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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Question For Rick Boucher ...

... and his little friend in the coal business, Jim McGlothlin:

If the "deal" that Boucher struck with his environmentalist buddies in Washington to "cap and trade" the energy sector of the United States of America was such a good thing, why are both candidates in the Senate race in West Virginia, where coal is a way of life, both vehemently opposed to it?

Are they both wrong?

Oh, The Thoughts Of Mindless Liberals

In a recent editorial the Roanoke Times extolled the virtues of ObamaCare (stop the presses!) (see "Advantage: seniors"), trying to convince us that it was going to be a neat deal for seniors because the government would be "negotiating" with insurance companies, thus lowering premiums, a euphemism for the government setting prices that insurance companies will be required to adhere to or go out of business.

I have but a few words to offer up that should - once and for all - dispose of that silly notion:

Nixon.  Wage.  Price.  Controls.

It didn't work then.  It won't work now.

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It should be noted that this is the same Roanoke Times that basked in the glory of campaign cash controls (otherwise known as "campaign finance reform") and now whines about the fact that those controls aren't working either.

You'd think they would learn ...

More Fallout From The NRA's Endorsement of Perriello

I received another poignant email from a concerned Virginian yesterday and thought I'd pass it along:
I totally agree over the outrage of the NRA's choice, and agree that I believe it is a backroom deal [more on that here].

For many years now the NRA has been slipping to the same tactics that politicians do, and I cannot support their effort. More and more I read of things that the NRA has worded and it all sounds like they are more interested in themselves and the money their organization brings in than to further our second amendment rights.

Arizona's non permit concealed carry is one example. They did not get on the band wagon till the very end and I believe this was only to try and hide their true colors.

Many states as Virginia, allow open carry as well. You would figure NRA would support this position as to with not permit open carry it does not require gun owner registration, but within the last few years NRA in letters seems to bolster permit carry only.

Yes perks for permits or P4P, perks that convince gun owners to allow registration of themselves, how different is this really from single gun registration?

I guess NRA needs the extra money coming in from their products and services. I guess this is how they make the separation from good laws and bad laws, however they can find a profit and benefit for their NRA affiliated organizations, and screw everyone else and their choices.

The bad is they are painting the permit holder on a pedestal, which I feel eventually will lead to tougher permit laws and controls every time a permit holder is found guilty of anything, there is always a certain amount of bad eggs in everything.

Even worse they are more so taking the stand to side in some cases with common since gun laws. Yes, the things the dastardly Democrat anti's often try to push and use to say " We are not trying to take away your rights, just trying to keep you safe" all the while fooling fools. Bull Hockey....

The NRA needs to go back to their roots or fade away in my opinion, they are getting to be a hindrance in our true fight of preserving our second amendment right.

Just sayin.

Kenny Sipe
Doswell Va
There's some bad blood here.  Brought on by the NRA.  And for what?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Good News Out of the Morgan Griffith Campaign

From a press release:
Support for Griffith surges among women in 9th

Christiansburg - As the 9th District Congressional race heats up, key women in southwest Virginia are stepping up to lend their support for Morgan Griffith, the Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional seat. Today, the formation of the "Women for Griffith Coalition" was announced-spearheaded by Michelle Jenkins, the chairperson of the 9th District Republicans.

Hundreds of women have already signed up for the Coalition, putting "Griffith for Congress" bumper stickers on their cars, contributing to the Griffith campaign, making campaign phone calls, and participating in "sign waves" across the 9th District on Friday nights.

Why are these women so energized to work for Morgan Griffith for Congress?

Jenkins says that in these difficult times, people are looking for leaders who will cut through the political double-talk, who will say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done.

"When Virginia was faced with a deficit in the past," says Jenkins, "Griffith said 'Virginia doesn't have a revenue problem; Virginia has a spending problem.' And he backed up that statement by working hard with Gov. McDonnell to make state government live within its means, just like each and every one of us has to do every payday."

Jenkins says that when Democrats tried to raise the income tax to pay for their spending binges, Morgan said no, because he understands that people in Southwest Virginia simply can't afford to send any more money to Richmond. "And he knows that we can't afford to send any more of our money to Washington. Morgan believes that Washington doesn't have a revenue problem; Washington has a spending problem."

She goes on to say many women in the 9th Congressional District are turning out to work for Griffith for Congress because they are concerned about the path that our country is headed down-and where that path will lead their families. "The women supporting Griffith believe that Rick Boucher's efforts in Washington have made life harder for families in Southwest Virginia. For example, Rick Boucher worked with other Democrats to pass a Cap and Trade bill that could decimate the coal industry here, putting thousands of miners and mine industry workers out of work".

"That same bill would raise the price of gas by at least $1.50 a gallon," says Jenkins, "and it would make electric bills, that are already high, skyrocket."

The women of the 9th believe that Rick Boucher doesn't understand the lives of Southwest Virginia families because he has been in Washington for almost 28 years.

Meanwhile, Morgan Griffith and his wife, Hilary, have been working and living in Southwest Virginia, and for the past several years, raising three children.

Jenkins says Morgan and Hilary know how hard it is to make ends meet.

"They've opened the electric bills and seen the same eye-popping numbers you have. They've watched their friends and neighbors lose their jobs ... and then lose their homes. They've seen those same people pack up and move to Northern Virginia, Richmond, Hampton Roads and Johnson City to find work, because Southwest Virginia's
economy isn't producing the jobs we need."

Jenkins and the other women supporting Griffith are also concerned that Boucher voted for President Obama's "stimulus" bill-a bill that wasted nearly $1 trillion to create a handful of jobs.

"Rick Boucher's votes took money out of our pockets - money that most people in Southwest Virginia couldn't afford to part with," says Jenkins, "to do things like study drunk mice, give out free golf carts, and pay for anti-war puppet shows. Those aren't the kind of things that people in the 9th District tend to support."

Jenkins says that this election comes down to a choice of which path to take. "We can either choose a path that will make it harder for Southwest Virginians to make ends meet--a path that forces them to leave Southwest Virginia to find a job or--with Morgan Griffith representing us--a path that leads to a new birth of prosperity, where our friends and neighbors can get a good job and a build a better life for their families right here in the Mountain Empire."
I like that line, "The women of the 9th believe that Rick Boucher doesn't understand the lives of Southwest Virginia families because he has been in Washington for almost 28 years." It should be noted that Boucher has resorted to attacking Griffith for being an outsider (for living just outside the district) while Boucher himself avoids discussing the fact that he hasn't lived in Southwest Virginia in decades.

That's takin' it to him.

Good move on Griffith's part. We need women to join the ranks. And lots of them.  This is a tough uphill fight against a blind gang of sycophants who all live in the past and don't give a damn about this region's future.

Here's to the Coalition!

Hey, What a Great Idea

The Democrats, knowing that 2010 is a total loss, are now turning their attention to 2012 in hopes of avoiding complete ruin.  And all eyes are turning to that ever-so-important political position that Crazy Joe Biden has returned to its historic level of farce - the vice presidency.  Who should replace old Joe when he's finally shown the door shown where the door is?

Here's a wonderful stratagem, offered up as a prediction by Myra Adams:

So with Joe down the tubes but on the tube, all the collective media wisdom will point to Hillary in the VP slot because “Obama needs her to win,” or so the story goes.

I’m of the belief that Hillary would reject Obama’s VP offer because she informally held that job for eight years back in the 20th century, and Hillary is the kind of gal who only moves forward.

Which leads me to predict that President Obama will tap Virginia Senator Mark Warner to be his 2012 vice-presidential running mate. [link]
Sweet.  Obama, who will go down in history as being the president to preside over the worst economy in its history - that of Franklin Roosevelt excepting - and one who has tried his mightiest to make it so, is to be teamed up with the man who has accomplished absolutely nothing in his entire political life.*

For the novice, that's called a balanced ticket.

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* Well, yes, he did, as governor, raise taxes (after promising that he wouldn't) so as to avoid a crisis that never existed.  Let's give him that.

** I'll leave the comments section open to all those who can list Mark Warner's accomplishments since he moved to Washington.  I hope Blogger has enough reserve memory for all those lists that come pouring in.

Who Would Have Guessed?

First, a disclaimer: I haven't watched ABC's "This Week" in years. (Nor have I watched "Meet the Press" or "Face the Nation" either; they're on channels my remote doesn't seem to be able to find.)  So I can't speak to content.

But I can predict - and I did - that planting a host on the show who, in the past, showed a marked disfavor for all things America was not a smooth move.  Turns out - I was right:

This Weak: Christiane Amanpour Leads ABC To Worst Ratings Since 2003
By Steve Krakauer, Mediaite

Christiane Amanpour has been ABC’s This Week host for nine Sundays and she has finished second, but mostly third, among the competition in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic.

Last Sunday, September 19, the show didn’t just finish in third place, behind NBC’s Meet The Press and CBS’ Face The Nation – it was the lowest ratings in the A25-54 demographic in more than seven years.

While ratings are only one indicator of a program’s success, they are an important one. As Amanpour settles into her new role, the low ratings will only amplify some of the early criticism of the hiring, until success, by Nielsen standards, is visible. [link]
Let me sum it up for the doofuses who thought Amanpour would be a fine host to sit in the seat once occupied by towering figures like Howard K. Smith and David Brinkley: She's not one of us.  And she never will be.  And she glories in that fact.

So ABC is watching one of its cornerstone programs implode.  Who would have thought it possible?  (Besides the entire western world outside New York.)

For Whom The Bell Tolls

We could debate whether or not CNN is "the most trusted name in news."  Me?  I don't distrust it ... greatly.  I just find it boring to tears.  As do most Americans, judging by its paltry ratings.

And speaking of ratings:

Poll: Among cable-news networks, MSNBC trusted by … 12%
By Ed Morrissey

In an otherwise serious poll from Politico and George Washington University, the survey also asks respondents which cable-news network they access most for political news.  The results aren’t terribly surprising, as they more or less mirror the ratings, but are still noteworthy for one network’s almost-total marginalization.  While Fox News Channel sailed to an impressive 42% and CNN got a substantial if unimpressive 30%, MSNBC got …

"More people are getting their news about the upcoming election from cable television than any other source, and from Fox News more than any other cable channel, according to a POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday.

"The poll found that 81 percent of those polled get their news about the midterm elections from cable channels, like Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, or their websites, compared with 71 percent from national network news channels, such as ABC, NBC or CBS, and their websites.

"Among cable news channels, Fox was the clear winner, with 42 percent of respondents saying it is their main source, compared with 30 percent who cited CNN and 12 percent who rely on MSNBC."

How did it get to this state?  After all, NBC had a long history in television news, starting decades before CNN and even longer than Fox.  Its partnership with Microsoft should have given the cable news network a distinct advantage in the New Media world.  Their roster of news anchors, present and future, should have immediately challenged CNN for primacy and marginalized Fox, who may have had cash but relatively fewer newsgathering resources in the US when it launched.

Under the direction of GE’s Jeff Immelt, though, NBC’s cable network went for the full-insane demographic.  Fox took CNN’s talking-head format and simply reversed the bias, although Fox rightly argues that it presents more opposing viewpoints than CNN did as part of their establishment talent and not just occasional guests and party spinmeisters.  NBC decided to emulate Air America with its cable lineup instead, perhaps seeing some opportunity in the last Bush term to capitalize on his unpopularity and become a center of opposition opinion. [link]
"The full-insane demographic."  That pretty much sums it up.

Too bad.  It could have been so much different.

Climate Scientists Can't Be Trusted

I read articles like this and wonder if there has been any increase in atmospheric temperature over time.  Cooking the books will have that effect. 

Those making up the numbers as they go along have the best of intentions of course.

So let's change the entire freaking world based on their good intentions.

For the love of God.

It's Come To This

Quote of the day from Byron York:
Wouldn't a party that is serious about running Congress at least try to pass a budget? Wouldn't a party that is serious about running Congress at least try to avert the chaos of a last-minute, across-the-board tax increase? And wouldn't a party that is serious about running Congress think twice before going along with a high-profile mockery of Congress itself?
"Unable to govern, Dems turn to Stephen Colbert", Washington Examiner, September 27, 2010