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Friday, September 30, 2011

Do We Value Our Constitution?

Do we really?

Said a famous American* before there was an America:

"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself."

Today another brick fell from the once-impregnable wall of liberty.

The executive branch of the United States government targeted this day an American citizen for assassination without any authority to do so. No judge. No jury. Only an executioner.

This is not what Americans who value our way of life do to other Americans:

Anwar al-Aulaqi, U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaeda, killed in Yemen

Yeah, from all accounts this guy was an asshole. And a terrorist.  And he may have even deserved to be executed.

If the accounts are to be believed.

But what do we really know about him?

This: He - like every one of us - was an American citizen.

And this: He was targeted for assassination by our government. Without due process. Without a trial. Without a hearing. Hell, without any of us really knowing who he was or what his alleged crimes really were.

Every politician in Washington is orgasmic over the targeted killing of this New Mexico-born, Colorado State University graduate. As is every candidate for president - from Obama to Perry to Romney. Excepting Ron Paul.

 And, I'd bet, most of the country is supportive of this action as well.

A bad guy was taken out by the United States government. Break out the bubbly.

Speaking of bad guys, so you know, Richard Nixon had a really long list of bad guys.

As does, it is rumored, Obama himself.

I wonder which of us - and how many of us - have made it on that list so far.

We now know one name for sure.

Me? Nowhere in that document that spells out the specific authorities granted the United States government by We the People did we outline an authority to pass summary judgment on American citizens and carry out assassinations on them. Nowhere in that document that our government mocked today does it allow for a hierarchy of badness to be declared that gives it free rein under circumstances it deems acceptable, and suspends the Constitution because of that determination.

Today it was Anwar al-Awlaki.

Tomorrow ...

- - -

I'm reminded of the biography of one Martin Niemöller. In the early years of Hitler's Third Reich, it can be said that Pastor Niemöller was, like most Germans at the time, supportive of the dark turn that the German government made with regard to the treatment of the Jews. They, after all, deserved punishment.  Every German - the real ones - knew that.

He admitted later that he kept silent when they were systematically rounded up and hauled off to concentration camps beginning in the 30's.

It was only when the Gestapo came for his kind too that he turned against the Nazi Party. Only when it was too late.

Niemöller, after the war, made his way to a postage stamp, he was so revered for his stance against the Nazis.  When it was too late to make a difference.  Reverence can be curiously applied sometimes.

So everyone is accepting of the fact that the government of the United States of America came for Anwar al-Awlaki today.

Tomorrow?

Don't give this government the right to kill American citizens without due process or we're all in jeopardy.

Wrote Niemöller long after the damage was done and millions of his fellow countrymen were murdered in the Holocaust:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.
* Thomas Paine

An Important Endorsement

If you believe, as I do, that our republic is worth fighting to save, then you're of a mind with radio talk show host Mark Levin.

Mark Levin, a big supporter, as it turns out, of Senate candidate George Allen here in Virginia:



"And say my glory was I had such friends."
-- William Butler Yeats --

Tim Kaine, The ... Comedian?

What to make of this?

Not long ago when Obama was promoting a continuation of the Bush tax cuts, his best buddy Mr. Kaine had this to say in a press release dated 12/17/10, just nine months ago:

Millions of hard-working Americans can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their taxes will not increase next year.”

Yet now that Obama is calling for the end of the Bush tax cuts, Kaine says this:

Letting the Bush tax cuts expire … that’s not a tax increase.” (NBC News 12, 9/26/11)

So are they a tax increase or not?

Depends on the meaning of the word ... well, no it doesn't.

So what is the dude telling us?

Are we supposed to laugh at this point? I think so.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If You Can Figure This Out ...

... you're smarter than me:
According to the Census Bureau, the problem with the Census data on same-sex couples was due to “data capture errors” that were caused by the confusing layout on the 2010 Census forms--“the matrix format”--where entering a person’s sex often did not accurately reflect that person’s gender.   (See "Census Bureau Admits It 'Artifcially Inflated the Number of Same-Sex Couples'--by 40 Percent.")
People were confused as to what sex they were.

The commies have us right where they want us.

Me?  I blame "Dancing With The Stars."

It's Not Simply Fetal Tissue

This story about "The Hand of Hope" is circulating around the internet again.  Though a twelve-year-old narrative, it's worth contemplating.

These little guys deserve our protection more than any other being on this planet.

I'm Willing To Accept ...

... the theory of evolution.


But how to explain those darn dinosaurs?

Madness

What on earth are we doing?
The Energy Information Administration estimates that new natural gas-fired plants will create electricity at a cost of $63.10 per megawatt hour, compared to the Administration's "green" favorites, offshore wind and solar thermal plants—like the one in Nevada funded yesterday—which cost $243.20 and $311.80.

Even if you believe in the "green job" mantra, here's some more math: Yesterday's $737 million loan guarantee to Tonopah Solar Energy will create "600 construction jobs and 45 permanent jobs," according to the company. The $337 million loan guarantee to Sempra Energy "will fund up to 300 construction jobs." That's $1.1 billion for 45 permanent jobs.

By comparison, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to carry crude oil from Western Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast would create some 13,000 union jobs and around 118,000 "spin-off" jobs—if the U.S. State Department ever gets around to approving it. And taxpayers wouldn't have to risk a dime. (source)
Meanwhile millions of homeowners are looking toward a very cold winter with trepidation.  They won't be able to afford to heat their homes, what with skyrocketing utility bills.

Yet off the government goes, "investing" in technologies that will send those heating bills through the stratosphere.  All the while, that same government - whose face will be Obama's - will shed tears over the growing plight of America's poor and underprivileged.

This has to stop.

These people have to be stopped.

We're heading toward cataclysm.

Do they not care?

A General Observation on America Today

I read the other day that more Americans than ever find Congress to be doing a poor job in its execution of "the people's business."  (See "Trust in Federal Government At All Time Low.")  It's also well established that the two sides in the political debate are as divided as they've ever been.  And that gridlock has Washington completely - or nearly completely - immobilized.  And Obama frustrated beyond words.

Welcome to the internet.

The collective participation of We the People in the process that we call governance - a colonoscopy-level  participation that began only some fifteen years ago - has completely changed the way business is conducted.  And, I think, for the better.

But until politicians learn how to deal with us (in the old days, they went off to D.C., fashioned legislation, participated in their graft, corruption, and original sins, and were covered by a sycophantic press).

Now We the People are the press.  And nothing they do gets by us without note.

And this development has the politicians all discombobulated.

Case in point, a minor one involving a Democratic governor - not a congressperson - making stupid pronouncements that will never be picked up - in a straightforward manner anyway - by the press, but is being reported around the world on the internet:

Perdue 'Suspend Elections to Congress For Two Years' Audio Surfaces -- Via Reporter Who Called It a 'Joke'

While traditional reporters aren't all that interested in keeping certain politicians' feet to the fire, a host of internet journalists are. On both sides. And that keeps things honest and exposes idiots, malcontents, and dangerous egomaniacs among us.

This is a good thing.

Even if it has also exposed the sausage-making we call governance.

It won't take long for politicians to figure this internet thing out. And all will be well.

But the days in which everyone got along to get along is over. There's a new sheriff in town.

They'd better get used to us.  We're here to stay.

He Has a Point

I received this via email. It's one of those items that makes you go ... hmmmmmmm:
WHERE ARE THE GIRLFRIENDS?

I hadn't thought about this - but where are Obama's past girlfriends - surely he had at least one? No past girl friends popping up anywhere? Strange - strange to the point of being downright weird!

OK, this is just plain old common sense, no political agendas for either side. Just common knowledge for citizens of a country, especially American citizens, who know every little tidbit about every other president (and their wives) that even know that Andrew Jackson's wife smoked a corn cob pipe and was accused of adultery, or that Lincoln never went to school or Kennedy wore a back brace or Truman played the piano.

We are Americans! Our Media vets these things out! We are known for our humanitarian interests and caring for our 'fellow man.' We care, but none of us know one single humanizing fact about the history of our own president.

Honestly, and this is a personal thing ... but it's bugged me for years that no one who ever dated him ever showed up. Taken his charisma, which caused the women to be drawn to him so obviously during his campaign, looks like some lady would not have missed the opportunity....

We all know about JFK's magnetism, McCain was no monk, Palin's courtship and even her athletic prowess were probed. Biden's aneurisms are no secret. Look at Cheney and Clinton-we all know about their heart problems. How could I have left out Wild Bill before or during the White House?

Nope... not one lady has stepped up and said, "He was soooo shy," or "What a great dancer!"
Now look at the rest of what we know... no classmates, not even the recorder for the Columbia class notes ever heard of him.

Who was the best man at his wedding? Start there. Check for groomsmen. Then get the footage of the graduation ceremony.

Has anyone talked to the professors? Isn't it odd that no one is bragging that they knew him or taught him or lived with him.

When did he meet Michele and how? Are there photos? Every president provides the public with all their photos, etc. for their library. What has he released? Nada - other than what was in this so-called biography! And experts who study writing styles, etc. claim it was not Obama's own words or typical of his speech patterns, etc.

Does this make any of you wonder?

Ever wonder why no one ever came forward from Obama's past, saying they knew him, attended school with him, was his friend, etc. ? Not one person has ever come forward from his past. This should really be a cause for great concern. Did you see the movie titled, The Manchurian Candidate?

Let's face it. As insignificant as we all are... someone whom we went to school with remembers our name or face...someone remembers we were the clown or the dork or the brain or the quiet one or the bully or something about us.

George Stephanopoulos, ABC News said the same thing during the 2008 campaign. Even George questions why no one has acknowledged that the president was in their classroom or ate in the same cafeteria or made impromptu speeches on campus. Stephanopoulos was a classmate of Obama at Columbia-class of 1984.He says he never had a single class with him.

Since he is such a great orator, why doesn't anyone in Obama's college class remember him? And, why won't he allow Columbia to release his records?

Do you like millions of others, simply assume all this is explainable - even though no one can?

NOBODY REMEMBERS OBAMA AT COLUMBIA

Looking for evidence of Obama's past, Fox News contacted 400 Columbia University students from the period when Obama claims to have been there, but not one remembers him. For example,Wayne Allyn Root was (like Obama) a political science major at Columbia , who graduated in 1983. In 2008, Root says of Obama, "I don't know a single person at Columbia that knew him, and they all know me. I don't have a single classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia ... EVER!

Nobody recalls him.

Root adds that he was, "Class of '83 political science, pre-law" and says, "You don't get more exact or closer than that. Never met him in my life, don't know anyone who ever met him."

At our 20th class reunion five years ago, who was asked to be the speaker of the class? Me. No one ever heard of Barack! And five years ago, nobody even knew who he was. The guy who writes the class notes, who's kind of the, as we say in New York, 'the macha' who knows everybody, has yet to find a person, a human who ever met him."

Obama's photograph does not appear in the school's yearbook, and Obama consistently declines requests to talk about his years at Columbia , provide school records, or provide the name of any former classmates or friends while at Columbia .

How can this be?

NOTE: Wayne Allyn Root can easily be verified. He graduated valedictorian from his high school, Thornton-Donovan School , then graduated from Columbia University in 1983 as a Political Science major in the same '83 class in which Barack Hussein Obama states he was.

Some other interesting questions.

Why was Obama's law license inactivated in 2002?

Why was Michelle's law license inactivated by court order?

According to the U.S. Census, there is only one Barack Obama - but 27 Social Security numbers and over 80 aliases.

WHAT!?

The Social Security number he uses now originated in Connecticut where he is never reported to have lived.

No wonder all his records are sealed!
The part about the Social Security numbers seems kinda hokey. But the rest of the piece certainly makes one wonder.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Trip Down Memory Lane With Roscoe Reynolds

This seems almost bizarre after two years and a million and a half more unemployed Americans.  Southside Virginia Senator Roscoe Reynolds - Democrat - holds forth on the success of ...

... Obama's stimulus plan?

From the Martinsville Bulletin, March 30, 2009:
Lawmakers: Stimulus saved Virginia jobs
By Ginny Wray, Bulletin Staff Writer

Federal stimulus funds saved an estimated 90,000 jobs in Virginia, according to state Sen. Roscoe Reynolds.

“Thank goodness for the stimulus package,” Reynolds, D-Ridgeway, told about 60 people at the Piedmont Democratic Women’s Club’s legislative breakfast Saturday at Forest Park Country Club.

Both Reynolds and Del. Ward Armstrong, D-Collinsville, said the $1 billion in stimulus funds the commonwealth received prevented the budget shortfall from being worse than it was. The money was in the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Barack Obama last month.

While Reynolds said the funds saved 90,000 jobs throughout the state, Armstrong said they prevented the layoffs of 7,000 state employees.

“The stimulus money was a breath of fresh air” that helped legislators get through a difficult General Assembly session, Armstrong added. [link]
Ah, yes.  The excuse of scoundrels.  The "Obama saved oodles and oodles of jobs" dance.

Now, two years later, with his district having the distinction of still maintaining the highest unemployment rate in the Commonwealth, and with his district emptying out as citizens move to other environs seeking employment, someone should ask this guy if he's still so ecstatic about Obama and his "stimulus."

Yes.  Someone should ask.  And before the election, if you can catch him.

You Give Him Too Much Credit

This assumes he knows what he's doing:

Heckler Calls Obama "The Antichrist" At LA Fundraiser

I don't know. When I stop and consider his many ... accomplishments ... since he became president, this isn't exactly the image that comes to mind:




It's more like this:


To suggest that the man is the Antichrist is to assume that he has a clue.

I wouldn't go too far with that assumption if I were you.

On Elizabeth Warren ...

... and our obligation to fund whatever government deems necessary and fund-bound:

Maybe that’s why she looks like she’s ready to haul off and hit someone.

These people get so worked up when We the People simply ask that our government tend to only that which we've granted it the authorities to which it can attend, and to do so without flushing our hard-earned income down the crapper in the attempt to do so.

Kiss That Goodbye

"Though President Obama's approval ratings have hit an all-time low at 47 percent, he has retained the support of one important demographic: foreign presidents."
- - Jake Simpson, The Atlantic Wire, April 13, 2010 - -

"Germany and America were on a collision course on Tuesday night over the handling of Europe's debt crisis after Berlin savaged plans to boost the EU rescue fund as a 'stupid idea' and told the White House to sort out its own mess before giving gratuitous advice to others."
- - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, London Telegraph, September 27, 2011 - -

ObamaCare To the Rescue

"We agree on reforms that will finally reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums; businesses that will see their costs rise if we do nothing will save money now and in the future. This plan will strengthen Medicare and extend the life of that program. And because it gets rid of the waste and inefficiencies in our health care system, this will be the largest deficit reduction plan in over a decade.


"Now, I just want to repeat this because there's so much misinformation about the cost issue here. You talk to every health care economist out there and they will tell you that whatever ideas are -- whatever ideas exist in terms of bending the cost curve and starting to reduce costs for families, businesses, and government, those elements are in this bill."
-- Barack Obama, December 15, 2009 --

"There is no way Obama can improve the quality of health care, provide it to nineteen million additional Americans who have no coverage - for free - and reduce the cost of health care for everyone else.  No way."
-- Jerry Fuhrman, December 16, 2009 --

The cost of health insurance has surged in the US this year, according to a survey of employers, dealing a blow to claims by the Obama administration that healthcare legislation introduced last year would curb costs.

Who ya gonna pay attention to next time?

Hey, They're Two Consenting Adults!

So butt out.

Morgan Freeman To Impregnate Step-Granddaughter

Slippery slope?

I don't think so.

I think we've finally hit bottom and plunged into the cesspool.

Liberals ... can ... all .. celebrate ... their ... resounding ... achievement ...

... in setting the civilized world back 5,000 years.

* Note: This is all alleged, of course.

It's Bush's Fault

Hallmark Launches Line of Sympathy Cards for the Unemployed

Quote of the Day

I'm not prepared to be a Herman Cain supporter yet - I fear, while his knowledge and expertise in the business universe is deep and diverse, his experience on the politics, government, international relations side is concerningly weak - but he does seem to reach a point in a conservative's soul that no other candidate out there can reach.

That being said, there is this to chuckle about.  From Dorothy Rabinowitz:
An early response to the Florida poll results [jf: Cain won in a landslide] came from a friend, historian Alan C. Kors, who observed in mock puzzlement: “So, the ‘Tea Party racists’ in a Republican straw poll chose the self-made black Herman Cain — mathematician and successful businessman — son of a cleaning woman and a janitor, as their choice of nominee for the presidency of the United States. Well! What a bigoted group, what a caste society!”
Yeah, those Cain supporters, Tea Partiers all, are surely a racist bunch.

Can We Give Him Back To Iran

I knew this dude had to be some kind of colossal idiot for thinking it a neat idea to go hiking along the Iran-Iraq border at a time when most Iranians and more than a few Iraqis would like to string his skinny ass up for his being an American (a capital offense in those parts).  And, now that he's been released from prison in Tehran and sent back to the good old USA, he proves me right:
What American 'Political Prisoners'?
By James Kirchick, Wall Street Journal

Imagine you are Shane Bauer, one of two American hikers released from Iranian captivity last week.

On July 31, 2009, you're traversing a mountain trail in Iraqi Kurdistan, near the Iranian border. You're with one of your best friends and your girlfriend. Suddenly a group of Iranian border guards capture you, and the next thing you know you're in Tehran's infamous Evin prison accused of "illegal entry" and "espionage."

Your girlfriend is kept in solitary confinement and you can see her only for an hour each day. The Iranian government prevents you from contacting your family for almost a year, at which point they decide to let your mother visit you for two days at a Tehran hotel.

While your captors treat you humanely and provide three square meals a day, your Iranian co-prisoners aren't so lucky. Every night you hear their screams. Evin is the world's most notorious torture dungeon, where political dissidents (men and women) are routinely raped, beaten and subjected to all manner of physical and psychological abuse.

Ahmad Batebi, a student activist who spent 17 months in solitary confinement there, reports that guards kicked him in the teeth, dunked his head into a toilet "stopped up with feces," and whipped his back and testicles with a cable. When he tried to sleep, they slashed his arms with a knife and rubbed salt in the wounds.

As you sit in this hellhole, no less than the president of the United States takes up your cause, insisting that you "never worked for the United States government," that you're "simply open-minded and adventurous" and "represent the best of America and of the human spirit."

Following two years of strenuous work on the part of committed American diplomats, you are freed on $500,000 bail, paid by the billionaire Sultan of Oman. And what is the first thing you say upon your release?

"Two years in prison is too long and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in America and Iran."

Mr. Bauer didn't name any of the "political prisoners" allegedly held in America's jails—because there aren't any. So is this a case of Stockholm Syndrome? Perhaps, but Mr. Bauer likely came to his views while earning a degree in "Peace and Conflict Studies" at Berkeley, if not before. On a website calling for his release, a friend attests to his "strong critic[ism] of the US-led brutal war on Iraq and Israel's ongoing violence against the Palestinian people."

On Sunday, Mr. Bauer said that he opposes "U.S. policies toward Iran which perpetuate this hostility"—as if American belligerence, and not Iranian tyranny and terror, causes tension between the countries. Though he criticized Tehran's "brutality," he gave credence to his captors' grievances when he said that "every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would immediately remind us of comparable conditions at Guantanamo"—as if the claims of a government that denies the Holocaust have any validity.

While neglecting to thank either President Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for helping secure his freedom, Mr. Bauer expressed gratitude toward Hugo Chávez, Sean Penn, Noam Chomsky and Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens). [link]
Good grief.

Do you get the impression that maybe this fool's little walk in the Iranian desert wasn't such an accident after all?

I wasn't prepared to pay this kid's ransom.  But I'm now willing to contribute to a fund that pays the Iranians to take him back.

The Light Bulb Comes On

Three years after being told - repeatedly - that this was the case, liberal morons like Tina Brown are having an epiphany:

Liberal Newsweek Editor Admits: Obama 'Wasn't Ready' to Be President

No Kidding?

A little late now, babe.

Can We Get Real?

Why doesn't someone come out and say it like it is?  The Israel-Palestine "peace process" is a fool's game.  It has never served any purpose. It has never accomplished anything.  The Middle East is now as peaceful as it's going to get.  Go on with your lives.

And Jerusalem is now and forevermore an integral part of Israel.

Why jerk around for another century with this?
US blasts 'counterproductive' Israeli settlements
By Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee, Associated Press

Washington (AP) — The Obama administration is getting little help from any quarter, let alone its ally Israel, as it pleads for a fresh start in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that could avert a veto showdown over the Palestinians' unilateral bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations.

Already disappointed by Palestinian distaste for the new U.S.-backed proposal to resume long-stalled negotiations, the administration was taken aback anew on Tuesday when Israel announced plans to construct new Jewish housing units in east Jerusalem.

The Israeli move made a hard job even harder for the United States, which is trying to protect Israel from a U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood that Israel bitterly opposes. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the housing announcement "counterproductive" to new peace talks — the only path to Palestinian statehood the U.S. and Israel say they will accept. [link]
Whatever.

Statehood.  "Peace talks."  Like either is going to change anything.

For their own reasons, Palestinians hate Jews. And want them dead.  That won't change.

To the Israeli people I say: Stay locked.  Stay loaded.  Learn to enjoy the only peace you'll ever know.  And give no countenance to those who will advise otherwise.

Whose Side Is Our Gov't On?

Ready to get mad?

It's come to this:




Obama protecting illegal aliens and punishing American citizens.

My God.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Uh, That's It?

A new 2012 campaign slogan for Obama and his Democratic Party is coming together.  And I suppose, under today's circumstances, it's about as good as it's going to get.

This is especially poignant because it comes from none other than the head cheerleader of the party - Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

"We're No Longer Dropping Like a Rock."

True. We're only dropping like a once-powerful nation with full employment into third-world status with rampant poverty and despair.

I suppose she would like for us to be thankful.


I don't know. Seems like it might need some work.

And While We're on the Subject ...

... of campaign slogans, how about this one for Republican upstart Herman Cain?

Such the dilemma this creates for those who refuse to look beyond skin color.

My mama was black!

The times in which we live ...

You Go, Girl

It's going to be an uphill battle, but it's worth it.  Besides, what else does she have going on?

Palin Lawyers Warn Publisher of ‘The Rogue’ Not to Destroy Documents Ahead of Possible Lawsuit

It's unfortunate that anyone in this country - including a "public figure" - is held to a different legal standard when it comes to charges of defamation, libel, and slander. Lawyers call it a "higher standard." In truth, it's a lower one. Gutter low.

In either case, no "public figure" has a more solid case of defamation (i.e., a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions) than Sarah Palin does with regard to that "journalist" who camped out next door to her home and has written a tale about her family.

The smoking gun? This email that can only be taken as proof that there is no substance to what the author was writing about her.

While it's fair to assume that Joe McGinnis, the author, hasn't any cash for Palin to seize in a court battle, his publisher, Crown Books, does.

Here's hoping Sarahcuda owns the company when it's all over.

They Just Don't Get It

Read "Yes, indeed. If you liked Gov. Granholm's Michigan, you'll love President Obama's America."

And wonder, as I do, how people like her ever get elected.

Monday, September 26, 2011

How Gov't Justifies Itself

It hires consultants.  At great expense.  To come up with totally ridiculous justifications for its spending habits.

Case in point:
Southwest Virginia airports land big bucks
By Jeff Sturgeon, Roanoke Times

Air travel, air cargo and associated aviation activities such as flight instruction are busy exchange points for money in this part of Southwest Virginia, contributing more than $230 million to the state's economy, a new report says.

Officials at the Virginia Department of Aviation were troubled last year by a sense that people did not understand the economic benefits of airports. They hired consultants to count all the dollars that change hands as a result of the state's 66 aviation facilities.

The total was $28.8 billion in 2010, according to the study released in August.

Three Southwest Virginia airports - those in Roanoke, Blacksburg and Dublin - are churning out $231.5 million in economic activity just by themselves, the report said.

To get the big picture, consultants ranged outside the borders of the aviation field, counting not only plane tickets and jet fuel, but also visitor spending on hotels and entertainment if those visitors arrived by plane. As a result, they counted some of the same dollars, say, that are tallied in the annual accounting of tourism spending. Still, the report captures aviation's significant economic footprint.

Virginia Tech-Montgomery Executive Airport in Blacksburg, where 42 aircraft are based and 14,000 aircraft landed and took off last year, is described as a hotbed of monetary activity.

The single-runway airport itself employs nine people, but its presence supports a total of 70 jobs that pay nearly $2 million. All told, the public airport contributes $9.4 million statewide, the study said. [link]
I want to use the word fabulous at this point, to describe this story.  Fabulous!  But not in its most often thought of sense.  But fabulous as in "barely credible" and "lacking factual basis or historical validity."

This is such bullshit on its face that I'll not even take the time to hunt up the details and destroy them with an injection of reality.  I'll simply ask that readers turn to my assessment of the last government-funded study that attempted to do the same thing - justify tax dollar expenditures with skewed historical data - see "'Tourism' Ain't What It Used To Be" - and let the subterfuge that goes into such studies speak for itself.

I'll simply ask a question, leaving the hysterical numbers aside:  Since the three airports studied - in Roanoke, Dublin, and Blacksburg - are every bit of 35 miles apart, each located conveniently off of Interstate 81, which means a person wanting to hop a flight out of any one of the three would be little more than half an hour from each, what would the detrimental effect be on that tremendous economic activity if two of the three airports were closed and the redundancy quashed, saving the Virginia taxpayer hundreds of thousands of dollars each year?

Let me answer my own question: Squat.

Nothing would change.  Because we have three airports in an area that only calls for one.

Yet there they are.

And there they'll stay.

As long as (a) local and state politicians continue to come up with taxpayers' hard-earned income to support them, and (b) as long as fabulous studies are conjured that justify their existence.

- - -

* Why did the study stop there?  Why wasn't the airport in Bluefield mentioned?   And the one in Tazewell?  And in Hillsville?  And Rural Retreat?  And Abingdon?  And Martinsville?  And Wise?  And across the border in Johnson City?  How many billions of dollars are those eight taxpayer-supported airports bringing in, one wonders.


**  Another couple of questions: Regarding the statement that "Virginia Tech-Montgomery Executive Airport in Blacksburg, where 42 aircraft are based and 14,000 aircraft landed and took off last year ...," how many of those 14,000 takeoffs involved planes with a seating capacity of four or less?  Most?  And how many of those involved flight instruction?  Half?  More than half?  Get us to $9.4 million with that.

A Thought Upon Which To Expand

If those writing such thoughts weren't so close-minded and had the capacity to expand them:

Maybe light speed isn't the max: The possibility that neutrinos traveled faster than light reminds us why science is so cool.

How about that?  Here the science regarding the speed of light was so "settled."

And now it's not.

What other settled theory might be next to become ... unsettled?

(I wonder ...)

Perhaps They Should Read The Constitution ...

... before making fools of themselves.

The New York Times in an editorial ("An Indefensible Punishment") this morning:

"It is time Americans acknowledged that the death penalty cannot be made to comply with the Constitution and is in every way indefensible."

Earth to New York Times: The Constitution specifically acknowledges the use of capital punishment and provides the conditions under which it is to be administered.

Specifically. See The Due Process Clause of the 5th Amendment:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. [emphasis mine]
No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law.

Argue that it's immoral.

Argue that it's ineffective.

Argue that it's arbitrarily applied.

Argue that its application is subject to human error.

But don't tell us that its not Constitutionally defensible.

'Global Warming' Giggle of the Day

How does a true believer in global warming climate change react to the news that global atmospheric temperatures haven't risen at all since 1998?

Well, if that person is a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, he'd say he knew it was part of the global warming plan all along. Didn't everyone?  Temperatures rise until they don't.  And then they'll start rising again.  At some point.

And shut up.

Too funny.

Unsustainable

Obama's FY 2011 Debt Bigger Than Nixon's Entire Government

All We Ever Wanted Was 'Fair & Balanced'

There is a business model here crying out to TV news executives and producers.  Not that any of them will pay attention to it.  They seem to prefer ideology over job security and return on investors' equity.

Whatever.
Pew: Fox News Channel America’s No.1 Source for TV News
By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

The Fox News Channel beat out local television and CNN as Americans' number one source of television news on national and international issues, according to a survey published Thursday by the Pew Research Center for The People & The Press.

In the survey, which was conducted July 20-24, Pew asked 1,501 American adults whether they got most of their television news on national and international issues from local television, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, or if television was not a main source of news for them.

Fox came out on top with 19 percent saying they got most of their TV news there. That was followed by local television at 16 percent, CNN at 15 percent, NBC at 10 percent, ABC at 8 percent, CBS at 7 percent, and MSNBC at 6 percent.

Thirty-four percent said that television was not a main source of news for them.

Pew has been asking Americans where they get most of their television news since January 2002. Back then, CNN led with 28 percent followed by Fox News with 16 percent and local television with 16 percent. [link]
In graph form, it looks like this:


I think most fair-minded people in this country would agree with me that the least biased news reporting on television today comes from Fox and the local news outlets.  The Pew study is a reflection of that fact.

When do you suppose the other networks will wise up and tone down the liberal attitude?

I Don't Get It

This is what you call being stuck on stupid:

OBAMA LOSES COOL AT BLACK CAUCUS DINNER; ‘STOP COMPLAINING’ AND MARCH

And who is it that he demands that they march against?

The Man.

And who's The Man?

....

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Headline of the Day

President Solyndra and his mean green wealth-wasting machine

Who Can Afford It?


In 1947 Bill Levitt designed and built a home that the average American could afford.  In fact he built a lot of them.  Originally constructed as rental properties in what became Levittown, New York, he expanded his venture to include homes that he put up for sale.

Price tag? $7,999.

Said one American, a veteran of World War II who came back to the States and started a family and a new life in the dream that William Levitt built: "We were young, all of us who moved to Levittown, and we thought Bill Levitt was the greatest man in the world. Imagine it — $10 deposit, $90 at settlement, and you had a house of your own!"

Ten dollar deposit. Ninety dollars at closing. And America was off and running.

Today?

Today America's best and brightest are still designing homes.

The latest:


The United States Department of Energy calls this design, constructed in 2011, "cost-effective," and "affordable."  Oh, and ... "attractive."

Price tag for this affordable and attractive home?

Half a million dollars.

Plus labor.

A home for the masses?

Or a home built to make environmentalists with a wad of taxpayer money at their disposal - and a total detachment from reality - happy with themselves?

From Levittown to Lunacy.

For the love of God, what are these people thinking?

And why are they thinking it with my money?

* Source for the first photo: "Levittown: Documents of an Ideal American Suburb."
** Let it be noted that William Levitt received exactly zero subsidies from the U.S. government to make The American Dream a reality.

Obama Does It In Half The Time

It took George W. Bush six years to reach this point.  It's taken our "extremely able, deft, confident, exceptional" current president only three.


And we have only him to thank.

Way to go, dude.

Graph courtesy of YouGov.com.

Do We Have 'A Right To Choose'?

"If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a State has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds."
-- Justice Thurgood Marshall, 1969 --

The government can't control men's minds. Nor women's bodies, as the law has advised.

But your stomach?

That's a whole different matter.

According to a judge in Wisconsin anyway.

In some world somewhere in this expansive universe it makes sense.

Here on Planet Earth though ...

So What If It Cost an Arm & a Leg

The federal government's paying for it.  So stop complaining.

Besides, there is another aspect to Obama's "stimulus" plan, one that's playing out here in Virginia, that you should find more galling.

From Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg):
An Obama Union Payoff in Virginia?

Call it the Obama administration's payback to organized labor - and we're paying for it. That is, Right-to-Work states are paying, like South Carolina -- and now Virginia.

We all know about the NLRB veto of Boeing's move to South Carolina. Now, the Department of Labor is using an old federal law to divert Virginia jobs to out-of-state union shops.

The Davis-Bacon Act is nothing new. Enacted in 1931, the law requires all workers on federal projects (really any project using $2,000 or more federal dollars - which now is virtually everything with the prevalence of stimulus dollars) to be paid the "prevailing wage" - which tends to be the local union wage, if not higher.

By aligning jobs with union pay scales, the policy eliminates the hard-won advantages of Virginia contractors, as 95% are not unionized. These jobs will go to out-of-state union shops - which can now compete because Virginia's contractors will actually be prohibited by federal law from paying lower wages (even if they reflect the local market). In effect, union pay scales become the federal minimum wage for certain jobs.

Just look at what's happening in the marketplace. Where I live, the Davis-Bacon minimum wage for an electrician soared by 235% -- up from $15.80 to $53 an hour - just this year! In the same period, the minimum federal hourly rate for pipefitters jumped from $27 to $45 and the new wage for sheet metal workers is now $48. When minimum pay rates jump to this level this fast (and without reason), it suddenly allows otherwise uncompetitive out of state union shops to compete with and take jobs away from Virginia contractors.

But how can this happen? Simple the Department of Labor bases the rate sheets on optional local wage surveys - surveys that tend to draw a disproportionate union response. Still worse, if the Department decides that the response "isn't large enough," it uses the rates from a "nearby" region: D.C., Baltimore, or Philadelphia.

Virginia's right to work law is working. Our unemployment rate is well under the national average and our industries are rebounding from the recession. But in the construction industry, one of the hardest-hit sectors, This costly federal requirement is holding us back in industries like construction, one of the hardest-hit sectors, by imposing job-killing union wages on us. This is a direct assault on our right to work laws.

It used to be that Davis-Bacon applied only to federal projects, but with passage of the stimulus bill it was extended to all projects funded in any way by the Federal Government."

We are literally forcing contractors to charge the government substantially more than any of their other customers. Davis Bacon drove up the construction cost of one nearby school by more than 25% and this is quickly becoming the norm.

This use of Davis Bacon is every bit as outrageous as the NLRB action against Boeing's move to South Carolina. If Virginia wants to challenge another example of federal overreach, this may be it.
Outrageous indeed. And par for the course.

Received via email.

Glad To Have 'em Back

My only question: Who paid the million bucks to the Iranian government to make it happen?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

From Charles Krauthammer:
In a 2008 debate, Charlie Gibson asked Barack Obama about his support for raising capital gains taxes, given the historical record of government losing net revenue as a result. Obama persevered: “Well, Charlie, what I’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.”

A most revealing window into our president’s political core: To impose a tax that actually impoverishes our communal bank account (the U.S. Treasury) is ridiculous. It is nothing but punitive. It benefits no one — not the rich, not the poor, not the government. For Obama, however, it brings fairness, which is priceless.
"Return of the Real Obama, Washington Post, September 22, 2011

You Were Warned

How many times have I told you that ObamaCare is nothing more than another Democrat welfare program that will ultimately cost everyone whose health care will not be covered for free a whole lot more.

Welcome to ObamaCare.  And longer waits for service.  And higher costs.

Said our president in 2009:
"We agree on reforms that will finally reduce the costs of health care," Obama said. "Families will save on their premiums; businesses that will see their costs rise if we do nothing will save money now and in the future. This plan will strengthen Medicare and extend the life of that program. And because it gets rid of the waste and inefficiencies in our health care system, this will be the largest deficit reduction plan in over a decade.

"Now, I just want to repeat this because there's so much misinformation about the cost issue here. You talk to every health care economist out there and they will tell you that whatever ideas are -- whatever ideas exist in terms of bending the cost curve and starting to reduce costs for families, businesses, and government, those elements are in this bill."
Was he lying or simply ignorant?

I go with lying since someone as out of the loop as me could see that his promises would never become reality.  Add millions to the free-health-care rolls, reduce the deficit, provide everyone better care, and reduce costs?  Please.

Either way, whether he's an ignoramus or just another Democrat politician, you're to suffer for his handiwork.  Big time.


Before any more damage is done.

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Democrats these days want you to believe that the Republican Party is the party of the rich.  If the recent election held in New York is any indication, those Democrats would be wrong.  Terribly - for them - wrong.

Joel Kotkin:
The Republican victory in New York City's ninth congressional district Sept. 13—in a special election to replace disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner—shocked the nation. . . . Some Democrats like California Rep. Henry Waxman have [an] explanation for the vote: greed. "They want to protect their wealth," he explained, "which is why a lot of well-off voters vote for Republicans." You almost have to admire the chutzpah of such views from a man who represents Beverly Hills.

Waxman, of course, is wrong. This election was driven not by desertions of the rich but by the shift to the GOP among largely middle or working class voters. In many ways this election followed the pattern established by Sen. Scott Brown's stunning 2009 Massachusetts victory, which came largely from middle-income voters. The ninth district's new representative, Bob Turner, won big in modest Middle Village and South Brooklyn, while losing decisively in the wealthiest precincts such as Forest Hills and some minority, immigrant-oriented enclaves. . . .
[S]omething is stirring in the boroughs.
I think most Americans of modest means don't worry about the wealth that the richest among us have accumulated.  They, instead, agonize over their heating bills and health care costs and the price of gasoline and an ever higher tax liability.  All of which are being pushed higher by the nation's Democratic Party.

Are a lot of people resentful that the rich have what they the less rich don't?  Sure.  But they're even more resentful that there are those in Washington who are hellbent on taking bread off the table.  Washington being represented by Obama and his ilk.

What happened in Brooklyn is happening in America.

And it's too late for Democrats to do anything about it.

A Sign of the Times

It's telling that at the same time the media are all orgasmic over the fact that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been dropped by the military, the media don't care at all that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is alive and well if you're a Christian student who makes the mistake of telling his classmates about his Christian beliefs.

Tell them of your beliefs, get kicked out of school.

For the love of God.

- - -

Another example of Christian persecution.  This one at an institution of "higher learning," Vanderbilt:

It’s a typical ultra-P.C. story — advancing intolerance in the name of tolerance.

What possesses their kind?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Senator Phil Puckett Makes All The Right Moves

If only he'd done so back when it counted.

But more on that in a moment.

First, guess who's not going to get a Christmas card from Southwest Virginia's last remaining Democrat.

If you guessed The Worst President In Modern Times ...

... you'd be right!


Senator Phil Puckett, Democrat, Virginia's 38th Senate District, on WJHL TV in the Tri-Cities, on Wednesday:

"It's very clear to me that the administration does not support the coal industry in a way that's beneficial to our area. So, I don't plan to support President Obama for re-election."

Really? I wonder what gave the dude his first clue that Obama was prepared to put every Southwest Virginian out of work? Could it be when Obama vowed to bankrupt the coal industry and send the cost of energy through the rafters?

No.  That was three years ago and Puckett said nary a word.

Why now, I wonder.

Well, actually I don't wonder either.  I know.

Ol' Phil knows how to read the polls.

And the polls tell him that Obama is about as popular in these parts as the Devil is in Sunday School.

So now Phil dumps on Obama.

Slick.

Slick but for one thing.

We have long memories.

As the Republican Party of Virginia puts it so eloquently:
Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he pushed his job-killing Cap and Trade bill through Congress? Nope.

Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he pushed his massive health care takeover bill though Congress? Nope.

Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he realized that Obama's policies were causing thousands of people to lose their jobs? Nope.

Did Phillip Puckett walk away from Obama when he realized that Obama's policies were causing Phillip Puckett to lose his own job? We have a winner!

Phillip Puckett didn't walk away from Obama when Obama was bad for Southwest Virginia.

Phillip Puckett walked away from Obama when Obama was bad for Phillip Puckett.
It could have been mentioned also Puckett's penchant for voting with his liberal Democrat buddies up in northern Virginia on a broad array of tax hikes.

Expect him to repudiate them (the taxes and his liberal Democrat buddies too) any day now.  He knows which way the wind blows.

Still, it must be said, Phil Puckett is making the right moves.

I just hope most Southwest Virginians look past campaign season and remember where he was - and wasn't - when it counted most.

Put Up Or Shut Up

I defy anyone working for the Roanoke Times to back up this statement, found in its editorial dated Thursday, September 22 ("Obama asks rich and poor to sacrifice"):
The president offers a bolder blueprint for at least $3 trillion worth of reduction and funding for his jobs plan. His is a balanced, pragmatic package of less spending and more revenue.

Reduced spending and entitlement reform outweigh new revenue. Most important, he is ready to discuss Medicare reform, an essential step in any serious reforms because rising medical costs are one of the top drivers of future deficits.
Here's the full text of Obama's American Jobs Act.

1) Other than unemployment compensation reform and a reduction in the traditional "entitlement" granted Big Oil, where does one find any real entitlement reform (particularly those most costly - Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security)?

Answer: One can't.  It's not there.  Not one word.

2) "[H]e is ready to discuss Medicare reform." What kind of bullshit is that?  Obama's "ready to discuss it"?  Is he hosting an internet chat room or is he the freaking president of the United States?

2a) Where in the American Jobs Act does Obama acknowledge any interest in discussing Medicare reform?

Answer: He doesn't.  It's not there.

2b) I thought ObamaCare reformed Medicare.  What happened to that plan?

Answer: Nobody really knows what ObamaCare is going to do to Medicare.  But the elderly are soon going to find out.  The hard way.

3) The plan calls for $447,000,000,000 in spending over and above any budget outlay or "continuing resolution" ploy.  How is an increase of $447 billion "less spending"?

Answer: It isn't.

4) "Rising medical costs are one of the top drivers of future deficits."  Was that written before or after ObamaCare was passed?  If after, can we repeal the damn thing because it failed to live up to Obama's promise that his signature health care legislation would reduce medical costs for all?

5) If ObamaCare didn't stem the rising medical costs and his American Jobs Act - with its massive tax increase on the job creators in our country - doesn't stem the rising medical costs, will you and he be bringing forth another proposal that will raise taxes and stem those rising medical costs?

5a) At what point can we tell you to stick it where the sun don't shine?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ya Gotta Love Them Democrats

Learn more about
us debt.


One always wonders how it is that Democrats - with straight faces - can tell us that Republicans are slashing federal programs willy nilly when the government is in the process of flinging hundreds of billions of dollars a month here, there, and beyond.

But there it is.  Kent Conrad, Democrat senator, points to a graph that shows spending to have seriously declined over the years.



How can that be?

With a whole lot of manipulation.  That's how.

Watch.  And learn.





The beast is starving?  Please.

Why can't those we employ be straight with us? And shouldn't we start demanding the truth from this bunch?

Hilarious

"The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility."
- - Brooks Atkinson --

Reading the following, you'd think it came from a "Saturday Night Live" skit. But no.
Anonymous US officials push open government
By Matthew Lee, Associated Press

Obama administration officials are talking up open government, transparency and accountability, but are doing it anonymously in apparent contradiction of the goal.

Two senior officials briefed reporters on Monday on the eve of the unveiling of President Barack Obama's Open Government Partnership, which seeks to promote responsible leadership and stewardship of natural resources around the world. But under rules set by the State Department, the officials could not be identified by name.

Reporters questioned whether the conditions of the briefing would meet the standard for the partnership but were told by a third senior anonymous official that the conditions were intended to prevent the president from being pre-empted at his own event. [link]
From this point on the government is going to be completely open and aboveboard.  No secrets.  No obscurity.  No darkness.  No obfuscation.

But don't quote me on that.  And don't use my name.  And if asked, I'll deny it.  And please burn your notes once you're done with this.  And remember that I didn't say what you think I said.  And I'm speaking to you now, so you know, under an assumed name.  And could you say it was Bush or Cheney that gave you this information?

Unbelievable.

What a Novel Idea. Let's Raise Taxes.

Daniel Henninger:
This week, the president proposed a $1.5 trillion, 10-year tax increase and called it a path to reform. As night follows day: The Obama tax proposals, if passed, would ruin tax reform for years. More's the pity, because on taxes bipartisan support exists for reform to a degree absent on nearly any other major issue. If this president wanted to run for re-election with a pro-growth tax reform in the works, it would be his for the asking. He isn't asking.

There are no permanent tax cuts for anyone. That's off in the undefined future. The rhetoric and substance of the actual tax proposals are presented in the same angry anti-wealth rhetoric Mr. Obama has been using since his first economic message.

This is tax reform from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If passed, it would kill any chance of achieving the reform of the current tax system that is regarded by everyone else as a worthy goal.

The Obama proposal would leave the current anti-growth tax morass intact, other than the higher taxes and the Buffett Rule. What he wants are wealth taxes, period. If he got that, does anyone believe he'd revisit reform in a second term?

Conventional media spin, encouraged by the Obama campaign, holds that "anti-tax" Republicans make compromise impossible. It is true, remarkably so, that an unprecedented degree of agreement has emerged among the Republican presidential candidates on lowering taxes. Less remarked is how close the GOP is now to the tax-policy ideas of the Democratic center. House Speaker John Boehner last week called for revising the tax code very much along the lines of Bowles-Simpson and Domenici-Rivlin.

Barack Obama and his perpetually angry Democratic "base" are the outliers on comprehensive tax reform. And on much else. 
Someone needs to get through to our president and explain the facts.  Those being that we're not going to raise taxes - either corporate or personal - one bit.  As long as America continues on its slide into third world status, making it more difficult for the economy to rebound will be catastrophic.  The dude was, we're told, a college professor once.  That tells us he's smart enough to comprehend the realities of the situation.

If not, November, 2012 is approaching fast enough.  The American people will explain it to him then.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Who Knows What Evil Lurks ...

I think we've finally gotten to Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal.  For he's truly lost it.  And, for that matter, so too to his buddy-in-conspiracy-derangement Montgomery County Democratic Party chairman Steve Cochran.

Here's how the story goes, and a sad, sordid tale it is.  A tale brought to us by Trejbal himself in "National Republicans meddle in Blacksburg."  (First off, if Trejbal weren't frightened out of his speedos by the shrouded web he weaves, he'd have entitled his ditty "Youth with Tenuous Ties to National Republicans May Someday Meddle in Blacksburg ... Affairs."

Anyway ...

So some guy named Jim Stanley shows up at the Blacksburg town hall recently and asked for records pertaining to town council meetings going back to 2005.  Stanley, Trejbal found out, works  - or worked - for a company by the name of Haley O'Neill, "a firm that specializes in doing opposition research for Republicans. His Linked-In page, which was recently taken down after people started asking questions, identified him as a communications intern for the National Republican Congressional Committee since January." (A question for Mr. Trejbal: Could it have been taken down because Stanley's internship - which would have been a temporary gig - ended? Sorry. Don't want to spoil the conspiracy theory.)

That, in fact, is the extent of the "meddling" allegation.

Huh?

Bear with him.

It's the potential meddling that has Trejbal's thong askant.

Why was Stanley lurking in the back halls and cloisters of the Blacksburg town hall, seeking local records?

Why?
It is strange that the NRCC would take an interest in Blacksburg Town Council minutes. Perhaps Rep. Morgan Griffith anticipates someone from council will run against him next year and is pre-emptively digging up dirt.

That seems unlikely.

A more plausible theory is that this is part of a campaign against Councilman Don Langrehr, who is running for the House of Delegates as a Democrat. His opponent in the 12th District is Republican Joseph Yost. The gerrymandered 12th includes Blacksburg, Radford, Giles County, northern Montgomery County and part of Pulaski County.

Steve Cochran, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, went further and named names. "We cannot allow Morgan [Griffith] and the Koch brothers to buy this seat," he wrote in an email to party faithful.

I looked through the records Stanley acquired to see what sort of dirt he might dig up. The 13 months he chose are a compendium of hot-button issues in Blacksburg since Langrehr joined council. Annual budget discussions are in there. So are the middle school stadium, First and Main, big-box stores, gas stations and a drive-in restaurant.
I'll skip over all the various possibilities that Trejbal conjures that might explain this Stanley kid's request for records. None of which includes the possibility that he was seeking the information so that he could someday open a Subway downtown and was researching the obstacles that the fascists on the council might throw up to block his effort. Or that might include the possibility that maybe he was doing it for his mother who has an interest in how the old ancestral home is faring.

Or maybe Stanley is going to launch his takeover of the United States government from Burress Hall on the Tech campus.

Hmmm.

Trejbal:
Maybe Republicans will launch a smear job just before the Nov. 8 election. So what? When you run on your record, you have to expect your opponent to scrutinize it and use what they find. Voters should do the same.

The beautiful thing in this political mystery is that once again Virginia's Freedom of Information laws shined.

It does not matter why Stanley wanted the records, only that he and everyone else have access to them. The NRCC can do what it wants, and voters can piece together what they are up to.
"It does not matter why Stanley wanted the records." It took the Roanoke Times's crack editorialist 5,709 keystrokes to come to that conclusion.

So why is Jim Stanley interested in Blacksburg politics? Stay tuned. Christian Trejbal is on the case.

Me?  Here's my theory: I think Gaia is unhappy with that new arts center that's being built. And the world is about to come to an end. And Jim "Indiana Jones" Stanley knows it (it's hidden in secret code in the council meeting minutes!) and is out to stop her Her before she She wreaks vengeance upon this pathetic planet.

Or not.

Maybe it all boils down to this: Jim Stanley, a young frat boy, is enjoying screwing with easily freaked out liberal weak-of-minds.

Too funny.

When You Live In a Manhattan Cocoon...

Is this funny or sad?

The New York Times has discovered a relationship between the GOP here in the USA and Israel's prime minster that has been developing for twenty years.

See "House Republicans Discover a Growing Bond With Netanyahu."

Breaking news.

Good grief.

Obama Ain't Alone On This One

If our president is to be criticized for bringing about the debacle that's shaping up in the United Nations in which the rest of the world is going to be ganging up on Israel with a vote on Palestinian nationhood (well-deserved criticism, it must be understood; see "Obama calls for Israel's return to pre-1967 borders"), he isn't alone in shaping this travesty.  Right there with him the whole way, make no mistake, is ...

... Hillary.

See "Clinton Again Calls for Independent Palestinian State."

A vote on that Palestinian state that Hillary favors is almost inevitable.

But wait.

Watch as both Hillary and Obama denounce that which both advocated not that long ago and veto the effort to which they both gave impetus.

This is what happens when we give power to rank amateurs.

On That 'Consensus'

There are those who still propose that we raise taxes to prevent CO2 from heating up the globe's temperature (see post below) (higher tax rates being the answer to all the world's problems).  Because CO2 levels are dangerously high.  So says a new study:

New research, to be published in the journal Climatic Change in November, suggests humankind may have to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere on a vast scale if emissions keep rising after 2020.

Gosh. That's bad, right?

Well, no.  The planet could use a healthy dose of CO2 says some other expert:

Award-winning Princeton University Physicist Dr. Will Happer declared man-made global warming fears “mistaken” and noted that the Earth was currently in a “CO2 famine now.”

So which is it? Is CO2 good or bad? Do we have too much of it or not enough? Is it safe or unsafe?

The point: We don't know.

And until we do, let's not accept politicians' and environmentalists' demands that we run around like chickens with their heads cut off in a wholesale war on something that may be of benefit to humankind or may not.

You experts get back to us when you've got this figured out.

And to Al Gore and Bill Clinton: Shut up. You don't know what you're talking about.

Where Once This Was Us

Now it's far, far away.

My suggestion to our clueless president: Look for direction on how to get us out of the mess we're in to a land where capitalism thrives.

Hong Kong unemployment falls to 13-year low

A nifty deal considering the fact that the island's economy is running at top speed while being governed by Communist China.

How times have changed.  We here in the ... land of the free ... are told by the central government what light bulbs we're allowed to buy, for God's sake, while the godless Commies who oversee Hong Kong let their people operate in a free and unfettered marketplace.  They have full employment and we have full homeless shelters.

This is so wrong.  So wrong.

Fading Memories

It somehow seems proper for a withered and frail old ex-president to be hosting a discussion on a topic that's been placed in history's dust bin - global warming - with a bunch of bitter-enders who refuse to accept reality.

As you might imagine by now, Bill Clinton and friends agree that the problem can only be rectified with a big pile of your money being thrown at it.

I suppose it's good for the old dude to have something to do to pass the time ...

Memo To Obama Lackey

When you go before the entire world and deny that you said something unflattering about your former boss, it might do you well to remember that the words you deny having ever said were recorded.

Anita Dunn: Not Merely a Liar, but a Foolish One

The funny part of this? She was Obama's White House Communications Director.

So much for her ability to communicate.

The only question remaining: Where was that teleprompter when Ms. Dunn needed it?

Laugher of the Day

I'm sure it was intended to be a joke:

Eric Holder: Seriously, We’re Going to Close Gitmo Pretty Soon

Sure.

What's odd about this is the fact that all those liberals out there who - in years past - had their panties in a bunch over the daily torture being inflicted upon the poor and misbegotten terrorists BusHitler was torturing on a daily basis in the Guantanamo gulag don't care anymore.

Odd indeed.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Why We Hate Washington

Look for a straight answer in this discussion.  You won't find one.

It's enough to make you want to assemble on the field of Concord:
OMB director: “We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with people earning a lot”
By Tina Korbe

Jack Lew today couldn’t say how an additional tax on millionaires and billionaires will create jobs — and barely confirmed that he thinks such a tax will at least contribute to deficit reduction. The director of the Office of Management and Budget appeared this morning on Fox News’ “Happening Now” to defend the president’s just-announced proposals to trim the deficit — proposals that are a part of his overall jobs plan. Fox’s Jenna Lee asked Lew how the tax will reduce the nation’s high rate of unemployment.

“Today’s plan puts into place a balanced, fair approach to doing the $4 trillion of deficit reduction we need to get to a point where our deficit as a percentage of the economy is at a sustainable level,” Lew told her. “Whichever way you go is a hard choice. There’s a Republican budget in the House that would make severe changes in Medicare and turn it into a voucher program. It would reduce spending on things like education and research and development to the point where we couldn’t invest in what we need for the future.”

Better to tax the super rich, Lew suggested.

“We believe there’s a fundamental unfairness to have middle class people paying higher marginal tax rates than millionaires and billionaires,” Lew said. “We’re not saying we should have a confiscatory tax rate; we’re saying it’s just not fair to have a world where it’s so unbalanced.”

Lee conceded fairness in the tax code is a laudable goal, but again pressed Lew as to how the tax will grow jobs. She wondered: Which of the president’s proposals specifically will improve the jobs situation? Lew didn’t have an answer.

“If you look at the overall package, the things that will create jobs are, first of all, passing the Americans Jobs Act by doing the things that would create demand now and directly create jobs through public works like roads and bridges and keeping teachers and firemen and policemen on the rolls,” Lew said.

At that point, Lee stopped trying and took the tack of this question instead: The revenues from the tax will at least go straight to deficit reduction, right? Well, sure, Lew (sort of) said.

“Well, obviously, it’s a package that overall will reduce the deficit,” he said. “The overall revenue is connected to the overall spending and if you net are bringing down your deficit, yes, it’s very much contributing to bringing down the deficit.”

Seemingly sensing that he had rejected the only two reasonable justifications for the tax — that it will either create jobs or reduce the deficit — Lew fell back on the “it’s not fair” argument.

“We’re not saying that there’s anything wrong with people earning a lot and being very successful,” he concluded lamely. “What we’re saying is ... [link]
So you know, you're paying this guy handsomely so that he can screw with you like this.

What say we fire him and all the rest of these jokers and start over again?

Best Line of the Day

Karl at Hot Air:

"Based on his opinion of the state of the Obama adminsitration, former NYT Executive Editor Bill Keller needs someone to fill in some blanks, primarily between his ears ..."

I had the same reaction when I read Keller's editorial piece in which he blamed all of America's woes on ...

... George Bush.

In 2011.

My only response?  For the love of God.

Is Harry Reid This Stupid?

You read the headline and say to yourself, there's no way he said that.

Well, he said that.

The headline:

Harry Reid on Obama’s ‘Tax the Rich’ Proposal: Finally Those Who Got America Into Debt Will Have to Pay

Now you'd think Reid was referring to himself, considering the fact that no one on the planet is more responsible for America's soaring debt than he - except for Obama himself.

But no.

Reid is gleeful that those who he voted to give tax breaks to - and who took them - are going to be made to pay for their transgression.

Here's Harry:

More than anyone else, these millionaires and billionaires benefitted from Bush tax cuts and contributed $3 trillion to our deficit, to help plunge this nation into a financial hole. A balanced approach to reduce our deficit means those who have benefitted the most from policies that created our deficit should also help solve our deficit.”

It wasn't Reid's spending three trillion dollars a year (half of which he didn't have to spend) that caused the deficit. It was the fact that a tiny portion of the money he felt Americans owed the government was never seized. That tiny portion being the miniscule tax cut that the rich - and a whole lot of the rest of us - got.

Harry Reid's an idiot. Nothing more can be said.