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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's Time For Deeds To Head Off Into The Sunset

Or wherever liberal Democrats go when they're turned out of office by an aroused and surly populace.

The good news out of Charlottesville:
Republican lawyer announces challenge to Creigh Deeds for Senate
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Charlottesville lawyer Thomas "TJ" Aldous will run for the state Senate seat that Democrat Creigh Deeds of Bath County has held for a decade.

Aldous announced his candidacy Tuesday, becoming the first Republican to challenge Deeds for the Senate seat since the Democrat first won it in 2001.

Aldous lives in Albemarle County and practices law in Charlottesville, with an emphasis on estate planning and business law. He said his campaign will focus on better management of tax dollars, creating jobs and education, among other things.

"Over the coming months, I'll share my vision for a prosperous Virginia with the citizens of the 25th District, but I will also be listening to their concerns, their hopes and their dreams," Aldous said in a news release. "I will be at their doorstep and in their neighborhoods. This campaign will be about the citizens, not blind political ambition or coasting."

The 25th District extends from Bath County to Charlottesville and includes all of Alleghany and Rockbridge counties and the cities of Covington, Lexington and Buena Vista. [link]
Here's wishing Mr. Aldous success. Virginia depends on it.

And This In The LA Times?

Everyone's getting a little tired - and a lot annoyed - by the same spiel we've heard now for years.  But this coming to us from the Los Angeles Times is still a bit surprising:
861 days and $787 billion in, Obama pleads for more time on jobs
By Andrew Malcolm

Because who doesn't want to take his 747 to Iowa at this time of year?, President Obama popped up in Iowa today.

And you'll never guess what he did.

He pleaded for yet more time to create new jobs and keep his.

Eight hundred and sixty-one days after popping up in Denver, of all places, to sign the Democratic Congress' $787-billion stimulus bill that was going to work almost immediately and absolutely keep unemployment below 8%, Obama offered another jobs speech today (full text below) with unemployment at 9.1%.

He admitted that things are not good for millions of Americans and said it was going to take even more time to do what his vice president promised would be happening 14 months ago.

How could the awful economic hole from you-know-who keep getting deeper 889 days after the guy fled back to Texas? [link]
I can see them chanting at the Democratic National Convention next year:

Just give him FOUR MORE YEARS to create a job!
Just give him FOUR MORE YEARS to create a job!

I don't know.  Is it just me or does it seem like the magic has worn off?

Stupid People Making Stupid Decisions

At taxpayer expense, no less.

This is almost laughable:
Maryland Adds Environmental Literacy in High Schools
By Jim Angle, Fox News

Maryland is the first state in the country to impose a new requirement to graduate from high school -- something called environmental literacy.

But what is that?

The new rule is a regulation from the State Board of Education, not a law passed by the legislature, so it lays out no specifics. Governor Martin O'Malley offers no real details but praises it, saying it will "infuse core subjects with lessons about conservation and smart growth and the health of our natural world."

O’Malley also said it'll serve as a "foundation for green jobs," though one analyst says training for those is just like it is for any other job.

The state education board leaves all content up to local school boards and a state official says " local systems will implement the requirement as they see fit." [link]
In other words, the State Board of Education issued a mandate that means nothing.  Wasting time and the taxpayers' money on a silly feel-good liberal cause célèbre when it should have been concentrating on all those thousands of kids in its charge who can't freaking read.

So Maryland's young men and women will be expected to know how to plant seeds and recycle garbage in order for them to graduate from high school. Be sure and have them put those skills on their applications when they ask for employment at McDonald's.

When I Get To Heaven ...

(That's the plan anyway.)

... I've sometimes said that the people I'd like to meet - besides an ever growing list of relatives and friends - are The Great Triumvirate (a term for the three most influential men in American history outside of the Founding Fathers, men who represented the then-north, south, and western tracts of the USA; the men most responsible for making America the America it is today):


I'll even buy the beer.  (Or will the Bud be free in heaven?)

Until that day comes (not too soon, I hope), I'll just have to read about their exploits.

To that end a wonderful book on the latter has arrived in paperback via Amazon:

Henry Clay: The Essential American.

Essential reading for those who are interested in knowing more about the years in our history when Washington politicians were trying to gain control of that ship we call the United States of America, a ship that had been launched with great fanfare by their immediate predecessors but was dangerously close to going aground because of the bitter factional differences that were then entrenched

Good stuff.

'Useful Idiots' To Set Sail

Destination: Gaza.

Objective: To break the Israeli blockade* that prevents arms and munitions from getting into the hands of those Muslim terrorists who have vowed to kill every Jew in The Promised Land.

Mode of transportation: To accentuate the muddleheadedness of the operation - The Audacity of Hope.

Included amongst the idiots embarking on this mission of mercy stupidity: The author of The Color Purple, Alice Walker.

To whom screenwriter Dan Gordon - one of those targeted for extermination because he's of the forbidden and condemned Judaic faith - relates a news account in an effort to smarten her up. From "Alice Walker Is Sailing in the Wrong Direction":
On this most recent stint of reserve duty, I went to the spot outside the kibbutz where, just weeks ago, a clearly marked yellow school bus was deliberately targeted by Palestinian terrorists, with one of the more advanced antitank missiles available in the world today. They stalked the school bus as it made its turn into the kibbutz. This wasn't an errant shell, nor a primitive homemade rocket fired randomly in the hopes that it might hit some Jew somewhere. This was a deliberate attempt to murder children...children about whom Ms. Walker and her shipmates say they are so concerned. When the bus came out of the kibbutz the terrorists, not militants, were ready. They had a clear unobstructed shot and they took it, squeezed the trigger, knowing without doubt that they were about to murder Jewish children. Luckily, however, it was the end of the route and only one boy was still on the bus. His name was Daniel. Just like me. And just as I was sixteen when I was targeted at Nahal Oz, almost fifty years ago, this Daniel was also sixteen. The difference is I lived, through sheer luck and the Grace of God, and Daniel was burned alive. Deliberately. By the people whom the crew and passengers of The Audacity of Hope now seek to aid.
How can Ms. Walker support such people? Is she simply lazy? Easily duped? Or does she too wish that all Jews were exterminated, one bus load of innocent schoolchildren at a time?

We learn in Mr. Gordon's well-written article that both he and Alice Walker were active in the civil rights movement here in the USA back in the 60's. It might do her well - would it make any difference? - if she reflected on a sad chapter that was written in that turbulent era. It involved another targeted slaying of children. Their crime? Being black. The executioners?  Rather than Islamist terrorists it was the KKK. The locale? A church, for God's sake.

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, September 15, 1963.

One would hope that Alice Walker would see the obvious connection.

That connection being hate.

One would, I'm now sure, be sadly disappointed.

So Alice Walker sets sail to "free" the Palestinian people.  I can see her standing outside the prison today, holding a sign that reads: Free the poor Klansmen!

A useful idiot indeed.

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* As the article makes clear, humanitarian aid flows freely into Gaza on a daily basis. It's only arms and ammunition that are kept out of the hands of the Palestinian terrorists.

Headline of the Day

'Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose,' says … Mike Bloomberg?"

Republican to Run For Commissioner Seat

An FYI for those of you who live in Roanoke:
Carla Bream Announces Bid for Commissioner of Revenue

Roanoke – Carla Bream announced her candidacy for Roanoke County Commissioner of Revenue Tuesday morning with Republican elected officials and voters behind her.

“I am standing here today in front of all of you because I am applying for the position of Roanoke County Commissioner of the Revenue and this is my job interview,” said Bream in her announcement speech. “I think by the time you hear my positions and solutions, you will hire me for this job.”

Bream, at this point, is the only Republican candidate to file the required paperwork to run in the November general election. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. on July 1. Several Republican elected officials, including State Senator Ralph Smith, Delegate Greg Habeeb & Sheriff Octavia Johnson stood with Bream as she spoke.

In her speech, Bream laid out a vision for working with County leaders to make the Commissioner of Revenue Office more customer-friendly.

“One of my goals is to bring back good, old-fashioned customer service. I want to revitalize the office, energize it once again and make it a stand out among county-wide offices,” Bream said.

Bream is a self-employed businesswoman. She holds two degrees and lives in Southwest Roanoke County with her husband, Mike.
Stay tuned for further developments.