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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Who Knows What Evil Lurks ...

I think we've finally gotten to Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal.  For he's truly lost it.  And, for that matter, so too to his buddy-in-conspiracy-derangement Montgomery County Democratic Party chairman Steve Cochran.

Here's how the story goes, and a sad, sordid tale it is.  A tale brought to us by Trejbal himself in "National Republicans meddle in Blacksburg."  (First off, if Trejbal weren't frightened out of his speedos by the shrouded web he weaves, he'd have entitled his ditty "Youth with Tenuous Ties to National Republicans May Someday Meddle in Blacksburg ... Affairs."

Anyway ...

So some guy named Jim Stanley shows up at the Blacksburg town hall recently and asked for records pertaining to town council meetings going back to 2005.  Stanley, Trejbal found out, works  - or worked - for a company by the name of Haley O'Neill, "a firm that specializes in doing opposition research for Republicans. His Linked-In page, which was recently taken down after people started asking questions, identified him as a communications intern for the National Republican Congressional Committee since January." (A question for Mr. Trejbal: Could it have been taken down because Stanley's internship - which would have been a temporary gig - ended? Sorry. Don't want to spoil the conspiracy theory.)

That, in fact, is the extent of the "meddling" allegation.

Huh?

Bear with him.

It's the potential meddling that has Trejbal's thong askant.

Why was Stanley lurking in the back halls and cloisters of the Blacksburg town hall, seeking local records?

Why?
It is strange that the NRCC would take an interest in Blacksburg Town Council minutes. Perhaps Rep. Morgan Griffith anticipates someone from council will run against him next year and is pre-emptively digging up dirt.

That seems unlikely.

A more plausible theory is that this is part of a campaign against Councilman Don Langrehr, who is running for the House of Delegates as a Democrat. His opponent in the 12th District is Republican Joseph Yost. The gerrymandered 12th includes Blacksburg, Radford, Giles County, northern Montgomery County and part of Pulaski County.

Steve Cochran, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, went further and named names. "We cannot allow Morgan [Griffith] and the Koch brothers to buy this seat," he wrote in an email to party faithful.

I looked through the records Stanley acquired to see what sort of dirt he might dig up. The 13 months he chose are a compendium of hot-button issues in Blacksburg since Langrehr joined council. Annual budget discussions are in there. So are the middle school stadium, First and Main, big-box stores, gas stations and a drive-in restaurant.
I'll skip over all the various possibilities that Trejbal conjures that might explain this Stanley kid's request for records. None of which includes the possibility that he was seeking the information so that he could someday open a Subway downtown and was researching the obstacles that the fascists on the council might throw up to block his effort. Or that might include the possibility that maybe he was doing it for his mother who has an interest in how the old ancestral home is faring.

Or maybe Stanley is going to launch his takeover of the United States government from Burress Hall on the Tech campus.

Hmmm.

Trejbal:
Maybe Republicans will launch a smear job just before the Nov. 8 election. So what? When you run on your record, you have to expect your opponent to scrutinize it and use what they find. Voters should do the same.

The beautiful thing in this political mystery is that once again Virginia's Freedom of Information laws shined.

It does not matter why Stanley wanted the records, only that he and everyone else have access to them. The NRCC can do what it wants, and voters can piece together what they are up to.
"It does not matter why Stanley wanted the records." It took the Roanoke Times's crack editorialist 5,709 keystrokes to come to that conclusion.

So why is Jim Stanley interested in Blacksburg politics? Stay tuned. Christian Trejbal is on the case.

Me?  Here's my theory: I think Gaia is unhappy with that new arts center that's being built. And the world is about to come to an end. And Jim "Indiana Jones" Stanley knows it (it's hidden in secret code in the council meeting minutes!) and is out to stop her Her before she She wreaks vengeance upon this pathetic planet.

Or not.

Maybe it all boils down to this: Jim Stanley, a young frat boy, is enjoying screwing with easily freaked out liberal weak-of-minds.

Too funny.

When You Live In a Manhattan Cocoon...

Is this funny or sad?

The New York Times has discovered a relationship between the GOP here in the USA and Israel's prime minster that has been developing for twenty years.

See "House Republicans Discover a Growing Bond With Netanyahu."

Breaking news.

Good grief.

Obama Ain't Alone On This One

If our president is to be criticized for bringing about the debacle that's shaping up in the United Nations in which the rest of the world is going to be ganging up on Israel with a vote on Palestinian nationhood (well-deserved criticism, it must be understood; see "Obama calls for Israel's return to pre-1967 borders"), he isn't alone in shaping this travesty.  Right there with him the whole way, make no mistake, is ...

... Hillary.

See "Clinton Again Calls for Independent Palestinian State."

A vote on that Palestinian state that Hillary favors is almost inevitable.

But wait.

Watch as both Hillary and Obama denounce that which both advocated not that long ago and veto the effort to which they both gave impetus.

This is what happens when we give power to rank amateurs.

On That 'Consensus'

There are those who still propose that we raise taxes to prevent CO2 from heating up the globe's temperature (see post below) (higher tax rates being the answer to all the world's problems).  Because CO2 levels are dangerously high.  So says a new study:

New research, to be published in the journal Climatic Change in November, suggests humankind may have to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere on a vast scale if emissions keep rising after 2020.

Gosh. That's bad, right?

Well, no.  The planet could use a healthy dose of CO2 says some other expert:

Award-winning Princeton University Physicist Dr. Will Happer declared man-made global warming fears “mistaken” and noted that the Earth was currently in a “CO2 famine now.”

So which is it? Is CO2 good or bad? Do we have too much of it or not enough? Is it safe or unsafe?

The point: We don't know.

And until we do, let's not accept politicians' and environmentalists' demands that we run around like chickens with their heads cut off in a wholesale war on something that may be of benefit to humankind or may not.

You experts get back to us when you've got this figured out.

And to Al Gore and Bill Clinton: Shut up. You don't know what you're talking about.

Where Once This Was Us

Now it's far, far away.

My suggestion to our clueless president: Look for direction on how to get us out of the mess we're in to a land where capitalism thrives.

Hong Kong unemployment falls to 13-year low

A nifty deal considering the fact that the island's economy is running at top speed while being governed by Communist China.

How times have changed.  We here in the ... land of the free ... are told by the central government what light bulbs we're allowed to buy, for God's sake, while the godless Commies who oversee Hong Kong let their people operate in a free and unfettered marketplace.  They have full employment and we have full homeless shelters.

This is so wrong.  So wrong.

Fading Memories

It somehow seems proper for a withered and frail old ex-president to be hosting a discussion on a topic that's been placed in history's dust bin - global warming - with a bunch of bitter-enders who refuse to accept reality.

As you might imagine by now, Bill Clinton and friends agree that the problem can only be rectified with a big pile of your money being thrown at it.

I suppose it's good for the old dude to have something to do to pass the time ...

Memo To Obama Lackey

When you go before the entire world and deny that you said something unflattering about your former boss, it might do you well to remember that the words you deny having ever said were recorded.

Anita Dunn: Not Merely a Liar, but a Foolish One

The funny part of this? She was Obama's White House Communications Director.

So much for her ability to communicate.

The only question remaining: Where was that teleprompter when Ms. Dunn needed it?

Laugher of the Day

I'm sure it was intended to be a joke:

Eric Holder: Seriously, We’re Going to Close Gitmo Pretty Soon

Sure.

What's odd about this is the fact that all those liberals out there who - in years past - had their panties in a bunch over the daily torture being inflicted upon the poor and misbegotten terrorists BusHitler was torturing on a daily basis in the Guantanamo gulag don't care anymore.

Odd indeed.