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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This Gets Their Rocks Off

I'm amused whenever some liberal twit tries to make more of America's Nazi/KKK problem than really exists. To listen to them you'd think there were legions - veritable armies - of them out there ready to seize control of  Washington and alter our wondrously diverse way of life.

And "whenever" happens to be today:
Nazi's prison time won't thin racists' ranks
By Dan Casey, Roanoke Times

One day soon, U.S. District Court Judge James Turk will sentence Roanoke neo-Nazi William A. White to prison for threatening a handful of people across North America.

If you thought that might curtail this valley's ignoble reputation as place [sic] some white supremacists put down their roots, think again.

Those pea-brained bigots are just like new crack dealers who pop up on street corners after each narcotics-squad roundup. Other racist nuts already are stepping forward to assume White's cretinous mantle.

I know this thanks to Clifton "Chip" Woodrum, the esteemed Roanoke lawyer and former state delegate.

Last week, he passed along some white-power fliers a former constituent found Jan. 3 in Garst Mill Park. [link]
Wow.  So some nut's prison time "won't thin racists' ranks" in the Roanoke area because other "pea-brained bigots," "just like new crack dealers who pop up on street corners after each narcotics-squad roundup," racists all, "already are stepping forward to assume [the nut's] cretinous mantle."

Really.

Which street corners would those be, Dan?

Well, read further and you find out that the nearest "pea-brained bigot" is hanging out on a street corner in ...

... Idaho?
Both fliers list an address in Idaho and a Web site, ...   The latter, which is dressed up with lots of swastikas and white-power gobbledygook, noted that the Virginia chapter is headquartered in Roanoke. Its address is a box at the Cave Spring Post Office off Electric Road.

I e-mailed the "Virginia director" to ask a few questions and soon found myself on the phone with Paul Mullet. He's from Athol, Idaho, a town of about 700 in that state's panhandle. He calls himself the Aryan Nations' national director. [emphasis mine]
Let me get this straight.  Roanoke has a pea-brained racist problem because some headline enthralled, dumbass neo-Nazi who happens to reside there proves himself to be an idiot - and to be a pea-brained racist - and because ... ... well, that's the only pea-brain cited.

The other one is in freaking Idaho.

So where's the story, Big Guy?

"If you thought that might curtail this valley's ignoble reputation as [a] place [where] some white supremacists [might] put down their roots, think again."

I'm thinking again, Dan, and darned if I can get as worked up over this as you are.

We've now accounted for two Nazis nationwide.  Hilarious.

'What did they do and when did they do it?'

If you're not familiar with the name Mudcat Saunders, you haven't been paying attention to Virginia politics.  He's the Democratic strategist from Roanoke who talked Jim Webb into running for Senate against George Allen.  He was also an adviser to Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

And he writes books.

Saunders was also a key adviser to John Edwards in his disastrous presidential bid.  Which brings us to Mickey Kaus's questions about the still-unfolding illicit affair/love-child saga:
In the Edwards case, it strains belief that a) Hunter [the "other woman"] was the first, or the sole John Edwards affair--only Chris Hitchens believes that--and that b) the candidate's extramarital activities weren't well known among staff. Yet in the Game Change excerpt, Edwards' aides all seem to believe he'd "long ago made the decision not to fall into that trap." It was only Hunter's relentless determination that got him to stray! Right. ... P.S.: O'Brien seems to expect that former fall guy Andrew Young's forthcoming book will dispel this bit of self-serving fiction.

The New York magazine excerpt also glosses over a key unknown part of the story--this part:

"Out of view, the Edwards campaign was in damage-control mode, going into overdrive to dissuade the mainstream media from picking up the story, denouncing it as tabloid trash. Their efforts at containing the fallout were remarkably successful. The Enquirer’s exposé gained zero traction in the traditional press and almost none in the blogosphere.


"Edwards’s relief was palpable, as was his gratitude to the small coterie of aides who had corralled the story."

What lies, if any, did Edwards' aides tell in their successful attempt to get the MSM to suppress the Hunter story in the days before the New Hampshire primary--and if there were lies, as I suspect there were, who told them? Were all the lies really told by John and Elizabeth themselves? Remember, Edwards is through in politics. Aides Jonathan Prince and Mudcat Saunders are not. What did they do and when did they do it?

... Or did the MSM just roll over and abdicate at the mere mention of St. Elizabeth's illness (or John Edwards' ... progressivism).  [link] [emphasis in the original]
What did Mudcat Saunders do and when did he do it?

Don't hold your breath for an answer.  He won't be talking.  At least not until his next book comes out.

Too bad.  Slimeball political advisers (think Dick Morris) these days are viewed as being even more despicable than the sleezeballs they work for.  Saunders could go a long way toward dispelling that widely held stereotype.

Is "Mudcat" just another slimeball adviser?  We'll probably never know.  He ain't talkin' and nobody in the mainstream press is willing to twist his arm.

What Has The World Come To?

There was a day when you could tell a Volkswagen ...

1966
... from a Cadillac.




1966

Nowadays you can't tell a Volkswagen ...



... from a Lexus.




Far be it from me to suggest that someone needs to look up the marketing term "differentiation and positioning," but ...

* Note to marketing department: It's going to take more than a double-wishbone suspension, fellas.

That IS What He Really Means To Say About Harry Reid

From the Judge Judy of matters racial, Al Sharpton:
While there is no question that Senator Reid did not select the best word choice in this instance, these comments should not distract America from its continued focus on securing healthcare or creating jobs for its people [sic]. Nor should they detract from the unquestionable leadership role Senator Reid has played on these issues or in the area of civil rights. Senator Reid’s door has always been open on hearing from the civil rights community on these issues and I look forward to continue to work with Senator Reid wherever possible to improve the lives of Americans everywhere.
Translation from Juliette Okinyi Ochieng:

 "You're allowed to 'abuse' black people with one hand if you’re giving them things out of the other."

I don't know.  Is there any other way to take Sharpton's analysis?

So Much For 'Science Writers'

Associated Press science writer Randolph E. Schmid in April:


In today's news:
An Inconvenient Truth: The Ice Cap Is Growing
By Jim Robbins, Washington Times

A report from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado finds that Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007. But didn't we hear from the same Center that the North Pole was set to disappear by now?

We all deserve apologies from the global warming fanatics who wanted to reshape the world in their image and called those who objected to their wild theories ignorant deniers. They were so convinced the world was ending and only they could save it, yet now they have been exposed as at best wildly idealistic and at worst frauds. They should have to do public penance for their hubris. I suggest they sit on blocks of melting ice and ponder their limitations.

Either that or let the polar bears deal with them. [link]

What to believe?  It's anyone's guess.

Startling Factoids of the Day

-- Representative Rick Boucher, Democrat, VA-9 --

From the London Telegraph:

"One million American families lost their homes in the fourth quarter. Moody's Economy.com expects another 2.4m homes to go this year."

"The fundamentals of the economy are good"
-- Representative Rick Boucher, Democrat, VA-9 --

The Lipstick Is Off The Pig

You know things are bad for The Messiah's presidency when even CBS News starts reporting the disappointment that Americans feel toward their guy.  Though maybe "disappointment" is too kind a word for it.  The latest:



Obama's Approval Rating Dips to New Low
By Kevin Hechtkopf

President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 46 percent, according to a new CBS News poll.

That rating is Mr. Obama's lowest yet in CBS News polling, and the poll marks the first time his approval rating has fallen below the 50 percent mark. Forty-one percent now say they disapprove of Mr. Obama's performance as president.

In last month's CBS News poll, 50 percent of Americans approved of how the president was handling his job, while thirty-nine percent disapproved.

Mr. Obama still receives strong support from Democrats (eight in ten approve of his performance), but his approval rating among Republicans is only 13 percent. More importantly, Mr. Obama's approval rating among independents has declined 10 points in recent months – and it now stands at just 42 percent. [link]
Just wait till he starts raising across-the-board taxes.  Which he will.  You ain't seen nothing yet.

Graphic courtesy of CBS News.

Homophobe!

You read it here first.  Simon Cowell, having just announced that he won't return to American Idol next season, will be accused by some nitwit of being a homophobe because Ellen DeGeneres, America's most popular homosexual, has joined American Idol this season.

As sure as the sky is blue and the grass is green ...

Quote of the Day

William McGurn, the Wall Street Journal, on the stimulus that ain't one:
Why the reticence? In itself, "stimulus" ought to be a political positive. After all, describing a bill as a stimulus assumes it will stimulate. Certainly that's the sense that Paul Krugman—a Nobel-winning economist and New York Times columnist—uses it when he complains that the first stimulus was too small.

Perhaps the reluctance to call the new package a second stimulus has something to do with the extravagant promises Mr. Obama made to sell the first. Less than a month into Mr. Obama's presidency, the first stimulus was pushed through partly on the promise that doing so would keep unemployment south of 8%. With Friday's jobs numbers, the same people who sold us that one now have to explain why keeping unemployment at 10% is progress.

A report from the Associated Press that came out yesterday cannot have helped. It analyzed what was thought to be one of the healthiest parts of stimulus—spending on roads and bridges—and concluded that the billions in taxpayer dollars have had "no effect on local employment." The article goes on to express surprise that "despite the disconnect, Congress is moving quickly to give Obama the road money" he wants for his second stimulus.

That's not disconnect. It's classic Beltway. In Washington when your policies don't work, you don't change them. You change the name and hope nobody notices. [link]
Not only has Obama dropped the use of the now-indefensible term "stimulus," but it seems he and his minions no longer talk about "jobs saved or created" either.  That bit of subterfuge, too, no longer flies, what with unemployment continuing to worsen   Though now they cling to the theme that it worsens at a slower rate each month.  Which is the best they can do.  Which is pathetic.

Anyway, "stimulus" is out.  Targeted waste is in.  Welcome to the Obama years.

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On that "jobs saved or created" thingie?  there's this:

On The Harry Reid Tumult

For the record, I don't call upon Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to resign from Congress for the racially insensitive remarks attributed to him that have surfaced in recent days.  Just as I didn't want Trent Lott (then Republican senator from Mississippi) to resign for his having uttered similar (but far less egregious) comments on a related topic several years ago.  And just as I didn't want Bill Clinton to be impeached for his having coerced one of his female employees into providing sexual gratification while he was in a position of power over her (jail time we could have talked about, however).  All this for one simple reason - we live in a democratic republic.

Harry Reid is a moron.  But if the people of the state of Nevada want a moron - a racist moron at that - representing them in Congress, I support them. 

And I'll utilize every opportunity to ridicule them for that decision. 

That's how America works.  They want him, they got him.

My guess is, however, that few Nevadans want him anymore.  And, come election day, they won't have him anymore. 

And that's fine too.

It's the American way.