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Monday, March 08, 2010

Say It, Sista

From Samantha Perry, managing editor of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph:
I find it ironic when I receive e-mails from individuals bashing coal — especially when those “electronic mails” are sent from within West Virginia. Knowing that coal provides 99 percent of the electricity in the state, I wish those sending these messages would attach a photo of the windmill powering their homes or headquarters of their non-profit organizations. Certainly if there is no windmill then these individuals are using a benefit of coal — affordable electricity — when they send e-mails bashing it.

In my book, this is hypocritical. [link]
Get a clue, Samantha.  Environmentalists think their electricity comes from that glass-covered box on the outside wall of their double-wide. If they knew better, if they had the sense God gave a goose, they wouldn't be environmentalists, would they?

Anyway, thanks for making the point that I've made many times.  They (think Al Gore) are the worst kind of hypocrites.  And the sooner we banish them all to the funny farm, the better off we all will be.

Having It Both Ways

The lefties in this country are so prideful of Michelle Obama's assault on fat kids.  And they applaud deliriously (shedding crocodile tears at the same time) when she makes statements like this:
Right now one in three children in this country are overweight or obese. And as I've said many times before, if we think we're dealing with a serious health problem now, you know, then we project out to five, 10, 20 years from now when we see these rates increase and all the illnesses that result from obesity, whether it's high blood pressure, or heart disease, cancer. [source]
So what do these same deep thinkers have to say when one of their own spouts just the opposite?  Why, they applaud deliriously (root word being delirium), and shed crocodile tears.

Take Roanoke Times columnist Luanne Traud for instance:
[P]eople like us forget that a child shouldn't be penalized for her parents' shortcomings or misfortunes, and that a child fixated on a hungry stomach won't seek to nourish his mind.

Thanks be that there are people like Roanoke Superintendent Rita Bishop who remind us. During a recent budget meeting, Bishop spoke of the hardship imposed by weather-related school closings.

"We've had a significant number of children who have lost weight. When I make a snow call, I think about who's not going to have breakfast or lunch," she said.

People like us should read that again, then ask is this really the fat politicians speak of cutting from budgets? [link]
"We've had a significant number of children who have lost weight."  Is she making that up?  Probably.  Does the Superintendent of Schools have individual principals reporting childrens' weights to her?  Probably not.  How then does she know?  She doesn't.

But it sounds good.  To bleeding hearts like Luanne Traud.

Just as good as saying "Putting unhealthy snacks out of schoolchildren's reach might, in some small measure, help combat the high incidence of child obesity," as that very same Roanoke Times did just one month ago in an editorial that Traud's cohorts dreamt up.

So you know, public schools came under assault in that one for fattening the schoolkids with junk food, with a call for the government to do something about it.  Here Rita Bishop says she has a real problem with her kiddies being underweight, and the Times - through this Traud character - calls for government to do something about it.  By making more junk food available presumably.

Too fat.  Too thin.  Which is it?  Why, it's both, don't ya know.

Delirium
Noun: delirium dih-leer'-ee-uhm
1. A usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations 

With Blinders Firmly Affixed

This, from a New York Times editorial about those evil conservatives going after lawyers who are only doing their duty, is rich:
If lawyers who take on controversial causes are demonized with impunity, it will be difficult for unpopular people to get legal representation — and constitutional rights that protect all Americans will be weakened. That is a high price to pay for scoring cheap political points.
This from the same scum who demonized with impunity the efforts of lawyer ... Ken Starr.  For cheap political points at that.

These people are pathetic.

Science WILL Win Out

With empirical data flowing in we go from this - "The Tragedy of the Himalayas" - to this (pardon the crude translation):
Global Warming has no impact on Himalayas claims Wadia Director
Ashwani Maindola, Hindustan Times

Senior scientists at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WITG) has rejected the Global Warming Theory and told that the Himalayas are quite safer zone on earth, where Global Warming has no role in controlling the conditions.

In an exclusive chat with HT, Director WIHG Dr AK Dubey has said that the conditions of Himalayas are controlled by the winter snowfall rather than external factors like much hyped Global Warming. He told that for a concrete result, at least 30 years of continuous research with steady outcome is needed to confirm the actual impact.

"According to a data for over 140 years available with a British weather observatory situated in Mukteswar (2311m) in Almora has actually revealed that temperature in that region witnessed a dip of .4 degrees," he said. [link] [emphasis mine]
Not long ago we were subjected to this kind of hysteria from the environmentalists:
More than a billion people directly depend on the Himalayas for survival. And while Climate Change is global and can affect the entire planet, the immediate repercussions are local. In the Himalayas, it will adversely affect habitats and ecosystems and endanger the very existence of life not just in the adjoining areas of these mountains but also everyone living below in the plains. It is at an alarming rate that Climate Change is taking place and is likely to exert more pressure on natural resources and the environment.

The impacts will be catastrophic. 
Then we learn that tests are showing that the average temperature in the Himalayas (or a portion thereof) over the last 140 years has gone down, not up.

The sooner we get all the hysterics, crooks, nitwits, and politicians out of the science of climatology the better.  Only then will we learn the truth about what we can expect from our weather.

A Lesson Virginia Politicians Should Learn

Do we want to be like California where everything that moves is taxed and regulated?  And the citizenry is fleeing in droves?  Or like Texas, where relative prosperity still exists.  One conclusion to be drawn from the two opposites: Big Government = Big Mess.

Michael Barone:

They are lessons that are particularly vivid when you contrast Texas, the nation's second most populous state, with the most populous, California.

[T]hey differ vividly in public policy and in their economic progress -- or lack of it -- over the last decade. California has gone in for big government in a big way.

Californians have responded by leaving the state. From 2000 to 2009, the Census Bureau estimates, there has been a domestic outflow of 1,509,000 people from California -- almost as many as the number of immigrants coming in. Population growth has not been above the national average and, for the first time in history, it appears that California will gain no House seats or electoral votes from the reapportionment following the 2010 census.

Texas is a different story. Texas has low taxes -- and no state income taxes -- and a much smaller government. Its legislature meets for only 90 days every two years, compared with California's year-round legislature. Its fiscal condition is sound. Public employee unions are weak or nonexistent.

But Texas seems to be delivering superior services. Its teachers are paid less than California's. But its test scores -- and with a demographically similar school population -- are higher. California's once fabled freeways are crumbling and crowded. Texas has built gleaming new highways in metro Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.

In the meantime, Texas' economy has been booming. Unemployment rates have been below the national average for more than a decade, as companies small and large generate new jobs.

And Americans have been voting for Texas with their feet. From 2000 to 2009, some 848,000 people moved from other parts of the United States to Texas, about the same number as moved in from abroad. That inflow has continued in 2008-09, in which 143,000 Americans moved into Texas, more than double the number in any other state, at the same time as 98,000 were moving out of California. Texas is on the way to gain four additional House seats and electoral votes in the 2010 reapportionment.
There is a never-ending drumbeat here in Virginia to emulate California and raise taxes and regulate the hell out of business.  The Washington Post, the Roanoke Times, every Democrat in the commonwealth, they all want us to go down that road to ruin.

Thank God they've been kept at bay.  This is still a nice place to live.  And to raise children.  Such a pain in the neck it will be if we all have to pack our bags and move to Austin to get away from these fiends and their machinations.

Why Are Obama & Hillary Getting a Pass?

Oh.  Yeah.  It's the mainstream press.  Whereas Bush and Condoleezza ran the worst foreign policy program in the history of the The Republic, according to the swelled heads at NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, the New York Times and Washington Post, the current drivers of our dealings with the rest of the world ... mean well.  The fact that relations with every foreign power have deteriorated under Obama and Clinton doesn't seem to bother the media at all.

The latest devolution that they'll refuse to pin on the Inept Twins:

China foreign minister says U.S. ties "disrupted"
Reuters

(Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Sunday that relations with the United States had been "seriously disrupted," after a rise in friction between the two big powers.

"The responsibility does not lie with China," said Yang, speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of the annual session of China's parliament.

Beijing and Washington have recently gone through a rough patch, with quarrels in January and February over Chinese Internet censorship, trade disputes, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, and President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader. [link]
Foreign relations in tatters.

I wonder if they'll call Obama a cowboy.

Just Goes To Show

More proof.  The American people have good taste:

Keith Olbermann: As the Spittle Flies
By Stuart Schwartz, American Thinker

"As the Spittle Flies" is nearing the end of its run.

This cable news soap opera -- a.k.a. "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" -- is alienating viewers as quickly as the angry and demanding diva has pushed away friends, family and colleagues over the course of his tumultuous career.

When will the show end? Hard to tell.

According to TV by the Numbers, the foam-at-the-mouth commentator seems determined to do to his audience what a bio-toxin does to a small town in Iowa in the recent hit zombie movie, "The Crazies" -- empty the homes. February saw ratings plunge beneath last year by 43% among 25-54 viewers and 29% in total viewership.

At the same time, FOX News continues its "mammoth growth." Olbermann's envy of all things FOX is palpable, screaming "I loathe fox," Fox News President Roger Ailes deliberately attempts to "(inspire) fear" in people, he claims, and is out to get me! [link]
I got tired of watching "foam-at-the-mouth" on TV back when Slick Willy Clinton was in the White House. I have no patience for it today.  So Olbermann gets no air time in my house. It's interesting that all of America seems to have made the same decision.