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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

James Webb Throws Boucher Under The Bus

If the polls are to be believed, there is a growing possibility that longtime Congressman Rick Boucher (VA-9) is going to lose his bid for reelection in November.  If he does, it will be for one reason and one reason only - his vote on Obama's cap-and-trade bill that nearly everyone agrees will kill thousands of coal jobs in his district.

One of his best buddies in Washington - Senator Jim Webb - sees the writing on the wall.  He wants to distance himself from Boucher and that albatross as much as possible.  As quickly as possible.  Here's a video of Mr. Webb at a rally in Southside on Labor Day voicing his opposition to cap-and-trade:

(Is there a trend here? Webb came out against the War on Terror after it became unpopular and now he comes out against Obama's misguided and ruinous "energy" bill after it too becomes the bane of American politics? Just asking.)

In any case, Boucher is being abandoned by his "friends." They's gittin' while the gittin's good.

As for Webb, I don't blame him for his position. It's the right one. I just wish he wouldn't hide in the bushes and crawl out after the fireworks are over.

The Work Of Small Minds

This is so embarrassing.  And sad.

The largest, most comprehensive, and finest collection of Confederate Civil War relics and memorabilia is conserved by the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond.  And because the museum's exhibits are saddled with being on the wrong side of history - it contains rebel flags, for God's sake! - administrators there decided in 2007 that the best thing to do with it was to bust it up and send its treasures to smaller museums hither and yon.

For more on that bit of cowardice, go here.

Well, the efforts of those who intend to diminish as much as possible the history that the Confederacy played in U.S. history have begun breaking ground on their 21st century version of the Museum of The Confederacy The Southern States in the Years In Which The Citizens Thereof Lost Their Way and Ultimately Regretted the Institutions and Principles They Had Regrettably Built Their Way of Life Upon.

I'll say this for them.  At least they aren't sticking it in Zimbabwe:

Confederacy Museum to start Appomattox site
Associated Press

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- The Museum of the Confederacy plans to break ground on its new main exhibit site in Appomattox, where the South's surrender to the Union ended the Civil War.

Officials at the Richmond-based museum said in a release Wednesday that the groundbreaking for the new museum will take place Sept. 23. The 5,000-square-foot space is expected to open in the spring of 2012.

The main exhibit at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox intends to focus on the events that led to the war, and the reunification of the United States. [link]
I don't know whether to laugh hysterically or cry uncontrollably.

First, I'll give them credit where it's due.  Appomattox (Court House) is the perfect site for the new museum.

But 5,000 square feet? For its "main exhibit"?  Is that a joke?

This, friends, is a 5,000 square-foot building:

The Museum of the Confederacy is going to take one of the most spectacular historical collections this side of King Tut and put it - or a tiny portion of it - in a building the size of an Advance Auto Parts?  Why bother?

Perhaps the breathtaking news can be explained by this:

"The main exhibit at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox intends to focus on the events that led to the war, and the reunification of the United States."

The events that led to the war and the reunification?  What 1850 to 1860 and 1866 to 1900?

What's missing in that picture?

Few of the artifacts in the Museum, for what it's worth, deal with either the war's prelude or its fallout.  They mostly have to do WITH THE CIVIL WAR.  Not its precedent.  Not its aftermath.  THE WAR.  THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES.  NORTH vs. SOUTH.  BLUE vs. GRAY.  THE SHOOT-EM-UP THAT OCCURRED BETWEEN THE YEARS 1861 AND 1865.

It's no wonder they are going to warehouse the collection in a 5,000 square-foot building.  All the non-Civil War memorabilia that the Museum controls could probably fit in a phone booth.  It's a war museum, you morons!

What, the Museum of the Confederacy is going to transform itself into the Museum of Slavery and Emancipation?

And do it in a freaking 5,000 square-foot building?

Why not just take the 15,000 artifacts currently residing in the museum that Confederate veterans created, paid for, contributed to, and maintained for decades and burn them, and hang signs of Frederick Douglas and Martin Luther King in its pole building, and be done with it?

I have a better idea.  Fire the misguided bunch that has seized control of the Museum and preserve it as it was intended to be preserved by those who built it.  If not in the White House of the Confederacy, in a location where historians and tourists can study and marvel and relive the past.  For the curators to have as a goal the closeting of a chapter in American history is appalling.  And down-right wrong.

Here's to the Museum of the Confederacy.  May it be saved from certain destruction.

Whence The Tea Party Sprang

Fear for your grandchildren's future will have the effect.

And the reason for that fear?

My God.

Graphic courtesy of Gateway Pundit.

To Those Of You Who Love Your Country ...

... and fear for its future ...

... a video that speaks truth to power:

"Mr. President, you took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Great video. Decent painting.

Thanks to Michelle Malkin for bringing it to us.

When Brilliant Minds Poop Out

It's so disappointing when one turns to an expert for expert advice and all one comes away with is whimsy.  Or malarky. 

Take for example the subject that is on all our minds these days - the economy.  Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein is one of those guys you turn to for answers.  The man with the plan.

Or not.

I was perusing the paper this morning and came across his latest treatise - "The bleak truth about unemployment."  A few paragraphs in and I came upon this heart-stopper:

"At this point, there is only one clear path out of the unemployment box we have created for ourselves."

Excellent! Thank God for Steven Pearlstein!  The light at the end of a dark, dark tunnel!  We've all been looking for that one clear path out of this mess that the Democrats have created for us and he's going to guide us through it!

My heart was racing.  My breathing became labored.  The blood was coursing furiously through my veins. My brow dripped of sweat. My muscles tensed.  I sat to the edge of my captain's chair ...

What is it, oh Sage of Economics Universalis, that is going to save us from annihilation?
Right now, the United States is running a trade deficit that is likely to reach $450 billion this year. That's down considerably from the $750 billion at the height of the economic bubble, but still more than a wealthy advanced economy should have. Bringing it down - either by producing more of what we consume (fewer imports) or more of what other countries consume (more exports) - represents the path toward sustainable, long-term job creation.
The USA need to make more stuff.

The USA need to make more stuff?

That's it? That's the one clear path out of the unemployment box?

That's not even a path, dude. That's a goal. The path is one in which we create conditions allowing for more people - either here or abroad - to be able to - and want to - buy more of that stuff. Truth is, people aren't buying our stuff these days like they used to. What do we need to do to change that?  What path do we take to get there? 

I know.  How 'bout this?  A campaign slogan that goes something like this?

Buy Our Stuff.

Say what you will, at least it's a path and not something you'd read on the bathroom stall wall.

Let's Get It Right

Long Island Man Arrested For Defending Home With Civilian Version of AK-47

They Ask. I Answer.

The New York Times:

From On High:

They hope to defeat George W. Bush.

It ain't much. But it's all they've got.

Speaks Volumes

Take a close look at this Twitter post sent out by Rick Klein regarding the Delaware Republican primary battle taking place between conservative Christine O'Donnell and liberal Mike Castle (click on the image to enlarge it):
The contest has gotten nasty, with the establishment GOP there doing all it can to protect the incumbent Castle.

So who is Rick Klein?

He's ABC News's Senior Washington Editor for "World News with Diane Sawyer."  Rooting for the liberal Republican to defeat the conservative Republican.

Kinda gives a whole new meaning to media bias, doesn't it?

Can We Please Have Our Incandescents Back?

As you probably know, the government (that of the people, by the people, and for the people) has banned  incandescent light bulbs, beginning in 2012.  Whether we the people like it or not.

Thanks, W.

They are to be replaced by "compact fluorescents."  And for good reason, as the state of New York told us so ... glowingly in 2008:
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are energy efficient, creating benefits for both the consumer and environment. When used for general household lighting, an ENERGY STAR® CFL uses about 75 percent less energy than its incandescent counterpart. Given that the average house contains approximately 45 light bulbs, this can translate into tremendous savings. In addition, CFLs can last up to ten times longer than incandescents, saving more than $30 per bulb.

This efficiency also decreases the amount of pollution created in producing that energy. For example, when coal power plants generate electricity, they emit carbon dioxide and other pollutants that accelerate climate change, cause smog, and aggravate respiratory diseases. Since New York receives 12 percent of its power from coal, reducing our personal energy use can lessen energy production’s negative effects on the environment and human health.
Gosh, that's great.  Who wouldn't want to rush out and get some of those wonderful CFL's?

Well, Glenn Reynolds, for one:
L.E.D. LIGHTS DETHRONE COMPACT FLUORESCENTS. That shouldn’t be hard. I jumped on the CFL bandwagon early, but the CFLs have absolutely failed to live up to their promised longevity. (I haven’t noticed any visible electricity saving, either, though that may just be a function of how much electricity we use for other things).
So now we're to believe that LED lights are the way of the future.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) LED's are energy efficient, creating benefits for both the consumer and environment. When used for general household lighting ...

Can we just have our incandescent bulbs back and be done with all this nonsense?

Well, The Democratic Party's Median IQ Just Rose