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Monday, May 31, 2010

The Israeli Commandos Only Killed Nine?

After watching this video that shows a large gang of terrorists beating Israelis with pipes, there must have been far more restraint exhibited than I would have expected.

The story.

See also "At Least Ten Killed as "Peace Activists" Attack Soldiers."

Every Islamist on board that ship should have been shot.

The footage:

Here's to Israel for limiting the bloodshed.

Quote of the Day

From Maureen Dowd (of all people):
He’s spending the holiday weekend in Chicago when he should be commemorating Memorial Day here with the families of troops killed in battle and with veterans at Arlington Cemetery.
"Once More, With Feeling," New York Times, May 29, 2010

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A look at a president who knew what ordering soldiers to die for their country meant:

Obama was barbecuing wienies at a friend's house yesterday.

On This Memorial Day

From an Iraq veteran's perspective.

Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel T.J. Woodard:

To many Americans, Memorial Day remains a day of stories. Stories about heroes. Stories about valor. Stories about sacrifice. But to veterans like me, Memorial Day is about men and women, friends no longer with us, feelings of emptiness. It's about men like Mike Ottolini and Patrick McCaffrey, Don McCune and Andre Tyson. But it is also about men like Tim Ozmer, John West, James Huff, and Bruce Himmelright. It's about the heroism of Sergeant Rob Johnson, about the incredible things the medics did to keep men alive.

To a veteran like me, Memorial Day is about people. It is about people who gave their all, people who gave of themselves and people who loved their country and their friends more than themselves. It is about those who died, those who suffered horrific wounds, and those who have serious wounds that we cannot see by looking at them.

It is about people who will never be exactly like they were before they went to war. It is about heroes. [link]
On this Memorial Day:
In the long and honored history of America
There are names that shine like beacons in the night
The Patriots whose vision gave us meaning
Who kept the lamp of freedom burning bright

In the long and honored history of America
There are those that paid the last and final price
Who were called upon by chance, or desperate circumstance
To make the ultimate sacrifice

A grateful nation bows its head in sorrow
And in thanks for guaranteeing our tomorrow
The last full measure of devotion
That's what they gave to the cause

The last full measure of devotion
And though they cannot hear our applause
We honor them forever and keep alive their story
Pay tribute to their lives and give them all the glory

The last full measure of devotion
Beyond the call of duty were their deeds
The last full measure of devotion
They gave themselves to serve the greater need

And for those who did survive
And came back home alive
They join in praise of comrades who were slain
And highly resolved, most highly resolved
That these dead shall not have died in vain

 "The Last Full Measure of Devotion"

'The Last Full Measure'

Remember them.  Celebrate them.  Cherish them.

U.S. To Israel: We've Chosen Sides

And yours isn't it.
Israel recoils as US backs nuclear move

Washington's unprecedented backing for a UN resolution for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel has both angered and deeply worried the Jewish state although officials are cagey about openly criticising their biggest ally.

The resolution adopted by the United Nations on Friday calls on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and urges it to open its facilities to inspection.

The document, which singles out Israel but makes no mention of Iran's controversial nuclear programme, drew a furious reaction from the Jewish state who decried it as "deeply flawed and hypocritical."

But it was US backing for the resolution which has caused the most consternation among Israeli officials and commentators, who interpreted the move as "a resounding slap around the face" which has dealt a very public blow to Israel's long-accepted policy of nuclear ambiguity.

Publicly, the Israel government has not criticised the US position but privately, officials expressed deep disappointment over the resolution, which Washington backed despite intensive Israeli efforts to block it. [link]
What next?  Support for Intifada?

This is shameful treatment of a once-close ally.

Things You Won't Read In The Newspapers

I can't see the New York Times going here:

Does a US Marine in Afghanistan Really Have a Sarah Palin Tattoo on His Butt? You Bet’cha!

That's why we love Michelle Malkin!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Your Tax Dollars At Work

The headline caught my attention:

I know what you're thinking. The same thing I'm thinking. The town of Galax needs an armored vehicle?  Has the revolution begun?  Is the Old Fiddlers' Convention expected to get out of hand, requiring a SWAT team's presence?  Is the town needing an armored vehicle to transport to the bank all the loot being brought in by ... tourists?

Well, probably not. Not if the explanation for its purchase is any indication.  Here's the justification:
• The armored vehicle that the Galax Police Department is slated to receive in November could have been used to get some people out of the cold during a fire at an independent living complex in Hillsville in January, Galax Police Chief told city council on Monday.

• [The Police Chief] said it could have been used to extract individuals from two high-risk search warrant executions in the area, such as the hostage crisis at the Wytheville Post Office in December.
Had it been available, the new armored vehicle could have prevented the Galax goat shooting of 1948 also.  If we want to get completely unhinged.

Did I mention the price tag?


But not to worry. "Someone else" is paying for all but the steering wheel - the Department of Homeland Security. Which apparently prints its own currency and doesn't have to rely on precious tax dollars for its wasteful programs.

So what does Galax have that it didn't have before?

A "chemical-, biological-, radiological-, nuclear- and explosive-resistant vehicle, not quite as big as an ambulance, but able to hold up to nine people" with features that include "explosive gas detection, radiation detection, camera and intercom systems and a battery charger device."

And a coffee maker that plays "Dixie" while its doing Starbucks Ready Brew.

For the love of God, people. A chemical-, biological-, radiological-, nuclear- and explosive-resistant vehicle? In freaking Galax? Have you no shame?

Oh, I should mention, in fairness to Galax, officials there haven't cornered the market on abject stupidity. My own Bland County owns one of these jewels, courtesy of ... Rick Boucher.  A by-God Pierce Contender:

The price on this one in 2005 was $180,000.  One can only assume it was a lot cheaper because it wasn't "nuclear resistant."

It too came out of Homeland Security funds your grandchildren's college fund.

Seen occasionally outside the Bland County Volunteer Fire Department shed in downtown Bland being washed and made ready for the next chemical, biological, or radiological attack, this monster is perfect for hay rides and wet t-shirt contests, should anyone want to rent the damn thing, which sits idle otherwise.

Hope you folks in Galax enjoy your new truck, courtesy of  ... Homeland Security?

Enjoy but consider:

Not far down the road, in Henry County, Stanley Furniture announced just a few weeks ago that it was closing its plant and laying off another 530 Southwest Virginians.

There is a correlation.

There is a correlation.

From a Different Planet

As quote of the day, I offer up this doozy from former Alcoholic Beverage Control commissioner Vernon M. Danielsen:
Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to push for privatization of the Virginia ABC retail liquor operations. I was honored to have been chairman of the Virginia Department of ABC for four years during Gov. Mark Warner's administration. During that time I developed a deep understanding of the challenges surrounding the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. A key part of the responsibility of ABC is promoting moderation in the consumption of alcoholic beverages and being a steward of Virginian's health and safety as related to the consumption of beverage alcohol.
Horse shit.

The government here in the Commonwealth - the one you say "promotes moderation in the consumption" of alcohol - is in the booze business, Vern.  Nowhere in an ABC store do I see "moderation."  I see aisles upon aisles, shelves upon shelves, of hooch.  Beautifully displayed and labeled for the convenience of the customer.  And those attractive merchandising fixtures and presentations. Wow!  They make me want to buy even more!

Want to set an example that might actually send a message that promotes moderation?  Quit selling the stuff (by the case or truckload).

"The responsibility of ABC is promoting moderation in the consumption of alcoholic beverages."  Don't make me laugh.  The responsibility of ABC is to sell liquor.  Period.

Why Global Warming Lost

The data - the incontrovertible facts - never supported the notion.

March 16, 2007, ScienceDaily:

Arctic Sea Ice Decline May Trigger Climate Change Cascade

There were always a lot of  "mays" and "coulds" and "mights," supported by notoriously inaccurate computer model predictions, that propelled global warming theory.

At some point, though, one has to accept the raw facts of life (or fudge the data like Michael Mann is alleged to have done when he was at the University of Virginia).


That is called "ebb and flow." Some refer to it as "nature."

Whatever you call it, it ain't global warming.


Words can't describe the scene.  A child hears his mother's voice for the first time:

His response is the stuff Kleenex was invented for.

Okay, Now They're Starting To Amuse

I'm thinking now of running for Congress.  So I can defund these twits:
NPR Paints Conservative Virginia Attorney General as Persecutor of Science in Climategate Suit
By Tim Graham, NewsBusters

Ken Cuccinelli, the conservative Attorney General of Virginia, came under attack on Friday night's All Things Considered on National Public Radio. This is one angle of Climategate the national media have noticed. But they pitch the battle as Cuccinelli vs. Science or Cuccinelli vs. Academic Freedom.

What's most infuriating is the notion that it's Cuccinelli who's "politicizing" science, and not Michael Mann's openly politicized e-mails explaining his data manipulations and plotting to censor his political opponents. Somehow, the Union of Concerned Scientists is painted as non-political.

Host Michele Norris began: "The University of Virginia says it will fight a demand from the state's attorney general. He wants the school to turn over private e-mails and documents related to a former professor's climate research. The case has sparked a national debate over academic freedom." [link] [emphasis in the original]
Earth to all morons in academe: If you decide to work for us (the public), you'd better be prepared to accept our oversight.  If you find that that might upset your principled stand on "academic freedom," get the hell out.  Nobody is preventing you from refusing our money.

Laws may have been broken.  We are going to get to the bottom of it.  Live with it or go away.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Arizona To Supreme Court:

Kiss my ass.

That should be the message sent, if this America we once admired so greatly has any of its federalist roots remaining.

If all power derives to the national government, as seems ever more the case, then why do we have states at all?

Why have a Constitution at all, for that matter?

Why not just have Obama dictate to us his latest whimsy?

It's probably a good thing that I'm not the governor of Arizona.  Because this would infuriate me:
The Obama administration on Friday urged the Supreme Court to review and set aside an Arizona law that sanctions employers who hire illegal immigrants, saying it would disrupt the "careful balance" that Congress struck in federal immigration law. 
The Supreme Court of the United States does not have the authority - despite the history brought about by the Civil Rights movement - to "set aside" state laws.

Arizona should tell Washington to pound salt, and go about its business.  This line needs to be drawn.

WaPo 'Investigative Journalists' Don't Want To Know

Was a crime committed at the University of Virginia when the infamous Professor Michael Mann was taking money from Virginia taxpayers and possibly producing fraudulent research?

The newspaper that brought down a president with relentless journalistic inquiry would rather be left happy and clueless when it comes to the matter of fraud and liberal academe.

See "U-Va. admirably resists Mr. Cuccinelli's fishing expedition."

There's nothing there.  Let's move on.  Academic inquiry, and all that.

Richard Nixon could only have wished for such "journalism" in his day.

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* Oddly, the Post editorial makes the following claim without backing it up:

"That's because, first, the law is on the university's side."

Really?  Would that law be this law?

Sweet Justice

You know that creepy reporter who moved in next door to Sarah Palin and has started spying on her so as to be able to write a book about her?

Apparently intrusive behavior is a one-way street:

They invented the word schadenfreude for moments like this.

Between Vacations

Our president manages to get a photo-op in down on the beaches of Louisiana.  Then it's off on another vacation.

The campaigning was the tough part.

Now it's afterglow.

Party, dude.

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From Hot Air:


Your Congressman Looking Out For You

You know that piece of legislation in the House of Representatives that will raise your taxes?

Rick Boucher, Democrat, 9th District, Virginia, voted YEA.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cuccinelli Wants To Know: What Is UVa Hiding?

When last we visited the growing scandal up at the University of Virginia that had to do with a former professor there and the potentiality that a fraud on his employers - the taxpayers who pay every freaking inflated paycheck that goes to that misbegotten institution - had been perpetrated, a spokesperson told us that the emails that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sought no longer existed.

So why is the Commonwealth's "premier" institution of higher learning now fighting to keep secret that which doesn't exist?
U-Va. goes to court to fight Cuccinelli's subpoena of ex-professor's documents
By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writer

Richmond -- Virginia's flagship university went to court Thursday to fight an effort by Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R) to get documents from a former climate scientist at the school, an unusual confrontation that will test the bounds of academic freedom and result in the college facing down its own lawyer in court.

In a motion filed in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia argued that Cuccinelli's subpoena for papers and e-mail from global warming researcher Michael Mann exceeds the attorney general's authority under state law and intrudes on the rights of professors to pursue academic inquiry free from political pressure.

Cuccinelli ... has said he is investigating whether Mann committed fraud by knowingly skewing data as he sought publicly funded grants for his research. Mann left U-Va. in 2005 and now works at Penn State.

University President John T. Casteen III said in a statement that Cuccinelli's order had "sent a chill through the Commonwealth's colleges and universities." [link]
What apparently doesn't chill this guy is the fact that a former University of Virginia professor has embarrassed himself and the entire scientific community by (allegedly) falsifying data and massaging the "science" of global warming to justify his political ends.  Not to mention the possibility that a crime occurred.

One gets the impression, what with the stonewalling and faux cries of "chilling effect," that there must be a lot of this sort of thing going on there.  Ahem.

With each passing day, UVa and its administrators shame themselves and us.

Come clean.

If there's nothing there to be prosecuted, we move on.

Watergate this and the university's once-good name will continue to be dragged through the mud.

Another Hero Gone To Glory

A warrior died yesterday.  But, thank God, he lived when we needed him most:
Oldest Medal of Honor recipient from WWII dies
By Julie Watson, The Associated Press

San Diego -- Retired Navy Lt. John Finn - the first American to receive the nation's highest military award for defending sailors under a torrent of gunfire during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor - died Thursday. He was 100.

Finn was the oldest of 97 Medal of Honor recipients from World War II still living.

Despite head wounds and other injuries, Finn, the chief of ordnance for an air squadron, continuously fired a .50-caliber machine gun from an exposed position as bullets and bombs pounded the Naval Air Station at Kaneohe Bay in Oahu. He then supervised the rearming of returning American planes.

"Here they're paying you for doing your duty, and that's what I did," Finn told The Associated Press before his 100th birthday. "I never intended to be a hero. But on Dec. 7, by God, we're in a war." [link]
An American hero.  Thanks for being there for us, Lt. Finn.

This Would Be Pathetic ...

... if it weren't so tragic:

In the absence of an actual strategy to keep the oil spill from ruining a thousand miles of coastline, meaningless anecdotes dished out to a lapdog press will have to do.

What, Joe Biden wasn't available to bring us fatuous drivel?

As far as that "human" thing goes, as far as I'm concerned if Obama turned out to be a succubus and STOPPED THE LEAK FROM DESTROYING THE GULF I'd be okay with it.

What I don't need to hear from this overpaid and overrated community organizer is a story about his kids while 13 million gallons of oil are heading our way.

This Actually Happened To Me

Years ago Paula and I had a beautiful and adorable Irish Setter named Amber.  Came the day that Amber ran out into the road that passed in front of our farm and she was hit by a car and killed.  The driver never stopped.  But that evening the phone rang.

It took some nerve.

In our case it wasn't an insurance company that wanted me to pay for the damage done when the plastic bumper on the teenager's car smashed and killed Amber, and was cracked in the process, it was the teenager himself who called and asked for money.

I declined.

I buried Amber on our farm.

* Yes, we should have kept the dog out of the road. That's why I never blamed the kid for killing her. But to ask for damages was, as far as I'm concerned , a bit over the top.

GOP Nirvana

If you're a Republican tactician (they do have tacticians, right?), could there be a better narrative handed to you than that involving the Joe Sestak vs. Barack Obama scandal?  (See "Karl Rove: Joe Sestak's lying or he's protecting a felon in Barack Obama's White House").

If Sestak, the Democratic candidate for the Senate out of Pennsylvania, is lying, then he loses to his Republican opponent, Pat Toomey.

Even if Sestak is telling the truth, a truth that can never be validated, and this story refuses to go away, he loses because of the sleaziness of the subject matter.

And if the Obama administration decides to throw Sestak under the bus - which it is in the process of doing - he loses.

And if Sestak's allegations prove to be true and receive some sort of corroboration, he might win but Obama loses BIG TIME.

A Republican dream come true.

Where is this story taking us? Who knows? But get that popcorn out and settle back. This is going to be an entertaining ride.

Bill Bolling Is On Our Side

A press release from the lieutenant governor's office:
Bolling says decision will deprive Virginia of economic resources and jobs

Richmond – Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling issued the following statement today, following the President’s announcement that the White House is cancelling Lease Sale 220 off the coast of Virginia. The lease sale was scheduled for 2012.

“I am extremely disappointed that President Obama has chosen to cancel the Virginia lease sale for offshore energy exploration that was scheduled for 2012. While I certainly agree that we need to learn from the accident that recently occurred in the Gulf of Mexico and take additional steps to minimize the chance of an incident of this nature occurring again, I remain convinced that offshore energy development can occur safely and I do not believe that we should abandon or postpone responsible efforts to develop our offshore energy resources.

“Proceeding with this lease sale would enable our country to achieve a greater degree of energy security, while enabling Virginia to achieve a greater degree of economic security. The President’s decision will deprive Virginia of the economic resources and jobs that could be created as a result of offshore energy development, resources that are needed to help address critical needs like transportation; and it will keep our country dependent on foreign nations for large amounts of our energy resources. I do not believe that this is the right policy for our country, and I will continue to work to advance the exploration and development of Virginia’s offshore energy resources at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Obama's decision was nothing more than a shortsighted political move, born in the fetid sewers of Washington, intended to please only those leftists blinded by their detached and irrational view of the world.

We need oil to survive.

If we don't pump it, thirty other countries around the world will. And they'll charge us accordingly.

It was a stupid and/or cynical move.

Thanks go out to Bill Bolling for calling Obama on it.

No, He Was Supposed To Be Black

Peggy Noonan, God love her, gets this wrong about our president:

Since when?

I don't remember anyone ever touting that attribute when he was vying for the White House. All I remember was, "He'll be our first black president."

Maybe someone should have asked ...

Maybe We Don't Want To Know

I had read of NBC Today show host Matt Lauer's alleged affair a while back.  Other than hoping for a brief moment that his wife took a five-iron to his ass, I really didn't care all that much.  I rarely watch NBC and he has always come across as being so colorless that if I had to choose between the crocodiles and living on the deserted island with him, well ...

But this kicks it up a notch:

Let the games begin.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Did Boucher Stand Up and Cheer ...

... when Mexico's president was trashing Arizonans and demanding action on our vital 2nd Amendment last week?

He's not sayin'.

He's hiding in Washington.

Well, someone needs to ask.  And keep asking.  "Mr. Boucher, did you applaud Mexico's attack on U.S. citizens and our laws?"

I sent Congressman Boucher an email after Felipe Calderon's speech before Congress asking if he had stood up and cheered as the man was denouncing Arizona's anti-illegals law.

I got no response.  As expected.

In lieu of a reply from Mr. Boucher, I think it's fair to make certain assumptions about our Democrat congressman. Vote accordingly.

The American People Wise Up

A year too late to matter, but ...

Barack Obama's approval rating is heading into George Bush territory:
Bush can at least blame what became a very unpopular war (remember the war?).

What's Obama's excuse?  An adversarial press? 

Graph and accompanying poll data courtesy of Rasmussen Reports.com.

We Are Doomed

Do these guys have any idea what they're doing?

From "U.S. Money Supply Plunges at 1930's Pace as Obama Eyes Stimulus":
Larry Summers, President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser, has asked Congress to "grit its teeth" and approve a fresh fiscal boost of $200bn to keep growth on track. "We are nearly 8m jobs short of normal employment. For millions of Americans the economic emergency grinds on," he said.

David Rosenberg from Gluskin Sheff said the White House appears to have reversed course just weeks after Mr Obama vowed to rein in a budget deficit of $1.5 trillion (9.4pc of GDP) this year and set up a commission to target cuts. "You truly cannot make this stuff up. The US government is freaked out about the prospect of a double-dip," he said. [emphasis mine]
Just what we need.  A freaked-out Obama government in time of crisis.

For the love of God.

'When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws ...'

A lesson worth absorbing:
Jamaica's Bloody Lesson On Guns
By John Lott, writing for Fox News.com

Do gun bans really stop criminals from getting guns? Americans need not look no further than the massive gun battle with armed gangs fighting police and soldiers that took place in Kingston, Jamaica today. At least 30 people were killed in the fighting. It is a huge number for a small island nation of fewer than 3 million people, but unfortunately murder is so common in Jamaica that these murders won't even be noticed in the annual crime numbers.

With Chicago's Mayor Daley again claiming that a gun ban is necessary to keep Chicagoans safe, Jamaica and other countries with gun bans might teach Americans a lesson.

Everyone wants to keep guns away from criminals, but the question is: who is most likely to obey the law? In the case of a ban, every instance we have data for shows that when a ban has been imposed, murder rates rise. In America, people are all to familiar with the increased murder rates in Chicago and Washington, D.C.. But supporters blame those gun control failures on the ease of getting guns in the rest of the country. Yet, even in island nations such as Ireland, the U.K., and Jamaica -- all of which have imposed bans -- their easily defendable borders and lack of obvious neighbors haven't stopped drug gangs from getting either drugs or the guns that they use to protect their valuable product. [link]
Take away guns and evil wins out.  Every time.

The only way to stop the lawless when they kick down your door?

Nine rounds from the magazine and one from the chamber should send the proper message.

* A hearty  thank you goes out to Cargosquid for providing a correction to a mistake on my part.  Edit to text made.

Taking The Wrong Side

In the battle between us and them - make that U.S. and them - Democrats are choosing them.  We learn in "Legislators from Mexico and the U.S. agree action before IACHR" (pardon the crude Google translation from the original Spanish) that ...
To reverse the effects of SB-1070, legislators in Mexico and the U.S. (EU) have agreed to submit an appeal to the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), since this initiative criminalises migration with racial profiling in the state of Arizona.

Amanda Aguirre, state Sen. governed by Jan Brewer, read-after a closed-door meeting in the City of Nogales, "a joint statement announcing the promotion of comprehensive immigration reform" before the U.S. Congress- to enable the safe and orderly flow of migrants, in response to the reality of both nations in labor.

"We will seek to denounce the SB-1070 to the Organization of American States (OAS) through the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights ... in order to determine if the imminent implementation of this legislation violates the human rights of residents Arizona, regardless of their immigration status," he said. [link]
Ya gotta love that "legislators in Mexico and the U.S. have agreed to submit an appeal to the Interamerican Commission ..."   In fact, that would be U.S. Democrat legislators, along with a bunch of Mexicans, that are bypassing the U.S. and going to an international tribunal seeking retribution in a strictly internal U.S. matter.

We no longer need to wonder whose side the Democrats are on.  It sure ain't ours.

Another Party Switch In The Making

The Democrats eat their own.

It's Worse Than Katrina

From a federal standpoint, anyway.

I made the point more than once back in the day that the primary responsibility for the prevention, safety, clean-up, and rescue efforts as they related to New Orleans and the hurricane that struck there in August of 2005 was with the state of Louisiana and the city government itself.  Not with the Bush government.

That point needs to be made again as Obama and his Democrats flail in a futile attempt to find someone else to blame for the federal government's failure to take action - any action - as the Gulf oil disaster worsens by the day.  From a government standpoint, this is Katrina in reverse.

For a federal government failure it is this time:
Yes, the Gulf Spill Is Obama's Katrina
By Karl Rove, writing in the Wall Street Journal

Could this be Mr. Obama's Katrina? It could be even worse. The federal response to Katrina was governed by the 1988 Stafford Act, which says that in natural disasters on-shore states are in charge, not Washington. The federal obligation is to "support . . . State and local assistance efforts" by providing whatever resources a governor requests and then writing big checks for the cleanup. Mr. Bush had to deal with a Louisiana governor and a New Orleans mayor who were, by federal law, in charge.

But BP's well was drilled in federal waters. Washington, not Louisiana, is in charge. This is Mr. Obama's responsibility. He says his administration has been prepared for the worst from the start. Mr. Obama's failure to lead in cleaning up the spill could lead voters to echo his complaint in Katrina's aftermath: "I wish that the federal government had been up to the task." [link]
Obama is scheduled to fly to Louisiana tomorrow - sans plan - to get his picture taken on the beach.  Expect him to scowl and point fingers.  Expect the mainstream press to bring up the names Bush and Cheney. Incessantly.

Expect absolutely nothing to be done.

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Radical liberal E.J. Dionne says "we have disempowered government," allowing the disaster to unfold. Any more "disempowered" and Obama can legitimately declare the formation of a dictatorship.

Dionne really needs to lay off the hallucinogens.

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A quote worth remembering:

"Americans would make a terrible mistake to believe that because government failed in this crisis, it cannot work. They would be equally mistaken to think individual action and private philanthropy can be an effective substitute."

"Good government is not an option; it is a necessity. Americans won't get it back it till they recollect that a government that isn't starved from within can do its job."

From "Two Tales of New Orleans," Roanoke Times, September 18, 2005

Nobody with half a brain will argue in 2010 that the government is "starved."  Yet, even with all the money in the world, the Obama administration has failed - dramatically - in doing anything to mitigate the circumstances brought about by the oil well blowout. "A government that isn't starved from within can do its job."  Will the Roanoke Times care to reconsider its assessment?

Thank God We're Not Dependent on Fossil Fuels

Or ...

We'd All Better Get a Windmill Up Fast

Or ...

Arab World Gleeful Over Obama Decision To Suspend Arctic & Offshore  Drilling

Way to go, stud.  That's looking out for our best interests.

MSNBC Talking Head Shoots Off Mouth ...

... and hasn't the first clue as to what he's talking about:
MSNBC's Ratigan Guns for McDonnell Over Use of NRA Eddie Eagle Program
By Ken Shepherd, NewsBusters

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is "missing the target when it comes to whose interests he's really looking out for" but "then again, that's nothing new for us, is it," MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan complained in the "Busted" segment of today's program.

Ratigan lamented that McDonnell stripped out the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) as an alternative organization that Old Dominion educators could select for gun safety instruction for elementary school students. As it stands now, the National Rifle Association's "Eddie Eagle" program is the only option public school teachers have under state law.

Perhaps Ratigan is unaware that the Eddie Eagle program "neither offers nor asks for any value judgment concerning firearms," it merely instructs children in four simple steps about what to do should they come across a gun: "Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult." [link]
I've always found it to be laughable (pathetic?) that diaper-wetting liberals find something to fear in  "Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult."  But then they wouldn't be diaper-wetting liberals if they didn't act irrationally on frequent occasions, would they?

More importantly, and to set this whimpering fool straight, Governor Bob did not strip out the National Crime Prevention Council from legislation sent to him for his signature.  Some moron of a Democrat state senator had inserted the name "National Crime Prevention Center" - an organization that doesn't exist - into the bill, so it was removed.

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To show that MSNBC doesn't have the market cornered on stupid, read Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey's take on the matter in "Virginia schools get NRA-only gun education."

My favorite lines:
"When we researched National Crime Prevention Center -- it became evident that no such entity existed," she wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.

"The assumption was that it is a reference to the National Crime Prevention Council," she continued. (That's the outfit that has made McGruff the Crime Dog famous.)

But, Johnson added, "the council acknowledges their gun safety curriculum is out of date and would have to be updated."

Rather than change the word "Center" to "Council," the governor instead deleted any reference to the latter organization. The General Assembly agreed to the change.
Rather than arbitrarily change the legislation to correct the moron's error, something the governor is forbidden to do, the governor axed it.  As he should have.  On grounds that the author of the bill was stupid.

A case can be made that the governor, should he have been so disposed, could have offered an amendment when the legislation was going through the process to correct the error, but to alter the wording after the fact?  How wrong would that be?

And another thing, about this:
Imagine the uproar across Virginia if the state developed a pregnancy-prevention program for 8-year-old school kids based on materials supplied by the National Abortion Rights Action League.

Virginians would be legitimately outraged, because NARAL is a lobbying group for abortion clinics.
Something similar occurred this year in the Virginia General Assembly with guns ...
When NARAL puts together a program that has the best interests of children at its core (rather than the slaughter thereof), call us.  Till then, the analogy is boneheaded.

This guy is either not serious about the subject matter or he suffers from the same affliction the author of the legislation is laboring under.  S-T-U-P-I-D.

Fear and Uncertainty Grow ...

... within the Jewish community.

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch looks back on Obama's first year and renders judgment:
Speak softly and carry a big stick, Teddy Roosevelt said. President Obama speaks apologetically and carries no stick at all. No wonder North Korea torpedoed that South Korean warship, something they would not have done in all probability if China had not quietly approved. No wonder Brazil and Turkey thumb their noses at us. We have become a laughingstock.
A laughing matter if it weren't so desperately serious for the Israeli people.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New York To Seize Control of East Rutherford, NJ?

How else to explain this bizarre story coming out of the New York Post?
Apple fans all feeling Super
By Bart Hubbuch and Laurie Kamens

The NFL sent its regards to Broadway yesterday, awarding New York the right to host the 2014 Super Bowl in the new Giants-Jets Meadowlands stadium.

The league's owners made history and a big statement in voting to let the Big Apple host its first-ever Super Bowl -- it will be the first time the game is played outdoors in a cold-weather city. [link]
From that you'd get the unmistakable impression that New York is going to host the game.

Only one problem.

The Meadowlands stadium isn't in New York.

It's in New Jersey.

At least for now.

Keep an eye out for the call-up of the Fightin' 69th.  Then expect all hell to break loose.

Why We Need Employers

I've been writing here for years that Southwest Virginia needs employers, not Boucher welfare checks that bring us more hiking trails and bike paths and really nice - but empty - industrial complexes.

It seems so basic, right?

Instead we've gotten more Boucher largesse in the form of federal earmarks.  And more taxes to pay for it.  And fewer and fewer employers to cover the cost.

And Southwest Virginia slowly empties out.

Well, not so slowly in Martinsville.  Will the last person leaving there please turn out the lights?

Yet we continue down the same ... path.

Fewer paychecks.  More handouts.

Here's the worse part.  The tragedy that has been unfolding in Southwest Virginia is spreading, like a disease, to the rest of the country.  Private employers are imploding - and vanishing.  Taking with them the payrolls we so desperately need.

And the government keeps printing money and pumping it out to prop up a crumbling workplace.

The government swells.  Private business vanishes.

This imbalance will certainly bring ruin:
Private pay shrinks to historic lows as gov't payouts rise
By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY

Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.

At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.

Those records reflect a long-term trend accelerated by the recession and the federal stimulus program to counteract the downturn. The result is a major shift in the source of personal income from private wages to government programs.

The trend is not sustainable, says University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes. Reason: The federal government depends on private wages to generate income taxes to pay for its ever-more-expensive programs. [link]
Call it the "hiking trail to prosperity" plan.  The government confiscates more and more money to bring about an economic turnaround from fewer and fewer employers and employees.  The economic turnaround never comes because of the ever-decreasing consumer/taxpayer pool.  So the government confiscates more and ...

May God help us in years to come.

That's His Strategy?

Bobby Jindal and the citizens of Louisiana are working overtime, exhausting themselves in an effort to minimize the damage the Gulf oil spill is going to have on the marshes along their coast.  And getting absolutely no help from the federal government in doing it.

So far, the Obama administration response to the Gulf disaster has been this quote from Barack Obama himself:

"Plug the Damn Hole."

That's as far as any federal plan goes.

Looks like the people of Louisiana are on their own.

There Is No Strategy

In lieu of a fix the Obama administration turns to finger-pointing and threats.  That'll sure make the problem go away:
Of Politics and Oil
Wall Street Journal editorial

In the month since the drilling-rig explosion that led to a catastrophic failure in a BP well, the Obama Administration and Congress have wasted no opportunity to berate BP for not plugging the leak and cleaning up the damage. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who wouldn't know an oil drill from a dental drill, once again rolled out his charming "boot on the neck" of BP metaphor to deflect blame. As if BP wants the leak to continue so it can keep getting trashed by the likes of Mr. Salazar and sued by more trial lawyers.

This oil spill is a reminder—unpleasant for a public raised on fabulous technological advancement, and for an Administration engaged in taking over U.S. health-care and Wall Street—that government is not the Wizard of Oz able to solve every problem. It is closer, this time as in most cases, to the Wizard of Id.

Unwilling to admit this reality to the American public, the White House has instead scrambled to appear to know more than it does, most recently unleashing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to order BP to cease using a "toxic" chemical dispersant that breaks down oil. The frantic Ms. Jackson was quickly obliged to acknowledge that she didn't really know what the toxicity of the dispersant was and had no better ideas, and so she backed down.

This Obama finger-pointing has, if anything, backfired politically. The oil spill was an opportunity for Mr. Obama—who campaigned as someone who likes to wrap his mind around "complex" problems—to remind the country that energy exploration and engineering are not error-free disciplines. The U.S. oil industry has a remarkable safety record, even as it has moved into deeper and deeper water to provide the U.S. with affordable oil. But no industry is accident free, and Mr. Obama could have served the public better by explaining the technical challenges of fixing this deep water leak. His decision to pound on BP for not performing immediate miracles has instead fed the public's expectations that this is like plugging a hole in a swimming pool.

We suppose it is too much to expect today's political class to withhold its game of panic and blame until industry plugs the leak and we learn what really happened and why. But the American people, watching this spectacle while the disaster unfolds, are being given one more reason to doubt the capacities and candor of its political leaders. [link]
"Plug the damn hole."

Why do I get the impression that that ... strategy ... for stopping the disaster in the Gulf from getting worse is the same directive that Obama will soon be giving to surgeons in ObamaCare operating rooms around the country before too long.

Alas, it's all he has.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Brits Always Were Smarter Than Us

This proves it:
Climate Fears Turn to Doubts Among Britons
By Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times

London — Last month hundreds of environmental activists crammed into an auditorium here to ponder an anguished question: If the scientific consensus on climate change has not changed, why have so many people turned away from the idea that human activity is warming the planet?

Nowhere has this shift in public opinion been more striking than in Britain, where climate change was until this year such a popular priority that in 2008 Parliament enshrined targets for emissions cuts as national law. But since then, the country has evolved into a home base for a thriving group of climate skeptics who have dominated news reports in recent months, apparently convincing many that the threat of warming is vastly exaggerated.

A survey in February by the BBC found that only 26 percent of Britons believed that “climate change is happening and is now established as largely manmade,” down from 41 percent in November 2009. [link]
 It's interesting that facts often get in the way of a good environmental apocalypse scenario.  The British people are just a bit ahead of the rest of us in recognizing that that applies to global warming theory.


I'd suggest that this is a fine spanking, except for the fact that the person being spanked by Mickey Kaus, one Andrew Sullivan, would probably enjoy the exercise:

"I'll pay for a week's worth of Andrew Sullivan's testosterone injections if he can find a single blog post where I 'assumed [Gary] Condit's guilt.'"

Good line.

Did This Actually Appear in the LA Times?

Seems so:

When they lose the ultra-liberal media, they're in big trouble.

Washington vs. The Rest Of Us

There can be no better indication that the politicians in the Magic Kingdom are completely detached from the American people than the latest report from Rasmussen highlights.

A staggering 63% of America wants ObamaCare repealed before grievous harm is done:
Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.

Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.

Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.

At the same time, politicians in Washington, in overwhelming numbers - Republican and Democrat alike - oppose repeal:
The Political Class continues to be a strong supporter of the plan, however. While 67% of Mainstream voters believe the plan will be bad for America, 77% of the Political Class disagree and think it be good for the country.
We want it killed.  They don't.

There's something rotten in D.C..

And we need to do something to clean the stench of decay.

Come November ...

A New Report On The Anti-Coal 'Climate' Bill

It ain't pretty:
Nonpartisan Proof: Cap-and-Trade Is an Economy-Killer
By Brian Sussman, American Thinker

[A] just-released report assembled by the nonpartisan Peterson Institute for International Economics confirms my long-held contention: The pending climate change bill will be an economic bust for America by killing jobs and raising prices for virtually everything.

The Peterson Institute's report focuses on Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) bill, The American Power Act. Overall, Peterson's eighteen-page synopsis of the bill definitely leans green. For example, the reports states, "Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for -- and in many cases is already affecting -- a broad range of human and natural systems."

Besides believing that humans are altering the climate, the Peterson report recommends that a single federal entity or program be given the authority and resources to coordinate a national, multidisciplinary research effort aimed at improving both understanding and responding to climate change.

In other words, the nonpartisan report contends that government is the solution to the problem.

Nonetheless -- and surprisingly -- the report states that if the Kerry-Lieberman bill should become law, there will be net job losses and higher energy and product prices.

The Peterson analysis neatly buries those findings after stating that 203,000 new green jobs will be created each year for a decade. Specifically, the report states the net employment losses will be due to "the jobs lost in fossil fuel production and as a result of higher energy prices between 2011 and 2020. In the second decade of the program [2020-2030], higher energy and product prices offset the employment gains from new investment."

Translation: Yes, there will be new so-called "green" jobs that will include government bureaucrats hired to shuffle papers and enforce new green building codes, construction jobs to retrofit buildings, installers for solar panels, etc. However, there will be more jobs lost than gained should the bill become law. [link]
In language that's easily understood, what this report signals is that the Senate bill, when combined with Rick Boucher's House bill, will be devastating to Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties. As you've been warned.

And there's no reversing the damage done by Boucher and his pals in the House. If the Senate follows the House and passes its version of the Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties Destruction Act, it becomes law (as soon as Obama, who has already vowed to bankrupt the coal industry, signs it).

With all the latest reports coming in that the "green jobs" chant is nothing more than wishful thinking, and that the globe is in fact not warming, and that humans can do nothing to influence the increase or decline of CO2 in the atmosphere, this effort has nothing positive going for it and can only harm this country.

That's why we need to stop it.

And If Times Aren't Tough Enough ...

... the price you pay for gasoline is going to jump as soon as the Democrats in Congress raise taxes on oil.  The House is scheduled to vote for it today.

I'll let you know tomorrow if Rick Boucher votes for us or for the tax increase.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mark Warner, Man of Action

You may have been wondering what ever happened to Mark Warner after you elected him to be your United States senator.  Turns out, he didn't drop into a black hole.  He's been diligently working on a newsletter intended to bolster the hopes and allay the fears of the folks over in Martinsville and Henry County.  See "Warner says there are 'hopeful signs'."

His effort doesn't do much to bring hope to that forlorn area but it does suggest that, if the Washington gig doesn't pan out - as his first months in office suggest - he always has a career in stand-up comedy.

Get Back To Us When You Have a Plan

It won't come as news for me to tell you that the extremely liberal Charleston (WV) Gazette is anti-coal.

What would make news is if West Virginia's largest newspaper was ever to become pro-something in its place.

But this, from today's paper, pretty much encapsulates the (deep?) thinking:

"Leaders must devise some sort of path for young people to prepare to earn a living when the coal jobs - and eventually the coal - are gone."

Some sort of path.


I guess it could have been worse.  They could have done the hair sheep gambit, as opposed to We haven't a clue.

Some Mind-Searing Insight

New York Times headline:

In a pinch, I'm sure the "public" part of the equation will suffice.

If You Think Carbon Emissions Are a Problem ...

... and you have bought into the left-wing line about humans being able to do something about them, you might be a little discouraged by this news (brought to us by Ed Driscoll):
For all of you out there across the globe who have fought so hard to tackle the hideous enemy of our planet, namely carbon emissions, that bogus god you worship named "Climate Change" or "Global Warming", there is some really bad news that will be very painful for you to process.

The current volcanic eruption going on in Iceland, since it first started spewing volcanic ash, has, to this point, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet. Not only that, this single act of God has added emissions to the earth estimated to be 42 times more than can be corrected by the extreme human regulations proposed for annual reductions.

It's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up til midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your Landcruiser and speedboat, going on vacation to a city park instead of overseas, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your $1 light bulbs with $10 light bulbs ...well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just the past week. The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in the past weeks has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast carbon. And, those thousands of jobs you helped move to Asia with expensive emissions demands on businesses...you know, the ones that are creating even more emissions than when they were creating our jobs, well that must seem really worthwhile now. And I do wish that there was some kind of silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western U.S.A. will start in about 2 months and those fires will negate your efforts to reduce carbon emissions in our world for the next 2 years.
Knowing that (sorry if it ruined your daily intake of leaves and twigs) it becomes even more of a farce when you consider that the United States Senate is soon to take up legislation intended to drastically reduce carbon emissions (tell it to the volcano), and the EPA is poised to declare CO2 a pollutant (which means it will ban volcanoes herewith, henceforth, and forevermore!).  

Darn that Mother Nature!  She just refuses to get with the program.

Maybe if you go out and buy a few more curlicue light bulbs ...

How Islam Can Reenter The Modern World

If you're not familiar with Saudi Arabia's practice of having mutaween, or "religious police," or "virtue police," roaming the streets and hinterlands searching out any blasphemy that might dishonor Allah (in 826,000 ways) you can't appreciate this:

There is hope for these people yet.

- - -

From Wikipedia:
The Mutaween in Saudi Arabia are tasked with enforcing Sharia as defined by the government, specifically by the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV). The Mutaween of the CPVPV consists of "more than 3,500 officers in addition to thousands of volunteers...often accompanied by a police escort." They have the power to arrest unrelated males and females caught socializing, anyone engaged in homosexual behavior or prostitution; to enforce Islamic dress-codes, and store closures during the prayer time. They enforce Muslim dietary laws, prohibit the consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages and pork, and seize banned consumer products and media regarded as un-Islamic (such as CDs/DVDs of various Western musical groups, television shows and film).
They deserve to be beaten up.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Analogy Is Lost On Me

It pains me to criticize a famous author.  Especially one for whom I have the utmost respect (and from whom I've purchased a large handful of fine books over the years.*  Especially since he's the crown jewel in Virginia Tech's faculty regalia.

But I gotta tell ya, this analogy - from "Slavery was the issue" appearing in today's Roanoke Times - makes no sense:
The 1860 Census, completed under the pro-Southern Buchanan administration, reported a total of more than 1 million households in the 11 future Confederate states. Those same states reported more than 310,000 households owning one or more slaves, almost one-third, not one-sixth.

This only begins to set the real context. Today, our population of 307 million make up 105 million households. Only 2.2 million, just 2 percent, of those households own tractors. So it would appear that the tractor is not significant in American life. But those 2.2 million households are the only ones operating farms. Those who don't farm don't need tractors.

The slave was a human tractor.
Say what? The slave was what? a tractor?

I get his point. Slavery was the bedrock of the Southern economy before the Civil War and slaves were capital assets to hundreds of thousands of southerners in that age, landowners who weren't willing to sacrifice their worldly wealth readily.

But "those who don't farm don't need a tractor"?

Work on the analogy, there, Bill. I'm sure you can do better next time.

* I have in my hand as I write this Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol.  A masterpiece.

Do They Even Get It?

This is humorous.  In an effort to cast Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as being ignorant, (i.e., unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge) the Roanoke Times editorial page argues that we would all be better off if we remained ignorant (i.e., kept blissfully unaware of the facts) regarding the potential fraud case developing up at UVa over the misappropriation of funds that went to the now-discredited Professor Michael Mann.

As a famous movie personality almost said:

"Ignorant is as ignorant does."

Want To Make Residency An Issue?

Let's talk about what part of the country Congressman Rick Boucher calls home.

And how are things up there in that bastion of liberal lunacy, Rick?  

At least Morgan Griffith lives in Virginia.

Do the Democrats really want to take the discussion down that road?

Count on it.  They have nothing else:
Griffith picked to run in 9th
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Max Meadows -- State Del. Morgan Griffith of Salem claimed the Republican nomination Saturday to take on U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher of Abingdon, arguing that he can better represent the sprawling 9th District even though he lives just beyond its borders and can't vote there.

Griffith, the majority leader in the House of Delegates, defeated five opponents at a spirited GOP convention in a jam-packed Fort Chiswell High School auditorium. After winning a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot, the feisty conservative lawmaker vowed to wage a "relentless" fight to topple Boucher, a Democrat who has held the seat for 28 years.

"Our country is headed in the wrong direction," Griffith said in his acceptance speech. "It is essential that we win this election and begin the process of repairing the damage that has been done."

Griffith lives just outside the 9th District, which extends from the Tennessee and Kentucky borders to Roanoke County and includes portions of the Alleghany Highlands. Griffith faces no legal requirement to live in the district; the Constitution merely requires a candidate to live in the state he or she represents. Griffith said his Salem property backs up to the district line and that he is a lifelong Southwest Virginian who understands the entire region. [link]
Boucher - through his henchmen - will make a big deal out of the fact that Griffith doesn't live in the 9th District.  But if we were to be real, we'd admit that Boucher hasn't lived here for a quarter century either.  He resides up in Liberal Land.  And is quite content there. Being with his soul mates.

So make an issue of it if they will.  It can only work in Griffith's favor.  If he takes my advice and aggressively attacks it.

The Tea Party Finally Gets Their Attention

And has them running scared.

Ultra-liberal whack job Frank Rich:
Yes, the Tea Party is radical, its membership is not enormous, and its race problem is real and troubling. But you can’t fight an impassioned opposition merely with legislative actions that may bear fruit in the semi-distant future. If the Democrats can’t muster their own compelling response to the populist rage out there, “Randslide” may reside in our political vocabulary long after “Arlen Specter” is leaving “Jeopardy” contestants stumped.
I think Mr. Rich has hit on the answer.

Thhheeeyyyy'rre aaaallll RAAAACIIISSSSTTTS!

It's been their ... compelling response ... to all opposition arguments in the past. Why change now?

Is It Any Wonder?

Two headlines say it all.

Obama goes off to West Point to explain to the cadets that they are no longer to sacrifice their lives to defend the United States of America; they're there to die for a new cause.  Something called "The New International Order."  Hot Air explains:

Matt Drudge:

"Tepid applause from cadets."

Tepid?  I don't understand why the cadets wouldn't be more enthusiastic about defending - with their lives - that organization that we've come to know and love as the United Nations.

- - -

Frank Dane:

The United Nations is an uplifting experiment, dedicated to raising the standards of living in Africa, the consciences of democracies, and the price of prostitutes in New York

Gregory Nunn:

United Nations: Where America feeds the hands that bite it.”


"Most of the voting in the U.N. is for non-binding resolutions that hold no weight. It's like internet polls with more Jew-hating."

Fox News:

Tepid? The cadets aren't willing to die for Obama's "New International Order"?  Get with the program, fellas.

Global Warming? What Global Warming?

We are all going to die from global warming.

Well, we were.

Now we're not.

Somehow the problem went away.

Odd how that happened.

Regardless, we move on to the real ... er, at least the latest global crisis:
UN says case for saving species 'more powerful than climate change'
Juliette Jowit, The Guardian

The economic case for global action to stop the destruction of the natural world is even more powerful than the argument for tackling climate change, a major report for the United Nations will declare this summer.

The Stern report on climate change, which was prepared for the UK Treasury and published in 2007, famously claimed ...

The UN's biodiversity report – dubbed the Stern for Nature – is expected to say that the value of saving "natural goods and services", such as pollination, medicines, fertile soils, clean air and water, will be even ...

The UN report's authors go further with their warning on biodiversity ...

"We need a sea-change in human thinking and attitudes towards ...

The changes will involve a wholesale revolution in the way ...

The report will advocate massive changes to the way the global economy is run so that ...

The report follows a series of recent studies showing that the world is in the grip of a mass extinction event as ... [link
Sound familiar?

Same crap.  Different crisis.

But let's step back.  Before we see global warming - or climate change - finally sink into the sunset, never to be brought up again, a couple of questions:  If it's no longer an issue, should the EPA still be working to declare CO2 a pollutant?  And should John Kerry still be pushing his global warming bill?  And why do we have a (very expensive) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at all now?  And finally, shouldn't we punish all those who foisted this quackery, which came awfully close to wrecking our very fragile planet, upon us?  Is imprisonment too good for them?

Global Warming is dead.  "Natural World Destruction" lives. 

May God have mercy.

Why We Blog

So that when the mainstream press goes out of its way to distort the truth, we're there to bitchslap the members thereof and set the record straight.

God bless Ann Althouse:
If you're going to criticize the new social studies curriculum adopted by the Texas Board of Education, you'd better quote it.

Or at least link to the text. And if you choose to paraphrase and not even link, and I have to look up the text myself, and your paraphrase is not accurate, it is my job to embarrass you by pointing that out.

Let me embarrass the Washington Post. Below, the material from the WaPo article, written by Michael Birnbaum, is indented. After the indented part, I've located the relevant quote from the Board of Education text, found here.

Virtually everything cited in the article to make the curriculum seem controversial is misstated! Appalling!  [link]
Read the whole thing.  Point by point.

Now why do you suppose the Washington Post would distort the facts so blatantly?  Oh, yeah.  Those citizens running the Texas Board of Education have been deemed conservatives.  So the rules of journalistic ethics are therefore null and void. 

Lies become the order of the day.

Shame on them.  All of them.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Par For The Course

One day the Democrats give a standing ovation to a Mexican who goes out of his way to trash the USA.

The next they nominate for the United States Senate a man who shows nothing but revulsion and disrespect to all those Americans who served in Vietnam.

What's with these people?


Fraud At UVa?

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinelli wants to find out.

But a powerful host of academics don't:
Marked Mann
Investor's Business Daily

A state attorney general is challenging the creator of the global warming hockey stick graph, and the researcher's allies are yelping about intimidation. But who are the real academic bullies?

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has requested that the University of Virginia release to his office documents Michael Mann generated in his successful effort to obtain five research grants from the school. Mann, now at Penn State, reportedly received nearly $500,000 in taxpayer-funded grants from the university for research from 1999 to 2005.

While the environmentalist left worships the Mann chart, its integrity has been called into question twice in the past six years.

In 2004, Canadian researchers Ross McKitrick and Stephen McIntyre found that the chart was based on flawed and biased data-crunching that distorted the temperature record. At that time, physics professor Richard Muller wrote in the MIT Technology Review that the pair "uncovered a fundamental mathematical flaw in the computer program that was used to produce the hockey stick."

Mann's work was further questioned last year when an exchange of e-mails made public indicated that Mann had used a "trick" to conceal late 20th century temperature data that would have undermined the man-made global warming claim.

Cuccinelli is fully within his authority, both moral and legal, to demand that the university turn over the Mann documents. If Mann used public money to commit academic fraud in order to promote a political agenda, he needs to be held accountable.

This is no witch hunt, but the truth isn't getting in the way of hyperbole. Mann says Cuccinelli is trying to smear him. Rachel Levinson, senior counsel with the American Association of University Professors, told the Washington Post that Cuccinelli's request had "echoes of McCarthyism."

"It would be incredibly chilling to anyone else practicing in either the same area or in any politically sensitive area," she said.

In fact, a chill is what scientists who dissent from the global warming orthodoxy have been feeling for a long time. They are intimidated, ridiculed and held in contempt by their scholarly peers. Their grants vanish. Free thought is punished rather than rewarded.

Anyone who thinks Mann is being unfairly treated is ignoring the real bullies. [link]
If a professor on the government payroll can so easily bilk the taxpayers - his employers - then by God, maybe we need a chilling to occur within academe.  They take our money, they play by our rules.

First rule?  The law.  Live with it. Or get out.

They Keep On Making Fools Of Themselves

This is just pathetic:

The nuthouses were once full of these guys. Now they write for prestigious journals.

Quote of the Day

From Mark Steyn:
"My name is Daniel Pearl. I am a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA ..."

He didn't have a prompter. But he spoke the truth. That's all President Obama owed him – to do the same.
"Obama's lazy tribute to Daniel Pearl," Orange County Register, May 21, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Democrat Pipe Dreams

They're going to have to be slapped upside the head before they give up on this goofy - and potentially ruinous - narrative:
Leaked Spanish Report: Obama’s Model ‘Green Economy’ a Disaster
By Christopher Horner, PJM

As predicted was inevitable, today the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta runs with a full-page article fessing up to the truth about Spain’s “green jobs” boondoggle, which happens to be the one naively cited by President Obama no less than eight times as his model for the United States. It is now out there as a bust, a costly disaster that has come undone in Spain to the point that even the Socialists admit it, with the media now in full pursuit.

Obama’s obvious hope of rushing into place his “fundamental transformation” of America into something more like Europe’s social democracies — where even the most basic freedoms have been moved from individuals and families to the state — before the house of cards collapsed has suffered what we can only hope proves to be its fatal blow. At least on this front.

This is now an explosive scandal in Spain ... [link]
This "disaster" in Spain is exactly what Obama and his ilk are intending to foist upon us.

Those who love this country may want to stop them.  Before it's too late.

Why Are The Warmists So Frightened?

Do you get the impression that those who still profess a belief in global warming theory are beginning to have doubts as well?  Why else would they be so vehemently opposed to a fraud investigation involving one of the leading proponents of the now-discredited enterprise?

It seems so straightforward.  What are they afraid of?
Cuccinelli says U.Va. research probe is about fraud
By Brian McNeill, Media General News Service

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says his investigation into the research activities of a former University of Virginia climate change scientist is about rooting out possible fraud and does not infringe upon academic freedom.

“The same legal standards for fraud apply to the academic setting that apply elsewhere,“ said Cuccinelli, who on Tuesday attended a fundraiser barbecue in Ivy for an abstinence-only education group. “The same rule of law, the same objective fact-finding process will take place.“

Cuccinelli sent a Civil Investigative Demand to U.Va. to obtain documents related to the work of Michael Mann, a leading researcher in climate change who was part of U.Va.‘s faculty between 1999 and 2005.

U.Va. has hired a law firm to explore its options, possibly signaling that the university will fight Cuccinelli’s demand.

According to Cuccinelli’s CID — which is the equivalent of a subpoena — the attorney general is investigating the possibility that Mann violated the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act by presenting false or misleading data related to climate change when seeking state-funded research grants.

On Tuesday, 810 Virginia scientists and academics sent a letter to Cuccinelli urging him to back off his investigation of Mann. The letter, organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists, includes signatures from some 300 faculty members of U.Va.

“I signed the petition because I think that scientific debates should be played out in the academic arena. If Michael Mann’s conclusions are unsupported by his data, his scientific critics will eventually demonstrate this,“ said David Carr, a professor in U.Va.‘s department of environmental sciences. [link]
What Carr doesn't seem to comprehend - or care about - is that this isn't about some academic debate.  Laws may have been broken. The taxpayers may have been abused by this charlatan.   We deserve answers.

Let these "concerned scientists" whine.  We deserve the truth.


The lowest form of public discourse.

And, in an effort to discredit Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's probe into possible fraud having been committed at the University of Virginia, the Roanoke Times editorial page proves itself more than willing to sink to the level to make what it thinks is a point.

In today's editorial teaser, "Cuccinelli's witch hunt,*" we read this lie:
Anyone with genuine understanding of the "revelations" of the so-called Climategate e-mails would know that the e-mails did not indicate any manipulation of data and that Mann has already been cleared of any wrongdoing by his current employer.
That part about Mann being cleared by his current employer, Penn State University, is only partially true.  But beyond that, its findings were a foregone conclusion when the names of those picked to do the investigation were announced.  "Cleared of wrongdoing" was their motivating factor.

But to the important point, the entire world knows the truth about those emails. (You can review them yourself.)  Fraud, manipulation, obstruction, and collusion were the orders of the day.

The Roanoke Times stoops to propagandizing.  It must be a weekday.

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* See what I mean about the left being afraid of that which might be discovered?

URGE Being the Key Word

Since when did scientists become cheerleaders?

This speaks volumes about those who claim the title:

Science body? Or political action committee?

You decide.

(And then put their "findings" and recommendations in that context.)

Frustration Breeds Creativity

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Laugh Out Loud Funny

This is ... cute.

Quote of the Day

Charles Krauthammer:
This is not just an America in decline. This is an America in retreat -- accepting, ratifying and declaring its decline, and inviting rising powers to fill the vacuum.

Nor is this retreat by inadvertence. This is retreat by design and, indeed, on principle. It's the perfect fulfillment of Obama's adopted Third World narrative of American misdeeds, disrespect and domination from which he has come to redeem us and the world.
"The Fruits of Weakness," Real Clear Politics, May 21, 2010

Mexican Criticizes U.S., Democrats Cheer

They deserve one another:
Calderon hits U.S. from House floor
By Kasie Hunt, Politico

Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s tough criticism of U.S. gun control and Arizona’s immigration law – as he stood Thursday in the Speaker’s chair in the House chamber – angered Republicans while Democrats cheered, adding a partisan tinge to what was supposed to be a routine speech.

This type of rebuke from a foreign leader invited to a joint meeting of Congress is very rare – and the partisan response from members of Congress made the spectacle more like a State of the Union address than a staid speech from a foreign ally.

“I strongly disagree with your recently adopted law in Arizona,” Calderon told the assembled lawmakers from the dais in the House chamber, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden seated behind him.

With his words, about two-thirds of the chamber gave him a standing ovation while the remainder—mostly Republicans—remained seated.

His comments drew pointed attacks from congressional Republicans.

As Calderon dished his criticism, Republicans seethed, but Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stood in applause. [link]
I am ashamed for my country.

And I want to know if my congressman, one of the Democrats in attendance, stood and cheered as this asshole was trashing the U.S..

Anyone see Rick Boucher in the film footage?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The REAL Lesson Dems Should Learn

I've often been struck by the fact that the Roanoke Times editorial staff is always so one-dimensional in its thinking.  Today provides a classic example.  In that House race in Pennsylvania where a successor to John Murtha was to be chosen, the Democrat won and the Republican lost.  Which leads the geniuses at the Times to conclude:
... The most telling sign Tuesday might not have been from a primary, but a special election in Pennsylvania's 12th District, home of the late Rep. John Murtha.

Republicans and Democrats both viewed this election, in a district trending heavily toward Republicans, as a portent of what might face them in November's midterm elections.

Democrat Mark Critz won decisively. As Politico put it, "Republicans failed spectacularly, losing on a level playing field where, in this favorable environment, they should have run roughshod over the opposition."

To be sure, Democrats face strong headwinds going into November's elections, and voter discontent is palpable.

But the ideological battle within the Republican Party threatens to marginalize the party, shifting it well out of the mainstream. [link]
The Democrat won and the Republican lost.  So there.

But wait.  That 'ideological battle" that the Times mentions?  The kids there might want to take a closer lookThe Democrat who won is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, anti-ObamaCare, and ran to the right of the Republican on taxes.

Maybe the Democrat did win.

But the conservative won too.