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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Roanoke Times Lashes Out at Rick Boucher

Well, not exactly.

But this is about as close as you'll come to seeing the rabidly liberal Roanoke Times editorial page admit that the equally liberal Congressman Boucher's vote for "cap-and-trade" - in truth a vote to kill thousands of jobs in Virginia's coal fields - was a big mistake:
With friends like these

A lot of money from third parties will pour into this fall's campaigns. Federal law prohibits those engaging in such independent expenditures from coordinating with the campaigns they're attempting to assist.

Which explains why a full-page ad in The Roanoke Times meant to help Rep. Rick Boucher was tantamount to friendly fire.

The ad, paid for by the Natural Resources Defense Council, criticized Boucher's opponent Morgan Griffith for his opposition to clean energy legislation, accusing the state delegate of wanting to create jobs -- "in China." Apparently, the clean energy legislation the ad refers to is a cap-and-trade bill to limit carbon dioxide emissions that Boucher voted for last year.

Had the NRDC checked with Boucher, the group would have realized that one of the last things Boucher would want them to do is remind his constituents of that bill, which has been falsely painted as a death knell for the coal industry that is so important in Virginia's 9th Congressional District. [link] [emphasis mine]
Right.  "Falsely painted."  By Nancy Pelosi's Congressional Budget Office.  We all know those sunsabitchas are not to be trusted.

But to the point:  The Times admits that Boucher's vote was a big, fat loser.

Ah, I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

A Headline You'll Never See In This Country

As Sure As The Rain

You could have bet money that this headline - "Obama Declares an End to Combat Mission in Iraq" - was inevitably going to give way to this:

So much for the triumphalism.

Obama got a nice photo op out of the deal anyway. Even if the accompanying photo to the first article - in the  New York Times - looked like something out of Madame Tussaud's:

Is it real?  Or is it a poor likeness made out of plastic? No cosmetician could make him look that weird.

Me?  I'm thinkin' it's a fake dummy.

Somebody Needs To Get a Message To Petraeus

I found this (from "Petraeus Condemns U.S. Church's Plan to Burn Qurans") to be rather startling:
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said the planned burning of Qurans on Sept. 11 by a small Florida church could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort.

Gen. David Petraeus said the Taliban would exploit the demonstration for propaganda purposes, drumming up anger toward the U.S. and making it harder for allied troops to carry out their mission of protecting Afghan civilians.
Right, David.  That might set the Muslims off.  We don't want that. That would send the war into a whole different realm.

A thought: Maybe they hate us Christians because we are Christians, Dave.  Ever think of that?

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Update 19:52 hours:   Cargosquid makes a good point in the comments that I should have touched on in my post.  He writes:

"... [I]ts stupid and rude. Burning a holy book does not advance our cause. Burning the terrorists would...."

He's right.  Burning the Muslims' Koran serves no purpose.  So don't be stupid.

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An interesting perspective from James Taranto:

"America needs a president with the moral authority to denounce the Florida church's stupid, offensive, potentially dangerous stunt. This is a job for George W. Bush."

But wait.  Didn't Obama just say this a few weeks ago?

"Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country."

Doesn't that "everyone else" include the pastor of that church in Gainesville?  Or do Muslims have more of a right to practice their religion than (wrongheaded) Christian zealots, Barry?

I think this is what Taranto is getting at.  Obama, in wading into the Ground Zero Victory Mosque controversy, has sacrificed his moral authority on the subject.  Anything he says will be subject to interpretation based upon his past pronouncements.  Which are highly suspect.

I'm beginning to miss George W. Bush.

Stuck on Stupid

What?  Obama's failed stimulus plan didn't destroy enough Democrat careers?

Okay.  Let's do it again!  And with vigor this time!
The Obama Economy
Wall Street Journal

So two months before an election, and 19 months after the mother of all spending programs, President Obama said yesterday he's rolling out one more plan to stimulate the economy. We'll discuss the details when they're released, but the effort itself is a tacit admission that his earlier proposals have flopped.

In sum, never before has government spent so much and intervened so directly in credit allocation to spur growth, yet the results have been mediocre at best. In return for adding nearly $3 trillion in federal debt in two years, we still have 14.9 million unemployed.

The Administration rejected marginal-rate tax cuts that worked in the 1960s and 1980s because they would have helped the rich, in favor of a Keynesian spending binge that has stimulated little except government. More broadly, Democrats purposely used the recession as a political opening to redistribute income, reverse the free-market reforms of the Reagan era, and put government at the commanding heights of economic decision-making.

Mr. Obama and the Democratic Congress have succeeded in doing all of this despite the growing opposition of the American people, who are now enduring the results. The only path back to robust growth and prosperity is to stop this agenda dead in its tracks, and then by stages to reverse it. These are the economic stakes in November. [link]
I know the type of mean-spirited rhetoric that Obama was spewing yesterday in Milwaukee falls on favorable ears of those who would rather the poor be poorer than the rich be richer in this country, but at some point we all have to accept the fact that the government can not bring about prosperity.  Only entrepreneurs and those of us in the business world can.  Keep punishing the entrepreneurs and beating on us - and keep passing those misguided stimuli - and you're going to end up with the same result we're all struggling with now.

Stimulus I failed.

Stimulus II was worse.

Obama now proposes Stimulus III.

That's certainly what's meant by "stuck on stupid."


Can you imagine this kind of shallow drool being written when Condoleezza Rice was running the State Department?
At State, Hillary Clinton gains stature
By Laura Rozen, Politico

When Hillary Clinton, recovering from a broken elbow, gave a big foreign policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations last summer, the White House happened to schedule an Obama health care speech in the White House Rose Garden to take place at the same time.

This year is different. In many ways, when Clinton gives a foreign policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, it will be coming as she seems to have hit her stride in her partnership with President Barack Obama. [link]
Wet.  Kiss.

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Then there's this, also from Politico:

Polls ... lie ...