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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Someone Get Him a Newspaper

The editorial page editor of the Roanoke Times needs to read the headlines more often.

Editor Dan Radmacher:
Plugging a leaking oil well at the bottom of a mile of ocean is a daunting task (perhaps something one should have considered before drilling an oil well at the bottom of a mile of ocean). If there were an easy way - or even a difficult way - to get it done, it would be done. No one working on this - not BP, not the president, no one - has anything to gain by letting the oil continue to hemorrhage into the Gulf of Mexico.

So here comes Sarah Palin, a former half-term governor of one of the least populist populous states in the nation and certainly one of the least intelligent people ever to run for national office, on Bill O'Reilly with the answer: Call in the Dutch and the, uh, Norwegians. Why? Because they know how to build dikes.


And Sarah Palin could have been a 72-year-old's heartbeat away from the presidency. [link]
Dikes.  What a ridiculous idea.

U.S. Coast Guard: "Temporary berms, dikes and dams can also serve as effective barriers against oil contamination of sensitive natural resources and economic amenities."

I ask you, who are the idiot(s) in this story?

More On The NRA Sellout

I blasted the National Rifle Association yesterday (see "NRA Takes The Low Road") for its shortsighted decision to abandon its traditional allies in the fight to protect our freedoms in exchange for an NRA-targeted exemption from the punitive measures that will be exacted upon those allies if legislation pending in Congress passes.

I'm not alone in my outrage.  Cleta Mitchell is not liking this turn of events either.  The difference is Cleta Mitchell sits on the NRA board of directors.  So her opinion deserves special consideration.  Ms. Mitchell:
NRA exemption shows campaign disclosure bill's cynical, fatal flaws

The cynical decision this week by House Democrats to exempt the National Rifle Association from the latest campaign finance regulatory scheme is itself a public disclosure. It reveals the true purpose of the perversely named Disclose Act (H.R. 5175): namely, to silence congressional critics in the 2010 elections.

For its part, the NRA -- on whose board of directors I serve -- rather than holding steadfastly to its historic principles of defending the Constitution and continuing its noble fight against government regulation of political speech instead opted for a political deal borne of self-interest in exchange for "neutrality" from the legislation's requirements. In doing so, the NRA has, sadly, affirmed the notion held by congressional Democrats (and some Republicans), liberal activists, the media establishment and, at least for now, a minority on the Supreme Court that First Amendment protections are subject to negotiation. The Second Amendment surely cannot be far behind.

Democrats would effectively neuter the court's decision by requiring the names of multiple donors to be recited in ads (thus shrinking the time spent on actual speech), requiring the CEO of a corporate donor to personally appear in campaign-related ads, expanding the coverage period to virtually the entire election year, and including myriad other rules that the NRA described last month as "byzantine" and an "arbitrary patchwork of reporting and disclosure requirements."

The NRA's wheel-squeaking bought it an exemption from those requirements. Tea Party organizations arising spontaneously since 2009? Out of luck. Online organizations with large e-mail followings but perhaps no formal dues structure? Forget it. [link]
Someone at the NRA has apparently decided that it can fight the good fight alone, when all its allies are gagged into submission. Someone at the NRA is tragically mistaken.

We're in this together.  We either win together or we fail together.  And failure is not an option.

The NRA needs to reconsider its position.  And pronto.

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"Yes, we can have rules and still have rebels; that's democracy. But as leaders you must - we must - do as Lincoln would do, confronted with the stench of cultural war: Do what's right. As Mr. Lincoln said, 'With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in... and then we shall save our country.'

"Defeat the criminals and their apologists, oust the biased and bigoted, endure the undisciplined and unprincipled, but disavow the self-appointed social engineers whose relentless arrogance fuels this vicious war against so much we hold so dear. Do not yield, do not divide, do not call a truce. Be fair, but fight back.

"It's the same blueprint our founding fathers left to guide us. Our enemies see it as the senile prattle of an archaic society. I still honor it as the United States Constitution, and that timeless document we call the Bill of Rights."
-- Charlton Heston, December 7, 1997

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1776 --

Well, Except For That ...

... it's a great piece of legislation.

"That" being the fact, as Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein sees it, that the "climate change" bill that the Senate is now considering will do nothing to alter climate change.

Except for that ...

All that said, I think the politics of this are rapidly moving toward an efficiency and innovation-investment solution, and that bill does look more like goodies and can be sold on these grounds. That still leaves the question of how to pay for it, but at least it matches where the polling is on this subject. The downside is that it doesn't match the actual problem we're trying to solve.
Can you say moron?

"It doesn't match the actual problem we're trying to solve."  A wee, tiny downside.

Yet Klein supports the non-climate change climate change legislation anyway.

With opposition like this, how can we not be victorious?

Stuck On Stupid

It Somehow Seems Less Than Sincere

"But make no mistake:  We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes.  And we will do whatever’s necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy."
-- Barack Obama, June 15, 2010


We will fight this with everything ... 8 o'clock tee time?  Count me in.

To Obama Spending Is Like Heroin

"In 2008 alone we paid $250 billion in interest on our debt - 1 in every 10 taxpayer dollars. That is more than three times what we spent on education that year.  That's why today I'm pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office."
-- Barack Obama, Feb. 23, 2009 --

It's as if he doesn't see a correlation:
Obama administration spends $1.2 billion on cycling and walking initiatives
London Telegraph

Spending on biking and walking projects rose from less than $600 million (£407 million) in 2008, according to the Federal Highway Administraion. Twenty years ago, the federal government was spending only $6 million a year on such projects.

The spending on biking and walking projects was scheduled to rise last year anyway, but the administration boosted it with $400 million in funds set aside under the economic recovery program.

The new policy is an extension of the Obama administration's livability initiative, which regards the creation of alternatives to driving ... [link]
That's why today I'm pledging to ... oh, never mind.