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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Red Flag Is Up

I keep making this point: The recession we're in is like no other the USA has experienced.  It's not just a downturn.  Manufacturers - our lifeblood - are fleeing the country.  The latest:
US Jan mass layoffs edge up on weak manufacturing

Washington, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The number of mass layoffs by U.S. employers edged up in January as manufacturers stepped up job cuts, data showed on Tuesday, but probably not enough to alter views that the economy is on the brink of creating jobs.

The Labor Department said the number of mass layoff actions -- defined as job cuts involving at least 50 people from a single employer -- increased by 35 to 1,761. Mass layoffs had trended lower since August.

A total of 182,261 workers were affected last month. In January, 486 mass layoff events were reported in manufacturing, resulting in 62,556 workers filing claims for state unemployment benefits. It was the first increase in mass layoffs in manufacturing since August.

The labor market is lagging the broader economic recovery that started in the second half of 2009. Since December 2007, when the worst recession in 70 years started, the U.S. economy has shed 8.4 million jobs. [link]
The worst part is in the fact that many of those 8.4 million jobs are gone forever. To China.

Worse still, the Obama government is poised to increase taxes substantially on American business, which will drain precious capital and force additional retrenchments.  And more workforce reductions.

We're in a downward spiral.  And all the stimulus money in the world won't slow its acceleration.

Want To Impress the Neighbors?

Put a tank in your garage:

Actually you'd be putting it on the garage.  The garage door to be specific.

How cool is this?  Make 'em think you've got that M3 Beamer sitting there waiting to be taken out ...

 One of my favorite posters - a religious message for all your neighbors to consider:

Garage door posters.  Sweet.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

Blood In The Water

You know the Virginia Republican Party sees Congressman Boucher as being vulnerable in November when the VAGOP puts out YouTube hit pieces like this.  And a spot-on piece it is. 

For your viewing pleasure, "How's He Doing?"

A screen shot for those not interested in watching the flick:

Great stuff.

'There goes one of them again. That liberal, pansy Roanoke Times editorial board, if given its druthers, would round up all guns and melt them down to cast a statue honoring the socialist god of journalists.'

At least she has a good handle on who she is.

See Times columnist Luann Traud's embarrassing whimper about too many guns being allowed to be out there amongst the populace - "More guns, less safety."

This is the best she can muster:

"It occurs to me that those pushing for everloosening [sic] restrictions will win the day in Richmond this year. But lifting restrictions will prove fatal to their cause in the long run when bad things inevitably happen."

Inevitably?  It occurs to me that these liberal whiners have been anticipating the inevitable gun conflagration since this Traud woman was crapping yellow in her diapers.  And, at the risk of bringing sobriety to the discussion, with regard to the relationship between gun ownership and crime, it occurs to me that statistics are proving just the opposite to be the case.  Inevitable?  Only in her delusional world of Cho Seung-hui-behind-every-rock make-believe.

But why let reality get in the way of a good liberal rant? Shiny, metal objects bad.  End of ... story.

Here's a Side-Splitter

The Roanoke Times is reporting a noteworthy decline in crime in Southwest Virginia.  A trend that mirrors statistics nationally.  So what does Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Donald Caldwell credit the drop to?

Obama's stimulus plan.

I ain't kiddin'.

Caldwell, so you know, is a Democrat.  Which explains the derangement.

A more likely explanation for the drop in crime?  Americans are armed like never before

That, coupled with the fact that we have taken the worst of the worst criminals off the streets and sent them off to prison for longer stretches of rock-busting and beanbag-sewing, has really made the difference.

As for Obama's jobs stimulus having any effect on crime, it should be noted that Roanoke's unemployment rate is higher now than it was when Obama came to office and pushed through his "jobs plan."

Nice thought, though.  I see this Caldwell character being a rising star in Democratic politics.  He has the right frame of ... mind.

Boucher's a Coward

Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher's (D-9) pathetic reasoning for voting in favor of that coal industry-killing global warming bill:

We have urgency for Congress to act on greenhouse gases.  Steps have to be taken. The Supreme Court in 2007 ruled that carbon dioxide is a pollutant within the meaning of the 1972 Clean Air Act. As a result, the EPA is in effect under mandate to regulate CO2 emissions. The debate is over."

We have no choice.

We are powerless to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

We can only mitigate the problem and try to hang on to as many coal jobs here in Southwest Virginia as we can.

The debate is over.

Before it began. Without a shot being fired.  We surrender.

The coward's response to Obama's environmentalist assault on the coalfield way of life. 

Well, thank God there are officials out there with balls:
Cuccinelli fights the EPA
Washington Times editorial

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli took a gutsy and intelligent step Feb. 17 when he petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its ill-advised "finding" that carbon dioxide creates an endangerment for human health. The endangerment finding would let the EPA battle alleged global warming by regulating emissions of CO2, which of course is the gas that every animal and person exhales with every breath. The finding was ludicrous from the start, and now Mr. Cuccinelli makes a reasonable case that it also was unlawful.

"Attorney General Cuccinelli believes that the EPA acted in an arbitrary and capricious fashion and failed to properly exercise its judgment by relying almost exclusively on reports from the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an arm of the United Nations] in attributing climate change to [human-caused] greenhouse gas emissions," the AG's office explains. "The IPCC is an international body that is not subject to U.S. data quality and transparency standards and the IPCC prepared their reports in total disregard to U.S. Standards."

Since the EPA finding was issued, the IPPC's reports have become subject to scandal on multiple fronts. [link]
As I pointed out back when Boucher decided to support his Washington environmentalist friends over his constituents and vote for Obama's global warming bill, he had the power to stop the EPA from destroying the coal industry.  Instead he whined about being powerless because the Supreme Court had "ruled that carbon dioxide is a pollutant," which was itself a lie.

Since then other Congressmen have stepped up and done what Congressman Boucher said was impossible to do - fight the EPA.

And now our brave attorney general takes the fight to the radicals at EPA as well.

Thank God for him.  May he bring success.  May he ultimately prove victorious and save coal jobs here in Virginia.

But woe be unto us here in Southwest Virginia.  We have but one United States congressperson.  One who would rather duck and cover than fight for his people.

Time to go, Rick.  It's time to go.

One of the Mysteries of Life

This is perplexing:

How can that be? The stuff tastes like pee.

* Okay, I've never tasted urine.  But I imagine it tastes a whole lot like this awful, awful "beer."

Battle of the Posts

Washington Post: "Earth is warming."

New York Post: No, it's not.

Getting Off-Message Again

After he took a drubbing in the Massachusetts Senate election that put a Republican in "Ted Kennedy's seat," Barack Obama switched gears and decided that the issue of jobs - the lack thereof - was to be his Number One priority henceforth.

And a few days later he changed his mind and made the deficit his Number One priority, launching a committee to make determination as to what was needed to force Congress to do what we pay the schleps who work there to do.

But even that lasted only a matter of days.  Now Obama's Number One priority is what it was just before he got his ass handed to him - health care:
ObamaCare at Ramming Speed
Wall Street Journal editorial

A mere three days before President Obama's supposedly bipartisan health-care summit, the White House yesterday released a new blueprint that Democrats say they will ram through Congress with or without Republican support. So after election defeats in Virginia, New Jersey and even Massachusetts, and amid overwhelming public opposition, Democrats have decided to give the voters what they don't want anyway.

Ah, the glory of "progressive" governance and democratic consent.

"The President's Proposal," as the 11-page White House document is headlined, is in one sense a notable achievement: It manages to take the worst of both the House and Senate bills and combine them into something more destructive. It includes more taxes, more subsidies and even less cost control than the Senate bill. And it purports to fix the special-interest favors in the Senate bill not by eliminating them—but by expanding them to everyone. [link]
This is the legislation that includes a provision for the United States government to start regulating your insurance premiums.  An undertaking perfected by the artful ministries of the Supreme Soviet in 1917.  Legislation that the American people, in overwhelming numbers, have come to despise.

But which is it, Barry?  Jobs?  Deficit?  Health care?  Or will it be something else, like the takeover of Ford Motor Company?  Regulating the air we breathe?  Or will it be that war thingie that's going on somewhere out there in a land far, far away?

Ronald Reagan was successful at bringing about dramatic reform in part by focusing all his energies and the media's focus on one topic and only one topic until he achieved his goal.

Barack Obama is bouncing off the walls.  Nobody knows from one day to the next what it is he wants done.  And his rate of success in getting things done reflects that confusing game plan.

So we're back to beating that dead horse named ObamaCare.  My head is swimming.

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And even the health care message is convoluted.  Remember the Number One goal in reforming our health care system?  It was to reduce our health care costs.  Now?  Now our Number One goal is to cover the uninsured (whether they like it or not).

From cost reduction to a welfare program.  Good grief.

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And on the plan itself, a good line from Rich Lowry:

"In keeping with his new spirit of compromise, President Obama has offered a health-care bill staking out middle ground between House and Senate Democrats."

Which makes one wonder why Republicans are willing to sit down and talk to Obama about this mess.