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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Roanoke Times In Full Panic Mode

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

"The force of two Romneys."

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

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

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

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

I go with both.

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

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

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

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

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

Lies and deceit are the natural outpouring.

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

Come Tuesday, It's Our Turn To Make War

Up until now:


"Obama's War On Coal."

Factual.  Comprehensive.  Devastating.

Infuriating.

A Message To His Constituents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Received via press release.

The Best Reason To Believe

Chris Matthews: Global Warming Deniers Are "Pigs"

Be thee not a pig.

Believe in the unbelievable.

Out Of Touch. Out Of His Mind.

And he claims Virginia as his home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Send this Connolly worm packing next Tuesday.

Received from "Chris Perkins for Congress.

West Virginia, Where His Name Is Dirtier Than Coal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take it to the bank.

Chicago

Where the answer to every problem is more gun control.

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

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

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

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

They Deserved Better


Reality Bites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May God have mercy.

Headline Of The Day

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

So Full Of Hate

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

Lowlife.

Climate Happens

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

This, folks, is silly:

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

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

Thank God her day is done.

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

Crawling Out Of The Woodwork

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

Earth to Meghan whomever-you-are:

When did the GOP ever deny that weather changes?

Then Agree With Us!

And all will be well ...

PBS newsman sees danger in fragmented nation

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

And when PBS newsmen are relegated to the unemployment line.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

He's Flailing

Good God:

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

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

Obama and business.  Too funny.

You're All Implicit Racists!

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

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

It's gotten that bizarre.

The Obama Presidency, An Epitaph

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

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

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

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

A Good Line

From Jonah Goldberg:

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

Stinging.  And nice.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Note To Barack:

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

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

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

The difference?

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

We're Mad As Hell ...

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

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

A sign of big things to come?


Shame

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

They died.

And Obama flew to Las Vegas for a campaign event.

My God.

A Message For Our Diplomatic Corps

You’re on your own.

'Silence Is The Voice Of Complicity'


A Death Knell For The USA?

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

Our ancestors look down upon us in horror and disgrace.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

WaPo Endorses Obama

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

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

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

And it's a hoot.

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

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

But?

BUT.

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

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

And that's exactly what they attempt to do.

But talk about bizarre.

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

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

Did they really want to go there?

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

Somehow, despite all evidence to the contrary ...

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

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

Really?

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

If only ...


But then there's the real world.

Four more years of Obama and we're screwed.


Local Protest Draws A Crowd

Be aware.  Stay vigilant.

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

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

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

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

NY Times Endorses Obama

Because he's done such a swell job.

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

Figure that one out.

More Details On The Fight In Benghazi

Those two former Navy SEALS did their brothers proud.

C'est la vie

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

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

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

Now?

Y'all are a bunch of racists!

No Time For Sightseeing

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


He goes sightseeing.

For the love of God.

Quote Of The Day

Senator Marco Rubio, on socialism and President Obama:

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

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

Warped

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

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

I kid you not.

The New Colossus

A quiz: What happened on this day in 1886?

A hint:


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

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

Not true.

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

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

Long may she hold the banner of freedom high.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

James Webb Takes The Honors

America’s most disappointing senator

Bottom line:

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

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

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

While America bleeds.

I'm Ashamed Of My Country

May God have mercy:

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

Beyond disgraceful.

The Next Question That Must Be Asked:

Did Obama Watch While They Fought for their Lives?

Lunatic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where These Things Ought To Be Decided

In the various states.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And that's as it should be.

Each state should decide on its own.

Friday, October 26, 2012

It Only Gets Worse

My God:
CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say
By Jennifer Griffin, Fox News

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command -- who [sic] also told the CIA operators twice to "stand down" rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who [sic] was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to "stand down."

Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their [sic] headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights.

CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood, though, denied the claims that requests for support were turned down. [link]
These were Americans who were sacrificed by the United States government.

Jesus God.

The President Without The Makeup

As he's come to be viewed.  Finally.

Peggy Noonan nails it:
Which gets us to Bob Woodward's "The Price of Politics," published last month. The portrait it contains of Mr. Obama—of a president who is at once over his head, out of his depth and wholly unaware of the fact—hasn't received the attention it deserves. Throughout the book, which is a journalistic history of the president's key economic negotiations with Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama is portrayed as having the appearance and presentation of an academic or intellectual while being strangely clueless in his reading of political situations and dynamics. He is bad at negotiating—in fact doesn't know how. His confidence is consistently greater than his acumen, his arrogance greater than his grasp.

He misread his Republican opponents from day one. If he had been large-spirited and conciliatory he would have effectively undercut them, and kept them from uniting. (If he'd been large-spirited with Mr. Romney, he would have undercut him, too.) Instead he was toughly partisan, he shut them out, and positions hardened. In time Republicans came to think he doesn't really listen, doesn't really hear. So did some Democrats.

Business leaders and mighty CEOs felt patronized: After inviting them to meet with him, the president read from a teleprompter and included the press. They felt like "window dressing." One spoke of Obama's surface polish and essential remoteness. In negotiation he did not cajole, seduce, muscle or win sympathy. He instructed.

He claimed deep understanding of his adversaries and their motives but was often incorrect. He told staffers that John Boehner, one of 11 children of a small-town bar owner, was a "country club Republican." He was often patronizing, which in the old and accomplished is irritating but in the young and inexperienced is infuriating. "Boehner said he hated going down to the White House to listen to what amounted to presidential lectures," Mr. Woodward writes.

Mr. Obama's was a White House that had—and showed—no respect for trying to negotiate with other Republicans. Through it all he was confident—"Eric, don't call my bluff"—because he believed, as did his staff, that his talents would save the day.

They saved nothing. Washington became immobilized. [link]
We've suffered enough for the error of those who couldn't see past the "hope and change" and placed him in the White House in 2009.

Time to send him packing.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Morgan Griffith Makes A Commitment

From a press release:
Griffith Statement on Congressional Debates

Christiansburg, VA - Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) released the following statement today after the third debate appearance against his opponent in the upcoming election:

"Over the last week, the voters of the 9th District have had the opportunity to hear directly from us about the issues that matter in this election. The choice is clear.

"I have fulfilled my pledges over the last two years to fight the unreasonable regulations coming out of Washington that kill jobs, to work to cut the unnecessary spending and get our deficit under control and to work to repeal and replace Obamacare, which taxes the middle class and jeopardizes small business in Southwest Virginia.

"My opponent has promised what he calls a bottom up economy. What he offers is an unrealistic plan that leads to bottom up poverty and trickle down government. It won't work for Southwest Virginia.

"The people of the 9th District have seen what I've worked to do over the last two years and know that I will continue to work hard for them in the future.

"I am focused on creating an environment where we can attract new jobs, but I also want to protect the jobs we have today. I will work to keep taxes low, to reduce unreasonable regulation and to stand up for the values of our small cities and rural communities.

"That's my commitment to the people of the 9th District. I want them to know that I will continue to work for every last vote and I hope to have their support on Election Day."
His opponent?

He's committed to being a good Democrat.

Obama's War On Coal Hits Close To Home

Neighbors here are losing their jobs because of a silly belief in global warming.

My God:
Norfolk Southern lays off 200 workers in Roanoke and Bluefield
Norfolk Southern says that decreased coal traffic led to the furloughs. WDBJ7

Roanoke, Va. — Norfolk Southern says it has laid off about 200 workers in the railroad's divisions based in Bluefield and Roanoke.

Norfolk Southern says that decreased coal traffic led to the furloughs.

The company has offered affected employees jobs at seven other areas in the Norfolk Southern system: Chicago, Elkhart, Ind., Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, and Conway, Altoona and Harrisburg, Pa.

Norfolk Southern said accepting one of those placements would require "permanent relocation." [link]
Just what the area needed. More out-of-work citizens.

And a president with every intention of making it worse.

But A Heartbeat Away From Running Our Country

In Ohio, Biden Talks About All the Ads Being Run 'Here in Iowa'

The media, by the way, have nothing but the greatest respect for this potential doofus-in-chief.

Must Be In The Genes

Looks like northern Virginia Democratic Congressman James Moran isn't the only asshole in the family:

The son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who had served as his father’s field director, resigned from the campaign Wednesday after an undercover video showed him talking about how to forge documents to cast fake ballots.

You folks up in Arlington who keep reelecting this clown to Congress must be really proud.

On Benghazi

Now that we know that security personnel within the government were monitoring the attacks as they were taking place on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi on 9/11, attacks that went on for several hours, the question now becomes:

What did the United States government do to come to the rescue of those who were in danger of losing their lives on that fateful day?

The evidence thus far indicates that the Obama administration did absolutely nothing.

Which prompts another question:

Why?

And:

Who?

We know that Ambassador Chris Stevens sent out a plea for help.  Who refused to send in aircraft to beat back the hoards of terrorists who were attempting to overrun his consulate defenses that evening?

Who gave the order to stand down?

Was it Hillary?  Where was she through all this?

And where was her boss?

On 9/12 ...

... the day after Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Hillary made this declaration:

"There is no higher priority than protecting our men and women wherever they serve."

We now know that there were other priorities that took precedence that day.

We just don't know what they were.

But, by God, we're going to find out.

Benghazi Was a Romney Setup?

What kind of warped human brain can think such things up?

Full Moon Already ...? Thom Hartmann Suggests Benghazi Attack Part of Right-Wing Plot

Really, Thom?  Really?

Where Inaction Leads

BLACKFIVE has this assessment:
First of all, we lost four very good men during the attack. Men that are irreplaceable.

Second, we know now that the President, the VP and the SecDef knew what was happening within a relatively immediate timeframe. The way it should have worked was that the SecDef should have given the President options. Of course, one option is to do nothing. Apparently, even after knowing what was happening and having drone footage ~2 hours into the fight, the President decided on nothing. This is problematic if you work for State in the ME. You know now that the President won't help you in times of dire need. You will either stop taking any risks or you will decide to use more force than might be necessary. Either way, it's not good for our State people over there.

The President made the decision to not use F18s (even in a flyover to shake the resolve of the terrorists). The President made the decision to go to Vegas to a campaign dinner.

So what is worse than our State people now knowing that the President will do nothing if they are attacked?

Al Qaeda knows that now, too.
Did Obama refuse a rescue mission that day?

And what has al-Qaeda learned from this?

America awaits an accounting for this disaster.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Morgan Griffith Coming To Your Community

From a press release:
Griffith Announces Every Last Vote Tour

Christiansburg, VA - The campaign of Congressman Morgan Griffith announced today the schedule for the "Every Last Vote" Tour. Congressman Griffith will make over 30 stops, including 25 campaign rallies and party dinners, in the final 11 days of the campaign.

"This is a critical election and every last vote counts. I am committed to working hard right up until the polls close on Election Day. I will shake every hand and talk to every voter possible as we crisscross the district in the final days of this campaign," said Griffith.

The full public schedule is below.

"The ninth district is a big place. It stretches from the Alleghany Highlands to Martinsville to the Cumberland Gap and every point in between. I am committed to representing all of the citizens of our region and hope to have the honor of continuing to represent them in Congress," said Griffith.

For more information, please contact Matthew Moran at (540) 493-4805.

Thursday, Oct 25

● 12 p.m. - Victory Rally with Paul Ryan - 14401 Industrial Park Road, Bristol ● 7 p.m. - Russell County GOP Dinner - 139 Main Street, Lebanon, VA

Friday, October 26

● Noon - Dutch Treat Lunch - Sirloin House, 530 Commonwealth Boulevard West Martinsville, VA
● 3:30 p.m. - Martinsville/Henry Co. Campaign Rally - GOP Headquarters
● 5:15 p.m. - Patrick Co. Campaign Rally - W&W Produce - 16112 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Stuart VA
● 7 p.m. - Floyd Co. GOP Dinner - Floyd Co. High School

Saturday, October 27

● 11:30 a.m. - Big Stone Gap Campaign Rally - Location TBD
● 3 p.m. - Lee County Tobacco Festival Parade

Sunday, October 28

● 4 p.m. - Scott County GOP Dinner

Monday, October 29

● 8 a.m. - Giles Co. Campaign Rally - GOP Headquarters - 116 Tazewell Street, Pearisburg VA
● 11:15 a.m. - Bland Co. Campaign Rally - Location TBD
● 12:30 p.m. - Wythe Co. Campaign Rally - GOP Headquarters
● 4 p.m. - Grayson Co. Campaign Rally - Location TBD
● 5:30 p.m. Galax Campaign Rally - Location TBD
● 7 p.m. - Carroll Co. Campaign Rally - Location TBD

Tuesday, October 30

● 12 p.m. - Covington Campaign Rally - Michael's Pizza - 203 Interstate Drive, Covington, VA
● 5:30 p.m. Craig Co. Campaign Rally - Courthouse - Court Street, New Castle VA

Wednesday, October 31

● 12 p.m. - Pulaski Co. Campaign Rally - GOP Headquarters
● 2:30 p.m. - Radford Campaign Rally - GOP Headquarters - 1001 E. Main Street, Radford

Thursday, November 1

● 12 p.m. Montgomery Co. Campaign Rally - GOP Headquarters - 215 Draper Road, Blacksburg

Friday, November 2

● 8 a.m. - Bristol Campaign Rally - Location TBD

Saturday, November 3

● 2 p.m. Smyth Co. Campaign Rally & Sign Wave - 138 West Main Street, Marion VA
● 4 p.m. - Tazewell Co. GOP Dinner
● 6 p.m. - Washington Co. Eliza Sprinkle Dinner

Sunday, November 4

● 1:30 p.m. - Buchanan Co. Dinner - Riverview Elementary, Grundy
● 4 p.m. - Dickenson County Dinner - Clintwood, VA

Monday, November 5

● Time TBD - Roanoke Co./Salem Campaign Rally - Location TBD

Tuesday, November 6

● 7 p.m. - Victory Celebration - Holiday Inn, Bristol
It's crunch time.

Roanoke Times Endorses Little Known Dem

Say it ain't so!

The crazy-liberal editorial staff of the Roanoke Times has done the totally unpredictable.  It has decided to endorse the elusive and equally crazy-liberal Anthony Flaccavento for Congress.

See "Flaccavento in the 9th District."

Boiling down the enthusiastic imprimatur to one sentence, they offer this:

"Flaccavento offers moderation and focuses on people, not industry. While he supports coal mining, he recognizes that it will not provide stable employment and a solid economic base for the region indefinitely, no matter what Washington does. Instead, he wants to bring home tools and investment that will allow workers to transition to new industries for long-term success."

What those "new industries for long-term success" are neither the candidate nor his sycophants at the Times is willing to outline.  But it basically comes down to "organic farming."  A guaranteed business endeavor for all the former coal miners who live on mountainsides in Buchanan, Wise, Russell, Lee, Dickenson, and Tazewell Counties.  If they can learn how make organic arugula defy gravity.

Which makes one wonder about this:

"Coal miners and their families could have no greater friend than challenger Flaccavento."

Since he's on record (see above) as favoring "transitioning" from coal (to God knows what), shouldn't that read "Laid off coal miners and their destitute families"?

So the Times endorses another woefully confused liberal who is unwilling to stop the federal government from shutting down the rest of Southwest Virginia's mines.  Stop the presses.

The Nail In The Coffin


He knew early on.

But he felt it more important to not upset Islamist terrorist sensibilities.

So the obfuscation began ...

Maybe it's time that Obama release that poor sap - an American citizen - he had arrested for making a video that Muslims disapproved of?

Gotta Love Them Democrats

The modern-day version of circus clowns.

Let's turn to the chairperson of the Democratic National Committee for a chuckle this morning:

[Debbie Wasserman Schultz] says Romney never mentioned Israel in the debate, and if you don’t count the 14 times he did, she’s correct.

Comedy gold.

Stick A Fork In It

Shikha Dalmia:

"Sometimes silence can reveal more than words. And the complete silence of both candidates during last night’s (and previous nights’) presidential debate on climate change speaks volumes about just how dead the issue now is. Indeed, this is the first time in 24 years that neither candidate thought it fit to mention what Al Gore has billed the biggest threat ever to 'human civilization as we know it.' That Obama didn't feel the need to devote even a lame half-a-sentence to it in the 270 minutes of free airtime he has gotten shows what a remarkable fall this defining challenge of our generation has enjoyed."

What's Al Gore going to do now that his wife has left him and his only reason for existing on this planet has proven to be a massive hoax?

Well, I guess he will always be a TV channel mogul.

Or not.

Maybe the Democrats will take pity on him and make him DNC chairman.  God knows they need one.

Obama Comes Up With A Plan

In 2008.

And photocopies it for 2012:
A Second First Term
Meet Obama's new agenda, same as the old agenda, only less.
Wall Street Journal editorial

Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008 as the anti-George W. Bush and in 2012 he's been trying to win again as the anti-Mitt Romney, without elaborating much of a second-term agenda. Two weeks before Election Day, we now know why. His new ambitions look a lot like his old ambitions, except stuck on repeat.

On Tuesday Mr. Obama finally tried to give the future more definition with a new plan, except it isn't new and barely qualifies as a plan. "I've laid out a plan for jobs and middle-class security," he claimed in Delray Beach, Florida, brandishing a 20-page brochure titled "A Plan for Jobs and Middle-Class Security" and going on to invoke his "plan" another dozen-odd times. "I won't be running the okey doke on you," he added.

Voters may okey doke themselves if they believe this document, which is heavy on backward-looking and discredited factoids and light on economic specifics. For example, Mr. Obama wants to spend money to hire 100,000 math and science teachers for public schools. Isn't that what happened in 2009? And didn't his own Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, say that class size barely matters to education outcomes?

The President says he'll use community colleges to train another two million workers "for good jobs that actually exist," perhaps to distinguish these from the jobs he said the 2009 stimulus would create but actually didn't. And he says he'll create a million new manufacturing jobs by 2016 via a new temporary tax credit for U.S. companies that expand domestic hiring.

All of this is merely a kind of Junior Achievement version of the stimulus, trying to create jobs with more government spending that isn't affordable, or temporary tax favors that fail because they are, well, temporary. Businesses hire based on total employee costs, not one-off tax benefits. Since 2009 the country has lost 610,000 net manufacturing jobs, despite such preferences. [link]
There's a term for that.

Stuck on stupid.

Obama wants to "hire" 100,000 teachers and fund community colleges that will train millions of Americans ...

... to do what?

Join the millions already in the unemployment line.

We currently have 23 million citizens out of work or underemployed.  Highly educated.  Fully trained.  Millions.  Ready to go back to work.

But there is no work.

Training and education aren't the issue (except to the teachers unions).

JOBS ARE THE ISSUE.

Someone should try to get that concern into our president's thick skull.

- - -

Headline of the day:

Obama campaign releases plan for next 4 years, which is pretty much the plan for the first 4 years except compiled in a glossy booklet

You Knew How This Story Would End

When I first heard the news break, my only thought was: How long before the truth comes out?

Here's how it read yesterday:

Louisiana woman set on fire; 'KKK' smeared on her car, police say

Tick ... tock ... tick ... tock ... tick ...

And here's how it ended today:

Louisiana woman faked hate crime, police say

I'm surprised Barack Obama didn't call her and offer her his sympathies.

The "war on women," rampant racism, and all that.

It was just so perfect.

Abortion Above All Else

If Planned Parenthood were truly a health care clinic, this wouldn't have been an issue:
Court blocks Indiana from defunding Planned Parenthood
By Charles Wilson, Associated Press

Indianapolis (AP) — Indiana stepped between women and their physicians when it enacted a law that blocked Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood just because the organization provides abortions, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago effectively upheld decisions by a district judge and a Medicaid review panel that found the 2011 law denied patients the right to choose their own health care provider.

“This is not about an abortion case. This is a case about Medicaid services — non-abortion-related services — and the attempt by the state of Indiana to punish Planned Parenthood and its clients from receiving non-abortion health services merely because Planned Parenthood, without any sort of state or federal money or any Medicaid funds, also provides abortions,” Ken Falk, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, said at a news conference in Indianapolis following Tuesday’s decision. The ACLU argued the case on behalf of Planned Parenthood. [link]
“This is not about an abortion case."

Bullshit.

This is all about an abortion case.  And everyone knows it.

Planned Parenthood had the option to drop its (primary) service to its customers, if state funding was that important to its existence and abortion weren't.  Instead it has the best of both worlds.  Babies will continue to be slaughtered and the holocaust will continue to be paid for by the taxpayer.

A federal court says so.

In America.  Of the people, by the people, for ...

Like Obama?

You'll love Tim Kaine.


One says jump. The other asks how high.

Freedom Isn't Free

Are you prepared to do that which is necessary to protect liberty?



From the accompanying info:
Trailer, Part 1 of a powerful new film about liberty and freedom written and directed by Chuck Untersee and featuring country music legend Charlie Daniels is now ready. The film will have its first public viewing, on Sunday morning, April 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM at The Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg , Texas.

The documentary is narrated by Charlie Daniels, and contains commentary from some of the biggest names in the patriot movement. Larry Pratt, Edwin Vieira, Charles Key, Kaye Beach, Debra Medina, Joel Skousen, Lt. General Jerry Boykin, and several others.
"Something's wrong. And we all know it."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On The Debate

Who "won"?

Charles Krauthammer isn't ambiguous about it:
Krauthammer on Romney’s ‘unequivocal’ win: ‘Romney went large — Obama went very, very small’
By Jeff Poor, Daily Caller

The decisive winner of Monday night’s final presidential debate, according to Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, was Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

“I think it’s unequivocal that Romney won,” Krauthammer said during Fox News Channel’s wrap-up of the debate. “He didn’t just win tactically, but strategically. Strategically, all he needed [was] to draw and continue momentum he’s had since the first debate, and this will continue it. Tactically, he had to go up there and show he’s a competent man as somebody who you could trust as commander in chief, a man who knows every area of the globe, and he gave interesting extra details, like the Haqqani network, which gave the impression he knows what he’s talking about.”

Krauthammer said Obama made a mistake by focusing on “small” matters, while Romney successfully discussed the “big picture” and avoided getting lost in the weeds on Libya details.

“But there is a third level here, that is what happened in the debate. We can argue about small points and debating points. Romney went large — Obama went very, very small — shockingly small. Romney made a strategic decision not to go after the president on Libya, or Syria, or other areas where Obama could be accusing him of being a Bush-like warmonger. Now, I would have gone after Obama about Libya like a baseball bat, but that’s why Romney has won elections, and I never even have contested them. What he did was stay away from that, and that might have actually worked for him. What he did concentrate on is the big picture. People don’t care that much about what our policy on Syria is going to be. They care about how America is perceived in the world and how America carries itself in the world.”

Romney impressed Krauthammer specifically by referencing the president’s rhetoric abroad.

“And the high point of that debate for Romney is when he devastatingly leveled the charge of Obama going around on an apology tour,” Krauthammer continued. “Obama’s answer was, ‘Ask any reporter, they’ll be able to tell you it wasn’t so.’ It’s about as weak an answer as you could get. And Romney’s response was … to quote Obama saying, ‘We dictate to other nations,’ and Romney said, ‘We do not dictate to other nations. We liberate them.’ And Obama was utterly speechless. … I thought Romney had the day. He looked presidential. The president did not. And that’s the impression I think that is going to be left.”

“I think those on the right, like me, who would have loved to have been bellicose and loved the near-fisticuffs in the last debate will understand exactly why Romney did it. He stayed away from pitfalls. He did not allow himself to be painted as a warmonger. This is what Reagan understood in 1980. He it did well — Romney did, and I think this could help him win the election.” [link]
An apology tour. Which could be said about every aspect of the last four years.

Here's to Mitt Romney for rising above the fray and being presidential.

How They Feel In The Coalfields

Like they are the damned.

Damned by the government that is supposed to serve them:
Hope Turned Into Damnation
By Debra McCown, American Spectator

Grundy, Va. -- More than 5,500 people turned out Sunday afternoon at a mountaintop park in remote Buchanan County to show their support for coal.

With the "War on Coal" rhetoric that's been on a lot of Republicans' lips this election season, a lineup of political speakers that included Matt Romney, son of Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, came to talk about the resource that powers both the electricity and the economy here.

"Right now our country is in dire straits," Matt Romney said, promising that his father, if elected, would make the nation energy independent by 2020. "We can't ignore the vast natural resources we have in this country: coal, natural gas, oil."

In coal country, the issue is complex. On one hand, the Appalachian coal industry has been steadily losing jobs in recent decades, due in part to mechanization and declining reserves. On the other hand, new policies implemented by the Obama administration have had a painful, immediate impact.

It was clear in the mood of the crowd Sunday. Some talked about how thousands of recent coal industry layoffs have impacted their families and communities; others said they go to work every day wondering if they will still have a job when they get there.

"The only promise Obama kept was to kill coal," said Jerry Shortt, a coal miner from Richlands who was laid off temporarily right after Labor Day -- and learned Friday that for him, along with 189 other employees at the mine where he worked, the layoff would be permanent.

"You see all these people? I bet you a quarter of them's laid off," he said. "I know a lot of people that did [vote for Obama] that are not going to next time. Hope turned into damnation."

The war that coal miners and companies perceive is one being fought on several fronts, said Barbara Altizer, executive director of the Eastern Coal Council, one of five industry-funded groups that sponsored Sunday's rally.

"They come at us on the air side. They come after us on the water side. They've stopped the permits, so that's like starving us. And EPA has started… allowing various anti-coal groups to run things into the ground."

On the air emissions side, two new sets of EPA rules have cut both the present and future use of coal.

First, new air emissions standards prompted utilities to announce the closure of dozens of coal-fired power plants, cutting the demand for coal and costing jobs. In some cases, utilities chose to convert those units to natural gas, which because of new technology for extraction has become relatively cheap and plentiful. Rules for coal-fired boilers have also affected factories and other facilities that use industrial boilers.

Second, a new proposed EPA rule would require any new coal-fired power plants to be constructed with technology to control carbon dioxide emissions -- technology that's not been fully developed. With this proposal, even state-of-the-art coal burning technology, like that being used at the new power plant that just opened in nearby Wise County, couldn't be permitted, utility officials have said.

On the water pollution side, coal mines are now subject to new restrictions in obtaining the permits needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Targeted specifically at mountaintop mines in Appalachia, according to industry supporters, the change effectively prohibits modern surface mining and has also created significant problems for deep mining.

At the same time, hundreds of mining permits have been suspended in limbo for the years of the Obama administration, with the federal agencies in charge of processing these permits choosing to simply take no action.

At mines that are presently operating, miners say federal safety inspectors have also increased their efforts, going to great lengths to find "nit-picky" violations for which they can charge thousands of dollars in fines.

And then there is the Spruce No. 1 Mine, a surface mining project in West Virginia that was permitted after a decade-long process of environmental review -- and, last year, had its permit revoked by EPA. The case, which is viewed by many as a test case for what could happen to the rest of the industry, is now working its way through the court system.

Ninety-one year old Emory Altizer, introduced as America's oldest working coal miner, told the crowd at the rally that when it comes to coal and energy, the nation is at a crossroads. "Of all the presidents and all the administrations I've ever seen, this is the first one that's declared war on coal," he said. "We have to get rid of that."

Will Morefield, who represents the area in the Virginia House of Delegates, called on the crowd to vote in November for leaders who will support coal. "I'm here to tell you that Yes We Can," he said. "Yes We Can correct our mistakes on Election Day." [link]
Yes. We can.

Why Is Hillary Still Employed?

This is shameful:
A Damning Indictment of State Department Security in Benghazi
By Helle Dale, The Foundry

Last Friday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released 120 pages of documents on the situation in Benghazi, Libya, from March 2011 to September 2012. In light of these documents, the denial of additional U.S. security personnel in Libya is shocking. The documents provide plenty of new material for tonight’s presidential debate.

Emails describe concerns over unstable security; weekly Benghazi reports detail growing violence; and specific requests for more temporary duty (TDY) security personnel from Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom and Ambassador Christopher Stevens himself show that they were keenly aware of the danger.

A final report from Ambassador Stevens on concerns over violence was sent on the fateful day of September 11, hours before armed terrorists attacked the embassy and killed the ambassador and three members of his small security staff.

First is an Action Memo addressed to Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy sent in December 2011 requesting an extended presence in Benghazi through the 2012 calendar year. Of the two recommendations given was that Kennedy approve “a combined footprint of 35 U.S government personnel in Benghazi, including eight State Department and USAID and two TDY beds.”

Both recommendations were signed in the affirmative. Background information, however, states that, due to budget constraints, Diplomatic Security’s (DS) permanent presence was reduced to five, down from 17.

According to a thread of emails from Nordstrom to various State Department personnel, as early as February of 2012 there were concerns regarding the lack of security resources in Benghazi. Nordstrom went on to say that because there were only 2 DS agents supplied on the ground, it “severely limits operations in Benghazi” and the problem couldn’t be rectified because he had “been advised that DS isn’t going to provide more than 3 DS agents over the long term.” [link]
There's no other way to look at it. Ambassador Chris Stevens was left there to die.

He died.  A most horrible death.  One that could - and should - have been prevented.

Yet life in Washington goes on as if nothing happened.

Shameful.

Heads should roll.  Heads should roll.

I've Always Felt The Same Way

Yes, it would have meant that Crazy Al Gore would have been president.  But at least every vote would have counted.

Electoral College Is A Dangerous Anachronism

One easily done away with.

Yeah ... Yeah ... Yeah ...

We're all racists.

He'll never give it up.

You Knew This Was Coming

Pediatricians raise doubts about the benefits of organic foods

Monday, October 22, 2012

Questions For The President

If you're now claiming that you knew all along that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was an act of terrorism - because that's what you're now claiming - why is the producer of that video that ... didn't ... cause the attack still locked up?

You remember him:


The American citizen who was not arrested for doing what you've now said he didn't do?

Maybe he should get his life back?

On Obama's Prospects In SW Virginia

Roanoke Times reporter/columnist Mason Adams drops the hammer:

"Not one person interviewed around Grundy and Oakwood on a reporting trip last week said they supported Obama's bid for re-election."

Which goes along with the report I offered up the other day of finding an Obama yard sign here in Bland County.

One.

And being shocked by the discovery.

Who in their right mind would do such a thing?

Kinda embarrassing really.  Looks like we have one more Obama supporter here than Buchanan County has.  Romney needs to work on that.

Racists With PhD's


For the love of God:

Romney truly is the whitest man to run for president because he doesn't realize how his whiteness has influenced his life and how his class standing provided him with remarkable educational and financial opportunities.

It should be mentioned that the author of that Huffington Post bit of idiocy is paid handsomely for it.  She holds a PhD and teaches at the University of Rochester, where her "research focuses on the ways in which issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality influence conceptions of freedom."

Which says a lot about (a) how easy it is to obtain a PhD these days, (b) how detached academia is from normal human existence, and (c) how low the threshold is for getting a gig at the Huffington Post.

In Stark Contrast

Obama couldn't fill a stadium during the most media-hyped Democrat week of the year.

And on the campaign trail, he garners headlines like this:

Can't draw a crowd, Mr President? Obama makes speech in couple's GARAGE... and even they say they might not vote for him

In contrast:

"Daytona Beach -- Little Steven Gosney waved an American flag while his parents and some 10,000 others cheered wildly in reaction to the short and sweet message of hope delivered by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on the edge of the hard sands of the world's most famous beach."

There is enthusiasm in the air.  And it isn't to be found at an Obama or Biden snooze fest.

Rock star status?

The trophy goes to Mitt Romney.

The Stark Difference

Brought to us by Elizabeth Price Foley:



Speaks volumes.

A Tea Party Scorecard

From Joe Scarborough?

Yup.

"The truth about the tea party."
Let’s simply review how terrible the Tea Party has been for the GOP.
— They energized a conservative movement battered by eight years of bloated Republicanism,
— they shocked the political world by taking Ted Kennedy’s seat,
— they put Obama Democrats in a constant defensive crouch,
— they led the resistance against Obamacare,
— they helped bring about the largest legislative landslide in U.S. history in 2010,
— they grabbed six seats in the U.S. Senate that year,
— they helped elect six governors,
— they helped win 700 seats in state legislatures, and
— helped elect a Republican majority that included the largest number of Republicans elected since 1946.
Most importantly:

"With a track record like that, the Republican Party had better watch their backs. If this trend keeps up, they may just win the White House and the Senate."

Present tense.  Future tense.

The Tea Party thrives.

And has a lot of trophies on the wall - already - to prove it.

It'll Be Good To Have a President Who Is Presidential

That was essentially my reaction to the first debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.  After the dust cleared from that one, much was made of the fact that the latter - Obama - did so poorly as to be accused of being disinterested and lazy. Whatever.  But it was Romney's performance that was noteworthy.  For being refreshing.  Startling.  Encouraging.

Wall Street Journal editorial writer Dorothy Rabinowitz had a similar reactions as well.

From "The Unreality of the Past Four Years":
In the books yet to be written about this presidency, the Obama administration's exceptional readings of reality will deserve an honored place, and a large one. One that should also acknowledge the fact that, in the end, the American people inevitably recognize the difference between lies and truth, illusion and the real thing.

The most telling example of this capacity—the October surprise that shouldn't have been surprising—came with the first presidential debate. The nation saw a superbly cogent Mitt Romney, speaking to them in terms instantly recognizable, words without artifice that addressed their real lives. Viewers saw the life in him, the play of mind, felt the sense of powerful will—that of a leader. It didn't matter all that much that the president looked most unpresidential, a man lost. What mattered was the other man before them, who had brought home to Americans what they had been missing the past four years.

Not surprisingly, when the debate's effects were clear, Obama squads were again deployed to cry fraud. Mr. Romney, we were told, had done nothing but lie. This would now be the official story. It would have no effect.
One - and only one - debater came across as being presidential. A refreshing change from the "unreality of the last four years."

They Try To Wish It Away

Joe Klein: Benghazi Consulate Controversy 'The October Mirage - It Really Isn't An Issue'

Unbelievable.

Reason Enough To Vote For Romney

Those who hate us most - Chavez, Castro and Putin  - support Obama.

George McGovern Is Dead

One thing you can say about him, he wasn't like every major Democratic politician on the national scene today - all of whom were against war before they were for war before they were against war.

George McGovern was solidly anti-war.

But no more:

George McGovern, an unabashed liberal voice, is dead at 90

He was a principled Democrat.  One of the last.

Times-Dispatch Endorses George Allen

Expect to see a lot of this this week:
Virginia's Senate Race: Endorsement
Richmond Times-Disptach

The race opened as a toss-up and remains one of the country's marquee contests. The call is close. Today The Times-Dispatch endorses George Allen.

Allen ranks among Virginia's most consequential chief executives in modern times. His accomplishments include welfare reform, school standards and accountability and the abolition of parole. Allen secured passage of key proposals in a General Assembly he did not control. He accomplished things.

Allen tried to cut taxes; Kaine wanted to raise them.

Throughout his career, Allen has not displayed a passion for social issues. His party would benefit from his voice.

The Times-Dispatch admires Allen and Kaine as politicians and as human beings. We recommend Allen's election without reservation. His votes as a senator would more accurately reflect Virginia's preferences. Cast your ballot for him. [link]
Reasonable. Well thought out. Cogent.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

With Shades of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Talk about delusion ...

The tea party is helping Democrats

So you know, the author - Dana Milbank - isn't suggesting that we are helping his buddies in the Democratic Party find a good retirement home.

Humorous.

With Shades Of Vietnam

"There will be no more Vietnams."
-- George H.W. Bush --

And then there was ...

We're Not Losing In Afghanistan

Afghanistan.  Where winning is no longer an option.  And not losing is the goal.

Jesus.  It's 1972 all over again.

Hawaiian Or Indonesian?

New Obama ad in Ohio: Mitt Romney isn’t one of us

Yeah.  OK.

Romney isn't a half-white dude from Honolulu.

Ya got him there.