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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Idiots Perch In Tree

Strategy ... unclear ...
Tree-sitting pair mark 10 days in W.Va. perch
Associated Press

Marfork, W.Va. (AP) -- Two strip-mining protesters who have taken up residence in a tree near a coal mine in southern West Virginia are catching up on their reading and using rain water to do their laundry.

Catherine-Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins have spent 10 days on a platform atop an oak tree to make their anti-mining point.

The pair is located 80 feet above the ground near the Bee Tree surface mine on Coal River Mountain in Boone County. The mine is owned by Virginia's Alpha Natural Resources.

They are affiliated with Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival. The group's mission: non-violent, locally supported action to bring an end to strip mining in Appalachia.

Kolins told the Register-Herald of Beckley the experience is "really pretty relaxing." [link]
Gimme that sentence again?

"Catherine-Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins have spent 10 days on a platform atop an oak tree to make their anti-mining point."

They're perched in an oak tree to make the point that strip mining is bad.

No.  Nothing muddled about that point.

The real point?  Times must not be as bad as we thought, considering the fact that two nitwits have the time to sit around in an oak tree for days for no good reason.

A few more points.  Mine.  Grow up.  Get a job.  Get a life.  Do your parents know you're stuck on stupid?

Obama, Then & Now

This isn't news to anyone who's been paying attention to the way our president's attitudes toward governance have "evolved" since he left the Senate, where he could snipe at President Bush, say shit that he didn't mean, and cast votes that he really didn't give two squirts about. That was then. And now? Well, he's a whole different Barack Obama.

For the history books videorepository:




Final takeaway? Obama doesn't represent hope. Or change. Or any kind of transformation. He's just a two-bit politician who'll say anything at any given time. A slimy, two-bit politician.

We've Gotten Their Attention

Memo to the Tea Part(ies):  You know you're getting your point across when liberalism's vestal virgin, Maureen Dowd, is frightened out of her chastity belt by you.* 

And frightened she is.

In this morning's New York Times - you'll love this:
Tempest in a Tea Party
By Maureen Dowd

The world is watching in fearful — and sometimes gleeful — fascination as the Tea Party drives a Thunderbird off the cliff with the president and speaker of the House strapped in the back.

The maniacal Tea Party freshmen are trying to burn down the House they were elected to serve in. It turns out they wanted to come inside to get a blueprint of the historic building to sabotage it.

Like gargoyles on the Capitol, the adamantine nihilists are determined to blow up the country’s prestige, their party and even their own re-election chances if that’s what it takes. (Many are worried about primary races with even more dogmatic challengers, which is a truly scary thought.) If they can drag President Obama off his pedestal, even better. They think he looks down on them and sneers at their values. [link]
(I have no idea where that last thought came from. They think what? Get the idea that this babe doesn't venture out of Manhattan much?)

So you adamantine, nihilisitic gargoyles (which means you're impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, and reason in your efforts to destroy the system for its own sake, and you're so ugly, your doctor is a veterinarian ) are wrecking her world.

By God, Maureen Dowd gets it.

Her world as she's known it is coming to an end. For that, she has reason to be afraid.

Sympathize.

But who's she callin' ugly?

* Okay, the imagery is whacked.  But it reads well. 
** And it's no worse than Dowd using a simile that compares "gargoyles on the Capitol" to "adamantine nihilists."  What?

A Foundation of Lies

Who can forget the cute, cuddly polar bears that drowned in Al Gore's propaganda epic, "An Inconvenient Truth"? Well, environmentalists can't, because we won't let them.

For their shock and awe:




(For those not interested in watching this modern-day snake oil salesman strut his stuff on the big screen, I understand. Just picture a computer animated bear drowning scene spliced in between a 9/11 scene and a "The Day After Tomorrow" scene. You get the idea. The world is going to end.  Screen credits to follow.)

Well, if "The Day After Tomorrow" can be considered to have the weirdest plot in the history of filmmaking (global warming brings on a brief ice age?), and if Al Gore can rot in hell for using the 9/11 tragedy for his nefarious purpose of brainwashing America's school kids, then it follows that the drowning polar bear story was ...
Junk Science Unravels
Investor's Business Daily

The scientist who claimed that global warming threatens polar bears is under investigation. There's a hole in Earth's greenhouse. A cooler era lies ahead. That hiss is the hot air coming out of alarmists' balloon.

The global warming fraud is coming apart faster than the alarmists can repackage and rebrand their fairy tale. Their elaborately constructed yarn can't hold together much longer. There are just too many loose ends:

• Charles Monnett, the scientist who predicted that polar bears would drown from a lack of sea ice, "is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity" of the article in which he makes that claim, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Monnett, a federal wildlife biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, has been placed on leave pending the probe's outcome.

After Monnett claimed that the deaths of four drowned polar bears foretold of an increase in deaths "in the future if the observed trend of regression of pack ice and/or longer open water periods continues," polar bears became an environmentalist icon.

The Environmental Protection Agency placed polar bears on the endangered list in 2008, four years after Monnett's observation and two years after Gore's movie filled audiences' heads with nonsense. But the claim that man-made global warming is a threat to polar bears has been debunked and the scientist who ginned up the narrative is now under scrutiny. [link]
It's all one big lie.  Encapsulated in the movie "An Inconvenient Truth."

Someday soon they'll make a movie exposing the movie ...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

CNN Gets It Wrong Again

Reporters for the beleaguered network that Ted Turner built have earned a reputation for getting it wrong.  And that reputation maintains itself, as it turns out, with the reporting on the background of Norway's mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik.  CNN made this pronouncement the day after the slaughter took place:
Who is the suspect in the Norway attacks?
By the CNN Wire Staff

As Norway struggles to come to terms with its greatest loss of life in decades, all eyes are on the man charged in the explosion in central Oslo and the deadly shooting rampage at a youth camp.

While police have not officially named him, Norwegian television and newspaper reports have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, of Norwegian origin.

A picture is emerging, gleaned from official sources and social media, of a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway's multi-cultural society. [link] [emphasis mine]
We can debate what "right-wing" means in a Norwegian context.  But was this madman a "Christian fundamentalist," as CNN charges?

Not according to the madman.

If anything, after reading his "manifesto," CNN would have come away (assuming anyone there knows the first thing about Christianity) with the understanding that this fool is closer to being a Unitarian Universalist than to being a Christian per se.  Or, to be loose with definitions, an "agnostic Christian" perhaps.  One who doesn't believe in the tenets of the Bible but thinks of himself as being "a social Christian," whatever that is.

But this isn't about Breivik's odd beliefs.  It's about CNN's willingness to jump to the "whacked out fundamentalist Christian (a 'right-wing' one, no less) does dastardly deed" template.

The reporter was wrong.  An apology to the world's Christians is on order.

Republicans Compromise. Democrats Vote For Default.

You'll not read that headline anywhere in the mainstream press this morning.  It's just too accurate a pair of statements for the lefties in the press to deal with.

But accurate it is.

This, written by Byron York, was actually penned before the House vote yesterday in favor of the "Boehner compromise" and after the Democrat-controlled Senate voted it down (which they did and they did):
In debt fight, Dems reject Republican compromise
Washington Examiner

House Speaker John Boehner has introduced two bills that would raise the nation's debt ceiling and end the current default crisis. The first, known as "Cut, Cap and Balance," was tabled by Senate Democrats without an up-or-down vote. The second, Boehner's plan to cut more than $900 billion in federal spending and raise the debt ceiling by a slightly smaller amount, could face a similar fate if it first passes the House.

For the Tea Party Republicans who make up a significant part of the House GOP caucus, Boehner's proposal is a significant retreat from "Cut, Cap and Balance." Those who support the Boehner proposal, which is formally known as the Budget Control Act, consider it a major compromise -- something they are backing only after being convinced that their first choice could never pass the Senate.

Throughout the debt dispute, President Obama has talked a lot about compromise. In his speech to the nation Monday, he used the word six times, saying America "has always been a grand experiment in compromise" but that in Washington lately, "compromise has become a dirty word."

But the fact is, the Republicans who admitted defeat on "Cut, Cap and Balance" showed a unmistakable willingness to compromise. "The president has asked us to compromise," House Minority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday afternoon. "We have compromised." [link]
Boehner's compromise doesn't set my heart aflutter.  Because it really only prolongs the agony America is suffering.  But I keep trying to remember that Obama and the Democrats still, practically, control things in Washington.  And will continue to do so until election day, 2012.  So Boehner's plan will have to do for now.

But no.  Not even that's good enough for those radical Democrats who have, by roll call vote, chosen to send the country into default - which brings with it riled markets and increased lending rates.  Not to mention heightened concerns on the part of the western world as to whether we are too far down the path toward destabilization and fiscal collapse.

Truth is, we may be.

But you can't say the Republicans didn't try to set things right.

NBC, ABC, CNN, CBS, and the rest of the Obama press will try.  But unlike 1995, they'll not get away with it.

Playing With Fire

They had it all figured out.  All Obama had to do was deny the Tea Party a debt ceiling/spending reduction deal, have the media blame the resulting default on those demented, racist, ultra-conservatives who brought the circumstance about, and reap the popularity poll rewards.

1995 all over again.

Some called Obama's strategy masterful.

The American people?

They don't see it that way:

Unfortunately for Obama, and the media, and the delusional supporters who didn't realize that this is a different country now - teetering on the brink of disaster because of its massive debt - the citizenry sees through the "shrewd" maneuvers of our president and doesn't like what it sees:
Obama hits low of 40% in Gallup tracking poll
By David Jackson, USA TODAY

President Obama's approval rating has hit an all-time low of 40% in the Gallup daily tracking poll.

His disapproval rating is up to 50%, the poll said

"Obama's approval rating averaged 46% in June and was near that level for most of July," the poll reported. "However, it has stumbled in the past few days, coinciding with intensification of the debt ceiling/budget battle in Washington." [link]
I'm amazed when I watch the pundits on TV still trying to score the debate over the debt ceiling as some kind of game (that our president is winning by not allowing a resolution to go forward).

This ain't no game.  The country is on a glide path to self-destruction.  The people want our fiscal house put in order. 

Send our country into default?  Barry can enjoy his victory in a phone booth, with all his remaining supporters in attendance.

And 2012 looms ...

Friday, July 29, 2011

And What's Wrong With That?

The Roanoke Times, in an editorial this morning (see "Partisanship takes wing"), laments the fact that Congress can't even agree on a budget for the Federal Aviation Administration, forcing it to "largely shut down."

Not having read about any planes falling from the sky in recent days, and not having heard about panic ensuing at O'Hare, my immediate question is: Okay, let's make this a test of conservatives' attitudes toward government spending.  Has the fact that the FAA been "largely shut down" had any noticeable impact on service being rendered by America's airlines?  What's been the direct result of that partial shutdown?

This seems to be the best case the Times editorialist can come up with for upheaval having - well, soon to be having - ensued:
At Roanoke Regional Airport, a $5.2 million aircraft rescue and fire station is on hold as a result. The airport received bids and was ready to negotiate a contract with a local firm, but it can do nothing until the FAA can write checks.

In Blacksburg, the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport continues work on its runway extension, but if the FAA shutdown persists, eventually it will have to stop.
Consider for a moment the fact that Roanoke Regional Airport already has an aircraft rescue and fire station on site.  This one would simply be more luxurious.  (Why not equip the existing station with new stuff, if it's necessary?)

And consider the fact that the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport is a whole sixteen miles from the Roanoke Regional Airport, which means it doesn't even need to exist (those Virginia Tech executives can easily drive over to Roanoke from Blacksburg in their little electric cars and hop a plane there).

So what's the harm in "largely shutting down" the FAA again?

I say we take that experience and apply it to the Department of Labor.  Would anyone miss it?  What the heck does it even do besides inform us once a month as to the number of us who can't find work?  Can we largely shut it down too and let the unemployed earn their monthly check by compiling their own figures?

Talking about the dysfunctional United States government is one thing.  But look at the definition of the word government and, by God, there's the word dysfunction.  It is in its nature to be so.

Case in point?  What is the tiny Roanoke Regional Airport going to do with two fire stations that sit idle 364 days out of the year?

Only in the world  of government ...

What Would We Do Without Liberal Politicians?

"So the real problem here, according to the Council President, is that people 'who think by arming themselves, they’re somehow safe' can legally carry a gun in their own car. The real problem is people who either live or work in neighborhoods Beaver Cleaver wouldn’t be caught dead in. The real problem isn’t that Officer Harless conducted himself like a jack-booted thug, violated a motorist’s Constitutional rights, and threatened to execute a citizen who was licensed to carry a gun."

The Future Of ObamaCare

As I've made clear all along, if the government is going to reduce the cost of health care, it is going to have to reduce the amount of health care delivered to us human beings. It's called rationing. A government-mandated cost control scheme that British government types are now implementing out of necessity:


As the western world sinks into third world status ...

Alas, We're Stuck With Warner & Webb

Meanwhile, next door ...
Sen. Manchin tells President Obama, Hillary Clinton ‘leave our guns alone’
By Mannix Porterfield, Beckley Register-Herald Reporter

For several months now, 2nd Amendment rights groups have flooded the e-mail accounts of media outlets with dire warnings that the Obama administration is bent on disarming American citizens with an international arms treaty at the United Nations.

Now, the matter is not mere talk on blog sites but an issue on Capitol Hill.

Freshman Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., himself a gun owner and veteran hunter, added his voice to such fears Wednesday with a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Any arms treaty at the U.N. can in no way “regulate the domestic manufacture, possession, or sales of firearms or ammunition” in this country, Manchin declared in a letter signed by several of his colleagues.

“I am a proud gun owner and, like all West Virginians, I strongly believe in the 2nd Amendment,” Manchin said.

“Our great country is great because of our freedoms, like the 2nd Amendment, and America should never sign agreements that infringe on our cherished constitutional rights and freedoms. I strongly urge the president and the administration not to use this arms trade treaty as a back-door route to infringe on the freedoms of law-abiding Americans and our 2nd Amendment rights.” [link]
Don't get me wrong.  Manchin is right up there with Harry Reid and Barack Obama when it comes to doing nothing about the biggest issue of the day - our national debt crisis.

But all things considered, Joe Manchin is much more in tune with the wishes of the American people than are either James Webb or Mark Warner, both hopeless liberals.

Who'd have ever thought?  West Virginians are better at something than we are - electing decent politicians to high office.

Some Compromise

Unless I'm reading "Debt deal compromise suggested by Democrats" wrong, the Democrats in Washington are now asking that House Republicans agree to a compromise that allows for an increase in the debt ceiling that isn't tied to any debt reduction.

How really big of them.  And oh, so compromising.

It's time Boehner, McConnell et al. brought out the weapon that our president used to effect in the ObamaCare debate - see "Obama to GOP: 'I won'." In the last election? The Tea Party won. It's time their demands were acceded to.

This Democrat "you meet me halfway by agreeing to everything I've asked for" mindset is what got this country into the mess it's in.  Compromise after compromise after compromise and we're on the verge of fiscal collapse.

Enough.

We can't do that any more.

The only compromise that we'll accept is this: We're going to reduce the size of government and, along with it, the national debt.  We're willing to compromise on how deeply that reduction goes.  Work with us or get out of the way.

In either case, we're going to save this country.  With or without them.

Another Nail In The Global Warming Coffin

The theory - and the accompanying panic - were always based on computer models.  Not on actual empirical data.  Predictions grounded not in facts but in theoretical computer simulations.

Well, you live by the computer model, you die by the computer model:
New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism
By James Taylor, Forbes

NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA's Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA's Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

"The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show," Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release. "There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans." [link]
It was destined to come down to that: the discrepancies between actual data and "the forecasts" that scientists - who should have known better - got sucked into.

Global warming was nothing more than make-believe from the start.  Little more than another computer simulation - Anomaly: Warzone Earth.  And just as young males, having played their Wii game for eight straight hours, find they have to go to their room and make the bed on Mom's orders, scientists must - at some point - return to the real world and face facts.

Global warming as a theory is dead.  Because it was make-believe all along.

Pres Obama vs Sen Obama

This is starting to get a lot of traction.  An in-depth look at how much differently President Obama thinks from the Senator Obama from just a few years ago.





Bottom line? Obama is just another out-of-his-league politician who doesn't know what he believes.

And a slimy one at that.

Hat tip to NewsBusters.

- - -

Bouncing off the walls on the issues that matter to people has its consequences.

"I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did 'love' him, I can't think of anyone who still does."

So sad.

It didn't have to be this way. If only those who professed a love for this empty suit had followed the First Rule of Voting: Pay no attention to what he says. Make your voting decision based on what he does.

Now they - and we - are stuck with him.

The World's Gone Mad

Okay, we have another nut in uniform getting himself in trouble with the law:
Army: AWOL soldier admits to Fort Hood attack plan
By Jamie Stengle, Associated Press

Killeen, Texas (AP) — An AWOL infantry soldier caught with weapons and a bomb inside a backpack admitted planning what would have been Fort Hood's second terrorist attack in less than two years, the Army said Thursday. He might have succeeded at carrying it out, police said, if a gun-store clerk hadn't alerted them to the man's suspicious activity.

The 21-year-old suspect, Pfc. Naser Abdo, was arrested Wednesday at a motel about three miles from Fort Hood's main gate.

Like the soldier charged with killing 13 people in the shootings, Abdo is Muslim ...

Police in Killeen said their break in the case came from Guns Galore LLC — the same gun store where Maj. Nidal Hasan bought a pistol used in the 2009 attack. Store clerk Greg Ebert said the man arrived by taxi Tuesday and bought 6 pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol.

Ebert said he called authorities because he and his co-workers "felt uncomfortable with his overall demeanor and the fact he didn't know what the hell he was buying." [link]
So this guy will spend years in a federal prison for being an idiot.

But here's where the story turns bizarre:
He had spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings last year as he made a public plea to be granted conscientious objector status to avoid serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The AP was among the media outlets to interview Abdo in the past year when reporting on his request for objector status.

Abdo was approved as a conscientious objector this year, but that status was put on hold after he was charged with possessing child pornography. He went absent without leave from Fort Campbell, Ky., during the July 4 weekend.
This pile of human waste sought "conscientious objector status,"  asking the military not to send him off to do the only thing the military does.  Our all-volunteer military. Crazy.

But not half as crazy as the United States Army granting his request.

This country is truly going to hell in a handbasket.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Out Of The Fog ...

Dan Casey, generally recognized as being the Roanoke Times's most somniferous of columnists (a real feat considering the fact that he has a lot of competition) offers up a piece this morning that doesn't disappoint.

To put you to sleep, that is.

See "Roanoke County Tea Party's U.N. conspiracy theory not credible."

Casey wants you to know that he did exhaustive research into the local Tea Parties' contention that a U.N. sponsored organization, ICLEI, is bad for our fragile democracy.

Well, he asked two members where they got their information and both included the words "internet" in their responses - to two brief questions - in passing - and, well, that's enough for him.  His pronouncement:

"That's pretty much all you need to know: It's on the Internet [sic]."

z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

But wait.  There is one nugget of information to be gleaned from his shallow and rambling column.  This:

"[Roanoke] County taxpayers pay $1,200 each year to ICLEI, which is a group of local and regional governments from 70 countries whose stated goal is sustainable development."

County taxpayers are paying 1,200 freaking dollars every year to some U.N. organization that promotes a program that only a government-worshiping bureaucrat could love?  Are Roanoke's county supervisors nuts?  Don't they have something better to waste money on?  Like maybe spending hard-earned dollars to "tear down the 100-foot-tall Mill Mountain Star [and] in its place [construct] a 200-foot neon edifice to the gut-busting, artery-clogging, double-patty Monster Thickburger from Hardees, crowned with a big 1,420 for the number of calories it packs in."

(That's as good as Casey gets, by the way.)

Look, I don't care what you folks in Roanoke County decide you want to do with your money.  And if you choose to have dolts running your county government, knock yourselves out.

But you might want to remember this little story about the spending of your tax dollars next time county officials [wring] their hands and [wail] about impending budget deficits while simultaneously celebrating the ribbon cutting for the $32 million Green Ridge Recreation Center now standing in an isolated tract of Valley Pointe in north county.

Commies. In Roanoke County. Who'd have ever guessed ...

They Will Never Understand

The children at the New York Times, in an editorial this morning, persist in believing that America's credit rating is in jeopardy of being downgraded because the nation's debt limit won't be raised (even though it will).

See "America’s Credibility Is at Risk."

What they fail to grasp - still - is the fact that it's not the "debt ceiling," IT'S THE DEBT. Something for which they have been - when they weren't ignoring it all together - highly supportive of over the years.

Credibility? Like the word d-e-b-t, they don't know the meaning of that one either.

And Speaking of Morons ...

Does this bimbo even understand the meaning of the word?


Where some call it a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them, this idiot sees her government ruled by a dictator?

So you know, she runs the Democratic Party.

Members of which sane people aren't.

And This Guy Is Advising President Obama

James Taranto makes note of more hypocrisy (delusion?) coming out of the White House. Jeffrey Immelt is the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of General Electric, and sits on the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, where the order of the day is to find ways to grow jobs in this unemployment-racked country. Taranto does it in the way he's best known for - in the simplest of terms.  Here he simply cites two recent newspaper headlines:
Do as I Say, Not as I Do

● "Immelt: Businesses Must Do More on Jobs"--headline, CNN.com, July 11

● "GE Moving X-Ray Business to China"--headline, Bloomberg, July 26
Jeffrey Immelt, so you know, the dude who is responsible for advising the president on how he can create jobs, has, to date, shed 36,000 jobs at GE. 36,000 and counting.

One wonders if Obama is getting his advice on the debt crisis, under the circumstances, from Bernie Madoff.

Rube Goldberg and Dr. Kevorkian on ObamaCare.

Strategy in the war on Libya from Hillary Clinton ... oh, wait.

Scientific advisories on global warming from Miss Cleo.

I don't know.  Am I the only person on earth - besides Taranto - who thinks maybe hiring a guy who has crushed more jobs than has any other American alive today (except for the man being advised) to be giving advice on how to create jobs is not a good idea?

Give The Gov't Credit Where It's Due

Those running it learned, starting around 1935, that it could do one thing really well.  Write checks.

And boy, have they perfected their talent:

From the Wall Street Journal this morning:
According to the most recent government data, today some 50.5 million Americans are on Medicaid, 46.5 million are on Medicare, 52 million on Social Security, five million on SSI, 7.5 million on unemployment insurance, and 44.6 million on food stamps and other nutrition programs. Some 24 million get the earned-income tax credit, a cash income supplement.

By 2010 such payments to individuals were 66% of the federal budget, up from 28% in 1965. (See the second chart.) We now spend $2.1 trillion a year on these redistribution programs, and the 75 million baby boomers are only starting to retire.

In three years the debt has increased by more than $4 trillion thanks to stimulus, cash for clunkers, mortgage modification programs, 99 weeks of jobless benefits, record expansions in Medicaid, and more.

The forecast is for $8 trillion to $10 trillion more in red ink through 2021. Mr. Obama hinted in a press conference earlier this month that if it weren't for Republicans, he'd want another stimulus. Scary thought: None of this includes the ObamaCare entitlement that will place 30 million more Americans on government health rolls.

This is the road to fiscal perdition. The looming debt downgrade only confirms what everyone knows: Congress has made so many promises to so many Americans that there is no conceivable way those promises can be kept.

This is how a AAA country becomes AA, the first step on the march to Greece. [link] [emphasis mine]
Unless something dramatic changes on election day, 2012, we are certain to achieve that AA credit rating, if not before.  From that will eventually come higher mortgage interest rates and an even more burdensome cost of doing business.

The saddest part?  They don't care.  Obama and his ilk don't care.

Chart courtesy of the federal Office of Management and Budget and the Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Devil's In The Details

Just when conservatives were starting to warm to lose a few of their misgivings about Speaker John Boehner, he goes and does this:


Say.  It. Ain't.  So.

- - -

Knowing how this game is played, it's time I told you about ol' Gus.

I once worked for a man who was responsible for the company's "five-year plan."  His name was Gus.  Or, to the many fun-lovers and party-goers in the company - "ol' Gus."  Actually, he was a vice president and was in charge of one whole division of the company.  But he was generally recognized as being so incompetent that his primary job became - without the fancy title - "master of the five-year plan."

You might wonder how 'ol Gus got to be where he ended up.  You see, he'd been around so long that - as the saying goes - the company was built around him.  So he rose to a position of authority simply based on the fact that he'd been there, through thick and thin, forever.

That and the fact that he could tell the greatest jokes and draw the most laughter at parties.

Which also describes the attitude of those of us who had to accomplish that which ol' Gus concocted for our division of our fledgling corporation.  What a joke.

But this isn't so much about ol' Gus as it is about ol' Gus's "five-year plan."  In the years that I worked for the man, it was always that.  A five-plan.  With emphasis on the word plan.

His "plan," you see, was never implemented.  Nor was it really intended to be.  It was just "the plan."  A plan that he was constantly revising and submitting for approval from top management.  They too, I'd bet, knew ol' Gus's strengths and weaknesses.

I remember how proud he was when he'd his executive assistant would finish his latest revision.  I remember how nervous he was when he had to roll down and cufflink his sleeves, straighten his tie, put on his suit coat, slick down what was left of his hair, and take the elevator to the top floor of our headquarters building to meet with the big boys.  And present his five-year plan.

And grandiose plans they were.  Big sales increases.  Huge margin improvements.  Breathtaking achievements in expense control.  Cash flow out the wazoo.  And a projected balance sheet that would take your breath away.

Funny thing is, those projections never became reality.  The sales improvements and margin improvements and expense control improvements, etc. were always projected in the out-years.  In the in-years?  Sales sucked, margin sucked, expenses sucked, and cash flow?

Well, let it suffice for me to tell you that the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

I'm not here to blame ol' Gus.  He had a lot of help in achieving that outcome.  And, if memory serves, both he and I were gone from that company when it finally met its fate.

Had he still been around, though, I can imagine him still knocking out five-year plans that would take your breath away.  PowerPoint, dancing girls, and ol' Gus telling jokes.  What better way to run a company?

The point is, he could have run up any numbers he wanted to make up on that five-year plan of his.  They shared no relationship with the realities of the here-and-now.  They were pie-in-the-sky.  Numbers that were changed on a whim.

Which brings us to the federal government and the "debt ceiling" negotiations.

As some corporate executive might have written to ol' Gus those many years ago:

Memo to John Boehner:  Stop it.  We don't give a shit what you intend to do five or ten years from now (!).  We want to know what you are doing today that will affect tomorrow.  Tell us one more time that you are going to control spending someday and that you're going to get our house in order someday and you're fired.

A promise from a politician to cut the size of government many years from now is an affront.  And we consider it to be offensive.

Cut now Control nowReduce now.

I've been to this movie.  It doesn't end well.

At least ol' Gus, who these days is drawing a fat company pension and living la vita loca in Ft. Myers, was entertaining.

Quick, We Need More Affirmative Action!

I'm going to take an uneducated guess here and suggest that something ain't working:


It wasn't supposed to be like this. A government mandated and enforced racial quota system was supposed to "equalize" outcomes.

Maybe Obama's right. Maybe we should just seize the property of everyone who's "rich" and give it to the poor - starting with select minorities, of course - and we can do away with this ongoing disparity once and for all.

It worked for the Soviet Union. Right?

Like We've Been Saying For Years

It's not about some arbitrary "debt ceiling."  It's about government run amuck:
Deal or no deal? US downgrade looking likely
The Associated Press

New York (AP) — Could the U.S. lose its top credit rating even if a deal is reached to raise the debt limit? Market analysts and investors increasingly say yes. The outcome won't be quite as scary as a default, but financial markets would still take a blow. Mortgage rates could rise. States and cities, already strapped, could find it more difficult to borrow. Stocks could lose their gains for the year.

"At this point, we're more concerned about the risk of a downgrade than a default," said Terry Belton, global head of fixed income strategy at JPMorgan Chase. In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Belton said the loss of the country's AAA rating may rattle markets, but it's "better than missing an interest payment."

Standard & Poor's warned earlier this month that there was a 50-50 chance of a downgrade, if Congress and President Obama failed to find a "credible solution to the rising U.S. government debt burden." S&P said it may cut the U.S. rating to AA within 90 days. Passing a $4 trillion agreement could prevent a downgrade, S&P said. [link]
One Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO), Egan-Jones, last weekend took the lead and downgraded U.S. credit, because of its "concern about the high level of debt to GDP in excess of 100% compared to Canada's 35%."

Again, it's not about the debt ceiling.  It's about the debt.   Our rapidly growing debt.  An inferno that is fueled by out-of-control government spending.  The spending that Obama and his Democratic allies refuse to rein in.

Expect, if the government doesn't change course dramatically - and soon - that Standard & Poors and Moody will follow suit.

Expect too, when that happens, for Obama, his Democrats, and the press ... to blame Bush.

Come On, Newt

If you're going to come up with an excuse for having made that deeply troubling public service announcement with - of all people - the despised Nancy Pelosi in which you agreed with her that "we do agree that our country must take action to address climate change" that was sponsored by - of all things - former Vice President Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection, you surely can do better than this:
Gingrich regrets 2008 climate ad with Pelosi
By Michael O'Brien, The Hill

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Tuesday that he regrets making a commercial with then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the need to address climate change.

Gingrich, who partnered with Pelosi while she was Speaker for the 2008 ad, said the spot was "misconstrued," and for that reason, he wouldn't do it again.

"I was trying to make a point that we shouldn't be afraid to debate the left, even on the environment," Gingrich said on WGIR radio of the 30-second television commercial. "Obviously it was misconstrued, and it's probably one of those things I wouldn't do again." [link]
Debate the left?  In what part of "we do agree" is there a debate?

Try this instead - the truth:

I made a mistake.  I apologize to all those supporters who thought I was more than just a slimy politician.

Protect Your Property Rights

News out of Pulaski, provided by a new organization that calls itself "Concerned Citizens For the Protection of Property Rights":
Pulaski County BOS "Livability Issue" is UNLAWFUL!!!

“Voter petitions for referendum elections!” was the response by the large turnout of New River Valley residents at last night’s Pulaski County Board of Supervisor’s meeting, held in the high school’s Little Theatre to accommodate the crowd of 200. Citing VA Code §24.2-684.1 and the need to replace the entire Board for abdicating their [sic] responsibility to gauge the far-reaching implications of encumbering Pulaski County by signing on to the NRV Planning District’s “Livability Initiative”, property rights activists pledged to begin Virginia’s version of recall proceedings. "We want local government to stay local," said one attendee. "Do we really need HUD, the EPA and DOT to tell us where to live and what to do?"

Rejecting NRVPDC Executive Director Kevin Byrd’s “vision” for the creation of “Rural Sustainability Hubs”--the end product of the region’s acceptance of a $1 Million Housing and Urban Development Grant—heated public comments continued for almost two hours largely in favor of opting out of the agreement.

“This is an unlawful agreement,” noted Pulaski County property owner, Catherine Turner. “At the June 27th meeting the Board could not even recall when or if they had signed the Partnership Agreement! Executive Director Kevin Byrd told a group of us from all over the NRV that the Board voted to join the Partnership in the May meeting—a conversation that we have recorded on tape. After obtaining the minutes of the May 23rd Board of Supervisors meeting, we confirm that is not true. What we have instead,” Turner continued, “is County Administrator Peter Huber’s signature on the agreement, dated May 3rd. That is not the same as a vote by our elected representatives.”

Noting that the US Constitution, the Virginia Constitution and the Virginia Code does not recognize appointees as having rule-making authority, members of Concerned Citizens for Protection of Property Rights repeatedly rejected the validity of the agreement during the Public Comments period. Openly contesting the County Administrator’s right to arbitrarily speak for the voters, the group vows to call for his resignation.
More to follow ...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ever Been To Blacksburg?

Ever wonder why - in a part of Virginia that teeters on the edge of Depression II - Blacksburg thrives?

It's called "trickle down."*

You see, while the Consumer Price Index has risen modestly over the years, as has the average price of a new home, the cost of tuition at America's centers of higher learning - including Virginia Tech -  has mushroomed.**  Put to a chart - provided by The American - you can see the startling trend:

Yeah, millions of Americans are out of work.  Yeah, tens of millions of other Americans are underemployed.  And yeah, millions of our countrymen are under water on their mortgages.  But you'd never know it by looking at trends in college tuition costs.

Much is made these days about how out-of-touch our college campuses are.  See climate change.  See Obama the college professor.  See diversity curricula.  See free speech zones.

But nothing speaks more directly to how out-of-touch with America the college universe is in 2011 than this chart.

While we suffer, the educated elite are livin' large!

My.  My.  My.

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* I get particular joy in writing this.  Reagan was vilified by the left in his day for adopting an economic model that called for wealthy Americans to become as wealthy as possible so that those less wealthy could reap tangible benefits from them - wealth trickling down to the masses.  All the really smart liberals in this country poo-pooed the notion as being - as George H.W. Bush (a liberal in his own right) called it - voodoo economics.  Yet here's Blacksburg - a very liberal Blacksburg - reaping the wealth generated by a massive infusion of tuition (and tax) dollars into its university system.  Now that's rich.


** See "Virginia Tech panel approves 10.8% tuition increase" from 2008, "Virginia Tech hikes tuition and fees 5%" from 2009, "In-state tuition at Va. Tech to rise nearly 10 percent" from 2010 and "Virginia Tech Boosting Tuition 9.4%" in 2011.

*** Click on the image to enlarge it.

Just When I Thought They Were Getting It ...

Welcome to the twilight zone.

The crazy-liberal New York Times this morning warns of Armageddon (see "The Republican Wreckage," which warns us that:

"House Republicans have lost sight of the country’s welfare. It’s hard to conclude anything else from their latest actions, including the House speaker’s dismissal of President Obama’s plea for compromise Monday night.

"This increasingly reckless game has pushed the nation to the brink of ruinous default."

And President Obama has discovered, after three years in office, that there's something called a budget, and he's alarmed by the news, saying last night:

"For the first time in history, our country's Triple A credit rating would be downgraded, leaving investors around the world to wonder whether the United States is still a good bet. Interest rates would skyrocket on credit cards, mortgages, and car loans, which amounts to a huge tax hike on the American people. We would risk sparking a deep economic crisis -- one caused almost entirely by Washington."*

Amen, brutha.

"We’re about to go over the cliff," said the usually clueless Harry Reid.

Well I say: Welcome to America, fellas.  Where you been all this time?  What, $14,538,364,353,809 in debt didn't get your attention but $14,538,364,353,810 did?

Finally, after all these years, they take notice and realize the error of their ways.

Or not.

Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California: Debt Crisis Has Been ‘Manufactured by House Republicans

For the love of God.

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* Only in Obama's world.  Try to wrap your brain around this pronouncement that Mr. Professor read last night to an adoring nation:

"For the last decade, we have spent more money than we take in. In the year 2000, the government had a budget surplus. But instead of using it to pay off our debt, the money was spent on trillions of dollars in new tax cuts ..."

Is that like spending money on toilet tissue?  How does one spend money on tax cuts?

If only he'd paid more attention in class and spent less time shoving cocaine up his nose.

Why The Tea Party Thrives

It's this simple.  We're sick and tired of Washington pulling bullshit stunts like this:
Congress Warned of Credit 'Downgrade' if War Savings Counted as Deficit Reduction
By Judson Berger, Fox News

Senate Democrats' inclusion in their proposed debt package of $1 trillion in savings from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may not satisfy ratings agencies threatening a credit downgrade since the wars were expected to end with or without a debt deal.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is using the trick in his $2.7 trillion deficit-reduction plan, according to aides.

Nearly half of the deficit reduction in Reid's plan would come from phantom war savings ... [link]
I wouldn't doubt, if Reid's plan were scrutinized in detail, that he's included a $20 trillion savings from the fight that we're not waging against Robert E. Lee and his band of gray-clad Rebs. By God, we have a balanced budget!

This is reprehensible.

And it's standard operating procedure in the tower of babble we know as the Congress of the United States of America.

And it has to stop.

We're going broke because of worms like Harry Reid. And everyone now knows it.

Our message, made as clear as we can make it: Cut, sir, or we will.

He Should Have Been President

I would have voted for Fred Thompson in a heartbeat in 2008.  But, alas, he chose not to crawl into the sewer with Obama et al.  Can't blame him.

One of the things that attracted me to him - besides his dashingly handsome good looks - is his wit.  With a hat tip to Robert Stacy McCain:


Smack. Down.

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Our Small-Minded President

So you know, I read the New York Times front page every day.  Mostly for amusement.

And speaking of amusing, you'll probably not find this shocking but our president has no clue as to who we Americans are or how we approach our daily lives.  Get this from a speech he gave yesterday:

'You’ve got a media that has become much more splintered,' Obama said.  'So those of you who are of a Democratic persuasion are only reading The New York Times and watching MSNBC and if you are on the right, then you’re only reading the Wall Street Journal editorial page and watching Fox News.'”

Really.

That's called - according to Sigmund Freud - projection. He goes through life with blinders on, living in his little bubble, and assumes the rest of us do as well.

Kinda sad, in a way.  He is, after all, our leader.

Maybe some day, years from now, this wretched creature will get to know us.  Long after it stopped mattering.

Speaking of Psychos

This is so over-the-top, it's silly.  New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, who obviously never comes within a country mile of a conservative in this land of ours, much less know anything about how what we think or about what motivates us, nevertheless knows that we are no different from mass murderers in Norway.

Huh?

I should take offense.  But this is so laughable ...
Breivik and His Enablers

We’ve seen the movie. When Jared Loughner shot Representative Gabrielle Giffords this year in Tuscon, Arizona — after Sarah Palin placed rifle sights over Giffords’ constituency and Giffords herself predicted that “there are consequences to that” — the right went into overdrive to portray Loughner as a schizophrenic loner whose crazed universe owed nothing to those fanning hatred under the slogan of “Take America Back.” (That non-specific taking-back would of course be from Muslims and the likes of the liberal and Jewish Giffords.)

Breivik is no loner. His violence was brewed in a specific European environment that shares characteristics with the specific American environment of Loughner: relative economic decline, a jobless recovery, middle-class anxiety and high levels of immigration serving as the backdrop for racist Islamophobia and use of the spurious specter of a “Muslim takeover” as a wedge political issue to channel frustrations rightward.

Breivik has many ideological fellow travelers on both sides of the Atlantic. Theirs is the poison in which he refined his murderous resentment. The enablers include Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, who compared the Koran to “Mein Kampf” on his way to 15.5 percent of the vote in the 2010 election; the surging Marine Le Pen in France, who uses Nazi analogies as she pours scorn on devout Muslims; far-rightist parties in Sweden and Denmark and Britain equating every problem with Muslim immigration; Republicans like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Representative Peter King, who have found it politically opportune to target “creeping Shariah in the United States” at a time when the middle name of the president is Hussein; U.S. church pastors using their bully pulpits week after week to say America is a Christian nation under imminent threat from Islam. [link]
You'd think, in reading Cohen, that the streets of America flow red with the blood of Muslims slaughtered in the name of uniculturalism.

Oh. Wait.  It never happened.  It doesn't happen.

Look, I've come to realize over the years that it doesn't take much to be a newspaper columnist.  It's the last refuge of those who can't do anything else.  In fact, it doesn't really require any intelligence.  A fact to which this dude can attest. 

This blockhead will never be able to understand this, but I'm going to try to straighten him out anyway.  Yes, many of us have problems with Islam.  Especially as it's being interpreted today by millions of devout, fanatical Muslims.  But we accept this country of ours as being The Great Melting Pot.  It is who we are and have always been.  Cohen, more than most, should know that, since his brethren - Jews - are safer here, and have been more accepted here than in any other corner of the globe.  He is able to write freely because we are tolerant of all views and of all religions.  Even of those the world's Islamists want extinguished.

How do you go from making a reference to Barack Obama's middle name to being labeled a soul mate of a Norwegian madman?

Ignorance.  That's how.

Roger Cohen needs to get out more.

And he needs to get to know his neighbors.  Before he judges them to be akin to someone in Norway he knows little about as well.  

We're on his side.

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Correction:  In the original iteration of this post I had made mention of the fact that Marine Le Pen was male.  A commenter set me straight.  Thanks.

They Have No Idea

So much of this applies to my growing up years. Some of it I'd just as soon not return to. We made progress and grew out of a lot of it. Still ...
The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then? 
I remember the pens that you put those large ink cartridges into.  More than once I ended up with ink all over my hands.  Boy, am I glad for Bic.

Anyway, times have changed.  For better; for worse.

Ah, Those Were The Days

But certainly not good days.

And now we find ourselves there - déjà vu - all over again. See Obama Carter 2012:



Brother, can you spare a dime?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Think It Through, Christina

Roanoke Times editorial page editor Christina Nuckols is so happy that the government hasn't imposed guidelines that would have prevented her from making a business transaction.  From "Home loan rules could stifle market":

"Regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies believe most homebuyers should have to clear that 20 percent hurdle. I suppose I should agree. If I can do it, why shouldn't everyone have to make that stretch? But the truth is I couldn't have purchased my first house several years ago if that rule had been in place." [emphasis mine]

She's thankful that government regulations didn't prevent her from taking out a loan that she felt she needed.

I'm with ya, sista.

I just hope you remember this attitude of yours next time your staff comes up with another editorial that demands that government step in and block loans to others simply because they are poor and, therefore, stupid.

See "Close lending loopholes."

Put yourself in the shoes of the ignorant masses out here, sweetheart, after having written what you wrote about your plight, and consider this quote from that Roanoke Times column:
Predatory lenders have proven they will find any loophole, however small, to ensure that they can continue to exploit people in desperate financial straits.

The only way to stop that will be to outlaw payday and car-title lending completely.
Is it that payday lendees - the great unwashed out here - aren't as bright as you and can't decide for themselves like you can?

Or will you agree with me that people should be allowed - without the heavy hand of government getting involved - to enter into straightforward lending agreements come what may?

You are thankful that you were able to find a lender and secure a loan. There are a lot of good people around Virginia who have a whole lot more need than you do.

What's good for the goose, babe ...

Citizens 1, Government 0

Here's to all you freedom-loving, ingenuity-employing 2nd Amendment upholders out there:
Congress arbitrarily decided that 10 rounds was “enough” for American citizens, and included provisions that once the ["Brady"] law went into effect, any magazine manufactured after the date the law went into effect that had more than ten rounds would be illegal for anything other than law enforcement use.

Like the firearms provisions of the bill, these magazine provisions also had unintended consequences.

As it turns out, firearms magazines are both typically very robust and reliable in design, and incredibly easy to mass manufacture. Once made, they last indefinitely.

Between the time Congress started signaling that they would create a magazine capacity restriction and the implementation of the law, factories worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week churning out millions of nothing but high-capacity magazines, which were stockpiled by manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers in massive warehouses.

As a result, “high capacity magazines” for most common firearms were freely available throughout the life of the ban. As e-commerce came into early maturity during this time period, many high-capacity magazines were more available than they had been before the ban was signed into law.

How?

Congress had neglected to make the possession or sale of high-capacity magazines illegal, and only outlawed the manufacture of new magazines. [source]
They can try their best to control our lives.  But we will not be shackled.  We will not be bowed.  We will not submit.

America, you rock.

Now We Know

I've more than once over the years commented on the fact that the New York Post has a genius of a headline writer.  He/she is witty, creative, and has a gift for word usage.

Uh, make that past tense.

No sooner do I find out who he is than he's gone:

"The writer of the greatest headline in the history of tabloidkind has retired."

Vincent A. Musetto could do in six words or less what poets couldn't do in a thousand.

Pure genius.

He'll surely be missed.

How Times Have Changed

Did you know that prior to 1991 the state of Connecticut had no personal income tax?

Did you know that the state of Connecticut in 2011 ranks 48th in terms of tax burden?

How things opportunities there have changed.

Did you know that the state now ranks 47th in business environment?

It's no accident.  It was by design.

Did you also know that Connecticut is the 4th most liberal state in America?

How proud they must be there.

'but at the length truth will out'

It was just a matter of time before the crazies were put back in their place:


Here's the way it is, like it or not: I'm healthy as a horse. And, as I often tell people, I consume great quantities of table salt. For two reasons - (1) I enjoy it, and (2) my body, at times, craves it.

Wait. Make that (3) Shut up. You don't know what you're talking about. See above.

* I was telling someone just yesterday that, despite the "excessive" intake of table salt, my blood pressure readings and blood work report continue to come in well within recommended specs.  Make of that what you will.

** For those wondering where that header came from - Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice. Launcelot to Gobbo: "Well, old man, I will tell you news of your son: give me your blessing: truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man's son may, but at the length truth will out."

You Have To Watch It a Second Time

The first time I watched "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," I came away less than impressed.  While others waxed orgasmic over it, I had this feeling that much of the dialogue was ad-libbed and had fallen excruciatingly flat.

Then I watched it again the other night.  And laughed my ass off.  (For those wondering, alcoholic beverages played no part either time.)

The most memorable scene?  The Ricky Bobby Family Dinner Prayer.  Priceless.

Which, as luck would have it, makes its way into today's news.  See "NASCAR prayer gets a few punch lines." It too is priceless.

Combine rednecks with the baby Jesus and you got yourself a winner every time ...

It's Your Money

It's not theirs. They're government workers.  Why should they care?

Dan Cleary brings us James O’Keefe's latest exposé.  It's enough to bring tears to your eyes:




It's estimated that Medicare and Medicaid lose $87 billion a year to fraud.

And nobody who claims responsibility for our tax dollars cares.

Cleary: "By now I am convinced it is darn-near impossible to actually get turned away for any reason when walking into a Medicaid office. You could say 'I have a stack of corpses in my basement; will that be a problem?' and they’d probably just tell you not to put that on the application.  Still waiting for the media to show an ounce of interest in any of this."

It mystifies me why John Stossel is the only member of the media who cares about this sort of thing. Is it because all the others know they won't be invited to all the cool pool parties if they go after grifters and dirtbags?  I just don't get it.

We Get Closer To The Truth

I predicted the other day that pronouncements on the assassin's motivation for his "Norway massacre" would go from him being a "right-winger" - he's so Sarah Palin! - to a finding that the guy is simply nuts.

In today's news and commentary:

"This makes it clear he is completely insane."

Not that it was that difficult to come to the obvious conclusion that there can be no other explanation for what this madman did.

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Words of wisdom from Instapundit:
WAIT, I THOUGHT HE WAS A “RIGHT-WING CHRISTIAN?” Parts of the manifesto written by the suspect in Norway’s terrorist attack were taken almost word for word from the writings of “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski. Still, if you’re going to commit terrorism, I guess committing plagiarism is small change.
That reminds me.  There will be the obligatory calls for more gun control in the aftermath of this regrettable tragedy  - here and abroad.  Since this lunatic used 6,000 pounds of fertilizer to kill seven people in Oslo, why will there be no calls for more bomb control?

It's the mindset.  It can only be the rigid mindset ...

For The Record

How out-of-touch is our president?

From the Wall Street Journal, on the debt ceiling negotiations that collapsed:

"Here's a number for the debt history books: Mr. Obama's final offer in the Biden talks was a $2 billion cut in 2012 nondefense discretionary spending. The federal government spends more than $10 billion a day."

It's become a joke. 

How they must be laughing in the White House.

Remember that - who was in charge, or wasn't - when that default occurs.

How Hot Is It?

Hot enough to melt an ice cream truck.

Now that's hot.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Out of both Sides of their Mouths

I'm beginning to accept the premise that they really don't get it.

The Roanoke Times editorial team this morning:
For decades, federal spending has buoyed Virginia and its credit rating. Investors knew that cash flowed freely across the Potomac River and that many federal workers chose to live in the commonwealth.

Virginia receives more federal spending per capita than any other state except Alaska. It is one of the lucky states that is a net recipient of federal spending. Other states subsidize us and boost our economy.

Given that relationship, it behooves Virginia to promote a reasoned compromise in Washington.

In the meantime, Virginia must continue to invest in economic development that fosters a diverse economy throughout the commonwealth. The greater the dominance of Northern Virginia, the more susceptible we are to being caught up in the financial woes of Washington.
Got that?

We need to find a compromise so that government can do "more of the same" (i.e., shower money on us). And it's that "more of the same" that is going to ruin us.

For the love of God.

You Be The Judge

Is Senator Mark Warner right when he says:

"I think it’s just plain wacky, some of these folks who [are] saying, ‘No way, no how, bring on the default. It’s crazy."

Before visions of Sarah Palin and Eric Cantor pop into your brain, you might want to consider this:

Mark Warner - your beloved and really bipartisan Mark Warner - had the chance to stave off default but instead voted with his Democrat Senate majority against a plan that would have prevented default.   On Thursday.

Crazy?

His definition, not mine.

Mr. Warner is scheduled to be on "Face the Nation" this morning.  Expect him to repeat his definition of crazy.  Expect the bobbleheads in attendance to agree with him.

Without ever realizing just how hypocritical such idiocy is ...

Uh Oh

I didn't have anything to contribute on the weblog regarding the scandal that has rocked Britain over the revelation that journalists there had been hacking into citizens' phone voice mail accounts and bribing police officers, because I knew it was a British story.  And, therefore, I didn't care.  This despite the fact that leftists in this country so wanted it to bring down the central character in the story - Rupert Murdoch - and with his demise, the elimination of their dreaded enemy - Fox News.  (To those reading this on other planets, don't try to make sense of it - News of the World ... Rupert Murdoch ... Fox? There is none to be made.)

But now the story becomes an American story.  But not in the way our always-on-the-wrong-side-of-history lefties wanted it to be:
CNN Host Is Dragged Into Phone Scandal
By Don Van Natta, Jr. and Ravi Somaiya, New York Times

London — It was perhaps inevitable that the phone hacking accusations in Britain would cross the Atlantic and reach Piers Morgan, the flamboyant former Fleet Street editor who is now the host of “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN.

James Hipwell, a former journalist at The Daily Mirror, a tabloid edited by Mr. Morgan until 2004, now says that phone hacking was “endemic” at the paper. “Piers was extremely hands-on as an editor,” Mr. Hipwell, 45, told the British newspaper The Independent in an interview published Saturday. “I can’t say 100 percent that he knew about it. But it was inconceivable he didn’t.” [link]
Uh oh.  That wasn't supposed to happen.

And Morgan isn't alone.  It turns out that authorities are looking at potentially illegal activity on the part of a host of British news outlets and attached journalists.  None of which are associated with the hated Murdoch.

So watch this story die.  Quickly.

It's one thing to be outraged by outrageous behavior.  It's another thing to be outraged when it's your kind who are doing the outrageous.  Suddenly, it ain't quite as outrageous any more.

Sorry, fellas.  You'll have to stifle free speech and block the dissemination of views opposed to yours in some other way.

Campaign finance laws and the leftist movement that claims "Balance is Unnecessary for Good Journalism" are still your best bets.

On The Norway Massacre

This is interesting.  Some leftist who writes for the far-left weblog FireDogLake sees in that mass murderer in Norway - the one who, it seems, is virulently opposed to Muslim assimilation into Norwegian society - a similarity to ...

... Sarah Palin?

EdwardTeller (obviously someone who is too cowardly to write under his real name) makes this startling statement:

"The bombing-shootings took up enormous bandwidth in our media machine until it came out that the alleged perpetrator has more in common with Sarah Palin and Alan Dershowitz than with Rachel Corrie or Furkan Doğan, both of whom have been labelled terrorists by Dershowitz."

I'd love to see this nitwit make that case.

But then, he and I both know that there's not really a case to be made; it's not something that he, in truth, meant to be taken seriously.  It's just more PalinHate.  An expulsion of an inanity that makes the author, consumed with an irrational tendency toward anger and fantasy, feel good.

Anders Behring holds some commonality with Sarah Palin?

Good grief. What a moron.

Newspapers? Tax Them & Subsidize Drudge.

I'll be honest, I really don't want to live in this New York Times columnist's Amerika:


This from a guy whose income depends on the destruction of the world's forests so that his printed words can be slapped to paper and then - on or near the very day they are set to print - are tossed into our proliferating muckle of environmentally degrading landfills.

Of course he's too damn dumb to see where his attitude toward liberty takes him ...

Let me start that conversation: Newspapers?  Tax them, and subsidize Drudge.

What The Left Doesn't Understand

And may be incapable of understanding.

The debate in Washington goes well beyond the "debt ceiling."  It goes to our ability to keep the country from collapsing under the weight of mountains of soon-to-be worthless dollars being shoveled into the pockets of millions of Americans who don't contribute in any way to their creation.

We conservatives want there to be some substance to - and strength within - that which Richard Nixon called "the pillar of monetary stability around the world."

The mountains of cash spilling out of Washington are growing dramatically.  As dramatically as the number of non-productive people who hold their hands out, waiting for gifts to be dispensed.

The trend is unsustainable.  The gift-giving - one way or another - is soon to cease.*

Mark Steyn, in referring to the West in general (in "Western World Operating On Shaky Business Model"), speaks of the USA in particular when he writes:
As Obama made plain in his threat to Gran'ma recently that the August checks might not go out, funding nonproductivity is now the principal purpose of the modern state. Good luck with that at a time when every appliance in your home is manufactured in Asia.

The problem is structural: Not enough people do not enough work for not enough of their lives. Developed nations have 30-year-old students and 50-year-old retirees, then wonder why the shrunken rump of a "working" population in between can't make the math add up.

As I said, these are structural problems. In theory, they can be fixed. But, when you look at the nature of them, you have to wonder whether they ever will be this side of societal collapse.
We are on a glide path to self-destruction. And the debate centers around who should pay more to put more band-aids on the system that is bleeding from all pores.

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* Speaking of gift-giving, the basic reason why most Americans are opposed to Obamacare doesn't have to do so much with the fact that it won't do what it's intended to do; it's because it is - in all truth - just another welfare program - another gift to those who don't contribute in any way to the sustenance of our country.   Another freebie.  One of many.

** Obama's name is used above but this crisis didn't begin with him. He's only sped our demise. I remember when George W. Bush called us to war in 2002 and told us that we'd all have to "sacrifice," my immediate response was: "No we won't. He will simply add the cost of 'the war on terror' to the national debt."  He did.

What a Waste

Drug addict dead at 27.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Are They Evil?

Or just mindless?

The Roanoke Times editorial page this morning (in "A call to end obstructionism"):
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner often jokingly encourages people attending his speeches to chat away on their cellphones, a technology that made the Virginia Democrat a wealthy man.

But Warner wasn't joking Friday when he made an impassioned appeal to Roanoke business leaders to call their congressional representatives and demand immediate action to prevent the country from defaulting on its debts.
Mark Warner. An impassioned appeal. Immediate action. To prevent default.

The Times joins him in making that impassioned appeal for immediate action.

But wait. Warner had the chance yesterday (immediate enough for ya?) "to prevent the country from defaulting on its debts."

See H.R. 2560.  An immediate action that would have prevented default.

See Warner vote NO.

This from the Times becomes laughable:
For constituents who are still trying to absorb how default could affect their lives, Warner paints a frightening picture. Virginia would lose its triple-A credit rating for the first time in history, jacking up the cost for construction of schools and roads. Families would see interest rates leap for mortgages and car loans. Business expansions would be stifled. On a global level, a U.S. default on some of its debts could trigger "economic calamity across the world," Warner said.

The former Virginia governor is not given to wild exaggerations. 
You decide how true that statement is.

And, finally, icing on the cake:

"'The hypocrisy of some of these elected officials,' he groaned."

Ain't it the truth.

 Expect the Roanoke Times to come out with a scathing piece on Mark Warner's obstructionism any day now.

Any ... day ... now.

On The Massacre In Norway

A prediction:

The mainstream press will judge the alleged murderer - one Anders Behring Breivik - as being a right-wing extremist - before the media do their job, find the truth, and report to the world that the guy is, in fact, crazy.

Timothy McVeigh reincarnate?

My money says no.

Think Cho Seung-hui.

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Robert Stacy McCain:

"[H]ow long until Chris Matthews blames this on Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh?"

Stupid Politicians

A Democrat in Baltimore has come up with what he considers to be a wonderful way to prevent crime.

Tax ammunition.


Why this genius doesn't consider it to be a possibility that the lawless will simply thieve more from innocent residents there in order to cover the cost of the tax on the "bullets" they depend on isn't clear.

No. Don't lock them up. Tax them.

Good God.

Friday, July 22, 2011

They Don't Seem To Care

You'd think that an organization that touts its professionalism and unbiased approach to reporting the news would be at least somewhat sensitive to criticism that it is little more than a Democratic Party organ.  But not Politico.  Not these days:


No. Nothing untoward about that.

Remember that next time a Politico executive tells you his employees don't let their personal views interfere with their objectivity.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Really?

Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin has told some whoppers in his day (not least of which was his bald-faced lie that he was a combat pilot in Vietnam).  But this one may take the cake.

Senator Harkin yesterday:

"Democrats are willing to do whatever is necessary to raise the debt ceiling, not for future borrowing but to pay the debts that we racked up in the past."

Democrats are willing to do whatever is necessary to raise the debt ceiling?

Since when?

If you go back to 2006, you'll find there was another vote to raise the debt ceiling taken.  Among those who decided they were NOT willing to do what was necessary to raise the debt ceiling?
On that particular vote in March 2006, 44 Democrats voted "nay," including 31 senators who are still in office. They are Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Max Baucus of Montana, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Barbara Boxer of California, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Tom Carper of Delaware, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Carl Levin of Michigan, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Patty Murray of Washington, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Harry Reid of Nevada, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Chuck Schumer of New York, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and Ron Wyden of Oregon. [source]
Also voting NO that day?

Barack Obama.

"Democrats are willing to do whatever is necessary ..."

A lie.

Democrats like Harkin are beyond contemptible.  In my estimation, they should be jailed.