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Monday, February 07, 2011

Hey, Let's All Go Out & Meet Senator Warner!

Uh, what?

He's not coming to Southwest Virginia?

He's sending some employee of his to meet with the local rabble instead?

So what's this then?

Warner on Your Corner” Slated for Feb. 9"

The fine print:
Representatives from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner¹s office will be in Scott County next week to assist individuals who have specific questions or problems with federal agencies.

"Billed as 'Warner on Your Corner,' the event is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the community room at the Scott County Community Services Building in Gate City.

Local residents are invited to stop by to talk with the senator's staff.
Gosh.  Really?  We can meet some government employee who's being punished and has to come down here to meet the Great Unwashed?  How lucky can you get?

A question: Shouldn't "Warner on Your Corner" be changed to "Billy Bureaucrat Comes to Your Corner Because Mark Warner Has Better Things To Do Than Come Down Here and Meet With His Constituents"?

Just wonderin'.

"Warner on Your Corner." That's funny.

Is She Making Our Point?

I don't know Roanoke Times columnist Luanne Rife.  I met her once but don't remember exchanging more than a few words with her.  That having been stipulated, as I recall from her work she's a liberal, like the rest of that bunch.

Or is she?

What do you make of this (from "Creatures of the State"):
Where's the tea party now? How can its members claim abuse of power in Washington and not only give a pass, but support worse behavior in Richmond?

Virginians are fond of dropping the money quotes by the Founders. So heed James Madison:

"In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."

A government that masters the first place without submitting to the second risks becoming a repository of tyranny.
By God, Luanne Rife is a limited-government tea partier!

In truth, she feels she's scoring some kind of point against the Tea Party by bringing up the fact that legislators in Richmond sometimes ignore the wishes of local governments when they pass laws that place burdens or restrictions on those local governments.

To which I reply - though not with the intention of speaking for any tea party - You're right.

So does this mean she supports the Repeal Amendment? It's her argument, after all.

Sure she does ...

Suppose He Believes This?

A letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times this morning illustrates the fact that liberals don't think right.  And this letter comes to us from a retired college professor, no less.

From "Sensible gun laws are needed":
It would seem that every few months we wake up to newspaper or TV headlines telling us about a mentally unstable individual who has killed one or more citizens with a gun. The most recent of these events took place in Tuscon, Ariz.

Although we find these kinds of acts to be an abomination, we nevertheless seem unable or unwilling to support gun laws that any reasonable individual would consider proper and necessary. These laws would not restrict the proper use of guns, only the improper use of them by criminals and those considered to be mentally unstable.
This guy thinks there are laws floating around out there to which criminals and the mentally unstable will adhere.

Criminals.

The insane.

May God have mercy.

Krugman's a Bonehead

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has figured out why food around the world has gotten so expensive of late.  We're in the midst of a worldwide food shortage (see "Droughts, Floods and Food"):
These soaring prices have had only a modest effect on U.S. inflation, which is still low by historical standards, but they’re having a brutal impact on the world’s poor, who spend much if not most of their income on basic foodstuffs.

The consequences of this food crisis go far beyond economics. After all, the big question about uprisings against corrupt and oppressive regimes in the Middle East isn’t so much why they’re happening as why they’re happening now. And there’s little question that sky-high food prices have been an important trigger for popular rage.
So what is causing this?

"While several factors have contributed to soaring food prices, what really stands out is the extent to which severe weather events have disrupted agricultural production."

That, friends, is a declarative statement that could have been made in any year in human history.

But to small-minded leftists the weather is a recent phenomenon.  Krugman:

"And these severe weather events are exactly the kind of thing we’d expect to see as rising concentrations of greenhouse gases change our climate — which means that the current food price surge may be just the beginning."*

Now, unlike at any other point in human history, the weather is causing droughts and floods.  Or worse droughts and floods.  Or nastier droughts and ...

It's worse today than it's been at any point in the last hundred years.  Last thousand years.  Last hundred thousand years.

And it's because the globe has warmed (maybe) 2° F.

Someday someone will do a study of people who lack faith in a Higher Being.  My guess is the researcher will find them to be easily susceptible to wacky beliefs like Krugman's.  Sinister forces - greenhouse gases - are causing worldwide upheaval.  And it's a bad thing.  This despite the fact that there is no empirical data in existence to support such a notion.  An irrational fear of the unknown? 

What does it remind you of?
Narrator: Chicken Little was in the woods one day when an acorn fell on her head. It scared her so much she trembled all over. She shook so hard, half her feathers fell out.

Chicken Little: "Help! Help! The sky is falling! I have to go tell the king!"

Narrator: So she ran in great fright to tell the king. Along the way she met Henny Penny.

Henny Penny: "Where are you going, Chicken Little?"

Chicken Little: "Oh, help! The sky is falling!"

Henny Penny: "How do you know?"

Chicken Little: "I saw it with my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!"

Henny Penny: "This is terrible, just terrible! We'd better hurry up."

Narrator: So they both ran away as fast as they could. Soon they met Ducky Lucky ...
My.  Oh, my.

* Of course Krugman then shoots down his own argument in the very next sentence: "Now, to some extent soaring food prices are part of a general commodity boom: the prices of many raw materials, running the gamut from aluminum to zinc, have been rising rapidly since early 2009, mainly thanks to rapid industrial growth in emerging markets." 

** "The Story of Chicken Little."

A Study In Contrasts

Who you wanna ride with?

Sarah?

Or ...

The Weiner.

Make your decision.  November 6, 2012 is fast approaching.

On The Super Bowl

A few brief impressions:

1) Good game.  Could have been a Green Bay rout.

2) I immediately noticed (like half the country did) that Christina Aguillera screwed up the National Anthem.  At halftime, I went to check email, etc., and found her mistake already all over the internet.  How swiftly news gets around these days.

3) Her rendition of our most sacred secular hymn?  She should be locked up.  It was worse than bad.  As my daughter said, when she called me after the game, she wanted to stick a toothpick in her ear, it was so bad. 

4) The commercials?  Some were great.  Others were awful.  Some made no sense.  Perhaps the best?  Kia's Optima commercial:




The worst? In a broad field, probably Audi's "Release the Hounds" ad.  Stupid.

Honorable mention: COKE had some good commercials.  Volkswagen had one that was cute.

Some, like this one, made you wonder what the heck the marketeers were promoting.

The beer ads were all awful.  (Budweiser used to be so good at this.  What happened?)

The one that made you go ... huh?  Chrysler's "Imported From Detroit" ad, starring Eminem.

Eminem: "This is the Motor City.  And this is what we do."

Only problem is, the car (Chrysler 200) isn't made in Detroit, nor is Chrysler headquartered in Detroit.   (Sterling Hts. and Auburn Hills, MI).

I know.  I know.  They're allowed a bit of commercial license.  Still, the ad sent my thought processes off in a direction the producers probably didn't want them to go.  That's a big no-no.

Good stuff overall, though.

5)  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was awarded the MVP trophy after the game.  The entire defense should have gotten it.

6) It's worth reminding everyone, the standout tight end for the Steelers is from Honaker (born in Richlands).

UPDATE:

7) In the "comments," Al wants to know why I didn't touch on the halftime show. It's because I was on the internet at the time (see above). But daughter Jodi said the Black Eyed Peas were terrible. Awful terrible.  And, when she saw Slash come on stage (which she quickly became interested in) and Fergie started doing weird gyrations next to him, she wanted to throw up. A review.

Question of the Day

From Noel Sheppard:

"Are you sick and tired of seeing so-called journalists equate the most liberal president in American history to the most conservative president of our lifetime?"

They hated him then.  They love him now?  What's that all about?