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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dan Casey, Seeing What He Wants To See

The Roanoke Times's silliest columnist, Dan Casey, propounds some wisdom for the ages this morning, having to do with political campaign tactics and some what-not-to-dos.  From "Voters never forget, and elections do matter":
Many conclusions can be drawn from Tuesday's elections. Below are but [three of] four.

1. Voters won't hesitate to dethrone incumbents who have embarrassed them.

[Which explains Bill Clinton's resounding reelection.]

3. Negative campaigning is a dangerous tactic, even for challengers.

[Which explains Barack "I'm not Bush" Obama's election.]

4. Finally, elections matter, and the 2012 General Assembly session may tell us exactly how much. The point was driven home with high-ranking Republicans' declaration in Richmond on Wednesday that there will be no power sharing in the Virginia Senate.

[Which explains why there was so much power-sharing in the state Senate under Democrat rule.]
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Why Brandon Bell Was Defeated ... Again

He's about as insightful as Dan Casey is.

On the question of why John Edwards won handily in precincts where his opponent, Dave Nutter, should have done better in yesterday's election, Mason Adams tells us how Mr. Bell responded:

"The Republicans in Roanoke city will vote for someone from there, but Dave is from Blacksburg. It doesn’t have the same parochial interest. It’s not the same thing.”

Which explains why Roanoke resident John Edwards did so poorly in Dave Nutter's home town of Blacksburg.

Or not.

Good golly.

Except For One Tiny Little Problem

Glenn Reynolds is favorably impressed with a new Nissan Leaf he's been loaned, finding it to be "surprisingly roomy and quite fun to drive."  But the part of his blog post that leaped out at me?

"CHARGING IN MY GARAGE RIGHT NOW: A NISSAN LEAF. Actually, it’s fully charged this morning after about 12 hours on the 110v portable charger."

12 hours.

Me?  I was in windshield-defrost-rage mode yesterday morning after sixty seconds of having to wait to see to drive.

Sixty seconds.

Twelve hours ...

Happy Birthday!

Ever heard the name John Lejeune?

No?

(Hint: Ever heard of Camp Lejeune?)

Ah.

So now you need to know a bit more.  From Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines:
All U.S. Marines are gung-ho. But, few can match the vision and total commitment of the famous 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune. In 1921 he issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921.

Gen. Lejeune's order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps. It further directed that the order be read to all Marines on 10 November of each year to honor the founding of the Marine Corps. Thereafter, 10 November became a unique day for U.S. Marines throughout the world.

Soon, some Marine commands began to not only honor the birthday, but celebrate it. In 1923 the Marine Barracks at Ft. Mifflin, Pennsylvania, staged a formal dance. The Marines at the Washington Navy Yard arranged a mock battle on the parade ground. At Quantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Marine baseball team played a Cuban team and won, 9 to 8.

The first "formal" Birthday Ball took place on Philadelphia in 1925. First class Marine Corps style, all the way! Guests included the Commandant, the Secretary of War (in 1925 the term "politically correct" didn't exist; it was Secretary of War, not Secretary of Defense), and a host of statesmen and elected officials. Prior to the Ball, Gen. Lejeune unveiled a memorial plaque at Tun Tavern. Then the entourage headed for the Benjamin Franklin Hotel and an evening of festivities and frolicking.

Over the years the annual Birthday Ball grew and grew, taking on a life of its own. In 1952 the Commandant, Gen. Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr., formalized the cake-cutting ceremony and other traditional observances. For example, Marine Corps policy now mandates that the first piece of cake must be presented to the oldest U.S. Marine present. The second piece goes to the youngest Marine. Among the many such mandates is a solemn reading of the Commandant's birthday message to the Corps.

Like the U.S. Marine Corps itself, the annual Birthday Ball has evolved from simple origins to the polished and professional functions of today. Nonetheless, one thing remains constant, the tenth day of November! This unique holiday for warriors is a day of camaraderie, a day to honor Corps and Country. Throughout the world on 10 November, U.S. Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps -- the most loyal, most feared, most revered, and most professional fighting force the world has ever known.
Though I don't know how much celebrating he'll be doing - since my son-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kasprzyk, is currently "manning the walls" in the war zone - but here's hoping he is able to raise a glass to the Corps he has devoted his life to.

And to all of America's other Marines out there - both active-duty and ready-for-active-duty - Happy Birthday!

MSNBC proves Mark Twain wrong

"To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence."
-- Mark Twain --

Let it be duly noted: MSNBC wallows in both but is - by anyone's measuring stick - an abject failure.

On the ignorance front? How about this gem?

MSNBC has decided to not allow MSNBC analyst Pat Buchanan to come on any of its shows to talk about his new book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive To 2025?.   The really open-minded liberals who run the network don't want to know what he thinks.  They choose to remain blissfully ignorant.

As for Twain's formula for success, well ...

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr. --

Enough said.

Perry Is Right

I'll be honest.  I had my face in my hands when I watched the YouTube video this morning of Governor Rick Perry committing hara-kiri  (ritual suicide) in last night's debate.  It was that painful.

But one thing he got right before he stumbled on that third federal agency he as president would eliminate is the second federal "agency" he'd eliminate: the Department of Education.

Why?  Besides the fact that the DOE spends billions each year yet educates no one?

It - the U.S. Department of Education - deems it necessary - and is its proper role - to investigate Penn State's sexual abuse scandal.

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Education said it has launched an investigation into whether Penn State failed to report incidents of sexual abuse on campus, as required by federal law.

The Department of Education is responsible for the education of nobody. But considers it to be its responsibility to investigate charges of sexual abuse.

For the love of God, kill it. Put a stake in its heart and send it back into the nether regions.

Why Our Leaders Can't Do Anything Right

They don't have to.

There are no consequences should they not.

Does the name Walter Short mean anything to you?

No?

Here - from Wikipedia - is a short bio of the man:
Walter Campbell Short (March 30, 1880 – March 9, 1949) was a Major General in the United States Army and the U.S. military Commander responsible for the defense of U.S. military installations in Hawaii at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

A commission headed by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Owen J. Roberts, known as the Roberts Commission was held soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. General Short, along with Navy commander, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, was accused of being unprepared and charged with dereliction of duty. The report charged that he and Adm. Kimmel did not take seriously enough an earlier war warning and did not prepare for an air attack at Pearl.

On December 17, 1941 General Short was removed from command of Pearl Harbor as a result of the attack. Short was ordered back to Washington, D.C. by Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall in disgrace. He was reduced in rank ...
It's called accountability.

Question: Who was held accountable for our lack of preparedness when 9/11 came about (besides Osama bin Ladin)?

Answer: Nobody.

That dereliction continues.  As more American lives are being lost:
Holder Can’t Name One Person Held Accountable for Fast and Furious
By Fred Lucas, CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, could not identify a single Justice Department official who was held accountable for the botched gun-walking program known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked Holder, “Can you name me one person who’s been held accountable for this Fast and Furious Operation? Just one in the Department of Justice?”

“Well we have made a number of changes with regard to personnel both in the Phoenix U.S. Attorney’s Office, also at the ATF headquarters here,” Holder said. “I will certainly await the report that comes out of the Inspector General. And I will assure you and the American people that people will be held accountable for any mistakes that were made in connection with Fast and Furious.”

Holder did not mention the three ATF supervisors who were closely involved in the operation – William McMahon, William Newell and David Voth – all of whom were either promoted or moved to new management positions at the agency's headquarters in Washington after whistleblowers complained to Congress. [link]
Eric Holder assures us.  I feel assured, don't you?

Ever heard the term "the buck stops here"?  Well, that buck stops at the end of Eric Holder's nose in the tragic - and enraging - case of "Fast and Furious."

It's time we got back to holding people accountable for their mistakes and misjudgments.  It's time we started firing people in the Justice Department.

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* Want a better example of how failure and ineptitude were handled in years past?  Does the name Charles Stone mean anything to you?  No?  He was a Civil War general who led his men into battle at Ball's Bluff on October 20, 1861.  He was defeated and his force lost some 1,000 men in killed, wounded, and missing.


For his failure, Stone was arrested and imprisoned.

Unangenehm?

How about panic time?

Both Italy and Greece are days away from imploding and German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls the situation "unpleasant" ("unangenehm").

How those Deutsche frauen do have their sense of humor.

Who's John Galt?

FCC announces cable companies will offer cheaper Internet to low-income families

Why I Don't Run for Office

I'd probably be in the face of my constituents - like this Republican was - when they bolster my belief that some people should not be allowed to vote.

I'd then ... uh ... be asking for them to vote for me ... ?

Actually, I got a kick out of the exchange that some have called - fairly - raucous.

Democracy as it ought to be exercised, is what I'm sayin' ...

If Only They'd Pay Attention To The Outside World ...

... rather than listen to each other, they wouldn't be made to look like fools when they open their mouths.

An amusing, and revealing story on the depth and breadth of intellect - or lack thereof - that comes out of MSNBC.

How do these nitwits get hired in the first place?  That's what I want to know.