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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yeah! Draft Rick Boucher!

The guy couldn't carry his home turf in the last election. In fact he lost rather resoundingly.

But Southwest Virginia - his turf - has become very conservative. So someone has decided that Rick Boucher - liberal - would be a better fit in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, and could carry the state in the 2012 Senate election.

From the Roanoke Times:
There’s now a Draft Boucher movement

I guess something isn’t official these days until it’s on Facebook and/or Twitter.

There’s a Draft Tim Kaine presence online now to encourage the former governor to seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

There’s also a presence for former Rep. Tom Perriello of Albemarle.

And now comes word — there’s a “Draft Rick Boucher” presence on both Facebook and Twitter.

We can’t immediately discern who’s behind this.
Some nut, that's who.

Rick Boucher's liberal views might play better up in that liberal Obamaland we call Arlington?  The same Rick Boucher who has always been a strong advocate for the coal industry, and the gun industry, and who voted YES on a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and voted NO on Obamacare?  That Rick Boucher?

Yeah.  I could see the lefties in Arlington going gaga over the dude.

So I hereby declare that I support the effort.

Of course, Rick and I may not get a lot of help.  The last sentence in the article cited above reads:

"At the moment, 623 people 'like' Perriello’s page, 179 'like' Kaine’s while three people 'like' Boucher’s, which has just gotten started."

Someone get a hold of the Washington Post.  We'll be needing another macaca ploy, and fast, if we are going to get Mr. Boucher over the hump.

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And let's not forget, he'll always have this to tout:

What could be better?

'Hear No Evil, See No Evil, ...'

Though we may agree that the war in Afghanistan needs to be brought to an end - today - I and this Quaker are worlds apart when it comes to the evil that lurks in the world.  Oblivion personified, in today's Roanoke Times:
War is not a path to peace

Who, in fact, are the Taliban? Many political analysts here and abroad have shown the Afghan Taliban to be a diverse group of varied affiliations: nationalists, farmers and some Islamic extremists. But few, if any, have any direct connections to al-Qaida.

Instead of constantly evoking images of evil to enlist support against one enemy after another in the many wars our nation often initiates, our government and media might try seeing and showing a more realistic and balanced truth.

We might then understand that the Taliban, despite its abuses, represents the feelings of a majority of the Afghan people in their opposition to foreign occupation. Its members are also an integral part of that population -- sons, husbands, fathers, brothers, grandfathers, etc. -- whose deaths at the hands of an occupying military power are mourned by their children, families and communities, sowing seeds of potential future violence.
This, so the author of the letter-to-the-editor knows, is one of thousands of "images of evil" that are readily available for the world to see. And by which to judge that "integral part of that population -- sons, husbands, fathers, brothers, grandfathers, etc." - the Taliban:

It shows two women about to be executed by that integral part of the population.

Their crime?


I recognize and accept the limits we must place on our ability to police the world.

But I don't have my head stuck up my ass when it comes to the evil that thrives in remote corners of the world.

This Quaker chooses to ignore it.

I choose to keep my weapons locked and loaded, prepared for the day - should it ever come - when that evil comes knocking on my door.

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"War is not a path to peace"? Tell it to the bone fragments that are now Adolf Hitler.

It's worth noting, as I recall, the pacifists were the first to be sent to the concentration camps in the 30's. After Hitler killed off all the Jews. And then the Gypsies. And then the Communists.

Said the Quakers (presumably) as this genocide played out:

"Who, in fact, are the Taliban Nazis? Many political analysts here and abroad have shown the Afghan Taliban German NSDAP to be a diverse group of varied affiliations: nationalists, farmers and ...

"We might then understand that the Taliban Nazi Party, despite its abuses, represents the feelings of a majority of the Afghan German people in their opposition to foreign occupation everyone who wasn't like them."

As ten million human beings were led to slaughter ...

Kaine's No Fool

I ask you: What sane Democrat (sane Democrat, hmmm ...) wants to be on the ticket - with Obama - in 2012 in Virginia?  Among legions of others, not our man Tim:
Kaine says he won't run for open U.S. Senate seat
By Julian Walker, Virginian-Pilot

Former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has indicated he isn't interested in running for U.S. Sen. Jim Webb's seat when Webb's term ends in January 2013.

That hasn't stopped Democratic activists and pundits from speculating.

One venue for that conversation is a "Draft Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate" Facebook page recently posted by Steve Cochran, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.

In an e-mail Thursday evening, Cochran expressed disappointment about Webb's decision and touted Kaine as the best replacement.

"If you are like me, you probably believe very strongly that the Democratic Party must maintain control of both Virginia Senate seats," Cochran wrote. "I believe the person best suited to run for the Senate, and face whichever candidate the Republicans choose to nominate, is Tim Kaine... Tim is a principled statesman, passionate about public service."
Tim Kaine, principled statesman. Any bets on how many mixed drinks it took to dream that one up?

From on High to Montgomery County Democratic Committee chairman: I feel your pain, man. But it only took me a couple of shots of reality to come to terms with the fact that Tim Kaine - statesman - is in fact a loser. He couldn't get elected if the Washington Post pulled out all the stops and dreamt up and fueled a fraudulent controversy based on his opponent having uttered a pejorative epithet used by francophone colonialists in Central Africa's Belgian Congo for the native population. Again.

If I were you, I'd be drafting life-long Democrat Ralph Stanley. The man can sure pick a banjo.  What entertainment he'd be able to provide.

Oh, That Pesky Scientific Data

New York Times columnist (and climate change believer) Paul Krugman (in "Gradual Trends and Extreme Events"):

"The point is that the usual casual denier arguments — it’s cold outside; you can’t prove that climate change did it — miss the point. What you’re looking for is a pattern. And that pattern is obvious."

Well, he's right. The pattern is obvious. And it's the same pattern that the weather has followed (in creating "climate") for thousands of years.

The truth:
The Weather Isn’t Getting Weirder
By Anne Jolis, Wall Street Journal

Last week a severe storm froze Dallas under a sheet of ice, just in time to disrupt the plans of the tens of thousands of (American) football fans descending on the city for the Super Bowl. On the other side of the globe, Cyclone Yasi slammed northeastern Australia, destroying homes and crops and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

Some climate alarmists would have us believe that these storms are yet another baleful consequence of man-made CO2 emissions. In addition to the latest weather events, they also point to recent cyclones in Burma, last winter's fatal chills in Nepal and Bangladesh, December's blizzards in Britain, and every other drought, typhoon and unseasonable heat wave around the world.

But is it true?

As it happens, the [Twentieth Century Reanalysis] Project's initial findings, published last month, show no evidence of an intensifying weather trend. "In the climate models, the extremes get more extreme as we move into a doubled CO2 world in 100 years," atmospheric scientist Gilbert Compo, one of the researchers on the project, tells me from his office at the University of Colorado, Boulder. "So we were surprised that none of the three major indices of climate variability that we used show a trend of increased circulation going back to 1871."

In other words, researchers have yet to find evidence of more-extreme weather patterns over the period, contrary to what the models predict. "There's no data-driven answer yet to the question of how human activity has affected extreme weather," adds Roger Pielke Jr., another University of Colorado climate researcher.
Darn facts!

Expect the True Believers - now that their latest postulate - "climate change" - has failed the test, to go back to the old tried-and-true - "global warming."

They're like fleas leaving the barnyard. Jumping hither ... jumping yon ...

What Was a Human Commodity Worth?

In 1863, depending on where you were and what you were selling, quite a bit.

The New York Times, August 22, 1863:
Market Price of Slaves

Slaves command a higher price in Kentucky, taking gold as the standard of value, than in any other of the Southern States. In Missouri they are sold at from forty dollars to four hundred, according to age, quality, and especially according to place. In Maryland the negroes upon an estate were lately sold, and fetched an average price of $18 a head. In the farther States of the Southern Confederacy we frequently see reports of negro sales, and we occasionally see boasts from rebel newspapers as to the high prices the slaves bring, notwithstanding the war and the collapse of Southern industry. We notice in the Savannah Republican of the 5th, a report of a negro sale in that city, at which, we are told, high prices prevailed, and at which two girls of 18 years of age were sold for about $2,500 apiece, two matured boys for about the same price, a man of 45 for $1,850, and a woman of 23, with her child of 5, for $3,950. Twenty-five hundred dollars, then, may be taken as the standard price of first-class slaves in the Confederacy; but when it is remembered that this is in Confederate money, which is worth less than one-twelfth its face in gold, it will be seen that the real price, by this standard, is only about $200. In Kentucky, on the other hand, though there is but little buying or selling of slave stock going on, we understand that negroes are still held at from seven to twelve hundred dollars apiece.
A part of our past we'll never live down.

If Only NY City Had Stronger Gun Controls ...

... incidents like this would never happen:
Brooklyn son goes on 'stabbing and carjacking rampage'
By Larry Celona, John Doyle, and Jessica Simeone, New York Post

A knife-wielding madman went on a wild killing spree that spilled blood across Brooklyn after he flew into a rage because his stepfather refused to let him drive the family Lexus, authorities said.

Maksim Gelman, a 23-year-old druggie and "street punk," allegedly stabbed his 54-year-old stepdad to death in the early-morning hours yesterday in their Sheepshead Bay apartment and sped off in the luxury car.

He resurfaced 12 hours later to kill his ex-girlfriend and her mom, before stabbing another man in a carjacking and running over a pedestrian as he made his getaway, sources said.

He stunningly resurfaced in the early morning hours today and committed two more attacks, sources and witnesses said. Shortly before 12:55 a.m. he tried to carjack a livery cab, stabbed the driver but failing to get the car. Moments later he carjacked a Nissan Maxima, stabbing the driver and getting away with the car. [link]
Where's Mayor Bloomberg when all those constituents of his needed him most to protect them from out-of-control knives.

Oh.  Yeah.  He's out in Tucson harrassing people shopping at gun shows.

Why? a constituent might ask.

It's easier than doing his freaking job.  Don't you get it?

Takin' It To 'Em

How to stop the government takeover of our lives in its tracks:  Hire Republicans who are willing to defang the snake.

In the news:
[Continuing Resolution] would slash EPA, White House energy office
By Robin Bravender, Patrick Reis, and Dan Berman, Politico

House Republicans threw down the gauntlet at the Obama administration's energy and environmental agenda Friday night, proposing to defund the White House energy adviser's office and block EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by $3 billion – nearly twice as much as they originally proposed – GOP lawmakers included language in the continuing resolution to strip the agency of its ability to implement climate change rules.

And despite the fact that Obama's energy and climate adviser Carol Browner is leaving the administration, the bill would defund the post of "Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, or any substantially similar position." [link]
Though it may ultimately require a change of personnel in the White House, this effort to defund the out-of-control EPA - even though a "continuing resolution" is only a temporary measure - may yet force those who think their mission is to alter our way of life to change course.  Or at least set them on their heels until that White House change can be effected, securely and unconditionally.

Here's to the Republican House for working to stop the bastards from destroying the country we love.

On Those 800,000 People Who Will Be Without Work

Obviously it will take some more detailed explanation for how Obamacare is going to reduce the ranks of the employed here in America.  Let me turn it over to the Wall Street Journal for some class time:
800,000 Fewer Workers

One of the main Republican arguments against ObamaCare is that it will "destroy jobs," which is true, but perhaps not for the reasons usually cited. The issue could use a little nuance after Douglas Elmendorf's headline-grabbing testimony that the new entitlement will reduce employment by about 800,000 workers.

The larger issue is that this middle-class entitlement is designed to expand over time and will result in much higher levels of taxation across society.

As these liabilities consume an ever-larger share of private wealth, the overall economy will stagnate and there will be many fewer new jobs, much as Europe has experienced as its welfare states have expanded. The real danger is that such welfare-state obligations lead to a high structural jobless rate along with a vast increase in government dependency.

On that score, Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, asked Mr. Elmendorf a leading question about "the freedom to choose to not get a job." Milton Friedman couldn't have put it better. [link]
So those 800,000 Americans won't be "unemployed."  But they will no longer be employed either. Or even considered "employable."  They'll simply join the ranks of the millions who -  through the redistribution of our hard-earned income - are happy as pigs in slop living off those of us who are trying to get ahead.

800,000 more welfare recipients. The Democrats are surely on the road to success.

Babble Babble

I'd award this "Quote of the Day" status if I could figure out what the heck the smartest guy in the Democratic Party was trying to say:
You know, gentlemen, I’m a little bit jubilant right now, a little bit frisky so I’ll say something that will bother people. But if you have, a lot of the people in this country think the President of the United States is Muslim, which he’s not, he’s Christian. They think he’s foreign born, which he’s not, he’s American born. But they have this attitude about him, the people on the right a lot of them, right? And here he is, and he comes into office, and this jubilant situation in Eqypt, with the first time in our lives we get to see people from the Arab world in a very positive democratic setting. Not as terrorists or not as people fighting Israel, or whatever. Not mouthing epithets against the West, but people like us.

In a way it’s like it took Obama to have this happen, or it's just so serendipitous.
I'll bet all those Egyptians who were demonstrating in the streets of Cairo were thinking the same thing, Chris.  "Let's do this for Obama."

For the love of God.  Suppose he actually believes this?

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And speaking of incoherent, here's Obama's favorite news anchor trying to one-up Chris Matthews:

"A lot of us remember that speech President Obama gave in Cairo in 2009. I'm not sure he expected that this would develop. I don't know if that was a result of this or what the impact was, but it was a dramatic speech at the time. Now we're seeing what's happening on the streets of Cairo. I suspect it will spread elsewhere."


Obama's Cairo speech?

The reality is far different, as it so happens, from that which is bouncing around in that vacuum where Blitzer's brain should be. Josh Gerstein gives us the truth about that Cairo speech:

"To the contrary, many in the region, in other Muslim countries and the U.S. ... saw the choice of Egypt for Obama's first speech to the Muslim world as a huge laurel for Mubarak, not an albatross. Obama's speech made no direct reference to political reform or human rights issues in Egypt, save for a passing reference to Christian Copts there.

So, what might it be that Blitzer found in Obama's Cairo speech that leads him to believe that Obama had anything to do with the fall of Mubarak?

Well, Obama was there, man. It was just his being there that made all the difference. He is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, for God's sake. Right?  He came; he saw; he gave a speech; he conquered.


* Hat tip to Hot Air.

Why We Are What We Are

By God, we worked hard for it.  We want to keep it.
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and as is the case with liberal idealists, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Audrey doing?"

She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over."

Her wise father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That's a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I've worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, "Welcome to the conservative side of the fence."
We work hard for it. We intend to keep it.

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