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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Virginia Tech To Roanoke Times:

Take a pill.

And go see a doctor about the hysteria that afflicts you so.

The Roanoke Times editorial board is freaking out over thirteen trees in a region - Southwest Virginia - of two million trees.  And is embarrassing itself in doing so.

Where have we heard that before?

For What It's Worth

In the early months after Pearl Harbor it was decided by the Roosevelt administration - for obvious reasons - to secure for military purposes a vast array of our nation's natural resources, agricultural produce, and industrial output, and to ration the remainder for civilian use. From the effort came the ration book that every American family had to use in order to buy butter, eggs, gasoline, meat, shoes, hosiery, and on and on.

One commodity in particular was of grave concern to the U.S. government at the time - rubber.  Because it was a resource that wasn't readily found here and inventories were in critically short supply.  Before the war America's stocks came out of Asia.  But that part of the world was swallowed up by our enemy, the Japanese, early on.  So rubber assets - and how to conserve them - became a momentous issue.

In mid-1942 the President appointed a committee (made up of financier Bernard Baruch, M.I.T. President Karl T. Compton, and Harvard President James B. Conant) to study the matter and make recommendations that would allow for the U.S. government to both supply the military with its needs of rubber-based products and keep America's then-29,500,000 car owners from having to hoof it to the grocery store.

In September of that year the committee came to Roosevelt with its recommendations.  Among them:

● To severely ration gasoline in order to cut down on driving.

● To restrict annual civilian driving mileage to 5,000 per year (!).

● To accelerate Goodyear's research dealing with the development of synthetic rubber.

And ...

● The establishment of a national speed limit.

That speed limit?

Do speedometers in cars even go that low these days?

A time long, long ago ...

* See Time magazine September 21, 1942 for details. 

Time To Gloat

Since there's a long while yet between today and the BIG election, I think we can safely take a moment and smile at those who, only days ago, were claiming that the Wisconsin recall election was going to be heap big important ...

... before Tuesday when the same geniuses decided that it wasn't important at all.

Rachel Maddow.  Comedy Gold:

As a (sorta) famous American once said, I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

How A Republican Can Win An Election

Take no prisoners.

Alex Altman explains:
Strip away the massive spending and the bare-knuckle tactics and the spectacle of a state torn in two. At bottom, this was an election about what kind of politician Americans prize. Walker won not despite his refusal to compromise but because of it. He cast himself as a politician of conviction, even when his convictions might not be popular. Voters may bemoan the absence of bipartisanship, but the truth is that most prefer their elected leaders to be ideologues. As a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed last week, a solid majority, including two-thirds of Republicans and 55% of independents, favors a President who fights rather than compromises. As Alexis de Tocqueville said, we get the government we deserve.

In his mild-mannered way, Walker embodies the spirit of pugnacity that has overtaken his party. (Even its presidential nominee is embracing it, with stunts like heckling David Axelrod’s Boston press conference.) “I’ve never seen him compromise,” says Mordecai Lee, a former Democratic assemblyman and political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

When bedlam erupted in Madison last winter over Walker’s collective-bargaining restrictions, critics said the governor, gripped by this sort of ideological fervor, had picked a kamikaze mission in a state with a deep tradition of progressive politics. “I stood up and made a stand,” Walker told TIME in a May interview. But political courage and political opportunism can be the same thing. By starting a fight with public unions, which are long-standing Republican foes, Walker made some powerful friends — who went on to fund his recall defense and make him a national star.
In other words, Walker didn't cave to the media, like John McCain did. And he didn't compromise his principles (how's that Medicare prescription drug plan working out, George?).

And, let's get real: WINNING made him a national star.

Scott Walker made the tough choices. And didn't waiver when all hell was thrown at him.

My kinda politician.

Now, our attention turns to Mitt. Let's see what he's made of.

How Times Have Changed

CNN once, long ago, owned election night.

Not no more.

The ratings are in.  Drudge has the numbers:

CNN couldn't even beat Al Sharpton, for God's sake.

How the mighty have fallen ...

Yeah. Whatever.

Jesse Jackson: We Are Going to March on Gun Shops 

It's easier than convincing black kids to stop slaughtering one another.

Man Up, Dude

Someone should have told this guy that the things he does in his youth will haunt him the rest of his life. Crying about "the end of democracy" after an open election was held and his guy lost?

Dude. You need to grow a pair:

Not very becoming, sport.

Hat tip to The Blaze.
By the way, the crybaby is also wrong.

Reuters Asks The Wrong Question

Reuters this morning:

Insight: Can Occupy Wall Street survive?

The real question:

Why Did Reuters Think Occupy Wall Street Was Ever Alive?

Greatest Country Song Ever Recorded

Ronnie Milsap.  1986. "Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)":


Don't Blame The Rank-and-File

As I've said for years (and as Ronald Reagan taught me), let the Democrats have the unions; we want the union members.  They vote:

38% of Voters from Union Households Voted for Walker

That would be Scott Walker. The man the "unions" supposedly hate.

Looks like someone forgot to tell the troops.

They were, once upon a time, called Reagan Democrats.   Now they're Walker Democrats.

How that does upset the template ...