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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Boucher Can Run, But ...

If you as a resident of Southwest Virginia are concerned that Obama is destroying this country, you should be equally concerned about his top cheerleader here in the 9th Congressional District.  No matter how much distance he tries to put between himself and the Socialist-in-Chief.

Trust me, Rick Boucher is going to try and convince you that he barely knows the man.

Too bad it won't play:
Boucher hits bumpy 9th District trail
The race may depend on how well Republicans tie him to dissatisfaction with Obama.
By Mason Adams, Roanoke Times

Abingdon -- Twenty-eight-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher was formally nominated again Saturday by 9th District Democrats to run for re-election.

His campaign trail could be bumpier this time.

President Obama is highly unpopular in the 9th District. The resulting political atmosphere -- paired with Boucher's work on a bill that could negatively affect the region's coal industry -- could make the district more hostile to Democrats than it's been in years. But Boucher, too, could cruise to another term as he's done time after time.

"What the Republicans hope is that the combination of an unfavorable national environment and Boucher's role in cap-and-trade [energy legislation] will provide them with an unprecedented opportunity to remove him that they haven't had in decades," said Virginia political analyst Bob Holsworth.

The Republican attack on Boucher so far has focused heavily on his ties to Obama -- Boucher was one of the first congressmen to endorse him in his run for president -- and his work on an energy bill that would create a cap-and-trade system to control greenhouse gas emissions. [link]
It's fair to say that Barack Obama is about as well-liked here in Southwest Virginia as Abraham Lincoln was in 1861.  Which means it's pretty hard to find anyone who supports him.  And a whole lot of area residents would like to see him strung up.

And that animosity has its carryover.

Barack Obama:

"So I just want you all to know, I love Rick Boucher."

A love that was earned.

At the expense of Boucher's constituents.


Yes, Rick Boucher has earned Barack Obama's love.  You'd do well to take that thought into the voting booth come election day.

I'm Surprised Anyone Believes This

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, a smelly pile of tourism report:
Big business — Tourism industry thriving in Southwest Virginia

Bluefield — Tourism is still proving to be big business for the scenic mountains of Southwest Virginia.

According to a new report compiled by the U.S. Travel Association, the local tourism industry is now generating $44,812,039 in annual revenue in Tazewell County alone. Tazewell County also continues to support 580 jobs that are tourism-related. The tourism industry also is providing $644,408 in annual tax revenue for Tazewell County.

The statistics in this new report are impressive, and provide further evidence of the growing success of Tazewell County’s tourism industry. [link]
Bullshit.

Economically depressed Tazewell County has 580 residents in tourism-related jobs?   NAME THEM.

NAME 10 OF THEM.

Outside of local government officials, name ONE.

This is so wrong.

And yet they get away with it, time and again.

Why?

Because we either don't care that millions of our tax dollars get flushed down the drain on meaningless tourism projects each year or we're stupid enough to buy into this sort of duplicity.

$44,812,039 in annual tourism revenue in Tazewell County?  Don't make me vomit.


* For a primer on how these numbers are conjured, see "'Tourism' Ain't What It Used To Be."

When You Dance With The Devil ...

A professor of engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech decries Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's inquiry into the possible crime of fraud perpetrated by a former professor at the University of Virginia.  See "An assault on scientific inquiry."

He thinks politicians should stay out of the business of science.

And a business it has become.

A very lucrative business.

Funded in large part by politicians.

A fact that professors of engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech would just as soon not address.

Somehow they think the millions in grants should come with no strings attached.

Ah, academe.  The world of illusion.

Social Club Keeps Its Focus

A Question

Do you think all those Indian immigrants who come here to the USA to take highly technical and professional positions that there are too few well-educated Americans to fill were trained in "ethnic studies"?

Another question: How many of the students who attended Tucson public schools over the years - who took ethnic studies courses - are now well into their burger-flipping careers?

Another: What might we deduce from this?

Well, a sane person might conclude that ethnic studies are a complete waste of time and money.

But not the president of the governing board of the Tucson schools.  She, Judy Burns (a graduate of Tucson ethnic studies classes, no doubt), thinks they are just swell.  From "Citing Individualism, Arizona Tries to Rein in Ethnic Studies in School":

From everything I’ve seen, they empower kids to take charge of their own destiny, gain a sense of the value of their own existence and become more determined to be well-educated contributing members of society.”

Ethnic studies.

Empower kids.

Making them contributing members of society.

Right.

It's fair to say, at least, that McDonald's certainly appreciates their contribution.  They can't get enough uneducated, unskilled, untalented, contributors.

Dragging The Skeletons From the Closet

Still believe in man-made global warming?  Still trust all those "scientists" who support the notion?

You should read "Global warming: Marc Morano, the enemy of my enemies, speaks on Cuccinelli--and global warming."

It's been an expensive hoax all along.  And Marc Morano is at the forefront of the movement to expose it, and, at the same time, to expose those who drove the planet to the brink.

Say It Loud

Sarah Palin to Barack Obama:  You don't like Arizona's law dealing with illegal aliens?  Do something about it.

"It's time for Americans across this great country to stand up and say, 'We're all Arizonans now. And in clear unison we say, 'Mr. President: Do your job. Secure our border.'"

He'll do nothing in that regard, of course, despite the obligation he has to defend us against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Obama's willing to accept the lawlessness and mayhem that come with the influx of millions of dirt-poor Mexicans into this country. Potential Democrat voters, you see.

Besides, it's easier to simply complain than to act.

So he complains.

And Americans die.

We Still Have An Ammo Shortage?

That was my question when I read this headline:


Turns out the author, Bob Owens, was wondering how that could be too:
Scan the ammunition shelves at sporting goods stores, your local gun store, or even Walmart and odds are that you won’t find what you are looking for. The most common cartridges are in short supply, and many stores ration ammunition a box or two at a time to spread their meager stock among their customers.

This isn’t new. But why is this nationwide ammunition shortage still happening?

The shortage began no later than 2007 ...
Yes, Obama is a big factor, as it turns out.  But China is contributing, as are various law enforcement agencies around this country.

Interesting read.

Here's my take: We don't have a crisis as long as they don't run out of the old standby - my 30-06 ammo.  When that happens, the dog poop is going to hit the fan.