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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Who Is John Galt?

Perhaps it was the fact that there are 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed, and that 59,621,436 voters didn't care.

But I don't think so.

Maybe it's that they are accepting of the weak economy that offers no hope for young people.  Accepting.

Perhaps, but probably not.

Or that those 59,621,436 voters don't have any particular interest in the research that shows ObamaCare to be the worst piece of legislation to have ever come out of Washington, new law that will make health care more costly and less effective.  And make us less free.  That they have no interest, as long as they get their free stuff.

But I don't think it was that either.

Perhaps the Benghazi mess, in which the President of the once-united states chose to go out and chat on "The View" rather than be president and be straight with the American people about what happened there and why.  The debacle that brought about the deaths of four Americans that 59,621,436 voters showed absolutely no concern over.

But it's not even that.

Afghanistan?  Where American soldiers will continue to be slaughtered for years to come?  With no mission? No goal?  No hope for victory?  No explanation as to why they're there other than to get out some day?  No understanding coming from the commander-in-chief as to what they are really doing?  Why they are being killed?  With an electorate - 59,621,436 strong - that has no interest whatsoever in their daily sufferings and deaths?

No.

Unfortunately.

Is it that a way of life is being destroyed in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia - by government decree - and not one of those 59,621,436 gives a shit?

Not even.

Is it the lies Obama tells?

Hell, he's been telling lies for years.  We all know it.  And those 59,621,436 people applaud him for it.

It isn't that.

Maybe it's Obama's open hostility to those of us who have made this country great.  We who have made the American Dream available to our children and grandchildren.  We who have hired employees and given them a chance to thrive, to prosper.  Perhaps it was that snarl, that "You didn't build that!" enmity that he's exhibited on too many occasions.



That vile "God damn America" execration that he "didn't hear" in the pews of Trinity United Methodist Church over a period of twenty years.

And the fact that when he says such things as "You didn't build that!", 59,621,436 bobbleheads nod in delirious, ignorant, vengeful unison.

Yes.  Now we're getting closer to the mark.

Barack Hussein Obama is the most divisive president in history.  And they are pleased.

What ended it for me?   What broke that life-long bond?

This:



It was the day that Obama decided to make his reelection campaign all about revenge.

But more than that, it was this:

It was the day that 59,621,436 people cheered him on and voted for four more years of the last four years.

And now for revenge.

I ask: Revenge for what?

What did I do to them that would make them hate me so?

Is it that I'm white?

(Don't shake your head no; I'm classified in many circles as being nothing more than one of those to-be-shunned "angry white males.")

That's part of it.

But more so, it's that I give 40% of my hard-earned income to government now and I'm excoriated for not appreciating the opportunity.  That I'm not doing my "fair share."

While a sizable part of that 59,621,436 does absolutely nothing.  Whose share is squat.

Over the years I've spent upwards of 4,000 nights away from home, away from my family.  My kids?  Never saw a recital, never saw my son hit a home run.  Wasn't there to help with homework.  Wasn't there - too much of the time - while my children were growing up.  A 40-hour week?  Haven't seen one in decades.  Most years, I leave vacation time on the table.  Too much to do.  Too few hours in the day and week.

But I never complain about it.  It's what I expect of myself.  And it has brought in a lot of money.  I've succeeded.

Naturally, that success meant that I shelled out hundreds of thousands of those dollars that I earned over the years to the government.

Too large a portion of which went to people who sat on their fat asses and did nothing to make their own lives better.

Perhaps 59,621,436 of them.

Enough to control the outcome of a national election, to be sure.

People who now tell me I'm not doing enough to better their lifestyle.

People who sent a message on November 6 telling me that I will do more.  And appreciate the opportunity.

It is for them that the president of these once proud, no longer united states seeks revenge.

I've done him and them wrong.

I'm to be punished.

Either I haven't done enough or I haven't done it in the humbly submissive way that Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, all of Hollywood, and their ilk are famous for.  Please take more of my income.  Please.  Do good with it ...

Not this white boy.

You want that which I earned through my hard work?

You 59,621,436 losers can come and get it.

I'm done with you.

* This was my 20,070th weblog entry. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

CBS Knows No Shame

The day before the election?  Really?  CBS News sat on the information until now?

This is disgraceful:

"CBS releases more video from 9/12 interview with President Obama: ‘Too early to tell’ if Benghazi a terrorist attack."

This despite the fact that Obama and his toadies have been claiming that he pronounced the attack to be an act of terrorism immediately.

Key word being toady.

As in CBS News.

Evidence released just hours before the election.

There are no words ...

- - -

Helle Dale:

"On Sunday night, a full 54 days after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, CBS finally posted a critically important segment of the 60 Minutes interview with President Obama conducted on September 12.

"Unbelievably, it was left on the cutting room floor even as 60 Minutes aired a long segment with President Obama criticizing presidential challenger Mitt Romney over his remarks on protests in Egypt. Given the substance of what was left out, this editorial decision shows CBS as either shamelessly biased in favor of the President or hopelessly incompetent as a news organization."

- - -

Joel Pollak:

"In an astonishing display of media malpractice, CBS News quietly released proof--two days before the election, far too late to reach the media and the public--that President Barack Obama lied to the public about the Benghazi attack, as well as about his later claim to have called the attack "terrorism" from the beginning."

5 Million New Jobs?

Every time I hear Obama make the claim that he's "created" 5,000,000 of them I shout - in so many words - at my TV: They're all part-time and minimum wage jobs, you idiot! What good are they?

In truth?  They're all part-time and minimum wage.  Welcome to Obama's America:
A Part-Time, Low-Wage Epidemic
The jobs gained recently by the U.S. economy are disproportionately low-paying, insecure ones.
By Mortimer Zuckerman, Wall Street Journal

As Americans head to the polls, they face a disastrous new normal: For the first time, the U.S. economy has shifted in the direction of a part-time, low-wage workforce.

The number of Americans now working part time has soared to 8.3 million—up 313,000 in the past two months alone. With economic growth declining or stagnant for quarter after quarter, many companies feel it is too risky to take on people full time.

This has created an army of "underutilized labor." America's narrow unemployment rate is 7.9%, but it is 14.6% when accounting for involuntary part-time workers. The number of Americans working full time has declined by 5.9 million since September 2007, while the number working part time has jumped by 2.6 million.

Over the same period, according to the National Employment Law Project, low-wage occupations have grown nearly three times as fast as mid-wage and higher-wage ones. Whereas lower-wage jobs were 21% of losses during the recession, they have accounted for 58% of new jobs since—and these have the highest proportion of part-time jobs. By contrast, mid-wage occupations were 60% of recession losses but have been only 22% of recovery growth. Higher-wage occupations were 19% of jobs lost and have been 20% of jobs recovered.

The lower-wage occupations that have seen the most growth include retail salespersons, food-preparation workers, laborers and freight workers, waiters and waitresses, personal- and home-care aides, office clerks and customer representatives. Over the past two years, the food service, retail and employment-services industries have added a total of 1.7 million low-wage jobs, fully 43% of America's net employment growth. [link]
The lower-wage occupations ... [account for] fully 43% of America's net employment growth.

And Obama talks about it like he's proud of it.

Instead of being ashamed.

The harsh reality?

There's no reason to think it's going to get any better.

We are rapidly becoming a nation of part-time minimum wage workers.  And welfare recipients.

How's that going to bring about a happy ending?

Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more ...

Step Back & Ponder

Question: Why do we pay federal taxes?

Silly question, right?

The government can't operate without revenue.

Right?

Or is it right?

No.  It's not right.

In truth, nearly forty percent of the money Washington is spending today it never received.

The rest?

Nothing but paper.

Oh.  And that "good faith and credit" stuff.

And a promise to someday make it good.

So, here's my question: If the federal government can spend 40% more than it takes in - and the government doesn't collapse - why not 100%?

Why do we have to pay taxes at all?

40%?  100%?

Why doesn't the federal government simply back up all its expenditures with that oh-so-confident assurance of its resolve - and a big smile - and not bother collecting anything from us?

What brought this up is an article in the Wall Street Journal this morning written by Bret Stephens, entitled "Liberal Exceptionalism."  In it he lays out the bottom line for fiscal discipline:

"Great nations may have greater grace periods, but they don't get blank checks. Bills come due."

The reality of it is, though, the bill isn't coming due.

It's never going to come due.

We just keep adding to the federal debt.  And play this game in which we all talk about how that debt is going to have to be paid ... someday.

But someday never comes.

And we keep spending money we don't have.

And keep wringing our hands over it.

And we keep talking about paying that debt ... paying that debt.

And spending ... spending.

Neat trick, huh?

The stuff that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

So where is this going to end?

Well, it's not.  But ...

Expect the government of the United States of America - in the not too distant future - to simply write down that debt.  And give the Chinese a big kiss when it happens.

We are the USA, after all.  We can do that kind of stuff.  We're fiscally responsible.  And all that.

Then expect the government to start the game all over again.

We'll wring our hands in woe as we spend massive amounts of money we don't have.

Like drunken sailors with someone else's credit card.

Sweet.   Count me in.

So tell me again: Why do the American people have to pay federal taxes?

To Put It Delicately

The U.S. Election is a Referendum on Civilization

Monday, November 05, 2012

Why The Electoral College Should Be Axed

The New York Times this morning:
"In the razor-thin 1960 presidential election, John F. Kennedy campaigned in 49 states. Richard M. Nixon visited all 50.

"The current contest is just as close and intense, but the candidates have campaigned in only 10 states since the political conventions. There are towns in Ohio that have received more attention than the entire West Coast."
Since California (and Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas) are locked up (the winner takes all electoral college votes in each), neither Obama nor Romney have reason to campaign there.

In a he/she-who-garners-the-most-votes-nationwide-wins kinda contest, you'd bet they'd be out there pushing for every vote they can get.

(And the good people of Los Angeles would have to endure non-stop TV advertising.)

* Yeah, it means Crazy Al would have been president in 2005.  But it is what it is.

The War On Coal Has Only Just Begun

Is there a better reason to get everyone to the polls tomorrow?
November surprise: EPA planning major post-election anti-coal regulation
Conn Carroll, Washington Examiner

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has devoted an unprecedented number of bureaucrats to finalizing new anti-coal regulations that are set to be released at the end of November, according to a source inside the EPA.

More than 50 EPA staff are now crashing to finish greenhouse gas emission standards that would essentially ban all construction of new coal-fired power plants. Never before have so many EPA resources been devoted to a single regulation. The independent and non-partisan Manhattan Institute estimates that the EPA’s greenhouse gas coal regulation will cost the U.S. economy $700 billion.

The rush is a major sign of panic by environmentalists inside the Obama administration. If Obama wins, the EPA would have another four full years to implement their anti-fossil fuel agenda. But if Romney wins, regulators will have a very narrow window to enact a select few costly regulations that would then be very hard for a President Romney to undo. [link]
Obama's EPA is on a rampage.  Its target is the coalfields of Southwest Virginia.  And everyone who tries to eke out a living there.

We have the chance to stop it.  To kill it.

But you're going to have to get off your dead ass and vote.  No excuses.

CNN Fudges The Numbers ...

... and still can't get Obama in the lead going into tomorrow's election.

This is sad, in a way:

"Romney has gained 3 points since the last time CNN ran its poll, in late September, when Obama led 50%-47%. That is good news for the Republican ticket, especially since the poll was conducted after Hurricane Sandy.

"Yet there is something odd--and even ridiculous--in the poll's sample: of the 693 likely voters in the total sample of 1,010 adults polled, '41% described themselves as Democrats, 29% described themselves as Independents, and 30% described themselves as Republicans.'"

One wonders why those ... professional ... pollsters at CNN didn't go all in and interview only Obama supporters.  How encouraging the results would have been!

Dishonest.  Deceptive.  And Devious.

But at least they would have been able to get a good night's sleep.

At least for one more night ...

Imprison All The Environmentalists

Before they hurt themselves:

Green-Energy Projects Face Opposition From Green Groups

And before my head explodes.

This Is Sick

NBC Today Show host Savannah Guthrie: Hurricane Sandy Sent 'Seemingly From Above' to Help Obama Get Re-elected

Are These The Same White People Who ELECTED HIM?

I'm getting a bit peeved with this sort of nonsense:

"White men are supporting Mitt Romney to the exclusion of logic or common sense, in defiance of normal Americans.”

So, you white boys who see your country going to hell in a handbasket are to be considered abnormal.  Because, apparently to this scribe for Slate magazine, skin color should be more important to you than the fact that you have no job and no food or shelter.

Please.

Go away.  Just go away.

Times-Dispatch Goes With Romney

I must agree with the estimate drawn here by the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial page (yesterday).  But I wonder, is it because Mitt Romney has done so well as a campaigner or because Barack Obama has done so poorly - as has the country - that the enthusiasm level runs so high?

Anyway:
Election 2012: On Tuesday
Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial

The Times-Dispatch reiterates its endorsement of Mitt Romney for president with considerable enthusiasm — more than we anticipated even a few months ago. We believe his common-sense economic policies, his steady demeanor and his remarkably successful experience in the private sector will enable him to pull the country out of the long-term economic stupor created by President Obama's reliance on ever-expanding government.

Romney has passed the commander-in-chief test and will defend freedom and American interests abroad. He is a man of sound judgment and good character, perhaps more earnest than most presidential aspirants, certainly more accomplished.

Obama has been a disappointment. Our post-partisan president has become our most partisan president. His assaults on Romney's honesty are particularly discouraging, given the Obama campaign's own singular reliance on misleading attack ads. In our endorsement one week ago, we felt it necessary to state that Romney would not "lie to the American people every time he opens his mouth." We were not casting aspersions on the incumbent. We were, instead, defending Romney in the face of Obama's relentless attempts to undermine his integrity.

It is, most emphatically, time for America to hire a new president. [link]
That time is tomorrow. Be there.

Griffith Logs A Lotta Miles

Somehow this strikes me as refreshing.  Think of soon-to-be-former Senator Dick Lugar, who would fly back to Indiana from his home in Washington to vacation and see the relatives - oh, and bump into the occasional constituent.

Then read this press release from Congressman Morgan Griffith:
Griffith Travels Over 3,000 Miles On 'Every Last Vote' Tour

Christiansburg, VA - Congressman Morgan Griffith has traveled over 3,000 miles in the last 10 days as part of his Every Last Vote Tour of the 9th District before Election Day.

Griffith started the Every Last Tour on Thursday, October 25. Since then, he has traveled over 3,000 miles and has one more day remaining on the tour.

"Over the past 10 days I have been traveling our region, talking to voters about how important it is that we get every last vote possible in this election," said Griffith. "I have talked to voters about jobs, energy, the deficit, health care and many more issues. I have explained my record and asked for their vote for another term as Congressman."

Although Griffith has already marked over 3,000 miles, he will continue the tour on Monday with stops in Montgomery and Roanoke Counties. That means the campaign will have made over 40 stops in the last 11 days leading up to Election Day.

"The ninth district is a sprawling district larger than the state of New Jersey. But every voter here matters to me, and I will always work to cover every last inch of Southwest Virginia. From Covington to Martinsville to Lee County and every town in between, I will always work for our region," said Griffith.
Refreshing. An elected representative who mingles with the little people.

I like it.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Where's W When You Need Someone To Blame?

Katrina!  Katrina!  Katrina!

It all made sense.  George W. Bush was a boob.  And FEMA, because he was a boob, was a woeful mess. And New Orleans suffered because of it.

Then he was gone.

But FEMA is still around.

Oh, my.

The New York Times this morning:
In many places that the storm pounded in its relentless push into the Northeast, there was a profound sense of isolation, with whole towns on Long Island still cut off from basic information, supplies and electricity. People in washed-out neighborhoods said they felt increasingly desperate. “Everything involving our lives is a matter of exhaustion,” said Nancy Reardon, 45, who waited for gas for five hours on Saturday in Massapequa.

Vikki Quinn, standing amid ruined belongings in front of her flooded house in Long Beach, said she felt lost. “I just keep waiting for someone with a megaphone and a car to just tell us what to do,” she said.

Hundreds of thousands of homes on Long Island were still without power Saturday, and frustration with the utilities, particularly Long Island Power Authority, continued to rise. “LIPA, get your act together,” Edward P. Mangano, the Nassau County executive, wrote on his Facebook page Saturday. “This response and lack of communication with customers is shameful.”
Sounds a whole lot like the Katrina narrative, doesn't it?

Only two things missing.  The names Bush and Obama.

Unlike the 2005 New Orleans disaster, which was blamed by the Times solely on the former, the latter certainly can't be saddled with the tragedy that is unfolding on Staten Island.  

Hmm.

So expect the New York Times to blame W. for Sandy and the devastation it brought too.

Obama, after all, is our first black president, and all that ...

Tim Kaine & Gun Rights

The NRA passes judgment:



Kaine received an "F" from America's premier gun rights group, its lowest, only because there is no "G."

Remember that when you enter the voting booth.

Tying Climate Change To Racism?

Oh, why not ...

This in the Huffington Post (naturally):

"Climate change is kind of like racism. Nobody really wants to talk about it, but it is as critical as it is constructive that we have that conversation now. Whether politicians, pundits or polls bring it up or not, like racism, we all know climate change is real. We all know it threatens our peace, security and the very unity of these United States of America."

As you might imagine, this dude looked out his New York City window, saw a Category 1 hurricane blowing (a tempest that was barely more than a tropical storm, if we could get "real") and saw ...

... racism?

This so explains the mindset.

Racism is climate change denial.

And, probably, it's the "war on women" and gay bashing too, if we were to probe the depths.

For the love of God.  What's with these people?

Some Minor Trivia

Can anyone name a backup quarterback in the NFL who was named to a "hall of fame"?

I know of only one.

Zeke Bratkowski.

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, 1989.

If only that darn Bart Starr hadn't been around ...

Please, No

If this old prune starts talking about her lady parts, I'm going to toss my Wheaties:

Obama Turns To Madeleine Albright For 'War On Women' Push

He chose her because the 75-year-old Albright is the youngest feminist alive today ...

The Shame Of A Nation

"They shall not return to us; the strong men coldly slain"

Hillary Isn't The Only One In Trouble

Where was this guy before and after?

Petraeus of Benghazi

And why does it seem that he too failed us miserably, before and after?

Why We Must Succeed

The alternative is poverty and starvation.

Thomas Peterffy has been there.  And shouts that warning:


The freedom to succeed.

The chance that we'll all be poor alike.

Choose.

Wow, I Could Only Come Up With 46

Obama's 4 Years Of Deficient Leadership: 47 Mistakes

Tim Kaine, Barack Obama ...

This is the heart of it, as far as I'm concerned:
Vote for George Allen
Virginia doesn’t need an Obama crony in the Senate
Washington Times editorial

Polls show the race is neck-and-neck to fill Jim Webb’s vacant U.S. Senate seat in Virginia. According to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, Republican George Allen, the former governor and senator, is in a statistical dead heat with Democrat Tim Kaine, recent chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and former governor. Only about 3 percent are undecided. Why this is so close is a mystery. America is on the ropes under Democratic mismanagement. The candidate in the Virginia race who can contribute to turning this country around and fixing the economy is George Allen.

On the issues, Mr. Allen wins this one hands down. His common-sense conservatism is based on maintaining a strong military, cutting government spending and reducing the tax and regulatory burden to give the private sector confidence to invest and create jobs. “Reckless, irresponsible Washington spending has resulted in unprecedented annual trillion-dollar deficits,” Mr. Allen told The Washington Times. “You can’t set priorities when you don’t have a budget — and the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over three years. In that time, Washington has added $5 trillion in debt and punted on nearly every effort to restrain spending.”

The contrast in this race is vivid. As a governor, senator, congressman and member of the commonwealth’s House of Delegates, Mr. Allen has a long record of leading the charge for limited government and job growth. Mr. Kaine frighteningly admitted that his work is simply, “Doing what the president wants me to do.” America can’t afford another Obama lackey voting to increase federal deficits and debt. The Washington Times endorses George Allen for the U.S. Senate. [link]
If you like what Barack Obama has done to this country, you'll vote for Tim Kaine.

And you'll get four and six more years of everything that is wrong with the USA.

If, by the same token, you want America to shine once again, you'll send Kaine back to the sewer from which he crawled, and vote for George Allen.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

A Trip Down Memory Lane

A San Francisco Chronicle columnist, writing about Barack Obama, in 2008 ("Is Obama an enlightened being? ..."):
No, it's not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different ways. It is something more. Even Bill Clinton, with all his effortless, winking charm, didn't have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity.

Dismiss it all you like, but I've heard from far too many enormously smart, wise, spiritually attuned people who've been intuitively blown away by Obama's presence - not speeches, not policies, but sheer presence - to say it's just a clever marketing ploy, a slick gambit carefully orchestrated by hotshot campaign organizers who, once Obama gets into office, will suddenly turn from perky optimists to vile soul-sucking lobbyist whores, with Obama as their suddenly evil, cackling overlord.

Here's where it gets gooey. Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

The unusual thing is, true Lightworkers almost never appear on such a brutal, spiritually demeaning stage as national politics. This is why Obama is so rare. And this why he is so often compared to Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., to those leaders in our culture whose stirring vibrations still resonate throughout our short history.
Obama could claim to be prepared to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet and was not laughed out of the room.

Now, four years on ...


... I wonder if this dope is a tad disappointed that things are worse today than they were before Obama's ascendancy.

I think I'd be putting him on suicide watch.

"... that rare kind of attuned being who ... can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet ..."

For the love of God.

We Can't Wait

Win or lose, Biden may be back in the race in 2016

The race for class clown is heating up ...

Another Woeful Unemployment Report

Senator George Allen- in a press release - has a response:
Henrico, VA – Today George Allen released the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for October showing the unemployment rate worsening to 7.9 percent:

“This jobs report is a reminder of the Obama/Kaine policies that have diminished job opportunities for Americans. The American people deserve much better opportunities,” said George Allen. “As Democrats’ national party chairman, Tim Kaine supported the policies that have left us deeper in debt, with a bigger government and over 20 million Americans unemployed or underemployed. Now another 200,000 jobs are threatened because of the debt deal Tim Kaine said was the ‘right thing to do.’

“While my opponent has tried to talk about everything but jobs, my campaign has been based on a pro-jobs growth plan, my Blueprint for America’s Comeback. We can create over 500,000 new jobs a year with a more simple, fair and competitive tax code, reasonable regulations, and unleashed American energy resources and empowering education policies. I will stand for Virginia jobs by stopping these devastating defense cuts. I want to be Virginians’ voice in the U.S. Senate because I know my job is to fight for their jobs.”
Over 20 million Americans still unemployed or underemployed.

Last time I looked, Tim Kaine's one and only initiative was to improve education.

Like schooling those 20 million Americans will somehow produce jobs.

We need employers, not diplomas.

Things Democrats Will Never Say

Solar Panels Don't Work!

But admit it or not ...
New York (TheStreet) -- As one solar company after another goes out of business, here is what investors do not know and promoters will not tell you: Solar panels do not work that well.

Sometimes not at all. But for several years, most solar systems, big and small, were so heavily subsidized, they were practically free. So lots of people did not really care.

Not enough to check the output of their systems. The few who did often had a big surprise.
Read the whole thing.  The information provided might shock you.

Or not.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Wow

The media are slowly coming around to the Benghazi story (now that the election campaign is all but over).  And they are not liking what they're seeing.

An example:

Benghazi blunder: Obama unworthy commander-in-chief

The meat of it:
To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation's economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie "Dr. Strangelove," would be disastrous.

Candidate Obama said if he couldn't fix the economy in four years, his would be a one-term presidency.

Mitt Romney is moral, capable and responsible man. Just this once, it's time to hold Barack Obama to his word. Maybe we can all do something about that, come Tuesday.
Indeed.

On Benghazi, The Most Basic Question Of All:

Why, on 9/11 of all days, was the Obama administration totally unprepared for a terrorist attack in the most volatile region on the planet?

A Note To The Frightened Children ...

... at the Roanoke Times (see "[Hurricane] Sandy has been just the sort of storm climate models forecast and serves as a terrible reminder of global warming's ever-growing threat."), from Matthew Algeo, writing in the New York Times:
On Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the Atlantic Ocean, four hurricanes were swirling simultaneously, an event never before recorded, and one that would not happen again until 1998. Two would peter out, but over Wednesday night, one of the hurricanes slammed into New York City. At least 30 people were killed. A storm surge swept across southern Brooklyn and Queens, destroying virtually everything in its path. Railroad tracks near Brighton Beach were washed away, along with bath houses and sections of boardwalk.

Four days later, on Aug. 27, the last, even more powerful hurricane made landfall near Savannah, Ga., devastating coastal island communities. As many as 2,000 people were killed, many swept out to sea, never to be seen again. Corn and cotton crops were ruined, and wells were contaminated with seawater.
Four powerful hurricanes? 2,000 people killed?  Crops ruined?  Destroying everything?

That's right.

The year?

1893.

The kids at the Roanoke Times look upon the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy several days ago as being something biblical.  Or at least Gaian.  Or, at minimum, "ever-growing."

In truth, it's weather.  And it's been happening since the dawn of creation.

How amazing it must be to look out the window and see a world they'd never witnessed before.

Just think what sunrise must do to them ...

A Good Line

Leno: 'Hurricane Sandy Has Already Created More Jobs Than Obama Has'

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Blind. Deaf. Dumb.

The Roanoke Times editorial page this morning:

"Presidential and congressional candidates have scarcely mentioned climate change this year. In one rare exception, Republican Mitt Romney, once an advocate for smarter energy policies, mocked President Obama for promising to 'slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.'

"But Hurricane Sandy rudely interrupted the bipartisan silence this week. While it is impossible to say that any single weather event was caused by climate change, Sandy has been just the sort of storm climate models forecast and serves as a terrible reminder of global warming's ever-growing threat."

Finally - after seven long years since Katrina wrecked New Orleans - with a veritable absence of major hurricanes in the intervening years - Times editorialists were able to trot out their global-warming-is-causing-major-weather-to-happen screed.

Let me set the record straight for you guys.  That "While it is impossible to say that any single weather event was caused by climate change ..."?  The fact that there has been only one - ONE - "single weather event" in nearly a decade disallows - at least to rational human beings - any notion that "climate change" is causing anything other than breathless, panicky liberal newspaper editorials.

"Climate change" is nonsense.  And always has been.

So stuff it.

Despite What You Read In The Papers ...

Roanoke College Poll: Late deciders push Romney to narrow lead over Obama in Va.; Allen overtakes Kaine in Va. Senate race

The poll says Romney has a "very narrow" lead of five points over the President.  49% to 44%.  (Among likely voters.)  Which isn't narrow at all.  That's landslide material in a two-way presidential race.

As it stands now, according to the poll, George Allen has amassed a "very narrow" margin over Tim Kaine as well.  47% to 42%.

The real shocker?

"Employing a more stringent screen for likely voters ... increases Romney's lead to 54 percent to 41 percent and Allen's lead to 51 percent to 39 percent."

Don't get cocky though.  We need all of you to get out and vote Tuesday.  At least once.



America's future depends on you.

Ah, To Be Young & Stupid

There's a band of college-age kids living in trees in Texas.

In protest.

A protest "blockade" of the XL pipeline.

The pipeline that won't even receive government approval for years.

Years of sitting in trees and doing nothing.

Somehow I'm okay with that.

They'll do this struggling nation no harm as long as they're there hanging from tree limbs.

You go, girls.


Why We're Destined To Win The War On Terror

Despite the efforts of Barack Obama.

Sacrificial Cow Kills Man At Palestinian Muslim Slaughter Feast

Celebratory gunfire at Saudi wedding cuts cable, 23 electrocuted

Just sayin'.

Why I Rejected 'Modern Art' Long Ago

It was an excuse for The Death Of Skill.

A Ten Billion Dollar Check Will Turn Anyone

Can you blame him?

"President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cemented their new-found mutual admiration society on Wednesday, as the men gushed with praise for one another while touring damage from Hurricane Sandy on the devastated Jersey Shore."

If Christie were doing this for personal gain - like a cabinet post in Obama's second term - (?) - selling his soul would be one thing.

But the Jersey shore has been destroyed.

And he's sucking up for his constituents' sake.

It's actually admirable.

It is ... really ... it .. is ...

Tell It To Ambassador Stevens

Obama Tells Americans, 'We Leave Nobody Behind'

Bullshit.


That's the body of Chris Stevens being displayed on the streets of Benghazi by Muslim murderers on 9/12/12.  An American left behind by Obama and his gang.

The President has been referred to by some as the coward-in-chief.

At no time in the last four years has that been more fitting.

Question

Who died in the Valerie Plame saga?

You know.  The non-story that had every news person in America riveted to it for months?

You know.  The non-issue that led Scooter Libby to be imprisoned for lying about involvement, even though it was proven that he was not involved?

Answer: No one died.  No one.

So what's up with this?

The mysterious media Benghazi bugout

Four Americans were murdered.

And the media have no interest.

Odd.

Or maybe not.

Obama's Hiding Something

He and Hillary quickly set up a firewall - a "review board" - that would "investigate" the circumstances that led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi on 9/11.  A standard dodge when a highly placed politician wants to avoid answering for his or her actions.

A dodge that was intended to block all relevant information to get out before the upcoming election.

But some questions can't wait.

And some need no "review board."

Like:

What went on in this meeting?
Obama Met With Panetta and Biden at WH As Benghazi Terror Attack Unfolded
By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Sept. 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM—just 55 minutes after the State Department notified the White House and the Pentagon that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was under attack.

The meeting between Obama, Panetta and Biden had been scheduled before the attack took place, and the Department of Defense is not commenting now on whether the three men were aware when they met that day of the ongoing attack or whether Obama used that meeting to discuss with his defense secretary what should be done to defend the U.S. personnel who at that very moment were fighting for their lives in Benghazi.

“Secretary Panetta met with President Obama, as the White House-provided scheduled indicates,” Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a Defense Department spokesman, told CNSNews.com on Tuesday. “However, neither the content nor the subject of discussions between the President and his advisors are [sic] appropriate for disclosure.” [link]
Actually, that portion of the meeting - if in that meeting there was any discussion relating to the Benghazi debacle - is absolutely appropriate for disclosure. These people work for us.

And four Americans were being murdered at the very time that their commander-in-chief, his immediate subordinate, and the Secretary of Defense were meeting to discuss national security issues.

What did Obama do in response to the ongoing attack on American sovereignty?

At this point, the answers he's given - and not given - indicate he did nothing.

Which explains the "review board" and the general obfuscation.

Which are tantamount to an admission of guilt.

Which explains how four Americans were left to die at the hands of Muslim terrorists.

They deserved better than the bunch of cowards and incompetents who led them to their doom.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

From the Monroe County Reporter we learn that the man who offered prayer at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration - Joseph Lowery - regrets all the hatred and bitterness that the current election is bringing out in people.

And so he decides to haul out his own:

"Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.

"'I'm frightened by the level of hatred and bitterness coming out in this election," said Lowery."

Hatred and bitterness.  He knows of that which he speaks.

I hate you for your hatred!

Lowery, so you know, is 91 years old.  So I choose to blame his vile bigotry on senility.

But I could be wrong.

In Your Face

So you know, Michael Mann - the poster child of global warming theory - or what was global warming theory before the globe stopped warming - now the poster child of climate change theory - until that too becomes totally discredited - has sued National Review for defamation.  (Good luck with that.)

National Review's response?

Bite me.

I love those guys.

My God.

Court May Force Mentally Disabled Nevada Woman to Have Abortion

The baby's crime (punishable by death)?

It's mother is severely retarded and promiscuous.

Thus: He/she is to be terminated.

There are no words ...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Roanoke Times In Full Panic Mode

Shameful is the only word that describes this editorial that appears this morning:

"The force of two Romneys."

To quote:
A President Mitt Romney might strip FEMA's funding.

When it comes to protecting the public's safety, politics should find no shelter. This is when government's role is best fulfilled, directing public resources, contracting with private concerns and coordinating nonprofits' response efforts. Widespread disasters require coordination beyond state boundaries.

Yet if Romney had his way, McDonnell and Virginia would be on their own. When asked if states should stop relying on federal disaster aid, Romney said:

"Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut — we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we're doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we're doing that we don't have to do? And those things we've got to stop doing, because we're borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we're taking in." [emphasis mine]
Deceitful or incompetent?

I go with both.

The quote attributed to Romney is verbatim.  The accompanying question - "if states should stop relying on federal disaster aid" - was not the question that provided for Romney's response.  It's a bald-faced lie.

The question - from debate moderator John King on June 30, 2011:

"FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we're learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?”

See anything there that comes remotely close to should states stop relying on federal disaster aid?

We all know liberals are desperate these days.  What with their savior going down in flames.

Lies and deceit are the natural outpouring.

Shameful, fellas.  You drag the bottom on normal days.  But you've plowed new depths with this one.

Come Tuesday, It's Our Turn To Make War

Up until now:


"Obama's War On Coal."

Factual.  Comprehensive.  Devastating.

Infuriating.

A Message To His Constituents

From Congressman Morgan Griffith:
Over the past few weeks, you've undoubtedly seen the political ads and heard the speeches. This campaign is "the most important in modern history" say the pundits. On the national level, this race "is too close to call" say the prognosticators.

But, what does this election mean for Southwest Virginia? What does it mean for your family? To be honest, those are the questions you're probably asking right now.

I have crisscrossed Southwest Virginia as summer has turned to fall. I have talked with people concerned about their jobs, their electricity bills, gas prices and the kind of future their children will live to see.

I hear the concerns on a daily basis. I understand how important good paying jobs are. I know that you're concerned about the electricity bill and how much it will cost to fill up the tank. I know that our seniors are worried about Medicare.

And if you re-elect me as your Congressman, I will work to address these concerns.

I will protect and preserve Medicare. For those 55 and older, there will be no changes to Medicare. For the next generation, there will be changes that strengthen Medicare, lower medical costs and preserve it for the long term.

I am going to work to protect your jobs and to attract new ones. I am going to work to keep taxes low, reduce the unnecessary regulation and create an environment where business can thrive.

I am going to continue to implement my 4-D plan to keep energy costs down. We need to Drill, Dig, Discover and De-regulate. Drill means use our oil and natural gas. Dig means use our coal resources. Discover means use our universities to find new ways to use traditional fuel sources and to make alternative and renewable fuels more affordable. De-regulate means unleash our energy potential and get Washington out of the way.

I will also vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a common-sense solution that will keep doctors and patients in charge of health care, not bureaucrats. We can find ways to keep the best parts of the law - like black lung benefits for coal miners, coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing students to stay on their parent's plans. But I am confident we can do that without raising taxes on middle class families and businesses 19 times.

Most importantly, I want you to know that I will never stop working for Southwest Virginia. I grew up here. I went to school here. I am raising my family here. This is my home. That's why I want to go back to Washington - so I can keep working to protect my home and yours.

Finally, I want to encourage everyone to vote, no matter what your political persuasion. Every citizen has a duty to participate in the political process. Hundreds of thousands of heroes have died protecting our freedoms - including the freedom to vote. We should all honor them by making sure we cast a ballot on Tuesday.
Tuesday. Be there.

Received via press release.

The Best Reason To Believe

Chris Matthews: Global Warming Deniers Are "Pigs"

Be thee not a pig.

Believe in the unbelievable.

Out Of Touch. Out Of His Mind.

And he claims Virginia as his home.

My God:
Virginia Congressman: Veterans “Unqualified to Serve” in Congress
Because Deployments Prevent Veterans from Serving Local Communities

Fairfax, VA – Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) shocked constituents by suggesting that military Veterans are unqualified to serve in Congress because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into the districts they hope to serve in Congress.

Congressman Connolly is running against Colonel Chris Perkins, a retired officer who served most of his more than 24 years in uniform as an Army Green Beret deployed overseas. Connolly has repeatedly suggested that Perkins’ lack of local involvement because of his military career makes him unqualified to hold federal office.

In an October 22nd Washington Post interview, Connolly “dismisses Perkins as unqualified” for Congress, despite Colonel Perkins’ many leadership assignments that included command of a Special Forces Battalion of over six-hundred men, and numerous combat deployments.

While speaking to a local Chamber of Commerce a few weeks earlier, Connolly asked the audience, "Where has my opponent been” while Connolly served in local government for 16 years.

Days later at a neighborhood civic association, Congressman Connolly subsequently pressed his line of attack dismissing Colonel Perkins' extensive military experience saying, "I expect a [Congressional] candidate to have demonstrated some sweat-equity" on local issues, ignoring the 24 years Colonel Perkins served as an Army Green Beret.

“I am disappointed that Congressman Connolly believes that military men and women are ‘unqualified to serve in Congress’ of the country they gave their lives to protect and defend,” said Colonel Chris Perkins. “Connolly’s statements are outrageous and demonstrate an out-of-touch career politician that thinks that only those who climb the ladder of local politics can graduate to higher office.”

“By Congressman Connolly’s standard, many of our forefathers, including George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower, would have been ‘unqualified’ to hold office,” continued Colonel Perkins. “His statements are offensive to every service member, career first responder and their families who have sacrificed so much for the country we love.”

“Mr. Connolly asked where I was when he was building schools and laying sidewalks locally,” said Colonel Perkins. “I’ll tell you where I’ve been. I was in Iraq hunting down SCUD missiles that were targeting Israel. I was chasing down mass-murdering terrorists in Bosnia, Kosovo and Africa. And, I was at Arlington National Cemetery seventeen times paying last respect to the brave men and women that I had the privilege and honor to serve with.”

“Our country’s Veterans and career first responders don’t just have sweat equity in their community, they have blood equity in America,” concluded Colonel Perkins.
You folks in northern Virginia, do the right thing.


Send this Connolly worm packing next Tuesday.

Received from "Chris Perkins for Congress.

West Virginia, Where His Name Is Dirtier Than Coal

Well, Obama has met one of his many promises.  He has brought people together.  Fostered consensus.  Achieved unanimity.

The state of West Virginia - Democrats and Republicans alike - is united.

In its opposition to Barack Obama's reelection.
West Virginia Dems unload on Obama EPA over new coal layoffs
By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

West Virginia Democrats are “outraged” with President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, which has now cost the jobs of nearly 150 coal miners in the state.

Energy giant Consol announced Tuesday that it will idle its surface mining operations in Mingo County after failing to secure necessary Clean Water Act permits from the EPA.

The Miller Creek surface mine facility has been in operation for decades, and the company had planned to construct the new “King Coal Highway” as part of a reclamation project after mining is complete. Coal mine employees, Consol said, would eventually have been assigned to the highway project, once the coal supplies had been exhausted.

Democrats in the state, already angry with the administration’s “war on coal,” unloaded on the EPA on Tuesday afternoon.

“I am incensed and infuriated that the EPA would intentionally delay the needed permit for a public-private project that would bring so many good jobs and valuable infrastructure to communities that so desperately need them,” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said in a statement.

Mr. Manchin has been one of the loudest critics of Mr. Obama’s environmental policy. He skipped this year’s Democratic convention, and, in one of his campaign commercials, literally shot a hole through the controversial cap-and-trade bill.

“This project is a win-win and the EPA is trying to make it a loser,” he continued. Mingo County officials have estimated that the mine and King Coal Highway projects could over the next 15 years created as many as 2,500 new jobs and supported the development of about 2,000 acres of land.

Consol President Nicholas J. DeIuliis said in a statement Tuesday that the company has been working to secure the necessary environmental permits since 2007, with no success.

“Once again, the EPA has stepped in the way of a great project here in West Virginia,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, said Tuesday in a joint statement with fellow Democrats Mr. Manchin, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall. “The EPA cannot seem to understand the big picture and the true scope of its authority.”

The quartet of state Democrats pledged to fight the EPA and try to get the Miller Creek mines back up and running and the highway project moving forward.

“I will continue to work with our senators and our governor as we present a united front in an effort to knock some common sense into EPA,” Mr. Rahall said.

Consol’s layoffs come on the heels of similar moves across Appalachia, and growing anger in that region toward the “war on coal,” a term appearing on lawn signs, billboards, bumper stickers and T-shirts throughout the region. [link]
Obama may have won the battle. But he's ultimately going to lose his war on coal.

Take it to the bank.

Chicago

Where the answer to every problem is more gun control.

Or, as the case may be, more ammunition control.

See "Official proposes bullet tax to curb Chicago crime."

Also see "2 Investigators: Chicago Schools Flunk Food Inspections."

I wonder if that same official moron will propose a food tax to control food violations.

They Deserved Better


Reality Bites

"The private sector is doing fine."
-- Barack Obama --

I have to believe that even he doesn't buy it:
U.S. Drops Out of Top 10 in Latest Legatum Prosperity Index
By James M. Roberts, Heritage

In an unprecedented fall, the U.S. dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index that was published today.

The index benchmarks countries in eight categories: economy, education, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, safety and security, and social capital.

Legatum’s latest findings are further proof that the American Dream is in jeopardy. After clinging to 10th place in the 2011 index, America has dropped to 12th position in the worldwide prosperity rankings—with weakening performance across five of the index’s eight categories. Significantly, the U.S. fell eight places in the measure for entrepreneurship and opportunity.

The Legatum findings confirm earlier analysis in the Index of Economic Freedom, published annually by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. It has reported steadily declining scores for economic freedom in the United States for the past four years. [link]
Steadily declining. The past four years.

And there are those who want four more years of the last four years.

May God have mercy.

Headline Of The Day

Obama on Benghazi the hurricane: “We leave nobody behind”

So Full Of Hate

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Slams Mitt Romney for Collecting Storm Supplies [for those in need].

Lowlife.

Climate Happens

Yet to some, it's as if it's a new phenomenon.

This, folks, is silly:

"Monday's mammoth storm that caused severe flooding, damage and fatalities to the eastern U.S. will raise pressure on Congress and the next president to address the impacts of climate change as the price tag for extreme weather disasters escalates."

It's from Reuters.  Where - using this moron's logic (a reporter named Valerie Volcovici) - any change in our way of life, from anal warts to swine flu to the black plague, could be blamed on global warming.

Thank God her day is done.

Otherwise her mindset could have proven to be very expensive.  And a complete waste of our time and tax dollars.

Crawling Out Of The Woodwork

Meghan McCain to GOP after Sandy: Do you still doubt climate change?

Earth to Meghan whomever-you-are:

When did the GOP ever deny that weather changes?

Then Agree With Us!

And all will be well ...

PBS newsman sees danger in fragmented nation

It won't be fragmented when everyone in America once again believes in limited government, the majesty of capitalism, and the power of We the People.

And when PBS newsmen are relegated to the unemployment line.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

He's Flailing

Good God:

Obama Suggests ‘Secretary of Business’ in a 2nd Term

Someone should inform the smartest man in American history that he already has a Secretary of Commerce.  But what good would it do?

Obama and business.  Too funny.

You're All Implicit Racists!

The Associated Press has done extensive research (the Associated Press?) and has determined that you are.

Whether you know it - or agree with it - or not.

It's gotten that bizarre.

The Obama Presidency, An Epitaph

Jonah Goldberg:
When the history of this administration is written, maybe someone will note the dissonance between the president's hip persona and his retro ideology. Here was a man who promised a "transformative" presidency. Yet when transformation came, it amounted to a two-pronged attempt to impose, from one side, a version of European social democracy by way of ObamaCare, and from the other side a version of Chinese state-directed "capitalism" by way of the stimulus.

As a political matter it may have been Mr. Obama's good luck that the bankruptcy of both models became obvious only after he had gotten his way legislatively on both. Yet the president's sagging fortunes have everything to do with his buying into an ideological enthusiasm too late. In a different age, Mr. Obama would have been the guy who went out and bought an Edsel. In this age, Mr. Obama is the guy demanding that you buy an Edsel, too. That car is today called the Volt.

Mr. Obama might still squeak by. He has, in addition to incumbency and a vestige of likability, the benefit of a challenger who only found his stride very late in the campaign. But a second term will mean four years of spent ideas packaged in shopworn rhetoric, to be shoved down the national throat by a president with nothing politically to lose.

Sound appealing? [emphasis mine]
As appealing as a week-old pizza.

A Good Line

From Jonah Goldberg:

'It's Huge Progress Obama Didn’t Blame This Hurricane On A Video'

Stinging.  And nice.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Note To Barack:

There are real human beings out here whose lives are being destroyed.

Two Tazewell County coal miners share story with Gov. Mitt Romney

Similar stories to those being told by millions of other Americans.

The difference?

Obama hasn't targeted everyone else's futures for elimination.

We're Mad As Hell ...

Though Dave Wasserman will be the first to tell you that early voting is not indicative of the outcome of next month's election, this report (that he tweeted out on the 26th) that looks at early voting trends is interesting:

Meanwhile, northern Virginia and Richmond, both Obama strongholds, are way down in early voting turnout thus far, according to Wasserman.

A sign of big things to come?


Shame

The New York Post:
Myriad are the failures of the Obama administration, but none is more tragic, or more frightening, or more foreboding of catastrophe than the appalling mishandling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi.
Those who sought their government's help were left to die.

They died.

And Obama flew to Las Vegas for a campaign event.

My God.

A Message For Our Diplomatic Corps

You’re on your own.

'Silence Is The Voice Of Complicity'


A Death Knell For The USA?

George Will sends out a warning.  Though he may be too late:
America’s ethos once was what Eberstadt [Nicholas Eberstadt, an economist and demographer at American Enterprise Institute] calls “optimistic Puritanism,” combining an affinity for personal enterprise with a horror of dependency. Nov. 6 is a late and perhaps last chance to begin stopping the scandal of plundering our descendants’ wealth to finance the demands of today’s entitlement mentality.
Plundering our descendants’ wealth to finance the demands of today’s entitlement mentality.

Our ancestors look down upon us in horror and disgrace.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

WaPo Endorses Obama

You really can't make this kind of comedy gold up.

The Washington Post has come out with a ringing endorsement of President Obama.

See "Washington Post endorsement: Four more years for President Obama."

And it's a hoot.

You know something's a little strained when the first sentence in the paper's resounding editorial seal of approval is this:

"Much of the 2012 presidential campaign has dwelt on the past, but ..."

But?

BUT.

So the boys there are immediately going to ask that you ignore everything that's happened over the last four years and focus instead on Obama's promises for the future.

Presumably his promises of hope and ... whatever that other empty, unfulfilled promise from long ago was.

And that's exactly what they attempt to do.

But talk about bizarre.

Here's one of the two - and only two - questions that the editorial staff asked itself before it chose Barry Obama to lead us into the future:

"[M]ost urgently, who is likelier to put the government on a more sound financial footing."

Did they really want to go there?

Shouldn't they have stuck with Sandra Fluke or something?

Somehow, despite all evidence to the contrary ...

"President Barack Obama is better positioned to be that navigator than is his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney."

"That navigator," known to most of us as the Francesco Schettino of the American ship of state, is prepared to stop spending us into oblivion?

Really?

Well, if you ignore all reality, if you completely ignore his past, if you turn a blind eye to the realities of 2012, if you pay attention only to his promises of sweetness and light, then ... by God ... he's the man!

If only ...


But then there's the real world.

Four more years of Obama and we're screwed.


Local Protest Draws A Crowd

Be aware.  Stay vigilant.

A press release from SAV NRV, Sustain Authentic Values, New River Valley:
Despite a crowd of twenty protestors outside the Southwest Virginia Highlands Community College where incumbent Congressman Morgan Griffith and challenger Anthony Flaccavento appeared for a debate on October 18th, mainstream media continues to ignore the growing opposition to the proposed National Heritage Area designation, brainchild of Congressman Griffith, Senator Mark Warner and The Crooked Road organization, a taxpayer funded 501c3 tourism promotion entity. Both congressional candidates for Virginia's 9th District support the designation.

A National Heritage Area newsletter/expose published by SAV NRV, (Sustain Authentic Values, New River Valley) was distributed outside as the crowd gathered for the debate, where the future of the coal industry--integral to the suffering economy of Southwest Virginia-- would become a hot topic. While Congressman Griffith touted his reputation as a defender of coal as an EPA warrior, and Flaccavento emphasized the need to transition to an "asset-based" economy (one that is not dependent on resource extraction industries), both men ignored the fact that designation of the 19 counties of Congressional District 9 as a NHA will heap layers of regulations on business and industry, and especially coal. This was the elephant in the room that was never introduced, and ignored altogether in follow-up reporting by two major area news outlets.

An interview was conducted by Bristol Broadcasting Company's Crystal Dawn Carter, with Abingdon protester Barbara Waters describing her family's loss of their farm and 200 acres in Grayson County to the National Forest Service. Debra McCown, reporting for the Roanoke Times Blue Ridge Caucus also ignored information provided to her, failing even to mention the NHA opposition despite photographing the protesters.

"It's not that we aren't used to being ignored in our opposition to the radical transformation that Southwest Virginia is experiencing under the heel of 'Sustainable Development'," says Catherine Turner, publisher of the SAV NRV Newsletter. "It is inconceivable, however, that this designation is looming without local government bodies throughout District 9 even being made aware that their authority is about to be replaced by the National Park Service and a "managing entity" made up of a special interest group of music and tourism figureheads. A few of the counties are starting to get clued in through our efforts, with Smyth County voting to defund The Crooked Road and Washington County now considering it. But it is unthinkable that our congressman and the press talk about the "War on Coal" when this designation is posed to determine the winner. But then, you have the mainstream media ignoring Benghazi-Gate,so what else is new?"
For more information on the group, go here.

NY Times Endorses Obama

Because he's done such a swell job.

The editorial staff there actually wants four more years of the last four years.

Figure that one out.

More Details On The Fight In Benghazi

Those two former Navy SEALS did their brothers proud.

C'est la vie

Does this mean Michelle is no longer proud of her country?

Gallup: Obama's Job Approval Drops 7 Points in 3 Days

You knew the brief love affair would last only as long as Americans were heaping praise and adoration.

Now?

Y'all are a bunch of racists!

No Time For Sightseeing

So my son-in-law, Lt. Col. Michael Kasprzyk, USMC, is sent to Egypt on a mission I dare not get into for fear of a knock on my door.  (If Homeland Security is monitoring this weblog, I know nothing.)  And what does he do in this land where 100 million Muslims would love to see him dead?


He goes sightseeing.

For the love of God.

Quote Of The Day

Senator Marco Rubio, on socialism and President Obama:

"'He just put out a picture book that he calls his plan for the next four years,' Rubio said during a warm-up of the crowd ahead of Romney's speech. 'Unfortunately, there’s nothing really innovative in that picture book. They’re the ideas that have failed every time they’ve been tried. They’re expensive ideas. They’re the ideas of countries that people come here to get away from.'"

Just ask anyone who has fled to the USA from Europe.

Warped

One man's take on Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan:

"These are the most un-modern people I’ve ever seen. They’re medieval, almost. They don’t believe in abortion."

I kid you not.

The New Colossus

A quiz: What happened on this day in 1886?

A hint:


The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

There are those who want the world to believe that we are opposed to immigration.

Not true.

We just demand that it be done legally.  The right way.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886.

Long may she hold the banner of freedom high.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

James Webb Takes The Honors

America’s most disappointing senator

Bottom line:

"On the major issues of the last four years, Webb voted in lockstep with Barack Obama on the health care bill Virginia took the lead in fighting and the stimulus package that borrowed $1 trillion to produce barely 2 percent economic growth two years later.

"It has been said that Daniel Patrick Moynihan talked like Irving Kristol but voted like Walter Mondale. Jim Webb wrote like Pat Buchanan but votes like Harry Reid."

His supporters - you there, Washington Post? - must be pleased.

While America bleeds.

I'm Ashamed Of My Country

May God have mercy:

"'Within minutes of the first bullet being fired, the White House knew these heroes would be slaughtered if immediate air support was denied,' said Ty Woods' father, Charles. 'In less than an hour, the perimeters could have been secured, and American lives could have been saved. After seven hours fighting numerically superior forces, my son's life was sacrificed because of the White House's decision.'"

Beyond disgraceful.

The Next Question That Must Be Asked:

Did Obama Watch While They Fought for their Lives?

Lunatic

This guy lost his mind long ago:
Ted Turner on More U.S. Soldiers Dying by Suicide Than Combat: ‘I Think It’s Good’
By Elizabeth Harrington, CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – Appearing on CNN’s "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Wednesday evening, CNN founder Ted Turner said it is "good" that more U.S. soldiers are now dying by suicide than in combat.

Morgan said: "You made the point to me in the break there that more American servicemen are --

Turner interrupted: --are dying now from suicide over there than are dying in combat."

Morgan asked: “I mean, that’s shocking isn’t it?”

“Well, what, no,” Turner said. “I think it’s good, because it’s so clear that we are programmed, and we’re born, to love and help each other, not to kill each other, destroy each other,” the media mogul said. “That’s an aberration, that’s left over from hundreds of years ago. It's time for us to start acting enlightened." [link]
Enlightened? Does that sound enlightened to you?

If You Can't Find Work, Find A Back Ache

A federal program for the disabled?  Hey, I can be disabled!
8,803,335: Another New Record for Disability—Up 975 Per Day Under Obama
By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

(CNSNews.com) - The number of American workers collecting federal disability insurance benefits hit yet another record high in October, according to the Social Security Administration.

This month 8,803,335 disabled workers are collecting benefits, up from the previous record of 8,786,049 set in September.

In February 2009, the first full month after President Barack Obama took office, there were 7,469,240 workers collecting federal disability insurance. Thus, so far in Obama’s term, the number of workers collecting disability has increased by 1,334,095. That works out to a net increase of about 29,646 per month (1,334,095 divided by 45 months), or an average increase of about 975 per day (1,334,095 divided by 1,369 days). [link]
The government dole. By another name.

And Obama will tell you it's a good thing.

Where These Things Ought To Be Decided

In the various states.

In this case, the very conservative state of Texas:
Texas can ban Planned Parenthood from health program after court decision
By Tina Burnside, CNN

(CNN) -- Texas won another battle against Planned Parenthood this week.

A federal appeals court, on Thursday, refused to grant another hearing to the organization, a decision that stops the organization's fight against Texas' effort to ban state funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry applauded the decision, by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Today's ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women's Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion. In Texas we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice," Perry said.

The decision continues a legal struggle that has been going on for months.

The Texas Women's Health Program provides about 130,000 low-income women with family planning exams, related health screenings and contraception.

Texas opposed government funding for Planned Parenthood clinics because the organization provides abortions.

The state said in March that it was willing to give up funding from Washington and run the Women's Health Program itself. [link]
Something like this won't happen in Massachusettes for decades.

And that's as it should be.

Each state should decide on its own.