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Friday, April 09, 2010

Give It a Rest

Of all the pressing issues of the day - the anemic economy, the millions who are unemployed, the faltering war in Afghanistan, America's foreign policy going to hell, the deficit, our teetering bond rating ... on and on - the Roanoke Times takes time out and burns up bytes this morning to deliver the shocking news that the Civil War - the one that ended 145 years ago - was fought over the issue of slavery.

I guess when you can no longer defend the indefensible ...

... you change the subject.

Hey, how about those Blue Devils?

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What next?  A call for a double-do-over apology for slavery?

Got nothing more important to worry about?

A Sign of the Times

Well, Congressman Rick Boucher's promised tourism jobs never materialized down in Damascus, the nerve center of his much-ballyhooed - and extremely costly - Virginia Creeper Trail.  So the citizens there, it seems, have turned to other endeavors:


Seems that gambit ain't going so well either.

Boucher's Folly.  Meth labs in the double-wide.   Damascus deserved better.

As Only Krauthammer Can Explain It

On Obama's new nuclear arms policy, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer:
Under President Obama's new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is "in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," explained Gates, then "the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it."

Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker is up to date with its latest IAEA inspections, well, it gets immunity from nuclear retaliation. (Our response is then restricted to bullets, bombs and other conventional munitions.)

However, if the lawyers tell the president that the attacking state is NPT-noncompliant, we are free to blow the bastards to nuclear kingdom come.

This is quite insane. It's like saying that if a terrorist deliberately uses his car to mow down a hundred people waiting at a bus stop, the decision as to whether he gets (a) hanged or (b) 100 hours of community service hinges entirely on whether his car had passed emissions inspections. [link]
 Sounds like a typical Democrat program to me.

Caption of the Day

From Hot Air:

I've come to accept the fact that concepts revolving around bankruptcy and collapse are well beyond their ability to comprehend.  Their thought processes stop at "free ... stuff ... good."

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Boucher Might Want To Retire

And save some of his dwindling reputation.

Otherwise polls are showing a tidal wave heading his way:
Voters Issue Strong Rebuke of Incumbents in Congress
By Lydia Saad, Gallup

Princeton, NJ -- A record-low percentage of U.S. voters -- 28% -- say most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. The previous low was 29% in October 1992.

The trend for previous midterm elections reveals that the 28% re-elect figure puts the sitting majority party in a danger zone. In the two recent midterm elections in which the congressional balance of power changed (1994 and 2006), the percentage of voters saying most members deserved to be re-elected fell below 40%, as it does today. [link]
The trend line:


How does this translate here in the solidly conservative 9th Congressional District of Virginia?  Well, let's put it this way: The solidly conservative Morgan Griffith has every reason to smile.  And the liberal incumbent in the upcoming race should be giving serious consideration to renting month-to-month.

Chart courtesy of the Gallup organization.

We Have Idiots Running The Country

Why doesn't this surprise me? 

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, third in line to be commander-in-chief of our armed forces and leader of the free world, on what you need to know about your new health care delivery system:

"It’s like the back of the refrigerator. You see all these wires and the rest. All you need to know is, you open the door. The light goes on."

I have absolutely no doubt that that is the extent of this beanbrain's knowledge on the subject.

"Oooh.  Nice.  And it lights up when you open the door!"

Can anyone say B-I-M-B-O?

Third in line to the throne.  For the love of God.

Don't Be Shocked

Bruce Springsteen was never more than a talentless, overrated rock entertainer with a voice that would get him kicked off American Idol on the first round.  But one with a sizable and devoted following on the east coast.

With that being understood, this - reaction and non-reaction to the news that "The Boss" has been caught cheating on his wife again - is perfectly understandable:


That's right. No one cares. He was nobody before. He's nobody now.

More Evidence That Obama Hates Jews

We all knew, going into the November election that President Obama's mentor and confidante was virulently anti-Semitic.  Now we're finding out that Obama's spiritual guide and worldly adviser taught our young president well:
Obama Administration Denies Visas to Israeli Nuclear Scientists
By Roger. L. Simon

The Obama administration is now denying U.S. visas to Israeli scientists who work at that nation’s Dimona nuclear reactor. This startling reversal of traditional policy was reported April 7, 2010, in the Israeli website/newspaper NRG/Maariv.

This could be yet another flashpoint in the increasingly sensitive relations between the administration, the American Jewish community, and Israel. The revelation in Maariv came only a day before the arrival in New York of Tariq Ramadan — controversial grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna — whose visa was reportedly championed by Secretary of State Clinton.

According to Maariv: “…. workers at the Dimona reactor who submitted VISA requests to visit the United States for ongoing university education in Physics, Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering — have all been rejected, specifically because of their association with the Dimona reactor. This is a new policy decision of the Obama administration, since there never used to be an issue with the reactor’s workers from study in the USA, and till recently, they received VISAs and studied in the USA.”

Israeli defense officials are stating these workers have no criminal records in the U.S. or Israel and have been singled out purely because of their place of employment. [link]
The better explanation - one that fits an established pattern - is that Obama hates the Israelis and everything they stand for.

Is he anti-Jew as well?  One begins to wonder.

Quote of the Day

From the one and only Instapundit:

GETTING HIS GOAT: Obama lashes out at Sarah Palin.

If only he hated America’s enemies half as much . . . .
Palin seems to be Public Enemy Number 1 to Obama and friends.  Why is that?

Is It Or Isn't It?

We keep hearing that the economy has turned around.  And mainstream press trumpets were blaring last week with the news that a whole lotta new jobs were created last month, for the first time in a long time.

Well, if everything's rosy, what's this?
Unexpected rise in US jobless claims
By Alan Rappeport, Financial Times

The number of US workers claiming jobless benefits for the first time recorded an unexpected rise last week, diminishing some of the recent signs of hope for the labour market.

Initial jobless claims rose by 18,000 to 460,000 last week, labour department figures showed on Thursday. Economists were expecting claims to decline. [link]
Those economists were wrong.  Again. 

I think we need new economists.

The Votes Are In

A majority of Americans have decided that the mainstream press is more of a detriment to our thriving republic than is the mountain of campaign cash that flows into political campaigns.  I'm surprised its even close.  I'm surprised it's even a question:
Poll: Media, not money, the problem
By Andy Barr, Politico

More than half of Americans think media bias is a bigger problem in politics today than the money that flows into campaigns, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey.

Fifty-five percent of the 1,000 likely voters polled identified media bias as a larger problem than “big campaign contributions.” Thirty-two percent blamed money over the media, while 13 percent were not sure.

The poll was conducted April 4-5 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. [link]

An interesting factoid from the survey:

"Voters between the ages of 30 and 49 were the most skeptical of the media, according to the survey."

I would have thought it would be the older crowd.

In any case, the media have found out that We the People find the media to be anti-American.  Stop the presses.

You Were Warned

The state-run health care plan that Barack Obama has compared to ObamaCare is collapsing under its own weight.  As was foretold by experts (and me) long ago:
The Massachusetts Insurance Blackout
Wall Street Journal editorial

This week it became impossible in Massachusetts for small businesses and individuals to buy health-care coverage after Governor Deval Patrick imposed price controls on premiums. Read on, because under ObamaCare this kind of political showdown will soon be coming to an insurance market near you.

The Massachusetts small-group market that serves about 800,000 residents shut down after Mr. Patrick kicked off his re-election campaign by presumptively rejecting about 90% of the premium increases the state's insurers had asked regulators to approve. Health costs have run off the rails since former GOP Governor Mitt Romney and Beacon Hill passed universal coverage in 2006, and Mr. Patrick now claims price controls are the sensible response to this ostensibly industry greed.

Yet all of the major Massachusetts insurers are nonprofits. Three of largest four—Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan and Fallon Community Health—posted operating losses in 2009. In an emergency suit heard in Boston superior court yesterday, they argued that the arbitrary rate cap will result in another $100 million in collective losses this year and make it impossible to pay the anticipated cost of claims. It may even threaten the near-term solvency of some companies. So until the matter is resolved, the insurers have simply stopped selling new policies. [link]

The health care plan that government built - RomneyCare - is now a complete disaster.

Says our president:

"[W]hen you actually look at the bill itself, it incorporates all sorts of Republican ideas. I mean ... this is sort of similar to the bill that Mitt Romney, the Republican Governor and now presidential candidate, passed in Massachusetts."

We are all now going to share in the Massachusetts debacle.  Thanks to ObamaCare.  Let's thank too every Democrat in Washington in November.