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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This Is Painful To Watch

Not that Obama and his mouthpiece don't deserve the ridicule that derives from the moment.  From a simple question: What is the capital of Israel?

Turns out?  It depends on when you ask the question:

If I were this Carney character I'd resign in shame.

My God.

Romney Victory Tour In Southwest Virginia

He's sending his bus tour into the heart of darkness - Blacksburg:

Romney Mobile HQ Bus Continues "We Did Build It" Tour Of Southwest Virginia

The Romney Campaign Mobile HQ bus will continue its three day "We Did Build It" tour of Southwest Virginia tomorrow with stops in Wytheville, Dublin, Blacksburg, and Roanoke to highlight the hard work, sacrifice and individual achievement of small business owners in the Commonwealth.

The bus serves as a mobile campaign headquarters bringing phone banking, voter registration and campaign operations to every corner of Virginia.

The following is the bus schedule for Tuesday, July 31, 2012 and is open to the public.


"We Did Built It" Rally; Mobile Phone Bank; Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Drive

Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins
Delegate Annie B. Crockett-Stark

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM ET

Wythe County GOP Headquarters
275 W Main St.
Wytheville, VA


"We Did Built It" Rally; Mobile Phone Bank; Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Drive

Who: Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins
Delegate Nick Rush

When: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM ET

Collector's Showcase
5635 Old Route 11
Dublin, VA


"We Did Built It" Rally; Mobile Phone Bank; Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Drive

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM ET

Blacksburg Victory Office
215 Draper Road, NW
Blacksburg, VA


"We Did Built It" Rally; Mobile Phone Bank; Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Drive

State Senator Ralph Smith
Delegate Greg Habeeb

When: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM ET

Roanoke Victory Office
2706 Ogden Road, SW
Roanoke, VA
A good opportunity to get to know your political leadership here in Southwest Virginia.

They Flail

James Taranto beat me to the punch.  I was going to make this same point:
Which Is It?

"Mitt Romney as a Young Bully"--headline, Mike Tomasky post, TheDailyBeast.com, May 10
"Mitt Romney's Wimp Factor"--headline, Mike Tomasky article, Newsweek, July 29
He can't be both, big guy.

What next, Mike? Romney's a cross-dresser?

Uh oh ...

Compare And Contrast

You'd think something as simple as this wouldn't make the news.  But we're dealing with Obama and his so-much-smarter-than-the-rest-of-us crowd.  So ...

The simple question that you'd think allowed for a simple answer:

What is the capital of Israel?

Mitt Romney: Jerusalem.

The Obama administration:

"The status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. We continue to work with the parties to resolve this issue and others in a way that is just and fair, and respects the rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians."

Somewhere on this planet the government of Israel is headquartered.  But you'd never know it by listening to Obama's gang.  It's still in negotiation.  A decision that awaits the outcome of Iran's detonation of its nuclear bomb just west of the Dead Sea.  When the smoke clears, the radiation subsides, and the bodies are buried, the Obama administration will have an answer to the question, what is the capital of Israel?

Good grief.

Speaking of Wimps

It must be good for a few giggles to be on the receiving end of a tongue-lashing from this guy:

'Soft-Spoken' Harry Reid Curses Out Fellow Democrat

And I'll bet that "Democrat" felt really abused when Roughneck Reid was done with him.

What a noodle.

Associated Press Distortions

And other daily occurrences ...

Does something strike you as misleading about this opening line in an Associated Press dispatch ("NY, NJ lawmakers want ammunition sales restricted") having to do with another attempt on the part of Democrats to restrict the right of the people to purchase ammunition?

"Ten days after the Colorado movie theater massacre, federal lawmakers introduced a bill that would effectively ban people like suspect James Holmes from buying thousands of rounds of ammunition by mail or online."

I'll help you.  It's a complete distortion of the truth.

The bill as introduced by gun banner Charles Schumer would force all sellers of ammunition on line to be licensed and to report all sales transactions that amount to a thousand rounds or more to the government.  Do you see anything in that that has to do with effectively "banning people like suspect James Holmes from buying thousands of rounds of ammunition by mail or online"?


It would be a law that would apply to ALL GUN OWNERS, not just the insane ones.

As usual, the gun banners can't separate out the law-abiding from the lawless.

Not even with the willful and shameful help of the Associated Press.

Shame on all of them.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Memo To The Flaccavento Campaign:

If you're going to pay for yard signs, at least make them to where passersby can understand them.

Is it @flaccaventocongress?  Or twitter.com/afor9th?

Do we really have to hunt your guy down?

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* By the way, this from Roanoke Times editor Dwayne Yancey cannot be a good omen:

"As of Thursday night, [Congressman Morgan] Griffith had 744 followers, [challenger Anthony] Flaccavento had 129."

Uh oh.

Where The Lofty Oratorical Rubber Meets The Road

In the terror-plagued cities of Israel.

In this election, as it pertains to foreign policy, look for the candidate who is believed:

"Speaking to an often-cheering group of about 400 people in Jerusalem, Governor Mitt Romney gave a speech less notable for what he said than for the fact that the audience believed he was sincere in saying it."

As opposed to the other candidate whose lips move but whose words aren't believed by anyone.

Obama says he's there to support the Israelis.  Moral support anyway.  Support, perhaps, for those who are alive in the end and on their way to the concentration camps.  He'll be there to provide those wonderful words that he spoke the day he received his well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize:

"Peace entails sacrifice."

Just ask the inhabitants of Auschwitz.  The most peaceful part of Poland you'll ever want to visit.

Instapundit Sets The Record Straight

A straightening that former Vice President Dick Cheney apparently needs.

Glenn Reynolds:

She probably wouldn’t have panicked like McCain did: “Before TARP failed as policy, it first failed as politics, with John McCain’s panicky announcement — Sept. 24, 2008 — that he would fly back to Washington to push for passage of the bailout. As I explained two weeks later, this was the decision that ensured Obama’s election.” McCain was in the lead from Palin’s selection until then. Then he tanked, and never recovered.
Can we all at least agree that John McCain hadn't a prayer of winning the election in 2008, regardless who his running mate was? Sarah Palin, the ghost of Ronald Reagan, Flo the Progressive Insurance spokeswoman - it wouldn't have mattered. It was McCain. He was doomed from the git-go.

Palin, if anything, helped staunch the bleeding for a short time. And then the hemorrhage erupted once again.

Cheney should know that. All America knows that.

Can It Get Any Worse?

Can we imprison the likes of Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and end this nightmare?

"When President Barack Obama blocked the Keystone Pipeline, Republicans said the move would encourage Canada to pursue oil deals with China instead of the United States and cede a massive chunk of North American oil assets to the communist nation.

"Now, with China's state-run oil company CNOOC poised to cut a $15.1 billion deal--the largest ever foreign acquisition for a Chinese company--with Canadian oil company Nexen, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are in full backpedal mode."

For the love of God.

I Knew I Could Find Something I Liked About Romney

In Israel, Romney talks Iran, angers Palestinians 

If only he could have angered the Iranians too we would have had a two-fer.

Earth To Drudge:

Take your pill.

Read Justice Scalia's remarks and you'll find that he referred specifically to rocket launchers and cannons.

So calm down, Matt, and let the meds do their thing.

They Ask. I Answer.

Lee Cary, American Thinker:

What Role Will White Guilt Play in the 2012 Election?

My answer:

Not as much as it did in 2008.  A crappy economy, exploding debt, ObamaCare, an apology-first foreign policy, the EPA, and "You didn't build that" will have that effect.

You folks who just had to see Obama become our first "black" President, you got what you wanted.

But is he what you wanted?

How His Heart Must Bleed

Republican Senate candidate from Maine, Charlie Summers, is being shunned by the current occupant of the seat in Congress that he seeks - hopelessly liberal Republican Olympia Snowe.

A gift that Mr. Summers surely hopes that keeps on giving.

On Obama's Visit To Roanoke

And his "You didn't build that" blunder, George Will asks:

"We're told that the president is the brightest president since Madison, the best educated president since John Quincy Adams, and the most articulate president -- politician since Pericles. Why does he spend so much time explaining what he actually meant?"

Maybe, just maybe, he's none of the above? But simply black?

Liberals Are Idiots

Can you imagine a conservative calling someone else who also claims to be conservative - but goes to the movies occasionally - a liberal-loving Judas?


We have the ability to separate out the political leanings of assholes like Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand (in the day), Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin, et al. from the flicks they appear in.

Liberals on the other hand?

MSNBC's Bible: Thomas Roberts Tags Liberal Chick-Fil-A Eaters With 'Chicken-Eating Judas'

For the love of God.  Is it a prerequisite that anyone working in front of the cameras at MSNBC be a moron?

Sure seems so.

Nice Try, Newsweek


So Romney's a wimp?

As compared to whom exactly?

Is there any wonder why Newsweek is about to fold?

It's About Time

I was beginning to worry that the United States Marine Corps was turning into a bunch of sissies.  What with those effeminate 9mm toys they had strapped to their hips.  Now news comes to us that they are ready to play with the big boys once again:
Sticking to their guns: Marines place $22.5M order for the Colt .45 M1911
By By Maegan Vazquez, Fox News

It’s been called the greatest handgun ever made, and it has barely changed sine 1911, when the legendary John Browning designed it especially for the U.S. Military. And now, the Colt .45 M1911 is making a big comeback, now that the U.S. Marines have placed a $22.5 million order for the Connecticut-made pistols.

The gun, which has been wielded on film by John Wayne and in real life by Sgt. Alvin York and Maj. Audie Murphy, was the standard-issue sidearm in the military for decades, until it was replaced by the Beretta M9 in 1985.

"It just became an iconic part of military and American history," Gerry Dinkel, CEO and president of Colt Defense, told FoxNews.com.

"You can’t beat a .45 cartridge," Jack Lewis, firearms director for Cowan's Auctions, told FoxNews.com. "Some things are hard to replace," he said.

Colt Defense, based in Hartford, Conn., will supply as many as 12,000 of the 200,000 U.S. Marines with semi-automatic, tan-colored M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols, and they will include spare parts and logistical support. The gun has long been the weapon of choice for special operations agents, thanks to its reliability and the stopping power of its massive bullets. [link]
Tradition is a good thing.

But more important? You don't want to be using a weapon that chambers a bullet that will bounce off when it hits a bad guy. The .45 don't bounce off.

Here's to whomever made the smart decision.

* I once owned a similar weapon - the Colt Mark IV Series 70, .45 ACP. Wish I still had it. Sold it for two and a quarter. Those are tears you see on your monitor.

** Sorry to all the Marines out there - especially my son-in-law - for suggesting you are a bunch of sissies. You don't need to come here and beat me up. It was simply humor.

Something To Ponder

If there's even a grain of truth to this, which came to me via email, the question arises ...

... Where's the mainstream press?
Written by a female Obama supporter who voted for him for president.

Legitimate Question

This election has me very worried. So many things to consider. I voted for Obama. McCain was a Washington insider and we don't need any more of them. I have changed my mind three times, since then. I watch all the news channels, jumping from one to another. I must say this drives my husband crazy. But, I feel if you view CNN, and Fox News, you might get some middle ground to work with. I started thinking "where does all the money come from for President Obama"? I have four daughters who went to College, and we were middle class, and money was tight. We (including my girls) worked hard and there were lots of student loans. I started looking into Obama's history for my own peace of mind.

Around 1979 Obama started college at Occidental in California . He is very open about his two years at Occidental, he tried all kinds of drugs and was wasting his time but, even though he had a brilliant mind, did not apply himself to his studies. "Barry" (that was the name he used all his life) during this time had two roommates, Muhammad Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, both from Pakistan . During the summer of 1981, after his second year in college, he made a "round the world" trip. Stopping to see his mother in Indonesia , next Hyderabad in India , three weeks in Karachi , Pakistan where he stayed with his roommate's family, then off to Africa to visit his father's family.

My question - Where did he get the money for this trip? Nether I, nor any one of my children would have had money for a trip like this when they were in college. When he came back he started school at Columbia University in New York . It is at this time he wants everyone to call him Barack - not Barry. Do you know what the tuition is at Columbia ? It's not cheap to say the least.

My girls asked me; where did he get money for tuition? Student Loans? Maybe it's none of my business?

After Columbia , he went to Chicago to work as a Community Organizer for $12,000. a year. Why Chicago ? Why not New York ? He was already living in New York . By "chance" he met Antoin "Tony" Rezko, born in Aleppo Syria , and a real estate developer in Chicago . Rezko has been convicted of fraud and bribery several times in the past and in 2011. Rezko, was named

"Entrepreneur of the Decade" by the Arab-American Business and Professional Association". About two years later, Obama entered Harvard Law School . Do you have any idea what tuition is for Harvard Law School ?

Where did he get the money for Law School ? More student loans? His family has no money that's for sure.

After Law school, he went back to Chicago . Rezko offered him a job, which he turned down. But, he did take a job with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland. Guess what I discovered? They represented "Rezar" which is Rezko's firm.

Rezko was one of Obama's first major financial contributors when he ran for office in Chicago . In 2003, Rezko threw an early fundraiser for Obama which Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendelland claims was instrumental in providing Obama with "seed money" for his U.S. Senate race.

In 2005, Obama purchased a new home in Kenwood District of Chicago for $1.65 million (less than asking price). With ALL those Student Loans - Where did he get the money for this property? On the same day Rezko's wife, Rita, purchased the adjoining empty lot for full price. The London Times reported that Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born Billionaire loaned Rezko $3.5 million three weeks before Obama's new home was purchased. Obama met Nadhmi Auchi many times with Rezko.

Now, we have Obama running for President. Valerie Jarrett, was Michele Obama's boss. She is now Obama's chief advisor and he does not make any major decisions without talking to her first. Where was Jarrett born? Ready for this? Shiraz , Iran ! Am I going nuts or is there a pattern here?

On May 10, 2008, The Times reported, Robert Malley advisor to Obama was "sacked" after the press found out he was having regular contacts with "Hamas", which controls Gaza and is connected with Iran . This past week, buried in the back part of the papers, Iraqi newspapers reported that during Obama's visit to Iraq , he asked their leaders to do nothing about the war until after he is elected, and he will "Take care of things". What the heck does that mean?

Oh, and by the way, remember the college roommates that were born in Pakistan ? They are in charge of all those "small" Internet campaign contribution for Obama. Where is that money coming from? The poor and middle class in this country? Or could it be from the Middle East ?

And the final bit of news. On September 7, 2009, The Washington Times posted a verbal slip that was made on "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. Obama on talking about his religion said, "My Muslim faith". When questioned, "he made a mistake". Some mistake huh?

All of the above information I got on line. If you would like to check it - Wikipedia, encyclopedia, Barack Obama; Tony Rezko; Valerie Jarrett: Daily Times - Obama visited Pakistan in 1981; The Washington Times - September 7, 2008; The Times May 10, 2008.

Now the BIG question - If I found out all this information on my own, Why haven't all of our "intelligent" members of the press been reporting this? Is this a Kettle of Fish?? As Arsenio Hall would say.----"HUMMMMMMM! Does something stink or is it my imagination?" These are legitimate questions for our president.

Rachelle Derrough Provider - M.D., RS - PHYSICIANS FOR WOMEN CoxHealth
Good questions all. Maybe someday someone in the press will ask them.

Where did Obama get his money?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Roanoke Times Wrong Again

Delicately put, what's this We shit?

The Roanoke Times editorial page, ever trying to explain what it is that the most gifted speaker in American history really meant to say but didn't, is at it again.  See "We the people built that."

The part that bunches my undies?

"Americans' taxes, pulled together, provide goods and services that individuals could never afford on their own. Together, we've built interstates and airports, grade schools and universities; we've funded research into diseases and cared for the elderly; we've preserved the most beautiful vistas in the world in our park system; we've watched over the environment and the safety of food and drugs; we've trained and armed a potent military force; we've created contractual laws and unfettered commerce so businesses could thrive."
In truth?  Especially as time has gone on, "we" have done none of that.  Successful individuals have.  Today nearly half of America contributes exactly nothing to any of it.  And, this being the "progressive" society that liberals like those at the Times helped create, the more successful you've been, the more you've contributed.

A fact: the most highly successful people in this country built all those roads and bridges, etc. (a question: would we even have roads or bridges if we hadn't had wildly successful capitalists back when who needed them so that they could transport their wares to marketplace?)  (another question: how much did that "99%" "Occupy Wall Street" vermin contribute to building anything beyond a serious case of lice infestation?).

Besides, that's not what Obama said.  And the slimeballs at the Times know it.  Here's how they try to put lipstick on Obama's pig:
The problem is that that "that" that that passage contains could mean:

>> Its nearest antecedent, "business." Republicans say the president believes government built businesses.

Or the truth:

>> The infrastructure supporting business. The sentence is part of Obama's larger point, "We succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."
Translation: Skip the rules of grammar and syntax, all of which Mr. Harvard Law violated. Here's what God-in-Armani-and Ray-Bans really meant.

What, words have meaning except when they come out of the mouth of the most masterful wordsmith in history?

"You didn't build that" means what it means, fellas.

And no propagandizing from the likes of the Roanoke Times is going to change that.

The larger point:  Half of WE aren't helping build anything in this country these days.  They're sponging off the rest of us.

(click on the image to enlarge it)

And if that ain't bad enough, they're complaining that WE aren't doing enough to support them.  A whine that is most often chorused by the Roanoke Times editorial staff.

As America finds itself with fewer and fewer people who actually build things, America will sink lower and lower, quicker and quicker, into third-world status.

They did build that.  And now they're gone to Singapore.

* I will give the author credit.  This is the first time I think I've ever seen the word "that" used five times in succession in a sentence.  "The problem is that that 'that' that that passage contains ..." I kinda like it.

** Chart courtesy of the National Taxpayers Union.

'Romney Virginia Victory' Comes To Southwest Virginia

Be there or ... be square accept Obama for another godawful four years.

From the Republican Party of Virginia:

Romney Mobile HQ Bus Begins "We Did Build It" Tour Of Southwest Virginia

The Romney Campaign Mobile HQ bus will begin a three day "We Did Build It" tour of Southwest Virginia on Sunday, July 29th in Abingdon. The bus serves as a mobile campaign headquarters bringing phone banking, voter registration and campaign operations to every corner of the Commonwealth, and has previously visited Charlottesville, Fairfax, Warrenton, Front Royal, Woodstock, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lynchburg, Danville, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Glen Allen, and Clifton.

The following is the bus schedule for Sunday and is open to the public. Details about Monday and Tuesday's stops will be released at a future date.


What: "We Built This" Rally; Mobile Phone Bank; Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Drive

Who: Delegate Israel O'Quinn

WhenSunday, July 29, 2012 from 2:00 - 7:00 PM ET


Virginia Highlands Festival
Virginia Highlands Community College
100 VHCC Drive
Abingdon, VA
Your country is depending on you.

The Fascists Among Us

When I was young there was a song out with a lyric that went like this:

And the sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply"
So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do"
So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"

It was intolerant shop owners back then.

It's intolerant gay rights supporters now:
The Tolerance Enforcers
By Mark Steyn, National Review

[Boston] mayor Tom Menino announced that Chick-fil-A would not be opening in his burg anytime soon. “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult,” said His Honor. If you’ve just wandered in in the middle of the column, this guy Menino isn’t the mayor of Soviet Novosibirsk or Kampong Cham under the Khmer Rouge, but of Boston, Massachusetts. Nevertheless, he shares the commissars’ view that in order to operate even a modest and politically inconsequential business it is necessary to demonstrate that one is in full ideological compliance with party orthodoxy. “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail,” Mayor Menino thundered in his letter to Mr. Cathy, “and no place for your company alongside it.” No, sir. On Boston’s Freedom Trail, you’re free to march in ideological lockstep with the city authorities — or else. Hard as it is to believe, there was a time when Massachusetts was a beacon of liberty: the shot heard round the world, and all that. Now it fires Bureau of Compliance permit-rejection letters round the world.

This inconsistency is very telling. The forces of “tolerance” and “diversity” are ever more intolerant of anything less than total ideological homogeneity.*

Americans talk more about liberty than citizens of other Western nations, but, underneath the rhetorical swagger, liberty bleeds. When Mayor Menino and Alderman Moreno openly threaten to deny business licenses because of ideological apostasy, they’re declaring their unfitness for public office. It’s not about marriage, it’s not about gays, it’s about a basic understanding that a free society requires a decent respect for a wide range of opinion without penalty by the state. In Menino’s Boston, the Freedom Trail is heavy on the Trail, way too light on the Freedom. [link]
In the day, you had to tuck your hair up under your hat if you wanted to go in and apply for work, so as to avoid the potential intolerance of the potential employer. Today one has to profess some degree of love of gay people in order to open a fast-food restaurant in the most "tolerant" city in America.

Nothing's changed.

Except it's not about hair anymore. It's an intolerance for ... intolerance.

* I have to wonder if Steyn smiled when he typed that word.


Could this be an indicator of the reason for Newsweek's imminent demise?

Here’s a simple test: when you reach the supermarket checkout stand, which publication do you pull off the rack in search of breaking stories—the National Enquirer or Newsweek?

Breaking stories?  Newsweek?  Right.

No.  The only people who buy Newsweek are those who want Rosie O'Donnell's pithy analysis of current global macroeconomic circumstances and events.  Which amounts to about twelve subscribers, as it turns out.

The rest of us?

We turn to the National Enquirer to witness the ongoing Rosie O'Donnell train wreck.  That's entertainment.  And a gem that's well worth the price.

So Newsweek is shutting down its print edition.

Tree ... forest ... nobody around ... silence ...

Bloomberg's Priorities

What does a mayor do when he's responsible for keeping the peace in one of the most crime-ridden cities on the planet?

The nanny state is going after moms. Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed. 

It's easier to take baby formula away from mommies than to take guns away from felons.

So ...

For the love of God.

NRA's Message To The U.N.:

Leave us the hell alone:

"It looks like the UN won’t get a chance to dictate terms of the Second Amendment any time soon."

It's a good day to be an American.

Rack 'em if you got 'em.

He Has a Point

A brutal one.  The Idaho Statesman reports:
Political billboard in Caldwell [Idaho] equates Obama and Colorado shooting suspect

An electronic board on Franklin Road in Caldwell juxtaposes photos of James Holmes, accused of killing 12 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last week, with President Obama. About Holmes, it says: “Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out.” About Obama: “Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize.”

What’s the point? Obama broke his promise to bring the troops home and many young Americans have died, said Maurice Clements, who is helping keep alive the provocative libertarian tradition of the late Ralph Smeed, whose billboard (now electronic) is a Caldwell landmark. “We’re all outraged over that killing in Aurora, Colo., but we’re not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan,” Clements said of public sentiment.

What connects Holmes and Obama? Clements said he’s just comparing the way society reacts. “We’re not saying that Obama is a lunatic,” he said.

Edgy or poor taste? [link]
Actually, both.

It's simply worth noting that Obama has sent thousands of Americans off to die - and to kill even more - and not only "earned" the Nobel Peace Prize but still gains favor with the now-silent anti-war crowd.

Meanwhile the anti-gun crowd - which, four years ago, was also the anti-war crowd - is silent on the deaths that are occurring in Afghanistan but wailing about Aurora, Colorado.

Fickle bunch, no?

That's what the billboard critic was communicating. If a bit too bluntly ...

The German People Are Right

Considering the fact that they are carrying the rest of Europe as it desperately tries to hold the E.U. - and the euro - together, this should come as no surprise:

Germans say they're 'better off without euro': poll

Keeping Spain and Portugal and Greece and Italy ... and ... afloat will have that effect.

Here's to the German people for knowing what's best for them.

Now if only their political leadership understood that which the people know.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

You Folks In Boston Must Be Really Proud ...

... of your dimwit mayor who supports homosexuality and opposes Christians who disagree ... sometimes:

Boston mayor sends letter to Chick-fil-A: There’s no place for you here

But there is a place in Boston for hate-filled Muslims:

"[T]hat same mayor was all but giving away city land to the Islamic Society of Boston, even as they were presenting as one of their spiritual guides an imam who says homosexuals should be killed."

In some faraway corner of the Universe the mayor's reasoning - whatever it may be - probably is accepted as making sense. But to us humans?

What a moron.

As We Suspected

The shooter in the Aurora, Colorado massacre was nuts.  The common thread that binds all the mass murderers in this country together.

So I would call on all my liberal friends to figure out a way to ban the criminally insane among us before you go trying to ban the activities of sixty million Americans who haven't done - and won't do - anything wrong.

Gun owners are not your problem.  Whack jobs are.  Deal with them.

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By the way, to those who would argue that the common thread in mass murder incidents in this country is guns, think again.  It's not even the Number One choice of weapon for the deranged.  Or Number Two.  By a long shot:

Guns aren’t even the most lethal mass murder weapon. According to data compiled by Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, guns killed an average of 4.92 victims per mass murder in the United States during the 20th century, just edging out knives, blunt objects, and bare hands, which killed 4.52 people per incident. Fire killed 6.82 people per mass murder, while explosives far outpaced the other options at 20.82. Of the 25 deadliest mass murders in the 20th century, only 52 percent involved guns.

Half.  So why are liberals fixated on guns?

It's anyone's guess.

My guess?  Idiocy.

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And, in what's becoming a rather common story:

Gun Carrying Man Ends Stabbing Spree

We are not the problem.  We are the solution.

We Got Past That Long Ago, Pal

I think it was the 2,341,222nd time I was called a racist that it finally had no impact.  Obama and his lackies should come to understand that.  It no longer matters.  All cries of racist! after that did, and the next one will, land with a big, fat thud.

WaPo columnist fears voters will think it’s okay to vote against Obama “and not be thought of as a racist”

I'm going to be so bold as to suggest that the millions of Americans who go into the voting booth in November to drive Obama from office will not have his - or their - race in mind.

It's the mass destruction, stupid.

White House Responds To Lousy Economic News

The economy sank back to a miserable 1.5% growth rate in the second quarter of 2012.  The Wall Street Journal responds:
"We're still in a position where we are pulling ourselves out of the very deep hole caused by the Great Recession, and there is still—of course—a great deal of anxiety in the country about the economy,'' said White House press secretary Jay Carney. He's right about the anxiety, but if only we were "pulling ourselves out."

The reality is that the Great Recession ended three long years ago. In this Less Than Great Recovery, the economy shows promise for one good quarter then slows back down. As the nearby chart shows, this is the third straight year of sputtering recovery. Growth of 4.1% in the fourth quarter declined to 2% in the first and now 1.5% in the second. The stock market rose as investors bet that the lousy growth will inspire more Federal Reserve easing. [link]
What's Obama's response?

His "plan worked."

All America looks on in shame.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bloomberg Has Run Out Of Answers

In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado massacre New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls for action.  He wants "unlicensed gun dealers" to be required to perform background checks.

Who is an unlicensed dealer?

You, as it turns out, if you try to sell your used .22 through the local newspaper.  Or over the fence to your neighbor.  Or, one supposes, to your son.  You're a seller?  In the eyes of this madman, you're a "dealer."

More importantly, how strained is this fanatic's argument when he uses the deaths of a dozen people in Colorado to make a demand for reforms to existing laws that would have had no impact on the circumstances that played out that evening.

Criminal background checks?  James Holmes would have passed with flying colors.

Can you say bankrupt, Mike?

Is Obama Delusional?

My God.

"We tried our plan and it worked."

Even his receptive audience didn't buy it - if you listen close.

Beyond belief.

At Least One Of These Guys Is Wrong

Associated Press: Facebook's first public quarter proves solid

Reuters: Facebook revenue growth skids, shares plunge

These people make my head hurt.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's That Tea Party! ... er ...

How many times can the mainstream press blame us - wrongly - before it's shamed into submission?

The Media Research Center has done the research and found Brian Ross to be only the latest in a long line of major media mistakes:

I might add another incident to their list, an incident that took place during the Iraq war that involved none other than Brian Ross. I heaped shame on his lack of professionalism when I was writing for the Roanoke Times, as it so happens:
More Evidence of Media Deceit
The following article originally appeared in the Roanoke Times on Thursday, October 19, 2006.

Over their dead bodies
By Jerry Fuhrman

Deceit is probably too strong a word. It implies the intention to defraud. And, without evidence of intent, that might be a stretch. Laziness is part of it, though. Perhaps willful ignorance. Certainly sloppy journalism.

I'm reminded of the news account in July, accompanied by fantastic photos, of an ambulance that had been destroyed by an Israeli missile as it was being used to care for innocent Lebanese civilians in Cana. The photos clearly showed a gaping hole in the roof of the vehicle, centered in the large red cross that had been painted there to signify the fact that the vehicle was being used by non-combatants. Very damning stuff. And a complete fabrication.

It was only after the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and countless other organizations reported, in sober tones, the horrific circumstances of the incident that someone took the time to enlarge the photos and found that the metal around the hole in the roof of that ambulance was badly rusted, meaning the damage was clearly ancient. But the damage had been done, and the story was quickly forgotten as the news organizations involved moved on -- to another fabricated photo, this one of Beirut enveloped in billowing smoke. Shameful episodes both.

Which brings us to ABC News and its treatment of Southwest Virginia's very own 1173rd Transportation Company of the Virginia National Guard.

On July 27, ABC aired a report, and accompanied it with spectacular video, of an attack on a civilian convoy in the streets of a village near Balad, Iraq. The video, shot by the driver of one of the supply trucks in the convoy, clearly showed the line of vehicles coming under assault, followed close on by the disabling of one of the trucks, and the cold-blooded execution of one of the American civilians. Disturbingly, the video also seemed to show a 1173rd Humvee fleeing the scene of the fighting once the escort came under attack, leaving, as reported by the driver and by correspondent Brian Ross of ABC News, the civilians in the convoy to their fate.

In ABC's report, Ross asked the driver, Preston Wheeler, who narrated the video: "You were abandoned?" Wheeler's reply: "Yes, sir."

To many of us who watched the video at the time, it was clear that there was more to this story. In the first place, the video distinctly showed the Humvee that was reported to have abandoned the field to have, instead, simply moved forward with the lead trucks. And one was prompted to ask the obvious: If the driver was left alone to die, why wasn't he dead?

It was only after the broadcast of the incriminating account that the rest of the saga became known. It turned out that Wheeler's truck was being protected all along by other members of the 1173rd throughout the attack, men and women, America's finest, who heroically and selflessly risked their lives to save his.

What's most galling about this, beyond the gross misconceptions created by the report, are the excuses made afterward. In a feeble attempt to "provide the opportunity to respond," ABC noted in the report itself that the Army was "unaware of the incident" and could therefore "not comment."

When a far more factual account of the events that occurred emerged, ABC reacted with all too familiar weasel words: "The report accurately portrayed Wheeler's experience during the ambush." Other news outlets and editorial pages around the country repeated ABC's response and many tried to blame the military for the inaccuracies, writing that, had the Defense Department been more cooperative and less secretive, the full scope of the incident would have been revealed and there would have been a more balanced report provided.

Sure there would.

We often hear people on the left saying, rather incongruously, "We support the troops but not the war." We now have another glaring example showing how delusional -- or deceitful -- they are. ABC News attempted to destroy the reputations of soldiers who had risked their lives in mortal combat in order to, once again, denigrate our actions in Iraq. That is without question.

Here's to the 1173rd. No greater story of heroism and devotion to duty has ever, finally, been written.
Nothing has changed. They're all still gutter swill.

OK, I Understand Food Stamps

But why do we need another massive and unaffordable Congressional Farm Bill?

I know.  Silly question.

Headline of the Day

Obama Rescue Coordinator: Stop claiming Obama said what he said, just because he said it

Margaret Thatcher Was Right

Just ask the French who recently returned the Socialists among them to power so that they could seize ... other people's money.

Cash-Strapped French Socialists Face Reality of Austerity

Thatcher: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

"Eventually" is now.  There's just no more money to seize.

Someone Needs To Explain 'Probable Cause'

Is the presence of an NRA cap in a car reason to suspect that the occupant is armed illegally?

Yes, said two police officers in Milwaukee.

Get real, said the jury.

Live By The Study, Die By The Study

Radical leftist - and gun ban advocate of some renown - E.J.Dionne is trying mightily to capitalize on the Aurora massacre and is going hot and heavy after gun owners around the country.

(No word yet on his attitude toward the animal who actually committed the crime.)

In today's offering, Dionne decries the fact that studies reveal a need to reduce the number of guns in this country and nothing is being done about it.  From "Lax Laws Lead To Deaths, Thanks To Gun Lobby" he cites the following:
Arguments that gun regulation won't do anything were justified with citations of academic studies that offer mixed or inconclusive verdicts.

In the wake of last week's killings in Colorado, these studies were deployed to hide the elephant in the room: that our country is the scene of more gun deaths than any other wealthy nation in the world.

And it isn't even close.

A study last year in the Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care analyzed gun death statistics for 2003 from the World Health Organization Mortality Database.

It found that 80% of all firearms deaths in 23 industrialized countries occurred in the U.S.

For women, the figure rose to 86%; for children 14 and under, to 87%.
Hard to get around those statistics, huh?

But then here is another study that deep-thinker Dionne somehow didn't include in his call for fewer guns:

States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes.

Ultimately that's what we all want. Isn't it, E.J.?  A drop in violent crime?

If so, shouldn't you be demanding - if studies are important to you - more gun ownership?

E.J. Dionne is right.  The U.S. has an inordinate number of "firearms deaths."

And an inordinate percentage of them occur in states with draconian gun laws.

Something he will never admit.

So what's his real point?

- - -

Rich Lowry: "If the proliferation of guns were the cause of violence, the country would look like Mogadishu."

NBC Personality Pouts

He's not getting his way.  Thus:

NBC's Todd Whines Over Lack of 'Rational Policy Debate' About Gun Control

Poor guy.  He's used to that "rational policy debate" flowing thusly:

Democrat: We need another gun law.

Republican: When?

10,000 gun laws later ...

- - -

Hot Air reminds us ...

And NBC lost.

Obama Despises Success

And looks upon the successful with hate and scorn.

In his own words:

Now he says he didn't mean it.

Which applies to everything else he's ever said to us.

Go away, man.  Your day is done.

No One Will Be There To Defend You

No one will be there to defend you.

Gun sales surge after Colorado massacre

No one will be there to defend you.

What Would We Do Without Leftists?

From one of Liberaldom's more intelligent thinkers, Roseanne Barr:

"anyone who eats S--t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ".

Why such hatred?

The owners of Chick-fil-A are Christians and they live their faith.

Good reason to hate them, right, Rosie?

- - -

A must-read: "Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works."

- - -

Which brings to mind:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

They Were Big On HMO's Too

Until it was determined that HMO's weren't doing that which they thought they would.

So they then decided to be against HMO's.

Now they turn to "health care exchanges."

I'm ... searching ... for ... the ... right ... word ...

Oh.  Yeah.  Whoopee.

Stick around.  The Roanoke Times, in a few, short years, will be disparaging health care exchanges too.  Guaranteed.

Fads.  Nothing more than fads.

Hey, I have an idea.  Let's inject the free enterprise system into our screwed-up health care mess.

Nah.  Gotta have government overseeing it.

Thus, the system that was once the envy of the world continues down that path of demise.

To Those Who Think The NRA Has Blood On Its Hands:

That would be you, Peter Dreier:

It wasn't the NRA that paid for all those firearms and bombs that James Holmes purchased and that abetted his mass-murdering effort:

James Holmes Received $26,000 Grant From Bethesda-Based National Institutes of Health

As in the federal government.

As in Obama.

Want to get hyperbolic?  Let's get hyperbolic.

Obama To Supporters: Who Cares About The Economy?

Let's talk about "a woman's right to choose" instead.

For the love of God.

And Speaking Of Your Right To Choose ...

... you can choose to be a victim.

Or you can choose to be like the many, many Oklahomans who are arming themselves with concealed-carry permits

Time to choose.

From The Pantheon Of Brilliant Democrats ...

... steps the man who thought the island of Guam, if populated by too many U.S. military forces, might tip over and sink:
Rep. Johnson: Since Assault Weapons Ban Expired ‘It’s Been Open Season’
By Eric Scheiner, CNS News

On the House Floor Tuesday, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said “It’s been open season” since the expiration of The Assault Weapons Ban in 2004.

“We have work to do in this congress. You see, the assault weapons ban in place for a number of years, of ten years actually, expired in 2004 and after the expiration of the assault weapons ban it’s been open season,” Johnson said after reflecting on last week’s shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

The Assault Weapons Ban was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and banned 19 types of semi-automatic guns and ammunition clips with more than 10 rounds. The law expired in 2004. [link]
It's hard to say for sure what was ricocheting through that expanse of brain cavity of his when Johnson used the words, "open season," and I'm not sure why I feel the need to convince him that he's delusional in suggesting that things changed after Clinton's assault weapons ban expired, but here goes anyway:

US crime rate at lowest point in decades.

FBI: Violent crime rates in the US drop, approach historic lows.

Oh, I should add this:

Gun sales at record levels, according to FBI background checks

As we argued before Clinton and his buddies passed his crime fighting anti-gun legislation, it would have no effect on crime. It didn't. Nor did the law's demise.

Turns out? Just as we warned at the time, his feel-good law was (a) unconstitutional and (b) boneheaded.

Bu there'll be no convincing Democrats like Hank Johnson, who together wander around each day in einem Nebel; in einem Dunst. America suffered because of the termination of the assault weapons ban and that's that.

We Need To Replace House GOP Leaders

House GOP Leaders Indicate They Will Fund Implementation of Obamacare

Allen West, where are you when we need you?

The American Economy Must Be Doing GREAT!

If the Democratic Party's leading intellect is to be believed:

"House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that food stamps and unemployment insurance are the two 'most stimulative' things you can do for the economy."

Which means our economy, if he's right, is rolling along at Reagan era prosperity levels.

And we all know how accurate that estimate of our plight is.

Something's Working, At Least

Gun Purchases Denied for Mental Health Reasons Up Almost Sixfold

If only mental health "experts" knew more about mental health ...

As I Wrote Yesterday ...

... liberals have this uncanny ability to know what others are thinking.  Really thinking.

Today's example: MSNBC nitwit Andrea Mitchell:

NBC's Mitchell Rants: Romney Using 'Dog Whistle' Language Against Obama

The "dog whistle" in this context refers to words spoken by conservatives that only other conservatives - and Andrea Mitchell - can hear and comprehend.

It's never about what we say; it's always about what we reaaaally mean when we say it.

And no amount of explanation will ever change her mind.

Party on, Andrea.

As I Wrote Yesterday ...

... while liberals have this uncanny ability to know what conservatives say but really mean, they also have a knack for saying things they mean but didn't say.

Today's example: God's gift to conservatives, Michael Bloomberg:
Mike Bloomberg Walks Back Comment That Police Should Threaten To Strike After Aurora
By Dave Jamieson, The Huffington Post

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has apparently pulled back from his statement Monday that police officers across the nation should threaten to go "on strike" to press for more restrictions on armor-piercing bullets.

Speaking on CNN Monday, Bloomberg took an unusual position for a leader of the largest municipal police force in America, arguing that cops across the country should band together in the wake of the mass murder in Aurora, Colo., to protest weak gun laws.

"I don't understand why the police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say we're going to go on strike," Bloomberg told Piers Morgan. "'We're not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe.'"

According to a tweet from New York Times reporter Kate Taylor, Bloomberg tried to walk that statement back on Tuesday. "I don’t mean literally go on strike," Bloomberg said, according to Taylor. [link]
Like one can figuratively go on strike?

Oh, well. He is liberal. So his heart's in the right place. Even if his mouth isn't.

There's a Lot of That Going Around

Dumb, that is.

Bill O'Reilly Rips PBS's Moyers for Blaming Colorado Shootings on NRA: 'That's So Dumb It Hurts'

No, the last thing Bill Moyers would ever do is blame the Colorado shootings on the Colorado shooter.

The Same Could Be Asked of WaPo Columnists

WashPost Columnist Kelly: Make Gun Purchasers Get a 'Co-Signer' to Vouch for Sanity


Michael Moore Makes The Argument For Gun Control

On CNN, naturally.  To interviewer - and fellow gun controller - Piers Morgan:

"And I am not going to come on another damn TV shows [sic], [sic] either, after the next one of these shootings, Pierce [sic], because I haven't done it for 10 years [?]. To be nice to you, and you're a good guy, and you made a good case to me to come on. But I'm sick of this. I refuse it. I refuse to live in a country like this, as I said before — I'm not leaving, so therefore what am I going to do? It's got to change." [source]

"I'm not leaving, so therefore what am I going to do? It's got to change."  Don't feel like the Lone Ranger.  I haven't a clue as to what the fat bastard is trying to say either.

* Sorry about all the [ ]s.  But that's how Politico transcribed Moore's rambling.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dan Casey Gets It Wrong Too

Advice for Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey: Know when to hold 'em.  Know when to fold 'em.

If it weren't bad enough that the President of the United States told every successful American in history that "you didn't do that," in a moronic attempt to rewrite history, along comes Mr. Casey to ... explain ... Obama's comment.

(Special note:  Don't you love liberals who will tell the world what conservatives are thinking - really thinking - without those conservatives ever uttering a word - see bigot Louise Lucas as the latest example - and, at the same time, take words spoken by their liberal cohorts - clearly, definitively spoken - and try to explain that, well, that's not what they really meant to say at all.  You explain it; I can't.)

Obama?  The greatest orator in American history made this declarative statement in Roanoke several days ago:

"If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

The greatest communication virtuoso of our time - the most gifted wordsmith to walk this land of ours - didn't say, "You had some help with that, dude."  He said, "You didn't build that."

You didn't do it.

The government did.

So along comes Dan Casey to explain what Obama really, really meant.  In "Obama’s right — in Roanoke, businesses got lots of help."

Unfortunately for Dan, and for Obama, he used the city of Roanoke as an example of what Obama meant but didn't say:
Some cynical Obama haters have plucked a few bits from that middle paragraph and are now using them to weave lies about what the president meant.

But anyone who bothers to peer past the critics' sleazy spin would quickly realize that our historic, charming and thriving city is a perfect metaphor for Obama's message. So was the place where he uttered them.

The city market area "looked like Beirut," said Richard Wells. He owns Leisure Publishing, which puts out Roanoker and Blue Ridge Country magazines and a slew of travel and living guides. He's also a downtown landlord.

What turned it around? Government help. The city renovated its dilapidated City Market Building. The state kicked in millions to develop the cultural landmark Center in the Square.

Then entrepreneurs like Wells moved in. They bought blocks of shabby downtown real estate. They used historic tax credits to finance renovations, and property tax abatements to launch their fledging commercial real estate businesses. Without that government support they couldn't have done it, Wells said. 
I have no quarrel with developers who sidle up to the government trough and finagle a wad of cash out of some bureaucrat's mountainous stash in order to enrich himself. More power to him if he can get away with it.  My quarrel is with the government bureaucrat who has the power to pick winners and losers.

But to Casey's point: Yes, the government gave out loans and grants to help businessmen revitalize downtown Roanoke. A costly endeavor that involved money taken from other Americans who could have used it to better purpose.

The American landscape, Dan, is littered with government-funded enterprises that went belly-up.  An ever-growing pile of litter.  Can you say Solyndra?  Can you say Detroit?  Government bureaucrats, by their nature, don't care if a business is successful; they only care that money be expended and anyone standing in the way be crushed.  Ask Susette Kelo.

But here's the point that must be made, and that Dan conveniently avoided: Obama didn't tell America's successful entrepreneurs that they got help from his government, he told them they did not do what they did.  That government did it for them.

Which brings up the name Frederick J. Kimball.

A name with which Dan Casey might want to familiarize himself.  Kimball, so that Casey and everyone else knows, created and built, on his own, without Obama's help, without the federal government's assistance, without the aid of bureaucrats ...

... the city of Roanoke.

Yes, Barack, he did it.

Wonderfully.  Brilliantly.  Thankfully.

And hundreds of thousands of area citizens prospered because of his effort.

Now, all these years later, with government assistance intrusions to be found everywhere,  with millions of Americans unemployed, the poverty rate worse than its been in decades, with cities across this land declaring bankruptcy, the federal government spending money it doesn't have, and with our infrastructure decaying, along comes Barack Obama to tell us how great things are now that government has gotten involved in every aspect of our lives.

While Dan Casey brags about the City Market (that had to be shut down not long ago because of a rat problem, a metaphor if there ever was one).

Does government help people in need of help?  Yes.  Do entrepreneurs need help?  No.   Does there seem to be an ever-increasing number of people in this country who find themselves needing help?  Unfortunately.

Most importantly, did Frederick J. Kimball build that?

You bet your ass.

And no squirrely liberal columnist for the Roanoke Times is going to change that.

* (I might also make the argument that it was government that drove business out of downtown Roanoke in the first place with burdensome regulations and excessive taxation.  Another day.) 

Anti-Gunner Decries Gun Violence In ... NY City?

With the layers upon layers of gun laws that the city of New York has enacted over the years, you'd think an advocate of gun control would use the Big Apple as a shining example of what works to control the lawless who walk the streets.

But MSNBC's Mindless Melissa isn't that bright.

New York the gun-free, violence-free paradise?

Anchorette Melissa Harris-Perry:

"New York City has been absolutely wracked by gun violence this summer. During the first week of July alone, there were 62 different shootings across the city and that was in just one week this month, a 28 percent spike in gun violence from the same time last year."

Uh, Melissa.  I think you just made an argument in favor of scrapping New York's approach to lawlessness - which centers around disarming the city's law-abiding citizens, and are advocating the NRA's position.

You go, girl.

Mayor Bloomberg's An Idiot

The gun control movement's point man:

"I don't understand why the police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say we're gonna go on strike, we're not gonna protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe."

We should do more to keep the police safe.

Jesus God.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Most Of The Time

From Georgia Congressman Tom Price, a Republican:

Congressman on Blaming Tea Party for Aurora: The People Are Smarter Than That

I think so too.

Except when they look at some skinny guy from Illinois who has no experience but a nice sermon and they make him President of all the land.

Yeah, they're smart.  Sometimes.

Racism Seethes in Virginia

Well, among Mitt Romney supporters anyway.

That's the pronouncement from a stupid woman who happens to be a Virginia state senator - a Democrat, naturally - from Portsmouth, one Louise Lucas.  A stupid woman who has probably not rubbed elbows with a Romney supporter in her life but knows their inner thoughts and motivations just the same.

Ms. Lucas:

"Racism is alive all across this nation - and especially in Virginia. Mitt Romney is speaking to a group of people who don't want to see anybody but a white man in the White House or any other elected position. They don't want President Obama and we know what's going on here. It's all about race, and you know it. So I'm going to say it."

The audio:

For the love of God.  When are bigots like Louise Lucas going to give it up and go home?

Hat tip to WHKT radio and The John Fredericks Show.

It Makes You Want To Cry

You can't escape the mantra when you turn on your TV: The rich need to pay their fair share.

For what?

That question is never asked.

So I'll ask:

Why do the rich - or any of us - need to pay for a woman in Philadelphia who owns twenty cell phones and got every one of them for free.

Correction: They weren't free.  We paid for them:

The rich in this country - along with the Middle Class - are paying more than their fair share.

We need to end the madness.  And rein in the government that so freely gives away our hard-earned income.

The rich aren't paying their fair share.


How About 'Mixed Up'?

Transgender advocates seek new diagnostic terms

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Memo To UMW Numbskulls:

I'm going to get more than my share of glee out of the recent announcement that the United Mine Workers has endorsed Democrat Anthony Flaccavento for Congress in the race for Virginia's 9th District.

That would be the same Anthony Flaccavento who uttered these immortal words:

"Coal is an employer, but coal is also undeniably part of the problem."

The local UMW has offered this guy the noose with which he's going to hang them.  And they're fine with that.

As Blacksburg Delegate Joseph Yost might say, they must be stark-raving nuts.

Maybe Yost Needs To Check Himself Into The Nuthouse

I'm going to blame the drinking water up in Blacksburg.  How else to explain this goofy response to an innocuous utterance made by our Lieutenant Governor?
Republican Yost rebukes Bolling for comment about Obama supporters
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is catching heat for a remark he made about supporters of President Barack Obama over the weekend, and some of it is coming from his own party.

Bolling, the state chairman of Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, made the comment Saturday at a “prebuttal” event prior to Obama’s campaign stop in Henrico County. Here’s the way it was reported by the Daily Press newspaper.

“Bolling said that if people think Obama has done a good job over the past three years , they should vote for him — then ‘check themselves into a mental hospital.’”

Representatives of the National Alliance on Mental Illness condemned Bolling’s remark on Monday, calling it “outrageous, ignorant and prejudiced.”

Today, Del. Joseph Yost, R-Blacksburg, issued a statement calling on Bolling to apologize.

“I am disappointed in the Lieutenant Governor’s comments and I call on him to issue an apology not only to the citizens of this Commonwealth but to all individuals who suffer from a mental health issue and their friends and family,” Yost said. “The comments were not only a disappointment and distasteful but continue the stigmatization of individuals with mental illness.

“This is not a partisan issue. Twenty-five percent of the population suffers from a diagnosable mental health problem.

“While we may elect to disagree with each other’s political views, we should chose [sic] to do it in a respectful manner and not one that continues the practice of stigmatizing individuals with mental illness or any others.” [link]
"Twenty-five percent of the population suffers from a diagnosable mental health problem." While I'm guessing that might apply to the general population in and around Blacksburg - after all, its largest employer, Virginia Tech, seems to hold mental illness to be a hiring prerequisite - but in the real world?


I'm thinking Joseph Yost needs to get his thong out of his crack and get a life.  His is the sort of whining, pathetic, grossly exaggerated reaction to a throw-away comment that America has come to expect from Democrats.  It is muy embarazoso to be coming from someone who calls himself a Republican.

Take a pill, Joe.  And chill.

We Live In Different Worlds

I had a brief conversation with a total stranger yesterday regarding the Aurora murders.  After exchanging a few words about the tragedy, he looked at me and said, "We need more gun laws."  I looked back at him and replied, "I need more ammunition."

He walked away.

Tragedy To Follow Upon Tragedy

What a sweet, comforting notion.  Officials in Aurora, Colorado are fearful that mass murderer James Holmes will take his own life.  And they feel so protective of him that the Arapahoe County sheriff has forbidden the man's mugshot to be released to the press.

How nice.

So now James Holmes will disappear into the legal system.  For years.

Where he'll eventually be found guilty of something and sentenced to something and sent somewhere.

Many years from now.

And nothing in the way of mass killings in this country will change.

Deterrent?  Don't make me laugh.

As long as there is no direct and immediate linkage between crime and punishment, there is no potential for such actions to serve as a deterrent for other madmen.

A possible alternative?

With all the world knowing his guilt, drag him to the town square and shoot him.  And leave his body there to rot.   Now.  Today.

But no.

James Holmes has a comfortable life planned out for him for the years to come.  Three meals a day.  Law enforcement protection.  Counseling.  Shelter.

As we await the next murder spree to take place ...

Quote of the Day

"Fascinating that a man shouting “Allahu akbar” as he mows down 35 people on an army base isn’t motivated by Islam…but a guy who has the same name as hundreds of others—and says nothing as he fires—is obviously a Tea Party zealot."

In The Aftermath Of The Aurora Massacre

In recent decades leftists have been able to get 10,000 laws relating to gun possession in this country passed.

At the same time they've succeeded in eliminating protections of the citizenry when it comes to the criminally insane being incarcerated in asylums.

So what do they demand after that psychopath killed twelve innocent people in a movie theater?

More gun laws.

Meanwhile the mental institutions where, in a different era, a civilized society warehoused those who would do the population grievous harm crumble.

Yeah.  That 10,001st gun law would have made all the difference.

What New Gun Law, E.J.?

Radical liberal E.J. Dionne wasted no time demanding new gun control laws after the Aurora massacre.  Even before all the bodies were removed from that movie theater, he was penning "Aurora Massacre Shows Need For Sensible Gun Controls."

So, with some 10,000 gun control laws on the books, none of which stopped that madman from going on a killing spree, what exactly does Dionne recommend in the way of a 10,001st law?

He doesn't.

He simply trashes the NRA.

Significantly, he never mentions the murderer.

Or the many victims.

Just the NRA.

Same old same old..

It Must Be Election Season

Why else would the radicals who run Obama's EPA be pulling this PR stunt?
EPA to take a second look at coal rules
By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

The Environmental Protection Agency will review and delay the final release of controversial regulations cracking down on new coal-fired power plants.

In a statement late Friday afternoon, the agency announced it would conduct a “reconsideration” of the rule, originally scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The EPA now says it will complete the regulations by March 2013, and that the additional time is necessary because of “new information provided by industry stakeholders.”

“The agency’s review will not change the types of state-of-the-art pollution controls new power plants are expected to use to reduce this harmful pollution,” EPA said in its press release explaining the decision.

The requirements would force coal plants to satisfy the standard of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour, a mark that, analysts agree, is virtually impossible to meet with current, commercially available systems. [link]
An arbitrary rule using a pie-in-the-sky emissions threshold to prevent a problem (global warming) that doesn't exist.

The EPA has postponed the execution for three months.

It's at this point we are supposed to be grateful.

Dear Barack:

It ain't workin'.

As Different As Night & Day

Click on the image to enlarge it:

For your consideration:
His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney
He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.

His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan

He was raised in Bloomfield Hills , Michigan

He is Married to Ann Romney since 1969; they five children.

B.A. from Brigham Young University,
J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University

Mormon - The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Working Background:

After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School
simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as
an attorney. (I didn't know this. Did any of our always a genius Dem
presidential candidates ever do anything like this?)

In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm,
one of the largest such firms in the United States .

In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.

He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where
he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

Some Interesting Facts about Romney:

Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in
Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing
90,000 people.

Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business
miracles again and again, with companies like Domino's, Sealy,
Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group,
Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.

He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial
campaign 1 year.

He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor's office for eight years.

He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.

He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.

He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.

He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but
has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and
time than most men.

And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of
his income.... Just for comparison purposes, Obama gave 1% and Joe
Biden gave $300 or .0013%.