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Friday, July 09, 2010

Perriello Gets Spanked

And coming from a prominent member of the local media, this is no small thing.

Let me tell you, I have a whole new - and profound - respect for WSLS (Roanoke) news anchor Jay Warren.  He knows horse shit when he sees it, and he calls what he sees:

Truth Tracker: Tom Perriello’s “working hard” ad
By Jay Warren, WSLS10 Anchor

Congressman Tom Perriello’s first ad of the campaign focuses on one of the biggest issues facing the country: jobs.

One of the opening lines shows him stepping in cow manure while saying, “I fought to add new jobs at dairy farms.”

It’s a funny take on how hard Perriello, a Democrat who is in jeopardy of losing his seat, says he’s working for his district.

In another segment, Perriello crawls on the floor of a school installing wire while saying, “We’ve added jobs bringing broadband internet to 120 public schools. Plus construct new park trails and protect jobs here in law enforcement.”

He ends covered in dirt with this line: “We’ve added construction jobs to rebuild bridges and weatherize homes.”

So, did Congressman Perriello actually fight for all of those things? Well, kind of.

I asked the campaign for verification and in every instance those jobs related back to his vote for one bill. It’s called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus plan.

That plan did spend a lot of money, and the Perriello campaign can point to specific projects in our communities where it helped. They claim those projects include the STEP Agency in Franklin County for weatherization projects, the Smith River Trail System in Martinsville and Henry County, the Martinsville Landfill, and Vanderhyde Dairy in Chatham.

Still, there are big question marks about just how many real jobs the stimulus plan created, particularly compared to how much money was spent. In essence was it worth the price tag?

President Obama and his supporters claim the plan created hundreds of thousands of jobs, and kept us from falling into a depression. But, even with the stimulus unemployment still climbed to 10 percent nationwide. [link]
I touched on Perriello's goofy ad yesterday.  In addition, I had made comment earlier that the last thing this rookie should be doing, if he wants to get reelected, is bring up the word j-o-b-s.  Because his district has far fewer of them now than when he took office.  With even fewer in the offing for the foreseeable future.  The complete collapse of job opportunity in Southside is not something Perriello should be reminding people of.  Yet there he is ...

Now, even worse, Jay Warren calls the 5th District Democrat on his claim that he's worked himself to the bone to bring jobs to Southside and all Perriello can come back with is his support for the now-despised Obama stimulus plan that stimulated absolutely nothing other than government growth up in Washington D.C.  That, in his aides' responses, is all his effort entailed.

This is rich.

And crushing.

If his opponent in November, Robert Hurt, has any talent and cunning, he'll hang Perriello's ad around his neck like a boat anchor.  He might even use cuts from the ad:  "Maybe Perriello should have spent less time wallowing in the sewer looking for jobs and more time creating conditions in America's marketplace such that business thrives once again in Southside.  Two more years of such results as Perriello attained in his first two and we can turn the lights out when the last person leaves Danville and Martinsville."

Take it to him, Robert.  Beat him upside the head with it.  He asked for it.

As for Tom Perriello, I have some advice for him as well:  Attack Virgil Goode.  It worked last time.  And it's really all the dude's got.

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Note: Candidate Sharron Angle knows how it's done.

God, Guns, Old Glory

A commenter the other day had the gall to accuse me of being unpatriotic.

The nerve ...
The things I hold dear. (If I had had another hand, it would have been holding my Bible).

Unpatriotic.  Impudent little ...

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The Judge Got It Right

I accepted and admired the sentiment.  But the United States government had no business being in this business in the first place. A judge in Massachusetts agrees, but for the wrong reasons:
Judge declares US gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional
By Michael Levenson, Boston Globe

A federal district court judge in Boston today struck down the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman.

Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage law violates the Constitutional right of married same-sex couples to equal protection under the law and upends the federal government’s long history of allowing states to set their own marriage laws.

"This court has determined that it is clearly within the authority of the Commonwealth to recognize same-sex marriages among its residents, and to afford those individuals in same-sex marriages any benefits, rights, and privileges to which they are entitled by virtue of their marital status," Tauro wrote. "The federal government, by enacting and enforcing DOMA, plainly encroaches upon the firmly entrenched province of the state." [link]
Had the judge simply ruled that the Constitution does not permit the government to regulate marriage, he would have been spot on.  But this being Massachusetts, and he obviously being a flaming liberal, Tauro had to make it part of his ruling that gay people should have equal protection under the law, when in fact they do.  I, a heterosexual male, can't marry another male either.  We are eqaully protected in that regard.

But the issue goes beyond federal control of our lives.  The states need to get out of the marriage business too.  As I've written before, the government licenses dogs.  And marriages.  Why?

Mass Insanity Hits Local College

Keep in mind: The planet has warmed all of 0.2° C. in the last two decades and hasn't increased at all this century.  Keep in mind too that a 0.2° C. change in temperature is absolutely undetectable.

With that understood, take pity on these poor creatures:
Nature tells a story for Ferrum students studying climate change
Ferrum College students are participating in a national program to examine changes in plant and animal life that may be linked to climate change.
By Janelle Rucker, The Roanoke Times

Ferrum -- Students donning rubber boots and magnifying glasses lay on a creek bank last week.

With tweezers, they collected crawfish, stoneflies, beetles and numerous other inhabitants of the creek.

What these students -- participants in Ferrum College's Water Quality Program -- and others find in and around the Ferrum Mountain Creek watershed will eventually be added to a national database that will study the effects of climate change, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. The watershed includes the school's campus.

Most of the $494,980 grant will be used by professors and students at 15 universities across the country to create the database called the Ecological Research as Education Network project, said Bob Pohlad, professor of biology and horticulture at Ferrum, a private school nestled in the Franklin County mountains. He and Carolyn Thomas will head the Ferrum research. [link]
Well, at least that last factoid gives the project meaning.  There's cash involved.  Go out and look for "climate change" and Congress will shower your college with extra tax dollars that it has lying around.

Should someone break it to these young "skulls full of mush" at Ferrum that the "climate change" is now proven to be a fraud?  A fad come and gone?

Naaaaah.  Let them have their fun.  And earn their school some cool cash.  It's college.  It's not like it really means anything.

Shining The Light Of Day

A question: Would Obama appoint Ann Coulter to a commission that he set up to investigate White House incompetence?

Answer: Not in a million years.

So why would he pick a gaggle of environmentalists and activists to investigate the circumstances surrounding the technical failures at Deep Horizon that resulted in the oil platform explosion that killed eleven Americans?

Members of both parties in Congress are wondering as well:
The White House Gets Drilled
Wall Street Journal editorial

How ideologically stacked is President Obama's offshore drilling commission? So much that even many of his fellow Democrats can't support it.

Five Democrats on the Senate Energy Committee last week delivered an embarrassing rebuke to the White House, voting with Republicans to have Congress set up an "independent" commission to investigate the BP disaster, bypassing the President's appointees. Offered by Wyoming Republican John Barrasso to broader oil-spill legislation, the amendment that passed the committee on an 15-8 vote charges the Democratic and Republican leaderships with naming a 10-person commission. It emphasizes that appointees should have "technical expertise in offshore oil exploration, health and safety, and environmental protection." Mr. Obama gets to name only the chairman.

By contrast, the President's seven-member commission contains not a single expert on drilling or petroleum engineering and is instead loaded with such anti-oil and anti-drilling activists as Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke and former Florida Senator Bob Graham. [link]
What follows is a brief rundown of Obama's commission  members.  You should read it.  All I can say is, Karl Marx would be proud.

But Congress is in no mood for petty political games.  Reps there want answers, not old and tired recriminations.

So here's to the bipartisan commission.  And to those who cared enough to make it worthy.

How Proud 5th District Voters Must Be

This screen capture from Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello's current TV ad says all you need to know about him:

Do you want this bum representing you for another two years?

Can you folks in Danville and Martinsville afford to have this bum represent you for another two years?