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Friday, August 31, 2012

Obama's Likable? Really?

I'm getting a bit tired of this:

Romney Policies May Trump Obama 'Likability'

I'm told that it's true that Barack Obama is considered - based on polls conducted by reputable pollsters - more "likable" than Mitt Romney.  One can't argue with the polls.  So I don't fault the narrative.

But I do find fault with those who were polled.

Let me ask you a question: If this aloof, inward, stone-faced guy is so likable, how is it we've never heard that he's ever had a friend?

Mentors, sure.  Dope smokin' buddies back in high school, yeah.

But in adulthood, has he ever had an actual friend?  A dude?  A buddy?

I say the man isn't likable at all.  He's distant.  Cold.  Unknowable.  A man in a gray marble toga, as was once said about another president long ago (and to prove that "likability" isn't what it's cracked up to be all of a sudden, that aloof and reserved president was one of the best we've ever had).

Obama's likable?  In truth, nobody knows enough about the guy to even make judgment.

One More Taboo Down, Two To Go

"It's nobody's business if two consenting adults want to marry."

As of today, you can scratch part of that:

Unprecedented civil union unites Brazilian trio

Okay, big deal.  If three - or more - consenting adults want to marry, who's business is it?

So who says they have to be consenting?

And who says they have to be adults?

But ... but ... but ...

Suppose They Really Believe Such Nonsense?

Leftist moonbat Katha Pollitt:

Women Who Love Republicans Who Hate Them

Republicans hate women?  Really?

One can only flinch at the idiocy.

Is Chris Matthews Losing It?

Seems so.  As Ed Morrissey is happy to point out:
Talk about your Rorschach moments. Condoleezza Rice gave a stirring speech that touched on the necessity of American engagement abroad, a need for education reform, and the true meaning of American exceptionalism. She talked about transcending a childhood in the Jim Crow era in Birmingham, Alabama to become her nation’s chief diplomat, and spoke hopefully of shaping the next generation for “greatness.” The speech was such a success that reporters on Twitter wondered whether it would serve as a springboard for a future presidential run.

But you know what Chris Matthews heard during this speech? Birthers screaming in anguish, or something.
I haven't the first clue as to what the idiot was thinking.

And They Don't Seem To Mind The Ridicule

Enough Said

"Paul Ryan’s performance was brilliant."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ryan's The Man

I may have had misgivings early on about Mitt Romney's choice for running mate.  But my qualms were dispelled last night.  What a perfect speech.  From body language to intonation to pregnant pauses to smiles to that frequent appearance of having fun - not to mention the message itself - Paul Ryan proved to everyone in this country that he ain't no Joe Biden.

Better yet, Ryan proved to us that his oratory skills - with a completely different style - outclass the likes of Barack Obama, the greatest orator since Pericles.  Or not.

For those who missed the historic moment, here's Ryan's speech last night, in its entirety.  Enjoy.  Be proud:

His best line:

"It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at the moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind."


The Man Of The Hour

So who is this Paul Ryan?

Here's an outline, originally appearing in Lost In America on August 13:
Well, early Saturday morning we learned that Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican from Wisconsin, is to be Mitt Romney's pick for the next Vice President of The United States.

What are we to think of this selection?  He's not a graduate of Columbia University.  He's not a graduate of Harvard.  He wasn't selected as the President of the Harvard Law Review.  He didn't get a special free quota scholarship ride to any prestigious university and, instead, had to work his way through Miami University of Ohio.  For God's sake the man drove the Oscar Mayer Wiener Truck one summer and waited tables another! 

One morning when Paul Ryan was sixteen years old he went in to wake his father up and found him dead of a heart attack.  He didn't write two books about that experience.  Instead, he assumed the role of adult at an early age, never having the luxury to pursue youthful drug use and the art of socialist revolution. 

Instead, Paul Ryan and his mother took his grandmother, suffering from Alzheimers, into the household and served as the primary care provider for his grandma.  His grandma wasn't the Vice President of the Bank of Hawaii so she could offer nothing in return, except the element of "need".

Once Paul Ryan got his BA in Economics from Miami University of Ohio he was hired as a staff economist in Wisconsin Senator Kastin's office.  The job must have not paid well because young Ryan moonlighted as a waiter and fitness trainer.  No one offered him a "token honor" position at the University of Chicago and a $200,000 dollar a year salary.

When a still young Paul Ryan returned to Wisconsin to run for Congress he didn't demonize his opponent and dig up dirt to shovel against him.  He waited until the standing Congressman vacated the office before seeking the office.   In Janesville, Wisconsin they don't have a big political machine to promote you, to criminalize your opponent; instead Paul Ryan had to go door to door and sit at kitchen tables and listen to his future constituents. 

After getting elected to Congress Paul Ryan didn't triumphantly march into Washington, buy himself a Georgetown townhouse and proceed over to K Street to rub elbows with lobbyists.  He bunked in his Congressional office and used the house gym for showers and a fresh change of clothes.

Paul Ryan then married and took his bride back to Janesville.  He lives on the same street he lived on as a kid and shares the neighborhood with eight other members of the Ryan clan.  He hunts with the local Janesville hunt club and attends PTA meetings and other civic functions.

For those who can't make those public functions, Paul Ryan bought an old bread truck, converted it into a "mobile constituent office" and drives around to meet with those who need his help and attention.

No, I don't know if we can vote for a guy like this.  He doesn't have a regal pedigree; he's Irish for God's sake!  No one awarded him a Nobel Peace Prize two months after getting elected.  No one threw flowers or got "chills down their leg" as a he took his seat in Congress.

What is most despicable about Paul Ryan is that he has had the nerve to write the House Budget for three years in a row.  He's is brazen and heartless in advocating in that budget for a $5 trillion dollar reduction in federal spending over the next ten years!  The House passed his budget three years in a row and three years in a row the Democratically controlled Senate has let it die in the upper house, without ever proposing a budget of their own.   What is wrong with this guy?  If Congress were to cut $5 trillion dollars from the budget where would the President get the money to give $500 million dollars to a bankrupt Solyndra?  Or $200 million dollars for bankrupt Energy 1?  Or $11 billion dollars to illegal aliens filing INIT, non-resident tax returns to claim $11 billion big ones in child tax credits, even for their children living in Mexico?

I don't know.  Paul Ryan seems heartless to me.  He keeps wanting to cut government waste, he keeps wanting to put a halt to those big GSA conventions in Vegas and, worse, he keeps trying to make people look at that $16.7 trillion dollar deficit!  The guy's no fun at all!

Who wants a numbers cruncher?  Who wants someone spoiling the party by showing folks the bill?  Nothing will spoil a party quicker than sending the host the bill before the party's over. 

Party Hearty folks!  At least until November.
Who is Paul Ryan? He's not from Hawaii. He wasn't raised in Indonesia. He didn't go to Harvard or Columbia. He wasn't handed the breaks in life others have.

He's one of us.

Washington Post Grasps At Straws

What are liberals to do when a conservative gives the speech of a lifetime and they know it?

Make stuff up.

This morning my attention was drawn to a particular Washington Post editorial in which an ultra-liberal there took Paul Ryan to task for appearing "to suggest" something that's "not true."

See "Mr. Ryan’s misleading speech."

To quote: "Mr. Ryan ... offered a speech that was part introduction of himself and his small-town origins, part testimonial to his running mate and — in largest part — a slashing and, in many elements, misleading indictment of President Obama as both a spent force and a threat to American freedom." [emphasis mine]

The first tip-off that this is an unjustified, empty, devoid-of-facts charge that Ryan had, "in many elements," been misleading is in the understanding that the editorial provides exactly zero examples of it.


And the only link it gives us is to another Post op/ed piece in which another ultra-liberal makes one charge of same. See "Ryan misleads on GM plant closing in hometown."

So how did Ryan mislead us?

Here's what he said in his speech last night about a Janesville, Wisconsin plant that has closed:

"Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day."

Where does that suggest that the plant closed as the result of anything Obama did?  Or that it closed at any particular point in time after Obama's speech?

It's a fabrication.  A stretch.  A desperate attempt to obfuscate.  To prevaricate.

A lie.

We learned in 2006 - with regard to another election - that the editorial board of the Washington Post will do anything - including perverting the truth - to get its liberal candidates elected.

Remember that, and this episode, when you read the schlock these lowlifes write.

If Obama Can't Pack 'Em In In Charlottesville ...

... all hope is lost.

He thrilled a massive crowd of supporters there in Virginia's Liberal Mecca a few years ago.  Now his people schedule a major campaign address in Charlottesville and they are still hawking tickets the night before?

Is the thrill gone?

Seems so.

The worst recession in American history will have that effect.

How sad everyone in Charlottesville must be.  They had such hope for the dude.  But he failed them.

Time for another slick politician to woo them with blather about hope and change and stuff?


If it's not bad enough that our president has young men and women stationed in a hostile land for no good reason - a land where each day the death toll among our best and brightest mounts - there is the realization that he doesn't care.

Want proof?

Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen

It doesn't get any worse than that.

I'm reminded once again of another president who sent Americans into harm's way.  A president who appreciated the profound commitment he was asking - demanding as commander in chief - of those who were going into combat.

He cared.

Obama has an employee of an employee of an employee send out to the loved ones of those lost in battle a xeroxed copy of a letter expressing ... whatever.

Such the shame.

MSNBC Doing Its Best To Control The Message

Unfortunately for the neanderthal press, there's a new medium in town.  The weblog.  And those of us who participate in it fully intend to work around the dinosaur media and get that message out.

You've probably heard by now that NBC News and its nightmare of a stepsister, MSNBC, Omitted All Coverage From Minority Speakers at “Racist” RNC Convention.

The reason, no one doubts, is because the liberals who run NBC want the accepted mainstream press template to remain intact - that being that the Republican Party here in the USA is made up exclusively of white people.  With minorities present only to take their coats and feed them at the banquet table.

So speeches delivered at their convention by members of the GOP - members of minority status - are intentionally ignored.  Given no coverage.

Ted Cruz.  Brian Sandoval.  Artur Davis.  Mia Love.  Susanna Martinez.

That's shameful enough.

But the perfidy goes beyond that.

Those at NBC who chose to censor the information coming out of Tampa so as to maintain the narrative also chose to do so because they are frightened of the prospective leaders of tomorrow within the party gaining traction.

One of those leaders sure to make a name for himself in years to come?

The highly successful, extremely well liked, and very conservative Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico.

What of his speech?

MSNBC Ignores Speech by Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno, Interviews "Racist" Jan Brewer Instead

They disgust me.

More importantly, they steel my resolve.

We will get the message out.  No matter how hard liberals in this country try to stifle the dissemination of information that might mold informed decisions in the voting booth.

We will get the message out.

Here's Luis Fortuño's speech to the convention.

Here's some background on the GOP's rising star.

Message delivered.

Spot The Idiot

This is typical stuff coming out of the Democrats' favorite house organ:

"MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said Wednesday that a reference to President Obama’s golfing in Sen. Mitch McConnell’s upcoming RNC speech is an attempt to link the president to Tiger Woods and his “lifestyle.”

I'm surprised this fool didn't find a comparison between McConnell's golf reference and the horrific days of the Rwandan genocide. Since both Obama's golf game and the brutal extermination of hundreds of thousands of Tutsi tribesmen and women in 1994 ivolved the use of clubs.

But then maybe I don't want to give this shit-for-brains at MSNBC any ideas.

How They Do Whine

The media and the Democrats have been in a complete meltdown today, hours after Paul Ryan delivered the speech of the decade.  They're in complete panic mode:
Ryan and His Panicky Critics
The president’s apologists correctly sense peril for their favored candidate.
By James C. Capretta, National Review Online

Paul Ryan’s speech accepting the Republican party’s nomination for vice president was everything that could have been hoped for by the Romney campaign and more. It made the case against President Obama in devastating terms — using humor and memorable line after memorable line to drive home the main point that the president has been a miserable failure in office. The speech is likely to have lasting impact in this campaign.

Which perhaps explains the panicky reaction of the mainstream press and Ryan’s liberal critics. Almost from the moment Ryan finished his speech, apologists for the president (including the Washington Post [like I said]) have come out swinging, quite plainly indignant that Ryan landed so many punches when the usual media filters couldn’t stop him.

And, so, not surprisingly, these same apologists have resorted to the usual kind of smear tactics — accusing Ryan of offering up misleading arguments and even “lies.” These criticisms of Ryan’s speech are absurd. Everything Ryan said is factual and a fair reading of the record and prior events.

Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech was a tour de force, and a clear success. One measure of that success is the intensity and emptiness of the attacks coming his way. The irony is that these attacks — intended to damage Ryan by undermining his credibility — are more likely to be seen by the electorate for what they really are: desperate and dishonest tactics from those willing to say and do anything to hang on to power. [link]
Leftists in this country have gone nuts today over the Ryan speech.

A good day it is.

Send a Message To Obama

Mr. President, I Built This:

I and my father. And his father. And his father before him. And my son. And his son ...

America. We built this.

How Is It Our Country Is So Screwed Up?

Glenn Beck explains:

It's shocking what we've allowed them to do to our country.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Quotes From The Left

Joy Behar:

"I feel this country is going downhill because of people like Akin and Ryan and Romney. They’re trying to kill us and destroy us."

Which is why both are running for the highest offices in the land. To kill Joy Behar.

●  Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert:

"You know, Mitt Romney has so many problems. He’s an unappealing candidate. He’s not a very good politician, and he’s running a campaign without a message. It’s a campaign that doesn’t have a theme. So what he’s essentially doing is going all over the place, saying, you know, white people, please vote for me."

Guess I must have missed that TV spot.  Which is kinda sad.  Mitt Romney has spent $67 million on campaign ads and his theme - "white people, please vote for me" - I completely missed.

●  A retweet from actress Ellen Barkin:

"C’mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean!"

Sweet, aren't they?

Upsetting The Democrats' Storyline

This must have soiled Chris Matthews' Depends.  A black man on stage in Tampa being cheered wildly by an appreciative mostly-white (racist, ahem ...) Republican convention audience?

To quote a famous American:

Yes, we can.

Artur Davis even attacks Obama's gutting of the work requirement in welfare.  Which makes him a ...

 ... in the eyes of MSNBC's blinded-by-hate talk show host, anyway.

Confused?  Or simply stupid?  You decide.

- - -

Then there's the face of the GOP that the media will never let you see:

Good-lookin'. Articulate. High achieving. Very conservative.

And black.  And female.

"This is our America because we built it!"

From a black woman?  In the land ruled by the KKK?

How the media and the Democrats must be trembling at the prospect.

Odd How The Media Narrative Plays Out

Obama's buddies - the mainstream press - have been pushing this theme for days now:

"CNN's John Berman, reporting live from the floor of the GOP convention, asked a Louisiana delegate if it wasn't 'inappropriate' for the Republican Party to continue the convention on Tuesday night with Hurricane Isaac set to make landfall in Louisiana."

But where's the president "with Hurricane Isaac set to make landfall in Louisiana"?

"On the campaign trail for a two-day college tour, Obama highlighted ..."

Doing what he does best - running for office.  Louisiana and its hurricane be damned.

I'm going to hold my breath until CNN's John Berman asks if it is appropriate for the president to be out campaigning under the circumstances.

I'm holding my breath ...

Obama Detached From Reality

At the same point in time that he's pushing this ...

"The federal government finalized new automobile efficiency rules today for cars and light trucks for model years 2017–2025. The rules require an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) in 2025."

... the buying public is responding with this:

"GM has suspended production of the all-electric [Chevy Volt] for a month so they can retool the plant to make more Chevy Impalas.  But not many are buying the company’s explanation or the car, for that matter."*

For a brief moment I'm going to feel sorry for America's auto executives.  They are getting it from both sides - a foolhardy president who thinks he can dictate that which the free market should be and a free market that simply will not accept that which the president is dictating.

Where will this end?  With a change of leadership in Washington.  With leaders who realize their limitations.  With politicians who accept the fact that they can't alter the alignment of the moon and the stars.

"Welcome to Obama’s green economy where products that sell can’t be made – and the ones that are made, don’t sell."

* The big questions are: Will GM's Hamtramck plant ever make another Volt?  And will anyone care if it doesn't?

Let Me Put It Another Way. Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow!

Maybe it's just me, but ...
"Stop and get off the [police] officer."

The verbal commands are ignored.

Mr. Stevens fires four shots, all of which struck Mr. Temple.

He again orders Mr. Temple to stop what he was doing and get off the officer.
I think, after I'd been shot in the gut the second or third time, I'd have gotten off the officer.

As it turns out?  A fifth shot - this one to the head - got him off of the officer.  Forever.

Out Of The Past

Here's a headline you don't see too often anymore:

World War II bomb closes part of Amsterdam airport

There are still undetonated bombs to be found across Europe.  They slowly, one by one, surface.

Okay. That's A Bit Extreme.

I've been saying for years now that, when it comes to educating - and not educating - America's youth, I don't blame teachers.  And I don't blame the system.  I don't even blame Obama.

I blame the students.

For it's this country's students who choose to learn - or not to learn - in the twelve years they sit in a classroom.  Teachers can provide the tools.  But it's up to our young people to take hold of them and use them.

Which brings us to a teacher in Atlanta:

School: Teacher Helps Students Cheat Because She Says They’re ‘Dumb As Hell’

Though I appreciate the frustration that must have been behind that declaration on the part of math teacher Shayla Smith, it's a bit much to call her students "dumb."  Most of them are not dumb.

Disinterested.  Uninvolved.  Disengaged.  Antipathetic.  Unregenerate.  And ignorant.

But not dumb.

Expect the teacher to be punished.  And her students to continue to be disinterested, uninvolved, disengaged, antipathetic ...

On Obama's Auto Industry 'Success'

"I said, I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back. I don’t want those jobs taking root in places like China, I want those jobs taking root in places like Pueblo, [Colorado]”
-- Barack Obama, August 8, 2012 -- 

Ford breaks ground on new plant in eastern China

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Judge a President By His Friends

In this case, a wealthy Hollywood actor:

Samuel L. Jackson on Monday tweeted it was "unfair" that Tropical Storm Isaac had spared the GOP convention in Tampa and appeared to be heading for New Orleans.

He'd be happy, one assumes, if thousands had died.  As long as they were all Republicans.

No.  Nothing extreme about that.

Bring Down The Thunder

I may miss Romney's acceptance speech, but I will be tuning in for this:

Chris Christie: I may ‘stray’ during keynote

Just don't use any "F" words when you do, big guy.

Anything else is permissible.

Let 'er rip.

Beginning Of The Beginning

It has begun:

Gallup: Romney 47%, Obama 46%

He'll never look back.

Well, That's One Way Of Putting It

Representative Allen West: Obama Feeding America ‘A Crap Sandwich’

It Was 49 Years Ago Today

"I have a dream."

Newt Spanks Chris Matthews

Is Matthews a racist?

Without doubt:

If more people challenged liberals on their assumptions about race, we'd make this world a better place.

Because we're damned if we do and we're damned if we don't:

Chris Hayes: How Dare Romney Run Ads on Welfare That Don't Include Black People

So take it to them in either case.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hey, Sportsmen!

Your prayers have been answered.

Both Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops have committed to building stores in Bristol.

To those of you out there who know nothing of these two powerhouse retailers, think of them as being the Tiffany's of guns, fishing tackle, camping/hiking gear, etc.  Everything a sportsperson could want can be found at one, the other, or both.

If you love the great outdoors, Bristol is soon to be your place to shop.

* A side note to Senator Mark Warner, who is all giddy about sending more taxpayer welfare down here to promote tourism, a ploy that, if it had ever been successful in helping Southwest Virginia's economy, would have made us all rich beyond our wildest imaginations by now:  You want "tourists" to flock to this area?  Watch what Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops are able to do in that regard.  They'll draw in more tourists in a day than all your hiking trails and bike paths and nature centers and horse trails will in a decade.  And it won't cost struggling taxpayers in Memphis, Milwaukee, or Muddy, Montana a dime.

Here's to private enterprise.

Obama Running On Empty

It was so easy when he was on the outside, taking swipes at George Bush.  A little less easy when he took charge, and things got much worse.  But there was still the lingering image of The Destructor - George Bush - to blame his many failings on.

But that was a long time ago.


He blames everyone but himself.  Especially Romney.


Yup.  America's worsening woes are somehow Romney's fault now:
Obama's relentless negativity: President, unable to run on his own record, keeps attacking Romney
By Andrea Tantaros, New York Daily News

There is a saying that “politics ain’t beanbag,” referring to the hostile nature that is often encountered in the throes of campaigns and elections. And though we’ve seen fierce battles in past, most recently between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008’s Democratic primaries, the fight between those two opponents pales in comparison to the mudslinging we’ve seen in 2012.

It’s also mostly been one-sided.

While the more meek Mitt Romney has stuck to challenging the President on the issues of the day, like Obama’s feeble economic record, Obama’s campaign has spent weeks attacking Romney on everything but the issues.

Thus far, we’ve heard Obama disingenuously charge that Romney is anti-education and accuse him of not wanting to invest in the future — while also ridiculing Romney’s personal wealth. We’ve heard Obama aide Stephanie Cutter make unsubstantiated and off-the-wall claims that Romney could be a felon for allegedly not paying his taxes. Vice President Joe Biden has tried to convince voters that Romney wants to return to the days of slavery, and a pro-Obama Super PAC, Priorities USA, released an ad that accused Romney of causing a women’s death by shutting down a steel plant. Plus, there’s the whole spurious “war on women.”

They have gone too far. [link]
It was that great American statesman, Henry Clay, who, many years ago, worked relentlessly - and successfully - to hold together the many disparate factions then operating at odds with one another here in the USA, emphasizing their common interests as opposed to playing up their differences in order to gain him a political following. It was Clay who famously said, "I'd rather be right than be president." He did right by his country. And he was never president.

Obama today? He prefers to adopt the Vince Lombardi strategy: Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing. The country be damned. Reelection is all that matters.

Thus, he lashes out. At everyone. Even those who had nothing to do with the debacle that is his presidency. Mitt Romney? Bain Capital? The Koch Brothers? They brought us to the brink of disaster?

Whatever happened to The Audacity of Hope?

It gave way to Scorched Earth, The Obama Reelection Strategy.

An exaggeration?


He's going to win or everyone is going down with him.

- - -

The Obama legacy?

Encapsulated in one simple bar graph:

Question: Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Answer: We're ALL worse off than we were four years ago.

'Skeptics' To Climate True Believers: Bring It On!

It was the character of Jim Malone, played by Sean Connery in "The Untouchables," who famously said, when giving advice on how to best go up against a formidable foe: "They pull a knife, you pull a gun."

Taking that advice, climate skeptic extraordinaire - a hero on the side of all things right in the war on science* - Marc Morano hits back at Michael Mann - he of "hockey stick" infamy.  But he doesn't pull a gun to go up against Mann's lawyer's puny little knife.  He brings out the thermonuclear weaponry.

See "Michael Mann says lawsuit against National Review is on! Climate Depot responds to Mann and his lawyer's claims about the Hockey Stick & Climategate."

And be amazed at the breadth of documentation accumulated to refute Mann's shameful global warming theory.

Thanks, Marc.  You fight the good fight.

* That's right.  Global warming advocates are zealots, clinging to their unsubstantiated belief - based on now-discredited "computer models" - that the planet is warming and humans are causing it to do so.  Despite evidence to the contrary - despite the science - they press on with their beliefs and refuse to countenance arguments that degrade their hypothesis.  Global warming theory is a religion and its advocates are the worst kind of apostles.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Thank You, Massa

In lieu of doing anything to help create jobs, Senator Mark Warner brings Southwest Virginia a bucketload of welfare:

Warner touts $815K grant for music, arts & recreation-based tourism in Southwest Virginia

What's wrong with this picture?

You'll note the fact that the headline doesn't read:

Tourists bring $815,000 to Southwest Virginia.

Warner, ever the politician, explained his magnanimous gift of hard-earned taxpayer income that didn't come out of his pocket:

"What always bothered me was people would go to Asheville, N.C., and they developed a whole music culture, artisans, eco-tourism area.  And I always felt Southwest Virginia had better venues, and just as good of artisans, much better music."

Better venues?  What he chose to not mention was the fact that Asheville, North Carolina has (and had) something else that Southwest Virginia doesn't have:  Some guy named Vanderbilt and some hovel called Biltmore (the largest estate in America, ahem).  While we have abandoned coal mines and a whole lot of this:

Sure, we'll take another handout.  And we will tip our hat to the man who comes down here for a brief moment to tell us that he's there to help us in our hour centuries of need.  Before he heads back to the land of taxpayer-funded luxury.  And before we continue our unending yet fruitless search for employers.  A job.  Opportunity.  A future.

Yeah, we sure appreciate the welfare check.  It'll help us pay for the U-Haul that will be used to make the  move to another part of the country where Southwest Virginians might actually have a chance to find employment and succeed.

Because in the coalfields ...

... nothing has changed.

They're Becoming a Laughingstock

Hot Air captures the moment:

Stop?  Just as the Obama campaign is becoming its most sidesplitting entertaining?

Democrats Assemble ...

... to share in their common belief in nothing.

Witticism of the Day

From Instapundit:

"If 2008 was 'Hope and change,' then the hallmark of 2012 is 'Surprisingly ineffective, but dishonest.'"

How times have changed.

A Helpful Suggestion To The Democrats:

Yeah, it'll make you feel better about yourselves.  And it will get some of you laid.  But you really don't want to go there if your intention is to win the hearts and minds of America's independent voters.  Why?

"[I]f I were a moderate, centrist, eternally indecisive swing-voter in a critical state and I switched on the Democrat convention to find a bunch of speakers warning about the threat to your abortion rights I would find it a very curious priority in the summer of 2012."

What are the chief concerns of America's moderate, centrist eternally indecisive swing-voters today?

From a recent CNN poll (in .pdf format) (click on the image to enlarge it):

Over half of all Americans surveyed consider the economy to be their primary concern.  Followed by the federal budget deficit and "health care" (didn't Obama fix that already?).

Abortion, presumably, would fall into that "other" category at 2%.  Along with Martian invasion, swine flu pandemic, the looming possibility of a successful Roseanne Barr presidential bid, and the worldwide threat of a herpes outbreak.

And the Democrats want to make the issue the centerpiece of their convention?

As Romney and Ryan focus on that NUMBER ONE concern of the American people?

Be my guest.

Take a Pill, Babe

This is over-the-top silly.  Which allows for fun and merriment.  Let the ridicule commence:
Romney's 'birther' line is no joke
By Donna Brazile, CNN Contributor

(CNN) -- "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that I was born and raised."

With that comment to a crowd in Michigan, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney officially embraced the "birther" movement and touched off a firestorm of protest across the airwaves and internet.

Of course, those protesting didn't include his live audience or the extremists on the right. Nor, given Romney's embrace of Donald Trump, should we be surprised by this joke-that's-not-a-joke. Ari Melber of The Nation put it succinctly: "Jokes can be more revealing than talking points." [link]
For the love of God. Romney's quip, which drew a mild chuckle from all of America outside of Manhattan and Los Angeles (and the fever swamp that is Donna Brazille's brainpan), "touched off a firestorm of protest"? Really?

I'd say you need to take your meds, sweetheart. Now. And get a life.

A by-golly firestorm! That's even funnier than Romney's wisecrack.

By the way, where was Obama really born? The world wants to know.

* A friendly note from one pundit to another: If you're going to make a case that all of America erupted in a firestorm of indignation, don't quote a columnist for a far-left commie rag to make the case.  It just ain't gonna fly.

And If That Freaks 'Em Out ...

... a throw-away line in a Romney speech about Obama's supposed place of birth, imagine what this is doing to the liberal psyche in this country:

2016: Obama's America.

Actually, you don't have to imagine.  It's giving them runny poop.

Okay, not the most pleasant imagery.  But when the Depends fit ...

In Truth?

Romney makes birth certificate joke, media freaks [sic] out

This Isn't How It Comes Down In The Movies

I'm not saying I would have reacted any differently from the way the cops did in this incident.  But I'm not a trained professional either:

All nine bystanders wounded in Empire State shooting hit by police

Be careful out there.

Goes Along With His Fake 'Job Growth'

Obama has millions of fake Twitter followers

And fake hope and change.

And fake birth certificate.

And fake ...

Why Have Gun Sales Skyrocketed?

If you answered, Obama, you'd be right.

But it goes beyond his sorry liberal effort to restrict our freedoms.

It's the fact that Americans' attitudes toward guns have dramatically changed in recent years.

And everyone's getting in on the act.

Everyone, that is, except mayors of large cities in southeast New York.

He Took One Giant Leap For Mankind

He could have made millions off of his exploit.  Instead, he stayed out of of the limelight and shunned the media for decades.

What's inescapable, though?

He is legend:

Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever set foot on the moon, is dead at 82.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quote of the Day

From James Taranto:

"If the Democratic Party's leaders think an abortion convention is the key to victory, they are living in a bubble, albeit a considerably more capacious one than [Missouri Senate candidate Todd] Akin's.

"It was in 1992, the year Pat Buchanan gave his 'culture war' speech to the Republican National Convention, that James Carville, a strategist for Bill Clinton, coined the slogan 'The economy, stupid.' 'Abortion, stupid' is almost sure to sink Todd Akin, but we doubt it will save Barack Obama. The Democrats may be in the process of turning an opportunity in Missouri into a disaster nationwide."

Like I said ...

Four More Years Of This?

Negative $4,019: The Obama years have been brutal on middle-class incomes.

Want a Way Out Of Our Miserable Condition?

There is a path to growth and prosperity:
Romney Plan Would Make America An Energy Superpower
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Mitt Romney has unveiled a market-based plan to achieve U.S. energy independence by 2020 and make America an energy superpower. It calls to mind just how stagnant our energy policy has been up until now.

Ever since the Arab oil embargo of 1973, presidential contenders have called for U.S. energy independence — and none, not one, has come close to achieving it. In part, that's because oil is a fungible commodity that responds to world prices.

All the same, the idea of the U.S. drilling for its own energy, creating 3 million high-paying jobs, putting historic technological innovations to work and ending our reliance on foreign petrotyrants is a desirable objective if the resources really are there.

Fact is, they are, and that's what's different this time.

Romney's call for energy independence, which includes an honest tallying of what's out there, may just be the energy-independence plan that succeeds.

According to a Romney campaign White Paper released Thursday, experts such as Citigroup, Raymond James and the Manhattan Institute all say that the U.S. could now indeed make itself energy self-reliant: "After more than three decades of falling oil production in the lower 48 states, the U.S. is now poised to sharply increase domestic oil production and sharply decrease its dependence on imported oil . .. Specifically, we are looking ... (at) actual oil independence by 2020."

All they require is leadership and some serious policies, which are there in abundance in the Romney plan. [link]
Think about it. We can vote in November for four more years of windmills and Solyndras and "green" nonsense. Or we can begin the process of making America an energy powerhouse and bringing prosperity back to this tortured nation.

Me? I'll be voting for my children. And their children. And ...

May they too have a chance to experience the American Dream.

Don't Ever Forget

Next time - every time - you turn on the television and watch the mainstream news ...

No Surprise: Media Execs' Donations Overwhelmingly Favor Obama, Democrats

... understand that they are working diligently to pick winners and losers in the policy world with every broadcast.

Another Federal Agency Gets Spanked

The EPA isn't alone in its effort to dictate beyond its authority:
Federal appeals court strikes down FDA tobacco warning label law
By Bill Mears, CNN

Washington (CNN) -- A government mandate requiring tobacco companies to place graphic images on their products warning of the dangers of smoking was tossed out Friday by a divided federal appeals court, with the majority saying the requirements were a violation of free speech protections.

The Food and Drug Administration was ordered to immediately revise its rules.

"The First Amendment requires the government not only to state a substantial interest justifying a regulation on commercial speech, but also to show that its regulation directly advances that goal," wrote Judge Janice Rogers Brown. "FDA failed to present any data -- much less the substantial evidence required under the federal law -- showing that enacting their proposed graphic warnings will accomplish the agency's stated objective of reducing smoking rates. The rule thus cannot pass muster" under past court precedent.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, passed in 2009, would have required nine written warnings such as "Cigarettes are addictive" and "Tobacco smoke causes harm to children." Also included would have been alternating images of a corpse and smoke-infected lungs.

A group of tobacco companies led by R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard had sued, saying the warnings would be cost-prohibitive and would dominate and damage the packaging and promotion of their brands. The legal question was whether the new labeling was purely factual and accurate in nature or was designed to discourage use of the products.

A federal judge in March had ruled in favor of the tobacco companies. The 2-1 U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel has now affirmed that ruling. [link]
It is not the role of the federal government to put legitimate businesses that politicians (and liberal busybodies) don't like out of business. Coal miners and tobacco farmers are citizens too, after all.

The court has done a good thing. Here's to those who are willing to stand up for We the People.

Morgan Griffith On Mitt Romney On Energy

From the office of Congressman Morgan Griffith:
Griffith Statement on Romney Plan for Energy Independence

Christiansburg, VA - Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) issued the following statement today on Mitt Romney's plan for energy independence:

"Four years ago, President Barack Obama promised that under his energy plan, our electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. He wants to bankrupt coal power, putting tens of thousands of hard-working coal miners out of work and driving up the cost of energy.

"He has done everything in his power to keep those promises. Fortunately for us, we have a chance this November to change direction and replace Barack Obama with a leader who believes in American energy and American coal. That leader is Mitt Romney.

"Mitt Romney's plan for Energy Independence will take the necessary steps to restore the coal industry and allow America to utilize all of its god-given natural resources. He will make it easier to dig and drill. He will pursue innovation and discovery. He will deregulate where its necessary, making it easier to gain permits and go after the oil, natural gas and coal in the ground.

"Most of all, I know Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan will pursue an all-of-the-above approach on energy and that means using our abundant coal resources in Southwest Virginia.

"I have spent the last two years fighting Barack Obama and his hand-picked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. They have waged a war on coal that has cost jobs right here in our region. Their war on coal is driving up the cost of electricity, which disproportionately hurts the poor and senior citizens.

"With Mitt Romney in the White House, and with his plan for Energy Independence, I know that we will create jobs, grow our economy and put our country back on the right track. I look forward to working with a President who understands the importance of coal and the role it can play in our country's future."
* Received via email.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Democrats Live In A Dream World

It's more than a tad ironic that hopeless liberal Maureen Dowd should refer to Paul Ryan as being "antediluvian."  That for his supposedly being "anti-woman."  Somehow.

But which political party is it that is going to be pushing its pro-abortion position around the clock at its upcoming national convention?  And which position is it that the American people are moving away from?

Here's Gallup's latest:

If the word antediluvian is supposed to mean ancient, which political party is living in the past?

Obama Promised ...

... but never delivered:

American incomes declined more in the three-year expansion that started in June 2009 than during the longest recession since the Great Depression, according an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Sentier Research LLC.

Leading to this sad state of affairs?  The fact that fully half of those jobs that Obama brags about creating in the last three years are part-time with no benefits.

Now he wants four more years.

Let's say NO.

Mind your Own Business

Like California's political class doesn't have its own issues to worry about:

[California] Assembly urges Congress to ban assault weapons

And the rest of America urges the California Assembly to stick it.

Out Of Control

This cannot be sustained:

Under the President’s budget policies, federal debt will increase to $25.4 trillion by the end of 2022, an increase of $10.6 trillion (72 percent).

The real tragedy:  There's not a Democrat in this land who cares.

It's Getting Worse

U.S. weekly jobless claims up slightly to 372,000

I fear the big plunge is now on the horizon.

Will Romney be up to the task of slashing - and I mean slashing - the size of government?  Will he be able to get the government off our backs and out of our wallets?

Dare I say it ... I hope so.

Plan? What Plan?

Clinton cuts ad touting Obama plan that Obama never talks about

Thursday, August 23, 2012

'The Crooked Road,' Welfare By Another Name

I so want to side with my brothers and sisters of the Tea Party movement on this one:

The Crooked Road and the Tea Party

But I really think they're approaching "black helicopter" territory with the stance they've taken regarding government involvement in making that strange, little used, and wasteful tract of potholes known as "The Crooked Road" a "national heritage area" (?). The Crooked Road, for those who don't know, is the latest effort - in a long line of efforts - on the part of local tourism experts to do something to get outsiders to come to Southwest Virginia and spend their disposable income here after all other efforts failed.

I wouldn't worry about the government confiscating private property.  At least in this regard.

I'd be outraged that it's a stupid idea from the git-go that is funded by our (dwindling) income.

"The Crooked Road ... is up for consideration as a National Heritage Area." And that's supposed to do what?

Is That a Pubic Hair In Your Soup?

This is meaningless.  But it's the kind of thing the liberal press would have a field day with if it involved a Dan Quayle - or Paul Ryan - so I'm throwing it out here just for meanness:

Team Romney calls out Obama for misspelling 'Ohio' at campaign stop

Me?  I see racist undertones to Obama's spelling out the name O-I-H-O.   As revealed in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Pay close attention to the background cantillation in this scene depicting a KKK rally.  The intonation?


Obama's a racist.  Who knew?

Payback is a beach, as they say.

When Will They Kill Ethanol?

It was a great concept.  But it failed to measure up.  So why is it still around? Why is it still promoted by the United States government? Why is it part of the law of the land?

See The Conservationist’s Case for Ending the Reign of Ethanol.

Ethanol is like windmills.  Both are wonderful solutions to America's energy woes, until they are put to practical application.  Then both prove to be useless.  And costly.  And distracting.

Yet both continue to be promoted by - and heavily subsidized by - Obama and the United States Congress.

Sometimes I worry for my country.

Spot the Racist

Is it white America - 40% of which supports Barack Obama?

Or is it black America?

President Barack Obama continues to beat Mitt Romney among African American voters with a staggering 94 percent to 0 percent lead, according to a poll released Tuesday.

There was a time when Joseph Stalin would run for "reelection" and receive 99% of the "vote."  And the world would ridicule the baseness of the fraud.

But there ain't nothing fraudulent about the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.  All of black America supports Barack Obama because of all he's done for his most loyal constituency.

Because of the color of his skin.

Yet I'm considered the racist.

My, oh my.

Something To Ponder

With all the talk about that congressman in Missouri who is in hot water over his strange theory about conception and rape, there is this to remember:

Todd Akin Was Never Accused of Rape—Unlike Bill Clinton

That would be the same Bill Clinton who will be featured at the Democrats' upcoming national convention and who will be given prime time to make his speech about - among other things - how pro-woman his party is.  The same Democrat convention where Todd Akin will be repeatedly denounced as being "anti-woman."  The same convention where the accused rapist will be lauded for that which he did when he was president to for women.

The rapist is pro-woman.

But then so is John Edwards.  But he isn't invited to the party?

Earth to Democrats: Get back to us when you have all this sorted out and in its proper order.

Liberal Madness

What is it that turns seemingly normal human beings into stark, raving lunatics when the name Paul Ryan (or that of any other conservative) is uttered?

For lunacy it is.

This, regarding the New York Times' resident loon, is bizarre:
Maureen Dowd Assaults Paul Ryan in NYTimes as 'Fresh Face on a Taliban Creed'
By Clay Waters, NewsBusters

For the third time in three columns, the New York Times's Maureen Dowd brutally assaults Paul Ryan, this time calling him "a fresh face on a Taliban creed" of He-Man Woman-Hating.

"Other Republicans are trying to cover up their true identity to get elected. Even as party leaders attempted to lock the crazy uncle in the attic in Missouri, they were doing their own crazy thing down in Tampa, Fla., by reiterating language in their platform calling for a no-exceptions Constitutional amendment outlawing abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and threat to the life of the mother.

"Paul Ryan, who teamed up with Akin in the House to sponsor harsh anti-abortion bills, may look young and hip and new generation, with his iPod full of heavy metal jams and his cute kids. But he’s just a fresh face on a Taliban creed -- the evermore antediluvian, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-gay conservative core. Amiable in khakis and polo shirts, Ryan is the perfect modern leader to rally medieval Republicans who believe that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs." [link]
One wonders, when people like Dowd write such nonsense, if they sit in front of their monitor and giggle at how silly their ranting is. Or if they truly believe the crap they write. And who do they think they are going to persuade with such craziness?

Paul Ryan is in league with the Taliban.

For the love of God.

Fortunately, Sane People Don't Read Maureen Dowd

She can rant all she wants.  The only people paying attention, as it turns out, are in the same loony bin she's in:

Poll: Most grandmas don’t think Paul Ryan’s trying to push them off a cliff

A heartwarming bit of news.

*** A note: That poll obviously didn't include the opinion of Maureen Dowd, who's old enough to have qualified as a granny but too feminist to have ever come near enough to a sperm donor to actually be one.

And The Kind Of People Who Do Read Maureen Dowd?

Barbara Boxer: Maybe Republicans ‘just don’t like their moms or their first wives’


From The Politico Hope & Pray List

aux. verb: Could kûd
1.used as an auxiliary to indicate suggestion of a course of action
2. used as an auxiliary to indicate a possibility
3. used by Politico to indicate its fervent wish.

- - -

Akin fallout could stick to GOP ticket

Send In The Clowns

Sandra Fluke, Planned Parenthood Chief, Desperate Housewife Set to Speak at DNC Convention

National Review To Climate Fabulist:

Bite me.

Beware Politicians With Promises

Something rings hollow about this declaration from former President Bill Clinton:
Clinton pitches for Obama in new campaign ad
Associated Press

Washington (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is promoting President Barack Obama in a new presidential campaign ad, the first to feature the two-term Democrat. Clinton says Obama has a plan to "rebuild America from the ground up," and says that requires a strong middle class.

He says "that's what happened when I was president. We need to keep going with his plan."

Relying on Clinton, Obama is seeking to connect his presidency with the economic success of the 1990s. [link]
"Obama is seeking to connect his presidency with the economic success of the 1990s."  Good luck with that, Barry. The 90's are long gone.

As is any hope of getting out of the mess this country is in if you're reelected and are afforded the opportunity to continue to wreck this country for four more years.

What Was His First Clue?

Warren Buffet Dumps Municipal Bonds

Couldn't have been this, I'm sure:

More U.S. Cities Going Bankrupt Indicate Nation's Future

Warren Buffett reads the papers.  Stop the presses.

Since They Have Nothing Else To Worry About

California Senate Debates BB Gun Bill

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Paul Ryan Heading To Roanoke

If you want to be in the same room as the Republican Party's newest rock star, you'd better head over to Northwest Hardware right now.  The crowd is assembling.

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to make stop in Roanoke County today

And if that isn't attractive enough, how about this?

"Crumb & Get It Cookie Co. -- the Radford bakery that drew national attention last week when it declined a visit from Vice President Joe Biden -- will serve cookies, and Chris McMurray, the bakery's owner, will speak during the event."


What Could Be Better?

Vice President Joe Biden will be in the Tampa area next week during the GOP convention.

It's assumed that the Republican Party invited its not-so-secret weapon - the vice president - to attend.

Go for it, Joe.  Do what you do best.  Drive those independents into the arms of the GOP.

- - -

As Hot Air puts it:

Look for the Tampa convention to be a rousing success.

Calm Down, Vladimir

Don't you know an empty threat when you see one?

Russia warns West over Syria after Obama threats

Oh, please.  Like Obama really meant it.

Take a pill, man.

Well, There Went That Excuse

Obama says the reason his "stimulus" driven solar industry hasn't fared as well as he'd promised is because Chinese imports have driven down the price of solar panels and that Chinese government subsidies are to blame.

Turns out?  The Chinese are flailing too:

"Chinese solar industry faces weak sales, price war."

Got another excuse for your having wasted billions of our tax dollars on this cursed boondoggle, Barry?

The Executive Branch Is Not Omnipotent

The sooner Obama and his henchmen at the EPA gain that understanding the less time We the People have to spend in court trying to drive the point into their thick skulls.

The latest effort to do just that:
Court slaps down EPA on coal plant rule
By Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times

A federal appeals court dealt a major blow to environmentalists and a significant setback to the Obama administration’s clear-air agenda Tuesday by striking down a key Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting power-plant emissions.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled 2-1 that the agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, meant to curb harmful pollutants from drifting downwind and harming the air quality in neighboring states, went too far and exceeded the EPA’s “statutory authority.”

In its ruling, the majority wrote that it was not passing wisdom or judgment on the merits of the EPA’s rule, but it made clear that it must stay within the scope of the power that Congress gave the agency.

“Our limited but important role is to independently ensure that the agency stays within the boundaries Congress has set. EPA did not do so here,” reads a portion of the majority opinion.

While all plants were subject to the act, the practical effect was another burden for coal-fired facilities, which generate more than 40 percent of the nation’s electricity.

“This fits in with the larger pattern of EPA pushing the law to the outer limits, breaking the law and crushing our economy,” said Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. “We are pleased and gratified to see another example of EPA’s egregious regulatory overreach has been stopped before it could do more harm.”

Mr. Cuccinelli echoed the thoughts of many other Republicans and energy industry analysts, who say EPA actions, such as the Cross State rule, could force coal plants to close rather than pay the millions of dollars necessary to comply with Obama administration guidelines.

“When the EPA takes liberties with its legal authority, the result is higher prices for consumers, businesses, schools and hospitals,” the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, which represents utilities and energy companies, said in a statement. “At a time of economic recession, the country cannot afford sloppy rule making of this sort.” [link]
The EPA did not have the authority to impose its guidelines on America's coal-fired power plants.

Obama is going to have to figure out a different way to bankrupt the operators thereof.

In the few months he has remaining in office ...

Obama Didn't Kill bin Ladin

Those who did want you to know that:

"Heroes don't spike the football." They go back to doing that which they're trained to do. That which they dedicate their lives to:

Keeping this country free.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Just Goes To Show

Not all morons are Democrats.

Most.  But not all.

Uh Oh. This Is Not Going To Please The Environmentalists.

You'd think it would.  But then you think like a normal human being.

The news:
Fracking Leads To Cleaner Air
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Carbon emissions in the U.S. have hit a 20-year low due to a supposedly environmentally unfriendly drilling technique that has created an abundance of cheap natural gas. The free market, it seems, does it better than the EPA.

Environmentalists find themselves between shale rock and a hard place after a little noticed technical report documented how the natural gas boom caused by the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has actually helped the environment in a major way while also creating jobs and economic growth.

In the report, the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said that energy-related U.S. CO2 emissions for the first four months of this year fell to about 1992 levels. EIA estimates that full-year emissions will be the lowest since at least 1995.

The untold story is that this has been achieved by the free market and private-sector technology, not government mandates. [link]
That last part is especially heart-cockle-warming. While Obama still screws around with windmills and electric cars, true technological advancements in energy development are being made by the private sector. A lesson that will be lost on our doofus of a president, to be sure.

Beyond that, with this technology proving to be every environmentalist's dream, you'd think every environmentalist would be jumping for joy over this advancement.

You'd think wrong.

Idiots. They're just idiots.

Such The Shock

I hope you're sitting down:

"An Occupy organizer admitted over the weekend that the goal of his protest group was to "overthrow the capitalist system and build communism."

Because it's worked so well everywhere it's been tried.

What a dumbass.

James Webb, Still Rudderless, Clueless

This is what we get when we elect vacuous, inexperienced people to high office:
Retiring Virginia Sen. Webb: Healthcare bill 'great regret'
By Steve Contorno, Washington Examiner

Retiring Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said Monday charged [sic] that President Obama's handling of the sweeping healthcare overhaul unnecessarily caused a great deal of fear in the country.

The Virginia Democrat, in a wide-ranging interview on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown," told host Chuck Todd that it was his "great regret" that the Obama administration scared Americans with a large bill that lacked direction.

"My great regret on that is I believe the whole healthcare issue could have been handled differently by the administration and over here [in the Senate]," said Webb, who is retiring after just one term. "I think the way that the process was put forward without a clear set of principles from the administration caused a lot of fear in the country. We had five different committees boiling down 7,000 pages of contradictory information at a time when the country was in a recession and people were talking about this other stuff."

"So you regret voting for it?" Todd asked.

"No. In the end, I voted with Republicans 18 times, but in the end I voted for it. But we do need to move forward. We need to find different ways to work with these issues. We could have had a smaller, more focused package and the country would have been a lot more comfortable with the process." [link]
ObamaCare is his great regret. But he doesn't regret voting for it.


Sounds like a man who wants to have it both ways.

Either that or he's still as confused as ever.

This guy was an embarrassment from Day 1. And he continues to shame us, right to the bitter end.

Go away, man. The harm is done.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Happiness, As They Say ...

... is a warm gun.

That's an Auto-Ordnance .45 caliber Thompson.

Can you say "light 'em up"?

Uh, Roanoke Times?

Do you guys really want too make this argument?

"[I]t takes chutzpah for the GOP ticket to target Obama as a threat to Medicare. But the Romney campaign's effort to leverage older Americans' general dislike of Obama's signature Affordable Care Act into fear that it is draining the lifeblood of Medicare adds a layer of twisted irony. 

"A Romney ad accuses the president of 'robbing' $716 billion from Medicare to help pay for his health care reforms. Actually, those billions represent savings that make the program viable longer, without affecting benefits." [from "GOP duplicity on Medicare"]

How's about we quote the man himself.

Barack Obama, November 9, 2009, in response to a statement made by ABC's Jake Tapper:
Tapper: “One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it -- one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare.”
OBAMA: “Right.” 
The video:

Obama says he cut Medicare so as to pay for ObamaCare but the Roanoke Times says he didn't. That his cuts were actually savings.

Excuse me for a moment as I grapple with being really confused.

Okay. Now I understand.

While the UMW Decides To Sit Out The Election ...

America's coal miners won't.

Here's a photo taken outside a campaign rally at the Century coal mine near Beallsville, Ohio featuring Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

Obama and his EPA doing everything to destroy the only way of life families in the coalfields have ever known will have this effect.

The understanding that each and every miner brought to the rally?

Come election day it's either him or them.  There'll be no in-between.

Trying To Defy The Rules Of Marketing

Who was it said "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"?

Whoever it was had to be referring to the electric car industry.

No matter how hard Obama and his environmentalist buddies try to make it look like a fancy silk purse, it's still an over-priced, under-powered,  woefully inadequate, non-utilitarian hunk of boat anchor.  Massive federal subsidies notwithstanding.

The latest:
Electric car boom in Ind. city goes bust
By Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News

(CBS News) Elkhart, Ind. - Elkhart, Indiana lost jobs faster than any other city in the country in 2009. Both Democrats and Republicans promised to re-energize manufacturing in the city, backing a new electric car plant. But as CBS News investigated, instead of a boom, things went bust.

With unemployment peaking above 20 percent, Elkhart, Indiana was at the white-hot center of the economic meltdown, and a natural launch point for President Obama's electric vehicle initiative.

"So that's why I'm here today," the president said three years ago. "To announce $2.4 billion in highly competitive grants."

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels was also on board in convincing Norwegian company Think Global to open a plant in Elkhart to build Think City electric cars with a sticker price of about $42,000.

As incentive, the federal government offered Think City $17 million in stimulus tax credits.

Dorinda Heiden-Guss heads up the local economic development effort. "We were excited," she said. "We were invigorated at a very devastating time."

But it turns out the company had a checkered track record, including three previous bankruptcies. We recently visited Think City's Indiana plant, and here's what we found: a largely empty warehouse.

Everybody hoped that by this time there would be more than 400 workers inside a bustling plant. Instead, today, there are just two workers at Think City. Rodney and Josh are slowly finishing assembly on a few dozen 2011 models shipped in from Norway.

We were able to drive a Think City car around the empty space where investors once envisioned an assembly line churning out 20,000 vehicles a year.

Now in its fourth bankruptcy, Think Global has been bought by a Russian investor who didn't return our calls.

Think's woes caused one of its investors, Ener1, to file for bankruptcy in January. Ener1 spent a $55 million federal grant to make batteries at this factory in Indianapolis for Think City cars.

So what happened? "The market has not been what everybody anticipated it to be with electric vehicles," said Heiden-Guss. [link]
"The market has not been what everybody anticipated it to be ..." What's this "everybody" nonsense?  Government pays for the facility and the payroll.  It then subsidizes the sale of the end-product.  And the company still can't make a go of it?  What's wrong with that picture?  In fact, there were a whole lot of experts, outside the government and the press, who looked at the business model and thought YOU PEOPLE ARE OUT OF YOUR MINDS.

Yet they spent our money anyway.

They could just as easily have flushed it down the toilet.

A $42,000 metal box with a tiny, short-range engine that will get you all of thirty miles before it requires a six-hour recharge is someone's idea of a sick joke.  Or an Obama campaign promise.  Take your pick.

Anyway, the electric car industry is collapsing.  Again.

Time for another infusion of cash.

Or a bullet in the battery pack.

Question: If our president actually started giving these damn things away for free, would anyone take one?

I think we all know the answer.

And I Thought I Was a Far-Right Extremist

Hank Williams, Jr. appears to be a tad to the right of me:

Hank Williams Jr: 'We’ve Got a Muslim President Who Hates the Military, Hates the US and We Hate Him'

If I were to criticize the veracity of Williams' statement it would be for his alleging that Obama hates the military. I think he simply forgets that it's there fighting a war that he chooses, for reasons known only to him, to perpetuate.

Other than that ...