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Saturday, December 31, 2011

And That's a Good Thing

The New York Times this morning stands aghast that outsiders are influencing the Iowa Republican primary, and that it's all the fault of the Supreme Court nullification of campaign finance law.  The gist of the outrage:
In a stark illustration of how last year’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance has created powerful new channels for outside money to influence elections, the negative onslaught is the work of a group called Restore Our Future.

The battle in Iowa has underscored what advocates for tighter campaign finance restraints have warned for months: that the new groups will be deployed to devastating effect, in the primary season and then in the general election.
"[N]ew groups will be deployed to devastating effect."

Unlike old groups, like the New York Times, outsiders all, who spend their every waking moment trying to influence - to devastating effect - the outcome of the Iowa Republican primary.

In truth, those "new" outside groups have done the voters a favor.  We've learned a great deal from them about Newt Gingrich.  And about the other candidates.

In any other context, the deep thinkers at the Times would consider information - including information skewed toward one's personal preferences - to be a good thing.  But when it comes to politics, that doesn't fly.  Only the information - often skewed to the max - provided by select outsiders is to be countenanced.

Idiots?  Or sneaky politicians themselves.  You decide.

* Lest one climb aboard that high horse and suggest that lobbying groups and PACs formed to influence the outcomes of elections are somehow unworthy of that lofty, impartial position held by the likes of the New York Times, I offer in response its article, "For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk."  Gutter politics if there ever was such a thing.

Norman Lear Was Always a Loon

This may be the most boneheaded bit of misguided wishful thinking to have come out of 2011.  And it comes from TV Land darling Norman Lear:
One of the most encouraging things to happen in 2011 was the birth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is giving the entire country the chance for a "born again American" moment. In calling attention to the country's widening chasm between rich and poor, the Occupiers have unleashed decades of pent-up patriotic outrage against the systematic violation of our nation's core principles by the "say good-bye to the middle class" alliance of the neocons, theocons and corporate America.
Those "occupiers" are patriots, you see.

Bad timing, though.  Lear's silly op/ed appeared in the Los Angeles Times the same day the Charlotte Observer ran this story:

4 charged after 2 U.S. flags burned at Occupy Charlotte site

Lear, I'd bet, would want you to believe that those four assholes are, in fact, patriots.  That they love their country.  Just not as it exists.  But as it will exist after they bring it down, kill off those who they deem worthy of execution, and reconstruct it from the rubble and rotting flesh.

Odd notion of patriotism.

From an odd man.

Where Did All The Prowlers Go?

You know, this one, built by Plymouth (off and on) between 1997 and 2002:

 Never see them anymore.  Why is that?  Where'd they go?

I'll tell you: They've gone to the same location where that other collectors' item -  the electric car - is soon to go.  Into the garage.

Why?

Because those small, uncomfortable, inefficient, expensive status symbols are woefully inadequate as a means of transportation.  And, unless you want to drive down the street to grandma's house and back, they always will be.

Four days to drive 484 miles?

Four days?  Why bother?

Get a horse.

Playing The Role of Marie Antoinette

And doing it to a tee:

On a $4 Million Vacation, Michelle Seeks $3 From Backers

Starving masses? Surely they can afford a few dollars to keep her in the lifestyle to which she's become accustomed.

Friday, December 30, 2011

One Of The Good Guys

And he's on the move in Iowa:
As he surges in Iowa, Rick Santorum rips Ron Paul
By James Oliphant, L.A. Times

Reporting from Muscatine, Iowa— Five days away from the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum was greeted here by a packed room of supporters and a battery of cameras and reporters, suggesting that his long-shot presidential campaign, once just a wisp on the radar screen, had finally found a spark just when it needed it the most.

It was just a day earlier that a new CNN-Time poll showed Santorum in third place, surging past rivals Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann. The poll seemed to confirm what had been felt here for days—that social conservatives here, a key to success in this state, were finally beginning to rally around a single candidate.

And so Santorum awoke to a changed world. For months, the former Pennsylvania senator had criss-crossed the state with little return on his investment, and had been, for all intents and purposes, an afterthought in the political conversation.

But Gingrich’s decline in the state seems to have given Santorum an opportunity. And Thursday he seemed to be relishing the moment, speaking to the media at length and passionately addressing the overflow crowd at a restaurant here along the Mississippi River. [link]
The best part?  Santorum is right on ALL the issues conservatives hold dear.

So, you ask, why hasn't he bounded to the top of the list of GOP candidates before now?

I'm thinking there are two reasons:

1) He lost in his last attempt at seeking public office.  In 2006 he was handily whipped by an excruciatingly  milquetoast opponent in his bid to win reelection to the Senate.  Tainted goods, you might say.

2) Santorum is known more for his positions on "social issues" than fiscal or foreign policy issues.  And everyone knows, Republicans aren't allowed to hold positions on gay stuff, drugs, abortion, and promiscuity.  Only Democrats may push legislation having to do with any of that.  So the Republican hierarchy would rather he went and died.

Me?  I don't give him a chance in Hades.

But he's a good man who'd do right by America if elected.

Boy, How Lucky You People In Toledo Must Feel

When the people of northwestern Ohio go to the polls to nominate a Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives - 9th district - next November, they will have the awesome gift of choosing between a complete ditz and ... well, a complete ditz:
Dennis Kucinich will challenge Marcy Kaptur
By Alex Isenstadt, Politico

The drama surrounding Dennis Kucinich’s 2012 reelection bid is finally over.

After months of agonizing that included with a flirtation with a bid in Washington, Kucinich announced Wednesday he had filed to run for reelection in Ohio’s new 9th District — a decision that sets him up for a primary with his longtime Democratic colleague, Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

"In my time in Congress, I have helped save and/or create thousands of jobs in ... [blah blah blah]"

he Ohio Democrat ultimately decided to run for reelection in the new Toledo-area district, which he has represented a greater share of than Kaptur.

The drama surrounding Dennis Kucinich’s 2012 reelection bid is finally over. [link]
The drama might be over.  But the entertainment has just begun.

Kucinich, for those who don't know, is a left-wing nut.  And Kaptur is little better.

Grab the popcorn and the beer.  This is going to make for better TV than that freak show, "Dancing With The Stars."  Should be a real hoot.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bummer

What do you as a newspaper editor do if you send an overpaid reporter out - all expenses paid - to do a story and there's no story there?

Run it anyway and pretend there is a story there.

See "Guns in Public, and Out of Sight."

What's it about?

"The New York Times examined the [concealed carry] permit program in North Carolina ... While ... the review ... does not provide answers, it does raise questions."

It raises questions?  Uh, no.  It doesn't.  Other than this one:

How much money did the Times waste on this non-story?

Who'da Thunk It?

A lesson in capitalism: When government tries to influence market forces in a major way, those forces will eventually respond to the pressure and right themselves:

Only four years ago, hundreds of start-ups optimistically built factories and churned out solar panels to meet rising demand. Now, closures and failure loom for many.

So predictable.

There'll be a market for solar power in the future. But it won't be on the scale that Obama and the other morons who watch too many Spielberg movies and read too many Marvel comic books think it is.

Solar companies will thrive or die on their own accord. It's called profit, or loss.

No matter how much socialists want it to be otherwise.

USA! USA! USA! USA!

If only you hadn't messed with us:

Chavez: Is U.S. behind bout of cancer?

We aren't sayin'.

But you'd better understand this: You don't quit screwing with us, we'll turn your ass into the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.



Oops.  Too late.


Be afraid, Hugo.  Be very afraid.

We Owe These People So Much

Without them ...


... this would never have come to pass:
Gun sales at record levels, according to FBI background checks
By Carol Cratty, CNN

December holiday shoppers were not just interested in buying the hottest electronics and toys -- they also were purchasing record numbers of guns, according to the latest FBI figures on background checks required to buy firearms.

With a few days left in December, the FBI reports the number of background checks has already topped the previous one-month record -- set only in November -- of 1,534,414 inquiries by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also known as NICS. Almost half a million checks were done in just the last six days before Christmas. [link]
Wow.

Thanks, Barry.  And Harry.  And Bubbles.  Without your active efforts to make us all slaves, this wondrous feat would never have been accomplished.

- - -

It's a phenomenon brought about, in part, by this:

More and more women embracing gun ownership

As my petite little daughter might say:


Weaponry.  The great equalizer.

This Is How We End Up With Romney

The mainstream press knows how to shape the battlefield.

And it does.

One example out of a thousand:

ABC's Karl Jeers 'Disturbing' Gingrich Campaign Video

And their efforts will pay off.

They'll have Romney.

And America will continue down that path to oblivion.

Muslims Against Hatred

Well, certain hatreds anyway.

No, they don't seem to have a problem with fellow Muslims who blow up Catholic churches on Christmas Day or with those who stone women (but not their male partners) for having committed the crime of adultery or with those who plot to kill American women and children.

They have a problem with us:

WaPo Promotes Muslim Comedians Fighting America's 'Fringe' of 'Extreme Haters'

Not sure who those "extreme haters" are here in the USA.

Probably these fellas:


You can bet it ain't these guys though:


Good grief.

Can't Blame The Virginia GOP

As I wrote soon after the controversy erupted, neither Newt Gingrich nor Rick Perry can blame the Republican Party of Virginia for being mean to them.  They both knew the rules, the rules didn't change, and they were applied fairly to all the candidates for president.

Both just screwed up.

As is made clear by a press release coming out of the Virginia GOP this morning:
The Republican Party of Virginia issued the following statement:

From the earliest days of the campaigns, RPV has actively told candidates that Virginia's signature requirements could be a difficult legal requirement to meet for those who were new to Virginia politics.

In October 2011, RPV formally adopted the certification procedures that were applied on December 23: any candidate who submitted over 15,000 facially-valid signatures would be presumed to be in compliance with Virginia's 10,000 signature law.

The presumption of compliance was set at 15,000 for a variety of reasons.

First, in the party's long experience with petitions, RPV has never encountered a situation where a candidate who submitted 15,000 signatures has failed to make the ballot (absent cases of obvious fraud).

Second, Virginia's State Board of Elections advises candidates to collect 15,000 or more signatures to be safe, based on their long experience with average failure rates.

Third, RPV adopted the 15,000-signature presumption because the Party wants all of its candidates to qualify for the ballot. The 15,000-signature presumption served as an incentive for candidates to comply with the law with a safe margin of signatures.

Fourth, under Virginia law, RPV's Chairman is assigned a profound legal obligation to ensure that each candidate has met Virginia's legal requirements. The Party was afforded under Virginia law only 5 days over Christmas to review ballot petitions and signatures. The 15,000-signature presumption was intended to assist the RPV Chairman in meeting his legal obligations in an efficient process that would run quickly while providing the Party and the Commonwealth assurances of legal compliance based upon mathmatical experience.

RPV officials encouraged candidates repeatedly, through both counsel and field staff, to submit 15,000 or more signatures in an abundance of caution, so that they would meet the legal requirements.

Candidates were officially informed of the 15,000 rule in October 2011, well in advance of the Dec. 22 submission deadline. The rule was no surprise to any candidate - and indeed, no candidate or campaign offered any complaints until after the Dec. 23 validation process had concluded.

Despite this early notice and RPV's exhortations to candidates, only one candidate availed himself of the 15,000 signature threshold - Governor Mitt Romney. RPV counted Governor Romney's signatures, reviewed them for facial validity, and determined he submitted well over 15,000. Never in the party's history has a candidate who submitted more than 15,000 signatures had 33 percent invalidated. The party is confident that Governor Romney met the statutory threshold.

Rep. Ron Paul submitted just under 15,000, and was submitted to signature-by-signature scrutiny on the same basis as the other candidates who submitted fewer than 15,000 signatures. After more than 7 hours of work, RPV determined that Rep. Paul had cleared the statutory 10,000/400 signature standard with ease.

Two other candidates did not come close to the 10,000 valid signature threshold. RPV regrets that Speaker Gingrich and Governor Perry did not meet the legal requirements established by the General Assembly. Indeed, our hope was to have a full Republican field on the ballot for Republican voters to consider on March 6.

The party will discuss the specific nature of their shortfalls if necessary. But the failure of these two candidates to meet the state requirements does not call into question the accuracy of the Party's certification of the two candidates who are duly qualified to appear on the ballot.
I hear Rick Perry has filed suit over the matter. Now he'll have a team of lawyers arguing his case before the court. If only he had worked as hard to get his name on the ballot here in the Commonwealth ...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fighting Fascism on Campus

Campus-sponsored and enforced fascism, no less.



They had no idea who they were messing with.

Disease, Pestilence Spread To Hawkeye State

Occupy activists meet in Iowa, plan caucus events

Such Hatred

What is it about Christians that makes atheists detest us so much?

Bizarre.

Gotta Love Them Muslims

After Protests Over Stoning Sentence for Adultery, Iran May Hang Woman Instead

This Is Cute

The Washington Examiner's "Dim Bulb" segment:
Dim Bulb: Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu

WHAT: Said "across America, DOE's successful Weatherization Assistance Program has increased the demand for energy-saving products and services, created thousands of skilled jobs and helped families to reduce energy waste and save money."

WHY IT'S DIM: The DOE Inspector General says that program is so bad it is "akin to attaching a lawn mower to a fire hydrant."

CURE: Abolish the program.
It's as if a move to Washington D.C. sends these once-smart guys off into Never-Never-Land.

Too Late To Undo The Harm

But we'll celebrate his departure just the same:
ObamaCare's Latest Casualty
Wall Street Journal

The Senate's staggered elections mean that voters could not return Ben Nelson to private life in 2010, as they did with so many House Democrats. But the two-term Nebraska Senator's announcement yesterday that he'll retire next year still amounts to the moral equivalent of an election defeat.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent $1 million—big money in the Cornhusker State—this year in a TV-advertising blitz to drive up Mr. Nelson's approval rating and convince him to run for re-election. But the roll of bad votes he had to take in the Pelosi-Obama ascendancy of 2009 and 2010 is so long that the self-styled moderate Democrat would have faced a difficult and probably losing campaign in the right-of-center state.

The Senator's political character—the Full Nelson—was drawn into particular high relief in the ObamaCare debate. Mr. Nelson played the hardest to get among the Senate holdouts, raising concerns over the bill's spending, its expansion of federal power and abortion coverage—no doubt with one eye on the two-thirds of Nebraskans who opposed the bill.

His posturing won no substantive concessions, though he did secure a payoff that would have federal taxpayers pick up all of Nebraska's new Medicaid costs forever and other gratuities like special regulatory exemptions for Nebraska-based insurers like Mutual of Omaha. But this only made him look less principled.

Mr. Nelson ultimately provided the 60th and final Senate vote to pass ObamaCare at 1 a.m. two Christmas eves ago. He then disavowed his own kickbacks and voted against the final version of the legislation in March 2010 that only needed a simple majority of 51 Senators. By then his "opposition" was irrelevant. [link]
It must be said that Ben Nelson isn't very bright.  Had he not made such an issue over Obama's Obomination and just voted for it - as our own Senator Mark Warner did - he, like Warner, would have high approval ratings amongst their constituencies, constituencies that overwhelmingly despise the legislation both supported.  Slick ploy if you can get away with it, eh, Mark?

So Nelson is leaving.  Good riddance.  One less scoundrel to have to deal with.

Now, let's talk about Warner ...

* Another reason to celebrate: Virginia Senator James Webb, an ObamaCare supporter himself, is also retiring.  Two down, fifty-one to go.

Really?

Does anybody really celebrate Kwanzaa (a 1966 invention that derived from the political interests of a then-"Black Power" acolyte) anymore?

Besides our Politician-in-Chief and her husband, that is?

Take a Tour of the Sistine Chapel

At the Vatican web site you'll come across a spectacular virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel.  If you have an appreciation for masterpieces - as opposed to the garbage that passes for art these days - you'll spend some time here.

The Vatican Museum and the Department of Telecommunications of the Governorate of Vatican City State commissioned Villanova University to create The Virtual Reality Tour of the Sistine Chapel.

Enjoy. Marvel. Revere.

* To view Michelangelo's masterwork, click and drag your cursor in the direction you wish to view.  In the lower left, click either the plus (+) or minus (-) arrow to zoom in or out.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

While They Fight Over a Microscopic Payroll Tax Cut ...

... America heads toward financial collapse:

A Country in Denial About Its Fiscal Future

At this point in our history, with Obama and his ilk in charge, and with a Republican opposition that concerns itself more with not offending "moderates" (whoever they are) than with doing what's necessary to stave off disaster, no matter how painful the cure might be, I don't see any solution to our worsening fiscal problems ever being proposed.

Until it's too late.

Then there'll be lots of solutions offered up, as what-we-shoulda-dones-had-it-not-been-for-the-bums-on-the-other-side.

Doom?

Washington offers no alternative.

By the way, how's Obama's extended four million dollar vacation coming?

'Victory Or Death'

(A cautionary note: Don't get too wrapped up in Newt's videos and fall into the trap that Obama supporters succumbed to in 2008.  You remember, that hopey/changey blarney?  Judge Newt by his actions, not by his well-produced YouTube presentations.  Still ...)

Newt Gingrich on who we are, who we descend from, and what each of us can do to fix this country of ours:



Perhaps we can unfurl the flag - proudly - soon.

When The Gov't Owns The Printing Presses ...

... it can print, and spend, all the money the presses can spit out.

Question: What do homosexuals and Navy F/A-18 fighter jets have in common?

Answer: It ain't your daddy's military any more.  It's all about politics now.
Navy Biofuel Deal is 'Cost Prohibitive,' 'Another Solyndra,’ Critics Say
By Fred Lucas, CNS News

The Obama administration’s deal to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuel for Navy jets comes at a cost of up to nine times higher than regular fuel, a spokesman for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, coming at a time when the U.S. military is already facing deep budget cuts.

Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has supported biofuel projects in the past, but has problems with a program the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of the Navy announced earlier this month – one that would pay $26 per gallon for a special biofuel for Navy jets; $16 per gallon when mixed with regular jet fuel. [link]
Gays in the military.  "Green" fuel for our front-line fighter jets.

Where once it was important that the American people be protected from harm, now it's a matter of stroking the right ... er, left political advocacy groups.

One thing is for certain: We're on our own, folks.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Why Virginia's Silly One-Gun-a-Month Law Must Go

Because, in part, it's indefensible.

Though the rabidly anti-gun Roanoke Times tries its best this morning with this:

"Among [then-Governor Doug Wilder's] office's high-profile cases, [then-Virginian-Pilot reporter Margaret] Edds reported, 'were charges against a United Parcel Service driver accused of stealing 850 guns from a Northern Virginia firearms importer, a New Jersey-to-Richmond drug gang accused of 11 murders in 45 days, a suburban Richmond gun dealer charged with selling hundreds of weapons to East Coast gun runners and a New York-to-Richmond gang the dealer helped supply with almost 300 illegal guns.'"

Really smart legislators, and a really smart governor, along with really smart people editorializing for newspapers around the state, thought we needed a new law because a UPS driver broke existing law and because members of a drug gang broke existing law and a gun dealer broke existing law by selling "illegal guns" (?) to another drug gang.

The new law was going to be obeyed by the lawless, you see ...

- - -

The lesson this bunch should have learned from olden days (but after Wilder left office) was this:

Punishment works.

We already have lots of laws.  And we have lots of prison cells.

A match made in heaven.

Why Men Want BIG Watches

The New York Times thinks it's because we seek to signal to those around us "status and personal style."

But real men know better.


We want to be able to see what time it is without a magnifying glass.

Now, if someone would just tell the planet's cell phone manufacturers that our great big fingers and thumbs don't fit on those tiny little keys when we're trying to ...


The adventures of texting.  Good grief.

Odd How That Works

Ya gotta love those scientists weather guys:

Remember when global warming caused less snow, before it caused more snow? Now it causes less snow again.

Remember when calculated research was a determinant for scientific hypothesis?

Now it's a look out the window ...

- - -

If you haven't heard scientists expound on the notion that global warming causes more snowfall, I give you Distinguished Professor Al Gore:
Last week on his show Bill O’Reilly asked, “Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?” and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question.

As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:

“In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.”

“A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.”
Of course that was back in February when it was snowing, so ...

Obama Takes an Extended Vacation In Hawaii ...

... and can do it with the comfort of knowing that he is "achieving his goal of higher energy costs" back here in the real world.

Party on, Barry.

At What Point Do We Declare Affirmative Action To Be a Failure?

It's been a government-authorized part of America's employment practice for over fifty years.

Fifty years.

If, as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor determined, it would be unnecessary as a matter of law in twenty five ...

... well, you do the math.

So, after 50 years of "affirmative action,"  most of them involving state-sanctioned/state-mandated racial quotas (don't let them tell you otherwise), where are we on that road to a colorblind society?

If academia is an indicator, "it hasn’t worked that way."

Half a century and counting ...

In a League of Their Own

Charles Krauthammer thinks Attorney General Eric Holder is "one of the most incompetent attorneys general in US history."

That's remarkable, considering the fact that he competes with this intellectual giant.

At What Point Are We Allowed To Say Bad Things About Muslims?

Islamists Kill Dozens In Nigeria Catholic Church Bombings on Christmas.

At what point do we stop dancing around the issue?

Could Newt Still get Onto Virginia Ballot?

John Fund says it's possible.

I say I wish it didn't sound so much like he was whining about rules that have been in place, rules that are well-defined, and that his people should have known and prepared for.

- - -

Newt's campaign manager calls it "an unexpected setback."

Unexpected?  Maybe Newt needs a new campaign manager.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

From Big Walker Mountain to you:


Merry Christmas.

In Another Era

A Christmas message in a time when war raged in Europe, North Africa and Asia.  A war that brought to duty 16 million Americans.

It's December, 1942.

A Christmas message from mother to son:

Your father will not be here for this, your first Christmas
The war has taken him far away from us, but his love warms our family hearth.
You are the son of a man who's principles are his strength.
He has gone to war for those principles.  He has taken up arms against evil.
His faith is our faith.  His strength is our strength.

When he went away, I thought I should not survive.  I have survived and grown strong.
The long months of not knowing where he was, were the months of my greatest trial.
New strength came to me.
The war drove us from our first home.  I found strength in that hardship.
I have tended you through all the hours of your days.  I have grown strong with the tending.
I have scrubbed for you all the weeks of your life as I had never thought to scrub for a mortal soul.
I have scrimped and saved so that each day's pennies could add their might to winning the war.

Now we two are about to celebrate our first family Christmas though your father will not be here.
We have loaned him to America.
We have loaned him to the America that you, too, will grow up to love.
We have loaned him, so that in the years to come, young mothers everywhere,
on Christmas day, shall be able to say "Merry Christmas" to their sons.


And so it came to pass ...

In loving memory of those millions upon millions of mothers, fathers, and sons - Americans all: May you have a very Merry Christmas.

From a United States Rubber Company (later known as Uniroyal) ad in Time magazine December 28, 1942.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

National Trend Reflected In Weblog Responses?

I attribute it to demoralization on the Left.  Though it could be that the loons who, in the past, insisted on believing that the globe is warming, that Obama was going to lower everyone's health care costs by giving it out free to nineteen million poor people and letting the rest of us pay for it, that we could "stimulate" new jobs by dumping tax dollars into already existing union paychecks, that raising taxes on a small - extremely small - part of the population - that infamous 1% - could, in some way, offset a trillion and a half dollars in annual debt, may have just wised up, seen the error of their ways, and gone home.

Whatever is in play, the disappearance of the Left in the arena of ideas is startling.  As reflected in these hard numbers from "As political season heats up, Politico’s Web traffic cools down":
Political websites gain and lose readers throughout election cycles, with presidential election years trending higher in unique Web traffic when compared to off-years and midterm elections. Web traffic analysts told The Daily Caller that politico.com’s traffic patterns should be expected to fit that mold: With the Iowa caucuses fast approaching, unique traffic should increase.

But Politico’s traffic losses appear to be part of a year-long trend on the political left. Media Matters For America’s website, for instance, lost 56.83 percent of its unique visitors between November 2010 and November 2011. In the same 12-month period, Talking Points Memo lost 41 percent, Wonkette was down by 32 percent, Gawker declined by 31 percent, Salon decreased by 22 percent and progressive blog Daily Kos shed 18 percent of its unique visitors.

Other political news sites, including some decidedly not left-leaning, have seen dramatic increases in unique visitors in the year-long period ending Nov. 30. Newsmax.com’s numbers increased by 247 percent, The Daily Caller’s by 124 percent, and The Huffington Post’s by 113 percent. More modest performers during those same 12 months included The Blaze (up 57 percent), The Washington Times (up 47 percent), Slate (up 40 percent), the Washington Post (up by 38 percent) and the Christian Science Monitor (up 33 percent).

Politico’s downturn in unique visitors during November 2011 is remarkable since its marquee reporting moment during the GOP primary campaign — a story about businessman Herman Cain’s past alleged incidents of sexual harassment — first appeared online late on the night of October 30. Politico followed that initial story with another 90 during the following week.

Data from Alexa, Inc., indicate that politico.com saw a traffic spike after the Cain story broke, but Compete and Alexa data show that it was temporary. Ultimately, Politico’s sustained assault on Cain may have turned off as many readers as it drew in, even as the news outlet’s reporters and editors saw heavy rotation on liberal news network MSNBC during the scandal’s early days. MSNBC’s unique visitors in November were dead-even with its October numbers.
Here at From on High, where daily traffic is down a hair from election time, but holding remarkably steady since, may reflect some of that trend as well.  In the kind of commenters to the weblog that show up each day.  Where once there was raucous debate (which requires two sides ...), there is virtual silence these days on the Left.

Part of that national trend?

I think so.

The Left is nowhere to be found these days.

Reality will have that effect.

How depressing it must be to wrap your belief system around certain doctrines, only to find out that they are unsupportable by real world conditions.

So they spend their day playing video games and looking at porn on the computer.  And avoiding the harsh realities of the macrocosm.

I kinda miss them.

In a sadistic sort of way ...

When Our Gov't Starts Assassinating American Citizens ...

I ran into some push-back recently when I came out against our government's decision to assassinate an American citizen without due process.  (For a refresher, see "With al-Awlaki dead, it’s apparent Obama’s covert campaign knows no boundaries.")

To those of you who disagree with me, understand what such unilateral action gives rise to:

[U.S. Department of Justice] to America: we won't reveal the circumstances under which you can be assassinated by us.

The government can snuff your next-door neighbor and you are not to know why.  You're just to accept the fact that the guy needed to be exterminated.

Is that where we want this country to go?

More On That Economic Destruction Being Visited on Giles County

As reported the other day, the town of Glen Lyn, Virginia is facing extinction because the Obama administration has deemed its largest employer - the local coal-fired power plant - to be antiquated and unable to meet new, strict environmental standards, and is, therefore, forcing it to shut down.

So what about those environmental standards?  Are they realistic?  Or are they Al Gore-insane?

The answer to those questions should enrage us all:
The EPA's Mercury Madness
Investor's Business Daily editorial

The EPA thinks it's worth spending billions of dollars each year to reduce already minuscule amounts of mercury in the outside air. So why is it trying to shove mercury-laced fluorescent bulbs into everyone's homes?

When the EPA announced its new air pollution rules this week — designed to reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other to gases — Administrator Lisa Jackson blogged that:

"Mercury is a neurotoxin that is particularly harmful to children, and emissions of mercury and other air toxics have been linked to damage to developing nervous systems, respiratory illnesses and other diseases."

At $10 billion a year, complying with the new rules won't come cheap, and that assumes the EPA's low-ball estimate comes true. According to the coal industry, this is the most expensive rule the EPA's ever imposed.

Fear not, since Jackson claims the "health and economic benefits" will be many times greater than the costs.

But here's the curious thing: While whipping up fear about mercury in the outdoors, the EPA is actively downplaying mercury's health risks when it comes out of fluorescent bulbs inside people's homes.

In a pamphlet extolling the virtues of the looming federal ban on traditional incandescent light bulbs, the EPA says it's a "myth" that the mercury used in compact fluorescent lights is "dangerous in your home."

"There's no evidence," the brochure says, that "brief exposure to the mercury in a broken bulb presents a health risk to you or your family." Just air out the room, sweep up the debris into a jar and you're fine.

Truth is there's no meaningful health risk from either the bulbs or the power plants. As a 2004 paper published by the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution noted, "mercury exposure at current levels is unlikely to be causing harm."


What both have in common, however, is that they advance the EPA's control of our lives.

On the one hand, it wants to decide how we light our homes to force energy savings. On the other, it wants to shove the country off coal to reduce global warming.

So what if it has to speak out of both sides of its mouth on mercury risks?

In the end, the real risk to the nation's health isn't from minute traces of mercury coming out of smokestacks or broken CFLs. It's from the economy-crushing mandates pouring forth from the EPA. [link] [emphasis mine]
Want to put a face to those "economy-crushing mandates"?  Grab a copy of the Glen Lyn phone book.  While there is one. Soon there'll be no phone book or a Glen Lyn.

Thank you letters can be forwarded to Barack Obama, Washington D.C..

Madness.  This country has descended into madness.

Expect To Read a Lot Of These Headlines

Romney Says He Will Continue Obama's Policy of Having Homosexuals in Military

Romney Says He Will Continue Obama's Policy of ... raising our health care costs.

Romney Says He Will Continue Obama's Policy of ... spending more than he takes in.

Romney Says He Will Continue Obama's Policy of ... appeasing the environmentalists.

Romney Says He Will Continue Obama's Policy of ... stifling economic growth.

Romney Says He Will Continue Obama's Policy of ... writing into law more and more regulations on business.

Romney Says He Will Continue Obama's Policy of ... watching, dumbfounded, as America crumbles.

Newt Is Brilliant

Now, if his brilliance would just carry over to organization skills.

What's up with this, Newt?

Newt Gingrich Fails to Qualify for Virginia's Presidential Primary

Good Lord.  We're going to end up with an Obama vs. Romney race next November.  I can see it coming.

A race that will ensure America's demise.  The outcome will only spell out how soon.

Chutzpah

A nurse's union in Oakland, California sends its members out on strike.

The owner of the hospitals affected then "locks" them out.

The union complains bitterly that the lockout is going to cause a decline in patient care.

Uh, what? Nurses abandon their patients and then complain about the care that their patients getting?

See "Hospitals to lockout striking nurses."

Then beam me up, Scotty.

Ah, Experts

Hmm.

Background Checks for Firearm Purchases Reach Record High

That, if the "experts" know what they're talking about, should not produce this:

Firearm Accident Fatalities at an All-Time Low

Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts

Yeah. Experts.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Gov't Bureaucracy At Its Worst

What in God's name are public schools feeding our kids?

"In fact, there isn't much difference between Chicken nuggets that won't poison you, and Chicken nuggets at their absolute peak of freshness. And the employees just sort of assumed that the same set of rules would work for lettuce."

Good God.

You Think This Makes Shoppers Mad?

From the Associated Press:
Best Buy Cancels Some Online Orders
Best Buy has alerted some customers that it will not be able to fill their online orders, just days before Christmas.

The largest U.S. specialty electronics retailer said late Wednesday that “overwhelming demand for some products from Bestbuy.com has led to a problem redeeming online orders made in November and December.

The Minneapolis company declined Thursday to specify how many orders are affected or which products are out of stock.

The shortages are a black eye for Best Buy, which has beefed up its online campaign to fight off intense competition from online retailers and discount stores.

The canceled orders probably won’t make a big difference for Best Buy’s holiday sales this year, but it may lead to more customers looking elsewhere in the future, he said.  [link]
Actually only one black eye is revealed here.  Wait until the news comes out that Best Buy has cancelled a mountain of "Black Friday" on-line orders - super hot items at super low prices - and has invited those who got the shaft to reorder.  At much higher prices.

This news comes just days after the company announced a dreadful third quarter earnings report that cited price cuts at the retail level as being a major contributing factor.

How do you improve that profit picture?

Renege on some of those price cuts.  Even after money has changed hands and promises were made.

Way to go, fellas.  That's how a winning organization does it.  By screwing the customer.

Who's piloting that ship anyway?

Bush 41 Endorses Romney

Whatever.

By the way, guess what George H.W. Bush used as his reason for choosing Romney?

"Romney, Bush said, is the 'most electable.'"

One can only assume that he supported Presidents McCain and Dole for the same sound reason.

Gingrich Gets It Right

On that agreement that the Republican House came to with the Democratic Senate regarding a payroll tax cut extension, I consider it to be not worth my time (A sixty day plan?  Are you kidding me?) but Newt simply dismisses it as being as "stupid" as anything any United States government has ever pulled.




Stupid. Frivolous. Whichever.

America moves closer to Armageddon and this is what we're getting from Obama and company.

See Why I've Been Saying This Is An Economic Crisis Like No Other?

America's gross domestic product has rebounded nicely:

But jobs haven't.

With no real improvement expected at any time in the foreseeable future.

Unlike any ever ...

* Click on the image to enlarge it.
** Source.

This Is Probably Best

The four leading candidates for the Republican nomination will be on the Virginia primary ballot in March.  The also-rans?

Also-won't.
Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum not on Va. primary ballot
By Andrew Cain, Richmond Times Dispatch

Four Republican presidential candidates – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul -- submitted paper work in time to qualify for Virginia's March 6 primary ballot.

No other GOP contender will be on the Virginia ballot. Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman did not submit signatures with Virginia's State Board of Elections by today's 5 p.m. deadline.

Those who submitted the required signatures must clear another hurdle. The Republican Party of Virginia has until Tuesday to certify which candidates qualify.

Romney was the first Republican presidential candidate to file his petitions. His Virginia campaign chairman, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, delivered them on Tuesday. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign filed earlier this month.

Candidates must submit the signatures of at least 10,000 registered voters, with 400 from each of the 11 Congressional districts.

Romney submitted 16,026 signatures; Paul 14,361; Perry 11,911 and Gingrich 11,050. [link]
This is as it should be.  Republicans have seen and heard enough from the various candidates to be able to decide for whom to vote.

Bachmann, Huntsman and Santorum just haven't moved the needle. And they're out.

So. Time to choose.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Obama Leaves His Mark On Giles County

(Where median household income is $20,000 less than the state average.)

Goofballs working at prestigious universities across the land concoct a preposterous theory - unsupported by facts or rational thought - that the planet is warming as a result of human activity, and guess the result of their nefariousness?

What did the poor people of Glen Lyn do to deserve this?
Power plant closures to cost US towns jobs, taxes
Associated Press

For more than 90 years, the coal-fired power plant in Glen Lyn, Va., has been churning out electricity and contributing to local prosperity. Of late, it has generated nearly a quarter of the revenue for the $1 million budget of the town.

Yet when the plant ultimately shuts down to comply with new federal air pollution regulations by the end of 2014, says Town Manager Howard Spencer, so too might the community of 200.

"If the town lost all of that revenue," he says, "we would struggle to even continue to be incorporated."

Giles County, where American Electric Power's Glen Lyn plant is located, and where 44 jobs are on the line.

County Administrator Chris McKlarney worries about the $600,000 tax-revenue hit his $40 million budget will take. But that's just one concern involving a plant and workers whose community contribution is "hard to quantify."

"They've done so much donation-wise for local causes ... And they're really good people working there," he said. "They're coaches in Little League sports, involved in the Parent-Teacher Organization — you lose those kind of people, it's tough."

And they're good jobs — stable, well-paying positions with good benefits in places where such things can be hard to find. [link]
Jobs, schmobs.

What are job losses in hilljack Glen Lyn, Virginia compared to the possibility that lucrative donations to Democrats' reelection coffers from America's powerful environmental groups might dry up.

You folks in Giles are going on food stamps?

Consider it ... taking one for the greater good.

So many Democrats in need ...

You're 'Going Green' Whether You Like It Or Not

How long you'll be able to afford to is not a small matter.

Get this:

Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250,000 Per Vehicle

Even worse?

Nobody wants the damn thing.

May God have mercy.

* By the way, don't blame GM for this.  If Obama came to you and told you he was going to give you $3 billion to develop and market feces-in-a-boot, you'd do it, with a smile on your face.  Sales?  Who cares?  You don't need no stinking sales.


GM is smiling all the way to the bank.

She Must Think George Bush Is Still In Office

Because it wasn't that long ago ...

Duh… Pelosi Calls For Tax Cut Extensions For 160,000,000 Working Americans – Too Bad There Are Only 140,500,000 Americans Working Today

The missing 19,500,000?

Well, it's fair to say that those without a paycheck won't be looking for a payroll tax cut.

Iowa Could Prove Its Irrelevancy

If it goes ahead and gives a win in its upcoming Republican caucus to the only man in its political party to hate his country as much as Barack Obama does.

Harsh?

Dorothy Rabinowitz makes the compelling case:

It seemed improbable that the best-known American propagandist for our enemies could be near the top of the pack in the Iowa contest, but there it is.

To the people of Iowa: Don't bring shame upon us. Let Ron Paul complain about how bad the USA is from his wheelchair in that retirement home in Galveston.  And let's get to fixing this country.

Barney Frank Had Some Help

The colossal economic plunge that America took in 2007, the wrenching effects from which we still suffer grievously, can be traced to a few men and a small handful of programs they launched in an effort to bring home loans to people who couldn't afford them.  Bubble created, crater resulted.

It's nice, as the dust clears, to give names to those who were responsible for this mess.  Brass plates with their names inscribed on them affixed to prison cells await.

Those names?

At the top of the list, Barney Frank, who led the Congressional effort to lay waste to traditional bank lending practices.  Followed by these guys:
What Fannie and Freddie Knew
Wall Street Journal

Democrats have spent years arguing that private lenders created the housing boom and bust, and that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac merely came along for the ride. This was always a politically convenient fiction, and now thanks to the unlikely source of the Securities and Exchange Commission we have a trail of evidence showing how the failed mortgage giants turbocharged the crisis.

That's the story revealed Friday by the SEC's civil lawsuits against six former Fannie and Freddie executives, including a pair of CEOs. The SEC says the companies defrauded investors because they "knew and approved of misleading statements" about Fan and Fred's exposure to subprime loans, and it chronicles their push to expand the business.

The executives deny the charges, and we hope they don't settle. The case deserves to play out in court, so Americans can see in detail how Fan and Fred were central to the bubble. The lawsuits themselves, combined with information admitted as true by Fan and Fred in civil nonprosecution agreements with the SEC, are certainly illuminating.

The Beltway story of the crisis claims that Congress's affordable housing mandates had nothing to do with it. But the SEC's lawsuit shows that Fannie degraded its underwriting standards to increase its market share in subprime loans.

Mr. [Angelo Mozilo of Countrywide Home Loans] and Fannie essentially were business partners in the subprime business. Countrywide found the customers, while Fannie provided the taxpayer-backed capital. And the rest of the industry followed.

By December 31, 2006, Fannie owned or securitized some $43.3 billion of these loans, which, according to the SEC, had "higher average serious delinquency rates, higher credit losses, and lower average credit scores" than Fannie's disclosed subprime loans. By June 30, 2008, Fannie had $60 billion in EA loans and $41.7 billion in another risky program called "My Community Mortgage," but it only publicly reported an $8 billion exposure.

CEO Daniel Mudd testified that "we see it as part of our mission and our charter to make safe mortgages available to people who don't have perfect credit," adding that Fannie's subprime exposure was "relatively minimal." The Freddie record is similarly incriminating.

Far from being peripheral to the housing crisis, the SEC lawsuit shows that Fan and Fred were at the very heart of it. Private lenders made many mistakes, but they could never have done as much harm if Fan and Fred weren't providing tens of billions in taxpayer-subsidized liquidity to lend on easy terms to borrowers who couldn't pay it back.

Congress [jf: this is where Barney Frank comes in] created the two mortgage giants as well as their "affordable housing" mandates, and neither the financial system nor taxpayers will be safe until Congress shrinks the toxic twins and ultimately puts them out of business. [link]
Fraud on this scale calls for prison time. It probably won't come about, what with the guilty parties having friends in high places. But striped pajamas and barbed wire are too good for these miscreants.

America has gone through an horrific crisis. A crisis brought about by do-gooders in leadership roles in government and in quasi-government organizations like Fannie and Freddie.

Let's send them to the Big House, learn from their mistakes, and vow to never let them happen again.

Saying What Everyone Knows But No One Will Admit

Paula admonished me a long time ago about bring up Michelle Obama's behind.

So I'll let Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner do it:

She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself.”

The size of her buttocks isn't the issue. The fact that this woman makes such an issue of everyone else's is what chaps my ... behind.

Imagine Lindsay Lohan lecturing us on the value of self-control.

Kim Kardashian on the joys of celibacy.

Bernie Madoff, fiduciary responsibilities.

Michelle Obama telling the rest of us we need to slim down?

May she read and understand Luke 4:23.

He Kissed His Butt In Life

He kisses his butt in death.

Former President Jimmy Carter has sent North Korea a message of condolence over the death of [one of the world's most ruthless dictators] Kim Jong-il and ...

How shameful.  Carter continues to embarrass our country.

The Border Fence Was Always a Joke

George W. Bush made a mockery of our demand that the border with Mexico be sealed (remember his initiative that called for the stationing of National Guard troops in Texas, without ammunition or reason for being there? With no ammunition, no authority, and orders not to start any trouble?).

Obama continues the burlesque act:

DHS Spent $9.8M to Store $44M of Steel It Bought But Did Not Use to Build Mexico Border Fence

Congress appropriated the funds. The Department of Homeland Security followed orders and made the purchase. And the product rusts away in fields in Texas and California.

And nobody in government cares.

For the love of God.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Environmentalists Are Such Goofy Creatures

Remember this op/ed in the Roanoke Times from several months ago having to do with that proposed oil pipeline that would run from Canada to refineries in the U.S.?
The proposed 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline would connect the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, with the refineries of southern Texas, thereby being a bullet line from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. It would carry dirty tar sands oil from Canada's Boreal forest to Texas, all the while fueling global warming, threatening drinking water for millions of Americans and driving more destruction of songbird and wildlife habitat.

Not only would this pipeline destroy Canada's boreal forest and wetlands, decimate songbird populations, massively increase global warming pollution and threaten America's drinking water supplies, it would also seriously undermine the U.S. commitment to a clean energy economy.
Gosh. Do we really want an oil pipeline running through the country?

I say, NO WAY.

Uh.

Wait.

You say there is a pipeline in place already?

Uh, what?

You say there are hundreds of pipelines running through the U.S. today?

By golly, there are:


Good grief.

So what's this idiot environmentalist whining about?

Hat tip to John Mauldin.

Too Funny

North Koreans.  Crying hysterically.




In response, the rest of the world:




Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry over someone you've never met, never talked to, and know little about, and the world wonders if there's some kind of hallucinogen in those leaves and tree bark you eat for dinner.

The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel

"In today’s world, it is playing the race card." Again.

You're calling me a racist?  Pardon me while I yawn.

Tough Talk, But ...

... does anyone believe Obama will actually pull the trigger?

Panetta: Iran will not be allowed nukes

Let it be remembered, George W. Bush made the same declaration several years ago.

Yet, with each passing day, the Islamists in Iran get closer and closer ...

* Maybe Panetta has more sanctions in mind.

'Servants of the People'

Ever wonder how people of modest means can go to Washington, work for the taxpayers, and become fabulously wealthy?

Ask Nancy Pelosi.

Fiddling While Rome Burns

Obama's doing battle over a 60-day extension of a miniscule payroll tax cut.

A 60-day cut.

Meanwhile, unemployment is beyond tragic.

Federal debt is beyond redemption.

The government is spending 40% each day more than it is taking in.

The energy crisis worsens by the hour.

And Obama is spending all his time - as he prepares to go on an extended vacation - screwing around with a brief extension of a microscopic tax cut.

My God.

Former NY City Police Commissioner: 10,000 Gun Laws Aren't Enough

And if Obama got the 10,001st passed by Congress, you can bet this robotic stuck-on-stupid liberal would tell you that isn't enough either.

Bill Bratton talking to CBS News about the rise of law enforcement deaths this year:

"You're always going to have - no matter how good we are at controlling crime spikes - and what you're seeing right now is an unfortunate aberration, in the sense that this year, it is up, and assaults on police, particularly those involving guns - the insanity of the lack of gun control laws in this country."

Insanity?

Insanity is believing that this country has a lack of gun control laws.  We are awash in gun laws.  They just serve no purpose when bad guys with bad intentions do bad things.

Case in point: How many laws - including gun laws - did that asshole who shot Officer Derieck Crouse on the Virginia Tech campus on December 8 defy?  Another law would have prevented what?

* I apologize for the fact that this guy can't put a constructive sentence together. He wasn't appointed police chief because of his grammatical skills. He was the good liberal, which is all that mattered.

Taxocrats, Stuck On Stupid

What, watching Maryland implode because of its tax burden (and accounting gimmicks) isn't enough to scare Virginia legislators?

Apparently not, if you're a Democrat.

Sen. Don McEachin (D-Henrico): Bring on the fiscal crisis!

I thank God every day that morons like him are no longer in charge.

Medicaid Fraud Is Rampant

And right in our back yard.

From the office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli:
Former office manager for personal care agency pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud
Agnes Vint admits to making false statements in relation to healthcare matters

Roanoke, VA (December 20, 2011) -- A former office manager at Health Care Virginia (HCVA) pled guilty to defrauding Medicaid yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

Agnes Underwood Vint, 75, of Selma, Va., along with others, were indicted by a Federal grand jury in March on a number of healthcare fraud related charges. This afternoon, Vint pled guilty to one count of making false statements in writing relating to healthcare matters.

"This case sends a strong message that providers who falsify official documents in a federal health care benefit program such as Medicaid or Medicare will be vigorously prosecuted," United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. "This is the type of fraud that wastes our precious health care dollars. Ms. Vint has been appropriately brought to justice for her criminal activity."

"Vint was part of a scheme that not only defrauded Medicaid patients and taxpayers, but it also potentially put infirmed patients in extreme danger. She even falsified documents to state that patients were getting required nursing visits when they were not. I am just grateful that our investigators were able to stop such a cold and heartless act," said Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

HCVA, based in Covington, Va. was incorporated in 2007 for the purpose of providing personal care services and respite services to Medicaid recipients in the Western District of Virginia. HCVA entered into a Home and Community Based Personal Care Services Participation Agreement with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to become a Medicaid Provider in 2007. DMAS requires that all Personal Care Aides receive a minimum of 40 hours of training prior to employment, which must be taught and supervised by a registered nurse. DMAS also requires that all patients receive periodic nursing visits to verify patient safety and the continuing need for services.

Today in District Court, Vint admitted that while serving as the office manager at HCVA, between March 2008 and March 2010, she issued false training certificates in order to cover-up the lack of training received by Personal Care Aides assigned to Medicaid patients. She also admitted falsifying Nursing Assessments to cover up the fact that the HCVA nurse, co-defendant Sandra Pope, the owner and sole RN employed by HCVA, failed to make the required visits.

Under the direction and control of Pope, HCVA did not provide the required training of Personal Care Aides. Instead, Pope and HCVA issued false training certificates and assigned those Personal Care Aides to care for Medicaid patients in their homes.

As a result, from October 2007 through June 2010, HCVA billed and was paid over $980,061.21 in Medicaid funds for non-certified, untrained Personal Care Aides placed with Medicaid patients.

The other defendants charged with being part of the scheme, Sandra Pope McElwain, Melissa Cary and Health Care Virginia Inc. (HCVA) have each already pled guilty to similar charges. HCVA has been sentenced to three years probation, a fine of $10,000 and ordered to pay $323,420 in restitution.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, and other members of the Western Virginia Health Care Fraud Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Jennie L. M. Waering and Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Vaso Doubles are prosecuting the case for the United States.
So much money. So little oversight.

World War II Encapsulated

Had it only been fought on Facebook:

News Feed History of the World: WWII.

Cute.

* You might have to click on the column to the left to expand it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The More Things Change ...

Kim Jong-Il is dead.

Thank God.

His successor?

Kim Jong Punk.

Life (for everyone but those living in fear of repressive assholes like this guy) goes on.

Yes, We Miss Him

On the heartwarming news that the murderous Kim Jong-Il has died ...

Hillary Rodham Clinton:

"With the passing of National Defense Commission Chairman Kim Jong Il, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is now in a period of national mourning. We are deeply concerned with the well being of the North Korean people and our thoughts and prayers are with them during these difficult times. It is our hope that the new leadership of the DPRK will choose to guide their nation onto the path of peace by honoring North Korea’s commitments, improving relations with its neighbors, and respecting the rights of its people. The United States stands ready to help the North Korean people and urges the new leadership to work with the international community to usher in a new era of peace, prosperity and lasting security on the Korean Peninsula."

George W. Bush:

"I loathe Kim Jong-Il."

Sean Penn, The Communist One Percenter

"'Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy.'"

For The Love Of God

These people are stark raving nuts:

Is Global Warming Driving Polar Bears to Cannibalism?

For the hundredth time - the globe hasn't warmed 1° in the last hundred years.

These people have lost their freaking minds.

Leave It To The Democrats

How many bureaucrats does it take to screw up the light bulb?

There Can Be Only One Explanation

The Lord delivereth.

Monday, December 19, 2011

I Get So ... Confused

First they were G's.

But that wasn't inclusive enough.  The L's would have none of it.

So they became G's and L's.

But the "bi's" felt like they were being left out.

As did the "trannies."

So along comes LGBT.

Now, courtesy of the Roanoke Times - ever diligent and ... inclusive, as it tries so hard to be - we find out that Washington and Lee University, its goal being to train tomorrow's leaders to not offend anyone on the planet except normal people, has come up with a new one:

GLBTQ.

Of which, as it turns out, I'm a by-God member!

That "Q"?  It stands for "question," as in those who question.

Me?  I question the freaking sanity of all these confused and miserable creatures.

Up next?

GLBTQPB.

And on ...

And on ...

And ...

For the love of God.  Don't these people have something more important to do in life?

Why The Blogosphere Thrives

We fact-check your ass.

See "NTSB Chair Supports Cell Phone Ban With Lies & Obfuscation."

Were we not here, America would, by now, be exactly what The Left wants it to be.

Oceania.




The United States government to the American people: "There are three stages in your reintegration . . . There is learning, there is understanding, and there is acceptance."

The blogosphere to the United States government:


Not then. Not now. Not ever.

- - -

Want some FACTS regarding the NTSB's outlandish jihad against cell phone use?

See "There's No Reason To Ban Cellphone Use While Driving."

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."
-- Abraham Lincoln --

What Do They Have To Fear?

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."
-- Abraham Lincoln --

Climategate Bombshell: Did U.S. Gov't Help Hide Climate Data?

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."
-- Abraham Lincoln --

Gov't For Thee But Not For Me

How they love to order us around.

But ...

Even people who benefit from big government love it less when they have to live under it.

And who are those people?

The most liberal in the land.

Leftists in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The money quote:

"What happened to making the rich pay their fair share?

"'I think the simple message is: Please try to leave us alone,' says [Fairfax County] Supervisor Jeff McKay.

Leave them alone but climb into everyone else's shorts.

Gotta love them liberals.

That's Just Swell

I've occasionally wondered about the depth of training the pilot of an aircraft that I was riding had had. At least I live to wonder.

An Airbus 330 on Air France Flight 447?

"But neither Bonin nor Roberts has ever received training in how to deal with an unreliable airspeed indicator at cruise altitude, or in flying the airplane by hand under such conditions."

Take a wild guess what happens next.

There were 228 souls on board.

News From The Wasteland

Abortionists.

How barren their Christmas holiday must be.

Question: What does a person who devotes her life to killing babies do this time of year?

Answer: Work on a plan that promotes their work around the "holiday" dinner table.

Sick?

Welcome to Planned Parenthood of New York City.

Rahm Emanuel Is On To Something

Unfortunately, he's not on to it enough.

Read "Chicago's Plan to Match Education With Jobs" by Chicago's mayor.  In it he's patting himself on the back for (a) recognizing the fact that millions of Americans today are without work, (b) addressing the fact that thousands upon thousands of jobs in America go unfilled because we lack skilled workers, and (c) letting the world know that he's partnering with area community colleges to meet (a) up with (b).

And that's a good thing.  As far as it goes.

Business needs trained computer technicians and community colleges can be there to provide qualified candidates with the necessary training to prospective employees so that those positions are filled.

Good deal.

Here's my only problem with Emanuel's plan.  He cites one Chicago-area employer - AAR Corp., an aviation-parts manufacturer - the only company he mentions - at length - as being unable to find 600 welders and mechanics to make itself whole. He touts the fact that he has hooked AAR up with Chicago's Olive-Harvey College so that the former can get its needs for welders and mechanics met.

A question: Why is it up to colleges to provide this kind of education? Mechanics? Welders? Shouldn't those be the kinds of positions that high schools prepare students for?

I've said for years that one mistake we make in this country is in our putting too much emphasis on college prep in high school and not enough on technological training and "mechanical arts." Why have a curriculum geared toward getting everyone into college when many students wish to be welders and mechanics?

I've even advocated in the past separating out high schools from high schools. With the proper application of aptitude tests and interviews, those inclined to an academic career could - and should - be separated from those who intend to turn wrenches and write code.  Build the curriculum and train them accordingly.

Anyway, Rahm Emanuel is right as far as he takes it. But public schools are missing the mark when it comes to training America's youth.

America's college enrollment rate is at an all-time high.

Job placement of college graduates is at near-record lows.

And hundreds of thousands of jobs go unfilled because of a lack of qualified candidates.

What's wrong with this picture?

Ouch

The critics are piling on.  Chelsea Clinton, who somehow went from being an investment consultant to big-time television reporter for NBC News, should probably have stayed America's darling (and Wall Street Machiavelli) and never appeared in front of a camera.

David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun TV critic:

"Steve Capus, president of NBC News, in his shameless hype for this journalistically-bankrupt decision, said it's as if Chelsea has been preparing all her life for this thing. Based on the first show we saw, if that's true, it's been a largely wasted life."

Oh, dear.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Distinction Without a Difference

The editorialists at the Roanoke Times are worked up this morning over a proposal introduced to state legislators, "asking the General Assembly to waive requirements that legal notices be published in newspapers for public hearings, zoning requests and local budgets. Instead, that information would be available only on government websites."

The reason the editorialists are in low dudgeon?

People don't have the time to go to government websites to find out about the latest public notices relating to voting, public hearings, permitting, zoning requests, proposed ordinance modifications and the like.

Their solution?

Keep the current system in place wherein people go to their local newspaper - ahem - to find those same public notices.

How is that better than the proposed change?

People have the time to go through the newspaper looking for public notices.

Huh?

They have time to wait for the paperboy to show up and fling a dead tree at them but they don't have the time to click the mouse and bring up Virginia Public Notices?

Do I smell an ulterior motive here?