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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hypocrisy at UVa

Are you one of those who find the University of Virginia's stance against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's inquiry into possible fraud perpetrated by a former professor there to be the honorable one?

Yes?  Honorable?

Then rationalize this:
The University of Virginia has indicated that it will not cooperate with the Attorney General, but instead will seek judicial determination that they need not comply with the law whose terms on their face apply to the records at issue. At the same time, the University has notified former Mann colleague, Dr. Pat Michaels, that Michaels' records are about to be turned over to Greenpeace, under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

Anyone who knows the players' respective profiles and histories sees how this is not merely sleazy or even abusive. It is prima facie malicious. Dr. Michaels [who was driven out of UVa by Democratic Governor Tim Kaine] may well end up a wealthy man when all is said and done. Of course, as always, it will be the taxpayer, not those who have done wrong, who actually pay. [emphasis mine]
The University of Virginia.  Sleazy.  Abusive.  Malicious.  And doing its best to cover up potential fraud.

Oh, did I mention the fact that you own the thing?

Some Advice For Rick Boucher

I'm thinking this may not have actually come from Creigh Deeds.  But regardless who wrote it, many of us are hoping that Congressman Boucher adopts the plan outlined as his own.  It's sure to bring him victory.

Or not ...
To: Rick
From: Creigh

Date: May 17, 2010

Re: Campaign Strategy

Hey Rick,

Thanks for asking me to help kick off your campaign this weekend! It's been a while since I've been on stage, and it felt good to be close to the spotlight after November's … unfortunate turn of events.

I couldn't help but notice how many people have lined up to oppose you this year. You haven't had a major challenge in a while, so I figured I'd bring you up to speed on the latest in state-of-the-art campaign strategy.

1. Embrace the Big Guy.
I know that you really like President Obama and that the feeling is mutual. After all, you were one of the first Democrats to endorse him and you stuck by him even when your district overwhelmingly rejected him in both the primary and the general election. I also think that it’s great that you two are such good friends that you rubber stamp every idea he sends to Congress and that you got to hang out at the White House to watch the Super Bowl.

I ran away from President Obama, and look how that turned out for me. :(

Unfortunately, he isn’t polling too well in Southwest Virginia right now. Maybe you shouldn’t call yourself an “Obama Democrat,” at least until November is over. Maybe you can call yourself something that your constituents will identify with more.

Perhaps something more like a “Pelosi Democrat?” I know you didn’t get to hang out at her place to watch the big game, but you did vote for her as Speaker, and you’ve voted for almost everything on her agenda — even when it would cripple the economy in your own district. If that isn’t real friendship, I don’t know what is.

2. Run on your record... no matter what.
Speaking of crippling your district, I’m sure that some people are going to throw the fact that you wrote and voted for the cap and trade bill up in your face.

Just because you voted to kill thousands of jobs in your own district where unemployment rates are above the state average in every county but one doesn’t mean you aren’t serving your constituents. You’re just setting them up to use the spiffy new entitlement programs that you and Speaker Pelosi love so much.

If that line of reasoning fails you can always just attack your opponent or you can just default back to “everything is on the table.” I got HUGE amounts of press out of that line. :)

If your constituents still don’t recognize that you’re doing what’s best for them — whether they want it or not — we can get Vice President Biden to come help us campaign. I’ve heard he’s a “big f-----g deal” in coal country.

3. You set the agenda, not the voters
For some odd reason, people may still be on your case about jobs. Even though I don’t get the whole “you need to have a plan to create jobs” thing, there’s no reason to worry. You can remind people that you voted for the stimulus. I’m sure that they’ll really enjoy those new hiking trails now that they’re not “job locked.”

The most important thing of all is just to be honest with the people. Let them know that everything is on the table and by “everything” you means higher taxes to pay off the mountains of debt that your spending spree has racked up. I’m sure that everyone will understand why their grandchildren need to pay for the GM bailout, the “stimulus package”, and cap and trade. Just because they didn’t want any of these things is no reason that they shouldn’t have to pay for them.

Let me know if you need any more advice or help campaigning. I've got plenty of time on my hands since November.

Creigh Deeds
Paid for and authorized by the Republican Party of Virginia

The Pendulum Swings

It looks like we're now going to see a different kind of climate change hysteria settle in:

Does this mean we need federal legislation requiring the manufacture of millions of tons of carbon dioxide that can be launched into the atmosphere and warm the planet?

Or does it mean we simply need to tell meddling politicians like John Kerry and Joe Lieberman to leave Mother Nature alone and quit trying to destroy our way of life?

It does get confusing, doesn't it?

Chart courtesy of Dr. Don Easterbrook and Climate Depot.

Why Do These Guys Do This?

There's something odd about men who never served in the military claiming that they had.  Even more curious, when they lie about it they usually include in their falsehood the fact that they served in combat.  Sometimes even awarding themselves medals for heroism.


Whatever the psychological explanation, this one takes the cake:
Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History
By Raymond Hernandez, New York Times

At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

... What is striking about Mr. Blumenthal’s record is the contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now, especially when he is speaking at veterans’ ceremonies or other patriotic events.

Sometimes his remarks have been plainly untrue, as in his speech to the group in Norwalk. [link]
The saga is particularly baffling since this Democrat had to know that his record would be checked and his lie would be exposed.  Will Blumenthal come back and try to convince us with some John Kerryesque story about having flown into Saigon one Christmas Eve on a secret mission for the Harvard Glee Club? 

Why do these guys feel the need to be something they aren't, never were, and never will be?

Compensating for the lack of ... something ... is my guess.

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Just as John Kerry played it out:

"Blumenthal will hold a news conference tomorrow. He will be flanked by veterans."

One has to wonder what prompts veterans to lower themselves to this level.

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For more on this phenomenon, go to "Fake Heroes."  See also "VeriSEAL," a website devoted to authenticating the military records of those who claim to be Navy Seal veterans.  And "Home of Heroes, "which focuses on "phony Medal of Honor recipients."

Vote For Me ...

... or I'll kick your ass.

Alabama politics sure ain't for sissies:

I'm prepared to move to Alabama and vote for Dale Peterson - Republican, farmer, businessman, cop, Marine - and I'm not even sure why. Fear that he'll find me in the dead of night and drag me out of bed if I don't maybe?

Great stuff.

To Those Who Believed ObamaCare Was a Good Thing ...

... I've but one word:


See "No, You Can't Keep Your Health Plan."

Doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies are already adjusting their various approaches to the new law of the land, and to you the consumer, so as to be able to stay afloat.

In short, we lose.
President Obama guaranteed Americans that after health reform became law they could keep their insurance plans and their doctors. It's clear that this promise cannot be kept. Insurers and physicians are already reshaping their businesses as a result of Mr. Obama's plan.

The bottom line: Defensive business arrangements designed to blunt ObamaCare's economic impacts will mean less patient choice. 
Expect Obama and his ilk to blame America's doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies for what's about to come crashing down upon us.  In truth, he owns this debacle.

Let's never let him forget it.

Shades of Jimmy Carter

The resident thugs of the world's underbelly mock our president and ignore his tough talk. Remind you of 1979?

If this weren't so serious an issue, George W. Bush would be shaking his head in wonder and dismay:
Iran's Nuclear Coup
Wall Street Journal editorial

What a fiasco. That's the first word that comes to mind watching Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raise his arms yesterday with the leaders of Turkey and Brazil to celebrate a new atomic pact that instantly made irrelevant 16 months of President Obama's "diplomacy." The deal is a political coup for Tehran and possibly delivers the coup de grace to the West's half-hearted efforts to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb.

Full credit for this debacle goes to the Obama Administration and its hapless diplomatic strategy. Last October, nine months into its engagement with Tehran, the White House concocted a plan to transfer some of Iran's uranium stock abroad for enrichment. If the West couldn't stop Iran's program, the thinking was that maybe this scheme would delay it. The Iranians played coy, then refused to accept the offer.

After 16 months of his extended hand and after downplaying support for Iran's democratic opposition, Mr. Obama now faces an Iran much closer to a bomb and less diplomatically isolated than when President Bush left office.

Israel will have to seriously consider its military options. Such a confrontation is far more likely thanks to the diplomatic double-cross of Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazil's Lula, and especially to a U.S. President whose diplomacy has succeeded mainly in persuading the world's rogues that he lacks the determination to stop their destructive ambitions. [link]
This makes you wonder if it isn't Obama's backup plan.  If his out-of-control spending doesn't destroy the USA, perhaps a nuclear-armed Iran will.

As the Journal phrases it: What a fiasco.