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Sunday, November 13, 2011

If It Weren't So Stupid ...

... I'd be outraged.

But I'm not. Because it is:

Barack Obama: “We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — ‘Well, people would want to come here’ — and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America."

So detached. So mindless.

The One That Got Away

Well, it's time to tally the score.

No, not the election results.  Those are in the history books.

But the score achieved by the Democrat-controlled Virginia Senate in its effort to redistrict such as to give its beleaguered membership as much voting strength in Richmond as was possible.

As everyone now knows, it can be stated as fact that the effort had successes and failures.  With a lot more of the latter than the former.

For those of you who have forgotten how that redistricting went, the Democrats early on, because of a surging Republican Party, decided that they needed to throw a lifeline to their brethren downstate.  Thus their redistricting this year gave [Edd] Houck [Spotsylvania] and [Roscoe] Reynolds [Martinsville] a respective 6 percent and 7 percent increase in likely Democratic voters.

Precious Democratic voters.

And how did that work out?

Both lost.

So where did they succeed?

Unfortunately in my backyard.

The 38th District, where Democrat Phil Puckett beat Republican Adam Light 53% to 47% (click on the map to enlarge it):

A few points:

1) Much can be made of the questionable tactics that Light adopted to unseat the incumbent Puckett (getting caught up in a controversy over Social Security, of all things, was a rookie mistake for which he paid dearly).  True enough.

2) It can be said that Puckett ran a flawless campaign.  Make no mistake, he did.  His TV ad campaign in particular was perfection.

3) Some would say that Light going after Puckett on the coal issue was a mistake, coal being Puckett's strong suit.  I would disagree.  As the legislative district is drawn, he/she who wins the coal counties in the 38th, wins the election.

Let's look at the election results by county, and let's generalize by designating those counties as being "coal" or "non-coal."

First, overall results by county:

Now, coal counties (and the city of Norton) alone:

Puckett won 55-45.

And in the non-coal counties (and Radford):

A complete reversal.

The difference?  Southwest Virginia's coal counties - by Democrat design - brought in 74% of the total votes cast.  Ensuring the election to coal-friendly Phil Puckett. (Don't listen to the political rhetoric - Puckett is in tight with the coal miners.  And pay every attention to Puckett's divorcing himself early on from anti-coal Barack Obama.  Those two factors alone doomed Adam Light, even if he had run a brilliant campaign.)

Say what you will about the Democrats getting their heads handed to them in Tuesday's statewide election.  And take satisfaction in seeing Houck and Reynolds get sent packing.  In Southwest Virginia's 38th District their plan came off masterfully.

Next time, though.  Just wait till next time ...

* Map courtesy of the Virginia Division of Legislative Services.

** Numbers furnished by the Virginia Board of Elections.

*** It's no mistake that poor little Bland County gets thrown into the 38th District by the Democrats.  As evidenced by the election Tuesday - as well as the presidential election of 2010 - Bland is the reddest county in the Commonwealth.  Puckett simply overwhelmed our puny numbers.

America, Spinning Out Of Control

Question: When does a campaign donation become graft?


Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work.

Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world's richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor.

You help me get elected, I'll make you rich - with taxpayer money - beyond your wildest dreams.

Half a billion dollars for a drug that may not work and is probably not needed.

There was a time when government officials would have gone to prison for this. Now it's standard operating procedure.

May God have mercy.

Hollywood Honors Terrorist Sympathizer

Par for the course:

Oscars Academy Honors Vanessa Redgrave in London

Vanessa Redgrave, she of movies that nobody remembers, is an anti-Semite and has worked overtly for terrorist causes for many years.

Thus, she's the perfect actress to be honored by an industry that is stridently anti-American and one that America is tuning out these days in vast numbers.

Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.

Congratulations, Vanessa.

Rick Perry To Washington:

We're broke.

And we're sending foreign aid to countries that are sending a clear message that they oppose us?

Foreign aid?  Not this cowboy:

The sooner Washington comes to realize that the coffers are bare, the sooner we start down the long road of fiscal renewal.

By the way, Obama's government is spending $397,000,000,000 today that it doesn't have.  And a like number tomorrow.  And the next day ...

A portion of which is going to Pakistan and Egypt and Sudan?

There was a time.  That time is no longer.

We're broke.

And, as the last fifty years have proven, they'll hate us whether we dump money on their doorstep or not.

Stop it.  Now.

Gimme a Break

I broke into a smile when I saw the cover of Time magazine last week:

So much ass to kiss. It required that preposterous a headline.

Smart diplomacy?

Evidenced by what?

The "victory" in Libya where al Qaeda has seized power? Iraq, where we've been told to get the hell out by the government there that worked so well with the Bush administration? Afghanistan, where nobody can articulate a policy - smart or otherwise? Russia, where we're sneered at? Europe, where our advice is scorned? China, where we're considered hopelessly lost?

Or maybe our only friend in the Middle East that now refuses to tell us its Iran intentions because Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are considered enemies not to be trusted?

For the love of God, our diplomacy gets any "smarter" we'll be conducting it in a phone booth shared by no one.

* Could it be that the editors of Time magazine are in "anybody but Obama" mode here and are looking with growing anxiety at the 2012 election?

Newt At His Best

He made a persuasive argument in last night's debate, though I disagree with his reasoning, regarding the rule of law as it pertains to Americans working to kill Americans:

* By the way, I still can't get over the fact that the "moderators" being chosen for these debates aren't moderators at all. They're antagonists. If you listen to CBS's Scott Pelley's mutterings after he's asked Newt Gingrich a question, you'll hear him disagreeing with Newt's answer. "It's not the rule of law. No."


If Scott Pelley wants to argue with one of the candidates on the stage, shouldn't he be on the stage?

Why not stop the charade and let Debbie Wasserman Schultz play "moderator"?

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From National Review:
Scott Pelley was a terrible moderator. He treated the men who might be the next commander in chief like schoolchildren, cutting them off in mid-sentence, lecturing them to answer his questions. He even lectured Newt Gingrich on policy, telling him that killing “terrorist suspects” is “not the rule of law.” Big mistake. Newt smacked him down, explaining that we are at war and in war we are allowed to kill the enemy without a court order.

This was CBS’s first and only debate — and it showed.
Who sets the rules for these things, the Democratic National Committee?