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Monday, July 19, 2010

Rick Boucher Has Lost His Mind

"I had a major role in making sure that electric utilities could pay others to reduce emissions by, for example, planting trees, and take full credit for those emission reductions themselves. And that's how the utilities intend to keep using coal, in many instances in even greater tonnages than they use it today, while at the same time getting credit for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They're just going to be paying others to plant trees."
-- Congressman Rick Boucher, Democrat, Clintwood, VA, July 19, 2010

This is so preposterous that I'm embarrassed for him.

Has Washington gotten to him?  Age?  The fact that his vote on the anti-coal cap-and-trade bill was so damaging to Southwest Virginia's well-being that he knows he's lost any chance at reelection?

"I had a major role in making sure that electric utilities could pay others to reduce emissions ..."   And where is AEP going to get the cash to pay these "others" to plant freaking trees, you dumbass?  I'll tell you.  They're going to raise electric rates again, on top of the sky-high rates we're paying now.  To pay someone somewhere to plant trees?!  Are you completely insane?

You had "a major role" in bringing about this crushing piece of legislation and you're bragging about it?

If I were you, I wouldn't show my face around here again.  Stay up in the Magic Kingdom where you fit in with the other loony environmentalists.  Times are hard around here.  We don't need you making them harder.

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THE TRUTH:  The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the bill that Rick Boucher voted for and found that it would devastate the coalfields of Southwest Virginia.  From its report:
Coal mining would probably see the largest percentage decline in employment.

According to the three studies that CBO reviewed, under an emission reduction program, by 2015 employment in the [coal] industry would decline by 10 percent to 18 percent relative to employment without such a program. Over the longer term, employment in the industry would decline even further. By 2025, it would fall by nearly 20 percent according to the Brookings study, by nearly 30 percent according to the RFF study, and by more than 35 percent according to the CRA International study.
Employment will decline in the coal industry in Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties by 10 to 35 percent if Obama's legislation becomes law. The legislation that Rick Boucher "had a major role in" writing.

Stop jacking us around, man.  You decided to side with your friends in D.C. and sell out your constituents here.  Nothing you can say will alter the facts.  Your efforts have been a knife in the back of every citizen here in Southwest Virginia. Go away.  Just go away.

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The Republican Party of Virginia provides more truth to counter Boucher's lies:

The main message: "Fewer jobs, higher electricity bills. Why was this a good idea again?"

Racism Thrives

But if sarcasm is the worst they can accuse the Tea Party of, it certainly doesn't dwell within its ranks.

No.  If you want to look for the real racists amongst us, you needn't go any further than the black leadership in this country.

See "Is NAACP blind to Farrakhan & Co.? The Nation of Islam is built on racism and lies."

Instead of looking at a poorly executed attempt at satire for racist rhetoric, how about you instead look at this:

"You want freedom? You're gonna have to kill some crackers! You're gonna have to kill some of their babies!"

For those of you not aware of the term, "cracker" is the term used by racists for white folks.  Think "nigger" and you understand its vile intent.

As I've Said All Along ...

It's not so much a struggle between the Republicans and Democrats.

It's a fight between US and THEM.

See "GOP Dumps On Tea Party, Right-Blogs."

Too many Washington Republicans are indistinguishable from Washington Democrats.  That's why they all must go.

One-Liner of the Day

From Hot Air:


Blind & Ignorant

"Those who are qualified to judge the integrity of [Michael] Mann's scientific work -- even those who disagree with some of his conclusions -- have all exonerated him of engaging in any scientific wrongdoing whatsoever."
-- Roanoke Times editorial, "Cuccinelli vs. science," July 17, 2010 --

From this morning's Wall Street Journal:
A Climate Absolution?

The latest study purporting to absolve the scientists involved in November's Climategate scandal was published this month. On predictable cue, we received a letter from our admirers at the United Nations Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council urging us to "set the record straight" on "these bogus scandals." Having devoted considerable space to Climategate, we're happy to do that, though not perhaps as our admirers would want.

At its core, the scandal was as much about the integrity of the scientific process as it was about the quality of the science. Leading climate scientists were caught advising each other to delete potentially compromising emails, stonewall freedom of information requests and game the peer review process to exclude contributions from skeptical colleagues.

The Climategate emails also revealed a habit among climate scientists of trimming their scientific sails to the political winds, sometimes by emphasizing temperature and environmental trends at the alarmist end of the spectrum.

"I tried hard to balance the needs of the science with the IPCC, which were not always the same," wrote East Anglia climatologist Keith Briffa to Penn State's Michael Mann in April 2007. The IPCC, or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is the U.N. body whose lengthy reports are supposed to be the gold standard for what the world knows about climate change.

At a minimum, then, Climategate ought to have prompted some soul-searching among climate scientists about the need for greater openness, less politics and a more balanced treatment of the data. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that last week's "Independent Climate Change Email Review," commissioned and funded by the University of East Anglia and chaired by Muir Russell, the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, amounts to a 160-page evasion of the real issues.

We realize that, for climate change true believers, last week's report will be waved about as proof that the science of climate change is as "settled" as the case for action. It's never hard to convince yourself of what you're already disposed to believe. But if their goal is to persuade an increasingly skeptical public about the science of global warming, and the need to restructure the world economy to ameliorate it, they need to start taking the politics out of the science. [link]
True believers.  The Southern Baptist Convention has nothing on the environmental zealots of our age.  They simply believe in a different god.

Though what they worship is up to them, the facts about "global warming," and how they're obtained, are not.

Headline Of The Day

They Agree With Me

I never did understand why it was important for GM or Chrysler to order hundreds and hundreds of its independent dealers to close their doors back when the government first started meddling in their affairs.  I'm sure both had some monetary stake in those smaller mom-and-pop dealerships that were asked to shut down, but if they were privately (or separately) owned, how much difference did it make to GM's or Chrysler's bottom line?

Looks like I'm not alone in questioning the decision:

Govt watchdog criticizes handling of car dealers
Associated Press

Washington — The Treasury Department failed to consider the economic fallout when it told General Motors and Chrysler to quickly shutter many dealerships as part of government-led bankruptcies, a federal watchdog found.

A report released Sunday by the special inspector general for the government's bailout program raised questions about whether the Obama administration's auto task force considered the job losses from the closings while pressuring the companies to reduce costs.

Treasury didn't show why the cuts were "either necessary for the sake of the companies' economic survival or prudent for the sake of the nation's economic recovery," said the audit by Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the $787 billion stimulus program known as TARP. [link]
If a Taco Bell franchisee is not making money, how is the franchiser negatively affected?  Could it be the many auto dealers that were struggling had simply quit making franchise payments to the manufacturers?

I don't get it.

And neither does the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, it now appears.

Making It Up As They Go Along

They must know how shaky the whole deck of cards is when they have to keep changing the terminology they use.  It's not "global warming" anymore.  It's "climate change" (mostly because the planet isn't warming).  Brought about no longer by CO2 emissions.  Now it's "pollution."  To be dealt with legislatively not by a "cap-and-trade" bill but by a "clean energy" bill.

See "What cap? Dems' climate word war."

Expect soon for SpongeBob to find his way into the argument. It's that pitiable.

When Will It Dawn On Them?

As our government gets bigger and bigger, America gets weaker and weaker.

It's what's called a negative correlation.


As the average American struggles more and more to make ends meet, federal employees grow ever richer.

This ain't right:
Reality gap: U.S. struggles, D.C. booms
By Jim Vandehei and Zachary Abrahamson, Politico

America is struggling with a sputtering economy and high unemployment — but times are booming for Washington’s governing class.

The massive expansion of government under President Barack Obama has basically guaranteed a robust job market for policy professionals, regulators and contractors for years to come. The housing market, boosted by the large number of high-income earners in the area, many working in politics and government, is easily outpacing the markets in most of the country. And there are few signs of economic distress in hotels, restaurants or stores in the D.C. metro area.

As a result, there is a yawning gap between the American people and D.C.’s powerful when it comes to their economic reality — and their economic perceptions. [link]
I suppose if we all land jobs with the federal government (as Obama intends) we all become rich.

Not sure who's going to fund our wealth, but no matter.

Our government is riding high.  As our beloved country sinks beneath the waves ...

A Look Back

Into the Prohibition era:

Bartender, make it a double.

A Look Back 2

From the rag bag comes ... a collector's item:

God forgive me for admitting that I actually wore this pair of shorts many years ago, but it's true.

For those of you too young to remember, that's the infamous Joe Camel.  Holding a cigarette!  A cigarette!

Shortly after this advertisement on my shorts (and elsewhere) went out into the marketplace, R.J. Reynolds dropped its Camel mascot under heavy pressure from the federal government, from busybody anti-smoking nazis, and from various state attorneys general politicians.

For all I know, it may be illegal for me to reproduce this image today.  You see, in 1993 it was determined by the Federal Trade Commission that Joe Camel was a bad influence on children and it was recommended that he be banned.

A really bad influence.

As opposed to this, which is deemed morally uplifting and can be found in the kid's section of your neighborhood record store:

Rest easy.  Your government is vigilant.  Your children are safe.