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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Those Unsightly Oil Rigs

You should know what your congressman here in Southwest Virginia thinks of President Obama's decision to allow for oil exploration off the coast of Virginia.  From the Martinsville Bulletin ("Several area lawmakers see benefits to drilling change"):
Ninth District U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher said Wednesday that he supported the federal government’s lifting of the ban and encourages state officials to pursue drilling off the Virginia coast.

But “it shouldn’t be along Virginia Beach,” one of the state’s major tourist destinations, he said.

Rather, any drilling should be an “appropriate distance” offshore and not able to be seen by beach-goers, said Boucher, D-Abingdon.
Beach-goers shouldn't have to be made aware of the fact that oil comes from underground. We need to locate the drilling rigs out where they're not frightening little kiddies.

This from the man - a Democrat - who has allowed conditions here in Southwest Virginia to deteriorate to the point where the landscape is littered - from Pennington Gap to Pocahontas to Pounding Mill to Pulaski - with the crumbling and malodorous carcasses of once-thriving manufacturing facilities.

He's horrified by the thought of an oil drilling platform being within eyesight. Yet he's perfectly at peace with the rubble that piles up around him here at home.

May God have mercy.

A Tea Party Coming To a Town Near You

Not since La-Z-Boy gathered together its furniture manufacturing employees in one room in 2002 to announce the fact that it was closing its Chilhowie facility have so many Americans assembled in one place in that small Smyth County town.  This time, they came together with similar concerns about their livelihoods being in jeopardy once again, but also with a collective look to stopping the decline of the American way of life and putting this country back on its foundation.

The inspiring news out of the town that Virginia Paving & Sewer Pipe Company and Spring Ford Industries and Tultex Corporation and Natalie Knitting Mills and American of Martinsville built - and then abandoned:
Crowd gathers for first Tea Party meeting
By Stephanie Porter-Nichols, Clinch Valley News

A week ahead of Thursday’s meeting to gauge interest in the formation of a Southwest Virginia Tea Party, organizer Ron Blevins could not guess how many would show up.

“Might be 10, might be a hundred,” he said.

The upper figure was not far off. While people came and went through the evening, a rough count in the standing-room only community room in Chilhowie’s town hall tallied about 80. They ranged in age from a few pre-teens to seniors. Two-thirds were male.

Some were solidly behind the Tea Party, and some likely will be now that they came and got answers to questions about the growing grassroots movement, what’s next for the local group, how to foment change.

All who spoke shared concern for their country and its Constitution, as did two advisors from the Roanoke Tea Party still in formation and holding its third meeting at the same time Thursday evening.

“Welcome to the revolution,” boomed one of the advisors, Brad Archer, who then paraphrased Thomas Jefferson’s famous advice about periodically watering the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants.  [link]
Welcome to the revolution.

There's still a chance that we can save this country we love so dearly.

It Begins

Obama is coming for our cars.

Because he still clings to the discredited notion that the globe is warming.

For the love of God:
U.S. Issues Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cars
By John M. Broder, New York Times

Washington — The federal government took its first formal step to regulate global warming pollution on Thursday by issuing final rules for greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles and light trucks.

The new tailpipe rules, jointly written by the Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, set emissions and mileage standards that would translate to a combined fuel economy average for new vehicles of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Most drivers will see lower mileage figures in actual driving.

The rules are expected to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases about 30 percent from 2012 to 2016. [link]
Someone needs to tell these morons that carbon dioxide has been proven to not contribute to the Greenhouse Effect and that the theory that "heat-trapping gases" contribute to global warming has been proven to be utterly and unequivocally bogus.

But then they may realize it.  And push for more government control of our lives anyway.

These people - Democrats all - must be stopped before they destroy this country.

Meanwhile, Obama's Assault On The Coalfields Continues

Vengeful, arbitrary, and punitive is how I'd describe the government's unprecedented decision to revoke a mining license after it had been issued.  And the mining company executives who are feeling the wrath, I'm sure, will agree:
Arch Coal sues EPA over veto of W.Va. mine permit
By Tim Huber, AP Business Writer

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A subsidiary of mining giant Arch Coal Inc. sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the planned veto of a water quality permit for West Virginia's largest surface mine.

St. Louis-based Arch argues in the federal lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C., that the EPA doesn't have the authority to revoke a Clean Water Act permit once it has been issued. The permit for the Spruce No. 1 mine was issued to Arch's Mingo Logan Coal three years ago.

The EPA announced the veto plan March 26, arguing that the mountaintop removal operation would cause irreversible damage to the environment. The mining plan would cover 2,278 acres, and would bury 7 miles of headwater streams and degrade water quality, according to the EPA.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the permit in 2007 after a lengthy process that included an EPA review. But EPA now wants to exercise its authority to review the permit further. [link]
Why, you're asking, would EPA reverse itself?  Because Obama radicals have now taken over.  And saving the environment from all human activity is the guiding principle that governs all its actions.

Humans be damned.

Of Course He Did

It's his claim to fame:

Which makes one wonder what his white mother, were she alive, would check.

I wonder too: What if one of his children decided to check "White"?  Would she be wrong?

The games we play ...

The Face Of The American Tea Party

From another really smart dudes who thinks he knows the Tea Party movement better than the participants do:
Racist Teabaggers Exhibit Beck & Palin's Real Positions
Tim King, Salem-News.com

Salem, Ore. - The prejudice and bigotry overshadowing so-called 'tea party' events moved to the front of the bus over the weekend, and the neocon warriors beat the drum loudly enough to really drive the headlines this time.

One media outlet headline blasted that the teabagging became a full-blown Ku Klux Klan rally.

After being addressed by Republican Leader John Boehner and Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson as he has come to be known, tea party activists launched a series of bigoted attacks on House Democrats walking to a meeting with the President.

It's the kind of thing that only a few years ago, would never have been imagined in America. [link]
As has now been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt, those "bigoted attacks" were nothing more than scurrilous lies put forth by a few (bigoted) Democrat politicians who were hoping for bigoted attacks to take place so that they could cry Raaaaacism!.  Again.

So who is it that propels the Tea Party movement?

Obviously, he's a racist too.

Learn more from - and about - Kevin Jackson here.

* Note: The terms used in the article above, "teabaggers" and teabagging," are bigoted slurs akin to the use of the vulgar and hate-inspired "nigger" in the 1950's.  For an understanding of their disgusting meaning, go here.


This Is Funny

And, then again, it's not.

Don Surber:
We are no where near inflation.


But the federal government now pays more to borrow money (3.93%) than I do on my mortgage (3.375%).

I have better credit.

I actually pay off my credit cards.
If you think that's not a problem, stick around. The government - your government - can print money only so fast to keep up with its rising debt obligations.

When Dealing With An Educated Public ...

... spin and manipulative use of a pliant media will only get you so far.  Sooner or later you have to address the facts:
Poll: Most Americans Remain Against Health Care Overhaul
CBS News

The public is increasingly skeptical of the health care reform bill signed into law last week, a new CBS News poll shows.

More Americans now disapprove of the legislation, and many expect their costs to rise and the quality of their care to worsen; few expect the reforms to help them.

President Obama has continued to tour the country to stump for his new set of reforms. This week he went to Portland, Maine, where he told people it will take more than a week for the benefits of reform to become apparent.

The poll, conducted March 29 through April 1, found that so far the president's efforts to build up support for the bill appear to be ineffective.

Fifty-three percent of Americans say they disapprove of the new reforms, including 39 percent who say they disapprove strongly. In the days before the bill passed the House, 37 percent said they approved and 48 percent disapproved. [link]
Could it be the trillion dollars in new taxes?  The requirement that healthy young Americans buy insurance even if they don't want or need it?  The Death Panels?  Is it because political elites think that people are too stupid to know that a pizza is fattening?  The fact that the same people who run the Post Office will be running your emergency room?  Because many states will go broke trying to inplement it?  Or is it just Obama and the baggage that he now brings to the debate?

Or is it All of the Above?

The Age In Which We Live

Click on the image to enlarge it:

I feel her pain.

Original photo courtesy of EPA and the London Daily Mail

Good News On The Jobs Front

Well, sorta.
The 2010 Recovery
Wall Street Journal editorial

The private economy is at last creating jobs, albeit not enough so far to conclude that the recovery of 2010 will become a durable expansion.

The jobs market does seem to have turned a corner, with the Labor Department's survey of businesses reporting 162,000 new jobs in the month, plus modest upward revisions in January and February. One bright spot is manufacturing employment, up 17,000 in March and now up for three straight months, as well as a modest uptick in average hours worked to 34 in a week, from 33.9. [link]
But behind that rosy facade ...
The upshot is that at long last—and 13 months after the $862 billion stimulus that the White House said would keep unemployment below 8%—we should see more robust job creation in the months ahead.

The question is how robust. The March job gains included 48,000 temporary Census workers, for a total so far of 87,000 Census hires, and several hundred thousand more in the months ahead. Take out this government hiring, and job creation looks feeble. Also dismaying is that the so-called total jobless rate, which includes discouraged workers, ticked up again to 16.9%.

It's especially distressing to see that the number of long-term jobless—those out of work for 27 weeks or more—jumped again to 6.55 million, and as a share of the total jobless hit a new record of 44.1%, up from 40.9% in February and 24.6% a year earlier. (See the nearby chart.) This means that nearly one of every two Americans who has lost his job is waiting at least a half year to get a new one.
An accompanying chart that shows the trend in long-term unemployment:

What do ya say we put these folks back to work sometime soon?

Chart courtesy of the Wall Street Journal and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics

Don't They Have Better Things To Do?

It's a good thing New Jersey doesn't have a crime problem.  Because its law enforcement officers need their time to hassle law-abiding citizens at every opportunity.  From the NRA's "Outrage of the Week," a true ... outrage:
This week's Outrage concerns a legal case that comes to us from New Jersey, where a well-meaning firearm owner, through a series of events that were no fault of his own, inadvertently ran afoul of the law (or, rather, an interpretation of the law).

Gun owner Gregg C. Revell was flying from Salt Lake City, UT, to Allentown, PA, by way of Minneapolis, MN, and Newark, NJ.  Revell had an unloaded firearm that was legally checked in his luggage, which he was to pick up upon his arrival in Allentown.

That was the plan, but things soon went awry.  Revell's flight into Newark was delayed, causing him to miss his connecting flight to Allentown.  He was able to book a seat on the next flight, but that course of action was changed by the airline. He then tried to take a bus, but his luggage didn't make it to the bus on time.  He retrieved his luggage, but missed the bus.  With no more connections to Allentown until the following morning, Revell went (with his luggage, of course) directly to, and stayed the night at, the Airport Sheraton Hotel.  By this time, Revell had been through a lot, but his real trouble was just beginning.

The next morning, Revell returned with his luggage directly to the airport.  He checked his luggage and, as he was supposed to, told the agent that he had an unloaded firearm stored in a locked case in his luggage.  It was at this point that Revell's destination changed from Allentown to a Newark jail cell.  He was arrested on the spot because New Jersey law requires a permit to possess a handgun (and also bans the hollow-point ammunition that Revell also had in a separate locked container in his luggage), and as soon as Revell's luggage became "readily accessible" to him (in this case, when he took possession of his luggage to go to the hotel) he violated state law.

The Firearms Owners' Protection Act (FOPA) states that, "Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console."

After spending four days in a Newark jail cell, Revell was released on bail. Revell was eventually cleared of all charges, but he didn't get his firearm and other property back until almost three years later.

With help from the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, Revell sued for damages related to his unjust arrest and detention (as a violation of his civil rights), but lost, with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit's finding that Revell was not covered under FOPA's narrowly defined safe harbor provision.

So we have a case where a firearm owner does everything he can to obey the law and ensure that he safely transports his firearm.  Through no fault of his own, he is accused of violating the law.  He is arrested, then thrown in the Newark jail for four days, and loses possession of his personal property for almost three years.  That is outrageous!

This case is not as unusual as you may think.  NRA presently has two similar cases awaiting rulings by the U.S. Second Circuit.
There's going to be some pinhead out there who's going to say, "But he violated the law!"  Yes, he did.  But inadvertently.  And with no options available to do otherwise.  A simple investigation on the part of a non-vindictive police force would have cleared the man - with an admonishment similar to the one that the NRA offered him (above) - and he would have been sent on his way.

But no.  The Newark police and prosecutor's office, because they have nothing better to do, decided to bust this guy's chops for years.

It is said that Newark, a city that celebrates the fact that for the first time since 1966 it went a whole month without a murder, is a hellhole in part because the law-abiding citizenry fled the rotting metropolis long ago.  Is there any wonder why.