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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Sayonara

Roanoke Times editorial page editor Dan Radmacher is calling it quits.  Too bad.  He was a worthy adversary in the arena of ideas.  And he never shied away from expressing his opinion.  Leftist though it was in a region - and country - ever  more conservative.

I wish him well in his new endeavor as communications director for a radical leftist environmental group over in West Virginia.  Theirs should be a match made in heaven.

As for ol' Dan, let's take a trip down memory lane.  One that probably speaks volumes about why he's hightailing it out of Southwest Virginia.  A few of his more memorable quotes*:

"I'm getting fed up with the relentless and growing demonization of people in this country based on their political beliefs -- beliefs I happen to share.  Yes, I am a liberal." Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Jan. 4, 2004

"Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the final nail in Vice President Al Gore's coffin, some people are insisting it's time to put all the divisiveness of the past month or so behind us and rally around the new president.  Well, I say to hell with that." Amarillo Globe News, Web posted Thursday, December 21, 2000

"There is a growing realization that George W. Bush's War on Terror' is at best a faulty metaphor and at worst an enormous strategic blunder."
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, May 2, 2004.

"During the 2000 presidential campaign, many wondered whether George W. Bush had the gravitas to be president. But lack of gravitas has turned out to be less a problem than an overabundance of another ancient quality: hubris.  Hubris is what the Greeks called an unwarranted pride and arrogance that usually leads the mighty to a fall." Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 18, 2004.

And my personal favorite:

"Though President Bush seems psychologically incapable of the act, it is time for everyone else in the United States to recognize the inevitable: The occupation of Iraq is an utter, irredeemable failure.

"We don't come to this position lightly." Roanoke Times, May 6, 2007

So Mr. Radmacher is off on a new adventure.  Writing scary shit about surface mining that will be bringing his non-profit a buttload of donations from stupid liberals who haven't their first clue as to where their electricity comes from but hate coal.

He should do well.

And we wish him well.


* Most quotes provided by our friend, The Salt Lick
** It should be noted that it was Dan Radmacher who gave me my brief career in newspaper punditry back in 2006.  Though it proved to be less than rewarding - in so many ways - it was still an adventure and an opportunity for which I am grateful. 


Thanks, Dan.

The EPA On a Rampage Against Humans

The most destructive force in American politics today?

Well, sure, indirectly it's Barack Obama.

But on the ground?

It's his minions in the Environmental Protection Agency.

Their authority is boundless.  Their drive and ambitions are unmitigated.  Their intentions are for scorched earth.

We plague the planet.  We must be controlled.

Well, We have a better idea:
Close the EPA
It’s time to stop funding carbon mysticism with taxpayer dollars
Washington Times editorial

As Congress looks for ways to trim the budget, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) represents an opportunity for up to $9 billion in savings. This outfit has become little more than an advocacy group for trendy leftist causes operating on the public’s dime. Many liberal policies being promoted are so unpopular that congressional Democrats can’t muster the votes to get them through the proper legislative process. So they go to the EPA instead.

The House has voted to defund the EPA’s greenhouse-gas campaign. It ought to go further and ask why a federal agency is needed when all 50 states have their own departments of environmental quality, natural resources or environmental protection. If the left wants to pursue pseudo-scientific mysticism, it should do so without taxpayer money. [link]
The EPA is hellbent on destroying what remains of our way of life.  It must be stopped before it does even more harm.

Only White Christians Are To Be Distrusted

Wrote a nitwit at the New York Daily News in response to Representative Peter King's announced intention to hold Congressional hearings into the efforts of radical Islamists to recruit terrorists in this country:

"What's next, internment camps?"

You will be forgiven for laughing at her.

Odd how the thinking changes when leftists in the media are focused on Muslim radicals rather than ...

... the Militia Movement.

Remember that?

Remember how the press was running, skipping, jumping in lockstep with the likes of Charles Schumer?  He in trying to ferret out those in this country who were organizing in an effort to ... well, they never quite got a handle on what the ultimate intention was, but it was awful - and foreboding - just the same.

Does anyone remember this same New York Daily News editorializing that inquiries into the plotting and scheming of the largely mythical militias in this country might lead to ... concentration camps?

No?

Did anyone at the Daily News cry McCarthyism!!! when their own paper reported the following in 1995?

"Rep. Charles Schumer (D-Brooklyn), in a renewed call for hearings on militias, charged yesterday there may be links between paramilitary groups and anti-abortion extremists."

No.  No McCarthyism in that.  Despite the fact that that worm had no links.  Because there were no links.

The difference?

Well, narrowly speaking, maybe it's no more complicated than the nitwits at the Daily News having this bias toward believing that a witch hunt into the inner workings of the militias was a swell idea.

After all, that inquiry targeted (mostly overweight, underachieving, John Wayne-idolizing, militarily-clad, weekend warrior-type) white boys.

As opposed to those who are on record as having vowed to slaughter American women and children in our streets, who are mostly foreign-born Muslims.   As opposed to those who - in the name of Allah the Merciful - actually slaughter Americans in his holy name.

Islamists.

Allahu Akhbar.

As in "Gunman Shouting 'Allahu Akbar' Kills 2 US Airmen in Germany."

No.  We should not go there.

We should not know.

Concentration camps, forced labor, barbed wire, and crematoria are sure to follow questions being asked.

Ya gotta love the mainstream press.  It is, if nothing else, entertaining.  Predictable and entertaining.

Question: Why Is Our Gov't Crumbling?

Answer: Morons run things.

What's the federal deficit again?

Or, as the second-most powerful Democrat in Congress might ask: What's a deficit?

As in: Who am I?  Why am I here?

A window unto the world of Harry Reid:

“The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1 … eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts. These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”

My God.

ANWR Sits Idle ...

... vast stretches of coastline are off-limits to oil exploration ...

... permits for new sites are virtually banned ...

... and we stare at a price tag of $4 per gallon of gas at the pump.

Obama's answer to the crisis that he's helped create?

To declare an emergency and open up our emergency oil reserves.

Stunning.

The irony in all this?

"The U.S. does not have an energy problem. It has an energy strategy problem."

An understatement if there ever was one.

Even more ironic?

We the People voted for this guy.

On Gitmo & Obama's Capitulation

With all the talk and bluster about finding a different place to warehouse enemy combatants, and despite all the promises to close the facility that some have termed a gulag, our president has finally thrown in the towel and agreed with Donald Rumsfeld and will keep it open for an indeterminate amount of time.

Guantanamo may be an awful place for the rule of law to thrive, but considering the circumstances, and the alternatives, he has come to realize that it is "The Least Worst Place" on earth for them.

I love the smell of vindication in the morning.

What They Said About Gitmo When Bush Was President ...

... as opposed to what they say now.

As you might expect, the mainstream press, though outraged - outraged! - by our treatment of terrorists then, doesn't seem to give two squirts these days.  Why is that?

See "Networks Allow Scant Coverage of Obama's 'Stunning Reversal' on Guantanamo, Harassed Bush"

Yes, outrage is in order.

Comes a Reckoning

Democrats in this country, along with their union buddies, can posture before the cameras all they want.  And make demands all they want.  What they can't do is deny the inevitable.  Regarding public employee pension funds?  The statistics don't lie.

From Veronique de Rugy:
For decades state officials have encouraged adults to believe in the financial equivalent of the Tooth Fairy: that state pensions can yield high returns while being risk-free. Now taxpayers are in for a serious toothache.

Nearly every state offers defined-benefit pension plans for public employees. Financed through a mix of employee and employer contributions along with the investment returns on pension funds, a defined-benefit plan represents a contractual obligation to dole out a set amount in annual payments for as long as the recipient lives, regardless of whether there are sufficient assets in the fund at the time of the employee’s retirement.

One would think this obligation to pay no matter what would have led states to invest conservatively and plan ahead. Instead, they have been following accounting rules that pretty much guarantee the funds will be unsustainable. [link]
The end result? Ms. de Rugy provides an eye-opening graph:

Sadly, there is no indication that this will be prevented by those who call the shots and write the checks.

We walk the plank.