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Friday, November 19, 2010

Yeah, Ignore The BIG Issue

The boys over at the Roanoke Times are at it again.  They're upset with Governor Bob and the right hand of Satan, Ken Cuccinelli.  Again.

This time over something that is so nitpicky that it truly makes them (the nitwits at the Times) seem even smaller.  (Yes, we've now determined that that's possible.)

Here's their beef (in "Abusing Discretion"):
In a requested opinion, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said state law gives the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles the discretion to decide which documents constitute proof of legal residence.

Perhaps, but the DMV is abusing that discretion by refusing to recognize federally issued Employment Authorization Documents.

That decision, made at Gov. Bob McDonnell's behest last fall, was in reaction to the tragic death of Sister Denise Mosier, a 66-year-old nun on her way to a retreat in Prince William County.

She was killed in an accident with an allegedly drunken driver who had used an EAD to obtain a Virginia ID card. The driver did not, however, have a valid driver's license.

Prior to the accident, he was in the midst of deportation proceedings as a result of two previous drunken driving arrests.

[jf: Oh, did we forget to mention the fact that he was also found to be illegally in this country?]

McDonnell remains adamant that the DMV continue to refuse to accept the card. "Until the federal government can provide clear assurance that everyone who has an EAD is lawfully in this country, we will direct the DMV to continue not accepting this paperwork for purposes of receiving a Virginia driver's license," a spokesman said.

This policy accomplishes nothing but making life more difficult for legal immigrants trying to do the right thing and obtain valid driver's licenses.

The card had nothing to do with Mosier's tragic death, and this policy will do nothing to stop the next tragedy.
No, but it will stop illegal immigrants from obtaining Virginia drivers licenses, you twit.

"This policy accomplishes nothing but making life more difficult for legal immigrants trying to do the right thing and obtain valid driver's licenses."  Really?  Isn't it also the only "lawful" means at present by which illegals in this country can obtain a government ID?  Doesn't the policy therefore make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to obtain a valid driver's license here in the Commonwealth?

Are you guys even serious?

Look, all the feds need do is ensure the fact that they are not issuing forms of identification to foreigners who are here breaking our laws. Is that too much to ask?

Apparently so.

The lawbreakers must be protected at all costs.

May God have mercy.

Calm Down, Dude

Okay.  I don't want my junk fondled by a TSA employee either.  Without a promise of marriage at least.  But let's not go off the deep end.  The new Homeland Security procedures that have been adopted at America's airports are not the end of the free world.

As some would believe ...
Why Air Security is the Issue
By C. Edmund Wright, American Thinker

I submit that if we don't beat back the TSA's assault on innocent travelers, we might lose our nation for good. Or perhaps it would mean we have already lost it.

The reality is that the TSA is no more about airline security than ObamaCare was about affordable health care. Both the organization and the bill are about the dehumanization -- and control -- of theoretically free Americans. Thus, it is critical that Americans win push back efforts against both, because if we lose on these two fronts, we have effectively lost most of our freedom.

Now I realize there have been attacks on human freedoms all over our bureaucracy-infected society long before ObamaCare and Janet Incompetano's "grope and change" policies were in place. I submit, however, that if both our medical care and our mobility are controlled by the whims of government bureaucrats -- issues like toys in Happy Meals or sodium- and fat-free restaurants will be irrelevant. [link]
Whew. You need to calm down, there, partner.  And take a deep breath.

TSA is not about the "dehumanization and control of free Americans," theoretical or otherwise.  Although the procedures that the employees thereof find themselves required to perform certainly are dehumanizing - to them and to those they grope.  The exploration of one's private parts by a total stranger, acting on behalf of a government agency, can have that effect.

Look, don't forget, Obama didn't conjure the TSA (had he, I might be delirious about the body cavity searches too).  It was George W. Bush who dreamt up the notion that firing every baggage handler in the country in 2002, after the 9/11 attacks, and replacing every one of them with a government union employee was a good idea, and it was he who thought somehow that we'd be safer because of it.

Which, as some of us said at the time, is really what the TSA is all about.  It's not about control.  Or dehumanization.  Or airport security, for that matter.

The creation of the Transportation Security Administration was about creating union jobs.  Nothing more.

So take a pill.  And come back down to this planet.  The world is not coming to an end.

* I'll give the author credit for this: "Janet Incompetano."  I'll have to steal that line.
** There's an interesting argument being made that the new screening procedure is a violation of our 4th Amendment protection against unwarranted government searches.  That'll be fun to watch as it plays out in court. 

Food ... er, Drink For Thought

For your consideration:
From the Washington Post: “Federal officials began a crackdown Wednesday on potent alcoholic drinks that contain caffeine, warning manufacturers of the increasingly popular but dangerous beverages that the products are illegal.”

Why are they doing this?

Because a few college students got drunk and threw up because of these drinks.

Like that never happened with beer.

A 13-year-old girl can have an abortion — no questions asked — without her parents permission.

But a 21-year-old in college cannot have an adult [beverage] that has caffeine in it.

This is not Nanny State government. This is Nutty Buddy government.
Don Surber, "Obama Brings Back Prohibition," Charleston Daily Mail, November 18, 2010

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From Hot Air:

'nuff said.

On Moral Clarity ...

... and the absence thereof:

President George W. Bush, September 20, 2001:

"Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated."

Obama Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell, November 18, 2010:

"So, 2014 has been out there for quite some time as an aspirational goal for us to meet in terms of ultimately putting the Afghan security forces in the lead, having primary responsibility for the security of their country."

Say that again?

Say what you will about the man.  At least we knew where he stood.

Quote of the Day

From the Wall Street Journal editorial page:
Liberals, including even the editorial writers of the New York Times, have openly voiced doubts that Ms. Pelosi is the right person to lead her party back to a House majority. Beyond her core base of supporters, the people who seem most happy with her victory as Democratic leader yesterday appear to be Republicans.
"Pelosi's Blame Game," November 19, 2010

Memo to GOP Freshmen: J-O-B-S!

Vote to repeal the Democrats' worst 2010 abomination. Or obamanation.

That being ObamaCare.

Then quickly move on to freeing up the economy. That, more than anything else, is the reason you were sent to Washington.

Don't forget it.

Let the Democrats in the Senate deal with repeal. You need to remain focused on the jobs issue and get people back to work.

So, start by making good on your promise:
GOP freshmen feel Tea Party pressure
By Shane D’Aprile, The Hill

Several newly elected Republicans say they will push for an immediate vote in the House to repeal the healthcare law, a leading priority for the Tea Party movement.

The overwhelming majority of Republican challengers ran on pledges to repeal the law and already face pressure from Tea Party activists to act on those promises — particularly if they want the grassroots movement’s support in 2012.

“It’s critical that we have that vote,” said Rep.-elect Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), who defeated longtime Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) earlier this month. “I think we need to tell the folks that we’re doing what they sent us here to do.”

Like many newly elected Republicans, Griffith ran a campaign predicated on his opposition to the legislative priorities of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Obama, and he painted Boucher as one of their puppets in the House.

One of Griffith’s leading messages on the trail was a pledge to work for healthcare repeal, and that’s exactly where he wants the new Republican majority’s early focus to be.

“I think we vote to repeal first, send it over to the Senate and then we work on defunding [healthcare],” he said. [link]
Let the Democrats vote the measure down in the Senate.  And let us take down the names of those who killed it.  We'll deal with them.  Starting with James Webb in 2012.

But don't get mired in this.  Your future depends on your fixing the unemployment problem.  Fix it and the world is at your feet.

Stop the 'Green' Waste

Now that the Republicans have been swept back into power in the House and a bit of sanity has returned to Washington, maybe the new sheriffs in town can start dismantling the "green" behemoth and redirect those billions in squandered subsidies toward corporate tax cuts, which will, without doubt, create jobs.

To that end:
An Energy Drink for the GOP
By Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal

Ask Republicans what parts of the Obama agenda they hope to block or roll back, and the list is as long as Santa's—ObamaCare, financial regulation, tax hikes, cap and trade, unspent stimulus dollars.

One item you won't find: The White House's stated ambition to "transform" the, ahem, entire U.S. economy. It is kind of a big deal; the president calls his remolding of America into a high-cost, low-job "green economy" a top priority, an Apollo Project. Curious, then, it hasn't made the GOP list.

The Department of Energy's stimulus-tracking spreadsheet shows it has already awarded $33 billion to 5,137 entities—to states, to General Electric, to no-name start-ups. This is Soviet central planning under the guise of "investing" in America's future. And the breakthroughs, and jobs? Europe has proven these subsidies destroy traditional employment, are permanent drains on state funds, and raise energy prices.

The value-add would be a leader who has a conservative vision for U.S. energy policy. This doesn't mean just allowing more oil drilling and coal mining, or root-and-branch nuclear reform—that's also baseline. It means stepping back a federal energy apparatus that is flushing taxpayer dollars down ethanol, wind and battery projects while crowding out cheaper fuels and killing jobs. [link]

If all that's not bad enough, don't forget that a good bit of that money that the Democrats devoted to "green" energy went to the Chinese.

But most importantly, the massive investments that have gone into wind, solar, and biofuel technologies will, without doubt, never pay dividends.  Never.  The investments are a complete waste.

And this at a time when America is struggling with a mountain of debt.  And millions of unemployed citizens.

The Republicans have an opportunity to stop the madness.  And get this country working again.  By dropping the goofy notion that we have - or are even close to having - an alternative source of cheap and abundant energy that rivals coal, gas, and petroleum.

And by reducing taxes.  Returning those tax dollars to the companies that can - and will - create jobs.

Keep on heading down the path the Democrats have led us down and we'll all be both bankrupt and out in the cold.

And Now You Know The Rest Of The Story

I love this kind of thing:
Two Stories about Chicago. Both are true.


Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed 'Easy Eddie.' He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.

And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.

He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al 'Scarface' Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.

Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

The poem read:
The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.'


World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare.

He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.

He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.

Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.

Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.

Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.

This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


Butch O'Hare was 'Easy Eddie' O'Hare's son.
* Snopes takes the luster out of the story, but the basic narrative is accurate.