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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Uh, Really?

Here's your morning chuckle.  It has to do with a question posed by a guest columnist in the Roanoke Times, "a Blacksburg naturalist," we're told (here's my question: is a naturalist a nudist? I can't remember.)

"Do you know what recently happened in our nation's capital that will greatly affect the future of our planetary climate?"

Gosh.  I don't know.  Did Congress disband, ending the disgorgement of all that hot air (see "greenhouse gases") that was driving global temperatures to increase all of 0.6° C.?

Uh, no.

It turns out that "There was a two-week historic mobilization concerning tar sands with daily actions of nonviolent civil disobedience outside the White House."



A scene from the "historic" Washington "mobilization" is captured on film:

Oh.  Sorry.  That's a photo of a Christian gathering in Africa.

Here's a photo of the historic mobilization that will greatly affect the future of our planetary climate:

The day the earth trembled.  Twelve elderly hippies held up some signs.  And then drove over to Wal-Mart to replenish their stockpile of Depends.

I don't know.  I was expecting something a little more Biblical.

These environmentalists crack me up.

Painting courtesy of Heironymous Bosch

How Happy Blacksburg Officials Must Be

Remember the effort put forth several years ago to keep Wal-Mart out of Blacksburg?

And remember how jubilant Blacksburg town council members were when they won their court case against America's favorite superstore and kept the Big W from locating within town limits?

Well, they surely can be happy.  They don't have a Wal-Mart to contend with.

Nor much of anything else, for that matter, as it turns out:
Books-A-Million at First and Main to close in 2 weeks
By Amanda Codispoti, Roanoke Times

Books-A-Million, the largest store at Blacksburg's troubled First & Main shopping center, is closing in two weeks.

The book seller will close its nearly 16,000-square-foot store Sept. 27, according to Sheryl Simeck, a spokeswoman for The Rappaport Companies, which manages and handles leasing for the shopping center.

With this latest closure, 40 percent of the 130,000-square-foot center will be vacant.

A Books-A-Million spokeswoman did not return phone calls Monday, so it's not clear why the store is closing. The Birmingham, Ala., book seller lost $2.9 million on sales of $106.4 million during the 13 weeks that ended July 30, the company reported Thursday. It earned $1.9 million during the same period of 2010.

The book store's closing is the latest chapter in the shopping center's struggles to attract and keep retailers. [link]
Of course, Blacksburg still has Virginia Tech.  And, if the trend continues, all it will have is Virginia Tech.

So happy the town leadership must be.

By the way, though Blacksburg is becoming a ghost town in part because of its hostility to business, Wal-Mart is doing just fine.  Record sales. Record earnings.  Eye popping operating income.  And, most important to the thousands and thousands of owners of Wal-Mart stock, a fabulous dividend payout per share.

Wal-Mart is livin' large.  Wish we could say the same about downtown Blacksburg.

Let Them Eat Cake

So a fabulously wealthy liberal thinks our gasoline prices and home heating costs should skyrocket (on the same day that it was announced that there are more poor people in this country than at any time in history).

The wealthy liberal's reason for wanting the poor to pay more for basic subsistence?  In order to stop global warming.

Is anyone surprised that the wealthy liberal writes for the New York Times?

How To Pay For That 'Jobs' Bill

Kill off the Department of Labor, and send its noodles-for-brains leader back where she came from, for starters.

When It's Not Your Money ...

... you really don't care whether you're spending it wisely or not.

Thus Solyndra.

And Obama's wasting of our hard-earned income:
White House pressed on $500 million loan to solar company now under investigation
By Joe Stephens and Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post

The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company’s factory, newly obtained e-mails show.

The Silicon Valley company, a centerpiece in President Obama’s initiative to develop clean energy technologies, had been tentatively approved for the loan by the Energy Department but was awaiting a final financial review by the Office of Management and Budget.

The August 2009 e-mails, released to The Washington Post, show White House officials repeatedly asking OMB reviewers when they would be able to decide on the federal loan and noting a looming press event at which they planned to announce the deal. In response, OMB officials expressed concern that they were being rushed to approve the company’s project without adequate time to assess the risk to taxpayers, according to information provided by Republican congressional investigators.

Solyndra collapsed two weeks ago, leaving taxpayers liable for the $535 million loan. [link]
I'm wondering, has anyone in the press asked our president for an apology for wasting our money on this half-baked scheme?  Has anyone asked him to pay us back out of his pocket?

Too bad.  He needs to be taught a lesson.

Taking our money at gunpoint is bad enough.  Blowing it on pipe dreams like "alternative energy" is unforgivable.

Even Democrats Don't Buy It

"We must pledge once more to walk into the future."
-- Candidate Barack Obama, 2008 --

Or, as the president said when he submitted his "jobs" proposal the other day, "Hey, the past is a lot more fun than the present. Let's skip all this governing stuff and go back into campaign mode."

Even his fellow Democrats see him for what he is.

Case in point:
Congress already said no
By Martin Short
[Frost served in the House from Texas from 1979 to 2005 and was Democratic Caucus chairman and head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.]

[Obama] sent his well respected Budget Director Jack Lew out to brief the media Monday on how this $447 billion program would be paid for. The only problem is that Obama sent Lew out naked.

Lew told the media that the entire program would be financed with by a series of tax increases — all of which had previously been rejected by Congress. It was a ludicrous proposal.

Why would the president make a funding proposal that he knows Congress will reject?

The most likely explanation is that his jobs program was a campaign document — not a real plan for putting people back to work. [link]
"Ludicrous."  And this from a Democratic insider.

The wheels are coming off, folks.

And none too soon.

Who's That Knockin' on Obama's Door?

Why, it's the American people:
Twin defeats spark Democratic fears
By Jonathan Martin, Ben Smith, & Jake Sherman, Politico

Howard Beach, N.Y. — The Democratic Party’s rare loss of a congressional seat in its urban heartland Tuesday, accompanied by a blowout defeat in a Nevada special election, marked the latest in a string of demoralizing setbacks that threatened to deepen the party’s crisis of confidence and raise concerns about President Barack Obama’s political fortunes.

In New York, Republican Bob Turner soundly defeated Democrat David Weprin in a House contest that – in the view of party leaders, at least — featured an anemic urban machine, distracted labor unions, and disloyal voters. In Nevada, a consequential state for the president’s re-election strategy, Democrats suffered a runaway loss rooted in a weak showing in Reno’s Washoe County, a key bellwether.

Even before the polls closed, the recriminations – something short of panic, and considerably more than mere grumbling – had begun. On a high-level campaign conference call Tuesday afternoon, Democratic donors and strategists commiserated over their disappointment in Obama. A source on the call described the mood as “awful.” [link]
A caller to the Sean Hannity radio show yesterday tried to make the case that, because the GOP caters to the rich, and because more and more Americans are becoming poor, the Republican Party was facing extinction.  My response - to no one in particular in my car - was: Dream on, stud.

The New York race results are particularly gratifying in that it appears, with 40% of the District's population being Jewish, and what with the liberal Jewish Democratic candidate (who favored a mosque at ground zero, voted for same sex marriage, etc.) being defeated by a Catholic, that American Jews are finally coming to realize that the Democratic Party is their worst enemy and, even more ominously, the enemy of their brethren in Israel.

The Democratic Party leadership blames its losses, predictably, on low voter turnout, poor organization, blah ... blah ... blah ...

In truth, there's but one explanation for their disastrous defeat.  Summed up in one word.  A word that begins with O and ends in A and shouts ...