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Friday, July 29, 2011

And What's Wrong With That?

The Roanoke Times, in an editorial this morning (see "Partisanship takes wing"), laments the fact that Congress can't even agree on a budget for the Federal Aviation Administration, forcing it to "largely shut down."

Not having read about any planes falling from the sky in recent days, and not having heard about panic ensuing at O'Hare, my immediate question is: Okay, let's make this a test of conservatives' attitudes toward government spending.  Has the fact that the FAA been "largely shut down" had any noticeable impact on service being rendered by America's airlines?  What's been the direct result of that partial shutdown?

This seems to be the best case the Times editorialist can come up with for upheaval having - well, soon to be having - ensued:
At Roanoke Regional Airport, a $5.2 million aircraft rescue and fire station is on hold as a result. The airport received bids and was ready to negotiate a contract with a local firm, but it can do nothing until the FAA can write checks.

In Blacksburg, the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport continues work on its runway extension, but if the FAA shutdown persists, eventually it will have to stop.
Consider for a moment the fact that Roanoke Regional Airport already has an aircraft rescue and fire station on site.  This one would simply be more luxurious.  (Why not equip the existing station with new stuff, if it's necessary?)

And consider the fact that the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport is a whole sixteen miles from the Roanoke Regional Airport, which means it doesn't even need to exist (those Virginia Tech executives can easily drive over to Roanoke from Blacksburg in their little electric cars and hop a plane there).

So what's the harm in "largely shutting down" the FAA again?

I say we take that experience and apply it to the Department of Labor.  Would anyone miss it?  What the heck does it even do besides inform us once a month as to the number of us who can't find work?  Can we largely shut it down too and let the unemployed earn their monthly check by compiling their own figures?

Talking about the dysfunctional United States government is one thing.  But look at the definition of the word government and, by God, there's the word dysfunction.  It is in its nature to be so.

Case in point?  What is the tiny Roanoke Regional Airport going to do with two fire stations that sit idle 364 days out of the year?

Only in the world  of government ...

What Would We Do Without Liberal Politicians?

"So the real problem here, according to the Council President, is that people 'who think by arming themselves, they’re somehow safe' can legally carry a gun in their own car. The real problem is people who either live or work in neighborhoods Beaver Cleaver wouldn’t be caught dead in. The real problem isn’t that Officer Harless conducted himself like a jack-booted thug, violated a motorist’s Constitutional rights, and threatened to execute a citizen who was licensed to carry a gun."

The Future Of ObamaCare

As I've made clear all along, if the government is going to reduce the cost of health care, it is going to have to reduce the amount of health care delivered to us human beings. It's called rationing. A government-mandated cost control scheme that British government types are now implementing out of necessity:

As the western world sinks into third world status ...

Alas, We're Stuck With Warner & Webb

Meanwhile, next door ...
Sen. Manchin tells President Obama, Hillary Clinton ‘leave our guns alone’
By Mannix Porterfield, Beckley Register-Herald Reporter

For several months now, 2nd Amendment rights groups have flooded the e-mail accounts of media outlets with dire warnings that the Obama administration is bent on disarming American citizens with an international arms treaty at the United Nations.

Now, the matter is not mere talk on blog sites but an issue on Capitol Hill.

Freshman Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., himself a gun owner and veteran hunter, added his voice to such fears Wednesday with a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Any arms treaty at the U.N. can in no way “regulate the domestic manufacture, possession, or sales of firearms or ammunition” in this country, Manchin declared in a letter signed by several of his colleagues.

“I am a proud gun owner and, like all West Virginians, I strongly believe in the 2nd Amendment,” Manchin said.

“Our great country is great because of our freedoms, like the 2nd Amendment, and America should never sign agreements that infringe on our cherished constitutional rights and freedoms. I strongly urge the president and the administration not to use this arms trade treaty as a back-door route to infringe on the freedoms of law-abiding Americans and our 2nd Amendment rights.” [link]
Don't get me wrong.  Manchin is right up there with Harry Reid and Barack Obama when it comes to doing nothing about the biggest issue of the day - our national debt crisis.

But all things considered, Joe Manchin is much more in tune with the wishes of the American people than are either James Webb or Mark Warner, both hopeless liberals.

Who'd have ever thought?  West Virginians are better at something than we are - electing decent politicians to high office.

Some Compromise

Unless I'm reading "Debt deal compromise suggested by Democrats" wrong, the Democrats in Washington are now asking that House Republicans agree to a compromise that allows for an increase in the debt ceiling that isn't tied to any debt reduction.

How really big of them.  And oh, so compromising.

It's time Boehner, McConnell et al. brought out the weapon that our president used to effect in the ObamaCare debate - see "Obama to GOP: 'I won'." In the last election? The Tea Party won. It's time their demands were acceded to.

This Democrat "you meet me halfway by agreeing to everything I've asked for" mindset is what got this country into the mess it's in.  Compromise after compromise after compromise and we're on the verge of fiscal collapse.


We can't do that any more.

The only compromise that we'll accept is this: We're going to reduce the size of government and, along with it, the national debt.  We're willing to compromise on how deeply that reduction goes.  Work with us or get out of the way.

In either case, we're going to save this country.  With or without them.

Another Nail In The Global Warming Coffin

The theory - and the accompanying panic - were always based on computer models.  Not on actual empirical data.  Predictions grounded not in facts but in theoretical computer simulations.

Well, you live by the computer model, you die by the computer model:
New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism
By James Taylor, Forbes

NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA's Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA's Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

"The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show," Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release. "There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans." [link]
It was destined to come down to that: the discrepancies between actual data and "the forecasts" that scientists - who should have known better - got sucked into.

Global warming was nothing more than make-believe from the start.  Little more than another computer simulation - Anomaly: Warzone Earth.  And just as young males, having played their Wii game for eight straight hours, find they have to go to their room and make the bed on Mom's orders, scientists must - at some point - return to the real world and face facts.

Global warming as a theory is dead.  Because it was make-believe all along.

Pres Obama vs Sen Obama

This is starting to get a lot of traction.  An in-depth look at how much differently President Obama thinks from the Senator Obama from just a few years ago.

Bottom line? Obama is just another out-of-his-league politician who doesn't know what he believes.

And a slimy one at that.

Hat tip to NewsBusters.

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Bouncing off the walls on the issues that matter to people has its consequences.

"I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did 'love' him, I can't think of anyone who still does."

So sad.

It didn't have to be this way. If only those who professed a love for this empty suit had followed the First Rule of Voting: Pay no attention to what he says. Make your voting decision based on what he does.

Now they - and we - are stuck with him.

The World's Gone Mad

Okay, we have another nut in uniform getting himself in trouble with the law:
Army: AWOL soldier admits to Fort Hood attack plan
By Jamie Stengle, Associated Press

Killeen, Texas (AP) — An AWOL infantry soldier caught with weapons and a bomb inside a backpack admitted planning what would have been Fort Hood's second terrorist attack in less than two years, the Army said Thursday. He might have succeeded at carrying it out, police said, if a gun-store clerk hadn't alerted them to the man's suspicious activity.

The 21-year-old suspect, Pfc. Naser Abdo, was arrested Wednesday at a motel about three miles from Fort Hood's main gate.

Like the soldier charged with killing 13 people in the shootings, Abdo is Muslim ...

Police in Killeen said their break in the case came from Guns Galore LLC — the same gun store where Maj. Nidal Hasan bought a pistol used in the 2009 attack. Store clerk Greg Ebert said the man arrived by taxi Tuesday and bought 6 pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol.

Ebert said he called authorities because he and his co-workers "felt uncomfortable with his overall demeanor and the fact he didn't know what the hell he was buying." [link]
So this guy will spend years in a federal prison for being an idiot.

But here's where the story turns bizarre:
He had spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings last year as he made a public plea to be granted conscientious objector status to avoid serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The AP was among the media outlets to interview Abdo in the past year when reporting on his request for objector status.

Abdo was approved as a conscientious objector this year, but that status was put on hold after he was charged with possessing child pornography. He went absent without leave from Fort Campbell, Ky., during the July 4 weekend.
This pile of human waste sought "conscientious objector status,"  asking the military not to send him off to do the only thing the military does.  Our all-volunteer military. Crazy.

But not half as crazy as the United States Army granting his request.

This country is truly going to hell in a handbasket.