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Monday, May 24, 2010

Mark Warner, Man of Action

You may have been wondering what ever happened to Mark Warner after you elected him to be your United States senator.  Turns out, he didn't drop into a black hole.  He's been diligently working on a newsletter intended to bolster the hopes and allay the fears of the folks over in Martinsville and Henry County.  See "Warner says there are 'hopeful signs'."

His effort doesn't do much to bring hope to that forlorn area but it does suggest that, if the Washington gig doesn't pan out - as his first months in office suggest - he always has a career in stand-up comedy.

Get Back To Us When You Have a Plan

It won't come as news for me to tell you that the extremely liberal Charleston (WV) Gazette is anti-coal.

What would make news is if West Virginia's largest newspaper was ever to become pro-something in its place.

But this, from today's paper, pretty much encapsulates the (deep?) thinking:

"Leaders must devise some sort of path for young people to prepare to earn a living when the coal jobs - and eventually the coal - are gone."

Some sort of path.


I guess it could have been worse.  They could have done the hair sheep gambit, as opposed to We haven't a clue.

Some Mind-Searing Insight

New York Times headline:

In a pinch, I'm sure the "public" part of the equation will suffice.

If You Think Carbon Emissions Are a Problem ...

... and you have bought into the left-wing line about humans being able to do something about them, you might be a little discouraged by this news (brought to us by Ed Driscoll):
For all of you out there across the globe who have fought so hard to tackle the hideous enemy of our planet, namely carbon emissions, that bogus god you worship named "Climate Change" or "Global Warming", there is some really bad news that will be very painful for you to process.

The current volcanic eruption going on in Iceland, since it first started spewing volcanic ash, has, to this point, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet. Not only that, this single act of God has added emissions to the earth estimated to be 42 times more than can be corrected by the extreme human regulations proposed for annual reductions.

It's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up til midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your Landcruiser and speedboat, going on vacation to a city park instead of overseas, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your $1 light bulbs with $10 light bulbs ...well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just the past week. The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in the past weeks has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast carbon. And, those thousands of jobs you helped move to Asia with expensive emissions demands on businesses...you know, the ones that are creating even more emissions than when they were creating our jobs, well that must seem really worthwhile now. And I do wish that there was some kind of silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western U.S.A. will start in about 2 months and those fires will negate your efforts to reduce carbon emissions in our world for the next 2 years.
Knowing that (sorry if it ruined your daily intake of leaves and twigs) it becomes even more of a farce when you consider that the United States Senate is soon to take up legislation intended to drastically reduce carbon emissions (tell it to the volcano), and the EPA is poised to declare CO2 a pollutant (which means it will ban volcanoes herewith, henceforth, and forevermore!).  

Darn that Mother Nature!  She just refuses to get with the program.

Maybe if you go out and buy a few more curlicue light bulbs ...

How Islam Can Reenter The Modern World

If you're not familiar with Saudi Arabia's practice of having mutaween, or "religious police," or "virtue police," roaming the streets and hinterlands searching out any blasphemy that might dishonor Allah (in 826,000 ways) you can't appreciate this:

There is hope for these people yet.

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From Wikipedia:
The Mutaween in Saudi Arabia are tasked with enforcing Sharia as defined by the government, specifically by the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV). The Mutaween of the CPVPV consists of "more than 3,500 officers in addition to thousands of volunteers...often accompanied by a police escort." They have the power to arrest unrelated males and females caught socializing, anyone engaged in homosexual behavior or prostitution; to enforce Islamic dress-codes, and store closures during the prayer time. They enforce Muslim dietary laws, prohibit the consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages and pork, and seize banned consumer products and media regarded as un-Islamic (such as CDs/DVDs of various Western musical groups, television shows and film).
They deserve to be beaten up.