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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Only With a Great Deal Of Effort ...

Headline in today's Roanoke Times:

My response:

And we will, with force of arms if necessary, keep it that way.

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On The Elena Kagan Nomination

The only issue, I think, that will bring her some "NO" votes when the time comes has to do with her opposition to the U.S. military.

That issue, however, goes well beyond just a discussion about gays in the service and "don't ask, don't tell."  It goes to the depths of her convictions and her willingness to sacrifice for a cause she believes in (sacrifice herself and nor others, that is).  As Ramesh Ponnuru explains it:
Elena Kagan helped to keep military recruiters from having equal access to the Harvard campus--based on what she called "the military's policy" on don't ask, don't tell. When Congress voted to deny Defense Department funds to universities that discriminate against the military, she joined an effort to fight the law (called the Solomon amendment) in court. In effect, she was arguing that the school had a constitutional right to get government funding while discriminating against military recruiters. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the universities.

So on this issue it is hard to argue that Kagan was within the judicial mainstream. Her position is, additionally, hard to defend.

But that may not be the worst of it. The exclusion of openly gay men and lesbians--which I agree should be repealed--is not the military's policy. It is a law that was enacted by Congress and signed by President Clinton. That didn't stop Kagan from serving in Clinton's White House. Nor did her opposition to what she considered the deep injustice of the policy move her to support continuing to discriminate against the recruiters when that would have required turning down some federal money.

So the military alone was supposed to pay a price for her principles--not politicians, and not the university.

Is this enough of a reason for a senator to vote against her confirmation? Maybe not. But it is a mark against her, and she ought to be asked to explain herself during her confirmation hearings.
An excellent point.  Kagan's supposedly deep-seated convictions compelled her to punish others (military recruiters), but those convictions weren't important enough to keep her from taking a lucrative and high-profile gig with the very president who came up with the policy she supposedly abhorred. 

Speaks volumes, I think.

This Is Chilling

An American Muslim student at the University of California, San Diego is asked by author and columnist David Horowitz to respond to the following:

Horowitz: "I am a Jew. The head of Hizbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or Against it?"

American Muslim student: "For it."

The video:

My God.

Every Jew on Earth would do well to arm himself. These followers of "the religion of peace" - Islam - will, if given the opportunity, slaughter every one of them.

Hat tip to Hot Air.

Comes a Reckoning

Either he got bounced because he was a crook or because he was one of those Democrats who defied his constituents' wishes and voted for ObamaCare.  A combination of the two maybe?
W.Va. congressman’s 28-year run ends
By Vicki Smith, Associated Press Writer

Morgantown, W.Va. - Democrat Alan Mollohan became the first member of the U.S. House to be ousted this spring primary season after his opponent mounted a campaign that questioned the 14-term congressman's ethics and support for federal health care reform.

Mollohan conceded after unofficial returns showed that with 82 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Mike Oliverio was ahead 56 percent to 44 percent. It ends his 28 years in the House.

Mollohan was dogged by ethical questions, and the more conservative Oliverio ran an aggressive campaign portraying him as corrupt and out of touch. Conservative media rallied around Oliverio, along with anti-abortion groups angry over Mollohan's support of health care reform. [link]
Corrupt, out of touch, and a supporter of ObamaCare.  That could be said of two hundred other Washington Democrats.   All of whom ought to be bounced.

So let's get to it.

Remember November. "A message will be sent."

It Somehow Seems Fitting

The academic community here in the USA has lined up behind global warming theory.  The same academic community is now lining up behind the fully discredited and publically humiliated Michael Mann (he of global warming "hockey stick" infamy) in a show of solidarity.  How ... consistent.
U-Va. "exploring options" on Cuccinelli climate change subpoena
By Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post

The University of Virginia is "exploring options" in responding to the civil investigative demand issued by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) to the University of Virginia, seeking documents related to the work of climate scientist and former university professor Michael Mann, a university spokeswoman said this morning.

Late last week, spokeswoman Carol Wood had said the school planned to comply with Cuccinelli's demand. But various academic groups have been pressuring the University of Virginia to resist the subpoena. Cuccinelli has said he is investigation whether Mann defrauded taxpayers as he sought grants for his work. [link]
Heaven forbid we find out that Mann committed fraud when he was at UVa.  These professors would rather not know.  Just as they'd prefer not be bothered with facts as they relate to their precious global warming theory.  They have their preconceived notions so don't hassle them.

Speaks volumes.

And to show that they are in fine company, one of Virginia's Democrat beacons of towering intellect, Senator Don McEachin, 9th District, wants no part of the facts either.  In a prepared statement quoted in the same article, he laments:

"If he [Ken Cuccinelli] can go after Professor Mann, then no Virginian is safe from the oppressive reach of the Attorney General's strong arm and the invasive powers of his office.  Professor Mann is this week's victim; we don't know who next week's or next month's will be." [my emphasis]

Maybe another crook?

Earth to knucklehead: Michael Mann, a leading figure in the ClimateGate scandal that shocked the world, is no victim.  In truth, he is the laughingstock of the planet these days.  But on a more serious note, calls have gone out for a Justice Department investigation of the alleged fraud that netted him millions in research grants.

You'd prefer to remain ignorant?

No need to respond.

No, this McEachin character - and the "scholars" in academe - would just as soon not be bothered with the truth.  They have their notions and they're going to stick to them.

There is a pattern here.

Quote of the Day

From Harvard astrophysicist Dr. Willie Soon in response to a question posed by the Washington Examiner:
Examiner.com: What needs to be done to combat the strong-arm tactics being used against scientists who disagree with the AGW [anthropogenic or man-made global warming] theory?

Dr. Soon: Science needs to stand up. The AGW movement is killing science. It’s very unhealthy in many ways. They are corrupting science for material gain. It’s time for us to take back climate science.
In my opinion, it's too late.  "Climate science" has become a joke.  When it's not seen as an Al Gore fueled corrupt enterprise, that is.

Still, here's to Dr. Soon.

They'll Never Change

McDowell County and Logan County in southern West Virginia have two shared characteristics.  Both are - and always have been - nearly completely Democrat in their political persuasions.  And both are - and always have been - the poorest counties on the planet.

A correlation?

Maybe someone should break the news to the good citizens living there: It ain't workin'.

But old habits are hard to break.

Don Surber on yesterday's voting in the Mountaineer State:
The other major congressional primary in the state has former state Justice Spike Maynard battling newcomer Conrad Lucas, paramedic Lee Bias and the 2008 party nominee Marty Gearheart.

There are so few registered Republicans in the district that I don’t know how to call it.

For example, in McDowell County, there were a total of 159 [Republican] votes cast in 43 precincts. That’s out of 27,359 people.

Logan County, population 37,710, had 365 votes cast in this Republican race.
Two truths to draw from this: Expect McDowell and Logan to go Democrat in November. Again.  And expect both to continue to be poor as dirt.

Seems they want to keep it that way.

ObamaCare Costs Top a Trillion

And continue to climb.

You were warned:
CBO ups health care cost projections
By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico

Congressional Budget Office estimates released Tuesday predict the health care overhaul will likely cost about $115 billion more in discretionary spending over ten years than the original cost projections.

The additional spending — if approved over the years by Congress — would bring the total estimated cost of the overhaul to over $1 trillion. [link]
Anyone remember the reason Obama gave for wanting to change our health care delivery system?

It was to lower the cost of care.

And, after having made his sweeping changes to the system, the cost of care is going to be a trillion dollars more than it would have been without his meddling.

We need to void this.  And fast.  Before this incompetent twit inflicts any more grievous harm.

On Obama's 'Real World' Supreme Court Pick

White House adviser David Axelrod explains Elena Kagan's diverse roots that make her one of us:

She’s probably got more diverse experience than most of the appointees that we’ve seen.  She’s worked in all branches of government.”

If you consider the world of government to be a good place to obtain a rich, diverse American background, shoot, this is your woman!

Evening Network News Continues Its Decline

NewsBusters is reporting some grim statistics for NBC, CBS, and ABC.  The free fall continues:

Of particular note is CBS's dismal customer count.  I watched a few minutes of Katie Couric a week or so ago and was amazed at how unremarkable her delivery was.  The word automaton comes to mind.

Beyond the personality thing, though, I wonder when some high-paid genius at one of these three networks is going to figure out that the business model isn't working and that their version of the news isn't our version of the news.

Oh, and that middle America is not their enemy.

They've been at it for years though.  I hold out little hope for any of them.

A Remarkable Talent Has Died

A gifted and truly unique artist, Frank Frazetta, is dead at the age of 82.

What a creative mind he had.

What a legacy he built for himself.

You may not know the name.  But you're surely familiar with his work.

Frank Frazetta.  One of a kind.