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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How Quickly They Change Their Tune

The Roanoke Times editorial page on Sunday:

"Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, who claims his office was shot at this week, nonsensically blames Democrats for "dangerously fanning the flames" by raising concerns about violent incidents and threats.

"No. It is Republicans who have been dangerously fanning the flames ..

Three days later, after it was revealed that Rep. Eric Cantor's life had been threatened by a moron with a video camera and a link to YouTube, that same Roanoke Times has this to say this morning:

"Disagreement and even hostility come with being an elected official, especially a high-profile one like Cantor, who is the House Republican whip. Nevertheless, there are limits to what is appropriate even in a nation that prizes free speech. Death threats cross that line."

Where that line was, just days ago, drawn at the GOP's doorstep, today it becomes more expansive to include nutcases of all stripes.

This requires an answer to the question: Where were you guys on Sunday? Sniffing each other's armpits?  Heads buried in Daily Kos?  Distracted by the latest musings coming from "The View"?  "Days of Our Lives?"

This takes self-discipline, fellas.  And rational, persistent, consistent thought.

Bouncing off the walls like you do is so unbecoming.

Radford U Wastes Money & Time

This was intended to be some kind of heartwarming story about college students on a quest to save humanity:
RU students return from studying arctic ice
By Tonia Moxley, Roanoke Times

Radford -- An ongoing Radford University student study of arctic sea ice in Alaska could eventually help climate scientists better monitor the melting of polar ice caps and other threats to endangered species and native cultures.

The group of 11 led by physics professor Rhett Herman spent two weeks, including spring break, enduring temperatures of minus-40 degrees to collect data for the project in Barrow, Alaska.

There the group dragged heavy equipment over the ice to measure its thickness, temperature and other characteristics.

Back in Radford, they now are working to analyze that data and hopefully develop new computer models to help scientists measure sea ice over arctic expanses. [link]
Sweet.  Despite the hard times and mounting attacks on Governor Bob for reducing education funding here in the commonwealth, it's good to know that Radford has enough cash on hand to send a boatload of students to Alaska to study ice.

But what exactly are they getting from their (costly) excursion?
The students learned first-hand about the problems presented by melting polar ice, rising sea levels and oil spills.

[G]lobal warming and oil spills that are sometimes trapped under the ice threaten the communities that depend on the arctic climate.

The disappearance of arctic sea ice is seen by scientists as not only a warning sign of climate change but as a dangerous contributor to warming trends.

The Radford team's data and research may help preserve both the communities and the wildlife and may contribute to the growing body of climate research.
I wonder just how valuable this research into melting polar ice and rising sea levels is when it is now known that polar ice is not melting and the rise in sea levels has been grossly exaggerated.

See "Antarctic ice is growing, not melting away."

See "Arctic ice refuses to melt as ordered."

See "Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels."

See "Rise of sea levels is 'the greatest lie ever told'."

I wonder if those Radford students were exposed to this information.

I wonder ...

Still, a fun time was had by all, we hope.

A Worsening Problem

I saw a huge banner yesterday hanging in front of my bank that read, "Still strong.  Still lending."  I turned to Paula and asked, "Why telegraph the point that there are a lot of people out here who worry that the bank is not 'strong' at all these days?"

The answer probably lies in the fact that there are a whole lotta banks in this country that aren't:
Half of Commercial Mortgages to Be Underwater: Warren
By CNBC.com

By the end of 2010, about half of all commercial real estate mortgages will be underwater, said Elizabeth Warren, chairperson of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel, in a wide-ranging interview on Monday.

“They are [mostly] concentrated in the mid-sized banks,” Warren told CNBC. “We now have 2,988 banks—mostly midsized, that have these dangerous concentrations in commercial real estate lending."

As a result, the economy will face another “very serious problem” that will have to be resolved over the next three years, she said, adding that things are unlikely to return to normalcy in 2010. [link]
Are you ready for Stimulus IV?

This One Goes Out To Eugene Robinson

We may have to live with the fact that there are right-wing extremists out there who give us conservatives a bad name.

But you will always have your embarrassments as well:

"Sean Penn: Journalists who call Hugo Chávez a dictator should be jailed."

"Sean Penn Wishes 'Rectal Cancer' on His Critics"

"You Misters Bush and Cheney; you Ms. Rice are villainously and criminally obscene people ..."

"Sean Penn Applauds as Venezuela's Chavez Bashes Bush"

What do you suppose this country would be like if Eugene Robinson's fellow left-winger took charge?

Life & Times

It's fascinating to see liberals in this country become outraged over deviant sexual behavior (see Maureen Dowd's "Should There Be an Inquisition for the Pope?") and, at the same time, become outraged when conservatives voice their displeasure with deviant sexual behavior (see the Roanoke Times editorial "Gays on campus deserve protection").

They'll tell you it's perfectly logical.

In fact, it's not logical at all.

Living In Obama's Post-Racial America

Surprise.  Surprise.

"The Obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to uphold a race-conscious admissions system at the University of Texas at Austin, aiming ..."

For the love of God, can't we get beyond this?

So Many Environmantalists, So Many Private Jets

Well, the lofty idealism was fun while it lasted.  Too bad it had to be pushed aside by the real world.

Let's talk about environmentalists.  And reality.  And about what a frigid winter will do to one's idealistic fervor. 

It is the natural tendency of human beings to become less high-minded when the concern about immediate needs becomes paramount.  For all those "environmentalists" out there, it was fun to talk about green this and green that, and to show support for the environment by going out and buying a curlicue light bulb.

But, eventually, the harsh realities of Planet Earth had to set in:
Government set to unveil offshore drilling plan

(Reuters) - The Obama administration is expected to announce by Wednesday its updated plan for oil and natural gas drilling in U.S. waters, including whether to allow exploration for the first time along the U.S. East Coast.

The plan could pave the way for a significant new domestic source of energy, helping to reduce U.S. dependence on oil imports and boost supplies of natural gas used to displace coal in power plants as the country works to reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases. [link]
Expect Obama and this Salazar character to do a lot of song-and-dance about investing in "alternative energy" in their attempts to sidestep this issue.

But make no mistake, both knew that solar and wind amounted to no more than 2% of our energy production, and that such blather would only placate the mentally challenged - and environmentally conscious - among us for a period of time.  That "alternative energy" was never really going to amount to anything other than a good campaign topic for leftists.

We need oil.  Obama, if reluctantly, is going after it.  Good for him.

Is The Planet Warming?

The experts haven't a clue.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This Is So Not Right

And yet the Court of Appeals for the Fourth District made the right decision:
Marine's dad ordered to pay protesters' court fees but says he won't
The Associated Press

Baltimore - The father of a Marine killed in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters from Kansas was ordered to pay the protesters' appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday. Fox News reported today that he will defy a court order and not pay the protesters' appeal costs.

The two-page decision supplied by attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pa., offered no details on how the court came to its decision.

On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps. Phelps is the leader of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church, which conducted protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's funeral in 2006. [link]
I have no doubt but what Albert Snyder will get plenty of help in paying his legal bills.  As well he should.

But had he done the right thing and left this out of the courts, he'd have done himself a big favor.

The Westboro Baptist Church crowd needs to be denounced in every public venue known to man.  That is far more punishment than some judgment of the court might have been.

Too bad it came to this.

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Here's to Freedom of Assembly.

This One Goes Out To Eugene Robinson

And to all the other leftists and pea brains who think "the danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction -- the right," one of your brethren demonstrating at an anti-war rally in Los Angeles on March 20th:

Any bets on whether this open-minded and enlightened leftist supports Obama?

Photo courtesy of Pajamas Media
Not only is he open-minded and enlightened, but well-educated too.  How about that spelling?  

Right. Violence Is Unique To the Right.

Really smart Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson:
The episode highlights the obvious: For decades now, the most serious threat of domestic terrorism has come from the growing ranks of paranoid, anti-government hate groups that draw their inspiration, vocabulary and anger from the far right.

It is dishonest for right-wing commentators to insist on an equivalence that does not exist. The danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction -- the right, not the left. The vitriolic, anti-government hate speech that is spewed on talk radio every day -- and, quite regularly, at Tea Party rallies -- is calibrated not to inform but to incite. 

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree by saying that there are "crazies on both sides." This simply is not true.
It's only "not true," Eugene, if you choose to forget all the truths.

 Anarchy in the streets of Seattle during the WTO conference

You're always right, Eugene.

Except on those frequent occasions when you're wrong.

Here's How Bad This Legislation Is

Will Americans be punished under the new ObamaCare law if they refuse to buy health insurance?

Experts, after having read it, can't tell.

For the love of God.

Fear The Climate Scientists

They're willing to put everyone in chains as they work their unproven theories. 

Renowned scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock:

"This is one of the problems. What's the alternative to democracy? There isn't one. But even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while."

And don't think for a second that vermin like Lovelock - and his buddy, Al Gore - wouldn't attempt to do it.

When Journalism Turns Really Ugly

Making things up, I have to be believe, is not taught in journalism classes.  But then, who knows these days?

This is revealing.  And despicable:
A Closer Look at the Capitol Steps Conspiracy
By Jack Cashill, American Thinker

William Douglas, an African-American reporter for the liberal McClatchy Newspapers, seems to have broken the story at 4:51 PM on Saturday, March 20, just hours after the alleged incident took place. Douglas did so with the seriously inflammatory headline, "Tea party protesters scream 'nigger' at black congressman."

At 7:21 PM that same evening, Douglas upped the ante with a headline that moved from inflammatory to incendiary: "Tea party protesters call Georgia's John Lewis 'nigger.'"

King's take perfectly mirrored the Democratic talking points. If the immediate strategy was to discredit the Tea party movement as racist and split the movement's base from the Republican Party, then it was working splendidly.

If it were not for those damn ubiquitous video cameras, House Democrats and their media allies would have gotten away with it entirely. Instead, they must content themselves with a victory only among those who rely for the news on an increasingly myopic major media.

To discover what did happen, I have reviewed video from at least four different sources, talked to several eyewitnesses, and analyzed the early media reports from the scene.

Bottom line: the Douglas story would seem to meet the standards for libel. It is provably false, preposterously reckless, quite possibly malicious, and has caused real damage to publicly identified Tea Party leaders. [link]
This Douglas character should be sued.  We've had enough of activist reporters.

And all who were so eager to buy into his lies should be ashamed of themselves.

Hope and Change?

How about More of Same:

Yeah, Bush made recess appointments too.

But if you're willing to admit that your Messiah is no better than the man you hate most on this planet, we make progress.

Where's The Denuncition?

"Republicans have been so intent on defeating "Obamacare" -- and thus, they believed, defeating President Obama -- that they engaged in despicable tactics.

"They whipped up fear of imaginary "death panels" and labeled the reform as a dictatorial scheme that would essentially end America as we know it.

"It is Republicans who have been dangerously fanning the flames by claiming a moderate bill that most of them would have embraced 15 years ago is some sort of socialist takeover, not just of health care but of the nation. 

"It is time for them to take responsibility."
-- Roanoke Times editorial, "The Politics of Rage," March 28, 2010 --

That being the case, I wonder if they'll demand that the Democrats in Washington take responsibility for this:
Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Rep. Eric Cantor
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Philadelphia

Today, a two-count complaint and warrant was filed charging Norman Leboon with threatening to kill [Republican] United States Congressman Eric Cantor and his family, and threatening to kill Congressman Eric Cantor, who is an official of the United States, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jan Fedarcyk.

As set forth in the affidavit to the complaint and warrant, in or about late March, 2010, Leboon created and then transmitted a YouTube video to Google over the internet, in which he threatened to kill Congressman Cantor and his family.

No harm came to the Congressman or his family as a result of Leboon's threats. [link]
Any guesses as to whether the Roanoke Times will come out with a hyperbolic editorial denouncing the Democratic Party for this?  Do pigs fly?

ObamaCare Details Emerge

And they're not pretty.

The latest in our president's effort to reduce health premiums:
Health premiums could rise 17 pct for young adults
By Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer

Chicago (AP) — Under the health care overhaul, young adults who buy their own insurance will carry a heavier burden of the medical costs of older Americans — a shift expected to raise insurance premiums for young people when the plan takes full effect.

Beginning in 2014, most Americans will be required to buy insurance or pay a tax penalty. That's when premiums for young adults seeking coverage on the individual market would likely climb by 17 percent on average, or roughly $42 a month, according to an analysis of the plan conducted for The Associated Press. The analysis did not factor in tax credits to help offset the increase.

The higher costs will pinch many people in their 20s and early 30s who are struggling to start or advance their careers with the highest unemployment rate in 26 years. [link]
Lower costs.  Raise costs.  It doesn't really matter as long as the government has more control over our lives.

Right, Barack?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Fear The 60-Year Old Granny Tea Partier!

For a good look at the template mainstream media smear attempt of the Tea Party movement - and, by association, the Republican Party - read "The Politics of Rage" in yesterday's Roanoke Times. It's so twisted and desperate in its effort to make mud stick on the wall that it comes across as being laughable ("They whipped up fear" ... "despicable tactics" ... "hysterical accusations and pseudo-information" ... "their incendiary efforts" ..."reaching feverish and dangerous levels" ... on and on).

I thought I was reading about the destruction of the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw in 1943 by the Nazi SS.

Only this was worse:

"They are, in fact, reaching feverish and dangerous levels.

"How dangerous? After Lynchburg Tea Party members posted the home address of Rep. Tom Perriello's brother -- in the mistaken belief it was Perriello's address -- a line between a propane tank and a grill was found severed at the house inside a screened porch."


Assassinations midnight arrests torture abductions gulags lynchings A barbecue grill not belonging to Tom Perriello located on a porch not belonging to Tom Perriello at an address that is not known to be Tom Perriello's had the hose allegedly going to its propane tank allegedly "severed."  And Tom Perriello now lives in fear.  Allegedly.

Oh, the humanity.

The implications of this act of terrorism are absolutely ... frightening?

Which explains why the Roanoke Times is the laughingstock of all Southwest Virginia.  And ...
Most Say Tea Party Has Better Understanding of Issues than Congress
Rasmussen Reports

In official Washington, some consider the Tea Party movement a fringe element in society, but voters across the nation feel closer to the Tea Party movement than they do to Congress.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of U.S. voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of the issues facing America today than the average member of Congress. Only 30% believe that those in Congress have a better understanding of the key issues facing the nation.

When it comes to those issues, 47% think that their own political views are closer to those of the average Tea Party member than to the views of the average member of Congress. On this point, 26% feel closer to Congress.

Finally, 46% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is more ethical than the average member of Congress. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say that the average member of Congress is more ethical. [link]
Of course the average member of Congress, and the average editorialist at the Roanoke Times, think the average American is stupid, so none of this matters.

But read that editorial.  Then get your arms around the Rasmussen survey.

And laugh with me.

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To the hysterics at the Roanoke Times: What do you make of this?

Will you write an editorial tomorrow about your earlier editorial having brought about this real act of violence?

"They whipped up fear" ... "despicable tactics" ... "hysterical accusations and pseudo-information" ... "their incendiary efforts" ..."reaching feverish and dangerous levels."

Two can play at the implication game.

Greenspan Agrees With Me

When a man who is famous for measuring his every word starts talking about being "very concerned" about our "huge" federal debt, the size and proportions of which "we have never seen before," it's time to get really worried:
Greenspan Calls Treasury Yields ‘Canary in the Mine’
By Joshua Zumbrun and Craig Torres, Bloomberg

March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the recent rise in Treasury yields represents a “canary in the mine” that may signal further gains in interest rates.

Higher yields reflect investor concerns over “this huge overhang of federal debt which we have never seen before,” Greenspan said in an interview today on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt.”

“I’m very much concerned about the fiscal situation,” said Greenspan, 84, who headed the central bank from 1987 to 2006. An increase in long-term interest rates “will make the housing recovery very difficult to implement and put a dampening on capital investment as well.” [link]
Yet Obama pushes on, oblivious to the implications, spending money that disappeared long ago, driving up our debt like there's ... no tomorrow ...

Something I guess we all need to get used to.  No tomorrow.

My God.

Bristol Passes Judgement

I think we get a good understanding of Congressman Rick Boucher's vote against ObamaCare earlier this month.  There would be no downside and every upside:
The health care bill: Supporters are hard to find in Bristol area
By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier

Bristol, Va. – At an assortment of stores and coffee shops Monday, it was hard to find any supporters of the health care overhaul passed by Congress Sunday night.

Most asked about the controversial plan said they are against it, don’t understand it, or oppose it because they don’t understand it.

In hours of soliciting opinions from folks shopping and snacking in the Exit 7 area of Bristol, only four people who favor the measure could be found. Two were from Canada, one was from California and the fourth, a transplant from Florida, prefaced his statement with the disclaimer that he knows he doesn’t agree with anyone else in Southwest Virginia. [link]
There's a joke lurking somewhere in that last sentence: Two Canadian socialists, a hippie, and a commie transplant from Cuba were sitting at the bar, talking about the wonderful country America is soon to become ...

A Fatal Flaw In The ObamaCare Strategy?

In order for the Democrats in Congress to get a favorable report from the CBO on the damage that their health care bill might do to the federal deficit, they had to pull off an unprecedented stunt - they voted to raise taxes (by nearly a trillion dollars), effective immediately, but have most all the benefits delayed for several years.  And the ploy worked.  CBO gave ObamaCare a passing grade on the debt front.

That's good for the Democrats as far as it went.

But there's a downside to this scheme as well.  The benefits won't be realized for years to come.  Which means, between now and then, opponents can pick the legislation apart, link the taxes taxes taxes to the awful economy, and demand repeal, without the classic pocketbook incentives that made other federal giveaway programs so attractive.

For four years it'll be all pain and no gain.

Which opens the door ...
An Electorate Receptive to “Repeal and Replace”
By Jennifer Rubin, Commentary

Although there are some small benefits scheduled this year to entice voters to embrace ObamaCare (e.g., ban on dropping those already insured for pre-existing conditions, requirements to keep twenty-somethings on their parents’ insurance), these are limited and in some cases duplicate existing state regulations. (Moreover, those who already have insurance — some 80 percent of the population — surely are among the most likely voters.) Meanwhile, employers are taking a hit and informing their shareholders and employees of the perils of ObamaCare, and the cost problem that was the rationale for the bill worsens:

"Rather than reducing costs, Obamacare will increase national health expenditures by more than $200 billion, according to the Obama administration’s own HHS actuary. Premiums in the individual market will increase by more than 10 percent very quickly, and middle-class families in the new exchanges (where large numbers of Americans who now receive coverage through their employers will find themselves dumped) will be forced to choose from a very limited menu of government-approved plans, the cheapest of which, CBO estimates, will cost more than $12,000."

Throw in a plethora of new taxes and perverse incentives for employers to drop their employees from coverage, and you can see why it is an “unmitigated disaster — for our health care system, for our fiscal future, and for any notion of limited government.” But there is time to rip it up and start again.

The unfolding debate also comes within a certain context, one the Obama administration chooses to ignore. The public has not, contrary to the Left’s expectations, become enamored of big government in the wake of the financial meltdown. To the contrary, the bailouts and stimulus plan have engendered suspicion and contempt. The “Trust us, it’s working!” rhetoric has contributed to the public’s growing unease with governing elites. And the mound of debt has reinforced the public’s suspicion that the White House and Congress are unserious and ill-equipped to address our fiscal train wreck. In other words, the “Repeal and Replace” contingent will be making its case to an electorate already predisposed to accept much of its argument. [link]
Make that "Repeal, replace, and throw the bums out who did this to us."

By the way, did you hear that Obama raised taxes by nearly a trillion dollars?  Are you better off now because of it than you were two years ago?

A Good Laugh To Get You Started

After decades of this stuff, it becomes a joke.  The Middle East "peace process."  The longest running joke of modern times.

The latest in that ongoing ... process:
Arabs to unite against Israel at annual summit

Arab leaders open their annual summit on Saturday determined to send a clear message to Israel that any plan to "Judaise" Jerusalem would spell doom for the Middle East peace process.

The summit is expected to adopt a resolution on the terms for a resumption of peace talks ... [link]
A resolution!  The 10,413th of its kind!  Progress!

Does anyone outside Washington give two squirts about Arab "summits" these days?

Since The New Media Have Taken Control ...

... it seems appropriate that the old media would spend its time ...

... playing basketball with Obama:
CBS' Harry Smith to Shoot Interview, Hoops with Pres. Obama
By Chris Ariens, Media Bistro

This Thursday, CBS "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith will go one-on-one with Pres. Barack Obama in a court-side interview.

Smith's interview and clips from the game will air on The Early Show Friday. [link
My guess is that Harry Smith, who is as dull as dirt, will be as good at playing games with the president as he is at being a journalist.  So why not?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

What Wildly Unpopular Health Care Bill That I Voted For?

I don't blame him for changing the subject:

"Mark Warner has worked for more than a year to develop new guidelines for overseeing large institutions."

That would explain his vote on ObamaCare. He was paying attention to legislation that will affect "Wall Street, big banks, hedge funds, insurers, mortgage brokers." and never read that which is going to affect the lives of average Americans in a profound - and horrific - way.

He was elsewhere.  Sorry.

Did Boucher Sacrifice His Political Career ...

... on the shores of environmental extremism?

I'm reminded of a lesson from World War II regarding the 1942 Allied raid on Dieppe:
The Dieppe Raid, also known as The Battle of Dieppe, Operation Rutter or later on Operation Jubilee, during the Second World War, was an Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe on the northern coast of France on 19 August 1942. The assault began at 5:00 AM in the morning and by 9:00 AM the Allied commanders had been forced to call a retreat.

No major objectives of the raid were accomplished. A total of 3,623 of the 6,086 men who made it ashore were either killed, wounded, or captured (almost 60%). The Allied air forces failed to lure the Luftwaffe into open battle, and lost 106 aircraft. The Luftwaffe only lost 48 aircraft while the Royal Navy suffered 555 casualties. The catastrophe at Dieppe later influenced Allied preparations for Operation Torch and Operation Overlord.
Over 4,000 casualties.

And nothing was accomplished.

A complete and tragic waste.

Because those who planned the raid had no inkling as to what they were doing or why they were doing it, and, worse yet, they had no understanding of, or interest in the human lives that would be affected by their decisions.*

Which takes us to Congressman Rick Boucher - Democrat, 5th District, Virginia.

Despite all expert testimony to the contrary, Boucher signed onto Obama's cap-and-trade global warming bill that was certain to decimate the economies of the coalfield counties in his district, virtually half his district.  "What was he thinking?" everyone was asking.  "Has he caved to Washington special interests?"  "Did he accept bad advice?"  Did he not know how his decision would be received by those to be most affected by it?"  "Was some abstract notion about 'climate change' more important to him than the well-being of those to whom he owes his career and livelihood?"

"Did Rick Boucher make the mistake of his lifetime and sacrifice his legacy?"

If not then, now.  The bill he chose to support is dead:
‘Cap and Trade’ Loses Its Standing as Energy Policy of Choice
By John M. Broder, New York Times

Washington — Less than a year ago, cap and trade was the policy of choice for tackling climate change.

Environmental groups and their foes in industry joined hands to embrace the approach, a market-driven system that sets a ceiling on global warming pollution while allowing companies to trade permits to meet it. President Obama praised it by name in his first budget, and the authors of the House climate and energy bill passed last June largely built their measure around it.

Today, the concept is in wide disrepute, with opponents effectively branding it “cap and tax,” and Tea Party followers using it as a symbol of much of what they say is wrong with Washington.

Why did cap and trade die? [link]
With its demise we may have witnessed the death of Rick Boucher's career as a United States representative.

Washed up on the rock-strewn shores of Dieppe.  Because he had no inkling as to what he was doing or why he was doing it, and, worse yet, no understanding of, or interest in the human lives that would be affected by his decision.

A complete waste.

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* I know.  It was a different era.  Lives were cheap commodities in the days when hundreds of millions were at war with one another and fifty million would lose their lives.  What's four thousand?  

Four thousand grieving mothers still.

Someone Needs To Ask This Backstabber ...

... two questions:

Mr. Stupak:

(1) If Obama's executive order has the force of law, why wasn't it allowed by your Democrat buddies to be included in his health care bill that actually, and assuredly, has the force of law?

(2) In the strained - and sadly pathetic - excuse you gave this morning in the Washington Post (see "Why I wrote the 'Stupak amendment' and voted for health-care reform"), you wrote the following: "We received ... an 'ironclad' commitment from the president that no taxpayer dollars will be used to pay for abortions." Because money is fungible, as are politicians' unwavering commitments to rock-solid principles, will taxpayer dollars be allocated to companies or individuals who perform abortions?

You are all scratching your heads right now. The man said our tax dollars wouldn't go to those human slaughterhouses like Planned Parenthood, didn't he?

No, he didn't.  He said our dollars wouldn't be channeled directly toward the abortion procedure.  Planned Parenthood will still get its federal subsidies and will still slaughter our young.

His are called "weasel words" for a reason.

A question for the rest of you: Planned Parenthood performs 250,000 abortions a year. And gets taxpayer dollars by the boatload.  What was it again that Stupak succeeded in preventing with his executive order?

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Oh, and you might be interested in the actual excuse Stupak gave in his op/ed for changing his vote:  It was going to pass anyway, so what the hell.

You folks in Michigan must be really proud.

Seeing What Their Warped Minds Want Them To See

How do you look at this (black) Tea Party protester...

... and this (black) Tea Party protester ...

... and see this:

If you're an ultra-liberal (and not very bright) New York Times columnist, you see past all that, past the words spoken by the hundreds of thousands of participants across this land, and you know the real reason they assemble.  The real reason that is never uttered.  That has never manifested itself.  But is there just the same.

Frank Rich, New York Times columnist (who, I'll bet, has never spoken to a Tea Party protester) sees in the group that has formed to get government off our backs as being a seething cauldron of racism and bigotry.

And, of course, he probably believes it.

Speaking of bigotry ...

Noun: bigot  bi'gut
1. A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.
2. Frank Rich

The Fallout From ObamaCare

We tried explaining it to the Democrats in Washington.  And to the mainstream media.  It fell on deaf ears.

Maybe soon the sledgehammer upside the head that comes in the form of layoffs, downsizings, and reduced employee benefits that will sweep the country will make them understand.

Remember this?

"Most Americans who get their coverage from their workplaces will see no major change ..."
"Insurance rates will begin to come down ..."
-- Roanoke Times editorial --

Cold, hard reality:
The ObamaCare Writedowns
The corporate damage rolls in, and Democrats are shocked!
Wall Street Journal editorial

It's been a banner week for Democrats: ObamaCare passed Congress in its final form on Thursday night, and the returns are already rolling in. Yesterday AT&T announced that it will be forced to make a $1 billion writedown due solely to the health bill, in what has become a wave of such corporate losses.

This wholesale destruction of wealth and capital came with more than ample warning. Turning over every couch cushion to make their new entitlement look affordable under Beltway accounting rules, Democrats decided to raise taxes on companies that do the public service of offering prescription drug benefits to their retirees instead of dumping them into Medicare. We and others warned this would lead to AT&T-like results, but like so many other ObamaCare objections Democrats waved them off as self-serving or "political."

On top of AT&T's $1 billion, the writedown wave so far includes Deere & Co., $150 million; Caterpillar, $100 million; AK Steel, $31 million; 3M, $90 million; and Valero Energy, up to $20 million. Verizon has also warned its employees about its new higher health-care costs, and there will be many more in the coming days and weeks.

The consulting firm Towers Watson estimates that the total hit this year will reach nearly $14 billion, unless corporations cut retiree drug benefits when their labor contracts let them.

Meanwhile, John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Union Leader reported this week that ObamaCare could cost the Granite State's major ski resorts as much as $1 million in fines, because they hire large numbers of seasonal workers without offering health benefits. "The choices are pretty clear, either increase prices or cut costs, which could mean hiring fewer workers next winter," he wrote. [link]
There is no rule in the financial accounting world (that I'm aware of) that prescribes a date-certain when the announcement of a restatement of earnings has to occur, so other corporations are taking their time to crunch their numbers and prepare similar announcements.  But they too will come.  These are only the first of many.

Many.  Many.  Many.

Obama and his pals thought they could put the squeeze to America's "evil" corporations.  As it turns out, they're finding (they're just finding out!) that those corporations are, in fact, nothing more than formal relationships between human beings.  Human beings trying make a buck and put food on the table.  He succeeded in taking some of that food - and a lot of their money - away from them.  And now he and the other geniuses in Washington are shocked that their seizure of assets has produced a negative result.

The wrong people are suffering here, if you ask me.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Kaine Never Was That Bright

What's wrong with this quote from former Governor Tim Kaine?

If you look at what’s on the mantle over the fireplace with the Democratic Party, we have Medicaid and Medicare, we have Social Security, we have the civil-rights bill — we point to those and say, ‘That’s what it means to be a Democrat.'" (source)

"That’s what it means to be a Democrat."

To be embarrassingly wrong about history.

So Mr. Kaine knows, the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed with overwhelming support of both House and Senate Republicans (fully 80% of House Republicans and 81% of Senate Republicans voted in favor), and with vehement opposition from Democrats (96 House Democrats voted against passage (37%) as did 21 Democrat senators (31%).  (source)

In the House vote, 89% of Southern Democrats voted against the historic Civil Rights bill, including the entire delegation from Tim Kaine's home state of Virginia.

Particularly noteworthy was the strong opposition of key Democratic committee chairmen to the bill that Martin Luther King worked so hard to get enacted - opposition from one Howard Worth Smith of Fauquier County, Virginia and from Senator Robert K. Byrd, West Virginia, of KKK infamy.  Again, both Democrats.  Both uncompromisingly opposed to the civil rights act.

And there's this:

A quote from Tim Kaine's fellow Democrat Howard W. Smith:

""The Southern people have never accepted the colored race as a race of people who had equal intelligence ... as the white people of the South." (source)

Years later, when a portrait of Smith was displayed in the Capitol, civil rights champion John Lewis had this to say:

"It is an affront to all of us ...[Democrat Smith is] perhaps best remembered for his obstruction in passing this country's civil rights laws. A man who in his own words never accepted the colored race as a race of people who had equal intelligence and education and social attainments as the White people of the South..." (source)

And he wasn't just an opponent.  Democrat Howard Smith "was long the leading opponent of civil rights laws for Blacks" in the House of Representatives. (source)

As for that towering Democrat figure in the Senate, Robert Byrd once wrote this:

"The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth ... in every state in the Union."  (source)

And he once uttered these words:

"I will never submit to fight beneath that banner (the American flag) with a nigger by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds." (source)

That's your party's - the Democratic Party's - civil rights legacy, Timmy.  That's what's "on your mantle over the fireplace."  Get it right.  And live with it every day for the rest of your life.

A Headline I'd Like To See

In today's news: Obama Orders Lenders to Cut Mortgage Payments for Jobless...

If only ...

Mortgage Lenders Order Obama To Mind His Own Business ...

ObamaCare Won't Hurt At All. Just Bend Over.

"Most Americans who get their coverage from their workplaces will see no major change ..."
"Insurance rates will begin to come down ..."

-- Roanoke Times editorial  --

Were they lying, wrong, or just stupid? You decide:
AT&T will take $1B non-cash charge for health care
By Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

New York – AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers.

The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses. On Friday, 3M Co. said it will also take a charge of $85 million to $90 million.

All five are smaller than AT&T, and their combined charges are less than half of the $1 billion that AT&T is planning. The $1 billion is a third of AT&T's most recent quarterly earnings. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company earned $3 billion on revenue of $30.9 billion.

AT&aT said Friday that the charge reflects changes to how Medicare subsidies are taxed. Companies say the health care overhaul will require them to start paying taxes next year on a subsidy they receive for retiree drug coverage.

AT&T also said Friday that it is looking into changing the health care benefits it offers because of the new law. Analysts say retirees could lose the prescription drug coverage provided by their former employers as a result of the overhaul. [link] [emphasis mine]
This is exactly what I warned you would happen.  And now it's happening at lightning speed.

Someone needs to get through to those geniuses at the Roanoke Times and ...

Uh, never mind.  Don't waste your breath.

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How could this have happened, you ask?

Ed Morrissey:
Congress passed the bill without knowing what was in it. Barack Obama signed it without reading it.  Now it looks as though the Associated Press reported on ObamaCare without comprehending its content.   Readers will have to scroll far down to discover that the elimination of a key tax break that kept retirees on company prescription-medication plans will mean dumping millions of seniors onto Medicare — and that the AP ignored it until now.
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See also "Some States Find Burdens in New Rules on Health Care."

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See also "So You Bought Into The Hype."

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Is it fair to say that the tactic that Washington Democrats used to hide the details of the plan until the last minute was successful in getting it passed, but has also brought about a "death by a thousand cuts" momentum?

No, It Won't

You want to know why the experts are wrong about this?

CBO report: Debt will rise to 90% of GDP

Because long before we ever get to that point - in 2020 - the United States of America, as we know it, will have ceased to exist if the government doesn't make draconian cuts in outlays in order to keep from reaching that milestone.

Which it won't.

We have Obama and his party to thank for this.

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This involves a remarkable achievement on the part of our president.  All the heads of state from George Washington to George W. Bush - George to George - accumulated a combined federal debt of $6.3 trillion.  Obama, all by himself, will have run up a debt of $14.0 trillion.

That assumes, of course, that there isn't open rebellion and chaos in the streets before 2020 or that the Chinese haven't foreclosed on our debt and seized control of all our assets.

Way to go, Mr. Hope & Change.

This Is How You Skewer The Left

They make such easy targets of themselves.

See "Sun Rises In East; Krugman Makes Fool of Himself."

Great stuff.

The Country's Run By Idiots

This from the second-most powerful Democrat in Washington:

Oh, wait. I forgot Vice President Biden.

This from the second-most senile Democrat in Washington:

The Country's Run By Idiots II

Obama's transportation secretary decrees that we are all to sprout wings:

Today I want to announce a sea change. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized.”

Said the man to a nation that has no other means of transportation.

"So let it be written.  So let it be done."

For the love of God.  Are these people for real?

Let's Talk About Coal-Fired Power Plants

Next time someone starts whining about how they pollute the planet, bring up this graph, provided by Randall Hoven:

Here's what it reveals:

Since 1990, the population of the United States has increased by 22%.  In that same period, energy consumption has increased a somewhat correspondingly 19%. 

But look at how power plant "pollution" has been dramatically curtailed.  Reduced by a mind-blowing 41%.

Any effort to further restrict what's "going up the stack" is, without argument, majoring in the minors.  And will prove to be staggeringly expensive.

So why all the fuss?

Oh, yeah.  Global warming.


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* EPA findings cited by Mr. Hoven:

Changes in annual U.S. emissions of various air pollutants, 1990 to 2008:

Fine particulate matter:  -58%

Coarse particulate matter:  -39%

Ammonia:  -6%

Oxides of sulfur:  -50%

Oxides of nitrogen:  -36%

Volatile organic compounds:  -35%

Carbon monoxide:  -53%

Lead:  -79%
** Click on the image to enlarge it.

Congressional Conflagration Post Mortem

This (from "Health Care Mice and Men," Richmond Times-Dispatch) seems about right to me:
Permit us some random thoughts:

Americans dislike mandates. The most unpopular aspects of the plan relate to the compulsory items -- especially to requirements that individuals buy approved policies.

As we said yesterday, thanks to a dysfunctional process the U.S. may find itself with the worst aspects of nationalized medicine and few of the benefits.

Polls indicate a split among the citizenry. Critics of the bill want to think the public shares their hostility. The reality is more nuanced.

Scott Brown's election in Massachusetts and the Tea Party movement had scant effect on the outcome.

Bart Stupak's capitulation was as predictable as a win by UConn's women's basketball team.

We knew the House would pass the bill when Obama delayed his trip to Indonesia.

Voters will deliver their verdict in November. 

November it is.  Be there.

And Do It With a Smile

Because you know it's the right thing to do:

It needs it.

Friday, March 26, 2010

How Quickly Things Have Changed ...

... for the worse.

Take a look at this shocking graphic from the New York Times.  It shows government projections just one year ago regarding the solvency of the Social Security system as compared to updated projections made and released this month:

To make matters worse, Obama and crew just raised taxes - a bunch - on those individuals and businesses that make made the system - in the short term anyway - sustainable.

It's all downhill from here.  Expect another dramatic revision to that chart a year from now.

My God.  My. God.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

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See also "U.S. Plans Big Expansion in Effort to Aid Homeowners."

Key words being "U.S. Plans Big Expansion."

I'm Sure Some Will Be Disappointed

You gotta admit, this is funny (warning, the following graphic contains asterisks):

I think we were supposed to give up our reservations about giving up our freedoms and stand in awe of Mr. Wonderful's accomplishment.

So much for that.  Do the words "Take it and Stick it!" mean anything?

Thanks go out to Hot Air.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Yes. Let's Have That Fight.

Obama to the American people: "If they want to have that fight, we can have it."

America to Obama: "Yes, let's."

55% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill

62 percent want Congressional Republicans to keep challenging the bill

When do you suppose it's going to dawn on him that each member of the mainstream media can only vote once?  And there are 169 million non-journalist voters out here, each one to be impacted in a major way by ObamaCare between now and November.

Yes.  Let's.

How Uncivil We Are

The Washington Post editorial page (see "Putting Out The Flames") calls upon all elected representatives in the Capitol to take time out and calm the American electorate down.

If only they had been as concerned about We the People last week when they supported Obama's plan to tax us and regulate us and fine us and ...

"Dear congressman: You stuck a hot poker up their asses last week.  Now they're squealing.  Please make them stop.  They're being so uncivil."

The nerve.

Put Up Or Shut Up

Did any Tea Partier shout the word "nigger" at those black Democrats who walked through the crowd of protesters at that rally in Washington last weekend?  Even once?  Seems easy enough to prove.  Or disprove.  After all, they - the Democrats - were carrying video cameras at the event and were aiming them at the protesters as they walked in their midst.

Let's find out.

Andrew Breitbart calls out the race hustlers and tells them to put up or shut up:
2010: A Race Odyssey — Disproving a Negative for Cash Prizes or, How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark
by Andrew Breitbart

Haven’t we had enough? Are we going to allow the left to use its despicable acts of lies and intimidation to shut up legitimate dissent on a subject that has nothing to do with race? Are we going to allow the professional race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to continue their shakedown rackets — so memorably exposed by Shelby Steele in his book White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promised of the Civil Rights Era?

If we let them get away with Saturday’s stunt — using the imagery of the Civil Rights era and hurtful lies to cast aspersions upon the tea party whole — then they really will have won the day.

It’s time for the allegedly pristine character of Rep. John Lewis to put up or shut up. Therefore, I am offering $10,000 of my own money to provide hard evidence that the N- word was hurled at him not 15 times, as his colleague reported, but just once. Surely one of those two cameras wielded by members of his entourage will prove his point.

And surely if those cameras did not capture such abhorrence, then someone from the mainstream media — those who printed and broadcast his assertions without any reasonable questioning or investigation — must themselves surely have it on camera. Of course we already know they don’t. If they did, you’d have seen it by now.

There was a day these snakes would have gotten away with this.  Because the liberal media shield them from criticism and oversight.

But those days are gone.

Weblogs, YouTube, and video cameras have changed everything.

Not that the race hustlers (I'll continue to refer to them as "slave traders") will cease their efforts to bait their easily baited constituencies.  It has its effect.  It gets them reelected.  And makes Sharpton and Jackson wealthy men.

So.  $10,000 to the person or persons who can come forward with audio from that demonstration with the word "nigger" recorded on it.

Put up.  Or forever, please, shut up.


I ask you: Do you believe Barack Obama would have treated Osama bin Ladin this poorly?
Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner'
By Giles Whittell and James Hider, Times of London

For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.

“It was awful,” the congressman said. [link]
How disgraceful.  We wouldn't treat our worst enemies in this deplorable way.

But then, our sworn enemies seem to be our best friends these days.  Or so Obama would have it.

Commie Supports ObamaCare

See "Cuban leader applauds US health-care reform bill."

The import will be lost on every single member of the mainstream press.

Welcome To ObamAmerica

"Makes me feel like my rights were completely stripped away."

Judge a Man By The Friends He Keeps

In the case of 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello - Democrat - it's union thugs that are his best buddies. Here's another one of those web ads bought and paid for by the Service Employees International Union:

The unions love Tom Perriello.

Nothing more need be said.

A Look Onto ObamaCare

This is what Obama and his Washington Democrats have wrought:
Massachusetts Is Our Future
Massachusetts's pilot program has been a fiscal train wreck.
By Timothy P. Cahill, writing in the Wall Street Journal

White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod hailed the Massachusetts health-care program as "the template" for the national health-care reform legislation the president signed into law earlier this week. That should be cause for serious concern about this law's ability to improve our health-care system at an affordable cost.

As state treasurer, I can speak with authority about the Massachusetts pilot program. It has been a fiscal train wreck.

The universal insurance coverage we adopted in 2006 was projected to cost taxpayers $88 million a year. However, since this program was adopted in 2006, our health-care costs have in total exceeded $4 billion. The cost of Massachusetts' plan has blown a hole in the Commonwealth's budget. Just last Thursday, Gov. Deval Patrick's office announced a $294 million shortfall related to health-care costs.

If not for federal Medicaid reimbursements and commitments from Washington to prop up this plan, Massachusetts would be broke. The only reason MassCare has survived is that we have been repeatedly bailed out by the federal government. But that raises the question: Who will bail America out if we implement a similar program? [link]
As long as Obama can keep printing money, this house of cards we call America will continue to limp along.   But the day is soon coming when it all comes crashing down.

And it won't be pretty.

Typical News Media

The Democrats in Washington being threatened with death or worse by rampaging Tea Partiers is all the rage (am I allowed by law to use that word?) on network news right now.  To the point where it becomes laughable.

Prepare to laugh:
The (Deliberately?) Ignorant Seattle Times and the Rep. Driehaus Office Rock-Throw
By Tom Blumer, NewsBusters

People in Cincinnati who follow politics reasonably closely will be scratching their heads wondering what's gotten into the people assembling news stories at the Seattle Times once they learn of what the Times reported in an item that originally went up Wednesday evening and was modified Thursday morning:

"A rock was thrown through the window of (1st District Congressman) Driehaus' Cincinnati office Sunday, and a death threat was phoned in to his Washington office a day later, Mulvey said."

Driehaus, who claims to be pro-life but in reality stopped being so when he supported Barack Obama for President in 2008, is one of the members of the Bart Stupak contingent that abandoned their alleged pro-life beliefs to vote for statist health care in the House Sunday night.

Well, perhaps the death threat was real, and of course if it is it demands a thorough investigation.

But there's a "little" problem with the news about that rock throw:

Driehaus's office is on the 30th floor of the Carew Tower downtown. [link]

Made for a good story though.  Even if it was a complete lie.

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I was going to comment yesterday on the threats being made against the life of 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello, until I read the details of the story.  See "Potential threat against Perriello." Here's how it reads:

"Someone cut the line on a propane tank at the home of Congressman Tom Perriello's brother after his address was posted online by tea party activists angry about passage of the federal health care..."

Got that?  The alleged vandalism was directed at a hose on a gas grill, for God's sake. Out in the yard. Of Perriello's brother's house.  Somewhere far removed from Tom's place of residence.  And that's interpreted to be an act of violence directed at the Democratic congressman.

Like my finding a dead deer on my property recently could be a message from the Corleone family to stop saying bad things about the mob.  Where's the New York Times?  Oh, the humanity!

Ya gotta love the mainstream press.

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Then there's the story about the "Coffin left on Congressman Russ Carnahan's lawn."

It turns out to be total bullshit too.

I See a Lawsuit

Two points:

(1) This ain't right.

(2) If the police cared, do you think it would have taken them long to correct their mistake?
Computer snafu is behind at least 50 'raids' on Brooklyn couple's home
By Kate Nocera and John Lauinger, New York Daily News Writers

Blame it on a computer.

Embarrassed cops on Thursday cited a "computer glitch" as the reason police targeted the home of an elderly, law-abiding couple more than 50 times in futile hunts for bad guys.

Apparently, the address of Walter and Rose Martin's Brooklyn home was used to test a department-wide computer system in 2002.

What followed was years of cops appearing at the Martins' door looking for murderers, robbers and rapists - as often as three times a week.

After the Daily News exclusively reported on the couple's plague of police raids yesterday, apologetic detectives from the NYPD's Identity Theft Squad showed up at their home. [link]
I can see a delegation of police officials coming to apologize after the first mistake.  Or the second.  But fifty?

Come on.

Walter and Rose Martin should sue the socks off of the borough of Brooklyn for its negligence.  And for harassment.

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A reader comments:
Nobody removed the address from the database or the back-up files.

In this, increasingly Orwellian society, many of us have our names placed on police data bases without our knowledge. Your name could be added because you write to someone in prison, meet with a controversial figure (for example, David Duke) or if you participate in political activism, such as anti-abortion, pro-gun rallies, or even holding membership in groups deemed politically incorrect, such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

[A] common tactic used against a divorced father by his ex-wife, was to charge or imply that the man had abused children. Even though the charges were nearly always proved to be false, the women were never charged with perjury, yet the men had their names added to a watch list of potential pedophiles and periodically monitored by police.

The cops are not interested in cleaning up such databases and they have no remorse about the destruction to other peoples lives such errors bring. The government has no internal controls in place to purge databases and their back-up files once someone is proved innocent, or if the charges are discovered to be without merit.

There should be support from both parties to provide strong internal review of police and national criminal databases, so that procedures are in lace for citizens to be informed that they are on a list and why, along with steps for redress of errors.
Such action would certainly seem warranted.  This is a disgrace.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Yes. Let's Thank Him.

I noticed one of those Google banner advertisements over on Instapundit.com this morning.  I thought you folks over in the 5th Congressional District might be interested.

The ad, by the way, was paid for by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The union, by the way, is made up mostly of overpaid government and health care workers.

Health care workers who, by the way, are benefiting most from Tom Perriello's YES vote on health care.

A vote that, by the way, was taken to raise massive amounts of taxes while the country is in deep recession and millions of Americans are out of work.  Including tens of thousands in Perriello's district.

Yes, by all means, join government union members in thanking Tom Perriello for his vote.  

By the way, election day is November 2.  Show him some love.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

What's Your Beef?

Sometimes I read a Roanoke Times editorial and just scratch my head in total bemusement. Apparently the "liberals" (noun: those showing or or who are characterized by broad-mindedness) there think Texas is going to hell in a handbasket because conservatives (noun: knuckle-dragging neanderthals who want to restrict knowledge and education) on the state school board of education want to broaden the schools' curriculum.

That's right.  The conservatives want to expand the curriculum.  And those "progressives" (noun: morons) at the Times consider that to be a travesty.

Tell me if this makes any sense:

Whose story?

Conservative Texas Republicans working second jobs as revisionist historians on the state's elected school board are right in one way. Our understanding of our past influences who we are and the course we would set for our future.

As they so perfectly demonstrate, the history of a nation is too important to leave to partisan hacks.

Downplaying Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, in favor of St. Thomas Aquinas as a thinker whose writings stirred the revolutionary fervor of our Founding Fathers and others?

Studying the inaugural address of Jefferson Davis, first and last president of the Confederacy, alongside that of Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States?

These are among the more than 100 changes the Texas board has decided -- on straight, 10-to-5 party line votes -- to incorporate in the state's once-a-decade revision of its social studies curriculum.

Virginians should care because, by virtue of its size and buying power, Texas textbooks tend to spread like a prairie fire through the nation's schools.

The times are too perilous to set ourselves adrift on the flimsy raft of politics. [link]
You'll note that the "conservatives" aren't replacing the study of Thomas Jefferson.  Or replacing the study of Abraham Lincoln.  Their crime is in wanting the children in Texas public schools to know more than they would have otherwise.  Is there an issue there?  Really?

How dare school administrators broaden the curriculum to include topics that broad-minded liberals think should be banned.

I know.  Your head is swimming.  Welcome to the club.

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* Note: I have a special bone to pick with the phrase, "Conservative Texas Republicans working second jobs as revisionist historians ..."  History is in no way being revised.  It's simply being given the light of day.  A crime to the "enlightened" crowd, it would appear.

Promises, Promises

The Democrats have created a new program to "fix" health care.

And you're asked to believe them.  The same bunch who are there to keep Social Security from being broken.
Social Security Payouts to Exceed Revenue This Year
By Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times

This year, the system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold it was not expected to cross until at least 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Stephen C. Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, said that while the Congressional projection would probably be borne out, the change would have no effect on benefits in 2010 and retirees would keep receiving their checks as usual.

The problem, he said, is that payments have risen more than expected during the downturn, because jobs disappeared and people applied for benefits sooner than they had planned. At the same time, the program’s revenue has fallen sharply, because there are fewer paychecks to tax. [link]
"Fewer paychecks to tax."

"Fewer paychecks to tax."

"Fewer paychecks to tax."

At some point this must sink in.  We need capitalism back.  And now.

All the government "stimulus plans" in the world will never produce more private sector paychecks.

Let's Remember Who Made It 'Personal'

I call upon those who feel outrage toward the members of Congress who are wrecking our health care system to try to avoid lashing out at them.  Violence will not repair the damage they've done.

That having been said, I understand the rage.  If only our elected representatives and their buddies in the press did as well:
The backlash: Reform turns personal
By Jake Sherman and Marin Cogan, Politico

The vitriolic health care debate has become personal — too personal, say House Democrats who voted for the bill and now find not just themselves but their families in the cross hairs of opponents.

Democrats said their political opponents go too far when they bring members’ families into the fray. [link]
I would be mortified if a Democrat - or family member - experienced some kind of physical retribution from an angry citizen.

But let's understand who it is that made this personal.  

It's those Democrats who are raising our health care bills.

It's those Democrats who have instructed us - at the point of a gun - to buy health insurance, or else.

It's those Democrats who are squandering money that our children and grandchildren will earn in decades to come.

It's those Democrats who have decided that, in order to provide coverage for the disadvantaged, the rest of us will have to have our health care rationed.

It's those Democrats who have told our grandparents that they need to start thinking about "quality of life" issues, with all its implications.

It's those Democrats who have slashed funding for Medicare, in a period in our history when more and more Americans are going to need it to survive.

It's those Democrats who have told us that our jobs - and our unemployment - are of lesser importance than the establishment of another poverty program - one of thousands.

Personal?  You bet it's personal.

But We the People sure as hell didn't make it so.

Obama Has Ensured Our Doom

You were warned.  Repeatedly:
Downsizing America's Economy
By Steve McCann, American Thinker

You can thank President Obama for the lower standard of living coming your way. The numbers tell the story.

The electorate in the United States is presently being bombarded from all sides with financial and economic statistics on health care and budget deficits. The scale and magnitude of the sums are incomprehensible. A calculation containing twelve or thirteen zeros causes the eye to glaze over. However, in their gut, the American people know that something is amiss and that the future very much in jeopardy.

The bleak tomorrows are no longer twenty-five, thirty, or fifty years out; in the next five to nine years, we will be noticeably poorer and on our way to third-world status. We will be like Brazil, only without the hope of wealth from vast offshore oil resources.

Ongoing annual budget shortfalls in the trillions of dollars will, by 2019, cause publicly held federal debt to exceed 100% of the gross domestic product. Together with all the trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, the United States will be, in essence, a bankrupt nation.

Deficit spending (program expenses exceeding dedicated revenue) began on Medicare (2008) and Social Security (2010). Social Security cash surpluses, which have been used to help finance other government activity, will no longer be available to supplement the rest of the federal budget. By 2019, these programs will require at least $160 to $200 billion a year in borrowing to keep up with promised benefits.

As a result of all the massive borrowing, the annual interest liability by 2019 will approach $900 billion annually. (2009: $187 billion.) Within nine years, spending on Medicare, Social Security, and interest will account for 97% of all federal revenue. [link]
And Obama just raised taxes on the American people by another $940,000,000,000.  At least.

There is nothing in that which you read above that offers an either/or proposition.  It's all fact.  We are already in an irreversible dilemma.  Only the magnitude of the implosion is in question.  That and what you intend to do to mitigate the damage.

My suggestion?

At minimum, remember in November who it was that brought this upon us.  And go into the voting booth with clenched fists and a set jaw.  And the resolve to stop the madness.

If we don't end this, the consequences are unlike anything we've ever imagined.

While Obama Was Hard At Work Destroying Our Health Care System ...

... the economy - the one he said was his Number One concern - continues to spiral out of control:
New Home Sales Show Market Continues to Struggle

Sales of newly built U.S. homes fell for a fourth straight month to a record low in February, but another rise in new orders for durable goods offered hope that the economic recovery remained on course.

The Commerce Department said on Wednesday sales of new single-family homes fell 2.2 percent to a 308,000 unit annual rate from 315,000 units in January. Markets had expected sales to edge up to a 320,000 unit annual pace.

"The housing market is really struggling to find its footing despite huge government support efforts. The near-term outlook for the housing market remains quite poor," said Zach Pandl, U.S. economist at Nomura Securities International in New York.

The data came on the heels of report on Tuesday showing existing home sales fell for a third straight month in February while the supply of houses on the market jumped. [link]
Record low home sales.  And now those most able to buy a new home, those with disposable income that might go toward a down payment, will be shelling it out to pay for ObamaCare in the form of new taxes.  A host of new taxes.

My God.

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By the way, don't get excited about that "another rise in new orders for durable goods offered hope" blurb.  It too disappointed analysts.

So You Bought Into The Hype

"Most Americans who get their coverage from their workplaces will see no major change ..."
"Insurance rates will begin to come down ..."
-- Roanoke Times editorial yesterday --

One day later, the truth starts to come crashing down upon us.

One day later:
ObamaCare Day One
Companies are already warning about higher health-care costs.
Wall Street Journal editorial

Democrats dragged themselves over the health-care finish line in part by repeating that voters would like the plan once it passed. Let's see what they think when they learn their insurance costs will jump right way.

Even before President Obama signed the bill on Tuesday, Caterpillar said it would cost the company at least $100 million more in the first year alone. Medical device maker Medtronic warned that new taxes on its products could force it to lay off a thousand workers. Now Verizon joins the roll of businesses staring at adverse consequences.

In an email titled "President Obama Signs Health Care Legislation" sent to all employees Tuesday night, the telecom giant warned that "we expect that Verizon's costs will increase in the short term." While executive vice president for human resources Marc Reed wrote that "it is difficult at this point to gauge the precise impact of this legislation," and that ObamaCare does reflect some of the company's policy priorities, the message to workers was clear: Expect changes for the worse to your health benefits as the direct result of this bill, and maybe as soon as this year.

Mr. Reed specifically cited a change in the tax treatment of retiree health benefits. When Congress created the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2003, it included a modest tax subsidy to encourage employers to keep drug plans for retirees, rather than dumping them on the government. The Employee Benefit Research Institute says this exclusion—equal to 28% of the cost of a drug plan—will run taxpayers $665 per person next year, while the same Medicare coverage would cost $1,209.

In a $5.4 billion revenue grab, Democrats decided that this $665 fillip should be subject to the ordinary corporate income tax of 35%. Most consulting firms and independent analysts say the higher costs will induce some companies to drop drug coverage, which could affect about five million retirees and 3,500 businesses. Verizon and other large corporations warned about this outcome.

U.S. accounting laws also require businesses to immediately restate their earnings in light of the higher tax burden on their long-term retiree health liabilities. This will have a big effect on their 2010 earnings.

While the drug tax subsidy is for retirees, companies consider their benefit costs as a total package. The new bill might cause some to drop retiree coverage altogether. Others may be bound by labor contracts to retirees, but then they will find other ways to cut costs. This means raising costs or reducing coverage for other employees. So much for Mr. Obama's claim that if you like your coverage, you can keep it—even at Fortune 500 companies.

In its employee note, Verizon also warned about the 40% tax on high-end health plans, though that won't take effect until 2018. "Many of the plans that Verizon offers to employees and retirees are projected to have costs above the threshold in the legislation and will be subject to the 40 percent excise tax." These costs will start to show up soon, and, as we repeatedly argued, the tax is unlikely to drive down costs. The tax burden will simply be spread to all workers—the result of the White House's too-clever decision to tax insurers, rather than individuals.

A Verizon spokesman said the company is merely addressing employee questions about ObamaCare, not making a political statement. But these and many other changes were enabled by the support of the Business Roundtable that counts Verizon as a member. Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg's health-reform ideas are 180 degrees from Mr. Obama's, but Verizon's shareholders and 900,000 employees and retirees will still pay the price.

Businesses around the country are making the same calculations as Verizon and no doubt sending out similar messages. It's only a small measure of the destruction that will be churned out by the rewrite of health, tax, labor and welfare laws that is ObamaCare, and only the vanguard of much worse to come. [link]
The Democrat Congress did this to us.  Congress and Obama.  Remember that.  Hang onto it.  Hold these animals to account in November.

And fear for your country.