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Monday, February 28, 2011

We Lose One Of The Good Guys

If you grew up loving baseball, you can reel off the most wondrous moments in the game's storied history.  Jackie Robinson stealing home; Bobby Thompson's series-winning home run; Willie Mays's over-the-shoulder catch in deep center field; Don Larsen's perfect game; Hank Aaron's 714'th; Lou Gehrig saying goodbye.  Memories.  Such memories.

A few of which are brought back to us occasionally.  An example: If you haven't seen HBO's "Brooklyn Dodgers: Ghosts of Flatbush," and if you love/loved the game of baseball, you need to rent it.  It will bring tears of joy - and of sorrow - to your eyes.  It is about - to me, anyway - the Golden Moment In Major League Baseball.  The year "Dem Bums" won the pennant.

Central to that story?  An unsung, unassuming, underappreciated hero named Duke Snyder.  "The Duke of Flatbush."

He died yesterday.  Age 84.

A pause to remember what was.

And will never be again.

Baseball, as far as I'm concerned, died years ago.  From four self-inflicted gunshot wounds.  Free agencyThe decision in 1969 to move away from an actual "pennant race" and into the unexciting playoff mish-mosh that is major league baseball today.  The designated hitter.  And moving the Dodgers out of Brooklyn and into Los Angeles.

Said Duke Snyder of the move: "When they tore down Ebbets Field, they tore down a little piece of me."

A little piece of a lot of us, pal.

Rest in peace, Duke.  You made for many a young boy a fond memory that will last forever.

I Think He's Serious

I'm guessing this isn't meant to be tongue-in-cheek.  The author, one Mike Tidwell, executive director of something called the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, is preparing for climate Armageddon.

But he wants you to know he's not an "end times" nut or anything.  He's just keepin' it real.

From his article appearing this morning in the New York Times:
Ten years ago, I put solar panels on my roof and began eating locally grown food. I bought an energy-efficient refrigerator that uses the power equivalent of a single light bulb. I started heating my home with a stove that burns organically fertilized corn kernels. I even restored a gas-free lawn mower for manual yard work.

As a longtime environmental activist, I was deeply alarmed by new studies on global warming, so I went all out. I did my part.

Now I'm changing my life again. Today, underneath the solar panels, there's a new set of deadbolt locks on all my doors. There's a new Honda GX390 portable power generator in my garage, ready to provide backup electricity. And last week I bought a starter kit to raise tomatoes and lettuce behind barred basement windows.

I'm not a survivalist or an "end times" enthusiast. When it comes to climate change, I'm just a realist.
A ... realist.

A realist who is preparing for the end of the world as we know it because the planet's atmospheric temperature has increased 0.2° F. in the last quarter-century. To a temperature that has now held steady for the last thirteen years.

Please.  You're killing me.

To the realist I have a suggestion: Get real.

* I'm guessing Mr. Environmentalist Activist keeps a Schwinn 10-speed in that GARAGE, by the way.  Ahem.

Unions & the Socialist Ideal

Robert Tracinski on the saga that is playing out in Wisconsin:

"The Democrats are fleeing from a lot more than their jobs as state legislators. They are fleeing from the cold, hard reality of the financial and moral unsustainability of their ideal."

The Europeans were a bit ahead of us in coming to the realization that socialism is bad for the human race.  Wisconsin teachers are grappling with that lesson only now.

It may take time, but sooner or later ...

Quote of the Day

From Newsweek's  Eleanor Clift:

"Since when does [duly elected Wisconsin Governor] Scott Walker represent 'the people'?"

It's not that she's a liberal that makes her come across as being a dumbass. 

Well, come to think of it, maybe it is.

Why Have a Constitution?

Madison and the boys got together and put in writing the outline of a plan that instructs us on how often we are to vote?  Is that it?  Does it mean nothing else?

Apparently so.

We've reached a point in our nation's existence when it becomes clear: Though it was originally written to grant a federal authority certain well-defined, limited, responsibilities, today the Constitution serves as little more than an excuse for the government to control every aspect of our lives.

Including, now, our thoughts.

Yes, if a ruling made by a federal district judge in Washington D.C. stands, the United States government is now recognized as having the "right" to control our "mental activity."

My God.
Regulating 'Mental Activity'
The Commerce Clause as thought monitor.
Wall Street Journal

The crux of these cases is whether the government's power to regulate "Commerce . . . among the several States" is so broad that it can mandate that everyone buy health insurance. Judge Gladys Kessler of the D.C. district court says in her 64-page opinion that this power includes regulating even "mental activity, i.e., decision-making."

The distinction between activity and inactivity is "of little significance," Judge Kessler writes. "It is pure semantics to argue that an individual who makes a choice to forgo health insurance is not 'acting' . . . Making a choice is an affirmative action, whether one decides to do something or not do something. They are two sides of the same coin."

Whoa. In other words, there is no constitutional principle that limits federal coercion. Any decision that doesn't conform to what the government thinks you should do is an economic decision and therefore everything is subject to regulation. Though she may not have intended it, Judge Kessler has shown that the real debate is between a government of limited and enumerated powers as understood by the Founders, and a government whose reach includes "mental activity." [link]
There are those who argue that this Kessler person is simply saying it's not the decision-making that she is granting the government the power to control but the actions that derive from decisions made.  Much as she would give the government the power to control - and punish - an act of murder that occurred as the result of poor decision-making.  To control that decision-making is to prevent the murder.

But that argument goes out the window in the case of Obamacare.  Here we're talking about a person's decision to do nothing.  To opt out of Obama's health plan.  To say no and walk away.  Kessler's rationale therefore goes out the window.  And it becomes the "mental activity" alone that she would grant a power to regulate.

Me?  I choose to maintain my freedom of thought.

At least for as long as they let me.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
-- George Orwell --

* Photo from the movie "1984."

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Roanoke Times Goes Spastic

The world is coming to an end. The Republicans in Washington have proposed spending cuts the size of which one can't see without a magnifying glass, cuts that, should the Democrats not go along, might well bring a shut down of the federal government. The implication from which has the Roanoke Times editorial team going ape shit.

Today's chuckle comes from their latest, "An economic disaster unfolds":
The looming budget impasse in Congress, which shows no sign of resolution, could have disastrous consequences.

Then again, the consequences if House Republicans get their way would be quite drastic, too.
Here's the hilarious part.  The Times bolsters its case that we are facing "economic disaster" if the government shuts down by citing the fallout that resulted from the last shut-down.  To wit:

"Hundreds of thousands of federal employees were furloughed. All sectors of the economy took a hit. During the shutdown, toxic waste cleanup at more than 600 sites was stopped. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control had to halt disease surveillance. Veterans services were cut back. National Parks closed."

That's the best they got?  Parks closed and scientists walked away from their microscopes?  No bodies littered America's streets?  No babies were stillborn?  No old people died in their nursing home beds form lack of federal care?  No - gulp - Big Bird and Cookie Monster having to go out and find a real job?

Well, there are those "hundreds of thousands of federal employees" - why did they forget to mention the category those employees were in, that of "non-essential personnel"? -  who were sent home for a few weeks.  Why they didn't include the fact that liberals were prevented from vacationing in Cancun (for a couple of weeks) because they couldn't get a passport is beyond me.  That's usually their favorite argument in support of keeping to a federal budget that includes a trillion bucks that we don't have.  That and Big Bird's heart-wrenching plight.

"Economic disaster."

I'm reminded of a political cartoon that appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal the other day.  It had to do with the "disastrous" cuts proposed by Wisconsin's governor, but the hysterical reaction to his really quite modest proposal applies:


 Yes, they have become that cartoonish.

Fire 'Em All

Quote of the Day:

"Wisconsin public employees are skipping work and lawmakers have fled the state and neglected their duties. Time for some people to lose their jobs."

The interesting thing is, they wouldn't even be missed.

L.A. Times Sides With Wisconsin Gov

It's true.  But the liberal editorialists there will never admit it.

Both Governor Scott Walker and the leftist Los Angeles Times agree on this: Public employee compensation is out of control and must be reined in.

From an editorial yesterday - "Day of reckoning on pensions":
The housing bubble and subsequent Wall Street collapse wreaked havoc on the nation's retirement savings, as many pension funds and 401(k) plans suffered losses of 30% or more. State and local governments are now facing huge unfunded pension liabilities, prompting policymakers to scramble for ways to close the gap without slashing payrolls and services. But a new report from the Little Hoover Commission in Sacramento makes a more troubling point: Many state and local government employees have been promised pensions that the public couldn't have afforded even had there been no crash.

The commission is right about the importance of reducing the liabilities posed by current employees. And though picking a fight with unions over unilateral reductions in pensions probably isn't the solution, the report should persuade both sides to do more at the negotiating table to prevent pension costs from swamping state and local budgets. As the commission notes, public employees in California enjoy some of the most generous pension plans in the country. Those plans won't do them much good, however, if their employer can't afford to keep them on the payroll. 
Someday liberal editorial writers will come to the understanding that public employee unions are not in place to negotiate in the best interests of the taxpayer.  And the threat of layoffs doesn't phase the leaders thereof one bit.  They are focused solely on one thing:  Show us the money.

Still, when even liberal opinion mongers grasp the fact that we can't continue down the path we're on, we have made serious progress.

Of course it took America teetering on the brink of disaster to finally bring them around ...

Washington Post Sides With Tea Party

Pinch me.  The liberal L.A. Times and the Washington Post both send up editorials that adopt conservative positions on the issues of the day that are most pressing.  In the case of the Times, it has to do with the unsustainable - and indefensible - public employee pension time bomb.

And the Post?

It has decided that the time has come for the government to cut loose many of those feel-good programs that the government had no business involving itself in in the first place. From "What Government Is For":
On the Sunday Opinions page today, we publish alarms from a number of advocates for federal programs endangered by Republican budget cutting. We sympathize with many of the appeals. But we also recognize that the United States is facing a fiscal challenge that, if unaddressed, threatens U.S. prosperity and global leadership.

Public radio and television provide levels of serious news and cultural coverage and of civility that are otherwise not prevalent in today's media. The Institute of Peace promotes some valuable research and field work. Support for the arts is an emblem of a civilized society. It's true that if Washington got the bigger, harder things right - controlling health-care costs and aiming entitlement programs at those who really need the help - there'd be enough left over for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. But as a matter of politics and fairness, some of the nice-to-haves are going to have to take a hit: There are worthy things that government is no longer going to be able to do.

The Washington Post advocating the elimination of federal programs. I must have died and gone to heaven.

On Course To Third-World Status

We talked yesterday about the fact that the U.S. now finds itself in a position to have a corporate tax rate on new investment that is twice the global average, discouraging capital and driving dollars overseas, where they are welcome.

Coupled with that drive to send jobs overseas through punitive taxation, there is this:


It has to do with the fact that the U.S. goes out of its way to punish oil companies.

As the price of gas explodes to $4 a gallon.

A circumstance that will certainly kill more jobs.

May God have mercy.

The New Civility

So you know, this radio talk show host is the leftists' answer to Rush Limbaugh:


The only difference is, Rush cuts up and has fun each day he broadcasts through his "golden EIB microphone," while this guy spews nothing hate.

Oh, and another difference: Rush has an audience of millions.  Malloy has his handful of liberals.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ah, Youth

Dream the impossible dream ...


And they'll have such visions until they grow up, find out there's a real world out there, start paying taxes, and determine that such monumental waste is biting them in the shorts.

Then they'll be normal.

Quote of the Day

Christopher Hitchens on the Community-Organizer-In-Chief's confused, amateurish, and feckless approach to the turmoil in the Middle East:
The United States, with or without allies, has unchallengeable power in the air and on the adjacent waters. It can produce great air lifts and sea lifts of humanitarian and medical aid, which will soon be needed anyway along the Egyptian and Tunisian borders, and which would purchase undreamed-of goodwill. It has the chance to make up for its pointless, discredited tardiness with respect to events in Cairo and Tunis. It also has a president who has shown at least the capacity to deliver great speeches on grand themes. Instead, and in the crucial and formative days in which revolutions are decided, we have had to endure the futile squawkings of a cuckoo clock.
"Is Barack Obama Secretly Swiss?," Slate, February 25, 2011

Why Smart Money Is Going Overseas

There are two primary reasons* why an investor would want to spend his money here in the U.S.:

1) We have a stable political environment, and ...

2) The potential for a solid return on investment portends money well-spent.

Well, with the antics on display in the legislatures in Wisconsin and Indiana these days, making this country of ours look like a banana republic, you can soon kiss the first principle goodbye.

And the second?

Only a fool ...
New Estimates of Effective Corporate Tax Rates on Business Investment
by Duanjie Chen and Jack Mintz, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

In his State of the Union address, President Obama discussed cutting America’s high corporate tax rate. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and congressional leaders are also interested in corporate tax reform. Should Japan cut its corporate tax rate in April as planned, the U.S. statutory rate of about 40 percent—including federal and state taxes—will be the highest in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

This bulletin presents estimates of effective corporate tax rates on new capital investment for 83 countries. “Effective” tax rates take into account statutory rates plus tax-base items that affect taxes paid on new investment, such as depreciation deductions, inventory allowances, and interest deductions. Our calculations also account for other taxes that affect investment, such as retail sales taxes on capital purchases and asset-based taxes.

We find that the U.S. effective corporate tax rate on new investment was 34.6 percent in 2010, which was the highest rate in the OECD and the fifth-highest rate among 83 countries. The average OECD rate was 18.6 percent, and the average rate for 83 countries was 17.7 percent. [link]
 Our effective corporate tax rate on new investment is 34.6%.  Double the global average.

Where are you going to invest?  Poughkeepsie?

I don't think so.

* There are third and fourth reasons relating to labor as well.
** It should be noted that the legislature in Canada slashed its effective corporate tax rate on investment in half in recent years. 

How To Conquer Our Enemies

Laugh them to death:


How about we save some heartache and hoist the white flag now?

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I'm not sure why I find it funny.  It is the new norm, it seems.

I was talking to a fella the other day who works at the Pocahontas State Correctional Center over in ... well, I forget where ... and he was telling me that he has to go through "customer service training."

You'll never guess who the "customers" are.

The world has truly gone mad.

It Got Tedious Long Ago

You've heard the adage:

If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Democrats these days have but one tool. Thus, everything is the same nail.

This got tiresome decades ago:


Whatever.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The New Civility

Wisconsin Democrats.  Acting like Democrats.

The video:



They lost the vote. So they threw a tantrum.

How pathetic.

A Soviet Commissar Couldn't Have Said It Better

Only in this case it's a federal judge.

A federal judge telling us that Obamacare is constitutional.

Because the government has every right to control what we think.

This, from U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler's ruling, should send chills down your spine:
As previous Commerce Clause cases have all involved physical activity, as opposed to mental activity, i.e. decision-making, there is little judicial guidance on whether the latter falls within Congress’s power….However, this Court finds the distinction, which Plaintiffs rely on heavily, to be of little significance. It is pure semantics to argue that an individual who makes a choice to forgo health insurance is not “acting,” especially given the serious economic and health-related consequences to every individual of that choice. Making a choice is an affirmative action, whether one decides to do something or not do something. They are two sides of the same coin. To pretend otherwise is to ignore reality.
In fewer words, this federal judge has decreed that we must think the way Obama and his Democrats have mandated that we think.  And we must act accordingly.  By purchasing Obamacare whether we want it or not.  Or the power of the federal government will descend upon us.

As John Fund puts it:

"This is breathtaking legal reasoning: Anyone's thoughts are actually actions that can be dictated by the federal government."

This is not the America I grew up respecting.

This is slavery.

And I'll have no part of it.

I will have no part of it.

What To Make Of This?

Maybe Nancy Pelosi is simply delusional.  Or megalomaniacal.

A case can be made ...
Pelosi edits honorary resolution...on Pelosi
By Molly Ball, Politico

The Democratic National Committee wanted to honor Nancy Pelosi Thursday -- but its praise wasn't good enough for the House minority leader.

When the DNC's Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi's years as speaker of the House, Pelosi's daughter sought to alter the proposal at her mother's behest, adding some of the accomplishments that the elder Pelosi felt the committee had overlooked.

"I have some friendly amendments," said Christine Pelosi, a political strategist, at the committee's session during the DNC Winter Meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel Thursday afternoon. She is a member of the committee.

"You think I'm kidding," Christine Pelosi added, to surprised laughter from the room. The proposed changes, she indicated, came out of a discussion with her mother.

First, Pelosi wanted to add a mention of her fight against HIV and AIDS, because it was "why she went to Congress." Then, she wanted to insert a paragraph on her "accomplishments for equality," mentioning the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" in December.

"Finally, since, as she said, 'I'm not going anywhere,' she wanted to add, in the final 'whereas' clause, '...and will continue the fight for America's working families,'" Christine Pelosi said.

The committee applauded that point, and approved the amended resolution on a voice vote. [link]
She's one strange woman.

Works For Me

What are those Wisconsin Democrats doing each day they spend in Illinois?  They claim they're working.  For the people.

Okay, says an Illinois legislator.  You work here, you pay taxes here like everyone else.

This is way cute:
Ill. lawmaker introduces bill to tax roving Wisconsin senators
By Steve Schultze, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Republican lawmaker from Illinois introduced legislation Thursday that would subject Wisconsin senators who crossed the border to Illinois income taxes for their time working in "the Land of Lincoln."

Illinois Rep. Mike Tryon, of Crystal Lake, said the Wisconsin lawmakers should be subject to the Illinois tax in the same way Green Bay Packers players must pay Illinois tax for games played at Soldier Field.

Fourteen Democratic senators from Wisconsin fled the state for Illinois a week ago to avoid having to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's bid to strip most collective bargaining rights from public employees.

Tryon said he opposed a 2007 bill that extended the 5% Illinois tax to temporary workers -- including professional athletes and movie stars. But if it's on the books, the Wisconsin senators should pay, Tryon said.

"We believe they are working because they are on TV saying they are working," he said. [link]
Seems like the right thing to do under the circumstances.

Food For Thought

Kimberley A. Strassel on Obama's support of collective bargaining:
The union horde is spreading, from Madison to Indianapolis to a state capital near you. And yet the Democratic and union bigwigs engineering the outrage haven't directed their angry multitudes at what is arguably the most "hostile workplace" in the nation: Washington, D.C.

It will no doubt surprise you to learn that President Obama, the great patron of the working man, also happens to be the great CEO of one of the least union-friendly shop floors in the nation.

This is, after all, the president who has berated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employees, calling the very idea an "assault on unions." This is also the president who has sicced his political arm, Organizing for America, on Madison, allowing the group to fill buses and plan rallies. Ah, but it's easy to throw rocks when you live in a stone (White) house.

Fact: President Obama is the boss of a civil work force that numbers up to two million (excluding postal workers and uniformed military). Fact: Those federal workers cannot bargain for wages or benefits. Fact: Washington, D.C. is, in the purest sense, a "right to work zone." Federal employees are not compelled to join a union, nor to pay union dues. Fact: Neither Mr. Obama, nor the prior Democratic majority, ever acted to give their union chums a better federal deal.
"Union Power for Thee, But Not for Me," Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Priorities

The Super Bowl Seat

A man had 50 yard line tickets for the Super Bowl.

As he sat down, he noticed that the seat next to him was empty.

He asked the man on the other side of the empty seat whether anyone was sitting there.

"No," the man replied, "The seat is empty."

"Really?" asked the first man.  "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event in the world, and not use it?"

The second man replied, "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away.   This will be the first Super bowl we haven't been together since we got married in 1967."

"Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else -- a friend or relative, or even a neighbor to take the seat?"

The man shook his head. "No, they're all at the funeral."

Received via email.

Obama Gets His Wish

Filled up at the gas pumps lately?

No money left over for milk and bread?

Is it at all comforting to know that the soaring price of unleaded is part of our nation's plan for the future?

Obama's energy secretary, one Steven Chu, on gas prices:

"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."

As you can tell from your trip to the neighborhood Citgo, they have indeed figured it out. Though we have a long way to go to get to where the Europeans have taken fuel costs, gas prices here in the U.S. are going through the roof. At the same time, seventeen million Americans find themselves to be either unemployed or newly underemployed. With 44 million people now living in poverty. With their vehicles providing the only means of transporting them out of their hellhole existences.

So much for the American Dream.

Obama, as you may recall, only regrets the fact that the rise in gas prices hasn't been more gradual.  But you can bet he's pleased as punch that the trend is ever upward.

How gleeful he and his ilk must be these days.

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* Then there are the nitwits who want to add to our burden.  See "Stagnant gas tax needs adjustment."  As you might guess, this call for increasing the suffering came from the leftists at the Roanoke Times.


Only when we are all impoverished (and in chains) will these people be happy.

Changing The Subject

The scourge of unemployment continues to ravage this country - as it has for years.  The home mortgage sector reels in its worst depression ever.  The war in Afghanistan is no longer a war; it's now a halfhearted attempt at meeting an empty campaign promise.  A checklist item that requires - as a side effect - that  American soldiers and marines die.  Inflation is now upon us, with all the devastation that it brings.  The federal debt.  The annual budget deficit.  The energy crisis.  The shortage of food crisis.

And what is Obama concentrating on?


Rome burns. As our president launches an effort to fiddle with the (beleaguered) institution of marriage.

For the love of God.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Democrats Are Strange

I have to wonder what kind of person runs for election to public office - a legislator no less - and thinks it's his or her duty to ... avoid doing the work they were sent there to do?

Now it's happening in Indiana:


Are they cowards? Are they stupid? Is someone holding a gun to their heads?  Is it the meds?

For the life of me I don't understand what they think they are going to accomplish by hiding in a closet in a Motel 6 in Kickapoo, Illinois.

But there they are.  And there they'll stay.

Me?

I go along with this guy.

Until they regain their senses - or the drugs wear off - those Democrats can expect a whole lot more headlines like this to hit the broadband waves:

BREAKING PHOTOS!! Wisconsin “Fleebagger” Spotted In Illinois. UPDATE: Police Called To “Fleebag” Hotel

Yet there they'll stay.  With their brethren from Indiana.  Sneaking off to Denny's each morning for a Grand Slam breakfast.  Singing "We shall overcome ..."

For the love of God.

Quote of the Day

From the second-most influential Democrat in the country, Senator Harry Reid:

"We should do everything we can to make sure the world holds Nevada in the same high regard you and I do. If we want to attract business to Nevada that puts people back to work, the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution."

If we want to create jobs, we need to ... outlaw prostitution?

Don't feel like the lone ranger. I have no idea what the dolt is thinking either.

Cuccinelli: 'A Step In The Right Direction'

Indeed it is.  But a short step.  With a lot of bigger follow-on steps needed if We the People are to regain the liberties that the United States Supreme Court has decimated over the years.  Still, let's celebrate ...

Ken Cuccinelli:
Attorney General Cuccinelli statement on passage of property rights amendment in the Virginia Senate

Richmond (February 22, 2011) – Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued this statement following the Virginia Senate’s passage of an amendment that would enshrine private property protections in the Virginia Constitution. House Joint Resolution 693 passed the Senate today 35-5.

“Today’s passage of a resolution in the Virginia Senate to include permanent property rights protections in the Virginia Constitution is a step in the right direction and is a long time coming. For too long, government and certain business interests colluded to make it possible to take the land of one landowner and give it to another, merely for the purpose of increasing tax revenue or employment or for private gain.

“While I sponsored a law in 2007 to stop such takings, every year since then, the General Assembly and special interests have attempted to chip away at those protections. That is why there was a need to put these very fundamental rights in the Virginia Constitution and protect them from the political whims of future legislatures.

“There were four critical components necessary to this constitutional amendment to correct past wrongs:

1. We ensured that private property only be taken for true public uses, such as schools and utilities; not for increased tax revenues, economic development, or private gain;
2. We made sure that the burden of proving that the taking is for a true “public use” is squarely on the entity taking the property;
3. We specified that no more property be taken than is necessary for the project at hand;
4. Finally, we ensured that the cost of taking private property be borne by the public, not the individual property owner. The public at large benefits from the property, and so it should bear the total cost, which includes compensating landowners for loss of profits when businesses are forced to move, and loss of access when property is taken which gave a landowner access to his land.

“One of the compromises made to get this resolution passed was to give the General Assembly the authority to define the terms ‘lost profits’ and ‘lost access’ so that courts can ensure that just compensation is given to landowners whose property is ultimately taken. It will be absolutely critical for the members of the General Assembly to properly define those terms in the law, so as to fully protect the property rights of Virginia families and businesses. A failure to do so would render much of this amendment meaningless.

“I now urge the House of Delegates to accept the language of this resolution as it comes out of the Senate, so that we are assured its passage and signature by the governor.”
Excellent.

We need this guy on the United States Supreme Court.

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It's worth mention that it was a Democrat - Johnny Joannu of Portsmouth - who sponsored this legislation.  Here, from an earlier attempt to protect our right to property, is Mr. Joannu on the subject of property seizure by the government:







You done good, sir.  We the People thank you.

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Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg):

"No government should ever have the authority to take someone's property just because they think they have a better use for it in mind."

Amen, brutha.

Where's Obama?

A lot of people want to give our president a pass on the turmoil in the Middle East.  Either because, they've decided, he's powerless to do anything about the widespread mayhem and unprovoked killings of hundreds of civilians from Libya to Egypt to Bahrain, or because events are unfolding so quickly that no one could predict what needs to be done next.  In a few words - There's nothing Obama can do.

Fine.

But there is another problem - Obama's problem - that has been going on for many months now, and has gotten worse and worse, and he's done nothing to stop it.

And Americans are being killed:


A frustrated and impatient Abraham Lincoln once wrote a letter to his top commander in the field during the Civil War, a man who ruled the largest standing army on the face of the earth at the time but who was interminably reluctant to use it against the (much smaller) forces of Robert E. Lee:
My Dear McClellan:

If you are not using the army, I should like to borrow it for a short while.

Yours respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln
From the American people to Obama:

You have the largest Navy on the planet. If you're not going to use it, we'd like to borrow it for a short while.

Yours respectfully,

We the People

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Want to see pathetic?

This from the head of our Department of State sums up the foreign policy of the lone superpower on earth:

"We will take appropriate steps in line with our policies, our values and our laws, but we're going to have to work in concert with the international community."

In other words, Hillary intends to go home and bake a batch of cookies for the hubbie.  Defenseless human beings around the world will have to take care of themselves.  Ta ta.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Lesson To Be Learned

Be wary of people who smile, hold their hand out, and speak of good intentions.

See "State agency finds phony charity collected $2 million in Va."

Another (alleged) scam.

Do what I do.  Stick to the tried and true.

The Boy Scouts (and Girl Scouts).

The Red Cross.

The Salvation Army.

Know your money is being well-spent.

* I once included the United Way on my list.  Until its leaders in certain locales decided to discriminate against the Boy Scouts (!).  Now they can pound salt.

** My list does not include the myriad animal charities that the little woman donates to - in part because she keeps it a secret.  The magnitude would probably freak me out anyway.  Ignorance is bliss ...

Socialism In Its Purest Form

Obama, take note:


Ay, yes. Another workers' paradise.

Let's have that conversation about Wisconsin, shall we?

Uh Oh. Time To Rethink My Position.

One of the looniest leftists in America, Richard Cohen, lambasts America's unions this morning for being greedy and shortsighted?  See "Government pensions, an obesity epidemic."

Richard Cohen agrees with the American taxpayer.  I'm still here on Planet Earth, right?

Why is the room spinning?

Bush Appears Impotent & Weak In Libyan Saga

I thought I'd write the headline that the Washington Post really wanted to write this morning.  Alas, G.W. Bush is gone.  And the man who is going to - someday - change the world - that would be the Post's Big Daddy - is in charge.

So innocuous is the order of the day:


Ah, yes, we're back to "U.S."

Us.

Odd how that works when a Democrat - especially the one who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for God's sake - is in power.

The Washington Post, November 3, 2009:

"It's been a year since a healthy majority of American voters elected Barack Obama to change the world. Which is precisely what he's doing."

It's been three since a healthy majority of American voters elected Barack Obama to change the world. Now they just hope he'll soon change his address.

Remember When Democrats Roamed The Earth?

Lying to We the People and jamming unwanted, unwise, and unwarranted legislation down our throats will have this effect:
Number of Solidly Democratic States Cut in Half From '08 to '10
By Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup

Princeton, NJ -- Gallup's analysis of party affiliation in the U.S. states shows a marked decline in the number of solidly Democratic states from 2008 (30) to 2010 (14). The number of politically competitive states increased over the same period, from 10 to 18, with more limited growth in the number of leaning or solidly Republican states.


Looking more closely at the changes in state party affiliation since 2008, only one state moved from a Democratic positioning to a Republican positioning -- New Hampshire, which was solidly Democratic in 2008 but now is considered leaning Republican. Alabama, Kansas, Montana, and South Dakota moved from a competitive designation to solidly or leaning Republican status. A total of 12 states -- Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin -- shifted from solidly or leaning Democratic to competitive. No states have moved in a more Democratic direction since 2008. [link]
Well, it looks like Obama did bring "hope and change" to America.  That positive change that we'd all hoped for is materializing.

Hats off toy you, Barry.

* Click on the chart to enlarge it.
** Chart courtesy of Gallup.

What's Up With New Zealand?

We're only into February and already this year it's been hit with a powerfully destructive cyclone that brought with it massive, widespread flooding, and now this:

Powerful earthquake hits New Zealand near Christchurch


You may not be aware of it but a good deal of the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy was shot in New Zealand.

The way things are going there, Mordor, the devastation-enshrouded kingdom of Sauron, may become a reality.


Good grief.

How About That?


Too funny.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Memo to Florida Democrat

Yeah, you made national headlines by revealing yourself to be a goof.

More importantly, though, and take this as constructive criticism:

Do something about the hair.

A blow torch would be a good start.

Or a hedge trimmer.

As Agent J might say, "Damn, girl!"

GOP Pees On Forest Fire

This is progress?


The United States government was given an Obama budget of $3,830,000,000,000 for this year. The crusaders in the Republican Party have knocked that down by an amount equal in size to a pimple on a gnat's ass.

Worse yet? 

This gem came in the form of a "continuing resolution."  The next budget is yet to be hammered out.  With a Democratic Senate.  And with Mr. What-Deficit?

Expect that forest fire to become an inferno.

Bad Guys Have Guns

But then good guys sometimes do too.  Which makes for an interesting exchange of interpersonal dialogue and male bonding:
The man pulled a blue .357 revolver with a 4-inch barrel from his waistband, pointed it at the clerk and said, “Give me your money!”

The clerk had practiced for just such an occasion. He was ready.

He zeroed in on the robber’s cylinder and saw it was empty as he reached for his own gun and pulled it from its holster.

“His eyes got as big as two dinner plates,” the clerk said. “Before I got mine pointed at him, he ran to the door at, like, 95 mph. I’m surprised he didn’t bust the glass out of the door.” [link]
You gotta admit, that took guts.  The clerk assumed the .357's cylinder was empty because he couldn't see any bullets within.  Even though the one that might be positioned such that it's about to come out the barrel you couldn't see if you tried.

Anyway, all's well that ends well.

But I'd suggest you not try this at home.  Not all robbers are this stupid.

Quote of the Day

From respected economist Robert J. Samuelson:
Vice President Biden, an avowed friend of good government, is giving it a bad name. With great fanfare, he went to Philadelphia last week to announce that the Obama administration proposes spending $53 billion over six years to construct a "national high-speed rail system." Translation: The administration would pay states $53 billion to build rail networks that would then lose money—lots—thereby aggravating the budget squeezes of the states or federal government, depending on which covered the deficits.

There's something wildly irresponsible about the national government undermining states' already poor long-term budget prospects by plying them with grants that provide short-term jobs. Worse, the rail proposal casts doubt on the administration's commitment to reducing huge budget deficits. How can it subdue deficits if it keeps proposing big spending programs?
"High-Speed Rail Is a Fast Track to Government Waste," Newsweek, February 16, 2011

It Must Be In The Genes

Why do all these Democrats who work day and night to pass laws governing my life seem so often to be breaking the law?

Today's example:
Mayor of large NYC suburb resigns after conviction
By Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press

White Plains, N.Y. — The mayor of one of New York City's largest suburbs resigned Friday, two months after his conviction on domestic violence charges brought by his wife.

White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley, who is appealing, said he had to spend more time on the case than he expected, and more than a mayor can afford.

"I can no longer allow the circumstances of my personal life to be a distraction" from the city's needs, the 49-year-old Democrat said at a City Hall news conference.

"It is my hope that at the end of this judicial process, the truth will ... [blah blah blah] [link]
Glenn Reynolds points out that this felon is "ANOTHER ONE OF MIKE BLOOMBERG’S “MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS.”

That's rich.

As the shenanigans coming out of the Party of Clinton point out on a regular basis, laws are for the little people.

The Pressure Cooker

Been to the grocery lately?  Bought a tank of gas?

I think the experts are way behind on this.  Serious movement on the inflation front has been going on now for a period of time, yet only now they see it beginning to take hold.  What gives?
Inflation makes comeback as prices rise for food, fuel
By Patrice Hill, Washington Times

Inflation is making a quick comeback after touching the lowest levels in decades last fall.

Fast-rising prices for food, fuel and other basic necessities, stoked by rapid growth in emerging countries, are coming home to American consumers despite reluctance by U.S. businesses to raise their prices.

A report from the Labor Department on Thursday showed consumer prices rose by 0.4 percent in each of the past two months — or a 4 percent annual rate over the last quarter f fed by the biggest gains in food prices in two years and surging energy prices. [link]
The price of housing has been something of a relief valve in recent years, but indications are that that market segment is starting to stabilize.  And manufacturing output, if the numbers are to be believed, is smokin'.  Which makes for inflationary pressures to build.  Then there's the worsening problem with energy and our dwindling resources (thanks, Obama) (thanks, China).

In a word, this is bad.  So many people on fixed incomes.  So many people depending on their "nest egg" for their retirement years.  A nest egg that won't buy them a Starbucks coffee, if things don't turn around.

By the way, don't expect a turnaround.

Strap yourselves in.

I'm just surprised that the "experts" are just now catching on.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Oh, No. The Tide Has Turned.

The redeemer has arrived on scene to save the day for Wisconsin's public employee unions.

See "Madison protests joined by…Jesse Jackson?".

With apologies to Thomas Buchanan Read:

Up from the guv'nor, at break of day,
Bringing to Washington fresh dismay,
The affrighted air with a shudder bore,
Like a herald in haste to the chieftain's door,
The terrible grumble, and rumble, and roar,
Telling the battle was on once more,
And Jackson a thousand miles away.

And wider still those billows of war
Thundered along the horizon's bar;
And louder yet into Washington rolled
The roar of that red sea uncontrolled,
Making the blood of the listener cold,
As he thought of the stake in that fiery fray,
With Jackson a thousand miles away.

But there is a road from D.C. town,
A good, broad highway leading down:
And there, through the flush of the morning light,
A steed as black as the steeds of night
Was seen to pass, as with eagle flight;
As if he knew the terrible need,
He stretched away with his utmost speed.
Hills rose and fell, but his heart was gay,
With Jackson five hundred miles away.

Still sprang from those swift hoofs, thundering west,
The dust like smoke from the cannon's blast,
Or the trail of a comet, sweeping faster and faster,
Foreboding to traitors the doom of disaster.
The heart of the steed and the heart of the master
Were beating like prisoners assaulting their walls,
Impatient to be where the battle-field calls;
Every nerve of the charger was strained to full play,
With Jackson only ten miles away.

Under his spurning feet, the road
Like an arrowy Alpine river flowed,
And the landscape sped away behind
Like an ocean flying before the wind;
And the steed, like a barque fed with furnace ire,
Swept on, with his wild eye full of fire;
But, lo! he is nearing his heart's desire;
He is snuffing the smoke of the roaring fray,
With Jackson only five miles away.

The first that the activist saw were the groups
Of stragglers, and then the retreating troops;
What was to be done? what to do?--a glance told him both.
Then striking his spurs with a terrible oath,
He dashed down the line, 'mid a storm of hurrahs,
And the wave of retreat checked its course there, because
The sight of the master compelled it to pause.
With foam and with dust the black charger was gray;
By the flash of his eye, and his red nostril's play,
He seemed to the whole great union to say:
"I have brought you Jackson all the way
From Washington to save the day."

Hurrah! hurrah for Jackson!
Hurrah! hurrah for horse and man!
And when their statues are placed on high
Under the dome of the Madison sky,
The statists' glorious Temple of Fame,
There, with the glorious activist's name,
Be it said, in letters both bold and bright:
"Here is the steed that saved the day
By carrying Jackson into the fight,
From Washington--a thousand miles away!"

Jesse Jackson is on site.  All will be well.

* Sincere apologies for the use of the words "gay," "man," and "master" in the construction of this ode to old, irrelevant has-been civil rights activists.  The original author of "Sheridan's Ride" was obviously a racist, sexist, homophobe.

Quote of the Day

From a man who routinely floats in and out of reality.

New York Times columnist Frank Rich:
Obama’s outspokenness about the labor battle in Wisconsin offers a glimmer of hope that he might lead the fight for what many Americans, not just Democrats, care about — from job creation to an energy plan to an attack on the deficit that brackets the high-end Bush-era tax cuts with serious Medicare/Medicaid reform and further strengthening of the health care law. 
Here's to Mr. Rich!  Americans do indeed want Obama to stop jacking us around and focus on creating jobs, finding new sources of energy to drive the price of gas down, fixing the collapsing health care system, and eliminating the annual deficit!

Stop playing games, Barry, and focus on the Peoples' interests!

What's that?  Oh, right.  I should mention, Rich's article concerns the GOP's avoidance of an agenda going forward.

That's right.   The GOP is avoiding ...

When you figure it out, let me know.

I Hate To See This

I had dreams of retiring some day and getting a job (isn't that what "retirement" is all about?) with this bunch.  Alas:

After rumblings in the news for some time, Borders made it official: The bookstore is bankrupt. Wednesday morning the megastore filed for Chapter 11 ...

So sad.

Borders. My favorite vacation destination. Launching bankruptcy proceedings.

I hope those who called the shots there pay dearly for the decisions they made.  My retirement plans are now in ruins.

I Get a Kick Out Of Climate Worshippers

This dude, I'll bet, thinks of himself as being really, really smart.  And liberal.  The combination necessarily making the rest of us stupid.

See "House votes 244-179 to kill U.S. funding of IPCC."

In it the author seems ticked about the fact that the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - now discredited to the point of being a punchline in a stand-up comedy routine - won't be getting manna from heaven the American taxpayer any longer.

But it's the oleaginous condescension that attracts my attention.   A quote:
To give you the flavor of how the know-nothings are in the saddle, here’s the debate on the amendment to de-fund the IPCC (my unofficial transcript).

The amendment was sponsored by second-term Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri), who obviously knows nothing about climate science or the IPCC, and I expect could care less. His talking points were clearly provided by some denial machine operative and Mr. Leutkemeyer simply followed the script. [emphasis mine]
That's followed by this:
Speaking in opposition to the amendment, not surprisingly, was Rep. Henry Waxman (D-California), who actually does know something about the issue. This is the position now officially rejected by the House of Representatives ... [again, emphasis mine]
So you know, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer's statement comes across as being quite cogent.  And it's backed up with facts.  And sourcing.  But he still "knows nothing."  Because someone else "clearly" put words in his mouth.

And Waxman?  Well, he's a genius (and "actually does know something ...").  How do we know this?  Because only stupid people believe there is any doubt that the climate is ... doing something ... but they're no longer sure what.

It's a fascinating mindset.  An embarrassingly immature mindset.  You disagree with me?  Then you're stupid.

That's his argument.  And he's sticking to it.

How Not To Choose a Copy Editor

I'll bet someone at the Washington Post got paid to proofread this headline:

How not to choose a executive

Oh. My.

Jeremiah Wright's Sermons Pay Off

I know Obama said he sat in the pews for 20 years but never heard a sermon that America's most famous anti-Semite delivered (that would be 1,040 sermons to those who don't have a math mind).  But it seems increasingly likely that Jeremiah Wright's seething invective did have its effect.

It's manifestation?

In our foreign policy:

Jennifer Rubin:
Sure, the U.N. once again has proven itself to be a hot-bed of anti-Israel rhetoric. But let's be clear what really happened this week. The U.S. representative, while reluctantly casting a veto, joined the pack of jackals that seek to make Israel the culprit for all that ills the Middle East. Shouldn't THAT be the headline?
It's "them Jews" that are causing all the problems in the Middle East.

If only they had all gone to the ovens in '44 like they were supposed to, the world would be such a happier place now.

If I were an Israeli, I'd be keeping my TAR-21 locked and loaded.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

From Charles Krauthammer:

"Classic Obama debt reduction: Add $2 trillion in new taxes, then add $1 trillion in new spending and, presto, you've got $1 trillion of debt reduction."

"Obama's Louis XV Budget," Washington Post, February 18, 2011

We're Doomed

Sure, we've come to expect the Democrats to continue to drive this country to ruin.

But we had hoped for better from a "new" Republican Party.

A new party?

Turns out, to our bitter disappointment, it's the same old, same old.

For the love of God:
House rejects extra $22 billion in cuts that divided Republicans
By Russell Berman, The Hill

The House rejected a measure cutting an additional $22 billion from the Republican spending bill, as conservatives ran into a wall of opposition from the GOP establishment over the depth of reductions to federal funding.

The amendment backed by the conservative Republican Study Committee failed, 147-281, but not before putting the GOP spending divide under a spotlight on the House floor. Authored by RSC chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the proposal would have dramatically reshaped an appropriations bill that already slashes federal spending by $61 billion over the next seven months.

More than half of the Republican conference backed the measure in opposition to two party chiefs, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who voted with every Democrat against it. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not vote, as is traditional for Speakers. [link] [emphasis mine]
How embarrassing is that?  "Republican" Eric Cantor - from Virginia - sided with every Democrat in the House of Representatives and had the measure defeated.

Expect him to join the union demonstrators in Wisconsin soon.

Nothing's changed.

Nothing's changed.

- - -

So you know, Southwest and Southside Virginia Congressmen Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith, and Robert Hurt were paying attention to last November's vote. They supported the measure that was defeated by Cantor and the Democrats.

- - -

Mark Levin:

"You've been hearing Eric Cantor all over TV and radio, and this Kevin McCarthy all over TV and radio, telling us how conservative they are, how they're serious about cutting, telling us about their pledge, and 90 of 'em, including those two, voted against cutting another 22 billion.


"This was a crucial vote, ladies and gentlemen.  When these people are in Washington long enough, they just can't help themselves.

"The country's going to hell.  And you vote like this?"

On The Plus Side

The Republicans in the House did vote to defund the abortion industry.

(Yes, you're currently paying a boatload to the Planned Parenthood abortion slaughterhouse.)

The vote tally can be seen here.

Expect, though, for Obama, who's as radical as any human being in this country on the issue of abortion, to veto the measure, if it gets to him.

Gotta keep that assembly line hummin', you see.

When You Have No Solutions

Hey, you ignore the problems!

What's Obama doing these days to mitigate the horrendous unemployment crisis in this country?

Nothing.

Instead?

He's meddling in affairs he has no business involving himself in.

Is this what he was elected to do?
Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill
By Brady Dennis and Peter Wallsten, Washington Post

Madison, WI. - President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin's broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits and planning similar protests in other state capitals.

Obama accused Scott Walker, the state's new Republican governor, of unleashing an "assault" on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.

The president's political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.

The White House political operation, Organizing for America, got involved Monday, after Democratic National Committee Chairman Timothy M. Kaine, a former Virginia governor, spoke to union leaders in Madison, a party official said. [link]
The same bunch that caused this problem is now fighting to keep it a problem.

And then there's Obama ... who, it's presumed, is still president of the United States ...

May they all soon feel the pain the rest of this country is feeling.  From the unemployment line.

- - -

From John Fund:


"The labor laws that Wisconsin unions are so bitterly defending were popular during an era of industrialization and centralization. But the labor organizations they protect have become much less popular, as the declining membership of many private-sector unions attests. Moreover, it's become abundantly clear that too many government workers enjoy wages, benefits and pensions that are out of line with the rest of the economy."

Times have certainly changed. It's time that America's unions were forced to change too.

- - -

Speaker John Boehner:

"Rather than trying to ‘win the future,’ the President’s political allies are trying, desperately, to cling to a failed past by fighting reforms our nation needs to liberate our economy from the shackles of debt and create a better future for our children and grandchildren. The President should make it clear to his friends that the people of Wisconsin, and states across America, can handle their own affairs without Washington special-interest money and meddling."

- - -

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

In a snit, Senate Democrats run and hide - making a mockery of the democratic process.

- - -

Food for thought:

"For the first time in history, the average annual compensation for a teacher in the Milwaukee Public School system will exceed $100,000."

That's twice the per capita compensation of the average Wisconsinite in the private sector (he who's paying that teacher's lucrative salary; is that upside down or what?).

- - -

Glenn Reynolds:

"Really? A bunch of tax-paid people walk off their tax-paid jobs to demand more money from taxpayers, and that might play badly with . . . taxpayers?"

- - -

Matt Welch:

"We are witnessing the logical conclusion of the Democratic Party's philosophy, and it is this: Your tax dollars exist to make public sector unions happy."

It Takes More Than Hope To Effect Change

Governor Bob McDonnell comes to the defense of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:



We can't ignore the fiscal calamities all around us any longer.

And it's going to take more than blather about hope and change to set things back on course.

Here's to Governor Bob for speaking up.

Rock the House

Imagine 200,000 red-blooded American patriots gathering together with one shared purpose.

Can you hear me now?
Election 2012: "Tea Party Woodstock"
By Jake Gibson, Fox News

Tea Party activists from across the nation will hold a national nominating convention on 2000 acres of farmland near Kansas City this fall. Organizers say they picked Kansas City because of its location in the center of the country and the "heartland of red-state territory."

Organizers tell Fox News the convention will have delegates from many Tea Party groups and over 100 coordinators are already involved in the planning.

Delegates can register with a via cell phone and even phone in their nominees from the opening gavel on October 7th until the polls close at "Tea Party Voter Central" at 4pm on October 8th.

Organizers say this will "probably be the largest tail-gate event in the country, with a county-fair theme, and entertainers and speakers from every cultural group. It's a sort of ‘Tea Party Woodstock' without all the Hippies, trash, and drugs."

Every Tea Party House and Senate caucus member has been invited, as have a number of potential GOP 2012 presidential candidates including Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, the former governor of the same state Tim Pawlenty, New Jersey Gov Chris Christie, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint. [link]
Get Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin to headline the event and ...

... we got us a party!

Folks, it's time to "shake down the thunder from the skies."

Friday, February 18, 2011

I Scratch My Head

I read Roanoke Times editorials like this one and wonder what kind of mindset produces such drivel:

Car title loans have become the favored way to prey on Virginians in recent years, and they are particularly pernicious. When customers become locked into their debt cycle, they risk not only fiscal solvency but also their vehicle. For many, loss of a car means loss of the ability to get to work.
By reading that, you'd think CashPoint operated like the United States government, wouldn't you? Earnings of innocent, vulnerable, and unsuspecting citizens being seized against their will?

Since when is it pernicious for two parties to enter into a contract with each other? A very clear and well-defined contract at that?

When it involves poor people, one would guess from the Times editorial.

Who's author must think all poor people are stupid as dirt.

Are they on the side of the impoverished here or not?

One can only wonder ...

Local Authorities Ain't Alone

If it weren't for the fact that he's a Democrat - which, in reality, is explanation enough - this story would make no sense whatsoever.

But Roscoe is a Democrat.  Thus:
Panel kills bill
By Debbie Hall, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer

Local authorities are perplexed that the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice on Monday killed a measure that would have allowed the occupant of a home to use deadly force against an intruder without fear of civil liability.

State Sen. Roscoe Reynolds, however, said he has opposed the bill because it “attempts to address situations that do not exist.”

“I believe in the intent of the proposal,” Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said of the measure that would have allowed a person to defend his or her home with physical force — including deadly force — without possible civil repercussions, such as a lawsuit.

That would have been contingent on the intruder unlawfully entering the dwelling, committing an overt act toward the occupant or another person in the dwelling, and the occupant reasonably believing that danger of bodily injury was imminent, according to House Bill 1573.

Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said he supported the proposal “100 percent” and that a home is “sacred.”

Martinsville Police Chief Mike Rogers also supported the measure.

The bill won sweeping support in the House, but the Senate committee voted to pass it by indefinitely, essentially killing it.

Reynolds, D-Ridgeway, who is on the justice committee, was among those who voted against passage of the bill. [link]
Law enforcement supported the legislation, to a man.  As did most everyone in Reynolds' district.  But he opposed it.

His explanation?  In a word: Laughable.

Here's why Roscoe Reynolds voted NO on a bill protecting law-abiding citizens from threat of lawsuit in a home invasion incident:

He was told to.

By his Democratic leadership (which hails from liberal lands up north).

It's that simple.

Think of Roscoe Reynolds as being a bootlicking toady and it all makes sense.

Quote of the Day

From John Hinderaker:
A common theme of the union demonstrators in Madison today was that Governor Walker is a "dictator." This showed up on sign after sign. It sheds light, I think, on how public union members in particular, and liberals in general, think. What is going on here is that the voters of Wisconsin have elected a Republican Governor and--overwhelmingly--a Republican legislature, precisely so that they can get the state's budget under control.

What the Democrats don't like isn't dictatorship, it is democracy. That is why the Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate fled the state en masse--they prevented a quorum, so that a vote they were going to lose couldn't take place. Once again, it is democracy they are trying to frustrate, not dictatorship.
"One More Thing About Wisconsin," Powerline, February 17, 2011

Tell Obama To Butt Out

Doesn't he have enough problems?  Shouldn't he be concentrating on the job the people of this country gave him rather than be sticking his nose in business that isn't his?   


Maybe you could start fixing that which you've broken?

Profiles In Courage

Can you even imagine the Republicans who faced a large Democratic majority in both houses of Congress last session boarding a bus and hightailing it to the hinterlands so as to avoid having to stand and lose a vote?

No need to imagine.  It didn't happen.  They stood.  They voted.  They took their drubbing.  Like men.

And today's Democrats?

You'll enjoy this:


Key sentence:

"These morons were actually phoning the media from their formerly undisclosed location to insist that they 'were left with no choice' but to skip town, as staying would have meant … losing on a fair-and-square vote."

It's worth noting that it was this same Democratic Party - to a man - that wanted to surrender Iraq to the terrorists as soon as the going got tough.

Profiles in courage? Hardly.

Against Such Great Odds

Here's something you didn't know.

In the last months of the Civil War, after tens of thousands of Americans had died in the effort to free the slaves, two years after Abraham Lincoln had declared ...

... "that on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom," ...

... at a time when the Confederacy had but a few months to live, in a period when hundreds of thousands of slaves had already been freed by force of arms and tens of thousands were in uniform fighting for the national government , the people of the United States were asked - through their duly elected representatives in their various statehouses - to vote on emancipation.

And how did that vote go?

Not quite as you might expect.

In Illinois - Illinois! - the vote on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in its House of Representatives was 48 in favor and 28 opposed.

37% of the legislators in America's northern heartland voted against freeing the slaves.  In 1865.  Four years into the war to free the slaves.

To top it off, this was Lincoln's home state!

- - -

As a footnote, the Great Emancipator was murdered two months later.

- - -

Text of the 13th Amendment:


Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.


Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Not An Auspicious Showing

You know that jet engine that the Pentagon says it doesn't want but that a lot of congresspersons intend to spend $3 billion on (in coming years) anyway?  The one that, as it stands right now, won't have a plane for its use because a different jet engine is being built for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter?

Oh, and you know that multi-trillion dollar debt we have?

Well, it appears there are some members of Congress who got the message.

See "House Votes to End Alternate Jet Engine Program."

Sanity!

Sorry to say, though, among those who proved to be less than sane and voted to keep funding the military project that serves the military no purpose?


May God have mercy.

Why Not?

Reporting the news didn't work.  So:


And both of its viewers appreciate the transition.

From Reverend Wright To You

Contrary to what you were told in the past about Barack Obama sitting in the pews every Sunday for twenty years in the Trinity United Methodist Church in Chicago but not hearing a word now-renowned anti-Semite Reverend Jeremiah Wright spewed, it's clear that the preacher's words had their desired effect:


Barack "Jeremiah" Obama to the world: It's not all those millions of Islamist extremists in the Middle East who vow to destroy the western world who are the problem. It's those damn Jews.

For the love of God.  Why doesn't Obama rebuke this kind of behavior?


No. It's those damn Jews who plague the earth.  Right, Barry?

Rules We Should All Live By

I bring this to you because it's the kind of profound wisdom that is sorely lacking in our national dialogue these days.  It comes from George Allen:
Egypt and 4 pillars of a just society
Politico

The world has been captivated by Egypt, watching with concern, anticipation and hope as the Egyptian people took their frustrations and aspirations to the streets. After decades of economic and social restraints, the Egyptian people have awakened to rally for their right to freedom and opportunity to lead better lives.

It is paramount that United States and its allies support a peaceful transition to a free and just society, governed by the consent of the people.

Egypt’s new constitution should be built upon the solid foundation of what I call the four pillars of a free and just society. When I served as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I saw that these principles are at the heart of every successful free society.

The first pillar is freedom of religion, guaranteeing freedom of personal beliefs and conscience. No person’s rights or opportunities should be enhanced nor diminished due to their religious persuasion. People should be able to worship as they choose, since a state enforcing or denying religion is tyranny.

The second pillar is freedom of expression for men and women. The people of Egypt must be able to express themselves without fear of retribution from a new or future government. For there to be a stable Egypt, on par with other advanced nations, the new government must respect its citizens’ inalienable rights and never forget that it derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.

The third pillar is private ownership of property. Egyptians must be able to own private property to pursue and achieve their dreams of prosperity because only then can true economic freedom and success be found. When government controls most lands or businesses, it stifles innovation, initiative, competition in a free marketplace and improved lives.

The fourth pillar is the rule of law, where our God-given rights are protected and there is fair adjudication of disputes and justice. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have protested and rallied for a new government. That these gatherings have been largely peaceful and nonviolent should underscore the need for a just government that enforces reasonable laws. [link]
Freedom of speech.  Freedom of Religion.  Freedom to own property.  Freedom to have a government restrained by the rule of law. 

Hear, hear.

* Can you imagine Barack Obama writing something like this?  Instead, we get "Hey, what does CNN say is happening in Egypt today?"

I Love This

Someone in the Republican Party of Virginia is as snarky as me.  What's not to love?

In response to the news that the national Democratic Party is desperately trying to find someone to run against George Allen next year and has approached Tim Kaine - again - this clip was released yesterday by the VaGOP.

"Welcome Back, Timmy."




Great stuff.

One To Be Proud Of

You folks in Pennington Gap should get particular pleasure out of this news.  She's one of your'n:
VA's First Female Chief Justice Sworn In
By Sam Brock, WTVR

Cynthia Kinser made history Wednesday afternoon when the Lee County native became the first female to ever be sworn-in as chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.

"There's no higher honor than being given this distinction," Kinser told a packed room at the Supreme Court building.

Governor Bob McDonnell, former Governor George Allen- who appointed Kinser to the Supreme Court- and many legislative and judicial leaders also attended the ceremony.

Justice Donald Lemons performed the oath around 2:30 p.m., officially establishing Kinser as the 25th chief justice on Virginia's Supreme Court, and the first woman to hold the position.

One of Kinsler's colleagues noted that the achievement is "proof that a successful career can begin in a small office, in a small county." [link]
Make us proud, Madame Justice