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Saturday, October 02, 2010

It Would Be a Pity

When I read the headline I thought maybe the Roanoke Times was going to fold:

But no. It's a Times editorial about the IRS not sending out tax forms in the mail in the future.

The editorial page notwithstanding, it would be a loss for Southwest Virginia if Roanoke did become ... paperless.

A REAL Hate Crime

I guess the lesson to be learned in this incident is to never say - or write in your weblog - anything untoward about homosexuals.  Or the wrath of liberal government officials will come down on you like Zeus on the Titans.  Read this and tell me who's really guilty of a hate crime:
Official to Face Hearing Over Blog Attacks
By Emma Graves Fitzsimmons, New York Times

An assistant attorney general in Michigan has taken a personal leave of absence and may be disciplined for his online attacks on a gay campus leader at the University of Michigan.

The official, Andrew Shirvell, has drawn national attention — and calls for his ouster — because of his attacks through his personal blog on the student, Chris Armstrong, who is believed to be the first openly gay president of the university’s student assembly. Mr. Shirvell has called Mr. Armstrong a racist with a “radical homosexual agenda.”

Mr. Shirvell, will face a disciplinary hearing when he returns to work, a spokesman for the attorney general said Friday. Mr. Armstrong, 21, has filed for a personal protection order against Mr. Shirvell.

University officials and students have come together to support Mr. Armstrong. The university has banned Mr. Shirvell from campus, and its president, Mary Sue Coleman, called his behavior reprehensible. “As a community, we must not and will not accept displays of intolerance,” Ms. Coleman said in a statement.

“I have no problem with the fact that Chris is a homosexual,” Mr. Shirvell said in the interview. “I have a problem with the fact that he is advancing a very radical agenda.”

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, a Democrat, weighed in via Twitter, saying, “If I was still attorney general and Andrew Shirvell worked for me, he would have already been fired.” David Leyton, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, demanded that Mr. Shirvell be fired. [link]
First, let's get this out of the way: This Shirvell character seems weird.

But do his actions - voicing his opinion on his own time, on his own blog, away from work - deserve the kind of punishment, and threats of punishment (from Michigan's governor, for God's sake) that came down upon him?

You'll note who's being accused of a "hate crime" (!) here.  The guy whose being fired - and vilified - imprisoned? - for having expressed his personal opinion.

Only in Liberal Land ...

Eat This, Rick!

I got the biggest smile on my face last night when I saw this Morgan Griffith ad appear on TV.  It uses Barack Obama as a cudgel to beat knots on Congressman Rick Boucher's balding head.  See "Obama Loves Rick Boucher":

The most left-wing president in American history, the one who proclaimed his intention to bankrupt the coal industry, the one who stated his desire to take from those who produce and give to those with their hand out, the man who feels more at ease bowing to foreign tyrants than working with our closest allies, loves our congressman.

There was a time when that love was reciprocated ...

... but Boucher is strangely silent about his best bud these days.


There is a whole mess of Southwest Virginians who see it as being only temporary.

If Warm Bodies Were The Answer ...

... high school math and science scores in this country would be the best in the world. Which they ain't.

Obama's answer?

More warm - union - bodies:
President: “We Need More Teachers.”
Reality: “Yoohoo! I’m Right Over Here! Hellooo!”
By Andrew J. Coulson, Cato Institute

This week, President Obama called for the hiring of 10,000 new teachers to beef up math and science achievement. Meanwhile, in America, Earth, Sol-System, public school employment has grown 10 times faster than enrollment for 40 years (see chart), while achievement at the end of high school has stagnated in math and declined in science (see other chart).

Either the president is badly misinformed about our education system or he thinks that promising to hire another 10,000 teachers union members is politically advantageous–in which case he would seem to be badly misinformed about the present political climate. Or he lives in an alternate universe in which Kirk and Spock have facial hair and government monopolies are efficient. It’s hard to say. [link]

While public school student enrollment has gone up only 10% - in 40 years! - public school employment - union labor - has jumped 98%.

And Obama says we need more employees in our schools.


If only he'd paid attention in class when he, instead, was out shoving cocaine up his nose.

Chart courtesy of Cato.
Click on the image to enlarge it.

Another Dem Looking In The Rearview Mirror

Just up the road from me you'll find another House race that is heating up.  One involving a longtime Democrat incumbent finding himself having to deal with an upstart Republican challenger, just as Rick Boucher is here in Virginia's 9th District.  That fossil's name is Nick Rahall, West Virginia's 3rd District.  Though ahead by a handful of points, his reelection is by no means a given, as it has been in recent years.

Already having to deal with an electorate there that has no use for Obama, or any other Washington politician who angles to put the coal industry out of business, Rahall also has to deal with this:

I bring this up for a reason.  I was driving north the other morning and had the chance to listen to Hoppy Kercheval, the "dean of West Virginia broadcasters," interview the congressman (on 1440, WHIS) and was struck by how unintelligent this Rahall seems to be. Besides having a penchant for butchering sentences, his explanations for some of his political positions and past votes were, as best as can be described, bizarre.  The one that leaps to mind was his defense of his declaration that he wanted to extend George W. Bush's tax cuts, but only for the middle class.

Now, if he had simply said he hated the rich or that he considered it a great ploy to get votes, it would be understandable.  Instead he made the argument that Bush's middle class tax cuts worked marvelously but Bush's upper class tax cuts failed to stimulate the economy.  How he came to that determination can be known only to him. 

He also espoused the notion that it's the "other 98% of the American people" who deserve to have that income tax break extended.  Apparently without grasping the fact that half that "other 98%" don't even pay federal income taxes to have cut.

My takeaway?  How on earth did this dude get elected in the first place?


"Rick Sanchez lost his job at CNN on Friday, a day after giving a satellite radio interview in which he called Jon Stewart a 'bigot' and suggested that Jews run CNN and the news media in general."

Boy, I hope this guy, whoever he is, didn't do any on-air work at CNN. Otherwise "the most trusted name in news" might be thought of as "the most hate-filled name in news."

Maybe Sanchez and those of like mind were what the head of the NAACP had in mind when he said “This reminds me of Kristallnacht.

Into The Past

Captain John N. Sloan of Pontotoc, Mississippi writes:
"On the 19th and 20th of September, I attended the dedication of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, and in company with the comrades rode over the once bloody field to where my Command participated.  After locating the place where I believe I was standing when shot down and lay among the dead and dying, more dead than alive, I remarked to my comrades that I thought I would see if I could find my teeth and jawbone.  In a little while my two comrades remarked: 'Captain, here are your teeth.'  They had picked up three teeth, which I believe are mine."

Appearing in Confederate Veteran magazine, November, 1895, thirty-two years after Captain Sloan had had his lower jaw shot away by a bullet in the bloodiest western battle of the Civil War - Chickamauga.