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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hunger Strike?

How about a do-without-a-meal strike.

This is almost humorous:
Congressman on hunger strike to show solidarity with Occupy
By Aubrey Whelan, Washington Examiner

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., embarked on a 24-hour hunger strike in solidarity with four Occupy DC protesters who have gone without food since Dec. 8 to advocate for D.C. voting rights.

Ellison, the first Muslim to serve in the House, met with the hunger strikers Thursday and pledged to read their declaration – which calls for full voting rights for District residents as well as legislative and budget autonomy – on the floor of the House of Representatives to enter it into the congressional record.

The hunger strikers have been meeting with various lawmakers and their staffers on Capitol Hill this week. Success has been mixed. [link]
What a guy.  This Ellison character is going to go without supper in solidarity with a bunch of malcontents with nothing better to protest than D.C. statehood.

I went longer without eating in preparation for a recent colonoscopy, for God's sake.

Want to really show what ya got, Keith?

Go six months without food.

We'll all be here in support of that effort.


Okay, it's a small win.  But, when dealing with a government in Washington that is hellbent on controlling every aspect of our lives, we'll take it:

Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban
By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Congressional negotiators struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next year.

That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the bill, which heads off a looming government shutdown.

Congressional Republicans dropped almost all of the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill, but won inclusion of the light bulb provision, which prevents the Obama administration from carrying through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete.

Stopping the bulb ban was a chief GOP priority coming into this year, with all of the candidates seeking to become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee saying they would push through a repeal. That bill cleared the House but Democrats blocked its consideration in the Senate.

House Republicans then insisted on adding a provision into the year-end spending bill, and it was one of the last major sticking-points in the negotiations.

“When the American people gave Republicans control of the House in January, one of the major issues involved was the Democratic ban on the 100 watt bulb,” said Rep. Michael Burgess, who fought to preserve the incandescent bulb. “Republicans have fulfilled our promise to the American people by allowing them to continue to be able to choose what type of bulb they use at home. Consumers should drive the marketplace, not the government.”

The spending bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007 law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any money to carry out the light bulb standards — which amounts to at least a temporary reprieve. [link]
I love the smell of liberty in the morning.

(A controversy over our light bulb.  Who would have ever thought it would come to this?)

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See "The one thing the environmental lobby underestimated, and underestimated big time, was this basic fact: human life is part of the environment."

Remember John Kennedy's Famous Words

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask your country what it expects from you now that it has sucked the blood from your veins and left you on life support:

Been to Washington D.C. lately?  If not, take heart!  The government there is doing just fine.

Been to Main Street America lately?

Well, Tim Kaine May Be Right

His last year in the governor's office may have been his best one.  Because the Virginia legislature kept him from doing the foolhardy and destructive things he had proposed to do that year.  As we're reminded by this RPV video, just released:

Just think where we'd be had we followed Tim Kaine down that path.

We'd be Maryland.

* Memo to the producer of the video: The music rocks. The visuals suck.

Well, That Didn't Take Long

Virginia Democrats tried to do through the court system what the voters of Virginia wouldn't - give them their power back.

The court system took one look at the pathetic attempt at overturning the November election and tossed the Democrats on the street.

The news:
Judge throws out Virginia Senate Democrats lawsuit
By Steve Contorno, Washington Examiner

A Richmond Circuit Court judge threw out a lawsuit from Virginia Democrats who are trying to force Republicans to share control of the state Senate when the new legislature convenes in January.

In a decision released Friday, Judge Beverly Snukals said the court “cannot intervene in the normal operating procedures of the Senate and enjoin one of the highest officials in the commonwealth from performing his constitutional duties.”

Democrats sued Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling earlier this month after Republicans claimed they would rule the Senate as though they have a majority even though November elections gave each party 20 seats. Bolling, a Republican, has the power to break ties and he is insisting that includes votes on organizational matters, like assigning committee chairmen.

In the lawsuit, Sen. Don McEachin, D-Henrico, asked the court for an injunction to keep Republicans from organizing the Senate.

Snukals said the Democrats’ case would likely fail because the legislature hasn’t even met yet and “power of an injunction or a declaratory judgment action cannot be used to force parties in disagreement to negotiate a compromise.”

"The Senate Democratic caucus will continue to explore all its options, both legal and procedural,” McEachin said. In the meantime, he asked Republicans to split responsibilities and committee assignments.

That’s unlikely. [link]
Unlikely, indeed.  Or, as my German ancestors would put it: Am Sankt Nimmerleinstag. *

So the Democrats are smacked down by the court.

It's a good day for Virginia.

* "On St. Never's Day."

A Guest Post This Morning

From Melody Scalley:
President Obama, please put JOBS under the Christmas tree this year!

Unless you have a high paying government job, and even if you do, you are probably well aware that the majority of American’s are deeply impacted by the ongoing devastation to the United States economy since President Obama took office.

While overall the unemployment rate hovers close to 9%, minority unemployment remains consistently near 15% and these figures show no indication of significant improvement in the near future. Meanwhile, the current administrations lack of a positive Energy Policy is not only hamstringing companies that could add much needed AMERICAN JOBS to the economy; it is also compromising our long term national security and unnecessarily delaying our economic recovery.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released a report that shows the U.S. is on track to actually export a net increase in gasoline, diesel and other oil-based fuels in 2011 for the first time in 62 years. This is due to the fact that while our economy is stalled, the economy in emerging markets is booming. However these record exports are not forecast to continue. EIA is also predicting domestic oil production will fall 240,000 barrels/day through 2012, mainly due to the continued Gulf "energy freeze" imposed by our current administration.

The United States has the highest standards for environmental protection in the free world. Other countries do not endeavor to protect the environment for future generations as we do, yet their lack of concern for the environment will affect all of us. We have the desire to be good stewards of the environment as well as the technology to extract our resources in a safe and efficient manner. The U.S. also has the most stringent work place safety requirements of any nation. We have the energy resources right here within our borders. If President Obama wanted to put American’s back to work he has an entire industry waiting for the green light to help him turn around our economy.

I grew up in New Orleans and my Dad worked on the oil rigs. I can attest first hand that oil industry jobs keep food on the table, the lights on and the rent paid. If we simply used the God-given resources we have in our great Nation, many American’s would not be needlessly losing their homes and struggling to keep their lights on and their families fed.

We still import over half of our oil and petroleum products. Instead of selling our debt to China we should be selling our OIL to China and reducing our national debt. We do not lack the resources in America. What we lack is leadership and the political will to demand our administration put forward an energy policy that is beneficial to Americans and the United States. Let’s start the New Year on the right path. It is time to resume drilling within American borders and stop exporting American jobs.
For information on Melody Scalley, talk radio host over on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, go here.