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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Introducing ...

.. the Roanoke Rampage football team, 2011:

Click on the image to enlarge it.

The team's first game comes up this Saturday against the Chicago Blaze at Salem Stadium. We expect nothing less than a good ass-kickin'.

Er ... make that a good Blaze ass-kickin'.

Be there.

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By the way, included in this photo are two near-and-dear family members.

I've drawn circles around their likenesses. Sarah Fuhrman - team trainer - and veritable princess - is in the upper right. Jarrod Fuhrman - who, some say, bears a remarkable resemblance to his father except he's not quite as masculine and not nearly as good-looking - is in the lower left.

Photo courtesy of the Roanoke Rampage.

We Live Worlds Apart

The old Raleigh Grayson Turnpike, long abandoned by the state of Virginia, snakes around my property and up Big Walker Mountain here in Bland County.  It's traversed these days primarily by hunters and plinkers.  And the occasional ATV enthusiasts.  And a few dope-smokers.  And beer drinkers.  And horizontal bop practitioners honing their skills.  And me.

It's fair to say that most of these people, even those who are seeking to get their jollies in one way or another, are armed.  It's just a matter of where we live and who we are.  Even I have been known to carry a sidearm with me when I "go back to the back" to do some work.  Maybe not for a good reason.  But for a reason still.

That's why this, to me, is somewhat amusing:

Eeeekkkk. A man with a gun!

Run for your lives!

As it turns out, the perp was carrying an umbrella.

Reason enough to panic.


Too funny.

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I know.  I know.  Columbine.  Virginia Tech.  Tucson.   Pearl Harbor.  Cannae.

Still ...

Republicans Are Not Democrats

It's time they quit acting like they are.

The Democratic House of Representatives went the entire year last year without ever having met its constitutional obligation to present to the president of the United States, in a timely manner, an operating budget for the federal government for the current year.  Though it didn't get a lot of press coverage - go figure - it was about as shameful an inaction as has ever not come out of Washington. 

And this year?  Well, we've started off with more of the same.  Though the Republicans control the House now.  Republicans who know better.  Republicans who vowed that that which is happening again wouldn't happen again.

It's time to put the foot down.

As some are now doing.

To quote from an article in The Hill that I'll not mention the title of because it doesn't at all reflect the contents:
Conservatives in the House and Senate announced their opposition Monday to the latest GOP short-term spending measure, complicating an expected House vote on Tuesday.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a Tea Party favorite, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the 176-member-strong House Republican Study Committee (RSC), both said they would oppose the Republican bill to keep the government operating for three weeks.

Rubio and Jordan had both voted in favor of an earlier stopgap spending measure, and their opposition will give cover for more Republicans to buck their leaders on the new legislation, which is intended to buy time for further negotiations on a measure to fund the government longer.

The bill would keep the government operating for another three weeks while reducing spending this year by $6 billion. The government would shut down on March 19 without a new funding bill.

Jordan and Rubio both complained that the latest measure does not cut deeply enough into federal spending.

“While attempts at new spending reductions are commendable, we simply can no longer afford to nickel-and-dime our way out of the dangerous debt America has amassed,” Rubio wrote on the conservative RedState blog. [link]
Looks like there are at least a few adults in Washington.  Too few.  But a few.

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Exit question:  Am I still a racist if I support Marco Rubio for president in 2012?

If we assign points based on skin color, with a black female being assigned five points and a white male zero, where would I be ranked on the scale in Obama v. Rubio, with a black male receiving four points and a Cuban-American male getting two?

Let's see.

Obama = 4
Rubio   = 2

Guess I'm still a racist.

But wait.

Obama's half white.  So:

Obama = 2
Rubio   = 2

I think I'm safe.


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To think: If I support Sheila Jackson Lee for president, I'd have five points!  She's not a lesbian, by any chance, is she?  That would be six!

What?  No.  The fact that she's an idiot doesn't score any points.  Sorry.

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This might muddy the waters for those who view me as a raging KKK'er: I voted for Alan Keyes - a total, 100%, by God, black male (as far as we can ascertain, anyway - where is the Rasse und Siedlungshauptamt-SS when we need it?) -  in the 2000 presidential primary.

Nah.  Alan Keyes isn't black-black.  So no points.

Quote of the Day

From Rich Lowry:
At the dawn of America’s global power, a bumptious Theodore Roosevelt raced to make America’s influence felt around the world — and earned a Nobel Peace Prize as a result. President Obama gives off a sense of world-weariness and exhaustion with America’s leadership — and has earned a Nobel Peace Prize as a result. He reflects the deep vein of declinism running through the country’s elite, the same class of people who pronounced the presidency uninhabitable just as Ronald Reagan arrived to prove them wrong.

Today, as in the late 1970s, the job isn’t too big, nor is the country too powerful: The man is too small.
"The Whiniest President Ever," National Review, March 15, 2011

Want To End Bullying?

Kick the living crap out of the perps.

I have to tell you, I laughed out loud when I watched this.  Shame on me:

Note to little kids: Don't try this at home. "Experts" (including, presumably, Obama's wife, somehow) tell us that the dissemination of the video might "encourage more acts" of something or other.

More acts of self-defense?

Heaven forbid.

Anyway, I got a kick out of watching a bully get set on his head. Does that make me a bully? Call in the experts ...

Earth To Politicians ...

Citizens uniting to protest ever-higher taxes and, in the process, giving the boot to one of their elected officials who had the audacity to raise them even higher, at the very time that the populace struggles to make ends meet.  If the words tea and party were inserted into this saga, someone would scream racism!

But, interestingly enough, the elected official is Hispanic.

And a Republican. 

Stereotype this one, if you dare:
Angry voters oust Miami-Dade mayor in special vote
By Kevin Gray, Reuters

Voters in Miami-Dade, one of the most populous U.S. counties, removed Mayor Carlos Alvarez from office in a special vote on Tuesday triggered by popular anger over a hike in property taxes.

With 707 of 829 precincts reporting, official results showed 88 percent of voters backed the effort to oust the once-popular mayor, who is his second four-year term.

A Republican, Alvarez was first elected mayor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. County commissioners can now either appoint an executive to serve out his term through late 2012 or call a special election.

The Cuban-born Alvarez came under criticism last year when Miami-Dade, saddled with record high 12 percent unemployment and the same budget deficits faced by many local and state governments, introduced a property tax increase to help fund vital services including police and public schools.

The 14 percent tax hike was imposed despite double-digit declines in real estate values as south Florida was hammered by the U.S. housing and mortgage foreclosure crisis. [link]
The mayor talked about the need to maintain vital public services while, apparently, moving forward on a mass transit initiative and one dealing with a nice, new stadium for the Florida Marlins baseball team (whose members, collectively, along with the team's owner, could afford to pay for it themselves).

So the Tea Party ... er, so 88% of the voting public in Miami bounces a politician who hasn't gotten the message.  Sweet.

That message?

We're tapped out.  We can no longer afford your dreams and aspirations.  Someone in the political class has the gall to talk about lavish stadia and a useless mass transit system (remind me to talk about NASA) while we focus on bread and milk?

Take it somewhere else, dude.

Headline of the Day

Earthquakes. Tsunamis.  Nuclear meltdown.  Libya.  Palestine.  Wisconsin.

The entire press corps in the U.S. - lackeys all - waits with bated breath.

Whither The Environmentalists?

Where do they go now?  Just when some - perhaps more than a handful of tree huggers - had actually given measured thought to the question, "If not fossil fuels, what?" and came to the conclusion that nuclear power was the only viable alternative to coal and petroleum (without sounding silly, like the preponderance of environmentalists when they argue in favor of windmills ... no, not windmills! ... hydro! ... no, not hydro ...biofuels! ... no, not biofuels! ...solar!).

So with the Fukushima nuclear power plant reactors on fire and seemingly out of control, where will the handful of sane environmentalists turn now?

Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. ponders that question and comes up with the same answer I did two days ago:
Environmental groups, with their perhaps unmerited moral authority, have insisted for years that curbing carbon is the greatest human challenge, and those groups that haven't opted for escapism, insisting wind and solar somehow can make up the difference, have quietly recognized that the only alternative to fossil energy is nuclear.

Where will these groups be in the morning? China and India, two fast-growing producers of greenhouse gases, have dozens of nuclear plants planned or under construction. India being a democracy, that country is particularly ripe to be turned off course by political reaction to Japan. If they believe their climate rhetoric, will environmentalists speak up in favor of nuclear realism or will they succumb to the fund-raising and media lure of antinuclear panic?

We suspect we already know the answer. In the unlikely event the world was ever going to make a concerted dent in CO2 output, nuclear was the key. Let's just guess this possibility is now gone, for better or worse.
Because of a once-in-a-millenium natural disaster, the world's environmentalists are soon to revert to touting windmills biofuels hydro solar energy.  And nothing else.

Which means they'll take themselves out of any substantive discussion of the planet's future needs when it comes to the important stuff: housing, heating, and bringing light to a dark, dark world.  And they'll confidently go back to this:

Can you say irrelevant?

Headline of the Day

From a story about Adrian Peterson, who will haul in a base salary of $10,720,000 this year in payment for his shedding blood in the harsh, detestable, exceedingly dangerous sands of Afghanistan playing football:

For the love of God.