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Monday, December 28, 2009

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

The Roanoke Times's deep thinkers have come up with a way to reduce Virginia's budget deficit:

Open the commonwealth's prison doors and let some of those convicted and sentenced to hard time walk free. And be kinder/gentler to those who commit heinous crimes in the future.

See "Reducing waste, improving safety."*

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* Don't ask me.  I have no idea what the header has to do with the editorial either. 

** My favorite line: "The tab is too high, the recidivism rate too great to continue business as usual in state corrections."  Isn't a high recidivism rate a good argument for keeping the human waste that walks our streets and preys upon the most vulnerable among us a good argument for locking the assholes up and throwing away the key?

Expect More Of the Same

Last time terrorists succeeded at infiltrating our commercial air traffic security system - on September 11, 2001 - we responded by unionizing America's baggage handlers and metal detector technicians. And we created a new federal bureaucracy to write detailed regulations governing how they dressed and when they were allowed work breaks.

Now that it's happened again, expect a ponderously ineffectual and mind-numbingly costly response.  Again.

It's all our government is capable of doing.

Unfortunately.

We're on our own, folks.  Act accordingly.

It's Not About The 'Public Option'

It's about ObamaCare.  Which is in itself the public option.  And the implications are far more profound.

Mark Steyn:
My Republican friends often seem to miss the point in this debate: The so-called “public option” is not Page 3,079, Section (f), Clause VII. The entire bill is a public option — because that’s where it leads, remorselessly. The so-called “death panel” is not Page 2,721, Paragraph 19, Sub-section (d), but again the entire bill — because it inserts the power of the state between you and your doctor, and in effect assumes jurisdiction over your body. As the savvier Dems have always known, once you’ve crossed the Rubicon, you can endlessly re-reform your health reform until the end of time, and all the stuff you didn’t get this go-round will fall into place, and very quickly.

As I’ve been saying for over a year now, “health care” is the fast-track to a permanent left-of-center political culture. The unlovely Democrats on public display in the week before Christmas may seem like just a bunch of jelly-spined opportunists, grubby wardheelers and rapacious kleptocrats, but the smarter ones are showing great strategic clarity. Alas for the rest of us, Euro-style government on a Harry Reid/Chris Dodd/Ben Nelson scale will lead to ruin.
Steyn is of the belief that ObamaCare will be far worse for America than the government-administered systems created for Canada and Britain - both awful messes in their own right - will ever be.

And he's right.

Say goodbye to the best health care delivery system ever devised.  Forever. 

Say hello to the Ministry of Dying With Dignity.

My God.

And These People Are In Charge

To read the mockery being heaped upon Janet Napolitano, our chief homeland terror warrior, for her bumbling, cluelessness, and seeming confusion as it relates to those she's supposed to be protecting us from, I'm reminded of another shining star of a Democrat appointee to high office from another decade - Janet Reno.  She too was a buffoon with a big title.

Sad to say, the mainstream media gave her a complete pass as well.

Only difference is, lives are now at stake.  And lots of 'em.

My God.

Quote of the Day

The Washington Post on the government's performance in the most recent terrorist attack on the United States:
Finally, it is hardly reassuring to argue, as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano did on ABC's "This Week," that "once the incident occurred, the system worked." The attack was averted because of the luck of a faulty detonator and the quick response of alert passengers. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the president has ordered a review into "did the government do everything that it could have with the information that they had?" The answer to that question seems obvious.
"Once the incident occurred, the system worked."  Ambulances, mops, brooms, and body bags were prompt and at the ready.

For the love of God.

But Will Obama Listen?

Looks like cooler heads and the realities of the planet have finally prevailed.  At least for now.
Senate Democrats to W.H.: Drop cap-and-trade
By Lisa Lerer, Politico

Bruised by the health care debate and worried about what 2010 will bring, moderate Senate Democrats are urging the White House to give up now on any effort to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.

“I am communicating that in every way I know how,” says Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of at least half a dozen Democrats who've told the White House or their own leaders that it's time to jettison the centerpiece of their party's plan to curb global warming.

The creation of an economy-wide market for greenhouse gas emissions is as the heart of the climate bill that cleared the House earlier this year. But with the health care fight still raging and the economy still hurting, moderate Democrats have little appetite for another sweeping initiative — especially another one likely to pass with little or no Republican support. [link]
It's sweet irony that Virginia's 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) stuck his neck out and voted in favor of Obama's cap-and-trade monstrosity despite the fact that it will kill thousands of coal jobs in his district, and could possibly kill his lucrative gig in Washington because of it.  Ironic because now the bill he voted for has gone into the dumper.

Boucher and his ilk will be back though.  "Global warming" and all that.

But the good guys are winning this one.  And you are to be thanked for it.  You and the climate.

This Is How Laws Get Passed

Drunk.  And in charge.

My God:




This sloshed old man, so you know, is chairman of one of the committees that wrote the Senate version of Obama's health care bill.

Whether he remembers doing it or not is another thing.