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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

About Obama's 99%

The little woman sure ain't livin' like one of 'em:

Well it has been a whole month! Just weeks after 17-day Hawaii vacation Michelle hits the slopes with daughters on Aspen ski trip

Remember that next time Obama talks bad about the rich.  He knows well that to which he speaks.

Oh, I Forgot

Yesterday was "President's Day."

I ask: How did you celebrate it?

If you're like me, you didn't.

If you're like 95% of America, you didn't.

But if you "work" for the government, or you work at the bank, you celebrated President's Day by ignoring it, taking the day off from work, and doing stuff that you do every other day you have off.

Someone suggested long ago that President's Day is a holiday.

Coulda fooled us.


Memo To Scientists:

You're not God.

From this morning's Wall Street Journal, "Concerned Scientists Reply on Global Warming":

"Trenberth et al. tell us that the managements of major national academies of science have said that 'the science is clear, the world is heating up and humans are primarily responsible.' Apparently every generation of humanity needs to relearn that Mother Nature tells us what the science is, not authoritarian academy bureaucrats or computer models."

Today's class of climate scientists, in particular, need to relearn that lesson.  In going up against Mother Nature, they have proven themselves to be totally outmatched.

Stick to the science, fellas.  Leave the wild-ass guessing and prognosticating to the politicians and the oracles.

The Narrative As the Press Wants It Written

When Barack Obama decided to scrap the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy several months ago, did the mainstream media see his effort as being an attempt to "reignite the culture wars in America"?

No.

Instead, we were treated to warm, fuzzy headlines like this:

Obama marks 'Don't ask, don't tell' end by inviting gay colonel to State of Union

This despite the fact that a slim majority of Americans supported the decision and support the inclusion of gays in the military.

But when a conservative goes after a liberal - in this case our extremely liberal president - on social issues, how does the media respond?

NBC Piles on Santorum, Claims He Wants to 'Reignite the Culture Wars in America'

The president attacking Catholics, or attacking people who have a problem with homosexuality, or attacking people of faith generally is no big deal.  They all deserve it, right?

But let Rick Santorum say something that is immediately misconstrued - willingly - and all-out "war" is at stake.

These people make me sick.

Democrats Plot To Shut Virginia Down

Why do I read things like this and envision Senate Democratic Leader Richard Saslaw gathering up his fellow liberals in a Chrysler minivan (through diligent efforts on their part to turn off the electorate here in the Commonwealth, after the last election they can all now fit in one) and run off to Maryland - with shades of Wisconsin - refusing to return and do that which we pay them to do.

From the RPV:
Senate Democrats to Hold Budget Hostage

It's all about power. And that's all it's ever been about.

From their massive gerrymander of new Senate districts last year, to their frivolous lawsuit to keep Lt. Governor Bill Bolling from breaking ties, Senate Democrats have been fighting for one thing for the past two years:

Power. Their Power.
In the form of committee assignments.

Minority Leader Dick Saslaw has been dropping hints about this all weekend.

From the Washington Times:

"However,Senate Democratic Leader Richard L. Saslaw Fairfax Democrat, said the negotiation process is far from over.

"'There's just some things that we've got to work out,' he said. "There's a lot of stumbling blocks along the way. It's called the political process."

From the Roanoke Times:

"'Absent zero changing, there probably won't be a Senate budget,' Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw, D-Fairfax County, said after the vote, declining to say what concessions his party wants."

But the Democrats whispering in Jeff Schapiro's ear aren't mincing words. They say either they get their way on committee assignments, or no budget.

Period.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch:

"[A budget impasse] can be avoided, Democrats say, if [Majority Leader] and his caucus agree to changes in committee memberships and, possibly, chairmanships."

Democrats refusing to pass a budget? Where have I heard that before? Oh yes, Sen. Harry Reid, majority leader of the U.S. Senate, which hasn't passed a budget in more than 1,000 days.

"We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year - it's done, we don't need to do it," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters on Friday.

Senate Democrats: Bring the tactics of U.S. Senate Democrats home to D.C.
Absolutely disgraceful.

Remember this: Saslaw and his fellow Democrats work for you.  Are you willing to put up with this?

Isn't it time to throw the rest of the bums out?

Political Correctness Drives 'Em Nuts

And makes journalists something less than journalists.

In an Associated Press story from yesterday (see "ESPN fires employee for headline on Jeremy Lin") we learn the following:
Bristol, Conn. (AP) — ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

The headline Friday on ESPN's mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese.

Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He captivated fans by leading the Knicks to seven straight wins before Friday's loss.

In a statement Sunday, ESPN apologized for that headline and said it is aware of two other "offensive and inappropriate" comments. An ESPNEWS anchor who used the same phrase was suspended for 30 days. The cable network said a similar reference was made on ESPN Radio New York, but the commentator is not an ESPN employee.
So what's missing in this report story?

Only the most important elements:

What was written.

Who got fired for writing it.

Who received a suspension for saying similar things to that which isn't divulged in this sorry excuse for journalism.

Pathetic.

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For the rest of the story we turn to the New York Daily News, where journalism hasn't given way to "avoidance of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize or insult people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against."  (A reasonable definition of the term, "political correctness.")

Why do these people tie themselves in knots so.

HB 48 Passes

I mentioned here the other day the brewing controversy over House Bill 48 (see "When These Guys Talk, I Listen").  The Virginia Citizens Defense League had come out "strongly opposed" to it because the bill, in offering liability protections to homeowners who use a firearm (or "any degree of physical force") to stop an intruder from entering his home and potentially committing acts of bodily harm, it might have defiled other freedoms guaranteed the citizenry in doing so.

Well, the bill passed the Senate yesterday, with a disclaimer/qualification added that should assuage those concerns.  From the NRA:
Virginia: Senate Passes Three Pro-Gun Bills, Sending Two to the Governor

Today, the Virginia Senate took action on four pro-gun bills previously passed by the House of Delegates.

Of particular note, was the Senate passage of House Bill 48 by a 24 to 16 vote. This bill was amended by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee to address concerns that HB 48 would negatively impact your right to self-defense. This bill was previously in Criminal Code 18.2 but put into the Civil Procedures section, 8.01. In addition, the following language was added:

"This section shall not be construed to limit, withdraw, or overturn any defense or immunity already existing in statutory or common law prior to the effective date of this law."

House Bill 48, sponsored by Delegate Dickie Bell (R-20), would provide civil liability immunity to someone who uses any degree of physical force against another person when the other person has unlawfully entered the dwelling and committed an overt act. Despite its passage due to the amended language, HB 48 must now be sent back to the House of Delegates for their concurrence. The state Senate also passed both House Bill 22 and House Bill 26. Since these bills have now been passed by both chambers without amendments, they will be sent to Governor Bob McDonnell for his consideration.

House Bill 22: Drafted by the NRA in 2009 and sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), HB 22 would establish that no locality or entity may participate in a gun “buyback” program where individuals are given anything of value or money in exchange for surrendering a firearm to the locality unless the governing body first passes an ordinance authorizing the gun “buyback.” This legislation would also require that any locality holding gun "buybacks" sell the firearms to a federally licensed dealer “or be disposed of in any appropriate manner” if they could not be sold. This legislation passed in the state Senate by a 23 to 17 vote.

House Bill 26: Sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R-88), HB 26 would allow a court to waive a $25 dollar fine upon presentation of the permit to the court, if a person fails to display his concealed handgun permit when requested by a law enforcement officer. This legislation passed in the state Senate by a 40 to 0 vote.

The state Senate was scheduled to vote on House Bill 754, however, consideration was passed by for the day. A vote on this legislation could now happen as early as tomorrow. Sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), HB 754 would remove the option for a locality to require that an applicant for a concealed handgun permit submit fingerprints as part of the application.
We make progress.

* House Bill 754 actually passed later in the day.