  Ethnic cleansing [by] the Zionists is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don't want Barack talking like that because that's anti-Israel.

"The Jewish vote, the A-I-P-A-C vote, that’s controlling him, that would not let him send representation to the Darfur Review Conference, that’s talking this craziness on this trip, cause they’re Zionists, they would not let him talk to someone who calls a spade what it is."
-- Barack Obama's mentor and former pastor

How Cool Is This

In the "How did they think that up" department:

The lengths to which they'll go to sell a car ...