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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Knew This Was Coming

When I read on the New York Times editorial page the other day a call for the end of the filibuster of judges and "high-ranking executive branch officials," I knew someone was going to go back and check on the paper's consistency on the issue.  And they did.  And just as I suspected, the really expansive-thinking editorialists there are about as serious in their convictions as I'd imagined.

Turns out, according to the incomparable James Taranto, not only did the Times change its position to fit Obama's needs, it was actually against the filibuster before it was for it before it was against it.  Turns out?
Yet amid its zigging and zagging, the Times has been consistent, in that its view on the filibuster has always been in line with the immediate interests of the Democratic Party.
The New York Times is against the filibuster if a Democrat is being stymied but in favor of it if a Republican's (nefarious!) intentions are blocked.

Now that's conviction!

We Carry The Load


The Racialists Just Won't Go Away

Now it's Juan Williams who's decided that the most plain-spoken, the most blunt, the most straightforward  politician in America today - Newt Gingrich - speaks in code.

For the love of God:
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values.”
Meanwhile, out here in the real world, where such nonsense is viewed as the work of small minds with large amounts of time on their hands  ...

T-Shirts Don't Lie

I received this via email this morning.  Thought it was interesting:
Barack Obama has finally overtaken Ron Paul on CafePress.com.

As you may know, CafePress.com is an e-commerce platform that powers user-designed merchandise. CafePress has been tracking 2012 election presidential candidate support via the 2012 Meter graph. With an average of over 137,000 new designs uploaded every week, it’s no surprise many of them are political in nature. As a result, CafePress is often seen as a Cultural Barometer®, making their political product sales relevant and interesting. The Meter graphs track merchandise sales trends for each presidential candidate, and through such trends, successfully predicted Barack Obama’s victory in 2008.

Since The Meter poll launched in November, Ron Paul has held the top spot in product sales (e.g., t-shirts, etc.) each week in a commanding fashion—a testament to his loyal supporters, as they’ve been able to counter surges from the rest of the Republican field, as well as the incumbent, President Barack Obama. However, following Obama’s SOTU speech, Paul has finally fallen to 2nd place, demonstrating a sudden and significant surge in Obama support.

Obama-tagged items lead Paul-tagged items, 46% to 33%. A week prior, Obama was in 3rd place, with 12%, behind Paul’s 66% and Mitt Romney’s 13%. This is a stunning shift in sales, and could represent a rebound for the embattled Obama. It seems like the State of the Union really rallied his supporters.

To further this point, pro-Obama sales have witnessed a massive uptick. After seeing anti-Obama-tagged items outpace pro a week ago, 74% to 26%, pro-Obama items have rallied to put up a 45% mark, compared to 55% anti. That’s a huge jump in just one week. Talk about a bounce back in support and sales!

Other interesting election-related tidbits from The Meter include:

● With the Florida primary a day away, Newt Gingrich-tagged items have surged in sales. Gingrich-tagged items edged out Romney-tagged items this past week—10% to 9%.

● The week prior, Romney led Gingrich 13% to 6%. While Romney seems to lead in Florida, the uptick in Gingrich’s sales showcases the rise in support he has encountered following his big win in South Carolina.
We know the polls. They've told us that Obama's State of the Union speech did nothing for his approval rating. T-shirt sales say otherwise.

Who to believe? Who to believe?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Blockheads

Are the people who suck up oxygen each day in the Roanoke Times editorial boardroom  really this stupid?

From its offering this morning - "Playing politics with children's health":
As their daughters prepare to enter middle school, parents are informed about a three-dose vaccine that has the power to keep them from contracting a virus known to cause cervical cancer. Virginia's immunization schedule requires, with their parents' permission, for 11-year-old girls to undergo the regimen so that someday when they eventually become sexually active their bodies will be able to fight off common strains of HPV.

It's a good requirement, and one that ought to be extended to boys, now that research shows the vaccine is just as effective in preventing certain types of cancer in them as well.

But the Virginia House of Delegates is having none of that good science. As predicted, delegates approved a bill, HB 1112, that would strike the requirement that girls have the vaccine. Apparently, they subscribe to the bizarre notion that it's a license to have adolescent sex. [emphasis mine]
No, it couldn't be the obvious reason. It couldn't be their stated reason. It's the bizarre reason.

Rather than the Republicans in the House of Delegates simply wanting government out of our shorts (and out of our wallets; this mandated vaccine costs a lot of money if one is not insured), rather than leaving the decision-making to the parents and advising them to know the possible dangers of this virus under certain circumstances (and not dangerous at all under most) and the GOP members wanting parents to act accordingly, the Times editorialists have their knickers twisted because government doesn't use its heavy hand to control our lives and the decisions we make. Because they know better how to run our lives because we're ignorant fools who don't know how to take care of our own children.

Think I'm exaggerating?  From "Bill to repeal HPV vaccination law approved by House":

"Del. Jeion Ward, D-Hampton, voiced concern that children from low-income families would have more difficulty getting the vaccine if the state repeals the mandate."

Since low-income families are eligible to receive the HPV vaccination for free under federally funded programs, Delegate Ward's comment can mean only one thing: She's a bigot, thinking her poor constituents are too dumb to be able to take their children down to the doctor's office for the FREE vaccine if left to their own devices - or lack thereof.  How else to explain the condescension?

Another thing: The jury is still out on just how safe the HPV vaccine itself is: "According to the CDC, Center for Disease Control, as of December 31, 2008 more than 23 million doses of Gardasil were distributed in the U.S. Of those doses, the CDC received 11,916 reports of adverse affects that were linked to Gardasil vaccinations.").  Might that not be a consideration?

Or are the small-minded editorialists at the Roanoke Times - blind ideologues all - unable to get beyond the fact that the despised Bob Marshall sponsored the legislation?

Obama Dividing The Country ...

... along class lines, will have this effect:

Obama: The most polarizing president. Ever.

That was then:
I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together - unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction - towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.
This is now:

Obama's class warfare rhetoric divides the nation

He went, in three short years, from calling on Americans to pull together behind him and work to solve our shared problems, to provoking certain segments of our society into turning on others.  A sad and troubling turn in outlook and message.

So which is the real Barack Obama?

Does it matter?


Nevada, Here We Come!

Californians' pain is Carson City's gain:

California breaks rank again, demands over 15% of cars sold be non-polluting by 2025

I wonder - what's 15% of zero?

So everyone living in Los Angeles drives to Las Vegas (think of the pollution generated!) to buy a new car because California dealerships are locked into meeting a government quota and will have to try and steer them into an overpriced, inefficient, inconvenient, uncomfortable electric car (that won't even get them to Las Vegas before it runs out of juice).

This has to be a conspiracy foisted upon the people of California by the Dealers Association in Nevada or Arizona.  Has to be.

What Now For The Global Warmists?

How much longer can they go on denying this inconvenient truth?

The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

I know.  I know.  They quit talking about "global warming" a long time ago (about that point in time when the planet quit warming; go figure). And now focus their apocalyptic predictions on "climate change."

But more and more, as time goes on, their prognostications have less to do with climate than weather.

Expect, any day now, for them to change the emphasis.

We're all going to die from ... weather change!

Modern-Day Slave Traders

When your only claim to fame flows from your bringing any discussion around to a talk about skin color, you're going to see skin color motives (wrap your brain around that concept) in any discussion.

Thus we have, according to our modern-day slave traders (those who earn a tidy living off the racism issue), "code words" abounding.   Racial code words - words or phrases that have absolutely nothing to do with race, but are all about race anyway, because they say so.

(Hey, it's how they earn a living; cut 'em some slack.)

Speaking of whom ...
Al Sharpton and Sheila Jackson Lee Translate Racial Code
By Jeannie DeAngelis

This whole "Differ with Barack Obama and You're a Racist" thing is getting old. Take for example Texas Democrat congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Sheila has already made it known that disagreeing with the first black president instantly makes you a racist. Besides being at odds with Barack, more recently Jackson Lee has also declared racist any mention -- by a white candidate, that is -- of blue-collar work or, for that matter, any-color food stamps.

according to the congresswoman, Newt Gingrich daring to mention the words "food stamps" was inappropriate code whose intent was merely to "generate and signify race." Now, Sheila Jackson Lee's official racially offended male counterpart, Reverend Al Sharpton, has decided that, if it seems rude and involves Obama and a Republican, it should immediately be exposed for what it is -- racial antagonism.

The latest Republican to be installed in the Racist Hall of Shame is Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona. After meeting and greeting President Obama on the tarmac of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and despite being sued by his administration, Governor Brewer invited him to have lunch and join her for a tour of the border.

Speaking directly into the camera, Al Sharpton passionately addressed Jan Brewer directly, saying, "Thin-skinned? You felt threatened? What does that mean, you felt threatened? By the president of the United States? This is yet another example of disrespect and delegitimatizing this president." [link]
It should be mentioned that the only reason Al Sharpton got his gig on MSNBC is his ability to hawk his slave trade so well. He's certainly not that bright. Nor telegenic. Nor articulate. But there he is.

As for these two aggrieved souls, more power to them. Everyone has to earn a living. And they are so good at what they do.

Now, as for all you racist bastards out there ...

Had Me Some Starbucks The Other Day

Probably will again today:

Anti-Gun Group to Launch Nationwide Boycott of Starbucks

And tomorrow.  And ...

I Love NewsBusters

They are on their game.

The latest: NBC News's paragon of virtue Brian Williams the other night criticized - on air - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for pointing her finger at President Obama as the two of them got into it over a book she had written in the past (of all things to get into an argument over ...), with Williams asking, "Who have you ever seen talking to the president like this ...?"

Oh, the outrage.

Well, as it turns out, Brian Williams has talked to the president just like that. And NewsBusters has the photo to prove it.

I love these guys.

As for the apostle Brian, maybe he needs to get away from that teleprompter on occasion and join the real world.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Do You People At The Roanoke Times Even Read ...

... the horse shit you write?

How the good people of the Star City who subscribe to the Roanoke Times must long for someone at the city's only major newspaper to some day hire smart people to populate its editorial board. (I don't subscribe so I don't lose out; I just laugh and click through to the funnies.)

This morning?  A two-star double-chuckle.

Why?

The Roanoke Times editorial page comes out (see "ICLEI alarmists get iced, for now") four-square in favor of Roanoke County's decision to continue shelling out $1,200 a year to some United Nations-backed organization (no, I'm not making that up; Roanoke County sees benefit in donating your hard-earned income to some far-removed bureaucracy in some faraway monastery) that goes by the acronym ICLEI (which stands for "The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives").

Return On Investment aside (though it would be worth some reporter's asking about, ahem), why are the boys and girls on the Times editorial staff so orgasmic about the decision?

Because "a small, vocal and persistent group of 'Agenda 21' true-believers" opposed it.  And that's all the reason they need to laud the county's decision to pay for crap county supervisors could easily pick up for free off the internet.

The question remains: Is the 1,200 bucks worth it?

To the small minds at the Times, apparently, you betcha!   $1,200 to see those small, vocal, and persistent true-believers put in their place?  Priceless!

Here's my thinking: How about someone living in Roanoke County propose to those supervisors who thought it wise to flush $1,200 down the drain if they could pass an ordinance calling for that sum to be garnisheed from the wages of the members of the Roanoke Times editorial board to pay for their silly expenditure

Let's find out how enthusiastic they are then about ICLEI.

So Who Do I Support?

My son asked me that question last night.  "Who do you support for president?"

I sat in dumb silence.

I had no answer.

Because, at this point, I see my "support" falling on ... the last man standing.

Whoo.  Pee.

Hear me roar.

I'm going to go all-out for ... Whomever The Republican Party Decides Is Least Objectionable To That Independent Voter Out There Who Pays Scant Attention To Affairs Of State And Won't Pay Attention Until The End Of Our Republic Is Nigh And He/She Sees The End Possibly Preempting His/Her Daily TV Viewing.

Christ Almighty.

So who would I support?

Well, my mood and outlook make me lean toward Attila the Hun.  But I hear he's dead.  And I'm not sure he'd be willing to take the gig (putting the western world to the torch was one thing, tackling federal entitlements is a whole 'nuther matter) anyway.

Ditto Paul Ryan (sans the deceased part).

I guess, right now, I'm holding out hope that Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville comes back to life and knocks some sense into the heads of the collective American body politic.

Short of that?  I just don't know.

For what it's worth, columnist Mark Steyn and I are pretty much in the same place these days.  We just want to get in that escape pod and get beyond the Death Star before it implodes.

Or, as Steyn puts it
Newt, meanwhile, has committed himself to a lunar colony by the end of his second term, and, while pandering to an audience on Florida’s “Space Coast,” added that, as soon as there were 13,000 American settlers on the moon, they could apply for statehood. Ah, the old frontier spirit: I hear Laura Ingalls Wilder is already working on Little House in the Crater.

Maybe Newt’s on to something. Except for the statehood part. One day, when America gets the old foreclosure notice in the mail, wouldn’t it be nice to close up the entire joint, put the keys in an envelope, slide it under the door of the First National Bank of Shanghai, and jet off on Newt’s Starship Government-Sponsored Enterprise?

There are times for dreaming big dreams, and there are times to wake up. This country will not be going to the moon, any more than the British or French do. Because, in decline, the horizons shrivel. The only thing that’s going to be on the moon is the debt ceiling. Before we can make any more giant leaps for mankind, we have to make one small, dull, prosaic, earthbound step here at home — and stop. Stop the massive expansion of micro-regulatory government, and then reverse it. Obama has vowed to press on. If Romney and Gingrich can’t get serious about it, he’ll get his way.
As that famous American once said, "Beam me up, Scotty. This place is going up in flames."

Global Warmists Are Twisting Themselves in Knots

This, from an assistant professor in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, writing in this morning's Washington Post, speaks volumes about the pickle global warming enthusiasts have created for themselves.  Not to mention the fact that it sounds the death knell for the movement that, a few short years ago, was held in such high regard by the scientific community.

From "A dangerous shift in Obama’s ‘climate change’ rhetoric":
When the president moves away from talking about climate change and talks more generally about energy, as he did in the State of the Union, calling for “an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy,” the impact is more than just political.

Calling climate change by another name creates limits of its own. The way we talk about the problem affects how we deal with it. And though some new wording may deflect political heat, it can’t alter the fact that, “climate change” or not, the climate is changing. 
The problem? This clown, not that long ago, would have written the same thing about the term "global warming." But it was his pals who abandoned that expression, in favor of the more nebulous "climate change," in order to better fit realities to the end-of-the-world predictions they had then been making to that point in time.  When the globe stopped warming - as it did in 1996 - they made the political decision to start calling the "problem" "climate change."  Now he's worried that the term may lose some of its meaning.

As it was surely to do, genius.

Earth to assistant professor in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder: When the science lives or dies by the rhetoric that proponents associate with it, you lose.

You lost.

Find gainful employment, why don't you?

YouTube Changes The World

How many of you remember this from the the last century?


Schoolhouse Rock.

Sadly, it was the only civics education that most of our youth of that era ever got, what with public schools being more concerned about self-esteem than about education.

Sadder still, Schoolhouse Rock died off in 1999.

Sadder still, our public schools are still ladling out self-esteem by the bucketloads, and still ignoring education.

But wait.

Where once Schoolhouse Rock filled a void, so YouTube does today.

Today's civics lesson from that remarkable venue: "Can the Government Make Entrepreneurs Do Useless Things For No Reason?":





Short answer: Only if We the People let it.

Here's to YouTube.  Let freedom ring.

They Made Us Proud

They are indeed our best and brightest.

To those who chose to risk everything for their country, this is for you:

St. Louis hosts big parade for Iraq War vets

Stand tall.

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence. 
-- Ancient proverb -- 

In Iraq, you guys and gals were excellent.

You Democrats Own This

You decided to align yourselves with this bunch (and you know who you are).  So live with your decision:

Riot police fought running skirmishes with anti-Wall street protesters in Oakland on Saturday, firing tear gas and bean bag projectiles and arresting more than 200 people in clashes that injured three officers and at least one demonstrator.

You - and those to whom you provided support and encouragement - disgrace this country.

All's Fair In Politics. Unfortunately.

It's only fair that if I make mention of the size of Michelle Obama's butt that leftists can get away with things like this:

Maher Mocks Gingrich's Wife as a Martian

The difference?

I'm good-looking.  Bill Maher?


What's that saying about people in glass houses?

And She Didn't Make a Dime From It

At least hookers have something to show for it.

I've slept with 1,000 men so far - I don't care if people judge me!

I'm going to take a wild guess and suggest that those thousand guys remember as much about each encounter as she does.

Whatever humps your camel, sweetheart.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Politico Sees What It Wants To See

You've all seen the AP photo by now:


That's Arizona Governor Jan Brewer giving President Obama an earful after she met him at the airport, welcomed him to Arizona, only to have him go off on a tangent into some problem he had with a book she had written in the past, and about the way he was portrayed in it.

A book.  On the airport tarmac.

Thin skin?

Anyway, if you're like most of us, you see in this photo a woman letting the guy have it with both barrels.

But not the Obamabots at Politico.  Here's how they see the interaction taking place (in "Obama's tarmac tiff with Jan Brewer: The president fights back"):
President Barack Obama’s three-day trip won’t be remembered for his talk here on rising college tuition costs. Or for his flogging of clean energy proposals in Nevada and manufacturing tax breaks in Iowa.

No, the enduring image of his tour through five key states this week will be Obama confronting Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer over months-old insults from her book, his dismissive mien facing down her French-manicured fingertip.

It was a tarmac tiff that lasted no more than a minute but encapsulated the president’s mood of the moment: fed up with the GOP.
Are you seeing a president "fed up with the GOP" in that photo? Or are you seeing a small woman doing a little in-your-face to a guy who should have kept his hurt feelings to himself?

No sane person can view the altercation the way this "reporter" does. But then the people who write for Politico aren't particularly sane. Blindly loyal to their man, but not sane. Jan Brewer does not back down when the president attempts to intimidate her. End of story.

You people at Politico really should be ashamed of yourselves.

Headline of the Day

Christie to the 1%: Please Occupy New Jersey

* Hey, we'd love to have ya down here in Appalachia too, fellas.  New York sure don't want ya.

Money Down The Rat Hole

How much longer are we the taxpayers going to continue to pour money down this drain? Apparently a lot longer than those in Britain are prepared to do.
Revealed: There are more charging points than electric cars in UK as sales slump
London Daily Mail

Sales of electric cars have slumped so badly that there are now more charging points than vehicles on the road.

Just 2,149 electric cars have been sold since 2006, despite a government scheme last year offering customers up to £5,000 towards the cost of a vehicle.

The Department for Transport says that around 2,500 charging points have been installed, although their precise location is not known.

The high cost of electric cars has put many off. The Nissan Leaf still costs £25,990 even after the £5,000 grant has been deducted.

Electric cars are also only suitable for short journeys, with a maximum range of around 100 miles on a full charge.

It's a similar story in the U.S., with Nissan selling 10,000 Leaf cars last year - compared to almost 13million new vehicles every year, The Sunday Times reported. [link]
You can't really blame Nissan or GM or the other car makers for this.  As long as government is throwing them free money, they're going to provide that which the free money gets them more free money.

But there'll come a day when the fools who run government are told by taxpayers - in no uncertain terms - Stop the madness.

For madness it is.

It's Almost Sad

What does an aged race warrior do when he can no longer find any overt racist acts to assail?

APNewsBreak: Jackson enters fray over Grammy cuts

The Recording Academy decided to cut back on the categories for which it would give out Grammy Awards. And Jesse Jackson is on the case.

For the love of God. Can't someone give the old dude something to do?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Unlawful Detention of American Citizens?

I can't believe we're even debating the issue.  This being the United States of America.  But there it is.  Efforts continue in Congress to give the president the authority to indefinitely detain American citizens accused - or suspected - of being enemies of the state.  Detained without trial.  Habeas corpus be damned.

(Most everyone cheered when Obama killed those two American citizens in Yemen back in September because the president and his buddies in the news media told us both needed to die for their transgressions - the details of which we were never provided.  Revisions to the National Defense Authorization Act are but an extension of that policy.)

Well, here in Virginia an effort is moving forward to exempt the Commonwealth and its citizens from engaging in such an unconstitutional activity:
HB 1160: Will Virginia Lead the Way Against Indefinite Detention of her Citizens?
Abingdon/Bristol, SW Virginia Tea Party

It’s short, sweet and one paragraph long. And it asserts that US citizens stand safe under the protection of Article 1 of the US and Virginia Constitutions. Safe from our government.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no agency of the Commonwealth as defined in 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, political subdivision of the Commonwealth as defined in 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, employee of either acting in his official capacity, or any member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force, when such a member is serving in the Virginia National Guard or the Virginia Defense Force on official state duty, may engage in any activity that aids an agency of or the armed forces of the United States in the execution of 50 U.S.C. 1541 as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (P.L. 112-18, 1021) in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of any citizen of the United States in violation of Article I, Section 8 or 11 of the Constitution of Virginia.

Delegate Bob Marshall’s bill (R, Mannasas) simply reinstates what we as a free people are guaranteed twice, under both the US and Virginia Constitutions.

On Wednesday, January 25th, a House Courts of Justice Sub-Committee voted 6-3 in favor of passage.

SWVA Republican Greg Habeeb voted in favor (8th District /Counties of Craig, Montgomery (part), and Roanoke (part); City of Salem). So did Joe Johnson, Democrat (Counties of Dickenson, Russell (part), Washington (part), and Wise (part).

The committee vote:

YEAS–Iaquinto, Kilgore, Habeeb, Farrell, Minchew, Johnson–6.
NAYS–Loupassi, Toscano, McClellan–3.
Here's to Delegates Bob Marshall (as sponsor) and Southwest Virginia's Joe Johnson and Greg Habeeb for being there for us. And for protecting that Constitution that so many politicians in Washington - Republican and Democrat alike - have limited regard for.

The fight for freedom is far from won.  But we continue to pursue that greater good.

When Prediction Gets Out Ahead Of Science

As contrarians like me have been asking for years: We're going to alter our way of life on this planet - in a breathtakingly sweeping way - because of results obtained in computer models and on (educated or otherwise) prognostications?

Scientists - scientists - have - to their shame - said YES.

Well, some anyway.

But not all.

There is now - finally - a growing number who say NO:
No Need to Panic About Global Warming
There's no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to 'decarbonize' the world's economy.
Wall Street Journal

A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about "global warming." Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.

In September, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever, a supporter of President Obama in the last election, publicly resigned from the American Physical Society (APS) with a letter that begins: "I did not renew [my membership] because I cannot live with the [APS policy] statement: 'The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.' In the APS it is OK to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?"

In spite of a multidecade international campaign to enforce the message that increasing amounts of the "pollutant" carbon dioxide will destroy civilization, large numbers of scientists, many very prominent, share the opinions of Dr. Giaever. And the number of scientific "heretics" is growing with each passing year. The reason is a collection of stubborn scientific facts. [link]
It would do everyone well to read that "collection of stubborn facts." The most prominent of which is this: The planet is no longer warming.

Make no mistake, science will some day overtake the wild, unsubstantiated conjecture that passes for global warming theory.  It won't be soon.  But eventually.  Inevitably.

It was a mistake by many, a hoax perpetrated - and perpetuated - by others.

Global warming will die.  And science will be the better for it when it does.

The Ends Justify The Means

It's the message that's the important thing.  Not the fact that we had to make stuff up in order to make the point:

A fear-inducing advertisement, posted around New York City, warning that too much sugary soda will give you diabetes and cause you to lose limbs has come under scrutiny because the amputee in the poster lost his leg due to Photoshop, not diabetes.

For the love of God.

* As you might guess, Michael "Goebbels" Bloomberg is behind this.

With Shades of Al Gore

Hilarious:

Perfect… Obama Leaves Event Promoting Clean Energy in Motorcade of 22 Gas Hogs

Despicable.

But hilarious.

You Can Believe Obama Or ...

... you can accept the truth.

He wanted you to believe the other night in his State of the Union address that his administration was making great strides in pioneering new technologies that will eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels.

In truth?  He's flushing our hard-earned income down the rat hole.  And enriching hios donor friends in the process.

Two headlines in today's news say it all:

Electric-Car Firm That Received Biden Visit and $118M in Stimulus Funds Files for Bankruptcy

Stimulus-Backed ‘Green’ Bankruptcy of the Week: Ener1

Millions wasted. Hundreds of millions more yet to be announced.

And Obama wants you to believe his giving your money to his "green" pals is a resounding success.

Decide for yourself.  Before November.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

HB 291, What's Up With That?

Sometimes you go along, in a good mood, reading the news of the day, everything looking like roses, and then you halt in mid-coffee-gulp.

What caused the gulp?

Tyler Blount of Wytheville brought to my attention in an email a seemingly - on first read - innocuous piece of legislation that has been introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates by Washington County Democrat (and generally okay guy) Joe Johnson.

Here's a (.pdf) copy of the bill:
You might want to enlarge it (by clicking on it) in order to read it.

The legislation addresses - through a change in the existing Code of Virginia - the very real problem of poachers stealing timber from landowners.  Which is fine.

That's Section 1a.

But what's up with 1b?

"B. Any owner of property on which timber is to be cut shall send written notice, via certified mail, to all owners of property adjoining the property on which the timber is to be cut at least 60 days prior to the cutting of any timber. The owner shall send written certification to the State Forester, via certified mail at least 45 days prior to the cutting of any timber, that such notice was sent to the adjoining property owners."

Protecting property owners is one thing.  But what's this written notification of neighbors and the government nonsense?

Wytheville's Tyler Blount smells a rat.  Here's a portion of the email he sent me, which references the email he sent to Delegate Johnson:
I am particularly worked up about yet another Democrat, perhaps the most conservative Democrat left in the House of Delegates, and a man who is  a very kind and reasonable person being willing to offer legislation that restricts free enterprise and needlessly regulates one of the larger industries in his district- the forest products industry.  

I sell timber for private landowners throughout southwest Virginia every year for whom the timber sale income helps hold on to their farm, finance college educations, purchase more land, a tractor or car/truck and kick-start their retirement.  The logging companies, sawmills, heavy equipment machinery (dozers, skidders, knuckleboom, log loaders) and parts dealers, fuel distributors.... and various other attendant businesses that benefit from the private wealth redistribution initiated by a timber sale would all be negatively affected by this bill.  A neighbor with an axe to grind could send a registered letter to a landowner who intends to sell timber and dispute a long-established property line and threaten to use the Timber Trespass law this proposed bill would amend to effectively block a timber sale for an indeterminate time.  

This bill appears to be a pernicious, incremental, back-door attempt to halt timber sale on private land  just like they have been halted on public lands. The environmental wackos are ever vigilant to cripple free enterprise and seemingly always able to find a Democratic politician to carry their socialist water.

The impact this bill would have on timber marketability, administrative costs and its just plain inconvenience merits our opposition.  Perhaps most importantly the "foot in the door" that passage of such a requirement would give to those opposed to timber harvesting is significant. If this bill passes It is not hard to imagine that a future amendment would require that adjoining landowners approve the sale of your timber.

Here is the body of the email I sent to Delegate Johnson and excerpts from other emails with relevant comments:

Dear Delegate Johnson:

I am writing to inquire into your motivation for offering house bill 291 requiring sixty days written notice before cutting timber.

As a private consulting forester I support my family and contribute to my church and community from the commissions I earn from professionally marketing timber for my private landowner clients. One of the most important considerations is managing timber is deciding when to sell. And one of the best times to sell timber (and to cut it) is during the winter months. Snow, rain, freezing and thawing and generally inclement weather makes harvesting timber in the mountains very challenging during winter months or periods of prolonged wet weather. The resulting decline in log supplies at area sawmills and wood using plants can lead to sharp spikes in demand for timber that can be logged in winter. When an informed or professionally assisted landowner offers timber for sale that can be logged during bad weather he/she will very often receive premium price for the timber. However, if the logger cannot begin immediately to harvest trees and pulpwood and transport logs to sawmills and other wood processing plants the winter logging premium evaporates. Requiring 60 days notice before beginning harvesting is the same as taking money from the landowner's pocket.

Why do you in this economy or even in a booming economy want to sponsor legislation that hamstrings a significant source of income for so many southwest Virginia landowners?

This bill would have a very deleterious effect on the value of standing timber and is a significant encroachment on private property rights. Values of standing timber fluctuate widely over a period as small as a few weeks. Requiring 60 days written notice before cutting timber is taking money out of the pocket of the private timberland owner and empowering disgruntled or contentious neighbors to hinder ones benefits from owning timberland. Whatever happened to the self-evident truths that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights... the right to pursuit of happiness was originally to own property and was expanded to include all private business. What business has the state in interfering in private business of private landowners?

Please help me understand why you wish to hamstring my business and eclipse the private property rights fo so many of your consituents?

Sincerely,

Tyler Blount, Consulting Forester
I'm guessing Delegate Johnson has a legitimate reason for having introduced this change to existing law. Darned if I know what it is though.

Mr. Johnson?

Why You Can't Debate Liberals

They are, in a word, blockheads.

Take Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey for instance (please).

In his latest exercise in byte-waste (see "There's no good future in unsustainable practices"), he goes after the Roanoke Tea Party.

Why?

Because the Roanoke Tea Party - as a collective - sees no good in Roanoke County's participation (at an annual cost of $1200?) in a bosomy international kumbaya society that goes by the acronym ICLEI.

So why is the Tea Party wrong for opposing ICLEI?

Here's Casey's reasoning:

ICLEI is for "sustainability." ► ► ► The Tea Party opposes ICLEI. ► ► ► Therefore the Tea Party opposes sustainability. ► ► ► Therefore the Tea Party stands for "unsustainability." ► ► ► And who is for unsustainability?

What?

How do you even argue that?

Who would even want to?

You'd be better off arguing with a potted plant.


Bill Carrico Makes Us Proud

That silly one-handgun-a-month law is one step closer to repeal, with Republican Senator Bill Carrico out in front leading the effort:
Va. Senate panel votes to scrap one-gun-a-month rule
By Jim Nolan, Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee today approved a measure that would eliminate Virginia's one-gun-a-month restriction on the purchase of handguns.

Approval of the one-gun-a-month repeal (Senate Bill 323), sponsored by Sen. William Carrico, R-Grayson, signaled what is likely to be the most significant change to Virginia's gun laws this year.

The vote was 8-6 on the GOP-controlled committee, with Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, voting for passage with seven Republicans and Sen. Thomas K. Norment, Jr., R-James City, who was not present at the time of the vote, being recorded as abstaining.

The measure has strong support in the Republican-dominated House of Delegates, and Gov. Bob McDonnell has previously indicated he is inclined to sign the repeal bill into law.

The one-gun-a-month law -- adocated by then-Gov. L. Douglas Wilder -- was first implemented in 1993 to address interstate trafficking of firearms in Virginia. Opponents of Carrico's bill said repeal of the law would hamper efforts to stem the flow of weapons. [link]
As you might expect, the gun ban crowd is all apoplectic over this legislation having passed the Senate committee.  Guns will start flowing out of Virginia and into the hands of bad guys ... blah, blah, blah.  Which would be news to New York Mayor Bloomberg, who's been telling us that that has been happening all along.

Oddly, those who are wetting their beds over Carrico's legislation don't seem to care about our 2nd Amendment rights being rationed by government.

To them I provide a quote from a great American, Charlton Heston:

"You know, the Bill of Rights guarantees every citizen the right to own and bear firearms. It doesn't say anything about how many or how much you can pay for them. That's in the Bill of Rights. That's a sacred document in our country. There's no other country in the world that has such a document."

In my weaker moments, I want to tell those who would pick and choose the freedoms that I'm allowed to have: You ration my rights and I'll ration yours.

Is that really where we as Americans want to go?

Well, Ya Live Long Enough And ...

... you just know that everything the "experts" tell you will prove to be hogwash.

The latest undeniable health "facts" to be denied:

Fried food heart risk 'a myth'

Nutrition: No Obesity Link to Junk Food in Schools

When it comes to the foods that have graced my table over the years, my motto has been, "Screw the experts; I choose to live la vida loca."

To those who've endured those same years with a diet regimen that amounted to the equivalent of tree bark I say:

Suckas!

Is that Colonel Sanders I hear calling my name?  Can you squirt some chocolate on that Extra Crispy?

Why I'm Uncomfortable About Romney

Can we cut through the bull plop?  I read the other day a piece written by someone who tried to make the argument that Ronald Reagan was a great pro-life president.  The meat of it was that he said all the right things about the issue when he was president.

Big deal.

In my world, it comes down to this: What did Reagan do about ending the heinous practice of abortion?

The answer, if we're honest with ourselves, is, in a word, SQUAT.

So, when a politician tells me he's in favor of doing something, I shrug.  Words are cheap.  Especially coming from a politician.  Especially at election time.

Mitt Romney is going to repeal the most hated piece of legislation to come out of Washington since Prohibition.  Or so he says.

Those around him?  His close advisors?  We get a completely different story:

With Friends Like Romney's . . .: Norm Coleman tells voters the GOP won't repeal ObamaCare.

Who to believe?

Remember this: We're not required to believe either of them.

Which is where I'm at today.

I can't get past this bad feeling ...

And This Guy Scares Me Too

Say what?

Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

Earth to Newt ... Earth to Newt ...

The Greatest Commercial Ever Made

I suppose it's a good moment in time, what with Eastman Kodak having filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy, with liquidation of assets a real possibility in its future, to look back on Kodak's glory days and on the best TV commercial ever aired.




Where are you going, my little one, little one,
Where are you going, my baby, my own?
Turn around and you're two,
Turn around and you're four,
Turn around, there's Fuji knocking at your door.

* That's Ed Ames's voice, in case you're wondering.
** Actual lyrics.

Too Funny

That secretary who earns slave wages working for gazilionaire Warren Buffett?  The one who pays a higher tax rate than he does?

Turns out, she's quite likely to be in the top 1% of American taxpayers in this country too.

It don't get better than this.

Why I Support Our Nuclear Weapons Program


You'll want to enlarge the photo.  It's priceless.

Hillary and her buddy in the White House worry about our image in the Muslim world.

That image?  It should be cut from this asshole's cold, dead, bloody carcass.

Dumb & Dumber

What do you want to bet there are people who actually tune into this nonsense?

[MSNBC host Ed] Schultz Guest [mentally challenged Alan] Grayson: Gingrich Running Most 'Overtly Racist' Campaign Since George Wallace

Clowns. Circus. Amusement.

As a Public Service ...

Grassfire Nation has a petition drive going that calls for the ouster of the most contemptible United States attorney general since ... well, since the last Democrat in the White House had an attorney general (look it up).
Petition to Congress:
Holder Must Go!

Attorney General, Eric Holder’s tenure has been pockmarked by deception, lies and inconsistencies, culminating in the botched “Fast and Furious” firearms sting that ran from September 2009, until December 2010 and saw U.S. officials “walk” more than 2,500 assault weapons into drug-infested corridors of Mexico, only to lose track of the guns. Tragically, those weapons have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans and U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry.

Dissatisfied with Holder’s lack of honesty, accountability over the “Fast and Furious” scandal as well as increasing public demand for answers, 40 Republicans sent a letter urging President Obama to ask for Holder’s resignation.

Obama discounted the letter and in fact, publicly endorsed Holder in hopes the issue would fade away. That hasn’t happened. Public pressure has continued to intensify, and now the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has summoned Holder to testify on February 2.

Just prior to this hearing, Grassfire Nation will be hand-delivering tens of thousands of grassroots petitions to the White House, key members of Congress and the Committee demanding Eric Holder’s resignation.

Read our petition and add your name today so that you will be included in these important deliveries prior to the Holder hearing.
Holder is an incompetent political hack who should be held in contempt by all Americans because of the way he's turned the Department of Justice into a Department of Justice For Some but Not For Others.

And then there's the Fast and Furious tragedy, about which we still have too few answers, for which Holder refuses to apologize.

Sign the petition. Let your voice be heard.

Why Am I Busting My Hump Again?


I'm thinking I should chuck the fifty hour weeks and kick back and enjoy the fruits of other people's labor.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

VA Democrats Pull a Wisconsin

The only thing "Dick" Saslaw and his bed-wetting Democrats in the Virginia Senate didn't do yesterday was take their toys and flee to Illinois.  But, like their brethren in the Cheesehead State, they decided the charge given them by their constituents - rather than make for a more perfect Commonwealth - was to sit down, do nothing, and whine:
Democratic Temper Tantrum Grinds Senate to a Halt
RPV

Senate Democrats on Tuesday made good on whispered threats of obstructionism, and used what was normally a routine Senate vote on judicial elections to grind the entire chamber - including committee meetings - to a halt.

"Democrats have been warning quietly for weeks that they would block all new judicial appointments and the state budget in an effort to overturn the will of the voters at the ballot box," [RPV Chairman Pat Mullins] said. "The irony is thick - Democrats move to block judicial appointments just as they clog the court system with frivolous lawsuits."

"Just like their counterparts in Wisconsin and Indiana, Senate Democrats have decided that if they can't win at the ballot box and don't have the votes to prevail on the floor, they'll simply blow up the process," he said. "But elections have consequences, even if Democrats don't like them." [link]
The only saving grace in this despicable saga is in the fact that Saslaw and his buddies - as long as they refuse to do the job they were sent to Richmond to do - can't raise all those different taxes they say they want to raise.

In that sense Saslaw's petulance serves Virginia well.

Otherwise, he and they are - again - an embarrassment.

Memo To Roanoke Times:

I'll believe you're sincere when you get consistent on this (or any other) subject:

"There's something repugnant in suspecting our neighbors of drug use simply because they're out of work. The idea of drug testing the unemployed builds on an effort to test those turning to public assistance. What makes the unemployed more unclean?"

Really.

Let me speak for everyone on the planet.  They're not unclean.  But they're no better than the rest of us either.

Truckers are required to be tested for drugs.

Ain't seen that denunciatory editorial yet.

Pilots are required to be tested for drugs.

Ain't seen that denunciatory editorial yet.

I'm required (by my employer) to be randomly drug-tested.   (Am I unclean?)

Ain't seen that denunciatory editorial yet.

What makes those who want us to pay them to stay at home and do nothing so special?

How Fake Is This?

There's a YouTube video making the rounds that's supposed to make us all scared of really badass Chinese soldiers.  Watch "Chinese Soldiers Pass Around LIVE GRENADE In Military Training Exercise."



Upon viewing the piece the first time one is indeed impressed.  If not frightened.

Six warriors (faces blackened for that Jean-Claude Van Damm effect) handing a smoking grenade to one another as it's about to explode? Those guys have nerves of steel!

Only two problems: Watch closely and you immediately notice that (1) that grenade isn't the kind of grenade any of us (civilians anyway) has ever seen before (it looks more like a harmless smoke bomb), and (2) when the "grenade" is passed around the second time, the last Ironman wannabe drops it at his feet - about two yards from where the "resulting" explosion takes place. Which means the explosion didn't result from the "grenade" going off; ignition was controlled by someone elsewhere to take place after the the little wieners leaped out of the way.

Nice matching outfits though.

Yeah, color me scared, Wang.

On the Oscar Nominees

Okay, I'm no authority.  I haven't seen most of the flicks that were nominated for Academy Awards and don't recognize half the names put forward for Academy honors.  In fact, based on what I've read, I'll probably never watch most of the movies that Hollywood considers its best of 2011 (a foreign silent film and not in color?  Are they kidding?).

But I will say this: Regarding the movie, "Bridesmaids," which I watched on DVD, I found it boring to the point of suicidal inclinations, except for one redeeming quality.  Someone had the good sense to cast Melissa McCarthy. She was fabulous. In an otherwise unequivocally abominable pile of poop.

No, I won't be paying to see the movies and I won't be watching the Oscar self-love fest.

Speaking of which, did you catch Obama's speech last night?

Well, I chose to not watch that smelly pile of poop either.

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I should mention this also: Demián Bichir deserves recognition in his work in "A Better Life," another great flick.

Fact Checking Obama's Ass

There was a day when snakes-for-presidents could do it with impunity.

Not no mo'.

With weblogs proliferating these days, there's no way a lying Head of State is going to make the outlandish claims Obama is making and get away with it.
Obama Claim: “Since President Obama took office, oil imports have been reduced by an average of 1.1 million barrels per day.”

Reality: A reduction of imports has happened in spite of President Obama, not because of him. More than half of the reduction is because the ongoing recession and much higher price have made fuel so expensive that consumers are using less of it.

In January 2009, when President Obama was inaugurated, the U.S. produced 5,154,000 barrels of oil a day. By November 2011, the last month for which we have data, the U.S. was producing 5,874,000 barrels of oil a day. This 700,000 barrel a day increase isn’t happening on federal lands, for which President Obama would justifiably claim some credit, but on private and state lands.

The reality is that oil production on federal lands is falling, while production on private and state lands is rising. There is a long term trend of decreasing oil production on federal lands. In fact, oil production on federal lands has fallen by 43 percent over the past 9 years according to the Obama administration’s Energy Information Administration.  And it has dropped rapidly on President Obama’s watch. 
Here's Obama, in his first reelection campaign ad, telling us how great a job he's done on the energy front.

You can see from the facts provided above that he's lying through his teeth.

Obama's record on energy has been a nightmare.  And four more years of Obama will make it that much worse.

You have the power to stop him.  Remember November.

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Then there are Obama's lies relating to our national debt.  Does he think he's dealing with a bunch of fools and Democrats out here?

The Quintessential Act of Feminism

Arming oneself against predation.

* I love this line:

"My first thought is, I can’t believe how loud that was.
"My next thought is, I want to do that again!"

Quote of the Day

From Glenn Reynolds:

"Is it sexist to tell [Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gilibrand] to grow a pair?"

It's fair to say, Glenn, that she needn't as long as the press is there holding theirs out for her.


Why America Rejects Obama's Socialist Ideal

'As Republicans, our first concern is for those waiting tonight to begin or resume the climb up life’s ladder,' [Indiana Governor Mitch] Daniels said. 'We do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have-nots; we must always be a nation of haves and soon-to-haves.'

In Obama's world, we should all be have-nots alike.

Americans believe, traditionally, that we should - through "blood, tears, toil, and sweat" - all be comfortable beyond our wildest aspirations, and that we should be able to do for our children more than was done for us.

It's called The American Dream.

A dream Obama and his ilk consider a nightmare.

One thing is for certain, if Obama wins, none of us will have the opportunity to bring it to reality.

It Was Either The 'State of the Union' ...

... or a movie I'd already seen twice ("The King's Speech"; wonderful).

I chose to watch the movie and skip Obama's speech last night.

Why?

Hey, who’s up for an hour-long lecture on “fairness”?

Sorry, Barry. I've seen your flick too.  Over and over again.  Starting with "The Battleship Potemkin" that came out in 1925 (for God's sake). And a hundred other left-wing films since.

"The rich aren't doing enough" in a land where the poor are expected to do less than nothing.

Take it somewhere else.  That rerun of yours got tiresome long ago..

Headline of the Day

Obama: "My Fellow Americans, the State of the Union Is Not My Fault."

My Thought Exactly

"Yes, [Massachusetts Senator Scott] Brown is a Republican running in a very liberal state, and yes, today's 'liberals' are not very liberal when it comes to free speech. Politicians sometimes have to compromise on matters of principle. But to our mind this goes so far that the Massachusetts Senate race reminds us of the Iran-Iraq war. As Henry Kissinger is supposed to have said, it's a pity they can't both lose."

James Taranto, "Conspiracy of Silence," January 24, 2012

Sign of the Times


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Get Over It

I committed no crimes against humanity.  I owned no one.  I put no one in chains.  I never used a whip on a human being in my entire life.

I know no one who did.

So I'll be damned if I'll feel sorry for some breathtakingly well-paid columnist in New York City because someone I don't know owned and abused someone he doesn't know.

It's over, dude.  Deal with it.

Or, as James Taranto puts it:
One cannot go backward. White supremacy is as good as dead, and white guilt is dying along with guilty whites of older generations. Both these developments constitute progress toward racial equality. The election of a black president was the most compelling dramatization this country has seen of the death of white supremacy. In our view, it is also hastening the demise of white guilt.

That is why we characterized Gingrich's standing ovation as the 21st century's second most compelling dramatization of racial progress. Here again is what Gingrich said to provoke the applause: "I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their Creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I'm going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job, and learn someday to own the job."

If a politician had said those words in 1964 (minus the swipe at "liberals," which wouldn't have made sense back then), his statement would have constituted a rejection of white supremacy. Today it is a rejection of white guilt. The words are as true today as they would have been then.

Some of those who stood and cheered last week surely had ancestors who believed in white supremacy and would have bristled (or worse) at the suggestion that "every American of every background" is equal. By enthusiastically applauding instead, they gave the lie to the liberal left's genetic fallacy.
It's worth noting - again - the fact that liberals in this country thought well of white America when it voted Barack Obama into the highest office in the land. Now that Obama has proven himself to be a failure, and many Americans (white and black) have soured on the man, we're seen as being white again.

However stupid that may sound, it really, in the end, doesn't matter. We ain't going back. We have moved beyond race. They don't like it but it's a fact.

Liberals in this country are going to have to join us - some day - here in the 21st century.

Showdown

It's good government vs. the unions.  And the outcome is in doubt.

But, as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will tell you, it's a fight that needs to be fought:
Big Labor's Wisconsin Vendetta
Walker's reforms are saving money, which unions cannot forgive.
Wall Street Journal

They swore revenge for his offenses, and last week Wisconsin Democrats delivered what they say are a million signatures for the recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker. If they do make the ballot and cause a recall vote as early as this spring, they'll have to campaign against reforms that have already saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and rescued the state from a budget crisis. Game on.

Since last summer, unions have fired every weapon in their arsenal at Mr. Walker and state senators who voted for his collective-bargaining reforms for government workers. Union members must now contribute a very reasonable 5.8% of salary toward pensions and 12.6% toward health insurance, and unions must collect dues from members, rather than having it done by the government. In their pique, Big Labor waged and lost a bitter fight over the election of a state Supreme Court Justice and spent millions trying to recall Republican state senators.

Those efforts mostly failed and the GOP retained its majority, but the unions feel about Mr. Walker the way Cato the Elder felt about Carthage: Walker delenda est, Scott Walker must be destroyed. Last year state senator Spencer Coggs called Mr. Walker's plan "legalized slavery" while others predicted disaster for school districts and public services.

It's not turning out that way: The Apocalypse has not arrived for services, and Mr. Walker was able to balance the state budget without new taxes or looming deficits.

Some of the most significant results have come in local school districts, where school boards and governments have been able to use the public-union reforms to reduce budget shortfalls. In districts like Wauwatosa, Racine, LaCrosse and Eau Claire, the changes in health and pension contributions prevented layoffs that were expected to be widespread and in some cases allowed the boards not to fire a single teacher. [link]
Scott Walker represents good government. Something about which union bosses couldn't care less. They want their cash. The people be damned. Here's to Mr. Walker for looking out for the little guy.

Democrat Moron:

"Newt is the face of the politics of resentment and racism and angry white male rage ..."

Someone's angry all right.  And it ain't Newt.

This gal needs to take her meds.

Tim Kaine Tied At The Hip To Obama

I get the impression, as I watch the Senate race here in Virginia play out, that former Governor Tim Kaine really doesn't care all that much about the gig.  Obama asked him to run, so he's running.  If he loses ... oh well.

Until he loses, though, he has a lot of explaining to do.  To us.  About his buddy in the White House.  Who is inflicting such harm on our country.  The one Tim Kaine is "an unabashed supporter" of.

Here, in a video released by his opponent, George Allen, is what Mr. Kaine unabashedly supports:





The damage being done couldn't be worse.  Yet Tim Kaine is loyal, not to us, but ... to Barack Obama.

Come November ...

Headline of the Day

"Palin to Christie: Don’t get your panties in a wad over Gingrich’s victory in South Carolina."

* There's some imagery that would give one nightmares.  Chris Christie in panties ...

Monday, January 23, 2012

What Was Tim Kaine Thinking?

This calls into question the man's judgment, as well as his ability to discern right from wrong.

Read it.  And be troubled:
Soering Decision Disqualifies Kaine for U.S. Senate
By Michael J. Brown, Sheriff, Bedford County, writing in the Lynchburg News & Advance

It was every parent’s nightmare — one with a horribly tragic ending.

In Bedford County, Derek and Nancy Haysom raised their beautiful and talented daughter, Elizabeth. And after earning top honors in high school, Elizabeth went on to enter the prestigious Echols Scholar program at the University of Virginia.

During her first year at UVa in 1984, Elizabeth met Jens Soering, a young man from Germany who was attending UVa while his father served as a German diplomat in Detroit. Despite being described by other students as unbalanced and hot-tempered, Soering and Elizabeth began a relationship that soon had Elizabeth’s parents very worried.

But then the parent’s nightmare became a family and community tragedy.

“Freaked out” by the Haysoms’ objections to his relationship with their daughter, Soering went to their house on April 3, 1985 — and butchered them. According to police reports, he used a seven-inch knife to stab Mr. Haysom 37 times and Mrs. Haysom six times. His attack was so brutal that he nearly decapitated the couple.

When Soering’s alibi unraveled, he and Elizabeth fled the United States, where he would have stayed — unpunished for his horrific crime — were it not for the cooperative efforts of Virginia and English law-enforcement officials.

After an arrest in London for check fraud, Soering was soon identified as the fugitive in the gruesome Haysom murders. Virginia officials flew to England to question him and, satisfied that he was their man, sought to have Soering returned to Virginia to stand trial for his crimes.

Soering tried everything he could to evade justice. He told a Scotland Yard official that he feared a trial in Virginia would lead to the electric chair because, as he admitted, “You know I killed two people.” He mobilized European officials to oppose his extradition to Virginia because he might face the death penalty here, forcing the U.S., as a condition of winning his return, to agree that Soering would not be put to death for his crimes.

Despite all the evidence and Elizabeth Haysom’s guilty plea as an accessory to the murder of her parents, Soering still had the audacity to stand in front of a Bedford County judge and claim he wasn’t guilty.

Fortunately, the jury saw through Soering’s lies and took less than four hours to find him guilty and recommend that he be sentenced to two life terms in prison.

Not yet done, Soering spent the next 15 years taking advantage of every step in Virginia’s judicial system and wasting countless taxpayer dollars. He appealed his conviction to the Virginia Supreme Court. He then appealed to a federal judge. He brought his case to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. And he petitioned the Campbell County Circuit Judge. All of these delay tactics were denied, after which he sought and was denied parole time and time again.

But the tragedy of this story sadly doesn’t end there.

On his last full day as Virginia governor, Tim Kaine quietly asked the U.S. Department of Justice to allow Soering to return to his native Germany — where he might serve as few as two years in prison.

That’s right. Despite being convicted of savagely murdering the Haysoms, and after wasting time and money with numerous delay tactics, Soering was about to get his wish and avoid the punishment he’d been given for his heinous crime.

Instead of sitting on death row or living out his remaining years in a cell from which there is no escape, Soering would be able to sit in Germany, free and clear.

All because of one man — Tim Kaine.

Fortunately, Gov. Bob McDonnell took swift action to keep this travesty of justice from occurring. Just three days after succeeding Kaine, McDonnell rescinded Kaine’s request and told the Department of Justice Soering would be staying where he was — in prison.

Why would Kaine let a convicted double-murderer avoid serving two life sentences for the murders he committed? That’s what a lot of Virginia residents and lawmakers have been asking.

According to Kaine, he did it because he didn’t expect to run for office again. As he told The Associated Press, “I frankly thought that I wouldn’t see my name on a ballot again.”

Think about that for a moment.

Kaine’s reply reveals two very important things: First, it reveals that Kaine knew the people of Virginia would oppose Soering’s release. And, second, it reveals that he didn’t care all that much because he didn’t plan on ever asking Virginians for their vote again.

But now he is. And he’s hoping we’ll forget what he did.

As a retired federal agent and a current Virginia law-enforcement officer, I can’t forget what Kaine tried to do. Like my fellow men and women in law enforcement, I took an oath to protect the citizens of Virginia from harm — including the evil that Soering brought into the Haysoms’ home that night in 1985.

I take that oath more seriously, it seems, than Kaine did.

And that’s why I am proud to strongly support George Allen to serve as Virginia’s next U.S. senator. Unlike Kaine, George Allen recognizes that protecting Virginia families is a core responsibility of anyone who wishes to represent them in office. It is something that must inform every decision they make — not just if they’re planning to run for elected office.

That’s why Allen led the successful push to abolish parole in Virginia when he was governor. It’s why he has made fighting and punishing crime a top priority. And it’s why he has the support of over a hundred law-enforcement officials throughout the commonwealth.

When Kaine tried to let Soering, a vicious criminal, return to Germany to serve two years — not two life sentences — he showed us that he does not take our justice system seriously and he’s the wrong man to represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate.

Let’s keep that in mind this November. [link]
"According to Kaine, he did it because he didn’t expect to run for office again."  That's about as cynical as anything I've ever read.

I've never felt comfortable with this slime ball.  The outrageous Soering affair only reinforces my attitude toward the man.

In November, let's send Tim Kaine back to the rock from under which he came.

Those Bleeding Hearts At The Roanoke Times

Let me get this straight.

The Roanoke Times editorial board is on record in support of raising gas taxes.  Which will have a crushing impact on the poor.

The Roanoke Times editorial board is on record in support of SCHIP, which raised the cigarette tax through the roof.  A tax which fell overwhelmingly on the poor.

The Roanoke Times editorial board is on record in support of legislation that would put payday lenders out of business.  A business that lends cash mostly to the poor.

And the Roanoke Times editorial board this morning wants us to believe it cares about the poor?

Be consistent, children, or get out of the business.

Memo To Bob Goodlatte (7)

You don't need to reinvent the wheel.  And you sure don't need to hand Janet Napolitano the ability to stifle the free flow of ideas on the internet.

So go to Plan B.  And focus on the problem:

"Copyright violators should be punished, but not by turning over the Web to Washington."

Bob, what with the Solyndra and ObamaCare waiver scandals, do you honestly think the president wouldn't have taken your legislation and started picking winners and losers - friends and enemies, donors and non-donors - on the internet?  "Fair use"?  Goodbye.  A weblogger like me - an outspoken critic of our socialist-in-chief - would be shut down in a heartbeat.

It's called the law of unintended consequences that would take your handiwork and turn it into a cudgel.

Dude, your SOPA legislation was completely over the top.  So start over.  And, more than anything else ...

... KISS.

You Can Believe Obama or ...

... you can accept the truth:
The truly dismal state of the union
By Joseph Curl, Washington Times

[W]ith the president delivering his State of the Union speech to Congress Tuesday night, let’s pause here to take as hard look at the real state of America, by the numbers, using only cold, hard facts.

The unemployment rate when Mr. Obama was elected was 6.8 percent; today it is 8.5 percent — at least that’s the official number. In reality, the Financial Times writes, “if the same number of people were seeking work today as in 2007, the jobless rate would be 11 percent.”

In addition, there are now fewer payroll jobs in America than there were in 2000 — 12 years ago — and now, 40 percent of those jobs are considered “low paying,” up 10 percent from when President Reagan took office. The number of self-employed has dropped 2 million to 14.5 million in just six years.

Regular gasoline per gallon cost $1.68 in January 2009. Today, it’s $3.39 — that’s a 102 percent increase in just three years. (By the way, if you’re keeping score at home, gas was $1.40 a gallon when George W. Bush took office in 2001, $1.68 when he left office — a 20 percent increase.)

Electricity bills have also skyrocketed, with households now paying a record $1,420 annually on average, up some $300.

Some 48 percent of all Americans — 146.4 million — are considered by the Census Bureau either as “low-income” or living in poverty, up 4 million from when Mr. Obama took office; 57 percent of all children in America now live in such homes.

Since December 2008, a month before Mr. Obama took office, food-stamp use has increased 46 percent. Total spending has more than doubled in just four years to a record high of $75 billion. In 2011, more than 46 million people — about one in seven Americans — got food stamps. That’s 14 million more than when Mr. Obama took office.

Median household income has dropped nearly 7 percent in the last six years, taking inflation into account. What’s more, nearly 20 percent of males age 25 to 34 now live with their parents.

Low- and middle-income Americans 65 and older now hold more than $10,000 in credit card debt, up 26 percent since 2005. The average age of the American car is 10 years; in 1990, it was 6.5 years old (by the way, in 1985, Americans bought 11 million cars; in 2009, less than half that, 5.4 million).

On the macro side, America’s annual budget has jumped to $3.8 trillion — and yet the United States brings in only about $2.1 trillion in revenue. The U.S. trade deficit for 2011 was $558 billion. America’s total public debt stands at $15.23 trillion; in January 2009, the debt was $10.62 trillion. Mr. Obama is on pace to borrow $6.2 trillion in just one term — more debt than was amassed by all presidents from Washington through Bill Clinton combined. The debt is rising by $4.2 billion every day — $175 million per hour, nearly $3 million per minute.

So, America, that is the State of Your Union. But remember, Mr. Obama had not one thing to do with it. So don’t blame him when you go to the polls. Blame everyone else, especially yourself. [link]
The box score:


I read this and wonder why the Democratic Party is even running Obama for reelection.

Do they hate this country that much?

All Show & No Go

I ask again, now that the South Carolina primary is in the history book:

Why is Mitt Romney running for president?

To this late date, the answer escapes me.

As, apparently, it is escaping his handlers.

Fellas, it has to be about more than this*:
Romney stages perfect events. For example, on the eve of the primary, Romney's rally in North Charleston was perfect from a production point of view: stage just right, big flags, big Romney signs, smooth introductions from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, all topped off by a showy entrance by Romney, who arrived in his big campaign bus that drove right into the room.

It was perfect in every sense but engaging with the voters.
It has to be about more than pageant and process. Romney must have a reason for running for the highest office in the land.

Darned if I know what it is though.

* From "Why Gingrich won -- Why Romney lost."

Washington Examiner To NY Times:

Get a life:

From the "Dim Bulb" segment of the Examiner:
Dim Bulb: The New York Times editorial board

Who: The New York Times editorial board

What: Claimed Newt Gingrich used "racial resentment" and "hatred of the media" to win the South Carolina GOP primary.

Why it's dim: Just because South Carolinians voted contrary to the Times' wishes, it doesn't make them racists or haters.

Cure: Somebody should explain to the editorial board that it's not 1865 anymore. Or 1964.
Retching the "racism!" charge quit being a cogent argument many years ago. Perhaps the editorial staff of the Times could get out of the 50's and enter this century?

Maybe Newt's The One

Why do I suggest that?

Think about this sentence, from the Wall Street Journal editorial, "The Gingrich Challenge this morning:

"Mr. Gingrich's biggest problem is that more voters say they dislike than like him."

Not a good formula for getting elected, to be sure.

But is it possible that a man we don't like is just the man we need to make the choices that are going to enrage one bloc or another - or maybe all of them - as we bring this country back from the brink?

For the last many years Washington has been trying to please every human being in this country. Those without money and means are handed money and means. Those whose only relationship with the federal government is through the annual submission of their 1040 tax form have enjoyed a tax cut since GW Bush was president. Those who believe in a strong defense have been blessed with a strong defense - that we can't afford to maintain. Those who want a "green" government are getting just that - and are showered with cash to prove it. The unemployed are now assured welfare checks each month into perpetuity. Social Security/Medicare recipients now have more disposable income than any other demographic group in America because the government is providing them both income and medical insurance. The poor. The rich. Everyone in between.

A relationship that is unsustainable.

The government is flat broke and dysfunctional.

And everyone in government knows it.

And nobody in government has the balls to do anything about it.

They just sit by and await the crash. With prepared denunciations of the opposition in hand and ready to go.

Perhaps it's time we elected someone who we don't like going in?

Maybe it's that guy who will put an end to the madness, knowing that you're going to dislike him more after he's inflicted the necessary - inevitable - pain than you dislike him already.

(The alternative is Greece, folks.)

You find Newt to be dislikable? Maybe he's just the dude you need to set you straight.  Like the bartender late at night who tells you you've had enough, to pack it in and go home, you don't like him or his demand, but you thank him the next morning for saving your ass from certain doom.