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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Alleghany County To Become a ... City?

When I read the headline, I thought: This is a move whose time has come:

Great. There's some serious cost savings to be had in consolidation. And both Covington and Alleghany County can use all the savings they can come up with.

But then the story took a bizarre turn:

"Alleghany County and Covington could join forces to become a 450-square-mile city whose boundaries would include ..."

Whoa. Hold on there, Tex.

Alleghany County could become a city?

What the heck is that all about?

I understand Unigov.  And I think it's a sweet idea.  But the combined Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana refers to itself as having a "consolidated city–county government."

City-county I can deal with.

But calling sparsely populated Alleghany County, Virginia a city kinda makes a mockery of the word city, doesn't it?

Just wonderin'.

We Deserve This

"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech ..."

It all started when the United States Supreme Court decided that burning the American flag was constitutional. "Freedom of speech," as it was to be redefined, now and forevermore, really means "freedom of expression." (Or freedom of "symbolic speech.")


I think we could have all been okay with that little twist if a simple adjective had been included: POLITICAL.

Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of political expression ...

But the old dudes on the Court ( and old dudette - Sandra Day O'Connor) weren't thinking all that clearly that day.

It was about that same point in time that Larry Flynt's pornographic magazine photos of female plumbing were considered by that same Court to be protected free speech expression crotch shots.

Today?  The term "free speech" has no real meaning.  Thus:

Question: Does the 1st Amendment protect truck nuts?

The Supreme Court, in all its wisdom, responds: Asked, answered.

Such contortions make a mockery of our justice system.

Thanks for the photo and caption go to Hot Air.

Fear Of The Unknown Grips MSNBC

Maybe some day fools like this will actually get a life, get out of New York City, and meet a normal American.  But until then ...

I'd never call MSNBC host Martin Bashir delusional.

He's just ignorant.

And ignorance not being considered a clinical disorder (yet), Bashir's affliction is easily remedied. 

A good dose of real-world would do him immense good.

The National Debt: The Big Question

Which major credit rating agency is going to be the first to drop the bomb now that this barrier has been broken?

My God.

While Rome Burns ...

News flash (I'm so giddy, my fingers can't type fast enough):


Uh, what?


The darn details:
Nissan says Leaf sales dropped to 931 units in the U.S. in July, a significant decrease compared to the 1,708 electric hatchbacks the Japanese automaker sold in June.

On the flip side, General Motors announced that U.S. sales of the Volt came in at 125 units in July. The decline, as compared to the 561 plug-in hybrid sedans The General sold in June, is mostly due to extensive retooling at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

Year-to-date sales of the Leaf total 4,806 units in the U.S., compared to 2,870 Chevy Volts.
That's the big freaking news?

I have a two-word response:  Woo Pee.

Reality sets in: With great fanfare, Chevy and Nissan - with their super-hot electric cars - are competing to see which auto maker can stay out of last place when it comes to new-car sales volume.

For comparison's sake, year-to-date that same Chevy has sold 123,786 Cruzes/Cobalts.

So let's celebrate the Volt?

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* Another comparison: Chevy has sold 2,870 Volts nationwide. One dealership, in Sugar Land, Texas, sold 1,751 new cars last year. One dealership in one suburban community in one state in these expansive United States sold almost as many Chevys as Chevy has sold little electric lawnmowers with steering wheels coast to coast, border to border.

Where's the perspective, fellas?

There Is Their World ...

"The current, so-called ‘debt crisis’ has been completely manufactured by House Republicans attempting to advance an extremist agenda."
-- Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee --

... then there's the very frightening real world:

As bank debt and consumer debt decline, and corporate debt - God love America's businessmen and women - remains rock steady, government debt soars.

"The current, so-called ‘debt crisis’ has been completely manufactured by House Republicans attempting to advance an extremist agenda."

Take-away?  Shit-for-brains is not a disqualifier for public office.

Chart courtesy of Vox Populi.

Hammering Them With Their Own Words & Deeds

This is classic Taranto. From yesterday's "Best of the Web" (scroll down):
Two Editorialists in One!
  • "Froma Harrop, a member of The [Providence] Journal's editorial board and a syndicated columnist, has been named president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. The NCEW is a 64-year-old professional organization. Its members include editorial writers, editors, broadcasters and online opinion writers. One of its new missions, the Civility Project, endeavors to improve the quality of political discourse."--Providence Journal, April 15
  • "Make no mistake: The tea party Republicans have engaged in economic terrorism against the United States--threatening to blow up the economy if they don't get what they want. And like the al-Qaida bombers, what they want is delusional: the dream of restoring some fantasy caliphate. . . . Americans are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but that's what Obama has been doing. . . . That the Republican leadership couldn't control a small group of ignoramuses in its ranks has brought disgrace on their party. But oddly, Obama's passivity made it hard for responsible Republicans to control their destructive children. The GOP extremists would ask Obama for his firstborn, and he'd say, 'OK.' So they think, why not ask for his second-born, to which he responds, 'Let's talk.' "--Froma Harrop syndicated column, Aug. 2
The National Conference of Editorial Writers. Giving new meaning to the word civility.

Shouldn't editorial writers be held to a higher standard when it comes to the abuse of the English language? Seems so to me.

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Headline of the day, from Glenn Reynolds:

"Personally, I’m tired of hearing the whole have-you-no-decency routine from people who have made quite clear that they possess none themselves."

Liberalism as partly defined: Do as I say, not ...

Are Teachers Paid Too Little?

Nick Gillespie asks the question.  And answers it:
Is Matt Damon Right That Teachers Make a "Shitty" Salary?
Nick Gillespie, Reason

At last Saturday's "Save Our Schools" rally, a fairly livid actor Matt Damon told Reason.tv that teachers make a "shitty" salary. Is the Oscar winner right about that?

The short answer is no. The longer answer? Also no.

According to Department of Education statistics for 2007-2008 (the most recent year listed), the average public school teacher brought in a bit over $53,000 in "total school-year and summer earned income." That figure, which is about $13,000 more than what the average private-school teacher gets in straight salary, does not include health and retirement benefits, places where teachers almost always get better deals and bigger employer contributions than the typical private-sector worker.

An average salary of $53,000 may not be much for a movie star such as Damon, but it's a pretty good wage when compared to U.S. averages. [link]
I don't have a problem with teachers or their salaries.  But don't cry me a river either.

I posted this to show that Matt Damon is an idiot.

And a Democrat.

'nuff said.