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Friday, August 06, 2010

A Silly Debate

How is it that three individuals can agree but claim to disagree?  I guess, when it comes to the illegal immigration issue, it's just another indication that the whole thing is one big mess.

Read - carefully - "ACLU counters Cuccinelli's view on immigration" in today's Roanoke Times.

What you'll find is that:

(a) Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has advised that law enforcement here in Virginia may continue to check the citizenry status of individuals apprehended on other charges when law enforcement sees it being necessary.

(b) Dana Schrad, executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, advises that law enforcement will continue to do what it has been doing - checking citizenry status when it seems warranted.

(c) Rebecca Glenberg, legal director of the ACLU of Virginia, advises that law enforcement should ignore Cuccinelli and continue doing what it's doing.

Everyone's undies are in a bunch.  Yet they all basically agree with one another.

Too funny.  In a weird, perplexing sort of way.

When Amateurs Run Political Campaigns

Rule Number 1: Act like you know what you're doing.

Rule Number 2: No self-inflicted wounds.

And breaking both in one fell swoop, the Tom Perriello campaign:
Debate debacle
Two TV stations pull offer over 5th District campaigns' differences on rules
By Mickey Powell, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer

Televised debates between 5th District congressional candidates will not occur — at least not anytime soon.

Two television stations this week withdrew offers to produce and broadcast debates after the campaigns of U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Albemarle County, and his Republican challenger, state Sen. Robert Hurt of Chatham, could not agree on terms of the debates, station executives said Wednesday.

“They both agreed to debate, but not by the same rules,” said Neal Bennett, news director at WVIR-TV in Charlottesville.

Randy Smith, president of WSET-TV in Lynchburg, said the campaigns could not agree on a standard for letting independent candidate Jeffrey Clark of Danville participate in the debates.

WVIR and WSET proposed that the debates include Clark if he had support from at least 10 percent of the district’s registered voters, based on results of two polls that would be conducted by nonpartisan polling organizations.

Ten percent was proposed, Smith said, by splitting the difference between the 15 percent standard of the Presidential Debate Commission and the 5 percent standard applied to past Virginia gubernatorial debates.

“We wanted to strike a happy medium,” he said.

The Hurt campaign said 10 percent “sounded reasonable” and accepted the standard, and the Perriello campaign “said ‘we don’t like it, but we’ll accept it,’” Smith said.

Perriello campaign spokesman Jessica Barba was surprised by that remark.

“Tom’s personal position is that all candidates on the ballot should be included” in debates, she said.

That might have been the end of it, but it wasn’t.

Barba said the Perriello campaign sent a letter to the stations accepting the invitation to the debate.

The letter said the campaign accepted the offer with an understanding that Clark would be invited if polls showed he had 10 percent voter support, inclusive of margin of error. For example, if the polls were to have 4 percent margin of error and show Clark with 6 percent support, he would effectively meet the polling standard and be included in the debates, the letter said. [link]
In simpler terms, the Perriello campaign agreed to debate.  And then it didn't.  Or, as appears more likely, the left half of his campaign doesn't know what the right half is doing.  One half agrees; the other disagrees.

It's apparent that the voters of Southside are expected to wait patiently until Perriello gets his people in line and his story straight.

All this led Ben Tribbett to conclude the following:
Why Tom Perriello Will Lose
Not Larry Sabato

His people are so annoying. I can't even read this stuff without getting a headache.

Here's basically the story.

[see above for story]

How disingenuous. Desperation looks pretty pathetic from an incumbent Congressman. Try to finish your career with some class, Congressman. 
I don't see it as a sign of desperation so much as one of complete ineptitude.

One or the other, though, it doesn't reflect well on Boy Wonder.

A Few Simple Questions

Why does the federal government need to seize control of the internet?  Is it broken?  Isn't it instructive that it proliferated - beyond anyone's imagination - without any Democrat's "help"?  Did James Madison authorize the takeover?  Will government "help" make it expensive beyond the average person's capability?

Why are we allowing this to happen?

Comedian Confirmed To Supreme Court

That seems to be what the mainstream press found endearing about Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing.  Her ability to crack wise.

So now she sits on the highest court in the land.

Thus making a joke out of that once-proud institution.

When Columnists Go Mad

I read the first sentence of Thomas Friedman's latest ditty and was too frightened to go any further.  From "Broadway and the Mosque":

"There are several reasons why I don’t object to a mosque being built near the World Trade Center site, but the key reason is my affection for Broadway show tunes."

He gets paid for this, by the way.

The End of the 'American Dream'?

I think this is what worries Americans these days more than anything else.  Peggy Noonan puts it into words in "America Is at Risk of Boiling Over":
Our problems as a nation have been growing on us for a long time. Their future growth, and the implications of that growth, could be predicted. But there is one thing that is both new since 1994 and huge. It took hold and settled in after the crash of 2008, but its causes were not limited to the crash.

The biggest political change in my lifetime is that Americans no longer assume that their children will have it better than they did. This is a huge break with the past, with assumptions and traditions that shaped us.

The country I was born into was a country that had existed steadily, for almost two centuries, as a nation in which everyone thought—wherever they were from, whatever their circumstances - that their children would have better lives than they did. That was what kept people pulling their boots on in the morning after the first weary pause: My kids will have it better. They'll be richer or more educated, they'll have a better job or a better house, they'll take a step up in terms of rank, class or status. America always claimed to be, and meant to be, a nation that made little of class. But America is human. "The richest family in town," they said, admiringly. Read Booth Tarkington on turn-of-the-last-century Indiana. It's all about trying to rise.

Parents now fear something has stopped. 
Worst of all, we have an agenda-driven administration in Washington whose leadership think we need to be punished for who were are and what we've done over the centuries.  We've got huge problems and they intend to make them worse.  Whether it's in the little things like taking away our perfectly fine light bulbs to more serious - potentially disastrous things - like driving up our electric bills to the point where we can't afford to heat our homes, and making our health care system implode from the weight of bureaucratic ineptitude and government disinterest.  To top it off, while we worry about our children's future, they worry about homosexual marriage.

A rot has set in.  And we seem powerless to do anything about it.

The Things We Have To Put Up With

I'm on vacation this week.  My annual August vacation that I reserve for knocking down all the weeds and tall grass on the hillside above and below my house.  Partly for aesthetics but mostly in case of forest fire.  I keep flammable brush from accumulating. All told, it takes me about 24 hours to complete the job and, in this weather, sweat becomes my constant companion.

And then there are the aggravations.

On Monday, I had just started trimming the grass above the house when I realized I was standing on a yellow jacket nest.  Though "realized" may not be the right word.  Numerous stings - mostly on the legs - caused what we'll call "an awakening."  In response, I ran like hell.

And then, after licking my wounds, I went back about trimming.

So yesterday I'm below the house and, just as my trimmer bored into the weeds around a bush, out boiled a bunch of hornets.  I only noticed them at that point in time when my legs and butt were set on fire by numerous stings.  I looked down and two of the little buggers were on my right hand sending me their message of love.  In response, I dropped the trimmer, started slapping my extremities, and ran like hell.

I'm about halfway through the project.  Chances are now 60/40 against that I'll survive the effort.

Another Bad Month

I can't get over the fact that this statistic isn't improving after all these months.  Always cyclical in the past, it hovers at awful continually now:
New claims for jobless benefits rise to 479K
Associated Press

Washington (AP) - Initial requests for jobless benefits rose last week to their highest level since April, a sign that hiring remains weak and some companies are still cutting workers.

The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for unemployment insurance rose by 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 479,000. Analysts had expected a small drop.

[T]he jump in claims is a cautionary sign that higher corporate profits and a slowly recovering economy aren't spurring companies to generate many jobs. [link]
It's been 31 months of this and there are no signs of improvement.  And Obama has proven himself ill-equipped to do anything about it.  Not good.