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Monday, April 30, 2012

When Spring Comes ...

... I've learned, when I walk into my tractor shed, to look up in the rafters before I enter, in case there's a surprise waiting for me.

Yesterday - a nice sunny day - there was a surprise waiting for me.  In the rafters:


Sorry about the crappiness of the photo but the sun mixed with the background darkness and the blackness of the five-foot black snake curled up, looking down at me made for that which you see.

Funny thing is, I had told Paula the week before that there was a wren nesting in the shed, and that that was not a good thing since the shed is a snake magnet in the spring.  Sure enough, the nest is empty.  As are, I'm sure, all the mouse nests hidden behind the junk along the walls.

The snake seemed to have a satisfied look in his eyes.  Must have had a pleasant meal.

Anyway, I look up whenever I enter the shed.  Snakes lurk ...

Me To Roanoke Times:

MAKE YOUR FREAKING POINT.

I had to read this editorial - "Equal protection against abuse" - three times and I'm still not sure whether the really smart person who wrote it sides with Republicans in the House of Representatives who want the Violence Against Women Act to be an act directed at violence against women or with the Democrats who want the Violence Against Women Act to be an act directed toward violence against straight women and gay men and lesbians and transsexuals and bisexuals (and, for all we know, pedophiles, paraphiles, fetishists, masochists, sadists, voyeurs, and exhibitionists).

Which is it?  Are we to be concerned about violence against women - a very real issue - or violence against women and deviants?  Tell us.  The reading public would love to know just how serious you are about the subject.

Quote of the Day

From Damon W. Root:
The New York Times attacks the current Supreme Court for abandoning judicial restraint and “signaling its willingness to replace law made by Congress,” then turns around less than a month later to attack Judge Bork for advocating judicial restraint and saying that “the court must defer to the will of the majority.”

Shouldn’t the Times’ editorial board try a little harder to avoid openly contradicting itself like that?
Did you consider the alternative? Maybe the members of the New York Times editorial board just ain't all that bright.

What a Fruitcake

Only Maureen Dowd could start her Saturday New York Times column with such lunacy:

"It is an astonishing thing that historians will look back and puzzle over, that in the 21st century, American women were such hunted creatures."

Historians - and all of America outside Manhattan - are puzzling today over how it is this ditze even has a job.

American women are hunted creatures.  Go away.  Please.

Why Bloggers Come & Go

This is sad news passed along by William A. Jacobsen.  Don Surber - a gifted blogger with the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail - has had enough and is walking away from it.  He says he's exhausted.  Too bad.

I've quoted Mr. Surber many times over the years.  He was - is - insightful, articulate, and brought a lot of common sense to his work.  He'll be missed.

(On a day when I have to try and put up with the idiocy of Maureen Dowd, of all days.)

Jacobsen calls it "burnout."

I call it "life."

We do this until we don't.  That's the great thing about not making money at blogging.  We do it because we love doing it.  And when we no longer love it, we shut down the PC and go grab a beer.  The end.

I think, the fact that it's not a career choice means we come into the arena with a special zeal.  A passion.

Win or lose, we play hard.  Regardless, we plan someday on giving it up and chasing the old lady around the house the rest of our days.  That's the fun of blogging.

Don Surber was especially good.

He'll be missed.

Life goes on.

The great bard, John Keats, wrote of himself that which could be said of all of us bloggers some day:

Put that beer on ice and let's get back to Obama ...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Out of My Past

I came across this photo of me from a while back:


A valuable lesson I learned about physics: When an object in motion - a motorcycle - meets an object at rest - the side of a brick house - the object in motion tends to cease its forward motion.  Abruptly.

Three broken ribs and collar bone later ...

And that's all I'm sayin' about that.

Words Well Writ

Mark Steyn on the Democrats and the holes they dig for themselves:
For their next exploding cigar, the Democrats chose polygamy. Brian Schweitzer, the Democrat governor of Montana, remarked that Romney was unlikely to appeal to women because his father was "born on a polygamy commune." Eighty-six percent of women, noted Gov. Schweitzer with a keenly forensic demographic eye, are "not great fans of polygamy." You can understand the 86 percent's ickiness at the whole freaky-weirdy idea of a president descended from someone who had multiple wives. Eww.

Just for the record, Romney's father was not a polygamist; Romney's grandfather was not a polygamist; his great-grandfather was a polygamist. Miles Park Romney died in 1904, so one can see why this would weigh heavy on 86 percent of female voters 108 years later. Meanwhile, back in the female-friendly party, Obama's father was a polygamist; his grandfather was a polygamist; and his great-grandfather was a polygamist who had one more wife (five in total) than Romney's great-grandfather. It seems President Obama is the first male in his line not to be a polygamist. So, given the "gender gap," maybe those 86 percent of American women are way cooler with polygamy than Gov. Schweitzer thinks. Maybe these liberal chicks really dig it.
Here's my take: Maybe 86% of women find this whole subject to be irrelevant to their daily lives and would rather Obama's people talk about JOBS.

The point, though, is the Democrats thought they had something on Romney.  Somehow.

Well, so much for that.

Someone Break The News To Obama

Or, better yet, tell his replacement:

Economy's Biggest Drag Right Now Is Government

An ever bigger drag, unfortunately.

'Here Lies a Big, Big Man'

When baseball was truly "America's pastime" ...

When the New York Yankees ruled the world ...

... first base was owned by Moose.

Ah, those were the days ...
Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron, hero of the Yankees’ 1958 World Series team, dead at 81 from congestive heart failure
By Bill Madden, New York Daily News

Bill (Moose) Skowron, the hulking and popular Yankee first baseman of the 1950s and ’60s and the hero of their come-from-behind 1958 World Series triumph over the Milwaukee Braves, died of congestive heart failure early Friday morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. Skowron had also battled lung cancer for several years. He was 81.

Skowron, a five-time All-Star, was the Yankees’ regular first baseman from 1955-62, averaging 18 homers and 75 RBI as a Bomber. He finished his career with a .282 average, 211 homers and 888 RBI. He was especially lethal in the World Series, hitting .293 with eight HRs and 29 RBI in 39 games over eight Fall Classics.

In the 1956 World Series, Skowron had been held hitless by the Dodgers until the seventh game when he came to bat with the bases loaded in the seventh. He hit a grand slam into the left field stands to break the game open. Two years later, Skowron spurred the Yankees to rally from three games to one against the Braves by singling in what proved to be the winning run in the 10th inning of their Game 6 4-3 victory. He then hit a decisive three-run eighth-inning homer off Yankee killer Lew Burdette for the 6-2 Game 7 win. [link]
The obituary is accompanied by the most memorable photo to ever come out of major league baseball:


That's Yankee greats Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and the Moose.

How kids in the day longed to be every one of them.

Moose, you done good.  You allowed us to dream.

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The post header - "Here Lies a Big, Big Man" - comes from a hit song from that time. "Big Bad John."

M. Obama: 'We Made History!'

Well, she thinks so anyway:

First Lady Michelle Obama boasted at a campaign event in Omaha, Neb. on Tuesday that "we made history" when the president's health care proposal was enacted and the administration issued a regulation mandating that insurance companies provide women with free contraceptives.

Actually, the communists in China have been doing it for decades.

They also provide free abortions, for what it's worth.

You can bet Obama's wife would love to bring that "first" to the People's Republic of America as well.

- - -

The Chinese are known to execute anyone who opposes their government too.

Please don't tell Michelle.

Anti-Bullying Crusader Bullies High School Students

This from a gay guy who goes around the country making anti-bullying speeches:

After many students walked out of the speech, one of whom appeared to be crying, [Dan] Savage said, “It’s funny, as someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back.”

As it turns out he's not opposed to bullying at all.

Typical.  So typical.

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You might find this quote from Mr. Savage enlightening too:

"The Bible Is a Radically Pro-Slavery Document."

Kinda gives this twerp perspective, doesn't it.

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Headline of the day:

Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens

Real nice.

For Those Who Believe In Gov't

Ask yourself: Do you honestly think any of America's corporations could - in the worst happenstance - pull a boneheaded stunt like this?
Hundreds of 5-year-old municipal vehicles found in Miami that were never used
By Chris Tutor, Autoblog

Have you ever bought a brand new cars [sic] only to forget where you put it? How about 300 of them? Probably not – unless you're Miami-Dade County, which was recently reunited with 298 vehicles it bought brand new between 2006 and 2007.

The county "discovered" this fleet of no-mileage vehicles after reading about them in a Spanish-language newspaper there (see the source for more images). Most of the misplaced motorcade is made up of Toyota Prius hybrids whose warranties either expired with very few miles on the odo or will very soon.

Looking to save some face, the county has rushed at least 123 of the hybrids into service. The Toyota warranty covered the hybrid bits for eight years or 100,000 miles, but we're not sure if that covers cars parked for five of those eight. We're also not sure what that much time in Miami heat and humidity does to an unused hybrid powertrain, but it can't be good.

The county, as you probably guessed, is looking into how it lost so many cars. [link]
In my world - the corporate world - if an employee lost a car - one - he'd be fired.

This being government, however, the "loss" of three hundred vehicles will be little more than chatter at lunchtime.

And the mayor will soon be pleading poverty.

My God. My God.

There You Have It

The planet's temperature - as best anyone can guess - has increased 0.2° C. since the '60's.  That's one-fifth of one percent.  So miniscule as to be nearly nonexistent.  And yet there are those who have found ominous signs that that 0.2° increase is wreaking havoc on our way of life.  Just ask an expert - former St. Louis Cardinals catcher - and climatologist - Tim McCarver:

Baseball's Tim McCarver: Global Warming Increasing the Number of Home Runs

For the love of God.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wall Street Is Booming

If only that boom translated into jobs:

U.S. Firms Add Jobs, but Mostly Overseas

Obama has saddled them with the highest corporate tax rate in the world; maybe he could force them to hire Americans too.  Kind of a corporate welfare program.

Expect Comrade Pelosi to introduce legislation any day ...

Chuckle of the Day

The nation of Colombia is demanding an apology from the United States government.

Because some of our federal employees underpaid its streetwalkers.

No.  It's not a joke:

Colombia's top diplomat demands apology from President Obama for Secret Service hooker scandal

Too funny.

Didn't They Do This Once Before?

Seems so ... right:

Germany announces plans for gun registry

So how'd that Weapons Act of 1938 work out for Germany's Jewish population?

Hey, where's Germany's Jewish population?

Getting The GOP House In Order ...

... by getting rid of the decrepit old furniture:

Palin endorses Mourdock over Dick Lugar in Indiana senate primary

Dick Lugar had his day.  A long, long time ago.

Do You Really Want Four More Years Of This?

From hope to mope:



It didn't have to be this way.

Sooner or Later ...

... all the "green" companies that Obama has been propping up with our tax dollars will fail.

Not that he won't keep their corpses propped up until he's gone and his likeness is on Mt. Rushmore.

The latest to plead potential doom:

After Massive Losses, Stimulus-Backed Company Asks for More Taxpayer Cash

Oh, why not.  It's only our hard-earned income.  What, you had something better to spend it on?

Quote of the Day

From Charles Krauthammer:
The Vice President has been over the last 30 years holds the American record for wrong on the most issues in foreign affairs ever. And the list starts with the nuclear freeze in the early ’80s against Thatcher and Reagan and Cole which is one of the follies of the era. He supported it. He was against aid to the Nicaraguan Contras which in the end brought democracy and ended the Sandinista rule at the time. He was against Reagan’s expansion of the defense budget which bankrupted the Soviet Union and led to the end of the Soviet Empire. He was against Reagan on Strategic Defenses, which is the big advantage that we have now in the missile age.

And look at where he was on Iraq. He opposed the first Iraq War, the Gulf War that liberated Kuwait that everybody agrees was a good thing. He supported the Iraq War which he, not I, which he says was a terrible mistake. And then when the surge happened, he opposed the surge in Iraq which rescued a losing war and ended with our leaving with our heads held high and some promise in the future. [link]
Krauthammer was responding to this speech given by Mr. Biden, a man best known for making a fool of himself on a regular basis.

This Is The Joe Biden We've Come To Expect

I can't help but remember all the derision heaped upon Sarah Palin for being a poor choice for Vice President:

Biden to donors: 'You all look dull as hell'

What a goof.

The Vice President of the United States.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Times Change

How many times over the years have we heard the story about the brutal internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II?  With Franklin Roosevelt's issuance of Executive Order Number 9066, 120,000 people - men, women, children - mostly on the West Coast - were removed from their homes and relocated inland.  Americans of all persuasions have been duly aghast.

At least in recent years.

But in the early years of World War II?

It was a completely different mood.  A different attitude.

From Time magazine, November 30, 1942, "Medals for Moving":
For the biggest moving job in U.S. history a 35-year-old Colonel last week was awarded the Army's Distinguished Service Medal.

Colonel Karl Robin Bendetsen last March began evacuating 110,599 Japanese and Nisei from a 150-mile West Coast strip to 16 temporary assembly centers in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona. This month he finished his seven-day-a-week job. He had placed all his charges in the care of the civilian War Relocation Authority in ten huge permanent projects in California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Arkansas.

Said his superior, Lieut. General John Lesesne DeWitt, Commander of the Western Defense Command and the Fourth Army: "That operation ... was completed within the designated time, without mischance, with minimum hardship and almost without incident."

Bendetsen, with a Stanford Law degree, a reserve lieutenancy, and an interest in radio and aviation, was practicing law in his Aberdeen, Wash. hometown in 1939 when the Judge Advocate General's Department called him. ...

Later, a lieutenant colonel, he prepared Franklin Roosevelt's executive order that last February provided for the establishment of military areas and started the evacuation program.
It would appear that folks - if only at Time magazine and in the War Department - were quite proud of Colonel Bendetsen's accomplishment.  To the point where he was awarded the military's highest non-combat decoration.

Today he'd be tried for war crimes by that same government that was so proud of him not that long ago.

We have a whole different attitude toward such actions these days.

But then, we can afford to.

Headline of the Day

It’s about time: Obama to start campaigning

Who Made Her Queen?

Remember when Nancy Reagan caught six kinds of fury from the press over the fact that she replaced the White House china at a time when people in Detroit were starving?

The cost of that dastardly purchase to the American taxpayer?

$0.00

So Michelle Obama decides she needs to vacation in Spain.  But do you think that she and her wealthy husband were willing to foot the bill themselves?

Cost to the American taxpayer?

$467,585.

Watch that same press go absolutely apoplectic, knowing that the people of Detroit are starving, when it investigates ...

Oh, who am I kidding?

Did y'all have a good time, Queen of All Things Good?

Those Poor Global Warmists

They just can't catch a break.  First they find out - after declaring that the planet was heating at a rate at which we were all going to die - that the planet stopped heating.  In 1998.

So they quit talking global warming and switched to "climate change."  The phenomenon that was worsening at a rate at which we were all going to die.

How?

Just last month we were offered our obituary:

Climate change panel warns of severe storms, heatwaves and floods

"Climate change," the theory the educated guess  desperate plea goes, was going to produce a furious outbreak of ... weather ... the rate of which would bring about ... well, you know the drill.

But today?

Kiss that shit goodbye too:

Climate Change Not the Problem as FEMA Declarations Dramatically Slow

We're not even experiencing unusual weather.

Maybe they should try unusual sunsets next.  Yeah, that's the ticket.

We're all going to die ...


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Romney Strong Out of the Starting Gate

If he avoids one-on-one interviews with Obama's press and focuses on delivering powerful speeches powerfully delivered, he could very well retire the man currently in the White House who has wreaked so much devastation on our country.  This is a darn good beginning:




A great line well-delivered:

"It's still about the economy and we're not stupid."

James Carville must have grinned at that one.

And another one:

"We will stop the days of apologizing for success at home and never again apologize for America abroad."

And, perhaps without knowing its significance, Romney pierced the hearts of a lot of loyal citizens around the country who worry for their children's future with this phrase:

"We were America ..."

We want to be America again.

Here's to Mitt Romney.

Another Reason To Ban The EPA

It seemed like a good idea when Richard Nixon created it.

But now it is on a mission.  A Jihad.  And it's adopted an approach to solving problems - problems that were, in truth, solved long ago if it's original mission is understood - that would make Osama bin Ladin proud:

EPA Official on Oil Companies: 'Crucify Them'!

A government - your government! - agency with a mission that calls for nothing less than the destruction  of our way of life.

Radical environmentalists have taken Arbor Day with its ceremonial planting of trees ...

... to Earth Day with its balloons and calls for conservation ...

... to The Day After Tomorrow.

We went from this:


... to this:


The EPA is out of control.

It must be stopped.

Someone Had Better Tell Sharpton

George Zimmerman - like Barack Obama - is part-black.

Oh, my.

Screw With It At Your Peril

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..."
 -- The Constitution of the United States of America --

Sometimes its application will not be to your liking:

Teacher sues over Catholic school firing for using [In vitro fertilization].

But any thoughts of changing the Bill of Rights to suit one's interests should be tempered with the chilling reality that the end-result will make the Bill of Rights a worthless piece of fish wrap.

- - -

The same applies to another part of the 1st Amendment - "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech ..."

A Marine is kicked out of the Corps for voicing his opinion of Obama?

Yes.

But understand: He has every right to speak his mind.  But not in uniform.

Many Obama supporters would applaud the ejection of this man from the military.

Fine.

I would ask them to go back and rethink Teacher sues over Catholic school firing for using [In vitro fertilization].

What's good for the goose ...

Leadership

Or not:

[Obama official]: 'No one knows' if US headed to $9/gal gas

Well, maybe someone who has significant ability to influence the price of gas should know.

For the love of God.

The Mind Reels

Uhhhh:

Florida man mistakes girlfriend for hog, shoots her

A punch line awaits ...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Salem Witch Trial ...

... became the Ted Stevens trial ...

... became the John Edwards trial.

Yes, Edwards would have made a lousy President (though considering today's circumstances, one pauses ...).

But we are better than this, right?

Right?

With a Twinkle In His Eye

This is what I love about James Taranto (in a ... ahem ... platonic sort of way, of course).  That subtle literary skill of his at delivering biting humor that goes unnoticed by all but the most focused reader.

Today's offering: In a piece about the revelation that Barack Obama has, in his past, eaten one or more dogs (ages/breeds/accompanying seasonings unkown) (go here and scroll down to "Just Where Is This Frum From?"), Taranto writes:

"What's shocking about Obama isn't that he ate exotic foods but that he ATE A DOG. In America, dogs and cats are pets, not provisions. Frum's apparent ignorance of this is enough to make us wonder if he's some sort of alien from another country."

The subtlety of italicizing the word he's.

Don't get it?  Then you'll never get it.

Go back to watching "The View."

From 'Yes We Can' To ...

... no we can't.

Interior Secretary: ‘Not Even Harry Potter’ Can Bring Down Gas Prices

In truth?    Yes.  We.  Can.

Stuck On Stupid

A blast from the past?

No.

A broken record.  Yesterday:

[Democratic House Minority Whip Steny] Hoyer: Middle Class is Paying Price for Bush Administration, ‘Where Much Was Spent and Little Was Paid For’ 

It's been so long, I don't even remember the Bush administration.

When are these guys going to take ownership of the government they took ownership of a long, long time ago?

The Bush administration is causing all our problems.  Gimme a break.

My Problem With Liberals

One of many.

They love to tout their success stories.  See Obama's:

Obama Again Reminds Voters He and First Lady ‘Didn’t Come From Wealthy Families’

A "rags to riches" story if there ever was one (if you ignore the fact that he was raised by his grandmother who was quite well-to-do, the fact that he never had to attend a public school, the fact that he was admitted to Columbia and Harvard, and the fact that he never had to work a real job in his life) (and the fact that he and his First Lady are breathtakingly wealthy today, an unrelated matter).

What bothers me about that?

Obama - and his (few remaining) supporters - will argue until doomsday that he succeeded on his own without the help of anyone.   Fine.  So why does he feel obligated to do everything he can to prevent others from achieving success and acquiring wealth?

"Fairness" - like everything else people of his mindset promote - is meant for others.  For them?

"Yes We Can!"  But "No You Can't."

The Perfect Accoutrement

What goes better with a lusciously form-fitting black bikini than ...

... a big, black gun?

Reality Will Have This Effect

The truth will out:

Discovery Channel Finds Climate Alarmism Isn't Popular

The truth has willed out.

We went from this ...

Doomsday: How 4C temperature rise this century will change world beyond recognition and threaten human survival. (Alarmism at its best) ...

... and this ...

Global warming of 7C 'could kill billions this century'.  (Ditto.)

 ... to this ...

There IS a problem with global warming... it stopped in 1998.

If only those darn facts hadn't gotten in the way of "scientists" and their fun.

The globe isn't warming, fellas.  So take your alarmism somewhere else.  We're all full up on such nonsense here.

* To highlight the attitude shift over recent years, all three of those headlines came from the same paper - The Telegraph of London.


Reality II

So why isn't global warming theory popular anymore?

Because even those who were its leading proponents have lost faith:
Environmentalist Icon Says He Overstated Climate Change
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Not many years ago, a celebrated scientist predicted a global warming disaster awaited humanity. Today, that same scientist admits his warning was too "alarmist." It's time Al Gore turned his limousine around, too.

James Lovelock, father of the "Gaia" theory that the entire earth is a single living system, was one of the many voices that's predicted environmental calamity will result from carbon dioxide emissions.

He claimed in 2006 that "before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable."

But he has told MSNBC that he overstated the case and now acknowledges that "we don't know what the climate is doing."

"We thought we knew 20 years ago," he said. "That led to some alarmist books — mine included — because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn't happened." [link]
They finally admit what we've been saying all along:

"We don't know what the climate is doing."

Maybe now the scientific community will get back to doing science and move away from screaming, "we're all going to die!"

Or not. A lot of them depend for their livelihood on such hysteria. They certainly won't go easily into that long night ...

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I happened upon a rerun of "The Day After Tomorrow" on TV the other night (and watched it for about ninety seconds).  Even considering the fact that Hollywood is nothing more than fantasy land, this movie - about global warming causing a sudden ice age (pause to think about that impossible scenario) - spawned by the likes of Al Gore, is the most preposterous flick ever made.  All associated with it should be embarrassed.

And speaking of Al Gore ...

You'll Know We've Turned The Corner ...

... when this statistic turns positive:
U.S. new-home sales off 7 percent in March
By Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press

Washington (AP) — Sales of new homes fell in March by the largest amount in more than a year, indicating that the U.S. housing market remains under strain despite some modest signs of improvement.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that sales dropped 7.1 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 328,000 units. That followed a 7.3 percent increase in sales in February. This figure was revised up from an initial estimate that February sales had fallen 1.6 percent.

The median sales price was $234,500 in March, down 1 percent from the February price.

Sales of new homes stand at just about half the roughly 700,000-a-year pace that analysts consider evidence of a healthy market. [link]
Half. Not even half where sales should be.

In graphic detail (click on the image to enlarge it):


We're mired in the doldrums. With no prospect for a robust turnaround in sight.

Maybe if the government would let the people keep more of their income, they'd devote it to buying homes and such?

Naaahhh.

Obama knows better.  He was, after all, a renowned economist local community organizer ...

Chart courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

The Fine Print

To hear Interior Secretary Ken Salazar tell it, Obama's big on fossil fuel energy these days.  And he tells it well.  Only problem is with the facts.  Those darn facts.

Read this carefully and you'll understand what I mean:
Salazar says critics live in ‘fairy tale’ land
By Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times

Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar on Tuesday blasted the “world of fairy tales” that he thinks most Republicans and some oil and gas industry leaders live in, arguing that the Obama administration remains committed to domestic fossil fuels and any claims to the contrary are patently false.

“There is this imagined energy world, maybe a world of fairy tales, falsehoods, that we often see in Washington, D.C.,” he said during a speech at the National Press Club. “It’s a divide between the real energy world that we work on every day and the imagined fairy tale world. It’s a place where up is seen as down, where left is seen as right.” [link]
Scroll past all the Democrat bluster and you get the facts of the matter:
During his address, Mr. Salazar touted the fact that domestic oil production on federal lands is up 13 percent since Mr. Obama became president. Figures from the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that assertion to be technically true, but Mr. Salazar left out the fact that the numbers are headed in the opposite direction. Oil production on government land since 2008 is up overall, but dropped 14 percent from 2010 to 2011.

He also omitted EIA numbers showing that since 2008, natural gas production on federal lands - directly controlled by the Interior Department - has dropped dramatically, including an 11 percent dip from 2010 to 2011.

Since 2009, total fossil fuel production on federally controlled land is down 7 percent, according to the EIA. [emphasis mine]
Oil (along with gas) production is up - since Bush left office. Because leases and permits were approved by him and previous Presidents. But from 2010 to today, what with Obama delaying new permitting and oil leases, production on federal lands is now on the decline.

A "fairy tale," Mr. Salazar?

Make no mistake, Obama's henchman wants you to believe in one.

- - -

Time for Democrats to return to this etheric plane:

The administration has tried for three years to kick-start a "green economy." But fossil fuels still dominate for lots of good reasons. It's time for a return to reality.

Rumor has it that Obama did create a "green job" down in Tishomingo.  Unconfirmed, though, at this time.  The search continues for a second ...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Grasping At Straws

The fact that Obama ate dogs when he was young has leftists searching out new criticisms of Mitt Romney in order to avoid discussing the millions upon millions of unemployed people in this country.  But can they go off the deep end in their frantic search?

Here we see the abyss that's just off the deep end:

"[MSNBC fruitcake] Martin Bashir on Romney: Presidents who don’t drink haven’t done very well in office."

For the love of God.

Yeah, That'll Stop The Slaughter

Why do Presidents do silly things like this?
Obama Announces Formation of Atrocities Prevention Board, New Sanctions on Iran and Syria
By Melanie Hunter, CNS News

President Barack Obama announced Monday the first ever White House position dedicated to preventing and responding to mass atrocities, as well as an executive order authorizing new sanctions against Iran and Syria. The Atrocities Prevention Board convened for the first time on Monday at the White House.

"Last year in the first ever presidential directive on this challenge, I made it clear that preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States of America." [link]
That'll surely stop the "mass atrocities." Obama has created a board.

An "Atrocities Prevention Board."  I thought that's what the 101st Airborne Division was.

How those committing the mass atrocities must be laughing their butts off.

There Is A Tolerated Religion Among The Left

Who can forget this?  Time magazine, under the header - "Top 10 Pat Robertson Gaffes" - passed judgment on this claim from the Left's favorite punching bag: "God's Wrath Caused Katrina."  That would be evangelist Pat Robertson.  He of the frequent "gaffes."  The story began:

"When it comes to Pat Robertson, sometimes truth and fiction are hard to distinguish ..." You can feel the seething derision, can't you?

So what happens when a different "person of the cloth" makes a similar "claim" but, instead of invoking either God or the poor, misbegotten people of New Orleans, that theologian brings up global warming?

The narrative completely changes:
WashPost Gives Platform to Lib Theologian: Global Warming Is God's 'Judgment' of Our 'Sin Against the Planet'
By Ken Shepherd, News Busters

When conservative televangelist Pat Robertson sees God's wrath against sexual sins as the cause for devastating natural disasters, it's roundly mocked by the liberal secular media. How dare Robertson presume to speak for God, many huff. But the Left's double standard is no more evident than yesterday when the Washington Post's website published an Earth Day "On Faith" column by a liberal theologian who chalks up "climate change" to God's anger for our "sin against the planet."

Make no mistake, "She [sic] is very, very angry about" our carbon emissions, thundered Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite from her electronic pulpit as she charged Christians to be equally righteously indignant in her post "A new Earth Day theology":

On the 42nd Earth Day, April 22, 2012, it’s time for a change. No more flowers and beach balls that look like the earth. In Christian theological terms, it is time for righteous anger and judgment on the way in which the continued willful destruction of the planet’s ecosystem is causing widespread suffering and loss.

For good measure, Brooks Thistlethwaite, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, saw a way to work in another liberal bogeyman, the non-existent conservative "war on women":

“Mother Earth is annoyed with you” is another way of talking about global weirding; the upheavals in earth’s temperatures are felt in these climate catastrophes and increasingly dangerous conditions around the world, from drought to flooding to more frequent and violent tornado and hail events. “Mother Earth” as a common cultural expression is supposed to mean the way in which the biosphere is the giver and sustainer of life. But, calling the earth by a female metaphor reveals how much the earth is subject to actions and policies that exploit rather than protect. There’s a kind of ‘war on women’ that applies to the planet too. [link]
So I get really confused. Does this person think - as did that reviled Pat Robertson - that Hurricane Katrina was God's wrath?

I'll bet not.

There are, you see, acceptable wraths, and then there are unacceptable wraths. And God inflicting pain on the poor - rather than on "the planet" - is as unacceptable as it gets.

Strange bunch, these leftists.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Me To Roanoke Times:

I'll go you one better.

The Star City's most influential newsp ... only newspaper this morning comes out on its editorial page with a commendable suggestion for our governor and legislators in Richmond:

Do unto yourselves that which you do unto others:
Legislators must share in pension sacrifices
Roanoke Times editorial

Legislators have dug the state's pension plan into a deep, deep hole. A $24 billion hole, to be precise. Refilling that chasm in unfunded liabilities, they say, requires everyone to share in the sacrifice.

To that end, state workers pay 5 percent of their earnings toward their retirement benefits. This year, local government employees and teachers will begin phasing in a similar scheme.

But shared sacrifice has its limits. An amendment in the state budget approved last week exempts senior legislators, the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and most sitting judges from contributing to the Virginia Retirement System.

The budget amendment is vaguely worded, but appears to retain that requirement for freshmen. Either way, new legislators should insist that all members of the General Assembly and statewide officials shoulder part of their retirement costs. At the very least, they should commit themselves to phasing in contributions in future years, the same rules they have imposed on others. It's only fair. [link]
Fair perhaps.

But even more fair - to the good people of the Commonwealth?

Take the career attraction out of the gig. End pension benefits for elected positions all together. Make the "citizen legislators" want to go back home some day and allow new blood to come into the political arena.

No offense to Lacey Putney, but do we really want someone chairing the powerful House Appropriations Committee who's been in office since before Christ was a teenager?

A computer?  What's that?

Microwave?

Interstate highways?

Diet Coke?

Someone bring my horse-and-buggy around.  As soon as I'm done guiding the Commonwealth of Virginia into the next century, I want to go find out what this postal zip code thing is all about.  (That's right.  Zip codes were not in existence when dear old Lacey Putney joined the legislature.)

On The Glide Path To Self-Destruction

A video everyone needs to watch.  "If I Wanted America To Fail":




While Obama wants to talk about Trayvon Martin and contraceptives, America fails.

My God.

How I'd Love To Be Taken Care Of Cradle to Grave


Mark Steyn on the lavish lifestyle to which our (government) employees have become accustomed, as exposed by Secret ServiceGate:
We have a dependency culture from top to toe. Forty-five million Americans are on food stamps. The “public servants” manning the government that hands out the food stamps are themselves on Vegas hot-tub stamps, beach-resort stamps, Colombian hooker stamps, third-of-a-century retirement stamps . . .

A few more years of this, and it won’t be necessary to go to Cartagena: It’ll be Latin America at home, too.
Will we all be on the public dole some day? Does the government have enough currency printing presses to make that work?  Can the government provide us all with hookers?

I don't know about you but I want some of my employees' and dependents' sweet deal.

Hello, Mom?

What is up with Mother Nature?

Yesterday I was out cutting weeds and trimming the grass.

Today I'm scraping snow and ice off of my car.

What's going on?

Oh.  Yeah.  The climate changed.

Everybody run for your lives.

Chuck Schumer Needs To Take His Meds

This, from New York's senior senator, is frighteningly silly:

"Schumer: Citizens United Worse than Racial Segregation Case Plessy v Ferguson."

Good God.

So what is it that has gotten this crazy old coot so off-the-deep-end?

The Supreme Court ruled - in "Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee" -  that corporations - in so many words - had the same free speech rights as do individuals.

Oh.  The.  Horror.

Here's Schumer's problem.  He doesn't understand the word "incorporate."  The definition(s):
  1. To cause to merge or combine together into a united whole.
  2. To become united or combined into an organized body.
  3. Combined into one united body; merged.
  4. Formed into a legal corporation.
If he understood those definitions, he would understand that to deny a "corporation" - a group of individuals who unite into an organized body - 1st Amendment rights, he'd be denying his own Democratic Party - a body made up of individuals who unite in common cause (not to make money but to destroy the United States of America) - the right to have a voice in American election politics.

Could Schumer give an exemption to that "corporation" known as the Democratic Party?  Well, sure.  He can do anything.  He's the government.

But does he want to be known as the one man in American history who single-handedly scaled back the freedoms guaranteed by our precious Bill of Rights?

Guess so.

What a guy.  The people of New York - and liberals everywhere - must be very proud.

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It's clear that Schumer, when he says he wants to limit corporations' free speech rights through a Constitutional amendment, he really means Halliburton's and Koch Industries' rights.

So why doesn't he be honest and propose an amendment to the Constitution banning the right of any spokesman of either company to open his or her mouth?  Ever?

Why toy with us?

The World Is Turned Upside Down

Reuters: Obama needs vote fraud

And they mean it in a positive way.

Gotta Love Them Muslims

Think Obama will be outraged?

Muslim mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital

Alas.  It was a Catholic church.  If only it were an abortion clinic.

How Times Have Changed

I'm googling like crazy this morning, trying to find that opinion column headline from 2006 that read:

"Much Ado About Abu Ghraib Photos: Sometimes men do dumb things. This is one of them, little more."

But I can't seem to find it.

I did find this, however, which seems to capture the attitude of the press these days with regard to a circumstance that falls in the same category as "Abu Ghraib: How Good People Turn Evil," a malevolence that shocked - SHOCKED - the world:

"Much Ado About Afghan War Photos: Sometimes men do dumb things. This is one of them, little more."

I wonder what's changed since 2006 ...

I wonder ...

Yes, But

George Will, on ABC's "This Week," asked a good question yesterday with regard to the President's ability to lower gasoline prices at the pump, a question that deserves an answer:

"[T]here's something about our obsession with the imperial presidency -- it's true in both parties -- that says nothing's out of our control. After all, Mr. Obama, the night he clinched the nomination, said this will be the moment when the rise of the seas stop[s]. Well, if he can stop the seas from rising, why can't he bring down gas prices?"

In fact, the President could - with the help of Congress - impose gas prices on the nation.  With disastrous results.  (See FDR's Office of Price Administration and The Emergency Price Control Act of 1942.)

With the stroke of a pen a President can, indeed, bring down gas prices.  For a time.  And wreak eventual havoc in doing so. (See "How FDR Made the Depression Worse".)  (See "The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.")

So can a President have a positive impact on gas prices?

Yes.  By getting government out of the business of business.

See "Building Prosperity: Why Ronald Reagan and the Founding Fathers Were Right on the Economy."

See Ludwig von Mises: "The consumers suffer when the laws of the country prevent the most efficient entrepreneurs from expanding the sphere of their activities. What made some enterprises develop into big business was precisely their success in filling best the demand of the masses."

Can Obama lower gas prices?  Yes.  By getting government off our backs.

A Sign of the Time

Everything's gotten so expensive, this is being posted on doors around the country ...


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day Brings Out The Least Intelligent Among Us

I got bad news for Vickie L. Hurley, president of Salem's Local 82161, IUE-CWA union: Your contention that "Earth Day [is a time for us to] think about how we can take better care of our environment. But it's also a day to consider how wind energy — free, homegrown electricity — can help create and secure the manufacturing jobs we so desperately need here in Virginia and across the country" sounds great, but flies in the face of reality.

Wind?

Really?

See "Wind Industry Has Lost 10,000 Jobs Under Obama."

To be clear, that would be your bosom buddy in the White House, Vickie.

Speaking of whom, Vickie:

Labor Agreement For Keystone XL Pipeline To Create 13,000 American Jobs

And:

Obama punts on the pipeline

Wind energy? Care to remove your head from your ass and get back to us?

Shut My Mouth

The Roanoke Times editorial board today is endorsing a Republican for mayor of the city of Roanoke?

Have the members thereof lost their minds?

Where's Dan Radmacher when the most liberal paper south of the Mason-Dixon line needs him?

The editorial page keeps this up and I'll only have shit-for-brains Dan Casey to routinely ridicule.

Why The Tea Party Is Ruthless With Republicans

There are those out there  - mostly party Republicans - who cannot fathom the fact that the Tea Party singles out certain of their brethren for retribution on occasion.  With all those stinking liberals out there, they go after us?!  These days that effort shows up in the news with names attached of either "Indiana's" Dick Lugar or - this morning - Utah's Orrin Hatch.

But here's what those Republicans need to understand: We hope to gain the support from Democrats on the occasional issue when it comes up for national debate.  James Webb and Joe Manchin on ObamaCare, Joe Lieberman on taxes (he's a Democrat in all but name), Jay Rockefeller on the EPA.  Kirsten Gillibrand on the 2nd Amendment).  We enjoy their support when we can get it.  And work to have them defeated on election day when they prove to be vulnerable (see, as a good example, my former congressman, Rick Boucher, who is enjoying retirement as of the last election thanks in large measure to the work of an active Tea Party).

Republicans, however, are expected to be with us at all times.  It's a non-negotiable.

So when one votes with the Democrats on limiting free speech (Mr. McCain), or votes with the Democrats on gay issues (Lisa Murkowski), or votes with the Democrats on "financial reform" (Scott Brown and Olympia Snowe), or votes with the Democrats on a host of other liberal issues (Snowe again and Susan Collins), we are disappointed.  And resolved.  With long memories.  And a lust for vengeance.

It may seem odd.  We are pleased with ourselves when a Democrat leaves office (how's that defeat feel, Alan Grayson?) (Russ Feingold?) (Arlen Specter?).  But we are delirious when a RINO gets bounced (Lincoln Chafee) (Jim Jeffords) (Nancy Johnson).  (Mike Castle)  (Jim Leach)  (I wish I could add my own former senator, John Warner, to the list of those liberal Republicans kicked out of office but he had the good sense to retire before we retired him).

The rule to live by: We accept the fact that there are liberal Democrats in this country.  We don't accept the fact that there are Republicans who vote with the liberals EVER.

Clear?

Now, let's talk about Lugar and Hatch ...

Give Us a Good Reason, Babs

Bonehead Barbara Boxer:

I got to say to the women out there, whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or Independent, if you’re a self-respecting human being, please vote for President Obama. And for the men who care about women, do the same thing.”

Because Obama has been so good for women?

The New York Times in December:

"In Friday’s jobs report coverage, we noted that the unemployment rate fell partly because 315,000 people dropped out of the labor force — that is, they were not even looking for work. Closer analysis reveals that the entirety of that decline was due to the departure of women — and particularly employed women — from the labor force." [my emphasis]

Barack Obama cares about women.  He's created conditions such that women - by the millions - are now stay-at-home moms.

All self-respecting human beings should support him for that.  Or so says Blunderbuss Barbara Boxer ...

The Difference Between Them & Us

Van Jones thinks you should sit down and shut up

I think Marxist morons like Van Jones should stand up and keep it up.

With enemies like him, we are sure to win the hearts and minds ...

If Obama Can't Deliver The Solution ...

... is it too much to ask that he at least not be the problem?

CBO estimates Obama's 2013 budget plan would hit economic growth

I suppose we could look at it in a favorable light.  Obama's goal has never been "economic growth."  It's been to get everyone on food stamps.

On that score, Barack Obama's a winner!

Obama Gives Up On Dog Meat

Moves on to a diet of bunny rabbits:

Port Authority, USDA workers shoot bunnies at JFK Airport

USDA worker to the Humane Society's endorsed candidate for President - the President who enjoyed munching on puppies in his youth:

Chow time!  Come and get it, Big Daddy.

This Is The Kind Of Attitude Romney Needs

We've not seen that can-do firmness in a President since Obama ran for office and quickly proved that he can't-do.  This is refreshing:
Romney on Keystone: ‘I will build that pipeline if I have to myself’
By Alicia M. Cohn, The Hill

Mitt Romney drew a line in the oil sands on Friday, focusing on the controversial Keystone pipeline project opposed by the White House and saying, “I will build that pipeline if I have to myself.”

Romney blasted Obama on a range of policies during a speech to the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s National Meeting in Arizona, but singled out the controversial project that would route Canadian oil sands south to Gulf Coast refineries.

The White House earlier this year rejected making a decision on the pipeline until the project had been reviewed, a process expected to take at least until after the November elections. But House Republicans this week, when pushing through legislation to extend needed federal transportation program funding, included a mandate to approve the pipeline.

Romney pledged that he would expand drilling for gas and oil as president and would buy oil from Canada. He attacked what Obama has frequently termed his administration’s commitment to an “all of the above” energy plan.

“It does not seem like an all of the above energy policy to me,” Romney said. “And then I figured it out: The president does like all of the above. He likes all of the energy sources that come from above the ground. So anything below the ground he doesn’t like: Coal, oil, gas. We all like wind and solar. But we also like those below the ground.” [link]
That's a good way to look at it. While Obama pushes above-ground energy sources - particularly wind and solar - both proving to be complete busts - he does his level best to deny the development of those sources of energy under ground that have shown themselves to be both successful and affordable - especially coal and petroleum.

This is a winning strategy. And Romney's fire-in-the-belly approach to it is encouraging.

May he keep it stoked.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ouch

State Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke) losing his most fervid supporters?  Nah.

But this spanking from the ultra-liberal Roanoke Times editorial staff of the equally liberal Edwards is at least amusing:

Southwest Virginia voters elected Edwards to represent them when the legislature is in session, not to moonlight at UVa.

Budget crisis?  What budget crisis?

-- Senator John Edwards -- 

Too funny.

Gotta Love Them Democrats

They're always out there working for the little guy.

Not:
Ineptitude Bordering on Malfeasance
Lynchburg News & Advance editorial

At long last, the commonwealth of Virginia finally has [a] budget for the upcoming biennium that begins July 1.

To get one was like pulling teeth, though.

And once again, it was the 20 Democratic members of the Virginia Senate who gave nightmares and migraines to local government officials from Tidewater to Southwest, from Northern Virginia to Southside and all regions in between.

The Senate is evenly divided between 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats; Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, broke the tie, allowing Republicans to claim legislative control of the chamber. The makeup of committees, the selection of chairmen, the flow of legislation ... all the power is in the hands of the Republicans.

But the Virginia Constitution specifically forbids the lieutenant governor from breaking ties on budget votes, and that’s how we’ve gotten into the mess we’re in.

The 20 Democrats whined from Day One about being on the short end of the stick. They lost in court, when they filed suit earlier this year to force powersharing, and ever since, they’ve been using the all-important budget process to squeeze concessions from the Republican caucus.

The pitiful thing is that it’s average Virginians and helpless, trod-upon local governments used as pawns on [sic] game of political chess. [link]
Through their "ineptitude bordering on malfeasance" in recent years, the Democratic Party has managed to destroy its large majorities of elected offices held around the Commonwealth. That ineptitude continues to be practiced unabated.

Soon they'll be able to hold their state convention in a phone booth.

Keep up the great work, fellas.

Bank of America Takes Sides

Unfortunately, it's not the side of freedom.

You own a BofA Visa or Mastercard?

You consider the 2nd Amendment a guarantee of far more than just the right to keep and bear arms?

You might want to tear up that credit card and tell the geniuses at Bank of America to stick it up their ass:
Bank of America Reportedly Drops Gun Company for Political Reasons
By Bob Owens

Bailout recipient Bank of America has severed relations with an American company because of a reported bias against their industry. McMillan Group International released an extraordinary statement on Facebook regarding the incident:

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, McMillan Group International have been collectively banking with Bank of America for 12 years. Today Mr. Ray Fox, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Business Banking, Global Commercial Banking came to my office. He scheduled the meeting as an “account analysis” meeting in order to evaluate the two lines of credit we have with them. He spent five minutes talking about how McMillan has changed in the last five years and have become more of a firearms manufacturer than a supplier of accessories.

At this point I interrupted him and asked “Can I possible save you some time so that you don’t waste your breath? What you are going to tell me is that because we are in the firearms manufacturing business you no longer what my business.”

“That is correct” he says.

I replied “That is okay, we will move our accounts as soon as possible. We can find a Second Amendment friendly bank that will be glad to have our business. You won’t mind if I tell the NRA, SCI and everyone one I know that BofA is not firearms industry friendly?”

“You have to do what you must” he said.

“So you are telling me this is a politically motivated decision, is that right?”

Mr Fox confirmed that it was. At which point I told him that the meeting was over and there was nothing let for him to say.

McMillan is now refusing to accept Bank of America cards from customers for payment. [link]
I don't know about you but I put little faith in any business that puts politics ahead of business. Obama bailout or no.

Bank of America has decided to become a political arm of the Democratic Party.

So be it.

Conduct your business accordingly.

Pelosi et al. Move To Limit Free Speech

What are they so afraid of?

Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment 

Kind of odd when you think about it. Why would this bunch think it important to amend the Constitution when, on any given day, they are ignoring it completely?

So weird.

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Couple that with the effort of the same gang of ... open-minded liberals ... to silence conservative voices on talk radio.

My. My. My.  How unbecoming.

Chris, Get a Life

I find it astonishing that people today fret over the issue of slavery.  An institution that maintained for 76 years of our country's existence but was killed off 147 years ago.

Yet there people are:

Chris Matthews: Slavery Impacts People's View of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman Case

And he believes it.

For the love of God.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Oh, No!

The North Koreans have warned the U.S. State Department that if we cut off food aid to their starving masses, they are going to stop sending pictures to us of that goofy-looking little fat guy who looks like he needs an enema all the time.

See "NORTH KOREA WARNS RETALIATION IF U.S. STOPS FOOD AID."

And be very, very afraid.

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Come to think of it, the fearless leader - or whatever he 's calling himself - could stand to go a few months without U.S. food aid, the pudgy little bastard.

Headline of the Day

George Clooney Deigns To Dine With Commoners For Obama.

Quip Of The Day

Obama: 'I can’t believe Romney strapped his dog to the roof of his car. That ruins the flavor.'

When Will This End?

It's interesting - in a perverse sort of way - that it was the housing issue (i.e., the overextended subprime loan market) that precipitated the current recession, and it's the housing situation that continues to vex lo these many years later:
Existing-home sales fall 2.6% in March, adding to downward housing trend
By Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, the Census Bureau showed new-housing starts plummeting 5.8% last month from February, which stunned analysts expecting a slight uptick in the series. Today’s report from the National Association of Realtors shows that it’s not just the new-home market that tanked in March, a result which once again surprised analysts:

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes in March unexpectedly fell for the third time in the last four months, showing an uneven recovery in the housing market.

Purchases dropped 2.6 percent to a 4.48 million annual rate from 4.6 million in February, the National Association of Realtors reported today in Washington. The median forecast of economists in a Bloomberg News survey called for an increase to 4.61 million. In January, sales at a 4.63 million rate were the strongest since May 2010. [link]
Downward ... downward ... ever downward ...

And That Will Lead To This

Solve the housing crisis and this problem will go away:

Weekly jobless claims above 380K for second week

Is this the prelude to that "double-dip we've been warned about?

God, I hope not.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Make Of This What You Will

I'm at a loss for words.
Police: Kingsport man arrested for lining up his students, firing blank shots from gun
Kingsport Times-News

A Kingsport man who teaches at a vocational school in Abingdon, Va., has been arrested after allegedly pulling a blank firing gun on his students, pointing it their direction and firing multiple times.

The incident occurred April 4 at William H. Neff Center. Manuael Ernest Dillow, 60, of 840 Liberty Drive, Kingsport, was arrested Wednesday for the alleged incident and charged with 12 felony counts of brandishing a firearm on school property.

The Washington County Sheriffs Office reports the charges are class 6 felonies, with each count punishable up to five years incarceration and a $2,500 fine.

Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman reports School Superintendent Jim Sullivan notified the Sheriff’s Office of the incident. An investigation reportedly discovered Dillow "gathered" the attention of the 12 students in his welding class and lined them up near a garage door in the shop.

"He then pulled a 'blank firing handgun,' black in color, from the back waistband of his pants and discharged the weapon between four and ten shots in the direction of the line of the students," states a Wednesday afternoon press release. "The 'report' of the firearm was similar to that of a firearm that fires a projectile, thus placing the students in fear, according to statements. No students were physically injured as a result of the incident."

Dillow was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond with a hearing date scheduled for May 7. [link]
We'd need an attorney to advise us as to whether a starter pistol can be considered a firearm (since it is incapable of firing anything) under Virginia law.

But beyond that, what in God's name was this guy thinking?

* As for the title of this piece, what's a "blank shot"?

Why Gov't Should Never Be In The Speculation Business

The solar industry?

When governments were buying (or subsidizing the purchases of) (with other people's money) solar panels on a massive scale, life in the industry was good.  But take the freebies away and ...

... poof.

Really?

OK.  I now think less of the University of Chicago.

A study (see "International Perspectives on Theism")  released by the (once-) most prestigious institution of higher learning in America provides this startling revelation having to do with those countries around the world with the strongest and weakest levels of faith in God:

"Atheism is strongest in northwest European countries such as Scandinavia and the former Soviet states (except for Poland)."

So what's startling about this revelation?  Well, nothing.

It's not the revelation.  It's the geography.



1) Scandinavia is a country? When did that come about?

2) See map.  Scandinavia (and perhaps "the former Soviet states," depending on how you interpret the poor sentence construction) is in northwest Europe?  Iceland and Ireland are in northwest Europe.  Scandinavia?  Not even.

3) Is there another University of Chicago that I don't know about?  This is beyond embarrassing.

Ah, The Memories

Dick Clark is dead.

But his legend lives on.

Now On To Romney's VP Pick

I could get excited about either Marco Rubio (because he's an articulate champion of The Cause) or Condoleezza Rice (because she's the smartest conservative on the planet - and hasn't required two "autobiographies" be written to prove it).

Which means Romney will pick a Mitch Daniels or a Paul Ryan.

Ho.

Hum.

Wake me when it's over.

In This Energy-Starved Nation Of Ours ...

... it's time to reflect on what might have been:

10 Years Ago Today, Dems Say ANWR Won’t Yield Oil for 10 Years

If only we'd imprisoned all the Democrats ten years ago, we wouldn't be taking out a second mortgage in order to fill the gas tank today.

If only ...

Cut The Federal Budget

Start by eliminating the Senate Budget Committee.

Since it's had no purpose now for years, why does it exist?

See "Senate punts on budget…again."

And be ashamed of your "government."

No Dog Left Behind

Has anyone seen little Binky?


His last reported whereabouts were on the White House grounds.

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This is too much fun.  See "Mmm, mmm, mmm: Best Obama dog recipes."  And laugh.

Here, Binky.  Where are you, Binky?  Come on, boy.  Little Tommy is waiting for you at home.  Binky?

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See "Hitler Finds Out Obama Ate His Dog." It don't get better than this.

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Okay.  This is sick.

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This is rather creative though.

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Instapundit:

I THINK IT WAS A LHASA APSO, ACTUALLY: Obama: Unlike Some People I Wasn’t Born With A Silver Spoon In My Mouth.

Funny.

Why Obama Ate The Dog

He lived in public housing and couldn't afford cab fare to the grocery.

Or some such bullshit.

Obama the Underprivileged.  Gimme a break.

* This is a classic example of liberal racism.  Obama is (half-) black, therefore he was destitute in his youth.  Good grief.

Shrewd Move

Maybe Mitt's more savvy than I thought.

Romney: This election is about jobs, not about Obama eating dogs

Which means, for the next few days Romney has made the election all about our President feasting on America's most beloved pet.

Not a bad move, dude.  I'm impressed.

From His Lyin' Lips

I can make a firm pledge: Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase -- not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."
-- Barack Obama, Sept. 12, 2008 --

Does that include the half a trillion dollars in tax increases to be found in ObamaCare, Barry?

See "Top 10 Most Expensive Obamacare Taxes and Fees."  And learn to not accept anything that weasel says.

My favorite line from our Weasel-in-Chief:

"The problem is not that folks are trying to avoid getting health care; the problem is they can’t afford it. My plan emphasizes lowering costs, not only setting up a government plan so that people who don’t have health insurance can buy into it and will get subsidized, but also making sure that those who have health insurance but are struggling with rising co-payments, deductibles, premiums."

"People ... struggling with rising co-payments, deductibles, premiums." Note he didn't include those people struggling to pay their taxes.

Weasel.

Ah, That Quaint Old Constitution

Thought you might like to see this (click on it to enlarge it):


Without getting into an argument about what shouldn't be funded and what should, it's at least interesting to note that the only two expenditures out of all these are (a) the military, (b) transportation, (c) (running the-) government and (d) interest on the debt.

The rest?  FDR/Lyndon Johnson "dream with me" kinda stuff.  And agriculture.

To think: Our federal government will shell out three trillion of these jewels this year to maintain the completely screwed-up system that we have.

And there are those who think four trillion will make everything better ...

Out of Control

I received this via email. It read, "And You Wonder Why The State Of California Is Broke. This is a list of the agencies set up and funded by the state":
California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority * California Animal Health and Food Safety Services * California Anti-Terrorism Information Center * California Apprenticeship Council * California Arbitration Certification Program * California Architects Board * California Area VI Developmental Disabilities Board * California Arts Council * California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus * California Assembly Democratic Caucus * California Assembly Republican Caucus * California Athletic Commission * California Attorney General * California Bay Conservation and Development Commission * California Bay- Del ta Authority * California Bay- Del ta Office * California Biodiversity Council * California Board for Geologists and Geophysicists * California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors * California Board of Accountancy * California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology * California Board of Behavioral Sciences * California Board of Chiropractic Examiners * California Board of Equalization (BOE) * California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection * California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind * California Board of Occupational Therapy * California Board of Optometry * California Board of Pharmacy * California Board of Podiatric Medicine * California Board of Prison Terms * California Board of Psychology * California Board of Registered Nursing * California Board of Trustees * California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians * California Braille and Talking Book Library * California Building Standards Commission * California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education * California Bureau of Automotive Repair * California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair * California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation * California Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine * California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services * California Bureau of State Audits * California Business Agency * California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) * California Business Permit Information (CalGOLD) * California Business Portal * California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency * California Cal Grants * California CalJOBS * California Cal-Learn Program * California CalVet Home Loan Program * California Career Resource Network * California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau * California Center for Analytical Chemistry * California Center for Distributed Learning * California Center for Teaching Careers (Teach California) * California Chancellors Office * California Charter Schools * California Children and Families Commission * California Children and Family Services Division * California Citizens Compensation Commission * California Civil Rights Bureau * California Coastal Commission * California Coastal Conservancy * California Code of Regulations * California Collaborative Projects with UC Davis * California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth * California Commission on Aging * California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation * California Commission on Judicial Performance * California Commission on State Mandates * California Commission on Status of Women * California Commission on Teacher Credentialing * California Commission on the Status of Women * California Committee on Dental Auxiliaries * California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, Junior Colleges * California Community Colleges Chancellors Office * California Complaint Mediation Program * California Conservation Corps * California Constitution Revision Commission * California Consumer Hotline * California Consumer Information Center * California Consumer Information * California Consumer Services Division * California Consumers and Families Agency * California Contractors State License Board * California Corrections Standards Authority * California Council for the Humanities * California Council on Criminal Justice * California Council on Developmental Disabilities * California Court Reporters Board * California Courts of Appeal * California Crime and Violence Prevention Center * California Criminal Justice Statistics Center * California Criminalist Institute Forensic Library * California CSGnet Network Management * California Cultural and Historical Endowment * California Cultural Resources Division * California Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Branch * California Data Exchange Center * California Data Management Division * California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission * California Del ta Protection Commission * California Democratic Caucus * California Demographic Research Unit * California Dental Auxiliaries * California Department of Aging * California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control * California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) * California Department of Child Support Services (CDCSS) * California Department of Community Services and Development * California Department of Conservation * California Department of Consumer Affairs * California Department of Corporations * California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation * California Department of Developmental Services * California Department of Education * California Department of Fair Employment and Housing * California Department of Finance * California Department of Financial Institutions * California Department of Fish and Game * California Department of Food and Agriculture * California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) * California Department of General Services * California Department of General Services, Office of State Publishing * California Department of Health Care Services * California Department of Housing and Community Development * California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) * California Department of Insurance * California Department of Justice Firearms Division * California Department of Justice Opinion Unit * California Department of Justice, Consumer Information, Public Inquiry Unit * California Department of Justice * California Department of Managed Health Care * California Department of Mental Health * California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) * California Department of Personnel Administration * California Department of Pesticide Regulation * California Department of Public Health * California Department of Real Estate * California Department of Rehabilitation * California Department of Social Services Adoptions Branch * California Department of Social Services * California Department of Technology Services Training Center (DTSTC) * California Department of Technology Services (DTS) * California Department of Toxic Substances Control * California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) * California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVets) * California Department of Water Resources * California Departmento de Vehiculos Motorizados * California Digital Library * California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Program * California Division of Apprenticeship Standards * California Division of Codes and Standards * California Division of Communicable Disease Control * California Division of Engineering * California Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control * California Division of Gambling Control * California Division of Housing Policy Development * California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement * California Division of Labor Statistics and Research * California Division of Land and Right of Way * California Division of Land Resource Protection * California Division of Law Enforcement General Library * California Division of Measurement Standards * California Division of Mines and Geology * California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) * California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources * California Division of Planning and Local Assistance * California Division of Recycling * California Division of Safety of Dams * California Division of the State Architect * California Division of Tourism * California Division of Workers Compensation Medical Unit * California Division of Workers Compensation * California Economic Assistance, Business and Community Resources * California Economic Strategy Panel * California Education and Training Agency * California Education Audit Appeals Panel * California Educational Facilities Authority * California Elections Division * California Electricity Oversight Board * California Emergency Management Agency * California Emergency Medical Services Authority * California Employment Development Department (EDD) * California Employment Information State Jobs * California Employment Training Panel * California Energy Commission * California Environment and Natural Resources Agency * California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) * California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) * California Executive Office * California Export Laboratory Services * California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo) * California Fair Political Practices Commission * California Fairs and Expositions Division * California Film Commission * California Fire and Resource Assessment Program * California Firearms Division * California Fiscal Services * California Fish and Game Commission * California Fisheries Program Branch * California Floodplain Management * California Foster Youth Help * California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) * California Fraud Division * California Gambling Control Commission * California Geographic Information Systems Council (GIS) * California Geological Survey * California Government Claims and Victim Compensation Board * California Governor’s Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons * California Governors Mentoring Partnership * California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services * California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security * California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research * California Governor’s Office * California Grant and Enterprise Zone Programs HCD Loan * California Health and Human Services Agency * California Health and Safety Agency * California Healthy Families Program * California Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau * California High-Speed Rail Authority * California Highway Patrol (CHP) * California History and Culture Agency * California Horse Racing Board * California Housing Finance Agency * California Indoor Air Quality Program * California Industrial Development Financing Advisory Commission * California Industrial Welfare Commission * California Info People * California Information Center for the Environment * California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) * California Inspection Services * California Institute for County Government * California Institute for Education Reform * California Integrated Waste Management Board * California Interagency Ecological Program * California Job Service * California Junta Estatal de Personal * California Labor and Employment Agency * California Labor and Workforce Development Agency * California Labor Market Information Division * California Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN) * California Lands Commission * California Landscape Architects Technical Committee * California Latino Legislative Caucus * California Law Enforcement Branch * California Law Enforcement General Library * California Law Revision Commission * California Legislative Analyst's Office * California Legislative Black Caucus * California Legislative Counsel * California Legislative Division * California Legislative Information * California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus * California Legislature Internet Caucus * California Library Development Services * California License and Revenue Branch * California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program * California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board * California Maritime Academy * California Marketing Services * California Measurement Standards * California Medical Assistance Commission * California Medical Care Services * California Military Department * California Mining and Geology Board * California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts * California Museum Resource Center * California National Guard * California Native American Heritage Commission * California Natural Community Conservation Planning Program * California New Motor Vehicle Board * California Nursing Home Administrator Program * California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board * California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board * California Ocean Resources Management Program * California Office of Administrative Hearings * California Office of Administrative Law * California Office of AIDS * California Office of Binational Border Health * California Office of Child Abuse Prevention * California Office of Deaf Access * California Office of Emergency Services (OES) * California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment * California Office of Fiscal Services * California Office of Fleet Administration * California Office of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Implementation (CalOHI) * California Office of Historic Preservation * California Office of Homeland Security * California Office of Human Resources * California Office of Legal Services * California Office of Legislation * California Office of Lieutenant Governor * California Office of Military and Aerospace Support * California Office of Mine Reclamation * California Office of Natural Resource Education * California Office of Privacy Protection * California Office of Public School Construction * California Office of Real Estate Appraisers * California Office of Risk and Insurance Management * California Office of Services to the Blind * California Office of Spill Prevention and Response * California Office of State Publishing (OSP) * California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development * California Office of Systems Integration * California Office of the Inspector General * California Office of the Ombudsman * California Office of the Patient Advocate * California Office of the President * California Office of the Secretary for Education * California Office of the State Fire Marshal * California Office of the State Public Defender * California Office of Traffic Safety * California Office of Vital Records * California Online Directory * California Operations Control Office * California Opinion Unit * California Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) * California Park and Recreation Commission * California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) * California Performance Review (CPR) * California Permit Information for Business (CalGOLD) * California Physical Therapy Board * California Physician Assistant Committee * California Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services * California Policy and Evaluation Division * California Political Reform Division * California Pollution Control Financing Authority * California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo * California Postsecondary Education Commission * California Prevention Services * California Primary Care and Family Health * California Prison Industry Authority * California Procurement Division * California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) * California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) * California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) * California Real Estate Services Division * California Refugee Programs Branch * California Regional Water Quality Control Boards * California Registered Veterinary Technician Committee * California Registrar of Charitable Trusts * California Republican Caucus * California Research and Development Division * California Research Bureau * California Resources Agency * California Respiratory Care Board * California Rivers Assessment * California Rural Health Policy Council * California Safe Schools * California San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission * California San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy * California San Joaquin River Conservancy * California School to Career * California Science Center * California Scripps Institution of Oceanography * California Secretary of State Business Portal * California Secretary of State * California Seismic Safety Commission * California Self Insurance Plans (SIP) * California Senate Office of Research * California Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Program * California Small Business Development Center Program * California Smart Growth Caucus * California Smog Check Information Center * California Spatial Information Library * California Special Education Division * California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board * California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) * California Standards and Assessment Division * California State Administrative Manual (SAM) * California State Allocation Board * California State and Consumer Services Agency * California State Architect * California State Archives * California State Assembly * California State Association of Counties (CSAC) * California State Board of Education * California State Board of Food and Agriculture *California Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) * California State Children's Trust Fund * California State Compensation Insurance Fund * California State Contracts Register Program * California State Contracts Register * California State Controller * California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) * California State Disability Insurance (SDI) * California State Fair (Cal Expo) * California State Jobs Employment Information * California State Lands Commission * California State Legislative Portal * California State Legislature * California State Library Catalog * California State Library Services Bureau * California State Library * California State Lottery * California State Mediation and Conciliation Service * California State Mining and Geology Board * California State Park and Recreation Commission * California State Parks * California State Personnel Board * California State Polytechnic University, Pomona * California State Railroad Museum * California State Science Fair * California State Senate * California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) * California State Summer School for the Arts * California State Superintendent of Public Instruction * California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) * California State Treasurer * California State University Center for Distributed Learning * California State University, Bakersfield * California State University, Channel Islands * California State University, Chico * California State University, Dominguez Hills * California State University, East Bay * California State University, Fresno * California State University, Fullerton * California State University, Long Beach * California State University, Los Angeles * California State University, Monterey Bay * California State University, Northridge * California State University, Sacramento * California State University, San Bernardino * California State University, San Marcos * California State University, Stanislaus * California State University (CSU) * California State Water Project Analysis Office * California State Water Project * California State Water Resources Control Board * California Structural Pest Control Board * California Student Aid Commission * California Superintendent of Public Instruction * California Superior Courts * California Tahoe Conservancy * California Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists * California Tax Information Center * California Technology and Administration Branch Finance * California Telecommunications Division * California Telephone Medical Advice Services (TAMS) * California Transportation Commission * California Travel and Transportation Agency * California Unclaimed Property Program * California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board * California Unemployment Insurance Program * California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission * California Veterans Board * California Veterans Memorial * California Veterinary Medical Board and Registered Veterinary Technician Examining Committee * California Veterinary Medical Board * California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board * California Volunteers * California Voter Registration * California Water Commission * California Water Environment Association (COWPEA) * California Water Resources Control Board * California Welfare to Work Division * California Wetlands Information System * California Wildlife and Habitat Data Analysis Branch * California Wildlife Conservation Board * California Wildlife Programs Branch * California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) * California Workers Compensation Appeals Board * California Workforce and Labor Development Agency * California Workforce Investment Board * California Youth Authority (CYA) * Central Valley Flood Protection Board * Center for California Studies * Colorado River Board of California * Counting California * Dental Board of California * Health Insurance Plan of California (PacAdvantage) * Humboldt State University * Jobs with the State of California * Judicial Council of California * Learn California * Library of California * Lieutenant Governors Commission for One California * Little Hoover Commission (on California State Government Organization and Economy) * Medical Board of California * Medi-Cal * Osteopathic Medical Board of California * Physical Therapy Board of California * Regents of the University of California * San Diego State University * San Francisco State University * San Jose State University * Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy * State Bar of California * Supreme Court of California * Teach California * University of California * University of California, Berkeley * University of California, Davis * University of California, Hastings College of the Law * University of California, Irvine * University of California, Los Angeles * University of California, Merced * University of California, Riverside * University of California, San Diego * University of California, San Francisco * University of California, Santa Barbara * University of California, Santa Cruz * Veterans Home of California.
And every one of them is critical to ... the ... success ... of ... the imploding People's Republic of California.

Government of the bureaucracy, by the bureaucracy, for the bureaucracy.  My, oh, my.