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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How Times Change

This from the incomparable Mason Adams ought to raise a few eyebrows:
Via Roanoke County Republican Committee Chairman Mike Bailey, we’ve got the results of the presidential straw poll that took place this past weekend at the party’s 22nd Annual Shrimpfest.

The quick results, followed after the jump by Bailey’s full report on the event:
Rick Perry – 52 percent
Mitt Romney – 19 percent
Michele Bachmann – 8 percent
Ron Paul – 7 percent

And just wait until Mr. Hope & Change Hopeless gets on the ballot.

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Update: Apologies go out to Mason Adams.  My reproduction from his piece had an error in it.  (Since corrected.)  An HTML tag got stuck in the wrong place.  My bad.

Ignorant People In High Places

And speaking of the executive editor of the New York Times, how did I miss this?
Plenty of people — Ed Morrissey and Mollie Hemingway among them — have neatly dissected New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller’s perfect storm of ignorance and bias when it comes to the religious beliefs of those running for the GOP presidential nominee. Keller identified Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum as “all affiliated with fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity,” when Santorum is Catholic, Bachmann is Lutheran, and Perry is a Methodist. Keller hauls out the boogeyman of “dominionism,” when none of his targets are dominionists ... 
The attitudes expressed by Bill Keller support the argument that ignorant people shouldn't be allowed to vote. 

Though I personally don't favor discrimination ...

Call Them Out

They want "jobs."  But they also want products banned that keep those jobs in existence.  It's one or the other, fellas.  Time to choose.
Gun making vs. gun control
Boston Globe editorial

New England has a centuries-old tradition of both gun manufacturing and gun control. It shouldn’t have to pick between the two. However, at least one manufacturer is trying to force the matter. Proposals to require that guns be made suitable for micro-stamping, a technology which would allow shell casings to be traced back to the exact gun they were fired from, have been introduced in the Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts legislatures. These have drawn significant criticism from gun manufacturers, at least one of which, Colt, is threatening to move out of New England if such legislation is adopted. [link]
"New England ... shouldn’t have to pick between ... gun manufacturing and gun control."  In other words, they want it both ways.  They want guns banned but gun manufacturing jobs to be kept in place.

Earth to Boston Globe: Colt Manufacturing says otherwise.

I could never figure out why the company has kept its operation where its products aren't wanted - in the hotbed of anti-gun fanaticism in the northeast (Hartford, Connecticut) - when more inviting locales - say BLAND, VIRGINIA - would love to have them.

As would a host of countries overseas ...

Earth to Boston Globe: Principled positions sometimes produce undesirable results.

Time to rethink one of your two irreconcilable principles.

Uh Oh

This wasn't supposed to happen:

Didn't all those climate scientists, including the esteemed Professor Al Gore, PhD, tell us that their computer models showed a marked - and continuing - rise in sea levels?

How can this be?

Can it be that "weather cycles" cause a drop in global sea levels while "climate" increases them at other times?

I - and the geniuses who cling to their computer models like they were Russians clinging to Gadget Hackwrench - get really confused.

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Also, see "Mental illness rise linked to climate." I think I now know why Bill McKibben is so caught up in the subject.  He's simply nuts.

What, You Want Him To Come Back?

Living In The Past

Apparently this Hollywood loon, at some point, came down out of her tree:

This time she's protesting the construction of an oil pipeline.

Presumably, Hannah made the 2,754 mile journey from La La Land to D.C. on her bicycle.

Otherwise she runs the risk of being labeled a hypocrite for burning fuel and polluting the atmosphere while protesting the manufacture of fuel that pollutes the atmosphere.

Me? I'd never accuse her of that. I simply see her as being your typical environmentalist nitwit.

Heads Roll

Someday we'll get the facts behind "Fast and Furious."  I may still be alive when they come out.  But probably not.

In the meantime the Obama administration is deploying a delaying action so as to keep the damage to a minimum.

This was Barack Obama not long ago:

"Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?"

Today it's all cynicism:
ATF Director Reassigned; U.S. Attorney Out Amid 'Fast and Furious' Uproar
By William Lajeunesse, Fox News

Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.

Melson's step down from his role as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the position of senior adviser on forensic science in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Programs is effective by close of business Tuesday, administration officials announced. U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones will replace Melson.

U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke, one of the officials closely tied to Fast and Furious, is also a casualty in a shakeup tied to the botched gun-running program. Burke was on the hot seat last week with congressional investigators and, according to several sources, got physically sick during questioning and could not finish his session.

The purge of those responsible for the firearms trafficking scandal continued as new documents reveal a deeper involvement of federal agencies beyond ATF. [link]
Those investigating this scandal (oddly, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post don't seem to be all that interested) have said for months now that there were crimes committed, and by administration officials in high places.  We seem to be getting closer to that truth.

We've seen the smoke.  We now witness the fire.  The question now: How high will the flames reach?

* For more information on "Operation Fast and Furious" go here.