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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Point. Counterpoint.

The Roanoke Times editorial page:

"The failure of the DREAM Act will rob America of the contribution of high-achieving immigrants who grew up in this land of opportunity."

From on High:

"The killing of the DREAM Act is the first step toward sending those illegals whose first act when they entered this country was to break our laws (and, in doing so, mock our way of life) back to their places of origin. If they are truly 'high-achievers,' they can enter the USA the old-fashioned way. LEGALLY."

It's Come To This

The once indomitable Big Ten ain't so Big anymore.  Five bowl games.  Five losses.

Oh, my.


The best journalistic spankings are those that are unintentional.  Here's one to savor.  The New York Times, which went to the ends of the earth to get Andrew Cuomo elected governor of New York, has this news regarding his first speech in that role.

From "Cuomo Promises Emergency Plan on Finance Woes":
Andrew Mark Cuomo became the 56th governor of New York on Saturday, promising to immediately take on the state’s huge financial problems and to fight to limit taxes on homeowners across the state.

“There is no more time to waste,” Mr. Cuomo, 53, said in a 25-minute speech, his voice often rising. “It is a time for deeds, not words, and results, not rhetoric. It is time for a bold agenda and immediate action. There is no more waiting for tomorrow, and there are no more baby steps, my friends.”

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, pledged to approach his job with “constructive impatience,” shrink the size of the sprawling state government, and represent the interests of those who have lost faith in Albany.

His first moves as governor were symbolic ...
The state is on the verge of collapse!  A swift, profound, ("bold"), and sweeping response is needed!  The new governor springs into action!  Commands fly!  Empty, symbolic gestures are made!

"His first moves as governor were symbolic ..."  This from a bunch of journalists who actually support the guy.

You can't make this stuff up.

The Globe's Temp Is The Hottest On Record

Unless you count the other 9,099 out of the past 10,000 years.

That's right.  Over the last ten millenia, our current average global temperature is cooler than 9,099 other years, according to geologist Dr. Don J. Easterbrook.

See "2010 – where does it fit in the warmest year list?"

An accompanying graph says it all (click on the image to enlarge it):

That tiny little uptick at the right end of the line graph reflects the "hockey stick" that Al Gore and his buddies went nuts over. Put it in perspective and you see how nuts they all really are.

Which brings me to a point I've long considered. And I think it's safe to make this comparison now. Environmentalists (including a whole lot of scientists who should have known better) reacted to scant - and woefully faulty - data regarding the earth's temperature much the same way the apes in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" did when they were confronted by an unknown (the monolith). 

They went ape.

Not a good reflection on the "scientific community."

My my.

Quote of the Day

They ain’t seen nothing yet.

With Regard To That Upcoming Special Election ...

... on January 11 (!) for the 8th House seat (formerly Morgan Griffith's), there is this news coming out of the Greg Habeeb camp:
Greg Habeeb, Republican candidate for the House of Delegates, announced Friday that the campaign’s financial report will show over 350 contributions, over 75 percent of which are from individuals. Of the 350 contributions, more than half are individual donations of less than $100.

“I am humbled by the incredible level of support that we have received from the community,” Habeeb said. “One of the most important aspects of this race is voter turn-out and the community’s investment in our campaign reflects the level of community involvement and backing we are receiving.”

The finance report is due on January 3, and will show all contributions to the campaign through December 31. Campaigns are required to submit a report, as well as any major donations between now and Election Day.

"With this support comes a high level of responsibility and I am committed to being a good steward of the community’s resources, both here and when I am in Richmond,” Habeeb said. [received via email]
This is interesting because it will only take some 6,000 votes to win this thing. If those 350 campaign donations came from 350 individuals, it shows that Hebeeb (Republican) has some solid backing and is well on his way toward that magic 6,000 number.

With election day fast approaching.

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As for the projected outcome of the race, Habeeb released a poll a few weeks ago showing that he had a commanding lead over his opponent, Ginger Mumpower, 61% to 23% among likely voters, with 16% undecided or not responding.