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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Phil Puckett Knows How To Play The Game

I was listening to a radio spot out of Bluefield a few weeks ago put out by the Republican Party of Virginia - you can listen to it here (scroll down and click on "listen to the new radio ad" at the site) - in which the state GOP went after our 38th District Senator Phil Puckett for his penchant for going along with northern Virginia Democrats - always - when it comes to raising taxes here in the Commonwealth.  Going after Puckett's votes to raise gas taxes, license plate taxes, and insurance taxes in particular.  Votes he absolutely cast.

The ad was a little too silly for my tastes, but it got your attention, and that was a good thing.

Puckett came back a week or so later with a rebuttal on the same station with an ad of his own (a copy of which he's apparently not posted to the web).  Well, it wasn't exactly a rebuttal.  It was more of a change-the-subject.  He attacked the outsiders from northern Virginia (!) who had put together the earlier attack piece (the Virginia GOP being a foreign entity when it comes to Southwest Virginia, one must guess), how the accusations were all a pack of lies, and went on to talk about how he's always been there for his constituents, etc. etc.

Slick is the only word to describe it.  He never actually denied the specifics.

Well, now Mr. Puckett has come out with his first YouTube spot.  And it can't be called slick.  In fact, it's quite well done.  You can see it here:

To watch the ad you'd think Phil Puckett isn't the same guy who routinely sides with the most liberal of Virginia's politicians when it comes to taxes and regulation.

Which is his intention.

"Change the Subject Phil" we should call him.

Nice bit of work, though.  Whoever did it.

Say What?

Leftist sugar daddy - and hedge fund manager - George Soros thinks Europe needs a bank regulator extraordinaire.  In fact he's certain of it.  He just doesn't know what that crusader's purpose should be. Brilliant.

From "In Euro Zone, Banking Fear Feeds on Itself" in today's New York Times:
“This crisis has the potential to be a lot worse than Lehman Brothers,” said George Soros, the hedge fund investor, citing the lack of an authoritative pan-European body to handle a banking crisis of this severity. “That is why the problem is so serious. You need a crisis to create the political will for Europe to create such an authority, but there is still no understanding as to what the authority will do.”  [emphasis mine]
More regulation.  That's the answer.  But as to what to regulate and how to regulate it, well, there just ain't no understanding.  But let's do some regulatin' anyway!

As that saying goes: "When you're a hammer, every problem looks like a nail."

How Long Has Obama Been In Office?

Here's to you, America:

An out-of-control and ever-more intrusive government will have that effect.

For those not yet armed, here's Moses in words that no one else has ever assembled more brilliantly, nor delivered more effectively:

Lock. Load. Stand to and await the coming conflagration.

The Age In Which We Live

Where once our presidents wore white marble togas and were dispatched on missions from God, today they serve as NFL pre-game entertainment.

And that development is as it should be.

All I Can Say Is ...

... "Soulja Boy" (real name Deandre) picked a fight with the wrong dawg.

I think the little fella should have stuck to dissing hos and bitchas.

Moral of the story?  Never pick a fight with men who pack chain-fed weaponry and truly shed blood in hostile mud.

We're Back To Hamsters On Exercise Wheels

That's because the loony environmentalist crowd in this country can't find a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

The latest?  Wind power is now taboo.

So is hydro.  And nuclear.  Even solar.

That leaves witches and their magic brew.

May they all freeze to death this winter and leave civilization be.

Quote of the Day

James Taranto on Obama's extolment of The Comeback City!


From "Best of the Web Today":
"We are one nation. We are one people. We will rise and we will fall together," President Obama declared in his Labor Day speech. "Anyone who doesn't believe it should come here to Detroit. It's like the commercial says: This is a city that's been to heck and back. And while there are still a lot of challenges here, I see a city that's coming back."

... Henry Payne of the Detroit News reports:

"[Obama] parachuted into this city's sanitized, heavily-securitized [sic] downtown square-mile of corporate headquarters and Whole Foods markets - safe from the murderous streets of the city's other 138 square miles that have claimed 250 lives already this year and put Detroit on path for a staggering 50 per 100,000 residents murder rate in 2011."

Obama saw "a city that's coming back" because he avoided the vast majority of the city, which has "been to heck" and remains there.
The subheading to Taranto's piece: "Obama's model for America: Detroit."

More telling words were never writ.

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Henry Payne: "After his speech, the president was quickly swept back to 30,000 feet again to work on Big Ideas - his rock-star image unsullied by the bloody streets of Detroit."

When I was still plying my trade in the area and had the infrequent occasion to travel the streets of Detroit to call on then-current and potential customers (in the 90's), enterprises that were more often than not razor-wired off from their hostile surroundings, it was fascinating to see parts of the city that were still in ruins, ruins that were brought about by the riots of the 60's.  I remember some of those crumbling piles of forsaken humanity were within eyesight of Tiger Stadium.  A field of dreams that is itself now in ruins.

I should mention, too, I was always packing heat back then.  Mama didn't raise no fool.  I chose to not have my head handed to me.

Cosmic Rays Causing The Globe To Warm?

I still think the most plausible theory holds that solar activity most affects the rise and fall in earth's temperature (along with it's rotation, etc. of course).  But there is this, which seems to be gaining scientific credibility (as opposed to wild-ass guessing based on wild-ass computer models constructed to give wild-ass results):
The Other Climate Theory
Anne Jolis, Wall Street Journal

In April 1990, Al Gore published an open letter in the New York Times "To Skeptics on Global Warming" in which he compared them to medieval flat-Earthers. He soon became vice president and his conviction that climate change was dominated by man-made emissions went mainstream. Western governments embarked on a new era of anti-emission regulation and poured billions into research that might justify it. As far as the average Western politician was concerned, the debate was over.

But a few physicists weren't worrying about Al Gore in the 1990s. They were theorizing about another possible factor in climate change: charged subatomic particles from outer space, or "cosmic rays," whose atmospheric levels appear to rise and fall with the weakness or strength of solar winds that deflect them from the earth. These shifts might significantly impact the type and quantity of clouds covering the earth, providing a clue to one of the least-understood but most important questions about climate. Heavenly bodies might be driving long-term weather trends.

The theory has now moved from the corners of climate skepticism to the center of the physical-science universe: the European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN. At the Franco-Swiss home of the world's most powerful particle accelerator, scientists have been shooting simulated cosmic rays into a cloud chamber to isolate and measure their contribution to cloud formation. CERN's researchers reported last month that in the conditions they've observed so far, these rays appear to be enhancing the formation rates of pre-cloud seeds by up to a factor of 10. Current climate models do not consider any impact of cosmic rays on clouds. [link]
Give me a controlled laboratory experiment over a computer model any day.

I think these guys may be on to something.

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* It should be noted that the researcher here believes that solar activity plays a key part in the warming and cooling process as well.