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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ah, The Growing-Up Years

So little eight-year-old Chase comes to his mother and asks: "Mom, what's a brothel?"

Mom, startled, looks at the little guy and answers with a question of her own: "Why do you ask, Chase?"

Chase replies: "Because my class was studying volcanoes, and I was reading about Mt. Vesuvius, and the book I was reading said Pompeii had eight brothels in town.  What's a brothel?"

Mom, being the courageous person she is, comes back with: "You need to ask your teacher."

Says Chase: "I did.  She told me to ask you."

Mom: "Uhhhhhhh ...."

What Is Obama Doing To Us?

This, from a member of the European Parliament, is an assessment that seems right to me:
A European's Warning to America
By Daniel Hannan, Wall Street Journal

On a U.S. talk-radio show recently, I was asked what I thought about the notion that Barack Obama had been born in Kenya. "Pah!" I replied. "Your president was plainly born in Brussels."

American conservatives have struggled to press the president's policies into a meaningful narrative. Is he a socialist? No, at least not in the sense of wanting the state to own key industries. Is he a straightforward New Deal big spender, in the model of FDR and LBJ? Not exactly.

My guess is that, if anything, Obama would verbalize his ideology using the same vocabulary that Eurocrats do. He would say he wants a fairer America, a more tolerant America, a less arrogant America, a more engaged America. When you prize away the cliché, what these phrases amount to are higher taxes, less patriotism, a bigger role for state bureaucracies, and a transfer of sovereignty to global institutions.

He is not pursuing a set of random initiatives but a program of comprehensive Europeanization: European health care, European welfare, European carbon taxes, European day care, European college education, even a European foreign policy, based on engagement with supranational technocracies, nuclear disarmament and a reluctance to deploy forces overseas.

I have been an elected member of the European Parliament for 11 years. I have seen firsthand what the European political model means.

The will of the people is generally seen by Eurocrats as an obstacle to overcome, not a reason to change direction. When France, the Netherlands and Ireland voted against the European Constitution, the referendum results were swatted aside and the document adopted regardless. For, in Brussels, the ruling doctrine—that the nation-state must be transcended—is seen as more important than freedom, democracy or the rule of law. [link]
The will of the people being swatted aside and the will of the state being adopted despite their wishes.  Sound familiar?  Can you say Obamacare?

Are we to be nothing more than subjects of the state? 

If Obama has his way, you can count on it.  And you can start practicing your skills at genuflecting.

I think it's time we reaffirmed our commitment to the principles that brought our ancestors together and set this land free:

"All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride legitimately, by the grace of God."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Roger C. Weightman, June 24, 1826 --

"If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute."
-- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 --

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself."
-- James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788 --

We will bow to no authority in far-away Washington D.C. A message Magistrate Barack Obama needs to wrap his brain around:

"A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their magistrate.”
-- Thomas Jefferson --

Bigot Central

This from someone who sits on a committee of the Board of Directors at NPR:
We have built an extraordinary franchise. It didn't happen by accident. It happened because we used a very specific methodology to cultivate and build an audience. For years, in boardrooms, at conferences, with funders, we have talked about our highly educated, influential audience. We pursued David Giovannoni's methodologies. We all participated. It was his research, his undaunted, clear strategy that we pursued to build the successful news journalism franchise we have today.

What happened as a result is that we unwittingly cultivated a core audience that is predominately white, liberal, highly educated, elite. "Super-serve the core" — that was the mantra, for many, many years. This focus has, in large part, brought us to our success today. It was never anyone's intention to exclude anyone.

But we have to accept — unapologetically — that this is the franchise we've built. [link] [emphasis mine]
White, liberal, and highly educated degreed.  Oh, and prejudiced beyond belief.

Only thing missing are the hoods.

My God

Boucher may be gone ...

... but his legend lives on.

You think we've got enough useless tourism "trails" around Southwest Virginia?  Well, you think wrong:
“Back of the Dragon” Tourism plan holds potential
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

A joint economic development and tourism initiative between Tazewell and Smyth counties, dubbed the “Back of the Dragon,” could hold great potential for the neighboring counties.

Located along Route 16 between Frog Level in Tazewell County and Marion in Smyth County, the 32 mile route has been already been unofficially dubbed as the “Back of the Dragon” by local motorcyclists because of the unique geography of the mountain and its 15-mile per hour curves.

Tourism officials in the two counties are already planning a special event called Back of the Dragon Days that will be held in conjunction with the Southwest /Regional Recreation Authority and National Trail Days on June 4 at the Historic Crab Orchard Museum.

The idea for the local trail system was presented to the Tazewell County Tourism Committee by Larry Davidson, according to County Administrator Jim Spencer. Tourism officials believe the project will attract not only local motorcycle enthusiasts to the region, but also international visitors and automobile clubs from across the nation. Spencer said the project has the potential to spur entrepreneurial opportunities, create new jobs and increase tourism visitation. [link]
The last time I drove the rugged Route 16 from Tazewell to Marion, by the time I completed the twisty-turny, uppy-downy journey, I darn near puked.  Why anyone would want to do it for pleasure says something about people and the pleasures they seek.

But the bigger point?  This is a silly idea that will go into the bin of silly tourism initiatives that "tourism committees" around this part of Virginia are famous for.

We have another trail.  You may show two minutes of enthusiasm.

* I'm still trying to get my arms around that sentence: "tourism officials believe the project will attract ... local motorcycle enthusiasts to the region ..."