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Friday, April 30, 2010

You Must Be Joking

I damn near threw up when I read this piece from Roanoke Times reporter Tonia Moxley:
Poet Nikki Giovanni to bestow copyrights to Tech

Blacksburg -- Poet Nikki Giovanni may be the closest thing to royalty Virginia Tech can claim.

And now the "Princess of Black Poetry" has bestowed her literary jewels on the university.

Tech President Charles Steger announced at a special event Thursday at the Inn at Virginia Tech that Giovanni and English professor Virginia Fowler have pledged a joint donation to the university's $1 billion capital campaign that includes copyrights to Giovanni's literary works.

Fowler and Giovanni have "touched thousands of students," and through this gift "will continue to touch thousands of students ..." [link]
If there's an axiom that always holds true, it's this: It doesn't take much to "touch" college students.  Insipid poetry written by lesbian professors will always "touch" young skulls full of mush. Ditto Roanoke Times reporters.

One of Giovanni's more famous:


in life
one is always
like we juggle our mothers
against our fathers
or one teacher
against another
(only to balance our grade average)
3 grains of salt
to one ounce truth
our sweet black essence
or the funky honkies down the street
and lately I've begun wondering
if you re trying to tell me something
we used to talk all night
and do things alone together
and i've begun
(as a reaction to a feeling)
to balance
the pleasure of loneliness
against the pain
of loving you

That gibberish passes for poetry in academe.

No, I'm not kidding.

E.E. Cummings is rolling over in his grave.

My personal Giovanni favorite, however, is this one:

The True Import Of Present Dialogue, Black vs. Negro (For Peppe, Who Will Ultimately Judge Our Efforts)

Can you kill
Can you kill
Can a nigger kill
Can a nigger kill a honkie
Can a nigger kill the Man
Can you kill nigger
Huh? nigger can you
Do you know how to draw blood
Can you poison
Can you stab-a-Jew
Can you kill huh? nigger
Can you kill
Can you run a protestant down with your
'68 El Dorado
(that's all they're good for anyway)
Can you kill
Can you piss on a blond head
Can you cut it off
Can you kill
A nigger can die
We ain't got to prove we can die
We got to prove we can kill
They sent us to kill
Japan and Africa
We policed europe
Can you kill
Can you kill a white man
Can you kill the nigger
in you
Can you make your nigger mind
Can you kill your nigger mind
And free your black hands to
Can you kill
Can a nigger kill
Can you shoot straight and
Fire for good measure
Can you splatter their brains in the street
Can you kill them
Can you lure them to bed to kill them
We kill in Viet Nam
for them
We kill for UN & NATO & SEATO & US
And everywhere for all alphabet but
Can we learn to kill WHITE for BLACK
Learn to kill niggers
Learn to be Black men

Forget that she's a lesbian. And that she's possessed of "literary jewels." And that she's the princess of Virginia Tech. If anyone else on this planet wrote, "Can you kill a white man, Can you splatter their brains in the street, Can you kill them, Can you lure them to bed to kill them, Can we learn to kill WHITE for BLACK," they'd be sent to prison.

But this talentless - racist - Giovanni is feted as being some kind of larger-than-life campus celebrity.  "Royalty," as this Moxley woman would have it.

Well, not in my world, babe.

Now or ever.

Militia Case Falling Apart?

They were made out to be gun nuts plotting to overthrow the government.  Were they?  Or were they just playing games?  A federal judge now wants the truth:
Judge asks feds to show militia did more than talk
By Ed White, AP

Detroit (AP) - A federal judge challenged prosecutors Wednesday to show that nine members of a Michigan militia accused of plotting war against the government had done more than just talk and should remain locked up.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts heard nearly 10 hours of testimony and arguments over two days. She did not make a decision about whether the nine will remain in custody, saying only that a ruling would come soon.

The members of a southern Michigan group called Hutaree have been in custody for a month. An indictment accuses them of weapons violations and a rare crime: conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the government by first killing police officers.

Prosecutors say the public would be at risk if the nine are released. But defense lawyers claim the government has overreached with a criminal case based mostly on hateful speech.

An undercover agent infiltrated the group and secretly made recordings that have been played in court. While there is talk about killing police, it's not specific. In one conversation, there are many people talking over each other and laughing.

Roberts pressed that point more than once as Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet argued in favor of keeping the nine in jail. The judge suggested she didn't hear or read in the transcripts any indication that violence was imminent.

"Mere presence where a crime may be planned is not a crime. ... How does this add up to seditious conspiracy?" Roberts said. [link]
TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 115 > § 2384 of the U.S. Code:

Seditious conspiracy:

"If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both."

Did the morons who made up the membership of this militia club conspire to do any of the above, or were they simply guilty of shooting their mouths off and playing badass? In following this story it's clear that even the judge doesn't see any seditious activity here.

And now, for the prosecution, it's "put up or shut up" time.

Caption of the Day

From Hot Air:

Never forget this:

Conservatives want everyone to someday be rich.
Liberals hate the rich.

Explains Obama.

Poster Boy For The Environmental Movement Livin' Large

At what point does the "Save the Earth!" crowd come to realize they've been duped?
Al Gore, Tipper Gore snap up Montecito-area villa
The Italian-style home has an ocean view, fountains, six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times

Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a Montecito-area property to their real estate holdings, reports the Montecito Journal.

The couple spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, a real estate source familiar with the deal confirms. The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms. [link]
In response, I quote a famous conservationist:

"Whether our purpose is to preserve the simple pleasure of fishing in a mountain stream on an autumn morning or the simple security of knowing that our children's drinking water is safe - to save an endangered species, an endangered wilderness, or an endangered earth - we have it in our power to restore the earth's balance before the growing imbalance inflicts its greatest potential damage on our children and grandchildren. Today the human species is the only one with the self-knowledge and the capacity to protect its own future."

Quoted from Al Gore's Earth In The Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, 1993.

So you know, Al chose young people to preach to because they are the most vulnerable and most easily led.

He's now, by the way, a billionaire with a massive following of ... young people.

You go, Al.  Elmer Gantry stands in awe.

Quote of the Day

The ACLU becomes a lapdog for the establishment:

"[W]e've come to this: The premier First Amendment organization in America now favors limitations on the First Amendment in the area in which all agree it must have its most powerful application—political speech during election campaigns."

Floyd Abrams, Ira Glasser, and Joel Gora, "The ACLU Approves Limits on Speech," Wall Street Journal, April 30, 2010

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

Peggy Noonan:

The American president has the power to control America's borders if he wants to, but George W. Bush and Barack Obama did not and do not want to, and for the same reason, and we all know what it is. The fastest-growing demographic in America is the Hispanic vote, and if either party cracks down on illegal immigration, it risks losing that vote for generations.

But while the Democrats worry about the prospects of the Democrats and the Republicans about the well-being of the Republicans, who worries about America?

No one. Which the American people have noticed, and which adds to the dangerous alienation  - actually it's at the heart of the alienation - of the age.
George Bush will tell you that he did do something.  He sent the National Guard to the border.

What he won't tell you is that he sent the Guard down there with orders that the soldiers keep their weapons unloaded and to do nothing to stop the flow of illegals crossing the border.  They were there for show. 

This to secure a few votes?

And now Obama's even worse.

Where's an America-loving person to turn?

I Agree With Andrea Mitchell

Which means I may be losing my mind.

So I was watching the news the other night and saw the segment dealing with the British prime minister, Gordon Brown, getting himself in all kinds of trouble - apparently - for having muttered to an aide that an elderly constituent that he'd just talked to was bigoted.  A mutter that - according to the press, ahem - has enraged a nation.

Having listened closely to the exchange, I turned to Paula and said, "Well she is a bigot."

What was the big deal?

Looks like I'm not alone:
NBC's Andrea Mitchell Sides With U.K. Prime Minister, Slams Voter as a Bigot
By Scott Whitlock, NewsBusters

On Thursday's Morning Joe, NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell appeared and seemed to agree with Britain's Prime Minister that a voter he met was a bigot. Discussing Gordon Brown's April 28 comments, which were caught on a live mic, Mitchell defended, "And what he said is not actually that offensive...I mean, it was an honest opinion."

Even the fellow panel members on the mostly liberal MSNBC seemed shocked. Guest Sam Stein of the left-wing Huffington Post recoiled, "Really? To call her bigoted?"

Mitchell repeated her charge: "Well, she was decrying immigration and in a lot of people's views, that is a bigoted stand." [link]
Look, I've been called a bigot many times, so I know something of the meaning of the word.  And for a person to be opposed to immigrants, per se, does make one bigoted (as opposed to being against illegal immigration, which is a perfectly justifiable position).

I didn't understand what the uproar was about.  I still don't.  Others, it appears, feel the same way.

But Andrea Mitchell?

Guns Don't Kill People ...

... lunatics do.

When society ignores the mentally deranged amongst us:
Man stabs 28 children at kindergarten in China
By Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press Writer

Taixing, China (AP) — The screams of the 4-year-olds inside the kindergarten could be heard out in the street. When people ran in to investigate, they found what one witness said was a scene "too horrible to imagine" — blood everywhere as a knife-wielding man slashed 28 children, two teachers and a security guard Thursday in the second such school attack in China in two days.

Experts called it a copycat rampage triggered by similar incidents Wednesday and last month. They said the wave of school attacks falls amid poor care for the mentally unstable and growing feelings of social injustice in the fast-changing country. [link]
My God.  Even the Chinese are powerless to stop these monsters.

'You May Be a Taliban If ...'

1. You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to liquor.

2. You own a $3,000 machine gun and $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can't afford shoes.

3. You have more wives than teeth.

4. You wipe your butt with your bare hand, but consider bacon "unclean."

5. You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.

6. You can't think of anyone you haven't declared Jihad against.

7. You consider television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your clothing.

8. You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.

9. You have nothing against women and think every man should own at least four.

10. You've always had a crush on your neighbor's goat.

11. Your cousin is president of the United States

Thanks go out to Jeff Foxworthy.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

NY Times Undies In Bunch

Oh, the outrage:
The Candidate From Xenophobia
New York Times editorial

As primary elections approach across the land, the award for best bottom-feeding campaigner surely belongs to Tim James, an Alabama gubernatorial candidate who vows to put an end to that grave threat posed by driver’s license tests being conducted in any language but English. “This is Alabama. We speak English,” Mr. James warns in a make-my-day growl.

Alabama voters should be insulted. [link]
Alabama voters should be insulted?  Well, let's talk about New York voters.  Just down the street from the Ivory Tower we call the New York Times building, far, far away from that racist cesspool we call Alabama, we get this:
NY Senator: 'You Racist People In Here'
Sen. Kevin Parker Hurls Racism Accusations At Colleagues In Albany, Calls Republicans 'White Supremacists'
By Marcia Kramer, CBS

Albany (CBS) ― It looks like the circus and childish antics are rearing their ugly head once again in Albany.

It started as an angry blow-up, and then it escalated. A state senator with a history of anger management issues says his race-based rant was part of his fight against the "evil of white supremacy."

Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker is a well-documented hothead, and on Wednesday he took to the airwaves to unapologetically defend his latest shouting match.

"It's par for the course for what we have to do in Albany – fighting the forces of evil," Senator Parker said.

Parker shockingly identified the "enemies" he's fighting as other senators.

"These long-term, white supremacist, you know, Republican senators," he said. [link]
No word from the New York Times about whether this racist bigot shouted with "a make-my-day growl."

In fact, there was no word from the New York Times on the subject at all.  Bigotry, as we've all come to learn from these creeps, is a one-way street.

- - -

If you want to view the video of Tim James's reasonable call - sans growl, ahem - for an English Only version of the driver's license exam (oh, the humanity!), go here:

How About We Decide

Former Republican and soon-to-be former Senator Arlen Specter:

Well, I probably shouldn’t say this, but I have thought from time to time that I might have helped the country more if I’d stayed a Republican.”

To most of us, you'd have done the country a whole lot more good if you'd stayed in diapers and never left the crib.

As an alternative, though, the Democratic Party will suffice.

Stay there.

Liberals Caricature Themselves

I know I keep bringing up that Roanoke Times editorial (see the laughably entitled "The Politics of Rage") in which the alarm bell was rung after a barbecue grill hose was found to be severed and the determination was made by the severed hose experts at the Times that it had been cut by a right-wing reactionary's razor blade knife, followed by the Times's severed-hose-implications psychologist's determination that the hose being severed was the act of  a sick Republican full of - and I quote - "anger and rage" ..."reaching feverish and dangerous levels."

This over a damaged barbecue grill in someone's backyard.

I place my reaction right up there with orgasm.  Almost.

And if that ain't good enough to warm the cockles of one's heart, get a load of this:

You may want to click on the image to enlarge it.  The photo shows police (in the bakground) - in full riot gear - protecting Barack Obama (who was giving a speech nearby) from two potential barbecue grill severers and/or Troyskyite subversives, otherwise known to the real world as ... grannies.

Jim Hoft has the story about these troubling ultraconservatives:
Team Obama Calls Out Swat Team on Tea Party Patriots!

The SWAT Team was called in today at the Quincy Tea Party Rally. Obama was speaking at the convention center this afternoon.

They didn’t want any violence from these threatening protesters.

They were singing “God Bless America” …A sure sign of violence.
See the government's measured response to this potentially dangerous threat to our way of life here:

The Republic teeters on the brink. What if Grandma had hauled out her knitting needles? The implications are the stuff that editorials are made of.

This after the sabotaged barbecue grill!  What next?   Boogers in Obama's gas tank?

Is it even safe to walk the streets anymore?

Comment of the Day

From a "John R" responding to a Roanoke Times piece:

"The only positive consequence of 'cash for clunkers' was it took 90% of the 'Obama in '08' bumper stickers off the road."

Good line.

Why The Environmentalists Lost The Debate

Because along the way they lost their freaking minds:

Just as valid:

Global Warming May Cure Cancer, Mental Illness

You can have your delusions. I can have mine.

Headline of the Day

Without one shot being fired or one gulag being established:

Of course, now they'll all flock to Virginia ...

Did You Ever Wonder How Richard Nixon Got Elected?

Think about it.  The most hated man in American history.  The most reprehensible, sinister, plotting, brooding, calculating, malefactor to have ever occupied the White House won 97% of the electoral vote in 1972.

And he wasn't very good looking either.

How could that have happened?

Three words, baby:


In response to the anti-war violence and the inner city riots that were sweeping through America's streets, Nixon promised to bring back the rule of law.  To control the mob.  To bring order out of chaos.

And he won two elections - 1968 and 1972 - the second by a landslide - on that basis alone (his pledge to get us out of Vietnam was a sideshow and received a mixed response from the electorate).

The message was that powerful.  Law and order.

Fast forward to 2010.  Illegal immigration.  Arizona's governor signs a law that the east coast liberal establishment has called draconian and a west coast Catholic bishop has deemed to be reminiscent of the Nazi era and ...
Poll Bounce for Arizona Governor After Signing Immigration Law

Last week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an immigration law that launched a national debate. It has also at least temporarily helped her own chances of remaining Arizona’s governor.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows that 56% now approve of the way Brewer is performing her role as governor. Two weeks ago, just 40% offered their approval.

The new figure includes 22% who Strongly Approve of the governor’s performance. That’s up from five percent (5%) before Brewer signed the law that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. [link]
Say what you will about  the methods being adopted by the state of Arizona (as I did) to end illegal immigration, the American people accept the fact that the overriding purpose of government is to protect the citizenry.  Maintain order.  First and foremost.  Anything beyond that we can talk about.  But law and order are the foundation upon which an ordered society can function.  Without it you get ... Chicago.

So the governor of Arizona signs into law a bill that the mainstream press has likened to the establishment of the concentration camp system, circa 1939, location Deutschland, and the governor's popularity leaps skyward!

If it worked for the most reprehensible, sinister, plotting, brooding, calculating, malefactor to have ever occupied the White House, who can argue with its power?

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* Yeah, I know.  There are a whole lot more minorities in this country today than there were in 1968.  But I'd argue that the black and Hispanic communities here in America, regardless what you read in the press and hear from the likes of Al Sharpton, by and large demand law and order in their communities as well.  To prove it.

Nor Will It Block His Nuking Israel

Expect Your Debt To Quadruple

Obama concerned about Greek debt, monitoring closely

When The Plan Continues To Fail ...

... try, try again.

You read the other day the news that the most gun-restrictive city in America is so lawless that political leaders there are now calling for National Guard troops to be brought in to control the streets?  You'd think the geniuses who run things there would connect the dots (there are only two, fellas) and decide that maybe disarming the law-abiding - and failing utterly to disarm those who have every intention of breaking the law - wasn't a smooth move.  That maybe reversing course and allowing people to protect themselves and their property might be a more viable solution to the growing problems there.

But you'd be wrong.

In Chicago, with arguably the least intelligent mayor in the United States running things, it's full speed ahead:
Daley: Send gun industry lawsuit to World Court
By Fran Spielman, City Hall Reporter, Chicago Sun Times

Six years after the state Supreme Court dismissed his $433 million lawsuit against the gun industry, Mayor Daley today called for a change of venue — to the World Court normally reserved for disputes between nations and crimes against humanity.

Wrapping up the sixth annual Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum, Daley convinced more than a dozen of his counterparts from around the world to approve a resolution urging "redress against the gun industry through the courts of the world" in The Hague.

"This is coming from international mayors. They're saying, 'We’re tired of your guns, America. ... We don't want those anymore because guns kill and injure people,' " Daley told a news conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago. [link]
He even talks like a fourth grader.  "We're tired of your guns.  We don't want those anymore."  How proud the people of Chicago must be.  Maybe someday he'll be tired of his criminal element too and decide to actually do something about them.  Maybe not.

Not to be outdone when it comes to showing off his adolescence, the mayor of the murder capital of America - Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter - threw this in in support:

"People are being killed every day in the United States of America with illegal weapons. I love the 2nd Ammendment [sic]. [But], I have a 1st Ammendment [sic] right not to be shot."

We have a 1st Amendment right not to be shot?

I'm searchin' ... I'm searchin' ...

Must be an amendment to the Liberal Mayor's Guide To Stopping Crime and Preparing the Perfect Soufflé.

How proud the people of Philadelphia ...

'Doin' What Comes Natur'lly'

Lying through her teeth.

Here's 70-year-old Nancy Pelosi in real life:

Here she is on the cover of the most recent issue of Capital File magazine:

"Pelosi’s camp said the picture has not been airbrushed."

 And Pelosi's camp said ObamaCare will not raise costs or force people to lose their coverage too.

Nancy Pelosi.  Keepin' it ... real.

* The title of this post, "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," I'm sure you're wondering, comes from the Irving Berlin Broadway musical, "Annie Get Your Gun," 1946.
** Hat tip to the Washington Examiner.

God. Guns. Guts.

Rick Perry for president:
Gov. Perry Shoots Coyote During Jog
News Channel 10

Austin, Texas – Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog.

Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin.

Perry said he will carry his .380 Ruger — loaded with hollow-point bullets — when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He'd also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area.

When one came out of the brush toward his daughter's Labrador retriever, Perry charged.

"Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," he said Tuesday. [link]
A note to Mr. Perry:  I would avoid using hollow-points in an automatic.  There is greater risk that they wouldn't feed properly from the clip and get jammed as they chamber.  Just personal experience.

But beyond that, I wanna have this guy's children!  Coyotes are one thing.  But the governor, in blowing the varmint away and telling about having done it, incurred the wrath of some far more lethal predators - the mainstream press and every PETA member on the planet.  And he doesn't care.

Too cool.   You just don't see that sort of thing ...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Who Knew: Boucher's a Conservative?

In an otherwise uninformed and uninforming news item in this morning's Roanoke Times about a gathering of Republican Congressional hopefuls over at Virginia Tech yesterday (see "9th District GOP candidates tout platforms"), reporter Tonia Moxley dropped this ditty about the man that one of them is going to face in November, a ditty that only a Rick Boucher staffer could have written:
Decidedly conservative when voting on wedge issues such as same-sex marriage and a staunch supporter of the coal industry, Boucher has built influence and power in Washington. His office provides extensive and popular constituent services, such as help with applications for Social Security disability benefits. And he brings home many millions of dollars in federal earmarks for the 9th District.
Was Moxley wearing her cheerleader outfit when she wrote that bit of horse shit?

One must wonder.

But let's look at her propaganda and see if she's blowing smoke:

1) Boucher is "decidedly conservative when voting on wedge issues such as same-sex marriage"?  How about the biggest wedge issue of them all?  From "On the Issues" Boucher:
  • • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
  • • Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • • Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • • Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • • Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003) 
Conservative?  Are you out of your mind?

How about this wedge issue - illegal immigration?
  • • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001) 
  • • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • • Rated 50% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
2) Boucher's "a staunch supporter of the coal industry?"  Tell it to the residents of the coalfields who are four-square in disagreement.

3) Boucher has "built influence and power in Washington"?  In fact, even with his decades of seniority, he chairs a meaningless subcommittee and is considered by most to be nothing more than an ineffectual go-along-get-along lapdog.

4) "He brings home many millions of dollars in federal earmarks for the 9th District."  That one is accurate.  To Boucher's everlasting shame.

Please.  I don't know what this Tonia Moxley has going for Rick Boucher but my suggestion is she either get a room or take a cold shower.  This is so unbecoming.

Someone told me once that she's a journalist.  You'd never be able to tell it from this.

Rome Burns

And Nero keeps playin' that fiddle.

While Southwest Virginia politicians, including the man at the top of the pile - Rick Boucher - continue to promote and fund programs that may some day produce "green jobs," (so far, as best anyone can tell, they haven't even produced the first one yet), existing jobs - good-paying jobs - are disappearing by the bucketload:
228 lose jobs in Henry Co. after factory shuts down
By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times

The abrupt and thus far unexplained closing in Henry County of the factory of furniture manufacturers American of Martinsville and Barcalounger has put 228 more people out on the street in a region that includes the state's highest rate of unemployment.

Both companies are owned by Hancock Park Associates, a private investment company based in Los Angeles. Numerous phone calls and an e-mail to Hancock Park partner Michael Fourticq Jr. received no response Tuesday.

American of Martinsville has closed permanently. Barcalounger's future remains somewhat uncertain. Both had corporate headquarters in Martinsville. [link]
It somehow seems to speak volumes that the man who gave his name to Henry County also had a new trail dedicated to his life's work the other day.  Read all about the "Road to the Revolution Heritage Trail."  The state of Virginia wrote a check in the amount of $250,000 to the trail honoring Patrick Henry, a grant that is supposed to "aid tourism in Virginia."  And, in turn, produce jobs.  

How exactly that's supposed to come about nobody knows.

On the bright side, it's rumored that Damascus, just up the road from Henry County, was blessed with a new tourism job last year.  A part-time, minimum wage, seasonal position at the local canoe livery.  Local politicians are truly excited about the development.  The millions in tax dollar investments that Congressman Rick Boucher and others poured into the Virginia Creeper Trail paid off.  Another job is hoped for in 2010.

Maybe those 228 unemployed factory workers could arm-wrestle for it.

With Blinders Firmly Affixed

You may recall the Roanoke Times editorial that can only be described as hysterical that had to do with right-wing violence - "anger and rage, "dangerous," "incendiary efforts" - right-wing violence that manifested itself in the discovery of a supposedly severed barbecue grill hose belonging to a relative of a Virginia politician.

A barbecue grill hose. Cut!  Ruining a perfectly good grill!

Right-wing bastards.

OK.  I feel better.

Now, back to the real world:
Angry, hateful, violent, extremist liberals
Washington Times editorial

Imagine a group of angry demonstrators toting swastika-festooned protest signs calling politicians Nazis, shouting obscenities and racial remarks and throwing rocks and bottles at police officers sent to keep order. No, these are not Tea Partiers. They are the mob that turned out last week to protest Arizona's new immigration-enforcement law.

For the most part, liberal media coverage overlooked all the leftist violence. Typical headlines described the protest as "mostly peaceful," with media outlets avoiding details about why they had to use the qualifier "mostly." Reporting a near-riot by the opponents of the Arizona law doesn't fit the dominant media storyline.

The Tea Partiers do not incite violence; they are salt-of-the-earth middle Americans who are desperately worried about the misguided policies and wrongheaded vision being promoted by President Obama and his congressional allies. Contrast them with the younger, less educated, lower income, angry, racially motivated mob that turned out in Phoenix. The Tequila Party and gangsters like them represent the core and the pride of the liberal base. If an angry, shouting mob throwing bottles at police is the face of contemporary liberalism, it's no wonder Americans are turning against them in droves. [link]
I'll bet the Roanoke Times has a stinging editorial on this subject.  After all, violence is one of its biggest concerns, they tell us.

Well, maybe not.

Instead of addressing this clear and present danger, the easily intimidated and bewilderingly obtuse children at the Times worry, kill trees, and waste bytes fretting over "the misguided rage of anti-government [right-wing] activists."

Morons.  They're simply morons.

Quote of the Day

From George Will:

"It is passing strange for federal officials, including the president, to accuse Arizona of irresponsibility while the federal government is refusing to fulfill its responsibility to control the nation's borders."

"A Law Arizona, If Not Beltway, Can Live With," Investor's Business Daily, April 27, 2010

Point, Counterpoint


My take:

Financial crisis caused by tight controls

'Stupid Is as Stupid Does'

Too much information and debate makes you ... stupid.

So says the man who knows a good bit about that subject - New York Times columnist Tom Friedman:
Much of our politics today is designed to make people stupid, confused and afraid of change. The G.O.P. has been particularly egregious on energy and climate. I believe if you talk straight to the American people on energy and climate, they will give you the right answers, and, ultimately, the support needed to trump the vested interests and lobbyists who have kept us addicted to oil. 
Friedman believes that "talking straight" to the American people will keep them from becoming stupid.

A Friedman quote from two months ago:

"Avoid the term 'global warming.' I prefer the term 'global weirding,' because that is what actually happens as global temperatures rise and the climate changes. The weather gets weird. The hots are expected to get hotter, the wets wetter, the dries drier and the most violent storms more numerous."

Well, I certainly feel stupid.  That makes absolutely no sense.  Is shunning a term most people are familiar with, and coming up with a term that is, frankly, weird, "global weirding," talking straight?

I don't suffer fools well any more.  And Friedman is their poster boy.

Go away.  And take your stupid theories with you.

A Prison Cell Named 'Murtha'

That - a special place set aside in the slammer - seems appropriate to me if we are going to recognize the life of, and contributions to society made by the late Congressman John Murtha.  ABSCAM alone should have relegated him to Leavenworth.  If not the outright graft that was exposed long ago for all to see.  As well as the bribery that he made famous through his Congressional appropriations offered up to favored friends and donors.

The Democrats in Washington prefer to ignore all that and honor the man's life achievements.  And name a ship after him.

My God:
Controversy flares over ship named for Murtha
By Philip Ewing, staff writer, Navy Times

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised the Navy’s decision to name an amphibious warship after Rep. John Murtha, but the formal announcement Friday added fuel to an already smoldering backlash online.

Murtha — “our dear Jack,” as Pelosi referred to him — deserved the honor as a tireless advocate for troops generally and Marines in particular, she said, and she recalled admiring his rapport with them.

“Whether on the battlefield, or ... [blah blah blah] [link]
"Our dear Jack" should have been somebody's boyfriend in prison.

And as for that "rapport" with his fellow Marines, I'd direct you to his statement in which he called them murderers.  I'm sure most Marines wanted him to take his rapport and stick where the sun don't shine.

But Pelosi doesn't live in the real world.  So expect a boat to be named after the crook/slanderer.

Perhaps it will serve a valuable purpose.  Every time we see it - the U.S.S. Haditha - we can reflect on the cesspool that we know Washington to be.

A Waste Of Time & Money

I'm reminded of George W. Bush's bold decision to send National Guard troops to defend our southern border.  With orders not to load their weapons or make any attempt to stop illegals from crossing into Texas and Arizona.  Their purpose there being ... what exactly?

We get more of the same feckless razzmatazz from Obama:
Send In The Drones: Predators To Fly Over Tex-Mex Border
The Drudge Report

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate hearing Tuesday that unmanned aerial drones will soon fly through Texas skies!

"Big Sis" declared that over the past 15 months, federal law enforcement initiatives have made the border more secure than in any other time in history, the San Antonio Express-News reports in Wednesday editions.

The new "predator bees" have the capability to fly at altitudes used by commercial aircraft, and are designed to enhance intelligence capabilities of federal, state and local law enforcement. [link]
I can only guess that the purpose is to obtain a good, accurate count of the number of Mexicans who are breaking the law by crossing illegally.  Like that serves some purpose beyond predicting future Democratic Party membership.

Are we supposed to applaud this move?  Are we to feel safer?  Is this to be taken as an effort at securing our borders?

Please.  Don't make me laugh.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Governor Bob Wins a Big One

First, let me give a shout-out to Maryland State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno.*  On this I speak for all proud Virginians:

Kiss my ass.

Second, let's review the attempts of various DEMOCRAT lawmakers here in the commonwealth of VIRGINIA - along with their buddies in the VIRGINIA press - to lure Northrop Grumman jobs TO MARYLAND:

A quote from Style Weekly:
The controversy [we have a gay controversy, according to these geniuses, because the law here in Virginia has never afforded gay protections; a 300-year-old controversy, they'd have you believe] may be the first time that gay protection laws have become issues in the state’s economic development. [State Senator Don McEachin, D-Richmond] says that Virginia was able to snare such major companies as MeadWestvaco and Hilton Hotels in part because Warner and Kaine protected gay state workers.

“We knew [McDonnell] had issues when he was attorney general,” McEachin said.
The implication is that McDonnell - with his "issues" - (?) - is going to drive business away from Virginia.


Then there's the whine that went forth from some liberal columnist (reporter?) at the Virginian-Pilot a couple of weeks ago:
Virginia's failure to protect gays and lesbians against discrimination has become a national embarrassment and could hinder the state's economic development, several lawmakers charged Tuesday on the floor of the House of Delegates.

The dissenting delegates, all Democrats, unsuccessfully attempted a rare legislative maneuver to revive a bill prohibiting discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation.

Sen. Donald McEachin's bill, SB66, passed the Democrat-led Senate 23-17 but was killed last week by an eight-member subcommittee in the Republican-controlled House. McEachin is a Richmond Democrat.

"Ken Cuccinelli wants to hang a sign in front of the public colleges and universities of this commonwealth that reads 'Gays need not apply,' " said Del. David Englin of Alexandria.

Englin warned that companies such as military contractor Northrop Grumman Corp., which is considering moving its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles to Virginia, might be deterred by the state's stance on the issue.
Or might not, much to the Democrat's now-chagrin and crushing disappointment.

But more on Northrop Grumman in a moment.

From the disturbingly overwrought Delegate Englin [a Google cached version from his own website] we also get this, from a floor screech he gave to the assembled House:
Even if one is willing to set aside the moral outrage that is an Attorney General wasting taxpayer money by seeking to hinder equal protection under the law, we need Governor McDonnell to act now because his Attorney General’s actions are destructive to higher education and destructive to our economic future.

And speaking of business, businesses throughout Virginia understand that employees should be judged solely on their merit and not on other unrelated factors. The ten largest corporate employers in Virginia have active nondiscrimination policies. Northrop Grumman, whose corporate headquarters we are trying to lure here from California, wins perfect marks from the Human Rights Campaign for equal treatment of its gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender workers. Do you really want to let Ken Cuccinelli’s anti-gay crusade risk thousands of good-paying jobs in Virginia?
Gosh.  No.  If Cuccinelli's effort to uphold the law as written will jeopardize our economy, I think maybe we should void the rule of law, if that's what it takes.

But would a company facing the kind of massive taxation and regulation like Northrop Grumman does in California be willing to come to gay-bashing Virginia to avoid going under?

You betcha!  In a heartbeat!
Northrop Grumman chooses Virginia over Maryland
Defense contractor to move headquarters and 300 jobs to the state
By Andrea K. Walker, Jamie Smith Hopkins and Paul West, The Baltimore Sun

In a closely watched, highly competitive deal to lure the headquarters of one of the country's largest defense contractors, Northrop Grumman is rejecting Maryland and putting its main office in Virginia, the company confirmed Monday night.

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia is expected to announce today that the company will relocate its California headquarters and 300 employees to his state, economic development officials confirmed.

Gov. Martin O'Malley learned about the decision in a late afternoon call with Northrop chief executive Wesley G. Bush, said O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese. The head of the Los Angeles-based company said his choice of Virginia was a real estate decision, he said. [link] [emphasis mine]
Since Los Angeles real estate values are crap right now, I'd love to know how Northrop Grumman trying to sell its headquarters there at a massive loss is somehow a good reason to do so is beyond me.  Unless it was a matter of Virginia real estate being more of a bargain than Maryland's - which is a fact.

But all that's beside the point.

Northrop Grumman is comin' to Virginia!

How sad a day it is for Englin and McEachin and the gay community and the Democratic Party of Virginia and the press and ...

- - -

* "He recently sent a letter to the chief executive of Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman, in which he lambasted the anti-gay policies of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli."

ObamaCare Will Bring Our Ruin

Unless it's repealed.

Grace-Marie Turner analyzes a new report from Medicare’s chief actuary on the implications, should ObamaCare actually be put into effect:
1. People losing coverage: About 14 million people will lose their employer coverage by 2019, as smaller employers terminate their plans and workers who currently have employer coverage enroll in Medicaid. Half of all seniors on Medicare Advantage could lose their coverage and the extra benefits the plans offer.

2. Huge fines for companies: Businesses will pay $87 billion in penalties in the first five years after the fines trigger in 2014, partly because they can’t afford to offer expensive, government-mandated coverage and partly because some of their employees will apply for taxpayer-subsidized insurance.

3. Higher costs for consumers: Tens of billions of dollars in new fees and excise taxes will be “passed through to health consumers in the form of higher drug and devices prices and higher premiums,” according to Foster. A separate report shows small businesses will be hit hardest.

4. A program created to fail: The new “CLASS Act” long-term-care insurance program will face “a significant risk of failure,” according to Foster. Indeed, he finds, “there is a very serious risk that the problem of adverse selection will make the CLASS program unsustainable.”

5. Spending increases: Under the new law, national health spending will increase by $311 billion over the coming decade. And instead of bending the federal spending curve down, it will move it upward “by a net total of $251 billion” over the next decade.

6. “Free-riders”: An estimated 23 million people will remain uninsured in 2019, roughly 5 million of whom would be undocumented aliens; the remainder would be the 18 million who decline to get coverage and who will pay the penalty.

7. Spending reductions are fiction
: Estimated reductions in the growth rate of health spending “may not be fully achievable” because “Medicare productivity adjustments could become unsustainable even within the next ten years, and over time the reductions in the scope of employer-sponsored health insurance could also become an issue.”

8. You can’t keep your doctor
: Fifteen percent of all hospitals, nursing homes, and other providers treating Medicare patients could be operating at a loss by 2019, which will “possibly jeopardize access to care for beneficiaries.” Doctors are threatening to drop out of Medicare because cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates mean they can’t even cover their costs.

9. Coverage but no care: A significant portion of those newly eligible for Medicaid will have trouble finding physicians who will see them, and the increased demand for Medicaid services could be difficult to meet.
In summary:

"This is an objective report by administration actuaries that shows this sweeping legislation has serious, serious problems."

Bottom line: Obama did this to balloon the welfare rolls.  America be damned.

On Taxpayers & Freeloaders

Vasko Kohlmayer:
In a free-for-all democracy, on the other hand, many non-payers or net tax-consumers purposefully vote for those who promise to give them of their neighbors' substance. What these people do is, in effect, stealing. They are thieves, and it matters not that the theft in which they participate is state-sanctioned. After all, what name other than "thieves" can describe those who forcefully deprive others of their money in order to enrich themselves?

If the lady in the video wants to enrich herself at others' expense, she should be forced to do it the old fashioned way: by breaking into someone's house. Sadly, these days, she does not have to summon even that much initiative. She can simply vote for a politician who will do the dirty deed for her. If a thief gets caught with a couple of thousand dollars' worth of stolen goods, the chances are that he will end up in jail, humiliated and despised. Those, however, who vote for politicians who deprive productive citizens of tens of thousands of dollars every year never despise themselves. Quite the contrary: They consider themselves progressive, socially conscious, or enlightened. 
Half of us now pay income taxes.  Half of us live off the income taxes the other half pays. The latter control the House, the Senate, and the White House.

Which makes one wonder why those in the former category even try these days.

Did Francisco d'Anconia have it right?
Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed. 
"You may know that your society is doomed."

More Evidence Of a Double Standard

Secretary of Agriculture James Watt, working for President Ronald Reagan, made the following quip about "diversity":

"I have a black, a woman, two Jews, and a cripple. And we have talent."

The press went apoplectic.

Watt resigned in disgrace within weeks as a veritable firestorm erupted around him.

Fast forward to 2010:

Last week Barack Obama's National Security Adviser, James Jones, told an off-color ethnic joke to a Washington think tank gathering, a joke that had to do with a coldhearted, miserly Jewish shopkeeper, and ...

... the press comes to his defense.

See New York magazine's "Why the National Security Adviser’s Jewish Joke Was Fine."

Suppose it would have been "fine" if Sarah Palin had uttered it?

- - -

Here's the joke:
I'd like to begin with a story that I think is true, a Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water. He finally arrives at a store run by a Jew and asks for water. The Jewish vendor tells him he doesn’t have any water but can gladly sell him a tie. The Taliban, the jokes goes on, begins to curse and yell at the Jewish storeowner. The Jew, unmoved, offers the rude militant an idea: Beyond the hill, there is a restaurant; they can sell you water. The Taliban keeps cursing and finally leaves toward the hill. An hour later he’s back at the tie store. He walks in and tells the merchant: “Your brother tells me I need a tie to get into the restaurant.” 
Actually, it's not a bad joke.

But then, neither was James Watt's.

Yet look at how each was received by the liberal media.

Tsk.  Tsk.

- - -

But, you say, the difference is in the fact that the Reagan administration had a reputation of being anti-Jew.  And anti-Jews can't be allowed to tell such jokes.

And Obama has no such perception problem ...


"Anti-Semitic Jew-hater" campaign ad poster courtesy of Haaretz.

We'll Not Be Your Lapdogs

They thought they could get away with that worn-out charge of racism.  They were wrong.  We were supposed to cower.  To shrink.  To bow down.

We instead defied them.

Andrew Breitbart:
It’s not just that Congressmen Carson’s accusation of an extraordinary racist verbal assault by the tea party participants on March 20 doesn’t appear to have occurred, it’s that the accusers have now gone into the bunker and, having raised the incendiary subject, are doing everything they can to avoid the discussion. Why? What’s changed?

When the accusation was made, the mainstream media made it the number one topic on every news show. The Democratic Party was leading the discussion. But when confronted on the baseless accusation, without even a modicum of evidence that it actually happened, other than an assertion, the Democratic Party, and its symbiotic allies the mainstream media, want to have another “beer summit.”

No. The Democratic Party and the political left cannot use the race card to shut up its opponents based upon pure fabrication any longer. This failed tactic ultimately serves to mitigate accusations of real racism — which we are not saying doesn’t exist.

When I offered a reward of $100,000 to be donated to the United Negro College Fund if anyone produced video and audio evidence that this occurred, I was accused of a publicity stunt (because everyone knows that the best way to get publicity in America is to accuse a civil rights icon of lying about racism). Rep. Carson himself suggested that my challenge was “a veiled attempt to justify actions that are simply unjustifiable.” Get it? He calls protesters racist and if you ask him to prove it, you’re a racist, too.

Needless to say, no one has claimed the $100,000.

The press is drawing a line in the sand for those that are doing the job the press should be doing: “Are you calling a civil rights legend a liar?”

Unfortunately, I am. And the mainstream media are as complicit in this lie as Congressman Lewis.
Can you imagine anyone in the mainstream press confronting John Lewis with the accusation of being a liar? Of course not. And that's the problem with the mainstream press.  They go along and get along.

And that's why liars like Lewis have always gotten away with it.

Well, no more.

The Stimulus?

It was so long ago, I don't remember "the stimulus."

Maybe that's why this is the case:

I'm sure the Democrats would argue, though, at this late date, that it didn't hurt either. After all, it was only money and they can print lots more of it.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy Earth Day

From Floyd County's own Tugboat Phil, who shot this video and had it run on Fox News's "Red Eye."

Find more videos like this on The Activity Pit

The posting to "Red Eye" can be found here.

Some of you will know Tugboat as an occasional commenter to this weblog.  Others as retired Navy.

We know him as an American livin' large!

You go, Phil.

When Gov't Is Devoid Of Solutions ...

... those running it come up with more "trails."

As long as it didn't cost us anything, who cares?

1000 Words In One Photo

He came to Beckley to read a speech.

He read his speech.

While the people there mourned.

And sought comfort.  An easing of the pain and anguish.

He shook hands and left.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.

War Averted!

And none too soon:

I still don't understand why our wayward western counties were allowed to secede.  Didn't we fight some war over that kind of unconstitutional action? 

I say we vote on it.

Words Well Writ

The incomparable P.J. O'Rourke:
The secret to the Obama annoyance is snotty lecturing. His tone of voice sends us back to the worst place in college. We sit once more packed into the vast, dreary confines of a freshman survey course—“Rocks for Jocks,” “Nuts and Sluts,” “Darkness at Noon.” At the lectern is a twerp of a grad student—the prototypical A student—insecure, overbearing, full of himself and contempt for his students. All we want is an easy three credits to fulfill a curriculum requirement in science, social science, or fine arts. We’ve got a mimeographed copy of last year’s final with multiple choice answers already written on our wrists. The grad student could skip his classes, the way we intend to, but there the s.o.b. is, taking attendance. (How else to explain this year’s census?)

America has made the mistake of letting the A student run things. It was A students who briefly took over the business world during the period of derivatives, credit swaps, and collateralized debt obligations. We’re still reeling from the effects. This is why good businessmen have always adhered to the maxim: “A students work for B students.” Or, as a businessman friend of mine put it, “B students work for C students—A students teach.”
My guess is, Mr. O'Rourke was something less than an "A" student.

We Subsidize Brazilian Cotton?

I once recounted a conversation I had (several years ago now) in which I was told by a sheep farmer (rancher?) in Iowa that he made more income from the U.S. government's wool subsidy than he made off of the sale of wool.  That seemed ... odd.

Odder still:
Four members of the House—two Republican and two Democrat—have sent a letter to President Obama, calling on him to reverse the insane policy of bribing Brazilian farmers with subsidies in an attempt to correct, in accordance with the perverse two-wrongs-make-a-right school of logic, for  illegal U.S. subsidies.
 Is it any wonder?

I Think That Was His West Virginia Accent

JammieWearingFool says Obama was trying to affect a Southern accent when he delivered the eulogy at that Beckley coal miners' memorial service yesterday.

Seems more like an effort at hillbilly.

Or maybe Oprah.

You decide.

I Truly Don't Get It

This story can only be described as "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."

Obama criticizes America's banks for losing investors' money.

Obama criticizes Goldman Sachs for making investors lots of money.

Only in DemocratWorld ...

ObamaCare Was Always a Sham

The Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Mulligan
About those lower insurance costs we promised . . . .

When President Obama signed his health-care reform last month, he declared it will "lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government." So why, barely a month later, are Democrats scrambling to pass a new bill that would impose price controls on insurance?

Some 27 states currently have some form of rate review in the individual and small-business markets, but they generally don't leverage it in a political way because insolvent insurers are expensive for states and bankruptcies limit consumer choices. One exception is Massachusetts: Governor Deval Patrick is now using this regulatory power to create de facto price controls and assail the state's insurers as cover for the explosive costs resulting from the ObamaCare prototype the Bay State passed in 2006.

National Democrats now want the power to do the same across the country, because they know how unrealistic their cost-control claims really are. Democrats are petrified they'll get the blame they deserve when insurance costs inevitably spike. So the purpose of this latest Senate bill is to have a preemptive political response on hand. [link]
As I've mentioned many times now, the industry can't provide health care to 27 million new recipients without someone paying for the effort.  And paying dearly.  The Democrats who forced ObamaCare upon us knew this all along (it was only idiotic newspaper editorialists who couldn't grasp the point).

So your health care premiums are soon to begin that predictable - and predicted - climb.

Aren't you tickled that you voted for Obama?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Washington Post Is Pathetic

In a 1,349 word news item political campaign production piece that someone in the Obama White House must have had a hand in writing, see "As Obama visits coal country, many are wary of his environmental policies," "reporters" David A. Fahrenthold and Michael D. Shear give us all kinds of reasons why West Virginians should appreciate the love and affection Mr. Wonderful has for them and the industry that keeps them in food, shelter, and clothing, and they share with us the revelation that Obama is doing everything in his power to protect them from his fellow Democrats who want to destroy the coalfields and, along with them, the livelihoods of every man, woman, and child living there.

Fahrenthold and Shear may be serious.

Or not.

This is, after all, the same Barack Obama who gleefully outlined to a San Francisco Chronicle reporter how he was going to bankrupt the coal industry.

Odd how that bit of news has yet to make its way into the Washington Post. Odder still is how David A. Fahrenthold and Michael D. Shear could write a 1,349 word article about Obama's relationship with the coal miners of West Virginia and not mention his plan for them.

Odd indeed.

Nauseating too.

What More Needs Be Said?

Ed Morrissey on the idiots among us:
Protest picture of the day

Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else see the irony in the juxtaposition of these two protest signs outside of an appearance by Sarah Palin in Eugene, Oregon?

It’s a darned good thing that the person holding the sign that says, “Hope she chokes” (with the Obama logo a nice touch, by the way) is doing so in Eugene’s “hate-free zone.”  Why, if someone had displayed a sign at a Tea Party rally that said something about our President choking, it would have been declared a symptom of the violence inherent in the conservative system ...  Maybe the two protesters should coordinate their message a bit better.  
I have a theory.  A possible explanation.  The leftist in the front of the photo with the bad hair and cheap sunglasses, holding the sign that says "Eugene: A Hate-Free Zone," is actually protesting the leftist behind her who carries the incontestably hateful "Hope she chokes" banner.

Or maybe her "hate-free zone" begins and ends in the space her butt occupies.

Or maybe she's like the typical Oregon leftist and, having consumed an excessive number of magic mushrooms, has decided to... "zone" out and, in doing so, is ignoring the vile hatred around her.

Or maybe she's just stupid.

In any case, it sure seems there's a whole lotta hate goin' on in that zone of hers.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

Words well Writ

Mark Steyn:
For a long time, tea partiers were racists. Everybody knows that when you say “I’m becoming very concerned about unsustainable levels of federal spending,” that’s old Jim Crow code for “Let’s get up a lynching party and teach that uppity Negro a lesson.” Frank Rich of the New York Times attempted to diversify the tea-party racism into homophobia by arguing that Obamacare’s opponents were uncomfortable with Barney Frank’s sexuality. I yield to no one in my discomfort with Barney Frank’s sexuality, but, with the best will in the world, I find it hard to blame it for more than the first 4 or 5 trillion dollars of federal overspending. Eschewing such cheap slurs, Time’s Joe Klein said opposition to Obama was “seditious,” because nothing says sedition like citing the U.S. Constitution and quoting Thomas Jefferson. Unfortunately for Klein, thanks to “educator” William Ayers’s education reforms, nobody knows what “seditious” means anymore.
Adjective: seditious sɪˈdɪʃəs
1. What Americans who dissent are when Democrats are in power.

Words Not So Well Writ

Duncan Adams:

"Meanwhile, looking nationally at the local level ..."


Come on, man. You're better than this.  Tell me it was one of those mindless copy editors.

I Have a Suggestion For Obama

Instead of meeting with Billy Graham ...

... in a futile effort to convince the American people that he has some kind of kinship with Christianity, maybe it would do the president well for him to meet with ...

... Lindsey Graham (no relation) instead.

Things are coming apart at the seams, there, big guy.

The Rallying Cry Goes Forth

The revolution begins. Be there.

A Few Things We Can Deduce About Tom Friedman ...

... from his own words:

(1) "I’ve been trying to understand the Tea Party Movement."

(2) "I have a suggestion:  "Become the Green Tea Party."

See (1).

We Could Have Been ... New Jersey

Had the Washington Post and the Roanoke Times and Virginia's Democrats - every one of them - and too many liberal Republicans like Emmett Hanger had their way, we'd be in the same boat as the Garden State.  Knee-deep in tax burdens and destitute of economic growth.

Here's a taste of what might have been:
A revolt grows in Jersey
New York Post

New Jersey voters just sent another loud reminder of their disgust with out-of-control taxes.

Of 537 school budgets up for a vote in the Garden State, 315 -- a whopping 59 percent -- went down in flames Tuesday.

That's more than the state's seen in decades.

Median tax bills in six Garden State counties are among the 10 highest in all of America. As a share of income, levies in Passaic and Essex lead the nation -- with Bergen, Union, Hunterdon and Hudson not far behind.
School boards -- and teachers unions that refused concessions -- must have been dreaming if they thought voters would rubber-stamp tax hikes yet again.

No, this time taxpayers were paying . . . attention.
Fact is, last November's election of Republican Gov. Chris Christie in Democratic New Jersey was no fluke.

Rather, it was part of a national tax revolt that gave rise to the Tea Party movement and stunning GOP wins in places like Virginia, Massachusetts and even New York.

Indeed, the anti-tax spirit is showing no signs of wavering, even as this fall's elections near. As Christie said, pols "ignore these results at their own political peril." [link]
Were it not for the brave men and women in the House of Delegates - who stood up to the powers that be here in Virginia and stopped the drive to make the commonwealth just like that basket case to the north - we'd be mired in problems now too.  More problems than we already face with the collapse of the national economy, that is.

The people of New Jersey are only now learning the lesson that Virginians absorbed long ago.  Keep government lean and focused on that which it is empowered to do* (and on the few things in life that it is capable of achieving with any degree of success, like keeping the toilets at our interstate highway rest stops clean) and we all prosper.

Here's to our conservative watchdogs.  Thanks for not allowing us to become New Jersey.

* Until recently, the state of New Jersey had programs set up - at great expense - to combat "global warming," for God's sake.

Why Must They Be Deceitful?

I understand and have come to accept the fact that politicians distort the truth in order to further their own ends.  It's something in their DNA.

But why would the chairman of General Motors do the same?

What does Ed Whitacre have to gain by telling America (you've seen the commercials on TV) that GM has repaid its loan from Uncle Sam - when really it hasn't?

This is the startling truth about his claim:
Still Government Motors
Shikha Dalmia, Forbes

... before belting out their victory aria, GM-boosters ought to hear the whole story--not just the fairytale version about Government Motors' grand comeback that Mr. (GM Chairman Ed) Whitacre is feeding them.

Uncle Sam gave GM $49.5 billion last summer in aid to finance its bankruptcy. (If it hadn't, the company, which couldn't raise this kind of money from private lenders, would have been forced into liquidation, its assets sold for scrap.) So when Mr. Whitacre publishes a column with the headline, "The GM Bailout: Paid Back in Full," most ordinary mortals unfamiliar with bailout minutia would assume that he is alluding to the entire $49.5 billion. That, however, is far from the case.

... when Mr. Whitacre says GM has paid back the bailout money in full, he means not the entire $49.5 billion--the loan and the equity. In fact, he avoids all mention of that figure in his column. He means only the $6.7 billion loan amount.

But wait! Even that's not the full story given that GM, which has not yet broken even, much less turned a profit, can't pay even this puny amount from its own earnings.

So how is it paying it?

As it turns out, the Obama administration put $13.4 billion of the aid money as "working capital" in an escrow account when the company was in bankruptcy. The company is using this escrow money--government money--to pay back the government loan. [link] [emphasis mine]
Good grief.  Was it necessary for Mr. Whitacre to pull this stunt?  Who was he trying to hoodwink?  Wall Street?

Sell some cars, dude.  Make them reliable.  Make them profitably.  The success stories - real success stories - will follow.  You don't have to resort to deception to make customers and investors want to buy GM.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Take It At Face Value

Yeah, they're all a bunch of liars.

But one of them happens to also be president of these United States:
Secret papers reveal Senate 'talks' between Obama and Blagojevich
By Charles Hurt, Bureau Chief, New York Post

Washington -- Sections of court papers filed by scandal-scarred former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that were mistakenly made public show a deeper involvement by President Obama in picking his Senate successor and call into question the president's public statements on the case.

According to passages in the papers filed Thursday by Blagojevich's lawyers -- which were blacked out under a judge's order but made visible by a computer glitch -- Obama, then president-elect, spoke directly to the disgraced governor on Dec. 1, 2008.

But just one week later -- on the day Blagojevich was indicted -- Obama told reporters flatly, "I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so we were not -- I was not aware of what was happening."

The newly revealed sections also contradict Obama's claims that he never discussed favorable legislative action in exchange for a large campaign contribution with his former neighbor, fund-raiser and key supporter Tony Rezko, who has since been convicted of fraud.

Blagojevich's lawyers charge that Rezko has told the feds that, indeed, he did have such conversations with a "public official." The defense believes the official to be Obama. [link]
Good Lord.  We're going to relive the Clinton presidency.  Lies.  Denials.  Evasions.

Why couldn't Obama have been up front about all this and save himself - and us - from controversy?

Attack The Message

Not the messenger.

I ask you: What would Jesus say?

I understand the sentiment. And I'm very sympathetic.

But I'm not big on trashing God's messengers.

How about we stick to denouncing Islamist extremism, a target-rich environment, and leave it at that?

And Something Else I'm Not Comfortable With

Arizona's new immigration law.

First, let me say, I've no problem with the state deporting every illegal immigrant in its midst.

It's the way the state of Arizona is going about identifying those who should be deported.  If the New York Times can be trusted, the new law "would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally."

A confession: I don't carry immigration papers.

Would I be subject to detention if I were to be found wandering the streets of Tucson?

We all know the answer to that question.  I'm a white boy.

So who would be "suspected of being in the country illegally"?

I think we all know the answer to that question too, mi cholo hermano.

Here's my problem: The effort reminds me of this from the early days of the Nazi reign of terror in eastern Europe:

That's the Star of David badge the man and the woman in the photo are wearing.  The badge that Jews were required to wear to let non-Jews know who was walking in their midst.*  And for later deportation purposes.

That having been said, I sympathize with the people of Arizona and am inclined to give them wide latitude when it comes to solving their out-of-control illegals situation.  For, by all accounts, the situation along the Mexican border and in Arizona's large cities is now utter chaos.  And worse.

I don't walk in their shoes.  And thank God that I don't.

Here's the bottom line: This situation has been forced upon the citizens there.  By the hundreds of thousands of illegals.  By an indifferent Mexican government.  And by an uncaring and unsympathetic Obama administration.

The law may be the only measure that keeps Arizona from descending completely into anarchy.

I just wish American citizens - good, law-abiding friends and neighbors - of Mexican descent weren't caught up in this state of affairs.

* The Nazis were apparently magnanimous to a point.  They didn't require children to wear the Star of David badge.  But then they slaughtered Jewish children in the camps more quickly than their parents, so maybe not.

The End Of This Experiment We Call America

You want to know when the country is certifiably doomed to destruction?

The day Crazy Al becomes Justice Al Gore.

It's every man for himself at that point.

Headline Of The Day

From Andrew Bolt at the Herald Sun:

Another polar rescue must send chills down spines of alarmists

Tom Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he's another alarmist with frostbite. 

Well, no one said these alarmists were all that bright.