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Thursday, September 30, 2010

That's Not Good Enough, Babe

I'm getting really annoyed with those Democrats (ahem*) here in Southwest Virginia who want to make us think that Congressman Boucher did us proud by cutting a deal with his buddies in Washington over the cap-and-trade bill that he ended up voting for.

Here's the latest attempt - from a Democratic Party operative (ahem*) in Buchanan County - to call white black.  In the letters section of today's Roanoke Times:
Rick Boucher is being criticized unfairly in the 9th District race for Congress.

As the third-ranking member of the House Energy Committee, he was able to delay Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would harm the coal industry. While he couldn't stop the American Clean Energy and Security Act (cap and trade), he was successful in amending it to delay implementation of harmful regulations. With the full knowledge and support of the coal industry, Boucher was able to get the best deal he could.

Boucher continues to work to protect our coal industry and coal jobs. He is working to keep the demand for coal strong, giving coal industry workers job security and helping to ... [blah blah blah]
Here's what you need to get your arms around, sweetheart: Yes, Rick Boucher cut a deal with the devil, otherwise known as the environmentalist movement.  But for that he's to be praised?

I'll use your own words to destroy your argument:

"While he couldn't stop the American Clean Energy and Security Act (cap and trade), he was successful in amending ..."

The problem with that?  Rick Boucher didn't stop the act from becoming law but the American people, led most ardently by the coal miners of Virginia's coalfields did.  It's history.  It went down to defeat in the Senate.  It will never raise its ugly head again.

And no thanks to Rick Boucher.  He turned tail and ran like the coward that he is. 

"Boucher was able to get the best deal he could."

We can all now agree on that.  That's the best your man is capable of.

After he cut his deal, the rest of us fought the effort of Washington Democrats to destroy the coal industry and crushed them.

"The best he could."

His best wasn't good enough by a damn sight, woman.

Not when thousands of miners' jobs were at stake.

We defeated the forces that were arrayed to destroy Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Lee, Tazewell, and Wise Counties. Without any assistance from our own congressman.  Nothing could be more shameful.

So sell it somewhere else. We're full up on bullshit here in Southwest Virginia.

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* Ahem - The Roanoke Times: "Owens lives in Oakwood."  Not mentioned: Owens is an active member of Boucher's Democratic Party.  You'd think it would be worth pointing out.

We Got Us A Contest!

Is it any wonder that Congressman Boucher seems a little shrill these days?

As it turns out, his once-commanding lead over upstart Morgan Griffith has shrunk to less than three points!

From Jim Geraghty at National Review:
There’s a new batch of polls in Virginia’s four most interesting House races.

“On Monday, September 27, ccAdvertising completed surveys to voters in four key Congressional districts in Virginia. These surveys focused on the competitive Congressional races as well as current national issues. The surveys were conducted to both landline phones and mobile phones.”

In Virginia’s 9th District, 42.6 percent of survey respondents support the incumbent Democrat Rick Boucher while 39.7 percent support challenger Morgan Griffith and 17.6 percent of voters are undecided. [link]
That gap may be no larger than the normal margin of error.*  Which means this is going down to the wire!  With momentum working against Mr. Boucher.

And that figure of 17.6% of the voters being undecided looms large.  Everyone here knows Boucher.  And everyone knows how he's been voting in Washington.  With Griffith reaching out to them each day, letting them know who he is and what he stands for, now to election, with all other aspects of the race remaining constant, watch for most of those "undecideds" to break his way.

This is a dream come true.

* I can't find the details of the survey to know.
** Hat tip to RBrandt.

Send Cards & Letters To Rick Boucher

Remember a few weeks ago when Rick Boucher announced that he would not be in favor of raising taxes in January?

Your taxes are going up in January.

Rick Boucher cast the deciding vote to make it happen.

For the love of God:
Rep. Boucher (D-VA 9th) casts deciding U.S. House vote to adjourn
By Lynn R. Mitchell, Washington Examiner

All eyes in Virginia and the nation have been on the 9th Congressional District race in southwest Virginia's coal country that had been represented for 28 years by long-time incumbent Rick Boucher. For the past three months, however, Republican Delegate Morgan Griffith has been chipping away at Boucher's lead.

Wednesday's news from Capital Hill may turn more constituents in the 9th District against their 14-term representative. The close vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on whether to adjourn Congress, that saw many Democrats voting with the Republicans to stay in session, came down to a single vote that was cast by Rick Boucher.

In a 210-209 squeaker, the deciding vote by Boucher kept his 96.4% voting record, with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, intact. Perhaps he was feeling safe in his district. He may not be as safe as he thinks.

The vote was reported at The Hill:

"Thirty-nine House Democrats voted against adjournment after Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged opposition to the motion in a floor speech that said it would be irresponsible for Congress to leave without providing certainty on the tax issue. Dozens of Democrats in tough races voted against adjourning.

"'Vote no on this adjournment resolution. Give Congress a chance to vote on extending tax rates,' Boehner said."


With five weeks until election day, and possible voter backlash over Wednesday's vote, will Griffith pull out this dark horse race? [link]

Rick Boucher, just two weeks ago:

“The nation is struggling to recover from the deepest recession that we have experienced since the Great Depression.  At a time like that, we should not be raising taxes on anyone. We need to be keeping the tax rate as it is so as to stimulate the economy.”

Guess Nancy Pelosi changed his mind.

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A related headline from Michelle Malkin:

Boehner: “A Vote to Adjourn is a Vote to Raise Taxes;” 
Update: Adjourned

I Agree With a Socialist

If the Republicans are going to win 100 Democrat seats in the House on November 2, Obama is going to have to take Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders' advice and politic even further to the left.

After all, let's be frank.  The GOP wouldn't have gotten this far along that path had our president not tried to implement that which the Europeans learned the hard way will never work - socialism.

Here's to Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama.  Keep diggin', fellas.

Drilling For Oil In Gulf Begins

By the Cubans.

We are lead by the best and brightest ...

Kindred Spirits

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, writing in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Federal Policies Could Create Another Recession

President Obama will be visiting Richmond tomorrow to talk about his plans to get America's economy moving again. If the president is really serious about creating jobs, he should start by abandoning the anti-business policies his administration has promoted over the past 18 months.

As Virginia's chief jobs creation officer, I have probably met with more CEOs over the past eight months than anyone in our state. Almost every CEO I have met with has told me the same thing -- they are ready to invest and they are ready to hire but they are afraid to do so because of the anti-business policies being promoted in Washington, D.C.

If someone had sat down 18 months ago and devised a plan to destroy American business, it would look much like the policies currently being promoted in Washington. I'm not suggesting that anyone has pursued these anti-business policies intentionally, but their effect is to create an anti-business environment that could drive our economy back into recession.
Trust me, there is no trust in Washington right now. There is only apprehension, as business leaders sit on their hands, waiting to see what the next costly agenda item to arise out of the Obama administration is. Not a way to run a business, but fear for one's livelihood will have that effect.

The Law Can Be Confusing

This strike you as odd?
Man faces indecent liberties charge
By Shawna Morrison, Roanoke Times

A Blacksburg man was charged Tuesday with taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a supervisory custodial relationship, police said. Police aren't naming the 41-year-old man to avoid identifying the girl, Blacksburg police Sgt. Nathan O'Dell said. The girl was a juvenile when the incidents are alleged to have taken place but she isn't now, he said.

Police wouldn't say how old the girl was, what her relationship was with the man or when the offenses are alleged to have occurred. [link]
The police refused to name the girl woman because she was - but isn't - a juvenile?  Weren't we all once juveniles?

I really don't get this.

This Goes Out To The Roanoke Times

I know you guys are in favor of "single payer."  And therefore probably see ObamaCare as being just a stopover on the way to the complete government takeover of our once-great health care system.  If so you should be pleased as punch about the latest news coming out of Ronald McDonald Land.  30,000 workers may soon lose their health coverage:

McDonald's May Drop Health Plan
By Janet Adamy, Wall Street Journal

McDonald's Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.

The move is one of the clearest indications that new rules may disrupt workers' health plans as the law ripples through the real world.

Trade groups representing restaurants and retailers say low-wage employers might halt their coverage if the government doesn't loosen a requirement for "mini-med" plans, which offer limited benefits to some 1.4 million Americans.

While many restaurants don't offer health coverage, McDonald's provides mini-med plans for workers at 10,500 U.S. locations, most of them franchised. A single worker can pay $14 a week for a plan that caps annual benefits at $2,000, or about $32 a week to get coverage up to $10,000 a year.

Last week, a senior McDonald's official informed the Department of Health and Human Services that the restaurant chain's insurer won't meet a 2011 requirement to spend at least 80% to 85% of its premium revenue on medical care. [link]
Alas, it is as it was foretold ...

It Took a Lot of Hard Work

How did we go from this ...

... to this ...


... so quickly?

I Understand It. But I'm Not Comfortable With It.

There is something disquieting about watching public opinion force the removal of a statue at a museum site.  But remove it it has:

Future of Stalin bust still uncertain in Bedford
By Rex Bowman, Roanoke Times

Bedford -- A bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin will be temporarily taken down but will remain at the National D-Day Memorial despite widespread opposition, memorial President Robin Reed announced Tuesday. He said the Stalin bust and several others are being taken down until a better spot can be found for them at the memorial.

The decision, which Reed said he and the memorial's governing board reached earlier this month after weeks of discussion, is unlikely to mollify veterans and others who have protested the Stalin bust since it went on display in June. Opponents of the bust say it honors the brutal dictator.

"The intention of the change today is not to make anything die down. The intention is to make the interpretation stronger," Reed said. "I can take the heat for that." [link]
This dude can say what he wants about taking the heat and moving the statue to "a better spot."

Truth is: It's history.

Which is unfortunate.

Is a museum supposed to portray only the happy side of our past?  Perhaps.  That would explain why the Museum of the Confederacy is being destroyed.

But shouldn't a museum (or memorial; same difference) be a depository for collecting and displaying objects - happy or sad, good or evil - having scientific or historical or artistic value, as my dictionary says it should?

I understand the feelings about Joseph Stalin.  And I know more about his genocides than most everyone who has an opinion on the subject.  I'm even accepting of the will of the people.

But it still makes me uncomfortable.  Like, what, he didn't exist if we erase all relics representing his brief time on this earth?

And if we erase all vestiges of Joseph Stalin, how far removed are we from the mentality that shaped Joseph Stalin?

What Does It Say About Me ...

... when I find "the song most likely to make grown men cry," "Everybody Hurts," to be both monotonous and annoying to the point where I just want to hurt someone?

Maybe it says I've had too much coffee already.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Boucher Vacations On FatCat Money

You know all about Congressman Rick Boucher's nice new SUV that "his campaign" is paying for him to drive.  To the tune of 29,000 smackers.  You also know that his campaign earns no money.  That all its cash comes from his Washington lobbyist buddies, with the dough funneled through his campaign treasury.

You may also remember me making mention of the fact last month that at the same time he was turning down requests from interested parties in Southwest Virginia for him to come and debate his Republican challenger, ostensibly because he was too busy doing the people's business, he was reported to have been seen dining at a restaurant in the luxuriant city of Telluride, Colorado.

Remember this?

That arose out of this?


Try as I might, I never got a response from the Boucher campaign as to whether or not it was him living la vita loca out in Colorado when he should have been here answering to the people of Southwest Virginia for his liberal voting record in Congress.

Perhaps silence is an answer in itself.

And maybe there are other indicators that he'd just as soon we not know.

But that we always find.

Ever heard of the Committee for Southwest Virginia?

This from OpenSecrets.org should tell you most of what you need to know.  Click it to enlarge it:


It's a political action committee (or PAC) "affiliated" with "Rick Boucher (D-VA)."

Scroll down the page and you'll see who the treasurer is for this PAC.

Amy Boucher.

Rick's wife.

Anything illegal about any of that?

Nope.

All out in the open?

Yes.

Unseemly?

You decide.

But remember that sighting in Colorado last month?  In a city that you and I could never afford to visit, let alone dine in?

Take a look at these expenditures from that Committee for Southwest Virginia (also provided by OpenSecrets.org):

Boucher's "committee," it seems, meets regularly in the land of the beautiful people.

Here's a photo, so you know, of his "meeting place" - the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain in Colorado

For the purpose of comparison, here's a shot of a once-bustling hostelry in Rick Boucher's backyard in Abingdon, down on Lee Highway:


My, my, Rick Boucher's livin' large.

On somebody's dime.

While Southwest Virginia crumbles.

I'm thinkin' it's time for ol' Rick to plan another vacation at the Westin.  A long one.  We here in Southwest Virginia are even willing to pay for it.

Money Down The Rathole

Hey, let's keep doing everything that has brought ruin to Southwest Virginia's manufacturing base!  What say?


"The federal government will provide $1.5 million to revive Southwest Virginia's transportation-equipment manufacturing, an industry that lost 30 percent of its jobs during the past three years."

$1.5 million that came from the tax base that includes manufacturing that has lost 30% of its jobs in the last three years in Southwest Virginia because the federal government has taxed it (and regulated it) to the point where those jobs now reside in China.


Toss 'em a few more lifelines.

Tax 'em some more.

Send the remainder of those jobs to China.

Toss 'em some more ...

A Question To Which We'll Get No Answer

Montgomery County's Republican Party secretary asks of Congressman Rick Boucher:


If only he could do for us what he's done for China ...

Perriello Hasn't Moved The Needle

Maybe it was the actress in the latest Perriello TV spot who asked his challenger, Robert Hurt, "Why did you vote against funding our schools?"  Or maybe, just as uproariously insane, it was the NRA's much publicized (soon-to-be) decision to endorse the liberal Democrat despite there being a complete dearth of information out there regarding his positions on the gun issues of our day.

Whatever it was, Boy Wonder over in Southside finds his poll numbers to continue to be in the toilet.

The latest:

Poll: Republican Robert Hurt leads Congressman Tom Perriello by 23 points
That's nearly identical to a poll we conducted a month ago in the 5th Congressional District.
WDBJ7

With five weeks to Election Day, Republican Robert Hurt continues to sail toward an upset.

According to a News7 SurveyUSA poll, Hurt has a 23 point lead over incumbent Congressman Tom Perriello.

That's nearly identical to a poll we conducted a month ago in the 5th Congressional District. Independent Jeff Clark trails with four percent support.

The Perriello campaign contends there are other, more reliable polls that show the contest is a statistical dead heat. [link]
"More reliable polls ... show the contest is a statistical dead heat."  Sure they do, Tom.  And with the injestion of enough of that wacky tabacky they grow over there around Charlottesville, we might believe little men from Mars are invading the planet.

Lay off the weed, dude.  Finish out the race.  Then be gone.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

The Roanoke Times went orgasmic over ObamaCare this past Sunday:
Seniors swept up in the summertime scare over their health care options under Obamacare should take note: Medicare Advantage premiums will go down next year.

Also, insurers will add benefits that the new health care law requires, such as lower out-of-pocket costs for preventive care.

Despite widespread predictions that reform would cause premiums to rise for the roughly one-quarter of Medicare beneficiaries who pay for private Medicare Advantage plans, the opposite occurred, for one reason.

The new law gives Medicare officials more power to negotiate with insurers on behalf of beneficiaries.
Sweet deal.  Except for one thing.  What if there are no insurers out there willing to accept the "negotiation" offered up by those holding the gun to their heads and they simply get out of the Medicare Advantage business all together?

Can't happen?

Welcome to the real world, fools:
Harvard Pilgrim cancels Medicare Advantage plan
By Robert Weisman, Boston Globe Staff

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has notified customers that it will drop its Medicare Advantage health insurance program at the end of the year, forcing 22,000 senior citizens in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine to seek alternative supplemental coverage.

The decision by Wellesley-based Harvard Pilgrim, the state’s second-largest health insurer, was prompted by a freeze in federal reimbursements and a new requirement that insurers offering the kind of product sold by Harvard Pilgrim — a Medicare Advantage private fee for service plan — form a contracted network of doctors who agree to participate for a negotiated amount of money. Under current rules, patients can seek care from any doctor.

“We became concerned by the long-term viability of Medicare Advantage programs in general," said Lynn Bowman, vice president of customer service at Harvard Pilgrim’s office in Quincy. "We know that cuts in Medicare are being used to fund national health care reform. And we also had concerns about our ability to build a network of health care providers that would meet the needs of our seniors." [link]
Key takeaway: 

"We became concerned by the long-term viability [jf: or lack thereof] of Medicare Advantage programs."

The title of the Roanoke Times editorial?

Advantage: Seniors

It should have been:

Advantage: Graveyard

Fools.

Griffith's Not Taking It Lying Down

I actually burst out laughing when I saw Rick Boucher's latest ad on TV.  Is he grasping or what?  Has panic set in or what?

In response to his flailing, our House of Delegates leadership here in Southwest Virginia comes out swinging.  As showcased by the Republican Party of Virginia:
Southwest Virginia Delegates Skewer New Boucher Attack Ad
Ad riddled with false claims shows Rick Boucher doesn't know much about the place he claims to represent

Dels. Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, Anne Crockett-Stark, R-Wytheville, and Bill Carrico, R-Galax, issued the following statement regarding Rick Boucher's new attack on 9th District GOP Candidate Morgan Griffith:

"Rick Boucher's new attack ad is just sad. Rick knows that when people learn the truth about his record, that he votes for tax increases and wasteful programs we can't pay for, he loses.

Southwest Virginia schools have no better friend that Morgan Griffith. During Morgan's time as majority leader, the General Assembly has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding to Virginia schools. And when times got tight, Morgan worked with Governor McDonnell, Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly to balance the budget without raising taxes - all while protecting schools.

Attacking Morgan Griffith on power rates shows just how desperate Rick Boucher is, and just how little he actually knows about Southwest Virginia. If Rick had been paying attention, he'd know that Morgan was one of the major forces behind a bill that gave the 9th District an immediate 12 percent reduction in their power bills. Morgan worked with Republicans and Democrats to find the best, long term solution to the problem. When Rick talks about 'blocking reform,' he's referring to a bit of last-minute grandstanding by Minority Leader Ward Armstrong. Even Armstrong's fellow Democrats recognized that Armstrong's theatrics were designed for his own statewide office run in 2013.

Rick Boucher can't talk about his record, because he votes with Democrats 96.4 percent of the time. Morgan Griffith, on the other hand, has been fighting for Southwest Virginia since he was elected. Unlike Boucher, Morgan doesn't have to play Federal Santa Claus ever two years - sweeping into the district, handing out taxpayer dollars all over the place to hide the fact that he voted for Obama's stimulus, the GM bailout, the bank bailout, $1 trillion deficits, and hiring IRS agents to enforce ObamaCare.

Morgan Griffith is a proud Republican who stands with Governor McDonnell. Rick Boucher is scared to tell people he's a Democrat who votes with his party 96.4% of the time. Morgan is proud of his record, Rick hides from his. The difference couldn't be more clear."
A question for Rick Boucher:  If, as you claim in your TV ad, that it's factually inaccurate that you have voted with your party 96.4% of the time, what is the factual percentage?  92?  90?  We're to feel more comfortable with that?

If You're In The Neighborhood

Morgan Griffith is going to be in Wytheville on Thursday:

From a media advisory:
Morgan Griffith, the Republican candidate for the Ninth Congressional seat, will be campaigning with former Sen. George Allen in Wytheville on Thursday, September 30. The two will be at the Wythe County Livestock Market, 3561 Stoney Fork Road, Wytheville.
Hey, you can buy you some fresh beef and shake the hand of the next congressman at the same time. How 'bout that?

* Actually, unless something has changed, there's no auction scheduled on the 30th.  But I'm sure it's my mistake ...

Battle Lines Are Drawn

See "GOP Senators Lash Out at Jim Demint."  In it you'll find a few startling facts.

1) The GOP establishment (at least a portion thereof that's willing to speak on the record) is coming to the defense of its decision to give support to a write-in candidate for the Senate in Alaska over the Republican who was chosen by the people there in a Republican primary.

2) Those speaking out are all old.

3)  They all - with the exception of John Thune - allowed the party to be dragged by the Democrats to the point of crisis we now face here in the United States.  They didn't preside over an opposition party.  They commanded a party that ... professed reluctance and misgivings ... before agreeing to the entire progressive agenda, year after blessed year, decade after decade, rejoicing when the Democrats would throw them a few crumbs.  They were - and still are - to use my term, Democrats.  Or little Democrats.

So now Demint, and the Tea Party, and a majority of the American people demand change.  Before it's too late.  And the hangers-on aren't liking it.  To them, it was so much easier to go along.  With a measure of reluctance and expressed misgivings.

Speaks volumes.

Here's what these fossils need to get their arms around, and fast:


And the numbers will continue to grow ...

ObamaCare Kicks In

When you call 911 who is going to respond?

You may laugh now ...

Click on the image to enlarge it.

A Question I've Been Asking Since I Entered Adulthood

Quote of the Day

From the Wall Street Journal editorial board:
Making the case for left-wing voters to show up in November, Mr. Obama told Rolling Stone that he is presiding over "the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward."

We'd agree, but his problem is that most Americans don't like that agenda and millions of voters in both parties wanted him to oversee an economic expansion instead.

"Blaming the Voters," September 29, 2010

Does Lucifer Control The State Department?

Take a look at this photo that's up on Drudge. ("HILLARY HORROR: 'DEMON' PHOTO MOVED ON WIRE...")

Creepy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Question For Rick Boucher ...

... and his little friend in the coal business, Jim McGlothlin:

If the "deal" that Boucher struck with his environmentalist buddies in Washington to "cap and trade" the energy sector of the United States of America was such a good thing, why are both candidates in the Senate race in West Virginia, where coal is a way of life, both vehemently opposed to it?

Are they both wrong?

Oh, The Thoughts Of Mindless Liberals

In a recent editorial the Roanoke Times extolled the virtues of ObamaCare (stop the presses!) (see "Advantage: seniors"), trying to convince us that it was going to be a neat deal for seniors because the government would be "negotiating" with insurance companies, thus lowering premiums, a euphemism for the government setting prices that insurance companies will be required to adhere to or go out of business.

I have but a few words to offer up that should - once and for all - dispose of that silly notion:

Nixon.  Wage.  Price.  Controls.

It didn't work then.  It won't work now.

- - -

It should be noted that this is the same Roanoke Times that basked in the glory of campaign cash controls (otherwise known as "campaign finance reform") and now whines about the fact that those controls aren't working either.

You'd think they would learn ...

More Fallout From The NRA's Endorsement of Perriello

I received another poignant email from a concerned Virginian yesterday and thought I'd pass it along:
I totally agree over the outrage of the NRA's choice, and agree that I believe it is a backroom deal [more on that here].

For many years now the NRA has been slipping to the same tactics that politicians do, and I cannot support their effort. More and more I read of things that the NRA has worded and it all sounds like they are more interested in themselves and the money their organization brings in than to further our second amendment rights.

Arizona's non permit concealed carry is one example. They did not get on the band wagon till the very end and I believe this was only to try and hide their true colors.

Many states as Virginia, allow open carry as well. You would figure NRA would support this position as to with not permit open carry it does not require gun owner registration, but within the last few years NRA in letters seems to bolster permit carry only.

Yes perks for permits or P4P, perks that convince gun owners to allow registration of themselves, how different is this really from single gun registration?

I guess NRA needs the extra money coming in from their products and services. I guess this is how they make the separation from good laws and bad laws, however they can find a profit and benefit for their NRA affiliated organizations, and screw everyone else and their choices.

The bad is they are painting the permit holder on a pedestal, which I feel eventually will lead to tougher permit laws and controls every time a permit holder is found guilty of anything, there is always a certain amount of bad eggs in everything.

Even worse they are more so taking the stand to side in some cases with common since gun laws. Yes, the things the dastardly Democrat anti's often try to push and use to say " We are not trying to take away your rights, just trying to keep you safe" all the while fooling fools. Bull Hockey....

The NRA needs to go back to their roots or fade away in my opinion, they are getting to be a hindrance in our true fight of preserving our second amendment right.

Just sayin.

Kenny Sipe
Doswell Va
There's some bad blood here.  Brought on by the NRA.  And for what?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Good News Out of the Morgan Griffith Campaign

From a press release:
Support for Griffith surges among women in 9th

Christiansburg - As the 9th District Congressional race heats up, key women in southwest Virginia are stepping up to lend their support for Morgan Griffith, the Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional seat. Today, the formation of the "Women for Griffith Coalition" was announced-spearheaded by Michelle Jenkins, the chairperson of the 9th District Republicans.

Hundreds of women have already signed up for the Coalition, putting "Griffith for Congress" bumper stickers on their cars, contributing to the Griffith campaign, making campaign phone calls, and participating in "sign waves" across the 9th District on Friday nights.

Why are these women so energized to work for Morgan Griffith for Congress?

Jenkins says that in these difficult times, people are looking for leaders who will cut through the political double-talk, who will say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done.

"When Virginia was faced with a deficit in the past," says Jenkins, "Griffith said 'Virginia doesn't have a revenue problem; Virginia has a spending problem.' And he backed up that statement by working hard with Gov. McDonnell to make state government live within its means, just like each and every one of us has to do every payday."

Jenkins says that when Democrats tried to raise the income tax to pay for their spending binges, Morgan said no, because he understands that people in Southwest Virginia simply can't afford to send any more money to Richmond. "And he knows that we can't afford to send any more of our money to Washington. Morgan believes that Washington doesn't have a revenue problem; Washington has a spending problem."

She goes on to say many women in the 9th Congressional District are turning out to work for Griffith for Congress because they are concerned about the path that our country is headed down-and where that path will lead their families. "The women supporting Griffith believe that Rick Boucher's efforts in Washington have made life harder for families in Southwest Virginia. For example, Rick Boucher worked with other Democrats to pass a Cap and Trade bill that could decimate the coal industry here, putting thousands of miners and mine industry workers out of work".

"That same bill would raise the price of gas by at least $1.50 a gallon," says Jenkins, "and it would make electric bills, that are already high, skyrocket."

The women of the 9th believe that Rick Boucher doesn't understand the lives of Southwest Virginia families because he has been in Washington for almost 28 years.

Meanwhile, Morgan Griffith and his wife, Hilary, have been working and living in Southwest Virginia, and for the past several years, raising three children.

Jenkins says Morgan and Hilary know how hard it is to make ends meet.

"They've opened the electric bills and seen the same eye-popping numbers you have. They've watched their friends and neighbors lose their jobs ... and then lose their homes. They've seen those same people pack up and move to Northern Virginia, Richmond, Hampton Roads and Johnson City to find work, because Southwest Virginia's
economy isn't producing the jobs we need."

Jenkins and the other women supporting Griffith are also concerned that Boucher voted for President Obama's "stimulus" bill-a bill that wasted nearly $1 trillion to create a handful of jobs.

"Rick Boucher's votes took money out of our pockets - money that most people in Southwest Virginia couldn't afford to part with," says Jenkins, "to do things like study drunk mice, give out free golf carts, and pay for anti-war puppet shows. Those aren't the kind of things that people in the 9th District tend to support."

Jenkins says that this election comes down to a choice of which path to take. "We can either choose a path that will make it harder for Southwest Virginians to make ends meet--a path that forces them to leave Southwest Virginia to find a job or--with Morgan Griffith representing us--a path that leads to a new birth of prosperity, where our friends and neighbors can get a good job and a build a better life for their families right here in the Mountain Empire."
I like that line, "The women of the 9th believe that Rick Boucher doesn't understand the lives of Southwest Virginia families because he has been in Washington for almost 28 years." It should be noted that Boucher has resorted to attacking Griffith for being an outsider (for living just outside the district) while Boucher himself avoids discussing the fact that he hasn't lived in Southwest Virginia in decades.

That's takin' it to him.

Good move on Griffith's part. We need women to join the ranks. And lots of them.  This is a tough uphill fight against a blind gang of sycophants who all live in the past and don't give a damn about this region's future.

Here's to the Coalition!

Hey, What a Great Idea

The Democrats, knowing that 2010 is a total loss, are now turning their attention to 2012 in hopes of avoiding complete ruin.  And all eyes are turning to that ever-so-important political position that Crazy Joe Biden has returned to its historic level of farce - the vice presidency.  Who should replace old Joe when he's finally shown the door shown where the door is?

Here's a wonderful stratagem, offered up as a prediction by Myra Adams:

So with Joe down the tubes but on the tube, all the collective media wisdom will point to Hillary in the VP slot because “Obama needs her to win,” or so the story goes.

I’m of the belief that Hillary would reject Obama’s VP offer because she informally held that job for eight years back in the 20th century, and Hillary is the kind of gal who only moves forward.

Which leads me to predict that President Obama will tap Virginia Senator Mark Warner to be his 2012 vice-presidential running mate. [link]
Sweet.  Obama, who will go down in history as being the president to preside over the worst economy in its history - that of Franklin Roosevelt excepting - and one who has tried his mightiest to make it so, is to be teamed up with the man who has accomplished absolutely nothing in his entire political life.*

For the novice, that's called a balanced ticket.

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* Well, yes, he did, as governor, raise taxes (after promising that he wouldn't) so as to avoid a crisis that never existed.  Let's give him that.


** I'll leave the comments section open to all those who can list Mark Warner's accomplishments since he moved to Washington.  I hope Blogger has enough reserve memory for all those lists that come pouring in.

Who Would Have Guessed?

First, a disclaimer: I haven't watched ABC's "This Week" in years. (Nor have I watched "Meet the Press" or "Face the Nation" either; they're on channels my remote doesn't seem to be able to find.)  So I can't speak to content.

But I can predict - and I did - that planting a host on the show who, in the past, showed a marked disfavor for all things America was not a smooth move.  Turns out - I was right:

This Weak: Christiane Amanpour Leads ABC To Worst Ratings Since 2003
By Steve Krakauer, Mediaite

Christiane Amanpour has been ABC’s This Week host for nine Sundays and she has finished second, but mostly third, among the competition in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic.

Last Sunday, September 19, the show didn’t just finish in third place, behind NBC’s Meet The Press and CBS’ Face The Nation – it was the lowest ratings in the A25-54 demographic in more than seven years.

While ratings are only one indicator of a program’s success, they are an important one. As Amanpour settles into her new role, the low ratings will only amplify some of the early criticism of the hiring, until success, by Nielsen standards, is visible. [link]
Let me sum it up for the doofuses who thought Amanpour would be a fine host to sit in the seat once occupied by towering figures like Howard K. Smith and David Brinkley: She's not one of us.  And she never will be.  And she glories in that fact.

So ABC is watching one of its cornerstone programs implode.  Who would have thought it possible?  (Besides the entire western world outside New York.)

For Whom The Bell Tolls

We could debate whether or not CNN is "the most trusted name in news."  Me?  I don't distrust it ... greatly.  I just find it boring to tears.  As do most Americans, judging by its paltry ratings.

And speaking of ratings:

Poll: Among cable-news networks, MSNBC trusted by … 12%
By Ed Morrissey

In an otherwise serious poll from Politico and George Washington University, the survey also asks respondents which cable-news network they access most for political news.  The results aren’t terribly surprising, as they more or less mirror the ratings, but are still noteworthy for one network’s almost-total marginalization.  While Fox News Channel sailed to an impressive 42% and CNN got a substantial if unimpressive 30%, MSNBC got …

"More people are getting their news about the upcoming election from cable television than any other source, and from Fox News more than any other cable channel, according to a POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday.

"The poll found that 81 percent of those polled get their news about the midterm elections from cable channels, like Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, or their websites, compared with 71 percent from national network news channels, such as ABC, NBC or CBS, and their websites.

"Among cable news channels, Fox was the clear winner, with 42 percent of respondents saying it is their main source, compared with 30 percent who cited CNN and 12 percent who rely on MSNBC."

How did it get to this state?  After all, NBC had a long history in television news, starting decades before CNN and even longer than Fox.  Its partnership with Microsoft should have given the cable news network a distinct advantage in the New Media world.  Their roster of news anchors, present and future, should have immediately challenged CNN for primacy and marginalized Fox, who may have had cash but relatively fewer newsgathering resources in the US when it launched.

Under the direction of GE’s Jeff Immelt, though, NBC’s cable network went for the full-insane demographic.  Fox took CNN’s talking-head format and simply reversed the bias, although Fox rightly argues that it presents more opposing viewpoints than CNN did as part of their establishment talent and not just occasional guests and party spinmeisters.  NBC decided to emulate Air America with its cable lineup instead, perhaps seeing some opportunity in the last Bush term to capitalize on his unpopularity and become a center of opposition opinion. [link]
"The full-insane demographic."  That pretty much sums it up.

Too bad.  It could have been so much different.

Climate Scientists Can't Be Trusted

I read articles like this and wonder if there has been any increase in atmospheric temperature over time.  Cooking the books will have that effect. 

Those making up the numbers as they go along have the best of intentions of course.

So let's change the entire freaking world based on their good intentions.

For the love of God.

It's Come To This

Quote of the day from Byron York:
Wouldn't a party that is serious about running Congress at least try to pass a budget? Wouldn't a party that is serious about running Congress at least try to avert the chaos of a last-minute, across-the-board tax increase? And wouldn't a party that is serious about running Congress think twice before going along with a high-profile mockery of Congress itself?
"Unable to govern, Dems turn to Stephen Colbert", Washington Examiner, September 27, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

More On That NRA Endorsement Of Tom Perriello

This came to me in an email and is worth reprinting here:

On the NRA endorsement of Perriello ...:

Sen. Robert Hurt has an "A" rating from the NRA for his 10 years of 2d amendment votes in the General Assembly. Meanwhile, Perriello is given the NRA endorsement for a mere 18 mos. in Congress.

Imagine Sen. Hurt's experience with 2d amendment issues: he is a former prosecutor so he has seen guns used at their worst; & their best in defense of life & property. He is a hunter. He has been in the General Assembly for all the debates on gun show loopholes, Va. Tech gun control efforts & any annual 2d amendment arguments presented to the General Assembly, so he is knowledgeable on all current 2d amendment issues.

I've been told that the NRA is a single issue lobbyist & I should not be angry that the NRA endorses a complete liberal who votes to erode our other rights. But I believe that the NRA chose Perriello's 18 mos. of votes over Sen. Hurt's 10 years' votes for a reason too frightening to contemplate: a backroom deal.

I left a voicemail with the NRA citing my displeasure; no, outrage, over this endorsement. I will call back this week to end my membership with them. Many outside the 5th CD are doing so also.

Thanks, Jerry.
It could be mentioned that Perriello hasn't just 18 months of votes in Congress.  He has 18 months in politics total.  Which means no one at the NRA has a clue as to his specific positions on the many issues facing gun owners in the USA.

I don't understand it either.  But I'm not outraged.  Simply resolved.  We'll continue the fight without the help of the NRA.

It's not like we've gotten a whole lot of assistance from them here in the 9th over the years.

Come Here! Come Here!

I'm sure Rick Boucher would love to be included on this list:

"President Obama will swoop into the heartland this week in a high-stakes bid to boost enthusiasm for Democrats ..."

Bring some of that mojo down here to Southwest Virginia, Mr. Hope&Change.  Your involvement is all we need to push Morgan Griffith over the top!

I dare you.

Liberal Mayors Flailing

It's not that they're failing.  It's that others are failing them:


Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Daley, having the strictest gun laws on the planet, find themselves facing rampant gun violence in their streets as well.

A correlation?

Naaaaah.

It's Alabama's fault.

Ya gotta admit, they're at least entertaining.

A Confession

I don't know what a stink bug is.

And I'll go to my grave with the satisfaction of having never found out.

They'll Need To Charter a Taxi

Expect this to make for breathtaking headlines in the mainstream press:


I wonder if they'll pay minimum wage so that more than 20 people show up.

Reality Sets In

Oh, such a dilemma.  The liberals at the San Francisco Chronicle have come to realize that their favorite senator in Washington is not very bright.  Okay, "undistinguished."  And they would never support a moderate Republican in a million years.  So what to do?

Why, they sit out the upcoming election of course:


I feel so sorry for them.

Wall Street Prospers With 10% Unemployment

How can that be?

Because America's businesses have figured out how to make money and work around the socialists in Congress to do it.  They have shipped jobs overseas.  To avoid this (from "The Regulation Tax Keeps Growing"):
The annual cost of federal regulations in the United States increased to more than $1.75 trillion in 2008, a 3% real increase over five years, to about 14% of U.S. national income. This cost is in addition to the federal tax burden of 21%, for a combined cost of 35% of national income. One out of every three dollars earned in the U.S. goes to pay for or comply with federal laws and regulations, and new policies enacted in 2010 for health care and financial services will increase this burden.

In per-household terms, the combined federal burden of regulation and taxes is a remarkable $37,962. Increased transparency in both the cost and benefit side of the regulatory equation is necessary to determine whether what we spend is worth the 35% of national income that it costs, and whether the distribution of the burden is relatively efficient. This is particularly true now that the federal government is undertaking Herculean efforts to stimulate the economy while increasing regulations costly to businesses.
But we don't care.  We hate corporations.  Especially the ones that don't comply with the mountain of regulations that Congress has heaped upon them.

Is it any wonder that business is booming in China?

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The New York Times, always clueless, blames China's rise and America's staggering unemployment problem on currency valuation.  I'm not kidding.

OK. Go Ahead and Shoot

Sometimes the best laid plans can go awry ...
Adult store clerk foils women 'armed' with toy gun
Associated Press

Duncansville, Pa. (AP) -- Police said two women who tried to rob a central Pennsylvania adult book store with a toy gun didn't fool a clerk, who told them to "get a real gun." Authorities said 28-year-old Shannon Cheripka, of Glasgow, and 26-year-old Angela Crook, of Coalport, attempted to rob the Adult World store in Duncansville around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Cheripka told police the clerk said, "First, if you're going to rob someone, get a real gun. Second off, you're not getting any money."

Authorities said the clerk chased away the women before police in nearby Logan Township arrested them in a van the clerk had described. [link]
I can picture the clerk pointing his index finger at the two "crooks" and saying, "Let's see if mine shoots further than yours."

Too funny.

What Were They Thinking?

So someone in a leadership position in the Democratic Party invites a comedian to testify before one of their subcommittees and he turns it into a ... laughingstock.  What were they expecting, a treatise on advancements in nuclear physics?

If Stephen Colbert's appearance was embarrassing, the reaction from those who should have known better is absolutely pathetic:

House leader: Colbert was an 'embarrassment'
The Associated Press

Washington (AP) — The House's No. 2 Democratic leader said Sunday that comedian Stephen Colbert's testimony last week on immigration was "inappropriate" and "an embarrassment."

Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California invited Colbert to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. But other Democrats weren't happy about her decision.

The committee chairman, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., asked Colbert to leave the room at the beginning of the hearing because the comedian had no expertise in farm labor issues or immigration policy.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland told "Fox News Sunday" he thought the episode was more of an embarrassment to Colbert than to the House. But, he added, "I think it was inappropriate" that he testified. [link]
No, I'm sure Colbert's fans ate it up.  So he's fine with his performance.  And it wasn't an embarrassment to the House either.  It was - pure and simple - another indication that the Democrats in Washington don't have a grip on reality.

One of many indications.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Griffith Electrifies The Crowd

A crowd that will not be denied.

News out of Wise:

Tea partiers undaunted by uphill battle in Fightin' 9th
By Steve Igo, Kingsport Times-News

WISE — Some of that old-time religious fervor rocked Zion Family Ministries church in Wise on Saturday.

How that translates into shaking the rock-solid foundation of the 28-year political career of incumbent Democrat Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, remains to be seen, but the resolve and enthusiasm to try was in plentiful supply.

Denied the use of the Wise County Fairgrounds, a politically riled-up bunch of Tea Party adherents, independents, Republicans and disenchanted Democrats voiced their rejection of the Obama administration in general and the president and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in particular.

Boucher was placed on a well-targeted bull’s-eye along with Obama and Pelosi, particularly with state Delegate Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, majority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, making a campaign appearance. Griffith is challenging Boucher’s 28-year hold on the 9th District congressional seat for the Nov. 2 elections.

“I’m telling people if you like Pelosi, if you like Obama, then vote for Boucher,” Griffith told about 200 angry voters. “But if you want to change that, then vote for me.” [link]
There are, believe it or not, people in Southwest Virginia who think Obama and Pelosi have done a swell job.  Both Morgan Griffith and I beg - beg! - all five of them to vote for Rick Boucher.  As for the rest of the 9th Congressional District, come on down!  November 2!  Let's party!  Be there or be ...

... a loser ...

I Part Company With The NRA

I may have mentioned at some point in time in the past that I always opted for renewing my annual membership in the NRA - rather than purchase a much more economical lifetime membership - for one very good reason.  When my favorite gun rights organization drifted from its one and only mission - to preserve and protect the 2nd Amendment - and became just another power player in Washington politics, I'd go elsewhere with my money.  And loyalty.

So it's with a high degree of sadness and dismay that I announce the cancellation of my membership in the National Rifle Association.

It was bad enough that the NRA routinely endorsed for reelection one of the most liberal members of Congress every other year - my congressman, Rick Boucher.  But this goes beyond that.  This is inexcusable:
NRA endorses Virginia Democrats over pro-gun Republicans
By Norman Leahy, Washington Examiner

The National Rifle Association has a long history of favoring incumbents in congressional elections and in at least two of Virginia’s most high-profile contests, in the 5th and 9th congressional districts, that habit finds them backing Democrats over gun rights friendly Republicans.

In the 5th district race, Democratic incumbent Tom Perriello touted his NRA endorsement before it was issued – not entirely surprising as Perriello, who voted for cap and trade, the President’s health care law, the stimulus and other party priorities, is in the fight of his life with Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt over a seat Perriello narrowly won in 2008.

The NRA did send Hurt a nice letter calling him “a true friend of NRA members and Virginia’s gun owners,” though. I’m sure Hurt would have appreciated the endorsement much more than the kind words. [link]
It should be mentioned, I suppose, that the endorsement of the most liberal member of Congress by the NRA isn't official.  But both Perriello and his Republican opponent, 2nd Amendment stalwart Robert Hurt, say it's a done deal.

So what is it about Democrat Perriello's record that would prompt such an action?  Let's go to my favorite go-to website when I need to know where politicians stand on the issues - On The Issues. Where does Tom Perriello stand on the issue of gun control?

What does the NRA see in that that I don't see?

This tears it.  I don't know what's possessed these guys but I'll have no part of it.

We're through.

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For an endorsement of Robert Hurt's gun rights record, go here.

* Click on the image to enlarge it.

Another Reason To Vote For Morgan Griffith

Union leadership lines up behind Rick Boucher.

'nuff said about that.

Make no mistake, though, the rank-and-file will be going overwhelmingly with his Republican challenger in November.

They too see the ruination that Boucher and his ilk have brought down upon their shoulders.

NY Times Is Trying Desperately To Find Scandal ...

This is almost funny.  A little known congressman's aide is little known.


I think we're supposed to be intrigued.  Or something.

Quote of the Day

From John Kerry:

We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening."

Yeah.  "Let America be America again" really captured everyone's attention and influenced the vote in 2004.

He still thinks we're stupid.

Tsk.  Tsk.

While Glenn Beck Can Pack Washington D.C. ...

... Barack Obama can't fill a bathtub.

How times have changed:

"Do we need to line up early to get in?”

My, oh, my.

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I should mention this, for those looking to be entertained.  It cost 50 bucks - and up - to be in the same room with Barack Obama.  It'll only cost you 20 to attend the Bramwell Oktoberfest. (Just up the holler from Pocahontas, Virginia.) And the beer is free!  (Well, 20 bucks.)

Which would you want to attend?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Full Disclosure

Here I am doing the work the editors at the Roanoke Times should be doing for themselves. Published this morning is a letter to the editor by one Ginny Brock in which the author writes - convincingly - that 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello has done a swell job representing Southside Virginia in Congress.

See "Perriello is leading us forward."

Boy, were the alarm bells going off with this one.  Perriello, the guy who everyone knows is lost in the political wilderness, is "leading us forward"?

The Bullshit-o-meter went off the scale.

So here's how this Ginny Brock is described by the Times:

"Brock is a longtime resident of Smith Mountain Lake."

Sweet.

But left out is this small ditty: Not only is she a resident of Smith Mountain Lake, Ginny Brock is also in a leadership position with Smith Mountain Lake Democrats.

Provides a bit of clarity, no?

Here's the deal, if I have to start doing the work of the editors at the Roanoke Times, I want title and paycheck.

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Update 09.26.10: In the comments we find out that Ms. Brock is, in fact, president of Smith Mountain Lake Democrats.  That's two worlds removed from "longtime resident."

The Chinese Are 'Green'?

I don't know.  Does the following, from New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, make any sense?
“There is really no debate about climate change in China,” said Peggy Liu, chairwoman of the Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, a nonprofit group working to accelerate the greening of China. “China’s leaders are mostly engineers and scientists, so they don’t waste time questioning scientific data.” The push for green in China, she added, “is a practical discussion on health and wealth. There is no need to emphasize future consequences when people already see, eat and breathe pollution every day.”

And because runaway pollution in China means wasted lives, air, water, ecosystems and money — and wasted money means fewer jobs and more political instability — China’s leaders would never go a year (like we will) without energy legislation mandating new ways to do more with less. It’s a three-for-one shot for them. By becoming more energy efficient per unit of G.D.P., China saves money, takes the lead in the next great global industry and earns credit with the world for mitigating climate change. [link]
We all know - well, everyone outside of the EPA - that CO2 is not the pollutant that is plaguing China's landscape.  Theirs is the traditional noxious, foul, toxic factory pollution.  So any discussion about "climate change" need not equate the causes with "pollution."

But can Friedman actually be holding China up as the darling of the "green" movement and, out of the other side of his mouth, make mention of its "runaway pollution"?  Am I the only one seeing a disconnect here?

Sure, his focus is on the jobs side of the argument.  But what idiot wouldn't take money from the United States government when it's tossing millions at "green technology"?

(* We're going to save that discussion for another day.  My congressman, Rick Boucher, voted to fund job creation in China Read the article.  We'll come back to it.)

It's just that the Chinese are the first to get there with their hands out.  So they're creating green jobs all right.  And they'll continue to do so as long as Uncle Ralphy keeps paying them to do so.

Oh, I should bring this to Friedman's attention.  On that bit about China earning "credit with the world for mitigating climate change"?  Guess who leads the world in carbon dioxide emissions.

So many trees had to die for this renowned New York Times columnist to make a complete jackass of himself.  So sad.

Boucher Ducks The Voters. Again.

I can understand why he'd want to run and hide these days.

But don't the voters of Southwest Virginia deserve better at this critical time in our nation's existence?

Rick Boucher obviously doesn't think so.

From a press release:
League of Women Voters' 9th Forum cancelled

Christiansburg - Scratch another possible debate between candidates for the Ninth Congressional seat.

Montgomery County's League of Women Voters has cancelled a forum slated for later this month because incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher refused to participate.

"The League of Women Voters is one of the most respected civic organizations in America," Morgan Griffith, the Republican candidate in the Ninth race, says. "If Rick Boucher lacks the courage to discuss the issues with the League of Women Voters, then he shouldn't be serving in Congress.

In August, a candidate forum hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce was cancelled after Congressman Boucher refused to respond to repeated invitations.
I was especially annoyed by that last sentence. Boucher didn't turn down the Chamber of Commerce debate. He didn't even respond to its offer. He ignored it.

What's that all about?

Who works for whom here?

Ah, The Memories

This brings back some uncomfortable moments from my past:

Gas Blasts Spur Questions on Oversight of Pipelines
By Andrew W. Lehren, New York Times

At a Christmas Eve gathering in 2008, a natural gas explosion in a suburban Sacramento neighborhood killed a 72-year-old man and injured his daughter and granddaughter. Investigators determined that Pacific Gas and Electric was to blame for a leak, but federal and state regulators never cited the utility for safety violations.

It was one example of what many experts and studies say is weak oversight of gas pipelines in the United States, a problem that has contributed to hundreds of pipeline episodes that have killed 60 people and injured 230 others in the last five years. [link]
Paula and I owned a farm in Bullitt County, Kentucky back in the 80's.  Under which, beneath the back pasture, ran an oil pipeline.  If memory serves, it was a 36" high-pressure pipeline that ran from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Erie.  On the surface, above that line, where it traversed my property, each fence post had been painted white and had been topped with orange.  As far as the eye could see, one could make out the positioning of the pipeline by the white fence posts with orange toppers.  In addition, there were signs posted at frequent intervals warning people not to do any digging because of the existence of the line.

What to worry?

Well, number 1: See the above article.

And number 2: Try to imagine me sinking a post hole digger in the ground above the pipeline in the process of replacing rotten old posts.  I remember the day ...

According to the oil company, the line was at least 24 inches below the surface (well below the frost line).  I always buried my fence posts 24 inches in the ground.  You can see the problem.  When I got down close to the danger area, I would use a hand-held digger and ... pray.  I thought: What are the chances that I could bust a steel pipeline with a rickety hand tool?

Then again, isn't that the sort of thinking that makes Drudge?

Bullitt County, Kentucky Erupts in Ball of Flame!

Moron's Body Parts Yet To Fall To Earth

To make a long story short, I lived.

Life on the edge ...

There's One In Every Crowd

Look up the word Quisling.  That's the best way to describe someone - anyone - in the coal industry who tries to make us believe that Congressman Rick Boucher was acting in the best interests of the miners in the coalfields when he voted in favor of Nancy Pelosi's jobs-killing cap-and-trade energy bill that every other area politician - including every Democrat - opposed.

Meet Southwest Virginia's very own Quisling - Jim McGlothlin of United Coal Company:




McGlothlin:

"Rick Boucher is our best friend in Washington. And we urged him to get the best possible deal for coal in the energy bill. He protected Virginia's coal industry and the thousands of jobs that depend on it. Everything Rick Boucher did was to support our coal economy."

My response:

Bullshit.

Experts and interested parties all now agree. Boucher's "deal" would have been a disaster for the coal industry. And many studies have now proven it. Even his Democrat-controlled Congressional Budget Office reviewed the legislation and those studies and concluded that it would have inflicted a particularly heavy blow to the coal industry.

A question for this friend of Boucher:

If it was so good for coal, why was southern West Virginia's Democrat congressman opposed to it? Why were the representatives from Kentucky's eastern coal counties opposed to it? And the congressmen from northeast Tennessee and north Georgia? Why were both of West Virginia's Democrat senators opposed to it?

Was Rick Boucher the only Democrat in coal country who was right while the rest of them were wrong?

I'd be inclined to dismiss this guy as being a dumbass, but he knows what he's doing. Jim McGlothlin's name has surfaced in the past whenever Rick Boucher needed someone in the industry to polish his bona fides.

One has to wonder: What would prompt someone so connected in the industry to say something so obviously absurd? It's a mystery. As is this McGlothlin's thought processes.

In any case, Boucher has a supporter in the coal industry. As history proves, every scoundrel seems to have one.

Going On My Netflix List

The documentary that the teachers' unions will not want me to see:




Public education. 2010. The United States of America.

My God.

Welcome To ObamaCare

Rube Goldberg would be proud:
Six months of ObamaCare: Two Minnesota insurers stop selling individual policies
By Ed Morrissey

If you like your policy, you can keep your policy meets We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it right here in Minnesota as ObamaCare hits its six-month mark.  Two major insurers have decided to suspend sales of individual policies rather than run the compliance gauntlet in the health-care overhaul bill, today’s Pioneer Press reports.  Why?  No one really knows what the rules actually are:

"Bloomington-based HealthPartners says it is temporarily suspending sales of individual health insurance policies due to uncertainty created by the new federal law.

Congress passed health reform six months ago, but starting today new health insurance policies must comply with key provisions of the legislation.

In Minnesota, that’s meant changes to health plan policies that regulators at the Minnesota Department of Commerce must approve before companies can sell policies to new customers. The state hasn’t signed off on changes because the Commerce Department needs more guidance on certain new federal rules, said Amy Von Walter, a spokeswoman for HealthPartners." [link]
Got that?

HealthPartners is in a pickle because it doesn't know what the Minnesota Department of Commerce wants.  Because the Minnesota Department of Commerce doesn't know what the federal Department of Health and Human Services wants.  Because the Department of Health and Human Services doesn't know what Congress wants.  Because no one in Congress read the damn bill before they passed it, so they don't have a clue as to what they want.  And then there's Obama.  How's that nine iron working for ya, big guy?

So HealthPartners says to hell with it, we're going to sit this mess out.

And the poor schmucks in Minnesota who want to buy insurance?

They'll just have to wait until Obama and Congress first deal with immigration and card check and energy and Afghanistan and the Gulf oil spill and Arizona and ...

Our health care system really didn't have to be this screwed up.

'The Writing Is On The Wall'

The establishment in Washington spends so much time trying to figure out the Tea Party.  Even as it unfolds right before their eyes.

Here's a helping hand.  If you can't grasp this ...


... then try to get your arms around this:




Fail to understand it at your peril.

Courtesy of Ben Howe AT BENHOWEBLOG.

So The Department of Transportation Is Awash In Money

Bart Hinkle:

A Pattern Seems to Be Developing

By Bart Hinkle, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gov. Mark Warner warned of budgetary shortfalls. The alarms were a key argument for his income-tax hike. Shortly after it passed, the projected shortfalls miraculously turned into surpluses.

Likewise, Tim Kaine insisted that a desperate need for transportation money justified his pursuit of higher taxes, in contravention of his campaign promises.

Ooops! Never mind.. . .
Expect the next Democrat to run for governor to ignore all reality and call for another tax increase.  To help out the desperately impoverished Department of Transportation.

The need for tax increases, to them, need not be based in reality, you see.  Take cap-and-tax for instance ...

It's Become a Circus

Compared to what the Democrats in Washington have done to us in recent years, turning one of its Congressional hearing rooms into a "circus" is far more preferable.  But one has to wonder, after watching the Stephen Colbert antics unfold before a Judiciary subcommittee, who in God's name is responsible for this?


So you know, the hearing was called to discuss "the plight of farm workers" by some nitwit named Zoe.  A Democrat.  From California.


Investor's Business Daily:
Clowns To The Left
editorial

With joblessness near double digits, federal spending hurtling us toward national bankruptcy and an Islamist terror regime seeking nukes, what is Congress doing? Taking testimony from comedians.

What was Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., thinking when she invited Comedy Central's faux right-wing pundit Stephen Colbert to appear — "in character"! — before her House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration?

Republicans last week put forth a 21-page platform outlining their solutions to government overspending, unemployment and national security.

The Democrats who run Congress, on the other hand, were wasting time — and taxpayer money — turning a committee hearing room into a circus, to the delight of the TV entertainment media who were there in force. [link]
Any bets on whether this Zoe person was one of those who voted in favor of ObamaCare legislation without having read it?  Anyone willing to double-down on the fact that she doesn't really care?

"Circus" seems to be the thread that binds the accounts of this embarrassing moment in American history.

A metaphor for Democratic leadership in these troubling times.

We want to keep these clowns in office why?

In Obama's 'Post-Racial' America

If you ain't black or Hispanic, don't even come knockin' on the Department of Justice's door.

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's Worse Than We Thought

This goes beyond mismanagement.

From the Republican Party of Virginia:
Surprise! VDOT Audit, Resisted for Years by Democrats, Finds $877 million in Unspent Money

-- Democrats fought audit tooth and nail, insisting taxpayers send even more money to Richmond to pay for roads--

The VDOT audit findings announced by Governor McDonnell are shocking. At a time when Democrats are screaming for a gas tax increase — and bashing a plan to get out of the liquor business and bring $500 million to roads — an ossified state transportation bureaucracy has been sitting on nearly $1 billion.

Governor McDonnell has been fighting for an outside audit of the agency since the early days of his term as Attorney General. But Democrats have until now blocked every GOP effort.

All the while, Democrats continued to bleat for more and more cash out of taxpayers pockets. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine closed rest stops along Interstates around the Commonwealth, creating a safety hazard and inconveniencing travelers, for want of $9 million — and a gas tax hike.

Maybe, just maybe, VDOT has more money that we've been led to believe... just a thought.

Now, Governor McDonnell can start re-building the agency into one that will make wise, efficient, and prompt use of taxpayers' hard-earned dollars.
Shocking.

Well, I Was Wrong

I wrote the other day that no self-respecting news organization would take down an ad simply because a politician disagreed with its political content.  Little did I know there were cowards out there in the profession:
Campaign notebook: Boucher asks stations to pull ad against him
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

RICHMOND -- Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, has asked television stations that reach into his Southwest Virginia district to take down an attack ad sponsored by an independent group, saying it contains information "that is obviously false."

One station, WSET (Channel 13) in Lynchburg, has informed Boucher that it will stop airing the ad funded by a group called Americans for Job Security. The 30-second spot depicts Boucher as a virtual rubber stamp for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and singles out his vote last year for legislation that would establish a cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Lawyers for Americans for Job Security asked WSET on Wednesday to reconsider its decision and accused the station of trying to help Boucher "shut out opposing viewpoints about him."

The statistical claim in the ad against Boucher is based on a survey compiled by opencongress.org showing that the Democrat votes with his party 96 percent of the time. Americans for Job Security says its claim is valid because Pelosi sets the agenda in the House. Griffith cites the same figure on the campaign trail and said Wednesday that Boucher's record "speaks for itself." [link]
I may have gone a little overboard in calling the station managers at WSET cowards.  They may simply be willing accomplices.  Whichever, this is not to their credit.

For details on the controversy, go here.

Will Wonders Never Cease

The Roanoke Times on Congressman Boucher's effort to stifle the free exercise of the press.  From "Sifting through the ads":
Misrepresentation of "facts" isn't new. Nor is it a tactic that should have escaped Rep. Rick Boucher's attention in previous campaigns. Which makes it all the more perplexing that Boucher would ask TV stations to pull an ad he claims "is obviously false." The ad by shadowy-funded Americans for Job Security (whoever that is) assigns flawed percentages in implying Boucher's ardent support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's agenda. But it's no more "obviously false" than most of the mud-slinging masquerading as political rhetoric these days.

That Boucher, a Democrat, votes for many Democratic-sponsored bills is about as dog-bites-man shocking as his opponent, Republican state House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, voting for Republican-sponsored bills. This is news?

Boucher didn't just ask TV stations to yank the opposition ad, he answered with his own ad. He explains he voted against his party's leadership when the interests of his district differed from the interest of his party. That is a fact that voters can verify.
For verification - or non-verification of Boucher's claims - go here.

Quote of the Day

From Glenn Reynolds:

"JON STEWART ON OBAMA: 'I thought he’d do a better job.' You did, huh? Based on what, his extensive experience? Rube."

It's not like these Obama supporters weren't warned.  Over and over and over again.