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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Something Smells at UVa

It's the pungently unpleasant odor given off by offensively malodorous lies and obfuscations.

What in God's name is going on at Virginia's most once-most prestigious university?
U.Va.'s dishonorable double standard
By Barbara Hollingsworth, Washington Examiner

University of Virginia students pledge not to lie, cheat or steal under the nation's oldest student-run honor system -- and to report any of their peers who do.

But U.Va. administrators apparently don't think they have an obligation to do the same. On April 23, university officials received a subpoena from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli requesting the e-mails of former U.Va. climatologist Michael Mann in an investigation into whether Mann fraudulently used manipulated climate data to apply for $500,000 worth of taxpayer-funded research grants.

On Dec. 13, 2009, Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, had requested the same information under Virginia's Freedom of Information Act.

On Dec. 17, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Carolyn Wood told Marshall: "The University does not have any e-mail data for Mr. Mann. When Mr. Mann moved to Penn State his U.Va. account was terminated and all data was later deleted."

Wait a minute. If Mann's e-mails were all deleted, why did U.Va. ask for-- and receive -- an extension to comply with Cuccinelli's subpoena? By happenstance, university officials also received another FOIA request on Dec. 17 regarding another former U.Va. climatologist -- Patrick Michaels, now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

But Michaels' correspondence was apparently not deleted after he left; Greenpeace is reportedly currently waiting for word on how much it will cost to duplicate his e-mail cache. So even though Mann and Michaels worked in the same department on the same floor and used the same computer server, U.Va. supposedly preserved one scientist's electronic trail -- and destroyed the other's. [link]
I guarantee you UVa has backup files stored that contain all the email correspondence that Michael Mann ever generated while at the university.  Guaranteed.

So this Carolyn Wood is either ignorant of standard I.T. protocol or she's lying through her teeth.

Or, worst case scenario, the university has indeed gone out of its way to destroy Michael Mann's email trail in order to shield him from fraud charges.  Take your pick.

In any case, this does not reflect well on the university.

We the taxpayers - the owners of this cesspool, and employers of the likes of Carolyn Wood - should not put up with this.

Come clean or consider yourselves terminated.  You toy with us at your risk.

ObamaCare Stooges Visit Blacksburg

What planet are AARP officials living on?
Va. AARP director lauds health care reform
By Mary Hardbarger, Roanoke Times

Blacksburg -- The state director for the AARP said seniors should "put their minds at ease" about the health care reform.

Bill Kallio, who has served as AARP's state director since 1995, addressed Tuesday a crowd of about 100 at a Blacksburg AARP gathering.

Kallio reassured the group the new system will benefit them.

"Don't believe the people who say that this is the worst thing that's ever happened to health care," Kallio said.

"Medicare is only going to get stronger," Kallio said.

In attendance was Carl McDaniels, Blacksburg AARP member and former president of the chapter. McDaniels shared others' excitement about the many benefits the new bill promises, "some that perhaps seem long-term," he said. [link]
I'm surprised both weren't strung up.

Forget the fact that ObamaCare's cost has topped one trillion dollars (and will skyrocket from there).  Seniors won't be paying the tab so they don't care.

But what every senior citizen needs to know - and what these AARP lackies will never divulge until they get the okay from their Democrat masters - is this:

Moral of this story? Beware Democrats masquerading as AARP officials bearing gifts.

Two Can Play That Game

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the people of Arizona: Suffer, pond scum!

Or, in his words:
“While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our dollars — or the withholding of our dollars — to send a message.”
A hammer-hard message. We intend to make you bleed.

In response, Gary Pierce of the Arizona Corporation Commision:
I received your message; please receive mine.  As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.

If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation. I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.

People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.


Commissioner Gary Pierce
Think the Democrats who run Los Angeles, especially this genius of a mayor, will choose to turn off the city's electricity to make an empty point?

Well, they are Democrats ...

A Good Line

Allahpundit has this take on Connecticut senate candidate Richard Blumenthal's lie about having served in Vietnam years ago (the party line now is that he served during Vietnam, not in Vietnam, and conflated the two concepts accidentally ...):
Now that the in/during mix-up is in vogue, I assume it’s also okay for people who went to college in Boston to say they went to school at Harvard. Because you know how easy it is to confuse “at” and “near.” Exit quotation from a Twitter pal: “Dick Blumenthal’s favorite Village People song is ‘During the Navy.’”
He's now the object of ridicule.

Here's to schadenfreude in all its glory.

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Was this supposed to help him get out of his jam?

Judge a person by the friends he keeps.

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I wondered yesterday what kind of military veterans would stand on the same stage with Blumenthal now that he's been caught lying about his service record in the most egregious way.  Well, it turns out it's the VFW kind:

How proud they must be.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Capozziello and The New York Times


Despite all evidence to the contrary, the Washington Post editorial page is sticking to its global warming line.

At some point it become the "Comics" section.  Maybe we're there?

Quote of the Day

Megan McArdle on the disaster that is Massachusetts' health care program and what it augurs for the rest of us:
There's an old adage common in restaurants and engineering that goes "Good.  Fast. Cheap. Pick Two."  Change that middle word to "Universal" and you've got a pretty good summation of the problem that Massachusetts now faces--and that the rest of us soon will.
It's not just bad.  It's very bad.

Who Knows What She Believes?

Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, is now worrying everyone in Washington, it seems.  Both parties are scrambling to figure out what her political beliefs are and both sides are coming up with more questions than answers.  The latest:
Democrat calls Kagan abortion memo 'troubling'
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer

Washington – A senior House Democrat says senators should fully question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to make sure she supports abortion rights.

New York Rep. Louis Slaughter leads the House Pro-Choice Caucus. Slaughter views as "troubling" — her word — a 1997 memo Kagan wrote urging then-President Bill Clinton to back a ban on late-term abortions.

She said the lack of a judicial record for Kagan, who has never been a judge, makes it imperative that the committee scrutinize her abortion views. [link]
Two weeks ago Washington insiders were telling us that the fact that Kagan's political positions are unknown made her a plus.  Now they too are beginning to worry.  Good.

As far as I'm concerned, her parochial East Coast/Ivy League/Government background pretty much guarantees a liberal worldview.  And I'd bet Obama has the same consideration.

I just wish his nominee was better qualified for the gig.  Having been handed plum jobs by others over the years, and having a law degree don't make for a good, sound candidate.  It makes only for what I call an "empty resumé."  All fluff.  No real achievement.

But she's a woman.  So all that goes out the window.  Expect 90% of the United States senate to be praising her ... virtues.

And accept their accolades with the indifference they deserve.

* Karma?  Louise Slaughter is a huge defender of America's human slaughterhouses.  Seems so right.

Lest We All Go Bankrupt

Where's Tim Kaine when we need to abuse him?

"Green jobs." It was a silly idea - conjured by politicians with no real solutions (see first sentence) - that was going nowhere in the first place.

Thank God the Spanish showed President Obama that the model they set up and that he supports will certainly bring economic ruin - before Mr. Hope & Change was able to pour trillions into the effort.

Obama will now abandon his misguided and potentially disastrous plan, right?  Right?

Take It Elsewhere

Another Republican who can't keep it in his pants. What's up with these people?

"I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff."

A "mutual relationship." He can't even be honest and straightforward about what he did.

Be gone, worm. Darken our door never again.

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If you're curious who the mutual relationshipee is, go here.  The relationshipee is the woman interviewing the relationshiper.

Leftists Make Me Laugh

They get so confused.

At the same time they decry Arizona's new law asking everyone to be prepared to produce ID should they get pulled over by law enforcement - the racist bastards! - the same leftists are, in the far-left bastion of U.C.-Berkeley, a government-run institution, requiring that students provide DNA samples upon entry to the university.  Without probable cause.  In direct violation of one's right to privacy.

The reason?  Ostensibly to "help students make decisions about their diet and lifestyle."

There can be only one explanation for the dichotomy.  They're all idiots.  Pure and simple.

The Voters Are In a Surly Mood

We may not be able to "throw all the bums out."  But the American people are claiming a few victories:
Specter Down, Paul Up
Another bad night for the Beltway
Wall Street Journal

The establishment of both political parties took another pounding last night, as candidates anointed by the powers that be lost their primary races in convincing fashion. The ideological polarization we spied in Utah two weeks ago was on display again in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, while the GOP House campaign committee suffered its third embarrassment in a year.

The most satisfying outcome across all parties and ideologies was arguably Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak's comfortable victory over Democrat turned Republican turned Democrat Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary. In defeating the 80-year-old Mr. Specter, voters showed there is at least some limit to partisan opportunism and thus committed an act of political hygiene.

In Western Pennsylvania ... Democrat Mark Critz, a former Murtha staffer, won in part because he ran against the Democratic agenda, saying he would have voted against ObamaCare and cap and tax. He also attacked—unfairly in our view—a past flirtation by Republican candidate Tim Burns with the so-called FAIR tax, a form of national sales tax. In other words, the Democrat ran to Mr. Burns's right on taxes.

Perhaps the evening's most intriguing result was the landslide victory by eye doctor Rand Paul in the Kentucky GOP Senate primary. He defeated Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who was the favorite of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Mr. Paul is the son of libertarian Republican Ron Paul and is a favorite of the tea party movement.

The larger and most welcome story is that voters are saying they want to replace the current crowd in Washington. We say pour it on. [link]
Arlen Specter goes down in flames.  It don't get better than that.