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Monday, August 23, 2010

Thoughts That Miss Their Mark

James Taranto spanked the New York Times yesterday for having offered up a really stupid argument:
An Atrocious Sentence, but No Crime

This almost seems unsporting, but we can't resist. From a New York Times editorial on the Justice Department's decision to drop its investigation of Tom DeLay:

"Mr. DeLay, the Texas Republican who had been the House majority leader, crowed that he had been 'found innocent.' But many of Mr. DeLay's actions remain legal only because lawmakers have chosen not to criminalize them."

By the same logic, the New York Times editorialists are not in the dock only because "criminal stupidity" is a figure of speech and not an actual law.
It's only legal because it's not illegal.  I'll bet those guys at the Times get paid handsomely for wisdom such as that.

Thanks, James.  You made my day.

Yeah, That'll Bring In Millions

When politicians have no answers to our pressing problems, they always fall back on that tried and true crutch:
Radford welcomes new tourism initiative
Blue Ridge Business Journal

On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, the Radford City Tourism Advisory Commission and the Radford Heritage Foundation announced a tourism initiative that will bring together the stories of early settlers, the river and our rail heritage. The presentation took place at noon on the grounds of Glencoe Museum, located at 600 Unruh Drive just off West Main Street (Rt. 11).

Congressman Rick Boucher and officials from Norfolk Southern Corporation, the City of Radford and the Radford Heritage Foundation gave details of a new cultural heritage site that pays homage to Mary Draper Ingles, frontier heroine, as well as to the role of the railroad and the river in this region’s economic development and quality of life. [link]
How many dozens of dollars might this initiative bring into the Radford economy from outside the area each year?  God only knows (and my guess is He'll be keeping it a secret).  But I'll venture a wild guess and say there were more people in attendance at this gala launch than will be driving to Radford from Manhattan to learn all about its rich railroad heritage. In the next ten years.  All added together.

This is what we call an empty gesture.  A cynical empty gesture.  To fool and placate the surly masses.  Headliner of the event - Rick Boucher.  Naturally.

A question for our congressman: Why wasn't your skinny ass down in Bristol the other day where 112,000 tourists, 112,000, most from elsewhere, assembled in one venue?  It was an event that brought in millions to the local economy.  And you're screwing around with a Mary Draper Ingles slide show?  Where are your priorities?

What? We're Giving Money To The Rich?

Sure enough.  There it is.  New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says it's so:
But these same politicians are eager to cut checks averaging $3 million each to the richest 120,000 people in the country.

What — you haven’t heard about this proposal? Actually, you have: I’m talking about demands that we make all of the Bush tax cuts, not just those for the middle class, permanent. 
Uh.  But that's not "cutting checks" to the rich at all, is it? 

If Republicans (and other fiscally smart individuals) have their way, we'll be "allowing" the wealthier among us keep the money they earnedTo invest.  And create jobs. Rather than have it confiscated by the government and invested in research into the learning patterns of honey bees.  And making Nancy Pelosi rich beyond her wildest dreams.

Krugman has an odd understanding of wealth creation.  But then he's a Nobel Prize winner in economics.  And he writes for the New York Times.  Which explains it.

They See What They Want To See

And speaking of global warming enthusiasts ...

Gosh.  That's bad.  Right?

Wait.  What's this?

Ignore that. It doesn't fit the narrative. The world is coming to an end. That's our mantra and we're sticking to it.

The Question That Transcends Time

Why don't men have a problem with the toilet seat?

See "Women despair over men's toilet habits."

Take a photo. That'll be the only time you'll ever see the words "despair" and "toilet" used in the same headline.  Unless the word "constipation" is included.

But to the point, have any of you men out there ever sat down on a pot, only to find that the lid had not been lowered?

Who doesn't look first?

Question answered.
See above.

Where Immigration Policy Works

Most of us don't want to spend time, money, and energy on efforts to keep the lawless out of our country.  But we will.  Because we can then devote our attention - and offer our heartfelt thanks - to those immigrants who did it the right, legal, and honorable way.  And who make us proud.  And safe.

Bienvenido a casa, amigos!
29 Va.-based sailors to become US citizens
Associated Press

Norfolk, Va. (AP) -- Twenty-nine sailors will receive their U.S. citizenship aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier in Norfolk.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says the ceremony is scheduled for Thursday on the Nimitz-class carrier, which is homeported at the Navy base. The sailors serve aboard the Eisenhower, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher, and amphibious assault ships USS Kearsarge and USS Iwo Jima.

The 29 sailors were born in 13 nations: Anguilla, Belize, Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, the Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Lucia. They hail from hometowns across the United States. [link]

Their kind we'll welcome with open arms every day of the week.

A Skewed Sense Of What's Important

Well, let's see what's in the news that needs to be commented on.  A partial list:

Here at home there's this: 3 dead, 4 wounded in shootout in central Virginia

Good grief.

But wait.

With all the tragedy in the news, what do you suppose Roanoke Times editorial page editor Dan Radmacher considers to be so important that he had to write up an opinion piece on the subject for yesterday's paper?

The Franklin News-Press wouldn't print some gay guy's name in its obituary of another gay guy because the first gay guy - his "partner" - isn't considered next of kin.  See "Virginia's bigotry strikes the mourning" and you'll get a glimpse into Radmacher's mindset. Trees had to die for that.  Had to.

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A special note: Despite the fact that the decision to not print the first gay dude's name as next-of-kin was solely that of the editor and publisher of the Franklin News-Press, Radmacher chooses to blame us for the circumstance. For our effort in 2006 to keep - through constitutional amendment means - the institution of marriage from becoming a complete joke. Like the press is confined by the state in how it patterns its obituaries.

A giant stretch, man.

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Meanwhile ...

Priorities. Priorities.

Why The Tea Party Arose From The Ashes

Because neither Bush nor Obama would do anything to keep the Democratic Party from creating this monster:
$4.4 Trillion
Wall Street Journal

Speaking last Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, President Obama asked, "How do we, over the long term, get control of our deficit?" Good question.

Here's the answer suggested by last Thursday's semi-annual budget summary from the Congressional Budget Office: Stop spending so much.

CBO's mid-year review largely reinforces the bad news we already knew—to wit, that spending has exploded since Democrats took over Congress in 2007, first with the acquiescence of George W. Bush and then into hyperdrive after Mr. Obama entered the White House.

To appreciate the magnitude of this spending blowout, compare CBO's budget "baseline" estimate in January 2008 with the baseline it released Thursday. The baseline predicts future spending based on the law at the time. As the nearby chart shows, in a mere 31 months Congress has added more than $4.4 trillion to the 10-year spending baseline. The 2008 and 2009 numbers are actual spending, the others are estimates. As recently as 2005, total federal spending was only $2.47 trillion.

Keep that $4.4 trillion in mind the next time you hear Mr. Obama or Speaker Nancy Pelosi say they "inherited" this budget mess. Let's assume the recession that Mr. Obama inherited—Mrs. Pelosi was already in power—was responsible for causing $1 trillion or so in deficit spending. That still doesn't explain why the annual deficit of roughly $1.4 trillion will be nearly as high in fiscal 2010, after a year of economic growth, as it was in 2009. Or why CBO says the deficit will still be nearly $1.1 trillion in 2011 even if all of the Bush-era tax cuts are repealed.

The deficit is barely declining because of the lackluster economic recovery, which continues to yield too little revenue, and especially because of the record levels of spending passed by the Democratic Congress and eagerly signed by Mr. Obama. [link]
Our government is out of control.  And we intend to do something about it.

November 2.

November 2.