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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Elections Have Consequences

And, in the case of this last one, major consequences that will impact Southwest Virginia for years to come:

From Politico:
The Obama administration may consider caving to GOP demands to include nuclear and some coal production in a “clean energy standard,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday.

A national "clean" or "renewable" energy standard would require utilities to purchase a percentage of their electricity from nonfossil fuel sources and is seen as one of the administration's few options for a broad energy policy after the death of the cap-and-trade bill. [link]
"Clean" being a relative term, there's much room here for discussion.  And compromise. And, in Obama's case, caving.

And since there are no alternative alternative fuels out there that are viable, coal and nuclear are the only cards on the table. 

To boot, regardless what those drugged up environmentalist hippies would have you believe, emissions from our coal-fired power plants these days are pretty darn clean.

So here's to coal.  And nuclear.  And elections.

Long may they thrive.

These People Are Serious

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA6) is probably wondering how in the heck he got so lucky as to deserve this.

I received an email from the fellas at the Roanoke Tea Party, with the header reading:

"Roanoke Tea Party to protest Congressman Goodlatte on December 8."

Of course, my first reaction was to wonder what old Bob had done to arouse the ire of the most engaged - and strident - political group in the Commonwealth.

As it turns out he's done ... nothing.

Which, to the Tea Party, is tantamount to (how's that saying go? If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem?) being an obstruction to progress.

Here's the rest of the story:
Baby it's cold outside! But don't let that stop you from joining us Wednesday at noon for a protest rally in downtown Roanoke.

The Roanoke Tea Party and the 2nd Tuesday Constitution Group will meet up in front of Congressman Goodlatte's office on December 8 at noon to urge him to vote against the Food Safety Modernization Act (S510), when it comes up for a vote in the House.

Of course the title of the bill sounds so warm and fuzzy, but as always, the devil is in the details. Two particularly egregious aspects of this legislation are a provision to allow the production and distribution of food to be regulated by the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense in the event of an "emergency," and stipulations that even small home gardens comply with federal and international requirements.

It is expected that this legislation, which has passed the US Senate, will be brought up for a vote during the lame duck session in the next two weeks. Congressman Goodlatte has not declared his position on this dangerous enlargement of federal power, and we want to give him a clear statement of our thoughts on Wednesday.

There are many more details about this bill and why we urge opposition to its passage on our web site.

We will assemble at noon on the plaza in front on the Suntrust Building at the corner of Franklin Road and Jefferson Avenue. We'll march around for a bit and then send a group up to the Congressman's office to share our thoughts on this travesty of a bill, and request a statement from his staff.

If you can't join us on Wednesday, won't you call his office in Roanoke sometime that day at 540-857-2672, and politely ask him to vote against S510? [emphasis mine]
So Mr. Goodlatte hasn't declared one way or another on this issue (which really is something to be concerned about - both the issue and Goodlatte's lack of commitment).

But can we not call the gathering today a "protest"?  How about a Wake-Up Call?

In any case, the Roanoke Tea Party hasn't lost any of its drive and ambition since the election.  And that's a good thing.  There's so much work yet to be done.  And so little time ...

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Again, Goodlatte's phone number is 540-857-2672.  I'm sure his local administrative assistant would love to hear from you.

It's A Good Day

Democrats are an odd bunch.

Is that anger boiling over because there are Muslims out there wanting to slaughter Americans? No.

Is their anger boiling over because the mad mullahs in Iran will soon have the bomb with which to blow up New York and slaughter Americans? No.

Is their anger boiling over because North Korea might launch an attack on South Korea at any moment that might end up killing thousands of Americans stationed along the Demilitarized Zone? No.

They're angry because some of their fellow Americans won't have to pay higher taxes.

A strange lot, those Democrats. Really strange.

That's Right. We Own All The Guns.

Richard Cohen, clown columnist for the Washington Post, asks the question:

Why are liberals so unnaturally fixated on Sarah Palin?

His answers (in "Who is reading about Sarah Palin -- and why?"):
Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin.

The spectacular interest in Palin comes not, as you might imagine, from her fans on the political right. Nor from those who share her love of (dead) bears or those who can relate to her reality television show, in which you never see a book in her house ...

Two reasons. The first is that the left is sincerely mystified by Palin. It finds it hard to understand how someone so clearly clueless [jf: they know her that well ...].

The second reason is much more ominous. The left just doesn't get America. I say this as a fellow-traveler of liberalism and as one who recognizes that many liberals fear the heartland. They see it as a dark place of primitive religions and too many guns. For such a person, Palin is the perfect personification of the unknown and feared Ugly American who will emerge from the heartland to seize Washington, turning off all the lights and casting America into darkness. The left does not merely disagree with the right; it fears it.

As for myself, I trust America to distrust Palin.
On that last point, liberal Richard Cohen reinforces his point that liberals don't know the woman - or America - when he says he trusts us to distrust her.  Wishful thinking is my guess.  Or a liberal bedtime prayer.  Or perhaps he's just as small-minded as he comes across.  Take your pick.

And on that point regarding America being "a dark place of primitive religions and too many guns," I'd advise Cohen to stay in Manhattan, where religious beliefs revolve around The Deliverer Whose Name Is Obama and where guns proliferate as much as in those dark stretches of the hinterlands, just not in the hands of intentionally defenseless liberal nitwits like Richard Cohen.

But you're right ... Dick ... we out here in America own a lot of guns. For several reasons.  One of which involves those "(dead) bears."  And the other ... well, you just don't want to ever know.  You really don't want to know.

Not a Good Beginning

This doesn't give me any confidence in the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives:
Oversight for the Spenders
Boehner caves on Appropriations.
Wall Street Journal

House Speaker-designate John Boehner is hoping his decision to give Arizona spending rebel Jeff Flake a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee will blunt the news yesterday that the panel's GOP chairman will be an Old Bull spender. If Mr. Boehner really wants to make amends, he should ensure that Mr. Flake has real power at the committee, in the form of a new spending oversight panel.

Conservative groups were unhappy at yesterday's news that Mr. Boehner's Steering Committee voted to give the committee that dispenses federal dollars to Kentucky's Hal Rogers, whose spending record rivals that of any free-wheeling Democrat. Mr. Rogers was high on the seniority list, and Mr. Boehner wasn't willing to irk old-timers by reaching down to anoint a reformer. [link]
Perhaps Mr. Boehner didn't get the message we delivered in November.  We want the old-timers "irked."  It's the old-timers in Congress who have gotten us into the mess we're in.  In fact, it's old-timers like Hal Rogers who we'd just as soon be irked right out of the Republican Party.

Things have to change.  And the GOP has one chance - one - to get that change accomplished.  Unless he's had an epiphany, Hal Rogers isn't the man to do it.

This is not an auspicious beginning.  Where's Newt when we need him?