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Thursday, March 04, 2010

A Prize Worth $7.60!!

As anyone here in Southwest Virginia can attest, the "tourists" who come down here to hike our trails are mostly college students who have no money to spend, bring their own tents to sleep in, their own trail mix to eat, and their own equipment to get them in and out.  If local merchants are lucky, they'll have the occasional hiker stop by to befoul the restroom, and then buy a twinkie and an Aquafina on the way out the door (with a shoplifted Slim Jim).  Big spenders they ain't.  Which is the point of trail hiking and communing with nature in the first place, if you think about it.

That having been revealed, this should provide a chuckle or two:
Va tourism sweepstakes offers family vacations
Associated Press

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Tourism Corporation is offering families a chance to win a free vacation in the commonwealth.

The agency kicked off a new promotion, the Virginia is for Lovers Family Vacation Sweepstakes, on Wednesday at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. [link]
The first drawing seems like a neat deal.  It involves an all-expenses-paid trip to Colonial Williamsburg, with amenities.

But can you imagine an all-expenses-paid trip to the Virginia Creeper Trail? 

How much are twinkies and bottles of Aquafina going for these days?

"Hey, you just won five bucks in cash and prizes!  Feel like you're going to DisneyWorld?"

Food For Thought

A graphic over at Hot Air:


Obama now believes in "majority rule."  How 'bout he lets the American people vote on ObamaCare and lets majority rule.

"But ...but ... but ..."

What Are They Doing To Us?

Another reason to oppose Rick Boucher's "energy" bill and Obama's global warming initiative: The poor among us will get a whole lot poorer and the rest of us will be riding bicycles to work.

See "To meet the Obama administration’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon."

Seven bucks for a gallon of gas.  In these troubled times.  That will at least make the deep-thinkers at the Roanoke Times happy.

I want to hear them explain how that poor schmuck working for $7.25 an hour at the canoe livery in Damascus, Virginia (part-time, no benefits) (in the heart of the burgeoning tourism industry that has that city town village exploding at its seams remaining a village) will be able to cough up $7.00 for gas to get to work and back.

My guess is, the answer will lie in the words government, welfare, and Obama.

Eminent Domain - The Little Guy vs. The Government

"The Atlantic Yards project isn't a legitimate public use.  It's a land grab.  And if New York can tear down Freddy's, they [sic] can tear down any business or home in the state."

So you know, the United States Supreme Court has declared this illegitimate land grab to be ... legal. See "Supreme Court backs municipal land grabs."  It's for the public good, it was said.

How rewarding fabulously wealthy developers and throwing Susette Kelo out on the street is for the public good was not explained.

Okay, This Is Over The Top

Who you callin' a distasteful, malevolent little quisling punk?

He's 6'1" for God's sake.


I call this a fannysmack:

"It must suck doing Rachel Maddow’s laundry.

And if you disagree with me, you’re a homophobic racist tea-partying baby-eater."


Gotta Love Them Journalists

This reminds me of the Washington Post's coverage of the Swiftboat saga that doomed John Kerry's presidential bid back in 2004.  If you don't remember the Post's portrayal - and lack thereof - of the incident, it went like this - the paper ignored the allegations for days and days after it exploded and then came out and declared that the primary charges leveled by the Swifties had been refuted.  Primary charges never defined.  Refuted by whom never revealed.  So there's nothing there.  Let's move on.

Fast forward.  In today's "news," we learn in the New York Times that some of the most serious allegations to come out of Climategate have been debunked.  And that's that.  So shut up:
Scientists Taking Steps to Defend Work on Climate
By John M. Broder

Washington — For months, climate scientists have taken a vicious beating in the media and on the Internet, accused of hiding data, covering up errors and suppressing alternate views. Their response until now has been largely to assert the legitimacy of the vast body of climate science and to mock their critics as cranks and know-nothings.

Some of the most serious allegations against [the primary snake oil salesman in the the global warming community], and other researchers have been debunked, while several investigations are still under way to determine whether others hold up.

But serious damage has already been done. [link] [emphasis mine]

Odd.  Not mentioned are the serious allegations that have been debunked.  Nor are we to learn how they were debunked.  They were simply debunked.  And that's that.  Nor do we get a hint as to how the debunked allegations could have caused "serious damage," despite the fact that they were debunked.  Shut up and move on.

Get the feeling there's part of this story missing?

Modern-day journalism.  Any wonder it ranks right up there with Congress and General Motors CEO for least admired profession in America?

Principle Will Win In The End

Senator Jim (Bunning not Webb) took a real beating from the mainstream press over the last week for his (temporary) refusal to back a "jobs" bill until the Democrats in the Senate followed the rules they established and came up with a plan to pay for it.  He was viciously excoriated.  If Katie Couric and Brian Williams had had a stake and knew how to light a match, we'd have seen a bonfire the likes of which hasn't been seen since the days of witches and heretics.

What a humiliating pounding he took.  What an asshole he was.

But wait.

Rational thought seems to entering the story.  Bunning, it's dawning on smarter people than those media geniuses, had a darn good point:
Jim Bunning: None In, None Left On
By Jed Skillman, American Thinker

Late last week, the word on retiring Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning and his one-man bust-up with the Democratic majority was grim. "Looks like some dour Republican has opened his yap and picked a fight he can't win."

By Sunday, a few details had penetrated the media firewall, and it looked like Bunning might have a valid point: Democrats were proposing to borrow ten billion dollars to save non-essential workers their jobs in the Transportation Department and to install satellite TV in rural areas, and this was bundled together with another extension of unemployment benefits. Bunning argued that there is no need to go deeper into debt to the Chinese government when hundreds of billions remain unspent in last year's "Stimulus" fund.

By Tuesday, word was out that colleagues were meeting with the senator, trying to get him to give up his cause. His issue had turned into a gift to the Democrats. The mainstream press was having a party, yucking it up, cracking wise on poor old Jim Bunning, portraying the matter as a Republican Party effort to deny unemployment benefits to millions who are out of work.

But the problem for Democrats is that Bunning was able to hold out for five long days. One lone U.S. senator was able to stop the gravy-train long enough to attract attention and for the real message to leak out. In '06 and '08, Democrats campaigned specifically on what they call "Pay-Go," whereby the government must match spending with revenue. The matter was hatched back when Democrats were trying to gum up the War on Terror. Pay-Go was an attempt to tie George Bush's hands. You see, voting for military cuts while troops were engaged in combat would have looked bad to voters, but Pay-Go, once passed, was to be a device whereby Democrats could cut military funding indirectly. "Hey, it isn't us. We're just following the law..."

[W]hen President Obama signed the bill, the message was supposed to be clear: From now on, there'll be no more spending unless we can pay for it, and that's that.

This is exactly what the Senator Jim Bunning fuss was all about. A little over two weeks after they outlawed unsecured spending, in their first piece of major financial legislation, the Democratic majority ignored half a trillion dollars still sitting in Stimulus funds and went ahead and borrowed other billions without indicating how they'd pay it back. [link]
It now appears likely that the Democrats and mainstream journalists (and the usual suspects in the GOP) were worked up only because there was principle in Bunning's argument.  Can't be havin' that.  Not in Washington.

"You say you're going to pay for this stuff.  Pay for it."

The Tea Party movement in this country continues to grow.  Any wonder?

- - -

Quote of the day, from Senator Bunning (in USA Today):

"If the Senate cannot find $10 billion to pay for a measure we all support, we will never pay for anything."

Which explains how the United States government is able to spend over one trillion dollars this year that it doesn't have.

When I'm Wrong I'm Wrong

Here I've argued that President Obama's $780,000,000,000 "stimulus" bill hadn't produced any measurable stimulus to date.  It appears I was wrong.  Jobs are being "saved and created."

In Denmark.

Stimulus money goes overseas
By Meredith Shiner, Politico

Senate Democrats are furious that the vast majority of grants from the clean-energy program from last year’s stimulus have been awarded to foreign companies.

A study done by the Investigative Reporting Workshop found that 79 percent of the $2 billion in clean-energy grants allocated since Sept. 1, 2009, has gone to foreign wind companies.

"We are demanding the Obama administration suspend this program immediately ... [and] indefinitely," Schumer said. "We are sending a letter to Secretary [Timothy] Geithner asking him to halt all payouts for this program until we in Congress can go back and fix this law."

"Some of us complained about this to the administration back in November when this project was first announced, so it's not that they don't know about it, but the Energy Department in their reply said they were powerless to stop it because projects like this are automatically eligible for the grants. That answer is not good enough," Schumer said. "The goal of the stimulus is to strengthen the American economy, and that means creating jobs here in the U.S. not in China." [link]
4/5ths of the money Schumer and his Democrat buddies allocated to creating "green jobs" here in the USA has only created jobs in Europe and Asia. 4/5ths.

Oh, it should be mentioned, it's Schumer and his pals who are going to fix your health care system too.

Make arrangements now to fly to Denmark or Shanghai to get that appendectomy.

Will Boucher Be Next?

Is It idle speculation?  Or is there fire in that smoke?  Yesterday I mentioned the speculation flying around that Congressman Rick Boucher is going to vote YEA on ObamaCare, after voting NAY just a few short weeks ago, in return for an executive appointment to a federal judgeship.  Today we read an article in The Weekly Standard that asks the question - Is Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?
Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson's brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

... Scott Matheson appears to have the credentials to be a judge, but was his nomination used to buy off his brother's vote?
Bribing congressmen with judgeship appointments to get Obama's abomination of a health care plan passed.  I'd call that "change."

For the record, attorney-by-trade Rick Boucher is now "undecided" on the issue.