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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

NRA Should Take Note

I'm no longer a member so they can do whatever they want, but if the turmoil created by the political action arm of the VFW is any indication, the geniuses at the NRA might want to reconsider their strategy:
VFW battles VFW PAC over endorsements
By Ed Morrissey:

Yesterday, the political world scratched its head over the endorsement of Barbara Boxer — “Senator Ma’am” — by the VFW’s political action committee. It turns out that veterans weren’t very happy about it, either. The leaders of the VFW have effectively denounced their own PAC for a series of endorsements that look more like an argument for entrenched incumbency than actual defense of veterans’ interests:

"The national line officers of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are at odds with the VFW Political Action Committee (PAC), calling the methodology process used by the PAC 'seriously flawed at best this year and in immediate need of extensive review,' in the wake of the recent congressional endorsements made by the committee.

"'Even though the law requires that VFW-PAC be a separate organization, the acronym ‘VFW’ is attached to the committee and the natural assumption is that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is somehow making the endorsement decisions. Nothing could be further from the truth, but perception is reality,' said National Commander Richard Eubank.

"'Obviously, an organization’s political positions have to reflect the opinions of its members. But those opinions can’t be perceived as ‘off the wall,’ and the methodology used this year to grade candidates obviously is skewed in favor of the incumbent. That isn’t fair, and it actually subverts the democratic process.'" [link]
The VFW felt the heat.  And responded.

This while the NRA blindly - and willfully - pushes its "we favor incumbents with all else being equal in a political contest" policy, despite what its members feel.

It always annoyed me that the NRA could support a Democrat as liberal as our own Rick Boucher (D-VA9).  What the really smart people who run NRA have never seemed to have grasped is this: though Boucher is right on 2nd Amendment issues, 2nd amendment issues are purposely avoided being addressed in Congress.  Year after year.  Except in the margins.  The last time a substantive issue came up was when Bill Clinton was president and the "assault weapons" ban was passed.  That was sixteen freaking years ago.

And what has Boucher done since?  Besides telling us - every other year - that he supports ... guns?  He's done nothing to stop his anti-gun buddies in Congress from voting for every anti-gun candidate for federal district court, appellate court, and Supreme Court that has come up for nomination every year by every liberal anti-gun president since he was first elected to Congress last century.  That's all.

The judiciary, where the 2nd Amendment is under assault every goddamn day.

An assault on our gun rights aided and endorsed by the man who gets the endorsement of the NRA every two years.


Are you people that dense?

Could I - a humble former member of the NRA - make a suggestion?

Current NRA policy dictates that if two candidates in any contest earn equal ratings (A or A+) then the incumbent gets the nod.  Taking the bigger picture into account (see above), couldn't the premier gun rights organization on the planet skip any endorsement at all?

Wise up, people.  It didn't take an act of Congress to get through to the powers-that-be at the VFW.  They responded to the will of those who pay the paycheck.  Do the same or risk losing all credibility.  And membership.

Or go on blindly endorsing liberal candidates who do great damage to our gun rights where it counts most - in the courts.  It's up to you.

Perriello's Ship Is Sinking

Despite the deluge of negative TV ads (one of which wants us to believe that ObamaCare, which he voted for, isn't going to cut Medicare; no I'm not making it up ...) that his northeast contributors paid for, Tom Perriello's chances of winning reelection seem to be dimming.

From Mason Adams and Michael Sluss's "Blue Ridge Caucus":
Cook Political Report shifts 5th District to “leans Republican”

"Not quite sure when this happened, but sometime in the past week the Cook Political Report shifted its rating of the 5th District race between Democrat Tom Perriello and Republican Robert Hurt from a toss-up to 'leans Republican.'" [link]
The timing is perfect.  And the momentum favors the insurgent Republican. 

It appears that Southside is ready for a world of Hurt after all.

Now if we could just wise up enough good folks here in Southwest Virginia ...

Tommy Denton Lives!

(For those of you not familiar with the name, Mr. Denton (a) was the editorial page editor of the Roanoke Times before he decided to retire in 2006, and (b) offered up the most ghastly punchlines to ever grace a newspaper, in an attempt at being humorous.)

Only Denton could have written this one:

Number of the day


The number of confirmed planets discovered beyond our solar system as of Tuesday. The tally includes the first potentially habitable planet. Astronomers estimate that the 500th planet could be found before October is out.

With each discovery, the universe gets both a little bigger and a little smaller from here on Earth. [link]
In a word: G-H-A-S-T-L-Y.

With each ... what?  The universe ... what?

There are editorials that make you think.

And there are editorials that make you wonder.

And then there are those that make you want to simply shake your head in dismay.

Come on, Dan.  You're better than this.

Gittin' While The Gittin's Good

If Dickie Cranwell accomplished anything in his five-year tenure as head of the Democratic Party here it is to have taken the Commonwealth of Virginia from almost red to about as red as red can be.

For that Virginia thanks him.

And for that effort ...

Cranwell to step down as Democratic chairman
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Former Del. Richard Cranwell of Vinton will step down later this year as chairman of the state Democratic Party, ending a five-year tenure that included a string of successful elections and a disappointing 2009 campaign.

Cranwell said Tuesday that he will stay on as chairman through the November elections and turn over the leadership reins when the party's state central committee meets in December.

"We have a great ... [blah blah blah] [link]
Cranwell, as you may recall, was hand-picked by then-Governor Mark Warner for the post in 2005.  Which says a lot about Mark Warner's abilities as well.

So Cranwell is gone.  And chaos and ruin are left in his wake.

Thanks, dude(s).  We couldn't have done it without you.

The Children Are Doomed

And Washington D.C.'s Democrat elite are smiling:

Michelle Rhee to announce resignation as D.C. schools chancellor on Wednesday
By Tim Craig and Bill Turque, Washington Post Staff Writers

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee will announce Wednesday that she is resigning at the end of this month, bringing an abrupt end to a tenure that drew national acclaim but that also became a central issue in an election that sent her patron, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, to defeat.

Rhee survived three contentious years that made her a superstar of the education reform movement and one of the longest-serving school leaders in the city in two decades. Student test scores rose, and the teachers union accepted a contract that gave the chancellor sweeping powers to fire the lowest-performing among them.

Rhee and presumptive mayor Vincent C. Gray recently reached a "mutual decision" during a phone conversation that it was best for her to step down, said people close to both, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. [link]
The Democrats got what they wanted.  Michelle Rhee is gone.  And the poorest children in the country - nearly all black - will go back to a life of ignorance and failure.

How happy the party of Obama must be.

Ya Think?

Place Your Bets

I know what I'll be betting on.  And it isn't windmills and solar "power."  Or any other "green" fuel source the whackjobs in the environmental movement are promoting.

George Will makes the point that makes all the difference:

"So: There is ethanol promoted by government, which need not turn a profit. There is algae research by Exxon-Mobil, which does need to. Which do you think is most apt to serve the nation’s needs?"

Algae research? Bet on it. If only because someone's livelihood is totally dependent on its success or failure.

Since Obama & His Democrats Don't Want It ...

My God:

It's come to this.

Quote of the Day

From James Taranto:

"But since Congress hasn't been without Barney Frank since Jimmy Carter was president, there's no way to know how much worse--or better!--things would have been without him. But in three weeks, voters in Massachusetts' Fourth District will have a chance to let us all find out."

"If Sean Bielat Loses," "Best of the Web Today," October 12, 2010

Quote of the Day II

From Glenn Reynolds:

"Just like with ObamaCare, if your politics are wrong you’re in trouble: Dem candidate: DCCC canceled ads because I won’t support Pelosi. Today, your campaign ads. Tomorrow, your liver transplant.

"Am I joking? No. You can take that prediction to the bank. That’s who these people are, and this is how they think."

Stop the Democrats.  Repeal ObamaCare.  Vote November 2.

Quote of the Day III

From someone calling himself soccer dad:

"I thought that a free press exists as a check to the unrestrained exercise of power by the government. Clearly the Washington Post - unlike in the early 1970's - sees no reason now to speak truth to power. But if truth is too much couldn't we at least get a little skepticism?"

Not where Democrats are concerned.  In that case, the Washington Post turns a blind eye.

To its everlasting shame.

A Funny Story

You may remember little Chase from his drummer days.  And you may remember his mother, Jodi, from that time when my computer crashed a while back and she stepped in to host "From on High" for a few days, and offered up fashion tips to anyone interested (!).

Well, Jodi decided to enroll Chase in the Cub Scouts.  A decision for which she is to be commended.

Of course she was unaware that in the Cub Scouts they give you these patches to sew onto your nice new uniform.  Starting with (as I remember) the Webelos badge (or was it the Bobcat?).

Anyway, Jodi, who has lots of experience with photography and computers and ... fashion, has absolutely no experience with needle and thread.  So you can imagine what happened.

A phone call to Paula:

"I couldn't figure out how to use the sewing machine."

When Paula suggested going to the old-fashioned method - needle and thread (as God intended Cub Scout patches to be sewn on) - she hung up.  Then called back:

"The patch has a bulge on one side.  It's kind of loose."

When Paula suggested that she start over, she hung up.  Then called back:

"I got blood on Chase's uniform."


"I ran the needle into my finger."

"Ever heard of this little thing called a thimble?"

"A what?"

Chase, seeing where this was going and wanting to stop the ordeal before emergency medical technicians had to get involved, looked at Jodi and, in a most sincere voice, said:

"It's okay, Mom.  I'll just quit."

Calamity Strikes Bland County

Our one and only grocery store - the IGA - is closing.

That leaves the Dollar General and the gas station for us to get bread and milk.

You know the expression:

"A recession is when your neighbor loses his grocery store. A depression is when you lose yours."

We may be down to gathering mosses and lichens soon.