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Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy Earth Day

From Floyd County's own Tugboat Phil, who shot this video and had it run on Fox News's "Red Eye."

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The posting to "Red Eye" can be found here.

Some of you will know Tugboat as an occasional commenter to this weblog.  Others as retired Navy.

We know him as an American livin' large!

You go, Phil.

When Gov't Is Devoid Of Solutions ...

... those running it come up with more "trails."

As long as it didn't cost us anything, who cares?

1000 Words In One Photo

He came to Beckley to read a speech.

He read his speech.

While the people there mourned.

And sought comfort.  An easing of the pain and anguish.

He shook hands and left.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.

War Averted!

And none too soon:

I still don't understand why our wayward western counties were allowed to secede.  Didn't we fight some war over that kind of unconstitutional action? 

I say we vote on it.

Words Well Writ

The incomparable P.J. O'Rourke:
The secret to the Obama annoyance is snotty lecturing. His tone of voice sends us back to the worst place in college. We sit once more packed into the vast, dreary confines of a freshman survey course—“Rocks for Jocks,” “Nuts and Sluts,” “Darkness at Noon.” At the lectern is a twerp of a grad student—the prototypical A student—insecure, overbearing, full of himself and contempt for his students. All we want is an easy three credits to fulfill a curriculum requirement in science, social science, or fine arts. We’ve got a mimeographed copy of last year’s final with multiple choice answers already written on our wrists. The grad student could skip his classes, the way we intend to, but there the s.o.b. is, taking attendance. (How else to explain this year’s census?)

America has made the mistake of letting the A student run things. It was A students who briefly took over the business world during the period of derivatives, credit swaps, and collateralized debt obligations. We’re still reeling from the effects. This is why good businessmen have always adhered to the maxim: “A students work for B students.” Or, as a businessman friend of mine put it, “B students work for C students—A students teach.”
My guess is, Mr. O'Rourke was something less than an "A" student.

We Subsidize Brazilian Cotton?

I once recounted a conversation I had (several years ago now) in which I was told by a sheep farmer (rancher?) in Iowa that he made more income from the U.S. government's wool subsidy than he made off of the sale of wool.  That seemed ... odd.

Odder still:
Four members of the House—two Republican and two Democrat—have sent a letter to President Obama, calling on him to reverse the insane policy of bribing Brazilian farmers with subsidies in an attempt to correct, in accordance with the perverse two-wrongs-make-a-right school of logic, for  illegal U.S. subsidies.
 Is it any wonder?

I Think That Was His West Virginia Accent

JammieWearingFool says Obama was trying to affect a Southern accent when he delivered the eulogy at that Beckley coal miners' memorial service yesterday.

Seems more like an effort at hillbilly.

Or maybe Oprah.

You decide.

I Truly Don't Get It

This story can only be described as "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."

Obama criticizes America's banks for losing investors' money.

Obama criticizes Goldman Sachs for making investors lots of money.

Only in DemocratWorld ...

ObamaCare Was Always a Sham

The Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare Mulligan
About those lower insurance costs we promised . . . .

When President Obama signed his health-care reform last month, he declared it will "lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government." So why, barely a month later, are Democrats scrambling to pass a new bill that would impose price controls on insurance?

Some 27 states currently have some form of rate review in the individual and small-business markets, but they generally don't leverage it in a political way because insolvent insurers are expensive for states and bankruptcies limit consumer choices. One exception is Massachusetts: Governor Deval Patrick is now using this regulatory power to create de facto price controls and assail the state's insurers as cover for the explosive costs resulting from the ObamaCare prototype the Bay State passed in 2006.

National Democrats now want the power to do the same across the country, because they know how unrealistic their cost-control claims really are. Democrats are petrified they'll get the blame they deserve when insurance costs inevitably spike. So the purpose of this latest Senate bill is to have a preemptive political response on hand. [link]
As I've mentioned many times now, the industry can't provide health care to 27 million new recipients without someone paying for the effort.  And paying dearly.  The Democrats who forced ObamaCare upon us knew this all along (it was only idiotic newspaper editorialists who couldn't grasp the point).

So your health care premiums are soon to begin that predictable - and predicted - climb.

Aren't you tickled that you voted for Obama?