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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Well, He's Better Than Perriello

Yeah, he voted with Governor Mark Warner to raise our taxes in 2004.  And yeah, he's been a little too quick to sign onto Democrat schemes to raise taxes to pay for transportation improvements up in northern Virginia.

But most Southside voters will now agree, Robert Hurt is a damn sight better than ultra-liberal Democrat Tom Perriello.

Let them now go forth united:
Hurt wins GOP primary
Will face Periello [sic] in November
By Paul Collins, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer

State Sen. Robert Hurt of Chatham won a lopsided victory over six opponents in the 5th Congressional District Republican primary on Tuesday, according to unofficial results with 99 percent of the district’s precincts reporting.

At 8:51 p.m., according to the State Board of Elections website, with 307 of 309 (99.35 percent) of the district’s precincts reporting, Hurt had 17,104 votes, or 48.44 percent; James K. “Jim” McKelvey had 9,124, or 25.84 percent; Mike G. McPadden had 3,440, or 9.74 percent; Kenneth C. Boyd had 2,612, or 7.39 percent; Feda Kidd Morton had 1,639 votes, or 4.64 percent; Laurence Paul Verga had 802 votes, or 2.27 percent; and Ron L. Ferrin had 586 votes, or 1.65 percent.

The voter turnout was 35,307, which was nearly 8.3 percent of the 426,201 active voters and nearly 8 percent of the 442,873 total registered voters.

In Henry County, according to complete but unofficial returns, Hurt received 816 of the 1,255 votes cast (65.0 percent); McKelvey received 322 votes, or nearly 25.7 percent; McPadden received 52 votes, or 4.1 percent; Boyd received 30 votes, or nearly 2.4 percent; Morton received 20 votes, or nearly 1.6 percent; Verga received 10 votes, or less than 1 percent; and Ferrin received 5 votes, or less than 1 percent.

In Martinsville, with all precincts reporting, Hurt received 355 votes, or 68.2 percent of the 520 votes cast. McKelvey was second with 96 votes, or nearly 18.5 percent. Morton had 28 votes, or nearly 5.4 percent; Boyd and McPadden had 15 votes each, or nearly 2.9 percent; Ferrin received 6 votes, or nearly 1.2 percent; and Verga received 5 votes, or nearly 1 percent.

Hurt, a lawyer from Chatham, served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002-2007, representing the 16th District, which includes part of Henry County. He was elected to the state Senate in 2007 and began serving in 2008. He now represents the 19th Senatorial District, which includes Danville and Pittsylvania County, as well as Franklin County and part of Campbell County. [link]
It was unfortunate (but healthy?) that the Tea Party movement (movements?) found itself wrangling as it did over minor issues and primary candidates, only to see the establishment candidate - Hurt - win.

But what's done is done.  Now it's on to the general election in November, where Perriello - and Pelosi - and Obama - and Reid - will be the targets of voter outrage in the suffering 5th District.

Here's to Robert Hurt.  Don't disappoint us, man.

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The quote of the day comes from the loons at the Roanoke Times (believe it or not):

"Do Democrats really expect voters to take them seriously when they criticize a Republican for voting for too many tax increases?"

When did Virginians ever take Democrats seriously anyway?

Ya Gotta Love The New York Times

How about this bit of distortion and wishful thinking?
Anti-Incumbent Rage Bypasses Arkansas
By Carl Hulse

Washington — On a primary election night when the heralded anti-incumbency sentiment was expected to again demonstrate its strength, Senator Blanche Lincoln proved there were clear limits to its power.

Virtually written off as a likely victim of voter outrage at veteran politicians, Mrs. Lincoln, a two-term Arkansas Democrat, showed that an experienced office-holder with money, message and determination still had a chance to prevail even in a toxic environment. [link]
Two points:

1) The Democrat incumbent won a Democrat primary!  Stop the presses!

Not to throw rose petals on this turd but no one - NO ONE - gives her a chance of winning the general election when "voter outrage" will actually be a factor.

2) Democrat Lincoln BARELY won the Democrat primary. (with 52% of the Democrat vote).  She was the incumbent.  And she got only 52% of the vote of her party?  This "experienced office-holder with money, message and determination" couldn't do better than that amongst her own?

These guys at the Times crack me up. 

The Thrill Is Gone

So, in a matter of mere months, we go from this ...

... to this:

Oh, my.
Obama's speech seems to send student to sleep
By The Associated Press

Kalamazoo, Mich. -- As President Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech at a Michigan high school's graduation ceremony, not everyone was paying rapt attention.

One member of the Kalamazoo Central student choir sitting behind the president had some serious trouble staying awake.

In videos posted online, the boy is seen succumbing to a series of gaping yawns as Obama offers advice on how to succeed in life. Later, the boy's eyes droop and his head rolls forward until his chin rests on his chest, and it appears he has nodded off. [link]
From Sun God to The Ultimate Bore in one year.

It wasn't supposed to be like this.

Graphics courtesy of Rolling Stone magazine and The Washington Post.

Who's Responsible For The Spill?

A warning from BP to its customers:

"WARNING: Do Not Leave Pumps Unattended.  You Are Responsible For Spills."

And, in more ways than one, we are.

Hurry, Before It's Too Late

The radicals in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are poised to declare carbon dioxide a pollutant and to set down draconian rules relating to its presence in the atmosphere that will (further) destroy our economy.

Unless, that is, non-insane members of the U.S. Senate stop them. And stop them the members may:
Alaska senator moves to strip EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases
From CNN Congressional Producer Evan Glass

Washington (CNN) - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski vowed Tuesday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to impose new limits on the emission of greenhouse gases.

The Senate on Thursday is expected vote on a "resolution of disapproval" by Murkowski that would prevent the EPA from further regulating air pollution from vehicles and industrial facilities.

Murkowski has the bipartisan support of 40 other senators, who may disagree with each other on the scientific impact of greenhouse gases, but who all agree that such regulations should be authorized by Congress, not an executive agency.

"The EPA intends to take control of climate policy, take it away from the Congress," Murkowski said at a press conference with eleven of her fellow Republican senators. "And I think those that are looking at this from the perspective of separate but equal branches of government look at this and say that this is absolutely unacceptable."

"I think the EPA needs to understand it's not the fourth branch of government," said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, who supports the limits on EPA. "Just because they are dissatisfied with the level of progress of the legislative branch doesn't empower them to become super legislators." [link]
Not mentioned in the article - as usual - are the positions of Virginia's two senators in the matter.  Both Warner and Webb apparently have other more pressing concerns.  Like felon rights and writing meaningless public statements about how they'll "fight" for government assistance for the unemployed.

In their absence, other senators take up the cause.  The EPA is out of control and is hell-bent on destroying the economy so as to save us from ... CO2.    It needs to be stopped.

Here's to those senators.  May they be victorious.

How's That Minimum Wage Working Out, Dems?

It's not like you weren't warned.

Judd Gregg, 2006: "If you start losing jobs because you raise minimum wage too quickly, too fast, that small employers can’t afford it, that’s going to have an effect on peoples’ opportunity to work.”

Milton Friedman, 1990: "The high rate of unemployment among teenagers, and especially black teenagers, is both a scandal and a serious source of social unrest. Yet it is largely a result of minimum wage laws. We regard the minimum wage law as one of the most, if not the most, antiblack laws on the statute books."

New York Times, 1987: "The idea of using a minimum wage to overcome poverty is old, honorable - and fundamentally flawed. It's time to put this hoary debate behind us, and find a better way to improve the lives of people who work very hard for very little."

Yet in 2007 Congress passed - and President Bush signed - a law that raised the minimum wage anyway. (From $5.15 an hour to $5.85. To $6.55 in 2008. To $7.25 in 2009).

The result?
Teens Face Worst Summer Job Market in 41 Years
By: Joseph Pisani, CNBC News Associate

The kickoff to the summer job season is not looking so hot for teens.

Employment among 16-to 19-year olds in May grew by just 6,000, the smallest increase since 1969, when teen jobs fell by 14,000, according to government data analyzed by employment firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. In May 2008 and 2009, teen employment grew by over 110,000.

“It’s certainly a preliminary strong indication that it’s going to be a tough job market for teens,” said John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. [link]
41 years.

Though terrible, the problem isn't new.  Look at what's happened to teen summer job opportunities since the minimum wage increase was passed in 2007:

Teenagers have essentially been shut out of the jobs market.  And it's getting no better.  Thanks to Congress and our "compassionate conservative" president.

If history teaches us anything, it's that Congress will take up another minimum wage bill soon.  There are still many jobs to kill.

Chart courtesy if Challenger, Gray & Christmas and CNBC.
Click on the image to enlarge it.

Oh, Goodie

My guess is, circumstances will overwhelm the system before this ever happens, but who knows?
U.S debt to rise to $19.6 trillion by 2015

June 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. debt will top $13.6 trillion this year and climb to an estimated $19.6 trillion by 2015, according to a Treasury Department report to Congress.

The report that was sent to lawmakers Friday night with no fanfare said the ratio of debt to the gross domestic product would rise to 102 percent by 2015 from 93 percent this year. [link]
Expect to hear Obama tell reporters that he's going to be controlling spending soon.

Like soon will ever come.