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Monday, May 16, 2011

Mark Warner, Virginia's Senior Spectator

Ever wonder, with unemployment shooting back up to 9%, with the mortgage crisis still getting worse by the day, with Obama now having committed our troops to killing Muslims daily in three wars in three different countries, with the federal debt reaching emergency levels, with more Americans on food stamps than at any point in American history, where the senior senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia is?

Well, he's been found.  At last.  Majoring in the minors:
Warner makes case for Fort Monroe's status
McClatchy-Tribune

Hampton -- Fort Monroe's historical significance will help the push for it to attain national park status, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said on a visit to the post Tuesday.

Warner, D-Va., took a historical tour of Fort Monroe and was told about its past by local historians and academics.

"My hope is we are going to be able to make that case to the National Park Service," he said. The park service "is very interested, but it has a $10 billion maintenance backlog," he said.

Warner said the looming federal cuts didn't help, but it was vital for something to happen.* [link]
Vital?  Really?  To make the abandoned facility a park?

On the lengthy list of U.S. priorities, wouldn't making Fort Monroe a national park fall more into the category of "warm and fuzzy" rather than "vital"?

I understand that the dude has no answers for us when it comes to the CREATION OF FREAKING JOBS IN THIS TROUBLED LAND but, this is all Virginia's really popular United States senator has to worry about?

Vital?

* Note: I'll let a trained linguist parse that sentence: "Warner said the looming federal cuts didn't help, but it was vital for something to happen."  Federal cuts that haven't yet taken place didn't help?  Is it fair to say, since they haven't occurred, that they didn't hurt either?


Just asking.

We Find Ourselves In Yesteryear

And it's not a happy place:
Shadow Stat Misery Index Highest on Record
By Robert Wenzel, EconomicPolicyJournal.com

John Williams, over at Shadow Stats, compiles economic data for inflation and unemployment the way it used to be calculated pre-1990. Based on that data, the CPI inflation rate is over 10%, and the unemployment rate is over 15% (see charts). The Misery Index is the sum of the current inflation rate and the unemployment rate. If it were to be calculated using the older methods, the Index would now be over 25, a record high. It surpasses the old index high of 21.98, which occurred in June 1980, when Jimmy Carter was president. [link]
Wonderful.

Anyone alive today who remembers that terrible time when "The Misery Index" plagued our every thought will attest to the fact that we never wanted to resurrect that awful nomenclature again.

Yet here we are.



Jimmy Carter Lives!

May God have mercy.

I Had The Same Thought

Of the 3000 to 4000 nights I've stayed in hotels and motels in my life, I think the most expensive per night came at the Westin O'Hare in Chicago several years ago (today a single will set you back some 240 bucks for a single).  That was the most costly.

So when I read yesterday that the head of the International Monetary Fund had booked a room costing $3,000 (in a hotel where he allegedly attempted to rape a chambermaid ...), my thought was: Who puts up with that kind of extravagance?

Why, the taxpayer, of course!

Looks like I wasn't alone in my exasperation:
It makes you want to join the tea party
The Economist

Leave aside the details of the allegations against Dominique Strauss Kahn, the head of the IMF (his lawyer indicates he will plead not guilty). Just note that the New York Times states that he was staying in a $3,000 a night suite and was taking a first class flight to Paris. This is the IMF, the body that imposes austerity on indebted countries and is funded by global taxpayers. And this was the likely leading socialist candidate for the French presidency.

UPDATE: One more detail emerged this morning. According to the London Times, Mr Strauss-Kahn had an arrangment with Air France whereby he could just turn up and be put on the first plane. Tough luck, presumably, if you had paid for the flight with your own money and the IMF man wants your seat. [link]
Living like kings better than kings at taxpayer expense.  That is so not right.

But savor the irony.  A socialist jet-setter.  One who believes in that famous slogan - "From each according to his ability, to each according to his wildest dream."

POWER TO THE multi-millionaire, holier-than-thou, do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do, screw the little PEOPLE!

The Left's New Icon

Carlos Santana?

If this represents the position the Party of Obama wants to project to the populace, I'm all for it.  Here's that one-hit-wonder from thirty-five years ago on the subject of illegal immigration:

"If people want the immigration laws to keep passing, then everybody should get out and leave the American Indians here."

Don't bother reading it a second time. It'll make no more sense than the first.

I think Newt Gingrich might have some competition when it comes to replacing Doddering Joe Biden on the Democrat ticket as vice president in 2012.

Carlos Santana for vice president!  He'll be every bit as lucid as Joe!

On 'Global Warming' - Science Is Winning

It was just a matter of time.  Science - real science, not "computer modeling" and guesswork - is proving that all the assumptions that made global warming enthusiasts wet their pants over the last few decades are bogus:
Former “alarmist” scientist says Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) based in false science
By Bruce McQuain

David Evans is a scientist. He has also worked in the heart of the AGW machine. He consulted full-time for the Australian Greenhouse Office (now the Department of Climate Change) from 1999 to 2005, and part-time 2008 to 2010, modeling Australia’s carbon in plants, debris, mulch, soils, and forestry and agricultural products. He has six university degrees, including a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. The other day he said:

"The debate about global warming has reached ridiculous proportions and is full of micro-thin half-truths and misunderstandings. I am a scientist who was on the carbon gravy train, understands the evidence, was once an alarmist, but am now a skeptic."

And with that he begins a demolition of the theories, premises and methods by which the AGW scare has been foisted on the public.

The politics:

"The whole idea that carbon dioxide is the main cause of the recent global warming is based on a guess that was proved false by empirical evidence during the 1990s. But the gravy train was too big, with too many jobs, industries, trading profits, political careers, and the possibility of world government and total control riding on the outcome. So rather than admit they were wrong, the governments, and their tame climate scientists, now outrageously maintain the fiction that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant." [link]
Any scientist will tell you there has to come a point in time when an hypothesis becomes more than a mere guess.  That point is reached by gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence.   "Anthropogenic Global Warming"?  It was never anything more than a guess.  And it's being proven, as the scientific data  - observable, empirical and measurable - pour in, to be nothing more than empty, wild, and wrongheaded speculation.

Global warming theory is being crushed under the weight of science.

As it should be.

As it should have been long before the radicals took over the halls of academe and made a mockery of the community in which they reside.

Headline of the Day

A Good Line

Regarding Newt Gingrich's appearance on "Meet the Press," about which I had a comment below, Doug Powers listened to ol' Newt offer up his progressive solutions to America's problems (problems brought on by progressives over the years, ahem) and had this in response:

"Somebody sat on the love-seat with Nancy way too long."

Is Newt angling for the V.P. gig with Obama when Doddering Joe Biden goes back into retirement in 2012?

One wonders.

For if his pronouncements yesterday are any indication, Newt Gingrich has about as much chance of winning the Republican nomination for president as he does of working with Nancy Pelosi on stopping that mythical global warming.

Who's advising this guy anyway?

Stuck On Stupid

I mentioned yesterday the speech Newt Gingrich gave down in Georgia in which he called Barack Obama the "food stamp president" in part because the number of food stamp recipients has skyrocketed since Obama came to office, and also because the term highlights the difference between conservatives and liberals - they feel they're successful if they're able to provide for people; we feel we've been successful if everyone has a job and nobody needs to be provided for.

Well, Newt was asked about that by a member in good standing of the mainstream media.  NBC's David Gregory thinks perhaps there was racism hidden in the comment.

Huh?

Get this.  David Gregory to Newt Gingrich on "Meet the Press":
DAVID GREGORY, HOST: What, what about jobs? Jobless rate now at 9 percent. You gave a speech on Friday in Georgia, and you said the following about this president:

(Videotape)

NEWT GINGRICH: You want to be a country that creates food stamps, in which case frankly Obama's is an enormous success. The most successful food stamp president in American history. Or do you want to be a country that creates paychecks?

(End videotape)

GREGORY: First of all, you gave a speech in Georgia with language a lot of people think could be coded racially-tinged language, calling the president, the first black president, a food stamp president.

GINGRICH: Oh, come on, David.

GREGORY: What did you mean? What was the point?

REP. GINGRICH: That's, that's bizarre. That--this kind of automatic reference to racism, this is the president of the United States. The president of the United States has to be held accountable. Now, the idea that--and what I said is factually true. Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps. One out of every six Americans is on food stamps. And to hide behind the charge of racism? I have--I have never said anything about President Obama which is racist. [emphasis mine]
I wonder who, outside of NBC headquarters and David Gregory's bedroom, thinks Gingrich's language was "coded" and "racially-tinged."  Anyone?

It's preposterous.

And typical of this bunch.

Read Gingrich's comment again and decide: Who's the real racist here?

Stuck On Stupid II

Want to know a big difference between liberals and conservatives? (Besides the one I just mentioned here.)  In order to make a point about us, liberals have to dream up "code words" and level allegations without the least bit of substance.

We?

We simply illustrate their stupidity by quoting them.

Today's example of Liberal Standard Bearer Extraordinaire - radio host Randi Rhodes:
Look, the conservatives, if Shakespeare were alive, and he went to the White House to get, you know, some sort of a reading, they would be outraged about him -- talking about killing his brother, and the father had to go, and a mother he slept with -- They'd be out of their fricking minds with this. They don't understand culture! Or literature!
And she doesn't understand grammar or syntax!

But that's beside the point.

We'd be "fricking" outraged by ... what? Is this gal serious?

Well, yes, she is.

What's the best way to ridicule liberals?

By quoting them.

'nuff said.