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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This Ain't Your Granddaddy's Ol' Virginie No Mo'

Where once freedom, independence, and the entrepreneurial spirit predominated, we now find ourselves awash in residents who are dependent - and happily so - on their monthly government check.  Whether it be fat government paychecks up in northern Virginia* or government handouts in Southwest and Southside (pick your poison - Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps/SNAP/EBT, SCHIP, Social Security, SSI, WIC, farm subsidies, "green" subsidies, government "stimuli,"  financial write-offs, EIDC, tax breaks, tax reductions, tax deductions, tax exclusions, tax exemptions, tax credits, tax loopholes, tax shelters, tax rebates ... one can't escape the fact that Virginians like government (if not the taxpayers who write the checks to the government).

With that understood, is this hard to understand?

President Barack Obama leads all Republican presidential candidates in a new survey of Virginia voters, and has widened his advantage over GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.

The dude who writes the checks is a popular guy here.

Yeah, Virginians love government.

And they will as long as the central one keeps spending money it doesn't have, filling the coffers of the state one that knows not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Party on, Wayne.

Party on, Garth.

* Even here in remote and sparsely populated Bland County the largest employer is ... government.

It Was About Money, Mr. Trejbal

The relatives of the two victims in the Virginia Tech massacre who decided that they wouldn't take the cash settlement offered by the university a few years ago, but decided instead to pursue their case in court, didn't sue for an apology.

They sued - and got - more money.

Now a Roanoke Times columnist laments the fact that there was no "I'm sorry" included with that fat check.

Here's one of the original filings.  I'm looking for the word "apology" anywhere in the document's lengthy list of alleged damages and sought-after compensations, before or after the number $10,000,000.

In detail:
As a direct and proximate result of the negligence, gross negligence, and reckless disregard of Virginia Tech, Julia Kathleen Pride was killed, and her father, mother, brother, halfbrother, and half-sister have suffered the following damages for which they are entitled to recover:

a) Sorrow mental anguish, and solace which may include the loss of society, companionship, comfort, guidance, kindly offices and advice of the decedent;

b) Compensation for reasonably expected loss of (i) income of the decedent and (ii) services, protection, care and assistance provided by the decedent;

c) Expenses for the care, treatment and hospitalization of the decedent incident to the injury resulting in death;

d) Reasonable funeral expenses.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs, by counsel, as Personal Representatives of the Estate of Julia Kathleen Pride, deceased, request that this Court enter judgment in his favor and against Defendants, jointly and severally, in the amount of TEN MILLION DOLLARS ($10,000,000.00) compensatory damages, together with attorneys’ fees, costs of litigation, interest from the date of Julia’s death, and any further relief that this Court may deem appropriate.


When Your Currency Is Lies ...

... your "news" items that attempt to make us believe that Rush Limbaugh's advertisers are fleeing his show fail.

Written by David Brock.  Who's in the employ of the enemies of Rush Limbaugh.

Yeah, you have credibility, Dave.

In truth?  Rush - and his advertisers - are doing just fine.

A fact that David Brock's malevolent sugar daddy can't corrupt, no matter how much money he throws at it.

Give It a Rest

Well, it looks like a friend of Obama is in big trouble for saying something racist.

That friend?

Actor Robert De Niro.

What, he called someone a n----r?


He told a joke.

Not even a joke.

A quasi-joke.

The attempt-at-joke:

Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now, do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?

Lord God have mercy.

Have racial politics been so infected with venom that such an innocuous bit of  nonsense so inflames passions?

Will y'all stop?  This is beyond silly.

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A second point worth making: Obama's wife - through her spokesperson - apologized for de Niro using such hate-filled words.

Another Obama apology.

It must be Wednesday.

Just How Poor Are America's Poor?

Not poor enough to where their enablers can't be discriminating in the kinds of foods that get donated to the starving masses:

New York City Anti-Salt Crusade Demands Gov't-Run Shelters Turn Away Donated Food

In New York's homeless shelters it'll be low-fat, low-saturated fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, foods that are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein, and fiber only.

The compassionate Mayor Blumberg to those less fortunate: Eat this shit or die. 

Either way, I feel good about myself.

* The classic definition of the word "liberal."
** I once read of a starving man eating axle grease from a can just to stay alive.  I'd say New York City's poor people, by comparison, are doing just fine.

I Wonder

Do you suppose, now that the first report card has come in on ObamaCare, that our president - behind closed doors - is actually hoping that the Supreme Court shoots down in toto that steaming pile of putrid legislation that will forever be associated with his name?

Because the results and revised estimates thus far are frightening.

The latest:
ObamaCare's Costs Are Soaring
By Ron Johnson, Wall Street Journal

As a candidate, Barack Obama repeatedly claimed that his health-care plan would lower annual family health-insurance premiums by $2,500 before the end of his first term as president. But the Kaiser Family Foundation recently reported that the average family premium has increased $2,200 since the start of this administration.

Then there is the higher cost to taxpayers. The CBO's initial estimate in March 2010 of ObamaCare's budget impact showed it saving money, reducing the federal deficit by $143 billion in the first 10 years. But that positive estimate was largely the product of gimmicks inserted into the bill by Democratic leaders to hide the law's true cost.

In recent testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told me that America's health insurance system is in a "death spiral." She failed to acknowledge that implementation of ObamaCare will be the cause of that death spiral, and American taxpayers will be left to pick up the tab. [link]
Whoever the Republican nominee is in November, he should pound away at the fact that Obama promised that his plan would reduce everyone's health care costs, but that, instead, costs are increasing at a disturbing rate. And that all we ended up with in the final analysis - besides higher costs and higher taxes - is another huge entitlement program that we cannot afford.

I'm betting - before the next shoe drops - that Obama would prefer that the monster he created be killed in the Court. He could then go back to the blame game. Bush. The Supreme Court. The Tea Party. Rush Limbaugh.

If only they'd done what I set out to do, costs would be reduced, health care would be plentiful and top-notch, birds would be singing, fishes jumping, and blissful hope and change would settle over the land once again.

Only If You Never Picked Up a History Book

This from Crazy Joe Biden is to marvel at:
Biden: Bin Laden killing most 'audacious' plan in 500 years
By Jennifer Epstein, Politico

Vice President Joe Biden is the biggest cheerleader of the president's decision to raid Osama bin Laden's compound and, on Monday, he offered new praise for the choice Obama made last spring.

You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that he was there,” Biden said at a fundraiser in Morris Township, N.J.

“Do any one of you have a doubt that if that raid failed that this guy would be a one-term president?” Biden asked. Obama, he said, “is willing to do the right thing and risk losing.” [link]
There you have the Obama/Biden campaign strategy for 2012. I killed Osama bin Ladin. Reelect me.

Keep thinkin' that, genius.

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* Me?  I'd put Chancellorsville right up there.  Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, facing a foe that was well over twice the size of their Army of Northern Virginia, an enemy that was vastly superior to their force in arms and ammunition, went on the attack and annihilated General Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac in one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War.

Perhaps Crazy Joe is right, though.  It could be that Obama nodding his head to a subordinate, an acknowledgement that sent Seal Team Six into bin Ladin's home, was far more ... audacious.

Don't blame Biden for not knowing any better.  He was probably studying linear algebra and algorithm analysis the day they were teaching History 101.  Or maybe he was watching "Little House on the Prairie" that day.  Who knows.

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See "White House Backs Biden's Claim That Killing Bin Laden Was Boldest Mission in ‘500 Years’." A reporter makes the argument for D-Day being at least sowewhat more audacious than Obama's grunt in acquiescence. It's arguable.  But probably true.

This Is So Not Right