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Sunday, April 04, 2010

The REST of the Story

I always get a kick out of stories like this:
Broadband brings needed jobs
Roanoke Times editorial

DirecTV's announcement last week that it will hire 100 Southwest Virginians is welcome news in a region more accustomed to hearing about job losses. The new jobs illustrate a way forward, too. The region's future lies, at least in part, with broadband technology.

Job losses have hit the New River Valley hard for years. Factories started closing more than a decade ago. Now, the current recession has taken its toll, exacerbating regional employment problems.

Then came last week's announcement. One hundred jobs do not make up for all that have been lost, but they are a start.

Rep. Rick Boucher was at the announcement to remind everyone that he has been instrumental in increasing broadband access in this part of the state. He has been a champion for rural access generally and for his 9th District in particular. Universal access remains far away, but far more homes and businesses have broadband today thanks to his work. [link]
Odd.  Why is it politicians like Boucher get credit for bringing 100 new jobs to the area but are never blamed for "job losses [that] have hit the New River Valley hard for years, [with] factories [starting to close] more than a decade ago, [and] now, [with] the current recession [having] taken its toll, exacerbating regional employment problems."  It's never a two-way street.  Odd indeed.

But to the point.

Ask yourself: If broadband is available in well over half the homes in the United States, and there are somewhere around 114,825,428 households in the U.S., (with 57,412,214 of them therefore having access to broadband), why did DirecTV decide to hire 100 "agents" in Southwest Virginia?  Because broadband is unique to Boucher's district?

Uh, I don't think so.

Is it Boucher's personal charm, animal magnetism, and powers of persuasion?

Um, probably not.

Could it be, though, that Boucher heads up a congressional subcommittee that DirecTV has to jump through regulatory hoops for on a regular basis?  Can you say political payoff?

Just asking.

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Don't get me wrong.  I'm not faulting Rick Boucher for this. If I were in his shoes, I'd be putting the squeeze on employers too if I had the political clout.  This is a worthwhile use of political muscle.

But let's not erect any statues in the town square over this either.

And it would have been nice had the Times mentioned - even in passing - the real reason for this decision.

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Let's read between the lines, shall we?

From "Democrats stand by candidate seeking Obama seat" in this morning's Washington Post:
Democrats brush aside any talk of getting [senatorial candidate from Illinois Alexi] Giannoulias to bow out of the race.

"Alexi Giannoulias is running a strong campaign on the issues that matter to the people of Illinois - like job creation and the economy," says Deirdre Murphy, national press secretary of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Giannoulias was not granting interviews Friday as the Chicago Tribune ran a front page story with the headline: "$20 MILLION IN BANK LOANS TO FELONS." 
He's running a strong campaign.  But he ain't talkin' to nobody.

Seem like something might be missing in the hype to you?

An Open Memo To Dan Quayle

If you don't want your political party to find itself with new competition coming from your right, ask your brethren to quit putting up candidates who are too far to the left.

We've had one Democratic Party in this country for nearly two hundred years.  We've had two for nearly two decades.

You fret over a formalized Tea PartyDo something about it.

May They Be Without Electricity

The state of New York, the mother ship for "green" lunatics, has decided that the means by which millions of its inhabitants obtain their electricity is unfriendly to the environment.  And the threat becomes real that those inhabitants will do without heat a few winters from now.

But those same lunatics will take comfort in knowing they have happy carp swimming their streams:
New York Denies Indian Point a Water Permit
By David M. Halbfinger, New York Times

In a major victory for environmental advocates, New York State has ruled that outmoded cooling technology at the Indian Point nuclear power plant kills so many Hudson River fish, and consumes and contaminates so much water, that it violates the federal Clean Water Act.

The decision is a blow to the plant’s owner, the Entergy Corporation, which now faces the prospect of having to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build stadium-size cooling towers, or risk that Indian Point’s two operating reactors — which supply 30 percent of the electricity used by New York City and Westchester County — could be forced to shut down. [link]
Suppose any of the geniuses in New York who think this is a neat idea are asking what would seem to a normal person to be a reasonable question: If the power plant is forced to shut down, where will our electricity come from?

But then again, they've probably already figured that out.

Obama.  Prince of Peace.  Lord of the Universe.  Giver of Power & Light.

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Maybe the whole concept of electricity is too abstract for them.  How 'bout we hit them where they'll feel it:  Hey, stupid.  You're iPod isn't going to work if you let the tree huggers amongst you get their way.  Care to get involved in this conversation?

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They sure don't seem at all concerned about the prospect. The big issue of the day?

Hopeless. Just hopeless.

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There must be a little bit of New York in the veins of folks over in Tazewell County.  They complain about high electricity rates.  And, at the same time, they complain about new sources of electricity generation being constructed in their neighborhood.

Can't have it both ways, fellas.  That stuff that flows from the wall socket doohickey doesn't grow on trees. (And if it did, you'd probably bemoan the loss of trees ...)

Words Well Writ

Mark Steyn on Barack Obama's hatred for America's closest ally, Great Britain:
There is much speculation on the “root cause” of presidential antipathy to America’s formerly closest ally. It is said his grandfather was ill treated by the authorities in colonial Kenya in the 1940s, which seems as good a basis as any on which to reorder 21st century bilateral relations ... But I doubt insensitive British policing two-thirds of a century ago weighs that heavy on the president. After all, his brother back in Kenya lives on twelve bucks a year, and that doesn’t seem to bother him, so it’s hard to see why ancient slights to his grandfather would — except insofar as they confirm the general biases of his collegiate-Left worldview.
Obama's "collegiate-Left worldview." It explains everything.

If He Is Confident That His Theories Are Valid ...

... why this?

Perhaps, since this story involves a speech that Crazy Al is scheduled to deliver at Duke University, Gore thinks the students there are too stupid to see past his slide show and ask relevant questions like "Why isn't the planet warming, Big Al?" So he's limiting access to most of his presentation to them.  Questions that, let's be honest, members of the mainstream media are too stupid to ask as well.

You'd think, with that Nobel Prize and all, he'd be wanting his words - his gift to the posterity of the human species - to resound in every corner of the planet.

But no.  Al Gore wants his message to be carefully controlled.

Lest people find out - finally - that he's nothing more than a gas bag.

What Democrats Think Of You

Listen to this Democratic congressman from Tennessee Washington D.C. talking about those who participate in the Tea Party rallies around the country and compare his impressions to those you know to be true and ask yourself: Are these politicians that detached from the real world?

How You Know ...

... when you're talking to the person who thinks he's the smartest one in the room:

Read it. It's a hoot. Except for those who were there trying to live through it.

Who Is It That Is Perpetrating The Violence?

Republicans have been so intent on defeating "Obamacare" -- and thus, they believed, defeating President Obama -- that they engaged in despicable tactics.

"They are, in fact, reaching feverish and dangerous levels.

"How dangerous? After Lynchburg Tea Party members posted the home address of Rep. Tom Perriello's brother -- in the mistaken belief it was Perriello's address -- a line between a propane tank and a grill was found severed at the house inside a screened porch."

-- Roanoke Times editorial, "The Politics of Rage," March 28, 2010 --

Meanwhile, in the real world:
'Stop right wing' is message to local GOP
Marion (Ohio) Star

Marion — Two Republican party officials were shocked to hear someone had thrown a brick through a window at their headquarters downtown — with a message directed at stopping conservatism.

"Stop the right wing," was written in purple ink on a piece of notebook paper.

"The bottom was torn off of it, maybe like they made a mistake or something when they were writing it the first time," said Kenneth Stiverson, president of the Marion County Republican Club.

Employees at the law offices next door to the headquarters, at 114 S. Main St., called party members to let them know the window had been broken Tuesday.

Police were called and took the brick and note as evidence. [link]
Note to the Roanoke Times: Look up the synonyms for the word "myopia."  Then look in the mirror.

From a Creative Mind


A major research institution has just announced the discovery of the densest element yet known to science. The new element has been named Pelosium. Pelosium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 311.

These particles are held together by dark forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

The symbol of Pelosium is PU.

Pelosium's mass actually increases over time, as morons randomly interact with various elements in the atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons within the Pelosium molecule, leading to the formation of isodopes.

This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientist to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as Critical Morass.

When catalyzed with money, Pelosium activates CNNadnausium, an element that radiates orders of magnitude more energy, albeit as incoherent noise, since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons as Pelosium.

Author unknown.