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Saturday, February 20, 2010

They Got It Half Right

The Roanoke Times in an editorial today:

"Times are desperate, though, and senators at least are willing to discuss an increase."

Times are desperate. And it is high time that senators discussed measures to increase economic vitality in this country and to grow jobs, in a country that is having the lifeblood sucked out of it by ever-growing government needs.

Oh.  wait.

The Times is applauding those Virginia senators who are preparing to address an increase in taxes.  To address the government's "desperate" times.

For the love of God.

The End Times Cometh

Law allows firearms on Blue Ridge Parkway

With That You Could Buy a NEW Home

"Recently Congress approved and President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By meeting critical needs in our communities, the measure will help create jobs in the short term and provide a solid foundation for long term economic growth in Southwest Virginia. One provision in the economic recovery measure provides $5 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides assistance to families in reducing energy costs.

"The program reduces the national energy demand by the equivalent of 18 million barrels of oil each year. State and local agencies leverage the U.S. Department of Energy funding with other federal, state, utility, and private resources to weatherize more low-income homes and to deliver more services. Every $1 million of program funding supports 52 direct jobs and additional jobs are created for subcontractors and material suppliers.
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-- Congressman Rick Boucher, February 23, 2009

One year ago.

Today:
Obama's federal government can weatherize your home for only $57,362 each
Los Angeles Times

Who could forget the $5 billion in Obama administration stimulus money that was going to rapidly create nearly 90,000 green jobs across the country in these tough economic times and make so many thousands of homes all snuggy and warm and energy-efficient these very snowy days?

Well, a new report due out this morning will show the $5-billion program is so riddled with drafts that so far it's weatherized only about 9,000 homes.

Based on the initial Obama-Biden program promise that it would create 87,000 new jobs its first year, that would be about 10 jobs for each home weatherized so far. Makes for pretty crowded doorways.

ABC News reports that the General Accountability Office will declare today that the Energy Department has fallen woefully behind -- about 98.5% behind -- the 593,000 homes it initially predicted would be weatherized in the Recovery Act's very first, very chilly year.

The Energy folks did tell ABC they've so far spent 522-million Recovery Act dollars on the program. So, let's see, about 9,100 homes divided into that chunk of stimulation change to believe in is -- gee! -- about $57,362 worth of very expensive weatherstripping for each home fixed up so far.

Seems believable for a federal program. [link]
So how many houses have been weatherized and how many jobs have been created here in Southwest Virginia in the last year?

Who knows?

Who cares?

It was never about jobs or homes or weather or human tragedies.

It was about Democrats once again trying to convince - convincingly - the American people that they were there to take care of them.

$57,362 for each house winterized.  That would have bought a lot of beer to get us through this awful winter if it had been left in our bank accounts.

For the love of God.

Typical Global Warmist Idiocy

Columnist Eugene Robinson is taken aback by those who have used the recent heavy snowfalls in the East to make the declaration that global warming is a hoax.  See "Record Snows Freeze Brains In The Capital."  His money quote:
We're the nation that put a man on the moon, so we can't be stupid. We're just pretending, right? We're not really taking seriously the "argument" that the big snowstorms that have hit the Northeast in recent weeks constitute evidence — or even proof — that climate change is some kind of hoax.
Only one problem (well, two): Robinson doesn't cite anyone who has made the effort to prove that the snowfall invalidates climate change theory.  Nor does he make mention of the fact that the only people (academics and airheads mostly) who have tried to forge a link between the two are globing warming theorists themselves

He mentions Senators James Inhofe and Jim DeMint.  But neither said anything about recent weather proving anything.  They were simply poking fun at head-in-the-snow liberals who conjure the most preposterous notions out of the most innocent of events (does "The Day After Tomorrow" ring a bell?).

I've not heard of one person using the blizzards of 2009/2010 to make the case that global warming doesn't exist.  Many of us have simply used the record snowfall to ridicule leftists like Eugene Robinson (and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. - see "RFK, Jr. 15 months ago: Global warming means no snow or cold in DC") who have unwavering faith in the indefensible.  And we make clear that the white stuff falling as it has pretty much shoots gaping holes in the predictions that "scientists" make about global warming and its measurable effects.

The weather is the weather.  And atmospheric temperatures are - until global warmists get a hold of them and falsify them - empirical data, unrelated, as far as I know, to precipitation (except for that 32˚ F. thingie).

Is the planet warming?  No.

Does snowfall in Poughkeepsie prove anything?  Only that it's winter.  And near or below 32˚.

So, Eugene, let's not make more of it than is there.

And get your head out of the snow.

The Day The Tea Party Movement Was Born

From Big Goverment:

The Day Everything Changed.

Rick Santelli, father to the revolution.

Caption of the Day

Matt Drudge: "OUT THE BACK DOOR DALAI; DON'T SLIP ON THE GARBAGE..."

That caption links to this Getty Images photo.  Getty's caption: "Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama walks out the doors of the Palm Room of the White House by trash bags waiting to be picked up due to delays from the snow storms of last week in Washington, DC, February 18, 2010 after meeting with US President Barack Obama."

Many comparisons have been drawn between Obama and Jimmy Carter.  But at least Carter stood up for human rights (if fecklessly).  Obama just wants to Rodney King the world's problems and hope they go away.

How embarrassing.

Obama To Republicans:

"Let's have a discussion about the bill that I just finalized."

For the love of God:
Obama to spell out new healthcare plan
Reuters

Washington (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is expected to publish his healthcare plan as early as Sunday or Monday, combining features of the two Democratic bills passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, congressional aides and healthcare advocates said on Friday.

The administration's bill will aim to jump-start the stalled healthcare overhaul and comes just days ahead of a planned televised White House summit with congressional Republicans, who are calling on Democrats to scrap the bills and start over with a far less sweeping proposal.

The legislation the White House will post on its website is expected to reflect common ground negotiated over the past several weeks by House and Senate Democratic leaders. [link]
Why Obama scheduled a summit with congressional Republicans, now that he's put his intentions to print, is unclear.  Why congressional Republicans accepted his invitation is beyond unclear.

Bizarre is more descriptive.  Absolutely bizarre. 

Memo To Harry Reid

A reminder regarding the First Law on Holes: When you're in one, stop digging

I think he's purposely trying to ruin the Democratic Party:
Reid tries to resurrect public option
By Chris Frates, Politico

Ahead of next week's White House health reform summit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has signed on to a plan to try to resurrect the public insurance option in the Senate and signaled a willingness to use a 51-vote majority if needed to get it through.

Reid's announcement came as the White House went ahead with plans to craft its own health reform proposal ahead of the summit, a plan that could pass with 51 votes in the Senate, bypassing the threat of a Republican filibuster, according to Democratic officials. [link]
I thought, after the Massachusetts debacle, that jobs were their Number One priority. Guess not.

It's still ObamaCare! The one Democrat initiative more despised by the American people than all others combined!

Harry Reid. The GOP must see this doofus as a godsend.

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In a related item:


An odd, if understandable, poll result.  The government does indeed have the consent of the governed.  That's what elections are all about. 

What doesn't have the governed's consent is that which has been sprung on it since the Democrats were elected to their majority and Obama was coronated.  Lying in election campaigns about intentions will have this effect.

Trying To Pin It On The Tea Party Movement

When Professor Amy Bishop shot and killed three people at the University of Alabama - Huntsville, did I make mention of this?

"A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children - the youngest a third-grade boy - was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting."

This murderer was a leftist?  And an Obama lover?

Did I connect her politics - and her love interest - to the murders?

No.

Because her political beliefs - as best anyone can tell - had nothing to do with the horrific act she carried out in that classroom that day.

So now comes along a guy who has a beef with the IRS and acts out his rage by flying a plane into a building that housed IRS offices and what does the mainstream press see as being the real villain in the incident?

The Tea Party movement.

For the love of God.

James Taranto has this:
Some in the media were quick to engage in stereotyping--but not against Muslims:

Jonathan Capeheart of the Washington Post wrote: "After reading [Stack's] 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement." Chris Rovzar of New York magazine added: "A lot of his rhetoric could have been taken directly from a handwritten sign at a tea party rally."

National Review's Steve Spruiell notes two other tea-party references that have since been edited out. Time magazine: "Toward the end of what appears to be his final note, Stack wrote, 'Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let's try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.' (See the making of the Tea Party movement.)"

This one, from the New York Times, is especially clever:

"In April 1990, a firebomb packed with a tea bag--a reference to the Boston Tea Party--and addressed to the I.R.S. was placed in the mail in Royal Oak, Mich. It exploded, injuring a postal worker."
In all these cases connections are attempted to be made where none exist.

Taranto adds this:
[Stack] does, however, rail in more general terms against corporate "thugs and plunderers," "the joke that we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies," "the vulgar, corrupt Catholic church," and "the recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies"--left-wing bogeymen all.
So an argument could easily be made that this Stack character was a leftist like fellow terrorist Amy Bishop!

But will I stoop to the tactics of the gutter-dwelling left-wing media?

No.

Joe Stack was upset with the IRS.  So upset that he lashed out at it.  Violently.

End of story.

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Greg Gutfeld: "So anyone with a pulse saw the Austin plane crash for what it was–an ugly event caused by a bitter weirdo. And nearly everyone was thankful it didn’t turn out worse.

"But I guess Washington Post contributor, Jonathan Capehart, is pulse-less."

The Forgotten Amendment

Few Americans know it.  Even fewer care about it.  But now that the 2nd Amendment's meaning and significance have been set in stone, the fight may now turn to the 10th.  And we have Barack Obama to thank for that.

Where are the limits beyond which the federal government may not go?

From the Bill of Rights, Amendment X:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

From today's news:
Health Backlash in the States
Wall Street Journal editorial

The backlash against ObamaCare is moving beyond the Tea Parties and has now arrived in state capitals. In more than 30 states, legislators are proceeding to pass statutes or ballot initiatives that would guarantee the right to choose medical services and insurance.

These laws are generally called Health-Care Freedom Acts. If enacted, they will set off a Constitutional 10th Amendment fight over whether there are limitations on the powers of the federal government to regulate health care and override the protections in these state laws.

Almost all these measures would make it illegal for the government at any level to require a citizen of the state to purchase health insurance. This would let Americans opt out of any federal "individual mandate," which makes people buy insurance or pay a tax, a la Massachusetts and both the House and Senate bills in Congress.

Second, the bills would guarantee the right of residents to pay directly for health services without incurring penalties or fines. This means citizens could go outside any government-run system to purchase private treatments from the doctor or hospital of their choice. Often, the federal Medicare program doesn't let doctors charge extra for specialized care. [link]
In order for the goverment to provide ObamaCare to all Americans it must force everyone to buy health insurance.  Otherwise, with its "pre-existing conditions" mandate, Paula and I will drop our insurance until we need it for catastrophic coverage.  When one of us comes down with a serious and/or expensive illness or disease, we'll then sign up for ObamaCare and get coverage!

Well, if millions do the same thing, the system crashes.

So Obama has to demand that everyone pay into the system.

But does he have that power?

The Constitution - in its 10th Amendment - says absolutely not.

But liberal Supreme Court justices - think Ruth Bader Ginsburg - have made clear over the years that the Constitution says whatever they want it to say. 

So the fight is on.

And our way of life is in the balance.

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For additional reading, see "Why the Healthcare Overhaul Is Almost Surely Unconstitutional."

Convincing, and yet not.  Again, the Constitution is whatever Bader Ginsburg, Stevens, Kennedy, Breyer, and Sotomayor say it is.  My guess is, Obamacare, no matter its formulation, will be found to be Constitutional by this gang of novelists.