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Friday, November 26, 2010

That's Not The Way I Remember It

My memory may be failing me on this.  But I (some would call me conservative) recall being gleeful when then-Governor Tim Kaine became DNC chairman in 2008.  It meant that he would have less time to inflict damage upon us back here in ol' Virginie in his (flailing) role as the Commonwealth's chief executive.

But that's not how the Roanoke Times remembers it:
Democratic amnesia

Are the memories of Virginia's Democrats really that short?

It was less than two years ago, after all, when then-Gov. Tim Kaine faced a firestorm of Republican criticism after he reluctantly agreed to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee during his final year in office.

Democrats defended Kaine then, noting that he would work at the position only part time and that he would accept no pay until after his gubernatorial term ended.

Oh, and they accused Republicans of hypocrisy because no one in the GOP had criticized former Gov. Jim Gilmore when he served as head of the Republican National Committee during his final year as governor.

So what happens when McDonnell gets picked to become vice president of the Republican Governors Association -- a far less time-consuming, but no less partisan, task? [link]
"A firestorm of Republican criticism"?  Maybe I missed that.  But oh, well.

I still consider it much ado about nothing.  After all, if our once-Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces could talk military strategy on the telephone in 1995 while, at the same time, getting his horn tooted by one of his employees, a governor can perform his executive duties to the Commonwealth and still find time for MSNBC.  Or, now, Fox News.  And for those interminable fund-raisers.

I live by the motto: "That governor who governs least governs best."

With that thought in mind, I wonder if we can get McDonnell a slot on "Dancing With The Stars" too.

Doing An 'Obama' On Obama's Best Bud

This is sweet irony.

Few know of Barack Obama's rise in Chicago politics.  (And, these days, even fewer care.)  But there is a part of his biography that comes to mind as Chicago politics - with all its ruthlessness - once again plays itself out.

It's worth noting here that he won his first election to public office by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot on technicalities.

Neat trick, if you can get away with it.

But then this is Chicago.

And today?

Past is present. But it's Obama's right-hand man who's on the receiving end of the carving blade:
Official Objections to Emanuel Candidacy
By Monica Davey, New York Times

Chicago – Rahm Emanuel has made it perfectly clear that he wants to be mayor of this city. Now the question is: Does he qualify?

On Wednesday, at least five local residents filed separate objections to the candidacy of Mr. Emanuel with elections officials here, and more objections were expected to trickle in to the city’s Board of Elections in the next few days.

Mr. Emanuel’s critics argue that in moving to Washington to work as chief of staff in the White House, he left Chicago – giving up, they say, a requirement that he have legal residency in this city for one year before mounting a run for mayor. [link]
Being a legal scholar (okay, I took two business law classes in graduate school), I think the law will come down on Emanuel's side in the end.

But this is still fun to watch.

Certainly more fun than watching his mentor dazzle us with his superlative oratorical sk... zzzzzzzzzz.

So Emanuel's walking the same tightrope that Obama put his political opponents on all those years ago. 

Sweet indeed.

Cave Dwellers

It's generally accepted that global temperatures have risen, on average, 1° Fahrenheit in the last hundred years. (And they haven't risen at all since 1998.)  That's one ... degree ... Fahrenheit ... globally.  But the change, though so infinitesimal as to be well within anyone's margin of error (and there is a mountain of opportunity for error in that guessing game), is still something that makes the "experts" run in fear.

And make them see every little change in the weather as a portent of doom.

This is pathetic:
Front-Line City in Virginia Tackles Rise in Sea
By Leslie Kaufman, New York Times

As sea levels rise, tidal flooding is increasingly disrupting life here and all along the East Coast, a development many climate scientists link to global warming.

Many Norfolk residents hope their problems will serve as a warning.

“We are the front lines of climate change,” said Jim Schultz, a science and technology writer who lives on Richmond Crescent near Ms. Peck. “No one who has a house here is a skeptic.”

Politics aside, the city of Norfolk is tackling the sea-rise problem head on. In August, the Public Works Department briefed the City Council on the seriousness of the situation, and Mayor Paul D. Fraim has acknowledged that if the sea continues rising, the city might actually have to create “retreat” zones. [link]
Ya gotta love that "... the city of Norfolk is tackling the sea-rise problem head on" line by leaders there "briefing" and "acknowledging."  Not exactly Ray Lewis kinda "tackling."  But that's beside the point.

The city of Norfolk is being swallowed up by a virtually immeasurable 1° Fahrenheit change in global atmospheric temperature.  Run for your lives.

Well, there is also this, from the same article:

"Like many other cities, Norfolk was built on filled-in marsh. Now that fill is settling and compacting. In addition, the city is in an area where significant natural sinking of land is occurring. The result is that Norfolk has experienced the highest relative increase in sea level on the East Coast ..."

But, naaaaawwww.  It's global warming.

Like frightened children afraid to look under the bed for that bogeyman who is certain to be lurking there.

Lurking ... Lurking ...

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* A question: If the ground level is sinking, is the sea level actually rising? 

Just wondering.

Well, no I'm not.

Reckless Bunch, Those Teenagers

The typical small-mindedness of the New York Times's editorialists are on full display this morning:
Handguns for 18-Year-Olds?

The National Rifle Association keeps coming up with clever new ways to undermine public safety.

[T]he gun lobby has filed two lawsuits in federal court in Lubbock, Tex., to compel the State of Texas to allow young people between the ages of 18 and 20 years old to buy handguns and carry them concealed in public places.

Beyond the dubious legal claims, the idea that young individuals ages 18 to 20 have a constitutional right to buy weapons and carry them loaded and concealed in public is breathtakingly irresponsible. [link]
Yeah, those 18 to 20-year-olds are such an irresponsible gang of miscreants, aren't they?

Beyond this being insulting and condescending, there is then the obtuse.  Using the logic displayed above, and getting beyond the legal claims (!), since its an inarguable fact that a disproportionate number of "breathtakingly irresponsible" plagiarists come from the New York Times, shouldn't the government take away the Times's right to publish?

They have their broad brush, I have mine.

I'll tell you this, I'd rather have a heavily-armed eighteen-year-old Marine guarding my home than have some limp-wristed, narrow-minded, panty-wearing "liberal" from the New York Times deciding which of our freedoms we - and those 18 to 20-year old Americans - are allowed to keep any day of the week.

Raise Taxes, Reduce Tax Revenue

A lesson in "liberal" TaxThink:
Black-market cigarettes costing NY $20M a month
By Douglas Montero, Kevin Fasick, and Chuck Bennett, New York Post

The underground tobacco market is spreading like a fast-growing cancer in the wake of tax hikes that make New York cigarettes the most expensive in the nation -- and it's costing the state tens of millions a month in lost tax revenue, a Post analysis has found.

Illegal cigarettes are pouring into neighborhood bodegas by the truckload from neighboring Indian reservations, lower-tax states in the South and even as far away as China, authorities say.

Government data show that New York state is being smoked out of as much as $20 million a month from all these illegal cigarette purchases -- an estimated 7.3 million packs a month sold off the state tax radar.

Sales of taxed cigarettes have plummeted 27 percent since July, when state lawmakers raised the excise tax to $4.35 a pack on top of the city's tax of $1.50, making the average price of Marlboros here $11.60, with some shops charging as much as $14.

About 30 million packs are being sold legally each month -- down from 41 million packs a month before July.

The plunge far exceeds tobacco-control experts' predictions that sales would fall 8 to 10 percent, indicating that smokers are finding other means to get their nicotine fix.

In fact, the New York Association of Convenience Store Owners estimates that as many as half of all cigarettes consumed in the state lack proper tax stamps. [link]
The tax was raised.  Tax revenue plummeted. 

Who would have ever guessed that an industry supported by the people would still thrive despite the best efforts by scoundrels and thugs in government to ban it (which is really what's going on) by taxing it into oblivion?

Oh, yeah, Prohibition might have taught them something.

But I do believe these people are unteachable.

So We the People work around the blockheads.

That's the way it's always been.  That's the way it'll always be in these United States.

The Problem With Conservatives

Most of them are cowards.

And speaking of the American Thinker:
Don't Do It, Sarah
By Scott Ruppert, American Thinker

One headline reads, Palin Considering A Run For President In 2012. Another one says, I can beat Obama. The defibrillator paddles haven't even cooled off yet, and the conservative movement has a potential situation that could nullify all the gains it has made over the last eighteen months with this ironic wrinkle.

Don't do it, Sarah. It would destroy any notion conservatives have that they certainly couldn't do any worse than what we currently have.

I genuinely liked Palin when she broke on the scene. She proved she had stamina, energy, charisma, and a message that resonated with conservatives. But somewhere along the line, Gov. Palin unknowingly ... [link]
This, my friends, is exactly how we ended up with John Freaking McCain as our (godawful) standard-bearer in 2008.

I would ask the author to analyze these two sentences and reflect:

"She proved she had stamina, energy, charisma, and a message that resonated with conservatives."

"I haven't seen anything in Sarah Palin that suggests strength, gravity, and that edgy ability to craft strategies to dispatch opponents."

So which is it?

Balls, man.  Time to do a little personal inspection.

Back To The Old Obama

This is more like the politician who millions voted for:

Ah, he's got his Hope and Change groove back.

Of course, those same millions have now decided that tomorrow would be better if Obama would take his bullshit - groove and all - somewhere else.

In the immortal words of Melvin Udall: Sell crazy someplace else, Barack, we're all stocked up here.