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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It Was a Silly Argument In The First Place

When I first heard of opposition mounting to that proposed wind farm up in Highland County, it was being represented that the construction would disturb "hallowed" Civil War ground.  But it then turned out that the "hallowed" ground involved a temporary camp site that a relatively small number of troops occupied and skirmished with the enemy over - briefly.  And, if that didn't burst the bubble, it then turned out that the "hallowed" ground was actually one mountain removed from the planned wind farm complex.

But if you used binoculars, you could see the "hallowed " ground from the wind mill farm, dadgumit.

Well, got me there.

A helpful piece of advice to those in opposition:  Just say you don't want the damn thing in your neighborhood. At least you'd gain the sympathy of half the population in Southwest Virginia - the half that complains about skyrocketing energy costs (AEP!) but refuses to do anything to lessen their own burden.

Anyway, here's the latest:
Examiner: Toss Highland Co. wind farm complaint
By Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times

A complaint that a proposed wind farm in Highland County will ruin the view from a nearby Civil War battlefield should be dismissed, a hearing examiner with the State Corporation Commission ruled Monday.

The recommendation, which now goes to the full SCC, appears to give a green light for developers of the first commercial wind farm in Virginia.

Highland New Wind Development has said it plans to begin construction this spring of 19 turbines that will tower 400 feet above a ridge along the West Virginia line, capturing enough energy from the wind to provide electricity to 12,000 homes.

Opponents say the wind farm will mar the scenic beauty of Highland County and undermine the historical significance of the Camp Allegheny Battlefield, which is just across the state line in Pocahontas County, W.Va. [link]
I've never quite understood why people (in this case in Highland County) see those windmills (that I find quite majestic) as being grotesque but have no problem with all those abandoned, rotting, decaying, crumbling, disease-infested houses and factories around every turn.  Scenic beauty?  Make me barf.  Personally?  I would think - if they were concerned about scenic beauty - they'd go after all those double wides that haven't had occupants since ... well, probably since that epic Civil War battle took place on that mountaintop in the far distance.

But to each his own.  They howl about the cost of electricity.  They howl about solutions that would reduce the cost of electricity.  They howl about Civil War battles that never occurred.  They probably howl at the moon.

The world we live in.

It's Much Worse Than Reported

How can people say the real unemployment number here in the USA isn't 10%; that it's closer to 18?  Because of all the forgotten Americans who have simply given up looking for work.  The graph tells the sad tale:

The line in the chart, so you know, represents the amount of Obama's stimulus money that has been spent thus far.  It's almost in the inverse to the number of Americans remaining in the labor force.

10% of us are looking for work.  The remainder have just given up and disappeared.

Chart courtesy of Veronique de Rugy.

Jimmy Carter Lives

A word that hasn't been used since the days the worst president in American history occupied the White House - the worst till now, at least - is being raised from the dark and malefic depths of hell.


Swell.  On top of all our other problems ...

When Spin Becomes the Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day, from the New York Times editorial team:
It would be a terrible mistake for Democrats to abandon comprehensive health care reform just because voters in the Massachusetts Senate race last week decided that they liked the Republican, Scott Brown, more than the Democrat, Martha Coakley.
They crack me up.

And if that's not howler enough for you, how about this from New York Times columnist Bob Herbert?

"Mr. Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted."

Ya think?

This is better than Leno and Conan combined.

This Does Not Boost Confidence

Global warming is unequivocally a fact.

Probably ...
Right Before It Was Wrong
By Tim Blair, The [Sydney] Daily Telegraph

So the science wasn’t settled after all:

"Professor Christopher Field, director of the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution in California, who is the new co-chairman of the IPCC working group overseeing the climate impacts report, said the 2007 report had been broadly accurate at the time it was written.

"He said: 'The 2007 study should be seen as 'a snapshot of what was known then. Science is progressive. If something turns out to be wrong we can fix it next time around.'” [link]
Translation: "We have no clue."

It's on this basis that leftists around the world want to set governing policy as it relates to the environment.  And commerce.  And industry.  And education.  And population control.

For the love of God.

Massaging His Own Caricature

Yes, I admit I'm getting way too much enjoyment out of this.  A Drudge headline:

[Obama] Uses Teleprompters During Speech at Elementary School...

The linked AP photo:

"Now kids, it's important ... uh ... to ... learn to read and ... uh ...write ... and ... uh ... to eat your spinach and ... uh ..."

Our gifted president.  Making the difficult seem ...

Oh.  Never mind ...

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There are a whole lot of people having fun with this, including one Jammie Wearing Fool.  See "Pitiful: Obama Needs TelePrompter to Talk to Schoolkids."

I don't think he needed it, really.  It simply provided a nice security blanket in case one of the younguns asked the president of the United States to spell potatoe.

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Jon Stewart gets in the act.  Hilarious.

That Was Then

I warned you numerous times during the presidential campaign of 2008 that candidate Obama didn't mean a word he was saying.  It was all nothing more than empty rhetoric being spewed to get him elected.  Another day, another I Told You So:
Obama Campaigned Against Spending Freeze
Real Clear Politics

No less than four times during the presidential debates did President Obama actively campaign against an across the board spending freeze.

ABC News: In his budget for Fiscal Year 2011, to be presented on Monday, February 1, President Obama will propose a three-year hard freeze on non-security discretionary spending, to last from 2011 through 2013. [link]
Some will say this isn't a lie.  He's just flying by the seat of his pants since he really has no experience whatsoever with leading anything larger than a Harvard sing-a-long.

Well, you were warned about that too. Fools.

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A trip down memory lane, the video:

Graphic via Libertymanics/Zazzle

But Don't Think There's Any Pressure On You, Bob

We're just calling on you to save the entire free world from ruin:
The Speech Needed to Save the Free World
By James Simpson, American Thinker

Newly minted Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will be presenting the "Republican Response" to President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday evening. Given McDonnell's victory in Virginia, Chris Christie's upset win in New Jersey, and especially Brown's stunning triumph in Massachusetts, it is absolutely critical that McDonnell capture the optimism, energy and momentum these victories have generated by sending exactly the right message.

I hope Governor McDonnell hears me on this.

The reason Republicans are having such stunning success is because Republicans are currently the only viable alternative to the willfully destructive policies of the radical leftist Democrats currently in charge, and those policies are deliberately destructive.

Bob McDonnell is a genuine conservative, but while his gubernatorial campaign perhaps focused on the issues he knew were of critical importance to Virginia voters, this Wednesday he will be speaking for the entire Republican Party and all other citizens alarmed by the radical Democrat agenda. In other words, he is going to be speaking for America.

As the chosen standard bearer for the Republican Party, Governor McDonnell must state firmly that Republicans don't intend to compromise in a process which merely allows Democrats to continue along their destructive path, only now with bipartisan support.

He must state firmly that Republicans do not intend to assist the Democrats while they ruin the economy, bankrupt government, destroy our healthcare system, and continue pitting us one against the other in a divide-and-conquer strategy that is Balkanizing our nation.

If anything has been learned from the explosive growth of the Tea Party movement and similar organizations, it is that people everywhere, Republican, Democrat and Independent, are horrified at what Obama and the Congressional Democrats are doing.

I pray that Governor McDonnell and the Republicans take this message to heart. Our nation, indeed, the free world, depends on it. [link]
I think "horrified" is a good way to describe the reaction the American people have had to Obama's brief time in office and the Democrats' less brief ownership of Congress.  Radical leftist policies and agendas will have that effect.  That - horror - and seething rage.

Thus Massachusetts.

So Bob McDonnell is going to have to step up and save humanity from impending calamity.  And then, after he's accomplished that ...

The Latest On That Eminent Domain Case In Roanoke

You know the one.  The case that has brought statewide attention. The one in which a Roanoke couple's land was condemned -- but why? The couple, Jay and Stephanie Burkholder, is speaking out. And their words are pointed directly at the Virginia legislature:
Roanoke Mocks Assembly
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Three years ago, we breathed a sigh of relief when the General Assembly opposed the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo decision and prevented Virginia officials from using their eminent domain power for economic development. For seven years before that, we had been told that our property would be taken by the City of Roanoke and given to Carilion Health Clinic. It appeared we had been spared.

Bob McDonnell, who was instrumental in getting the law passed in April 2007 as attorney general, and who is our new governor, hailed the moment "as a victory for liberty."

We thought we had good reason to be grateful. Now we know better.

Despite the General Assembly's 2007 law, we are reliving Susette Kelo's fight. The only difference is that our adversaries are the City of Roanoke and Carilion Clinic, not New London, Conn. and Pfizer, and our battle is still under way in the courts and the right result can still occur. Like the City of New London, Roanoke is using its eminent domain power to force us to surrender our renovated and expanded floor covering business to Carilion for its Riverside Center for Research and Technology.

Had Roanoke taken our land and buildings for a fire station or a school, things we all know are true public uses, we would not have fought so long and so hard and at such great expense to hold on to our property. We would have stepped aside. But that's not the case. [link]
Read the whole thing.  It's important.

The Bill of Rights to the Constitution was very specific in its granting to the government the power to seize private property.  That power was limited to properties that were to be put to public use.

The city of Roanoke has no use for the Burkholder land.  It intends to hand the parcel over to Carilion.  Its interest is simply in securing tax revenue from Carilion that it wouldn't realize with the Burkholders owning it.  And the city is taking it because it can, thanks to a travesty of a ruling by the tottering old fools who sat on the Supreme Court in 2005.

It ain't right.  As it stands right now - Virginia legislation notwithstanding - every property owner in America is at risk.  If the rich want your property - regardless of need or intent - an out-of-control bureaucrat can begin proceedings that will end in you being thrown out on the street.  And there's nothing you can do about it.

The Burkholders here are pleading for the Virginia legislature to once again address this issue:
Roanoke's actions make a mockery of the General Assembly's promises in the well-intentioned reforms of 2007. It may be too late to preserve our property rights, but it is not too late to protect the private property rights of all Virginians by amending our state Constitution. Our hope is that lawmakers will find room on their 2010 agenda to attend to this unfinished business, finally and fully delivering on their promises to Virginia's property owners.
Virginians.  Our neighbors.  Our friends.  Us.