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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Jim Moran's an Idiot, Part XVIII

Look, I don't ever presume to speak for Republicans.  (They have enough trouble speaking for themselves.)  Or for African-Americans.  (Though I can proudly claim to be half as black as Obama is.)

But some lowlife mind-reader of a left-wing, northern Virginia Democrat blowhard harbors no such indisposition?

As usual.

Non-Republican non-black Congressman James Moran knows - knows! - what members of both groups think.

What a guy.  I hope, when I grow up, I can be just as omniscient (or was he just drunk again?) as Jim Moran is.

How proud you people in Fairfax must be of this towering sage.

Quote of the Day

From Floyd County resident J.C. Holden on a proposed wind farm on Wills Ridge:

"If a man owns property and wants to build a wind mill on it, that's his business. As long as that wind mill’s not bothering mine, as long as it's not throwing bird guts over on my property, let him have it."

I think that's a direct quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes.  Can't seem to find it though ...


I thought Dave Albo was one of us.

Guess not.

When Gov't Tries To Influence The Marketplace

"You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig."
-- Barack Obama --

After $3,000,000,000 in government subsidies intended to put lipstick on this squealer, consumers still see it as one big, fat pig:

Chevy Volt sales fall in January to just 603

It's still extremely expensive.

It's impractical.

It's inefficient.

It's uncomfortable.

And it may be dangerous.

Bottom line?  Unless Obama - by executive order - forces consumers to buy the thing, it is going to sit and collect dust.

Three billion dollars worth of market influence. 603 sold.

All to make environmentalists feel good about themselves.

For the love of God.

She Asks. I Answer.

Journalist Jamie Stiehm, asks the question in this morning's New York Times:

What's a Republican Feminist To Do? 

I know.  Check yourself into the American Museum of Natural History, sweetheart. Researchers there are putting together an exhibit of fossil invertebrates. You as a feminist - a rare species these days - would fit right in.

Hey, It's Been Great For Her

She's ridin' high and livin' large:

First lady Michelle Obama cites 'remarkable progress' on the economy 

You eighteen million unemployed and underemployed out there?

Eat cake.

Martinsville Is In The News

It was sixty-one years ago today ...
Crime History: Martinsville Seven sent to electric chair
By Scott McCabe, Washington Examiner

On this day, Feb. 2, in 1951, in Virginia, four of seven black men sentenced to death for raping a 32-year-old white woman were executed.

The remaining three men were executed on Feb. 5.

The execution of the "Martinsville Seven" -- condemned to death by all-white, all male juries -- caused a national outcry.

The appeals of the seven men marked the first time in the United States that civil rights lawyers used statistical evidence to argue that blacks are treated unfairly by the criminal justice system.

Of the 45 men who had been executed in Virginia for the crime of rape, all of were black and all the victims were white.

The courts were unswayed. The executions remains one of the largest for a crime against a single victim in American history. [link]
We report. You decide.

Romney Says What Every Conservative Thinks

I have tremendous admiration for the work that columnist Jonah Goldberg does.  But even he is, on occasion, wrong.  This is one of those occasions.

See his "What Is Wrong With This Guy?".  In it you'll find Goldberg savaging Mitt Romney for the latter's having said yesterday, "I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich…. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling."  Goldberg was aghast, writing, "[G]reat politicians on the morning after a big win, don’t force their supporters to go around defending the candidate from the charge that he doesn’t care about the poor. They just don’t."

Well, they do if their message is the right one. A solid one. One that we as conservatives yearn to defend.

News flash: America is awash in "poor" people, Mr. Goldberg.  And awash in programs to lift them out of poverty (though it's arguable whether the intention is to lift or to simply sustain) (might there be a direct correlation between the number of poor people and the number of programs to eliminate poverty?).  The more programs the government has come up with to assist those "less fortunate" among us, the more "less fortunate" we have.  If there is a segment in society, Jonah, that doesn't have to worry about its future, it's the poor.  They're taken care of.  By us.  Cradle to grave.  To the tune of four trillion dollars in transfer payments since it was decided years ago that they needed our help.

They're now drowning in help.

It's US that needs attention, pal.

If for no other reason than the fact that there are fewer and fewer of us as each year goes by.  And because we are under assault from those who choose to help the poor with our hard-earned money.  And because of people like Jonah Goldberg who don't have the balls to stand up and say, "Enough is enough.  The poor are getting all they are going to get"

What Mitt is communicating to this tortured land is the message that we - the backbone of this country - need government off our backs and out of our wallets.  And he's right.  The middle class in this country is shrinking like never before.  And Mitt says he's going to help.

And Goldberg can't deal with it.

Pander being his order of the day.

My question is this:  Will Mitt Romney be up to the challenge?  He stirred this up.  Will he rise to the occasion, as Ronald Reagan did, make his case in unequivocal terms, and not back down in the face of withering criticism from Democrats and the media that he knows is coming?  Or will he apologize and "clarify"?

I have lingering doubts.

But it's a teachable moment.  And his is a position worth defending.  One that I am more than ready to defend.

Let the Democrats dream up new programs aimed at "helping" the poor.  As they've done for the last eighty years.  And let them defend those programs in an age when those programs are proving to be abject failures - we have four times as many poor Americans as we did when anti-poverty programs were first instituted - and when Middle America is pleading for relief.

You go, Mitt.  Take that message to the people.  Shout it from the rooftops.  We got your back.

A Democrat Pushing Tax Hikes?

I'm shocked.

The Washington Post - a paper world-renowned for never confronting a tax scheme that it couldn't warm to -  is favorably impressed:

WashPost Hails 'Ambitious' Md. Governor's Call for 'Tough Choices': Tax Hikes, Same-Sex Marriage

Tax hikes and homosexuals.

"Tough choices"?   How about "broken record"?