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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Governor Bob There To Protect Jobs, Fight EPA

Obama and his EPA henchmen are preparing to destroy the coalfields of Southwest Virginia.  As was our president's stated goal.

Defying his effort is a growing number of politicians who have a vested interest in him not being allowed to do so.

The latest from the Greenhouse Gas Wars:
Congress should listen to states on the EPA
Charleston Daily Mail editorial

The governors of 18 states and two territories - including Democrats Joe Manchin and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear - have called on Congress to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.

The governors, in a letter to congressional leaders, cited the failure of the administration to weigh the economic fallout of EPA's intention to regulate greenhouse gases.

"As governors, we have the responsibility to protect jobs, promote economic growth and mitigate any threats to financial stability in our states," said the statement. "We oppose EPA regulation of greenhouse gases that fails to account for these responsibilities."

The agency "is not equipped to consider the very real potential for economic harm when regulating emissions," the governors said. "Without that consideration, regulation will place heavy administrative burdens on state environmental quality agencies, will be costly to consumers and could be devastating to the economy and jobs."

In addition, the letter said:

"A simple delay of EPA action will do nothing to provide relief to Americans looking for jobs or for businesses looking to make new investments in our states. Furthermore, such delay of EPA action only creates more uncertainty in a difficult fiscal environment."

The idea that a small group of federal bureaucrats in the nation's capital can - without any input from the representatives of the public - make such huge decisions so cavalierly is exactly why the 13 colonies rebelled some 235 years ago.

The slogan then was no taxation without representation. Today, the cry should be no regulation without representation. [link]
A copy of the letter can be found here.

Included among the signatories fighting to protect jobs - Bob McDonnell of Virginia.

Thanks, pal.  Those who need your protection most in these troubled times won't forget you for this.

Boucher Knows How To Spend Your Money

Were you forced to do without that vacation trip to Dollywood last summer because your household is cash-strapped?  Well, if it makes you feel any better, part of the tax money that you shelled out to the federal government - money that might have otherwise gotten you to Pigeon Forge - went to paying for the postage that your congressman - Rick Boucher - spent to let you know how swell a job he's doing protecting your hard-earned tax dollars.

$140,320 worth.

Last year alone.

Say what?
Rep. Rick Boucher 7th highest in use of Congressional “franking” privilege
By Daniel Gilbert, Media General News Service

Bristol - A new public radio station. A cultural heritage center for Bristol’s Birthplace of Country Music. A veterans cemetery that would be the first in Southwest Virginia.

U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher has made all of those projects possible by securing $10 million in federal money, and he wants his constituents to know.

A recent mailing to Bristol residents from Boucher might be self-promotional – it is studded with references to the 9th District Democrat’s role in procuring the money, and features him in four photos – but it is not campaign literature. The italicized print in the upper left hand corner designates the mail as “official business,“ prepared and mailed at taxpayer expense. Last year, Boucher was among the most prolific congressional users of franked mail, a legislative privilege that allows lawmakers to send mail through the U.S. Postal Service with their signature in place of a stamp.

Boucher’s office spent $140,320 on franked mail last year – the seventh-highest total in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to House expenditure data from a 3,400-page report by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation and analyzed by the Bristol Herald Courier. [link]
$140,320 of your income went to his postage bill.

Boucher's response, when asked about this eye-popping waste?

Tough shit.  It gets me reelected.  Or something to that effect.

Expect another tri-fold, multi-colored, drippingly glitzy, professionally prepared piece of propaganda to hit your mailbox most any day now.  Appreciate it.  Enjoy it.  Admire it.

You paid for it.

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"A recent mailing to Bristol residents from Boucher might be self-promotional ... but it is not campaign literature."  No.  It's strictly for educational purposes.

And I've got a resort hotel in Haiti I'll sell you ...

Keep Pushing On That Door

When will Hollywood producers ever learn?  Want to make movies that stroke your (and your friends') anti-America ego or do you want to earn investors in your anti-American screeds money?

Because you're not going to do both.  Not in this day and age.  Not in this America.

What do "In the Valley of Elah," "Lambs for Lions," "Rendition," "The Kingdom," "Redacted," "War," and "Grace is Gone" have in common? (a) They were all anti-American anti-Iraq War movies and (b) they all flopped at the box office. Big time flops all.

So, having learned from their mistakes, what do Hollywood moguls do?

More of the same:
BOX OFFICE FLOP: Matt Damon’s ‘Green Zone’ Could Open to Less Than $15 Million
Big Hollywood

Universal’s “Green Zone” became the latest Iraq War-themed movie to fall down the box office rabbit hole, debuting to just $5 million in the U.S. and Canada Friday, according to studio estimates. …

“Green Zone” could find little traction, getting out to a pace that will give it less than $15 million for its premiere weekend.

That would be even less than the modest pre-release expectations for the $100 million film, which reteams star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, who worked on the Universal’s last two “Jason Bourne” franchise installments. The film was put into production during the co-chair term of Marc Shmuger and David Linde. [link]
A critique of the flick:
Critics Decry Matt Damon Movie 'The Green Zone,' Calling It 'Anti-American'
By Jo Piazza, FOXNews.com

Less than a week after "The Hurt Locker" won the Oscar for Best Picture, along comes Matt Damon in "The Green Zone," another look at the Iraq War that has some critics seeing red.

While "The Hurt Locker" was largely apolitical in its stance on the war, some say "The Green Zone" goes too far in blaming the United States government, and that it manipulates the audience into rooting against American troops.

The movie centers on Army Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, played by Damon, who is assigned to search for weapons of mass destruction in the weeks following the shock-and-awe campaign of 2003. When Miller encounters roadblocks in his search, he launches a one-man internal investigation into the United States government's intelligence gathering operations, forming a secret alliance against the men he is sworn to protect in order to get the bottom of what he believes is a conspiracy.

The line between good guy and bad guy becomes fuzzy -- so much so that audiences are unsure whether to cheer on Sunni Iraqi insurgents as they shoot down a helicopter filled with American soldiers sent to assassinate them on the Pentagon's request.

Movie reviewer Kyle Smith went so far as to label the film "slander" and "appallingly anti-American." [link]
Anti-American slander.  Did the producers expect Americans (other than Democrats) to actually sit through such a thing?

Based upon that long (and growing) list of anti-American Hollywood flops above, obviously so.

Keep it up, fellas.  The more money you're willing to flush down the toilet, the more we're willing to rent wholesome America-respecting movies from Netflix.

Wasn't Obama Going To Unite The World?

Instead, after a few short months of effort - and with considerable help from foreign policy expert Hillary Clinton - those who hated us when Bush was in charge still hate us, and our friends, increasingly, hate us too.  For this we needed Obama?
U.S., Israel at Odds Over Settlements
By Rachel Martin, ABC News

If there is a new chill between the U.S. and Israeli governments, analysts say it will freeze more than a friendship.

"It's not just the pride of the United States of America," said Shibley Telhami, a fellow at the Brookings Institution. "It's not just the short-term relationship between Israel and the U.S., it is really the future of peace in the Middle East."

All of this makes things complicated for the Obama administration. [link]
I'm thinking Obama has something up his sleeve.  Maybe he's trying to get every Israeli to hate the USA as much as every Middle Eastern Muslim does and then, maybe, they'll unite in their hatred.  The "enemy of my enemy is my friend" kinda thing.

Either that or Obama doesn't have the first clue as to what he's doing and is just mucking up everything that a succession of presidents before him had worked to accomplish.

I go with Door Number 2.

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See this from Britain as well: "Does Barack Obama give a damn about us?"

Why Are They Republicans?

I've often asked myself that question about several of the politicians mentioned in this article:
A POLITICO survey: The tea party's least favorite Republicans
By Kenneth P. Vogel

The tea party movement exploded onto the political scene in 2009 as a backlash to the agenda pushed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, but a little more than a year later, a POLITICO survey found tea party activists unhappy with many of the biggest names in the Republican Party.

And that could complicate GOP plans to harness the energy of the tea parties as they head into the November midterm elections with hopes of rearranging the balance of power in Washington.

In a survey of more than three dozen grass-roots tea party leaders from 29 states, the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, was the Republican most cited as a disappointment. Asked which three national Republicans they were most unhappy with, McCain was named by 18 respondents.

Other congressional Republicans considered disappointments included moderate-leaning Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, as well as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California. [link]

McCain would have been at the top of my list as well.  With Snowe, Collins, Graham, and Specter close behind (except that Specter had the decency to switch to the party that most aligns with his liberal big-government views).

Named also was Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  I consider him to be a decent conservative - except when he's not.  Like McCain, he believes on occasion that government can solve problems that it has never before solved in the history of the Republic.  And then there's the earmark issue.

Anyway, we all agree, I think.  Tears would not be shed if every one of these clowns switched allegiance and went where they're more comfortable. 

Why The Mainstream Press Is Imploding

Because it is - and has been for many years - run by idiots and slimeballs.

Take for example Howell Raines, former executive editor of the New York Times.  In an op/ed piece that he wrote for today's Washington Post (see "Why don't honest journalists take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?) he makes the kind of slimy, unprincipled contention that has given the press its bad reputation:
"The American people do not want health-care reform."

Fox repeats this as gospel. But as a matter of historical context, usually in short supply on Fox News, this assertion ranks somewhere between debatable and untrue."

It is true that, after 14 months of Fox's relentless pounding of President Obama's idea of sweeping reform, the latest Gallup poll shows opinion running 48 to 45 percent against the current legislation. 
I defy anyone to point to an article, interview, or discussion that came out of Fox News where the assertion was made that "the American people do not want health-care reform." It never happened.  Because it's not true.  It's a lie.

The American people clamor for reform.  Just not the heavy-handed, government-controlled, tax-heavy, punitive, unworkable, unwieldy ObamaCare proposals that the Democrats in Washington have come up with.

"The American people do not want health-care reform." That in microcosm is what has killed the once venerable mainstream media.  Lies.  Deceit.