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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Where Once They Were Scientists ...

Here's a photo of Dr. James Hansen, Ph.D (B.A., Physics and Mathematics, 1963, University of Iowa M.S., Astronomy, 1965, University of Iowa Ph.D., Physics, 1967, University of Iowa), Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, doing what he does best.


Getting arrested.

Research?  Phooey!  We got a movement to move!

How in God's name did science degenerate into this?

The great man-made global warming scare is not about science but about political activism.

Dr. James Hansen, PhD (B.A., Physics and Mathematics, 1963, University of Iowa M.S., Astronomy, 1965, University of Iowa Ph.D., Physics, 1967, University of Iowa), Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

... Occupier.

Obama Catches a Plane Bound For Glory ...

... and gives up on America:

From yesterday's Investor's Business Daily:
To hear Barack Obama describe the latest fiscal impasse in Washington, the poor guy is totally helpless dealing with this congressional crowd of hebetudinous laggards.

But wait! Where has Obama been during this fiscal crunch time?

He hasn't been on the sidelines again. He's been completely out of the country. He absolutely had to be in Cannes for the Group of 29.5 or whatever it's called this month because, you know, the Euro crisis. And, then he was hosting another group of leaders in Hawaii with Michelle. And then, of course, there was the Australia trip, which he'd already postponed twice.

And, hey, as long as he's down there, why not drop into Indonesia for old times sake and the Asian leaders meeting, score a new tropical shirt, talk some more? Not much going on back home anyway.

And today, having waved his veto wand at everybody on Monday, Obama's gone again, flying his large plane up to New Hampshire for more useless campaign talk about construction workers fixing bridges and looking like he's trying real hard.

But trying real hard to do what? Certainly not be president of the United States. [link]
There was a time when I argued that a president and a Congress doing nothing was a good thing.  By doing nothing, they were doing nothing to screw up the country further.  But today the country is completely screwed up.  And, if we don't get some leadership in Washington - and fast - we're screwed.

So.  At a critical time in the life of the US of A Obama catches a plane to Neverland.

In his case, I still think that's not a bad idea.  Maybe, when his plane lands, wherever it lands, he'll stay there.

And we can get back to fixing this poor, wretched country.

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Running from the crisis seems to be the man's preferred method of ... engagement. From Keith Hennessey:

"The President’s press secretary tells us that the President and his Treasury Secretary have 'been very engaged with their European counterparts' in addressing their debt crises, but it appears the President’s involvement in the American Super Committee was to set a proposal on the table and then leave."

This is not a way to run the country ...

Headline of the Decade

I've said it before.  I'll say it again.  Whoever the New York Post employs to dream up headlines to go along with featured stories he/she is a genius.  Here's the best one I've seen in years (actually, since "Headless Body In Topless Bar," which also appeared in the Post, in 1982), appearing in today's paper:


Into the museum of classic headlines it goes.

* It even rivals this one from 1935: "Sticks Nix Hick Pix."

Say What?

If there were ever a better reason than this to abolish the Department of Homeland Security (budget $56,941,507,000), I've not seen it:
The Department of Homeland Security is taking any threat seriously during the Thanksgiving holiday, including the ominous threat to our national security posed by turkey fryers.

"How dangerous can turkey fryers be?" asks a warning issued on the official DHS Twitter account. "Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing in a fryer, or this may happen."

The department linked to an ominous video highlighting the dangers of deep frying a turkey.
The dangers of cooking a turkey.  Homeland Security.  My God.

And Nobody In Our Gov't Cares

If you watched any portion of Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony recently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, you came away with the haunting feeling that he didn't really care about the border agent - who was in Holder's charge - who was slain by Mexican thugs last December.  Tough luck, but we've got lots of things on our plate and the border is only one of them.  Next question.

As it turns out, there's a whole lot that Holder - or someone in our freaking government - should be very, very concerned about:
Armed illegals stalked Border Patrol
Mexicans were ‘patrolling’ when agent was slain, indictment says
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times

Five illegal immigrants armed with at least two AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifles were hunting for U.S. Border Patrol agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted and one U.S. agent was killed, records show.

A now-sealed federal grand jury indictmentin the death of Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terrysays the Mexican nationals were “patrolling” the rugged desert area of Peck Canyon at about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 with the intent to “intentionally and forcibly assault” Border Patrol agents.

At least two of the Mexicans carried their assault rifles “at the ready position,” one of several details about the attack showing that Mexican smugglers are becoming more aggressive on the U.S. side of the border.

According to the indictment, the Mexicans were “patrolling the area in single-file formation” a dozen miles northwest of the border town of Nogales and — in the darkness of the Arizona night — opened fire on four Border Patrol agents after the agents identified themselves in Spanish as police officers.

Two AK-47 assault rifles found at the scene came from the failed Fast and Furious operation.

Using thermal binoculars, one of the agents determined that at least two of the Mexicans were carrying rifles, but according to an affidavit in the case by FBI agent Scott Hunter, when the Mexicans did not drop their weapons as ordered, two agents used their shotguns to fire “less than lethal” beanbags at them.

At least one of the Mexicans opened fire and, according to the affidavit, Terry, a 40-year-old former U.S. Marine, was shot in the back. A Border Patrol shooting-incident report said that Terry called out, “I’m hit,” and then fell to the ground, a bullet having pierced his aorta. “I can’t feel my legs,” Terry told one of the agents who cradled him. “I think I’m paralyzed.”

Bleeding profusely, he died at the scene.

After the initial shots, two agents returned fire, hitting Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, 33, in the abdomen and leg. The others fled. The FBI affidavit said Osorio-Arellanes admitted during an interview that all five of the Mexicans were armed. [link] [emphasis mine]
What do you want to bet the border patrol "rules of engagement" call for agents to fire beanbags (!) at armed illegals?

Beanbags.  Heavily armed bandits.  Ambush.  A dead American law enforcement officer.  And the Attorney General of the United States of America could give a shit.

At some point someone is going to take control of this situation.  It won't be those who are paid to do it, but someone someday is going to handle it.

Tea Parties Line Up Behind George Allen

With his main opponent in the race for the Republican nomination to the Senate having emanated from the Tea Party movement, this (from the Allen campaign) is quite the catch for George Allen:
Virginia Tea Party Patriots Endorse George Allen for U.S. Senate

Henrico, VA – Today George Allen received the endorsement of over 100 Tea Party Patriots throughout the Commonwealth, led by Coby Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, Laura Alcorn, Co-Founder of the Richmond Patriots, Strother Smith, President of the 10th Amendment Foundation, Ben Marchi, former State Director of Americans for Prosperity and conservative Tea Party activists Tito Munoz and Carl Tate. These Tea Party Patriots cited George Allen’s strong record on fiscal responsibility, individual liberty and his unwavering commitment to protect and stand up for the Constitution of the United States.

“Governor Allen's belief in Tea Party principles is evident in his desire to cut government spending and bring a greater degree of accountability to Washington,” said Coby Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party. “When elected, I believe he will carry our shared beliefs to the halls of the Senate, and continue the fight to leave a more fiscally responsible nation as a gift to future generations.”

“George Allen will restrain this over-reaching federal government and preserve the individual freedoms and rights that our Founders envisioned. He has a proven track record of implementing pro-growth policies that help businesses create jobs, and the experience we need to get it done,” said Laura Alcorn, Co-Founder of the Richmond Patriots. “George Allen is a true conservative leader who shares our core principles. We know he will fight for our Virginia values and we are proud to fight with him.”

“The reckless policies coming out of Washington are eroding our liberties and bankrupting our future,” said conservative Tea Party activist Carl Tate. “Now, more than ever, we need George Allen’s strong, steady leadership to get our country back on track and help America ascend again. The path we are on leads to crushing debt, high unemployment and a dangerous dependency on the federal government. George Allen is a proven, conservative leader who will fight for our values and we need him back in the U.S. Senate.”

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS FOR ALLEN

Coby Dillard
Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party

Laura Alcorn
Co-Founder of the Richmond Patriots

Carl Tate
Conservative Tea Party Activist

Strother Smith
President of the 10th Amendment Foundation

Donald E Scoggins
Chairman, Fredrick Douglas Republican Forum of Virginia

Daniel Cortez
Tea Party Patriots

Codi Peters
Jefferson Area Tea Party

Ben Marchi
Former State Director of Americans for Prosperity

Tito Munoz
Tea Party Activist

Stephen Trent
Suffolk Tea Party

Peggy Armentrout
Southside Tea Party Patriots

George Makely
Constitutional Conservatives

S. John Massoud
Constitutional Conservatives

Marta Saltus
NOVA Tea Party

Billy Altizer
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Diane Altizer
Jeffersonville Tea Party 
Bob Maistros
Conservative Tea Party Activist

Stan Young
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Dallas Sparks
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Dori Sparks
Jeffersonville Tea Party

T. Shea Cook
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Mickey Vance
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Michelle Stanley
Richmond Patriots

Tamara Phipps
Richmond Patriots

Matt Schmitt
Richmond Patriots

Charles Johnson
Richmond Patriots

Lauren Vargas
Richmond Patriots

Susanne Jones
Richmond Patriots

Yeda Baker
NOVA Tea Party

Joann Abbott
Richmond Patriots

Stephen Peters
Jefferson Area Tea Party

Laurel Guy
NOVA Tea Party

Kristin Gladstone Thomas
Richmond Patriots

Ann Yarbrough
Richmond Patriots

Susan Hardwicke
Richmond Patriots

Randy White
Richmond Patriots

Tony Hall
Richmond Patriots

Buddy Whitecotton
Richmond Patriots

Barbara Whitecotton
Richmond Patriots

Victoria Windsor
Richmond Patriots

Margo McCaul
Richmond Patriots

Randy Albert
Richmond Patriots

Renee Goughler
Richmond Patriots

James Wolfe
Richmond Patriots

Margo McCaul
Richmond Patriots

Bill Poole
Richmond Patriots

Tana Bernard
Richmond Patriots

Greg McAndrew
Richmond Patriots

Mark Douglas Lepore
Richmond Patriots

David Light
Richmond Patriots

Sarah Wiggins Kings
Richmond Patriots

Darlene Johnson
Richmond Patriots

P. J. Collins
Richmond Patriots

Cheryl Thompson Griggs
Richmond Patriots

Jim Fields
Roanoke Tea Party

Lynn Yowell
Richmond Patriots

Dawn Johnson
Abigail Adams

Sandra Green
Abigail Adams

Bonnie Boyd
Abigail Adams

Andy Boyd
Abigail Adams

Betty Anne Olsen
Abigail Adams

Rick Olsen
Abigail Adams

Carole Sarkuti
Abigail Adams

Mickey Sarkuti
Abigail Adams

Mark Casas
Tea Party Patriots

Suzi Casas
Tea Party Patriots

Joan Lopez
Abigail Adams

Alex Lopez
Abigail Adams

Wanda Pritekel
Abigail Adams

Ted Pritekel
Abigail Adams

Rob Carter
Richmond Patriots

Bob Hilliard
Richmond Patriots

Gil Miles
Richmond Patriots

Susan Newton
Richmond Patriots

Robert Sine
Richmond Patriots

Bruce Bennett
NOVA Tea Party

Joann Dale
NOVA Tea Party

David Dale
NOVA Tea Party

David Doherty
NOVA Tea Party

Kerry Scott
NOVA Tea Party

Richard Hill Jr
Conservative Tea Party Activist

Rick McDonald
Richmond Patriots

Gwen Moore
Richmond Patriots

John Moore
Richmond Patriots

Carlos Bertoncini
Richmond Patriots

C.S Miller
Richmond Patriots

Nelson Bailey
Portsmouth Tea Party

Judi Cabinal
Portsmouth Tea Party

Deborah Dameron
Tea Party Patriots

Irene Farquhar
Tea Party Patriots

Paul Mason Kohlenberger
Tea Party Patriots

Darwin F. Alt
Tea Party Patriots

Rebecca Olsen
Tea Party Patriots

Camm Hoffman
Tea Party Patriots

Jeff Martin
Tea Party Patriots

Jean Martin
Tea Party Patriots

Kristin McIntyre
Tea Party Patriots

Sheila Finley
Tea Party Patriots

Bruce A. Laporte
Tea Party Patriots

Robert J. Shipp
Tea Party Patriots

Jim Hagerty
Tea Party Patriots

Irene Hagerty
Tea Party Patriots

Susan A. Cortez
Tea Party Patriots

Sam Baker
Tea Party Activist

Sue Baker
Tea Party Activist

Anita Lovelace
Tea Party Activist

Tim Lovelace
Tea Party Activist

Bunny Monroe
Tea Party Activist

Ken Monroe
Tea Party Activist

Aerin Ragusso
Tea Party Activist

Anton Ragusso
Tea Party Activist

Ariel Ragusso
Tea Party Activist

Michel Ragusso
Tea Party Activist

Janet Soloman
Tea Party Activist

Rick Saloman
Tea Party Activist

Brian Schultz
Tea Party Activist

Elizabeth Schultz
Tea Party Activist

Anne Yang
Tea Party Activist

Sharon Jones
Tea Party Activist
The conservative movement here in Virginia is uniting around one candidate. All bodes well for George Allen, for Virginia, and for the United States of America.

Thanks, guys, for putting country ahead of ideology.

Habeeb To Host Town Hall Meetings

A public service announcement:
Habeeb Announces Winter Town Hall Meeting Dates

Salem, VA – Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) announced Tuesday he will host three winter town hall meetings with constituents across the 8th District. The meetings will be held in December, before General Assembly members return to Richmond in January.

The meetings are open to the public and will be held on and at the following dates and locations:

● December 7th, 7 p.m., Roanoke County Administration Building
● December 13th, 7 p.m., Montgomery County Government Center
● December 14th, 7 p.m., Craig County High School Library

“As always, I look forward to speaking with the citizens of the 8th District,” said Delegate Habeeb. “The more time I spend discussing the issues with individuals, the better I feel I can represent them in Richmond. Holding these meetings right before returning to Richmond will help me gather input on the important legislation we will consider this year.”

Participants at the town hall meetings will also have an opportunity to fill out a survey relating to the most important issues facing the General Assembly this year. That same survey will be made available to all citizens online.

“I have said from the first day of my campaign that I want to be an open and accessible legislator, and I hope the citizens of the 8th District see my willingness to listen and discuss the issues as an example of me keeping my promises,” added Habeeb.
So much to discuss ...