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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Who Knew: Boucher's a Conservative?

In an otherwise uninformed and uninforming news item in this morning's Roanoke Times about a gathering of Republican Congressional hopefuls over at Virginia Tech yesterday (see "9th District GOP candidates tout platforms"), reporter Tonia Moxley dropped this ditty about the man that one of them is going to face in November, a ditty that only a Rick Boucher staffer could have written:
Decidedly conservative when voting on wedge issues such as same-sex marriage and a staunch supporter of the coal industry, Boucher has built influence and power in Washington. His office provides extensive and popular constituent services, such as help with applications for Social Security disability benefits. And he brings home many millions of dollars in federal earmarks for the 9th District.
Was Moxley wearing her cheerleader outfit when she wrote that bit of horse shit?

One must wonder.

But let's look at her propaganda and see if she's blowing smoke:

1) Boucher is "decidedly conservative when voting on wedge issues such as same-sex marriage"?  How about the biggest wedge issue of them all?  From "On the Issues" Boucher:
  • • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
  • • Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • • Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • • Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • • Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003) 
Conservative?  Are you out of your mind?

How about this wedge issue - illegal immigration?
  • • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001) 
  • • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • • Rated 50% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
2) Boucher's "a staunch supporter of the coal industry?"  Tell it to the residents of the coalfields who are four-square in disagreement.

3) Boucher has "built influence and power in Washington"?  In fact, even with his decades of seniority, he chairs a meaningless subcommittee and is considered by most to be nothing more than an ineffectual go-along-get-along lapdog.

4) "He brings home many millions of dollars in federal earmarks for the 9th District."  That one is accurate.  To Boucher's everlasting shame.

Please.  I don't know what this Tonia Moxley has going for Rick Boucher but my suggestion is she either get a room or take a cold shower.  This is so unbecoming.

Someone told me once that she's a journalist.  You'd never be able to tell it from this.

Rome Burns

And Nero keeps playin' that fiddle.

While Southwest Virginia politicians, including the man at the top of the pile - Rick Boucher - continue to promote and fund programs that may some day produce "green jobs," (so far, as best anyone can tell, they haven't even produced the first one yet), existing jobs - good-paying jobs - are disappearing by the bucketload:
228 lose jobs in Henry Co. after factory shuts down
By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times

The abrupt and thus far unexplained closing in Henry County of the factory of furniture manufacturers American of Martinsville and Barcalounger has put 228 more people out on the street in a region that includes the state's highest rate of unemployment.

Both companies are owned by Hancock Park Associates, a private investment company based in Los Angeles. Numerous phone calls and an e-mail to Hancock Park partner Michael Fourticq Jr. received no response Tuesday.

American of Martinsville has closed permanently. Barcalounger's future remains somewhat uncertain. Both had corporate headquarters in Martinsville. [link]
It somehow seems to speak volumes that the man who gave his name to Henry County also had a new trail dedicated to his life's work the other day.  Read all about the "Road to the Revolution Heritage Trail."  The state of Virginia wrote a check in the amount of $250,000 to the trail honoring Patrick Henry, a grant that is supposed to "aid tourism in Virginia."  And, in turn, produce jobs.  

How exactly that's supposed to come about nobody knows.

On the bright side, it's rumored that Damascus, just up the road from Henry County, was blessed with a new tourism job last year.  A part-time, minimum wage, seasonal position at the local canoe livery.  Local politicians are truly excited about the development.  The millions in tax dollar investments that Congressman Rick Boucher and others poured into the Virginia Creeper Trail paid off.  Another job is hoped for in 2010.

Maybe those 228 unemployed factory workers could arm-wrestle for it.

With Blinders Firmly Affixed

You may recall the Roanoke Times editorial that can only be described as hysterical that had to do with right-wing violence - "anger and rage, "dangerous," "incendiary efforts" - right-wing violence that manifested itself in the discovery of a supposedly severed barbecue grill hose belonging to a relative of a Virginia politician.

A barbecue grill hose. Cut!  Ruining a perfectly good grill!

Right-wing bastards.

OK.  I feel better.

Now, back to the real world:
Angry, hateful, violent, extremist liberals
Washington Times editorial

Imagine a group of angry demonstrators toting swastika-festooned protest signs calling politicians Nazis, shouting obscenities and racial remarks and throwing rocks and bottles at police officers sent to keep order. No, these are not Tea Partiers. They are the mob that turned out last week to protest Arizona's new immigration-enforcement law.

For the most part, liberal media coverage overlooked all the leftist violence. Typical headlines described the protest as "mostly peaceful," with media outlets avoiding details about why they had to use the qualifier "mostly." Reporting a near-riot by the opponents of the Arizona law doesn't fit the dominant media storyline.

The Tea Partiers do not incite violence; they are salt-of-the-earth middle Americans who are desperately worried about the misguided policies and wrongheaded vision being promoted by President Obama and his congressional allies. Contrast them with the younger, less educated, lower income, angry, racially motivated mob that turned out in Phoenix. The Tequila Party and gangsters like them represent the core and the pride of the liberal base. If an angry, shouting mob throwing bottles at police is the face of contemporary liberalism, it's no wonder Americans are turning against them in droves. [link]
I'll bet the Roanoke Times has a stinging editorial on this subject.  After all, violence is one of its biggest concerns, they tell us.

Well, maybe not.

Instead of addressing this clear and present danger, the easily intimidated and bewilderingly obtuse children at the Times worry, kill trees, and waste bytes fretting over "the misguided rage of anti-government [right-wing] activists."

Morons.  They're simply morons.

Quote of the Day

From George Will:

"It is passing strange for federal officials, including the president, to accuse Arizona of irresponsibility while the federal government is refusing to fulfill its responsibility to control the nation's borders."

"A Law Arizona, If Not Beltway, Can Live With," Investor's Business Daily, April 27, 2010

Point, Counterpoint


My take:

Financial crisis caused by tight controls

'Stupid Is as Stupid Does'

Too much information and debate makes you ... stupid.

So says the man who knows a good bit about that subject - New York Times columnist Tom Friedman:
Much of our politics today is designed to make people stupid, confused and afraid of change. The G.O.P. has been particularly egregious on energy and climate. I believe if you talk straight to the American people on energy and climate, they will give you the right answers, and, ultimately, the support needed to trump the vested interests and lobbyists who have kept us addicted to oil. 
Friedman believes that "talking straight" to the American people will keep them from becoming stupid.

A Friedman quote from two months ago:

"Avoid the term 'global warming.' I prefer the term 'global weirding,' because that is what actually happens as global temperatures rise and the climate changes. The weather gets weird. The hots are expected to get hotter, the wets wetter, the dries drier and the most violent storms more numerous."

Well, I certainly feel stupid.  That makes absolutely no sense.  Is shunning a term most people are familiar with, and coming up with a term that is, frankly, weird, "global weirding," talking straight?

I don't suffer fools well any more.  And Friedman is their poster boy.

Go away.  And take your stupid theories with you.

A Prison Cell Named 'Murtha'

That - a special place set aside in the slammer - seems appropriate to me if we are going to recognize the life of, and contributions to society made by the late Congressman John Murtha.  ABSCAM alone should have relegated him to Leavenworth.  If not the outright graft that was exposed long ago for all to see.  As well as the bribery that he made famous through his Congressional appropriations offered up to favored friends and donors.

The Democrats in Washington prefer to ignore all that and honor the man's life achievements.  And name a ship after him.

My God:
Controversy flares over ship named for Murtha
By Philip Ewing, staff writer, Navy Times

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised the Navy’s decision to name an amphibious warship after Rep. John Murtha, but the formal announcement Friday added fuel to an already smoldering backlash online.

Murtha — “our dear Jack,” as Pelosi referred to him — deserved the honor as a tireless advocate for troops generally and Marines in particular, she said, and she recalled admiring his rapport with them.

“Whether on the battlefield, or ... [blah blah blah] [link]
"Our dear Jack" should have been somebody's boyfriend in prison.

And as for that "rapport" with his fellow Marines, I'd direct you to his statement in which he called them murderers.  I'm sure most Marines wanted him to take his rapport and stick where the sun don't shine.

But Pelosi doesn't live in the real world.  So expect a boat to be named after the crook/slanderer.

Perhaps it will serve a valuable purpose.  Every time we see it - the U.S.S. Haditha - we can reflect on the cesspool that we know Washington to be.

A Waste Of Time & Money

I'm reminded of George W. Bush's bold decision to send National Guard troops to defend our southern border.  With orders not to load their weapons or make any attempt to stop illegals from crossing into Texas and Arizona.  Their purpose there being ... what exactly?

We get more of the same feckless razzmatazz from Obama:
Send In The Drones: Predators To Fly Over Tex-Mex Border
The Drudge Report

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate hearing Tuesday that unmanned aerial drones will soon fly through Texas skies!

"Big Sis" declared that over the past 15 months, federal law enforcement initiatives have made the border more secure than in any other time in history, the San Antonio Express-News reports in Wednesday editions.

The new "predator bees" have the capability to fly at altitudes used by commercial aircraft, and are designed to enhance intelligence capabilities of federal, state and local law enforcement. [link]
I can only guess that the purpose is to obtain a good, accurate count of the number of Mexicans who are breaking the law by crossing illegally.  Like that serves some purpose beyond predicting future Democratic Party membership.

Are we supposed to applaud this move?  Are we to feel safer?  Is this to be taken as an effort at securing our borders?

Please.  Don't make me laugh.