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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Jerry Munchkin

So my son, grandson, and I were rafting the New River the other day on a fishing expedition.  Nice day.  Great weather.  Good company.  Good time.

Until Jarrod decides he's going to take a photo of the three of us.

It's as if he planned it this way.  Here's Jerry, otherwise known as Ernie Munchkin from "The Wizard of Oz":


No, Jarrod isn't a foot taller than me.  For the record, I'm standing in the water; he's up on the bank.  He's just arranged it to where I look like a shrimp.

I'll get him next time ...

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Here's another shot in which I'm getting instruction on how to fish from Kaid:


So that's how it's done!

Click on the images to enlarge them.

Tim Kaine Holds Out Hope For Higher Taxes

With regard to the debate in Washington over spending cuts and tax increases, if you're going to put Democratic Senate contender Tim Kaine's attitude on a line graph, with conservatives to one end and liberals to the other, based on the vote that was just taken on the debt ceiling and on Kaine's subsequent press release, that line would look something like this:



Why?

Because Kaine still thinks we need to raise taxes.

From his website, "Kaine for U.S. Senate":
KAINE STATEMENT ON DEBT CEILING COMPROMISE
Published: August 01, 2011

Richmond, Va - Governor Tim Kaine released the following statement:

"[Blah blah blah] ... I’ve said all along that our approach to restoring fiscal responsibility must be both bipartisan and balanced. By establishing a joint committee with representation from both parties that is empowered to make additional cuts as well as raise new revenue, Congress has said that they also want a bipartisan and balanced result. And, I sincerely hope that negotiating without the specter of default or economic collapse will result in less partisan maneuvering and grandstanding and more pragmatic solutions."
Those "solutions" being the same solutions he had to every problem he faced when he was governor here in the Commonwealth. Tax the sunsabitchas.

Let it be noted that 74 senators,  including a mess of Democrats, voted to not raise revenues.

It's instructive to know, as we head toward election day, that Tim Kaine stands with Socialist Bernie Sanders in demanding that we raise taxes again. This despite the fact that all of America, and particularly the people of Virginia, are moving in the opposite direction.

Kaine wants higher taxes? Let him move to The People's Republic of Vermont.

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The next sentence in his press release is rather baffling: "I’m disappointed that my Republican opponents joined the Tea Party in choosing default over bipartisan compromise." If he's referring to the vote on the debt ceiling, he'd find that his ultra-liberal buddies in the Senate - all Democrats - voted "for default" too.  


Maybe those ultra-liberals are just so much more conservative than he is that he can lump them into the same category ideologically with the Tea Party.

Tweet of the day

From Jim Treacher:

"So we're terrorists for 'holding the country hostage'?  Okay, then: For what you're doing to future generations, you are pedophiles. Own it."

Me?  I like to think of us terrorist Tea Partiers as being Domestic Contingency Operators.

Thank God For Europe

If it weren't for the escalating fiscal problems there, investment activity in U.S. Treasuries would be as dry as Houston, Texas.  As long as Europe continues to implode, we're looking, by God, with our $14 trillion of debt and annual deficits that should - in a different universe - force us into bankruptcy by this afternoon, like fiscal conservatives.

And only by the grace of God can this be happening:
Europe on Brink of 'Major Financial Collapse': Guggenheim CIO
By Gennine Kelly, CNBC

Europe is a "train wreck" and on the "brink of a major financial crisis," Scott Minerd, CIO of the fixed-income firm Guggenheim Partners, told CNBC Tuesday.

"The way Europe is operating right now, it's what I called recently 'cognitive dissonance,'" Minerd said, or "basically doing the same thing thinking they're going to get a different outcome."

"They keep throwing more and more liquidity at it thinking it's going to get better and it's not," he added. Europe fails to recognize that it has a "structural problem, not a liquidity problem."

People will "flee the euro" unless they find a way to bifurcate the euro in some way where strong countries are in the euro only and the weak countries are out, Minerd explained, adding, "To be honest with you, I don't see the mechanism to do that."

"As the capital is flooding out of Europe, which we're starting to see now, the first place it's going to go is to the safe havens—[U.S.] Treasurys, which [the market] perceives to be safe, and it'll chase gold," he added. [link]
You'd think investors would be sweeping up the Chinese yuan, since that's where all of America's dollars are flowing these days.  And to a certain extent they are.  But in times of angst, investors prefer stability.  Thus gold.

But the dollar?

You see, it's like this: yeah, the U.S. is destined to collapse (if we don't get our house in order), but Europe is sure to go before we do.  So let's do dollars!

And as for China, everyone knows you can't trust them commies.

Nothing Extremist About This

The Roanoke Times editorial page this morning:

" Rep. Morgan Griffith, of Salem, ... strives to become an extremist among extremists."

Tsk.  Tsk.

Extremism.  something this bunch seems to know a good bit about ...

You're Joking, Right?

Politico, as everyone has come to realize, is pretty much in the tank for the liberal establishment in this country.  Where once it was respected as being a legitimate down-the-middle internet force in the "new media," it's now seen as being just another house organ for the Democratic Party.

To illustrate the point, again, just look at a news item offered up this morning by Politico reporters Darren Samuelsohn and Darren Goode:
Gridlock vexes energy agenda

Industry is still waiting for its big payday after supporting the House Republicans’ rise to power.

Sure, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, oil and electric utility companies and other fossil-fuel types relish the perpetual onslaught of bills slapping the EPA around.

But for all the symbolic votes critical of environmental regulators run amok, the hard truth remains that little of industry’s energy legislative agenda has been accomplished in 2011.

“Virtually everyone in every sector with every interest is being disappointed by this Congress,” said Joshua Freed, director of the clean energy program at Third Way. [link]
Ya gotta love that.  We're told that "industry" - as represented by "the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, oil and electric utility companies,"  having supported "the House Republicans’ rise to power," is "disappointed" by the fact that the Republicans haven't come through for them.

And who's the first person these reporters cite as being disappointed?   Someone from "the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, oil and electric utility companies"?

No.

A spokesman for the Democrats' favorite sector - the green one.  The clean one.  The one that is awash in cash, thanks to Obama and his pals, and is devoid of jobs.  And devoid, as well, of legitimate growth.

But it gets even better.  Who is that spokesman?  One Joshua Freed, director of the clean energy program at Third Way.

Here's Joshua Freed's bio from The Third Way's website (look for any mention of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, oil and/or electric utility companies):
Joshua Freed directs the Clean Energy Program at Third Way. He focuses on the policies and strategies needed to bring about clean energy reform and to address climate change. Prior to joining Third Way, Mr. Freed served for more than a decade as a political strategist for national, federal and local campaigns and was a senior staffer on Capitol Hill. Most recently, he was a Vice President at GMMB, where he was part of the media team for Obama for America and advised the senior leadership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Freed also was the communications director for the Obama Colorado caucus campaign and advised the Obama for Colorado campaign in the general election. Previously, Mr. Freed ran the Washington, D.C. office and served as the chief policy advisor for Representative Rob Andrews [a Democrat], and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative Diana DeGette, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee [and a Democrat].
Go back to that first sentence:  "Industry is still waiting for its big payday after supporting the House Republicans’ rise to power."

Joshua Freed,"strategist" for Democrats right up to and including Barack Obama, is disappointed that Republicans haven't thanked him for his support.  Go figure.

Only at Politico ...

Headline of the Day

From Ed Driscoll:


The piece is about the Washington Post's goofy columnist Richard Cohen. So you can imagine where this goes.

Good stuff.

The Gal Knows Where To Place That Karate Chop

Sarah Palin on Barack Obama, patriotic Americans, domestic terrorists, Bill Ayres, and Biden calling us all terrorists.  Consider this a smackdown:




"Yeah, you're right. Independent, patriotic Americans who desire fiscal sanity in our beloved nation being called terrorists, heck, Sean [Hannity], if we were real domestic terrorists, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn't he? I mean he didn't have a problem palling around with Bill Ayres back in the day when he kicked off his political career in Bill Ayres' apartment. You know, shaking hands with Chavez ..."

To learn more about Obama's terrorist buddy, go to "William Ayers' forgotten communist manifesto."